Bertie County, North Carolina

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Bertie County (pronounced bur-TEE, with the emphasis on the second syllable) is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 19,773. Its county seat is Windsor.[1]



The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River. It was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

In 1729 parts of Bertie Precinct, Chowan Precinct, Currituck Precinct, and Pasquotank Precinct of Albemarle County were combined to form Tyrrell Precinct. With the abolition of Albemarle County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties. In 1741 parts of Bertie County became Edgecombe County and Northampton County. Finally, in 1759 parts of Bertie County, Chowan County, and Northampton County were combined to form Hertford County, and Bertie was reduced to its present size.

Law and government

Bertie County is a member of the Mid-East Commission regional council of governments.

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