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Revision as of 16:44, 24 March 2012

Wise County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Wise County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Wise County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1856
County Seat Wise
Courthouse
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Wise County


Southwest Virginia county.

Contents

County Courthouse

Wise County Courthouse
206 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1248
Room 245
Wise, VA 24293
276-328-6111

Circuit Clerk has marriage and div records

from 1856

Probate and Land Records

History

Gov. Henry A. Wise (1806-1876)

The county is named after Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise (1806-1876), who was in office at the time of Wise County's organization. He later served as a Confederate States Army General during the Civil War.[1]

Parent County

1856--Wise County was created 16 February 1856 from Lee, Russell, and Scott Counties.
County seat: Wise [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biographies

  • Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. Some Sandy Basin Characters. Clintwood, Va.: Hettie Sutherland, 1962. 1985 reprint available at FHL.

Cemeteries

  • Adams, James Taylor (1892-1954). Wise County Historical Inventory: Family Burying Grounds. St. Louis, Mo.: R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Available at FHL.
  • <a href="http://www.nkclifton.com/cemeteries/Cemetery6.html">Ben Bolling Cemetery</a>, Flat Gap, Wise Co., VA
  • Kilgore, Paul. Butcher's Fork, American Legion, Skeen's Ridge and Back Valley Cemeteries of Wise County, Virginia. [West Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [1997?]. Available at FHL
  • Kilgore, Paul. Powell Valley Memorial Gardens: Located in Beautiful Powell Valley, Wise County, VA. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), 2003. Available at FHL.

Census

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18604,508
18704,7856.1%
18807,77262.4%
18909,34520.2%
190019,653110.3%
191034,16273.8%
192046,50036.1%
193051,16710.0%
194052,4582.5%
195056,3367.4%
196043,579−22.6%
197035,947−17.5%
198043,86322.0%
199039,573−9.8%
200040,1231.4%


1860 Agriculture Census

  • Weaver, Jeffrey C. The 1860 Agriculture Census of Wise County, Virginia. Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1992. Available at FHL.

1890 Union Veterans

Church

Court

Chancery Court

  • Indexes (1855-1925) and images (1855-1912) to Wise County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through <a href="http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/">Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index</a>. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Genealogy

More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit <a href="Wise County, Virginia Genealogy">Wise County, Virginia Genealogy</a>.

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

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.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ">Google Books</a> and <a href="http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog">Internet Archive</a>. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Virginia, Civil War <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932382">Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865</a>

Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865


Virginia, The Civil War in Wise County, Virginia: 1861-1865. Wise, VA: Wise County Historical Society, 2004. <a href="http://www.worldcat.org/title/civil-war-in-wise-county-virginia-1861-1865/oclc/55613219&referer=brief_results">WorldCat</a> page.

  • Gobble, Lillian and Rhonda Robertson. Between Brothers: Civil War Soldiers of Wise & Dickenson County [Virginia]. [Big Stone Gap, Va.: L. Gobble & R. Robertson, 200-?]. FHL Collection

Naturalization


Virginia <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093">Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929</a>
Newspapers

Private Papers


Virginia, <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510">Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007</a>
<a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510">Probate</a>

Research Guides

Taxation

<a href="Virginia Tax Lists">How can Virginia tax lists help me?</a>

Vital Records

Indexes to Wise 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

  • Wise Co., Va., Births, 1867-1871, MSS., James Taylor Adams Collection, Box 68. St. Louis, Mo.: R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Microfilmed reproduction: FHL Collection

Death

  • Kilgore, Paul and Fred Harry King Funeral Home. Death Records, Fred H. King Funeral Home, 1927-1935. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [1999?]. FHL Collection
  • Robertson, Rhonda. The Wise County, Virginia Death Register 1856-1894. [Wise, Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (VA), [200-?]. FHL Collection

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

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References

  1. "Henry A. Wise," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_A._Wise, accessed 13 January 2012.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

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