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Rutherford County was formed in 1779 and was named for Brigadier General Griffith Rutherford. He had led a campaign against the Cherokee in 1776 and was in the Revolutionary War. In 1791 parts of Rutherford were used to form Buncombe County. Further land was used to create Lincoln and Cleveland Counties as well as McDowell, and Polk Counties.

The county seat of Rutherford County is Rutherfordton. The county is divided into the following townships: Camp Creek, Chimney Rock, Colfax, Cool Spring, Duncans Creek, Gilkey, Golden Valley, Green Hill, High Shoals, Logan Store, Morgan, Rutherfordton, Sulphur Springs, and Union.

Notable sites in Rutherford County are Lake Lure (Filming location of parts of the movie Dirty Dancing) and Chimney Rock (now a State Park) where parts of the 1990′s movie Last of the Mohican’s was filmed. (Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe and Wes Studi had prominent roles in the film.)

Rutherford County Genealogy Resources

Rutherford County NCGenWeb

Rutherford County NCGenWeb Archives

Rutherford County Genealogy Site (at rootsweb)

Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County
P.O. Box 938
Forest City, NC 28043

Broad River Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2261
Shelby, NC 28150-2261
(covers Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Henderson and Rutherford Counties in NC, and a few SC counties)

Rutherford County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1044
Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Rutherford County Government

Rutherford County Government – Official site
Rutherford County Register of Deeds
229 N. Main St.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Mailing: PO BOX 551
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: 828-287-6155
or 828-287-6195
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm M-F

Rutherford County Library
Monday – Friday 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
255 Callahan Koon Road
Spindale, NC 28160

Haynes Branch
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 12pm
141 N. Main Street, Suite 110
Henrietta, NC 28076

Mountains Branch
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 12pm
150 Bill’s Creek Road
Lake Lure, NC 28746

Cities and Towns:

* Alexander Mills (merged with Forest City)
* Bostic
* Chimney Rock
* Ellenboro
* Forest City
* Lake Lure
* Ruth
* Rutherfordton
* Spindale


Camp Creek
Chimney Rock
Cool Spring
Duncans Creek
Golden Valley
Green Hill
High Shoals
Logan Store
Sulphur Springs

Tax Records

1782 Rutherford County Tax List (1782.txt) (53.3 KB)


1790 Federal Census Index

1800 Federal Census Index

1810 Federal Census Index – A-K

1810 Federal Census Index – L-Z

1820 Federal Census Index

1830 Federal Census Index – A-K

1830 Federal Census Index – L-Z

1840 Federal Census Index – A-K

1840 Federal Census Index – L-Z

1850 Federal Census Index – A-F

1850 Federal Census Index – G-M

1850 Federal Census Index – N-Z

1860 Federal Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index


USGS listing of cemeteries in Rutherford County

Cemetery Transcriptions – part 1
Cemetery Transcriptions – part 2

Query Forums

Rutherford County, NC Query Forum

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Rutherford County from the Forum:

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

SusanKSpies on “WEEKS, Delila and sons”

Delila WEEKS had 5 children…..Harp, Quillen, Luther, Avery and Willis. All born in the 1860′s or so. But who was their father? Who were Delila’s parents? Grandparents?

If you have any answers to this mystery, I would appreciate your help.

Thank you.

Susan Cloutier Spies

Ancesterfan on “Rippy’s of Rutherford and Cleveland Counties of North Carolina”

I have much information on many of the Edward Rippy abt 1829 wife Susannah Thomas b1721. I am in need of information on James Martin Rippy, b 1793 in Rutherford County, parents, Edward Rippy b1764 and Mary Elmore b1761. This James Martin Rippy married twice, it is the first wife that I am trying to locate information. I am given several names: one is Mary Polly Arnold Holt.. another is Minirose Rippy. James married again in 1846 to Rebecca Francis. They married in Rutherford County, NC. James and Rebecca moved from North Carolinia in early 1850 I believe. I have a will dated 1854 from Bedford County, TN. The first wife, the one I am looking for, is the mother of all of his children but one. Any leads you could give me would be most appreciated. I will be happy to share any information I have that you may need.

WIFE: Mary Polly Arnold Holt or Minirose Rippy …
born abt 1785 and died after 1831.

reply to
Thank you.

Jean Fuller on “James Henderson Adair (b abt 1814-1816)”

I am Looking for father and mother and grandparents of James Henderson Adair born abt 1814 thru 1816. Father of James Sherman Adair (1863-1896). james Henderson Adair is father of two boys hung for murder in Rutherford Co., N.C. I am great great grandaughter in Michigan and need help. I am fairly new at this, I have exhausted the internet.

kevhar on “John Withrow (1719-1796)”

I am looking for information about John Withrow (1719-1796) who married Mary. His son James was a Captain in the Revolutionary War. His daughter married Robert Rankins, who was also in the War. I have found a reference that refers to John being in the War, but I can’t find proof.

I am a direct descendant of John Withrow (1719-1796) and would be happy to correspond and share information with anyone who is interested.

Kevin Harris

Rutherford County, NC at Genforum

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Murder Arrest In Rutherford County – WLOS

Murder Arrest In Rutherford County
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A fight leads to murder charges in Rutherford County. Deputies were called to the Triple-L Trailer Park on Whiteside Road at about 2:45AM Wednesday morning. When they arrived on scene, they found Steven Brent Bridges, …
Deputies: Suspect found with knife in hand in fatal NC stabbingWHNS Greenville
RCSO: Suspect in fatal stabbing caught with knife still in handWYFF Greenville

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More than 50 dogs, 6 cats rescued from suspected NC puppy mill –
More than 50 dogs, 6 cats rescued from suspected NC puppy mill
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — More than 50 dogs and six cats were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in Rutherford County, according to WSOC-TV. Investigators said they found a woman who was charged in 2002 with animal cruelty was selling the …
More Than 50 Animals Rescued From Suspected NC Puppy MillWFMY News 2
Humane Society releases update on puppy mill rescueWSOC Charlotte

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50 dogs, 6 cats rescued from ‘deplorable conditions’ in Rutherford County, NC –
50 dogs, 6 cats rescued from 'deplorable conditions' in Rutherford County, NC
According to an October 3 report by KFVS News, 50 dogs and six cats were removed from a North Carolina residence. Rutherford County Sheriff's Office rescued the animals from a residence on Doc Wiseman Road after receiving reports the animals were …

More Than 50 Dogs, 6 Cats Rescued from Suspected Henrietta Puppy Mill – HSUS News

Gaston Gazette
More Than 50 Dogs, 6 Cats Rescued from Suspected Henrietta Puppy Mill
Rescuers are removing dogs and cats from a suspected Rutherford County, North Carolina, puppy mill. Authorities became concerned about the welfare of the animals after they responded to a complaint and found the animals living in filth and suffering
More than 50 dogs, 6 cats rescued from suspected puppy millShelby Star
More than 50 abused animals rescued from Rutherford Co. homeWHNS Greenville

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Child Injured In Accidental Shooting In Rutherford County –
Child Injured In Accidental Shooting In Rutherford County
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. – The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office says a child was injured in an accidental shooting. Rutherford County deputies responded to a call about a gun shot Wednesday afternoon on Helen's Lane and found a seven year-old …
Children find gun in NC woods, one child is shot in the
Deputies: 7-year-old accidentally shot after gun found in NC woodsWXII The Triad
Deputies: Children find gun in woods; 7-year-old shotWYFF Greenville
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‘Breaking Bad’ dolls pulled from stores in North Carolina –

CBS News
'Breaking Bad' dolls pulled from stores in North Carolina
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — “Breaking Bad” figurine dolls have been causing a controversy across the country — and now they are being pulled from store shelves, including in North Carolina. Both Walmart and Toys R' Us have stopped selling figurines …
Stores Pull 'Breaking Bad' DollsWLOS

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