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It is worth examining the presence of counties on state maps, even when there is a publication or copyright date.  Many map publishers would often purchase existing plates or simply copy maps from older atlases and change little more than the date.  Thus a map listed with a publication date of 1885 may very well show North Carolina as it looked in 1875.
 
It is worth examining the presence of counties on state maps, even when there is a publication or copyright date.  Many map publishers would often purchase existing plates or simply copy maps from older atlases and change little more than the date.  Thus a map listed with a publication date of 1885 may very well show North Carolina as it looked in 1875.
  
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Knowing the date when counties were formed can be of great help in determining the date of an undated map, or verifying the publication date of a dated map. For example, a map showing Durham county could have been published no earlier than 1881, when that county was formed from parts of Orange and Wake Counties. Likewise, a map showing Watauga County (established 1849) but not Wilson County (established 1855) was most likely published in the early 1850s.

It is worth examining the presence of counties on state maps, even when there is a publication or copyright date. Many map publishers would often purchase existing plates or simply copy maps from older atlases and change little more than the date. Thus a map listed with a publication date of 1885 may very well show North Carolina as it looked in 1875.

North Carolina Counties with Date Founded

By default, this list is sort chronologically. To sort by county name, click on the triangle next to the "County" heading. To return to a chronological sort, click on the symbol next to the "Year Formed" heading.

County Year Formed Notes
Albemarle 1663 disbanded in 1689
Chowan 1670
Currituck 1670
Pasquotank 1670
Perquimans 1670
Bath 1696 divided into separate counties in 1705, though referred to in records as late as 1724
Archdale 1705 name changed to Craven in 1712
Pamptecough 1705 name changed to Beaufort in 1712
Wickham 1705 name changed to Hyde in 1712
Beaufort 1712
Craven 1712
Hyde 1712
Bertie 1722
Carteret 1722
New Hanover 1729
Tyrrell 1729
Bladen 1734
Onslow 1734
Edgecombe 1741
Northampton 1741
Johnston 1745
Granville 1746
Anson 1750
Duplin 1750
Orange 1752
Rowan 1753
Cumberland 1754
Dobbs 1758 divided into Wayne County 1779 and Glasgow and Lenoir Counties in 1791
Halifax 1758
Hertford 1759
Pitt 1760
Mecklenburg 1762
Brunswick 1764
Bute 1764 divided to form Franklin and Warren Counties in 1779
Tryon 1768 divided to form Lincoln and Rutherford Counties in 1779
Chatham 1770
Guilford 1770
Surry 1770
Wake 1770
Martin 1774
Burke 1777
Camden 1777
Caswell 1777
Nash 1777
Wilkes 1777
Jones 1778
Franklin 1779
Gates 1779
Lincoln 1779
Montgomery 1779
Randolph 1779
Richmond 1779
Rutherford 1779
Warren 1779
Wayne 1779
Fayette 1784 formed from Cumberland and Moore counties in July 1784, then returned to the name Cumberland in October 1784
Moore 1784
Sampson 1784
Rockingham 1785
Robeson 1787
Iredell 1788
Stokes 1789
Buncombe 1791
Glasgow 1791 name changed to Greene County in 1799
Lenoir 1791
Person 1791
Cabarrus 1792
Ashe 1799
Greene 1799
Washington 1799
Columbus 1808
Haywood 1808
Davidson 1822
Macon 1828
Yancey 1833
Davie 1836
Henderson 1838
Cherokee 1839
Caldwell 1841
Cleveland 1841
Stanly 1841
Catawba 1842
McDowell 1842
Union 1842
Gaston 1846
Alexander 1847
Alamance 1849
Forsyth 1849
Watauga 1849
Yadkin 1850
Jackson 1851
Madison 1851
Harnett 1855
Polk 1855
Wilson 1855
Alleghany 1859
Clay 1861
Mitchell 1861
Transylvania 1861
Dare 1870
Swain 1871
Graham 1872
Pamlico 1872
Pender 1875
Durham 1881
Vance 1881
Scotland 1899
Lee 1907
Avery 1911
Hoke 1911


Sources

David Leroy Corbitt. The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943. Raleigh: State Department of Archives and History, 1950.

William S. Powell. The North Carolina Gazetteer. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968.

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