Virginia Counties That Have "Disappeared" - and Why

Counties come, counties go. The General Assembly has created 166 counties since 1634, but there are only 95 in Virginia now.

Virginia's counties were created to meet the needs of the English settlers, based on English laws and customs. The native Americans had their own way of organizing their territories, and for all we know one day the Martians may conquer the area and divvy up the spoils in yet a different way. [Think the natives in 1607 considered the English immigrants to be any stranger than we would consider Martians, if they landed out of the blue?]

Virginia-Created Counties That Are Now Extinct

Elizabeth City County
Fincastle
Lower Norfolk
Nansemond
New Norfolk
Norfolk
Princess Anne
Upper Norfolk
Warwick

Virginia-Created Counties That Are Now in Kentucky

Bourbon
Fayette
Jefferson
Kentucky
Lincoln
Madison
Mason
Mercer
Nelson
Woodford

Virginia-Created Counties That Are Now in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Yohogania
Illinois

Virginia-Created Counties That Are Now in West Virginia

Barbour
Berkeley
Boone
Braxton
Brooke
Cabell
Calhoun
Clay
Doddridge
Fayette
Gilmer
Greenbrier
Hampshire
Hancock
Hardy
Harrison
Jackson
Jefferson
Kanawha
Lewis
Logan
McDowell
Marion
Marshall
Mason
Mercer
Monongalia
Monroe
Morgan
Nicholas
Ohio
Pendleton
Pleasants
Pocahontas
Preston
Putnam
Raleigh
Randolph
Ritchie
Roane
Taylor
Tucker
Tyler
Upshur
Wayne
Webster
Wetzel
Wirt
Wood
Wyoming

And Then There are the Name Changes...

Alexandria
Charles River
Dunmore
Hartford
Lower Norfolk
Upper Norfolk
Warrosquyoake

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