Fwd GUIDANCE "land grants" & Information
- Hello Group...
Gleaned this for your information... thought perhaps it would be
of interest to all.
BAKER, CANNON, COX, JACKSON,
McGLAWHORN (all sp), WINGATE, +++
GenealogyPITT Co NC Friends In Research
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>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@...>
>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.
>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
>Opinions expressed in this communication are mine and do not necessarily
>represent the opinions of the library.