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Davie County, North Carolina


Farmington is an unincorporated town in Davie County, NC.

Beginnings [1]

The Bryans, who came to North Carolina from New Garden, a Quaker community in Chester County, Pennsylvania, moved to the Yadkin River's west side in the early 1750s. Morgan Bryan and his sons Morgan Jr., William, Samuel, James, John, Joseph, and Thomas acquired substantial amounts of land throughout the Piedmont, including approximately five thousand acres in what would become northeastern Davie County, then known as the Bryan Settlement. Other Pennsylvania Quakers and Bryan family acquaintances such as Jonathan Boone, who married Salisbury founder James Carter's daughter Mary and established a farm southeast of the Bryans, migrated to the area at about the same time. A ford at the confluence of the Yadkin and South Yadkin rivers was named after him. Jonathan's father, Squire Boone, and his brother Daniel soon followed, and, like other early settlers, supplemented their farm production by hunting, fishing, and trapping. Daniel married Joseph Bryan's daughter Rebecca in 1756 and, according to local tradition, the couple's first home was about two miles from present-day Farmington.

  1. Heather Fearnbach, Fearnbach History Services, Inc., Farmington Historic District, Davie County, NC, nomination document, 2010, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.