Appendix J. Early Lumbees in Robeson from deed and land grant references

From: Britt, Morris F. Appendices to Implosion: A history of the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, North Carolina. Unpublished book-length manuscript.

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Often those listed filed for land seven or eight years before they actually patented the land.

Braveboy, David1770's5 Mile Branch
Braveboy, Joshua1767Mill Prong of Raft Swamp
Chavers [Chavis], Ishmael1772E of Drowning Creek, 1779 S of Ashpole Swamp
Cumbee, Nathaniel1791Three Grants totalling 150 acres on Bear Swamp and Drowning Creek
Cubow, Cannon1773Southwest of Drowning Creek
Doyal (Dial), James1788On Ashpole Swamp
Drigurs [Driggers], Ephram1779Bull Branch west of Shoe Heel; a tract on Bull Branch of Little Pee Dee, was lost through forclosure for debt before 1786
Gibson, Wm.1782Prong of Big Swamp
Hains, Samuel1782W of Ashpole next to Dudley Locklear
Hammons, John1779Before 1779 south of Saddletree Swamp
Jackson, Thomas1780North of Ten Mile Swamp.
Kersey, James1789East of Drowning Creek adjacent to Sweating
Kersey, Thomas1769[Deed Book A, 81-83] Bear Swamp' he died between 1770 and 1787 without leaving a will, and the land went to his eldest son James Kersey
Locklear, Dudley1779South of Ashpole Swamp
Locklear, John1764East of Long Swamp
Lowery, James1767Mill Prong of Raft Swamp; as a buisiness man he bought and sold numerous properties in Robeson - many parcels to other Lumbees
Oxendine,1750's?The Oxendines were among the earliest to arrive
Revels, Edmund1784East of Long Swamp
Stapleton, Alexander1783Sold land on Aaron's (Aaron Odem's) Swamp tp James Lowery
Strickland, John1788Died in 1788 leaving land to Abram Strickland east of Drounding Creek.
Sweat, Robert1754On Shoe Heel Swamp near the Colony (State) line
Sweeting, Elisha1775Land east of Shoe Heel Swamp sold to John Cade in 1784

The above data is abstracted from the first deed books of Robeson before 1800 and land grant records. Ethnic identify is not 100% certain for all the above individuals, but most are clearly Lumbee. Allowing for a possible five to ten years before a patent was actually granted, these families appear to have arrived in current Robeson roughly between 1750 and 1787, when Robeson County was created out of Bladen. Nearly all lived adjacent to other Lumbee families, and many bought land from James Lowery at Harper's Ferry on Drowning Creek.