A map of early land grants in old Orange Co., NC shows ones to Patrick Bogan (no date) and to Margaret Bogan in 1756, as well as two to John May, one undated and one in 1756. (Allan B. Markham, Land Grants in old Orange Co., NC: Parts of Present Orange, Chatham and Durham Counties, 1743-1810)
The one to Margaret Bogan was near the Granville Co., NC line and bisected by the Neuse River. George Laws had the grant to her north.
The one to Patrick Bogan was separated from Margaret's by a grant to James Monroe. Both were north of the Eno River; Patrick's was divided by the old Oxford Road and adjacent Hugh Cain, William Johnston, James Ray 1749, and John Mitchell.
John May's grants were both south of the Eno and southwest of Patrick Bogan. The old Oxford Road branched near the northernmost grant, which was surrounded by Sam May 1782, James Cannady 1782,Charles Abercromby,Thomas Lewis,Edward Gresham, Sr. 1780, Riley Vickers,Aquilla Rhodes and William Rhodes 1761. The 1756 grant to John May was across the old Orange-Wake Co., NC line in what eventually became Durham Co., NC. [Wake split off from Cumberland, Johnston and Orange in 1770; Durham was formed in 1881 from Orange and Wake.]It was north and east of the old Raleigh Road, surrounded by James Conner, Gilbert Evans 1773, Robert Smith, Joshua Smith, John Ross 1779.
Thomas Redding had a small grant due west of John May's northern grant and adjacent John Scarlett 1751, Abraham Whitaker, John Copley, John Cabe 1766, John Cabe 1780.
Who was Margaret Bogan? How was she related to Patrick Bogan? When did they arrive in NC, and where from? Was that the Patrick Boggan who died in Anson Co., NC? Who had daughters who m. John and Pleasant May? Were John and Pleasant May related to the John May of the land grants, and if so, how? Was Thomas Redding related to Joel Ridings who m. Penelope May 8 Aug 1799 in Wake Co., NC, was on the 1800 Orange Co., NC census and in Humphreys Co., TN by 1812? Penelope might have been daughter of a John or an Absalom May.
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