Signers of the Resolutions of the Edenton Tea Party

The tea pot on the green and the tablet on the Court House commemorate this event. Our thanks to Dixie Briggs for contributing the following account for the Chowan County Page.

From the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, January 16, 1775, comes the following contemporary account of the Edenton Tea Party and the only authentic list of signers of the resolutions. 

“Extract of a letter from North Carolina, Oct. 27. 

“The Provincial Deputies of North Carolina having resolvd not to drink any more tea, nor wear any more British cloth, &c. many ladies of this Province have determined to give a memorable proof of their patriotism, and have accordingly entered into the following honourable and spirited association. I send it to you, to shew your fair countrywomen, how zealously and faithfully American ladies follow the laudable example of their husbands, and what opposition your Ministers may expect to receive from a people thus firmly united against them.” 

Edenton, North Carolina, Oct. 25, 1774. 

“As we cannot be indifferent on any occasion that appears nearly to affect the peace and happiness of our country, and as it has thought necessary, for the public good, to enter into several particular resolves by a meeting of Members deputed from the whole Province, it is a duty which we owe, not only to our near and dear connections who have concurred in them, but to ourselves who are essentially interested in their welfare, to do every thing as far as lies in our power to testify our sincere adherence to the same; and we do therefore accordingly subscribe this paper, as a witness of our fixed intention and solemn determination to do so.

Abagail Charlton Mary Blount
F. Johnstone Elizabeth Creacy
Margaret Cathcart Elizabeth Patterson
Anne Johnstone Jane Wellwood
Margaret Pearson Mary Woolard
Penelope Dawson Sarah Beasley
Jean Blair Susannah Vail
Grace Clayton Elizabeth Vail
Frances Hall Elizabeth Vail
Mary Jones Mary Creacy
Anne Hall Mary Creacy
Rebecca Bondfield Ruth Benbury
Sarah Littlejohn Sarah Howcott
Penelope Barker Sarah Hoskins
Elizabeth P. Ormond Mary Littledle
M. Payne Sarah Valentine
Elizabeth Johnston Elizabeth Crickett
Mary Bonner Elizabeth Green
Lydia Bonner Mary Ramsay
Sarah Howe Anne Horniblow
Lydia Bennet Mary Hunter
Marion Wells Tresia Cunningham
Anne Anderson Elizabeth Roberts
Sarah Mathews Elizabeth Roberts
Anne Haughton Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Beasly

The following was received from Richard Crotwell  – Penelope Barker, a main instigator of subject was Penelope Craven before her marriage to Barker. Source: Great Stories of the American Revolution by Webb Garrison, Chapter 12 pages 76 & 77.

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