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     Duplin County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina.   Its county seat is Kenansville.  The county was formed in 1750 from New Hanover County. It was named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, later 9th Earl of Kinnoull.

     The present land area is 817.73 square miles and the 2000 population was around 49,063. From 1755 to 1780 the county seat was called Duplin Court House, but the location was not specified. The county court minutes merely say that the court was held at the court house. In 1816 Kenansville was laid out on the public lands and a new courthouse ordered to be erected. On and after January, 1819, the court was held in the courthouse in Kenansville. In 1784 the western part of Duplin County became Sampson County.

     Duplin  County is bordered by:  Wayne County, North Carolina – north;  Lenoir County, North Carolina – northeast; Jones County, North Carolina – east; Onslow County, North Carolina – southeast; Pender County, North Carolina – south; Sampson County, North Carolina – west.

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  Duplin County Clerk of Superior Court has Court Records from 1784 and Probate Records from 1759.  

   Duplin County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1754 and Marriage Records from 1755 and is located at PO Box 970, Courthouse Square, Kenansville NC 28349; 910-296-2108, Fax: 910-296-2344, [EMAIL] .

There are a few online databases for Court, Land and Probate Records which include: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2000, North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000, North Carolina Will Abstracts, 1660-1790, North Carolina Will Abstracts, 1760-1800 and North Carolina Wills and Inventories

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·         North Carolina Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 22, Greenville, NC 27835.
NCGS is a membership organization dedicated to preserving and promoting genealogical studies in North Carolina. Founded in 1975, NCGS provides members and interested researchers with a variety of genealogical resources.

·         North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans

·         United Daughters of the Confederacy

·         Order of Southern Gray

·         Carolinas Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 397, Monroe, NC 28111

·         Genealogical Services Branch, Division of North Carolina State Library
109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27611

·         North Carolina African-American Historical Society, P.O. Box 26334, Raleigh NC 27611

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The following libraries are located in Duplin County. Please select a library in Duplin County to view the details.

Duplin County - Dorothy Wightman Library
107 Bowden Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349

Duplin County Library
107 Bowden Dr.
Kenansville, NC 28349

Faison Branch Library (Emily Hill Library)
106 Park Circle
Faison, NC 28341

Florence Gallier Library
104 West Main Street
Magnolia, NC 28453

Phillip Leff Memorial Library
807 East Broad Street
Beulaville, NC 28518

Rose Hill Community Memorial Library
118 East Church Street
Rose Hill, NC 28458

Warsaw Public Library
115 East College Street
Warsaw, NC 28398


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     By 1744 John Dickson (1704-1774) had brought his family to that portion of New Hanover County, North Carolina that would become Dulpin County in 1749.       In 1752, John was Clerk of the County for Duplin County.  John passed away on Christmas day 1774 at the age of 70.  He left a will in Duplin County in which he provided for his children: Michael, William, Robert, Joseph, Alexander, Edward, James, and a daughter named Mary who married William McGowan.

     By early manhood, Michael Dickson, (1731-1825), son of the aforementioned John Dickson had traveled extensively throughout the western frontier of North Carolina. It is unclear where he lived during his young manhood, but he ultimately settled back in Duplin County where he owned land and pursued the occupation of farming.  The best documentation of Micheal Dickson in the county is to be found in Duplin County, Deed Book 1, page 28, which was taken away to Sampson County, when it was formed, and was never returned to Duplin. The deed states thus; "7th Nov in the 7th year of the reign of George III (1767)......Henry Mccullock To John Dickson, Planter Of Duplin . 203 acres on Northeast (Cape Fear) and Black Rivers and Widow Evans' Branch below Michael Dickson's old field." Further evidence of his Duplin residency comes from the records of Grove Presbyterian Church.  Church records state: ...... "Major Michael Dickson was among the early Presbyterians of this settlement".

     Samuel Henry Neely (c.1695-c.1779), along with his wife Elizabeth and family removed from Pennsylvania by 1744 to that portion of New Hanover County, North Carolina that would become Duplin County in 1749.   The marriage of Samuel and Elizabeth’s daughter Sarah Neely (1735-1815) to Michael Dickson may have occurred in Duplin County between 1750 and 1755.



Grove Presbyterian Church

LOCATION: Coordinates: 34°57′44″N 77°57′56″W  (Kenansville);     N 34° 57.517 W 077° 58.105 (Grove Church)

PROFILE OF GEN-SITE: The Grove Church, a Presbyterian church, Kenansville, North Carolina, was the first church established by the Scotch-Irish who settled there in about 1736.  Kenansville is a town in Duplin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,149 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Duplin County.  The Cowan Museum has artifacts from the early rural heritage of North Carolina and Duplin County.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Cowan Museum;  Built Heritage VC: Details, Grove Presbyterian Church, Kenansville, North Carolina; Grove Presbyterian Church - Kenansville, NNC (;  Grove Church in Kenansville, NC

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·         Beulaville

·         Calypso

·         Chinquapin

·         Faison

·         Fountaintown

·         Greenevers

·         Harrells

·         Kenansville

·         Magnolia

·         Rose Hill

·         Sarecta

·         Teachey

·         Wallace

·         Warsaw


The county is divided into thirteen townships: Albertson, Cypress Creek, Faison, Glisson, Island Creek, Kenansville, Limestone, Magnolia, Rockfish, Rose Hill, Smith, Warsaw, and Wolfscrape.




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