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Like the Squires the Wahabs are remnants of the Lost Colony marrying the indiginous indians of the area. Here is a line of them starting with Thomas Wahab 1776.

In 1710, the Reverend John Irmstone of Bath wrote in a letter to his superior about people from Hatteras and Ocracoke who came to get baptized.  He says, "these persons, half indian and half English, are an offense to my own and I gravely doubt the Kingdom of Heaven was designed to accomodate such.  They stunk and their condition was not improved by the amounts of sacramental wine they lapped up nor by sprinkling with baptismal waters."

Posting by Phillip Howard on his blog Ocracoke Island Journal: An Occasional Journal of Daily Island...

Monday, August 24, 2009 Wahab

Visitors to Ocracoke occasionally remark on the surname Wahab, an early island family name. James Wahab appears to be the first of this family to live in coastal North Carolina. He received two land grants on Hatteras Banks in 1755. In 1825 Eliza Bradley Howard (1808- 1870) married Job Wahab (1802-1860). Together they had fifteen children. Many of them and their descendants are buried in the large George Howard cemetery (sometimes referred to as the Howard-Wahab cemetery) on British Cemetery Road.

Back in the mid 1970s I met Jim Zogby who was visiting the island with his family. Jim, the son of Lebanese immigrants, founded the Arab American Institute in 1985, and was fascinated by stories that the first Wahab on the Outer Banks was a shipwrecked Arab sailor. He made it a point to visit Myra Wahab (widow of prominent islander Stanley Wahab, and herself a seventh generation Ocracoker with Wahab ancestors).

During the conversation Myra mentioned that several academics (from Duke University, I believe) had visited her and tried to explain that Wahab is actually a Scotch-Irish name (sometimes spelled Wauchope, Wauchop, or Waughop). Myra, Jim says, would have none of this, and saw the professors to the door. She explained to Jim that the Ocracoke Wahabs were "Ay-rab and proud of it." Jim laughs as he tells me this was the first and only time he's ever heard the pronunciation "Ay-rab" and the phrase "proud of it" in the same sentence.

Sadly, although a number of islanders are direct descendants of the Wahabs, the name is dying out on Ocracoke. Not a single Wahab is listed in our local telephone directory.

You can read more about the Ocracoke Wahabs by following these two links:

The Wahab family Bible: http://www.ncgenweb.us/hyde/bible/wahabjob.htm

An interview with Myra Wahab: http://circanceast.beaufortccc.edu/BCCC/articles/Spring%201984/PDF/Story3.pdf

 

1-Thomas Wahab (1776-)
+Mary  (1780-)
. 2-Job Wahab (25 March 1802-29 October 1860)
. +Eliza Bradley Howard (29 September 1808-25 January 1870)
. . 3-Jonathan Wahab (14 July 1826-11 September 1842)
. . 3-George H. Wahab (3 October 1827-22 November 1877)
. . 3-Thomas Wahab (1829-)
. . 3-William H. Wahab (21 May 1830-17 October 1906)
. . +Mahala "Malsey" Gaskill (22 March 1831-5 November 1885)
. . . 4-Elen Wahab (7 June 1859-27 June 1882)
. . . +Zora Babel Gaskins (2 March 1855-11 September 1918)
. . . . 5-George M Gaskins (12 June 1882-18 November 1882)
. . . 4-James Hatton Wahab (31 January 1861-8 August 1913)
. . . +Martha Ann Howard (28 July 1867-27 July 1949)
. . . . 5-Robert Stanley Wahab (3 February 1888-20 November 1967)
. . . . +Fannie Pearl McWilliams (13 September 1894-24 October 1912)
. . . . 5-William Clarence Wahab (18 April 1890-3 March 1917)
. . . . 5-Clifton Russell Wahab (2 February 1892-5 June 1950)
. . . . +Beatrice  (-)
. . . . 5-Lola Howard Wahab (11 February 1894-)
. . . . +Zini Sheldon Williams (5 October 1890-25 November 1970)
. . . . . 6-Eunice Natalie Williams (26 June 1915-26 June 1915)
. . . . 5-Malsey Warlick Wahab (20 March 1896-5 February 1981)
. . . . +William Godwin Willis (23 July 1876-14 July 1857)
. . . . . 6-Olive G Willis (22 October 1916-5 December 1916)
. . . . 5-Thomas Harvey Wahab (18 May 1902-24 October 1974)
. . . . +Eliza Tolson (15 August 1897-26 September 1969)
. . . . +Virginia O'Neal (1 February 1906-21 February 1943)
. . . . . 6-Vivian Wahab (13 November 1924-13 November 1924)
. . . . . 6-Harold Martin Wahab (10 October 1936-4 April 1968)
. . . . . +Juanita Marie Womac (-)
. . . . 5-Hettie Goldie Wahab (21 March 1910-18 September 1915)
. . . 4-Fannie W Wahab (12 February 1863-19 December 1940)
. . . +William Ellis Howard (10 May 1857-24 June 1933)
. . . . 5-Hatton Hoover Howard (23 August 1880-3 November 1942)
. . . . +Chloan O'Neal (14 April 1882-12 January 1932)
. . . . . 6-Chlorin Howard (9 August 1905-9 August 1905)
. . . . 5-Cordelia F Howard (2 December 1883-31 July 1885)
. . . . 5-Irene Howard (7 January 1889-6 September 1889)
. . . . 5-William Jasper Howard (26 September 1895-30 September 1895)
. . . . 5-Inez Howard (24 October 1898-10 September 1899)
. . . 4-Alice Wahab (1 February 1865-26 November 1953)
. . . +David Williams (-)
. . . . 5-Addie Wahab Williams (26 November 1884-19 December 1962)
. . . . +Horatio Jones Williams (14 October 1877-6 October 1968)
. . . . . 6-George Fulcher (-)
. . . . 5-Clemmie T Williams (1887-1944)
. . . . 5-Pinta David Williams (21 March 1905-4 January 1954)
. . . . +Wilma Austin (-)
. . . 4-Henry Wilson Wahab (1870-)
. . . +Cynthia Beatrice Tolson (10 September 1875-18 December 1895)
. . 3-Robert Pike "Rob" Wahab (15 October 1831-28 July 1921)
. . +Susan Jane Spencer (6 March 1839-4 February 1880)
. . +Alice Spencer (-)
. . 3-Warren O. Wahab (10 September 1833-11 September 1842)
. . 3-Job B. Wahab (3 March 1835-4 September 1842)
. . 3-Eugenia Wahab (28 March 1838-27 February 1926)
. . +Rev Isham H Hill (15 April 1823-7 May 1880)
. . 3-Sarah F. Wahab (1840-)
. . 3-James Howard Wahab (23 October 1841-7 March 1919)
. . +Emma Smith (13 February 1848-3 March 1919)
. . . 4-James Howard Wahab (5 June 1874-25 September 1937)
. . . +Elizabeth Thatch "Lydia" Boomer (9 September 1883-15 September 1922)
. . . . 5-Malvina Wahab (17 February 1913-3 February 1972)
. . . . +G Clafton Williams (-)
. . . . 5-Muriel Louise Wahab (14 October 1914-)
. . . . +Richard Dudley Newman (27 April 1909-13 September 1970)
. . . . . 6-Harvey Wahab Newman (27 September 1941-12 November 1972)
. . . . . +Mary E Ammons (-)
. . . 4-Charles Edmondson Wahab (28 September 1876-)
. . . +Alberta Silverthorne (27 August 1885-16 March 1923)
. . . . 5-Warren Strange Wahab (5 March 1914-25 March 1914)
. . . . +William Thomas Cahoon (-)
. . . . 5-Mildred Madeline Wahab (3 October 1912-12 November 1968)
. . . . 5-Lucy Marie Wahab (12 April 1919-)
. . . . +Robert Edward Tunnell (30 January 1914-2 September 1966)
. . . 4-William Wilborn Wahab (31 May 1886-25 December 1955)
. . 3-Henry Wilson Wahab (8 September 1843-4 January 1896)
. . +Malsey Williams (-)
. . 3-Dallas Wahab (24 November 1844-5 December 1918)
. . +Mary Elizabeth OR Mayme Fortiscue (10 March 1857-10 February 1928)
. . . 4-Mollie Wahab (18 February 1880-21 April 1957)
. . . +John Walter Bell (5 February 1869-13 May 1940)
. . . . 5-Dallas Wahab Bell (8 March 1907-15 February 1909)
. . . . 5-Sallie Bell (26 February 1908-28 February 1908)
. . . 4-Lidie Bradley Wahab (3 December 1870-11 February 1954)
. . . +James Nathaniel Edwards (-)
. . . . 5-James Dallas Edwards (14 May 1899-20 October 1899)
. . +Jacquiline Fortiscue (-)
. . 3-Uriah M. Wahab (1848-)