Cumberland County North Carolina


Contact: Myrtle Bridges County Coordinator

Cumberland map Cumberland County, North Carolina, was formed in 1754 from Bladen County. The county was named in honor of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, (1721-65)

The first county seat was named Cumberland Court House. In 1762 Campbelton was established at Cross Creek. Campbelton and Cross Creek were merged in 1778. In honor of Lafayette, Campbelton changed its name to Fayetteville in 1783. This is the present county seat.

Read "A Bit of Campbelton History" - 1895

1895 Map of Cumberland County (and surrounding area)

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Lookup Page - Volunteers wanted to begin a "lookup service" for Cumberland Co. print resources. Please check out this new page and consider volunteering to do lookups!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please read and follow Volunteer Carolyn Gibbons' guidelines for a successful search.
"I have access to the Cumberland County Courthouse (most records before about 1910 are NOT here and have 
been sent to the Raleigh Archives).  The Register of Deeds has marriages, births and deaths from about 
1910 with indices for these.  The deed records ARE here and many are on CD from the 1700s on.  Many 
have been destroyed.  I know of NO pre-1913 birth records except for limited mentions in the newspapers 
of the time.  Many early marriages are lost.  

I also have access to the Main Library which has some excellent sources for Cumberland County and 
SOME for surrounding areas.  Examples of their resources for the county include some maps, indices 
to locate small creeks, abstracts from the local newspapers (for deaths and marriages) 1816 – 1840 
and microfilm of all the newspapers extant up to the current ones.  All of the censuses for NC are 
here including all Soundexes on microfilm.  There are also a couple of books which index the early 
land grants and deeds.

I am willing to do lookups consulting indices, do a search of a small area of time for someone or 
search for a specific person or couple.  I am not able nor am I willing to do extensive searches  
- all the (surname) in Cumberland County, find whatever you can on my (surname) who may have stopped 
there while on their way from VA to GA (no time frame).  

Please be specific. Give complete names, dates, and any known information about the subject to be 

I am also willing to give suggestions on courses to follow." E-mail Carolyn Gibbons.

Cumberland County Directory

What's New in Cumberland County
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Queries   2010 / 2015 Index to Queries & Surnames
Surnames (A-L)
Surnames (M-Z) Index to Census Index to Estate Records A-L Index to Estate Records M-Z
Index to Estate Settlements Index to Wills Index to Cemeteries North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project
Family Genealogies Index to Marriage Records Index to Tax Records Index to Obituaries
Index to Deeds, Indentures, Etc. Index to Cumb. Co. Letters Index to Photo Gallery Index to Church Histories
Index to Early Military Records Index to Civil War Records Index to Newspaper Extracts Cumberland Co. Bonds
Wardens of the Poor Election Returns - 1843 1774 Admiralty Court Grand Jury Reports
Misc. Documents Adoptions, etc. Free Masons - Fayetteville Lodge List of Members to the House of Commons Election Returns -1841 Constable
Justices of the Peace - 1827 Index to Maps Oath of Allegiance Landings on the Cape Fear River
1906 Fayetteville Street Guide with Ward Boundairies Miscellaneous Ancient Records of Cumberland Civil Court Records Misc Court Recs
Cumberland County Public Library Argyll Colony Plus Importations From Abroad to Orange Co., VA Cumberland Co School Index
Publications for Purchase Helpful Cumberland Co. Pages Index to Bible Recs. Early Campbellton Residents
Naturalizations Guide to Research Materials in the NC Archives USGenWeb Archives Fay. Police Chiefs  1832-2001


The Shaw Papers Record Book of Carolina Church, Coosa County, AL
A Murder at McNeill's Muster Ground
Tom Powers, Mayor of Fayetteville 1906-1908 Fort Bragg Football Players Injured 1860 Murder of North Carolinians in Texas
McPherson Clans of the Upper Cape Fear

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Need a professional researcher? Visit Jason Bordeaux at Association of Professional Genealogists

April 16, 2008

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