Deeds, Grants and Patents

John Vendrick, his wife, and his mother

John Vendrick, his wife, and his mother

About a week ago, I was poking around in Currituck County land records. I don't even remember why. While skimming through the index, I stumbled over something, or someone, unexpected. John Vindrick! That's right! A Vendrick in Currituck. I was every bit as astonished...

An Odd Turn of Phrase

An Odd Turn of Phrase

Samuel Lawson received a deed of gift from his stepfather, John James, 25 May 1770. In the deed, Mr. James uses a phrase that, both baffles and intrigues me. From Craven County Deed Book 18, p. 1 and 2 (emphasis mine). North Carolina }Craven County }To all People to...

The Family of Boaz Squires

The Family of Boaz Squires

Boaz Squires is a rather enigmatic figure.  Appropriate, wouldn't you say, for a man legend says was a wizard?  Local stories claim he was a rather lazy fellow who made demons build boats while he lounged beneath the pines smoking his pipe.  He even fought the Devil,...

William Bright of Craven: There Were Two

William Bright of Craven: There Were Two

There were, demonstrably, two William Brights living within, what was then, Craven County during the mid 1700s. Look at the Petition to Change the Seat of Government of 1733. Among the signatories of this document were William Brite and William Bright. So, how do we...

Family Tree Fact Check: Miranda Ross Gaskins

Family Tree Fact Check: Miranda Ross Gaskins

While Ancestry is notorious for spreading false information, you should also be wary of Find-a-Grave (link to her page). Remember, both sites depend on users, who are human, to create family trees/bios. Always, always, always check the facts against contemporary...

The Brother-in-Law Conundrum

The Brother-in-Law Conundrum

The word "brother-in-law" is becoming the bane of my research.  In earlier times, the term "in-law" had a broader scope than is now the case.  Pretty much anyone related to you by marriage was an in-law.  Therefore, a brother-in-law could be one in the modern sense, a...

Duplin County Register of Deeds Land Grant Maps

Duplin County Register of Deeds Land Grant Maps

A really cool feature of the Duplin County Register of Deeds site, duplinrod.com, is the land grant map.  How many times have you read a grant or deed and tried to figure out where the land was located?  Well, when it comes to grants made in Duplin County and are now...

A Deed of Gift from James McIntosh to his Children

A Deed of Gift from James McIntosh to his Children

I found this deed proving that Leta McIntosh Averitt, my possible 5th great-grandmother, and Lovey McIntosh Hendricks, wife of my 5th great-uncle, James Hendricks, were his daughters.  This relationship makes Lovey my 6th great-aunt as well as my 5th. From Craven...

Craven County Anderson Deeds & Grants

Craven County Anderson Deeds & Grants

I'm organizing my genealogy files for the ten millionth time. I thought since I've downloaded so many deeds from the Craven, Beaufort, and Pitt County Register of Deeds I might start posting them here, beginning with Craven County Anderson Deeds & Grants. No, I'm...