Davidson County, North Carolina History

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  • Provide information useful to genealogists researching and creating profiles in Wikitree for persons that have lived in the area that is now Davidson County, North Carolina.
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Davidson County was formed in 1822 from Rowan County. It was named after Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, an American Revolutionary War general killed at the Battle of Cowan's Ford on the Catawba River in 1781. Its county seat is Lexington and its largest city is Thomasville.


183013,389 184014,606 185015,320 186016,601
187017,414 188020,333 189021,702 190023,403
191029,404 192035,201 193047,865 194053,377
195062,244 196079,493 197095,627 1980113,162
1990126,677 2000147,246 2010162,878 2020TBD

Populated Places

Abbotts Creek, Alleghany, Arcadia, Boone, Conrad Hill, Cotton Grove, Emmons, Hampton, Healing Spring, Jackson Hill, Lexington, Midway, Reedy Creek, Silver Hill, Thomasville, Tyro, Yadkin College
High Point (part), Lexington (1800, county seat), Thomasville (1853)
Towns (date of first post office/establishment)
[Denton (1878), Midway (1832), Wallburg (1892)
Unincorporated Communities
Yadkin College

Former Towns in Davidson County with dates post offices operated
See Lewis

Notable People from Davidson County

See also Category: North Carolina, Notables for existing profiles in Wikitree.

Name Birth and DeathKnown for
Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell1930-1999Professional Baseball player for the Pirates and Cardinals, and a Congressman who served three terms
Max Lanier and son Hal Lanier1915-2007Major League Baseball players are from Denton.
Eddie Mathews1931-2001Hall of Fame baseball player, played for Thomasville in 1949 before going pro

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