Monthly Archives: October 2012

Mapping Indian Town on Hatteras Island

Baylus Brooks and I’ve been working for the past three years or so on reassembling the early land grants from the part of Hatteras Island where the Indian town was located.  I did a lot of the original land grants … Continue reading

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John Lawson Legacy Days

We’re not sure when John Lawson was born, because we know little about him before he arrived in the fledgling colony of Carolina in August of 1700.  He was obviously quite literate, judging from the fact that he wrote a … Continue reading

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Houmas Indians of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

The photo above is a group of mixed Houmas Indians in Bayou Lafourche in 1907 The Draft Registration for WWI was really a wonderful historical opportunity.  While other documents, such as the Indian Census, were taken only of tribal members, the … Continue reading

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US Indian Census Rolls 1885 – 1940

Did you know there was a special yearly Indian census from 1885 – 1940 in the US?  Well, there was, although it didn’t exactly incorporate everyone. The US Indian Census Rolls data base is found on The database … Continue reading

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Leander Gansworth – Tuscarora or Seneca?

In the Carlisle Indian School records, I often find the same stuent name with a different tribe association.  Some are very close, like Mohawk and Saint Regis.  Those most likely are the same person because the St. Regis are a tribe of … Continue reading

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Tuscarora Identified by Land and Other Transactions – Part 15 – Final

In Summary These transactions, sales, petitions and letters tell a long a sordid history of the land transactions between the Tuscarora and their “good friends,” the white people across three centuries.  Included are stories of betrayal, by the whites and … Continue reading

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Tuscarora Identified by Land and Other Transactions – Part 14

The Final Bertie County Transactions 1831 – Bertie County Deed book 163 page 418 William Chew et als, Indians, to the People of North Carolina This indenture made this 19th day of November in the year 1831 between William Chew, … Continue reading

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