NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA = 1634 Original Shire (prior to 1642 was called ACCAWMACK)
lays below Accomack Co, VA  now, which
lays below DORCESTER, MD
lays on two bays/rivers of water
lays across the bay/river from ISLE OF WIGHT, GLOUCESTER, MIDDLESEX, HAMPTON CO'S VA, which lays above  Northampton , Chowan CO'[s  NC now,
(where we have proven our earlier NC SELLERS)
and above the counties of CURRITUCK, CAMDEN, PASQUOTANK CO'S NC  (extreme ne corner of NC now)


Captain John Smith first explored the peninsula in 1608. English colonists lived here briefly in 1614 for the purpose of salt extraction. Originally this county, formed in 1634., as one of the eight original shires, had been named Accomacke -- meaning "across the water place". But in later years, after hostilites with the Natives, the thinking within the colony was to purge all Indian names. So in 1643, Northampton County, named after the county in Great Britain, was created by the General Assembly in the Colony of Virginia.

By 1661, enough English settlers travelling long distances to the monthly courts to justify dividing Northampton into two counties. The southern half retained the name of Northampton, and the northern half adopted the old name of Accomac.

On one side of Northampton County is the Atlantic Ocean, on the other side is the Chesapeake Bay. The county seat is Eastville, and has been so since 1715. Court records dating from 1632 are housed there; they are the oldest continual records in the United States and, if you go to Eastville, you may view them!


CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS AND GRANTS 1623-1666
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CAPT. JOHN SAVADGE (Savage)
9000 acs. N'ampton Co., 2 OCT, 1664, P. 401 (461). Bounded on W. by Chespiack Bay, E. by the seaboard side, S. by Cherristones Cr., formerly called Accomacke Cr. the maine branch thereof &c. & on N. by Savadges Cr. formerly called Wiscoponson &c. Granted 21 Nov. 1637, & due for trans. of 122 pers. & trans. of 58 pers. & granted to Col. Jno. Stringer 13 Mar. 1661 ^ by sd. Stringer & Ann his wife assigned to sd. Capt. Jno Savage 11 Aug 1663 & by them acknowledged in open court the 28 Apr. 1664.
Robt Sollers and others.



LAND OFFICE PATENTS AND GRANTS-SAVAGE
CAPTN JOHN SAVAGE   Oct 8, 1673
NORTHAMPTON CO
9000a, Bounded on the west by the Bay of Chisepiack on the East by the main  Ocean on the South by
Cherryston creek, formerly called Accomack creek the main branch thereof.
Patents 6, p. 495