North Carolina

North Carolina, USA, the Tar Heel State
Colony founded 1653; 12th State; Statehood, 1789; First US census 1790; Capital City, Raleigh

Some family names associated with North Carolina:

  • Abraham Alford 1787 Franklin, NC – 1855 AL
  • Edwin Barksdale Alford 1792 in NC – 1878 MS
  • Isaac Alford b 1748 in Butte Co, NC
  • Jacob Alford b 1761 in Butte Co, NC – d 1824 LA
  • John Alford b c 1747 in Butte Co, NC
  • Julius Alford 1717 VA – 1771 in Butte Co, NC
  • Needham J Alford 1789 NC – 1869 TX
  • Thomas Ashley, Jr. c 1710 – 1790 Bertie, NC
  • Edward Brown 1730 – 1797 in Jones Co, NC
  • Hardy Brown c 1771 – c 1799 Jones, NC
  • John Watson Brumfield Craven Co, NC
  • Richard Dillon 1745 VA  - 1833 MS; lived in NC
  • Theophilous Dillon b 1796 in Bertie Co, NC
  • Willis D Dillon b 1787 in Bertie Co, NC
  • William S Kelly & Mary Durham; m 1776 NC
  • Humphrey Lawrence c 1726 – 1772 Bertie, NC
  • Peter P Lawrence b c 1780 Bertie NC – 1852 Edgecombe, NC
  • Robert Lawrence c 1680 VA – 1744 Bertie, NC
  • Joanna (Dillon) Smith b 1778  Bertie Co, NC – d c 1821

History & Overview. According to the History Channel Website:

One of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina was the first state to instruct its delegates to vote for independence from the British crown during the Continental Congress. Following the Revolutionary War, North Carolina developed an extensive slave plantation system and became a major exporter of cotton and tobacco, although the slave population remained relatively small compared to that of other southern states. In 1861, North Carolina became one of 11 states to secede from the United States, beginning the American Civil War. Despite no major battles being fought in the state, North Carolina sent more recruits to fight for the Confederacy than any other rebel state. In 1903, the state became the site of the first manned self-propelled airplane flight when the Wright brothers took off from a cliff near Kitty Hawk.

Websites for North Carolina research:

Books for NC Research:

  • Aiken, Nancy Bryan. Minutes of the Jones County North Carolina Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1826 – 1841. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2002. 975.621
  • Clemens, William Montgomery. North and South Carolina Marriage Records. Reprint. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2002.
  • Gwynn, Zae Hargett. Abstracts of The Records of Jones County North Carolina 1779 – 1868. I. Memphis, TN: Zae Hargett Gwynn and Henry Norburne Gwynn. 975.621
  • Kammerer, Roger E. Onslow Register records of Onslow & Jones County Citizens and Related Families. II. 1988.975.62
  • Mobley, Joe A., ed. The Way We Lived in North Carolina. The University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
  • Whitley, Caroline B. North Carolina Headrights: A List of Names, 1663 – 1744. Raleigh, North Carolina: Office of Archives and History, NC Dept of Cultural Resources, 2008.

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