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Orange County, North Carolina 1752-1850, Abstracts of Wills.


By: Ruth H. Shields, Pub. 1957 & 1966, Reprinted 2001, 452 pages, Hard Cover, ISBN #0-89308-769-6.

Orange county was formed in 1752 largely from Granville, partly from Bladen and Johnson counties, N.C. And from Orange county were created the counties of: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Person, & Wake.  The researcher will find countless clues to missing ancestors who were mentioned through the wills, deeds, and power-of-attorney that were recorded within these Wills. Many children are mentioned who had already received their part of estates and thus were not legatees. Executors, neighbors and others are all being mentioned make this a very useful tool. Also to help show that a certain relative lived in the area the author has kept the names of all witness within the book.  Special Note: the author has also included approximately 202 marriages (1761-1800) which were NOT shown at all in the county’s marriage bonds. These marriages were discovered within Wills that were being abstracted, therefor not all marriages took place in Orange County.