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'''1790'''--Bath County was created 14 December 1790 from [[Augusta County, Virginia|Augusta]], [[Botetourt County, Virginia|Botetourt]] and [[Greenbrier County, West Virginia|Greenbrier]] (now in West Virginia) Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Warm Springs.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1790'''--Bath County was created 14 December 1790 from [[Augusta County, Virginia|Augusta]], [[Botetourt County, Virginia|Botetourt]] and [[Greenbrier County, West Virginia|Greenbrier]] (now in West Virginia) Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Warm Springs.<ref name="HBG"/>
  
 
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Guide to Bath County Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Bath County, Virginia
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Boundary map of Bath County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Bath County
Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1790
County Seat Warm Springs
Courthouse

Contents

Bath County Virginia Courthouse

Bath County Courthouse
P.O. Box 180
Warm Springs, VA 24484-0180
Phone: 540-839-2361

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1854-1880
Death records 1854-1870 divorce records, probate, land and court records from 1791[1]

Beginning Dates for Bath County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1790 1853 1810 1791 1791

Bath County Virginia History

Bath County, Virginia takes its name from Bath, England. Pictured here are the Roman Baths in Bath Spa, England.

The county is named after the resort town of Bath, England.[2]

Parent County

1790--Bath County was created 14 December 1790 from Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier (now in West Virginia) Counties.
County seat: Warm Springs.[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bath County Virginia Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:


Cemeteries

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

The following is a list of cemeteries in Bath County:[3]

  • Bratton Cemetery
  • Brattons Run Cemetery
  • Chestnut Cemetery
  • Cleek Cemetery
  • Doyle Cemetery
  • Green Valley Cemetery
  • Lightner Cemetery
  • McClintic Cemetery
  • Mount Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Mount Mary Cemetery
  • Rehobeth Community Cemetery
  • Sively Cemetery
  • The Pines Cemetery
  • Warm Springs Cemetery

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library has a number of Bath County, Virginia cemetery databases on-line.

Census

For tips on accessing Bath County, Virginia census records online, see: Virginia Census.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 5,508
1810 4,837 −12.2%
1820 5,237 8.3%
1830 4,002 −23.6%
1840 4,300 7.4%
1850 3,486 −18.9%
1860 3,676 5.5%
1870 3,795 3.2%
1880 4,482 18.1%
1890 4,587 2.3%
1900 5,595 22.0%
1910 6,538 16.9%
1920 6,389 −2.3%
1930 8,137 27.4%
1940 7,191 −11.6%
1950 6,296 −12.4%
1960 5,335 −15.3%
1970 5,192 −2.7%
1980 5,860 12.9%
1990 4,799 −18.1%
2000 5,048 5.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1785

1790 - Lost

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation

1810

1840

  • Douthat, James L. 1840 Bath County, Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2004. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

More than a dozen genealogies have been published about Bath County, Virginia families. For a list, see Bath County, Virginia Genealogy.

Land and Property

Grants and Patents

  • Sims, Edgar Barr. Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia. [Springfield, Virginia]: Genealogical Books in Print, c1992. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.4 R22w 1992. [Includes Bath County, Virginia.]

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, Bath County on page 134.]
War of 1812

Bath County men served in the 81st Regiment.[4]

  • 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.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Bath County, p. 63.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Bath County, Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Bath County, Virginia:


- 11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry. Company F (The Bath Grays) and Company G (The Bath Guards).[5]
- 18th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company G.[6]
- 25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's) (Confederate). Company B (Bath Grays).[7]
- 26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company E.[8]
- 47th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Companies A and B.[9]
- 52nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (Bath Rifles).[10]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Newspapers

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


  • Professor Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia have created a database of all runaway advertisements for slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, and ship deserters listed in the Virginia Gazette and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia.
  • Bath County News-Outlook - full text of more than 100 issues freely available via Google Newspaper Archive

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. [Bath County petitions (1777-1863) are described on pp. 194-210.]

Probate Records

A free index to Bath County, Virginia wills and administrations (1791-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

  • [1793] Tax List, Delinquent, 1793, Bath County Heritage Newsletter, Issue 15 (Fall 1987).
  • [1800] "Bath County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1963):21-28. FHL 975.5 B2vg; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. FHL 975 E4w v. 5 [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Bath County is included in Vol. 5.]

Vital Records

Indexes to Bath County, Virginia births, marriages, and deaths are available online. These collections are incomplete, but are easy to search. Most records can also be ordered electronically online as well. Courtesy: FamilySearch - free. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records


Birth
  • 1853-1896 - Fridley, Beth, comp. Bath County, Virginia Births: 1853-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • 1853-1870 - Bath County Birth Index 1853-1870. Batch C868574 at FamilySearch - free.[11]
Marriage
Death

Bath 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.

  • 1853-1870 - Bath County Death Index 1853-1870. Batch B868574 at FamilySearch - free.[11]
Vital Record Substitutes

Bath County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Bath County Historical Society

Family History Centers

Bath County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Bath County Virginia Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bath County, Virginia. Page 710 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia Contributors, "Bath County, Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_County,_Virginia, accessed 13 January 2012.
  3. USGS Map, Topozone.com
  4. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 50. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  5. Richard L. Armstrong, 11th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 52.
  6. Roger U. Delauter, 18th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 18.
  7. Richard L. Armstrong, 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 71.
  8. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.
  9. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.
  10. Robert J. Driver, 52nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 23 and supp.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.