The Royal Colony of North Carolina

9th House of Burgesses - 1742-1743

The 9th House of Burgesses during the Royal Period met in Edenton in two sessions. The first session met from March 15th to Unknown in 1742/43. The second session met from July 22nd to July 27th in 1743.

This is also considered to be the 4th House of Burgesses under Royal Governor Gabriel Johnston.

Northampton County was created in 1741 and they sent their first delegate to this House of Burgesses. As a result, Bertie County had their number of delegates reduced from five (5) to three (3).

On November 18, 1743, Governor Gabriel Johnston prorogued the General Assemby until the third Tuesday in February of 1744, and to meet in Bath Town. There are no records available for this session, if it occurred.

Election District


Beaufort County

Benjamin Peyton


Bertie County

Thomas Barker

James Castellaw

Benjamin Hill

Bladen County

Thomas Brown

Thomas Robinson

Carteret County



Chowan County

Joseph Anderson

John Benbury

John Hodgson



Craven County

William Brice

William Wilson

Currituck County

John Etheridge

George Powers

Henry White



Edgecombe County

John Pope


Hyde County

Samuel Sinclaire

Thomas Smith

New Hanover County



Northampton County
(created in 1741)

Samuel Taylor


Onslow County

John Starkey

Samuel Swann*

Pasquotank County

William Burgess

Thomas Pendleton

Caleb Sawyer



Perquimans County

McRora Scarborough





Tyrrell County

William Gardner

William Kennedy

Stephen Lee

Edmond Smithwick


Town of Bath

Robert Turner

Town of Edenton

James Craven

Town of New Bern


Town of Wilmington

William Farris
* Samuel Swann was elected Speaker of the House.
It is unclear to this Author if the blanks are due to names not being recorded, if some delegates were not elected, or if some delegates merely did not show up for the assembly.
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