GUILFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
~ DEATHS OF EARLY CITIZENS, 1771-1841 ~


The goal for this set of pages is to help people use existing records to determine or verify dates of death.  There are many missing burials for Guilford's early deaths, and church records are often missing or have major gaps.  Newspaper records for the first decades are non-existent or sparse.  Determining a date of death can be a major challenge.

For now, I am covering the first 70 years of Guilford's history.  I am not sure how many sources I will use eventually for this list.  At present, it is based primarily on wills.  As I find information on estates, I will add that information.  This list will be organized by the date of death, date of probate or estate administration bond if known, or date the will was written.  Use your browser's "find" feature to find a name.  If you have information to add, please contact the county coordinator (see site index page).

Where to find the original records:  Originals of the wills are at the North Carolina State Archives.  The county courthouse has the will books, and the Archives has microfilm of early will books.  If you want a copy of the original will itself, contact the NC State Archives.  Estate records from this time period are also located at the Archives.

You need to make a search request first, unless you pay a visit to the Search Room at the NC State Archives.  If you are a resident of NC, you can make a search request online without paying a search fee.  If you are not a NC resident, you will need to mail a search fee with your search request.  All requests are answered with a mailed notification of what the Archives staff found, and the fee for mailing copies to you (the minimum $2 in most cases).  See this page for further information on these services and the link to the online request form for NC residents.  Don't forget to check the MARS online catalog system for a list of available records.

You can also contact the nearest location of the Family History library system to order microfilm of records for viewing close to home.


A

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Thomas Alexander estate papers starting in 1779
Isaac Armfield will dated 20 Dec 1780, no probate date; recorded in 1784 in WB-A/3
John Allen, Sr. will dated 8 Feb 1780, probated Aug Court 1781; WB-A/7
Charles Adear will dated 16 Jan 1785, probated Feb Court 1786; WB-A/5
Robert Agnew estate papers starting in 1793
John Anderson estate papers starting in 1794
Joseph Alexander will dated 28 Mar 1799, probated May Court 1799; WB-A/7
William Akin/Aken (Aiken?) will dated 27 May 1799, probated Aug Court 1799; WB-A/9
James Anthony will dated 25 Jan 1796, probated Aug Court 1799; WB-A/2
James Archer will dated 2 Jan 1799, probated Aug Court 1799, estate papers starting in 179(9?); WB-A/1
Jeremiah Andrews will dated 19 Dec 1799, probated May Court 1800; WB-A/8
Jonathan Armfield will dated 24 Jan 1801, probated Feb Court 1801; WB-A/4
James Anthony estate papers starting in 1802
Jonathan Armfield estate papers starting in 1802
Major Anderson estate papers starting in 1803
Martha Allison will dated 23 Jun 1810, probated Feb Court 1811; WB-A/5
William Armfield, Sr. will dated 28 Mar 1804, probated May Court 1812; WB-A/10
James Anderson estate papers starting in 1813
Benjamin Aydelott will dated 3 Sep 1813, probated Nov Court 1813; WB-A/11
George Alexander estate papers starting in 1814
Martha Allison estate papers starting in 1814
Isaac Armfield estate papers starting in 1814
James Anderson will dated 25 Nov 1814, probated May Court 1815; WB-A/12
John Apple estate papers starting in 1816
James Anderson estate papers starting in 1818
Henry Anthony will dated 20 May 1818, probated Aug Court 1818; WB-B/59
Henry Anthony (same as above?) estate papers starting in 1820
Mary Albertson estate papers starting in 1820
Samuel Allison will dated 9 Apr 1816, probated Nov Court 1820; estate papers starting in 1820; WB-B/95
James Atkinson estate papers starting in 1821
Benjamin Aydelotte estate papers starting in 1821
James Allison estate papers starting in 1822
Curtis Andrew estate papers starting in 1826
Peggy Andrew estate papers starting in 1826
William Anthony Sr. estate papers starting in 1827
James Alexander estate papers starting in 1829
Jonathan Albright estate papers starting in 1830
Daniel Albright estate papers starting in 1831
William Armfield will dated 4 May 1832, no probate date; recorded in WB-B/583 in 1833
Solomon Armfield estate papers starting in 1833
Agnes Alexander estate papers starting in 1834
Mary Alexander estate papers starting in 1834
William Adams will dated 12 Dec 1834 in Raleigh, probated Feb Court 1835; WB-B/518
David Archer will dated 1 Sep 1834, probated Nov Court 1835; WB-B/536
Obed Anthony no date on will, probated May Court 1836; WB-A/548
Daniel Aydelotte estate papers starting in 1836
Lee H. Alley estate papers starting in 1837
Hance Archer estate papers starting in 1837
John & Jane Amick estate papers starting in 1838
David Archer estate papers starting in 1838
James Archer estate papers starting in 1838
Nathan Armfield estate papers starting in 1839
William Albright will dated 13 Jan 1839, probated Nov Court 1839; WB-C/43
Brummel Andrew (Andre) estate papers starting in 1840
William J. Adams will dated 5 Nov 1840, probated Nov Court 1840; estate papers dated 1840; WB-C/79
William Albright estate papers starting in 1841
   

 


B

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Amos Bain estate papers starting in 1835
John Blear will dated 8 Oct 1770, probated Feb Court 1772
James Billingsley will dated 5 Jan 1776, probated May Court 1776
James Blair will dated 1 Mar 1776, probated May Court 1776
Robert Breden will dated 12 Jun 1777, probate date not recorded
John Blair will dated 22 Sep 1777, recorded 28 Sep 1778
Nathaniel Brown will dated 1 Jan 1790, probated May Court 1790
Benjamin Barnard will dated 7 Sep 1792, probated Nov Court 1792
Alexander Breden will dated 26 Oct 1793, probated Nov Court 1793
William Byford will dated 8 Jul 1795, probated Aug Court 1796
John Beals will dated 21 Apr 1809, probated May Court 1809
John Barnett will dated ____ 1781, probated Aug Court 1781
Catherine Boyd will dated 12 Jan 1783, recorded 17 Feb 1783
Matthew Brown will dated 3 Feb 1787, probated May Court 1787
William Barnhill will dated 23 Sep 1791, probated Nov Court 1791
John Benson will dated 17 Sep 1793, probated Nov Court 1793
William Brittain will dated 1 Jan 1794, no probate date recorded
John Burney will dated 22 Aug 1794, probated Nov Court 1794
William Beard will dated 11 Sep 1794, probated May Court 1795
William Brown will dated 10 Aug 1794, probated May Court 1795
Jacob Boon will dated 17 Jan 1795, probated Feb Court 1796
Richard Bourton will dated 17 Dec 1799, probated Feb Court 1801
John Barnes will dated 16 May 1801, probated May Court 1802
Isaac Beeson will dated 3 Mar 1802, probated May Court 1802
Jean Barnett will dated 13 Feb 1804, probated Feb Court 1805
William Baldwin will dated 11 Feb 1808, no probate date recorded
James Brogdon will dated 17 Jan 1810, probated Feb Court 1810
William Burton estate papers starting in 1810
Jesse Beals will dated 24 Jul 1811, probated Aug Court 1811
Edward Bullock will dated 20 Jan 1813, probated May Court 1813
Caleb Bunday will dated 9 Apr 1813, probated Aug Court 1816
Sarah Bunday will dated 25 May 1816, probated Aug Court 1816
Haslin Brown estate papers starting in 1816
Richard Burton will dated 22 Feb 1817, probated May Court 1817
Sarah Burton will dated 21 Jul 1814, probated May Court 1817
William Brown will dated 17 Sep 1817, probated Nov Court 1817
Mary Banner estate papers starting in 1817
Henry Billingsley estate papers starting in 1817
Charls Brasher estate papers starting in 1817
James Brown estate papers starting in 1817
William Brown estate papers starting in 1818
James Brown, Senr. will dated 4 Feb 1818, probated Aug Court 1818
Mathew Bennett estate papers starting in 1819
Mark Brothers estate papers starting in 1819
Caleb Bundy estate papers starting in 1819
Sarah Bundy estate papers starting in 1819
Richard Burton estate papers starting in 1819
John Beeson will dated 27 Apr 1820, probated Aug Court 1820
William Bevill estate papers starting in 1821
Benjamin Biswell will dated 21 Apr 1819, probated Feb Court 1821
William Ballard will dated 5 Sep 1818, probated Feb Court 1821
William Bevill will dated 1 Aug 1821, probated Aug Court 1821
C. B. Bartlett will dated 7 Sep 1821 & 10 Oct 1821, probated Nov Court 1821
Jehu Beeson estate papers starting in 1821
John Buckhannon estate papers starting in 1822
Benjamin Biswell estate papers starting in 1823 (same man as the will probated Feb Court 1821?)
Zaza D. Brasher estate papers starting in 1823
William Barney will dated 4 Oct 1823, probated Feb Court 1824
John Baldwin will dated 20 Sep 1824, probated Nov Court 1824
Robert M. Bell estate papers starting in 1824
Reuben Benson will dated 21 Mar 1825, probated May Court 1825
Thomas Benbow will dated 19 Jun 1818, probated May Court 1825
Thomas Blair will dated 6 May 1825, probated Aug Court 1825
Jesse Beals estate papers starting in 1825
George Bowman estate papers starting in 1825
Isaac Beeson, Sr. estate papers starting in 1826
William Beeson estate papers starting in 1826
William Burney estate papers starting in 1826
William Brown will has no date, probated Aug Court 1826
Vastie Beeson -- see Ruson estate papers starting in 1826
Hezekiah Bevill estate papers starting in 1827
Lebni (Lebni) Barnard will dated 7 May 1828, probated May Court 1828, estate papers starting in 1830 for same name
Samuel Beeson estate papers starting in 1828
Thomas Benbow, Sr. estate papers starting in 1828
Jesse Byrd estate papers starting in 1828
Hezekiah Bevil will dated 14 Aug 1827, probated Aug Court 1828
John Benson estate papers starting in 1829
Elizabeth Bishop estate papers starting in 1829
Mary Ann Bywell will dated 7 Feb 1815, probated Feb Court 1829
Benjamin Benbow will dated 26 Jan 1829, probated Feb Court 1829
John Brincefield will dated 25 Mar 1829, probated May Court 1829
Mary Ann Bizwell will dated 12 Feb 1828, probated Nov Court 1829
Ridley Brazil will dated 16 Nov 1829, probated Feb Court 1830
Pleasant Bevill will dated 16 Dec 1816, probated Nov Court 1830
Sally Bell, widow of Robert Bell will dated 30 Jan 1830, probated Nov Court 1830
John Bartley estate papers starting in 1830
Samuel S. (W?) Bell estate papers starting in 1830
John Billingsley estate papers starting in 1830
Ridley Brazwell estate papers starting in 1830
John Baldwin Sr. estate papers starting in 1831
John Beckman estate papers starting in 1831
Phoebe Beeson estate papers starting in 1831
Mary Ann Biswell/Bizwell estate papers starting in 1831
Joseph Brittain estate papers starting in 1831
Joel S. Beeson will dated 4 May 1831, probated Nov Court 1831
Charles Bruce will dated 15 Jun 1830, probated Feb Court 1832
William Bunch will dated 23 Oct 1831, probated May Court 1832
Isaac Beeson, Jr. estate papers starting in 1832
Joseph Brittain estate papers starting in 1832
Adam Burney estate papers starting in 1832
Robert Bell estate papers starting in 1832
Sally Bell estate papers starting in 1833
Thomas Bunch estate papers starting in 1833
Berry Byrd (Bird) estate papers starting in 1833
Henry Barnhart, Sr. estate papers starting in 1834
John Barnes estate papers starting in 1834
Lemuel Beckerdite estate papers starting in 1834
Mary Burney estate papers starting in 1834
John Boon will dated 16 Mar 1834, no probate date
Elisha Bennett will dated 19 Dec 1831, probated Aug Court 1835
Thomas Brookshire will dated 21 Jun 1835, probated Nov Court 1835
Benjamin Beeson will dated 6 Jan 1831, probated Nov Court 1835
John Ballinger, Sr. estate papers starting in 1836
George W. Bell estate papers starting in 1836
John Boon estate papers starting in 1836
Elisha Bennett estate papers starting in 1837
Benjamin Beeson estate papers starting in 1838
Richard M. Beeson estate papers starting in 1838
Charles Bruce estate papers starting in 1838
William Beard will dated 13 Oct 1839, no probate date
Francis Bell estate papers starting in 1840
Sarah Brown estate papers starting in 1840
Elizabeth Baldwin will dated 15 Jun 1840, probated Nov Court 1840
Reuben Beard will dated 14 Nov 1840, probated May Court 1841
Robert Barr estate papers starting in 1841
Benjamin Beard estate papers starting in 1841
Charles Blair estate papers starting in 1841
John Brincefield estate papers starting in 184(1?)
   

 


C

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Thomas Cox no date on will, probated Nov Court 1771
Isaac Coulson (Colson?) estate papers starting in 1777
Thomas Crawley will dated 16 Jan 1778, probated May Court 1778
Jacob Christman estate papers starting in 1779
John Philip & Barbary Clapp estate papers starting in 1779
Elinor Chambers will dated 2 Jun 1781, probated Aug Court 1781
Charles Curtis will dated 3 Apr 1781, probated Aug Court 1781
Moses Campbell will dated 9 July 1782, recorded 19 Aug 1782
John Coffee will dated 19 Jul 1783, probated May Court 1785
Jacob Christman will dated 1 Apr 1779, probated Aug Court 1785
Benjamin Coffin will dated 1 Dec 1789, probated May Court 1790
John Clark will dated 6 Sep 1790, probated Nov Court 1790
Hance Clark will dated __ Mar 17__, probated May Court 1791
John Caffey, Sr. estate papers starting in 1791
John Canady estate papers starting in 1791
James Cunningham will dated 24 Sep 1791, no probate date
David Cooper will dated 20 Jun 1791, probated May Court 1792
Abraham Cook will dated 29 Apr 1792, probated Feb Court 1793
Anthony Coble will dated 24 May 1790, probated Nov Court 1793
Alijah Coffin will dated 20 Jul 1793, probated Nov Court 1793
Abraham Cook estate papers starting in 1793 / 1801
James Calhoun will dated 20 Jan 1795, probated Feb Court 1795
Thomas Charles Craft will dated 27 Oct 1794, probated Feb Court 1795
Jaremier Crowder will dated 28 Jan 1795, probated Feb Court 1795
William Charles will dated 4 Apr 1796, probated May Court 1796
Thomas Cranor will dated 5 Apr 1795, probated May Court 1796
William Coffin will dated 4 May 1796, probated Nov Court 1796
John Campbell estate papers starting in 1796
Thomas Craner (Cranor) estate papers starting in 1796
Jeremiah Crowder (Crouder) estate papers starting in 1797
Joshua Coffee will dated 1 Sep 1797, probated Feb Court 1798
John Philip Clapp will dated 8 Sep 1797, probated Nov Court 1798
Charles Canady estate papers starting in 1798
John Chilcutt estate papers starting in 1798
Samuel Coffin will dated 4 Jan 1799, probated May Court 1799
Tobias Clapp, Sr. will dated 23 Jan 1800, probated Feb Court 1800
Francis Cummins will dated 30 Oct 1792, probated Feb Court 1800
John Chambers will dated 8 Apr 1788, probated May Court 1800
Samuel Coffin estate papers starting in 1800
Jean Criswell will dated 7 Oct 1794, probated Feb Court 1801
Paris Chipman will dated 30 Jan 1797, probated May Court 1801
Sarah Cranor will dated 15 Jul 1797, probated May Court 1801
Tobias Clapp estate papers starting in 1802
Nathaniel Clark will dated 15 Nov 1802, probated Feb Court 1803
William Coffin will dated 31 Jul 1803, probated Nov Court 1803
Claiborn Curtis will dated 16 Sep 1803, probated Nov Court 1803
Paris Chipman estate papers starting in 1803
Paris Chipman, Sr. estate papers starting in 1803
John Collins estate papers starting in 1803
Richard Clayton estate papers starting in 1804
Jean Calhoun will dated 10 Jun 1804, probated May Court 1805
Thomas Cook will dated 1 Feb 1805, probated May Court 1805
Henry Complin will dated 22 Feb 1805, probated Aug Court 1805
Tilmon Cridlebaugh estate papers starting in 1805
Mary Campbell will dated 4 Jul 1805, probated Feb Court 1806
Mary Covey will dated 20 Jun 1799, probated Feb Court 1807
John Coe will dated 23 Oct 1807, probated Nov Court 1807
George Cummins will dated 9 Dec 1805, probated Feb Court 1808
Thomas Cook estate papers starting in 1808
Zebulon Causey will dated 13 Mar 1809, probated May Court 1809
Ludwick Coble will dated 17 May 1809, probated Aug Court 1809
Mary Campbell estate papers starting in 1809
William Charles estate papers starting in 1810
Hance Clark estate papers starting in 1811
Simon Christopher (late of Franklin Co. VA) probated Feb Court 1812
Henry Capp will dated 13 Dec 1809, probated May Court 1812
William Clapp estate papers starting in 1812
John Clark estate papers starting in 1812
Thomas Cummins will dated 1 Aug 1813, probated Nov Court 1813
James Calhoun estate papers starting in 1813
Henry Cobb estate papers starting in 1814
Barnabas Coffin will dated 11 Nov 1814, probated Aug Court 1815
John Coble will dated 3 May 1813, probated Nov Court 1815
Margaret Caffey estate papers starting in 1815
Thomas Cummings estate papers starting in 1815
Thomas Cummins will dated 2 Sep 1808, probated Feb Court 1816
Rachel Cummins will dated 8 Nov 1815, probated Feb Court 1816
Robert Cole will dated 5 Mar 1813, probated Mar (May?) 1816
Peter Coble will dated 8 Dec 1815, probated May Court 1816
Elias Cowen will dated 25 Apr 1816, probated May Court 1816
George Coble will dated 26 Apr 1816, probated Aug Court 1816
Jacob Coble will dated 26 Oct 1816, probated Nov Court 1816
Simon Christopher estate papers starting in 1816
Peter Coble estate papers starting in 1816
Phillip Coble estate papers starting in 1816
Elizabeth Coffin estate papers starting in 1816
Sarah Colscott estate papers starting in 1816
Sarah Cowan estate papers starting in 1816
Rachel Cummings estate papers starting in 1816
Margaret Cook noncupative will, 13 Jan 1817
William Cusick (Busick) will dated 4 May 1816, probated May Court 1817
Caleb Clark estate papers starting in 1817
Thomas Cummings estate papers starting in 1817
Peter Coffin will dated 29 Apr 1812, probated Aug Court 1818
Sample Carrigan estate papers starting in 1818
Baptist Clark, Jr. estate papers starting in 1818
Charles Climer estate papers starting in 1818
David Coble estate papers starting in 1818
Abraham Curry estate papers starting in 1818
William Criswell will dated 12 Apr 1816, probated Feb Court 1819
Abigail Cannady will dated 13 Jan 1807, probated Feb Court 1819
Martha Clark will dated 24 Aug 1818, probated May Court 1819
Elizabeth Carter will dated 5 Feb 1819, probated Nov Court 1819
Andrew Cain estate papers starting in 1819
Abigail Canady estate papers starting in 1819
Peter Caulk estate papers starting in 1819
Paris Chipman, Jr. estate papers starting in 1819
James Coats (Coots) estate papers starting in 1819
Barnabas Coffin estate papers starting in 1819
George Cotner estate papers starting in 1819
Elijah Cummings estate papers starting in 1819
William C. Chapman will dated 5 Feb 1819, probated Feb Court 1820
James Coots will dated 27 Jul 1816, probated May Court 1820
Charles Cain estate papers starting in 1820
James Criswell estate papers starting in 1820
Thomas Cummings estate papers starting in 1820
John Cunningham will dated 15 Jan 1820, probated Feb Court 1821
John Cook noncupative will dated 9 Aug 1820, probated May Court 1821
James Cunningham will dated 27 Apr 1821, probated Aug Court 1821
James Campbell estate papers starting in 1821
Jacob Cobb estate papers starting in 1821
George Coble estate papers starting in 1821
George Cortner estate papers starting in 1821
Jane Cummings estate papers starting in 1821
John Cunningham estate papers starting in 1821
Hance Corsbie will dated 10 Jul 1809, probated Feb Court 1822
William C. Chapman estate papers starting in 1822
James Criswell will dated 2 Sep 1822, probated Aug 1823
James Cunningham estate papers starting in 1823
William Cusick estate papers starting in 1823
Ambrose Chapple will dated 28 Apr 1819, probated May Court 1824
David Caldwell will dated 14 Mar 1822, probated Aug Court 1824
Mesack Couch will dated 19 Aug 1820, probated Aug Court 1824
Joseph Christman will dated 7 Nov 1825, probated Nov Court 1825
David Curry will dated 25 Aug 1825, probated Nov Court 1825
Daniel Curry estate papers starting in 1825
Samuel Cummins will dated 10 Feb 1826, probated Feb Court 1826
John Clemer will dated 18 Sep 1826, probated Nov Court 1826
Samuel Campbell estate papers starting in 1826
Mary Carson estate papers starting in 1826
Vestal Coffin estate papers starting in 1826
Peter Carroll estate papers starting in 1827
Elisha Charles estate papers starting in 1827
Samuel Cummings estate papers starting in 1827
Anny Capps will dated 7 Feb 1827, probated Aug Court 1828
Joseph Christman estate papers starting in 1828
David Coble estate papers starting in 1828
Nancy Cunningham estate papers starting in 1828
Benjamin Clark ("of color") estate papers starting in 1829
William Clark estate papers starting in 1829
John Climer estate papers starting in 1829
Thomas Cosbry will dated 30 Jan 1829, probated in NY 25 Mar 1830, probated in NC May Court 1830
Thomas Cain estate papers starting in 1830
Andrew Carmichial will dated 2 Apr 1829, probated Feb Court 1831
Elizabeth Charles will dated 16 May 1831, probated Aug Court 1831
Nehemiah Causey estate papers starting in 1831
Jacob Clapp, Senr. will dated 14 Mar 1826, probated Feb Court 1832
Jacob Coble will dated 24 Feb 1832, probated May Court 1832
Isaac Clapp will dated 30 Sep 1832, probated Nov Court 1832
Elizabeth Charles estate papers starting in 1832
Charles Chavis estate papers starting in 1832
James Coltrane estate papers starting in 1832
Jacob Clapp estate papers starting in 1833
Jacob Cobb estate papers starting in 1833
William Case will dated 15 Mar 1828, probated Feb Court 1834
Isaac Clapp estate papers starting in 1834
Jacob Coble estate papers starting in 1834
John Chipman will dated 21 Jan 1830, probated Feb Court 1835
James Clemmons will dated 16 Dec 1834, probated Feb Court 1835
William Case estate papers starting in 1835
James Clemmons estate papers starting in 1835
Jeremiah Cunningham estate papers starting in 1835
Jeremiah Cunningham will dated 16 Aug 183(1?), probated May Court 1836
John Chipman estate papers starting in 1836
Henry Clark estate papers starting in 1836
Joseph Clapp will dated 21 Aug 1835, probated May Court 1837
Robert Cummins will dated 15 Dec 1831, probated Nov Court 1837
Nancy Caulk estate papers starting in 1837
Thomas Caulk estate papers starting in 1837
Joshua Chadwick estate papers starting in 1837
Aaron Climer estate papers starting in 1837
William Corsbie estate papers starting in 1837
Sarah Crow estate papers starting in 1837
William Cunningham will dated 17 Jul 1837, no probate date
James Calhoun estate papers starting in 1838
Ruth Chappell estate papers starting in 1838
Lewis Clark estate papers starting in 1838
Mial Carter will dated 7 Mar 1839, probated May Court 1839, estate papers starting in 1839
J. Henry Clapp will dated 9 Nov 1839, probated Nov Court 1839
J. W. Camper estate papers starting in 1839
Nathan Canady estate papers starting in 1839
John Carroll estate papers starting in 1839
Peter Coble estate papers starting in 1839
John Covington estate papers starting in 1839
William Cain estate papers starting in 1840
George Christman estate papers starting in 1840
John Craw (Crow?) estate papers starting in 1840
Leven Caulk estate papers starting in 1841
George Christman estate papers starting in 1841
Jacob Clapp estate papers starting in 1841
Jacob Clapp estate papers starting in 1841
Nancy Clark (wife of Nathaniel?) estate papers starting in 1841
Polly Coble estate papers starting in 1841
William Cunningham estate papers starting in 1841
   

 


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