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Cabarrus County is located in the south central section of the state, bordered by the North Carolina counties of Stanly, Union, Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Rowan.

The county was formed in 1792 from part of Mecklenburg County. It was named in honor of Stephen Cabarrus of Edenton, who was a member of the North Carolina State Legislature several times, and Speaker of the House of Commons four times. In 1795 an act was passed naming commissioners to erect a courthouse on the land of Samuel Huie (Hughey) which had already been selected as a proper place for the county seat. They were ordered to lay out the town of Concord, which was incorporated in 1806.

contributed by Bill Furr

Historic Cabarrus Court House
contributed by Bill Furr

Cabarrus County was created in 1792 from Mecklenburg County.
Mecklenburg County was created in 1763 from Anson County.
Anson County was created in 1750 from Bladen County.
Bladen County was created in 1734 from New Hanover County.
New Hanover County was created in 1729 from Craven County.
Craven County was created in 1705 from Bath County.

North Carolina County Formation

In colonial times, and even later, county boundaries were not always well-defined in frontier areas. Also, new piedmont counties were being created rapidly during the 1700’s, and county lines changed again and again during this process.  Families sometimes lived very close to another county and may have gone there for various reasons. It is good genealogical practice to check records in the neighboring counties for your families.

While European settlers were not in the Cabarrus area before the middle 1700’s, it is still interesting to know the “administrative ancestry” of the area. And it is good to remember that European settlers were not the first human beings to live here.

A Historical Perspective of Cabarrus County

A series of YouTube videos are available on the internet, with retired Judge Clarence Horton as the host. The link given will take you to the playlist. There is a total of 22 videos, on these subjects: Episode One, Stephen Cabarrus, Historical Cabarrus, Historical Markers I, Historical Markers II, Churches, Lutheran Churches, Reformed Churches, Reed Gold Mine, Brumley Mine, The Phifer Family, Bost Mill, George Washington, Stonewall Jackson, Textiles Part I, Textiles Part II, Textiles Part III, Warren Coleman, African Spirituals, County Fair, Pancho Villa, Detention Center.