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
Shubal Stearns will dated 24 Oct 1771, probated Feb Court 1772
Enoch Spinks will dated 20 Mar 1772, probated May Court 1772
Joseph Scales will dated 17 Sep 1773, probated May Court 1774
John Scott will dated 5 Oct 1774, probated Nov Court 1774
William Searcy will dated 4 Feb 1776, probated May Court 1776
John Smith will dated 7 Nov 1776, probated Feb Court 1777
Benjamin Starratt will dated 15 Nov 1776, probated May Court 1778
John Sharp will dated 6 Mar 1778, probated May Court 1778
Robert Smith will dated 27 Nov 1772, probated May Court 1778
_____ Short estate papers starting in 1778
Matthew Stephenson will dated 1 Mar 1788, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, p. 142"
John Shelly will dated 17 Sep 1788, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, p. 17"
Hezekiah Sanders will dated 13 May 1789, probated Aug Court 1789
Ludwick Swing will dated 16 Oct 1790, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, p. 142"
Robert Scott will dated 24 Apr 1791, probated May Court 1791
Elijah Stack will dated 17 Sep 1791, probated Nov Court 1791
John Sanders will dated 4 Mar 1790, probated May Court 1793
William Shaw will dated 9 Sep 1793, probated Nov Court 1793
Shadrack Stanley will dated 1 Aug 1792, probated Nov Court 1793
Richard Simpson will dated 24 Dec 1793, probated May Court 1795
Ann Stevenson will dated 3 Oct 1796, probated Feb Court 1797
George Stalker will dated 19 Aug 1797, probated May Court 1798
James Shelly will dated 21 Sep 1798, probated Nov Court 1798
Joseph Sharbrough no date on will, probated May Court 1799
Jacob Sutz will dated 7 May 1793, probated Aug Court 1800
William Scott will dated 8 Nov 1798, probated Feb Court 1801
William Shaver will dated 17 Jul 1801, probated Nov Court 1801
Patrick Shaw will dated 1 Jan 1802, probated Feb Court 1802
Henerich Sigfried will dated 22 Apr 1801, probated Feb Court 1802
William Smith will dated 15 Jun 1801, probated Nov Court 1802
Samuel Scott estate papers starting in 1803
William Shannon will dated 12 Aug 1803, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 3, p. 436"
Richard Simpson Senr. will dated 20 Nov 1802, probated Feb Court 1804
James Starrat will dated 30 Aug 1803, probated Aug Court 1804
Rebecca Scott will dated 1 Jan 1806, probated May Court 1806
William Spruce will dated 10 Aug 1808, probated Nov Court 1808
Joseph Sharbrough (Thornbrough?) estate papers starting in 1808
Finley Stewart will dated 12 Jun 1807, probated Feb Court 1809
John Sanders will dated 8 Apr 1809, probated May Court 1809
John Sullen will dated 8 Mar 1802, probated Aug Court 1809
Daniel Sullivan will dated 1 Feb 1805, probated Nov Court 1809
Robert Sapp will dated 28 Dec 1809, probated May Court 1810
William Scott estate papers starting in 1811
John Stone will dated 7 Jun 1808, probated Feb Court 1812
Susannah Shoemaker will dated 15 Oct 1808, probated Feb Court 1813
Joseph Smith will dated 5 Feb 1813, probated Feb Court 1813
Peter Smith will dated 11 Sep 1813, probated Nov Court 1813
Joseph Smith estate papers starting in 1813
Gayer Starbuck will dated 5 Mar 1813, probated May Court 1814
Joel Sanders will dated 2 Mar 1814, probated May Court 1814
Joel Sanders/Saunders estate papers starting in 1816
Ralph Smith estate papers starting in 1816
Levi Stanton estate papers starting in 1816
James H. Starrett estate papers starting in 1816
Matthew Starbuck will dated 14 Jan 1815, probated Feb Court 1816
James Stafford will dated 3 Feb 1812, probated Aug Court 1816
Martha Saunders will dated 16 Jul 1816, probated Nov Court 1817
Frederick Shearer estate papers starting in 1817
Abel Stephens estate papers starting in 1817
Evan Stephens, Sr. estate papers starting in 1817
John Swisher estate papers starting in 1817
Matthew Starbuck estate papers starting in 1818
Edward Sullivan estate papers starting in 1818
Sarah Spruce will dated 22 Nov 1818, probated Feb Court 1819
Micajah Stanley will dated 5 Feb 1819, probated Aug Court 1819
James Stafford estate papers starting in 1819
John Stephenson estate papers starting in 1819
Jacob Swisher estate papers starting in 1819
John Shelly (Shelley) estate papers starting in 1820
Prudence Stewart will dated 15 May 1819, probated May Court 1821
Elizabeth Spruce will dated 7 Aug 1821, probated Aug Court 1821
Solomon Sullivan will dated 22 Feb 1821, probated Aug Court 1821
Martha Sanders/Saunders estate papers starting in 1821
David Stack estate file dated 1821 had no papers in it
Andrew Shatterly estate papers starting in 1822
Margaret Simmerman (Zimmerman?) estate papers starting in 1822
Adam Starr will dated 22 May 1819, probated Feb Court 1823
Silvanas Swain will dated 8 Jun 1824, probated Nov Court 1824
Andrew Shearer estate papers starting in 1824
Prudence Stewart estate papers starting in 1824
Peter Summers estate papers starting in 1824
George Shoffner estate papers starting in 1825
John Smith, Sr. estate papers starting in 1825
Adam Starr estate papers starting in 1825
John Stewart estate papers starting in 1825
Samuel Stuart (Stewart) estate papers starting in 1825
Zacheus Swain will dated 5 Nov 1824, probated May Court 1826, estate papers starting in 1826
James Spence estate papers starting in 1826
John Stuart will dated 25 Apr 1823, probated Aug Court 1827
Barbary Shearer estate papers starting in 1827
Jacob Shepherd estate papers starting in 1827
Abner Starr estate papers starting in 1827
Silvanus Swaim estate papers starting in 1827
Joseph Swain estate papers starting in 1827
Elizabeth Shaw will dated 11 Oct 1828, probated Nov Court 1828
Nathaniel Small estate papers starting in 1828
Ralph Stewart estate papers starting in 1828
Henry Swaim estate papers starting in 1828
Marmaduke Swaim estate papers starting in 1828
Zacheus Swaim estate papers starting in 1828
Michael Shatterly will dated 17 Jan 1826, probated May Court 1829, estate papers starting in 1829
Joseph Swain no date on will, probated May Court 1829
Sarah Stafford will dated 29 Jun 1820, probated Aug Court 1829
John Schoolfield estate papers starting in 1829
Sarah Stafford estate papers starting in 1829
John Strader estate papers starting in 1829
Elizabeth Swaim estate papers starting in 1829
Jesse Stanley estate papers starting in 183__
Donald Stewart will dated 22 Feb 1822, probated Feb Court 1830 (will names place of birth in Scotland)
Nathaniel Simpson will dated 3 Mar 1827, probated May Court 1830
Evin Stephens will dated 1 Jun 1830, probated Aug Court 1830
Jacob Shaver estate papers starting in 1830
William Smith estate papers starting in 1830
William Stanley estate papers starting in 1830
George Stephens estate papers starting in 1830
Joshua Stephens estate papers starting in 1830
Donald Stewart estate papers starting in 1830
Michael Swaim estate papers starting in 1830
Jonathan Short estate papers starting in 1831
John Spoon estate papers starting in 1832
Hepzebeth Starbuck estate papers starting in 1832
Evan Stephens estate papers starting in 1832
John Swaim estate papers starting in 1832
Richard Sampson will dated 7 Sep 1827, probated Feb Court 1832
Sampson Stewart will dated Jan 1828, probated May Court 1832
Robert Stewart will dated 26 Jul 1832, probated Aug Court 1833
Samuel Stewart will dated 9 Apr 1833, probated Nov Court 1833
John Safright estate papers starting in 1833
George A. Shoffner estate papers starting in 1833
William Smith estate papers starting in 1833
William Stanley estate papers starting in 1833
Thomas Starbuck will dated 23 Dec 1833, probated May Court 1834
Jesse Stanley will dated 11 Jun 1834, no probate date
Samuel Stanley will dated 12 Sep 1832, probated Feb Court 1835
A. S. Shaw estate papers starting in 1835
John Summers will dated 2 Apr 1836, probated Nov Court 1836
Jacob Sargent estate papers starting in 1836
Aaron Shaw estate papers starting in 1836
Zale Shepherd estate papers starting in 1836
Margaret Short estate papers starting in 1836
David Spoon, Sr. estate papers starting in 1836
John S. Springs estate papers starting in 1836
John Summers estate papers starting in 1836
Peter Summers will dated 31 Jan 1837, no probate date
William Starbuck will dated 17 Apr 1837, probated Nov Court 1837
Milly Suiter will dated 18 Sep 1837, probated Nov Court 1837
Milton Starbuck estate papers starting in 1837
Temple Stewart estate papers starting in 1837
Salathiel Swaim estate papers starting in 1837
William Swaim estate papers starting in 1837
Isom Sikes will has no date, probated May Court 1838
Daniel Sherwood will dated 2 Aug 1826, probated May Court 1838
Adam Scott will dated 1 May 1837, probated Aug Court 1838
Thomas Scott estate papers starting in 1838
Daniel Sherwood estate papers starting in 1838
Isham Sykes/Sikes estate papers starting in 1838
William Smith will dated 24 Jan 1839, probated Feb Court 1839
John Schoolfield will dated 18 Nov 1838, probated Feb Court 1839
Elisabeth Shoemaker will dated 29 Apr 1823, probated Feb Court 1839
Michael Stanley estate papers starting in 1839
William Starbuck estate papers starting in 1839
Martin Somers (Summers) estate papers starting in 1839
Charity Swaim estate papers starting in 1839
Joseph W. Swain will dated 19 Jan 1840, probated Feb Court 1840
James Stewart will dated 20 Oct 1835, probated Feb Court 1840
John Smith will dated 8 Jan 1840, probated Feb Court 1840
Mathias Swing will has no date, probated Aug Court 1840
Joseph Stanley will dated 24 jul 1832, probated Nov Court 1840, estate papers starting in 1840
James Sapp estate papers starting in 1840
Mary Anne Lodaister Scales estate papers starting in 1840
Adam Scott estate papers starting in 1840
Elizabeth Stephenson estate papers starting in 1840
Isaac Stewart estate papers starting in 1840
Rebecca Sykes/Sikes estate papers starting in 1840
John Shepherd estate papers starting in 1841
William Smith estate papers starting in 1841
Prudence Stanley estate papers starting in 1841
Arthur Sullivan estate papers starting in 1841
John Swaim estate papers starting in 1841
Benjamin Swing estate papers starting in 1841
Conrod Swing estate papers starting in 1841
   


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Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Henry Thompson will dated 22 Jul 1771, probated Nov Court 1771
Joseph Tate will dated 3 Mar 1772, probated May Court 1772
Simeon Taylor will dated 12 Jul 1773, probated May Court 1774
Thomas Thornburgh, Junr. will dated 1 Sep 1787, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 1, p. 316"
James Thomas will dated 16 Sep 1788, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 2, p. 16"
Josiah Trotter will dated 25 Feb 1792, probated May Court 1792
John Tate, Sr. estate papers starting in 1793
John Thompson will dated 28 Nov 1793, probated Feb Court 1794
Nicholas Talley will dated 7 Mar 1795, probated May Court 1795
Thomas Thornburgh will dated 21 Apr 1796, probated May Court 1797
Joseph Thornburgh will dated 27 Jan 1793, probated Aug Court 1800
Samuel Thompson will dated 29 Jun 1801, probated Aug Court 1801
George Tilley will dated 28 Jul 1801, probated Aug Court 1801
Thomas Taylor will dated 6 Jul 1802, probated Aug Court 1802
Mary Taylor will dated 21 Feb 1806, probated May Court 1806
Edward Tatum will dated 24 Sep 1805, probated Feb Court 1811
James Thornburgh will dated 18 Apr 1810, probated Aug Court 1814
James Touchstone will dated 23 Mar 1815, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 4, p. 418"
Levi Tucker will dated 4 Mar 1816, probated May Court 1816, estate papers starting in 1817
Zephaniah Tate estate papers starting in 1817
John Thompson estate papers starting in 1817
James Thornburg estate papers starting in 1817
Thomas Thornburgh estate papers starting in 1817
Frederich Trollinger (Trollence, Trollen) will dated 26 Jun 1817, probated Feb Court 1818, estate papers starting in 1818
Robert Thomas estate papers starting in 1818
Dennis Tomay (Toomy) estate papers starting in 1818
Ephraim Trotter will dated 20 Mar 1819, probated May Court 1819, estate papers starting in 1819
Drury Tiller estate papers starting in 1819
George Trotter will dated 18 Apr 1819, probated Feb Court 1821
Jonathan Twiford will dated 11 Jun 1821, probated Aug Court 1821
Dempsey Tatum estate papers starting in 1822
Jeremiah Tharp estate papers starting in 1822
Violet Tisy estate papers starting in 1822
Mary Turner will dated 12 Jun 1823, probated Nov Court 1823
Joab Temple estate papers starting in 1823
John Thom will dated 9 Jun 1821, probated May Court 1824
William Trollinger estate papers starting in 1824
Jonathan Twiford/Triford estate papers starting in 1824
David Thom estate papers starting in 1825
Martha Thom estate papers starting in 1825
Samuel Thom estate papers starting in 1825
Patsy Thom estate papers starting in 1826
James Thomas estate papers starting in 1827
Jane Tiller estate papers starting in 1828
Harbert Tatum estate papers starting in 1829
John Thompson will dated 14 Dec 1829, probated Feb Court 1830
Anthony Tate will dated 27 Aug 1830, probated Nov Court 1830
Aaron Tharp estate papers starting in 1830
Abraham Thomas estate papers starting in 1830
Mary Thornborough estate papers starting in 1830
John Thompson estate papers starting in 1831
Samuel Thompson estate papers starting in 1831
Thomas Thornburg will dated 1 Aug 1833, probated Aug Court 1833
Anthony Tate estate papers starting in 1833
Thomas Thornborough estate papers starting in 1833
John Tharp estate papers starting in 1834
Witty Tharp estate papers starting in 1834
Sally Thrift estate papers starting in 1834
Ezekial Turner will dated 27 Sep 1832, probated Feb Court 1836, estate papers starting in 1838
Samuel Taylor estate papers starting in 1836
James Tharp estate papers starting in 1836
George Twiford will dated 25 Nov 1829, probated May Court 1837, estate papers starting in 1839
Jonathan Triford (Twiford) estate papers starting in 1839
Robert Thompson will dated 29 Jul 1839, probated Feb Court 1839
Robert Thompson estate papers starting in 1840
David Thomas will dated 2 May 1840, probated Aug Court 1840
   
   


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Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Joseph Unthank will dated 5 Apr 1780, probated Apr 1782
John Unthank will dated 8 Oct 1780, probated Aug Court 1782
John Unthank estate papers starting in 1817
Allen Unthank will dated 19 Jun 1820, probated Aug Court 1822
Joseph Unthank will dated 4 Mar 1823, probated May Court 1823
Allen Unthank estate papers starting in 1829
Joseph Unthank estate papers starting in 1834
William Unthank estate papers starting in 1834
Joshua Underwood, Senr. will dated 7 Oct 1834, probated May Court 1837
Jemima Unthank will dated 3 May 1837, probated Nov Court 1840
Sarah Unthank estate papers starting in 1840
   
   

 


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