Yes, indeed, Ann...Salisbury was the County Seat of ROWAN County, North Carolina, YET in the 1800 Census for STOKES COUNTY, N.C. was listed "SALISBURY TOWNSHIP". It didn't seem right that one State would have 2 towns by the same name...and of course MATTHEW BOLEYPAW was in that Stokes Census. So...did he live in the southern part of Stokes to be closer to where the other Boleypaw man lived down in Rowan County?
By phone today, the Head of the Genealogy Dept of the Rowan Public Library explained that in 1775 there were "6" MILITARY DISTRICTS in the STATE of North Carolina, and SALISBURY was the name of one of those Districts. (To be clear, this was not just a town by the name of Salisbury, but was a DISTRICT or TOWNSHIP.)
She went on to say that per the "North Carolina Gazetteer", by Wm. S. Powell, at the time of the 1790 U.S.Census, there existed a SALISBURY DISTRICT, which was composed of Eight (8)counties...ROWAN and STOKES were among those 8 counties!
So as suspected ...this District (or Township) was still in existence at time of the 1800 Census.
It is quite possible, that where NICHOLAS BOLEBOH lived in Rowan CO at time of the 1800 Census, was up towards STOKES CO. I think those men named previously here in a Post, were all related and probably lived 5 to 10 to 15 miles apart. If we can track them, we'll find more on Matthew's family.
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