I noticed the name Epaphroditus Kilby.An Espher Kilby appears in New Hanover Co., NC.Could they be the same?An Expher Killbee and Susana Killbee witness the will of William Ezard [William Ezell].William Ezell lived in Brunswick Co., VA prior to NC.Brunswick is close to IOW Co., which is mentioned in your post.
New Hanover Co., NC.Will of William Ezard [William Ezell]. Mentions: daughter, Elizabeth; grandson, John Ezard, …”a tract of land on the south side of Fountains Creek in Virginia, containing 145 acres”; grandson, Isaac Rowell, …“292 acres of land known by the name of Dosey?/Posey?” (in case of death while “under age” to be willed to the previously mentioned John Ezard); grandson, William Batts, my shot gun; grandchildren, Hannah? Dickson, Lucy White, Mary Batson, Agnes Batts, William Batts, Sarah Batts, John Batts, Baalam Batts.Executor: “good friend George White”.Written: April 24, 1773.Witnesses: Expher Killbee, Susana Killbee, Elisha Atkinson.Probated: October 1775
Also, two letters including the name Espher Killbee and Capt. Killby.
Letter from Espher Killbee to Richard Caswell
September 04, 1777
Volume 11, Page 757
ESPHER KILLBEE TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR.
[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State]
Sept. 4th 1777
May it please yr. Excellency
I herewith take the liberty to enclose the Petition of the Newtopsail [New Topsail] Militia, together w't a list of the Company, attested by the Clerk, by which yr. Excellency may judge of the great injustice I rec'd in having my Commission taken from me without cause and given to another. The list compared wt. the names to the Petition, will at once shew yr. Excellency the true Voice of the People: who are almost unanimously for me, & who live in expectation that yr. excellency will be pleased to restore to me my Command, or Order a new Election immediately– had I committed any misdemeanor, and been broke by the Articles of War, I should tho' disgraced have Acquiest wt. my fate– but concious of the rectitude of my conduct– I am doubly unhappy at my unjust removal–
I have the honor to be
Yr. Excellency's most Obed humble Servt.
Letter from Anthony Ward to Richard Caswell
October 20, 1777
Volume 11, Page 658
ANTHEY WARD TO GOV. CASWELL.
[From Executive Letter Book.]
Wilmington, Oct. 20th, 1777.
I just received yours of the 29th September and observe the contents, I was informed by Captain St George when the Election was at New Topsail, for the appointment of the officers it was the opinion of many that Capt Killby had the most vote, and he himself told me so, in consequence of that I filled up his Commission as a Captain,—But in eight or ten days after Capt Campbell came to Wilmington & disputed the election, but after some little dispute, they both agreed to appoint a day for a new election, which was accordingly done in the field before the whole Regiment, and Capt Campbell got the most votes, by six or seven. The above is a true state of what happened the second Election, for I was present at the time. But however I have obeyed your Excellency's orders and have given orders for a new Election, as soon as I am acquainted who the officers are that are appointed, I will send you a return of their names. I shall be glad your Excellency will send some more Blank Comm's in to be filled up, as there were not enough for the officers that have been chosen, and there has been one more Company added to the Regiment since the first Comm'r came out.
I am your most obdt huml Servt.