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Martin County was formed in 1774 from parts of Halifax and Tyrrell Counties. The county seat of Martin County is Williamston. The county was named for the last royal Governor of North Carolina, Josiah Martin (Governor from 1771-1775). Probably due to the popularity of Governor Alexander Martin (twice Governer 1782-1784 and 1789-1792), this namesake county was not abolished like those of his predecessors, Tryon and Dobbs.

The following townships are in Martin County: Bear Grass, Cross Roads, Goose Nest, Griffins, Hamilton, Jamesville, Poplar Point, Robersonville, Williams, and Williamston.

Overlooking the Roanoke River is the Fort Branch Civil war site, known as “the best preserved earthwork Civil War Site east of the Mississippi.” The first of November is when an annual re-enactment is held. Fort Branch Civil War Site.

Martin County NCGenweb

Martin County Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 468
Williamston, NC 27892

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Census Records

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Looks partial, a few pages (as text files).

Martin County Cemeteries

USGS Listing of Cemeteries in Martin County, NC

Cemetery Transcriptions

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“”martin county” nc” – Google News

Six kilos of cocaine called largest seizure in Martin County’s history – WITN

Six kilos of cocaine called largest seizure in Martin County’s history  WITN

MARTIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) – It’s being called the largest seizure of cocaine for one Eastern Caroilna county. Six kilos of cocaine and crack cocaine, along …




Martin County man arrested on drug charges following complaints – WITN

Martin County man arrested on drug charges following complaints  WITN

Complaints from residents have landed a man behind bars on drug charges.




Combine goes up in flames after Martin County field fire – WITN

Combine goes up in flames after Martin County field fire  WITN

MARTIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) – A field fire that was started by a bailer consumed a combine and shut down a Martin County highway this morning. Multiple fire …




Two men charged with break-ins at two homes in Martin County – WNCT

Two men charged with break-ins at two homes in Martin County  WNCT

Two people were arrested and charged after they allegedly broke into two homes in Martin County on Monday.




Starved of capital, small businesses in rural NC are fading away – The Progressive Pulse

Starved of capital, small businesses in rural NC are fading away  The Progressive Pulse

Along the Roanoke River, economic developers and policymakers in Martin County were not strategically planning a pitch to land Amazon’s HQ, nor were they …




NC lawmakers see hemp as the state’s next big cash crop. But police are opposed. – Durham Herald Sun

NC lawmakers see hemp as the state’s next big cash crop. But police are opposed.  Durham Herald Sun

A bill moving forward in North Carolina would put hemp on stronger legal footing in the state, by explicitly allowing it to be used not just for ropes and clothing but …


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