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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

Major Pet Products Manufacturer SynergyLabs Selects Burke County for New Venture and Facility – NC Dept of Commerce

Major Pet Products Manufacturer SynergyLabs Selects Burke County for New Venture and Facility  NC Dept of Commerce

SynergyLabs, a fast-growing manufacturer of specialty pet products, has selected Burke County as the location for a new company that will create 237 jobs, …




Picture of 3rd armed robbery suspect released out of Burke County – WCNC.com

Picture of 3rd armed robbery suspect released out of Burke County  WCNC.com

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — Two suspects are in custody and one more was on the run after a gas station robbery in Morganton Thursday morning. On Friday …




Burke County mugshots (May 26-June 1) | News | morganton.com – Morganton News Herald

Burke County mugshots (May 26-June 1) | News | morganton.com  Morganton News Herald

Listed information, including addresses, has been gathered from arrest and incident reports publicly available at area law-enforcement agencies. If your name …




BREAKING: Flood Warning for Burke County extended – Morganton News Herald

BREAKING: Flood Warning for Burke County extended  Morganton News Herald

UPDATE: The Flood Warning was been extended to 3:45 p.m. Monday.




Rain causes flash flooding across Burke County – Morganton News Herald

Rain causes flash flooding across Burke County  Morganton News Herald

Heavy rains have caused flash flooding all across Burke County.




‘He needs to die’: Family wants justice for woman reportedly killed by ex – WSOC Charlotte

‘He needs to die’: Family wants justice for woman reportedly killed by ex  WSOC Charlotte

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Deputies have arrested and charged a man who they said admitted to shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend in Burke County …


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