Carteret County, North Carolina

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Coordinates: 34°44′N 76°46′W / 34.733°N 76.767°W / 34.733; -76.767

Carteret County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 59,383. Its county seat is Beaufort.[1] Most of the county is part of the Crystal Coast.

The county was named for Sir George Carteret, one of the 17th century English Lords Proprietor, or for his descendant and heir John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville. Lord Carteret's family was the only one of the original eight who retained title to its "Granville District" (of North Carolina) right up to the time of the American Revolutionary War.



The first male of English parents born in the current area of North Carolina was John Fulford. He was born in 1629 in what is now Carteret County, North Carolina. He settled in this area and died in 1729. An article dated Sept. 18, 1893, in The New Bern Daily Journal, identified Fulford's grave in a cemetery outside Beaufort, NC, in an area called the Straits, “bricked up with English brick.” In 1971 a survey by the Carteret County Historical Society found such a grave in the Fulford Cemetery off Piper Lane in Gloucester. No signs of it remain today.[2]

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