News Articles – 1725 – 1849

Federal Point, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher
– from the Wilmington Star, Wilmington News, Wilmington Post, Wilmington Dispatch, Wilmington Messenger, The Daily Journal.

Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994


July 14, 1725
The Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas granted to Maurice Moore the land upon which Carolina Beach is now located.

April 21, 1736
The land was sold to Thomas Merrick. He died about 1767, devising the property to his daughters, Sarah and Dorothy Merrick. Sarah later married Samuel Ashe and Dorothy married James Augustus Tabb. (Star, 6-15-1941)


April 21, 1736
The “Haulover” tract of land within Carolina Beach, nearly opposite Brunswick, was conveyed by Maurice Moore to Colonel Thomas Merrick.


August 25, 1761
In 1761, the pilot road across the beach at the “Hawl-over” was blown out by a terrific hurricane and was converted into what was to be known as “New Inlet.” (Star, 8-25-1877)


September 20, 1761
New Inlet was formed by a great storm, which visited the coast and lasted four days. This inlet grew in width and depth until large sailing vessels could pass through, and later steamships. VOL.I


January 5, 1776
The Wilmington Committee of Safety ordered that all river pilots be taken into protective custody. Vol. 1


The land formerly owned by the Merrick family came into the possession of Peter Maxwell, and upon his death it was sold by his executors to James Telfair. (Star, 6-15-1941)


18th Century
Malcolm Ross, author of THE CAPE FEAR, 1965, wrote that across from Orton, on the less socially acceptable eastern shore of the estuary, lived Major Jack Wheeler, a military man and one who excelled in abusiveness. He was fond of personal fights, yet good-natured and never seriously injured anyone, except, when he indulged his fun-loving habit of carrying a forceps with which he used to extract a tooth from a prostrate antagonist. His abilities later raised him to the rank of brevet major on the battlefield of Brandywine.


March 11, 1802
John McFarlane gave notice in the newspaper for all persons to be forwarned and forbidden from hunting or traveling over any part of my lands, on which Mr. Jonah Clark resides, nearly opposite Brunswick, and adjoining the river, also on the lands adjoining me, near to the Sugar Loaf, the property of Peter Carpenter. Any persons or persons found trespassing thereon with dog or gun, after this notice, would be prosecuted as the law directs. (Wilm.Gazette, 3-18-1802)


March 24, 1802
Edward Newton gave notice in the newspaper forwarning all persons from running any lines on my land lying between and adjoining the lands of Capt. John McFarlane and Mr. Simon Sellers in New Hanover County – or hunting or traveling over any part thereof, with dog or gun, after this notice, under the penalty of law. (Wilm.Gazette, 3-25-1802)


July, 1804
Joseph Gardner Swift, of the U.S. Army Engineer Corps, suggested in a report to the Secretary of War in Washington, D.C. among other items that an enclosed battery be built at New Inlet, Federal Point. Vol. 1 In 1809, Engineer J.G. Swift inspected a site for the proposed fort on Federal Point, near New Inlet. Vol. 1.


November, 1809
Engineer Joseph G. Swift inspected a site for the proposed fort on Federal Point.


April 7, 1817
Charles B. Gause deeded an acre of land on Federal Point to the United State government for the erection of a light house. The deed was recorded in New Hanover County Deed Book P, page 396


Captain Otway Burns brought the first steamboat to ply the Cape Fear River to Wilmington, passing through the New Inlet, coming from Beaufort, N.C. (The Scene Magazine, Wilmington, N.C.)


May 28, 1830
Mrs. Mary Newton, 68, wife of Joseph Newton, died.

August 19, 1835
William Grissom, 65 years old, died at Federal Point, after an illness of 11 days. He had been a resident of Federal Point for about 40 years. He was survived by his wife and nine children (Peoples Press and Wilm Advertiser, 8-28-1835)


May 1, 1837
Proposals were requested to build a lighthouse and dwelling house at Federal Point. (Wilm. Newspaper, 5-1-1937)


April 6, 1842
It was reported from New Inlet, Federal Point, that an accident occurred there on March 31, which caused the instantaneous death of two men; Jonathan Derby Wilson, of Lowell, Mass. and Nehemiah Healey, of Waterville, Maine. A number of men were engaged in launching the schooner Susan and Benjamin, a vessel that had gone ashore there, and when she was nearly afloat, a heavy swell of the sea threw her over crushing the two to death.


August, 1842
The schooner Venus which went ashore near the Federal Point light, some weeks since, being bound hence to Philadelphia, was got off last week and towed up to town. It is said she is not at all injured in the hull. (Wilmington Chronicle, 8-17-1842)


February 27, 1843
A deed was made transferring property from Joseph Newton, Jr. to Thomas Craig, Jr. …for sum of $200… all that tract or parcel of land on Federal Point in the county of New Hanover…100 acres, more or less, to Benjamin Craig‘s north corner. (NEW HANOVER COUNTY DEED BOOK Z, PAGE 574, Registered March 25, 1843)


March 1, 1843
The dwelling house of Mr. Joseph Newton, at Federal Point, this county, was destroyed by fire a few days since, at an early hour in the morning. A negro man belonging to one of Mr. Newton‘s neighbors was examined before a magistrate here ion the charge of having set fire to it, but nothing was proved and he was released. (Wilmington Chronicle, 3-1-1843)


October 21, 1843
Mrs. Clarisse Newton, 30, wife of James Newton, died on Federal Point. Vol. 1.


January 5, 1844
A deed was made transferring property from Benjamin Craig to Thomas Craig, Jr…. for sum of $50…being in the county of New Hanover on Federal Point, beginning at Thomas Craig, Jr, line, thnce running down the river the distance of one acre in width to Simon Grissom‘s line…to the seashore thence with the sea beach…containing three acres. (NEW HANOVER COUNTY DEED BOOK AA, page 271, Registered March 25, 1844)


June 4, 1845
Joseph Newton, 82 years old, died at Federal Point, New Hanover County. (Wilmington Chronicle, 6-19-1845)

July 15, 1848
Mrs. Effie Grissom, 72 years old, died at Federal Point. (Wilmington Chronicle, July 26, 1848)


September 10, 1845
We understand the federal government contemplates erecting a battery at Federal Point, at a cost of about $18,000; and that an appropriation for that purpose will be made by the next Congress. That such work is needed everyone who is entitled to an opinion must admit No one need require a stronger argument, of the necessity of such a work than the United States has afforded by fortifying the main bar at the mouth of the river. That system of defense is certainly incomplete which only guards one entrance into the river; and to refrain from perfecting the system for the paltry sum of $18,000 or $20,000, is certainly to be penny wise and pound foolish. (Wilmington Chronicle, 9-10-1845)


February 10, 1849
A deed was made transferring property from Thomas Craig to Jesse Craig Sr… for the sum of $900…Land lying and being on Federal Point…including a small piece or parcel of land on which the Dwelling House stands…100 acres more or less. (NEW HANOVER COUNTY DEED BOOK FF, page 578, March 28, 1849)


November 9, 1849.
A deed was made transferring property from Simon S. Grissom to Jesse Craig…for the sum of (not given)…being in the county of New Hanover, commencing at, Jesse Craig Sr.‘s north line and running easterly to the sea at low water mark thence running in a northern direction to Simon Grissom‘s south line, thence back to the River, containing 100 acres more or less… (NEW HANOVER COUNTY DEED BOOK GG, page 478, registered Jan. 8, 1850)


Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994