March 31, 1969, 40 items; Papers (1756-1880) consisting of Craven County grants, deeds, and legal statements. Deposited by Mrs. Mary B. Buck, Vanceboro, N.C.
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Mary B. Buck Collection (#83), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mrs. Mary B. Buck
The collection consists almost entirely of grants, deeds, and other indentures pertaining to land in the Swift Creek and Palmetto Swamp area of Craven County north of the Neuse River. The records are centered around members of the Butler family during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Included are references identifying Charles Butler as a shoemaker (1790) and his brother John as a planter. Testimony (1812) relative to the estate of John Butler is given by famed New Bern attorney and politician John Stanly, and a will (1861) for a later Charles Butler also is included. A few of the families represented are the Roach, Fornes, and Bryan families.
The only item not related to land or estate papers is a Civil War retirement record (1864) for Confederate private, Charles C. Butler. Information given includes age, physical description, and occupation.