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Chowan County Genealogy

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Chowan county was formed in 1670. Initially it was formed as a district within the Albemarle County. Shaftsbury Precinct was an early name of this area which supposedly covered the inhabitable areas west of the Chowan River.

The county seat of Chowan County is Edenton. Edenton has been called “The South’s Prettiest Small Town” and the mothertown of North Carolina. At one time Edenton was the capital of the colony and home of the Royal Governor. There was even such a thing as the Edenton Tea Party. In 1774 some 50 of the prominent ladies of Edenton signed an agreement to boycott East India Tea. Restored original colonial homes in the historic district are said to rival or surpass that of Colonial Williamsburg. There are over 25 buildings (homes and public buildings) in the North Carolina State Historic Site.

Chowan County NCGenweb site
Chowan County NCGenweb archives

The Barker House in Edenton
Edenton site with nice story of the Edenton Tea Party

Edenton Historical Commision
P.O. Box 474
Edenton, NC 27932

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Chowan County Courthouse
PO Box 1030
County Courthouse
Edenton, NC 27932
Census

1790 Federal Census transcription indexed by last name

1790 Federal Census transcription

1790 Federal Census transcription

1800 Federal Census transcription

1800 Federal Census transcription

1850 Federal Census Index – by last name only

Tax Records

1717 Chowan Precinct Tax listing

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Chowan county

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Chowan County, NC Query Forum

Latest North Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Chowan County from the Forum:

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

marilee on “Michael McGuire and Elizabeth Hensley, Chowan County, NC”

I am looking for the parents and birth dates of both Michael and Elizabeth Hensley McGuire. I have their marriage bond . They were married on 1/1/1800 in Chowan County, NC. Any info will help.
Thanks,
Marilee


Chowan County, NC at Genforum

Cities and towns of Chowan County:

Edenton (County Seat)
Tyner

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