Rockingham County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Rockingham County, North Carolina
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Founded 1785
County Seat Wentworth
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On December 29, 1785, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation that created Rockingham County from the northern half of the Guilford County. The assembly chose to name the new county for Charles Watson-Wentworth, second Marquess of Rockingham (1730-1782). Rockingham was a leading Whig and was Prime Minister of Britain from 1765 to 1766 and again in 1782. His popularity in America was assured when he secured repeal of the hated Stamp Act in 1766 and led the ministry that initiated negotiations to terminate the Revolutionary War. From 1768 to 1781 he had been the leading Parliamentary opponent of both the government's American policy and the war.

Parent County

Rockingham County North Carolina
371 NC 65 #212 P O Box 56
Wentworth NC 27375

Courthouse burned 1906
reg of Deeds has m rec from 1868, b & d rec
from 1913 & land rec from 1787
Clk Sup Ct has pro rec from 1804
NC Hist Com has m record 1741-1868

1785--Rockingham was from Guilford County.
County seat: Wentworth [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Some of the court records are missing.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Rockingham County Cemeteries


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



Rockingham County Courthouse
1086 NC Highway 65
Wentworth, NC 27375-0127

Mail Address:
P. O. Box 127
Wentworth, NC 27375-0127

Phone: (336) 342-8700

The following sites have copies of transcribed Court Records:



Local Histories



Civil War

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



The Rockingham County Clerk of Superior Court's office employs 29 Assistant and Deputy Clerks with over 325 years of combined service. The office is divided into five separate divisions, each of which is administered by an Assistant Clerk. While it is a function of the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court to serve the public in connection with legal matters, employees of the Clerks Office cannot give legal advice. Nonetheless, it is the goal of the Office of Clerk of Superior Court to be as helpful as possible to all persons seeking its services.

The Clerks office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The mailing address is P. O. Box 127, 1086 Hwy 65 Wentworth, NC 27375. The telephone number is (336) 342-8700. Payment methods acceptable are cash, money order or cashiers check when paid in person and money order or cashiers check when paid by mail.

The Clerk of the Superior Court has copies of wills, estate records and all records associated with the administration of estates starting from 1772.

The following sites have transcribed copies of Probate Records, some including Wills & Estates:

Research Guides

  • Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginia Genealogical Society website.


Vital Records

The following sites have transcribed Vital Records:

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Sweeney, Alice J. "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: