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Southampton County

Formation Date: 1749
Formed From: Isle of Wight County. Part of Nansemond County was added in 1785.

Image depicting location of Southampton County
Southampton County was named, in the opinion of many authorities, for Henry Wriothesley, third earl of Southampton and treasurer of the London Company from 1620 to 1624. It is more likely, however, that the county was named for the borough of Southampton in England. Southampton County was formed in 1749 from Isle of Wight County, and part of Nansemond County was added later. Its area is 604 square miles, and the county seat is Courtland. The population is 17,482 according to the 2000 census.

Original Records at The Library of Virginia: Yes