Rowan County, North Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Rowan 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: Salisbury
Organized: 1753
Parent County(s): Anson[1]
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Rowan County is located in the central portion of North Carolina and was named for Matthew Rowan, Governor of North Carolina at the time.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rowan County Courthouse
202 N Main Street
PO Box 2568
Salisbury, NC 28144-4346
Phone: 704-636-3102
Rowan County Website

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage death and land records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1881, probate and court records.[3]

Rowan County, North Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1753 1913 1753 1753 1743 1784
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1913. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1865 Some of the records were destroyed during the Civil War.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1753 Rowan County was created from Anson County.
  • County seat: Salisbury[5]

From the 1750s, up to the time of the American Revolution, Rowan County included most of the frontier area of Western North Carolina. All or portions of the present-day counties of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, McDowell, Madison, Mitchell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancey fell within its bounds at that time.

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 MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Brumfield, Lewis Shore. "The Clingman Store Ledgers," [1818-1822] Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 2 (May 1992):1509-1516. Available at FHL.
  • Smith, John H. "Unidentified Merchant's Ledger 1837-1846 North Carolina State Archives," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Aug. 1993):2548-2552. Available at FHL.

Occupations

  • "Clerk of Court," Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Aug. 1989):889. Available at FHL.
  • "Clerks of Court in Rowan County, 1753-1795" Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):3535-3542. Available at FHL.
  • Craig, James H. "The Arts and Crafts in North Carolina: Rowan County Court Records," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 2 (June 1988):33-36; Vol. 2, No. 3 (Sep. 1988):66-69. Available at FHL. Apprenticeship records 1770s-1810s.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Apprentice Bonds 1777-1850," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2811-2818; Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb. 1999):3169-3179; Vol. 14, No. 4 (Nov. 1999):3316-3325; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Feb. 2000):3385-3394. Available at FHL.
  • "Return of Strays," Rowan County Register, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Feb. 1994):1936. Available at FHL.
  • Thorp, Daniel B. "Doing Business in the Backcountry: Retail Trade in Colonial Rowan County, North Carolina," The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul., 1991), pp. 387-408. Available at JSTOR ($).
  • Thorp, Daniel B. "Taverns and Tavern Culture on the Southern Colonial Frontier: Rowan County, North Carolina, 1753-1776," The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 62, No. 4 (Nov., 1996), pp. 661-688. Available at JSTOR ($).

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Rowan 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

 

  • North Carolina, Historical Records Survey, Cemetery Inscription Card Index at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index and images
  • "Cemetery Record," Rowan County Register, Vol. 16, No. 4 (Nov. 2001):3749. Available at FHL. [Discusses a gravemarker from Salem United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, surname: Hill, date of death: 1867, which identifies the person's 1791 birthplace as Rowan County, North Carolina.]
  • "Cemetery Records - Lowerstone Church," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Sep. 1988):58-65. Available at FHL.
  • "Rowan County Cemeteries: The Crystal Spring Cemetery," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Feb. 1988):522. Available at FHL.
  • "Salisbury National Cemetery - Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):53-55. Available at FHL.
  • Sell, Kenneth D. "Preliminary Checklist of Rowan County Churches and Cemeteries," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Summer 1987):4-11; Vol. 1, Nos. 3-4 (Fall and Winter 1987):26-30; Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 1988):20-23; Vol. 2, No. 2 (Jun. 1988):45-48; Vol. 2, No. 3 (Sep. 1988):87-91; Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):128-129; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):37; Vol. 3, No. 2 (Mar. 1989):73-74. Available at FHL.
  • "Small Cemeteries in Western Rowan, Christ Episcopal," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):124-127. Available at FHL.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 15,972
1800 20,060 25.6%
1810 21,543 7.4%
1820 26,009 20.7%
1830 20,786 −20.1%
1840 12,109 −41.7%
1850 13,870 14.5%
1860 14,589 5.2%
1870 16,810 15.2%
1880 19,965 18.8%
1890 24,123 20.8%
1900 31,066 28.8%
1910 37,521 20.8%
1920 44,062 17.4%
1930 56,665 28.6%
1940 69,206 22.1%
1950 75,410 9.0%
1960 82,817 9.8%
1970 90,035 8.7%
1980 99,186 10.2%
1990 110,605 11.5%
2000 130,340 17.8%
2010 138,446 6.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


  • 1790-1900 "Population of Rowan County, North Carolina 1790-1900," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, Nos. 3-4 (Fall and Winter 1987):9. Available at FHL.
  • 1800 Linn, Jo White. "1800 Census of Salisbury, North Carolina," Rowan County Register, Vol. 9, No. 2 (May 1994):2019-2022. Available at FHL.
  • 1820 "1820 Census of Rowan County Digest of Manufactures," Rowan County Register, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Feb. 1994):1937-1958. Available at FHL.
  • 1850 Belk, Steven. "The 1850 Mortality Schedule," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Sep. 1988):71-76. Available at FHL.
  • 1860 Beck, Patricia B. "1860 Mortality Schedule," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):111-114; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):18-20. Available at FHL.
  • 1865 Linn, Jo White. "Citizens of Salisbury in 1865," Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):3547-3550. Available at FHL.
  • 1870 "1870 Census, Rowan County, North Carolina," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 1988):10-19; Vol. 2, No. 2 (Jun. 1988):49-54; Vol. 2, No. 3 (Sep. 1988):77-85; Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):115-126; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):29-36; Vol. 3, No. 2 (Mar. 1989):62-69; Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):89-94; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):142-147. Available at FHL.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1700-1970 - North Carolina, Church Records, 1700-1970 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index and images
  • Fries, Adelaide L. Colonial Churches of North Carolina Within the Bounds of Rowan County as Set Off in 1753. 1936. Available at FHL.
  • Rankin, S.M., George Swelle, and Adelaide Price. Churches of the Colonial Period in Rowan County [North Carolina]. Raleigh, North Carolina: Filmed by North Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1962. Available at FHL. [Includes Baptist, Church of England, Friends, Lutheran, Moravian, Reformed, and Presbyterian Churches.]

Baptist

  • Abbott's Creek. Formed about 1753.[7] Later located in Davidson.
  • Bear Creek. Constituted 1791.[7]
  • Dutchman's Creek. Constituted 1792.[7]
  • Forks of Yadkin River. Constituted 1793.[7]
  • Jersey Settlement. Constituted 1758.[7]
  • Timber Ridge. Constituted 1788.[7]
  • "Associational Minutes," [Yadkin Baptist Church, Patterson, N.C.] Rowan County Register, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1991):1347-1348. Available at FHL.
  • "Readers Write," [Describes church minutes and 1787 list of members (189 names) for Dutchman Creek Baptist Church (name changed to Eaton's Baptist Church in 1790] Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Nov. 1986):198. Available at FHL.
  • "Records of Dutchman's Creek Baptist Church in Rowan County, NC," [1770s] Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):112. Available at FHL.

Church of England
(Later Episcopal)

  • St. Luke's Parish. Established 1753.[8]
  • "St Andrews Episcopal Church - Woodleaf, Rowan Co., N.C.," [1840s] Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):100-101. Available at FHL.

German Reformed

  • Grace or Lower Stone Church, Rockwell, N.C. Established by 1795.[9]
  • Pilgrim Church, near Lexington, N.C. Established about 1757.[10] Later located in Davidson. Baptisms from 1757-1845 are included in the International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch.[11]

Lutheran

  • Organ or Zion Church, near Rockwell, N.C. Building erected 1794.[12]
  • Agner, Martha Withers. "An Overview of Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rowan County, North Carolina," Rowan County Register, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Feb. 1994):1929-1935. Available at FHL.
  • "Biography of Pastor Samuel Rothrock," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):13. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "1775-1776 Marriages from the Diary of Johann Gottfried Arends," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Nov. 1988):675-678. Available at FHL. [Lutheran minister.]
  • Linn, Jo White. "Records of Heidelberg Evangelical Lutheran (Old Dutchmans Creek) Church," [1780s-1860s] Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Aug. 1989):861-872. Available at FHL.
  • "Ministerial Acts - Rev Chrisenberry A Brown - Concordia Pastorate 1892-1893," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):108-110. Available at FHL.
  • Rothrock, Samuel. Diaries of Rev. Samuel Rothrock of Rowan County, [North Carolina], 1834-1863. MSS., Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, North Carolina, available at FHL. [Includes confirmations, baptisms, and burials, 1850-1858, for Organ Lutheran Church, St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church.]

Presbyterian

  • Centre Church, Mount Mourne, N.C. Organized 1765.[13] Originally known as the Osbourne Meeting House; later located in Iredell.
  • Third Creek Church, Cleveland, N.C. Founded before 1789.[14]
  • Fourth Creek Church, Statesville, N.C. Organized about 1750.[15] Later located in Iredell.
  • Holcomb, Brent H. "Some Rowan County References from the Southern Christian Herald," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):681. Available at FHL. [Presbyterian newspaper.]
  • Linn, Jo White. "First Presbyterian Church Baptismal Records," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Aug. 1993):1815-1824. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "The Petition of His Majesty's dutiful and loyal Subjects, Inhabitants of Rowan County to His Excellency Josiah Martin Esquire Governor and Commander in Chief over the Province of North Carolina 1773," [Presbyterian Petition] Rowan County Register, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Feb. 1995):2203-2205. Available at FHL.
  • "Transcript of a Map of Fourth Creek Congregation by William Sharpe, Esq. 1773," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1987):340-341. Available at FHL. [Identifies names and places of residence of many people.]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions

  • Hunt, William M. "An Account of Claims Laid on the County of Rowan for the Year 1764 from Rowan County Court Minutes, 1755-1767, p 551-552, (C.R. 85.301.2)," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Aug. 1992):1616-1618. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions," [1790-] Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1986):72-76; Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1987):315-324; Vol. 3, No. 2 (May 1988):565-574; Vol. 4, No. 3 (Aug. 1989):876-883; Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1990):1089-1097; Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1991):1349-1358; Vol. 7, No. 4 (Nov. 1992):1631-1642; Vol. 9, No. 1 (Feb. 1994):1959-1969; Vol. 10, No. 1 (Feb. 1995):2189-2199; Vol. 11, No. 4 (Nov. 1996):2597-2608; Vol. 12, No. 4 (Nov. 1997):2849-2858; Vol. 13, No. 3 (Aug. 1998):3039-3049; Vol. 14, No. 2 (May 1999):3223-3235; Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 2000):3370-3433; Vol. 16, No. 1 (Feb. 2001):3594-3606; Vol. 16, No. 3 (Aug. 2001):3692-3700. Available at FHL.

Mecklenburg County Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions'

  • Smith, John Howard. "Rowan County Powers of Attorney in the Mecklenburg County Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions," [April Court 1859] Rowan County Register, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Feb. 1995):2206. Available at FHL. [Rowan County surname: Albright.]

Salisbury Commissioners' Court

  • Linn, Jo White. "Records of The Salisbury Commissioners' Court, 1875," Rowan County Register, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug. 1995):2309-2316. Available at FHL.

Salisbury District Superior Court

  • Linn, Jo White. "Salisbury District Superior Court Minutes, 1756-1770," [through 1785] Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):41-47; Vol. 1, No. 3 (Aug. 1986):132-140; Vol. 2, No. 3 (Aug. 1987):385-393; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Feb. 1988):523-530; Vol. 4, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):747-756; Vol. 5, No. 1 (Feb. 1990):981-987; Vol. 6, No. 2 (May 1991):1280-1284; Vol. 7, No. 2 (May 1992):1519-1526; Vol. 8, No. 1 (Feb. 1993):1713-1717; Vol. 8, No. 2 (May 1993):1771-1778; Vol. 8, No. 4 (Nov. 1993):1881-1887; Vol. 9, No. 3 (Aug. 1994):2080-2090; Vol. 10, No. 2 (May 1995):2243-2253; Vol. 12, No. 2 (May 1997):2727-2732; Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb. 1998):2929-2936; Vol. 14, No. 3 (Aug. 1999):3257-3264; Vol. 16, No. 4 (Nov. 2001):3715-3727. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Salisbury District Superior Court, Equity Enrolling Docket 1787-1794, 1797-1798," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb. 1997):2689-2693. Available at FHL.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

  • Gehrke, William H. "The Beginnings of the Pennsylvania-German Element in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties, North Carolina," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 58, No. 4 (1934), pp. 342-369. Available at FHL; digital version available at JSTOR ($).
  • List of imported servants and transported convicts who served labor terms in Colonial Rowan County, North Carolina (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database.
  • Offman, David Isaiah and Paul G. Kinney. Genealogical Records of Early German and Other Families that Settled in the Area of North Carolina, of Alamance, Chatham, Guilford, Randolph, Rowan Cos. MSS., available at FHL.

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans

Paul Heinegg's Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware [free online book] is a very helpful guide to free blacks in Rowan County, North Carolina before 1820. [Identifies following free African American surnames in Rowan County: Allen, Baltrip, Brandon, Carter, Chavis, Deormond (see introduction), Faggot, Ferguson, Foquett, Freeman, Grimes, Hains, Harris, Locklear, Mitchell, Stewart, Taborn, Valentine. Sources Heinegg used to identify free African Americans in Rowan County include: (1) U.S. Federal Census Records, (2) Minutes, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Abstracts), 1753-1795, Vols. 1, 2. North Carolina State Archives Microfilm No. C.085.30001, and (3) MS Tax Lists. North Carolina State Archives Stack File No. CR 085.701.6.][16]Other items found on Heinegg's website include:

After the Civil War, ex-slave marriages were legalized, see:

  • Linn, Jo White. "Cohabitation Bonds in North Carolina," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb. 1998):2937-2938. Available at FHL.
  • Watson, June Clodfelter. Cohabitation Bonds for Rowan County, North Carolina: Recorded in 1866. [Salisbury, North Carolina]: Genealogical Society of Rowan County (North Carolina), [1996?]. Available at FHL.

Other records of African Americans in Rowan County include:

  • Henderson, Lisa Y. "Documents Tracing the Relationship Between John Wilson McNeely and His Slave, Lucinda," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):50-52. Available at FHL.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

  • 1907-1914 Summersett Funeral Home Records 1907-1914, Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):107-110; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):21-25. Available at FHL.

Genealogies[edit | edit source]


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Compiled Genealogies for Multiple Families

  • Offman, David Isaiah and Paul G. Kinney. Genealogical Records of Early German and Other Families that Settled in the Area of North Carolina, of Alamance, Chatham, Guilford, Randolph, Rowan Cos. MSS., FHL Collection
  • Links to Rowan County Family Pages in "Rowan County North Carolina Genealogy and History USGenWeb," USGenWeb. More than 50 families are identified.
  • Stroupe, Ethel. "Jersey Settlement Origins: First Families of Jersey Settlement," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb. 1996):2413-2434. FHL Collection Discusses possible New Jersey origins of many Rowan County early settlers.



Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Bounty Land Warrants

  • Linn, Jo White. "Bounty Land Warrants Recorded in Rowan County," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Aug. 1993):1834-1835. Available at FHL.

Confiscated Property

  • Bennett, William D. "List of Rents of Confiscated Property in Rowan, 1783," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):617. Available at FHL.
  • Bennett, William D. and Jo White Linn. "North Carolina Confiscated Property, 1777-1786," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):618-619. Available at FHL.
  • "List of Men Whose Property was Threatened with Confiscation," [1782] Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):620. Available atFHL.

Deeds

  • Kluttz, James W. Rowan County, North Carolina, Genealogical Abstracts of Deeds: Deed Books 15-19, 1797-1807. Reviewed in Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Nov. 1997):2869-2870. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Deeds," [Deed Book 11] Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):29, 30-36; Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1986):92-97; Vol. 1, No. 3 (Aug. 1986):149-151, 155-160; Vol. 2, No. 3 (Aug. 1987):403-412; Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):621-632; Vol. 4, No. 3 (Aug. 1989):850-860; Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1990):1099-1111; Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1991):1337-1346; Vol. 9, No. 3 (Aug. 1994):2057-2068; Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug. 1995):2317-2329; Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 1996):2502-2518. Available at FHL.

Directories of Land Owners

  • Kluttz, James W. The Early Landowners of Rowan County, North Carolina. 6 vols. Landis, North Carolina: J.W. Kluttz, 1995. Available at FHL.

Grants

  • Linn, Jo White. "Unclaimed State Land Grants in Rowan," Rowan County Register, Vol. 9, No. 2 (May 1994):2026. Available at FHL.

Land Entries

  • Enochs, Richard A. "Rowan County Vacant Land Entries 1790-1795," Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 1 (May 1989):805-814; Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1990):1043-1052; Vol. 6, No. 2 (May 1991):1287-1292. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Land Entries 1752/53," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Aug. 1986):141-148; Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1987):345-348. Available at FHL.

Squatters

  • Bennett, William Doub. "Squatters' Rights (Adverse Possession of Real Property)," Rowan County Register, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1991):1329-1335. Available at FHL.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Bennett, William D. "Highways & Byways: The Road from Salisbury to Salem & to Lexington," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Nov. 1998):3081-3093. Available at FHL.
  • Julian, Wilbur C. "Rowan County and the Yadkin River," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb. 1999):3145-3150. Available at FHL.
  • "Rowan County History," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):3. Available at FHL.
  • "Rowan County History," [c1785 description of Rowan County and Salisbury by an Italian tourist] Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):294-295. Available at FHL.
  • Shook, Pauline Moser and John C. Roberts. Capt. Daniel Little, Esq., and His Contemporaries: John Dunn, John Lewis Beard, Conrod Michael, Michael Brown, William Temple Coles, and Most of the Population of Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, 1753-1792: Documented. Sandpoint, Idaho: P.M. Shook, 1994. Available at FHL.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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  • Axelson, Edith F. "Post Office Records," Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1990):1122-1127. Available at FHL. [Includes map of Rowan County showing locations of old post offices.]
  • Brawley, James S. Bicentennial Commemorative Map of Rowan County, North Carolina, 1753-1953. Salisbury, North Carolina: J. Brawley, 1953. Available at FHL.
  • "Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina Map," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1987):11. Available at FHL. [Identifies old buildings, cemeteries, churches, etc.]
  • Ferguson, H.W. "Rowan County North Carolina 1780," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb. 1996):2440-2441. Available at FHL. ["Compiled from USGS 1:100,000 maps Boone, Hickroy, Salisbury, & Winston Salem quandrangles. Stream names are those used by Richard A. Enochs in his book Rowan County, NC, Vacant Land Entries, 1778-1789 published in 1988."]
  • Linn, Jo White. "Sanborn City Maps," [Salisbury, 1880s-1930s] Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Nov. 1990):1161-1163. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Sauthier and Kizziah Maps of Salisbury," [1770 and mid 1750s] Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 2 (May 1989):815-817. Available at FHL.
  • "Map of Rowan County," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1986):90-91. Available at FHL. [Identifies rivers and creeks.]
  • "Map Showing Waterways and Boundaries of Old Rowan County," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):30-31. Available at FHL.
  • "Map Showing Proposed Bridges Across the Yadkin River to Salem and to Raleigh," [1814-1815]Rowan County Register, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Feb. 1991):1236-1237. Available at FHL.
  • Norris, Carol. "Names Appearing on Sharpe's 1773 Map of Fourth Creek," Rowan County Register, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Feb. 1995):2201-2202. Available at FHL.
  • Rendleman, David Atwell. "Rowan County Land Ownership Map Section #1," Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Feb. 1990):996-997. Available at FHL.
  • Rendleman, David Atwell. "Rowan County Land Ownership Map Section #2," Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1990):1055. Available at FHL.
  • Rendleman, David Atwell. "Rowan County Land Ownership Map Section #3," Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1990):1115. Available at FHL.
  • "Salisbury Historic District: Showing 30 Nineteenth Century Structures," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Aug. 1987):400-401. Available at FHL.
  • "Transcript of a Map of Fourth Creek Congregation by William Sharpe, Esq. 1773," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1987):340-341. Available at FHL. [Identifies names and places of residence of many people.]
  • FamilySearch Places:Cities and Towns- How to Use FS Places

Migration[edit | edit source]

  • Dexter, Darrel. "St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery, Union County, Illinois," Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 2 (May 1989):793-804. Available at FHL. Many German pioneers from Rowan County, North Carolina migrated to this area.
  • Duke, Howard. "A List of Persons Migrating from North Carolina to Wayne County, Indiana, 1800-1861," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):40-46; Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):85-88; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):131-132. Available at FHL.
  • "From Pennsylvania to Wachovia," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Feb. 1992):1470. Available at FHL.
  • Gehrke, William H. "The Beginnings of the Pennsylvania-German Element in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties, North Carolina," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 58, No. 4 (1934), pp. 342-369. Available at FHL; digital version available at JSTOR ($).
  • Linn, Jo White and James Alfred Locke Miller. "Implied Migrations: from Augusta County, Virginia, to Rowan County, North Carolina," Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Feb. 1989):762-765. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Migration from Halifax County, NC, to Rowan County," Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1990):1115; Vol. 8, No. 3 (Aug. 1993):1814. Available at FHL. Discusses Coltrane family.
  • Palmer, Stan. "Rowan County Natives Buried in the Old Wetaug Cemetery," [Wetaug, Illinois] Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 2 (June 1988):39-40. Available at FHL.
  • Condon, Sindey S. and Darrell Dexter. "Pioneer Sketches of Union County, Illinois," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):88; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):130. Available at FHL. Surnames of migrants: McLain, Rendleman.
  • "Soaking the Yule Log," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb. 1997):2698. Available at FHL. Migration data on the Cathey and Locke families.
  • Stroupe, Ethel. "Jersey Settlement Origins: First Families of Jersey Settlement," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb. 1996):2413-2434. Available at FHL. Discusses possible New Jersey origins of many Rowan County early settlers.

Transportation

  • Bennett, William D. "Highways & Byways: The Road from Salisbury to Salem & to Lexington," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Nov. 1998):3081-3093. About overland transportation through Rowan County. Available at FHL.
  • Julian, Wilbur C. "Rowan County and the Yadkin River," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb. 1999):3145-3150. About river transportation through Rowan County. Available at FHL.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

French and Indian War

  • Linn, Jo White. "1759 Rowan County Militia List," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):273-274. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "1759 Rowan County Militia Lists," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Nov. 1992):1643-1644. Available at FHL.
  • Watt, W.N. "1760 Rowan County Militia Lists," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):275. Available at FHL.

Militia

  • "Surry County Militia Officers 28 June 1774," Rowan County Register, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1991):1359-1360. Available at FHL.

Revolutionary War

  • "1779 Pay Roll to Goal Guards in Salisbury 20 Sept. - 5 Nov; Capt. George Laumann," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Nov. 1999):3326-3328. Available at FHL.
  • "Address from Rowan Militia Officers for Consideration," [1778] Rowan County Register, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug. 1995):2299-2300. Available at FHL.
  • Bennett, William D. "List of Rents of Confiscated Property in Rowan, 1783," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):617. Available at FHL.
  • Bennett, William D. and Jo White Linn. "North Carolina Confiscated Property, 1777-1786," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):618-619. Available at FHL
  • Brawley, James S. "The Rowan Resolves," 1774 Committee of Safety, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina; identifies some of the signers. Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 2 (May 1988):580-581. Available at FHL.
  • Hunter, Cyrus Lee. Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historical and Biographical: Illustrating Principally the Revolutionary Period of Mecklenburg, Rowan, Lincoln and Adjoining Counties, Accompanied with Miscellaneous Information, Much of it Never Before Published. Raleigh, North Carolina: Raleigh News Steam Job Print., 1877. Available at FHL; 1970 reprint is also available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Genealogical Gleanings From Revolutionary War Pension Applications," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Feb. 1993):1725-1730. Available at FHL.
  • "List of Men Whose Property was Threatened with Confiscation," [1782] Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):620. Available at FHL.
  • Nolan, John B. "The Revolutionary Era in Rowan County, North Carolina: From Colony to Statehood," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Nov. 1997):2837-2846. Available at FHL.
  • "Patriots Oath of Allegiance," Salisbury Evening Post, 1 December 1976. Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):55. Available at FHL.
  • "Revolutionary War Records," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):148-149. Available at FHL. Merrell and Merrill pensioners.
  • "Revolutionary War Sketches," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):25. Available at FHL.
  • "Rowan Records from Afar," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):653. Available at FHL. Revolutionary War Pensions of soldiers surnamed Young and Ellis who had relocated to other parts of the nation.

War of 1812

  • "Muster Rolls of Soldiers of the War of 1812," ["Third Company, detached from the third Rowan Regiment"] Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):111. Available at FHL.
  • "North Carolina Society, United States Daughters of 1812 Celebrates 75th Year," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Summer 1987):12-13. Available at FHL.
  • "Some Rowan County War of 1812 Depositions," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 2 (May 1999):3238-3240. Available at FHL.
  • Rowan County Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War records, 1781-1919 (Salt Lake City, Utah:Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2004)FHL Film 2180019 Item 4

War with Mexico

  • Bennett, William Doub. "Rowan County in the Mexican War or the Aborted Company A," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Aug. 1993):1825-1833. Available at FHL.

Civil War


Regiments. Men in Rowan 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 Rowan County:

- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Artillery 10th Regiment Volunteers-1st Artillery, Company D
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Detailed Men, Company H
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Detailed Men, Company I
- 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company B
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company B
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company K
- 4th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company B
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company E
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company K
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves, Company E
- 5th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 6th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company G
- 7th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
- 8th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Company K
- 10th Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery, Company C


  • "Applications for Pensions for Rowan County Civil War Veterans Who Were Wounded or Pensions for the Wives of Veterans Killed in Service," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):9-12; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):150-152. Available at FHL.
  • "Civil War Collection - State Archives," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):126; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):47-49; Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):103. Available at FHL.
  • "Claims for Bounty & Pay 1861-1865," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):103. Available at FHL. Heirs of individuals who died in Civil War military service.
  • Cook, G.W. "The North Carolina Militia of Northwest North Carolina 1861-1865: The Rowan County Organization," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1987):335-339. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "The Confederate Prison at Salisbury," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Nov. 1999):3310-3311. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Save Your Confederate Bonds, the South's Going to Rise Again!" Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Nov. 1999):3312-3313.
  • "The Road to Richmond: Memoirs of Major Abner R. Small," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb. 1999):3180. Available at FHL. Includes a Civil War description of the Confederate Prison in Salisbury.
  • Smith, John H. "Rowan County Civil War Veterans, Report of Maimed Soldiers, 1867," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 1996):2498-2499. Available at FHL.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

  • Ball, Sandra. "Rowan County Naturalizations, August Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions," (1845) Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Nov. 1993):1887. Available at FHL.
  • Beck, Pat. "Immigration Records, Rowan County, North Carolina," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, Nos. 3-4 (Fall and Winter 1987):13-16. Available at FHL. Declarations of Intention, 1909-1914.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Naturalizations, 1753-1776," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):50-52. Abstracts from Salisbury District Superior Court Minutes, 1756-1770. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Some Naturalizations in Rowan County 1792-1862," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb. 1996):2435-2438. Available at FHL.
  • Rosenthal, Patricia N. "Rowan County Naturalizations 1824-1826," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Feb. 1993):1710-1712. Available at FHL.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • North Carolina Newspapers at DigitalNC
  • North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project, North Carolina State Archives. Search full text historical newspapers published in Salisbury.
  • Holcomb, Brent H. "Some Rowan County References from the Southern Christian Herald," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):681; Vol. 4, No. 1 (Feb. 1989):768. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Items from Salisbury Newspapers 1832, 1833," Special Collections, Cooper Library, Clemson University. Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Aug. 1996):2533-2543. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "The North-Carolina Mercury and Salisbury Advertizer," [1799-1801] Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (May 1988):641-646; Vol. 4, No. 1 (Feb. 1989):757-761; Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1990):1053-1055. Available at FHL.
  • Reynolds, Juanita. "Excerpts from The North Carolina Mercury, published in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina by Coupee," (1799-1800) Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 2 (June 1988):37-38. Available at FHL.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Bible Records

  • Rowan County Register: Available at FHL. Numerous articles written about Bible records of residents of Rowan County. Surnames include: Anderson, Beeman, Bless, Braly, Brock, Brunt, Burton, Caldwell, Carswell, Caton, Cauble, Chaffin, Chambers, Coon, Correll, Dickey, Dobbin, Duckworth, Eddleman, Falls, Fesperman, File, Graham, Hall, Hurley, Inness, Johnston, Kerr, Lewis, McConnell, McKnight, Macay, Miller, Petry, Pitt, Redwine, Sheek, Smith, Snider, Swicegood, Taylor, Wellman, and Whitaker. Periodical indexed in: https://search.findmypast.com/search/periodical-source-index PERSI]; Available at FHL. At various libraries (WorldCat)

County Records

Historic Residences

  • "Bed and Breakfast," [Stewart-Marsh House] Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Aug. 1989):891. Available at FHL.
  • "Bed and Breakfast," [Rowan Oak House] Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Aug. 1989):891. Available at FHL.
  • "Bed and Breakfast," [Louis H. Clement House] Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Aug. 1989):891. Available at FHL.
  • "Burning of John Houser's House in 1819," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb. 1998):2914. Available at FHL.
  • Hood, Davyd Foard. The Architecture of Rowan County. 1983.

Officials

  • "Delegates to the North Carolina Constitutional Conventions--1788, 1789," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Summer 1987):14-16. Available at FHL. [Includes delegates from this county.]

Petitions

  • Rowan County Register contains articles about numerous petitions filed in Rowan County. Available at FHL.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Linn, Jo White. "Loose Records of Wardens of the Poor in Rowan County 1771-1871," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Aug. 1998):3020-3025; Vol. 14, No. 3 (Aug. 1999):3265-3279. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Apprentice Bonds 1777-1850," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2811-2818; Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb. 1999):3169-3179; Vol. 14, No. 4 (Nov. 1999):3316-3325. Available at FHL.

Post Office

  • Axelson, Edith F. "Post Office Records," Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1990):1122-1127. Available at FHL. [Includes map of Rowan County showing locations of old post offices.]

Private Papers

  • "Funerals and Burials from Rev. Samuel Rothrock's Diary," (Lutheran, 1834-1883). Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):96-99; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):14-17; Vol. 3, No. 2 (Mar. 1989):70-72; Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):99-102; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):137-141. Available at FHL.
  • Krimminger, Betty L. "Civil War Letters," Rowan County Register, Vol. 6, No. 2 (May 1991):1285-1286; Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1991):1336; Vol. 7, No. 2 (May 1992):1527-1528. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "1775-1776 Marriages from the Diary of Johann Gottfried Arends," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Nov. 1988):675-678. Available at FHL.

Voting Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Wills

  • Bennett, William D. "Testators & Intestates of Rowan County 1778," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Nov. 1992):1643-1644. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Annotated Unrecorded Wills of Rowan County 1805-1868," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 1996):2473-2497. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Wills," [Will Book G] Rowan County, Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):5-15; Vol. 1, No. 3 (Aug. 1986):127-131; Vol. 2, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):253-256; Vol. 3, No. 2 (May 1988):555-564; Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1990):1031-1042; Vol. 8, No. 3 (Aug. 1993):1836-1847; Vol. 10, No. 2 (May 1995):2255-2268; Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb. 1997):2669-2682; Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug. 1997):2797-2810; Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb. 1998):2915-2926; Vol. 13, No. 3 (Aug. 1998):3055-3066; Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb. 1999):3153-3168; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Feb. 2000):3399-3413; Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 2000):3455-3470; Vol. 15, No. 3 (Aug. 2000):3492-3509; Vol. 16, No. 2 (May 2001):3626-3643; Vol. 16, No. 3 (Aug. 2001):3673-3690; Vol. 16, No. 4 (Nov. 2001):3728-3743. Available at FHL. [These abstracts contain additions and corrections to Linn's previously published abstracts of Rowan probate records, which appear in book form.]

Administrations

  • Bennett, William D. "Testators & Intestates of Rowan County 1778," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Nov. 1992):1643-1644. Available at FHL.

Estate Divisions

  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Divisions of Estates, Book A: 1807-1842," [and Book B: 1845-1848] Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):22-28; Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1986):83-89; Vol. 2, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):264-272; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Feb. 1988):496-504; Vol. 4, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):736-746; Vol. 5, No. 4 (Nov. 1990):1151-1160; Vol. 6, No. 2 (May 1991):1295-1305; Vol. 6, No. 3 (Aug. 1991):1361-1371; Vol. 7, No. 2 (May 1992):1534-1545; Vol. 8, No. 2 (May 1993):1759-1770; Vol. 14, No. 2 (May 1999):3205-3218; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Feb. 2000):3370-3382; Vol. 16, No. 1 (Feb. 2001):3608-3619. Available at FHL.

Guardian Bonds

  • "Guardian Bonds," 1780s-1860s, Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 2, No. 2 (June 1988):42-44. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Guardian Bonds 1764-1789," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1986):63-71. Available at FHL.

Inventories

  • Rosenthal, Patricia N. and Jo White Linn. "Rowan County Inventories and Sales 1785-1787," Rowan County Register, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1990):1115. Available at FHL.

Loose Estate Papers

  • Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Loose Estate Papers," [1753-1850] Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1986):98-105; Vol. 1, No. 3 (Aug. 1986):161-167; Vol. 2, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):257-263; Vol. 3, No. 2 (May 1988):582-592; Vol. 5, No. 1 (Feb. 1990):999-1009; Vol. 6, No. 1 (Feb. 1991):1223-1234; Vol. 7, No. 1 (Feb. 1992):1471-1482; Vol. 8, No. 1 (Feb. 1993):1697-1709; Vol. 10, No. 4 (Nov. 1995):2352-2364; Vol. 11, No. 3 (Aug. 1996):2553-2564; Vol. 12, No. 2 (May 1997):2743-2753; Vol. 13, No. 2 (May 1998):2973-2986; Vol. 14, No. 3 (Aug. 1999):3283-3298; Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 2000):3434-3448; Vol. 15, No. 3 (Aug. 2000):3511-3525; Vol. 16, No. 2 (May 2001):3645-3656. Available at FHL.
  • Spencer, Betty Dan Gilliam. "Rowan County Loose Estate Papers: Brown," Rowan County Register, Vol. 9, No. 2 (May 1994):1989-2018. Available at FHL.

School Records[edit | edit source]

  • "The Common Schools of Rowan County," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):79-84; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):128-130. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Some Rowan County Private Schools, 1790-1900," Rowan County Register, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug. 1995):2301-2308. Available at FHL.
  • "Teachers for Schools, 1812," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 2 (May 1999):3218. Available at FHL.

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1747 "Earl Granville's Quit Rents in the Rowan Area," [1747; instructions, no personal names] Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 2 (May 1988):578-579. Available at FHL.
  • 1754-1767 Linn, Jo White. "Number of Rowan County Taxables 1754-1767," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Feb. 1993):1689-1693. Available at FHL. Details interesting statistics, but lists few personal names.
  • 1758 "1758 Rowan County Tax List," Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):3531-3532. Available at FHL.
  • 1758 Tax Lists, Rowan County, 1758 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2, online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1759 Tax Lists, Rowan County, 1759 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2, online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1761 Tax Lists, Rowan County, 1761 (index) in NC Taxpayers vol. 2, online at Ancestry ($)
  • 1761 Tax Lists for 1761-1845 (transcripts) online at FamilySearch
  • 1761 Linn, Jo White and Michael Brown. "1761 Rowan County Tax Lists," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Nov. 1992):1629-1630; Vol. 9, No. 2 (May 1994):2023-2025. Available at FHL 975.671 P28
  • 1769-1770 Linn, Jo White. "Undated [1769-1770] Rowan County Tax List Fragment," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Feb. 1998):2939-2946. Available at FHL.
  • 1772 Abell, Mrs. John W. "1772 Rowan County Tax List (Partial - Davidson County Area) Taken by James Smith," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Aug. 1987):394-396. Available at FHL.
  • 1772 "1772 Guilford County Tax List," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 1996):2500-2501. Available at FHL.
  • 1778 Tax Lists, 1778 (transcript) online at FamilySearch
  • 1782 "Capt. Cowan's Company Assessment to Feby 1782," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 1996):2544-2546. Available at FHL.
  • 1783 Bennett, William D. "List of Rents of Confiscated Property in Rowan, 1783," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):617. Available at FHL.
  • 1783-1892 Tax Records, Rowan County, 1783-1892 (images) online at FamilySearch
  • 1783-1849 Tax Records, Rowan County, 1783-1849 (images) online at FamilySearch
  • 1784 Tax Lists, 1784 (transcript, see p. 30) online at FamilySearch
  • 1784 Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County 1784 Tax List," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Feb. 1987):531-534. Available at FHL.
  • 1787 Philbeck, Miles S. "A 1787 Rowan County Tax List," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Nov. 1988):679-681. Available at FHL.
  • 1790 Smith, John H. "Rowan County Tax List -- Insolvents for 1790," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb. 1997):2688. Available at FHL.
  • 1790 "Some 1790 Rowan County Insolvents," Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Aug. 2000):3510. Available at FHL.
  • c1794 Hollabaugh, Mary Louise, Debra A. Blake, and Jo White Linn. "Mystery (c1794) Rowan County Tax List," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Nov. 1996):2593-2596. Available at FHL.
  • 1796 Linn, Jo White. "Capt. Andrew Bostian's Company for the Year 1796," [Land Tax, Southern Rowan County on Cold Water Creek] Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Nov. 1989):917-918. Available at FHL.
  • 1802-1804 Tax Lists, 1802-1804 (images) online at FamilySearch
  • 1807 Tax Lists, 1807 (images) online at FamilySearch
  • 1814 Taxables, 1814 (images) online at FamilySearch
  • 1815 Tax Lists, Rowan County, 1815 (images) online at North Carolina Digital Collections
  • 1815 Linn, Jo White. 1815 Rowan County, North Carolina, Tax List (Salisbury, North Carolina: J.W. Linn, 1987) FHL Book 975.671 R49L
  • 1819 Linn, Jo White. "Missing 1819 Tax List of Capt. Swink's Company," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Feb. 1992):1450-1452. Available at FHL.
  • 1822 Linn, Jo White. "Assessment of the Town of Salisbury for the Year 1822," Rowan County Register, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Aug. 1993):1848-1851. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Tax List for Salisbury," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Aug. 1998):3033-3038. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Town Company Rowan County Tax List Taken by Capt. Giles," Rowan County Register, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Aug. 1998):3029-3032. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Rowan County Tax List of Capt. Hertsell Taken by Richard ?," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Aug. 1996):2565-2568. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Rowan County Tax List of Capt. Willis's Company," Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Feb. 2000):3395-3398. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Rowan County Tax List of Capt. Snider," Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Aug. 2000):3480-3483. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Rowan County Tax List of Capt. Cavendar Taken by Joseph Hanes," Rowan County Register, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Nov. 2000):3543-3546. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Rowan County Tax List of Capt. Jeter's Company," Rowan County Register, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Feb. 2001):3622-3624. Available at FHL.
  • 1823 "1823 Rowan County Tax List of Capt. Lentz's Company," Rowan County Register, Vol. 16, No. 4 (Nov. 2001):3746-3747. Available at FHL.
  • 1826 "1826 Tax List of Capt. Cornell's Company," Rowan County Register, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Feb. 1997):2683-2687. Available at FHL.
  • 1830 Smith, John Howard. "Rowan County 1830s Tax Lists: Sheek & Smith Papers - Duke University," Rowan County Register, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Nov. 1995):2345-2351. Available at FHL.
  • Bennett, William D. "Taxation in Colonial North Carolina," Rowan County Register, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Nov. 1991):1389-1403. Available at FHL.
  • Bennett, William Doub. "North Carolina Taxation During the Revolution," Rowan County Register, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Feb. 1992):1453-1458. Available at FHL.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

  • 1741-2004 North Carolina, United States Marriages at FindMyPast
  • 1741-2004 North Carolina Marriage Index 1741-2004 at Ancestry $
  • 1759-1979 North Carolina Marriages 1759-1979 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; Index
  • 1762-1979 North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index and images
  • 1763-1868 North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index and images
  • 1753-1800 "Abstract 1700s Marriage Bonds - Registrar's Office Rowan County," [1753-1800] Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, Nos. 3-4 (Fall and Winter 1987):5-6; Vol. 2, No. 2 (Jun. 1988):32; Vol. 2, No. 3 (Sep. 1988):70; Vol. 2, No. 4 (Dec. 1988):127; Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar. 1989):3-6; Vol. 3, No. 2 (Mar. 1989):56-61; Vol. 3, No. 3 (Sep. 1989):95-98; Vol. 3, No. 4 (Dec. 1989):133-136. Available at FHL.
  • 1759-1962 Rowan County Marriage Index 1759-1962 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch[17]
  • "Cowan Marriage Record from Tennessee Co., TN," Rowan County Register, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb. 1999):3187. Available at FHL.
  • 1775-1776 Linn, Jo White. "1775-1776 Marriages from the Diary of Johann Gottfried Arends," Rowan County Register, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Nov. 1988):675-678. Available at FHL.
  • 1780s-1850s "Found! Additional Rowan County Marriage Licenses," [1780s-1850s] Rowan County Register, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Feb. 1989):732-735. [Found in the private papers of Rev. Samuel Eusebius McCorkle, earliest ordained minister of Thyatira Presbyterian Church.] Available at FHL.
  • 1851-1868 Linn, Jo White. "Rowan County Marriage Registers, 1851-1868," Rowan County Register, Vol. 2, No. 2 (May 1987):325-334; Vol. 3, No. 3 (May 1988):633-640; Vol. 9, No. 1 (Feb. 1994):1970-1975. Available at FHL.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Willful Destruction of 475 Rowan County Marriages Licenses," Rowan County Register, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb. 1996):2242. Available at FHL.

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Rowan County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Rowan County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Carolina Archives and Libraries.

  • Rowan Public Library
    201 West Fisher Street
    Salisbury NC, 28144
    Phone: 704-216-8228
    Website
  • Isothermal Community College Library
    PO Box 804
    Springdale, NC 28160
    Phone: 828-395-1307
    Website
    This library has 6 volumes of the missing court records of Rowan County that have been microfilmed. The Salisbury District, Superior Court minutes/records are on the Stanley-Yancey page. Salisbury Microfilms, unit 4, drawer 3, section D: 1756-1770 and 1782-1801 (3 volumes); 1797-1799 and 180-1809 (3 volumes)

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Rowan County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Carolina Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Piedmont Trails - A personal source of materials dedicated to the history and genealogy of North Carolina and beyond. Documents of Rowan County, NC early settlers, maps and ancestor lineage.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Linn, Jo White. "The McCubbins Collection: The Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Feb. 1986):16-21. Available at FHL. [Originally published in Heritage Quest, Sep./Oct. 1985 Issue.
  • Linn, Jo White. "Tips for Genealogists Working in North Carolina Records," Rowan County Register, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May 1986):77-82. Available at FHL.
  • Terrell, Kay. "Edith M. Clark History Room, Rowan Public Library," Journal of the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, North Carolina, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1987):9-11. Available at FHL.

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  5. 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.
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