Place:Harnett, North Carolina, United States

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NameHarnett
Alt namesHarnettsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates35.383°N 78.85°W
Located inNorth Carolina, United States     (1855 - )
See alsoCumberland, North Carolina, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)

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Harnett County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 114,678. Its county seat is Lillington, and its largest city is Dunn.

Harnett County comprises the Dunn, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2013 estimated population of 2,037,430.

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History

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Harnett County was formed in 1855 from land given by Cumberland County. It was named for American Revolutionary war soldier Cornelius Harnett, who was also a delegate to the Continental Congress. The first settlers came to the region in the mid-1720s, and were followed by Highland Scots immigrants. The Scots settled in the foothills, where land was more affordable, rather than in the rich alluvial soil area of the coastal plain. After the defeat by the British of Bonny Prince Charles at Culloden, Scots immigrants came up the Cape Fear River in ever increasing numbers and settled in western Harnett County. British immigrants had settled primarily along the banks of the Cape Fear River in the coastal area, generally from Erwin to Wilmington.

During the American Revolutionary War, many of the Scots were loyalists. in their defeat in scotland, they had been forced to take ironclad vows that prohibited taking up arms against the British. some rebels considered them traitors to the cause of independence. public executions of suspected spies occurred. One site near Lillington was the scene of a mass execution of "Scots Traitors."

harnett county was generally not a site of warfare during the Civil War, but one of the last battles took place at Averasboro near Erwin. General william Sherman's army, on its March to the Sea, defeated the army of General Hardee and proceeded eastward. The centennial celebration of that event was held at the site of the battlefield in 1965.

Harnett County was formed in 1855 from Cumberland County. It was named for the Revolutionary War Patriot, Cornelius Harnett, delegate to the Continental Congress. The first settlers came in the mid 1720's, followed by the Highland Scots. After the defeat by the British of Bonny Prince Charles at Culloden, the Scots came up the Cape Fear River in ever increasing numbers and settled in western Harnett County. Many in this area today have Scottish ancestry.

Lillington, the county seat, on the Cape Fear River is named in honor of Alexander Lillington, another Revolutionary patriot. Lillington, Dunn, Coats, Angier, and Erwin are the leading trading and commercial areas.

Averasboro Battleground in souteast Harnett County is the site of a Confederate attack on Sherman's Army (March 15, 1865) and is marked by a grove of large oak and beech trees.[1]

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Date Event Source
1854 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1855 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1855 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1875 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1892 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1914 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 8,039
1870 8,895
1880 10,862
1890 13,700
1900 15,988
1910 22,174
1920 28,313
1930 37,911
1940 44,239
1950 47,605
1960 48,236
1970 49,667
1980 59,570
1990 67,822

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