Rockingham County, Virginia
Rockingham County, Virginia was established in 1778 from Augusta County, Virginia, and was adjacent to Shenandoah County, Virginia. In 1787/1788, Pendleton County, Virginia was established from Augusta, Hardy and Rockingham Countys. In 1831 Page County Virginia was establshed from Rockingham and Shenandoah.
Rockingham County, Virginia has not been researched as yet; however it is believed that we may have identified the one (probable) Ullom (Woolum) Record located in that County thus far as having been that of Andrew & Ustey WOODARD ULLOM (WOOLUM). of Shenandoah County Virginia and Knox County, Kentucky:
1784 tax list Rockingham County. "The List of Michael ROROK."
Andrew ULLOM, 8 white souls and 1 dwelling.
(Source: Heads of Household, 1790, Virginia, AGLL),
1784 Rockingham County
"List of Anthony RADER"
Andrew ULLOM - 6 white souls, 2 dwellings, and 2 other buildings.
Andrew ULLOM, s/o Martin & Elisabeth ULLOM (ULM), is listed on the 1782 Shenandoah County Virginia Tax List and again on the 1785 Shenandoah Co. Virginia tax list. Andrew WOOLAM, enlisted in the Rev. War in 1798 while residing in Rockingham Co., Virginia, (Washington County Virginia Militia List compiled by Gerald Clark, 1979.) Andrew WOOLAM With 2nd Battalion, 70th Regiment, 1798.
In 1789 Andrew ULLOM removed to Green County, Tennessee. He died 1818 in Knox County, Kentucky.
The fact that Andrew migrated down the Shenandoah Valley from Rockingham County, (1787) Virginia to Green County, Tennessee (1789) and Washington County, Virginia shows a migration pattern consistant with other German pioneers of the period. Estimates give Andrew's birth between 1758 and 1765 and Lead to the Suspicion that after the Revolutionary War he went to seek his fortune and left his younger brother and family behind.
1787 Rockingham County Virginia Tax List.
List "A" Militia Company
Personal Property Tax List of 1787.
List "A" shows one horse or mule.
This is the earlist record of Andrew WOOLUM.
(Source: The 1787 Census of Virginia).
Rockingham County Virginia
Rockingham County was formed on 1 March 1778 from the upper part of Augusta County. Its name honors Charles Watson-Wentworth, second marquis of Rockingham, a British statesman of the period who supported the Americans' viewpoint over the legality of the Stamp Act and other impositions upon them by the British Crown. In 1787 a part was taken to create Pendleton County, and n 1831 another portion was cut off from Rockingham when Page County was established. The first settlement of the area began in the 1730s with Germans and Scotch-Irish comprising the preponderance of the early groups in the area.
Like the other Valley counties, immigrants came from both the northern colonies, via the increasingly-used Valley Road, and through the numerous gaps that broke through the Blue Ridge from the Piedmont. Swift Run Gap, through which US Route 33 passes today, was a major connection between the Piedmont region and both Rockingham and the Luray Valley (Page County area).
Communities sprang up along this route, chief of which became Harrisonburg, established in 1780 at the juncture of this east-west road and the Valley Road. The region quickly became a rich farming area, with industrious German farmers bringing the soil to excellent tillage. Many of the early records of Rockingham County were destroyed by Federal raiders during the Civil War, when they set fire to the wagons carrying the records to Greene County for safe keeping.
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