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Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

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Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.

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  • August 24, 2016: Those Places Thursday: Bute Co., NC; an Extinct County - Leaves & Branches
     Bute County, North Carolina: Land Grant Plats and Land Entries 
    Holcombe, B. H. (2007)
    Westminister, MD: Heritage Books

    Bute County, NC is an extinct county that had a short life. Therefore records can be difficult to find. This book is filled with land records.

    “Bute County was formed in 1764 from Granville County and abolished in 1779 to form Warren and Franklin Counties.” All the plats & land entries are included in this book.


    These land records show property owned by sons of James Alford, c 1687 – c 1730 New Kent, VA. Those sons were Julius, Goodrich & Lodwick  Alford. It also shows land owned by John Alford, son of Julius Alford & grandson of James Alford.


    Bute Co. Lodwick Alfordenters 200 A beginning on Ross’s line, thence to Arnold’s line thence to Wright’s line, south side of Tarr River & on the waters of Crooked Creek including Wm Alford’s Improvements. 16th March 1778.           [Lodwick Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]


    Bute Co. Lodwick enters 200 A on south side of Tarr River, beginning at my own line, upon the Beaver Dam. Lodwick Alford, 16th March 1778 [Lodwick Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]


    William Ferrell eters 640 A on So. Side of Tarr River, adj. Jno Farrell, Jno Cheaves, Julas Alford, Benj. Person & Burrell Perrery’s lines, 18 May 1778; Wm Ferrell [Julius Alford 1717 – 1771, s/o James Alford]


    Bridges Freeman enters 620 A on Anders Creek adj. lines of Alford, Jno Mullins, Wm Freeman, Saml Jones, Jno Cooly, Hartsfield, Wright, Wommock. 15 June 1778; Bridges Freeman


    Cornelius Taylor enters 280 A on waters of little Turkey Creek adj. Wm Rosses line, Wm Andrews line, Jno Drivers entry, Wm Andreys formerly belonging to Goodridge Alfordincluding his Impt. 15 June 1778; Cors Taylor.[Goodrich Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]


    Wm Stiles enters 400 A on waters of Turkey Creek adj. lines of Alford, Jeremiah Stevens, & Thomas Clover’s entry including 2 Improvements. 4 Augt 78; Wm Stiles


    Jno Alford enters 640 A on So. Side of Tarr River on both sides of the beaver Dam adj. lines of – Gal Alford, Cheves, Alfords Entry, & Wm Ferrels Entry. 9 Novr 1778; Jno Alford    [John Alford, 1747 Bute NC – 1830 AL, s/o Julius Alford, grandson of James Alford]


    Robert Butler enters 450 A on No. side of Tarr River adj. lines of his Own, Jas Hobbs, --- Alford (?), including his Improvement. 19th Decr 78; Robt Butler


    Elizabeth Jones enters 200 A on No. side of Tarr River adj. lines of Capt. Ferrell, Saml Horton, Lod. Alford& Benj. Brown Including her Impt. 19 Decr 1778; Elizabeth Jones. [Lodwick Alford, s/o James Alford, 1687 – 1730]


    Robt Melton enters 200 A on waters of Tarr adj. lines of the Widow Alford & including one Impt. 28 Decr 1778; Robert Melton


    Jno Alford enters 400 A on waters of little Beaver Dam adj. lines of Lucey Alford including one Impt. 31 Decr. 1778; Jno Alford. [John Alford, 1747 NC – 1830 AL, son of Julius Alford & Lucy Newton, grandson of James Alford]


    Jno Rice enters 300 A on the little Beaver Dam Swamp beg. At Alford’s line. 5thJany 1779. Jon Rice

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