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Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 113,329 and in 2006 the population was estimated at 113,847. It is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Goldsboro and it is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Prior to 1730, Native Americans were the only known occupants of the territory now known as Wayne county. Settlers trickled into the territory, but there was no general movement of immigration until after 1750. Wayne County was established on November 2, 1779 from the western part of Dobbs County. It was named for “Mad Anthony” Wayne, a general in the American Revolutionary War. The act, establishing the County, provided the first court should be held at the home of Josiah Sasser at which time the justices were to decide on a place for all subsequent courts until a courthouse could be erected. By 1782 the commissioners were named. In 1787 an act was passed establishing Waynesborough on the west side of the Neuse River on the land of Doctor Andrew Bass where the courthouse now stands.

In 1855 parts of Wayne County, Edgecombe County, Johnston County, and Nash County were combined to form Wilson County.

Source: Wikipedia.

Wayne County Genealogy Resources

Wayne County Genealogy

Wayne County NCGenWeb Site

Wayne County NCGenWeb Archives

Old Dobbs County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 617
Goldsboro, NC 27530

Wayne County Historical Association and Museum
P.O. Box 665
Goldsboro, NC 27533


Wayne County Government

Wayne County Government – Official Site
Wayne County Register of Deeds
224-226 E. Walnut Street
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Wayne County Public Library
Main Branch
1001 E Ash St
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 735-1824
Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 9:00
Friday & Saturday 9:00 – 5:30
Sunday – 1:00 – 5:00 (During September after Labor Day until Memorial Day in May)

Steele Memorial Mt Olive North Carolina
111 N Chestnut St
Mount Olive, NC 28365
(919) 705-1891
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 9:00 – 5:30
Tuesday 9:00 – 8:00
Sunday – Closed

Pikeville Branch
107 W Main St
Pikeville, NC 27863
(919) 705-1892
Monday – Wednesday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Friday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday – Closed

Fremont Branch
202 N Goldsboro St
Fremont, NC 27830
(919) 705-1893
Monday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday – Friday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sunday: – Closed

Cities and Towns

* Brogden
* Dudley
* Elroy
* Eureka
* Fremont
* Goldsboro
* Mar-Mac
* Mount Olive
* Pikeville
* Seven Springs
* Walnut Creek
* Grantham


1790 Federal Census Transcription – Newbern District

1790 Federal Census Transcription

1790 Federal Census Images

1800 Federal Census Index

1800 Federal Census Transcription

1800 Federal Census Index (alternate)

1800 Federal Census Images

1810 Federal Census Index

1810 Federal Census Images

1820 Federal Census Index

1820 Federal Census Images

1830 Federal Census Index

1830 Federal Census Images

1840 Federal Census Index

1840 Federal Census Images

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Images

1860 Federal Census Images

1870 Federal Census Images

1880 Federal Census Images

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Barfields and Flowers Surnames

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Prostitutes

1900 Federal Census Transcription – Stony Creek – Part 1 – Addendum

1900 Federal Census Transcription – Stony Creek – Part 2

1900 Federal Census Transcription Stony Creek – part 3

1900 Federal Census Transcription – Black Creek Home and Farm Ownership


USGS listing of cemeteries in Wayne County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Wayne County Cemetery Census

Wayne County Cemetery Transcriptions

1981 Wayne County Cemetery Book

Query Forums

Wayne County, NC Query Forum

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

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

Deb1308 on “Davis”

My uncle, Joseph H. Dale, was married to Georgia Lee Davis, b. 14 July 1910 or 1911 in ,Goldsboro, Wayne, NC,.

Georgia’s father was: Jesse Burgwin Davis, 1877-1950
Georgia’s mother was: Bessie Willis, 1880-?
Georgia had a sister named Lucy, born in 1905

Georgia Lee Davis-Dale died on 7 May, 1956 in Florida. Her husband, Joseph H. Dale died in 1963, also in Florida.

Does anyone have information on the Davis/Willis families?

dasaga on “Luther S. Kennedy”

Am looking for any info on Luther S. Kennedy Bn: abt 1833 Died: abt 1909 in Lenoir cy.
He did live in Wayne cy at some time.

Sam Kennedy

Gale on “Daughters of Branson Williams”

I am looking for information on possible two daughters of Branson Williams that lived in Goldsboro, N.C. They were half-sisters to Iley Williams of Sampson County?

jorskippy on “Jordan/Ham/Edmundson/Taylor/Avent”

I am searching for information on the Frederick Jordan family of Wayne County. Frederick married Winniford Avent about 1758. They raised a large family in the area.

McDragon on “Hill’s of Goldboro”

Looking for information on a Dr. Thomas Hill, who was the Wayne County Coroner after the Civil War. He was my GG-Grandfather

Nancy Glore on “Ina Pearsall (Spence, Farmer ?) DOB 15 Feb. 1897, Indian Springs, Warne Co., NC”

Searching for family members of my paternal grandmother,Ina Pearsall (Spence, Farmer?) I am a Spence but was told by my dad that his biological mother, after leaving his father, married someone by the last name of Farmer and had several more children. I would like to be put in touch with any aunts/uncles or cousins I might have still living. Thank you.

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DEPUTIES: 11-year-old shot by father in Wayne County home – WITN

DEPUTIES: 11-year-old shot by father in Wayne County home
WAYNE COUNTY, NC (WITN) – An 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot as his father was cleaning his rifle. Wayne County deputies say it happened shortly after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at 143 Canary Lane in Pikeville. The investigation so far reveals that the …
11-year-old Wayne County boy injured when father's gun discharges during
11-year-old injured when guns goes off as dad cleans it, Wayne County Sheriff's Office saysWNCN
Deputes: 11-year-old injured after father's rifle discharges in Wayne CountyWNCT

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Deputies find car full of guns in Wayne County – WTVD-TV

Deputies find car full of guns in Wayne County
The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the car was pulled over for a traffic violation Sunday. Officers could clearly see part of one of guns in the passenger area, but the occupants allegedly denied there were any weapons in the vehicle. Searching the
Goldsboro man arrested on weapons chargesWITN

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Drivers being targeted with bricks, objects on Wayne County highway –
Drivers being targeted with bricks, objects on Wayne County highway
Goldsboro, N.C. — The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of incidents in which bricks or other objects have been thrown into vehicles traveling along N.C. Highway 111 south of Goldsboro, officials said Tuesday. No arrests have
Drivers warned of highway 'attacks' in Wayne CountyWTVD-TV
1 hurt, 7 vehicles damaged after items thrown along Wayne County roadWNCN
People have been throwing objects at oncoming traffic on NC Highway

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30 arrested in Wayne County as officers combine forces in ‘Operation Eagle Eye’ – WNCN

30 arrested in Wayne County as officers combine forces in 'Operation Eagle Eye'
“The success of this operation from planning to implementation was dependent on many law enforcement personnel from different agencies working together with one goal in mind, to keep the citizens of Goldsboro and Wayne County safe,” Goldsboro Police …
Wayne County deputies investigating rocks thrown at carsThe Wilson Times

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POLICE: Man found dead in Wayne County yard – WITN

POLICE: Man found dead in Wayne County yard
WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A homicide investigation is underway in the east after a man was found dead late Sunday night. Goldsboro Police were called to the area of 147 Dupont Circle just before 11 p.m. Sunday for reports of shots fired. Officials

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