Place:Accomack, Virginia, United States

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NameAccomack
Alt namesAccomacksource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates37.75°N 75.667°W
Located inVirginia, United States     (1634 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Accomack County, formerly Accomac Shire, is a U.S. county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,164. Its county seat is Accomac.

Accomack and Northampton counties comprise the Eastern Shore of Virginia, part of the Delmarva Peninsula.

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History

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An English expedition landed in the region in 1603, some years before the Jamestown Colony. Captain John Smith visited again in 1608. The native Accawmacke nation numbered around 2000, and were governed by a paramount chief Debedeavon, also known as "The Laughing King". He became a staunch ally to the English, and bestowed them several large land grants within his dwindling territory.

Accomac Shire was established in 1634 as one of the original eight shires of Virginia. The shire's name comes from the Native American word Accawmack, meaning "on the other side". In 1642 the name was changed to Northampton by the English, to eliminate heathen names in the New World. Northampton was split into two counties in 1663. The northern section assumed the original Accomac name, the southern, Northampton. In 1940, the General Assembly officially added a "k" to the end of the county's name to arrive at its current spelling. The name of "Accomack County" first appeared in the Decisions of the United States Board on Geographical Names in 1943.

The first Sheriff in the United States, William Stone, was appointed to serve Accomack County in 1634.

In 1670, the Virginia Colony's Royal Governor William Berkeley abolished Accomac County, but the Virginia General Assembly re-created it in 1671.

Unlike most of Virginia, during the Civil War, the county was not under Confederate control, but held by the forces of the United States government.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1634 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1790 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 13,959
1800 15,693
1810 15,743
1820 15,966
1830 16,656
1840 17,096
1850 17,890
1860 18,586
1870 20,409
1880 24,408
1890 27,277
1900 32,570
1910 36,650
1920 34,795
1930 35,854
1940 33,030
1950 33,832
1960 30,635
1970 29,004
1980 31,268
1990 31,703

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