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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

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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

“”burke county” nc” – Google News

Burke County school receptionist fired, indicted on child sex charges – WSOC Charlotte

  1. Burke County school receptionist fired, indicted on child sex charges  WSOC Charlotte
  2. Burke County school receptionist texted ‘inappropriate’ photos to a student, indictment says  Winston-Salem Journal
  3. Burke County School receptionist fired  WCNC.com
  4. Now-former school employee accused of sending nude pics to student, attempted indecent liberties  Live 5 News WCSC
  5. View full coverage on Google News




Police arrest man hit by customer’s truck after convenience store robbery – WSOC Charlotte

Police arrest man hit by customer’s truck after convenience store robbery  WSOC Charlotte

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – Police said they’ve arrested a man who was hit by a customer’s truck early Tuesday morning after he reportedly robbed a Burke County …




Two women found shot inside Burke County home; man arrested – WSOC Charlotte

Two women found shot inside Burke County home; man arrested  WSOC Charlotte

Deputies have charged a man accused of shooting two women at a home in Burke County Sunday morning.




Suspect charged with murder in shooting of 4-wheeler rider – FOX 46 Charlotte

Suspect charged with murder in shooting of 4-wheeler rider  FOX 46 Charlotte

The rider of a 4-wheeler was shot and killed after running over two people in Burke County, deputies said.




Staffing issues could keep part of a new Burke County jail closed, says the Sheriff – WBTV

Staffing issues could keep part of a new Burke County jail closed, says the Sheriff  WBTV

Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant says the new 264-bed jail that is under construction may be ready to open in December but as many as 100 beds might …




Burke Co. pastors pen letter proposing switch of Confederate flags with symbol of unity – WSOC Charlotte

Burke Co. pastors pen letter proposing switch of Confederate flags with symbol of unity  WSOC Charlotte

Two large Confederate flags flying along Interstate 40 in Burke County have been the subject of controversy for several years. Now, some local pastors are trying …


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