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New Kent County

Formation Date: 1654
Formed From: York County

Image depicting location of New Kent County
New Kent County was named either for the English county of Kent or for Kent Island, in the upper waters of the Chesapeake Bay. William Claiborne, a native of Kent who had been driven from Kent Island by Lord Baltimore, was a prominent resident of the New Kent area about 1654 when the county was formed from York County. Its area is 221 square miles, and the county seat is New Kent. The population is 13,462 according to the 2000 census.

Note: New Kent is one of the Commonwealth's Burned Records Counties. County court records were destroyed when John Posey burned the courthouse on 15 July 1787, and records created after that date were lost to fire in 1865.

Original Records at The Library of Virginia: Yes