Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

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Edgecombe County map

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Most are reasonably close… some need more info to more accurately place

Think of this as a jigsaw puzzle… and the guy moving the pieces is often puzzled…


Written by anderson1951

December 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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  1. Where did you find the underlying Map, that you placed all the land area over? I have looked all over for a
    Current Map with Lg & Lat that included the swamps, rivers, creeks etc, to get my bearings. Please advise
    if you can.




    February 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

  2. Here is the source for current, modern maps…

    This is a free site that replaces the old “Topozone” which became a “pay” site. It takes a bit of time to figure how to navigate but it is worth it, (this has rivers and swamps and such)

    I piece together images to make my larger maps. On some of my other maps I have found a source for very large historical USGS topo maps (some made around 1900)… let me know if you want info and I’ll hunt up the site.

    Ahh… here is the historic old map site… (note that the file sizes are very large… these are “serious” maps)



    February 21, 2012 at 4:01 am

  3. Yes I would love the site for the USGS topo maps of abt. 1900. I will go onto the free site and see if I can
    learn to navigate it and print a map! Thanks so so much!



    February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  4. You did so good on this map. Thank you for sharing
    Carol Lee Vickery, descendant of John Lee of Nansemond; I may be descended from Joshua Lee (at Joshua Lee’s corner by his son-in-law, Thomas Farmer’s grant) Thanks again for sharing!


    Carol Lee Vickery

    September 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

  5. not sure if you can help or not but I see in the 2nd map you have here it shows some of fishing creek. I am trying to find more info on my family line of WINSETTs . I am stuck on IGNATIUS WINSETT. I know he had land in edgcomde County along Fishing creek. Was wondering if you would know where abouts and if maybe you came across info about him in your research. here is a copy of the deed.

    Edge. Co (Halifax) Db 6, page 109, deed date 12 Oct 1756, recorded Nov
    Ct 1756, Ignatius Winsett, Edge. Co for good causes and considerations,
    him moving but more especially in consideration that Thomas Barrow,
    Robert Killebrew, Moses Fitzpatrick, Joseph Stephenson, Jno Alsobrook,
    (Wm Hobbie), Wm Bryant, John Wall, (John Packer), Thomas Alsobrook, Wm
    O’Neil, (Jno Nimrod), Jos Cotton, Solomon Tharp, (David ?), Richd
    Hendrick, John Perritt, Sr, Jno. Hargrove, Henry Horn, and Richd
    Sessums, have all agreed to build a house for the worship of our God,
    give one acre of land on the west side of Fishing Creek beginning
    corner of his land where the said Winsett now dwells and his now
    dwelling house beginning at a cypress on the creek and then west 70
    yards to a red oak then south 70 yards to a post then east 70 yards to
    a gum on the creek then up the creek to the first station, and is part
    of a tract which said Winsett purchased of Thos Rice and was granted to
    the said Rice by patented for 609 acres dated 1 May 1752, signed
    Ignatius Winsett, wit Arthur Criker, Sim Horn (mark), Jos Horn (mark).
    Abstracted 4-28-06, NCA film C.047.40002, CTC.

    ANY help would GREATLY be appreciated. I do believe alot of the records I am looking for may have been lost in the fire in Dobbs County 1780.



    January 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    • Hi Tina
      If you are correct that your WINSETT is from Edgecombe County, then consider yourself lucky. The records from there are mostly still extant.

      Go to and look for the Edgecombe records… you may find what you are looking for.

      I have not ran across your folks in my research but that means nothing… give it a shot and good luck!



      January 11, 2015 at 2:04 pm

  6. Love this map. Trying to prove how Jonathon Proctor on your map is related to my Jonathon Proctor born circa 1784 and married Sarah Cutchens in 1808. They moved to Davidson County, TN. Great website. Will be following!



    January 6, 2018 at 1:06 pm

  7. I am researching several lineages in Eastern North Carolina and IOW & Surry Virginia. Including Edgecombe NC. As I’m researching migration routes, I was thinking of our current NC map by counties being overlapped by a trail that somewhat is near current I95. Is there any way that you can create such a map? The preferred map of trail info is …www carolana dot com /NC/Royal_Colony/nc_internal_roads1775 dot html .


    Angela Davis

    January 25, 2018 at 4:11 pm

  8. First of all, thank you for all the research you have done and shared with all of us. My family, Hendrick/s, was in Edgecombe/Chatham counties in the 1700’s. I read your article about the Swift Creek/Sapony Creek mysteries. My ancestor, William Hendrick, had a land patent dated Sep 17, 1744 for 556 acres on the south side of the Sapony Creek and then on April 20, 1745 he has a patent for 600 acres on the south bank of the Swift Creek. I can’t help but wonder if these are not the same land and that you were right in thinking that the name for the same creek was at one time Sapony and another time Swift.
    On Dec 9, 1761 William had a land purchase of 700 acres from Stephen Bachelor and Drewry McLemore. I noticed on your map of Edgecombe county you show a sale of land on Sapony Creek from John and Mary Hatcher to Stephen Batchelor (760 acres, 1764). Do you know where Williams land is located? Just a hope since Batchelor was mentioned on your map.
    Lastly, William’s son Jesse purchased land in Edgecombe County 700 acres on Long Swamp from Kindred Carter. No matter how many 1700s maps or current maps I look at I can not find a Long Swamp. By any chance are you familiar with a Long Swamp?


    Jeff Hendricks

    March 13, 2018 at 7:16 am

    • Jeff
      Look at the second map above (from the top). About 2 patents up from William Anderson’s patent. You will note several patent references to “Long Branch”… this may be the area you are concerned with.

      Also check this source data for your Hendricks folks. There are several references to Edgecombe County.



      March 13, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      • Unfortunately you have stumbled across one of my more “perplexing” problems on this site. Your Henrick folks are associated with a couple of Pitman fellas that I am at a loss to figure out. Along with that problem is the fact that I have also failed miserably to figure out where this “Sappony” creek actually was. I think I am somewhat close with my maps but I am still not sure.

        This may be my best map reference:



        March 13, 2018 at 7:37 pm

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