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

Daniel Ambrose Harget

D.A. Hargett courtesy Swansboro, A Pictorial Tribute
Daniel Ambrose Harget was born in 1825 to Daniel Harget 1790-1849 and Rosamond Ambrose 1795-1859. Daniel’s great grandfather Johan Henich Harget was born in 1728 Harmstadt, Hessen, Germany. According to family trees, the name was originally spelled Horgadt. Daniel’s mother Rosamond was the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Ambrose of Onslow County, North Carolina.

Daniel married Julia Ann Gibson on February 24, 1853. Julia Ann was the daughter of William Gibson 1805-1860 and Susannah Simmons 1814-1890; William Gibson’s family was from Onslow County. Susannah Simmons was born in Onslow County to Obedira Isler Simmons and Julia McDaniel, who had been in Onslow County for many generations.

Children of Daniel and Julia Ann Harget: William Davis 1853-1932 married Mamie Meadows, Edgar B. 1856-1928 married Noma Mattocks (daughter of James Allen Mattocks and Sarah Hatchell), Ida Dolly 1859-1916 first married Francis Joseph Fulford* in 1875 and secondly Edward H. Barnum (born 1855) in 1887, Walter Lee 1862-1865, Daniel born about 1865 and Etta Dollner 1869-1914 married Julian Adolphus Mattocks son of James Allen Mattocks and Sarah Hatchell.

F.J.Fulford, husband of Ida
*Francis Joseph Fulford 1850-1880 married Ida Hargett of Silverdale, NC, and they had two children - Joseph Clarence and Julia Maye. He was an apothecary in New Bern, NC.” Contributed by Florence Fulford Moore.

1850 census: clerk Daniel A. Harget 25, in household of merchant Charles H. Barnum. Others in the household were Alcy Barnum 28, Amelia Barnum 3, Edward H. Barnum 1, merchant Z.B. Barnum 28 and teacher E.H. Remick 32.

1860 Slave Schedule
1860 census: D.A. Harget 35 farmer, wife Julia 25 seamstress, William D. 6, Edgar 4 and one-year-old Ida Hargett. Value of real estate noted as $17,100 and personal property estate valued at $33,100.

1870 census: Daniel 42 wholesale and retail grocer, Julia 31, William 16, Edgar 13, Ida 11, Daniel 3, Etta 6mo., Edward Barnum 21 clerk in store, Sophia Marshall 50 domestic servant, and Hiram Graham 21 still yard laborer.

1870 Products of Industry, Swansboro: Daniel Harget – Turpentine Distilling. Capital invested $3600. Two stills with eight laborers. Total wages for year $1500. Materials and production including kinds, quantities and values, see image.

As noted in Old Brick Store 1839, in 1847 William P. Ferrand died and the store was deeded to Cyrus Glover and Daniel Ambrose Harget. An 1875 deed shows that Ida D. Harget inherited the property from the estate of her father, Daniel Ambrose Harget.

According to Mrs. Daisy Moore, as quoted in Commonwealth of Onslow 1960, the old brick store “served as the post office during the early 1900s. Daniel A. Harget, brother of Ida Harget, operated a drugstore beginning about 1912.”

Daniel Harget once owned Ringware House.

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