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 (from North Carolina State Archives) courtesy Jack Dudley, as included in Swansboro - A Pictorial Tribute

Abram Bell House circa 1901

NATIONAL REGISTER of Historic Places: 204 Walnut Street – Three-bay two-room plan house, front porch and ell. NR 

Abram Bell 1859-1927 was the son of Francis Culbert Bell 1819-c1860 and Mary Elizabeth “Eliza” Meadows 1827-1882. 

In the 1860 Swansboro census, two-year-old Abram Bell was with his siblings and his widowed mother Eliza. At that time Eliza was noted as a seamstress, with four small children.
John A. Bell 1850-1929 and Laura Askew

1870 Census: Abram Bell 13, at home in Swansboro with mother Eliza and his siblings: John A. 19, Alexander 16, Narcissa 14 and George 5. At that time Abram and John were farmer laborers.

1880 Census: Abram Bell was a farm hand, boarding with Rachel and John Simmons in Pollocksville, Jones County, North Carolina.

1900 Census: Abram “Abe” Bell, sailor, 40—In the household were Abe’s sister Narcissus 45 and nephew William B. Privett.

1910 Census: Abram Bell 50, with wife Mollie 40 (married in 1904) and two-year-old Abram C. Bell.

1920 Census: Abram Bell 58 laborer at saw mill, Mollie 51 and son Garland A. Bell 12. Abram Bell died April 24, 1927.


Anonymous said...

Who resides in the house now?

Mary Warshaw said...

I have no idea, but, perhaps someone else will let you know.

Anonymous said...

Did they lose a daughter in 1904