Query: Willson/Wilson

By , March 12, 2014

3/12/2014 14:30:56



I’m hoping you can help me with a clue regarding Archelaus WILLSON/WILSON. There are several spellings in records to his first name – including Hercules.  He appears in Orange County, NC with Robert WILLSON around 1756 and they both purchase next to each other.  He and Robert help Richard HOLMAN/HOLEMAN and William CHURTON survey land.  I have several land records for Archelaus & Robert, and Robert married Ann LATTA.  

There is little information about Archelaus after this period until the notation in the “Orange County, NC Court Minutes  1777-1786 Vol III”, it provides a [1206]-80-folio 40 Feb Term 1780 record:  “An Acct. of Sales of the Estate of Archelaus WILSON decd. was returned in open Court and Ordered to be Recorded.”

Is there a record trail of the Archelaus’ Will or Estate who died in 1780?  

Incidentally, there is another Archelaus WILSON (Robert’s grandson) who married Elizabeth MCMULLEN; this family has the same Y-DNA as my colonial era William/Capt Samuel/Lt Col George WILLSON/WILSON in Augusta County/Pendleton County, Va.  I am hoping the elder Archelaus and his Will/Estate provides a clue.

Thank you VERY much for any help/direction you can provide!

Steve Hamick
Mt Clemens, MI”                                                



If you have information on the above persons, or access to relevant records, feel free to leave a REPLY below.

2 Responses to “Query: Willson/Wilson”

  1. Stewart says:

    It is interesting to see Archelaus Wilson’s Granville Grant for 283 acres on Quarrel Creek – Waters of Flat River. Exactly where this is located is difficult to say (easily) since this branch of the Flat River is in today’s Person Co. and crosses the Orange Co. line. Of course in 1761, this was all Orange Co. There are NO ORANGE CO. deed records listed for Archelaus or Hercules. It is possible that this was filed in Orange Court – but really is in Caswell County Records. I checked the deed records and found nothing.
    Checking the N.C. State Archives – searching under Orange Co. did NOT provide any records. I WOULD recommend – google N.C. State Archives – look for their search tool MARS – and then search by his name.
    The WILL and/or Estate Records are filed by County. I WOULD check both Caswell and Orange. Caswell was divided in half to form Person in 1791. Caswell as formed from Orange in 1777.
    I hope I’m clear – TODAY this river is in Person, but 1780 – that would be Caswell Co. (the court record you referenced). When he got his grant (Granville) it was Orange Co. His adjoining neighbor was Richard Holeman – also on Quarell Creek.

  2. Steve says:

    Stewart, thank you very much for the clues – it’s a big help!

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