Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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Daniel McDaniel’s periauger

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From his Inventory after his death… ca. 1733 or so…

(there was a delay and his widow re-married to one John Anderson, hence my interest)

North Carolina

Edgecomb County

February 1741/2 To the worshipful Court Now Sitting This Being a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular of the personall Estate of Daniel McDaniel Descd By me —–

Serah Anderson Exittrix *e —-

Three Negroes

845 Head of Cattle   [this isn’t a misprint]

4 Horses and one Mare

1 Perre Auger 


An account of the construction and use of the periauger was described by Englishman John Lawson (1674?–1711) an explorer, naturalist and writer, on his travels in 1701 in what is today, South Carolina. The account was published in his diaries in 1709.

The next day we entered Santee river’s mouth, . . . As we row’d up the river, we found the land towards the mouth, and for about sixteen miles up it, scarce any thing but swamp and percoarson, affording vast ciprus-trees, of which the French make canoes, that will carry fifty or sixty barrels. After the tree is moulded and dug, they saw them in two pieces and so put a plank between, and even a small Keel, to preserve them from the Oyster-Banks, which are innumerable in the Creeks and Bays betwixt the French settlement and Charles-Town.

They carry two masts and Bermudas sails, which makes them very handy and fit for their purpose; . . . . Of these great trees the pereaugers and canoes are scoop’d and made; which sort of vessels are chiefly to pass over the rivers, creeks, and bays; and to transport goods and lumber from one river to another. Some are so large as to carry thirty barrels, tho’ of one entire piece of timber. Others that are split down the bottom, and a piece added thereto, will carry eighty, or an hundred. Several have gone out our inlets on the ocean to Virginia, laden with pork, and other produce of the country. Of these trees curious boats for pleasure may be made, and other necessary craft…. This wood is very lasting, and free from the rot. A canoe of it will outlast four boats, and seldom wants repair.[3]

Just do a search on my search box for “McDaniel”… I have some notes… (smiling)

an aside… most folks don’t know squat ’bout Long Leaf Pines… they were HUGE and abundant…

an aside of the above aside about Longleaf Pines… I found this quote interesting:

“The Kume property line tree in Southampton County is most likely the sole remaining tree from a former longleaf
pine stand. We base this conclusion on the large diameter of the tree (53 cm.), the proximity of the South Quay
site, and land use practices. Properly line trees are frequently not cut in logging operations and may reflect former forest composition. The Kume property line tree is then probably the last, old survivor of a longleaf pine stand at this site.”

The article I am about to link is about the area of Southside Virginia that myself and most of you folks visiting here are interested in… in other words… I just find this oddly interesting.

Click to access LAC154.PDF

I’m a disturbed old phart with a weird sense of humor. Instead of leaving a RIP tombstone with the inscription “I Told You I Was Sick”, I am thinking of getting my hands on some of these Longleaf Pine saplings and sprinkle them around my “God’s Little Acre” of property I have here in Florida… then in about a century down the line some folks will stand around and possibly comment with a question like “What in the hell kind of tree is THAT thing?…Good Lord!”

Written by anderson1951

July 9, 2021 at 5:47 pm

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