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Minster and Horvath Family History By Stewart Dunaway
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The Minster and Horvath Family migrated from German and Hungary to Chicago, IL, and then down south to Winter Park Florida. This is the family history.
New Hanover County, N.C. - Miscellaneous Land Records - Vol. 2 (1748-1950) By Stewart Dunaway
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New Hanover County was formed in 1729, from Craven County which was formed from the original County of Bath (1705). New Hanover “birthed” several counties, beginning in 1734, forming... More > Bladen and Onslow. In 1750, Duplin County was formed. Then in 1764, Brunswick was formed (part of Bladen and New Hanover). Finally, in 1875 Pender County was the final child of New Hanover. Certainly an old county, yet, none of the early colonial records IN THIS collection survive (as well as the road, bridge and ferry records). Miscellaneous land records are a “catch all” of land disputes, agreements, surveys, procession, etc. This two-box collection is placed in alphabetical order and not date order. Therefore, Box 1 is “A-M” and Box 2 “P-S” both boxes span the years of 1748 to 1950. New Hanover County also has a 1-box collection of Ejectments (land disputes) planned for a future release. This volume contains the survey plats and other documents – again – in alphabetical order – not in date order.< Less
New Hanover County, N.C. - Miscellaneous Land Records - Vol. 1 (1748-1950) By Stewart Dunaway
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New Hanover County was formed in 1729, from Craven County which was formed from the original County of Bath (1705). New Hanover “birthed” several counties, beginning in 1734, forming... More > Bladen and Onslow. In 1750, Duplin County was formed. Then in 1764, Brunswick was formed (part of Bladen and New Hanover). Finally, in 1875 Pender County was the final child of New Hanover. Certainly an old county, yet, none of the early colonial records IN THIS collection survive (as well as the road, bridge and ferry records). Miscellaneous land records are a “catch all” of land disputes, agreements, surveys, procession, etc. This two-box collection is placed in alphabetical order and not date order. Therefore, Box 1 is “A-M” and Box 2 “P-S” both boxes span the years of 1748 to 1950. New Hanover County also has a 1-box collection of Ejectments (land disputes) planned for a future release.This volume contains more modern records than old. Although they are intermixed (alpha order not date).< Less
Pasquotank County, N.C. - Miscellaneous Land Records - Vol. 2 (1728-1946) By Stewart Dunaway
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Pasquotank County was formed in 1668, from the original county of Albemarle (1664). It was reduced in size only once - with the creation of Camden County in 1777. Miscellaneous land records are a... More > “catch all” of land disputes, agreements, surveys, procession, etc. This three-box collection is placed in alphabetical order and not date order. Therefore, Box 1 is “A-L” and Box 2 “P-T” both boxes span the years of 1728 to 1946. The 3rd box is an over-sized box with some original Granville Grants. This is the second and final volume for this county. Pasquotank County also has a 2-box collection of Ejectments (land disputes) of which only the oldest box is currently planned to be transcribed. Also there is a large collection (8-boxes) of Misc. Deeds. If the reader/researcher is interested in further research – this is a Great area to look through.< Less
William Churton - Colonial Surveyor of North Carolina By Stewart Dunaway
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This book documents the amazing life history of an early surveyor in North Carolina. William Churton left London, to assist the newly formed Granville District Land Office – as a surveyor.... More > Beginning in 1748, Churton will ultimately survey over 600,000 acres of land – before closing the Land Office in 1763; due to the death of Earl Granville. He was also founder of Hillsborough NC, surveyor and designer of Salisbury, and surveyed/extended the State Line with VA. A lot of western NC Moravian activity as well. This book precipitated the author to apply for a State Historical Marker – honoring Churton. It was approved by the State, May 2017. Marker to be erected in Hillsborough - late October or early November 2017.< Less
Pasquotank County, N.C. - Miscellaneous Land Records - Vol. 1 (1728-1946) By Stewart Dunaway
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Pasquotank County was formed in 1668, from the original county of Albemarle (1664). It was reduced in size only once - with the creation of Camden County in 1777. Miscellaneous land records are a... More > “catch all” of land disputes, agreements, surveys, procession, etc. This three-box collection is placed in alphabetical order and not date order. Therefore, Box 1 is “A-L” and Box 2 “P-T” both boxes span the years of 1728 to 1946. The 3rd box is an over-sized box with some original Granville Grants. Pasquotank County also has a 2-box collection of Ejectments (land disputes) of which only the oldest box is currently planned to be transcribed. Also there is a large collection (8-boxes) of Misc. Deeds. If the reader/researcher is interested in further research – this is a great area to look through.< Less
Orlando, FL - A Historical Review using Postcards By Stewart Dunaway
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This color book documents Orlando, Florida's history using postcards from the authors collection. In addition, this book uses research from a 2-vol history on the town written by Eva Bacon, as well... More > as other histories. More detailed dates and names originate from deed records and the Sanborn Fire Maps, and newspapers. Other books and records were used to provide as much information as possible. Since these postcards were imaged with high-resolution digital cameras, cropped images can zoom into detail finding names and businesses within the postcard's image - never seen before (or overlooked). A detailed index is provided for both a postcard collector as well as a researcher or genealogist (family names= Last, Given name).< 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
Wake County, N.C. - Miscellaneous Land Records (1800-1939) By Stewart Dunaway
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Wake County was formed in 1771, from the eastern part of Orange County, and from parts of Johnston and Cumberland counties. Wake was reduced a little in size when Durham County was formed in 1881... More > (from part of Wake and Orange). Miscellaneous land records are a “catch all” of land disputes, agreements, surveys, etc. This collection is actually placed in alphabetical order and not date order. Only 1 document from the 18th century survives (although cataloged as undated). INCLUDED in this book is PART OF another box of records dealing with land being sold due to debt or tax issues. In addition to this box of records there are other collections, of which only one of the three boxes of Ejectments is currently planned by this author.< Less
Rowan County, N.C. - Miscellaneous Land Records (1753-1921) By Stewart Dunaway
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Rowan County was formed in 1753, defining the western boundary of Orange County (1752). Officially, it was formed from Anson County. When Anson County was formed in 1750, it was the western... More > “open-ended” county running along the South Carolina line. Now Rowan became the western frontier. It ran from VA line to Granville’s southern line. However, Rowan was reduced in size, Guilford (1771) and Surry (1771). Then Burke (1777), Iredell (1788), Davidson (1822), and Davie (1836). Miscellaneous land records are a “catch all” of land disputes, agreements, surveys, procession, etc. Rowan County also has a 1-box collection of Ejectments (land disputes) and is currently planned to be transcribed. As old and historical as Rowan County is, this is a modest collection of 18th century land records.< Less