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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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Website Updates:
May 2015
Asheville City Directory 1908 - Surnames "H"(20 pages)
(Includes name, occupation, home address, phone number and wife's first name. Widows include the given name of the deceased husband.)

Biographies: Ballew; Duvall; Jimison; Swaim; Starnes; Still; Robeson.

Cemetery Adds:
: Brown, Clingman, Craig, Davidson,Gudger, Memminger, Pearson,Starnes.

History Topics:
Asheville 1803-1844

Newspaper Gleanings:
Crimes: Hensley shot Buckner, Campbell robbed
Other News: Rev Siler in disguise
Political News: Terrell elected to Board of Education





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