Edgecombe County, North Carolina

Edgecombe Co., NC

Edgecombe Co., NC


The county was formed in 1741 from Bertie County. It was named for Richard Edgcumbe, a Member of Parliament from 1701 to 1742 and a lord of the treasury, who became 1st Baron Edgcumbe in 1742.

In 1746 part of Edgecombe County became Granville County; in 1758 another part became Halifax County; in 1777 yet another part became Nash County. In 1855 the formation of Wilson County from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County reduced Edgecombe to its present dimensions, aside from minor boundary adjustments.

Edgecombe County was historically home to the Tuscarora Indians.Today there are many descendents of the Tuscarora still living in certain areas of the county.

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Edgecombe County is bordered by Halifax, Martin, Pitt, Wilson and Nash counties.

Gleanings from

Contributors to this page: Beverly and system .
Page last modified on Thursday 16 of December, 2010 16:28:52 CST by Beverly.