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Warren County, North Carolina
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Founded 1779
County Seat Warrenton
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County Courthouse

Warren County Courthouse
P O Box 506
Warrenton, NC 27589-0709
Phone: 252-257-3265

Register of deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage and land records from 1764
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and probate records from 1764
and court records from 1968[1]

History

Warren and Franklin Counties were formed in 1779 from Bute County which had been established in 1764. For several years the inhabitants of Bute had longed for a division of the county because of the hardships to fulfill civil duties from the remote parts of the very large county. On 26 April 1777 Mr. Benjamin Seawell introduced a petition in the North Carolina General Assembly from the several inhabitants of Bute for a division of the County. For some reason the division was not made. Two years later, in 1779, Mr. Edward Jones introduced another petition 'for the division. A bill was slated and enacted into law on 20 January 1779:

.... That from and after the passing of this Act the County of Buts shall be divided into two distinct Counties by a direct line from the Granville line to Halifax or Nash County line as the case may be, leaving in each part or division an equal quantity of Acres as near as can be ascertained ... and all that part or division which lies North of said line and adjacent to Virginia shall be a distinct County by the name of Warren, and all that part or division that lies South of said line shall be a distinct County by the name of Franklin;.. (SRNC, XXIV, 227)

On 29 January 1779 the General Assembly meeting at Halifax appointed the Commissioners for dividing Bute County. Julius Nichols, John Faulcon, William Duke, John Norwood, and Matthew Thomas were to be responsible for measuring the bounds of Bute County, running the dividing line, and choosing sites near the center of each county whore courthouses and public buildings were to be built. Later in 1779 two other acts of Assembly established Warrenton and Louisburg as County Seats of Warren and Franklin Counties respectively,

In 1786 Warren County annexed more territory, a part of Granville County:

.... Beginning at the point where the line of division between Warren and Granville Counties shall touch the line of division between this State and the State of Virginia, and running thence west along the said line to Nutbush Creek, thence up said creek as it meanders to the mouth of Anderson's Swamp, thence up the said swamp to the fork, thence up the south fork of the said swamp to Stark's mill, thence 'by a line to be run due south until it shall touch the aforesaid line of division between Warren and Granville, be, and the same is hereby annexed to and shall remain a part of the County of Warren .... (SRNC, XXIV, 866)

Warren County remains today the same except for a western part which was cut off to form a part of Vance County when it was formed in 1881.

Bute Co. was formed from Granville Co. in 1764 and abolished in 1779 when it was divided into Warren Co. and Franklin Co. The courthouse of Bute Co. was located at a place called "Buffalo Rice Path" on land owned by Jethro Sumner about 6 miles southeast of present Warrenton, North Carolina. Most of the records of Bute County are still located in Warren Co. though some may be found in Franklin Co.


Parent County

1779--Warren County was created from Bute County.  Bute County was abolished in 1779.
County seat: Warrenton [2]

Boundary Changes

Territory north of Roanoke River, in Roanoke Township, transferred from Northampton County to Warren County in late 1800's.  Portion of Warren along western border, became part of Vance County in 1881. Town of Littleton, previously spread over Warren & Halifax, transferred entirely to Halifax in 1970's.

Record Loss

Some records are missing, reason unknown.

County Court Records from abt 1814 -1823 are missing.  There is a loss of records for around the 1935 time period.  Deed Books 15 and 16, 1799-1803, are missing from the court house and from the NC Archives. 

Places/Localities

Townships

Fishing Creek, Fork, Hawtree, Judkins, Nutbush,  River, Roanoke, Sandy Creek, Shocco, Sixpound, Smith Creek, Warrenton

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church Records

Baptist
  • Mill Pond. Constituted 1774.[3]
  • Tanner's Creek. Established by 1772.[3]
  • Upper Fishing Creek, aka Reedy Creek. Church built 1771.[3] Originally located in Bute County.

Court

Warren County has a number of missing Court records, in particular, most of the records from 1813 to 1823 are missing, reason is unknown.

Warren County Courthouse
109 S. Main Street
Warrenton, NC 27589

(252) 257-3261

Land

Warren County Register of Deeds
109 S. Main Street
PO Box 506
Warrenton, NC 27589
Phone: (252) 257 3265


The Registry cannot do research for you but the following records are available to the public:
Real Estate since 1756


Warren County Online Deeds Search -currently from abt 1974

A number of Deeds for Warren County have been transcribed, check the following sites:

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Visit the Warren County Military Page on NCGenWeb Warren Co.

Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry


Index to Warren County residents - who served in Civil War

Newspapers

Probate

Warren County has copies of wills and estate records available from the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court. Please be specific about what you want when you contact the office.

Warren County Courthouse
109 S. Main Street
Warrenton, NC 27589
Clerk of Superior Court
252-257-3261


It is generally more cost effective to order copies of records directly from the County, however, most originals of the early records have been sent to the State Archives and what remains in the County offices are hand-copied translations of those originals, so you may want to keep that in mind.


Records can be ordered from the North Carolina State Archives by contacting them giving them specific information on what you are looking for.  Click onto this page for a detailed guide on Contacting the NC State Archives.

Most original wills, inventories, settlements and other materials associated with estate records have been sent to the State Archives. The Archives has the following  available on microfilm:

  • Records of Wills, Accounts, Inventories & Settlements, 1764-1863 (16 reels)
  • Record of Wills, 1863-1964 (3 reels)
  • Index to Wills, 1763-1963 (1 reel)
  • Record of Accounts, 1868-1964 (5 reels)
  • Record of Administrators and Guardians, 1905-1906 (1 reel)
  • Record of Administrators, 1912-1964; Cross Index to Administrators, 1866-1965 (3 reels)
  • Record of Executors, 1919-1964; Cross Index to Administrators & Executors, 1927-1936 (1 reel)
  • Record of Guardians, 1926-1964; Cross Index to Guardians, 1926-1936 (1 reel)
  • Division of Estates, 1820-1821 (1 reel)
  • Inheritance Tax Records, 1923-1964 (1 reel)
  • Record of Settlements, 1878-1964 (3 reels)

The North Carolina State Archives will give you pricing information when you contact them for ordering microfilm. 

North Carolina State Archives
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4614

Physical address:
109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, N.C. 27601

(919) 807-7310

 A number of Wills & Estates have been transcribed and are available as follows:


The early Warren County Court records have been transcribed and published and are available for purchase from the author.  The books are:

  • Warren County, NC Minutes to the Court of Pleas, 1780-1786   (author has put complete book online)
  • Warren County, NC Minutes to the Court of Pleas, 1787-1792
  • Warren County, NC Minutes to the Court of Pleas, 1793-1796
  • Warren County, NC Minutes to the Court of Pleas, 1797-1800
  • Warren County, NC Minutes to the Court of Pleas, 1801-1805
  • Warren County, NC Minutes to the Court of Pleas, 1806-1809
  • Warren County, NC Minutes to the Court of Pleas, 1810-1813

There is an index to the books on the website where you can check for your ancestors name. Please check the site Ancestral Tracks for prices.


Taxation

The following links will take you to transcribed Tax Records for Warren County:

Vital Records

Warren County Register of Deeds
109 S. Main Street
PO Box 506
Warrenton, NC 27589
Phone: (252) 257 3265

The Registry cannot do research for you but the following records are available to the public:
Birth & Death Records beginning 1914
Marriages since 1867


A number of Birth, Marriage and Death Records have been transcribed and are available at the following links:


Also see on FamilySearch:

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers


Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Warren 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:233, 483, 491; 2:569. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
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