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Edgecombe County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Location of North Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1741
County Seat Tarboro
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County Courthouse


Edgecombe County was formed in 1741 from Bertie County. It was named for Richard Edgcombe, a Member of Parliament from 1701 to 1742 and a lord of the treasury, who became 1st Baron Edgcumbe in 1742.

In 1746 part of Edgecombe County became Granville County; in 1758 another portion became Halifax County; and in 1777 yet another part became Nash County. In 1855 the formation of Wilson County from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County reduced Edgecombe to its present size, with a minor boundary adjustments.

Land records prior to 1759 are among those of Halifax County.

Parent County

1741--Edgecombe County was established 4 April 1741 from Bertie County.
County seat: Tarboro [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



General Resources
Specific Cemeteries


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Rocky Mount


See also Probate.

Family Histories


  • [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.


Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War Confederate units - Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, usually known as the Bethel Regiment.





Vital Records


Societies and Libraries 

Public Libraries

The following public libraries in Edgecombe County have collections of particular interest to genealogists.

Braswell Memorial Library
727 North Grace Street
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804
(252) 442-1951
The Kornegay Room offers a local history and genealogy collection which includes maps, local records, newspapers, city directories, photographs, and more.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).