I love your story…your history is facinating! I am interested in a Jacob Boney who patented land in New Hanover/Duplin in 1754; he was on “wild horse branch” and in searching for his neighbors I find only three mentions of this geographic entity indexed in the Patent Book abstracts. Are you familier with this Jacob? his land? or the creek? Could “Wild Horse Branch” have been commonly called by some other name…I find a “Horse Branch” but cannot tie the two together.
Patent Book 15
1754—May 17—No. 4459—p. 8
Jacob Boney—200 acres in New Hanover County above the forks of wild horse branch and above William’s Land, joining (a point) near sd. Williams. [Williams is a surname.]
1755—January 7—No. 4801—p. 88
William Walker—200 acres in N. Hanover County on the Wild Horse Branch (which is) a branch of Long Creek below Williams’s Land, joining a small Pond and sd. Williams.
Patent Book 17
1764—November 2—No. 7277—p. 77
John Larkin and John Portevint—640 acres in New Hanover on the W. side of Long Creek, joining below the Mouth of Wild Horse Branch.
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