Carteret County
North Carolina
Established 1722

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First Prison in Beaufort Town
During the December Court of 1736 it was determined that 'taking into consideration of the great necessity and want of a prison in Beaufort Town' that a contract was made with Daniel Rees to build a prison.  It was to be located on lot number seven in Beaufort Town, and to be twenty feet in length and fifteen feet in width.  The walls were to be made of sawed logs at least four inches thick and dovetailed at the corners, with the floors made of four inch thick planks.  The entrance to the building would consist of a strong double door at least three inches thick with iron hinges and a strong lock.  There would also be two front windows, each two feet in height and eighteen inches wide with iron grates.  The roof was was to be covered with pine shingles and a set of stocks were also to be made.  Mr. Rees was given four months to complete the work and paid 135 pounds.  A poll tax of 5 shillings per taxable was collected to defray the cost of 135 pounds.  James Salter, Thomas Dudley, and Capt. Enoch Ward were appointed commissioners to see that the work was completed.  I've not found an entry in the court records showing the work was completed, but in June 1743 Col. Thomas Lovick and Capt. Arthur Mabson were directed to find a workman to repair the prison.  (Source:  Carteret County Court Minutes)

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