Seeking information on the CORTNER family of Orange Co. NC, whose name is also recorded as COTNER and COURTNER.
*George CORTNER signed a petition to Gov. Tryon in 1768 and fought in the Battle of Alamance in 1771; he does not appear in subsequent records.
*Peter CORTNER signed the Regulator Advertisement in 1768 and also fought at Alamance in 1771; he was enumerated in Orange Co. in 1779, 1790 and 1800; he may have left a widow Rosa or Rosanna who was enumerated in 1810 and 1820.
*Daniel CORTNER was enumerated in Orange Co. in 1779, 1790 and 1800; perhaps the Rosanna of 1810 and 1820 is his widow rather than Peter's.
*David CORTNER was enumerated in Orange Co. in 1800 and 1810; he may be the son of one of the above.
*Jacob and Matthew CORTNER were enumerated in Orange Co. in 1820; like David, they may be sons of the foregoing.
These given names are similar enough to those of the Guilford Co. family to suggest some relationship (and perhaps some conflation).Yet they were separately recorded in neighboring Orange Co. during the same years.
Inspection of the Augusta Co. VA records reveals that Peter GOERTNER or COTNER, patriarch of the Guilford Co. line, had a contemporary named Thomas COTNER who was in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1740s.Could he be the progenitor of this parallel Orange Co. line?
I will be grateful for any information, or leads to published or online sources, that might shed new light on the Orange Co. family.I will of course be happy to share any of my information that is of interest to others.