Edgecombe County was founded in 1741 from portions of Bertie County. The county was so vast in size that in 1746 a portion of Edgecombe county became known as Granville County. In 1758 another portion became Halifax County. Yet again in 1777 the county was considered to be too vast, therefore another portion was removed and became Nash County. The last revision of the county took place in 1855 reducing its size to what it is today. The county seat of Edgecombe County is Tarboro.
Edgecombe was awarded its name from Richard Edgcumbe who was a member of parliament from 1701 to 1742, the 1st Baron Edgcumbe in 1742. Richard was also a Lord High Treasurer and Paymaster General for Ireland.
Edgecombe County covers an area of 507 square miles. History shows that Edgecombe County was the home of the Tuscarora Indians, and today there are many descendants of the tribesman still living in certain areas of the county.
The county is made up of several cities and towns which include Conetoe, Houseville, Leggett, MacClesfield, Pinetops, Princeville, Rocky Mount, Sharpsburg, Speed,Tarboro and Whitakers
Among several prominent people that have been born in Edgecombe County when you look at historical records are Duncan Lamont Clinch who was born at Ard-Lamont in 1787, and who became an American Army officer in the First and Second Seminole Wars. Daisy Pender, who later became a Major General in the Confederate Army, was born at Pender’s Crossroads in 1834