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Windsor is a town located in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 916. However, due to recent annexation, the town of Windsor has a population of over 3000 people.
Windsor was originally located in Warrosquyoake Shire created in 1634 in the Virginia Colony by the Virginia House of Burgesses and King Charles I of England. It was named for the friendly local native americans, who the European settlers called "Indians" mistakenly thinking they were near a short route to the west to India (which was really many thousands of miles away). Windsor's original name given to it by the Indians can be translated as "frog pond".
Popular legend has it that a Southampton County native, William Mahone (1826-1895), builder of the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad (now Norfolk Southern), and his cultured wife, Otelia Butler Mahone (1837-1911), daughter of the late Dr. Robert Butler, who was raised in Smithfield, traveled along the newly completed Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad naming stations. Otelia was reading Ivanhoe a book written by Sir Walter Scott. From his historical Scottish novels, Otelia chose the place name of Windsor, as well as those of Waverly and Wakefield. She tapped the Scottish Clan "McIvor" for the name of Ivor, a small town in neighboring Southampton County. When they could not agree, it is said that they invented a new name in honor of their dispute, which is how the tiny community of Disputanta was created. The N&P railroad was completed in 1858.
William Mahone became a Major General in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and later, a Senator in the United States Congress. A large portion of U.S. Highway 460 between Petersburg and Suffolk is named in his honor.
Windsor sent seven brothers to fight the Yankees in the Civil War. All of the Roberts brothers returned alive.
Windsor is located at 36°48'40" North, 76°44'37" West (36.811175, -76.743658).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 916 people, 389 households, and 269 families residing in the town. The population density is 416.1/km² (1,077.2/mi²). There are 422 housing units at an average density of 191.7/km² (496.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 89.74% White, 9.06% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 389 households out of which 30.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% are non-families. 27.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 2.87.
In the town the population is spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $36,528, and the median income for a family is $44,167. Males have a median income of $34,205 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the town is $20,999. 8.8% of the population and 5.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.4% of those under the age of 18 and 8.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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