I reside in Dayton, Ohio but hope to impose upon your knowledge for help with a question relevant to your location relating to the search for grave information for my 6th Great Grandfather. I have an ancestor of french origin named Abraham Des Moulin (his name was purportedly anglicized to Abraham Mullen or Mullens prior to death) who was one of 300 Huguenots who arrived in Abermarle County, Va. in 1699 and settled what is referred to as the "Manakin Town" settlement in Virginia. It appears well documented that by 1707 he moved to Perquimans County, N.C. and commenced farming and that he eventually passed in Perquimans County in 1743. There are records referring to various purchases and transfers which I believe might be of assistance. One mentions an "assigned right of Patent" from Samuel Cretchington dated April 8, 1707. Nine years thereafter there is another assignment of 210.5 acres from Nathaniel Nicholson on Perquimans River dated April 10, 1716. Another purchase of 153 acres assigned from Richard Whedbee in 1734 which is described "on the north east side of Perq River, called 'Beaver Cove'" In 1740, Abraham reportedly made a deed to Issac Mullen, his son, reciting "for love I bear my son Isaac Mullen of Perquimans County I do give 105 acres on the North side of Beaver Cove Swamp, adjacent Foster Thomas, Christoper Sutton, and Abraham Riggs, where we now live." In 1743, Abraham Mullens Sr. made another deed reciting "for love I bear my son Abraham, have given 105 acres, on north east side of Perq River, near the head of Beaver Cove Swamp." Abraham's wife is identified as Rachel Broret who is reported to have predeceased him in 1722 in Perquimans. Would there be any church or government record of which you are aware for a grave location for Abraham Des Moulin (or Mullen Mullens) or his wife Rachel? I have recently come to learn that during this period in my area of the country it was extremely rare to have dedicated cemeteries and that most internments would be done in some unrecorded fashion on private land. I surmise that the same would be true in your location. However I felt it worthy of effort to ask if you or anyone to whom you might direct me to would recognize a location as described in the two deeds referencing "Beavercove" or where there might be marked private internments of this period? I appreciate any assistance you could provide and assume that my request is a longshot at best but worthy of effort. For my part I am personally only recently involved in the hobby to research ancestral history. I am fortunate to have very capable family members on both my maternal and paternal sides who have previously researched and answered the "who" questions more than two decades ago but who have grown frail in age. For my part, I would love to answer the "where" location if the information could be ascertained and before development has an opportunity to disturb more grave locations.
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