Wise County, Virginia

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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
'''Wise County Courthouse'''<br>206 East Main Street<br>P.O. Box 1248<br>Room 245<br>Wise, VA 24293<br>276-328-6111  
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Wise County Courthouse<br>206 East Main Street<br>P.O. Box 1248<br>Room 245<br>Wise, VA 24293<br>276-328-6111  
  
*Circuit Clerk has marriage and divorce records from 1856 as well as probate and land records.<ref name="Handybook"/>
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Circuit Clerk has marriage and div records  
  
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Biographies  ====
 
==== Biographies  ====
  
*Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. ''Some Sandy Basin Characters''. Clintwood, Va.: Hettie Sutherland, 1962. 1985 reprint available at <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="34" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">.
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*Sutherland, Elihu Jasper. ''Some Sandy Basin Characters''. Clintwood, Va.: Hettie Sutherland, 1962. 1985 reprint available at {{FHL|573586|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*Adams, James Taylor (1892-1954). ''Wise County Historical Inventory: Family Burying Grounds''. St. Louis, Mo.:&nbsp;R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Available at <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="32" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">.  
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*Adams, James Taylor (1892-1954). ''Wise County Historical Inventory: Family Burying Grounds''. St. Louis, Mo.:&nbsp;R.R. Seibel and D.A. Griffith, 1971. Available at {{FHL|572529|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
*&lt;a href="http://www.nkclifton.com/cemeteries/Cemetery6.html"&gt;Ben Bolling Cemetery&lt;/a&gt;, Flat Gap, Wise Co., VA  
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*[http://www.nkclifton.com/cemeteries/Cemetery6.html Ben Bolling Cemetery], 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]: Wis<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1269270521553_691" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1269270521553_546" />e County Historical Society (Va.), [1997?]. Available at <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="30" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">.&nbsp;  
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*Kilgore, Paul. ''Butcher's Fork, American Legion, Skeen's Ridge and Back Valley Cemeteries of Wise County, Virginia''. [West Virginia]: Wis<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1269270521553_691" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1269270521553_546" />e County Historical Society (Va.), [1997?]. Available at {{FHL|1123637|title-id|disp=FHL}}.&nbsp;  
*Kilgore, Paul. ''Powell Valley Memorial Gardens: Located in Beautiful Powell Valley, Wise County, VA''. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), 2003. Available at <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="28" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">.
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*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|1393012|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
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<br>'''''1860 Agriculture Census'''''  
 
<br>'''''1860 Agriculture Census'''''  
  
*Weaver, Jeffrey C. ''The 1860 Agriculture Census of Wise County, Virginia''. Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1992. Available at <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="22" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">.
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*Weaver, Jeffrey C. ''The 1860 Agriculture Census of Wise County, Virginia''. Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1992. Available at {{FHL|593610|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
 
'''''1890 Union Veterans'''''  
 
'''''1890 Union Veterans'''''  
  
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''&lt;a href="http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc"&gt;Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890&lt;/a&gt;''. Available online, courtesy: &lt;a href="http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm"&gt;Prince William County Virginia&lt;/a&gt; website. [Includes residents of this county.]
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*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website. [Includes residents of this county.]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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'''''Chancery Court'''''  
 
'''''Chancery Court'''''  
  
*Indexes (1855-1925) and images (1855-1912) to Wise County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through &lt;a href="http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/"&gt;Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index&lt;/a&gt;. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.
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*Indexes (1855-1925) and images (1855-1912) to Wise County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through [http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/ Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index]. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit &lt;a href="Wise County, Virginia Genealogy"&gt;Wise County, Virginia Genealogy&lt;/a&gt;.  
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More than 25 genealogies have been published about Wise County families. To view a list, visit [[Wise County, Virginia Genealogy|Wise County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Johnson, Charles A. ''A Narrative History of Wise County, Virginia''. Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938. Reprint edition, The Overmountain Press, 1988.&nbsp;<img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="20" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">; digital version at &lt;a href="http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30038"&gt;Ancestry&lt;/a&gt; ($); and &lt;a href="http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3017_wise"&gt;World Vital Records&lt;/a&gt; ($). &lt;a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Wise_County_Virginia.html?id=6RyGQfOhl18C"&gt;Google Books&lt;/a&gt; page.  
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*Johnson, Charles A. ''A Narrative History of Wise County, Virginia''. Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938. Reprint edition, The Overmountain Press, 1988.&nbsp;{{FHL|121215|item}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30038 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva3017_wise World Vital Records] ($). [http://books.google.com/books/about/Wise_County_Virginia.html?id=6RyGQfOhl18C Google Books] page.  
*''Wise County: Her Industries, Resources and Prominent Men''. Norton, Va.: n.p., 1920. <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="18" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">; digital version at &lt;a href="http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10410"&gt;Ancestry&lt;/a&gt; ($).
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*''Wise County: Her Industries, Resources and Prominent Men''. Norton, Va.: n.p., 1920. {{FHL|625034|item}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10410 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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===== '''''War of 1812'''''  =====
 
===== '''''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. <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="16" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate"> 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at &lt;a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ"&gt;Google Books&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog"&gt;Internet Archive&lt;/a&gt;. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
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*''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|286899|item}} 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
  
 
===== '''''Civil War'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Civil War'''''  =====
  
Virginia, Civil War &lt;a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932382"&gt;Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865&lt;/a&gt;
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Virginia, Civil War [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932382 Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865]
  
 
Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865  
 
Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865  
  
<br>Virginia, ''The Civil War in Wise County, Virginia: 1861-1865''. Wise, VA: Wise County Historical Society, 2004. &lt;a href="http://www.worldcat.org/title/civil-war-in-wise-county-virginia-1861-1865/oclc/55613219&amp;referer=brief_results"&gt;WorldCat&lt;/a&gt; page.  
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<br>Virginia, ''The Civil War in Wise County, Virginia: 1861-1865''. Wise, VA: Wise County Historical Society, 2004. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/civil-war-in-wise-county-virginia-1861-1865/oclc/55613219&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page.  
  
*Gobble, Lillian and Rhonda Robertson. ''Between Brothers: Civil War Soldiers of Wise &amp; Dickenson County [Virginia]''. [Big Stone Gap, Va.: L. Gobble &amp; R. Robertson, 200-?]. <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="14" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">
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*Gobble, Lillian and Rhonda Robertson. ''Between Brothers: Civil War Soldiers of Wise &amp; Dickenson County [Virginia]''. [Big Stone Gap, Va.: L. Gobble &amp; R. Robertson, 200-?]. {{FHL|1217570|item}}
  
 
==== '''Naturalization'''  ====
 
==== '''Naturalization'''  ====
  
'''<br>Virginia &lt;a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093"&gt;Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929&lt;/a&gt;<br>'''Newspapers  
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'''<br>Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093 Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929]<br>'''Newspapers  
  
*''The Big Stone Gap Post'', Big Stone Gap, VA, 1892-1928. (&lt;a href="http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88061179/"&gt;Chronicling America&lt;/a&gt;&nbsp;at the Library of Congress)  
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*''The Big Stone Gap Post'', Big Stone Gap, VA, 1892-1928. ([http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88061179/ Chronicling America]&nbsp;at the Library of Congress)  
*''The Big Stone Post'', Big Stone Gap., VA, 1890-1892. (&lt;a href="http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060150/"&gt;Chronicling America&lt;/a&gt; at the Library of Congress)  
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*''The Big Stone Post'', Big Stone Gap., VA, 1890-1892. ([http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060150/ Chronicling America] at the Library of Congress)  
*''&lt;a href="http://www.cvtimes.com/"&gt;Clinch Valley Times&lt;/a&gt;''  
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*''[http://www.cvtimes.com/ Clinch Valley Times]''  
*&lt;a href="http://www.thecoalfieldprogress.com/"&gt;''The Coalfield Progress'', ''The Dickenson Star'', and ''The Post''&lt;/a&gt;
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*[http://www.thecoalfieldprogress.com/ ''The Coalfield Progress'', ''The Dickenson Star'', and ''The Post'']
*Meade, Angie Bell. ''A Collection of Obituaries and Other Published Death Notices: Mostly of Russell, Scott and Wise Counties of Virginia, a Few Other Counties, Some Out-of-state: Most Collections Before 1940''. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [2000?]. <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="12" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">
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*Meade, Angie Bell. ''A Collection of Obituaries and Other Published Death Notices: Mostly of Russell, Scott and Wise Counties of Virginia, a Few Other Counties, Some Out-of-state: Most Collections Before 1940''. Wise, Va.: Wise County Historical Society (Va.), [2000?]. {{FHL|1008195|item}}
*&lt;a href="http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/virginia/wise-county-obituaries.htm"&gt;Wise County, Virginia Obituaries&lt;/a&gt; (NewspaperObituaries.net)
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*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/virginia/wise-county-obituaries.htm Wise County, Virginia Obituaries] (NewspaperObituaries.net)
  
 
==== '''Private Papers'''  ====
 
==== '''Private Papers'''  ====
  
'''<br>Virginia, &lt;a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510"&gt;Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007&lt;/a&gt;'''&lt;a href="https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510"&gt;Probate&lt;/a&gt;
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'''<br>Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510 Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007]'''[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510 Probate]
  
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*"A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wise County," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):204-206. Available at &lt;a href="http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&amp;Da=285"&gt;New England Ancestors&lt;/a&gt; ($).
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*"A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wise County," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):204-206. Available at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($).
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
&lt;a href="Virginia Tax Lists"&gt;How can Virginia tax lists help me?&lt;/a&gt;
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*'''[1857]''' Weaver, Jeffrey C. &lt;a href="http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/wise1857.htm"&gt;The 1857 Wise County, Virginia Land Tax List (Surnames A through M only)&lt;/a&gt;, available online, courtesy: &lt;a href="http://www.newrivernotes.com/"&gt;New River Notes&lt;/a&gt;.
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*'''[1857]''' Weaver, Jeffrey C. [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/wise1857.htm The 1857 Wise County, Virginia Land Tax List (Surnames A through M only)], available online, courtesy: [http://www.newrivernotes.com/ New River Notes].
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
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'''''Birth'''''  
 
'''''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: <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="8" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">
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*''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|573473|item}}
  
 
'''''Death'''''  
 
'''''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?]. <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="6" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">
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*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|1008202|item}}
*Robertson, Rhonda. ''The Wise County, Virginia Death Register 1856-1894''. [Wise, Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (VA), [200-?]. <img _fck_mw_template="true" _fckrealelement="4" _fckfakelement="true" src="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/extensions/FCKeditor/fckeditor/editor/images/spacer.gif" class="FCK__MWTemplate">
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*Robertson, Rhonda. ''The Wise County, Virginia Death Register 1856-1894''. [Wise, Virginia]: Wise County Historical Society (VA), [200-?]. {{FHL|1393009|item}}
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Revision as of 14:39, 28 April 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.
  • Ben Bolling Cemetery, 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 Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. 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 Wise County, Virginia Genealogy.

Land

Local Histories

  • Johnson, Charles A. A Narrative History of Wise County, Virginia. Norton, Va.: Norton Press, 1938. Reprint edition, The Overmountain Press, 1988. FHL Collection; digital version at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($). Google Books page.
  • Wise County: Her Industries, Resources and Prominent Men. Norton, Va.: n.p., 1920. FHL Collection; digital version at Ancestry ($).

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 Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Wise County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

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

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. WorldCat 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 Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929
Newspapers

Private Papers


Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007
Probate

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wise County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):204-206. Available at New England Ancestors ($).

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

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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