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North Carolina Land Grant Entry Book - Orange County - Vol 1 By Stewart Dunaway
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This book (Vol 1 of 2) contains images of the original Land Grant entry book for Orange County, North Carolina for 1778. This volume contains 1000 land grant entries per this audit, as requested in... More > 1795. The original book can be found at the State Archives (Raleigh). However, the original book has no indexing (other than Entry#). This book contains detailed indexing. Thanks to spread sheets, the transcribed data can be sorted and from exporting this information, detailed indexing is provided. Also some statistical analysis was accomplished, including graphs for these 1000 grants. Volume 2 contains the comparison data of all 1800 grants, thus summarizing Vol 1 and 2. *UPDATED Oct 2012* New indexing - last name, first name.Updated 2014 - errata - one image of the original book was missing (NOT the actual information) - just the image.< Less
Caldwell Co., N.C. - Road and Mill Records (1838-1894) By Stewart Dunaway
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Caldwell County was formed in 1841 from part of Burke and Wilkes counties. Caldwell will be reduced in size by the formation of Watauga (1849), Mitchell (1861), and Avery (1911) counties (along with... More > other adjoining counties). Although formed in 1841, there are road records pre-dating this year, which originates from Burke Co. The mill records contained in this book are all that was preserved, which is a very small collection. There are many road reports, of which, some were not transcribe, as they were repetitive and not that informative. However, the original letters are included so the reader can peruse as they wish.< Less
Orange County, N.C. - Mill Records - 1782-1859 By Stewart Dunaway
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This book is the complete collection of Mill Petitions and law suits for Orange County, N.C. In order to dam up a stream/river to errect a mill, a petition was required to be approved by the court.... More > This book contains these records, including the actual image, and a transcript. Also maps and pictures are provided for those mills/location that can be found today. In addition this book contains a detail suit over the George Johnston mill on New Hope Creek. A fantastic story to read, from the law suit. Updated June 2010 to add more information found in court records and some additional information from my research on Patterson Mill on New Hope Creek - which will become a standalone book. * UPDATED to add new records from court trials.< Less
Watauga County, N.C. - Road Records (1867-1884) 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 first two boxes. The third and fourth box contain more modern records, as well as records being filed by title – such as a law suit (over a road) etc. In Box 3 there was a bridge contract which is included in this book. There was not a dedicated box (or folder) pertaining to bridges. In addition this volume does NOT include all of the overseer appointment records.< Less
Chatham County, N.C. Road and Bridge Records - Vol 1 By Stewart Dunaway
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Here is Volume 1 of 2 volumes dealing with Chatham County, NC road and bridge records which reside in the State Archives in Raleigh. It includes a picture of the petition, followed by a transcript,... More > which is indexed and a table of contents to assit research. This volume covers over 100 years - 1781 to 1899! Volume 2 will be available in the near future. *** Updated with more information, new index (Last, First)< Less
Chatham County, N.C. - Road and Bridge Records - Vol 2 By Stewart Dunaway
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Here is the second (and final) volume in the Chatham County Road and Bridge Records. These records were in the NC Archives, yet, remained un-cataloged (although boxed and gathered by year). Now each... More > record has a title for a table of contents and an exhaustive index for easy searching of key names, rivers, etc. This is the first county that has 20th century records and marks an interesting era.** Updated index (Last, First) minor edits< Less
Person County, N.C. Road and Bridge Records - 1797 - 1888 By Stewart Dunaway
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Here is the collection of Person County, North Carolina Road and Bridge records. These records have details about where the roads were located, where bridges were located, the rivers and creeks, as... More > well as historical information about commerce, growth, bridge costs and general N.C. road/bridge infrastructure development. Person County was divided off of Caswell County, and was also part of Orange County, way back in time. Each record includes the image of the original, and a short transcript of the road/bridge information. This book was then indexed and cataloged to make research easier. These records are PART of the N.C. Archive collection. NOT ALL pieces of paper were photographed nor were names/signatures transribed in their entirety.< Less
Wake County, N.C. - Mill Petitions (1772-1872) By Stewart Dunaway
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This book is a compilation of original records found in the N.C. Archives (Raleigh) pertaining to Mill's in Wake County. This book contains an amazing collection of Wake County history, economic... More > views, and many issues dealing with diseases from mill ponds. This book contains images of the original papers, followed by a transcript of the content, indexed for easier searching. Signatures were not transcribed. ** NOTE ** This book contains ALL the records - that were preserved. NOT all records are preserved. MOST law suits and most petitions never provide final outcome - as one reader complains. Court Minutes will have to be reviewed - but this author has seen the lack of Court records as well. Therefore YOU MAY NOT find out - did the mill owner petitioning for a mill - get approved? Even if approved - they didnt have to erect a mill. Updated for minor corrects to transcripts.< Less
The Jesse Benton Letters (1780-1790) By Stewart Dunaway, David Southern
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This book contains a collection of letters between Jesse Benton and Thomas Hart. Thomas Hart was the owner of a large mill complex just east of the Town of Hillsborough, which he sold to Benton.... More > Benton became Hart’s attorney while Hart continues his migration out of NC to a number of other states. These letters were located in the Library of Congress and provide great insight to life in the area, and legal matters with the Transylvania Land Company in TN. It was this mill site (first as Maddox Mill in the 1760s) was used as a meeting place for the Regulation, as well as the location of a Revolutionary skirmish (Harts Mill). A dossier of the people mentioned in the letter, as well as some locales is provided (Rochester, Tullock, Johnston, Burke, Mallett, Munford, Kellow, etc)< Less
Henry McCulloh and Son Henry Eustace McCulloh By Stewart Dunaway
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This is an exhaustive reference book on Henry McCulloh and his son Henry Eustace McCulloh. Henry McCulloh received a grant for 1.2 million acres of land from King George II. Read about the details of... More > this grant, the issues they face. Included is the family history (genealogy), records from their church in England, and every account about their land being confiscated. No other book has been dedicated to this subject, with this amount of detail.< Less