Archive for March, 2017

Name That Bird

March 31, 2017

My grandmother liked birds. She had a bird feeder that was nothing more than a thin scrap of board nailed onto the top of a  fence post. She put food scraps there for her birds. I suspect she might have not cleaned her plate so that she would have something left for the birds. 

She did not like cats because they scared her birds away. I suppose the cats were hungry, too, and not just for food scraps. 

Sometimes, in the early dark of morning, I hear a bird call. I don’t know anything about the calls of birds, and when I try to describe the call to Sugar, he doesn’t know either. 

So one morning at dark-thirty, I recorded a bird call. And then a second bird called, and I recorded that, too. 

Try to ignore the sounds of cats knocking things off the nightstand and scratching. We already know how to identify those sounds in the dark. At least no one coughed up a hairball. 

I asked for help from my online friends. My cousin, a scientist birder, said that both were cardinals. 

Cardinals, really? How embarrassing that I don’t even know the call of this most basic of birds. Sugar had asked me what the bird making the call looked like, but I couldn’t say. It was dark out. 

Another friend got her husband to listen to the audio, which amused me. People are listening to my little cardinal friends online. Her husband said that my bird call was slower than most, and that birds can have regional calls. 

Well, of course it is slower. This is the sLowcountry.   

Catch and Release, Feline Style

March 31, 2017

There’s a sketchy neighborhood near where I work. 

I’ve seen several cats there, and one is a calico, and a calico is generally a female. Another is an orange and white, and I’d like to think that he is a male. 

I started putting out food, and one started waiting for me in the morning. 

Sugar and I hatched a plan. I would trap, and he would drop off at the clinic and pick up after surgery. 

We trapped 2 on two consecutive days. 

The last one was released last week. 

And the others?

Why, they refuse to go in the trap. 

McCords & Yandells in “North Carolina Marriages 1801 to 1825”

March 27, 2017

Supposedly I have an ancestor named William McCord who married Mary Wilson Yandell. I had never heard of the Yandell family until my father developed dementia and mentioned them to my brother, who mentioned them to me.

I find the McCords and Yandells mentioned in this book of NC marriages from 1801-1825. Later, in what became West Tennessee, there is a William McCord and his wife Mary W. McCord. Same people? I. Don’t. Know.

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McCords in Tryon County North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1769-1779

March 17, 2017

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[April term 1769]

Pursuant to an Act of Assembly of the Province aforesaid, bearing date of the fifth of December, One thousand seven hundred and sixty-eight, and, in the ninth year of his Majesty’s reign, for dividing Mecklenburg County into two distinct counties by the Name of Mecklenburg county and Tryon County, and other purposes in the said Act mentioned.

His Majesty’s commission under the Great Seale of the Province aforesaid, appointing Thomas Neil Ju’r, William Moore, William Watson, William Twitty, John Retzhoupt, James Mcilwean, Henry Clark, Jonas Bedford, John Gordon, John Walker, Henry Holman, Robert Harris Jr, and David Anderson, Esqrs., Justices, assigned to keep the peace for the county of Tryon aforesaid was read in open court, and also  Commission and Dedimus Potestatum empowering the said justices to administer all oaths, appointed by Act of Parliament for the qualifications of all public officers, and also such other oaths as are appointed by the Act of Assembly for the qualification of all officers, according to their several commissions.

Agreeable to the above Commissioners, Thomas Neil Jr., William Moore, William Watson, and John Retzhoupt, came into open Court and took the oaths appointed by Law for the qualification of Public Officers and also the Oath of Justices of the Peace for the County of Tryon afsd., made and subscribed the declaration and took their seats on the bench accordingly.

Ezekial Polk came into court and produced his commissions [page torn] and took the oath…

At the same time came Alexander Martin into court and produced a license appointed him Attorney for the Crown in said county, who took the oaths by Law appointed for the qualification of public officers, subscribed the test, took the oath of an Attorney and took his place accordingly.

At the same time came Waightstill Avery produced a license appointed him Attorney for the Crown in said county, who took the oaths by Law appointed for the qualification of public officers, subscribed the test, took the oath of an Attorney and took his place accordingly.

At the same time John Dunn, Samuel Spencer, and James Forsyth appeared in court and took the oaths by Law appointed for the qualification of public officers, subscribed the test, took the oath of an Attorney and took their places accordingly.

Ordered by the Court that David Byers & John Brandon serve as Constables in room of John Black and he [sic] swear in before William Watson.

Court adjourned for One Hour. Met according to adjournment. Present: Thomas Neil Jr., William Moore, William Watson, and John Retzhoupt, Esquires.

John Walker and David Anderson came into court and took the oaths by Law appointed for the qualification of public officers, subscribed the test, took the oath … [torn] their place accordingly.


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The Grand Jury

1  James Campbell, foreman

2 Alex’r Campbell

3 Jabez Evans

4 David Davies

5 James Thompson

6 Saml Gray

7 And’w McNabb

8 James McCord

9 John Foster

10 Sam’l Simpson

11 Thomas Black

12 Wiliam Henry

13 John Manner [?]

14 John McFaddon

15 Wm. McElwee

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Rich’d Jones vs Phillip Henson. Case.

The Petty Jury

1 Robert Loony

2 Wm Lusk

3 Benj’a Rice

4 Sam’l Gray

5 John Potts

6 Robert Robertson

7 Rob’t Gordon

8 James McCord

9 Gilbert Watson

10 John Hampton

11 Wm Aken

12 James Moore

Jury Impanneled & Sworn the Plantiff being solemnly Called failed to prosecute and Suffered a Non pross.

Charles Purvians[?] vs Richd & Wm. Farr. Case. Same Jury. Jury Impanneled & sworn find for the Plff and assess his Damages to (pound sterling) 11 2 8 and /6 Costs.


Rich’d Price vs Ab’m Bogard. Case.

The Petty Jury

1 Robert Loony

2 Wm Lusk

3 Benj’a Rice

4 John Potts

5 Robert Robertson

6 Robert Gordon

7 James McCord

8 John Lewis

9 Gilbert Watson

10 John Hampton

11 James Moore

12 Nicholas Fisher

Jury Impanneled & sworn find for the Plff and assess his Damages to (pound sterling) 10 16 and /6 Costs.

Gasper Clute vs George Pariss. Case. Same Jury. Jury Impanneled & sworn find for the Plff and assess his Damages to (pound sterling)– 1d and /6 Costs.


Nicholas Fisher vs John Conner. Case.

The Petty Jury

1 Robert Loony

2 Wm Lusk

3 Benj’a Rice

4 John Potts

5 Robert Robinson

6 Robert Gordon

7 James McCord

8 John Lewis

9 Gilbert Watson

10 John Hampton

11 James Moore

12 John Davison

Jury Impanneled & Sworn find for the Plff and assess his Damages to (pound sterling)  9 & /6 Costs.

Francis Beaty vs John Elder. Case. Same Jury. Jury Impanneled & sworn find for the Plff and assess his Damages to (pound sterling) 8 12 10 & /6 Costs.

Francis Adams vs Henry Turner. Case. Same Jury. Jury Impanneled & sworn find for the Plff and assess his Damages to (pound sterling) 4 3 4 & /6 Costs.


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April term 1771

The King vs George Ison.

The Petty Jury

1 John Patton

2 James Witherow

3 Joseph Neel

4 Nath’l Clark

5 James Wilson

6 James Coburn

7 James Clinton

8 Garvin Black

9 James McCord

10 Jno Lusk

11 James Duff

12 Jno Woods

Jury Impanneled and Sworn find the Defendant Guilty in Manner & Form Charged in Bill of Indictment and Fine Forty Shillings prock.


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A Deed of Sale from James McCord to Francis Gaskins for 150 Acres of land Dated the sixteenth Day of February 1773 proved by Wm. Alston Evidence thereto. Ordered to be Registered.


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McCord, James 26,46,47,64,124. McCord, John 172.

If this James McCord was found in Tryon County at its formation from Mecklenburg County, does this mean that he will be found in the Mecklenburg records prior to 1769? I will presume that he had been in the area for a while since he was frequently on a jury list, and was a recognized member of the community.

And if nothing else, perhaps I can disprove that he is a member of my family, which would decrease the available pool of candidates…

McCords in Mecklenburg County Deed Abstracts, 1763-1779

March 15, 2017

From “Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts 1763-1779” by Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S. and Elmer O. Parker.

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From its formation in 1763 from Anson County, Mecklenburg included all North Carolina counties west of Anson and south of Rowan and all or portions of the present South Carolina counties of York, Chester, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union, Cherokee, Kershaw, Laurens, Newberry and Greenville. The Indian line was surveyed in 1767, forming the western boundary of Mecklenburg County. Tryon County was formed in 1769, taking the territory west of the Catawba River. The North Carolina-South Carolina border was surveyed in 1772 cutting off present Lancaster and a portion of York County from Mecklenburg. These abstracts cover the entire period when Mecklenburg included such a large area,, and going on to 179–the first nine deed books. These were obviously compiled at a later time from smaller volumes. This explains the lack of chronological order by recording dates.

Originally, two volumes of abstracts of Mecklenburg deeds were planned. However, by the time the second volume was well under way, the first volume was out of print. The cost of soft cover offset printing has so closely approached that of hard binding that the present arrangement is more practical. In fairness to those who purchased Volume I, this volume is priced only slightly higher than Volume II would have been, and this provides the convenience of one index and binding instead of two With this volume, still another link in early Carolina frontier land titles is provided. With the use of Anson and Tryon deed abstracts, a thirty-year period of land transactions is now easily accessible.

My thanks to Mr. Elmer O. Parker for helping me with abstracts of Deed Books 5 and 6, and for providing the attractive maps in this edition.

Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S.

Columbia South Carolina

May 29, 1978

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Pp. 199-202: 4 July 1766, Francs Beaty & wf Martha of Meck., “Dep. Collector &c,” to Robert McCord (lease s5, release (pound sterling) 45)…300 A on E side Cataba, both sides of Rolls Road, adj. David McCord’s, Killen’s, and Hugh Beaty’s…part of 640 A granted to Francis Beaty 21 Dec 1763..Francis Beatey (Seal), Martha Beatey (M) (Seal), Wit: David McCord, John Beatey.


Pp. 223-226: 4 & 5 July 1766, Francis Beatey & wf Martha of Meck., to David McCord…300 A on # side Catabaw River on the path leading from Mathew Pattons to the ford on the Tuckasegey including the Boyling Spring…on Killens line…part of 647 A granted to sd. Beatey 21 Dec 1763…Francis Beatey (Seal), Martha Beatey (M) (Seal), Wit: John Beatey, Robert McCord.

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Pp. 563-564: 4 Jan 1765, John Moore & wf Ann of Meck., to John Garvin for (pound sterling) 60, 580 A granted to sd. Moore 26 Mar 1755..on N side of a branch called by some Moores Creek…John Moore (Seal), Ann Moore (A) (Seal), Wit: William Dunlop, John Thomas, James McCord.


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McCiord,David 239

McCoord,Robert 240


Ann 173,181,191

David 8,9,173,178,181,191

James 63,87,89,91,145,193,209,24,234,246

James Jr. 163,224,226,234,241

James Sr. 163,226,241

John 83,124,125,144,239

Robert 8,9,75,181,191,194,224,233

Samuel Sr. 224

Sarah 341

Are David McCiord and Robert McCoord the same as David McCord and Robert McCord? Are James and John the same people that I have recently posted? And how are James, James Sr., and James Jr. linked together?

I clearly have more work to do…



Jim Dumas: “My Roommate is a Native of Paris”

March 15, 2017

Jim Dumas was a writer of news and features in the Paris Post-Intelligencer. He was recovering from a heart attack at a health care facility in East Tennessee when he met my father, his roommate, who was recovering from a broken hip. 

Is or isn’t this a small world?

After a serious heart attack Jan. 6, after which stint surgery was successful, I was moved to NHC Farragut for skilled care. My roommate, who stands 6-foot-6, was recovering from a broken hip. 

One of his sons, Bob, who lives in New York, is down looking after him. It wasn’t until an inquiry from my daughter that I learned the patient, Roy Rawls, was born and raised in Paris, as was I. 

Roy started naming off a list of his kinfolks a mile high, including the late Hip Rawls, who for many years operated a service station on North Market and Rison streets, as well as Curtis Rawls. 

He recalled other friends and relatives who worked with the railroads and Paris Manufacturing. His son recalls Mule Day and the World’s Biggest Fish Fry. 

“Paris was a friendly town and a good place to live,” Bob Rawls recalled. 

The Rawls moved to Lenoir City after World War II started and Roy found jobs with TVA and Oak Ridge’s atomic plant. 

Then he interviewed a sleep -talker. 

Seldom have I heard of a writer putting together a story based on what a sleep-talked said. Move over, Ripley. I’ve been there, done that. 

In the last column, I wrote of a spry retired coon-hunter named Roy Rawls, a Paris native. I never knew Roy when we grew up in Henry County, for he moved his family to Lenoir City and a job with TVA. He still has some relatives in Henry County, including Joy and Lowell Brisendine. 

From the talk of his relatives, he must have been a great hunter. From his sleep talk, Roy had to have been a crafty man at the art of treeing the coon. 

In his sleep, Roy described his coon hunts as real life, not excluding the usual jargon beloved by hunters. 

“Good thing we brought Old Tom, ’cause I don’t think this new pup is going to do the job,” I heard him say. 

Roy was upset because a man who had promised to deliver two good dogs at the railroad depot hadn’t kept his part of the bargain. “Hard to count on this new breed of hunter,” he mourned. 

“They’ve got that coon on the run, and I hear Old Tom at the front… can always count on Tom.”

I heard him say: “Paul, don’t let Old Mag get too far asunder from the pack; we could lose the coon.”

“The weather’s somewhat colder than last, and that bids for a good haul if the snow holds.”

The hunters – probably numbering four – talked about their next hunt and who would provide the truck. About midnight, they headed home with four coons treed. 

“We’ll add these to the supper we’re having next month. Hope some more hunters show up next, or they might get left out of a good feed.”

Rawls also talked about some of the years he worked with TVA, continuing to make reference to snakes. That’s where we’ll cut off. 

Anyway, try to interview someone’s sleep sometimes. 

Mr. Dumas passed away in 2005, and as a coincidence, it was in Lenoir City, where my father lived most of his life.  Thank you, Mr. Dumas, for sharing these stories of my father. 

The Wills of James & John McCord of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

March 13, 2017

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1763-1790 (1749-1790)



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Mecklenburg County was formed in 1763 from Anson County. At its formation it had no western boundary and an indeterminate southern boundary. It was bordered by Rowan County on the north and Anson County on the east. It therefore included the present North Carolina counties of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Lincoln, Gaston, Rutherford and Polk (and other western counties not yet settled at the time) and all or part of the South Carolina counties of Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Chester, York and Lancaster. In 1764, the South Carolina border was surveyed east of the Catawba River, but the border west of the Catawba was not surveyed until 1772. In 1769, Tryon County was formed from the western part of Mecklenburg. (Tryon County was abolished in 1779, and Lincoln and Rutherford counties created).

Fortunately, most or perhaps all of the Mecklenburg county wills survive. The wills abstracts in this volume date from 1749-1790. In addition the extant returns of the Secretary of State (S.S. 884) of wills and estates probated are included. The testate and intestate estate papers are extant as well for Mecklenburg county, but it was not feasible to include these here since it would entail going through one hundred forty boxes of such papers. For the wills, both recorded copies and originals have been consulted, and where two copies exist, both references are given. The recorded copies appear to have been made much later than the originals, and have no order, chronological or alphabetical. As stated above, Mecklenburg County was not formed until 1763. Those wills prior to that year included here at first glance are perplexing. They are wills written when the territory was still Anson County, but probated or recorded after Mecklenburg was formed. These wills occasionally give clues as to former residence, especially Pennsylvania and Ireland. Unfortunately, many of these wills have no recording or proving dates. Those which we have are included, with the exception of some which might be found in the minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. A few wills were undated and those which lack also a recording date for this period of necessity were omitted.

This volume of abstracts should be used in conjunction with other published records of Mecklenburg County, particularly the “Mecklenburg County, N.C. Deed Abstracts 1763-1779” (published by Southern Historical Press). The records of Anson County and Tryon County will be useful in tracing many persons mentioned in these abstracts. These are available also in published form from Genealogical Publishing Company (Baltimore, Maryland) and Southern Historical Press respectively.

Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S.

Columbia, South Carolina

January 1, 1980

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Will of JAMES McCORD of the County of Mecklenburg being very sick … to my beloved wife [Catherine] the full third of my personal estate & to have the benefit of the land during her natural life, the choice of all my horses with her saddle, household furniture; to my daughter Jane, (pound sterling) 50 hard money over & above her half of my personal estate; to my son William the remainder of my personal estate with all my land at my wife’s death; my wife sole Extx…

5 Nov 1781

James M’Cord (1) (Seal)

Wit: John McCord, John Moore, William M’Leary

Proved January 1782

Wil Book B, p. 126

C.R. 065.801.20


Will of JOHN McCORD of the County of Mecklenburg, being in my ordinary health of body; to Robert Allison & John McRee, all my lands and improvements to sell and distribute the proceeds; to wife Mary McCord, one moiety or the full half; to John McCord, son of William McCord, (pound sterling) 10; to Robert McCord, one other son of sd.

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Wiliam McCord, (pound sterling) 200; to John McCord, son of the above Robert McCord (pound sterling) 30; to John McCord, son of John McCord, Junr., (pound sterling) 5; to John Moore son of Garon (?) Moore; (pound sterling) 10; to Mary Ritchey, daughter of John Ritchey, (pound sterling) 10; to Agness Kennedy daughter of David Kennedy, (pound sterling) 3; to Isabella Diller (?) my wifes sisters daughter, (pound sterling) 10 she living in Kentuck; friends Robert Allison, & John McRee, exrs..  11 Sept 1786

John McCord (Seal)

Wit: William Huston, Jurat

Mary Huston

N. B. my negro man Dublin shall not be sold, but shall remain in my wifes possession….

Will Book B, pp. 127-128

C.R. 065.801.20

James McCord, Rowan County, Abstracts of the Deeds

March 13, 2017

More from Mrs. Stahle Linn, Jr., C.G., R.G.

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In this volume are abstracts of the first ten deed books of Rowan County, abstracted from the recorded deeds in the Rowan County Register of Deeds Office. Copies of pertinent deeds may be ordered from the Register of Deeds, County Office Building, 402 N. Main Street, Salisbury, N.C. 28144. The fee is in 1983 50c per page plus large SASE.

Many deeds were not recorded until years after the transaction took place. Therefore, it cannot be assumed that someone buying or selling property recorded his instrument at the time one might expect. The Rowan County deed indices are almost impossible to use, and a genealogist may be needed to explore the later records.

In Rowan County lie the earliest extant set of court records for the piedmont section of North Carolina; twenty–seven counties in North Carolina and all of Tennessee have been formed from the area that was once Rowan, an area who western boundary was the Pacific Ocean. For twenty-three years, Salisbury, the county seat, was the farthest west county seat in the Colonies.

Rowan County was formed from Anson County in 1753 and most of the early Anson records were lost to fire. Anson had been formed in 1750 from Bladen County, where many records were destroyed by fires in 1756 and 1893.

There has been no major loss of records in Rowan. However, in the Land Grant Office of the Secretary of State, Raleigh, N.C., are some early land grants that were not recorded in the county deed books.

Eighteenth century Rowan County prior to 1771 embraced the entire northwestern quarter of North Carolina. North Carolina was established as a proprietary colony when in 1663 King Charles II granted to eight supporters who had helped him regain the English throne the lands in the new world between the parallels of 31 degrees and 36 degrees north latitude. The land was extended in 1665 to 30 degrees north latitude, the present north Carolina-Virginia boundary. Under the Carolina Charters, the Lords Proprietors received, among other things, the right to grant lands, and the colony was under the control and leadership of the Lords Proprietors for more than sixty years. In 1728, seven of the original proprietary shares were sold to George II, and North Carolina became a crown colony.

One shareholder declined to sell: John Carteret or the Right Honourable John Earl Granville, Viscount Carteret and Baron Carteret, of Hawnes, in the County of Bedford, in the Kingdom of Great Britain, Lord President of his Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, and Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Born in 1691, he had inherited one-eighth of Carolina in 1695.

The Granville District was a strip of land about sixty miles in depth bounded by the Virginia Line on the north, the southern border of Rowan on the south, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and the Pacific Ocean on the west, roughly the upper half of present-day North Carolina. Granville was given the right and title to all vacant lands, and his land agents granted the lands and collected the rents and fees i his name. Much of the land in Rowan was granted by Francis Corbin and Thomas Child, agents of Granville. John Earl Granville died in 1763, never having seen his North Carolina lands, and the land office was closed due to difficulties concerning the Regulator Movement. The American Revolution intervened, wiping out all traces of feudalism, socage, and quitrents. All the Granville properties were confiscated by the state.

To further complicate the matter of real estate in the colony, Henry McCulloh, a merchant of London, was granted in 1737, 1,200,00 acres of land, some 450,000 of which lay within the Granville proprietary. For this reason, the researcher will find both Granville and McCulloh grants appearing in Rowan County prior to 1766 and the Revolution.

In late 1778 land offices were set up in the counties to grant land formerly held by Granville. One could locate for himself 640 acres of vacant and previously ungranted land with 100 acres for his wife and 100 acres for each minor child. The state land grants continued until 1959.

The procedure for obtaining land was the same, regardless of who granted it. A person found the land he wanted and made application to the land office; this application is called the “entry” which was a rough description of the property. A Warrant then was issued to the county surveyor to set apart the land that had been somewhat vaguely described in the entry, and he surveyed the tract and drew a plat of it with a metes and bounds description of the property. Metes and bounds descriptions use natural or man-made features of the land as the terminal points for boundary lines, such as “the stump on Williams’ line” or the “persimmon tree on the creek bank.” The plat was returned with the survey, and then the patent or deed was granted, once the necessary fees had been remitted, and the deed or patent was recorded.

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It should be noted that not all the so-called Granville grants appear in the recorded deeds of Rowan County nor in the Land Grant Office. Some appear in the North Carolina State Archives, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. 27611. There is an indexed card file for these grants.

The importance of the use of land records in genealogical research can scarcely be overestimated, for most of the eighteenth century deeds give the entire chain of title and relationships are spelled out in exquisite detail. Divisions of estates, deeds of gift, and powers of attorney appear also in the recorded deeds.

In working with a county a large as original Rowan, it becomes necessary to determine the approximate location of the property so that one will know in which offshoot county to expect to find later records. Special note should be made of the watercourses mentioned in the deed and the names of the adjoining landowners. William S. Powell’s North Carolina Gazetteer will be a useful aid in determining into which present-day county the land fell.

In this volume of deed abstracts, a person’s mark is given in parentheses with his name; if no mark is shown, the reader may assume he signed. Place names of the principals are included where they are other than Rowan County; occasionally a county name, such as Mecklenburg, will be given, and there is no indication as to the state. Care has been taken to show alternate spellings of names within the deeds themselves, and the index makes cross references to aid the reader in finding the alternate spellings of the names. The index, because it became unwieldy, does not indicate the fact that a name may appear more than once on a page, so it behooves the careful researcher to peruse the entire page. Some names were impossible to decipher, and some names were written in German and could not be translated by this compiler. When a person signed in German, the fact is so noted.

Appreciation is expressed to Mrs. Lynne Michael of Salisbury Printing Company for her fine work in preparing the monumental index to these deeds, a tedious and exacting exercise, and to the personnel when the compiler took up residency there. Heaven forbid that there be any corrections or emandations, but such will be gratefully received by the compiler.

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9:578. 10 Oct. 1783. State Grant #418 @ 50 sh the 100 A to James McCord, 300 A n fork of Hunting Crk opposite the mouth of Fords branch adj Elsberry.


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9:620. 10 Oct. 1783. State Grant #334 @ 50 sh the 100 A to Thomas Young, 640 A on N side Hunting Crk adj James McCord, Christopher Harston, Houston & Bryant. 

James McCord of Rowan County, North Carolina

March 12, 2017

I don’t even know what I don’t know.

I do know that I’m looking for McCords from North Carolina who would have migrated to West Tennessee in the early 1800s when the Indian lands opened up for settlement.

I have a stash of papers that aren’t doing any good if they are just stored in a notebook.

We’ll start with these 6 pages from “ABSTRACTS OF WILLS AND ESTATES RECORDS OF ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 1753-1805 and TAX LISTS of 1759 AND 1778”, by Mrs. Stahle Linn, Jr., C.G.

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In Rowan County lie the earliest extant set of court records for the piedmont section of North Carolina; twenty-seven counties in North Carolina and all of Tennessee have been formed from the area that was once Rowan, an area whose western boundary was the Pacific Ocean. For twenty-three years, Salisbury, the county seat, was the farthest west county seat in the Colonies.

Rowan County was formed from Anson County in 1753, and most of the early Anson records were lost to fire. Anson had been formed in 1750 from Bladen County, where many records were destroyed by fires in 1756 and 1893.

The early will books of Rowan County are largely intact, and the North Carolina Archives has many of the original wills of Rowan. This present volume included abstracts of the extant unrecorded wills and abstracts of the untranslated German wills, some of which were recorded and some of which were not. We are enormously grateful to Ute-Ingrid Seider White for her translations and abstracts of the German wills which were published in the July, 1975, issue of The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal.

Obviously, not everyone who died in Rowan County prior to 1805 died testate; the percentage then was about what it is now, one in twenty male heads of household. The will books are comprised only of the recorded wills and have no information on intestates. However, a group of inventories and accounts of sales for the period 1785-1787 were recorded in the Rowan County minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, records of forty-eight decedents, some of whom died testate and some of whom didn’t, and this list is included. Also included is a list of persons for whom there are extant loose estates papers at Archives, primarily intestates, some 900 or so of them. The knowledge that these papers exist and are available should be helpful to researchers who ancestors laced the grace to depart this wicked world leaving a will that named all the children.

The incomplete 1759 Tax List of Rowan has been included with an explanation of the reason why it was not compiled from the original. The 1778 Rowan Tax List, assumed to be complete for everyone who didn’t hide from the enumerator, was transcribed from the original.

The main index is arranged with cross references that aid in orthographic problems; there are subject headings; place names are also indexed. The slave index is included for obvious reasons. It should be noted that the names of many slaves are not the same in the recorded wills as in the originals.

The compiler has always published the abstracts of the source materials she has found to be the most valuable in her own research, with the hope that this material will prove equally helpful to other historians and genealogists. She is most assuredly grateful to Dr. Thornton Mitchell and Mr. George Stevenson and the other Souls at the North Carolina Archives for their hospitality during the days spent in the Archives and for their not inconsiderable help. She is also grateful to William Perry Johnson for this corrections and additions. And to Edythe Huffman whose help with the index made publication this year possible.

McCord James Rowan County 1778 & 17960004

McCord, James, 103, 129

McCord James Rowan County 1778 & 17960005

McCord, James 1796

McCord James Rowan County 1778 & 17960006

James McCord 536.15

So, James McCord? Who are you?

Errol the Feral Learns the Construction Trade

March 11, 2017

I’ve written about Errol before. He was taken in by a cat lady in 2011. The lens in his left eye had ruptured, so I got a couple of opinions about what needed to happen to him. 

The two vets that I consulted agreed that the eye would heal over, but he probably couldn’t see out of the eye. He might be able to see some shadows, but not clear vision. 

There are lots of one-eyed cats in the world. They do not know that they are impaired. 

Errol is building a screened porch at Sugar’s house, which explains why the sawhorses are so happy. 

Because cats need screened porches.