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Pasquotank County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol. 2 (1810-1829) By Stewart Dunaway
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This is the second volume of road records for this county. The earliest records are contained in Vol 1. Also the Mill and Ferry Records are contained in a dedicated volume. The remaining records are... More > being transcribed, with the third volume being planned soon hereafter. This book is indexed by surname (Last, First), locale (streams, roads) and key word (deceased, widow, death etc.) in order to assist researchers "mine" all information found in this collection. As with most of these county records, this collection included miss-filed records, such as estate divisions, and even a legal matter about a person running without clothes on in the county.< Less
Pasquotank County, N.C. - Road Records - (1734-1799) - Vol 1 By Stewart Dunaway
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This volume includes the first box of records in the State Archives (Raleigh, NC). Each petition (required to establish, alter, discontinue a road or bridge)is photgraphed (to see signatures) and... More > transcribed for indexing and catalog. Maps are provided to help illustrate locations (if known).< Less
Proprietor Grants of North Carolina (1672-1728) By Stewart Dunaway
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This book contains images of ORIGINAL Proprietor Grants. These rare (and early) grants were found in a number of manuscript collections across the State of N.C. - Each grant has a computer generated... More > plat (if possible) showing the land and associated streams, corners etc. This book includes an in depth review of the Proprietors history - as well as their petition to the King to sell him back their interest. All but one Proprietor agreed with the King, and Lord John Carteret will become Earl Granville and then have his one-eighth ownership allocated to him in North Carolina. This will be known as the Granville District - and the Granville Land Grants. NOTE: THIS BOOK IS NOT A COMPLETE REFERENCE to all 3,400 grants. M. Hofmann has already published a book on this large collection. However, NO original grants were included.< Less
Lord John Carteret, Earl Granville - His Life History and the Granville Grants By Stewart Dunaway
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This book detail the history of the Carteret, Granville, Thynne, Fermor and other families, pertaining to the Carteret’s. John Carteret will inherit from his grandfather his 1/8 interest in the... More > Lord Proprietor grant from King Charles II. John Carteret will be the only one of the eight inheritors who will retain his portion and establish his territory in North Carolina. This 1/8 portion is defined and granting of land will being in the 1740s. This book covers all aspects of what is well known as the Granville Grant. Modern maps are used to illustrate the magnitude of the original grant wording (Proprietors as well), and a detailed look into the calculation of Carteret’s 1/8 portion. No other book has been dedicated to this topic, including following the land to the Thynne’s.< Less
The Land Grant Atlas of Old Orange County - Volume II - Saxapahaw Old Fields By Mark Chilton
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NOTE: This is a full-color hardbound book. There is a black&white version in softcover (the maps will be less legible) at cheaper price. This is volume two of what is anticipated to be a four... More > volume set, covering Orange County as it was in 1778 when the state land grant system was created. Because I began investigating the Saxapahaw Old Fields before I even conceived of the four volume set, I have finished volume two before any of the other volumes. That is to say, even though I titled this book as volume two, there are, as yet, no other volumes in the series. However, I anticipate that the full four volume set will be completed at some future time.< Less
The Land Grant Atlas of Old Orange County - Volume II - Saxapahaw Old Fields (B&W) By Mark Chilton
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NOTE:This is a BLACK and WHITE version - therefore the USGS maps are less legible as to their color details. A full-color hardbound book is also available at $65. This is volume two of what is... More > anticipated to be a four volume set, covering Orange County as it was in 1778 when the state land grant system was created. Because I began investigating the Saxapahaw Old Fields before I even conceived of the four volume set, I have finished volume two before any of the other volumes. That is to say, even though I titled this book as volume two, there are, as yet, no other volumes in the series. However, I anticipate that the full four volume set will be available in the future.< Less
Confiscation Act and Pardon and Oblivion Act of North Carolina (1776-1812) By Stewart Dunaway
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Where did the idea of confiscating both personal and real property originate? Was this unique to North Carolina? What was the purpose? Was it successful? These are some of the questions pertaining to... More > this topic. Before answering these questions, the reader should have a basic overview of events, which is provided throughout this book. The topic of this book typically appears in general histories. However, nothing published to date delves into these topics as deep as this book. As with such a broad and old topic, it may lack some obscure documents in other historical societies or archives. Nevertheless, a lot of information was uncovered to provide an in depth review. This book uses only primary documents. If there are tradition and folklore discussions, they are clearly annotated as such. This author illustrates or answers as many questions – from both sides – to ensure a balanced review is provided. These illustrations or examples are also based on primary references (as much as possible).< Less
Life and Times of Edmund Fanning (1739-1818) By Stewart Dunaway
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The Fanning Family (Edmund’s line) is a very old American family, arriving in Connecticut in 1653, the family will migrate to Long Island and establish a large plantation. Edmund will leave his... More > multi-generation home to migrate to North Carolina to practice law (Yale grad). Edmund Fanning was a controversial person in Colonial Hillsborough, NC. Nevertheless, despite these issues, this well educated man becomes a governor of Prince Edward Island (Canada), for almost 20 years. This book contains genealogy, family history, maps (CT and L.I.), as well as detailed land records in Hillsborough, N.C. This book contains reconciliation of his confiscated property, due to his strong loyalist support during the American Revolution.< Less
Macon County, N.C. - Road CRX Records - Vol. 2 (1835-1882) By Stewart Dunaway
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Macon County was formed in 1828 from Haywood County. Haywood was formed in 1808 from Buncombe County, which was formed in 1791 from parts of Burke and Rutherford counties. Macon County will be... More > reduced in size beginning in 1839 by forming Cherokee Co., (note that Clay will be formed from part of Cherokee) followed by the formation of Jackson Co. in 1861 (formed from part of Macon and part of Haywood), then again in 1871 for the formation of Swain Co. (part of Jackson and part of Macon). NOTE: CRX records is a designation by the N.C. State Archives which means records received from some other source – other than the county courthouse. These records are segregated from the other records; of the county file-Catalog (index cards for researching county specific records at the archives). This author already transcribed the Macon County Road records – as identified in the normal county index (contained in 2-volumes covering 1828-1905). Macon Co. has the largest CRX collection. This book contains box 2,3 part of 4.< Less
Macon County, N.C. - Road CRX Records - Vol. 3 (1884-1925) By Stewart Dunaway
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Macon County was formed in 1828 from Haywood County. Haywood was formed in 1808 from Buncombe County, which was formed in 1791 from parts of Burke and Rutherford counties. Macon County will be... More > reduced in size beginning in 1839 by forming Cherokee Co., (note that Clay will be formed from part of Cherokee) followed by the formation of Jackson Co. in 1861 (formed from part of Macon and part of Haywood), then again in 1871 for the formation of Swain Co. (part of Jackson and part of Macon). NOTE: CRX records is a designation by the N.C. State Archives which means records received from some other source – other than the county courthouse. These records are segregated from the other records. This author already transcribed the Macon County Road records – as identified in the normal county index (2-volumes covering 1828-1905). Macon Co. has the largest collection - 4-boxes of CRX road records. This book contains the remainder of box 4(the last volume). Macon County has 5-volumes of records, nearly 1500 pages.< Less