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Durant's Neck is a peninsula that extends into the Albemarle Sound between the Perquimans and Little rivers. George Durant, a pioneer settler, bought the lower six miles from the king of the Yeopim, a tribe of Native Americans. Purchased in 1662, it is the first piece of land for which a deed was recorded in the state. The deed is in the Hertford County Courthouse.
George Durant was a Virginia resident who, in 1659, joined a group of settlers traveling south to purchase land in near the Perquimans River in modern day North Carolina. The Durant family settled on a tract aptly named Durant’s Land and established a tobacco plantation. Rising taxes on New England tobacco imports created tension among planters and Durant threatened to revolt against the Governor in charge of the Albemarle region. Durant became one of the leaders in Culpepper’s Rebellion and was a key participant in re-establishing the colonial government.
Article on the Durant Bible, printed in 1599, given by the Durant family to UNC Chapel Hill between 1844 and 1857.
Article about Ann Marwood Durant, wife of George Durant, the first woman to serve as an attorney in a North Carolina court in 1673.