Hi, Brenda! Hi, Sandra!
Falling Creek was the antecedent of Contentnea Monthly Meeting, formed by Quakers coming up the Neuse River from the Core Sound area and overland from Rich Square across the Roanoke and Tar Basins.
Seth Hinshaw gives the history as follows (rearranged a tad):
"Falling Creek (c. 1746-1772). Friends in Johnston
County began meeting at the house of John Wallis about
1746. The QM granted them a MM on 3/28/1748. This
meeting was also called Lower Falling Creek. The MM
was moved to Richard Cox's house in 1772. It was laid
down by the MM on 8/3/1772.
Richard Cox's house (opened c. 1770, still active
1789). Also called Upper Falling Creek; central Wayne
County. Falling Creek MM moved here 6/1/1772 and
continued here until its last session on 8/3/1772.
Contentnea (opened 1772, still active 1789). First Day
meeting granted by Falling Creek MM 8/3/1772 in the
house of Arthur Bryant. EQM transferred the MM here,
and its first session here was 9/12/1772. [Rader note: Contentnea Meeting was laid down 1852, consolidated with Nahunta Meeting. Contentnea was located north of Aycock swamp in modern-day northern Wayne County.]
Bear Creek (opened c. 1784, still active 1789).
Probably a continuation of the meeting at Thomas
Hollowell's house (CMM 1/8/1785). New MH was built
1788 according to Query answers, EQM 8/30/1788."
Rich Square is pretty far away, northeast of the Nahunta Swamp/Contentnea area, in modern-day Northampton County, NC.
Many of the Cox and related Quaker marriages are extracted from the Quaker records and presented in:
"Marriages in Contentnea Quarterly Meeting of Friends, 1737-1891, by Theodore E. Perkins (Greensboro, NC: Guilford County Genealogical Society, 1988). Quaker Ref. BX 7648.N8 P4 1988"
My copy is buried upstairs -- we are replacing a heating system. Sorry! Maybe later.
In addition, many of the Cox family burials occurred at the old Neuse Meeting locale. Those graves were moved when Quaker Neck lake inundated the original site. The moved graves are inventoried at:
The burials at Contentnea are (unfortunately) long gone. I proved the location of the meeting house, and have surveyed the site for artifacts, but there is no vestige of that graveyard remaining. Note that burials in Wayne County prior to the 1850s (or even the 1880s or 1890s) only rarely have gravestones. Many pine headboards were used, now mostly long gone.
My wife descends from Richard Cox via his son Micajah Cox.
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