North Carolina - From Statehood to 1800

North Carolina State House of Commons

1784 - October

During the last General Assembly in April of 1784, it was decided to change the meeting of the General Assembly from a Spring Session to a Fall/Winter Session. New elections were held for this session.

This General Assembly met in New Bern - October 25th to November 26th in 1784.

During 1783, the NC Legislature created Davidson County and Greene County. These two counties sent delegates to the NC General Assembly for the first time in 1784.

During 1784, the NC Legislature created Moore County and Sampson County. These two counties also sent delegates to the NC General Assembly for the first time in 1784.

County

Delegates

Anson

James Terry

John DeJarnett

Beaufort

Thomas Alderson

John Gray Blount

Bertie

Zedekiah Stone

Andrew Oliver

Bladen

Samuel Cain

Peter Robeson

Brunswick

Jacob Leonard

David Flowers

Burke

Joseph McDowell

Waightstill Avery

Camden

Benjamin Jones

Abner Harrison

Carteret

John Easton

Eli West

Caswell

Edward Clay (1)

William Moore

Chatham

Elisha Cain

Joseph Stewart

Chowan

Clement Hall

Michael Payne

Craven

William Bryan

William Blount*

Cumberland

Edward Winslow

James Emmett

Currituck

Joseph Ferebee

Dr. James White

Davidson 

Elijah Robertson

Ephraim McLean

Dobbs

William Caswell

John Sheppard

Duplin

Robert Dickson

Thomas Gray

Edgecombe

Robert Diggs

John Dalvin (Dolvin)

Fayette

William Rand

Alexander McAllister

Franklin

Thomas Sherrod

Durham Hall

Gates

Joseph Riddick

Seth Riddick

Granville

Thomas Person

Thornton Yancey

Greene 

Alexander Outlaw

Unknown

Guilford

John Hamilton

John Leak

Halifax

Benjamin McCulloch

John Baptiste Ashe

Hertford

William Hill

Thomas Brickell

Hyde

John Eborne

William Russell

Johnston

Joseph Boon

Kedar Powell

Jones

William Randall

Abner Nash

Lincoln

John Sloan

Daniel McKissick

Martin

Nathan Mayo

Thomas Hunter (2) / John Ross

Mecklenburg

Caleb Phifer

David Wilson

Montgomery

Mark Allen

William Kendall

Moore

John Cox

William Seals

Nash

Micajah Thomas

John Bonds

New Hanover

Timothy Bloodworth (3)

James Bloodworth

Northampton

James Vaughan

William Richardson Davie

Onslow

Edward Starkey

Daniel Yates

Orange

Alexander Mebane

John Butler

Pasquotank

Thomas Reading

John Smithson, Jr.

Perquimans

John Reed

Robert Riddick

Pitt

John Jordan

Richard Moye

Randolph 

Joseph Robbins

Aaron Hill

Richmond

Robert Webb

Charles Robertson (4)

Rowan

William Sharpe

James Kerr

Rutherford

Richard Singleton

James Withrow

Sampson

David Dodd

John Hay

Sullivan

William Cage

David Looney

Surry

Joel Lewis

James Martin

Tyrrell

Benjamin Spruill

Nathan Hooker

Wake

Tignal Jones

John Humphries

Warren 

John Macon

James Payne

Washington

Charles Robertson

Landon Carter

Wayne

William Alford

John Handley

Wilkes

Bejamin Herndon

Jesse Franklin

Town

Delegate

Edenton

Stephen Cabarrus

Halifax (town)

Henry Montfort

Hillsborough

Archibald Lytle

New Bern

Spyars Singleton

Salisbury

Spruce McCoy (McCay, McKay)

Wilmington

Archibald MacLaine
*William Blount was elected Speaker of the House. John Hunt was appointed Clerk. John Haywood was appointed Assistant. On November 20th, William Blount was elected by this General Assembly as a Delegate to the Continental Congress. He accepted at the end of this session (11/26).
(1) Edward Clay was accused of stealing money at a store. The House of Commons heard testimony and decided that the accusation must be true, and they expelled Clay from the House on November 11th.
(2) Thomas Hunter was deemed ineligible because he was already the Clerk for Martin County. A new election was ordered and John Ross was elected to replace him.
(3) On November 20th, Timothy Bloodworth was elected by this General Assembly as a Delegate to the Continental Congress. He accepted at the end of this session (11/26).
(4) Charles Robertson was accused of being an ardent Loyalist sympathizer during the recent war, and after reviewing numerous deposititions and ex parte evidence, the House agreed and expelled Robertson on November 1st.
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