Martin County, NCGenWeb

An NCGenWeb/USGenWeb Project


Looking for a Will?

I’ve added a new page to the site, one that will focus on probate records.  Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of his estate to his heirs or creditors and the care of his dependents.  You can find can access the page directly or by choosing it from the drop down menu on the right side of the screen under “Records/Data.”

The impetus for creating this page was an index I photocopied several months ago while visiting the Tennessee State Library & Archives.   This book, Martin County, North Carolina : abstracts of will books 1 & 2: 1774-1868, was published by the Martin County Genealogical Society in 1990.    My photocopy was not the best; some of the page edges are cut off, but I hope to get a better version on my next visit.

If you find someone of interest mentioned in the book, it is available for sale from the county Historical Society (details here), or you can search to see if any  libraries near you own it by visiting

The index is below:  Click on “FULLSCREEN” to enlarge it!


Will Abstract: William Wallace

September 19, 1774.  February 13, 1775.

Son: William (plantation & six negroes).
Daughters: Keziah, Dinah, Quotina, Agness, Alba (one negro to each).
Wife and Executrix: Martha.
Witnesses: James Rawlins, William Lewelling, David Taylor, William Bowers.

Proven before Jo. Martin.

Source: Grimes, J. Bryan. Abstract of North Carolina Wills Compiled from Original and Recorded Wills in the Office of the Secretary of State. Raleigh: E.M. Uzzell, 1910.