“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Wallace in Pender County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Welsh Tract

Welsh Tract Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
1. Welsh Tract Marker
Inscription.  About 1730 a group of Welsh from the colony of Pennsylvania settled in this area, between the Northeast and Cape Fear rivers.
Erected 1948 by Archives, Conservation and Highway Departments. (Marker Number D-34.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1730.
Location. 34° 40.817′ N, 77° 56.517′ W. Marker is near Wallace, North Carolina, in Pender County. Marker is on U.S. 117 south of Exit 390 (Interstate 40), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Burgaw NC 28425, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Timothy Bloodworth (approx. ¼ mile away); Van Eeden (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hinton James (approx. 4½ miles away); Our Heroes (approx. 9 miles away); Burgaw Station (approx. 9 miles away); S. S. Satchwell
Welsh Tract Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, February 27, 2010
2. Welsh Tract Marker
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(approx. 9.1 miles away); George Burrington (approx. 10.2 miles away); Stag Park (approx. 10.2 miles away).
Also see . . .  What was the Welsh Tract?. 2009 article by Ben Steelman in the StarNews. Excerpt: “Instead of migrating as a group, the settlers seem to have picked up their land grants separately. Among these was Hugh Meredith, a former printer for Benjamin Franklin in Philadephia, who headed south to join relatives. Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette included detailed accounts of the settlement — probably written by Meredith, in its numbers 129 and 130, appearing in April and May 1731. The big draw appears to have been generous bounties from the British Parliament to those willing to go into the naval stores industry (tar, pitch and turpentine). Certainly, the region had plenty of pine trees that could be tapped for naval stores.” (Submitted on May 4, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,004 times since then and 88 times this year. Last updated on September 29, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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