Governor Gabriel Johnston's Executive Council

Dates: 1734 to 1752

Locations Met: See Below

On November 2, 1734, the Executive Council met at the Court House in Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore

Halton, Allen, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gabriel Johnton appeared and presented his commission and instructions as the new Governor and Vice-Admiral. He took the oaths of office and his seat as the leader of this Executive Council.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston appointed William Maxwell as Clerk of the Council (Pro Tempore). He then swore-in Robert Halton, Eleazer Allen, and Roger Moore as Councillors. He then issued a proclamation for all civil and military officers to continue their duties until further notice.

On November 12, 1734, the Executive Council met at the Court House in Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore

Halton, Allen, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The records note that there were too many counterfeit bills in the province. The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation announcing a pardon to any accessory who would turn in the culprits.

On November 29, 1734, the Executive Council met at the Court House in Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore

Allen and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

William Smith, Matthew Rowan, and Edward Moseley appeared, took the oaths of office and their seats on this Executive Council.

William Smith was renamed as the Chief Justice after presenting his new commission dated April 17, 1734.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed Assistant Justices - Nathaniel Rice, Cullen Pollock, Edmond Porter, and William Downing.

The Governor and Executive Council ordered that the Freeholders elect new representatives to the House of Burgesses and for it to meet in January of 1734/35.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for New Hanover and Bladen precincts.

John Montgomery is recorded as the Attorney General.

On December 17 (or 27 - different sources), 1734, the Executive Council met in New Hanover Precinct, location not identified, perhaps Newton, or even Brunswick Town again. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Edward Moseley
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore
- Matthew Rowan

Moseley, Allen, Moore, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation ordering that all Precinct Treasurers prepare their accounts and present them to the next General Assembly. All persons deficient in their payments to the Treasurers were required to make said payments according to the appropriate times.

On January 15-16, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Edward Moseley
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore

Smith, Halton, Moseley, Allen, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Robert Forster appeared as the Clerk of Council and took the oaths of office.

Nathaniel Rice and Cullen Pollock arrived and took the oaths of office and their seats on this Executive Council.

On 1/16, Edmond Porter arrived and took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On January 20-30, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore
- Cullen Pollock

Rice, Halton, Porter, Allen, Moore, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

John Montgomery, the Attorney General, complained that Edward Moseley insulted the Chief Justice. Gov. Johnston asked for witnesses to speak. It was noted that William Smith and Edward Mosely both struck each other. Gov. Johnston ordered Moseley to Court and to post bail.

On 1/30, the Executive Council reviewed petitions for Land Patents and addressed other land issues.

On February 11th (Tuesday) and February 13th (Thursday) of 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore

William Smith and Edward Moseley arrived on 2/13.

Halton, Porter, Allen, Moore, Smith, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston asked John Montgomery, Attorney General, to prepare a draft commission for the Court of Exchequer along with a draft of a proclamation for Freeholders to pay their quit-rents.

On February 18, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Edward Moseley
- Cullen Pollock

Smith, Rice, Halton, Allen, Moseley, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation for the Payment of all delinquent quit-rents.

The Governor and Executive Council approved the commission for creating the Court of Exchequer.

On February 20, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley

Rice, Halton, Porter, Allen, Rowan, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Thomas Wardroper presented his commission as the new Surveyor General, and took the oaths of office.

On February 25, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Halton, Porter, Allen, Rowan, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Petitions from landowners who claim to have been cheated were addressed.

On March 1, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley
- Cullen Pollock

Smith, Rice, Halton, Porter, Allen, Rowan, Moseley, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

William Smith - Chief Justice - was appointed Chief Baron of the Court of the Exchequer.

On March 6, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan

Smith, Rice, Halton, Porter, Allen, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was noted that John Hammerton - Receiver General - was living in Charles Town and of no use to North Carolina. The Governor and Executive Council appointed Eleazer Allen as Receiver General until the Crown decides otherwise.

The Governor and Executive Council announced that a new Land Office was to be opened in New Town (later to become Wilmington). More Land Offices were also planned for other locations in Bath County.

The Governor and Executive Council reviewed a petition from those living in and around New Town - please make it an official town.

On March 22-23, 1734/35, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen

Smith, Rice, Halton, and Allen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

William Smith took the oaths of office as the new Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer.

Eleazer Allen took the oaths of office as the new Receiver General.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed two Assistant Barons - William Forbes and James Innes. They appointed Robert Halton as Usher in the Court of Exchequer. They appointed Robert Forster as Chief Rembrancer and Clerk of the Court of Exchequer. They then ordered that the new Court of Exchequer to be held in New Town on May 13th and continue until November 13th, as necessary.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed William Maxwell as Deputy Auditor and Surveyor of Quit-rents and other Revenues. He took the oaths of office.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed Assistants to the Receiver General - Robert Halton and Robert Forster.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed Assistants to the General Court - Nathaniel Rice, Cullen Pollock, and William Downing.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston ordered that the Court of Oyer & Terminer be held in New Town on May 13th.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston appointed Assistant Judges for the Court of Oyer & Terminer - Nathaniel Rice and Eleazer Allen.

On 3/23, the Governor and Executive Council appoints new Justices of the Peace for New Hanover, Onslow, Bladen, Bertie, Beaufort, Hyde, Carteret, Craven, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, and Currituck precincts.

On April 23-24, 1735, the Excutive Council met at the home of Eleazer Allen in New Hanover Precinct. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

A lengthy discussion was documented about a NC/SC boundary issues, mostly centered on the Waccamaw River. Gov. Gabriel Johnston announced that Alexander Skene, James Abercrombie, and William Waties have arrived. They were the SC Commissioners to discuss and hopefully resolve the NC/SC boundary issues. The governor asked the Executive Council to work with these SC commissioners and come to an agreement.

On 4/24, the Executive Council reported that they had reached an agreement on the main issues of the NC/SC boundary dispute. Gov. Gabriel Johnston appointed Robert Halton, Matthew Rowan, and Edward Moseley as the NC commissioners for running the NC/SC state line. He then added John Clayton and William Gray as surveyors.

On May 13th (Tuesday), May 14th (Wednesday), May 15th (Thursday), May 16th (Friday), and May 19th (Monday), the Executive Council met in New Town (later to be named Wilmington). Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton

Matthew Rowan, Eleazer Allen, and Edward Moseley arrived on 5/14. Roger Moore arrived on 5/15.

Smith, Rice, Halton, Rowan, Allen, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

This Executive Council mostly addressed Land Patent issues and claims.

On June 25, 1735, John Hammerton issued a formal protest against Governor Gabriel Johnston's appointing Eleazer Allen as Receiver General. Hammerton provided his commission from the Crown as Receiver General, dated September 16, 1730, and another commission, dated November 26, 1731 as Receiver General for John Carteret, 2nd Earl of Granville to accept quitrents from inhabitants of the "Granville tract." Hammerton asserted that he had arrived in the province in February of 1734 and could not do his job since there was no law permitting him to do so. Governor George Burrington and his Executive Council at the time were aware of this and advised the General Assembly to cause such a law to be created.

It should be noted that sometime in mid-1735, the elected officials began using the term County instead of Precinct for all existing counties in North Carolina. However, it was not until March 8, 1738/9 when the General Assembly finally got around to making this change - from precinct to county - official.

On August 13, 1735, the Executive Council met in New Town on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore

Rice, Halton, Rowan, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston announced that he will sit to hear claims about land issues in New Bern on 9/22 to 9/29. He will then do the same in Bath on 10/3 to 10/10. He will then do the same at Bertie Court House on 10/15 to 10/22.

On September 4th (Thursday), September 5th (Friday), September 9th (Tuesday), September 10th (Wednesday), September 11th (Thursday), and September 13th (Saturday) of 1735, the Executive Council met in New Town on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Halton, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston presented a new "template" for Land Patents to be used henceforth. He then issued a proclamation warning "squatters" to get a proper Land Patent and/or Land Warrant.

The Governor and Executive Council then spent a great amount of time addressing many Land Patent issues.

On September 24-27, 1735, the Executive Council met in New Bern on the Neuse River. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice

Smith and Rice were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed Land Patent issues.

On October 3-4, 1735, the Executive Council met at Bath Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice

Smith and Rice were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed Land Patent issues.

On October 15-18, 1735, the Executive Council met at the Court House in Bertie Precinct. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice

Smith and Rice were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed Land Patent issues.

On November 3, 1735, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Edmond Porter
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Porter, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston presented his recommendation of settling the "exchange rate" from Sterling to Currency of the Provice as 7 to 1 (seven to one). The Executive Council agreed.

On November 5, 1735, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Edmond Porter
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Porter, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed Land Patent issues.

On November 11, 1735, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice

Smith and Rice were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed Land Patent issues.

On November 13, 1734, the Executive Council presumably met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Edmond Porter
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Porter, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Gabriel Johnston announced that he was extending the duration of the Court of the Exchequer to 12/25.

Then, the Governor and Executive Council addressed Land Patent issues.

On November 20, 1735, the Executive Council presumably met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice

Smith and Rice were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed Land Patent issues.

On November 29, 1735, the Executive Council met - location not named, but most likely in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- Eleazer Allen

Smith, Rice, Halton, Porter, and Allen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Gabriel Johnston announced that he was extending the duration of the Court of Exchequer until "Lady Day" in 1737.

Governor Gabriel Johnston ordered that a Court of Oyer & Terminer to be held in Edenton on the second Tuesday of December.

Governor Gabriel Johnston presented several letters he had recently received from Arthur Dobbs in Northern Ireland and from Henry McCulloch, a merchant in London, both asking for a grant of 60,000 acres of land on the Black River in New Hanover Precinct to settle several "poor Protestant Familys" with the desire to raise flax and hemp. The Executive Council unanimously approved.

[Note - this approval led to this Author's gggggg-grandfather coming to the Black River area in 1736 from Northern Ireland.]

On December 9, 1735, the Executive Council met - location not named, but most likely in Perquimans or Pasquotank Precinct. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Edmond Porter
- Eleazer Allen

Smith, Rice, Porter, and Allen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Gabriel Johnston informed the General Assembly that it was prorogued until January 20th, then dissolved it. The Executive Council approved this.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new civil officers for Bertie, Perquimans, and Pasquotank precincts.

Governor Gabriel Johnston noted that since there were great floods this past summer, we should not allow any exports of our small crops of corn and wheat.

On December 16, 1735, the Executive Council met at - location not known. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen

Smith, Rice, and Allen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council mostly addressed Land Patent issues.

On February 17-21, 1735/36, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Matthew Rowan arrived on 2/18.

Halton, Moore, Moseley, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council mostly addressed Land Patent issues.

On May 10, 1736, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan

Rice, Allen, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Gabriel Johnston ordered the Court of Oyer & Terminer to sit in Newton on June 8th.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new commissioners for New Hanover Precinct.

On June 16th (Wednesday), June 17th (Thursday), and June 19th (Saturday) of 1736, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnson
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Mattew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Halton, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council mostly addressed Land Patent issues.

On September 21, 1736, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Cullen Pollock

Smith, Rice, Halton, Rowan, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Since this year's crops were much better, the Governor and Executive Council lifted the restrictions on exports of corn and wheat.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed Matthew Rowan as Surveyor General since Thomas Wardroper was now deceased. He took the oaths of office.

On October 8, 1736, the Excutive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Edmond Porter
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Halton, Porter, Rowan, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council ordered that the "squatter" - Evan Jones - should be "warned off."

On October 13-15, 1736, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Eleazer Allen
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Halton, Rowan, Allen, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Gabriel Johnston announced that the Court of the Exchequer was extended yet another twelve (12) months. He then ordered that the Court of Oyer & Terminer is to sit on the second Tuesday in December.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new commissioners for Beaufort and Hyde precincts. They also appointed new Indian Commissioners - Robert West, Mr. Speirs, John Gray, and Thomas Whitmel.

The Governor and Executive Council then addressed many Land Patent issues.

On March 1st (Tuesday), March 3rd (Thursday), March 4th (Friday), March 7th (Monday), March 8th (Tuesday), March 9th (Wednesday), and March 10th (Thursday) of 1736/37, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan

Edward Moseley arrived on 3/3. William Smith arrived on 3/4.

Smith, Rice, Halton, Rowan, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Since so few members of the planned House of Burgesses showed up on time, it was prorogued until 3/4.

On 3/3, it was recorded that news of an impending invasion of Georgia by the Spanish was received from SC Governor Thomas Broughton.

On 3/4, Governor Gabriel Johnston gave a speech to the General Assembly, 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.

The remainder of this Executive Council was mostly spent on addressing Land Patent issues.

May 17, 1737, the Crown's Council for Plantation Affairs directed that Murray Crymble & James Huey, London merchants were authorized 1,200,000 acres of land at the heads of the Pee Dee, Cape Fear, and Neuse rivers in North Carolina; in twelve (12) tracts of 100,000 contiguous acres, and no grant less than 12,000 acres.

On September 8th (Thursday), September 9th (Friday), September 10th (Saturday), September 13th (Tuesday), and September 14th (Wednesday) of 1737, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

William Smith arrived on 9/10.

Smith, Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

On 9/14, Governor Gabriel Johnston prorogued the General Assembly until April of 1738.

On September 18, 1737, the Executive Council met in Brunswick Town, presumably at the Court House. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen

Smith, Rice, and Allen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The NC/SC state line survey commissioners - Robert Halton, Matthew Rowan, and Edward Moseley (all Members of the Executive Council) arrived and brought their accounts to this Executive Council. After a few adjustments, the Governor and Executive Council approved.

On November 21, 1737, the Executive Council met in Brunswick Town, presumably at the Court House. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Rice, Halton, Rowan, Allen, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was recorded that the Crown's repeal of the Bienniel Act was read aloud, and a proclamation was issued.

The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation stopping the export of grain until March 1, 1738.

On February 15-18, 1737/38, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new commissioners for Onslow Precinct.

The Governor and Executive Council then addressed many Land Patent issues.

On June 27 through July 1, 1738, the Executive Council met at New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Eleazer Allen

Edward Moseley arrived on 6/28.

Smith, Halton, Allen, Rowan, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new commissioners for Beaufort County.

The Governor and Executive Council then addressed many Land Patent issues.

On November 16th (Thursday), November 17th (Friday), November 18th (Saturday), November 20th (Monday), and November 22nd (Wednesday) of 1738, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley

Roger Moore arrived on 11/17. Eleazer Allen arrived on 11/18.

Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was recorded that a slave with Smallpox was to be confined.

Gov. Gabriel Johnston ordered that a Court of Oyer & Terminer is to be held in Newton on November 20th.

The Governor and Executive Council then addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On December 24, 1738, the Executive Council met at Cape Fear, location not named. Either Newton or Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore

Halton, Allen, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council directed that elections for a new General Assembly be held on January 23rd.

On January 6, 1738/39, the Executive Council met at Cape Fear, location not named. Either Newton or Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Roger Moore

Rice, Halton, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council discuss several issues regarding criminals.

On February 20, 1738/39, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Halton, Rowan, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On February 23, 1738/39, the Executive Council met at New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- Cullen Pollock

Smith, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On March 1st (Thursday), March 2nd (Friday), March 3rd (Saturday), March 5th (Monday), and March 6th (Tuesday) of 1738/39, the Executive Council met, presumably in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Halton, Allen, Rowan, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

The Governor and Executive Council reviewed a petition from the inhabitants of Edgecombe Precinct praying that Col. William Whitehead be removed as a Justice of the Peace and as a Ranger on the account of sundry abuses. Governor Gabriel Johnston sent this petition to the General Court for consideration.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On 3/6, it was announced that Edmond Porter was now deceased. The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Hodgson as Judge of the Court of Admiralty in his place.

Also on 3/6, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices for Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Edgecombe, Tyrrell, Beaufort, Hyde, Craven, Carteret, Onslow, New Hanover, and Bladen precincts. Due to a change in law, all Provost Marshals were replaced with Sheriff - the new Sheriffs were:
- Currituck - Thomas Williams
- Pasquotank - William Bryan
- Perquimans - Thomas Wicks
- Chowan - Thomas Luton
- Bertie - John Prat
- Edgecombe - Thomas Kirney
- Tyrrell - James Conner
- Beaufort - William Ormond
- Hyde - William Harris
- Craven - William Wilson
- Carteret - Sam Chadwick
- Onslow - James Foyle
- New Hanover - Cornelius Harnett
- Bladen - William Forbes

Reminder - it was on March 8, 1738/9 that the General Assembly passed an Act changing all existing "precincts" to "counties." Although not explicitly stated in said Act, it was acknowledged that Albemarle County and Bath County no longer existed.

On May 16, 1739, the Crown issued a commission for Supervising, Inspecting, and Controlling Royal Revenues and Grants of Land to Henry McCulloch for both North Carolina and South Carolina. His primary duties were to look into irregularities in titles, quit-rents, and to thoroughly examine all records and accounts of the Receiver General.

On June 5-8, 1739, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan

Roger Moore and Edward Moseley arrived on 6/6.

Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On July 5, 1739, the Crown appointed George Gould as Surveyor General in North Carolina due to the death of Thomas Wardroper.

On July 11, 1739, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Halton, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On September 22, 1739, the Executive Council met in Newton on Cape Fear. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Matthew Rowan

Smith, Rice, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On November 13th (Tuesday), November 15th (Thursday), November 19th (Monday), November 20th (Tuesday), November 21st (Wednesday), November 22nd (Thursday), and November 23rd (Friday) of 1739, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley

William Smith and Eleazer Allen arrived on 11/15.

Rice, Halton, Rowan, Moseley, Smith, and Allen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

Since not enough members arrived on time, Gov. Gabriel Johnston prorogued the General Assembly until 11/15.

On 11/15, the General Assembly was prorogued again due to insufficient members - until 11/19.

On 11/21, the Governor and Executive Council appointed John Barrow as Sheriff for Beaufort County.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On February 5, 1739/40, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

The Governor and Executive Council addressed a host of "miscellaneous items" in this meeting.

On February 14th (Thursday), February 15th (Friday), February 16th (Saturday), February 18th (Monday), February 19th (Tuesday), February 22nd (Friday), February 25th (Monday), and February 28th (Thursday) of 1739/40, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Col. Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Smith, Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

The Governor and Executive Council directed that a Court of Chancery (equity) to recommence in Newton on the third Tuesdays of May and September.

Governor Gabriel Johnston announced that the Crown appointed James Murray as a Councillor on September 12, 1739 to replace Edmond Porter.

On 2/18, James Murray arrived and took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On 2/28, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Bladen and New Hanover counties.

The Governor and Executive Council also addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On May 22, 1740, the Executive Council met in Wilmington (was Newton). Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- James Murray

Smith, Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, and Murray were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

Although it seems that the name of the town of Newton had already been changed to Wilmington, this change was debated again during this Executive Council. This heated debate set the stage for a "4-against-4" antagonism:
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen
- Edward Moseley
- Roger Moore

versus

- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray

On June 4-5, 1740, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley
- James Murray

Eleazer Allen and Roger Moore arrived on 6/5.

Smith, Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, and Murray were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

This Executive Council again discussed the naming of Wilmington.

The Governor and Executive Council also addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On July 11, 1740, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Robert Halton
- Cullen Pollock

Smith, Halton, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council issued a proclamation for a new General Assembly to meet in Edenton on March 31, 1741.

On August 14, 1740, the Crown's advisors (Lords Justices) issued a notice to the governors of South Carolina and North Caorlina - you must protect Henry McCulloch in your provinces - he is faithful because of his uncovering of issues on Land Patents and Quit-rents.
On August 24, 1740, the Executive Council met in Edenton, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those in attendance were not documented.

On March 6th (Friday), March 10th (Tuesday), March 11th (Wednesday), March 12th (Thursday), March 17th (Tuesday), March 18th (Wednesday), and March 24th (Tuesday) of 1740/41, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those in attendance were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Cullen Pollock
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- James Murray

William Forbes arrived on 3/10.

Smith, Rice, Allen, Rowan, Pollock, Moore, Moseley, Murray, and Forbes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On 3/24, William Smith announced that he was sailing to England on private business. The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Montgomery - Attorney General - as temporary Chief Justice to take Smith's place. They then appointed Thomas Hunter and Macrora Scarbrough as Assistant Justices. Joseph Anderson was appointed to act as Attorney General.

The records of this meeting include the mention of a big fire in Charles Town - SC. Gov. William Bull has asked for contributions from North Carolina citizens.

On April 2nd (Thursday) and April 4th (Saturday) of 1741, the Executive Council met in Edenton, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- William Smith
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Cullen Pollock
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- James Murray
- William Forbes

Smith, Rice, Allen, Rowan, Pollock, Moore, Moseley, Murray, and Forbes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

Governor Gabriel Johnston announced that the Crown had issued new rules for Land Grants.

Also on April 2, 1741, the Crown commissioned Eleazer Allen as Receiver General in North Carolina.

On May 21-23, 1741, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- James Murray
- William Forbes

Rice, Allen, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, Murray, and Forbes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was announced that a new oath was required when applying for Land Grants.

Governor Gabriel Johnston prorogued the General Assembly until September 15th and for it to meet in Wilmington.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On September 21st (Monday), September 22nd (Tuesday), September 23rd (Wednesday), September 24th (Thursday), September 25th (Friday), September 29th (Tuesday), and October 2nd (Friday) of 1741, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- James Murray
- Col. William Forbes

Nathaniel Rice arrived on 9/23.

Rice, Rowan, Moore, Murray, and Forbes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

On 9/24, Henry McCulloch presented His Majesty's commission as Commissioner for Supervising, Inspecting, and Controlling Revenues and Grants of Land, and took the oaths of office.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents.

On May 4-7, 1742, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Allen, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Eleazer Allen presented his new commission as Receiver General and took the oaths of office.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On March 4, 1742/43, SC Governor William Bull sent a letter to NC Governor Gabriel Johnston:

- Spanish are embarking from Cuba with 3,000 men with intentions for Charles Town, most likely.
- SC Commons House of Assembly advised him to ask North Carolina to raise 1,000 men to assist South Carolina.
- SC will give command to NC Col. Maurice Moore.

On the same date, SC Governor William Bull sent a similar letter to Col. Maurice Moore of North Carolina.

On March 15th (Tuesday), March 16th (Wednesday), March 21st (Monday), and March 22nd (Tuesday) of 1742/43, and on March 25th (Friday), March 29th (Tuesday), March 30th (Wednesday), April 1st (Friday), and April 2nd (Saturday) of 1743, the Executive Council met in Edenton, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Cullen Pollock arrived on 3/21. James Murray arrived on 3/29.

Rice, Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, Forbes, Pollock, and Murray were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On 3/29, Governor Gabriel Johnston presented the letter (above) from SC Gov. William Bull about the Spanish probably coming and their request for NC to raise 1,000 men. The Executive Council agreed to raising men, but not from New Hanover, Onslow, or Bladen counties - these counties were too exposed and too thinly populated. Governor Gabriel Johnston issued a commission to Maurice Moore as a Colonel to lead all North Carolina troops.

On March 30, 1743, Governor Gabriel Johnston sent a letter to SC Governor William Bull:

- North Carolina will help, but do not send your officers here to raise men. Our men will be commanded by officers from North Carolina.
- There will be no recruits from New Hanover, Onslow, and Bladen counties.
- NC agreed to send Col. Maurice Moore to lead the North Carolina troops.

On April 25, 1743, the Crown sent instructions to Governor Gabriel Johnston:

- John Carteret, 2nd Earl of Granville's rights to 1/8 of Carolina plus arrears of all quit-rents
- You are to appoint up to five commissioners to lay out and allot Granville's lands
- All of his lands are to be in North Carolina along the Virginia border

On May 25, 1743, the Crown sent detailed instructions to the five named commissioners to lay out and allot Granville's share of Carolina - Nathaniel Rice, Henry McCulloch, Edward Moseley, Roger Moore, James Abercrombie.
On June 9, 1743, the Duke of Newcastle send a letter to Governor Gabriel Johnston - "you are to appoint more commissioners to act on behalf of the Crown" to work with those appointed to act on behalf of Granville, and this must be taken care of very quickly.

On July 25-28, 1743, the Executive Council met in Edenton, presumably in the Council Chamber. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Cullen Pollock
- Edward Moseley
- James Murray

Halton, Pollock, Moseley, and Murray were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was recorded that William Smith had recently died. The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Montgomery - Attorney General - as the new Chief Justice, and he took the oaths of office. They then appointed Joseph Anderson as Attorney General, and he took the oaths of office. They then appointed Edward Moseley as Chief Baron of the Court of the Admiralty, and he took the oaths of office. Finally, they appointed Assistant Justices - Robert Halton, James Innes, Macrora Scarbrough, and Thomas Hunter.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On November 10th (Thursday), November 11th (Friday), November 15th (Tuesday), November 16th (Wednesday), November 17th (Thursday), and November 18th (Friday) of 1743, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in Edenton. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- William Forbes

James Murray arrived on 11/18.

Rice, Halton, Rowan, Moore, Forbes, and Murray were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Gabriel Johnston presented the Duke of Newcastle's letter (see above) about Granville's tract. He appointed Robert Halton, Eleazer Allen, Matthew Rowan, William Forbes, and George Gould to represent the Crown's interest in these layouts and allotments.

Henry McCulloch presented issues with his recent 72,000 acre grant.

On 11/15, the two groups of commissioners met and soon returned to the Council Chamber to request that the General Assembly be prorogued and this Executive Council be interrupted so they could do the Crown's request in time. On the same date, Governor Gabriel Johnston commissioned Nathaniel Rice as Clerk of the Crown, and he took the oaths of office.

On 11/18, Governor Gabriel Johnston prorogued the General Assemby until the third Tuesday in February next, and to meet in Bath Town.

The Governor and Executive Council also addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On February 25th (Saturday), February 28th (Tuesday), February 29th (Wednesday), March 1st (Thursday), March 5th (Monday), March 6th (Tuesday), March 7th (Wednesday), March 8th (Thursday), and March 9th (Friday) of 1743/44, the Executive Council met at Bath Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Cullen Pollock
- Roger Moore
- William Forbes

Matthew Rowan arrived on 2/28.

Halton, Allen, Pollock, Moore, Forbes, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

On 3/8, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for New Hanover and Bladen counties.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On April 21, 1744, the Crown appointed Enoch Hall as the new Chief Justice, to replace the deceased William Smith.

On July 4, 1744, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley

Halton, Rowan, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council. 

The Governor and Executive Council discussed what it might take to put North Carolina in the proper defensive state in case the Spanish do attack, which they all agreed would mostly likely take place along the Cape Fear.

Governor Gabriel Johnston issued a Writ for an Election on August 24th for a General Assembly to meet next in New Bern.

Governor Gabriel Johnston asks some of the Executive Council to look at the best places along the Cape Fear River for erecting fortifications and batteries for the defense of that important location. He then authorized all Councillors who lived in the Cape Fear region to take whatever measures they deemed appropriate for the defense of the region.

Governor John Tinker of the Bahamas requested permission to recruit men from North Carolina. This Executive Council approved 40 men, but only northward of Onslow County.

On July 5, 1744, Governor Gabriel Johnston sent a letter to SC Governor James Glen asking for twelve (12) cannons.

On September 5, 1744, the Executive Council met in Brunswick Town. Those present were:
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore
- William Forbes

Rice, Halton, Allen, Moore, and Forbes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Governor Gabriel Johnston was NOT in attendance.

The Executive Council read a leter from SC Governor James Glen - South Carolina will send ten cannons (9- and 12-pounders) with 20 rounds of shot, provided that NC will return the items as replacements arrive from England. However, this Executive Council decided "we don't need 'em yet, but thanks anyway." (?)

On September 17, 1744, the Crown released and granted 1/8th of North Carolina to John Carteret, 2nd Earl of Granville, in return for him to surrender all of his rights to govern the said province. This was recorded in Edenton on July 10, 1745.
On October 31, 1744, the Crown commissioned Edward Moseley as Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer in North Carolina, in place of William Smith, deceased.

On November 19th (Monday), November 20th (Tuesday), November 22nd (Wednesday), November 24th (Saturday), November 27th (Tuesday), December 1st (Saturday), and December 4th (Tueday) of 1744, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Eleazer Allen and Cullen Pollock arrived on 11/20.

Halton, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, Forbes, Allen, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On 12/4, the Governor and Executive Council issued commissions for new civil officers in Carteret, Craven, Hyde, Bladen, Northampton, Onslow, Tyrrell, and Currituck counties.

On April 4th (Thursday), April 5th (Friday), April 6th (Saturday), April 8th (Monday), April 10th (Wednesday), April 11th (Thursday), April 15th (Monday), April 17th (Wednesday), April 19th (Friday), and April 20th (Saturday) of 1745, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Eleazer Allen
- William Forbes

Roger Moore arrived on 4/5. Edward Moseley arrive on 4/8.

Rice, Halton, Rowan, Allen, Forbes, Moore, and Moseley were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On 4/8, the governor was not in attendance.

On May 22, 1745, Governor Gabriel Johnston swore in Enoch Hall as the new Chief Justice and he takes the oaths of office.
On July 23, 1745, Governor Gabriel Johnston swore in Edward Moseley as the new Chief Baron of the Court of Admiralty and he takes the oaths of office.
On September 27, 1745, the Executive Council met at Bath Town. Governor Gabriel Johnston attended but the Councillors were not named. They addressed many petitons for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.
On February 28, 1745/46, the Crown appointed Thomas Child as Attorney General for North Carolina, replacing John Montgomery, deceased.

On March 12-15, 1745/46, the Executive Council met in Bath Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Eleazer Allen arrived on 3/15.

Rowan, Moore, Moseley, Forbes, and Allen were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

Governor Gabriel Johnston directed that Robert Halton, Eleazer Allen, Matthew Rowan, and William Forbes continue as Commissioners on His Majesty's behalf in running the dividing line between Granville's tract and the rest of North Carolina.

Governor Gabriel Johnston directed that new elections take place for a General Assembly to be held in New Bern on May 29th.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Bertie County.

On June 16th (Monday), June 18th (Wednesday), June 21st (Saturday), June 26th (Thursday), June 27th (Friday), and June 28th (Saturday) of 1746, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Eleazer Allen arrived on 6/21. Nathaniel Rice arrived on 6/26.

Rowan, Moore, Moseley, Forbes, Allen, and Rice were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On September 5, 1746, John Carteret, 2nd Earl of Granville appointed Edward Moseley and Robert Halton has his attorneys and collectors of his quit-rents and other revenues.
On October 27, 1746, the Commissioners record that they have run the Granville line about 87 miles and 13 poles west of the Saxapahaw River to the Rocky River. Earlier, they had run the line from the extreme east coast to the west side of the Saxapahaw River, commonly called the North West Brach of the Cape Fear River, this first leg being 103 miles and 217 poles.

On November 22nd (Saturday), November 26th (Wednesday), November 27th (Thursday), December 3rd (Wednesday), and December 6th (Saturday) of 1746, the Executive Council met in Wilmington. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Nathaniel Rice arrived on 12/3.

Allen, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, Forbes, and Rice were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

The Governor and Executive Council dissolved the current General Assembly. They then called for a new election for a General Assembly to be held in New Bern in February of 1746/47.

On March 5th (Thursday) and March 7th (Saturday) of 1746/47, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Cullen Pollock arrived on 3/7.

Rice, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, Forbes, and Pollock were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On May 16, 1747, Governor Gabriel Johnston swore in Thomas Child as the new Attorney General, and he took the oaths of office.

On March 21st (Monday), March 23rd (Wednesday), March 24th (Thursday), March 25th (Friday), March 26th (Saturday), and March 29th (Tuesday) of 1747/48, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Robert Halton
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Roger Moore arrived on 3/25.

Halton, Allen, Rowan, Moseley, Forbes, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On April 4th (Monday) and April 6th (Wednesday) of 1748, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Rice, Halton, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, and Forbes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On September 29th (Thursday), September 30th (Friday), October 1st (Saturday), October 3rd (Monday), October 4th (Tuesday), October 5th (Wednesday), October 6th (Thursday), October 8th (Saturday), October 10th (Monday), October 11th (Tuesday), October 12th (Wednesday), October 14th (Friday), and October 15th (Saturday) of 1748, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Robert Halton
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Matthew Rowan arrived on 10/3.

Rice, Halton, Moore, Moseley, Forbes, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

A petition was read alound from inhabitants in the western part of the province requesting a new county. Gov. Gabriel Johnston recommended approval and the name of Anson County, but it did not really come into existence for more than a year. He also recommended commissioners for the new county and for John Hamer to be Sheriff.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On 10/1, the records mentioned the Spanish attack and plunder of Brunswick Town.

On April 3rd (Monday), April 5th (Wednesday), April 6th (Thursday), April 7th (Friday), April 11th (Tuesday), April 13th (Thursday), and April 14th (Friday) of 1749, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Eleazer Allen
- Matthew Rowan
- Roger Moore
- Edward Moseley
- William Forbes

Rice, Allen, Rowan, Moore, Moseley, and Forbes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

The Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Anson, Bladen, and Craven counties.

On September 28th (Thursday), September 29th (Friday), September 30th (Saturday), October 2nd (Monday), October 7th (Saturday), October 11th (Wednesday), October 13th (Friday), October 16th (Monday), and October 18th (Wednesday) of 1749, the Executive Council met in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Eleazer Allen
- Roger Moore
- William Forbes

James Murray arrived on 9/29. Matthew Rowan arrived on 10/7.

Allen, Moore, Forbes, Murray, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council reviewed Land issues identified between the Swiss Palatines and Thomas Pollock, deceased.

On 10/2, it was recorded that Edward Moseley had recently died. The Governor and Executive Council appointed James Hassell as a Councillor. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

On 10/4, the Governor and Executive Council appointed new Justices of the Peace for Pasquotank, Carteret, Edgecombe, Northampton, and Granville counties.

On January 22, 1749/50, Governor Gabriel Johnston commissioned Matthew Rowan as the new Receiver General since Eleazer Allen had recently died. He took the oaths of office.

On March 28th (Wednesday), March 29th (Thursday), March 31st (Saturday), April 3rd (Tuesday), April 4th (Wednesday), April 6th (Friday), and April 7th (Saturday) of 1750, the Executive Council met in the new Council Chamber in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell

Roger Moore arrived on 3/29.

Rice, Rowan, Murray, Hassell, and Moore were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

Due to the recent death of Eleazer Allen and the fact that two members were currently out of the province, Governor Gabriel Johnston appointed James Innes as a Councillor. He took the oaths of office and his seat on this Executive Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On September 27th (Thursday), September 28th (Friday), September 29th (Saturday), October 1st (Monday), and October 2nd (Tuesday) of 1750, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Roger Moore
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- James Innes

Moore, Murray, Hassell, and Innes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council ordered that the Clerks of each county to prepare "an exact list of all the taxable persons" in their county for the year 1750 and transmit this to the Secretary's office in New Bern on or before the fourth Tuesday in March next.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

In was recorded that Capt. William Simms has two (2) men at the "Fort at the mouth of the Cape Fear" and they complained of never being paid yet.

On March 26-30 and April 1-3 of 1751, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Nathaniel Rice
- James Hassell
- James Innes

Matthew Rowan arrived on 3/30.

Rice, Hassell, Innes, and Rowan were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights.

On 3/29, the Governor and Executive Council issued new commissions for the Justices of the Peace in Onslow, Bladen, and Anson counties.

On September 26th (Thursday), September 27th (Friday), September 28th (Saturday), September 30th (Monday), October 1st (Tuesday), October 2nd (Wednesday), October 4th (Friday), October 5th (Saturday), October 7th (Monday), October 8th (Tuesday), October 10th (Thursday), October 11th (Friday), and October 12th (Saturday) of 1751, the Executive Council met in the Council Chamber in New Bern. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Matthew Rowan
- James Hassell
- James Murray
- James Innes

Rowan, Hassell, Murray, and Innes were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

It was recorded that William Forbes was sick, to the point of death, and Nathaniel Rice was absent due to a bad case of the gout. The Governor and Executive Council appointed John Rutherfurd, Francis Corbin, and John Swann as Councillors. They took the oaths of office and their seats on this Executive Council.

On 10/11, the Governor and Executive Council appointed James Murray, Francis Corbin, and Col. John Dawson as Associate Justices. They took the oaths of office on 4/11/1752.

It was recorded that John Rutherfurd was the Receiver General.

On April 2nd (Thursday), April 3rd (Friday), April 4th (Saturday), April 7th (Tuesday), April 8th (Wednesday), April 10th (Friday), April 11th (Saturday), April 13th (Monday), April 14th (Tuesday), and April1 5th (Wednesday) of 1752, the Executive Council met in Bath Town. Those present were:
- Gov. Gabriel Johnston
- Matthew Rowan
- James Murray
- James Hassell
- James Innes
- Francis Corbin
- John Swann

John Rutherfurd arrived on 4/4.

Rowan, Murray, Hassell, Innes, Corbin, Swann, and Rutherfurd were identified as Members of His Majesty's Council.

The Governor and Executive Council addressed many petitions for Land Patents and the proving of headrights. There were quite a few contestations of Land ownership issues addressed at this meeting, as well.

The Governor and Executive Council issued new commissions for Justices of the Peace for Orange, Granville, and Hyde counties.

On May 13, 1752, the Crown appointed John Rieusset to the Executive Council.
Governor Gabriel Johnston died on July 17, 1752.
If more information comes available it will be added herein.

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