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#'''Beaver Dam''' (1801).<ref name="baptist" /> Charter members (1804) have been published in ''Virginia Appalachian Notes'', Vol. 24, No. 4 (Fall 2000). {{FHL|116566|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 D25v v. 24 (2000)}}.  
 
#'''Beaver Dam''' (1801).<ref name="baptist" /> Charter members (1804) have been published in ''Virginia Appalachian Notes'', Vol. 24, No. 4 (Fall 2000). {{FHL|116566|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 D25v v. 24 (2000)}}.  
 
#'''Difficult Creek''' (1805).<ref name="baptist" /><ref>Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, ''Green Stone: A History of Southern Bedford County, Virginia'' (Moneta, Va.: R.P.B. Bishop, 1996), 16. {{FHL|820195|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5675 H2b}}.</ref>  
 
#'''Difficult Creek''' (1805).<ref name="baptist" /><ref>Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, ''Green Stone: A History of Southern Bedford County, Virginia'' (Moneta, Va.: R.P.B. Bishop, 1996), 16. {{FHL|820195|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5675 H2b}}.</ref>  
#'''Goose Creek''' (1771).<ref name="baptist">Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 338-339. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref> Also known as Turner's Meeting House and [http://morgansbaptistchurch.org Morgan's Baptist Church]. A detailed history was published in 1971.<ref>Harold B. Oyer, ''History Morgan's Baptist Church 1771-1971'' (1971); see also "Nathaniel Shrewsbury: Bedford County Pastor," ''Bedford Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 23, No. 1 (Feb. 2009):12-13. Taken from Harold B. Oyer's ''History Morgans Baptist Church 1771-1971''.</ref> 24 founding members, history, and pastors (1771-1969) appear in ''Green Stone'' (pages 163-165).<ref>Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, ''Green Stone: A History of Southern Bedford County, Virginia'' (Moneta, Va.: R.P.B. Bishop, 1996). {{FHL|820195|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5675 H2b}}.</ref>  
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#'''Goose Creek''' (1771).<ref name="baptist">Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, ''A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia'' (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 338-339. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref> Also known as Turner's Meeting House, Bedford Baptist Church, and [http://morgansbaptistchurch.org Morgan's Baptist Church]. A detailed history was published in 1971.<ref>Harold B. Oyer, ''History Morgan's Baptist Church 1771-1971'' (1971); see also "Nathaniel Shrewsbury: Bedford County Pastor," ''Bedford Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 23, No. 1 (Feb. 2009):12-13. Taken from Harold B. Oyer's ''History Morgans Baptist Church 1771-1971''.</ref> 24 founding members, history, and pastors (1771-1969) appear in ''Green Stone'' (pages 163-165).<ref>Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, ''Green Stone: A History of Southern Bedford County, Virginia'' (Moneta, Va.: R.P.B. Bishop, 1996). {{FHL|820195|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5675 H2b}}.</ref> Edwards published a membership list dated 1771 in [http://repository.clemson.edu/u?/jbt,53 ''Materials Towards a History of the Baptists...''] (1772), 64.
 
#'''Little Otter''', Bedford, Va. (1797).<ref name="baptist" /> Later known as Liberty Baptist Church and later as Bedford Baptist Church. A history was published in 1996: {{FHL|817850|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5676 K2g}}.<ref>June Goode, Page Wilkerson, Pamela C. Turpin and Bedford Baptist Church, ''Bedford Baptist Church, 1797-1997: Two Hundred Years of Serving God and Man: Bedford, Virginia'' (Bedford, Va.: B and B Printing, 1996). {{FHL|817850|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5676 K2g}}.</ref>  
 
#'''Little Otter''', Bedford, Va. (1797).<ref name="baptist" /> Later known as Liberty Baptist Church and later as Bedford Baptist Church. A history was published in 1996: {{FHL|817850|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5676 K2g}}.<ref>June Goode, Page Wilkerson, Pamela C. Turpin and Bedford Baptist Church, ''Bedford Baptist Church, 1797-1997: Two Hundred Years of Serving God and Man: Bedford, Virginia'' (Bedford, Va.: B and B Printing, 1996). {{FHL|817850|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5676 K2g}}.</ref>  
 
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Bedford County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Bedford County (established 1752) 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.


Bedford County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Bedford County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Bedford County
Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1752
County Seat Bedford
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Bedford County Courthouse, Bedford, Va.

Bedford County, Courthouse
129 East Main Street
Bedford, Virginia 24523
Phone: 540-586-7601

Clerk Circuite Court has birth records 1853-1897 and 1912-1918, death records 1953-1918, marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1754[1]


 

Beginning Dates for Bedford County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1755 1853 1810 1754 1754

History

John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford (1710-1771)

The county was named after the 4th Duke of Bedford, John Russell (1710-1771).

Parent County

1752--Bedford County was created 27 February 1752 from Albemarle and Lunenburg Counties.
County seat: Bedford [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • The Peaks of Otter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Bedford Villages: Lost and Found. Bedford, Va.: The Chapter, 1997.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Bedford County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1960):171-175. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

In 1860, Bedford County had one of the largest slave populations in the state (10,176 slaves). Ten years later in 1870, it had one of the largest African American populations in Virginia (10,770).[3]

Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872

Bedford County's register of free negroes has been published twice:

Additional African American resources for Bedford County, Virginia include:

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 Bedford County, Virginia Cemeteries.

  • Barton Cemetery
  • Bond Cemetery
  • Booth Cemetery
  • Callaway-Steptoe Cemetery
  • Calvert Cemetery
  • Coffee Cemetery
  • Foutz Cemetery
  • Giles Cemetery
  • Grange Cemetery
  • Gray Cemetery
  • Lawhorn Cemetery
  • Leftwich Cemetery
  • Martin Cemetery
  • McKee Cemetery
  • Minter Cemetery
  • Morgan Cemetery
  • Morgans Church Cemetery
  • New Hope Cemetery
  • Nichols Cemetery
  • Nichols Cemetery
  • North Cemetery
  • Norwood Cemetery
  • Old Ebenezer Cemetery
  • Rose Cemetery
  • Saint Clair Cemetery
  • Saint Thomas Cemetery
  • Sharon Cemetery
  • Simmons Cemetery
  • Staunton Cemetery
  • Stone Road Cemetery
  • Tate Cemetery
  • Thomas Chapel Cemetery
  • Turpin Cemetery
  • Virginia Memorial Park
  • Waldron Cemetery
  • West Cemetery
  • Wheeler Cemetery
  • Wheeler Cemetery

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 10,531
1800 14,125 34.1%
1810 16,148 14.3%
1820 19,305 19.6%
1830 20,246 4.9%
1840 20,203 −0.2%
1850 24,080 19.2%
1860 25,068 4.1%
1870 25,327 1.0%
1880 31,205 23.2%
1890 31,213 0.0%
1900 30,356 −2.7%
1910 29,549 −2.7%
1920 30,669 3.8%
1930 29,091 −5.1%
1940 29,687 2.0%
1950 29,627 −0.2%
1960 31,028 4.7%
1970 26,728 −13.9%
1980 34,927 30.7%
1990 45,656 30.7%
2000 60,371 32.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

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

1790

Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1800

Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1850
  • Neighbors, Marvin. 1850 Bedford County, VA Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Beaver Dam (1801).[4] Charter members (1804) have been published in Virginia Appalachian Notes, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Fall 2000). FHL Book 975.5 D25v v. 24 (2000).
  2. Difficult Creek (1805).[4][5]
  3. Goose Creek (1771).[4] Also known as Turner's Meeting House, Bedford Baptist Church, and Morgan's Baptist Church. A detailed history was published in 1971.[6] 24 founding members, history, and pastors (1771-1969) appear in Green Stone (pages 163-165).[7] Edwards published a membership list dated 1771 in Materials Towards a History of the Baptists... (1772), 64.
  4. Little Otter, Bedford, Va. (1797).[4] Later known as Liberty Baptist Church and later as Bedford Baptist Church. A history was published in 1996: FHL Book 975.5676 K2g.[8]
  5. North Fork of Otter[4]
  6. Otter[4]
  7. Staunton River (by 1787).[4] Also known as Moody Meeting House. A brief history and list of pastors (1790-1958) was published in Green Stone (pages 240-242).[9]
  8. Suck Spring (1805)[4]
  9. Timber Ridge (1805)[4]

The 10,000 name petition (dated 16 October 1776) has been digitized at the Library of Congress website. It was signed by people from all over Virginia who wanted an end to persecution of Baptists by the Established Church. Baptists and Baptist sympathizers alike signed the petition. To find your ancestor in this record, first check Hall's transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39), which is available online at Ancestry ($). It is also available in book form at the Family History Library: FHL Book 975.5 B2vs v. 35-39. Then proceed to the Library of Congress website to see the original images.

Bedford County fell within the bounds of the Strawberry Association.

Church of England

go to See also Cumberland Parish
go to See also Russell Parish

Presbyterian
  • One religious petition (1774) from Presbyterian residents of Bedford County, Virginia is available online in Early Virginia Religious Petitions, courtesy: The Library of Congress: American Memory.
  • McGinnis, Andrew M. "Between Enthusiasm and Stoicism: David Rice and Moderate Revivalism in Virginia and Kentucky," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 106, No. 2 (Spring 2008):165-190.
Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

In the 1700s and 1800s, Friends from Bedford County, Virginia also attended the Cedar Creek Meeting House in Hanover County, Virginia.[14]

  • Brown, Jane Douglas Summers and Jones Memorial Library. Jane Douglas Summers Brown (1903-) Quaker Records: Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Virginia); MS 1515. MSS, Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Va. Available on 26 microfilms at FHL 26 Rolls. [Includes records of Henrico County Quakers; Brown assisted "William Wade Hinshaw in the writing of the Virginia volume of the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy." N.B. Not all individuals referenced in this research belonged to the Quaker faith.]
Unidentified

Court

  • Indexed images of Bedford County, Virginia Chancery Records 1755-1912 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.[15]
  • Little, Barbara Vines. "Individuals Listed in the 1754-1761 Bedford County Fee Book," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Feb. 2009):74-84; Vol. 47, No. 2 (May 2009):102-106. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 B2vs.
  • "Governor's Fees & Etc., Bedford County Fee Book," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Aug. 2003):225-226. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 B2vs.

Genealogy 

More than 250 genealogies have been published about Bedford County families. To view a list, visit Bedford County, Virginia Genealogy.

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 1 British alien living in Bedford County.[16]

Land and Property

An early settlers map is available for Bedford County. Hildebrand plots the locations of pioneers from 1750-1865. The Family History Library has a copy: FHL Map 975.5675 E7h.

Deeds

  • Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Virginia; Deed Book A-1: 1754-1762. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
  • Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Virginia; Deed Book B-2: 1761-1766. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
  • Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Virginia; Deed Book C-3: 1766-1771. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.

Grants and Patents

Land patents (pre-1779), land grants (after 1779) and surveys are available online at the Library of Virginia website. For step-by-step instructions on retrieving these records, read the Virginia Land and Property article.

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1977):113-118. FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 B2vg; digital version at American Ancestors ($). [These records identify migrants who left the county and often their intended destinations. Bedford County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on pp. 114-115.]
  • Elliott, Katherine B. Emigration to Other States from Southside Virginia. 2 vols. South Hill, Virginia: K.B. Elliott, 1966. Vol. 1 of original edition available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 W2e; 1983 reprints (both volumes) available at FHL; 1990-1992 reprints (both volumes) also available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 W2e 1990-1992. [Includes individuals who migrated out of Bedford County to other parts of the country.]

Military

French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 M2bL. [Identifies some Bedford County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]
  • Boogher, William F. Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources. Washington: n.p., 1903. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 H2bw 1965; digital version at Google Books. [Includes a chapter titled "Legislative Enactments connecting the preceding historic sketch [French and Indian War, Lord Dunmore's War] with the adjudication of the resulting accounts that follow; with the list of officers, soldiers and civilians entitled to compensation for military and other services rendered." For Bedford County, see pp. 58-67, 107.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 M2c and FHL US/CAN Fiche 6048997; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Bedford County militia officers and soldiers; see place name index.]
Dunmore's War
  • Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, Culpeper and Fincastle Payrolls and Public Service Claims, 1775: Also Known as Dunmore's War: Enlarged and Photocopied. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library, 2004. Available at FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 975.5 M2au.
Revolutionary War

Regiments. Service men in Bedford County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Bedford County supplied soldiers for the:

- 1st Virginia Regiment
- 5th Virginia Regiment
- 5th Virginia Regiment
- Bedford County Militia. The Bedford County Minute Men were commanded by Captain Moses Greer.[17]

Additional resources:

The 5th Virginia Regiment recruited soldiers from Bedford County, Virginia. A history and drawings of the uniforms this regiment would have used is available at Field Music of the American Revolution.

A militia list survives identifying folks from Bedford County who served:

Additional resources include:

Bedford residents recommended for military commissions during the Revolutionary War.[18]

  • Chilton, Ann. Revolutionary War Pensions of Bedford County, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1988. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. FHL Collection 975.5675 M2ca
  • Westerlund, John Stephen. "Bedford County, Virginia, 1774-1783: A Study of Participation in the War for Independence." Utah State University, Department of History and Geography, 1977.
  • 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, Eastern District, Bedford County on pages 128-129.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Bedford County men served in the 10th and 91st Regiments.[19]

  • Douthat, James L. Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2007. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. FHL Collection 975.5 M2djL. [Includes Bedford County.]
  • 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, Bedford County, p. 63-64.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Bedford 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 Bedford County, Virginia:

- 2nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company A (Clay Dragoons), Company F (Bedford Southside Dragoons), Company G (Radford Rangers)
- 14th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Bedford Rifle Grays).[20]
- 28th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Old Dominion Rifles), Comapny G (Bedford Grays), and Company H (Patty Layne Rifles).[21]
- 34th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company E (Piedmont Battery B), Company G (Bedford Heavy Artillery), Company H (Powhatan Artillery), and Company I (Captain Sales Heavy Artillery).[22]
- 42nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Buford Grays).[23]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Newspapers

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

Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, 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 this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

  • Lacy, Carole Field. "Marriages and Deaths Found in Early Bedford Newspapers [Bedford Democrat]," Bedford Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Feb. 2008):3; Vol. 22, No. 2 (May 2008):19; Vol. 23, No. 1 (Feb. 2009); Vol. 23, No. 2 (May 2009):19; Vol. 23, No. 3 (Aug. 2009):35; Vol. 23, No. 4 (Nov. 2009):51.

Occupations

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 U23c. [Includes a section on Liberty (now Bedford) silversmiths and watchmakers.]
  • The Mills of Bedford County. Bedford, Va.: Bedford City/County Museum, 2006.

Petitions

  • "1785 Petition for an Inspection Station for Tobacco Hemp & Flour at Lynches Ferry," Bedford Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Feb. 2008):10-11.
  • 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 (full-view). [Bedford County petitions (1777-1858) are described on pp. 210-234.]
  • Seven religious petitions (1774, 1774, 1778, 1779, 1779, 1782, 1785) from residents of Bedford County, Virginia are available online in Early Virginia Religious Petitions, courtesy: The Library of Congress: American Memory.
  • Watts, Dorothy C. "Petitions of Residents of Bedford and Henry Counties, Virginia, in Favor of and Opposed to a New County (Franklin)," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1980):83-89; Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):192-199. Available at New England Ancestors ($).

Private Papers

Probate Records

A free index to Bedford County, Virginia wills and administrations (1754-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

  • Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Virginia Will Book 1 and 2. Will Book 1: 1759-1787 and Will Book 2: 1787-1803. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
  • Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Virginia Will Book 3: 1794 to 1810. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
  • Clemens, William M. Virginia Wills Before 1799: A Complete Abstract Register of All Names Mentioned in Over Six Hundred Recorded Wills, ... Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties. Pompton Lakes, N.J.: Biblio Co., 1924. FHL Collection Fiche 6015628-6015629; digital versions at Access Genealogy; Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($). Free online surname index and 2004 reprint purchase details at Mountain Press website.
  • Dennis, Earle S. and Jane E. Smith. Marriage Bonds of Bedford County, Virginia, 1755 - 1800, Bedford County, Virginia: Index of Wills, 1754 - 1830. Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1989. Reprinted with: Bedford County, Virginia: Index of Wills, from 1754 to 1830 / edited by Rowland D. Buford. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5675 V2d 1989; digital version at World Vital Records ($).
  • King, George Harrison Sanford. "Copies of Extant Wills from Counties Whose Records Have Been Destroyed: Will of Major John Dinwiddie of King George County, Virginia," [and Dinwiddie Family Notes] The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1959):51-64. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 B2vg.
  • Rowland, D. Buford. Bedford County, Virginia Index of Wills from 1754 to 1830. New York: William M. Clemens, 1917. Digital book at Google Books (Full-view).
  • Whitten, Joida. Abstracts of Bedford County, Virginia, Wills, Inventories and Accounts, 1754-1787. Dallas, Texas, 1969. Reviewed in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1970):36. Review available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 B2vg; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1757] Insolvents, 1757, The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 46, No. 4 (Oct. 2002). FHL 975.5 B2vg.
  • [1762] Insolvents, 1762, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Aug. 1985). FHL 975.5 B2vs; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • [1763] Tithes, 1763, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Aug. 1985). FHL 975.5 B2vs; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • [1764] "Bedford County Tithables, 1764," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 46, No. 2 (May 2008):89-90. FHL 975.5 B2vs.
  • [1782] Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. FHL 975.5 R4f 1978. [1782 personal property tax list of Bedford County.]
  • [1782] Tax List, 1782, Virginia Appalachian Notes, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Feb. 1981); Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1981).
  • [1782-1816] Heinegg, Paul. "Bedford County Personal Property Tax List 1782-1805, 1806-1816," Free African Americans.com, available online. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1784-1820] Land and Lots Returned as Delinquent, 1784-1820, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Nov. 2006). FHL 975.5 B2vs.
  • [1787] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. FHL 975.5 R4sn v. 1. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Bedford County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • [1787] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1977):113-118. FHL 975.5 B2vg; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records identify migrants who left the county and often their intended destinations. Bedford County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on pp. 114-115.]
  • [1789, 1800] Indexed images of the 1789 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of Bedford County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1795] "Bedford County Insolvents, 1795," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Aug. 2008):203-204. FHL 975.5 B2vs.
  • [1797-1798] Insolvent Lists for 1797 and 1798, Virginia Appalachian Notes, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug. 1986).
  • [1800] "Bedford County, Virginia 1800 Tax List," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1963):65-70; Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1963):118-124; Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1963):167-172. FHL 975.5 B2vg; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, Bedford Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Nov. 1993); Vol. 5, No. 1 (Feb. 1994); Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1994); Vol. 5, No. 3 (Aug. 1994); Vol. 5, No. 4 (Nov. 1994).
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. FHL 975 E4w v. 2. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Bedford County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1817-1819] Insolvent Lists, 1817-19, Virginia Appalachian Notes, Vol. 13, No. 2 (May 1989).
  • [Pre-1820] "A List of Lands and Lots Returned as Delinquent in Bedford County," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Nov. 2006):295-30. FHL 975.5 B2vs. [Non-payment of taxes before 1820.][16]
  • [1864] Tariff of Tolls to be Charged on Blue Ridge Turnpike and Ferry, 1864, Museum News [Bedford, Va.] (Spring 2004).
  • [1915] Thomas Jefferson Tax List, Poplar Forest, 1915, Southsider [Charlotte Court House, Va.], Vol. 12, No. 2 (1993).

Vital Records

Indexes to Bedford 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
  • Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Virginia Birth Records: 1853-1856. Vol. I. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
Marriage
  • 1660-1800 - Virginia Marriages 1660-1800 (Ancestry) ($).
  • 1740-1850 - Virginia Marriages 1740-1850 (Ancestry) ($).
  • Miller, Jos. L. "Some Early Marriages in Bedford County, Va.," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Apr. 1903):280-282. Available at JSTOR ($). [Taken from Mrs. R.B. Claytor's abstracts published in the Louisville Courier Journal.]
  • 1755-1800 - Dennis, Earle S. and Jane E. Smith. Marriage Bonds of Bedford County, Virginia, 1755-1800 . Bedford, Va.: E.S. Dennis and J.E. Smith, 1932. Digital book available at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).
  • Bedford County Marriage Bonds (VAGenWeb)
Death

Bedford 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.

  • Neighbors, Marvin. Bedford County, Virginia Death Records 1853-1860 and 1868-1880. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.
Vital Record Substitutes

The Virginia Historical Society's Marriage and Obituary Index, 1736-1820 (newspaper abstracts) is available for free online. Images of the original index cards are browseable, arranged alphabetically by surname.

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bedford County, Virginia. Page 710 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Ninth Census of the United States: Statistics of Population, Tables I to VIII Inclusive (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872), 70. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Book 973 X2pcu.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 338-339. Digital version at Google Books.
  5. Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, Green Stone: A History of Southern Bedford County, Virginia (Moneta, Va.: R.P.B. Bishop, 1996), 16. FHL Book 975.5675 H2b.
  6. Harold B. Oyer, History Morgan's Baptist Church 1771-1971 (1971); see also "Nathaniel Shrewsbury: Bedford County Pastor," Bedford Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Feb. 2009):12-13. Taken from Harold B. Oyer's History Morgans Baptist Church 1771-1971.
  7. Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, Green Stone: A History of Southern Bedford County, Virginia (Moneta, Va.: R.P.B. Bishop, 1996). FHL Book 975.5675 H2b.
  8. June Goode, Page Wilkerson, Pamela C. Turpin and Bedford Baptist Church, Bedford Baptist Church, 1797-1997: Two Hundred Years of Serving God and Man: Bedford, Virginia (Bedford, Va.: B and B Printing, 1996). FHL Book 975.5676 K2g.
  9. Rachel Parsons Flynn Bishop, Green Stone: A History of Southern Bedford County, Virginia (Moneta, Va.: R.P.B. Bishop, 1996). FHL Book 975.5675 H2b.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  11. James Pinkney Pleasant Bell, Our Quaker Friends of Ye Olden Time: Being in Part a Transcript of the Minute Books of Cedar Creek Meeting, Hanover County, and the South River Meeting, Campbell County, Va (Lynchburg, Va.: J.P. Bell Company, 1905). FHL Book 975.5 K2bj; digital version at Google Books - free.
  12. F. Edward Wright, Quaker Records of South River Monthly Meeting, 1756-1800 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1993). FHL Book 975.567 K2w.
  13. William Wade Hinshaw, Thomas W. Marshall and John Cox, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Bros., 1950). Vol. 6. FHL Book 973 D2he 1993 v. 6.
  14. Mary Marshall Brewer, Quaker Records of Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia, 1739-1793 (Lewes, De.: Colonial Roots, 2002), Introduction. FHL Book 975.5462 K2b.
  15. "Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index Availability," Library of Virginia (accessed 26 January 2010).
  16. 16.0 16.1 Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 320-333. FHL Collection 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  17. Revolutionary War Pension of John Wright, 1832, Pension S6449. Abstract at Southern Campaign in the Revolutionary War.
  18. J.T. McAllister, Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister's Data (Hot Springs, Va.: McAllister Pub. Co., 1913), 23-24. Digitized by Internet Archive.
  19. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 51. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  20. Edward R. Crews and Timothy A. Parish, 14th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 117.
  21. Frank E. Fields, 28th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 15.
  22. Johnny L. Scott, 34th Virginia Infantry (Appomattox, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1999). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 135.
  23. John Chapla, 42nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1983). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 5.

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