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Dare to Believe the Lost Colony is Found: Eleanor Dare and the Roanoke Lost Colony

One of America’s greatest mysteries is that of The Lost Colony. Most people know the story of how, in 1587, a group of 117 English settlers landed on Roanoke Island … and were never seen again.

I wonder who they were, why they were there, what did they hope to find in America? I am especially fascinated by Eleanor White Dare, Governor John White’s daugther. Why would a young woman leave the comfort and safety of her European home for the wilds of the New World, especially knowing she is pregnant?! More importantly, what happened to her?

If the name Eleanor Dare doesn’t ring a bell, then surely you know her daughter: Virginia Dare—the first English child born in America. We don’t know much about the baby, but tantalizing clues hint at what may have happened to her mother.

First, a few pieces of history regarding the colony that you might not know. For one thing, this group of settlers was supposed to land at Chesapeake Bay. The colonists stopped at Roanoke Island in August of 1587 to check on a group of soldiers who had been left a year earlier. Ominously, only the bleached bones of one soldier, and an overgrown, abandoned fort were all they discovered.

Due to mishaps (or sabotage) on the journey from England to America, the colonists were desperately undersupplied by the time they landed at Roanoke. Perhaps another harbinger of disaster, Colonist George Howe went crabbing and Indians murdered him. Governor White had made the trip to Roanoke a year earlier and knew full well some of the natives were not friendly. He was present in 1586 when English soldiers killed the Secotan chief, thereby seriously damaging relations with the tribe. Howe’s death was testimony to the fact the Secotan had neither forgiven nor forgotten.

But it gets worse. Simon Fernandez, the ship’s pilot, forced the colonists off his ship, and planned to head back to England without them! After frantic talks and persistent begging, he acquiesced and allowed Governor White to return with him. The governor promised to gather supplies and sail back within the year.

In the meantime, the colonists knew they couldn’t stay on the little island. If they were to survive, they absolutely had to get off Roanoke. They were down to practically zero provisions and it was past planting season; not to mention, farming the soil on Roanoke isn’t for amateurs. The colonists told Governor White they were going “to remove 50 miles further up into the main.” They also promised him they would carve the name of their destination on trees or doorposts. If they were in distress, they would carve crosses as well.

Heartsick, John White kissed his daughter and new born granddaughter goodbye, entreated his son-in-law Ananias to take care of them, and sailed for England.

He never saw his family again.

I cannot stop wondering what happened to Eleanor, Virginia, and Ananias. Finally, over 400 years later, there are tantalizing clues coming to light that may solve the mystery! Let’s play detective and fit the pieces together.

Here is what we know: for whatever reasons (ostensibly, the war with Spain), John White did not return to Roanoke for three years. When he finally did make it back, the colonists were gone, their buildings had been removed (not razed), and the word “Croatoan” had been carved into two different locations at the fort, but no crosses were found. The colonists had in their company an Indian named Manteo, of the Croatoan tribe, who had in the past acted as an emissary and translator for the English.

Now, for the clues.

A hapless tourist on vacation in 1937 discovered a stone alongside newly opened Highway 17, just outside Edenton, NC, yards from the Chowan River. Upon this stone was carved the date of Ananias (Eleanor’s husband) and Virginia Dares’ deaths: 1591. On the back, addressed to “Father,” the stone is covered with the sorrowful tale of how the English settlers endured two years of war, followed by two years of sickness, only to be nearly annihilated in a savage Indian attack. Only seven of the colonists survived. This rock is signed with the initials “EWD.” Eleanor White Dare. Ananias Dare was a stone carver. It would not be unusual for a wife to pick up some of the husband’s skills in a family-owned business.

Suddenly, though, a slew of carved stones was found in a trail from North Carolina to Georgia. Each rock gave further fascinating details on the fate of Eleanor and her Lost Colony. While the drama surrounding the find is a fascinating tale in and of itself, due to various issues, the stones were eventually condemned as fakes.

Methinks that was a rush to judgment.

Fast forward to 2012. Intriguing information is discovered on a map drawn by John White in 1585. On this map, a patch hides a drawing of a fort on a piece of land where the Chowan and Roanoke Rivers meet. The drawing though, done in a type of invisible ink, seems to show something larger and more significant than a fort. Perhaps a settlement?

The site (hidden by the patch) is approximately 50 miles west of Roanoke Island.

The stone discovered in 1937 was found across the river from the location hidden by this patch.

The First Colony Foundation began excavations in this area a few years ago and has recovered items consistent with what the Lost Colonists would have had on hand. This dig, referred to as Site X, is near the site of a small Native American village.

Let’s postulate a theory. White’s patch may have hidden the location of where Sir Walter Raleigh wanted to found the settlement of Raleigh. The patch was perhaps a ruse to hide such details if the map was captured by the Spanish. When the colonists discovered that their pilot would not take them on to Chesapeake Bay, the secret location was a likely and logical Plan B.

The Chowan River Stone discovered in 1937 was carved by Eleanor. I can see a grieving wife and mother, who had hung on through unimaginable degradations and hardships, sitting down, gritting her teeth against her hopelessness, and carving. Carving a grave stone for her husband and daughter, and some final words for her father.

According to Eleanor’s note, the group had established a settlement, but they were beset by war for two years. Over half the group died, and then sickness struck. The party reduced to twenty-four souls. Her note seems to imply that for a brief time, they were left unmolested, but then suddenly Indians attacked again, killing all but seven.

William Stratchey, the first secretary of the Jamestown colony, curious about the Lost Colony, asked the natives for details. He recounts in his book History of Travaile into Virginia Britania, (1612) that Chief Powhatan had attacked the English and their allies the Chesepian … According the tale, Seven English settlers survived the savage assault.

The number can’t be a coincidence. The date of the attack differs in Stratchey’s account from the date on the Chowan River Stone, occurring years later. I think, however, it is a safe bet he’s wrong on that. Stratchey collected his information secondhand, from various Native Americans of differing tribes, working through the translations of their stories. Certainly tiny details could have become indistinct, such as exactly what year a particular attack happened.

What became of these last survivors (four men, two boys, and one young maid)? Were they taken captive? Was that why Eleanor carved this rock when she did? Four years after landing in the New World. Was it her last chance to leave a message for her father? Especially if she knew she would be leaving the area? I think so.

Stratchey recorded that the seven English were saved by Chief Eyanoco and moved to villages near present day Clarksville, VA, specifically to work copper for him. That is where, I believe, Eleanor’s story ends, though legends abound. She married a chief. Was merely a slave. Had other children. Was seen in the mountains of North Carolina. However she spent her final days, I’m at least satisfied to know she survived Roanoke Island and wound up in Virginia. With a certain degree of confidence, I can say Eleanor is not lost anymore. Though, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I guess she never really was.

If you’d like to do your own investigation, check out these remarkable books: The Lost Rocks by David La Vere and Roanoke by Lee Miller.

If you’d like to see Eleanor’s stone for yourself, visit the page at Brenau University: https://www.brenau.edu/darestones/


Sources:

http://www.northcarolinahistory.org/encyclopedia/908/entry

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2521140/Is-THIS-lost-Roanoke-Colony-New-radar-imagery-finds-evidence-buildings-near-island-North-Carolina-120-British-settlers-disappeared.html

http://ncpedia.org/dare-stones

http://window.brenau.edu/articles/dare-stones/

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/1836

https://www.mitchellspublications.com/articles/hhm/0018/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_White_(colonist_and_artist)

http://www.history.com/news/archaeologists-find-new-clues-to-lost-colony-

Photo courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/pin/509821620288040512/

Heather Blanton’s original article was published in Book Fun Magazine April 2016.


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A cowboy with a Purple Heart. A reporter with a broken heart. Which one is her Mr. Right?

When Lucy Daniels is rescued from a stampeding herd of cattle by war hero Dale Sumner, sparks fly and headlines are born. Smelling an opportunity, the local newspaper decides to send the couple on a tour selling war bonds—not to mention, subscriptions. Enamored with her handsome savior, Lucy is happy to play her part … until she realizes her affections are slowly slipping toward the wrong man.

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Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton

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MEN MAKE MISTAKES. GOD WILL FORGIVE THEM. WILL THEIR WOMEN?

Charles McIntyre built the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance practically with his bare hands … and without any remorse for the lives he destroyed along the way. Then a glimpse of true love, both earthly and heavenly, changed him. The question is, how much? Naomi Miller is a beautiful, decent woman. She says she loves McIntyre, that God does, too, and the past is behind them now. But McIntyre struggles to believe he’s worth saving … worth loving. Unfortunately, the temptations in Defiance only reinforce his doubts.

Billy Page abandoned Hannah Frink when he discovered she was going to have his baby … and now he can’t live with himself. Or without her. Determined to prove his love, he leaves his family and fortune behind and journeys to Defiance. Will Hannah take Billy back or give him what he deserves for the betrayal?

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Loath to admit it, Audra Drysdale needs a man to save her ranch. Her father has passed away and her hands are abandoning her like rats from a sinking ship. Worse, a neighboring cattle baron is making a play for the Diamond D AND Audra, whichever he can get his hands on first.

Dillon Pine is in jail for a conspiracy charge, but because of certain mitigating factors he’s deemed a good risk for an unusual form of probation: serving as Audra’s husband. 

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THE RANGER’S UNEXPECTED BRIDE by Laura J. Marshall
1870 Comanche, Texas – Justice Ryder, Captain of the Texas Rangers, a man who is not accustomed to being unsure of anything is not quite certain what to make of his mother’s outrageous matchmaking scheme.

Blueblood Diana Carrington, the embodiment of that scheme, travels across the country with high hopes, but an encounter before she arrives in town complicates everything.

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The town of Secret is getting a pastor’s wife. And the only one who doesn’t know is the groom!

Leah Barton is concerned when she overhears a covert meeting of church members, What could the congregation be plotting, especially if the pastor isn’t invited? When the church’s plan takes an unexpected twist, Leah must decide whose opinion matters most to her. Will she be content with a life and reputation dictated by others, or will she be open to a future, and a love that require her to learn and step forward in faith? And how will she convince all of Secret that the greatest danger to their future just may be a well-meaning congregation?

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Jessie Kincaid doesn’t plan to follow in his older brothers’ footsteps, which seems to include being bachelors. There might be twice as many men as women in their town, but there are still other ways to go about finding a wife. 

Jessie begins writing Sarah Engle in hopes that she will become his mail order bride. Even though there are miles between them, he feels connected to her. He sends her money, along with a stage coach ticket, to come see him so that they can be married. 

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Lafayette Faulkenberg advertised for a bride, one of plain countenance, able to cook, clean, and sew. But his wish for a woman to tend his house did not come with plans to share his heart. 

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Act like a man … Think like a lady.

Banished to the dusty cow town of Misery, WY for an alleged affair, Grace Hendrick wants nothing more than to get her son away from the clutches of his abusive father Bull. But if she dares return home to Chicago, Bull has promised to whisk their son out of the country and away from her for good. Furious, desperate, Grace decides to beat Bull at his own game, which means all bets are off … even her wedding vows?

Thad, the middle son of the oldest, most successful cattle baron in Wyoming, is busy building a ranch and his faith in God. One chance meeting with Grace, though, batters his focus–and his morals–like a hail storm in July. When Grace’s brother Greg is hired by a local widow, Thad figures the kid is the straightest path to Grace’s heart. As friendship and love blossom, so do the lies. Soon deceit catches fire and threatens everything Grace and Thad hold dear. Will love conquer all?

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As punishment for a botched arrest, U.S. Marshal “Dent” Hernandez is temporarily remanded to the quiet little town of Evergreen, WY. Not only does his hometown hold some bad memories, but he is champing at the bit to go after vicious killers, not waste his time scolding candy thieves. And he most certainly should not be escorting the very pretty, but jittery, schoolteacher around. What is she so afraid of? Turns out, a lot of folks are keeping secrets in Evergreen.

When the bank is robbed and Dent has to do what he does best, choices will be made, lies will be exposed, and hearts will break. Can Christmas bring love and healing to Evergreen? To Dent?

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Though she’s loath to admit it, Audra Drysdale needs a man to save her ranch.

Her father has passed away and her hands are abandoning her like rats from a sinking ship. Worse, neighboring cattle baron Jess Fairbanks is making a play for the Diamond D and Audra, whichever he can get his hands on first.

Audra grudgingly accepts that the mere presence of a husband will keep her men working, and Fairbanks under control. It seems a perfectly reasonable idea, then, to ask her uncle, who is the town attorney and a matchmaker of sorts, to find her a groom—a “proxy” who will take her orders and dish them out to the men.

Dillon Pine is in jail for a conspiracy charge, but because of certain mitigating factors he’s deemed a good risk for an unusual form of probation: serving as Audra’s husband. After a year, he can abandon her and she won’t tell. By then, she will have proven to the cowboys she’s a competent rancher, and the cattle man next door will be looking elsewhere for a wife. But when word gets out that Dillon came to Audra via Evergreen’s matchmaker, he’s dubbed a “male order bride.” The resulting jokes at his expense are constant and brutal. Just how much abuse can Dillon’s pride stand?

When Audra discovers her father’s death was no accident, she realizes her new husband is in danger, too. And she cares . . . quite a lot, it turns out.

To save Dillon, she may have to let go of the one thing she’s fought her whole life to keep.

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CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES…EVEN FOR THE REDEEMED.

When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife…and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God’s grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatosoever a man soweth,that shall he also reap…and the harvest is finally at hand.

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She rode at first aimlessly through the pine forest that covered the ridge on the western side of the valley, and then got a hankering to visit Jack. So she turned her horse down toward the pass and the small trail that cut through it, and came out behind Hunter’s. She rode toward the jail, and swung out of the saddle. There was no hitching rail yet, so she left the horse ground hitched – which is to say with the rein trailing – and stepped in.

She found the place empty. Both bunks were in disarray. One of the cowhands working for the Circle M had told her a friend of Jack’s from school had come west and Jack had hired him on as a deputy. Apparently he was as inept as housekeeping as Jack was.

She saw a Winchester leaning in a corner and picked it up. It was one of the rifles from the ranch. She thought maybe when the boys got back from the roundup she would ask Josh to build him a gun rack. Josh was not a finished carpenter, but she thought he could put together a reasonably functional rifle rack. Bree had seen the town marshal’s office in Bozeman once, and he had a rack filled with rifles.

She heard footsteps at the door and turned expecting it to be Jack, or maybe his deputy friend. But this man looked like no one who would belong at Harvard. He looked like he had been on the trail a long time. He was a little taller than Jack, and his shirt was darkened from one sweat stain on top of another. His face had a bushy beard, and his hair was long and stringy. He wore a battered looking sombrero, and one eye was milky white with a long scar that ran from above his brow to his cheekbone.

“Anything I can do for you?” she said.

He grinned. But it was not a pleasant one. She was reminded of a cat about to pounce on a mouse.

“Yeah, missy. You can come with me.”

“And what, on Earth, would make you think I would want to go with you?”

“I been watching your house for a while. I trailed you into town. I’m to fetch you and bring you back. Then when your Pa comes to get you, we’ll be waitin’ for him.”

“You’re dreaming if you think I’m going anywhere with you.”

His grin got wider. “Don’t make it hard on yourself.”

He began walking toward her, and reached a hand to her. “Why don’t you just give me that there gun.”

She realized she was still holding the rifle. She had to think quickly. He was too close, and approaching too quickly, for her to jack a cartridge into the chamber and have any hopes of getting off a shot. She didn’t really want to kill anyone, anyway.

She had to think quickly. Pa had never actually trained her the way he had Josh and Jack, but she had watched him train them. And he had given her a lot of advice on how to survive, as well as showing her how to shoot and ride.

This man had only one eye that worked. She quickly lunged forward, driving the muzzle of the rifle into the other eye. She didn’t hit the eye but caught his brow, but it was enough.

“Hey!” he called out, pulling back and away, squinting his eye shut and reaching up with one hand.

She then swung upward with the rife stock, catching him in the groin. His eyes widened and he went down on one knee. She then jammed the muzzle of the gun into his ear.

He yelped and folded downward to the floor, one hand covering his ear and the other at his eye. Blood was seeping through his fingers from the gash above his eye. His knees were locked tight.

She pulled the pistol from his holster and set it on the desk, then jacked a round into the chamber.

“All right, get into the cell,” she said. “The back room.”

He got to his knees, then pushed himself to his feet. He was wiping blood away from the gash over his one good eye, and with the other hand still hanging onto his ear.

He turned to make a break for the door, but she fired and a section of wood at the doorway tore up and splintered, and he jumped back. She jacked the gun again, and made certain she was back far enough that he couldn’t lunge at her.

She said, “Get in that cell, or the next one takes out the one good eye you have left. Your choice.”

He stared at her a minute, then turned and walked into the cell. She shut the door, and slid into place the two-by-four Jack used as a bar. The man with the white eye wasn’t getting out.

Jack came running, bursting through the door. Another man about his age was behind him, and wearing a tin star. Must be his friend from back east.

“I heard the gunshot,” Jack said. “We were over at Hunter’s.”

“A man was here, threatening to kidnap me. I arrested him.”

Jack looked through the window into the cell. “White-Eye?”

White-Eye said, “I need me a doctor. That wildcat out there near killed me.”

Jack looked at her with amazement. “You arrested White-Eye?”

She gave him a smug smile. “I am a McCabe.”


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First in the best-selling series, THE McCABES. The story of a family building a ranch in the rugged wilderness of post Civil War Montana, and of a young man seeking his family and his destiny. If you liked the movie OPEN RANGE or the TV shows BIG VALLEY and LANCER, or the novels of Louis L’Amour and Ralph Compton, then this might be for you.

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Sequel to THE LONG TRAIL. Jack McCabe returns home to Montana from medical school, but the family finds he is not exactly who they thought he was. A story of one man attempting to find himself while living in the shadow of a father who is a living legend. And an old enemy of Johnny McCabe returns, looking for blood. A story of family, love and revenge, and of the redemption of the human spirit.

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12 Inspirational Historical Western Romances
Romance in the Rockies series by Heather Blanton
– A LADY IN DEFIANCE
– HEARTS IN DEFIANCE
– A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE

Three good, Christian sisters come to the godless, hardscrabble mining town of Defiance. Each woman has her own story; each has loved and lost. Surrounded by darkness, can they find faith, hope, and love again… or are the rowdy residents here just too mean to tame?


Woman of Courage series by Cynthia Hickey USA Today Best Selling Author
– A LOVE FOR DELICIOUS
– RUTH’S REDEMPTION
– CHARITY’S GOLD RUSH
– MOUNTAIN REDEMPTION

Read along as four extraordinary women find a stronger faith and the love of a good man as they convey the strength and fortitude of the American people.


Mail Order Brides series by Susette Williams USA Today Best Selling Author
– JESSIE’S BRIDE
– MONTANA’S BRIDE
– CALEB’S BRIDE
– MARSHALL’S BRIDE
– HUSBAND OF THE BRIDE

The Kincaid boys are a force to be reckoned with. They’ll risk life and limb for love. There’s even hope for their widowed momma.

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