Creeks in Creaven Co.

Tue 20 Oct 2009 12:59:51 PM EDT

The North shore of the Neuse passes successviely through 4 quadrangles. These four quadrangles comprise Pamlico Co., which was originally a part of Craven Co.:

Broad Cr. at the mouth of the Neuse.
Oriental
Arapahoe
Upper Broad Cr.

A series of creeks flows down into the Neuse:
Lower Broad (It's north branch is Brown's Cr.)
Orchard Cr.
Pierce Cr.
Whitaker Cr.
Smith Cr. (Trent Cr. arises a couple of miles ne of the head of Smith Cr. and flows north and nw into the Bay River flowing eastward.)
Green Cr. (It's north branch is Kershaw (Cashaw)
Dawson Cr
Beard Cr.
Goose Cr.
Upper Broad, which forms the boundary between Pamlico and Craven

The Clayton, Carraway, Delamar, Carruthers and many related families lived for the most part along these creeks.

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Along the Sound

1778 James Clayton patents 500a in Craven adj S side of Samson Leith's line, joins Wandering Creek, McCotter's line.

(1782 James Clayton patents 500a a head of a small bay south end of Solomon Leath's line, to the sound, along the sound to the beginning north of Dead Woman's Hammock.) (There seem to be two descriptions of this patent.)

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Mention of the Lower Broad Cr:
Court Minutes:
1729 William, John, and Thomas Carraway on road committee Lower Broad area. (Wm and Tho the elders; John may have been Thomas's son.)

1729 Shine and Gatlin both sell acres on Broad Creek near Orchard to James Roe.

1729 Wm, Jno and Tho Carraway, Nickolas Harper, Furnifold Green Sr. and Jr. to lay out road from Gum Swamp to the ferry. Wm and John Carraway, Furnifold Green, John Moore: road from head of Brown's Creek.

1729 Randolph Fisher of Craven Precinct sells to Tho Carraway 130a part of tract with the south land belonging Thomas Martin, sold to James Keith, sold to Christian Bowers, now belongs to his son Valentine Bowers. pg 386 near land I sold to James Leith. wits: Wm Carraway and Hugh Banks

1733 John Carraway was overseer of the road to head of Brown's Creek in place of Thomas Fulcher. (a branch of Lower Broad)

In Hyde Co. Francis Delamar was an executor in the will of John Martin in 1737, as was also John Carruthers, Martin's brother-in-law. Wm and Elizabeth Carruthers were witnesses. Years later when James Clayton, Jr. moved to Craven County, he acquired one tract of land from Delamar and another from Carruthers. (In the will Martin mentions his "lower plantation at mouth of Broad Creek", which presumably may be very near the area where James Clayton, Jr. settled in Craven (now Pamlico) County.)

1738 John Carraway was constable from Beard Creek to Lower Broad.

1739 Thomas Carraway anf Furne Green, Jr. named commissioners of the roads from Beard's Creek to the mouth of Lower Broad.

1742 John Gatlin sells Tho Carraway 150a beg upper side of Woodward's Gut, Martin Francks line (e side of Smith Creek) wits: Christopher Dawson and James Mills

1745 John Brooks sells Charles Howard 110a n side of Lower Broad Creek, patented 29 June 1736 by ????? (1738 Howard had patented land on e side of Brown's Crk.)

In 1767 James Clayton had acquired property in Craven County on the Lower Broad Creek: two tracts from John Carruthers and one from Francis Delamar. James Clayton appears on a tax list in Craven County in 1769 with five slaves:

1767 Green William, Jr. NC Craven wit to deed of John Moore, the elder, to John Carruthers. Esq. 100a on Neuse, n side of Lower Broad Creek, mouth of Whitehouse Gut, to a patent granted to Col John Worsley. wits: James Davis, William Green, Jr. (This is the property that Carruthers sold to James Clayton two months later for 16 pds, same price he paid for it. Both deeds were proved in July Court.) (Found in Carruthers folder in Raleigh genealogical library deeds page 87)

1767 Clayton James NC Craven 100a on Neuse, n side of Lower Broad Creek, mouth of Whitehouse Gut wit Thomas Delamar, Isaac Simmons. (Thomas Delamar married Eliz. Hall in 1789)

1767 Clayton James NC Craven land on s side of Lower Broad Creek, beg at mouth of Poplar Branch, to John Moore's patent (1745), to Isaac Simmons line. wit: Thomas Delamar and Isaac Simmons. (This was same date as the other one and said to be to Joseph Carruthers, but I think Eliz Moore made a mistake here. (Book 14, pp 99 and 101 have the two deeds)

1771 Clayton James NC Craven grant for 500a SW Lower Broad Cr. adj Delamar, Brooks, Bryan, Wilkes. This may be Robert Newell, surveyor of James Clayton, Sr.' 1771 500a on SW Lower Broad Cr. adj Tho Delamar in John Moore's Back Line to Tho Delamar's back line to Jos Brooks' corner to John Bryan's line along John Bryan's line to Robt Brinson? corner to Jos Wilkes' line Robt Newall? survey chain bears James Clayton, Jr. and Jos Hipps or Tripps (I found a photostat in Craven folder, and it looks like Robert Newall, Dy Surv., who wrote the survey.)

In 1774 James Clayton acquired more property in the Lower Broad Creek area from Joseph Brooks. (See Craven County deed books 14, 15 and 21.) The Brooks tract appears to be his last land acquisition except for a patent for 500 acres on the sound granted in 1782.

1776 James Clayton Sr. blacksmith to William Clayton, his son for love ?? acres N side and head of Lower Broad in 2 parcels: 1. in Poplar Br. at or near the road at his brothers, running to the back line of 500a patent granted to said James Clayton 20 Nov. 1771, adj John Bryan, Robt Burney, Wilkes, and John Moore's patent, and 2. 100a of land whereon said James Clayton, Sr. now lives n side of Lower Borad beg at the mouth of White House Gut, running up the said gut and branch to the back line of the patent, thene along the patent binding on John Moor's Patent, thence to Broad Cr. thence down the creek to the beg. wits John Carruthers Abel McBay

1786 William Clayton, 640 acres west side of Lower Broad beginning at Thomas Delamars.

1789 Thomas Carraway planter for 200 lbs sells Thomas Wm York 125a on w side of head of Lower Broad up the branch to the old patent line to corner between said Carraway and James Clayton along Carraway-Clayton line to back line of Thom Delamar's patent along Delamrs line toi Johnston patent; part of two patents . wits John and Clayton Carruthers

1790 Wm Clayton patents 36a both sides of Lower Broad adj Moses' patent and James Clayton

1793/4 Wm Clayton blacksmith to James Clayton his son, blacksmith, ??? acres on w side of head of Lower Broad on head of PoplarBranch beginning at a gut below the stave landing, then with creek to Tho York's line, Tho Dalamar's patent line, then south to James Clayton and Burney's patent, then north to Wm's line, to Moors corner at s side of Poplar br. and then to beg. wits Joshua Carraway Richard X Cary

1793 Thomas Carraway for 10 lbs from his son Thomas, Jr. 120a at fork of Lower Broad beginning at fork and running up Brown Cr. to side of a small gut below James Carraway to head and thence with the west branch of gut then with James Carraways line to Isaac Simmons corner to B.... seems to be land in fork made by Broad and Brows wits Joshua Ballance Solomon Carraway

1802 James Clayton buys from Francis Delamar and John Thomas for ??? n side of Lower Broad, beg. Eliz Craft's line, beg in river e. to the creek. wits: Wm Clayton Christopher Delamar

1801 Nelson Delamar ship carpenter to James Clayton blacksmith for 115 lb 100a ns side of Gum Thick Cr. beg at marsh above Jonathan Hammock, up creek to div line, with div. line to the river, down the river to the above said marsh, then with marsh to beginning. wits Robert Clark and Robt Brothers

1802 Francis Delamar and John Thomas to James Clayton for 100 lbs. 425a (?) s side of Lower Broad beg at Eliz Crafts field corner to NE to back line of Craft Patent along Craft line then N to head of Crooked gut then N to sound along sound to beg.

1803 Wm Clayton to James Clayton for $200 200a on n side of Neuse beg north of Gum Thicket Cr. and running up the river to the marsh at Jonathan Hammond, then with marsh to creek, up the creek to Francis Delamar's line, to John Thomas's line, then to the River, up the river to beg. wits: William A Clayton Francis Thomas

(Two Gum Thicket Cr. deeds are for property on each side of the creek, along the river. Half apparently went to Thomas to Delamar to James Clayton and the other half went to William Clayton to James Clayton. He wound up with 300a around Gum Thicket Creek. I wonder if it wasn't the Swan Cr property: 1781 Wm Clayton patents 300a N side of Swann Cr. n side of Neuse adj Mccotter, Tillman, and Bond)

1804 Wm Clayton to Demson Clayton for $300 at head of Lower Broad adj Tho Delamar's line 140a; another parcel, a patent granted to Wm Carruthers Dec. 1770 for 200a wits: James Clayton Francis Delamar Wm Clayton

1805 Mary Ann Carraway witnessed deed of James Clayton to John Paris for $200 100a at head of Lower Broad and head of Poplar Branch, adj Good's line

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Browns Creek

Brown's Creek - eastern branch of Lower Broad

1729 Wm and John Carraway, Furnifold Green, John Moore: road from head of Brown's Creek.

1733 John Carraway overseer of road Gum Swamp to head of Brown's Creek in place of Thomas Fulcher.

1745 William Carruthers sells to William Betts 133 acres on e side of Brown's Cr. patented 5 Dec. 1735 by said Wm Carruthers. wits Elisha Betts and Wm Fips.

1749 Charles Howard sells to James Whiting 120a e side of Browns Cr.; patented 29 June 1738

1767 Wm Mallison of Hyde Co. NC Craven 106a n side of Neuse at head of Browns Creek wit: Sam Harrison, Francis Delamar, Abel McBey. (1756 Mallison Wm NC Hyde overseer of road from Currituck Chapel to Samuel Smiths) (Clayton Carruthers' daughter md Benj E. Mallison in 1809)

1771 Clayton James NC Craven grant for 500a SW Lower Broad Cr. adj Delamar, Brooks, Bryan, Wilkes. This may be Robert Newell, surveyor of James Clayton, Sr.' 1771 500a on SW Lower Broad Cr. adj Tho Delamar in John Moore's Back Line to Tho Delamar's back line to Jos Brooks' corner to John Bryan's line along John Bryan's line to Robt Brinson? corner to Jos Wilkes' line Robt Newall? survey chain bears James Clayton, Jr. and Jos Hipps or Tripps This may be my big break! (I found a photostat in Craven folder, and it looks like Robert Newall, Dy Surv., who wrote the survey. Check it at Raleigh!)

1792 Thomas Carraway for love gives his son Solomon Carraway 55a on head of Fipp's Savannah at head of Browns Cr., which I bought of John Carruthers 110a wits: Alex Carruthers Patty Carraway

1793 Thomas Carraway for 10 lbs from his son Thomas, Jr. 120a at fork of Lower Broad beginning at fork and running up Brown Cr. to side of a small gut below James Carraway to head and thence with the west branch of gut then with James Carraways line to Isaac Simmons corner to B.... seems to be land in fork made by Broad and Brows wits Joshua Ballance Solomon Carraway

1795 Thomas Carraway, planter, for love for son Solomon Carraway, 55a at head of Fipps swamp, from head of Browns Creek (a branch of Lower Broad) adj back line of John Carruthers deed to me of 110a wits: Alex Carruther Patty Carraway

1800 Sol Carraway to Joshua Carraway for 50 lb tract at head of Browns Creek being 1/2 of land John Carruthers sold to Tho Carraway who deed it toi Solomon wits: Alex Arrruther Tho Burney

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Orchard Creek

1729 Shine and Gatlin both sell acres on Broad Creek near Orchard to James Roe.

In 1740 Abner Neale, probably the grandson of the elder Christopher, acquired 170 acres on Orchard Creek,

1790 Francis Delamar to John Thomas and Thomas Clayton for 60 lb, 75a on west side of head of Orchard Cr., part of patent to Francis Dawson 150a Sept. 1745 wits: Wm Clayton and Jn Creekman

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Pierce Cr. (Pearces Cr.)

1729 Edmund Pierce sells to Tho Carraway 275a n side of Neuse beg at middle of land on said river to Powells' Point, land that Edmund Pearce sold 1/2 to Benedict Horsington to Powell Crk wits Job and Wm Carraway signed Edmund and Rachel R. Pearce Dinah Carraway, Tho's sister, md Benedict Horsington. (1760 Cason Brinson sells to Wm Fulsher 68 on w. side of Pearces crk, part of the land that Benedictus Herrington bought of Edmund Pearce; patented by Edmund Pearce 17 June 1706. wits: Robt Burney and Jeroshua Fulsher

1807 will of Joseph Carraway: son Gideon 8 negroes and plantation I bought of Wm Fulcher on Pierces Crk. and plantation where I live at my wife's death.

1824 Henry Carraway's will: to George also land at head of .... Pierces Crk known as The Bryan Land

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Whitaker Cr.

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Smith Cr.

N.D. James Green pd 100 lbs for 2 tracts on Neuse on ES of Smiths Creek as by patent held

Is Powell's Creek what became Smith's Creek?: 1729 Edmund Pierce sells to Tho Carraway 275a n side of Neuse beg at middle of land on said river to Powells' Point, land that Edmund Pearce sold 1/2 to Benedict Horsington to Powell Crk wits Job and Wm Carraway signed Edmund and Rachel R. Pearce Dinah Carraway, Tho's sister, md Benedict Horsington.

1731 John Smith of Neuse, Cooper, to Daniel Smith of the afsd Cooper, 75a plantation on Smiths Cr. to beginning of Cullem line

1742 John and Mary Carraway sell to John Wilson 800a n side of Neuse, n side of Powells cr where Richard Smith lived patented 1724 by Richard Smith wits John Carney and Wm Nelson (I wonder if this is John and Margaret Keeling Carraway?)

1742 John Gatlin sells Tho Carraway 150a beg upper side of Woodward's Gut, Martin Francks line (e side of Smith Creek) wits: Christopher Dawson and James Mills (Is this the land that sons Nathaniel and John were living on in 1767?)

Thomas' Carraway's will 1766 3. Son Richard- one half the land I now live on, (Second Richard) 4. Son William- All the other half of land next to Richard. (Jones & Powell Creeks.)

1766/1769 Thomas Carraway's will: sons John, Nathaniel, Richard, William John got 50a on Smith's cr. where he now lives Nathaniel got 75a adj John 50a. where he now lives Richard got land "that I now live on....after death of his mother.

1784 Nathaniel Carraway, planter, buys from Samuel Sparrow, shipwright for 20 lbs on Powells Cr. adj Wm Johnson patent to John Bryan corner, Wm Whitaker wits Thomas Sparrow and Joseph Burney

1799 Clayton James blacksmith NC Craven for 52 lbs sells 40a e side of Adams Creek in forks of Smith Creek Abner Neal line to James Thomas to John Carney wits James Tolley James Carraway

1800 Thomas Carraway to Nathan Carraway w side of ne prong of Smiths Creek wits: James Clayton John Carraway proved by oath of James Clayton in Dec. term

1801 Mw D. Bryan for $1000 sells 150a to Joseph Carraway e side of Smith Creek beg upper side of Woodward Gut running up the gut to the head of said Joseph's line, to the creek line of patent hence down the creek to the beg. wits: James Carney, Jr. Wm Tripp

1824 Henry Carraway's will (he had 700a along the river) son Charles house and plantation beg mouth of Smith's creek running down Neuse to White...house..hurst?? neck, then up White...Cr to near the head to an old field where Webb formerly lived to Tillman's Road 350a

1799 James Carraway witnessed deed of James Clayton to John Carney for 72 lb e side of Adams Cr. in the fork of Smith Cr. (Was this formerly Carraway land?)

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Trent Creek

Trent Cr. arises 2 miles ne of head of Smith, flows nw into Bay River:

1774 Joseph Brooks, planter to James Clayton, blacksmith for 35 lbs 250a s side of Bay River e. side of Trent Cr. at head of easternmost swamp or branch, being half of Joseph Brooks patent for 500a of 5 May 1769 adj Hinson Wright and Wm Carruthers wits: John Bryan and John Parkinson

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1777 Nathaniel Carraway for 5 lbs to William Carraway buys 75a, part of William Brooks patent for 300a and conveyed to Wm Carraway. tract between Neuse and Bay at head of Trent, beg. at Tho Carraways corner, in line of patent to Smith Sparrow's corner, along patent line to Howard's line, kthen along it to Tho Carraways line to beg. wits: Gideon Carraway Asa Bryan

1777 James Clayton to John and Thomas his sons, the 250a which he bought from Joseph Brooks l/2 of Joseph Brooks patent. in Trent swamp. wits. Joseph Good and Wm Clayton

James got 1/2 and Nathaniel got 1/2 of this Brooks patent.

1785 John Clayton of Hyde to Tho Clayton of Craven, brother gives his part of Joseph Brooks property, 150a, gift of James Clayton wits: Wm Clayton and Richard X Cary

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1780 John Carruthers patents 400a e side of the head of Trent Creek swamp adj. Joseph Brooks, James Clayton, John Hoard, Wm Brooks

1781 Wm Clayton patents 640a e side of Trent adj Wm Carruthers and Tho Delamar

1793 Clayton Carruthers for 40 lb. to James Clayton 100a, part of patent granted to Wm Carruthers for 200a 4 Dec. 1770. between Neuse and Bay on road from head to Broad Cr. to Trent Cr. beg. wm Carruthers line, Touch Brooks, or Jonah Brooks. wits: Tho York and Tho W. Clayton

1796 Wm Clayton blacksmith to Tho Clayton ship carpenter for 125 lbs 359a between Broad Crk and head of Trent at easternmost branch beginning at Brooks...head of James Clayton's corner, part of patent granted to James Clayton wits: Wm and Susannah Fulsher

Henry Carraway by 1824 seems to have owned a great deal of property--700a along the Neuse, 3000a up in area of Bay and Trent, $1400 for his two daughters, etc. He's the one who came to the fore. to George also 1800 a that I bought of Jno Carruthers lying on Broad Crk and Bay River

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Green Creek
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Kershaw (Cashaw) North Branch of Green Cr.

1739 Tho Carraway 179a Craven N side of Neuse N side of Cashaw Cr. adj John Carrow (upper branch of Green's Cr) Kershaw

1745 Thomas Carraway, Jr. sells Jos Edmondson 89 1/2 a n side of Neuse, Corshaw Cr. wits: John West, John Nelson, Jr. Tho Carraway

1745 Thomas Carraway, Jr. sells to John Nelson 89 1/2 a N side ..... half of 179a patent wits Jos Simmonson and Tho Carraway

1759 Joseph and William, Jr. Carraway witnessed deed of Thomas Nelson for love to brother John Nelson 450a, adj plantation whereon John Bryan lives and Rich Neck, hence along course of patent to Cashaw Cr. (Kershaw Cr, the upper north branch of Green's Cr.)

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Dawson Creek

1758 Thomas Carraway, Sr. gives Tho Carraway Jr. 130 a little above Dawsons Cr. wits Wm Bryan and James Carraway.

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Beard Creek

1729 John Carraway wit for sale of John Wexdell to John Keeling 96a e side of Beard's Cr.

1732 John Keeling for 100 lbs sells 95a where I lately did dwell es of Capt. James Beard's cr.

1732 Thomas Pittman buys 640a plantation on Neuse adj so eastward the land that did belong to Capt. James Beard decd, which land was patented in name of Richd. Deareham in 1706 and by sundry transfers etc. sold to me Martin Franch from Edmond Gale of Albemarle wit John Granck, Junr.

1778 William Carraway patents 200a upper side of Beard's Cr. his own line and back by Sam Hover's line.

1783 William Carraway will wife Mary 10 negroes 1/3 of sawmill and gristmill on Beard's Cr. land around mill bought of Moses Griffin 200a bought of John Carruthers lots of other stuff lends everything else to her during her life at wife'd death Wm, son of bro Arthur 1 plantation where Wm Edgerton lives. 195a and another patent adj. to Churche Carraway Dawson 1/w lot in Newbern to nephew Francis Delamar plantation where I now live: 510a and 1 tract I bought of John Edge Thomason 200a and 3 other tracts I patented myself lying between Beards Crk and Goose Cr. and 1 negro

1792 Jon Perkins 100a patent between Goose and Beard, adj "land that was Wm Carraay's, now Mr. Respass. (Thomas Respass married Mary Carraway in 1784!!)

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Goose Cr. and Upper Broad

1750 Solomon Edwards witness to deed Joseph Wright to Christopher Dawson 60a e side of Goose Cr. patented by John Bryan 15 Feb. 1734.

1750 Thomas Carraway buys 460a from Geo Brim Harris of Carteret Co. between Upper Broad and Goose Cr., patented by Harris. wits John Carraway and Southey Rew Downstream from Goose Cr. (other side from Upper Broad) there's an indentation about 2/3 miles called Carraway Bay betwen Kendall Point and Lower Duck Cr. This land seems to be what was willed to nephew Francis Delamar by Wm Carraway in 1783.

1758 Peter Harper 75a to James Brinson on e side of Goose Cr. wits Cason Brinson and John Linton

1778? John Bryan 100a Goose Cr. and head of Persimmon Br. adj Peter

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Upper Broad

1750 Solomon Edwards buys from George Graham 50a s side of swamp running out of Upper Broad Cr. wits David Lewis and Tho Speight

Solomon Edwards died ca 1766. His widow Mary, married James Clayton of Craven. James and Mary became guardians of his orphans, but a year or two later they surrendered this responsibility to elder brother, Simon Edwards. They lived on e side of the Upper Broad Cr.

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Other Places

1786 Thomas Clayton 100a in fork of Bay River beg north prong of said River to Cornelius Bell's patent to Bay River Bridge.

1786 Thomas Clayton 100a between Neuse and Bay and between Trent and Pearce beginning at a white oak in James Clayton's patent.

1786 William Clayton 260a at head of Swan's Crk beg. Tillman's corner

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