Place:Rowan, North Carolina, United States

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Description

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Rowan County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 138,428. Its county seat is Salisbury.

History

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The first Europeans to enter what is now Rowan County came with the Spanish expedition of Juan Pardo in 1567. They established a fort and a mission in the native village of Guatari, believed to be located near the Yadkin River and inhabited by the Wateree. At the time, the area was ruled by a female chief the Spaniards called Guatari Mico. The Spaniards called the village Salamanca in honor of the city of Salamanca in western Spain, and established a mission, headed by a secular priest named Sebastián Montero. The Spaniards abandoned the area at some point before 1572.

The county was formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County. It was named for Matthew Rowan, acting governor of North Carolina from 1753 to 1754.

Originally, Rowan County was a vast territory with an indefinite western boundary. Reductions in its extent began in 1770, when the eastern part of it was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County, North Carolina. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part of the now much smaller Rowan County became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part of the still shrinking county became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County.

The "250 Fest" celebrating the 250th anniversary of Rowan County occurred in 2003.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1743 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1753 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1753 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1753 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1753 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1840 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1913 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
1790 15,828
1800 20,060
1810 21,543
1820 26,009
1830 20,786
1840 12,109
1850 13,870
1860 14,589
1870 16,810
1880 19,965
1890 24,123
1900 31,066
1910 37,521
1920 44,062
1930 56,665
1940 69,206
1950 75,410
1960 82,817
1970 90,035
1980 99,186
1990 110,605

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External links

www.co.rowan.nc.us

Sources

source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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