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Bertie County, North Carolina

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  • Mary Butler (deceased)
    From Steven Butler's family website MARY BUTLER [1] Daughter of Jethro Butler, mother of Samuel Butler, sister of Christopher Butler, Tobias Butler, and William Butler [1]. Deed of sale from Samuel...
  • William Butler (deceased)
    From From Steven Butler's family website WILLIAM BUTLER [1] Son of Jethro Butler [1] and Martha Ann McDaniel Butler, brother of Christopher Butler, Mary Butler, and Tobias Butler. Mentioned in deed...
  • Elizabeth Butler (deceased)
    From Steven Butler's family website Child of Tobias Butler, who died in 1791,
  • Mary "Polly" Butler (deceased)
    From Steven Butler's family website Child of Tobias Butler, who died in 1791,
  • Martha Sarah Butler (1739 - 1784)
    From Steven Butler's family website Child of Tobias Butler, who died in 1791,

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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, Townships & Communities

Askewville | Aulander | Baker Town | Buena Vista | 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)



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