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North Carolina Headrights

A List of Names, 1663-1744

North Carolina Headrights

Approx. 322 pp., 6 x 9, 5 halftones

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8652-6296-6
    Published: January 2001

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Distributed for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History

In North Carolina’s proprietary period (1663–1729), the primary means of acquiring land was by headright. A free person was allowed to claim a specified amount of land for each person, including himself/herself, that he/she transported into the colony for the purpose of settlement. While the amount of land attached to a headright varied throughout the era, the most common amount was fifty acres.

About the Author

Caroline B. Whitley holds a bachelor's degree from Meredith College. For a number of years she was an editor in the Colonial Records Branch of the Historical Publications Section of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.
For more information about Carolina B. Whitley, visit the Author Page.