The emigrant John Madison, a ship’s carpenter, patented land in 1658 near Currioman Bay in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the grandfather of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. James was born in adjoining King George County in 1751.
In 1769, a painting of William Pitt, Lord Chatham arrived at Chantilly, Westmoreland County, Virginia by ship from London. It was directed to “The Gentlemen of Westmoreland” by Edmund Jenings, Richard Henry Lee’s London Agent. The “Gentlemen” under the leadership of Lee were the 115 signers of the Leedstown Resolution.
Richard Lee, the immigrant, patented land in the lower Northern Neck in 1651. His grandson Thomas Lee, born in Westmoreland in 1690 built Stratford circa 1738. It is one of the finest and best maintained original house museums in America.
Andrew Monroe, an immigrant from Scotland, settled on what is now called Monroe Creek on the south side of the Potomac in Virginia, in 1650. For five generations his descendants would live on this land making their living and taking an active part in church and county affairs.
John Washington, the immigrant, arrived in Westmoreland County circa 1656. He established a tobacco plantation which would support his family for several centuries. On this and neighboring Northern Neck plantations, a quality of life developed which somehow inspired men of the succeeding generations to greatness.