Iredell County was formed in 1788 and was taken from parts of Rowan County. James Iredell was one of the leaders of the state advocating the adoption of the Federal Constitution, and President George Washington appointed him a Judge on the United States Supreme Court in 1790. Statesville was established in 1789 as the county seat.
Iredell County Wills and other Records Available to Members of North Carolina Pioneers
Images of Wills 1800 to 1808
- Graham, John LWT (1821)
- Summers, Benjamin (LWT)
- 1788 Map of Liberty Hill District of Iredell County; Showing Landowners
Testators: Adams, Elizabeth | Alexander, Allen | Alexander, Gabriel | Alexander, Sarah | Allen, Moses | Allison, Adam | Allison, Magdalene | Allison, Theophilis | Allison, Thomas | Archibald, Thomas | Baker, John | Barkley, James Sr.| Beal, David | Beale, Robert | Beall, Zachariah | Beard, William | Beaty, James | Beggarty, Benjamin | Bell, Walter | Black, David | Black, Rebekah | Black, William | Black, William W. | Bone, William | Bonman, Hugh | Borden, Joseph | Boyle, Robert | Brovard, Robert | Brovard, Sarah | Brown, John | Brown, Margaret | Bruce, Peter | Caldwell, Matthew | Campbell, Oslin | Carson, Robert | Clayton, George | Clayton, Sarah | Clenening, Matthew | Cook, Abraham | Cook, Richard | Cook, Thomas | Cooke, Margaret Sr. | Couts, Benjamin | Crawford, David | Criswell, John | Criswell, William | Davidson, George | Davidson, Joseph | Davidson, William | Dotson, Robert | Duncan, Elizabeth | Edmonston, Margaret | Edmund, John | Ellis, Samuel | Erwin, James | Erwin, John | Erwin, Thomas | Ewing, Alexander | Finch, John | Forkner, Emanuel | Fortune, Jesse | Freeland, Andrew | Gaither, John | Gaither, Nicholas | Gaither, Sarah | Galton, Azariah | Gill, William | Givens, Agnes | Goodman, Bartholomew | Gordon, Robert | Graham, John | Gray, Robert | Gray, Thomas | Guy, James | Hains, James | Hains, Ralph | Hair, Daniel | Hair, Esther | Hall, Hugh | Hall, James | Hall, Thomas | Hall, William and Elizabeth | Harris, Samuel | Hendley, John | Hill, Abraham | Hill, Agnes | Hill, John | Hill, Robert | Holmes, Mary | Houston, Samuel | Hughey, John | Hughey, Patrick | Ireland, William | Irvin, Robert | Johnston, Will | Kee, James | Kemp, Nancy | Kerr, Andrew | Killpatrick, Andrew | King, James | King, John | King, Thomas | Laffle, Verlinda | Larson, Anthony | Lewis, Richard | Lovelace, Casander | Lovelace, Charles | Marlow, Thomas | McConnell, James | McConnell, John Sr. | McConnell, Mary | McCorkle, Alexander | McCorkle, Rebekah | McCoy, Charles | McCullock, John | McCullock, Margaret | McGuire, Thomas | McKay, Robert | McKee, Margaret | McLean, John | McLellan, John | McLelland, Mary | McDonald, Alexander | McKay, George | McKnight, Hugh | McPherson,Robert | Mitchel, Andrew | Morrison, John | Nelson, Elizabeth | Potts, James | Pruet, Jordan | Rice, John | Roby, John | Semour, Henry | Sharpe, Abner | Sharpe, John | Sharpe, Thomas | Sloan, Robert | Smith, John | Steel, Samuel | Stevenson, William | Summers, John | Tarr, Samuel | Terrence, Ann | Terrence, Hugh | Thompson, John | Waddell, David | Watts, William | Webb, Caleb | Wiley, George | Willson, John | Willson, Samuel | Witherspoon, John | Wocke, William | Woodside, Robert
Scouts and Soldiers
By Jeannette Holland Austin Profile
Thomas Brotherton first enlisted in the Revolutionary War for three months and marched to Fayetteville where he was a guard. His first assignment ended in the Spring of 1775. At this time in history, the British Army was a volunteer force which numbered about 45,000 men who were thinly spread throughout the countryside. For the lack of troops the British hired contingents of German mercenaries to serve as auxiliaries alongside the regular army units. They were included in the campaigns starting in 1776. The British also enlisted Native Americans to menace the Americans. Thus, the patriots had to send scouts to locate the natives. So, in the fall of the year, Brotherton was sent against the Cherokee Indians and later to guard the frontier at the head of the Catawba River in Burke County. In 1778, he volunteered again and marched with Capt. Richard Graham to Guilford Court House, then to Dicks Ferry, Moore's Creek and Salisbury. From his pension, he marched with Captain Swan, the Lieutenant of Infantry, to Charleston, thence to Stono where he was slightly wounded in the breast. He was discharged inn 1779 after scouting for Tories in the counties of Wilkes and Iredell.
Major William Gill of Hunting Creek
Grave of Thomas Young on Hunting Creek in Iredell County. During the year of 1778, Thomas Young removed from Mecklenburg, Virginia to North Carolina and settled on Hunting Creek, within three miles of the place where the counties of Yadkin, Davie, and Iredell form a common corner. At the time, he was past the age for military service, but furnished three sons-in-law and two sons to the army of General Washington, and a third son, at sixteen years of age, to the army at Norfolk, Virginia. One of Young's sons-in-law was Major William Gill who was connected with the staff of General Washington and served in the capacity of aid to the Commander-in-chief in 1778. While on the battlefield of Brandywine, Major Gill became separated from his command and in the dense smoke of the conflict, rode into the ranks of the enemy. Upon discovering his situation, the only means of escape which presented itself was to leap his horse over a high rail fence, which was being scattered by the artillery of the enemy. This feat he accomplished successfully, and afterward received the congratulations of his General for the spirited adventure and escape. Major Gill was with General Washington at the surrender of Cornwallis in Yorktown. After the war, Major Gill settled on Rocky Creek near the village of Olin, and upin his death was interred in the family burial ground of his father-in-law. Also, generally unknown to historians, is the fact that the mortal remains of a member of the staff of General Washington repose on the banks of Hunting Creek, in the county of Iredell, a fact attested to by the surviving members of the family of Major Gill.
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