Craven County, North Carolina Genealogy

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


Craven County, North Carolina
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Founded 1705
County Seat New Bern
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County Information


Craven County is located in the Eastern portion of North Carolina and was named in honor of the Earl of Craven to whom King Charles II granted tracts of land in the New World called "Carolina"[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Craven County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Craven County Courthouse 
406 Craven Street
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
Phone: 252-636-6617

Register of Deed has birth and death from 1914
Marriage and land records from 1700
Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1915;
City Clerk has burial records[2]

Craven County Courthouse.jpg

For wills and estate records contact:

Estates Division
Craven County Clerk of Court
302 Broad Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 639-9004

For Vital Records (births, deaths, marriages) and Land Records contact:

Craven County Register of Deeds
226 Pollock Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 636-6617

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 1187
New Bern, NC 28563
Telephone: (252) 639-3000


1.) Craven County one of three counties (Albemarle and Clarendon being the others) set up in 1664 by the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. Its territory embraced what later became South Carolina. 2.) Craven County was established in 1705 as Archdale Precinct of Bath County, although there is evidence that an Archdale County existed as early as 1696. The name was changed to Craven County about 1712. 3.) Craven County included the Ashley River settlement known as Charles Town (Charleston, South Carolina).

Parent County

1705--Craven County was created 3 December 1705 from the Archdale Precinct of Bath County. Bath County was abolished in 1739.
County seat: New Bern [3]

Boundary Changes

1722--Carteret County was formed from Craven in 1722, with several boundary changes through the 1880s.
1729--New Hanover County was formed from Craven in 1729.
1746--Johnston County was formed from Craven in 1746.
1757--Part of Beaufort County was annexed to Craven in 1757 and 1801.
1764--Part of Craven was annexed to Dobbs County in 1764.
1778--Jones County was formed from Craven in 1778.
1787--Parts of Craven were annexed to Pitt County in 1787; Lenoir County in 1798, 1804 and 1819; and Greene County in 1801.
1872--Pamlico County was formed from parts of Craven and Beaufort Counties in 1872, and part of Craven was annexed to Pamlico in 1875.[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.

Record Loss

1712 Records destroyed in Tuscarora War


Populated Places

  • Bridgeton (2001 population: 201)
  • Cove City (2001 population: 425)
  • Dover (2001 population: 443)
  • Havelock (2001 population: 22,463)
  • New Bern (2001 population: 23,415)
  • River Bend (2001 population: 2,918)
  • Trent Woods (2001 population: 4,186)
  • Vanceboro (2001 population: 892)[5]

Neighboring Counties



African American

Mobley, Joe A. James City, A Black Community in North Carolina, 1863-1900. -Raleigh: North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1981. FHL 975.6192/J1 H2m


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.
  • Book: Craven County, North Carolina cemeteries by the Eastern NC Genealogical Society - view the index to Volume 2 to see if your persons of interest are listed


For tips on accessing Craven County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records

Church of England
  • Craven Parish, New Bern, N.C. Later called Christ Church Parish. Established 1715.[9] Official website.


Ethnic and Religious Groups


Local Histories


  • Craven County maps - more than 40 maps from the North Carolina State Library's NC Maps website


Early migration routes to and from Craven County for European settlers included:[10]


Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Craven County, North Carolina Genealogy 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 Craven County, North Carolina Genealogy:

-2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
-5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company B
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company I
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company F
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company I
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company K
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, 1st Company H
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, 1st Company K
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company E
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company D
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, Company F
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Craven County:

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.
World War I


The first newspaper in North Carolina was published in New Bern, N.C., by James Davis in 1751. The North Carolina State Archives has microfilmed copies of many New Bern newspapers. A list of North Carolina Newspapers, including Craven County can be found at the North Carolina Newspaper Index page of the North Carolina Newspaper Project. Craven County newspapers begin on page 37 of the index.


Online Probate Records


Vital Records

Birth and death records from 1913 can be found at the Register of Deeds Office for Craven County at 226 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560. An online index is available at Uncertified copies can be ordered for a small fee. Please see Register of Deeds website for more information.


Societies and Libraries

Craven County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1344
New Bern, NC 28563-1344

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Craven County, North Carolina. Page 508 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. David L. Corbett, The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943 (Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1950), 74-79.
  5. The Directory of Municipal Officials and Buyers' Guide, 2004 (Raleigh, N.C.: NC League of Municipalities, 2004).
  6. 6.0 6.1 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
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:317, 490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  8. Morgan Edwards, Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia (1772), 148. Digitized by SCDL Collections - free.
  9. Lawrence Foushee London and Sarah McCulloh Lemmon, The Episcopal Church in North Carolina, 1701-1959 (Raleigh, N.C.: The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1987), 24. FHL Book 975.6 K2e; 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), 500. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr; "Christ Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  10. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August, 2012)
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at