Granville, County North Carolina 1746-1800, History and Genealogies of Old.
By: Thomas McAdory Owen, Pub. 1993, 300 pages, Hard Cover, Index, ISBN #0-89308-487-5.
Thomas McAdory Owen was at one time Head of the Alabama State Dept. of Archives and History. In an explanatory note to these records, Mr. Owen states that he visited Granville County in 1895 to examine the official records for a genealogy of the Own and Grant families of Grassy Creek, also the Williams family. In the process, he conceived the idea of preparing a history of the county, and the county clerk placed at his disposal 10 of the old "Minute" and "Record" books prior to 1800. He noted that there were some gaps in the records, particularly from May 9, 1776 to Feb. 4, 1777, when apparently No court was held, as pagination was continuous in the Book. He abstracted just about everything and he listed the documents he did not abstract. This includes wills and inventories, bastardy bonds (lots of these), apprenticeship indentures, marriage bonds etc... Some documents that he considered important he copied in full. His notes start in 1746 and most stopped after the Revolution but he continued the marriage bonds to 1815. The records that this book is taken from are as follows: County court minutes Dec. 2, 1749 through Aug. 6, 1783 and Record Book 1750-1785, and selective Marriage License Bonds, Coroners Inquisitor.