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The county was formed in 1777 from Rowan County. It was named for Thomas Burke, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1781 and Governor of North Carolina from 1781 to 1782. In 1791 parts of Burke County and Rutherford County were combined to form Buncombe County. In 1833 parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were combined to form Yancey County. In 1841 parts of Burke County and Wilkes County were combined to form Caldwell County. In 1842 additional parts of Burke County and Rutherford County were combined to form McDowell County. Finally, in 1861 parts of Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County were combined to form Mitchell County.

Burke County was home to the first European settlement in the interior of North Carolina: “The first European settlement in the interior of North Carolina and what became the United States was made by Spanish in 1567, when they built Fort San Juan at the large Native American settlement of Joara near present-day Morganton. They renamed the settlement Cuenca.[2] In 1568 the natives killed the Spanish and burned the fort. The Spanish never returned to this area, and it was centuries before the next Europeans tried to settle there.”

In 1567 a Spanish expedition arrived and built Fort San Juan there, claiming the area for the colony of Spanish Florida. They had been sent by the governor at Santa Elena, Parris Island in South Carolina. Capt. Juan Pardo, leader of the expedition, left about 30 soldiers at the fort while doing additional exploration. In the spring of 1568 the natives killed the soldiers and burned the fort. Introduction of European diseases and takeover by larger tribes led to Native American abandonment of the area. It was centuries before the next Europeans, English, Scots-Irish and Germans, attempted to settle here again.
Source Wikipedia

Burke County NCGenweb Site

Burke County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 661
Morganton, NC 28655

Burke County Public Library System

Burke County Historical Society
P.O. Box 151
Morganton, NC 28655

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Burke County Courthouse
200 Avery Avenue
County Government Building
Morganton, NC 28655

Census

1790 Federal Census transcription indexed by last name

1790 Federal Census transcription

1790 Federal Census Transcription – Morgan District

1800 Federal Census Index by last name only

1800 Federal Census Index
1800 Federal Census Transcription Link opens to directory with above index and text files titled by starting page.

1810 Federal Census index by last name only

1820 Federal Census Index by last name only

1830 Federal Census Index by last name only

1840 Federal Census Index by last name only

1850 Federal Census Index by last name only

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries of Burke County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Burke County, NC Query Forum

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North Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Burke County NC Genealogy Queries – Recent Topics

Warlick on “Benjamin & Mary Spencer.”

I need any help that may be available. Benjamin was a survivor of the revolutionary war.
Benjamin married Mary Winkler in Lincoln County in 1827. They later moved to Burke County. The year of Benjamin Spencer death was 1843 according to his military records and the testimony of his wife when she applied for his pension benefits, which she was awarded. Here is my brick wall! I am looking for information that will lead to the identity of my g grandfather, (Monroe Spencer). My mother and her brothers always maintained that Monroe was a quarter Indian, of this I have no doubt. On 1850 US census, Monroe was listed, giving his age as 2 years old, meaning he was born in 1848. The year of Benjamin s death and the year of Monroe’s birth supports my belief that Monroe was an illegitimate Child. According to Government Laws, Mary would have had to forfeit her pension benefits, reason enough not to remarry. For Monroe to have been a quarter Indian, his father would have had to be a half blood Indian, which means that Monroe’s father was the son of a white man and an Indian woman. All this happened in or near , Upper Creek, Burke county, NC., If anyone knows the history of the area I would greatly appreciate hearing from you, at hawarlickc@aol.com.
PS, the only surname that shares the same DNA is, Clark-Clarke,.
Thank You.




fsadkins on “Henry Adkins and Ann Nancy Stanley”

My ggg grandparents were Henry Adkins (1786 – 1866) and Ann Nancy Stanley (about 1776). They married in Burke County NC in 1806. I would like to find documentation of their marriage and births. Any assistance would be appreciated.




fsadkins on “Wilson Adkins and Elizabeth Stacia Hill”

My great great grandfather, Wilson Adkins, was born in Burke Co.- now Mitchell Co.,NC, 1816 or 1817. He married Elizabeth Stacia (Stacie) Hill in Ramseytown NC. I’m looking for information abour her family, her birth. she died in Wise Co. VA 9 Oct 1880.
Thanks for any help!




rstaylo on “taylors burke co. n.c.”

Am looking for any information on a hugh taylor born 1796 married to a emily webb




annjoyner on “Hicks family”

I am looking for information about the parents of my great grandfather, John Oliver Hicks. John Oliver was born in Burke County in 1825. His father was either Isaac or J. H. Hicks. His mother was Margaret(Peggy) Hardin.
Thanks for any information.
Ann Joyner


Burke County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Burke County:

Bridgewater
Brindle Town
Burkemont
Calvin
Chesterfield
Connelly Spg
Connelly Springs
Connellys Springs
Drexel
Enola
Glen Alpine
Hildebran
Icard
Jonas Ridge
Joy
Linville Falls
Morganton (County Seat)
Oak Hill
Petersburg
Pleasant Grove
Rutherford College
Salem
Sunnyside
Valdese

News related to Burke County, NC

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BREAKING: Tornado spotted in eastern Burke County – Morganton News Herald


Morganton News Herald
BREAKING: Tornado spotted in eastern Burke County
Morganton News Herald
Pictured is a map of the counties that are under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. on Monday. submitted photo. A tornado has been spotted on the ground 9 miles southwest of Hickory near Icard, according to the National Weather Service out of …

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Bust shuts down moonshine still in Burke County – brandy seized, owner cited – Charlotte Observer


Charlotte Observer
Bust shuts down moonshine still in Burke County – brandy seized, owner cited
Charlotte Observer
Authorities in Burke County busted a moonshine still and cited the owner for manufacturing and possessing non-tax paid liquor. Burke County Sheriff's Office. N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and a Burke County sheriff's deputy found a 30-gallon
Liquor still, 140 gallons of mash seized in Burke CountyWCNC
Authorities seize liquor still, 140 gallons of mash in Burke CountyWSOC Charlotte

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Deputies arrest convicted felon wanted in Burke County shooting – WSOC Charlotte


WSOC Charlotte
Deputies arrest convicted felon wanted in Burke County shooting
WSOC Charlotte
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – Deputies have arrested a man wanted in connection to a Burke County shooting. Last Thursday afternoon, Burke County deputies and officers from the Burke County Narcotics Task Force and the Morganton Department of Public …
BREAKING: Shooting suspect in custodyMorganton News Herald
Suspect in Burke Co. shooting arrested, vicitm identifiedFOX 46 Charlotte

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Firefighter killed by suspected drunk driver while clearing debris from road – FOX 46 Charlotte


FOX 46 Charlotte
Firefighter killed by suspected drunk driver while clearing debris from road
FOX 46 Charlotte
BURKE COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – A volunteer firefighter was killed after being hit by a suspected drunk driver while clearing debris from a road in Morganton Sunday night, officials say. According to a spokesperson with the Triple Community Fire …
Driver Faces Charges After Hitting, Killing Burke County (NC) FirefighterFireEngineering.com
Suspected impaired driver kills NC firefighter clearing storm debris from roadCharlotte Observer
NC Highway Patrol reconstructs accident that killed Burke Co. firefighterWSOC Charlotte
Morganton News Herald -WRAL.com
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Possible tornado damages homes in Burke County – WCNC


WCNC
Possible tornado damages homes in Burke County
WCNC
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — Strong storms left behind a lot of damage in Burke County Sunday night. Multiple homes in Connelly Springs were ripped off of their foundations. "It's sad," said Michael Willis with Burke County Emergency Management. "We got a …
Reported tornado rips through Burke County Sunday nightWSOC Charlotte
1 hospitalized, homes damaged after tornado reported in western NCWNCN
BREAKING: Tornado reported in Burke, Lenoir causes widespread damageMorganton News Herald
Charlotte Observer -Winston-Salem Journal -FOX 46 Charlotte
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Silver Alert issued in Burke County for missing, endangered man – WLOS


WLOS
Silver Alert issued in Burke County for missing, endangered man
WLOS
CANTON, N.C. (WLOS) — Ideas are being collected to make the town of Canton more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, like adding bicycle lanes and building a greenway around town. Proponents said bicycles and pedestrians can provide economic fuel.
Silver Alert issued for missing man in Burke CountyWBTV

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