|Welcome To Tryon County|
Tryon County was formed in 1768, although the act establishing the county was to become effective 10 Apr 1769. The county was named in honor of William Tryon, Governor of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771. In 1774 the official boundary between Mecklenberg County and Tryon County was established. In 1779, Tryon County was abolished to form Lincoln County and Rutherford County.
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Tryon County only lasted for ten years. However, it covered a wide expanse of territory. There were no specific boundaries between North and South Carolina. People filing their records would come from as far north as present day Ashe County, North Carolina and as far south as present day Union County, South Carolina. Tryon County also extended well into present day Tennessee. Please do not assume that your ancestor lived in only the small area covered by present day Rutherford and Lincoln Counties. Search through the many counties encompassed within the area that records have been found to cover. Also, when Tryon County was formed, court was held in assorted homes. Two hundred and forty years later, people are still finding original Tryon County Court Documents (and other official documents) in attics, basements, sheds, etc. Some of the records can be found in either the North Carolina Archives or the South Carolina Archives. Some cannot. If you have any copies or transcriptions of any of the documents concerning Tryon County, please contribute them.
Known Resources Available
Tryon County Courthouses
Wills, Estate and Probate Records
Other Project Resources
This page last updated 12 Jul 2011
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