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Revision as of 16:38, 18 December 2012

This article is about a county on the mid Virginia-West Virginia border. For other uses, see Alleghany.

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Alleghany County


Alleghany County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Alleghany County (established 1822) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Alleghany County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Alleghany County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Alleghany County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 5, 1822
County Seat Covington
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Alleghany County, Virginia Courthouse

Allegheny County Courthouse
P.O.Box 670
266 West Main Street
Covington, VA 24426-0670
Phone 540-965-1730

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1845
Divorce, Probate, Court and land recrord from 1822[1]


Beginning Dates for Alleghany County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1822 1853 1830 1822 1822

History

Allegheny Mountain Range, Spruce Knob

The county was named after the Alleghany Mountains.[2]

Parent County

1822--Allegany County was created 5 January 1822 from Bath, Botetourt and Monroe Counties. Monroe County is now in West Virginia.
County seat: Covington [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

  • Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1871
  • Boyd-Bragg, Dorothy A. "A Register of Free Negroes & Mulattoes in Alleghany County, Virginia, 1855-1856," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 49, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 2005):307-312. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).

Bible Records

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:

Additional Bible records include:

Cemeteries

For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see Alleghany County, Virginia Cemeteries.

The following is a list of cemeteries in Alleghany County:[4]

  • Alleghany Memorial Park
  • Carter Cemetery
  • Central Church Cemetery
  • Crown Hill Cemetery
  • Helmintoller Cemetery
  • Hoke Cemetery
  • Hooks Cemetery
  • Humphries Cemetery
  • Lewis Tunnel Cemetery
  • Mallow Cemetery
  • Mount Carmel Cemetery
  • Mountain View Cemetery
  • Oakland Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Simmons Cemetery
  • Smith Cemetery
  • Walton Memorial Cemetery

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 2,816
1840 2,749 −2.4%
1850 3,515 27.9%
1860 6,765 92.5%
1870 3,674 −45.7%
1880 5,586 52.0%
1890 9,283 66.2%
1900 16,330 75.9%
1910 14,173 −13.2%
1920 15,332 8.2%
1930 20,188 31.7%
1940 22,688 12.4%
1950 23,139 2.0%
1960 12,128 −47.6%
1970 12,461 2.7%
1980 14,333 15.0%
1990 13,176 −8.1%
2000 12,926 −1.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
To access census records online, see Virginia Census.
1785
1840
  • Douthat, James L. 1840 Alleghany County, Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
1860
  • Perkins, Louise M. 1860 Alleghany County, Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

Several genealogies have been published about Alleghany County families. To view a list, visit Alleghany County, Virginia Genealogy.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Allegany County on page 133.]
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Governnment Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Alleghany County, p. 60.]
Civil War

Civil War service men from Alleghany County served in various regiments. Within a regiment, companies were often comprised of men who lived in a smaller geographical area within the county parameters. Listed below are regiments with whom men from Alleghany County served. Because Confederate units often reorganized, this list might not be complete.

The following Regiments are mentioned in A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia, by Oren Frederic Morton FHL book 975.581 H2m

- 2nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate), A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia, only lists the names of five men who were from Alleghany County.
- 10th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I (Riverton Invincibles).[5]
- 11th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (Valley Regulators).[6]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (1st Kanawha Regiment). Company G (Rocky Point Grays).[7]
- 27th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate) . Company A Light Infantry (Alleghany Roughs), Company B (Virginia Hibernians), and Company C (Alleghany Rifles).[8]
- 59th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
- 60th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

However, A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia,  also lists additional names of Alleghany Companies such as the Alleghany Rough Artillery (Capt. John C. Carpenter's Co.) , Alleghany Light Infantry (Co. A, 27th Regiment) afterwards called Alleghany Artillery, Alleghany Reserves (Co. C, 10th Battalion, Virginia Reserves), Alleghany Rifles (Co. C, 27th Regiment)

Civil War Sources

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Alleghany County, Virginia newspapers.

Occupations

Petitions

  • Eckenrode, H.J. Virginia State Library: A Calendar of Legislative Petitions Arranged by Counties Accomac - Bedford. Richmond, Va.: Davis Bottom, Superintendent of Public Printing, 1908. Digital version at Google Books. [Alleghany County petitions (1820-1861) are described on pp. 87-95.]

Probate Records

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1774] Tithables, 1774, Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1998).

Vital Records

Birth
  • Fridley, Beth. Alleghany County, Virginia Births, 1853-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).
Death

Alleghany County, Virginia deaths are included in the Library of Virginia's Death Index of Virginia, 1853-1896, sponsored by The Virginia Genealogical Society, available online - free.

Vital Record Substitutes

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

 
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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alleghany County, Virginia. Page 710 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia Contributors, "Allegheny Mountains," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegheny_Mountains, accessed 13 January 2012.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. USGS Map, www.trails.com
  5. Terrence V. Murphy, 10th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 55.
  6. Oren Frederic Morton, A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia (Dayton, Va.: J.K. Ruebush Co., 1923). FHL Book 975.581 H2m.
  7. Terry D. Lowry, 22nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 44.
  8. Lowell Reidenbaugh, 27th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 90.

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