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NORTH CAROLINA REGION FORMATION; 1664 1911

Source: Corbitt, David Leroy, The Formation of North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943, Raleigh:

State Department of Archives and History, 1950.


Note: Prior to 1712, the colonies of North and South Carolina existed as one unit government known as Carolina.

Year

County / Region Event

Parent Region the New County &/or Precinct was Formed From

Current County Seat

1849

Alamance County formed

Orange County

Graham

1739

Albemarle County discontinued

N/A

N/A

1664

Albemarle County formed

Region created from a portion of Carolina land

 

1847

Alexander County formed

Iredelle, Caldwell & Wilkes County

Taylorsville

1859

Alleghany County formed

Ashe County

Sparta

1750

Anson County formed

Bladen County

?

1705

Archdale Precinct formed

Bath County

 

1799

Ashe County formed

Wilkes County

Jefferson

1911

Avery County formed

Caldwell, Mitchell, and Watauga Counties

Newland

1739

Bath County discountied

N/A

N/A

1696

Bath County formed

Region created from a portion of Carolina land

 

1712

Beaufort County formed

Renamed from Pamptecough Precinct

Washington

1722

Bertie County formed

Chowan County

Windsor

1734

Bladen County formed

New Hanover County

Elizabethtown

1764

Brunswick County formed

New Hanover & Blade County

?

1791

Buncombe County formed

Burke & Rutherford County

Asheville

1777

Burke County formed

Rowan County

Morganton

1779

Bute County discontinued

N/A

N/A

1764

Bute County formed

Granville County

 

1792

Cabarrus County formed

Mecklenburg County

Concord

1841

Caldwell County formed

Burke & Wilkes County

Lenoir

1777

Camden County formed

Pasquotank County

Camden

1722

Carteret County formed

Craven County

Beaufort

1777

Caswell County formed

Orange County

Yanceyville

1842

Catawba County formed

Lincoln County

Newton

1771

Chatham County formed

Orange County

Pittsboro

1839

Cherokee County formed

Macon County

Murphy

1670

Chowan County formed

Chowan Precinct

Edenton

1668

Chowan Precinct formed

Albemarle County

 

1667

Clarendon County abandoned

N/A

N/A

1664

Clarendon County formed

 

 

1861

Clay County formed

Cherokee County

Hayesville

1841

Cleveland County formed

Rutherford & Lincoln County

Shelby

1808

Columbus County formed

Bladen & Brunswick County

Whiteville

1712

Craven County formed

Renamed from Archdale Precinct

New Bern

1754

Cumberland County formed

Bladen County

Fayetteville

1681

Currituck County formed

Currituck Precinct

?

1668

Currituck Precinct formed

Albemarle County

 

1870

Dare County formed

Currituck, Tyrrell & Hyde County

Manteo

1822

Davidson County formed

Rowan County

Lexington

1836

Davie County formed

Rowan County

Mocksville

1791

Dobbs County discontinued

N/A

N/A

1758

Dobbs County formed

Johnston County

 

1750

Duplin County formed

New Hanover County

Kenansville

1881

Durham County formed

Orange & Wake County

Durham

1741

Edgecombe County formed

Bertie County

Tarboro

1849

Forsyth County formed

Stokes County

Winston-Salem

1779

Franklin County formed

Bute County

Louisburg

1846

Gaston County formed

Lincoln County

Gastonia

1779

Gates County formed

Chowan, Hertford & Perquimans County

Gatesville

1799

Glasgow County discontinued

N/A

N/A

1791

Glasgow County formed

Dobbs County

 

1872

Graham County formed

Cherokee County

Robbinsville

1746

Granville County formed

Edgecombe County

Oxford

1743

Granville District boundary established

 

 

1799

Greene County formed

Renamed from Glasgow County

Snow Hill

1770-01

Guilford County formed

Rowan and Orange Counties

Greensboro

1758

Halifax County formed

Edgecombe County

Halifax

1855

Harnett County formed

Cumberland County

Lillington

1808

Haywood County formed

Buncombe County

Waynesville

1838

Henderson County formed

Buncombe County

Hendersonville

1759

Hertford County formed

Bertie, Chowan & Northhampton County

Winton

1911

Hoke County formed

Cumberland and Robeson Counties

Raeford

1712

Hyde County formed

Renamed from Wickman Precinct

Swan Quarter

1788

Iredell County formed

Rowan County

Statesville

1851

Jackson County formed

Haywood & Macon County

Sylva

1746

Johnston County formed

Craven County

Smithfield

1778-79

Jones County formed

Craven County

Trenton

1907

Lee County formed

Chatham and Moore Counties

Sanford

1791

Lenoir County formed

Dobbs County

Kinston

1779

Lincoln County formed

Tryon County

Lincolnton

1828

Macon County formed

Haywood County

Franklin

1851

Madison County formed

Buncombe & Yancey County

Marshall

1774

Martin County formed

Halifax & Tyrrell County

Williamston

1842

McDowell County formed

Burke & Rutherford County

Marion

1762

Mecklenburg County formed

Anson County

Charlotte

1861

Mitchell County formed

Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Watauga & Yancey County

Bakersville

1779

Montgomery County formed

Anson County

Troy

1784

Moore County formed

Cumberland County

Carthage

1777

Nash County formed

Edgecombe County

?

1729

New Hanover County formed

Craven County

Wilmington

1741

Northampton County formed

Bertie County

Jackson

1734

Onslow County formed

New Hanover County

Jacksonville

1752

Orange County formed

Bladen, Granville & Johnston County

?

1872

Pamlico County formed

Beaufort & Craven County

Bayboro

1705

Pamptecough Precinct formed

Bath County

 

1681

Pasquotank County formed

Pasquotank Precinct

Elizabeth

1668

Pasquotank Precinct formed

Albemarle County

 

1875

Pender County formed

New Hanover County

Burgaw

1679

Perquimans County formed

Perquimans Precinct

Hertford

1668

Perquimans Precinct formed

Albemarle County

 

1791

Person County formed

Dobbs County

Roxboro

1760

Pitt County formed

Beaufort County

Greenville

1855

Polk County formed

Henderson & Rutherford County

Columbus

1779

Randolph County formed

Guilford County

Asheboro

1779

Richmond County formed

Anson County

Rockingham

1787

Robeson County formed

Bladen County

Lumberton

1785

Rockingham County formed

Guilford County

Wentworth

1753

Rowan County formed

Anson County

Salisbury

1779

Rutherford County formed

Burke and Tryon County

?

1784

Sampson County formed

Duplin County

Clinton

1899

Scotland County formed

Richmond County

?

1841

Stanly County formed

Montgomery County

Albemarle

1789

Stokes County formed

Surry County

Danbury

1770-01

Surry County formed

Rowan County

?

1871

Swain County formed

Jackson & Macon County

Bryson

1861

Transylvania County formed

Henderson & Jackson County

?

1779

Tryon County discontinued

N/A

N/A

1768-69

Tryon County formed

Mecklenburg County

 

1729

Tyrrell County formed

Bertie, Chowan, Currituck & Pasquotank County

Columbia

1842

Union County formed

Anson & Mecklenburg County

Monroe

1881

Vance County formed

Franklin, Granville, and Warren Counties

Henderson

1771

Wake County formed

Cumberland, Johnston & Orange County

Raleigh

1779

Warren County formed

Bute County

?

1799

Washington County formed

Tyrrell County

Plymouth

1849

Watauga County formed

Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes & Yancey County

Boone

1779

Wayne County formed

Dobbs County

Goldsboro

1705

Wickman Precinct formed

Bath County

 

1777-78

Wilkes County formed

Surry County

Wilkesboro

1855

Wilson County formed

Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash & Wayne County

Wilson

1850

Yadkin County formed

Surry County

Yadkinville

1833

Yancey County formed

Buncombe & Burke County

Burnsville