Place:Lee, Virginia, United States

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Description

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Lee County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,587. Its county seat is Jonesville. Lee County is the westernmost county in Virginia.

History

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The first Europeans to enter what is present-day Lee County were a party of Spanish explorers, Juan de Villalobos and Francisco de Silvera, sent by Hernando de Soto in 1540, in search of gold.

The county was formed in 1793 from Russell County. It was named for Light Horse Harry Lee, the Governor of Virginia from 1791 to 1794, who was known as "Light Horse Harry" for his exploits as a leader of light troops in the American Revolutionary War. He was the father of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The days surrounding its founding was a tough time for Americans and Native Americans. Lee County was the final front on the Kentucky Trace this has become known as the Wilderness Road and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. During the 1780s and 90s Forts or Stations were put into place to aid in protecting travelers seeking to follow in Daniel Boone's footsteps to the new Kentucky Territory. Stations (or Forts) during that time were: Far Eastern Lee County Yoakum Station, present day Dryden, Va, westward to Powell River and Station Creek Rocky Station, then to Mump's Fort present day Jonesville, Va, Prist Station, Chadwell Station present day Chadwell Gap, Va, Martin's Station present day Rose Hill, Va, Owen Station present day Ewing, Va, then lastly Gibson Station which still holds its name.

Among the largest early landowners in the county was Revolutionary War officer and explorer Joseph Martin, for whom Martin's Station and Martin's Creek at Rose Hill are named, and who was awarded some in the county, which he later sold. Martin was among the earliest explorers of the region.

In 1814, parts of Lee County, Russell County, and Washington County were combined to form Scott County. In 1856, parts of Lee County, Russell County, and Scott County were combined to form Wise County, Virginia.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1793 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1793 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1793 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1800 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1808 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 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
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
1800 3,538
1810 4,694
1820 4,256
1830 6,461
1840 8,441
1850 10,267
1860 11,032
1870 13,268
1880 15,116
1890 18,216
1900 19,856
1910 23,840
1920 25,293
1930 30,419
1940 39,296
1950 36,106
1960 25,824
1970 20,321
1980 25,956
1990 24,496

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