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Person County

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LAND AREA: 392.31 square miles
POPULATION:
39,464
White: 26,968
Black/African American: 10,646
American Indian: 266
Asian: 116
Pacific Islander: 4
Other: 868
Two or more races: 596
Hispanic/Latino: 1,593 (of any race)

From the 2010 Census, US Census Bureau.

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Geographic Information

REGION: Piedmont
RIVER BASIN: Neuse, Roanoke, Tar-Pamlico
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES: Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange

Person County NC

by Jay Mazzocchi, 2006

Person County, located in the Piedmont region of northern North Carolina, was formed in 1791 from Caswell County and named for Revolutionary War general Thomas Person. It is partially bordered by the state of Virginia. Early inhabitants of the area included the Occaneechi Indians, followed by English and German settlers. The county seat, Roxboro, was incorporated in 1855 and named for the town of Roxburgh, Scotland. Person County's other communities include Hurdle Mills, Gordonton, Bushy Fork, Brooksdale, Moriah, Bethel Hill, and Concord. Notable physical features of the county include Hyco Lake, constructed by Carolina Power & Light Company in the early 1960s as a cooling reservoir for a steam electric-generating plant, Flat River, Castle Creek, and the Tar River.

Person County historic sites include Webb House, built in the early 1800s, and Hall House, built ca. 1900 and considered the oldest brick house in Roxboro. Cultural institutions include the Roxboro Little Theatre, the Person County Museum of History, the Person Players, Timberlake Art Gallery, and the Person County Nature Society. Person County hosts several annual events and festivals, including the Person County Agricultural Fair, the Person-ality Festival, and Pops in Person.

Agricultural crops grown in Person County include tobacco, wheat, corn, and soybeans. Manufactured products include parachutes, aluminum siding, textiles, and auto parts. Minerals such as pyrite, limonite, kyanite, malachite, and azurite are mined in the county. In 2004 Person County's population was estimated to be 37,000.

References:

Stuart T. Wright, Historical Sketch of Person County (1974).

Additional resources:

Person County Government: http://www.personcounty.net

Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development: http://roxboronc.com/

Image credits:

User submitted images, Flickr. (How you may contribute).

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

Comments

Greetings,

My great Grandmother name was Clarine Mitchell b in Durham or Woodsdale, NC about 1898-1900. She left there and moved to Portsmouth, VA in her mid teens. SHe didn't know her mother who died when she was a baby and we don't have a name. Her father name was Crute Mitchell( not sure if Crute is a nickname or middle name). Need help in finding out about her family. I am trying to find out who her mother was ( the family is African American)

Thank you
Bethany Perry

Dear Ms. Perry,

Thank you for taking the time to post your question to NCpedia. I just sent you an email to connect you wtih Genealogical Services at the NC Government & Heritage Library. Their contact information may be found at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/contact.html. Someone will follow up with you soon on your inquiry.

Good luck in your research!

Michelle Underhill, Digital Information Management Program, NC Government & Heritage Library

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