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Washington County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1799
County Seat Plymouth
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County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
120 Adams Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-2325

Courthouse burned 1862, 1869 - 1873
register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage recrods  from 1851 and land records from 1799
Clerk Superopr Court has divoce recrods from 1871
probate and court records from 1873[1]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 1007
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-2325
Fax: 252-793-6982

Clerk Superior Court
PO Box 901
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: (252) 791-4000


Washington County was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It was named for George Washington.

Parent County

1799--Washington County was created from Tyrrell County.
County seat: Plymouth [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1862--Courthouse destroyed in Federal bombardment.
1869,1881--Fires have destroyed most of the court records and many of the land records.

For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





For tips on accessing Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records

  • Morattuck. Established by 1785.[3]
Church of England
  • Skinners Chapel aka Rehoboth Church. Established about 1735. Now a United Methodist Church.[4]



Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Washington County.

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

Civil War Confederate units

Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company H
:- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company K
:- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
:- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company K


The Roanoake Beacon is the primary newspaper for Washington County. 


Online Probate Records


Vital Records

Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered from the Washington County Register of Deeds for a low fee. Visit their website for more information. 



Societies and Libraries 

Washington County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 567
Plymouth 27619-0567

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington County, North Carolina. Page 513 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. "Rehoboth Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.


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