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Most deeds below come from county register of deeds sites. There are some warrants for survey and surveys included below as well. The date of each deed in their indexes is the date it was recorded in the court record. In many cases that date was years after the date the deed was written and signed by the parties. In the list below, the date at the beginning of each deed is the date it was written and signed, proving the parties are alive. The date it was sworn to in court (the probate date) is the date of the deed in the official indices at the Register's Office. The probate date is found at the bottom of each deed showing the term of the court and the year.


An explanation of how land claims and entries became land grants in North Carolina, from The Dixie Frontier, by Everett Dick, 1948, p. 10:
"The North Carolina law, applicable to Tennessee in 1782, had the advantage over that of Kentucky, however, in that an official surveyor marked off the land. The system was: (1) A claimant would go into the woods and mark out roughly the boundaries of the desired tract. (2) This crude survey when submitted to the entry-taker at the land office was called an "entry." He made a record of the entry and issued a warrant for the survey. (3) The official surveyor connected with the land office then made a survey and submitted a plat to the secretary of state, who issued a land grant. (4) The title was complete when the grant was recorded in the office of the register of the county where the land lay."

It should be said here that entries, warrants to survey, or surveys could be sold to other persons before becoming a formal grant. Also be aware that the entire process, from the settler's marking out his desired tract to the issuance of the grant to the settler could take a few weeks to several years.


The red links below indicate what I call a 'Source Deed'. On this page only, a source deed states genealogical information via real estate conveyance, such as property given or sold from parent to child, etc. Some of these source deeds may also be deeds that have been researched from an ancestor down to subsequent descendants.

1740 — Two Royal Grants, John McFearson, Bladen Co., NC
1740 — Royal Grant, "Carver Hector" McNeill on Carver's Creek, Bladen Co., NC
1741 — Torquil McNeill to "Carver Hector" McNeill, Bladen Co., NC
1741 — Royal Grant to "Carver Hector" McNeill, Bladen County
1743 — Gabriel Johnston to John Martileer, Bladen Co., NC
1746 — Royal Grant, Neill McNeill, Bladen Co., NC
1748 — Cape Fear Settlement petition for minister of Synod of Argyll, Scotland
1749 — Murdock McCrainie to John McPherson, Bladen Co., NC
1752 — Warrant for Survey on Trantham Creek for a Tract for Archibald McNeill, Bladen Co., NC
1753 — Royal Grant, John MacFearson, Bladen Co., NC
1753 — Royal Grant, Neill "Little Neill" McNeill, Bladen Co., NC
1754 — John McPherson to Thomas Armstrong, Cumberland Co., NC
1754 — John Rutherford to James Rutherford, Lands of Pattison Wilkinson, Cumberland Co., NC
1754 — Thomas Brooks to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1754 — John McPherson to John Russell, Cumberland Co., NC
1754 — John Russell to John Patterson, Cumberland County
1754 — John Brooks to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1754 — Royal Grant to Archibald "Bluff Archy" McNeill, Bladen Co., NC
1754 — Daniel McNeill, Esquire to James Rutherford, Cumberland Co., NC
1755 — David Smith to John Stewart, Cumberland Co., NC
1755 — James McNeill to Lachlan McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1755 — Hugh Brown to James Thornton, Cumberland Co., NC
1756 — John Russell to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1756 — Malcom Smith to Daniel McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1757 — John Bone to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1757 — Daniel McNeill to Thomas Armstrong, Cumberland Co., NC
1757 — William Odum to Solomon Johnston, Cumberland Co., NC
1758 — Presbyterian Men to Rev. James Campbell, Cumberland Co., NC
1759 — John Astee to Hector McNeill, Cumberland County
1759 — Archibald McNeill to Neil Graham, Cumberland County
1761 — Neill and Catharine McNeill to Hector McNeill and Alexander McAlister, Cumberland County
1763 — James Rutherford to Duncan Campbell, Cumberland Co., NC
1763 — John McFarshion to Thomas Matthews, Cumberland Co., NC
1763 — Presbyterian Men (2nd contract) to Rev. James Campbell, Cumberland Co., NC
1763 — Archibald McNeill to Hugh Bain, Cumberland County
1764 — Hector McNeill to Duncan McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1764 — Thomas Jones to Joshua Jones, Cumberland Co., NC
1765 — "Carver Hector McNeill" to Colin Shaw, Cumberland Co., NC
1766 — John McMcDuffie to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1767 — William(?) Goodson to Daniel McPherson, Bladen Co., NC
1767 — Land Entry for Ann Perkins, Bladen Co., NC
1767 — Hector McNeill to Farquard Campbell, Cumberland Co., NC
1768 — James Robeson to Alexander McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1768 — James Stewart to Neil McNeil, Bladen Co., NC
1768 — Elijah Bettis to John Patterson, Cumberland Co., NC
1769 — Plat for Peter McCarter (McArthur), Bladen Co., NC
1770 — Royal Grant; John McPherson, Bladen Co., NC
1770 — John Campbell, Sr.& Mary McPherson; bastardy bond, Cumberland Co., NC
1770 — Colin Shaw to John McPherson; mortgage deed, Cumberland Co., NC
1770 — Hector McNeill to Daniel McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1770 — Archibald and wife Barbary McNeill to Michael King, Cumberland County
1771 — Soloman Johnston, Jr. to Soloman Johnston, Sr., Bladen Co., NC
1771 — Edward and Isobel McPherson to John Graham, Cumberland Co., NC
1772 — Land Entry for Grant #351 to Ann Perkins, Bladen Co., NC
1772 — John McPherson of Bladen County to David Reid of Cumberland Co., NC
1772 — John Rutherford to Thomas Rutherford, Cumberland Co., NC
1772 — Peter Lord to "Archibald Bahn" McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1772 — Joseph Fort to Neill McNeill of Jobes Branch, Bladen Co., NC
1773 — Grant; John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1773 — Grant; James Buchanan, Cumberland Co., NC
1774 — Deposition of Laughlin McNeill to Archibald McKissack, Bladen Co., NC
1774 — Hector McNeill to Torquil McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1774 — Neill McNeill to Alexander Leitch, Cumberland Co., NC
1774 — Neill McNeill to Alexander Leitch, Cumberland Co., NC
1774 — John McPherson to George Milne and Robert Hogg, Cumberland Co., NC
1774 — Henry Williams to Angus Mcfarson, Cumberland Co., NC
1774 — Jacob Alford to James McNeill, Bladen Co., NC
1775 — Grant No. 887; Crown(?) to Daniel McPherson, Bladen Co., NC
1775 — Archibald McNeill to Gilbert McNair, Cumberland Co., NC
1777 — John Smith to Samuel Smith, Bladen Co., NC
1777 — Bond, John McPherson, Alexander McPherson & Mark Cole, Cumberland Co., NC
1777 — Bond for Departure from State of North Carolina, Daniel McPherson et.al, Bladen Co., NC
1778 — Daniel McNeill to Archibald McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1778 — Hector McNeal to Valantine Braswell Jr., Chatham Co., NC
1782 — Petition, Patrick Travers vs. Hector McNeill & others, Bladen Co., NC
1782 — Daniel Patterson to John McKay, Cumberland Co., NC
1782 — Writ fieri facias, Sheriff Hodges, Daniel Patterson to Patrick Travers, Cumberland Co., NC
1783 — James Campbell to John Smith, Cumberland Co., NC
1783 — Robert McKay to Archibald McNeill, 17 May 1783, Cumberland Co., NC
1783 — Jefse Newbary to John McFerson, Cumberland Co., NC
1783 — Duncan Campbell to grandson John Campbell, Bladen Co., NC
1784 — "Bluff John" McNeill to John McNeill, Jr., Cumberland Co., NC
1784 — Duncan McNeill to Archibald McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1784 — Agreement between widow Jean Armstrong and Archibald Simpson, Cumberland Co., NC
1785 — Neil McCraney to Alexander McFarson, Cumberland Co., NC
1785 — Hugh Brown to Daniel Patterson, Cumberland Co., NC
1785 — James McNeill to Archibald McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1785 — Duncan Ochiltree to Lewis McPherson & William Campbell, Cumberland Co., NC
1785 — Joseph Corbett to Alexander Johnson, Bladen Co., NC
1785 — Joseph Corbett to Daniel McEachern, Bladen Co., NC
1786 — John Cumbo to Ronald McPharison, Bladen Co., NC
1786 — Roger McNeill to Thomas Armstrong, Cumberland Co., NC
1786 — James Dyer to Alexander McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1787 — Grant No. 1090; State of North Carolina to Daniel (Donald) McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1787 — Lewis Munro to Alexander Curry, Bladen Co., NC
1787 — Bond for procurement of a Schoolmaster, Robeson Co., NC
1788 — Plat Entry for James McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1788 — John and Mary Johnston to John McCraney, Robeson Co., NC
1788 — Grant No. 33; State of North Carolina to John McFartion, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — Grant No. 1392; State of North Carolina to John McFartion, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — Grant No. 1511; State of North Carolina to John McFartion, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — John Hawthorn to Daniel McCranie, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — John McPherson Deed of Gift to John McPherson, Grandson, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — John McPherson Deed of Gift to John McPherson, Grandson, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — John McPherson Deed of Gift to John McPherson, Grandson, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — John McPherson Deed of Gift to Duncan McPherson, Grandson, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — John McPherson Deed of Gift to Colin McPherson, Grandson, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — John McPherson Deed of Gift to Mary Munroe, Grand Daughter, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — Archibald, Sr. and Margaret Little to William McVickar, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — Grant No. 1350; State of North Carolina to John Campbell, Bladen (Robeson) Co., NC
1789 — James McNeill to Hector McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — Turquill McNeill to Marrin Ferguson, Robeson Co., NC
1789 — Turquill McNeill to Margaret (McNeill) McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1791 — Grant No. 425; State of North Carolina to John McPherson, Robeson Co., NC
1791 — Grant 826 to Daniel Patterson, Junior, Cumberland Co., NC

1791 — Grant 406 to Mary McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1792 — James Dyer to James McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1792 — Peter McArthur to Alexander McArthur, Robeson Co., NC
1792 — James Paterson to Laughlin and Neill McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1792 — Plat Entry for Peter Dallas, Robeson Co., NC
1793 — Surveyor's Warrant for Archibald Brown, Robeson Co., NC
1793 — John Campbell vs John McDonald, Robeson Co., NC
1794 — Grant No. 1178; State of North Carolina to John McNeill of Richland Swamp, Robeson Co., NC
1794 — Edmund Baxley to John Johnston, Senior, Robeson Co., NC
1794 — John Johnston to Norman Shaw, Robeson Co., NC
1794 — Turquill McNeill to Cannon Cumbow, Robeson Co., NC
1794 — Archibald McNeill to James McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1795 — Land Entry Plat [Grant No. 1711] for Lewis/William Munroe, Robeson Co., NC
1796 — Archibald Currie to Randal Currie, Robeson Co., NC
1796 — Rev. Colin Lindsay to Trustees of Beaverdam Church, Robeson Co., NC
1796 — "Bluff John" McNeill to Duncan McFarland, Robeson Co., NC
1796 — James & Catherine Murray to Daniel McIntyre, Cumberland County, NC
1797 — Janet Paterson to Neill McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1797 — North Carolina Grant No. 1646, to John McNeill of Richland Swamp, Robeson Co., NC
1798 — Randal Currie to Randal McPherson, Robeson Co., NC
1798 — Daniel Patterson to Charles Moloy, Cumberland Co., NC
1799 — Daniel and Colin McPherson to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1799 — Angus Malloy to Edward Shaw, Cumberland Co., NC
1799 — John Stewart to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1799 — Angus Gilchrist to Archibald Johnson, Jr., Robeson Co., NC
1800 — Grant No. 2252; State of North Carolina to Malcolm McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1800 — Lauchlan MacNeill to Stephen Gilmore, Junior, Cumberland County, NC
1801 — Duncan MacNeill to Nathan King, Cumberland Co., NC
1801 — John Johnston, Senior to Archibald Johnston, Junior, 6 April 1801, Robeson Co., NC
1801 — Quit Claim; Flora, Mary & Catherine MacPherson to Daniel McPherson, Robeson Co., NC
1802 — Grant; to William Kellen assignee of William McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1802 — Hector MacAlester Sheriff to Ann MacNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1802 — Colin MacPherson to Elders of McPhersons Meeting House Congregation, Cumberland Co., NC
1802 — Peter and Margaret McArthur to Peter McArthur, Robeson Co., NC
1803 — William Munroe and Marion Munroe of Robeson County to Andrew Broadfoot of Cumberland Co., NC
1803 — Quit Claim; Colin & Nancy Campbell McPherson to Malcolm Campbell, Cumberland Co., NC
1803 — Thomas Barnes Sheriff to James Ferguson, Robeson Co., NC
1803 — Daniel McNeill of Richmond County, NC, to Neill McNeill of Robeson Co., NC
1803 — James MacNeill to John MacKay, Cumberland Co., NC
1804 — Agreement, Heirs of Alexander & Duncan McPherson, Division of Estates,Cumberland Co., NC
1804 — Alexander MacPherson & Elizabeth MacPherson to Archibald Baker, Cumberland Co., NC
1804 — Daniel MacNeill to James Ferguson, Senior, Robeson Co., NC
1804 — Daniel Paterson to Heirs of John Paterson, Robeson County, NC
1805 — Duncan Campbell to Daniel MacNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1806 — Daniel Patterson to John McLain et.al, Robeson Co., NC
1806 — James McNeill, Junior to McDuffie, Robeson Co., NC
1807 — Survey for Hector MacNeill of Upper Little River, Cumberland Co., NC
1808 — William & Donald McPherson to Malcolm McPherson, Jr., Cumberland Co., NC
1808 — Daniel and Margaret McNeill his wife to Alexander MacKay, Cumberland Co., NC
1808 — Elizabeth McNeill to Stephen Gilmore, Junr, Cumberland Co., NC
1810 — Randal Currie, et al. quit claim to Mary, John and Alexander Johnson, Robeson Co., NC
1810 — William Munroe to Peter McGeachy, Robeson Co., NC
1810 — John McPherson to Neill Black, Cumberland Co., NC
1810 — Agreement, Colin McPherson and Heirs of Alexander & Duncan McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1810 — Hector McNeill to Alexander Johnson, Robeson Co., NC
1811 — Division, Archibald MacKay estate of Bahamas to Margaret MacKay, Cumberland Co., NC
1811 — Daniel McNeill and wife Margaret McNeill and Ann McKay to Daniel Blue, Cumberland Co., NC
1811 — Flora McNeill to Turquill McNeill, Marion District, SC
1812 — John McKay to John McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1812 — Daniel McNeill of Nova Scotia to William Utley, Chatham Co., NC
1812 — Patrick McEachern to Archibald McEachern, Robeson Co., NC
1812 — James McEachern of Sumter District, SC to John Blount, Robeson Co., NC
1813 — "Nova Scotia Daniel" MacNeill to his nieces by his sister Margaret, Cumberland Co., NC
1814 — Neill McNeill of Tennesee to William Crafford, Cumberland Co., NC
1814 — Malcolm McNeill to James McRee, Robeson Co., NC
1816 — Daniel MacNeill, silversmith, to Lauchlin Bethune, Cumberland Co., NC
1816 — John MacNeill to Daniel McNeill, Cumberland Co., NC
1818 — Angus and Elizabeth Gilchrist to Donald Patterson, Cumberland Co., NC
1819 — Colin McPherson and Wife to Alexander Buie, Cumberland Co., NC
1819 — Archibald Little to brothers Duncan and John Little, Robeson Co., NC
1819 — John B. Johnson of Cumberland Co. to Alexander Johnson of Robeson Co., NC
1820 — John, Duncan and Daniel Wilkinson of Mississippi to Neill Wilkinson Jr., Cumberland Co., NC
1823 — Edward McEachin & Mary McEachin to Neill B. Johnson, Robeson Co., NC
1824 — Daniel McNeill to Duncan McNeill, Esqr, Robeson Co., NC
1825 — Flora McPherson Buie to Gilbert Gilchrist, Robeson Co., NC
1826 — Daniel Patterson to Flora Patterson, Cumberland Co., NC
1826 — John Black, Sheriff, to Neill McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1826 — John McCaskill to Mary McPherson (widow of John McPherson), Cumberland Co., NC
1829 — John McPherson to Sarah Martha McPherson and Catherine McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1830 — Neill McNeill to son Archibald McNeill, Robeson Co., NC
1830 — John McPherson Decd Estate; Dower to widow Sarah McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1834 — Neill Buie to William R. Munroe & Neill J. Buie, Robeson Co., NC
1835 — Quit Claim Deed by Heirs of Nancy Hair to Catherine Blue of Cumberland Co.
1836 — Malcom Stafford of Marion District SC, Agent for Heirs of Nancy Hair, to Catherine Blue, Cumberland Co., NC
1836 — Neill McNeill Quit Claim to Catherine Blue, Cumberland Co., NC
1836 — Heirs of Nancy Hair to Duncan Blue, Cumberland Co., NC
1837 — The Heirs of Daniel McNeill to Alexander Johnson, Robeson Co., NC
1838 — Colin McPherson Decd Estate; Dower to widow Nancy Campbell McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1839 — Neill McPherson to Mary McPherson, Cumberland Co., NC
1840 — Daniel McNeill to his Heirs, Robeson Co., NC
1841 — William R. Munroe to McPherson Buie; Robeson Co., NC
1843 — John Buie, wife Betsy and Amy McNeill to Hector McNeill, division of lands, Robeson Co., NC
1844 — Angus McRae to John Campbell and Alexander Watson, Cumberland County, NC
1850 — Daniel McNeill of Richland Swamp to Alexander McPherson; Robeson Co., NC
1851 — Declaration of Jane McNeill regarding her father's Revolutionary War service, Robeson Co., NC
1854 — Edward McPherson to Alexander McPherson, Jr., Cumberland Co., NC
1854 — William McNeill and wife Jane McNeill to Roper, McArthur and McKay, Cumberland Co., NC
1854 — Division, Nancy McPherson dec'd to Heirs at Law, Cumberland Co., NC
1856 — Henry L. Johnson et al. to Alexander H. Currie; Robeson Co., NC
1876 — Archibald Patterson to Alexander Tynor. Cumberland Co., NC
1896 — John Buie et al. to Julia Bennett; Cumberland Co., NC



Two Royal Grants to John McFearson, 4 June 1740, Bladen County

George the Second etc Know Ye etc. that We have given etc. unto John McFerson three hundred and Twenty acres of Land lying in Bladen County on the So. W. side of the N.W. branch of Cape Fear River Begining at a black oak on the river Bank about a mile and a half below the great falls thence So 70 W 56 3/4 ch to a Pine then No 40 W 56 3/4 ch to a pine then No 70 E 56 3/4 ch to a Spanish Oak then to the first Station To have etc Yield etc four Shillings Proc. Money Entring these ___ in the Andr in Six Months Dated ye 4 June 1740
Gabr Johnston

From Hofmann's abstracts of North Carolina patents, 1735-1764: "Archibald Buoy 20 Apr 1745—150 Acres in Bladen County on the NW side of the N.W. River, joining John McPherson and the river." [This refers to the second 1740 tract to John McPherson which was located on Cross Creek. Malcolm Fowler's map of grants pre-1748 shows John McPherson's first tract is also next to Archibald Buie in the northernmost corner of today's Moore County.]



Royal Grant to "Carver Hector McNeill", 4 June 1740, Bladen County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 19, page 200

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[As subsequent deeds show, this tract was on the east side of the Cape Fear River at Dunfield Creek. It was wedge-shaped and its lowest corner was about a half mile above the mouth of Dunfield Creek which bisected the wedge. The grantee was the man whom a later deed identifies as 'Hector McNeill, Carver', and he was with the Argyll Colony (he was NOT "Bluff Hector" McNeill). Malcolm Fowler was the first to publish his nickname as "Hector McNeill, Carver" in his book 'Valley of the Scots'. A Cumberland County grant to James Buchanan dated 1773 states his tract lies on "Carver Hector McNeills Creek". Hector McNeill, carver, died after 1778. Long before that, his land around Dunfield Creek was split by his daughter and her husband, and each sold their half at different times—and the upper part was sold twice to the same man; I don't know why. The lower half of the grant had a cemetery on it by 1803. Related Deed #4 just above reveals that this "Carver Hector" had one child and heir, Elizabeth McNeill whose husband was James McNeill of Rockfish Creek.]

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King defender of the Faith and He to whom these presents shall come Greeting –
___ for and in consideration of the Rents and Duties herein reserved have given and granted and by these presents for us our heirs Sucefsors ___ & grant unto Hector MacNeill a tract of land Containing 222 acres lying and being in the County of Bladen in the Province of North Carolina beginning at a Hickory in the upper corner of Martin Holts land about nine miles above Rockfish Creek and runs by said Holts land No70 Et340 P to a pine in the __ line of land Surveyed for John Martinleer then by the same No75 Wt368 P to a Hickory on the River bank then down the River to the first Station.
The plat hereunto annexed may appear Together with all woods & minerals hereditaments and appurtenances to the said land ___ and appertaining (one half of all gold and Silver mines ___ ) To hold to him the said Hector McNeill his heirs and afsigns forever …[much legalese]… In Testimony whereof we have caused our Great Seal of our said Province to be hereunto affixed Witnefs our trusty and well beloved Gabriel Johnston Esqr Capt Genl and Govr in Chief at Wilmington this 4th of June in the 13th year of our Reign AD 1740.

Gabl Johnston

5th Oct 1803 [Date recorded by Clerk of Court in Cumberland County records. Shortly before this date, Bladen County’s records had suffered its second courthouse fire—once circa 1769 and then again in 1800—which is probably the reason for the re-recording of Hector's grant in Cumberland County.]



Torquil McNeill to Hector McNeill, 20 March 1741, Bladen County

Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 69, page 3

[Torquil McNeill and Hector McNeill are identified: Turquill McNeill lived on the western side of Robeson County at his death about 1800 and had sons Laughlin McNeill and Duncan "Long Duncan" McNeill. Hector McNeill was nicknamed "Hector Carver" McNeill who invested in land on Carvers Creek and was granted a 222-acre tract on Dunfield Creek in 1740 with the Argyll Colony. Archibald McNeill was Archibald Bahn McNeill, also known as "Scribbling Archie" McNeill. But the Neill McNeill of this deed could have been any of the four Neill McNeills who came with the colony in 1739.]

This Indenture made the twentyeth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty one Between Torquill McNeill of Bladen County in the province of North Carolina planter of the one part and Hector McNeill of the same place [This is Hector "Hector Carver" McNeill of Carver's Creek, not "Bluff Hector" McNeill. Hector sold this land in 1778 a full ten years after Bluff Hector died.] planter of the other part Whereas the said Torquill McNeill by force and virtue of a good and effectual grant and patent to him given granted made and duly executed by his Excellency Gabriel Johnston Esqr Govenor in chief of the said province became lawfully seized and pofsesed of an in three hundred and twenty acres of land lying and being on the east side of the North branch of the No West branch of Cape Fear River and joins the upper side of Neill McNeils land and the lower side of Archibald McNeills Land. To hold to him the said Torquill McNeill his heirs and afsigns forever only paying the yearly quit rents and in all things well observing the Kings instructions as specifyed in the said patent bearing date the _____ day of ____ Anno Dom. 1741. Recourse thereunto being doth and may at large appear. Now this Indenture Witnefseth that the said Torquill McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of one Hundred and fifty pounds lawfull currency of said province to him in hand paid by the said Hector McNeill the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth acquit and forever discharge the said Hector McNeill his heirs Executors administrators and afsigns by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien convey and confirm and by these presents hath given granted conveyed aliened and confirmed unto the said Hector McNeill one moiety or upper half of the above described Three Hundred and twenty acres of land that is to say one hundred and sixty acres thereof beginning at a marked hickory in the lower corner of Archibald McNeil land thence Est 52 3⁄4 ch to a pine thence south ch 28 and one pole and a half to a pine thence West 60 3⁄4 ch to a ______ by the above north branch, then with the various courses of the same to the place of Begining. …[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said Torquil McNeil to these presents hath interchangeably set his hand & seal the day and year first above written.
Sealed & delivered xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Torquil MacNeil his X Mark
in presence of
Thos Jones, Archibald McNeil_



Royal Grant to Hector McNeill, 21 May 1741, Bladen County

www.nclandgrants.com

[This is "Carver Hector" McNeill. When Hector finally sold this land it lay in Chatham County, and he sold it in 1778 to Valentine Braswell, Jr. of Chatham County.]

George the Second Etc To all Etc Know ye that we have given and granted unto Hector McNeal a tract of Land containing Six Hundred & forty acres lying and being in the County of Bladen On the East side of the N. Et. branch of the No. Wt. river begining at a Gum at the Mouth of duck Creek in the Upper corner of McLauglan's Land at the forks of said river and runs Et. 72 chains to a Pine then No. 30 Chain to a Pine then Wt. 80 Chains to a Stake nigh a marked white Oak then along the said branch to the first Station. To hold & Yielding and paying & four Shillings Proclamation money yearly for every Hundred Acres Sealing the same with one White Person Clearing and Cultivating three Acres for every hundred within three years and entering these Letters with the Auditor within Six months In Testimony & Witnefs & Dated at Wilmington 21st May 1741 ... Gab. Johnston



Gabriel Johnston, Governor of NC, to John Martileer 1737, then endorsed by Martileer to Daniel McNeill in 1743, Bladen County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 69, page __

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To Him the sd Jno Martileer his heirs & afsigns forever, of our mannor of East Greenwich our County of Kent, in fee & Common Souage, by fealty only yielding & paying to Us our Heirs & Succefsors for Ever the Yearly Rent of four shillings Proclamation money for Every Hundred Acres of land hereby Granted to be paid to us our Heirs & Succefsors on the Second day of February in Each year at such places in our sd Province as Our Governor for the time being with the advice & consent of our Council Shall think fitt to Direct & appoint Provide always that in case the sd John Martileer his heirs or afsigns shall not within the space of three years alter the date hereof Clear & Cultivate according to the Proportion of three acres for Every hundred & also that a minute or Docket of these our Letters Patent shall not be Entered in the office of Our Auditor General for the time being in our sd Province within Six months after the Date hereof that then & in Either of the sd Causes these & Letters Patent Shall be void & of none Effect In testimony Whereof We have caused the Grate Seal of Our sd province to be hereunto affixed Witnefs our Trusty & Well Beloved Gabriel Johnston Esqr Our Captain General & Governor in Chief at Newtown [later Wilmington, NC] this ninth day of September in the Eleventh year of our Reign Anno Domini 1737 - Gabriel Johnston

Endorsed on the Back of the above Patent as follows viz -
Know all Men by these Prefentf that I the within Designated John Martileer for & in consideration of the sum of thirty six pounds Currency of North Carolina to me in hand paid by Daniel McNeill Esqr of Bladen County & Province of North Carolina planter the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowleg & doth acquit & forever Discharge the sd Daniel McNeill & his heirs do afsign Tranffer & make over all my right title Interest that I might could or can here have to the within designed tract of land by virtue of the within pattent or any other way unto him the sd Daniel McNeill his heirs & afsigns for ever & the sd John Martileer shall & will warrant & Defend the within Defined Tract of land Containing Six Hundred acres of Land more or lefs [This tract became known as 'Tweedside' or 'Tweeside'] with all appurtenances thereunto the same belonging or in any ways appertaining unto me the sd Daniel McNeill & his heirs for ever against me & my heirs or any other person or persons claiming by from or under me aforesaid & shall at any time hereafter at the reafonable request of the sd Daniel of or foresd & make Execute & acknowledge or cause to be made Executed & acknowledged any other Deed of Conveyance as by the Council of the sd Daniel McNeill aforesaid shall be advised devised or Required
Witnefs my hand this 28th day of June A.D. 1743
Signed Sealed & Delivered In prefence of Us -                                                                          John Martileer {Seal} Frances Martileer {Seal}
Hector McAlaster
Neill McNeill
John McNeill
Proved in open Court September 1748 by the oath of Neill McNeill - Thomas Jones Clk



Petition for a Minister by the Cape Fear Settlement to Synod of Argyll, Scotland, 2 September 1748, Bladen County
"Argyll Colony Plus" Issue No. 1, April 1986, p.30a

[Related: See first contract with minister. See second contract]

Know all men by these prefents that we the Hereunder Subscribers of the County of Bladen, in the province of North Carolina Are held and firmly bound, Unto Any Minifter of the Gofpel (Sent to us - by the Members of the Synod of Argyll) in the sum of one hundred and forty pounds sterling money of Great Brittan to be paid to the sd Minifter, To the which payent well and truly to be made we bind ourselves & each one of us, our heirs, Admrs, or Execrs, or every of them firmly by thefe prefents Signed by us this Second Day of September in the Year of our Lord One thoufand Seven Hundred and forty Eight.

The Condition of this Obligation is Such that if the above named Synod, Do Send, unto us, a Minifter authorized according to the Rules & Difcipline of the Kirk of Scotland, and that will officiate among us, for and During the Space of three years after his arrival at Cape Fear River. then if we the above bound Subfcribers, our Heirs Exrs, Admrs Do pay and Caufe to be paid to the sd Minifter the sum of Seventy pounds sterling money yearly for the space of three years then this obligation to be void & of none effect, or Elfe to stand & Remain in full force & virtue in witnefs whereof we have herunto Set our Hands & Seal -

John McPherson Murdock McCranie Dan McNeill [of Taynish]
Lachlan McNeill Archibald Buy [Buie] Thos Armstrong
Malcom Blue Gilbert Buy [Buie] Edw'd Conner x his mark
Do'd McCraine Duncan Buie Wm Dawson
Arch'd Patterfon James Phillips Stephen Phillips
John Petterfon [Peterson, Patterson?] Neill Beard Owen McGraw
Duncan McGill Hector McNill [son of Lachlan McNeill?] Will Gray
Duncan McDuffie Archibald McNeill [Bluff Archy?] Jno Lennon
Mathew Smylie Neal Gram [Graham] Ranald McNaughten
Torquil McNeill John Patterfon John Russ
Hector McNeill [sic; "Hector, carver"?] Hugh McLachlan Malc. McNeill
Arch'd McNeill [who died by 1761?] Donald [McMarchee?] Joseph Singletary
Duncan Patterfon Alex'r McAlefter Alexander McCoskey
John McPhoile [John McPhaul?] Hect: McNeill [Bluff Hector] Daniel McFarlon
Neill McNeall John McAllefter Elisha McDowell
Neill McNeill Neill Shaw John Campbell
Archibald McNeall ["Scribbling Archie?] Dushee Shaw William McNeill [son-in-law of Daniel McNeill of Taynish]
Alexander McKay John Shaw Daniel Mcfatter
Malcom Smith [son of John Smith, 2] Duncan Shaw Archibald McClarty
John Munro Archd McDonald William Moore
Raynald McLearin Hugh McCraine  
Daniel Munrow Archd Buy [Buie]  
Hugh Brown Donald Buy [Buie]  
Duncan Brown -------------------------------------  
Arch'd Baker Signed Seald in prefence of us {  
Dugald McPhoile Duncan McCoullsky  
Alex'r Clark Donald McKiethan  
Robert Clark Neill Shaw  
John Clark Patrick Campbell  
Arch: Clark    




Murdock McCraine to John McPherson, 14 March 1749, Bladen County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 20, page 32

This Indenture Witnefseth that Murdock MacCranie of Bladen County in the province of North Carolina Weaver for & in consideration of the sum of ninety five pounds currency ___ of the sd province to him in hand paid by John MacFerson of the County and province aforesaid Taylor the receipt whereof the doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth fully freely & absolutely exonerate acquit & forever discharge the sd John MacPherson his heirs exrs adms & afsigns by these presents that given granted bargained sold aleined enfeoffed conveyed & confirmed an by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alein enfeoff convey and confirm unto the sd John MacPherson a certain piece or parcel of land situate lying & being in the sd County of Bladen on the SoWt side of the NW River & opposite to Thomas Ellerbee's land begining at a white oak in Thomas Matthews's lower corner thence by the sd Matthews's lower line So75 degrees W280 poles to a pine then So15 degrees Et66 2/3 poles to a pine then No75 degrees Et280 poles to a gum nigh the river bank above the mouth of a gully then up by the river to the first station Containing 116 2/3 acres being the upper part of a tract of 380 acres of land granted by Patent to Nathaniel Platt who conveyed the same to Richd Dunn of whom the sd Murdock MacCranie purchased the same whereof the above granted & bargained 116 2/3 accres is part To have and to hold...[much legalese].... In Witnefs whereof the sd parties to these presents hath hereunto set his hand and seal the 14 day of March AD 1749.
Signed Sealed & delivered in the presence of us                                               Murdock MacCranie his X mark
Wm Dawson
Duncan Buie
Proved in open court March 1749 by the oath of William Dawson _ Thos Rutherford CC

Recorded in the Clerk's Office of Bladen County North Carolina according to law Thos Rutherford CC

Registered in the Register's Office of Bladen County North Carolina in Book C folio 117 April the [left out date of month] 1759

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County} November Term 1803 [The time of the death of John McPherson's son Daniel, from which would spring years of legal wrangling]
This deed being proved recorded and registered in the Court of Bladen Ordered by the Court that the same be recorded and registered in this and it is recorded accordingly
Robinson Mumford CC



Plat Description for Land on Tranthams Creek for Archibald McNeill, 14 March 1752, Bladen County
Malcolm McNeill Papers, NCDAH

[This may be a warrant for survey, a description of a plat for 100 acres of land for Archibald Bahn, aka "Scribbling Archie," McNeill.]

This plat Represents a Tract of Land Containing 100 acres in Bladen County on Tranthams Creek begining at a Gum Runing So13 Wt 200 poles to pine then an oak thence No.60 Wt 100 poles to a pine Stump No.35 Et72 poles to a Gum thence NE46 E136 poles to a water oak thence So60 E56 poles to the begining
Surv'd for Archd McNeill Decbr 26 day 1752 by Jas McCollam & plat made out by Wm Pugh D Sr



Grant to John McFearson, 1 September 1753, Bladen (now Cumberland) County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 49, page 6

Matthew Rowan Esqr to John MacFearson
No439 – George the second, By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc. To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting. Know ye that we for and in consideration of the Rents and Duties herein referred, have given and granted, and by these presents, for us, our heirs and succefsors, do give and grant unto John MacFearson a Tract of Land containing one hundred acres lying and being in the County of Bladen, in our Province of North Carolina on the West side of the North West River, Beginning at a Gum in Rufsells’ corner thence Running North seventy five West fifty four & a half Chains to a Pine and so around to the first Station as above described, as by the Plat hereunto annexed doth appear, together with all woods, waters mines minerals, hereditaments and appurtenances to the said Lands belonging or appertaining (one hald of all Gold and Silver mines excepted) to hold to him the said John MacFearson his heirs and afsigns, forever us of our manor of East Greenwich, in our County of Kent, in free and common souage by Fealty only: Yielding and paying unto us our heirs & succefsors forever the yearly Rent of Four shilling Proclamation money, for every hundred acres hereby granted, to be paid unto us our heirs and succefsors on the second day of February in each year at such places in our said province as our Governor for the time being with the advice and consent of our Council shall think fit to direct and appoint. Provided always that in case the said John MacFearson his heirs and afsigns shall not within the space of Three years from the date hereof, Seat the same according to his Rights and likewise clear and cultivate according to the proportion of three acres for ever hundred; and also, that a minute or Docket of these our Letters Patent shall not be entered in the office of our Auditor General, for the time being in our said Province within six months from the date hereof, that then and in either of the said cases these our Letters Patent shall be void and of none effect. In Testimony whereof we have caused the Great Seal of our said Province to be hereunto affixed Witnefs our truly and well beloved Matthew Rowan Esqr President and Commander in Chief in and over our said Province this first day of September in the XXVII year of our Reign Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred & fifty three.
By His Honours CommandxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMathew Rowan
James Murray Sec.
Registered the 14th of June 1848.

Grant to Neill McNeill, 15 November 1753, Bladen (now Cumberland) County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page59

George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith etc To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting, Know ye, That We, for and in consideration of the Rents and Duties herein reserved, have given and granted, and by these presents, for Us, our Heirs and Succefsors, do give and grant unto Neill McNeill a Tract of Land containing one hundred acres, lying and being in the county of Bladen in our province of North Carolina on the So Wt side of the No Wt River on the lower side of Tranthams Creek, beginning at a marked pine (on the head of a Swamp) near the lower corner of the back line of a Tract of Land laid out for Archd McNeill [Believed to be "Scribbling Archie" McNeill] running thence No45 Wt127 poles to a pine, thence No45 Et 148 poles to a pine, thence So45 Et 100 poles to a pine in the back line of the said McNeill’s Land, thence by the said line So35 Wt148 poles to the first station – as by the Plat hereunto annexed doth appear, together with all woods, waters …[much legalese]… In testimony whereof, we have caused the Great Seal of our said province to be hereunto affixed Witnefs our trusty and well-beloved Matthew Rowan, Esq. President, and Commander in Chief, in and over our said province, this fifteenth day of November in the twenty seventh year of our Reign, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and fifty three.
By his Honours Command,                                                                        Matthew Rowan
JasMurray Sec.
Registered the 16th of Decemr 1816



John McPherson to Thomas Armstrong, 8 March 1754, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 55

This Indenture made the 8th day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four between John McPherson of Bladen County [will become Cumberland County within months] in the Province of North Carolina, tailor; of the one part, and Thomas Armstrong of the County & province aforesaid, planter, of the other part, Whereas William Gray by force and virtue of his Majesty's letter patent, dated the 9th day of September 1737, became lawfully possessed of and in 640 acres of land, situate, lying and being in the said County of Bladen, on the No. Et. side of the No. Wt. River, about a mile above the upper end of the Long Pond, joining the upper side of the land granted to Francis Holton and Beginning at an elm on the River Bank, thence S. 10 E. 316 poles to a pine; thence N. 80 E. 320 poles to a cyprefs; then N. 10 W. 324 poles to a gum on the River; from thence bounded by the River to the first station; and the said William Gray being in actual pofsefsion of the said 640 acres of land, in and by his deed or writing by him duly executed, and bearing date the 17th day of July A.D. 1739, for the consideration therein mentioned, did grant and convey the same unto William Gray, who being lawfully pofsefsed thereof, in and by his certain deed or writing by him duly executed, did grant and convey the upper half of said 640 acres of land unto Alexander McAllester, that is to say, 320 acres thereof Beginning at a gum on the River bank, thence S. 10 E. 324 poles to a cyprefs; thence S. 80 W. 160 poles to another cyprefs; then N. 10 W. 320 poles to a white oak at the River, the said Armstrong's upper corner; thence up by the River to the first Station. To hold to him the said Alexander McAllester his heirs and afsigns forever, as by the said deed bearing date the 10th day of February A.D. 1745, doth and may at large appear. And the said Alexander McAllester being so lawfully pofsefsed of and in the said 320 acres of land, in and by his deed or writing by him duly executed for the consideration herein mentioned did grant and convey the same unto the above named John McFersion, to hold to him the said John McFersion his heirs and afsigns forever, as by the last recited deed, bearing date the [blank space] Anno Dom. [blank space] doth and may more at large appear. Now this Indenture Witnefseth that the said John McFersion for and in consideration of the sum of Forty pounds Proclamation money to him in hand paid...[much legalese]....

John McPherson {seal}
his

mark

Sealed and delivered
in presence of
William Armstrong
Francis Armstrong

Octobr Court 1754 – William Armstrong came into Court & made oath that he saw John McFersion execture the aforewritten deed to Thomas Armstrong and that he did also see Francis Armstrong sign as an evidence at the same time.

Thos. Jones, C.C.

Registered the 9th day of Decr. 1754 Thos. Jones, Reg.



John Rutherford, Recr General of North Carolina to James Rutherford, 18 August 1754, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 69, page 30

North Carolina This Indenture made the 18th day of August in the twenty seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland King Defender of ye faith and So forth and in the yar of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four Between John Rutherford of New Hanover Conty in the province of North Carolina Esqr his Majesty’s Recr General for the sd province of ye one part and James Rutherford Gent of Cumberland County in the sd province of the other part Whereas by Grant under Seal of the sd province bearing date the twentieth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and thirty five was granted unto Pateson Wilkinson all that parcel of Land lying and being the County of Cumberland on the East side of the North West River about fourteen miles above Rockfish Creek and joins the Lower side of Thomas Jones’s Land Beginning at a Black oak Running Thence So75 Et one hundred and Sixty chain Thence So15 Wt forty chains Thence No ninety five degrees West one hundred and sixty two chain to a white oak and thence the various course of the River to the first Station as by the sd Grant may more at large appear Containing by estimation Six hundred and forty acres and Whereas the sd Pateson Wilkinson never has appeared neither Claimed the sd parcel of Land by himself or any person for him [Patison Wilkinson appears in Chatham County deeds, and he may have gone there.] Considerable sum of money is now due to his Majesty for Quit Rents for the said Lands and the sd John Rutherford not having been able to find any Distrefs upon the sd Land in the sd County of Cumberland …[In short, the legalese says that the 640 acres was put up for public auction and James Rutherford, brother of John Rutherford Recr General, bought the land for 50 pounds.]… In Witnefs whereof the sd parties have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written
Signed Sealed and Delivered
in the presence of                                                                                                  Jno Rutherford Recr Genl {Seal}
Alexr Duncan
Thomas Rutherford



John Russell to John Patterson 29 July 1754, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 69, pages 38a & 31b

North Carolina Cumberland County This Indenture Witnefseth that John Russell of Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina Planter for and in consideration of the sum of ninety pounds Prockl money to him in hand paid by John Patterson of the county and Province aforesaid planter the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof Doth fully freely and absolutely exonerate acquit & forever discharge the sd John Patterson his heirs Excrs Admrs & afsigns by these presents hath Given Granted Bargained Sold aliened and enfeoffed conveyed confirmed unto the sd John Patterson a certain piece or Parcel of land Lying & Being in Cumberland County on the NoWt side of the NoWt river [Cape Fear River] Beginning at a Black oak on the river Bank thence W80° Wt34 chains to a Pine thence So10° Wt20 ˝ chains to a pine thence So80° Et40 to __ _______ on the river Bank thence up the river to the first station Being the one half of 160 acres of Land Granted to sd Rufsell by his Majestys Letters Pattent Bearing date the seventeenth day of Novr 1738 To have and to hold the sd Bargained Eighty acres of Land to Gether with all & singular the Buildings Improvements wasy woods waters water courses… [much legalese]… In witnefs whereof the sd John Rufsell hath hereunto set his hand and seal this 29th day of July Anno Dom one thousdand seven hundred & fifty four
Signed Sealed Delivered in the presence of us                                                                                                                  John Rufsell {Seal}
Hector McNeill
Robert Dearing
Proved by Hector McNeill April Court 1756 Redgr May 4th 1756

John McPherson to John Russell 29 July 1754, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 49

This Indenture Witnifseth that John McPherson of Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina, tailor, for and in consideration of the sum of Forty Pounds Proclamation money to him in hand paid by John Rusfell of the county and province aforesaid, planter, the receipt whereof he doth hereby confefs and acknowledge, and thereof and of every Part and parcel thereof doth fully, freely and absolutely exonerate, acquit and forever discharge the said John Rufsell his heirs, excutors administrators & asfigns by these presents hath given, granted, bargained, sold, aliended, enfeoffed, conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, convey and confirm unto the said John Rufsell a certain piece of parcel of land, lying and being in Cumberland County on the No. Wt. side of the No. Wt. branch of Cape Fear River, Beginning at a gum in said Rufsell's upper line, thence N. 57 W. 541/2 [chains] to a pine, thence N. 15 E. 181/2 chains to a pine; thence S. 75 E. 541/2 chains to an ash tree on the River bank; thence down the River to the first Station, containing 100 acres. ...[much legalese]... In Witnefs Whereof the said John McPherson hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal this 29th day of July A.D. 1754.

John McPherson {seal}
his

mark

Sealed and delivered
in presence of
Hector McNeill
Robt Dearing

Hector McNeill came into court and made oath that he saw John McPherson execute the aforewritten deed to John Rufsell and that he did also see Robert Dearing sign as an evidence at the same time.

Registered the 3rd day of Decr 1754

Thos Jones, Reg



John Brooks to John McPherson 1754, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 9

100 Acres Cross Creek. This deed has not been transcribed yet. –SE.


Royal Grant to Archibald McNeill, 25 February 1754, Cumberland County
Margaret Hofmann’s Abstracts of Land Patents Volume One

[This is "Bluff Archy" McNeill. This grant was near Bennetts Mill.]

100 acres in Bladen County on a branch of Rockfish Creek called Stewarts Creek.



Daniel McNeill, Esquire to James Rutherford 3 August 1754, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 183

[This is Daniel McNeill of Taynish, one of the leaders of the Argyll Colony.]

This Indenture made this third day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty four Between Daniel McNeill of Bladen County in the Province of North Carolina Esqr of the one part and James Rutherford of Cumberland County in the Province aforesaid Esqr of the other part Whereas the sd Daniel McNeill by Trover and Virtue of a Good and Lawfull Deed of Conveyance bearing date the 12th day of December Anno Domi 1748 and duly Executed by John Martileer as will also as by another Deed dated the 4th of August 1743 and Duly Executed by Samuel Swann Gent [Gentleman] became Lawfully Seized and pofsefsed of and in a certain Tract or Parcel of Land Situate lying & being on the N Et Side of the No Wt Branch of Cape fear river in the sd County of Cumberland Beginning at a marked Hickory on the River Bank about thirteen miles above Rockfish Creek Thence So75 Et280 poles to a Pine thence No15 Et320 poles to a red oak Thence No75 West156 poles to a pine in John McFalls Lower Line Thence by sd Mcfalls Lower Line No75 Wt95 poles to a Hickory marked on the River Bank Thence down by the River to the first Station Containing Six hundred and Seventy one acres ______ in partly the Kings patent Granted to the sd Martileer and bearing Date the ninth day of September Anno Dom 1737 and partly by Proprietors Grant & Conveyance to ye sd Swann and bearing Date the 17th day of July Anno Dom 1730 And the sd Daniel McNeil by Virtue of the above Receipted Deeds being in actual pofsefsion of the sd Six hundred and Seventy one acres of Land did grant and Convey one hundred acres the lower part thereof unto Duncan Campbell his heirs & afsigns. Now this Indenture Witnefseth that the sd Daniel McNeil for and In Consideration of the sum of two hundred and Sixty pounds Sterling money of Great Britain To him In hand paid by the above named James Rutherford The Receipt whereof he the sd Daniel McNeil doth hereby acknowledge and thereof Doth fully clearly and absolutely exonerate acquit and forever discharge the sd James Rutherfod his heirs Executors Adms and afsigns by the presents hath Given Granted Bargained Sold Aleined Enfeoffed Conveyed and Confirmed and by these presents Doth Give Grant Bargain Sell Alien Enfeoff Convey and Confirm unto the sd James Rutherford the Remainder of the sd 671 acres of Land Beginning at a marked mulberry by the river sd Duncan Campbells upper corner thence So75 Et three hundred & fifty poles to a pine thence No15 Et two hundred and Sixty three poles to a Red oak thence No75 Wt one hundred and fifty six poles to a pine marked In a corner of the sd Swanns old patent Land thence by the line of the sd old patent Land No45 Wt eighty two poles to a pine in John Mcfalls Lower [line] Thence along Mcfalls Lower Line No75 Wt ninety five poles to a Hickory marked on the river Bank Thence down the river to the first Station Containing Five Hundred and Seventy one acres of Land Together also with all and Singular the Buildings Improvements Ways Woods Waters Water Courses rights Lybertys ...[much legalese]... In Witnefs whereof the sd Daniel McNeill hath hereunto interchangeably set his hand and seal the Day and Year just above written
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
Anne Jones                                                                                                        Dan MacNeill 
Thomas Jones

Memorandum That on the Day of the Date of the within Indenture I the within named Daniel McNeill Received of the within named James Rutherford the sum of Two hundred and sixty pounds Sterling money of Great Britain being the full consideration sum within mentioned I say received the sd sum in full
Witnefs present at Signing
Thomas Jones                                                                                                        Dan MacNeill
Anne Jones
Proved by Thomas Jones July Court 1756 Registered February ye 4th 1756



David Smith to John Stewart, 24 October 1755, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 69, page 21

[This piece of land is another speculative grant to Hector, carver" McNeill.]

This Indenture made this 24th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred & fifty five between David Smith of Cumberland County in the province of North Carolina planter of the one part and John Stewart of the county and province aforesaid of the other part. Witnefseth that the said David Smith for & in consideration of the sum of thirty pounds proclamation money of North Carolina to him in hand paid by the said John Stewart the receipt whereof the said David Smith doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth acquit discharge & release … [much legalese]… unto the said John Stewart his heirs & afsigns forever a tract of land containing two hundred acres situate, lying & being in Cumberland County in the Province aforesaid between the two little rivers on the So W side of the No W Branch of Cape Fear River & in the fork of a Creek [This creek is stated to be Gum branch in the land warrant for this plat] on the upper side of the lower little river called Watree Branch. Beginning on the So side of said branch at a forked maple running thence So 28 W one hundred & seventy poles to a pine thence So 72 E one hundred & eighty three poles to a pine thence No 28 E one hundred & eighty poles to a pine from thence to the first station being granted to Hector McNeal by his Majestys letter Patent bearing date the third day of Decemr 1746 then by a deed of Convey and from the said Hector McNeal to Martin Trantham duely executed bearing date the 22nd day of July 1747 together with all and & singular the buildings…[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the Parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and seals the day & year first above written
Signed sealed & delivered in the
Presents of Witier Preveat John Brown                                         David Smith {Seal}
Robt Smith



James McNeill to Lachlen McNeill, 20 March 1755, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 69, page 4

This is James McNeill of Rockfish Creek who in 1752 married Elizabeth McNeill, "the only child and heir" of "Carver Hector" McNeill. Hector is mentioned in this deed as being the property's original grantee, and James by right of marriage may sell the upper part of this, his father-in-law's, 220-acre tract. James, the grantor, is selling it for £50. Forty-five years later, in 1800, Lachlen, the grantee, resold this very piece of property to Stephen Gilmore. Then, in 1808—and we may never know why—Elizabeth sold it again to Stephen Gilmore for a mere 20 shillings. The Hector mentioned in this deed is "Hector, carver" McNeill, so named in a later deed because he owned several tracts on Carver's Creek (Though this nickname had been used as early as 1773, Malcolm Fowler was the first to actually publish his nickname as "Hector McNeill, Carver" in his book 'Valley of the Scots'). Hector immigrated with the Argyll Colony in 1736 with Neill Dhu's scouting party, and James is said to have immigrated as a boy of eight in 1740. The Lauchlan McNeill in this deed is stated as being a minor, putting his birth year on or after 1739. He is Lachlen McNeill, the oldest son of Turquill McNeill and was living with Turquill in the 1770 Bladen County tax list.

No Carolina Cumberland County
This Indenture made the twentyth day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty five between Lachlen McNeill of the County of Cumberland in the province of North Carolina minor of the one part and James McNeill of the County and province aforesaid planter of the other part. Witnefseth that the said James McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said Lachlan McNeill the receipt whereof he the said James McNeill doth hereby acknowledge. ...[much legalese]....doth give grant bargain sell alien enfeeoff convey and confirm unto the said Lachlan McNeill a certain piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County aforesaid and on the NoEst Side of the North West branch of Cape Fear River, beginning at a red oak by the river in Hector McNeills Corner ["Carver Hector" McNeill] runing thence by the dividing line No88 Est348 poles to a pine in Martin Goover [This should read 'Holt', not 'Goover'. This is a copying error on the part of the clerk of court, as later deeds for this same property prove.] lower line thence No75 West360 poles to a hickory at the river thence down by the river to the first station containing one hundred and eleven acres being the upper part of Two hundred and twenty two acres granted to Hector McNeill his heirs and afsigns by his Majestys letters patent dated the fourth day of June Anno Dom. 1740...[two pages of royal legalese omitted]....In Witnefs whereof the said James McNeill hath here unto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written -

Signed Sealed and Delivered xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJames McNeill {seal}
in presence of
William Hodges
Thomas Jones



Hugh Brown to James Thornton, 20 January 1755, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 71

[This instrument appears to be the evidence used to claim that "Black Neill" McNeill is dead by 1749. I suspect he was dead by November 1748. It is all a leading possibility but more research is needed, particularly with Bladen County grants of 1740. Additionally, is this the Hugh Brown of upper Robeson County?]

This Indenture made the 20th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty five, Between Hugh Brown of Cumberland County in the province of North Carolina, planter, of the one part and James Thornton of the County & Province aforesaid, cordwainer, of the other part Witnefseth, that the said Hugh Brown for and in consideration of the sum of thirty five pounds Proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said James Thornton, before the ensealing and delivery of these presents, the recipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge, and thereof doth fully, freely and absolutely exonerate, acquit and forever discharge the sd James Thornton, his heirs, executors, administrators and afsigns, by these presents hath give, granted, bargained, sold, aleined, enfeoffed, conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents doth give grant, bargain, alein, enfeoff, convey and confirm unto the sd James Thornton a certain piece or parcel of land bying and being in the County of Cumberland, (formerly called Bladen County,) in the Province aforesd on the No Et side of the NWt Branch of Cape Fear River, Beginning at a red oak in Dougal McFall's lower corner on the river, thence No35 Et252 poles to a pine; thence So55 et179 poles to a pine; thence So35 Wt242 poles to a gum on the River bank; thence up by the River to the first station containing 280 acres, being the lower part of 400 acres of land, by patent bearing date the 4th day of June 1740 granted & confirmed to Neill McNeill, his heirs and afsigns forever; the sd Neill in pofsefsion thereof died intestate, whereby the sd 400 acres of land descended to Hector McNeill, eldest son & heir to the sd McNeill, and the said Hector thereby being in actual pofsefsion of the said 400 acres of land, in & by his deed or writing by him duly executed & bearing date the 14th day of August 1749, did confirm the same to the above sd Hugh Brown, who sold 120 acres the upper part thereof to the aforesd Dougald McFall, and by these presents as above sd doth convey and confirm the sd 280 acres, the lower part thereof, to the said James Thornton, together with all and singular...[much legalese]...

Signed Sealed & delivered xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxHugh Brown {seal}
in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMaryBrown [nee Buie?]
John Grahamxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxher X mark {seal}
Archibald McDonald his X mark



John Russell to John McPherson 1756, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 93

pt 160 Acres North West River of Cape Fear River. This deed has not been transcribed yet. –SE.

Malcom Smith to Daniel McNeill, 1756, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 113

This Indenture made the Twentyeth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty six Between Malcom Smith of Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina Planter of the one part, and Daniel McNeill Son to Archd McNeill of said County [This is likely "Skeroblin Archie" McNeill buying land that belonged to Jennie Bahn's father John Smith] and Province of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Malcom Smith for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty pounds proclamation money to him in hand paid by said Daniel McNeill before the sealing and delivering of these presents whereof he doth hereby acknowledge the receipt of and for every part and parcel thereof and doth fully freely clearly and absolutely acquit and forever discharge the said Daniel McNeill his heirs Executors administrators and assigns by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey and confirm unto the said Daniel McNeill his heirs executors administrators and assigns a certain piece or parcel of land lying in said County on the South West side of the North West Branch of Cape Fear River Beginning at the lower out most corner of two hundred acres of land conveyed by the said Malcom Smith unto Daniel Munroe as his Deed will more fully appear thence North 55 degrees West 270 poles to a stake thence South 35 degrees West 160 poles to a stake thence South 55 degrees East 270 poles to said Munroes corner a small distance from the River thence along said Munroes line North 35 degrees East 160 poles to the beginning containing two hundred and seventy acres of land more or less being ye back part of a tract of land containing 640 acres granted by his Majesty’s patent to the Honorable James Innis bearing date the 10th of September 1735 as by the same will fully appear and the said James Innis by deed or writing on the back of said patent under his hand and seal duly executed the 20th day of November 1740 did convey the same to John Smith his heirs assigns forever He John Smith died intestate and the said Malcom Smith being Eldest son and heir at law to his father the said Malcom Smith doth own above mentioned convey the said two hundred and seventy acres of land to said Daniel McNeill with all … [much legalese] … hath interchangeably set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed sealed and delivered in xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMalcom Smith {Seal}
The presence of Us
William Colvin
xxxxxhis
David o Smith
xxxxMark
Registered August 13th 1756.


John Bone to John McPherson 1757, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 258

80 Acres Cape Fear River. This deed has not been transcribed yet. –SE.



Daniel McNeill to Thomas Armstrong 1757, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 209

This Indenture made the 3rd day of October in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty seven, Between Daniel McNeill of the County of Cumberland in the Province of North Carolina Esqr of the one part and Col. Thomas Armstrong of the County and Province aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Daniel McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of forty pounds proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Armstrong the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and of every part and parcel thereof doth clearly acquit and discharge the said Thomas Armstrong his heirs executors and administrators and every of them by these presents hath given granted sold aleined conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien convey and confirm unto the said Thomas Armstrong his heirs and assigns a certain piece or parcel of land lying in the County of Cumberland on the north East side of North West Branch of Cape Fear River, Beginning at a black oak near the River in the upper corner of a tract of 400 acres laid out for said McNeill, thence North 50° East 123 poles to stake, thence North 40 West 130 poles to a stake thence South 50 West 137 poles to a black oak on the river then down the River to the first Station, containing 105 acres as the same by the patent thereof bearing date June 4th A.D. 1740 will more fully appear as also that piece or parcel of land adjoining the lower corner thereof and above said McNeills Creek (that is to say all that land lying between the above mentioned and described 105 acres of land and the upper side of the said Creek containing by estimation 42 acres more or less being part of that tract of 400 acres laid out for said McNeill To have and to hold...[much legalese]... In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written
Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of                                                                          Daniel McNeill {Seal}
Hector McNeill
John Welsh
Neill McNeill



William Odum to Solomon Johnston, 1757, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 265

[This is probably Solomon Johnston, Junior, who according to a surviving Bladen County deed, went to St. Matthews Parish in Georgia before 1771. Whether he died in Georgia is unknown, but he died without children. He sold this piece of land to his father, Solomon Johnston, Senior, in 1771.]

This Indenture made the 8th day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and fifty seven, Between William Odum in the County of Bladen in the Province of North Carolina Planter of the one part and Solomon Johnston of Cumberland County and Province aforesaid Planter of the other part Witnefseth that he the said William Odum for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds Proclamation money to him in hand paid by Solomon Johnston the receipt whereof the said William Odum doth hereby acknowledge and doth fully freely and absolutely exonerate acquit and forever discharge the said Solomon Johnston his heirs executors administrators and assigns by these presents, hath given granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed conveyed and confirmed unto him the said Solomon Johnston a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Cumberland in the Province of North Carolina, beginning at a White Oak on a Branch south side of the Raft Swamp running South 45 West 120 poles to a Cypress tree North 50 West 600 poles to a pine North 30 East 200 poles to the swamp then to the beginning 100 acres of land it being part of 600 acres by it more or less the tract of land granted to Henry [O'Berry; this piece of land in another deed is recorded as having been granted to Henry OBerry in 1750.] …[a full page of legalese]… In Witness Whereof the said William Odum hath hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Signed Sealed and delivered
in presence of us                                                                      William Odum {Seal}
Aaron Odum    his T mark
Thomas Odum



First Contract by Presbyterian Gentlemen to the Reverend James Campbell, 18 October 1758, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 349

[Related: See 1748 petition to Synod in Scotland for a minister. See second contract]

Presbyterian Gentlement to Rev. James Campbell
Know all men whom these presents do or may concern, that we whose names are underwritten, for and in consideration of the due and faithful Ministry of the Gospel (according to the Doctrines and discipline of the Church in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, by law established) for some months past, and hereafter to be administered by us and other good people of our communion in the County of Cumberland, Province of North Carolina, by the Rev. James Campbell, a well qualified Minister of the principles of the said established church, and for divers good causes and considerations moving us thereto, have covenanted, promised, granted and agreed, and by these presents do each of us covenant, promise and agree to and with the said James Campbell to pay cojointly, or cause to be paid the sum of a hundred pounds in good and lawfull money of North Carolina to the said James Campbell, his heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns, to commence from the twenty second of June last (providing that Mr. James Campbell doth, as soon as his convenience permit, accept our call, to be presented to him by the Rev'd Presbytery of South Carolina, and by them engaged to the solemn duty of a Pastor for us,) and this to be paid to him, his heirs, executors, administrators, or assigns yearly, and every year during his faithful Ministry with us.

In Witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands, and seals this eighteenth day of October in the year of his Majesty's reign 32nd & our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight.

Hector McNeill {Seal} ["Bluff Hector" McNeill] John Patterson {Seal} Signed sealed and
Gilbert Clark {Seal} Dushee Shaw {Seal} delivered before us -
Thomas Gibson {Seal} Neill McNeill {Seal} Archibald McNeill
Alexander McAlister {Seal} Archibald Buie {Seal} Archibald Clark
Malcolm Smith {Seal} [Son of John Smith] Angus Culbreth {Seal}  
Archibald McKay {Seal} John McPherson {Seal}  

North Carolina Cumberland County August Superior Court 1760 Then was the above bond proved in open court by the oath of Archibald McNeill and admitted to record. R Grove CC



John Astee to Hector McNeill, 11 December 1759, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 3, page 88

[This Hector McNeill is "Bluff Hector" McNeill. This deed shows that "Bluff Hector" McNeill did not own his estate at Taylor's Hole until 1759. The deed is witnessed by his brother, Duncan McNeill, to whom "Bluff Hector" sold Taylors Hole in 1764.]

This Indenture made the Eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty nine Between John Astee of Edenton in the Province of North Carolina [a blank space] make of the one part and Hector McNeill of the County of Cumberland in said Province Esqr of the other part Witness Whereas John White Esqr. Sheriff of the County of Bladen Entitled by Virtue of a Writ of T___ T___ and also of an Act of proclamation of Great Britain an act of the easy recovery of debts in his Majestys Plantation in America did seize and take into his hands one tract of land the then property of Col. Robert Holton Deceased containing 640 acres of land situate lying and being then in the County of Bladen and now in the County of Cumberland on the North East side of the North West Branch of Cape Fear River beginning at an Ash tree below the mouth of Taylors hole and running West beginning at an Ash tree then South 55 East 160 poles to a pine thence North 35 East 40 [a blank space] to a pine then North 45 West 160 chains to a poplar on the River as by Patent dated February 20th 1735 will more fully appear and the said Sheriff in pursuance of his Office did grant bargain sell assign and make over unto the said John Astee the said six hundred and forty acres of Land, Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the said John Astee for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds six shillings and eight pence proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said Hector McNeill the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth acquit and forever discharge the said Hector McNeill his heirs executors administrators and assigns by these presents that granted bargained sold released & confirmed & by these presents doth grant bargain sell release and confirm the said tract or parcel of land mentioned together also all & singular the Buildings & Whatsoever thereunto belonging on in any wise appertaining the one half of all Gold & silver mines excepted & all the estate right title interest claim and demand whatsoever of him the said John Astee in or to the herein granted premises To have & to hold the said 640 acres of land with the appurtenances and every part thereof unto the said Hector McNeill his heirs & assigns forever and that free & clear from all encumberances & Quit rents of said premises since the year 1753 only excepted and he the said John Astee for himself his heirs executors and Administrators doth convenant promise and grant to & with the said Hector McNeill his heirs and assigns by these presents that he the said John Astee & his heirs the hereby granted & bargained premises and the appurtenances and every part thereof shall & will warrant & defend unto the said Hector McNeill his heirs & assigns against the said John Astee his heirs executors & administrators & against all & every other person & persons whatsoever lawfully claiming or to claim by from or under him them or any of them

In Witness whereof the said John Astee hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of
John Vaugn                                                                         John Astee {Seal}
Duncan McNeill}
North Carolina Cumberland County May Court 1767 Then was the Execution of this Deed in open Court in due form of law proved by the Oath of Duncan McNeill & ordered to be Recorded
Thomas Rutherford CC



Archibald McNeill to Neill Graham, 15 April 1759, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 323

[This is Archibald "Laird Archy" McNeill, known widely as "Bluff Archy" who signed his name in the manner below, most notably in his will of 1778. Furthermore, there is a Cumberland County deed showing Archibald McNeill and his wife Barbara signing together, with Barbara signing her name with a "B" (There is another deed in Robeson County records signed the same way by an Archibald and Barbara McNeill but it is signed by "Archie Ghar" McNeill and his wife Barbara Patterson McNeill). "Bluff Archy's" wife was Barbara Baker. Neill Graham sold this piece of land in 1774 to Dr. Samuel Campbell of Cumberland County. The land in question below, on Stewarts Creek, was a grant to "Laird Archy" in 1754. The mention of "...100 acres together with all & manner of Houses improvements..." indicates "Laird Archy" may indeed have been living on this Stewarts Creek property.]

This Indenture made this 15th day of April in the year of our Lord 1759, Between Archibald McNeill of the County of Cumberland & Province of North Carolina Planter of the one part and Neil Graham of the County and province aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that the said Archd McNeill for and in consideration of 16 pounds Proc money to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof he the said Archd McNeill doth hereby acknowledge from the said Neil Graham & himself here with fully satisfied and paid & from every part and parcel thereof doth clearly and absolutely acquit & discharge the said Neil Graham his heirs executors administrators and assigns forever, by these presents he hath given granted sold aliened released enfeoffed and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien release enfeoff and confirm unto the said Neil Graham his heirs and assigns forever all that Lot and parcel of land containing 100 acres, situate lying and being on a Branch of Rockfish Creek called Stewarts Branch beginning at a White Oak thence No79° Wt126 poles to a Pine, then So11° Wt126 poles to a Pine then So°79 East126 poles to a stake then No11° East126 poles to the beginning containing 100 acres together with all & all manner of Houses improvements waters woods…[much legalese]… In witness whereof the parties to these presents have put their hands and seals the day & year above written
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of                                                             his
Malcom Smith, Daniel McGill                    }                                        Archibald A McNeill {Seal} 
July Court 1759 Then was the above Deed proved by the oath                          mark
Of Malcom Smith and admitted to record, Recorded in the minutes
Of said Court by Richard Grove C.C.



Neill and Catharine McNeill to Hector McNeill and Alexander McAlister, 18 February 1761, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 1, page 420

[This is "Little Neill" McNeill and his wife Catherine. Because Catherine gave her consent to the sale of the one acre, I believe that Catherine was either a Walker or a Trantham.]

This Indenture made the 18th day of February in the year of our Lord 1761, Between Neill McNeill of the County of Cumberland & province of North Carolina Planter of the one part and Hector McNeill and Alexander McAlister of the other part, Whereas Thomas Walker late of the County of Bladen by force & virtue of his Majesty’s letter patent bearing date the 18th day of November 1743 became lawfully seized & possessed of 220 acres of Land then in the County of Bladen & now in the county of Cumberland, beginning at a White Oak on the South West side of the North West branch of Cape Fear River on the said River bank N54 ¾ chains to a pine thence E39 chains to a pine thence south 58 chains to a Wallnut tree on the River bank then down the River to the first station containing 220 acres of land and whereas said Walker by deed duly executed bearing date the 4th day of June 1746 assigned conveyed & confirmed all his right & title unto said 220 acres of land unto Martin Trantham by deed duly executed the 14th day of March 1748 assigned & conveyed said premises unto said Neill McNeill, to hold to him the said Neill McNeill his heirs & assigns forever. Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the said Neill McNeill for the consideration of having the Gospel expounded agreeably to the Church of Scotland and also in consideration of the sum of 5 shillings Sterling to him in hand paid by the said Hector McNeill & Alexander McAlister the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge & forever discharge the said Alexander McAlister & Hector McNeill hath given granted bargained sold aliened released conveyed & confirmed & by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien release convey & confirm unto the said Hector McNeill & Alexander McAlister & their heirs / Being of the profession of Religion commonly called Presbyterian / The Quantity of one acre of land whereon is built and erected a Meeting House as the same now stands Together with a passage of 18 feet wide on each side of said Meeting House. Together with ingress & regress for the rest of the congregation of the Reverend James Campbell or his successors being lawfully called agreeable to said Church of Scotland to hold to them & their heirs as aforesaid forever with the reversion & reversions remainder & remainders rents issues & profits …[much legalese]… And Catharine McNeill wife of the said Neill McNeill doth testify her concurrence thereunto by affixing her seal hereto in token of & for against her & her heirs of all her thirds or Dowries in & to the said one acre of land.
In Witness Whereof the said Neill McNeill & Catharine his wife hath hereunto set their hands & affixed their seals the day & year above said.
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of                                                       his
A Buchannan                                                                                        Neill   x  McNeill {Seal}
Isaish Parvisol                                                                                              mark
                                                                                              {North Carolina Cumberland County
                                                                                                February Court 1761
Then was the within Deed proved in open Couort by the oath of Isaiah Parvisol one of the subscribing evidences & admitted to Record by Richard Grove C.C.
Recorded in the minutes of said Court by Richard Grove C.C.                                                                  



James Rutherford to Duncan Campbell, 20 January 1763, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 167

[A prior deed shows that Duncan Campbell bought a part of this land from Daniel McNeill of Taynish prior to 1754. In 1783 Duncan Campbell gave as a deed of gift this 150 acres on CFR to his grandson John Campbell of Campbell's Bridge. In the deed below, John McPhaul is also shown owning land near the river. Maps of plats of the time created by Dan MacMillan of Fayetteville show that both Neill McPhaul and his son Daniel McPhaul each owned half of one 150-acre grant to Daniel McNeill bordering the north side of Tweedside. Having served and died as captain of the Tories in the Revolution, Neill's lands, including this 75 acres, were confiscated after the war.]

This indenture made this 20th day of January in the year of our Lord 1763, between James Rutherford of Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina, Esq. of the one part, and Duncan Campbell of the County of Cumberland and Province afsd. Planter, of the other part. Whereas the sd James Rutherford by force & virtue of a good & lawful deed of conveyance bearing date the 3d day of August in the year 1754, and duly entered by Daniel McNeill [Daniel McNeill of Taynish], became lawfully seized & pofsefsed of & in a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying & being on the N.E. side of the N.W. River of Cape Fear in the sd County of Cumberland , Beginning at a marked Mulberry, the sd Duncan Campbell’s upper corner on the River bank, thence S.75 E.315 poles to a pine; thence N.15 E.263 poles to a red oak; thence N.75 W.156 poles to a pine; thence N.45 W.82 poles to a pine in John McPhaul’s lower line; thence along said line N75 W.93 poles to a hickory marked on the River bank; thence down by the River to the first station, containing 571 acres. Now this Indenture Witnefseth, that the sd James Rutherford for & in consideration of the sum of thirty pounds Proc. Money to him in hand paid by the above named Duncan Campbell, he receipt whereof the sd James Rutherford doth hereby acknowledge, & thereof doth fully, clear & exonerate, acquit & forever discharge the sd Duncan Campbell his heirs exrs, admrs., & afsigns, by these presents hat given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enfeoffed, conveyed & confirmed, & by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, convey & confirm unto the sd Duncan Campbell Fifty acres of land, Beginning at a marked Mulberry by the River side Rutherford’s lower corner & sd Campbell’s upper corner, thence S.75 E.315 poles to a pine in sd Rutherford’s & sd Campbell’s back corner; thence N.15 E.251 poles to a stake in sd Rutherford’s field, on the River bank; thence down by the River to the first station, containing 50 acres of land more or lefs. Together also with all and singular improvements, way, woods, waters, watercourses, rights, liberties… [much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the sd James Rutherford hath hereunto set his hand & seal, the day & year first within written.
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of                                      James Rutherford {Seal}
Hector McNeill _ Thomas Green
Cumberland County February Court, 1763} Then was the execution of the afsd deed, in open Court in due form of law proved by the oath of Hector McNeill one of the subscribing evidences, & admitted to record. Richd Grove, C.C.



John McFarshion to Thomas Matthews, 14 January 1763, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 164

This Indenture made the 14th day of January in the Year of our Lord 1763 between John McFarshion of County of Cumberland and province of North Carolina, planter; of the one part, & Thomas Matthews of the County & province aforesaid, blacksmith, of the other part, Whereas John McFarshion by deed bearing date the 14th day of March 1759 [Probably to re-record a deed burned in the Bladen County courthouse fire of 1800, Cumberland County court minutes record in 1804 that this transaction took place in 1749, not 1759, and that the 116 2/3 acres were purchased by John McPherson from Murdock McCrainie] became lawfully seized & pofsefsed of & in 116 2/3 acres of land – Beginning at a white oak in sd. Thomas Matthews' lower corner thence by the sd. Matthews' lower corner line S. 75 W. 280 poles to a pine, thence S. 15 E. 662/3 poles to a pine; thence S. 15 E. 280 poles to a gum at the river bank [Cape Fear River? No river's name is mentioned in the deed], above the mouth of a gully; thence up the River to the first station; Now this Indenture Witnefseth, that the sd. John McFarson for & in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds Proc. money to him in hand paid, the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge... doth grant, bargain, sell, alein, enfeoff, convey & confirm unto the sd. Thomas Matthews, his heirs, exrs. admins. & afsigns the sd. 1162/3 acres situate then in the County of Bladen, now in the County of Cumberland [Cumberland formed in 1754.], be the same more or lefs ... [much legalese] ...

John McPherson {seal}
his

mark

Sealed and delivered
in presence of
John Matthews _ Isa. Parvisol

Cumberland County
February Court, 1763
Ten was the execution of the afsd. deed in open Court, in due form of law proved by the oath of Isaiah Parvisol, one of the subscribing evidences & admitted to record. Recorded in the minutes of said court. Richd Grove, C.C.



Second Contract of Presbyterian Gentlemen to Rev. James Campbell, 14 January 1763, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 237

[Related: See 1748 petition to Synod in Scotland for a minister. See first contract]

Know all men, whom these presents do or may concern, that we whose names are underwritten, for & in consideration of the due & faithful ministry of the Gospel according to the doctrine & discipline of the church of that part of Great Britain, called Scotland, by law established to be administered to us hereafter, & other good people of our communion, in the County of Cumberland, in the Province of North Carolina, by the Rev. Mr. James Campbell, a well qualified minister of the principles of the sd. Established Church, & for divers good causes & considerations moving us hereunto, have covenanted, promised & agreed & by these presents do each of us covenant, promise & agree to & with the said Mr. James Campbell to pay conjunctually, or cause to be paid, the sum of a hundred pounds, in good & lawful money of North Carolina, to the sd. Mr. James Campbell, his heirs, executors, administrators & afsigns to commence from the 22d day of June next; and this to be paid to him, his heirs, executors, administrators or afsigns yearly & every year during his faithful Ministry among us. In Witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, this 30th day of April, 1763.
Signed, sealed & delivered
in presence of                                                                                     Hect. McNeill ["Bluff Hector" McNeill]
Duncan McNeill                                                                                 Archibald McKay
Patrick Munroe                                                                                  Walter Gibson
                                                                                                            Duncan Buie
                                                                                                            John McPharland
                                                                                                            Neill McNeill his x mark [Either "Little Neill" McNeill or Neill McNeill father of Roger]
                                                                                                            James McNeill [of Rockfish Creek]
                                                                                                            Angus Colbreath
                                                                                                            Torquil McNeill his x mark
                                                                                                            Malcolm Smith
                                                                                                            Hugh Brown [later moved to Bladen County]

Cumberland County August Court 1763, then was the execution of this bond, in open court, in due form of law, proved by the oath of Patrick Munroe, one of the subscribing evidences, and admitted to record. Richard Grove CC



Archibald McNeill to Hugh Bain, August 1763, Cumberland County

[The Archibald McNeill in this deed was either "Bluff Archy" McNeill or the Archibald McNeill who was the brother of "Bluff Hector" McNeill; the two Archibalds are now known to have been two different men. Both Archibalds signed their names with the same mark, 'A'.]

North Carolina _ Cumberland County   Be it known unto all men by these presents, that I, Archd McNeill of the County of Cumberland & Province aforesd. for & in consideration of the sum of Seventy pounds Proc. Money to him in hand paid & delivered by Hugh Bain of sd. County & Province, at & before the sealing & delivery of these presents, the recpt. Whereof the sd Archd McNeill do hereby confefs &acknowledge that I the sd Archd McNeill have granted, bargained, sold, conveyed & made over & by these presents do fully, freely & absolutely grant, bargain, sell, alien & confirm unto the sd Hugh Bain, his heirs exrs. & admrs forever, a certain tract or parcel of land in Bladen County, containing 50 acres, lying on a branch of Black River called the Beaver Dam, Beginning at a stake at the mouth of the Beaver Dam, thence N.40 E89 poles to a pine; thence N40 W89 poles to a pine; thence S40 W89 poles to a stake; thence S40 E89 poles to the beginning, as by the patent for the same bearing date May 6th 1760, will more fully & at large appear; together with all woods, waters…[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal, this 16th day of August A.D. 1763.
Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of                                                           his
Farqd. Campbell                                                                                    Archd   A   McNeill {Seal}
Thos. Tucker                                                                                                    mark
Cumberland County
August Court 1763  } Then was the execution of the within deed in open court, in due form of law, acknowledged by the within mentioned Archd McNeill & ordered to be recorded.   Richd Grove, C.C.
Recorded in the minutes of said Court   Richd Grove C.C.



Hector McNeill (Bluff) to Duncan McNeill (Bluff), 20 March 1764, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 3, page 105

[Here, "Bluff Hector" is selling Taylors Hole to his brother Duncan McNeill. Yet, in his will of 1761 "Bluff Hector" arranged to provide another brother, Archibald McNeill, a life estate in half—320 acres—of Taylors Hole, per an agreement between Hector and brother Duncan (Duncan was co-executor with Alexander McAlester and Farquard Campbell on the will). The will doesn't provide specific details about the arrangement; it is only alluded to in the last paragraph. Apparently, the agreement amongst the three brothers was that upon Archibald's death the 320 acres would return to the heirs of brother Duncan McNeill. At this time I've found no record of the actual return, though the return probably took place. The actual deed for the 320 acres was not given to Archibald until 1784, some 15 years or so after Hector's death.]

This Indenture made this 20th day of March 1764 Between Hector McNeill ["Bluff Hector" McNeill] of Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina of the one part & Duncan McNeill ["Bluff Hector" McNeill's brother] of the same County & Province of the other part, Witnesseth whereas the said Hector McNeill became lawfully seized and possessed of 640 acres of land in said County known by the name of Taylors hole by virtue of a Deed of Conveyance from John Astee [of Edenton, NC] to him the said Hector McNeill bearing date the 11th day of December 1759 as by the same will fully & at large appear Now this Indenture witnesseth that the said Hector McNeill for & in consideration of the sum of 100 pounds Proc. Money to him in hand paid by the said Duncan McNeill the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge & thereof doth discharge the said Duncan McNeill his heirs & assigns and by these presents hath granted bargained sold released & confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell release and confirm the above mentioned tract of land lying & being on the North East side of the North West river Beginning at an Ash Tree on the river then South 55 East 160 chains to a Pine then North 35 deg East 40 chains to a pine then North 45 deg West 160 chains to a Poplar on the river containing 640 acres of land together also all the Buildings & improvements whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining…[much legalese]…
In Witness whereof the said Hector McNeill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day & year above written
signed Sealed & delivered in presence of                                         Hector McNeill {Seal}
Thomas McD. Reed [Thomas McDonald Reid, Loyalist in the Revolution, went to Nova Scotia; father of David Reid of Cumberland County]
} North Carolina Cumberland County, May Court 1767
Then was the execution of this Deed in open Court in Due form of law acknowledged by Hector McNeill and ordered to be recorded      Thomas Rutherford C.C.



Thomas Jones to Joshua Jones, 26 November 1764, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 3, page 114

[This deed makes reference to a piece of land mentioned in another deed wherein Archibald "Bluff Archie" and Barbara McNeill are selling land they own across the River from the Bluff.]

This Indenture made the 26th day of November in the year our Lord 1764. Between Thomas Jones of Cumberland County & Province of North Carolina Planter of the one part & his Brother Joshua Jones of said County & province of the other part. Witnefseth that the said Thomas for good will and affection as well as for the sum of 10 shillings Procl money to him in hand paid by the said Joshua Jones the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge & forever discharge the said Joshua Jones of every part & parcel thereof & by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey & confirm unto the said Joshua Jones his heirs & assigns 100 acres of land in said county on the North East side of the North West Branch of Cape Fear River beginning at a White Oak the back corner of Archibald McNeills land then along his line North 75 West 127 poles to a stake then North 15 East 127 poles to the beginning being part of a tract of land containing 640 acres joining the land of James Smith & said Wilkinson [this reference to a Wilkinson must be from another related deed or grant] together with all woods ways water courses… [much legalese]… In Witness whereof the said Thomas Jones hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day & date above written
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of                                                       Thomas Jones {Seal}
Thomas Green
Thomas Powell                                                            North Carolina Cumberland County May Court 1767 Then was the Execution of this deed in open court in due form of Law proved by the oath of Thomas Powell and ordered to be recorded                 Thomas Rutherford CC



Hector McNeill, carver to Colin Shaw, 22 June 1765, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 2, page 545

[Here, Hector McNeill of the Argyll Colony is first identified with his nickname "Hector McNeill, carver". It was used again in a 1773 grant to James Buchanan naming the Cumberland County creek his tract was adjacent to: "Carver Hector McNeills Creek". It even mentions him by name as "Carver Hector's line". This proves Hector had this nickname as early as 1773.]

Know all me by these presents, that I Hector McNeill, Carver, of the Province of North Carolina & County of Cumberland, planter; am held & firmly bound unto Colin Shaw of the Province & County afsd. Gent. in the sum of one thousand pounds, Proc. money, to be paid to the said Colin Shaw, his certain attorney, his heirs, exrs. admrs. or afsigns, for which payment will & truly to be made I do bind myself, my heirs, exrs. & admrs. firmly by these presents.Sealed with my seal & dated this 22 day of June Anno Domini 1765.
Whereas the said Hector McNeill purchased from Neill McGill a certain piece or tract of land, containing 235 acres, lying & being in the Province & County aforesaid on the N.W. side of the N.W. branch of Cape Fear River, on Carver's Creek, & has, the day & date of these presents bargained & sold the same to Colin Shaw, for the sum of One hundred & seventy five pounds Proc. money, for which he had given his bond for the payment of same_ Now the condition of the above obligation is such, that if the above bounden Hector McNeill, his heirs, exrs. or admrs. do, on or before the 25th day of December, which shall be in the year of our Lord 1767, sign, seal, execute & acknowledge, or cause so to be done, a good & sufficient deed, or title in law of the said 235 acres of land with the appts. to the said Colin Shaw his heirs, exrs, admrs. & afsigns in case that the said sum of money be paid agreeable to the times specified in said Bond, that then the above obligation is to be void & of none effect, otherwise to be and remain in full force, power & effect.
Sealed & delivered in presence of                                                           his
Richd Grove_ Chas. Stewart                                                   Hector     X     McNeill {Seal}
                                                                                                            mark
Cumberland County August Court 1765 } Then was the execution of this bond in open court in due force of law proved by the oath of Richd Grove, & ordered to be recorded. Recorded in minutes of sd. Court. Richd Grove, C.C.



John McDuffie to John McPherson 1766, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 3, page 33

This Indenture made this 14th day of August 1766 Between John McDuffie of the Province of North Carolina & County of Cumberland Planter of the one part & John McPherson of the said County & Province Planter, Witnesseth that the said John McDuffie for & in consideration of the sum of 112 pounds Proclamation money to him in hand paid by the said john McPherson before ensealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof the said John McDuffie doth hereby acknowledge & himself therewith fully satisfied & paid of every part thereof doth fully freely & absolutely exonerate acquit & forever discharge the said John McPherson his heirs and assigns forever hath given granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed conveyed & confirmed & by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey & confirm unto the said John McPherson a tract of land containing 200 acres lying & being in the county & province aforesaid on the drains of Cross Creek beginning at a white oak the Bank of the said John McPherson's [property on the creek] thence South 75 West 179 poles to a Pine thence South 15 East 179 poles to a Pine thence North 75 East 179 poles to a Pine thence West 179 poles to the first station, with all the estates right title interest property claim & demand whatsoever of the said John McDuffie...[much legalese]...
In Witness Whereof the said John McDuffie
hereunto put his hand & seal the day and year above written xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx John McDuffie his X mark {seal}
Sealed & delivered in presence of
Richard Grove
Daniel McGill

August Court 1766 Then was the execution of the this deed in open Court in due form of law proved by the oath of Richard Grove & ordered to be Recorded, Richard Grove C.C.



(William?) Goodson to Daniel McPherson, 1767, Bladen County
Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC; Robeson County Estate Record, Daniel McPherson 1828

From a Robeson County, NC, 1825 deed Flora Buie to Gilbert Gilchrist: "...tract of one hundred acres or all the right title interest and claim which the said Flora has therein situate in Robeson as aforesaid called the Goodson tract or Goodson’s land including of the Goodson field being the same conveyed to Daniel McPherson (Father of the Grantor [Flora Buie being the grantor]) by deed dated 9th June AD 1767 Beginning at a white oak on Raft Swamp and runs North..."

[This deed most probably burned in the Bladen courthouse fires.]



Land Entry for Ann (Marrion/Mary Ann/Ann) Perkins, 25 April 1767, Bladen County

McKay-Edgerton Collection, copy obtained from Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC

Ann Perkins. 50 Acres, Bladen on a Branch of the raft swamp Begining at a fore and aft poplar Just Below Basses Last mill seat on the East side of said Branch and runs thence No60 Et11 Chains and 50 links to a stake by a small pine then No30 Wt22 Chains and 37 links to a stake near a pine then So60 Wt22 Chains and 37 links to a stake near a pine then So60 Wt22 Ch. and 37 links then So30 Et22 Chains and 37 links then direct to the Begining dated 25th April 1767. —Wm Tryon



Hector McNeill to Farquard Campbell, 7 January 1767, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 3, page 169

[This deed is from "Bluff Hector" McNeill, showing that he was alive as late as November of 1767 when he acknowledged it in court. The deed was witnessed by his brother Duncan McNeill, and by an Archibald McNeill (Hector and Duncan had a brother named Archibald). The piece of land referred to in this deed and being sold to Farquard Campbell was adjacent Jerome Rowan's early tract and very near Taylor's Hole and the "The Bluff", "Bluff Hector" McNeill's plantations. Farquard Campbell was a baronet in Scotland, born about 1720. Campbell sold this tract of land (Cumberland County Deeds, Book 7, page 155) to "Bluff" Hector's son John in February 1780, and gave Mary McAlester McNeill, John's mother, a one-third life estate in the tract as well.]

North Carolina Cumberland County     Be it known to all men by these presents that I Hector McNeill of the Province & County above mentioned for & in consideration of the sum 200 pounds Proclamation money to me in hand paid & delivered by Farquard Campbell of the said Province & County at & before the sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge & confess that the said Hector McNeill have granted bargained sold aliened conveyed & confirmed & by these presents do freely fully & absolutely grant bargain sell alien convey & confirm unto the said Farquard Campbell his heirs executors & administrators forever a certain tract of land containing 200 acres lying in the County aforesaid on the East side of the North West Branch of Cape Fear River Beginning at a White Oak Jerome Rowan’s corner, thence South 55 East 180 poles to a pine thence South 35 West 180 poles to a pine, then 55 West 180 poles to an Oak then to the Beginning 180 poles together with all woods waters mines minerals…[much legalese]… In Witness whereof I the said Hector McNeill have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the 7th day of January A.D. 1767 –
Signed sealed & delivered
in presence of
Duncan McNeill [Brother of Hector McNeill]                                                                   Hector McNeill {Seal}
                  his
Archibald   A   McNeill [Probably the brother of "Bluff Hector" McNeill? Interestingly, "Bluff Archy" signed his name in this way.]
                mark     
}   Cumberland County November Court 1767   Then was the execution of this Deed in open Court in due form of Law acknowledged by Hector McNeill and ordered to be Recorded            Thomas Rutherford C.C.



James Robeson to Alexander McPherson, 1768, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 3, page 293

[This Alexander McPherson is the son of Old John McPherson; other deeds prove this. Notice that Alexander's payment is for only ONE pound—but for 640 acres? It's possible that this was a recording error, but the wording seems too specific to be an error. If it were an error, more than likely the word 'pound' would have been plural. Perhaps James Robeson owed the McPherson family money...or was there a family connection?]

This Indenture made the 25th day of October in the year of our Lord 1768, Between James Robeson of the County of Cumberland in the Province of North Carolina of the one part & Alexander McPherson of the County & province aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth thus for & in consideration of the sum of one pound Proc money to the said James Robeson in hand paid by the said Alexander McPherson as & before the sealing & delivery of these presents the Receipt & payment whereof as hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed conveyed & confirmed & by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey & confirm unto the said Alexander McPherson his heirs & assigns forever a certain tract of land situate lying & being in Cumberland County in the Province aforesaid the South West of the North West River [Cape Fear River] on the Drains of the head of Blounts Creek containing 640 acres Beginning at a Black Oak on the Western Edge side of a small Branch a little below Alexander McPhersons house & runs thence South 15 West 80 chains, thence North 15 west 80 chains, thence North 15 east 80 chains, thence south 75 east to the beginning with the appurtenances lying & being as aforesaid...[much legalese].
In Witness Whereof the said James Robeson has hereunto set his hand & seal the day & year first above written
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence ofxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJames Robeson {seal}
Duncan Mackie
Samuel Hollingsworth

North Carolina October Term 1768
Then was the execution of this deed in Open Court in due form of law proved by the oath of Duncan Mackie & ordered to be Recorded. Thomas Rutherford CC



James Stewart to Neil McNeil, 11 October 1768, Bladen County
Abstract; source: Bladen County, North Carolina Abstracts of Early Deeds 1738 - 1804, by Brent H. Holcomb, page 3

read original:  pg1    |    Related Deeds: 1, 2, 3, 4

[This is Neill McNeill of Jobs Branch (father of "Sailor Hector" and "Shoemaker John" McNeill) whose earliest surviving land acquisition in Bladen (now Hoke) County was bought from James Stewart, the grant for which is owned—at least until recently, as I believe it or a copy became part of the collection of Ruth McArthur, deceased, of Wilmington, NC—by the McNeill family still living around Jobs Branch. The 1784 tax list shows this "Neill McNeile Sen." with 450 acres, most of which was bought by 1774 of James Stewart (100 acres) Joseph Fort (100 acres) and Hector McNeill of Bladen County (150 acres). The real importance of the deed below, at least for my research here, is that it states Neill McNeill of Jobs Branch as being from Cumberland County in 1768, and one step closer to identifying Neill of Jobs Branch as an Argyll colonist who immigrated in or around 1740 as his descendants have claimed for generations. (Realistically, however, it will never be proven because many records are missing.) His removal to Bladen County would be supported by the fact that a few of the original landed colonists did leave the settlement in Cumberland County for Bladen County in the 1750's and 1760's. At this time I can only post an abstract, but I will find the full deed and post it in time.]

11 October 1768 - James Stewart of Bladen County, NC, planter, for 20 pounds proclamation money paid by Neil McNeil of Cumberland County, planter for 100 acres on west side of Raft Swamp, a tract of land granted to William Carver 2 March 1755, [Should be 1765.] and by deed from said Carver to said Stewart.
James Stewart {Seal}
Witnesses: Joseph Fort, Jesse Bagget. Bladen November Court 1768. Proved by oath of Joseph Fort and ordered to be registered. A. Howe, Clk.



Elijah Bettis to John Patterson, 1768, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

read original:  pg1    |    Related Deeds: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

[This deed can be traced from John Patterson to his son Daniel Patterson Sr. ("Beaverdam Daniel" Patterson), to Daniel's son Archibald Patterson. Without considering his estate settlement of 1844, tracing this piece of land is how I've proved who Daniel Patterson's children were and identifying this Daniel Patterson, Sr. as the son of John Patterson and Catherine McPherson. This piece of land is in the western corner of Cumberland. There is no direct deed that bequeaths or sells this land to Daniel Patterson, Sr., John's son, so he must have inherited it.]

This Indenture Witnesfseth that Elijah Bettis of Cumberland County in the Province of North Carolina Planter for & in consideration of the sum of 50 pounds Proclamation money to him in hand paid by John Patterson of the County & Province aforesaid planter the receipt whereof I the said Elijah Bettis doth hereby acknowledge & thereof doth fully freely & absolutely exonerate acquit and forever discharge the said John Patterson his heirs executors administrators & assigns to these presents hath given granted bargained sold aleined enfeoffed conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alein enfeoff convey and confirm unto John Patterson a tract of land containing 260 acres lying and being in Cumberland County on a branch of the Raft Swamp, Beginning at a Pine and by Juniper Branch thence running South 60 West chains to a pine by Wiggins Branch thence up the said Branch 53 chains by Pine by the said Branch thence North 62 East 62 chains to a white oak thence North 13 East 51 chains to the first station containing 260 acres of land which was granted and conveyed to Francis Bottis by his Majesty's letter patent bearing date 26th of September 1753...[much legalese].

Signed Sealed and delivered in presence ofxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxElijah Bettis {seal}
xxxxxxxhis
William W Black
xxxxxxmark

xxxxxhis
xJohn E McPherson
xxxxmark

xxxxxxxhis
Duncan O Patterson
xxxxxxmark
Then was the execution of this deed in open court in due form of law proved by the oath of William Black and ordered to be recorded.



Surveyor's Plat for Peter McArthur, 1769, Bladen County
Sent to me by Ruth McArthur of Wilmington (deceased); original source unknown

[This plat is dated 1769 and is for land in the fork of the Raft Swamp, namely the Blackfork, surveyed for 'Peter McCarter' who married Peggy Campbell. Peter McCarter is shown in the Bladen County tax lists for 1769 and later as living very close to John McPherson whose lands were in the Blackfork. This is not the Peter McArthur who married Christian Bride and came to NC in 1774. How this little wedge of land between the Big Raft Swamp and Little Raft Swamp (Little Raft Swamp has also bee called McPhaul's Mill Swamp) got its name is not known, but it must have had rich soil. My great grandfather inherited a large farm in "The Fork" from his father in 1876, but left it when the railroad came through it. It is located around the community of Shannon and is east-southeast of Red Springs. I have included an image and transcription of the plat.]

 
Plat for Peter McArthur 100 Acres in fork of Raft Swamp dated 1769

Transcription:

"This Platt Represents One Hundred Acres of land in Bladen County In the Fork of the Raft Swamp Beginning at a Cypress in the N.E. Edge of a Pond having 4 Cyprefses for pointer and Runs thence N.40 W. 34 Chains and 65 links then N.50 E.51 Chains and 63 links then S.40 31 Chains and 63 links then Direct to the Beginning Platted for Peter McCarter this 14 Day of October surveyed for him 27 Day of March 1769.
Thos Edwards Suvr"

 



Grant No. ?, State of North Carolina to John McPherson, 9 April 1770, Bladen County

50 Acres in Bladen in the fork of the Raft Swamp joining Juniper branch above the mouth (Patent Book 20, p. 562).



Archibald McNeill and wife Barbary McNeill to Michael King, 25 January 1770, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 3, page 477

[This Archibald and Barbara McNeill are without doubt "Bluff Archy" McNeill and his wife, nee Barbara Baker. "Bluff Archy" is said to have moved to the Bluff area and was buried in its old cemetery with his sons and family.]

This Indenture made the 25th day of January in the year of our Lord 1770 Between Archibald McNeill & Barbary his wife of the County of Cumberland & Province of North Carolina Planter of the one part & Michael King of the County & Province aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that the said Archibald McNeill & Barbary his wife for & in consideration of the sum of 300 pounds Proclamation money to them in hand paid by the said Michael King at & before the sealing & delivery of these presents the Receipt & Payment whereof the said Archibald McNeill & Barbary his wife doth hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed conveyed & confirmed & by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey & confirm unto the said Michael King his heirs & assigns forever a certain tract a parcel of land situate lying & being in the County & Province aforesaid on the North East side of the North West Branch of Cape Fear River, Beginning at a Hickory at the river in the lower corner of land laid out for James Smith, thence South 75 East 75 chains to a stake thence South 75 West 30 chains to a stake on Thomas Jones’s line thence up said Jones’s line North 75 West 85 chains to a stake on River, thence up the River to the Beginning containing 240 acres be the same more or less, being part of a tract of land granted to said Jones as by the patent for the same will fully & at large appear, together with all & singular …[much legalese]…In Witness whereof they the said Archibald McNeill & Barbary his wife hath hereunto set their hands & seals the day & year first within written {The word Paid in the 7th line & the word other in the 30th line interlined before signed}
Signed Sealed & delivered                                                     Archibald   A   McNeill {Seal}
in presence of                                                                                       his  mark                                                                                                                                    
Farquard Campbell                                                               Barbary   B   McNeill {Seal}
Margaret Walker                                                                                  her mark

Cumberland County
April Term 1770  } Then was the execution of the within deed in open court in due form of law proved by the oath of Farquard Campbell & ordered to be recorded and recorded in the minutes of said Court   Thomas Rutherford C.C.



John Campbell, Sr. and Mary McPherson bastardy bond, 1770, Cumberland County
Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC; Cumberland County, Miscellaneous Bonds and Records

No Carolina Cumberland Cty
Know all Men by the Presents that we John Campbell Daniel Campbell & John Campbell all of the Parish of St. David of County of Cumberland are held & firmly bound to our Sovereign Lord the King his Heirs & Successors to say John Campbell Senior the sum of thirty pounds proc money & Daniel Campbell & John Campbell Junior the sum of ten pounds each like money, to be paid to our said Sovereign Lord the King & To which payment will & truly to be made we bind ourselves our Heirs Executors & Administrs firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals. Date this 27th day of April Anno Domini 1770.

The Condition of this obligation is such that whereas above bound John Campbell Sr. hath Begotten on the body of Mary McPherson a Bastard Child named __[only a blank space drawn in document]__ If therefore the said John Campbell shall & do will & truly save harmless & keep endemnified the Parish of St. David in the said County & Province from the maintainence of the said Bastard Child aforesaid and of & from all Costs & charges whatsoever that shall or may accrue by the maintenance of the same then this obligation to be void otherwise to be & remain in full Force & Virtue.
Signed Sealed & Delivered in Presence of } ———————————————
Dun: MacKey.———————————xxxxxx————xxxxx———xxxxx—

John Campbell {seal}

Donald (or Daniel) Campbell {seal}

John Campbell {seal}



Colin Shaw to John McPherson 1770; mortgage deed, Cumberland County, Book 4, page 157

117 Acres unspecified location in deed index. This deed has not been transcribed yet. –SE.


Hector McNeill to Daniel McNeill, 25 October 1770, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 4, page 172

[This is not the Argyll colonist Hector McNeill on Carver's Creek because he could not sign his name, nor is it "Bluff Hector" McNeill who was dead by the date of this deed. There were three Hector McNeills of legal age in Bladen/Cumberland County in 1748, all of whom signed the petition for a minister to the Synod of Argyll. This Hector is the son of Laughlin McNeill who died in around 1770 and inherited Laughlin's 1767 grant, and a Hector McNeill and a Daniel McNeill were administrators of Laughlin's Cumberland County estate record of 1770. In addition, in this deed Daniel McNeill is buying 200 acres from Hector for only 5 shillings so there must have been a relationship between Daniel and Hector. (There was a Daniel McNeill—supposedly the illegitimate son of "Black Neill" McNeill—who came from Scotland in 1759 and who is the ancestor of the attorney James McNeill Johnson of Moore County; was this that Daniel McNeill?)

I cannot identify the Laughlan McNeill in this deed as the Laughlin McNeill of the Argyll Colony. However, it is possible that this was he. The land in the deed below was on Jones Creek and in his will of 1801 "Scribbling Archie" left "the plantation on Jones Creek" to his grandson Donald, Margaret's son. It has been claimed by some researchers, without proof that I can find, that "Scribbling Archie" McNeill was the son of Laughlin McNeill and Margaret Johnstone; he's also claimed by the same amount of proof to having been the son of Daniel McNeill of Taynish.]

This Indenture made the 25th day of October in the year of our Lord 1770, Between Hector McNeill of the County of Cumberland in the Province of North Carolina Planter of the one part, and Daniel McNeill of the County of Cumberland and province of North Carolina of the other part, Witnesseth that for & in consideration of the sum of 5 shillings Proc. Money to the said Hector McNeill in hand paid by the said Daniel at & before the unsealing & delivery of these presents the receipt & payment whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed conveyed and confirmed & by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey & confirm unto the said Daniel McNeill his heirs & assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land lying & being in said county on the Lower Little River about one & one half (1 1⁄2) miles above the mouth of Jones’s Creek, Beginning at a Sweet Gum on the south Branch of said River and runs thence South 7 west 36 chains & 83 links by a Black oak, then North 83 West 44 chains & 73 links then south 7 west to the beginning, which said land was granted by his Majesty’s patent dated 26th October 1767 to Laughlan McNeill and afterwards descended to said Hector being son & heir at law of said Laughlin McNeill which said 200 acres of land the said Hector doth now sell with the appurtenances…[much legalese]… In Witness whereof the said Hector McNeill has hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed Sealed & delivered
In presence of us ————————————xxxxxxxxx Hector McNeill {Seal}
Thomas Rutherford
Walter Gibson} North Carolina Cumberland County October Court 1770
Then was the Execution of this Deed in open Court in due form of law proved by the Oath of Thomas Rutherford and Ordered to be Recorded.



Soloman Johnston, Jr. to Soloman Johnston Sr., 1 January 1771, Bladen County
From the original in the McKay-Edgerton Collection

[I own an original copy of this deed and official Bladen County record books have it as well. Another Bladen deed (of which I only have seen the abstract) found in Brent Holcomb's Bladen County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Early Deeds, 1738-1804, and one that survived that county's courthouse fires, states that Solomon Johnston Jr. was living in St. Matthews Parish in Georgia about this time. According to one other deed from Robeson County Solomon Jr. had no children at death and, in comparison to all the deeds concerning these individuals, shows that Marrion Perkins McPhaul was the daughter of Solomon Johnston, Senior.]

This Indenture made the first day of Jany in the year of [our] Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and seventy one Between Solomon Johnston Jnr of Bladen County in the Province of North Carolina of the one part and Solomon Johnston Senr of the County and Province aforesd of the Other Part. Witnefseth that the said Solomon Johnston Jnr for and in consideration of the sum of Fifty Pounds Proc[lamation] money to him in hand Paid by the said Solomon Johnston Senr at or Before the Ensealing and Delivery of these Presents the Receipt Whereof he the said Solomon Johnston Junr doth give Grant Bargain sell align and Confirm unto the said Solomon Johnston Senr his Heirs and afsigns forever a Certain part or parcel of Land Containing Two Hundred Acres Begining at a white oak on a Branch on the South side of the Raft Swamp Runing So 45 Wt 120 poles to a Cyprefs tree then No 50 Wt 600 poles to a pine No 30 Et 200 poles to the Swamp thence to the Begining be it more or Lefs To being Part of the six hundred acres Granted to Henry Oberry October __ 5th 1750 To have and to hold the aforesaid bargained Land and Premifes Together with all House Gardens woods ways and waters with all Timbers fences and Cleared Grounds... [much legalese]...In Witnefs Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Day and year first above written

Signd Seald and Delivered————————————xxxxxxxxxxxx———Solomon Johnston {seal}
in the Presence of us————————xxxxxxxxxxxxx—xxxxxxxxxx— (his mark looks like a capital J or T)
Richd Smith

James Pace (his mark)



Edward and Isabel McPherson to John Graham, 1771, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 4, page 352

Edward McPherson }
to John Graham
This Indenture made the 26th day of February in the year 1771 Between Edward McPherson & Isabel his wife of Cumberland County and Province of North Carolina of the one part and John Graham of the county and Province aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Edward McPherson and Isabel his wife for and in consideration of the sum of 40 pounds Proclamation Money to him in hand paid by John Graham at or before the unsealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained sold aliened enfeoffed and confirmed and by the presents do bargain well alien enfeoff and confirm unto the said John Graham his heirs or assigns all that tract of land containing 100 acres more or less lying & being in the county aforesaid and on the south West side of the North West River of Cape Fear on a branch of Rockfish Creek on the Wagon Road. Beginning at a Red Oak, thence North 65 East 127 poles to a pine, thence South 25 West 127 poles to a stake, thence South 65 East 127 poles to a pine then North 25 East 127 poles to the first station granted by his Majestys letter patent to John McFall bearing date 15 day of March 1756 then conveyed by deed to Thomas Minyard bearing date the 2nd day of October 1758 then conveyed to Duncan Baker by deed bearing date 11th day of December 1760 then conveyed to Edward McPherson by deed bearing date the 21st day of January 1766; To have & to hold the said 100 acres of land hereby granted and sold and all and singular the premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said John Graham his heirs and assigns forever and he the said Edward McPherson & Isabel his wife their heirs executors and administrators do covenant & grant to & with the said John Graham his heirs and assigns that he the said Edward McPherson & Isabel his wife... [much legalese]
In witness Whereof the said Edward McPherson & Isabel his wife to these presents hath set their hands & affixed their seals the day and year first above written

Edward McPherson {seal}
Isabel McPherson {seal}

Sealed and delivered
in presence of us
Donald Graham xxxxxxxxxxxNorth Carolina
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxCumberland County
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJuly Term 1771
xxxxhis
John X McDuffie
xxxmark

Then was the execution of this Deed in open Court in due form of law proved by the oath of John McDuffie & ordered to be Recorded – Thomas Rutherford CC



John Rutherford to Thomas Rutherford, 17 April 1772, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 92

[The land in question is Tweedside, the plantation of Daniel McNeill of the Argyll Colony, who sold it to the Rutherfords. About 1780 Thomas Rutherford married Jean Dubois, granddaughter of Daniel McNeill. He died almost a year later. Jean remarried twice after this and it's interesting to note that she made sure she kept Tweedside in her possession, wisely making marriage contracts to each subsequent marriage thus protecting her interests in the property. In 1784 Jean remarried to Archibald Simpson who shortly died as well. Her third marriage was in 1795 to Duncan MacAuslan, a Scots immigrant, and the couple sold Tweedside in 1803. It appears they lived in Fayetteville for some time before the sale as they owned several lots in the city as rentals.]

North Carolina New Hanover County} Know all men by these presents that John Rutherford of New hanover County Esqr Eldest brother and heir at Law of Colo James Rutherford of Cumberland County Deceased Whereas Sometime in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four the before named James Rutherford together with Thomas Rutherford Esquire his younger brother with their joint Stock in money and Slaves amounting to Three Hundred & fifteen pounds lawful money of Great Britain purchased from a Certain Daniel Mcneill that parcel or tract of Land herein particularly afterwards described And Whereas the title Deed or Conveyance to the said tract of land was Granted and taken in the name of sd James Rutherford altho in fact the Consideration & purchase money to the amount of three hundred & fifteen pounds Sterling aforesaid was truly and bonified paid by the said James Rutherford and Thomas Rutherford Equally and out of their Joint Stock And Whereas I am in the perfect knowledge of the facts before mentioned and that It was the true intention of the said James Rutherford & Thomas Rutherford at the Time of the said purchase and Since that the Said tract of land with the appertenances Should be held by them and the Surverers [?] of them as joint tenents and that the same hath never been Severed and Whereas the said James Rutherford is lately Dead without Leaving any Will whereby according to the Stict Rules of the Common Law the said tract of Land and appentenances hath probably Descended to me as the Eldest brother and heir at law of the said James Rutherford altho in Equity and Good Co____ au__ing to the true Intention of the Said James Rutherford the said tract of land and appertenances ought of Right to appertain and belong to Thomas Rutherford his younger brother Now know ye that for and in consideration of the Reasons and Causes before mentioned and in Consideration of the sum of Fifty pounds Current money of this Province paid and advanced by the said Thomas Rutherford to me the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and acquit the said Thomas Rutherford forever I have Bargained Sould aliened Enfeofed and made over and by these presents do grant Bargain Sell Alien Enfeof and make over to the said Thomas Rutherford and the heirs of his body Lawfully begotten all that tract or parcel of land Containing about six hundred and forty acres be the same more or lefs presently in the pofsefsion and occupation of the Thomas Rutherford Lying on the No E. side of the No. W. branch of the Cape fear River originally pattented by Samuel Swann and by him sould to the said Daniel Mcneill which tract of land is known by the name of Tweedside with all the Mefsuage tenement Houses Office houses Gardens Orchards and all other the appertenances thereunto belonging situated in the County of Cumberland and province aforesaid with the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders ...[much legalese]... In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the seventeenth Day of April in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and seventy two
Sealed and Delivered In the presents of
Thomas Holloway                                                                                                 Jn Rutherford {Seal}
Sampson Moseley
State of North Carolina} I do hereby Certify that this deed was proved the Ninth Day of December 1782 by the oath of Sampson Mosely one of the subscribing witnefses according to the State Act of the General Afsembly in that Case made and Provided before me -- Saml Spencer J.L.C.L.E
Let the same be registered - Saml Spencer J.L.C.L.E



Land Entry for Grant #351 to Ann (Marrion/Mary Ann/Ann) Perkins, 22 May 1772, Bladen County
McKay-Edgerton Collection, photocopy obtained from Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC

Ann Perkins 100 Acres Bladen, On Beaverdam Branch So. of the Raft Swamp which is a branch of Richland Swamp, Beginning at a black Oak on the Western side of said branch and running thence So15 Wt17 Chains to a black Jack, then No75 Wt31 Chains & 63 links to a stake among 3 pines, then No15 Et31 Chains and 63 links, then So75 Et31 Chains & 63 links, then Direct to the Beginning. Dated 22nd Mary 1772. —Jo Martin



John McPherson of Bladen County to David Reid, 8 October 1772, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 5, page 133

State of North Carolina (to wit)
Know all persons whom it may concern that I John McPherson of the County of Bladen and province aforesaid for and in consideration of Forty five pounds current money of the said province to him in hand paid by David Reid of the County of Cumberland the receipt of do hereby acknowledge and myself to be herewith fully satisfied and contented have bargained sold and Delivered and by these presents according to due form of Law do bargain Sell & Deliver unto the said David Reid a Tract of Land containing one hundred [acres] lying and being on a branch of Crofs Creek beginning at a pine thence Running So 127 poles to a white oak thence west 127 poles to a red oak thence No 127 poles to a pine crofsing the Branch at 40 poles then with a right line to the first station _ To Have and to hold the said bargained premises unto the said David Reid his Heirs Exrs Admrs and afsigns forever and that the said John McPherson for himself his heirs Exrs Admrs the said bargained premises unto the said David Reid– his Heirs Exrs Admrs and afsigns against all persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents for witnefs whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal this eighth day of Octr in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred Seventy two.

his

xxxxJohn McPherson {seal}
mark

Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of Dun Ochiltree
Lewis Munro [Old John McPherson's son-in-law mentioned in his will]

North Carolina Cumbd County 1772 Therewith the execution of this deed in open Court proved by the oath of
Dun Ochiltree Thomas Rutherford CC



Peter Lord to "Archibald Bahn" McNeill, 29 October 1772, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 5, page 178

North Carolina Cumberland County    Know all Persons whom it may concern that I Peter Lord of Bladen County & Province aforesaid planter for & in consideration of the sum of Thirty pounds Current money of the said province to him in hand paid by Archibald McNeill Bahn of the County of Cumberland & province aforesaid planter the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge & himself to be therewith fully satiffied & contented hath bargained sold and delivered unto the sd Archd Bahn McNeill a certain parcel of land at a stone on NW side of the Street Robert Rowan’s lower corner So43 Et40 feet to a stone by the street So64 Wt 100 feet No43 Wt40 feet to Rowan’s back corner thence with his line to the Beginning to have and to hold the Bargained premises…[much legalese]... In Witnefs whereof he have hereunto set his hand and Seal the 29th day of October in the year of our Lord 1772 –
Signed Sealed & Delivered
In the presence of us                                                                  Peter Lord {Seal}
Alexr McKay
Daniel McNeill }
North Carolina Cumberland County Oct Term 1772 – Then was the execution of this deed in Open Court in due form of law proved by the oath of Alexr McKay & Ordered Recorded    Thomas Rutherford



Joseph Fort to Neill McNeill, 1772, Bladen County
North Carolina Department of Archives and History Search Room; Brent Holcomb's Bladen County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Early Deeds, 1738-1804

1772 - Joseph Fort to Neil McNeill of Bladen County, 100A on Jobes Branch west of the north prong of Raft Swamp adjacent James Stewart and William Carver, Bladen Co., NC



Grant; John McPherson, 22 January 1773, Cumberland County

50 Acres in Cumberland County on a branch between Beaver Creek and Little Rockfish, joining the hill side above the mouth of the branch (Patent Book 22, p. 180).



Grant 148, Royal Grant to James Buchanan, 22 January 1773, Cumberland County
http://www.nclandgrants.com

[This grant isn't found in Cumberland County's deed books. It was found on www.nclandgrants.com, a site for all grants made in North Carolina. It shows that Hector McNeill, father of Elizabeth McNeill and wife of James McNeill of Rockfish Creek, was known as "Carver Hector" McNeill during his lifetime.]

James Buchanan 200 Acres Cumberland On the South side of Cape Fear River and on the North side of Carver Hector McNeils Creek, [This is Carvers Creek today.] Beginning at a pine Carver Hector's corner and runs thence So 33 Wt 110 poles to a stake at the side of the Mill pond thence down the several Courses of the pond 107 poles to a small pine on the pond side on Geraldus Obrien's line, thence with his [line] to his Corner and past his corner 390 poles to a Pine thence West 1140 poles, thence South 140 poles to a stake on or near Carver Hectors line, thence No 83 Et 100 poles, thence about So 5 Et to the Beginning Datd 22 January 1773.         Jo. Martin



Deposition of Laughlin McNeill to Archibald McKissack, 5 July 1774, Bladen County
Bladen County Land Grants, NC Department of Archives and History, Reel # 01425

To His Excellency Josiah Martin & His Majestys Honorable Councill

To Thomas Robeson Esq or Archd McKifsack Esq
You are hereby required to take the deposition of Laughlan McNeal concerning a matter of Controversy in the Court of Claims between John Legget and Archibald Betton [Bethune or Beaton] that it may be transmitted to the Governor and Council at or before the next Court of Claims together with this order and this you are no wise to omit
By order Jas Parratt D Sec
New Bern 15 July 1774

North Carolina Bladen County}
Personally appeared before Me Laughlan McNeill and Being duly Examined made oath on the Holy Evangelist that he Entered with James Parrat for Archd Beatton one Hundred acres of Land on the old Road Commonly Called Bettefes Road [Bettis's] on the Head of a branch on the south side of Grate Rockfish about a mile & a hafe or two miles above John Legate & the Deponant further saith not    Sworn to and afsignd this fifth day of December 1774 before me Archd McKifsack J.P. } by
Lauchlan McNeill



"Carver Hector" McNeill to Turquill McNeill, 21 September 1774, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 6, page 243

[A deed which brings Hector ("Carver Hector") McNeill "late of Bladen County" (which does not mean he is deceased), James McNeill of Rockfish Creek, Turquill McNeill of the Argyll Colony and his son Laughlin McNeill all together on one page. I suspect that "Hector, carver" and Turquill were somehow related, perhaps brothers. Laughlin is Turquill's oldest son and James McNeill married Hector's daughter Elizabeth. Turquill later bequeathed this five acres to his son, "Long Duncan" McNeill of Robeson County. Why only five acres is being sold is unknown, unless it was a family burialground. There is neither a will nor an estate settlement for "Carver Hector" in Cumberland County. It seems the reason "late of Bladen County" is used to describe Hector in this deed is that perhaps he is now living in Bladen County with his daughter's family, that of James and Elizabeth McNeill on the south side of Rockfish Creek just inside Bladen (This would have been before 1791 when the county boundary changed and put James's and Elizabeth's residence just over the line into Cumberland County.)]

This Indenture Witnefseth that Hector McNeill late of Bladen County in the province of North Carolina planter for & in consideration of the sum of Faive pound proclamation money to him in hand paid by Tourkel McNeill of the County & province Aforsd the Receipt whereof he the sd Hector McNeill Doth hereby acknowledge & thereof Doth fully freely and aboslutely Exonerate acquit & forever dishcarge the said Tourkle McNeill his heirs Executors Administrators and Afsigns by these presents hath given Granted Bargained & Sold allien and Enfeeofed Conveyed & Confirmed & by these prsents Doth give grant Bargain Sell alein Enfeeof Convey & Confirm unto Tourkle McNeill a certain piece or parcel of Land lying upon Carver Creek in Cumberland County of the province aforesaid the lower side of Collin Shaws land which Collin Shaw had from the aforesaid Hector McNeill also with all and singular the Buildings Improvements Ways ...[much legalese]...the said Faive acres of land [much legalese] ... In Witnefss whereof the said Hector McNeill hath hereunto put his hand and seal the 21 Day of September in the ____ year of his Majesty Reign 1774
Signed Sealed & Delivered
in the presence of }                                                             his
Lauchlan McNeill   James McNeill                   Hector   X   McNeill {Seal}
                                                                                         mark
North Carolina Cumberland County October Term 1774. Then was the Execution of this Deed in open Court in Due form of Law proved by the oath of Lauchlan McNeill and ordered to be recorded. Thos Rutherford CC



Neill McNeill to Alexander Leich, 1 November 1774, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 6, page 282

[Another deed, dated the same day, from Neill McNeill of Bladen County to Leich immediately precedes this one in the record, and it is for 50 acres on Little Beaver Creek and Black Branch in Cumberland County, granted to McNeill on 22 December 1768. Scroll down to next deed below.]

This Indenture made the first of November 1774 between Neill McNeill of the County of Bladen and province of North Carolina on the one part and Alexr Leich of the County of Cumberland and province aforesaid for the other part Witnefseth that the aforesaid Neill McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of forty pounds proclamation money to him in hand paid by the aforesaid Alexr Leich the receipt whereof the aforesaid McNeill doth hereby ackowledge and hereby doth fully freely and absolutely acquit and forever discharge the aforesaid Leich his heirs and asigns by these presents hath given granted bargained sold alienated enfeoffed conveyd confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell unto the aforesaid Alexr Leich a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Cumberland and province aforesaid on the upper side of Rockfish Creek on a branch called Little Beaver Creek Begining at a black oak near on the Eastern side of sd branch and runs thence S.75 E31 chains and 63 links to a stake among 8 pine pointers then So 15 W31 chains and 63 links then N75 Wt 31 then 65 chs then No15 Et 31 chains & 63 links to the Begining Containing one hundred acres of land in Cumberland County as may more Fully and at Large appear by his Majesties Letter Patent to the said McNeill Bearing date the 22nd Day of November 1768 together with all ...[much legalese]... Witnefs whereof the said Neill McNeill hath set his hand and seal the day and year above written -
Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of us                                                                          Neill McNeill {Seal}
John McCraney
Marron McLachlan her X mark } North Carolina Cumberland County Jany Term 1775 Then was the Execution of this deed in open court in due form of law Proved by the oath of John McCraney and ordered to be recorded - Thos Rutherford CC



Neill McNeill to Alexander Leich, 1 November 1774, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 6, page 281

[Another deed, dated the same day, from Neill McNeill of Bladen County to Leich immediately follows this one in the record (scroll one deed up), and it is for 100 acres on Little Beaver Creek in Cumberland County, granted to McNeill on 22 December 1768.]

This Indenture made the first of November 1774 between Neill McNeill of Bladen [County] and province of North Carolina on the first part and Alexr Leich of the County of Cumberland and province aforesaid on the other part Witnefseth that the aforesaid Neill McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of Eight pounds proclamation money to him in hand paid by the aforesaid Alexr Leich the receipt whereof the aforesaid McNeill doth hereby ackowledge and hereby doth freely and absolutely acquit and forever discharge the aforesaid Leich his heirs and asigns by these presents hath given granted bargained sold alienated enfeoffed conveyd confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell unto the aforesaid Alexr Leich a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Cumberland and province aforesaid in the fork between Beaver Creek and Black Branch upper side of Rockfish Creek about twenty miles from the NW River begining at a pine on the point of the hill on the western side of Black Branch about 300 yards above the mouth thereof and running thence S40 W22 chains and 37 links then So50 Et22 chains & 37 links then No40 Ess chains and 37 links then directed to the begining containing fifty acres of land as may more fully and at large appear by his Majesties Letters Patent to the said McNeill Bearing date the 22nd Day of May 1770 together with all ...[much legalese]... Witnefs whereof the said Neill McNeill hath set his hand and seal the day and year above written -
Signed Sealed and Delivered                                                                           Neill McNeill {Seal}
in presence of us
John McCraney
Marron McLachlan her X mark } North Carolina Cumberland County Jany Term 1775 Then was the Execution of this deed in open couert in due form of law proved by the oath of John McCraney and ordered to be recorded - Thos Rutherford CC



John McPherson to George Milne & Robert Hogg; 27 January 1774, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 6, page 124

This Indenture made the twenty seventh day of January in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy four Between John McPherson in the county of Cumberland in the Province of North Carolina planter of the one Part & George Milne and Robert Hogg of county of Cumberland in the Province of North Carolina ______s of the other Part Witnefseth that for in in consideration of the Sum of thirty pounds Proclamation money to the said John McPherson in hand Paid by the said George Milne and Robert Hogg & before the Security and delivery of these presents (the Receipt and payment is hereby Acknowledged) Hath Granted Bargained Sold Enfeoffed Conveyed and Confirmed and by the Presents doth Grant Bargain Sell Alien Enfeoff Convey & Confirm unto the said George Milne and Robert Hogg & their heirs and afsigns forever A certain tract or Parcel of Land containing Two [or One] hundred acres Lying and being in the County and province aforesaid in the Drains of Crofs Creek beginning at a white oak in the bank of said John McPhersons [the description of the tract is mostly undecipherable] ...to the beginning which said tract or parcel of Land was granted to one John McDuffie by His Majestys Letter Pattent bearing Date the Twenty ___ day of April in the year of our Lord 1764 and by the said John McDuffie was conveyed to the said John McPherson by Deed bearing Date the first Day of April Anno Domini 1766 as by reference there to being made will more fully & at length appear ...[the remainder of the deed is a great deal of legalese, mostly undecipherable]...

his

xxxxJohn McPherson {seal}
mark

Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us
_____, Robert Craig
___ ___ and in the ___ ___ of the said
Coll McAllister
John Lyonsby

North Carolina
Cumber County} April Term 1774 Then was the Execution of this Deed in Open Court in the __ ____ of said ___Proved by the Oath of Coll McAlister & order to be registered Thos Rutherford Clk.



Henry and Margaret Williams to Angus Mcfarson; February 1774, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 6, page 226

This Indenture made this 4th day of Feby One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy four Between Henry Williams of the one part, and Angus McFarson of the other part Witnefseth that the said Henry Williams for and in consideration of the sum of Thirty Pounds Lawful Money to me in hand apid by Angus McFerson the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have given granted Barfgained Sold Aliened Enfeoiff and Confirmed, & by these presents doth fully and absolutely Grant, Bargain, Sell Alien, Enfeoff, Confiirm unto the said Angus McPherson his Heirs & Afsigns forever one hundred acres of Land Lying in the Government of North Carolina & in the County of Cumberland formerly patented unto Thomas Ingles and Deeded from the said Thomas Ingles to Henry Williams Bearing Date the 21 Day of October one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy three Beginning at a Hickory on the East side of Drowning Creek running thence N 5 East 130 poles Crofsing a Branch to a White Oak thence N 85 Wt 130 poles to Drowning Creek thence S 5 Wt 130 poles down the said Creek to a Maple thence So 85 Et 130 poles to the first Station with all Trees, Wood Waters Houses Orchards Profits benefits to the said Land belonging or any way appertaining to have and to hold to him the said Angus McPherson his heirs and Afsigns forever... [much legalese]...
Signed Sealed and DeliveredxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxHenry Williams {Seal}
in the presents of
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMargaret Williams{Seal}
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Signed Sealed and Delivered
in the presents of us
Willm Bust
Alexr __?__
xxxxxxxhis
Laughlin McPharson
xxxxxxmark

North Carolina Cumberland County July Term 1774 Then was the exectuion of this deed in open Court in Due form of Law proved by the oath of William Bust & Ordered to be Recorded Thos Rutherford Clk.



Grant No. 887; to Daniel McPherson , March 4, 1775, Cumberland County
McKay-Edgerton Collection, photocopy obtained from Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC

Daniel McPherson 150 acres in Cumberland County SWt of the NWt [River] _ begining at a Stake at John McPherson's back line of his River Tract and Runs So. 75 Wt 34 Chains to a Corner not far from a pine a Corner of said John McPherson's back Survey thence along said line So 15 E 45 Chains thence No 75 E 34 Chains to a corner near the said McPherson's back line of his said River Survey then along said line No 15 W 45 chains to the first Station – Dated 4th March 1775 ~ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJo. Martin


Archibald McNeill to Gilbert McNair, 3 April 1775, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 6, page 348

[This is without doubt Archibald Bhan ("Scribbling Archie") McNeill because he was the only Archibald McNeill who obtained grants on Tranthams Creek and lived there in the 1740s, perhaps into the 1750s. In addition, in this deed Archibald Bahn signs his name here with a mark, "A" and signs his full name on his will. It should be noted that Gilbert McNair is in the 1770 Bladen County tax list living with Turquill McNeill and son Laughlin McNeill (see witnesses to this deed below). Gilbert is found living in Richmond County, NC, much later.]

North Carolina Cumberland County    To all To whom these presents shall come I Archibald McNeill of the aforesaid County & province send Greeting   Whereas I the said Archibald McNeill for & in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds proc money of the aforesaid province to me in hand paid or ____ to  be paid at or before the ensealing and Delivery of these presents by Gilbert McNair planter of the said County and province the Receipt whereof he hereby acknowledged & myself to be therewith fully satisfied contented and paid and thereof doth clearly & absolutely acquit exonerate & discharge the said Gilbert McNair his heirs & afsigns for ever by these presents have given granted bargained sold aliened Enfeoffed conveyed & confirmed afsigned and set over and by these presents do give grant bargain sell alien enfeoff convey confirm afsign and set over unto the sd Gilbert McNair a piece or parcel of land in County & province aforesaid being a survey to me granted by his Majestys letter patent bearing date the 10th day of October 1755 and containing one hundred acres as by patent aforesaid may more fully appear ____ thereunto being had the premifses hereby intended to be granted Begin at a Red oak between Dugald McMillans line & the River land running thence No40 Et127 pole to a pine then So50 Et127 pole to a pine then So40 W127 poles to a stake thence No50 W127 poles to the Beginning crofsing Tranthams creek containing 100 acres as aforesaid by estimation be the same more or lefs   To have and to hold the 100 acres…[much legalese]... In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my and and Seal this 3rd day of April in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred and Seventy five –
Signed Sealed & delivered                                                                         
In the presence of                                                                     
John Gilchrist [John Gilchrist of Mill Prong?]                                          
Laughlin McNeill [Is this a son of "Scribbling Archie" McNeill or Turquill McNeill?] }
North Carolina Cumberland County April Term 1775 – Then was the Execution of this Deed in Open Court in due form of law proved by the oath of Laughlin McNeill & Ordered to be Recorded    Thomas Rutherford C.C.



Jacob Alfred (Alford) to James McNeill, 24 December 1774, Bladen County
Abstract; source: Bladen County, North Carolina Abstracts of Early Deeds 1738 - 1804, by Brent H. Holcomb

24 December 1774 - Jacob Alfred of Bladen County, planter to James McNeill of Bladen County [James McNeill of Rockfish Creek], 180 pounds proclamation money for 200 acres on west side of Gum Swamp granted 29 September 1764, 100 acres on west side of Gum Swamp east of Drowning Creek granted to Jacob Alford 4 November 1769, and 200 acres, totalling three tracts. Jacob Alford {Seal}
Witnesses, John Leggett, Archibald McEachern. Proved by John Legett, August Term 1775. A Moore, Clk.



Deed, John Smith to son Samuel Smith, July 22, 1777, Bladen County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

To all christian people to whome these presents shall come I John Smith of Bladen County and province of North Carolina do send greeting Know ye that I the said John Smith for and in consideration of the love and good will & affection I have and do bear to my well beloved son Samuel Smith of the County and provence aforesaid have given granted Demised and bequeath to my said Son Samuel two pieces of land Both Containing Six hundred and forty acres be the same more or less lying and being in the County of Bladen and province aforesaid on the No. Et. Side of the No. West branch of Cape Fear river Beginning at a Birch on the river So. 60 Degs E 456 poles to a pine thence No. 30 degs W. 116 poles to a pine thence So. 60 degs 456 poles to a red oak on the river then the various Courses of the river to the first Station, the other piece beginning at the upper line at a red oak on the river thence No. 60 degs E. 456 poles to a pine thence No. 30 Degs W. 116 poles to a pine thnce So. 60 Degs W. 456 poles to a red oak on the river thence the various courses of the river to the first Station with the buildings Improvements and appurtenances there unto belonging - To have and To hold to him my son Samuel Smith his heirs & assigns forever Only reserving to my self any part or so much of the said pieces of land Timber and Building during my natural life as I shall think proper to Make use of - In Witness whereof I hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 22 day of July and in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Seven
Signed Sealed & delivered in the presence of
Wm. McRee JrxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJohn Smith {Seal}
John Blocker

Bladen November Term 1777 xxxxThis deed was acknowledged in open Court and ordered to be registeredxxxxJohn White CC

I do certify the above to be a true Copy from the registers Office in Bladen County
D Lewis regr.



Bond, John McPherson, Alexander McPherson & Mark Cole, 3 November 1777, Cumberland County
Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC; Cumberland County, Miscellaneous Bonds and Records

Know all men by these presents that we John McPherson, Alexander McPherson and Mark Cole are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency Richd Caswell governor of the State of No Carolina in the sum of Sixty pounds Currency, to which payment well and truely to be made we do bind ourselves our heirs, Exrs & firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 3d day of November one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven —
The Conditions of the above obligations which that if the above John McPherson Shall & will make his personal appearance at the next Sefsion to be held for the County of Cumberland on the fourth tuesday in January next and stay till discharged then the above obligation to be void and of none that otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Sealed Signd & delivered
in presence of
John McPherson {seal}

————his
Alexander a McPherson {seal}
———–mark

Mark Cole {seal}

[When the signature of John McPherson above is compared to his signature on the estate paper of his father Alexander dated 1801, it is undoubtedly that of John McPherson, Jr., brother of Colin McPherson, both sons of Alexander McPherson of Beaver Creek (and wife Emily McGill) and grandsons of Old John McPherson of the Argyll Colony. This bond is dated 1777 when John was 17 or 18 years old. In the years following 1777, when John was several years older, his brother Colin witnessed documents for and with his brother John, posted bond for John's bastard child in 1790 as well as his post as county magistrate later that decade. Colin also witnessed John's marriage to Sallie Black in 1812. But, in 1777, Colin was only 14 years old and not of legal age, and unable to put up securities or post bond of any kind. The signature of Alexander of Jura, 23 years old at this time, is shown with his characteristic, small, a-shaped mark. Mark Cole, a local Tory in the Revolution who eventually moved to Richmond County, signed his name to the bond as well (though not shown). Why were Alex McPherson of Jura and Mark Cole—and not John's father Alexander of Beaver Creek—putting up security for John in this bond? The reason for this bond has not been discovered, though it is likely because he was suspected of Tory sympathies and acts.]



Bond for Departure from the State of North Carolina, Daniel McPherson et. al, 5 November 1777, Bladen County
"Bladen County Tax Lists 1768-1789" Vol. 1, by William Byrd, III

State of North Carolina
Bladen County}

Know all men by these presents that we Daniel Mcfhassion, Hugh Brown and Malcolm McFatter all of Sd. county are held and firmly bound unto Richd Caswell Esq. Governor and his Successors in the sum of Five Hundred pounds proclamation money for the true payment whereof we do bind our Selves our Heirs, Executors Administrators and Assigns Jointly and Severally firmly by these presents Seald with our Seals and Dated this 5th Day of November 1777 & in the Second Year of our Independence.

The Conditon of the above obligation is Such that if the above bounden Daniel Mcphersion do Depart this State in Sixty Days from the Date hereof agreeable to an Act of assembly made and provided for People Refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance to this State -- That then the above Obligation to be Void and of None Effect otherwise to Remain in full force and Virtue.

Signed Sealed and Delivered xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Daniel McPherson {Seal}
in presence of us in Open Court xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxixxxxxxxxxxx Hugh Brown{Seal}
David Lindsay Whitexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Malcolm McFatter{Seal}
John White Senr.



Daniel McNeill to Archibald McNeill, 4 November 1778, Cumberland County
Malcolm McNeill Papers, NC Department of Archives and History

[This deed was found in a collection of papers concerning John McNeill and consists of personal letters, grants and deeds. The deed below is between Archibald Bahn (aka"Scribbling Archie") McNeill and his son Daniel. Archie bought this land for Daniel (land that had belonged to his grandfather John Smith) when he was a boy in 1756 for a few pounds, and now Daniel is selling it back to his father—at a substantial profit. And note that it is dated near the beginning of the Revolution during which Daniel was a Tory officer. He left to live in Nova Scotia afterward the war.]

This Indenture made the 4th Day of November one Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Eight Between Daniel McNeill Cumberland County and Province of No. Carolina planter of the one part and Archibald McNeill of said County and province the Otr part Witnefs that the said Danl McNeill for and in Consideration of the sume of Three Hundred pounds to him in hand paid by the Sd Archd McNeill Before the Sealing & Delivery of these presents Whereof he doth hereby acknowledge the Receipt and every part and parcel thereof and doth freely Clearly and Absolutely Acquit and forever Discharge the said Archd Mcneill His Heirs Executors Admininstrators and afsigns by these presents doth give Grant Bargain sell Alien Enfeof Convey and Confirm unto the sd Archd McNeill His Heirs Executors Administrators and afsigns A certain piece or parcel of Land Lying in said County on the So.W Side of the NW Branch of Cape fair River Begining at the Lower Outmost Corner of Two Hundred Acres of Land Conveyed by Malm Smith unto Donald Munroe as his Deed will more fully apear thence No56 W270 to a stake then So35 Wt160 to a stake then So55 270 to said Munroe Corner a small Distance from the River Along the said Munroes line N35 E160 poles to the Begining Containing 270 Acres of Land more or Lefs Being the Back part of a Tract of Land Containing 640 Acres Granted by his Majestys patent to the Honorable James Innis Bearing Date the 16th September 1753 as by the same will fully appear and the sd James Innis by Deed or Writing on the Back of sd patent under his hand and seal fully Executed the 20 Day of November 1740 did convey the same to

[ some two lines of blank space ]

Doth Acknowledge as Already mentioned Convey the sd Tract of Two Hundred Seventy Acres of Land to the sd Archd McNeill with all and Singular the Buildings and Improvements Way Waters and Water Courses Rights Liberties Hereditaments Apurtenances Whatsoever thereunto Belonging or in any ways appertaining to the hereby Granted premisefs to Have and to Hold the sd Bargained 270 Acres of Land Hereditaments and premises hereby Granted or mentioned to be Granted with the apertenance and every part and parcel therof the sd McNeill His Heirs ...[much legalese]... By these presents hath Interchangeable Set his Hand and Seal the Day and Year first above writen
Signed Sealed and Delivered
In presence of Us xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Daniel McNeill {Seal}
Isaac Hill
Malm McNeill
State of North Carolina Cumberland County} August Term 1802 Then was the execution of this deed proved by Thomas Murphy & Robinson Mumford as will appear, reference beeing had to the minutes of this Term Robinson Mumford CC



Alexander McPherson to Malcolm McPherson, Sr., 5 March 1778, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 159

This Indenture made the fifth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight between Alexr McPherson Junr. of Cumberland County & province of No Carolina of the one part and Malcom McPherson of the County & province aforesaid of the other part; Witnefseth that for & in consideration of the sum of Twenty eight pounds proclamation money to him the said Alexr McPherson paid in hand at & before the sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt & payment whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold alliened enfeoff'd convey'd & confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell enfeoff convey & confirm unto the sd Malcom McPherson his heirs afsigns forever a certain tract of land situate lying & being in Cumberland County in the province aforesaid in the east side of Beaver Creek containing one hundred acres. Begining at two Black Jacks by a cabbin & runs N. 127 poles to a stake thence Wt 127 poles to a stake thence S. 127 poles to a stake thence to the beginning with the appurtenances lying & being as aforesaid with their & every of their rights membrances & appurtenances... [much legalese]... In Witness whereof the sd Alexander McPherson has hereunto set his hand & seal the day & year first above written.

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Sign'd Seal'd & deliveredxxxxxxxxxxxxSt. No Carolina
in presence ofxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxCumberland County Jan Term 1784xx
Robt McPherson [probably the Robert McPherson of Anson County, NC]
John McPherson
Neill Buie x

The above prov'd by the oath of Neill Buie & ordered to be recorded. W. Rand Clk.



Hector McNeal to Valantine Braswell, Jr., 23 July 1778, Chatham County
Chatham Co. Register of Deeds: Book B, page 181

[This is "Carver Hector" McNeill. He is living in Bladen County at the time of this 1778 deed, the last transaction found for him, designating him as "Hector McNeill of the County of Bladen". He is selling his 1741 grant to Valentine Braswell, Jr. of Chatham County, witnessed by an "Archibald McEachran." It was likely Archibald McEachern of Bladen County.]

This Indenture made on this Twenty third Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight Between Hector McNeal of the County of Bladen and State of North Carolina of the one part and Valantine Brafswell Junior of the County of Chatham and State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth That the said Hector McNeal for and in consideration of the sum of Two Hundred pounds proc money to him in hand paid by the said Valantine Brafswell the Receipt whereof the said Hector McNeal doth hereby acknowledge he the said Hector McNeal hath Granted Bargain’d and Sold Aliened and Confirmed and by these presents doth grant Bargain & Sell Alien and Confirm unto the Said Valantine Brafswell Jun’r A Tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Chatham and State aforesaid Containing Six Hundred and forty acres on the East Side of the North East Branch of the North West River Begining at a Gum at the mouth of Duck Creek in the upper corner of the Land formerly McLaughlins (now Bohannans) at the Forks of said River [Granted to this Hector McNeill of Bladen County on 28 May 1741.] and Runs East 72 chains to a Pine then No.80 chains to a pine then West88 chains to a stake nigh a mark’d white Oak then Along the Said Branch to the first Station Including the Houses and plantation Land and other Improvements and also all profits Commodities…[much legalese]… In Witness whereof the Said Hector McNeal hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written
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Signed Sealed and Delivered                                                  Hector  +  McNeal  {Seal}
In presence of –                                                                               mark
Henry Braswell                                                                                
Archd McEachran [presumably Archibald McEachern of Bladen County]

Chatham August Court 1778 proved by Henry Braswell and ordered to be Regist’d
Neil Scurlock Clk Ct



Petition, Patrick Travers Against Col. Hector McNeill and others, Tories, 1782, Bladen County
"Bladen County Tax Lists 1768-1789" Vol. 2, by William Byrd, III, pages 9-10

[This petition was found by William Byrd III in the 1990s and published in his "Bladen County North Carolina Tax Lists 1775 through 1789", Volume II, by Heritage Books and it is still available. The petition was amongst loose papers and many Bladen County tax lists, all long thought lost, in a private collection in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC. The Hector McNeill referred to in the petition below is Old Colonel Hector McNeill, whom I now believe was the son of "Bluff Archy" McNeill and his wife Barbara Baker McNeill. It is known that Old Colonel McNeill was killed at Lindleys Mill in September of 1781, but this fact had to be hidden from the Americans, so "One-Eye Hector" McNeill, son of "Scribbling Archie" McNeill, was promoted from the ranks to the rank of Colonel. Did "One-Eye Hector" McNeill have need to defend himself in the face of these charges, to prove his promotion was a ruse?]

The Claim of Patk. Travers against Hector McNeill & others
Petition to the Court
£369.8.2
1782

To the Worshipful The County Court of Pleas & quarter Sessions for Bladen County,
The Petition of Patrick Travers Sheweth, That in the month of March 1781 Hector McNeill [Old Colonel Hector McNeill], James Bartly, Benjamin Wood, Danl. Patterson, Charles Mulloy, Anguish Mulloy [Malloy], Solomon Glass, Danl. Mcferson with several others, whose names are yet unknown, did with force of Arms enter the house of Thomas Gadby in Cumberland County and did take & carry away fifty seven thousand five hundred pounds Continental currency, forty two thousand State dollars, twenty five thousand pounds in Loan office certificates, sundry clothing & Papers with a certain large bay horse the property of your Petitioner.

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that the Same may be enquired of pursuant to the act of assembly in such case made & provided and your Petitioner shall pray &C.

Patrick Travers



Daniel Patterson to John McKay, 21 August 1782, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 172

[The following deed illustrates the connection and close proximity between Old John McPherson and the family of his son-in-law John Patterson, and the Munroe and McGill families of Cumberland County into which three of his children married. Owing to the wording of this deed, Daniel Patterson probably sold this property once he came of legal age. Daniel was born about 1753-60.]

This Indenture made the 21st Augt 1782 between Daniel Patterson of the State of No Carolina of County of Cumberland planter of the one part, and John McKay of the State and County aforesd planter of the other part, Whereas the sd Danl Patterson the oldest son and heir at law of John Patterson decd, became lawfully seized and posefsed of and in a certain tracts or parcells of lands containing 400 acres on four different surveys, first 226 acres it being the one half of 452 acres of land patented by John Rufsell, on the S.W. side of the N.W. River about three or four miles above the mouth of Crofs Creek, secondly 74 acres patented by Soloman Hughs, begining at a water oak at the river being the upper corner of John Rufsells land, thence N. 85 W. 198 poles to a stake in Saml Swanns lower line, thence by sd Swann's lower line N. 50 E. 168 poles to black oak on the river bank, thence down the various courses of the river to the first station, thirdly 50 acres patented by the sd John Patterson deceased on the W. side of Cape Fear river begining at a pine in Danl McGills back line, thence N. 215 W. 89 poles to a pine, thence S. 215 W. 89 poles to a pine, thence S. 45 E. 89 poles to a pine, thence N. 435 E. to the begining, fourthly 50 acres patented by the aforesd John Patterson on the long branch of Crofs Creek, begining at a pine on the hill side near the top thereof E. side of sd branch, deemed near McPherson's line, and running thence N. 22 chins & 37 links, thence W. 22 chains & 37 links, thence S. 22 chains & 37 links, then direct to the begining. Now this Indenture witnefseth, that the sd Danl Patterson for and in consideration... [much legalese].

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Sign'd Seal'd & deliveredxxxxxxxxxxxxState of No Carolina
in presence ofxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxCumberland County }April Term 1784xx
Patrick Munroe
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Alexander V McDugal
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The above deed acknowledged by Daniel Patterson and admitted to record. W. Rand Clk.



Philemon Hodges, Sheriff of Cumberland County, Daniel Patterson land to Patrick Travers, 2 October 1782, Cumberland County

Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 221

[This deed shows the Daniel Patterson, the Tory who with Daniel McPherson and others raided a Whig official's residence and stole thousands of pounds, was indeed held and firmly bound by the new American government which confiscated all his property and sold it to the petitioner, Patrick Travers. This is the third writ of fieri facias against Daniel Patterson; the first deed, dated 14 September 1782, confiscated his 300 acre tract on the north side of Raft Swamp where his wife was currently living, and the second writ confiscated more of his Cape Fear River land on the road from Campbelton to Sprouls Ferry, selling it also to Patrick Travers.]

This Indenture made the second day of October anno domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty two, Between Philemon Hodges Sheriff of Cumberland county and State of North Carolina of the one part and Patt Travers, of the State and county aforesaid of the other part, Whereas a writ of fieri facias issued out of Bladen Court and directed to the said Sheriff commanding him to cause to be made of the estate of Daneal Patterson and Others four hundred & seventy Eight Pounds whereof the said Daneal Paterson is convicted as appears of record and whereas the said Daneal Paterson was thereby seized and pofsefsed of a certain tract or parcel of land in Cumberland County aforesaid situated on the South side of the North west branch of Cape Fear river between Robert Cochran on the upper side and Widdow McPharson [Whose McPherson widow is this?] on the lower side containing two hundred acres more or lefs and whereas the said Sheriff in pursuance of the said writ of fieri facias did seize and take into his hands and pofsefsion the said lands with the appurtenances thereto belonging... [much legalese for the benefit of Patrick Travers].

P Hodges {seal}
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James Thackston
Edwd Winslow.



James Campbell to John Smith, 24 April 1783, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

[John Owen was granted land on Cape Fear River June 4, 1740, the date the Argyll Colonist received their grants. Was John Owen part of the colony?]

This Indenture made the 24th Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty three Between Capt James Campbell of the County of Cumberland and the State of North Carolina of the one part & John Smith planter of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Whereas John Owen late of said County Deceased became seased and pofsefsed by a patent bearing date the 4th Day of June 1740 all that tract or parcel of land Containing Two hundred acres situate lying and being on the So West of the N.W. branch of Cape Fear River Beginning at a Hickory in the upper corner of John Smith’s land whereon he now lives and from only the upper Corner of James Innis land Runing No 55 W 200 poles to a pine then No 55 E 179 poles to a pine then So 55 E 166 poles to a white oak then along the river to the first Station and Whereas on the Decease of the sd John Owen his eldest son and heir at law [Thomas Owen] became seized and pofsefsed of said premises did by a Deed duly executed bearing date the 28th Day of April 1756 Convey and Confirm unto Dunken Brown the above mentioned Two hundred acres and the said Dunken Brown conveyed the above Two hundred acres to the Revd Mr. James Campbell by a deed of conveyance bearing date 9th day of June 1759 as by the same more fully appear and whereas the sd James Campbell Eldest son and heir at law of the sd Revd Mr James Campbell for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and seven Pounds lawful money of the State aforesaid to him in hand paid by the said John Smith the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge hath Bargained Sould Granted and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the Said John Smith his heirs and afsigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land containing Seventy five acres… [much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said james Campbell hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written –
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx James Campbell {Seal}
John McLain
Archd Smith
Cumberland County April Court 1783 Then was the execution of this deed in open court in due form of law proved by the oath of Archibald Smith and admitted to record
Test Wrand CC



Robert McKay to Archibald McNeill, 17 May 1783, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 359

[From his will of 1801 the Archibald McNeill in the following deed can be identified as "Scribblin Archie" McNeill. "Scribblin Archie" bequeathed this property to his son Neill.]

This Indenture made the 17th day of May in the year our Lord 1783 between Robt McKay of Cumberland County and province of North Carolina planter of the one part, and Archd McNeill of said County ["Scribbin Archie" McNeill] and province of the other part, Witnefseth that the said Robert McKay for and in consideration of the sum of sixty pounds proclamation money received of the said Archibald McNeill before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof the said Robert McKay doth hereby acknowledge, doth exonerate acquit and forever discharge the said Archd McNeill, his heirs, exectrs administrators & afsigns by these presents hath given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enfeoffed, conveyed and confirmed & by these presents, doth give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, convey and confirm unto him the said Archd McNeill, his heirs and afsigns forever a certain piece or parcel of land containing one hundred acres, bying, and being, in the County of Cumberland & Province aforesaid on upper Little River above the Indian Grave Land beginning at a white oak on the bank, of the River, on the upper side, thence No75 Ws127 poles to a small hickory, thence So15 W127 pole to a pine, thence So75 E127 pole to a stake, thence to the Beginning, to have and to hold the sd bargained 100 acres of land, together with… [much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said Robert McKay hath hereunto put his hand and seal the day and Year first above Written
Sign’d Seal’d & dl’d                                                                                                Robert McKay his R mark {Seal}
in presence of
Thos Sewell
John McNeill} Cumberland County} April Term 1785
Then was this deed prov’d by John McNeill and admitted to Record – WRand CC



Jefse Newbary to John McFerson, 9 May 1783, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 122

[This is John McPherson who died in 1823, husband of Mary McPherson of Cumberland County, parents of John Q. McPherson of Anson County and Daniel McPherson of Blounts Creek in Cumberland County. John Q. McPherson married Mary Slaughter.]

No. Carolina
Bladen County}
To all to whom these Presents shall Come I Jefse Newbary of State and County above planter send Greeting — Know Ye that I the said Jefse Newbary in Consideration of the sum of sixty one pounds Ten Shillings specie of the aforesaid state to me in hand paid or secured to be paid at or before the unsealing and Delivery of these presents by John McFerson of Cumberland County in the aforesaid State the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and my self to be therewith fully Satisfied Content & paid & of every part and Parcel therof & hereby do fully freely & absolutely aquit exonerate & forever discharge the John McFerson his heirs and afsigns by these presents have Given Granted Bargained alliened enfoefed Convey & Confirm unto the said John McFerson his heirs or afsigns & do by these presents Give grant bargain Sell Alien enfeof Convey Confirm afsign and Set over unto the aforesaid John McFerson his heirs Excr Admrs or Afsigns a tract or parcel of Land in Cumberland County & State aforesaid Lying in Blounts [Creek] SW of the No W River Begining at a hickory William Rusels begining Corner being a Third Corner in Ann Nefsfields patent and Runs thence No75 E 80 Chs to or near [William] Jordans line then Near or with it No15 W40 Chs then So75 W80 Chs then with the patent line direct to the begining Containing three hundred & twenty acres by estimation be the same more of lefs it being the __ or lower half of a tract of land patentted by Ann Nefsfield for 640 acres which Pattent bears Date 5th of April 1767 & is recorded in the Secrataries office in book No 13 Now the aforesaid Land or Moety or 320 acres was conveyed by the aforesaid Ann Nefsfield and her present husband Robt Cochran [to?] John Newbary Deceased by deed bearing date the 11 day of September 1771 and recorded January Court 1775 and registered in the registers office in Cumberland County in book F folio 300 the aforesaid John Newbary dying without any will or devise of his lands or estate the aforewsaid 320 acres naturally descending to me do hereby convey the same to him the said John McFerson his heirs & afsigns Forever ...[much legalese]..._IN Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of May in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and eighty three and in the seventh Year of our American Independence —
Jefse Newbary his x mark {seal}
Signed Sealed and Delivered
In the presents of us}

John Newbary

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Alexander X McFerson
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No. Carolina Cumberland County July Court 1783 Then was the Execution of this Deed in open Court in due Form of Law proved by the Oath of Alexander McFerson and admited to record Test W. Rand



Duncan Campbell to grandson John Campbell , 8 Sept 1783, Bladen County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 9, page 303

[Is this Duncan Campbell a son of Archibald Campbell of the Argyll Colony? The piece of land being sold in this deed is a 150-acre section of 'Tweeside,' the plantation of Daniel McNeill of Taynish, a leader of the Argyll Colony. Tweedside was several hundred acres in size and Duncan Campbell bought 2 sections of it, a 100-acre tract before 1754 and a 50-acre tract in 1763 described in the deed below, 150 acres gifted in 1783 to his grandson John Campbell of Campbells Bridge in Robeson County. John sold it to Stephen Gilmore of Cumberland County in 1800, the deed for which can be found in Cumberland County Register of Deeds site, Book 18 page 251.]

Duncan Campbell
to John Campbell } Know all Men by These presents that I Duncan Campbell of Bladen County and State of North Carolina, in consideration of the Natural love and affection which I have and bear unto my grandson John Campbell causes me to grant unto the said John Campbell one hundred and fifty acres of Land in Cumberland County lying on the North side of Cape fear River joyning Thomas Rutherfords land on the upper side and Turkle McNeill on the lower side to have and to hold and enjoy all the said land unto the said John Campbell his executrs adminrs or afsigns to the only proper use of the said John Campbell his Executors, administrators forever, and I the said Duncan Campbell the said land and premises to the said John Campbell his Executors adminrs and afsigns against me the said Duncan Campbell my exectrs adminrs and afsigns and all every other person or persons whatsoever shall and Will Warrant forever defend by these presents of all and singular which said land and premises I the said Duncan Campbell have put the said John Campbell in full pofsefsion of the said land firmly by these presents sealed with my seal and dated this 8th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty three.
signed Seal'd & deliver'd
in presence of us ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccchis
John McPherson ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccDuncan 0 Campbell
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John McPherson's signature mark
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Neill Smith [Neill Smith of the Great Marsh]

Cumberld County July Term 1789 then was this deed proved by Neill Smith and admitted to Record. John Ingram CC



Duncan McNeill (Bluff) to Archibald McNeill, 20 May 1784, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 248

[There is something odd about the relationship between this Archibald McNeill and his two brothers "Bluff Hector" McNeill and Duncan McNeill of the Bluff. "Bluff Hector" in his will of 1761 tells us his brothers were Duncan and Archibald. He also refers to the land being bestowed in this deed as being half of his Taylors Hole estate, and that it was to be given by the Executors (Executors were Duncan, Alexander McAlester and Farquard Campbell) over to his brother Archibald, adding that the executor—presumably Duncan—was to carry out "all other matters not mentioned." "Bluff Hector" died in 1767-68 and the land was not given to Archibald by brother Duncan until the date of this deed, 1784. Why did Archibald have to wait over 15 years to recieve a rightful deed to this land? Why was Archibald bequeathed the land for his lifetime only? What were the other matters not mentioned? What was it about Archibald that precluded his inheriting this land in full? And why, in the deed below, does Duncan refer to Hector as his brother but not refer to Archibald as his brother?]

This Indenture made this twentyeth day of May One thousand Seven Hundred and eighty four, Between Duncan McNeill of Cumberland County [This is Duncan McNeill of the Bluff McNeills] & State aforesaid of the one part & Archibald McNeill of the County & State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that the sd Duncan McNeill for and consideration of the sum of one Hundred pounds Specie to me in hand paid by the sd Archd McNeill the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and thereof doth fully, freely and absolutely exonerate acquit and forever discharge the said Archibald McNeill his heirs executors and administrators and afsigns and every of them by these presents, Hath given Granted Bargained & sold Allened enfeoffed Conveyed & Confirmed by these presents doth give grant Bargain sell alien enfeoffed conveyed and confirmed unto the said Archd McNeill, three hundred and twenty acres of land being the upper part of six Hundred and forty acres of land whereon I now live lying and being in the said County of Cumberland Being an agreement between me and my Brother Hector McNeill dec’d [“Bluff Hector” McNeill] at the time where he made me a deed for sd land, Provided neverthelefs that the said lands after the death of the sd Archibald McNeill do return to the Heirs of Duncan McNeill, on the No east side of No west of Cape fear With all and singular way woods waters watercourses, right liberties, …[much legalese]... premises to have and to hold the said three Hundred and twenty acres of land Hereditaments and premises hereby granted with their appurtenances and part and parcel there of to the said Archib’d McNeill during his life to the only proper use and behoof of Him the said Archi[b-a-l-d is blotted out] McNeil during his life and that free and clear of all incumbrances whatsoever, …[much legalese]… Witnefs whereof the sd Duncan McNeill hath there unto put his hand and seal the day and year first above written
Signed sealed and delivered
In the presence of us                                                                                                   
Alex: Gregory
Alex McAlester
State of North Carolina
Fayette County} Oct Term 1784 The within proved by Alex McAlester and admitted to record John Ingram CC



"Bluff John" McNeill to John McNeill, Jr., 7 September 1784, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 504

["Little Neill" McNeill was with the Argyll Colony. In his will of 1764 he left land to the son of 'Hector McNeill Esq.', who is actually "Bluff Hector". It is not known why he did this. In his will of 1799, John McNeill calls himself "John McNeill Bluff".]

This Indenture made this seventh day of September one thousand seven hundred & eighty four, between John McNeill (bluff) [son of "Bluff Hector" McNeill] of the County of Fayette formerly Cumberland and State of North Carolina of the one part & John McNeill Junr of the other part Witnefseth, Whereas the said John McNeill became lawfully pofsesed of a certain piece or parcel of land by the last will and Testament of Neill McNeill (Little) Deceas'd lying and being on the Lower side of Tranthams creek beginning at a Marked pine on the head of a swamp near the Lower corner of the back line of a tract of land laid out for Archd McNeill [By comparing Malcolm Fowler's McKeithan land map to "Scribbling Archie" McNeill's 1801 will, it's obvious that this Archibald McNeill is indeed "Scribbling Archie", or 'Archibald Bahn' McNeill as he is called in the original records.] thence No45 W127 poles to a pine then No45 E148poles to a pine thence So45 East 100 poles to a pine in the back line sd McNeill, thence by the sd Archd McNeills line So35 W148 poles to the first Station granted by patent to the said Neill McNeill Dec'd November 15 1753 reference being had to the secretarys office will appear This Indenture witnefseth that the said John McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred & fifty pounds of sd state to him in hand paid by the said John McNeill... [much legalese] ... In Witnefs whereof the said John McNeill hereunto sets his hand & seal this day and year first above written
Signed Sealed & del'd
in presence of cccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccJohn McNeill {Seal}
DunMNeill [Duncan mcNeill of the Bluff McNeills]
Malcolm McNeill


North Carolina Cumberland County Janu'y Term 1786 Then was this deed proved by Malcolm McNeill and admitted to Record. WRand CC



Agreement between widow Jean Rutherford and Archibald Simpson, 1 January 1784, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 8, page 114

[This agreement predates the coming marriage of Jean Rutherford, widow of Thomas Rutherford of Cumberland, and Archibald Simpson. This deed concerns Daniel McNeill's plantation, 'Tweedside' and prevents it from being sold without the consent of the widow Jean Rutherford. Was Jean/Jane Rutherford's maiden name Dubois, and therefore a daughter of Jean/Jane McNeill Dubois who was the daughter of Daniel McNeill of Taynish? After Archibald Simpson's death, two years after they married, Jean Rutherford Simpson married Duncan McAuslan and they sold Tweedside to George Elliott. This Jean Rutherford was not the daughter of Farquard Campbell.]

This Indenture made the second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five [or four] Between Archibald Simson of the County of Cumberland in the state of North Carolina of the one part and Jane Rutherford widow and relict of the late Deceased Thomas Rutherford [brother of Colonel James Rutherford of New Hanover and Thomas Rutherford of Cumberland County] Esquire of the State and county aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that whereas a marriage is intended by the grace and permifsion of Almighty God shortly to be solemnized Between the said Archibald Simson and the said Jane Rutherford It is agreed by and between the said Archibald Simson and the said Jane Rutherford in manner and form following / that is to say / The Plantation known by the name Tweed Side with all the land thereunto belonging with all singular the Improvement which are or may be thereupon as also the negro Slaves Virgil, Sam & George males and Suky, Peggy, Feribee, Amy, Barbara and Sally females with all other property or value whatsoever now belonging to the said Jane Rutherford shall be and Remain the sole property of said Jane and her heirs except such part thereof as maybe necefsarily disposed of to Dishcharge debts now due by the Estate of Thomas Rutherford Esquire aforesaid. And it is agreed by and between the parties aforesaid that the said Archibald Simson shall not by himself or any person for or under him Directly or indirectly sell leace convey or make over any of the lands aforesaid or any part or parcel of them nor any of the slaves aforesaid or the Ifsue of them or any of them (excepting as aforesaid) __?__t is by the freewill & consent of the said Jane Rutherford and it is further agreed by and between the parties aforementioned that the said Jane shall not by will covenant __?__ or otherwise transfer or grant _?_ premefses aforementioned so as to hinder the said Archibald Simson from enjoying the ful and unmolested the Benefit & Behoof of the same so long as he shall live
In Testimony of them full free & interchangeth afrent to Covenant as above declared both parties do hereunto sign their names and affix their seals
Signed and sealed
in presence of cccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccArchibald Simpson {Seal}
Alexr McAlester cccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc Jean Rutherford {Seal}
Dunc Ochiltree

North Carolina Cumberland County} October Term1786 Then was this contract proved by Alexander McAlister and admitted to Record. WRand C.C.



Neil McCraney to Alexander McFarson, Junr., 1 January 1785, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 308

This Indenture made the first day of January 1785 between Alexander McFarson [sic] Junr of the State of North Carolina and Cumberland County of the one part and Neil McCrany of the same County and State of the other part Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of Thirty pounds Lawfull money of the above Mentioned state in hand paid by the above said Alexander McFarson Junr unto the aforesaid Neil McCrany the receipt for said sum of thirty ... unto the aforesaid Alexander McFarson Junr to him and his Heirs and afsigns forever a certain Tract or piece of land situated near Beaver Creek the water of little Rockfish Begining at a hickory running East 22 chains thirty six links to a black jack thence South forty four Chains Seventy five links to a stake thence West 72 chain thirty six links to a pine thence ___ tract to the first place of begining Containing one Hundred acres granted by letter pattent unto the above mentioned Neil McCrany and dated in October 1780 as on record will more fully appear... [much legalese] ..the 9th year of American Independence 1785.

Neil McCrany {seal}

Sealed and delivered
in presence of us
William McPherson [sic]
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Archd X Black
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North Carolina
Cumberland County } January Term 1785– Then was this deed acknowd by N McCraney & adm'd to Record. W Rand CC



James McNeill to Archibald McNeill, 27 March 1785, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 360

Know all persons whom it may concern that, I James McNeill of the County of Bladen [This is James McNeill of Rockfish Creek.] and State aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of thirty pounds current money of said State to me in hand paid by Archibald McNeill of Cumberland County [This is very likely "Skeroblin/Scribbling Archie" McNeill who bequeathed his lands on Lower Little River to his son Neill.] and State aforesaid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and my self to be therewith fully satisfyed and contented, have bargained, Sold and delivered and by these presents according to the due form of Law, do bargain, sell and deliver, unto the said Arch'd McNeill, one hundred acres of land, lying and being in the County of Cumberland, on both sides of Lower Little River. Beginning at a gum on the river bank, thence So4 Ws100 poles to a pine thence So86 E126 1/2 Poles to a pine sapling by a small savannah, thence No4 E126 1/2 pole to a pine, the No186 W127 1/2 pole to a pine then to the Beginning, to have and to hold the said bargained premifses unto the said Archd McNeill, his heirs exers admr and afsigns forever, and I the said James McNeill for myself my heirs exers adms and afsyns against all persons whatsoever shall and will Warrant and forever defend by these presents. In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal, this 27 day of March ano Domini 1785.

Seal'd Seal'd & del'd xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJames McNeill
in presence of us
Issac Alexander
John McNeill

North Carolina
Cumberland County } April Term 1785 Then was this deed prov'd by Issac Alexander & admittedd to Record.
WRand CCourt



Duncan Ochiltree to Lewis McPherson & William Campbell, 14 July 1785, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 7, page 476

This Indenture made this fourteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and eighty five, between Duncan Ochiltree and his wife of the one part, and Lewis McPherson & William Campbell of the other part Witnefseth that the said duncan Ochiltree and his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds ten shillings and seven pence North Carolina Currency to him in hand paid by William Campbell and Lewis McPherson of Wilmington in Newhanover County and state aforesaid Merchants the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged. Have bargained sold and conveyed and by these presents do bargain sell and convey unto the said William Campbell and Lewis McPherson all that lott of land lying in Fayetteville bounding on the North side of the main street fronting one hundred and five feet, and running back four hundred and Twenty feet to the Road on or near the bank of the creek within Ten yards of the Cold Spring – fronting to the Westward on a fifty foot street. Together with all houses out houses erections edifices buildings and improvements there, and [much legalese]....

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDuncan Ochiltree {seal}
Sealed and delivered in presence of
Ja Burges

North Carolina
Cumberland County }October Term 1785 – Then was this deed acknowd by James Burges and ordered to record. W Rand CC



Hugh Brown to Daniel Patterson, 23 September 1785, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 8, page 63

[This is "Beaverdam Daniel" Patterson.]

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County
This Indenture made the twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five between Hugh Brown planter of Bladen County Witnefseth that the said Hugh Brown for and in consideration of the sum of twenty three pounds specie to him in hand paid by the said Danl Patterson the Rec't whereof he the said Hugh Brown doth hereby acknowledge, Hath granted bargained sold & confirmed and by the presents doth grant bargain sell alien and confirm unto the said Daniel Patterson his heirs and afsigns all and singular the piece or parcel of Land Containing fifty acres situate lying and being in the County of Cumberland on the east of Drowning Creek Beginning at a black oak by a spring HeadWs [headwaters] of Buffaloe Creek near an old Beaver Dam, & runs thence No75 W22 chain & 37 links to a stake among four pines pointers thence So15 Wt22 chain 37 l links to a stake by a small pine, among two pines & a white oak, then So75 E22 chain & 37 links, then direct to the place of Beging as further doth appear by a patent granted the 14th of Novr 1771 Containing fifty acres Together with all priviledges woods, waters, mines, minerals, hereditaments and appurtenances to the said land belonging or in any wise appertaining… [much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof I the aforesaid Hugh Brown hath hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date first above written, and in the Tenth year of our Independence.

Signed Seal’d & deliver’d
In presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Hugh Brown {Seal}
John Graham
Daniel Graham

North Carolina Cumberland County July Term 1786
Then was this deed proved by Daniel Graham & admitted to Record WRand CC



Joseph Corbett of SC to Alexander Johnson, 4 July 1785, Bladen County
Cornelia S. McMillan Collection, North Carolina Department of Archives and History

[This deed and the one below it involve the same men and were recorded into the deed books on the same day.]

This Indenture made the 4th Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five between Joseph Corbet of St Marks County & State of South Carolina of the one part & Alexr Johnson of Bladen County & State of North Carolina Witnefseth that the afores'd Joseph Corbet for & in consideration of the sume of one hundred & thirty five pounds lawful money of the sd State, to him in hand paid by the sd Alexr Johnson ...[much legalese]... do bargain sell alien & confirm unto the sd Alexr Johnson his heirs & afsigns a tract of land Containing Seventy Eight acres of Land lying & being in the County of Bladen & State afores'd on a branch of Rockfish Creek Beginning near a pond at a pine & Running So. 57 East 127 poles to a stake & Red Oak Thence No. 33 Et 80 poles to a stake in Judith Corbets line thence No 43 Wt 127 poles to a stake So. 33 Wt. 116 poles to the beginning Containing 78 acres of Land Bearing date 26th april 1782 to have and hold the 78 acres of land...[much legalese]...
Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Joseph Corbett {Seal}
Daniel McEachern
John Johnson

Bladen Feby Term 1787 This deed was proved by Daniel McEacheern and ordered to be registered John White C. C.

Joseph Corbett of SC to Daniel McEachern, 6 July 1785, Bladen County
Cornelia S. McMillan Collection, North Carolina Department of Archives and History

[This deed and the one above it involve the same men and were recorded into the deed books on the same day.]

This Indenture made the 6th Day of Juley in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty five between Joseph Corbett of St Marks County and State of South Carolina of the one part and Daniel McEacharn of Bladen County and State of North Carolina Witnefseth that the afore s'd Joseph Corbett for & in consideration of the sume of six pounds five shillings lawfull money of the sd State to him in hand paid by the sd Daniel McEacharn ...[much legalese]... do Bargain Sell alien & Confirm unto the sd Daniel McEacharn his heirs & afsigns a tract of land Containing one hundred acres of Land lying & being in the County of Bladen and State afore s'd on the south side of Rockfish Creek and on the west prong of Gilleys branch -- Beginning about three hundred yards on the west side of sd branch at a large pine Running south thirty nine east one hundred and twenty seven poles to a stake joining Camerons line then south fifty one west one hundred and twenty seven poles to a stake then North thirty nine west one hundred and twnety seven poles to a stake then North fifty one East one hundred and twenty seven poles to the Beginning Containing one hundred acres bearing date the Eleventh Day of November in the fourth year of our Independence and in the yar of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Seventy nine to have and to hold...[much legalese]...
Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Joseph Corbett {Seal}
John Johnson
Alexr Johnson

Bladen Feby Term 1787 This deed was proved by Alexr Johnson and ordered to be registered John White C. C.

John Cumbo to Ronald McPharison, Junr., 11 January 1786, Bladen County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

From "Abstracts of Early Deeds of Bladen County", Vol. II, page 35:

"p - 340. 11 Jan 1786. John Cumbo to Ronald McPharison [Randal McPherson]. £18, 100 acres on E side of Great Marsh below Jones's Ford. Wit: Henry Messer, Neill McMillan. Feb Term 1787. John White Clk."



Roger McNeill to Thomas Armstrong, 20 February 1786, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 8, page 43

This Indenture made this 20th day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty six, and in the Ninth year of American Independence, Between Roger McNeill of the County of Cumberland & State of No Carolina Planter of the one part, & Thomas Armstrong of said County, Planter of the other part. This Indenture Witnefseth that the above mentioned Roger McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds lawfull money of said State to him in hand paid by the said Thomas Armstrong before the signing of this Indenture the rec't whereof I do hereby acknowledge and for ever discharge the said Thomas Armstrong his heirs and afsigns and the said Roger McNeill by these presents have bargained sold confirmed and conveyed unto the said Thomas Armstrong his heirs and afsigns, a certain tract or parcel of Land lying and being in the County and State aforesaid in the So Wt side of the North West branch of Cape Fear River Containing Two hundred acres Beginning at a white oak on the River bank about forty yards below the lower line of a piece of Land surveyed for Thomas Walker, Runing thence No thirty nine chains to a pine, thence West forty five chs to a pine thence South fifty one chain to a Red oak on the River bank, thence up the River to the Beginning which land was granted to Neill McNeill by his Majestys Letters patent bearing date the 26th day of June anno Domini 1746, and fell to Roger McNeill at the death of the said Neill McNeill, he being the eldest son & heir at Law of the said Neill McNeill ...[much legalese]... in witnefs whereof I have have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written -
Signed sealed and deliv'd in presence of us -
N.B. the word Nine being intended in the 12th line                                                               Roger McNeill {Seal}
I agree that Roger McNeill reserve thirty five acres
of the above mentioned two hundred for Archibald
Smith -
Archd Smith
Henry McNeill} North Carolina Cumberland County} July Term 1786 Then was this deed proved by Archd Smith and admitted to Record     WRand CC

James Dyer to Alexander McPherson, 7 July 1786, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 8, page 78

This Indenture made the seventh day of July in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and Eighty six between Alexander McPherson Junr of the state of North Carolina and Cumberland county of the one part and James Dyer of the same County and State of the other Part Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of ten pounds lawful money of the above mentioned State in hand paid by the above said Alexander McPherson Junr unto the aforesaid James Dyer the receipt of said sum of Ten Pounds the above said James Dyer doth hereby acknowledge and therfore doth release acquit & discharge the said Alexander McPherson Junr his heirs Executors and administrators of he the said James Dyer hath given granted Bargained Sold aliened and confirmed and by the presents doth grant bargain sell alien and confirm acording to the due form of law Make over unto the aforesaid Alexander McPherson Junr to him and his heirs and afsigns forever a certain tract or piece of land situate near Buckhead [Creek] Joining the lands of Alexander McPherson containing Two hundred acres and being in the county of Cumberland aforesaid Beginning at a large red oak running East crofsing Buckhead [Creek] forty four Chains seventy six links to a stake on the hill side thence North forty four Chains seventy five links to a hicory* thence west forty four chain seventy five links to a pine thence direct to the place of Beginning Granted by Letters pattent unto the abovementioned James Dyer and dated the sixth day of November One Thousand Seven hundred and eighty four as on record will more fully appear. To Have and to Hold One hundred acres of the aforesaid Two hundred acres of Land hereby conveyed and singulare other the above mentioned one hundred acrees of land being one half of the above two hundred acres by letters pattent Granted to the above said James Dyer bearing date as aforesaid and hereby bargained and sold and every part and parcel thereof with theirs and every of their appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the above said Alexander McPherson Junr his heirs...[much legalese]....

* along the side of the deed in a one-inch margin is a description of another tract:
The upper part begining at a pine on the west side of Buckhead runing south Twenty-two chains thirty links to a stake between hornton's thence east forty four chains & twenty five links to a pine thence north twenty two chains thirty six links to a stake between horntons thence direct to the place of Begining.

[Note that the grantee is "Alexander McPherson Junr" and that the land is "Joining the land of Alexander McPherson" near Buckhead Creek. Does this mean the land borders his own land, or is it adjacent to the lands of another Alexander McPherson? Alexander McPherson, Sr., Old John's son, lived at the headwaters of Blunt's Creek which is very close to Buckhead Creek. The remainder of the deed is part of two pages that are missing from the microfilm records, i.e., pages 80 and 81. I intend to check the original record books to see if the pages were omitted from the microfilm process.]



Lewis Munro to Alexander Curry, 21 March 1787, Bladen County
(Abstracts of Early Deeds of Bladen County, Vol. II, page 60)

"p - 571. 21 March 1787. Lewis Munro to Alexander Curry. £60, specie money, 200 acres on W Side of the Great Swamp. Wit: Thomas White, Lewis Glass, Aug Term 1789. John White Clk."


Grant No. 1090; State of North Carolina to Daniel (Donald) McNeill, 13 March 1785, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book G, page 392

State of North Carolina No. 1090 - To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that we, for & in consideration of the sum of Ten Pounds for every hundred acres of land hereby granted paid into our treasury by Daniel McNeill [This is Donald, father of Daniel McNeill and "Long Swamp Neill" McNeill. If Donald's son Daniel had purchased it Donald would not have given it in his will to Daniel.] have given & granted and by these presents do give & grant unto the Said Daniel McNeill A tract of land Containing fifty acres lying and being in our County of Bladen on the East side of long Swamp between Alfords two Surveys Beginning at a Pine on the side of the Swamp about ten chains below the upper Survey Runing South thirteen East thirty one chains Sixty three links to a stake thence North Seventy seven East fifteen chains eighty-two links to a stake thence north thirteen West thirty one chains Sixty three links thence a direct line to the Beginning Dated at Kingston the nineteenth day of November in the XII year of our independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and eighty-seven Entered March the 13th 1785
By his Excell’ys Comd. Martin D Sec. } Rd Caswell



Bond for Procurement of a Capable Schoolmaster, 28 July 1787, Robeson County
(Original in the private collection of Jim Sinclair of Raleigh, NC)

State of North Carolina Robeson County
Know all men by these presents that we the Subscribers are held and firmly bound to Ralph Barlo Donald McDonald William McKenzie & Janet Sinclair in the sum of twenty shillings for each Schollar for and during the term of Six Months, in consideration of which the above mentioned shall find & procure a capable Schoolmaster for and during the said term
In witnefs whereof we hereunto affix our hands and Seals this 28 Augt July 1787.

                                                               {Seal}
                                                               {Seal}

[This bond is without signatures because it was offered to any 'Subscriber' who wished their child to attend school. The Subscriber would sign it and those listed in the bond would find a schoolmaster for all subscribers who would pay the 20 shillings.]



Entry plat for James McNeill, 21 May 1788, Robeson County
Possession of Ms. Sue Roberts

[The entry is for James McNeill of Rockfish Creek. This entry was granted by State of North Carolina, 26 November 1789. Sue Roberts owns this originalmplat and grant and wanted me to find out how it got into her McDonald family branch. I was unable to trace how this grant came into her family.]

Surveyed for James McNeill Senr Fifty acres of land in Robeson County on the south side of Rockfish Creek beginning at a stake by a pine and scrub oak his upper corner on the side of a marsh a little above Holtons Branch & runs south seventy two degrees east along his line twenty six chains to a pine Thence south 18 Wt five chains Thence south 87 W 38 chain; Thence No.18 E.30 chain to the creek; Thence down the meander [of the creek] thereof to his old line; Thence S.18 W.[degrees missing] along that line to the Beginning – 21 May 1788 _
No. 218
Entered Feby 28 1788 JRhodes C Suvy

James McNeill Junr. }C.C. [both James Jr. and his brother Daniel were chain carriers during survey of the tract]
Daniel McNeill }C.C.



John and Mary Johnston to John McCraney, 6 December 1788, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book A, page 243

[This may have been "Big John" Johnston with his wife Mary. Much of this Johnston family's land was on the south side of the Great Marsh near the McPhersons. According to a chart dated 1850 in the book, Robesonian McCallums and Collateral Families, Mary is said to have been a McAllister, and that her mother was a McNeill. But, more work has to be done to prove this John and Mary Johnston, common names by anyone's standards, are the John and Mary McAllister Johnston of the McCallum book. It's worth noting, however, in the way of yet another hint as to who this John Johnston was, Hector McNeill's 1778 will in Bladen County leaves a slave to John Johnston and also a slave each to Duncan and John McNeill of the Bluff in Cumberland County.]

This Indenture made this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight between John Johnston of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina on the one part and Donald McCraney of the other part Witness that the sd John Johnston for and in consideration of the sum of twenty pounds specie to him in hand paid by the aforesaid Donald McCranie the receipt whereof the aforesaid John Johnston doth hereby acknowledge and hereby doth freely and absolutely acquit and forever discharge the aforesaid Donald McCranie his heirs and assigns by these presents had given…[much legalese]… unto the sd Donald McCranie a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Robeson and State of North Carolina on the south side of the great Marsh between Philip Ikners land and Absolum Davis land including the Mirey Branch beginning at a stake sd Ikners corner about half a mile from the marsh and running south 45 east 56 chains to a stake in the Mirey Branch then north 30 east 46 chains to and along Absalom Davis line to a stake then north 60 west 45 chains to a stake then south 45 west 32 chains and 80 links to and along Ikners line to the beginning containing and now laid out for 200 acres of land more or less as may more fully appear by a patent granted Robert Upton then conveyed from Upton to John Jonson [sic] by a deed bearing date the eleventh day of November 1779. Together with…[much legalese]… John Johnston hath set his hand and seal the day and year above written
Signed sealed and delivered
in presence of Test Hector McLean his x mark                                                                                      John Johnston {Seal}
Donald Johnston [Very likely Daniel Johnston, son of "Big John" Johnston]                                     Mary Johnston her x mark {Seal}

Robeson County January Term 1789 this deed was duly proved in open court by the oath of Donald Johnston and ordered to be registered J. Barnes CC


Alexander McNeill to John McNeill of Richland Swamp, 8 August 1788, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book C, page 367

[The Alexander McNeill, Esq. of this deed appears to have been the Alexander McNeill of Marlboro District, SC, who sold several pieces of land in the late 1700s to various people in upper Robeson County. He may have been the Alexander McNeill who is found with his father Hector McNeill, Esq. in the Bladen County tax lists of 1770s. Hector is likely to have been the old Tory Colonel Hector McNeill who lived in upper Bladen County (now Robeson County) and who was killed at Lindleys Mill in 1781 during the Revolution. Did Hector McNeill, Esq. have any familial relationship to John McNeill of Richland Swamp?]

State of North Carolina Alexr McNeill to John McNeill This Indenture made the Eighth day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty eight between Alexander McNeill of the one part and John McNeill Planter of the other part Witnefseth that the aforesaid Alexr McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty Pounds specie to him in hand paid by the sd John McNeill the receipt is hereby acknowledged and hereby doth fully freely and absolutely acquit & forever discharge the aforesaid John McNeill his heirs Exrs administrators & assigns by these presents hath given granted bargained sold and conveyed & confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto the aforesaid John McNeill a certain piece or parcel of land Lying and being in Robeson County Beginning at a Pine East of Scolding branch and Runs north 10 West 40 chains then So 50, Wt 25 chains then So 10 Et 40 chains thence No 80 Et 25 chains to the Beginning Surveyed 28 February 1785 one hundred acres surveyed for Alexr McNeill Esq. together also with all woods water courses [much legalese] In Witnefs whereof the said Partie hath hereunto Set his hand and seal
Signed Sealed and Delivered                                                   Alexr McNeill {Seal}
In the presence of us
Duncan Murphy [a close neighbor of John McNeill of Richland Swamp]
John McCraney [also a close neighbor of John McNeill of Richland Swamp]}
Robeson County April Term 1793 this deed was proved in Open Court by the oath of Duncan Murphy and Ordered to Be Registered J Barnes C.C.



Grant No. 33 State of North Carolina to John McFartion, 12 July 1788, Bladen/Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book B, page 19

State of North Carolina. No.33
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye That we for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by John McFartion have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said John McFartion a tract of land containing fifty acres lying and being in our County of Robeson East of the Raft Swamp above his own home plantation and between two cypress ponds and two of his other surveys. Beginning at a white oak on the North East side of a pond and runs North sixty degrees East thirty one chains and sixty three links thence South thirty East fifteen chain and Eighty two links thence South sixty west thirty one chain and sixty three links thence a direct line to the beginning. Granted at Fairfield the twelfth day of July in the thirteenth year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.

Sam Johnston.
by His Excellys Comd
J. Glasgow
Secretary.

Grant No. 1392 State of North Carolina to John McFartion, 18 May 1789, Bladen/Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book B, page 20

State of North Carolina. No. 1392
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye That we for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by John McFartion have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said John McFartion a tract of land containing two hundred acres lying and being in our County of Bladen [should read “Robeson”] south west of the great marsh on the North side of the Cypress pond said McFartion lives on. Beginning at a red oak in Johnstons upper line on the pond running south seventy five west sixty seven chains to a stake thence North fifteen west thirty two chain to a stake thence North seventy five East fifty eight chain and forty five links to said Johnstons line, thence with that line direct to the beginning. Granted at Edenton the eighteen day of May in the 13th year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one throusand seven hundred and eighty nine. Entered June 3rd 1784.

Sam Johnston.
W. Williams D. Sec.

Grant No. 1511 State of North Carolina to John McFartion, 18 May 1789, Bladen/Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book B, page 20

State of North Carolina. No. 1511
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye That we for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by John McFartion have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said John McFartion a tract of land containing one hundred and fifty acres lying and being in our County of Bladen [this should read 'Robeson' not Bladen] on the North East side of the Raft Swamp. Beginning at a large white oak near a large open pond running North seventy two west to and beyond the Juniper Branch forty chain to a stake thence south eighteen west forty chain to a stake thence south seventy two East to and beyond said Branch forty chains to a stake thcnce north eighteen East forty chain to the beginning. Granted at Edenton the eighteenth day of May in the 13th year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine. Entered June 3rd 1784.

Sam Johnston.
W. Williams Sec.

John Hawthorn to Daniel McCranie, June 23, 1789, Bladen/Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book B, page 54

[The land below is stated within the deed to have belonged to Soloman Johnston Senr and is likely the same tract that appears in a Bladen deed dated 1771. It also states that Jordan Perkins—stated in the Bladen County tax list of 1771 to have been the son of Ann Perkins—was "grandson of Soloman Johnston, Senr" and that Jordan was "the oldest male of said family" after the death of Solomon Junior who died without children. The Bladen County tax list of 1771 states that Jordan Perkins was the son of Marrion Perkins McPhaul. All this information together is strong evidence that Marrion Perkins's maiden name was Johnston, a daughter of Solomon Johnston, Senior. Also, one of Marrion Perkins McPhaul's daughters, Christian, married a McCranie.]

This indenture made this twenty second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between John Hawthorn of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina of the one part and Daniel McCranie of the County and State aforesaid of the other part.
Whereas I the said John Hawthorn for and in consideration of the sum of sixty pounds to me in hand paid before the ensealing and delivery of these presents by the said Daniel McCrainie the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and myself to be therewith satisfied and paid hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargain and sell alienated conveyed and confirmed unto Daniel McCranie his heirs and assigns certain piece or parcel of land containing two hundred acres of land being the middle part of it.
Tract of land containing six hundred acres patent by Henry Avery [This should say "Henry Oberry", from whom Soloman Johnston had purchased these 600 acres in 1757 south of today's Red Springs.] and well known by the name of Soloman Johnstons old place which said Solomon Johnston became lawfully seized and possessed and deed without bequeathing the same land Soloman Johnston Junr eldest son of said Soloman Johnston and heir at law possessed and enjoyed the same lands and died without issue, and then Jordan Perkins being the eldest male of said family and grandson of the said Soloman Johnston Senr possessed and lawfully enjoyed the said land by inheritance as heir at law and conveying the same by deed of sale unto the said John Hawthorn and from me by these presents unto the said Daniel McCranie Junr.
To have and to hold the said two hundred acres of land …[much legalese for the benefit of McCranie]…
In Witness whereof I, the said John Hawthorn hath hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year above written.
John Hawthorn (Seal)
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of
Alex McNeill Test
Neill McCranie
Robeson County July Term 1790 This deed was duly proved in open court by the oath of Neill McCranie and ordered to be registered. J. Barnes CC



John McPherson Deed of Gift to John McPherson, Grandson, July 4, 1789, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 9, page (Though printed from microfilm, the register of deeds site claims the deed does not exist.)

This Indenture made the fourth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between John McPherson of the County of Robeson State of North Carolina Planter of the one part and his Grandson John McPherson in the County and State aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear to my Grandson John McPherson in the County and State aforesaid, so give grant, and convey and confirm by these presents his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land Containing Two hundred acres situate lying and being in Cumberland County in the State aforesaid in the West side of the No West River Cape Fear _ Beginning at a white oak at John McDuffie’s Corner, thence North 15 W 179 poles to a pine, thence So 75 W 179 poles to a pine then So 15 E 179 pole to a pine, thence No 75 E 179 pole to the Beginning with the appertenances which lying and being and aforesaid with their and every of their rights.... in witness hereof I the said John McPherson has hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

John McPherson
his

mark

Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of
Alex Gunn x
Collin McPherson

[At this time in Fayetteville the decision to make Fayetteville the state’s capital was underway in that city. Perhaps Old John was feeling generous to have land in the state’s capital to give to his McPherson grandsons. My question is: Why do all three deeds to his Cumberland County grandsons describe his grandsons as being "of Robeson County"?]



John McPherson Deed of Gift to John McPherson, Grandson, July 2, 1789, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 9, page (read from microfilm)

This Indenture made the second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between John McPherson of the County of Robeson State of North Carolina Planter of the one part and his Grandson John McPherson in the County and State aforsaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear to my Grandson John McPherson in the County and State aforesaid, so give grant, and convey and confirm by these presents his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land Containing eighty acres situate lying and being in Cumberland County in the State aforesaid in the North West side of the No Wt River [early name for the northern branch of the Cape Fear River]_ Beginning at a hickory on the river bank thence No 80 Wt 40 chains to a stake, thence No 10 Et 201/2 chain to a pine, thence So 80 Et 40 chains to a stake on the River, thence down the river to the first Station bearing [date] November 17, 1738 with the appertenances situate lying and being as aforesaid with their and every of their rights members and appertanances whatsoever... [deed in very bad condition, barely readable but appears to be mostly legalese].... in witness hereof I the said John McPherson has hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

John McPherson
his

mark

Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of
Alex Gunn x
Collin McPherson

[Who bought this piece of land in 1738? Is this a mistake in the clerk's transcription? John McPherson indeed owned a piece of property that lies today in Harnett County, but--though unlikely--could he have bought it prior to his arrival in the Carolina province? This needs to be researched. Also, at this time in Fayetteville the decision to make Fayetteville the state’s capital was underway in that city. Perhaps Old John was feeling generous, having land in the state’s capital to give to his McPherson grandsons.]



John McPherson Deed of Gift to John McPherson, Grandson, July 2, 1789, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 9, page 295

This Indenture made the second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between John McPherson of the County of Robeson State of North Carolina planter of the one part and John McPherson his grandson in the County and State aforsaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear to my Grandson John McPherson in the County and State aforesaid, so give grant, and convey and confirm by these presents his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land Containing eighty acres situate lying and being in Cumberland County in the State of North Carolina on the west side of the North west branch of the Cape Fear River opposite to Brookes Cabbin [John Brooks’s patent dated 1735; source: “Valley of the Scots,” by Malcolm Fowler. The cabin is marked on his deed map in that book.] _ Beginning at a white oak on the side of the branch thence______ [deed badly torn overall] Wt 81 poles to a pine, thence No 10 Et eighty ___ poles to a stake, thence ____ 80 Et 81 poles to a hickory? on the said branch [with?] the various courses ____ to the first Station _____ with the appertenances situate lying and being as aforesaid with their and every of their rights members and appertanances whatsoever... [deed in very bad condition, barely readable but mostly legalese].... in witness hereof I the said John McPherson has hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

John McPherson
his

mark

Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of
Alex Gunn x
Collin McPherson

[At this time in Fayetteville the decision to make Fayetteville the state’s capital was underway in that city. Perhaps Old John was feeling generous to have land in the state’s capital to give to his McPherson grandsons. It should be noted that each deed to his Cumberland County grandsons--John, Colin and Duncan McPherson-- state them as being "of Robeson County" when they certainly lived with their father, Alexander, in Cumberland. Perhaps they were apprenticed to their grandfather and uncles Daniel McPherson and Lewis Munroe. Munroe, a blacksmith, had had apprentices when he lived in Cumberland County in 1765; he lived a short distance away from Old John McPherson near the Great Desert.]



John McPherson Deed of Gift to Duncan McPherson, Grandson, July 2, 1789, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 9, page 298

This Indenture made the second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between John McPherson of the County of Robeson State of North Carolina Planter of the one part and his Duncan McPherson his grandson in the County and State aforesaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear to my Grandson Duncan McPherson in the County and State aforesaid, do give grant, and convey and confirm by these presents his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land situate lying and being in Cumberland County in the State aforesaid one hundred acres on the main branch of Cross Creek joining Abraham Odam’s now said McPherson’s Land beginning at a pine on the south side of said branch [remainder of deed unreadable]...

John McPherson Deed of Gift to Colin McPherson, Grandson, July 2, 1789, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 9, page 296

This Indenture made the second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between John McPherson of the County of Robeson State of North Carolina planter of the one part and his grandson Collin McPherson in the County and State aforsaid of the other part, Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear to my grandson Collin McPherson do give grant, and convey and confirm by these presents his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land situate lying and being in Cumberland County in the State aforesaid 100 acres on the South branch of Crofs Ccreek where Abraham Odum lately lived, Beginning at a red oak runing South 50 Wt one hundred & twenty poles to a black oak, thence So 40 Et one hundred & forty poles to a pine, thence No 50 Et one hundred & twenty poles to a red oak, thence up the various courses of the creek to the Beginning... [much legalese] ...in witness hereof I the said John McPherson has hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

John McPherson
his

mark

Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of
Alex Gunn x
Alex McPherson [father of Colin McPherson]



John McPherson Deed of Gift to Mary Munroe, Grand Daughter, 6 July 1789, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book B, page 36

Know all men by these presents that John McPherson of Robeson County State of No Carolina planter for and in consideration of the love and affection I bear to my grand daughter Mary Munroe [Marian/Mary Ann/ "Polly" Munroe, daughter of Lewis Munroe and Minnie McPherson who would come to marry Col. Neil Buie in 1793. Polly lived with Old John McPherson and helped with chores around the house for a long time before his death.] do give grant convey and confirm a certain negro named Bettey about ten years old which negro I the said John McPherson my heirs executors and administrators shall warrant and forever defend the said negro to the said Mary Munroe her heirs and assigns against all lawfull claims of demands whatsoever to which I set my hand and seal the 6th day of July 1789.

John McPherson
his

mark

Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of
Alex Gunn x
Collin McPherson

Robeson County April Term 1790 this deed was duly proved in open court by the oath of Colin McPherson and ordered to be registered.
J. Barnes C.C.



James McNeill to Hector McNeill, 12 October 1789, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book A, page 318

This Indenture made the 12th day of October in the year our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine between James McNeill of the County of Robeson in the Provence of North Carolina of the one part and Hector McNeill of the said county and Provence [This is James McNeill of Rockfish Creek and James had a son named Hector. But the grantee, Hector McNeill, cannot be James's son—Dr. Hector McNeill—because his son Hector would have been about 15 years old at the writing of this deed. Also, James's son Hector was bequeathed land at his father's death equal to that of his siblings' shares.] of the other part Witnefseth that the said James McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of forty pounds specie to him in hand paid by the said Hector McNeill before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof the said James McNeill doth hereby confess and acknowledge and therof and of every part thereof doth acquit and discharge the said Hector McNeill his heirs and assigns forever ..[much legalese]... unto the said Hector McNeill his heirs executors administrators and assigns all that piece or parcel of land and premises situtate lying and being in the county of Robeson aforesaid containing by estimation one hundred acres be the same more or less on the East side of Great Marsh by the mouth of Spring Branch Beginning at a pine by the sd branch mouth runing thence north seventeen East thirty one chains and sixty three links then So seventy three East thirty one chains and sixty three links then So seventeen Wt thirty one chains and sixty three links then No seventy three Wt to the beginning as by patent granted by his Excellencys William Tryon the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven...[much more legalese]... In Witnefs whereof I the said James Mcneill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
John McCraney                                                                      James McNeill {Seal}
James McNeill
Robeson County January Term 1790 this deed was duly acknowledged in open court and ordered to be Registered. J Barnes CC


Archibald and Margaret Little to William McVickar, 6 November 1789, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book C, page 6

[This is categorized as a quit claim deed in the index of the deed book. About this same time, in 1788 John and Mary Johnston sold to Daniel McCranie their 200 acres on south side of the Great Marsh "including Mirey Branch" that they bought in 1779.]

State of North Carolina Bladen County [This should say Robeson County, not Bladen]}
To all to whom these presents shall come I Archibald Little of the aforesaid County and State planter Send Greeting Whereas I the said Archibald Little for and in consideration of the sum of ten pounds specie to me in hand paid or secured to be paid at and before this ensealing and delivery of these presents by William McVickar planter of said County and State the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and…[much legalese]… Have given granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed conveyed confirmed assigned and set over unto the said William McVickar a piece or parcel of land in County and State aforesaid on the south east side of Rockfish Creek Beginning at a Pine in or near McNeills [This is very likely James McNeill of Rockfish Creek who lived next door to Archibald Little in the the 1775 Bladen County tax list of Thomas Owen's district] line and running thence south 60 east 35 chains to a black jack then south 30 west 28 chains and 60 links to a small pine then north 50 west 35 chains to a stake then north 30 east 28 chains and 60 links to the Beginning containing one hundred acres by estimation be it the same more or less to have and hold the said one hundred acres laying and being as aforesaid it Being a survey to me granted by the States letter patent bearing date the seventh day of November the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four. …[much legalese]… In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this sixth day of November in the year our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine
Signed sealed and delivered                                         Archibald Little {Seal}
In the presence of                                                        Margaret [nee Johnston] Little her x mark {Seal}
Neill McAlpin   John Johnston [This is either Margaret's father or her brother John Johnston, Jr.]
Robeson County Jany Term 1792 This deed was duly proved in open court by the oath of John Johnston and order to be Registered.  J. Barnes CC


Grant State of North Carolina to John Campbell, 26 November 1789, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

State of North Carolina. No. 1350.
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know Ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by John Campbell have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said John Campbell a tract of land containing Seventy acres lying and being in our County of Bladen East of Drowning Creek on the south east side of the White Oak Swamp Beginning at a pursimmon tree on the run of said swamp in Mrs Campbells [John Campbell's mother] back line and runs North fifty two degrees East twenty three chains thirty four links to a stake thence south thirty eight east thirty chains thence south fifty two west twenty three chains thirty four links to said Mrs Campbells line thence with it direct to the Beginning.
26th day of November in the 14th year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
Sam Johnston

by His Excelly's Comd
J. Glasgow Secretary



Turquil McNeill to Marrin Ferguson, 5 December 1789, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book O, page 292

State of Robeson County
North Carolina } Know all men by these presents that Turquil McNeill of the County and State aforesaid hath Bargained and sold and by these presents do Bargain Sell and Deliver unto Marrin Ferguson my daughter the wife of James Ferguson of the County and state aforesaid one negro wench named Gudy [Gudy/Judy is bequeathed by James Ferguson in his 1820 to his children.] for the consideration of fifty pounds North [Carolina] Currency and I the said Turquil McNeill do and shall forever warrant the said negro wench to the aforesaid Marrin Ferguson and James Ferguson to their seed from any person or persons having any right claim or title to the aforesaid negro wench given under my hand and seal this day the fifth of December anno, 1789 –

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Duncan McBride
Duncan McNeill ["Long Duncan" McNeill } October Term 1807 This Bill of sale was proved in open Court by the oath of Duncan McNeill and ordered to be registered
R Haills DC



Turquil McNeill to Margaret McNeill, 5 December 1789, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

read original:  pg1   |    Related Deeds: 1, 2, 3

State of North Carolina Robeson County
Know all men by these presents that I Turquil McNeill of the said State and County hath Bargained sold and delivered, and by these presents doth Bargain Sell and Deliver unto my daughter Margaret McNeill wife to Hector McNeill of Cumberland County and said state, a certain negro winch named Chaney [Chaney with two other slaves is listed in Hector McNeill Senior's will dated 5 November 1834 as a bequest to his daughters Mary, Sarah and Jennet] for the consideration of fifty pounds North [Carolina] Currency and I the said Turquil McNeill do and shall warrent and defend the said negro wench to the said Margaret McNeill to her and her seed forever, from any persons having any claim right or title, gift or dowry to the said negro winch, given under my hand and seal this day the fifth of December 1789–

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Duncan McBride
Duncan McNeill
Archibald Baker} Cumberland County January Term 1792} Then was his deed proved by Archibald Baker and recorded.
John Ingram CC



Grant No. 425 State of North Carolina to John McPherson, 20 September 1791, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

State of North Carolina. No. 425
To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting: Know ye That we for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our Treasury by John McFartion have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said Daniel McFartion* a tract of land containing thirty acres lying and being in our County of Robeson on the East side of the Raft Swamp Beginning at a pine in the lower line of his 160 acres and thence south Seventy two degrees East fifteen chains then North Eighteen East twenty chains then North Seventy two west fifteen chains to his line then along that line direct to the Beginning. Dated at Newbern the 20 Day of December in the XVI year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety one.

by His Excellys Comd Alex Martin
J. Glasgow Secretary May 23rd 1793

*Old John McPherson died in January 1791. It appears Daniel McPherson became the grantee for land entered and paid for by his elderly father, Old John McPherson who may have been near death at the time it was patented and surveyed, and died before the deed was recorded with the county.



Grant State of North Carolina to Daniel Patterson, Junr., granted 20 September 1791, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 10, page 474

Alexander Martin, Gov'r to Daniel Patterson
State of North Carolina No. 826

To all to whom these present shall come greeting. Know ye that we for and in consideration of the sum of fifty shillings for every hundred acres hereby granted paid unto our treasury by Daniel Patterson, Junr, have given and granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said Danl Patterson a tract of land containing fifty acres lying and being in our County of Cumberland on both sides of Buffalo Creek at Archd Grahams upper Bridge Beging at a pine then South 31 chains to a pine thence __ chains and 13 links toa stake thence No __ chains to a stake thence __ to the Beging ... [much legalese].. at New Bern 20th of September in the 16th year of our Independence in the year of our Lord 1791 -
By his Exec'llys Comm'd
J Glasgow Secretary } Alexr Martin



Grant No. 406 to Mary McNeill, 20 Dec 1791, Robeson County
http://www.nclandgrants.com

[Mary McNeill was the widow of John "Shoemaker John" McNeill. In her 1790 will Mary McNeill bequeathed this fifty acres to her daughter Marian McPherson, wife of Daniel McPherson. Daniel McPherson and "Sailor Hector" McNeill witnessed the will. The land was entered to be surveyed in February 1790. Interestingly, this grant was never recorded in Robeson County deeds; however, it is found at www.nclandgrants.com. See its image.]

State of North Carolina No. 406
Know Ye that We have granted unto Mary McNeill fifty Acres of Land in our County of Robeson on the South side of McNeils Pond. Beginning at a pine near the pond and runs South twenty eight West fifteen chains and eighty two links to a Stake and three pines thence North sixty two West thirty one Chains and sixty three links to a Stake by a pine and Water Oak then North twenty eight East fifteen Chains and eighty two Links to a small Hicory thence a Direct line to the Beginning to hold unto the said Mary McNeill her Heirs and Afsigns forever dated the 20th of December 1791 -
J Glasow Secretary
                                                                                        Alex Martin {Seal}



James Paterson to Laughlin and Neill McNeill, 5 November 1792, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 12, page 342

[Neill and Lauchlin McNeill are the sons of "Scribbling Archie" McNeill. Laughlin was dead when Archie bequeathed this land to Neill in his 1801 will. The Malcolm McNeill mentioned below was an Argyll Colonist.]

This Indenture made this fifth day of November In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & Ninety two Between James Paterson of the County of Chatham in the State of North Carolina Esquire of the one part and Neill & Lauchlin McNeill of the County of Cumberland [sons of "Scribbling Archie" McNeill] of the other part Witnefseth that the said James Paterson for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred pounds to him in hand paid by the said Neill & Lauchlin McNeill the receipt whereof the said James Paterson doth hereby acknowledge hath granted bargained, sold, aliened, Enfeoffed conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien enfeoff and confirm unto the said Neill & Lauchlin McNeill their heirs and afsigns a certain piece or parcel of land lying & being in the said County of Cumberland on the south west side of the NW branch of Cape Fear River, joining the lower side of James Campbells land Beginning at a birch thence So30 Wt76 ¾ chains to a pine thence So60 Et55 chains to a pine thence No50 Et__ chains to a white oak thence to the Beginning as per Pattent granted to Malcolm McNeill and dated June 4th 1740 May at large appear – To have and to hold the said three hundred acres of land unto the said Neill & Lauchlin McNeill their heirs and afsigns to the only purpose…[much legalese]…In Witness whereof the said James Paterson hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day & year first above written –
In presence of                                                                             James Paterson {Seal}
Alexr McIver             Cumberland County}  Apr Term 1793 -
Hector McNeill}                                       Then was this deed proved by Alexander McIver and admitted to record – John Ingram CC



James Dyer to James McNeill, 7 April 1792, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 12, page 278

[The James McNeill in this deed is the son of Laughlin and Flora McNeill of Buffalo Creek in the western corner of Cumberland County. James is said to have died in Cuba.]

This Indenture made the seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two Between James Dyer of Cumberland County and province of North Carolina planter of the one part, and James McNeill planter of the other part Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds lawful mone of the state to the sd James Dyer in hand paid by the said James McNeill at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold aleined enfeoffed conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alein enfeoff convey and confirm unto the sd James McNeill his heirs and afsigns forever a certain piece or parcel of land containing one hundred acres situate lying and being in Cumberland County on both sides of Buffalo Creek including the Cool Spring - beginning on the Wt side of sd Creek at a large pine in Bladen [should say Robeson] County line near the Creek marsh, runing thence North thirty one chains sixty three links to a pine thence Est thirty one chs sixty three links crofsing the branch to a stake, thence south thirty one chains sixty three links crofsing said Creek to a stake, thence direct to the place of Beging crofsing sd Creek surveyed for James Dyer the seventeenth day of March 1783 - the sd 100 acres of land the appurtenances lying and being in ... [much legalese, hard to read]... Witnefseth whereof the said James Dyer hath set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above written & in the 16th year of American Independence 1792 -
Signed sealed and Delivered
in presence of us }                                                                James Dyer {Seal}
James Dyer Blocker
Lauchland McNeill [James' father] } Cumberland County } Jany Term 1793
Then was this deed was proved by James Dyer Blocker and admitted to record. John Ingram CC



Grant No. 1178 State of North Carolina to John McNeill, 18 December 1794, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book G, page 358

[This is John McNeill of Richland Swamp, the father of Daniel McNeill of Richland Swamp and John McNeill of Keinfordale.]

Richd Dobbs Spaight To John McNeill State of North Carolina No. 1178 To all & whom these presents Shall come Greeting Know ye That we for & in consideration of the sum of Thirty Shillings for every hundred acres hereby granted paid into our treasury by John McNeill have given & granted & by these presents do give & grant unto the said John McNeill a tract of land containing fifty acres lying and being in our County of Robeson East Side of Richland Swamp Beginning at a pine the beginning corner of his own 100 acres Survey about one quarter of mile from said Just above a white pond & runs with his line, north ten west thirty chains & Sixty three links to a Stake, among three pines then north eighty East fifteen chains & eighty two links then South ten East thirty one chains & Sixty three links thence direct to the Beginning _ Entered the 14th July 1792 _ Dated at Newbern the 18th day of Decr in the 19th year of our Independence & in the year of our Lord 1794 -
By his Excellys Comd_
J Glasgow Secty                                                               Richd Dobbs Spaight



Peter McArthur to Alexander McArthur, 6 May 1792, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book D, page 369

[This Peter McArthur married Peggy Campbell, daughter of Duncan Campbell and Christian Smith. He owned land in the fork of the Raft Swamp in 1769. This Peter McArthur predates the Peter McArthur who emigrated with wife Christian Bride in 1774.]

This Indenture made the 6th day of may in the year of our Lord 1792, Between Peter McArthur of [blank space in deed] Both of the in Robeson County North Carolina of the one part and Alexander McArthur of the other, Witnefseth that this Peter McArthur for and in consideration of the sum of thirty Pounds specie to him in hand paid by said Alexander McArthur the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and hereby doth firmly fully and absolutely acquit and forever discharge the said Alexander McArthur his heirs afsigns by these presents hath given granted bargained sold aleinated enfefsed conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain and sell unto the said Alexander McArthur a piece or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Robeson & state of North Carolina in the fork of the Raft Swamp [This location is likely near Alexander's land in the Blackfork.] Begining at a cypress in the north east edge of a pond, having four cypresses for a pointers and runs thence north forty west 31 chains and 63 links, thence North 030 East 31 chain and 63 links thence S40 E31 chain and sixty three links, thence Direct to the Begining as may appear by a Patent granted to Peter McArthur, Bearing Date May 1772; Containing and now laid out for one hundred acres of land with all and singular Building Improvements...[much legalese which states the plat is 99 acres]... In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Signed sealed and Delivered
in presence of us -                                                                                      Peter McArthur his O mark
Dunkan Mc abbe [name unreadable by clerk but was probably Duncan McNabb]
Daniel Campbell his x mark
Robeson County October Term 1794 this deed was proved in open court by the oath of Daniel Campbell and ordered to be Registered. J Barnes CC



Surveyor's Plat for Peter Dallas, 14 April 1792, Robeson County
McKay-Edgerton Collection

This plat represents fifty acres of land in Robeson County west side of Raft Samp. Beginning at a pine about fifty yards west of the Juniper Branch and runs south 55 degrees west 15 chains and 82 links to a stake among three pines at the upper end of the white pond. Then south thirty five East thirty one chains and 63 links. Then north fifty five East fifteen chains and eighty two links. then back to the beginning. Surveyed for Peter Dallas the 14th day of April 1792.

Entered 21st Feb 1792xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAngus Gilchrist, Surveyor

[This plat has been in my family for generations. It is known that the Peter Dallas family lived in the Blackfork on the south side of Raft Swamp near Juniper Branch, near the family of Dugald and Mary McKay and very near Old John McPherson's family. Peter Dallas was in Robeson County as early as 1790 and was alive with a wife and nine children per the alien census of 1812. It is believed he immigrated from Scotland shortly before 1790. His wife's name is lost. Peter was the father of Nancy Dallas McPherson and father-in-law of Alexander McPherson, son of Daniel and Marian McNeill McPherson. There is a Hugh Dallas family in the 1850 census, and Hugh was likely Peter's son.]



Surveyor's Warrant for Archibald Brown, 17 January 1793, Robeson County
(Source to come.)

State of NoCarolina
To the surveyer of the County aforesaid
Robeson County
You are hereby Required to survey lay out and measure or Cause to be surveyed Laid out and measured for Arch'd Brown sixty Seven acres of land in said County agreable to his Entry a copy of which is here unto annexed and such survey to be made do You Return to the [?] office according to Law for which this shall be your Warrent Given under my hand the this Twenty second day of April Anno Domini 1793 Neil Brown Esq 22'd Jan 1793
Arch'd Brown Between the Mill Swamp and the Scolding Branch [Scolding Branch was an early name for Richland Swamp.]
67 Acres

Laid down by a scale
of 20 Chains to an inch

Surveyed for Archibald Brown sixty seven acres of land in Robeson County on both sides Jobe's Branch Beginning at a Pine near MacNeills line. About 40 yards North of Butlers pond & about 300 yards below the ford of said branch & then due West fourteen chains & twenty four links to a pine. Then North thirty three West thirteen chains to a stake in Neill MacLain's line. Then North thirty five East along his line six chains to a Pine Beg'g. Then North fifty five West with his other line twenty five chains. Then North sixty eight East twenty one chains & fifty links to the corner of Neill Browns Survey. Then South thirty East along that line twenty two chains & thirty seven links to a stake by three small pines the other corner. Then with the other line North sixty East six chains. Thence a direct line to the Beg.g
Febu'y The 19th 1793
Entered
22 Janu'y 1793 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxA.Gilchrist Surveyer

No. 1070
County: Robeson
Name: Brown, Archibald
Acres: 67
Grant No. 1005
Issued 17th Dec. 1794
Warrant No: Entry No: 1172
Entered: 22 Jan. 1793
Book No: 84 Page No: 356
Location: On both sides of Jobes Branch
cover page: Duncan Brown CC Daniel Brown



John Campbell vs John McDonald, 17 January 1793, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

This Indenture made this seventeenth day of January In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three between Joseph Wood Esqr high sheriff of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina on the one part and John Campbell of the County of Robeson and state aforesaid on the other part Whereas by virtue of an Execution ifsuing from the County Court of Robeson against John McDonald for the sum of twenty pounds & Cost which said sum was recovered by Catherine Campbell as on record may appear [This is very likely Catherine Campbell, John's mother. John married a woman named Catherine but the date of this deed, 1793, is too early for her to have been married.]. And Whereas the said Execution was Directed to the said Joseph Wood Esqr high sheriff as aforesaid Commanding him that of the goods Chattels lands and tenements of the said John McDonald he should Cause to be made of the aforesaid sum of twenty pounds & Cost aforesaid to satiffy the said Execution with the Cost thereon and the said Joseph Wood sheriff as aforesaid in pursuance and by virtue of his office and the aforesaid Execution did seize and take into his hands and Custody (no goods or Chattels to be found) a Certain piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Robeson bounded as follows: West of Big Rockfish joining the county line in three diferent surveys the first forty acres patented by Angus Molloy and the other three surveys Contigious thereto forty of which was Pattented by Jacob Rhodes and fifty acres Patent by the said John McDonald. In all one hundred and thirty acres and the said Joseph Wood sheriff as aforesaid after due advertisement according to law did cause the said piece or parcel of land with all the appurtenances therunto belonging to be put up at publick sale to the highest bidder on the 1st day of October in the year of our lord 1793 at which time and place the aforesaid John Campbell became the last and highest bidder at the sum of six pounds nine shillings for the said lands with the appurtenances thereunto belonging... [much legalese].

in presence of ———————————————Jo. Wood {seal}
Wm. Regan
A. Gilchrist

Robeson County April Term 1794 this Deed was acknowledged in open County and ordered to be Registered. J. Barnes, C.C.



Land Entry Plat for Lewis/William Munroe, Surveyed January 17, 1793 [Eventually Grant No. 1711]
, Robeson County
(Source to come.)

[Document 1]
State of No Carolina Robeson County } To the surveyor of the County aforesaid —

You are hereby Required to Survey Lay out and Admeasure lands to be surveyed laid out and admeasured for Lewis Munroe Twenty acres of Land in said County agreeable to his Entry a copy of which is hereunto annexed and said survey to be made & you return to the secretarys office according to law for which this shall be your warrant given under my hand this Twenty Second day of April Anno Domini 1793 —
Neil Brown E.T.

22d Jany 1793
Lewis Munroe ———} North side of the Great Marsh Joining Absolum Leagets line
[page torn] acres

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[Document 1]
Survey'd for William Munroe twenty acres of land in Robeson County; on the West side of the Gum Branch Beginning at a Poplar in the edge of the branch just by Neill MacEacherns lower line; nearly opposite his improvement, & runs South Sixty five West fourteen chains, then South thirty two East fifteen chains; then north sixty five East fourteen chains; thence a direct line to the Beginning.
Januy the 17th 1795.

Entry No. 1151 —————————Angus Gilchrist
22 Jany 1793

[On the front of the survey plat, its title reads:]

No. 1152
Wm

Lewis Munroe [Lewis's name is stricken and "Wm" is written above it.]
20 acres
Jan 22 1793
Returned & paid for
J. Craven



Edmund Baxley to John Johnston, Senior, 8 April 1794
, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

[According to a Bladen County land warrant, Thomas Baxley, Sr. was living on 100 acres on Ten Mile Swamp in November of 1753.]

This Indenture made the Eighth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety four Between Edmund Baxley of the County of Robeson In the State of North Carolina of the one part and John Johnston Senr. of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina of the other part Witnefseth that the said Edmund Baxley for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds currency to him in hand paid by the said John Johnston, the receipt whereof the said Edmund Baxley doth hereby acknowledge hath given, granted, Bargained and Sold, aliened and Confirmed, and by these presents, Doth give, grant, Bargain, Sell, Alien and Confirm unto the said John Johnston his heirs and afsigns forever all that tract or parcel of land, situate lying and Being in the County of Robeson East of the Ten Mile swamp on both sides of the Cowpen Branch Beginning at a Pine Jefse Mufslewhites lower back corner and Runs North twenty Degrees West forty four chains and Seventy three links, thence North seventy East twenty two Chain and thirty seven links thence South twenty East forty four chain and Seventy three links thence a Direct line to the Beginning, Containing one hundred acres Surveyed for John Sawyer, the 12th day of October 1786, And sold to the said Edmund Baxley by the high Sheriff of the said County of Robeson by virtue of an execution for a certain sum of money obtained by Rafhy Hammons against said Sawyer, And also all the woods, ways, water and water courses… [much legalese]…  In Witnefs whereof the said Edmund Baxley hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written                                                                                                       his
Sealed and Delivered                                                                     Edmund E Baxley {Seal}                                            
in presence of                                                                                          mark
A Gilchrist
Donald Johnston} Robeson County April Term 1794 this deed was proved in open court by the oath of Daniel Johnston and order to be registered. J Barnes CC



John Johnston to Norman Shaw, 11 January 1794
, Robeson County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 14, page 263

[This deed was transcribed from the registrar of deeds website's image of the original, and it needs to be transcribed once again from the original book. The date of the original patent in the grant is hard to decipher but appears to be 1749. If so, this John Johnston of Robeson County was in Cumberland County in the 1740's.]

State of North Carolina Cumberland County This Indenture made the eleventh day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four Between John Johnston of Robeson County and State aforesaid of the one part and Norman Shaw of the County of Cumberland and said ____ of the other part Witnefseth that the said John Johnston for & in consideration of the sum of fifteen pound specie to him in hand paid by the said Norman Shaw before the ensealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof the said John Johnston doth fully acknowledge & therewith to be fully satisfied …[much legalese]… do give grant bargain sell alienate enfeoff confirm unto the said Norman Shaw a certain tract of land containing one hundred acres lying and being in Cumberland County & aforesaid State situated on the North side of Rockfish Creek on Mirey Branch Begining at a pine and runing North forty degrees West twenty six chains to a pine then North fifty East thirty eight chains and forty links to a stake and a pine at the head of a small branch then south forty East twenty six chains then __th fifty West thirty eight chains and forty links to the Beginning as by the plat annexed the patent granted for the said land shall further appear – with all woods waters mines minerals hereditaments appartnances thereunto belonging or anyways appertaining to have & to hold to him the said Norman Shaw his heirs afsigns forever in as full and ample a manner as the said John Johnston could have ___ the same by virtue of his Majesty’s letter patent to him for the said land bearing date the 18th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty nine the said Norman Shaw his heirs and …[much legalese]…In Witnefs whereof the said John Johnston hath set his hand and seal the day & year above written –
January 11th 1794
Signed sealed & delivered                                                      John Johnston {Seal}
in presents of
Hugh Morison
John Munn      }  Cumberland County January Term 1795 Then was this deed proved by the oath of Hugh Morison and admitted to record John Ingram Clk



Archibald McNeill of Georgetown District, SC, to James McNeill, January 1794
, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book D, page 186

[Who is this Archibald McNeill of Georgetown district, SC? He obviously is originally from the Rockfish area and now lives in SC. More research is needed.]

This Indenture [made] the [day missing] day of January in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four Between Archibald McNeill of the state of South Carolina & George Town District of the one part and James McNeill of the State of North Carolina and Cumberland County of the other part Witnefseth that the said Archibald McNeill for and in consideration of fifty pounds to him In hand paid by the said James McNeill Before the sealing and Delivery of these Presents the rct whereof the said Archibald McNeill doth hereby Confefs and acknowledge and hereof and of every parts thereof doth acquit & Discharge the said James McNeill his heirs & afsigns forever by these Presents hath granted bargained & sold aliened Enfeoff Convey and Confirm and by these presents doth grant bargain & sell alien Enfeoff Convey and Confirm unto the said James McNeill his heirs Executors Administrators and afsigns all that piece or parcel of Land and Premises situated lying and being in the County of Robeson & state aforesaid Containing by Estimation one hundred acres be the same more or lefs one the lower side of Rockfish Creek Beginning at a Black oak in fork of a small Branch said to be about a mile from the said Creek & Runing the south thirty Chains sixty three links to a stake by a small pine then East thirty one Chains sixty three links to a stake by a pine then north thirty one Chains sixty three links then direct to the beginning Also fifty acres lying & being in the County aforesaid Beginning at the lower Corner of his old survey near James Ards path running North one West with his line thirty one Chains sixty three links to a pine thence North Eighty nine East fifteen chains Eighty two links to a stake at two pines thence south one east thirty Chains sixty three links to a stake thence south eighty nine west fifteen Chains Eighty two links to the Begining also Fifty acres Beginning at a pine sapling near a Corner of his new survey & a Corner of James McNeill & Danold Paterson Runing south Eighty two east with said Patersons line twenty two chains forty links to a stake thence south Eighty west twenty four chains to a stake thence North eighty two west nineteen Chains twenty Eight links to a stake in a line of his new survey thence north one east with his line twenty four Chains twenty links to the Beginning as by the Plats will more fully & at large appear and also all woods underwoods…[much legalese]…Witnefs whereof the said Arch McNeill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the Day and year first above written
Signed Sealed and delivered                                                   Archibald McNeill {Seal}
In presents of
Danold McNeill [son of James McNeill of Rockfish Creek]
Malcom McEachern} Robeson County April Term 1794 this Deed was proved in open court by the oath of Danold McNeill and ordered to be registered                              JBarnes CC



Turquill McNeill of Columbia County, Georgia to Cannon Cumbow, 29 January 1794
, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book E, page 30

[This is Turquill McNeill, Jr., the son of Turquill McNeill of the Argyll Colony. Turquill of the Argyll Colony, who died around 1797 to 1800, removed from the Cape Fear settlement to the far west side of Cumberland County around 1765, eventually settling near Buffalo Creek south of the border of Cumberland County near its northern border with old Robeson County, now Hoke County. From passports needed to travel safely and responsibly through Indian territories, it appears his son Turquill, Jr. was alive in Washington County, Georgia in October of 1804. Nothing is known of this younger Turquill's family if indeed there was one. Turquill, Jr. was left one shilling sterling in his father's will of 1792, though he may have had his own lands and fortunes made by the time Turquill, Sr. wrote his will.]

This Indenture made the 29th day of January in the year 1794 Between Turquill McNeill of the one part and Cannon Cumbow of the State of North Carolina and County of Robeson planter of the other part Witnefseth that said Turquill McNeill of the State of Georgia and County of Cullumbia [sic; should read 'Columbia'] for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds current money of the Sate of Aforesaid to him in hand paid by the said Cannon Cumbow at or Before the sealing and Delivery of these presents the Receipt and full Payment whereof is hereby acknowledged hath given granted bargained and convey and confirm unto the said Cannon Cumbow his heirs and afsigns forever a Certain tract or parcel of land situate in the County of aforesaid Containing four hundred acres of land situated on Drowning Creek One tract Containing one hundred and fifty acres Eastern side of Drowning Creek and on the Western side of the Bear Swamp three miles Above the mouth of said Bear Swamp, Beginning at a Black or Red Oak on the his near the Swamp and Runs thence North thirty East thirty Eight chains and thirty seven links, thence North Sixty west thirty Eight chains and seventy three links thence south thirty West thirty Eight chains and Seventy three links to a stake near a small white oak by the swamp then Direct to the Beginning Being granted to John Hersey by Patent and Conveyed to Thomas Starling and by Starling conveyed to John Buie, and the said Buie to [Richard] Humphrey and the Said Humphrey doth hereby convey the said land ___ments and a plantation unto him the said Turquill McNeill and Turquill McNeill to Cannon Cumbow containing 150 acres of land A tract above the former tract Beginning on the above line A pine and runs North sixty two west and sixty three chains and twenty five links to a stake, thence South twenty Eight West & thirty one chain and sixty three links to a stake, thence sixty two East Sixty three Chains and 25 links to a stake then Direct to the Beginning Containing fifty acres of land Beginning at a Red Oak on the side of said Creek Swamp a little Below the lower lines of the first Survey near the plantation Runing south thirty West fifteen chains Eighty two links to a stake thence North sixty west thirty one chain sixty three links to a stake, thence North thirty East fifteen chains and Eighty two links to a Red Oak in said old lines, thence a Direct line to the Beginning Containing fifty Acres of land & the first tract Patent for John Hersey the Second tract patent for Jefse Aliphant [seen widely as ‘Oliphant’ in the records] the third patented Jefse Alliphant and Dated Novr the 13th day 1787 To have and To hold the said Bargained land and premises to him the said Cannon Cumbow his heirs and afsigns forever, together with all houses, …[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof  the said Turquill McNeill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day above mentioned and in the Eighteenth year of American Independence
Given form under my hand                                                   Turquill McNeill his {Seal}
Witnefs by John Chevern his x mark
and Wm Townsend
Robeson County January Term 1795}
This deed was proved in open court by the Oath of William Townsend and ordered to be Registered ~             JBarnes CC



Archibald Currie to Randal Currie, 12 June 1796, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book F, page 174

[Is this Archibald Currie the brother of Randal Currie? If Randal Currie had any siblings other than Flora Currie, the Archibald Currie in this deed is the best candidate, if for no other reason than having Randal's father's name and having property so close in proximity to Randal's property. Randal's father, Archibald Currie, is perhaps dead at the writing of this deed. I was contacted a few years ago by a young man whose ancestors were Archibald Currie and wife Jennett McPherson both of whom he said left Robeson County in the 1790's and moved to either Mississippi or Alabama. At the time I wasn't researching the Randal Currie family but now I would like very much to contact this man again and compare notes. There are other Currie men in the records of this time who could be potential siblings of Randal and Flora Currie.]

This indenture made the 12th Day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Ninety six & in the twentieth year of the Independence of America Between Archd Currie planter of the County of Robeson & State of No Carolina of the One part & Ranald Currie planter of the county aforesaid & State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that the said Archibald Currie for & in consideration of the sum of forty Pounds specie to him in hand paid by the said Ranald Currie at and before the sealing & signing of these presents the Receipt & payment whereof if Hereby acknowledged by him the said Archibald Currie for himself and his heirs doth hereby Bargain Sell Alien Enfeoff Convey and Confirm Afsign & set over unto him the said Ranald Currie his Heirs Executors & Afsigns forever A certain piece or parcel of land in the County of Robeson & State aforesaid situate lying and being as follows on McPhauls Mill Swamp Beginning at a stake on the said Swamp amongst two Maples & one Pine and Runs North twenty five Degs East with McCraneys line thirty Eight chains & seventy four links to a stake, then South sixty five Degs East thirty Eight chains & seventy four links to a stake then South twenty five D. West 38 chains and sevennty four links to a stake, then direct to the Beginning Containing one hundred and fifty acres being a survey of 150 acres granted to Archd Sellars by the States letter patent bearing date the seventh day of Novr in the ninth year of our Independence and in the year our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty four and by a deed of conveyance from him the said Archibald Sellars to Archd Currie, which said piece or parcel of land with all ways, woods, and every other appurtenance thereunto belonging of appertaining the said Archd Currie for himself his heirs Executors Administrators hath hereby sold set over conveyed releases & confirmed in open market to the said Ranald Currie his heirs Executors Administrators & afsigns & … [much legalese]....
Signed Sealed & Deliverd                                                                         Arch’d Currie {Seal}
in the presence of
A Gilchrist
John Smith

Robeson County
October Term 1796} This deed was proved in open Court by the oath of Angus Gilchrist & ordered to be Registered, Barnes CC



Grant No. 1646 State of North Carolina to John McNeill of Richland Swamp, 30 June 1797, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book G, page 358

[This is John McNeill of Richland Swamp, the father of Daniel McNeill of Richland Swamp and John McNeill of Keinfordale.]

Grant 1646, State of North Carolina Knew Ye that we have granted unto John McNeel Fifty Acres of Land in Robinson County Between Richland Swamp & Moodys Bay – Beginning at a Black Jack about fifty yards west of a Small Branch and runs South ten west – Thirty one chains and Sixty three links, thence south Eighty East fifteen chains & Eighty two links, thence North ten East thirty one chains and Sixty three links then a direct line to the Beginning. To hold to the said John McNeel, his Heirs and afsigns forever dated this 30th of June 1797 - Jas Glasgow – Secretary Saml Ashe                                                             Richd Dobbs Spaight




Janet Paterson to Neill McNeill, 29 September 1797, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

[The following deed hints at the fate of one of "Shoemaker John" McNeill's daughters, namely Janet. Janet and Catherine McNeill, sisters of Marian McNeill McPherson, are mentioned in the 1790 will of their mother, Mary McNeill, Shoemaker John's widow, but to date nothing is known of the girls' fate. Owing to the location of the land transacted and the persons named in this deed, the Janet Paterson below may be the Janet McNeill who was the daughter of "Shoemaker John", having married a Paterson in the years after her mother's will of 1790. As of now, this is pure speculation. The land granted to William Locklear and its subsequent ownership by this Janet Paterson should be traced to determine which Paterson this Janet married.]

Sold and confirmed by me Janet Paterson of Robeson County and State of North Carolina to Neill McNeill of said County of Robeson one hundred acres of land for the sum of twenty five pounds on both sides of the Juniper branch Begining at a small pine on a little branch on Jacob Alfords line about forty yards from his corner and runs south thirty one chains and sixty three links to a stake by two pines, then East thirty one chains and sixty three links to a stake then north thirty one chains and sixty three links to a stake then west to the Begining said Land granted to William Locklear by patent ________ [NC Grant #931,entered by William Locklear in 1778 and granted to him in 1784. Locklear lost the land to a debt, it was auctioned off and was bought by Sion Alford in 1789. How Janet Patterson got the land is unknown.] and I the said Janet Paterson according to the true intent and meaning of the best form of Deeds of conveyance that are or ever shall be in law do hereby warrant and defend forever the said Land my Heirs and afsigns to the said Neill McNeill his heirs and Afsigns, clear of the lawfull claims of any persons whatsoever. In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this September the twenty ninth the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.
Signed Sealed & Delivered
in presence of us
Alexr Watson TestxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJanet Paterson X her mark {seal}
Roderick McGill

Robeson County April Term 1800 This Deed was proved in open court by the oath of Alexander Watson and ordered to be Registered. J Barnes C.C.



Reverend Colin Lindsey (or Lindsay) to Trustees of Beaverdam Church, 20 January 1796, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book I, page 334

[This deed to the Trustees of Beaverdam Church reveals the church that perhaps some of the descendants of Turquill McNeill attended, and further indicates the location of some of their lands. Research on this John McNeill is ongoing.]

This Indenture made the twentieth day of January in the year one thousand Seven hundred and Ninety Six Between the Reverd Colin Lindsey of the County and State aforesaid and John McNeill and Duncan McNeill Lauchlan McNeill Normand Stewart John McEachern and Alexander McLeoud planters in Robeson County and also in Cumberland county Trustees of the Church on the Beaverdam in said County of Robeson Witnefseth the said Collin Lindsey for and in consideration of the sum of Ten Shillings Specie money to him in hand paid by the aforesaid Trustees above mentioned at and before the sealing and signing of these presents, the Receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged he the said Colin Lindsey for himself and his heirs doth hereby bargain Sell alien Enfeoff and Confirm unto them the said John McNeill, Duncan McNeill, Lauchlin McNeill, Normand Stewart John McEacharn Alexr McLeoud Trustees of the aforesaid Church of the Beaverdam their heirs Executors and Afsigns forever a certain piece or parcel of Land in the said County of Robeson and State aforesaid Situated lying and being as follows South of the Beaverdam Creek Beginning at a stake four yards below the mill, formerly belonging to James Ferguson Senr on the bank of said Creek in the side of the publick road leading from McLauchlans bridge to Fayetteville, runing North five Degrees West Eleven Chains to a stake then West fourteen Chains to a Stake, then south Six chains to a stake, then direct a line to the Beginning containing Ten acres of land, it being part of a Survey granted to James Ferguson Senr by his majesty's letter patent bearing date 1771, the 18th day of November containing One hundred acres, Beginning at a black oak on a hill, near the West side of the Beaverdam branch of the raft swamp about three hundred yards above the Molatto road and runs thence South fifty West thirty One chains and sixty three links then North forty West thirty one chain and sixty three links then North fifty East thirty one chains and sixty three links then direct a line to the Beginning containing one hundred acres as aforesaid which said piece or parcel of land with all ways, woods, waters and every other appurtenance thereunto belonging or appertaining the said Colin Lindsey for himself his heirs Executors administrators hath hereby sold set over conveyed relinquished confirmed in open market to the said John McNeill Duncan McNeill Lauchlin McNeill [Duncan and Lauchlin are brothers who live near one another, sons of Turquill McNeill on Buffalo Creek.] Normand Stewart John McEachern and Alexander McLeoud Trustees of the aforesaid Beaverdam Church, their heirs Executors and Afsigns forever for the use of the church, the said Trustees appointed by the congregation for holding the seal and the priviledge for the said church and he the said Colin Lindsey for himself [much legalese]....
In presence of
Duncan McBride
John FergusonxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxColin Lindsay {seal}
Thomas Daugherty

Robeson County July Term 1800} This Deed was proved in open court by the oath of Duncan McBride and ordered to be Registered. J Barnes C.C.



John McNeill (Bluff) to Duncan McFarland, 25 October 1796, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book G, page 91

[The date of this Robeson County deed, 1796, and its information show that "Bluff John" McNeill was his father's "only son & lawful heir" and that he outlived his brother Neill McNeill who was "Bluff Hector" McNeill's eldest son. Although royal grants sometimes took many months or years to be fully processed, this deed indicates that "Bluff Hector" may have lived perhaps until October 1767; his will was probated in October 1768.]

This Indenture made between John McNeill (Bluff) of the State of North Carolina and Cumberland County of the one part and Duncan McFarland of Richmond County and said State of other part _ Witnesseth that I the said John McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pounds to me in hand paid by him the said Duncan McFarland the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Hath bargained sold and Conveyed and by these present doth fully freely and absolutely give grant bargain sell alien enfoff convey and confirm unto him the said Duncan McFarland his heirs and afsigns forever a certain part or parcel of Land lying in the County of Robeson situated on both sides of Buffaloe creek a branch of Drowning creek including an old Mill Seat Beginning at a pine on the south side thereof a little below Halls old Mill seat and runs thence North 60 East 31 chains and 63 links to a pine on a Stony Hill & runs 30 west 31 chains and links thence south 60 W 31 chains & 63 links then So 30 East to the Beginning containing one hundred acres as further doth appear by a patent granted to Hector McNeill dated October 10th A.D. 1767 No. 343 & descended to him the said John McNeill by rights of inheritance, as being the only son & lawful heir of this Hector McNeill   To have and to hold occupy possess & enjoy the aforesaid one hundred acres of Land & premises & every part and parcel thereof Together with all woods waters mines minerals Hereditaments & appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining by him the said Duncan McFarland has heirs and afsigns forever according to the true intent & plain meaning of these presents free and clear from any title hindrance or molestation Whatsoever And further I the said John McNeill for myself my Heirs Exctrs adms & afsigns Warrant and will defend the said one hundred acres of land and every part and parcel thereof as hereby granted unto him the said Duncan McFarland his heirs and afsigns forever as Witnefs my hand and seal this 25th of October one Thousand seven Hundred and ninety six
Witness present
D Brown                                                                         John McNeill {Seal}
H Brown
Malcom Gilchrist} Robeson County July Term 1797 This Deed was proved in open court bythe oath of Hugh Brown and ordered to be Registered    JBarnes CC   Sept. 13th



James and wife Catherine Murray to Donald McIntyre, 10 Oct 1796, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 16, page 158

[Certain parts of this deed are very hard to read. However, it may identify the parents of Elizabeth Murray Baker McPherson.]

This Indenture made this 10th day of October in the year of our Lord 1796 between James Murray of the County of Cumberland and state of North Carolina of the one part & Donald McIntyre of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that the said James Murray for a consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds currency to him in hand paid by the said Donald McIntyre the receipt whereof the said James Murray hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained sold and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain alien and confirm unto the said Donald MacIntyre his heirs afsigns forever all that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Cumberland and state aforesaid SW of Beaver Creek Begining at a black ___ ___ of the head of a small branch about a mile ___ the Waggon road and runs thence So65 Wt31 chains ___ to a stake ___ 2 pointers on the stake Et of _______ creek then So25 Et21 chains & 63 links to a stake among 2 pointers pine & black oak then 21 chains 63 links to a stake then No25 Wt to the Beginning except 1/2 acre agreed on by both parties Containing also 100 acres of land Joining the former Beginning at a Red Oak the corner of the former then __ ___ No65 Et21 chains & 63 links to a small pine then 21 chains & 63 links to a statke between pointers ___ Beaver Creek & a branch then So65 Wt 21 chains to a poine then to the first station, also 50 acres joining the former tracts and Neill Bakers line and then No65 Wt55 chains 56 links to a Stake and pointers then So25 Et 9 chains to a stake then __ ____ Begining the whole premises containing 200 acres as appear by there different patents & also wood ways [much legalese]....
Sealed and delivered in presents of
Daniel McIntyrexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJames Murray {seal}
Adam Ringstaff his X markxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxCatherin X Murray her mark {seal}
Neill Munroe

Cumberland County } Proved by the oath of Neill Munroe and ordered to be admitted [to record]...



Randal Currie to Randal McPherson, 6 June 1798, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book H, page 280

[The following deed indicates that Randal Currie had no surviving male siblings in 1798. Some have suggested that, beside his sister Flora Currie, Randal had other male and female siblings and careful reading of Robeson County early deeds hints that this could be so; but there is no real proof to date.]

This Indenture made this 6th day of June in the year Our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety eight between Randal Currie of Robeson County and State of North Carolina of the one part and Randal McPherson of the said State and County of the other part Witnefseth that the said Randal Currie for and in consideration of the sum of twenty pounds current money of said State to him in hand paid by the said Randal McPherson at and before the sealing and signing of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby Acknowledged. He the said Randal Currie for himself his heirs and afsigns doth hereby sell, alien, enfeoff & confirm unto him the said Randal McPherson his heirs & afsigns forever all that tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the said County of Robeson on the West side of the Raft Swamp Beginning at a large Pine about fifteen chains from the swamp running North twenty two West thirty chains to a stake  the North Sixty Eight East Sixteen chains & sixty seven links to a stake at the edge of the swamp the  south twenty two East thirty chains to a stake in the swamp Then South sixty eight West sixteen chains and Sixty seven links to the Beginning containing fifty acres granted to Archibald Currie (now deceased) by patent No 1100 dated at Kingston the 19th day of November seventeen hundred and eighty seven, and Descended to the said Randal Currie lawfull and sole heir of said Archibald Currie Deceased, which said piece or parcel of land with all ways, woods …[much legalese]… In Witnefs Testimony whereof the said Randal Currie hath hereunto set his hand & affixed his seal the day and year above written
Signed Sealed & delivered
in the presence of                                                                            Ranald Currie {Seal}
A Gilchrist
Neill Rae } Robeson County July Term 1798   This deed was proved in open court by the oath of Angus Gilchrist and ordered to be Registered   JBarnes CC



Daniel Patterson to Charles Moloy, 3 November 1798, Cumberland County

[This deed shows that John Patterson's 1768 purchase from Bettis has come down to Daniel Patterson, his son, probably by deed of gift from his mother from her widow's dower, as no deed exists in Cumberland County records for its transfer from John to Daniel. Daniel and Charles Moloy were Tory soldiers together under the command of Colonel Hector McNeill. This piece of land is sold back into the Patterson family later by deed to Archibald Patterson, Daniel's son.]

This Indenture made & entered into this 3rd day of November in the year of our Lord 1798 between Daniel Patterson of the County of Cumberland & State of North Carolina of the one part & Charles Moloy of the County & State above written of the other part Witnefseth that the sd Daniel Patterson in consideration of the sum of one hundred & fifty pounds to him in hand paid by the said Charles Moloy on & before the sealing & signing of these presents the receipt & payment whereof is hereby acknowledged the sd Daniel Patterson for himself & his heirs doth hereby bargain sell alien enfeoff  confirm unto him the sd Charles Moloy his heirs excrs adms forever a certain piece or parcel of land in the sd County of Cumberland situate lying and being as follows on a branch of the Raft Swamp Beginning at a pine by a Juniper branch running So60 Wt40 chains to a pine by Wiggins Branch then up sd branch 53 chains to a pine by sd branch then No62 Et62 chains to a white oak then to the first Station Containing 260 acres also another tract or parcel of land in the sd County of Cumberland situate lying and being as follows Beginning at a white oak on the ridge between Rockfish & Toney’s Creek about 100 years SoWt of Betties path & running then E22 chains & 37 links then So22 chains & 37 links then Wt22 chains & 37 links then direct to the Beginning Containing 50 acres more or lefs & by patent will appear which said pieces or parcels of land with all ways woods waters …[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the sd Daniel Patterson hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written
Signed Sealed & delivered                                                                         Daniel Patterson {Seal}
In presence of
John Campbell
John McKinnon



Daniel McPherson & Colin McPherson to John MacPherson Jr., 20 May 1799, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 18, page 40

This Indenture made the 20th day of May in the year of our Lord 1799 between Daniel & Colin MacPherson of the County of Cumberland & State of North Carolina of the one part & John MacPherson Junr of the other part Witnefseth that the said Daniel & Colin MacPherson for & in consideration of the sum of one hundred & twenty two pounds & 8 to him in hand paid by the said John the receipt whereof the said Daniel & Colin doth hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained sold aleined & confirmed by these presents doth give grant bargain and sell alein & confirm unto the said John MacPherson his heirs & afsigns forever all that tracts of land lying and being in the County of Cumberland & state aforesaid on the Et side or prong of Carvers Creek Begining at a white oak in the fork of said prong said to be near or upon the bank of Carver Creek _____ land & runs No 70 W 70 chains & 72 links to a Stake near turkey oak then So 20 W 70 Chains & 72 links to a Stake by a pine then So 70 E 70 Chains & 72 links to a Stake by a pine then No W to the Begining & also another tract of land on the So side of Carvers Creek adjoining the above mentioned land the whole containing 520 acres on which there was a SawMill and Grist Mill — & also the woods ways water courses & all & every appertenances thereunto belonging... [much legalese].. whereof the said Daniel & Colin MacPherson hath hereunto set their hands and affexed their seals the day & year above written
Sealed and delivered in presence ofxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDaniel MacPherson {seal}
D RayxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxColin MacPherson {seal}
thos Armstrong

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County January Term 1800 Then was the Execution of this deed proved by Daniel Ray & ordered to record
R Mumford Clerk



Angus Malloy to Edward Shaw, 28 September 1799, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 21, page 40

This Indenture made 28th day of September in the year of our Lord 1799 between Edward Shaw Planter of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina of the one part and Angus Malloy Planter of the State of South Carolina of the other part & County of Chesterfield in South Carolina - Witnefseth that the said Angus Malloy for and in consideration of the sum of fourteen pounds currency as lawful money of said State to me in hand paid by the said Edward Shaw …[much legalese]… a certain piece or parcel of land in the County Cumberland 104 acres joining Daniel Patterson’s cowpen lines & Murdock Shaw line both sides of the Bettes Road near the Spring branch Beginning at a stake amongst 3 pines pointers above Pattersons Spring branch So22 chains & 35 links to Pattersons corner thence W12 chains to a black Jack then So30 Et15 thence to a stake then So85 Et18 chains to a corner thence N30 chains to a corner then Et17 chains to a pine then No30 chains to a corner then to the first station. …[much legalese.]… the said Angus Malloy hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day & year above written –
Signed Sealed & delivered
In presence of
Charles Malloy
John Shaw
State of North Carolina Cumberland County } January Term 1---
Then was the execution of this deed proven by John Shaw ordered to recorded
Robinson Mumford CC


Angus Gilchrist to Archibald Johnston Jr., 10 November 1799, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book O, page 22

This Indenture made the tenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine, between Angus Gilchrist at late acting Surveyor for the County of Robeson in the State of North Carolian of the one part and Arch'd Johnston, Son of the late Daniel Johnston, Esquire, of the County of Robeson, and state aforesaid of the other part, Witnefseth that the said Angus Gilchrist for and in consideration of the sum of nine dollars to him in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the Recceipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and himself to be therewith fully satisfied contented and paid Hath by these presents given, granted, bargained, sold, afsigned, conveyed, confirmed and forever set over unto the said Archibald Johnston his heirs and afsigns forever, all that piece or parcel of land lying and being in the said County of Robeson, forty five acres of land East side of the Raft Swamp joining his own line and Daniel McPhersons on the horse pen branch, Beginning at a pine, the upper corner of his one hundred and fifty acre survey, and runs with McPhersons line North 28 west ten chains to a stake by two oak trees near said branch, then north sixty two East forty five chains to a stake by a pine near the Marsh, then south twenty eight east ten chains to a stake by a pine then a direct line to the Beginning. It being a part of a tract of land containing twelve thousand eight hundred acres, granted to John Grey Blount Esquire by patent from the State No. _____ Dated at New Bern the 6th day of December 1794 ...[much legalese]...
Signed Sealed & delivered in the presence of
Archibald Gilchrist                                                                                                   AGilchrist {Seal}
John Little }

Robeson County July Term 1805} The Execution of this Deed was acknowledged in open court and Ordered to be Registered JMcQueen Clk



John Stewart to John MacPherson Jr., 24 December 1799, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 18, page 39

This Indenture made the 24th day of December in the year of our Lord 1799 between John Stewart of the County of Robinson [Robeson] in the State of North Carolina of the one part & John MacPherson of the County of Cumberland & State of North Carolina of the other part Witnefseth that the said John Stewart for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty four Spanish Milled Dollars to him in hand paid by the said John MacPherson the receipt whereof the said John Stewart doth hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained and sold aliened & confirmed by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien & confirm unto the said John MacPherson his heirs afsigns forever all that part of land situate lying & being in the County of Cumberland & state aforesaid (Viz) 100 acres one the North side of Rockfish Creek Begining at a large pine just above the mouth of Long branch & runing E 29 chains & 96 links to a pine on the bank of the Creek then No 33 chains & 58 links then W 29 chains & 96 links then So 33 chains & 58 links to the Begining surveyed for John Stewart June 24th 1778 & also all the woods ways waters and watercourses and all....[much legalese]...
Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJohn Stewart{seal}
John MacDougald
John MacPherson [Here we have a second John McPherson, who was probably the son of Malcolm McPherson on Beaver Creek.]

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County Jany Term 1800 Then was the Execution of this deed proved by John McPherson & admitted to record
R Mumford Clerk CC



John Johnston, Senior to Archibald Johnston, Junior, 6 April 1801, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book K, page 218

[This deed is further evidence that John Johnston, Senior is the father of Daniel Johns(t)on who married Isabella Brown, the parents of Neill B. Johnson and siblings. By this and other deeds, Archibald Johnson appears to be Daniel's brother, and perhaps Duncan, mentioned in another deed, was yet another brother. A later quit claim deed dated 1810, shows that Patrick Kelly, Randal Currie and John Little—the latter two being witnesses to the deed below—were all either executors or trustees of John Johnston Senior's property to be divised to Mary, Alexander and John Johnston (There are no estates records this early for Robeson County or the matter might be resolved.) The fact that is was a quit claim deed implies that each of the three men were married to a Johnson; indeed, Randal Currie was married to Nelly Johns(t)on.]

This Indenture, made the sixth day of April in one thousand Eight hundred and one between John Johnston [Senior] of the County of Robeson in the State of North Carolina of the one part Archibald Johnston Junr of the County of Robeson and State aforesaid of the other part witnefseth that the Said John Johnston Senr for and in consideration of twenty five pounds currency to him in hand paid as and before the Sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and himself to be fully satisfied contented and paid hath by these presents given granted bargained sold assigned conveyed confirmed and forever set over to the said Archibald Johnston his heirs and afsigns forever all that parcel or tract of land lying and being in said County of Robeson situated as follows one hundred acres of land lying on the south of the Great Marsh Beginning at a large stooping post oak & running East thirty seven chains and thirty four links to a stake and a pine then North Seventy Six chains and seventy eight links then west thirty seven and thirty four links the Direct to the Beginning it being a tract of Land granted to said John Johnston Senr by patent from the State No. 1047 [1347 in the deed] which land together with all and singular its privileges…[much legalese]… in testimony whereof the said John Johnston Senr hath hereunto set his and and affixed his seal the day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed and delivered                                                               Jhn Johnston {Seal}
In the presence of}
J Little [John Little; did this John Little marry a Johnson?]
R Curry [Randal Currie, who had married Nelly Johnston, John Johnston's daughter, in 1799.] }
April Term 1801 Robeson County} This Deed was proved in open court by the oath of Randal Curry and ordered to be Registered     JBarnes C.C.



Lauchlan MacNeill to Stephen Gilmore, Junior, 4 September 1800, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 18, page 253

[James McNeill sold this part of Hector Carver McNeill's 1740 land grant to Lauchlan when a minor in 1755. The deed contains land for Martin Holt. Holt was Cornelius Harnett's father-in-law, originally from the Albemarle section of the province. Holt lived in the town of Brunswick and operated a tavern there as well as a ferry, as did Harnett.]

This Indenture made this 4th day of September in the year of our Lord 1800 Between Lauchlan MacNeill [son of Turquill McNeill of the Argyll Colony] of the County of Cumberland of North Carolina of the one part & Stephen Gilmore Junr of the aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that the said Lauchlan MacNeill for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred & Twenty two pounds in hand paid by the said Stephen Gilmore at & before the sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowledged have granted bargained confirmed and conveyed & by these presents do give grant bargain deliver & convey unto the said Stephen Gilmore his heirs afsigns forever the upper portion tract of land lying & being in the County of Cumberland on the ___ of the NW branch of Cape Fear River granted by patent to Hector MacNeill bearing date the 4th of June 1740 Beginning hickory in the upper corner of Martin Holts land & runs ___ land N70 Et340 poles to a pine in the lower line of ___ surveyed for John Martinleer then by the same N75 ___ poles to a Hickory on the river bank then down river to the first station Containing 222 acres – To have and hold the said 111 acres more or lefs the upper half of ___ 222 acres of land to the said Stephen Gilmore Junr his afsigns to the only proper use & behoof of the said Stephen Gilmore Junr his heirs and afsigns forever …[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said Lauchlan MacNeill hath hereunto set his hand & seal the day and year first above written –
Signed Sealed & delivered
in presence of                                                                           Lauchlan McNeill {Seal}
Daniel Patterson
Hector MacNeill } State of North Carolina Cumberland County October Term 1800   Then was the execution of this deed acknowledged by Lauchlan MacNeill   Ordered to be Record – R Mumford



Grant 2252 North Carolina to Malcom MacPherson, 18 December 1800, Cumberland County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

Benjamin Williams to Malcolm MacPherson
State of North Carolina No. 2252 – To all to whom these presents shall come Greetings Know ye that for and in consideration of the sum of thirty Shillings for every hundred acres hereby granted unto our Treasury by Malcom MacPherson have given & granted __ these presents do give & grant unto the said Malcom MacPherson a tract of land Containing fifty acres lying and being in the County of Cumberland Begining at a Stake on the bank of Beaver Creek near Duncan MacPhersons land ___ NE 21 chains then No 14 __ 26 Chains to McPhersons old land __ __ __ __ 22 Chains to Beaver Creek bank then as the meanders of said Creek down to the Begining Entered 28th day of Jany 1794 as by the __ hereunto ___ ___ doth appear together with all woods [much legalese]... Witnefs Benjamin Williams our Governor Supreme General & Command in __ at Raleigh the 18th day of Decb in the __ year of our Independence & in the year of our Lord 1800.
Will white

Benjamin Williams August 10th 180_ [either 1800 or 1801; hard to read]



Duncan MacNeill to Nathan King, 28 February 1801, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 21, page 26

This Indenture made the 28th day of Feby in the year of our Lord 1801 Between Duncan McNeill of the County of Robeson [“Long Duncan” McNeill, son of Turquill McNeill] in the State of North Carolina of the one part and Nathan King of the County of Cumberland in the state aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that the said Duncan McNeill for & in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds currency to him in hand paid to the said Nathan King who before the sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged & himself to be wherewith fully satisfied contented and paid doth hereby sell alien enfeoff confirm unto the said Nathan King __ his heirs & afsigns forever  ___ piece or parcel of land lying and being in the said County of Cumberland on the W side of the NoWt River of Capefear River on Carvers Creek (Viz) one hundred acres Beginning at a large white oak on the River bank about _5 chains below the confluence of Carvers Creek with the River and runs No70 W390 poles then No27 E50 poles & pine [stake?]  then So70 E320 poles (Crofsing Carvers Creek __ ) to the River then down the meander thereof to the Beginning being part of a 640 acre survey Granted to Samuel Carver the 20th day of Feby 1735 --
__cluded by estimation four acres a part of said 640 acres Beginning at the confluence of Carver Creek with the River & runs down the River to the upper line of the foregoing survey then along the said upper line to Carver Creek then down the Creek to the first Station conveyed by Hector MacNeill [“Carver Hector” McNeill] to Turquill MacNeill by deed the 9th day of May AD 1750 Both the foregoing tracts were formerly the property of Turquill McNeill father to said Duncan & by heirship from him Turquill he Duncan became proprietor which tracts or parcels of land with all ways and water courses… [much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said Duncan MacNeill hath hereunto set his hand & affixed his seal the day & year first above written _
Signed Sealed & delivered
In presence of}
William Matthews                                                                               Duncan MacNeill {Seal}
Flora King
Michael Malon                        State of North Carolina Cumberland County } Jany Term 1802
                                                Then was the Exection of this deed proved by Michael Malon
Ordered to be recorded    R. Mumford CC



Quit Claim; Flora, Mary & Catherine MacPherson to Daniel McPherson, 18 May 1801, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book N, page 29

[It appears these three daughters are unmarried at the date of this deed, May 18, 1801, although I've seen Flora McPherson's oldest children by her husband Daniel Buie listed with traditional birth years beginning in 1797. This deed is what in later years became the seed of Catherine McPherson Brown's 20-year crusade to bring Gilbert Gilchrist to justice over land he bought which Mrs. Brown believed was not his to buy.]

State of North Carolina
Robeson County} Know all men by these presents that we Flora McPherson, Mary McPherson, Catharine McPherson and each of us have remised, released and Exonerate ourselves and forever quit claimed for us our heirs, Executors and Administrators and by these presents do remise, release, Exonerate and forever quit claim unto Daniel McPherson, our Father his heirs, Executors and administrators of all the estate and property of Neill McPherson our Brother Deceased, all and all manner of action and actions cause and causes of action Suits, Bills, Bonds, wills, writings, Obligations Debts, dues accounts Sum and Sums of Money Judgements Executions and Extent Whatsoever both at law and in Equity or otherwise however which we the said Flora McPherson, Mary McPherson, Catharine McPherson against the Estate of Said Neill McPherson we ever had, now have or which our heirs, Executors Administrators or afsigns can or Shall have or may have, claim Challenge or demand for or by reason means or any act matter cause or thing from the Begining of the world to the day of the date of these presents, In Witnefs whereof we set our hand and seal this the 18th day of May the year of our Lord 1801
Signed Sealed and Delivered——————————— Flora McPherson{seal}
in presence of——--———————————————–-her
R. Currie [Randal Currie]———————x x— -- —— Mary X McPherson
———xxxxxxxx————————————--———-mark
————————————————————Catherine McPherson {seal}

Robeson County October Term 1803 } This release was proved in open court by the oath of Randal Currie and Ordered to be registered. J Barnes C.C.



Colin MacPherson to Elders of McPhersons Meeting House Congregation, August 10, 1802, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 21, page 201

[The deed below is badly imaged, its binding obscures much of the margin of the text, and the cryptic handwriting of the clerk, Robinson Mumford, does not help the decyphering. Each blank represents an entire word, though they are all small words.]

This Indenture made the 10th day of August in the year of our Lord 1802 Between Colen MacPherson of the County Cumberland in the State of North Carolina of the one part and [Daniel] MacRae, John MacKay Senr James Torry Colen MacRae [Malcom] MacKay Neill Black Thomas Gilmore & Neill Buie Senr Elders chosen for the congregation at the Meeting House by the name of MacPherson Meeting House in ___ party aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that said Colen MacPherson for & in consideration of the use and benefit of the Presbyterian Congregation and others religiously inclined to support the Gospels [at the?] Meeting House aforesaid and for & in consideration of the sum of five Shillings to him in hand paid by the said Elders above mentioned for & on accoun__ ____ aforesaid Congregation at & before the sealing ___ by these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained sold confirmed and convey unto the said John MacKay Senr James Torry ___ MacRae Malcom MacKay Neill Black Daniel MacRae Thomas Gilmore and Neill Buie and their succefsors in office ___ ___ for the Congregation aforesaid a certain tract and parcel of land in the County of Cumberland aforesaid on ___ side of the Head of Blounts Creek including their ____ the New Church of Meeting House called and known by the name of MacPhersons Meeting House which p__ ___ ___ of land Begins at a white oak on the side of said [Blounts] Creek situate below a spring & runs So 54 Wt 40 poles to Stake ___ ___ Et 20 poles to a Stake then N 84 Et 40 poles to a Stake on the ____ ___ of Blounts Creek aforesaid then ___ runs to the Beginning ___ Containing four acres of land it being a part of a [tract] of 105 acres of land whereon said MacPherson lives & ___ of one other tract of land purchased of James Hogg ___ to hold the said tract or parcel of land containing four ___ the said John MacKay James Torry Colen MacRae Malcom [MacKay] Neill Black Daniel MacRae Thos Gilmore & Neill Buie ___ only proper use & behoof of the said Elders and [Christian?] congregation that do and shall contribute at __ Meeting House forever and the said Colen MacPherson himself his exectors...[much legalese] ...hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date above written.

Signed Sealed & Delivered xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Colin MacPherson {seal}
of us
[witnesses unreadable]

State of North Carolina } Nov Term 1802
Cumberland County
Thus was the Execution of this deed acknowledged... [the rest is unreadable]
[Robinson Mumford C]



Peter and Margaret McArthur to Peter McArthur, 30 January, 1802, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

[Is this Peter and Margaret Campbell McArthur of Bladen/Robeson County?]

A deed of Gift - To all people to whom these presents shall come I Peter McArthur & Margaret McArthur my wife do send greeting, Know ye that we Peter McArthur and Margaret my wife of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina for and in consideration of the love good will and affection which we have & do bear towards our loving grand son Peter McArthur have given and granted & by these presents do freely give and grant unto the said Peter McArthur his heirs Executors Admrs a negro boy named Moses now being in my pofsefsion to have and to hold the said negroe in the said premises to him the said Peter McArthur his heirs Executors or Admrs from henceforth as his and legal property absolutely without any manner of condition In witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals this 30th day of January & in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & two.

Signed sealed & delivered xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Peter McArthur his X mark
in the presence of usxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Margaret McArthur her X mark
Peter Smith
John Smith

State of North Carolina } Robeson County Nov Term 1819
This deed of gift was proved in open Court y the oath of John Smith & ordered to be registered. Richd C. Bunting Clk



William Munroe and Marion Munroe of Robeson County to Andrew Broadfoot of Cumberland County, November 15, 1803
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 21, page 427

[This deed refers to Lewis Munroe, Junior, who obtained a grant with Uriah Lambert in 1802 in Cumberland County adjacent to Robert Raifords' property. Marion Munroe had married Col. Neill Buie in 1793, so it's unclear why she is using her maiden name here; it may not have mattered legally in this era, and perhaps an oversight that made no difference in the outcome of the sale of the land.]

This Indenture made the fifteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three Between William Munroe Marion Munroe of the county of Robeson and state of North Carolina of the one part and Andrew Broadfoot of the town of Fayetteville of the other part Witnefseth that the said William Munroe and Marion Munroe for and in consideration of the sum of fifty Dollars to them in hand paid by the said Andrew Broadfoot the receipt whereof is here by acknowledged hath given granted sold bargained alliened conveyed and confirmed and by these presents do sell bargain allien convey and confirm to him the said Andrew Broadfoot his heirs and afsigns for ever a certain piece or parcel of land in the County of Cumberland and state aforesaid on the north side of Ellisons spring branch joining Ellison's line Beginning at a pine supposed to be Rafords line [likely the same Robert Raiford who witnessed Lewis Munroe's sale of 640 acres on Little Cross Creek in 1770], then south thirty one chains sixty two links then East thirty one chains and Sixty two then east thirty one chains and sixty two links then north thirty one chains and sixty two links then to the beginning containing one hundred acres but only selling and warranting forty acres of the same – together with all woods ways waters and water courses and all and every the appurtenance therewith belonging or in any wise appertaining reversion and reversions remainder and remainders right title property claim or demand whatsoever of Lewis Munroe to the lands & premises hereby granted to have and to hold to him the said Andrew Broadfoot his heirs and afsigns forever and the said William Munrow and Marion Munroe heirs of said Lewis Munroe do hereby warrant and forever defend forty acres of the above described land being all that the above grant will hold to him the said Andrew Broadfoot his heirs and afsigns forever in witnefs wherof the said William Munroe and Marion Munroe heirs of Lewis Munroe hath hereunto set their hands and seals the day and date above written –

Signed Sealed in presentsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx William Munroe{seal}
Dunc. McIntyrexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx her
William McLennan Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx MarionxXxMunroe{seal}
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx mark

[There is no record entry date or oath of witness on the deed.]



Grant North Carolina to William Kellen assignee of William McPherson, 11 December 1802, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 19, page 146

[The deed below is badly imaged, its binding obscures much of the margin of the text, and the cryptic handwriting of the clerk does not help the decyphering. Each blank represents an entire word, though they are all small words.]

State of North Carolina No. 2418
To all whom these present shall come Know ye that for and in consideration of the sum of Ten pounds for every one hundred acres hereby granted & by these presents do give and grant unto the __ William Kellen afsignee of said MacPherson a tract of land containing Two Hundred acres lying and being in the county of Cumberland on Black Mingo adjoining Matthew ___'s line. Begining at a gum at the Mouth of a Stoney ___ then N__ __ 11 chains & 50 links to a Stake & two oaks in Jonathan McPherson's line then as said line N 37 W 21 ___ to his corner then N 45__ __16 chains to a Stake in ____'s line in Stoney run Swamp as said line S 35 __ __ chains to his corner as his other line N 55 33 chains to a stake by corner as another line N 53 15 chains to a Stake & pointers then N 50 30 chains __ Stake in his own linethen S 35 __ 34 chains then to the Begining Patented 15 January 1785 ––– [the rest is unreadable but is all legalese]

[Remainder unreadable. Jonathan McPherson is believed to have been the son of Jonathan McPherson of Craven County who was living there in 1738. The son Jonathan may have had a wife named Rebecca.]



Hector MacAlester Sheriff to Ann MacNeill, April 1802, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 21, page 132

[County Clerk Robinson Mumford strikes again; the deed below is badly written and badly copied for the records, and Mumford's cryptic handwriting hinders the decyphering. Each blank represents an entire word. But, the Ann MacNeill in the deed is the widow of John McNeill of the Bluff who died in 1799. He was the son of "Bluff Hector" McNeill. Whoever this Ann MacNeill was, she had a son named Hector McNeill to whom she gave and sold land to on Black Mingo a few years after this deed.]

This Indenture made this __ day of April in the year of our Lord 1802 Between Hector MacNeill Esquire high sheriff of Cumberland County and State of North Carolina of the one part and Ann MacNeill of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that whereas the said Hector MacAlester Sheriff __ _______ed on the 30th day of October 1801 on a tract of land Containing 100 acres being in the County aforesaid & for the purpose of attaining the Taxes due thereon for the years 1798 & 1799 and advertised the same agreeable to law to be sold at the Court House in Fayetteville on the 30th day of January 1802 said land supposed to be the property of the Heirs of John MacNeill of the County of Cumberland & State aforesaid and the said Hector MacAlester Sheriff as aforesaid by virtue of his Office and agreeable to an Act of Afsembly of the State aforesaid at Raleigh in the year 1798 did cause the said land to be put up at public sale for Tax & costs of advertising That is for the S____ __ public Taxes for the years 1798 & 1799 when Ann MacNeill aforesaid offered to take 98 ½ acres of said tract and satisfy the Taxes and Costs as aforesaid & no other person offering to a ____ lefser g____ on the Terms aforesaid That is for the Taxes and ____ The said Hector MasAlester Sheriff as aforesaid agreeable to & in pursuant of the aforesaid act of Afsemby did S____ of the aforesaid quantity of 98 ½ accres to the said Ann MacNeill for Taxes & Costs as aforesaid….[much legalese]…aforesaid Beginning at a Stake & pointers near Black Swamp said to be the Original courses of said ____ then S50 Wt31 chains 63 links to a pine then So40 Et__ chains 88 links then No50 Et31 chains 63 linnks then direct to the Beginning the said Hector MasAlester Sheriff aforesaid doth hereby promised granted unto & with the said Ann MacNeill her heirs excrs adms & afsigns from… [much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said Hector MacAlester Sheriff of the county of Cumberland doth set his hand & affixed his seal the day above written –
Signed Sealed & delivered                                         Hector MacAlester {Seal}
in presence of
Thos Matthews
May Term 1802 then was the Execution of this deed acknowledged by Hector MacAlester & ordered to be recorded       Robinson Mumford CC



Quit Claim, Colin & Nancy Campbell McPherson to Malcolm Campbell, 21 December 1803, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 20, page 238

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County
This indenture made the Twenty first day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and Three Between Colin MacPherson of the County of Cumberland and the State of North Carolina of the one part and Malcom Campbell of Mariaum [Marion] district in the State of South Carolina of the other part- Witnefseth that the said Colin MacPherson for and in consideration of the sum of One hundred pounds Currency to him in hand paid before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged & himself herewith to be fully ___ & contented and paid hath by these presents given granted and bargained and sold afsigns conveyed confirmed and forever set over to the said Malcom Campbell his heirs exrs admrs & afsigns several ___ & parcels of land Situate lying and being in the County aforesaid [on bo?]th sides of Great Rockfish Creek Begining at a Cyprefs in the uper edge of [said?] Creek swamps about 200 yards above the Mouth of Nicholson's Creek & __ thence North 25 Wt 22 chains & 37 links to a stake by a pine thence So 65 __ chains & 37 links to a Stake among Three pines on the edge of sd swamp thence So 25 Et 22 chains & 37 links then No 65 Et to the Beginning surveyed for Daniel Campbell the 7th day of Jany 1768 Containing ___ acres Another tract on both sides of the lightwood branch the ____ of Great Rockfish Beginning at a pine running No 15 chains 82 links to a pine then Wt 21 Chains 63 links Crofsing said branch to a Stake ___ pointers thence So 15 chains 82 links to a stake thence direct to the begining the first____ of Begining Surveyed for Daniel Campbell the 20th of Septr 1786 Containing fifty acres also ___ Tract Between Great Rockfish & Nicholsons Creek Begining __ pine in the edge of a mush [marsh?] on the No edge of Big Rockfish __ So 85 Et 31 chains & 62 links then No 5 Et 15 chains & 81 links then _5 Wt 21 Chains & 62 links then to the Begining Surveyed __ Danl Campbell 30th day of June 1802 Containing fifty acres like ___ another Tract Joining the above tract Begining __ pine the corner of a fifty acre Survey in a Marsh on the __th side of Big Rockfish of land Patented by Danl Campbell thence No 5 Et 24 chains to a pine on the Top of a ___ below Stewarts thence Wt 20 chains to a Stake & pines near Campbells line thence So 40 Chains & 50 links to a Maple ___ Rockfish Swamp thence So 15 Wt 20 Chains Crofsing ___ Creek thence So 47 Et 51 Chains 60 links then No 62 Et 30 chains then No 17 Wt 28 Chains thence No 5 Et 3 Chains then ___ line to the Begining Containing 197 Acres as well __an by of John Dickson to the Colin MacPherson ___ Whole of the above pieces & parcels of land Containing _47 acres which said pieces and parcels of land the ___said Colin MacPherson doth Warrant and forever defend from the lawfull claim or claims of __ person or persons whatsoever himself his heirs admrs and afsigns unto the said Malcom Campbell his heirs exrs admrs & afsigns with all improvements ___ ___ waters watercourses with every part andparts of the only proper use and behoof of the sd Malcom Campbell his heirs excr admrs & afsigns In Witnefs whereof the aforesaid Colin MacPherson & Nancy McPherson his wife hath hereunto set their hands and seals
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
L. MacKay
Colin MacPherson {seal}
Nancy MacPherson {seal}

We the under Subscribers do convey unto Malcom Campbell all our right claim title interest or property that we have to the above mentioned lands sold by Colin MacPherson to Malcom Campbell & all the right We may have to the above mentioned lands __ as ___ us respects Danl Campbell or his heirs __ from or under him In Witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals the day and date above written ___
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
L. MacKay {seal}
Katherine [her X mark] MacKay
Test Colin MacPherson


State of North Carolina
Cumberland County October Term 1804 Then was the execution of this deed __ Colin MacPherson and Nancy MacPherson proved by Laughlin McKay and the Execution of above afsignment by L. MacKay and Katherine MacKay proved by Colin MacPherson
and ordered to be Registered. —Robinson Mumford



Thomas Barnes Sheriff (land of James McNeill) to James Ferguson, 30 July 1803, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book N, page 82

[This James McNeill was most likely the James McNeill who was the son of Laughlin McNeill who was the son of Turquill McNeill of the Argyll Colony. Both Laughlin and Turquill McNeill's lands were on Buffalo Creek in western Cumberland County. Before Laughlin's death in 1801, he gave his son James 100 acres in Robeson County. This gift may have been part of what James lost in this suit. James is said to have gone to Cuba, where he died. The James Ferguson of this suit may have been either James Ferguson, Sr. or his son James Ferguson, Jr.; these McNeills were near neighbors of the Fergusons. Just why the suit is out of Cumberland County is unclear.]

30 day of July in the year of our lord One thousand eight hundred and threeBetween Thomas Barnes high Sheriff of the county of Robeson in the State of North Carolina of the one part, and James Ferguson of the County and state aforesaid of the other part, Witnefseth that by virtue of an execution Ifsued from the County Court of Cumberland in favor of James Ferguson against James McNeill command the said Thomas Barnes as Sheriff that of the good and chattels, lands and Tenements of James McNeill, Should make the sum of Eleven [eleven what? pounds?] besides the cost, and the said Thomas Barnes as Sheriff at the courthouse in Lumberton, did offer the said land for sale to the highest bidder, at which time and place the aforesaid James Ferguson became the last and highest bidder at the Sum of one pound then Shillings the said land lying and being in the County of Robeson, On Buffaloe creek, and is bounded as follows, East of Drowning Creek Beginning at a pine near John McNeills upper corner, about two hundred yards East of Said Buffaloe, and runs North thirty two West as McNeills line, twenty eight chains then North sixty eight East, to and with Robesons line twenty one chains to the County line then East with that line thirteen chains and fifty links then one south eight chains and forty lins to a large pine then South thirty five East thirty one chains, then south thirty five East thirty one chains then South fifty five West thirty chains, thence a direct line to the Beginning containing two hundred acres of aforesaid This Indenture therefore Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of one pound ten shillings to the said Thomas Barnes in hand paid by the said James Ferguson, the Receipt and full payment whereof is hereby acknowledged, have bargained, sold, and by these presents doth hereby bargain, sell, convey and confirm unto him the said James Ferguson the aforesaid two hundred acres of land, And the Aforesaid Thomas Barnes as Sheriff doth hereby warrant and forever defend the said land unto the said James Ferguson his heirs and afsigns forever, in as full and in as ample a manner as he the said Sheriff is empowered to do by virtue of his Office, and the aforesaid Execution and no further, In Witnefs whereof the said Thomas Barnes hat hereunto set his hand and seal, date above written
Signed Sealed and delivered                                                 Thomas Barnes {Seal}
in presence of
J McNeill
John Ferguson
Robeson County} January Term 1804  This deed was proved in open Court by the Oath of John McNeill and ordered to be Registered      JBarnes CC



Daniel McNeill of Richmond County to Neill McNeill of Robeson County, 31 December 1803
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book P, page 122

[This Daniel is the brother of Neill McNeill who lived on Long Swamp, or "Long Swamp Neill" McNeill as I call him. Daniel's wife was Margaret McKay, daughter of Alexander McKay of Cumberland Co. I found this deed to be one in a list of land tracts that belonged to "Long Swamp Neill" in his estate settlement of 1838 in Robeson Co. Their father was Donald McNeill who had 320 acres on Long Swamp. Also, one of the witnesses to this deed is a William McNeill, who was likely William "Little Billy" McNeill, who owned land on Long Swamp and Juniper Branch area, son of "Sailor Hector" McNeill.]

State of North Carolina
Robeson County

This Indenture made the thirty first of December one thousand eight hundred and three between Daniel McNeill of the State aforesaid and County of Richmond and Neill McNeill of the State and County above mentioned, Witnefseth that the said D McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of thirty eight Dollars to him by Note of hand paid by said N McNeill hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents do grant bargain and sell and convey unto the said Neill McNeill his heirs executors and administrators a certain piece of land containing fifty acres lying and being in the County of Robeson situated on the East side of Long Swamp between Alfords two surveys [A copy of the deed for this very tract between Alford's two surveys is found in the estate settlement of "Long Swamp Neill" McNeill" dated 1838 in Robeson County, and belonged to him at his death. This fifty acres was bequeathed to Daniel by their father, Donald McNeill, in his will of 1792.] beginning at a pine on the side of the Swamp about ten chains below the upper survey running South thirteen East 31 chs 63 links to a stake thence north seventy seven East 15 chs 82 links to a stake thence North thirteen West 31 chains 63 links to a stake, thence a direct line to the beginning, together with all wood waters and appurtenances unto the same belonging or in any wise appertaining the said Daniel McNeill and his heirs all and singular the premises hereby bargained and sold with the appurtenances unto the said Neill McNeill his heirs and assigns against him the said D McNeill his heirs and all and every person or persons whatsoever shall warrant and forever defend by these presents In testimony whereof the said Daniel McNeill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above written –

Signed and Sealed in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDaniel McNeill {seal}
G Sellers

W McNeill

Robeson County January Term 1809 This Deed was proved in open Court by the oath of Wm McNeill and ardered to be Registered. Rt Haills - DC



James MacNeill to John MacKay, 12 May 1803, Cumberland County

[I suspect this James McNeill is the son of Laughlin McNeill who had died in 1801, and it appears James is selling the land that was sold to his father Laughlin by James McNeill of Rockfish in 1755. Where is the graveyard mentioned in this deed? Does anyone know? Does it still exist?]

This Indenture made this 12th day of May in the year our Lord 1803 Between James MacNeill of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina of the one part and John MacKay of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina of the other part Witnefseth that the said James MacNeill for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred and forty four Dollars to him in hand paid by the said John MacKay at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowleged hath granted bargained sold confirmed and conveyed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell confirm and convey unto the said John MacKay his heirs and afsigns forever the one half of all that Tract of land Situate lying and being in the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina on the NE side of the NW Branch of the Cape Fear River about nine miles above the mouth of Rockfish Creek Beginning at a Hickory ( it being the upper corner of the land which is called Martin Holts ) then running by sd Holts line N70E___ poles to a pine in the lower line of the land survey’d for John Martinleer then by the same N75 W368 poles to a Hickory on the River bank then down the River to the first Station Containing 222 acres ( it be the same more of lefs ) the above described Tract of land granted to Hector MacNeill the 4th day of June 1740 ( Except ½ acre which will include the graveyard
To have and to hold the lower half of sd land which is 111 acres be the same more or lefs to the said John MacKay…[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said James MacNeill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written
Signed Sealed & delivered
in the presence of                                                                            James MacNeill
Danald MacNeill [probably son of James McNeill of Rockfish, or Daniel the son of Laughlin.]
Alex MacKay } State of North Carolina Cumberland County July Term 1804   Then was the execution of this deed proved by the oath of Alexander MacKay and ordered to be recorded   R Mumford Clk



Agreement between Heirs of Alexander & Duncan McPherson dec'd; Division of their Estates, 1804, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 20, page 157

Know all men by these presents that we John Colen Cathrine MacPherson and John Buie all of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina being the lawful Heirs of Alexander and Duncan MacPherson decd do hereby [divide?] the Estate of the said Alexander and Duncan MacPherson between the said John, Colen, Cathrine and John Buie by his wifes ___ Mary in the following manner (Viz) We agree that John MacPherson ___ hold and take for his Share a Negroe named Naroe of Duncan MacPhersons Estate and of Alexander MacPherson decd property Two negroes named Tom [Tom Shaw, bought by John McPherson at age 14 in 1775, went to Moore's Creek Battle with Alexander McPherson, and lived to be far older than 100 years, and died in 1872.] and Naroe and 320 acres of land being one half of a tract of 640 acres granted to James Robinson [Robeson] Beginning 40 chains from a post oak the Beginning corner of said Tract and running then as the ___ said survey So 15 Est 40 chains to the lower corner of said Tract ___ No 75 Est 80 chains then No 15 Est 40 chains then So 75 Et 80 chains to the ___ of Beginning to have and to hold to the said John MacPherson his afsigns forever _ and Colen MacPherson will take the following Share of ___ Estate (Viz) the Negroes Jack and Isaac also 320 acres of land being the other ___ of 640 acres granted to Ann Nefsfield Begining at a pine the Beginning corner ___ Tract said to be be William Jordan corner then So 75 Est 80 chains to a ___ then So 15 Et 40 chains then No 75 Et 80 chains then to the Begining also [100] hundred acres of land granted to Thomas Armstrong on Beaver Creek ___ acres of land on Beaver Creek granted to Duncan MacPherson decd [100] acres of land on a branch of Crofs Creek conveyed by John MacPherson to the said Duncan MacPherson by deed to have and to hold ___ said Colen MacPherson his heirs & afsigns forever _ and we the said ___ do hereby agree that John Buie by ___ of his Wifes claim as aforesaid ___ take the following part of his Share of said Estate (Viz) Two Negroes named ___ and James as his Share to have and to hold to him the said John Buie ___ afsigns forever _ Cathrine MacPherson agrees to take the following ___ of said Estate as her Share of the same (Viz) the following Negroes ___ Jude and Galen [?] Junr and the one half of a tract of land Containing ___ of land granted to James Robinson Beginning at a Black oak the Beginning corner of said Tract then So 15 Est 40 chains then No 75 Et 80 Chains No 15 Et 40 chains then to the Beginning containing 320 acres of land to have and to hold to her the said Cathrine MacPherson her heirs and afsigns forever _ and we the said John Colen Cathrine MacPherson and John Buie Heirs as aforesaid ___ covenant promise and agree to take the aforesaid respected Shares __ the Estate of the said Alexander and Duncan MacPhersons decd and do hereby ___ ourselves our heirs exrs admrs to comply to this our agreement and each and all of us to be satisfied and contented and agreed to our Shares of said Estate as before mentioned and do hereby ___ ___ and discharge ourselves from any further claim or claims to the ___ of the said Alexr & Duncan MacPherson’s decd But our respected ___ according to the Terms meaning and intent of our agreement In Witnefs Whereof we the said John Colen Cathrine MacPherson and John Buie the lawful heirs of the said Alexander & Duncan MacPherson’s decd hath hereunto set our ___ and affixed our several seals this 10th day of April in the year of our ___ 1804
Signed sealed and delivered

in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJohn MacPherson { seal }
Peter McIntyre xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxColen MacPherson { seal }
D. McPherson [Daniel, son of Malcolm McPherson?] xxxxxxxxxxxxJohn Buie { seal }
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxCathrine
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xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMacPherson

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County April Term 1804 Then was the Execution of this agreement proved by D. MacPherson and ordered to be recorded and registered Robinson Mumford Clk



Alexander & Elizabeth MacPherson to Archibald Baker, 20 April 1804, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 22, page 110

April 20 1804 Received of Archd Baker five shillings in full for my Dower in the lands of John Baker decd and thereby convey to the said Archd all my Rights title claim & Interest in the dower aforesaid given under my hand and seal this day & year above written
Witnefs

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Alexander a MacPharson {seal}
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Elizabeth X MacPharson {seal}
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Neill Buie
Randal Campbell
John Rofs

State of North Carolina } March Term Cumberland County
Thus was the Execution of this Receipt proved by Neill Buie and Ordered to be recorded
Robinson Mumford C



Daniel MacNeill to James Ferguson, Senior, 15 December 1804, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book O, page 303

North Carolina Robeson County}
Know all men by these presents that I Daniel MacNeill of the County and State aforesaid [This is Daniel McNeill, the son of Donald and Janet McNeill of Long Swamp. Daniel inherited Willoughby from his father, Donald, in 1792.] hath Bargained sold and delivered and by these presents doth Bargain sell and deliver in open market a negro man slave named Willoughby about twenty seven year of age unto James Ferguson Senior, of said County for the sum of five hundred dollars I the aforesaid Daniel McNeill do and forever will warrant and defend the aforesaid negro man free and clear from any lawful claim whatsoever from me my heirs admrs or afsigns unto him the said James Ferguson his heirs and succefsors in Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my had and seal this fifteenth day of December anno 1804
Test
Duncan McBride xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDaniel MacNeill {Seal}
Duncan MacNeill} October Term 1807
This bill of sale was proved in open court by the oath of Duncan MacBride and ordered to be Registered RHaills JC

Daniel Patterson to Heirs of John Patterson, 31 March 1804, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

State of North Carolina
Robeson County

Sold bargained, confirmed and conveyed in open market by me Daniel Paterson of the County and State aforesaid unto the Heirs of John Paterson of the said County & state for the consideration of twenty Pounds Specie, a tract or parcel of land containing fifty cares on the South side of Rockfish, Beginning at a lightwood tree among three marked persimmon trees in a pond and runs North eighty West twenty chains to a stake and three pines then North ten East twenty five chains to a stake & three pines thence South eighty East twenty chains then South ten West twenty five chains to the Beginning which may more fully appear by the patent wherein said land was granted to Daniel Paterson bearing date the 18th of May 1789. Which said piece or parcel of land, I the said Daniel Paterson do hereby for myself my heirs Executors administrators and afsigns, warrant and forever defend against my own or my Heirs claim and against the lawful claim of all or any person or persons whatsoever unto them the said Heirs of the said John Paterson, their heirs Executors administrators and afigns clear and free forever, In witnefs whereof I the said Daniel Paterson hath hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of March 1804–

A PatersonxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDanielxx X xxPaterson his mark
Angus Paterson

Robeson County This deed was proved in open Court by the oath of Angus Paterson and ardered to be Registered. J McQueen CC



Duncan Campbell to Daniel MacNeill, 8 October 1805, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 22, page 69

[This Daniel MacNeill, husband of Isabella McLeran, is the son of "Bluff Archy" McNeill and his wife Barbara Baker. From Revolutionary War pension records, the Duncan Campbell selling this land is likely one of Daniel's old comrade in arms: Duncan's signature below is an exact match to that on his war record. Duncan stated he was born in 1764 in Cumberland County and that he was a stand-in soldier for three gentlemen, the last of of whom was Farquard Campbell in 1782 before peace was fully declared.]

This Indenture made this eighth day of October in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and five Between Duncan Campbell of the State of North Carolina and County of Cumberland of the one part and Daniel MacNeill of the State and County aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that he the said Duncan Campbell for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred and thirty five dollars to him hand paid or secured to be paid out at and before the sealing and delivery of These presents by the said Daniel MacNeill the receipt and payment whereof the said Duncan Campbell hath hereby acknowledged hath bargained sold and confirmed and by These presents doth bargain sell and confirm unto the said Daniel MacNeill his heirs Executors administrators & afsigns a certain Tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and ninety acres lying and being in the County aforesaid on the NoEt side of the Capefear River and on the Cut Swamp branch as follows Beginning at a Stake on Thomas Davis upper line of his 100 acre Tract near the lower or NW corner thereof near a pine & Hickory pointers thence running No5 W37 chains and 70 links to a stake on Yeater’s [?] line formerly Goodman thence as that line No89 Et62 chains and 74 links to a dead maple and pointers formerly marked as corner, thence with an old marked line So4 Et27 chains and 36 links to a stake on Elijah Fishers line thence as that line So79 W14 chains to a stake thence So11 Et93 chains to a large gum thence with an old marked line So85 W18 chains and 50 links to a Black gum on Thomas Davis’s upper back line thence as that line No30 W8 chains and 79 links to a small pine his corner thence with his other line to the Beginning which said piece or parcel of land together with all waters and watercourses …[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said Duncan Campbell hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written
Signed Sealed and delivered                                                   DCn Campbell {Seal}
in presence of
Angus Wilkinson                                                                     Part of the Contents of 200 acres
Archd MacLeran [Daniel McNeill's brother-in-law]            Patented granted to John Brownton
                                                                                            30th October 1765 (before signed)
State of North Carolina                                           
Cumberland County    October Term 1805
Then was the Execution of this deed proved by Archibald MacLeran and Ordered to be recorded into the minutes               Robinson Mumford Clerk



Daniel Patterson to John McLain et. al, 30 December 1806, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

[I suspect this to be the Daniel Patterson who was the grandson of Old John McPherson of the Argyll Colony. Are these McLains the children of Effie McLain, Daniel Patterson's sister?]

State of North Carolina
Robeson County

Know all men by these presents that I Daniel Patterson have this day bargained sold and delivered unto John McLain Peter McLain Hugh McLain Charles McLain and Neil McLain the following property four cows and three two year olds and one half 25 head of hogs one ____ saddle and bridle 3 beds & furniture and the household furniture that formerly belonged to Daniel McLain for the sum of eighty dollars to me in hand paid the Receipt and payment of which I do acknowledge the above property I deliver to the above named McLains in witnefs whereof I have set my hand and seal this 30th day of December 1806 –

Test MPowersxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDaniel Patterson {seal}
John X McLain, his mark

January Term 1807 This bill of sale was proved in open Court by the oath of Matthew Powers and ardered to be Registered. James McQueen



James McNeill to Murdock McDuffie, 11 January 1806, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book O, page 190

[This James McNeill is the son of James McNeill of Rockfish Creek. He is selling the 450 acres left to him by his father in his will of 1801.]

This Indenture made 11th day of January in this year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six Between James McNeill of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina of the one part and Murdock McDuffie of the County of Richmond and State of North Carolina of the other part Witnefseth that I the said James McNeill for and in consideration of the just and full sum of Eight hundred dollars of good and lawfull money to me in hand paid by said Murdock McDuffie before the signing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and I the said James McNeill there with fully satisfied and paid therefore hath Bargained sold granted conveyed and confirmed unto the said Murdock McDuffie his heirs and afsigns for ever three certain tracts or parcels of land containing four hundred and fifty acres situate lying and being in the above State and County of Robeson and on the west side of the Gum Swamp the first of said tracts containing two hundred acres Beginning at a pine thence So65 Et179 poles to a pine hen No25 Wt179 poles to a pine then No65 E179 poles to a stake on the swamp side then the courses of the swamp to the Begining granted to Jacob Alford also one hundred and fifty begining at a pine on the western edge of the gum Swamp Just below a spring the begining corner of two hundred acres survey and runs thence with that line So65 Wt38 chains & 73 links then So25 E38 chains 173 links by a pine then No65 E38 chains 73 links to a stake among three pines then direct to the begining also one other hundred acres begining at a Black oak upper side of spring Branch & runs thence So52 Wt31 chains 63 to a stake among three pines then So38 Et31 chains to a stake among four pines then No52 Et31 chains & 63 links to a stake among two pines & a white oak near the swamp then direct to the beginning To have and to hold …[much legalese]…In Witnefs whereof I the said James McNeill do hereunto set my hand and likewise fix my seal the day and year above written
Signed sealed and delivered
In presence of                                                                                  James McNeill {Seal}
Roderick McNair
Peter McGill }  October Term 1806 – This deed was proved in open court by the oath of Roderick McNair and ordered to be registered    RHaills CC



Survey for Hector McNeill of Upper Little River, March 4, 1807, Cumberland County
Secretary of State Land Grant Office, Grant No. 2845, Cumberland Co., NC

[The survey below was sent to me by Bill VanLandingham who has done a tremendous amount of research on land holdings by Scottish immigrants and their descendants in Cumberland County. This survey brings together several names of landed men who lived adjacent to, and were named within the deeds cited in the division of, the lands that were willed to Malcolm, Hector and Neill McNeill, sons of Neill McNeill on Upper Little River. Piece by piece I am identifying the three sons of Neill McNeill on Upper Little River—Malcolm, Hector and Neill—who were bequeathed land on that river in his Robeson County will probated in 1803. I am beginning to suspect that Neill, the son of Neill on Upper Little River, was "Surveyor Neill" McNeill.]

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County
Surveyed March 4th 1807 for Hector McNeill two hundred acres of Land in said County on the waters of Upper Little River between his own and Angus McDougalds lines per warrant No. 1273 & Ent'd March 12th 1804 Begining at a pine near his own house & the corner of the fifty acre tract, then with that line South Eighty five west twenty one chains ad twenty five links to the Corner then with the other line North Seventeen Chains to the Corner of his twenty one acre tract then with that line North Eighty ___ west _______ _______ the line of a 200 acre tract then as that line south fifteen west Eleven chains & fifty links to the corner of said 200 acres then south twenty seven west Eleven chains & fifty links to a small white oak then South one East twelve chains to a small Hickory then South twenty East Eleven chains then a south Eighty East twenty nine chains to McDougalds line then as his line North thirty nine west ten chains and fifty links to a post oak McDougalds Corner then as his line North fifty one East thirty one chains & seventy links to or near his corner then as another of his lines South thirty nine East thirty one chains & seventy links then North twenty one East Eleven chains then North thirty west twenty six chain to the corner of the old 200 acres then as that line North Eighty west twenty three chains & seventy links to the Corner then to the Begining
Hugh Lasley C.C. [chain carrier]                                                      Duncan McNeill [Likely "Long Duncan McNeill" who was brother-in-law of this Hector McNeill]
Neill McNeill C.C. [chain carrier]                                                    James McNeill Sur [Cumberland Co.'s official surveyor, son of Duncan McNeill of the Bluff]



William & Donald McPherson to Malcolm McPherson, Jr., January 25, 1808, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 37, page 207

Be it known that we William McPherson of the County of Richmond and State of North Carolina and Donald McPherson of the County of Cumberland and State aforesaid doth acquit enfeoff and ___ to Malcolm McPherson of the County of Cumberland & State aforesaid his heirs and afsigns forever certain pieces or parcels of land part of it being the property of Malcolm McPherson (deceased) Beginning at a Gum and two Maple ___ on the East side of Beaver Creek & one Maple pointer on the West side of Alexander McPherson's line the corner of Nine hundred acres Patented for William, John, Donald, and Malcom McPherson then the various ___ survey to William McPherson's corner of Fifty acres on the East side of Beaver ___ then south twenty chains to William McPherson's line of one hundred then West said line to a Blackjack corner then South as said line fo__ a Pine then South thirteen East twelve chains & fifty links to a Stake ___ seventy seven West to the Bank of Beaver Creek to the beginning – also one hundred ___ joining said Survey beginning at a Hickory running South twenty chains ___ty seven links to a stake in pond then West forty four chains & seventy four ___ then North twenty two chains & thirty seven links then to the beginning ___ surveyed the fifth day of February seventeen hundred & eighty five, ___ by warrant and forever acquit enfeoff and give up from ourselves our ___ afsigns the above described lands and premises to Malcom McPherson ___ heirs and afsigns. _ In witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 25th day of January eighteen hundred and eight.

Test Malcom MacPherson Junr. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxDonald McPherson
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xxxxMary MacPherson
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State of North Carolina } June Term 1827
Cumberland County - Then was the Execution of this Deed proved by Mary McPherson & ordered to be Registered
Test Jno. Armstrong



Elizabeth McNeill to Stephen Gilmore, Junr, 13 April 1808, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 25, page 62

read original:  pg1   |    Related Deeds: 1, 2, 3

[Elizabeth is selling the same piece of property that her husband James McNeill sold to Laughlin McNeill in 1755. It is not known how it came to be in her hands in 1808.]

This Indenture made this Thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight Between Elizabeth MacNeill of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina of the one part and Stephen Gilmore Junior of the County of Cumberland and State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that the said Elizabeth MacNeill for and in consideration of ten Shillings current money to her in hand paid by the said Stephen Gilmore at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Hath granted bargained sold aliened and confirmed and conveyed unto the said Stephen Gilmore Junior his heirs and afsigns forever the upper half of a tract of land situate lying and being in the County of Cumberland aforesaid on the North east side of the North West Branch of the Cape Fear River and containing two hundred and twenty two acres which tract or parcel of land was granted to Hector MacNeill by Patent bearing date the 4th day of June Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred and forty and descended to the aforesaid Elizabeth MacNeill as the only child and Heir at Law of the said Hector MacNeill the Patenter and is bounded and described as follows Beginning at a Hickory in the upper corner of Martin Holts land ___ by said Holt’s corner North 70 East 340 poles to a pine in the corner ___ of land surveyed for John Martinleer thence by the same North 75 West 345 poles to a Hickory on the River bank thence down the River to the first Station containing two hundred twenty two acres be the same more or less To have and to hold the upper half or Moiety of the above described land to the said Stephen Gilmore, Jr. … [much legalese] … In Witnefs whereof the said Elizabeth MacNeill hath set her hand and seal this day and date above written
Signed sealed and delivered
In presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxElizabeth MacNeill her X mark
Archd McFadgen
John McKellar
State of North Carolina Cumberland County Sept Term 18?? [illegible]
Then was the execution of this deed proved by the oath of John McKellar and ordered to be recorded R Mumford CC



Daniel McNeill and wife Margaret McNeill to Alexander MacKay, 21 September 1808, Cumberland County

Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 25, page 63

[Daniel MacNeill of this deed is the brother of Neill McNeill of Long Swamp. Daniel and Margaret lived for a time in Richmond Co., NC and appear to have moved to Robeson by 1808, per this deed.]

This Indenture made & entered into this 21st day of September AD 1808 Between Daniel MacNeill & Margaret MacNeill his wife of the County of Robinson & state of North Carolina of the one part and Alexander MacKay of the County of Cumberland and State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that for and in Consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds to him in hand paid by these presents the receipt & judgment whereof is hereby acknowledged have given granted bargained & sold in open market & in due form of law a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Cumberland on the NoW side of Cape Fear River above the mouth of Upper Little River Begining at Neill MacNeills upper corner formerly Smileys on the River bank then So45 W55 chains Twenty five links to a stake then No45 W56 chains & seventy five links to a stake then No45 Et5_ Chains & seventy five links to a Sassafras on the river bank then to the Begining Containing Five hundred and Seventy acres on the whole one hundred and sixty acres of which was sold off the said Tract by Alexander MacKay Senr who "Patented said land 26th of April 1740 & said Alexander MacKay willed the remainder of the said 320 acre Survey before this death to his Two daughters Ann & Margaret and the one half of the said remainder with all ways woods waters watercourses & every of __ ______ we the said Daniel MacNeill & Margaret my wife do warrant & defend...[much legalese]... In Testimoney whereof we the said Danl & Margaret MacNeill hereunto set my hadn & seal the day & date above written.
Signed Sealed and delivered
in the presence of                                                                       Daniel MacNeill {Seal}
T Locke                                                                                     Margaret X MacNeill her mark {Seal}
State of North Carolina Cumberland County} Sept Term 1808 This deed duly acknowledged by the within named Daniel McNeill & Margaret his wife

She the said Margaret first privately examined before and apart from her said Husband and freely and voluntarily consenting thereto before m
e [This shows the land was originally hers and was brought to her marriage with Daniel MacNeill]
___ to be registered
T___ Locke JSC_



Randal Currie et al., quit claim to Mary, John and Alexander Johnson, 22 March 1810, Robeson County

Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book P, page 283

[There were two John Johnstons, father and son, living in this area of Robeson County in two locations: on Cowpen branch of Ten Mile Swamp and over adjacent the Daniel McPherson family on the north edge of Raft Swamp south of the Great Marsh below today's Shannon community. The elder was John Johnston, Senior, believed to have been "Big John" Johnston, given that nickname in the estate settlement of Neill B. Johnson, Esq., his descendant. Deeds show "Big John" owned land at both locations. "Big John" is suspected to have been the husband of Mary McAllister, the parents of both John Johnston, Junior, and daughter Margaret wife of Archibald Little, Senior; these Johnsons emigrated to North Carolina (likely from the Isle of Gigha) Scotland in 1770. John Johnston, Junior came to live on the Ten Mile Swamp properties as the deed below states and appears to have bought some of this land on his own.]

This land on Ten Mile Swamp belonged to John Johnston, Senior and then it came into the possession of John Johnston, Junior. The same day Randal Currie, John Little and Patrick Kelly signed this quit-claim deed, Mary, John and Alexander sold it to the Baxleys. Two years earlier in 1808 Alexander and John had sold to Daniel Shaw over 200 acres, comprising four tracts purchased of John Graham by John Johnston, Senior from 1790 to 1799, all of which were on the Old Field Branch and Cowpen Branch of the Ten Mile Swamp.]

State of North Carolina
Robeson County
Know all men by these presents that we Patrick Kelly Randal Currie & John Little have remised released and forever quit claim for us our heirs Executors and administrators and by these presents do remiss release and forever quit claim unto Mary Johnson John Johnson and Alexander Johnson of the State & County aforesaid their heirs Executors & administrators of all the landed estate that John Johnson Senr possesst [sic; possessed] and a title for in the said County of Robeson & which John Johnson Junr now possesses to wit two hundred and thirty five acres being in the County of Robeson & State aforesaid one hundred acres of it being conveyed To said John Johnson Senr by Jesse Musselwhite ditto conveyed by Edmond Baxley to said John Johnson and a thirty five acres conveyed to said John Johnson by Robert Haills high sheriff for said County and we Patrick Kelly Randal Currie & John Little do remise release and forever set over quit claim unto Mary Johnson John Johnson & Alexander Johnson all claims & claims rights & titles of the above mentioned lands for our selves our heirs Executors admininstrators unto the said Mary Johnson Johnson & Alexander Johnson their heirs executors administrators and assigns forever hereunto we set our hands and seals.
In presence of                                                                        Patrick Kelly {Seal}
D Campbell [Duncan Campbell of Ten Mile Swamp]           R Currie {Seal}
Levi Baxley}  this 22nd of March 1810}                               John Little {Seal}

This claim was proved in open court by the oath of Duncan Campbell and ordered to be Registered R Haills DC



William Munroe to Peter McGeachy, 20 February 1810, Robeson County

Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

This Indenture made this twentieth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and ten Between William Munroe of the county of Robeson and State of North Carolina of the one part and Peter MacGeachy of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth, that the said William Munroe for and in consideration of the sum of ten dollars to him in hand paid by the said Peter McGeachy the receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged hath given granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Peter McGeachy twenty acres of land in the County aforesaid on the west side of the Gum branch Begining at a poplar in the edge of the branch Just by Neill McCachens [McEachern's] lower line nearly opposite his improvement & runs South Seventy five west fourteen chains then South thirty two East fifteen chains then North sixty five East fourteen chains thence a direct line to the Begining...[much legalese]...whereof the said William Munroe hath hereunto set his hand & seal the day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed and delivered.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxWilliam Munroe {seal }
in presence of
__ Bethune
John McLauren

November Term 1811– This deed was proved in open Court by the oath of John Bethune and ordered to be registered. R. Haills



John McPherson to Neill Black, 3 May 1810, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 28, page 434

This Indenture made this 23rd of May in the year of our Lord on thousand eight hundred and ten between John McPherson of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina of the one part, and Neill Black of Cumberland County and State aforesaid of the other part, Witnefseth, that the aforesaid John McPherson for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds lawful money of said State to him in hand paid by the said Neill Black at the sealing and delivering hereof the receipt whereof acknowledged by the said John McPherson hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Neill Black his heirs and afsigns a tract of land containing two hundred acres lying and being in the County of Cumberland and State aforesaid, Beginning on the lower side of Rockfish at a pine by the lower edge of a small drain of Gum branch and runs thence St 20 Et 44 chains and 73 links to a stake near Sweet Gum and pine, then St 70 Wt 44 chains and 73 links to a stake among three scrub oaks, then No 20 Wt 44 chains and 73 links then direct to the beginning with all the rights and appurenances thereto belonging which said tract of land was granted unto Solomon Wilson by patent dated the eleventh day of March one thousand seven hundred and seventy five, and conveyed to John McPherson by a deed... [much legalese]... set my hand and seal the day above written.

Wit.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJohn MacPherson { seal }
A McKellarxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Colin McRae

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County} June Term 1816 – Then was the Execution of this deed proved by Archibald McKellar and ordered to be Recorded – from the Munites Robinson Mumford C.C.



Agreement between Heirs of Alexander McPherson, Sr., 3 December 1810, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 26, page 101

The agreement made this third day of Dec in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and ten between John McPherson Colin McPherson John Buie & John McRae all of Cumberland County & State of North Carolina Witnefseth that whereas there is a part of the Estate of Alexander McPherson Deceased still undivided among his heirs at Law which the said John & Colin McPherson John Buie in right of his wife Mary and the said John McRae in right of his wife Katharine being the only heirs of the said Alexander entitled to and as all the parties wish to make such a Division, that the part of each share forever hereafter be exempt from any claims or demands from the rest, they have agreed and do agree for themselves and their heirs to the following division of the said remaining undivided Estate to Wit, I the said John McPherson do agree to take a certain boy (by the name of Toby) for his share, & I Colin McPherson do agree to take young Befs for his share a negro girl and I John & Mary Buie do agree to take for our shares Old Negro Befs and child by the name of Cate and Old Golah, and I John McRae do agree to take for his share a Negro boy by the name of Sampson and a tract of Land granted to Alexander McPherson containing one hundred acres being in Cumberland County on the East side of little Rockfish and Bever Creek Beginning at a Black Oak on the hill side East of Buckhead Branch about five miles above the mouth, and running thence So 55 Et 31 chains 63 links to a stake among two pines and a scrub oak then No 35 Et 31 chains 63 links among the small oaks then No 55 Wt 31 chains 63 links then Direct to the beginning... [much legalese].
In present of
A.F. Bowellxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx John McPherson {seal}
xxxherxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxColin McPherson {seal}
Aln X Monroexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx John Buie {seal}
xxmarkxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Mary Buie {seal}
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJohn McRae {seal}

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County} December Term 1810– Then was the Execution of this agreement proved by A.F. Bowell and ordered to be Recorded – from the Minutes Robinson Mumford C.C.



Hector McNeill to Alexander Johnson, 15 March 1811, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book Q, page 191

[This is Dr. Hector McNeill of Cumberland County, son of James McNeill of Rockfish. Here Hector is selling the 350 acres bequeathed to him by his father in 1801. I believe this is the Alexander Johnson who married Barbara McNeill, daughter of Malcolm and Mary McNeill McNeill of "The Bridge".]

This Indenture made March 15th in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & eleven Between Hector McNeill of the County of Cumberland and state of North Carolina of the one part and Alexander Johnson of the said state and County of Robeson of the other part Witnefseth that the said Hector McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and thirty dollars currency or lawful money of the said state to him in hand paid before the sealing and signing of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and himself fully satisfied therewith by the said Alexander Johnson Know that the said Hector McNeill his heirs afsigns hath hereby sold and confirmed set over released and conveyed enfeoffed on open market and will forever defend unto the sad Alexander Johnson his heirs administrators and afsigns five pieces or parcels of land containing three hundred and fifty acres situated lying an being in the county of Robeson in the state aforesaid on the south side of Rockfish Joining the land of said Alexander Johnson Beginning corner of a hundred acre survey Beginning at a Black oak in the fork of a small branch said to be about a mile from the Creek and Runing thence south thirty one chains and sixty three links to a stake by a small pine then East thirty one chains & sixty three links to a stake by a pine then North thirty one chains and sixty three links then a direct line to the Beginning _ containing one hundred acres being a Patten granted to Neill McNeill of one hundred acres being dated sixth of March A.D 1771 [Being as early as 1771, was this Neill McNeill the father of "Sailor Hector"?] _ Also one other piece on the south side of Rockfish Robeson County Beginning at a pine the lower corner of his old survey near James Ards path running north one west with his line thirty one chains & sixty three links to a pine thence north eighty nine East fifteen chains eighty two links to a stake & two pines thence South one East thirty one chains & sixty three links to a stake thence South Eighty nine west fifteen chains eighty two links to the Beginning Being a survey granted to Archibald McNeill of fifty acres by Patent bearing date March twenty ninth A.D 1786 [This is likely "Archie Ghar" McNeill who was a close neighbor of James McNeill.] _ Also another survey Beginning at a pine sapling near a corner of his new survey & a corner of James McNeills and Daniel Patersons running eighty two East with Paterson line twenty two chains & forty links to a stake thence South Eight west twenty four chains to a stake thence north Eighty two west nineteen chains & twenty eight links to a stake thence in a line of his new survey thence north one East with his line twenty four chains & twenty links to the Beginning containing Fifty acres granted by patent to Archibald McNeill bearing date March 29th A.D 1786­_ Also another piece beginning at a black Jack at Daniel Patersons upper back corner & runs parallel with his line North eighty west forty chains to a black jack then North ten East twenty five chains then south eighty East forty chains then south ten west twenty five chains to the Beginning _ one hundred acres granted to James McNeill Senr. By Patent dated September twenty first A.D 1784 – Also another survey south west side of big Rockfish Beginning at a small pine at Archd McNeills upper back corner and runs south twenty five west sixteen chains to a baytree in the south side of pughs marsh [Pugh's Marsh was where today's Lumber Bridge sits in north Robeson County.] then south sixty East thirty two chains thence North twenty five East thirty two chains then North twenty five East sixteen chains thence a direct line to the Beginning Fifty acres granted by Patten dated November 24th 1794 the several surveys containing three hundred and fifty acres as will more fully appear by the several plats and Patents which said pieces or parcels of land… [much legalese]…In Witnefs whereof the said Hector McNeill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year above mentioned –
Test _ Daniel Johnson                                     Hector McNeill {Seal}
           Hugh McColl [McColl/McCall, a neighbor of James McNeill of Rockfish, lived on east side of Patterson Branch a southern tributary of Big Rockfish]
}   August Term 1812 – This deed was proved in open Court by the oasth of Hugh McColl and ordered to be registered   RHaills DC



Daniel McNeill and wife Margaret McNeill and Ann McKay to Daniel Blue, 6 November 1811, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 26, page 393

[I believe that the Margaret McNeill in this deed is the Margaret McNeill who wrote her will in Robeson County in 1818. It appears she was a McKay before her marriage.]

Heirs of Alexr McKay Dec'd to Daniel Blue
This Indenture made the sixth day of November in the year of our Lord 1811 Between Daniel McNeill & his wife Margaret & Ann McKay heirs of the Dec'd Alexr McKay of the one part & Daniel Blue of the State of North Carolina Cumberland County of the other part Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of four hundred & fifteen & one half dollars to the said Daniel McNeill & his wife Margaret McNeill of the County of Robeson and State aforesaid & Ann McKay of the County of Cumberland in hand paid by the said Daniel Blue at or before the Sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof we hereby acknowledge & therefore doth release acquit & discharge the siad Daniel Blue his Executors & administrators & by these presents the said Daniel McNeill & his wife Margaret & Ann McKay doth Grant bargain sell alien & confirm unto the said Daniel Blue & his heirs a certain piece or parcel of Land situate lying & being in the County of Cumberland & state aforesaid Bounded as follows - Beginning at an Elm on the River Bank in the Upper corner of Land laid out for Thomas Jones Blacksmith now in the pofsefsion of Hector McNeill ["One-Eye Hector" McNeill] thence as said McNeills upper line No10 W15 1/2 poles to a stake thence No80 Et126 1/2 poles to a stake thence So10 Et10 1/2 poles to a white oak on the River Bank Thence along the said North west River to the first mentioned Station. This patent bearing date the Eighteenth day of November 1743 - Also one other tract containing Thirty seven acres patented by Alexander McKay being the surplus within the above mentioned survey Beginning at a Red Oak on the river bank the upper corner of the above mentioned survey thence So15 Wt16 chains - Thence to the River thence up the various courses of said River to the Beginning the patent Bearing date the fourteenth day of May 1800 Also one other tract containing one hundred & forty acres Beginning at a Scrub oak in Archibald McNeills line now in the pofsefsion of Hector McNeill ["Scribbling Archie" McNeill and his son "One-Eye Hector" McNeill] Thence No80 Et20 poles along the back line of the first mentioned survey to a white oak in Malcom Smiths line now in pofsefsion of John MacNeill then No55 Wt120 poles along said John MacNeills line to a Scrub oak his corner thence No80 Wt66 poles to a stake thence So76 Wt125 poles to a stake in Hector McNeills line & corner thence with said line So40 Et190 poles to the Beginning. Patent bearing date the Eighth day of January 1760 [This was patented by Archibald McKay in 1760]- The above mentioned tracts of Land lying & being on North West River all houses buildings... [much legalese]... In witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals, Day & date above mentioned -
In presence of
Test                                                                                    Daniel McNeill {Seal} {Seal}
Wm Colvin                                                                         Margaret  X  McNeill her mark
Daniel Campbell                                                                 Ann McKay {Seal}
Thomas Johnston
State of No Carolina Cumberland county} December Term 1811 Then was the Execution of this deed proved by Duncan Campbell & ordered to be Recorded
-from the minutes Robinson Mumford



Power of Attorney, Margaret MacKay to Lauchlin MacKay, 11 March 1807, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 23, page 3

Know all men by these presents That whereas Archibald MacKay [Son of Alexander McKay (b 1738, d. 1793 in Bahamas; Archibald was born 1772, died about 1804 in Bahamas; married Ann who also died in the Bahamas.] of St Salvadore Bahamas Cat. Island deceased by his last will and Testament in writing bearing date the eighteenth day of December one thousand eight hundred and four and by the said last will and Testament divide give and bequeath unto me Margaret MacKay of the State of North Carolina and the County of Cumberland within the United States of America Two Thirds of all his estate both real and personal in the Bahamas aforesaid And appointed one Lauchlin MacKay of the Mifsifsippi Territory [Archibald's younger brother] within the United States aforesaid together with and John Marres of Stewarts Manor Great Exuma Executors of his said will as in and by the same will appear Now Know ye that I Margaret MacKay have and by these presents Do make and appoint Lauchlin MacKay one of the aforesaid Executors My True and lawfull Attorney for me and in my stead and for my sole use and ____ to ask demand sue for and recover and take unto his pofsefsion all the said Estate devised and bequeathed to me as aforesaid and on receipt thereof a Release or other discharge to make and Execute for me and in my name as shall be deemed necefsary in the ___ for that purpose and also for me and in my name and to my use to lease sell or surmise the said real Estate and any part thereof for and in what manner he my said attorney shall think proper and chose to suit my interest either for terms of years for life or lives in fee simple and for me and in my name to Execute and deliver such Conveyances as shall be Nefcessary to the end and purpose aforesaid I the said Margaret MacKay Ratifying and Confirming whatsoever my said attorney do in about the premises aforesaid On Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven and Thirty first [year]
Sealed and delivered
Margaret [her X mark] MacKay
in the presense of
Peter McKellar



Flora McNeill of Marion District, SC to Turquill McNeill of Marion District, SC, 24 January 1811; Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 26, page 526

This Indenture made the twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & Eleven Between Flora MacNeill of the one part and Turquill MacNeill of the other part, both of the State of South Carolina & District of Marion - Witnefseth that the said Flora for and in consideration of a decent Maintenance in the family of Turquill McNeill her lifetime (according to the articles of agreement entered into by the aforesaid parties the 3rd day of April 1805) Hath by these presents given granted afsigned conveyed & forever set over unto the said Turquill his heirs and afsigns forever a certain tract of land situate lying and being in the county of Cumberland N Carolina on both sides of Buffaloe Creek Beginning in the Wt side of said Creek at a large pine in the county line near the creek marsh Running No 31 chs 63 links to a pine thence Et 31 chs 63 links to a stake thence So 31 chs 63 links Crofsing said creek to a stake thence direct to the place of Beginning Crofsing said creek Containing one hundred acres which said tract of land with all and singular its members priviledges appurtenances and advantages thereunto belonging I the said Flora for myself my heirs and afsigns for ever to warrant and defend the aforesaid land & premises unto the said Turquill McNeill his heirs & afsigns forever against the lawful claim or claims of all and every person whatsoever In Witnefs Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day & year first above written.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxFlora McNeill her X mark {seal}
Witness
A Graham
James P Graham

State of N.Carolina
Cumberland County} June Term 1812
Then was the Execution of this deed proved by A Graham ordered to be Recorded
From the Minutes Robinson Mumford



John McKay to John McPherson, 29 January 1812, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 26, page 452

This Indenture made the 29th day of January in the year of our Lord 1812 between John McKay of the County and State aforesaid of the one part and John McPherson of the said County and State of the other part. Witnesseth, that the said John McKay for and in consideration of the sum of One hundred Dollars to him in hand paid by the said John McPherson at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and himself therewith fully satisfyed contented and paid doth by these presents give grant bargain sell and forever set over unto the said John McPherson the following tract or parcel of Land Bounded as follows_ Beginning at a pine on the St side of big Rockfish about one hundred fifty yards above the Bridge and runs So 9 Et 16 chs to a stake by two pines thence So 80 Et 30 chains thence No 9 Wt to the Creek then up the various courses of the Creek to the Beginning Containing 50 acres as further doth appear by patent granted to Fedrick Honeycut dated Septr 18th 1795 No. 1285 and by him conveyed to Duncan McFarland and by said McFarland to John McKay which land and premises the said John McKay for my self my heirs and afsigns Doth warant and forever defent from and against me and my heirs and afsigns or any Lawful claim or claims whatsoever (the Sawing Timber Excepted — Witnefs My hand and seal the Day and Date above written —

Signed and Sealed and DeliveredxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJohn McKay Sr. {seal}
in presence of us
John Black

State of N.Carolina
Cumberland County} March Term 1812
Then was the Execution of this deed acknowledged and ordered to be Recorded
From the Minutes Robinson Mumford



Patrick McEachern to brother Archibald McEachern, 30 June 1812, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book Q, page 214

Know all men by these presents that I Patrick McEachern of the County of Wilson and State of Tennefsee do by these presence Constitute and appoint my dearly and well beloved Brother Archibald McEachern of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina my true and Lawfull attorney with full power and authority for me and in my name and behalf to sue and be sued plead and be impleaded and for and in my name or as my attorney in part to sell and convey my part of all the lands that I have at this time any claim to within the County of Robeson [The Robeson County estate of their father, Daniel McEachern, Sr., was located in the Saddletree community. It was being sold in pieces by his children at this time. It is claimed that this Patrick McEachern married a McNeill from Moore County and moved on to Tennessee.] aforesaid and that in all respects in as full and ample a manner as I myself could have done were I personally present hereby Ratifying and confirming whatever my said attorney may think proper to do concerning the premifses, In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 30th day of June in the year of our Lord 1812 —

Signed and Sealed and deliveredxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxPatrick McEachern {seal}
in presence of
James Buchan
Alexander Johnson

The Execution of the within power of attorney was then proved before me in due form of law by James Buchan one of the subscribing witnefs thereto — Let it be Registered - J.L. Taylor C.J.
1 Oct 1812



James McEachern of Sumter District, SC to John Blount, 18 September 1812, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book Q, page 191

[This James McEachern is the son of Daniel McEachern and his second wife, a McNeill whose first name is lost (and a daughter of James McNeill of Rockfish Creek). James McEachern was the nephew of "Long Duncan" McNeill whose wife was a sister of James McEachern's McNeill mother. James McEachern's brothers, Malcolm, Daniel, John and Archibald all of Robeson County, also sold their interests in their father Daniel's estate at this same time and those deeds are found in Robeson's records. The 'M McNeill' was likely Malcolm McNeill (married Katie Torrey) who lived just above Saddletree on the plantation at Godfrey's Crossing (today known a McLeod's Crossing) previously owned by his father Godfrey McNeill.]

This Indenture made this Eighteen day of Septr in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and Twelve between James McEachern of Sumter District in the State of South Carolina on one part and John Blount of the County of Robeson in the State of North Carolina of the other part Witnefseth, that the said James McEachern for and in consideration of the sum of Thirty dollars, have sold, given and granted to said John Blount his heirs or afsigns all the right title and claim of him the said James McEachern to a certain Tract or Tracts of Land situate in Robeson County aforesaid on the East side of Saddle Tree Swamp to which he is or may be entitled as the Heir of Daniel McEachern Late of said County Deceased, To have & to hold all and singular all my right and claim to the land aforesaid as one of the Heirs of Daniel McEachern aforesdaid Dec’d unto the said John Blount his heirs and afsigns forever and the said James McEachern doth covenant and agree to and with said John Blount his heirs…[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said James McEachern has hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written –
Signed seald & Delivered                                                                   James McEachern {Seal}
In presence of
Philip Bracey
M McNeill} The execution of the within deed was proved before me in due form of law by the oath of M McNeill one of the subscribing witnefses thereto let it be Registered



Daniel McNeill of Nova Scotia to William Utley, 9 September 1812, Chatham County
Chatham Co. Register of Deeds: Book S, page 333

[This deed proves Daniel McNeill returned to NC from Nova Scotia (see deed below also) to settle estates due to him as brother of Laughlin McNeill who died in 1795 and of his father Archibald who died 1801.]

This Indenture made this 9th day of September One thousand Eight hundred and Twelve between Daniel McNeill of the State of North Carolina and County of Cumberland of the one part and William Utley of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of two thousand dollars to me in hand paid ad one mare by the said William Utley the receit whereof is hereby acknowledged by the said Danl McNeill hath given granted bargained and sold unto the said William Utley his heirs and afsigns a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the County of Chatham and State aforesaid being a tract of land granted by Government to Archibald McNeill deceased bearing date of the 23rd day of April 1741 as will appear referenced being had to the said patent and willed unto the said McNeill by the said Archibald McNeill now deceased which will appear by applying to the probate of Cumberland County this tract or parcel of land is lying on the Est side of the north branch of the north west river [Cape Fear River] beginning at a marked hickory on the river bank in Tarquer McNeills [The original grant proves this to have been Turquill McNeill.] upper corner but known now by Crumps corner there with that upper line East 53 3/4 chains to a pine thence No 56 3/4 chains to a pine then west 60 3/4 chains to a hickory on the river bank then with the river to the first station containing three hundred and twenty acres by the same more or lefs to hold the said Bargained premises unto the said William Utley...[much legalese]... In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Signed seald and deliveredxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDanl McNeill {seal}
in presence of us
Daniel McNeill Jnr
Andw Piddy
John McKinney

Chatham County November sefsion 1812
The Execution of this deed was duly proven in open court by the oath of Andrew Piddy a subscribing witnefs hereto & ordered to be registered
Test Thos Rayland CC



"Nova Scotia Daniel" MacNeill to his nieces, 24 February 1813, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 27, page 188

Know all men by these presents that I Daniel MacNeill of the Province of Nova Scotia are held and bound unto Isabel McNeill Nancy McNeill Margaret McNeill & Mary McNeill my nieces & the daughters of my sister Margaret in the full and just sum of Two thousand Dollars for which payment I bind myself my heirs and afsigns severally & jointly firmly by these presents signed with my hand dated this 24th day of February 1813.
The conditions of this obligation is such that if the above bound Dan’l McNeill his heirs or afsigns will make the said Isabel Nancy Margaret & Mary a good and sufficient deed for all the land that is coming to the said Daniel from the Estate of his Brother Lauchlan McNeill now Dec’d with those exceptions the said Daniel reserves to himself his full share in the ferry commonly known by the name of Sprowl’s ferry his the said Daniel McNeill further reserves the use of said land to his sister the Mother of the said Isabel Nancy Margaret & Mary during her natural life when the said Daniel McNeill his heirs or afsigns fully complies with the obligations then it is void otherwise to be and remain in full force power & virtue. xxxxxxxxxxDanl McNeill {Seal}
Signed sealed &
Delivered in presence of
H. McNeill
Danl McNeill
State of North Carolina
Cumberland County. } June Term 1813
Then was the execution of this Bond proved by Daniel McNeill and ordered to be recorded from the minutes. Robinson Mumford CC



Neill McNeill to William Crafford, January 1814, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 28, page 198

[This Neill McNeill is perhaps the son or grandson of Neill McNeill of Upper Little River who lived in Robeson County and whose undated will left sons Malcolm, Hector and Neill thousands of acres in Cumberland County on Upper Little River, much of it having been around Danelys Creek and into Moore County. There is also speculation that this Neill is a grandson of Neill McNeill on Tranthams Creek because a few of his grandchildren went to Robertson Co., Tennessee and on to Kentucky. More research is needed to identify this Neill in Tennessee. William Crafford married Catherine McNeill, daughter of Henry McNeill (son of Neill McNeill on Tranthams Creek) and Mary Guest (or Gist), and they lived in Moore County. William and Catherine sold this piece of land in this deed to Thomas Payton in 1816. The couple had sold another piece of land in 1813 on the Cape Fear River, the survey for which began "at Neill McNeill's corner" but the description did not go on to say where on the river the tract was located.]

This Indenture, made this first day of January in the year of Christ one thousand and eight hundred and fourteen between Neill McNeill of the State of Tennessee and County of Robertson of the one part and William Crafford of the State of North Caroline & County of Moore of the other part Witnefseth, that for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to him the said Neill McNeill in hand & paid by the said William Crafford the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged by the said McNeill and himself therewith to be fully satisfied paid and contented Hath given & granted and by these presents for himself and his heirs doth give grant sell alien enfeoff and confirm unto the said William Crafford and to his heirs and afsigns forever a certain Tract or parcel of land containing one hundred and eight acres lying and being in the State of North Carolina and County of Cumberland on both sides of Danaleys Creek and joining on Cape Fear River beginning at a red oak on the River bank below the mouth of said Creek thence South 79 west 56 chains and 70 links to a stake then North 300 west 19 chains and 18 links to three pines in the branch, then North 70 East 56 poles and 75 links to a Hickory on the River bank, then as River to the Beginning. To have and to hold use occupy …[much legalese]… In Witnefs whereof the said McNeill doth hereunto set his hand and seal the day and date above written. –
In presence of                  
Andrew Northington                                                                        Neill McNeill {Seal}
Darius Cox
State of North Carolina Cumberland County} Septemr Term 1815
Then was the Execution of this deed proved Darius Cox and ordered to be Recorded   Robinson Mumford C.C.



Malcolm McNeill to James McRee, 6 July 1814, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book R, page 103

[This deed answers to some degree an old question as to how the lands around Moss Neck came into the family of the children of "Sailor Hector" McNeill. Depending on the date of the grants mentioned below, "Sailor Hector" purchased the two grants in Bladen or Robeson County from either the Crown the State of North Carolina. I can add some light on where some of the original grants to "Sailor Hector" can be found—in one of the boxes within the Cornelia S. McMillan Collection at the NC Archives in Raleigh.]

This Indenture made this Sixth July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & fourteen Between Malcolm McNeill of the County of Robeson & State of North Carolina of the one part & James McRee of the County and state aforesaid of the other part Witnefseth that the said Malcolm MacNeill for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said James McRee the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowledged have granted bargained sold conveyed & confirmed & by these presents do Bargain sell alien convey & confirm unto the said James MacRee his heirs & afsigns forever two certain tracts or parcels of Land situate lying & being in the County of Robeson & State of North Carolina on the North East side of the Bear swamp just above the mouth of the Mofsey neck Branch [Today, this is a small community known as Moss Neck] viz) one hundred acres Begining at a turky oak below Godfrey Kerseys Improvement about thirty yards Eastward of the Mofsey neck Branch and Runs No10 E31 63 chains to a stake by a pine then No80 west81 63 chains then south10 west31 63 chains thence to the Begining - one other piece Begining at a pine in the fork between the said Branch & bear swamp & about one hundred yards from the edge of said swamp & runs No85 W31 63 chains then So65 W31 63 chains then South25 E31 63 chains then direct to the Begining - containing one hundred acres making in all two hundred acres as will more fully appear by Grants to Hector McNeill (saler) for each of the above described tracts of Land To Have & to Hold the above described lands and Tenements...[much legalese]... In witnefs whereof the said MacNeill hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written
                                                                                                         MMcNeill {Seal}
Signed in presence of                  February Term 1816 - This deed was proved in open Court by
Alexr Townsend                         Alexr Townsend and ordered to be registered JMcQueen



John McNeill to Daniel McNeill, 15 February 1816, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 28, page 588

[This is land was one of the royal patents to Malcolm McNeill of the Argyll Colony.]

This Indenture made this 28th June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, between John McNeill of the one part, and Daniel McNeill of the other part, both of the County of Cumberland and State of No. Carolina Witnefseth, that the said John McNeill hath for the in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said Daniel McNeill hath bargained and sold unto the said Daniel a certain piece or parcel of land being part of one hundred acres Patented by Malcolm McNeill 15 March 1756 Beginning at a stake on the upper side of the lower Little River __ North sixty West to a pine the fifth corner of the said 100 acres, thence ___ ty East one hundred and twenty six & a half poles to a pine the f___  ___ of the same thence south sixty East to the River, then up the said River to a stake about seventy yards below the south of the little Creek [River], thence south sixty South three chains & thirty three links, then south thirty West three chains thirty three links then North sixty West to the upper side of said little River, then to the beginning supposed to contain about sixty acres, and I the said John McNeill do warrant and forever defend the said land unto the said Daniel McNeill and his heirs from persons whatsoever lawfully claiming the same.
In Witnefs whereof I the said John McNeill hath hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above.
Test. Hector McNeill                                                            John McNeill {Seal}
State of North Carolina
Cumberland County } September Term 1816
Then was the Execution of this deed acknowledged by John McNeill and Ordered to be Recorded
from the minutes Robinson Mumford C.C.



Daniel McNeill (Silversmith) to Lauchlin Bethune, 15 February 1816, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 35, page 364

[This is Daniel McNeill, youngest son of Laughlin and Flora McNeill of Buffalo Creek.]

This Indenture made the fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen between Daniel McNeill (Silversmith) of the County of Cumberland in the State of North Carolina of the one part and Lauchlin Bethue of the County and State aforesaid of the other part. Witnefseth that the said Daniel McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of Five hundred and fifty dollars to him in hand paid or secured to be paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents hath bargained sold and conveyed and do by these presents bargain sell & convey unto him the said Lauchlin Bethune his heirs and afsigns forever all these pieces or parcels of Land lying and being in the said County of Cumberland viz. one Tract containing two hundred acres granted to Francis Bettis the sixteenth day of December 1769 on a branch South of Rockfish Creek, beginning at Turkey Oak in a hollow at the head of said branch on the Northern side of the Road, and runs thence South fifty West twenty seven chains & forty five links by a pine then South forty East forty four chains & seventy three links to a Stake among three pines then North fifty East forty four chains & seventy three links to another Stake among three pines then North forty West forty four chains & seventy three links thence a direct line to the beginning _ Also one other tract containing one hundred acres granted to Duncan MacFarland the twenty second day of December 1796 beginning at a pine Daniel Graham (Millers') corner thence with his line South forty East twenty seven chains & fifty links to a Stake near the Road then South fifty West seventeen chains to a corner near Bethune's line thence North twenty West with or near said line fifty six chains & fifty links _ thence North fifty East twenty four chains thence South forty East twenty six chains thence direct line to the beginning _ Likewise another tract containing one hundred & fifty acres granted to Archibald Graham the 28th day of February 1798. beginning at a large pine his own old corner of Two hundred acres survey on the west side of the old Field branch and running South fifty West twenty chains to a stake a dogwood & Safsafras & pine then South forty East fifty four chains & seventy two links then North fifty East sixty one chains then North forty West ten chains to his own line then with said line South fifty West forty one chains to his corner thence a direct line to the beginning _ As also another tract containing twenty five acres granted to Archibald Graham the 28th day of February 1798 beginning at a Hickory by a red Oak dogwood & hickory pointers near the head of the old field branch a branch of Rockfish above his own land on the North side and runs West twenty six chains and thirty seven links then West eleven chains & 25 links thence East twenty chains & 37 links thence direct to the beginning _ which said four pieces or parcels of Land butted and bounded as aforesaid and estimated to contain Four hundred & seventy five [acres] the said Daniel McNeill for himself his heirs and afsigns hath hereby sold set over conveyed release and confirmed in open market unto him the said Lauchlin Bethune his heirs and afsigns forever. And he the said Daniel McNeill doth hereby covenant and promise to and with the said Lauchlin Bethune ... [much legalese]... In testimony whereof the said Daniel McNeill hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written _
Signed Sealed & executed in presence of }                                                                              Daniel McNeill {Seal}
A Gilchrist
AG Gordon

No. Carolina Richmond County } September 17th 1823
The execution of the within instrument was proven before me by Angus Gilchrist one of the subscribing witnefses Let it be Registered J.J. Daniel J.S.L.E.



Angus and Elizabeth Gilchrist to Donald Patterson, 13 May 1818, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 34, page 186

This Indenture made the 13th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen between Angus Gilchrist & Eliza Gilchrist of the County of Richmond in the State of North Carolina of the one part and Donald Patterson of the County of Cumberland and state aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth, that the said Angus and Eliza Gilchrist for and in consideration of the sum of thirty five dollars to them in hand paid, by the said Donald Patterson the receipt whereof the said Angus & Eliza Gilchrist doth hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained and sold aliened and confirmed by these presents doth give grant bargain and sell, alien and confirm, unto the said Donald Patterson his afsigns forever, all that tract of land, situate, lying and being in the said County of Cumberland on the West side of Buffalow Beginning at a stake by two pines Daniel Pattersons corner in Smith's line and runs along Pattersons line North Seventy five West sixteen chains to a red oak said to be Lauchlin McNeills corner, then as his line South fifteen West twenty two chains and thrity seven links, then south seventy five East twenty two chains and thirty seven links to or near Bethune's line, then North to and with Smith's line direct to the Beginning estimated to contain forty acres, it being part of the landed estate of the late Lauchlin McNeill dec'd and by heirship descended from him to his daughter the foregoing named Elizabeth Gilchrist formerly Elizabeth McNeill and also all the woods, ways waters and water courses, and all and every the appertanences thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and [much legalese] whereof the said Angus and Elizabeth Gilchrist have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year first above written. —
Sealed and DeliveredxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAngus Gilchrist {seal}
in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxEliza Gilchrist {seal}
Test. Archibald Patterson
John Keahey
North Carolina
Cumberland County} —March Term 1822
Then was the Execution of this deed proved by John Keahey and admitted to Record.— Test. John Armstrong Clk



Colin McPherson and Wife to Alexander Buie, 10 November 1819, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 32, page 133

State of North Carolina Cumberland County}
Whereas Daniel Campbell of the County aforesaid died sometime about the year 1795, having first made and published his last will and Testament wherein among other things he bequeathed his Negroes to his two daughters viz. Catharine, now dead and formerly the wife of Laughlan McKay, and Nancy now the wife of Colin McPherson & if either of them should die without ifsue then he bequeathed said Negroes to the surviving daughter, and whereas Catharine the wife of said Laughlan is dead without ifsue whereby the said Negroes have vested in Law ___ said Colin McPherson & Nancy his wife, and Whereas after the Marriage of the said Catharine with the said Laughlan McKay her share of said Negroes was delivered over to her Husband aforesaid viz a Negro man Jack and a woman Nancy which woman Nancy has since had ifsue ____y & Hannah and said Hannah has had ifsue two small children ___ of which are now the pofsefsion of Laughlan McKay Esquire of the Mississippi State, as weill more fully appear by the annexed certificate of said Laughlan McKay and the copy of the will of said Daniel Campbell proven and recorded in the court of Pleas and quarter Sefsions of the County of Cumberland – Now Know all Men by these presents that We Colin McPherson and Nancy McPherson his wife of the County and State aforesaid have made constituted and appointed and by these presents do make constitute and appoint Alexander Buie Esqr of Cumberland aforesaid our lawful attorney for us and in our names and Stead to ask demand sue for recover and receive in our names or the name of the said Colin McPherson of and from the said Laughlan McKay of the County of Green in the State of Mississippi the aforesaid Negroes and their increase or from any person having pofsession of the same giving and granting unto our said attorney full power to recover the pofsession of them from the said Laughlan or any other person by any lawful ways or means whatsoever, to sue for the same if necefsary and to execute all Bonds writings or instruments that may be proper and necefsary to conduct said suits. And upon the receipt or delivery of said Negroes into this pofsession by said Laughlan or any other person to give all necefsary and sufficient acquittances receipts and discharges for me and in my name. And generally all and every other act or acts devise or devises of the law whatsoever needful and necefsary to be done in the premises for me and in my name to do and Execute hereby ratifying all and whatsoever said attorney shall lawfully do on the premises. — In Witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this tenth day of November 1819. —

Signed Sealed and Executed in presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Colin MacPherson {seal}
Malcom Buiexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Nancy MacPherson {seal}

This day came before me John MacMillan one of the Justices of the County



Archibald Little to brothers Duncan and John Little, 22 June 1819, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book S, page 183

[These three Little brothers are the grandsons of Archibald Little, Senior, and his wife Margaret Johnston.]

This Indenture made between Archibald Little and Duncan Little sons of Archibald Little deceased and John Little Esqr [son] of the said Archibald Little dec’d all of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina Witnefseth that for and in consideration of a will made by the aforesaid Archibald Little deceased dated the first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve for the exprefs purpose distributing his property among his children and whereas he the aforesaid Archibald Little deceased hath left out and omitted in said will one piece or parcel of land containing one hundred acres lying in the County of Robeson being the N. East part of a six hundred [acre] survey patent by Samuel Kennedy between the Little Marsh and Buck Horn swamp we the said Archibald & Duncan Little heirs of the aforesaid Archibald Little deceased do by these presents make over all our right title and interest of said hundred acres to the aforesaid John Little… [much legalese]… In witnefs whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals the 22nd day of June one thousand eight hundred and nineteen.
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of                                         Archibald Little {Seal}
Lewis Barge } Robeson County August Term 1819                             Duncan Little {Seal}
                        The within deed was proved in open Court by the oath of Lewis Barge and ordered to be Registered. Rich’d C. Bunting Clk



John Johnson to Alexander Johnson, 6 July 1819, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book S, page 431

Know all men by these presents that I John Johnston of the County of Cumberland [John B. Johnson] in the State of North Carolina for and in consideration of the sum of seventy eight dollars and sixteen cents to me in hand paid by Alexander Johnston of the County of Robeson and State aforesaid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Hath remised released quit claimed and by these presents doth remise release and forever quit claimed to Alexander Johnston his heirs and afsigns forever my part or portion of Two hundred Acres of land in the county of Robeson aforesaid being one fifth part of said Two hundred Acres to descend to me at the decease of Isabel Currie and is the lands whereon the said Isabel and John Currie doth now reside [John C. "Big John" Currie, born in Scotland, married Isabella Brown Johnston, the widow of Daniel Johnston, Esquire who was the father of both John B. Johnson and Alexander Johnson.] with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging ...[much legalese]...In witnefs whereof the said John Johnston hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the Sixth day of July 1819.
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of
Archd Little                                                                                                            John Johnston {Seal}
John Currie
}Robeson County August Term 1820 The due execution of this deed was proved in open court by the oath of Archibald Little and John Currie & ordered to be registered Richd Bunting Clk



John, Duncan and Daniel Wilkinson to Neill Wilkinson Jr., 1820, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 33, page 267

To all who shall see these presents or whom the same may concern - Be it known that we John Wilkinson, Duncan Wilkinson and Daniel Wilkinson, all of the Count of Amite in the State of Mississippi, three of the sons and heirs at law of Neill Wilkinson Sr. late of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina, deceas'd, for and in consideration of the relationship, good will and affection which we and each of us to bear towards our beloved Brother and Sister Neill Wilkinson Jr and Mary Wilkinson joint heirs of the said deceased and both of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina aforesaid, and for the further consideration of the sum of one dollar to each one of us in hand paid, We the said John Wilkinson Duncan Wilkinson and Daniel Wilkinson, for ourselves our heirs Executors and administrators, have and by these presents do give, grant, allow, transfer and confirm all our right, claim or interest to or in the Estate real or personal of the said Neill Wilkinson Senr. deceas'd....[much legalese] In Witnefs where of we have hereunto set our hands and seals this ___ day of ____ [these blanks are drawn in deed]

Signed Sealed and Acnowledged in presence of us

John Wilkinson{seal}
Duncan Wilkinson{seal}
Daniel Wilkinson{seal}

State of Mifsifsippi } Be it remembered that on the 23rd of October 1820 John Wilkinson, Duncan Wilkinson and Daniel Wilkinson, whose names are subscribed to the within deed personally appeared before the undersigned a Judge of the Supreme and Superior Court of this State and presiding Judge of the second Judicial District and severally acknowledged their signatures to be their hands and seals, and that they delivered the same as their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. Given under my nand and seal the day and year above written.
Walter Leake

State of North Carolina Cumberland County} March Term 1821

[Following this deed in the Cumberland County records is another deed, dated 10 October 1820 from Archibald Wilkinson of Smith County, Tennessee, who was another son of Neill Wilkinson Senior deceased of Cumberland County. In the deed Archibald gave to his brother Neill and sister Mary Wilkinson all his interest in his father Neill Wilkinson Senior's estate. Other deeds indicate that Allen and Angus were also sons of Neill Wilkinson Senior.]



Edward McEachin and wife Mary (Johnson) McEachin to Neill B. Johnson, 12 August 1823, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book T, page 269-271

This Indenture made the second day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three Between Edward and Mary McEachin of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina of the one part and Neill B. Johnson of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Edward McEachin and Mary McEachin for and in consideration of the sum of Eighty nine dollars to them in hand paid by the said Neill B. Johnson at and before the sealing and signing of these presents the receipt whereof the said Edward and Mary McEachin doth hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained and sold and for these presents give grant bargain and sell unto the said Neill B. Johnson his heirs and assigns two certain pieces or parcels of land in the County of Robeson aforesaid containing together eighty nine acres being that part of the landed estate of the deceased Daniel Johnson Esq hereafter apportioned to Mary McEachin formerly Mary Johnson daughter of the said deceased by a committee appointed by the County Court of Robeson for making a division in said lands the one piece or parcel being sixty one acres part of a tract of one hundred fifty acres situated between the Raft Swamp and the Big Marsh Beginning at a pine in or near McPherson's line about 200 yards below McBrides pond and about 1/4 of a mile North of the Bear pond and runs North thirty eight degrees West twenty five chains to a stake by two pines thence North fifty two degrees East fifty chains to a ___ ___ in a small pond thence South twenty seven East forty chains to or near McPhersons line thence south seventy West as his line fifty five chains to the Beginning granted to Daniel Johnson the 18th December 1795. The other piece or parcel containing twenty eight acres part of fifty acres situated between the Raft Swamp and Great Marsh on both sides of the Lumberton Road Beginning at a large pine at the upper end of a white pond about 100 yards south of said road and runs North eighty degrees East thirty one chains and sixty three links to a stake by 2 pines then North ten degrees West fifteen chains and eighty two links thence South eighty West thirty one chains and sixty three links thence a direct line to the Beginning Granted to Duncan Johnson on 17th day of Decr 1794 which several pieces or parcels of land together with all and singular the minerals privileges advantages and appertenances the said Edward and Mary McEachin for themselves and their hears..... [much legalese].
In Witness whereof the said Edward and Mary McEachin have hereunto set their hands and affexed their seals the day and date above written.

Witnessxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxEdw'd McEachin{seal}
John B. Johnson [Brother of Neill B. Johnson]xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxMary McEachin {seal}
John Currie

Robeson County February Term 1824
The due execution of the within deed was proved in Open Court by the oath of John B. Johnson and ordered to be registered
Richd C. Bunting Clk.



Daniel McNeill to Duncan McNeill, 31 August 1824, Robeson County

I for value received this day from Duncan McNeill Esqr of the County of Robeson [This is Danel's uncle, "Long Duncan" McNeill] in the state of North Carolina do hereby convey assign and set over unto him his heirs and assigns forever my undivided or fifth part of a tract of land containing about Two hundred and forty four acres lying and being in the said County of Robeson on Beaver Dam Swamp being land formerly owned by my father Lauchlin McNeill deceased [brother of "Long Duncan" McNeill].
Witnesseth my hand and seal the 31st day of August 1824
Witness present                                                                                                   [sic] Danel McNeill {Seal}
Wm Wilkinson [son-in-law of "Long Duncan" McNeill]
Duncan McNeill [Likely Danel's brother]}  Robeson county Feby Term 1831 then was this deed proven in open Court by the oath of Duncan McNeill and ordered to be registered. A McEachin Clk



Flora McPherson Buie to Gilbert Gilchrist; 20 September 1825, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

This Indenture made the 20th of September AD 1825 Between Flora Buie of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina of the One Part and Gilbert Gilchrist of the county and state aforesaid of the Other Part. Witnesseth that the said Flora Buie for and in consideration of the Sum of Seven Hundred Fifty dollars to her in hand paid by the said Gilbert at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, Hath Granted, Bargained and Sold, aligned and confirmed and by these presents doth Grant Bargain and Sell align and confirm unto the said Gilbert Gilchrist his heirs and assigns forever all her right, title, interest, claim and demand in and to a certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the county of Robeson, heretofore belonging to her grand father the late John McPherson, known as the “Old plantation” containing four hundred fifty acres be the same more or less which said body of 450 acres is composed of the several tracts following and in which the claim and interest of the said Flora is supposed to be one fourth part. (viz.)

One tract of One hundred acres Patented by Moses Bass A.D. 1758 in Robeson (then Cumberland) County on the Raft Swamp, between that Swamp and a large cypress pond, beginning at white oak near said Pond and runs North 65° west 127 poles to a stake, thence South 25° west 127 poles to a gum [gumtree] in the swamp, thence South 65° East 127 poles to a stake, thence direct to the beginning. _

Also another tract of Fifty acres east of the main prong of the Raft Swamp, beginning at a cypress tree in South side of a pond deemed near Moses Bass, beginning and runs South 65° East 22 chains & 73 links to a stake among three pines, thence South 25° west 22 chains & 37 links, then North 65° west twenty two chains & 37 links, thence direct to the beginning...

Also one other tract of fifty acres East of the Raft Swamp Beginning at a large pine, deemed near Charles Council’s line and runs South 28° west thirty one chains & 63 links to a stake in a pond thence North 62° West fifteen chains and 82 links to a stake, then North 28° East thirty one chains & 63 links, thence to the beginning...

Also another tract of fifty acres east of the Raft Swamp above being the home plantation of the late John McPherson between two cypress ponds and two of his other surveys, Beginning at a white oak on the north side of a pond and runs North 60° East thirty one chains and 63 links, then South 30° fifteen chains & 82 links, then south 60° west thirty one chains and 63 links then direct to the beginning.

Also another tract of two hundred acres southwest of the Great Marsh, on the North side of the cypress pond that John McPherson lived at beginning at a red oak in Johnson’s upper line on the south side of the Pond, runs South 75° west sixty seven to a stake, then North 15° west thirty two chains to a stake, then North 75° East forty eight chains and 40 links to Johnston’s line, then as that line to the Beginning...

Likewise the sixth part of Five hundred and sixty acres which the said Flora claims by immediate descent from Colin McPherson, (deceased) it being the lower half of Eleven hundred and twenty acres which were conveyed in common to Hugh and Colin McPherson, by a deed from Robert Hailes, and afterwards divided by commissioners appointed persuant to an order of the County court of Robeson at the instance of Christian McPherson relict of Hugh McPherson (dec’d) which deed bears date the 4th of July 1798, and which together with the report of the commissioners will designate the land alluded to._ Also the sixth part of another tract of One hundred and sixty acres the location and boundaries of which may be ascertained by reference to the deed for the same from Angus Gilchrist to Colin McPherson dated A.D. 1815 1st July which deed is registered, these two last described tracts being all the land belonging to the late Colin McPherson to which the said Flora has any right or title,_ Also one sixth part of a tract of one hundred acres or all the right title interest and claim which the said Flora has therein situate in Robeson as aforesaid called the Goodson tract or Goodson’s land including of the Goodson field being the same conveyed to Daniel McPherson (Father of the Grantor) by deed dated 9th June AD 1767 Beginning at a white oak on Raft Swamp and runs North 65° West 127 poles to a stake thence South 25°W 127 poles to a Gum, thence South 65° E 127 poles to a stake, thence North 25° E 127 poles to the beginning;_ Together with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining, and the remainder, [much legalese]...
Witnessed by
Neill Brown
Archibald Murphy

In witness whereof the said Flora Buie has hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above mentioned.
Flora Buie (Seal)



Daniel Patterson to Flora Patterson; 6 May 1826, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 37, page 319

This Indenture made the sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six between Flora Patterson of the county of Cumberland and State of North Carolina of the one part and Daniel Patterson of the above State and county of the other part Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred and seventy five dollars to him in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and himself to be fully paid and satisfied do sell alien and forever set over unto the said Flora Patterson the following moeity viz: one sorrel mare Saddle and Bridle Fifteen head of Hogs and all right title interest claim or profit of a certain tract of land called the Polly Shaw plantation containing one hundred and seventy five acres together with all singular all rights titles interests claims or profits to said property or any part thereof unto the said Flora Patterson her heirs Executors Administrators and afsigns he the said Daniel Patterson for himself his heirs Executors Administrators and afsigns unto the said Flora Patterson her heirs and afsigns as aforesaid ___ and forever defend said property from the claim or claims of any persons or persons whatsoever signed sealed and delivered the day and year above written in presence of
_______ Donald
Murdock Campbell
____l Stewart

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Daniel X Patterson
xxxxxmark

State of North Carolina Cumberland County} December Term 1827
Then was the execution of this deed proven by the oath of Murdock Campbell and admitted to record — Test Danl McDiarmid Clk



John Black, Sheriff, to Neill McPherson; 1826, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 36, page 363

This Indenture made this 17th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six between John Black, Esquire, Sheriff for the County of Cumberland on the one part, and Neill McPherson of the County of Cumberland on the other part. Whereas, by virtue of execution ifsuing from the Superior Court of Cumberland fall Term 1825 against John McPherson for costs expended in the suit said John McPherson vs Flora Campbell and George Campbell returnable spring Term 1826 for the sum of one hundred and twenty six dollars and sixty six cents which said sum was recovered by said Flora Campbell and George Campbell against John McPherson as on record of said Court may appear. And Whereas the said Execution was directed and delivered to the said John Black Esquire Sheriff as aforesaid, commanding him that of the goods chattels lands and tenements of the said John McPherson he should cause to be made the aforesaid sum of One hundred and twenty six dollars and sixty six cents to satisfy the said execution with the costs thereon; and the John Black Sheriff as aforesaid, in pursuance and by virtue of his office and the aforesaid Execution did seize and take into his hands and custody, (no good or chattels to be found) a certain piece or parcel of land, situate lying and being in the said county of [Cumberland] Bounded as follows: Beginning at a Stake on the North East corner of intersection of Moore and Mechanic Streets and runs as Moore Street to the other corner then running a parallel with Mechanic Street to Groves line then with it to Mechanic Street then as the western margin of it to the beginning containing about a quarter of an acre as will appear by deed made by John McRae Sheriff to said John McPherson said Lot being in the Town of Fayetteville including a dwelling house and other out buildings lately occupied by John McPherson. And the said John Black Sheriff as aforesaid, after due advertisements according to law, did cause the said piece or parcel of land, with all the appurtenances therunto belonging, to be put to publice sale, to the highest bidder, at the court House in Fayetteville on the eighth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty six at which time and place, the aforesaid Neill McPherson became the last and the highest bidder, at the sum of Twenty five dollars for the said lands, with the appurtenances thereunto belonging... [much legalese]. xx
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John Black Shff {Seal}
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of
Archd Black

John McCaskill to Mary McPherson (widow of John McPherson); 1826, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 37, page 3

This Indenture made this 27th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six between John MacCaskill Chairmaker of the County of Cumberland in the State of No Carolina of the one part, and Mary McPherson widow of John McPherson Dec'd of the County of Cumberland [Mary McPherson was a widow with 280 acres on Blounts Creek in the 1826 tax lists of Cumberland County. I believe her husband was John McPherson, son of Malcolm McPherson, Sr. and Christian Downie of Beaver Creek in Cumberland County.] & State of North Carolina of the other part. Witnefseth, that the said John McCaskill Chairmaker for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred & fifty dollars to him in hand paid by the said Mary McPherson at & before the sealing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof do hereby acknowledge, hath given, granted and bargained, sold aliened remised released & confirmed, and do by theses presents, give, grant, bargain & sell ... unto the said Mary McPherson all that tract or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the County of Cumberland & State of North Carolina and Town of Fayetteville viz, fronting on the west side of a fifty foot [word omitted?] known as Kennedy Street beginning at a Post Thos Flowers No. Et. corner thence North 20 Et. along said Street eighty eight feet to a Post thence No. 70 Wt. sixty seven feet to a stone thence South 20 Wt. eighty eighty feet to a Stone thence So. 70 Et. sixty seven feet to the beginning, being said lot conveyed by William MacIntyre to the firm of Duncan McPherson & John McCaskill Chairmaker. To have and to hold the said land with its appertenances, to the only proper use, behoof and benefit of the said Mary McPherson widow her heirs...to warrant and forever defend. _ In Witnefs whereof, the said John McCaskill hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above mentioned. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJohn McCaskill {Seal}
Sealed and delivered in presence of
Martin McPherson
John Shaw, Jr. } State of North Carolina, Cumberland County} December Term 1826
Then was the execution of this deed proven by Martin McPherson and ordered to be registered.
Test Jno. Armstrong, Clk.

John McPherson to Sarah Martha & Catherine McPherson; July 1829, Cumberland County
Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC; Cumberland County Court Minutes of Pleas and Quarter Sessions

These are two deeds of gift. The written deeds have not been located, and, though they appear in the court minutes, they never were recorded in the deed books. The deeds were from the same man to both Sarah Martha and Catherine McPherson. Who was Christian Watson, the woman who proved the deeds in court?



John McPherson Decd Estate; Dower to his widow Sarah McPherson, 18 February 1830, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 39, page 20

State of North Carolina,
Cumberland County
In obedience to the annexed Writ I David Gillis D. Shff. of the County aforesaid on the 18th day of February 1830, attended by Thomas H. Mafsey John Crow John Ray Senr John Ray Junr Edward Currie Malcom Currie Malcom McGregor Alexr McDougald Daniel G. Morrison John McDugald Junr John McColl and Hugh McColl Freeholders unconnected with Sarah McPherson Widow of John McPherson, decd or to the heirs or Devisees of the said John McPherson decd by me duly summoned came in proper person to the plantation whereof the said John McPherson decd died seized and pofsefsed as mentioned in the annexed Writ lying on Mill Creek in the County aforesaid containing 965 acres in different surveys and the Freeholders aforesaid being duly sworn and required to allot and set off to the said Sarah McPherson one third part of said lands as aforesaid did allot and set off to her the said Sarah McPherson the part or portion of the aforesaid lands including and comprising within the following limits and bounds, viz, Beginning at a Stake in the Bank of Big Rockfish Creek and runs as follows North 60 chains to a Stake near the head of the Race branch thence West 51 chains to a Stake acrofs the Mill Creek thence South 60 chains to a small Cyprefs on the bank of Big Rockfish Creek near and below where the old Bridge stood on said Creek thence the meanders of said Creek to the beginning containing 305 acres more of lefs and including the Dwelling House and all improvements on the same_Also one third of 320 acres of land on the North East side of Beaver Creek which is 106 acres 1/2 as named in the annexed Writ, Beginning at the East corner of said land and run square lines for complement so as to divide the same equal in three shares, which being done I the said Sheriff and Freeholders aforesaid put the said Sarah McPherson in pofsefsion of the premises as aforesaid_In Witnefs whereof the said Freeholders have hereto set their respective hands and seals at the Dwelling House of the said John McPherson decd in the County aforesaid the day and year first above written_
Teste
David Gillis D. Sheriff [Signatures of all listed Freeholders above]
Ordered to be registered March Term 1830. D. McDiarmid Clk

Neill McNeill to Archibald McNeill, 12 August 1830, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

[This Neill is a son of "Shoemaker John" McNeill. This Neill McNeill married a woman named Flora (Riddle?) and lived on Jobes branch. Neill was a forgotten generation whose children were claimed erroneously by later generations to have been the children of "Shoemaker John" McNeill and Mary Peterson. Neill's wife Flora is probably the mysterious Flora Riddle who is so often claimed to have been the wife of old Neill McNeill who purchased the original lands on Jobes Branch in the 1760s. This deed is dated one year before Neill wrote his will and died shortly after. His son Malcolm, who witnessed this deed, died in 1837 and the lands sold here were part of a legal dispute between the surviving siblings of both Archibald and Malcolm.]

This indenture made this 12 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty between Neill McNeill of Robeson County and State of North Carolina of the first part and Archd McNeill son of the said Neill McNeill of the same State and county Witnefseth that the said Neill McNeill for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he bears to the said Archd McNeill & the further consideration of fifty cents in hand paid hath given granted aliened sold and conveyed and by these presents doth give grant alien sell convey unto the said Archd McNeill & his heirs forever four pieces or parcels of land located in the county of Robeson as follows, one tract of Fifty acres on the South of Jobes branch on the South west side of Butlers Pond beginning at a pine about five chains above the pond and runs South forty five east thirty chains then South forty eight west seventeen chains then North forty two west thirty chains then a direct line to the Beginning _ Also another tract of Fifty acres on the southwest of McPhauls Mill Swamp on the north side of the Scolding branch [today’s Richland Swamp] beginning at a pine on the side of said branch a little above the fork near Butterfords road running north fifty two west thirty one chains thirty three links to a dead pine then north thirty eight east fifteen chains and eighty two links to a stake and two pines then So fifty two east thirty one chains & sixty three links to a pine then a direct line to the beginning – A third tract of Fifty acres lying on the north side of Scolding branch beginning at a pine and running So twelve degrees east twenty six chains to a pine and black Jack then No seventy eight degrees east fifteen chains & forty links to a large post oak his other corner then North twelve west twenty six chains to a stake by a pine & sweet gum then direct to the beginning The fourth tract of sixty acres on the north side of Scolding branch beginning at a large post oak the third corner of the above tract and runs North thirty eight degrees east thirty one chains to a stake by three pines then south fifty two east nineteen chains & thirty six links to a stake then south thirty eight degrees west thirty one chains then a direct line to the beginning - To have and to hold the several pieces of land unto the said Archd McNeill his heirs & afsignees forever with the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging together with all the right title interest herewith belonging… [much legalese]… In witnefs whereof I the said Neill McNeill have hereunto set my name and affixed my seal the day and date above written
Signed and delivered in presence of                                                             Neill McNeill {Seal}
Peter Johnson
Malcolm McNeill [son of this Neill McNeill]
Robeson County August Term 1841 then was this deed duly proven in open court by the oath of Peter Johnson and ordered to be registered Shad Howell Clk



[Col.] Neil Buie to William R. Munroe and Neill J. Buie, 28 May 1834, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

This Indenture made in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred and thirty four Between Neill Buie of the State of North Carolina and County of Robeson of the one part and William R. Munroe and Neill J. Buie [Neill James Buie] of State and county aforesaid of the other part – Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the Sum of thirteen hundred dollars secured to him to be paid before the unsealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is acknowledged hath bargained and sold unto William R. Munroe and Neill J. Buie Two hundred acres of land lying and being in the State and county aforesaid on the west side of Richland Swamp Beginning at a white oak on the west side of said swamp said to be James Oberrys lower corner and runs thence south forty west 44 chains and 73 links to a stake in a cyprefs pond then So 50 East 44 chains & 73 links to a stake then No 40 east 44 chains and 73 links then direct to the Begining. Surveyed for Jacob Pitman the 7 day of February 1766 and transferred by Jacob Pitman to Duncan Campbell and by Duncan Campbell to Hugh Campbell by will, Also another piece containing one Hundred acres lying and being in state and county aforesaid on both sides of the Burnt Swamp Begining at a pine about Two hundred yards east of said Swamp near a pond and runs No 18 west 44 chains and 73 links then So. 72 west 22 chains and 37 links then So 18 east 44 chains and 73 links then a direct line to the Begining Surveyed for Hugh Campbell Octr 12 1790 Also another piece containing two Hundred acres on both Sides of Burnt Swamp Begining at a stake on the south side of said swamp in the line of Neill Browns fifty acre survey two chains from his corner and also the corner of his other tract and runs with his line No 10 east 13 chains and 40 links to a pine then No 16 west 27 chains then No 79 Et 16 chains to a cyprefs in his own old line So 50 east as his line 68 chains then So 72 west 53 chains to said Browns line then No 20 east 11 chains then a direct line to the Begining Surveyed for Hugh Campbell Octr 13 1794 also another piece containing one hundred acres between the Burnt Swamp and the Mossy neck branch Begining at a pine by 4 pines on the So side of the Spur branch and runs So 38 west 15 chains to a stake and 3 pines near W. Browns line then No 36 west 20 chains to a stake and 5 pines then due north 10 chains then No 46 west 15 chains to a stake and 5 pines then No 41 east 18 chains and 30 links to a pine then So 44 east 25 chains to a stake then direct to the Begining Surveyed March 3d 1808 and entered 8 June 1807 in all containing 600 acres which said six hundred acres of land I the said Neill Buie do warrant and forever defend unto them the said William R. Munroe and Neill J. Buie their heirs and afsigns forever...[much legalese]... In witnefs whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal May 28th 1834.

In presence of ————————————————Neill Buie {seal}
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Robeson County August Term 1837 The execution of this deed was proven in open court by the oath of Samuel Watson and ordered to be registered. Sah Howell Clk By Jos Storm DC



Malcolm Stafford, Agent for Heirs of Nancy Hair, Quit Claim Deed to Catherine Blue, 27 November 1835, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 43, page 353

[This deed shows some blood relationship between Neill McNeill of Long Swamp (whose children are named below) in Robeson County to Daniel and Margaret McKay McNeill whose children moved to Marion District, SC. Margaret wrote her will in Robeson County in 1818. This unknown, blood relationship must be between Neill's wife and Margaret; the two families of children named below appear to be cousins, maybe first cousins.]

North Carolina Cumberland County
Know all men by these presents that Malcom Stafford of South Carolina Marion District acting as agent under Power of Attorney from Neill Stafford [husband of Rosa] Rosa Stafford John McNeill Lauchlin McNeill of South Carolina Marion District [children of Daniel McNeill and Margaret McKay] and Isabel Stewart Margaret McArthur Catherine McNeill David McNeill Daniel McNeill and Jane McNeill of Robeson County North Carolina [children of "Long Swamp Neill" McNeill and unknown wife] Heirs of Nancy Hair deceased do for and in consideration of the sum of Five Dollars in hand paid to him by Catherine Blue of Cumberland County North Carolina in part of and for said Heirs bargain and sell relinquish and forever quit claim to their share and interest in a certain piece or parcel of Land formerly the property of Nancy Hair [ly]ing and being in the County of Cumberland between the water of McKay's Creek and Trantham Creek containing fifty acres granted to Alexander McKay by his exellency Nat. Alexander bearing date July 21st 1806 as is more fully represented by a Plat thereto annexed the above mentioned Land ...[much legalese]... In whereof the said Malcom Stafford hath an part and for the above mentioned Heirs hath hereunto set his hand and fixed his seal on this the twenty seventh day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five.-
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of
James Colvin Malcom Stafford {Seal}
James A. Thomson
State of North Carolina Court of Pleas & Quarter Sefsions
Cumberland County December Term 1840_ Then was this Deed proved in open Court by the oath of James A. Thomson and ordered to be Registered.



Heirs of Nancy Hair to Duncan Blue, 7 January 1836, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 43, page 350

[This deed shows some blood relationship between Neill McNeill of Long Swamp (whose children are named below) in Robeson County to Daniel and Margaret McKay McNeill whose children moved to Marion District, SC. Margaret wrote her will in Robeson County in 1818. This unknown, blood relationship must be between Neill's wife and Margaret; the two families of children named below appear to be cousins, maybe first cousins.]

North Carolina Cumberland County
This Indenture made in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six Between John McNeil Laughlin McNeil Neill Stafford Rosanna Stafford of Marion District South Carolina [children of Daniel and Margaret McKay McNeill, and...] Isabel Stewart Margaret McArthur Katharine McNeil Jane McNeil David McNeil and Danl McNeil of the County of Robeson and aforesaid State [children of "Long Swamp Neill" McNeill and his unknown wife], of the one part, and Duncan Blue of the above County and state of the other part. Witnefseth that for and in consideration of the sum of Six hundred Dollars to them in hand paid the receipt we hereby acknowledge have bargained & sold and by these presents do bargain & sell all my right & title in the following Tracts of parcel of Lands to wit, one tract containing Two hundred acres more or lefs lying on the waters of Tranthams Creek on the West side of Cape Fear river within Two miles of Sd River Beginning at a White Oak & running No25 146 poles thence So65 Et220 poles thence 25 Et 146 poles to a red oak the back of Six hundred and forty acres laid out for the Honorable Mathew Rowan thence So65 Wt220 poles to the beginning – One other tract containing Two hundred and thirteen acres more or lefs Deeded by George Robards to Alexr McKay lying on a Swamp of McKay’s Creek and back of a tract held by Patent Granted to Ann Chapman including an old Field clearing known the name of Kerbys Place. Beginning at a Poplar on said Swamp running thence West 240 poles to a Pine thence No130 poles to a Pine thence East 300 poles to a Pine thence to the first Station – also one other tract containing Seventy four acres Patented by Archd Bethune joining Alexdr & Archd McKay on their back line _ Beginning at a Pine Archd McKays corner thence as his line No88 Et 16 chains to a stake by a Large Pine in said McKay’s line thence as his line No22 Et22 chains to a White oak in said line thence No68 Wt 18 chains & fifty links to a red oak McNeils Line thence as said line So24 Wt35 chains to a forked Gum his corner thence So80 Wt10 chains to a Dogwood thence So40 Et18 chains to a post oak thence So3 Et10 chains to a stake thence No87 Et6 chains to a forked Gum in McKay’s line thence as his line to the Beginning. Which said tracts or parcels of Land we the said Jno. McNeil Laughlin McNeil Neil Stafford Rosannah Stafford Isabel Stewart Margaret McArthur Katherine McNeil Jane McNeil David McNeil and Danl McNeil aforementioned for ourselves heirs & afsigns hath bargained & sold conveyed & confirmed the above mentioned premises to the said Duncan Blue…[much legalese]… In Testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 7th day of January one thousand eight hundred and thirty six.-
Signed Sealed & delivered
in the presence of                                                                                     Neill X Stafford his mark {Seal}
James A. Thomson                                                                                   Rosanna X Stafford her mark {Seal}
William Blue                                                                                             Lauchlin McNeill {Seal}
State of North Carolina                                                                            John McNeill {Seal}
Cumberland County } Court of Pleas & Quarter Sefsions                         Jane McNeill
December Term 1840 -                                                                           David X McNeill his mark
Then was this Deed proved in open Court by                                            Margaret McArthur {Seal}
the oath of James A. Thomson & ordered to be Registered                       Catherine McNeill {Seal}
Test Jno McLaurin Jr. Clk



Neill McNeill Quit Claim to Duncan Blue, 8 January 1836, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 43, page 350

["Long Swamp Neill" McNeill signing over his rights to the lands of Nancy Hair, deceased of Cumberland County, one day after the deed immediately above.]

North Carolina Robeson County
Know all men by these presents that I Neill McNeill of said State and County doth by these presents acknowledge myself held and firmly bound to Duncan Blue of Cumberland county and State aforesaid in the sum of Two hundred dollars to be collected out of my goods and chattels according to law if the conditions underneath written are not complied with – Conditions – the condition of the above obligation is such that if the Heirs of the above bounded Neill McNeill shall at any time hereafter demand sue for or make an attempt to recover by law any part of the land formerly belonging to Nancy Hair deceased late of Cumberland from the above mentioned Duncan Blue then this Bond to remain in full force and virtue but otherwise to be null and void. – In Witnefs whereof I the said Neill McNeill hath hereunto set my hand on this 8th January 1836.
Witnefs                                                                                                                         Neill McNeill
James A. Thomson
William Blue
State of North Carolina Court of Pleas & Quarter Sefsions
Cumberland County } December Term 1840_ Then was this Deed proved in open Court by the oath of James A. Thomson and ordered to be Recorded. Jno McLaurin Jr. Clk



Attorney for Heirs of Daniel McNeill to Alexander Johnson, 6 October 1837, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book AA, page 90

[The heirs of Daniel McNeill dec'd—wife Elizabeth and children Henry, Isabella, Mary, Flora Jane, Margaret Jane, Archibald, Barbara and D.M.—are living in Louisiana at this time and are selling their father's and husband's lands, those of Daniel McNeill, son of James McNeill of Rockfish Creek.]

State of North Carolina Robeson County, This Indenture made this sixth day of October in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Thirty Seven, between William C. McNeill of the County of Robeson in the State of North Carolina attorney in fact for the heirs of Daniel McNeill, Dec’d late of Cumberland County of the one part and Alexander Johnson [This is likely the husband of Barbara McNeill, daughter of Malcolm McNeill who was son of "Bluff Archy" McNeill whose lands lay over Rockfish Creek to the north.] of the aforesaid State and County of the other part, Witnefseth that the said William C. McNeill ["Billy Ghar" McNeill, attorney for his sister and her children, all heirs of Daniel McNeill, and who was also one of the executors of Daniel's 1828 will.] attorney as aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred and Forty seven dollars to him in hand paid by the said Alexander Johnson, the receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained and sold and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto him the said Alexander Johnson his heirs Executors Administrators and afsigns for ever a certain tract pieces or parcels of land lying and being in the County of Robeson situated in on the south West side of Big Rockfish Creek the first survey beginning at a large pine on the lower side of Pattersons Branch about three hundred yards south west of the Bridge on the Creek, the lower south corner of the survey of one hundred acres granted to James McNeill the 13th day of October 1765, and runs North Eighty West thirty one chains and sixty three links to a pine, then with the line of a sixty seven acre survey, south sixty Eight West nine chains to a stake by two Pines then South fifteen West seventy four chains to a stake then North Eighty West twenty five chains to the run of Holdens Branch ['Holtons Branch' on the original entry and grant] then down the run of the same to the line of a fifty acre survey granted Daniel McNeill the 20th day of Decr 1791, then with the line of that survey South Eighty Seven West Eighteen chains to a stake. Then North three West fifteen chains to a stake by two pines, then North Eighty seven East five chains to a stake by two pines then North three West twenty five chains to a large pine then North seven East eight chains to a stake on the North side of the Creek then South Seventy two East five chains to the run of the Creek then down the meanders of the same until a line running south Ten West fourteen chains will direct to the beginning containing two hundred and forty seven acres it being survey & part of survey granted to James and Daniel McNeill, and part of a survey granted to Daniel Allison. The 2nd survey in the County of Robeson on the South West side of Big Rockfish beginning at a Dogwood Stump by a Red and Post oak on the North side of the Little Marsh and runs North Twenty five East thirty one chains and Sixty three links to a pine near a small Branch then South Sixty five East thirty one chains and sixty three links to a pine then South twenty five West thirty one chains and Sixty Three links to a take then a direct line to the beginning containing one hundred acres it being two Fifty acre surveys granted to the said Daniel McNeill containing in all the above mentioned survey three hundred and forty seven acres, Together with all the wood ways water watercourses…[much legalese]…In Witnefs whereof the said William C McNeill attorney as aforesaid hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal, the date first above written signed and sealed in the presence of
Malcom C. Smith
[Archd?] McGugan                                                            WC McNeill {Seal}
Allen McKaskil}
State of North Carolina Robeson County , November Term 1837 Then was the Execution of this deed duly proven in open court by Allen McKaskill a subscribing witnefs thereto and ordered to be Registered             Shad. Howell Clk



Colin McPherson Dec'd Estate; Dower of widow Nancy Campbell McPherson, 30 November 1838, Cumberland County
Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC: Colin McPherson Estate Settlement, 1836

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County
We the undersigned Jurors summoned arguably to law have this day met at the dwelling house of the late Colin McPherson Deceased and after being sworn and empowered by Alexr Johnson Sheriff of the County of Cumberland to lay off and allot to Mrs. Nancy McPherson her dower of all the Lands that her late husband Colin McPherson died seized and possessed of in the County of Cumberland and after reviewing and examining the Lands belonging to said Estate We have assigned and allotted unto the said Nancy McPherson widow of the late Colin MacPherson Decd the following tracts or parcels of Land as described and numbered in the petition viz.
Bounded as follows, — Beginning at a Stake and pointer in a three hundred and twenty acre survey called the Mill tract; McRaes corner formerly, thence N15° W 23 chains 50 links_to Maffett’s line, then S°75 W 19 chains 50 links_to his corner, then N°20 W 45 chains 20 links_ to a stake and pointer, then S °75 W 11 chains 40 links, then N°65 W 6 chains 40 links to a stake and pointer, then S°77 W 7 chains 25 links to McMillan’s line, then S° 6 chains 25 links to a stake and pointer, then S°77 W 15 chains 30 links to a corner, then West 3 chains 45 links to a stake and pointer, then S°66 W 4 chains to a stake, then S°46 E 14 chains to a line of a three hundred and twenty acre survey, then with this line N°75 W 26 chains 50 links_ then S°15 W 40 chains to a line, formerly John McPherson’s [believed to be John McPherson from Argyllshire who died in 1823 and is buried in McPherson Church cemetery.], then with this line S°75 E 33 chains to a stake and pointer, then S°15 W 40 chains to a stake and pointer, then N°76 W 23 chains to Alexander McPherson’s line, then S°1 W 24 chains 50 links to a corner, then N°89 W 19 chains 50 links to a stake and pointer, then S°15 W 8 chains 20 links to a Pine, then N°69 E 25 chains 82 links to a stake and pointer on the East side of Buckhead, then S°80 E 73 chains to Daniel McPherson’s line [son of Malcolm McPherson, Sr.], then with his line N°15 W 28 chains to his corner, and a corner of the Mill tract, thence N°15 W 40 cha to a corner, then N°75 E 14 chains to the beginning, Containing by estimation nine hundred and seventy-eight acres, including the mansion House and improvements, being composed of several different survey and part of other surveys, being one third part of the lands, belonging to the aforesaid estate —
All of which is hereby respectully submitted, given under our hands and seals, this the 30 day of Nov 1838.
Witness
Alexander Johnson, Sheriff

John MacRae [Catherine McPherson McRae’s widower?]
Lonis L. Badden
John Crow
F. D. Breece
John Munroe
Jno H Cook
Malcolm McPherson [Malcolm McPherson, Jr.]
Duncan McCormick
David Gee
L. Jones Jr.
Archibald McDuffie
Daniel Munroe



Neill McPherson to Mary McPherson, 4 December 1839, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 43, page 78

State of North Carolina
This Indenture, made this 4th day of December Anno Domini 1839 Between Neill MacPherson of the Town of Fayetteville State aforesaid of the first part, and Mary MacPherson of the County of Cumberland State aforesaid, of the second part. Witnefseth, that the said Neill MacPherson for and in consideration of the sum of One hundred and twenty five Dollars to him in hand paid by the said Mary MacPherson at and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath given granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed remised released and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant, bargain, sell, alien, remise, release and confirm unto the said Mary MacPherson her heirs executors administrators and afsigns forever all the right title interest property or demand which he the said Neill MacPherson hath or is entitled to as one of the children heirs at Law or Distributees of the Estate of his Father the late Alexander MacPherson consisting both of Real and personal property being the real and personal property of which the said Alexander MacPherson died seized and possessed of. To Have and to hold all the said right title interest property...[much legalese]

Signed Sealed and delivered———xxxxxxxxx—————————————Neill McPherson {seal}
in presence of
Thomas Rhodes
Alexander McPherson



Daniel McNeill on McPhauls Mill Swamp to His Heirs, 18 August 1840, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book Y, page 51

[This deed is for land that was owned by Neill McNeill of Jobes Branch, father of the Hector ("Sailor Hector") McNeill who is also named in this deed. Daniel McNeill on McPhauls Mill Swamp was the son of "Shoemaker John" McNeill who was brother to "Sailor Hector". Daniel died in 1840. Jane McNeill in this deed, Daniel's widow, is said before her marriage to have been Jane McDougald; no record has been found to prove it. William Carver was a land speculator of the mid 1700s in the Cape Fear area, but it's believed that the Carvers of Cumberland County are part of this Carver family. The Daniel who witnessed this deed is unknown.]

Daniel McNeill To his Heirs
State of North Carolina Robeson County
Agreeably to request we the undersigned having met at the late widow of Daniel McNeill dec’d for the purpose of dividing the lands of said decd amongst his heirs proceeded to divide the Lands in the following manner viz
We allot to Jane McNeill widow of said decd one Hundred acres of land including the mansion House and out Houses with part of the plantation Beginning at a black oak stump on the NE Side of a cyprefs pond and runs North 30 Et 31 chs & 63 links to a stake then So 60 E 31 chs 63 links then So 30 wt 31 chs 63 links then a direct line to the beginning granted to Hector McNeill the 9th day of April 1770 [Royal Grant No. 201 to Hector McNeill on the west side of the Mill Branch of Raft Swamp about 5 miles above the mouth of the swamp "near Carver's lower line", surveyed March 1769]-
Lot No 1 was drawn by Alexander McPhaul and wife Mary [Daughter of Daniel and Jane McDougald McNeill] containing one hundred and fourteen acres on the South west side of the mill Swamp beginning at a red oak stump near the head of a small branch the beginning corner of a Survey of 100 acres granted to William Carver and runs N 65 west 4 chs 56 links to a stake in a field then So 25 Wt 31 chs 63 links to a stake then S 65 E 35 ch 16 links to a pine then N 25 Et 31 chs 63 links to a stake by two pines and red oak then a direct line to the beginning including a survey of 100 acres granted to William Carver the 31 March 1765.
Lot No 2 was drawn by Archd McNeill [Archibald McDougald McNeill, aka "Archie D." and "Little Archie" and son of Daniel and Jane McDougald McNeill] containing one hundred acres in two surveys of 50 acres each the first survey beginning at a white oak stump on a ridge between 2 ponds and runs S 20 W 22 chs 57 links to a stake by 2 pines then S 70 E 32 chs 37 links to a stake then N 20 E 22 chs 37 links then a direct line to the beginning granted to Neill McNeill 18 Novr 1771 [This grant cannot be found in any records, although there is a grant to Hector McNeill with the same issue date.]. The other 50 acres beginning at a stake by a pine the lower south corner of the 100 acres granted to Hector McNeill [This is 100 acres granted to Hector McNeill in 1768 "joining Carvers land on Raft Swamp", entered 26 April 1768, entry #99 in Bladen County records. The survey for this grant didn't survive in the records so there are no call numbers to compare to the ones shown here.] and runs S 30 E 22 chs 37 links to a stake by 3 pines then N 30 E 22 chs 37 links to a stake by 2 pines then N 60 W 22 chs 37 links to a stake by 3 pines then a direct line to the beginning. For equalization Lot No 2 pays to Lot No 1 one hundred Dollars given under our hands and Seals this 18th August 1840.

Test James McAlpin }———xxxxxxxxx—————————————his
———xxxxxxxxx————————————————xxxxxxxJames X Smith {Seal}
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———xxxxxxxxx————————————————xxxxxxxJohn McGoogan {Seal}
———xxxxxxxxx————————————————xxxxxxxDaniel McNeill {Seal}
Robeson County confirmed by the court and ordered to be recorded and registered Nov 22 1841 Sdh Howell Clk



William R. Munroe to McPherson Buie, 15 June 1841, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book _, page _

This Indenture made the fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one between William R. Munroe of the county of Robeson and state of North Carolina of the one part and McPherson Buie of the county and state aforesaid of the other part – Witnefseth that the said William R. Munroe aforesaid in consideration of the sum of Six hundred dollars to him in hand paid hath by these presents given granted bargained sold afsigned conveyed confirmed and forever set over unto the said McPherson Buie his heirs and afsigns forever all that piece or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Robeson west of Richland Swamp joining the lands of William H. Brown and Neill J. [Neill James Buie] Buie begining at a white oak on the west side of Richland Swamp said to be James Oberrys lower corner and runs thence S. 50 E. 22 chs 37 links to a stake then S 40 W 38 chs 43 links to a pine then S 10 E 7 chs to a stake then S 10 E 48 chs 50 links to a lightwood stump about 10 yards from Burnt Swamp on the Et side then S 72 W 14 chs to Browns line then N 20 E 11 chs then N 70 W 17 chs and fifty links to a stake on the south side of Burnt Swamp in the line of Neill Browns 50 acre survey two chains from his corner then N 10 E 13 chs 40 links to a pine then N 16 W 27 chs then N 79 E 16 chs to a cyprefs in his own old line then N 50 W 17 chs to a cyprefs then N 40 E 44 chs 73 links to the begining it being a part of a 200 acres survey for Jacob Pitman the 7th Feby 1766 Containing one hundred and one and half acres also one other tract containing one hundred acres on both sides of Burnt Swamp begining at a pine about 200 yeards east of said swamp near a pond and runs N 18 W 44 chs 73 links to a stake then S 72 W 22 chs 37 links then S 18 E 44 chs 73 links then a direct line to the begining surveyed for Hugh Campbell Oct 12th in the year of our Lord 1790 containing in all three hundred and one and a half acres which land together with all and singular its members privileges advantages and appurtenances the said William R. Munroe for himself his heirs executors administrators and afsigns hath hereby sold conveyed and forever set over unto the said McPherson Buie his heirs executors administrators and afsigns forever and that the said William R. Munroe shall and will warrant and forever defend the said land from and against the claim or claims of any person whatsoever in witnefs whereof I the said William R. Munroe hath hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written signed sealed and delivered in the presence of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
D McPhaulxx}xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxWilliam R. Munroe { seal }
Neil McPhaul xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Robeson County February Term 1843 – Then was this deed duly proven in open court by the oath of Daniel McPhaul a subscribing witnefs thereto and ordered to be registered xxxxxxSdh Howell Clk



John Buie with wife Betsy, and Anny McNeill to Hector McNeill, 4 March 1843, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book Y, page 341

[Betsy, Anny and Hector are three of the seven children of Alexander McNeill and Mary "Polly" McEachern. Alexander McNeill was the son of Godfrey McNeill. Mary McEachern was the daughter of Daniel McEachern and his marriage to one of the daughters of James McNeill of Rockfish Creek whose name has been lost to time; some say her name was Flora but on one has proof. Alexander McNeill's estate settlement shows he died sometime in 1821, but the settlement contains no genealogical information. The settlement does state that Peter McEachern, Polly's brother, owed the estate money and left for Georgia in 1822 or '23.]

John Buie and others to Hector McNeill
This indenture made this fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three between John Buie & wife Betsy and Anny McNeill of the county of Robeson and State of North Carolina of the one part and Hector McNeill ["White Hector" McNeill. There was another son called "White Daniel" McNeill because of the lightness of their hair.] of the county and state aforesaid of the other part witnefseth that the said John Buie and wife Betsy and Amy McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of ninety dollars to them in hand paid by the said Hector McNeill at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained and sold aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell alien and confirm unto the said Hector McNeill his heirs and afsigns forever all their right title and interest claim and demand and to a certain piece of parcel of land situate lying and being in the county of Robeson and State of North Carolina heretofore belonging to their father Alexander McNeill dec’d and afterwards was allotted to their mother Mary McNeill dec’d as her dower containing Five hundred and twenty five acres, of which land the said John Buie and wife Betsy claim one sixth part and the said Anny McNeill one sixth also of which the said party of the first part claim jointly one hundred and seventy five acres the courses of which land can be ascertained by reference to the patents and deeds of land formerly belonging to their father Alexander McNeill dec’d and also from the records showing what land was allotted to their mother Mary McNeill as her dower and situated on both sides of the Lumberton Road and joining the lands of Gray C Cobb Aryers [?] McDonald Daniel Smith [The land of Gray Cobb was north of Red Springs on Hwy 71 near Shannon.] and others which piece or parcel of land together [much legalese]…
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of
Alexr H. Currie
David T McNeill}                                     John Buie x his mark {Seal} [John J. Buie; he and Elizabeth "moved west".]
                                                                Elizabeth Buie {Seal}
                                                                Anny McNeill x her mark {Seal} [Married Angus McDonald, c.1803-1868.]



Angus McRae to John Campbell and Alexander Watson; 2 September 1844, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 46, page 294

Robeson County
North Carolina
Know all men by these presents that I Angus McRae of the County of Cumberland and State aforesaid being indebted to Alexander Watson and John Campbell in the sum of five hundred dollars do hereby convey Eight head of cattle, Forty head of Hogs, in connexion with my Crop of every kind and description together with my household and kitchen furniture, also the interest which I have in the Estate of Daniel Patterson, dec'd unto the said Alexander Watson and John Campbell for and in consideration of the aforementioned sum due from me to them – In testimony whereof I the said Angus McRae do herein fix my hand and seal this the 2nd day of September Eighteen hundred and forty four. Signed and Sealed in the presence of us.
Witnefs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
NA McLeanxx}xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxAngus McRae { seal }
Hugh Graham

The condition of this obligation is such that if the debt of five hundred dollars above mentioned ___ charged this obligation shall be on no effect.

State of North Carolina Cumberland County } Court of Pleas and Quarter Sefsions March Term 1846.



Daniel McNeill to Alexander McPherson; 20 July 1850, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book Z, page 315

[This grantor is Daniel McNeill of Richland Swamp (1805-1872) who married Sarah Black, daughter of Angus and Margaret (nee Black) Black. Note: I used to believe that after Sarah's death in 1843, he remarried to a Jane McDougald -- many of the 1950s and '60s researchers around Red Springs thought so -- but research has shown me this Daniel never remarried after Sarah died. A different Daniel McNeill, son of "Shoemaker John" McNeill, died in 1840 and he did indeed marry a Jane McDougald, and they lived all their lives along McPhauls Mill Swamp, near-neighbors on the north side of the extended family of Daniel of Richland. Having died intestate, a division on 18 August 1840 of his land through deeds citing McPhaul Mill Swamp states his only heirs: his widow Jane and their two children, Archibald D. McNeill and Mary McNeill McPhaul (There is no official estate record for this Daniel of Mill Swamp). The lands in the deed below were the lands of Archibald McNeill who died in 1835, the older, unmarried brother/half-brother of Daniel of Richland Swamp. Daniel's and Archibald's parents were John McNeill of Richland Swamp and his wife Flora McMillan, proved by both a series of deeds initiated by his children to divide their father John's estate (see Robeson deed books T, U and X for 'heirs of John McNeill' as grantee), by Flora's will and by the family bible of Angus Black. Also, this family initiated many deeds that cite 'Moody Bay', likely a Carolina Bay of some size, and that it lay on the north side of Richland Swamp, separated by branch running between them (Was it McDugald's Branch?). Some deeds place Moody bay beyond, and west of, the head of Panther Branch, which seems accurate per a portion of this deed below.]

This Indenture made the Twenty fifth day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and fifty between Daniel McNeill of County of Robeson in the State of North Carolina of the One part, and Alexander McPherson, of the aforesaid county and state of the other Part. Witnefseth that the said Daniel McNeill for and in consideration of the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to him in hand paid by the said Alexander McPherson, the receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged have bargained and sold and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said Alexander McPherson his heirs Executors Administrators and assigns forever certain tracts pieces and parcels of land lying and being in the county of Robeson situated on the North East side of Richland Swamp – First survey beginning at a stake by three small pines on the side of a Pine flat, the beginning corner of a fifty acre survey about one hundred yards East of a Branch and runs South 72 West 8 chains to a state in Buies line [Malcolm Buie lived at the old Lowery Road near intersection of hwys 71 and 71 below Red Springs] then North 17 West Ten chains to a stake the corner of a five acre survey, then with the lines of that livesurvey South fifty five West, Seven chains and seven links to a stake by three pines, then North sixteen West seven chains and seven links to a stake in a Pond then South seventy three West three chains to a stake then North seventeen West Twenty chains to a stake then North seventy three East, Eighteen chains to the line of a fifty acre survey, then with the lines of that survey due West, Eight chains to a stake then due North thirty one chains and sixty three links to a stake, then due East fifteen chains and Eighty two links to a stake, then due South thirty chains to the line of a Ten acre survey, then with the lines of that survey due East, nine chains to a stake, then due South Eight chains to the line of a ninety acre survey, then with the lines of that survey North sixty five East, thirty chains to a stake then South twenty three East, twenty two chains to a stake, then South fifty four West Eight chains to a stake, then South thirty East, one chain to a stake, then South fifty West twenty seven chains to the corner of a fifty acre survey then with the line of that survey South Eighty West, fifteen chains and eighty two links to the beginning, Containing Two hundred and fifty five acres runing round and including six different surveys all of which adjoining to each other – Second Tract on the West side of Moody Bay East of Richland Swamp Beginning at a pine by Two Pines and runs North forty five East fifteen chains to a stake in the edge of the Bay, then South forty five East Twenty six chains to a stake by three pines, then South forty five West fifteen chains to a stake, then a direct line to the beginning. Containing Forty Acres, sold by A. Gilchrist Esqr. to Archd McNeill the 20 September 1799. – Third Survey at the head of the Panther Branch East of Richland Swamp. Beginning at a pine on the North East side of a white pond and runs North fifty five East, twelve chains to a stake, then North forty five West Twenty five chains to a stake, then South fifty five West twelve chains to a stake, then a direct line to the beginning, Containing Thirty [or Sixty?] Acres, granted to Archd McNeill the 30th of June 1797 [entered to be surveyed in 1794] – Containing in all three hundred and twenty five acres. Together with all the woods, way, waters, water courses... [much legalese].
In Witnefs whereof the said Daniel McNeill hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the date first above written.

Daniel McNeill {seal}

Signed Sealed and delivered in Presents of
M.C. McNeill
John B. Clark

State of North Carolina. Robeson County August Term 1857. Then was the Execution of this deed duly acknowledged in Open Court by Daniel McNeill the grantor & ordered to be registered.
Sah. Howell Clk
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Declaration of Jane McNeill regarding her father Malcolm McNeill's war service; 30 December 1851, Robeson County
Revolutionary War pension records, Ancestry. com

[Other documents state that this Jane McNeill was the wife of William McNeill of Robeson County, NC. Is he "Little Billy" McNeill? There are only three Jane McNeills in the 1850 census of Robeson and William's wife is the only one who is 59 years old that year, matching the Jane McNeill below; William and Jane and Malcolm are living together in one household in that census amidst the families of "Sailor Hector" McNeill's cousins and descendants. Traditional genealogies list Jane as the daughter of Hector McNeill and Nancy McNeill who were step-siblings from the household of Neill McNeill and his wife, the widow Jane Campbell McNeill. Jane and William sold her interest in her father's lands on Upper Little River in Cumberland County in 1854.]

Declaration
In order to obtain the benefit of the 3ed Section of the Act of Congrefs, pafsed the 4th of July 1836.
State of North Carolina Robeson County}
On this the Thirtieth day of December A.D. 1851, before the Subscriber an acting Justice of the peace in and for the County and State aforesaid personally appeared Jane McNeill, resident of said county, aged 60 years, who having been duly sworn, doth upon her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congrefs pafsed the 4th of July 1836. _ That she is the daughter of Malcolm McNeill, who was a soldier of the revolutionary war, that her father the said Malcolm McNeill as she has been informed and frequently heard served in the war of the Revolution as a private under Captain Simon Hadley, Captain Ard, Captain John Cox, and Captain Walsh at different periods for three or four years. She is unable to state in what years his services were performed, but has frequently heard him say he served for several years and that he was in the battle of Cain Creek and Guilford Court House, and that he served a part of hiss time at Crofs Creek (now Fayetteville) and Wilmington. That her father the said Malcolm McNeill was married to her mother Nancy McNeill (whose maiden name was Nancy McNeill) in the Spring of 1776, in the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina and that he died on the 16th of November 1810. That her mother Nancy McNeill died on the 18th of September 1847 aged 93 years. She therefore makes this application in behalf of herself and Neill McNeill, Hector McNeill, Turquill McNeill, Elizabeth Watson and Flora McCarter, who are the only surviving children, for the pension due her mother the aforesaid Mrs Nancy McNeill.
                                                                                    Jane McNeill
Sworn to and subscribed on the day
And year above written before me,
Malcolm C. McNeill JP {Seal} [Jane's son by her husband William McNeill, died 1854.]

State of North Carolina Robeson County}
We the undersigned acting Justices of the peace in and for said county do hereby certify that we have examined the foregoing declaration of Jane McNeill and believe the statement she has made is correct and true: That she is a lady of strict truth and full faith and credit are due to her statements whether on oath or otherwise. We further certify that we were acquainted with the mother of said Jane McNeill, widow of Malcolm McNeill and that she was at her death one of the oldest citizens in this part of the country. That it was known and believed that Malcolm McNeill was a soldier of the Revolutionary war ad that Mrs Nancy McNeill the mother of the above mentioned Jane McNeill was his widow.
In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals, This the 30th da of December 1851.
Malcolm C. McNeill J.P. {Seal} [Jane's son by her husband William McNeill, died 1854.]
Alexr H. Currie J.P. {Seal} [son of Randal Currie and Nelly Johnston of Robeson Co., NC]
Neill McNeill J.P. {Seal}



Edward McPherson to Alexander McPherson, Jr., 1 June 1854, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 52, page 60

This Indenture made the first day of June Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty four between Edward McPherson of the City and State of New York of the one part and Alexander McPherson Jr. of the State of North Carolina and County of Cumberland of the other part [Sons of John McPherson, Jr. and Sarah Black McPherson]. Witnesseth, that the said Edward McPherson for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said Alexander McPherson Jr at or before the Signing Sealing and delivering of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath bargained sold, aliened and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain sell alien release and confirm unto the said Alexander McPherson Jr all of his interest in a certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the County of Cumberland and bounded as follows (viz) Beginning at a stake in the Bank of Big Rockfish Creek and runs North 60 chains to a stake near the head of Race branch then West 50 chains to a stake across the Mill Creek, thence south 60 chains to a small Cypress on the bank of Big Rockfish Creek near or below where the Old Bridge stood on said Creek thence the meanders of said Creek to the Beginning- Containing Three hundred & five (305) Acres more or lefs which said interest in said land hereby conveyed is one half of the same- To Have and To Hold the said Land with the appertenances to the only proper use behoof and benefit of the said Alexander McPherson Jr his heirs and assigns forever- And the said Edward McPherson for himself his heirs executors administrators doth covenant promise and agree to and with the said Alexander McPherson Jr his heirs and afsigns and every of them shall have hold occupy and possess the said land with the appertenances without let suit or hindrance from or by the lawful claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever- to warrant and forever defend- In Testimony whereof the said Edward McPherson hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above
Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of
John Brown xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Edward McPherson {seal}
A M Johnson

Registered 29th Septr 1854


William and Jane McNeill to Roper, McArthur and McKay, 8 June 1854, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 52, page 34

[Jane McNeill is the daughter of Malcolm and Nancy (nee McNeill) McNeill. Malcolm owned 2000 acres on Danilies Creek, Upper Little River and into Moore County. Jane and her husband William McNeill lived in Robeson County. Her sister, Flora McNeill McArthur, wife of Neill McArthur of Chatham County to the north, also sold her interest in her father's estate to the same parties below; see Book 52 page 228. With their other siblings, Jane applied in 1851 for a pension benefit due them for their father's Revolutionary War service.]

State of North Carolina Cumberland County} This Indenture made this the 8th day of June Eighteen hundred & fifty four between Malcom C. McNeill Attorney of William McNeill & wife Jane McNeill all of the County of Robeson and State of North Carolina on the one part and James P. Roper & Daniel McArthur of Chatham County North Carolina & John W. McKay of the County of Cumberland & State of North Carolina on the other part Witnefseth that the said Malcom C. McNeill attorney as aforesaid in and for the consideration of one Hundred and Twenty Five dollars to him in hand paid by the said Roper, McArthur, & McKay, parties of the second part _ the receipt and payment of which is hereby acknowledged by the said Malcom C. McNeill attorney as aforesaid _ hath bargained sold enfeoff and conveyed and by these presents do the grant bargain sell enfeoff and convey to the said Roper, McArthur, & McKay all the right title & interest which came or descended to the above named Jane McNeill as one of the heirs at law of Malcom McNeill deceased  late of Cumberland County North Carolina _ in and to the hands of the said Malcom McNeill deceased lying and being in the County of Cumberland & Moore in said State of North Carolina on the waters of Upper Little River and heads of Danlies Creek joining the lands of Neill McNeill Esq John W. McKay and others supposed to be Two thousand acres be the same more or lefs _ To have and to hold to them the said Roper, McArthur & McKay, their heirs and afsigns in fee simple forever, all the right tile & inheritance which descended to the said Jane McNeill in and to said lands & premises from her Father Malcom McNeill deceased, as above, The right & title to which inheritance or one seventh part of the above described lands ..[much legalese]… In Testimony whereof the said Malcom C. McNeill attorney as above hereunto sets his hands and seals day and date above written _
Witnefs}
K. Jones                                                                      William McNeill {Seal} [William "Little Billy" McNeill]
B.W. Thomas                                                              Jane McNeill {Seal}
                                                                                    By Malcom C. McNeill their attorney in Fact [Malcolm died later in the year.]
State of North Carolina Cumberland County} Court of Pleas & Quarter Sefsions June Term 1854 – Then was this Deed duly proven in open Court by K Jones and ordered to be Registered
Registered 29th August 1854              J. McLaurin clerk



Division, Nancy McPherson dec'd to Heirs at Law; 1 December 1854, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 52, page 544

State of North Carolina
Cumberland County
We the undersigned being appointed by the order issued at the Court of Pleas and Quarter sefsions Septemr Term 1854, to divide that tract of the land of Colin McPherson deceased, which had been afsigned to his Widow Mrs. Nancy McPherson (now deceased) [daughter of Daniel and Christian Campbell] as her Dower_ One half to the heirs of Mary Buie decd and the other half to the heirs of John McPherson decd, after having been sworn as the Law directs in such cases,_We proceeded with Danl McCormick, Surveyor, and after taking into consideration the Satisfaction and value therof, caused it to be laid off, in the first place in two Shares or parcels_

Lot No.1
was drawn by the heirs of Mary Buie decd [daughter of Alexander McPherson and (Emily McGill?) McPherson] bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at a Stake and three pine pointers in Mary McPherson’s [daughter of Alexander McPherson of Jura and Elizabeth Murray Baker McPherson] line, runs thence S 82 E 74 chains 50 links stake and pointer in the line of 520 Acres called the Mill Survey then with this line N 141/2 W 20 chs 75 links to a corner thence with the other line N 75 E 151/2 chains stake and pointer then North 131/2 chs to a stake on the North side of the Chicken Road then S 76 1/2 W 191/2 chs to a Stake and three pines on the South side of said Road then N 17 W44 chns 70 links to the Stake & Pointer, thence S 75 W 11 chns 25 lks to a corner, then N 60 W 6 chs 40 lks to a corner, then S 77 W 18 chns 35 lks to a stake & pointer in Nott’s line, then with this line S 2 W 7 chns 75 lks to a stake & pointer, the corner, then with the other line N 89 W 15 chs to the intersection of a 40 acre survey then with this line S 69 W 5 chns to a stake in Davises field, then with an old marked line S 46 E 14 chs 63 lks to a stake in the line of the 640 acres called the James Robeson’s, then with this line S 74 W 27 1/2 chs to a stake then to & with Mary McPherson’s line S 16 1/2 W 40 chs 40 lks to a pine & pointer, then with her other line S 74 E 33 chns to a stake & pointer, then N 16 E 40 chs S 74 E 2 chs 30 lks, then S 16 W 43 chs 40 lks to a stake & pointer, then N 74 W 2 chns 30 lks stake & pointer, then S 16 W 10 chns 14 lks to the Beginning, containing 550 Acres exclusive of 4 acres, that includes the Grave Yard & church [McPherson Presbyterian Church and cemetery on McPherson Church Road, now in the Fayetteville city limits].

This piece of Land is caused to be divided into these Shares or Parcels among the heirs at Law of said Mary Buie, decd. Lot No.1, was drawn by Alexander McPherson and wife Catharine [Catherine Buie McPherson, dau of John Buie and Mary McPherson Buie], bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at a gum by the Spring, runs thence S 32 W 3 1/2 chns to a stake & pointer, then N 82 W 32 chs 60 lks to a stake & pointer in an old line called the Hogg line, then with this line S 16 W 9 chs 12 lks to a stake & pointer, then N 74 W 2 chs 30 lks to a stake & pointer, then S 16 W 10 chs 14 lks to the dividing corner, between the heirs of said Mary Buie, decd & the heirs of the aforesaid John McPherson, decd then with the dividing line S 82 E 74 chs 50? lks to a stake & pointer in a line of 320 acres called the Mill Tract now the property of Alexander Johnson, then with the line N 14 1/2 W 20 chs 71 lks to a stake and pointer, the corner then the same corner N 24 1/2 W 73 chns crofsing the branch to a stake and pointer, then S 16 W 23 chains to a stake then direct to the Beginning, 140 Acres includes House and Grist Mill_ Lot No.2 drawn by Alexander Watson and Wife Mary Ann [Alexander Watson of Robeson County and Mary Ann (or Marian) Buie Watson, dau of John Buie and Mary McPherson Buie], bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at pine by the spring, the beginning corner of lot No.1 runs thence N 21 W 55 to a stake & pointer then N 89 W 31/2 chains to a stake & pointer, Nott’s corner, then with Notts line N 2 E 7 chs 75 lks to a stake & pointer, then N 77 E 11 chns 25 lks to a corner, then S 61 E 6 chns 40 lks to a stake & pointer, then N 75 E 11 chns 25 lks to a stake & pointer, then S 17 E 44 chs 70 lks to a stake on the south side of the Chicken Road, then N 76 E 19 chs to a -?- on the North side of said Road, the S 73 1/2 E 23 1/2 chns to a stake and pointer in Alexr Johnson’s line, then with this line S 75 W 15 chs to a stake the corner & a corner of Lot No.1, then N 141/2 W 8 1/2 chs to a stake a pine & two gum pointers, then S 86 W 23 chains to a stake, then direct to the Beginning, containing by estimation 183 acres_ Lot No.3 Drawn by Duncan Buie [son of John Buie and Mary McPherson Buie], bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at a gum by the spring the beginning corner of lot No.1 & No.2 runs thence with the line of lot No.1 S 52 W 3 chs to a corner, then with the other line N 82 W32 chs 60 lks to a stake and pointer in an old line called Hoggs, then N 16 E 34 chs 30 lks to a stake, then N 74 W 2 chs 30 lks to a stake, then N 16 W 40 chs to a stake & pointer then N 74 W 33 chs to a pine & pointer, then N 16 E 40 chs 40 lks to a stake in the old line, then S 74 E 27 chs to a stake & pointer, then N 46 W 14 chs 60 lks to a stake in Davises field, then with the line of the 40 acre survey, N 66 E 5 chs to Notts line, then with this line S 39 E 15 chs to a stake & pointer the corner of Lot No. 2., then the same corner S 59 E 3 chs to a stake & pointer, then S 21 E 53 chs to the Beginning, containing, by estimation 230 Acres, exclusive of 4 acres that includes the Grave Yard and Church for the land the said Duncan Buie received or advanced to him by his mother in her lifetime to the value of $200_ As stated in the Petition, he has to pay one third of that amount that is to say $66.66 to Alexander McPherson and Catherine his Wife, and the same amount to Alexander Watson and Mary Ann his Wife_

The share of parcel of land that was drawn by the heirs of John McPherson decd [son of Alexander McPherson and (Emily McGill?) McPherson] of the Dower aforesaid, Begins at a stake and pointer in Mary McPherson’s line runs thence S 82 E 741/2 chs to a stake and pointer, in a line of 320 acres, called the Mill Tract, thence S 141/2 E 48 chs 85 links to a stake and pointer John A. Williams corner in Daniel McPherson’s [son of Malcolm McPherson, Sr. and Christian Downie McPherson of Glen Orchy, Scotland] line, then with Williams line N80 W 75 chs 60 links to a stake and pointer the corner, then S 701/2 W 25 chs 30 lks to a pine and pointer then N 18 E 8 chs 10 lks to a stake and pointers, then N 88 W 19 chs 75 lks to a corner, then N 1 E 24 chs 75 lks to a corner, then S 74 E 23 chs to a stake and pointer, then N 16 E 27 chains to the Beginning containing 430 Acres_ THIS parcel of Land was laid off in four shares or parcels among the heirs at law of said John McPherson decd_ Lot No. 1. was drawn by Edward McPherson [son of John McPherson and Sarah Black McPherson] and bounded as follows_ Beginning at a stake in the dividing line of the aforesaid dowers runs thence with said line S 82 E 20 chs 15 lks to a stake and pointer in a line of 320 acres called the Mill Tract, now Alexr McPherson’s, then with this line S 141/2 E 4 chs 85 links to a post his corner to a stake and pointer, John A. Williams corner in Daniel McPherson’s line, then with Williams line N 80 W 27 chs 20 lks to a stake, then N 101/2 W 46 chs 60 lks to the Beginning, containing 110 Acres_ Lot No. 2. was drawn by Alexander McPherson, Jr. [son of John McPherson and Sarah Black McPherson], and bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at a stake in the dividing line, a corner of Lot No. 3, runs then with said hine S 82 E 20 chs to the corner of Lot No. 1, then with the line of this lot S 101/2 E 44 chs 60 lks to the corner in Williams line then with his line N 80 W 25 chs 50 lks to a stake then N 4 W 44 chs 15 lks to the Beginning, containing 100 Acres_ Lot No. 3. was drawn by Colin McPherson [son of John McPherson and Sarah Black McPherson] , bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at a stake in the dividing line at corner of Lot No. 4 runs thence with the dividing line S 82 E 21 chs 90 lks to the corner of Lot No. 2, then with the line of Lot No. 2 S 4 E 44 chs 15 lks to the corner in Williams line then with this line N 80 W 22 chs 80 lks to a stake and pointer Williams corner, then S 711/2 W 3 chs 40 lks to a stake, then N 2 E 44 chs 15 lks to the Beginning, containing 100 Acres_ Lot No. 4. was drawn the heirs of Catherine Gilchrist, decd [wife of Sydney Gilchrist and dau of John McPherson and Sarah Black McPherson] , bounded as follows, to wit, Beginning at a stake and pointers the betginning corner of the dower line, runs thence with the dividing line S 82 E 9 chs 55 lks to the corner of Lot No. 3, then with the line of Lot No. 3 S 2 W 44 chs 15 lks to the corner, then S 711/2 W 20 chs 90 lks to a pine and pointers, the N 18 E 8 chs 10 lks to a stake and pointers, then N 88 W 19 chs 75 lks to a corner, then N 0 E 24 chs 75 lks to a corner, then S 74 E 23 chs to a stake and pointer, then N 16 E 27 chs to the Beginning containing 120 Acres, all of the aforesaid lots or parcels of land was severally drawn and awarded to each Legatee_ All of which is respectfully submitted_ Given under our hands and Seals this 1st day of December 1854.
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sefsions December Term 1854 John Ellis
Ordered to be registered 5 July 1856 N. McQueen
Archd McKay
Duncan Shaw



Henry Lucien Johnson et al. to Alexander H. Currie; 29 October 1856, Robeson County
Robeson Co. Register of Deeds: Book CC, page 776

This Indenture made this the 29th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six between Henry L. Johnson Washington Scott Johnson Gilbert G. Gilchrist and Milton Baxter all of the county of Robeson and State of NC of the first part and Alexr H Currie [Son of Randal Currie and Neilly Johnson] of the same state and county of the second part Witnesseth that the said party of the first party for and in consideration of the sum of sixty six dollars current money to them in hand paid or secured to be paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents hath hereby bargained sold conveyed and forever confirmed unto him the said Alexr H Currie his heirs and assigns forever all that piece or parcel of land lying and being in said county and state on the north west side of the Lumberton Road and East side of the Raft Swamp joining the land of said Alexr H Currie and Catharine Brown [daughter of Daniel McPherson, below, and widow of Reverend Daniel Brown] and others Beginning at a stake by oak pointers the second corner of a one hundred acres of land granted to Daniel Johnson in the year 1785 and about one hundred yeards from the 2nd corner of a tract of 50 acres of land granted to D. McPherson [Daniel McPherson, son of John McPherson of the Argyll Colony who settled on this north edge of Raft Swamp with his son Daniel about 1765.] and runs North 34 East fifteen chains and seventy five links to a stake in the edge of Lumberton Road then south forty nine East nine chains to a stake then south 34 West 13 chains and 50 links to a stake in the line of said Johnsons Hundred acres then as that line N65 West 8 chains to the beginning containing eleven acres more or less being a part of said 100 acres which was granted to Daniel Johnson dec'd and afterwards allotted to Neill B. Johnson dec'd son to Daniel Johnson dec'd in a partition of lands of which the said first part to this deed claim to be heirs which said piece or parcel of land together with all and singular ways woods waters water courses and ...[much legalese]... In Testimony whereof the said party of the first part hat hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and year above written
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
Francis S Currie                                                                                                      Henry L Johnson {Seal}
                                                                                                                               W S Johnson {Seal}
                                                                                                                               Milton Baxter {Seal}
                                                                                                                               G G McPherson {Seal}
Registered 28 November 1856                                                          



Archibald Patterson to Alexander Tynor; 10 June 1876, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 64, page 239

This Indenture made on the 10th of June in the year our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six between Archibald Patterson of the County of Cumberland N.C. of the one part and Alexander Tynor of the above named State and County of the other part, for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred dollars to me in hand paid by the said Alexander Tynor. The receipt and payment is hereby acknowledged for a certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in said county of Cumberland as follows near the Raft Swamp joining the lands of Dr. H. McLean and others, beginning at a black jack amongst pine pointers then N28 West16 chs and 20 links to a stake amongst pine pointers then S62 W62 chs then S28 E16 chs and 20 links then a direct line to the beginning. Containing one hundred acres of land as will more fully appear by the patent granted to Angus Malloy from the State, the west half of said land to Malcolm Patterson the east half to said Archibald Patterson. I the said Archibald Patterson do hereby warrant and defend for ever the said land from all lawful claim or claims from any person or persons whatever to wit from the patentee and all his lawful heirs representatives executors administrators and afsigns unto the said Alexander
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In Witnefs whereof I the said ArchibaldxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxArchibald X Patterson
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Seal the day and year above written.

Signed Sealed and delivered
In presence of James K. Blue
State of North Carolina
Cumberland County} The probate court November 1st 1876. The execution of the foregoing deed was duly proven before me by the oath of James K Blue subscribing witnefs thereto. Let the same by registered with the certificate. A.McPherson Jr., Judge of Probate
Registered Nov 3rd 1876



John Buie and wife and N.P. Ray and wife to Julia Bennett, February 1896, Cumberland County
Cumberland Co. Register of Deeds: Book 99, page 599

[This deed is confirmation of the existence of Bennett's Mill on Stewarts Creek in Cumberland County which, according to Allen McCaskill in 1901, was where "Gentleman Archy" ( aka "Bluff Archie") McNeill first camped when he arrived in the province before 1750. McCaskill's 1903 article states Gentleman Archy "...struck camp on Stuarts Creek, just above where Bennett's Mill now is". Some key wording here is the two-words 'now is' since only seven years had passed between the writing of his article and Julia Bennett's purchase of the land and rights to build a mill on Stewarts Creek in 1896. So, McCaskill is speaking of a current place easily identifiable to his readers of that time. Further research is ongoing to find where exactly Bennetts Mill was on the creek — near the mouth at Rockfish or at the drains farther north? And, I should add that Gentleman Archy sold this tract on Stewarts Creek in 1759 to Neill Graham.]

This Indenture made the tenth day of February in the year Eighteen Hundred and Ninety Six between John Buie and his wife Eliza Buie and N.W. Ray and his wife L.P. Ray of Cumberland County, in the State of North Carolina, parties of the first part and Julia C. Bennett of said County, in the State of North Carolina, party of the second part, Witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part, in consideration of Four Hundred and Eighty Dollars, paid by the party of the second part, have bargained and sold, and do hereby give, grant, release and Convey unto the said party of the second part her heirs and assigns forever, all those tracts of land situate in – County in the State of North Carolina, bounded and described as follows, viz: Beginning at a corner on the N.E. side of Stewarts Creek formerly McIntyres being the 8th corner at a tract of 100 acres patented by Neill Buie, see grant registered in Book ‘G’ page 298 and runs thence as the  line of said 100 grant reversed N15 W31 chs 63 lks to the corner in a line formerly McDonalds; thence with the courses of a 50 acre tract patented by Neill Buie as per grant registered in Book D #2 p. 358, running same course N15 W7 chs to the corner, formerly McArthur now said Bennetts corner; thence S75 W9 chs 50 lks to her other corner; then N25 W9 chs to said Bennetts corner formerly Ingrahams thence with it W34 chs to the corner; thence S11 chs to the line of a 200 acres tract formerly Munroe’s on the S.W. side of Stewarts Creek; thence with that line N65 E23 chs to the corner, thence with the other line S25 E36 chs to Stewarts Creek Swamp; thence down the various courses of said swamp at High water mark to a point opposite and near to the beginning said 8th corner of the 100 acre tract say about 20 chs; thence direct to the beginning, say N75 E about 2 chs, containing about 80 acres the intention being to convey all that part of said 100 acre grant and of said 50 acre grant that is westward of the above described beginning corner, and north of Stewarts Creek, or high water mark along the swamp of said Creek, so that lower proprietors on said creek shall have the right to erect a mill or dam, and pond the water back to a reasonable height. Together with the appurtenances…[much legalese]…In witness whereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written
Signed sealed & delivered in the                                                                    John Buie {Seal}
Presence of D.B. Gillis                                                                                   Eliza Buie {Seal}
                                                                                                                        N.W. Ray {Seal}
                                                                                                                        L.P. Ray {Seal}