Lenoir County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Lenoir 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 1791
County Seat Kinston
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County Courthouse

Lenoir County Courthouse
P O Box 3289
Kinston, NC 28502
Phone: 252-523-2390

Courthouse burned 1878
Clerk Superior Court has divorce
probate and court records from 1880
Register of Deeds has marriage and land records [1]


Parent County

1791--Lenoir County was created 4 December 1791 from Dobbs County.  Dobbs County was abolished in 1791.
County seat: Kinston [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1878, 1880--Most court records were destroyed in fires.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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


  • Bear Creek. Established by 1785.[3]
  • Beaver Dam. Established by 1808.[4]
  • Wheat Swamp, near Kinston, N.C. Organized about 1760. Has belonged to the Disciples of Christ since 1843.[5]





Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battles were fought in Lenoir County.

  • December 14, 1862 = Kinston[6]
  • March 7-10, 1865 = Wilmington, also known as Wilcox’s Bridge, Wise’s Fork, Second Kinston, Second Southwest Creek, or Kelly's Mill Pond[7]
Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

Civil War Confederate units

Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry




Vital Records

Uncertified copies of vital records can be ordered for a small fee from the Register of Deeds. Please visit their website for more information.


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lenoir County, North Carolina. Page 510 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. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  4. 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.
  5. "Wheat Swamp Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)