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.


V

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Kinchin Vaughn estate papers starting in 1816
Ancel Vallient will dated 7 Jun 1816, probated Aug Court 1816, estate papers starting in 1819
Victor Vickrey estate papers starting in 1819
Job Vickers estate papers starting in 1821
Sampson Vickory estate papers starting in 1823
Jacob Viccars (Vickers?) estate papers starting in 1828
Mary Viccars (Vickers?) estate papers starting in 1829
James Vaughn estate papers starting in 1829
William Vincent estate papers starting in 1830
William Vinson estate papers starting in 1830
John Vanstorie will dated 4 Mar 1829, probated Nov Court 1831
Valentine Vickers estate papers starting in 1831
Nathan Vestal estate papers starting in 1838
Catherine Vanstore will dated 6 Jun 1838, probated Feb Court 1839
   


W

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
Thomas Welborn will dated 2 Apr 1778, probated May Court 1778
John Watson estate papers starting in 1778
John Work will dated 2 Aug 1781, probate: "see Minute Docket No. 3, p. 214"
John Wright will dated 19 Feb 1783, probated Aug Court 1784
James Wright, Jr will dated 28 Jun 1784, probated May Court 1785
John White will dated 5 Feb 1787, probated May Court 1787
Thomas Wilson estate papers starting in 1787
Alse Walton will dated 30 Jun 1791, probated Aug Court 1791
John Wright estate papers starting in 1791
Allen Wilson will dated 9 Apr 1792, probated May Court 1792
Edward W. Willey will dated 5 Jul 1793, probated Aug Court 1793
Michael Witt will dated 26 Mar 1790, probated Nov Court 1795
Jonathan Wheeler estate papers starting in 1795
James Waddell will dated 2 Jun 1786, probated Nov Court 1796
Henry Waitcel (Whitesell) estate papers starting in 1798
Ludwick Whitesell estate papers starting in 1799
John Woodside will dated 24 Feb 1796, probated Nov Court 1801
Richard Walker will dated 16 Apr 1802, probated May Court 1802
John Work/Works will dated 25 Dec 1801, probated Aug Court 1802, estate papers starting in 1802 (John Works, Jr.)
George Wilcour (Wilcox?), Sr. estate papers starting in 1802
John Walton estate papers starting in 1804
Jonathan Wilson will dated 13 May 1805, probated May Court 1805
William Weatherly will dated 16 Sep 1805, probated Nov Court 1805, estate papers starting in 1806
William White will dated 29 Mar 1806, probated Nov Court 1806
William Woodburn will dated 18 Oct 1806, probated Nov Court 1806
Daniel Wilborn estate papers starting in 1806
Francis Worth will dated 5 Jun 1804, probated Aug Court 1807
Edward Weatherly will dated 12 Sep 1810, probated Nov Court 1810
Isaac White will dated 16 Sep 1803, probated Nov Court 1811
Thomas Wiley will dated 31 May 1812, probated Aug Court 1812
John White will dated 10 Aug 1812, probated Aug Court 1812
Watson Wharton will dated 6 Dec 1812, probated Nov Court 1813
John Warden estate papers starting in 1815
Jacob Wilson estate papers starting in 1815
David Wiley, Senr. will dated 9 Mar 1816, probated May Court 1816
Thomas Wright will dated 15 Apr 1816, probated May Court 1816
Arthur Woodburn will dated 26 Apr 1816, probated May Court 1816
James Weatherly will dated 24 Mar 1816, probated Aug Court 1816
Isaiah Weatherly estate papers starting in 1816
James Weatherly estate papers starting in 1816
Joseph White estate papers starting in 1816
Robert Wiley estate papers starting in 1816
William Wiley estate papers starting in 1816
William Wheeler no date on will, probated Aug Court 1817
Isabel Wiley will dated 24 Sep 1817, probated Nov Court 1817
Arthur Woodburn estate papers starting in 1817
Isaiah Weatherly will dated 5 Sep 181(7?), probated Aug Court 1818
John Wiley estate papers starting in 1818
Richard Williams estate papers starting in 1818
Robert Wiley will dated 12 Oct 1819, probated Nov Court 1819
Alexander Waddle estate papers starting in 1819
Solomon Ward estate papers starting in 1819
Andrew Weatherly estate papers starting in 1819
Henry Wheeler estate papers starting in 1819
David Wiley estate papers starting in 1819
Hugh Wiley estate papers starting in 1819
Isabel Wiley estate papers starting in 1820
Thomas Wright estate papers starting in 1820
William Weddop (Widdop) will dated 21 Jan 1819, probated Nov Court 1820, estate papers starting in 1822
Richard Wheeler will dated 1 Aug 1817, probated Feb Court 1821
Joseph Whittington will dated 19 Apr 1821, probated Aug Court 1821, estate papers starting in 1821
Robert Wilson will dated 13 May 1821, probated Aug Court 1821
Valentine Whitesell estate papers starting in 1821
Elizabeth Whitt estate papers starting in 1821
Samuel Wooten (or Woolen?) estate papers starting in 1821
Joseph Worth estate papers starting in 1821
David Wanick will dated 3 Jun 1815, probated Feb Court 1822
Thomas Woodburn will dated 14 May 1821, probated Feb Court 1822
Joseph Walton estate papers starting in 1822
Henrietta Weatherly estate papers starting in 1822
Benjamin Wilson estate papers starting in 1822
Jonathan Wilson estate papers starting in 1822
Robert Woodburn estate papers starting in 1822
William Worth estate papers starting in 1822
John Walker will dated 10 Sep 1822, probated Aug Court 1823
Jonathan Wilson will dated 8 Oct 1823, probated Nov Court 1823
Jane Wolfington will dated 13 Nov 1820, probated Nov Court 1823
Michael Wilson will dated 5 Nov 1823, probated Nov Court 1823
Edward Weatherly, Sr. estate papers starting in 1823
William Wheeler estate papers starting in 1823
Abraham Wiley estate papers starting in 1823
Samuel Wiley estate papers starting in 1823
Samuel Woolen (or Wooten?) estate papers starting in 1823
Job Worth estate papers starting in 1823
William Weatherly will dated 1824, probated Feb Court 1824
William L. Walker will dated 7 Sep 1824, probated Nov Court 1824
Elizabeth Wheeler estate papers starting in 1824
Abraham Witty estate papers starting in 1824
Thomas Woodburn estate papers starting in 1824
Mary Wirick (Wyrick) will dated 17 Feb 1825, probated Feb Court 1825
Samuel Wilson estate papers starting in 1825
Mary Woodburn estate papers starting in 1825
Manlove Wheeler will dated 3 Jan 1826, probated Nov Court 1826
William P. Walker estate papers starting in 1826
Avis Wheeler estate papers starting in 1826
Ann Wiley estate papers starting in 1826
David Womack estate papers starting in 1826
Robert Wiley, Jr. estate papers starting in 1827
Martha Winn/Wynn - of Nottoway County VA will dated 3 Sep 1827, probated Nottoway Co. 4 Oct 1827, probated Guilford May Court 1828, estate papers starting in 1827
James Wilson will dated 2 Nov 1828, probated Nov Court 1828
David Welcutts estate papers starting in 1828
Andrew Smith Witty estate papers starting in 1828
Thankful Woodburn will dated 11 Aug 1829, probated Nov Court 1829, estate papers starting in 1829
David Wanock estate papers starting in 1829
Manlove Wheeler estate papers starting in 1829
Eli Wiley estate papers starting in 1829
Walter Woolyard estate papers starting in 1829
Martin Wyrick, Sr. estate papers starting in 1829
Thomas Webb will dated 2 Nov 1829, probated Feb Court 1830
John Work will dated 5 Dec 1829, probated Feb Court 1830
William White estate papers starting in 1830
___ Wiley estate papers starting in 1831
John Wilson estate papers starting in 1831
Michael Wrightsell estate papers starting in 1831
Nancy Wyrick estate papers starting in 1831
Elam Wharton will dated 14 Feb 1832, probated May Court 1832
Thomas White will dated 10 Mar 1832, probated May Court 1832
Betsey Wiley will dated 13 Nov 1832, probated Nov Court 1832
Leven Woolen will dated 14 Feb 1832, probated Nov Court 1832, estate papers starting in 1833
Thomas Webb estate papers starting in 1832
Rebecca Wright estate papers starting in 1832
John Wheeler will dated 10 Nov 1832, probated Nov Court 1833
Archibald Whitworth estate papers starting in 1833
Elizabeth Wiley estate papers starting in 1833
Andrew Wilson, Senr. will dated 2 Apr 1823, probated May Court 1834, estate papers starting in 1834
Robert Wilson will dated 4 Dec 1833, undated probate, estate papers starting in 1834
Henry B. Watson will dated 19 Dec 1833, probated Aug Court 1834, estate papers starting in 1836
Judith Watson will dated 20 Jan 1834, probated Aug Court 1834
John Watson will dated 8 Feb 1835, probated Feb Court 1835
Jamima Wilson will dated 25 Dec 1834, probated Aug Court 1836
Peter Wagoner estate papers starting in 1836
James Wharton estate papers starting in 1836
James Williamson estate papers starting in 1836
Jemima Wilson estate papers starting in 1836
Temperance Wood estate papers starting in 1837
Martin Wirick/Wyrick estate papers starting in 1838
Henry Wrightsell estate papers starting in 1838
Barbary Waggoner estate papers starting in 1839
James M. Woodburn estate papers starting in 1839
John Warren estate papers starting in 1840
Washington J. Welborn estate papers starting in 1840
W. S. Wilborn estate papers starting in 1840
Franklin Wilkinson estate papers starting in 1840
Henry Willis estate papers starting in 1840
Peter Wilson estate papers starting in 1840
William W. Woodburn estate papers starting in 1840
Elizabeth Walker estate papers starting in 1841
Lucas Wilkins estate papers starting in 1841
James Winchester estate papers starting in 1841
William Wood estate papers starting in 1841
Martin Wyrick estate papers starting in 1841
   


X

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
  (none)


Y

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
John Young estate papers starting in 1778
Galland Yates estate papers starting in 1834
Alfred Yates estate papers starting in 1835
   


Z

Name Date of Will & Probate, or Estate Administration Bond, or Other Evidence
George Zimmerman will dated 10 Oct 1800, probated Aug Court 1812
Margaret Simmerman (Zimmerman?) estate papers starting in 1822
   

 


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