Shortly after the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, settlers began exploring the area that became Warwick County. Warwick River Shire was one of the eight original shires created in the Virginia Colony in 1634. In 1643 the name was shortened to Warwick County. The county became extinct in 1952 with the creation of the independent city of Warwick that then consolidated with the City of Newport News in 1958.
The first courthouse was at Warwick Towne located at Deep Creek and the Warwick River on 50 acres of Samuel Mathew's land. Mathew's plantation was later known as Denbigh. In some records around 1635 the county is referred to as Denbigh County.
Warwick is located on the Virginia Peninsula on the northern bank of the James River between Hampton Roads and Jamestown. At one time were at least as many as eight parishes in Warwick County, many of them certainly plantation parishes.
Sources: John Bennett Boddie, Southside Virginia Families, Volume I (1955), p. 125, www.worldvitalrecords.com; William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, Volume 1, J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia (1861), p. 241, www.books.google.com.
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