Person County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Person 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: Roxboro
Organized: 1791
Parent County(s): Caswell[1]
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Person County is located in the north-central portion of North Carolina and shares a border with Virginia. It was named for Revolutionary War General Thomas Person.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Person County Courthouse
105 South Main Street
Roxboro, NC 27573
Phone: 336-503-5200
Person County Website

Register's office has copies of birth, marriage and death records as well as land records.

Person 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1791 1913 1791 1774 1791 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]

  • 1791 Person County was created from Caswell County.
  • County seat: Roxboro[4]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Ai
  • Allensville
  • Bethel Hill
  • Brooksdale
  • Bushy Fork
  • Cavel
  • Ceffo
  • Concord
  • Cunningham
  • Denny Store
  • Five Forks
Census-designated places
  • Allensville
  • Bushy Fork
  • Cunningham
  • Flat River
  • Holloway
  • Mount Tirzah
  • Olive Hill
  • Roxboro
  • Woodsdale

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Person county was formed in 1791 from Caswell. The act was to become effective February 1, 1792. In 1792 the eastern four districts of Caswell County became Person County. In 1792 Pittman's was mentioned in an act as the place where the courthouse was to be established. In 1793 Roxboro was established as the courthouse and is now the county seat. The present area of the county is 390.87 square miles and the 1990 population was 30,180.
General Thomas Person was a Revolutionary Patriot, a member of the Council of Safety and a trustee of the University of North Carolina. He gave a large sum of money to the University, and a building was erected in his honor, which is called Person Hall.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • Bible Records at North Carolina Digital Archives - index and image
  • Bibles at Person County, NC USGenWeb Archives

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Person 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 6,402
1810 6,642 3.7%
1820 9,029 35.9%
1830 10,027 11.1%
1840 9,790 −2.4%
1850 10,781 10.1%
1860 11,221 4.1%
1870 11,170 −0.5%
1880 13,719 22.8%
1890 15,151 10.4%
1900 16,685 10.1%
1910 17,356 4.0%
1920 18,973 9.3%
1930 22,039 16.2%
1940 25,029 13.6%
1950 24,361 −2.7%
1960 26,394 8.3%
1970 25,914 −1.8%
1980 29,164 12.5%
1990 30,180 3.5%
2000 35,623 18.0%
2010 39,464 10.8%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Flat River. Constituted 1777.[6]
  • Head of Mayo Creek. Constituted 1793.[6]
  • South Hico River Lower Church. Constituted 1793.[6]
  • South Hico River Upper Church. Constituted 1792.[6]

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]

African American

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 Person 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 Person County:

- U.S. Colored Troops-Person County - list of soldiers from Person Co.
- 4th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company C
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain George F Fisher's Company
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain R S Davie's Company

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Person County Library
    319 S. Main Street
    Roxboro, NC
    Phone: 336-597-7881
    Includes a local history room, large amount of genealogy information
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Library
    208 Raleigh Street, CB#3916
    UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    Ref Phone: 919-962-1151
    Circ Phone: 919-962-1053

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2272
    Danville, VA 24541

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Person County NCGenWeb - many genealogy resources for Person County
  • USGenWeb Project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • 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), Person 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Person County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 24 February 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:567. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.