Hertford County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Hertford County, North Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Hertford County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Facts
Founded December 12, 1754
County Seat Winton
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Hertford County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1911
1868
1790
1862
1868

Hertford County Courthouse
King Street P O Box 36
Winton, NC 27986
Phone: 252-358-7850

Courthouse burned 1832 and 1862
Register of Deeds has birth and death records and burial records from 1913
marriage records from 1884 and land records from 1866
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1883
and probate records rec from 1869 [1]

Register of Deeds
119 Justice Dr., Suite 9
Winton, NC 27986
Phone: 252-358-7850
Fax: 252-358-0222
Website

Clerk Superior Court
P.O. Box 86
Winton, NC 27986
Phone: (252) 358-7100

History

1759 Hertford County named in honor of the Marquis of Hertford, Francis Seymour Conway, was officially formed from Bertie, Chowan and Northampton Counties by an act of legislature effective May 1, 1760.

The first official court proceedings in the area were held at Cotton's Ferry. In 1766 Assembly Representative Benjamin Wynn donated fifty acres for a town to be properly established and it was briefly called "Wynntown". Shortly following the 1766 incorporation of the town "Winton" became the county seat of government as it proudly remains today.


Parent County

1754--Hertford County was created 12 December 1754 from Chowan, Bertie, and Northampton Counties.
County seat: Winton [2]

Boundary Changes

In 1779 the northeastern part of Hertford County was combined with parts of Chowan County and Perquimans County to form Gates County.

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1822, 1830--Courthouse fires destroyed the majority of the county's records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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

Church Records

Baptist
  • Mr. Arthur Cotten's. Established by 1782.[3]
  • Old Meherrin, Murfreesboro, N.C. Established 1735.[3]
  • Buckhorn Baptist, Como, N.C.  Established 1835. [4]
Church of England
  • St. John's Chapel. Established by 1782.[5]

Court

The first court was held at Cotton's Ferry.

Land

Local Histories


Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Hertford County for European settlers included:[6]

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Hertford County, North Carolina Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Hertford County, North Carolina Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company D
- 1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company K
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company K
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company C
- 3rd Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery, Company C
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company D
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company E
World War II

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Death
Divorce
Marriage

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

Hertford County Public library genealogy Room
PO Box 68
Winton NC 27986
Website

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hertford County, North Carolina. Page 509 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 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:478, 488. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. Minutes 1835-1963. Buckhorn Baptist Church (Murfreesboro, NC); FHL microfilm #314012
  5. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:488. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  6. 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.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.