Monthly Archives: May 2015

Who Were the Scratch Hall Folk?

FROM NUMEROUS ACCOUNTS there was a mixed, mestizo population resident at one time in current day Hall Township, in the western part of Gates County in North Carolina. The historian F. Roy Johnson in Tales of Old Carolina (1965) describes … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Scratch Hall Folk

Between the establishment of European settlements in the Virginia Tidewater and the emergence of chattel slavery as a primary social and economic structure in the region, the edges of the swamp became home to mixed communities of largely Native American … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sarah Russell, 1796

FROM THE ESTATE file of Sarah Russell, who died in Gates County in 1796. You can see the recipients of various parts of the estate on the right. The list includes: John Russell (presumably her son); Mary Russell, Nancy Hill, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Samuel Bridger Collins

I WAS LOOKING through William Murfree’s Tax Receipt Book for Hertford County in 1768-1770 to see if the early Russells were there and they were, both Charles and George Russell. Were they brothers? George, I believe, is my direct ancestor, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fort Island

THIS FROM A NOTE in Forest Hazel’s paper “Looking for Indian Town: The Dispersal of the Chowan Indian Tribe in Eastern North Carolina 1780-1915.” There may have been other Chowan, or perhaps Meherrin, living in Gates County.  F. Roy Johnson notes the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Early Russells

AN INTERESTING TIDBIT in an old Gates County deed from around 1800 mentions a “James (of Charles) Russell.” This to me signals that there were two James Russells in the neighborhood at that time. A cursory review of materials — … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment