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.

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  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. SIDNEY D. STEFFEY, A BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF CABARRUS COUNTY. FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME, TIMES STEAM BOOK AND JOB PRESSES, 1899
  4. DAVID I. CRAIG, A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF NEW HOPE CHURCH, 1891
  5. ALFRED MOORE WADDELL, A HISTORY OF NEW HANOVER COUNTY AND THE LOWER CAPE FEAR REGION.
  6. 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
  7. JETHRO RUMPLE, A HISTORY OF ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA:. , 1916
  8. JOHN PRESTON ARTHUR, A HISTORY OF WATAUGA COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. WITH SKETCHES OF PROMINENT FAMILIES.. , EVERETT WADDEY CO, 1915
  9. SAMUEL A. ASHE, AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT THE ORIGINAL FIRST DRAUGHT OF THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION RECENTLY BROUGHT TO LIGHT. A COPY IN THE POSSESSION OF THE NC HISTORICAL COMMISSION
  10. F.A. FONDLEY, ASHEVILLE AND BUNCOMBE COUNTY
  11. F. A. SONDLEY, LL. D, ASHEVILLE AND BUNCOMBE COUNTY & GENESIS OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY. , THE CITIZEN COMPANY, 1922
  12. REV. JACOB CALVIN LEONARD, D.D, CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF DAVIDSON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. , EDWARDS & BROUGHTON COMPANY, 1927
  13. W. C. ALLEN, CENTENNIAL OF HAYWOOD COUNTY AND ITS COUNTY SEAT, WAYNESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA. , COURIER PRINTING COMPANY
  14. JULIA M. ALEXANDER, CHARLOTTE IN PICTURE AND PROSE: A HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE SKETCH OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF PLACES OF INTEREST AND SCENES IN AND ABOUT CHARLOTTE, BLANCHARD PRESS, 1906
  15. DANIEL K. BENNETT, CHRONOLOGY OF NORTH CAROLINA, SHOWING WHEN THE MOST REMARKABLE EVENTS CONNECTED WITH HER HISTORY TOOK PLACE, FROM THE YEAR 1584 TO THE PRESENT TIME, WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES.
  16. CYCLOPEDIA OF EMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF THE CAROLINAS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (2 VOLS.) (VOL 1) (TWO BOOKS FOR VOL 1), BRANT & FULLER, 1892
  17. CYCLOPEDIA OF EMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF THE CAROLINAS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (2 VOLS.) (VOL 2), BRANT & FULLER, 1892
  18. GASTON LICHTENSTEIN, EARLY HISTORY OF TARBORO, NORTH CAROLINA ALSO, COLLATED COLONIAL PUBLIC CLAIMS OF EDGECOMBE COUNTY, AND EASTER SUNDAY IN SAVANNAH, GA, JONES BOOK AND JOB PRINTER, 1908
  19. CARRIE MCLEAN, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, CHARLOTTE, 1832-1916, WASHBURN PRESS, 1917
  20. HARDEN E. TALIAFERRO, FISHER’S RIVER, NORTH CAROLINA: SCENES AND CHARACTER, HARPER, 1859
  21. ARAS B. COX, FOOT PRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME A HISTORY OF SOUTH-WESTERN VIRGINIA AND NORTH-WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, STAR PUB. CO, 1900
  22. DR A. B COX, FOOT PRINTS…..ON THE SANDS OF TIME, A HISTORY OF…SOUTH-WESTERN VIRGINIA AND NORTH-WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA. , THE STAR PUB. CO, 1900
  23. BETTIE D. CALDWELL, FOUNDERS AND BUILDERS OF GREENSBORO 1808-1908. , JOS. J. STONE & COMPANY, 1925
  24. JAMES W. ALBRIGHT, GREENSBORO, 1808-1904, J.J. STONE, 1904
  25. 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
  26. MOSES N. AMIS , HISTORICAL RALEIGH FROM ITS FOUNDATION IN 1792: DESCRIPTIVE, BIOGRAPHICAL, EDUCATIONAL, INDUSTRIAL, RELIGIOUS, 1902
  27. JOHN W. WHEELER, HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF NORTH CAROLINA, FROM 1584 TO 1851 , LIPPINCOTT GRAMBO AND CO., 1851
  28. JOHN CROUCH, HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF WILKES COUNTY. , THE CHRONICLE JOB OFFICE, 1902
  29. J. KELLY TURNER, HISTORY OF EDGECOMBE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. , EDWARDS & BROUGHTON PRINTING CO, 1920
  30. W. C. ALLEN, HISTORY OF HALIFAX COUNTY. , THE CORNHILL COMPANY
  31. JOHN W. MOORE, HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA FROM THE EARLIEST DISCOVERIES TO THE PRESENT TIME (2 VOLS.), WILLIAMS & CO, 1880
  32. JOHN WHEELER MOORE, HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA FROM THE EARLIEST DISCOVERIES TO THE PRESENT TIME (2 VOLS.) VOL 1, WILLIAMS & CO, 1880
  33. SAMUEL A. ASHE, HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA VOLUME VII, C. L. VAN NOPPEN, 1908
  34. HIRAM V. PAUL, HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF DURHAM, N. C. , EDWARDS, DROUGHTON & CO., 1884
  35. HOPE SUMMERELL CHAMBERLAIN, HISTORY OF WAKE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA WITH SKETCHES OF THOSE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ITS DEVELOPMENT. , EDWARDS & BROUGHTON PRINTING COMPANY, 1922
  36. CHARLES L. COON, NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES, 1790-1840 A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, EDWARDS & BROUGHTON STATE PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 1915
  37. J.A. BLAIR, REMINISCENCES OF RANDOLPH COUNTY, REECE & ELAM BOOK AND JOB PRINTERS, 1890
  38. J. A. BLAIR, ASHEBORO, N. C, REMINISCENCES OF RANDOLPH COUNTY. , REECE & ELAM, BOOK AND JOB PRINTERS, 1890
  39. JOHN B. ALEXANDER, REMINISCENCES OF THE PAST SIXTY YEARS, BRAY CO, 1908
  40. RUTHERFORD COUNTY, ITS ESTABLISHMENT, EARLY HISTORY, TOPOGRAPHY, SOIL, PRODUCTS AND OTHER RESOURSES.
  41. STACK AMP; BEASLEY, SKETCHES OF MONROE AND UNION COUNTY. , NEWS AND TIMES PRINT, 1902
  42. HENRY T. KING, SKETCHES OF PITT COUNTY A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COUNTY. , EDWARDS & BROUGHTON PRINTING COMPANY, 1911
  43. C. L. HUNTER, SKETCHES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL. , THE RALEIGH NEWS STEAM JOB PRINT, 1877
  44. C. L. HUNTER, , SKETCHES OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL.
  45. BENJ. B. WINBORNE, THE COLONIAL AND STATE POLITICAL HISTORY OF HERTFORD COUNTY, N. C. , EDWARDS & BROUGHTON, 1906
  46. MANLY WADE WELLMAN, THE COUNTY OF WARREN NORTH CAROLINA 1586-1917. , THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
  47. SALLIE W. STOCKARD , THE HISTORY OF ALAMANCE, CAPITAL PRINT CO, 1900
  48. SALLIE W. STOCKARD, THE HISTORY OF GUILFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. , GAUT-OSDEN CO., PRINTERS AND BOOK BINDERS, 1969
  49. J. B. ALEXANDER, M. D., CHARLOTTE, N. C, THE HISTORY OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY FROM 1740 TO 1900. , OBSERVER PRINTING HOUSE, 1902
  50. FRANCOIS X. MARTIN, THE HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD (2 VOLS.) (VOL 1), PENNIMAN & CO., 1829
  51. FRANCOIS X. MARTIN, THE HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD (2 VOLS.) (VOL 2), PENNIMAN & CO., 1829
  52. JOHN DOUGLAS, THE HISTORY OF STEELE CREEK CHURCH, MECKLENBURG, PRESBYTERIAN PUB. HOUSE, 1872
  53. JOHN P. ARTHUR, WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, A HISTORY (1730-1913). , EDWARD BUNCOMBE CHAPTER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, 1914