Place:Vance, North Carolina, United States

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Vance County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 45,422. Its county seat is Henderson. Vance County comprises the Henderson Micropolitan Area, which is a part of the greater Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area (CSA) with a population of 1,998,808 as of U.S. Census 2012 Population Estimates.

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History

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The county was formed in 1881 from parts of Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren County. According to the 1955 book, Zeb's Black Baby, by Samuel Thomas Peace Sr.:

The formation of Vance County was accomplished largely as a political expediency. It was in 1881 when Blacks in large numbers were voting solidly Republican. Granville and Franklin Counties were nip and tuck, Democratic or Republican. From the Democratic standpoint, Warren County was hopelessly Republican. But by taking from Granville, Franklin and Warren, those sections that were heavily Republican and out of these sections forming the new county of Vance, the Democratic party could lose Vance to the Republicans and save Granville and Franklin for the Democrats [see gerrymandering]. [U.S.] Senator [Zebulon Baird] Vance was a Democrat. He took kindly to this move and thanked the [North Carolina] Legislature for honoring him with naming the new county after him. At the same time...Vance showed his humor by always referring to Vance County as 'Zeb's Black Baby.'

In the 1890 Census, Vance County was more than 63 percent African American.[1]

The county is named after Zebulon Baird Vance, a Governor of North Carolina (1862–1865, 1877–1879) and United States senator (1879–1894).

Timeline

Date Event Source
1849 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1881 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1881 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1881 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1881 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1890 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
1890 17,581
1900 16,684
1910 19,425
1920 22,799
1930 27,294
1940 29,961
1950 32,101
1960 32,002
1970 32,691
1980 36,748
1990 38,892

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External links

www.vancecounty.org


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