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


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Founded 1785
County Seat Wentworth
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Rockingham County is located in the North-Central portion of North Carolina and shares a border with Virginia. It was named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, Second Marquis of Rockingham, the British prime minister at the time of the repeal of the Stamp Act and a supporter of American Independence[1].

Rockingham County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1741 1913 1786 1787 1804 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.


Rockingham County Courthouse
371 NC 65 #212 PO Box 56
Wentworth, NC 27375
Phone: 336-342-8820

Courthouse burned 1906
Register of Deeds has marriage records from 1868
Birth and Death records from 1913 Clerk Superio Court has
Probate records from 1804;  Has marriage records 1741-1868 [3] 

Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 56,
Wentworth, NC 27375
Phone: 336-342-8820
Fax: 336-342-6209
Website

Clerk Superior Court
P.O. Box 127
Wentworth, NC 27375-0127
Phone: (336) 634-6000

Rockingham County, North Carolina History[edit | edit source]

On December 29, 1785, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation that created Rockingham County from the northern half of the Guilford County. The assembly chose to name the new county for Charles Watson-Wentworth, second Marquess of Rockingham (1730-1782). Rockingham was a leading Whig and was Prime Minister of Britain from 1765 to 1766 and again in 1782. His popularity in America was assured when he secured repeal of the hated Stamp Act in 1766 and led the ministry that initiated negotiations to terminate the Revolutionary War. From 1768 to 1781 he had been the leading Parliamentary opponent of both the government's American policy and the war.

Parent County[edit | edit source]


1785--Rockingham was from Guilford County.
County seat: Wentworth [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Some of the court records are missing.

Rockingham County, North Carolina Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Rockingham County, North Carolina Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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.

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptist[edit | edit source]
  • Haw River. Constituted 1793.[5]
  • Matrimony Creek. Constituted 1780.[5] Church membership lists and minutes (1776-1814) are available online, with an index at the end: online.
  • Wolf Island. Constituted 1777.[5]
Presbyterian[edit | edit source]
  • Speedwell Church, near Reidsville, N.C. Organized about 1759.[6]

County Records[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Rockingham County Courthouse
1086 NC Highway 65
Wentworth, NC 27375-0127

Mail Address:
P. O. Box 127
Wentworth, NC 27375-0127

Phone: (336) 342-8700

The following sites have copies of transcribed Court Records:

Education[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Ncrockingham.jpg

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

- 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry formerly the 3rd Volunteers., Company H
- 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry formerly the 3rd Volunteers., Company I
- 13th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry formerly the 3rd Volunteers., Company K
- 14th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, formerly the 4th Volunteers, Company G
- 4th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company D
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (63rd Regiment Volunteers), Company D
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain George F Fisher's Company
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company F
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

The Rockingham County Clerk of Superior Court's office employs 29 Assistant and Deputy Clerks with over 325 years of combined service. The office is divided into five separate divisions, each of which is administered by an Assistant Clerk. While it is a function of the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court to serve the public in connection with legal matters, employees of the Clerks Office cannot give legal advice. Nonetheless, it is the goal of the Office of Clerk of Superior Court to be as helpful as possible to all persons seeking its services.

The Clerks office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The mailing address is P. O. Box 127, 1086 Hwy 65 Wentworth, NC 27375. The telephone number is (336) 342-8700. Payment methods acceptable are cash, money order or cashiers check when paid in person and money order or cashiers check when paid by mail.

The Clerk of the Superior Court has copies of wills, estate records and all records associated with the administration of estates starting from 1772.

The following sites have transcribed copies of Probate Records, some including Wills & Estates:

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Richmond Co. Genealogical Society
PO Box 1763
Rockingham NC 28380
Website


Rockingham County Historical Society
PO Box 84
Wentworth 27375
Website

Rockingham-stokes Counties Genealogical Society
PO Box 152
Mayodan 27027

Madison-Mayodan Public Library
611 Burton Street
Madison, NC 27025
336-548-6553
Website

  • Bassett Historical Center, Bassett, Virginia. Website includes descriptions of collections. Excellent resource for family history research in Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia, the city of Martinsville, Virginia, and Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina.[8]


Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Rockingham County, North Carolina Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.ncpedia.org/geography/Rockingham
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rockingham County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rockingham County, North Carolina. Page 512 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:567. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  6. "Speedwell Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f5/Iginorthcarolinap.pdf.
  8. Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: http://www.vgs.org