Wilkes County

Wilkes County was born in 1777 from the District of Washington and Surry County and was finalized in 1778. It was “named in honor of of John Wilkes who was a violent opponent of the Tory party in England.” (Source: The Formation of North Counties, 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt). This county has undergone numerous border changes since its inception.  Refer to Corbitt’s book previously noted here for border changes during the era you’re researching.


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