Place:Lunenburg, Virginia, United States


NameLunenburg
Alt namesLunenburgsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Lunenburgh Countysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS51036776
TypeCounty
Coordinates36.95°N 78.25°W
Located inVirginia, United States     (1745 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Lunenburg County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,914. Its county seat is Lunenburg.

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History

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Lunenburg County was established on May 1, 1746, from Brunswick County. The county is named for the former Duchy of Brunswick-Lunenburg in Germany, because one of the titles also carried by Britain's Hanoverian kings was Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg. It is nicknamed "The Old Free State" because during the build up of the Civil War, it let Virginia know the county would break off if the state did not join The Confederacy.

Among the earliest settlers of the county was William Taylor, born in King William County, Virginia. He was the son of Rev. Daniel Taylor, a Virginia native and Anglican priest educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University in England, and his wife Alice (Littlepage) Taylor. William Taylor married Martha Waller, a daughter of Benjamin Waller of Williamsburg, Virginia.

In 1760 Taylor purchased three adjoining tracts of land in Lunenburg County totaling . Taylor soon became one of the county's leading citizens, representing Lunenburg in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1765 until 1768. In that capacity, Taylor voted in 1765 to support statesman Patrick Henry's Virginia Resolves in 1765. Taylor served as County Clerk for 51 years (1763–1814).

Taylor was succeeded as County Clerk by his son William Henry Taylor, who held the office for another 32 years—from 1814 until 1846. Another son, General Waller Taylor, represented Lunenburg in the Virginia legislature, then moved to Vincennes, Indiana. There he became a judge and subsequently Adjutant General of the United States Army under General William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812. General Waller Taylor later served as one of the first United States Senators from the newly created state of Indiana from 1816 to 1825. He died on a visit home to see his relatives in Lunenburg County in 1826.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1743 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1745 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1745 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1746 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1746 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
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 8,959
1800 10,381
1810 12,265
1820 10,662
1830 11,957
1840 11,055
1850 11,692
1860 11,983
1870 10,403
1880 11,535
1890 11,372
1900 11,705
1910 12,780
1920 15,260
1930 14,058
1940 13,844
1950 14,116
1960 12,523
1970 11,687
1980 12,124
1990 11,419

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