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County, VA

Evolution


                Evolution of Norfolk County 

                 Elizabeth City Co
               (1634; original shire)
                (now city of Hampton)
                         |
                    New Norfolk Co 
                    (1636) extinct
                         |
      +------------------.---------------+
      |                                  |
Upper Norfolk Co                  Lower Norfolk Co 
 (1637) extinct                    (1637) extinct
      |                                  |
 Nansimum Co            +----------------+
 (Nansemond)       Princess Anne Co      |        
  (1645/6) extinct    (1691) extinct     |          
      |                   |              | 
  Suffolk           Virginia Beach       |
   (City)             (City)             |      
   (1974)             (1963)             |
                                         |                  
                                         |  
                                 Norfolk Co
			       (1691) extinct
		   +--------|---------|--------+
		Norfolk   Portsmouth  |  South Norfolk
		(City)    (City)      |  (City)
		(1846)       | 
			  (1858)      |   (1921) 
                                      +---|----|
                                   Chesapeake
                                    (City)
                                    (1963)


From the Norfolk County Historical Society's brochure:
"In 1636, less than three decades after the settling of Jamestown, New Norfolk was formed from Elizabeth City County, one of the nine original shires of the Colony of Virginia.
In 1637, New Norfolk was divided into Lower Norfolk County and Upper Norfolk County. Lower Norfolk County encompasses the area that is now the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. Lower Norfolk County's first court was held on May 15, 1637, and was presided over by Captain Adam Thoroughgood.
Chesapeake is the most direct descendent of Lower Norfolk County. The records housed in care of the Chesapeake's Clerk of the Circuit Court are the oldest records held by any of the four cities that were once Lower Norfolk County: they date back to 1637 and the first court held in the jurisdiction."
South Norfolk has been combined with and is now a part of Chesapeake City. "Chesapeake's history dates back much further than 1963 when Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk merged to create Chesapeake" Source: http://www.chesapeake.va.us/communty/about/history.html


Links to Neighboring Counties

Elizabeth City Co/ Nansemond Co/ Princess Anne Co
Gates Co, NC/ Camden Co, NC/ Currituck Co, NC



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