The first Europeans to enter what is now Rowan County came with the Spanish expedition of Juan Pardo in 1567. They established a fort and a mission in the native village of Guatari, believed to be located near the Yadkin River and inhabited by the Wateree. At the time, the area was ruled by a female chief the Spaniards called Guatari Mico. Rockingham County was formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County. It was named for Matthew Rowan, acting governor of North Carolina from 1753 to 1754.During 1770 the eastern part of it was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County, North Carolina. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part of the now much smaller Rowan County became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part of the still shrinking county became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County. Many of the Rowan County records, wills, estates, etc. are intact. It is usually researched in conjunction with Surry , Burke and Iredell Counties. Some of the earliest settlers were: Henry Aginder, Erasmus Allen, Thomas Braly, William Barr, Daniel Bates, Henry Bruner, William Bartholomew, Michael Cove, Alex Carruth, Nathan Dicks, Hannel Edwards, George Erwin, Peter Fox, Stephen Glandon, John Holmes, Robert Johnson, Peter King, Peter Lawrence, Andrew Maden, Joshua Nichols, William Ogburn, William Porter, David Rothera, and John Thompson.
Rowan County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers
Images of Wills and Estates, Book A, 1762 to 1780
- Reid, Alexander, LWT (1775)
- Reid, Samuel, LWT (1784)
Aiken, James | Andrews, David | Archbald, William | Baker, Absalom | Baker, Samuel | Ballie, Johnl | Barr, William | Bartholomew, William | Bates, Daniel | Beck, Jacob Sr. | Beesle, Paul | Boonacker, Michael | Bowden, Benjamin | Brandon, George | Brittain, Joseph | Broninger, Adam | Broom, Elizabeth | Brown, James | Brown, William | Bruner, Henry | Bryan, Morgan | Buis, William | Carmichael, John | Carson, James | Carson, William | Carter, James | Cathey, James | Cathey, John | Cathey, Maximillian | Clements, John | Cochran, Samuel | Cochran, Sarah | Coles, William Temple | Coon, Michel | Cowder, John | Cox, Moses | Cressonell, Isaac | Cuistion, James | Cunningham, John | Carruth, Walter | Curry, Nathaniel | Davison, George | Davies, James | Davis, John | Demmitt, James | Denny, William | Dicks, Nathan | Dorsey, Endyman | Edwards, Hamuel | Erwin, James | Esleven, William | Feafer, Nicholas Finey, Janet | Flemon, Peter | Forbis, George | Forgery, Samuel | Foy, Mark | Frey, Peter | Garrett, John | Gibson, Alexander | Gibson, Hugh | Goss, Joseph | Gitchey, John | Hall, John | Hallum, John Sr. | Hamton, David | Harford, Nicholas Henry, Thomas | Hill, David | Hincline, John | Hinkle, Peter | Holmes, John | Houston, Davis | Humphreys, Johannah | Hunt, Thomas | Hunter, Agnes | Husley, Joachim | Jamieson, James | Johnson, Robert | Johnston, Thomas | Jones, Samuel | King, Peter | Knox, Jeane | Laird, Nathaniel | Lambe, Henry | Lambly, George | Lawson, Hugh | Linkens, Jacob | Littel, John | Little, Daniel | Lott, Henry | Lovewater, Josef | Lowrance, Peter | Lowrence, Peter (1768)| Luckie, Robert | Lusk, Samuel | Mabry, George | McCleland, Nicholas | McClellen, William | McConnel,, Andrew | McCullock, James | McCollum, John | McCuiston, Robert | McDonald, George | McDowell, Joseph | McGuire, John | McHenry, Henry | McKnight, William | McKoun, John | McMahan, John | McMicklin, Andrew | McNeeley, Isaac | McNeley, David | McNully, Adam | McPherson, William | McRiters, John | Meaden, Andrew | Milakin, Joseph | Miligan, Robert | Miller, Samuel | Mills, Hur | Mills, John | Mordah, James | Morgan, William Sr. | Morrison, Andrew | Morrison, Archibald | Morrison, William Sr. | Murray, Mary | Myers, Michael | Nelson, Samuel | Newberry, Alexander | Newfang, Martin | Newman, Mary | Nisbet, John | Orton, James | Osborn, Alexander | Osburn, William | Page, Humphrey | Passinger, John | Pidgeon, William | Porter, William | Rankin, George | Reed, Alexander | Reese, Jacob | Robey, Eleanor | Robison, William | Roby, Thomas | Roderick, David | Rosebrough, John | Rosebrough, Samuel | Rosebrough, Samuel (1775)| Rutledge, John | Schon, Johannes Scott, John | Sherrill, Adam | Shinn, Samuel | Simonton, Mary Simonton, Theophilus Smith, Andrew Smith, James | Smith, Michael Smith, Peter | Snap, Larence | Snoddy, John | Steel, William | Stewart, Samuel | Stilwell, Thomas | Stogner, John Barnet | Storey, James | Thomas, Ann | Thomson, John | Thompson, John | Todd, Thomas | Wilson, Moses | Wilson, Thomas | Winfly, Benjamin | Withers, Michael | Woods, Matthew | Woods, Oliver | Woods, Robert | Woods, Samuel | Work, Alexander | Young, Alexander
Images of Wills and Estates, Book B, 1781 to 1791
Adams, Matthew | Allison, Thomas | Armstrong, Margaret | Bayley, Samuel | Beam, Michael | Beard, David | Bell, Robert | Betty, John | Brandon, James | Brandon, Thomas | Brice, John | Bryan, William | Bullinger, Henry | Butner, Thomas | Campbell, Daniel | Cooper, Samuel | Cowan, William | Cox, Israel | Davidson, William | Davis, David | Douglas, James | Durfey, Patrick | Ellen, Jacob | Elliott, William | Enochs, David | Foster, Thomas | Glasscock, Gregory | Graham, Hugh | Graham, James | Graham, John | Graham, Richard | Green, John | Hall, Thomas | Harvey, Andrew | Harvey, Robert | Hillhouse, Samuel | Holand, Stephen | Houston, Mary | Hunt, Jonathan | Irwin, George | Johnston, Robert | King, Richard | King, Peter | Lawrence, John | Lawrence, Joseph | Leonard, Valentine | McCaferty, John | McConnel, John | McHacken, John | McHenry, Elinor | McClaughlen, James | McCollum, Elizabeth | Miller, Andrew | Miller, John | Moore, Michael | Moore, Robert | Morrison, Mary | Morrison, Seamus | Myers, Mary | Oliphant, John | Overton, Jeremiah | Owen, John | Pain, John | Park, Nathan | Parker, George | Paten, Ellener | Perks, Margaret | Pinkton, Richard | Poston, John | Poulap, William | Reed, George | Rhodes, Jacob | Robinson, Benjamin | Salt, Anthony | Satta, Robert | Sharpe, Walter | Shofe, Henery | Sixston, Mary | Smith, Casper | Steel, Elizabeth Steel, Robert | Stokes, Elizabeth | Strange, John | Swink, Michael | Tate, Robert | Thomas, Jacob | Trentham, Martin | Verble, Daniel | Warlow, Peter | White, James | Williams, William | Wilson, Richard | Wilson, Samuel | Wiseman, Mary | | Wood, John
Images of Wills and Estates, Book C, 1792 to 1803
Adams, Selse | Adkison, James | Agendar, Henry | Albertson, Josiah | Allen, Erasmus | Allen, John | Allison, Andrew | Andrew, John |Armstrong, Abel | Armstrong, William | Arnhart, John | Atwood, John | Barkley, Robert | Barkley, Samuel | Barr, James | Barr, John | Billing, Juliana | Bird, Thomas | Boner, William | Brandon, Richard | Brown, Andrew | Bruner, Henry | Bueler, Michael | Bumblesom, Christian | Butner, Jemima | Call, William | Carson, James | Carrith, Alexander | Casper, Peter | Clayton, George | Clever, Jacob | Clifford, Michael | Cobe, Yost | Cooper, Nicholas | Covey, Noble | Cowden, Benjamin | Crage, Crozier | Daniel, Peter | Dobbin, James | Easton, George | Eaton, John | Egender, Henry | Ehrenhardt, Phillip | Eller, Christian | Ellis, Evan | Ellis, Stephen | Elrod, Christopher | Enochs, Enoch | Erenhart, Henry | Erwin, Agnes | Erwin, Christopher | Ester, Michael | Fleming, George | Fox, Thomas | Gaither, Benjamin | Glascock, Peter | Graham, Agnes | Hammonds, Peter Sr. | Harding, Robert | Hartman, George | Hazlett, John | Henderson, John | Houston, James | Howard, John | Hughey, Henry | Hughey, Jacob | Hughes, Timothy Idol, Barny | Inglish, Alexander | Jacks, Richard | Jacob, Jeremiah | Jelton, Abraham | Jenkins, Hugh | Job, Samuel | Johnston, John | Johnston, Thomas | Johnston, William | Jones, Solomon | Kane, Peter | Karn, John | Keller, John | Kern, Leonard | Kerr, David | Kerr, Mary | Kilpatrick, John | Kindar, Casper | Kinder, George | King, John | Lawrence, Joseph | Leatherman, Nicholas | Lewis, John | Lim, Hugh | Lopp, Jacob | Luckey, John | Lybery, Christopher | Lynn, William | McCartney, Thomas | McCreary, Hugh | McGuire, Edward McKay, Hector | Miller, George | Miller, Jane | Motzinger, Felix | Nail, Margaret | Nesbit, John | Nesbet, Moses | Nesbit, William | Newens, William | Newfang, Martin | Niefong, George | Oen, Ralph | Orton, Joseph | Owen, Henry | Owen, Nancy | Owings, Elijah | Parks, Margaret | Patterson, William | Pearson, Richard | Phelps, Thomas | Poyster, James | Ramsey, Robert | Robey, Nathan | Robison, George | Robley, Martin | Ryley, James | Shelly, Joseph | Skendrick, Margaret | Sloan, Archibald | Sloan, John | Smith, Michael | Smith, Robert | Stewart, William | Thomasson, George | Tomlin, Hugh | Vack, Richard | Van Ellen, John | Vicke, Ralph Waggoner, Joseph | Walsh, Martin | Wasson, Archibald | White, Moses | Wilkerson, Thomas | Wiseman, Isaac | Woods, James | Wright, Richard
Images of Wills and Estates, Book D, 1797 to 1801
Anderson, Richard | Barclay, William | Barr, William | Barrett, Henry | Bartleson, Richard | Bartly, Robert | Beauchamp, John | Bell, Thomas | Berger, Charles | Berry, Martin | Biles, Deborah | Biles, Elizabeth | Biles, Thomas | Binn, Jacob | Black, Adam | Blair, James | Blue, Malcolm | Bostion, Jonas | Bowman, William | Braly, Sarah | Braly, William | Brandon, John | Brandon, Mary | Braner, Barbara | Bridges, Joseph | Brown, James M. Brown, Michael | Brown, William | Brown, William | Brumel, Joab | Bruner, George | Bryan, John | Bryan, Samuel | Bullen, Conrad | Bullen, Philip | Butner, Thomas | Byrn, Charles | Cuningham, Joseph | Giles, Mary | Haden, Joseph | Haden, William | Hall, Elizabeth | Hannah, Joseph | Harbin, Edward | Harper, William | Harris, Zephaniah | Harvey, Elizabeth | Harwood, John | Hawn, Friedrich | Hendron, Arania | Hide, John | Hill, James Sr. | Howard, John | Howard, William | Hudgins, William | Hughes, Sargent | Hughey, Henry | Hughey, Samuel | Hunt, Andrew | Hunter, John | Jinkens, Jesse | Jones, David | Lowe, Simeon | Maxwell, Thomas | McCollum, John | McConaughey, Hugh McCorkel, John | McFuters, Daniel | McMarhan, James | Miller, Wendle | Mitchenor, Luke | Morrison, David | Morrison, John | Moye, Joseph | Moyer, Philip | Mullivan, Lewis | Pufford, Young Ludwig | Reeves, Samuel | Rich, Henry | Richard, Jacob | Riches, Henry | Rider, Adam | Rigerwalt, Peter | Roberts, Samuel | Roberts, Stephen | Robison, Hugh | Robison, Richard | Rodget, William | Rosebrough, James | Ross, James | Rotter, Godfried | Rumbly, Edgar | Rusal, Mary | Rutledge, John | Scudder, Matthias | Sewel, Samuel | Shields, Andrew | Shireman, George | Silver, Levi | Silyman, Zephaniah | Simons, John | Sloan, John | Sluder, Henry | Smart, Thomas |` Smith, Clare | Smith, Cooper | Smith, Daniel | Smith, David | Smith, John | Smith, Joseph | Smith, Nathan | Smith, Richard | Smith, Robert | Smith, William | Snider, John Martin | Sower, Peter | Spark, Adam Sr. | Sparks, Jonas | Stanley, Joseph | Steel, Samuel | Stephens, William | Stewart, Elizabeth | Stigerwalt, John | Stogdik, Thomas | Surry, Peter | Swan, Thomas | Vincent, Peter | Wagoner, Jacob | Warford, Joseph | Wasson, Archibald | Welsby, Abraham | Whitaker, John | Whitaker, William | White, Moses | White, Thomas | Wightman, George | Wilkerson, Thomas | Wilkinson, Samuel | Willcockson, George | Williams, Elias | Wilson, John | Wilson, Robert | Winkler, Adam | Wood, Garret | Wood, James | Wood, Josiah Wood, Robert | Woods, James | Work, Alexander | Wyatt, William | Yarbrough, Edward | Young, Samuel | Zimmerman, Christian
Images of Wills and Estates, Book E, 1800 to 1805
Allison, Thomas | Campbell, Joseph | Carson, John | Catz, Youst | Claver, John | Clement, Henry | Clinard, Philip | Clingerman, Alexander | Coble, Adam | Coggens, John | Coit, Mehitable Cooper, Samuel | Correll, Adam | Cowan, Aaron | Cowan, David | Cowan, George | Cowan, Henry | Cowan, Jean | Cowan, John | Cowan, Mary | Cowan, William | Cranfield, Hezekiah | Crawford, William | Cresson, Nicolas | Cross, Jacob | Crote, Jacob | Cruse, Philip | Cunningham, Joseph | Cupplus, William | Curry, William | Danner, Jacob | Danner, Jacob (1804) | Daniel, Patty | Davenport, Augustin | Davis, Andrew | Davis, Conrad | Davis, Jacob | Davis, Thomas | Davis, William | Deatherage, Braston | Dial, Robert | Dickey, James | Dickey, Mary | Dickey, Thomas | Dobbins, Alexander | Doerner, Paul | Donaldson, Alexander | Douthit, Mary | Douthit, William | Dowell, Peter | Dultrau, Balser | Ferguson, Andrew | Fisher, Ann | Fisher, Frederick | Fisher, Jacob | Fisher, James | Fisher, Martin | Fitzgarett, Elizabeth | Fitzgarett, Jarrett | Foreman, John | Fox, Philip | Frank, William | Fraser, James | Frock, Conrad | Fry, Christian | Fustisly, Y. | Hall, Samuel | Hardman, Mary | Hartman, George | Hartman, Michael | Hartline, George Sr.| Harwood, Zachariah | Hatley, Richard | Hattieson, George | Hays, Andrew | Hays, Joseph | Headrick, Margaret | Helmstetter, John Adam | Hendricks, Margaret | Hendron, John | Hill, Henry | Hitchcock, Isaac | Hitely, Jacob | Horah, Henry | Howard, Margaret | Hughey, Robert | Hull, Moses | Hunt, Daniel | Hunter, John | Leddenton, Thomas | Ledford, William | Lemly, Henry | Lemly, Joseph | Leonard, Henry | Lewis, Daniel | Lewis, Peter | Limly, John | Link, Jacob | Link, John | Little, Jones | Litzleler, F. | Locke, Francis | Locke, Matthew | Long, Frederick | Long, Thomas | Loop, John Sr. | Low, Conrad | Lowasser, John | Lowrance, John | Luckbee, John | Luckey, Samuel | Luckie, Samuel | Lyall, Thomas | Lyon, Elijah | Macay, James | Mahan, Dennis | Maily, Owen | Manzer, Johann Shriltoph Layrle | Marimore, John | Markland, Jonathan | Martin, Asa | Martin, Nancy | May, Abner | McConaughey, Joseph | McConnoughey, Joseph | McKie, Robert, the elder | McNeely, Archibald | McNeely, David | McNeely, John | Meyer, John George | Miller, Moses | Miller, Nicolaus | Mock, Dewalt | Montgomery, Hugh | Moor, Susanna | Moore, John | Moore, Martha | Moore, Nathaniel | Moore, William | Motz, John Jacob | Munroe, Thomas | Myers, Michael | Nunan, Peter M. | Teague, Moses | Terk, Henry | Thompson, Thomas | Thomson, Moses | Tipet, John | Todd, Caleb | Todd, John | Tomlinson, Samuel | Trees, Henry | Trott, Henry | Trott, James | Troutman, Peter | Walker, John | Warner, William | Weekon, Frederick Wensel, Henry | Wenzel, Henry | West, Jinkins | Whitaker, William | Willis, Thomas | Wilson, Elizabeth | Winkler, Lewis Wiseman, William | Womack, Thomas | Wood, Garret | Worvill, Jacob | Zerker, John
Images of Wills and Estates, Book F, 1802 to 1804
Barkley, Hendry | Barkley, Samuel | Bean, Thomas | Beaty, Shad | Billing, John | Bird, John |Black, Henry | Borland, James | Boss, Philip | Braly, John | Brandon, Christopher | Brown, Abraham | Bullins, John | Carsen, Thomas | Irvin, Andrew | Jackson, Daniel | Job, Thomas | Kerr, John | Klotz, Conrad | Lentz, Bostian | Newnan, Anthony | Pack, William | Parks, John | Paton, John | Payne, Charles Pendry, James | Phifer, Henry | Philip, Elijah | Philips, John | Poston, Benjamin | Riddle, Stephen | Van Poole, Jacob
Minutemen Played a Crucial Role in the Revolutionary War
By Jeannette Holland Austin
The role of the minuteman was conceived in Massachusetts during the mid-seventeenth century. As early as 1645, men were selected from the militia ranks to be dressed with matchlocks or pikes and accoutrements within half an hour of being warned. Later on, another type of minuteman company was called Showshoemen and were to provide themselves with a good pair of snowshoes, one pair of moggisons, and one hatchet and to be ready to march quickly. Also, the French and Indian War had its Minutemen. By the time of the Revolutionary War, the 1775 muster of Minutemen was the product of many years of development. During February of 1775 Concord was one of the first towns to comply with the order to create Minutemen companies out of the militia.
William McLean of Salisbury, North Carolina served as a private Militiaman and was wounded in the battle of Ramsour, by which use his right arm was partially lost. Alexander Worke and John Huggins of Rowan County, North Carolina testified that McLean was a militia soldier during June of 1780 and at the battle of Ramsour Mills where he was wounded by a ball in the joint of his right arm, which has rendered him disabled. Source: Treasurer's and Comptroller's Records, Pension Papers, N. C. Archives.
Battle of Ramseur's Mill in Lincolnton, North Carolina.
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