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The History of Mecklenburg County

(I plan to add more information as time permits and for this to be a comprehensive history of the county)

Created in 1762, Mecklenburg County's first town (created in 1768) was named after Queen Charlotte of England, the wife of King George III, who as from Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany.  Scot-Irish immigrants began settling the area of Mecklenburg County in the early 1700s and lived in peace with the neighboring Catawba Indians. In 1775, the Mecklenburg Declaration of Indepence was drafted by the forefathers of the county.

County Formation and Boundary Changes

Mecklenburg County was created in 1762 (some say 1763) from Anson County. In 1768, the western part of Mecklenburg County became a portion of the former Tryon County. In 1792, the northestern section of the county became Cabarrus County. Finally, in 1842, the southeastern portion of the county, in conjunction with a portion of Anson County, created Union County.

Over the years, many towns have sprung up in Mecklenburg County. Below is a list of the old and newer towns and townships. I hope to get up a map in the future.

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