My interest in genealogy was a result
of my introduction to Mary Hinton Kerr and there is
never a day, as I sit pecking on the keyboard and
roaming the web in search of new information, that I do
not think of her. I only wish she could have lived
to see the transformation in genealogy that the internet
has made possible. Mrs. Kerr devoted her life to
the history and genealogy of Bute and Warren County,
North Carolina and was the most generous and sharing
person one could ever hope to meet. Anyone who has
ever corresponded with her remembers one thing above all
else. She always had so much to do and , like all
of us, there was never enough time. She would
scratch notes on any available scrap of paper at hand,
and could get more information on a postcard than
many people can put in pages of paper. I
have every scrap of paper she ever gave me. The
descendants of Bute and Warren Co. ancestors owe
their information to Mary Hinton even if they are not
aware of it. She is the one who worked tirelessly
to make certain the Bible records were preserved.
She was also the author of many of the family histories
that were published by Boddie. Since I have
original copies of many of these histories (not always
in the final published form) we hope to make some of
them available in the future. One of her big
concerns during her final years was how her material
could be preserved and made available for future
researchers. At her death,
her papers were donated to the University of North
Carolina at Greenville and once catalogued, should be
available for research. I can not wait to see
them. At one point, she told me that I might
use her material to share with others but
that was before the internet. When some of her
books were republished, she thought that would insure
that the information would be available for future
researchers. Unfortunately, the books are no
longer in print and I have heard that one person paid
$100.00 to get a copy after a long search. My own
copies are so worn with constant use that I am not
certain they can even be copied again. The
originals were done on what appears to be xeroxed pages
and can not be scanned very well. My own copies
are also full of her hand-written notes and corrections.
Since we have the microfilm, we originally thought we
might do our own abstract of the Bute Co. records but it
is my personal opinion that this would be a disservice
to her memory and legacy. It should be understood
that her estate still owns the copyright to her material
and it is not in the public domain so no portion of
this file is to be reproduced for further
publication in any manner. Still, I
believe she would be proud to know we have made the
effort to make her material available to others.
While you may do a search for a name within these pages,
we strongly recommend that you take the time to read
them. The spellings of the names are often
almost unrecognizable and it would be easy to miss
important information. With this introduction, we offer
the first pages from "Warren County North Carolina
Records, Volume I, which covers Bute County Record Book
I. The remainder of the book will be posted as quickly
as time allows.
BUTE COUNTY RECORD BOOK NO. 1
The original of this book of recorded
Bute County Records is now mounted as part of "Bute
County Records, Wills and Inventories, 1760-1800, Part
III- in the North Carolina State Department of Archives
and History, Raleigh, North Carolina. A photostatic,
bound facsimile of this book is on record in the office
of the Warren County Clerk of Court at the Court House
in Warrenton, North Carolina, and the following
abstracts are taken from this volume. The letter (A) at
the beginning of an abstract indicates that the original
document is at the Archives. The number in the margin at
the left of the abstract refers to the page number in
the Record Book.
1 Deed of gift, of slaves, from JOHN
TERRELL to his "reputed children." To 'reputed daughter"
LORUHAMAH, the wife of JACOB BLEDSOE; to "reputed son"
JEPHTHA TERRELL; to "reputed son" JOHN TERRELL; to
"reputed daughter" ANN(E), the wife of WILLIAM MARTIN,
and then to her children; to "reputed daughter" AGNES,
wife of ROBERT WASHINTON, and then to her children.
Dated 7 July 1764. Recorded August Court 1764.
DANIEL OSHEAL to JOHN BROWN, both of
Granville Co. Dated 22 Sept. 1763. 21-year lease for
1650-acre tract of land in Granville Co. called
Kingswood, 20 shillings yearly rent. Wit: BLAKE BAKER,
PETER MORGAN. Recorded August Court 1764.
2 JAMES NICHOLSON, JR., to BENJAMIN
NICHOLSON. Dated 25 July 1764. 88 Pds. Va. money. Sale
of all household goods, debts I now owe, livestock
(including one cow of EDWARD HOLLOMAN'S mark & one sow
with mark of LATER), my part of crops now in care of
MOSES BEO(?). Red: Aug. Court 1764. Wit: THOS. MARTON,
RICHARD PROCTOR, SAM'L NICHOLSON.
3 (A) Will of RICHARD BENNITT.
Dated 3 August 1764. Red. August Court 1764. Wife ANN
BENNITT. Dau. CHRISTIAN LANGSTON, wife of ABSOLEM
LANGSTON. Dau. SARAH LANGSTON, wife of SOLOMON LANGSTON.
Deus: MARTHA, ANN, and AMEY BENNITT. Sons: RICHARD,
MARK, WILLIAM, MOSES, AND JAMES BENNITT. Exors: Wife ANN
BENNITT and Sons MARK & WILLIAM BENNITT (BENNET). Wit:
JAMES THOMPSON, SUSANAH MALONE, DRUSILLA THOMPSON.
4 Administrator's Bond, to Governor
ARTHUR DOBBS, in Estate of ROBERT MOORE, deed. ELISABETH
MOORE, Admrx. Securities: WILLIAM BOBBET, RICHARD HADRY.
Wit: JNO. BOWIE. Dated 20 Nov. 1764. Recorded November
5 Inventory of Estate of ROBERT
MOORE, deed. ELISABETH MOORE, Admrx. Recorded November
6 Administrator's Bond, to GOV.
ARTHUR DOBBS, in Estate of WILLIAM BASKET, deed. JAMES
BASKET, Admr. Securities: WILLIAM LILES, THOMAS COOK,
JOHN POWNALL. Wit: JNO. BOWIE. Dated 21 Nov. 1764.
Rc'd. Nov. Court 1764.
7 Inventory of Estate of WM. BASKET,
decd. JAMES BASKET, Administrator. Recorded November