I knew it was a mistake to get back on the computer after I *said* I was going to bed. But, I had to check the email and feed readers “one last time.” Well, now it’s going to cause me to be up long enough to do this blog post, but I couldn’t wait because what I found was too exciting!
Last week I learned of a new resources, a new website of NC Maps. I only had an opportunity to briefly consult it, planning to investigate it more in-depth this week. Well, a researcher today shared the link with the Edgecombe County mailing list and pointed out in her post that the maps allow you to see the locations of properties. She specifically shared the link to at 1905 map.
So, off I go to look at this map and was elated to see my two surnames of interest EXACTLY just like I figured they were — the Wimberly property right next to the McNair property, and those two properties just south of the Battle property!
I’ve been posting with some frequency lately on my McNair, Wimberly, Battle connections and this is just too perfect. My 3rd great-grandfather, Rufus Tannahill McNair was likely the slave of Dr. Augustus Harvey McNair. Rufus married Mariah Wimberly, whose mother was the slave of Kemp Plummer Battle and whose father was probably the slave of Robert Diggs Wimberly.
I knew from census records that the white McNair, Wimberley and Battle families lived in proximity, but to have this visual is wonderful! Admittedly, I’ve not delved into land records very much for my research – this type of discovery definitely picques my interest. Thanks so much to the North Carolina State Archives, the Outer Banks History Center, and the University of NC @ Chapel Hill for this wonderful resource! This is truly made my day. 🙂