Edgecombe County, North Carolina Genealogy

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


Edgecombe County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1741
County Seat Tarboro
Website: www.edgecombecountync.gov
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County Information


Edgecombe County is located in the Eastern portion of North Carolina and was named for Baron Richard Edgecombe, English member of Parliament and lord of the treasury[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Edgecombe County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Edgecombe County Courthouse
301 Saint Andrews Street
P O Box 386
Tarboro, NC 27886
Phone: 252-641-7924

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and land records
Clerk Superior Court has probate and Court Records[2]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 386
Tarboro, NC 27801
Telephone: 252-641-7928
Fax: 252-641-7928

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Drawer 9
Tarboro, NC 27886
Telephone: (252) 824-3200


Edgecombe County was formed in 1741 from Bertie County. It was named for Richard Edgcombe, a Member of Parliament from 1701 to 1742 and a lord of the treasury, who became 1st Baron Edgcumbe in 1742.

In 1746 part of Edgecombe County became Granville County; in 1758 another portion became Halifax County; and in 1777 yet another part became Nash County. In 1855 the formation of Wilson County from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County reduced Edgecombe to its present size, with a minor boundary adjustments.

Land records prior to 1759 are among those of Halifax County.

Parent County

1741--Edgecombe County was established 4 April 1741 from Bertie County.
County seat: Tarboro [3]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.


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

Church Records

Church of England
  • Edgecombe Parish, later St. Mary's Parish. Established 1741. [7] A history was published in 1955.[8]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Rocky Mount

County Records


See also Probate.

Family Histories


  • Boddie - Leary, Helen F.M. "The Two William Boddies of North Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Jan. 1991):16-29; Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr. 1991):106-110; Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul. 1991):148-153. Available at FHL.


Local Histories



Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment. Company A
- 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry formerly the 3rd Volunteers., Company G
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company I
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company K
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company G
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Artillery, 1st Company G
World War I
World War II



Online Probate Records



Vital Records



Societies and Libraries 

Edgecombe County Genealogical Society
PO Box 656
Pinetops, NC 27864

Edgecombe County Historical Society
130 Bridgers Street
Tarboro, NC 27886

Edgecombe County Genealogical Society
909 Main Street
Tarboro 27886

Public Libraries

The following public libraries in Edgecombe County have collections of particular interest to genealogists.

Braswell Memorial Library
727 North Grace Street
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(252) 442-1951
The Kornegay Room offers a local history and genealogy collection which includes maps, local records, newspapers, city directories, photographs, and more.

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.



  1. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/Edgecombe
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Edgecombe 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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:237, 475, 490-491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. "Toisnot Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  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 archive.org.
  7. 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), 501. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr; Stuart Hall Smith, The History of Trinity Parish, Scotland Neck [and] Edgecombe Parish, Halifax County (Durham, N.C.: Christian Printing Company, 1955), 7. Digital version at Eastern North Carolina Digital Library - free.
  8. Stuart Hall Smith and Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., The History of Trinity Parish and Edgecombe Parish (1955).
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.