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Caswell County

Caswell County seal


CASWELL COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
https://www.caswellcountync.gov/


COUNTY SEAT: Yanceyville


FORMED: 1777
FORMED FROM: Orange


LAND AREA: 424.92 square miles


2018 POPULATION ESTIMATE: 22,698

White: 64.3%

Black/African American: 32.7%    

American Indian: 0.7%

Asian: 0.5%    

Pacific Islander: <0.1%

Two or more races: 1.8%

Hispanic/Latino: 4.0% (of any race)


From State & County QuickFacts, US Census Bureau, 2018.


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: 6TH


BIOGRAPHIES FORBiography icon
Caswell County


Bobcat trackWILDLIFE PROFILES FOR
Piedmont region


GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION


REGION: Piedmont
RIVER BASIN: Cape Fear, Roanoke, Map
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES: Alamance, Orange, Person, Rockingham

Caswell County, NC

See also: North Carolina Counties (to access links to NCpedia articles for all 100 counties)


by William S. Powell, 2006


Caswell County, located in the northern Piedmont region of North Carolina and partially bordering the state of Virginia, was formed from Orange County in 1777 and named for Richard Caswell, the first governor of North Carolina. Early inhabitants of the region included the Occaneechi and other Siouan Indians, followed by German and English settlers. The county seat, Yanceyville, was established in 1791 as Caswell Court House. The name was changed to Yanceyville in 1833 after Bartlett Yancey, a U.S. congressman and state senator. Other Caswell County communities include Milton, Anderson, Pelham, Casville, Leasburg, and Providence. The Dan River flows through a section of the county, and Hyco Lake is an important water source as well as a popular recreational site.


Caswell County agricultural products include tobacco, soybeans, corn, wheat, oats, barley, hay, alfalfa, beef cattle, sheep, swine, and chickens. Manufactured goods include clothing, textiles, and electronics. The county also produces several minerals, such as mica, microcline, beryl, graphite, corundum, and soapstone.


Caswell County's historic sites include the White House, built ca. 1800; Pascal House, built ca. 1840; and Brown's Store, dating from the eighteenth century. The county was, in 1837, the scene of the accidental discovery-by a slave named Stephen on the farm of Abisha and Elisha Slade-of the process of flue-curing for tobacco, and, between 1824 and 1861, the home of Thomas Day, a successful free black furniture maker who worked in Milton, where his shop in Union Tavern is preserved. Cultural institutions include the Caswell County Historical Association, the Caswell County Historical Museum, and the Caswell Council for Arts and History. Annual festivals and events include the Brightleaf Hoedown, the Thomas Day House Annual Heritage Tour of Homes, and the Milton Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. The Caswell County population was estimated at 23,600 in 2004.



Annotated history of Caswell County's formation:


For an annotated history of the county's formation, with the laws affecting the county, boundary lines and changes, and other origin information, visit these references in The Formation of the North Carolina Counties (Corbitt, 2000), available online at North Carolina Digital Collections (note, there may be additional items of interest for the county not listed here):


County formation history: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/ref/collection/p16062coll9/id/289833


Index entry for the county: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/ref/collection/p16062coll9/id/290077

References:


William S. Powell, When the Past Refused to Die: A History of Caswell County, North Carolina, 1777-1977 (1977).


Additional resources:


Corbitt, David Leroy. 2000. The formation of the North Carolina counties, 1663-1943https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p16062coll9/id/290103 (accessed June 20, 2017).


Caswell County Government: https://www.caswellcountync.gov/


Caswell County Chamber of Commerce: www.chaswellchamber.org


DigitalNC, Caswell County: http://www.digitalnc.org/counties/caswell-county/


North Carolina Digital Collections (explore by place, time period, format): https://digital.ncdcr.gov/


Image credits:


Rudersdorf, Amy. 2010. "NC County Maps." Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.

Origin - location: 

Comments

Hello,
I have been searching for a family grave in Caswell County, NC of William Bryant Sargent at died in 11 Feb 1768. I hope you would be willing to help me located his grave site.
Thank you,
Ron

Ron,
I found this question from you while researching the Sargent family tree of my brother in law, Harry Sargent. William Bryant Sargent was Harry’s fifth great grandfather. I was wondering if you found his grave site and what other information you may have about him. Harry lives in Kentucky and I’m trying to figure out the first Sargent to go to Kentucky. Anything you can help me with would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
Jim Owens
Charlotte NC

Dear Sir;
There is a Sargent Cem located in Providence,NC approx 3/10th of a mile from Providence Bapt Church on the Walter’s Mill Rd. It can be seen from the road,grown up ,but iron fence intact. Get permission from the current land owner Mr Wayne Poteat since it is adjoins his property. (beside his house)The Sargent home house stood until a fire in the late 1970’s pretty much gutted it,then Mr. Norman Poteat had the brick Torn down and sold.Hope this helps.

Thank you so much for taking the time to contact NCpedia! I submitted your question to our reference team. They should be reaching out to you soon. You can also contact us at: https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/contact

Best wishes, 
Kelly Eubank

Government and Heritage Library

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