Pitt County, North Carolina

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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Pitt was formed in 1760 from Beaufort County. The act was to become effective January 1, 1761. It was named for William Pitt the Elder, who was then Secretary of State for the Southern Department and Leader of the House of Commons. William Pitt was an English statesman and orator, born in London, England. He studied at Oxford University and in 1731, Pitt joined the army. Pitt led the young "Patriot" Whigs and in 1756 became secretary of state, where he was a pro-freedom speaker in British Colonial government. Pitt County is in the eastern part of North Carolina and is surrounded by Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, and Wilson counties. Courts were first held at the home of John Hardy until a courthouse could be built. The courthouse was built on Hardy's land near Hardy's Chapel. In 1771 Martinsboro was established, and in 1774 the courthouse was moved there. In 1787 Martinsboro's name was changed to Greenville, which is still the county seat.<br>
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Pitt was formed in 1760 from Beaufort County. The act was to become effective January 1, 1761. It was named for William Pitt the Elder, who was then Secretary of State for the Southern Department and Leader of the House of Commons. William Pitt was an English statesman and orator, born in London, England. He studied at Oxford University and in 1731, Pitt joined the army. Pitt led the young "Patriot" Whigs and in 1756 became secretary of state, where he was a pro-freedom speaker in British Colonial government. Pitt County is in the eastern part of North Carolina and is surrounded by Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, and Wilson counties. Courts were first held at the home of John Hardy until a courthouse could be built. The courthouse was built on Hardy's land near Hardy's Chapel. In 1771 Martinsboro was established, and in 1774 the courthouse was moved there. In 1787 Martinsboro's name was changed to Greenville, which is still the county seat.<br>  
  
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
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'''1857--'''Courthouse fire destroyed most of the court records.
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'''1857--'''Courthouse fire destroyed most of the court records.  
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
Following are a listing of transcribed Court Records for Pitt County:
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Following are a listing of transcribed Court Records for Pitt County:  
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittcourt.htm Pitt County Court Records]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittcourt.htm Pitt County Court Records]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittscourt.htm Pitt County Supreme Court Records<br>]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittscourt.htm Pitt County Supreme Court Records<br>]
  
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A listing of Pitt County Records available at the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/statewide/records/pitt.html North Carolina State Archives]  
A listing of Pitt County Records available at the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/statewide/records/pitt.html North Carolina State Archives]
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://www.co.pitt.nc.us/depts/regdeeds/ Pitt County Register of Deeds ]<br>100 West Third Street<br> PO Box 35<br> Greenville, NC 27858-1806<br>Telephone: (252) 902-1650
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[http://www.co.pitt.nc.us/depts/regdeeds/ Pitt County Register of Deeds ]<br>100 West Third Street<br> PO Box 35<br> Greenville, NC 27858-1806<br>Telephone: (252) 902-1650  
  
This office records land documents including deeds, deeds of trust, subdivision maps, leases, easements, assignments, agreements, deeds of trust cancellations, corporate documents, assumed names, and files Uniform Commercial Code financing statements on personal property. This office also serves as the custodian of certificates of births and deaths occurring in the County, issues marriage licenses, and certifies birth, death, and marriage certificates in the County. Veterans' military discharge records and notary public commissions are also kept here, and this office administers the oath to all notaries public. Recording fees and fees for certificates are charged.<br>
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This office records land documents including deeds, deeds of trust, subdivision maps, leases, easements, assignments, agreements, deeds of trust cancellations, corporate documents, assumed names, and files Uniform Commercial Code financing statements on personal property. This office also serves as the custodian of certificates of births and deaths occurring in the County, issues marriage licenses, and certifies birth, death, and marriage certificates in the County. Veterans' military discharge records and notary public commissions are also kept here, and this office administers the oath to all notaries public. Recording fees and fees for certificates are charged.<br>  
  
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A number of Deeds have been transcribed; click onto the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittdeeds.htm Pitt County, NC Archives] to view these records.
  
A number of Deeds have been transcribed; click onto the [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittdeeds.htm Pitt County, NC Archives] to view these records.
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/lenoir/documents/loftin001.txt Emily Loftin Collection]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/lenoir/documents/loftin001.txt Emily Loftin Collection]  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/misc/simpbryanColl.txt Simpson-Bryan Collection]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/misc/simpbryanColl.txt Simpson-Bryan Collection]  
*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/NC/Pitt/state.html Historic Places in Pitt County]- included in National Register of Historical Places
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*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/NC/Pitt/state.html Historic Places in Pitt County]- included in National Register of Historical Places  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittbios.html Pitt County Biographies<br>]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittbios.html Pitt County Biographies<br>]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/pitt/maps/townships.jpg Pitt County Townships]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/pitt/maps/townships.jpg Pitt County Townships]  
*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NC/County/pitt.htm 1895 Pitt County]
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/NC/County/pitt.htm 1895 Pitt County]  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/pitt/maps/1770collet.jpg 1770 John Collett Map<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/pitt/maps/1770collet.jpg 1770 John Collett Map<br>]  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/catawba/countyfm.htm Formation of North Carolina Counties Map<br>]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/catawba/countyfm.htm Formation of North Carolina Counties Map<br>]  
 
*[http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=thumb&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C0%3Baltern%2C200%2C0%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Bdate%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOBIB=mapid%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Btitle%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Baltern%2C200%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Bmapid%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Bdate%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Bmapid%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Btitle%2Cmapid%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=1&CISOBOX1=Pitt+County&CISOROOT=%2Fncmaps Pitt County from NC Digital Maps Collection<br>]
 
*[http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISORESTMP=results.php&CISOVIEWTMP=item_viewer.php&CISOMODE=thumb&CISOGRID=thumbnail%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C1%3Btitle%2CA%2C0%3Baltern%2C200%2C0%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%3B20%3Bdate%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOBIB=mapid%2CA%2C1%2CN%3Btitle%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Baltern%2C200%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3Bnone%2CA%2C0%2CN%3B20%3Bmapid%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTHUMB=20+%284x5%29%3Bdate%2Ctitle%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOTITLE=20%3Bmapid%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOHIERA=20%3Btitle%2Cmapid%2Cnone%2Cnone%2Cnone&CISOSUPPRESS=1&CISOBOX1=Pitt+County&CISOROOT=%2Fncmaps Pitt County from NC Digital Maps Collection<br>]
  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.
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The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.  
  
 
As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.<br>  
 
As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.<br>  
  
[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Pitt/Default.asp Pitt County Courthouse]<br>100 W Third St<br>Greenville, NC 27835
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[http://www.nccourts.org/County/Pitt/Default.asp Pitt County Courthouse]<br>100 W Third St<br>Greenville, NC 27835  
 
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Mailing Address:<br>PO Box 6067<br>Greenville, NC 27835
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Clerk of the Superior Court<br> (252) 695-7100
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Mailing Address:<br>PO Box 6067<br>Greenville, NC 27835
  
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Clerk of the Superior Court<br> (252) 695-7100
  
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A number of Wills and Estate Records have been transcribed, they can be viewed at the[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittwills.htm Pitt County, NC Archives]
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A number of Wills and Estate Records have been transcribed, they can be viewed at the[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/pitt/pittwills.htm Pitt County, NC Archives]  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/pitt/ NCGenWeb: Pitt County] - part of the USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/pitt/ NCGenWeb: Pitt County] - part of the USGenWeb Project  
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*[http://www.gurganus.org/ourfamily/county.cfm/state/NC/county/Pitt%20Co Pitt County at Our Family Tree]
 
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Pitt|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Pitt|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  

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Contents

County Courthouse

History

Pitt was formed in 1760 from Beaufort County. The act was to become effective January 1, 1761. It was named for William Pitt the Elder, who was then Secretary of State for the Southern Department and Leader of the House of Commons. William Pitt was an English statesman and orator, born in London, England. He studied at Oxford University and in 1731, Pitt joined the army. Pitt led the young "Patriot" Whigs and in 1756 became secretary of state, where he was a pro-freedom speaker in British Colonial government. Pitt County is in the eastern part of North Carolina and is surrounded by Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, and Wilson counties. Courts were first held at the home of John Hardy until a courthouse could be built. The courthouse was built on Hardy's land near Hardy's Chapel. In 1771 Martinsboro was established, and in 1774 the courthouse was moved there. In 1787 Martinsboro's name was changed to Greenville, which is still the county seat.

Parent County

1760--Pitt County was created from Beaufort County.
County seat: Greenville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1857--Courthouse fire destroyed most of the court records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Following are a listing of transcribed Court Records for Pitt County:


A listing of Pitt County Records available at the North Carolina State Archives

Land

Pitt County Register of Deeds
100 West Third Street
PO Box 35
Greenville, NC 27858-1806
Telephone: (252) 902-1650

This office records land documents including deeds, deeds of trust, subdivision maps, leases, easements, assignments, agreements, deeds of trust cancellations, corporate documents, assumed names, and files Uniform Commercial Code financing statements on personal property. This office also serves as the custodian of certificates of births and deaths occurring in the County, issues marriage licenses, and certifies birth, death, and marriage certificates in the County. Veterans' military discharge records and notary public commissions are also kept here, and this office administers the oath to all notaries public. Recording fees and fees for certificates are charged.


A number of Deeds have been transcribed; click onto the Pitt County, NC Archives to view these records.


Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.

As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.

Pitt County Courthouse
100 W Third St
Greenville, NC 27835

Mailing Address:
PO Box 6067
Greenville, NC 27835

Clerk of the Superior Court
(252) 695-7100


A number of Wills and Estate Records have been transcribed, they can be viewed at thePitt County, NC Archives

Taxation

Vital Records

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).