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The Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the papers and files of John McGowan that were given to us after his death have been placed in the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo which is a division of the North Carolina Archives. There are 7 cubic feet of these papers which John collected over many years. He had conveyed many times to his sister Linda that he wanted to be buried in Hyde County and to have his files sent back here as well. These files contain information on many Hyde County families. Just a few examples are Jarvis, Mason, McGowan, Midgett, and Stotesbury papers. Some of his files even contain family information back to Europe. The files have been kept since their return to Hyde County by Betty Mann of Fairfield who went through them and carried them to the repository in Manteo where they have been accepted. At some point, they will be available to researchers to use. The society is grateful for the many years of service that John McGowan gave toward preserving the heritage of Hyde County by his collection of materials and by serving as webmaster of the Hyde County Genealogical Site which is now maintained by Kay Midgett Sheppard. The society is also grateful to Linda for seeing that we received the papers.

by Ellen A. Williams

Ellen Williams is considering a reprint of this book.  For those of you who have Credle ancestors in your lineage, this book is a MUST!  Ellen has arranged each part as an outline of a particular Credle family and an introduction to the person begins that chapter.  The book is 149 pages and spiral bound.  The cost is $25.00 plus postage.  To pick up a copy, Ellen's home address is: 2784 Quarter Rd., Swan Quarter, Hyde Co., NC  27885 or you can send her an e-mail at and request a copy by mail.  This would be a lovely 2013 Christmas gift so get your order in early!


The Hyde County Historical & Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that its publication HYDE COUNTY (NC) LAND DIVISIONS IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES by Richard B. Lupton is now once again available from the society. The book has been out-of-print since last year. The publication is a reprint with several minor revisions by the editor. Some site visitors may not realize that this book contains detailed information, including maps, of these land divisions which often prove useful when a researcher does not know the maiden name of a female ancestor. The book is 351 pages in length and is indexed. The editor also has included an explanation of abbreviations and definitions of land measurement. He also discusses county survey evolutions, patents, waterways and roads, towns and villages, a connection with Native Americans and African-Americans and the Donnell Plantation, one of the larger ones in North Carolina of its time period. Mr. Lupton also has an interesting story of Edward Ensley: Black Phoenix and brief articles on community life, economic valuations, and agricultural anachronism. The book is available from the society book vendor, R. S. Spencer, Inc. P O Box 159, Engelhard, NC 27824, for $35 plus tax of $2.71 and shipping and handling costs of $5.00. The book vendor's e-mail is The society appreciates the generosity of Mr. Lupton in making the valuable book once again available for those interested in the history and genealogy of Hyde County.


The early Colonial Records of Princess Anne County have finally been transcribed and made available!  Two new books from Princess Anne County, VA have just been published with two more due out within the next month and a fifth one in the works.  This set of books can be a valuable resource to researchers in the coastal counties of North Carolina as well as Virginia.

Princess Anne County List of Earmarks and Brands is a literal transcription of the Earmarks and Brands of Princess Anne County, Virginia from 1691 to 1778.  This volume contains 64 pages and is thoroughly indexed.  It is a valuable addition to researchers with ancestors in this area and provides many relationships within the families.  Cost: $25.00

Princess Anne County Deed Book 1 covers the period from 1691 to 1708.  This book has 267 pages packed full of information and is fully indexed.  The many items abstracted in this deed book include deeds, power of attorneys, wills, stock marks, court proceedings, and much more. -  $55.00

Princess Anne County, VA Deed Book 2; 111 pgs. & fully indexed -  $35.00

Princess Anne County, VA Order Book 1; 384 pgs. & fully indexed -  $55.00

Princess Anne County, VA Order Book 2 - not available at this time but working on it

All books may be purchased directly from the author, Michael Schoettle, by contacting him at  These books and subsequent books may be purchased by check sent to Michael Schoettle, 17041 Thousand Oaks Dr., Haymarket, VA.  20169.  There will be discounts on multiple purchases.

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