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New Paper for Kinston

By request we announce that Mr. Josephus DANIELS, of the Wilson Advance, will commence next week a paper in Kinston to be called the Kinston Free Press.

We take pleasure in saying to Mr. DANIELS that he will find the people of Kinston and of Lenoir county kind, courteous and appreciative of his efforts in commencing a paper in their midst; and we take equal pleasure in saying to the people of our native town and county that from our acquaintance with Mr. DANIELS we feel satisfied that they will find him in every respect worthy of their esteem and regard.

Source: New Berne Weekly Journal , 30 March 1882, page 3. 

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Kinston Free Press Index – Late 1800s/Early 1900s

The Kinston Free Press contains brief information on items of genealogical interest (i.e. deaths, marriages, births, etc.) that have appeared in the Kinston Daily Free Press (Kinston Free Press) newspaper of Kinston, Lenoir County. Surrounding counties (Wayne, Greene, Pitt, Craven, Jones & Duplin) are also represented.  COVERAGE SPANS: 1895-1928.

The data in this database is in process of being moved to the NCGenWeb’s NC People in the Papers database. Until that project is completed, you can still search the existing index.  Click on the image below to search.

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Searching Online Newspaper Repositories for Lenoir County News

Checking databases of digitized newspapers may lead to information relevant to your research, even if a newspaper from your specific county is not included. Often, the larger city papers ran columns with details on individuals and events from smaller communities.  Additional free sources for searching historical newspapers include:

  • NC Newspaper Digitization Project – earch the full-text of several different NC newspapers from the mid 1700s – late 1800s.  Though no papers from Lenoir county are included, newspapers often included information from other areas in the state.  There are several papers from nearby Craven County.
  • Google News Archive – includes some free and some paid content
  • Library of Congress: Historic American Papers – search the full-text of many different papers across the county, including several from the Southeast.  Covers late 1800s-early 1900s.
  • New York Times Archives – free full-text of the newspaper from 1851-1922.  You can search later articles, but those from 1922-1981 require payment.
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Lenoir County Residents in North Carolina Newspapers

The NCGenWeb Project features a database called NC People in the Papers.  This database is a collection of items extracted from newspapers and includes births, marriages, deaths, & general news items.   The time coverage varies, but in addition to clicking below to see a list of names associated with Lenoir County, you can also search the entire database for a last name of interest and perhaps find family members in other parts of the state.

The NC People in the Papers database includes many extracts from the Kinston Free Press newspaper, so there are numerous individuals from Lenoir County mentioned.  Click on the graphic below to access the list.

Surnames you may recognize include: Croom, Fordham, Grainger, Griffith, Hardy, Harper, Hooten, Jones, Moseley, Outlaw, Rouse, Wooten and more.

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List of Newspapers Published in Lenoir County

The following newspapers were published in Lenoir County.  Each hyperlink takes you to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website which includes details on libraries that hold each paper.   The current website for the Kinston Free Press is at

You will also wish to check the holding of the NC State Library.  Go to page 90 of this PDF to see which papers they hold.


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