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.


D

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
James Denny will dated 26 Sep 1774, probated Nov Court 1774
Philemon Deatherage will dated 24 Jan 1778, probated May Court 1778
Thomas Davis will dated 16 Mar 1780, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, page 27"
Thomas Dennis will dated 24 Jun 1774, probated Feb Court 1775
Daniel Daugherty will dated 28 Aug 1786, no probate date recorded
Robert Dwiggins will dated 6 Feb 1789, probated May Court 1789
Patrick Diamond will dated 24 Oct 1790, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, page 112"
William Dennis will dated 20 Feb 1791, probated May Court 1791
Abram Duff will dated 6 Mar 1789, probated May Court 1791
James Denny will dated 10 Dec 1790, probated Feb Court 1795
Peter Dillon will dated 15 May 1796, probated Aug Court 1796
Peter Dicks will dated 13 Dec 1795, probated Nov Court 1796
Robert Doak will dated 24 Sep 1796, probated Nov Court 1796
Frederich Dean will dated 15 Mar 1798, probated May Court 1798
Elisebeth Donnell will dated 5 Jan 1802, probated Feb Court 1802
Robert Daugherty will dated 15 Feb 1804, probated May Court 1804
John Dunlap will dated 27 Jan 1794, probated Aug Court 1805
Daniel Dillon will dated 20 Aug 1805, probated Feb Court 1806
James Doak will dated 8 Dec 1805, probated Feb Court 1806
William Doak will dated 1 Sep 1807, probated Nov Court 1807
William Dick will dated 22 Jan 1810, probated Nov Court 1810
Charles Deer will dated 30 Apr 1811, probated Aug Court 1811
Charity Dillon will dated 28 Sep 1797, probated Nov Court 1811
Robert Donnell will dated 22 Sep 1806, probated May Court 1816
George Denny will dated 29 Feb 1816, probated May Court 1816
William Dickson will has no date, probated Feb Court 1817
Robert Dixon estate papers starting in 1817
William Dixon estate papers starting in 1817
Susannah Doak estate papers starting in 1817
John Dawson estate papers starting in 1818
Isaac Dean (Deen) estate papers starting in 1818
George Denny estate papers starting in 1818
James Denny Sr. estate papers starting in 1818
Nathan Dillon will dated 20 Oct 1818, probated Feb Court 1820
William Daugherty estate papers starting in 1820
Edward Davis estate papers starting in 1820
Nathan Dillon estate papers starting in 1820
Thomas Dick will dated 12 Dec 1820, probated Feb Court 1821
Ezekiel Dewise will dated 11 Apr 1820, probated May Court 1821
John Donnell will dated 12 Mar 1822, probated May Court 1822
John W. Dick will dated 14 Jul 1822, probated Nov Court 1822, estate papers starting in 1822
William Donnell will dated 26 Oct 1816, probated Feb Court 1823
James Davenny (Deviney) estate papers starting in 1823
Ezekiel Dewest (Dewece) estate papers starting in 1823
John Donnell estate papers starting in 1823
William Dicky 20 Feb 1824, probated May Court 1824
Ezekiel Dillon estate papers starting in 1824
John Dilworth estate papers starting in 1824
William Dyer estate papers starting in 1824
William Denny will dated 12 Dec 1824, probated Feb Court 1825
Richard Day will dated 6 Feb 1822, probated May Court 1826
James Dick will dated 6 Dec 1825, probated May Court 1826
William Denney will dated 8 Jun 1826, probated Nov Court 1826
Thomas J. Dick estate papers starting in 1826
David E. Dunlap estate papers starting in 1827
Mary Dickey will dated 19 Mar 1821, probated Aug Court 1828
William Denton will dated 1 Jan 1824, probated Nov Court 1828
Richard Day estate papers starting in 1828
James Dick estate papers starting in 1828
Mary Dickey estate papers starting in 1828
Nathan Donnell will dated 5 Aug 1829, probated Nov Court 1829
Richard Dodson will dated 17 Sep 1823, probated Nov Court 1829
Thomas Davis estate papers starting in 1829
John Dillon estate papers starting in 1829
Benjamin Dilworth estate papers starting in 1829
Thomas Dilworth will dated 19 Nov 1829, probated Feb Court 1830
James Dicks will dated 7 Nov 1822, probated Nov Court 1830
Jesse Davis estate papers starting in 1830
William Davis estate papers starting in 1830
William Dewest (Dewece) estate papers starting in 1830
Isaac Dilworth estate papers starting in 1830
Thomas Dilworth estate papers starting in 1830
James Donnell estate papers starting in 1830
William Denton estate papers starting in 1831
Latham Donnell estate papers starting in 1831
Mary Dodson will dated 19 Jun 1832, probated Feb Court 1833
James Dick estate papers starting in 1833
Nathan Dick (Dicks) estate papers starting in 1833
Samuel Daugherty estate papers starting in 1834
Thomas Daugherty estate papers starting in 1834
Samuel Devenny will dated 24 Jun 1825, probated Feb Court 1835
Daniel Donnell estate papers starting in 1835
Jonathan Driskell estate papers starting in 1835
Andrew Donnell estate papers starting in 1835
Andrew Donnell will dated 7 Mar 1833, probated Feb Court 1836
James Davis will dated 7 Dec 1831, probated May Court 1837
James M. Davis estate papers starting in 1837
Mary Dilworth estate papers starting in 1837
Jane Denny estate papers starting in 1838
Nancy Donnell will dated 8 Sep 1834, probated May Court 1839
Frederich Dean will dated 6 Aug 1839, probated Aug Court 1839
James & Sophia Davis estate papers starting in 1839
Milton Dicks estate papers starting in 1839
Dolly Dillon estate papers starting in 1839
Ann Divenney will dated 30 Jul 1835, probated May Court 1840
Joseph Daniels estate papers starting in 1840
Polly Davis estate papers starting in 1840
Elijah & Elizabeth Dewest (Dewece) estate papers starting in 1840
John Donnell estate papers starting in 1840
Frederick Dean estate papers starting in 1841
William & Esther (Hester) Dick (Dicks) estate papers starting in 1841
Latham Donnell estate papers starting in 1841
Levi Donnell estate papers starting in 1841
John Draughon estate papers starting in 1841
   
 

E

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Robert Ervin will dated 24 Feb 1796, probated May Court 1796
William Evans estate papers starting in 1817
Abraham Endsley will dated 27 Jun 1808, probated Feb Court 1818
John Eubanks will dated 8 Sep 1812, probated Feb Court 1818
Thomas Elliott will dated 21 Mar 1812, probated Nov Court 1821, estate papers starting in 1821
Moses Elliott will dated 20 Aug 1825, probated Nov Court 1827
Joshua Edwards will dated 29 May 1829, probated Nov Court 1829
Moses Elliott estate papers starting in 1829
Annuel Edwards estate papers starting in 1831
James Edwards estate papers starting in 1837, possibly two different estates
Jesse Evans will dated 1 Sep 1829, probated Feb Court 1839
Jesse Evans estate papers starting in 1841
   

 


F

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
William Forbis will dated 8 Dec 1771, probated ___ 1772
Thomas Flere will dated 20 Jul 1781, probated Aug Court 1781
Arthur Forbis will dated 2 Jul 1780, probated Aug Court 1781
John Field will dated 12 Dec 1787, probate: "Minute Docket No. 1, page 327"
Arthur Forbis will dated 10 Apr 1789, probated ___ 1794
William Fairbanks will dated 13 Aug 1797, probated Aug Court 1797
Daniel Fisher will dated 12 Nov 1797, probated Feb Court 1798
Josiah Finley will dated 21 Mar 1801, probate: "Minute Docket No. 3, pps 125-26"
David Fourhand will dated 6 Jul 1802, probated Aug Court 1802
Elisha Flack will dated 18 Jan 1795, probated Nov Court 1802
Jane Flack will dated 15 Jan 1802, probated Nov Court 1802
John Forbis will dated 16 Sep 1793, probated May Court 1806
Robert Fleming will dated 26 Sep 1806, probated Nov Court 1806
William Field will dated 24 Mar 1815, probated Aug Court 1815
Hugh Forbus will dated 4 Apr 1816, probated May Court 1816
Jeremy Forbis died intestate, estate administration bond dated 23 May 1816
Peter Field will dated 19 Nov 1809, probated Aug Court 1816
Jeremiah Forbis estate papers starting in 1816
James Frazier will dated 24 Oct 1811, probated Nov Court 1817
Robert Fleming estate papers starting in 1817
Jesse & Finley Stewart Forbis estate papers starting in 1817
John Foushee estate papers starting in 1817
Abel Frazier will dated 7 Jun 1818, probated Aug Court 1818
George Finley estate papers starting in 1818
Christian Foust estate papers starting in 1818
Alexander Ferguson will dated 5 Feb 1819, probated May Court 1819, estate papers starting in 1819
Samuel Ferguson estate papers starting in 1819
Mark Fields estate papers starting in 1819
Levi Forbis estate papers starting in 1819
Robert Fields estate papers starting in 1820
Robert Fields, Jr. estate papers starting in 1820
Jeremiah Field, Senr. will dated 19 Dec 1818, probated May Court 1821
Samuel Fulton will dated 22 Apr 1820, probated Nov Court 1821
Peter Fields estate papers starting in 1821 (may be two estates)
Abel Frazier estate papers starting in 1821
Jeremiah Field estate papers starting in 1822
Samuel Fulton estate papers starting in 1824
Samuel Fountain will dated 19 Aug 1824, probated Nov Court 1825
Martha Frazier will dated 14 Nov 1825, no probate date
Henry Friddle estate papers starting in 1825 (may be two estates)
William Friddle estate papers starting in 1825
Samuel Fleming estate papers starting in 1827
Robert Flemming will dated 2 Jun 1830, probated Feb Court 1831
David L. Fields estate papers starting in 1831
Robert Fleming estate papers starting in 1832
George Findley will dated 19 Aug 1819, probated May Court 1833
George Field estate papers starting in 1833
James Finley will dated 20 May 1834, probated Feb Court 1835
John Foust will dated 10 Apr 1834, probated May Court 1835
Abner Forbis estate papers starting in 1835
Christian Farmer will dated 20 Jul 1826, probated Aug Court 1836
Levi Farmer estate papers starting in 1836
Elizabeth Forbis estate papers starting in 1836
James Findley estate papers starting in 1837
Samuel Foster estate papers starting in 1838
John Foster will dated 26 Mar 1838, probated Aug Court 1839
Jeremy Fields estate papers starting in 1839
Peter Fogleman estate papers starting in 1839
Barsheba Foster will dated 11 Feb 1840, probated Feb Court 1840
Thomas Fulton estate papers starting in 1840
Mary Fields estate papers starting in 1841
John Foster estate papers starting in 1841
Louis Foust estate papers starting in 1841
John Francis estate papers starting in 1841
   


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