New Hanover County Wills and Estates
The county was formed in 1729 as New Hanover Precinct of Bath County, from Craven Precinct. It was named for the House of Hanover, the ruling House in Great Britain.
In 1734 parts of New Hanover Precinct became Bladen Precinct and Onslow Precinct. With the abolition of Bath County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties.
In 1750 the northern part of New Hanover County became Duplin County. In 1764 another part of New Hanover County was combined with part of Bladen County to form Brunswick County. Finally, in 1875 the separation of northern New Hanover County to form Pender County.
New Hanover County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers
New Hanover County Probate Records
- Minutes of the Pleas and Quarter Sessions Court 1739-42; 1759-1769
- Index to Minutes of the Pleas and Quarter Sessions Court 1739-42; 1759-1769
- 1733 New Hanover County Map
- 1738 New Hanover County Map
- 1770 Map of Settlers in New Hanover County