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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JOHN EDWARD KIRKMAN HOUSE circa 1900

NATIONAL REGISTER of Historic Places: 102 Water Street – Much-altered three-bay house with ell, modern front porch. NR (House images to follow)

John Edward Kirkman Death Certificate
John Edward Kirkman 1870-1948 was born in Maple Cypress, North Carolina, the son of Calvin J. Kirkman 1849-1917 and Eveline Merrell 1851-1910. John Edward Kirkman married Annie Dennis in 1896.

In 1880 census, four-year-old John Edward Kirkman was at home with his family in Township 1, Craven County, North Carolina.

In 1900, sailor John Edward Kirkman was in Swansboro with 22-year-old wife Annie and two-year-old son Edward.

By 1910, 39-year-old John Edward Kirkman was recorded as a surfman at the Lifesaving Station. In the household were wife Annie, 12-year-old John E. Kirkman Jr., seven-year-old Joseph D. Kirkman, father Calvin Kirkman 60, mother Eveline 58 and mother-in-law Lizzie Dennis 57.

In 1920 John Edward Kirkman was working for the Coast Guard Station. His son Joseph was working at a saw mill. They had added son William H. Kirkman, age 2 at the time.

By 1930 the census noted John and Annie with children Travis 17 and eight-year-old Annie B. Kirkman.

John Edward Kirkman died just short of his 78th birthday. He suffered from arteriosclerotic heart disease. He was buried in Pittman Cemetery, Swansboro.

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