CABARRUS COUNTY
NORTH CAROLINA


American History & Genealogy Project

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My name is Donna Sims Conner and I am pleased to be the Coordinator for Cabarrus County.  The purpose of AHGP is to provide free genealogical and historical data for researchers.  Individual state and county websites are updated frequently with new content.  If you have questions or need assistance, I would be happy to help.  Thank you for visiting!    

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COUNTY FORMATION

Cabarrus County was formed in 1792, from Mecklenburg County, and was so named in compliment to Stephen Cabarrus, member from Chowan County, and Speaker of the House of Commons.  It is situated in the south-western part of the State, and is bounded on the north by Rowan and Iredell, east by Stanly County, south by Union, and west by Mecklenburg.

Source:  John H. Wheeler, Historical Sketches of North Carolina from 1584 to 1851 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lippincott, Grambo and Co., 1851), 63.

EARLY SETTLERS

In 1732, according to established Cabarrus County tradition, a young Scots-Irishman named John Rodgers followed the old Warrior's Path from Pennsylvania through the Valley of the Shenandoah into the fertile lands of piedmont North Carolina and began building his cabin along Back Creek, near its junction with the aptly named Rocky River.  He was soon joined by his countrymen.  It is generally accepted that these Scotch-Irish settlers claimed the richer "black jack" lands of western and southern Cabarrus County, so that German settlers arriving in the 1740s amiably entered the eastern portion of the county, claiming lands on both sides of Dutch Buffalo Creek.  To their west, along Cold Water Creek, lived a colony of Welsh-English.

Source:  Clarence E. Horton, Jr., "A Historical Perspective of Cabarrus County," Cabarrus County, North Carolina (https://www.cabarruscounty.us/government/Pages/Historical-Perspective.aspx : accessed 9 June 2017).