Montgomery County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Montgomery County, North Carolina
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Founded 1779
County Seat Troy
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County Information


Montgomery County is located in the South-Central portion of North Carolina and was named for General Richard Montgomery, a Revolutionary War brigadier[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Montgomery County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Montgomery County North Carolina
East Main Street P O Box 695
Troy, NC 27371

Courhouse burned 1835
1820 Census missing
Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, deeds burial, probate and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1842. [2]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 695
Troy, NC 27371
Telephone: 910-576-4271
Fax: 910-576-2209

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 527
Troy, NC 27371
Telephone: (910) 571-3700


Parent County

1779--Montgomery County was established from Anson County.
County seat:  Troy [3]

When Montgomery County was formed in 1779 from Anson County, It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery who, in 1775, lost his life at the battle of Quebec in the attempt to conquer Canada. Located in the south section of the State of North Carolina, it is bounded by Moore Co, Richmond Co, Stanly Co, Davidson Co, and Randolph County. When the county was first established it was specified that the first court should be held at the home of Henry Munger, and all subsequent courts should be held where the justices of peace decided until a courthouse was built. In 1783 the Assembly authorized the building of the courthouse on land previously purchased for that purpose. There was some dissatisfaction among the people as to the location that had been selected but this didn't sway the commissioners from the location they had selected. In an effort to appease the ones dissatisfied the act provided for adequate ferries across the Yadkin and Uwharrie Rivers on the court, public, and election days. The General Assembly was petitioned to authorize removal of the courthouse in 1785. In 1791 an act was passed directing that the center of the county be located by actual survey, and Stokes was to be established at that place. petitioned to authorize the removal of the courthouse. When the commissioners failed to act new commissioners were named in 1792. At that time the courts were to be held at the home of Mark Kenneth unless the justices decide on some more convenient place. The courthouse battle continued on for several more years with the commissioners in 1815 being named to again locate the center of the county, purchase land, and erect a courthouse. They were authorized to sell the old courthouse and lot in the town of Henderson and apply the proceeds to the erection of the new buildings. In 1816 Laurenceville was named under the authority of a law enacted in 1815 establishing a town at the courthouse. The courthouse was ordered to be moved in 1843 from Laurenceville to the geographical center. Commissioners were named to locate the center, to acquire land, to lay out a town and erect the public buildings. In 1844 Troy was established as the county seat and remains so today.

The above information comes from website - Montgomery County

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

Fire.png1835, 1840--Courthouse fires destroyed many records.
1886--Fire burned courthouse, most records saved but disorganized.


Populated Places

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 Montgomery County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records

  • Fork of Little River. Church built 1758.[4] Originally located in Anson County.
  • Mouth of Hughwarry River. Constituted 1780.[4]
  • Rocky River P.D.R. Constituted 1758.[4]
  • Randall's United Methodist Church, near Norwood, N.C. Organized about 1785.[5] Later located in Stanly County.
  • Zion United Methodist Church, near Pee Dee, N.C. Organized 1786. Originally known as Scarborough's Meeting House.[6]

County Records



The Register of Deeds office serves as the custodian for real estate and vital records for Montgomery County. The records include deeds, deeds of trust, maps, military discharge records, notary public records, birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses.

Montgomery County Register of Deeds
PO Box 695
102 E. Spring St
Troy, NC 27371

Deeds are currently indexed and searchable online from 1999, records are being updated regularly, so check back often.

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Local Histories




Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company E
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company E
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company A
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company I
World War I
World War II


The Montgomery Herald, 139 Bruton St, Troy, NC  27371    910-576-6051

URL - Montgomery Herald


Online Probate Records

A number of wills have been transcribed, please visit the following websites:

The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.

As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines. Montgomery County has probate records starting from 1785, you should contact the Clerk's office for more specific details about the documents that you are seeking.

Montgomery County Courthouse
108 East Main Street
Troy, NC 27371

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 527
Troy, NC 27371
Clerk of the Superior Court
(910) 576-4211


Vital Records

Birth, Marriage and Death Records are available at the Register of Deeds office. Montgomery County has Marriage records from 1779, and Birth & Death records starting from 1913, when the State started requiring the registration of these vital records. Visit the Montgomery County Register of Deeds website to get further details.

The following websites have a number of transcribed Vital Records for Montgomery County:

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries 

Montgomery Historical Society
P0 Box644
Troy, NC 27371

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), Montgomery County, North Carolina. Page 511 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 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:225-226; 2:566. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. "Randall's United Methodist Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  6. "Zion United Methodist Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at