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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
Maps and Drawings of North Carolina - Road, Bridge, Mill and Ferry Records By Stewart Dunaway
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This book contains all the maps (images) from the Road, bridge, mill and ferry records, residing in the NC State Archives (Raleigh). The back cover lists the counties and quantity of maps or drawings... More > which were discovered in these county collections. The actual petition information is not provided in this book, that remains with the individual county (book) records, transcribed by this author. Added a few from Robeson County - all mill plats - Ashhole Creek. New County road and bridge records continued to be transcribed by this author, and more maps are being located. This book has been updated for these additional counties and their maps. However, it continues to be true, that very few drawings/maps were provided in the early 18th century records, and many county collections do not include maps or drawings.* UPDATED * February 2014 - ALL 18th Century road and bridge records have been completed for the entire State of NC, this book has been updated from that effort.< Less
Cleveland County, N.C. - Road Records (1841-1867) 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 Box 4 and 5 are included in this book. THE BRIDGE records are included in another book - which also includes the Mill Records.< 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