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Abstracts from the Edenton Gazette and Farmer's Palladium, Chowan County, North Carolina, 1830-1831


By: Raymond Parker Fouts, Pub. 2006, reprinted 2024, 166 pages, 8 1/2" x 11" soft cover, Index, ISBN #978-163914-208-8.  Chowan County was created in 1739 with a county seat named Edenton.  It lies in the northeastern corner of the state along the Albemarle Sound.  These abstracts not only pertain to persons of Chowan County but surrounding counties of: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington.  All items of genealogical information were abstracted for this book.  Local items of interest include such things as: deaths, marriages, court notices, lost items, advertisements of lands for sale, runaway slaves, advertisements for estate sales, business advertisements, and other items that will be of interest to the genealogists.  Of special note: there are several marriages found in these papers that were never recorded in the appropriate county records.  The newspaper often provides greater detail than the county record of those that were recorded.  North Carolina did not record vital statistics until 1913, thus causing the newspaper accounts to become the sole source for this information, other than scattered Bible records.  Numerous deaths of infants and young children are recorded in the newspaper and most often provide the sole surviving record of their existence.