Place:Essex, Virginia, United States

NameEssex
Alt namesEssexsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Old Rappahannocksource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCounty
Coordinates37.95°N 76.95°W
Located inVirginia, United States     (1692 - )
See alsoSouth Farnham, Essex, Virginia
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Essex County is a county located in the Middle Peninsula in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,151. Its county seat is Tappahannock.

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History

'Old' Rappahannock County was formed from Lancaster County on 11 December 1656. It functioned as a county until 1692, when it was abolished and split into Essex County and Richmond County. At the same time, Farnham Parish was divided into North Farnham Parish (Richmond County) and South Farnham Parish (Essex County.) The Rappahannock County records were retained by Essex County. The main reason for the division was the physical separation of the two jurisdictions by the Rappahannock River.

An anomaly of this division was that the parent county, and its court, were abolished entirely and substituted by two new counties and two new parishes.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1692 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1692 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1692 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1692 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
1790 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1804 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1853 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 9,122
1800 9,508
1810 9,376
1820 9,909
1830 10,521
1840 11,309
1850 10,206
1860 10,469
1870 9,927
1880 11,032
1890 10,047
1900 9,701
1910 9,105
1920 8,542
1930 6,976
1940 7,006
1950 6,530
1960 6,690
1970 7,099
1980 8,864
1990 8,689

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