Washington County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Washington 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: Plymouth
Organized: 1799
Parent County(s): Tyrrell[1]
Neighboring Counties
Beaufort  • Bertie  • Chowan  • Hyde  • Martin  • Tyrrell
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for George Washington. Washington County was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It is located in the Northeast corner of the state.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Washington County Courthouse
120 Adams Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-2325
Washington County Website

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913, marriage records from 1851 and land records from 1799.
Clerk of Superior Court has divorce records from 1871, probate and court records from 1873.[2]

Washington 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 1851 1913 1873 1799 1873 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1862 Courthouse destroyed.
1869-1881 1881 Fire. Fires have destroyed most of the court records and many of the land records.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1799 Washington County was created from Tyrrell County.
  • County seat: Plymouth[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 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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Lake Phelps
  • Lees Mill
  • Plymouth
  • Scuppernong
  • Skinnersville

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 Washington 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]

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Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 2,422
1810 3,464 43.0%
1820 3,986 15.1%
1830 4,552 14.2%
1840 4,525 −0.6%
1850 5,664 25.2%
1860 6,357 12.2%
1870 6,516 2.5%
1880 8,928 37.0%
1890 10,200 14.2%
1900 10,608 4.0%
1910 11,062 4.3%
1920 11,429 3.3%
1930 11,603 1.5%
1940 12,323 6.2%
1950 13,180 7.0%
1960 13,488 2.3%
1970 14,038 4.1%
1980 14,801 5.4%
1990 13,997 −5.4%
2000 13,723 −2.0%
2010 13,228 −3.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]


  • Morattuck. Established by 1785.[6]Minutes (1798-1956) are available on microfilm at the University of NC Davis Library, see online finding aid

Church of England

  • Skinners Chapel aka Rehoboth Church. Established about 1735. Now a United Methodist Church.[7]

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 Washington 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 Washington County:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company H
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company K
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company K

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battles were fought in Washington County:

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Roanoake Beacon is the primary newspaper for Washington County.

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

Pettigrew Regional Library System
201 East Third Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
Telephone 252-793-2113
Washington County: handles information & library needs of several counties in the area, including Washington.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Washington County Historical Society
PO Box 296
Plymouth, NC 27962-0296
Telephone 252-793-1377
Email: admin@portoplymouthmuseum.org

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NCGenWeb project - variety of information relevant to Washington 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.
  2. 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), Washington 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, "Washington County, North Carolina" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_North_Carolina#Communities, accessed 1 March 2020.
  6. 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.
  7. "Rehoboth Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.