HALL, Julia A. (1848)

The following death notice appeared in the February 23, 1848 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.  Julia A. HALL was 45 years old and the widow of Josephus HALL.

FRANKLIN, Henrietta (1848)

The following death notice appeared in the January 12, 1848 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.  Henrietta FRANKLIN was 24 years old and the wife of J.R. FRANKLIN.


Founding of New Bern

Recently added to the Internet Archive is the 1920 publication “Christoph von Graffenried’s account of the founding of New Bern.”  The book is more than 450 pages long and is in German, French and English. If you’re interested in better understanding the historical context, this may be something to peruse.

BLACKLEDGE, Carolina M. (1844)

DIED – In Newbern, in the 13th year of her age, Miss Caroline M. BLACKLEDGE, daughter of William S. BLACKLEDGE, Esq. 

Source: Raleigh Register, 22 Mar 1844. 

Index to Craven County Estate Files, 1663-1979

FamilySearch.org has an online database of estate records from across the state that span 1663-1979.  Thanks to a collaboration between the NC Genealogical Society (NCGS), the NC State Archives, and volunteer indexers, the database is being made available online at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1911121.

Use the index below to browse those records specific to Craven County.  Each name in the document below is a hyperlink to the record on the FamilySearch.org website. 


Craven County NC Loose Estates Index by NCGenWebProject

You can also view the document online at Scribd.com.

LANE, George (1841)

The following death notice for George LANE, infant son of Hardy B. LANE, appeared in the July 13, 1841 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.

STANLEY, George (1841)

The following death notice for George STANLEY, infant son of James G. STANLEY Jr., appeared in the May 14, 1841 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.

STEWART, Charles (1841)

The following death notice for Charles STEWART appeared in the December 10, 1841 issue of the Raleigh Register newspaper.

DALRYMPLE, Ann (1841)

The following death notice for Ann DALRYMPLE appeared in the May 28, 1940 issue of the Raleigh Register.  She was the widow of Captain Alexander DALRYMPLE.

Craven County Apprentice Bonds, 1769-1910

Thanks to the diligent work of the Craven County Public Library, you can access a list of county apprentice bonds on their website that span 1769-1910.  Apprentice bonds were for children who ” …were orphaned, needed employment, or wanted to learn a trade” [1]

The list on the library website is divided into several files, each covering a specific time period. What kind of information might you find in a bond record? In this set, you can find names of free persons of color for the earlier bonds (e.g. prior to 1820).  Perhaps the most useful aspect of the bonds are the names & relationships that may be included, especially among some of the African-American youth included. Seeing the names can help give a better indication of who was living in the community and can be powerful when combined with more traditional information sources.

example apprentice bond

To access the full list, please visit the Craven County Public Library website.  Of interesting note, the Coastal Carolina Indian Center has extracted just the bonds from these files for Free Persons of Color from 1796-1820.

[1] ”North Carolina Occupations.” FamilySearch Wiki. FamilySearch.org, 7 Jan. 2011. Web. 16 May 2012. <https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/North_Carolina_Occupations>.