The Royal Colony of North Carolina

3rd House of Burgesses - 1733

The 3rd House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in Edenton from November 5th to November 8th in 1733. Since the "Upper House" (Governor and Executive Council) could not make a quorum, the General Assembly was cancelled and no business was conducted.

This is also considered to be the 3rd House of Burgesses under Royal Governor George Burrington.

Edgecombe Precinct was established by Governor George Burrington and his Executive Council in 1732, but the House of Burgesses refused to ackowledge its creation, claiming that only they could create a new precinct. However, in 1733, Edgecombe Precinct began sending delegates to the House of Burgesses. Their attendance was sporadic until after the House of Burgesses finally approval of Edgecombe County in 1741.

Election District


Beaufort Precinct

Dr. Patrick Maule

Robert Turner

Bertie Precinct

James Castellaw

John Harrold

Isaac Hill

Arthur Williams

George Wynns

Carteret Precinct



Chowan Precinct

Col. Henry Bonner

Capt. William Downing

Col. Edward Moseley

Cullen Pollock

Edmund Porter

Craven Precinct



Currituck Precinct

Thomas Lowther





Edgecombe Precinct
(created in 1732)

Dr. Davy Hopper

Capt. William Whitehead

Hyde Precinct

William Barrow

Thomas Smith

New Hanover Precinct



Pasquotank Precinct

Gabriel Burnham

Caleb Sawyer

Charles Sawyer

John Sawyer

Jeremiah Symons (Simons)

Perquimans Precinct

Zebulon Clayton

Charles Denman

Capt. Richard Sanderson

Richard Skinner

Samuel Swann

Tyrrell Precinct**



Town of Bath 

John Leahy

Town of Edenton

Charles Westbeer

Town of New Bern 

** Tyrrell Precinct was created in 1729, but for some reason, it was not authorized to send delegates until January 15, 1734/55.
It is not clear whether the precincts with no names identified are due to vacancies or if they simply did not show up in time.
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