J. KELLY TURNER and JNO. L. BRIDGERS, JR.
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This 490 page (10 page index) history of Edgecombe county deals with government, politics and prominent people.
CHAPTER I ORIGIN AND SETTLEMENT
Immigrants from Virginia; Early Indian troubles; Town Creek settled 1720; Tar River expedition 1722; Economic conditions of settlers; Precinct established; Political controversy 1733-1742; Period of immigration; Commercial expansion; Halifax town 1744; Erection of new counties; Tarboro incorporated; Account of Spanish War and incidents.
CHAPTER II COLONIAL GOVERNMENT
English policy; Precinct courts; Oyer and Terminer courts; Courts of justice; Superior Court in Enfield; Political representation contested; Function of local courts; Quit rent controversy; Taxation Riot and rebellion; Corbin seized; Martin visits Tarboro; Political significance War of Regulation; Tyrons appeal to the people; County representation.
CHAPTER III REVOLUTION
Pre Revolutionary controversies; War preparations; Leaders and response to the cause; Troops in the revolution; Members in the Provincial Congress; Military organizations; Temporary government; War incidents in Tarboro Tory uprisings Martin plans negro insurrection Economic conditions Power of imprisonment suspended Deserters in Edgecombe Battles of Swift and Fishing Creeks Wilmington aided Close of hostilities.
CHAPTER IV POLITICS AFTER THE REVOLUTION
General Washington& visit Rise of parties Edgecombe and Federal convention Delegates to the Continental Congress County courts organized County government Inferior courts and Quarter Sessions Convention of 1835 Organization of parties Henry Clay's visit 1845 Political effect Political leaders Whig agitation Democratic controversy War with Mexico Edgecombe volunteers Military leaders Coalition of parties Southern Rights movement Campaign of 1860.
CHAPTER V SLAVERY
Indian slaves Indentured servants Negro slavery Economic importance Inducement for importation Law concerning slavery Local regulations Law affecting servants Patrol system and its purpose Hiring days Method of punishment State vs. Will Value of slaves Social life Religious life Cause of religious indifference Slavery and politics.
CHAPTER VI WAR BETWEEN THE STATES
Political convention of 1861 Awakening of public sentiment Leaders of secession movement Response to the call for troops Edgecombe Guards at Bethel Military muster Military leaders Edgecombe in earnest Internal conditions Federal troops in Tarboro Battle Daniel School house Destruction of Tarboro threatened Contributions to the Confederacy Conditions in 1865.
CHAPTER VII and VIII RECONSTRUCTION
Economic conditions Federal regime Activities of republican party Frauds in county government Political organizations Negro activities Outrages committed Retaliation County government resumed Suspension of Quarter Session of Court and Pleas Political controversies Free negro problem Municipal politics Democratic victory Resumption of law and order Leaders in reconstruction.
CHAPTER IX POLITICS SINCE 1880
Democratic control over court system Republican struggle in politics Political campaigns Rise of populist party Political leaders Fusion of parties Party controversies Campaigns of 1892 to 1898 Edgecombe in the war with Spain Campaigns of 1900 Political significance Economic conditions.
CHAPTER X AGRICULTURE, INDUSTRIES AND INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
Agriculture Early methods of farming Tobacco culture Introduction of marling and composting Cattle raising Method of Stock farming Manufacturing Erection of banks Commercial activities Early road improvement Plank roads Stages Water navigation Railroads Modern, methods of industries.
CHAPTER XI . EDUCATION
Early education Period of opposition Clergymen schoolmasters Effects of the revolution Rise of academies Leaders in educational movement State aid for free schools Free education for paupers County appropriations Free school controversy Movement for common schools Consolidation of school districts Educational promoters Modern education System of conducting schools.
CHAPTER XII BAPTISTS
Origin and controversies to 1782 Expansion after the revolution Dissensions over church organization Rise of the Mission Baptist Character and services of Joshua Lawrence Dissensions over church organization concluded Rise of negro churches.
CHAPTER XIII EPISCOPAL
English church and early governors Edgecombe parish erected Early controversies Religious conditions Church government Edgecombe parish divided and political controversy Glebe lands and effect on the activities of the early clergymen St. Marys parish divided Period of decay Attempts at religious revival Conventions 1790 to 1794 and 1819 Calvary church 1833 Period of expansion Present conditions.
CHAPTER XIV PRESBYTERIANS AND SONS OF TEMPERANCE
Early conditions Itinerant ministers during the colonial period Activities of lay members First church organized Home missionary plans Sunday school activities Leaders in church work Laymans movement Controversy with Baptists Period of expansion New church in Tarboro.
CHAPTER XV METHODISTS
An account of the early Methodists and their religious convictions Joseph Pilmoors services Methodist controversies Activities of James ;Kelly Results of Whitefields teachings Division of Carolina Circuit Account of Asburys visits Revivals during the colonial period Pastorate of Dr. Doub Period of expansion Camp meetings Negro missions Sketch of Associate Reform Methodists Account of Ellis meeting-house, McKendree church. Swift Creek Mission, Temperance Hall, and other churches Conditions to 1900.
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