James McCord of Rowan County, North Carolina

I don’t even know what I don’t know.

I do know that I’m looking for McCords from North Carolina who would have migrated to West Tennessee in the early 1800s when the Indian lands opened up for settlement.

I have a stash of papers that aren’t doing any good if they are just stored in a notebook.

We’ll start with these 6 pages from “ABSTRACTS OF WILLS AND ESTATES RECORDS OF ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 1753-1805 and TAX LISTS of 1759 AND 1778”, by Mrs. Stahle Linn, Jr., C.G.

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McCord James Rowan County 1778 & 17960003


In Rowan County lie the earliest extant set of court records for the piedmont section of North Carolina; twenty-seven counties in North Carolina and all of Tennessee have been formed from the area that was once Rowan, an area whose western boundary was the Pacific Ocean. For twenty-three years, Salisbury, the county seat, was the farthest west county seat in the Colonies.

Rowan County was formed from Anson County in 1753, and most of the early Anson records were lost to fire. Anson had been formed in 1750 from Bladen County, where many records were destroyed by fires in 1756 and 1893.

The early will books of Rowan County are largely intact, and the North Carolina Archives has many of the original wills of Rowan. This present volume included abstracts of the extant unrecorded wills and abstracts of the untranslated German wills, some of which were recorded and some of which were not. We are enormously grateful to Ute-Ingrid Seider White for her translations and abstracts of the German wills which were published in the July, 1975, issue of The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal.

Obviously, not everyone who died in Rowan County prior to 1805 died testate; the percentage then was about what it is now, one in twenty male heads of household. The will books are comprised only of the recorded wills and have no information on intestates. However, a group of inventories and accounts of sales for the period 1785-1787 were recorded in the Rowan County minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, records of forty-eight decedents, some of whom died testate and some of whom didn’t, and this list is included. Also included is a list of persons for whom there are extant loose estates papers at Archives, primarily intestates, some 900 or so of them. The knowledge that these papers exist and are available should be helpful to researchers who ancestors laced the grace to depart this wicked world leaving a will that named all the children.

The incomplete 1759 Tax List of Rowan has been included with an explanation of the reason why it was not compiled from the original. The 1778 Rowan Tax List, assumed to be complete for everyone who didn’t hide from the enumerator, was transcribed from the original.

The main index is arranged with cross references that aid in orthographic problems; there are subject headings; place names are also indexed. The slave index is included for obvious reasons. It should be noted that the names of many slaves are not the same in the recorded wills as in the originals.

The compiler has always published the abstracts of the source materials she has found to be the most valuable in her own research, with the hope that this material will prove equally helpful to other historians and genealogists. She is most assuredly grateful to Dr. Thornton Mitchell and Mr. George Stevenson and the other Souls at the North Carolina Archives for their hospitality during the days spent in the Archives and for their not inconsiderable help. She is also grateful to William Perry Johnson for this corrections and additions. And to Edythe Huffman whose help with the index made publication this year possible.

McCord James Rowan County 1778 & 17960004

McCord, James, 103, 129

McCord James Rowan County 1778 & 17960005

McCord, James 1796

McCord James Rowan County 1778 & 17960006

James McCord 536.15

So, James McCord? Who are you?


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