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Chapel Hill, NC - History of Town Lots (1790-1930s) By Stewart Dunaway
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The objective of this book (like the one for Hillsborough) is to document the individual town lots for Chapel Hill. However, unlike Hillsborough, the town was not platted with hundreds of lots, all... More > the same size, in an ever expanding process. The town lots of Chapel Hill were sold for funds to build and operate the University (again showing the duality of the early mission). This book contains deed records pertaining to houses and businesses in Chapel Hill. The deeds are chained together (as best possible) to show a particular lot's history. Is every lot and piece of land covered in this book? NO. However, a very large collection is included. Is every lot traversed from 1790 to 1930? NO. Some lots have breaks, where I could not trace it. The focus is on the OLD records. It is rather easy to take a lot today and traverse back to 1930. Therefore, not every lot will be traced to 1930. Appendix sections include, utility, maps, mills, post office histories - etc.< Less
Thomas Burke By Stewart Dunaway
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Thomas Burke, a poet, a medical doctor, a lawyer, North Carolina’s third governor, has a most interesting life. This book provides complete details on his life with many of his letters being... More > quoted, as opposed to paraphrased opinions about him; you can read it for yourself. Further, his letter to Gen. George Washington shows his deep thinking and great common sense. His activities in the Continental Congress are amazing, and his views of civil rights were way ahead of his time.< Less
Wilson County, N.C. - Road, Bridge, and Mill Records (1856-1911) By Stewart Dunaway
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Wilson County was formed in 1855, from parts of Edgecombe, Nash, Johnston, and Wayne Counties. Researchers looking further back in time (especially 18th century), Edgecombe County will be the focal... More > point (formed in 1741, from Bertie). I have transcribed all of the Edgecombe County records (Road, Bridge, and Mill) contained in two books. Also Nash County records have been transcribed (two volumes) as well as Johnston Co. (a very small and poorly preserved collection). Although a more modern county, Wilson has two boxes of road, bridge, and mill records in the State Archives. The first box contains the road records (1856-1911), and the second box containing the bridge records (1874-1909), mill records (1869-1886) and canal records (1883-1910).< Less
Greene County, N.C. - Road Records (1874-1940) By Stewart Dunaway
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Greene County was formed in 1799, from Glasgow County – which was abolished upon the formation of Greene. Glasgow Co. was formed from part of Dobbs Co. (formed in 1758, and also abolished).... More > Despite the age, the older records were not preserved. Greene County (named after Patriot General N. Greene) was never subdivided or reduced in size after being formed. Unfortunately nothing from the 18th century or early 19th century was preserved. There are no road records for either Dobbs or Glasgow Co. in the Archives. This collection of documents pertains to legal actions – as opposed to petitions to create and alter a road route. There are two State Supreme Court cases that have interesting results.< 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
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
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.< Less
Clay County, N.C. - Road and Bridge Records (1871-1903) By Stewart Dunaway
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Clay County was formed in 1861 from Cherokee County. Cherokee County was formed from Macon in 1839. Therefore, road records before 1861 will reside in Macon County (which have been transcribed in two... More > volumes – by this author). Clay County was never subdivided and remains the same since formation. Searching in the miscellaneous county records, I did not find any mill records, although there are references to roads to the mills. There are a few bridge records in this collection; including one bridge construction list. However, the bridge bonds are missing and there are no bridge petitions.< Less
McDowell County, N.C. - Road, Bridge, and Mill Records (1843-1903) By Stewart Dunaway
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McDowell County was formed in 1842 from parts of Rutherford and Burke Counties. Of the two counties, Burke is the oldest – and the county most of the western portion of the state were made... More > from. Burke County was named after Thomas Burke while he was living (1777) – which is very unusual (and was so noted by Governor Abner Nash how amazing that a living person would have a county named for them). McDowell County will also face reduction in size. Mitchell County will be divided out (along with other counties) in 1861. Nevertheless, the oldest county records would reside with Burke County. Unfortunately – none of these types of records (road, bridge, mill, ordinary, ferry) were preserved by Burke Co. court. Therefore the researcher and genealogist will have to rely on county court minutes. There are two boxes of records for this county, of which this book contains the oldest and first box. The second box continues from 1904 onward to 1921.< Less
Henderson County, N.C. - Road and Mill Records - (1842-1884) By Stewart Dunaway
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Henderson County was formed in 1838 from Buncombe County. Henderson will be reduced in size with the formation of Polk County in 1855 (formed from part of Henderson and part of Rutherford). Then in... More > 1861, Transylvania County is formed from part of Henderson and Jackson Co. From that time forward, Henderson County remains the same. Mill records are very rare – that is – the courts seemed to dispose of these old records. State Law mandated a petition to the county court to approve of damming up a river. However, some counties never enforced this activity, and others just didn’t retain a lot of paper work. This county had a few records. For further research, I recommend researching court records. The mill records are from 1859 and 1868. The road records are from 182 to 1884. They contain some petitions, many legal issues and road reports.< Less