Alright, we have yet another mystery on our hands. I'm hoping some of you might actually have some pieces of information that can fill in the blanks for me. Below are two deeds from Pitt County. The first item below is a deed in which Mary FORNES gives land to her son, John FORNES. The second item is Mary FORNES granted Power of Attorney to "my Trust friend James CLARK in … [Read more...] about Mystery: Who is Mary Fornes?
Pitt County Genealogy
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I'm excited about this one! This finally tells me the likely surname of my 5th great-grandmother, Elizabeth, wife of Emanuel EDWARDS of Beaufort County. It appears from this deed that she is probably a FORNES... but I'm still not 100% certain about the identity of her father, although at least this helps me zoom in on a family branch. She is one of the parties selling land … [Read more...] about Ransom B. Campbell, Emanual Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards & John Fornes, Jr. to John Fornes, Sr. (Pitt, Craven, Beaufort Counties)
After reading through the brilliant genealogy work of Pam F. Bennett at Ancestry.com on our shared Mills line, I am very interested in the Wallace family, who she suspects is the family of which Keziah, wife of Nasby MILLS of Pitt County, belongs. She suspects that William Wallace, who died in Martin County circa 1775, might have been Keziah's father. I know there are … [Read more...] about Will of William Wallace of Martin County (1775)
William MORRIS and his wife, Susan McINTOSH MORRIS, were my 4th-great-grandparents. James ADAMS, Sr. was the father-in-law of Thomas MORRIS, the brother of William MORRIS and husband of James's daughter, Nancy ADAMS. These deeds are between William and Susan MORRIS and James ADAMS. The land being sold was apparently something Susan either inherited or received as a gift … [Read more...] about Two Deeds: William and Susan MORRIS (of Craven County) to James ADAMS (of Pitt County)
The following is the will of Starling AVERITT, son of David AVERITT of Pitt County. He was born about 1778 and died in 1855. He names his wife, Penny, his daughter Polly BLANDIFORD, and his grandson "William H. BURNETTE sometimes called William H. AVERITT." The Last Will & Testament of Starling Averitt Decd In the name of God, Amen. I Starling AVERITT Being of sound … [Read more...] about Will of Starling Averitt (1855) – Pitt County
Below I have transcribed a deed from four of the heirs of David AVERITT, Sr. They are selling the land they inherited from their father. In his will, David said he had eight children. I think one of the girls below must be using a different name than he used for her in his will, but otherwise, this list, along with the ones named in his will and his son David (who I think is … [Read more...] about Starling AVERETT, Arpy AVERETT, Clary AVERETT, and Seley AVERETT to Jordan AVERETT (1825) – Pitt County
Below I have transcribed the will of my 6th great-grandfather David AVERITT. In it he mentions some, but not all of his children. In the will he says he wants all of his land divided between his eight children after their mother's widowhood or after her death — which would suggest that he was married before and his other two children were from a previous wife. Children … [Read more...] about Will of David Averitt, Sr. (1808) – Pitt County
The following was found in Pitt County Deed Book CC, page 221. This Indenture made and entered into this fourth day of August in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and Twenty-three between Lydia ARNOLD of the State of North Carolina and County of Pitt of the one part and Ormond ARNOLD, Sally COX, Noah ARNOLD, Burrell ARNOLD, Bryant ARNOLD, and Allen ARNOLD, heirs … [Read more...] about Lydia ARNOLD to Henry ARNOLD’s Heirs Deed, 1823 (Pitt County)
A growing list of Eastern North Carolina counties now have their deeds and other records online. From now on links to all of the following Register of Deeds databases can be found via the Research Databases link in the top menu of this site. Interestingly, some counties also have Slave and Co-Habitation Records, as well as detailed land grant plats. Happy searching! … [Read more...] about Did you know online deed searches are available in several eastern North Carolina counties?
The following deed abstracts, all of which relate to members of the Speir family — either as grantor, grantee, witness, or neighbor — are just one small sampling of the wealth of information that can be found in Index and Abstracts of Deeds of Record, Pitt County, North Carolina by Judith DuPree Ellison. There are four separate volumes, but the abstracts below are only from the … [Read more...] about Deeds pertaining to SPEIR, SPIER, SPEAR, SPIRE, SPEERS in Pitt County through 1800
The following document was found in the Craven County Estate Records dated 1779. Based on the information I have, this John SPIER (or John SPEIR) was born 1 Feb 1741, probably in Edgecombe County, and died 2 Feb 1770 in Pitt County or Craven County. He married Penelope BARBER, daughter of John BARBER or Manoah BARBER (I'm still trying to sort out those relationships based on … [Read more...] about Estate of John SPIER, Pitt/Craven (1779)
Next to genealogy and history research, my second favorite obsession is watching MeTV. I love those old shows, from Andy Griffith to Macgyver, and I especially love courtroom and mystery shows, like Perry Mason and Matlock, Diagnosis Murder and Columbo. Perhaps that's why I like poring over old court records — whether it's apprentice bonds, or depositions given during murder … [Read more...] about Colonial Coroners’ Inquests for Beaufort, Craven, and Pitt Counties