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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Duplin County'''
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Guide to '''Duplin County North Carolina genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[North Carolina]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Duplin_County,_North_Carolina|Duplin County]]''
 
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
== History  ==
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1913</center>
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Duplin County was created in 1750 from the northern part of New Hanover County and is named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, later 9th Earl of Kinnoull. The earliest immigrants were Welsh, who arrived in the 1700′s, and soon followed by German Palatines and the Swiss in the 1730′s and 1740′s. The Scotch-Irish arrived in 1736 with Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant, to settle on a rich and fertile 71,160-acre land granted to him from the British Crown. The French Huguenots and English, who migrated from Virginia along with Scottish Highlanders who came from the upper Cape Fear region, also were among the earliest settlers to the area along with African-Americans. The early settlements were primarily along the river and larger creeks as these were the best means of transportation. Henry McCulloch established several settlements. One on the east bank of the Northeast Cape Fear River named Sarecta, became Duplin’s first incorporated town in 1787. Another settlement was established on the west side of the river on Goshen Swamp, and a third at a place referred to as Golden Grove, later to become the Town of Kenansville. (Source: Duplin County History).
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'''Duplin County North Carolina'''<br>118 Duplin Street<br> Kenansville, NC 28349<br> 910-296-2108
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Reg of Deeds has b &amp; d rec from 1913<br> m rec from 1749<br> maps &amp; land records from 1749<br> &amp; business rec from 1899<br> Clk Sup Ct has pro &amp; ct rec
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== History  ==
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Duplin County was created in 1750 from the northern part of New Hanover County and is named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, later 9th Earl of Kinnoull. The earliest immigrants were Welsh, who arrived in the 1700′s, and soon followed by German Palatines and the Swiss in the 1730′s and 1740′s. The Scotch-Irish arrived in 1736 with Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant, to settle on a rich and fertile 71,160-acre land granted to him from the British Crown. The French Huguenots and English, who migrated from Virginia along with Scottish Highlanders who came from the upper Cape Fear region, also were among the earliest settlers to the area along with African-Americans. The early settlements were primarily along the river and larger creeks as these were the best means of transportation. Henry McCulloch established several settlements. One on the east bank of the Northeast Cape Fear River named Sarecta, became Duplin’s first incorporated town in 1787. Another settlement was established on the west side of the river on Goshen Swamp, and a third at a place referred to as Golden Grove, later to become the Town of Kenansville. (Source: Duplin County History).  
  
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
Many court records are missing.
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Many court records are missing.  
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== African American ====
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[[Image:Ncduplin.png|thumb|right|400px|Ncduplin.png]]
  
The first U.S. Federal census enumerating freed slaves was taken in 1870. Their records have been published:
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==== African American  ====
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The first U.S. Federal census enumerating freed slaves was taken in 1870. Their records have been published:  
  
 
*Melton, Carol K.W. and Joseph W. Wescott III. ''1870 Federal Census: The African American Population of Duplin County, North Carolina''. Rose Hill, N.C.: Duplin County Historical Foundation, 2000. {{FHL|1054601|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 975.6382 X28m 1870}}
 
*Melton, Carol K.W. and Joseph W. Wescott III. ''1870 Federal Census: The African American Population of Duplin County, North Carolina''. Rose Hill, N.C.: Duplin County Historical Foundation, 2000. {{FHL|1054601|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 975.6382 X28m 1870}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|North Carolina}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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===== Baptist  =====
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*'''Bear Marsh.''' Constituted 1763.<ref name="bap">George Washington Paschal, ''History of North Carolina Baptists,'' 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:491; 2:564. {{FHL|561274|item|disp=FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990}}.</ref><ref name="keh">Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, ''A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808'' (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at [http://stpaulsseminary.com/Sophomore%20Year/Department%20of%20History/Ecclesiastical%20History/First%20Semester/Baptist%20History/Baptist%20History%20Collection/LIBRARY/Lesson%2021.PDF St Paul's Seminary website].</ref>
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*'''Bear Swamp.''' Constituted 1791.<ref name="bap" />
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*'''Bull Tail''' aka '''Wells Chapel,''' Wallace, N.C. Established 1756. Official [http://www.wellschapel.com/ website].<ref name="bap" /><ref>"Wells Chapel Baptist Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref>
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*'''Great Cohara.''' Constituted 1759.<ref name="mat">Morgan Edwards, ''Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia'' (1772), 141. Digitized by [http://repository.clemson.edu/u?/jbt,124 SCDL Collections] - free.</ref>
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*'''Muddy Creek.''' Constituted 1792.<ref name="keh" />
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*'''Naughungo.''' Established by 1808.<ref name="keh" />
  
 
===== Church of England  =====
 
===== Church of England  =====
  
St. Gabriel's Parish served Duplin County.  
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*'''St. Gabriel's Parish.''' Established 1749.<ref>Donna Sherron, "North Carolina Parishes," accessed 12 October 2012. Digital version at [http://chowan.lostsoulsgenealogy.com/ncparishes.htm Lost Souls Genealogy] - free.</ref>
  
Surviving records include Warden's Records of the Poor (1799-1817), which are kept at the [[North Carolina State Archives|North Carolina State Archives]]. Microfilm copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|328049|item|disp=FHL Film 19974}}.  
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:Surviving records include Warden's Records of the Poor (1799-1817), which are kept at the [[North Carolina State Archives|North Carolina State Archives]]. Microfilm copy:&nbsp;{{FHL|328049|item|disp=FHL Film 19974}}.
  
 
===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
 
===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
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*Albertson
 
*Albertson
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===== Presbyterian  =====
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Scots-Irish immigrants established Presbyterian churches in colonial Duplin County.
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*'''Grove Church.''' Founded about 1737.<ref>"Grove Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref>
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*'''Rockfish Church.''' Organized about 1756.<ref>"Rockfish Church," ''North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,'' http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.</ref>
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
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*'''[Sloan]''' Bryant, Catherine M. ''The Dixon Sloan Family of Colquitt County, Ga.: Includes Families of Laura Sloan Pelham, W. P. Sloan, Amanda Sloan Webb, Oscar N. Sloan, Ella Sloan Bryant''. n.p.: C. Bryant, 1988. {{FHL|616475|item|disp=FHL Book 1685453 Item 1}}  
 
*'''[Sloan]''' Bryant, Catherine M. ''The Dixon Sloan Family of Colquitt County, Ga.: Includes Families of Laura Sloan Pelham, W. P. Sloan, Amanda Sloan Webb, Oscar N. Sloan, Ella Sloan Bryant''. n.p.: C. Bryant, 1988. {{FHL|616475|item|disp=FHL Book 1685453 Item 1}}  
 
*'''[Smith]''' Draughon, Eleanor Daphine Smith. ''Descendants of Elijah Smith of Duplin County, North Carolina''. Durham, N.C.: E.D.S. Smith, 1971. {{FHL|5195|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 Sm55d}}  
 
*'''[Smith]''' Draughon, Eleanor Daphine Smith. ''Descendants of Elijah Smith of Duplin County, North Carolina''. Durham, N.C.: E.D.S. Smith, 1971. {{FHL|5195|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 Sm55d}}  
*'''[Sullivan]''' Pringle, Elizabeth Muir. ''Sullivans of Duplin County, North Carolina''. 2 vols. Ogden,&nbsp;Utah: E.M.&nbsp;Pringle, 2007. {{FHL|1420821|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Books 929.273 Su53p v. 1, v. 2; CD-ROM no. 4367}}; digital version at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH35,35676 Family History Archives].  
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*'''[Sullivan]''' Pringle, Elizabeth Muir. ''Sullivans of Duplin County, North Carolina''. 2 vols. Ogden,&nbsp;Utah: E.M.&nbsp;Pringle, 2007. {{FSbook|50439}}; {{FHL|1420821|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Books 929.273 Su53p v. 1, v. 2; CD-ROM no. 4367}}.  
 
*'''[Wade]''' Rosser, John C. ''Some Descendants of Joseph and Mary Wade of Duplin County, North Carolina.'' Godwin, N.C.: J. Rosser, 1992. {{FHL|642351|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W119rj}}  
 
*'''[Wade]''' Rosser, John C. ''Some Descendants of Joseph and Mary Wade of Duplin County, North Carolina.'' Godwin, N.C.: J. Rosser, 1992. {{FHL|642351|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W119rj}}  
 
*'''[Ward]''' Ward, James Mayfield. ''The Noble Family of Ward''. n.p.: J.M. Ward, 1975. {{FHL|778554|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W21wj}}  
 
*'''[Ward]''' Ward, James Mayfield. ''The Noble Family of Ward''. n.p.: J.M. Ward, 1975. {{FHL|778554|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W21wj}}  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
The&nbsp;[http://www.duplincountync.com/rod/genealogical.html Duplin County Register of Deeds Office] has a complete record of all property conveyances dating back to 1750 when the county was founded. All of the indexes to Duplin County property records from 1784 thru the present are available for searching both at the Register of Deeds Office and also remotely via their internet website: [http://rod.duplincounty.org/ rod.duplincounty.org]. Additionally, all of the property records books have been scanned and are available for viewing and downloading with the exception of books 20, 22, 33, 43, 106, 249, 276, and 318. These books are however available at the Register of Deeds Office.  
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The [http://www.duplincountync.com/rod/genealogical.html Duplin County Register of Deeds Office] has a complete record of all property conveyances dating back to 1750 when the county was founded. All of the indexes to Duplin County property records from 1784 thru the present are available for searching both at the Register of Deeds Office and also remotely via their internet website: [http://rod.duplincounty.org/ rod.duplincounty.org]. Additionally, all of the property records books have been scanned and are available for viewing and downloading with the exception of books 20, 22, 33, 43, 106, 249, 276, and 318. These books are however available at the Register of Deeds Office.  
  
 
A number of land records have been transcribed and are available at the following sites:  
 
A number of land records have been transcribed and are available at the following sites:  
  
*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/duplin/records/deed-search NCGenWeb Deeds Database]&nbsp;- perform a Search of the deeds  
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*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/duplin/records/deed-search NCGenWeb Deeds Database]- perform a Search of the deeds  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplindeeds.htm Duplin County Deeds at NCGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplindeeds.htm Duplin County Deeds at NCGenWeb Archives]  
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*The Family History Library Catalog lists some {{FHL|North Carolina, Duplin - Land and property|subject|disp=land records}} in {{PAGENAME}}. (In the Catalog, click on the link to a title to see details.) Some of the books – and others – may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books], on [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]], or available at public libraries.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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==== Military  ====
 
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===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
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Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.  
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:-[[3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
 
:-[[3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/north_carolina/Duplin/ Duplin County newspapers] - a listing of newspapers published in the county &amp; libraries that hold them; via the Library of Congress. If you find a paper of interest on microfilm, you may be able to request it via Interlibrary Loan with your local public library.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/north_carolina/Duplin/ Duplin County newspapers] - a listing of newspapers published in the county &amp; libraries that hold them; via the Library of Congress. If you find a paper of interest on microfilm, you may be able to request it via Interlibrary Loan with your local public library.  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?county=duplin Duplin County residents in the newspaper] - name listing of people from the county as located in misc. newspaper articles; time span varies. Articles indexed in the NC People in the Papers database from the NCGenWeb project.  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?county=duplin Duplin County residents in the newspaper] - name listing of people from the county as located in misc. newspaper articles; time span varies. Articles indexed in the NC People in the Papers database from the NCGenWeb project.  
 
*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project] - contains full-text papers from 1752-1890s. Search for your Duplin County ancestors to see if they were mentioned.
 
*[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/newspaper/index.html North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project] - contains full-text papers from 1752-1890s. Search for your Duplin County ancestors to see if they were mentioned.
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
The Duplin County Clerk Office is located in the city of Kenansville. The North Carolina Constitution mandates that there be a Clerk of Superior Court for each county. The clerk is elected for a period of 4 years. The responsibilities of the Clerk are numerous and varied. As the judge of probate the Duplin County Clerk handles probate of wills and the administration of estates of decedents, minors and incompetents.
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The Duplin County Clerk Office is located in the city of Kenansville. The North Carolina Constitution mandates that there be a Clerk of Superior Court for each county. The clerk is elected for a period of 4 years. The responsibilities of the Clerk are numerous and varied. As the judge of probate the Duplin County Clerk handles probate of wills and the administration of estates of decedents, minors and incompetents.  
  
[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Duplin/Directory.asp Duplin County Clerk]<br>112 Duplin St.,<br>Kenansville, NC 28349 <br>Phone: (910) 275-7000
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[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Duplin/Directory.asp Duplin County Clerk]<br>112 Duplin St.,<br>Kenansville, NC 28349 <br>Phone: (910) 275-7000  
  
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*'''Pre-1790''' - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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*'''1760-1962''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to 13 (1760-1962)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
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A number of Wills and Estate Records have been transcribed and are available at the following sites:
  
A number of Wills and Estate Records have been transcribed and are available at the following sites:
 
 
*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/duplin/records/wills/will-of-francis-williams-1854 Francis Williams, 1854]
 
*[http://ncgenweb.us/nc/duplin/records/wills/will-of-margaret-williams-1861 Margaret Williams, 1861]
 
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplinwills.htm Wills &amp; Estates from the NCGenWeb Archives]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplinwills.htm Wills &amp; Estates from the NCGenWeb Archives]
  
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===== Births  =====
 
===== Births  =====
  
*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=WZaQoVqQT3n64NYF4NYFINIFBV5CkQYP|JHBsoqFudZQM|bPA|@6d0@@ Duplin County Births], 1913&nbsp;- present -- search all birth records online at the Duplin County Register of Deeds website; includes more than 2,000 delayed birth certficates  
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*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=WZaQoVqQT3n64NYF4NYFINIFBV5CkQYP%7CJHBsoqFudZQM%7CbPA%7C@6d0@@ Duplin County Births], 1913&nbsp;- present -- search all birth records online at the Duplin County Register of Deeds website; includes more than 2,000 delayed birth certficates  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964] - search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch.
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866-1964] - search this name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state; via FamilySearch.
  
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*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=h3aQmZKMbJqLlAWF4NYF4N2J4JIHsV1A5tKEpI1ChRYSO75Kkt4H@@Ks Duplin County Marriages], 1867 - present&nbsp;- search all Duplin County marriage records on the Register of Deeds website.  
 
*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=h3aQmZKMbJqLlAWF4NYF4N2J4JIHsV1A5tKEpI1ChRYSO75Kkt4H@@Ks Duplin County Marriages], 1867 - present&nbsp;- search all Duplin County marriage records on the Register of Deeds website.  
*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=Xx4OV7KOoxJAXMYF4NYF4FZF3p2Ss@nFi3IBpUHP5dbKmV3Qil2@BEC@ African-American cohabitation records] - search at the Register of Deeds website
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*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=Xx4OV7KOoxJAXMYF4NYF4FZF3p2Ss@nFi3IBpUHP5dbKmV3Qil2@BEC@ African-American cohabitation records] - search at the Register of Deeds website  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplinmarriages.htm Duplin County Marriages] - misc. marriages added to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplinmarriages.htm Duplin County Marriages] - misc. marriages added to the NCGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://goo.gl/FsJlh Duplin County marriages] - may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register &amp; State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
 
*[http://goo.gl/FsJlh Duplin County marriages] - may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register &amp; State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
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===== Deaths  =====
 
===== Deaths  =====
  
*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=YJKMoVqQT3n64NYF4NYFINIFBV5CkQYP|JHBsoqFudZQM|bPA|kdE1@@ Duplin County Death Certificates, 1913- present] - search all Duplin County death records on the Register of Deeds website&nbsp;  
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*[http://rod.duplincounty.org/index.ntk?s=YJKMoVqQT3n64NYF4NYFINIFBV5CkQYP%7CJHBsoqFudZQM%7CbPA%7CkdE1@@ Duplin County Death Certificates, 1913- present] - search all Duplin County death records on the Register of Deeds website&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?nametype=decedent&county=duplin Duplin County deaths] - list of county area deaths reported in various newspapers; dates range from late 1700s to 1900s.  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/ncnews/resultlist.php?nametype=decedent&county=duplin Duplin County deaths] - list of county area deaths reported in various newspapers; dates range from late 1700s to 1900s.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplinobits.htm Duplin County Obituaries] - misc. obits added to the NCGenWeb Archives
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin/duplinobits.htm Duplin County Obituaries] - misc. obits added to the NCGenWeb Archives
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*Duplin County Historical Society<br>Historical Society/Commission<br>L. H. Sikes <br>President <br>PO Box 220 <br>Rose Hill, NC 28458-0220
 
*Duplin County Historical Society<br>Historical Society/Commission<br>L. H. Sikes <br>President <br>PO Box 220 <br>Rose Hill, NC 28458-0220
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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Duplin County, North Carolina Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1913
1780
1913
1790
1754
1760

Duplin County North Carolina
118 Duplin Street
Kenansville, NC 28349
910-296-2108

Reg of Deeds has b & d rec from 1913
m rec from 1749
maps & land records from 1749
& business rec from 1899
Clk Sup Ct has pro & ct rec

History

Duplin County was created in 1750 from the northern part of New Hanover County and is named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, later 9th Earl of Kinnoull. The earliest immigrants were Welsh, who arrived in the 1700′s, and soon followed by German Palatines and the Swiss in the 1730′s and 1740′s. The Scotch-Irish arrived in 1736 with Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant, to settle on a rich and fertile 71,160-acre land granted to him from the British Crown. The French Huguenots and English, who migrated from Virginia along with Scottish Highlanders who came from the upper Cape Fear region, also were among the earliest settlers to the area along with African-Americans. The early settlements were primarily along the river and larger creeks as these were the best means of transportation. Henry McCulloch established several settlements. One on the east bank of the Northeast Cape Fear River named Sarecta, became Duplin’s first incorporated town in 1787. Another settlement was established on the west side of the river on Goshen Swamp, and a third at a place referred to as Golden Grove, later to become the Town of Kenansville. (Source: Duplin County History).

Parent County

1749--Duplin County was created 17 March 1749 from New Hanover County.
County seat: Kenansville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Many court records are missing.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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African American

The first U.S. Federal census enumerating freed slaves was taken in 1870. Their records have been published:

  • Melton, Carol K.W. and Joseph W. Wescott III. 1870 Federal Census: The African American Population of Duplin County, North Carolina. Rose Hill, N.C.: Duplin County Historical Foundation, 2000. FHL Book 975.6382 X28m 1870

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

Baptist
  • Bear Marsh. Constituted 1763.[2][3]
  • Bear Swamp. Constituted 1791.[2]
  • Bull Tail aka Wells Chapel, Wallace, N.C. Established 1756. Official website.[2][4]
  • Great Cohara. Constituted 1759.[5]
  • Muddy Creek. Constituted 1792.[3]
  • Naughungo. Established by 1808.[3]
Church of England
  • St. Gabriel's Parish. Established 1749.[6]
Surviving records include Warden's Records of the Poor (1799-1817), which are kept at the North Carolina State Archives. Microfilm copy: FHL Film 19974.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Albertson
Presbyterian

Scots-Irish immigrants established Presbyterian churches in colonial Duplin County.

  • Grove Church. Founded about 1737.[7]
  • Rockfish Church. Organized about 1756.[8]

Court

Genealogy 

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
General
Bibliography
  • [Alderman] Stone, Spessard. Lineage of John Carlton. [Wauchula, Fla.?]: S. Stone, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 C197s
  • [Bradley] Clegg, Reed L. Richard Bradley and Descendants: Lives and Times of Richard, Thomas, Henry, Samuel Carroll, James Harvey Bradley Families. Salt Lake City, Utah: R.L. Clegg Publishers, [1999?]. FHL Book 929.273 B728c
  • [Broadhurst] Wooten, David Robert. We All Become Forefathers: Genealogies of the Wooten, Boykin, Whitaker and Broadhurst Families. 1993. FHL Book 929.273 W889wdr
  • [Bullard] Bullard, Spencer Ardell. William and Nathan Bullard Family: History and Genealogy. Lakewood, Colo.: S.A. Bullard, 2004. FHL Book 929.273 B872bs
  • [Carlton] Morris, Scott. Liberty Worth Fighting For: The Sacrifice of a South Georgia Wiregrass Family in the War Between the States. [Sale City, Ga.]: S. Morris, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 L272m
  • [Carlton] Stone, Spessard. Lineage of John Carlton. [Wauchula, Fla.?]: S. Stone, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 C197s; 1998 edition: FHL Book 929.273 C197s 1998
  • [Churchill] Churchill, Levis Allen and Dorothy Churchill Moye Sumrell. Churchill/Churchwell, Duplin, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt Counties, North Carolina. Greenville, N.C.: L.A. Churchill, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 C473cL
  • [Churchwell] See Churchill.
  • [Clark] Crook, Billie Louise and Simeon English Clark. Our Clark Family: Or Texas Clarks. Austin, Texas: B.L. Clark, 1957. FHL Book 929.273 C547co
  • [Dickson] Carr, James Ozborn. The Dickson Letters. Wilmington, N.C.: n.p., 1933. FHL Book 921.73 D561a 1933
  • [Flowers] Hendrix, Mary Louise Flowers. Flowers Kith and Kin: A Record of the Descendants of Thomas Flowers through Henry and Nancy Adams Flowers. Jackson, Miss.: Hendrix, 1943. FHL Book 929.273 F669h
  • [Fowler] Hollis, Jane Cook. Immigrated to Tennessee: Chronicles of a Fowler Family. Memphis, Tenn.: J.C. Hollis, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 F829i
  • [Grady] Grady, Benjamin, Louis Carr Hendry and Henry A. Grady. John Grady (1710-1787) of Dobbs and Duplin, with Some of His Descendants. Wilson, N.C.: P.D. Gold Publishing, 1930. FHL Film 1321187 Item 8
  • [Gulley] John, Paul. John Gulley Genealogy, a Planter in Alabama and Arkansas and His Descendants: Also the Families of Bizzell, Godley, Ligon, Mendenhall, Purifoy and Others of England and Colonial America. Houston, Texas: P. John, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 G951j
  • [Hutchison] Hutchison: Family Records. MSS. Microfilmed 1974. FHL Film 288187
  • [Lanier] Ingersoll, Louise. Lanier: A Genealogy of the Family Who Came to Virginia and Their French Ancestors in London. Washington, D.C.: Goetz Printing Company, 1965. Digital version at World Vital Records ($).
  • [Lanier] Morris, Scott. Liberty Worth Fighting For: The Sacrifice of a South Georgia Wiregrass Family in the War Between the States. [Sale City, Ga.]: S. Morris, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 L272m
  • [Lewis] Lewis, J.D. My Neck of the Woods: The Lewis Families of Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. Little River, S.C.: J.D. Lewis, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 L585Ljd; CD-ROM no. 1036
  • [McCallop] Headley, Katy McCaleb. MacKillop (McCaleb) Clan of Scotland and the United States. 2 vols. Chillicothe, Mo.: E.P. Ellsberry, [1964]. FHL Book 929.273 M124h
  • [McCanne] McCanne, Elizabeth C. A Brief Autobiography. Typescript. Microfilmed 1994. FHL Film 1698051 Item 47
  • [Merritt] Merritt, Edward and Leora Hiatt McEachern. The Merritts of Sampson and Duplin Counties, North Carolina. Typescript, 1968. FHL Film 874721 Item 4
  • [Middleton] Brown, Leslie H. "John Middleton of Hampton, Va., and Onslow County, N.C.," The American Genealogist, Vol. 55, No. 3 (Jul. 1979):161-162. FHL 973 D25aga v. 55
  • [Parrish] Lytton, Eugene R. Josiah Parrish, 1771-1846, Migrated to Alachua County, Florida 1823, Volunteer Soldier in the War of 1812. Typescript. Microfilmed 2001. FHL Film 1425373 Item 20
  • [Powell] Andrea, Leonardo. Powell. MSS., 1962, Photocopy, Polk County Historical Library, Bartow, Fla. FHL Film 978080 Item 2
  • [Sheffield] Hussey, Ray Walter. Descendants of John Hussey and Barbara Sheffield. Kernville, Calif.: R.W. Hussey, 1986. FHL Book 929.273 H965hu
  • [Sloan] Sloan, Stanley E. John Sloan, ca. 1783-ca. 1863: Descendants & Allied Families. Tucson, Ariz.: S. Sloan, 1988. FHL Film 1685453 Item 1
  • [Sloan] Bryant, Catherine M. The Dixon Sloan Family of Colquitt County, Ga.: Includes Families of Laura Sloan Pelham, W. P. Sloan, Amanda Sloan Webb, Oscar N. Sloan, Ella Sloan Bryant. n.p.: C. Bryant, 1988. FHL Book 1685453 Item 1
  • [Smith] Draughon, Eleanor Daphine Smith. Descendants of Elijah Smith of Duplin County, North Carolina. Durham, N.C.: E.D.S. Smith, 1971. FHL Book 929.273 Sm55d
  • [Sullivan] Pringle, Elizabeth Muir. Sullivans of Duplin County, North Carolina. 2 vols. Ogden, Utah: E.M. Pringle, 2007. FamilySearch Books Online; FHL Books 929.273 Su53p v. 1, v. 2; CD-ROM no. 4367.
  • [Wade] Rosser, John C. Some Descendants of Joseph and Mary Wade of Duplin County, North Carolina. Godwin, N.C.: J. Rosser, 1992. FHL Book 929.273 W119rj
  • [Ward] Ward, James Mayfield. The Noble Family of Ward. n.p.: J.M. Ward, 1975. FHL Book 929.273 W21wj
  • [Watkins] Watkins, William Bismarck. The Watkins Family of North Carolina: Particularly Enumerating Those Descendants of Levin Watkins of Duplin County, N.C., Who Emigrated to Alabama and Mississippi Early in the Nineteenth Century. Jackson, Tenn.: McCowat-Mercer, [1915]. FHL Film 1321283 Item 9
  • [Wells] Wells, James W. Descendants of Jacob Wells of Duplin County, North Carolina. Benton, Ark.: n.p., 1973. FHL Film 1318198 Item 7
  • [Wilkins] Murphy, Nathan W. Early Families of Muhlenburg County, Kentucky: Vincent, Wright, McElwain, Wilkins and Jarvis. Hanson, Ky.: David W. Murphy & Associates, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 V743m
  • [Williamson] Wise, Bel. Williamson Relatives. Typescript, 1977. FHL Film 1697644 Item 38

Land

The Duplin County Register of Deeds Office has a complete record of all property conveyances dating back to 1750 when the county was founded. All of the indexes to Duplin County property records from 1784 thru the present are available for searching both at the Register of Deeds Office and also remotely via their internet website: rod.duplincounty.org. Additionally, all of the property records books have been scanned and are available for viewing and downloading with the exception of books 20, 22, 33, 43, 106, 249, 276, and 318. These books are however available at the Register of Deeds Office.

A number of land records have been transcribed and are available at the following sites:

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War

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

-3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry

Newspapers

  • Duplin County newspapers - a listing of newspapers published in the county & libraries that hold them; via the Library of Congress. If you find a paper of interest on microfilm, you may be able to request it via Interlibrary Loan with your local public library.
  • Duplin County residents in the newspaper - name listing of people from the county as located in misc. newspaper articles; time span varies. Articles indexed in the NC People in the Papers database from the NCGenWeb project.
  • North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project - contains full-text papers from 1752-1890s. Search for your Duplin County ancestors to see if they were mentioned.

Probate

The Duplin County Clerk Office is located in the city of Kenansville. The North Carolina Constitution mandates that there be a Clerk of Superior Court for each county. The clerk is elected for a period of 4 years. The responsibilities of the Clerk are numerous and varied. As the judge of probate the Duplin County Clerk handles probate of wills and the administration of estates of decedents, minors and incompetents.

Duplin County Clerk
112 Duplin St.,
Kenansville, NC 28349
Phone: (910) 275-7000

A number of Wills and Estate Records have been transcribed and are available at the following sites:

Taxation

Vital Records

You may search Duplin County public birth, death, marriage and property records in the Office of the Register of Deeds free of charge. No appointment is necessary. The office is located in Room# 106 of the Duplin County Courthouse Annex at 118 Duplin Street; Kenansville, North Carolina 28349.

Births
Marriages
  • Duplin County Marriages, 1867 - present - search all Duplin County marriage records on the Register of Deeds website.
  • African-American cohabitation records - search at the Register of Deeds website
  • Duplin County Marriages - misc. marriages added to the NCGenWeb Archives
  • Duplin County marriages - may be included throughout Carrie Broughton's 6-volume index of the Raleigh Register & State Gazette newspaper (1799-1893). Marriages are listed by year and PDF files are searchable. Available on the North Carolina Digital Collections website.
Deaths



Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

  • Duplin County Historical Society
    Historical Society/Commission
    L. H. Sikes
    President
    PO Box 220
    Rose Hill, NC 28458-0220

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:491; 2:564. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at St Paul's Seminary website.
  4. "Wells Chapel Baptist Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. Morgan Edwards, Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia (1772), 141. Digitized by SCDL Collections - free.
  6. Donna Sherron, "North Carolina Parishes," accessed 12 October 2012. Digital version at Lost Souls Genealogy - free.
  7. "Grove Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. "Rockfish Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.