Fanning's Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States.... (New York: Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1853), 246.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, situated in the south part of North Carolina, with Cape Fear river on the southwest, and the Atlantic on the southeast. Area, 995 square miles. Face of the country, level, and along the coast marshy. Seat of justice, Wilmington. Pop. in 1810, 11,465; in 1820, 10,866; in 1830, 10,759; in 1840, 13,312; in 1850, 17,668.