Pitt County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Pitt County, North Carolina
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Founded 1760
County Seat Greenville
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County Courthouse

Pitt County Courthouse
W 3rd St P O Box 35
Greenville, NC 27835
Phone: 252-830-4128

Courthouse burned in 1857
Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
Marriage records from 1866 and land records from 1762
Clerk  Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records from 1885[1]


Pitt was formed in 1760 from Beaufort County. The act was to become effective January 1, 1761. It was named for William Pitt the Elder, who was then Secretary of State for the Southern Department and Leader of the House of Commons. William Pitt was an English statesman and orator, born in London, England. He studied at Oxford University and in 1731, Pitt joined the army. Pitt led the young "Patriot" Whigs and in 1756 became secretary of state, where he was a pro-freedom speaker in British Colonial government. Pitt County is in the eastern part of North Carolina and is surrounded by Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Martin, and Wilson counties. Courts were first held at the home of John Hardy until a courthouse could be built. The courthouse was built on Hardy's land near Hardy's Chapel. In 1771 Martinsboro was established, and in 1774 the courthouse was moved there. In 1787 Martinsboro's name was changed to Greenville, which is still the county seat.

Parent County

1760--Pitt County was created from Beaufort County.
County seat: Greenville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1857--Courthouse fire destroyed most of the court records.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





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

Church Records

  • Flat Swamp. Constituted 1776.[3][4]
  • Red Bank. Constituted 1758.[3][5]
  • Whitfield's Meeting House. Established by 1789.[3]


Following are a listing of transcribed Court Records for Pitt County:

A listing of Pitt County Records available at the North Carolina State Archives


Pitt County Register of Deeds
100 West Third Street
PO Box 35
Greenville, NC 27858-1806
Telephone: (252) 902-1650

This office records land documents including deeds, deeds of trust, subdivision maps, leases, easements, assignments, agreements, deeds of trust cancellations, corporate documents, assumed names, and files Uniform Commercial Code financing statements on personal property. This office also serves as the custodian of certificates of births and deaths occurring in the County, issues marriage licenses, and certifies birth, death, and marriage certificates in the County. Veterans' military discharge records and notary public commissions are also kept here, and this office administers the oath to all notaries public. Recording fees and fees for certificates are charged.

A number of Deeds have been transcribed; click onto the Pitt County, NC Archives to view these records.

Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Pitt County.

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.

Civil War Confederate units

Brief history, counties where recruited, etc.

-8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry



The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.

As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.

Pitt County Courthouse
100 W Third St
Greenville, NC 27835

Mailing Address:
PO Box 6067
Greenville, NC 27835

Clerk of the Superior Court
(252) 695-7100

A number of Wills and Estate Records have been transcribed, they can be viewed at the Pitt County, NC USGenWeb Archives


Vital Records


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pitt County, North Carolina. Page 512 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 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:488, 490. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990
  4. "Flat Swamp Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com/, accessed 22 October 2012.
  5. 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)