Fincastle County, Virginia

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Fincastle County


Fincastle County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Fincastle County (1772-1776) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including marriage records, wills, deeds and land records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, and churches.

Contents

Historic Facts

Short-lived county on the Southwest Virginia frontier. Established 1772 and dissolved 1776 when it was divided to form Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky counties in Virginia.

Researchers studying pioneer families in East Tennessee may find their ancestors in records of Fincastle County.

Parent County

1772--Fincastle County was created in 1772 from Botetourt County. See County Formations Database (Kentucky Land Office)

Boundary Changes

1776--Became extinct in 1776 when it was divided to form Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky counties in Virginia.. See County Formations Database (Kentucky Land Office)

Some records are kept by Montgomery County, Virginia.

See an interactive map of Fincastle County boundary changes.

John R. Hildebrand prepared a map identifying the location of Fincastle County between 1772 and 1777: FHL Map 975 E7hi.

Neighboring Counties

Bedford | Botetourt | Pittsylvania

Resources

Getting Started

  • Michael L. Cook and Bettie A. Cook, Fincastle and Kentucky County, Va.-Ky.: Records and History (Evansville, Ind.: Cook Pub., 1987). FHL Book 976.9 H2cc.

Biography

  • T.W. Preston, "Some Famous Civilians of Southwestern Virginia: That Portion Formerly Embraced in East Fincastle County," Bulletin (Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia), No. 15 (Nov. 1947). FHL Book 975.5725 H25b no. 15.

Church Records

Baptists

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.

Court Records

  • "Minutes of Fincastle County Court (pp 588-651) 5 Jan 1773 - 3 Sep 1776," Distant Crossroads [Hawkins Co., TN Genealogical Society], Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1986): 89-90. FHL US/CAN Book 976.895 B2d. [Source: Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia.]

DNA

DNA of Historic Fincastle County, Virginia Residents
Ancestor
Biographical Notes
YDNA Test
Group
Kit
Matches
Project
Brown
Thomas
(1773-1862) b Fincastle Co., VA
37 Marker
40 17164 Yes
Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study
Brown
Thomas
(1773-1862) b Fincastle Co., VA
34 Marker
40 KSQXT Yes
Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study
*Various commercial companies collected DNA from descendants of these men. FamilySearch has not independently verified their lineages.

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

Bibliography

  • [Drake] Drake, Charles E. "The Drake Family of Ninety Six District and Abbeville County, South Carolina," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 2001):183-195. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 29
  • [Duncan] Dobson, Mary Ann Duncan. Duncan Research Files of Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson. MSS. 1975-1999. FHL Film 795592 Item 6 Includes Fincastle County.
  • [McGriff] Hill, Joseph Edward. Captain James McGriff (1755-1830) and His Descendants. Leesburg, Fla.: J.E. Hill, 1979. FHL Book 929.273 M137h.
  • [McNew] Hockett, Thomas Jack and Janice M. Snead. The Macknew (McNew) and Marlow (Marler; Marley) Family of Prince Georges Cty, Md., Frederick (Berkeley) Cty, Va. and Fincastle (Washington) Cty., Va., and the Possibly Allied Families of Hargis and Berry. Typescript, microfilmed 1991. FHL Collection 1697545 Item 21; also FHL Collection 929.273 M218ht
  • [Marshall] Marshall, Ganell. The Marshall Family. 2004.
  • [Page] Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. Page Family Records in Virginia Counties. 2 vols. Carmichael, Calif.: D.C. Rutherford, 1982-2006. FHL Book 929.273 P141rdc v. 2 [Fincastle County appears in Vol. 2 Part 2]
  • [Spratt] Buchanan, Paul C. "The Spratt Family of Southwest Virginia Prior to 1800," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1988):297-305. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 32 (1988).

Land and Property

Mary B Kegley's Early Adventurers on the Western Waters includes many Fincastle County entries, military warrants, surveys and deeds. Vol 1, Chapter 2 and 3 also covers the land companies. For the New River area see also Vol 2 and 5.

Deeds

  • "Fincastle County Virginia Deeds 1773-1777," Distant Crossroads [Hawkins Co., TN Genealogical Society], Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1986): 91. FHL US/CAN Book 976.895 B2d. [Source: Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia.]

Land Surveys

  • "Fincastle County Virginia Land Surveys," [1774] Distant Crossroads [Hawkins Co., TN Genealogical Society], Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1986): 91. FHL US/CAN Book 976.895 B2d. [Source: Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia.]

Maps

  • Hildebrand, John R. Fincastle County, Virginia, 1772-1777. 1968. FHL Map 975 E7hi.

Military

Dunmore's War and Revolutionary War

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

- 7th Virginia Regiment
- 8th Virginia Regiment
- 14th Virginia Regiment

Additional resources:

"Pay Roll for Captain Womack's Company of Militia stationed at Womack's Fort in Fincastle County (1777)," transcribed by Will Graves, is available for free online, courtesy: Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution.

  • Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, Culpeper and Fincastle Payrolls and Public Service Claims, 1775 also Known as Dunmore's War: Enlarged and Photocopied. Ft. Wayne, Ind.: Allen County Public Library, 2004? FHL Collection 975.5 M2au
  • Harwell, Richard Barksdale. The Committees of Safety of Westmoreland and Fincastle Proceedings of the County Committees, 1774-1776. Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1956. 1974 reprint: FHL Collection 975.5 N2c 1974
  • Kegley, Mary B. Soldiers of Fincastle County, Virginia 1774. Dublin, Va.: M.B. Kegley, 1974. FHL Collection 975.5 A1 no. 12

Probate Records

  • Worrell, Anne Lowry. A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1773-1831. Christiansburg, Va.: Montgomery Messenger Pub. Corp., 1932. FHL Collection 32634; purchase at Genealogical.com.

Vital Records

Marriage

  • Worrell, Anne Lowry. A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1773-1831. Christiansburg, Va.: Montgomery Messenger Pub. Corp., 1932. FHL Collection 32634; purchase at Genealogical.com.

References


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