What is New is Also Old – Tolls: Have You Explored these Records for Your Ancestors?

Elwell Ferry, Cape Fear River photo

— Presented by Diane L. Richard, MEng, MBA — The concept of tolls is not new. Depending on where your Tar Heel ancestor lived and, especially if a body of water needed to be crossed or a new turnpike was recently put into operation, tolls/fees were paid. How many of you have cars with E-Zpass/NC QuickPass or similar toll transponders? This is the modern way of collecting tolls from those traveling by car. Eighteenth century records clearly document requests for and approval of tolls for roads, bridges, ferries, and canals.