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Northampton County, Virginia

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Northampton County


Northampton County (originally called Accomac Shire) was created in 1634 as an original shire in the Colony of Virginia by the House of Burgesses in 1634 under the direction of King Charles I. It was one of the original eight shires of Virginia ("shires" and "counties" were essentially the same in England). The shire's name comes from the Native American word Accawmack.

In 1642, its named was changed to Northampton County by the British, to eliminate "heathen" names in the New World.

Portions of the county were subsequently broken out into Accomack County, Virginia.


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