Scenes in Guilford County, North Carolina and Greensboro. The settlement of Guilford County was mostly by Quakers who came out of Maryland and Virginia into North Carolina during the 1730s and formed the New Garden Meeting. They were followed by German Reformed churches and Lutherans from Pennsylvania. The county itself was formed in 1771 from parts of Rowan and Orange Counties and was named after the first Earl of Guilford (Francis North), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In 1779 the southern third of Guilford County became Randolph County and during 1785 the northern half of its remaining territory became known as Rockingham County. The county seat is Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Images of Wills 1779 to 1813
Testators: Asley, Ludwick | Beeson, Isaac | Cable, John | Caffee, John | Campbell, Mary | Camplin, Henry | Capp, Henry | Chambers, John | Chipman, Paris | Christman, Jacob | Christopher, Susan | Clapp, John Phillip | Clapp, Tobias Jr. | Clark, John | Clark, Nathaniel | Coble, Frederick | Coe, John | Coffer, John | Coffin, Barnabas | Coffin, Samuel | Coffin, William | Cook, Abraham | Cook, Thomas | Covey, Mary | Craft, Thomas Charles | Crisswell, Jean | Crowder, Jaramie | Cummins, Francis | Cummins, George| Cummins, Thomas | Cummons, Thomas | Cunningham, James | Curtis, Charles | Curtis, Claiborn | Daugherty, Daniel | Davis, Thomas | Dillon, Peter| Eubanks, John | Fisher, Daniel | Flack, Elisha| Forbis, Arthur | Forehand, David | Gilchrist, Samuel | Gillispie, John | Gless, Crisley | Gordon, Moses | Gough, Stephen | Gray, William | Grier, Matthew | Haney, John | Hayes, Patrick | Heath, Jacob| Heath, Samuel | Hiatt, Nathan | Hilton, James | Hinly, John| Hopkins, Jacob | Hoskins, Arnold | Hoskins, Joseph | Huddlestone, Seth | Hunter, John| Ingle, George | Jackson, Daniel | Jackson, James | Jackson, William | Jenkins, Thomas| Johnson, Alexander | Johnson, James | Johnson, Pleasant | Jordan, Michael | Joyce, Alexander | Kingman, Naomi | Kirkman, James | Lewis, Thomas | Lindsay, Robert | Lokey, John | Martin, Alse| Martin, James | Mitcham, Samuel | Mitchel, Robert | Montgomery, William Sr. | Sanders, Joel | Shaw, Patrick | Shoemaker, Susanna | Simpson, Richard | Smith, Joseph | Smith, Peter | Smith, Ralph | Starbuck, George | Stone, John | Talley, Nicholas | Tatum, Edward | Taylor, Mary | Taylor, Simon | Thompson, Henry| Thompson, John | Thompson, Samuel | Thornburg, James | Thornburg, Thomas | Touchstone, James | Tucker, Levi | Unthank, Joseph | White, John | Wiggins, Robert D. | Wilborn, Thomas | Wilson, Allen | Witt, Michael | Woodside, John | Wright, John
Images of Wills 1813 to 1838
Testators: Adams, William | Alison, William | Anthoney, Henry | Archer, David | Armfield, William | Bagwell, Mary Ann | Bagwell, Mary Ann (2)| Ballard, William | Bartlett, C. B. | Beeson, Benjamin | Beeson, Joel E. | Bell, Sally | Benbow, Thomas | Bennett, Elish | Benson, Reuben | Benton, Benjamin | Bernard, L. | Bevill, Pleasant | Biswell, Benjamin | Blair, Thomas | Brazil, Ridley | Brincefield, John | Brockshire, Thomas | Brown, James | Brown, William | Brown, William (2) | Bruce, Charles | Brunson, Malcolm | Buell, William | Bunch, William | Bunday, Caleb | Bunday, Sarah | Burney, William | Burton, Richard | Burton, Sarah | Busson, John | Caldwell, David | Cannaday, Abigail | Capps, Amy | Carmichael, Andrew | Carter, Elizabeth | Cash, William | Chapman, William C. |Chapple, Ambrose| Charles, Elizabeth | Chipman, John | Christman, Joseph | Clapp, Isaac | Clapp, Jacob Sr.| Clapp, Joseph | Clark, Martha | Clemer, John | Clemmons, James | Coble, George | Coble, Jacob | Coble, Jacob (2)| Coffin, Peter | Corsbee, Hans| Correll, William | Cosby, Thomas | Couch, Meshack | Criswell, James | Criswell, William | Cummins, Robert | Cummins, William | Cunningham, James | Cunningham, Jeremiah | Cunningham, John | Cunningham, William | Curry, Daniel | Davis, James | Day, Richard | Deck, William | Deck, Thomas | Delworth, Thomas | Denney, William | Denny, William | Denton, William | Deveney, William | Dewise, Ezekiel | Dickey, Mary | Dickey, William | Dicks, James | Dillon, Nathan | Dodson, Mary | Dodson, Richard | Donnell, Andrew | Donnell, John | Donnell, Lathem | Donnell, William | Edwards, Joshua | Elliott, Moses, Sr. | Elliott, Thomas | Farmer, Christian | Fenley, James | Field, Jeremiah Sr.| Field, Peter | Findley, George | Flemming, Robert | Forest, John Sr. | Forguson, Alexander | Fountain, William | Frazier, Abel | Frazier, James | Frazeur, Martha | Fulton, William | Furford, George | Gardner, Barzilla | Gardner, Richard | Gardner, Stephen | Gardner, William | Gibson, Andrew | Gilchrist, John | Gilchrist, William | Gillespie, Daniel | Gillispie, Daniel | Gilreath, Robert | Glass, Pall | Gola, Lotta | Gordon, Hezekiah | Gossett, Thomas | Gray, Alexander | Gray, Elizabeth | Green, Edward | Greeson, Daniel | Grisson, Christopher | Hacket, Mary | Hamilton, Thomas | Hancock, John | Hanner, Robert | Hanner, Roddy| Harald, David | Harrell, Elizabeth | Harrell, Stephen | Harris, Fuhlman | Harrison, Henry | Harvey, William | Hassel, Jesse | Haworth, Richard | Haynes, Lucy | Hiatt, William | Highfield, Hezekiah Hitchcock, John | Horney, Jeffery | Horney, John | Horney, Phillip | Hubbard, John | Hunt, Isaiah | Hunt, Jacob | Hussey, Mary | Iddings, Joseph | Irwin, William | Jackson, Craft |Jackson, Curtis | Jackson, William | Jenkins, Demsy | Jesse, Caleb |Johnson, Alexander | Johnson, Elizabeth | Johnson, Joel | Johnson, John | Johnson, Joshua | Johnson, Tarlton |Jones, Jarvis | Jones, John W. | Joster, Maikel Kelly, James | Kerr, Hannah | Kerr, Nathaniel | Kerr, Nathaniel (2) | Kersey, Amos | Kersey, Eleazer | Kersey, Jesse | Kindall, Benjamin | Kirsey, Elizabeth | Kirsey, William | Lackey, Martha | Lambert, William | Land, John Sr. | Lane, Sarah | Latrell, Elizabeth | Leavit, William | Lenticum, Richard | Lindsay, Nancy | Lindsay, Robert | Linegar, Elizabeth | Linegar, Isaac | Linegar, Isaac | Lister, Robert | Lovett, Sarah | Magee, Mary | Manship, Elijah | Martin, Joshua | Maxwell, John | Maxwell, William | Mayben, David | Mayben, Robert | McBride, Josiah McClintock, James | McClintock, William | McCustion, Walter | McKeever, Elihu | McLean, Joseph | McLean, Marshall Mendenhall, Daniel | Mendenhall, David | Mendenhall, Elisha | Mendenhall, Isaac | Mendenhall, John | Mendenhall, Phebe | Mendenhall, Ruth | Mills, Amos | Mills, Edward | Miner, Mary | Mitchell, Robert | Modenuk, Robert | Moore, Isaac | Moore, William | Morgan, Timothy Morris, John | Morrison, Malcolm | Mowlet, M. | Nelson, Margaret | Ogment, Richard | Otwell, James | Otwell, Shadrack | Ozburn, Joseph | Ozburn, Thomas | Ozmont, William | Paisley, Preston | Pamplin, Agness | Parsons, George | Patterson, George | Patterson, Young and Elizabeth | Patterson, William | Pearson, Isaac | Peeples, Herbert | Peeples, Hubbard, Sr. | Petty, Elias | Philippy, John | Phipps, James | Plunket, T. J. | Pool, William | Porter, John | Presley, William | Rankin, James | Rankin, William | Rice, James | Ricks, Jonas | Rightsel, Henry | Rochell, Christiana | Rogers, Jacob | Russell, Andrew | Russell, Joseph | Russell, Timothy | Saunders, Martha | Shatterly, Michael Shaw, Elizabeth | Simmons, John | Simpson, Nathaniel Sr. Simpson, Robert | Sinyard, Rosannah Snead, William | Spruce, Elizabeth | Spruce, Sarah | Stadly, Jonathan Stafford, James | Stafford, Sarah | Stanley, Jesse | Stanley, Micajah | Stanley, William | Starbuck, Thomas | Starbuck, William | Starr, Adam | Stewart, Donald | Stewart, Prudence | Stewart, Robert | Stewart, Sampson Stewart, William | Stuart, John | Sullivan, Solomon | Sunbury, George | Swain, Joseph | Swan, Zacheus | Tate, Anthony | Thom, John | Thompson, John | Thornburg, Thomas | Tingle, Barnet | Trollinger, Frederick | Trotter, Ephraim | Trotter, George | Turner, Ezekiel | Turner, Mary | Underwood, Joshua | Unthank, Joseph | Vanstone, John Jr. | Vatiant, Aneel | Wancek, Daniel | Walker, John | Watson, Henry B. | Watson, John | Watson, Judith | Weatherly, James | Weatherly, William | Ween, John | Well, Thomas | Wetherington, Jane | Wharton, Elam | Wheeler, John | Wheeler, Martin | Wheeler, Richard | Wheeler, William | White, Thomas | Whittington, Joseph | Wiford, Jonathan | Wiley, Betsy | Wiley, Isabel | Wiley, Robert | Wilson, Andrew | Wilson, James | Wilson, Jonathan | Wilson, Michael | Winn, Martha | Woodburn, Thankful | Woodburn, Thomas | Woollen, Levin | Work, John | Wyrick, Mary
Images of Wills 1837 to 1859
Testators: Adams, William J. | Albright, Elizabeth | Allright, William | Anthony, Jonathan | Apple, Barbary | Apple, Bingham | Baldwin, Elizabeth | Barton, John | Beeman, Archibald | Bland, Charles | Cader, Samuel | Campbell, Mary | Carter, Mial | Carter, Nicholas | Clapp, Henry | Coble, Abraham | Coble, Jacob | Crisman, | Elizabeth | Dean, Frederick | Denney, Louetta | Donnell, Nancy | Dunney, Ann | Evans, Jesse | Flack, Andrew | Foster, | John | Gillam, David | Green, Thomas | Hatrick, Robert | Humphreys, Henry | Hunt, Eleazer | Hunt, Pitman | Ives, John | Ivey, William | Jones, Travis Sr. | Kirkman, Elisha | Lamb, Elizabeth | Layton, Roger | Lindsay, William | Martin, James C. | May, George | McKinsey, William | McKnight, Robert | McNairy, James | Mendenhall, Richard | Middleton, Elizabeth | Mitchell, James M. | Mitchell, Philip | Mitchell, Samuel | Mitchell, Samuel (2) | Moseley, Daniel | Nicks, George Sr. | Osborn, David | Parsens, Thomas | Pegman, Parthenia | Pyle, Joseph | Rankin, Thomas | Saunders, David | Schoolfield, John | Scott, Adam | Schatterly, John | Shoemaker, Elizabeth | Sikes, Isom | Smith, John | Smith, William | Spruce, George | Stanley, Zimri | Stewart, James | Summers, Peter | Swain, Joseph W. | Thompson, Robert | Trotter, | John | Unthank, Jemima | Vanstone, Catharine | White, Borden
Those Who Sought Religious Freedom
By Jeannette Holland Austin
The first settlers to Guilford began arriving in 1740 from Pennsylvania, Maryland and New England. They were in search of fertile and affordable land. THey were Quakers whose origin was in Maryland, then stemmed throughout other colonies. The settlement was around Greensboro and was known as the Garden Friends Meeting. They were followed by the German Reformed Church and Lutherans and the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. The "Friedens Church" (meaning peace) was led by the Rev. John Ulrich Giesendanner from Pennsylvania in 1740 and settled around the Haw River along the creeks of Reedy, Eno, Alamance, Travis, Beaver and Deep River. The first building used by Friedens Church was made of logs. An examination of the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy by Hinshaw is indicated in all of the States of their immigration.
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