Land Entry Book Wilkes County, NC 1778 – 1781

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LAND ENTRY BOOK WILKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA 1778 – 1781 Abstracted, Compiled, and Indexed By MRS. W.O. ABSHER During the creation of the county, the original Land Entry Book is the best contemporary documentary evidence for the accurate location of these settlers. It has better details than that to be found in the subsequent land…

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LAND ENTRY BOOK

WILKES COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

1778 – 1781

Abstracted, Compiled, and Indexed
By
MRS. W.O. ABSHER

During the creation of the county, the original Land Entry Book is the best contemporary documentary evidence for the accurate location of these settlers. It has better details than that to be found in the subsequent land grants.

It was customary for the settler to describe the location of his plantation on some stream or headwaters of some stream, or on some mountain. The date of each entry is indicated. The issuance of a grant was preceded by numerous transfers of entries. Some are referred to in the entry, but generally the entry taker would mark through the name of the original entree and insert the name of the one to whom it was transferred.

Not only was the first name frequently marked out, but many times it was erased and replaced by the next one. Many of the entries had as many as four names marked and written in, with no way of knowing whose name was the last one written.

The Land Entry Book of North Carolina was initiated during the county’s organization in March 1778. Many people whose ancestors passed through or remained in Wilkes County will find this old Entry Book Abstracts helpful.

118 pages

* The text has been digitally restored and enhanced from first or second-generation editions. Some aesthetic errors may persist; however, it has been deemed that any such errors will not detract from the work’s readability.

All profit goes to the Wilkes Genealogical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which allows us to fulfill our mission of providing, education, research, and publications related to Wilkes Genealogy.

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