This is the first volume of a two-volume set containing meticulous transcriptions of 900 of the earliest wills in North Carolina. With the exception of a handful of wills that were previously published in J. Bryan Grimes' North Carolina Wills and Inventories (1912, reprinted by Clearfield Company in 2005), none of these transcriptions has ever appeared in print before. The wills are part of the North Carolina Secretary of State papers, and they encompass the entire period BEFORE North Carolina became a royal colony. (A number of the wills in this collection, we should note, come from Nansemond and Warwick Counties, Virginia.) With the exception of the Grimes wills referred to above, these wills are neither transcribed nor referenced in the North Carolina will titles associated with Grimes, Fred Olds, Thornton Mitchell, or Stephen Bradley. The wills themselves are arranged in alphabetical order according to the surname of the testator. Full name, location, slave indices.
John Anderson Brayton
2003, (2014), cloth, 414 pp.