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Guide to Pender County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Pender County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Pender County Courthouse
300 East Freemont St
PO Box 43
Burgaw, North Carolina 28424
Registrar of deeds has birth, marriage and death and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records
Pender County was formed in 1875 from New Hanover County. It was named for William Dorsey Pender of Edgecombe County, a Confederate general mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. It is in the southeastern section of the State and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, Duplin and Onslow counties. The present land area is 870.76 square miles (2,255.3 km2) and the 1990 population was 28,855. The county commissioners were ordered to hold their first meeting at Rocky Point. The act provided for the establishment of the town of Cowan as the county seat. In 1877 an act was passed repealing that section of the law relative to the town, and another law was enacted whereby the qualified voters were to vote on the question of moving the county seat to South Washington or any other place which the majority of the voters designated. Whatever place was selected, the town should be called Stanford. In 1879 Stanford was changed to Burgaw, which was by that law incorporated. It is the county seat.
Many Pender County Cemeteries have been surveyed and photographed; Following list of Cemeteries can be viewed here:
- Antioch Church Cemetery
- Armstrong Cemetery
- John P Bannerman Cemetery
- Bear Branch Baptist Church Cemetery
- Bell Cemetery
- Brown Family Cemetery
- Carroll - Filyaw Cemetery
- Crews Family Cemetery
- Harrell Cemetery
- Henry Cemetery
- Herring Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery
- Hocutt Family Cemetery
- Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery
- James Cemetery
- Johnson Family Cemetery
- Jordan Chapel
- King- McClammy Cemetery
- Larkin Cemetery
- Lewis Cemetery
- Lillington Cemetery
- Long Creek Loop Road Cemetery
- Malpass Family Cemetery
- Maurice A. Moore Cemetery
- McMillan Cemetery
- Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery
- Oak Tree Road Cemetery
- Oak Tree Road Cemetery 2
- Page Cemetery
- Peterson- Malpass Cemetery
- Riley Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
- Rileys Creek Community Cemetery
- Rochelle Cemetery
- Rocky Point United Methodist Church Cemetery
- Scott Cemetery
- Shepard Cemetery
- Sidbury Cemetery
- Simpson Cemetery
- Slocumb Cemetery
- St. Paul AME Church Cemetery
- Vernon-Keith Cemetery
- Wells-Debose Cemetery
- Williams Cemetery
- Wilson Cemetery
- Wilton Cemetery
For tips on accessing Pender County, North Carolina census records online, see: North Carolina Census.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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]
- [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
The Pender County Register of Deeds has copies of Births, Marriages and Death Records as well as Land Records and Deeds Records available to the public from their offices and should be contacted to verify which records they have and what their prices are for obtaining them. Note that most of the originals of the older records have been transferred to the State Archives and that the records contained at the County level are usually hand copied into the County Books. Generally, it is much more cost effective to get documents on the County level rather than through the Archives, so you may want to first check with the County Registrar for the records you are in search of.
Pender County Register of Deeds
Howard Holly Building
300 E. Fremont St.
Burgaw, NC 28425
Telephone: 910 - 259-1225
Online Search of Land Records (must create a free login)
Early migration routes to and from Pender County for European settlers included:
Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.
The Pender County Clerk of the Superior Court has copies of Wills, Estate and other Probate records available to the public from their offices and should be contacted to verify which records they have and what their prices are for obtaining them. Note that most of the originals of the older records have been transferred to the State Archives and that the records contained at the County level are usually hand copied into the County Books.
Clerk of the Superior Court
Pender County Courthouse
100 Wright Street
100 Dickerson Street
The North Carolina State Archives have created an Index of Pender County Estates.
- 1875-1910 - Will Book A (1875-1910) has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
A few Pender County Wills or Estate Records have been transcribed and are available as follows:
- John P. Bannerman, 1867
- Richard L. Bourdeaux, 1892
- W. W. Bourdeaux, 1875
- Albert G. Hall, 1875
- John Henry Taylor, 1876
- Richard C. Lewis, 1879
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- USGenWeb Project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Pender County NCGenWeb
- Pender County, NCGenWeb Archives
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pender County, North Carolina. Page 512 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
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