Pasquotank County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Pasquotank County, North Carolina
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Founded 1668
County Seat Elizabeth City
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County Information


Pasquotank County is located in the Eastern portion of North Carolina and was named after the Pasquotank Indians; the Indian word pásk-e'tan-ki means "where the current divides or forks"[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Pasquotank County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records
Pasquotank County Courthouse, Elizabeth City, N.C.

Pasquotank County Courthouse
206 East Main P O Box 154
Elizabeth City, NC 27907-0039
Phone: 252-335-4367

Courthouse burned 1862
Clerk Superior Court has divorce, probat and court records
Registrar of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
Marriage records records from 1867 and land records from from 1700's[2]

Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 154
Elizabeth City, NC 27907
Phone: 252-335-4367
Fax: 252-335-5106

Clerk Superior Court
P.O. Box 449
Elizabeth City, NC 27907-0449
Phone: (252) 331-4600


Pasquotank was formed as early as 1668 as a precinct in Albemarle County. Name derived from Indian word pasketanki, "where the current [of the stream] divides or forks." It is in the northeastern section of the State and is bounded by Albemarle Sound and Perquimans, Gates, and Camden counties. The present area is 229 square miles.... It is not known when the first courthouse was built, but from 1737 to 1757 the courthouse was at Brook Field. In 1758 it was moved to Relfe's Point. It remained there until 1762 or probably a little later. From 1765 until 1785 the courthouse was at Winfield. In 1784 the Assembly directed that it be moved to Nixonton, and from 1785 to 1800 Nixonton was the county seat. In 1799 Elizabeth (City) Town was named the county seat and on June 6, 1800, the first court was held there. Elizabeth City was first called Redding, which town was established in 1793. Redding was changed to Elizabeth Town in 1794, and Elizabeth Town was changed to Elizabeth City in 1801. It is the county seat. There is no description of the precinct when it was established.

This section quoted from Formation of the North Carolina Counties 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt, pages 171-172 with later corrections; published 1996 by the NC Division of Archives and History, NC Department of Cultural Resources

... That all that part of Pasquotank County lying on the North East side of the said River [Pasquotank], and of a Line to be run from the Head of the said River a North West Course to the Virginia Line, shall be, and is hereby established a County, by the Name of Cambden.

The lines between Pasquotank and Perquimans and between Camden and Gates were ordered to be run in 1804. Because of the difficulty of establishing and marking the lines in the Dismal Swamp, they had not been previously marked.

... beginning near the fork of Little river, and running northwardly to the south-west corner of a ridge, known by the Middle Ridge, then along the west side of said ridge, crossing Colonel John Hamilton's turnpike road, to the north-west corner thereof, thence a northwardly course to a ridge in the desart known by Colonel Jesse Eason's Ridge, then a north course to the line that divides this State from the State of Virginia.

In 1818 an act was passed which authorized the boundary line between Pasquotank and Perquimans to be run and marked. No description is given in the law.

In 1909 an act was passed to define the boundary line between Pasquotank and Camden counties.

That the channel of Pasquotank River, from its mouth to its junction with the Dismal Swamp Canal, shall be the dividing line between Pasquotank and Camden counties; and the boundary line of Camden County, from the junction of the Dismal Swamp Canal and Pasquotank River to the Virginia line, shall be and remain as it now is.

Parent County

1668--Pasquotank County was created as a precinct in Albemarle County.
County seat: Elizabeth City [3]

Boundary Changes

Camden was formed from Pasquotank in 1777.

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

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 Family History Library
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census and Tax Records

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

Church Records

  • Flatty Creek aka Salem. Established by 1790.[4]
  • Knobscrook, near Elizabeth City, N.C. Established by 1786.[4]
  • Shiloh, Camden, N.C. Established 1729.[4][5] Formerly located in Pasquotank County.
Church of England
  • Northeast Parish.[6]
  • Pasquotank Parish. Established 1701.[6]
  • St. John's Parish. Established by 1741.[6]
  • St. Peter's Parish. Established by 1741.[6]
  • Southwest Parish.[6]

St. John's Parish and St. Peter's Parish united in 1756.[6]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • LDS Ward and Branch Records - Elizabeth City
  • Mount Lebanon. Organized about 1850. Served African Americans.[7]

County Records



  • Broshier See Lumbroso.
  • Cartwright - Murphy, Lou Arden Andrews. Descendants of Peter Cartwright and his wife, Jane Morgan of Perquimans, Pasquotank & Camden Counties, N.C. : with allied families: Falkner, Redus & Parsons. Estes Park, Colo.: L.A. Murphy, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 C249m.
  • de Hinojosa - Hoff, Henry B. "Alexander de Hinojosa and His Descendants in Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct. 2004):260-273. FHL 973 D25aga v. 79
  • Gadd - Russell, George Ely. "John Lumbroso Jr. (1666-1744) of Pasquotank County, North Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Jan. 1983):32. FHL 973 D25aga v. 59
  • Lumbroso - Russell, George Ely. "John Lumbroso Jr. (1666-1744) of Pasquotank County, North Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Jan. 1983):32. FHL 973 D25aga v. 59
  • Lumbrozo - Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60; Vol. 77, No. 1 (Apr. 2001):138-147. FHL 973 D25aga v. 76





Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company A
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company A
World War I
World War II



Organizations and Links

Probate Records

Online Probate Records




Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records


Societies and Libraries

Family Research Society of Northeastern NC
PO Box 1425
Elizabeth City, NC 27906-1425

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), Pasquotank 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), 1:487, 491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. J.R.B. Hathaway, "The Earliest Baptist Congregation Organized in North Carolina," The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Apr. 1900):283. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 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), xxxiii, 414. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr.
  7. "Mount Lebanon Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at