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Chatham County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1771 from Orange County. It was named, like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1758, for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, who served as British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1768 and opposed harsh colonial policies.

In 1907 parts of Chatham County and Moore County were combined to form Lee County. The award winning PBS Documentary Family Name notes Chatham County as the place the relationship between the African-American and European-American branches of the Alston family originated. George Moses Horton, Historic Poet Laureate of Chatham County, North Carolina (1797?-1883) lived most of his life in Chatham County and is among the few slaves to have published material while still a slave.
Source Wikipedia

The Cape Fear river begins in Chatham County where the Haw and Deep River’s join. This is below B. Everett Jordan Lake which is used for flood control and as a reservoir. It is controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers. It’s also part of the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The county is in North Carolina Slate Belt and the groundwater is full of minerals for which a resort near Mt. Vernon Springs gained renown in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The resort is gone, but the springs are owned by a local Church. Chatham county is also home to the only workable coal deposits in the state of North Carolina.

The county seat of Chatham County is Pittsboro. Chatham County contains the following townships: Albright, Baldwin, Bear Creek, Cape Fear, Center, Gulf, Hadley, Haw River, Hickory Mountain, Matthews, New Hope, Oakland, and Williams.

Sites of interest in Chatham County are the Carnivore Preservation Trust, Chatham County Historical Museuem, Jordan Lake Educational State Forest, the North Carolina Railroad Museum and the Fearrington Village and House.

Chatham County NCGenweb Site
Chatham County NCGenweb Archives (Digital Library)

Chatham County Historical Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 913
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Chatham County Courthouse
PO Box 87
County Courthouse
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Chatham County Public Libraries
The Wren Memorial Library
500 N. 2nd Avenue
Siler City, NC 27344

Census

1790 Federal Census – Hillsborough District – transcription

1800 Federal Census Index

1800 Federal Census transcription – part 1 of 3
1800 Federal Census transcription – part 2 of 3
1800 Federal Census transcription – part 3 of 3

1810 Federal Census Index

1820 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1820 Federal Census transcription Directory opens to listing of text files 1820cena.txt through 1820cend.txt

1830 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1840 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1850 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1850 Federal Census and Index transcribed Directory opens to listing of text files for index *(idx .txt) and text files by page number (pg .txt)

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Lower regiment

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Lower regiment – Free blacks

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Upper Regiment

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Upper Regiment – Free Blacks

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries of Chatham County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

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Cities and towns of Chatham County:

Bear Creek
Bennett
Bonlee
Bynum
Fearrington Village
Goldston
Gulf
Harpers Crossroads
Moncure
Pittsboro (County Seat)
Siler City
Silk Hope

News related to Chatham County, NC

“”chatham county” nc” – Google News

Chatham County GOP told to cancel planned gun raffle – CBS17.com

Chatham County GOP told to cancel planned gun raffle  CBS17.com

PITTSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A Chatham County GOP gun raffle scheduled to happen at a 2020 candidate forum in September has been canceled.




NCDOT to hold meeting on proposed Chatham County intersection improvements – WRAL.com

NCDOT to hold meeting on proposed Chatham County intersection improvements  WRAL.com

Proposed improvements to the intersection of U.S. 421 and N.C. 902 near Goldston will be the focus of a public meeting set for next week.




Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: Chatham County Line – WUNC

Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: Chatham County Line  WUNC

We’ve teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Yep Roc recording artists Mandolin.




As NC emu remains at-large, bird stars in ad campaign and becomes a teachable moment – Raleigh News & Observer

As NC emu remains at-large, bird stars in ad campaign and becomes a teachable moment  Raleigh News & Observer

An emu has eluded Orange County Animal Services for nearly two months. The bird native to Australia has social media profiles and stars in a new ad campaign …




Man shot, killed after deputy says tractor almost ran over patrol car in Randolph County – WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

Man shot, killed after deputy says tractor almost ran over patrol car in Randolph County  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A family watched a chaotic scene unfold right outside of their Randolph County home. The family of Cole Jessup shared a video …




Invasive Species of Insect Discovered in Chatham County – Chapelboro.com

Invasive Species of Insect Discovered in Chatham County  Chapelboro.com

Posted by Chatham News + Record | Jul 28, 2019 | Chatham N+R, Town Square | 0. By Randall Rigsbee, Chatham News + Record Staff. Emerald ash borer …


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