1 Family Search: Rutherford County, NC Locality Guide (some items copied from website and re-formatted for this report, which contains numerous additions by me) Rutherford County was created from Tryon County, which was abolished in Rutherford County Courthouse 229 N Main Street PO Box 551 Rutherforton, NC Phone: o Courthouse burned in 1857 o Register of Deeds Office; some birth and later land records (1970s to recent) online here, with GIS maps of the county available here. land records from 1779 birth records from 1917 death records from 1913 marriage records, various dates marriage registers marriage bonds o Probate Court Wills and estates from 1700s o Clerk of Superior Court tax lists voter registration estate and probate records miscellaneous court records (most have been transferred to the NC State Archives in Raleigh) Boundary Changes 1791: a small portion of the west sides of Rutherford and Burke County created Buncombe County. 1841: about a third of the county on the east side, as well as western side of the neighboring Lincoln County, were formed into Cleveland County. 1842: a small portion of the northern side of Rutherford County and half of the neighboring County of Burke was taken to make McDowell County. 1855, the southwestern side of the county was formed into Polk County. Record Loss 1907: Courthouse fire destroyed many court records. Probate Pre-1790 Rutherford County, North Carolina Wills stored at the North Carolina State Archives are online - free. Website tips: o Visit Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS) o Search, with the setting as "A Mars Id matching," for the series o Click Records of Probate: Wills o In the pop-up window, follow the link Show List of Child Records o This will bring up links to 28 boxes of the original wills. Box 1 begins with "A" surnames. Box 28 concludes with "Z" surnames.
2 o To view online images of the original wills, click on a box, for example Box 1, in the resulting pop-up window, click Show List of Child Records o Browse the list of wills. When you find a will of interest, click on the person's name and a pop-up window will allow you to View Document (it may be necessary to install free software to view the images) Minutes of the Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1780 to 1784 (mentions wills filed, inventory lists, sales, administrators, orphans, deeds proved, etc. If you cannot find a will in the will book, this is where to search). Available online as a subscription to North Carolina Pioneers Will Books 1 to 3 and A to N ( ) have been digitized by FamilySearch. Vital Records Rutherford County Birth Index Batch C at FamilySearch Rutherford County Marriage Index in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch Websites: The Cemeteries of the Area that was Old Tryon County, NC & Upper SC Plus Other Stuff; author/compiler W. D. Floyd cemetery surveys for hundreds of cemeteries in Rutherford and neighboring counties o Ashe County, NC o Buncombe County, NC o Burke County, NC o Cherokee County, SC o Cleveland County, NC o Gaston County, NC o Greenville County, SC o Henderson County, NC o Lincoln County, NC o Mcdowell County, NC o Mecklenburg County, NC o Northampton County, NC o Polk County, NC o Rutherford County, NC o Spartanburg County, SC o Union County, SC o York County, SC Indexes to marriage records for Rutherford and some adjacent counties o Burke County, NC Marriage Bonds o Polk County, NC Marriage Bonds o Rutherford County, NC Marriage Bonds o Rutherford County, NC Marriage License Photos o Rutherford County, NC Marriages Indexes to Rutherford Co. land records o Rutherford County, NC Land Grants
3 o The Deed Index Of Rutherford County, NC Census indexes for Rutherford & Cleveland County o 1860, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Rutherford County o 1910, 1920, and 1930 Cleveland County Assorted other genealogical goodies Rutherford County, NC Genweb; user submitted data, links to other websites, etc. Biographies Births Cemeteries Census Info Churches Deaths Deeds Family Group Sheets Family Web Links Look-Ups Mail Lists, Etc. MAPS County, Census Maps 1895 Atlas Digital Map Library Marriages Miscellaneous Neighbors Obituaries Occupations - Website Photo Album Queries Research Materials in the North Carolina Archives County Records Resources Surnames of Interest Types of Travel- an 1836 Observation Veterans/Military Rutherford County GenWeb Archives; user contributed library of records and manuscripts Bibles Biographies Cemeteries, A-H Cemeteries, J-Z Census County Records Court
4 Deeds History Marriages Military Newspapers Obituaries Post Cards Tax Lists Vitals Wills & Estates DigitalNC Explore original materials from libraries, museums, and archives across North Carolina Searchable images of the weekly newspaper The Forest City Courier from 9 Oct 1919 to 31 Dec 1931 Searchable images of Hill's Forest City, Rutherfordton and Spindale (Rutherford County, N.C.) City Directory, including Alexander Mills and Ruth, N.C(1958, 1960, and 1962) Libraries: Rutherford County Public Library 255 Callahan Koon Road Spindale, NC (828) Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm Saturday 10am - 1pm o No online genealogical resource, but the library has a room devoted to genealogy and has many books of abstracted records from Rutherford County. The catalog is searchable online here. Old Tryon County Genealogical Society Library 319 Doggett Rd Forest City, NC (828) :00-2:00 M Tu Th F 10:00-7:00 on Wednesday Open on Saturday by appointment o An impressive collection of research, manuscripts, maps, and other material of genealogical value o No digital catalog or inventory available Isothermal Community College 286 I C C Loop Rd Spindale, NC (828) Monday-Thursday 7:45 am - 8:00 pm Friday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm
5 o Newspapers on microfilm stored in the Old Tryon Room Forest City Free Press: 1915, 1916 Courier: Forest City Courier: o 1931-Sep 1940 o Sep 1941-Oct 1950 o 27 Sep Sep 1953 o 20 Sep Jun 1973 Forest City This Week, 19 Mar Jun 1973 Forest City Courier Sun Daily Courier o 11 Jun Sep 1975 o Oct 1975-May 1979 (originals destroyed by fire) o 11 Jun Aug 1983 o Sep 1983-Dec 1983; originals lost o 2 Jan Dec 1985 o 2 Jan 1986-April 2000 o Jul 2000-Sep 2001 o (Oct 2001-Dec 2001 missing) o Jan 2002-Jun 2009 Rutherfordton Banner, 20 July Nov 1887 Star, 2 May Apr 1872 West Carolina Record, 18 Jan Jan 1875 Tribune (weekly), Tribune, 5 Sep Dec 1904 Western Vindicator, o Sun (weekly) o o Sun, 16 Apr May 1923 Rutherford County News o o 1938 o Carolina Gazette (weekly) o 11 Aug 1836 o 23 Feb 1837 o 18 May 1837 Western Star of Liberty (weekly) o 1840: 12 May, 19 May, 9 Jun, 8 Dec Rutherfordton Intelligencer (weekly) o 1841: 13 May, 3 Jun, 28 Oct o 1842: 17 Mar, 14 Sep
6 o 26 Apr 1843 The Republican (weekly) o 22 Jan 1844, 2 May 1845 Western N.C. Republican, 29 Jul 1847 Rutherford Enquirer, 6 Mar 1860 Western Vindicator o 1868: 23 Mar, 13 Apr, 12 Oct, 23 & 30 Nov, 7 Dec o 1869: 31 May, 14 and 28 June, 19 and 26 Jul; 2, 16, 23, 30 Aug, 6 & 20 Sep; 11, 18 & 25 Oct; Nov 2, 8 & 22 o 26 Jun 1871 o 22 Jul 1872 o 1873: 10 Feb, 7 Apr The New Regime, 12 & 19 Feb 1876 The Pen and Plow, 4 Mar 1881 Rutherford College Weekly -one issue The Democrat, 1896: 7 & 24 Jan, 28 Feb The Rutherfordton Tribune, 1902: 8 May & 30 Jun N.C. Spectator and Western Advertiser o 1830: 26 Mar, 9 Apr-31 Dec o 1831: all issues EXCEPT 1 Jan, 17 Sep, 19 & 26 Nov, 3 Dec o Jan-10 Mar o 18 Oct 1834 o 1835: 31 Jan & 28 Feb Spindale Spindale Sun o 1 Jun May 1951 o 10 May Jun 1973 o Journals: Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County o Contents and Index to Bulletins 1976 through 1983 o Bound volumes: o Vol o Vol o Vol o Stapled loose-leaf Membership Directories for 1978, 1980, , o Single volumes, four issues per year unless noted o Vol. 3, 1975, missing #3 o Vol. 4, 1976, missing #1, 3 o Vol. 5-7, o Vol. 8, 1980, missing #2, 3, 4 o Vol. 9-14, o Vol. 15, 1987, missing #1 o Vol ,
7 o Vol. 18, 1990, missing #2, 4 o Vol. 23, 1995, missing #4 o Eswau Huppeday, Journal of the Broad River Genealogical Society o single volumes, four issues per year unless noted o Vol. 1-11, o Vol. 12, 1992; missing #2 o Vol , o Vol. 16, 1996; missing #4 o Vol , o Vol. 21, 2001; missing #2 o Vol , o Vol. 33, 2013; missing #3, 4 o Rutherford County Court Records on Microfilm in the Old Tryon Room Apprentice Bonds, , , 2 vols. Minutes, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions , 5 vols , 5 vols , 5 vols , 2 vols , 2 vols , 3 vols. Superior Court Minutes , 2 vols , 2 vols , 3 vols , 2 vols , 2 vols , 2 vols , 2 vols , 2 vols , 2 vols , 2 vols , 1 vol. Superior Court Minutes, Civil , Vols. 1, , Vols. 3, , Vol , Vols. 6, , Vols. 8,9 Superior Court Minutes, Criminal , Vols. 1, , Vol , Vols. 4, , Vols. A-Z
8 Judgment Docket, SC Civil , Vols. E,F , Vol. H , Vols. K,L , Vols. M,O,P , Vols. Q,R Minute Docket SC , Vols. --,--, , Vols. --,--, Judgment Docket, SC -Civil , Vol. X Judgment Docket, SC -Civil (also Land Tax Sales) , Vols. Y,Z, AA Judgment Docket, Land Sales SC , Vol. J Judgment Docket, SC - Criminal , 1 vol , Vols. -, , Vols. 2,3 Judgment Docket, Appointment of Legal Council 1964, Vol.1 Index to Judgments-Plaintiff , Vols. A-K , Vols. L-Z , Vols. A-K, L-Z Record of Estates , , , Vols. -,B,C Index to Judgments, Liens & Lis Pendens-Defendant , Vols. A-K, L-Z , Vols. A-K, L-Z Index to Civil Actions , Vols. A-D, E-K , Vols. L-R, S-Z Index to Criminal Actions, Defendants , Vols. A-D, E-K , Vols. L-R, S-Z Index for Judgments, Liens, Lis Pendens , Vols. A-G, H-O, P-Z Record of Deeds , Vols. A-D, E-L , Vols. R1-3,4-6, 7-9, , Vols. J-L, M-Q , Vols. 20,21,22,23, , Vols , 15-17, , Vols. 25,26,27-28
9 , Vols ,32, , Vols. 34,35,36, , Vols. 38,39-40, , Vols. 43, , Vols , Vols. 46, , Vols. 48,49, , Vols. 51,52,53 Land Entries Index , , Vols. ----, , , , Vols. ---, Land Entries , , 4 vols , , , 4 vols , 1 vol. Record of Land Sales , Vols. 1, , Vols. 3, , Vols. 5, , Vols. 7,8 Federal Tax Lien Index , Vols. 1,2, , Vol , Vols. 5,6 Plat Book , Vol , Vols. 2,3,4, , Vols. 6,7,8, , Vol. 10 Index to Plats , 1 vol. General Index to Real Estate Conveyances (Grantee) , Vols. A-L, M-Z General Index to Real Estate Conveyances (Grantor) , Vols. A-L , Vols. M-Z Record of Accounts , Vols. A,B , Vols. C,D , Vols. E,F , Vols. G,H , Vols. I,J , Vols. K,L , Vol. M
10 , Vols. N,O,P Record of Estates , Vols. D,E Index to Final Accounts , Vols. A-Z, , Vols. A-Z,-,- Administrators' Bonds , 2 vols. Record of Administrators , Vol , Vols. 2, , Vols. 4, , Vols. 8, , Vols. 10,11 Appointment of Executors , Vols , Vol , Vols. 1 Records of Guardians , Vol.1 Guardian Accounts , 4 vols , Vols. ---,---,--- Record of Settlements , Vols. A,B , Vols. C,D , Vols. G,H , Vols. I,J,K , Vols. L,I Guardians Bonds , 3 vols , Vol , Vols. 2, , Vol.4 Green Glow wedge/ Record of Widows' Years Allowance , Vols. A,-, , Vol. 3 Inheritance Tax Record , 2 vols. Administrators Bonds , Vols. ---,---, Record of Sales of Mortgages, Trustees & Executors , Vol. 1 Index to Estates , Vols. A-K, L-Z
11 Marriage Bond Abstracts , Vols. A-Z Marriage Register , 4 vols Marriage Bonds , Vols. A, Ba-Bi, Bl-Bo, Br-By , Vols. Ca-Cl, Co-Cu, D,E , Vols, F,Ga-Go, Gr-Gu, Hai-Har, Has-Hop, Hor-Hy , Vols. I,J,K,L , Vols. Ma-Mi, McA-McS, Mo-Mu, N, O,P , Vols. Q,R,Sp-Sw, T, U , Vols. V, Wad-Wats, Watts-Wolls, Wilk-Wy, Y-Z Marriage Register , 3 vols , Vols. A-Z Maiden Names of Divorced Women , Vol.1 Index to Vital Statistics Births , 1 vol , Vols. A-Z Index to Vital Statistics Deaths , Vols. A-Z Index to Delayed Births Various Years, 1 vol. Original Wills , Vols. I-II , Vols. III Record of Wills , Vols. A,B,C,D,E , Vols. 3, A-Z , Vols. 1, , Vols , Vols. E,G , Vols. H,I , Vols. J,K , Vol. L Index to Wills , 1 vol. Cross Index to Wills , Vols. 1,2,3 Index to Devisees , Vols. A-Z Alien Registration 1940, 1 vol. Clerk's Minute Docket
12 , Vol , Vol. 2 Record of Lunacy , Vols. -, 1, , Vols. 3, , Vol.5 Record of Road Overseers , 3 vols. Road Dockets , Vols. ---,---. Special Proceedings , Vols. A,B , Vols. C,D , Vols. G,H , Vols. I,J , Vols. K,L , Vols. M,N , Vols. O,P , Vols. Q,R , Vols. S,T , Vols. U,V , Vols. W,X , Vol. Y , Vols. Z, A1,A2 Index to Special Proceedings-Plaintiff , Vols. A-Z , Vols. A-Z Index to Special Proceedings-Defendant , Vols. A-Z , Vols. A-Z Equity Orders & Decrees, SC , Vols. ---,---. Armed Forces Discharges , Vols. 1,2 1945, Vols. 3, , Vols. 5, , Vols. 7, , Vols. 9, , Vols. 11, , Vol , Vols. 14, , Vols. 16,17 Index to Armed Forces Discharges , Vol. 1
13 Record of Corporations , Vols. A-, -, , Vol , Vol , Vol , Vols. 5,6 Assumed Business Names , Vols. 1,2 Partnership Record , 1 vol , Vol. 1 Minutes, Board of County Commissioners , 1 vol , 2 vols , 2 vols , Vols. 6, , Vols. 8, , Vols. 10, , Vols. 12, , Vols. 14, , Vol , Vol , Vol , Vol. 19 Minutes, Board of Education , 2 vols , Vol , 1 vol. Minutes, Board of Health , 1 vol , 1 vol. Minutes, Board of Social Services , 4 vols , 4 vols. Minutes, Board of Special Services , 1 vol. Record of Elections , Vols.-,-,1,2, , Vol. 3 Index to Miscellaneous , Vols. A-Z Bastardy Bonds , 1 vol.
14 North Carolina Dept. of Archives & History 109 E. Jones St. Raleigh, N.C Phone: (919) Mailing address: 4614 Mail Service Center Raleigh, N.C Search Room Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Online search engine: Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS) ORIGINAL RECORDS BONDS: o Apprentice Bonds, ; 2 volumes. o Bastardy Bonds, ; 1 volume. o Officials Bonds, ; 1 Fibredex box. COURT RECORDS o County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, ; 18 volumes, 1 manuscript box. Appearance Dockets, , ; 1 volume, 1 manuscript box. Execution Dockets, ; 8 volumes. Levy Docket, ; 1 volume. State Dockets, , ; 4 volumes, 1 manuscript box. Trial Dockets, , ; 3 volumes, 2 manuscript boxes. Trial and Appearance Dockets, ; 6 volumes, 2 manuscript boxes. o Superior Court Minutes, ; 12 volumes. Equity Minutes (Orders and Decrees), ; 1 volume. Equity Execution Docket, ; 1 volume. Equity Trial and Appearance Docket, ; 1 volume. Appearance Docket, ; 1 volume. Execution Dockets, ; 2 volumes. State Dockets, , ; 4 volumes. Trial and Appearance Dockets, ; 7 volumes. Trial Docket, ; 1 volume. Civil Action Papers, ; 23 Fibredex boxes. Civil Action Papers Concerning Land, ; 20 Fibredex boxes. Civil Action Papers Concerning Mines, ; 2 Fibredex boxes. Criminal Action Papers, ; 8 Fibredex boxes.
15 ELECTION RECORDS o Record of Elections, ; 2 volumes. ESTATES RECORDS o Record of Estates, ; 6 volumes. o Administrators Bonds, ; 2 volumes. o Estates Records, ; 109 Fibredex boxes. o Guardians Records, ; 24 Fibredex boxes. o Guardians Accounts, ; 4 volumes. o Guardians Bonds, ; 3 volumes. LAND RECORDS o Record of Deeds, , ; 20 volumes. o Deeds, ; 3 Fibredex boxes. o Index to Deeds, [ ]; 1 volume. o Land Entries, ; 8 volumes. o Tax Levies on Land, ; 6 Fibredex boxes. o Attachments, Executions, Liens and Levies on Land, ; 1 Fibredex box. o Miscellaneous Land Records, ; 2 Fibredex boxes. MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND VITAL STATISTICS o Marriage Bonds, ; 11 Fibredex boxes. o Divorce Records, ; 10 Fibredex boxes. MILITARY AND PENSION RECORDS o Military Records, ; 1 Fibredex box. MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS o Alien Registration, 1940; 1 volume. o County Accounts, Claims and Correspondence, 1814, ; 1 Fibredex box. o Homestead and Personal Property Exemptions, ; 1 Fibredex box. o Inmate Register, County Home, ; 1 volume. o Miscellaneous Records, ; 4 Fibredex boxes. o Records of Assignees, Trustees and Receivers, ; 5 Fibredex boxes. ROADS AND BRIDGES o Road Dockets, ; 3 volumes. o Railroad Records, ; 6 Fibredex boxes. SCHOOL RECORDS o School Records, ; 1 Fibredex box. WILLS o Wills, ; 41 Fibredex boxes. MICROFILM RECORDS CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS o Assumed Business Names, ; 1 reel. o Record of Corporations, ; 2 reels. o Partnership Records, ; 1 reel. COURT RECORDS
16 o County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Minutes, ; 5 reels. o Superior Court Minutes, ; 9 reels. Minutes, Civil, ; 3 reels. Minutes, Criminal, ; General Index to Criminal Minutes, ; 2 reels. ELECTION RECORDS o Record of Elections, ; 1 reel. ESTATES RECORDS o Record of Estates, ; 2 reels. o Record of Accounts, ; 7 reels. o Record of Administrators, ; 5 reels. o Appointment of Executors, ; 1 reel. o Record of Appointment of Receivers, Trustees and Executors, ; 1 reel. o Guardians Bonds, ; 1 reel. o Record of Guardians, ; 2 reels. o Record of Widows Year s Allowance, ; 1 reel. o Inheritance Tax Records, ; 1 reel. o Record of Settlements, ; 5 reels. o Index to Final Accounts, ; 1 reel. LAND RECORDS o Record of Deeds, ; 105 reels. o Record of Deeds and Grants, ; 1 reel. o Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantor, ; 10 reels. o Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantee, ; 10 reels. o Record of Land Entries, ; 1 reel. o Federal Tax Lien Index, ; 1 reel. o Record of Sales by Mortgagees, ; 1 reel. MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND VITAL STATISTICS o Marriage Bonds, ; 7 reels. o Marriage Registers, ; 3 reels. o Maiden Names of Divorced Women, ; 1 reel. o Index to Births, ; 2 reels. o Index to Deaths, ; 1 reel. o Index to Delayed Births, various years; 1 reel. MILITARY AND PENSION RECORDS o Record of Armed Forces Discharges, ; 9 reels. o Index to Armed Forces Discharges, ; 1 reel. MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS o Special Proceedings, ; 10 reels. o Index to Special Proceedings, Plaintiff, ; 2 reels. o Index to Special Proceedings, Defendant, ; 2 reels. o Index to Special Proceedings, ; 1 reel. OFFICIALS, COUNTY
17 o Minutes, Board of County Commissioners, ; 7 reels. SCHOOL RECORDS o Minutes, County Board of Education, ; 1 reel. WILLS o Record of Wills, ; 6 reels. o Cross Index to Wills, ; 1 reel.