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  • Jewelle Baker
    Hello Group... Gleaned this for your information... thought perhaps it would be of interest to all. Jewelle jewelle@coastalnet.com Main Surnames: BAKER,
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      Hello Group...
      Gleaned this for your information... thought perhaps it would be
      of interest to all.

      Main Surnames:
      McGLAWHORN (all sp), WINGATE, +++

      GenealogyPITT Co NC Friends In Research

      >-----Original Message-----
      >Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2001 11:05 AM
      > From: Bonedigger <bonedigr@...>
      >Subject: [NC-SC] Please give me some GUIDANCE "land grants"
      >No, don't guide me back to my hole or the rock I crawled out from under!!
      >I need guidance on how to find the personal information submitted by
      >petitioners when they were given NC/SC Grants circa 1752.
      >I have searched the 30 something volumes of the NC Colonial records and
      >they are not there.
      >What I mean is when a guy applied for a grant he had to tell a little
      >about himself i.e. how many children he had, where he came from before NC
      >etc. Where is this information recorded??
      >I have written to the NC Library system, NOTHING there. I cannot travel to
      >the archives in Raleigh but have communicated with them by letter and I
      >cannot find out where or how to obtain such info. My Ancestor came from
      >eastern shore of MD to Anson County NC 1752 was given a grant of 800
      >acres. Such a grant had to be justified by number of people to farm the
      >land etc. Am I right? If not guide me in the right direction I will gladly
      >share whatever little knowledge I have with you if I know the answers I
      >will gladly share.

      >Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 11:16:02 -0400
      >From: "Victor T. Jones, Jr." <vjones@...>
      >Subject: Re: [NC-SC] Please give me some GUIDANCE "land grants"
      >Comments: To: Bonedigger <bonedigr@...>
      >Dear Charles,
      >The best resource to answer questions about North Carolina research is a
      >book edited by Helen Leary entitled "North Carolina Research: Genealogy
      >and Local History" 2nd ed. published by the North Carolina Genealogical
      >Society in 1996. Chapter 31 in that book details North Carolina Land
      >Grants, the types and how they were obtained. The chapter was written by
      >Margaret M. Hofmann, author of several volumes on North Carolina land grants.
      >According to Mrs. Hofmann, there were three types of land grants given in
      >North Carolina during the colonial period: headright patents, purchase
      >patents, and military patents.
      >Headright patents were granted for bringing settlers into the state with a
      >certain amount granted for each person brought to N.C. Before 1741 it
      >could be granted to anyone proving they had brought people to N.C.
      >Beginning in 1741 and ending in 1754, the land was granted only to "the
      >grantee's own head and those of his immediate family (wife, children, and
      >slaves), and they need not have been imported into the colony to qualify."
      >Headright patents ended in 1754.
      >Headrights were usually proven in the COUNTY court, so that is where the
      >information would be located...for example one of my ancestors proved his
      >headright in Craven County and the Court minutes stated: "William Whitford
      >came into Court & Declares upon oath that his family Consists of three
      >white persons thereupon hath a Claime to his Rights." (Craven County Court
      >Minutes, December Term 1741).
      >The second type of grant, and the most popular, was the purchase patent.
      >This type of grant involved paying fees at the various stages toward
      >obtaining the final patent (i.e. pay to have the land entered; pay to have
      >a warrant issued to the county surveyor; pay for the survey and plat; pay
      >for the final patent). If your ancestor paid for a grant no personal
      >information will be recorded, as the state only wanted the fees paid, they
      >didn't care how many people were in the household.
      >Finally, there were the military patents granted for service in the
      >Revolutionary War. These land grants were located in Tennessee.
      >I hope this answers your questions. If you have further questions that I
      >may be able to answer, just let me know.
      >Best wishes,
      >Victor T. Jones, Jr.
      >Local History and Genealogy
      >New Bern-Craven County Public Library
      >400 Johnson Street
      >New Bern, NC 28560-4098
      >Phone: (252) 638-7808 Fax: (252) 638-7817
      >E-mail: vjones@...
      >Opinions expressed in this communication are mine and do not necessarily
      >represent the opinions of the library.

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