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Founded in 1729, it was named for the House of Hanover
Though second smallest in area, it is one of the most populous as its county seat, Wilmington, is one of the state's largest cities.
The county was formed in 1729 as New Hanover Precinct of Bath County, from Craven Precinct. It was named for the House of Hanover, which was then ruling Great Britain. In 1734 parts of New Hanover Precinct became Bladen Precinct and Onslow Precinct. With the abolition of Bath County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties. In 1750 the northern part of New Hanover County became Duplin County. In 1764 another part of New Hanover County was combined with part of Bladen County to form Brunswick County. Finally, in 1875 the separation of northern New Hanover County to form Pender County reduced it to its present dimensions.
Cities and towns
Carolina Beach * Kure Beach * Wilmington * Wrightsville Beach
Bayshore * Castle Hayne * Hightsville * Kings Grant * Kirkland * Masonboro * Murraysville *
Myrtle Grove * Ogden * Pine Grove * Sea Breeze * Seagate * Silver Lake * Skippers Corner * Wrightsville Beach * Wrightsboro
Wilmington Beach * Monkey Junction
Pleasure Island * Figure Eight Island * Masonboro Island
Obituaries and Death Notices
Marriages: James/Wallace; Landen (Lauden) s/b H Holley
March 2017: Obits: Dr John Davis; Mrs Grace Bramlet
June 2016 News Misc: List of Vessels in the Port of Wilmington 1880
Feb 2016: County Court
Records and Office of Sheriff 1793-1804; transcribed by GTTT
October 2015: News Misc: Marine List for Port of Wilmington (1844)
July 2015: Skipper jailed at Wilmington
Feb 2015: 1790 Census; bios for DEROSSET, HOOPER, LORING, CURTIS, DUDLEY, DUNSTON; Obits for MABSON, MAXWELL, MOORE, MURTAUGH, MUTER, PATTON, PELHAM, QUINCE, RAY, RITCHIE, RUGGLES, SCOTT, SMITH, WALKER, WALTERS, WEATHERHERD, WHEATONG, WHITE, WHITMAN
Jan 2015: burials in Wilmington National Cemetery; Early Plantations
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