Dates: circa 1983

Collection Number: MS 81

Extent: 3 folders

Biographical/Historical Information: Records suggest that Claiborne Rothwell (1747-1828) was the first Rothwell to settle in Albemarle County, Virginia, on the land that is now part of Old Trail near Crozet. Claiborne was born in Louisa County, Virginia. In 1763 he enlisted and served in the Company of Volunteer Rangers of Col. William Phillips in the French and Indian War. He moved to Albemarle County in 1777, after marrying Judith Ann Hamilton Watts. The Rothwell family home stood on today is Welbourne Lane in Crozet. The home was destroyed in a fire in the early 1900s, but the stone chimney remains. The Rothwell Family Cemetery is nearby. 

Scope and Content: This is a collection of data and family group sheets for the Rothwell family of Albemarle County, Virginia. The collection is divided into three folders:


  1. Folder 81: Genealogical data materials related to the Rothwell family, about 20 items (circa 1650-1923).
  2. Folder 81a: Family group sheets used by Mrs. Myra Smith Fischer in preparing A Rothwell Book (1964), about 85 items (circa 1983).
  3. Folder 81b: Photocopy of Addendum to A Rothwell Book (Myra Smith Fischer, 1964): Additional Descendants of Claiborne Rothwell of Virginia and Notes on the Other Early Rothwell Families in the U.S.A. Compiled by Homer Rothwell Ficken, 1983, 13p.

Related Collections: The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society has a copy of Fischer's A Rothwell Book, Call Number 929.2 Fis