Place:Loudoun, Virginia, United States

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NameLoudoun
Alt namesLoudonsource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Loudounsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates39.083°N 77.65°W
Located inVirginia, United States     (1757 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Loudoun County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 312,311. making it the fourth-most populous county in Virginia, in 2013, the population was estimated to be 347,969, making it the third-most populous (surpassing Chesterfield County). Its county seat is Leesburg. As of 2007, the town had been county seat for 249 of the last 250 years.

Loudoun county is included in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

, Loudoun County has the highest median household income of any county in the United States ($107,207), beating neighboring Fairfax County, Virginia ($105,241). The two counties have been trading places as the highest-income county in the United States in recent years.

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History

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Loudoun County was established in 1757 from Fairfax County. The county is named for John Campbell, Fourth Earl of Loudoun and Governor General of Virginia from 1756–59.[1] Western settlement began in the 1720s and 1730s with Quakers, Scots-Irish, Germans and others moving south from Pennsylvania and Maryland and by English and African slaves moving upriver from Tidewater.

By the time of the American Revolution, it was the most populous county in Virginia. During the War of 1812, important Federal documents and government archives were evacuated from Washington and stored at Leesburg for safe keeping. Local tradition holds that these documents were stored at Rokeby House and thus that Leesburg was briefly the capital of the United States.

Early in the American Civil War, the Battle of Balls Bluff took place near Leesburg on October 21, 1861. Future jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was critically wounded in that battle along the Potomac River. During the Gettysburg Campaign in June 1863, Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart and Union cavalry clashed in the battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville. Confederate partisan John S. Mosby based his operations in Loudoun and adjoining Fauquier County (for a more in-depth account of the history of Loudoun County during the Civil War, see Loudoun County in the American Civil War).

Timeline

Date Event Source
1757 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1757 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1757 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1757 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1757 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
1800 No significant boundary changes after this year 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

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 18,962
1800 20,523
1810 21,338
1820 22,702
1830 21,939
1840 20,431
1850 22,079
1860 21,774
1870 20,929
1880 23,634
1890 23,274
1900 21,948
1910 21,167
1920 20,577
1930 19,852
1940 20,291
1950 21,147
1960 24,549
1970 37,150
1980 57,427
1990 86,129

Research Tips

"Genealogical Abstracts from the Mirror, 1880-1890, Loudoun county, Virginia" by Patricia B. Duncan


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