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New! Log Cabin Court: The Business of a Pioneer Court, with Sketches of Principal Players ... Minutes of the County Court, Book 1, Macon County, NC, 1829-1832

The early county court was a one-stop local government, providing both administrative and judicial services. It elected most county officials, approved road requests, awarded liqour licenses, oversaw the administration of estates, the conduct of state elections and the collection of taxes, took care of orphaned or destitute children and conducted jury trials.

The first Macon County court met in a borrowed log cabin in Franklin, NC, with 33 justices in attendance, representing communities as distant as Toxaway and Deep Creek. The area covered includes most of present Macon and Swain, about half of present Jackson, and even a part of present Transylvania counties. Around 1,200 people appear in the pages of this work, which includes name and subject indexes and introductory material to help flesh out the system and its major players. 313 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, comb binding. By Barbara McRae, 2002. (ISBN 0-9638930-8-4) $30


Macon County NC Records, 1858-1865, Deed Books I & J

This volume continues the story of Macon County through the Civil War, as told in its official records. It begins with page 242 of Book I, taking up where Records of Macon County NC, 1849-1858 left off. It covers present Macon County and much of present Swain and includes land transactions, powers of attorney, estate settlements, gifts, mortgages and slave transactions. About 1,700 individuals are named; fully indexed, 112 pages, 8.5 X 11 inches, comb binding. By Barbara McRae, 2001. (ISBN 0-9368930-7-6) $25


Macon County, NC in the 1850 Census: A Snapshot in Time

This transcription of the 1850 Federal Census for Macon County includes complete schedules of population, agriculture, slave ownership, mortality, industry and social statistics. Dr. Henry G. Woodfin, the census enumerator, noted the county of birth for each native North Carolinian he recorded, making this an unusually helpful census for genealogists and historians. Fully indexed; 183 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, comb binding, paper. By Barbara McRae and Rebekah Leverette, 1998.  (ISBN 0-9638930-3-3) $22

Columnist Joyce Parris called this "the most exceptional census book you've ever seen." (The Asheville Citizen Times, "Family History," Oct. 3, 1999)

Early Wills of Macon County, NC: Horse Beasts, Muly Cows and Runaway Daughters, Will Book 1, 1830-1866

These documents speak with the voice of a vanished age, when books were rare and treasured heirlooms, livestock was more valuable than land, married women rarely owned property in their own names and slavery was so much a part of society that a minister could piously record a bequest to foreign missions, followed in the next sentence by an order to sell a household servant.

Fifty-one early wills; abstracted and with notes by Barbara McRae. Paper; fully indexed, 86 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, comb binding. (ISBN 0-9638930-6-8) $12.50.


Records of Macon County, NC, 1849-1858 (Deed Books F, G, H and I)

Written documentation of Macon County history is scarcefor this period. Records of the Register of Deeds help fill in vital details — not only about land transactions, but also about personal relationships, settlement patterns, slave ownership and business activities. This volume includes over 2,000 records involving more than 2,000 people in antebellum Macon County.  Paper; 8.5 x 11 inches, comb binding, fully indexed, 136 pages. By Barbara McRae, 1999. ISBN 0-9638930-4-1) $25


Accounts Audited by the Board of Commissioners for Macon County, NC
1883-1891

Some 1,700 individuals had business with the Macon County government from 1883-1891. They ranged from the most upright of civil servants ot chronic offenders, to ordinary citizens who entered the public record as witnesses or jurors in the county court. A good many women appear here in their own right, mostly as witnesses in court cases.

Most of the records deal with the work of the court and include defendants' names as well as witnesses and jurors. However, there are also payments for wolf scalps, for tending the public well and repairing the county jail. Paper, 139 pages, fully indexed, 11 by 8.5 inches, comb binding; transcribed by Barbara McRae. (ISBN 0-9638930-5-X) $25.00


Little Journeys: A Photo Tour Guide Through Historic Macon County NC

By Hildegard Sandhusen.

Let photographer Hildegard Sandhusen take you on a tour of beloved Macon County locations. Her dramatic black and white images capture the timeless quality of this mountain county’s historic sites and natural wonders. Historical notes by Barbara McRae accompany the photographs. Paper; 52 pages: 5.5 x 8.5 inches;  with maps to guide your self-directed tour. 1997. (ISBN 0-9638930-2-5) $10.95

Little Journeys won a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History, 1997.

Franklin's Ancient Mound: Myth & History of Old Nikwasi, Franklin, North Carolina

Nikwasi Mound in Franklin, NC, marks the site of the old Cherokee town of Nikwasi — a place rich in history and legend. It is the largest and best-preserved mound in Western North Carolina, and the only one that is publicly owned. This small book is a loving tribute to 1000 years of human experience on a tiny spot of land. Paper; 54 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 inches; by Barbara McRae with illustrations by Elayne Sears. 1993. (ISBN 0-9638930-0-9) $6.95

Franklin’s Ancient Mound was named a 1994 award winner by the North Carolina Society of Historians, Inc.

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