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. In 2014, the population was estimated to be 361,708, making it the third-most populous county in Virginia. Loudoun's county seat is Leesburg. Loudoun County is included in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

, Loudoun County had a median household income of $119,134. Since 2008 the county has been ranked first in the United States in median household income among jurisdictions with a population of 65,000 or more.

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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. In addition, it was rich in agriculture. During the American Revolution, it contributed much of its grain to George Washington’s Continental Army, earning it the nickname “Breadbasket of the Revolution.” 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).


In 1962, Washington Dulles International Airport was built in southeastern Loudoun County in Sterling. Since then, Loudoun County has experienced a high-tech boom and rapid growth. Accordingly, many have moved to eastern Loudoun and become residents of planned communities such as Sterling Park, Sugarland Run, Cascades, and Ashburn Farms, making that section a veritable part of the Washington suburbs. Others have moved to the county seat or to the small towns and rural communities of the Loudoun Valley.[2]

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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