Up until 1729, Carolina was owned by eight Lords Proprietors. The Lords Proprietors were responsible for issuing the original land grants in North Carolina. The grants of land from the Lords Proprietors are mostly recorded in the Patent Books at the North Carolina State Archive in Raleigh. Margaret M Hofmann has published an excellent volume of abstracts of the LP grants in the Patent Books:
However it is clear that the Patent Books are an incomplete record of the Lords Proprietors grants. In an effort to supplement the LP grants abstracted by Hofmann, I present here a list of land grants found in various county deed books in eastern North Carolina. I have not inspected any of the original deed books myself; I am relying on abstracts published by others.
Lords Proprietors grants recorded in old Chowan County Deed Books (from Margaret M Hofmann's Chowan Precinct 1696 to 1723 Genealogical Abstracts of Deed Books, Roanoke News Co, 1972) :
Chowan DB F1/156 Lords Proprietors to John King, 22 Feb 1719, 640 ac in Chowan Pct, adj William Spikes, John Davis, Henry Jornegan.
Chowan DB F1/171 Lords Proprietors to Adam Cockburne, 3 Dec ----, 390 ac on S side Menherring R, adj Daniel MacDaniel, Aron Drake.
Chowan DB B1/35 John Lord Granville to William Duckenfield, 5 Mar 1725/6, 585 ac in Rockyhock Neck, adj River Pocosin and Creek Pocosin.
Chowan DB B1/107 Henry Duke of Beaufort & Lords Proprietors to Lewis Conner, 11 Apr 1715, 640 ac on S side Morratuck R, on Beaver Dam Dr & Welches Ck.
Chowan DB B1/336 Lords Proprietors to Major Robert West, 24 Jan 1716, 500 ac on N side Albemarle Sound, adj Sandy Point, Mr Porter.
Chowan DB C1/691 Lords Proprietors to Ralph Bozeman, 9 Mar 1717/8, 640 ac adj Captain Thomas Bray, Isaac Willson, John Bobinson, Daniell Hallsey & John Watson.
Chowan DB A1/60 John Lord Granville & Lords Proprietors to William Duckenfield, 5 Mar 1705/6, 585 ac in Rockahock Neck in Precinct of Chowan, adj River Pocosin.
Lords Proprietors grants recorded in old Bertie County Deed Books (from Mary Best Bell's Colonial Bertie Co, NC, Southern Historical Press, 1963, 1977):
Bertie DB A/166 John Lord Carteret & Lords Proprietors to Edward Standen, 19 Oct 1716, 229 ac on Kesiah R, adj M Rivers, J Rivers, Luke Mezles.
Bertie DB A/299 Lord Carteret & Lords Proprietors to Henry Overstreet, 4 Aug 1723, 150 ac on N side Casay Sw, adj James Parker; assigned to John Edwards Jr 10 Nov 1724.
Bertie DB A/375 John Lord Carteret & Lords Proprietors to Joseph Howard, 4 Aug 1723, 310 ac [no landmarks].
Bertie DB B/146 Lords Proprietors to Robert Forster, 30 Mar 1727, 1870 ac on S side Morratuck R on Irwins Island.
Bertie DB B/152 Lords Proprietors to Anthony Lewis Jr, 1 Mar 1721, 640 ac on S side Meherron R, adj Robert Paterson, Anthony Lewis Sr.
Bertie DB B/161 Lords Proprietors to Thomas Sutton, 14 Apr 1722, 262 ac in Chowan Precinct, on S side Black Walnut Sw, adj mouth of Piping Br; formerly granted to Elizabeth Jones 1 Apr 1714.
Bertie DB B/172 Lords Proprietors to Ambrose Arriss, 4 Jun 1725, 150 ac on fork of Gray Hall Sw; granted to David Steward, but lapsed for want of seating.
Bertie DB B/173 Lords Proprietors to George Powell, 124 ac on E side Ahoskey Sw, adj Peter Parker, Leonard Langston.
Bertie DB B/221 Lords Proprietors to Ambrose Aires, 25 Sep 1726, 178 ac adj Major West; formerly granted to Col Thomas Pollock 5 Apr 1720, elapsed for not seating and planting.
Bertie DB B/227 Lords Proprietors to William Jones, 6 Dec 1720, 609 ac on W side Cashay Sw; granted 20 Jul 1717 to Robert Hickson, elapsed.
Bertie DB B/247 Lords Proprietors to John Dew, 1 Feb 1725, 640 ac on S side Meherron R, adj Busby, John Bond.
Bertie DB B/298 Lords Proprietors to Robert Forster, 29 Oct 1725, 300 ac on W side Ahorskey Marsh, adj Catawitsky Pecoson; formerly granted James Boon 6 Mar 1721, by him elapsed.
Bertie DB B/431 Lords Proprietors to John Melton, 9 Mar 1717/8, 400 ac on S side Ahotske Sw, adj John Davison.
Bertie DB B/432 Lords Proprietors to Stephen Howard, 4 Aug 1723, 235 ac on S side Ahotskey Sw, S side Turkey Sw, adj John Molton, John Barfield.
Bertie DB B/440 Lords Proprietors to Samuel Swann, 9 May 1728, 3200 ac on head of Fishing Ck, adj Robert Forster; formerly granted to Henry Irwin, lapsed for want of seating.
Bertie DB C/34 Lords Proprietors to George Wyne [Wynn], 3 Dec 1720, 150 ac adj Peter Wests corner, Robert Lanier.
Bertie DB C/51 Lords Proprietors to John Moore & Benton Moor, 1 Oct 1726, 640 ac on SE side Meherrin, adj mouth of Elm Sw, Ed Cobb; surveyed from Richard Moore, father of John & Benton, and devised to John& Benton.
Bertie DB C/65 Lords Proprietors to John Hill, 1 Apr 1710, 150 ac in Chowan Pct, on Loosing Sw.
Bertie DB C/81 Lords Proprietors to John Hobson, 1 Apr 1723, 190 ac on N side Rocquiss Sw, adj William Smith, Francis Hobson, James Castellaw.
Bertie DB C/163 Lords Proprietors to James Parker, 7 Nov 1723, 540 ac on NE side Casay Sw, adj Thomas Rodes, Henry Rodes.
Bertie DB C/210 Lords Proprietors to Ambros Ayers, 4 Jun 1725, 150 ac at Fork of Guize? Hall Sw, on Rocquis; granted David Steward, elapsed.
Bertie DB C/214 Lords Proprietors to Thomas Pollock, 27 Jun 1717, 2810 ac called Basefield on W side Cashy, adj William Jones, William Walston, Phillip Walston.
Bertie DB C/265 Lords Proprietors to John Bird, 1 Mar 1720, 500 ac on W side Wills Quarter Sw, adj Maj West.
Bertie DB C/312 Lords Proprietors to William Little, 4 Jul 1726, 400 ac on S side Morattock R.
Bertie DB C/315 Lords Proprietors to Robert Forster, [no date], 400 ac on S side Morattock.
Bertie DB C/329 Lords Proprietors to Maj Robert West, 19 Oct 1716, 640 acin Chowan Pct, adj Edward Bryant, Hendy Bradley.
Bertie DB C/347 Lords Proprietors to Capt David Henderson, 1 Apr 1720, 640 ac on W side Chowan R, adj Maj West.
Bertie DB C/348 Lords Proprietors to Capt David Henderson, 20 Jul 1717, 640 ac in Chowan Pct, adj Robert Evans, Maj Robert West, Widows Barnes.
Bertie DB C/349 Lords Proprietors to Maj Robert West, 21 Jul 1717, 640 ac on W side Chowan R, adj widow Barnes, Edward Bryan.
Bertie DB D/4 Lords Proprietors to John Pace, 1 Apr 1713, 640 ac on E side Maratuck R below Occaneechey, adj Matthew Sturdivent.
Bertie DB D/33 Lords Proprietors to Capt David Henderson, 1 Apr 1720, 640 ac on W side Chowan R, adj Maj West.
Bertie DB D/128 Lords Proprietors to Cullen Pollock, 18 Apr 1730, 640 ac on Beaverdam Sw, adj Thomas Pollock, mouth of Bull Swamp Br.
Bertie DB E/142 Lords Proprietors to William Roads, 1 Apr 1723, 640 ac on W side Cypress Sw, adj Col Mauls corner.
Bertie DB E/433 Lords Proprietors to Phillip Walston, 1 Apr 1720, 600 ac in Chowan Pct, on NE side Cashia R, adj Charles Barber, Isaac Creek, Thomas Jones, Jonathan Stanley.
Bertie DB E/509 Lords Proprietors to John Bentley, 6 Apr 1722, 300 ac in Chowan Pct, at Roquess Sw, adj Col Pollock, James Williamson, John Smith.
Bertie DB F/67 Lords Proprietors to David Osheal, 5 Aug 1729, 440 ac on W side Ahotskey Ridge at Timber Br, adj Robert Lanier, Edward Howard, Joseph Jones, John Jones Jr; formerly granted to James Hamelton 4 Aug 1726, lapsed for not seating.
Bertie DB F/125 Lords Proprietors to William Gray, 1 Feb 1725, 350 ac in St John’s Neck, at Tubling Br, adj John Bryant Sr at Teemer Br.
Bertie DB F/484 Lords Proprietors to John Bently, 4 Aug 1723, 480 ac on N side Morratock R, adj John Harlow, Martin Griffin, Thomas Pollock.
Bertie DB G/158 Lords Proprietors to William Maule, 1 Feb 1725, 640 ac on S side Chinkapin Sw, adj mouth of Cypress Sw, Henry Roads at Barbecue.
Bertie DB G/542 Lords Proprietors to Robert West, 10 Aug 1720, 640 ac on Cassye R, in Chewan Precinct, adj Maj Wests old corner, Laurence Garson.
Bertie DB G/543 Duke of Beaufort & Lords Proprietors to Robert West, 1 Dec 1712, 410 ac at fork of Kesiah R.
Bath County: Need to consult Allen Wilkinson Hart Norris’s Beaufort County, North Carolina Deed Book I, 1696-1729: Records of Bath County, North Carolina, Beaufort Co Gen Soc, 2003.
Beaufort County: Need to consult John Anderson Brayton’s Abstracts of Beaufort County, North Carolina, Deed Book 2, 1729-1748, Otter Bay Books, 2011.
Carteret County: UNC does not have any abstracts of Carteret County Deed Books? Have these not been done?
Craven County: Need to consult Albert Bruce Pruitt’s Abstracts of Deeds, Craven Co, NC, self-published, 2004.
Currituck County: Need to consult John Anderson Brayton’s By a Line of Marked Trees: Abstracts of Currituck County, North Carolina, Deed Books, self-published, 2000.
Hyde County: No Lords Proprietors grants found in Allen Wilkinson Hart Norris’s Hyde County, North Carolina record of deeds A, 1736-1762, self-published.
Pasquotank County: Need to consult Gwen Boyer Bjorkman’s Pasquotank County, North Carolina, record of deeds, 1700-1751, Heritage Books, 1990.
Perquimans County: Need to consult Weynette Parks Haun’s Perquimans County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1681-1729, self-published, 1983.
Tyrrell County: Need to consult Stephen E Bradley’s The deeds of Tyrrell County, North Carolina, self-published, 1991.