In 1663 and again in 1665, King Charles II granted a large tract of land in what is now North Carolina to 8 men – these 8 men comprised the Lords Proprietors and were given the authority to grant land in North Carolina via land patents. Land patents were granted by 1 of 2 methods: Headrights (which I posted about earlier) and purchase of land patents. Today’s post is about those who purchased land patents.
The land patents granted by the Lords Proprietors have been abstracted by Margaret M. Hofmann and published in the book Province of North Carolina, 1663-1729: Abstracts of Land Patents.
Patents are listed in order by patent book and page number for books 1-9 and 13. At the end of the book there is an index by name and also a place index. Each entry gives the name of the person, date, acreage, and location of the land.
This is an invaluable source for land records during this period. Come on over to the Government and Heritage Library to read the book.