Accomack County Virginia
American History & Genealogy

County Description - 1843

*Accomack County, Virginia is situated on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay; and, with Northampton County on the south, it constitutes the "eastern shore of Virginia." It contains 480 square miles, and considerable fertile land. The soil is mostly sandy, and there are several islands belonging to it, in Chesapeake Bay. On the north west is a large branch of the Chesapeake, denominated Pocomoke Bay. It is divided into 2 Parishes, Accomac parish, and St. George's parish. There were in 1840, neat cattle 13,376, sheep 10,251, swine 20,549; wheat 14,479 bushels produced, Indian corn 642,682, oats 453,137, potatoes 113,311; cotton 4,251 pounds; 47 stores with capital of $125,059; 1 lumber yard, with capital of $1,000; 6 tanneries, 49 grist mills, 1 oil mill. Capital in manufactures $72,921. 26 schools with 751 scholars. Population: 1830, 19,656; 1840, whites 9,518, slaves 4,630, free colored 2,818; total 17,096.

*Source: A Complete Descriptive And Statistical Gazetteer Of The United States Of America, By Daniel Haskel, A. M and J. Calvin Smith, Published By Sherman & Smith, 1843.


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