Sampson County, North Carolina Genealogy

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


Sampson County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1784
County Seat Clinton
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County Information


Sampson County is located in the Southeastern portion of North Carolina and was named for Colonel John Sampson, a member of the North Carolina House of Commons[1].

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Sampson County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Sampson County Courthouse
435 Rowan Road P O Box 256
Clinton, NC 28328-4700
Phone: 919-592-8026

Register of Deeds has marriage and land records
Clerk Superior Court has probate records [2]

Register of Deeds
126-A W. Elizabeth St.
Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: 910-592-8026
Fax: 910-592-1803

Clerk Superior Court
Sampson Co Courthouse
101 E Main Street
Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: (910) 596-6600


Parent County

1784--Sampson County was created from Duplin County.
County seat: Clinton [3]

History of Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

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

1865--Early court records are missing partially caused by Federal sympathizers.
1921--Clerk's office fire. Early deed books of Duplin County prior to 1784 are listed herein.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records

Bibles pertaining to Sampson Co, NCGenWeb


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

1790 Census Index, Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

1800 Census Index, Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

1830 Census Index, Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

1840 Census Index, Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

1870 Census by Township, Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

Church Records

  • Beaver Dam. Established by 1789.[4]
  • Black River. Established by 1758.[5]
  • Cowhairy. Established by 1808.[6]
  • Great Cohara aka Rowan. Established 1759.[4]
  • Mingo. Established by 1808.[6]
  • Seven Miles. Established by 1808.[6]
  • Black River, near Ivanhoe, N.C. Organized 1740.[7]

County Records


Deeds and Land Records; Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

Estates; Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

Miscellaneous Records: Administrators Sale, Court Minutes, Patents, Trials, Voters; Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

Wills; Sampson Co, NCGenWeb


  • Families of Sampson Co,; Sampson Co, NCGenWeb
  • Family Surnames;Sampson Co, NCGenWeb
  • It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:
  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


Local Histories 



Township Map for Sampson Co, NCGenWeb

More Maps at Sampson Co, NCGenWeb


Military Records at Sampson Co, NCGenWeb, Includes records for the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and Vietnam.

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Online Records

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

- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company A
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (63rd Regiment Volunteers), Company C
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain William H Bryan's Company
World War I
World War II


Obituaries at Sampson Co, NCGenWeb


Photographs relating to Sampson Co, NCGenWeb


Online Probate Records


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Divorce Records
Death Records

Societies and Libraries 

Sampson County Historical Society
2336 Horine Road
PO Box 1084
Clinton, NC 28328
Telephone Number: 910-564-6471

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), Sampson County, North Carolina. Page 512 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 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:305, 491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. Perhaps located in New Hanover County, or another name for Bull Tail, see: George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:304-305. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association: From Its Original Rise Down to 1808 (1808), Chapter 16. Digital version at
  7. "Black River 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