island map

During late fall of 2018, I mentioned personal plans to begin pushing further east with my platting of lands in western Stanly County. To date, I’ve covered all of present day Locust reaching north, well beyond. And, the lands along Island and Cucumber Creeks, reaching north to Stony Run, are now mostly platted. And also underway, I’ve begun to connect the lands south along Stony Run, moving southwest into present day Oakboro. It’s all starting to come together.

Hopefully, by end of summer, I’ll have completed the arduous task of finding and connecting all of the old pieces of land in southwest Stanly. After the drawing and hand-work is completed, I’ll spend a period of time reformatting the hand drawn images as overlays on top of digitized topography maps. The expected date of completion of the Stanly County phase is Christmas 2019.

In the end it’ll be nice to have a slick and searchable place for folks to locate where their ancestors once lived. That’s my goal and I hope you’ll enjoy using the resource. But, with that being said, I absolutely love the paper. It’s yet another experience to receive information in its touchy feely form unfolding before you with a connectivity allowing you to venture well beyond the confines of the words read in a land record. It’s not the land records that matter, but how they come together and connect with others in illustration of the progression of generations moving about within our ancient community of families.

With that in mind, this morning I sat myself down and made the following videos I hope you’ll enjoy!





  1. David Boger

    I have tremendous respect for what you are doing there…
    I’ve been going through Cabarrus grant and deed records trying to figure out the early Boger line (from 1770 to about 1830).. Even with the grant stuff already being platted and in a book, it’s still tough to sort through all of the deeds and transfers.
    It seems like the early people who moved into the area were very active in buying and selling.
    I’ll be anxious to see your work when you are finished. I’m looking at the Coley family in Stanly and Anson…

  2. geothos Post author

    Thanks much for the response and to let you know, I’ve platted the land of Coley between St. Martin’s Rd and Oakboro in Stanly. They were also further north above 24/27

    1. David Boger

      Nice… That may be Martin Vanburen Coley (or MV)… He was my mother’s grandfather…
      I think she lived on a different area of St Martins Rd growing up….
      Did you see a mention of the Old Freedom Church that is now where Efrid’s Rifle Range is?

  3. John Stevens

    George Thomas you have done a great job! My 3rd great grandfather Joseph Smith had land on Stoney Run Creek near the Smith School on what is now Frog Pond road near St. Martin.

    1. geothos Post author

      Joh Stevens, is Smith School still standing? I’ve just platted the land for it attached to a LAban Smith deed. I’ve connected it all to a large nearby tract but would love to know if the school still stands. Thanks!

  4. Marena Morton

    GEORGE!! Hi, my name is Marena Morton. I do genealogy and my husband, Jeff, is a descendant of Ezekiel Morton, Solomon Burris and Joshua C Burris!! I just watched your “Island to Stoney Run” videos and WOW, I feel like I’ve found a GOLD MINE!!
    First, THANK YOU for all of your info and hard work!!
    Secondly, may I ask about info, land grants you may have on my husband’s descendants? We have a Morton Family Reunion this April 27th in Chester, SC. I would love to let everyone know about your tremendous gift!!
    My husband and I will actually be in Stanly County on Sat April 13th to visit the gravesites of Ezekiel and John Morton, Solomon Burris and Eli Huneycutt/Susannah Whitley Morton. We are coming with his brothers and a cousin from Rock Hill, SC. Would love to meet you!!
    I look forward to hearing from you and again, THANK YOU!!!
    Marena Morton

    1. geothos Post author

      Marena, Glad you’re able to put the information to work and know that this is all very slow ad in process. I’ve more bits of land related to the Morton family that I hope to have all online by sometime this fall. There’s still some huge holes to fill but hope soon to begin inputting the legal land descriptions.

      I live in Raleigh though am frequently in Charlotte. Will be giving a talk this Saturday, April 6 at the Public Library in Monroe, Union County. The topic will be on an important Jewish family I came across whilst working land in that county. We could talk then …???

      1. Marena Morton

        Hey George!
        Thanks for getting back to me! Aww, Charlotte won’t work! I thought you lived in Stanly County. We live in Summerville, SC. If we didn’t have plans for April 6th, we would ride up.
        Are you finding the old deeds in Stanly County or at the Archives in Raleigh?
        My husband’s GG-Grandfather, John Wright Morton, brought the family to Rock Hill, SC in 1898. Before that, the Morton’s were in Stanly County for at least 5 generations. I’m still trying to figure out where they came from and who’s Ezekiel Morton’s father. I believe him to be William Morton but haven’t found that elusive piece of paper yet!!
        I will continue to follow you and if you have any Morton info you could send me, I’d greatly appreciate the help!
        Again, thank you for your hard work!! Such an awesome gift to others!
        Marena Morton

  5. Heather Smith

    I am so glad I came across your site. My relatives are the Russell’s of Palestine/Harris township, and Montgomery county. And the Smiths of Montgomery in the west part near Yadkin and Uwharrie rivers. Apparently this was their land at one point. But I’m not sure, as I have only been able to find limited information. Other family names are the Harris’s, Bruton, Hunsucker, Batten, Kimray/Kimrey, Whitley, Almond, and Littleton.
    As I have grew older, and watching the generations depart this earth… I have set on a quest to locate forgotten graves, and forgotten people of my family. So I can have a better understanding of who I am, and pass this down to my children, so they may know the same.
    I look forward to reading more of your information!
    So I may be able to figure out who these dead end people are.
    My current dead end is Aaron Russell circa 1770-1844? And his elusive wife “Liziah”. I have found where his children are buried. But not his own. Nor have I been able to find out who his parents are. He is my 6th great grandfather.

      1. Heather

        Jonathan Smith b. 1801-1873 Uwharrie, Montgomery county. Married Rebecca Morris b. 1801-1875 Uwharrie, Montgomery county. They are my 3rd ggndparents. Believed to be buried in a pasture “Corbett’s pasture” Near Liberty Hill Baptist church or Carmel Church both west of Pee Dee river in Montgomery County.

  6. Malcolm Kennedy

    All any of you people have to do is go to the Stanly County Library and Family Tree and look up your family history on family tree just learn to use it my history there goes all the way back to Scotland in the 1300 its not hard work to do .you will find all records you need to see land records death records slave records please folks don t make this so hard get a life


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