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Sampson County, North Carolina
Sampson County was formally and legally established in April of 1784 by the North Carolina General Assembly from Duplin County and later from Wayne and New Hanover counties.
It was named after John Sampson.
The early settlers were Scotch-Irish immigrants from North Ireland, many of who came to the colony of North Carolina under the protection and inducements of Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant. The community of Taylors Bridge, located about halfway between Clinton and Harrells in lower Sampson County (at the time Duplin County), was one of the earliest European settled areas of the county, with pioneer families living there as early as the 1730s or 1740s. The first settlers of the area were Edmond Matthis, William Johnson, William Robinson and John Register, followed by members of the Peterson, Knowles, Vann, Boney, Merritt, Pearson, Powell, Herring, Rogers, Bryant, Ezzell, James Murphy, Ward, Sellers, Parrish, Fryar, Williamson and Bass families. Among these first European Settlers of the area was John Sampson, after whom the county is named.
Cities and Towns
Clinton (county seat)
Autryville * Garland * Harrells * Newton Grove * Roseboro * Salemburg * Turkey
Bonnetsville * Delway * Ingold * Ivanhoe * Keener * Plain View * Spiveys Corner * Vann Crossroads