Buncombe County, North Carolina
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Buncombe County Beginnings
The county was formed in 1791 from parts of Burke and Rutherford counties and was named for Edward Buncombe, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, who was captured at the Battle of Germantown. Originally the county extended to the Tennessee line. The county seat was named Morristown in 1793 and was established on a plateau where two old indian trails crossed. In 1797, Morristown was incorporated and renamed "Asheville" after North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.

In 1808 the western part of Buncombe County became Haywood County.
In 1833 parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were combined to form Yancey County.
In 1838 the southern part of what was left of Buncombe County became Henderson County
In 1851 parts of Buncombe County and Yancey County were combined to form Madison County.
[source: wikipedia]

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Obituaries and Death Notices

 Slaves / Slavery

Website Updates: December 2017 - Newspaper Gleanings - Other Interesting News: Moonshiner Advertises His Wares

November 2017
Asheville City Directory 1908
14 additional pages transcribed - Surnames Smith to Swope
(Includes name, occupation, home address, phone number and wife's first name. Widows include the given name (or initials) of the deceased husband.)

Cemetery Adds:
Newton Academy Cemetery: 11 unmarked CSA graves; Fanny Ballew; George Britt; Elizabeth Forster; William Forster II; William Foster; John Jarrette.
Piney Grove Cemetery (aka First Presbyterian Church Cemetery): John Lyda; Rev James McRee.
Riverside Cemetery: Dr Robert Campbell; Robert Campbell Jr; Sarah Campbell; Ruffner Campbell; Dr Calvin Davis; Rebecca Davis; William Pressley; Elizabeth Starnes; William Taylor; David Vance; Robert Vance; Maj Zebulon Vance Jr; Child Whitaker.

Church Histories/Records
Chronology of Ministers - First Presbyterian Church - 1797-1838

County Records
Petition of Divorce - Catherine Parks and husband Gabriel

Newspaper Gleanings:
Birth Announcements: Roberts
Community News: Stone cutters suspended; Bogus Indian Relics
Crimes: Hard shot by Moore; Greenwood stabbed wife
Fires, Accidents, Train Wrecks and other Calamities: Asheville auditorium and Penland residence burned; Eliza Merrill drowned
Politics: Mayor Blanton wants to change the Charter of Asheville

Marriages: Ducket/Clark; Hollingsworth/Snyder

William Foster; Elizabeth 'Bethie' Starnes; David Vance



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