As you all know, many deeds give relationships
in the wording and if not actual statement of relationship i.e. "to my
well beloved son, I give ...." they often sell land or slave to someone
of the same last name at a much reduced rate. Here is what I have
found, so far, in the earliest deeds of Chatham.
These are taken from N.C. Archives films of the original records. 1771-1786, vol. A.B.C., being the first ones.
Please remember these are abstracted deeds, not exact (extraction's).
also, I have not included every deed. Just the ones with grantor, & grantee with the same surnames or deeds with relationships stated or implied within the text.
pg. 141, April 12, 1775
Samuel Landrum, attorney for Joseph Landrum, of St. Paul Parish, Georgia, sells to Mathew Jones, for 350 pds, 500 acres,... land joining Richard
Copland's land. Sd land was granted to Joseph Landrum by a deed from John Landrum.
pg. 133, Feb. 9, 1776
Daniel Huff/Hough and Ann his wife, sell to Thomas Chapman, land the was a grant from Earl of Granville, to John Jones, in Orange Co, (now Chatham
Co.) on both sides of the S. fork of Rocky River and both sides of William Cox's path. (Doesn't say how much the land cost)
250 acres recorded in Deed Bk. B, pg. 202, and from the sd John Jones by his deed dated Oct. 9, 1760, to George Mauch, recorded in Orange Co., Bk. F,
pg. 10, and by George Mauck and Eliza, his wife sold to the above named Daniel Hough and recorded in Orange Co., deed Bk. A, No. 1, pg. 228 and since
then the sd Daniel Hough hath since, sold 50 acres (part of the above 250 acres) unto William Henton/Hinton. (The total acreage now being sold to
Thomas Chapman being 200 acres.
Thomas (T) Noblet
pg. 139, Aug. 5, 1778
John Brooks and Naomy, his wife, sell to William Black, for 150 pds, 225 acres, on the water of Bush Creek and the waters of New hope, neat the race
paths and joining James Kerby's Land.
John (x) Brooks
(why doesn't Naomy sign with him? There isn't a release of dower, either?)
Deed Bk. B
p. 128, Mar. 2, 1778
Fanny Berry, relict (widow) of Richard Berry, dec'd , Pretteman Berry and Sarah, his wife, William Cain and Lucy, his wife, sell to Richard kennon,
for 226 pds, 100 acres on the S. side of Haw River, lying at the mouth of Berry Branch and joining Herculas Henderson's land.
William Cain (x)
Fanny Berry (x)
Sarah Berry (x)
Lucy Cain (x)
pg. 129, April, 1778
John Brown sells to Charles Stewart, for 134 pds, 100 acres on the N. side of Haw River, where Abner Brown now lives and part of that tract of land
that John Brown, Sr. bought from Nathan Melton.
John (x) Brown
Miner (Minor?) Brown (There was a Minor family in Chatham)
Mary (x) Brown
pg. 130, Aug. 8, 1778
John Stewart to Charles Stewart, for 100 pds. 350 acres on the S. side of haw River, near James Masseys fence, joining Thomas Branton, Joseph Fooshe
and Thos. Braxton. The land includes the plantation where Charles Stewart now lives.
DIXSON AND GRIGGS
pg. 510, Mar. 8, 1783
WILLIAM GREAVE, Executor of the Estate of GEORGE DIXSON, SR. dec'd, to JOSHUA DIXSON, son of the aforesaid GEORGE DIXSON SR., dec. Whereas the said GEORGE DIXSON by virtue of an indenture of Bargain and ale duly executed under the hands and seals of HARMAN GRIGGS and MARY, his
wife for an in consideration therein mentioned, became lawfully seized of and in a certain tract and plantation of 311 acres, the said indenture dated 14 Sept. 1767 and recorded in the Rolls office in the county of ORANGE, Bk. A. NO. 1, pg. 690.....goes on to name another tract of 11 acres also
recorded... and whereas the said GEORGE DIXSON was seized of said land deceased first making his last will and testament in writing in and among which these words..
"3rd I give and bequeath to my son Joshua Dixson one hundred and twenty
acres of land (being part of the above described tract as also that 11 acres
of land now leased to CALEB DIXSON... I do hereby impower my Executors to
convey the said tracts to the said JOSHUA DIXON, his heirs and assigns
6thly, I do constitute and appoint my son GEORGE DIXON and trusted friend
WILLIAM GREAVE to execute this my last will and testament which said will as
proved at court. And whereas the said GEORGE DIXON, declined to act said
court impowered the above said WILLIAM GREAVES solely to act pursuant
thereto and the tract of land was granted to HARMAN GREGG by virtue of an
indenture of Bargain and Sale, duly executed under the hands and seals of
JOHN MEA SR. and MARY, his wife, etc...land was granted by the Earl of Granville to
the said JOHN MEA by indenture bearing date 13 Feb. 1756..the sd WILLIAM
GREAVES pursuant to the sd will, and in consideration of the sum of 5
shillings doth grant unto the said JOSHUA DIXSON, part of the above
mentioned lot ... adjoining thereto... joins JESSE DIXSON on the west side of Lick
Creek, 120 acres, the lot of land by the mouth of a branch on the N. side of
Lick Creek, in the amount of 11 acres.
JEREMIAH (T) MELTON
HATLEY & WIFE
pg. 1, July 25, 1783
SHERWOOD HATLEY and LUCY his wife, to JOSHUA ROSSER, for 60 pds.,
specie...leases to the said JOSHUA ROSSER for and during the natural life of
the said LUCY HATLEY, 150 acres on Haw River joins WILLIAM RICHARDSON, JESSE
BROWN and JAMES BULLARD
SHAROD HATLEY (X)
LUCY HATLEY (X)
JOHN (X) HATLEY
HARTSO - SILER - WHITE
pg. 2, Aug. 11, 1783
JOHN PHILIP HARTSO and HANNAH HARTSO, and PHILIP SOYLER and MARY SILER, his wife and JOHN WHITE and JANEY WHITE, his wife, of the County of Chatham sell to BENJAMIN WATTS of the County of RANDOLPH, NC, for 360 pds, 420
acres on Rockey River.
(looks like German) HANER JOHANER? (J) HARTSON?
JOHN (X) WHITE
MARY (X) SILER
JANE (X) WHITE
JOSEPH (X) SUTTEN
THOMAS (T) ASSERY
MARLEY - HARTSO/HARTSOCK
pg. 3, May 14, 1783
JOHN MARLEY and SUSANNAH his wife, farmer, to PHILLIP HARTSOCK, for 10 pds, hard money, 70 acres being part of a tract of land conveyed from BENJAMIN MARLY to the said JOHN MARLEY. The 70 acres being part of 300 acres on the E. side of Rockey River.
JOHN (X) MARLY
SUSANNAH (X) MARLY
pg. 3, Aug. 38 1783
RICHARD PARKER to LEWIS PARKER, for 400 pds in Gold and Silver, 640 acres on the Lick Branch, the waters of Newhope River, joins a line formerly of ROBERT HINES, JOHNSTONS line and THOMAS BELL.
WILLIAM (X) COPLAND
DANIEL (X) PARKER
Pg. 4, Aug. 4, 1783
JOSEPH DOANE, a farmer and JEMIMAH his wife, to JOSEPH DOANE SR., Carpenter, for 5 pds., 42 acres on the N. side of Rockey River, it being part of a tract of land granted to the said JOSEPH DOANE on 31 March, 1780.
pg. 5, Mar. 15, 1783
JOHN PYLE to NICHOLAS PYLE, for 5 pds, specie, 220 acres, a part of the tract of land whereon I now live on both sides of Little Cane Creek.
PG. 13, Mar. 31, 1780
State of North Carolina to ELIZABETH MCCARRELL in behalf of her son THOMAS
MCCARRELL, 50 shilling for every 100 acres , 350 acres on both sides of VARNALS CREEK and the waters of Rockey River.
WM. SHEPPARD, Sec.
(the above is a Grant from the State of N.C. I did this one because it
wasn't a usual deed with only the name of the person applying for the deed
pg. 142, Feb. 9, 1778
John and Levy Murphree and Rebukah his wife, sell to Archebald Cain, for 40 pds, 375 acres on the waters of Little White Oak (Creek?)
Levy Murphree (X)
William (X) Cain
pg. 145, Oct. 23, 1778
Joseph Moore of Orange Co., NC, sells to Joseph John Alston, of Halifax Co., NC ( the land Joseph Moore bought of Benjamin and his wife Elizabeth Landrum, dated Nov. 18, 1773) for 205 pds, 55 acres on the waters of Rockey River joining the land of Joseph Moors land that he bought of Joshua
pg. 147, June 24, 1775
Richard Cheek, Jr. of Chatham Co., planter, sells to Ebenezer Fulsom of Cumberland Co., NC. Merchant, for 225 pds., 630 acres on the White Oak and Buckhorn Creeks. Land that was surveyed by Enoch Lewis on Sept. 17 (year not readable) and from the sd Enoch Lewis, conveyed to Richard Cheek Sr. and
from Richard Cheek Sr. to Wm. Cheek and from Wm. Cheek to Richard Cheek, Jr. and from the sd Richard Cheek Jr. to the said Ebenezer Fulsom.
Richard Cheek (X)
Wm. Rand. Hill
pg. 113, Feb. 17, 1777
JOSEPH READINGHOUR and MARY, his wife, of ORANGE CO., NC sells to SAMUEL
CHAMBERS of the said county, Planter, for 22 pds, 100 acres on the S. fork
of Rocky River, it being part of a tract granted to THOMAS ALEXANDER by deed
from the Earl of Granville, dated June 28, 1762 and by the sd Alexander to
the sd Readinghour by deed dated Mar. 21, 1771. The land joins JAMES
JOSEPH (X) READINGHOUR
MARY (X) READINGHOUR
pg. 155, 20 Jan., 1779
John Elett and Mary, his wife, sell to William Hatly and Mary, his wife, for 60 pds., 84 acres on the N. side of Haw River, joining Edward Kirksey and
Mary Ellets (X)
(Is this name supposed to be Elliot?)
Isham (X) Gunter
pg. 156, Oct. 23, 1778
Isaac Kirksey and his wife Mary, sell to Christopher Kirksey for 60 pds, 57 acres on the N. side of Haw River, joining Edward Kirksey and Joseph
William Hatley, Jr.
pg. 165, May 15, 1779
James Booker and Pheby, his wife, sell to Albridgton Womack, for 500 pds, 300 acres in the Counties of Chatham and Wake, joining Robert Jones line on the waters of Little Creek.
James (B) Booker
Pheby (X) Booker
Valentine (V) Baswell (Braswell?)
pg. 170, Nov. 18, 1778
Agnes Harrington, Thomas Harrington and Philemon Harrington, sell to John Auld of Anson Co., for 800 pds, 212 acres, including the land whereon we now
live adjoining the land where Chatham Courthouse now stands and land purchased by Charles Harrington, dec'd of William Petty.
Agnis (A) Harrington
Philemon (X) Harrington
ALSTON - HARRINGTON
pg. 173, Nov. 18, 1778
William Alston of Halifax Co., NC sells to John Auld of Anson Co., NC, for 500 pds, 212 acres. Land joins Mial Scurlocks land where the Court House now stands and the land of Zachariah Harman. The sd land Alston purchased of John Harrington as heir, at law to his Father Charles Harrington, dec.
and another tract of land that Wm. Alston purchase of Robert Rutherford, joining the aforesaid land on Robertsons' Creek, of 45 acres.
pg. 174, Aug. 12, 1779
William Dillard sells to John Dillard, for 200 pds (acreage not given) "a small piece of land" joining my Mill on Robertsons' Creek for the use of sd
Mill together with the sd Mill and all the Buildings timbers, etc.
Bromfield (X) Ridley
pg. 175, July 31, 1779
Mial Scurlock and Sarah, his wife sell to Roger Griffith, for 40 pds, 96 acres, patented by the said Mial Scurlock, on Robersons Creek, joining James
Petty and Thomas Robinson.
pg. 381, Mar. 4, 1778
Jeduthan Harper of Chatham Co., sells to William Johnston of ORANGE CO., NC, for 135 pds, 640 acres on the Hickory Mountain, land joins Thomas Copeland, Henry Cook,... and includes the land and improvement where the said Jeduthan Harper at present resides which last mentioned place was sold and conveyed by the said Jeduthan harper to the said William Johnston on the 11 Feb. 1777 and the said 640 acres being a tract of land granted to the sd Jeduthan Harper by Richard Caswell, Esqr. by patent dated July 1, 1779 and numbered 70.
March 5, 1780- This is to certify that Mrs. Gazeal Harper wife to the within mentioned Jeduthan Harper of her own free will and apart from her husband relinquished her Right of Dower to the within mentioned premises.
pg. 383 jan. 13, 1780
Jacob Lineberger the elder, Planter and Catherine his wife, sell to David Fox for 6 pds, proclamation money of the state (proclamation money was what ever coin, & cash that the government of the state of N.C. recognized as currency, at the time, it could and did at times include Spanish, French, & German coins, plus gold and silver) the acreage of this land was 33 3/4 acres, joining Nicholas Fox's land on E. side of Rockey River...the same being part of 200 acres of land which by patent under the Great Seal of the State bearing the date 3 March, 1779 was granted and confirmed unto the said Jacob Lineberger and the same recorded in Chatham in Bk. B. folio 188.
Catherine (C) Lineberger
pg. 384, Aug. 4, 1780
Abraham Bradley, Planter and Sarah his wife sell to Benjamin Watts, for 2,500 pds, (acreage not given), the land joining Joseph Sitton on behalf of the heirs of Phillip Sitton, John Farmers Claim, Jonathan Every's Improvement, Elijah williams and the county line. The same land which by patent bearing date 1 July, 1779 was granted to the sd Abraham Bradly.
Sarah (X) Bradley
pg. 393, Mar. 20, 1780
Sarah Murphree and William Murphree of Chatham co., sell to Nicholas Quesenbury of WAKE CO., N.C. for 130 pds, 180 acres, joining John Hatley's land.
Sarah Murphree (X)
(I wonder if Sarah was a widow and William, her son, since she is on the deed first and William is second.. that is unusual)
pg. 394, Aug. 10, 1780
John Burt, Sr. gives to Richard Burt, his son.. I the said John Burt, Sr. do give unto Richard Burt after my decease, a certain tract of land containing 210 acres on Buck Horn and Cape fear River, being part of a larger survey, joining Griffis's line, Raglands. through the Plantation between the dwelling house and Kitchen ???
John Burt Sr.
Wit: Richard Worthen
pg. 399, Jan 15, 1780
James Petty and Martha his wife sell to Roger Griffith, for 4000 pds, two tracts of land adjoining, on Robersons Creek, joins James George, Thomas
roberson, Ambrose George, James Pettys old Survey and Ambrose Petty
James Petty Jr.
Martha (R) Petty
Whitmill (X) Harrington
Deed Bk. C
pg. 42, Sept. 25 1783
AARON EVANS of Chatham co., NC sells to PRESLY COX of HALIFAX CO., NC for 218 pds, the said AARON EVANS acknowledges for good causes and considerations, him hereunto moving, 450 acres on the middle ground between Rockey River and Bear Creek.. across Horse Branch, it being a tract of land granted to AMBROSE JOSHUA SMITH by deed from the Earl of Granville, dated July 20, 1758, and as the sd AMBROSE JOSEPH (not Joshua) SMITH died without a will the sd tract of land and premises fell by heirship to KITT
SMITH, his son.
(O.K. for those of you that don't know, Kit is a nickname for Christopher and there is a Christopher Smith in the earliest records of Chatham.. now, what I don't understand is why the rest of the title chain is not stated.
It should have said how Aaron Evans got the land from Kitt Smith ??)
pg. 111, Jan, 23, 1782
EDWARD BRAY (farmer) and SARAH, his wife, sell to DANIEL VESTAL, for 150 pds, (acreage not given), all the tract of land lying on the Middle fork of Rockey River, it being part of a tract granted to WILLIAM LEAKEY, dated Feb. 1755, for 450 acres, and the said WILLIAM LEAKEY, conveyed 202 1/2
acres to the said EDWARD BRAY by deed dated May 15, 1758.
EDWARD (X) BRAY
SARAH (X) BRAY
pg. 119, Sept. 1779
REUBIN HOLLINGSWORTH and SARAH, his wife, sell to WILLIAM LINDLY of ORANGE CO., N.C., for 420 pds. 407 acres, on the W. side of Haw River and the fork > of Cane Creek, it being a tract of land granted by the Earl of Granville to VALENTINE HOLLINGSWORTH by deed, dated Aug. 2, 1760. joining HUGH
LAUGHLIN, it being part of the tract conveyed from VALENTINE HOLLINSWORTH to JOHN PYLE and THOMAS LINDLY.
pg. 120, Feb. 9, 1781
RICHARD WARTHEN and CHARETY, his wife sell to DANIEL BARFIELD, for 150
pds., 300 acres, being the land whereon the sd BARFIELD now lives on the
patorn > (patent) bearing dated, 1780, on the N. side of Cape Fear River, joining
JOHN BURT and FREDERICK COBB.
(This is a deed that may need thinking about.. Richard and Charety are selling land to Daniel Barfield and Daniel is already living on the land. Then > it says that the patent was dated 1780, making you think that the patent was to Barfield but, I don't think so. I think that Barfield may have already been living there, leasing the land but, the patent was to Warthen)
CHARETY (X) WARTHEN
pg. 126, Nov. 1, 1782
EPHRAIM RIGDON of ONSLOW COUNTY, sells to STEPHEN RIGDON of the same
county, both in the State of N.C., for 2000 pds., 297 acres, joining JAMES
KENDRICK, & JOHN MONTGOMERY on the N. side of Deep River, the said land
granted to the sd EPHRAIM RIGDON, by the then Gov., RICHARD CASWELL, dated 1
June, in the 3rd year of American Independence. (1779)
pg. 128, Mar. 26, 1782
THOMAS CHAPMAN, Surveyor and MARGARET, his wife sell to MINCHER LITLER,
for 10 pds Silver or the value thereof, 150 Acres, part of 219 acres granted by Patent under the hand of RICHARD CASWELL, unto the sd THOMAS CHAPMAN.
JAMES (J) VESTAL
Pg. 129, Mar. 26, 1782
THOMAS CHAPMAN, Surveyor, and MARGARET, his wife, sell to MINCHER LITLER,
for 150 pds, in hard money, Tenements and 200 acres, joining land of JAMES MCDANIEL, dec'd, lands claimed by JAMES YOUNGBLOOD and other lands of the sd THOMAS CHAPMAN, being the same lands which DANIEL HUFF and ANN, his wife by their deed, dated Feb. 9, 1776, conveyed to the sd THOMAS CHAPMAN.
JAMES (J) VESTAL