Mark, Duplin County was formed in 1750 from New Hanover.
Duplin County Record list of Revolutionary Soldiers:
BEASLEY, Austin, Private, NC Militia
BEASLEY (Beesley), John, Private, NC Militia
CARROLL, Dempsey, Private, NC Militia, Pension # S 32161.
CARROLL, Hardy, Private, 10th NC Continental Line, Pension # S 41469, Library of Congress # 91099
CARROLL, Jesse, Private, NC Militia
CARROLL, Thomas, Private, NC Militia
From 1750 to 17 Oct 1785, the courts met at varying places. The first Duplin Court House was in what is now Warsaw near the entrance of Carroll Food Industries (recently bought by one-time Duplin billionaire Murphy of Murphy-Brown then sold to Smithfield Farms of Virginia). This old site occupied by the Carroll Farms business offices is on Hwy 24 in Warsaw and near Turkey, NC on the road to Clinton, NC. On the first meeting in the new Duplin Court House, the first order on record was a plea from Thomas Carroll said son of Thomas Carroll (deceased) who prayed for recovery of his part of his father's estate. It is possible the other Carroll's listed above were his brothers. Hardy Carroll's father could be Thomas Carroll of Duplin County and his brother a Thomas Carroll also. Help from any readers is appreciated with all fruit shared. I will try to find information on Thomas Carroll, the father of these Duplin Carrolls.
I found Hardy Carroll is in the Deed of Records section under Duplin County Court of Pleas 1784-87 on 18 July 1785 with "Henry Hollingsworth to Hardy Carroll, 196 acres proved by Arthur Mathews. So ordered." Historical document, not a record says Hardy Carroll was born in 1758 and died 1826. I will look for his grave. That is no easy matter in NC as most were buried on family farms and now long forgotten. Note that Mark Beasley has collateral documentation not on record in Duplin Couhty Courthouse showing that Hardy Carroll married Lydia Hollingsworth in 1779. Henry Hollingsworth's deed record transfer of 196 acres to his son-in-law Hardy Carroll 6 years after the marriage did not discuss money as a part of the transfer, perhaps it was deeded outright by Henry, a Duplin worthy.
Collateral Carroll generations here have a George Washington Carroll son of a John Carroll. I found a Duplin Court record in 1784 showing a John Carroll on a list of tax insolvents which the court allowed. John Carroll had a second son also called John Carroll who married a "Zilpha". Zilpha was born 25 Apr 1811 and buried 25 Oct 1890 near Hwy 11 and near Sarecta, the first established town in Duplin. Sarecta disappeared into family farms after Kenansville became the County Seat. In 1816 Kenansville was laid out in public lands and a new courthouse was ordered to be erected opposite the Kenan Plantation. The Warsaw Court House which was 8 miles away became defunct and the new courthouse opened in January 1819 with Kenansville as the established County Seat. (Warsaw itself was not incorpated until 1854 after the railroad made it an important agricultural pick-up stop on the way to Goldsboro, NC. Goldsboro NC was the biggest railway spur on the line from Atlanta to Washington DC.) Another George Washington Carroll married Mary Houston, probably the grand-daughter of Samuel Houston who often sat in judgment in Duplin County proceedings during post Revolutionary times. Mary Houston Carroll is in Rutledge graveyard at Kenansville is by the Presibyterian Church established in 1736. Her life was 25 Aug 1836 to 11 Jan 1894. Other Carroll's buried in Duplin include an Elizabeth and a Mary. Note Thomas Rutledge often sat in judgment on the Duplin County Courthouse.
Beasley information I found in the courthouse was interesting. Revolutionary War veteran Auston Beasley is in the Duplin County Marriage Records as marrying Lucy Ryal on 7 Apr 1783 witnessed by Demsey "Demey" Carroll. Mark, what records do you have of this first marriage? 22 years later there is a second entry, Auston Beasley marries Polly Carroll 15 December 1805 witnessed by Gibson Sloan and recorded by William Dickson. Note that your Auston is probably related to the John Beasley above listed as in the Duplin Revolutionary War veterans. Also note that Joseph Dickson with Samuel Houston, Thomas Rutledge, and a James Gillespie sat in common judgement on the Thomas Carroll case in 1785 mentioned above. Perhaps William Dickson is the son of Joseph Dickson.
Under location identifiers for Beasley Mill Swamp (Millers Creek) was "The Beasley family were early settlers and landowners who received land grants near Magnolia - 2 miles west-northwest at the confluence of Gum Branch, Jacob Wells Branch and Murray Branch on the side of the now drained Beasley Mill Pond. Flowed west on the north side of SR 1101, crossing SR 1105 and running into Stewarts Creek near the Sampson County Line. Today, there is a Beasley Mills Road running from this area into Magnolia, NC. 2 miles north of the the Beasley mills were our Carroll farms. Today, there is a Carroll Farms Road and a second Carroll Road in Duplin right next to the Sampson County line. There is also a Beasley Road further northwest in Johnson County near Benson, NC. Yes Mark, there is a third Beasley Road back in downtown Kenansville near the Duplin County Courthouse and adjacent to Duplin General Hospital.
Other Carroll marriage records I found in Duplin County Courthouse include Alexander Carroll marrying Lucy Ryal on 7 Apr 1783 witnessed Dempsey (Demey) Carroll. There is a Patience Carroll that married Samuel Gavin on 22 Sep 1756. Mary Carroll married Jessie Brown on 26 July 1822. On the same day, James Carroll married Elizabeth Carroll on 26 July 1822. James Carroll witnessed the marriage of Benejak Carrell to Martha Elisha Mallard on 12 Sep 1829. Mary Carroll married Anthony Drew on 18 July 1825. Martha Carroll married Thomas Friar on 5 Apr 1866.
Also, in the 1784-87 record is a case of grievance opened by Thomas Gray against Elisha Carroll, but there is no description over the point of the lawsuit.
If any of you out there want to me to track any of the above, let us know. Mark Beasley and I have found a common interest that looks fruitful.
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