The Royal Colony of North Carolina

24th House of Burgesses - 1771

The 24th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in New Bern in one session that met from November 19th to December 23rd in 1771.

This is also considered to be the 1st House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Josiah Martin.

Some historians consider this to be the second session of the 3rd House of Burgesses under Royal Governor William Tryon. However, Governor William Tryon left North Carolina on June 30, 1771 to take his new post in New York. Royal Governor Josiah Martin arrived and took the oaths of office on August 12, 1771.


On August 30, 1771, Governor Josiah Martin and his Executive Council agreed to prorogue the General Assembly until November 15th. As shown above, they convened on November 19th.

On December 30, 1771, Governor Josiah Martin and his Executive Council agreed to prorogue the General Assembly until May 11, 1772.

On April 1, 1772, Governor Josiah Martin and his Executive Council agreed to further prorogue the General Assembly until December 10, 1772.

On October 12, 1772, Governor Josiah Martin and his Executive Council agreed to extend the prorogued General Assembly from December 11, 1772 to January 6, 1773. This gets delayed until January 25, 1773, as shown in the next House of Burgesses.


Chatham County, Guilford County, Surry County, and Wake County sent their first representatives to this House of Burgesses.

Election District

Delegate

Anson County

William Mask

James Picket

Beaufort County

James Bonner

Moses Hare

Bertie County

John Campbell

James Lockhart

Lillington Lockhart (1)

Bladen County

William McRee

Hugh Waddell

Brunswick County

William Davis

Robert Howe

Bute County

Thomas Eaton

William Person

Carteret County

Jacob Shepard

William Thompson

Chatham County
(created in 1771)

Isaac Brooks

John Wilcox

Chowan County

James Blount

Richard Brownridge (2)

Samuel Dunscombe (3) / William Alston (3)

Samuel Johnston

Edward Vail

Craven County

Jacob Blount

Christopher Neale

Cumberland County

Farquard Campbell

Walter Gibson

Currituck County

Samuel Jarvis

Thomas McKnight

Kader Merchant

Henry White

John Woodhouse

Dobbs County

Francis Macilwean

Abraham Sheppard

Duplin County

William Dickson

Thomas Gray

Edgecombe County

William Haywood

Aquilla Sugg

Granville County

Howell Lewis

Thomas Person

Guilford County
(created in 1771)

William Field

John Kimbrough

Halifax County

William Alston

Abner Nash

Hertford County

Edward Hare

Benjamin Wynns, Jr.

Hyde County

Rotheas Latham

Edward McSwain

Johnston County

Joel Lane

John Smith

Mecklenburg County

Abraham Alexander

Thomas Polk

New Hanover County

John Ashe

James Moore

Northampton County

Henry Dawson (4) / Willie Jones (4)

Howell Edmunds

Onslow County

William Cray

Richard Ward

Orange County

Ralph McNair

Francis Nash

Pasquotank County

Jonathan Herring

Joseph Jones

John Lowry

Thomas Relfe

William Relfe

Perquimans County

Benjamin Harvey

John Harvey

Thomas Harvey

Andrew Knox

John Skinner (5)

Pitt County

Richard Evans

Alexander Stewart

Rowan County

Matthew Locke

Griffith Rutherford

Surry County
(created in 1771)

Richard Goode (6)

Robert Lanier

Tryon County

William Moore

Thomas Neel

Tyrrell County

John Hooker

William Slade

Edmond Smithwick

Unknown / Vacant

Unknown / Vacant

Wake County
(created in 1771)

Benjamin Hardy

Thomas Hines

Town of Bath

Wyriot Ormond

Town of Brunswick

Maurice Moore

Town of Campbellton 

Thomas Hadley

Town of Edenton

Joseph Hewes

Town of Halifax

Joseph Montfort

Town of Hillsborough

Edmund Fanning

Town of New Bern

Richard Caswell*

Town of Salisbury

John Dunn

Town of Wilmington

Cornelius Harnett
* Richard Caswell was elected Speaker of the House. James Green, Jr. was appointed Clerk. Benjamin Fordham was appointed Mace Bearer.
(1) Lillington Lockhart died while in office during this assembly. His seat remained vacant.
(2) Richard Brownridge died while in office during this assembly. His seat remained vacant.
(3) Samuel Dunscombe died while in office during this assembly. William Alston was elected to replace him.
(4) Henry Dawson died while in office during this assembly. Willie Jones was elected to replace him.
(5) John Skinner died while in office during this assembly. His seat remained vacant.
(6) Richard Goode was elected but he never qualified or took his seat. His seat remained vacant.
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