Grantor-Grantee Index of Johnston, Dobbs, Lenoir Counties, North Carolina Grantor Books

A land patent is a land transaction during the Colonial period from the Crown to an individual.
A land grant is a land transaction from the State or Commonwealth to an individual.
A deed is a land transaction between individuals or private parties.

A grantor-grantee index is a term used for two lists of real property transfers collected alphabetically by last name of the parties.  One list is the Grantor index, an alphabetic list of sellers, or grantors of land or real property.  The other list is the Grantee index which lists the parties to the transaction in the opposite order, with purchaser, or grantee listed first, and seller listed second. 

Johnston County was formed from the western part of Craven County in 1746 and in 1758, Dobbs County was formed from the eastern portion of Johnston County, however, the records of Johnston went with the newly formed Dobbs. In 1779 Wayne County was formed from the western portion of Dobbs and in 1791, most of the remainder of Dobbs was divided into Glasgow - now Greene - and Lenoir Counties, and Dobbs ceased to exist. The records of early Johnston (and other Counties formed from Johnston), Wayne, Greene, and Lenoir Counties were placed at the Courthouse in Lenoir County. In 1878, a Courthouse fire in Kinston destroyed almost all these records except the original Grantee Index. Greene County also suffered a destruction of its records in a similar fire. According to Charles Holloman, a Grantor Index was prepared from the Grantee Index and both those books were saved during another Courthouse fire in 1880. (1)

Charles Holloman was instrumental in locating the Grantee Book at the Courthouse in Kinston many years ago and then published Books 1-5 from the Grantee Index in various issues of "The North Carolina Journal". It was not until a new Courthouse was built in the early 1980's that the Grantor Index was found. While there is nothing to indicate the nature of the Instruments or the relationships between Grantor and Grantee, these Books provide us with a list of names in otherwise "burned or partially burned Counties". This transcription was taken from the Grantor Index, but double checked against the Grantee Index for differences in spelling and entries that appear in one but not the other. Approximate dates of each Book are listed at the front of the microfilm roll from which this is taken. This sentence is at the front of the roll - "Following Records have many carbon copies and light pencil or ink and will not be legible on film" so the reader should consult the original. 

The books presented here were transcribed from the Grantor Index, checked against the Grantee Index, and presented to me by Martha Mewborn Marble, 1377 Independence Ave., S. E., Washington, D. C.  Since they are large tables of names I have indexed them by year:

Grantor Book 1    November 1746 - April 1750

Grantor Book 2    April 1750 - April 1754

Grantor Book 3    April 1754 - April 1755

Grantor Book 4    April 1756 - April 1757

Grantor Book 5    April 1757 - April 1758

Grantor Book 6    April 1758 - April 1765

Grantor Book 7    April 1765 - April 1769

Grantor Book 8    April 1769 - April 1771

Grantor Book 9    April 1771 - April 1773

Grantor Book 10    April 1773 - May 1775

Grantor Book 11    January 1777 - April 1779

Grantor Book 12    April 1779 - April 1784


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