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Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council
North Carolina. Council
April 01, 1751 - April 03, 1751
Volume 04, Pages 1242-1245


At a Council held at the Council Chamber in New Bern the 1st day of April 1751
Present his Excy the Governour.
The Honble Nath. Rice Esqr Member of Council
The Honble James Hasell Esqr Member of Council
The Honble Math. Rowan Esqr Member of Council
The Honble James Innes Esqr Member of Council

Read the following Petitions for Warrants for Land Vizt

William McGee's for 500 acres in Anson, David Steel 400 Anson, Arthur Daniley 100 Bladen, Thomas Brooks 300 Bladen, Hecter McVoal 100 Anson Daniel McGee 100 Anson, James Simms 300 Anson, Jno McGee 100 Anson, Samuel McGaw 100 Anson, Nicholas Smith 100 Anson, Nicholas Smith 100 Anson, Mathew Rowan Esqr 100 N Hanr, Jno Squire 100 Bladen, Jno Branton 100 Bladen, James Carver 150 Bladen. Granted

Read sundry Petitions for Grants for Patents Vizt

Thomas Brooks's for 400 acres in Bladen, Charles Heard 100 acres in Bladen, Nicholas Smith 450 Bladen, Thomas Armstrong 160 Bladen, Robert Taylor 100 Craven, Robert Doway 400 Bladen, James Bladwin 200 Bladen, Bryan Cannon 200 Bladen, Mathew Kuykendale 300 Anson, Jas Kuykendale 600 Anson, William Pole 400 Anson. Granted.

Read the Petition of Robert Lepper for a Grant for 200 acres of Land in Anson County, which being objected to is Delayed till the next Council.

Then the Council adjourned till 3 OClock in the afternoon.

The Council met according to adjournment Present as before.

Read the following Petitions for Warrants for Land Vizt

Andrew Bass's for 300 acres in Johnston, William Wilson 600 Anson, Charles McDowall 200 Anson, James Fanman 400 Anson, Ranold McVaughton 200 Bladen, James Lewis 600 Anson, William Welch 400 Anson, James Fannon 400 Anson, Abington Hinrel 400 Anson, Robert

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McFerson 600 Anson, Daniel Feeters 600 Anson, Mary Moor 3000 Craven, William Ellot 100 Craven, Mary Moor 640 Craven. Granted.

Read the following Petitions for Grants for Patents Vizt

Duncan McCaulky's for 200 acres in Bladen, Marck Morris 100 Craven, Nath Rice & Epraim Vernon 200 N Hanr, John White 100 N Hanr. Granted

His Excellency was pleased by and with the Advice and consent of his Majesty's Council to Order that a Commission of the peace and Dedimus issue to Anson County constituting and appointing Jamas McKilwean Joseph White Charles Robinson Edmund Cartledge William Philips Samuel Davis, Thomas Smith James Carthey John Holmes Alexander Osborne, Walter Carooth John Brevard John Brandon and James Carter Esqrs Justices of the Peace for and within the same

His Excelly was likewise pleased by and with the Advice and Consent of his Majestys Council to order that a Commission of the peace and Dedimus issue to Bladen County constituting and appointing Hugh Blaning Griffith Jones Joseph Crark James Lyon William Bartram Samuel Baker Benjamin Fitzrandolph Ralf Miller John Brooks John Grange John White Timothy Terrel Henry Simmons William Pugh Jonathan Evans John Thomas Turnbull Thomas Hall Alexander Maybeen and James Dickey Esqrs Justices of the Peace for and Within the same.

The Secretary represented to his Excellency and the Councill that great numbers of People who have petitioned for Land have never taken out Warrants for surveying the same in persuance of their Petitions and in Order to obtain a Title and that divers others who have taken out Warrants have Nevertheless neglected to have their Lands Admeasured and return thereof made into the Secretary's Office, And that others again who have obtained Grants in Consequence of Warrants Surveyed and returned have for many years neglected to take out Patents thereby Eluding the payments not only of the Fees due to the several Officers thereon but also of his Majestys Quit Rents

The Board taking the same into consideration it was Ordered that a List of all such Patents now remaining in the Office be made out and affixed at the Council Chamber and other proper places to give notice to the parties entitled to such Patents that unless they are taken out within Eight Months from this Date the Lands intended to be conveyed by Such Patents will be deemed vacant and free for any other person to take up and that a proclamation do issue accordingly.

It was further Ordered that all persons making Entry of Lands shall pay down the Fees of the Warrant at the time of making such Entry,

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and if application be not made for a Grant of the said Land the first Court of Claims after the Expiration of the term limited for return of the said Warrant that the said Land shall be free for any other person to take up

And it was further Ordered that all Persons applying for a Patent shall pay down the Fees of such patents at the time of such application. And lastly it was ordered that all persons who shall obtain any Grants of Lands at all at the next ensuing Land Office take out a patent for the same otherwise the Lands shall for the future be deemed Vacant and free to be taken up by any other person who shall apply for the same.


At a Council held at the Council Chamber in New Bern the 2d day of April 1751
Present his Excy the Governour
The Honble Nath Rice Esqr Member of Council
The Honble James Hasell Esqr Member of Council
The Honble Math Rowan Esqr Member of Council
The Honble James Innes Esqr Member of Council

Read the following Petitions for Warrants for Land Vizt

John Lots for 200 acres in Duplin, John Conerly 640 Johnston, Thomas Long 640 Duplin, Thomas Perid 50 Jnoston, Richard Caswell 50 Jnoston, Luke Whitefield 100 Johnston, Samuel Ratcliffe Junr 200 Duplin Granted

John Stainland for 150 acres in Johnston, Stephen Blackman 400 Johnston, Job How 400 N Hanover, Job How 300 N Hanr, Job How 300 N Hanr, Job How 500 N Hanr, William Speight 300 Craven, John Heath for 100 acres in Craven, Samuel Baker 640 Bladen, Francis Blount 100 Craven, James Smith 240 Cartt, William Burney 200 Bladen, Joseph Fort 300 Bladen, Robert Dunn 300 Bladen, William Stevens 200 Bladen, Granted

Read sundry Petitions for Grants for Patents Vizt

Benjamin Cooper Senior 250 Craven, Abraham Powell for 300 acres in Johnston, John Connerly 300 Duplin, John Smith 140 Bladen, Thomas Cox 300 Craven, William Palmer 200 Johnston, Samuel Strickland for 200 acres in Johnston Granted

On motion to the Board the following Rights were admitted to be proved Vizt

Robert Dunn's by Corns Fimms 3 Whites in Bladen James Smith 3 Whites in Craven


At a Council held at the Council Chamber in New Bern the 3d day of April 1751.
Present his Excy the Governour
The Honble Nath Rice Esqr Member of Council
The Honble James Hasell Esqr Member of Council
The Honble Math Rowan Esqr Member of Council
The Honble James Innes Esqr Member of Council
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Read the following petitions for Warrants for Land Vizt

William Blackburn for 400 acres in Duplin, Charles Gavin for 1000 acres in Duplin, Joshua Hill for 300 acres in Craven, William Dry 640 Bladen, James Rhoads 200 Johnston Granted

By order
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