Do you know your County History?
Some of the first settlers to both Chatham and Orange Counties were the English Quakers who settled along the Eno and Haw Rivers. And this is where our blog begins…
In 1752 Orange County was formed and named after the infant William V of Orange; he was the grandson of King George II of Great Britain. At the time Orange County was much larger than it is today. In 1771, the county was subdivided into many different counties, as we now know them. It was during this time that Chatham County was formed, along with Wake County, Cumberland County, Rowan and Gilford Counties.
Pittsboro in Chatham County was named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. While Pitt served as British Prime Minister (1766-1768), he opposed harsh colonial policies. Now, most know that Raleigh was named after Sir Walter Raleigh; even though he had never been to the area. But where did “Wake” come from? Well, in 1792 Raleigh was established on 1,000 acres bought from Joel Lane; he named Wake County in honor of Margaret Wake. She was the wife of colonial Governor William Tyron.
In 1777 Orange County was once again reduced to become Caswell County, and then it shrank further in 1849 to form Alamance County. Durham, are you feeling left out? Don’t! In 1881, a part of Wake County and yes, more of Orange County, were merged to create Durham County. Durham is named after Dr. Bartlett Durham; the first physician to the area.
So, I guess if it were not for Orange County the rest of us would not be here?! ;)
This is only the beginning; each county is rich in its own past, but for now, enough History for the day! Though I do have…
A Little fact: It is believed that some of the earliest settlers were the Andrew’s Family who would later marry into the Lloyd family. Who is the Lloyd family? Thomas Franklin Lloyd was not only one of the founders of Carrboro; he built Alberta Cotton Mill in1898, now the home of Carr Mill Mall…I love going there!