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Person County, North Carolina Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Roxboro
Organized: 1791
Parent County(s): Caswell[1]
Neighboring Counties
Caswell  • Durham  • Granville  • Halifax  • Orange
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County InformationEdit


Person County is located in the north-central portion of North Carolina and shares a border with Virginia. It was named for Revolutionary War General Thomas Person.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Person County Courthouse
105 South Main Street
Roxboro, NC 27573
Phone: 336-503-5200
Person County Website

Register's office has copies of birth, marriage and death records as well as land records.

Person County, North Carolina Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1791 1913 1791 1774 1791 1784
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

  • 1791 Person County was created from Caswell County.
  • County seat: Roxboro[4]

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.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Ai
  • Allensville
  • Bethel Hill
  • Brooksdale
  • Bushy Fork
  • Cavel
  • Ceffo
  • Concord
  • Cunningham
  • Denny Store
  • Five Forks
Census-designated places
  • Allensville
  • Bushy Fork
  • Cunningham
  • Flat River
  • Holloway
  • Mount Tirzah
  • Olive Hill
  • Roxboro
  • Woodsdale

History TimelineEdit

Person county was formed in 1791 from Caswell. The act was to become effective February 1, 1792. In 1792 the eastern four districts of Caswell County became Person County. In 1792 Pittman's was mentioned in an act as the place where the courthouse was to be established. In 1793 Roxboro was established as the courthouse and is now the county seat. The present area of the county is 390.87 square miles and the 1990 population was 30,180.
General Thomas Person was a Revolutionary Patriot, a member of the Council of Safety and a trustee of the University of North Carolina. He gave a large sum of money to the University, and a building was erected in his honor, which is called Person Hall.


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Person County, North Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Carolina Cemeteries for more information


Census RecordsEdit

Church RecordsEdit


  • Flat River. Constituted 1777.[6]
  • Head of Mayo Creek. Constituted 1793.[6]
  • South Hico River Lower Church. Constituted 1793.[6]
  • South Hico River Upper Church. Constituted 1792.[6]

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

African American

  • Redford, Dorothy Spruill. As Long as You Call My Name, I Live: Somerset Place Slave Burial Register, 1785-1865.FHL 975.6165 V3r
  • Redford, Dorothy Spruill and Michael D'orso. Somerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage. New York, New York Doubleday, c 1988. FHL 929.273 L732r
  • Redford, Dorothy Spruill. Somerset's Slave Community: an Antebellum Genealogical Study. Portsmouth, Va.: D. S. Redford, 9C. 1986

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

NC Person


Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Person County 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 Person County:

- U.S. Colored Troops-Person County - list of soldiers from Person Co.
- 4th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company C
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain George F Fisher's Company
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Captain R S Davie's Company

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Vital RecordsEdit





Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.


  • Person County Library
    319 S. Main Street
    Roxboro, NC
    Phone: 336-597-7881
    Includes a local history room, large amount of genealogy information
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Library
    208 Raleigh Street, CB#3916
    UNC Chapel Hill, NC 27599
    Ref Phone: 919-962-1151
    Circ Phone: 919-962-1053



  • Person County Historical Society
    PO Box 887
    Roxboro, NC 27573
    Phone: 336-597-3134
  • Caswell County Historical Association
  • Piedmont Genealogical Society
    PO Box 2272
    Danville, VA 24541


  • Person County NCGenWeb - many genealogy resources for Person County
  • USGenWeb Project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research GuidesEdit


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Person 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.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), North Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Person County, North Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 24 February 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 2:567. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.