Lenoir County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Lenoir 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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Lenoir County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1791
County Seat Kinston
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Lenoir County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1913
1791
1913
1790
1880
1869

Lenoir County Courthouse
P O Box 3289
Kinston, NC 28502
Phone: 252-523-2390

Clerk Superior Court has divorce
probate and court records from 1880
Register of Deeds has marriage and land records [1]

Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 3289
Kinston, NC 28502
Phone: 252-559-6420
Fax: 252-523-6139
Website

Clerk Superior Court
P.O. Box 68
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: (252) 520-5300

History

Parent County

1791--Lenoir County was created 4 December 1791 from Dobbs County.  Dobbs County was abolished in 1791.
County seat: Kinston [2]

Boundary Changes

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

1878, 1880--Most court records were destroyed in fires.

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 Lenoir County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.


Church

Baptist
  • Bear Creek. Established by 1785.[3]
  • Beaver Dam. Established by 1808.[4]
  • Wheat Swamp, near Kinston, N.C. Organized about 1760. Has belonged to the Disciples of Christ since 1843.[5]

Court

Directories

Education

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War

Online Records


Regiments. Service men in Lenoir 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 Lenoir County, North Carolina Genealogy:


- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company G
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company A
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company E
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (63rd Regiment Volunteers), Company B
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry (Partisan Rangers), 2nd Company

Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Lenoir County:

  • December 14, 1862 = Kinston[6]
  • March 7-10, 1865 = Wilmington, also known as Wilcox’s Bridge, Wise’s Fork, Second Kinston, Second Southwest Creek, or Kelly's Mill Pond[7]
Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered for a small fee from the Register of Deeds. Please visit their website for more information.

Births
Marriages
Divorces
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Heritage Genealogical Society
PO Box 6204
Kinston, NC 28501
[1]

Historical Preservation Group
Kinston, North Carolina
501 C ( 3 ) Non-Profit Organization
252-522-0540 or e-mail:[2]

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), Lenoir County, North Carolina. Page 510 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. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. 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 archive.org.
  5. "Wheat Swamp Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  8. 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.