By Jeannette Holland Austin
So many answers are at our disposal now! Freedom is a precious heritage won by our Ancestors! But do we really know who we are? To learn some answers about ourselves we must look into the past, into the lives of those who brought us here. Discovering ancestors is not only fun, but surprising. The lineage doubles every generation (into the past), which makes for an unlimited resource of ancestors who were part of the histories which we study today. For example, it is easy to trace the lineage back to a Revolutionary War Soldier. Gosh! The pension itself is loaded with information about the battles they fought and famous officers they served with. You just don't know how this goes, until you read the pension. Then, there are the Civil War Pensions. Of course, the old wills, estates, deeds, tax digests really open the puzzle to a wonderfully new perspective. The old script used is beautifully executed with a quill and India ink. Some of these documents are simply worth framing! The census records are not enough. To find ancestors, one must also research county records where your ancestors resided or where you thought they were. This is a must! For one thing, the records, such as wills, estates, marriages, inventories, sales, guardian ships will provide names of heirs. Additionally, the tiny details which lead to the next source. For example, in the estate of Henry Holland of Jasper County, an Annual Return made by the administrator revealed a letter sent to Holland, Virginia. From there, it was easy to find this place as the family seat. Another resource are receipts from heirs sometimes found in the estates, including husbands of the daughters. Of course, if you look in the marriage records, that is where the marriage was recorded with the name and full date of the record. The 8 genealogy websites contain county records easy to view online! First, become a member, then view/print/download your ancestor's old will or estate. It is really cool!
Hyde County Wills and Estates
Hyde County was formed December 3, 1705, as Wickham Precinct, one of three precincts within Bath County. The name Wickham was derived from the manor of Temple Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, the family home of John Archdale, Governor of North and South Carolina from 1695 to 1696. In 1712 it was renamed Hyde Precinct after Edward Hyde,the Governor of North Carolina from 1711 to 1712. In 1739 Bath County was abolished, and Hyde Precinct became Hyde County. Since, numerous boundary changes followed. In 1745 Lake Mattamuskeet and its adjoining territory were transferred from Currituck County to Hyde County. In 1819 the part of Hyde County west of the Pungo River was annexed to Beaufort County. In 1823 the part of Currituck County south of New Inlet was annexed to Hyde County. This area included the present day Hatteras Island. In 1845 Ocracoke Island was transferred from Carteret County to Hyde County. In 1870 Hyde County was reduced to its present dimensions, when its northeastern part was combined with parts of Currituck County and Tyrrell County which formed Dare County.
Images of Hyde County Wills and Estates 1764 to 1818, Vols. 1, 2, 3
Abrams, John | Adams, William |Alderson, Levy |Allen, Jason | Allen, John |Arthur, James |Bailey, Bethnell |Bailey, Davis | Bailey, Henry |Bailey, James |Bailey, Joshua |Bailey, Thomas | Balchelder, James |Baron, Ann |Barron, George |Barron, William | Barron, Zachariah | Beachey, William |Bell, Abram |Bell, Ebenezer | Bell, George |Bell, Joshua |Bell, Watson |Bell, William |Blount, Lewis |Boomer, William |Botson, Mary |Boyd, Robert | Brooks, Stephen |Bull, William |Burgess, Malicka | Burks, William |Caffey, William |Caldwell, Joseph |Campbell, William |Capps, James |Carrowan, John |Carson, Ann |Chambers, Ezekiel | Chambers, John |Clark, Ann |Clark, Major | Clausen, Thomas | Cleaver, James |Cleaves, James |Cleaves, John |Cochran, William |Collins, Henry |Commer, Jacob | Commer, Jacob (2) | Cording, William |Cording, William (2) |Cox, Jesse |Cox, Joseph |Cox, William | Culbert, Peter | Daily, Thomas | Daily, William | Davidson, Hannah | Davids, Sophia | Davis, Davis | Davis, Duncan | Davis, Elizabeth | Davis, John | Davis, Samuel | Davis, Samuel | Davis, William | Davis, William (2) |Dawson, Philinda | Dixon, John | Donnelly, Henry | Duke, George | Durden, Jacob | Easton, Davis | Easton, Harris | Easton, John | Easton, Thomas | Ebom, Enoch | Ebom, John | Ebom, Samuel | Eborn, Rebeccah | Eborne, Aaron | Ebon, Edward | Ellis, Benjamin | Ellison, Thomas | Elsbre, John | Emmory, Steven |Ensley, John |Ester, William | Ethridge, John |Ethridge, Samuel |Farrow, John |Fisher, Robinson |Foreman, Benjamin |Foreman, Joseph |Foreman, Martin |Forman, Caleb |Forman, Caleb (2)|Forman, Joshua |Forman, Lazarus | Forman, Lazarus (2) |Galloway, Abraham |Gaskin, Ann |Gaylord, John |Gaylord, Rosanah |Gaylord, Thomas |Gaylord, Winsfield | Gibbs, Benjamin |Gibbs, Elizabeth |Gibbs, Joseph |Gibbs, Robert | Gibbs, Robert(2) |Gibbs, Selby |Gibbs, Thomas |Gibbs, William | Gibbs, William (2) |Glade, Agness |Green, Davis |Hall, James | Hall, John |Harris, John |Harris, J. W. |Hamis, Peter | Handison, Isaac | Harris, Sarah | Harris, William | Harris, William (2) | Harvey, Nathan | Havey, Margaret | Henderson, John | Henry, Hugh | Henry, Robert | Henry, Seth | Horsey, Peter | Howard, William | Hussey, Henry | Hussey, Mary | Inlowe, Mary | James, Henry | Jarvis, Agnes | Jarvis, Davis | Jarvis, Jesse | Jarvis, Josiah | Jasper, Jonathan | Jennett, Joseph | Jones, Abraham | Jones, Bartholomew | Jarvis, Agnes | Jarvis, Davis | Jarvis, Jesse | Jarvis, Josiah | Jasper, Elizabeth | Jasper, Jonathan | Jennett, Joseph | Jolley, Phillip | Jones, Abraham | Jones, Bartholomew | Jones, Morris | Jordan, Dinah | Jordan, Richard | Jurganns, Jonathan | Kipps, Seth | Lacy, Parker | Latham, Sarah | Mallison, Gordon | Mallison, John | Mann, Thomas | Martin, Benjamin | Mason, Agnes | Mason, James | Mason, John | Mason, Malicha | Mason, Mary | Mason, Thomas | McCarty, Archibald | McElwain, Edward | Midget, Christopher | Miller, Frederick | Moore, William | Mordeck, Benjamin | Mordick, Lewis | Morris, Thomas | Mullison, William | Murray, Daniel | Murray, Timothy Neal, Benjamin | O'Neal, William | Parmella, William | Pearl, Charles | Porter, William | Reeves, Edward | Russell, Benjamin | Selby, John | Selby, Nathan | Selby, Tolbert | Slade, Ann | Slade, Benjamin | Slade, Hannah | Slade, Hezekiah | Smith, James | Smith, John | Smith, L. | Smith, Margaret | Smith, Mary | Southside, Jonathan | Spencer, Edward | Spencer, John | Spencer, John (2) | Spencer, Nathan | Spencer, Nathan (2) | Spencer, William | Spring, Moses | Swindall, Caleb | Swindell, Isaac | Swindell, Isaiah | Swindell, Joel | Swindell, Josiah | Swindell, Zedekiah | Tyson, Aaron | Tyson, Aron | Walls, Joshua | Warner, James | Watson, William | Webster, James | Webster, John | Webster, William | White, Caleb | Whithand, Nathan | Wilkins, John | Wilkins, Patrick | Wilkinson, Isaac | Wilkinson, Isaiah | Wilkinson, James | Wilkinson, Sarah | Wilkinson, William | Wilkins, Thomas | Wilkins, Thomas (2) | Windfield, John | Windley, Maybell | Windley, Thomas | Winfield, Richard Winfield, Robert | Wormington, Samuel | Wright, James | Wright, Thomas | Wright, William
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