Topic: Land

Landholding in Colonial North Carolina

1Reprinted by permission from the Law Quarterly Review (London) April, 1895. In 1663 His Majesty Charles II, out of the abundance of his American lands, granted the province of Carolina to eight of the chief nobles of his court. These gentlemen retained the property until 1629, when they sold it to the King. Here it remained until the War of the Revolution. Although these two supremacy’s, the one of the Lords Proprietors and the other of the King, represent the two distinct periods in the history of the colony, they indicate but little interruption in the history of its private law. This is especially true of the law relating to land. The basis for the future government was the charter by which the Lords Proprietors received their property. When the purchase by the King was made, there was no beginning the government de novo. The Crown simply stepped into the place vacated by the former owners. Proprietary laws were for the most part confirmed or but slightly altered. We thus see the importance of the charter of 1663, and can understand why the people in their periodic revisions of the laws saw fit to insert this instrument as a preface to their codes. It is therefore from this charter 2The first charter was issued in 1663. In order to include a strip of territory to the north of the...

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Running the Blockade from Confederate Ports

One of the most thrilling phases of the history of the Civil War is that which deals with running the blockade from, and into, the Southern ports. The absolute dependence of the South on European markets, both to sell her cotton and to obtain military supplies, induced the Confederate government early in its existence to foster blockade running as much as possible. The convenience of neutral harbors in the West Indies, the Bahamas, and the Bermudas was especially fortunate for such plans, and the year 1861 was not half gone before a number of fast sailing, low built, duskily painted ships were plying with much regularity between these islands and Wilmington, N. C., Charleston, Savannah and other Southern harbors. The destination of a blockade runner was usually Nassau. This place, until it became the metropolis of the blockade trade, was of very little commercial importance. Its inhabitants had supported themselves by a thriftless kind of agriculture and by a sharp-some times too sharp -practice of wrecking. They were idle, good natured, and unambitious. Had it depended on them to manage the blockade trade, the Southern Confederacy might have perished of starvation. English merchants, as well as the Southerners themselves, saw the favorableness of the situation. Ere long the streets and quays of Nassau filled with sharp-eyed men, whose whole bearing betokened the speculator. Agents for London firms opened offices...

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1806 2nd Ordinance Selling Land Lots in Athens

On the 2nd of April, 1806, Rufus Putnam and Dudley Woodbridge were appointed a committee to conduct a second sale of town lots, which took place November 25, 1806. Some of the lots previously sold were sold again, payments having not been made. The following is the report of the second sale No. of lot. Purchaser. Price. 1 Joel Abbott, $72 00 2 Joel Abbott, 40 50 3 Ebenezer Currier, 36 50 4 William Skinner, 15 00 5 Silvanus Ames, 15 00 6 Leonard Jewett, 15 00 8 Leonard Jewett, 15 00 9 Leonard Jewett, 13 00 10 John Walker, 12 50 11 William Skinner, 7 50 12 John Walker, 26 00 14 Silvanus Ames, 35 00 t5 William Dorr, 18 00 16 Silvanus Ames, 15 00 17 Ebenezer Currier, 52 00 19 Moses Hewitt, 35 00 20 Moses Hewitt, 40 00 21 Silas Bingham, 15 00 22 Silas Bingham, 22 00 23 Rufus Putnam, 10 00 24 Moses Hewitt, 11 00 25 Rufus Putnam, 16 00 27 Samuel Luckey, 14 00 29 William Skinner, 16 00 30 Joseph Buell, 15 00 31 B. Seamans, 20 00 32 Joseph Buell, 11 00 33 William Skinner, 35 00 34 Rufus Putnam, 26 00 36 Moses Hewitt, 18 00 38 David Boyles, 17 00 39 Timothy Wilkins, 14 00 40 Dudley Woodbridge, 11 00 41 Timothy Wilkins, 17 00 42 Dudley...

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1804 Ordinance Selling Land Lots in Athens

Sec. 1 appointed Rufus Putnam and Samuel Carpenter to survey and lay off the town of Athens agreeably with the rule of the resolution of the legislature of December 18th, 1799. Sec. 2 directed the treasurer of the university to have the town plat recorded. Sec. 3 directed Putnam and Carpenter, after due notice, to sell on the first Monday of November, 1804, at public auction, twenty-seven house-lots and an equal number of out-lots at their discretion, excepting and reserving house-lots number 57 and 58. The remaining sections related to the form of certificate and lease to be given. The sale took place November 5th, 1804, and with the following result: No. of Purchasers lot. Purchaser. Price. Residence 1 John Havner $132 00 Athens. 4 William McNichol 46 00 Salt works. 7 Silas Bingham 40 50 Athens. 10 Jarrett Jones 27 00 Middletown. 13 Silas Bingham 62 00 Athens. 16 Silvanus Ames 51 00 Ames. 19 Muses Hewitt 61 00 Middletown. 23 William McNichol 25 00 Salt works. 26 Eliphaz Perkins 30 00 Athens. 28 Eliphaz Perkins 101 00 Athens. 29 Rufus Putnam 59 00 Marietta. 32 John Simonton 27 00 Middletown. 36 John Johnson 20 00 Wheeling. 40 Rufus Putnam 20 00 Marietta. 43 Rufus Putnam 30 00 Marietta. 46 Henry Bartlett 17 00 Middletown. 49 Canaday Lowry 14 00 Middletown. 52 Daniel Mulford 13 00 Middletown. 55...

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Residents Lands, Ames Township, 1807

Legend: 1: Acres 2: Range 3: Township 4: Section 5: Dollars 6: Cents Last First 1 2 3 4 County Orignal Proprietor 5 6 Comments Ames Silvanus 108 13 6 4,9 Athens Manasseh Cutler 43 Brown John 132 13 6 14 Athens Winsor 87 Brown Benjamin 200 13 6 4 Athens Manasseh Cutler 80 Brown William 140 13 6 4 Athens Manasseh Cutler 56 Bullard Joseph 60 16 Athens Elisha Whitney 24 Beaumont Samuel 320 13 6 18 Athens John Meigs 1 28 Boyles Jacob 100 13 6 2 Athens Israel Thorndike 40 Case David 100 14 Athens Amos Porter 65 Dean Silas 600 13 6 3 Athens Israel Thorndike 2 40 Dean Silas 340 13 6 24 Athens George Wilson 1 36 Dean Silas 123 13 6 9 Athens William Bartlett 49 Dean Silas 252 13 6 9 Athens Israel Thorndike 1 5 Davis Reuben 80 14 10 7 Athens John Alden 32 Davis Nehemiah 80 14 10 Athens John Alden 32 Davis Benjamin 100 14 10 Athens Andrew Peters 65 Ewing George Jr. 320 13 6 5 Athens Benjamin Converse 1 28 Farmer Upton 90 16 Athens Elisha Whitney 58 Fuller Seth 113 13 6 12 Gallia William Bartlett 45 Fuller Seth 100 12 2 Washington Matthew Manchester 80 Fuller Seth 8 8 Athens Matthew Manchester 4 Fuller Joseph 195 14 10 Athens John Dodge 78 Fuller...

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