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The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River. It was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

In 1729 parts of Bertie Precinct, Chowan Precinct, Currituck Precinct, and Pasquotank Precinct of Albemarle County were combined to form Tyrrell Precinct. With the abolition of Albemarle County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties. In 1741 parts of Bertie County became Edgecombe County and Northampton County. Finally, in 1759 parts of Bertie County, Chowan County, and Northampton County were combined to form Hertford County, and Bertie was reduced to its present size. Source Wikipedia

The County seat of Bertie County is Windsor. Bertie County is divided into the following townships: Colerain, Indian Woods, Merry Hill, Mitchells, Roxobel, Snake Bite, Whites, Windsor, and Woodville. It also includes the following unincorporated communities: Elm Grove, Gatlinsville, Greens Cross, Hexlena, Perrytown, Pine Ridge, Sans Souci (with Sans Souci Ferry, the county’s only ferry), Spring Branch, Woodard, Baker Town, Whites Cross, Rosemead, and Todds Cross.

Attractions in Bertie County include Hope Plantation, The Freeman Hotel, Sans Souci Ferry, The Windsor Historic Walking Tour, Cashie Wetlands Walk and the Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hope Plantation includes the King-Bazemore House, Samuel Coxe House and Roanoke-Chowan Heritage Center.

Bertie County NCGenweb site


Bertie County Government Site
PO Box 530
County Courthouse
Windsor, NC 27983


1790 Federal Census transcription

1800 Federal Census index
1800 Federal Census transcription, pg0026.txt referred to in previous index
1800 Federal Census transcription, pg0060.txt referred to in previous index

1810 Federal Census transcription

1810 Federal Census Index
1810 Federal Census Transcription pg0043.txt referred to in previous index

1830 Federal Census transcription

1840 Federal Census transcription

1850 Federal Census transcription Directory opens to text files named by page number

1860 Federal Census part 1 transcription

1860 Federal Census part 2 transcription

1860 Federal Census slave schedule transcription

1870 Federal Census transcription directory opens to list of text files by township

1900 Federal Census transcription directory opens to list of text files by township

1910 Federal Census transcription directory opens to list of text files by township

1920 Federal Census transcription directory opens to list of text files by township

Tax Records

1716 Corn tax list

1757 Tax list

1798 Tax list

1810 Tax list

1862 Confederate Tax list


USGS listing of cemeteries in Bertie County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Bertie County, NC Query Forum

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North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Bertie County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

deborah on “HARRINGTON, ROGERSON bertie co., nc”

looking for info. on james O. HARRINGTON b 1827 d 1906 aulander, bertie co.
m. mary magdaline rogerson b circa 1837 beaufort co

my e-mail:

kendallblue on “Johnstons, Johnstones of Bertie County”

My ancestors were original settlers in my home state of Texas, having come to the state sometime around 1830, or before. James Henry Johnston, son of William Johnston and Mary Granberry Johnston, came to Texas and began acquiring land like it was going out of style. He served on the 8th Texas Congress, making preparations for the Texas Revolution from Mexico, and was an established businessman in Red River County, where he made his home. The Johnston family is said to have come from Bertie, North Carolina, but I know nothing of them before arriving in Texas. We are planning a genealogical trip to the NC area, and am curious if anyone might know of this family. Any tips you can provide would be much appreciated! Thank you!

jo-anne arnold on “sheppard/shepard family”

looking for Abraham, the elder dob 1685 m. Catrin Gardner children: Benjamin, Mary opr Polly, John Baptista, Abrahm, Martin

JudyS on “James Howard Jr 1707-1790″

I am looking for information about his spouse and children and possible connection to Samuel Howard b. 1762 in Virginia

Ilene Nutt on “Looking for a book about Bertie county”

I would like to purchase the following book or email someone for information I need.
“Bertie Beginnings: The Story of Our County and Its Distinguished Citizens”

I am specifically looking for information on the Mitchell family. Barbara (Barby) E. Mitchell,born 1813, William M. Mitchell born 1810 Wilkes Co., Martha E. Mitchell (Breedlove or Budlove)born 1840, her two children Celia JC Budlove born 1858 Tenn. or Breedlove and Elijah LWJEWPS Budlove or Breedlove born 1859(strange initials in census record). Bertie Count Vital Statistics 1700-1920 Lists the marriage of William W and Martha E also known as Barby or Barbara.

Date of Birth: Bef 1817
Spouse: William W. Mitchell
Date of Marriage: 15 Jun 1834
Place of Marriage: Bertie co., NC
I am hoping the book can tell me more information.

focusoninfinity on “James Pugh Sr & wife Mary Whitmel to…”

1750′s Bladen, now eastern Cumberland Co., N.C.

Bertie County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Bertie County:

Lewiston Woodville
Merry Hill
Windsor (County Seat)

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