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The proclamation declared the "Above list of Rogus [sic] is all living upon the Kings Land without title." A later colonial military survey described "50 families a mixt crew, a lawless People possess the Lands without Patent or paying quit Rents." The surnames of some of these families are the same as modern-day Lumbees, but each family must be traced separately to identify individual ancestors, particularly as extensive intermarriage took place.
These families were classified at the time as "mulattos," a term with several different meanings at that time.
Today it is most commonly was used to describe mixed-race persons of African-European ancestry.
A 1772 proclamation by Governor of North Carolina Arthur Dobbs, derived from a report by his agent, Colonel Rutherford, head of a Bladen County militia, listed the names of inhabitants who took part in a "Mob Railously Assembled together," apparently defying the efforts of colonial officials to collect taxes.
This suggests that the region has, for thousands of years, been a zone of cultural interaction.
The earliest European document referring to Indian communities in the area of the Lumber River is a map prepared in 1725 by John Herbert, the English commissioner of Indian trade for the Wineau Factory on the Black River.
In 1754, colonial authorities organized the territory: everything north of the Lumber River was made part of Bladen County and everything south of the Lumber River a part of Anson County.
Anson County's border stretched west to known Cherokee territory.