Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

I just found a wonderful site, with interactive historical county maps, where you can see how county boundaries have changed over time. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a wonderful tool for genealogists! My ROORK ancestors lived in the border areas of North Carolina and Tennessee around 1790 into the early 1800’s and with this tool I can see what the counties looked like in 1790, 1795 and 1796 for example. I am hoping this will help me to determine where exactly my 4th Great-Grandfather Samuel Thomas ROORK was born.  According to census records he was born in North Carolina in approximately 1795 and his brother Thomas was born in Blount County, Tennessee on 15 Jun 1796. I am speculating that they had just moved over the border into Tennessee after Samuel’s birth in North Carolina, by looking at the maps I can see that Buncombe and Burke Counties in North Carolina were closest to Blount County in Tennessee. 🙂


About Teresa Hamilton/Pepper Rust

Married to Brad Rust for 41 years. Mother of two lads and two lasses and the gran of Aidan and Jacob Wesley. My current hobbies are family history research and blogging. I love reading, especially history, and British 18th and 19th Century literature. I really like traveling and look forward to new travel adventures!
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2 Responses to Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

  1. Teresa says:

    Hi! I’m trying to get started again on this genealogy stuff… As I was looking at my information gathered earlier I noticed that my information on Samuel Thomas Roork was incomplete. I have him being born 1795 in Virginia, and lived in Meigs Co, and Carroll Co, TN and Carroll Co, Arkansas. He was married to Tabitha Sarah Phillips on 6 Sept 1816. I have no other information on Tabitha… does anyone else? I also saw that they had 8 children and I only have one son confirmed (John M Roork 1828) Who were the other children?… (besides Thomas Henry Roork 1835, who is in my line.) Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • Hi, Teresa! How are you doing? The last we talked you were getting ready to go to Ireland for a visit.

      I started gathering my facts about the Roork family from M. Marie Taylor’s Compilation of family group sheets which she published in 1991. I have also traced the family in the US Census Records in Arkansas for 1850 and 1860 in Carroll County and 1870, 1880, and 1900 in Boone County.

      I have the following children listed:
      John M. Roork 1816
      Mary Ann Roork 1828
      Abner Roork 1830
      James W. Roork 1831
      Thomas Henry Roork 1835
      Nancy E. Roork 1841

      We have pretty good paper records back through John M. Roork. It was linking to Samuel Thomas Roork that was tentative until we submitted a DNA sample to Family Tree DNA which showed we had a PERFECT match with the descendants of Thomas Roork of Ireland, the father of Samuel Thomas Roork. My third Great Grandfather John M. Roork named his son Samuel Thomas Roork, obviously in honor of his father. 🙂

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