In 1752 the Governor and Council established the Registry of Deeds and appointed a Registrar of Deeds to oversee. Deeds are written documents for the transfer of land or other real property from one person to another. The Registrar had the authority, as of 1772, to appoint for each county a deputy.
The types of transactions found within these records include mortgages, deeds, leases, releases, liens, sheriff’s deeds, court orders, powers of attorney, wills, apprentice, sale of slaves, deed from Heirs, administrator’s deed and agreements. The arrangement is chronological and headings on each page include: Grantee, Grantor, Book & Page, Year of Registry, Location of Land, and Nature of Instrument.
The arrangement is as follows:
- Reel 1: Index to Deeds, 1785-1815; 1816-1845; 1846-1865
- Reel 2: Vol. A, 1785-1788; B, 1788-1799
- Reel 3: Vol. C 1799-1809
- Reel 4: Vol. D 1810-1818, 1818-1825