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The Growth of Virginia, 1634-1895:

VA 1771-80

Parliament's decision to reopen portions of the frontier produced further county formations. In 1772 Berkeley and Dunmore were formed from Frederick and Botetourt gave up an immense tract of land which was briefly known as Fincastle. In the years immediately before war broke out in 1775, county formation ceased. It resumed again in 1776 when the district of West Augusta became Monongalia, Ohio, and Yohogania. In 1777 Fincastle was extinguished and its territory made into Washington, Montgomery, and Kentucky. Later that same year, Albemarle was divided to yield Fluvanna, and Cumberland gave up land to create Powhatan. During 1778. Greenbrier, Rockbridge, and Rockingham were created from the lands of Montgomery, Botetourt, and Augusta; Dunmore was renamed Shenandoah; and all of Augusta's lands beyond the Ohio River became Illinois. In 1780 out of Kentucky County came Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Kentucy would become an independent state in 1792.

1772 - Berkeley (Frederick)
1772 - Dunmore (Frederick) Became Shenandoah in 1778
1772 - Fincastle (Botetourt)
1776 - Monongalia (Augusta)
1776 - Ohio (Augusta)
1776 - Yohogania (Augusta) Ceded to Pennsylvania in 1786)
1777 - Henry (Pittsylvania)
1777 - Kentucky (Fincastle) Fincastle extinguished
1777 - Montgomery (Fincastle) 1777 - Washington (Fincastle)
1777 - Fluvanna (Albemarle)
1777 - Powhatan (Cumberland)
1778 - Greenbrier (Montgomery, Botetourt)
1778 - Rockingham (Augusta)
1778 - Rockbridge (Augusta, Botetourt)
1778 - Shenandoah (name changed from Dunmore)
1778 - Illinois (Augusta) Ceded to the United States in 1784
1780 - Fayette (Kentucky) Kentucky extinguished 1780 - Jefferson (Kentucky)
1780 - Lincoln (Kentucky)

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[adapted from Michael Doran, Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895], available under General References

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