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How Coinage was Hidden

Covington HomeWay back in biblical times, the accumulated wealth of a family was kept under guard in a building. The process of retaining physical wealth before paper money, presented problems. A pirates chest filled with coins and jewelry was considered treasure. Privateers were hired by European countries to intercept Spanish vessels on the high seas and seize treasure stolen by the Spanish from Brazil and other South American Countries. The bounty was split, with most of the treasure going to the county providing the letters of marque. Until paper money, art and statues made of gold and other precious ore tended to reveal a wealthy family estate. Although banking houses were used, coins were too heavy to carry around. During war time, to prevent the enemy from seizing an estate, people hid coinage in their flower garden. When word came to Atlantans that General Sherman en route, money and other valuables was hidden just about everywhere. While "Underground Atlanta" was being constructed, a great treasure of gold was found hidden in a brick wall. Also, according to family stories, while refugeeing to Kennesaw, many jumped the train and hid treasure along the way.

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Person County Wills, Estates, Inventories, Administrations, Tax Digests

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Person County was first part of Edgecombe County in 1746. Later it was part of Granville, Orange and Caswell Counties. Person County was named after Brigadier General Thomas Person, a Revolutionary War patriot, who was later a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The county was settled primarily during the 17th century by persons from Scotland, Ireland, England, France (Huguenots) and persons of German origin. Another famous person, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Moore, Deputy Quartermaster General of the Hillsborough district, also served during the Revolutionary War as the commander of the Person County troops during the Battle of Camden; later taken prisoner and put onboard the prison ship Torbay. His home known as Mt. Tirzah was built ca 1778 and remains upon its original site.

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Indexes to Wills and Estates

  • 1792 to 1797
  • 1801 to 1805

Tax Returns by District

1794
  • Lawson District
  • St. James District
  • St. Lawrence District
1801
  • Capt. St. Lawrence
  • Capt. St. Luke
  • James District
1802
  • Capt. Gabriel Gunn
  • Capt. Lawson
  • Nash District
1803
  • Capt. Daniels
  • Capt. Elijah Daniels
  • Capt. Day
  • Capt. Gunn
  • Capt. Lawson
  • Capt. Witherson
1804
  • Capt. Atkinson
  • Capt. Henry Day
  • Capt. Daniels
  • Capt. Jones
  • Capt. William Lee
  • Capt. Long
  • Capt. Malery
  • Capt. Sargent
1805
  • Capt. Sargent
  • Capt. Morrow
  • Capt. Street
1806
  • Capt. Atkinson
  • Capt. Day
  • Capt. Hubbard
  • Capt. Malone
  • Capt. Paine
  • Capt. Sargent
  • Capt. Street

Images of Person County Wills and Estates 1792 to 1797

Atkinson, John | Barnett, Hugh | Black, Thomas | Cochran, James | Cole, Thomas | Coleman, Elizabeth | Coleman,Elizabeth, estate sale | Cooper, Elizabeth | Davey, Gabriel | Davy, Jamesl | Douglass, Benjamin | Douglass, John | Duncan, Mary, Estate Sale | Duncan, William | Glenn, William | Hall, John | Hamlet, James | Jameson, William | Lawrence, Phillip | Lewis, Edmund | McNeil, John | Moore, Stephen | Morgan, Phillip | O.Neal, John | Paine, John | Parks, JOseph | Rutherford, William | Southard, George | Talbert, John | Taylor, Charles | Thomas, Thomas | Van Hook, Daniel | Walker, Lyles | Warren, Mary | Williams, Thomas

Images of Person County Wills and Estates 1797 to 1801

Atkinson, Edward Bateman, John | Black, George | Black, John | Burton, Charles | Chambers, William | Clayton, Daniel | Cooper, John | Davy, Jamesl | Dickins, Robert | Dickins, William | Dunwoody, John | Dunwoody, Rachel Eubanks, George | Gatsby, William | Green, Henry | Harralson, William | Harrison, Sarah | Hatcher, Benjamin | Holloway, John | Jones, Richard | Lewis, Jamesl | McNeil, John | McNeil, Sarah | McNeil, William | Miller, Jeremiah Moore, Stephen | Person, Benjamin | Pulliam, Jamesl | Rogers, John | Sanders, Adam | Smith, Samuel | Stone, Hezekiah | Taylor, Charles | Vanhook, Lawrence | Warren, Jeremiah | Wilson, John

Images of Person County Wills and Estates 1801 to 1805

Barnett, Hugh | Black, Michael | Chambers, Elizabeth | Dickins, Robert | Dickson, Isaiah | Dukes, Robert | Fuller, John | Garrett, JOseph | Galloway, John | Green, Major | Greensborough, William | Hale, Joseph | Hall, Joseph | Harris, Samuel | Harrison, Benjamin | Hatcher, Benjamin | Humphries, John | Jefferies, Susannah | Lee, William | Lewis, Edmund | Lewis, Hiram | McFarland, John | McNeil, John | McMurray, Samuel | Moore, Charles | Moore, Stephen | Paine, Susanne | Polack, Robert | Rogers, John | Sanders, Margarite | Sanders, Richard | Satterfield, John | Smith, Samuel | Standfield, Thomas | Stuart, Jamesl | Trickey, Giles | Van Hook, Isaac | Warren, Jamesl | Wilkinson, Thomas | Williams, Gary

Images of Person County Wills and Estates 1805 to 1807

Atkinson, Edward | Bailey, Nancy | Bennet, Sarah | Black, Robert | Cole, Isaiah | Cooks, David | Cunningham, James | Davis, Abraham | Davis, Abraham, inventory of estate | Dickson, Joshua | Dickson, Nancy | Donovan, Abraham | Fowler, Benjamin | Gatsby, Rachel | Gold, JOseph | Hall, Phillip | Haralson, Paul Hatcher, Benjamin | Jones, Ambrose | Lawrence, John | McDaniel, William | McFarland, John | McFarland, Walter | Minchew, Judith | Moore, Stephen | Paine, Susannah | Price, Susannah | Putnam, James | Rogers, John | Rose, Duncan | Satterfield, John | Southard, John | Standfield, Jamesl | Stanfield, William | Stuart, Marcus | Van Hook, David | Winston, Samuel