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County History
This county is extinct.

Elizabeth City County was a county in southeastern Virginia from 1634 to 1952. Originally created in 1634 as Elizabeth River Shire, it was one of eight shires created in the Virginia Colony by order of the King of England. In 1636, it was subdivided, and the portion north of the harbor of Hampton Roads became known as Elizabeth City Shire. It was renamed Elizabeth City County a short time later.

Elizabeth City was originally named Kikotan (also spelled Kecoughtan and Kikowtan), presumably a word for the Native Americans living there when the English arrived in 1607.

The shire and county were named for Elizabeth of Bohemia, daughter of King James I, sister of Princes Henry and Charles.

The town of Hampton, established in 1680, became the largest city in Elizabeth City County, and was the county seat. In 1952, Elizabeth City County merged with Hampton and is today the independent city of Hampton. The city also includes the former Town of Phoebus, resulting in modern-day Hampton encompassing nearly all of what was Elizabeth City County.

Major Communities in Elizabeth City County
* Buckroe Beach * Fox Hill * Langley Field * Plum Tree Point * Phobeus
* Hampton (before it became an independent city)
* Wythe * Aberdeen Gardens * Pine Chapel Village

Elizabeth City County Data


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Website Updates
July 2015:  marriage announcements for MCKIBBEN-YOUNG; CRONANA-DARDEN; HUNT-HUNT; PRINCE-BIDGOOD; BALMER-RAND; obits for HARRELL, BARTLE;  crime news for PARKER
Nov 2014: Pheobus and Vader obits, 1850 Postoffices
June 2014 : Weisseman Obit
Jan 2014 : 1883 Pensioners


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