Place:Washington, Virginia, United States


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Description

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Washington County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,876. Its county seat is Abingdon.

Washington County is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

History

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For thousands of years, indigenous peoples of varying cultures lived in the area. At the time of European encounter, the Chiska had a chief village near what is now Saltville, destroyed by the Spaniards in 1568. The Cherokee annexed the region from the Xualae around 1671.

The county was formed by European Americans in 1776 from Fincastle County. It was named for George Washington, who was then commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Washington County is among the first geographical regions to be named after the president of the United States.

Washington County was raided by the Chickamauga during the Chickamauga Wars (1776-1794). In July, 1776, Chief Dragging Canoe led an attack on Black's Fort (renamed Abingdon in 1778). The area remained prone to attack until after Chickamauga leader Bob Benge was finally slain by settlers in Washington County in 1794.

As with many other frontier counties, the boundaries and territory changed over the years. In 1786 the northwestern part of Washington County became Russell County. In 1814 the western part of what remained of Washington County was combined with parts of Lee and Russell counties to form Scott County. In 1832 the northeastern part of Washington was combined with part of Wythe County to form Smyth County. Finally, with the incorporation of the town of Goodson as the independent city of Bristol in 1890, Washington County assumed its present size.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1777 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1777 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1777 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town SourcesShelby Ireson Edwards abstracted and published Washington Co., VA Will Book 1 (1777-1792) in 1984. Edwards' Will Book 1 is available from New Papyrus Publishing Co. (around $25). Washington Co., VA Will Books 2-10 were recently abstracted and can purchased online from New Papyrus Publishing Co.. Each book is published in a separate volume ($27-$32 each).
1778 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1782 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
1980 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 5,625
1800 9,536
1810 12,156
1820 12,444
1830 15,614
1840 13,001
1850 14,612
1860 16,892
1870 16,816
1880 25,203
1890 29,020
1900 28,995
1910 32,830
1920 32,376
1930 33,850
1940 38,197
1950 37,536
1960 38,076
1970 40,835
1980 46,487
1990 45,887

Note: Bristol city, formed from Washington County. Annexation after 1970 from Washington (1970 population 4,802).

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Sources

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source: Family History Library Catalog



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