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Rockingham County NC Genealogy

Rockingham was formed in 1785 from Guilford.  It was named in honor of Charles Watson Wentworth, Second Marquis of Rockingham, who was a leader of a party in the British Parliament which advocated American independence. He was Prime Minister when the Stamp Act was repealed. 

The first court was held at the home of Adam Tate, at which time the justices were to decide on the place for holding future courts until the courthouse could be erected. In 1787 an act was passed which directed the courthouse to be erected on the land of Charles Mitchell on the east side of Big Rock House Creek. In 1796 an act was passed authorizing the purchase of land from Robert Galloway & Company, where public buildings were situated, and the community of Wentworth was established. In 1797 an act was passed suspending operations on the Wentworth courthouse. In 1798 commissioners were named to establish Wentworth on land given by Robert Galloway for that purpose. The first court was held at Wentworth in May, 1799. Wentworth is the county seat.

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The 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 Rockingham County NC Census are now online.

Local Resources
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Rockingham Co. Archives or
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Query Boards
 Obituary Board
Rockingham Co NC Political Graveyard
Rockingham Co Public Library
Rockingham County Governmental Center
Information About Rockingham
Civil War
1840 Rev. War Vets
Court Records


Courthouse records:
Rockingham County Vital Records Office 

Register of Deeds 
Rebecca B. Cipriani
Register of Deeds
P. O. Box 56
Wentworth, NC 27375-0056


The Rockingham County Register of Deeds is located in the basement of the Rockingham County Courthouse at 1086 NC 65, Suite 99, Wentworth, North Carolina. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. 


Rockingham County Historical Society 
P.O. Box 84 
Wentworth, NC 27375 

 Genealogical Society of Rockingham and Stokes Counties 
To join the GSRS, write to P.O. Box 152, Mayodan, NC 27027-0152. 
Dues:  Individual $15, Family $20 
The society holds quarterly meetings plus two swap meets, and members receive quarterly journals. 

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This page was last updated Saturday, 29-Sep-2001 10:07:53 MDT


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