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Dismal Swamp Canal Company records(1792–1834)

  • MS 1976.3
  • Microfilm: M-1317.2
  • 10 items

The collection includes a map of the canal as well as indentures, warrants and inquisitions, land valuations, and surveys. Most of the collection pertains to the acquisition of land by the Canal Company or its subsequent leasing of the land to private individuals. Names mentioned in the collection include Robert Andrews, Daniel Berdinger, Donald Campbell, John Cowper, and Thomas Newton, Jr.

For a history of the canal see Alexander Crosby Brown, rev. ed., The Dismal Swamp Canal (Chesapeake, VA, 1971). A thorough bibliography of pertinent material is included.


Date Description
Folder 1
24 July 1792 Order to jury for Deep Creek land valuation.
3 September 1794 Warrant and inquisition by court clerk of Camden Co., NC for condemning lands for use by Dismal Swamp Canal Co.
15 July 1812 Cross-Canal land valuation order.
4 August 1812 Inquisition of land valuation for Cross-Canal.
4 August 1812 Cross-Canal survey notes.
21 September 1812 List of witnesses’ signatures.
1 January 1825 Indenture between Dismal Swamp Canal Company and Marshall Parks.
1834 Memo relative to leases of land along canal route, 1823–1834.
26 March 18__ Indenture between Joseph A. Fairless and Fruzy Stallings, Gates County, NC.
n.d. Map showing Dismal Swamp Canal.