The first owner of the Newbold-White House property was a Quaker named Joseph Scott. Scott was one of the few Carolinians named in George Fox's Journal, where Fox notes that he preached at Scott's house near the Perquimans River in 1672. Scott's neighbors founded one of North Carolina's first organized churches, the Perquimans Monthly Meeting of Friends. When Scott died in 1685, he left instructions for the "Body of People called Quakers" to help settle his estate.
26 November 1672. George Fox Visits Joseph Scott.
The journal of George Fox describes his missionary visit to the New World in 1672. Reaching Carolina, he made his way to the governor's house. Then: "the next Morneinge wee passed away & sent our boate about, & ye Governor went afoott 2: miles through ye woods with us, & sett us in our way to the boate; & [ye 26th of ye 9o moth] [sic brackets] wee came to Joseph Scotts one of the Burgesses of the Country, & this was about 30: miles by water; [& now they say wee are A Thousand Miles from Boston Southward, they say that have travelled it; all which wee have travailed by land & downe bayes & over Rivers & Creekes & boggs & wildernesses; and at the first house wee came to in corlina wee mett with an Indian Kinge a pretty sober man; The truth spreadeth, & as wee passed downe, wee passed by Batts Iland & by Kickwold youpen, & pekeque mines River, where there is some friendly people,] [sic brackets] & wee had a Meettinge [by pekeque mine River at Joseph Scotts house,] [sic brackets] & many people was there, & was tender, & a sound pretious meettinge there was, Blessed be the Lord, & ye people much desired after Meettings; [and on ye 28th of ye 9o moth] [sic brackets] wee passed by water 4: miles to Henry Phillipps house, . . ." On or soon after the 1st day of the 10th month Fox held a large meeting. Then: "after ye Meettinge I passed by Land & water about 5: or 6: miles to Joseph Scotts, where wee had a day of washinge & sweepinge of those yt had defiled themselves; on ye 2d day of ye 10o moth wee passed by water about 5: miles, . . ."
[Norman Penney, ed., The Journal of George Fox, (Cambridge: At the University Press, 2 vols., 1911), vol. II, pages 235, 236.]
Abraham Sanders, the builder of the Newbold-White House, was also a Quaker.The earliest record of him is his signature on the Quaker wedding certificate of his father's second marriage in 1716. Abraham could not read or write, but his wife, Judith Pritlow, was educated and literate. This shows the emphasis the early Quakers placed on equality in education. Sanders was active in the Perquimans Monthly Meeting, serving on several committees and appearing as a witness to a number of marriages.
The Perquimans County Restoration Association is continuing to develop the story of the Quakers at the site and how Quakerism and the site impacted daily life in the North Carolina Colony.