Take a look at this very cool map showing families who received land grants in early Cumberland County, NC (previously part of Bladen County).
Naturally, most lands were on the banks of the Cape Fear River. The map largely covers the Rockfish Creek area.
There are several very early DAVIS and LOWERY families shown on the map, but I don't think these are my lines.
There are a few other interesting names, such as CAMPBELL (today's Campbell University is nearby) and BUIES (Campbell Univ is located in Buies Creek, NC). Just speculating and day-dreaming here. There may not be any connection at all.
My MATTHEWS and MOORE families were in this area at this time.
By the way, Cumberland County has a great US GebWeb page.
When I was about 10 years old, my father and I sat at the kitchen table and drew a family chart with a chewed and nubby old #2 pencil and a sheet of notebook paper. I still have that paper, yellowed and creased. It was the start of a life long hobby and one of the greatest gifts my father gave me. I study the Allen family of Wake County, NC, the Davis family of Granville County, NC, the Stancil and Johnson families of Johnston County, NC and all their collateral lines.
October 10, 2013
Land Grants in Cumberland County before 1748
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