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Originally part of colonial Bladen County, the area today called Gaston County was part of Anson County in 1750, and subsequently ceded to the newly formed Mecklenburg County in 1762. Six years later, the area was again redistricted, to the short-lived Tryon County until 1779, at which time it was incorporated into Lincoln County. Lincoln County was divided in 1846, and its southern half was renamed Gaston for William Gaston, a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1813 to 1817, and a judge of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1833 to 1844.

Tensions between the earliest European settlers and the Native Americans were eased considerably when the dispute over the boundary between North Carolina and South Carolina was settled in 1772, after which most of the local Native Americans settled on a reservation in South Carolina. Most early farms were small, cultivated primarily by white yeoman farmers. North Carolina’s colonial policy of restricted the size of land grants, and in Gaston County they tended to be about 400 acres each. One of the earliest grants in the area was given to Captain Samuel Cobrin, commander of a local militia company, on September 29, 1750.

German Influence

Beginning in the late 17th century, thousands of Rhinelanders began immigrating to the American colonies to escape the war and religious strife. The earliest group to come to North Carolina settled in New Bern in 1710. Within a few decades significant numbers had arrived in Philadelphia and moved out into the mid-Atlantic zone and southward. In most of the Atlantic colonies, English and Scotch-Irish settlers had already staked out much of the good land, so German pioneers soon concentrated on the sparsely settled central and western piedmont areas. A few German pioneers arrived in piedmont North Carolina in the 1730s and 1740s, but German immigration increased dramatically in the mid-1750s and continued throughout the century. The largest settlement was the Wachovia tract, which was granted to Moravians who had come from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and later founded (Old) Salem. During this same period, German pioneers began settling Gaston County and establishing homesteads after setting their sights southward from the Shenandoah Valley and beyond, via the Great Wagon Road. German settlers established themselves in clusters of independent farmsteads linked by extended family connections and by participation in Lutheran, Reformed, or, less numerous, German Baptist (Dunker) congregations.

By 1790 it is estimated 10 to 30 percent of the greater Piedmont population was of German origin. Outnumbered by English and Scotch-Irish neighbors, the Germans were perceived as a distinct group, and many of them strove to maintain German culture and ways. The use of the German language continued well into the 19th century, with a period of transition from German to bilingual, with predominant English usage established between 1825 and 1850. In the late 18th century, German dominated in many churches and families; by the 1835, sermons in Reformed and Lutheran congregations were often preached in both languages. By the late 19th century, use of German had all but disappeared.

Similar patterns appeared in architecture. Traditional German construction methods– often the work of artisans trained in the fatherland– usually prevailed from the 1750s through the 1780s. From the 1780s or 1790s into the 1820s, German Carolinians were often “bilingual” in architecture as in language, blending Germanic traditions and mainstream stylistic developments. Finally, in the period from the 1820s to the Civil War, as popular national ideals gained away throughout much of the countryside, German-descended families accommodated to these trends. Source Wikipedia

Gaston County NCGenweb site

Gaston/Lincoln Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 584
Mt. Holly, NC 28120

Gaston County Historical Society
P.O. Box 429
Dallas, NC 28034

Broad River Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 2261
Shelby, NC 28151-2261
(covers Cleveland, Gaston, Henderson, Lincoln, and Rutherford Counties in NC and a few SC counties)

The Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County
P.O. Box 938
Forest City, NC 28043
(covers Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, and Rutherford Counties in NC and a few SC counties)

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Gaston County Courthouse
PO Box 1578
County Courthouse
Gastonia, NC 28053

Census

1850 Federal Census Index – by last name only

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Gaston County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Gaston County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

Gaston County, NC Query Forum

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

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

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I am looking for descendants of Abe/Abel or Able & Jane Duff Gullick of Gaston County NC. The were in the county from 1825-1930. please contact me asap at maggieduff54@yahoo.com . My name is Sammie S


Gaston County, NC at Genforum

Cities and Towns of Gaston County:

Alexis
Belmont
Bessemer City
Boogertown
Catawba Heights
Cherryville
Cramerton
Crowders
Dallas
Flay
Gastonia (County Seat)
Groves
High Shoals
Lowell
Lowesville
Mount Holly
Pinkney
Ragan Village
Ranlo
Ridge
Smyre
South Gastonia
Spencer Mountain
Stanley
Victory

News related to Gaston County, NC

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Revenge porn law lands Gaston man in jail – Gaston Gazette


Gaston Gazette
Revenge porn law lands Gaston man in jail
Gaston Gazette
A Dallas man was booked into Gaston County Jail for the second time in 10 days, this time accused of disclosing images of a woman's intimate parts with intent to intimidate and humiliate her, according to arrest warrants. Robert Max Helsdon, 22, of 312
Gaston County woman says co-worker stole nude photos off her cell …Charlotte Observer
'Revenge porn' law lands man in jail – News – Shelby Star – Shelby, NCShelby Star

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Gaston County teacher accused of bullying autistic student over physical appearance – FOX 46 Charlotte


FOX 46 Charlotte
Gaston County teacher accused of bullying autistic student over physical appearance
FOX 46 Charlotte
GASTON COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) – A Gaston County mother claims her autistic son has repeatedly been bullied at school, not by another student, but by his now former teacher, who she says repeatedly called him homophobic slurs, and called him useless in …




Man accused of stealing nude photos off co-worker’s cellphone charged under NC’s revenge porn law – myfox8.com


WSPA.com
Man accused of stealing nude photos off co-worker's cellphone charged under NC's revenge porn law
myfox8.com
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – A man accused of stealing nude photos of a co-worker off her cellphone has been charged under North Carolina's revenge porn law. The Gaston Gazette reported that Robert Max Helsdon, 22, of Dallas, N.C., faces a felony charge …
NC man stole woman's nude photos from her cell phone, police sayWSPA.com

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Woman, children escape burning home – Gaston Gazette


Gaston Gazette
Woman, children escape burning home
Gaston Gazette
A day after a single mother moved into a Gaston County trailer, a Tuesday morning fire rendered her homeless. Tisha Mote says she was woken up by her three school-aged sons after a blaze began to spread in a back bedroom on 114 Vanwick Drive, …

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Community dedicates bench to slain 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont – WSOC Charlotte


WSOC Charlotte
Community dedicates bench to slain 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont
WSOC Charlotte
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. – A community unveiled a memorial for a 3-year old Gaston County girl who was murdered last year. The group gathered Saturday to dedicate a bench in memory of Jordyn Dumont. Under Dumont's name, it reads, “May you find …




School receptionist charged with embezzlement – Gaston Gazette


Gaston Gazette
School receptionist charged with embezzlement
Gaston Gazette
A receptionist at a Gaston County elementary school was arrested Tuesday after allegedly embezzling public money. Melissa Ann Austin, of 1104 South Point Road in Belmont, is charged with felony embezzlement. The 41 year old stole $700 in cash from …


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