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


Pitt County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
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Founded 1760
County Seat Greenville
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Pitt County is located in the Eastern portion of North Carolina and was named for William Pitt, Earl of Chatham[1].

Pitt County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1866 1913 1885 1762 1885 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

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[3]

Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 35
Greenville, NC 27835
Phone: 252-902-1656
Fax: 252-830-4132

Clerk Superior Court
P.O. Box 6067
Greenville, NC 27835
Phone: (252) 695-7100

History[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

1760--Pitt County was created from Beaufort County.
County seat: Greenville [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NCGenWeb Archives Cemetery Survey of Pitt County, North Carolina ~Book One of Two~, compiled by William "Bill" B. Kittrell, Published By Pitt County Historical Society, Inc., 2007
Tombstone Project Cemetery Survey of Pitt County, North Carolina ~Book Two of Two~, compiled by William "Bill" B. Kittrell, Published By Pitt County Historical Society, Inc., 2007
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
Cemetery Census, Pitt County North Carolina Cemeteries
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptist[edit | edit source]
  • Flat Swamp. Constituted 1776.[5][6]
  • Red Bank. Constituted 1758.[5][7]
  • Whitfield's Meeting House. Established by 1789.[5]

County Records[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

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

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

Land[edit | edit source]

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.

Pitt County real estate deeds are digitized online at the Pitt County, North Carolina, Register of Deeds.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 17th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (1st Organization), Company C
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company H
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battle was fought in Pitt County:

Map showing Civil War battles in North Carolina.
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

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

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Yearbooks[edit | edit source]

  • East Carolina University - The Tecoan: 1923-1952. The Tecoan, yearbook published by the students of East Carolina Teachers College from 1923-1952.
  • East Carolina University - The Buccaneer: 1953-1979. The name of the yearbook changed to The Buccaneer in 1953. The Buccaneer was published from 1953 - 1990, with a two year suspension from 1976-1978. Publication resumed in 2007.
  • East Carolina University - The Buccaneer:1953-2015(vol. 76) and The Tecoan:1923-1952. (ECU Digital Collections)
  • Pitt County students from NC colleges - via the NCGenWeb Yearbook Index

Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]

Pitt County Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 1554
Greenville, NC 27835-1554

Pitt County Family Researchers
PO Box 20339
Greenville 27858

East Carolina University, Joyner Library
East 5th St.
Greenville, NC 27858

ECU has a large collection of Pitt County and surrounding county images, texts, and audio/video in their Digital Collection.

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pitt County, North Carolina. Page 506-514 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 505-509.
  3. 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.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 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
  6. "Flat Swamp Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program,, accessed 22 October 2012.
  7. 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
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at