Index to Alamance County Estate Files, 1663-1979 has an online database of estate records from across the state that span 1663-1979.  Thanks to a collaboration between the NC Genealogical Society (NCGS), the NC State Archives, and volunteer indexers, the database is being made available online at

Use the index below to browse those records specific to Alamance County.  Each name in the document below is a hyperlink to the record on the website.

Alamance County NC Loose Estates Index by NCGenWebProject

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Index to Alamance County WPA Cemetery Records

In the 1930′s and 1940′s, the workers of the Works Progress Administration (now called the Works Projects Administration) set out to record burial information for cemeteries across the state.  These records have now been added online by the NC State Archives and State Library of NC; visit their website to view the PDF file.

In order to make the records easier for you to navigate, we have provided an all-name index to the Alamance County burials included in the WPA records. The index includes more than 2,800 names.

Do keep in mind that there were often errors in these transcriptions so you’ll want to be sure you follow-up accordingly.


Confederate Soldiers Buried in Alamance County

nc_csaburialsThe NCGenWeb has a new database online – the result of a project of the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. You can read more background about the database on the NCGenWeb blog.  For those with Alamance county research interests, you may be interested in the list of burials from Alamance county specifically here.   Happy hunting!

NC Loose Estates

I discovered on the North Carolina Genealogical Society website that the NC Loose Estates Records indexing project was just updated!  According to the website there are now 3,371,321 images that are indexed and available for free. To see what all the excitement is about go to the Family Search site and check it out.

North Carolina counties have been indexed by decedent, in part or in whole! The good news is that sixty-eight out of one hundred counties have been indexed with 138,899 individual estates that are indexed!

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HALL, Hanson K. (d. 1919)

The Burlington Falcon, 08-01-1919
Hanson K. Hall Died Monday

In Memoriam

Was born September 5th, 1830, died July 28th, 1919 age 88 years. 7 months and 23 days. Married Mary Ann Gales on the 5th of January sixty-one years ago. This union. was blessed with five children, four boys and one girl. Two of the boys preceded their parents to the heavenly home. The wife and darling mother of the five children is now lingering upon the silent shore of that stream upon which she will sail so soon. He remembered his Creator in the days of his youth and united with the M. E. Church South, remaining a faithful Christian until he closed his eyes in death’s slumber, and went to that beautiful home to which so many happy pilgrims are going day by day.

He served four years in the Confederate army, a member of Co C., 54th Regiment. He enlisted at Fayetteville with Kenneth Murchison as his Colonel, Davis A. Culberth, captain, J. Marshal Williams, first lieutenant and W. W. Cole, second lieutenant.

Father Hall, was a brave soldier as ever marched through the white smoke of battle, yet. when the star of the Confederacy paled to a close, and Lee sheathed his sword and retired to the cloisters of Washington & Lee University, he accept the decision of the high court of war and a more loyal citizen to the U. S., did not live beneath the billowy folds of the Star Spangled banner.

He was a devoted husband to a true and loving wife. His tenderness to his children and his children’s children will never be forgotten. His agreeable disposition and industrious habits are well known to the citizens of Alamance county and the city of Burlington, where he lived the last thirty or forty years of his life.

So dry your tears a good and faithful man has been gathered home to those shores where the angels gather. I. am so glad, so glad, that God has arranged it that when we reach the end of our earthly pilgrimage, and no medicine can do us any good, that the sweet angel of death can come, unbar the gates of life, there vanish forever. And to you who are not prepared for that inevitable hour, hear me, the bitterest drop of gall, in the cup of your sorrow will be that you did not love and trust the savior.

FITZGERALD, Richard J. (d. 1929)

Burlington Daily Times


Funeral services for Richard J. Fitzgerald, aged 82 years, highly esteemed Confederate veteran and citizen of Burlington, who died Tuesday afternoon at his home following a long illness, were held at the late residence yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock by his pastor, Dr. W. R. Potter, and the body interred in the Mebane cemetery. Music was furnished by the First Presbyterian church choir Mr. Fitzgerald was a devoted member of that church.

Active pall-bearers were Ed. Hensley, Glenn Pickett, Tom Horner, C. D. Storey, E. H. Murray, and Boyd Trollinger; honorary pall-bearers were Ed. Thomas, Egbert Trollinger, G. W. Fogleman, and D. J. Walker. Flowers were in charge of Mrs. J. A. Bowden, and were carried by Mesdames G. W. Fogleman, T. S. Faucette, W. L. Burke, Jesse Holt, W. W. Rippy, Emma Trollinger, W. J. Barker, Tom and Ed. Horner, P. E. Morrow, Walter Crabtree and A. G. Boone, and Misses Mollie Pryor, Lillian Bason, and Beulah Hensley.

Mr. Fitzgerald served thru the Civil War and Came here and located as the first white barber in the city. He held this distinction for many years. As a mark of esteem, the barbers here yesterday sent a handsome floral design.

STAFFORD, Margaret (d. 1923)

Burlington Daily News


The following message, telling of death in Indianapolis. Ind., of Mrs. Margaret Stafford, half sister of Mrs. Emily Bowman, mother of Mr. W. D. Bowman, of this city, records the passing of one who lived in this section half a century ago.

“Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 5. William Bowman, Burlington, N. C., Grandma died this morning. Had been sick a week. Please let the others know. Signed Grace Simpson.”

Mrs. Stafford was somewhere in eighty, according to Mr. Bowman, who hopes, through the medium of The Daily News, to get the message to many of her relatives whom he not reach otherwise.