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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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2 Vance County teens killed in single-vehicle crash – WNCN


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2 Vance County teens killed in single-vehicle crash
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HENDERSON, N.C. (WNCN) — Two Vance County teens were killed when their car crashed into a concrete embankment Saturday night, officials said. CLICK TO VIEW 9 LARGER PHOTOS. William Newton, 17, and Christy Worley, 16, died in the crash along …

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Vance County, NC, Considers Cost, Benefits of Regional Broadband Study – Government Technology


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Vance County, NC, Considers Cost, Benefits of Regional Broadband Study
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“The idea would be to do a regional broadband study to inventory the assets that we have in the four counties to determine the broadband availability that we have, and then create a roadmap for the future,” McMillen told Vance County Commissioners on …




2 crashes close I-85 for hours in Vance County – WNCN


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2 crashes close I-85 for hours in Vance County
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MIDDLEBURG, N.C. (WNCN) — Northbound Interstate 85 traffic was backed up more than four miles after the interstate was closed for hours following two vehicle crashes that happened minutes apart in Vance County on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

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Sheriff investigates second homicide in two days – Henderson Daily Dispatch

Sheriff investigates second homicide in two days
Henderson Daily Dispatch
The Vance County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Franklin County man suspected of shooting and killing a man in his home on Foster Road Extension in Vance County late Thursday night. Donte Wallace, 28, was discovered in his home by a family member …




Two teens killed in weekend car crash – Henderson Daily Dispatch


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Two teens killed in weekend car crash
Henderson Daily Dispatch
Two teens were killed over the weekend in a car crash in Vance County just outside Henderson. According to an official with the North Carolina Highway Patrol in Vance County, William Newton, 17, and Christy Worley, 16, were killed in a single-car




Vance County officials have a blast at expanding Sunrock quarry site – Henderson Daily Dispatch


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Vance County officials have a blast at expanding Sunrock quarry site
Henderson Daily Dispatch
With expansions during the past year that continue, Vance County officials were able to see during a tour Tuesday what exactly it is The Sunrock Group does in Kittrell. Sunrock's history dates back almost 70 years, and expanded in North Carolina more


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