In this new feature, a journalist (who wishes to remain anonymous) will report on the social goings-on at Port Beaufort.
Local man says he prefers Beaufort to the West Indies
On a recent evening at the Topsail Tavern, I had the pleasure of conversing with an young cooper named Adam Fletcher. I learned that he was one of a crew of seven who recently returned from the West Indies earlier this summer. When I asked him to comment on his travels to the Caribbean, he was reluctant to offer any details, saying only he was glad to be back and he is grateful that Beaufort is the same peaceful and quiet town that it was when he left for his voyage in June. While he politely refused to offer any details on his expedition, he confided to me that he much prefers Carteret County to any other place, and if it were up to him, he would rather not leave the colony again anytime soon.
New Ship Chandler’s shop to open on Front Street
The building on Front Street formerly known as Rasquelle Shipping has a new owner. Mr. Faulkner Baldwin purchased the warehouse at the Custom Office’s public sale last month and intends to open it for business in the coming weeks as a ship chandler’s shop.
Beaufort residents will likely remember Baldwin had a successful business as a shipping merchant in the town until a few years ago. His business began to suffer when his clients started conducting their affairs with the newly established Richard Rasquelle. Baldwin stated at the time that Port Beaufort did not have a large enough population to support so many merchants, so he moved to Charleston where he assisted a cousin with his chandlery.
Now that he is back in town, Baldwin says he has worked an agreement with Emmanuel Rogers relating to locally produced naval stores. He would not reveal the details of the agreement, but has said that it will be mutually beneficial for both businessmen, as well as for the people of Beaufort.
Oldest slave in Beaufort dies at Martin estate
The end of the summer regrettably brought the end of the earthly life of one longtime Beaufort resident. Old Charles, butler at the estate of the late Wm. Martin, II, Esq. passed away on the night of Sunday, September 7, 1766 at a quarter to midnight. He left a widow, Celie, and one son, Charles, Jr., who resides in New Bern at the estate of Mr. and Mrs. William Martin, III, Esq. The exact age of Old Charles is unknown, but it is generally believed that he had lived around seventy years. What is known for certain is that he was the oldest slave in Beaufort, the next oldest being a slave called Amos, belonging to the Johnson family. Miss Rocksolanah Martin, who inherited Old Charles and his wife, Celie, upon her father’s death, has said Charles was a good and faithful servant who will be sorely missed by her entire family.
Christmas in the Capital
Miss Martin said that she will be traveling in the next week or two with her personal servant woman, whom she affectionally calls Aunt Celie, to New Bern to spend the Christmas with family. The pair will be staying at the estate of Miss Martin’s brother (mentioned in the previous item) so that while Miss Martin visits with her brother and his wife, Aunt Celie can visit with her son. They will return to Beaufort no later than the first week of March, weather permitting. While they are away, Miss Martin has said that regular business–including the annual hog killing–will be conducted at her estate by her appointed representatives.