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When Tarboro Was Incorporated

When Tarboro Was Incorporated

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Excerpt from When Tarboro Was Incorporated: Also, Reverend James Moir, Edgecombe Changes Her County Seat, and Germantown, Pennsylvania

Many silent lessons may be acquired from one page of an old book.

When I first learned that there was in the possession of the Register of Deeds of Edgecombe a plat of the town of Tarboro, as originally "laid off" in 1760, I did not lose much time in making a special note of it. A number of visits were then paid to the vault where the records are kept and a careful study was made of page 524, Book D., which contains the Plan just referred to, with the lots, streets, bounds, common, etc., as laid out by order of the Rev. James Moir, Lawrence Toole, great-great-great grandfather of the present Editor of the Southerner, Aquilla Sugg, Elisha Battle, and Benjamin Hart, its first Commissioners.

Anyone, who examines this Plan must give considerable allowance for educational deficiencies, to-wit: Lawrence is spelled Lawrance, Hart is written Heart, Moire instead of Moir, lotts for lots, and commons for common; but in simply stating that similar errors occur frequently in recording the Deeds of Edgecombe of this period, I desire to call attention to the fact that the Colonial Records are peppered with mistakes in spelling. Although orthographers were few, the inhabitants possessed good sense, and after all, the state of the Province required rather men of sound judgment than erudite College graduates.

My article on the Town Common noted the fact of the incorporation being bounded on three sides by public land. To be explicit, the Common included all the town property along the river bank, also the land contiguous to Holly's or Hendrick's Creek, and the present Common, beyond which looking toward the depot was 'in the country.'

Main Street, as we know it today, was intended to be residential. The founders evidently expected business to be conducted on Trade Street, whence the name.

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