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Estate Records typically contain one or more of the following materials: Petitions for the division of lands, slaves and other property; Petitions for relief; Petitions for dower; Administrators' oaths and bonds; Receipts of handling of estates; Petitions by administrators for sales from estates; Accounts of sales of estates showing buyer and price; Personal letters; Bills to estates; Court petitions over administrators' disputes; Lunatic bonds; Applications for letters of administration; and numerous other miscellaneous materials.
This file was received from the N.C. Archives. It was originally compiled in 1999 by an unknown volunteer, and three new files were added in 2002. This file has recently been updated by Kitty Humphrey and Louise McLeod, who proofed the original list against the actual Archive folders. Here we have included the corrections, and any additions, deletions, etc. These records are stored at the NC Archives in twenty eight boxes, each designated with the call sign C.R.009.508.1 through C.R.009.508.28. Here we will present the list of Beaufort County Estate Records on four pages with seven boxes on each page.
However, this is not a complete list of all Beaufort County Estate Records. At some time in the past, and for some unknown reason, a number of Beaufort County records, including estates, were removed from the old Beaufort Courthouse and to the old Poor House in Little Washington for storage. Here they remained for some time and were later moved to the N.C. State Archives in Raleigh. However, since these records had been out of the hands of Beaufort County and N.C. State official, these records were designated "CRX" and considered "tainted", although most of them were most likely in perfect order. The official explanation is:
"CRX indicates that the records were, at some significant time in the course of their existence,
estrayed from the office in which they were created or filed, in the majority of cases either the
register of deeds or the clerk of one of the county courts. As a rule, these records came to the
Archives from some source other than these official custodians. As a result, the Archives cannot
certify that the information contained in these records was not altered or amended at some point
while they were out of custody. Of course, practically all of them were not in any way changed,
but from a legal point of view, we cannot absolutely attest to the content."
We are now in the process of posting online an index of the data contained in the CRX (Boxes 134-183) of the Beaufort Co., NC Estates Records from the N.C. State Archives, Raleigh, NC. This data was transcribed in 1889 by the late John H. Oden, III, Sybble Smithwick and Louise M. Cowell.
|Boxes 8 - 14||Cole - Havens|
|Boxes 15 - 21||Hawkins- Roulbac|
|Boxes 22 - 28||Rowland - Young|
Also check out Hyde County's Will Book 3 which has numerous Beaufort Co. names included.
* * Go to Beaufort Co., NC C. R. X. Estates Pages * *
To Order Copies of Estate Records, Wills, etc., see:
NORTH CAROLINA STATE ARCHIVES
Phone: (919) 807-7310
Fax: (919) 733-1354
Mail should be addressed to:
North Carolina State Archives
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4614
C.R.009.508.1 - C.R.009.508.28; N.C. State Archives, Raleigh, NC.
Transcribed by Kitty Humphrey and Louise McLeod
© 2010 Kay Midgett Sheppard