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Bertie County, North Carolina

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  • John Harrell, Jr (1692 - 1758)
  • John Harrell, II (c.1692 - 1758)
    Wiki notes that John Harrell had three wives in this order: Catherine Galloway Patience Lewis Grace Boswell Hardy This manager does not believe that Patience Lewis is one of his wives and t...
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    Mourning Lewis (1740 - 1817)
    Van Pelt Family traceable to bef 1600- AKA Morning Many sources cite this John (or Jan) Van Pelt as the father of Mourning. It may be that this is because Mrs. Stevenson tells the family legend (page...
  • Rachel Frances Skipper (c.1744 - c.1810)
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The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River. It was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or perhaps both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

In 1729 parts of Bertie Precinct, Chowan Precinct, Currituck Precinct, and Pasquotank Precinct of Albemarle County were combined to form Tyrrell Precinct. With the abolition of Albemarle County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became separate counties. As population of settlers increased, in 1741 parts of Bertie County were organized as Edgecombe County and Northampton County. Finally, in 1759 parts of Bertie, Chowan, and Northampton counties were combined to form Hertford County. Bertie's boundaries have remained the same since then.

This mostly rural county depended on the agricultural economy well into the 20th century. In the colonial and antebellum eras, tobacco and cotton were the chief commodity crops, worked by enslaved African Americans. After the Civil War, agriculture continued to be important to the county. In the 21st century, developers have referred to it as being within the Inner Banks region, which is increasingly attracting retirees and buyers of second homes, because of its beaches and lovely landscapes.

Adjacent Counties

Towns & Communities

  • Askewville
  • Aulander
  • Baker Town
  • Colerain
  • Elm Grove
  • Gatlinsville
  • Greens Cross
  • Hexlena
  • Indian Woods
  • Kelford
  • Lewiston Woodville
  • Merry Hill
  • Mitchells
  • Perrytown
  • Pine Ridge
  • Powellsville
  • Rosemead
  • Roxobel
  • Sans Souci
  • Snakebite
  • Spring Branch
  • Todds Cross
  • Whites
  • Whites Cross
  • Windsor (County Seat)



Bertie County Courthouse

Bertie County Slaveholders

Plantations of North Carolina

Roanoke River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge