Iredell County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Founded November 3, 1788
County Seat Statesville
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Description

Iredell County is located in the Western portion of North Carolina and was named for James Iredell, North Carolina attorney general during the Revolution and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention who was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President George Washington[1].

County Courthouse

The Iredell County Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and death, burial and land records. The Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1820 and court records from 1788.[2]

Records about persons in Iredell County are available online in FamilySearch and through the Iredell County Register of Deeds website. See Rowan County, North Carolina for marriage, land and probate records back to 1753 for persons living in what is now Iredell County prior to 1788. The date range of available Iredell County records is shown below:

Beginning Dates for Iredell County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Location Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
Iredell County Register of Deeds
1913-Present
1788-Present
1906-Present
NA
1780-Present (on-line)[3]
1787-Present
County, State and National Indexes in FamilySearch
1864
1788 (1759-1979, including Rowan)
1898-2004
1790
NA
1787

NA: Not Available


Iredell County Courthouse
221 East Water St
P O Box 904
Statesville, NC 28677
Phone: 704-872-7468
Website
Register of Deeds
201 Water Street
Statesville, NC 28687
Phone: 704-872-7468
Fax: 704-878-5426
County Website, Deed Search
Clerk Superior Court
221 East Water Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Phone: (704) 832-6600
Iredell County Public Library, Local History Section

201 N Tradd Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Phone: 704-878-3090
Website

History

Parent County

1788--Iredell County was created on 3 November 1788 from Rowan County, which was created from Anson County, North Carolina in 1753.

County seat: Statesville since 1789.[2]

Boundary Changes

Alexander County, North Carolina was formed from portions of what was then Iredell, Caldwell, Wilkes counties in 1847. 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

1852, 1854--Courthouse fires destroyed some court records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Early settlers used the names of streams, mills, land owners, and post offices to identify where the land that they owned. Prior to the Revolution in 1755 when Iredell was still part of Rowan County, Fort Dobbs was established near the present day city of Statesville. The first post office in Iredell County, located in Iredell County Court House, came into existence in 1794.[4] The 1800 Census listed the new town of States Ville (sic, later changed to Statesville).

Populated Places in Iredell County, North Carolina
Townships
Bethany | Chambersburg | Coddle Creek | Concord | Cool Springs | Davidson | Eagle Mills | Fallstown | New Hope | Olin Township | Sharpesburg | Shiloh | Statesville | Turnersburg | Union Grove
Cities, Towns and Unincorporated Communities (Unic)--Current and Historical (H)
Barium Springs (Unic) | Callahan (H) | Carstown (H) | Cool Springs | Davidson[5] | Eagle Mills (H) | Fallstown | Fort Dobbs (H) | Harmony | Houstonville (Unic)| Love Valley | Mooresville | Mount Mourne (Unic)| New Hope | Olin (Unic) | Pisgah | Rocky Creek | Scotts (Unic) | Shepherds | Statesville (City, County Seat) | Statesville West | Stony Point (CDP)[6] | Troutman | Turnersburg (Unic) | Union Grove (Unic)
Former Iredell County Towns that are now part of other counties (county, period that they were in Iredell)
Mount Pisgah (Alexander, 1817-1849), Spring Grove (Rowan, 1818-1847), Stony Point (Alexander, 1826-1849), Zion (Yadkin, 1830-1856). Taylorsville (aka James Cross Roads, Alexander, 1847-1847), Spring Grove (Rowan, 1818-1847 1855-1883), Tulin (Cabarrus, 1856-1870), Catawba Station (Catawba, 1856-1859), Elk Shoal (Alexander, 1875-1881), Grade (Alexander, 1882-1883), Evalin (Wilkes, 1884-1906)

Both the Wikipedia, J.D. Lewis website, and Homer Keever's book have lists showing historical towns in Iredell County. Prior to 1800, many locations were designated by streams, creeks, mills, or militia Captain's Districts.

Neighboring Counties

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  • Alexander (formed from portions of what was then Iredell, Caldwell, Wilkes counties in 1847)
  • Cabarrus (formed from Mecklenburg County in 1792)
  • Catawba (formed in 1842 from Lincoln County)
  • Davie (formed in 1836 from Rowan County)
  • Lincoln (formed in 1779 from the eastern part of Tyron County)
  • Mecklenburg (formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County)
  • Rowan (formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County)
  • Wilkes (Wilkes County was formed in 1777 from parts of Surry County and Washington District (now Washington County, Tennessee)
  • Yadkin (formed in 1850 from the part of Surry County south of the Yadkin River)

Resources

Cemeteries

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.

List of hard copy transcriptions:

  • North Carolina, Historical Records Survey, Cemetery Inscription Card Index at FamilySearch — index and images
  • Time is, time was : gravestone art, burial customs and history, Iredell County, North Carolina, by Mildred J. Miller, Pat M. Crooks, date: 1990
  • Iredell County, North Carolina, cemetery records, Author: Lois Schneider; Snow Creek Methodist Church (Iredell County, N.C.); Centre Presbyterian Church (Iredell County, N.C.); New Perth ARP Church (Iredell County, N.C.); Hebron Baptist Church (Iredell County, N.C.); All authors; Publisher: Troutman, North Carolina : L.M.P. Schneider, 1992.
  • Iredell County, North Carolina, cemetery records, 1700-1970, Author: Daughters of the American Revolution (N.C.). Genealogical Records Committee. Publisher: Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
  • Iredell County North Carolina cemeteries, by Russell C Black; Irene Clanton Black, Print book, Language: English Publisher: Statesville, NC : Russell C. Black, Jr., 1999.
  • Fourth Creek Memorial Burying Ground (Statesville, North Carolina), Author: National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina. Publisher: North Carolina : National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina, 1967.

Census

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

The following information comes from the Census images and published summaries. The last page of the Census sometimes contains the totals for each column in the Census. It was not until the 1860 Census that the county Census takers began designating districts and post offices on the Census records, except for the 1800 Census that had a separate page for the newly created town of States Ville.

Iredell County, North Carolina US Federal Census
Year Population Year Population Year Population Year Population
1790 5,430 (770 Heads of Household) 1800 8,856 (95 in Statesville) 1810 10,972 1820 13,071
1830 14,918 1840 15,685 1850 14,719 1860 15,347
1870 16,931 1880 22,675 1890 25,462 1900 29,064
1910 34,315 1920 37,956 1930 46,693 1940 50,424
1950 56,303 1960 62,526 1970 72,197 1980 82,538
1990 92,931 2000 122,660 2010 159,437 2017 Est 175,711

Notes:

  • 1790 Census: The FamilySearch Index for the 1790 Iredell County Census is missing several page, e.g. pages 390, 391, and 402. The pages are in the film record but missing from the index. This has been reported to FamilySearch. For an alternate index, see WikiTree.
  • 1800 Census: The 1800 Census District Headquarters was located in Salisbury, Rowan County. The Census for Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Rowan counties list Salisbury as the location in the index for these counties, even though Salisbury was and still is located in Rowan County. The 1800 Census has a double entry for the 11 heads of household and 95 inhabitants of States Ville, Iredell County--one entry under Iredell County and one entry under the States Ville section of the Census. The overall number of inhabitants for Iredell County is correct.

Church Records

Most of the early Iredell County churches are described in Homer Keever's book[7] or in the two volume series, The Heritage of Iredell County. Some churches have written histories of their churches, as listed below (on-going effort).

Baptist
  • Grassy Knob Constituted 1789 near present day Union Grove, Iredell County.[8][9]
Methodist
  • McKendree United Methodist Church, located in Mooresville, organized in the 1790s
Presbyterian
  • Bethany Presbyterian Church, located in Statesville, Iredell County, organized in 1778
  • Bethesda Presbyterian Church, located in Statesville, Iredell County, organized in 1775
  • Centre Church, Mount Mourne, Iredell County. Organized 1765.[10] Originally known as the Osbourne Meeting House and located in Rowan County.[11]
  • Concord Presbyterian Church, located in Statesville, Iredell County, organized in 1775
  • Coddle Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, organized in 1761 near present day Mooresville, Iredell County
  • Fourth Creek Meeting House and Congregation, located in Rowan County (present day Statesville, Iredell County) organized about 1750.[12][13]
  • New Sterling Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, located in Stony Point, Iredell County, organized in 1787[14]

County Records

Court

Directories

Genealogy

The following Iredell family histories have been located:

  • A history of Major Amos Sharpe, Iredell County, North Carolina, by Mildred J. Miller, published 1975
  • The family of John Sharpe, Revolutionary soldier, by by Mildred J. Miller, published 1976
  • History of the Campbell Family compiled by H. P. Van Hoy in 1925. Zerox copy of the original history from the H. P. Van Hoy family. This is the history of the Campbell Family compiled in 1925 by H. P. Van Hoy, a descendant of Sarah Campbell, daughter of John R. Campbell, who married William A. Van Hoy. It was given out at the first annual Campbell family reunion in Union Grove, Iredell, North Carolina. It was written based on recollections of the oldest living descendants in 1925 that lived in Union Grove, North Carolina and correspondence with descendants in Izard County Arkansas, as well as research of property deeds.
  • Templeton - Templeton, Ronald H. "Possible North Carolina/South Carolina Templeton Relationships," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Summer 2007):123-130. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 35 Presents discoveries of previously unknown kinships based on the Templeton DNA study.
  • Iredell County Surnames', Linkpendium, Link, accessed Jan 11, 2019
  • National Register of Historic Places in Iredell County, Wikipedia, Link, accessed Jan 11, 2019

Land

Land records for residents of Iredell County are found in either the Iredell or Rowan County Register of Deeds web sites. Land records, Granville and State land grants, and Deeds back to 1750 are now searchable on-line at one of the following links:

  • North Carolina Land Grants Search, Search
  • Iredell County Register of Deeds Search
  • Rowan County Register of Deeds, Rowan County Deeds Search

Local Histories

  • Iredell Piedmont County, by Homer M. Keever, with illustrations by Louise Gilbert and maps by Mildred Jenkins Miller, published for the Iredell County Bicentennial Commission by Brady Printing Company from type set by the Statesville Record and Landmark, copyright, November 1976[7]
  • Towards a New History: Iredell County, North Carolina, A Thesis by JAMIE LEANNE HAGER, Submitted to the Graduate School Appalachian State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARTS, May 2010 Department of History
  • The Heritage of Iredell County, 1980, published by the Genealogical Society of Iredell County, PO Box 946, Statesville, North Carolina 28677, ISBN 0-89459-087-1, 642 pages with index
  • The Heritage of Iredell County, NC Vol II - 2000, published by the Genealogical Society of Iredell County, PO Box 946, Statesville, North Carolina 29866, LC # 00-110956, 574 pages with index
  • Iredell County Early Settlers, NCGenWeb, Link (based on Homer Keever's book[7])

Maps

  • A 1773 Map depicts landowners in the Fourth Creek Congregation, Iredell County, N.C. Notes at the bottom of the map give directions to the center of the congregation. One of the notes reads, "At the "Meeting House' Statesville was located in 1790. The Court House of Iredell County, N. Ca." A transcription of the map appears in Homer Keever's book and The Heritage of Iredell County. The original map is in the North Carolina archives and a copy can be seen on-line.[15]
  • Several maps of Iredell County, including the Fourth Creek Congregation, early settlers, mills, post offices, etc. can be found on NCGenWeb
  • Iredell County Maps, Link, UNC Digital Collection

Military

Revolutionary War
  • 1779 - 1782 - North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • United States, Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers (FamilySearch Historical Records) will often contain the date of death of a pensioner
  • Many of the Revolutionary War veterans that were residents of Iredell County after 1788 fought in the Rowan County Regiment of the North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. A listing of known persons that resided in Iredell County during their lifetime is available on-line.[16] This list was based on an earlier survey of Revolutionary War Veterans by the Genealogical Society of Iredell County[17] The 1840 Census also contains the names of Revolutionary War Pensioners living in Iredell County and their age.
  • J.D. Lewis has an on-line database of North Carolina Revolutionary War Soldiers that contains the rosters of North Carolina military units and service records of members, including the 1st and 2nd Rowan County Regiment.[18]
  • The Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) has an on-line database of revolutionary ancestors that can be searched by anyone. The database contains the veterans date and place of birth and death, unit, and lineage to DAR members applications (Link, accessed Jan 10, 2019)
  • The Rowan County Committee of Safety was set up as one of the county committees set up prior to the Revolutionary War that took the lead in organizing resistance to British rule. Many of the members of this committee lived in what became Iredell County[19]
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company E
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company B
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company A
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company C
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company H
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company D
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company F
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company A
World War I
World War II

Newspapers

  • Iredell County people in NC Newspapers - name listing of people from the county as located in misc. newspaper articles; time span varies. Articles indexed in the NC People in the Papers database.
  • Iredell County newspapers - a listing of newspapers published in the county & libraries that hold them; via the Library of Congress. If you find a paper of interest on microfilm, you may be able to request it via Interlibrary Loan with your local public library.
  • Statesville Record and Landmark - current newspaper of Statesville
  • Mooresville Tribune - another current paper

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Iredell County, prior to County Formation was part of Rowan County and some Iredell residents were included in the following:

  • 1747 "Earl Granville's Quit Rents in the Rowan Area," [1747; instructions, no personal names] Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 2 (May 1988):578-579. Available at FHL.
  • 1754-1767 Linn, Jo White. "Number of Rowan County Taxables 1754-1767," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Feb. 1993):1689-1693. Available at FHL. Details interesting statistics, but lists few personal names.
  • 1758 "1758 Rowan County Tax List," Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):3531-3532. Available at FHL.
  • 1758 - Tax Lists, Rowan County, 1758 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2, online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1759 - Tax Lists, Rowan County, 1759 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2, online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1761 - Tax Lists, Rowan County, 1761 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2, online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1761 Tax Lists for 1761-1845 (transcripts) online at FamilySearch
  • 1761 Linn, Jo White and Michael Brown. "1761 Rowan County Tax Lists," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Nov. 1992):1629-1630; Vol. 9, No. 2 (May 1994):2023-2025. Available at FHL 975.671 P28
  • 1769-1770 Linn, Jo White. "Undated [1769-1770] Rowan County Tax List Fragment," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb. 1998):2939-2946. Available at FHL.
  • 1772 Enochs, Richard A. "A List of Taxables Returned by Wm. Sharp, 1772," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1987):342-344. Available at FHL.
  • 1778 Tax Lists, Rowan County 1778 (transcript) online at FamilySearch

After County Formation:

Vital Records

Birth
Death
Divorce
Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of Iredell County
PO Box 946
Statesville, North Carolina 28687
200 S Center St
Statesville, NC 28677
Telephone Number: 704-878-5384
Publication: Iredell County Tracks, available in the Iredell County Public Library Local History section only


Iredell County Historical Society[21]
For more information, call Mike Trivette at gsic@iredell.lib.nc.us or call 704-878-5384.


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.

Websites

References

  1. NCPedia, Iredell County, Robert Blair Vocci, 2006
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iredell County, North Carolina. Page 510 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Including some records in what was Rowan County before 1788
  4. Iredell County Post Offices 1788-1971, by J.D. Lewis, [http://www.carolana.com/NC/Towns/Iredell_POs_Sorted.htm Link], accessed Jan 10, 2019
  5. parts located in Mecklenburg County
  6. Census Designated place in Iredell and Alexander Counties
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Iredell Piedmont County, by Homer M. Keever, with illustrations by Louise Gilbert and maps by Mildred Jenkins Miller, published for the Iredell County Bicentennial Commission by Brady Printing Company from type set by the Statesville Record and Landmark, copyright, November 1976
  8. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:565. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  9. Grassy Knob Baptist Church (Union Grove, N.C.) records, Link
  10. "Centre Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  11. Older church cemeteries of Iredell County, N.C. : Centre Presbyterian Church and Snow Creek Methodist Church, with early membership rolls, available in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Public Libraries
  12. "Fourth Creek Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  13. Old Fourth Creek Congregation : the story of the First Presbyterian Church, Statesville, 1764-1989, Author, Raynal, Henry Middleton, 1924-, First Presbyterian Church (Statesville, N.C.)
  14. From Stirling to Sterling, the Bicentennial History of New Sterling Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, by Mildred Miller, Edited by Dr. Peggy Byers Gray and Robert Ernest Mize, published in 1987, published by The Delmar Company.
  15. Title: Map of Fourth Creek Congregation (Iredell County, North Carolina), Date Published: 1847; Date Depicted: 1773 Creator: Individual, William Sharpe, Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
  16. Iredell County Revolutionary War Veterans, by G. Moore, Wikitree, accessed Jan 10, 2019
  17. "Genealogical Society of Iredell County, Inc., NC Revolutionary Soldiers’ Graves – Iredell, Davie & Alexander Co., Iredell County Tracks, Fall 2006."
  18. J.D. Lewis, The American Revolution in North Carolina, Search of patriots, compiled from over 50,000 Revolutionary War records from North Carolina, accessed Jan 10, 2019
  19. Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Rowan County Committte of Safety, accessed Jan 11, 2019
  20. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.
  21. News Article


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