Pasquotank County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Pasquotank 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: Elizabeth City
Organized: 1668
Parent County(s): Albemarle[1]
Neighboring Counties
Camden  • Gates  • Perquimans
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Pasquotank County is located in the eastern portion of North Carolina and was named after the Pasquotank Indians; the Indian word pásk-e'tan-ki means "where the current divides or forks". The county is bounded by Albemarle Sound and Perquimans, Gates, and Camden Counties.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pasquotank County Courthouse
206 East Main
PO Box 154
Elizabeth City, NC 27907-0039
Phone: 252-335-4367
Pasquotank County Website

Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records.
Registrar of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913, marriage records from 1867 and land records from from 1700s.[3]

Pasquotank 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 1867 1913 1737 1666 1709 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1862 Courthouse burned 1862

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1668 Pasquotank County was created as a precinct in Albemarle.
  • County seat: Elizabeth City[5]

Camden was formed from Pasquotank in 1777.
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 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

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Pasquotank was formed as early as 1668 as a precinct in Albemarle County. The present area is 229 square miles. It is not known when the first courthouse was built, but from 1737 to 1757 the courthouse was at Brook Field. In 1758 it was moved to Relfe's Point. It remained there until 1762 or probably a little later. From 1765 until 1785 the courthouse was at Winfield. In 1784 the Assembly directed that it be moved to Nixonton, and from 1785 to 1800 Nixonton was the county seat. In 1799 Elizabeth (City) Town was named the county seat and on June 6, 1800, the first court was held there. Elizabeth City was first called Redding, which town was established in 1793. Redding was changed to Elizabeth Town in 1794, and Elizabeth Town was changed to Elizabeth City in 1801. It is the county seat. There is no description of the precinct when it was established.[7]

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 Pasquotank 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.
1790 5,477
1800 5,379 −1.8%
1810 7,674 42.7%
1820 8,008 4.4%
1830 8,641 7.9%
1840 8,514 −1.5%
1850 8,950 5.1%
1860 8,940 −0.1%
1870 8,131 −9.0%
1880 10,369 27.5%
1890 10,748 3.7%
1900 13,660 27.1%
1910 16,693 22.2%
1920 17,670 5.9%
1930 19,143 8.3%
1940 20,568 7.4%
1950 24,347 18.4%
1960 25,630 5.3%
1970 26,824 4.7%
1980 28,462 6.1%
1990 31,298 10.0%
2000 34,895 11.5%
2010 40,661 16.5%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Flatty Creek aka Salem. Established by 1790.[8]
  • Knobscrook, near Elizabeth City, N.C. Established by 1786.[8]
  • Shiloh, Camden, N.C. Established 1729.[8][9] Formerly located in Pasquotank County.

Church of England

  • Northeast Parish.[10]
  • Pasquotank Parish. Established 1701.[10]
  • St. John's Parish. Established by 1741.[10]
  • St. Peter's Parish. Established by 1741.[10]
  • Southwest Parish.[10]

St. John's Parish and St. Peter's Parish united in 1756.[10]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Church Ward and Branch Records - Elizabeth City


  • Mount Lebanon. Organized about 1850. Served African Americans.[11]


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]

  • Broshier See Lumbroso.
  • Cartwright - Murphy, Lou Arden Andrews. Descendants of Peter Cartwright and his wife, Jane Morgan of Perquimans, Pasquotank & Camden Counties, N.C. with allied families: Falkner, Redus & Parsons. Estes Park, Colo.: L.A. Murphy, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 C249m.
  • de Hinojosa - Hoff, Henry B. "Alexander de Hinojosa and His Descendants in Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct. 2004):260-273. FHL 973 D25aga v. 79
  • Gadd - Russell, George Ely. "John Lumbroso Jr. (1666-1744) of Pasquotank County, North Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Jan. 1983):32. FHL 973 D25aga v. 59
  • Lumbroso - Russell, George Ely. "John Lumbroso Jr. (1666-1744) of Pasquotank County, North Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Jan. 1983):32. FHL 973 D25aga v. 59
  • Lumbrozo - Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60; Vol. 77, No. 1 (Apr. 2001):138-147. FHL 973 D25aga v. 76

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 Pasquotank 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 Pasquotank County:

- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company A
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company A

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 Pasquotank 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.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Family Research Society of Northeastern NC
    410 E Main St. #204
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909
    (252) 333-1640

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • North Carolina Pioneers North Carolina Pioneers
  • 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.
  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), Pasquotank 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, "Pasquotank County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Carolina, accessed 23 February 2020.
  7. Formation of the North Carolina Counties 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt, pages 171-172 with later corrections; published 1996 by the NC Division of Archives and History, NC Department of Cultural Resources.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:487, 491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  9. J.R.B. Hathaway, "The Earliest Baptist Congregation Organized in North Carolina," The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr. 1900):283. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Robert J. Cain, ed., The Church of England in North Carolina: Documents, 1699-1741 (Raleigh, N.C.: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1999), xxxiii, 414. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.
  11. "Mount Lebanon Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at