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Cumberland County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1754 from Bladen County. It was named for Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-1765), captain-general of the British army and victorious commander at the Battle of Culloden.

In 1771 parts of Cumberland County, Johnston County, and Orange County were combined to form Wake County. In July 1784 the western part of Cumberland County became Moore County; the eastern part became Fayette County in honor of the Marquis de la Fayette, but the name Cumberland County was restored three months later. In 1855 the northern part of Cumberland County became Harnett County. Finally, in 1911 parts of Cumberland County and Robeson County were combined to form Hoke County. Source Wikipedia

Cumberland County NCGenweb site

Cumberland County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 53299
Fayetteville, NC 28305


Cumberland County Courthouse
PO Box 1829
County Courthouse
Fayetteville, NC 28302


1790 Federal Census transcription – indexed by last name

1790 Federal Census transcription – Fayette district

1790 Federal Census transcription – Fayetteville town

1820 Federal Census transcription – not including Fayetteville town
1820 Federal Census transcription – Fayetteville town

Tax Records

1787 list of taxables – Capt. Moon’s District

1804 List of taxables

1815 Fayetteville list of Taxables

1857 Misc. tax list

Military Records

1770 list of officers Cumberland Militia

Cumberland County Soldiers of the War of 1812


USGS listing of cemeteries in Cumberland County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Cumberland County, NC Query Forum

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

TxTsar on “Searching for R. W. Thornton’s Grave 1885″

I am seeking the location of my great grand father’s grave. His name was Richard W. Thornton {Most often listed as R.W. Thornton} – Born about 1836 in NC. – 1840 Census Sampson, NC. – 1850 Wayne, NC. – 1860 Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC. – 1870 Cross Creek, Cumberland, NC. – 1884 Fayetteville, Cumberland, NC. Estimated death 1885 {date taken from probated will}

I have been told by cousin he is buried in or very near Fayetteville NC. It is in a small group of graves on an old farm. Could be inside of the city now. Could be unmarked?

Any help would be appreciated.
R. E. Thornton, Jr.

summerrain60 on “Looking for Priest”

I am Looking for information on a Macolm Priest born about 1797 was married to a Margaret Maiden name unknown. He is listed on the 1850, 1860, and 1870 US census with his children: Neill, Catherine,Malcom,Sarah,Hugh, Margaeet, Mary, Gilbert ( My g-g-greatfather),Anne and Daniel. I believe Catherine married a Martin Butler and Anne married a John Prance.
Can anyone help me.

jrcattle on “Rachel Johnson”

Rachel’s parents were Robert R. Johnson born somewhere around Nov 1778 and Rachel Helton born in1786 in Cumberland Co. VA. She was married to Edward Turner in 1837 in Clay Co. KY. I am looking to verify this information. Edward Turner was my great,great, great, (possibly great) grandfather. I have reseached back to this information and have hit a stumbling block. Help.

pat layton on “Layton or Laton in the 1799′s”

I am looking for an ancestor with the surname of Layton or Laton. Given name possibly John. He moved to Washington Co. Ga. in the very early 1800′s. He had a son born in Ga. about 1828. His name was Alfrod Alpha Layton.

artniches on “Looking for records Jerry McArthur died about 1903″

I am looking for Jerry or (Jerrimiaha McArthur’s) burial site. He died around 1903. His wife was Sara Elizabeth Ham. they had kids William Alton McArthur, Ollie mae McArthur and Harvey McArthur. He was born in about 1877. He was from Rockfish, Cumberland,North carolina (this is a white family).

They are in the 1900 census. I have had a really hard time finding Information he died very young.
My great grandmother re-married to a Ham in Alabama and she moved to Calif and is buried there around 1945. Her father was R.J. Vaughan. I have had a time following this History. My grandfather was her son William Alton McArthur ( he was an Apprentice) he is also buried in Ontario, California. If anyone knows any information on this family please contact me.

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Cities and towns of Cumberland County:

Bonnie Doone
East Fayetteville
Fayetteville (County Seat)
Fort Bragg
Hope Mills
Olde Farm
Pope Air Force Base
Spring Lake

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