Place:Southampton, Virginia, United States

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NameSouthampton
Alt namesSouthamptonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates36.733°N 77.1°W
Located inVirginia, United States     (1749 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Southampton County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,570. Its county seat is Courtland.

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History

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During the 17th century, shortly after establishment of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, English settlers explored and began settling the areas adjacent to Hampton Roads. In 1634, the English colony of Virginia was divided into eight shires (or counties) with a total population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. Most of Southampton County was originally part of Warrosquyoake Shire. The shires were soon to be called counties. Warrosquyoake Shire was renamed Isle of Wight County in 1637.

In 1749, the portion of Isle of Wight County west of the Blackwater River became Southampton County. Later, part of Nansemond County, which is now the Independent City of Suffolk, was added to Southampton County.

In August 1831, enslaved Nat Turner led a slave rebellion of Black slaves in Southampton County against local Whites. When the rebellion was crushed, Turner and other Blacks were executed.

Southampton County may have been named for Southampton, a major city in England, or for Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, one of the founders of the Virginia Company and a supporter of colonization in North America.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1745 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1745 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1745 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1749 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1750 Marriage 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
1853 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1990 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
1790 12,864
1800 13,925
1810 13,497
1820 14,170
1830 16,074
1840 14,525
1850 13,521
1860 12,915
1870 12,285
1880 18,012
1890 20,078
1900 22,848
1910 26,302
1920 27,555
1930 26,870
1940 26,442
1950 26,522
1960 27,195
1970 18,582
1980 18,731
1990 17,550

Note: Franklin city, formed from Southampton County (1961). Annexation after 1980 from Southampton (1980 population 415).

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