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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Chatham County'''
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Guide to '''Chatham County North Carolina genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Chatham County
 
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| seat wl = Pittsboro
 
| seat wl = Pittsboro
 
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Chatham_County,_North_Carolina|Chatham County]]''
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for {{PAGENAME}} Government Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Vital_Records|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land|'''Deeds''']]</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate|Wills]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1913</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1772</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1913</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1790</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1771</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1770</center>
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[http://www.nccourts.org/county/chatham/default.asp Chatham County Courthouse]<br>12 East Road<br>Pittsboro, NC 27312<br>919-542-3240<br><br>Court has divorce records from 1913<br>Probate Records from 1771 &amp; court records from 1869<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chatham County, North Carolina. Page 507 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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The bill for establishing Chatham County was introduced in the Colonial Assembly, held at New Berne, December 5, 1770. But the bill was not ratified until January 26, 1771 and became effective the first day of April in 1771. The county was named for the first Earl of Chatham - William Pitt, 1708-1778). According to history, the Earl of Chatham was a true believer in the right of America and defended these rights in the British Parliament. Perhaps that zeal of patriotism transmitted itself to the inhabitants of Chatham County, because the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions struck the customary extolling of the King and his titles, in 1773, long before the first shot rang out in New England. Even though Chatham was a Crown Province of North Carolina until statehood was established on July 4, 1776. The county seat of Pittsboro was named for William Pitt, the younger, who was the youngest prime minister of Great Britain. He was 24 years of age, at the time.<br>Chatham was created from Orange County whose area was ten times what it is now. Because of political factions and difficulty in holding court and recording documents, the distance being so great, the counties of Guilford, Wake and Surry were created at the same time as Chatham. As a deterent to the meeting and assembly of these factions and to facilitate the governing of them. Chatham is in the center of the state, in the hilly, timber covered section of the state. The counties that are neighbors are: Almance, Durham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph and Wake.
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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In 1897 Chatham lost a portion of the NW boundary to Alamance Co., from a survey to establish a previously de facto boundary.
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In 1907 Chatham lost a portion of the SE boundary to form the newly established Lee Co.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
 
Many court records missing.  
 
Many court records missing.  
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The court minutes and other court records from the time of ratification of the bill to estalish the county, in April of 1771 to 1774, there are no pleas and quarter session minutes.
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There is a gap of about 5 years between 1800 to 1805 in these minutes.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Populated Places - Population as of the 2000 census ====
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'''&nbsp;Incorporated Cities''':
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*Fearrington - population: 903
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*Goldston - population: 319
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*Pittsboro -&nbsp;&nbsp;County Seat- population 2, 226. It is located 34 mi. SE of the state capitol, Raleigh.
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*Siler City - population: 8,747
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<br> '''Unincorporated Cities''':
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*Bear Creek
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*Bennett
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*Bonlee
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*Brickhaven
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*Bynum
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*Carbonton
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*Corinth
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*Crutchfield Crossroads
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*Gulf
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*Haywood
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*Moncure
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*Silk Hope
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*Wilsonville
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Ncchatham.png|thumb|right|400px|Ncchatham.png]]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/bckhrncm.htm Buckhorn Methodist Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/asburycm.htm Asbury Methodist Church Cemetery<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/ctrgrvcm.html Center Grove Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/fallcrek.html Fall Creek Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/ebnzerch.html Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/bellcem1.html Bell's Baptist Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/marthas.html Martha's Chapel Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/mtzioncm.html Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/tckcrkcm.htm Tick Creek Baptist Church Cemetery<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/rivescem.htm Rives Chapel Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/meronies.htm Meronies Methodist Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/antiocem.htm Antioch Christian Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/bellcem.htm Bell-Clark Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/dowdycem.htm Dowdy Family Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/mayschap.htm Mays Chapel Cemetery]
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|North Carolina}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/churches.html List of Chatham County Churches]
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===== Baptist  =====
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*'''Bear Creek.''' Constituted 1786.<ref name="bap">George Washington Paschal, ''History of North Carolina Baptists,'' 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:230-231, 297; 2:562-563. {{FHL|561274|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990}}.</ref>
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*'''Collin's Mount.''' Founded before 1773.<ref name="bap" />
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*'''Deep River.''' Founded before 1773.<ref name="bap" />
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*'''Haw River.''' Church built 1769.<ref name="bap" />
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*'''Rocky River,''' near Siler City, N.C. Organized about 1757.<ref name="bap" /><ref>"Rocky River Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref> Formerly located in [[Orange County, North Carolina|Orange County]].
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*'''Tick Creek.''' Founded before 1773.<ref name="bap" />
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Chatham/Staff/Clerk.asp Chatham County Courthouse]<br>Clerk of Superior Court<br>(Wills &amp; Estates)<br>ADDRESS: P.O. Box, 369, (12 East St.)<br>Pittsboro, NC 27312<br>Phone No. (919) 542-3240
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Certified copies of documents are $2.00 for the first page,<br>.25 for additional pages.<br>Uncertified copies are $1.00 for the first page and<br>.25 for additional pages.
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The following links will take you to an index or transcribed court records for the years as indicated:
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/ct74_79.html Court of Pleas &amp; Quarter Sessions 1774-1779]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/chatct92.htm Court of Pleas &amp; Quarter Sessions Aug 1792<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/1794ctmn.html Court of Pleas &amp; Quarter Sessions 1794]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/pq1795.txt Court of Pleas &amp; Quarter Sessions 1795]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/pq1797.html Court of Pleas &amp; Quarter Sessions 1797-1800]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/1805pq.html Court of Pleas &amp; Quarter Sessions 1805]
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Other Court Records:
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/bonds_apprent.htm Apprenticeship Bonds 1784-1837<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/orphan.htm Orphan Bonds 1774-1800]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/guardian.htm Guardian Accounts 1800-1830]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/guardin2.html Guardian Accounts 1828-1842]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/bastardy.htm Bastardy Bonds 1775-1799]
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*[http://home.earthlink.net/~bcamin/bbonds/chatham.htm Bastardy Bonds 1871-1879]
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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The Register of Deeds Office maintains the following records for public inspection and retrieval:
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*All Chatham County land transactions, including any sales or exchanges of real property in the county. This includes any transactions involving parcels of land, easements, rights of way and leaseholdings.<br>* Security documents, such as deeds of trust, mortgages, and uniform commercial code filings.<br>* Public records of notaries.<br>* Records of businesses operating under assumed names.<br>* Vital records, including births, deaths and marriages. The office provides certified copies of vital records to persons who are eligible under state law. <br>
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[http://www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=905 Courthouse Annex - Register of Deeds]<br>P.O. Box 756,<br>Pittsboro, NC 27312<br>Ph. No. (919) 542-8235
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Chatham County deed records are indexed and copies of the actual documents&nbsp; are available online starting from 1771.&nbsp;
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Access to&nbsp; [http://www.chathamncrod.org/welcome.asp Chatham County Deeds Online Search]
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/chatfam.htm Chatham County Families]<br>
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*[http://www.migrations.org/county.php3?migcounty=Chatham%20County,%20NC Chatham County Migrations<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/letters/pickrd01.txt Letters:&nbsp;William Crutchfield to Wm. P. Pickard <br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/misc/utley05.txt Paris T. Utley Letters]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bios/harlan01.txt Aaron Harlan Biography<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bios/taylor24nbs.txt James Fauntleroy Taylor, 1791-1828<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/durham/newspapers/familywi548nnw.txt Isham Sims Upchurch, 1909<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bios/white7bs.txt Deacon White]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/alston01.txt Nathaniel J. Alston Bible<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/brntly03.txt William Brantley Family Bible<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/randolph/bibles/military12gbb.txt Solomon Bunting Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/foushe01.txt Foushee Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/holton01.txt Dr. Abner Holton Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/phllps02.txt Alexander Leander &amp; Fannie M. Harper Phillips Family Bible<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/martin01.txt James Martin &amp; Rachel Heding Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/renchr01.txt Abraham Rencher Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/roe01.txt Thomas Roe Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/rowe01.txt John Rowe Family Bible<br>]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/guilford/bibles/williams31gbb.txt William Searcy Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/stedman1.txt Nathan Alexander Stedman Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/utley01.txt Utley Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/utley02.txt Julia Emma Utley Family Bible]<br>
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/utley03.txt John Wesley &amp; Ora Lee (Marks)Utley Family Bible (1)]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/utley04.txt John Wesley &amp; Ora Lee (Marks)Utley Family Bible (2)]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/chatham/bibles/white01.txt John White Family Bible]
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/maps.htm Township Map of Chatham County]<br>
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/chtmap70.html Chatham County in 1870]<br>
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/map1777_chatham.jpg Chatham County Old Trails &amp; Creeks-1770's]<br>
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*[http://ncnatural.com/maps/1779n4.jpg North Carolina 1779] - with waterways<br>
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/paths.jpg State Map Paths &amp; Trails- 1660-1775]
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*[http://www.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/colamer.html Colonial Maps of the U.S.<br>]
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Revolutionary War  =====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/militia.htm Militia Officers of Chatham County in the Revolutionary War<br>]
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*[http://www.nps.gov/archive/cowp/Timeline.htm Revolutionary War Timeline]
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*[http://www.patriotpublishers.com/index.html Revolutionary War &amp; Bible Records] - series of books with family info; online index of names included under Master Index
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===== Civil War  =====
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*[http://www.mindspring.com/%7Enixnox/cedarfork.html Civil War: Cedar Fork Rifles]
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
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:-[[6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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:-[[11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
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===== Other  =====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/chtwake_1812.html War of 1812 Muster Roll for Chatham County]<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/newspapr.htm Transcribed Chatham Co. Newspaper Archives 1847-1887<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/newspap2.html Transcribed Chatham Co., Newspaper Archives 1888]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/news3.htm The Raleigh Register October 22 - 29, 1799]
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*[http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/reference/newspapers.html North Carolina Newspaper Project] - from the State Library
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*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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Copies of wills and estate records can be obtained from the Clerk of the Superior Court.&nbsp; Information on fees are available on their website:<br>
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[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Chatham/Default.asp Chatham County Courthouse Annex]<br>12 East Street<br>P.O. Box 756<br>Pittsboro, NC 27312<br>(919) 542-8235
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<br>Clerk of Superior Court<br>The elected Chatham County Clerk of Court is David Samuel Cooper. He and some 14 staff members are responsible for all clerical and record keeping functions of the General Courts of Justice. His staff is spread throughout the courthouse annex and is organized according to their function and duties.
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The Clerk's offices are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (919) 542-3240, the fax number is (919) 542-1402, and the mailing address is P.O. Box 369, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
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Decedent's Estates: Periodic inventories and the accountings necessary to administer the estates of deceased persons are filed, and appropriate forms obtained, from Clerk of Court. Estate-related business is conducted and all estate-related records are maintained at the Clerk of Court's Office, 12 East Street, Pittsboro. This office is also where wills are probated. It is a good idea to contact this office before making an official visit in order to insure that all of the required documentation is available.
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*'''Pre-1790''' - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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*'''1780-1931''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to I (1780-1931)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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The following links will take you to an Index to Chatham County Wills and Estate Records:
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/estrec_index.htm Estate Records-Vol. 1, 1821-1836]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/will1ndx.html Wills &amp; Estates 1782-1794]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/willndx4.htm Wills &amp; Estates 1795-1799]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/will2ndx.htm Wills &amp; Estates 1798-1819]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/willndx3.htm Wills &amp; Estates 1818-1833]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/willndx5.htm Wills &amp; Estates 1834-1857]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/willndx6.html Wills &amp; Estates 1856-1868]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/est00-12.html Index to Estates 1800-1812]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/est15-22.html Index to Estates 1812-1822]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wilndex7.htm Index to Estates 1847-1850]
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The Following links will take you to a series of Wills that have been abstracted:
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_ab.html Surnames A-B]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_cd.html Surnames C-D]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_efg.html Surnames E- F- G]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_hjk.html Surnames H- J- K]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_lmn.html Surnames L- M- N]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_opqr.html Surnames O- P- Q- R]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_s.html Surnames S]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_tv.html Surnames T- V]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/wills_wyz.html Surnames W- Y- Z]
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The Following are links to Images of Records on FamilySearch:
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMVQ-CXN%3An1425245082%3Fcc%3D1911121 NC Estate Records 1663-1964: Chatham County]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F10920488%3Fcc%3D1867501 NC Probate Records 1735-1970: Chatham County<br>]
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/1795tax.html 1795 Chatham County Tax List]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/1815tax.html 1815 Chatham County Tax List]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/1755oran_tax.html 1755 Orange County Tax List] (many Chatham Co. families were included before formation of Chatham)
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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[http://www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=905 Courthouse Annex - Register of Deeds]<br>P.O. Box 756,<br>Pittsboro, NC 27312<br>Ph. No. (919) 542-8235
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The Register of Deeds Office maintains vital records, including births, deaths and marriages. The office provides certified copies of vital records to persons who are eligible under state law.
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The following are links to transcribed Marriage and Death Records:
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/bastardy.htm Bastardy Bonds from Chatham County Court Minutes 1775-1800] at USGenWeb - free.
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/chatmarr.html Chatham County Marriage Bonds<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/marriage.html Chatham County Marriages]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/chatham/deaths.html Chatham County Death Certificates<br>]
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==== Voter Registration  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18695-126-38?cc=1916185&wc=MMGM-MH4:1302705000 Chatham Co. Voter Registration Books 1890-1896] - online Collection from FamilySearch
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMGM-MHF%3A1171555334%3Fcc%3D1916185&1&leaf=true Chatham Co. Voter Registration: Canvas Book 1888-1890] - online Collection from FamilySearch
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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
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Guide to Chatham County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Chatham County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Facts
Founded 1770
County Seat Pittsboro
Courthouse
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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Chatham County, North Carolina Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1913
1772
1913
1790
1771
1770

Chatham County Courthouse
12 East Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-542-3240

Court has divorce records from 1913
Probate Records from 1771 & court records from 1869[1]

 

History

The bill for establishing Chatham County was introduced in the Colonial Assembly, held at New Berne, December 5, 1770. But the bill was not ratified until January 26, 1771 and became effective the first day of April in 1771. The county was named for the first Earl of Chatham - William Pitt, 1708-1778). According to history, the Earl of Chatham was a true believer in the right of America and defended these rights in the British Parliament. Perhaps that zeal of patriotism transmitted itself to the inhabitants of Chatham County, because the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions struck the customary extolling of the King and his titles, in 1773, long before the first shot rang out in New England. Even though Chatham was a Crown Province of North Carolina until statehood was established on July 4, 1776. The county seat of Pittsboro was named for William Pitt, the younger, who was the youngest prime minister of Great Britain. He was 24 years of age, at the time.
Chatham was created from Orange County whose area was ten times what it is now. Because of political factions and difficulty in holding court and recording documents, the distance being so great, the counties of Guilford, Wake and Surry were created at the same time as Chatham. As a deterent to the meeting and assembly of these factions and to facilitate the governing of them. Chatham is in the center of the state, in the hilly, timber covered section of the state. The counties that are neighbors are: Almance, Durham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph and Wake.

Parent County

1770--Chatham County was created 5 December 1770 from Orange County.  County seat: Pittsboro [2]

Boundary Changes

In 1897 Chatham lost a portion of the NW boundary to Alamance Co., from a survey to establish a previously de facto boundary.

In 1907 Chatham lost a portion of the SE boundary to form the newly established Lee Co.

Record Loss

Many court records missing.

The court minutes and other court records from the time of ratification of the bill to estalish the county, in April of 1771 to 1774, there are no pleas and quarter session minutes.

There is a gap of about 5 years between 1800 to 1805 in these minutes.

Places/Localities

Populated Places - Population as of the 2000 census

 Incorporated Cities:

  • Fearrington - population: 903
  • Goldston - population: 319
  • Pittsboro -  County Seat- population 2, 226. It is located 34 mi. SE of the state capitol, Raleigh.
  • Siler City - population: 8,747



Unincorporated Cities:

  • Bear Creek
  • Bennett
  • Bonlee
  • Brickhaven
  • Bynum
  • Carbonton
  • Corinth
  • Crutchfield Crossroads
  • Gulf
  • Haywood
  • Moncure
  • Silk Hope
  • Wilsonville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Chatham County, North Carolina census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church

Baptist
  • Bear Creek. Constituted 1786.[3]
  • Collin's Mount. Founded before 1773.[3]
  • Deep River. Founded before 1773.[3]
  • Haw River. Church built 1769.[3]
  • Rocky River, near Siler City, N.C. Organized about 1757.[3][4] Formerly located in Orange County.
  • Tick Creek. Founded before 1773.[3]

Court

Chatham County Courthouse
Clerk of Superior Court
(Wills & Estates)
ADDRESS: P.O. Box, 369, (12 East St.)
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Phone No. (919) 542-3240

Certified copies of documents are $2.00 for the first page,
.25 for additional pages.
Uncertified copies are $1.00 for the first page and
.25 for additional pages.


The following links will take you to an index or transcribed court records for the years as indicated:


Other Court Records:

Land

The Register of Deeds Office maintains the following records for public inspection and retrieval:

  • All Chatham County land transactions, including any sales or exchanges of real property in the county. This includes any transactions involving parcels of land, easements, rights of way and leaseholdings.
    * Security documents, such as deeds of trust, mortgages, and uniform commercial code filings.
    * Public records of notaries.
    * Records of businesses operating under assumed names.
    * Vital records, including births, deaths and marriages. The office provides certified copies of vital records to persons who are eligible under state law.

Courthouse Annex - Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 756,
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Ph. No. (919) 542-8235

Chatham County deed records are indexed and copies of the actual documents  are available online starting from 1771. 

Access to  Chatham County Deeds Online Search

Local Histories


Maps


Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
Other

Newspapers

Probate

Copies of wills and estate records can be obtained from the Clerk of the Superior Court.  Information on fees are available on their website:

Chatham County Courthouse Annex
12 East Street
P.O. Box 756
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-8235


Clerk of Superior Court
The elected Chatham County Clerk of Court is David Samuel Cooper. He and some 14 staff members are responsible for all clerical and record keeping functions of the General Courts of Justice. His staff is spread throughout the courthouse annex and is organized according to their function and duties.

The Clerk's offices are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (919) 542-3240, the fax number is (919) 542-1402, and the mailing address is P.O. Box 369, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Decedent's Estates: Periodic inventories and the accountings necessary to administer the estates of deceased persons are filed, and appropriate forms obtained, from Clerk of Court. Estate-related business is conducted and all estate-related records are maintained at the Clerk of Court's Office, 12 East Street, Pittsboro. This office is also where wills are probated. It is a good idea to contact this office before making an official visit in order to insure that all of the required documentation is available.

The following links will take you to an Index to Chatham County Wills and Estate Records:


The Following links will take you to a series of Wills that have been abstracted:


The Following are links to Images of Records on FamilySearch:



Taxation

Vital Records

Courthouse Annex - Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 756,
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Ph. No. (919) 542-8235

The Register of Deeds Office maintains vital records, including births, deaths and marriages. The office provides certified copies of vital records to persons who are eligible under state law.

The following are links to transcribed Marriage and Death Records:

Voter Registration


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chatham County, North Carolina. Page 507 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:230-231, 297; 2:562-563. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. "Rocky River Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.