For this installment, we turn to the third volume of the collection. In this book, there are several letters relating to our Henry Williamson. The Legacy Mr. Blount writes to a William Murdock 18 Mar 1796 (pg. 35-36) "Some time since last winter I caused to be forwarded a Power of attorney [see page 567 for the PoA] from a Henry Williamson of this State formerly of London to … [Read more...] about The John Gray Blount Mysteries, Part 2: The Legacy and the Assumed Name
FamilySearch has been steadily putting a ton of North Carolina records on their site that aren't yet easy to access through the normal browsing methods. (Another thanks to Becky for tipping me off about some of the great new things that have gone up over the last few months!) Anyhow, I decided to compile a list of direct links to all eastern North Carolina counties in their … [Read more...] about Did you know all of these new records were at FamilySearch? I’ve got all of the links right here!
Below is a transcription of the last will and testament of Mary HOLMES of Craven County. Although I descend from the HOLMES family of Beaufort County, I had not seen this before. I suspect there is some connection between Mary and my ancestor, John HOLMES, as there are many occasions where John is conducting business with folks over in the same community where it appears Mary … [Read more...] about Will of Mary Holmes (Craven County) – 1824 and Apprentice Bond for Richard Holmes
When researching one’s genealogy, an often neglected resource is a county’s apprenticeship bonds. At times, children apprenticed out were poor orphans. Many other times, the children being bound out simply had the misfortune of being born to non-white parents, or of having a father who died without specifying in a will that the children’s mother should be their … [Read more...] about Researching Apprentice Records
From Craven County, North Carolina Court Minutes Book VI (1764-1771) by Weynette Parks Haun p. 78 (July 1767) -38 Ordered that Charles BUTLER an Orphan Boy son of William BUTLER Aged Fifteen Years be Bound Apprentice to Charles ROACH to learn Shoemaker Trade. … [Read more...] about Charles BUTLER Apprentice Bond
Apprentice Bond for Arthur Butler to Thomas Swaffer(Swafford), 7 April 1764 This Indenture, made the 7th Day of April in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty four Witnesseth , That John Williams Esq, Presiding Chairman of the Inferior Court of Craven County have put and placed Arthur Butler, an Orphan, of [field was left blank, no name given] deceased, … [Read more...] about Arthur BUTLER Apprenticeship Records (1764-1768)
I originally published this list at CoastalCarolinaIndians.com due to the fact that Indians were often listed in census records as "Other Free." Anyone listed as "other free" or "free person of color" could be black, Indian, or any combination of other-than-white ethnicities, including mixed race with white. The entries below have been taken from transcriptions of the … [Read more...] about Apprentice Bonds for Free People of Color in Craven County, North Carolina (1769-1820)