Orange County was formed in 1752 and for many years embraced a large section of central North Carolina, including part or all of the following present-day counties: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, and Wake. Abstracting the wills of Orange County to 1850 was the project of the Genealogical Records Committee of the Davie Poplar Chapter of the NSDAR. The abstracts were originally published in two separate volumes, but they are brought together now in a single volume for the convenience of the user. The abstracts, numbering many hundreds and referring to thousands of related individuals, all of whom are alphabetically indexed, generally include such information as the name of the testator, names of heirs and executors, references to property, and dates of probate. The book further contains records of 280 marriages not shown in the Orange County marriage bonds. This is an unusually valuable publication for descendants of Orange County pioneers.
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