Rockingham County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Revision as of 18:29, 23 April 2011

Rockingham County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Rockingham County
Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1785
County Seat Wentworth
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  North Carolina  Gotoarrow.png  Guilford County


County Courthouse


On December 29, 1785, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation that created Rockingham County from the northern half of the Guilford County. The assembly chose to name the new county for Charles Watson-Wentworth, second Marquess of Rockingham (1730-1782). Rockingham was a leading Whig and was Prime Minister of Britian from 1765 to 1766 and again in 1782. His popularity in America was assured when he secured repeal of the hated Stamp Act in 1766 and led the ministry that initiated negotiations to terminate the Revolutionary War. From 1768 to 1781 he had been the leading Parliamentary opponent of both the government's American policy and the war.

Parent County

1785--Rockingham was from Guilford County.
County seat: Wentworth [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Some of the court records are missing.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Rockingham County Cemeteries




Local Histories





Research Guides

  • Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.


Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: