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Lenoir County, N.C. - Road Records (1906-1921) By Stewart Dunaway
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Lenoir County was formed in 1791 from Dobbs County (Dobbs was formed in 1758 and abolished in 1791). Despite the age, the older records were not preserved. Lenoir was never reduced in size since its... More > formation.The first volume (published in 2013) has the first box of road records (1878-1904) and includes ferry and bridge records. Also included in the first volume was one folder of mill records from 1906. This volume completes this county collection, by finalizing the road records from 1906 to 1921 and one folder of undated records. Sadly, these records contain primarily receipts and vouchers pertaining to road work (and bridge repairs) for the county – as opposed to petitions etc. However, this book provides great insight into the shift of effort – away from petitions to a county maintenance process. BECAUSE of the MANY detailed receipts, I did NOT photograph everyone on in this box (e.g. receipt for a box of nails).Therefore, if you are researching or auditing these records – STOP. Go to the archives.< Less
Gates County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol. 2 - (1850-1912, Undated) By Stewart Dunaway
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Gates was formed in 1779 from parts of Chowan, Hertford, and Perquimans Counties. Unlike most counties, Gates was never reduced in size. This is the second and final volume of road records for Gates... More > County; finalizing this county’s infrastructure records. Gates County has a box of mill records (1787-1899), which is one of the larger collections in the state – was published as a standalone book in 2012. Also the first box of road records (1779-1849) and a folder dedicated to bridge records (1786-1910) were combined and published as a dedicated volume. These two books preceded this volume several years ago.< Less
Hyde County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol. 2 (1860-1909) By Stewart Dunaway
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Hyde was formed in 1705 from Bath. Hyde was reduced in size to form Dare County (along with Currituck and Terrell) in 1870. Otherwise, Hyde retains the same boundary from its formation. Despite the... More > age, the older records were not preserved. An interesting attribute for this county, is the lack of roads, due to swamps, bays, and a very large lake. It is amazing how few roads are in this county. Despite this, Hyde county has a moderate size collection spanning 4-fibred boxes. The first box was transcribed into Volume 1 providing the oldest records Box 2 (1742-1859), as well as a nice group of bridge records Box 6 (Bridge records 1748-1928). This is the second volume which includes Box 3 (1860-1909). Due to the quantity of records – and that the last two boxes of modern records will fit into another standalone volume – this book contains one box of records. Volume 3, containing the modern records and undated (one folder), will finalize this collection with the last two (smaller content) boxes.< Less
Hyde County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol. 3 (1910-1935 & Undated) By Stewart Dunaway
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Hyde was formed in 1705 from Bath. Hyde was reduced in size to form Dare County (along with Currituck and Terrell) in 1870. Otherwise, Hyde retains the same boundary from its formation. Despite the... More > age, the older records were not preserved. An interesting attribute for this county, is the lack of roads, due to swamps, bays, and a very large lake. It is amazing how few roads are in this county. Despite this, Hyde county has a moderate size collection spanning 4-fibred boxes. The first box was transcribed into Volume 1 providing the oldest records Box 2 (1742-1859), as well as a nice group of bridge records Box 6 (Bridge records 1748-1928). This is the third and final volume which includes the modern records from - Box 4 - (1910-1917) and Box 5 - (1917-1928 & Undated). The undated records are a mix of all date ranges.< Less
Nash County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol. 2 (1833-1887 & Undated) By Stewart Dunaway
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Nash County was formed in 1777, from the western side of Edgecombe, which was formed in 1741 from Bertie. However, Nash County lost part of its southeastern side (as well as other counties lost parts... More > of their boundaries) to the formation of Wilson in 1855. This is the second (and last) volume of road records. There is also one book dedicated to Nash Bridge and Mill Records (1782-1875), and the first volume of road records covers (1768-1833). These three volumes cover a wide range of infrastructure records for Nash County – from Colonial time until the 20th century.< Less
Watauga County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol 2 (1885-1940) By Stewart Dunaway
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Watauga County was formed in 1849 from parts of Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell, and Yancey County. If you were to look at this county’s formation like a descendants tree, the oldest records would be... More > Wilkes (ignoring Rowan) then Ashe (1799), followed by Yancey (1833) and Caldwell (1841). Yet, even Watauga was reduced in size when Mitchell County was formed in 1861 (as well as parts of many other counties). Then in modern times Avery County was formed from part of Watauga in 1911 (along with other counties). Despite all of these changes, this county preserved a lot of material housed in four fibred boxes. This book contains records from the last two boxes. Box 3 contains older records (1885-1905), Box 4 contains modern records, primarily law suits, which are type-written documents. These documents will not require transcription, since they are easily read, but I will include key index items found within the documents for searching. This book completes the records for this county. Volume 1 includes the oldest records.< Less
Orange County, NC - Superior Court Records - Concerning Land - (1778-1832) Vol 1 By Stewart Dunaway
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This book contains Superior Court Records dealing with land - for Orange County, NC. These records deal primarily with State Land Grant issues, as well as other boundary problems between neighbors.... More > In addition these records had mill records, and even a road petition. There are some plats/drawings to assit researchers. This is the first volume, and I might work on the 2nd box in the archives later on.< Less
Burke County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol 3 (1840-1897 & Undated) By Stewart Dunaway
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Burke County was formed in 1777 from part of Rowan County. It was named in honor of Dr. Thomas Burke (for all of his work in the Continental Congress representing NC) who later became the third... More > Governor of the State - during the American Revolution. Because Burke County was one of the “western frontiers” it will be constantly divided (reduced in size) into other counties. Buncombe (1791), Yancey (1833), Caldwell (1841), and Mitchell (1861) will all take pieces (along with other adjoining counties) except Buncombe which takes the largest portion of Burke’s western extremity. Burke County has a very nice (above average) collection of records, which will certainly become an asset in researching genealogy, historical migration routes, and other infrastructure history. This book contains the last two of the five boxes for this county. Box 4 contains records from (1840-1897) and one box of nothing but undated records. Burke and Stokes County are the only two counties that contain one fibred box of undated records.< Less
Davie County, N.C. - Road, Bridge, and Ferry Records (1837-1909) By Stewart Dunaway
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Davie County was formed in 1836 from the Northwest portion of Rowan County. This book contains images of the original road, bridge, and ferry records as preserved in the NC State Archives. Then a... More > transcript of the main portion of the document is provided for a detailed index (subject, key word, and Last, First name) as well as a detailed catalog (via the Table of Contents). Davie County has a large collection of road (1837-1904) and bridge records (3-boxes) which are contained (almost all of the 3 boxes) in this volume. All the bridge (1838-1896) and ferry records (1848-1909) are also contained in this book. Remember, if you want information prior to 1837 then use the Rowan County records, which are also transcribed by this author.< Less
Burke County, N.C. - Road Records - Vol 2 (1820-1839) By Stewart Dunaway
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Burke County was formed in 1777 from part of Rowan County. It was named in honor of Dr. Thomas Burke (for all of his work in the Continental Congress representing NC) who later became the third... More > Governor of the State - during the American Revolution. Because Burke County was one of the “western frontiers” it will be constantly divided (reduced in size) into other counties. Buncombe (1791), Yancey (1833), Caldwell (1841), and Mitchell (1861) will all take pieces except Buncombe which takes the largest portion of Burke’s western extremity. Burke County has a very nice (above average) collection of records, which will certainly become an asset in researching genealogy, historical migration routes, and other infrastructure history. This book (Volume 2) contain records from Box 2 (1820-1829) and Box 3 (1830-1839). This county has preserved records in sealed shiny plastic sleeves which cause photography issues – as well as many soiled and damaged documents. Therefore the images are difficult to read and transcribe.< Less