THE MAKING OF MONROE


Those of you from Union County in North Carolina have all heard that the county’s first court met at a place called Labatt’s Crossroads. As the story goes, there was an Abraham P. Labatt who “lived out at the Houston or Tindle place. It was from him that the cross roads there take the name of Labatt’s Crossroads.” Short story, huh? There’s got to be more to it and during a recent visit to the Heritage Room in Monroe the helpful folks fired me up to learn the rest of this story.

It was there where one of the volunteers told me a little more about Labatt’s Crossroads and that it was once situated a mile or so to the west of the present day court house …maybe somewhere near the Concord Road. Before that I had no idea where the crossroads were located. And as for this post, I’m less concerned with location than how it all came to be. So, let’s get started.

Abraham Cohen Labatt is Jewish, being the son of Samuel and Miriam Labatt. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, it was there where Abraham married 18 Feb 1825 Miss Caroline Hyams, the daughter of Samuel Myers Hyams and wife Miriam Levey Hyams. Caroline’s mother Miriam died 4 years prior to Caroline’s marriage and is buried at the Hanover Street Cemetery in downtown Charleston. I’m not certain if the grave survives.

At some point shortly after the marriage, Abraham, his wife Caroline, and much of her family removed to present day Union County. Dated stories from area newspapers paint the picture that Abraham may have been among a group of peddlers who had moved inland from Charleston. I believe this idea falls way short in illustrating Abraham Labatt’s potential as well as his achievements. He was a great man.

Beginning in 1827, Abraham Cohen Labatt made several sizeable purchases in what was then Mecklenburg County. The deeds are:

• Deed 21-399, Mecklenburg NC, 8 May 1827. Jacob Rape to Abraham C. Labatt. Being 390 acres on the waters of Richardson Creek on the Big Branch joining the lands of Capt. Solomon Harris and Alexander Osborne. Wit: William Osborne, Edw., Richardson.

• Deed 21-468, Mecklenburg NC, 2 Oct 1827. Jordan Brown to Abraham C. Labatt, being 130 acres at the mouth of Buck Branch on the waters of Richardson Creek and joining the lands of Thomas P. Dillon. Wit: Thos. P. Dillon, Russell Rogers.

Indicating that he too moved from Charleston, or at least bought into the journey west, Caroline’s father Samuel Hyams made out the following appointments for power of attorney:

• Deed 22-84, Mecklenburg NC, 30 Oct 1830. Samuel Hyams of Charleston SC to Abraham C. Labatt, being “all that land of mine and one building thereon in Mecklenburg County NC crossroads known by the name of Jacksonville now in the occupation of A. C. Labatt. Also included were named slaves Sandy and Gabriel along with the large still and worm and household goods etc. Wit: Joseph B. Marks. Note that Caroline Hyams’ sister Eliza married Joseph Bensaken Marks. This transaction was registered in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

• Deed 22-322, Mecklenburg NC, 4 Jul 1832. Samuel Hyams of Charleston SC appoints Abram C. Labatt power of attorney in order to sell the above lands.

Wow, from the above, we now know the “crossroads” were in place as early as 1830 and their crossing was then known as Jacksonville. Would this be in honor of Andrew Jackson? Note that Samuel Myers Hyams named a son Andrew Jackson Hyams who was born in 1818. From Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana (1892) appears the following biography of Abraham Labatt’s son, David Cohen Labatt:

David Cohen Labatt was born in Mecklenburg, N. C. August 15, 1826. His father Abraham C. Labatt, a native of South Carolina, was one of the founders and first settlers of Cheraw, S. C., from whence he removed to Jacksonville, N. C. The name of the little town was given by Abraham Labatt, who was appointed post master at that place by President Andrew Jackson. He married Caroline, the daughter of Samuel Hyams of Charleston, S. C., and a sister of Lieutenant-Governor Hyams of Louisiana.

We now know the naming source for what was once the town of Jacksonville. And connected the old Labatt’s crossroads to deeds, exactly where did they lead and where did they come from? No deed showing how Samuel Hyams acquired the land can be found in Mecklenburg. I wonder from whom he purchased it?

On 13 Aug 1831, Abraham C. Labatt as agent for Samuel Hyams of Charleston sold the above lands to John Conner of Charleston SC (Deed 22-187, Mecklenburg NC). And, by this time Abraham had sold his own land situated on Buck Branch of Richardson Creek to Thomas P. Dillon of Anson County (Deed 21-502, Mecklenburg NC). So, at this point, where do we go? What happened to Abraham and his wife Caroline? Is there any more information to glean on what was once the Jacksonville crossroads?

Dated 3 Nov 1829, A. C. Labatt placed the following advertisement in the Western Carolinian. To me it’s perfect! Apparently Abraham built a very nice “House of Accommodation” located on what I know must be the old Charleston Highway. Following present day Hwy 601 north into Cabarrus County, it turns a bit taking Mt. Pleasant Road to the crossing of Rocky River at Hagler’s ford. Along the way, in early Mecklenburg County grants and deeds, there are several locations this road traveled where it was identified as being the “Charleston Road.” And, upon crossing the river towards Concord, the road became known as the “Dutch Road” and earlier the “Indian Path.” And, in the advertisement, the other roads are identified as the Rocky River Road and Wadesboro roads. One of these might be the present day Hwy 200 or 601. The other would have been the road running possibly from Charlotte to Wadesboro.  Abraham Labatt also mentions the gold country as well as Virginia Springs. That’s a new one for me!

At this point the story of Abraham Labatt in North Carolina should come to a close as he and his wife moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1830’s. Also moving with them were members of the Hyams family including Caroline’s father Samuel. Some 5-10 years after the move it was decided to create a new county from the eastern portion of Mecklenburg and the western portion of Anson. I imagine Abraham Labatt’s House of Accommodation served well as the initial court house. And looking into period newspapers, many political meetings also met at the location. I’ve yet to research this further, but wonder if there are other deeds which detail the architectural history of Labatt’s crossroads.

The life of Abraham Labatt was much more adventurous than the memories he left in our fair state. He did so many things and did them well. He was among the founders of the Jewish Synagogue in Louisiana. A fire fighter, he also helped in founding the firefighter’s benevolence fund in Louisiana. From the Texas Handbook Online, one of the first to enter the Houston shipping harbor, he was a ship master on board the Columbia which was the first steam ship to trade between Charleston and Texas. He was one of the first in founding masonic orders in both Texas and California. Following the 1849 gold rush, Abraham went to California where he was among the founders of the San Francisco Synagogue. He returned to Texas where his wife Caroline Hyams is laid to rest in Waco. Abraham Cohen Labatt lived until 1899 and is buried in Galveston.

SOUTH OF RICHARDSON CREEK

 

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Key Map and Legal Descriptions of Grants and Conveyances
in present day Union County
Located South of Richardson Creek.

1. Grant 4876, Anson NC, ent. 17 Mar 1787, sur. 5 May 1789, iss. 16 Nov 1790. Issued to CHARLES COOK, being 150 acres on the west side of Richardson Creek “about half a mile below the mouth of Negro Head Creek including an improvement by James Trull.” Running south 47 west 80 poles to a post oak, then north 85 west 140 poles crossing Richardson Creek to a white oak, then south 44 poles up said creek to a white oak and willow oak, then south 50 east 100 poles to a stake, then north 73 east 130 poles to a stake, then north 79 west to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Stewart, George Ford.

Deed D-168, Anson NC, 12 Mar 1796, rec. Apr 1796. Charles Cook Senr to John Coburn, being 100 acres of land beginning at a red oak on the north side of Richardson Creek and running south 47 east 80 poles to a post oak, then with said line to Richardson Creek, then down the said creek to the beginning. Wit: William Morton, Jordan (x) Jones.

Deed G-196, Anson NC, 10 Jun 1797, rec. Jul 1800. Charles Cook to Solomon Mullis being 50 acres, a tract of 50 acres joining Solomon Mullis on the south side of Richardson Creek beginning on the said creek at a white oak running then up said creek to Solomon Mullis’ line, then along said Mullis’ line to a stake then round the line that was run by Charles Cook containing all of the land south of the creek. Wit: Frances (x) Coburn, Lydia (x) Coburn, John (x) Cobb.

2. Grant 6931, Anson NC, ent. 23 Aug 1831, sur. 23 Jan 1832, iss. 18 Dec 1833. Issued to JOHN WOOTEN being 150 acres on Negrohead Creek joining Jacob Mullis beginning at a forked birch on the north bank of Richardson’s Creek Benton’s corner and runs south 61 east crossing the creek 28 chains to a stake Jacob Mullis’ corner, then south 5 west 40 chains to a stake in Wooten’s own line, then with his line south 60 east 20 chains to a post oak pine and red oak his corner, then south 75 east 13 chains to a stake on the bank of Negrohead, then down the said creek North 10 west 35 chains to a stake by two white oaks in Solomon Mullis’ line, then with his line north 15 west 39 chains to Richardson Creek, then up the said creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Barnett, Holden Mullis.

3. Grant 5176, Anson NC, ent. 15 Oct 1794, sur. 25 Jan 1795, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to WILLIAM STEWART, “being 80 acres between Negrohead Creek and Richardson Creek including Rutherford’s camping ground” beginning at a black oak among oaks the runs south 59 east 40 chains to a post with a post oak and black oak, then north 31 east 18 chains to an elm on the bank of Negrohead creek, then north 37 west 6 chains down the creek to a white oak, then north 59 west 34.5 chains to a stake among three pines, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Josiah Stewart, Joseph Rogers.

4. Grant 4908, Anson NC, ent. 16 Mar 1787, sur. 7 Dec 1778, iss. 16 Nov 1790. Issued to RICHARD GRIFFIN, being 100 acres “upon Negrohead Creek joining McCullock’s line and including land drawn up by McCullock.” Beginning at a pine on the southwest side of Negro head Creek and runs south 16 east 120 poles to a white oak, then north 71 east 134 poles to a post oak, then north 16 west 120 poles to a stake, then south 71 west to the beginning. Chainbearers: David Griffin, Wm. Stewart.

Deed D 153, Anson NC, 31 Dec 1792, reg. Apr 1798. Richard Griffin to Solomon Mullis, being 100 acres. Wit: William Hinson, William Trull.

5. Grant 5273, Anson NC, ent. 9 Mar 1796, sur. 28 May 1797, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to SOLOMON MULLIS being 200 acres on the east side of Negro Head Creek beginning at a Spanish oak in his old line on the east bank of Negrohead Creek and runs up the creek south 5 east 15 chains to a Spanish oak, then north 70 east 68 chains to a stake, then south 60 east 13 chains to a post oak, then north 30 east 12.5 chains to a stake on the edge of a pond, then north 45 west 30.5 to a stake in Briant Lee’s line then with his line south 45 west 12 chains to his corner pine, then with his other line north 45 west 51 chains to and by his corner to a stake, then south 16 east 52 chains to the said Mullis’ corner post oak, then with his other line south 71 west 33.5 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Stewart, William Barnes.

6. Grant 5455, Anson NC, ent. 10 Jul 1794, sur. 4 Nov 1794, iss. Dec 1799. Issued to BRITAIN (BRYANT) LEE, being 100 acres on Richardson Creek beginning at a post oak in Charles Cook’s corner and runs north 73 east 15 chains to a stake among three pines, then south 45 east 20 chains to a stake among three pines, then north 45 east 5 chains to a pine, then south 45 east 20 chains to stake with a pine and two post oaks, then south 45 west 27 chains to a pine among three pines, then north 45 west 40 chains to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Frederick Taylor, William Oneal.

Deed G-195 Anson NC, 22 Feb 1800, reg. Jul 1800. Bryan Lee to Solomon Mullis. Wit: Thomas Griffin, Solomon (x) Trull.

Deed H2-534, Anson NC, 29 Apr 1800, Apr 1803. Solomon Mullis to Headley Coburn, being the first of several tracts in the conveyance. Wit: Hen’y Marshall, Solomon (x) Steagall.

Deed S-310, Anson NC, 21 Nov 1818, Jan 1819. Headley Coburn to A. and D. McRae, one of several tracts being 100 acres. Wit: Anias (Ananias) Thomas, Solomon (X) Mullis.

7. Grant 5608, Anson NC, ent. 12 Oct 1799, sur. 17 Sep 1800, iss. 11 Aug 1803. Issued to HEADLEY COBURN, being 100 acres joining his own and Solomon Mullis’ lands beginning on his own and Mullis’ corner hickory and runs with his own line, then south 47 west 84 chains to his own corner, then north 5 west 32 chains to a stake in or near Francis Coburn’s line, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Cobb, Ebenezer Ross.

Deed S-310, Anson NC, 21 Nov 1818, Jan 1819. Headley Coburn to A. and D. McRae, one of several tracts being grant 5608. Wit: Anias (Ananias) Thomas, Solomon (X) Mullis.

8. Grant 5257, Anson NC, ent. 18 Oct 1796, sur. 20 Mar 1798, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to HEADLEY COBURN, being 300 acres on the waters of Negrohead beginning at a white oak on the bank of said creek below the mouth of a branch and runs south 55 east 6 chains to a post oak, then east 40 chains to a stake among three pines, then north 65 east 16 chains to a red oak, then north 20 chains to a stake, then north 60 west 25 chains to a pine on the bank of said creek, then with the said creek to the beginning. Chainberers: Azeriah Coburn, Elijah Coburn.

9. Grant 5483, Anson NC, ent. 27 Sep 1797, iss. 20 Dec 1799. Issued to FRANCIS COBURN, being 300 acres on the east side of Negrohead Creek. Beginning at a large pine the second corner of Smith’s survey and runs east 38.40 chains to a stake, then north 75 chains to a stake, then west 40 chains to a stake in his old line, then south 73.5 chains to a stake in the second line of said Smith’s survey, then with the said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Elijah Coburn, Azeriah Coburn.

10. Grant 4386, Anson NC, ent. 5 Oct 1778, sur. 16 Jun 1779, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to GEORGE BREWER being 100 acres on both sides of Negrohead Creek beginning at a hickory standing on the north west side of said creek and running south 140 poles to a pine, then east 115 poles crossing saud creek to a stake, then north 140 poles to a stake, then west 115 poles crossing said creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Taylor, Wm. Reddish.

11. Grant 4978, Anson NC, ent. 17 Jul 1791, sur. 2 Nov 1791, iss. 27 Nov 1792. Issued to GEORGE BREWER, being 150 acres on the west side of Negrohead Creek beginning at a stake three oak pointers on the west side of Negrohead Creek in said Brewer’s line and runs west 90 poles to a stake, then south 170 poles to a stake, then east 215 poles across the creek to a stake, then north 80 poles to a stake, then with Brewer’s fourth line west 115 poles crossing said creek to his beginning hickory, then north 30 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Edward Brumblow, George Brewer.

Deed E-74, Anson NC, 30 Mar 1797, rec. Apr 1797. George (x) Brewer to “All the Brewers” being Jemimah, Sarah, Rachel, Fance, and Mary to Francis Coburn. Being one of two tracts. Wit: Daniel Coburn, John (x) Coburn.

12. Grant 5482, Anson NC, ent. 18 Apr 1797, iss. 20 Dec 1799. Issued to FRANCIS COBURN, being 640 acres on both sides of Negrohead Creek beginning at a stake among three red oaks the beginning corner of his 150 acre survey and runs with his line west 22.5 chains to his corner, then with his other line north 42.5 chains to his corner, then with his line east 30 chains crossing said creek to a stake among two black oaks and white oak, then north 5 west 37.5 chains to a stake in Mullis’ line, then with his line west 10 chains to a stake on the bank of said creek, then up the said creek south 5 east 7.5 chains to Stewart’s corner elm, then with his line south 31 west 18 chains to his corner, then with his other line north 59 west 30 chains to Wilmoth Redick’s corner, then with her line south 20 west 40 chains to her corner stake, then with her other line south 70 west 30 chains to a stake among three red oaks, then south 20 east 90 chains to a stake among four black jacks, then north 52 east 70 chains to his corner ash on the east bank of said creek, then with his line south 38 east 33 chains to a stake, then north 12 east 33 chains to the corner of his other survey, then with a line of the same west 32 chains to his corner pine, then with his other line north 12.5 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Elijah Coburn, Azeriah Coburn.

13. Grant 4524, Anson NC, ent. 20 Nov 1782, sur. 2 Mar 1780, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to JOHN SMITH, being 100 acres on Negrohead Creek beginning at Nelson’s first corner red oak on the east side of said creek and runs north 52 east 68 poles to a large pine, then north 38 west 140 poles to an ash on the bank of said creek, then south 52 west 125 poles to a stake, then south 38 east 140 poles to a stake in said Nelson’s line, then with said line north 52 east 57 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Elisabeth Mullice, George Brewer.

Deed E-74, Anson NC, 30 Mar 1797, rec. Apr 1797. George (x) Brewer and “All the Brewers” being Jemimah, Sarah, Rachel, Fance, and Mary to Francis Coburn. Being one of two tracts. Wit: Daniel Coburn, John (x) Coburn.

14. Grant 3396, Anson NC, ent. 16 May 1772, iss. 25 Jul 1774. Issued to WILLIAM NELSON, being 150 acres on the southwest side of Pee Dee River beginning at a red oak on the east side of a branch of Richardson Creek called Negrohead and runs thence south 52 west 155 poles to a white oak, then south 38 east 155 poles, then north 52 east 155 poles, then north 38 west 155 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: ————–

Deed M-248, Anson NC, 3 Jun 1800, rec. Jan 1808. John Parker and Suca his wife of Mecklenburg to Daniel Cockburn. Wit: Henry Ross, Stephen Parker.

Deed, H2-360, Anson NC, 16 Mar 1802, rec. Apr 1802. Daniel Cockburn to John Harrington, being 150 acres “on Negrohead at the mouth of Zachs Branch the said plantation where the said Cockburn now lives.” Wit: William Whitiker, Jean (c) Cockburn.

Deed N-167, Anson NC, 24 Feb 1803, rec. Jul 1809. John Harrington to Elijah Coburn. Wit: Headley Coburn, Daniel Coburn.

15. Grant 5952, Anson NC, ent. 10 Apr 1809, iss. 21 Dec 1810. Issued to ELIJAH COBORN, being 400 acres on the waters of Negro Creek joining his own land and Obediah Curlee & Ross. Beginning at a stake by two white oaks Ross’s corner and runs west 24 poles to Curlee’s corner stake, then with his home line north 38 west 155 poles to a red oak, then north 52 east 78 poles to a pine said Coburn’s corner, then with his other line south 70 east 320 poles to a stake, then south 60 poles to a stake, then south 50 west 328 poles to a stake by a pine, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Ebenezer Ross, James Hudson.

Deed R-86, Anson NC, 18 May 1815, rec. Oct 1815. Elijah Coburn to Fredrick Staton, being 400 acres. Wit: J. Taylor, Andy Polk.

16. Grant 5894, Anson NC, ent. 24 Sep 1800, iss. 17 Dec 1808. Issued to ELIJAH COBURN, being 150 acres on Gourdvine Creek. Beginning at a stake between a pine and black oak in Francis Coburn’s line and runs north 70 west 80 chains to a pine said Elijah Coburn’s corner, then east 39 chains to a post oak and Coburn’s corner, then north 13 chains to a stake, then east 37 chains to the line of 640 acre survey granted to Francis Coburn, then with that line reverse to the beginning. Chainbearers: Francis Coburn, John Cook.

17. Grant 5898, Anson NC, ent. 23 Jul 1800, sur. 5 Nov 1807, iss. 17 Dec 1808. Issued to FRANCIS COBURN. Being 640 acres on Gourdvine Creek beginning at a red oak by two pines Bryant Lee’s corner and runs with his line south 21.20 chains to a post oak by two post oaks and two red oaks Jacob Little’s corner, then with his line west 34.25 chains to a pine his corner, then with his other line south 17.5 chains to a forked pine, then west 22 chains to a post oak by a pine and red oak, then north 130 chains to or near Lee’s line, then then east 42 chains to a stake, then south 45 chains to and with Cobb’s line to his corner, then with his line and Lee’s to the beginning. Chainbearers: Elijah Coburn, John Cobb.

Deed O-402, Anson NC, 20 Sep 1813. Francis Coburn to Headley Coburm, being 100 acres, the northern portion of grant 5898. Wit: Elijah Coburn, Shelby Polk.

Deed S-305, Anson NC, 21 Nov 1818, rec. Jan 1819. Headley Coburn to A & D McRae being 100 acres the northern portion of grant 5898. Wit: Anias Thomas, Solomon (x) Mullis.

Deed R-19, Anson NC, 12 Sep 1813. Francis Coburn to Elijah Coburn, being the southern portion of grant 5898. Wit: Headley Coburn, Shelby Coburn.

18. Grant 5610, Anson NC, ent. 26 Sep 1799, iss. 11 Aug 1803. Issued to JOHN COBB, being 300 acres beginning at Seamer Cobb’s corner post oak by two post oaks and one pine, then north 39 west 26 chains to a pine by three pines, then south 52 west 44.75 chains to a pine by three red oaks Headley Coburn’s corner, then with his line south 42 west 21 chains to a stake by two pines and two post oaks, then south 10 east 20 chains to a pine by three pines , then south 80 east 70.5 chains to a stake then a direct line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Richard Lee, John Holland.

Deed N-197, Anson NC, 2 Feb 1804, reg. 1810. John Cobb to Richard Lee. Wit: Daniel Coburn, Jacob Little.

Deed S-447, Anson NC, 30 Oct 1819, reg. Jan 1820. Richard Lee to Joseph Newsome being one of six tracts totaling 920 acres. Wit: Wm. Hammond, J. Holmes.

Deed V-421 Anson NC, 7 Feb 1826, reg. Jan 1827. Joseph Newsome to John Smith. Wit: Francis Lowthorpe, Ephraim Newsom.

Deed V-425, Anson NC, 5 Aug 1826, reg. Jan 1827. John Smith to William Holley, being 300 acres on Gourdvine Creek. Wit: B. Benton, W. R. Benton.

19. Grant 6469, Anson NC, ent. 14 Mar 1814, iss. 17 Oct 1821. Issued to JOHN PARKER, being 150 acres joining Isaac Williams on Gourdvine Creek beginning at a stake two pines Williams corner and runs north 40 west 27 chains to a black oak two black oaks, then south 50 west 28 chains to a post oak, then north 37 west 8 chains to a stake two pines, then north 30 west 48 chains to a sweet gum one red oak and post oak, then north 45 west 12 chains to a pine by two pines, then east 36 chains to a white oak on the bank of the Gourdvine Creek, then south 45 east 8 chains to a dogwood two red oaks, then south 20 chains to a white oak Isaac Williams corner on the Gourdvine Branch, then west 18 chains to a stake Williams corner, then with Williams line to the beginning: Chainbearers: Dolomon Mullis, Ransom Baucom.

Deed U-52, Anson NC, 25 Oct 1821. John Parker of Clarke County Georgia to Solomon Mullis. Wit: B. A. Austin, Solomon Mullis.

20. Grant 5484, Anson NC, ent. 15 Dec 1798, sur. 15 May 1799, iss. 20 Dec 1799. Issued to JOSHUA WILLIAMS ESQ., being 350 acres on the waters of Richardson Creek beginning at a sycamore on the south side of said creek and runs south 25 west 5.50 ch to a dogwood near Briant Lee’s corner, then with his said line south 45 east 20 to a pine, then north 45 east 5 ch to a pine, then south 45 east 20 ch to two post oak pointers, then south 23 ch to a hickory, then east 81 ch to a stake in the bank of Gourdvine Branch, then down the said branch north 13 west 42 ch to a stake in or near Griffin’s line, then with his line west 20 ch to a stake, then with his other line north 13 west 8 ch to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Michael Austin, West Lawhorn.

Deed G-79, Anson NC, 21 Jan 1800, reg. Jan 1800. Joshua Williams to William Lehorn, being 350 acres issued to Joshua Williams. Wit: Saml. Smith, Ben. Sims.

Deed N-172, Anson NC, 8 Jul 1809, reg. Jul 1809. William Sehorn or Mecklenburg to William Gurley, being 245 acres, part of grant 5484 originally issued to Joshua Williams. Wit: Thomas Vann Sen., Willis Gurley.

Deed N-362, Anson NC, 17 Feb 1812. William Gurley to Headley Coburn, being the smaller western end of grant 5484. Wit: Jacob Little, Hosea Little.

Deed S-310, Anson NC, 21 Nov 1818, Jan 1819. Headley Coburn to A. and D. McRae, one of several tracts being 20 acres from the western tip of grant 5484. Wit: Anias (Ananias) Thomas, Solomon (X) Mullis.

Deed U-363, Anson NC, 4 Jul 1823, reg. Jul 1823. Joseph Medley Esq. Sheriff to Joseph Newsom by virtue of an execution issuing from the Court of Anson County for the sum of 56 dollars and 49 cents which sum was recovered by William Dismukes to Lambut & Brothers against Wm. S. Gurley. Witnesses: ——, ——-.

21. Grant 4281, Anson NC, ent. 19 May 1778, iss. 24 Oct. 1782. Issued to SALATHIEL CLIFTON, being 100 acres on the east side of Richardson’s Creek beginning at a white oak on the bank of the said creek and runs south 49 east 22.50 ch to a pine, then south 41 west 44.75 ch to a stake between a hickory post oak and pine, then north 49 west 22.50 ch to a stake on the bank of said creek, then down the various courses of said creek north 41 east 44.75 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Benjamin Thomas, Gideon Green.

Deed G-88, Anson NC, 17 Apr 1799, Patrick High, Sheriff to William Lehorn, being the land issued to Salathiel Clifton. Wit: George Threadgill, Saml. Smith.

Deed N-335, Anson NC, 11 Nov 1801, reg. Jan 1811. William Sehorn of Anson to William Bennett of Martin County, being 110 acres being the whole of a tract of land conveyed by Thomas Griffin to the said Wm Sehorn by a deed bearing date 25 Nov 1799. Wit: Higason King, John (x) Gurley.

Deed N-333, Anson NC, 14 Jan 1811, reg. Jan 1811. William Bennett of Kershaw County South Carolina to Thomas Griffin, being 110 acres the whole of a tract of land conveyed by Patrick Boggan to William Sehorn by a deed bearing the date 17 Apr 1799. Beginning at the mouth of Gourdvine Creek then down the said creek Clifton’s old line, then north 49 west 22.50 to a stake on the bank of said creek, then down the various courses of said creek north 41 east 44.75 to the beginning. Also, part of a tract of land conveyed by Thomas Griffin to the said William Sehorn by a deed bearing the date 25 Nov 1799 and by the said Sehorn conveyed to the said William Bennett by a deed bearing 11 Nov 1801. Wit: Mary Little, Jacob Little.


Important Title History for Lands at the Mouth of Gourdvine Branch

• Grant 5982 issued to Frederick Taylor (cleaver shaped tract in lower center): gray shaded area making up the blade of the cleaver passed through the hands of Richard and then Isaac Williams before being sold to Obediah Curlee and then to James Baucom., James Baucom sold to William Holly the western half lying west of Gourdvine containing 116 acres. Shaded in green, the northern most east-west line is identified as being above the “Meeting House Ford” and as has been verified, there is an ancient ford crossing the branch at the red star. Note that Edmond Davis Cemetery is nearby at which Location I believe once stood the old Gourdvine Baptist church. Wit: C. B. Curlee, William Mullis.

• Grant 5613 issued to Henry Marshall. Dated 15 Mar 1837 and as shaded in orange, Joseph Newsome sold a portion of the Henry Marshall tract adjoining the above grant 5982 to his son-in-law David Thomas (Deed 10-441). The westernmost line (in orange) adjoined “David Thomas lands” at the time of this 1837 conveyance. Chain bearer: William Holley, Irvin Lowtharpe.

• Grant 5484 issued to Joshua Williams. Near the top of the page, a large 350 acres tract shaded in gray passing underneath later conveyances identified in purple and yellow. The land passed through the hands of William Sehorn and then William Gurley who sold the western tip (shaded pink) to Headley Coburn. The remainder of the tract was sold to Joseph Newsome. Chainbearers: Michael Austin, West Lawhorn.

Deeds V-295, and N-332. Two adjoining tracts underlying grant 5484 and illustrating a change in land bounds:

o (Yellow) Deed V-295, 19 Jan 1826, William (x) Barnes to Solomon Mullis, land adjoining the Gourdvine Branch. Wit: Daniel Smith.

o (Light Purple) Deed N-332, 14 Jan 1811, William Bennett of Kershaw SC to Thomas Griffin. Wit: Jacob Little, Mary Little.

Deed N-330, 11 Nov 1801. (Dark Gray right facing arrow shape adjoining Richardson Creek) Job Swain of Anson to William Bennett of Martin County NC. Wit: Daniel Coburn, Thomas Griffin.

• Grant 150, Union County NC, ent. 14 Jan 1851, iss. 29 May 1851.(Shaded Red) Issued much later on top of prior grants causing an important legal battle reaching all the way to the Confederate States of America Secretary of War. Issued to DANIEL M. FESPERMAN, being 100 acres on Richardson Creek beginning at a stake on the south east side of said creek at the mouth of Gourdvine Branch and up the various courses of the branch 32 chains to the mouth of Haw Branch, then east one chain to a post oak Josiah Austin’s corner, then with his line north 82 east 12 chains to his other corner a the edge of the road, then north 65 east 9 chains to a stake on the bank of Richardson Creek, then up the various courses of saud creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: —-

Deed T-191, Anson NC, 4 Apr 1821. (Shaded Light Blue against Richardson Creek) Benjamin Thomas to Ananias Thomas being 250 acres on Richardson Creek composed of several tracts granted to or purchased by Benjamin Thomas. Wit: Jesse Austin, Jesse Gurly.

22. Grant 4324, Anson NC, ent. —, iss. 4 Oct 1783. Issued to GIDEON GREEN, being 150 acres on the south side of Rocky River on both sides of Richardson Creek beginning at a red oak on the north west side of said creek and runs up the walnut tree branch north 30 west 110 poles to a hickory, then south 58 west 219 poles crossing of said creek to a hickory on the mouth of said creek, then south 32 east 110 poles to a stake, then north 58 east 219 poles crossing the said creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Salathiel Clifton, Benj’n Thomas.

Deed H-214, Anson NC, 26 Oct 1785, rec. Jul 1786. Gideon (x) Green to Benjamin Thomas, being 150 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek. Wit: William Gurley, Charles Harrington.

23. Grant 5172, Anson NC, ent. 24 Oct 1793, iss.10 Jul 1797. Issued to MICHAEL AUSTIN, being 150 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek beginning at Salathiel Clifton’s corner white oak on the bank of said creek and runs with said line south 50 east 22 ch to his corner pine, then south 15 east 15 ch to a stake, then north 50 east 26 ch to a stake, then south 50 east 10 ch to a stake, then north 50 east 42 ch to a stake, then north 28 west 20 ch to a stake in Benjamin Thomas’ line, then with said line south 58 west 43 ch to his corner, then with his other line north 32 west 27 ch to his corner on the creek bank, then up the creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Benjamin Thomas, David Thomas.

Deed L-12, Anson NC, 26 May 1798, reg. Oct 1805. Michael Austin to Benjamin Thomas now identifies as 100 acres with slightly different metes and bounds beginning at a stake, the fifth corner of sd. survey and runs south 50 east 10 chains to a stake, then north 50 east 42 chains to a stake, then north 28 west 20 chains to a stake in said Thomas’ line, then with said line south 48 west 43 chains to his corner, then a direct course to the first station. This is a subdivided tract being the eastern portion of grant 5172 to Michael Austin. Wit: Henry Henson (x), William Schore (Shehorn).

Deed N-331, Anson NC, 11 Nov 1801, reg. Jan 1811. Job A. Swain (planter) to William Bennett of Martin County (planter), being 50 acres and a subdivided western portion of Michael Austin’s grant 5172. Beginning on the south side of Richardson Creek at a stake Benjamin Thomas’ corner and runs north 32 west 27 ch to said creek Thomas’ corner, then with said creek to Clifton’s corner, then south 50 east 22 ch to a corner pine, then south 50 west 20 ch to a stake, then south 15 east 15 h to a stake, then north 15 east 26 ch to a stake in Benjamin Thomas’ beginning then with said Thomas’ line to the beginning. Wit: Daniel Coburn, Thomas Griffin.

Deed N-330, Anson NC, 14 Jan 1811, reg. Jul 1811. William Bennett of Kershaw County South Carolina to Thomas Griffin of Anson, being the same land, part of grant 5172 conveyed in Deed N-331. Wit: Jacob Little, Mary Little.

Deed W-313, Anson NC, 24 Nov 1826, reg. Thomas Griffin to Moses K. Hyams being 360 acres at the mouth of Gourdvine Branch. Wit: H. M Hyams, John Rushing. [note: Henry M. Hyams became a surveyor for Louisiana and later served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana during the Civil War.]

Deed X-32, Anson NC, 19 May 1829, reg. Jul 1829. Moses Hyams of Anson to Samuel Hyams of the City of Charleston SC. For ten dollars, being 360 acres at the mouth of Gourdvine Creek. Also for five dollars he sold several slaves: Sambo about fifty and Grace about forty along with Tom 17, Richard 14 and Albert about 7 and Louisa about 3 years of age. Wit: William I. Alexander, Isaac Hyams. [note: Samuel is the father of Moses K. Hyams and brother of Kitty Hyams [Hyde who was Marie Antoinette’s maid of honor.]

24. Grant 7153, Anson NC, ent. 11 Jan 1836, iss. 24 Dec 1838. Issued to ANNANIAS THOMAS, being 30 acres adjoining his own lands on Richardson Creek beginning at a stake his old line in a small path one red oak pointers and runs north 35 west 2.50 to a white oak on the bank of Richardson Creek just below the mouth of a small branch Gurley’s upper corner, then south 39 east 22 ch to a red oak Gurley’s 1st corner of a 100 acre survey one pine and red oak pointer, then with the line south 32 west 31 ch to his corner hickory by a hickory and two dogwood pointers, then south 1 west 7.70 ch to a red oak in his old line, then with said line north 25 west 18 ch to a stake in his old line, then with said line north 50 east 24 ch to his corner stake, then with his other line north 28 west 20 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Ebenezer Thomas, John R. Thomas.

25. Grant 5838, Anson NC, ent. 12 Feb 1797, iss. 7 Dec 1804. Issued to BENJAMIN THOMAS, being 100 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek beginning at a post among three pines in his own line and runs south 25 east 45 ch to a post oak with a post oak and hickory pointer, then north 80 east 22.50 ch to a stake among three post oaks, then north 25 west 45 ch to and beyond Jacob Gurley’s corner to a pine in his old line, then with his lune south 80 west 22.50 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Annanias Thomas, Jacob Gurley.

Deed T-191, Anson NC, 4 Apr 1821, reg. Apr 1821. Benjamin Thomas to Ananias Thomas being 250 acres on Richardson Creek beginning at a hickory on the south side of said creek and runs south 32 east 110 poles to a state at the south corner of tract 150 acres granted to Michael Austin by his excellency Samuel Ashe in the year 1797 then said line south 50 east 10 ch to a stake at the beginning corner of a tract of 100 acres granted to Benjamin Thomas by his excellency J. Turner in the year 1806 and runs with his line south 25 east 45 ch to a post oak with a post oak and hickory pointers, then north 60 east 22.50 ch, then north 25 west 43 ch to a stake among 3 post oaks, then north 28 west to said Richardson Creek at Benjamin Thomas’ beginning corner at an old survey, then up the various courses of said creek to the beginning. Wit: Jesse Austin, Jesse Gurley.

26. Grant 6757, Anson NC, ent. 10 Apr 1827, sur. 28 Jul 1829, iss. 25 Nov 1829. Issued to MOSES K. HYAMS being 12 acres joining his own and Wm Barnes’ land on the waters of Gourdvine Creek beginning at a hickory stump in the edge of the road Barnes’ corner and runs with Barnes’ line north 65 east 24.75 ch to Barnes’ and Thomas’ corner state two post oaks, hickory and pine pointers, then with his own line north 50 west 10 ch to his corner stake three red oaks and dogwood pointers, then with his other line south 50 west 27 ch to a stake in Barnes’ line, then with the said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Joseph Stewart, David Thomas.

27. Grant 6589, Anson NC, ent. 15 Jul 1823, iss. 14 Dec 1825. Issued to WILLIAM BARNES, being 218 acres adjoining Thomas Griffin and Annanias Thomas and his own land on both sides of the Gourdvine Creek beginning at a red oak in Griffin’s line, formerly his own line and runs west 30 ch to a pine two pines Hickory and post oak pointers, then north 45 west 15.50 ch to a bunch of dogwoods, then north 65 east 12 ch to a pine Griffin’s corner, then north 15 ch to a hickory one wild cherry tree pointers, then with Griffin’s other line north 56 east 40 ch crossing Gourdvine to a hickory, then north 52 west 10.90 to a sweet gum, then north 14 west 7.90 ch to a post oak, then north 82 east 12 ch to a hickory on the edge of the road, then north 65 east 24.75 ch to a stake in Thomas’ line two post oaks and pine pointers, then south 26 east 45 ch to a stake and three post oak pointers, then south 74 west 3.74 ch to a pine, then north 55 west 12.70 ch to a dead black oak, then south 65 west 20 ch to a red oak, then north 30 west 12 ch to Griffin’s corner stake, then with his line south 57 west 32 ch to a stake and three red oak pointers, then with his other line south 30 east 35 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Ransom Baucom, Thomas Barns.

28. Grant 5369, Anson NC, ent. 7 Jul 1796, iss. 7 Jun 1799. Issued to MICHAEL AUSTIN, being 200 acres on the Gourdvine Branch on the mouth of Buck Branch beginning at a white oak with two red oak pointers on the east bank of said branch at the mouth of the Buck Branch and runs North 57 east 32 ch to a red oak with two hickories and red oak pointers, then north 30 west 62 ch to a stake with two pines and black oak pointers, then south 57 west 32 ch crossing said branch to a stake, then then south 30 east 63 ch crossing said branch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jacob Gurley, John Gurley.

Deed H2-117, Anson NC, 16 Sep 1800, reg. Apr 1801. Michael Austin to John Austin, being 200 acres, grant 5369 issued to Michael Austin. Test. Thomas (X) Hood, Jacob Austin.

Deed M-254, Anson NC, 3 Apr 1806, rec. Jan 1808. John Hocutt, planter of Anson to John Austin of Anson, being 200 acres on both sides of Gourdvine Creek beginning at the mouth of Buck Branch. Wit: Nathaniel (x) Williams, Elizabeth (x) Williams.

Deed O-128, Anson NC, 14 Jan 1812, reg. Apr 1812. Jas. Auld Esq. high sheriff to William Barnes by virtue of an execution against John Austin for the sum of 77 pounds which was recovered by William Barnes. Wit: D. Cuthbertson, Elias Preslar.

Deed O-187, Anson NC, 14 Jan 1808, reg. Jan 1812. Ingoe Dozer Cash to John Hocutt being 200 acres on the Gourdvine Creek conveyed from Michael Austin to John Austin and sold by the Sheriff to Ingoe D Cash. Wit: Martin Pickett, T. W. Bleaney.

29. Grant 5899, Anson NC, ent. 31 Jan 1804, iss. 8 Dec 1807. Issued to ISAAC WILLIAMS, being 150 acres on the Gourdvine Branch beginning at a pine by one pine and two post oaks Rich’d Lee’s corner on the east side of the Buck Branch and runs with his line south 85 west 8.50 ch to said Williams’ corner of the land he lives on, then with his lines north 18 west 15 ch to his beginning corner hickory, then with his line north 42 west 15 ch to a hickory standing in a branch, then with Austin’s line, then north 54 east 12.50 ch to a red oak his corner, then with his other line north 30 west 52 ch to a red oak in said line, then north 65 east 20 to a black oak, then south 55 east 12.50 ch to a pine, then a direct line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Benjamin Williams, William Williams.

30. Grant 6045, Anson NC, ent. 23 Feb 1811, iss. 14 Dec 1812. Issued to ISAAC WILLIAMS, being 165 acres adjoining Isaac Williams Senr beginning at his corner pine by a pine and post oak and runs north 75 east 88 poles to a stake by two pines and red oak in Thomas’ line, then north 88 east 18 poles to a stake by three post oaks, then north 30 east 12 poles to a stake, then north 50 east 80 poles to a stake by post oaks, then south 60 west 96 poles to a pine, then south 20 east 80 poles to a post oak, then south 34 west 130 poles to a stake in Isaac Williams’ line, then direct line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Henry Bass, John Parker.

31. Grant 5834, Anson NC, ent. 4 Jun 1797, iss. 5 Dec 1805. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 100 acres on both sides of Gourdvine Creek of Richardson at the mouth of Buck Branch beginning on the east side of the Buck Branch at a hickory by a hickory and black oak and runs north 42 west 15 ch to a hickory, then north 78 west 4.50 ch to a stake, then south 60 west 13.50 to Michael Austin’s corner white oak, then west 20 ch to a stake, then south 22 ch to a stake, then east 21.50 ch to a white oak, then north 85 east 30 ch to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Gurley, John Holland.

Deed L-195, Anson NC, 4 Mar 1805, reg. Jul 1806. Jacob Gurley to Isaac Williams Senr., being the same 100 acres on the east side of Buck Branch issued to Jacob Gurley via grant 5843. Wit: Willis Gurley, Rich’d Williams.

Deed V-92, Anson NC, 3 Apr 1822, rec. Apr 1825. James Baucom to Solomon Mullis, being 25 acres “on the Gourd Vine Branch the west side being part of a tract granted to Jacob Gurley conveyed to Isaac Williams Senr then to Obediah Curlee then to James Baucom”. Wit: Obediah Curlee.

32. Grant 5982, Anson NC, ent. 20 Jan 1797, sur. 21 Mar 1798, iss. 18 Dec 1811. Issued to FREDERICK TAYLOR being 300 acres on both sides of Gourdvine Branch beginning at Richard Lee’s corner post oak and runs with his line north west 49.25 chains to his corner white oak, then with his other line north 83 east 30 chains crossing said branch to a stake among three post oaks, then north 15 west 50 chains to a stake among three post oaks, then south 7 east 99 chains to a stake among three red oaks, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Richard Lee, Azeriah Coburn.

Deed O-187, Anson NC, 6 Aug 1808. John Jennings, Sheriff, to Richard Williams for debt to Solomon Stegall. Wit: John Sturdivant, Meredith Johnson.

Deed S-274, Anson NC, 26 Jan 1818. Richard Williams to Willis Williams, being the southern end of grant 5982. Wit: Isaac Williams, Jacob Little.

Deed T-304, Anson NC, Nov 1819. Isaac Williams to Obediah Curlee. Wit: Amos Griffin, Jacob Thomas.

Deed T-313, Anson NC, 2 Jan 1821, Obediah Curlee to James Baucom, being the upper end of the tract. Wit: Lewis Baucom, Ransom Baucom.

V-415 Anson NC, 24 Sep 1821, James Baucom to William Holly being all of the northern half of the 300 acre tract lying west of Gourdvine containing 116 acres. In this deed the northern most east-west line is identified as being above the “Meeting House Ford.” Wit: C. B. Curlee, William Mullis.

33. Grant 5613, Anson NC, ent. 15 Jul 1799, sur. 30 Apr 1801, iss. 11 Aug 1803. Issued to HENRY MARSHALL, being 300 acres beginning at a hickory Richard Lee’s old beginning [corner] at the side of the Green Pond then south 70 west 45 chains to a stake, then with his line south 30 east13 chains to a stake, then south 6.25 to his corner pine, then west 23.5 chains to a stake, then south 14 chains to a stake, then north 33 west 35 chains reverse on his line to a hickory by two red oaks and two pines, then south 20 west 4.75 to Semor Cobb’s white oak corner by three pines, then north 17 west 47.75 chains to a stake by three white oaks, then north 86 east 25 chains to a pine by one pine and two white oaks, then direct to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Cobb, John Holland.

Deed 10-441, Anson NC, 15 Mar 1837, reg. Apr 1842. Joseph Newsome to David Thomas, being 100 acres cut out from the western side of grant 5613 and now adjoins lands of Lowtharpe and David Thomas. Wit: William Holley, Irvin Lowtharpe.

34. Grant 5316, Anson NC, ent. 19 Apr 1796, sur. 19 Apr 1796, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to RICHARD LEE, being 150 acres on Richardson Creek, beginning at a post oak by two pines and one post oak and runs north 8 west 50 chains to a white oak by two hickories and black gum, then north 82 east 30 chains to a hickory by two red oaks ad two pine pointers, then south 33 east 35 chains to his corner pine of a fifty acre survey, then a direct course to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jonathan Polk, Solomon Lee.

Deed S-447, Anson NC, 30 Oct 1819, rec. Jan 1820. Richard Lee, to Joseph Newsom, being one of six tracts totaling 920 acres. Wit: Wm. Hammond, J. Holmes.

Deed 10-441, Anson NC, 15 Mar 1837, rec. Apr 1842. Joseph Newsom to David Thomas. Wit: William Holley, Irvin Lowthorpe.

35. Grant 4403, Anson NC, ent. 15 May 1779, sur. 16 Jun 1779, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to GEORGE BREWER, being 50 acres on the south west side of Pee Dee on the both sides of the Big Branch of Gourdvine Creek beginning at a pine standing near the said branch and running south 86 poles to a post oak, then west 94 poles to a pine, then north 86 poles crossing the said branch to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Taylor, Geo. Brewer.

Deed F-43, Anson NC, 3 Nov 1790, reg. Jan 1799. George (x) Brewer to Richard Lee of Edgecombe County NC being 50 acres on both sides of the Big Branch. Wit: Bryan Lee, Labeth (x) Brewer.

36. Grant 5045, Anson NC, ent. 22 Aug 1784, iss. 9 Jul 1794. Issued to RICHARD LEE, being 100 acres beginning at a hickory near the drains of the Gourdvine Branch of Richardson Creek and runs south 20 east 90 poles to a post oak, then south 70 west 180 poles to a stake, then north 20 west 90 poles, then north 70 east 180 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: James Brown, Bryan Lee.

37. Grant 6939, Anson NC, ent. 9 Jul 1833, iss. 29 Nov 1834. Issued to BENGAMIN R. BRASWELL, being 267 acres joining Joseph Newsom, John Grace, and Edward Dees on the flag fork, beginning at a stake one dogwood Spanish oak and red oak pointers and runs south 5 west 7.25 ch to a post oak, then west 4 ch to a post oak, then south 5 west 30 to a stake in Newsom’s line, then with said line east 55 ch,70 to a black jack in Dees’ line, then with said line north 10 east 49.40 to Grace’s corner one hickory pine and red oak pointers, then with his line west 21 ch to a stake three pines and post oak pointers, then north 18 west 22 to a stake, then south 72 west 5.75 ch to a hickory, then south 20 20 east 22.50 ch to a stake by a red oak, then south 70 west 33.50 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Francis Lowthorp, Green Deese.

38. Grant 5499, Anson NC, ent. 27 Dec 1798, sur. 28 Apr 1800, iss. 14 Nov 1800. Issued to RICHARD LEE, being 250 acres on the east side of Gourdvine Creek beginning at his, Bryant Lee’s and Henry Marshall’s corner black oak and runs east 20 chains, then south 27.3 chains, then east 5 chains, the south 15 chains to a post oak, then south 83 east 50 chains to a pine two post oaks, then north 56.3 chains to a hickory, then west 68.5 chains to said Lee’s line, then along said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Cobb, Rich. Lee.

Deed S-447, Anson NC, 30 Oct 1819, rec. Jan 1820. Richard Lee, to Joseph Newsom, being one of six tracts totaling 920 acres. Wit: Wm. Hammond, J. Holmes.

Deed Z-583, Anson NC, Joseph Newsom to Riley Griffin, being 25 acres.

39. Grant 5553, Anson NC, ent. 17 Jan 1798, 3 May 1798, iss. 8 Dec 1802. Issued to RICHARD LEE being 75 acres on Gourdvine Creek beginning on Bryant Lee’s corner red oak by two red oaks and pine and runs north 35 east 22 chains to a pine, then west to and with Richard Lee’s line 40 chains to his corner pine, then south 44 west 22.5 chains to Bryant Lee’s corner stake, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jonathan Polk, Briant Lee.

40. Grant 5361, Anson NC, ent. 14 Nov 1795, sur. —, iss. 26 Nov 1799. Issued to HENRY MARSHALL, being 50 acres beginning at a black oak Bryant Lee’s beginning corner of two surveys and runs on said Lee’s line north 25 chains to a black oak Richard Lee’s and Bryant Lee’s corner by two black oaks, then east 30 chains to a stake, then south 25 chains to a stake, then a direct course to the beginning. Chainbearers: Wm. H. Davidson, Briant Lee.

41. Grant 4309, Anson NC, ent. 05 Oct 1778, sur. 15 Jun 1779, iss. 24 Oct 1782. Issued to GEORGE BREWER, being 100 acres on both sides of the Gourdvine Branch “on the old Indian path including his improvement” beginning at red oak near his little field and running west 127 poles to a stake between two hickories and black oak, and hickory, then south 127 poles to a stake between 2 hickories and black oak, then east 127 poles crossing the said branch to a stake, then north 127 pole crossing the said branch to the beginning. Chainbearers: George Brewer, Mark Allen.

Deed H2-216, Anson NC, 3 Nov 1790, 3 Nov 1790. George Brewer of Anson County to Bryan Lee of Johnston County NC being 100 acres beginning at the Little Field  [believe this is what’s referred to as Richard Little’s shop field] Wit: Richard Lee, Lisbeth (x) Brewer.

42. Grant 5002, Anson NC, ent. 17 Jul 1791, sur. —, iss. 27 Nov 1792. Issued to BRYAN LEE, being 300 acres beginning at a red oak his old beginning in the east side of the Gourdvine and runs north 100 poles to a pine and oak, then west 180 poles to a stake and three pines, then south 327 poles to a stake, then east 180 poles to a stake, then north 100 poles to the said Lee’s fourth corner, then west 127 poles to his third corner, then north 127 poles to a hic and 2 red oaks to his and Lee’s old corner, then crossing the creek 127 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: George Brewer, Jonathan Polk.

Deed P-188, Anson NC, 15 Mar 1813, reg. Jan 1818. Richard Lee to Neil McGugan, being 300 acres made of two tracts being grants 4403 and 5002 being land granted to Bryan Lee and later conveyed by Bryan Lee to Willis Collins and by Willis Collins to Reuben Williams and by him to Richard Lee. Wit: Jacob Little, Mary Little.

Deed R-132, Anson NC, 13 Dec 1814, rec. Jan 1816. Neil McGugan to John Cochran. Wit: Nathaniel Coker, Joseph Delock.

43. Grant 5621, Anson NC, ent. 8 Nov 1794, 8 Dec 1798, iss. 23 Sep 1801. Issued to JOHN WRIGHT JR., being 150 acres beginning at two dogwoods Bryant Lee’s corner by two black oaks and runs on said line north 50 chains to a stake in said line then east 30 chains to a stake, then south 50 chains to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Richard Lee, Jonathan Polk.

44. Grant 7161, Anson NC, ent. 11 Oct 1836, sur/ 30 Aug 1837, iss. 26 Jan 1839. Issued to ROBERT BRASWELL, being 100 acres adjoining Joseph Newsom and Patrick Little’s lands on the waters of Gourdvine Creek beginning at a stake three black jacks in Newsom’s and Little’s line and runs with Newsom’s line north 82 west 46 chains to his corner post oak two post oaks and pine, then with his other line south 1 west 41.5 chains to a red oak, then east 3.5 chains to Little’s corner stake two black jacks and post oak, then north 30 east with his other line 12.5 chains to a stake, then south 80 east 23 chains to his other corner stake, then with Little’s other line north 25 east 31.70 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Patrick Little, Coleman Lee.

45. Grant 4529, Anson NC, ent. —, iss.14 Oct 1783. Issued to GIDEON GREEN,, being 50 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek beginning at a white oak standing on the bank of said creek and runs south 48 west 86 poles to a hickory standing on the bank of said creek, then down the various courses of the creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Salathiel Clifton, Benj’n Thomas.

Deed C2-484, Anson NC, 12 Sep 1787, reg. Apr 1791. Gideon Green of Montgomery County to Jacob Gurley, planter of the same. Wit: Robin Williams, James Gurley.

46. Grant 5462, Anson NC, ent. —, iss. 18 De 11799. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 125 acres on Richardson Creek beginning at a pine stump the corner of his old survey with a hickory and two red oak pointers and runs south 20 east 30 ch to a post oak with a white oak and two pine pointers, then north 37 east 30 ch to a stake with two pines and red oak pointers, then north 4 east 45 ch to the creek to a pine, then up the creek 3 ch to a white oak the corner of his old survey, then with his old survey south 48 west 21.50 ch to a stake in his old line, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: ————

47. Grant 5451, Anson NC, ent. 16 Oct 1794, iss. 18 Dec 1799. Issued to JAMES AUSTIN, being 100 acres on both sides of Little Watery Branch beginning at a red oak with a red oak, post oak and pine and runs north 20 west 32.5 chains a red oak Jacob Gurley’s line, then north 70 east 31 chains to a post oak, then south 20 east 32.5 chains to a pine with two hickories and black oak, then south 70 west 31 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Richmond Crosswell, John Gurley.

48. Grant 0661, Anson NC, ent. 14 Jan 1819, iss. —. File numbers beginning with zero indicate that a grant was entered but never finalized. Something happened along the way and the grant  was never officially issued. Shaded in RED below, grant 0661 was entered by Jacob Gurley and was never issued. It being 100 acres beginning at a red oak Austin’s corner on his line.

49. Grant 5249, Anson NC, ent. 23 Feb 1797, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 100 acres on Little Watery Branch and beginning at a red oak by two pines in or near his own line and runs south 31 west 30 ch to a hickory, then south 8.50 ch to Benjamin Thomas’ line and with it south 30 east 8 ch, then north 88 east 32 ch to a black jack by four black jack pointers, then north 12 east 30 ch supposed to be in his own line to the beginning. Chainbearers: James Gurley, (Ananias) Elias Thomas.

50. Grant 6564, Anson NC, ent. 17 Jan 1822, iss. 24 Nov 1824. Issued to WILLIAM GURLEY being 50 acres adjoining Ananias Thomas’ and his own lands beginning at a pine by a pine in his own line and runs south 88 west 4.20 ch to a stake Thomas’ corner two post oaks, then north 25 west 34.50 ch to Gurley’s corner three post oaks, then north 88 east 32 ch to a stake in his own line, then with said line south 30 west 34 ch to his corner stake two red oaks and pine, then with his other line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Gurley, Cuthbertson Gurley.

51. Grant 5463, Anson NC, ent. —, iss. 18 Dec 1799. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 200 acres on the Little Watery Branch beginning at a hickory with a dogwood and red oak pointers and runs north 60 west 40 ch to a stake with pine and two black oak pointers, then north 30 east 50 ch to a stake among three pines, then south 60 east 40 ch to a stake, then south 30 west 50 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Michael Austin, Tom Griffin.

52. Grant 5797, Anson NC, ent. 18 Apr 1796, iss. 12 Nov 1804. Issued to ISHAM GURLEY, assignee of MICHAEL AUSTIN (JOHN LAHORN), being 200 acres on the flag fork of Water Branch beginning at a post oak by two post oak pointers and runs east 11.50 ch to a stake near Austin’s line, then south 28 east 4.50 ch to Austin’s corner post oak, then south 28 west 37.80 ch to a stake, then west 43 ch to a stake, north 37 ch to a stake, then east to the beginning. Chainbearers: James Gurley, John Lawhorn.

Deed L-221, Anson NC, 25 Nov 1805, reg. Oct 1806. John Hocutt to Nathaniel Williams, being the whole of a tract of land that the said Hocutt bought of Isham Gurley. Test. Bryan Vann, Willis Gurley.

Deed Q-227, Anson NC, 10 Mar 1815, reg. Jul 1817. James Allen to Frederick Staton, being 300 acres originally issued to Michael Austin via Grant 5797. Wit: W. Crittendon, Elijah Cockborn.

53. Grant 6136, Anson NC, ent. 15 Mar 1814, iss. 30 Sep 1814. Issued to ABSOLUM STEGALL, being 300 acres on Watery Branch, beginning at a post oak by three pines Hobbs’ corner and runs with his line south 10 east 56 poles to Gurley’s line, then with his line north 70 west 36 poles to his corner by a pine and white oak, then south 20 west 280 poles to a red oak by three pines, then north seventy west 116 poles to a stake, then north 15 west 28 poles to a pine, then north 275 poles to a stake, north 80 east 200 poles to a stake, then south 10 west 58 poles, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Willie Austin, Charles Austin.

Deed T-288, Anson NC, 17 Nov 1817, reg. Jul 1821. Absolum Stegall to John Beasley, being 225 acres it being part of a tract to the sd. Absolum Stegall by his Excellency William Hawkings in the year 1810, on the Watery Branch beginning at a post oak by three pines Beasley’s corner and runs with his line south 10 east 56 poles to Gurley’s line, then with his line south 20 west 280 poles to a red oak by three pines, then north 70 west 160 poles to a stake, then north 16 west 28 poles to a pine, then north 275 poles to a stake, then north 80 east 200 poles to a stake, then south 10 west 58 poles to the beginning. Wit: Willie Austin, Charles Austin.

Deed W-83, Anson NC, 13 Apr 1827. Absolom Myers Esq. High Sheriff to Edmond Willoughby from an execution arising out of Montgomery County against John Beasley which was recovered by Ephraim Newsome and Robert Traywick. Being three tracts making up John Beasley’s grant 6410, Absolum Steagall’s grant 6166, and Josiah Baucom’s grant 5957.

54. Grant 6410, Anson NC, ent. 17 Dec 1818, iss. 20 Mar 1820. Issued to JOHN BEASLEY, being 118 acres adjoining his own land on Little Watery Branch beginning at a stake one Spanish oak and dead pine pointers James Austin’s corner and runs with said Austin’s line south 28 west 33 ch crossing the Little Watery Branch to a stake in or near his own line of his 300 acre survey, then north 75 east 39.50 ch to a stake in his own line of his other survey, then with said line north 10 east 9 ch to a post oak by a pine his corner, then with his other line east 14.50 to a Spanish oak, then north 5 east 5.70 to a stake, then east .90 to a stake by 3 post oaks, then north 7 ch to a stake by two post oaks Barber’s corner, then with Barber’s line north 64 west 28 ch to a stake, then a direct course to the beginning. Chainbearers: Bryant Austin, Henry Tolson.

Deed W-83, Anson NC, 13 Apr 1827. Absolom Myers Esq. High Sheriff to Edmond Willoughby from an execution arising out of Montgomery County against John Beasley which was recovered by Ephraim Newsome and Robert Traywick. Being three tracts making up John Beasley’s grant 6410, Absolum Steagall’s grant 6166, and Josiah Baucom’s grant 5957.

55. Grant 5171, Anson NC, ent. 24 Oct 1793, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to DRURY AUSTIN, being 150 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek and on both sides of the Watery Branch beginning at a post oak on the bank of Richardson Creek below the mouth of the Watery Branch and runs south 60 east 30.50 ch to a stake in Samuel Bond’s line, then with said line south 7 ch to a pine, then west 75 links to his corner post oak, then with his other line south nine ch to a pine then south 14 west 15 ch to a stake, then north 60 west 42 ch crossing the Watery Branch to a stake, then north 30 east 29 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Michael Austin, West Lawhorn.

Deed L-257, Anson NC, 15 May 1804, reg. Oct 1806. Drury Austin of Mecklenburg NC to Nathan Morris of Anson, being 100 acres originally issued to Drury Austin via Grant 5171. Wit: John Curlee, Milly (x) Austin.

Deed U-243, Anson NC, 9 Oct 1822, reg. Jan 1823. Andrew Polk late Sheriff and Noah Barber of the other part, a certain piece of property supposed to be Nathan Morris’ 99 ¾ acres. Wit: W. Hammond, Daniel Phelan.

Deed V-431, Anson NC, 15 Dec 1824, reg. Jul 1826. (Tract 1) Noah Barber to Wyatt Nance being 100 acres also another tract of 16 acres. Wit: John Edwards, John Nance.

56. Grant 5957, Anson NC, ent. 13 Nov 1807, iss. 17 Oct 1809. (a large checkerboarded tract as seen below) Issued to JOSIAH BAUCOM, being 400 acres on both sides of the Pine Log beginning at a red oak by a hickory and two pines Edwards’ corner, and runs north 35 ch to post oak Bond’s corner, and then north 40 east 14 ch to an ash on the bank of said Pine Log, then down the various courses of said branch to the mouth of Cedar Branch, then up the various courses of of the said branch to a stake on the west side of the Ridge Path by a red oak and two pines, then north 27 west 21 ch to a stake, then north 40 west 11.50 to a red oak by two red oaks Griffin’s corner, then west 30 ch to post oak by a pine, then south 10 west 30 ch to a stake by three pines, then south 73 13.30 ch to a stake by a pine and post oak near Beasley’s line, then with his line south 70 8 east 15 ch to Gurley’s line, then with his line south 70 east24 ch to his corner stake by three pines, then with his other line south 20 west 25 ch to a stake in Gurley’s line, then south 43.23 ch to a pine Austin’s corner by three pines, then with his line north 30 east 44 ch to a stake by three red oaks, then with his other line south seventy east 31 ch to a stake his corner, then a direct line to the beginning. Chainbearers: George Hobbs, John Edwards.

Deed N-267, Anson NC, 30 Apr 1808, reg. Oct 1810. Joshua Baucom to George Hobbs, being 200 acres on Helms Branch of Watery Branch beginning at a stake by two pines and red oak at the at the end of the dividing line between Benjamin Oneal and the said Hobbs and runs north 27 west 21 ch to a stake, then north 40 west 11.50 ch to a red oak by two red oaks Griffin corner, then west 30 ch to a post oak by a pine and hickory, then south 10 ch , west 30 ch by three pines, then south 73.13 ch to a stake by a post oak and Spanish oak near the said John Beasley’s fence, then south 8 east 15 ch to Gurley’s line, then with his other line south 20 west 25 ch to a stake in said Gurley’s line, then south 43, east 20 to two pines Austin’s corner, then north 7 east 67.51 ch to then beginning. Wit: Isaac (X) Wilkinson, Peter McIntyre.

Deed S-337, Anson NC, 20 Jan 1808, reg. 1819. (Shaded GRAY, being the checkerboarded western half of tract blow)  George Hobbs to John Beasley, being 200 acres on Helms Branch of Watery Branch beginning at a stake by two pines and red oak at the at the end of the dividing line between Benjamin Oneale and the said Hobbs and runs north 27 west 21 ch to a stake, then north 40 west 11.50 ch to a red oak by two red oaks Griffin corner, then west 30 ch to a post oak by a pine and hickory, then south 10 ch , west 30 ch by three pines, then south 73.13 ch to a stake by a post oak and Spanish oak near the said John Beasley’s fence, then south 8 east 15 ch to Gurley’s line, then with his other line south 20 west 25 ch to a stake in said Gurley’s line, then south 43, east 20 to two pines Austin’s corner, then north 7 east 67.51 ch to then beginning. Wit: Ric’d Moore, Asa (x) Baucom.

Deed N-267, Anson NC, 30 Apr 1808, reg. Oct 1810. Josiah Baucom to George Hobbs, being 200 acres the western half of the tract. Wit: Isaac (x) Wilkinson, Peter McIntyre.

Deed S-337, Anson NC, 20 Jan 1808, reg. George Hobbs to John Beasely. Wit: Re’d Moore, Asa Baucom.

Deed W-83, Anson NC, 13 Apr 1827. Absolom Myers Esq. High Sheriff to Edmond Willoughby from an execution arising out of Montgomery County against John Beasley which was recovered by Ephraim Newsome and Robert Traywick. Being three tracts making up John Beasley’s grant 6410, Absolum Steagall’s grant 6166, and Josiah Baucom’s grant 5957.

Deed X-147, Anson NC, 5 Mar 1810, reg. Jan 1830. Josiah (x) Baucom to Benjamin Oneal. Being the BLUE shaded and checkerboarded northeastern portion of Josiah Baucom’s grant 5957. Wit: Wm. Curlee, John (x) Begs (Beggs).

57. Grant 5327, Anson NC, ent. 20 Jan 1797, iss, 9 Mar 1799. Issued to WILLIAM GURLEY, being 250 acres on the Watery Branch beginning at a red oak with a post oak and two pines on the west side of said branch and runs north 20 est 63.30 ch crossing the said branch to a stake two pines and white oak, then south 70 east 39 ch to a stake, then south 20 west 63.50 ch to a stake, then north 70 west 39 ch to the beginning. Wit: Michael Austin, Drury Austin.

Deed W-140, Anson NC, __ Dec 1821, reg. Jan 1828. (Shaded YELLOW below, being the northern half of 5327) Nathan Pool of Kentucky to Lydia Pool releases quit claim unto the said Lydia Poole to the right and title claims unto the land belonging to the estate of William Gurley Sen. Dec’d [bequeathed by will to Saunders Pool]. Wit: Jacob Little, Hosea Little.

Deed T-121, Anson NC, 23 Nov 1816, reg. Oct 1820. (Shaded GRAY below, being the southern half of 5327) William Gurley of Mongtomery County NC and John Gurley of Montgomery County NC to Jacob Thomas of Anson NC, being 172 acres of the tract of land bequeathed to James Gurley by his father William Gurley. Wit: Benj. Thomas, Willis Gurley.

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58. Grant 6626, Anson NC, ent. 13 Oct 1824, iss. 14 Dec 1826. Issued to JAMES HOLMES, being 100 acres joining David Thomas and William Gurley on the Big Watery Branch beginning at a stake in John Grace’s line and or near Cockburn’s line one pine post oak and dogwood pointers and runs north 27 east 31.80 ch to a pine in Thomas’ line, then with Thomas’ and Beasley’s lines north seventy west 49.25 ch to a stake in Staton’s line, then then with said line south 15 west 11 ch to Grace’s corner stake formerly Thomas’ corner, then with his line south 45 east 49 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Gurley, Cullen Braswell.

59. Grant 6791, Anson NC, ent. 24 Mar 1829, iss. 16 Nov 1830. Issued to JAMES HOLMES, being 12 acres joining James Allen and John Grace on the Flag Fork Branch beginning at a pine Allen’s corner in Grace’s line and runs with Allen’s line south 20 east 16.50 ch to his corner stake in Cockburn’s line, then with said line north 82 west 15 ch to a stake in Grace’s line, then with his line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Asa Hyatt, Cullen Braswell.

60. Grant 5092, Anson NC, ent. 5 Mar 1794, 8 Dec 1794. Issued to DAVID THOMAS, being 100 acres on the flag fork of Watery Branch of Richardson Creek and beginning at a red oak on the bank of said branch an runs south 45 east 33 ch to post oak with two pine pointers, then south 45 west 31 ch to a pine with a post oak and pine pointers, then north 45 west 33 ch to a stake with two post oaks and pine pointers, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Pool, William Pool.

Deed O-65, Anson NC, 8 Apr 1811, reg. Jul 1811. (Tract 1) James S. Auld, Sheriff to James Holmes Senr. by virtue of execution against William Keneday, being 100 acres issued to David Thomas via Grant 5092. Wit: Robert Coman, P. Boggan Junr.

Deed V-144, Anson NC, 4 Jan 1825, reg. Jul 1825. (Tract 1) James Holmes of the County of Perry and State of Alabama to John Grace of Anson, being in whole 400 acres. The first tract lying on the Flag Fork of the Watery Branch and runs south 45 east 33 ch to a post oak with two pine pointers, then south 45 south 45 west 31 to a pine with a pine and post oak pointers, then north 45 west 33 ch to a stake, then with two post oaks and pine pointers, then north 45 west 33 then to the beginning containing 100 acres granted to David Thomas 8 Dec 1794. Wit: James Lake

61. Grant 5778, Anson NC, ent. 12 Feb 1797, iss. 26 Nov 1805. Issued to DAVID THOMAS, being 100 acres on the Flag Fork of Watery Branch and beginning at a red oak the beginning corner of his old survey on the bank of said branch and runs north 45 west 31.50 ch to a stake among three pines, then south 45 west 32 to a stake among three red oaks, then south 45 west 31.50 chg to the corner of his old survey, then with the last line of said survey to the beginning. Chainbearers: Michael Austin, Drury Austin.

Deed V-144, Anson NC, 4 Jan 1825, reg. Jul 1825. (Tract 3) James Holmes of the County of Perry and State of Alabama to John Grace of Anson, being 100 acres granted to David Thomas 26 Nov 1805 and beginning at the red oak corner of the first tract. Wit: James Lake.

62. Grant 6011, Anson NC, ent. 18 Jan 1804, iss. 6 Jul 1812. Issued to ELIJAH WILLIAMS, being 300 acres on the flat fork of Little Watery Branch beginning at a red oak by three black and two post oaks, David Thomas’ third corner of his one hundred acres and runs with his line reverse north 45 east 33.30 ch to a stake among three dead pines said Thomas’ corner, then north 15 east 15.60 ch to a red oak, then north 25 west 1 to Nathaniel Williams’ line, then with his line south 28 west? 43 ch to his corner, then along his line north 15.50 ch to Jacob Gurley’s line, then with his line south 30 west 18 ch to his beginning hickory, then with his other line north 60 west 17.50 ch crossing the Little Watery Branch to a stake in said line, then south 63 west 28.60 ch to a pine by one post oak, then south 20 east 20 ch to a post oak among three pines, then south 68 east 53 ch to or near David Thomas’ line, then direct to beginning. Chainbearers: Isaac and William Williams.

Deed Q-228, Anson NC, 3 May 1816, reg. Jul 1817. Isaac Williams to Frederick Staton, being 150 acres, the southeast portion of 300 acres issued to Elijah Williams via Grant 6011. Wit: Henry Bass.

63. Grant 6046, Anson NC, ent. 23 Feb 1811, iss. 14 Dec 1812. Issued to WILLIS WILLIAMS, being 235 acres beginning at Isaac Williams Senr beginning of 150 acre tract ad runs his line north 10 west 50 poles to stake on said line, then north 34 east 130 poles to Isaac Williams corner post oak, then south 68 east 206 poles to a stake two black jacks and pine, then south 13 west 176 poles to a stake, then direct line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Henry Bass, John Parker.

Deed T-313, Anson NC, 26 Nov 1819, reg. Oct 1821. (Tract 1) Willis Williams to Obediah Curlee, being 235 acres originally issued to Willis Williams via Grant 6046. Wit: Amos (x) Griffin, Jacob Thomas.

Deed T-313, Anson NC, 26 Nov 1819, reg. Oct 1821. (Tract 2) Willis Williams to Obediah Curlee, being 200 acres on Gourdvine Creek beginning at Richard Lee’s corner post oak and runs with his line north 7 east 59.25 ch to his corner white oak, then with his other line north 83 east to the said Gourdvine Branch, then down the various courses of said branch to Richard Williams line, then with his line south 83 west to his corner post oak saplin, then still with his line south 7 east 99 ch to a stake among three red oaks, then to the beginning as was conveyed from Richard Williams to Willis Williams by deed bearing date 26 Jan 1818. Wit: Amos (x) Griffin, Jacob Thomas.

Deed T-313, Anson NC, Obediah Curlee to James Baucom, being 216 acres on both sides of Gourdvine Creek beginning at a white oak then with his line other line north 83 east 30 ch crossing said branch to a stake among three post oaks, then north 15 west 50 ch to a stake among three post oaks, then north 15 west 50 ch to a stake among three post oaks, then south 70 east 50 ch to a stake, then to the beginning. Wit: Lewis Baucom, Ransom Baucom.

64. Grant 5595, Anson NC, ent. 12 Dec 1800, iss. 11 Aug 1803. Issued to DAVID THOMAS, being 200 acres beginning at Hood’s corner pine in his own line and runs with said Hood’s line south 25 west 76 poles to his corner post oak, then north 75 west 23 poles to Brown’s corner hickory, then with or near said line south 10 west 118 poles to a stake, then west 82 poles Jacob Gurley’s corner stake then with his line north 37 east 160 poles to his corner stake by two pines and post oak then with his other line north 42 west 116 to the beginning corner red oak, then with his other line south 65 west (or east?) 100 poles to a stake, then north 45 west 139 poles to a stake, then north 45 east 168 poles to a stake, then south 45 east to and with his own line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jacob Gurley, Isham Gurley.

Deed O-65, Anson NC, 8 Apr 1811, reg. Jul 1811. (Tract 2) James S. Auld, Sheriff to James Holmes Senr. by virtue of execution against William Kenneday, being 200 acres issued to David Thomas via Grant 5595. Wit: Robert Coman, P. Boggan Junr.

Deed V-144, Anson NC, 4 Jan 1825, reg. Jul 1825. (Tract 2) James Holmes of the County of Perry and State of Alabama to John Grace of Anson, being 200 acres granted to David Thomas 11 Aug 1803. Wit: James Lake.

65. Grant 6041, Anson NC, ent. 18 Apr 1810, iss. 14 Dec 1812. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 150 acres on the Flag Branch near the Green Pond beginning at a red oak by a white oak and runs west 178 poles to a post oak, then south 37 east 100 poles to a stake in or near Lee’s line, then north 60 poles, then east 15 poles to a hickory, then south 48 east 92 poles to a hickory, then north 33 east 134 poles to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Brooks, Elijah Williams.

Deed Y-447, Anson NC, 12 Dec 1826, reg. Oct 1833. Jesse Gurley and William Gurley Executors of Jacob Gurley dec’d to David Gurley, being the same land as was issued to Jacob Gurley via Grant 6041. Wit: William Cuth. Gurley, B. A, Austin.

Deed Y-443, Anson NC, 30 Jan 1832, reg. Oct 1833. David Gurley to Cullen Braswell, being the same land as was issued to Jacob Gurley via Grant 6041. Wit: Bryant Braswell, A Tye.

66. Grant 5068, Anson NC, ent. 2 Aug 1784, iss. 9 Jul 1794. Issued to JOSEPH GREEN, being 300 acres beginning at a hickory on the west side of the flag ford of the Watery Branch of Richardson’s Creek and runs south 80 east 160 poles crossing said Flagg Fork to a white oak, then south 10 west 330 poles to a stake near Cribb’s Creek, then north 80 west 160 poles to a stake, hen north ten east 330 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Bryan Lee, Richard Lee.

Deed O-463, Anson NC, 22 Nov 1809, reg. Jan 1814. Beverly Daniel Esq. Marshall for District of North Carolina of the one part to Ingoe D. Cash, being 300 acres on which said land the direct tax imposed thereon authorized by congress the 14th Jul 1798 was not paid on the sum of one dollar and sixty nine cents being the amount of tax due thereon the said Joseph Picket collector …at public auction. This being the same 300 acres originally issued to Joseph Green via Grant 5068. Wit: Wm. R. Pickett, Laurence Moore.

Deed X-148, Anson NC, 13 Jan 1823, reg. 1830. Ingoe D. Cash to Asa Traywick, being 300 acres formerly the property of Joseph Green. Wit: T. Godfrey, William Hirt

Deed Y-199, Anson NC, 17 Mar 1832, reg. Jul 1832. Robert Cochran to Edmund Dees, being the same 300 acres originally issued to Joseph Green via Grant 5068. Wit: Allen Carpenter, Harvey Ingram.

Deed Y-266, Anson NC, 24 Sep 1829, reg. Jul 1833. Asa Traywick to Robert Cochran, being the same 300 acres originally issued to Joseph Green via Grant 5068. Wit: Cullen Braswell, Eli Cochran.

67. Grant 6056, Anson NC, ent. 1 Jul 1811, iss. 18 Dec 1812. [not shown on the Map as it’s not yet located.  I believe this tract will connect below tract # 68] Issued to THOMAS HOOD, being 300 acres adjoining William Travis and Brown’s lands, beginning at a post oak Brown’s corner and runs with his line south 8(0)west 330 poles to a stake in or near Travis’ line, then south 65 east 140 poles to a stake, then north 15 east 304 poles to a stake, then north 66 west 166 poles to a white oak McInvale’s corner, then north 24 east 40 poles to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Lacy, James Allen.

Deed U-200, Anson NC, 5 Jan 1814, reg. Jan 1823. Thomas Hood of Wake County to Asa Hyatt of Anson, being 300 acres joining Wm Travis and Brown lands issued to said Thomas Hood via Grant 6056. Test: Jas. Allen, Charles S. Winston.

Deed O-84, Anson NC, 1 Feb 1812, reg. Apr 1812. (Tract 1) Berryman Traywick (planter) to Elijah Coburn, being 300 acres on Cribb’s Creek originally issued to Thomas Hood via Grant 6056. Wit: Rich’d Lee, Reuben (x) Blount.

Deed U-127, Anson NC, 14 May 1822, reg. Oct 1822. Asa Hyatt to Dorcas Traywick, being 300 acres issued to Thomas Hood via Grant via Grant 6056. Wit. Richard Austin, Jerry Austin.

68. Deed M-284, Anson NC, 31 Mar 1807, reg. Apr 1808. (Tract 2) Asa Hyatt (planter) to Berryman Traywick (planter), being 437 acres joining the above tract 1 beginning at a stake Hood’s corner in Brown’s line and runs with said line north 10 east 14 ch to his corner post oak, then with his other line north 80 west 31 ch to a stake with a hickory post oak and black jack pointers, then north 28 east 16 ch to a pine in David Thomas’ line, then with his line south 45 east 6.80 to his corner pine sapling, then with his other line north 45 east 78.28 ch, then south 40.20 ch to a pine, then south 39 east 53 ch to a post oak, then north 85 west 2.50 to a pine, then north 65 west 26.26 ch to a red oak Hood’s corner, then with his line south 26.50 to a stake, then south 63 west 27.50 ch to a stake in Hood’s line, then with said line to the beginning. Wit: Elizabeth (X) Maness, Rich’d Austin.

69. Grant 5549, Anson NC, ent 20 Sep 1799, iss 8 Dec 1802. Issued to MICHAEL AUSTIN, being 500 acres on the Watery Branch joining his own lines and the Pine Log Branch beginning at a pine and runs west 34 ch to a post, then south 44 ch to a pine, then south 39 east 49 ch to a post oak in Thomas Hood’s line, then with said line south 85 east 20 ch to his corner stake, then south 5 ch to a black oak then south 71 east 16.50 to a stake, then north 15 east 44 ch to a stake, then north 42 ch to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Thos Hood, William Pool.

Deed O-171, Anson NC, 20 Aug 1808, reg. Jan 1812. David Hyatt (planter) to Auley Hyatt (planter), being 500 acres on the Watery Branch joining Berryman Traywick land and the Pine Log Creek, being Grant 5549 originally issued to Michael Austin. Wit: Berryman Traywick, James Allen.

Deed O-175, Anson NC, 2 Apr 1811, reg. Jan 1812., being 500 acres originally granted to Michael Austin via Grant 5549. Wit: Elijah Colburn, James Allen.

Deed U-14, Anson NC, 13 Jan 1814, reg. Jan 1822. Benjamin (X) Oneal to John Hyatt, being 500 acres, the same land issued to Michael Austin via Grant 5549. Wit: Richard Austin, Ruby Hyatt.

U-46, Anson NC, 12 Oct 1820, reg. Jan 1822. Andrew Polk, Sheriff to Wm. Hyatt by execution issuing for sum of $58, being 500 acres, the same land issued to Michael Austin via Grant 5549. Wit: J. Allen.

Deed Z-253, Anson NC, 16 Mar 1835, Apr 1836. William, Mary, and John Hyatt to Frederick Staton, being 500 acres, the same land issued to Michael Austin via Grant 5549. The land now joins John Brewer on the Pine Log Branch along with Lewis Baucom. Wit: A. Tye.

70. Grant 5559, Anson NC, ent. 16 Jan 1798, iss. 11 Dec 1802. Issued to THOMAS HOOD, being 300 acres on Cribbs Creek beginning at a forked pine and runs north 65 ch to a stake, then north 85 west 27 ch to a stake, then north 65 west 28 ch to a stake, then south seventy ch to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: E. Price.

Deed M-16, Anson NC, 24 Feb 1803, reg. Jan 1807. Thomas Hood of Wake County NC to Asa Hyatt of Anson, being 300 acres on Cribb’s Creek the same land as was issued to the said Thomas Hood via Grant 5559.

Deed M-284, Anson NC, 31 Mar 1807, reg. Apr 1808. (Tract 1) Asa Hyatt (planter) to Berryman Traywick (planter), being 300 acres on Cribb’s Creek beginning at a post oak Brown’s corner and runs with his line south 8 west 84 ch to or near Travis’ line, then south 75 east 34 ch to a stake, then north 15 east 6 ch to a stake, then north 66 west to and with a line called McInvale line 41.50 ch to his corner white oak, then with his other line north 24 east 10 ch to a stake in sd line, then west to the beginning. Wit: Elizabeth (X) Maness, Rich’d Austin.

71. Grant 4685, Anson NC, ent.—, iss. 29 Jun 1787. Issued to Thomas Clark, being 100 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek beginning at a red oak on the south side said creek running south 62 east 127 poles to a pine, then north 28 east crossing the creek 127 poles to a pine, then north 62 west 127 poles to a white oak, then south 28 west crossing said creek 127 poles to the first station. Which said tract was sold at public vendue pursuant to an act of our General Assembly entitled an act directing the sale of confiscated property as the estate of Henry Eustace McCullock to hold unto the said Thomas his heirs and assigns forever dated the 29th day of June 1787. Chainbearers: ——–

Deed C2-483, Anson NC, 24 May 1888, reg. Apr 1791. Thomas Clark to Jacob Gurley, being 100 acres, the same confiscated land via Grant 4685 issued to Thomas Clark. Test. Jesse Gilbert, Wm. Gurley.

72. Grant 6620, Anson NC, ent. 13 Oct 1825, iss. 14 Dec 1826. Issued to WILLIAM GURLEY, being 54 acres joining Berry Austin and Jas. Austin on the south side of Richardson Creek. Beginning at a red oak Austin’s corner and runs with Gurley’s line north 37 east 4.60 ch to a pine Gurley’s corner, then with his other line north 4 east 43 ch to Richardson Creek, then down the various courses of the creek 17 ch to a holly tree, then with Austin’s line south 13.50 ch to his corner state two pine pointers, then with his other line south 17 east 9.50 ch to his corner stake, then with his other line south 70 west 22.25 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Cuthbertson Gurley, Lenard (Leonard) Gurley.

Deed W-72, Anson NC, 13 Feb 1827, reg. Jul 1827. William Gurley to Josiah Gurley, being 54 acres. Witness: Jesse Barnett, Daniel Gurley.

73. Grant 5745, Anson NC, ent. 27 Jan 1797, iss. 21 Dec 1803. Issued to JAMES AUSTIN, being 150 acres beginning at an ash supposed to be his lower corner by two red oaks and runs south 14 west 18.5 chains to a red oak, then south 30 west 31.5 chains to a pine, then south 35 west crossing Little Watery Branch 9 chains to a gum in his line, then north 22 west 22.5 chains to his corner post oak, then south 68 west 10.5 chains to a pine in his line, then north 17 west 9.5 chains to a stake, then north 23 chains to a stake on the south side of Richardson Creek, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Annias Thomas, William Gurley.

Deed T-7 Anson NC, 30 Oct 1813, rec. Jan 1820. James Austin to Solomon Mullis, being 150 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek. Wit: James Mullis, John Mullis.

Deed U-148, Anson NC, 27 Sep 1821, rec. Oct 1822 Jeremiah Purser to James Austin Jr., being 150 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek. Test. R. Moore, B. A. Austin.

74. Grant 6798, Anson NC, ent. 15 Jan 1829, iss. 24 Nov 1830. Issued to HARBART NANCE, being 20 acres joining James Austin and his own land on Big Watery Branch beginning at a post oak his beginning corner and runs with his line south 27.5 west 29 ch to his corner stake and two dogwoods & post oak pointers, then north 88 west 5 ch to a stake in Austin’s line, then with said line north 12 east 8 ch to his corner stake then with his other line north 15 east 16.50 ch to his corner ash, then north 83 east 13 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Bryant Austin, Joseph Spear.

75. Grant 4734, Anson NC, ent. 20 Oct 1783, sur. 1 Jul 1786, iss. 7 Aug 1787. Issued to THOMAS LACY, being 50 acres beginning at a white oak, the beginning corner of hos 100 acre survey on the said creek and runs north 40 west 100 poles crossing with his old line to a stake, then north 50 west 80 poles up the creek to a stake, then south 40 east 100 poles crossing the creek to a stake, then north 50 east 80 poles down to the first station. Chainbearers: Thomas Lacy, Thomas Lacy Junr.

76. Grant 6290 [A], Anson NC, ent. 13 Mar 1815, sur. 14 Aug 1816, iss. 13 Dec 1817. Issued to JESSE CURLEE being 50 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek adjoining Jesse Lacy’s, Isaac Wilkerson’s, and his own lands beginning at a stake on Lacy’s line one pine and one hickory one red oak and runs north 50 east 25 chains to a stake one post oak, then north 4 chains to a stake, then south 48 east 10 chains to a stake Barber’s corner , then with his line east 20 chains to a stake on Thomas Griffin’s line, then with his line south 17.5 chains to a red oak Curlee’s corner, then with his line west 10 chains to a post oak pine two post oaks, then south 15 chains to a pine one pine, then west 21 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Berry Austin, Isaac Wilkerson.

Deed S-162, Anson NC, 11 Jul 1818, reg. Jul 1818. Jesse Curlee to Jesse Lacy, being 50 acres beginning at a stake in Lacy’s old line one pine and hickory and red oak pointers and runs north 50 east 25 ch to a stake one post oak pointer, then north 40 west 25 to a stake on the bank of Richardson Creek, then north 4 ch to a stake, then south 48 east 10 ch to a stake Barbee’s corner, then with his line east 20 ch to a stake in Thomas Griffin’s line, then with his line south 17 ch to a red oak Curlee’s corner, then with his line west 10 ch to a post oak one pine and two post oak pointers, then south 15 ch to a pine one pine pointer then west 21 ch to the beginning. Wit: Benjamin (x) Oneal, Isaac (x) Wilkerson.

Deed T-58, Anson NC, 24 Nov 1819, reg. —. Jesse Lacy to Wyatt Nance, being the fifth tract of five being sold. Witnesses: John Broadway, R. Moore.

77. Grant 5038, Anson NC, ent. 15 Jul 1793, iss. 09 Jul 1794. Issued to SAMUEL BONDS, being 100 acres on the east side of Richardson Creek “Joining Drury Austin’s line and Richmond Croswell’s line” beginning at a red oak and runs north 170 poles to a stake, then east 20 poles to a pine, then north 84 poles to an oak, then south 60 poles to a pine, then west 88 poles to a stake in Stacy’s [Lacy’s] line, then south 80 poles to a stake, then east 60 poles to a red oak, then south 72 poles to a pine near spring, then west 4 poles to a stake, then south 36 poles to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Richmond Croswell, Chappel Bonds.

Deed L-212, Anson NC, 21 Feb 1801, Reg. Oct 1808. Michael Austin to Nathan Morris, being 100 acres originally issued to Samuel Bonds via Grant 5038. (Note that there is no record of conveyances of this land from Samuel Bonds.) Wit: Jeptha Morris, David Arnett.

Deed U-3, Anson NC, 7 Oct 1816, reg. Jan 1822. William Curlee to Benjamin Oneal, being 100 acres the same as issued to Samuel Bonds via Grant 5038. Wit: George Hobbs, John (x) Wilkerson.

Deed U-28, Anson NC, 7 Oct 1821, reg. Jan 1822. Benjamin Oneal Senr & Junr to Willie Baucom of the other part, being 100 acres the same as issued to Samuel Bonds via Grant 5038. Wit: Myrick Harward, Asa Baucom.

78. Grant 6379, Anson NC, ent. 28 Aug 1818, iss. 17 Dec 1819. Issued to NOAH BARBER, being 16 acres adjoining his own and Benj. Oneal’s land beginning at a post oak his own beginning corner and runs with his line south 60 east 31.50 ch to a post oak his corner and four post oak pointers in Oneal’s line, then with said line north 10.90 ch to a red oak and two post oak Oneals’ corner, then with his other line west 15 ch to a red oak one red oak pointer, then north 10 ch to a stake and two red oak pointers, then a direct course to the beginning. Chainbearers: Readick Moore, Jesse Lacy.

Deed V-431, Anson NC, 15 Dec 1824, reg. Jul 1826. (Tract 2) Noah Barber to Wyatt Nance being a tract of 16 acres. Wit: John Edwards, John Nance.

79. Grant 4339, Anson NC, ent. 20 Nov 1778, sur. 9 Jun 1778, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to THOMAS GILBERT, being 150 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine on the creek bank Hudson’s line then runs south 38 east 155 poles to a stake between three black oaks and a post oak, then south 52 west 155 poles to a stake between two post oaks and a pine, then north 38 west 155 poles crossing the said creek to a stake, then north 52 east 155 poles crossing said creek with the said Hudson’s line. Chainbearers: Jos. Hudson, Jno Gilbert.

Deed H-177, Anson NC, 3 Mar 1785, rec. Apr 1785. Thomas Gilbert of Anson planter, to Elizabeth Lee being 150 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek. Wit: Jesse Gilbert, Elizabeth (x) Gilbert.

Deed H2-375, Anson NC, 3 Apr 1802, rec. Jul 1802. James Gray and Elizabeth(x) his wife of the County of Montgomery to Wm. Lee of Anson in “consideration of the sum of one peppercorn to him in hand paid by the said Wm. Lee,” being 150 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek. Wit: John Lee, Anthony Lee.

Deed S-62, Anson NC, 18 Jan 1816, rec. Jan 1818. William Lee to Noah Barber, being 150 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek, “but I the said William Lee doth except fifty four acres of the said land including the house and plantation.” Wit: Re’d Moore, John Lee

80. Grant 4451, Anson NC, ent. 20 Apr 1779, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to JACOB THOMAS, being 100 acres on the south side of Rocky River on the south east side of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine standing on the creek bank and running south 22 east 127 poles to a black oak, then south 68 west 127 poles to a stake between three pines, then north 22 west 127 to a stake on the said creek, then down the various courses of the said creek north 68 east 127 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Joaquim Hudson, Thomas Gilbert.

Deed H2-453, Anson NC, 24 Jun 1799, reg. Oct 1800. Michael Austin to John Curlee Senr., being 100 acres and the same land as was issued to Jacob Thomas via Grant 4451 and from whom further conveyance is not recorded. Wit: William Curlee, Cullen Curlee.

Deed X-343, Anson NC, 16 Dec 1822, rec. Jul 1830. Cullen Curlee of Rutherford County TN to Spear Moore. Wit: James Austin, R. Moore.

81. Grant 6375, Anson NC, ent. 23 Jan 1819, sur. 2 Oct 1819, iss. 17 Dec 1819. Issued to SPEAR MOORE, being 60 acres joining Jno. Curlee and Noah Barber’s lands beginning at a stake in Noah Barber’s line one pine Spanish oak and dogwood and runs north 43 east 3.20 chains to a pine stump Curlee’s corner, then with his line north 56 east 38.5 chains to a dead pine Curlee’s corner, then south 21 east 19.5 chains to a stake, then north 27 east 12.3 chains to a stake by two pines, then south 60 west 16.75 chains to a pine, then north 30 west 6 chains to a stake the said Moore’s old line two post oak pointers, then with said line south 68 west 30 chains to his own corner stake by three dead pines, hen north 22 west 31.75 chains to his other corner, then south 20 west 12 to Barber’s corner, then with his line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Redick Moore, Lewis Baucom.

82. Grant 5286, Anson NC, ent. 1 Apr 1796, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to WILLIAM CURLEE being 100 acres on both sides of Pine Log Branch containing Jacob Thomas’ improvements. Beginning on the west side on Crosswell’s corner white oak and runs down the branch north 22 west 22.5 chains to a pine, then north 56 east 38.5 chains to a pine, then south 22 east 23 chains, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Curlee, Obediah Curlee.

Deed H2-56, Anson NC, 16 Jun 1800, reg. Jan 1801. William Curlee to John Curlee Senr. Wit: Obediah Curlee, _________ Curlee.

83. Grant 6165, Anson NC, ent. 11 Jan 1813, iss. 20 Dec 1814. Issued to WILLIAM HUDSON, being 100 acres on the south side of Richardson Creek beginning at a stake by a pine and two post oaks his corner and runs with his line north 50 east 60 poles to his corner post oak, then south 15 east 46 poles, then , then south 78 poles to a pine, then west 50 poles to a white oak, then north 33 west 54 poles to a stake by two pies, then south 60 west 64 poles to a pine, then north 30 west 26 poles to a stake by a red oak and two pines, then north 98 poles to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Josiah Baucom, Wiley Baucom.

84. Grant 5154, Anson NC, ent. 20 Oct 1794, sur. 20 Jan 1795, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to WILLIAM HUDSON, being 100 acres on the east side of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine Jacob Thomas’s corner on the bank of the creek running 37.5 chains to a stake with a pine and two post oaks, then north 50 east 15 chains to a post with two post oaks and two pines, then north 17 west 40 chains to a stake among three pines, then south 47 west 7 chains to a stake in his old line, then with said line south 32 west 20 chains to his corner stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Joakum Hudson, Jonah (Josiah) Wright.

85. Grant 5161, Anson NC, ent. 19 Oct 1794, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to JOSIAH WRIGHT, “joining Nicholas Parker, John Culpepper and his own line.” Being 150 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek beginning at a hickory on the north bank of said creek and runs north 40 east 12 ch to a pine with three pine pointers, then south 18 east 21 ch to a black beach on the bank of the creek, hen down the creek 38 ch to a black gum, then south 72 west 17 ch crossing the creek to a pine, then south 8 east 41.50 ch to a pine in John Culpepper’s line, then north 20 east 15 ch to a post oak, then north 17 west 46 ch to and with William Hunter’s (Hudson’s?) line to his corner stake among three pines, then north 30 east 25 ch to a stake in his old line, then with the said line south 60 east 30 ch his corner on the creek, then up the said creek 40 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Hudson, Isaac Hill.

86. Grant 5084, Anson NC, ent. 10 Sep 1789, iss. 8 Dec 1794. Issued to JOSIAH WRIGJHT, being 70 acres beginning at a post oak Richardson Creek and Culpepper’s Branch beginning at a post oak on the south of Culpepper’s Branch and runs south 44 poles to a red oak, then south 30 west 62 poles to a post oak, then south 70 east 28 poles to a hickory on the branch of Richardson Creek, then north 32 east 84 poles down by and with the said creek to a walnut tree his landing, then south 54 east 188 poles crossing the creek to a post oak on the bank of the creek 200 poles with the same to a stake on the north caroner, then direct crossing Culpepper’s branch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Isham Randle, Labon Wright.

87. Grant 5252, Anson NC, ent. 18 Oct 1797, sur. 19 Mar 1798, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to RICHMOND CROSWELL, being 100 acres beginning at his own corner a pine by three red oaks and one pine and runs north 27 west 6.5 chains Gray’s line, then with said line north 50 east 27 chains to a red oak in Gray’s line, then south 29 east 18 chains to his corner two white oaks, then with said Croswell’s line south 73 west 25 chains to a stake, then south 13.5 chains to a stake, then south 13 east 52 chains to a stake, then south 44 west 6 chains to his corner white oak, then south 64 west 13.24 chains to Curlee’s corner red oak, then a direct course to the first station. Chainbearers: David Arnet, Levi West.

88. Grant 5023, Anson NC, ent. 17 Oct 1791, iss. 27 Jun 1793. Issued to RICHMOND CROSSWELL, being 100 acres beginning at a white oak on the west side of Pine Log Branch of Richardson Creek and runs south 77 west 120 poles to a pine, then south 13 east 150 poles to a stake, then north 77 east 112 poles, then north 13 west 150 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Michael Austin, Anthony Holland.

Deed, O-174, Anson NC, 5 Sep 1808, reg. Apr 1812. (Tract 1) Richmond Croswell to Thomas Griffin Junr., being 100 acres issued to Richmond Croswell via Grant 5023. Wit: Obediah Curlee, John (x) Griffin, Michael Austin.

89. Grant 5232, Anson NC, ent. 23 Nov 1794, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to RICHMOND CRASWELL (CROSSWELL), being 100 acres on the south side of Pine Log Branch beginning at a hickory among three hickory’s on the bank of said branch and runs south 76 west 30 ch to a pine the third corner of his survey, then south 10 east 15 to a stake among three red oaks, then south 80 west 4 ch to a red oak, then south 10 east 16 ch to a white oak with sassafras pointers, then north 76 east 36.50 ch to a hickory on the bank of said branch, then down the various courses of the branch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Briant McClendon, Drury Austin.

Deed, O-174, Anson NC, 5 Sep 1808, reg. Apr 1812. (Tract 2) Richmond Croswell to Thomas Griffin Junr., being 100 acres issued to Richmond Croswell via Grant 5232. Wit: Obediah Curlee, John (x) Griffin, Michael Austin.

90. Grant 5251, Anson NC, ent. 23 Jan 1797, sur. 19 Dec 1797, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to RICHMOND CROSSWELL, being 150 acres on the Watery Branch beginning on William Curlee’s corner red oak by a post oak and pine pointer and runs south 17 east 31.50 to a post oak by two hickories and one pine, then south 63 east 11.50 ch to a stake by a red oak and post oak, then north 39 east 34 ch to a pine, then north 39 west 21 ch to a stake in his own line, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: David Arnet, Levi West.

Deed, O-174, Anson NC, 5 Sep 1808, reg. Apr 1812. (Tract 3) Richmond Croswell to Thomas Griffin Junr., being 100 acres issued to Richmond Croswell via Grant 5251. Wit: Obediah Curlee, John (x) Griffin, Michael Austin.

91. Grant 6652, Union NC, ent. 17 May 1825, sur. 5 Apr 1826, iss. 13 Jan 1827. Issued to TEDDY TOLSON being 44 acres joining his own and John Edwards and Jacob Thomas and Benj Oneil on Pine Log Cr, and Cedar Branch of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine his corner and runs with his line north 39 west 31 chains to a stake in Edwards old line one red oak Spanish oak and post oak pointers, then with said line north 76 east 21.5 chains to Edwards’ corner hickory on the bank of Pine Log Creek, then up the various courses of said creek 25.5 chains to the mouth of Cedar Branch to his corner line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jacob Thomas, Jno. Edwards.

Grant 5204, Anson NC, ent. 10 Jul 1794, sur. 20 Mar 1795, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to WILLIAM BROADWAY, being 100 acres on the Pine Log Branch of Richardson Creek beginning at a red oak Samuel Bonds’ third corner and runs south 61 east 15 chains to a black oak, then north 59 east 22 chains to a stake among three red oaks, then north 12 west 35 chains to a stake among three pines, then south 70 west 26 chains to a stake in Bond’s line, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Bush, David Helms.

A SURGEON ON ROCKY

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Heading east on Hwy 24/27 you can’t help but notice the beautiful farm land rolling off to the south as you near Rocky River. I’ve written much about this place and of the revolutionary war era Baptist church which once stood nearby. It really was an important place impacting the spread of religion and even America’s trail west all the way to Oregon.

Recently, yet another and equally exciting chapter of the above story has been revealed to me. While preparing for an upcoming talk at the Carolinas Genealogy Society in Monroe, this week I came across an important newspaper article by and about Dr. John Beckwith. His life, at one time, crossed the lands I’ve admired all my life. Dated 18 Jun 1841, the following appears in the Raleigh Register:

     Mr. GALES: Something more than a year ago, I came to this City blind, as you may recollect. An interesting notice in your paper, of a young woman and a young man, both born blind, being restored by Dr. JOHN BECKWITH, some 20 years since, induced me to place myself under his care. One eye was operated on for Cataract, with complete success. Little pain attended the operation, and no inflammation succeeded it – in a week I could see to read with comfort. Impatience of a long night of darkness, and of dependence upon the sight of others, led me for a long time to post pone the claims of the other eye. Twelve months attention to business, however, satisfied me, that two eyes are better than one, and that it is not well to impose unusual labor upon an enfeebled member. Under this conclusion I returned, on the other eye, in presence of Doctors LEWIS, McKEE, and SMITH

The operation occupied probably one minute, and was attended with less pain than bleeding at the arm. Neither pain nor inflammation have followed, and with this eye also, aided by glasses, I can read and recognize the faces of my friends. In a few days, I shall return to my residence in Cabarrus County. I make this communication in a spirit of thankfulness to that Being, whose goodness and mercy have followed me all my days, and with the hope that my example and good fortune, may afford encouragement to others.
Your Friend,             JOHN PHIFER

John Phifer of Cabarrus County surely had heard of the near miraculous medical procedure that had taken place in nearby Salisbury. From the Medical Repository And Review Of American Publications On Medicine (p. 311), “A case of successful treatment of Cataract and Amaurosis on both eyes, by attempts of couching, and by the successive destruction and absorption of the crystalline lens” was communicated on 25 Jun 1819 by Dr. John Beckwith of Salisbury, North Carolina. The article outlines the process John Beckwith used to remove cataracts from a young man residing in Wilkes County NC.

From the above, in March 1823, John Beckwith successfully operated on a 19 year-old who had been blind from birth. Following surgery, the patient’s eyes were able to “distinguish minute objects and were reported to be daily acquiring strength. The operation was performed with little pain and succeeded by no inflammation.” The Western Carolinian concluded that the “success which has attended the various cases operated on by Dr. Beckwith, we believe, unparalleled; and the spirit of kindness and benevolence he has manifested toward those who were laboring under the complicated evils of poverty and blindness, we trust, will bring upon him the blessings of those who were ready to perish.”

John Beckwith also sold medicines by way of the newspapers. In 1835, and as found in the Raleigh Weekly Register, Dr. John Beckwith offered a half page advertisement filled with testimonials on behalf of his anti-dyspeptic pills. Good folks such as Gov. James Iredell, Secretary of State William Hill, and US Court Judge Henry Potter offered their testimonials. Below is one of many published advertisements for his medicine.

Clipping from Fayetteville Weekly Observer - Newspapers.com

All of the above is really cool with clear ties back to Cabarrus County by way of John Phifer’s surgery and testimonial. But, as I pass down Hwy 24/27 near Rocky River, what am I seeing that brings to my mind the image of John Beckwith? What is it that I’d like to share with you?  Well, knowing me, it’s got to be something to do with the land so let’s take a look.

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In 1789, George Graham Esq, late Sheriff of Mecklenburg County sold the above highlighted tract (deed 17-398, Mecklenburg NC) to Henry Smith. Metes and bounds show that this tract was located on Meeting House Branch” which signals the nearby location of Haynes Meeting House Baptist Church. This branch enters Rocky River on the southern boundary of the above tract. I have not found the origination for this large tract of land, but it was surely owned by someone else prior to the purchase by Henry Smith. Born in Lancaster County PA, Henry Smith settled earlier in Surry County NC where he served in the Revolutionary War prior to moving again to Cabarrus. There, in Surry, now Stokes County, Maj. Henry Smith married Maria Barbara Loesch whose brother Johann Jacob Loesch played an interesting role in what we know of goldmining in Cabarrus County. According the early newspaper The Salem Gleaner, Jacob assayed gold from Reed mine and found that it was pure.

In 1793, Andrew Alexander, Sheriff of Mecklenburg sold the above land to Leonard Huise (Deed 15-99, Mecklenburg NC). Metes and bounds now mention Michael Garmon’s line and Muddy Creek.

In 1830 Jacob Petre sold the above to John Beckwith and Co. of Wake County NC (deed 11-282, Cabarrus NC). Jacob Petre sold his land and moved to Pope County Arkansas in the 1830’s. Some of his sons moved to Sonoma County and San Francisco CA. From 1789 to 1830 the metes and bounds of the above land changed little in shape and length of lines. And, what was once known as Meeting House Branch is now identified as “The Malling Branch.” I see this term used often in describing land across the state. Having yet to figure out its meaning, I believe that a Malling Branch would be one with a beach or other nice spot for people to gather or come to cross over. Maybe it was the location of early baptisms. Can’t you imagine?

The next recorded conveyance of the land was in Feb 1845 when Laird Alexander, Cyrus C. Alexander, and Green H. Swearengen sold the above to Hartwell Spain Love (deed 17-237, Cabarrus NC). This sounds like a committee or were they attorneys representing John Beckwith’s interests?

foxglove-poisoningFrom newspaper articles we know that John Beckwith once did business in Salisbury as well as Wake and even locations further east. But what were his intentions along this beautiful stretch of Rocky River? And, what happened; when did John Beckwith step away from this land holding? To find the answer we must look into the private collection of letters left by John Beckwith’s fellow surgeon Calvin Jones (1775-1846). From one of the letters dated “8 Dec 1819, John Beckwith of Salisbury [wrote] about a medical case, his desire for digitalis seed for planting, and geological specimens”. Two years later, on 15 Nov 1821, “John Beckwith of Salisbury discussing prospects for his making a living practicing medicine in one of several places under consideration.” This timing is perfect in relation to his mentioning of the acclaimed 1819 surgery on the 19 year-old fellow. And, why did he seek to grow digitalis? Known commonly as foxglove, this extremely powerful herb is both beneficial and can be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. It’s medicinally used to control the heart beat particularly in the case of irregular and often fast beating atrial fibrillation. Was the beautiful land I drive by once used as a medicinal growing ground of sorts? And if so, why was it sold in 1845? I wonder, if today, could we find on this area remnant patches of herbs gone wild?

On 6 Feb 1845, John Beckwith placed an advertisement in the Raleigh Register. As appears below, he sold his house and office which were located on Hillsborough street west of the North Carolina State Capitol.

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Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., John Beckwith is the son of Elizabeth Dart and John Beckwith. Visiting a friend in New Bern, he met and married Margaret Cogdell Stanly, the daughter of Ann Cogdell and John Wright Stanly. John and Margaret’s son John Watrous Beckwith removed to Georgia where he was elected second Bishop of the Georgia Episcopal Church. Under his leadership, John Watrous Beckwith established 20 churches and 5 missions including the Savannah Orphanage for Confederate children. John Beckwith’s  8 Jun 1870 obituary appears in the Raleigh Weekly Standard:

Clipping from The Weekly Standard - Newspapers.com

SOLOMON BURRIS REUNON – 2018

 

Group picture of Solomon Burris descendants

Background

I’m the little one sitting on my great grandfather George Henderson Burris’ knee (below). He lived to a ripe old age of 101 years of age. My sister is standing in back and my brother is in the lap of our great grandmother Magdalene Whitley Burris. My great grandfather was not a rich man though he was known to be kind and generous with what resources he had. My grandmother Eva, his daughter, used to say that her dad had so little because he gave much in support of others. It is said that George Henderson Burris buried many a friend and neighbor who could not otherwise afford the expenses.

Great-grandpa George was a talented man. He played the accordion, sang and played the harmonica. He was also deadly accurate with a slingshot!

My Burris and Whitley families intermarried for generations as George Henderson Burris’ grandfather Joshua Allen Burris married Mary Whitley. And, Joshua Allen Burris’ grandfather Solomon was the first in his family to settle in now Stanly County. Going back to the 1700’s, in Solomon Burris’ land grant, neighbor George Whitley served as chain bearer. Like Solomon, George Whitley may also have been among the first of his family to reside in now Stanly County.

From Solomon Burris’ revolutionary war pension application, it was declared that his bible was last known to be in the hands of his father in down-east Bertie County NC. Solomon also made the declaration that he was born in Anson County …which statement I question. From sources unknown, it is also believed that Solomon married Judith Taylor in Surry County located in northwest NC. Solomon must have journeyed all over our state!

The Reunion

Gary Walter

On Friday evening a small group of us met to share supper at Jay’s Downtowner in Albemarle. Sitting across from me was Gary Walter who pulled out a few photographs he was sharing with Pam Holbrook. For many years the photos had resided in a little box treasured by Gary’s  grandmother. Eventually being passed down to Gary, he’s spent much effort reconstructing a great family adventure told through his magnificent collection of imagery.

For this blog post, Gary Walter has graciously allowed me to share some of his prized photographs beginning with a headshot portrait (below) of his ancestor John Adam Burris along with a wonderful group photo of the John Adam Burris family. Gary explained that John Adam Burris was a sawyer and was one of many saw mill operators contracted to clear timber along the Yadkin River basin in preparation for construction of the Narrows Dam. Among the images are pictures of the dam during various phases of construction. There’s also images of the family  logging crew believed to be comprised of John Adam Burris’ brothers and sons along with members of the Dry family. John Adam Burris is of course the crew leader.

As you can imagine, the dinner at Jay’s went exceedingly well as discussion ranged from the most recent births to the depth and breadth of our Burris family.  And, the evening will live on with me forever as I’m truly bedazzled that members of my family were involved in the taming of one of North Carolina’s most rugged waterways.

As we were about to break-up, Gary pulled out his computer to help another person better understand their lineage. Listening in on the conversation, it was at that point that I learned Gary and I are relatively close cousins. His John Adam Burris is a brother of my great grandfather George Henderson Burris’ father, Hiram Alexander Burris.

I also learned that my George Henderson Burris is the oldest son in a large family having 13 brothers and sisters with one being a half-sister. George’s mother is Dovie Ellen Love, the daughter of Henderson Love, the son of Thomas and Susannah Polk Love. Henderson Love served in CSA Co. B. 5th Reg. NC. He died of pneumonia in Richmond VA on 12 Nov 1862.

Growing up, I vaguely remember being shown and hearing stories about a civil war pistol owned by my great grandfather George Henderson Burris. I  believed he used the gun in service as a soldier. However, that could not have been the case as George Henderson Burris was born in 1874, after the war’s end. If the gun was in fact a remnant of the war, I’d like to believe that it once belonged to George’s namesake grandfather Henderson Love who died in the war. It would have been the right thing for the gun to end up in the hands of Henderson Love’s oldest grandson.

The Saturday Session

I was overwhelmed by the large number participating in the Saturday session at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church located near the crossroads of Frog Pond USA. A special thanks goes out to those who made sure everything went smoothly. Zelma Eudy handled registration and directed me to sit with others who shared my family linage out of Solomon. As it turns out, Thomas Napier, the fellow I sat beside, descends from my great grandfather George Henderson Burris’ younger brother Adam Alexander Burris. Like myself, it was Thomas’ first time participating in the Burris family reunion.

 

The morning session began with the lighting of a memorial candle in honor of those who had passed during the previous year. There was an icebreaking activity aimed at getting people up and about to meet and greet. Then, Pam Holbrook and Brenda Combs spoke about Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and its beginnings on land previously owned by David Wright Burris. Participants also heard about Solomon and Judith’s graves and how they had been moved in 1939 from the nearby Commie Willis Cemetery, also known as the Burris burial ground. The move was due to the sale of land surrounding the cemetery which raised concern among family members about future care for the primitive graveyard. The 1939 reinterment memorial celebration was attended by more than 1000 people. Can you imagine what that celebration must have looked like? There was also discussion on choosing a date possibly in January to clean the remaining Commie Wills graveyard.


Prepared by Dwight Eudy, we enjoyed an absolutely wonderful lunch that included choices of roast, chicken, ham, and more. Yum!!! Following the meal, participants heard a passionate talk from Lynette Hartsell on her new book outlining a different view on the lynching of Alec Whitley.

Though the day was cold and dreary, newfound cousin Thomas Napier and myself made our way out to the cemetery following conclusion of the gathering. We were joined by yet another whose name and lineage escapes me. I was shown the graves of Solomon and Judith as well as those of their son Joshua and his wife Sarah Springer. We also saw the graves of Joshua’s son Allen Burris and his wife Lucy Hinson.

At this point an older fellow came upon us and happened to be interested in the same stones Thomas Napier and myself were studying. It turns out that Larry Burris is my grandmother Eva Burris Thomas’ first cousin. Wow! Larry is the son of Green Thomas Burris, a younger brother of both my great-grandfather George Henderson Burris as well as Thomas Napier’s Adam Alexander Burris. They were all nephews of the above mentioned John Adam Burris who logged in preparation of the Narrows Dam construction.. So, …there in the misty cemetery we held our own little reunion of sorts, sharing stories about our family experiences. If for no other reason it’s times like these that make family reunions a must-do for anyone interested in learning about their heritage.

There’s so much more that could be said but that’ll have to wait for another day. I did learn of one Burris family member who clipped the tips off his fingers in order to avoid the civil war. There was also a mysterious grave stone for yet another family member adorned with a carved and crosshatched image of a hand (see below). About this, our little group hypothesized everything from death by small pox to it being the means of hiding or correcting a mistake made in carving.

Following the reunion, Larry Burris and his wife met me at Love’s Grove UMC in Stanfield where we walked the cemetery. Larry’s father, Green Thomas Burris, is buried next to his brother being my great grandfather George Henderson Burris. Nearby is buried their father Hiram Alexander Burris who married Dovie Ellen Love. And near to them were the graves of Hiram’s parents, Joshua Allen Burris and wife Mary Polly Whitley Burris.

I always thought that Love’s Grove “Protestant” Methodist church was founded by Phoebe Love, wife of Michael Garmon Love. I believed that land for the church was given in memoriam to Phoebe’s husband Michael Garmon Love who died in the civil war. This is true, but Larry Burris pointed out that in the 1880’s our common ancestor Joshua Allen Burris and wife Mary Polly Whitley Burris also donated land to the church. The deed identifies the land as “joining the meeting house tract.”

Remember that Joshua Allen and Mary Burris’ son Hiram married Dovie Love, the daughter of another fallen civil war soldier named Henderson Love. Henderson Love is the namesake of my great grandfather George Henderson Burris. Henderson Love is also the brother of Phoebe who first gave land for the church. It appears the beginnings of Love’s Grove may have been in part a matter between the extended Love and Burris families.

At the end of day, Larry Burris and myself went our own ways with standing invitations to stay in touch. It was good that two families so close had reconnected.

Follow-up Trip

This past Saturday I paid a visit in China Grove with Larry and his brother Bill Burris. Theirs had been a large family of 17 children including two sets of twins! The children were born to Green Thomas Burris by his two wives: Martha Little and Etta Mae Mabe.

(l-r) Larry Burris, George Thomas, Bill Burris

I also learned that Larry’s full name is Larry Hiram Burris honoring his grandfather Hiram Alexander Burris. And, Bills full name is Bill Henderson Burris honoring both his uncle George Henderson Burris and his great-grandfather Henderson Love. And I’m George Thomas honoring my great-grandfather George Henderson Burris as well as my other great-grandfather George Washington Thomas. It’s cool! These are names I know, these are my family!

As it turns out, Bill and Larry Burris also shared with me the old and very important portraits which had passed down to them. Below are images for Mary “Polly” Whitley, the wife of Joshua Allen Whitley. Mary is George Henderson Burris’ grandmother making her my great-great-great grandmother. Also included are pictures of graves and portraits of Hiram Alexander and his wife Dovie Ellen Love Burris.

 

(after clicking on the images above, look to the bottom and click on “Full Size” to see more detail)

Closing

The Solomon and Judith Burris reunion is held every year on the third week in October. I had a great time and very much recommend it! Reunions are a wonderful way to meet all those cousins you’ve always wondered about. Reinforce what you know and learn much more! Family doesn’t just happen; memories will fade and family will die if we don’t exercise them through sharing. Without doubt or hesitation, Larry and Bill expressed their pride in being raised in a wonderful family. I’m glad the Burris family really cares as is evidenced by their active efforts to maintain family roots. They are truly interested in the story of who they are and from where they came. With that being said I’ll close and I hope to seeya next year! Come join us!

 

BETWEEN ROCKY RIVER AND RICHARDSON CREEK IN UNION COUNTY

Stanfield, NC, 1:24,000 quad, 1971, USGS

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Key Map and Legal Descriptions of Grants and Conveyances
for Union and Anson Counties
Located South of Rocky River and North of Richardson Creek.

50. Grant 5674, Anson NC, ent. 14 Jan 1799, sur. 16 Oct 1799, iss. 30 Aug 1802. Issued to WILLIAM GURLEY, being 300 acres on Rocky River beginning on the bank of said river at his corner stake an runs thence with his line south 20 west 38 ch to a stake in said line, then south 38 east 30 to stake, then north 81 east 30 ch to a stake, then north 81 east 46 ch to a stake, then north 40 ch to a stake, then north 27 west 46 cn to a stake on the bank of the said river then up the various courses of the river to the beginning. Chainbearers: James Gurley, Willis Gurley.

51. Grant 5333, Anson NC, ent. 17 Jan 1797, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to WILLIAM GURLEY, being 250 acres on the Rocky River beginning at a post oak on the bank of the river and runs up the river south 60 west 4.50 ch to a white oak Willis Gurley’s corner, then with his line south 35 ch to a red oak, then south 75 east 25 ch to a stake among three pines, then north 68 east 69 ch to a black, then north 25 east 34 ch to a stake among three pines, then north 25 ch to a stake on the river bank then up the river south 80 west 25 ch to his corner poplars, then with his line south 35 east 15.75 ch to his corner pines, then with other line south 55 west 26.50 to a walnut on the river bank, then up the river 19 ch to a white oak the beginning of his hundred acre survey then with the first line of the said survey south 47 west 31.75 ch to a pine, then with his other line north 43 west 33 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Gurley, Leonard Musslewhite.

Deed S-168, Anson NC, 11 Jan 1818, rec. Jul 1818. Henry Gurley of Haywood County NC to Benjamin Thomas Junr, being a tract of 80 acres on Rocky River running south 136 poles to a red oak, then south 75 east 120 poles to a stake by three pines, then north 68 east 280 poles to a stake by three pines, then north 15 west 110 poles to a hickory on the bank of the river, then up the various courses of the river to the beginning. Wit: John Austin, Jac. Austin.

52. Grant 4382, Anson NC, ent. 20 Nov 1770, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to MIDDLETON POOL, being 50 acres on the south side of Rocky River beginning at a poplar standing on the said river bank ad running south 35 east 15.75 ch to a red oak, then south 55 west 26.50 ch to a black walnut standing on the bank of said river, then down the carious courses of the river to the first station. Chainbearers: Middleton Pool, Drury Austin.

Deed D-272, Anson NC, 10 Aug 1787, reg. Oct 1791. (Tract 1) Middleton Pool of Montgomery County to Wm. Gurley (planter), being 50 acres on the south side of Rocky River beginning at a poplar standing on the bank of the river and runs south 35 east 15.70 to a red oak, then south 55 west 26.50 ch to a black walnut tree standing on the bank of said river, then down the various courses of the river to the beginning. Wit: James Gurley, Willis Gurley, Joseph (x) Johnson.

Deed D-272, Anson NC, 10 Aug 1787, reg. Oct 1791. (Tract 2) Middleton Pool of Montgomery County to Wm. Gurley (planter), being 50 acres beginning at a white oak on the bank of Rocky River below the mouth of Shipmon’s branch running up the said branch to a corner, then to Townsel’s line, then along that line to the river, then down the river to the beginning. Wit: James Gurley, Willis Gurley, Joseph (x) Johnson.

53. Grant 3629, Anson NC, ent. 16 Jan 1773, iss. 25 Jul 1774. Issued to SOLOMON TOWNSEND being 100 acres on the south bank of Rocky River beginning at a white oak on the bank of the said river at the mouth of a small branch and runs south 47 west 127 poles to a pine, then north 43 west 127 poles to a stake, then north 47 east 127 poles, then north 43 east 127 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Brooks, Alexd’r Pool.

Deed 7-136, Anson NC, 6 Jul 1779, reg. Jul 1779. Solomon Townsend to Middleton Pool, being 100 acres. Test. William (B) Brooks, William Bennett, Senr.

Deed C2-14, Anson NC, 28 Feb 1782, reg. Apr 1792. Middleton Pool to William Gurley, being 100 acres beginning at a white oak on the bank of the said river Wit: Bryan Austin, John (x) Austin.

54. Grant 6696, Anson NC, ent. 6 Nove 1827, iss. 21 Feb 1828. Issue to JOHN NANCE, being 250 acres joining Wyatt Nance etc on Rocky River beginning at Wyatt Nance’s corner stake amongst tree black jack pointers and runs north 37 west 9.75 ch to a stake by a pine and dogwood in Hinson’s line, then with said line north 70 west 3.50 ch to his corner stake two red oaks and pine pointers, then with his other line north 15 ch to his other corner stake three pines and white oak pointers, then south 88 east 18 ch to Hinson’s old corner stake, then north 2 west 22.50 ch to a post oak, then north 68 west 39 ch to a dogwood on the bank of the Reedy Branch one post oak ash and dogwood pointers, then south 60 west 27 ch to a small red oak, then south 20 east 48 ch to a stake in his own line one pine and two red oak pointers, then with said line north 65 east 8 ch to his corner stake, then with his other line south 25 east 16.25 ch to his other corner stake, then with Wyatt Nance’s line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Robert Nance, Joseph Spears.

55. Grant 6702, Anson NC, ent. 2 May 1826, iss. 22 Jul 1828. Issued to BENJAMIN THOMAS, being 300 acres joining Benjamin Austin and his own land on the Shophouse Branch of Rocky River beginning at his corner stake two pines and red oak pointers and runs with his line south 76 west 30.70 ch to his corner red oaks, then south 21 west 14.40 xh to a white oak two red oaks and post oak pointers, then south 34 east 25 to a red oak, then south 80 east 40 ch to a pine and four post oak pointers, then north 80 east 11 ch to a pine, then north 15 west 40 ch to a stake in his own line, then with said line south 68 west 50 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jackson Gurley, Jacob Thomas.

56. Grant 6703, Anson NC, ent. 12 Feb 1828, iss. 22 Jul 1828. Issued to JACKSON GURLEY, being 86 acres joining Benjamin Thomas and Bryan Austin on the waters of Rocky River and beginning at a pine by three pines Austin’s corner and runs with his line south 88 east 24.30 ch to his other corner stake one Spanish oak and red oak pointers, then with his other line south 75 east 17.60 ch to a post oak in the line, then north 34 west 28 ch to and with Thomas’ line to corner white oak, then north 87 west 39 ch crossing the Big Branch to a black oak, then south 19 ch to a hickory, then a direct course to the beginning. Chainbearers: Benjamin Thomas, Jacob Thomas.

57. Grant 5461, Anson NC, ent. —, iss. 18 Dec 1799. Issued to WILLIS GURLEY, being 150 acres on Rocky River beginning at a red oak the upper corner of his old survey on the river bank and runs up the river south 50 west 15.50 ch to a red oak near John Austin’s corner, then south 5 east 9 ch to a red oak among three red oaks, then south 63 east 11 ch to a red oak, then south 87 east 40 ch to white oak, then north 6 east 40 ch to his old line, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: [not legiable]

58. Grant 4398, Anson NC, ent. 22 Nov 1779, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to RICHARD AUSTIN, being 50 acres on the south side of Rocky River beginning at a white oak standing on the bank of said river and runs south 10 west 20 chains to a pine, then south 80 west 40.50 chains to a red oak standing on the bank of said river, then down the various courses of the river to the beginning. Chainbearers: Richard Austin, Drury Austin.

59. Grant 6474 Anson NC, ent. 11 Oct 1815, iss. 26 Nov 1821. Issued to BRYAN AUSTIN SENR, being 150 acres adjoining Jacob Austin on the waters of Austin’s Branch beginning at a red oak his and corner formerly William Austin corner and also Willis Gurley corner and runs south 55 west 50 ch to a stake in or near Jacob Austin’s line, then south 20 east 17 ch to a stake in Jacob Austin’s line of his other survey three post oaks and black jack pointers, then north 88 east 46 ch crossing Austin’s Branch to a stake, then north 13 east 23 ch in Willis Gurley’s line tree pine pointers, then north 88 west 16 ch to a stake in a drain one dogwood pointer, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Mariass Austin, Joshua Phillips.

60. Deed H1-124, Anson NC, 28 Feb 1767,rec. 24 Sep 1767. George Augustus Selwyn of the county of Glocester in the Kingdom of Great Britain Esq. (as son and heir of John Selwyn Esq. deceased) to John Sescoe Planter. Being 100 acres, part of the tract of 100,000 acres of land commonly called Tract Number 1 lying on both sides of Rocky River beginning at a black oak on the south side of the river below his plantation and runs thence south 38 west 40 to a black oak saplin, then south 82 west 45 poles to a black oak, then south 56 west 150 poles to a black oak above his barn, then north 40 west 36 poles to a white oak, then north 15 east 110 poles to a persimmon on the river bank crossing the river in all 100 poles to a stake, then to the beginning. Witnesses: Tho. Frohock, William Frohock.

Deed 7-193, Anson NC, 27 Sep 1779, reg. Jan 1780. John Fransisco of Mecklenburg to John Austin of Anson, being 100 acres on both sides of Rocky River beginning at a black oak on the south side of the river on the bank below the plantation, then south 38 west 40 poles to a black oak saplin, then south 82 west 45 poles to a black oak, south 56 west 150 poles to a black oak above the branch, then north 40 west 36 poles to a white oak, then north 15 east 40 poles to a persimmon tree on the river bank then crossing the said river an open line for compliment and south to the first station. Witnesses: Tindal Roland, Cuyerline Roland.

Deed H2-393, Anson NC, 2 Mar 1801, reg. Jul 1802. John Austin Senr. planter of one part to BRYAN AUSTIN of Montgomery planter of the other part being 35 acres on the south side of Rocky River below the mouth of Suscoe’s Branch being part of 100 acres lying in in the counties of Anson and Montgomery. Beginning on a large pine sd. Austin’s fore and aft tree in the low ground of the river and runs then south 58 west 63 poles to a black oak, then north 40 west 36 poles to a white oak, then north 15 east 11 poles to a persimmon on the river bank, then crossing the river, thence down the river crossing to the beginning. Wit: Jacob Austin, Michael Austin.

61. Grant 5779 Anson NC, ent. 8 Jul 1797, sur. —-, iss. 26 Nov 1805. Issued to RICHARD AUSTIN, being 100 acres on Syscoes Branch beginning on the east side at a red oak and running south 84 west 40 chains to a stake by three pines, then south 10 east 22 chains and 50 links to a post oak, then north 84 east 50 chains to Austin’s line, then with it to the beginning including said Austin’s House and part of his improvement. Chainbearers: John Austin Senr, John Austin Junr.

Deed N-205, Anson NC, 2 Feb 1807m reg. Jan 1810. Richard Austin to Jacob Austin being 100 acres on both sides of Suscoe’s Branch. Wit: William Austin, Bryan Austin.

62. Grant 5748, Anson NC, ent. 10 May 1801, iss 2 Feb 1804. Issued to MICHAEL AUSTIN, being 300 acres beginning at a water oak on Rocky River at the mouth of Suscoe’s Branch and runs north 40 west 100 poles to a Spanish oak on the river bank by two others, then south 67 west 20 poles to a stake William Brook’s line, then with at south 12 east 20 poles to his other corner, then with his other line north 75 west 96 poles to his corner sweet gum, then with his other line south 10 west40 poles to his other corner, then with it south 75 west 60 poles with it north 12 west 138 poles to his corner red oak by two pines, then north 77 west 67 poles to Brook’s corner with his line north 55 west 150 poles to his corner hickory on the river bank by two hickories, then south 15 east 102 poles to a stake in Wm Brook’s line with it east 54 poles to his corner post oak by a pine and post oak, then south 36 west 156 pole to a pine Cohon’s line, then with it south 50 east 166 poles to Jesse Brooks line, then with it north 50 east 76 poles to a stake, then north 60 west 12 poles to Richard Austin’s corner, then with his line north 9 west 96 poles, with it north 85 east 160 poles, then a direct line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Richard Austin, Jacob Austin.

Deed N-261, Anson NC, 10 Oct 1810, reg. Oct 1810. BRYAN AUSTIN SENR. of Montgomery County to his sons JACOB and BRYAN AUSTIN for and in consideration of the love and affection which he hath and “beareth” to his beloved sons. Being 20 acres of the 300 granted to Michael Austin. Witnesses: J. Culpepper, W. Hammond.

63. Grant 6058, Anson NC, ent. 12 Mar 1810, sur. —-, iss. 12 Dec 1812. Issued to JESSE BROOKS being 100 acres adjoining his old land on the bank of the Rocky River beginning at an ash on the bank of Rocky River by a patch of red oaks and runs south ten east 93 poles to a pine by a red oak, then south 76 west 93 poles to a stake by three red oaks, the south 12 west 40 poles to a stake by two red oaks, the south 93 west 58 poles to a stake by 2 pines and a red oak, then north ten west 125 poles to a pine by two pines in his old line, then to the beginning. Chainbearers:  —-, —-

Deed R-16, Anson NC, 10 Mar 1815, reg. Mar 1815. JESSE BROOKS of Anson to JOHN BROOKS of Montgomery, being 100 acres on Rocky River joining the 150 acre tract formerly belonging to the said Jesse Brooks but now belonging to John Brooks. Wit: Jac. Austin, William Brooks.

64. Grant 4806 Anson NC, ent. 17 Mar 1784, sur. 27 May 1787, iss. 16 Nov 1790. Issued to WILLIAM BROOKS being 150 acres beginning at four hickories on the south bank of Rocky River and runs south 55 east 150 poles to a pine, then north 75 east 106 poles to an ash 2 black oak pointers on the bank of Rocky River, then north 35 west up the river to the lower end or pine Island, then to the north bank of the river, then with the river up opposite the beginning, then south 55 east 6 poles crossing to the first station including Pool’s improvement on a small island. Chainbearers: James Phillips, West Gurley.

Deed R-23, Anson NC, 26 Feb 1810, reg. Jul 1815. WILLIAM BROOKS SENR. of Montgomery County to JOHN BROOKS being 150 acres including Joshua Phillips Improvement. Wit. Jacob Austin, Bryan Austin.

65. Grant 5726 Anson NC, ent. 13 Apr 1797, sur. 15 Dec 1799, iss 14 Dec 1803. Being 80 acres of land on Rocky River issued to WILLIAM BROOKS beginning at John Lawhorn lower corner post oak by three black oaks and two pines and runs dow the river the various courses nine chains to a stake in his line, then with it east 40 chains to a post oak by two post oaks and one pine & black oak and pointers, then south 36 west 39 chaines to John Lawhorn’s corner stake by two white oaks and own line, then on said line north 43 west 33 chains and 75 links to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Brooks, Will H. Davidson.

66. Grant 5376, Anson NC, ent. 10 Jan 1797, sur. —, iss. 7 Jun 1799. Issued to JOHN LAUHON, being 200 acres on Rocky River beginning at a black oak by hickory ad two pines and runs north 40 west 21 chains and 20 links to a black oak, then north 28 east 14 chains and eighty links to a pine, then north 15 west 11 chains and 25 links to a Spanish oak in the bank of the river, then down the river 20 chains to a post oak, then south 43 east 33 chains and 75 links to a pine, then south 55 east 50 chains to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: ——–, ———-

Deed L-139, Anson NC, JOHN LAUHORN to BRYAN AUSTIN being 100 acres. Witnesses Jacob Austin, Petr McIntyre.

Deed N-205, Anson NC, 28 Jan 1807, reg. Jan 1810. JOHN (x) LAUHORN to JACOB AUSTIN being 100 acres. Witnesses: Bryan Austin, William Austin.

Deed Q-24, Anson NC, 24 Aug 1816, JACOB AUSTIN to JOSHUA PHILLIPS, being part of a tract of 200 acres conveyed by John Lauhorn.

67. Grant 5816. Anson NC, ent. 24 Jan 1785, sur. 16 Dec 1799, iss. 14 Nov 1804. Issued to JACOB GREEN, being 100 acres on Rocky River and Reason’s Branch. Beginning at a white oak stump on the river bank his corner by a sycamore and runs thence down the various courses of the said river 10 ch to John Lauhorn’s corner Spanish oak, then on said corner line south 15 east 11 ch to a pine, then south 28 west 14.80 ch to a black oak John Lauhorn’s second corner, then on his first line south 40 east 11 ch to a black oak, then south 50 west 45 ch to a pine and in a small drain, then down the drain to Reason’s Branch, then with Reason’s Branch down to Jacob Green line, then with it to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jacob Green Senr, Jacob Green Junr.

68. Grant 5928, Anson NC, ent. 2 Feb 1808, sur. —, iss. 30 Nov 1810. Issued to JACOB AUSTIN, being 200 acres on Rocky River beginning at a rock between three pines said Austin’s corner and runs south 84 west 115 poles to a post oak Richard Austin’s corner, then south 65 west 14 poles to a post oak, then south 50 west 98 poles to a stake, then south 55 east 27 poles to a pine Lauhorn’s corner, then with his other line north 89 west 94 poles to a pine, then south 100 poles to a stake by two post oaks, then east 70 poles to a stake by two post oaks, then south 50 west 106 poles to a stake by two pines, then south 42 west 20 poles to a stake near a path, then north 70 east 100 poles to a stake, then south 3 east 40 poles to Jacob Austin’s corner pine, then with his line north 67 east 148 poles, then with his other line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jonathan Austin.

69. Missing – deeded land

70. Grant 5933, Anson NC, ent. 15 Jan 1806, iss. 8 Dec 1810. Issued to JACOB AUSTIN, being 150 acres on the waters of Rocky River beginning at a stake between two black jacks and pine in Hayne’s path n Bryant Austin’s line and runs with his line south 85 west 15 chains to a stake by three pines in sad line, then south 12 west 15 chains to a stake by two red oaks and pine, then south 67 east 37 chains to William Austin’s, then north 20 west 12 chains to a stake, then north 7 west 24 chains, then north 55 west 7.5 chains to Bryant Austin’s line, then with his line south 9 east to his other line, then with that to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Austin, Bryant Austin.

71. Grant 0606, Anson NC, ent. 12 Oct 1812, iss.——. Entered by JACOB AUSTIN and never issued, being 200 acres joining his own and William Austin including the Muddy Spring. Beginning at a post oak and pine his 5th corner and runs east —-to a pine and red oak, then south 55 east 120 poles to 3 red oaks and stake, then south 10 west 86 poles to a pine and white oak, then south 25 east 40 poles to red oak and 2 pines, then south 65 west 58 poles to 2 pines and stake in Austin’s Branch, then south 14 poles to a stake, then west 120 poles to a sweet gum and black oak and stake, then north 16 west 130 to a pine his fifth corner of 150 acre tract, then north 15 east 100 to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jacob Green, Thomas Vann

72. Grant 6298, Anson NC, ent. 8 Mar 1816, iss. 19 Dec 1817. Issued to BRYAN A. AUSTIN, JR., being 300 acres joining Jno. Austin’s line on the headwaters of Austin Branch including near headwaters of Harrington’s branch. Beginning at a pine by two pines and hickory John Austin’s corner and runs with and beyond his line south 45 west 36.5 chains to a stake by three pines, then north 45 west 45 chains to a pine by two pines and post oak, then south 66 west 15 chains to a red oak by black jack and post oak, then south 5 east50 chains to a stake by two sweet gums, then south 35 east 20 chains to a red oak by two red oaks, then north 80 east 20 chains to a stake by red oak and black jack, then north 45 east 58 chains to a stake, then north 14 west 23 chains to the beginning Chainbearers: Jesse Austin, Bryan Austin Senr.

73. Grant 6252, Anson NC, ent. 15 Mar 1814, 17 Nov 1816, iss. 29 Nov 1816. Issued to JOHN (AUSTIN) AUSTON being 100 acres adjoining Leonard Musslewhite’s land and Austin’s Branch. Beginning at a post oak Musslewhite’s corner and runs with his line south 35 east 32.50 chains to a pine his corner, then south 45 west 30 chains to a pine one pine pointer, then north 35 west 35 chains to a stake two red oak pointers, then north 50 east 28 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Leonard Musslewhite, Jesse Austin. 

74. Grant 6685, Anson NC, ent. 4 Aug 1825, sur. 26 Jan 1827, iss. 29 Dec 1827. Issued to JOHN AUSTIN being 50 acres beginning at a pine his own and Bryant Austin’s corner and runs with Bryant Austin’s line south 14 east 26 chains to a stake by two pines and red oak and hickory, then north 76 east 18.25 chains to a black jack and three post oaks, then north 11 west 25.6 chains to a stake and three red oaks, then west 10 chains with his own line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Austin, Jonathan Austin. 

75. Grant 6765, Anson NC, ent. 8 Feb 1828, iss. 30 Nov 1829. Issued to JOHN AUSTIN, being 35 acres joining Leonard Musslewhite and his own land beginning at a black jack his corner in Hammond’s line three post oak pointers and runs with said line north 50 east 21 ch crossing the road to a pine then north 11 east 21 ch crossing the road to a pine then north 11 west 13.40 ch a red oak two red oak pointers, then south 89 west 18.50 ch to a stake in or near Musselwhite’s line, then south 11 east 26 h to and with his own line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Austin, Lawrence Traywick.

76. Grant 5908, Anson NC, ent. 27 Sep 1797, iss. 23 Dec 1808. Issued to LEONARD MUSSLEWHITE, being 200 acres on Austin’s Big Branch beginning at a post oak by a post oak and pine pointers and runs south 35 east 32 ch to a pine by two pines on the knoll of a hill, then north 65 east 10 ch to a stake by two pines an two black oaks, then north 85 east 43 ch to a black oak by two pines, then north 15 ch to a stake by a red oak and black jack in Gurley’s line, then with his line north 25 west 18.60 ch to his corner dead pine by three black jacks, then west 30 ch to a stake, then a direct course to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Gurley, Needham Gurley.

Deed U-34, Anson NC, 25 Mar 1820, reg. Jan 1822. Leonard Musselwhite to John Austin, being the western portion of 200 acres issued to Leonard Musslewhite. Wit: Jesse Austin, Ransom Baucom.

Deed 10-334, Anson NC, 29 Jan 1841, reg. Oct 1841. Leonard Musslewhite to John Austin, being a 61/2 acre portion of the western portion of 200 acres issued to Leonard Musslewhite. Wit: Jesse Austin, Jonathan Austin

77. Grant 6716, Anson NC, ent.16 Mar 1827, iss. 26 Nov 1828. Issued to JOHN WHITE, being 100 acres joining Bryan Austin and others on Austin’s Branch beginning at a post oak his own and Musslewhite’s corner and runs south 56 west 12 chains to a stake three post oaks and dogwood, then north 3.5 chains to a stake, then north 55 east 8.5 to a pine, then north 9.5 to a post oak supposed to be in Jacob Austin’s line, then north 14 east 16 chains to a red oak, then east 32 chains to and with Austin’s line to his corner post oak one red oak and hickory, then south 22 west 20.4 chains to a red oak, then south 67.5 west 36 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jackson Gurley, Jacob Thomas.

78. Grant 7126, Anson NC, ent. 13 Jun 1835, iss. 15 Dec 1837. Issued to BERREMAN TRAYWICK being 63 acres joining Leonard Musslewhite and John Nance lands on Raccoon Branch beginning at a stake three black jacks and post oak pointers Leonard Musslewhite’s corner and runs north 35 west 4 ch to a hickory by two hickories and post oak Jesse Austin’s corner, then with his other line north 68 east 11 ch to his corner stake in John Nance’s line, then with Nance’s line north 24 west 16.50 ch to his corner stake by three red oaks in Bryan Austin’s line, then with his line north 89 west 14.50 ch to his corner stake by a post oak and maple on the Raccoon Branch, then with his other line south 56 west 10.10 ch to his and Jonathan Austin’s corner post oak, then with J. Austin’s line south 23 west 20.30 ch to his corner stake by a pine and red oak, then with Musslewhite’s line to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Austin, B. A. Austin.

79. Grant 6472, Anson NC, ent. 8 Mar 1816, iss 26 Nov 1821. Issued to BRYAN AUSTIN JR., being 200 acres on the waters of Austin Branch and on the Raccoon Branch beginning at a pine tree pine pointers in Willis Gurley’s line and Bryan Austin Senr corner and runs with Gurley’s line south 88 east 24. 30 ch to a stake one Spanish oak and red oak pointers, then south 75 east 35.25 ch to a stake Gurley’s corner two post oaks and red oak pointers then south 25 ch crossing the Raccoon Branch to a stake three red oak pointers, then west 18.50 ch to a stake on the bank of a branch one maple and gum pointers then south 55 west 10 ch to a stake one red oak and post oak pointers, then west 30 ch to a stake supposed to be near Jacob Austin’s line, then north 20 west 14 ch to Bryan Austin Senr. corner stake, then with his line to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Phillips, Mariass Austin.

80. Grant 7127, Anson NC, ent. 23 Nov 1835, iss. 15 Dec 1837. Issued to JOHN A. NANCE, being 75 acres joining his own land on Rocky River beginning at a stake by two pines his own corner in Bryan Austin’s line and runs with Austin’s line north 2 east passing his corner 27.60 ch to a stake by a pine and red oak in Thomas’ line, then with said line south 79 east 20.70 ch to a pine and four post oaks, then north 81 east 31.25 ch to a pine Jacob Thomas’ corner then with his line north 41 east 11 ch to a pine and post oak his corner, then north 62 east 4.20 ch to a stake by two post oaks in his own line, then with his line south 17 east 9.75 ch to his corner, then south 66 west 14.70 ch to a post oak and red oak and white oak pointers, then south 25 east 1 chain to whte oak and red oak, then south 60 west to the beginning. Chainbearers: —mon Allen, Wiley Allen.

81. Grant 0608, Anson NC, ent. 8 Feb 1828, sur. 28 Jul 1829, iss. —-. Entered by JESSE AUSTIN but was never issued. Being 100 acres on Rocky River beginning at a stake Musslewhite’ corner two post oaks and two hickories and runs with his line south 56 west 1o chains to a post oak, then north 60 west 17 chains to a stake in Musslewhite’s other line hickory and white oak, then north 14 chains to his corner stake black jack and red oak, then north 25 west 30 chains to a corner dead pine and three black jacks, then north 65 east ten chains to a stake, then with Kan—- line south 25 east 12 chains to his corner pine, then with his other line north 65 east 21 chains to his own corner stake white oak and red oak, then with his line south 30 west 25 chains to his other corner stake post oak and maple, then with his other line south 60 east 20 chains to a pine his other corner, then south 20 chains to his corner hickory, then with Musslewhite’s line north 34 west 5.6 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Bareyman Traywick, Jonathan Austin.

82. Grant 6648, Anson NC, ent. 21 May 1825, iss. 8 Jan 1827. Issued to JOHN NANCE, being 250 acres joining Jesse Austin and Shipman Branch beginning at a stake Sasser’s corner and Austin’s corner two red oaks and post oak pointers and runs with Austin’s line south 63 west 22.50 ch to a stake tree red oaks and post oak pointers, then north 60 west 22.60 ch to Austin’s other corner stake and red oak and white oak pointers, then south 65 west 21.25 to a pine, then north 25 west 21 to a stake tree red oak pointers, then north 65 east 61 ch to a white oak one red oak and white oak pointers, the north 25 west one ch to a post oak, then north 65 east 22 ch to a stake, then south 25 east 16.25 to to a stake in Wyatt Nance’s line, then south 66 west 1.80 ch to his corner stake, then south 5.40 ch to his other corner stake, then south 51 west 6.40 ch to a post oak, then south 25 east 17 ch to a pine in Sasser’s line, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jesse Austin, Rob’t Nance.

83. Grant 6520, Anson NC, ent. 15 Jan 1822, iss 21 Nov 1823. Issued to JESSE AUSTIN, being 50 acres joining his own land beginning at a pine his own corner one hickory and post oak pointers and runs north 60 west 20 to a stake in the edge of a small branch one post oak and maple pointers, then north 30 east 25 ch to a stake one red oak and white oak pointers, then south 60 east 20 ch to and with his line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Leonard Musselwhite, John Austin.

84. Grant 6665, Anson NC, ent. 10 Jan 1825, iss. 10 Feb 1827. Issued to SAMPSON HINSON being 100 acres joining his own land on Rocky River. Beginning at his corner stake one pine, hickory and black jack pointers and runs north 88 west 18 chains to a stake and four pines and white oak pointers, then south 15 chains to a stake two red oaks and pine pointers, then south 70 east 42 chains to a stake in Criscoe’s line, then with said line north 24 chains to his corner pine, then with his other line east 31.74 chains to his other corner stake, then north 5 chains to a stake in his own line, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: David Kagle [Cagle], Charles Hinson.

85. Grant 4428, Anson NC, ent. —, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to JOACIM HUNDON situated on the south side of Rocky River on the north west side of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine near his own improvement running south 127 poles to a stake between 3 black oaks and pine, then east 127 poles crossing the Bare branch to a stake between 4 pines, then north 127 poles to a stake, then west 127 poles sd. branch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jo’m Hudson, Jess Griffin Burlyson.

Deed E-172, Anson NC, 16 Jan 1797, reg. 1797. Joachim Hudson to Wm. Matheny, situated on the south side of Rocky River on the north west side of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine running south 127 poles to a stake between 3 black oaks and pine, then east 127 poles crossing the Bare to a a stake between four pines, then north 127 poles to a stake, then west 127 poles sd. branch to the beginning. Wit: Solomon Boggan, Obediah Curlee

Deed N-120, Anson NC, 14 Jul 1809, rec. Jul 1809. William R. Picket late High Sheriff to John Culpepper, Esq. being 100 acres supposed to be the property of William Matheny containing 100 acres by original survey. Situated on the south side of Rocky River on the north west side of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine running south 127 poles to a stake between 3 black oaks and pine, then east 127 poles crossing the Bare to a a stake between 4 pines, then north 127 poles to a stake, then west 127 poles sd. branch to the beginning. Wit: D. Graham, Tod. Robinson.

Deed V-65, Anson NC, 31 Jul 1824, rec. Jan 1825. John Culpepper of Montgomery County to William Prisco (Crisco) of the state and county aforesaid. Being 100 acres by original survey. Wit: John Broadway, B. Benton.

Deed Z-214, Anson NC, 3 Aug 1833, reg. Jan 1836. James Bawcomb (Baucom) to Wyatt Nance, being 100 acres on Bear Branch. Wit: Ausborn Turner, R. D. Allen.

86. Missing parcel

87. Grant 6623, Anson NC, ent. 12 Jan 1826, iss. 14 Dec 1826. Issued to JOSEPH HENSON (HINSON). being 150 acres joining Wm. Chriscoe’s and Sampson Hinson’s land beginning at a dead pine, John White’s corner three pines and runs north 18 west 37.25 chains to a red oak two white oaks and two post oak pointers, then north 68 west 5 chains to a pine, then south 37 west 30 chains to a black jack two pine pointers, then south 39.20 chains to a pine Sampson Hinson’s corner, then south 35 west 12 chains to a stake Chriscoe’s line, then with said line south one east 18 chains to a stake, then north 73 east 44 chains to a stake in White’s line, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: John White, William Hinson.

88. Grant 6676, Anson NC, ent. 22 Mar 1826, iss. 28 Dec 1827. Issued to CHARLES HINSON, being 200 acres joining William Crescow (Chriscoe), Wyatt Nance and Joshua Hudson lands beginning at a pine Joseph Hinson’s corner in Crescow’s line and runs with said line south 16 ch to Crescow’s corner stake amongst pines, then with his other line west 21.80 ch to a stake by two pines hickory and post oak pointers, then south 12 east 80 ch with Wyatt Nance’s line to a stake, then east 17 ch to a stake in or near Hudson’s land, then north 27 west 25 ch to a red oak Morris corner, then with his line north 1 east 27.50 ch to his corner hickory, then north 85 east 1.50 ch to Curlee’s corner one hickory and two post oak pointers, then with Curlee’s line north 10 east 36 ch to his corner red oak, then with his other line south 85 east 31 ch to his other corner stake in White’s line, then with his line north 6 east 24 ch to Joseph Hinson’s corner stake, then with his line south 73 west 44 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Noah Sassor, Jefferson Hill [Hall?].

89. Grant 6590, Anson NC, 13 Jan 1824, 13 Jan 1825. Issued to WYATT NANCE, being 350 acres adjoining Jacob Gurley and his own lines on the waters of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine in Sassor’s second line formerly Gurley’s line two pines and red oak pointers and runs north 25 west 17 ch to a post oak, then north 51 east 6.40 ch to a pine, then north 5.40 ch to a stake by three red oak pointers, then north 65 east 25.70 ch to a stake and three black jack pointers, then south 65 east 47 ch to a post oak by four post oak pointers, then the south 12 east 70 ch to a stake, then south 33 west 33 ch to a wild cherry tree near Jacob Gurley’s line, then north 12 west 13 ch to a red oak, then north 42 west 12 h to a hickory Sassor’s corner, then with his line north 25 west 60 ch to his other corner stake near the Old Fish Road, then with his other line south 65 west 27 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Rob’t Nance, Harbert Nance.

90. Grant 6715, Anson NC, ent. 10 Jan 1826, iss. 26 Nov 1828. Issued to WYATT NANCE, being 80 acres joining William Seagley and his own lands on Bear Branch of Richardson Creek beginning at a white oak on the bank of Bear Branch his own corner two white oak pointers and runs north 6 west 34 ch to four post oak pointers, then south 60 west 13 ch to a stake one gum and post oak pointers, then south 33 west 33 h with his line to a cherry tree his corner on Seagler’s corner, then with Seagler’s line south 30 west 13.25 ch to Seagler’s other corner stake, then with his other line south 3 east 14 ch to his own corner stake two pine pointers, then with his other line north 50 east 49 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jos. Spear, Harbard Nance.

91. Grant 6635, Anson NC, ent. 13 Apr 1824, iss. 14 Dec 1826. Issued to JAMES AUSTIN, being 200 acres joining his own and Morris’ land on Long Branch of Richardson Creek beginning at a stake and three black oak pointers William Seagle’s corner and runs north 38 east 6.50 to a wild cherry tree, then north 12 west 13.50 ch to a hickory, then north 16 to a black oak, then north 42 west 12 ch to a hickory Morris’ corner, then south 65 west 80 ch to a stake five post oaks and red oak pointers, then south 60 east 40 ch to a post oak in Seagley’s line, then with said line north 48 east 34 ch to his corner stake four black oak pointers, then with his other line north 88 east 10.70 to a stake, then with his other line south 34 east 15.50 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Deberry Austin, James Austin Jr.

92. Grant 6614, Anson NC, ent. 18 Mar 1825, iss. 9 Sep 1826. Issued to BRYANT A. AUSTIN, being 400 acres joining lands formerly William Morris and William Sharp on the Cedar Branch beginning at a pine in James Austin’s line and runs south 72 21 c to Sharp’s corner state three post oak pointers, then with his line north 35 west 50.60 ch to his other corner stake and four post oak pointers, then with his other line south 75 west 30.70 ch to Sharp’s other corner state and two pine pointers, then north 6 west 11.75 ch to Musslewhite’s corner post oak, then with his line north 58 east 46.50 ch to his corner red oak, then with Musslewhite’s other line north 34 west 17.60 to Jesse Austin’s corner hickory, then with his line south 55 east 20 ch to a stake two red oaks and post oak pointers, then north 32 east 40 ch to a pine, then south 25 east 33.50 ch to a stake by two pines and post oak, then south 65 west 28 ch to a stake by four post oaks, then south 60 east 40 ch to a post oak in Seagle’s line, then south 48 west 2.20 ch to Jas Austin’s corner, then with his line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Blankston Mullis, Charles Austin.

93. Grant 5643, Anson NC, ent. 23 Jan 1797, iss. 23 Nov 1801. Issued to WILLIAM GURLEY, being 200 acres on the Bear Branch and Shipman’s Branch beginning at a hickory with an ash, gum and white oak pointers in the said branch and runs up the branch north 25 west 55 ch to a hickory, then south 65 36.50 ch to a stake two red oaks and white oak pointers, then south 25 east 55 ch to a post oak, then north 65 east 36.50 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Leonard Musslewhite, Willis Gurley.

Deed S-152, Anson NC, 11 Oct 1818, reg. Jul 1818. Benjamin Thomas Junr to William Morris, being part of 200 acres of land granted to William Gurley by his Excellency Benjamin Williams 23 Nov 1801 and adjoining Drury Austin’s land part of the same tract. Wit: Anias Thomas, Jas. Morris.

94. Grant 6670, Anson NC, ent 19 Sep 1820, iss. 16 Jul 1827. Issued to JAMES AUSTIN Sr., “joining Bryan Austin’s, Jesse Austin’s, and widow Sasser’s on the Cedar Branch,” being 35 acres joining his own land on Richardson Creek beginning at a stake Sasser’s corner formerly Morris’ corner two pines and post oak pointers and runs with his own line south 65 west 0.80 ch to Bryant Austin’s corner stake two pines and post oak pointers, then with his line north 25 west 34 ch to a pine in Jesse Austin’s line, then with said line north 32 east 11 ch to a stake in Sassor’s line three pine pointers then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: William Seglar, Aaron Austin.

95. Grant 6377, Anson NC, ent. 11 Aug 1818, iss. 17 Dec 1819. Issued to JESSE AUSTIN, being 150 acres adjoining William Morris lands on both sides of Shipman’s Branch, beginning at a pine standing near the old Fish Road two pines and post oak pointers in Morris’ line and runs with said line north 25 west 13.50 to a stake said Morris’ corner two red oaks and post oak pointers, then south 63 west 28.20 ch to a hickory on Morris’ line one post oak and white oak pointers on the bank of Shipman’s Branch, then south 55 east 20 ch to a stake two red oaks and post oak pointers, then north 32 east 51 to a stake in Morris’ line four pine pointers, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Austin, Leonard Musslewhite.

96. Grant 5069, Anson NC, ent. 02 Apr 1784, iss. 9 Jul 1794. Issued to RCHARD AUSTIN being 100 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek transferred to Richard Austin. Beginning at a post oak on the west side of the overcup pond and north of Richardson Creek and runs north 56 east 180 poles to an oak, then north 34 west 90 poles to a stake, then south 56 west 180 poles, then south 34 east 90 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Michael Austin, Peter Austin.

Deed V-17 Anson NC, 17 Apr 1824, rec. Oct 1824. Joseph L. Orr of Mecklenburg to Leonard Musselwhite formerly the lands of Richard Austin. Wit: Ezekiel Thomas, Silas Orr.

97. Grant 7128, Anson NC, ent. 23 Dec 1835, iss. 15 Dec.1837. Issued to LEONARD MUSSLEWHITE being 44 acres joining his own land on the waters of Rocky River beginning at his own corner three pines and runs with his line north 59.5 east 37.30 ch to Jesse Austin’s corner post oak and pine pointer, then with Austin’s line north 57 west 17 to a stake by a white oak and hickory, then south 1.28 ch to his own corner black jack and pine pointers, then with his own line south 85 west 15 ch to a stake, then south 11 east 13.40 to John Austin’s corner pine, then south 50 west 12 to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: B. A. Austin, John Austin

98. Grant 6300, Anson NC, ent. 9 Apr 1816, iss. 19 Dec 1817. Issued to EDWARD VANN, being 75 acres on the waters of Richardson Creek beginning at a post oak in Benjamin Thomas’ line with a red oak and black jack pointers and runs north 30 west 12 ch to a post oak William Morris’ corner, and runs with his line north 49 west 25 ch to a red oak with a pine and black jack pointers, then south 48 west 11 ch to a hickory with a black jack and post oak, then south 35 east 15.50 ch to a hickory with a post oak and hickory pointers, then south 25 east 20 ch to Solomon Stegall’s corner, then with his line east 12 ch to Benjamin Thomas’ line, then with his line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Thomas Vann Junr, Richard Smith.

Deed U-212, Anson NC, Andrew Polk, Late Sheriff to William Hammond.

99. Grant 5371, Anson NC, ent. 11 Aug 1797, sur. 10 Jan 1798, iss 07 Jun 1799. Issued to SOLOMON STEGALL being 150 acres beginning at his corner hickory by a pine and black jack and post oak and runs north 25 chains to a stake by a hickory and pine near Hinson’s line, then east 27.5 chains to a stake by two black jacks one post oak, then north 10 chains to a stake by two pines and tree post oaks, then east 22 chains to a black jack, then south 35 chains to a stake in his own line, then a direct course to the first station. Chainbearers: Henry Marshall, Absolem Stegall. 

100. Grant 5367, Anson NC, ent. 23 Jan 1797, iss. 7 Jun 1799. Issued to SOLOMON STEGALL, being 150 acres on the west side of Richardson Creek beginning at a red oak among three pines and runs west 48 ch to a hickory with two post oak pointers, then south 32 ch in or near Rebecca Harrington’s line, then east 48 ch to a stake, then north 32 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Harrington, Stephen Pool

101. Grant 6965, Anson NC, ent. 14 Jan 1834, sur. 20 Jan 1835, iss. 20 Apr 1835. Issued to EMORY SHARP, being 128 acres on Richardson Creek adjoining the lands of Daniel Smith and Ransom Baucom beginning at a hickory his own corner and runs south 44.3 chains passing his other corner to a stake by a pine and two post oaks in Daniel Smith’s line, then north 60 west 46.5 chains to a post oak Smith’s and Baucom’s corner, then north 31 east 19.1 chains, to a stake by red oak and small post oak in Bryan Austin’s line, then north 82 east 6.65 chains to his corner stake by three post oaks, then north 55 east 29 chains to a stake by three post oaks a black oak, gum, and dogwood in a hollow, then south 13.75 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Daniel Smith, Ezekiel Thomas.

102. Grant 0597, Anson NC, ent. 7 Dec 1827, (patent not recorded). Entered by WILLIE GRIFFIN but never issued, being 132 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek joining John Coburn and the lands formerly belonging to Solomon Stegall and Rebecca Harrington beginning at a stake Daniel Smith’s Coburn’s corner two red oaks and post oak pointers and runs with the said line south 60 east 52.60 ch to a stake by 3 post oaks, then north 15.70 ch to a stake in his own line two red oak pointers, then west 6.70 ch to his corner post oak, then with his other line north 45 ch to a red oak two post oak and black gum pointers, then south 55 west 50 ch to to a red oak, then south 20 east 6 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Daniel Smith, Jesse Coburn.

103. Grant 5272, Anson NC, ent. 11 Aug 1796, iss. 9 Mar 1799. Issued to REBECCA HARRINGTON, being 200 acres beginning at a pine among three pines in her own line and runs north 60 west 63.50 ch to a red oak, then north 30 east 31.75 ch to a stake two post oaks and red oak pointers, then south 60 east 63.50 ch to a stake, then south 30 west 31.75 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Solomon Stegall, Charles Hinson.

Deed N-165, Anson NC, 8 Jul 1809, reg. Jul 1809. William Lehorn of Mecklenburg to John Lanier of Anson being 200 acres lying near the big branch …a tract of land taken up by Rebecca Harington. Wit: Thomas Vann Senr, John (x) Taylor.

104. Grant 5391, Anson NC, ent. 16 Jan 1797, iss. 26 Jul 1799. Issued to JNO. COBURN, being 400 acres on his lower corner on Richardson Creek and on Medling Branch beginning on his lower corner pine and post oak and runs north 15 east 15.5 chains to a red oak in Rebekkah Harrington line, then west 8 chains, then south 60 west 36 chains to Rebekkah Harrington’s corner, then north 30 east 26.5 chains to her corner post oak, then north 46 west 15 chains to a pine, then south 70 west 20 chains to a pine, then south 79 west 40 chains to a pine, then south 11 east 43 chains to a pine by a pine by a pine on the south prong of Medlings branch, then south 23 east 11 chains to a scaly barked hickory, then down the branch with the various courses 18.5 chains to a hickory by two hickories, then north 63 east 17.5 chains to a stake, then south 85 east 35 chains to said Coburn’s line, then with it to the first station. Chainbearers:

105. Grant 4876, Anson NC, ent. 17 Mar 1787, sur. 5 May 1789, iss. 16 Nov 1790. Issued to CHARLES COOK, being 150 acres on the west side of Richardson Creek running south 47 west 80 poles to a post oak, then north 85 west 140 poles crossing Richardson Creek to a white oak, then south 44 poles up said creek to a white oak and willow oak, then south 50 east 100 poles to a stake, then north 73 east 130 poles to a stake, then north 79 west to the beginning. Chainbearers: Wm. Stewart, George Ford.

Deed D-168, Anson NC, 12 Mar 1796, rec. Apr 1796. Charles Cook Senr to John Coburn, being 100 acres of land beginning at a red oak on the north side of Richardson Creek and running south 47 east 80 poles to a post oak, then with said line to Richardson Creek, then down the said creek to the beginning. Wit: William Morton, Jordan (x) Jones.

Deed G-196, Anson NC, 10 Jun 1797, rec. Jul 1800. Charles Cook to Solomon Mullis being 50 acres, a tract of 50 acres joining Solomon Mullis on the south side of Richardson Creek beginning on the said creek at a white oak running then up said creek to Solomon Mullis’ line, then along said Mullis’ line to a stake then round the line that was run by Charles Cook containing all of the land south of the creek. Wit: Frances (x) Coburn, Lydia (x) Coburn, John (x) Cobb.

106. Grant 6214, Anson NC, ent. 14 Apr 1814, iss. 6 Dec 1815. Issued to THOMAS VANN SENR, being 65 acres adjoining his own on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at a pine by two post oaks and a red oak in James Coburn’s line and runs with said line north 45 west 37 poles to a stake by two post oaks and red oak, then north 48 east 78 poles to a stake in Lanier, then with the said line south 65 east 125 poles to his old line, then with said line, south 5.50 poles to a white oak on said creek, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Dempsey Vann, Edward Vann.

107. Grant 4810, Anson NC, ent. 16 Mar 1787, iss. 16 Nov 1790. Issued to CHARLES HARRINGTON, being 70 acres beginning at a post oak corner of the land he lives on Richardson Creek on Robinson’s Branch beginning at a post oak a corner of the land he lives on and runs with his lines south 5 west 85 poles, then south 20 west 30 poles, then south 60 west 40, then 5 east 60 poles, then north 20 west 170 poles to a stake, then north 71 east 111 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Charles Harrington, John Humphrey.

108. Deed H-231, Anson NC, 5 Apr 1784, rec. Jul 1786. John Robins of Montgomery NC to Charles Harrington, being 100 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at a white oak on the creek side running thence north 68 west 80 poles to white oak, then south 5 west 85 poles to a pine, then south 20 west 30 poles white oak,, then south 60 west 40 poles to a black oak, then south 80 east 60 poles to the bank of said creek, then down the creek to beginning. Wit: James Hudson, Benjamin Thomas, Jesse Gilbert.

109. Grant 5782, Anson NC, ent. 27 Oct 1800, iss. 27 Nov 1805. Issued to EZEKIEL THOMAS, being 243 acres on the north west side of Richardson Creek beginning at a stake by 2 post oaks and two red oaks Harrington’s corner of his 70 acre survey and runs with his line north 70 east 32.20 chains to a post oak the corner of his old survey, then with it south 85 east 23 chains to a white oak the beginning of said survey on the Richardson Creek, then down the creek 10 chains to a sweet gum on the bank of the creek to Thomas’ line then north 26 east 12.50 chains to a pine, then north 61 west 1.50 chains to a post oak Thomas’ corner, then with his line north 66 west 33.20 chains to a stake by two red oaks and two pines, then with his line north 10 (24) east 13.30 to a pine, then north 60 west 5 ch to Stegall’s line, then with his line west 40 ch to his corner, then with Vann lines to the beginning. Chainbearers: Edward Vann, Jacob Austin.

Deed M-378, Anson NC, 7 Jan 1809, reg. Jan 1809. Ezekiel Thomas (planter) to Lazarus Vann, being 243 acres the same land originally issued to Ezekiel Thomas via Grant 5782. Wit: Bryan Vann, John Lanier.

Deed U-212, Anson NC, Andrew Polk, Late Sheriff to William Hammond, being 207 acres, one of two tracts making up 299 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek. Wit: Allen Carpenter.

Deed X-506, Anson NC, 25 Feb 1830. William Sharp to John Sharp, being 223 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at a stake Jonathan Thomas’ corner one dogwood and white oak pointers and runs north 65 west 30.70 ch to a small hickory and two pine pointers, then north 24 east 55.80 ch to a stake two pines and post oak pointers, then north 75 east 31 ch to a stake 3 post oak pointers, then north 35 east 24 ch to James Sharp’s corner red oak, then with his line south 58 west 30 ch to his other corner pine, then with Thomas line south 58 west 16.80 ch to his corner post oak, then with his other line south 34 west 22.50 ch to the beginning. Wit: Daniel Smith, John Cook.

Deed X-498, Anson NC, 24 Sep 1829, reg. Apr 1831. Wm. Sharp to James Sharp, being 65 acres beginning at a red oak Thomas’ corner and runs with Jonathan Thomas’ line north 58 east 50 links to a dogwood, then with Thomas’ other line north 32 west 20 h to a pine his other corner, then north 59 east 30 ch to a small red oak in the back line 2 post oaks and a pine pointer, then south 35 east 21 ch to the old corner stake post oak pointers, then south 55 west 31.70 to a stake in Thomas’ old line, then with said line north 32 west 1.40 ch to the beginning. Wit: Allen Carpenter, Jonathan (x) Thomas.

Deed U-195, Anson NC, 14 March 1821, rec. Jan 1823. John Smith to Daniel Smith, being four tracts on Richardson Creek where whereon D. Smith now lives. Of these tracts, the first tract is the same land asDeed H-231 above. Wit: J. Cuthbertson, William Smith.

109A. Grant 5820, Anson NC, ent. 22 Dec 1800, iss. 27 Nov 1804. Issued to RICHMOND CROSSELL being 100 acres on the west side of Richardson Creek beginning at a white oak on the bank of the said creek, Charles Harrington’s corner and runs down the said creek 5.80 ch to a post oak standing in the mouth of a hollow, then up the said hollow north 41 east 10 ch to two hickories and post oak, then north 35 west 20 ch to a corner Stegall’s line, then north 68 west 25 ch to a stake, then south 23 west 38 ch to a stake in Harrington’s line, then with said line north 71 east 20 ch to his corner post oak, then with his other line a direct course to the beginning. Chainbearers: Daniel Cockburn, Elijah Cockburn.

110. Grant 4324, Anson NC, ent. —, iss. 4 Oct 1783. Issued to GIDEON GREEN, being 150 acres on the south side of Rocky River on both sides of Richardson Creek beginning at a red oak on the north west side of said creek and runs up the walnut tree branch north 30 west 110 poles to a hickory, then south 58 west 219 poles crossing of said creek to a hickory on the mouth of said creek, then south 32 east 110 poles to a stake, then north 58 east 219 poles crossing the said creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Salathiel Clifton, Benj’n Thomas.

Deed H-214, Anson NC, 26 Oct 1785, rec. Jul 1786. Gideon (x) Green to Benjamin Thomas, being 150 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek. Wit: William Gurley, Charles Harrington.

111. Grant 6204, Anson NC, ent. 13 Apr 1813, iss. 29 Nov 1815. Issued to BENJAMIN THOMAS JR., being 300 acres beg. at a stake by two pines and a red oak in Benjamin Thomas Senr line and runs north 55 west 23 poles to Vann’s corner pine, then with his line north 73 west 120 poles to his corner stake by two pines, then north 25 east 224 poles to a stake by two pines and a post oak, then north 75 east 120 poles to a stake by three post oaks, then south 35 east 180 poles to a stake by three post oaks, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: Benjamin Thomas, Jonathan Thomas.

Deed W-168, Anson NC, 7 Jan 1823, reg. Jan 1828. Benjamin Thomas to William Sharp, being 280 acres, being the same metes and bounds as for land issued to Benjamin Thomas Jr. via Grant 6204. Wit: Jesse Austin, Jonathan (x) Thomas.

Deed X-506, Anson NC, 25 Feb 1830, rec. Apr 1831. William Sharp to John Sharp, being 223 acres joining Jonathan Thomas and making up the northern portion of grant 6204. Wit: Daniel Smith, John Cook.

Deed X-498, Anson NC, 24 Sep 1828, rec. Apr 1831. William Sharp to James Sharp, being 65 acres joining Thomas lands. Wit: Allen Carpenter, Jonathan (X) Thomas.

112. Grant 6697, Anson NC, 21 Nov 1815, 23 Feb 1828. Issued to EZEKIEL THOMAS, being 50 acres adjoining Richardson Creek and Benjamin Thomas’ lands beginning at a black gum on the bank of Richardson Creek in Benjamin Thomas’ old line near his corner and runs north 23 west 28 ch to Thomas’ corner black oak in the fork of the Walnut Branch, then north 60 east 28 ch to a post oak one hickory and dogwood pointers, then south 5 west 29 ch to a hickory, then south 33 east 4 ch to a hickory, then south 18 west 12.50 to a cedar tree on the bank of Richardson Creek, then up the various courses of the creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jonathan Thomas, James Sharp.

113. Grant 6766, Anson NC, ent. 14 Jan 1829, iss. 30 Nov 1829. Issued to EZEKIEL THOMAS, being 8.5 acres joining Benjamin Gurley on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at a cedar on the bank of Richardson Creek Benj. Gurley’s corner three spruce pine pointers and runs with Gurley’s line north 20 east 15 ch toa stake, then with his other line north 22 ch to Sharp’s corner stake by three post oaks, then south 5 west 19.70 ch to his own corner hickory, then south 18 west 12.50 ch to his corner cedar on the bank of the creek, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: James Sharp, Benjamin Gurley.

114. Grant 7174, Anson NC, ent. 1 Apr 1837, 23 Apr 1839. Issued to JAMES SHARP, being 20 acres on Richardson Creek adjoining his own lands and Ezekiel Thomas’ land beginning at a pine the third corner of a 55 acres survey granted to Jacob Gurley and runs with said Gurley line north 40 east 33 ch to Frederick Staton’s corner post oak pine and two post oak pointers, then with his other line south 73 west 23 ch to his corner stake two post oaks and pine pointers, then south 36 east 2.50 ch to a stake in Ezekiel Thomas’ line then with said line south 17 chains to the beginning. Chainbearers: Daniel Gurley, Jonathan Thomas.

115. Grant 5168, Anson NC, ent. 7 Jul 1795, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 55 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at a red oak with two post oak pointers and runs north 20 west 10 ch to a red oak, then south 40 west 20 ch to a pine, then south 20 west 29.50 ch to a red oak on said creek, then east 10 ch down the creek to a stake in his old line, then (north 27 east 40) to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Gurley, Ezekiel Thomas.

116. Grant 4685, Anson NC, ent.—, iss. 29 Jun 1787. Issued to THOMAS CLARK, being 100 acres on both sides of Richardson Creek beginning at a red oak on the south side said creek running south 62 east 127 poles to a pine, then north 28 east crossing the creek 127 poles to a pine, then north 62 west 127 poles to a white oak, then south 28 west crossing said creek 127 poles to the first station. Which said tract was sold at public vendue pursuant to an act of our General Assembly entitled an act directing the sale of confiscated property as the estate of Henry Eustace McCullock to hold unto the said Thomas his heirs and assigns forever dated the 29th day of June 1787. Chainbearers:

Deed C2-483, Anson NC, 24 May 1888, reg. Apr 1791. Thomas Clark to Jacob Gurley, being 100 acres, the same confiscated land via Grant 4685 issued to Thomas Clark. Test. Jesse Gilbert, Wm. Gurley.

117. Grant 5835, Anson NC, ent. 18 Jan 1798, 5 Dec 1804. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 200 acres on the spring branch beginning at an ash by a willow oak black oak and hickory and runs north 20 west 15 ch to a ash, then north 58 east 5.50 ch to Michael Austin’s corner pine, then north 48 east 8.50 ch , then north 3 east 13 ch to a pine, north 27 east 12 ch to a pine, then north 35 west 10.50 to a stake by three black oaks, then south 48 west 36 ch to a stake, then south 11 west 40 ch to a stake, then to the beginning. Chainbearers: John Robbins, Benj Austin.

Deed Y-102, Anson NC, 8 Jan 1831, reg Jan 1832. William and Susannah Seagley to Wyatt Nance, being 100 acres. Wit: Berry Austin, John Rushing. Ordered that Thomas Griffin Esq and John Broadway take the private emanation of Susanna Seagley.

118. Grant 5881, Anson NC, ent. 18 Apr 1800, iss. 11 Nov 1807. Issued to JACOB GURLEY, being 120 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at an oak standing in a branch said Gurley’s corner and runs north 20 west 15 ch to an ash, then with his other line north 58 east 5.50 to James Austin’s corner pine, then with his line south 18 east 38 ch to said Austin’s old line then along said line west 12.50 ch to his corner of his 50 acre survey, then with his line south eleven.50 to the bank of Richardson’s creek, then up the various courses of the creek opposite a stake and three pines, then north 27 east 15 ch to a post oak, then north 70 west 2 ch, then north 82 east 35.50 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: James Austin, John Gurley.

119. Grant 4404, Anson NC, ent. 20 Nov 1778, iss. 14 Oct 1783. Issued to THOMAS GILBERT being 50 acres on the north west side of Richardson Creek beginning at a post oak near Thomas Lacy’s upper line and runs west 90 poles to a stake between two pines and a black oak, then south 56 poles to a hickory standing on the bank of said creek, then down the various courses of the said creek 134 poles to a stake, then north 90 poles to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jo’m Hudson, Tho’s Gilbert.

Deed C2-193, Anson NC, 15 Oct 1785, reg. Jul 1793. Thomas and Edie Gilbert to Michael Austin, being 50 acres on the north side or Richardson Creek being a grant which was assigned to Thomas Gilbert bearing the date 14 Oct 1783. beginning at a post oak near Thomas Lacy’s upper line and runs west 90 poles to a stake between two pines and a black oak, then south 46 poles to a hickory standing on the bank of said creek, then own the various courses of the said creek 134 poles to a stake, then north 90 poles to the beginning. Wit: William Steward, Chas. Harrington.

Deed U-146 Anson NC, 20 Apr 1801, reg. Oct 1822. Michael Austin to James Austin, dec’d, being 150 acres which by metes and bounds includes grant 4404. Test. James Harrington, Rich’d Austin.

120. Grant 5138, Anson NC, ent. 10 Jul 1794, iss. 10 Jul 1797. Issued to MICHAEL AUSTIN, being 200 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at a white oak on the bank of the creek at the mouth of the Bear Branch and runs south 58 west 60 ch to a pine with two black oak pointers, then south 18 east 35 ch to a stake in his old line, then with said line north 58 east 50 ch to a stake on or near Lacy’s line, then with said line north 50 west 5 ch to a stake, then north 40 east 33 ch to a stake on the creek bank, then the various courses of the creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Jacob Gurley, John Robbins.

Deed F-112, Anson NC, 18 Feb 1799, reg. Apr 1799. Michael Austin to Jesse Lacy, being 150 acres, the western portion of Grant 5138. Wit: Stephen Lacy, Griffith Lacy.

Deed U-146, Anson NC, 20 Apr 1801, reg Oct 1822. Michael Austin to James Austin (Dec’d) planter being 150 acres on the north side of Richardson Creek. Note there is significant differences in the metes and bounds though it includes several lines from Grant 5138 originally issued to Michael Austin. Test: James Harrington, Rich’d Austin.

121. Grant 5497, Anson NC, ent. 19 Oct 1798, iss. 14 Nov 1800. Issued to JESSEY LACY, being 30 acres on the north west side of Richardson Creek, beginning at a gum on the banks of said creek the third corner of his old survey and runs with his second line reverse south 50 west 31.63 ch to his corner stake, then with his other line south 40 east 6 to a stake corner of his 50 acres survey, then with said line south 50 west 8 ch to a stake, then north 50 west 11 ch to and with Michael Austin’s line to his corner, then with his line north 40 east 39 ch to a stake on the creek bank, then up the creek to the beginning. Chainbearers: Thomas Lacy, James Hobbs??

122. Grant 7067, Anson NC, ent. 13 Sep 1837, iss. 19 Feb 1838. Issued to BRYANT A. AUSTIN, being 44 acres joining Jas. Austin and Wyatt Nance’s land on Richardson Creek beginning at a stale one post oak and dogwood and gum pointers Nance’s corner and runs with his line north 58 east 20.50 ch to his other corner stake two post oaks and dogwood pointers, then with his other line south 50 50 east 6.80 ch to a stake one read oak pine and white oak pointers, then with his other line south 50 west 13.20 to his corner stake one red oak and three dogwood pointers, then south 40 east 18 ch crossing Richardson Creek to a sweet gum, then up the various courses of the said creek the south side thereof at high water mark 52 ch to a stake, then north 27 ch crossing said creek and with James Austin’s line to his corner post oak, then with his other line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Frederick Staton, Blankston Mullis.

123. Grant 4734, Anson NC, ent. 20 Oct 1783, iss. 7 Aug 1787. Issued to THOMAS LACY, being 50 acres on the east side of Richardson Creek beginning at a white oak by a white oak then beginning of his 100 acre survey to the said creek and runs north 40 west 100 poles crossing with his old line to a stake, then south 50 west 80 poles up the creek to a stake, then south 40 east 100 poles crossing the creek to a stake, then north 50 east 80 poles down to the first station. Chainbearers: Thomas Lacy, Thomas Lacy Junr.

124. Grant 6442, Anson NC, ent. 13 Apr 1819, iss. 25 Nov 1822. Issued to MARINER CURLEE being 100 acres adjoining Joakum Hudson land on Richardson Creek beginning at a post oak and three pine pointers Hudson’s corner and runs 5 west 31.75 ch to a stake three post oaks and dogwood and hickory pointers, then south 84 east 28.25 ch to a stake in Hudson’s line two post oaks and red oak pointers, then with said line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Charles Hinson, William Curlee.

125. Grant 6637, Anson NC, ent. 10 Dec 1825, iss. 14 Dec 1826. Issued to SPEAR MOORE, being 20 acres joining the lands of Asa Baucombs (Baucom) and his own lands on Richardson Creek. Beginning at a stake Joshua Hudson’s corner two red oak pointers and runs with his line south 71 west 22 chains to a red oak, then north 1 east 27.5 chains to a hic, then south 85 east 34 chains passing his corner, then with Hudson’s line to the beginning. Chainbearers: Readick Moore, Asa Baucom.

126. Grant 6847, Anson NC, ent. 27 Nov 1830, iss. 12 Dec 1831. Issued to JOHN WHITE being 50 acres joining Joakum Hudson’s old lines and his own land on the north side of Richardson Creek beginning at his corner post oak one gum and black jack pointers and runs with his line south 18 east 16.50 ch to his corner pine three pine pointers, then north 38 east 14.30 ch to his other corner post oak, then south 70 east 28 ch to a red oak in Curlee’s line, then with said line north seventy west 26 ch to a stake two pines and dogwood pointers, then south 72 west 33 ch to the beginning. Chainbearers: Joseph Spear, Joseph Cagle.
George Thomas
6101 Ballou Court
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

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Copyright © 2009 by George G. Thomas

SOUTH OF ROCKY RIVER AND WEST OF HWY 601

Key Map and Legal Descriptions of Grants and Conveyences
in Mecklenburg / Cabarrus Counties

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Located south of Rocky River, west of Hwy 601, and north of Hwy 24/27

1. Grant 3122, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 9 Aug 1779, sur. 8 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to WILLIAM WADDINGTON, being 50 acres of land on the south side of Rocky River. The metes and bounds are: from a Beach (at the bank of said river) south 47 east 30 to two b. o. (Robert Davis’s beginning corner of a new survey), (with his line) north 80 east 59 to large pine (Davis’s other corner), (with his other line) south 50 east 60 to b. j. (on said line, (with his and James Love’s conditional line) north 26 east 40 to w. o. sapling, north 12 west 36 to b. o. sapling, north 53 west 9 to r. o. sapling (his own old corner on the bank of a small branch ) with or near his own line) north 77 west 111 to stake, then to begin. CC: William McAnulty, Charles McKindley.

2. Grant 3598, Mecklenburg NC, ent. Jan 17 1785, sur. 3 Apr 1786, iss. 7 Aug 1787. Issued to ARCHIBALD MCCURDY, being 7 acres on the south side of Rocky River. As written in the survey warrant, this small tract “joined the land he bought of James Love joining Samuel Waddington’s land including vacant land between the plantations.” The metes and bounds are: from a big w. o. (by the turn hole and his own old corner), (up the river) north 88 west 20 to p. o. (Samuel Waddington’s corner), (up the said line) south 44 west 30 to b. j., south 38 east 36 to pine (by his own old line), then (along his line) to begin. CC: Adam Watson, William Bolch.

3. Grant 3167, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 25 Feb 1779, sur. 17 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to JAMES LOVE, being 180 acres on the “west side of Rocky River”. A “swirl hole” is located near western boundary of this land where it intersects Rocky River. The eastern end is near a ford that crosses the river. The metes and bounds are: from a large w. o. (near William McAnulty’s land) north 23 west 59 to a w. o. sapling (near Waddington’s line), north 7 east 124 small pines (on river bank at swirl hole), (Down river as it meanders to a w. o. near a the Ford), south 31 east 100 to S.

Deed 12-561, Mecklenburg NC, 22 Mar 1785, prv’d Dec. 1785. James Love & wife Elizabeth to Archibald McCurdy, blacksmith, being 180 acres on Rocky River located between the swirl hole and the ford. Wit: William McAnulty, John White, Archibald White.

Deed 14-88, Mecklenburg NC, 24 Oct 1788, prv’d Jul 1792. John Love and wife Elizabeth to John White. Two adjoining tracts totaling 330 acres were conveyed. The written metes and bounds identify this as being the same land as grant #3640. The other piece of land is a 30-acre portion of grant lying north of Rocky River (see section A in grant # 3224 below). Wit: James Ross, Archibald White.

4. Grant # 3741, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 28 Nov 1785, sur. 4 Feb 1786, iss. 26 Nov 1789. Issued to ARCHIBALD MCCURDY, the warrant to survey describes the land as: “on the s. and east side of the plantation he bought of James Love on the open line joining Charles McCommon, Charles McKinley, and William Mcanulty. The metes and bounds are: from a s. o. (his own old corner) north 31 west 100 to small w. o. (on the bank of the river), east (down the river) 88 poles to two hic. and p. o. (on the bank of river), south 41 east 30 to p. o., south 7 east 54 to p. o. (Charles McCommon’s corner), (with his line) south 30 east 52 to pine ( by said McCommon’s corner), south 42 east 72 to b. j. (by the Big Road), south 30 west 34 to b. o. (on the road), (along William McAnulty line) north 70 west 140 to a black (near his own old line), then to begin. CC: Luke Vickery, Joseph McCommons.

5. Grant # 475, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 16 Jul 1811, sur. 1 Oct 1814, iss. 29 Nov 1815. Issued to JOHN S. MCCURDY, being 30 acres “on the south bank of Rocky River joining David Bradshaw, Isble Davis, William McNulty Dec., Joseph McCommons, and his own lands.” This tract fills gaps between grant number 3741, 3167, 3122, and 3613. The metes and bounds are from a hic. (on the river bank). South 18 west 109 to pine, south 17 east 58 to b. j. (on said Davies line), south 52 east 19 to h. (his own corner), south 61 east 22 to p. o. (said McAnulty’s corner), north 48 east 11 to h., south 74 east 215 to b. o., south 28 west 12 to two b. j. (on side of the wagon road), north 57 east 76 to w. o., south 67 west 40 to b. j., north 30 to h., south 85 east 34 to b. o., north 11 west 45 to b. j. (on sd. McCommon’s line), south 52 west 60 to b. j. (his corner), north 61 west 32 to (another corner), north 57 to s. p. (his other corner), north 70 west 32 to stake (on bank of river), 9up said river) north 61 west 42 to stake, south 41 east 30 to p. o., south 13 east 120 to stake, south 52 east 68 to b. j. (by the wagon road), south 30 west 34 to b. o., north 70 west 140 to b. j., north 44 east 107 to stake, south 65 west 173 to stake, north 23 west 59 to w. o., north 7 east 125 to two pines (on bank of river at Archibald MCCurdy’s old corner), up said river to begin. CC: William S. McC___, Jeremiah Right.

6. Grant # 48, Cabarrus NC, ent. 16 Oct 1793, sur. 25 Nov 1794, iss. 28 Aug 1795. Issued to CHARLES MCCAMMOND, being 36 acres on the south side of Rocky River. The metes and bounds are: from b. o. (his own corner (in Thomas Watson’s line on the Indian Path, running thence with said Watson’s line) south 41 west 64 to stake, south 23 west 21 to hic. sapling, south 81 west 45 to pine (in his own line), (with said line) north 50 east 80 to b. o. (the same course 20 poles) to stake (his old corner), (with his other line) north 39 west 100 to stake (on bank of said river opposite to a pine on the north bank White’s corner, (down the meanders of the river) to a w. o (on bank of river near the ford his own corner of the old survey), (with his own line) south 16 west 100 to hic. grub (his other corner, then (with his other line) to begin. CC: Charles Dorton, Charles McCommond.

7. Grant # 3119, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 1 Jun 1779, sur. 10 Mar 1780, iss: 22 Oct 1782. Issued to CHARLES MCCAMMOND, being 195 acres on the south side of Rocky River “opposite the mouth of Coldwater Creek.” The metes and bounds are: from a b. o. on Thomas Watson’s line near the Indian Path, running with the line) north 41 east 14 to hic. grub (said Watson’s corner), (with his other line) north 88 east 42 to two pines (Watson’s other corner), with another line of his) south 88 east 61 to a w. o. sapling (another corner of said Watson), (with another line of his) north 69 east 64 to b. o. (another corner of said Watson), north 10 west 64 to w. o. sapling (on bank of river), up said river to r. o. on bank, west 57 to b. o. sapling, north 24 west 48 to ash (on bank of river), up the river to w. o. and ash (on bank of river), south 16 west 100 to hic. grub, then to begin. CC: Charles Dorton, John Love. [Note the cut-out section of this tract where the lines exclude a cut-out section along the river. When plotted on the index map, points where corners of various tracts abut the Indian trail can be connected showing that the route of the path crossed within the cut-out section. Why? Though granted much later in 1824 as Cabarrus Grant # 584, we have to ask if it was previous owned. Or was there an Indian camp or burial ground located in this section. For some reason, this section was respected and not granted as part of Grant # 3119.]

8. Grant # , Mecklenburg NC, ent. _____, sur. 18 Aug 1780, iss. ____. Issued to THOMAS WATSON, being 135 acres on the waters of Horse Branch. he metes and bounds are from two pines (his own and Charles McCammon’s corner, running then with McCammon’s line) south 88 west 42 to hic. grub (his other corner near the old Indian path), (with his other line) south 41 west 103 to b. o. (near said path near John Love) south 34 to b. o. sapling, south 54 east 100 to stake (near Charles McKindley), north 83 east 47 to large hic., south 60 east 86 (crossing two branches of the horse branch to a corner of the place he lives on) to a stake, (with his own line) north 108 to stake (his other corner, (with his other line) west 92 to stake (another corner of his), (with his own line) north 103 to begin. CC: John Love, Charles Dorton.

9. Grant # 3192, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 8 Jan 1780, sur. 18 Mar 1780, iss. 9 Oct 1783. Issued to THOMAS WATSON, being 150 acres “on both sides of Horse Branch including where he now lives.” The metes and bounds are: from an ash (near mouth of said branch) north 53 west 58 to b. o., (with Charles McCammon’s entry) south 69 west 64 to small w. o., (with McCammon’s entry) north 80 west 61to two pines, south 103 to stake, east 92 to stake, south 108 to stake, (with his and Mary McCracken’s conditional line, south 60 east 78 to pine, (with his and Charles Dorton’s conditional line) north 3 west 178 to small b. o., then to begin. CC: Charles Dorton, John Love.

10. Grant # _________________, Issued to ROBERT DAVIS, being 95 acres situated on Reedy Creek. The warrant to survey is for 95 acres “between his own field that’s on the Plum Branch and apiece of land that is disputed between Hugh Campbell and Joseph Bigger including the timber ridge.” The metes and bounds are: from a b. o. (his own old corner, running with his line) east 94 to p. o. & pine, (with Samuel Waddington’s entry) south 63 west 146 to b. o., south 35 east 26 to b. j., south 63 west 40 small b. o., south 35 east 34 to b. o., south 36 west 32 to b. j. (Hugh Campbell deceased corner, (with his line) south 48 west 38 to two small b. o. and hic. (on a road), (with said road) north 20 west 46 to p. o., north 35 west 20 to b. j., north 4 west 50 to b. j., north 16 east 40 to p. o., north 11 east 54 to pine (on or near his own old line), (with said line) south 53 east 52 to small b. o. and hic. (by the old corner), (with the old line) north 16 east 200 to stake, then to begin. CC: Andrew Cimens Davis, Alexander Davis.

11. Grant # 3135, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 25 Feb 1779, sur. 8 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to ROBERT DAVIS, being 100 acres on the waters of Rocky River. The metes and bounds are: from two b. o. (on or near his own old line running, thence with William Waddington’s Entry) north eighty east 59 to large pine, (with said Waddington’s entry) south 50 east 79 to hic. (at the head of a draft), south 116 to w. o. sapling & pine, west 94 to stake, then to begin. CC: Charles McKindley, William McAnulty.

12. Grant # 3052, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 2 Aug 1779, sur. 3 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to William McAnulty, being 156 acres on the waters of Reedy Creek. The metes and bounds are: from two b. j. (on the Indian path, running thence with Charles McKindley’s entry) south 30 west 132 to b. o., (with said McKindley’s entry) south 22 west 33 to b. o. (David McKindley’s corner), (with this line) north 58 west 66 to b. j. (near said McKindley’s other corner), north 45 west 127 to w. o. sapling, north 16 east 101 to hic. (near Robert Davis & James Love’s entries), south 61 east 106 to stake, then to begin. CC: Charles McKindley.

13. Grant # 3613, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 4 May 1779, sur. 3 Mar 1780, iss. 7 Aug 1787. Issued to CHARLES MCKINDLEY being 200 acres on the head of Horse Branch. The metes and bounds are: from a w. o. (on the east side of the flint hill) north 177 (crossing Horse Branch) at 139 to small b. j., north 28 east 190 to w. o. saplings (In a small grassy hollow) south 54 west 81 to two small b. j. (on the side of the Indian path, William McAnulty’s corner), (with McAnulty’s line) south 30 west 132 to b. o. (said McAnulty’s other corner), (with his other line) south 22 west 33 to b. o. (David McKindley’s corner), then to begin. CC: Samuel White, William MCAnulty.

14. Grant # 139 Cabarrus NC, ent. 24 Mar 1780, sur. 17 Feb 1795, iss. 5 Dec 1798. Issued to AARON WALLACE, being 52 acres on the Horse Branch of Rocky River. From a small w. o. (Charles McCinley’s corner, running with his line, south 68 west 40 to b. j., north 38 to hic., south 85 east 32 to small b. o. (Thomas Watson’s corner, running with his line) south 54 east 100 to b. j. (his corner), north 83 east 38 to small pine (on Mary Armstrong’s line), (with her line) south 28 west 136 (crossing said branch) to small b. o. (her corner), north 80 west 3 to small b. o. (on said McCinly’s line), (crossing said branch) (along his line) to begin. CC: James Watson, David Watson.

15. Grant 3670, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 1 Jan 1787, sur. 15 May 1787, iss. 26 Nov 1789. Issued to CHARLES MCKINDLEY being 21 acres situated on Horse Branch. The metes and bounds are: from a small b. o. (on his own old line and John and George McCracken corner, and runs with their line) south 76 east 54 to pine (said McCracken’s corner), (with his line) south 60 to b. j. (McCracken’s corner), (with their line) west 54 to a small b. j. (on his own old line), then to begin. CC: Aaron Walker, Charles McKindley.

16. Grant # 3219, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 6 Mar 1779, sur. 23 Mar 1780, iss. 9 Oct 1783. Issued to JOHN & GEORGE MCKRACKEN, being 247 acres on both sides of Horse Branch, a Branch of Rocky River. The metes and bounds are: from a hic. (on Thomas Watson’s line, and running with said line) north 60 west 151 (crossing the branch) to large hic. (Watson’s corner), south 26 west 141 (crossing the branch) to b. o. sapling (on or near Charles McKindley’s line), south 73 east 60 to stake, south 81 to long b. j., west 58 to b. j., south 43 to b. j. (near Archibald White), east 214 to b. o. & w. o. (near Thomas Winchester), then to begin. CC: Samuel White, Joseph McCammon.

Deed 7-221, Cabarrus NC, 11 Jan 1810, Christian Fogleman and Polly his wife to Samuel Waddington. The deed is for the lands south of the red dashed line and further includes grant 3725 below. Being 140 ½ acres on the “Waters of Horse Branch of Rocky River on the east side of said branch being part of a tract of land granted to said Fogleman by state grant & c.” Deeper in the body of the deed is a statement that the land was “granted to the aforesaid Samuel Waddington by Letters patent bearing the date 9 Oct 1783.” Wit. Robt C. White, Melcher Fogleman.

17. Grant # 3725, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 13 Mar 1786, sur. —, iss. 26 Nov 1789. The warrant of land for JOHN MCCRACKEN described the land as “joining Thomas Watson, James Bledsoe, and the plantation that belongs to the orphans of Samuel McCracken, deceased.” The survey is John and George McCracken, being 50 acres on the waters of Horse Branch. The metes and bounds are: from a hic. (their own old station corner), south 56 east 40 to pine, north 65 east 60 to hic., south 13 east 50 to pine, (near Thomas Winchester’s line) south 40 west 128 to stake (on their own old open line about twenty pole from a small pine marked for a corner), then to begin. CC: William Speers, John McCracken. [The shape of this tract, seen as an extension of grant #3219 above, offers a visual key that will later be used in understanding a complicated duplication of entries surrounding the same area. As shown in the break-out that follows, three tracts entered by different people overlap in ways hard to describe in words.]

Deed 7-221, Cabarrus NC, 11 Jan 1810, Christian Fogleman and Polly his wife to Samuel Waddington. The deed is for this entire tract along with a divided portion of grant # 3219 above. Being 140 ½ acres on the “Waters of Horse Branch of Rocky River on the east side of said branch being part of a tract of land granted to said Fogleman by state grant & c.” Deeper in the body of the deed is a statement that the land was “granted to the aforesaid Samuel Waddington by Letters patent bearing the date 9 Oct 1783.” Wit. Robt C. White, Melcher Fogleman.

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For 18 – 24.
The history of land along present day Hwy. 601
(south of and bounded against Rocky River) is complex :

Concerning the dark gray and textured tract lying against the river. Joining Thomas Watson lands to the west, this tract of 150 acres is easily found by locating a western corner lying “near the mouth of Horse Branch.” Using that point as a reference in drawing the plat, the resulting shape spreads to the east lying under later grants.
Concerning the sprawling gray tinted tract outlined in black. Issued to Charles Dorton. Though entered 15 years later than the tract above, this piece of 150 acres was issued and filed in the same shuck using the same file number s that above. Metes and bounds identify the western line of the northern portion of this tract as joining his old open line. Note how this tract overlaps the earlier entry known as grant # 51. And notice the notch cut out in the southwest side. Wrapping around lands of Mary, and later John McCracken, this shape clearly mates with grant # 3725. Nearly ten years after this tract was issued, you can see the same shape cut out of a tract issued to Jonathan Osborn. And though seemingly a bit wider, both tracts follow three nearly identical lines adjoining Jacob Smith to the east.

Concerning the light red tinted tract lying under the gray tract discussed above. Issued to Jonathan Osborn in 1804, this tract clearly encompasses a major portion of the same lands issued to Charles Dorton. In ________, Jonathan Osborn and Charles Dorton jointly sold the southern portion of this land to Christian Fogleman.

Concerning the darker red shaded area located on the south bank of Rocky River. Issued in 1814 to Silas Shinn and Samuel Morris, this tract overlaps Charles Dorton’s earlier grant (dark gray textured) and lies under his later grant (gray tinted). There is no later deed for this land in the name of Shinn or Morris

18. Grant # 51, Cabarrus NC, ent. 10 Apr 1779, sur. 20 Mar 1780. iss. 28 Aug 1795. Entered in Mecklenburg County, this tract was issued much later after the formation of Cabarrus County. Held and filed in the same shuck (envelope) is another tract that was entered later but issued at the same time as this tract. They are both known as grant file # 51. Issued to Charles Dorton, and being 150 acres on the south side of Rocky River, this land runs the river with the exclusion of a narrow strip along a north eastern portion of the tract. Entered in Mecklenburg County as No. 569, the warrant to survey is for 150 acres “on Rocky River joining Thomas Watson, Mary McCrackin, Thomas Winchester, and Frederick Kizer.” The metes and bounds are: from a W. O. sapling (on back of river and then up the various courses of the river) to Pine and Hic., south 10 west 132 to large Pine, north 65 west 15 to B. O (on the river bank), (up the river) to Maple ( on the bank of the mouth of a gut), south 40 west 14 to small B. O., south 15 east 48 B. O. (Thomas Watson’s corner), (with Watson’s line) south 53 east 56 to ash (his other corner), (with his other line) south 34 to stake, south 45 west 17 to B. O. (Watson’s corner), (with his line) south 6 east 102 to Hic., north 56 east 112 to small B. O, (same course) 68 to Stake, then to begin. CC: William Winchester, Isaac Breedon.

Deed 11-232, Mecklenburg NC, 23 Jul 1829, prv’d Jul 1829. Charles Dorton, Sr. to David Storke, James McRee, Dan’e Coleman, Daniel F. Caldwell, A. F. Caldwell, Wm. J. Alexander on behalf of D. Storke & Company. Being a small 72 square poles located below Bigger’s ford on the southwest bank of Rocky River. Though not provable, this is likely a part of # 51 issued to Charles Dorton. It appears the men wanted to build a mill dam as hinted at in the following: containing 72 poles . . .with all privileges ____________ driving the water on the bank of the river unto my corner below the old canoe landing provided the same do not over flow my bottom land. Jurat: Wm. H. Archibald. Wit: Tobias Klutts.

19. Grant #746, Cabarrus County NC, ent. 26 Feb 1853, sur. 22 Nov 1853, iss. 6 Apr 1854. Issued to MARTN BOGER, being 8 ¾ acres lying on the south side of Rocky River “at the mouth of Horse Branch.” This tract matches perfectly the cut-out area in grant # 51 issued to Charles Dorton. The metes and bounds are: from a Pine (Boger’s own corner) north 11 east 122 to Stake (Darcus Dorton’s corner on bank of river), (up the meanders of the river) to Stake (on bank of river, Boger’s own corner), then south 65 east 16 to begin. CC: Martin Boger, Dan’l P. Boger.

20. Grant # 425, Cabarrus NC, ent. 3 Mar 1809, sur. 21 Jun 1809, iss. 18 Dec 1810. Issued to SILAS SHINN and SAMUEL MORRIS, being a “plantation pr tract” of 245 acres on both sides of Rocky River. This is a unique plat in that surrounding land owners are drawn in and not just written in description. The metes and bounds are: from a stake by r. o (Biggers corner) south 20 east (crossing the river) to ash, (same course with Boger’s line) 140 to b. o. stump (Boger’s corner), (his other line) south 56 east 80 to pine (his other corner), (his line again) due south 40 to b. o., west 47 w. o. & b. j., south 25 west 32 to Stake (Charles Dorton’s corner), (with his line) north 35 west 90 to stake (his other corner), (with other line) south 15 west 130 to b. o. (his other corner), (with Jacob Smith’s entry) north 50 west 80 to b. o. (Dorton’s corner), (with his line) north 34 west 140 to hic. & w. o. on bank by the bank of river, cross river to a gum, then to begin (with Bigger’s lines). C.C.: ___________________, ______________.

21. Grant # 670, Cabarrus NC, ent. 18 Apr 1837, sur. 2 Nov 1837, iss. 26 Apr 1838. Issued to ALEXANDER DORTON, being 75 ¼ acres on the waters of Rocky River. From a dead pine (William Watson’s corner, running with his line) north 6 west 75 to hic. (David Dorton’s corner), (with his line) north 58 east 117 to b. o. (Archibald H. Howell’s corner), (with his line) south 50 east 64 to b. o. (said Howell’s corner), (with Polly Dorton’s line) south 25 west 74 to b. j. (her corner), south 74 west 108 to begin. CC: Mare Dorton, Charles Dorton.

Grant # 51, Cabarrus NC, ent. 20 Oct 1794, sur. —, iss: 28 Aug 1795. Note that this grant is not shown on the key map as it crosses over so many other tracts. Issued to CHARLES DORTON, papers for this tract of 150 acres are held and filed in the same shuck or envelop as the previous grant identified as grant # 51. The warrant to survey is for land on Rocky River “joining the following lands viz: in between Thomas Watson’s and Daniel Boger’s lines and his own lines, also to John McCrackin’s and Barnhart Houseman’s lines, also to Isaac Breden’s lines joining the lines of the aforesaid persons lands wherever vacant.” The survey is for land on the south side of Rocky River and the waters of Horse Branch. Beginning at the western most corner and running south and east, the metes and bounds are: from a pine (Thomas Watson’s corner) south 50 east 18 to w. o., south 60 east 25 to pine (John McCrackin’s corner), (with McCrackin’s line) north 65 east 85 to hic. (his other corner), (with his other line) south 14 east 52 to pine (his other corner), (with another of his line’s) south 40 west 198 to b. o. (in Thomas Winchester’s line), (with said line) east 62 to p. o. (in said line), north 24 east 152 to pine, north 47 east 12 to small b. o., north 30 east 52 to pine (on side of hill), south 79 east 41 to b. j., north 48 east 14 to pine knot (in side of road & Barnhart Houseman’s corner), (with a line of his) north 56 east 8 to pine (said Houseman’s corner), (with another line of his) south 64 east 54 to b. j. (in Houseman’s line), north 30 west 22 to pis.(in Isaac Breeden’s line), north 58 west 22 to small pine, south 86 west 64 w. o.(said Breeden’s corner), south 88 west 40 to w. o. (his own old corner), west 26 to stake (his other corner), with his open line (north 10 east 220 (running past the beginning corner) to stake, west 98 to stake, south 50 to stake (in the open line of his other survey), (with open line) south 18 east 160 to stake (a corner of said survey), south 78 west 90 to stake, then to begin. CC: Jacob Smith, Andrew Dorton. From the metes and bounds of this tract, it can be determined that the open line in the other tract in File 51 runs north 18 degrees west.

22. Grant # 327, Cabarrus NC, 17 Jan 1804, sur. —, iss. 22 Nov 1805. Issued to JONATHAN OSBORNE, being 100 acres. The metes and bounds are: from a pine (Jno. Bradshaw’s corner) south 49 east 52 to pine, (with three of said Bradshaw’s corners) north 63 east 83 to sas. South 15 east 52 to pine, south 42 west 138 to pine, west 68 to pine, south 5 west 52 to p. o., east 84 to pine, north 80 east 64 to b. j. (Green’s corner), north 12 east 40 to b. j., north 60 east 24 to hic., north 44 west 42 to b. j., north 24 east 60 to hic., north 47 east 12 to w. o., west 40 to hic., north 20 to stake, then to begin. CC: Joseph Howell, Hamilton Russell.

Deed 8-196, Cabarrus NC, 4 Apr 1806, prv’d Jan 1813. Jonathan Osborn and Charles (x) Dorton jointly sold to Christian Fogleman a 40 acres parcel divided from this tract. Situated in the southwest corner (below the red dashed line) in the tract above, the fact that both Dorton and Osborn are jointly selling the land provides a hint that the neighbors recognized and took care of the land boundary problem. Jurat: Sarah (S) Bradshaw, Melcher Fogleman.

Deed 7 220, Cabarrus NC, 11 Jan 1810, prv’d Apr 1810. Christian and wife Polly (O) Fogleman sold 40 acres to Samuel Weddington. This was the land “divided from the tract of land of Christian Fogleman formerly belonged to Jonathan Osborn & Chs. Dorton“. Wit: Rob’t C. White, Melcher Fogleman.

23. Grant # _____, Cabarrus NC, ent ___________________________. Issued to JACOB SMITH, being 50 acres on the south side of Rocky River on Lick Branch. From 2 ashes (on the Lick Branch) west 85 to stake, north 44 west 42 to stake, north 24 east 65 to pine, north 44 east 12 to b. j., north 30 east 52 to pine, south 79 east 49 to b. j. (in his own old line), south 44 west 65 to stake, then south 32 east 104 to begin. CC: John McKracking, Charles Dorton.

24. Grant # 05, Cabarrus NC, ent. 12 apr 1787, sur. 18 Feb 1793, iss. —. Issued to SAMUEL WADDINGTON, being 100 acres on the waters of Reedy Creek, a branch of Rocky River. The warrant to survey is for land “bounded by Robert Davis on the north, Will McAnulty on the east, David McKindley on the south, Robert Campbell on the so. West, and Joseph Spears. The metes and bounds are from a b. j. north 45 east 40 to p. o., east 26 to b. j., (along John McKinly’s line) north 55 east 82 to b. j., (with said McCinly’s line) north 36 east 60 to d. w., (near William McAnulty’s line) north 36 west 74 to pine (Robert Davis corner), (with his line) south 63 west 146 to p. o. (his corner), (with his line) south 35 east 26 to b. j. (said Davis’ corner), (with Davis line) south 63 west 32 to small b. o., south 35 east 86 to begin. CC: William McAnulty, David McCinly

25. Grant # 23, Cabarrus NC, ent. 12 Jun 1787, sur. 20 Feb 1793, iss. 9 Jul 1794. Issued to JOHN MCKINDLEY, being 32 acres on he waters of Reddy and Anderson Creeks. The metes and bounds are: from a pine (David McCinly’s corner, running with his line) south 47 west 108 to r. o. , (with said line) south 58 west 83 to stake (near said McCinly’s old corner, (by his line) south 46 east 84, to stake by his old corner), (with said line) east 100 to hic., south 24 west 48 to b. j. (Joseph Bigger’s corner), (with said line) north 75 west 38 to b. j., west 44 to b. j., north 34 to s. o. (Bigger’s corner), with said line) north 46 west 84 to hic. (his corner), north 50 west 20 to b. j. (Samuel Waddington’s corner) (with his line) north 45 east 40 to p. o., east 26 to b. j., (with Waddington’s line) north 55 east 82 to b. j., north 36 east 60 to d. w. (Waddington’s corner), then to begin. CC: Samuel Waddonton, William McCinulty

26. Grant # 3174, Mecklenburg NC, ent. _______, sur. 10 Apr 1780, iss. _______. Issued to DAVID MCKINDLEY being 228 acres on the head waters of Anderson Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a b. o. north 58 west 60 ( with William McAnulty’s entry) to small w. o., south 65 west 55 to pine, south 47 west 108 to r. o. (on the Indian path, south 58 west 83 to hic. , south 46 east 84 (with Hugh Campbell & Joseph Bigger’s entry) to s. o., east 126 to long b. o. , north 62 east 109 to w. o., north 18 east 60 to small b. o. (by a pond), with Charles McKindley’s entry) to begin. CC: Samuel White, Charles McKindley.

27. Grant # 3137, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 20 Feb 1779, sur. 6 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. This tract was entered in 1779 by Hugh Campbell. Indicating Hugh died ca. 1780, the survey was made that year for 109 acres to be issued to “Robert Campbell, son of Hugh Campbell Late Dec’d.” Being situated on Reedy Creek, the metes and bounds are: from a w. o. (John Cromwell’s beginning corner near the Poplar Spring Branch, running with Cromwell’s line) south 40 east 88 to stake (in said line), (with his and Joseph Bigger’s conditional line) north 30 east 76 to w. o. sapling, (with said conditional line) north 53 ½ east 23 to b. o., (with conditional line) north 35 east 73 to b. j. sapling (on David McKindley’s line), with said line, north 46 west 28 to hic. (said McKindley’s corner), north 64 west 82 to b. j., south 49 west 65 to b. o., then to begin. CC: Alexander Lewis, John Campbell.

28. Grant # 3051, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 2 Apr. 1779, sur. 6 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to JOSEPH BIGGER, being 190 acres situated on the waters of Anderson Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a stake (John Cromwell’s corner on Francis Newell’s line, running then with Cromwell’s line) running north19 west 80 poles to w. o. (his other corner), (with his other line) north forty west 28 to stake (on said line Hugh Campbell’s corner), (with Campbell’s line) north 30 east 76 to small w. o. (his other corner), (with his other line) north 53 ½ east 23 to b. o. (another corner of his), (with another line of his) north 35 east 73 to small b. j. (on David McKinley’s line), (with said line) south 46 east 56 to r. o. (his corner), south 48 to r. o. sapling, east 82 to stake (on his own line), (with said line) south 12 west 96 to large white (his own corner of the place he lives on), (with his other line) east 88 to stake (on said line), south 49 west 114 to stake (on Francis Newell’s line), (with said line) north 15 west 102 to stake, then to begin. CC: William Newell, Alexander Lewis.

29. Grant # 3053, Mecklenburg NC, ent. Sep 1779, sur. 3 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to JOSEPH BIGGER, being 200 acres situated on Anderson’s Creek and includes “the improvement where he lives.” The metes and bounds are: from large w. o. ( a corner of Francis Newell, running then near Newell’s line) east 163 to small b. j. sapling (on Thomas Stuart’s line), (with Stuart’s line) north 29 east 68 to w. o. (Stuart’s corner near the bank of the creek), (with his other line) north 42 east 86 (passing Stuart’s corner hickory 36 poles) to small hickory, (with Samuel White’s entry) north 57 west 73 to b.j., (with White’s entry west 25 to w. o. sapling, (again with White’s entry) north 65 west 47 (crossing a small branch) to hic. Grub, south 85 west 88 to hic., then to begin. CC: ______________, ______________

30. Grant # 3156, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 16 Aug 1779, sur. 4 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to ARCHIBALD WHTE SENIOR, being 128 acres on the waters of Anderson Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a b. j. (on the south side of the flint hill) south 20 east 120 to small b. j. (said Archibald White’s & Stuart corner of the plantation he lives on), west 112 to small hic. (Joseph Bigger corner), (with Bigger’s line) north 57 west 73 to b. j. grub (his other corner), (with his other line) west 25 (crossing a small branch) to two small w. o. (another corner of his), (with another line) north 65 west 47 to hic. Grub (another corner of said Biggers), north 18 to pine, north sixty east ninety (near David McKindley) to b. j., then to begin. CC: Samuel White, Archibald White Junior.

31. Grant 3123 Mecklenburg NC, ent. 25 Feb 1779, sur. 28 Feb 1782, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to FRANCIS NEWLL, being 308 acres on both sides of Anderson’s Creek near the Golden Spring. The metes and bounds are: from a w. o. (Thomas McFadon’s corner near the Golden Spring, then with McFaddon’s line) north 82west 55 to r. o. (McFaddon’s corner), (with his other line) south 85 west 78 to w. o. (his corner), (another of his lines) north 50 west 64 (crossing a branch ) to hic. (McFaddon’s corner), with another of his lines) south 64 west 20 to w. o. (on McFaddon’s line), (with Robert MCeachen’s entry) north 34 west 70 to b. j. sapling, (with McEachen’s entry) north 12 west 98 to b. o. grub, (with John Cromwell’s entry) north 58 east 97 to hic., (with Joseph Bigger’s entry) north 87 east 142 to w. o. and b. o. saplings, (with William Newell’s entry) south 15 east 76 to w. o. sapling, (with William Newell’s entry) south 17 east 56 to w. o. sapling, (with William Newell’s entry) south 8 east 84 (crossing the creek at 53 poles) to r. o. , then to begin. CC: Robert MCeachen, William Newell.

Deed 19-285, Cabarrus NC, 7 Nov 1816. Alexander McLarty sold the lands west of the red dashed line to William Kirkpatrick. The deed indicates Archibald McLarty owned the land south of this tract at the time of conveyance in 1816.

32. Grant 3145, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 25 Jun 1779, sur. Feb 28 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to WILLIAM NEWELL, being 221 acres on both sides of the middle fork of Anderson’s Creek. Metes and bounds are: from a w. o. (on and then with Francis Newell’s line), south 17 east 56 to w. o. sapling (his other corner), (with his other line) south 8 east 84 (crossing the creek) to two r. o. grubs (another of his corners), (With another of Newell’s lines) south 33 west 24 (crossing the Golden Spring Branch) to w. o. (corner of his and Thomas McFaddon), (with McFaddon’s line) north 75 east 38 to b. j. (his other corner), south 81 east 144 to large hic., north 73 east 59 to w. o., (with Samuel White’s entry) north 17 west 44 (crossing the creek) to b. o., north 18 west 46 to w. o., (with Thomas Stuart’s entry) north 33 west 156 to b. o. sapling, south 44 west 56 to w. o., then to begin. CC: Robert McEachen., William Newell.

Deed 10-104, Cabarrus NC, 18 Nov 1807, prv’d____. John Coble to Ira Wallace, being 105 acres. Following the western lines of William Newell’s original grant, this deed was for land making up roughly the northwest quarter of the tract. It also included the void north of William Newell’s granted land. At the time of the deed, the tract joined Francis Newell to the west, Charles McKinley heirs to the northeast, and Joseph Bigger to the north. The parcel also crossed “Jesse Whitaker’s lane.”

Deed 14-212, Cabarrus NC, 28 Jan 1837, prv’d Jan 1840. William Newell (Trustee of Seneca Turner) to Green H. Swearinger. As marked off on the plat above, this 80-acre parcel is situated west of the red dashed line in William Newell’s tract. It appears to also be a portion of the Coble purchase. Wit: Wm. H. Archibald, Dan’l A. Penick.

33. Grant 3612, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 16 Oct 1779, sur. 1 Mar 1780, iss. 7 Aug 1787. Issued to WILLIAM STUART, being 308 acres on both sides of Anderson’s Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a small b.j (Archibald White’s corner, running with White’s line) south 60 to small b. j. (his other corner), (with his other line) south 16 east 150 to r. o. (his third corner), (with another line) south 22 east 38 to large b. o. (on John Caldwell’s old line), with John Caldwell’s old line) south 65 west 42 (crossing the creek) to hic., (with Samuel White’s land, formerly Andrew Carrothers), north 64 west 42 to w. o. sapling, south 45 west 71 to r. o. sapling, south 82 west 50 to w. o. (William Newell’s corner), (with Newell’s line) north 33 west 156 to b. o. sapling, (with Joseph Bigger land) north 29 east 113 to w. o. (near bank of creek), north 42 east 50 (crossing the creek) to long hic. (on Archibald White’s Road), then to begin. CC: Robert McEachren, William Newells.

Deed 4-33, Cabarrus NC, 4 Mar 1796, prv’d _____. William Stewart and wife Jean to Charles McKindley. Being 184 acres, this parcel is all that land south of the red dashed line as shown in William Stuart’s plat. Wit: ____________ ___________.

Deed 4-27, Cabarrus NC, 8 Mar 1797, prv’d Apr 1801. John Stewart to Charles McKindley. Being 53 acres situated on the west side of the creek and north of the red dashed line drawn in the plat above. The parcel is described as being “divided from John Stewart’s tract and taken from the west end of said tract.” Note that at the time of this conveyance, the point where the creek crosses the northern bounds of William Stuart’s original grant is known as “the bank of Bigger’s mill creek.” Wit: Samuel White. Jur: John White.

34. Grant # 3118, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 2 Aug 1779, sur. Mar 8 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to ARCHIBALD WHTE, SENOR, being 300 acres situated on Anderson’s Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a long w. o. north 88 west 96 (with John Caldwell’s entry) to b. o. grub (on Caldwell’s old line), (with Caldwell’s line) south 72 west 42 (crossing his own spring branch) to b. o. (in his line), (with Thomas Stuart’s entry, north 22 west 38 to b. o., (with Stuart’s entry) north16 west 148 to small b. j., north 60 to b. j., north 76 east 53 to w. o., north 19 east 44 to b. o. and small pine, then to begin. CC: Robert McEachern, Hugh Campbell.

35. Grant # 299, Cabarrus NC, ent. 20 Jul 1802, sur. —, iss. 13 Dec 1803. Issued to ARCHIBALD WHITE, being 58 acres situated on Anderson’s Creek. The warrant to survey was for land “joining Peggy Green, John McClelland, and his own lands.” The metes and bounds are: from a stake (in his own old line) south 88 east 54 to a stake (his own old corner), (with his own old line) north 61 east 38 to p. o. (his own old corner), north 17 west 190 to b. j., north 47 west 10 to pine (his own old corner)

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Land surrounding and to the west of present day Howell Baptist Church
on Highway 601 has a complicated title history:

Concerning the land shaded in red. Being the earliest tract granted (to Thomas Winchester) in the area of concern. At the time of survey, land to the northwest of the spout shape was owned by James Armstrong. The name Armstrong appears in other deeds, but have found no land holdings in this area under the name James Armstrong. In 1785, Thomas Winchester sold this tract to George Bledsoe. In 1793, Henry Cagle sold the same land to Margaret Green.

Concerning the grey rectangular shape. Issued to Russell Hamilton in 1812, the grey shaded tract lies on top of the same lands earlier entered by Thomas Winchester. If taxes for land are not paid, and if there is no buyer at the ensuing court ordered land sale, then the land would revert back to the state for reissuance. Though no record appears supporting that this happened, in 1812 Russell Hamilton was issued a grant encompassing lands earlier owned by Margaret Green.

Concerning the land outlined in bold black lines. Deed 10-196m Joseph P McGillicutty sold to Andrew Cariker the lands outlined in bold black lines. This shape included and mimicked that first owned by Thomas Winchester. The tract now encompasses a small entry to the east made by William Hamilton in 1805. I have yet to find land records indicating when or how William Hamilton lost control of the land.

The following details Secretary of State land grants located within the above overlay:

36. Grant # 3301 Mecklenburg NC, ent. 2 Oct 1779, sur. 8 Apr 1783, iss. 2 Nov 1784. Issued to THOMAS WINCHESTER, being 150 acres “lying on Lick Branch, a branch of Anderson Creek.” The line running west along the southern boundary of the arm shape adjoins Archibald White land. The northern line running back to the east adjoins lands of James Armstrong. The northeast corner of this tract adjoins William Winchester’s line. CC: Douglas Winchester, Daniel Winchester.

Deed 13-127, Mecklenburg NC, 8 Nov 1785, prv’d Jul 1787. Thomas (X) Winchester to George Bledsoe, being 155 acres joining Archibald White, James Armstrong, and William Winchester. Wit: James Armstrong, Charles (X) Dorton.

Deed 1-62, Cabarrus NC, 19 Oct 1793, prv’d —. Henry (H) Cagle to Margaret Green. being 120 acres “including Thomas Winchester’s old improvement and being an entry of said Winchester’s.” Wit: Wm. Polk. Jurat: Joseph Howell.

Deed 10-186, Cabarrus NC, 20 Mar 1823, prv’d Apr 1824. Andrew Karricker to William Bost, now containing 368 acres situated on the Lick Branch, being the lands outlined in black as discussed in the preceding cut-out. This tract includes Winchester’s grant # 3301, as is overlaid by Hamilton’s grant # 470, and further encompasses Hamilton’s grant # 471 to the east. Wit: Geo Little, Polly Little

Deed _46, Cabarrus NC, 6 Feb 1829. John Black, Martin Boger, and James White divided the “lands of William Bost amongst the heirs at law.” The tract outlined in black was divided horizontally into four tracts (see red dashed line in the overlay). The northern tract was given to Jackson Bost. The next tract to the south was given to Wilson Bost. The next tract was given to William Bost. The southern most tract was given to Caroline Bost.

37. Grant # 470, Cabarrus NC, ent. 6 Jul 1814, sur. 5 Nov 1814, iss. 28 Nov 1814. Note that this tract is shown in gray on the plat key map. Issued to RUSSELL HAMILTON, being 200 acres, “it being the surplus of his old grant” joining Archibald White and his own lands. The metes and bounds are: from a p. o. (White’s corner) north 19 west 189 to b. j. (said White’s other corner), north 79 east 213 to stake (on his own old line), (with own line) south 12 east 189 to state by two large pines, (his old corner), then south 79 west 197 to begin. CC: Joseph Howell, Jacob Smith.

38. Grant # 471, Cabarrus NC, ent. 18 Jan 1814, sur. 8 May 1814, 28 Nov 1814. Issued to RUSSELL HAMILTON, being 23 acres situated on Rocky River and joining Joseph Howell and Jacob Smith. The metes and bounds are: from a s. o. (bank of a branch, said Howell’s corner) south 50 west 43 to small pine (in his own old line), (with said line) north 12 west 177 to ash (his own and said Smith’s corner) south 37 east 54 to small pine (Howell’s corner), east 18 to s. o. (Howell’s corner), south 5 west 24 to pine, south 39 west 22 to pine, south 41 east 19 to p. o. (on creek bank), down courses of creek to begin. CC: Jacob Smith, Joseph Howell. [This tract was later acquired by William Bost who then sold it to Andrew Karriker. As is identified in the overlay, this land makes up the eastern bounds of the tract outlined in black.]

39. Grant 464 Cabarrus NC, ent. 18 Jan 1814, sur. —, iss. 28 Nov 1814. Issued to JOSEPH HOWELL, being 5 acres on the south side of Rocky River joining Russell Hamilton and his own lands. Metes and bounds are: from a s. o. (on branch bank, his own and Hamilton’s old corners) north 14 west 10 to s. o. (his other corner), south 5 west 24 to pine ( Hamilton’s corner), south 37 west 22 to pine, south 41 east 19 to p. o. (on bank of the Lick Branch), down said branch to begin. CC: Jacob Smith, Russell Hamilton.

40. Grant # 289, Cabarrus NC, ent.20 Jul 1803, sur. —, iss. 13 Dec 1803. Issued to JOHN MCLELLAND being 58 acres lying on the waters of Anderson’s Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a w. o. (Arch’d White’s corner, then with said line) north 88 west 40 to pine (Jno. McClelland’s corner), (with his line) south 53 east 68 to r. o. (his own corner), (with his line) north 73 east 70 to p. o. (his other corner in a hollow), north 6 east 18 to pine, south (actually north) 37 west 28 to pine, formerly a hic. ( Archibald White’s beginning corner), north 90 to stake (said White’s corner), north 88 west 54 to stake (in said White’s line), then (with said line) to begin. CC: Archibald White, Thos. McClelland

Deed 15-463, Cabarrus NC, 28 Feb 1840, prv’d ____). David M. McEachern to Andrew Carriker. Being __ acres encompassing McLellan’s 58 acre grant and the northern portion of land’s to the west he purchased of William Edger. As relates to the 58 acre tract at time of this 1840 purchase, the lands bound Zennith White to the northeast and Hartsell to the east.

41. Grant # 277, Cabarrus NC, ent. 19 Jan 1802, sur. —, iss. 19 Jan 1802. Issued to JOHN HOWELL, being being 59 acres on both sides of the Lick Branch. From a small p. o. (Margeret Green’s corner), then north 10 west 25 to pine knot, north 51 east 50 to hic. (on bank of said branch), east 40 to pine, south 9 west 90 to hic. (James Love’s corner), (with his line) south 20 west 40 to pine, north 75 west 70 to b. o. grub (in A. White’s line), (with said line) north 13 to b. o. (his corner), south 70 west 160 to p. o. (his other corner), north 64 ½ east 202 to begin. CC: Jonathan Osborne and Henry Howell.

42. Grant # 3732, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 18 Nov 1785, sur. 27 Feb 1787, iss. 26 Nov 1789. Issued to ARCHIBALD WHITE, being 100 acres situated on the waters of Anderson’s Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a hic. (by Adam Eager line) north 90 to stake, north 61 east 38 to p. o. (George “Bladshaw” Bledsoe corner), (with his line) north 70 east 160 to small b. o., south 80 to stake, then to begin. CC: Adam Eager, Archibald White.

43. Grant # 563 Cabarrus NC, ent. 30 Mar 1822, sur. 5 Sep 1822, iss. 13 Sep 1822. Issued to JOHN WHITE SENR., being 31 acres “of vacant land on the waters of Anderson’s Creek.” The metes and bounds are: from a small hic. (James W. Morgan’s line and a corner of Sally P. McClelland) west (actually east) 20 to p. o. (a corner of said Morgan’s and on John Carother’s corner), north 6 west 12 w. o. (John Carother’s corner), east 158 to stake (a corner of sd. Carother’s & on James Love’s line), north 53 west 82 to w. o. (on his own line), south 65 east (actually west) 130 to b. o. (his own corner), then to begin. CC: John Clay, Josiah P. White.

44. Grant # 3126, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 2 Aug 1779, sur. 28 Feb 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to THOMAS MCFADDON, being 133 acres adjoining the Barony line on the waters of Anderson’s Creek. The warrant is for land adjoining John Dickson, Francis Newell and including the Golden Spring.” The metes and bounds are: from a w. o. (on the Barony running with Wm. Newell’s entry) north 14 to b. j., (with said Newell’s line) north 16 west 18 to b. j., south 75 west 38 to w. o., (with Francis Newell’s entry) north 82 west 55 to r. o., (with said entry) south 85 west 78 to w. o., with said entry) north 55 west 64 (crossing the creek) to hic., (with Robert McEachren’s entry up said creek) south 55 west 5 150 to hic. grub (at head of spring in the old field) south 29 east 35 to stake (on bank of small branch on the Barony line), then to begin. CC: Robert McEachren, James Black.

Deed 8-54, Cabarrus NC, 6 Nov 1804, prv’d Oct 1811. Benjamin McDowell of Cabarrus to Arch’d McLarty, being two tracts. The first is all east and west of the red dashed triangle on grant #3126 above. This land is identified as “121 acres conveyed to said McDowell by James Cromwell & Seth Rogers, Executors of Thomas McFaddon, deceased. The tract excludes the widow Hannah McFaddon’s dower as is identified by the red dashed triangle. Her dower extended further south as the second tract (U shaped tract to the left) in this conveyance accounts for 37 acres wrapping around the southern bounds of the dower. Wit: Sam’l McCurdy. Jurat: John McClellan.

Deed 8-56, Cabarrus NC, 18 Feb 1805, prv’d Oct 1811. John McDowell of Abbeville County SC to Archibald McLarty. This is twelve acres “granted to Hanah McFaddon by a sheriff’s deed and from her to John McDowell by a deed of conveyance.” This tract (outlines in solid red) adjoins the dower land and is south of grant # 3126. Wit. Robert Griffin, Daniel Sossamon. Jurat: John McClellan.

Loose Estate Record, Cabarrus NC, 26 Nov 1799. Division of the dower for Hannah, widow of Thomas McFaddon Dec’d. As is outlined in red dashes, the northern corner of the dower was once part of Thomas McFaddon’s grant # 3126. The dower also nests within the U shape of deed 8-54 above. The metes and bounds are: from a w. o. (on the Barony line) south 18 east 66 to b. o., south 77 east 68 to stake, north 30 east 64 to stake (in pile of stones), north 55 west 31 to hic. (on road side), north 23 west 77 to b. o. sapling, then to begin. Committee to lay off land: Will’m McAnulty, Archibald White, Wm. Harris, Volentine Kirkpatrick, Sam’l McCurdy, David White, Robert Davis, John White, Samuel Waddington, Benjamin Cochran, David Taylor.

Deed 8-53, Cabarrus NC, 4 Feb 1805, prv’d Oct 1811. George, Benjamin and Margaret McDowel of Cabarrus to Archibald McLarty. Being undefined in shape and acreage, the three sold a tract “on Anderson Creek, it being that part of land that was laid off to the widow McFaddon of the lands of Thomas McFaddon for said widow’s dowry including the dwelling house, meadows & orchards.” The next conveyance in the book identifies the tract as the triangular portion outlined in red dashes above. The dowry extended south beyond the tract and is surrounded by a second tract deeded in the same conveyance. Jurat: John MCClellan. Wit: Margaret McLarty.

45. Grant # 3153, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 26 Aug 1779, sur. 3 Mar 1780, iss: 22 Oct 1782. Issued to BENJAMN COCHRAN and being 28 acres, the warrant is for “part of John Dickson’s plantation which lies in tract No. 5 which said Newell purchased of said Dickson.” The survey was originally drawn for William Newel. However, his name is marked out and that of Benjamin Cochran is written in its place. From a w. o. (Thomas McFaddon’s beginning corner of a new survey, running then with his line) north 14 to small b. j. (his other corner), (with his other line) north 56 east 69 to small b. j. (another corner of said McFaddon’s near the Golden Spring), east 48 to w. o. sapling, south 20 east 56 to stake (on the Barony line of tract number five), west (with said line) to begin. Benjamin Cochran, William Newell.

46. Grant # 105, Cabarrus NC, ent. 6 Jul 1797, sur. —, iss. 7 Dec 1797. Issued to SAMUEL WHITE, being 60 acres on both sides of the south fork of Anderson’s Creek. The metes and bounds are: from a large s. o. (his own old corner, running with his line) north 40 west 37 to a b. o. (his other corner), (with his other line) north 1 west 43 to p. o. (his & William Newell’s corner), (with said Newell’s line south 74 west 60 to large hic. (Newell’s corner), south 46 west 28 to pine, south 322 east 12 to b. j., south 42 ½ east 100 (crossing the creek bank) to large pine, south 83 east 38 to p.o., north 57 east 110 to b. j., north 4 east 8 to stake, west 120 to stake, then north to begin. CC: Charles McKindley , Aaron Wallace.

47. Grant 3127, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 16 Aug 1779, sur. 2 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to SAMUEL WHITE being 80 acres situated on both sides of the middle and south forks of Anderson’s Creek. The metes and bounds are from a large s. o. (on south side of south fork) north 40 west 37 (crossing the south fork) to b. o. sapling, north 1 west 43 to w. o. (William Newell’s corner), (with Newell’s line) north 17 west 45 (Crossing the middle fork of sd. creek) to b. o. (his other corner),north 34 east 60 to w. o. sapling (William Stuart’s corner), north 83 east 32 to stake (his own old corner of the land he bought of John Caldwell), (with his other old line south 25 east 103 (crossing the middle fork of said creek) to b. o. (his other old corner), (with his other old line) south 40 east 40 (crossing the south fork of said creek) to stake (another old corner), then to begin. CC: Robert McEachern, Hugh Campbell.

48. Deed (not recorded, but accounted for as expressed in a later conveyance), 10 Feb 1765. Arthur Dobbs Esq. to John Anderson. Being 233 acres on Anderson Creek. This may very well be the man for whom Anderson Creek is named.

Deed 4-656, Mecklenburg NC, 5 Jan 1768, prv’d Jul 1770. John Anderson to John Caldwell. Being 233 acres conveyed to John Anderson by Arthur Dobbs. The metes and bounds are from a b. o. south 40 east 70 chs. to pine, east 6 north 50 chs. to hic., north 15 west 122 chs. to pine, west 31/2 north chs. to stake, south 60 west 55 chs. to pine, then south 25 east 55 chs. to first station. Wit: Robert Harris, Robert Harris Junior. [Measured out in chains (one chain in distance equals 4 poles), this tract is nearly twice the size than is supportable by information gleaned from later conveyances and descriptions of surrounding lands. The land was later reissued as broken up in smaller Secretary of State grants. The metes and bounds of this tract vaguely meet and even overlap surrounding tracts.]

(west of red dashed line) Deed 2-342, Mecklenburg NC, 13 Dec Sep,prv’d _____. John Caldwell and Elizabeth his wife to Samuel White. Being 33 acres divided (west side of dashed line) from John Caldwell’s tract. The metes and bounds are from a stake (in the field above Samuel White’s house, running with the old line) south 25 east 103 (crossing the creek at 36 pole) to b. o. (said Caldwell’s other corner), (with another line) south 40 east 40 (crossing the south fork of said creek) to a bank (at the foot of a steep pine hill), north 7 west 160 (crossing the middle fork at 106) to stone (near a branch on said line), south 60 west 68 to begin. Jurat: John Carothers.  Note that the first line of this smaller parcel is the same as the last line of the larger tract it was cut from. The length of the line as described for the larger tract is 55 chains or 220 poles. Measured in poles, the same line in this small parcel is nearly half the length, being 103 poles. Note: based on this observation, and line measurements for surrounding lands, I have corrected the larger tract on the index map by drawing the shape as if one chain equals 2 poles. Jurat: John Carothers.

Deed 12-401, Mecklenburg NC, 23 Sep 1784, prv’d Oct. 1784. John Caldwell (farmer) and wife Elizabeth to William Edger and his son Adam. Being two tracts. With the expressed exception of the exclusion of 33 acres sold to Samuel White above, the first tract is 200 acres remaining from the land purchased of John Anderson. John Caldwell received the second tract as a Secretary of State land grant.

Deed 7-265, Cabarrus NC, 3 Jan 1798 prv’d _____. William Edger to John McLellan, being 96 acres (north of the red dashed line) on the fork of Anderson’s Creek. One of two tracts conveyed, this tract bounds Samuel White to the west and the dividing line between Adam and William Edger to the south. The northern portion of this tract was later included as part of land (15-463, Cabarrus) conveyed 28 Feb 1840 from David N. McEachern to Andrew Carriker. At that time, land descriptions indicate a road ran through the northern portion of the tract. Wit: John Newell, Charles McKinley.

49. Grant # 3124, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 27 Feb 1779, sur. 1 Mar 1780, iss. 22 Oct 1782. Issued to JOHN CALDWELL, being 134 acres on the waters of Anderson’s Creek. The metes and bounds are from a b. o. sapling (on his own old line) north 58 east 42 to a w. o. sapling (on Archibald White’s line), south 53 east 68 to r. o. sapling, north 73 east 70 to w. o. (in a deep hollow) south 6 east 106 to w. o. sapling, south 45 west 148 to stake (on his old line), then (with said line) north 15 west to begin. Note on the index map that the western line of this tract is parallel, but overlapping to that of the adjoining land. CC: Archibald White Sr., Archibald White Jr.

Deed 7-265, Cabarrus NC, 3 Jan 1798. Being tract 2 of land conveyed by William Edger to John MClellan lying on the north fork of Anderson’s Creek, this land is north of the red dashed line. The northwest corner of this land was later part of the conveyance (15-463, Cabarrus NC) from David N. McEachern to Andrew Carriker. Wit: John Newell, Charles McKinley.

50. Grant # 474, Cabarrus NC, ent. 18 Jul 1808, sur.—, iss. 24 Nov 1815. Being 125 acres issued to John Carothers. Joining John McClellan, James Love, and his own land. The metes and bounds are from a w. o. (his own and McLellan’s corner and with McLellan’s line) north 6 west 124 to pine (sd. John McLellan’s corner), east 152 to stake (on James Love’s line), (with his line) south 54 east 28 to pine (sd. Love’s corner), then south 44 west 86 to w. o. (in a branch), south 17 west 62 to b. o, (his own corner), then (with his line) to begin. CC: Archibald White, Thomas McClellan

Deed 10-229, Cabarrus NC, 18 Feb 18__. prv’d Oct 1824. John Carothers to William Bost. Being his tract of 125 acres with the inclusion of Grant 396 to the south. Wit: Green H. Swearingen, Jno. Clay.

51. Grant 396, Cabarrus NC, ent. 17 Jul 1798, sur. 17 May 1800, iss. 21 Dec 1801. Issued to JOHN COROTHERS being 16 acres on he north side of Anderson Creek adjoining his own and Samuel McGurdy lands. The metes and bounds are from a b. o. (his own corner) south 82 west 100 to s. o. (his other corner), (with his other line) south 51 west 56 to w. o. (another of his corners on McCurdy’s line), (with said McCurdy’s line north 18 west 22 to hic. (McCurdy’’s corner), (With another of McCurdy’s lines) north 45 east east 75 to w. o. (his own, Sam’l McCurdy’s, & John McClellan corner). (with his own old line) to begin. Samuel McCurdy, David Si___.

Deed 10-229, Cabarrus NC, prv’d ____. John Carothers to William Bost. Being this tract with the inclusion of Grant ____ to the north.

52. Grant _____, Cabarrus NC, ent. 18 Jul 1808, sur. ____, iss. 24 Nov 1815. Issued toJOHN COROTHERS being 125 Acres joining John McLellan to the west and James Love to the east.

Deed 11-118, Mecklenburg NC, 4 Feb 1782, prv’d Apr 1782. John Carothers to daughter Mary, for natural love and affection, the 105 acres was bequeathed to “daughter Mary Carothers his daughter and also for the better maintenance of the said Mary”. The deed stipulates the land would become Mary’s after the death of his wife Ellinore. Wit: Adam Alexander, Oliver Wiley. [The bend on the east side of this tract was marked by a BO adjoining “Robinet’s s. w. corner.” On the same day, and entered as Deed 11-117, John Carrothers deeded his land, mansion, out houses, tools, furniture and slaves to his “beloved wife Elinore. And after her death, 2/3 of the plantation is ordered to be passed to his daughter Mary. This deed was also witnessed by Adam Alexander and Oliver Wiley and was ordered to be entered Apr. 1782.]

Deed 10-146 Cabarrus NC, 4 Jan 1824, prv’d ____. Moses Clay, John Clay, Hiram Brown, & Charles Townsend to William Bost.

Deed 20-229, Cabarrus NC, __________________. John Carothers to William Bost.

53. Grant # 3185, Mecklenburg NC, ent. 17 Aug 1779, sur. 22 Mar 1780, iss. 9 Oct 1783. Issued to Christopher Osborn, being 155 acres on both sides of Anderson’s Creek. The warrant to survey is for land “below John Coruther’s land and joining his own line on the other side and joining James Ashmore’s land.” The metes and bounds are: from a gum (his own old corner on the dividing line between tract number two & tract number five) north 40 west 28 (with John Carother’s line) to small w. o. (on said line), north 14 east 140 (crossing said creek) to stake, north 52 east 106 to small pine, south 14 east 248 to w. o. (by a water pond on or near his own line), then (with or near his own line) to begin. CC: Joseph Howell, Ephraim Barker.

Deed ______, Cabarrus NC, 1804, prv’d ______. Jonathan Osborn to William Bost. Being 155 acres.
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