North Carolina Pioneers

Orange County Probate Records

Images of Wills and Indentures 1752 to 1795

Indexes to Probate Records 1752-1786

Records at North Carolina State Archives

  • Miscellaneous 1768 to 1942

Early Settlers

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


Youngblood/Jungblut families

Inquisitions of the Dead

  • 1787 to 1795

Some Marriage Bonds found in Gates County, North Carolina

Eley/Ely Family Histories


McCall Family History


Few Family

Map of Orange County North Carolina

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.