North Carolina-Lincoln County-July 6

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 6

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1779 Lincoln County was formed from what is now a defunct county called Tryon County. It would not be the last time Lincoln County went thru geographical border changes.  In 1782 a part of Burke county was annexed and added to Lincoln. In 1841 parts of Lincoln County and Rutherford County were annexed to form Cleveland County. In 1842 it happened again for Lincoln County where the northern third of the county became Catawba County. In 1846 the southern third of what is left of Lincoln becomes Gaston County. All those land grabs from Lincoln caused its population to go from 25,000 in 1840 to 7,000 in 1850.

Lincoln County borders today outlined in red.


Lincoln County is not named for Abraham Lincoln but rather Benjamin Lincoln. It seems to be a trend in North Carolina that counties got names after people who often were not from North Carolina. Benjamin Lincoln was born in Massachusetts and was a Revolutionary War General.

General Benjamin Lincoln born 1733 in Hingham Mass. and died 1810 in Hingham.


After the Revolutionary War he served as the country’s first Secretary of War from 1779-1781. Over time the Secretary of War has been replaced on the President’s Cabinet by the Secretary of Defense.




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