Martin County, North Carolina Genealogy

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


Martin County, North Carolina
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Founded 1774
County Seat Williamston
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County Information


Martin County is located in the Eastern portion of North Carolina and was named for Josiah Martin, the last Royal Governor of North Carolina[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Martin County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Martin County Courthouse
305 East Main Street
Williamston, NC 27892-0668
Phone: 252-792-1683

Courthouse burned in 1884
1820 census missing
Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and Court records from1800's
and probate records from 1700's [2]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 348
Williamston, NC 27892
Telephone: 252-789-4320
Fax: 252.\-789-4329

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 807
Williamston, NC 27892
Telephone: (252) 809-5100


My North Carolina Genealogy - Martin County History and  Information 

Parent County

1774--Martin County was created 2 March 1774 from Halifax and Tyrrell Counties.
County seat: Williamston [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 website.

Record Loss

1862, 1884--Courthouse fires destroyed many court records.


Populated Places

Bear Grass, Cross Roads , Goose Nest, Griffins, Hamilton, Jamesville, Poplar Point, Robersonville, Williams, Williamston

Neighboring Counties



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.


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

Church Records

  • Skewarkey, near Williamston, N.C. Established by 1787.[4]

County Records



Register of Deeds Website

The Martin County Register of Deeds maintains records for land transactions in the county.  Visit their website for further information and to search online deed records from 1866 to present

Additional Land Records

Local Histories




Early migration routes to and from Martin County for European settlers included:[5]


Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company F
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company G
- 1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company K
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company H
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company K
- 41st Regiment Volunteers - 3rd Cavalry, Company K
World War I
World War II



Online Probate Records


Vital Records

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records


Societies and Libraries

Martin County Genealogical Society
PO Box 121
Williamston 27892-0121

Martin County Historical Society
PO Box 468
Williamston 27892

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), Martin County, North Carolina. Page 510 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. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990; "Skewarkey Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. 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.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at