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HISTORY 

The county was formed from Anson County in 1763 and named for the hometown of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany who became the bride of England's King George III in 1762.  When a town was established within the county in 1768, founders named it "Charlotte Town" for Queen Charlotte.

Historians report that the county settlement by immigrants began in the early 1700's primarily from the North along the "Trading Path", an old Indian Trail, and from the South along the rivers from Charleston.  Immigrants were predominately Scots-Irish and were not threatened by the native residents, the Catawba Indians.  By 1775, many settlements and churches had been established by families such as Alexander, Polk, Latta, Selwyn, Davidson, Harris, Graham, and Torance, to name a few.  Early churches included Hopewell, Rocky River, Sugaw Creek, Steele Creek, and Providence, all established in the 1750's and '60's.

Fiercely independent and wanting to remain that way, the leading citizens of Mecklenburg County drafted the  Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775.

Gold was discovered around 1800 and Mecklenburg soon became the location for the Charlotte Mint and so it is only fitting that it is today the home of the largest (assets) bank in the United States.

A more complete history is available online via "The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story", a provision of the Charlotte & Mecklenburg County  Public Library.


Still more county history may be found by visiting  the "Official" sites maintained by each of the six towns of Mecklenburg.  The links to each are in the Towns of Mecklenburg Section below.

And finally, there are a number of websites maintained within our county that provide free historical information.  Links to local genealogy and history sites may be found in the "Old Mecklenburg" and "Resources" sections of this page. 

                                    Directory of the Association of Professional Genealogists

                                    blurps.com
                                    P.O. Box 19567
                                    Charlotte,  NC  28219

                                    Ellen V. Poteet
                                    8336 Adrian Court
                                    Charlotte,  NC  28270

                                    

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