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Bertie County, North Carolina

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  • Isaac Lewis, I (1692 - 1742)
    When Issac Lewis I was born on March 5, 1692, in Bertie, North Carolina, his father, Edward, was 27 and his mother, Bridgett, was 22. Edward John Lewis, Capt. He married Margaret Hooker Lewis and they ...
    William Lewis I (c.1713 - 1757)
    When William Lewis I was born on December 24, 1713, in North Carolina, his father, Issac, was 21 and his mother, Margaret, was 17. He married Janet Banks in 1736 in Bertie, North Carolina. They had fou...
    Janet Lewis (1716 - c.1742)
    Regarding the parents of William Lewis we find multiple and clear references. His father, also William, was born about 1713 in Chowan or Albemarle County, N.C., and died about 1757 in Bertie County, N....
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    Frederick Lassiter, Sr. (1752 - c.1787)
    For review for Frederick Lasiter. Event Type: Military Service Name: Frederick Lasiter • Sex: Male Event Date: 23 Nov 1781 • Event Place: Edenton, Chowan, North Carolina, United States •...
    Smithwick Warburton (1668 - 1760)
    From Smithwick Warburton was at least of age by 1694 when he received a patent of land. Smithwick Warburton 22 August 1694 300 acres at the head of the Westermost branch of Mattacomach Creek in Chow...

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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