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.


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Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Ephraim Potter will dated 28 Feb 1774, probated Nov Court 1775
James Porter will dated 6 Dec 1774, probated May Court 1778
David Philpott will dated 28 Feb 1781, probated Aug Court 1781
Sarah Pidgeon estate papers starting in 1781
Caleb Perkins will dated 1788, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, p. 25"
William Parkhill will dated 26 Aug 1789, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, p. 82"
Ezekiel Pritchett will dated 20 Jul 1796, probated Aug Court 1796
William Plunket noncupative will probated Aug Court 1801
Catherine Plunket will dated 1 Jun 1801, probated Nov Court 1801
Edward Pegram will dated 21 Feb 1802, probated May Court 1802
Eleanor Prior will dated 4 Nov 1804, probated Nov Court 1804
Samuel Porter will dated 20 Oct 1806, probated Nov Court 1806
Joseph Perkins will dated 1 Dec 1806, probated Feb Court 1807
John Paisley will dated 25 Jul 1811, probated Nov Court 1811
James Poe will dated 9 Feb 1812, probated Feb Court 1812
James Porter will dated 24 Feb 1812, probated Aug Court 1812
Jehu Peeples will dated 23 Apr 1813, probated Aug Court 1813
William Parsons noncupative will attested 13 May 1814
James Poe estate papers starting in 1814
Henry Porter will dated 6 Oct 1813, probated Feb Court 1816
Leonard Phillippi estate papers starting in 1816
Henry Potter estate papers starting in 1816
George Patterson will dated 17 Feb 1817, probated May Court 1817
John Porter will dated 21 Jun 1817, probated Nov Court 1817
William Parsons estate papers starting in 1817
James Perdue estate papers starting in 1817
Benjamin Pickett estate papers starting in 1817
William Patterson estate papers starting in 1818
Blackman Perdue estate papers starting in 1819
John Phillippi estate papers starting in 1819
Samuel Porter estate papers starting in 1819
Hebert Peeples will dated 24 May 1819, probated May Court 1820
William Patterson will dated 31 Jul 1817, probated Nov Court 1820
George Patterson estate papers starting in 1820
Drury Peeples estate papers starting in 1820
Herbert/Harbert Peeples estate papers starting in 1820
Hubbard Peeples will dated 29 Sep 1821, probated Nov Court 1821
_____ Patrick estate papers starting in 1821
David Paynor estate papers starting in 1821
George Perdue, Jr. estate papers starting in 1821
James Perdue estate papers starting in 1821
John Porter estate papers starting in 1821
Abraham Powell estate papers starting in 1821
Young Patterson will dated 29 Apr 1821, probated Nov Court 1822
William Paisley will dated 25 Feb 1822, probated Nov Court 1822
Young Patterson estate papers starting in 1822
William Pegram estate papers starting in 1822
Annanias Pickett estate papers starting in 1822
William Patterson estate papers starting in 1823
Michael Patterson estate papers starting in 1824
William H. Patterson estate papers starting in 1824
Hubbard Peeples estate papers starting in 1824
Wiley Pegg estate papers starting in 1824
Lucy Peeples will dated 13 Feb 1823, probated Aug Court 1825, estate papers starting in 1825
John Perkins will dated 9 Jul 1823, probated Nov Court 1825
Elias Petty will dated 1 Nov 1825, probated Nov Court 1825
Mary Ann Patterson estate papers starting in 1825
William Pegram estate papers starting in 1825
T. J. Plunket will dated 6 Sep 1823, probated Aug Court 1826
Henry Porter estate papers starting in 1826
James Petty will dated 24 Mar 1827, probated Aug Court 1827
Peter Peryer (Puryear) - (of GA) estate papers starting in 1827
Charles B. Peeples estate papers starting in 1828
Rutherford Petty estate papers starting in 1828
Thomas Plunkett estate papers starting in 1828
Edward Poor estate papers starting in 1828
James Phipps will dated 14 Oct 1829, probated Nov Court 1829
Patience Pickett estate papers starting in 1829
John Perkins estate papers starting in 1830
Mary Pope estate papers starting in 1831
William Poe will dated 20 Sep 1830, probated May Court 1832
Elias Petty estate papers starting in 1832
James Petty estate papers starting in 1832
Patience Piggott estate papers starting in 1832
George Parsons will dated 17 Jan 1815, probated Feb Court 1833
John Philippy (Phillippi) will dated 26 Oct 1833, probated Nov Court 1833, estate papers starting in 1833
William Pickett estate papers starting in 1834
William Poe estate papers starting in 1834
Isaac Pearson will dated 6 Sep 1834, probated May Court 1835
Ruth Pain estate papers starting in 1835
William Piggott estate papers starting in 1835
Thomas Pitchford estate papers starting in 1835
Agnes Pamplin will dated 11 Jun 1836, no probate date
Preston Paisley will dated 20 Sep 1836, probated Nov Court 1836
Lewis Peeples estate papers starting in 1836
Luke Pegram, Sr. estate papers starting in 1836
William Pegram estate papers starting in 1836
Hiram Pegg estate papers starting in 1837
John Pegram estate papers starting in 1837
Jeremiah Poore estate papers starting in 1837
N. B. Patterson estate papers starting in 1838
Thomas Patton estate papers starting in 1838
Laurence Petiford estate papers starting in 1838
John Poor estate papers starting in 1838
Joseph Pyle (of Orange Co.) will dated 17 Oct 1836, probated Nov Court 1839
Jeremiah Pritchett will dated 20 Jun 1837, probated May Court 1840
Thomas Parsons estate papers starting in 1841
Solomon Perry estate papers starting in 1841
   


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Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
William Quail will dated 25 Jul 1803, probated May Court 1805
Robert Quait estate papers starting in 1815
Rachel Quait estate papers starting in 1820
   


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Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
James Reeves no date on will, probated Aug Court 1781
William Rea will dated 23 Feb 1789, probated May Court 1789
Henry Reed will dated 13 Apr 1789, probated Aug Court 1789
John Rudduck will dated 7 Oct 1787, probated Feb Court 1790
John Ross will dated 19 Apr 1791, probated May Court 1791
John Rhodes will dated 5 Oct 1791, probated Nov Court 1792
Joseph Ruckman will dated 13 Apr 1792, probated Nov Court 1792
Adam Reitzel will dated 3 Jun 1792, probated Nov Court 1792
John Ryan will dated 11 Oct 1794, probated Nov Court 1794
William Raper will dated 16 Jul 1794, probated Feb Court 1795
William Russell will dated 19 Jun 1792, probated May Court 1795
Robert Rankin will dated 30 May 1795, probated Nov Court 1795
Suca Robertson will dated 15 Dec 1796, probated Aug Court 1797
Robert Ramsey noncupative will dated 15 Oct 1799, probated Nov Court 1799
John Ross will dated 4 Dec 1801, probated Feb Court 1802
______ Rose (father of Philip) estate papers starting in 1803
William Rankin will dated 5 Dec 1803, probated Feb Court 1804
William Rudduck will dated 17 Jul 1797, probated Feb Court 1804
Robert Russell will dated 12 Mar 1804, probated May Court 1804
Hezekiah Rhodes estate papers starting in 1805
Ananias Records will dated 8 Jun 1806, probated Feb Court 1807
Benjamin Rainey estate papers starting in 1808
William Russell will dated 21 Aug 1810, probated Nov Court 1810
James Russell will dated 10 Apr 1811, probated May Court 1812
Elijah Raleigh estate papers starting in 1812
John Rankin will dated 17 Jul 1812, probated May Court 1814
Hannah Rankin will dated 30 Apr 1814, probated Aug Court 1814
David Reynolds will dated 7 Nov 1812, probated Aug Court 1815
Jacob Rogers will dated 12 Jul 1816, probated Aug Court 1816
John Ross estate papers starting in 1816
Samuel Rankin estate papers starting in 1818
Elijah Rawley estate papers starting in 1818
David Reynolds estate papers starting in 1818
Timothy Russell will dated 12 Feb 1818, probated May Court 1820, estate papers starting in 1820
James Ricks will dated 2 Apr 1806, probated Aug Court 1821
Jacob Rogers estate papers starting in 1821
Laban Rogers estate papers starting in 1821
Pinkney Russell estate papers starting in 1821
Asa Rawl (Rayl) estate papers starting in 1824
Matthew Rayle estate papers starting in 1824
Phillip Rhoades (Rhodes) estate papers starting in 1824
James Rankin will dated 19 Jun 1825, probated Aug Court 1826
Joseph Reynolds estate papers starting in 1826
Vastie Ruson (Beeson?) estate papers starting in 1826
Jane Rankin estate papers starting in 1827
Phillip Roads (Rhodes) estate papers starting in 1827
Christian (Crisy) Rochelle will dated 30 Aug 1827, probated Feb Court 1828
Andrew Russell will dated 24 Oct 1828, probated Nov Court 1828
William Rankin estate papers starting in 1828
Alexander Smith Ricks estate papers starting in 1828
Christiana Rochel estate papers starting in 1828
James G. Rice will dated 23 Jul 1829, probated Aug Court 1829
William Rankin noncupative will on 7 Sep 1829, "died on the 17th," proved in Nov Court 1829
Vincent Russom estate papers starting in 1829
Joseph Russell will dated 2 Jul 1830, probated Aug Court 1830
Joseph Rich estate papers starting in 1830
Jesse Ruke estate papers starting in 1831
Andrew Russell estate papers starting in 1831
Elizabeth Reynolds estate papers starting in 1832
James G. Rice estate papers starting in 1832
William Rogers estate papers starting in 1832
Joseph Russell estate papers starting in 1832
Sarah Russell estate papers starting in 1832
Nancy Rankin estate papers starting in 1833
Judith F. Ross estate papers starting in 1834
Alexander Russell estate papers starting in 1835
James Russom estate papers starting in 1835
John Ryan estate papers starting in 1835
Henry Rightsel will dated 13 Apr 1836, probated Aug Court 1836
August F. Raper estate papers starting in 1836
Michael Rightsell estate papers starting in 1837
Rachel Russom estate papers starting in 1838
Thomas Rayle estate papers starting in 1840
Henry Rightsell estate papers starting in 1840
Elijah Russell estate papers starting in 1840
Joseph Rankin estate papers starting in 1841
Jonas T. Ross estate papers starting in 1841
   


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