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Agriculture and Land

1732                      1751                     1765                     1771                    

1736                     1752                     1766                     1772                    

1738                     1753                     1768                     1773                    

1739                     1759                     1769                     1774                    

1745                     1761                     1770                     1775                    

                                                               1763                                                    1785          



October 21-28, 1732
South Carolina Gazette

I Am informed that several Persons in South-Carolina have taken out Warrants there, to survey Lands on the north side Wackamaw River, and on the Lands formerly possessed by the Congerree Indians, which are now within this Government; therefore to prevent unadvised people from parting with their money to no purpose, and to give satisfaction to all persons whom it may concern, I have transcribed His Majesty’s Instruction for ascertaining the Bounds of the two Governments of North and South Carolina.

Instruction the 104th. “And in order to prevent any Disputes that may arise about the southern boundaries of our province under your Government; We are graciously pleased to signify Our pleasure, that a Line shall be run (by Commissioners appointed by each province) beginning at the sea 30 miles distant from the mouth of Cape Fear River on the south-west thereof, keeping the same distance from the said River, as the course thereof runs to the main source or head thereof, and from thence the said boundary Line shall be continued due west as far as the South-Seas; but if Wackamaw lies within 30 miles of Cape Fear River, then that River to be the boundary from the sea to the head thereof, and from thence a due west course to the South-Seas.”

For the satisfaction of all men that bought Lands of the late Proprietors (before the King’s purchase was compleated) scituated on the north side Wackamaw River, or in any other part between Cape Fear River, and the Line given by his Majesty to this Government, I give notice, their Rights, and Titles to all Lands so purchased as aforesaid, are deemed, and allowed to be good and lawful by this Government.

N. B. The above recited Instruction is the same in His Excellency Governor Johnson’s and Mine, except the Word southern before boundaries, which is altered to northern in His. The head of Wackamaw River is within 10 miles of Cape Fear River, and is not distant so much as 30 miles in any place, but a few miles before it runs into Winyaw Bay.

North-Carolina, Sept. 11, 1732.

George Burrington                         

October 28-November 4, 1732
South Carolina Gazette


I, Being very much surprized at his Excellency Governor Burrington’s, Advertisement in this Paper of the 21st Instant, relating to the Boundaries of the two Colonies of North and South-Carolina; and his Manner of interpreting his Majesty’s Instruction relating thereunto, think it proper, for the better Information of those concerned, to publish what I know concerning the Intention of his Majesty’s said Instruction, which is as follows.

Governor Burrington, and Myself were summoned to attend the Board of Trade, in order to settle the Boundaries of the two Provinces. Governor Burrington laid before their Lordships Col. Moseley’s Map, describing the Rivers of Cape Fear and Wackamaw, and insisted upon Wackamaw River being the Boundary, from the Mouth to the Head thereof, etc.

WE of South-Carolina, desired their Lordships wound not alter their first Resolution, which was, that a Line should be Run, beginning at the Sea, thirty Miles distant from the Mouth of Cape Fear River, on the South-west Side thereof, etc. as the first part of the Instruction, published by Governor Burrington, sets forth; and their Lordships then concluded, that That should be the Boundary, unless the Mouth of Wackamaw River, was within thirty Miles of Cape Fear River; in which Case, both Governor Burrington and Myself agreed, Wackamaw River should be the Boundary. And, I do apprehend, the Word Mouth being left out of the last part of the Instruction, was only a Mistake in the Wording it. And I think it proper, farther to inform those it may concern, that I have acquainted The Rt. Honourable the Lords of Trade, of the different Interpretations Governor Burrington and Myself have put on his Majesty’s aforesaid Instructions, and have desired his Majesty’s farther Orders thereon.

R. JOHNSON                         


October 22, 1736
Virginia Gazette

August 21. We are informed by private Letters from London, That his Majesty has granted a large Tract of Land behind the Two Carolinas to the Swiss, who are to send over their People at their own Expence; and they have assured the Government, in a few Years they will send at their own Expence, above 100,000 of their People. By Agreement they are not to settle themselves within 150 Miles of the Sea.


February 10, 1738
Virginia Gazette

To be Sold, a Pennyworth,


THE Seat of George Burrington, Esqr; late Captain General, and Governor in Chief of His Majesty’s Province of North-Carolina, containing 29,225 Acres of fine, convenient Land, consisting of the several Tracts under-written, and all contiguous, viz.


1. The Tract of Land which was Mr. Robert Forrester’s, containing                            2425

2. The Tract of Land which was Mr. William Little’s, containing                                  4200

3. The Tract of Land which was Mr. John Lovick’s, containing                                    4200

4. The Tract of Land which was Mr. Edward Moseley’s, containing                         10000

5. The Tract of Land which was Mr. Edward Moseley’s, containing                           8400


All lying on the East Side of Saxapahaw River, having the Land of Sir Richard Everard, Bart. on the North. The Lands of Mr. Thomas Jones, and Major George Pollock, on the East, intersects the Head of Caterpiller Creek, which is the Head of New River; and keeping the North Side of Rocky Run, winds with the above-mentioned Saxapahaw River North, to the said Land of Sir Richard Everard. In all 29225 Acres.

The first Tract lies between Sir Richard’s Land, and Marrow bone River.

The second Tract lies between Marrow bone River, and Flat Branch; and has in it on the River, Saxapahaw, Low ground Run, and Indian Banch; and on Marrow-bone River, one Run or Branch. Flat Branch is opposite to the Entry of Arrunky River.

The third Tract lies between Flat Branch and Buffelo Creek; and in it, on the said Saxapahaw River, is Dry Branch, and the Westward Indian Trading Path.

The fourth Tract lies between Buffelo Creek, and Island Creek: At the South East Corner of the third Tract turns with an Elbow North, and passing by the East Ends of the first Three Tracts, terminates on the East Line of Sir Richard Everard’s; and is bounded on the East, with the afore mentioned Lands of Mr. Jones, and Major Pollock. In this Tract, are Jumping Run, Fish pond Branch, and the Pond; all on Saxapahaw River.

The fifth Tract lies between Island Creek, and Rocky Run, in a Sort of Triangle; and in it are Briery Creek, and Brick house Branch.

N. B. Gentlemen who desire to purchase, may have further Directions, and may know the Conditions of Purchase, by applying to William Parks, Printer, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

An exact Copy of the original Plat of the Whole, containing the above-mentioned Five Tracts, may be viewed at the House of Mr. Joseph Anderson, in Edenton, North-Carolina, or at the Printing Office in Williamsburg. And for the Conveniency of Purchasers, the above Estate of Land may be sold in Parcels, provided the Whole can be disposed of.


February 23, 1739
Virginia Gazette

To be Sold, by Charles Evans, Ferry-keeper on Tar River, 15 Miles from Speere’s Ferry on Roanoke River, in North-Carolina, at Ten Pounds Virginia Currency per Hundred, Two Thousand Acres of very good Land, being Purchase Land, granted in the Proprietor’s Time, at Six Pence per Hundred Quit-Rents, for ever: And in the Banks thereof is a Copper Mine, twice tried in England. It runs 5 Miles on the River, is very commodious for Trade, with two Cyprus Swamps thereon, full of vast large Cyprus, and near adjoining to a Desart, called the Canetar; which is suppos’d to be 10 Miles wide, and 30 Miles long; and when fenced to the Desart at each End, you may keep 1000 Head of Cattle, without any Feeding, for 1000 Years, being full of vast high Reeds, and there is brave hunting the Bear.

Charles Evans.                         

April 13, 1739
Virginia Gazette

To be SOLD, very reasonably,

A Tract of Land, containing 10,000 Acres, lying on the North Branches of Nuse River, in North-Carolina; and another Tract of 5000 Acres, lying on the same Branches, at a Place call’d Catacta Fort, being purchas’d Land, by Virtue of old purchas’d Warrants, and paying but Six Pence per Hundred Acres annually, Quit-Rent. Any Person inclinable to purchase both or either of the said Tracts, may apply to Col. Benjamin Hill, in Bertie County, or to the Subscriber, the Proprietor of the said Land, at Sewell’s Point, in Norfolk County, and know the Terms of Sale.

Also another Tract of Land, containing 750 Acres, at Sewell’s-Point, whereon the Subscriber now lives, with a good Dwelling-house, Kitchen, Barn, Stable, and all other necessary and convenient Out-houses, the Plantation and Houses being in good Repair. Any Person inclinable to purchase it, may apply to the Subscriber at his House, and treat for the same.

Lewis Conner.                         

April 6, 1739.                         


November 7, 1745
Virginia Gazette

WHEREAS Theophilus Pugh, of Nansemond County, Merchant, for the Security of a large Sum of Money, due from him to Robert Cary, of the city of London, Merchant, did mortgage unto the said Robert Cary, the following Lands, Slaves, and Vessels; that is to say,

In North-Carolina,

300 Acres on Meherrin, in Bertie County, called Outlaw’s, purchased of Edward and George Outlaws.

500 Acres in the same County, called Horshey-Ridge, purchased of William Winns.

400 Acres in the same County, near the old Court-house, purchased of Robert Rogers.

1600 Acres in the same County, on Horshey-Swamp, in three Tracts, purchased of John Perry, and of John and Robert Beverleys; and these Slaves, Jacob, Tommy, Boatswain, English, Wicked, Hollyhead, London, Tony, Kate, Violet, Rose, Judy, Tony, Harry, and Boatswain, and all their Offspring, then born, and to be born.

4000 Acres on Roanoake River, near Blunt’s Town, in Bertie County, in eight Tracts, purchased of Henry Overstreet, Theophilus Williams, Henry Jernigan, Doctor James Jameson, and James Flood; and these Slaves, Venus, Frank, Peter, [Yao], Sharper, Jack, Frank, Tony, Sarah, and Cuffoe, and all their Offspring, born, and to be born.

640 Acres on Cashie, in the same County, called [Wattom], purchased of John Beverley.

800 Acres on [Carnoustie]-Swamp, in two Tracts, purchased of Frederick Jones, and Jacob Carter.

600 Acres on Bennet’s Creek, in Chowan County, called Dogwood-[Neck] and these Slaves, London, Boatswain, Tony, Jamaica, London, Dick, [illegible], Jenny, George, and all their Offspring, born, and to be born.[...]

The Ship William and Betty.

The Ship Prosperous [Kester].

The Sloop Little Molly.

The Sloop Little [Hetty].

The Schooner Nansemond Frigate. And

The Schooner Pugh, with all their Boats, Sails, etc.

And whereas the Day of Payment in the said Mortgage is elapsed, and that the legal Estate in all and singular the said mortgaged Premises, is vested in the said Robert Cary: And whereas I have received Information, that the said Theophilus Pugh is not only selling and otherwise fraudulently conveying the said mortgaged Premises, (of which the several Purchasers are advertised to beware) but is concealing, and endeavouring to convey the several Slaves herein before mentioned, out of the several Governments where they lived, in order to secrete them, and transport them beyond Sea: I hereby promise to pay to any Person, who shall apprehend any of the said Slaves, to removed, or removing, and on Delivery thereof to Mr. John Savage, Merchant, in Charles-Town, in the Province of South-Carolina; Mr. Robert Forster, in the Province of North-Carolina; or to me, or Capt. John O’neal, in Nansemond County, in Virginia, the Sum of Twenty Shillings Sterling, for each. And all Persons are hereby requested, for the Sake of Justice, and to prevent so scandalous a Piece of Injustice and Fraud, to be as far as they can in their several Stations, [illegible] in the detecting and preventing thereof.

James P[ower].                         


February 14, 1751
Virginia Gazette

To be SOLD, for ready Money,

THE Estate of the late Nathaniel Duckinfield, Esq; of London, lying in North-Carolina, consisting of 1600 Acres of very valuable Land, on Salmon Creek, in Bertie County, within 3 Miles of the Governor’s, the Front whereof is bounded by Albemarle Sound, 200 Acres of which are clear’d, with several new Brick Houses, and other considerable Improvements thereon. 800 Acres of Land about six Miles above the Mouth of Maratuck River, bounded by the said River and two Creeks, and called by the Name of Warren Neck, and in the same County, but without any Improvements. Six Tracts of Piney Lands in Tyrell County, containing about 3600 Acres, together with about twenty Negroes, all the Cattle, Hogs, and other Stock on the said Plantation, on Salmon Creek. Any Persons inclined to purchase, may know the Terms, and soe a Draught of the Lands, by applying to us, in Suffolk.

Watson and Cairnes.                         

May 9, 1751
Virginia Gazette

May 4, 1750.                    

The Subscribers to the Petition bearing Date the 26th of February, 1749, to His Majesty, was the Proprietor of North-Carolina, for granting them Two Millions of Acres of Land, in that Government, on the Branches of missisippi River, yet according to the Conditions of the said Petition, desired to meet at the House of Mr. Matthew Anderson, in Newcastle Town, the first Saturday in June next, to consult of such Matters, relating to the said Petition, as the Subscribers shall think necessary to perfect the same; having, on the 25th of April last, obtained the Assent the [illegible] of the Agents of the Right Honourable Earl of Granville.

Thomas Holland [illegible]                    


April 10, 1752
Virginia Gazette

To be SOLD, very reasonable, by the Subscriber,

A TRACT of Land, containing 1200 Acres, in Pasquotank, North-Carolina, joining on a[illegible]old navigable River, call’d North-River, and on the main Road that leads through the said County from Norfolk to Edenton, about 45 Miles from Norfolk, with two Plantations thereon, well wooded and water’d, Quit-rent free, being purchased from an Indian King. For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Thomas Waike, on the Subscriber, living in Princess-Anne County.

Francis [Clerk]                         

N.B. The Subscriber, being in great Want of Cash, will take 200 Pistoles for it.

F. [Clerk]

April 23, 1752
The Pennsylvania Gazette

To be sold, together or in parcels,

TEN tracts of land, situate on Sill’s creek, on the south-side of Arkin River, in Anson’s county, in North-Carolina; each tract containing 640 acres and upwards.

Also 8 tracts of land, situate on Linch’s Creek, in the county aforesaid; some of the last mentioned tracts containing 1100 acres, and the others about 400 acres; boats and other vessels may come up within 15 miles of the last mentioned tracts.

Likewise 4 tracts of land, situate and adjoining to Deep River, in the county of Bladen, North-Carolina, containing 7000 acres; said river being navigable to Cape-Fear.

And also another tract of 4000 acres, situate near the river Arkin, on Abbott’s Creek, and the head branches of Swearing Creek, in the county of Anson.

Enquire for particulars of the subscriber, living on Tar River, 10 miles below Granvill Court-house, in the county of Granvill, North-Carolina.

JAMES MCMANUS.                         

N.B. The greatest part of all the above-mentioned tracts, are exceeding good improved land, with several hundred acres of rich meadow ground, well supplied with fresh water, and other conveniences.


March 2, 1753
Virginia Gazette

To be SOLD, in North-Carolina, for ready Money, or one Year’s Credit,

A TRACT of Land, containing 10,000 Acres, lying in Edgcomb County about 80 Miles over Tar River, the said 10,000 Acres of Land are purchased Patents, there are four Settlements on the said Land, with Large Corn Fields and Pasturage all clear’d, some Fruit Trees, as Apple, Peach, etc. Any Person inclinable to purchase the said land, or Part, may know the Terms by applying to Mr. Edward Wright, in Nansemond County, to Mr. Samuel Tenant, in Princess Anne, or to the Subscriber, living near Norfolk.

Roderick Conner.                         


August 7, 1759
Edinburgh Evening Courant

Charles-Town, June 1. Upwards of 2000 bushels of Indian corn are arrived from North Carolina, which is a very seasonable supply, that necessary of life having been artificially raised to the exorbitant price of 30 s. a bushel.


December 3, 1761
The Pennsylvania Gazette

To be SOLD,

SUNDRY large and valuable Tracts of Land, on the Waters of Pidee and Rockey Rivers, in North-Carolina, containing near 200,000 Acres. The Land will be sold in such Parcels as will be most agreeable to the Purchasers, and on the most reasonable Terms, suitable to its Quality and Quantity. A Person, properly empowered, will attend at the Superior Court, at Salisbury, in Rowan County, which commences the 20th of March next, to dispose of the said Land. The Title is indisputable; yet should any of the Purchasers desire it, they may obtain His Majesty’s Patents for the Land.

Tho. Mo.                                        


April 21, 1763
The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA. April 21, 1763.

WHEREAS a Proposal is now on Foot, for settling a very Extensive Colony upon the finest Part of the OHIO, and Application been also made, previous to the Peace, for that Purpose, it is necessary to acquaint the Public with the Proposals.

As they are the most advantageous of the Kind ever know, and I may venture to say, that ever will be: The Situation, Fertility of the Soil, Navigation, and innumerable other Advantages that attends this Colony, over and above any that can be mentioned in the American Empire, are Inducements sufficient for any sensible Men to settle there, without the least Hesitation; but as Mankind are fond of being secured in the real Enjoyment of something independent, it is proposed that every Family who becomes Proprietors and Settlers in this Colony, are to have 300 Acres of Land, to be granted by Patent, to them and their Heirs forever: It is also proposed that 400,000 Acres are to be sold to Gentlemen Proprietors, which will be granted in Patents, from One Thousand to Ten Thousand Acres each, these are proposed to be sold at the Rate of £50 per Thousand Acres, which will raise a Sum of £2000, which is to be employed in purchasing the Colony, Provisions, Cattle, and farming Utensils, &c.

The Extent of the Colony as proposed, is nine Degrees of North Latitude, and nine Degrees of West Longitude, beginning at the ninth Degree from Philadelphia, and ending at the seventeenth Degree of Western Longitude, Latitude from 36 to 44.

The Name of the Colony is to be NEW-WALES, in Honour of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, who is to be sole Proprietor of the Colony.

As the settling of this Colony will be effected as soon as possible, it is desired that all Planters, Farmers and others, who are inclined to settle, give in their Names by the last of May; as also, those Gentlemen who are inclined to become Purchasers, as their Names will be sent to England, and the Patents made out there, if approved.

The Numbers of Families proposed to form the first Settlement are 4000, who are to march in two Divisions, and are to compose two Cities or Towns, for the more Convenience of laying out the Land round each: They will be laid out upon the River, and every Advantage taken, both with respect to the Navigation and Situation.

This Colony will be so advantageously situated, with respect to the easy Navigation to the West-Indies, that the Inhabitants will be able to transport their Commodities in a few Days, That is to say, Those that are in Demand, viz. Lumber, Live stock, Pork, Beef and Flour, many of which Articles they may raise the first Year, besides some for Great-Britain, particularly Tobacco, which, in that rich Soil, is easily cultivated, and turns out to great Advantage.

But, as the Articles of Produce are taken Notice of in a Work which will be shortly published for that Purpose, I shall omit it here; every Family must have two Draught-Oxen, all Sorts of Breeding Stock, and every Kind of farming Utensils: The Colony will march from Philadelphia, and proper Notice will be given in the public Papers, with respect to the Time the Colonists are to meet: The Grants for the Land will be given before they march from Philadelphia: Upon the Delivery of the Patents, each Family must pay Five Pounds, which is also to be laid out in Provisions for the March, as many People will omit providing those Articles, from the great Distance they will have to come to Philadelphia.

Great Encouragement will be given to Millwrights, Wheelwrights, House Carpenters, Ship Carpenters, Blacksmiths, &c. Ships will be provided at Philadelphia to transport the Artificers, Tools, farming Utensils, Provisions and Seed-Corn.

Those who are determined to embrace this Opportunity, are desired to send their Names to the undermentioned Persons in the different Provinces within the Time mentioned, viz.

Pennsylvania (to Mr. WILLIAM DUNLAP, in Philadelphia.

(to MATTHIAS SLOUGH, Esq; in Lancaster.

Boston Government, and Governments to the Eastward, to Colonel WILLIAM GRIDLEY.

Connecticut, to Brigadier LYMAN.

Rhode-Island, to Colonel BABCOCK.

New York, to Mr. GARRET NOEL.

New Jersey (Eastern Division, to Mr. HUDE, at New Brunswick.

(Western Division, to, JOHN LAWRENCE, Esq; in Burlington

Maryland, to WILLIAM NICHOLSON, Esq; at Newtown.

Virginia, to BENJAMIN YOUNG, Esq;



    1. WEBB, Lieut. of the 48th Regiment, one of the Proposalists.

N.B. All Persons are desired to pay Postage that send Letters to any of the above Gentlemen, or they will not be regarded.


February 27, 1765
Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh)

Letters from North Carolina mention, that several thousand weight of tobacco has been made last summer in the western part of that province, which comes nothing short of that cultivated in Maryland or Virginia.

May 9, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

To the Publishers of the PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE.


YOUR inserting the following Extract, being Part of a Letter (on the Making of Vineyards) to the Editors of a Work published in England in 1763, something of which Sort seems absolutely necessary, since Stamp Duties, &c. are like to become so fashionable, will greatly oblige[.]

A Well-wisher to AMERICA.

I HAVE long thought that good Wine might be made on the Continent of North America; the Extent of Territory we possess there is amazing, and the Diversity of Climates such, that, in more than one of our Colonies, Vines may certainly with Advantage be

planted[. . . .]

I would earnestly recommend it to the Planters of our several Colonies to try, with proper Precautions, their Success in planting Vineyards; it would be easy for them to procure Cuttings from the best Vines which grow on the Banks of the Rhine and Moselle; these would thrive well in Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, and the Province of Massachusetts; and able Vignerons, for the Purpose of dressing the Vines, might probably be got, on moderate Terms, from among the Germans settled at the Back of Virginia and Pennsylvania; and if not, many in Germany would be glad to remove.

September 5, 1765
The Pennsylvania Gazette

WILMINGTON (North Carolina) July 24.

The ingenious Mr. John Wily, of the province of Virginia, has lately published “A treatise upon the propagation of sheep, the manufacture of wool, and the cultivation and manufacture of flax, with directions for making several utensils for the business.”— He has some time ago set up a woollen manufactory, which is carried on with great spirit, and we are informed by a gentleman from that province, that cloths have already been manufactured there not at all inferior to those imported from England, particularly what is called Wilton cloth. — He will instruct negroes in any branch of the woollen or linen manufactory on easy terms


March 21, 1766
Virginia Gazette (Purdie)

To be SOLD,

A CHOICE parcel of land, lying in Orange county, North Carolina, known by the name of the Hawfields, containing about 30,000 acres. For terms apply to the proprietor, who will be on the spot until the month of May next, or to Mr. Francis Nash at Childsburgh.

SAMUEL STRUDWICK.                         

June 6, 1766
Virginia Gazette (Purdie)

To be SOLD,

A TRACT of LAND in Halifax county, North Carolina, on the north side of Roanoke river about 20 miles below Halifax town containing 20 acres, with a dwelling home, Kitchen, and other out houses, two good apple orchards, upwards of 100,000 corn hill of fresh cleared and under a very good fence, a fine convenient spring, and about a mile from the river. The terms, which will be very reasonable, may be known by applying to me on the premises,

WILLIAM BARROW.                         

July 4, 1766
Virginia Gazette (Purdie)

To be SOLD, or RENTED, with or without Negroes,

A NEW SAW MILL, 64 feet long, with two saws, 25 miles from Edenton, on Chowan river, where any vessel may take in her load within half a mile of the mill dam, and go to the dam with 7 feet; also 640 acres of land, a small plantation cleared on the river side, a house 27 by 17, two stories high, one brick chimney, and a very fine young orchard. Whoever is inclinable to purchase, or rent, may know the terms by applying to the owner in Edenton.

CULLEN POLLOK.                         

July 25, 1766
Virginia Gazette (Purdie)

To be SOLD, at Bath town, in North Carolina,

A GOOD Dwelling-House, two stories high, with four rooms on a floor, and kitchen and cellars under the house; warehouses, wharf, and about 300 acres of good land adjoining the said town, very convenient for trade, or plantation business. Also three tracts of land, within three miles of the other, the greatest part of which is fine swamp land, easily drained, and a saw and grist mill on a very good stream, with 1200 acres of well timbered land running along the stream ten miles up the river. The terms will be left in writing at the said house for them together or separately, and the time of payment made convenient to any person (who takes all) with security. The purchaser may have such part of the furniture as may be agreed upon.

September 5, 1766
Virginia Gazette (supplement) (Purdie)

To be SOLD, and entered on in January next, or RENTED for a term of years.

THE plantation whereon the subscriber now lives, on the head of Hoskey swamp, in Northampton county, North Carolina, containing 640 acres of very good land, about 200 acres of which is cleared, with a good dwelling-house 42 by 18, well finished, wainscoted chair board high, brick gable ends, with a good cellar at one end for liquor, the other end a kitchen, and all convenient outhouses, a very good apple orchard of 600 trees of different kinds of apples, and about 1000 peach trees just beginning to bear.

Also to be Sold, and entered on at any time,

Two plantations, lying in the said county, containing 200 acres each, has very good range for cattle and hogs, and a grist mill, newly built, on a very good stream, and within two miles of my house. There will be also sold cattle, hogs, etc. to any person purchasing or renting the said land. Any person inclinable to purchase, or rent, the same, are desired to apply to Josiah Granbery near Suffolk, or the subscriber.

WILLIAM GRANBERY.                         

September 5, 1766
Virginia Gazette (supplement) (Purdie)

To be LET, by the subscriber, for three years, nine months, or yearly.

A TAVERN, in Halifax town, North Carolina, known by the name of the Crown Tavern, lying on the main street, with three lots adjoining, and the following improvements, viz. A large commodious house, with four rooms below and three above, one of which is made use of for a ball room, or mason’s lodge, a good kitchen, stable, dairy, smoke house, and a good tradesman’s shop, lying on the main street. The lots are well paled in, and a good garden to the said improvements. I have plenty of exceeding good house and kitchen furniture, which I would dispose of to the person inclining to rent the same, and give a reasonable time of credit. The terms may be known by applying to the subscriber, living on the premises.

DANIEL LOVELL.                         

October 24, 1766
Virginia Gazette (Purdie)

To be SOLD,

A PLANTATION in Northampton county, on Roanoke river, North Carolina, about four miles; above the town of Halifax, containing 233 acres, on which are many buildings; also two lots in the town of Halifax on the main street, on which is the dwelling-house with four rooms and floor, storehouse, warehouse, smokehouse, etc. very convenient for a merchant, also a house and kitchen the [illegible] street in the said town. The terms may be known by applying to the subscriber, Two years credit will be allowed the purchasers.

ANDREW TROUGHTON.                         


July 28, 1768
Pennsylvania Gazette


THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY being acquainted with the great loss the trade of this, and several other of the British Colonies, has sustained of late years, from the injury done by flies to the wheat, recommended to their committee of husbandry, the consideration of the means whereby so increasing and alarming an evil amongst us, might be checked or prevented. In consequence whereof, the following remarks were laid before the Society, June 21, 1768.

AN enquiry into the means whereby the injury of wheat in America from flies, may be lessened or prevented, is attended with difficulties and uncertainty here; because the members of the committee are at a distance from the immediate seats of observation, and cannot obtain that accurate knowledge of facts, which is requisite to insure the principles they adopt from errors. However, this is not thought a sufficient objection to their doing all in their power towards putting so interesting a research on a plan of investigation, and furnishing gentlemen, of learning and leisure, in the places where the mischief prevails, with hints that may serve as a basis to such a series of observations and experiments, as may probably be productive of the desired discovery.

It is said the injury of wheat from flies began in North Carolina, about 40 years past, where it has been difficult to preserve it ever since, unless in spring houses, or other cool places; and that the Indian corn of that country being of a soft and tender quality, is also liable to be injured by the same insects, but may be preserved from them, by keeping the cob covered with the under leaves of the husk.

That these mischievous flies have extended gradually from Carolina into Virginia, Maryland, and the Lower Counties, on Delaware; to the last of which places they did not arrive till seven years ago, and have not yet penetrated into Pennsylvania, or passed the Delaware. […]


January 26, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD, in Granville county, North Carolina, on three years credit, for Virginia currency, Negroes, or tobacco passed at any inspection on YORK, Appamattox, or James rivers,

A TRACT of very good level land, exceeding good for tobacco, wheat, or Indian corn, containing 600 acres, with a plantation thereon in fine order for cropping, cleared land sufficient to work six good Negroes, all under a good fence, and a good pasture; also a good dwelling-house with two rooms on a floor, two good brick chimnies, and a back shed for a lodging room, all well finished, a kitchen, smokehouse, dairy, barn, hen house, Negro house, stable, a good garden well paled, the frame sawed out of good white oak, and the pales out of the heart of poplar. The land lies on the main road from Halifax to Hillsborough, within 8 miles of Harrisburg, Granville court-house, Oxford and St. George’s chapel, and within a mile of an exceeding good grist mill. Any person inclinable to purchase may depend on having a good bargain; and an indisputable title made, on payment for the same. For terms inquire of the subscriber, on the premises.

ROBERT HARRIS.                         

February 23, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be RENTED, or LEASED, on reasonable terms, immediately,

ABOUT 200 acres of land, on Shoctee creek, in Bute county, North Carolina, pleasantly situated, whereon is Bute courthouse, and a good dwelling-house 40 by 24 feet, with four rooms below and three above, just now finished, a kitchen 20 by 16 feet, conveniently completed, a dairy, smokehouse, crib, lumber house, and stables, with other necessary outhouses, etc. a large and well furnished garden, and about 30,000 corn hills cleared, and under a good fence; all which is entirely free from any encumbrances of outsellers of liquors encroaching, as the right is solely in the advertiser, who now lives on the premises.

March 9, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD on Roanoke river, in the upper end of Halifax county, North Carolina,

SEVERAL tracts of valuable LAND, consisting of high and low grounds, both extreme fine for tobacco, two of them fit for the reception of genteel families, and the whole in good order for cropping. The river abounds with fine fish and wildfowl, in their season. The lands are 18 miles from the town of Halifax, and 65 from Petersburg. Any person inclinable to purchase may be shown the land, and know the terms, by applying to the subscriber on the premises.

EDWARD MONTFORT.                         

May 4, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD to the highest bidders, by virtue of a deed of trust from William Armstrong to the subscribers, as Halifax courthouse, on Thursday the 18th of this instant (May) being court day,

A VALUABLE TRACT of LAND, containing 330 acres, lying on the south side of Dan river, in Orange county, North Carolina, 300 acres of which is very fine low grounds, with all convenient buildings, being the land whereon the said William Armstrong now lives; also 500 acres of good high land, on both sides of Moon’s creek, about a mile from the other tract; likewise six valuable Negroes. The time of payment to be agreed on at the day of sale.

GORDON & RAMSAY.                         

May 11, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD, for ready money,

A VALUABLE TRACT of LAND, containing 650 acres, lying on Flat Swamp, in Tyrrell county, North Carolina, formerly a property of Francis Hobson, Esq; whereon is a well framed house, 30 feet by 16, a good kitchen and dairy, and upwards of 400 bearing apple and peach trees. Any person choosing to see the said land may apply to James Harrison, who lives thereon; and for terms apply to the subscriber, at Halifax.

JOHN THOMPSON.                         

N. B. This land lies in a place remarkable for a fine range for cattle and hogs.

June 8, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD by the subscriber, in Halifax county, North Carolina,

EIGHT hundred acres of LAND, lying on the river Roanoke, about five miles below the town of Halifax, whereon are two large plantations, in good order for cropping, with convenient new dwelling-houses, barns, etc. There is also a small plantation on the said land, whereon is a new dwelling-house, and other houses, situated very convenient for a tavern. The above lands are as fertile as any on the said river. Whoever has an inclination of purchasing may have the same for money, or likely Negroes.

BLAKE BAKER.                         

November 2, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)


SIX hundred acres of LAND, in Roan county, North Carolina, on the south side of Dan river, and is [illegible] extending them. The river was bound it in a [illegible] manner, and forms two thirds of the line. For [illegible] go to the subscriber, in Charlotte county.

WILLIAM JAMESON.                         

December 21, 1769
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

As I intend to leave the colony soon, this is to give notice that there is to be sold, for ready money only, two LOTS of TENEMENTS, with a good dwelling-house, and sundry other valuable improvements, situated on the main street of Halifax town, North Carolina, very proper for a store or tavern. The buildings are not above 18 months old. Any person inclining to purchase the above may apply to the subscriber, on the premises.

MARTIN SMITH.                         


August 16, 1770
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD to the highest bidder, by virtue of a deed of trust, on Friday the 7th of September next, at the plantation of William Simmons, in Northampton county, North Carolina,

THE said plantation, containing about 800 acres of land, lying upon Roanoke river, within nine miles of Halifax town, on which are all convenient houses for cropping, with cleared ground sufficient to work eight hands, and a valuable fishing place. At the same time will be sold, for ready money, the flocks of cattle, horses, hogs, and sheep. On Tuesday the 12th of September will be sold at Mr. Moses Myrick’s, in Bute county, a valuable tract of land in said county, adjoining the said Myrick’s, containing 1360 acres; and on Saturday the 15th of September will be sold at Mr. Thomas Person’s, in Granville county, a tract of land adjoining the said Person’s land, containing 700 acres. Credit will be allowed the purchasers of the above lands until the 10th day of April next, upon bond, with approved security, being given to the subscribers, who will attend at the different places upon the above mentioned days, if fair; if not, first fair day. On Wednesday the 10th of October next will be exposed to sale, at the plantation in Surry county whereon the above William Simmons now lives, the said plantation, lying within three miles of Cabin Point, containing 1200 acres of land, with a good dwelling-house, and all other necessary outhouses, thereon, a good stream of water, on which is a grist mill, a large quantity of meadow land, and exceeding good peach and apple orchards; and at the same time will be sold the whole flock of cattle, horses, hogs, and sheep, with all the plantation utensils, and three very good stills of different sizes. The time of payment for the land, and entry thereon, will be made known at the day of sale. Credit will be given the purchasers of the stocks, for all sums above 40 s. until the 10th day of April next, upon bond and security being given to

JAMES BELSCHES.                              

JAMES BUCHANAN.                          

July 27th, 1770.

September 6, 1770
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD at private sale,

SEVEN hundred ACRES of LAND, on Chowan river, about twelve miles from Edenton, on the west side of the river. There is an exceeding good herring fishery belonging to it, and it is a very pleasant situation; the river about two miles and a half over, and very convenient for a ferry. At Halifax, on the 8th day of October next, several country born SLAVES will be sold, for ready money.

CULLEN POLLOK.                         

September 27, 1770
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)


THREE hundred acres of valuable land, pleasantly situated, four miles from Halifax town, in North Carolina, whereon is a very good and convenient dwelling-house, a well framed kitchen, and all other necessary outhouses. The land is esteemed very good for grain, has a good apple and peach orchard, is remarkable for its excellent range for cattle and hogs, and lies on the main road leading from the town to [illegible] old courthouse. Also 100 acres of very good tobacco or corn land, which, from its situation, affords fine range, being surrounded almost by a fertile piece of meadow ground, adjoining the aforetract. Also 300 acres adjoining the first mentioned tract, on Panther branch, is likewise good land for tobacco or corn, and borders on Elk marsh. The subscriber begs leave to inform those who have any inclination to purchase all, or any one of the aforesaid tracts of land, that he will readily take either tobacco, hogs, negroes, or money, for the same.

JOHN GEDDY.                         

N.B. I will give seven shillings an ounce for OLD SILVER.


May 16, 1771
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)


FOUR Hundred and fifty Acres of very good LAND, on Contentney Creek, in Edgcumbe County, whereon is a good Dwellinghouse, some Outhouses, a good Apple Orchard, and cleared Land enough to work six or eight Hands; also two Hundred Acres, lying on Dunche Marsh, near Contentney Creek, in Dobbs County; three Hundred Acres in Northampton County, on Beer Swamp, within seven Miles of Roanoke River; each of the said Tracts of Land is very good Range for Stock. Likewise to be leased, for a Term of Years, nine Hundred and sixty Acres of exceeding good LAND, lying on Adkin River, at Fort Dobbs, in Roan County, about thirty Miles above Salisbury Town, which Land is not inferiour to the best on Roanoke. Six Months Credit will be allowed the Purchasers, on giving Bond and Security.

SAMUEL GRANBERY.                         

October 17, 1771
Virginia Gazette (Rind)

KING and QUEEN, October 1, 1771.

To be SOLD, on the premises, in the county of BUTE, in North-Carolina, on Monday the 25th of November next,

A VERY valuable tract of purchase patent land, formerly the property of the late Governor Johnston, and known by the name of Opossum Quarter. It is generally allowed to be among the best [illegible] land either in this colony or that province, and the soil remarkable for producing the best tobacco. Two or more years credit will be given without interest, as may be agreed on at the day of sale, and tobacco taken in discount of payment. Col. William Johnston, who lives near, will show the land, and has power to treat with any purchasers.

WILLIAM BLACK.                         

N. B. The land is distant from the several inspections on Appomattox about 75 miles, from that of Halifax town, in North-Carolina, about 35; and is subject to a quit rent of only 6 £. proclamation money, per 100 acres.

November 21, 1771
Virginia Gazette (Rind)


Also to be sold, on Thursday the 5th of December, an exceeding rich tract of high land, containing near 1000 acres, lying on Roanoke river, between Barnet’s and Edwards’s ferries, about 15 miles below Halifax town, North-Carolina, well wooded and watered, is beautifully situated, and convenient to church and mill; a sufficient quantity thereof is cleared to employ 15 hands, and is in good order for cropping. At the same time and place will be sold, for ready money, 7 likely Virginia born Negroes, 200 barrels of corn, and 25 head of cattle. For terms apply to Mr. Willie Jones, North Carolina, or to the subscribers, who will be on the plantation.

ROBERT BURWELL.                         

NATHANIEL BURWELL.                         

November 21, 1771
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Philadelphia, November 19, 1771.

NOTICE IS GIVEN TO ALL Persons indebted to BENJAMIN KENDALL, of this City, that they are required to make speedy Payment to the Subscribers, Assignees, to whom he has conveyed all his Estate, real and personal, for the Benefit of his Creditors, who are desired to bring in their Accounts to be adjusted, in order that the Whole of the Demands against him may be ascertained, and a Distribution made in due Time.

The said Assignees will be ready to treat with such Persons, as are inclinable to purchase any Part of the following described Real Estate of the said Kendall, viz. [...]

A Tract of 750 Acres of LAND, near Wilmington, in North Carolina.

December 5, 1771
The Pennsylvania Gazette

To be SOLD in small Tracts, ABOUT 30,000 acres of land, in Orange county, North-Carolina, commonly called the Haw-fields; the quality of these lands is so generally known, that it is needless to say any thing in recommendation of them, only this may be proper to mention, that they produce as good wheat as any in Pennsylvania, and being a strong soil, will bear extraordinary hemp, flax, and tobacco; there is navigation within 70 miles, several reputable merchants having lately established stores at Cross-creek, the want of which formerly obliged the inhabitants of Orange county to carry their flour sometimes 180 miles by land; this inconvenience being obviated by the settlement at Cross-creek abovementioned, and the peace of the country being now happily restored, and settled upon a solid foundation, there is no doubt but this part of it will shortly become as flourishing as any in America.

WANTED, a person who is perfectly master of the cultivation and management of hemp, with regard to the water rotting. &c. Any one so qualified, and willing to go to North Carolina to superintend a hemp plantation for such a part of the profit as shall be agreed upon between him and the proprietor of the land and negroes, may apply to Mr. JOHN BIDDLE, at the Sign of the Indian King, in Market-street, Philadelphia.

N. B. The proprietor may be met with at the Secretary’s-Office, at Newbern, in North-Carolina, during the winter months, and in the summer season at Hillsborough, within 12 miles of the Haw-fields, and Mr. JOHN WOOD, who lives upon the land, will shew any of the tracts to those that are inclinable to become purchasers.


February 6, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)


A TRACT of LAND on Pamplico River, North Carolina, about ten Miles below Bath Town, containing five Hundred and fifty Acres, and adjoining the Lands of Mr. Abraham Briar. It is pleasantly situated on the Bay, is a good Place for Stock, affords Plenty of Fowl, Fish, and Oysters, and the Soil is tolerable for Cropping. For Terms inquire of the Subscriber, in Pasquotank County.

THOMAS HUMPHRIES.                         

February 13, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)


AN exceeding valuable Tract of old patented LAND, containing twelve Hundred and eighty Acres (though we are of Opinion there are two Thousand Acres within the Bounds) agreeably situated on Cashy River, where the Bridge crosses, in Bertie County, North Carolina, with a Plantation cleared on the said Land, whereon stands the Courthouse, Prison, and a commodious large new Ordinary, with other convenient Houses belonging thereto; also, at a convenient Distance from the Ordinary and Courthouse, stands a new private Dwellinghouse, with necessary Outhouses, and a new Apple and Peach Orchard on the Premises. The above is, without Exception, as pleasantly situated as any in the County, and the best adapted for Trade, being at the Head of Cashy River, and in the Centre of the County, two Miles above the Town of Windsor, and about twenty three Miles from Edenton. Exclusive of the high Land, which is very good, lie large Quantities of fine Land for Rice, on the River. On the said Land is erected, within sixty Yards of the Courthouse and Ordinary, and in View of the Dwellinghouse, a Saw Mill, which goes with two Saws, and a Gristmill. The Stream is exceeding good, and would admit of any Number of Stores, with an inexhaustible Fund of Timber on the Land, Oak, Pine, Cypress, etc. We doubt not but the Purchasers will be satisfied, in a short Time, of the many Advantages the Place commands: Good Land for Cropping, Mills, publick and private Houses, etc. and is a very good Range for Hogs and Cattles. The Premises may be entered on immediately.


April 9, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD, at PASQUOTANK Courthouse (North Carolina) on the 10th of June next, to the highest Bidder, at publick Vendue, the following Tracts of LAND:

Between three and four Hundred Acres on the north Side of Pasquotank River, about three Miles below the Courthouse, with three small Houses thereon; it is exceeding well timbered, chiefly high Land, Part of which is cleared, an agreeable Situation, and commands an extensive Prospect.

About two Hundred Acres on Aranews Creek, a little above the other Tract, with a large two Story Brick House on it; near sixty Acres of it is cleared Land, the rest is well timbered, and the Whole is on navigable Water for small Craft. There is a very fine Apple Orchard, and other Improvements upon this Tract.

About five Hundred Acres on Pasquotank River, a little below the River Bridge, four Hundred and fifty Acres of which is rich Cypress and Juniper Swamp; the rest is high Land, well cleared, and under a good Fence, with several Improvements, particularly a good Cart Road from the Water Side a considerable Way up the Swamp; the Whole of it lies on ten to twelve Feet Water clear to the Bank.

The Purchasers are to give Bond, with approved Security, payable in twelve Months from the Day of Sale. The Premises may be entered on immediately, and the Subscriber, who lives on Aranews Creek, will show the same to any Person inclinable to purchase.

MATTHIAS ELLEGOOD.                         

June 4, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD, next Superiour Court to be held on the 22d of September, at Hillsborough, for the County of Orange, in North Carolina,

SEVERAL valuable Tracts of TOBACCO LAND, the Whole consisting of about ten Thousand Acres, well watered, situated on the Waters of Rock Creek and Saxapahaw River, to which is contiguous a very good Summer Range, and many other Advantages. Twelve Tracts, containing from about two Hundred and fifty to six Hundred Acres, are already surveyed, and several more will be when Purchasers offer. Any Persons inclinable to become Purchasers may view the several Tracts from the 1st of July to the first Day of the Court, by applying to George Lathbury, on the Premises. The Quitrent is only Sixpence a Hundred Acres, Proclamation Money; the Lands are situated in the Haw Fields, twelve Miles beyond Hillsborough, and bounded by Haw River. Good Titles will be made to the Purchasers, by

GEORGE LATHBURY,                                           
G. WALKER, Attorney for Susanna Meade.     

To be SOLD on the Premises, on the 17th Instant (JUNE) pursuant to a Decree of the Court of Chancery,

THE Land and Tenements belonging to the Estate of Miles Gale, deceased, joining the Town of Edenton, in the Province of North Carolina. Twelve Months Credit will be allowed the Purchaser, on giving Bond, with approved Security, to the Administratrix of Colonel Francis Corbin, deceased.

July 9, 1772
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon)

To be SOLD by the Subscriber, in Halifax Town,

North Carolina,

TWO Lots in the said Town, adjoining the Courthouse and Jail, well situated for Tavern keeping. There is one House forty four Feet long and twenty Feet wide, with three large Lodging Rooms up Stairs, and four Closets to the House, a Piazza the Length of the House, ten Feet wide, with a large Bar Room at one End, and a Cellar underneath; also a Dwellinghome adjoining, thirty two Feet long and sixteen Feet wide, with three Rooms below and two above, and a Piazza on the Front Side, with good Glass Windows above and below, well finished off; also a Billiard House twenty eight Feet long and eighteen Feet wide, with two good Lodging Rooms above, and a good Billiard Table; likewise a Kitchen sixteen Feet square, and a good Smokehouse, Stable, Home Lots, etc. and a large Garden in good Order, wherein are many Fruits and Herbs, all well paled in. Any Person inclinable to purchase may know the Terms by applying to the Subscriber, now on the Premises.

CHRISTOPHER DUDLEY.               

N. B. All the Houses have good Brick Chimnies, and are well plaistered and whitewashed.

September 10, 1772
Virginia Gazette

To be SOLD to the highest Bidder, on Thursday the

17th Instant (September) on the Premises,

TWO valuable Tracts of LAND on Bennet’s Creek, North Carolina, about eighteen Miles from Suffolk, in Nansemond County, one lying on the north Side of the Creek, containing about a Thousand Acres, and the other on the south Side of the Creek, containing near two Hundred Acres. The Land is very rich, and will produce Tobacco, Hemp, Wheat, or any other Grain; it is exceeding well timbered with large Oak, [illegible] Poplar, Walnut, Cypress, &c. and is esteemed one of the best Piece, Mast, or Timber Land, within many Miles of the Place, and an extraordinary Place for raising or keeping Stock of all Sorts; there is likewise great Quantity of Lightwood on it, as it has not been got off these many Years, if ever; there is also a fine Maple Swamp on it, which, in a short Time, and at a small Expense, may be cleared and drained, and is so [illegible] that Ages of Culture could not impoverish it, or wear it out. The Terms on which it will be sold are, one Third of the Purchase Money will be expected to be paid down, or in a very Short Time, one Third in six Months after the Day of Sale, and the Remainder in six Months, after that, of twelve Months from the Sale, but those who fail to make Payment at the Times agreed upon are to pay Interest from the Day of Sale. An indisputable Title will be made to the Land, and the Deeds of Conveyance perfected on the Day of Sale, or the Day following at farthest. There is a fine Stream of Water running by the Land, from the Head of Bennet’s Creek, which would never fail to Supply a Saw or Gristmill, or both, and there is such a Quantity of fine large Timber of all Sorts that several Years making Use of it would but make the Land more valuable; it is but a short Way of Cortage to a convenient Water Carriage, and the Inhabitants round the Place are very thick settled, thriven, and wealthy, for which Reason a Gristmill must yield a considerable annual Profit, and the Road from Suffolk [illegible] runs through Part of the Land.

NORFOLK, August 10, 1772.

JOHN JONES.                         

October 15, 1772
Virginia Gazette

To be SOLD for ready Money, or short Credit,

A TRACT of LAND in Northampton County, North Carolina, near King’s Bridge, on Meherrin River, containing two Hundred and Fifty Acres, well watered and timbered, convenient to Church and Mill, also to a good Fishery and Landing; there is an excellent Apple and Peach Orchard, a commodious new Dwelling House, Kitchen, Dairy, Smokehouse, and all other convenient Outhouses, also a Garden well [rais]ed in. Any Person inclining to purchase will be shown the Land by the Subscriber, who lives on the Premises.

WILLIAM LILES.                        

November 19, 1772
Virginia Gazette


A PLANTATION in Tyrrel County, North Carolina, pleasantly situated on Alligator River, containing about three Hundred Acres of exceeding rich and well timbered Land, between sixty and seventy Acres of which are cleared. There is a tolerable good Dwelling-House on it, and two Orchards; and there are several convenient Landings, at each of which any Vessels may load this can [come] over the Bar. —Also two valuable Plantations on Little River, Pasquotank County, in the said Province, containing about a Hundred Acres each. — The Terms for the first Tract may be known by applying to John Gilchrist in Norfolk, or Charles Bondfield in Edenton; and for the others to the said Gilchrist, or Thomas Macknight in Pasquotank.

December 3, 1772
Virginia Gazette



of LAND, in HALIFAX County,


THE said Land lies about six Miles above Halifax Town, is well wooded and watered, the Soil good for Corn, Wheat, &c. and affords as good Range, for Stock of all Kinds, as any Land in the County. There is a remarkable fine Apple Orchard on the Place, a good Dwelling-House, and sundry Outhouses. For Terms apply to Mr. William Hendrie, who lives near the Premises, or to.

JAMES AULD.                         

December 10, 1772
Virginia Gazette


A VALUABLE Tract of LAND, containing about seven or eight Hundred Acres, in Granville County, North Carolina, about four Miles from Harrisburg, well known by the Name of Knighton’s Folly, and lies on the Fork of two main Roads that lead to the back Country. Any Person may know the Terms by applying to Robert Reed, Merchant in Harrisburg, who will show the Land, to William Park, Merchant in Bath, or Patrick Ramsay in Blandford. If not sold before May, it will be set up to the highest Bidder on the second Day of Granville May Court.

December 17, 1772
South Carolina Gazette

[The Cape-Fear Mercury] gives an Account of the Tobacco imported from that Province into Scotland, in the following Years, viz.

1766,        _____       _____         324 Hogsheads.   

1767,        _____        _____        399                           

1768,        _____        _____        505                           

1769,        _____        _____        460                           

1770,        _____        _____        911                           

1771,        _____        _____        993                           

Total, in six Years,                — 3592 Hogsheads.


January 14, 1773
Virginia Gazette

NORTH CAROLINA, January 1, 1773.

THE Subscriber will be in the Neighbourhood of Salisbury during the Months of March, April, and May next, in Order to treat with such Gentlemen as may be inclined to purchase any of his Lands in this Province. What are now in his Hands are the Choice of several large Surveys, run as for back as the Year 1739, and are laid off in several Hundred Tracts, from two Hundred to a Thousand Acres. The Soil is remarkably suited to the Culture of Wheat and Tobacco, and is generally allowed to be equal in Goodness to any upon the Continent. The Time of Payment will be allowed as may be agreed on, and the Lands may be viewed, and farther Particulars known, by applying to Benjamin McCulloch, Esquire, of Halifax County, William Johnston and Michael Holt, Esquires, of Orange County, John Kimborough, Esquire, of Guildford County, Thomas Frohock, Esquire, of Rowan County, Thomas Peck, Esquire, of Mecklenburg County, and Felix Kenan, Esquire, of Duplin County.

HENRY E. McCULLOCH.                         

February 18, 1773
Virginia Gazette

To be SOLD at private Sale,

SUNDRY likely young breeding NEGRO WOMEN and CHILDREN. Also a Tract of LAND in the Fork of the Elm Swamp, near Winten, containing about two Hundred and forty Acres, formerly purchased of John Carrol. Another Tract containing upwards of two Hundred Acres, lying on Chowan River, adjoining Doctor James Wright’s Lands northerly, and Thomas Copeland’s westerly and southerly. Also the Land called Patty Shore, remarkable for its good Fishery, with Spring Water, Orchard, and other Advantages of Meadow Ground and low Lands adjoining. Another Plantation called Barton’s, containing a Hundred and ninety five Acres of high Lands, having a good Orchard, and large Clearing, with Houses and Fences much out of Repair. The Pocossin, on the River fronting this last Tract, to the Patty Shore Land, was entered, surveyed, and returned into Earl Granville’s Office, but the Deed was not taken out. Likewise a Tract of three Hundred Acres of Pocossin Land on the east Side of Chowan River, opposite the Lands of Doctor Wright, held by Patent. Quitrents of all these Lands were paid until Earl Granville’s Office was shut up. For Terms apply to the Subscribers, in Bertie County, North Carolina.

JOHN CAMPBELL & Co.                         

April 1 1773
Virginia Gazette


A VALUABLE Plantation known by the Name of the Beaverdams, containing twelve Hundred and forty Acres, chiefly good low Grounds, with a very extensive and fine Range for Cattle and Hogs. Also a Plantation well known by the Name of Boyd’s Place, containing upwards of a Thousand Acres, with great Part fine low Grounds, and the rest good Corn Land; the Situation is the best for publick Business of any in this Part of the Country, and it commands an extensive Range on every Side. Likewise a Thousand and fifty Acres on Little River and Mountain Creek, in the lower End of Orange County, most of it as good Tobacco Land as any in this Province. For Particulars apply to William Johnson, Esquire, at Hillsborough, or Benjamin McCulloch, Esquire, of Halifax County. The Time of Payment will be allowed as may suit the Purchasers.

Granville County, North Carolina, March 26, 1773.

April 1, 1773
Virginia Gazette

Granville, North Carolina, March 1, 1773.

MY Wife, Elizabeth Jones, having left me, and I imagine with an Intent to ruin me, this is to forewarn all Persons from trusting her, or transacting any Business with her on my Account, as I will not pay any more Debts she may contract, nor will I allow her Receipts to be good; and I also forewarn all Persons from receiving any Orders in my Name, either for Money or Goods, or any Thing else of what Nature soever, for I will pay no such Orders.

VINKLER JONES.                        

May 26, 1773
The Pennsylvania Gazette


SEVERAL Hundred TRACTS of LAND, in North-Carolina, equal in Goodness to any in AMERICA.—The Price according to the Quality, from Ten to Thirty Shillings, Pennsylvania Money, an Acre; Time of Payment will be given. For Particulars, apply to THOMAS FROHOCK, Esq; near Salisbury, North-Carolina, Attorney in Fact for May 1773.

HENRY E. McCULLOH                              

May 26, 1773
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Salisbury, in Rowan County, North-Carolina, April 20, 1773. THE subscriber, intending for Britain next fall, or as soon as he can settle his affairs, purposes to sell off his stock, consisting of about a thousand head of cattle, a great number of horses, breeding mares, sheep and hogs; among his cattle are four hundred head that will be choice beef in a month hence, half of which number are steers, from four to seven years old, and many of the rest are spayed cows; the beef cattle are all large, having had the best range in the Indian country for some years past. He also has to sell several tracts of valuable land, situate in the counties of Rowan, Mecklenburgh and Tryon, together with about forty young and healthy negroes, several of whom are country born; likewise several lots of land in the town of Salisbury, one of which has a large and compleat new dwelling-house on it, with a store-house, barn, kitchen, slaughter-house, and several other necessary buildings. He will also dispose of a large and valuable plantation he has, within three miles of the town, whereon are 250 acres of cleared land, besides as much choice meadow as would yield above one hundred loads of hay in a season, and as much more may he cleared at a small cost; there is likewise a fine orchard on it, consisting of about a thousand peach trees. The whole he will dispose of for part ready money, and part credit for two or three years, if desired, the purchasers giving bond, and approved security.

HUGH MONTGOMERY.                                   

May 27, 1773
Virginia Gazette

NORTH CAROLINA, May 3, 1773.

BY Virtue of a Power from Sir Nathaniel Dukinfield, Baronet, now in Great Britain, will be sold, all his LANDS, known by the Name of DUKINFIELD, finely situated upon the Bay, opposite to Edenton, in Bertie County. The Lands are so well known, for their remarkable Fertility and fine Situation, that it is needless to give any farther Description of them. They will be bid out in Lots of about five Hundred Acres; and any Gentleman inclinable to purchase may apply to the Subscriber, who resides on the Premises.

JOHN PEARSON.                             

July 1, 1773
Virginia Gazette

BUTE County, North Carolina, June 14, 1772

AS I intend to [illegible] into Wilmington, I will [faint] about three Hundred and thirty Thousand Tobacco Hills, with a great [faint] for laying up the same, [faint] what is in Corn, [faint]. Also a Tract of about 500 Acres about six Miles from the [faint], whereon is a small [faint] cleared Plantaions, with about eight Thousand Corn Hills, and twenty five Thousand Tobacco Hills. Two Hundred Acres on [faint], about six Miles from Bute Courthouse, with about fifty Thousand Corn Hills and sixty Thousand Tobacco Hills in [faint], which is all the cleared Land upon it. About 600 Acres within two Miles of the aforesaid Courthouse, good for raising Grain and Stock, but has no Improvements on it. Also about 700 Acres within six Miles of the Courthouse, good for raising Grain and Stock, with about twenty Thousand Corn Hills cleared thereon. About 500 Acres on [faint] Quarter Creek, within three Miles of Colonel Eaton’s, with a fresh cleared Plantation of about forty Thousand Corn Hills, and thirty Thousand Tobacco Hills, which is all the cleared Land on this Tract. On the first mentioned Tract two and three Thousand Weight of Tobacco per Hand has been generally made. I will take sixteen Hundred Pounds Virginia Currency for the first named Tract; one Half the Purchase Money to be paid down on giving Possession, which may be any Time this Fall or Winter ensuing, and for the other Half I will take two Hundred Pounds a Year till paid. For farther Particulars, of the other Tracts, inquire of the subscriber.

WILLIAM TABB.                        

N.B. I will take Negroes in Part, or all, of the first Payment for the first mentioned Tract, and will sell Stocks of CATTLE, SHEEP, CORN, etc.

August 12, 1773
Virginia Gazette

NEW BERN, July 2.


Last Week his Excellency the Governour received instructions from his Majesty for shutting up the Land Office in this Province, and similar Orders are sent to all the Governours on the Continent. This political Maneouvre causes much Speculation here, as it is certainly a Prelude to granting the Lands of this Province on higher Conditions than heretofore, the Burthen of which will be very great, as the vast Tracts of waste Lands already granted at four Shillings a Hundred is very sensibly left by the Proprietors.


January 8, 1774
Edinburgh Evening Courant


ALL Persons wanting Land in North America, may be supplied with any quantity, on reasonable terms, in any of the following Provinces, viz. Quebec, Nova Scotia, Island of St. John, New Hampshire, New York; North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, East Florida, and West Florida.

Letters (post paid) directed to Mr Ralph Aldus, Attorney at law, in Grey’s Inn, London; mentioning the Province and number of acres required, will be immediately answered, and the parties informed of the terms and of any other particulars respecting the soil, produce, etc. they may wish to be acquainted with.

As it is now impossible to obtain Land in America, except by purchase. (Government having determined some time ago to grant no more, and at the same time restrained the Governors of the different Provinces from making any such grants in future) the Advertiser, from his situation and connections with that country flatters himself that he is enabled to accommodate the public on more advantageous terms than can be proposed by any other person. And he begs leave to observe to those who are desirous of becoming Proprietors, that the earliest purchases will probably be the cheapest, as the Land there is daily increasing in value, and must continue to do so, as will appear evident to every one who considers the advantage that must arise to America, and how much it must be enriched by the great number of industrious families that are constantly going thither from Great Britain and Ireland, Germany; and other parts of Europe.


February 15, 1775
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Petersburgh, January 13, 1775.


ONE thousand one hundred and forty acres of LAND, in the county of Granville, North-Carolina, on the Virginia line, on both sides Bush Creek, about 80 miles from Petersburgh; very little of it cleared, and but small improvements. It is esteemed excellent land for tobacco, being very rich; the low grounds are high, and seldom overflowed; the high lands vastly well adapted to grow wheat. The title is undoubted, and reasonable credit will be given. Samuel Pascall and Robert Callier will shew the lands.

DAVID ROSS.                              

March 22, 1775
The Pennsylvania Gazette

By a proclamation of Governor Martin’s, in the North Carolina gazette of the 17th ult. there is the following information. That a certain Richard Henderson, late of Granville county, in that province, confederating with divers other persons, had, in open violation of his Majesty’s royal proclamation, and of an act of the General Assembly, entered into treaty with some Cherokee Indians for the purchase and cession of a very large tract of country, by some reputed to be 200 miles square, by others 300 miles, and said to be part of the hunting grounds of the Cherokee nation, and actually comprised within the limits of the colony of Virginia and the royal grant to the Right Hon the Earl Granville: That such a daring, unjust, and unwarrantable proceeding, is of a most alarming and dangerous tendency to the peace and welfare of that province and the colony of Virginia, inasmuch as it is represented that the said Richard Henderson, and his confederates, have conditioned to pay the Indians, for the cession of the said land, a considerable quantity of gunpowder, whereby they will be furnished with the means of annoying his Majesty’s subjects in that and the neighbouring colonies; and that he has also invited many debtors, and other persons in desperate circumstances, to desert the province, and become settlers on the said lands, to the great injury of creditors: That it is to be apprehended, if the said Richard Henderson is suffered to proceed in his unwarrantable and lawless undertaking, a settlement may be formed that will become an asylum to the most abandoned fugitives from the several colonies, to the great molestation and injury of his Majesty’s subjects.


May 4, 1785
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Virginia, Richmond, April 4, 1785.

THE Commissioners appointed agreeable to an act of Assembly, passed last session, directing the sale of certain public LANDS, known by the name of GOSPORT, hereby give notice, That the same will be disposed of at public SALE, to the highest bidders, in Lots, […]

Gosport is situate on the southern branch of Elizabeth River, near to Norfolk, and contiguous to the thriving town of Portsmouth, to which it is annexed by law as part of the said town, and will be laid off in Lots, with streets, as nearly parallel to the streets laid off in Portsmouth, as circumstances will admit. The goodness of the harbour, and the depth of water close to the shore, which will admit the largest merchant ships to load, and where the ships of the line of battle have frequently hove down, render this place superior to any in the state for building large ships, and erecting wharves, and is deemed equal in situation with any in Virginia for commercial purposes; it is more convenient than Norfolk to the North-Carolina trade, and has as easy a communication with the waters of Chesapeak Bay, with the advantages of a safer harbour and deeper water, and the canal proposed to unite the waters of North-Carolina with the Chesapeak will greatly enhance the value of those lands. About 300 lots will be laid off, 30 of which will be prime water lots, the whole forming an agreeable and convenient situation for a considerable commercial town.

WILLIAM RONALD,                         

EDWARD CARRINGTON,               

BENJAMIN TEMPLE, Comm’rs.      

August 24, 1785
The Pennsylvania Gazette

BOSTON, August 15.

Last week arrived at Plymouth, Captain Bishop from North-Carolina, by whom we learn, that the crop of English grain, is entirely cut off—occasioned by the great number of BUGGS that infest their fields; they were in great fear this numerous tribe would extend themselves into their corn fields—should this be the case, their whole crops will be entirely cut off.


January 16, 1788
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Extract of a letter from a member of Congress to his friend in Exeter, Massachusetts, dated December 20, 1787.

“The account you saw in the newspapers respecting the sale of the western lands must have been erroneous. There were about 120,000 acres of the first surveys that went off at the average price of about one dollar an acre; and what has been contracted for at two thirds of a Dollar per acre, will amount to near seven million dollars, to be paid at different periods. There are still great tracts of lands belonging to the United States in the western country; but how long the rage for purchasing will continue, or what proportion of the domestic debt will be absorbed in this way, is very uncertain. The States have aright to look to North Carolina and Virginia for large cession of territory and should they comply, there will be land enough, if they can find purchasers, to sink the whole. but as this depends on the nature of our government and various circumstances, it is difficult to foresee what will take place.[”]

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