North Carolina County Creation Dates and Parent Counties

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Name of County Date Formed Parent County Progeny County
Alamance 29 Jan 1849 Orange none
Albermarle District Oct 1663 Colonial lands Divided into Carteret Pct 1671, Berkeley Pct 1671, Shaftesbury Pct 1671
Alexander 15 Jan 1847 Iredell, Caldwell, Wilkes none
Alleghany 1859 Washe none
Anson 17 Mar 1750 Bladen Rowan 1753, Mecklenburg 1763, Richmond 1779, Montgomery 1778
Archdale Pct 03 Dec 1705 Bath renamed Craven 1712
Ashe 18 Nov 1799 Wilkes Watauga 1849
Avery 23 Feb 1911 Caldwell, Mitchell, Watauga none
Bath District 1696 Colonial lands divided into Archdale Pct 1712, Pamtecough Pct 1712, Wickham Pct 1712. Bath was discontinued 1739
Beaufort 1712 renamed from Pamtecough Pct Pitt 1761, Pamlico 1872
Berkeley Oct 1663 Colonial lands renamed Perquimans
Bertie 02 Aug 1722 Chowan, Bath Tyrell 1729, Edgecomb 1732, Northampton 1741, Hertford 1754
Bladen 1739 Pelham, New Hanover, Bath Anson 1750, Cumberland 1754, Robeson 1786, Orange 1752, Brunswick 1764, Columbus 1808
Brunswick 30 Jan 1764 New Hanover, Bladen Columbus 1808
Buncombe 05 Dec 1791 Burke, Rutherford Haywood 1808, Henderson 1838, Yancy 1833, Madison 1851
Burke 08 Apr 1777 Roan Buncombe 1791, Yancy 1833, Caldwell 1841, McDowell 1842, Mitchell 1861, Rutherford 1779
Bute 10 Jun 1764 Granville abolished into Franklin 1778, Warren 1779
Cabarrus 15 Nov 1792 Mecklenburg none
Caldwell 11 Jan 1741 Burke, Wilkes Alexander 1847, Watauga 1849, Mitchell 1861
Camden 08 Apr 1777 Pasquotank none
Carteret Pct 08 Aug 1722 Albermarle District Currituck 1681, Pasquotank 1681, renamed as county 1739
Carteret 1739 renamed from Carteret Pct none
Caswell 08 Apr 1777 Orange Person 1792
Catawba 12 Dec 1842 Lincoln none
Chatham 05 Dec 1771 Orange Lee 1907
Cherokee 04 Jan 1839 Macon Clay 1861, Graham 1872
Chowan Pct 1681 renamed from Shaftesbury Pct Bertie 1722, Tyrrell 1729, renamed as County 1739
Chowan 1739 renamed from Chowan Pct Hertford 1754, Gates 1778
Clarendon 1664 Colonial lands abandoned 1667
Clay 20 Feb 1861 Cherokee none
Cleveland 11 Jan 1841 Rutherford, Lincoln none
Columbus 15 Dec 1808 Bladen, Brunswick none
Craven 1712 renamed from Archdale Pct Carteret Pct 1722, New Hanover 1729, Johnston 1746, Jones 1778, Pamlico 1872
Cumberland 19 Feb 1754 Bladen Moore 1784, Harnet 1855, Wake 1771, Hoke 1911
Currituck Pct 1681 Albemarle District renamed County 1739
Currituck 1739 renamed from Currituck Pct Tyrrell 1729, Dare 1870
Dare 03 Feb 1870 Currituck, Tyrrell, Hyde none
Davidson (old) 1783 Washington now in state of Tennessee
Davidson 09 Dec 1822 Rowan none
Davie 20 dec 1836 Rowan none
Dobbs 10 Apr 1759 Johnston Wayne 1779, Glasgow 1791, Lenoir 1791
Duplin 17 Mar 1749 New Hanover Sampson 1784
Durham 28 Feb 1881 Orange, Wake none
Edgecombe Pct 04 Apr 1732 Bertie renamed as County 1741
Edgecombe 1741 renamed from Edgecombe Pct Granville 1746, Halifax 1754, Nash 1777, Wilson 1855
Fayette 1784 Cumberland now in State of Tennessee
Forsyth 16 Jan 1849 Stokes none
Franklin 14 Apr 1778 Bute Vance 1881
Gaston 21 Dec 1846 Lincoln none
Gates 14 Apr 1778 Chowan, Hertford, Perquimans none
Glasgow 1791 Dobbs renamed Greene after 1783
Graham 30 Jan 1872 Cherokee none
Granville 28 Jun 1746 Edgecombe Orange 1752, Bute 1764, Vance 1881
Greene (old) 1783 Washington now in State of Tennessee
Greene (new) after 1783 renamed from Glasgow none
Guilford 05 Dec 1771 Rowan, Orange none
Halifax 12 Dec 1754 Edgecombe Martin 1774
Harnett 07 Feb 1855 Cumberland none
Hawkins 06 Jan 1787 Sullivan now in State of Tennessee
Haywood 15 Dec 1808 Buncombe Macon 1828, Jackson 1851
Henderson 15 Dec 1838 Buncombe Polk 1847, Transylvania 1861
Hertford 12 Dec 1754 Bertie, Chowan, Northampton Gates 1778
Hoke 17 Feb 1911 Cumberland, Robeson none
Hyde Pct 1712 renamed from Wickham Pct renamed as County 1739
Hyde 1739 renamed from Hyde Pct Dare 1870
Iredell 03 Nov 1788 Rowan Alexander 1847
Jackson 29 Jan 1851 Haywood, Macon Transylvania 1861, Swain 1870
Johnston 28 Jan 1746 Craven Orange 1752, Dobbs, 1759, Wake 1771, Wilson 1855
Jones 14 Apr 1778 Craven none
Lee 06 Mar 1907 Chatham, Harnett, Moore none
Lenoir 05 Dec 1791 Dobbs none
Lincoln 14 Apr 1778 Tryon Catawba 1842, Gaston 1846, Cleveland 1841
Macon 1828 Haywood Cherokee 1839, Jackson 1851, Swain 1870
Madison 27 Jan 1851 Buncombe, Yancy none
Martin 02 Mar 1774 Halifax, Tyrrell none
McDowell 19 Dec 1842 Burke, Rutherford Mitchell 1861
Mecklenburg 03 Nov 1763 Anson Cabarrus 1792, Union 1842, Tryon 1769
Mitchell 16 Feb 1861 Caldwell, McDowell, Burke, Watauga, Yancy Avery 1911
Montgomery 14 Apr 1778 Anson Stanley 1841
Moore 18 Apr 1784 Cumberland Lee 1907
Nash 15 Nov 1777 Edgecombe Wilson 1855
New Hanover 27 Nov 1729 Craven Onslow 1734, Bladen 1734, Pender 1875, Brunswick 1764, Duplin 1749, Sampson 1784
Northampton 1741 Bertie Hertford 1754
Onslow Pct 1734 New Hanover renamed Onslow 1739
Onslow 1739 renamed from Onslow Pct none
Orange 31 Mar 1752 Bladen, Granville, Johnston Chatham 1771, Caswell 1777, Alamance 1841, Wake 1771, Guilford 1771, Durham 1881
Pamlico 08 Apr 1872 Beaufort, Craven none
Pamtecough Pct 03 Dec 1705 Bath District renamed Beaufort 1712
Pasquotank 1670 Albermarle Camden 1777
Pelham 1734 New Hanover, Bath none
Pender 16 Feb 1875 New Hanover none
Perquimans 1681 renamed from Berkeley Pct Gates 1778
Person 05 Dec 1792 Caswell none
Pitt 24 Apr 1761 Beaufort none
Polk 18 Jan 1847 Henderson, Rutherford none
Randolph 14 Apr 1778 Guilford none
Richmond 18 Oct 1779 Anson Scotland 1899
Robeson 18 Nov 1786 Bladen Hoke 1911
Rockingham 19 Nov 1785 Guilford none
Rowan 27 Mar 1753 Anson Guilford 1771, Surry 1771, Burke 1777, Iredell 1788, Davidson 1822, Davie 1836
Rutherford 14 Apr 1779 Burke, Tryon Buncombe 1791, Cleveland 1841, McDowell 1842, Polk 1847
Sampson 18 Apr 1784 Duplin, New Hanover none
Scotland 20 Feb 1899 Richmond none
Shaftesbury Pct 1671 Albemarle District renamed Chowan Pct 1681
Stanly 11 Jan 1841 Montgomery none
Stokes 29 Nov 1789 Surry none
Sullivan 1779 Washington now in State of Tennessee
Sumner 1787 Davidson (old) now in State of Tennessee
Surry 05 Dec 1771 Rowan Wilkes 1777, Stokes 1789, yadkin 1850
Swain 24 Feb 1870 Jackson, Macon none
Tennessee 1788 Davidson now in State of Tennessee
Transylvania 15 Feb 1861 Henderson, Jackson none
Tryon 10 Apr 1769 Mecklenburg none
Tyrrell Pct 27 Nov 1729 Bertie, Pasquotank renamed as County 1739
Tyrrell 1739 renamed from Tyrrell Pct Martin 1774, Dare 1870, Washington
Union 19 Dec 1842 Anson, Mecklenburg none
Vance 05 Mar 1881 Franklin, Granville, Warren none
Wake 05 Dec 1771 Cumberland, Johnston, Durham, Orange none
Warren 14 Apr 1779 Bute Vance 1881
Washington (old) 22 Aug 1776 lands on Watauga, Holster, Nolanchucky rivers (in Tennessee) now in State of Tennessee
Washington 1799 Tyrrell none
Watauga 27 Jan 1849 Ashe, Caldwell, Yancy, Wilkes Avery 1911
Wayne 18 Oct 1779 Dobbs Wilson 1855
Wickham Pct 03 Dec 1705 Bath District renamed Hyde Pct
Wilkes 15 Nov 1777 Surry Ashe 1799, Caldwell 1841, Alexander 1847, Watauga 1849
Wilson 13 Feb 1855 Edgecombe, Nash, Johnston, Wayne none
Yadkin 28 Dec 1850 Surry none
Yancy Dec 1833 Buncombe, Burke Watauga 1849, Madison 1851, Mitchell 1861