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Alleghany County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1859 from the eastern part of Ashe County, North Carolina. It was named for the Alleghany River. The word Alleghany comes from the Delaware Indian language meaning “a fine stream”. Numerous boundary adjustments have been made since it was established, but none have resulted in new counties. The area was explored as early as the mid 1700s. The county seat is Sparta.

A famous resident of Alleghany County, North Carolina was congressman Robert L. Doughton who was instrumental in the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway (which runs along the counties border) and in passing the Social Security Act. The largest park along the Parkway was named in his honor, Doughton Park.

Sparta is the home to the Sparta Teapot Museum. This tea pot museum is around 30,000 square feet and is devoted to the history of the teapot. The core of the collection is The Kamm Collection which at 6000 pieces is arguably the largest teapot collection on the planet. The collection was gathered by Gloria and Sonny Kamm.

Alleghany County NCGenweb site

Alleghany Historical-Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 817
Sparta, NC 28675


Alleghany County Courthouse
Alleghany County Register of Deeds
12 North Main St.
P.O. Box 186
Sparta, NC 28675
Phone: 336-372-4342

New River Valley Historical Notes


1850-1880 Mortality Schedules

1860 Federal Census for Alleghany County

1860 Census slave mortality schedule transcription

1860 Census Slave Schedule
1860 Census Slave Schedule 2nd part(?)

1860 Census agricultural schedule transcription

1870 Federal Census transcription

1880 Census – Cranberry township transcription

1880 Census – Gap Civil township transcription

1880 Census – Glad Creek township transcription


USGS listing of cemeteries in Alleghany County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Alleghany County, NC Query Forum

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loreece on “Thomas Isaac Mills”

I have run into a brickwall with my g g g grandfather Thomas Isaac Mills. Born abt. 1818-1821 in North Carolina. Thomas Isaac Mills. Below is the information I have for Thomas I. Mills. Would love to hear from anyone else researching Thomas I. Mills and his ancestors or descendants.
Thomas Isaac Mills was born Abt. 1818 in North Carolinaand died Aft. 1880. He married Nancy E. Lawrence from Tennessee Bef. 1846 in Alabama. She was born Abt. 1823 in Tennessee, and died Aft. 1880.

Notes for Thomas Isaac Mills:
Isaac may be spelled incorrectly.

The 1880 Polk County, Arkansas census records indicate Thomas was born in North Carolina. The same census indicates his father was born in Virginia and his mother was born in North Carolina. Their names are not known.

Thomas’s exact whereabouts are not known between 1818 and 1846. A record of him was founs in the 1850 census for Polk County, Arkansas. The census indicated his first three children were born in Alabama, so we can assume he lived there from at least 1846 when their first son Henry was born until sometime in 1849 when their son Thomas J. was born. Notes from research done earlier by Mary D. Robinson show that Thomas and Nancy were married in Alabama, but we have not been able to confirm this.

In the 1850 census Thomas is listed as a carpenter, and in the 1860 census as a farmer. That census also indicated he had $1,200 in real estate and $1,800 in personal property. In the 1860′s Thomas I. Mills and his family lived in the log cabin which still exists on its original site, located in Janssen Park in Mena, AR. His daughter Nancy married Elijah Cagle in the cabin in 1869. During this time Thomas contracted to handle the six mail routes out of old Dallas, the county seat, handling mail to and from Hot Springs, Fort Smith, Arkadelphia, and other points in Howard and Sevier counties. The 1860 census shows three mail carriers living in the Mills household.

Charles Sturgill on “Search for James Sturgill born 1868″

My GGgrandfather born 1868 Married Maggie (unknown) in1888 I know descendants. His father was born in Ohio, Mother was born North Carolina They lived in Wise Va , He died shortly after 1900. any info helpful

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Cities and towns of Alleghany Couny

Cherry Lane
Edwards Crossroads
Glade Valley
Laurel Springs
Piney Creek
Roaring Gap
Sparta (County Seat)
Twin Oaks

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