On April 5, 1832, John C. WALLACE OF Portsmouth Island, Outer Banks of NC, deeded to JOHN RUARK also of Portsmouth, for natural love and affection and also for better maintenance of said John RUARK...land on Portsmouth Island, during his natural life and no longer. This John C. Wallace had a large family and he died in 1840. He left a will naming his children. John Ruark was not named in the will and it is believed that he was an illegitimate son of John C. Wallace.
He does not show up in the census of Portsmouth Island and no other records are found. In 1820 census there is a John Kewark (may be spelled wrong) living on the island. He is 45+, his wife is 45-26, there are 5 males under 10, 3 males 10-16 and one female 16-26.
In 1870 census for Portsmouth Island, there is a SOLOMON RUARK age 50, brick mason, wife Sarah age 40, daughters Mary E. age 23, Rebecca age 17, and Elizabeth age 12. This family appears to be living on the property deeded to John Ruark in 1832 or at least in the same vicinity. There are no other records found for these people at Portsmouth. If you find that these people are connected to your line please contact me as it is a mystery to me.