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New Hanover County Slave Deeds

Based on a survey of records at the New Hanover County Register of Deeds Office
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  • Online Backscanned Deeds at the New Hanover County Register of Deeds Office

    Supplements to Volume One

    Please note that there has been no attempt to regularize spelling of names in these documents.

    Shape Files of Historic Plantations

    The following shape files have been created so researchers might locate the approximate sites of historic plantations throughtout the Cape Fear Region. The geodata for the shape files was derived from an extensive comparison of archival maps and secondary sources with modern shape files of the landscape and aerial images. Each group working on the project verified the data of the other.

    Database Complied by:

    Ammon Baker, Deshawn Ballard, Tonya Brehmer, Justin Bullard,
    Quinn Casey, Jarod Fornes, Christian Hopper, Rachel Horne, Jade McClendis, Chris McDermott, Zachary Meert, Riley Preble, Jeniffer Rodriguez

    Verification and GIS Shape File Creation by:

    Vaughn Jones, Sara Mabee, Joseph Mabry, Holly Willis (Mouzon)
    Victoria Doran and Aniela Wilkos (Sprunt/Wimble)
    Reyna Bravo, VickMarie Gonzalez, Melissa Sparkman (Collet)
    Leslie Benegasi, Matthew Grandin, Larry Moeller (Strothers/Waddell)

    Sample Tax Document - 1863

    Historian Janet Seapker is currently researching documents from the history of Brunswick and Columbus Counties at the State Archives. The image below, courtesy of Ms.Seapker, shows a tax list from 1863 that details names and locations of owners from the townships of North West and Shallotte, as well as ages and names of the slaves.

    From Miscellaneous records, State Archives of North Carolina.

    Work Completed as of June 4, 2014

    This is the full version (not just the index) that is permanently housed in the archives of the New Hanover County Register of Deeds. The database contains 6,607 entries.

    Graph from NodeXL

    This network graph shows all the slave deeds listed in Series I between grantors John and Samuel Ashe (triangles) and a number of grantees (points). Network analysis is a useful tool for illustrating the familial relationships shared by grantors and grantees. NodeXL, an open source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010 and 2013 designed for analysis of social networks, was used to produce this graph.

    1734-1776 Grantor-Grantee Network Graph

    Early Maps of North Carolina

    Maps below can be used to locate plantations cited in the New Hanover County database of slave deeds.

    Digital Library on American Slavery