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County Date
Formed
Parent County County Seat
Alamance
1849
Orange
Graham
Albemarle
1664
Original County
Abolished 1739
Alexander
1847
Caldwell, Iredell and Wilkes
Taylorsville
Alleghany
1859
Ashe
Sparta
Anson
1750
Bladen
Wadesboro
Ashe
1799
Wilkes
Jefferson
Avery
1911
Caldwell, Mitchell and Watauga
Newland
Bath
1696
Original County
Abolished 1739
Beaufort
changed
about
1712
1st called Pamptecough
Washington
Bertie
1722
Chowan
Windsor
Bladen
1734
New Hanover
Elizabethtown
Brunswick
1764
Bladen and New Hanover
Bolivia
Buncombe
1791
Burke and Rutherford
Asheville
Burke
1777
Rowan
Morganton
Bute
1764
Granville
Abolished 1779
Cabarrus
1792
Mecklenburg
Concord
Caldwell
1841
Burke and Wilkes
Lenoir
Camden
1777
Pasquotank
Camden
Carteret
1722
Craven
Beaufort
Caswell
1777
Orange
Yanceyville
Catawba
1842
Lincoln
Newton
Chatham
1771
Orange
Pittsboro
Cherokee
1839
Macon
Murphy
Cherokee Reservation
Qualla
Boundary
Haywood, Jackson, Swain,
Clay and Cherokee

Chowan
1670
Albemarle
Edenton
Clarendon
1664
Original County
Abandoned 1667
Clay
1861
Cherokee
Hayesville
Cleveland
1841
Lincoln and Rutherford
Shelby
Columbus
1808
Bladen and Brunswick
Whiteville
Craven
1705
Archdale Precinct of Bath County
New Bern
Cumberland
1754
Bladen
Fayetteville
Currituck
1668
Albemarle
Currituck
Dare
1870
Currituck, Hyde and Tyrrell
Manteo
Davidson
1822
Rowan
Lexington
Davie
1836
Rowan
Mocksville
Dobbs
1758
Johnston
Abolished 1791
Duplin
1750
New Hanover
Kenansville
Durham
1881
Orange and Wake
Durham
Edgecombe
1741
Bertie
Tarboro
Forsyth
1849
Stokes
Winston-Salem
Franklin
1779
Bute
Louisburg
Gaston
1846
Lincoln
Gastonia
Gates
1779
Chowan, Hertford and Perquimans
Gatesville
Glasgow
1791
Dobbs
Abolished 1799
Graham
1872
Cherokee
Robbinsville
Granville
1746
Edgecome
Oxford
Greene
1799
Glasgow
Snow Hill
Guilford
1771
Orange and Rowan
Greensboro
Halifax
1758
Edgecombe
Halifax
Harnett
1855
Cumberland
Lillington
Haywood
1808
Buncombe
Waynesville
Henderson
1838
Buncombe
Hendersonville
Hertford
1759
Bertie, Chowan and Northampton
Winton
Hoke
1911
Cumberland and Robeson
Raeford
Hyde
changed
about
1712
1st called Wickham
Swan Quarter
Iredell
1788
Rowan
Statesville
Jackson
1851
Haywood and Macon
Sylva
Johnston
1746
Craven
Smithfield
Jones
1779
Craven
Trenton
Lee
1907
Chatham and Moore
Sanford
Lenoir
1791
Dobbs
Kinston
Lincoln
1779
Tryon
Lincolnton
Macon
1828
Haywood
Franklin
Madison
1851
Buncombe and Yancey
Marshall
Martin
1774
Halifax and Tyrrell
Williamston
McDowell
1842
Burke and Rutherford
Marion
Mecklenburg
1762
Anson
Charlotte
Mitchell
1861
Burke, Caldwell, McDowell,
Watauga and Yancey
Bakersville
Montgomery
1779
Anson
Troy
Moore
1784
Cumberland
Carthage
Nash
1777
Edgecombe
Nashville
New Hanover
1729
Craven
Wilmington
Northampton
1741
Bertie
Jackson
Onslow
1731
New Hanover
Jacksonville
Orange
1752
Bladen, Granville and Johnston
Hillsborough
Pamlico
1872
Beaufort and Craven
Bayboro
Pasquotank
1668
Albemarle
Elizabeth City
Pender
1875
New Hanover
Burgaw
Perquimans
1668
Albemarle
Hertford
Person
1791
Caswell
Roxboro
Pitt
1760
Beaufort
Greenville
Polk
1855
Henderson and Rutherford
Columbus
Qualla Boundary
Cherokee
Reservation
Haywood, Jackson, Swain,
Clay and Cherokee

Randolph
1779
Guilford
Asheboro
Richmond
1779
Anson
Rockingham
Robeson
1787
Bladen
Lumberton
Rockingham
1785
Guilford
Wentworth
Rowan
1753
Anson
Salisbury
Rutherford
1779
Tryon
Rutherfordton
Sampson
1784
Duplin
Clinton
Scotland
1899
Richmond
Laurinburg
Stanly
1841
Montgomery
Albemarle
Stokes
1789
Surry
Danbury
Surry
1771
Rowan
Dobson
Swain
1871
Jackson and Macon
Bryson City
Transylvania
1861
Henderson and Jackson
Brevard
Tryon
1768
Mecklenburg
Abolished 1779
Tyrrell
1729
Chowan, Currituck and Pasquotank
Columbia
Union
1842
Anson and Mecklenburg
Monroe
Vance
1881
Franklin, Granville and Warren
Henderson
Wake
1771
Cumberland, Johnston and Orange
Raleigh
Warren
1779
Bute
Warrenton
Washington
1799
Tyrrell
Plymouth
Watauga
1849
Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes and Yancey
Boone
Wayne
1779
Dobbs
Goldsboro
Wilkes
1777
Surry and the District of Washington
Wilkesboro
Wilson
1855
Edgecombe, Johnston, Nash
and Wayne
Wilson
Yadkin
1850
Surry
Yadkinville
Yancey
1833
Buncombe and Burke
Burnsville


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