Friday, January 27, 2017

The Deeds of Bertie Co., NC, 1757 - 1772

Bradley, S. E. (1992). The deeds of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1757-1772. Keysville, VA: S.E. Bradley.

I stuck gold when I found this book on Amazon. I have Ashley & Lawrence ancestors in Bertie County, NC. This book has several with those surnames. However, as with all discoveries, it has raised more questions. 



Thomas Ryan planter of Bertie Precinct to Jacob Parrott. 1 May 1736. 22L NC. 200 acres (messuage), joining Ducking Run, Mr. Duckenfield, John Hardy, Thomas Ashley, Averit Hick. Signed also by Martha Ryan. Wit: Edward Rasor, William Ashley, John Padget. Aug Ct 1736. (Deed Book K, page 179A). Page 38. [Which Thomas Ashley, Senior or Junior? Is William related?]

David Ryan of Bertie Co. to William Sparkman planter of same, 26 July 1758. 20L proclamation. 430 acres, joining Cypress Swamp, William West, Jacob Turner. Wit: Charles Hardee, Needham Ryan, Humphrey Lawrence. Jul Ct 1758. (Deed Book I, page 91). Page 6. Source: Bradley, S. E. (1992). The deeds of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1757-1772. Keysville, VA: S.E. Bradley.


Thomas Ashley Sr. blacksmith of Bertie Co., to Patience Demsey planter of same. 23 Apr 1759. 10L proclamation. 50 acres on south side of Solomon Creek, joining Florence Branch, Waters Branch. Wit: Ruben Fields, John Ashley. (Deed book I, page 136). Page 13. [Previous to this record, Thomas Ashley Sr. was seen as late as 1753. Now we know he lived at least 6 years longer. His death date still unknown.]


David Ryan of Bertie Co. to Thomas Lawrence planter of same. 21 Apr 1760. 30L proclamation. 150 acres, joining Martin Griffin, Bare Swamp, George Lawrence, Thomas. Wit: Robert West, Peter Winant, Jno. Webb. Oct Ct 1760. (Deed Book I, page 453) Page 25.

William Byrd planter of Bertie Co., son of Edward Byrd dec’d to Thomas Hawkins planter of same. 5L proclamation. 2220 acres (messuage), joining Cypress Swamp, the line of a patent obtained by John Plowman 10 Aug 1720, including ½ the island. Wit: Thom. Ashley, Moses Field, Aaron Powell. Jan Ct 1761. (Deed Book K, page 19). Page 27. [Which Thomas Ashley, Senior or Junior?]

David Ryan planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Lawrence planter of same. 1 May 1763. 70L proclamation. 200 acres which was part of a 640 acre patent to John Hancock 6 Dec 1720, joining Bird, Holboock, Col. Pollock, Thomas Lawrence. Wit: Peter Winant, Humpy Lawrence, William Lewis. Feb Ct 1763. (Deed Book K, page 248). Page 43.

Thomas Larence [sic] of Bertie Co. to Jacob Larence [sic] planter of same. 19 Feb 1763. 5L. 110 acres, joining sd Thomas Larence. Wit: Robert West, Humpy Lawrence. Feb Ct 1763. (Deed Book K, page 242). Page 42. Source: David Ryan planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Lawrence planter of same. 1 May 1763. 70L proclamation. 200 acres which was part of a 640 acre patent to John Hancock 6 Dec 1720, joining Bird, Holboock, Col. Pollock, Thomas Lawrence. Wit: Peter Winant, Humpy Lawrence, William Lewis. Feb Ct 1763. (Deed Book K, page 248). Page 43.

John Ashley planter of Bertie Co. to James Demsey planter of same. 8 Jun 1764. 5L proclamation. 50 acres, joining Patience Demsey (Which she purchased from John Ashley), Salmon Creek. Wit: John Nicholls, David Gaskins, George Capehart. Aug Ct 1764. (Deed Book K, page 419). Page 56.

John Ashley planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Webb planter of same. 9 Feb 1765. 25L. 200 acres which was part of a patent to …? 19 Oct 1763 & sold by mortgage to Thomas Ashley the father of sd John Ashley, joining Gutt Branch, Thomas Ashley. Wit: William …?, Edward Rasor, Jno. Nicholls. Mar Ct 1765. (Deed Book K, page 443). Page 58. [Was this Thomas Ashley Senior or Junior who was the father of John Ashley?]

Wm. Virgin of Bertie Co. to Humhrey Lawrence. 23 Sep 1766. 26 shillings 8 pence proclamation. (no acres) (messuage), joining Main Branch. Also signed Ann Virgin. Wit: Robert Odeon, John Smith. (Deed Book L-2, page 32). Page 64.

Isaac Cook to Christopher Clark mariner of Bertie Co. 22 Sep 1766. 100L proclamation. 100 acres, joining John Cooks former corner, John Rutherford. Wit: Miles Shehan, Joshua Lawrence. Proved 8 Sep 1766. (Deed Book L-2, page 145). Page 75.

James Ryan of Bertie Co. to John Nicholls of same. 20 June 1768. 37L proclamation. 150 acres (messuage) which was part of a patent to John Hardy, joining Richard Lakey, John Ashley, James Ryan, George Ryan, William Fleetwood. Wit: Henry Fleetwood, George Ryan, Isham Webb. Jun Ct 1768. (Deed Book L-2, page 135). Page 74.

John Cook planter of Bertie Co. to Humphrey Lawrence. 12L. 77 acres on Blackwalnut Swamp. Wit: William Ashburn. Dec Ct 1768. (Deed Book L-2, page 162). Page 77.

Robert West of Bertie Co. to Thomas Leath of same. 23 Mar 1768. 13L. 50 acres (messuage) between Joseph Demsey & Thomas Ashley. Wit: Charles Worth Jaicocks, Saml Power. Mar Ct 1768. (Deed Book L-2, page 121). Page 73. [Which Thomas Ashley, Senior or Junior?]

John Lawrence Jr. & his wife Prudence of Bertie Co. to Abial Perry of same. 17 Apr 1769. 50 acres (Messuage) which had been willed to sd Prudence by Thos. Ashley dec’d joining John Ashley, George Ryan. Wit: John Brogdon, Barbre Brogdon, Abraham Perry. (Deed Book L-2, page 177). Page 79. [Was this Thomas Ashley Senior or Junior? Was Prudence his daughter?]

Abail Perry planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Perry of same. 1 May 1769. 30L proclamation. 50 acres, joining Spring Branch, Ryan Stevens, Wm. Ashley. Wit: James Perry, John Capehart, Bewin Perry. Jun Ct 1769. (Deed Book L-2, page 178). Page 79. [Was William Ashley related?]

Thomas Perry planter of Bertie Co. to Caleb Hooten planter of same. 25 Sep 1771. 40L proclamation. 50 acres, joining Spring Bramch, Myars, John Davison where William Shaw now lives, William Ashley. Wit: George Oxley, John Capehart. Sep Ct 1771. (Deed Book L-2, page 280). Page 93. [Was William Ashley related?]

John Redditt of Bertie Co. to John Lawrence Jr. of same. 14 May 1771. 10L. 170 acres (messuage) joining Bare Swamp Marsh called Redditts Old Field, Walstons former line, Cullen Pollocks former line. Wit: Joshia Redditt, Charles Evans. Sep Ct 1771. (Deed Book L-2, page 271). Page 92.

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4 comments:

  1. Colleen, how did you know your ancestors would be in the book? Was there a feature that you could preview the index of names? What a great find!

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  2. Marian, I knew my ancestors lived in that area at that time & just hoped they would be mentioned. Sometimes I buy a book & no family members are inside but this time my gamble paid off.

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  3. Many of NC land deeds are on line accessible through the Register of Deeds Office.

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