The Royal Colony of North Carolina

1st House of Burgesses - 1731

The First House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in Edenton from April 13th to May 27th in 1731.

This is also considered to be the First House of Burgesses under Royal Governor George Burrington.

The day after taking the oaths of office, Governor George Burrington issued a Writ of Election for the Freeholders to elect a new General Assembly on March 23rd and for that General Assembly to sit on April 13th.

House records show that they adjourned on May 27th, but Executive Council records indicate that Governor Burrington gave a speech to the House of Burgesses on November 3rd. He lambasted them for their last session, then, he prorogued them until next April.

On March 28, 1732, Governor Burrington and his Executive Council ordered the current House of Burgesses to dissolve.

Election District


Beaufort Precinct

Symon Alderson

Edward Salter

Bertie Precinct

James Castellaw

Isaac Hill

Col. Thomas Pollock, Jr.

Arthur Williams

Capt. George Wynns

Carteret Precinct

Joshua Bell

Richard Russell

Chowan Precinct

Maj. Henry Bonner

William Downing

John Lovick

Col. Edward Moseley*

Cullen Pollock

Craven Precinct

Evan Jones

William Wilson

Currituck Precinct

John Etheridge

Richard Islands

Thomas Lowther (1)

George Powers

Henry White

Hyde Precinct

William Barrow

Thomas Smith

New Hanover Precinct



Pasquotank Precinct

Gabriel Burnham

Griffin Jones

Charles Sawyer

Col. Thomas Swann

Jeremiah Symons

Perquimans Precinct

Charles Denman

Marmaduke Norfleet

McRora Scarborough

Richard Skinner

Samuel Swann

Tyrrell Precinct



Town of Bath 

Roger Kennion (Kenyon)

Town of Edenton

William Williams

Town of New Bern 

Joseph Hannis (2) / Walter Lane
* Edward Moseley was elected Speaker of the House. Ayliffe Williams was appointed Clerk. 
(1) Election contested and his seat was declared vacant. No known new election.
(2) Election contested and a new election was ordered. Walter Lane won the new election.
It is not clear whether the precincts with no names identified are due to vacancies or if they had not yet been authorized to send representatives to the House of Burgesses. This Author tends to believe it was due to the latter, but it really makes no sense because the precincts had definitely already been established.
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