North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 3
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.
Wayne County as formed in 1779 from the western part of now defunct Dobbs County. Map of Wayne County outlined in red on map below.
Dobbs County is a former county located in the state of North Carolina. It was formed in 1758 from Johnston County, though the legislative act that created it did not become effective until April 10, 1759. It was named for Arthur Dobbs, Governor of North Carolina from 1754 to 1765.
In 1779 the western part of Dobbs County became Wayne County, and the county seat was moved from its original location on Walnut Creek to the town of Kingston, which was renamed Kinston in 1784. In 1791 Dobbs County was divided into Glasgow County (later renamed Greene County) and Lenoir County, and ceased to exist.
Wayne County is named after “Mad Anthony” Wayne, one of George Washington’s most trusted generals, who earned the nickname because his courage.
Wayne County’s seat Waynesborough, which no longer exists, was established in 1787 on Andrew Bass’s land. In 1850, the county seat moved to Goldsboro, North Carolina. Other prominent locations include Mount Olive, Walnut Creek, Seven Springs, Eureka, Pikesville, Dobbersville, and Dudley. As of 2010, Wayne County was the home of about 123,000 people