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Vance County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 42,954. Its county seat is Henderson.

The county was formed in 1881 from parts of Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren County. According to the 1955 book, Zeb’s Black Baby, by Samuel Thomas Peace Sr., “The formation of Vance County was accomplished largely as a political expediency. It was in 1881 when Blacks in large numbers were voting solidly Republican. Granville and Franklin Counties were nip and tuck, Democratic or Republican. From the Democratic standpoint, Warren County was hopelessly Republican. But by taking from Granville, Franklin and Warren, those sections that were heavily Republican and out of these sections forming the new county of Vance, the Democratic party could lose Vance to the Republicans and save Granville and Franklin for the Democrats. [U.S.] Senator [Zebulon Baird] Vance was a Democrat. He took kindly to this move and thanked the [North Carolina] Legislature for honoring him with naming the new county after him. At the same time…Vance showed his humor by always referring to Vance County as ‘Zeb’s Black Baby.’” In the 1890 Census, Vance County was more than 63 percent African American.

Zebulon Baird Vance was a Governor of North Carolina (1862-1865, 1877-1879) and United States senator (1879-1894). In 1881, he was arguably the state’s most popular politician.

Kerr Lake is in Vance County and is the largest man made lake east of the Mississippi River (50,000 acres). It was designed as flood control for Eastern North Carolina. It is currently a state recreation area and tourist attraction. The lake was named for congressman John H. Kerr a supporter of the lake project.

Vance County Tourism Department

The county is divided into eight townships: Dabney, Henderson, Kittrell, Middleburg, Sandy Creek, Townsville, Watkins, and Williamsboro.

Source Wikipedia.

Vance County History – article from the official Vance County Web Site.

Vance County Genealogy Resources

Vance County NCGenweb site Official NCGenweb Site

USGenWeb Archives – for Vance County, NC Genealogy Document Transcriptions

NCVance – Independent Vance County History and Genealogy Site (Not affiliated with the Genweb Project.)

Vance County, North Carolina American History and Genealogy Project

Vance County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2284
Henderson, NC 27536

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Vance County Government

Vance County Government
122 Young Street
Henderson, NC 27536

Register of Deeds
Vance County
(252)738-2110
122 Young Street, Suite F
Henderson, NC 27536
8:30am – 5:00pm

H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library
205 Breckenridge St.
Henderson, NC 27536
Telephone: (252) 438-3316

A local newspaper for Vance County is The Daily Dispatch Henderson, NC

Census

Cemeteries

USGS Listing of Cemeteries in Vance County, NC

Cemetery Transcriptions – at NCVance (Plank Chapel at time of posting)

Cemetery Transcriptions – USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription project – Island Creek Baptist Church, Kittrell Confederate Cemetery, Plank Chapel, Savage Cemetery, Woodlief Cemetery.

Cemetery Transcriptions – WPA historical records survey (1940) – Pre 1914 burials only.

Kittrell Confederate Cemetery transcription – at NCGenWeb site for Vance County.

Cemetery Transcriptions 30-35 text files with cemetery name as title of file – USGenweb Archives – may duplicate information at the Tombstone Transcription project.

Vance County Cemetery Census

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Vance County, NC Query Forum

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Vance County, NC at Genforum

Cities and Towns of Vance County, NC

* Henderson
* Kittrell
* Middleburg
* South Henderson

News related to Vance County, NC

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Vance County student shot, killed at Henderson store – WNCN


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Vance County student shot, killed at Henderson store
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HENDERSON, N.C. (WNCN) — A Vance County high school student was shot and killed in Henderson on Sunday night, police said. CLICK FOR 7 PHOTOS OF TALIK, A MEMORIAL AND THE SHOOTING SCENE. Officers found Talik Ahmad Harris, 18, shot …
NC Teen Shot, Killed Outside Store In HendersonWFMY News 2

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Alert canceled for missing endangered woman from Vance County – WNCN


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Alert canceled for missing endangered woman from Vance County
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities have canceled an alert issued for a reported missing endangered woman from Vance County. The alert was issued just after 11 p.m. Friday for Harley Morgan Parrott, 22. About 45 minutes later, the alert was canceled at …




School Remembers Soldier From Vance County Found Dead Near Ft. Hood – TWC News


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School Remembers Soldier From Vance County Found Dead Near Ft. Hood
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FORT HOOD, Texas – A North Carolina soldier has died after a shooting in Texas where he was stationed. Army officials said 19-year-old Pvt. Justin Antwan Lewis died April 17 of apparent gunshot wounds in Killeen, Texas. Lewis is from Henderson, North …
Soldier from NC shot to death in Texas, officials sayWNCN

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Vance County Schools exam schedule announced – Henderson Daily Dispatch

Vance County Schools exam schedule announced
Henderson Daily Dispatch
North Carolina end-of-course and final exams will be administered to students at the Vance County Early College High School May 16-19 and May 22-25. At the Early College, May 16 and May 17 testing will include Math II, Math III and district testing

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Vance Charter principal charged with credit card felony – Henderson Daily Dispatch

Vance Charter principal charged with credit card felony
Henderson Daily Dispatch
The principal at Vance Charter School was arrested Friday morning on charges of financial card fraud. Sean Connolly, 45, of 2167 Bobbitt Road, Henderson, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of financial card fraud and one felony count of …

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Fire destroys three boats at Kerr Lake marina – WRAL.com


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Fire destroys three boats at Kerr Lake marina
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Henderson, N.C. — A fire destroyed three boats and damaged a fourth late Thursday at Satterwhite Point Marina on Kerr Lake. No injuries were reported, and … "Vance County Fire & Rescue made a very fast response," she said. "The fire only spread to

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