Orange County Wills and Estates
Orange County was formed in 1752 from parts of Bladen County, Granville County, and Johnston County. It was named for the infant William V of Orange, whose mother Anne, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, regent of the Dutch Republic. In 1771, the western portion of Orange County was combined with the eastern part of Rowan County to form Guilford County. Another part was combined with parts of Cumberland County and Johnston County to form Wake County. The southern part of what remained became Chatham County. In 1777, the northern half of what was left of Orange County became Caswell County. In 1849, the western third of the still shrinking county became Alamance County. And, in 1881 the eastern half of the county's remaining territory was combined with part of Wake County to form Durham County. Some of the first settlers of the county were English Quakers, who settled along the Haw and Eno Rivers.
Pictured is the Eno River at Eno River State Park, North Carolina.
Orange County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers
- Cleveland, John, LWT
- Gant, Edward (1779 plat)
- Gant, Isham (LWT 1807)
- Gant, James (LWT 1797)
- Gant, John (1800 LWT)
- Manord, Larkin, LWT
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