Edgecombe County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Edgecombe County North Carolina genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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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

Beginning Dates for Edgecombe County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Edgecombe County Courthouse
301 Saint Andrews Street
P O Box 386
Tarboro, NC 27886
Phone: 252-641-7924

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage and land records
Clerk Superior Court has probate and Court Records[1]


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 [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




General Resources
Specific Cemeteries


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

Church Records

Church of England
  • Edgecombe Parish, later St. Mary's Parish. Established 1741. [6] A history was published in 1955.[7]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Page 508 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:237, 475, 490-491. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. "Toisnot Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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 St Paul's Seminary website.
  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), 501. FHL Book 975.6 K2cr; Stuart Hall Smith, The History of Trinity Parish, Scotland Neck [and] Edgecombe Parish, Halifax County (Durham, N.C.: Christian Printing Company, 1955), 7. Digital version at Eastern North Carolina Digital Library - free.
  7. Stuart Hall Smith and Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., The History of Trinity Parish and Edgecombe Parish (1955).
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/4d/Iginorthcarolinaa.pdf.