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The creation of the counties present or formerly in the state.

This page was last updated 19 Sep 2010
1664; Albemarle County created
1664; Clarendon County created
1667; Clarendon County dissolved
1670; Berkeley County created from Albemarle County
1670; Currituck County created from Albemarle County
1670; Pasquotank County created from Albemarle County
1670; Shaftesbury County created from Albemarle County
1681; Berkeley County dissolved; renamed Perquimans County
1681; Perquimans County created from dissolved Berkeley County
1685; Chowan County created; renamed from Shaftesbury County
1685; Shaftesbury County renamed as Chowan County
1696; Bath County created
1705; Archdale County created from Bath County
1705; Pamptecough County created from Bath County
1705; Wickham County created from Bath County
1712; Archdale County renamed as Craven County
1712; Beaufort County created; renamed from Pamptecough County
1712; Craven County created; renamed from Archdale County
1712; Hyde County created; renamed from Wickham County
1712; Pamptecough County renamed as Beaufort County
1712; Wickham County renamed as as Hyde County
1722; Bertie County created from Chowan County
1722; Carteret County created from Craven County
1729; New Hanover County created from Craven County
1729; Tyrrell County created from Bertie, Chowan, Currituck & Pasquotank Counties
1734; Bladen County created from New Hanover County
1734; Onslow County created from New Hanover County
1739; Albemarle County dissolved
1739; Bath County dissolved
1741; Edgecombe County created from Bertie County
1741; Northampton County created from Bertie County
1746; Granville County created from Edgecombe
1746; Johnston County created from Craven County
1750; Anson County created from Bladen County
1750; Duplin County created from New Hanover County
1752; Orange County created from Bladen, Granville & Johnston Counties
1753; Rowan County created from Anson County
1754; Cumberland County created from Bladen County
1758; Dobbs County created from Johnston County
1758; Halifax County created from Edgecombe County
1759; Hertford County created from Bertie, Chowan & Northampton Counties
1760; Pitt County created from Beaufort County
1762; Mecklenburg County created from Anson County
1764; Brunswick County created from New Hanover & Bladen Counties
1764; Bute County created from Granville County
1768; Tryon County created from Mecklenburg County
1770; Chatham County created from Orange County
1770; Guilford County created from Rowan & Orange Counties
1770; Surry County created form Rowan County
1770; Wake County created from Cumberland, Johnston & Orange Counties
1774; Martin County created from Halifax & Tyrrell Counties
1776; Washington County created (currently in Tennessee)
1777; Burke County created from Rowan County
1777; Camden County created from Pasquotank County
1777; Caswell County created from Orange County
1777; Nash County created from Edgecombe County
1777; Wilkes County created from Surry County & Washington (Washington County currently Tennessee)
1778; Gates created from Chowan, Hertford  & Perquimans Counties
1778; Jones County created from Craven County
1778; Montgomery County created from Anson County
1778; Randolph County created from Guilford County
1779; Bute County dissolved; divided into Warren & Franklin Counties
1779; Franklin County created from dissolved Bute County
1779; Lincoln County created from dissolved Tryon County
1779; Richmond County created from Anson County
1779; Rutherford County created from dissolved Tryon County
1779; Sullivan County created from Washington County (both counties currently in Tennessee)
1779; Tryon County dissolved; divided into Lincoln & Rutherford Counties
1779; Warren County created from dissolved Bute County
1779; Wayne County created from Dobbs County
1783; Davidson County created from Washington County (both counties currently in Tennessee)
1783; Greene County created from Washington County (both counties currently in Tennessee)
1784; Moore County created from Cumberland County
1784; Sampson County created from Duplin County
1785; Rockingham County created from Guilford County
1786; Robeson County created from Bladen County
1787; Hawkins County created from Sullivan County (both counties currently in Tennessee)
1787; Sumner County created from Davidson County (both counties currently in Tennessee)
1788; Iredell County created from Rowan County
1789; Stokes County created from Surry County
1791; Buncombe County created from Burke & Rutherford Counties
1791; Dobbs County dissolved; divided into Glasgow & Lenoir Counties
1791; Glasgow County created from dissolved Dobbs County
1791; Lenoir County created from dissolved Dobbs County
1791; Person County created from Caswell County
1792; Cabarrus County created from Mecklenburg County
1796; Tennessee County is dissolved when the state of TN is created from NC & other lands
1799; Ashe County created from Wilkes County
1799; Glasgow County renamed as as Greene County
1799; Greene County created; renamed from Glasgow County
1799; Washington County created from Tyrrell County
1803; Georgia created Walton County on North Carolina territory (The Walton War)
1803; Walton County, Georgia is dissolved
1808; Columbus County created from Bladen & Brunswick Counties
1808; Haywood County created from Buncombe County
1822; Davidson County created from Rowan County (currently in North Carolina)
1828; Macon County created from Haywood County
1833; Yancey County created from Buncombe & Burke Counties
1836; Davie County created from Rowan County
1838; Henderson County created from Buncombe County
1839; Cherokee County created from Macon County
1841; Caldwell County created from Burke & Wilkes Counties
1841; Cleveland County created from Rutherford & Lincoln Counties
1841; Stanley County created from Montgomery County
1842; Catawba County created from Lincoln County
1842; McDowell County created form Burke & Rutherford Counties
1842; Union County created from Anson & Mecklenburg Counties
1846; Gaston County created from Lincoln County
1847; Alexander County created from Iredell, Caldwell  & Wilkes Counties
1847; Polk County created from Henderson & Rutherford Counties
1848; Polk County dissolved (due to controversy over count seat location)
1849; Alamance County created from Orange County
1849; Forsyth County created from Stokes County
1849; Watauga County created from Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes & Yancey Counties
1850; Yadkin County created from Surry County
1851; Jackson County created from Haywood & Macon Counties
1851; Madison County created from Buncombe & Yancey Counties
1855; Harnett County created from Cumberland County
1855; Polk County again created from Henderson & Rutherford Counties
1855; Wilson County created from Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash & Wayne Counties
1859; Alleghany County created from Ashe County
1861; Clay County created from Cherokee County
1861; Mitchell County created from Watauga & Yancey Counties
1861; Transylvania County created from Henderson & Jackson Counties
1870; Dare County created from Currituck, Tyrrell  & Hyde Counties
1871; Swain County created from Jackson & Macon Counties
1872; Graham County created from Cherokee County
1872; Pamlico County created from Beaufort & Craven Counties
1875; Pender County created from New Hanover County
1881; Durham County created from Orange & Wake Counties
1881; Vance County created from Franklin, Granville & Warren Counties
1899; Scotland County created from Richmond County
1907; Lee County created from Chatham & Moore Counties
1911; Avery County created from Caldwell, Mitchell  & Watauga Counties
1911; Hoke County created from Cumberland & Robeson Counties

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