Births, Marriages & Deaths

To order photocopies of birth, marriage and death records, visit the website of  the Lenoir County Registrar of Deeds.




Posted in Vital Records.

Opening of Robert Bruce Memorial Hospital (1906)

The following information appears in the Charlotte Medical Journal (v. 29 – July 1906)

The formal opening of this recently erected institution in Kinston, N. C, with the laying of the corner stone of the Elizabeth Parrot Memorial Wards by the Grand Lodge of Masons of North Carolina, in the presence of the Governor of the State and many other distinguished citizens, may well be noted as marking an important epoch in the progress of medicine in Eastern Carolina.

The hospital, which in its various departments will be one of the most complete in the State, is located on a beautiful and extensive park, generously donated for the purpose by Mr. and Mrs.  J.A. McDaniel, of Kinston, in memory of their son Robert Bruce.  The Charity Annex, or the Elizabeth Parrot Memorial Wards, is physically connected with the private hospital recently opened for general medical and surgical work by Drs. J.M. and W.T. Parrott, of Kinston, N.C., and is their munificent memorial to their deceased mother, the late Mrs. Elizabeth Parrott.

While there has not been the lavish wasteful expenditure of moneys so often seen in the exterior construction of modern hospital buildings, no expense has been spared to render the institution complete in its every important detail for the comfort, convenience, and proper medical and surgical care of suffering humanity.

Being fully conversant with the high order of professional ability of the Drs. Parrott we can but feel that our congratulations are due the people and the profession of that section of the State naturally tributary to Kinston, in having located in their midst an institution of high grade character and officered and managed by such accomplished gentleman of the profession.  Again, are we reminded of the manifestly growing disposition on the part of our Southern doctors to provide near the homes of our people hospital facilities where skill and service are the equal of the best, and as good as any to be had on the face of the earth, can be provided at an equivalent or even lessened expense, and without the discomforts and dangers incident to the transporting of invalids by long railway journeys to the great cities of the East.

– contributed by Taneya Koonce,  April 2010

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Wills & Estate Records Available on Microfilm

The following microfilm resources may be helpful for locating wills & estate records in Lenoir County

To access materials from the Family History Library, contact your nearest Family History Center.

Posted in Probate.

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.
Posted in Newspapers.

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.

Posted in Births, Newspapers.

List of Newspapers Published in Lenoir County

The following newspapers were published in Martin 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.


Posted in Newspapers.

Personal Websites with Lenoir County Families

This page is for listing websites & webpages of persons with Lenoir County roots.

  • Allen J. Barwick Family
  • Bright Family Puzzle
  • Croom Families & other surnames
  • Family Orchard – Dekle, Loops, Loveall & Young family genealogies
  • Koonce Family Genealogy – the family genealogy website of  Taneya Koonce – information about the African-American Kilpatrick, Lawhorn, Koonce, Holloway, Cox and Harvey families of Kinston, Ft. Barnwell, Dover, etc area. Includes links to census records, vital records, pictures, etc.
  • Kornegay Family
  • SSNeuse – site by Patricia H. Armor for families south of the Neuse in the Trent, Neuse, Woodington, Wouthwest, Pink Hill & Sand Hill townships
  • Woodpile Genealogy Project – shares genealogical information about the Batten, Dail, Dale, Fail, Lee, Massengill, Mooring, Sasser, Talton, Tart, Wood, and other families from Eastern North Carolina
Posted in Families.

Lenoir County Students at North Carolina Colleges

Did you know that the NCGenWeb Project hosts a NC Yearbook Index.  This Index lists (mostly) graduating seniors at colleges and schools across the state.  Currently, the index largely focuses on pre-1931 graduates but there are some exceptions.  Each index entry links to the full digitized yearbook online.

List of students that put a Lenoir County city as their hometown


Since hometowns were not always included, it is a good idea to also search the entire database.

Posted in Schools.

1872-1916 Directories Online

Directories can provide interesting & useful information on the businesses and people of the area.  The link will take you directly to the Lenoir County section of the freely available online directory.

  • 1872 – NC Business Directory
  • 1890 – Branson’s NC Business Directory
  • 1903 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1904 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1905 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1906 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1910 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1911 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1912 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1913 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1914 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1915 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
  • 1916 – NC Yearbook & Business Directory
Posted in Directories.

Deed: WHITFIELD, George to LASSITER, Jesse (1845)

Contributed by Doug Rader
15 Dec 2010

Doug acquired this “burned deed period” legal document related to the Lassiter, WHitfield and Waters families of Lenoir County, NC.  It is dated 4 March 1845, and is an agreement by George Whitfield to sell to Jesse Lassiter (“Lasitter”; both of Lenoir County) half of his lands on the Meadow and Brushy Arm Pocosin, adjacent to Jesse Waters, Haywood Waters, Josh (?) Waters, Charles Fuller and Richard Sutton. The rate was to be $3.75 per acre, paid in three equal installments; the acreage and payment schedule are not given. Witnesses are William Fields and N.W. (?) Blount.

This copy does not reflect the registration of that agreement, but probably pertains to the deed registered in burned Lenoir County Deed Book 31, page 248 (as listed in the extant cross-index to those deeds) from George Whitfield to Jesse Lassiter. (That burned deed book is reported to have covered deed registered between 1 July 1846 and December 1849, and so is consistent with the date of the agreement.)  Doug notes that there are others deeds reported among these parties in the grantor and grantee indices, including from Whitfield to Needham Waters (Book 30:11), and from Jesse Warters to Haywood Warters (Book 31:314).

Click on the image to  see the details (PDF file).

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