The Royal Colony of North Carolina

6th House of Burgesses - 1736

The 6th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in Edenton from September 21st to October 12th in 1736. This is all shown in the journals of the House. But, the records of the Executive Council indicate (below) that the House of Burgesses met again in March of 1736/37, but were quickly dissolved.

This is also considered to be the 2nd House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Gabriel Johnston.

All journals for this House of Burgesses have been lost. Therefore, very few names are known.


On March 1, 1736/37, Governor George Burrington prorogued the sitting General Assemby until March 4th since so few member had arrived as yet. On March 4, 1736/37, he gave a speech to the House of Burgesses, informing them of the news of the impending invasion of Georgia. He asked them to pass new laws for public worship, the education of the youth, the better execution of existing laws, and to create some new forts. He then learned that the House of Burgesses had planned to take some public officials into custody over quit-rents, so he dissolved the General Assembly until further notice.

On September 14, 1737, Governor Gabriel Johnston prorogued the General Assembly until April of 1738. They met much later, in February of 1738/39.

Election District

Delegate

Beaufort Precinct

Benjamin Peyton

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Bertie Precinct

Thomas Bryant

Isaac Hill

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Bladen Precinct

Sir Richard Everard

Col. William Forbes

Carteret Precinct

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Chowan Precinct

Henry Baker

Col. Henry Bonner

Thomas Luten

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Craven Precinct

Evan Jones

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Currituck Precinct

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Edgecombe Precinct

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Hyde Precinct

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New Hanover Precinct

Maurice Moore

James Swann

Onslow Precinct

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Pasquotank Precinct

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Perquimans Precinct

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Tyrrell Precinct

Capt. William Downing*

Edmond Smithwick

Town of Bath 

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Town of Edenton

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Town of New Bern 

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* Capt. William Downing was elected Speaker of the House.
Since all copies of the journals for this session have been lost to history, very few names are known.
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