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NCGenWeb - Ashe County

Ashe County, NC


Ashe County is located in the northwestern corner of the state. It was established in North Carolina General Assembly in 1799. The county was named for Samuel Ashe, a Revolutionary War patriot. It lies west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its border with Wilkes County is defined by the Blue Ridge Parkway.

About 1740, Major Abraham Wood led a surveying party west into the Virginia wilderness. They discovered a previously unknown river that flowed north. They named this the Wood River, but the name was later changed to the New River. Another early explorer to the present-day Ashe County area was Bishop Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg, a Moravian leader on a search for a new home for group. He arrived in 1752. The settlement was later built in Winston-Salem. Settlers began to settle the area around 1770.

Due to boundary changes and formation of counties, Ashe County had at one time been part of Anson County, Rowan County in 1753, Surry County in 1771 and Wilkes County in 1777. The area had also been claimed by both North Carolina and the State of Franklin. Alleghany County and Watauga County were formed from Ashe County

Population - 22,209
County Seat - Jefferson

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Ashe County's Neighbors in the
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Alleghany Co., NC   Grayson Co., VA   Johnson Co., TN
  Watauga Co., NC   Wilkes Co., NC  

We have a mailing list for Ashe County history and genealogical research. Due to spam, I have limited postings to the list to come from only submitters. However, if you aren't a member, and don't want to become one, you can contact me and I can forward it to the list asking that they directly contact you.

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.

At the same time, other states became in the project and the USGenWeb Project began. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web pages. If you would like to contribute any information to this page, please let me know.

Copyright 2000-2009 - Crystal French - Ashe County Coordinator. The information found at this site is for the purpose of non-commercial genealogical research. Information submitted by researchers is copyrighted by that submitter. Queries are also copyrighted by the submitter. Send all questions and/or comments to Crystal French

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