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A torpedo from the Civil War period. "Francis Edgar Shepperd is said to have been the first man to use the torpedo in Naval warfare. He came from an old North Carolina family and was a graduate of the Naval Academy. He resigned when his State seceded and entered the Confederate Navy. Twenty five years ago Shepperd, then a captain in the Confederate Navy, blew up the US gunboat Cairo with an old fashioned fixed torpedo fastened to the bottom of the Mississippi (River). Lieutenant-Commander, now Rear Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge, was in command of the Cairo. He and his men were badly shaken, but no one was killed or seriously injured. Captain Shepperd, who was lying on the bank watching the explosion made up his mind then and there that that was a cowardly way of fighting and that he never used another torpedo. He died recently in Georgetown and was buried in Philadelphia." Source: The Jones Headlight, Gray's Station, Georgia. February 11 1888.
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Martin County Wills and Estates
Martin County was formed in 1774 from the southeastern part of Halifax County and the western part of Tyrrell County. It was named for Josiah Martin, the last royal governor of North Carolina.
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Indexes to Wills and Estates
Images of Martin County Wills and Estates 1774 to 1810
- 1774 to 1810
- 1810 to 1868
Ames, Thomas | Baggett, Thomas | Ballentine, Edward | Bennett, Amey | Bentley, Isaac | Biggs, Joseph | Bird, William | Blanch, Joseph | Brooks, Elizabeth | Brown, Hardy | Bryan, Robert | Carraway, David | Cary, John | Collins, John | Cooke, Robert | Daniel, Robert | Davis, John | Day, John | Edmonson, Reuben | Edmundson, Thomas | Edmunson, Thomas | Everett, John | Everett, Nathaniel Everett, William | Gainer, James | Gardner, Elizabeth | Gardner, Isaac | Gibson, William | Gilbert, John | Gordon, John | Griffin, Martin | Griffin, William | Hardison, Benjamin | Hardison, William | Harris, Kenneth | Harrison, John | Hase John | Hasty, Matthew | Hayman, Thomas | Higgins, Fanney | Holladay, Hardy | Hunter, Thomas | Hynes, John | Jenkins, William | Johnson, Joshua | Jones John | Jones, Joseph | Jones, William | >Joyce, John | Joyner, Elizabeth | Joyner, Thomas | Lamb, William | Lanier, John | Lilley, Timothy | Long, Samwell | Matthews, James | McCaskey, John | Mitchell, Rachel | Moore, Ann | Moore, Ezekiel | Moore, Hodges | Moses, Edmund | Perry, Isaiah | Price, William | Purvis, William | Rogers, William | Slade, Henry Slade, William | Smith, Mary | Smithwick, Edmund | Swain, Elizabeth | Ward, John | Ward, William | Warren, Robert | Watson, Thomas | Wheatley, Mary | Whitmell, Thomas | Whitney, Samuel Wiggins, John | Wiggins, Thomas | Williams, Elizabeth | Williams, John | Williams, Sarah | Williams, William | Wyatt, Solomon | Zeggit, James
Images of Martin County Wills and Estates 1810 to 1868
Adams, Phillip | Allen, Samuel | Ambrose John | Andrew, Wallace | Andrews, William | Askew, Allen | Askew, Moses | Baker, Agathy | Ballard, Elisha | Ballard, Nancy | Ballard, William | Balman, Stephen | Barnett, Susanne | Begett, Thomas | Benjamin, Mary | Bennett, James | Bennett, William | Biggs, Daniel | Biggs, Warren | Biggs, William | Brandon, Francis | >Brogdon, Timothy | Brown, William | Bryan, Lewis | Bryan, Mary | Bullard, Silas | Burnette, Abigail | Burnett, James | Burnette Joseph | Burress, James | Cane, Stephen | Carraway, Charlotte | Cash, Francis | Cherry, Job | Cherry, Jonathan | Cherry, Luke | Cherry, Samuel | Clark, John | Clark, Penelope | Coleman, Isaac | Coleman, Samuel | Collard, John | Coltran, John | Collen, Arthur | Craddock, Mary | Cushing, Martha | Cutterbridge, George | Daniel, Simon | Daniel, Spencer | Daniels, Kenneth | Davis, William | Eason, Jonathan | Ellis, William | Eventto, Thomas | Everrit, Simon | Fagan, Levi | Folk, Samuel | Gainor, William | Gardner, Edward | Gardner, Samuel | Gilbert, John | Goddard, George | Griffin, Edwin | Griffin, Henry | Griffin, John | Griffin, Matthew | Griffin, Noah | Griffin, Patsy | Guyther, John | Haddock, William | Hadison, David | Hagman, Ann | Hall, Alston | Hall, Charity Hardison, Hannah | Harrel, Jacob | Harris, Margaret | Harrison, Jenny | Hasty, Lyoida | Hayman, Samuel | Haynes, Rachel | Hines, John | Hopkins, Sally | Howell, Hezekiah | Howell, Levi | Hunter, David | Hyman, John | Hyman, Ned | Hyman, Susannah | Hyman, Thomas | Hyman, William | Jackson, James | James, Susan | Johnson, Amos | Johnston, Samuel | Jones, John | Jones, Richard | Joyce, Martin | Joyner, Moses | Joyner, Rosa | Joyner, Whitney | Kiff, Jesse | King, David | King, Michael | King, Robert | Latham, Elizabeth | Latham, John | Leggett, Benjamin | Leggett, David | Leggitt, Elisha | Lowell, Myles | Manning, Reuben | Mark, Thomas | Matthews, William | Medford, Henry | Mizell, Luke | Mobby, William | Molley, Alexander | Moore, Allen | Moore, Celia | Moore, Charles | Moore, Moses | Page, John | Peal, Abram | Peal, Henry | Peal, John | Peal, Thomas | Perry, Noah | Perry, William | Phillips, Thomas | Philpot, William | Pierce, William | Price, Thomas | Pugh, Nancy | Pugh, Thomas | Rawls, James | Rawls, Jesse | Rawls, Sarah | Ray, John | Reddick, Joseph | Reddick, Willis | Riddick, James | Riddick, John | Riddick, Thomas | Riddick, William | Riley, Martha Robertson, Mary Robinson, William | Rogers, Samuel | Rogerson, Clara | Rollings, John | Salsbury, James | Sherrod, Jane | Sherrod, John | Sherrod, R. A. | Simpson, Deborah | Simpson, Mary | Slade, Henry | Slade, Jeremiah | Slade, William | Smithwick, Henry Smithwick, Joel | Smithwick, John | Smithwick, Luke | Smithwick, Washington | Stallings, Kenneth | Staton, Charlotte | Swain, James | Swain, Starkey | Taylor, Frederick | Taylor, John | Taylor, Joshua | Taylor, Kinchen | Taylor, Peggy | Wade, Amelia | Ward, James | Washington, Thomas | Watson, Arthur | Watson, Elizabeth | Watson, James | Watts, William | Webb, Daniel | Webb, Mary | Whatty, John | Whitley, Pierce | Wiggins, Blake | Williams, Abner | Williams, Henry | Williams, James | Williams, Joseph | Williams, Richard | Williams, Samuel | Williams, William | Winberry, John | Wyatt, John | Wynn, David