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North Carolina info from their web site
I am interested in tracing my family history. Where do I start?
Contact a Genealogical Information Specialist at the State Library of North Carolina, Genealogy Section, 4647 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4647, or call (919) 807-7460.
their state archives site is confusing and not a beginner friendly site. it also soes not seem they have anything on the web. it is a all hands on site search in NC.
hope this helps
I will add the towns by alphabetically
Andover, New Hampshire was granted a charter in 1746, by the Masonian Proprietors, to sixty hardy settlers and called New Breton, in honor of the captors of Cape Breton, some of who were among the first settler. The first settler came from Boscawen and settled in this town in 1761. New Brenton was incorporated in June 1779 as Andover with a line running Northeasterly Bounds of Salisbury and on the Westerly side of Pemigiwasset (Footnoted) River. A church was organized in 1782.
Andover, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1646 as part of Essex County. In 1634, the Great and General Court of Massachusetts set aside a portion of land in what is now Essex County for an inland plantation, including parts of what is now Andover. In order to encourage settlement, early colonists were offered three years' immunity from taxes, levies and services (except military service). In May, 1646 the settlement was incorporated as a town and was named Andover. This name was likely chosen in honor of the town of Andover in England, which was near the original home of some of the first residents. The first recorded town meeting was held in 1656. By 1705, Andover's population had begun to move southward and the idea of a new meeting house in the south end of town was proposed. This was strongly opposed by the people living near the original meeting house in the north, but the dispute was finally settled in 1709 when the Great and General Court divided Andover into two parishes, North and South. After the division of the two parishes, South Andover established the South Parish "Burying-Yard", as it was called. For many years Andover was geographically one of the largest towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; in 1826 a third parish was established and West Parish Church was constructed on Reservation Road. In 1854, a measure was passed to divide the town into two separate political units according to the old parish boundaries. The name Andover was assumed by the more populous and wealthy West and South parishes, while the name North Andover was given to the North Parish.
Amesbury, Massachusetts was settled in 1642, incorporated 1668 and soon after the rushing waters of the Powwow River was harnessed for mills and the modest farming community began its ascent into American industrial history. Amesbury is believed to be the site of the first American factory to produce machine-made nails. Shipbuilding, followed in the 19th century by textile mills, dominated the settlements early industry. From 1853 until well into the 1900s, Amesbury carriages, known around the world for their workmanship and style, were the economic heartbeat of the town.
Atkinson, New Hampshire was formerly Haverhill, Massachusetts and before that it was Plaistow, Massachusetts incorporated 3 September 1767.
my footnote number did not show up in the transfer:
Bouton, Nathaniel, D>D>, 1875, Vol.11, Page 117-119
I ALWAYS footnote
Bradbury petition was a petition signed by those who knew so Mrs. Bradbury stating she was not and had never been a witch. Mary Bradbury was found guilty of Witchcraft and put to death.
An intention to marry would have been what is now an engagement notice.
The early Essex Co., Ma map ca 1700's came from:
U.S. geological survey
i thought it would be interesting and might help someone
i will post free sites web's addys in the comming weeks for all who need them.
i have been doing this for over 35 yrs and was once a reg family geni researcher.
i teach a beginning geni class at the local hs for night adult ed classes
if i can help with my limited time i will.
i am not good at getting back at some sites, but will keep this one 1 on my desk top
also it may take me a while to read e-mail as i spend 6-8 hr a day researching and writting my books, so have patience.
i have over 1700 pages on MORRILL's(3yrs working) and am starting my CLOUGH's followed by GIBSON,& KNOWLES. I have my MAUER published and have a pretty good booklet written by someone else on the Jansen/JOHNSON of PA and the TUTTLE's. but i hope to take their info and expnad and add to it.
When a person is listed as of (a town name) that means he/she was living there at whatever date or event was mentioned; i.e. Tamsin married John Jaques, of Kingston, New Hampshire 21 February 1743. Meaning he was living in Kingston, New Hampshire at the time of his marriage.
Association Test was the (United States) oath of loyalty to the new country.
Yeoman is a farmer who cultivates his own land: a freeholder below the gentry who cultivates his own land.
Husbandman is a farmer who raises meat, i.e. cattle, swine, goats or chickens.
A rod being 16 ½ linear feet or 30-¼ square yard
British money £= pound i.e. £2:4:0 = 2 pounds, 4 Shillings and 0 denaris.
2 farthings = 1/2 penny 4 farthings = 1 penny
12 pennies = 1 shilling 5 shillings = 1 crown
4 crowns = 1 pound sterling (silver) and 21 shillings = 1 guinea
An epidemic swept through the colonies in 1735 of what was called throat distemper (Cynanche maligna) and had a high mortality rate among the young. According to records over one thousand persons died of this disease that year and the preceding year in New Hampshire alone. It appeared again in 1754-1755 and one last time ca 1784.
While I started out using Lyford, 1912, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire 1727-1912, in two volumes, which my family has an original copy of and Hoyt, 1897, Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury (New Hampshire), which I found in the City of St. Louis Library, Genealogy Room for the foundation of this book, I soon delved into the research end for this book. Wherever possible I went back and checked both Llyford and Hoyts information with original records. I soon started expanding the original work with information I gleaned from all my research. I tried to footnote everything that did not come from Llyford and Hoyt. I then went and added the wills of any I could find to make this more of a story than just genie lines and dates. This has taken hundreds of hours of research, typing and reams of paper. I printed out all the research I used to write this book, so I could back tract easily. Most of my research material came from pre nineteen hundred information, as that was when most people were busy writing their genealogies
It is most likely that most of the Morrills of the Northeast part of the country are descendants of ABRAHAM MORRILL. So opens most of the books I have found written on the Morrills or the descendents of Abraham Morrill.
In doing the research for this book I came across a few other interesting facts. Most of Abrahams male and quite a few of the female descendents were educated people for the times. The males could read and write many leaving books in their wills. When one considers the cost of owning a book in the 1600 and 1700s,, the Morrills must have considered the cost worthwhile.
Many were active in government, either on the local or state level. They represented their towns in the State legislative, owned, and ran their own businesses. Many also seemed to be blacksmiths; trades handed down by father to sons. Most owned not just the lot of land their houses sat upon, but large acreage and farms. One even owned a square mile of land by the time he died!
When the call for arms came, to help with the struggle for freedom in the new country, they answered the call! From sixteen to sixty, they went to fight. Ezekiel Morrill, at the age of 70 and six of his sons served in the Revolutionary War as well as cousins and uncles.
They were a religious lot, not a few of them becoming deacons of their churches or reverends of their towns. Some even were a bit to far ahead of their times and ran against the grain, but even with that they were still accepted as an integral part of the community.
While this book is mostly facts and dates take a few moments, while you are reading, to look between the lines. Read the wills I have included and think about what they left behind to the next generation. Was it a book? Or perhaps the pewter plates and spoon? Most people of the early colonial times ate from wood or earthen bowls, with carved wooden spoons.
And lastly, while we do not know much about the women who raised, married and buried the men named Morrill we know they came from good stock, as we are a part of them.