Some of the first settlers of the county were English Quakers, who settled along the Haw and Eno Rivers.
Scots from Argyllshire to America
First Settlers on the Cape Fear River
Inquisitions of the Dead
1787 to 1795
Some Marriage Bonds found in Gates County, North Carolina
Eley/Ely Family Histories
McCall Family History
Orange County was formed in 1752 from parts of Bladen County, Granville County, and Johnston County. It was named for the infant William V of Orange, whose mother Anne, daughter of King George II of Great Britain, regent of the Dutch Republic. In 1771, the western portion of Orange County was combined with the eastern part of Rowan County to form Guilford County. Another part was combined with parts of Cumberland County and Johnston County to form Wake County. The southern part of what remained became Chatham County. In 1777, the northern half of what was left of Orange County became Caswell County. In 1849, the western third of the still shrinking county became Alamance County. And, in 1881 the eastern half of the county's remaining territory was combined with part of Wake County to form Durham County.