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I have been searching my family History sionce 1969 and half of it was from the Curr. Dare counties area. my grandmother was Mollie Shannon Gallop and she indicated we are of Lost Colony Descent. My entire research is now 125,000 names total with many more to enter. I have matched surnames BY WILLS NOT LEGENDS to the grandchildren of the colony. The names are exact or very close spellings from the Roster. Most went to Beachland but a small few families went to Lynhaven and tie into my descents from Adam Thorogood. I also descend from Walter Raleigh and Humphrey Gilbert. Raleigh is through the Blair/Archer families in Virginia. Ananias Dare was son of Leonard Dare and Katherine Bateman. Va. Dare had a brother Leonard Dare who married Rose Lightfoot in England but kin to the Lightfoot family in Virginia. Dr. David Beers Quin upheld my research from both a letter and conversation we had some time before he passed away. I also descend from Jamestown, Mayflower, Kent Island and the Winthrop Colony. I also descent from all 17 Magna Charta Barons who have living descendants. I am a member of the Jamestown Society and eligable for the NC Lighthouse Descendants Society as my gt. grandfather John Shannon kept the Boddie Island Light House. I have located the Shannon Family in Ireland at Lismore Castle and they are of extreme high Royal Descent. There are many other interesting lineages now over 500 lines not counting repeat lines. I hold a double MBA/Acc/Global Mgt. and working on a DBA (doctorate) Dissertation). I plan to go to Law School even though I will be 70 when I finish as I qualify for the CPA exam now. I have been asked to go to Cambridge in England for international lawonce I finish Law here and pass my bar exam here.


Who were key people other than the founders that help make north carolina colony
popular? ?? Please help


Dear Jasmine,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and asking your question.

That's a very difficult question to answer. The development of the North Carolina colony most likely cannot be traced to a small number of people.  Instead, it is more likely the accumulation of contributions from many, such as government officials, educators, clergy, merchants, writers and newspaper people, and artisans, among others. You may want to look at these NCpedia resources to get you started:

Entries also include links to other NCpedia articles.  You may find clicking on the blue linked text helpful for taking you to additional useful information.

Good luck and best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library


i really wanna know more about this cause Im a teacher


What was the purpose of Raliegh Gilberts Trip?

Comment response:

I'm afraid we're not sure which individual or trip you are referencing. We would very much like to help. Please either post more information about what you are looking for here or send an email to Reference Services at the Government & Heritage Library. Their email address and other contact information may be found at:

Or, you are welcome to use the NCknows chat reference service in the sidebar to the right.

Good luck in your research! We look forward to hearing from you!

Michelle Czaikowski, Government & Heritage Library


What were the major historical religions of colonial North Carolina? What parts of North Carolina were these religious groups most popular?

Comment response:

The response to the question here: will give you some great resources to begin your research.

Good luck in your research!

Michelle Czaikowski, Government & Heritage Library


do you know the main historical religious groups of north carolina???

Comment response:

There is some general information about different religions in North Carolina, both current and historical, at You may wish to review the entries about the Quakers and the Moravians.

You may find this guide from the Wilson Library (UNC Chapel Hill) helpful in your research,

I would consult the Encyclopedia of Religion in the South edited by Samuel S. Hill and Charles H. Lippy, which I mentioned in my earlier email. It looks like most libraries have this in their collection. If you don’t have access to it I would be happy to send you photocopies of the overview of  the colonial and antebellum sections.

According to the book, North Carolina Portraits of Faith, . The Episcopal Church known as the Anglican Church was the legally established religious body in the North Carolina colony. After the Revolutionary War the state constitution of 1776 declared that there would be no established church.  Jews, Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Moravians, Methodists, Unitarians, Catholics, Christians, Mormons, Adventists, Christian Scientists, Mennonites, Pentecostals, and Eastern Orthodox settled across the state. By 1860 , 80% of the churchgoing population was Baptist or Methodist. Please note that I gave you a very brief overview and you will need to consult the books I mentioned for further details.

North Carolina through Four Centuries  by William S. Powell, mentions that the Quakers had settled in NC in the late 1600s. There is a large section of religion in North Carolina in this book.

Some additional resources that may help you:

The Tar Heel State A History of North Carolina by Milton Ready, . Section on religion in North Carolina. 

Encyclopedia of North Carolina by William S. Powell, .

 If your library does not have these titles you can request them through your library's inter-library loan program. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Thank you,

Rebecca Hyman, Government & Heritage Library.


what about the children in the colony? what did they do for fun and games?

Response to comment:

Those are excellent questions! I am glad you asked them! 

You may find these two articles from Learn NC's site very interesting. The first talks about families in Colonial North Carolina. It indicates that once children reached the age of 5, they spent most of their time doing chores and work.

You may also be interested in information about learning in Colonial North Carolina. This next article has information about that:

I hope this helps!

Michelle Czaikowski, Government & Heritage Library


The Lumbee indians are Croatans. In the early 17th century settlers met Lumbee indians and even then they told settlers they were decendants from the Lost Colony and they were the only tribe to then to have grey eyes and they claimed it was from lost colony and the tribe also had the lost colony same last names and all the other tribal indians around there claimed the same thing about the Lumbee but since it's not documented there is no real proof.


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