Annotated Transcriptions of Colonial Currituck County, North Carolina Wills


This annotated collection of Currituck County wills begins with an informed Introduction describing, among other things, the origins of Currituck records, the transfer of Knotts Island, Virginia, to Currituck, and the liberties taken by will scribes in the reconstruction or shortening of Currituck surnames. Working in the Norfolk and Princess Anne County probate records, as well as in those of Currituck itself, compiler John Anderson Brayton limited his attention to wills signed before 1760 or found among the loose papers of the North Carolina Secretary of State. Of perhaps greatest interest, throughout the volume Mr. Brayton annotates the contents of the wills with genealogical commentary about testators or others mentioned therein, or with cross-references to other documents in the volume. Annotated Transcriptions of Currituck Wills [to 1760] refers to upwards of 4,000 early Currituck County forebears.

John Anderson Brayton