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Macon County, N.C. - Road and Bridge CRX Records - Vol. 1 (1823-1913) By Stewart Dunaway
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Macon County was formed in 1828 from Haywood County. Haywood was formed in 1808 from Buncombe County, which was formed in 1791 from parts of Burke and Rutherford counties. NOTE: CRX records is a... More > designation by the N.C. State Archives which means records received from some other source – other than the county courthouse. These records are segregated from the other records; of the county file-catalog (index cards for researching county specific records at the archives). This author already transcribed the Macon County Road records – as identified in the normal county index (contained in 2-volumes covering 1828-1905). However, the author, unaware of the CRX designation – has since located ALL CRX records for the state, and found Macon Co. has the largest collection of all. There are 4-boxes of CRX road records. This book contains the oldest – first box – as well as the ONLY folder (from Box-4) of Bridge records for the entire county collection (both regular and CRX).< Less
Wayne County, N.C. - Road and Mill Records (1791-1875) By Stewart Dunaway
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Wayne County was formed in 1779 from part of Dobbs County. Lenoir and Glasgow were also formed from Dobbs, when Dobbs Co. was abolished in 1791. Wayne County will be divided up as well, whereby... More > Wilson County will get a piece (1855). Therefore, these records will include rivers and towns from Wilson as well. Wayne County collection is contained in 4-boxes. Two boxes contain all overseer appointments (1820-1845). One box has Alterations to roads and road reports (1803-1866) also Civil Petitions (1845-1873) and more overseer appointments (1791-1819). The next box has Petitions from 1803-1839, and the final box continues with petitioners 1844-1914. This last box also contains State Actions concerning roads (folders cover 1811-1862) of which I have included the oldest folder (1811-1816). Also there is one box of bridge records which has been transcribed and included in a standalone volume.< Less
N.C. Colonial Land Grants - Lord Proprietor and Royal Grants (1712-1775) By Stewart Dunaway
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This book contains photographs of original grants that were NOT delivered to the grantee. These grants remained in the Sec. of State's office. Most grants include plats. The State Archive... More > (Raleigh)has these original grants, but remain uncataloged (per grant). This book provides a catalog, and index by location (river, stream, fords, adj propery owners), name of grantee, etc. The plats can contain detailed drawings which could assist researchers. See the back cover for counties and quantity of grants in this collection. These grants are from Lord Proprietors, King George II and George III.< Less
Anson County, N.C. - Road and Mill Records (1855-1903) By Stewart Dunaway
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Anson County was formed in 1750 from Bladen County. Bladen was formed in 1734 from New Hanover County, which was formed in 1729 from Craven. Craven was formed from Bath in 1705. Of course, Bath was... More > an original county (1664) and was abolished in 1739. However, none of the 18th century road records were preserved. Neither are there any old 19th century records. Yet, what was preserved is included in this volume. This collection contains two folders pertaining to grist mills. These records were filed in the miscellaneous County records. Also there was one folder with a document pertaining to licenses – of which included Ordinary licenses – which this author also transcribes. Although this is not an Ordinary Bond, it does include a list of Ordinary owners from the 18th century.< Less
Beaufort County, N.C. - Road Records (1840-1931) By Stewart Dunaway
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Beaufort County was formed in 1705 from Bath County (Bath formed in 1696). Beaufort was reduced in size by the formation of Pitt County in 1760. Finally, Pamlico County was formed in 1872 from parts... More > of Beaufort and Craven Counties. Beaufort is a very old east-coast county. However, none of the old records were preserved by the county court. In addition, the reader needs to be aware that in the county card catalog (N.C. State Archives) does not have any road, bridge, mill, ferry, or ordinary records listed. Yet, in the very back – under the CRX tab – is one entire box of road records, and a second miscellaneous box containing two folders of bridge records. NOTE: the bridge records are contained in a separate book (due to the size of the road collection).< Less
Beaufort County, N.C. - Bridge Records (1858-1923) By Stewart Dunaway
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Beaufort County was formed in 1705 from Bath County (Bath formed in 1696). Beaufort was reduced in size by the formation of Pitt County in 1760. Finally, Pamlico County was formed in 1872 from parts... More > of Beaufort and Craven Counties. Beaufort is a very old east-coast county. However, none of the old records were preserved by the county court. In addition, the reader needs to be aware that in the county card catalog (N.C. State Archives) does not have any road, bridge, mill, ferry, or ordinary records listed. Yet, in the very back – under the CRX tab – is one entire box of road records, and a second miscellaneous box containing two folders of bridge records. This is the second largest collection found in the CRX files (Macon Co. has 4-boxes larger than the original). Due to the size two volumes was necessary. NOTE: there is a Beaufort County Road Record Book dedicated to that entire box.< Less
Life and Times of Edmund Fanning (1739-1818) By Stewart Dunaway
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The Fanning Family (Edmund’s line) is a very old American family, arriving in Connecticut in 1653, the family will migrate to Long Island and establish a large plantation. Edmund will leave his... More > multi-generation home to migrate to North Carolina to practice law (Yale grad). Edmund Fanning was a controversial person in Colonial Hillsborough, NC. Nevertheless, despite these issues, this well educated man becomes a governor of Prince Edward Island (Canada), for almost 20 years. This book contains genealogy, family history, maps (CT and L.I.), as well as detailed land records in Hillsborough, N.C. This book contains reconciliation of his confiscated property, due to his strong loyalist support during the American Revolution.< Less
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 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
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