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Elizabeth City (Virginia Company)


Elizabeth City (Virginia Company)

Elizabeth City (or Elizabeth Cittie as it was then called) was one of four incorporations established in the

  1. ^ a b Foley, Louise Pledge Heath (1978, 2002 reprint). Early Families Along the James River, p. vi. Genealogical Publishing Co.
  2. ^ Long, Charles M. (1908). Virginia County Names: Two Hundred and Seventy Years of Virginia History, p. 31. The Neale Publishing Company.
  3. ^ Chapman, Blanche Adams (1941, 1980 reprint). Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County, Virginia, 1688-1800, preface. Genealogical Publishing Co.


In 1634, under the authority of Charles I of England, Virginia was divided into eight counties, or shires.[2] One of them was Elizabeth City Shire, later Elizabeth City County. Elizabeth City County existed until 1952, when it was incorporated as the independent city of Hampton, Virginia.[3]

The plantations and developments were divided into four political divisions, called "incorporations", "burroughs", or "cities". These were James City, Charles City, Henrico City, and Kiccowtan or Kecoughtan (later Elizabeth City).[1] Each of the four "citties" (sic) extended across the James River, the main conduit of transportation of the era.


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