New Kent County, Virginia

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New Kent County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. At the 2000 census, the population was 13,462. Its county seat is New Kent[1]. It is located in the Richmond-Petersburg region and is a portion of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).



New Kent County was established in 1654 from York County. The county is named for Kent, England. New Kent County is the birthplace of two U. S. Presidents' wives - Martha Washington and Letitia Christian Tyler. The church where George and Martha Washington are believed to have been wed, St. Peters, still holds services today. The Chickahominy Indians frequented this area as well as nearby Charles City County and two tribes are still well-established in this area.

Among the earliest settlers of New Kent County was Nicholas Gentry, who settled in New Kent in 1684. The parish register books of St. Peter's Parish show that Nicholas Gentry's daughter was baptized in the church in 1687. The records also reflect other Gentrys, probably Nicholas Gentry's relations, Peter and Samuel Gentry.[2] Many later county records were burned, making identifying relationships between family members difficult.

In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau rated New Kent County among the top 100 fastest growing counties in America.[3]

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