Davie County, North Carolina Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mocksville
Organized: December 20, 1836
Parent County(s): Rowan[1]
Neighboring Counties
Davidson  • Forsyth  • Iredell  • Rowan  • Yadkin
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Davie County is located in the central portion of North Carolina and was named for William R. Davie, Governor from 1798-1799 and founder of the University of North Carolina.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Davie County Courthouse
140 S Main Street
Mocksville, NC 27028
Phone: 336-751-2513
Davie County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death, burial and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1834, probate records from 1837.[3]

Davie County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1851 1913 1834 1792 1837 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1836 Davie County was created 20 December 1836 from Rowan County.
  • County seat: Mocksville[5]

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Calahaln
  • Clarksville
  • Farmington
  • Fulton
  • Jerusalem
  • Mocksville
  • Shady Grove

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Davie was formed in 1836 from Rowan. It was named in honor of William Richardson Davie, a distinguished Revolutionary soldier, a member of the Federal Convention of 1787, governor of North Carolina, special envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to France, and one of the founders of the University of North Carolina. It is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Davidson, Rowan, Iredell, Yadkin, and Forsyth counties. The present area is 264 square miles. In 1837 the court was ordered to be held at Mocksville. Mocksville, incorporated in 1839, is the county seat.

..., beginning at the junction of the North and South Yadkin rivers; thence up the South Yadkin river, to the Iredell county line; and all that part of the present county of Rowan, lying and being north of said river, shall hereafter constitute a separate and distinct county, to be called and known by the name of Davie, in honor of the revolutionary patriot, William R. Davie; ....

In 1925 an act to make certain and define the boundary line between Davie and Forsyth was passed.

That the Yadkin River be and the same is hereby made, fixed and designated as the true and correct boundary line between the counties of Davie and Forsyth.

above quoted from The Formation of the North Carolina Counties 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt; published by NC Department of Cultural Resources; pages 88-89.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Books and Maps for Davie County[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Davie County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 7,574
1850 7,866 3.9%
1860 8,494 8.0%
1870 9,620 13.3%
1880 11,096 15.3%
1890 11,621 4.7%
1900 12,115 4.3%
1910 13,394 10.6%
1920 13,578 1.4%
1930 14,386 6.0%
1940 14,909 3.6%
1950 15,420 3.4%
1960 16,728 8.5%
1970 18,855 12.7%
1980 24,599 30.5%
1990 27,859 13.3%
2000 34,835 25.0%
2010 41,240 18.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830 view Rowan County census

Church Records[edit | edit source]



  • Dutchman's Creek. Established by 1773.[7]
  • Bear Creek
    • 1792-1860 - Bear Creek Baptist Church Minutes (1792-1860) online.
    • 1859-1963 - Bear Creek Baptist Church (Mocksville, N.C.) records. Available at Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives. Wake Forest University.
  • Eaton's. Minute book (1772-1924) available online. See also this online collection.
  • Dutchman's Creek. Established by 1773.[8] Records (1772-1787) online.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Davie County 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 Davie County:

- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry formerly the 3rd Volunteers., Company F
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Detailed Men, Company B
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company A
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (63rd Regiment Volunteers), Company H

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • North Carolina Newspapers at DigitalNC
  • Davie Record, 1899-1
  • Mocksville Herald, January 4, 1912 - December 26, 1912
  • Mocksville Enterprise, January 5, 1922 - March 27, 1924
  • Davie County Enterprise-Record, 1922 - present
  • Cooleemee: Erwin Chatter Nov 1944 - March 1954; Cooleemee Journal July 1, 1965 - June 27, 1971

These newspapers can be searched on microfilm at the Davie County Public Library History Room.

Davie Record and Mocksville Enterprise can be searched online. Click on "Newspaper Files".

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Davie County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Davie County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

  • Davie County Public Library
    371 North Main Street
    Mocksville, NC 27028

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Davie County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

  • Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society
    Davie County Public Library
    371 N. Main St.
    Mocksville, NC 27028

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/Davie
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Davie County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Davie County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davie_County,_North_Carolina, accessed 12 February 2020.
  7. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:476. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  8. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:476. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.