Hope this helps...and the short answer is yes it is now Wilmington.
According to the reference book, The Formation of the North Carolina Counties 1663-1943 by David Leroy Corbitt Wilmington, NC has been a part of New Hanover County since it was formed in 1729 from Craven County. "It is in the southeastern section of the State and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Fear River and Brunswick and Pender Counties. The present area is 194 square miles. NEW TOWN or NEWTON was its first county seat. It was changed to Wilmington in 1739." "Craven was first called Archdale, the name being changed about 1712." Hope these bits of information help. Prior to 1740 the map shows open area in that part of the state with only Bath, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Currituck(northeastern NC)as counties.
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