This small quaint seaport has roots back to April 7, 1730 when Isaac and Jonathan Green Sr. purchased from Ebenezer Harker "a certain plantation and track of land containing by estimation 441 acres situate lying and being in ye Carterett in ye county of province of aforsaid being ye west side of ye mouth off White Oak River." By 1771 Theophilus Weeks started a town on his plantation, laying out a plat and selling lots. Formerly known as Bogue, Week's Point, The Wharf and New Town, the town was officially designated by the North Carolina General Assembly on May 6, 1783. Above photo courtesy Jack Dudley . Swansboro - A Pictorial Tribute . North Carolina State Archives.
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JONATHAN GREEN JR. HOUSE circa 1770


1938 - Farrell Collection, North Carolina Archives
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES: 114 Elm Street - One and one-half story, three-bay coastal cottage with hall-parlor plan, rear shed rooms and engaged front porch. The house has ballast stone foundation piers, chimneys with paved shoulder dormers (possibly late 19th century), interior with a fine Federal mantel and an enclosed stair. The documentary evidence is confusing as to the early owners of the lot upon which this house was built, but Jonathan Green, son of Swansboro's earliest settler, may have owned the lot in the 1770s and is a likely candidate for the house's builder. Another possibility is Colonel Reuben Grant, who owned the lot at the end of the 18th century, the period when the house probably received its interior detailing. (NR)

Close-up of Above Image - Relaxing Under the Porch









 

HISTORY NOTE: In 1730 Ebenezer Harker sold 441 acres, land on the west side of White Oak River he had acquired from the Lords Proprietors in 1713, to two brothers from Massachusetts Bay--Jonathan and Isaac Green. Jonathan Green and his wife Grace lived on their half of the land; Isaac appears to have remained in Massachusetts. By 1735 Jonathan Green had died, leaving his widow with half of the land. In October 1735, Theophilus Weeks, who had also come from Massachusetts about 1730, married Green's widow and was given (by court order) administration of the deceased estate. Theophilus Green bought the other half of the Green brother's plantation from Isaac Green (in Massachusetts).

Before his death in 1771
Theophilus Weeks sold off part of his farm as lots for a new town. The 48 lots measured 200 x 60 feet with three streets running north and south, and three streets running east and west. Lots were given or willed to his son Benjamin Weeks (7, 23 and 39 on the west side of Main Street) and to his stepson Jonathan Green Jr. (8, 24 and 40). If he did not inherit the house and lot, Jonathan Green Jr. apparently built a house on lot #40 before his death in 1784. The sheriff of the county sold lot #40 to pay off a debt the deceased owed to Mrs. Mary Pitts. (from "Chain of Title" listing found in the Jonathan Green Jr. House - October 1962.)



This copy of the original 48-lot town grid was found in a Green House scrapbook.

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