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My father's side of the family came from southern Scotland as a minor partner on an English whaling ship that the crew settled in on Portsmouth Island on the Outer Banks in 1670. The ship set up a "business" on the island as a rendering station for whales, with the main products being whale bone, whale oil and such, that would be transported back to England. The Dixon house was rebuilt on Portsmouth Island in the 1970's by the National Park Service and is now the main welcome center there. The Dixon graveyard plots have been restored.
My mother's side of the family was Croatoan (now referred to as Lumbee). My grandmother was a twin and directly descended from the Hatteras area people. The English settlers didn't try to bring brides from the England area because of the harsh conditions so they chose local girls as wives. Because having "heathen" Native American wives was frowned on back home and within the community the women were quickly baptized before marriage by the resident clergy and given "Christian" first names. Thus the Native American names are lost but the names Dixon, Styron, Gaskill,, Midget, Lewis, and others still have deep roots in the Pamlico and Bogue Sound areas.