Most of the information contained in this timeline refers to what is now Mecklenburg County and areas immediately adjacent to the county. Some information on the Love family of Cabarrus County and Union County is included for comparison. There is also a Samuel F. Love, an attorney who appears for a time in the town of Charlotte. Not included is information on the line of Andrew Love of Gaston Co., North Carolina.
If I have been able to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty the location of noted events, I have included the locations as abbreviations preceding the event, as listed below.
CT = Charlotte Town
PC = Paw Creek township, western Mecklenburg County
RR = Rocky River area, southeastern Cabarrus & northwestern Union Counties
SC = Steele Creek township, southwestern Mecklenburg County
A list of sources is included at the end of the timeline. Abbreviations in brackets at the end of each event in the timeline refer to these sources.
Mecklenburg County, NC Timeline
+The first white settlers begin to arrive in the area. They are mostly Presbyterian. At this early period, the area is included in Bladen County.
+RR. A settlement is established in what is today the Rocky River community of Cabarrus County.
+Anson County is formed from the western part of Bladen County and includes what is now Mecklenburg County.
+RR. A Presbyterian congregation is organized at Rocky Riverin what is now Cabarrus County.
+CT. Thomas Polk arrives and builds his house near the crossing of two Indian trading paths. Today, this crossing is the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets, "The Square" at the center of the city of Charlotte.