Joseph George likely was born before 1728. His parents have not been identified, and his place of birth is uncertain. Before 1748, Joseph George married Ellenor; her parents have not been identified. A son James George was born before 5 Oct 1748. At least seven additional children were born to Joseph and Ellenor George: Ambrose George, Jesse, William, Isaac George; and daughters Mary, Catherine, and Peggy George.
Joseph George was in Orange County, North Carolina by about 15 Dec 1763 when he made a bond to the Estate of Charles Foosch for 132 pounds, 8.
On 14 Feb 1770, Joseph George made a Will in Orange County, North Carolina. The Will named his wife Ellenor; sons Ambrose George, Daniel Pegg George, William George, Isaac George, James George, and Jesse George; and daughters Mary Hinsford (George), Catherine Riddle (George), and Peggy George. The Will names sons Ambrose George, James George, and wife Ellenor as executors. James Younger and John Page, Jr. witnessed the Will. (Source: Will Book A, Orange County, Georgia, Page 125)
In Apr 1770, Joseph George and Ellenor George conveyed 80 and one-half acres of land to James George for 10 pounds. The land is described as beginning at 3 small hicories on old line north and south on the east side, along old former line north to corner red oak and hicory, west along the former line to a corner post oak, south along a line of marked trees to a post oak corner, east to first station, plantation whereon James George now lives. John Page and Ambrose George witnessed the deed, which was recorded during the April Term 1770 by Page. (Source: Orange County, North Carolina Deed Book 3, Pages 208-209.)
Also during Apr 1770, Joseph George and Ellenor George conveyed 150 acres of land for 10 pounds to Ambrose George described as beginning at an oak stump in the upper corner of the plantation, along old line to a corner post oak and two small hicories, east following a line of marked trees five outs to a corner small stooping hicory and white oak in the Low Ground, north a line of marked trees to a corner post oak & small hicory on the former line, along line to first station, includes plantation whereon Joseph George now lives. John Page and James George witnessed the deed, which was proved in the April Term 1770 by Page. (Source: Orange County, North Carolina Deed Book 3, Pages 208-209.)
On 17 Aug 1770, Joseph George and wife Ellen conveyed land on Robertson’s Creek to James Petty. James Younger and William Petty, Jr. witnessed the deed.
Joseph George likely died in Chatham County, North Carolina before 4 Aug 1771, when his sons, Ambrose George and James George, sold land held by his Estate.
Probate of the Estate of Joseph was recorded in Chatham County, North Carolina on 19 Feb 1772.
Notes and Comments
The date of the birth of Joseph George is uncertain. Assuming that his son, James George, Sr., was at least age 21 years when he sold land on 5 Oct 1769, then James was born before 5 Oct 1748. If James George, Sr. was their first child, then Joseph and Ellenor George likely married before 6 Jan 1748, and assuming he was at least 20 years of age at marriage, Joseph George was born before Jan 1728.
Although Joseph George was in Orange County, North Carolina by about 15 Dec 1763 when he made a bond to the Estate of Charles Foosch, he does not appear on an Orange County tax list for 1752-1753, suggesting that the Joseph George family may have migrated into Orange County after 1753 and before 1764.
Orange County, North Carolina was created in 1752 from Bladen, Granville, and Johnston Counties.
Chatham County, North Carolina was created from parts of Orange County on 1 Apr 1771. Apparently, land held in the Estate of Joseph George was within that part of Orange County that fell within Chatham County after 1 Apr 1771.
The Orange County, North Carolina court house burned in 1789.
Orange County, North Carolina Tax List, 1752-1753.
Shields, Ruth Herndon. Abstracts of the Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Orange County in the Province of North Carolina: September 1752 through August 1766. Published personally. Page 222.
Will of Joseph George. Orange County, North Carolina Will Book A. Page 125.
Orange County, North Carolina Deed Book 3, Pages 208-209. Transcribed by William Poe. URL:
Orange County Wills Index, 1765-1904, Volume 1. North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970. Images, FamilySearch.org.