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Gold Mines in Rutherford County

Bechtler MintBechtler Mint minted over Two million in gold specie during the 1830s and 1840s. In July of 1831, Christopher Bechtler opened a metalworking shop and press where he and his sons fabricated eagle coins. The privately owned mint allowed western North Carolina miners a convenient way to bring their gold to market; however, by the time of the California Gold Rush in 1849, the Bechtler Mint discontinued its services in Rutherford County.

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Lake Lure, North Carolina


Rutherford County Wills and Estates

Lake Lure, North Carolina

Rutherford County was formed in 1779 from the western part of the former Tryon County. It was named for Griffith Rutherford, leader of an expedition against the Cherokee in 1776 and a general in the American Revolutionary War. In 1791 parts of Rutherford County and Burke County were combined to form Buncombe County. In 1841 parts of Rutherford County and Lincoln County were combined to form Cleveland County. In 1842 additional parts of Rutherford County and Burke County were combined to form McDowell County. Finally, in 1855 parts of Rutherford County and Henderson County were combined to form Polk County.

Images of Deeds

  • Books A, E, EF, FG, G, I (1779 to 1786)
  • Books J to L (1793 to 1795)

Miscellaneous Wills

  • Camp, Crenshaw (1808), transcript
  • Camp, Joshua (1848), transcript
  • Camp, Stephen (1845), transcript
  • Camp, Thomas (1798), transcript

Probate Records

  • Minutes of the Pleas and Quarter Sessions Court 1780 to 1784; 1799-1802; 1804-1817

Digital Images of Wills 1823 to 1833

Testators:Ace, Free | Allan, John | Baldridge, William | Bedford, Jonas | Bordin, Mary | Bourn, Joseph | Capel, Thomas | Carruth, Margaret | Champion, John | Champion, Tempia | Cherry, Robert | Collins, Watson | Collins, William | Costner, Larrance | Davis, Philip | Doggett, Richard | Eakins, Joseph | Elliott, Martin | Eskridge, Richard | Evans, Jesse | Goode, Joseph | Grayson, Rachel | Green, William | Groves, William | Guffey, James | Hall, Thomas | Hamilton, Joseph | Hamrick, Nathan | Hann, Elijah | Hardin, Abel | Harris, James | Henderson, Moses | Henson, Philip | Hill, Charles | Hill, Robert | Humphrey, William | Hyder, Benjamin | Hyder, Catharine | Jackson, David | Johnston, Henry | Jones, John | Jones, John Sr. | Kerr, William | Lankford, Nathan | Lankford, Robert | Lee, Larkin | Logan, Larkin | Massey, Benjamin | Mathis, John | Mayes, Stith | McCurry, William | McEntire, Samuel | McEntire, William | McEutin, Aaron (or McIntire) | McFleur, Arthur | McGuinn, Daniel | McMurray, Mary | Melton, Joshua | Miller, Agnes | Miller, Susanna | Mooney, Jacob | Moore, James | Morrison, John | Murray, William | Neal, John | Newton, William | Orr, Mary | Patton, Elijah | Queen, Henson | Reed, Jane | Reed, John | Richardson, Charles | Rucker, Susannah | Schroebeld, John | Scott, Letitia | Smart, William | Stewart, William | Sullens, Zachariah | Taylor, Joshua | Wade, William | Walker, John | Waldrop, Jechonias | Waldrop, Luke | Wall, John | Washburn, Gabriel | Watson, George | Wesson, James | Webb, David | West, Thomas | White, Rachel | Willis, Jacob | Wilson, James Sr. | Wilson, John Jr. | Wood, Zachariah | Wortman, Daniel (or Workman) | Young, Griffin | York, Mary Ann

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