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Click to enlargeNorth Carolina Headrights: <br>A List of Names, 1663-1744

Compiled by Caroline B. Whitley

In North Carolina’s proprietary period (1663–1729), the primary
means of acquiring land was by headright. A free person was
allowed to claim a specified amount of land for each person,
including himself/herself, that he/she transported into the colony
for the purpose of settlement. While the amount of land attached
to a headright varied throughout the era, the most common
amount was fifty acres.

A headright entry contains a considerable amount of information: the name of the person claiming the headright(s), the acreage of the claim and its general physical location, and the number of and names of the individuals being transported into the colony for settlement. The entries often describe the relationships between the grantee and the individuals.

In many instances the headright entry is the only surviving document recording an individual’s presence in the colony.

Names listed in North Carolina Headrights: A List of Names, 1663–1744 are spelled exactly as they appear in the original source material—-no standardization of spelling or names has been attempted.

Paperbound. Pp. x, 312. Illus. Index. (2nd printing, 2008) (t)


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