Benjamin Stanton

Printed 1712 in England 
The first recorder was Benjamin Stanton 
“Benjamin Stanton, son of Henry Stanton and Lydia Albertson, was born in Carteret County, North Carolina, Seventh month, 1746, and died Twelfth month Twelfth, 1798. He lived and died in the house which he was born. The house was on Ware Creek, which flows into Newport River, about four miles north of the town of Beaufort, the terminus of a railway. He was minister of the Society of Friends.

“The first wife of Benjamin Stanton, Elizabeth Carver, died young. Their one child, James, born Tenth month Ninth, 1770, married Rebecca Chaddock; they had no children. On Ninth month Twenty-ninth, 1773, Benjamin married Abigail Macy in Friends’ Meeting, at New Garden [Greensboro, Guilford], North Carolina, and they lived the remainder of his life at his home in Carteret County, where all their children were born:

David b. 11-3-1774 died in infancy
Elizabeth b. 12-24-1775 m. Joshua Scott
Sarah b. 1-12-1778 m. Richard William
Avis b. 12-1-1779 m. Jesse Thomas
Anna b. 1-12-1782 m. Aaron Brown
Henry b. 2-25-1784 m. Clara Patterson
Abigail b. 3-23-1786 m. Benjamin Mitchner
David b. 5-1-1788 m. Lucy Norman
Lydia b. 10-11-1790 m. William Lewis
Benjamin b. 7-28-1793 m. Martha Townsend
Joseph b. 1-1-1797 m. Mary Townsend

This map was created in 1921 for the Stanton book and noted Carrot Island as "Benjamin Stanton's Fishery" 
and at least part of the west end of Shackelford Banks as belonging to Stanton.

“Benjamin acquired a large landed estate in Carteret and Craven counties. The large ordnance used during the Rebellion for taking Fort Macon on Bogue Banks and commanding Beaufort harbor was planted on Shackleford’s Banks, which had been owned by him.

“He owned a shipyard and was engaged for a while in ship-building. He had inherited slaves from his father, but these he had emancipated about the year 1787 when members of the Society of Friends in North Carolina followed the example of Friends in the more northern states and manumitted [freed/emancipated] and cast him or her into prison, and providing that proof being made that such person of color had been manumitted, he or she should be sold at auction. Notwithstanding this barbarous enactment, Benjamin Stanton, and after him his widow and children, succeeded in protecting the slaves set free by him and some of them emigrated to Ohio with the family in 1800.

“One of the slave women set free by Benjamin Stanton once saved the life of his son Benjamin, then a very small child. A boat had been pulled upon the beach and into it the child had clambered. At high tide the boat started out to sea, but fortunately not so far but that the colored woman, who discovered the child’s danger, was able by wading almost her full depth into the water to catch the boat and pull it ashore.

“Some of the colored people set free by Benjamin Stanton took the family name and their descendants still bear the name of Stanton.

“When Benjamin Stanton was twenty-one years old, and living in North Carolina, about forty-five years after his father left the old home town of Newport, Rhode Island, and when his future wife, Abigail Macy, was fourteen years old, living in Nantucket, there was a little social held in Newport that gives insight into the life of that day. The description is taken from ‘Newport Illustrated,’ published in 1854.

“’From the Newport Mercury, of 1767, we extract the following, as giving a lively picture of the manner in which a clergyman’s salary was paid when money was scarce and only to be obtained by the few: “Last Wednesday, thirty-seven young ladies of this town made the Rev. Dr. Stiles’ lady a visit. They sent their wheels and carried flax enough for a moderate day’s spinning, having agreed to have no trial who should spin most, but to spin good, fine yarn, and as much as they could without fatiguing themselves, and, accordingly, they spent the day in a very agreeable, industrious manner, and at sunset made Mr. Stiles a present of about one hundred fifteen-knotted skeins of yarn fine enough for shirts for the best gentleman in America.”

By William Henry Stanton

1798 - North Carolina Map Collection (not included in the Stanton book)