Merchandise journals and ledgers provide genealogists an opportunity to place their ancestors in specific locales during years between censuses. This peek into Wake Treasures comes from a three part article on “Customers of the William Hill General Merchandising Store”. The store was located in Raleigh, NC. The Wake Treasures article is an abstraction of customers’ names by DeWayne C. McCarty of some pages from the original ledger located in the N.C. State Archives. The ledger contains 250 pages with approximately 2500 customer entries. The three part article lists all the customers from November 19, 1806 to March, 31, 1807. The peek below shows three of the 125 days of abstracted data.
Nov 19, 1806 Dec 4, 1806 Jan 20, 1807
Parrish, Hartwell Andrews, Benjamin Rhodes, Will
Delk, David Sen. Blan, Henry Nutt, Robert
Moss, Willie Hill, William Parish, Charles
Hodge, William Chavis, John Haywood, William H.
Williams, Robert Rice, Mrs. Abbigal Marshall, John
Parish, Charles Nutt, William Jun Mabry, Mrs. Jane
Marshall, John Rice, Mrs. Abbigal Haywood, William Henry
Robeteau, John S. Massengale, Henchen Parish, Charles
Hill, William Jones, Willie Nutt, William Sen.
Sanders, Rheubin Burt, John Vandergriff, Archibald
Rhodes, Allen Whitaker, Robert Tempell, Jesse
Spright, William Jun. Parish, Charles Parrish, Charles
Brown, Dury Gaddy, Mrs. Elizabeth Dupree, Peter
Chavis, John Nutt, Robert Sugg, John
Roberteau, John S.
Delk, David Jun.
We hope this peek into the Journal whets your appetite for more information. Access to the complete past and present articles of Wake Treasures
is available to all WCGS members form the Wake Treasures page of the Members Area
If you are not a member and would like access, you may go to the WCGS store
on Lulu to purchase hard copies of the journal from 2007 to the present. In addition, there is a free subject index to Volumes 1-25
of Wake Treasures
where you can identify which volumes may have articles of interest to you. Better yet, for the price of a few hard copies, you can join WCGS
and get on-line access to all volumes of Wake Treasures
as well as other member-only benefits.
At the October meeting of the Wake County Genealogical Society, David M. McCorkle presented his work on land grants. Over the last two years David has developed a free website to search information about North Carolina Land Grants (link below). His site has about 216,000 records with over 190,000 scanned images. These include images of all 205 existing Land Patent Books with complete metes and bounds for each patent and images of loose documents (surveys, warrants, receipts) for six counties including Wake. Most of the state is covered in this database. The land grant images and associated data on the website were provided courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina and are in the public domain.
Grants occur when the government transfers land to an individual. A deed is the transfer of land from one individual to another. Here are the links to search for both types of Wake County land transfers.