New Norfolk County was created in 1636, then eliminated by division into Upper Norfolk County and Lower Norfolk County in 1637
Source: Newberry Library, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
In 1637, the House of Burgesses divided New Norfolk County into Upper Norfolk County and Lower Norfolk County.
In 1646, Upper Norfolk County was renamed Nansemond County. That jurisdiction became the City of Nansemond in 1972, but it lasted as an independent city for only two years. The City of Nansemond became part of the City of Suffolk in 1974.
Lower Norfolk County included the land that is now part of the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach. It was split in 1691, to create Norfolk County in the west and Princess Anne County in the east.
Norfolk County disappeared in 1963, when it became part of the City of Chesapeake.1
the ancestors of Governor Mills Godwin lived in Lower Norfolk County in the 1630's
Source: University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Plan of Princess Ann and Norfolk counties (c.1781)