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


Jones 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 1778
County Seat Trenton
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County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Jones County, North Carolina Genealogy Government Records

Jones County Courthouse
P O Box 189
Trenton NC 28585
Phone: 252-447-2551

Courthouse burned 1862
Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1913
marriage records from 1850, land records from 1779
and military discharge records; Clerk Court has probate records from 1779,
Court and divorce records

Jones County was created from Craven Count 14 Apr 1778

Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 189
Trenton, NC 28585
Phone: 252-448-2551
Fax: 252-448-1357

Clerk Superior Court
P.O. Box 280
Trenton, NC 28585
Phone: (252) 448-6220

History[edit | edit source]

Jones County, North Carolina was established in 1778 or 1779 (sources differ). The county was named after Willie Jones, who was a planter, slave owner, and Revolutionary War figure.

The county seat is Trenton.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1778--Jones County was created 14 April 1778 from Craven County.
County seat: Trenton [1]

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]

1862--Courthouse was burned during Civil War battle, many court records destroyed. See Jones County list of extant records (NC GenWeb).

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

  • Chadwick, Combs Fort, Comfort, Debruhls Landing, Hargetts Crossroads, Jones Corner, Maysville, Oak Grove, Olivers, Olivers Crossroads, Perfection, Phillips Crossroads, Pleasant Hill, Pollocks, Pollocksville, Ravenswood, Sassers Mill, Shady Grove, Simmons Corner, Taylors Corner, Tenmile Fork, Trenton, Wise Forks
  • Jones County Post Offices (USPS)

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]


General[edit | edit source]

  • Jones County (NC GenWeb; a list of both original and microfilmed records that are extant)

African American[edit | edit source]

Bibles[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
Tombstone Project
North Carolina Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Historical Populations
Census Pop.

Church[edit | edit source]

Baptist[edit | edit source]
Christian[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Education[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Aiken, Nancy, Minutes of the Jones County, North Carolina Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1826-1841, Heritage Books, 2002. (Google Books link without preview)
  • Gwynn, Zae Hargett, Abstracts of the Records of Jones County, North Carolina, 1779-1868, Vol. 1, self-published, 1963. (Google Books link without preview) (information in

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Jones County for European settlers included:[4]

Military[edit | edit source]

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

Online Records

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

- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry (Partisan Rangers), 1st Company
- 8th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry (Partisan Rangers), 3rd Comppany
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Native American[edit | edit source]

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Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records


Schools[edit | edit source]

See Education

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Uncertified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates can be ordered for 25 cents each from the Jones County Register of Deeds. See their website for more information.

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]

Heritage Genealogical Society
PO Box 6204
Kinston, NC 28501

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 2.0 2.1 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:305, 315. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  3. 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
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at