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Bute County, North Carolina

Bute County is a former county located in the state of North Carolina. It was formed on June 10, 1764 from the eastern part of Granville County by the Province of North Carolina General Assembly. It was named for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1762 to 1763. In 1779 Bute County was divided into Franklin County and Warren County, and ceased to exist.


A portion of John Collet's 1770 map of North Carolina depicting the environs of Bute County

The county was formed in order to bring the residents of the eastern half of Granville County with improved access to local government, particularly those residing in St. John's Parish. Bute County was expanded in 1766 to include the northwest part of Northampton County.[1]

The residents of Bute County were very much opposed to British rule. When governor William Tryon called for troops to counter the Regulator Movement in 1768, his orders were ignored by the Bute County militia. In the 1770s, it was claimed that "There were no Tories in Bute".[1]

After the Provincial Congress of 1775 and 1776, an act was proposed to divide Bute County. After more than two years of discussion, Bute County was divided on January 20, 1779, generally along the Shocco Creek, with Warren County in the north and Franklin County to the south.[1]

The Bute County courthouse was located Buffalo Rice Path, on land owned by Jethro Sumner. This location is about six miles southeast of Warrenton, North Carolina. There was one other town in Bute County, a town without a post office called Littleton. Most of the records of Bute county are located in Warren County.[2]

Notable citizens of Bute County included: Jethro Sumner, Colonel William Person, and General Thomas Eaton

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  1. ^ a b c Hill, Michael (2008). "Bute County, NCPedia".
  2. ^ Soloman, Winona (2002). "Bute County, North Carolina on NCGENWEB". Retrieved March 19, 2019.

Coordinates: 36°19′34″N 78°12′47″W / 36.326°N 78.213°W / 36.326; -78.213