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Newsletter Subtitle:  BACK TO NORTH CAROLINA - MACON TO ROWAN COUNTIES PART 3 

Month Day Year:  APRIL 29, 2011

 

Welcome back to North Carolina!  Counties covered in this newsletter begin with Macon County and go alphabetically to Rowan County. 

The type  in blue is for your information.  If a county is not created until 1853 where do you look for a marriage that probably happened before 1850? 

We have given you the information as to when this newly defined and created county was established, and the name of the county that contributed part, of the land that is now a part of this brand new county. 

Checking the date of county formation will help you establish the most likely scenario for a marriage and a life that seems to have happened in two counties, when they really lived in the same cabin all along.  This also may answer the question of where was the land when they bought it.  It may have been in the parent county.  But it will be sold, maybe a lifetime later, in the new county.

Good genealogists keep track of the ParentCounty [The county from which the new county was made, the county which gave up the land on which your ancestors may have been living earlier than the date given.]

Spotsylvania and Augusta Counties in Virginia were huge when they were first formed, dozens of counties were reorganized from each of these, given a new name and formed into new counties, yet some of your lines may have people all the way back to that first county.  

The Progeny Counties [Counties formed from what was originally this county on the date it was created, but were removed from this county when still another county was made from part of the same land.  Thereby, giving you two more places to look for other deed, land, birth, marriage, death, will and tax records]  

It is kind of a Grandmother [Parent County], then reorganized into a smaller Mother County, then later in time, reorganized again losing property to the new [Progeny County] [Child County] of the [Mother County]. Your people did not move, but the county boundaries changed on the dates given. 

Knowing the ParentCounty of each county you find your family living in at the time of the census taker's visit is very important.  Often these changes were made over and over again. Your Family's Cabin could have been built in the Grandmother [Parent] County, your great-grandfather ancestor could have been born, grown up, married, had children there in that cabin and then died in that cabin which was now in a different county--the Mother County and when those children grew up in the same cabin, and they married, their children may have been born in the still newer [Progeny] county!  Why is this so important?

Because as I am sure you already know, most proof of your ancestor's life is to be found in the records of the  smallest legal jurisdiction, which is the county or town.  For the above scenario you would need to check no fewer than three courthouses, three libraries, three genealogical and/or historical societies at the minimum! 

Because the first duty of a researcher is to collect data on each of their ancestors. Thanks to several computer companies, what used to be the hardest part of the research project has become much quicker and much, much easier - the search for the right census for every ancestor from 1790 through 1930, [no 1890] and next year through 1940!  When you find him on the census, the top lines on the page will give you the town and county and state.   You will have found what county and state in which he was living at that time.  [HINT:  CHECK THE DATE THE CENSUS WAS TAKEN.  His age may vary from year to year depending on whether his birthday came before or after the census date.  You have the name, you have the date and you have the place.  WOW!  Are you ever off to a great start!!

NOW BACK TO THE BOOKS:  Macon to Rowan Counties, NC

 MACON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM HAYWOOD COUNTY in 1828.

 NC - CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 01: MACON CO., 1850 U. S. CENSUS PRINTOUT FROM MICROFILM FOR MACON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.  By John F. Schunk, Editor, S-K Publications.  Census pages 315 through 384-each page of the census takes four pages to print out, but that is why they are so easy to read.  276 pages plus surname index.  The census books are all 8.5" by 11" landscape style with laminated covers.   PRICE:  $25 HALF PRICE $12.50

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 02: MACON CO., NC, MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1830-1868, New Papyrus Publishing, 29 pages, softcover, 1984, The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. PRICE:  $9.50 

McDOWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM BURKE AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES on 19 DECEMBER 1842.

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 03: McDOWELL, CO, NC, MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1797-1869, New Papyrus Publishing, 17 pages, softcovers, The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. 1984, PRICE:  $9.50 

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM ANSON COUNTY in 1762.

NC - CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 04:  1850 U. S. CENSUS PRINTOUT FROM MICROFILM FOR MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.  By John F. Schunk, Editor, S-K Publications. Census pages 1 through 102-each takes four pages to print out, but that is why they are so easy to read.  404 pages plus surname index.  The census books are all 8.5" by 11" landscape style with laminated covers.  PRICE:  $30 HALF PRICE $15   

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS MADE FROM ANSON COUNTYon 4 APRIL 1778.

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 05:  MONTGOMERY CO, NC, MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1844-1868, New Papyrus Publishing, 1984, 14 pages, softcovers.  The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers.  PRICE: $9.50

 NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM BERTIE COUNTY in 1741.

 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 06: NORTHAMPTON CO:  1850 U. S. CENSUS PRINTOUT FROM MICROFILM FOR NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.  By John F. Schunk, Editor, S-K Publications.  Census pages 1 through 82-each takes four pages to print out, but that is why they are so easy to read.   324 pages plus surname index.  The census books are all 8.5" by 11" landscape style with laminated covers.  PRICE:  $30 HALF PRICE  $15   

ONSLOW COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS MADE FROM NEW HANOVER COUNTY in 1734.

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 07: ONSLOW CO, NC, MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1764-1867, New Papyrus Publishing, 1984, softcover, 33 pages.  The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. PRICE:  $12 

ORANGECOUNTY WAS CREATED FROM BLADEN, GRANVILLE AND JOHNSTON COUNTIES on 31 MARCH 1752.

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 08:  1850 U. S. CENSUS PRINTOUT FROM MICROFILM FOR ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.  By John F. Schunk, Editor, S-K Publications.  Census pages 155 through 296-each takes four pages to print out, but that is why they are so easy to read.   (Missing back cover.) 564 pages plus surname index.  The census books are all 8.5" by 11" landscape style with laminated covers.  PRICE:  $40 HALF PRICE  $20 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 09:  ORANGE, NC, DEEDS, VOLUME 2 (AUG. 1801-FEB. 1803), NC Deed books are abstracted by Laura Willis, published by Simmons Historical Publications, softbound, published in 1998 to 1999.  96 pages plus seven-page index, 1998.  The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers.    PRICE:  $20 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 10:  ORANGE CO, NC, DEEDS, VOLUME 3 (FEB. 1803-MAY 1804), NC Deed books are abstracted by Laura Willis, published by Simmons Historical Publications, softbound, published in 1998 to 1999. 96 pages plus seven-page index, The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. PRICE:  $20 

NC - CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 11: ORANGE CO, NC, DEEDS, VOLUME 4 (MAY 1804-AUG. 1805), NC Deed books are abstracted by Laura Willis, published by Simmons Historical Publications, softbound, published in 1998 to 1999, 96 pages plus seven-page index,  The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. PRICE:  $20 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 12: ORANGE CO, NC, DEEDS, VOLUME 5 (AUG. 1805-FEB. 1807), NC Deed books are abstracted by Laura Willis, published by Simmons Historical Publications, softbound, published in 1998 to 1999.  96 pages plus seven-page index, The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. PRICE:  $20 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 13: ORANGE CO, NC, MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1782-1868, VOLUME I, SURNAMES - A-F, 56 pages, 1984, soft covers, New Papyrus Pub.  The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. PRICE:  $15 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 14: ORANGE CO, NC, MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1782-1868, VOLUME III, SURNAMES O-Z, 1984, 58 pages, soft covers, New Papyrus Pub. (2 copies), The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers. PRICE:  $15 each.  

PERQUIMANS COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM A PRECINCT IN ALBERMARLE in 1670.  

 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 15: PERQUIMANS CO, NC, MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1758-1865, New Papyrus Publishing, soft covers, 43 pages, 1984, The marriage and deed books are all  8.5" by 11" portrait style with cardstock covers.  PRICE:  $12.50 

RANDOLPH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM GUILFORD COUNTY in 1779.

 

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 16: 1850 U. S. CENSUS PRINTOUT FROM MICROFILM FOR RANDOLPH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.  By John F. Schunk, Editor, S-K Publications.  Census pages 83 through 252-each take four pages to print out, but that is why they are so easy to read.  676 pages plus surname index.  The census books are all 8.5" by 11" landscape style with laminated covers.  PRICE:  $50  HALF PRICE $25  

 

RICHMOND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM ANSON COUNTY on 14 APRIL 1778.

NC -CRAZY CRATE YOGS97  BOOK 17: 1850 U. S. CENSUS PRINTOUT FROM MICROFILM FOR RICHMOND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.  By John F. Schunk, Editor, S-K Publications.  Census pages 253 through 313 (each page takes four pages to print out but that is why they are so easy to read.)  240 pages plus surname index. The census books are all 8.5" by 11" landscape style with laminated covers.  PRICE:  $25 half price $12.50 

ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA WAS CREATED FROM ANSON COUNTY on 27 MARCH 1753.  BUT THIS DOES NOT TELL THE WHOLE STORY!

 ROWAN COUNTY'S HISTORY OF DEVELOPMENT:

PARENT COUNTIES OF ROWAN COUNTY, NC

1.)  Bath County was created in 1696 as an Original County.  Some  of the land this county contained became, 57 years later, the land of Rowan County, NC. BUT THERE WERE SEVERAL STEPS ALONG THE WAY! See below. 

2.) Part of that land then became a part of Archdale Precinct on 3 December 1705

3.)  The land that had been a part of Archdale Precinct of Bath County joined with Craven County when its name was changed to Craven County in 1712.

4.) The land that was located in Craven County was separated from Craven and became New Hanover County on 27 November 1729.

5.) New Hanover land became a part of Bladen County's land in 1734.

6.) Bladen land then became Anson County land on 17 March 1749.

7.) Rowan County was created, from the land that had been a part of Anson County, until Rowan County was created on 27 March 1753.

Researchers need to check County Records in all the Parent Counties of Rowan -  Bath 1616-1705: Archedale Precinct 1705-1712: Craven County 1712-1729: New Hanover County 1729-1734: Bladen 1734-1753, Anson County 1749-1753 for their ancestor's marriages, births, deaths, wills, tax and land records.  I check ten year's worth of records up and down from these years, because there are always some people in a family that are left behind, maybe in the cemetery, but they did not follow the rest of the family at the same time.

  

I do think anyone who has Rowan County Roots needs to check out this information for their surnames in all these counties!   

 

Now this is the other side of the problem.  All these counties listed below were once a part of Rowan County, NCRowan County became their parent county and all these counties were her progeny.  They became a new county after being a part of Rowan for many years, so for any date before the given date found below, the records for these people may be found in Rowan County.  

 

PROGENY COUNTIES OF ROWAN COUNTY, NC 

(Part of Rowan until 1770 then with part of Orange became Guilford),

(Part of Rowan until 1770 then became Surry),

(Part of Rowan until 1777-then became Burke),

(Part of Rowan until 1788 then became Iredell),

(Part of Rowan until 1822-then became Davidson),

(Part of Rowan until 1836-then became Davie),

 

Also any of those counties made from parts of

Burke [Buncombe, Caldwell, McDowell, Mitchell, and Yancey], 

Guilford [Randolph and Rockingham,]

Iredell [Alexander] and

Surry [Stokes and Wilkes] could contain people whose early roots were first in Rowan County.    

 

These are a lot of jurisdictional changes, but if you are not looking for the right documents in the right courthouse, you will NOT find them.  Deed records are so important!  Don't you wonder what happened when you find a man selling property, but can not find out how or where he first got it!  Or what about a man buying property, but you can't find where he sold it, but he didn't own it when he died.  Those are alerts to professional genealogists that you may have a jurisdictional problem.  He didn't move, but the county lines may have!  Land records can tell you much about your family.  Mortgages can be telling you what you need to know, but didn't know who to ask.  Tax records sometimes have details you will like to know.  Wills can often tell you much about your family and how they related to each other.  Commissioners' Records and Court Records have details that help us to complete a meaningful record of our ancestor's lives.  The WHY and the HOW answers are all wrapped up in these seemingly unimportant documents in the county courthouse that few ever even think about, never mind look at, but here, in the periodicals I have collected, the editor puts all these obscure documents right out, front and center, so they attain the importance they had at the time, and therefore have now, for you-the genealogist.  She also covers all the records we know to look into, but maybe never get to see-the marriages, the wills, the births, the deaths, the deeds, the tax lists, etc.  She lists all the important ones and many of the ones you may not even know exist.  She covers the early newspapers, too.  You never can tell where the answer to a genealogical question lies until you find it!  Tune in on Tuesday of next week for some fine periodicals which cover the large area of what was then and what is now Rowan County.   

 

NC - YOGS97 CRAZY CRATE YOGS 97 BOOK 18:  ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA MARRIAGES 1760-1847.  By A. B. Willhite, self-published.  Rowan County was formed in 1753 from Anson County.  The county seat is Salisbury.  Initially Rowan included the entire northwestern sector of NC, with no clear western boundary, but its size was reduced as a number of counties were split off.  First Surry left in 1771; Burke and Wilkes Counties were formed from the western part of Rowan and Surry in 1777 and 1778 respectively. The smaller Rowan County still comprised Iredell, formed in 1788; Davidson in 1822; Davie in 1836. Records of the very early Rowan County will be found in Anson County. 140 pages, hardbound, clear type, two column format, 28 marriages per column:  Sample entry:  Abbot, Benjamin: Spouse Hudgens, Mary, Marriage date: Mar. 16, 1781.  Marriages are alphabetical by grooms with a bride's index at the back, computer generated.  107 pages of marriages with data and 31 pages of bride's index with three columns and 58 lines per column. This abstract of the bride's index has surnames with four or more first names listed:  Adams, Agle, Agner, Albright, Allen, Allion, Anderson, Andrew, Andrews, Arey, Bailey, Baily, Baker, Barber, Barger, Barns, Barr, Barrier, Barringer, Basinger, Baxter, Bean, Beard, Beaver, Beck, Bell, Benson, Berry, Biles, Bird, Black, Blackwell, Blackwood, Boger, Booe, Bost, Bostian, Bowers, Boyd, Brandon, Brevard, Brown (44 of them), Bryant, Buck, Burgess, Burke, Burton, Butner, Cain, Call, Campbell, Carson, Caruthers, Casper, Cathey, Cauble Chaffin, Chambers, Chesher, Chunn, Clark, Clifford, Cline, Clutz, Coats, Cobble, Coldiron, Cole, Coleman, Cock, Coon, Cooper, Cope, Correll, Cotton, Cowan, (45 of these girls), Cox, Craige, Creson, Crider, Cross, Cunningham, Daniel, Davis, Dedman, Dent, Dickey, Dobbins, Drake, Duke, Duncan, Earnhart, Earnheart, Eaton, Eddleman, Eller, Elliott, Ellis, Ellor, Elrod, Emberson, Enochs, Erwin, Etcherson, Fesperman, File, Fisher, Fleming, Ford, Foster, Fraley, Fraly, Freeman, Freeze, Frick, Frost, Gaitner, Gardner, Garner, Gheen, Gibson, Giles, Gillispie, Glascock, Glasscock, Glover, Goodman, Gordon, Goss, Graham, Graves, Gray, Green, Grimes, Haden, Hall, Hampton, Harbin, Harris, Hartley, Hartline, Hartman, Hedick, Hellard, Henderson, Hendricks, Hess, Hicks, Hilick, Hill, Hinkle, Hodge, Hoffman, Holmes, Holshouser, Horn, Hornbarrier, Howard, Hudson, Huffman, Hughes, Hughey, Huie, Hulin, Hunt, Hunter, Jackson, Jacobs, James, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Josey, Kern, Kerr, Kesler, Kilpatrick, Kincaid, King, Klutts, Knox, Knup, Krider, Lamb, Lane, Laurance, Leach, Lee, Lemly, Lentz, Leonard, Lewis, Lingle, Link, Linn, Linster, Lipe, Little, Livengood, Lock, Locke, Logan, Long, Lopp, Lovelace, Low, Lowrence, Lowry, Loyd, Luckey and Lyerly.   Sorry, I ran out of time before I could finish this index.

PRICE: $25

 

There will be more on Rowan County, NC next week on Tuesday.  Thanks for reading our newsletter.  We appreciate your comments and suggestions.  Call Pat if you have any good ideas for additions or changes or something you would like to see in the newsletter!  Pat from YOGS




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