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Davie was formed in 1836 from Rowan. It was named in honor of William Richardson Davie, a distinguished Revolutionary soldier, a member of the Federal Convention of 1787, governor of North Carolina, special envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to France, and one of the founders of the University of North Carolina. It is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Davidson, Rowan, Iredell, Yadkin, and Forsyth counties. The present area is 264 square miles .... In 1837 the court was ordered to be held at Mocksville. Mocksville, incorporated in 1839, is the county seat.

..., beginning at the junction of the North and South Yadkin rivers; thence up the South Yadkin river, to the Iredell county line; and all that part of the present county of Rowan, lying and being north of said river, shall hereafter constitute a separate and distinct county, to be called and known by the name of Davie, in honor of the revolutionary patriot, William R. Davie; ....

In 1925 an act to make certain and define the boundary line between Davie and Forsyth was passed.

That the Yadkin River be and the same is hereby made, fixed and designated as the true and correct boundary line between the counties of Davie and Forsyth.

above quoted from The Formation of the North Carolina Counties 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt; published by NC Department of Cultural Resources; pages 88-89.

Parent County

1836--Davie County was created 20 December 1836 from Rowan County.
County seat: Mocksville [1]




Daniel Boone’s Parents
John Stokes
Hinton R. Helper
Cooleemee Plantation
Cokesbury School
Boone Tract
Hugh T. Lefler


Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

See list at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/PopulatedPlaces.pdf

Townships as listed in the US Census, 1790-1930, see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/CensusTownships.pdf

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records at Davie County Public Library, Index

See http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/bibleindex.pdf

Branson's North Carolina Business Directories

See http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/ and look for topic under "Other Links".


List of books about Davie County found in the Martin-Wall History Room

See http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/daviebooks.pdf

Books for sale http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/sales.pdf


For a list of cemeteries and directions for finding them, see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/Cemeteries.pdf

Index to persons in cemetery book 1 is at http://www.library.daviecounty.org/information/Cemetery1Rev.pdf
Index to persons in cemetery book 2 is at http://www.library.daviecounty.org/information/Cemetery%20Book%202Rev.pdf



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

Guardian Accounts, Davie County, 1846 through 1859,

see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/guardian.pdf

Apprentice Bonds, Davie County, 1829 through 1859,

see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/apprenticebonds.pdf



See http://www.digitalnc.org/counties/davie-county


Land records are at the courthouse annex across the street from the courthouse on Main Street in Mocksville.

Register of Deeds records are online at www.daviencrod.org

Local Histories

Davie County: A Brief History by James W. Wall

Davie County Heritage

The Historic Architecture of Davie County by Kirk Franklin Mohney, indexed by surname

These books can be ordered.  See www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/sales.pdf


For sale from the Davie County Genealogical Society:

Hughes Historical
1887 Alderman

1923 Merrell

Communities in Davie County are listed in the Local History Directory, Pgs. 7-8

Maps for Davie County from the UNC Digital Map Collection


The War Memorial on the Square pays tribute to those who died in World War I, Vietnam War, World War II, Korean War, in Beirut, and the Civil War.  It was dedicated November 7, 1987.  For a list of names see http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/WarMonument.pdf

The Civil War Roster of Davie County, North Carolina by Mary Alice Miller Hasty and Hazel Miller Winfree has just been published by McFarland.  This book contains family history, military history, and burial places for 1,147 men who served in the Confederate Army.  To order, NC residents send $64.26 and non-residents of NC send $60.00 (includes tax and shipping) to M and M Books, 105 East Brick Walk Court, Mocksville NC 27028. 


Davie Record, 1899 - 1956

Mocksville Herald, January 4, 1912 - December 26, 1912

Mocksville Enterprise, January 5, 1922 - March 27, 1924

Davie County Enterprise-Record, 1922 - present

Cooleemee: Erwin Chatter Nov 1944 - March 1954; Cooleemee Journal July 1, 1965 - June 27, 1971

These newspapers can be searched on microfilm at the Davie County Public Library History Room.



Vital Records

See Web Site below for Family History Library Catalog.

Societies and Libraries 

Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 7 pm in the History Room of Davie County Public Library, 371 North Main Street, Mocksville, North Carolina 27028.  Their Web site is http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ncdavhgs/.  This web site describes the organization, dues, items for sale, quarterly newsletters and programs.

Davie County Public Library History Room is available for your use.  See street address above.  http://www.library.daviecounty.org/information/history.php

Cooleemee Historical Association, 14 Church Street, Cooleemee, North Carolina has a museum depicting the history of this cotton mill town.  www.TextileHeritage.org; click on "Cooleemee" at top of screen.

Web Sites



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