Rutherford County, North Carolina


This document is designed to help facilitate initial research on Rutherford County, North Carolina by directing the researcher to the most pertinent geographical, historical, genealogical, and statistical sources. The statistical sources listed here include information on population, education, agriculture, industry, and other important facts about Rutherford County. Individual census reports are not listed; however, their call numbers are included.

Introductory Text: 

Encyclopedia of North Carolina. New York, NY: Somerset Publishers, 1992. 290-291. ASU IMC Reference 975.6 E56.

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 
  • Rutherford County - N C
  • Rutherford County - N C - History
  • Rutherford County - N C - Genealogy
  • Rutherford County - N C - Statistics
  • Rutherford County - N C - Social Conditions
  • Rutherford County - N C - Economic Conditions
  • Rutherford County - N C - Description and Travel
  • Rutherford County - N C - Officials and Employees
  • Rutherford County- N C- Church History
  • Rutherford County- N C- Race Relations
  • Rutherford County- N C- Anecdotes
  • Rutherford County- N C- Folklore
  • Rutherford County- N C- Social Life and Customs
  • Tryon County - N C - Genealogy
  • Tryon County - N C - History
  • Chimney Rock- N C- History
  • Historic Buildings- N C- Rutherford County
  • North Carolina - History
  • North Carolina - Description and Travel
  • Education - North Carolina
  • Income - North Carolina
  • Geography - North Carolina
  • Genealogy - North Carolina
Clipping Files Subject Headings – W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Rutherford County, NC
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • F262.R9
  • F254 .G7
  • F262.L6
  • HC107.N8
  • HJ9290 .C6845
  • HA551.S79(Reference)

Bynum, William B. et. al., ed. The Heritage of Rutherford County, North Carolina. Winston-Salem, NC: Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County in cooperation with the History Division, Hunter Pub. Co.; Forest City, NC, 1984. ASU App Coll Ovsz F262.r9 H47 1984.

Griffin, Clarence W. History of Old Tryon and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1930-1936. Asheville, NC: Miller Printing Co., 1937. ASU App Coll F262. R9 G7.

Griffin, Clarence W. History of Rutherford County, 1937-1951. Asheville, NC: Inalnd Press, 1952. ASU App Coll F262.R9 G71.

Griffin, Clarence W. Essays on North Carolina History. Forest City, NC: Forest City Courier, 1951. pp. 141-245 ASU App Coll F254.G67.

Lattimore, Robin Spencer. Old Rutherfordton : A Hometown History. Rutherfordton, NC: Hilltop Publications, 2006. F264.R9 L38 2006

Washburn, Benjamin Earle. To Every Thing A Season: Rutherfordton-Long, Long Ago. Spindale, NC: Spindale Press, between 1960 and 1975. ASU Main Stacks F262.R9 W38x.

Biographies that include information on Rutherford County are: Washburn, Benjamin Earle. A Country Doctor in the South Mountains. Asheville, NC: Stephens Press, 1955. ASU App Coll R154. W285 A3 1973.

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Clements, John. North Carolina Facts: A Comprehensive Look at North Carolina Today, County by County. Flying Colors Series 8. Dallas: Clements Research, Inc., 1988. 230-232.ASU IMC Reference 917.56 C626no.

Federal Writer’s Project, NC. The North Carolina Guide. St. Clair Shores, Mich.: Scholarly Press, 1976.445-447. ASU App Coll F259 .F44 1976.


Thorton, Mary Lindsay. A Bibliography of North Carolina, 1589-1956. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1958. 290-291. ASU App Coll Z1319 .T495.

Abstracts and Indices: 

Bridgers, Robert S. et. al., ed. The State Magazine Index: June 1966 - May 1987. Wendell, NC: Broadfoot’s of Wendell, 1989. 497. ASU App Coll F251 .S77. This source covers all counties in NC including Rutherford County. Subject headings are: Rutherford County.

Ross, Leola Myrick, ed. North Carolina Index. Winston-Salem: Winston Salem Teachers College, 1946-1949. ASU Reference Z 1319 .N88. This source covers all counties in NC including Rutherford County. Subject headings are: Rutherford County.

Sharpe, Bill. Index To The State Magazine, June 1933 - May 1963. Raleigh, NC: B. Sharpe, 1963. 24. ASU App Coll F251 .S768 Index. This source covers all counties in NC including Rutherford County. Subject headings are: Rutherford County.

Lu, H. M. and G. B. Neumann. North Carolina Spectator and Western Advertiser 1830-1835: Rutherford County, North Carolina Abstracts. Dallas, Texas: Lu & Neumann, 1982. ASU App Coll F262.R9 N67 1982.

Newton, Hedy Hughes. Rutherford County, North Carolina: Abstracts of Minutes, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. Ellenboro, NC: Ellenboro, NC, 1973. ASU App Coll KFN7916.R88 A71979.

Turner, Grace. Rutherford County, North Carolina Will Abstracts,1779-1910. Wilson, NC: Grace Turner; Chapel Hill, NC: M.S. Philbeck, 1982. ASU App Coll F262.R9 T87 1982.


Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County. Forest City, NC: The Society, 1973. Rutherford County Library GR 929.3 Bul. A Non-ASU Source.

Other Sources: 

County Development Information for Rutherford County. Cullowhee, NC: Center for Improving Mountain Living, Western Carolina University, 1982-1997. ASU Reference HJ9290 .C6845.

The Counties of North Carolina: Population, Income, Employment, Education, Construction, Agriculture, and Forestry. Cullowhee, NC: The University Center, Western North Carolina University, 1996. Unpaged. ASU GOVT NC MIC G81 9/2:C85.

North Carolina Community Profile: Rutherfordton, Rutherford County. Raleigh, NC.: NC Dept. of Commerce, Economic Development Office, 1988- . ASU GOVT NC MIC C2 308:R97.

Duke, Donna Snyder. The Elderly into North Carolina Counties: Elderly Immigration Rates. Thesis: Appalachian State University, 1983. p. 42 ASU App Coll HB1951. D85.

Profile, North Carolina Counties/Statistical Services Center, Budget Division, Department of Administration. Raleigh, NC: The Center, 1968- . Unpaged. ASU App Coll HC107.N8 N64a 6TH.

Philbeck, Miles S. 1830 Census Rutherford County, North Carolina: Free Schedules. Forest City, NC: Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, 1982. Library of Congress F262.R9 P5 1982.

1790 Rutherford County, North Carolina Census. Milledgeville, Ga.: Boyd Publishing Company, 19--. ASU App Coll F262.R9 A17 1900z.

Genealogical Society of Utah. Rutherford County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds. Salt Lake City: The Society, 1943. ASU App Coll F262.R9 M3.

Holcomb, Brent. Marriages of Rutherford County, North Carolina 1779-1868. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. ASU App Coll F262.R9 H64 1986.

Holcomb, Brent. Tryon County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1769-1779. Columbia, SC: SCMAR, 1994. ASU App Coll F253 H643.

Petrucelli, Kathy, et. al. Rutherford County, North Carolina Marriage Registers, 1868-1908. Forest City, NC: Rutherford Publishers, 1988. ASU App Coll F262.R9 R92 1988.

Know North Carolina Counties. Wendell, NC: Broadfoot’s, 1988. ASU IMC Stacks 917.56 K73.

Rutherford County, N.C. Atlanta, Ga.: Bell South Advertising & Publishing Corp., 1996. ASU Reference.

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Pamela Price Mitchem, 21 October 1997

Updated by: 

Updated: Trevor Jackson McKenzie, 1 October 2010