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Duplin was formed in 1750 from New Hanover.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF DUPLIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
By Leon SIKES
Duplin County was first formed by the General Assembly in New Bern on April 7, 1750 from what was the northern part of New Hanover County. At that time the boundaries of Duplin County included what would eventually become Sampson County. Duplin was named after Sir Thomas Hays, Lord Dupplin, who served on the Board of Trade and Plantations for the Crown in the 1740's.
Duplin County's earliest immigrants were the Welsh who arrived in the 1700's. They were soon followed by German Palatines and the Swiss in the 1730's and 1740's. The Scotch-Irish arrived in 1736 with Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant, to settle on a rich and fertile 71,160-acre land granted to him from the British Crown. The French Huguenots and English, who migrated from Virginia along with Scottish Highlanders who came from the upper Cape Fear region, also were among the earliest settlers to the area along with African-Americans. The early settlements were primarily along the river and larger creeks as these were the best means of transportation.
Henry McCulloch, who had transported Ulster Scots and Swiss Protestants to settle this area, established several settlements. One on the east bank of the Northeast Cape Fear River named Sarecta, became Duplin's first incorporated town in 1787. Another settlement was established on the west side of the river on Goshen Swamp, and a third at a place referred to as Golden Grove, later to become the Town of Kenansville. These early settlers were primarily Presbyterians and they established the Goshen congregation in 1736. Later called the Grove congregation, it was the first Presbyterian church in the state and is still active today.
In 1751, the first official county court was held in the home of William McRee. Today, Guilford Mills, Inc, on NC Highway 11/903, is located on the original site. A short time later the first courthouse was built on Turkey Swamp near the present day Duplin/Sampson County line. When Sampson County was created in 1784 from the western half of Duplin County, the courthouse was relocated again to a more central location. The first sessions of county court at this new site were held in James's home near the road to Magnolia about 2 miles south of Kenansville. Later, the court was relocated to the area that was to become Kenansville.
Duplin has grown steadily through the years. The first industry in the county was the naval stores industry. The harvesting of rosin from the abundant longleaf pine forests to make tar, pitch and turpentine, provided barter and income for the early settlers and remained a significant part of the economy up until the late 1800's. The naval stores products were floated down the Northeast Cape Fear River for sale in Wilmington on large, log rafts. In later years, paddlewheel riverboats became a far better means of transportation on the river. Necessary supplies and staple goods were ferried back up the river. When the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad was completed it provided a faster and more convenient method of shipping and the use of the river for transportation decreased.
The completion of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad in 1840, which ran through the western half of the county, provided additional opportunities for growth and a tremendous influence for further development, not only for Duplin County, but the entire region. The Towns of Wallace, Teachey, Rose Hill, Magnolia, Warsaw, Faison and Calypso developed along the tracks.
Duplin County is the 9th largest county in the state in land area, 819 square miles. The 2000 population was 49,063. There are 10 incorporated towns in the county: Calypso, Faison, Warsaw, Kenansville, Magnolia, Rose Hill, Teachey, Wallace, Greenevers and Beulaville. The county is served by Interstate 40, U.S. Highway 117, NC Highways 11, 24, 50, 403 and 903. Rail service is available through CSX Rail service and the Duplin County Airport provides a 6,001-foot paved, lighted runway.
Duplin County has maintained its agricultural heritage and rural environment through the years while still allowing for a blending with industrial development, economic growth and an enviable lifestyle.
Compiled by Leon H. Sikes
Duplin County is located in the Southeastern Coastal Plain of North Carolina and is the 9th largest county in the state. Duplin County is approximately 819 square miles in size and consists primarily of agricultural land. Duplin is bounded by Wayne County to the north; Lenoir, Jones, and Onslow Counties to the east; Pender County to the south; and Sampson County to the west. Kenansville, the County Seat, is located in the center of the County. Duplin County is located approximately 80 miles from Raleigh, 55 miles from Wilmington, 65 miles from Fayetteville, and 55 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its location in the coastal plain, Duplin County experiences relatively mild temperatures. The annual average temperature is approximately 63 degrees with a prevailing southwesterly breeze. Summers are long and commonly have short periods of very hot, humid weather. Winters are generally short and mild with significant accumulations of ice and snow being unusual. The average annual rainfall is approximately 53 inches with most precipitation occurring during the summer months. The average frost free season is from mid April to mid November, slightly more than 200 days.
A CHRONOLOGY OF DUPLIN COUNTY HISTORY
1730: Welsh settlements between the Northeast Cape Fear River and the Black River, including the lower, southern part of what was to become Duplin County.
1736: Settlement of Ulster Scots and Swiss Protestants on land granted to Henry McCulloch. These early settlements were at Sarecta, Goshen (Goshen Swamp) and Golden Grove or just the Grove (now Kenansville).
1739: First recorded reference to the village of Sarecta (Soracte). First reference to the "Sarecta to the Welsh Tract Road", one of the earliest county roads, (NC Hwy. 11 now follows this old road).
1748: Area citizens respond to Spanish invasion threat at Wilmington known as the Spanish Alarm.
1750: On April 7, Duplin County created from the northern part of New Hanover County. Named for Sir Thomas Hays, Lord Dupplin of Scotland.
1751: First official county court held in the Goshen settlement area on Goshen Swamp (north of Kenansville), at the home of William McRee. A short time later the Courthouse was established on Turkey Swamp near the present-day Duplin/Sampson County line west of Warsaw.
1777: Duplin County Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration-a testimony of support and faithfulness to the State of North Carolina and a renouncement of the authority of Great Britain, was signed by twenty-five of Duplin's early leaders.
1781: General Cornwallis' troops marched through Duplin on their way to Virginia and defeat. They encamped briefly at old Duplin Court House on Turkey Swamp. Battle of Rockfish Creek: The Duplin Militia, under the command of Col. Thomas Kenan, was routed by the British on August 2, 1781 near Wallace.
1784: Sampson County created from the western half of Duplin County. Courthouse moved to a site more centrally located soon to become Kenansville.
1785: Grove Academy organized and located in Kenansville. It was one of the earliest formal educational institutions in the county and state.
1787: The village of Sarecta incorporated January 6,1787, Duplin's first official town. (It no longer functions as a town).
1790: The first Federal census of Duplin County: 3,936 whites, 1,278 slaves.
1816: Kenansville authorized to be laid out as a town.
1818: Duplin's second courthouse erected in Kenansville.
1838: Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad completed through Duplin County.
1852: Town of Kenansville incorporated December 27, 1852.
1854: The Duplin County Agricultural Society and Fair organized.
1855: Town of Warsaw incorporated February 5, 1855. The village was known in its early beginnings as Duplin Depot and Mooresville. Town of Stricklandsville (Magnolia) incorporated February 15, 1855.
1856: Warsaw to Clinton Plank Road completed and in operation.
1857: Stricklandsville officially changed to Magnolia February 2, 1857.
1863: Confederate Arms Factory in Kenansville destroyed by Federal troops on July 4.
1867: Caleb Davis Bradham was born in Chinquapin. In 1898, in his drug store in New Bern, he created a new beverage called Pepsi Cola.
1868 Twelve townships established August 14, 1868. (Rose Hill township created in 1897).
1872: Town of Faison incorporated February 10, 1872.
1873: Town of Duplin Roads (later Wallace) incorporated February 28, 1873.
1874: Town of Teachey incorporated January 30, 1874.
1875: Town of Rose Hill incorporated March 10, 1875.
1877: The "North Carolina Amateur", a highly acclaimed amateur newspaper, began publication in Rose Hill. Printed until 1888. Publishers were George Melvin Carr and W. B. Southerland.
1888: President Grover Cleveland appointed Beautancus native, Dr. Ezekiel Ezra Smith, Ambassador to Liberia. Dr. Smith was Duplin's first and only Ambassador and he was instrumental in the development of Fayetteville State University.
1896: James Sprunt Institute established in Kenansville. Named in honor of Dr. James Menzies Sprunt educator, minister, Civil War Chaplain, botanist and Register of Deeds.
1899: Town of Wallace incorporated March 4, 1899, formerly Duplin Roads.
1911: Town of Bowden incorporated February 27, 1911. It no longer functions as a town.
1913: Duplin County's present courthouse completed and accepted on January 16,1913. Town of Calypso incorporated March 5, 1913.
1915: Town of Beulaville incorporated March 9, 1915.
1921: First Armistice Day celebration held in Warsaw. Renamed Veterans Day in 1954 and continues to be celebrated each year. It is the oldest, continuous Veterans Day celebration in the United States.
1931: Warsaw native, Henry L. Stevens, Jr., elected National Commander of the American Legion. He was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Day Celebration in Warsaw.
1939: Four County REA first began installing electric power lines in the rural areas of the county. Four County REA organized in 1937.
1948: The Faison Fruit and Vegetable Exchange organized. The produce auction market began in the early 1920s in Faison.
1949: "The Duplin Story", an outdoor historical pageant commemorating the 200th anniversary of Duplin County, was presented. Staged again in 1950.
1952: J. P. Stevens & Co. located in Wallace. The first major non-agricultural industry in Duplin. Christine W. Williams became the first woman to be elected Register of Deeds.
1953: The beginning of the poultry industry in the county, soon to become Duplin's largest industry.
1954: The county's hospital, Duplin General, completed. Hurricane Hazel devastated the area in October.
1963: The Duplin County Fair reactivated and held in Beulaville. It was held in 1963, 1964, and 1965. First annual Rose Hill Poultry Jubilee held October l9, 1963. Later changed to the North Carolina Poultry Jubilee and featured the "world's largest frying pan" 15 feet in diameter.
1964: James Sprunt Institute re-established in Kenansville, later to become a part of the state community college system.
1969: Town of Greenevers incorporated October 27, 1969. Alex Brown was elected Mayor; first African-American to become Mayor of a Duplin County town.
1975: The County's first airport opened north of Kenansville.
1976: "The Liberty Cart", a historical outdoor drama, first performed in Kenansville.
1982: The Duplin County Fair was re-established and is held each year in Kenansville. Dovie Penney became the first woman to be elected to the Board of County Commissioners.
1983: Dr. William Edgar Thornton, a native of Faison, soared into space on August 30, becoming Duplin's and North Carolina's first astronaut.
1985: The nation's largest turkey processing plant, Carolina Turkey, built in Duplin County.
1989: Zettie B. Williams was the first African American to be elected to the Board of County Commissioners.
1990: Interstate Highway I-40 connecting Wilmington, North Carolina to Barstow, California completed through Duplin County.
1993: The outdoor drama, "The Song of Liberty" and the accompanying musical review "Carolina Country 93", opened for its first season.
1995: Town of Warsaw held its 75th Veterans Day Celebration.
1996: Hurricanes Bertha and Fran struck the area causing extensive damage.
1997: Duplin County ranks number one in economic growth across the state.
1999: Hurricane Floyd caused major flooding and extensive damage in county, many homes destroyed.
2000: Duplin County celebrated its 250th anniversary.
2002: Vision 21 Committee established to carry out the recommendations put forth in the 2002: Strategic Plan. This Plan was created in the hopes of "building Duplin County into a unified community with a diversified economic base providing a good quality of life to all those who would be its citizens.
2003: WestPark Business Technology Center opens offering office and educational space; Computer Lab with 25 computers boasting dual language keyboards; High-speed Internet throughout building and video conferencing capabilities.
2004: Ground breaking for Duplin Commons-a planned campus that will serve as home to an Agriculture Office Building, a Multipurpose Arena and other Future Amenities.
Guides to Research
Beyond Randall Library
Genealogy can be a consuming, lifetime hobby. There is no "easy" way to get
back to the Mayflower. The deeper you go into it, the more leads there are
to follow. This guide is just a starting place, for certainly resources,
especially Web sites, appear daily.
GUIDES TO RESEARCH:
Cyndi's List is a good beginning point, both for "how to" and websites of
Be sure to look at the "Are you new to Genealogy" page:
GenTutor.Professional genealogist Beverly Whitaker provides general
information on genealogical research,including how to charge pedigrees and a
bibliography of recommended reading.
FamilySearch is the genealogy website for the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints.
"How do I get started" is a great link for an overview of the research
African American genealogical sourcebook. UNCW Reference E185.96.A444 1995
Finding a place called home : a guide to African-American genealogy and
UNCW Reference E185.96.W69 1999
North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History.UNCW Reference CS49
North Carolina State Archives: State Agency Finding Aids of Interest to
UNCW Reference CD3424 .N67 1997
Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. UNCW Reference
CS9 .P74 1998
Virtual Roots: A Guide to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web.
UNCW Reference CS21. K46
Search the library catalog under the Subject "Genealogy" or "United States
Genealogy Handbooks" for how-to guides. Several of the titles found are
e-books (indicated by the logo of NetLibrary). UNCW students, faculty and
staff may access these books from off-campus by first setting up a
registration from an on-campus PC. Other North Carolina residents can
contact their local public library for access information.
Many Internet sites are available which will help you get started, but know
ahead it will also take many trips to various court houses and many printed
sources to find what you need. Some of these sites provide limited free
information and require a subscription for more detailed access.
CastleGarden.org Free searchable database of 10 million immigrants who
arrived at Castle Garden (NY), 1830- 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Ellis Island Free registration allows you to search passenger lists for the
22 million people arriving at Ellis Island, 1892-1924.
Family Tree Searcher provides a metasearch of genealogy sites using detailed
data on your ancestor.
Genealogy: Advice for Effective Searches leads you through a variety of
questions to provide appropriate specific advice.
Geneology.org is part of MyFamily, Inc., who also produce the subscription
service Ancestry.com. Some information is provided free of charge and it
provides links to the most popular Genealogy.org
member websites. http://www.genealogy.org/
Social Security Death Index: http://www.ancestry.com/ssdi/advanced.htm
Alta-Vista -Directory- Society - Genealogy
Yahoo Directory for American Genealogy
World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946
Search GENEALOGY on any search engine, such as Google or Teoma. Also search
ancestor names. MICROFORM SOURCES IN RANDALL LIBRARY
This library has a good amount of information in printed and microfilmed
sources. Our concentration is mostly the Southeastern North Carolina region,
Our focus is: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow,
Pender, and Sampson Counties. The collection also contains some resources
from other North Carolina areas, and other states. For best results in
finding resources, use both browsing and searching strategies. Browse both
the Reference and General Collections in these call numbers:
Call Number Subject
F251 - F259 North Carolina
F262.B45 Bladen County
F262.B9 Brunswick County
F262.C6 Columbus County
F262.D77 Duplin County
F262.N5 New Hanover County
F262.O5 Onslow County
F262.P37 Pender County
F262.S3 Sampson County
HA557 Census Records
When looking for material at the county level, be aware of the date your
county was created. It may be necessary to look at other counties at earlier
dates. For instance, Pender County was formed in 18?? from New Hanover
County. New Hanover County was formed 1729 from Craven County. County
history profiles can be found in the North Carolina Encyclopedia Search the
catalog, looking for the following subject subheadings:
Type of Record Subject subheadings
Birth Registers of birth;
Marriage Marriage records
Divorce Divorce records
Death--Proof and certification;
Other Church/Temple Records Church records and registers
Wills & Probate Wills;
Deeds & Land grants Deeds;
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Other Court Records Court records;
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Guardian and ward;
Immigration Emigration and immigration; Passenger lists;
Naturalization Naturalization records
Slave African Americans--[state]--[county]--Genealogy;
Military Military discharge;
Registers, lists, etc.;
HeritageQuest: This database (provided as part of the NCLIVE digital library
service) provides online access for the U. S. Census.
Sources that aid in using the Census are:
Guides to the Census:
American Census Handbook. UNCW Reference CS49 .K4 2001
A Century of Population Growth: From the First Census of the United States
to the Twelfth 1790-1900.
UNCW Reference HA195. A5 1967 (This source is particularly valuable for
Table 111, which lists name variations and alternate spellings.)
Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses from 1790 to 2000. UNCW Documents
Researcher's Guide to United States Census Availability, 1790-1920. UNCW
Reference CS49 .H35 1992
INDEXES TO THE NORTH CAROLINA CENSUS:
Prior to the first U.S. Census of Population in 1790, the State of North
Carolina passed a law ordering each county to appoint a person to list
inhabitants. State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787 (UNCW Reference F258
.N9 1971a) is a transcription and name index of the records collected.
Indexes to the U.S. Census in the library's collection are:
Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year
1790: North Carolina.
UNCW Reference HA551.5 .N79 1966
Index to the 1800 Census of North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA551.5 .N80 1977
North Carolina 1800 Census Index, A-Z. UNCW Reference HA551.5 .N80 2000
Index to the 1810 Census of North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA551.5 .N81 1978
North Carolina 1810 Census Index, A-Z. UNCW Reference HA551.5 .N81 2000
Index to 1820 Census of North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA551/5 .N82 1978
North Carolina 1870 Census Index. UNCW Reference HA551.5 .N87 1999
1790 Bladen County Census. UNCW Reference HA557 .B681 B79 1977
1800 Bladen County Census. UNCW Reference HA557 .B681 B80 1970
1810 Federal Census of Bladen County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557
.B681 B81 1976
1820 census, Bladen County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557 .B681 B82
1830 Federal Census of Bladen County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557
.B681 B83 1976
Population Schedule of the Sixth Census of the United States, 1840 : Bladen
County, North Carolina.
UNCW Reference HA557 .B681 B84 1970
1850 Federal Census of Bladen County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557
.B681 B85 1976
1860 Federal Census of Bladen County North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557
.B681 B86 1980
1870 Federal Census of Bladen County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557
.B681 B87 1994
Brunswick County, North Carolina 1810 & 1820 Federal Censuses. UNCW
Reference HA557 .B78 B81 1995
Brunswick County, North Carolina, 1840 Federal Census. UNCW Reference HA557
.B78 B84 1989
1850 Federal Census of Brunswick County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference
HA557 .B78 B85 1977
1860 Federal Census, Brunswick County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557
.B78 B86 1989
1860 U.S. Census, Columbus County, North Carolina with Slave and Mortality
UNCW Reference HA557 .C686 C86 1988
Duplin County, North Carolina : census taken by the State of North Carolina,
UNCW Reference HA557 .D880 D78 1967
The First Census of the United States, 1790 : Duplin County, North Carolina.
UNCW Reference HA557 .D880 D86 1966
The Second Census of the United States, 1800, Duplin County, North Carolina.
UNCW Reference HA557 .D880 D80 1966
Duplin County, North Carolina, 1840 Federal Census. UNCW Reference HA557
.D880 D84 1991
1860 Federal Census : Duplin County, North Carolina.
UNCW Reference & UNCW SENC-Books HA557. D880 D86 1994
NEW HANOVER COUNTY:
New Hanover County, North Carolina : census taken by the State of North
UNCW Reference HA557 .N4 N78 1967
The First Census of the United States, 1790, New Hanover County, North
UNCW Reference HA557 .N4 N79 1966
New Hanover County, North Carolina 1830 Census. UNCW Reference HA557 .N4 N83
New Hanover County, North Carolina, 1840 Federal Census. UNCW Reference
HA557 .N4 N84 1994
1850 Federal Census of New Hanover County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference
HA557.N4 N85 1982
Lenoir County, North Carolina, 1850 Census. UNCW General Collection HA557
.L4 L85 1968
1850 Federal Census of Robeson County, North Carolina. UNCW Reference HA557
.R6 R85 1980
The first census of the United States, 1790, Sampson County, North Carolina.
UNCW SENC-Books HA557 .S3 R415
BEYOND RANDALL LIBRARY
WorldCat: This database is the union catalog for approximately 46,000
libraries. It is an excellent resource for identifying published, web-based
and archival resources. Use it to search for compilations of records and for
family histories.(Researchers not affiliated with UNCW can get a password to
use WorldCat on NCLIVE through their public library.)
New Hanover County Public Library on 3rd and Chestnut Streets has a North
Carolina Room on the second floor of the library with many helpful
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on College Road across from the
University has an excellent collection of resources.
County Courthouses will have records you will want to search.
North Carolina State Library in Raleigh has a genealogy library with many
excellent resources. The Archives Search Room is located in the same
building. For information on genealogical research in North Carolina, see
the State Library Web Site
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DUPLIN COUNTY RECORDS AVAILABLE FOR SEARCHING
AT THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE ARCHIVES RALEIGH, NC
Scope / Contents forMiscellaneous Records
Box C.R.035.928.3 contains an Application for Liquor License, 1897; Appointment of Deputy
Clerk of Superior Court, 1911, 1912, 1915; Appraisal of Felix Kenen's Horse, 1754; Boundary
between Duplin and Lenoir counties, 1819; Child Custody, 1894 - 1925 (broken series); Child Support,
1869, 1947; Citizenship, Petitions to restore, 1894, 1897; Civil War Pensions, list of widows allowed
pensions, 1889, Application of Martha E. Smith, 1901; Clerk of Court's financial reports, 1849, 1861,
1866; Co-partnership record, 1897; Coroner's Inquest, 1857, 1905 - 1924 (broken series); Corporation
Records, Articles of Agreement of McMullen, Miller Lumber Company, 1899; County Accounts, 1792,
1862. Box C.R. 035.928.4 contains County Trustee's Accounts, 1786, 1789, 1794; Crop Seizure,
1878; Dickson Charity Fund records, 1875 - 1886; Discharge of bankruptcy, 1940; District School
census, 1917; Drainage records, 1918; Election of Sheriff, 1764; Election Records, 1895, 1904, 1907;
Extradition proceedings for Oscar Hensley, 1914; Grand Jury Presentment that Frank Arnett is motherless,
1909; Legitimation, Blaney Williams Hanchy, 1886, Carrie Elizabeth and Cora Mary Potter, 1912; Letter
of C. B. Aycock concerning a court case, 1887. Box C.R.035.928.5 contains Lunacy records, Blizzard -
Williams, 1852 - 1881; Marriage License, civil action re: issuance to a minor, D. W. Boney vs. L. B. Carr,
1895; Marriage License, J. F. Darden to Mary Victoria Gavin, 1907; Military Records, Reports of the
Registration Board, 1917; Mill Records, n. d., 1773 - 1890; Oath, Justice of the Peace, Jacob James,
1870; Ordinary Bonds, 1750s, 1785, 1791; Payment of Funds for Confederate Soldiers' Families, 1862 -
1864; Petition for clemency, n. d.; Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus, Ernest Kornegay, 1904; E. H.
Walker, 1907; Peter McDonald, 1921; Petition to clean canal, 1883; Petition to place child in an
orphanage, Eugene S. Lee, 1918. Box C.R.035.928.6 contains a Poll Tax Record, 1791; Powers of
Attorney, 1794, 1883 - 1916; Prison Boundaries, 1827, 1846; Provision for Transcription of Records,
1842; Purchase of Supplies for Soldiers' Families, 1865; Registration of stock and tools, n. d.; Report by
Register of Deeds James Sprunt re: the condition of deed books, 1865; Report of Navigabililty of a Stream,
1857, 1858; Report of the Salt Commission, 1862; Report of the Wardens of the Poor, 1928; Report re:
Courthouse repairs, 1799; School records, 1786, 1896, 1904, 1914; Slave records, Bills of Sale, 1792,
1832 - 1853, Board and Clothing of Slaves, 1814, Division of Slaves, n. d., 1818 - 1865, Petition for rights
of free citizenship for slave Adam, 1798, Petitions to sell Slaves, 1851 - 1864, Record of Trial of Slaves
accused of murdering their Master, 1787, Settlement of Hire of Slaves, 1857 - 1867, Slaves accused of
murder, affidavit of John Fountain, 1842, Summons for a special court for the trial of a slave named Simon,
n.d., Valuation of slave executed in 1761 for the murder of William Peacock, 1774; Stock mark, n. d.;
Tax Records, 1779, 1783, 1789, 1893, 1925; Trial Docket, Superior Court, 1823 - 1824; Wardens of the
Poor, 1786; Warsaw High and Graded School Payment Notes, 1925.
NORTH CAROLINA: Duplin County, N.C., 1749-1868, Marriage Bonds of. By: Cora Bass, pub. 2001,
150 pages, Index, ISBN #0-89308-521-9.
Even though Duplin county was created in 1749, the marriages from 1749-1754 are missing. The marriage
bonds for this book cover the time frame 1755-1868. These bonds were required by the clerk of courts in
which the bride-to-be resided in. These bonds were issued before issuing a license to the prospective
bridegroom and his bondsman, usually a close friend or relative.
NORTH CAROLINA: Duplin County, N.C., Abstracts of Deeds, 1784-1813, Vol. 1. By: Eleanor Smith
Draughton, Orig. Pub. 1983, Reprinted 1986, 256 pages, Index, ISBN #0-89308-598-7.
Duplin County, located in the southeastern section of N.C. was formed in 1750 from New Hanover County.
In the year 1800, the county was bounded by the counties of Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow,
Sampson, and Wayne. Part of New Hanover was annexed to Duplin in 1751, and in 1777 part of Duplin
was annexed to Johnston County. A major change involved the formation of Sampson County from Duplin
in the year 1784. The county seat of Duplin is Kenansville. The deeds in Book 1A, 3A, and 4A are
thoroughly abstracted in this volume. The book is essential for research in the hundreds of families who lived
here during the early Federal period before migrating to the west and south. The two indexes include
surnames of all persons mentioned in the deeds and the names of slaves. Duplin County residents of the
period came for the most part from Virginia Tidewater counties and the Delaware River Valley.
Information donated by
Linda at: email@example.com
Coastal Carolina Indian Center
[Work in Progress]
Free People of Color - by County - 1790 Federal Census
A cross-reference using surnames, known names of Indian families, and historic
In researching Indian ancestry,
it's important to note that for a variety of reasons in history (usually
or socio-political), Indian people were often recorded as any race
other than Indian. Sometimes "White,"
other times "Black,"
or "Negro," and other times "Free Person of Color,"
"Colored," or "Mulatto."
The entries below have been taken from transcriptions of the 1790 Federal
Census for several eastern North
Carolina counties. The notes in the right
column correlate to the 1790 county/family names to the left.
villages are given with modern-day equivalent town names, as well as any
appear as "Other Free" on the 1790 census that are
surnames also found amongst known Indians in
documents (deeds, court records,
Please keep in mind that just because someone is of a particular surname that
has at some point
been associated with a particular tribe DOES NOT NECESSARILY
mean that the person was
of that tribe. It is necessary to establish a
"preponderance of evidence" before making the assumption that
was of a particular Indian nation.
Historical Sociey - http://www.duplinhistory.com/
Donated by Roberta
This link leads to history of Duplin County and a chronology of Duplin history, 1750-2004;
This link leads to the Duplin County rootsweb resources;
Duplin County was created 1750 from New Hanover County. Records prior to the creation of Duplin will be found here.