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Huguenots to the Trent River

Trent River French Protestants, escaping religious persecution, settled on the Trent River in 1707. They were known as "Huguenots." Two years later, the Lords Proprietors granted to Baron de Graffenreidt ten thousand acres of land along the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers for the purpose of colonizing. Soon thereafter, a great number of Palatines (Germans) and fifteen hundred Swiss followed the Baron, and settled at the confluence of the Trent and the Neuse. The town was called New Berne (named after Berne, Switzerland, the birth-place of Graffenreidt). Later on, some of their descendants fought in the Revolutionary War.

The Battle of Rockfish Branch on the Cape Fear River

Rockfish CreekBy February 21, 1776, the British General MacDonald crossed to the east side of the Cape Fear and to avoid open battle, sank their boats to discourage pursuit. He then marched southward to Wilmington to join with the forces of Governor Martin. The pursuit of MacDonald lasted several days, resulting in his defeat at Moores Creek Bridge on February 27th. Hugh Stanley testified before the North Carolina Assembly that he served in the militia and was disabled by wounds which he received during the Battle of Rockfish Creek while serving under General Kenan. He stated that he was disabled " by being chopped on the head and shoulders also on the hands." Source: Treasurer's and Comptrollers Records, Veterans Pensions, North Carolina Archives.



Map of Jones County North Carolina



Narrowing Down the Old Home Place

creek William Lavender Sr. received a land grant in Jones County in 1762. The grant was discovered by examining the deed records and finding a deed dated 1832 between Samuel Hill and David Green for 84 acres of land on Gum Branch near Beaver Creek North by the Trent River to the line of Melcher Rhem; also a tract of land on the Northside of the Trent River at Beaver Creek, which was sold by Melcher Rhem to William Lavender in 1776. Then, in 1779, William Lavender, a tailor, deeded to Jacob Koonce 200 acres on Beaver Creek to Whiteoak branch, dividing the line between Jacob Rhem and Lavender. The estate of William Lavender in Jones County defines more land and the names of his heirs, thus further clarifying the situation. This is why genealogists research deeds, estates and wills.

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Jones County Wills and Estates



Jones County MapJones county was formed in 1779 from the southwestern part of Craven County. It was named after Willie Jones, a Revolutionary leader and president of the North Carolina Council of Safety. Jones, a plantation and slave owner, was later the state's chief opponent of ratification of the United States Constitution.

Images of Jones County Wills and Deeds, Volume A, 1779 to 1812

Ahair, John - Andrews, Adam - Andrews, David - Andrews, Peter - Anniet, Peter - Antwine, Andrew - Austin, John - Barnett, William - Barret, Thomas - Benton, Michael - Blackshear, Agnes - Blackshear, Alexander Blackshear, Elisha - Blackshear, James - Blount, Francis - Bogue, Mark - Bogue, Robert - Brock, Joseph - Brockett, Benjamin to Benjamin Williams, Governor - Brown, Edward - Brown, John - Brown, William - Bryan, Frederick - Bryan, Lewis - Bryan, Nathan - Bump, Elizabeth - Bump, Jabez - Burich, James - Burnet, John Sr. - Buseck, Mitchel - Bush, William - Cahoon, John - Chance, Rebecca - Clark, George - Clifton, Ezekiel - Clifton, Sarah - Collins, Benjamin - Colvert, John - Conner, John - Cordeman, Barnard - Cox, Elisha - Cox, Marmaduke - Crutchfield, Ann - Dias, William - Dias, Wilson - Dudley, Abraham Sr. Dudley, Thomas - Dulin, Rice - Dulin, Thomas - Edwards, Simon - Eubanks, Thomas - Fields, Richard - Foy, Jacob - Foy, Thomas - Foy, Thomas (2) - Frank, Wickliff - Frazar, Mary - Frazer, Micajah - Frazar, Urbane - Furr, Thomas - Gilbert, Benjamin J. - Gilbert, Joseph - Gilbert, William D. - Giles, John Sr. - Gillet, Seth - Gooding, Moses - Goodson, Aaron - Granade, Joseph, the elder - Granade, Joseph - Gray, Israel - Gray, Joseph Cox - Gray, William Gilbert - Green, James - Grenade, John - Griffith, Daniel - Grimes, Robert - Gunter, John Sr. - Gunter, Richard - Hale, John - Hamilton, David - Hargett, Peter - Harkins, William - Harris, Zemeriah - Harrison, Daniel - Harrison, James Sr.- Harrison, John - Harrison, William - Harrison, William (2)- Harrison, William I1812) - Hatch, Anthony - Hatch, Edmund - Hatch, Samuel - Hathaway, Isaac - Hawkins, William - Hay, Thomas - Herbert, William - Hewet, Nancy - Higgins, William - Hill, James - Hill, Joseph - Howard, Titus - Huggins, Luke - Ipock, Jacob - Isler, Frederick - Isler, Sarah - Isler, William - Jackson, John - Jarman, Hall - Johnson, Collinson - Johnson, Jacob - Jones, Hardy - Jones, James - Jones, James (2) - Jones, William - Kellam, Mary - King, Mary - King, Samuel - Koonce, Christian - Koonce, Jacob - Koonce, John - Koonce, Michael - Kornegay, Abraham - Kornegy, Daniel - Kornegay, David - Kornegy, John - Kornegay, Littin - Lavender, William - Lavender, William (1802) - Lee, John Burton - Lipsey, Arthur - Lipsey, James - Lipsey, R. - Lipsey, Timothy - Lipsey, William - Littleton, Mary - Littleton, Thomas - Littleton, Thomas (2) - Macky, Isaac - Malding, Henry - Marret, Hezekiah Sr. - May, Charles - McCubbins, Samuel - McDaniel, James - McQuillian, Alexander - Mead, Rachel - Mead, Thomas - Meador, Abraham - Meadors, L. - Melton, James - Messer, Benjamin - Metts, George Sr. - Mew, Philip - Miller, George - Miller, Tobias - Moore, John - Moore, Mathew - Morris, William - Morrison, Daniel - Mundine, John - Mundine, K. W.- Mundine, Sarah - Mundine, Sarah, widow of John - Murdin, Mary Magdalin - Nelms, Jeremiah - Noble, Daniel - Oliver, John - Orme, Robert - Parry, Daniel - Parry, John Sr. - Parry, William - Parry, W. - Pate, William - Pharton, Abraham - Pickrin, Moses - Pickren, Richard - Prescott, Moses - Prescott, Thomas - PRichard, Caleb - PRichard, Jeremiah - Pybas, Henry - Quillian, Daniel - Randal, William - Reschover, Clara R. - Reynolds, James - Reynolds, Penelope - Sanders, Levi - Sanderson, Joseph - Shine, Daniel - Simmons, Amos - Simmons, Emmanuel - Simmons, George - Simmons, John - Skeen, Alexander - Skeen, Sarah - Skein, Betsy - Skein, Isaac - Small, Reuben - Smith, Bazel - Smith, Betsy - Smith, Vincent - Smith, William - Standland, John - Standly, John - Stanton, William - Starkey, Edward - Starkey, Edward (2) - Steel, Peter - Stephens, John - Stevenson, Charles - Taylor, Cornelius - Taylor, Rachel - Ventriss, William - Warren, Joseph - Watson, Jeremiah - Weeks, Archibald - West, Eli - Wharton, Edmond - Whitty, Edward - Williams, Chaplin Williams, James - Williams, Thomas - Williamson, David - Wilson, James - Wood, Gershon - Yeates, David - Yeates, Stephen

Images of Jones County Wills and Deeds, Volume A, 1813 to 1868

Amyett, Amos - Anders, John - Andrews, Adam Andrews, Francis - Andrews, John - Andrews, Penelope - Ashley, Benjamin - Askew, Zadoc Ball, John - Becton, Frederick Isler - Becton, Susannah - Bender, John - Brinson, H. - Brown, Isaac - Brown, Nancy - Brown, Samuel - Bryan, Wealthy - Burns, James - Burton, William M. - Calvert, John Sr. - Collins, Martha - Conner, Jeremiah - Conner, Michael - Conner, Rachel - Cox, Andrew - Cox, Elana - Cox, John R. - Cox, Levinah Cox, Owen B. - Davis, Enoch - Debrule, Edward C. - Dickson, Daniel - Dillahunt, Alice - Erwin, Shadrack Eubank, John - Eubanks, Lott - Fordham, John - Foreen, Frederick - Foreen, Simon - Foreen, Simon - Foreen, Susan H. - Foreen, John W. - Foy, Enoch - Francks, William H. - Frank, Edward - Frank, Edward S. - Franks, Edward S. - Gilbert, Joseph - Gillet, Thomas - Gooding, Council - Gooding, Frederickl - Gooding, Mary - Gooding, William - Griffin, Oliver - Harget, Peter - Harrison, John - Harrison, Richard - Harrison, William Sr. - Hatch, Edmund B. - Hatch, Joseph - Hawkins, Elizabeth - Hay, Joseph - Hay, Mary - Heath, Amos - Heath, Argent - Heath, John - Heath, Nancy - Holland, Esther - Howard, Israel - Howard, Julia N. - Huggins, James - Isler, John - Isler, Simmons - Isler, William - Jarman, Emanuel - Jarman, John - Jarman, John (1858) - Jarman, John Sr. - Jarman, Rachel - Jarman, William - Jarman, William (2) Johnson, Duncan B. - Jones, Bazzel = Jones, James - Jones, Jonas - Jones, Jonas (1850) - Jones, Kilby - Jones, William - Jones, William - Key, Joseph - Kinsey, John - Kinsey, Joseph - Kinsey, Mary - Knight, Kader - Koonce, Amos - Koonce, Beneter - Koonce, Benjamin - Koonce, Daniel - Koonce, Delphey - Koonce, Lydia - Koonce, Richard - Koonce, Simon E. - Koonce, T. - Koonce, Tobias - Koonce, William - Lane, Levan - Lipsey, Sarah - Loftin, John L. - Lovett, David - Lovett, Elijah - Mallard, Daniel - Mallard, John - Mallard, Kesiah - Mallard, Lawson - Mallard, Shadrack - Market, Elizabeth - Mashburn, James - McDaniel, James - McDaniel, James (2) - McDaniel, John - McDaniel, Risdon = McDaniel, Risdon Sr. - McDaniel, Thomas - McQuilling, Thomas - Meaders, Millington - Meador, Simeon - Miller, Martin - Morris, Sarah - Mumford, Edward - Mundine, Francis - Murphy, Mary - Murphy, Thomas - Murphy, Thomas(2)- Oliver, Joseph - Owens, Charlotte - Penuel, John - Perry, Hannah - Perry, Mary - Perry, Silas - Pollock, Amy- Pollock, John - Pollock, Mary - Pollock, Mary (1858) - Read, William - Rector, John - Rector, Mary - Reynolds, Elizabeth - Reynolds, Richard - Rhem, William - Rhodes, Henry - Richard - s, John Sr. - Robert - s, Richard - Robertson, Melissa T. - Sanders, Moses - Sanderson, Elijah - Scott, John - Shelfer, John - Simmons, Elijah - Simmons, Elizabeth - Simmons, Lemuel H. - Simmons, Mary - Simmons, Needham - Smith, Asa - Spight, Mary - Spight, Simon - Spock, Elizabeth - Stafford, Elisha Standly, John - Stanley, Daniel - Stanly, Nathan - Stanly, Wright - Stephens, Rachel - Stiley, Sarah - Stricklin, Fereba - Strong, John - Taler, Abraham - Taylor, Frederickl - Turnage, James - Twiddy, Joseph - Ward, Morris - Westbrook, Cathern Westbrook, Harman - Westbrook, James - Westbrook, John - Westbrook, John - Whitty, Joseph - Williams, Lewis Williams, Unity - Willson, Benjamin - Wise, Selby H. - Wood, John

Miscellaneous Wills
  • Granade, John - , LWT, 2-21-1790
  • Granade, Joseph - , LWT, 1800
  • Granade, Joseph - , LWT, 1799
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