Norfolk and Princess Anne County (1691–1963)

“Beginning at the new inlet of Little Creeke, and so up the said Creeke to the dams between Jacob Johnson and Richard Drout, and so out of the said dams up a branch, the head of which branch lyeth between the dwelling house of William Moseley, senr. and the new dwelling house of Edward Webb, and so to run from the head of the said branch on a direct line to the dams at the head of the Eastern branch of Elizabeth river, the which dams lie between James Kemp and Thomas Ivy, and so down the said branch to the mouth of a small branch or gutt that divides the land which Mr. John Porter now lives on, from the land he formerly lived on, and so up the said small branch according to the bounds of the said plantation where the said Porter now liveth, and from thence to the great swamp, that lyeth on the East side of John Showlands, and so along the said great swamp to the North river of Corotucke, and down the said North river to the mouth of Simpsons creeke, and so up the said creeke to the head thereof, and from thence by a south line to the bounds of Carolina, and that this devision shall be, and remaine the bounds between the said two counties, which shall hereafter be, and be held, deemed and taken as and for two intire and distinct counties, each of which shall have, use and enjoy all the liberties, priviledges and advantages of any other county of this colony to all intents and purposes whatsoever, and that the uppermost of the said two counties, in which Elizabeth river and the branches thereof are included, doe retain and be ever hereafter called and known by the name of Norfolk countie, and that the other of the said two counties be called and known by the name of Princess Ann County.” April 1691 session.

William Waller Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature in the Year 1619 ([Charlottesville: Published for the Jamestown Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia by the University Press of Virginia, 1969), 3:95.

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