North Carolina County Histories

The Province of North Carolina developed distinctly from South Carolina almost from the beginning. In the 1650s and 1660s, settlers (mostly British) moved south from Virginia, in addition to runaway servants and fur trappers. They settled chiefly in the Albemarle Borderlands region.

Flag of North CarolinaIn 1665, a second charter was issued to attempt to resolve territorial questions. In 1710, due to disputes over governance, the Carolina colony began to split into North Carolina and South Carolina. The latter became a crown colony in 1729. There were only about 5,000 settlers in 1700 and 11,000 in 1715. While mostly British, the settlers included a few African slaves and a colony at New Bern composed of Swiss and German settlers.

Growth was strong in the middle of the 18th century, as the economy attracted Scotch-Irish, Quaker, English and German immigrants. The colonists supported the American Revolution, as the Loyalists were weak. North Carolina made the smallest per-capita contribution to the war of any state, as only 7800 men joined the Continental Army under General George Washington.

On April 12, 1776, the colony became the first to instruct its delegates to the Continental Congress to vote for independence from the British crown.

Collection Details

  1. EVELYN G. WATERS, 1880 FEDERAL CENSUS OF ASHE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA., HIGGINSON BOOK COMPANY, 1992

  2. DR. C.D. SMITH, A BRIEF HISTORY OF MACON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA., FRANKLIN PRESS PRINT, 1891

  3. ALFRED MOORE WADDELL, A HISTORY OF NEW HANOVER COUNTY AND THE LOWER CAPE FEAR REGION.

  4. RUMPLE, JETHRO AND DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. ELIZABETH MAXWELL STEELE CHAPTER, A HISTORY OF ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA:. 1916

  5. REV. JETHRO RUMPLE, A HISTORY OF ROWAN COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA CONTAINING SKETCHES OF PROMINENT FAMILIES AND DISTINGUISHED MEN WITH AN APPENDIX., J. J. BRUNER, 1881

  6. JOHN PRESTON ARTHUR, A HISTORY OF WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. WITHSKETCHES OF PROMINENT FAMILIES.., EVERETT WADDEY CO, 1915

  7. F. A. SONDLEY, LL. D, ASHEVILLE AND BUNCOMBE COUNTY & GENESIS OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY., THE CITIZEN COMPANY, 1922

  8. REV. JACOB CALVIN LEONARD, D.D, CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF DAVIDSON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA., EDWARDS & BROUGHTON COMPANY, 1927

  9. W. C. ALLEN, CENTENNIAL OF HAYWOOD COUNTY AND ITS COUNTY SEAT, WAYNESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA., COURIER PRINTING COMPANY

  10. A.B. COX, FOOT PRINTS– ON THE SANDS OF TIME : A HISTORY OF– SOUTH-WESTERN VIRGINIA A

  11. BETTIE D. CALDWELL, FOUNDERS AND BUILDERS OF GREENSBORO 1808-1908., JOS. J. STONE & COMPANY, 1925

  12. MOSES N. AMIS, HISTORICAL RALEIGH (ENLARGED AND REVISED EDITION) WITH SKETCHES OF WAKE COUNTY (FROM 1771) AND ITS IMPORTANT TOWNS., COMMERCIAL PRINTING COMPANY PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 1913

  13. JOHN CROUCH, HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF WILKES COUNTY., THE CHRONICLE JOB OFFICE, 1902

  14. J. KELLY TURNER, HISTORY OF EDGECOMBE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA., EDWARDS & BROUGHTON PRINTING CO, 1920

  15. W. C. ALLEN, HISTORY OF HALIFAX COUNTY., THE CORNHILL COMPANY

  16. HIRAM V. PAUL, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF DURHAM, N. C., EDWARDS, DROUGHTON & CO., STEAM PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 1884

  17. HOPE SUMMERELL CHAMBERLAIN, HISTORY OF WAKE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA WITH SKETCHES OF THOSE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ITS DEVELOPMENT., EDWARDS & BROUGHTON PRINTING COMPANY, 1922

  18. HOPE S. CHAMBERLAIN, HISTORY OF WAKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA : WITH SKETCHES OF THOSE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ITS DEVELOPMENT

  19. J.A. BLAIR, REMINISCENCES OF RANDOLPH COUNTY

  20. RUTHERFORD COUNTY, ITS ESTABLISHMENT, EARLY HISTORY, TOPOGRAPHY, SOIL, PRODUCTS AND OTHER RESOURSES.

  21. STACK & BEASLEY, SKETCHES OF MONROE AND UNION COUNTY., NEWS AND TIMES PRINT, 1902

  22. HENRY T. KING, SKETCHES OF PITT COUNTY A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COUNTY., EDWARDS & BROUGHTON PRINTING COMPANY PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 1911

  23. C. L. HUNTER, SKETCHES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL., THE RALEIGH NEWS STEAM JOB PRINT, 1877

  24. C. L. HUNTER, SKETCHES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL.

  25. BENJ. B. WINBORNE, THE COLONIAL AND STATE POLITICAL HISTORY OF HERTFORD COUNTY, N. C., EDWARDS & BROUGHTON, 1906

  26. MANLY WADE WELLMAN, THE COUNTY OF WARREN NORTH CAROLINA 1586-1917., THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS, 1915

  27. SALLIE W. STOCKARD, A. B., THE HISTORY OF GUILFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA., GAUT-OSDEN CO., PRINTERS AND BOOK BINDERS, 1969

  28. J. B. ALEXANDER, M. D., THE HISTORY OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY FROM 1740 TO 1900., OBSERVER PRINTING HOUSE, 1902