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Bladen County, N.C. - Road and Ferry Records (1896-1955) By Stewart Dunaway
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Bladen County was formed in 1734 from New Hanover. Bladen is a very old Colonial county, and this author was expecting to find a treasure of old documents. Instead, the most modern records this... More > author has transcribed are contained in this volume. Almost all of the records are typed, therefore needing no transcription work, save a few names, places, and cataloging for the vast majority of these records. The box as documented by the archives includes “bridge” in this collection, but this author did not find any. Also the box documented records beginning in 1901 and the box contains a ferry records from 1896. Bladen was reduced in size (like all of the old colonial counties), birthing, Anson (1750), Brunswick (1764), Columbus (1808), Cumberland (1754), Orange (1752), and Robeson (1787) counties.< Less
Orange County, N.C. - Superior Court Records - Concerning Land - (1835-1869) - Vol. 2 By Stewart Dunaway
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For the very first time, these court records are being transcribed for Orange County, NC. This is the second volume in this large collection of records, found in the NC State Archives (Raleigh). This... More > volume contains a nice collection of law suits over the brand new NC Railroad, as it crosses individuals property. Plats are included for some of these suits. In addition, there are a few mill records, and even one road record (which should have resided in their resepective collections). If you research land records, these records are essential as they fill gaps pertaining to land grants, divisions, inheritince etc. These records are NOT contained in the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions.< Less
Granville Co. NC - Granville Grants - Vol. 3 (Surname N-Z) By Stewart Dunaway, Mark Chilton
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This is the third of three volumes documenting the Granville Grants for old Granville County, NC. This book contains images of the plats for those grants that were preserved in the NC State Archives.... More > In addition, deed record transcripts were added which pertained to the filing of grants. This allows for a broader documented history for those grants which were not preserved in the archives. It also allows the researcher more information about some of the grants future activities (divisions, etc.) Some plats were not preserved, and if the grant paperwork survived a computer generated plat is provided. A complete index for all names (grantee, chain carriers, adjoining property owners etc.), water courses, and roadways is provided in each volume. This volume contains grant plats for Surnames N-Z.< Less
Granville Co. NC - Granville Grants - Vol.1 (Surname A-G) By Stewart Dunaway, Mark Chilton
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This is the first of three volumes documenting the Granville Grants for old Granville County, NC. This book contains images of the plats for those grants that were preserved in the NC State Archives.... More > In addition, deed record transcripts were added which pertained to the filing of grants. This allows for a broader documented history for those grants which were not preserved in the archives. It also allows the researcher more information about some of the grants future activities (divisions, etc.) Some plats were not preserved, and if the grant paperwork survived a computer generated plat is provided. A complete index for all names (grantee, chain carriers, adjoining property owners etc.), water courses, and roadways is provided in each volume. This volume contains grant plats for Surnames A-G.< Less
Granville Co. NC - Granville Grants - Vol. 2 (Surname H-M) By Stewart Dunaway, Mark Chilton
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This is the second of three volumes documenting the Granville Grants for old Granville County, NC. This book contains images of the plats for those grants that were preserved in the NC State... More > Archives. In addition, deed record transcripts were added which pertained to the filing of grants. This allows for a broader documented history for those grants which were not preserved in the archives. It also allows the researcher more information about some of the grants future activities (divisions, etc.) Some plats were not preserved, and if the grant paperwork survived a computer generated plat is provided. A complete index for all names (grantee, chain carriers, adjoining property owners etc.), water courses, and roadways is provided in each volume. This volume contains grant plats for Surnames H-M.< Less
Chapel Hill, NC - History of Town Lots (1790-1930s) By Stewart Dunaway
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The objective of this book (like the one for Hillsborough) is to document the individual town lots for Chapel Hill. However, unlike Hillsborough, the town was not platted with hundreds of lots, all... More > the same size, in an ever expanding process. The town lots of Chapel Hill were sold for funds to build and operate the University (again showing the duality of the early mission). This book contains deed records pertaining to houses and businesses in Chapel Hill. The deeds are chained together (as best possible) to show a particular lot's history. Is every lot and piece of land covered in this book? NO. However, a very large collection is included. Is every lot traversed from 1790 to 1930? NO. Some lots have breaks, where I could not trace it. The focus is on the OLD records. It is rather easy to take a lot today and traverse back to 1930. Therefore, not every lot will be traced to 1930. Appendix sections include, utility, maps, mills, post office histories - etc.< Less
Thomas Burke By Stewart Dunaway
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Thomas Burke, a poet, a medical doctor, a lawyer, North Carolina’s third governor, has a most interesting life. This book provides complete details on his life with many of his letters being... More > quoted, as opposed to paraphrased opinions about him; you can read it for yourself. Further, his letter to Gen. George Washington shows his deep thinking and great common sense. His activities in the Continental Congress are amazing, and his views of civil rights were way ahead of his time.< Less
Wilson County, N.C. - Road, Bridge, and Mill Records (1856-1911) By Stewart Dunaway
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Wilson County was formed in 1855, from parts of Edgecombe, Nash, Johnston, and Wayne Counties. Researchers looking further back in time (especially 18th century), Edgecombe County will be the focal... More > point (formed in 1741, from Bertie). I have transcribed all of the Edgecombe County records (Road, Bridge, and Mill) contained in two books. Also Nash County records have been transcribed (two volumes) as well as Johnston Co. (a very small and poorly preserved collection). Although a more modern county, Wilson has two boxes of road, bridge, and mill records in the State Archives. The first box contains the road records (1856-1911), and the second box containing the bridge records (1874-1909), mill records (1869-1886) and canal records (1883-1910).< Less
Greene County, N.C. - Road Records (1874-1940) By Stewart Dunaway
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Greene County was formed in 1799, from Glasgow County – which was abolished upon the formation of Greene. Glasgow Co. was formed from part of Dobbs Co. (formed in 1758, and also abolished).... More > Despite the age, the older records were not preserved. Greene County (named after Patriot General N. Greene) was never subdivided or reduced in size after being formed. Unfortunately nothing from the 18th century or early 19th century was preserved. There are no road records for either Dobbs or Glasgow Co. in the Archives. This collection of documents pertains to legal actions – as opposed to petitions to create and alter a road route. There are two State Supreme Court cases that have interesting results.< Less
Cleveland County, N.C. - Bridge and Mill Records (1842-1896) By Stewart Dunaway
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Cleveland County was formed in 1841 from part of Lincoln (west boundary) and Rutherford County (east boundary). Cleveland’s southern boundary resides on the South Carolina line. Although a more... More > modern county, Cleveland has five boxes of road and bridge records in the State Archives. The first three boxes are pertaining to overseer appointments and road reports. Box 4 contains road petitions. Box 5 contains the remainder of the road petitions and the Bridge records. Only part of Box 5 are included in this book – detailing the bridge records. Bridges are located across key river locales, and sometimes are associated with water powered grist mills. Therefore, this book includes the Mill Records, found in a dedicated box in the State Archives.< Less