Place:Botetourt, Virginia, United States

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Botetourt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,148. Its county seat is Fincastle.

Botetourt County is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and located in the Roanoke Region of Virginia.

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History

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Botetourt County was established in 1770 from Augusta County. The county is named for Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, more commonly known as Lord Botetourt (1718–1770), who was a popular governor of the Virginia Colony from 1768 to 1770, when he died suddenly while in office.

In the 1770s, when Virginia claimed most of the Northwest Territory which would later form all or part of six states, the land was initially divided between Botetourt and Augusta Counties. The territory that would eventually become the state of Kentucky was quickly removed from Botetourt, however, and became Fincastle County in 1772 and then Kentucky County in 1776.

Botetourt County is a part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the southern parts of the county have become increasingly suburban in recent decades. Much of the area's former farmland and orchards have been developed into residential subdivisions and businesses.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1770 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1770 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1770 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1770 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1770 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1853 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 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 10,524
1800 10,427
1810 13,301
1820 13,589
1830 16,354
1840 11,679
1850 14,908
1860 11,516
1870 11,329
1880 14,809
1890 14,854
1900 17,161
1910 17,727
1920 16,557
1930 15,457
1940 16,447
1950 15,766
1960 16,715
1970 18,193
1980 23,270
1990 24,992

Note: Botetourt's 1860 census boundaries were essentially the same as those of 1890-1990. See also note 22.

Evolution of the County

Following its creation in 1770 until the establishment of its final boundaries in 1851, Botetourt county was repeatedly subdivided into successively finer polities. The evolution of these polities is presented at Rootsweb, and is based on Source:Doran, 1987

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