North Carolina-Martin County-July 20

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 20

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1774 Martin County was established at the request of weary residents who had traveled long distances to faraway government seats. The county was carved out of Halifax and Tyrell Counties.

Map of Martin County is depicted below outlined in red.


The county seat of Martin County is Williamston. The county populations still hovers around 24,000 a number that existed in the 1940’s.

Martin County northern boundry is formed by the Roanoke River before it dumps into the Albemarle Sound. The Roanoke River is famous for its striper run.


Joshua Alexander (Sales Manager), Capt. Richard Andrews, of Tar-Pam Guide Service, and Max Gaspeny with some of the 40+ striped bass landed on a Roanoke River shoreline.

Martin County’s early history has a connection to the Williams family.  The seat of government in the county received its name in honor of Colonel William Williams, a Revolutionary War hero, who owned several plantations and estates in the northwestern section of the county.

colonel william williams

Williams’s father, also named William Williams, had settled in the region during early 1700s.  He and his family squatted on a track of land on the southern edge of the Roanoke River.  William Williams II, colonel of Martin County’s militia during the Revolutionary War, served as the county’s first senator in the General Assembly in 1777.


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