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Jason Duncan
222 Sundance Cir
Statesville, NC 28625
704-929-2643
jason@webjmd.com




The Search for David Allen's Iron Works

  1. Slide Show Presentation About the Iron Works (pdf). Shown during the meeting at the library on 9/23/19. With minor updates to better explain the pictures. (9/25/19)

  2. Approximate location of the Iron Works. The Iron Works was likely along the Big Elkin, just south of the Market St bridge near the current dam above the library.

  3. Grants
    1. 1778 Surry Grant #416 to David Allen - Original. Original document of the 640 acre tract that would be known as the Iron Works Tract.

    2. 1778 Surry Grant #416 to David Allen - Drawn. Drawn to show the metes and bounds of the Iron Works Tract.

    3. 1778 Surry Grant #395 to Abiel Cobb. Original document of the 100 acre tract granted to Abiel Cobb on the south side of the Yadkin. It also shows the road crossing the Yadkin River at the island ford. The north corner is "below the fish trap in Martin's line". Talk of a "fish trap" came up in the discussion at the library. Would this be the same fish trap location as it was in 1778?

    4. 1778 Surry Grant #395 to Abiel Cobb - Drawn. Drawn to show the metes and bounds of the Abiel Cobb tract located south of the mouth of the Big Elkin. The thick black line represents the county line along the Yadkin River.

    5. 1786 Surry Grant #1277 to Silveness Pipes. Original document of the 150 acre tract granted to Silveness Pipes. This was upstream on the Big Elkin at the mouth of Cold Bottom Branch.

  4. Other
    1. Surry Will Book 2, p97. 1785 court appearance by Winnifred Allen naming Jonathan Hains as "now living at the iron works of this county formerly the property of David Allen".




Maps of Elkin
  1. The 1891 Ludlow Map overlaid on today's map of downtown Elkin. (9/24/19) This pdf file also has layers for the original land grants. For me, it works best to download this file to my computer and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader. This allows use of the layer on/off feature on the left-side toolbar. You can turn on/off roads, property lines, land grants, and other features.

  2. Zoomed OUT view of original grants. This includes the downtown area, much of N. Bridge St, and the area south of CC Camp Rd.

  3. Zoomed IN view of original grants. This shows the area south of Business Hwy 268 and west of N. Bridge St.

  4. Zoomed IN view of later deed transactions. In particular, the 1857 deed from Richard Gwyn transferring 3/4 interest in the factory 12 acre property.

  5. Below is an interactive Google Map showing the approximate location of the Iron Works along with three original land grants. The star marks the location. Click the square in the upper right of the map window to make the map larger.





Jason Duncan
222 Sundance Cir
Statesville, NC 28625
704-929-2643
jason@webjmd.com

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