Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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Isle of Wight map musings…

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I’ve been perusing my IOW map a bit and have fixated on a patent by Francis Hutchins on Indian Creek.  A reference says the patent was thought to be in Nansemond County but is found to be in IOW. Around 1674 the boundary line was established and it is surprisingly accurate by modern standards.  Then in 1702 this takes place:

Att our men & womens meeting held at our Publick meeting house one 12 of the first m° in year 1702 Itt was ordered that friends of the Branch doe goe on & build them a house to meett in first daies & week daies and to sett itt on the ould feild of Frances Hutchins by the high way side.

Publications of the Southern History Association, Volume 7 By Southern History Association, pg 101

My map is a hodge-podge of conjecture and speculation… however, I cannot move the Hutchins patent purely from common sense.  The facts state that it was determined to be in IOW (consider the surrounding speculative patents)… they all have to fit together according to the adjoining landowners. BUT… the surrounding patents just don’t match easily.

Another point of pure common sense is the “roads” which you can Google Map for modern day.  I firmly believe that “most” modern roads are based on the “old” Indian Paths, dirt paths that the colonial folks relentlessly cleared and built their homes around.  If I am correct, the quote above from the Quaker records shows that the “meeting house” they built in 1702 was an “ould feild of Frances Hutchins by the high way side.”

See my IOW map from 1918 (USGS survey) and then Google map the spot where the modern road passes… the old church may be plowed under now but I’ll bet an archeologist could find it.  The “old” road would necessarily lead to the bridge (now gone) leading to Chuckatuack.

Written by anderson1951

August 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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