Currituck Co., N.C. Houses

 

Joshua Baxter Home

Located off Tulls Creek Road near the Currituck Sound.  Also known as the Herman Ballance place.  This view of the old house, before it was remodeled, shows Mr. Ballance and his dogs in the snow.  There is a very old cemetery located just back of the house in which, among others, is buried Dr. David Jones, believed to have married Mary Baxter, daughter of Joshua Baxter.  In his will (Currituck Will Book 3) probated at February Term 1823, he mentions, among others, his daughter, Mary C. Ferebee, to whom he gives "land on Currituck Shore, being her mother's maiden land."  To Dr. E.D. Ferebee he gave the note of $180 "or upwards, also all other debts he may owe me, also all my medical books and stock of Medicine, shop furniture, instruments, etc.", and he made Dr. Ferebee guardian of his daughter, Bridget Elizabeth.  He willed that "Three plain marble slabs to be placed at the head of each of my wives and the other at my own". This is the present picture of the old house.  Note the cellar entrance in the center of the picture.  It is still there under the living room only.  Although a few minor changes have been made, the house remains much the same as it was originally built.  It is in very good condition although it is recorded that Joshua Baxter's will was recorded (Currituck Will Book 1) September 25, 1786, and that he gave it to his daughter, Mary.

 

These photographs and information are from the project "Old Homes in Currituck County to 1860" originally compiled June 1960 by Alma O. Roberts and Alice Flora of the Currituck County Historical Society.   We are indebted to Barbara B. Snowden, president of the Currituck County Historical Society for permission to reproduce this collection on the internet, and also to Gerri Andrews and Diane Ferebee of the Currituck County Public Library who provided digital copies of the photos.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes; however, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.  Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.

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