Monday, November 2, 2009

Latest on Brookberry Farm Research

For the last several days, or even a week now, I've been emersing myself in Forsyth Co NC deeds. Debbie (McCann) helped me discover that Forsyth County (the county in which I live) has an online site for looking up old deed indexes and the deeds themselves going back to the county's inception (1849). What a huge time-saver and money-saver.

I have found 25 deeds which make up the Brookberry Farm landholdings. All of these deeds initially were to Bowman Gray and/or Gordon Gray, with most of them going to both Bowman and Gordon. These men were brothers, sons of Bowman Gray Sr. It also appears that we can do the same for Stokes Co NC, which prior to 1849 would be the county in which the farm was located. This is great news concerning our ability to track these deeds efficiently.

I have cataloged these deeds in a spreadsheet, and have identified 4 or 5 of the largest tracts I want to tackle first. I'll be tracking these deeds back to the original owner(s), and will hopefully discover that Samuel Stewart was one of said original owners.