The American Revolution in North Carolina

North Carolina State House of Commons

1778
This General Assembly met in New Bern from April 14th to May 2nd in 1778. They met again in Hillsborough from August 8th to ? They met for a third session in Halifax from January 19th to February 13th in 1779.

County

Delegates

Anson

George Davidson

Stephen Miller

Beaufort

Alderson Ellison## / Thomas Respess, Jr.

William Brown

Bertie

William Jordan, Jr.

Simon Turner

Bladen

Samuel Cain

Thomas Amis***** / Benjamin Clark

Brunswick

Lewis Dupree

William Gause

Burke

Charles McLean

Thomas Whitson

Bute

Benjamin Hawkins

Adkin McLemore

Camden

Caleb Grandy** / Willis Bright

John Gray** / William Burgess

Carteret

Solomon Sheppard

John Easton

Caswell

John Williams

Peter Farrow

 Chatham

Alexander Clark

James Williams

 Chowan

Thomas Benbury

Jacob Hunter

 Craven

Nathan Bryan

John Tillman**** / Abner Nash

Cumberland

Peter Mallett

Robert Rowan

Currituck

William Ferebee

Holowell Williams

Dobbs

William Fellows

Jesse Cobb

Duplin

Richard Clinton

Thomas Hicks

Edgecombe

Isaac Sessums

Jonas Johnston** / Jonas Johnston

Granville

John Williams* / Thomas Person

Thornton Yancey

Guilford

James Hunter

Robert Lindsay

Halifax

Egbert Haywood

John Whitaker

Hertford

William Baker

Arthur Cotton

Hyde

Abram Jones

Joseph Hancock

Johnston

William Bryan

John Bryan, Jr.

Martin

Nathan Mayo

Edmonson Edward Smithwick

Mecklenburg

Caleb Phifer

David Wilson

Nash

Thomas Hunter

Hardy Griffin

New Hanover

John DeVane

Timothy Bloodworth** / Timothy Bloodworth

 Northampton

Joseph Bryan

Robert Peoples

Onslow

Benajah Doty

George Mitchell

Orange

William McCauley

John Butler** / Thomas Burke# / Mark Patterson

Pasquotank

Thomas Harvey

Thomas Relfe

Perquimans

Charles Blount

John Harvey

Pitt

William Robeson** / John Simpson### / James Gorham

John Williams

Rowan

Moses Winslow

Matthew Locke

Surry

Matthew Brooks

Frederick Miller

Tryon 

William Gilbert####

Joseph Hardin

Tyrrell

Isham Webb*** / Benjamin Spruill

Joshua Swain

Wake

Lodowick Alford

Hardy Sanders

Washington

William Cocke** / Jesse Walton

Luke Boyer

Wilkes

Benjamin Cleveland

Elijah Isaacs

Town

Delegate

Edenton

Joseph Hewes

Halifax (town)

Willie Jones

Hillsborough

William Courtney

New Bern

Richard Cogdell

Salisbury

Matthew Troy

Wilmington

William Hooper
* John Williams was elected Speaker of the House of Commons. John Hunt was appointed Clerk, Joseph Blithe was appointed Assistant. John Williams was elected to the Continental Congress, and he was replaced as Speaker of the House by Thomas Benbury soon thereafter. Thomas Person was elected to take his place in the House of Commons and he took his seat on August 8, 1778.
** Already elected to another County post. On April 28, 1778, they were ordered to give up their House Seats, and new elections ordered to replace them. Some were voted back in later.
*** Died in office in April of 1778. New election ordered to fill his seat. Benjamin Spruill was elected to take his place and was seated on August 8, 1778.
**** John Tillman selected to lead the garrison at the newly-created Fort Hancock on 4/30/1778, and he was asked to give up his seat in the House of Commons. Abner Nash was elected to take his place and he took his seat on August 14, 1778.
***** Thomas Amis was appointed to be the Contractor for provisions in the Wilmington District on 5/2/1778, and he was asked to give up his seat in the House of Commons. Benjamin Clark replaced him on August 8, 1778.
# Thomas Burke was elected to the Continental Congress on August 12, 1778. Mark Patterson was elected to replace Burke and he took his seat on January 20, 1779.
## Alderson Ellison was elected County Entry Taker and he was ordered to give up his seat on January 19, 1779. Thomas Respess, Jr. was elected to take his place and he took his seat on February 2, 1779.
### John Simpson took his House seat on August 8, 1778, but he was soon thereafter elected to the Council of State and resigned his House seat on August 18, 1778. James Gorham was elected to replace him and he took his House seat on January 21, 1779.
#### William Gilbert was kicked out of office on February 8, 1779 - for fraud. He was re-elected in subsequent years.
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