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Exploration, European

by John Hairr, 2006

See also: Amadas and Barlowe Expedition; De Soto Expedition; Lederer Expedition; Lost Colony; Pardo Expeditions; Roanoke Voyages; Verrazano Expedition.

Part 1: Introduction; Part 2: Initial European Expeditions; Part 3: Sir Walter Raleigh and the Arrival of the English; Part 4: Seventeenth-Century Explorers; Part 5: References

Part 5: References

Alan V. Briceland, Westward from Virginia: The Exploration of the Virginia-Carolina Frontier, 1650-1710 (1987).

David Corbitt, ed., Explorations, Descriptions, and Attempted Settlements of Carolina, 1584-1590 (1953).

Ivor Noel Hume, The Virginia Adventure, Roanoke to Jamestown: An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey (1994).

William S. Powell, "Carolana and the Incomparable Roanoke: Explorations and Attempted Settlements, 1620-1663," NCHR 51 (January 1974).

David B. Quinn, England and the Discovery of America, 1481-1620 (1974).

L. A. Vigneras, "A Spanish Discovery of North Carolina in 1566," NCHR 46 (Autumn 1969).





I'm doing research on the Kimsey family and found a reference to Mary Rebecca Kimsey, daughter of James Kimsey, and mother to George Washington Truett. Apparently her father and uncle were both Baptist ministers. Two questions: Do you know of a Benjamin Kimsey who was also a Baptist minister and a merchant (store owner) in the late 1700s in North Carolina? Second, what is the history of Kimsey Gap, Kimsey Bald, and Kimsey Cove? Thanks so much.


Cecelia, please contact me, a Kimsey researcher who has photographed original documents involving Benjamin-1 Kimsey and his children and grandchildren.


Hi Cecilia,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and sharing your question.

I am going to refer you by email to the NC Government & Heritage Libary.  A librarian will contact you shortly to help with the family history question and to suggest resources and collections for you to consult.

Second, regarding the history of the locations you mention:  here are search results from the NC Gazetteer (originally published in print by UNC Press) in NCpedia for those locations --  The entries don't give any historical information although they do show you where they were/are located. The reference librarian who contacts you may also be able to suggest some local history resources for those counties that can give you additional information.

Good luck with your search and best wishes,

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

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