Lenoir County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Lenoir 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: Kinston
Organized: December 4, 1791
Parent County(s): Dobbs[1]
Neighboring Counties
Craven  • Duplin  • Greene  • Jones  • Pitt  • Wayne
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Lenoir County is located in the southeastern portion of North Carolina and was named for General William Lenoir, a prominent Revolutionary War hero, Speaker of the State Senate, and trustee of the University of North Carolina.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lenoir County Courthouse
PO Box 3289
Kinston, NC 28502
Phone: 252-523-2390
Lenoir County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1880.
Register of Deeds has marriage and land records.[3]

Lenoir 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
1914 1791 1914 1880 1737 1880 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1878, 1880 Most court records were destroyed in fires.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1791 Lenoir County was created 4 December 1791 from Dobbs County.
  • County seat: Kinston[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
  • Contentnea Neck
  • Falling Creek
  • Institute
  • Kinston
  • Moseley Hall
  • Neuse
  • Pink Hill
  • Sand Hill
  • Southwest
  • Trent
  • Vance
  • Woodington

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Lenoir 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.
1800 4,005
1810 5,572 39.1%
1820 6,799 22.0%
1830 7,723 13.6%
1840 7,605 −1.5%
1850 7,828 2.9%
1860 10,220 30.6%
1870 10,434 2.1%
1880 15,344 47.1%
1890 14,879 −3.0%
1900 18,639 25.3%
1910 22,769 22.2%
1920 29,555 29.8%
1930 35,716 20.8%
1940 41,211 15.4%
1950 45,953 11.5%
1960 55,276 20.3%
1970 55,204 −0.1%
1980 59,819 8.4%
1990 57,274 −4.3%
2000 59,648 4.1%
2010 59,495 −0.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Bear Creek. Established by 1785.[7]
  • Beaver Dam. Established by 1808.[8]
  • Wheat Swamp, near Kinston, N.C. Organized about 1760. Has belonged to the Disciples of Christ since 1843.[9]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Howard's Chapel Branch was the first congregation of Church members residing in and around Kinston, Lenoir County in the early 1900s.

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 Lenoir 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 Lenoir County:

- 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[10]
  • March 7-10, 1865 Wilmington, also known as Wilcox’s Bridge, Wise’s Fork, Second Kinston, Second Southwest Creek, or Kelly's Mill Pond[11]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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 Lenoir County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Lenoir County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Heritage Place
Lenoir Community College
231 Highway 58 South
Kinston, NC 28502-0188
Telephone 252-527–6223
Email lhdeaver55@lenoircc.edu

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Heritage Genealogical Society
Kinston, NC
Telephone 252-522-0540

Lenoir County Historical Association
109 E. King St.
Kinston, NC 28504
Telephone 252-522-0421
E-mail: harmony.hall.kinston@gmail.com

Old Dobbers

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Lenoir County (NCGenWeb)
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

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/lenoir
  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), Lenoir 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, "Lenoir County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenoir_County%2C_North_Carolina, accessed 20 February 2020.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. "Wheat Swamp Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.