When two of the Smith brothers joined in a publishing business in
Appleton Oaksmith, born
At the beginning of the Civil War he was indicted for equipping a slave ship. He was jailed, only to escape. Oaksmith was hidden for nine months by his grandmother, Sophia Prince. It was while he was with his grandmother in
In the 1870’s, the dreamer, schemer and entrepreneur proposed dredging Neuse River and Beaufort Harbor, building dry docks in Morehead City and developing the nearby beaches into a resort. He bought hundreds of acres on Bogue Banks—an area now comprised by
He acquired title to all of his property in the names of his wife, Augusta, and her sister, Ellen Mason. At that time the area was generally referred to as Beaufort, visited by Appleton Oaksmith’s widowed mother, often spending months at a time. Oaksmith was a representative in the NC Legislature in 1874.
From several sources including Heritage of Carteret County and Wikipedia.