Place:Westmoreland, Virginia, United States

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NameWestmoreland
Alt namesWestmorelandsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates38.117°N 76.783°W
Located inVirginia, United States     (1653 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Westmoreland County is a county located in the Northern Neck of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,454. Its county seat is Montross.

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History

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As originally established by the House of Burgesses from Northumberland County, Virginia in 1653, the territory of Westmoreland County encompassed much of what later became the various counties and cities of Northern Virginia, including the city of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Prince William County. These remained Westmoreland until 1664, when Stafford County, Virginia was formed.

Westmoreland County was the birthplace of George Washington, the first President of the United States (at the former settlement of Bridges Creek, Virginia); James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States; and General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate armies. It was the residence of Col. Nicholas Spencer, who patented the land at Mount Vernon in 1674 with his friend Lt. Col. John Washington, ancestor of George Washington. Spencer, who served as President of the Council and acting Governor of Virginia, was the cousin of and agent for the Barons Colepeper, proprietors of the Northern Neck. Spencer lived at his plantation Nomini, which his descendants later sold to Robert Carter I. Carter's grandson, Robert Carter III voluntarily freed almost 500 slaves from Nomini Hall beginning in 1791 and settled many on his lands, which he gave them. His manumission is the largest known release of slaves in North American history prior to the American Civil War and the largest number ever manumitted by an individual in the US.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1653 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1653 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1653 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1653 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1772 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
1810 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1858 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 7,722
1810 8,102
1820 6,901
1830 8,396
1840 8,019
1850 8,080
1860 8,282
1870 7,682
1880 8,846
1890 8,399
1900 9,243
1910 9,313
1920 10,240
1930 8,497
1940 9,512
1950 10,148
1960 11,042
1970 12,142
1980 14,041
1990 15,480

Note: Westmoreland was reported with Richmond in 1800. Westmoreland's 1790 census boundaries were the same as those of 1810-1990.

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