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Duplin County History Duplin County was created from the northern part of New Hanover County by the General Assembly in New Bern on March 17 1749 At that time the bounds of Duplin County included what was to become Sampson County The county was named in honor of Sir Thomas Hays Lord Dupplin who served on the board of Trade and Plantations for the Crown in the 1740s At the time the county was created there was an effort made in the Assembly to name this new county Donegal Apparently this effort was in recognition of the areas early settlers from Northern Ireland The earliest immigrants to this area were the Welsh from New Castle on Delaware in the early 1700s They were soon followed by German Palatines and Swiss in the 1730s and 1740s who had originally settled with Baron Christopher von Graffenrieds 1709 settlements in New Bern The Scotch-Irish arrived in 1736 from Ulster Northern Ireland with Henry McCulloch and a wealthy London merchant to settle on a rich and fertile 711 60-acre land grant to him from the British Crown The French Huguenots and English who migrated from Virginia along with Scottish Highlanders who came from the upper Cape Fear region also were among the earliest settlers to the area The early settlements were primarily along the river and larger creeks as these were the best means of transportation in the early beginnings of the county Henry McCulloch who had transported Ulster Scots and Swiss Protestants to settle this area established several settlements One on the east bank of the Northeast Cape Fear River named Sarecta became Dublins first incorporated town in 1787 Another settlement was established on the West Side of the river on Goshen Swamp and a third at a place referred to as Golden Grove later to become the town of Kenansville These early settlers were primarily Presbyterians and they established the Goshen congregation in 1736 Later
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