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Wilkes Land Grants


There are 7,975 land grants issued in Wilkes County after filtering out duplicate and blank records. I've assigned each one to the watershed on which the property is located. Images of the original land grant records have been put online by David McCorkle. I wouldn't have been able to work on this project without the work that he did in making the original records available on his website at www.nclandgrants.com.

  1. Explanation of the Land Grant Records
    This explains what these records are and how I organized them.

  2. List of the Wilkes Water Systems
    (2-page pdf, 3/7/21)
    I assigned a main river and a sub river or creek to each land grant to identify its general location. This is a list of the 42 water system groups.

  3. Details for Each of the Water Systems
    (62-page pdf, 9/30/20)
    This report lists the various rivers, creeks, branches, forks, and other landmarks that are mentioned in the grants for each water system. Many of these old creek names have been forgotten, and this list will help identify the location of property that references these places. No individual grant information is in this report.

  4. Map of the Wilkes Water Systems
    (1-page jpg, 9/21/20)
    This map of Wilkes County shows the 42 water system groups that were used to identify the location of land grants.

  5. Alphabetical List of All Grants
    (307-page pdf, 3/11/21)
    This report lists all 7,975 land grants sorted alphabetically by last name. This list includes the full name, issue date, file number, grant number, and the acreage. From my own research, I added the river and creek on which the property was located. For grants that I have drawn and placed on my map, it also lists the map grid square for where this property is located.
    This report only provides the basic information about each grant. More details are available in the detailed report for each grid square.

  6. Map Grid
    (1-page pdf, 3/7/21)
    This is a map of the county divided into a grid with letters west to east, and numbers north to south. Each grid square is 15,000 ft x 15,000 ft, or about 8 square miles. As I draw each individual land grant and determine where it's located on the map, it is assigned a grid square. As of early 2021, I have mapped about 25% of the grants, starting in the northeast part of the county.

  7. Number of Grants Located in Each Grid Square
    (2-page pdf, 3/11/21)
    This report shows how many land grants have been assigned to each grid square. Most grid squares that are completely inside the county boundaries have between 50 and 100 land grants. Some grid squares straddle the Yadkin River. Since I've only placed grants on the north side of the Yadkin, these squares will have fewer grants that are mapped. When a tract overlaps more than one grid square, its grid ID is determined by the beginning corner on the original survey.

  8. Number Grid Details
    Below is a list of the grid squares that are all or mostly complete. (Use either the Alphabetical List (#5) or the Map Grid (#6) above to find the grid square you need.) The maps will never be perfect. In fact, they never have been. There were multiple court cases involving landowner disputes about the true boundaries after grants were issued. But I'm confident that the maps are very close and give a good sense of where the tracts were located. I continue to work on this project, and I'll update the files as changes are made.

    As of early 2021, I've only mapped grants in the northeast part of the county, north of the Yadkin River. This includes Big Elkin, Little Elkin, Bugaboo, Roaring River, and Rock Creek. I've started working on Mulberry.

    You can purchase a set of files for each grid square. Each set includes two files.
    • The first is a 121-megapixel jpg image file that is large enough to zoom in to read the smaller text. Every map also shows an extra 2,500 ft in every direction to more clearly show tracts that straddle the grid line.
    • The second file is a pdf that lists all the details for the grants included in the grid square. Alphabetized by last name, the details include the grant number, a general description, GPS coordinates of the map location, and sometimes notes I've made as part of my research.

    Click the Paypal link to purchase a set of files for each grid square. Each set is $5. After your purchase, the files will be emailed to you within 24 hours. Email me with any questions. If you don't want to use Paypal, there are other options.

    Grid ID
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    Last Update
    Paypal ($5 ea)
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    (free sample)

    M6
    3/11/21 Wilkes Land M6 Map
    Wilkes Land M6 Details
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    H4
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    H5
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    I4
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    I5
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    I6
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    I7
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    J4
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    J5
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    J6
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    J7
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    J8
    3/11/21
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    J9
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    J10
    3/11/21
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    K4
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    K5
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    K6
    3/11/21
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    K7
    3/11/21
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    K8
    3/11/21
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    K9
    3/11/21
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    K10
    3/11/21
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    L5
    3/11/21
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    L6
    3/11/21
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    L7
    3/11/21
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    L8
    3/11/21
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    L9
    3/11/21
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    L10
    3/11/21
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    M5
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    M6
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    M7
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    M8
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    M9
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    N6
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    N7
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    N8
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    N9
    3/11/21



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