Northampton County, North Carolina Genealogy

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


Northampton County, North Carolina
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Founded 1741
County Seat Jackson
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County Information


Northampton County is located in the Northeastern portion of North Carolina and shares a border with Virginia. It was named for James Compton, Earl of Northampton[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Northampton County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Northampton County Courthouse
Jefferson St P O Box 120
Jackson, NC 27845
Phone: 252-534-2511

Reg of Deeds has birth, marriage and death and land records
Clerk Superior Court has divorce records  from 1800
pro & ct rec from 1761[2]

Register of Deeds
PO Box 128
Jackson, NC 27845-01280
Telephone: 252-534-2511
Fax: 252-534-1580

Clerk of Superior Court
PO Box 217
Jackson, NC 27845
Telephone: (252) 574-3100


Northampton County was formed in 1741 from Bertie County and was named in honor of James Crompton Earl of Northampton, an English nobleman. Located in the northeastern section of the state, it is bounded by the State of Virginia and neighboring North Carolina counties of Halifax, Bertie and Hertford. The Roanoke River determines the southwest border of Northampton following its flow from the Roanoke Rapids Lake in the northwestern corner of Northampton County. The Meherrin River marks the northeastern border. The present land area is 536 square miles and the 2003 estimated population was 21,782. Jackson is the seat of Northampton County and is an extremely fertile area along the Roanoke River with cotton, corn and peanuts being its principal crops. The first courthouse was built here in 1742 and was known as Northampton Courthouse; Jackson, NC was incorporated in 1823 and named after Andrew Jackson who was born near the NC/SC line, studied law in Salisbury, NC and later became the seventh President of the United States.

During the Nat Turner slave insurrection of 1831 in the adjoining Southampton County, Virginia, NC militia were mobilized at Jackson, NC in readiness for the anticipated slave uprising that was quelled prior to the militia's intervention. The Northampton County Courthouse was built in 1859 and it is purported that Cornwallis visited a tavern that was located diagonally opposite the Courthouse. Lafayette, the first Frenchman to come to the aid of the American revolutionary cause and whom the United States Congress commissioned a major general of the Continental Army on July 31, 1777 dined in Jackson on his 1825 triumphal visit to North Carolina.

Parent County

1741--Northampton County was created from Bertie County.
County seat: Jackson [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

Some records are missing.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

= Resources


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

Church Records


There was a Baptist Church at Potecasi by 1778.[4]

Church of England
  • Northwest Parish. Established by 1727.[5]
  • St. George's Parish. Established by 1762. Vestry minutes begin 1773.[6]

County Records


Family Histories

A great deal of information about several early Northampton County families is presented in:

  • Dozier, Rebecca Leach, Lou Woodard King and Penn Perry. Twelve Northhampton County, North Carolina Families, 1650-1850: Bridgers, Daughtry, Futrell, Jenkins, Joyner, Lassiter, Martin, Odom, Parker, Stephenson, Sumner, Woodard. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 2004. FHL Book 975.649 D2d

Books and Articles

  • Binford - Bruner, Mary L. Binford Family Genealogy. Greenfield, Ind.: Wm. Mitchell Printing Co., [1925]. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free; FHL Book 929.273 B512b.
  • 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.


The Northampton County Register of Deeds Office has real estate records extending back as far as 1741.

Northampton County Register of Deeds
Thomas Bragg Street
Jasper Eley Annex Building
PO Box 128
Jackson, NC 27845
Phone: (252)534-2511

Local Histories



The Northampton County NCGenWeb site has an array of maps and mapping projects using the Google Earth application. For a complete listing of map records click onto Northampton County Places

Northampton County maps from the NC State Archives Digital Maps Collection


Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- Northampton County U.S. Colored Troops
- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company N
- 12th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company O
- 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 5th Volunteers, Company A
- 1st Brigade, North Carolina Reserves, Company K
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company B
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company K
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company H
- 3rd Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery, Company A
- 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company K
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (59th North Carolina State Troops), Company K
World War I
World War II



Online Probate Records

Probate records, including wills & estate records are handled by the Northampton County Clerk of the Superior Court, located at the County Courthouse.  Contact their office for details of what is available and fees. 

Northampton County Courthouse
104 West Jefferson St
PO Box 217
Jackson, NC 27845
(252) 574-3100

A number of probate records have been transcribed or images and can be viewed on the following sites:


Vital Records

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries 

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), Northampton 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. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:476. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. Donna Sherron, "North Carolina Parishes," accessed 12 October 2012. Digital version at Lost Souls Genealogy - free.
  6. 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), 432, 501. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.