Monday, November 24, 2014

Gates Co. NC Images of Wills and Estates

Gates County Genealogy and Probate Records



Gates County, North Carolina Gates County, North Carolina Gates County, North Carolina The earliest known expedition down the Chowan River in North Carolina was that of the Ralph Lane Colony in 1585. Then, in 1622, another expedition led by John Pory from Virginia along the Chowan River. The bordering Virginia county of Nansemond has residents whose lands overlapped into Gates County. In fact, Colonel Henry Baker of Nansemond County was granted 2400 acres near Buckland. So it was that ultimately a mail route was established leading from Suffolk, Virginia (Nansemond County) to Corapeake and Edenton, North Carolina. The stage coach route crossed the Chowan River at Barfield.

The first surviving will book of Gates County which is digitized here (1779 to 1819) was quite faded and many pages were illegitable.

Gates County Probate Records available to members of North Carolina Pioneers

Digital Images of Gates County Wills 1779 to 1819
Testators: Barnes, Thomas | Barnes, William | Benson, Miles | Benton, John | Benton, John (2) | Bethey, John | Blanshard, Aaron | Blanshard, Abraham | Blanshard, Sarah | Brady, James | Brinkley, Mary | Carter, Moore | Eason, William | Costen, Demsey | Costen, James | Daughtie, David | Davis, Garrett | Davis, John | Dunn, Sarah | Felton, Mary | Freeman, William | Garrett, James | Gatling, William | Goodman, Henry | Goodman, Joel | Goodman, Joel (2) | Goodman, William | Gordon, John | Green, Samuel | Gregory, John | Gwinn, William | Harrell, Isaac | Harrell, Jethro | Hays, William | Hill, Henry | Hines, Moses | Hinton, William | Hobbs, Guy | Hunter, Alice | Hunter, Jacob | Hyat, Solomon | Jones, Joseph | King, Henry | Langston, Isaac | Lassiter, Aaron | Lassiter, Robert | Lassiter, William | Lawrence, Rachael | Lewis, Phillip | Miltear, Jethro | Nesbit, Joseph | Norfleet, Jacob | Outlaw, James | Parker, Daniel | Parker, Elizabeth | Parker, Francis | Piland, George | Powell, John | Powell, William | Pullington, Thomas | Rice, David | Riddick, Kedar | Riddick, James | Riddick, Robert | Roberts, Jonathan | Ross, John | Rountree, Thomas | Saunders, Francis | Saunders, Sarah | Spivey, Elijah | Summer, Demsey | Summer, Edwin | Taylor, Samuel | Trotman, Elizabeth | Trotman, Rachel | Tugwell, Joseph | Umfleet, William | Walters, William | Walters, Jacob | Watters, James Bray | White, John | Wiggins, Ambrose | Williams, Demsey
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills and Inventories 1779 to 1819
Miscellaneous Land Patents, Land Grants, Deeds
  • Brock, Thomas, deed of gift to his children, 1695
  • Cason, James, Land Grant, 1686
  • Iliffe, Richard, deed for 248 acres
  • Iliff, Thomas Land Grant, 1687
  • Illiffe, Thomas, deeds to and from, 1691
  • Keeling, Adam to Alexander Keeling, 1692 deed
  • Keeling, Alexander bond to Thomas Iliffe, 1694
  • Lynny Land Patent for the transportation of passengers, 1665
  • Medstardt to Edwards Land Patent, 1633
  • Moore and Cason Land Grant, 1684
  • Munday, William, Land Grant on the Currituck River, 1663
  • Murden, John Land Patent for transporting persons, 1686
  • Robbins and Munday Land Patent No. 4, 1652
  • Walton, John for transporting Robert Munday, 1638
  • Woodhouse, Henry, Land Grant, 1691
Miscellaneous Wills
  • Whitehurst, John, 1691
  • Woodhouse, John, Captain, 1693

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gates Co. NC Images of Wills and Estates

Gates County Genealogy and Probate Records



Gates County, North Carolina Gates County, North Carolina Gates County, North Carolina The earliest known expedition down the Chowan River in North Carolina was that of the Ralph Lane Colony in 1585. Then, in 1622, another expedition led by John Pory from Virginia along the Chowan River. The bordering Virginia county of Nansemond has residents whose lands overlapped into Gates County. In fact, Colonel Henry Baker of Nansemond County was granted 2400 acres near Buckland. So it was that ultimately a mail route was established leading from Suffolk, Virginia (Nansemond County) to Corapeake and Edenton, North Carolina. The stage coach route crossed the Chowan River at Barfield.

The first surviving will book of Gates County which is digitized here (1779 to 1819) was quite faded and many pages were illegitable.

Gates County Probate Records available to members of North Carolina Pioneers

Digital Images of Gates County Wills 1779 to 1819
Testators: Barnes, Thomas | Barnes, William | Benson, Miles | Benton, John | Benton, John (2) | Bethey, John | Blanshard, Aaron | Blanshard, Abraham | Blanshard, Sarah | Brady, James | Brinkley, Mary | Carter, Moore | Eason, William | Costen, Demsey | Costen, James | Daughtie, David | Davis, Garrett | Davis, John | Dunn, Sarah | Felton, Mary | Freeman, William | Garrett, James | Gatling, William | Goodman, Henry | Goodman, Joel | Goodman, Joel (2) | Goodman, William | Gordon, John | Green, Samuel | Gregory, John | Gwinn, William | Harrell, Isaac | Harrell, Jethro | Hays, William | Hill, Henry | Hines, Moses | Hinton, William | Hobbs, Guy | Hunter, Alice | Hunter, Jacob | Hyat, Solomon | Jones, Joseph | King, Henry | Langston, Isaac | Lassiter, Aaron | Lassiter, Robert | Lassiter, William | Lawrence, Rachael | Lewis, Phillip | Miltear, Jethro | Nesbit, Joseph | Norfleet, Jacob | Outlaw, James | Parker, Daniel | Parker, Elizabeth | Parker, Francis | Piland, George | Powell, John | Powell, William | Pullington, Thomas | Rice, David | Riddick, Kedar | Riddick, James | Riddick, Robert | Roberts, Jonathan | Ross, John | Rountree, Thomas | Saunders, Francis | Saunders, Sarah | Spivey, Elijah | Summer, Demsey | Summer, Edwin | Taylor, Samuel | Trotman, Elizabeth | Trotman, Rachel | Tugwell, Joseph | Umfleet, William | Walters, William | Walters, Jacob | Watters, James Bray | White, John | Wiggins, Ambrose | Williams, Demsey
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills and Inventories 1779 to 1819
Miscellaneous Land Patents, Land Grants, Deeds
  • Brock, Thomas, deed of gift to his children, 1695
  • Cason, James, Land Grant, 1686
  • Iliffe, Richard, deed for 248 acres
  • Iliff, Thomas Land Grant, 1687
  • Illiffe, Thomas, deeds to and from, 1691
  • Keeling, Adam to Alexander Keeling, 1692 deed
  • Keeling, Alexander bond to Thomas Iliffe, 1694
  • Lynny Land Patent for the transportation of passengers, 1665
  • Medstardt to Edwards Land Patent, 1633
  • Moore and Cason Land Grant, 1684
  • Munday, William, Land Grant on the Currituck River, 1663
  • Murden, John Land Patent for transporting persons, 1686
  • Robbins and Munday Land Patent No. 4, 1652
  • Walton, John for transporting Robert Munday, 1638
  • Woodhouse, Henry, Land Grant, 1691
Miscellaneous Wills
  • Whitehurst, John, 1691
  • Woodhouse, John, Captain, 1693

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Edgecombe Co. NC Ancestors and Genealogies

Edgecombe Map

Edgecombe County Wills and Estates

Edgecombe County was formed in 1732 from Bertie County. Granville, Halifax and Nash Counties were later formed from Edgecombe County. The county was named after Richard Edgecome, an English baron.

Digital Images of Edgecombe County Wills 1749 to 1775
Testators: Allen, James; Allen, John; Allen, Roger ; Barnes, Edward ; Barnes, Thomas; Bell, Thomas ; Bond, Henry; Braswell, James ; Bryant, William; Cain, James ; Cane, William; Coleman, Charles; Coleman, Charles (2) ; Coleman, Moses; Coleman, Robert ; Colwell, John; Daniel, Aaron; DeLoach, Samuel ; Evans, Abraham; Fenn, John; Floyd, Francis; Fort, Elias; Fort, John; Furguson, Isaac; Garner, John; Gay, John; Goodson, Thomas; Griffin, John; Harrel, Thomas; Hilliard, James; Horn, Henry; Hudnall, Robert; Ivey, Adam; Jeruse, William; Johnson, Benjamin; Knight, Robert ; Mound, William; Parker, John ; Perrit, Priscilla ; Pitman, Joseph ; Pitman, Moses ; Pool, Lawrence; Pridgeon, William; Ricks, Isaac; Ross, Andrew; Ross, Daniel ;Ross, William ; Row, William ; Sellers, Benjamin ; Speer, James ; Stallions, James ; Summerall, Sarah; Umphrey, Robert ; Vickors, Ralph; Wall, Elijah ; Wall, Daniel ; Wall, Gerrard ; Whittington, Richard ; Williams, Phillis ; Williams, Pilgrim; Williamson, Hardy ; Wright, William
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Edgecombe County Wills
  • Abstracts of Edgecombe County Wills 1707 to 1760
Miscellaneous Records
  • Causey Estate
  • Edgecombe County Map of 1732-1855 boundaries

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Craven Co. NC Genealogy and Probate Records

Craven County Wills and Estates



Craven County Map New Bern New Bern Craven County one of three counties (Albemarle and Clarendon being the others) set up in 1664 by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. Its territory embraced what later became South Carolina. The county of Craven was established in 1705 as the Archdale Precinct of Bath County. Archdale County may have existed as early as 1696. The name was changed to Craven County about 1712. The territory in Craven County included the Ashley River settlement known as Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina). Craven County was officially created on 3 December 1705 and Bath County was abolished in 1739. The county seat: New Bern.

For anyone who has not visited the beautiful New Bern, it is a lovely coastal city, well worth visiting.

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Transcripts of Craven County Wills filed with the Secretary of State
  • Arenton, William (expand upon opening)
  • Blackledge, Richard (expand upon opening)
  • Bryan, Anne (expand upon opening)
  • Bryan, Hardy
  • Bryan, William
  • Caruthers, John
  • Conway, Mary
  • Craven, James
  • Fonvielle, John
  • Franck, John Martin
  • Herritage, Willism
  • Isler, Christian
  • Pilson, Grace
  • Wickliffe, William
Miscellaneous Estates
  • Conner, Lewis
  • Holland, Henry
  • Holland, John
  • Holland, Joseph

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Camden Co. NC Genealogy and Images of Wills and Estates



Camden County Wills and Probate Records



Battle of Dismal Swamp Milford House Camden County was formed from the northeastern part of Pasquotank County in 1777 and was named after Charles Pratt, the 1st Lord Camden, one of the opposers of the Stamp Act. The Dismal Swamp Canal runs through the southern portion of the county. Pictured is the Battle of South Mills (won by the Confederates) near the canal. Also pictured is the Milford House (Rolfe-Green-Sawyer House) built about 1746, purported to be the oldest known two-story brick house still standing in North Carolina. The brickwork is of Flemish bond design with glazed headers.

The following probate records are available to members of North Carolina Pioneers
  • 1790 Camden County Census
Digital Images of Camden County Wills 1822 to 1840
  • Aydelett, Abner
  • Barnard, John
  • Bell, Brickhouse
  • Bell, Mary
  • Bell, Seth
  • Berry, Balsen
  • Berry, Sarah
  • Bray, Henry Jr.
  • Bray, Henry Sr.
  • Brit, Hezekiah
  • Brite, Richard
  • Britt, Malachi
  • Broushell, Mat
  • Brown, Sarah
  • Burford, Ambrose
  • Bute, Shadrick
  • Capts, Franky
  • Cartwright, Asa
  • Cartwright, Daniel
  • Chamberlain, Charles
  • Chamberlin, Joseph
  • Culpepper, Peter
  • Davos, Frederick
  • Dozier, Caleb
  • Dozier, Chloe
  • Dozier, Isaac
  • Dozier, Evan
  • Dozier, Peter
  • Dozier, Sarah
  • Dozier, Thomas
  • Dozier, Tully
  • Etheridge, Phillis
  • Etheridge, Thomas
  • Faircloth, Isaac
  • Ferrill, Thomas
  • Forbes, Elizabeth
  • Forbes, Sarah
  • Forbes, Southy
  • Gallup, Josiah
  • Godfrey, James
  • Godfrey, Malachi
  • Gordon, Thomas
  • Grandy, Lydia
  • Grandy, Susanah
  • Gray, Caleb
  • Gray, Laban
  • Gray, Thomas
  • Gray, William
  • Gregory, Elizabeth
  • Gregory, Isaac
  • Gregory, Noah
  • Guilford, William
  • Hamsen, Isaac
  • Harrington, Isaac
  • Harrison, Dempsey
  • Hathaway, Sally
  • Herrington, Fanny
  • Johnson, Nancy
  • Jones, Dorothy
  • Jones, Lemuel
  • Jones, William
  • Jones, Willoughby
  • Keallor, Nathan
  • Kelly, James
  • Kelly, John
  • Kenaday, John
  • Lamb, Isaac
  • Lamb, Luke
  • Lamb, Thomas
  • Linton, Nancy
  • Luppy, Polly
  • Lurry (or Surry), Nathan
  • McCoy, Polly
  • McPherson, Demsey
  • Mercer, Thomas
  • Mercer, William
  • Morgan, Joseph
  • Nash, Sally
  • Oggs, Prudence
  • Overton, Benjamin
  • Overton, Rodah
  • Padrick, Jacob
  • Parker, Stephen
  • Phillips, Samuel
  • Pritchard, John
  • Prittyman, Mary
  • Proctor, Elizabeth
  • Proctor, Samuel
  • Robertson, Lenny
  • Sandelin, Sally
  • Sandelin, Willis
  • Savills, Mary
  • Sawyer, Annis
  • Sawyer, Elisha
  • Sawyer, Enoch
  • Sawyer, James
  • Sawyer, Joshua
  • Sawyer, Malichi
  • Sawyer, Mathias
  • Sawyer, William
  • Seymore, Mourning
  • Spence, James
  • Spence, Noah
  • Standley, Lemuel
  • Surry, John
  • Taylor, Esdrass
  • Tuttle, Asa
  • Upton, Lattimore
  • Whitehurst, Christopher
  • Whitehurst, John
  • Whitehurst, Jonathan
  • Whitehurst, Lemon
  • Williams, Caleb
  • Williams, Edward
  • Wilson, Willis
  • Wright, Aleaph
  • Wright, Arthur
  • Wright, Francis

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cabarrus Co. NC Genealogy; Images of Wills

Goldmining in North CarolinaCabarrus County Court House Records


Cabarrus county was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1792, and was named after Stephen Cabarrus of Chowan County, Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons. Conrad Reed found gold here in 1799 while playing in Little Meadow Creek on the old Reed farm. His find weighed a hefty 17 pounds! John Reed or Johannes Rieth as he was known in Staatsarchiv at Marburg, Germany was one of thousands of Hessian soldiers transported over by British troops to fight against rebellious colonists during the Revolutionary War. John Reed deserted, as did many other Hessians, and migrated from Georgia to North Carolina, where he settled in an ethnic German community sometime around 1787. Reed developed placer mining, then underground mining on his property and became wealthy, his mine being known as Reed's Gold Mine. The Reed Gold Mine was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The names of the testators in the last will and testaments below appear to be of German origin, undoubtably descendants of the Hessian soldiers.

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Transcripts of Cabarrus County Wills 1796 to 1822
  • Abendshein, Catherina
  • Abendshein, Christian
  • Abendshein, Rinehold
  • Dayvault, Jacob
  • Hadley, James
  • Hadley, Joshua
  • Hagler, John
  • Hall, John
  • Hall, Morgan
  • Harky, George
  • Harris, Charles, Dr.
  • Harris, Elizabeth
  • Harris, Ephraim
  • Harris, James
  • Harris, Robert Sr.
  • Harris, Robert
  • Harris, William
  • Hartman, George
  • Hill, Green
  • Hope, Robert
  • Horlacher, Christopher.
  • Houston, Archibald
  • Houston, John
  • Houston, Margaret
  • William
  • Hudson, Fanny
  • Hudson, Seth.
  • Huie, Samuel
  • Marchadant, John.
  • McCaleb, James
  • McClellan, Thomas
  • McCommon, Charles
  • McCree, Hugh
  • McMahan, John
  • McRee, Richard
  • McCree, William
  • McEwen, Elizabeth
  • McFaddon, Thomas.
  • McGinnis, Charles
  • McGraw, Benjamin
  • McGraw, James
  • McKinley, Charles
  • McKinley, John
  • McLarty, Archibald
  • McMakin, James
  • McRee, David
  • McMurrey, Robert
  • Mealor, Peter
  • Melchor, John
  • Meissenheimer, Jacob
  • Misenheimer, Abraham
  • Misenheimer, George Sr.
  • Misenheimer, Jacob.
  • Mitchler, Matthias
  • Morris, Griffith
  • Morris, Griffith
  • Morris, Moses
  • Morris, Samuel
  • Morris, Nancy
  • Morris, Nancy
  • Morton,, Samuel
  • Phifer, George
  • Query, Alexander
  • Strickler, Daniel
  • Wagoner, Will
  • Walcher, Adam
  • Walker, Andrew
  • Wallace, Aaron
  • Wallace, James
  • Wallace, John
  • Wallace, William
  • Watson, Thomas
  • Welch, Elizabeth
  • Wessner, George
  • White, Archibald
  • White, David
  • White, Jean
  • White, John
  • White, John.
  • White, Margaret
  • White, Mary
  • White, Samuel
  • White, William
  • Wilhelm, George
  • Wilie, Mary
  • Wiser, Michael
  • Wiser, Phillip
  • Wynkaugh, Michael
  • Yonge, Catherine
  • Young, Joseph
  • Young, William

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What was the Pleas and Quarter Sessions?


An explanation of Pleas and Quarter Session records in North Carolina. This type of court emulates a court which met quarterly in Great Britain. In early colonial America, it also had criminal jurisdiction. The genealogist should always examine the minutes of this court. And for good reason. It is similar to the (later) Inferior Court Minutes which registered everything from wills, administrations, inventories, and estates in general. The colonial North Carolina court recorded last wills and testaments as they were entered for probate, detailed inventories, distributions, sales of perishable goods and who purchased them, names of orphans and who they were apprenticed to, appointments of adminstrators, bonds, road commissioners and a general description of road junctures, adjoining lands and ferries. These minutes tell the story of the neighboring lands and what was happening. Simply a mention of your ancestor's name is reason enough to search them, because you discover the years that he resided in that county, as well as some of his personal affairs, like proving deeds as he purchased and sold property, registering of brands (animals), the appointments of church wardens, and districting lines drawn through his property. So often, the genealogist is unable to locate a last will and testament in the will books. The minutes will mention that it was filed as well as the date, even if it was not found in the will books. You simply have too much to gain to overlook this valuable source!   

Some interesting information is provided, such as notes that a last will and testament was filed for probate.  If the probate court lost its records, this record will confirm a death date, within about 3 days of the death itself.  That is because people file the probate immediately after the death, in order to gain authority to dispense the estate.  An example in New Hanover County, North Carolina is when the court was in session in 1769 it appointed John Newman as a ferryman  Also, James Mason was ordered to pay from the tax funds to Michael Keough for attending Mrs. Cumbow with smallpox.  This little tid-bit of information informs us that smallpox was in New Brunswick, North Carolina during 1769.  Surprised?  It was also present along the coast during the Revolutionary War.  To learn more about your ancestors, read the old court house records, especially the Wills on North Carolina Pioneers

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