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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Franklin County'''  
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Guide to '''Franklin 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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{{Click|Image:NC_ORP.png|North Carolina Online Genealogy Records}}
  
 
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| seat wl = Louisburg
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.courtreference.com/Franklin-County-North-Carolina-Courts.htm Franklin County Courthouse]<br>113 S Main Street<br>P O Box 545 <br>Louisberg, NC 27549<br>Phone: 919-496-3500<br><br>1820 Census missing<br>Register of deeds has birth and death records&nbsp;from 1913<br>marriage records from 1869, land records from 1779<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce and&nbsp;court records <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, North Carolina. Page 508 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Death|Death]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[{{PAGENAME}}#Land|'''Deeds''']]</center>  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate|Wills]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1800</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1741</center>
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Franklin County was formed in 1779 and, in the same year, the town of Louisburg was surveyed by William Christmas on land which had been purchased from Patewells &amp; Jacobina Milner for that purpose. That deed from the Milners survives today in the first volume of county deeds. The county's first commissioners were William Brickell, William Green, William Hill, John Hunt, and Osborn Jeffreys and these men were charged with many tasks, the earliest of which were to build a courthouse and a jail. The first meeting of the men was the Franklin Court of Pleas and Quarter-Sessions of 1779 and it was held at the home of Benjamin Seawell. It is unfortunate that none of the records from those earliest days of Franklin County survive.  
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Franklin-County-North-Carolina-Courts.htm Franklin County Courthouse]<br>102 South Main Street<br><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Louisburg, NC 27549</span><br>Phone: 919-497-4200<br><br>1820 Census missing<br>Register of deeds has birth and death records&nbsp;from 1913<br>marriage records from 1869, land records from 1779<br>Clerk Superior Court has divorce and&nbsp;court records <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, North Carolina. Page 508 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br><br>'''Register of Deeds'''<br>PO Box 545<br>113 S. Main St.<br>Louisburg, NC 27549<br>Telephone: 919.496.3500<br>Fax: 919-496-1457<br> [http://www.franklincountync.us/services/register-of-deeds Website]<br> <br> '''Clerk of Superior Court'''<br> 102 S Main St<br> Louisburg, NC 27549<br> Telephone: (919) 497-4200<br> <br><br> Franklin County was formed in 1779 and, in the same year, the town of Louisburg was surveyed by William Christmas on land which had been purchased from Patewells &amp; Jacobina Milner for that purpose. That deed from the Milners survives today in the first volume of county deeds. The county's first commissioners were William Brickell, William Green, William Hill, John Hunt, and Osborn Jeffreys and these men were charged with many tasks, the earliest of which were to build a courthouse and a jail. The first meeting of the men was the Franklin Court of Pleas and Quarter-Sessions of 1779 and it was held at the home of Benjamin Seawell. It is unfortunate that none of the records from those earliest days of Franklin County survive.  
  
 
The first county courthouse was a log building erected circa 1781 either on or very near the current county courthouse location on Main Street between Court and Nash Streets. The log courthouse was replaced with a structure of brick and stone in 1849. The 1849 courthouse was completely remodeled in 1936 and again in 1968 when it was also enlarged.  
 
The first county courthouse was a log building erected circa 1781 either on or very near the current county courthouse location on Main Street between Court and Nash Streets. The log courthouse was replaced with a structure of brick and stone in 1849. The 1849 courthouse was completely remodeled in 1936 and again in 1968 when it was also enlarged.  
  
The first jail was built close to the original courthouse and during the same timeframe, but it was destroyed by fire in 1872. It was replaced with a stone building which still stands, though now abandoned, on the south side of Nash Street about one-and-a-half blocks east of Main Street. The new Franklin County Jail &amp; Sheriff's Department Complex was built in 1994 and is located west of downtown Louisburg on T. Kemp Road.<br>  
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The first jail was built close to the original courthouse and during the same timeframe, but it was destroyed by fire in 1872. It was replaced with a stone building which still stands, though now abandoned, on the south side of Nash Street about one-and-a-half blocks east of Main Street. The new Franklin County Jail &amp; Sheriff's Department Complex was built in 1994 and is located west of downtown Louisburg on T. Kemp Road.<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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Franklin county was formed in 1779 from the southern half of Bute County in the midst of the American Revolution and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin who had recently negotiated an alliance and secured loan agreements with France that would eventually help to win America's independence. The abolishment of Bute County came at the urging of area resident and strong political activist, Benjamin Seawell, who introduced a bill to separate from the county which had been named after the Earl of Bute. Seawell had also been among those selected to represent the county at the Halifax Congress of April 1776. Fellow representatives of Bute at that meeting included Green Hill, William Alston, Thomas Sherrod, Thomas Eaton, Benjamin Person, Benjamin Word, and Philemon Hawkins. The act establishing the county authorized that the first court be held at the home of Benjamin Seawell and it was left to the justices to determine where subsequent courts were to be held until a courthouse could be erected - a goal that was finally met in 1781 with the construction of a log courthouse.  
 
Franklin county was formed in 1779 from the southern half of Bute County in the midst of the American Revolution and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin who had recently negotiated an alliance and secured loan agreements with France that would eventually help to win America's independence. The abolishment of Bute County came at the urging of area resident and strong political activist, Benjamin Seawell, who introduced a bill to separate from the county which had been named after the Earl of Bute. Seawell had also been among those selected to represent the county at the Halifax Congress of April 1776. Fellow representatives of Bute at that meeting included Green Hill, William Alston, Thomas Sherrod, Thomas Eaton, Benjamin Person, Benjamin Word, and Philemon Hawkins. The act establishing the county authorized that the first court be held at the home of Benjamin Seawell and it was left to the justices to determine where subsequent courts were to be held until a courthouse could be erected - a goal that was finally met in 1781 with the construction of a log courthouse.  
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/northcarolina/ "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Record Loss  ====
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The 1820 Census for Franklin County is lost; reason is unknown.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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On 6 December 2013, Franklin County destroyed many historical records dating back to the 1840s through incineration. The records, dating back to the 1840s, included bound volumes of deeds, liens, and chattel mortgages, Large quantities of unbound records were also destroyed. None of these materials appear to have been microfilmed or scanned prior to their being burned.
  
Franklin County has had no appreciable loss of records.  
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For the status of records for all North Carolina Counties see:[http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncstate/courthouse-status.htm Status of Courthouse Records in North Carolina]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
'''Cemeteries'''
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[[Image:Ncfranklin.png|thumb|right|200px|Ncfranklin.png]]
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/perry-ac-cem.html Allen C. Perry Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/alford-cem.html B. M. Alford Cemetery]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/bethbapt.txt Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery]
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| width="24%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/lewis-cem.html Bryant Wesley Lewis Cemetery]
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| width="24%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/bullock-cem.html Bullock Cemetery]
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| width="24%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/bunn-cem.html Bunn Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/bunn-upchurch-cem.html Bunn-Upchurch Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=29&GScnty=1685&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/calhbunn.txt Cal H. Bunn Cemetery]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|465199|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/carter01.txt Joe Carter Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=29&CScnty=1685 Findagrave.com]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/cascne01.txt Cascine Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/cyprus-cem.html Cyprus Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/cemeteries.html NCGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/denton01.txt Denton Family Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Franklin+North+Carolina&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/dodd01.txt Dodd Family Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=North%20Carolina&county=Franklin&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/dukememo.txt Duke Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/fairvw01.txt Fairview Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/franklincemetery.htm NCGenWeb Archives]
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/hayes-cem.html Hayes/Wheless Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/haywood%20baptist.html Haywood Baptist Church Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/hilliard-cem.html Hilliard Richardson Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/jw_sledge-cem.html J. W. Sledge Cemetery]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/northcarolina/franklin.html Tombstone Project]
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/joyner-cem.html Joyner Family Cemetery]  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/leahsumc.txt Leah's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/louisburg-city-cem.html Louisburg City Cemetery]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/maplespg.txt Maple Springs Baptist Church Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/fran/index.htm North Carolina Cemeteries]
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/jeans-cem.html Medlin-Jeans Cemetery]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/medlin01.txt Albert B. Medlin Family Cemetery]  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/medlin02.txt Jim Medlin Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/greene-cem.html Nathaniel Greene Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/oakwood.html Oakwood Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/patton-cem.html Patton Cemetery]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/pearce01.txt Pearce Baptist Church Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/perry-cem.html Perry's Chapel Church Cemetery]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[North Carolina Cemeteries|North Carolina Cemeteries]] for more information.
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/person-cem.html Person Family Cemetery]
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/pilot-cem.html Pilot Baptist Church Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/pineridge-cem.html Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/ray-cem.html Robert Ray Cemetery]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/roberts1.txt Roberts Cemetery]  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/rockspng.txt Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/massey-cem.html Ruffin R. Massey Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/richards-cem.html Sidney Richards Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/sledge-cem.html Sledge Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/Stallings-cem.html Stallings Cemetery]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/stalling2.txt Mack Stallings Cemetery]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/watkns01.txt Watkins Family Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/weathersbybunn-cem.html Weathersby/Bunn Cemetery]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/cemeteries/wlmbrnt.txt Williams &amp; Brantley Family Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/griffin-cem.html Willie O. Griffin Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/cemetery/cemeteries.html#wpa WPA Cemeteries] - surveyed in 1930's-1940's
 
*[http://cemeterycensus.com/nc/fran/index.htm <u>Cemetery Census-Franklin County</u>]
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=29&CScnty=1685 <u>Find-A-Grave</u>]
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/court/minutes-1838-1839.html Extract of Minutes: 1838-1839]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/court/minutes-1838-1839.html Extract of Minutes: 1838-1839]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/court/minutes-1840.html Extract of Minutes: 1840]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/court/minutes-1840.html Extract of Minutes: 1840]
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/maps/map_idx.html Franklin County Map Collections]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/maps/map_idx.html Franklin County Map Collections]
  
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==== Military  ====
  
==== Marriages<br> ====
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/military/mil-inx.html Franklin County Military Page]<br>  
  
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/marriages/marriages.html Franklin County Marriages]<br>
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===== Revolutionary War =====
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/marriages/afam-mar.htm Franklin County Freedmen's Marriages]<br>
 
*[http://tinyurl.com/2e8rp4v North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979] (from FamilySearch)<br>
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1726957 North Carolina Marriages 1762-1979] - searchable, with images
 
  
==== Military  ====
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*'''1779 - 1782''' - {{RecordSearch|1498361|North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
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*[http://www.royalprovincial.com/military/rhist/ncindcoy/ncintro.htm North Carolina Loyalist Units]
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/military/mil-inx.html Franklin County Military Page]<br>
 
*[http://www.royalprovincial.com/military/rhist/ncindcoy/ncintro.htm North Carolina Loyalist Units]
 
*[http://www.virtualwall.org/istate/istatnc.htm Vietnam Casualties from North Carolina]
 
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
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''Online Records''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932376|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932416|North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1885 - 1953''' - {{RecordSearch|1911763|North Carolina, Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
*[http://civilwarroster.com/cw/cw-nc.html North Carolina Civil War Rosters]  
 
*[http://civilwarroster.com/cw/cw-nc.html North Carolina Civil War Rosters]  
 
*[http://thomaslegion.net/northcarolinahistoryhomepage.html Civil War- North Carolina History]  
 
*[http://thomaslegion.net/northcarolinahistoryhomepage.html Civil War- North Carolina History]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/military/usct-frankl.htm Franklin County U.S. Colored Troops]
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/military/usct-frankl.htm Franklin County U.S. Colored Troops]
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:- [[12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company K<br>
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:- [[12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry|12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry]], Company L<br>
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:- [[13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry|13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry]], Company B<br>
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:- [[15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers|15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers]], Company E<br>
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:- [[15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers|15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers]], Company G<br>
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:- [[15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers|15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers]], Company L<br>
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:- [[1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry|1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry]], Company K<br>
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:- [[2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry|2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry]], Company E<br>
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:- [[3rd Battalion, North Carolina Senior Reserves|3rd Battalion, North Carolina Senior Reserves]], Company A
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===== World War I =====
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*'''1917 - 1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2568864|North Carolina, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== World War II =====
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*'''1940 - 1948''' - {{RecordSearch|2053639|North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
  
Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.  
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===== Vietnam War=====
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*[http://www.virtualwall.org/istate/istatnc.htm Vietnam Casualties from North Carolina]
  
 
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North Carolina has a number of resources for collections of Wills at both the State and County levels. Older wills were sent to the North Carolina State Archives where most of them have been indexed and stored by County, including estate record materials such as inventories, accounts of sale and final settlements.&nbsp; The records in the Archives are also filed under a cross index to wills, cross referenced by devisor and devisee. The Franklin County Courthouse has copies of all of the County wills while the originals have been transferred to thr State Archives, so depending on your needs, you may want to take that into consideration when looking for wills.  
 
North Carolina has a number of resources for collections of Wills at both the State and County levels. Older wills were sent to the North Carolina State Archives where most of them have been indexed and stored by County, including estate record materials such as inventories, accounts of sale and final settlements.&nbsp; The records in the Archives are also filed under a cross index to wills, cross referenced by devisor and devisee. The Franklin County Courthouse has copies of all of the County wills while the originals have been transferred to thr State Archives, so depending on your needs, you may want to take that into consideration when looking for wills.  
  
*'''Pre-1790''' - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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''Online Probate Records''
  
*'''1785-1964''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to Y (1785-1964)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1660 - 1790''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4197 North Carolina Will Abstracts 1660-1790] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1663 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1911121|North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1665 - 1998''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9061 North Carolina Wills and Probate Records 1665-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1735 - 1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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*'''1760 - 1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3945 North Carolina Will Abstracts 1760-1800] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images
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*'''Pre - 1790''' - [http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx Pre-1790 {{PAGENAME}} Wills] stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. [[North Carolina Probate Records#Proved_in_North_Carolina|Website tips]].
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*'''1785 - 1964''' - {{RecordSearch|1867501|Will Books A to Y (1785-1964)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
There are a few websites that have copies of Franklin County wills as listed below:  
 
There are a few websites that have copies of Franklin County wills as listed below:  
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/wills/INDEX-Devisors/fcnc_wi_a.html Franklin County Index to Wills-Devisors List]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/wills/INDEX-Devisors/fcnc_wi_a.html Franklin County Index to Wills-Devisors List]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/franklinwill.htm Franklin County USGenWeb Archives-Wills Index]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin/franklinwill.htm Franklin County USGenWeb Archives-Wills Index]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/show#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/waypoint/10920504 Franklin County Probate Records] &nbsp;- contain browsable images from FamilySearch
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1867501 Franklin County Probate Records] &nbsp;- contain browsable images from FamilySearch
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
The North Carolina State Archives has copies of Franklin County records starting from its establishment in 1779, to see a complete listing of the records available for the County please [http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/FindingAids/co_guide.pdf Click Here] to view their Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives, and scroll to the County page. Adobe Reader is required and can be [http://get.adobe.com/reader/ downloaded here] for free if you don't have it. The Archives currently charges $20 for Requests from Out-of-State Residents, and a copy of their Request Form along with further details can be viewed here.  
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The North Carolina State Archives has copies of Franklin County records starting from its establishment in 1779, to see a complete listing of the records available for the County please [http://archives.ncdcr.gov/Public/Collections/Government-Records Click Here] to view their Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives, and scroll to the County page. Adobe Reader is required and can be [http://get.adobe.com/reader/ downloaded here] for free if you don't have it. The Archives currently charges $20 for Requests from Out-of-State Residents, and a copy of their Request Form along with further details can be viewed here.  
  
 
The Franklin County Register of Deeds and the Franklin County Court Clerk also have a number of 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 or County Court Clerk for the records you are in search of.  
 
The Franklin County Register of Deeds and the Franklin County Court Clerk also have a number of 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 or County Court Clerk for the records you are in search of.  
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These records are available from:<br>Births from: 1913 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Deaths from: 1913 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Marriage Bonds from: 1779 located at: N.C. Archives<br>Marriage Licenses from: 1869 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Property Deeds from: 1776 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Wills from: 1780 located at: County Courthouse  
 
These records are available from:<br>Births from: 1913 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Deaths from: 1913 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Marriage Bonds from: 1779 located at: N.C. Archives<br>Marriage Licenses from: 1869 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Property Deeds from: 1776 located at: FC Register of Deeds office<br>Wills from: 1780 located at: County Courthouse  
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===== Birth  =====
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*'''1800 - 2000''' - {{RecordSearch|1949336|North Carolina Birth Index 1800-2000}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1866 - 1964''' - {{RecordSearch|1675484|North Carolina Births and Christenings 1866-1964}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1741 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8909 North Carolina Marriage Index 1741-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1759 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1675514|North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1762 - 1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1726957|North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1763 - 1868''' - {{RecordSearch|2524877|North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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*'''1779 - 1868''' - [http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/marriages/marriages.html Franklin County Marriages 1779-1868] at NCGenWeb - free.
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*'''1869 - 1964''' - Franklin County Marriage Index 1869-1964 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf]].</ref>
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/marriages/marriages.html Franklin County Marriages]<br>
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*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/marriages/afam-mar.htm Franklin County Freedmen's Marriages] - Cohabitation Marriages of former slaves
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===== Death  =====
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*'''1898 - 1994''' - {{RecordSearch|1675510|North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1906 - 1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1609799|North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1908 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8908 North Carolina Death Indexes 1908-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1909 - 1975''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1121 North Carolina Death Certificates 1909-1975] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1931 - 1994''' - {{RecordSearch|1584959|North Carolina Deaths 1931-1994}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1958 - 2004''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1115 North Carolina Divorce Index 1958-2004] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
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==== Yearbooks  ====
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== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
  
<span id="1293337515151S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>[http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/default.htm <span id="1293338011992S" style="display: none">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>][http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov/default.htm North Carolina State Archives]<br>4614 Mail Service Center<br>Raleigh, NC 27699-4614<br>919-807-7310
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'''Tar River Connections Genealogical Society''' <br>PO Box 8764<br>Rocky Mount, NC 27804<br>[http://www.braswell-library.org/adult_tar_river_connections.htm Website]<br><br>  
  
[http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/OCO/Clerk/Default.asp Franklin County Clerk of Superior Court]<br>102 S. Main Street<br>Louisburg, NC 27549<br>919-497-4200
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
[http://www.co.franklin.nc.us/docs/Registerofdeeds/Franklincounty2.html Franklin County Register of Deeds]<br>P.O. Box 545<br>113 S. Main Street<br>Louisburg, NC 27549<br>919-496-3500<br>
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[http://www.braswell-library.org/adult_tar_river_connections.htm Tar River Connections Genealogical Society] <br>P. O. Box 8764<br>Rocky Mount, NC 27804
 
 
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/northcarolina/franklin-county/ Franklin County, NC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/ Franklin County NCGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.ncgenweb.us/franklin/ Franklin County NCGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]<br>  
 
*[http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]<br>  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin.htm Franklin County USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/franklin.htm Franklin County USGenWeb Archives]  
*{{FHL|North+Carolina%2C+Franklin|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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Latest revision as of 22:40, 11 May 2017

United States
North Carolina
Franklin County

Guide to Franklin 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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Franklin County, North Carolina
Map
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Facts
Founded April 14, 1778
County Seat Louisburg
Courthouse
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Franklin County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Deeds
Wills
1800
1741
1898
1784

1785

Franklin County Courthouse
102 South Main Street
Louisburg, NC 27549
Phone: 919-497-4200

1820 Census missing
Register of deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage records from 1869, land records from 1779
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records [1]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 545
113 S. Main St.
Louisburg, NC 27549
Telephone: 919.496.3500
Fax: 919-496-1457
Website

Clerk of Superior Court
102 S Main St
Louisburg, NC 27549
Telephone: (919) 497-4200


Franklin County was formed in 1779 and, in the same year, the town of Louisburg was surveyed by William Christmas on land which had been purchased from Patewells & Jacobina Milner for that purpose. That deed from the Milners survives today in the first volume of county deeds. The county's first commissioners were William Brickell, William Green, William Hill, John Hunt, and Osborn Jeffreys and these men were charged with many tasks, the earliest of which were to build a courthouse and a jail. The first meeting of the men was the Franklin Court of Pleas and Quarter-Sessions of 1779 and it was held at the home of Benjamin Seawell. It is unfortunate that none of the records from those earliest days of Franklin County survive.

The first county courthouse was a log building erected circa 1781 either on or very near the current county courthouse location on Main Street between Court and Nash Streets. The log courthouse was replaced with a structure of brick and stone in 1849. The 1849 courthouse was completely remodeled in 1936 and again in 1968 when it was also enlarged.

The first jail was built close to the original courthouse and during the same timeframe, but it was destroyed by fire in 1872. It was replaced with a stone building which still stands, though now abandoned, on the south side of Nash Street about one-and-a-half blocks east of Main Street. The new Franklin County Jail & Sheriff's Department Complex was built in 1994 and is located west of downtown Louisburg on T. Kemp Road.

History

Franklin county was formed in 1779 from the southern half of Bute County in the midst of the American Revolution and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin who had recently negotiated an alliance and secured loan agreements with France that would eventually help to win America's independence. The abolishment of Bute County came at the urging of area resident and strong political activist, Benjamin Seawell, who introduced a bill to separate from the county which had been named after the Earl of Bute. Seawell had also been among those selected to represent the county at the Halifax Congress of April 1776. Fellow representatives of Bute at that meeting included Green Hill, William Alston, Thomas Sherrod, Thomas Eaton, Benjamin Person, Benjamin Word, and Philemon Hawkins. The act establishing the county authorized that the first court be held at the home of Benjamin Seawell and it was left to the justices to determine where subsequent courts were to be held until a courthouse could be erected - a goal that was finally met in 1781 with the construction of a log courthouse.

Louisburg, the county seat, was also chartered in 1779 and is believed to have been named for King Louis XVI of France who was a strong American ally. There is disagreement among historians as to when the town was first named, with estimates ranging from as early as 1758, though historians generally agree that the name of the town was originally spelled "Lewisburg". Once the charter had been established, 100 acres of land were purchased from Patewells & Jacobina Milner for the platting of the new county seat. The initial survey for the town was performed by William Christmas who was also responsible for the layout of Raleigh, North Carolina. Louisburg remained the only town in the county until after the Revolutionary War.

Situated in the northeastern section of the State, Franklin County is bounded by Nash, Wake, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties. The present land area is 492.02 square miles and the population has grown from roughly 7,500 at the dawn of the 19th century to 47,260 in the year 2000. The soil is fertile and, in some areas, chock-full of granite. Originally a community focused primarily on agriculture and livestock and boasting 3,367 farms covering 267,530 acres in the year 1900, today Franklin County is home to 574 farms encompassing 128,412 total acres. The county is now focused on broadening her economic base through encouragement of real estate development and much attention is now given to enticing large corporations to bring their operations to the county.

Parent County

1778--Franklin County was created 14 April 1778 from Bute County when it was divided to also create Warren County.  Bute County was abolished in 1779.
County seat: Louisburg [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

The 1820 Census for Franklin County is lost; reason is unknown.

On 6 December 2013, Franklin County destroyed many historical records dating back to the 1840s through incineration. The records, dating back to the 1840s, included bound volumes of deeds, liens, and chattel mortgages, Large quantities of unbound records were also destroyed. None of these materials appear to have been microfilmed or scanned prior to their being burned.

For the status of records for all North Carolina Counties see:Status of Courthouse Records in North Carolina

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

Church Records

Baptist
  • Jaile's Creek. Constituted 1771.[3]
  • Maple Spring. Constituted 1793.[3]
  • Sandy Creek. Constituted 1770.[3]

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company K
- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company L
- 13th Battalion, North Carolina Infantry, Company B
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company E
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company G
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company L
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company K
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company E
- 3rd Battalion, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company A
World War I
World War II
Vietnam War

Newspapers

Probate

North Carolina has a number of resources for collections of Wills at both the State and County levels. Older wills were sent to the North Carolina State Archives where most of them have been indexed and stored by County, including estate record materials such as inventories, accounts of sale and final settlements.  The records in the Archives are also filed under a cross index to wills, cross referenced by devisor and devisee. The Franklin County Courthouse has copies of all of the County wills while the originals have been transferred to thr State Archives, so depending on your needs, you may want to take that into consideration when looking for wills.

Online Probate Records

There are a few websites that have copies of Franklin County wills as listed below:

Taxation

Vital Records

The North Carolina State Archives has copies of Franklin County records starting from its establishment in 1779, to see a complete listing of the records available for the County please Click Here to view their Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives, and scroll to the County page. Adobe Reader is required and can be downloaded here for free if you don't have it. The Archives currently charges $20 for Requests from Out-of-State Residents, and a copy of their Request Form along with further details can be viewed here.

The Franklin County Register of Deeds and the Franklin County Court Clerk also have a number of 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 or County Court Clerk for the records you are in search of.

Remember to always be as specific as possible when requesting information from any of these locations, this will give you a better chance of locating the document that you are looking for with the least chance of wasting their time and your money.

These records are available from:
Births from: 1913 located at: FC Register of Deeds office
Deaths from: 1913 located at: FC Register of Deeds office
Marriage Bonds from: 1779 located at: N.C. Archives
Marriage Licenses from: 1869 located at: FC Register of Deeds office
Property Deeds from: 1776 located at: FC Register of Deeds office
Wills from: 1780 located at: County Courthouse

Birth
Marriage
Death
Divorce

Yearbooks

Societies and Libraries 

Tar River Connections Genealogical Society
PO Box 8764
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
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.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, North Carolina. Page 508 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 3.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:491; 2:564. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.