History and images have been compiled from various sources including, among others, the 1987 National Register of Historic Places, Stack & Beasley's 1902 Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Union County Public Library (Patricia Poland, Genealogy & Local History Librarian), the Heritage Room Photo Collection, North Carolina Map Collection, Rootsweb - An Ancestry.com Community and Ancestry.com family histories.

UNION COUNTY FORMED IN 1842

1841 MAP
1850 MAP
Union County Townships
In 1902, Stack and Beasley wrote in Sketches of Monroe and Union County:

"The territory now embraced by Union County has at different times been part of New Hanover, Bladen, Anson and Mecklenburg counties. The old line between Mecklenburg and Anson ran some two miles east of Monroe. Thus Union has a part in the history of each--the Anson Regulators and the Mecklenburg signers.

"At the centennial in Charlotte in 1875 there was present a citizen of Union County who was then considerably over one hundred years of age, and had as a lad been present at the signing of the famous Declaration on May 20th, 1775.

"This county has the honor of having given President Andrew Jackson to the nation. Where his parents lived, some miles west of Monroe, is well known, as is also the place of his birth in Jackson township--named for him--in this county. Union County was "erected" as the statute puts it, in 1842.

"The magistrates in the territory of the new county were instructed to meet and form a county government, which they did on the first Monday in April, 1843, at La Batt's crossroads (old Tindel place.)

"There being a dispute between the Whigs and Democrats as to whether the county should be named Clay or Jackson, the word Union was suggested and adopted as a compromise and because the new county was created from parts of two others."

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