Michael Paquenet one of Carteret pioneers 1723
The first commissioners, of Beaufort were Richard Rustell and Joseph Bell, and as early as 1723 the town was laid off into lots. There were not many inhabitants in Beaufort as the fact says, for indeed there were but few in the precinct, for in, 1723 there were but 29 freeholders in" the precinct, a list of whom, I think, is of sufficient interest to give, as follows: Capt. John Nelson, for whom Nelson's' Nelson's' Bay, this county was named; Richard RusteL Esq., for whom Russell's Russell's Creek was named; Enoch Ward, Ross : Bell, William Shubridge, Richard Richard Whitehouse (Whitehurst), Joseph Fulford, Edward Ward, John Jarret, for whom Jarret's Bay, this county, was named; Richard Williamson, John Simpson, Thomas Gillikin, Robert Streyr Robert Atkins, Richard Harvey, Jr., Edmund Ennett, Michael Paquenet, Robert . Osborn, George Coxdell (Cog-dell), (Cog-dell), (Cog-dell), Davis Shepperd, for whom Shep-perd's Shep-perd's Shep-perd's Point now Morehead City, was named ; Richard Canady, Chas. Cog-dell, Cog-dell, Cog-dell, William Wells, Levi Crossey, John Shaw, John Hatten, William Noble, Daniel Macdanel. Many of these names have been retained in the county to this day by the descendants of these pioneers.