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Miscellaneous N.C. – Road, Bridge, and Mill CRX Records (1767-1937) By Stewart Dunaway
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The State Archives houses all county court documents, as given by the courts. However, some documents did not originate from the courthouse. For whatever reason, some “official”... More > documentation found its way into private hands or former (retired) county agents. When these documents surfaced, and are given to the Archives – they are NOT integrated into the existing county collection. They are segregated into a CRX catalog (at the back of each county index file-drawer). Therefore, I went through every county, looking for Road, Bridge, Mill, Ordinary, and Ferry records. Simply put, there are two types of collections, folders and boxes. Folders being a small collection, and boxes, literally the same size as a normal county collection. Only three counties had large (boxes) collections, Macon Co. (2-boxes), Rowan Co. (one box), and Beaufort (one box and one folder). All the remaining counties were small folder-size collections. Therefore they do not warrant a standalone volume, and are included in this book.< Less
History of Grist Mills in North Carolina - Volume 1 By Stewart Dunaway
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History of Grist Mills in North Carolina – is a compilation of ALL the mill records in the State Archives (Raleigh). These records are a combination of petitions and law suits. Not every county... More > in NC preserved their records, but what was preserved is included in this 6 volume series. The first volume has an overview about Grist Mills, including statistics and other data derived from these preserved records. The other three volumes contain the county records, in alphabetical order. These records were photographed and a short transcript of the pertinent information is provided. Some records are typed and do not require transcription. Volume 1 includes the following counties – Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Bertie, Brunswick, Bute, Caldwell, Caswell, Chowan, Cumberland, Davidson and Edgecombe (Part 1) the second half is in Volume 2.< Less
History of Grist Mills in North Carolina - Volume 3 By Stewart Dunaway
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History of Grist Mills in North Carolina – is a compilation of ALL the mill records in the State Archives (Raleigh). These records are a combination of petitions and law suits. Not every county... More > in NC preserved their records, but what was preserved is included in this 5 volume series. The first volume has an overview about Grist Mills, including statistics and other data derived from these preserved records. The other three volumes contain the county records, in alphabetical order. These records were photographed and a short transcript of the pertinent information is provided. Some records are typed and do not require transcription. Volume 3 includes the following counties – Northampton , Onslow, Orange, and Pasquotank.< Less
History of Grist Mills in North Carolina - Volume 6 By Stewart Dunaway
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This is the 6th and last volume in the complete NC State series containing all the mill records for the entire state. These original records are housed in the N.C. State Archives (Raleigh) by county.... More > They were photographed and then key aspects transcribed for indexing and cataloging. A detailed index (Last, First name) assists researchers and genealogists locating people and places. THIS VOLUME contains Cleveland, Pitt, and Rowan County records. There are maps and drawings (when helpful) illustrating locations. BECAUSE this book was created, due to my mistake of missing these county records, the front section contains the updated table and new pie-charts (found in Volume 1) which includes these records. Owners of Vol 1 do NOT need to update this volume (Vol 1), as the summary data is provided in this book. ** Updated 2015 - CRX Records - Burke, Bute, and Warren have been added ** These are records that were added to the official county collection.< Less
Madison County, N.C. - Road, Mill, and Ferry Records (1854-1937) By Stewart Dunaway
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Madison County was formed in 1851 from parts of Buncombe and Yancey County. Yancey was formed in 1833 from parts of Burke and Buncombe counties. Buncombe was formed in 1791 from parts of Burke and... More > Rutherford counties. Burke was formed from part of Rowan in 1777, after Dr. Thomas burke (who was alive when it was named for his work towards independence). This collection contains the Road records which covers the time frame just after formation into the 19th century. also included are two small collections pertaining to Mills and Ferry operations. these records were filed in the miscellaneous County records. sadly, just two records were preserved by the court.< Less
Moore County, N.C. - Bridge and Mill Records (1892-1918) By Stewart Dunaway
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Moore County was formed in 1784 from Cumberland County (which was formed in 1754 from Bladen). Moore County will be reduced in size during the formation of Lee County in 1907 (also part of Chatham... More > Co.). Older records documenting Jonesboro and Sanford will be in Moore County and in modern times Lee Co. This collection includes one of the best collections of modern bridge records in the archives. Detailed drawings of these steel bridges were preserved. Also in this county collection is a modest size of mill records. However, the large quantity of pages, are due to a very lengthy and detailed law suit. Therefore, this isn’t a broad coverage of many mills, but one mill with a lot of legal paperwork. It should also be pointed out that there were no road petitions, but there was a box of overseer appointments (Order – 068.925.4) dating from 1875 to 1895. They are NOT included in this book. (Note: the bridge and mill records are contained in the miscellaneous county records)< Less
Perquimans County, N.C. - Road and Bridge Records - (1711-1799) Vol 1 By Stewart Dunaway
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Perquimans County (on the east coast of N.C.) has the oldest County road records (original documents) in the State Archives (1711). This collection of records represents some of the oldest in the... More > state, and provides insight to the early colonial era road and bridge situations. This is the first of many records for this county. Additional volumes may be completed in the future. Pasquotank, Bertie, and Chowan Counties are also being added. This book also includes part of the “Float Bridge” records for Hertford.< Less
Perquimans County, N.C. Mill Petitions (1744-1885) & Ferry Bonds By Stewart Dunaway
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Perquimans County (on the east coast of N.C.) has some of the oldest Mill records in the state. Coupled with Pasquotank, Bertie, and Chowan Counties, this will clearly document Colonial mill... More > operations. Further, there are N.C. State Supreme Court ruling in this book (for this County) dealing with the Toll Dish fraud. The complete transcript and order to the Superior Court are included.< Less
Alleghany County, N.C. - Road Records - Volume 2 (1861-1910) By Stewart Dunaway
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This is the second and final volume containing records from one box as preserved in the State Archives. Unfortunately, the quantity of records in this box demands two volumes, as well as these... More > records being Stored by type and not just in date order. This will demand both volumes and probably the need to go between them; as the petition might be in volume 1, and the jury report in volume 2. Alleghany County was formed in 1859 from Ashe County, and borders the Virginia-North Carolina State line. Ashe County resides to the immediate west, and Surry County on the east. Ashe County was formed from Wilkes in 1799, and Wilkes from Surry in 1777. Therefore, road records before 1859 will reside in Ashe County (already transcribed by this author). Alleghany County was never subdivided and remains the same since formation.< Less
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