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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BRYAN HATSELL HOUSE circa 1908

NATIONAL REGISTER of Historic Places: 215 Walnut Street – Three-bay I-house with decorative two-tier porch, double front gables with millwork, one-story ell with side addition, aluminum siding. The ell was built in 1908 before the main house. NR

Bryant Hatsell 1875-1931, son of Bryan Hatchell 1836-1912, was born in Hubert, Onslow County. Bryant married Daisy V. (unknown) about 1905.

1910 Census: Bryant Hatsell 35, a “sawyer at saw mill,” wife Daisy V. 27, Marvin 3, and 10-month-old Thelma P. Hatsell. Next-door neighbors were Morris K. Hatsell 28, Pearl E. 23 and one-year-old Hazel W. Hatsell.

1920 Census: Bryant Hatsell 45, “boatman – towing,” Daisy 37, Marvin 13, Thelma 10, Percy 7, and two-year-old Amy Hatsell.

1930 Census: Bryant Hatsell 55 in Oriental, Pamlico County, North Carolina, “boating – towing,” Daisy 47, Percy W. 18 and 12-year-old Amy G. Hatsell.

Death Certificate: Boat captain Bryant Hatsell died January 8, 1931 in Oriental from “some type of poison-poison and bad whiskey.” Informant, M.G. Hatsell spelled Bryant with a “t.”

  • Henry Hatchell, Devon, England
  • William Hatchell 1675-1730, born in County Wexford, Ireland, was first known Colonial American Hatchell.
  • William Hatchell 1700-1750, born Charles Parish, York County, Virginia, married Ann Chappell; sons William and Henry—Henry was first to settle in Carteret County.
  • William Hatsell 1715-1770 born Charles Parish, York County, Virginia
  • William Hatsel 1730-1801 came to White Oak River from Isle of Wight, Virginia.
  • William Hatchell 1766-1816 married Esther Green 1791-1833 of Carteret County. Children: Morris 1796; Andrew Lee 1803-1841; Archibald Green 1804-1837; Bryan 1816-1855 married Elizabeth Everett; Green B. 1817-1867; Brancy married Bryan Hellen Rumley in 1832; Willis 1809; Nancy married Timothy Meadows.
  • Morris Hatchell 1796- ?, son of 1766 William, married Sarah Yarborough 1795-1870
  • Bryan Hatchell 1836-1912, son of 1796 Morris and Nancy G. Hewett 1840-1902
  • Bryant Hatsell 1875-1931

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