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 WAKE COUNTY
1793 grants issued from 1752 to 1894

NCpedia article   Wikipedia article
County Seat: Raleigh

History: Wake County was formed in 1770 (effective in 1771) from Cumberland, Johnston, and Orange counties. It was named after Margaret Wake, wife of Governor William Tryon. For further information see: THE FORMATION OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES, 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt.

Boundary changes: The Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Name origin: Margaret Wake, the wife of British colonial governor William Tryon

State Archives Code: 099

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County information courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina MARS database, Record ID=12.14.119
Map of North Carolina highlighting Wake County. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.