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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FANNIE B. OGLESBY HOUSE circa 1901


NATIONAL REGISTER of Historic Places: 206 Walnut Street - Three-bay I-house, former with center-hall plan, with decorative two-tier front porch, one-story ell. NR

Fannie Belle Moore was born November 15, 1883 to William Henry Moore and Leah Carter Whitley, who had moved to Carteret County by 1900.

In the 1900 Swansboro census, 15-year-old Fannie Belle Moore was recorded with her 28-year-old husband E. Oglesby (Alath Elmon Oglesby), who was born in 1873. They were married November 15, 1898. Before his death in Norfolk in 1913, the couple had three children: Ivey, born 1899; Allen H., born 1902 and Charles Elmon, born 1905. In the 1910 census the couple was living with their three children in Norfolk, Virginia - noted as "lodgers" on a tugboat with three other lodgers - Oglesby was noted as "marine engineer." A notation of the "home," or lodging, was made by the census taker as, "Tug D K Neal."

In September 1913, 29-year-old Fannie Belle Moore Oglesby married Terrance B. Eason in Morehead City, Carteret County, North Carolina. The Cafarelli family tree (Ancestry.com) noted Eason was reportedly Fannie's chauffeur (source: Fannie's granddaughter, Andrea W. Hedgepath.) The couple had one child, Mattie Juanita Eason, born in 1914.

Two family trees note 35-year-old Fannie's third marriage in 1919 to Thomas H. Willis. The marriage took  place in Beaufort, Carteret County, North Carolina.

Fannie's fourth marriage was in 1923 to Howard J. Grimstead (1885-1973) of Virginia.

Fannie Belle Moore Oglesby Eason Willis Grimstead died in Norfolk, February 9, 1978 at the age of 94.

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