Welcome to the Quinn Genetic Genealogy Project Portal. This website is privately maintained by T. Allen Quinn the current curator, administrator, researcher and resident historian for the lines associated with Laughlin Quin, Born between 1703-1712 in Dublin, Ireland having passed in the Newport District of Carteret County on the 4th of February, 1774.
Laughlin's Last Will and Testament and death was proved by Governor J. Martin in New Bern on the 5th of February when William Coale presented the will to Governor Martin and the Letter's Testimentary were to be provided to the governor. The will was placed in the Governor's personal papers instead of being filed at the Carteret County Court House in Beaufort which would have been the correct place to file the will. The question for me has always been to determine why the will was taken to the Royal Governor in New Bern versus the far closer County Courthouse in Beaufort Town unless William Coale had other business in Newport on the 5th of February. The will was discovered and identified as Secretary of State Papers in the Colonial & State Records of North Carolina.
After physically investigating this box of artifacts along with the will itself, it became fairly clear that the contents of this box were not organized by any particular subject. Rather, the loose contents contained a wide range of the governor's private articles for a handful of local men, some priminant and some not. The contents were retrieved from Tryon Palace on the governor's office on 25 April 1775 when Whigs attacked Tryon Palace and Governor Martin and his family fled New Bern. The governor sent his family to Elizabeth's in Whitehouse, New York and himeself took refuge on board the sloop-of-war Cruiser, transferring his headquarters to Fort Johnston on the Cape Fear River.