Wake County, North Carolina

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Date: 1771 [unknown]
Location: Wake, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Wake County, located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, was formed in 1771 from Johnston, Cumberland, and Orange Counties and named for Margaret Wake Tryon, the wife of royal governor William Tryon. Early inhabitants of the area included the Sissipahaw and Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Native Americans; English and Scotch-Irish settlers later populated the region. Raleigh was established as the county seat in 1771 under the name Wake County Courthouse; the name was changed to Raleigh, in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh, when the city became the capital of North Carolina in 1792.

Wake County Categories

The following categories have been created for Wake County:

Cemeteries | Notables | Religious Congregations | Wake County Regiment (Revolutionary War) | Slavery


Census Data

Populated Places

Map of Wake County
Bartons Creek

Buckhorn Cary Cedar Fork Holly Springs House Creek Leesville Little River Marks Creek Meredith Middle Creek Neuse New Light Panther Branch Raleigh St. Mary's St. Matthew's Swift Creek Wake Forest

White Oak
Durham (small part), Raleigh
Angier (small part)

Apex Cary (most) Fuquay-Varina Garner Holly Springs Knightdale Morrisville (most) Rolesville Wake Forest (most) Wendell

Unincorporated Towns

Bonsal Carpenter Chestnut Hills Clegg Eagle Rock Falls Feltonville Forestville Green Level Kennebec Lizard Lick McCullers Crossroads Neuse New Hill Riley Hill Shotwell Stony Hill Swift Creek

Willow Spring

Genealogy Sources


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