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Pender County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 41,082. Its county seat is Burgaw. Pender County is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county was formed in 1875 from New Hanover County. It was named for William Dorsey Pender of Edgecombe County, a Confederate general mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. It is in the southeastern section of the State and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, Duplin and Onslow counties. The present land area is 870.76 square miles (2,255.3 km2) and the 1990 population was 28,855. The county commissioners were ordered to hold their first meeting at Rocky Point. The act provided for the establishment of the town of Cowan as the county seat. In 1877 an act was passed repealing that section of the law relative to the town, and another law was enacted whereby the qualified voters were to vote on the question of moving the county seat to South Washington or any other place which the majority of the voters designated. Whatever place was selected, the town should be called Stanford. In 1879 Stanford was changed to Burgaw, which was by that law incorporated. It is the county seat.

Pender County is divided into the following townships: Burgaw, Canetuck, Caswell, Columbia, Grady, Holly, Long Creek, Rocky Point, Topsail, and Union.

Moores Creek National Battlefield is in Pender County.

Source: Wikipedia.

Pender County Genealogy Resources

Pender County NCGenweb site

Pender County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1380
Burgaw, NC 28425

Old New Hanover Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2536
Wilmington, NC 28402-2536
(covers Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Sampson Counties)

Hampstead Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 8
Hampstead, NC 28443


Pender County Government

Pender County Government – Official Site
Pender County Register of Deeds (Online Records)
Holly Building
PO Box 43 300 E Fremont St. Burgaw, NC 28425

Pender County Public Library
Central Library
103 S. Cowan Street
PO Box 879
Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone Numbers:
Mon.,Wed., Fri.
10am to 6pm
Tue. & Thurs.
10am to 7pm
10am – 2pm

Hampstead Branch
75 Library Drive
Hampstead, NC 28443
Phone Numbers:
Mon., Wed., Fri.
10am to 6pm
Tue. & Thur.
10am to 7pm
10am to 2pm



USGS listing of cemeteries in Pender County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Pender County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

Pender County, NC Query Forum

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Pender County, NC at Genforum

Cities and Towns

* Atkinson
* Burgaw
* St. Helena
* Surf City
* Topsail Beach
* Watha

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