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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Grayson County'''
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Guide to '''Grayson County Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Virginia Southwest Virginia] county.
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== Grayson County Virginia Courthouse  ==
  
== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.graysoncountyva.com/ Grayson County Courthouse]<br>P.O. Box 130<br>129 Davis Street<br>Independence, Virginia 24348-0130<br>Phone: 276-773-2231<br>
  
'''Grayson County Courthouse'''<br>P.O. Box 130<br>129 Davis Street<br>Independence, Virginia 24348-0130<br>276-773-2231<br>  
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate, court<br>and land records from 1793<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grayson County, Virginia. Page 714 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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== History  ==
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== Grayson County Virginia History  ==
 
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
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*Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1890
 
*Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1890
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Grayson County Virginia Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources  ==
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== Grayson County Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==
  
[http://www.newrivernotes.com/ New River Notes]  
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[[Image:Vagrayson.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]  
  
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
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*Freedmen's Bureau {{RecordSearch|1596147|Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872}}
 
*Freedmen's Bureau {{RecordSearch|1596147|Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872}}
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*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/slavegr.htm Grayson County, Virginia Slaveholders 1800-1860] (New River Notes) - free.
  
 
*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/grayson.htm "Grayson County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1818,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
 
*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/grayson.htm "Grayson County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1818,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
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==== Bible Records  ====
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{{VABible}}
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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'''1800''' - Lost, but a substitute is available, see [[Grayson County, Virginia#Taxation|Taxation]].  
 
'''1800''' - Lost, but a substitute is available, see [[Grayson County, Virginia#Taxation|Taxation]].  
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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.]
 
*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  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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===== Baptist  =====
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Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):
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#'''Cedar Island or Fox Creek''' (1782)<ref name="baptist" />
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#'''Meadow Creek''' (1797).<ref name="baptist" /> A list of new members (1840) was published in ''Glimpses of Grayson'', Vol. 7, No. 3 (Dec. 1985).
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#'''N. Fork of New River''' (1796)<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), 358-359. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>
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Grayson County fell within the bounds of the Holston and Mountain Associations.
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===== Quaker  =====
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Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):
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*'''Chestnut Creek Monthly Meeting''' (1785-1841)<ref name="jay">Jay Worrall, ''The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. {{FHL|702792|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 K2wj}}.</ref>
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*'''Fruit Hill Monthly Meeting''' (1790-1814)<ref name="jay" />
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*'''Mount Pleasant Monthly Meeting''' (1790-1825, 1980s)<ref name="jay" />
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 1 British alien living in Grayson County.<ref name="null">Kenneth Scott, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/british-aliens-in-the-united-states-during-the-war-of-1812/oclc/5711802 British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812]'' (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. {{FHL|78653|item|disp=FHL Book 973 W4s}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49091 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
 
During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 1 British alien living in Grayson County.<ref name="null">Kenneth Scott, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/british-aliens-in-the-united-states-during-the-war-of-1812/oclc/5711802 British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812]'' (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. {{FHL|78653|item|disp=FHL Book 973 W4s}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49091 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*Kegley, Mary B. ''Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers''. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. Available at {{FHL|677541|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes Grayson County pensioners.]  
 
*Kegley, Mary B. ''Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers''. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. Available at {{FHL|677541|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes Grayson County pensioners.]  
 
*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Grayson County on page 134.]  
 
*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Grayson County on page 134.]  
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M24ur}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
  
===== '''''War of 1812''''' =====
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===== War of 1812  =====
  
 
[http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/grayw1812.htm Grayson County, Virginia in the War of 1812]  
 
[http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/grayw1812.htm Grayson County, Virginia in the War of 1812]  
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Grayson County men served in the 78th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 95. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
  
 
*''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, Grayson County, p. 82. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
 
*''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, Grayson County, p. 82. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
  
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==== '''Civil War'''  ====
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{{VAciv}}
  
'''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]'''  
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:- [[4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company F (Grayson Dare Devils).<ref>James I. Robertson, ''4th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.F. Howard, 1982). {{FHL|342003|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 1}}.</ref>
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:- [[4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Companies B and D.<ref>[http://www.ranger95.com/civil_war/virginia/cavalry/virginia_state_line_organ.html The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line], ''Ranger95.com,'' accessed 11 June 2012.</ref>
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:- [[8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company C (Grayson Cavalry)<ref>Jack L. Dickinson, ''8th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|498421|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25}}.</ref>
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:- [[22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate)|22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate)]]. Company G.  
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:- [[37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate)|37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate)]]. Company D and Company I.<ref>J.L. Scott, ''36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|576978|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24}}.</ref>
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:- [[45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company C (Grayson Rifles).<ref>J.L. Scott, ''45th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). {{FHL|487695|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 58}}.</ref>
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:- [[50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company D (Wilson Rifles) (Grayson Hornets).<ref>John C. Chapla, ''50th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). {{FHL|650201|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129}}.</ref>
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:- [[51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Companies A and D.<ref>James A. Davis, ''51st Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1984). {{FHL|122535|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 9}}.</ref>
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:- [[63rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (McMahon's) (Confederate)|63rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (McMahon's) (Confederate)]]. Companies C and G.<ref>Jeffrey C. Weaver, ''63rd Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). {{FHL|457315|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 76}}.</ref>
  
<br>Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932427 Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865]
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Records and histories are available, including:  
  
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932382|Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865}}
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}
  
<br>Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1877093 Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929]
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==== Naturalization ====
  
==== <br>'''Newspapers'''  ====
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*Virginia {{RecordSearch|1877093|Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929}}
  
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: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia].
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==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Private Papers  ====
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{{VAnews}}
  
<br>Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932510 Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007]  
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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: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia].
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
{{Vawill|1796-1800}}  
 
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*'''1793-1849''' - [http://www.newrivernotes.com/graysonrecords/graywill.htm Grayson County, Virginia Wills 1793-1849] (New River Notes) - free.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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*Tax Laws, Local, ''Glimpses of Grayson'', Vol. 9, Nos. 1-2 (Jun. 1988).  
 
*Tax Laws, Local, ''Glimpses of Grayson'', Vol. 9, Nos. 1-2 (Jun. 1988).  
*[1800] "Grayson County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1981):204-210. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors ]($).  
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*'''[1794]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1794.htm Grayson County, Virginia Tax List - 1794] (New River Notes) - free.
*[1805-1818] Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/grayson.htm "Grayson County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1818,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
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*'''[1794]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/g794pptx.htm 1794 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
*[1810] Schreiner-Yates, Netti. ''A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia:&nbsp;Tax Lists of the Counties for which the Census is Missing''. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. Available at {{FHL|109831|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1810 personal property tax list. Grayson County is included because the 1810 Census for that county has been destroyed.]  
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*'''[1796]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1796.htm The 1796 Grayson County, Virginia Land Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
*[1810] Tax List, 1810,&nbsp;''Southwest Virginian'', Vol. 5, No. 27 (Dec. 1982).  
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*'''[1799]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1799.htm The 1799 Grayson County, Virginia Land Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
*[1810] Tax List, 1810,&nbsp;''Southwest Virginia Ancestors'', Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring 1995); Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 1995).  
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*'''[1800]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1800.htm The 1800 Grayson County, Virginia Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
*[1815] Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Grayson County is included in Vol. 5.]  
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*'''[1800]''' "Grayson County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1981):204-210. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors ]($).  
*[1815] Kegley, Mary B. ''Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815:&nbsp;Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties''. Wytheville, Va.: Kegley Books, 1991. Original edition and 1992 supplement available at {{FHL|480251|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is a private collection of 1815 tax assessment tickets for the First District of Virginia. The tickets&nbsp;includes landowners' names, number of acres or lots, number of buildings along with descriptions, and number of slaves. N.B. These are not the 1815 land tax books.]
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*'''[1805]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1805.htm The 1805 Grayson County, Virginia Land Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1805]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray05pp.htm The 1805 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1805-1818]''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/grayson.htm "Grayson County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1818,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
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*'''[1810]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1810tl.htm The 1810 Grayson County, Virginia Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1810]''' Schreiner-Yates, Netti. ''A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia:&nbsp;Tax Lists of the Counties for which the Census is Missing''. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. Available at {{FHL|109831|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1810 personal property tax list. Grayson County is included because the 1810 Census for that county has been destroyed.]  
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*'''[1810]''' Tax List, 1810,&nbsp;''Southwest Virginian'', Vol. 5, No. 27 (Dec. 1982).  
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*'''[1810]''' Tax List, 1810,&nbsp;''Southwest Virginia Ancestors'', Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring 1995); Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 1995).  
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*'''[1813]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1813tl.htm The 1813 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1815]''' Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Grayson County is included in Vol. 5.]  
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*'''[1815]''' Kegley, Mary B. ''Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815:&nbsp;Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties''. Wytheville, Va.: Kegley Books, 1991. Original edition and 1992 supplement available at {{FHL|480251|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is a private collection of 1815 tax assessment tickets for the First District of Virginia. The tickets&nbsp;includes landowners' names, number of acres or lots, number of buildings along with descriptions, and number of slaves. N.B. These are not the 1815 land tax books.]  
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*'''[1817]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1817tl.htm The 1817 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1824]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1824tl.htm The 1824 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1825]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1825tl.htm The 1825 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1828]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1828tl.htm The 1828 Grayson County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1835]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1835tl.htm The 1835 Grayson County Virginia Personal Property Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1863]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gc63tl.htm The 1863 Grayson County, Virginia Land Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''[1890]''' [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gray1890.htm The 1890 Grayson County, Virginia Land Tax List] (New River Notes) - free.
  
 
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*''Grayson County, VA Marriages 1853-1931''.
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===== Birth  =====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*'''1853-1879, 1884-1888''' - [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/grayson.htm#vital Grayson County, Virginia Birth Records 1853-1879, 1884-1888] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''1853-1870''' - Grayson County Birth Index 1853-1870. Batch {{IGI|C868753}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">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.</ref>
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*'''1660-1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3002 Virginia Marriages 1660-1800] (Ancestry) ($).
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*'''1740-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3723 Virginia Marriages 1740-1850] (Ancestry) ($).
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*'''1793-1836''' - [http://www.newrivernotes.com/graysonrecords/graymarr.htm Grayson County, Virginia Marriages 1796-1836] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''1793-1906''' - Grayson County Marriage Index 1793-1906. Batch {{IGI|M868753}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1853-1931''' - [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/grayson.htm#vital Grayson County, VA Marriages 1853-1931] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''1853-1896''' - [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/grayson.htm#vital Grayson County, Virginia Death Register 1853-1870 and Records 1870-1896] (New River Notes) - free.
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*'''1853-1870''' - Grayson County Death Index 1853-1870. Batch {{IGI|B868753}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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Guide to Grayson County Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Grayson County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Grayson County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Grayson County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1792
County Seat Independence
Courthouse

Contents

Grayson County Virginia Courthouse

Grayson County Courthouse
P.O. Box 130
129 Davis Street
Independence, Virginia 24348-0130
Phone: 276-773-2231

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate, court
and land records from 1793[1]


Beginning Dates for Grayson County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1793 1853 1820 1793 1796

Grayson County Virginia History

Parent County

1792--Grayson County was created 7 November 1792 from Wythe and Patrick Counties.
County seat: Independence [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1800, 1810, 1890

Grayson County Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Grayson County Virginia Genealogy Resources

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Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Grayson County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1967):157-159. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:

Cemeteries

Census

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18003,912
18104,94126.3%
18205,59813.3%
18307,67537.1%
18409,08718.4%
18506,677−26.5%
18608,25223.6%
18709,58716.2%
188013,06836.3%
189014,39410.1%
190016,85317.1%
191019,85617.8%
192019,816−0.2%
193020,0171.0%
194021,9169.5%
195021,379−2.5%
196017,930−16.1%
197015,439−13.9%
198016,5797.4%
199016,278−1.8%
200017,91710.1%
201015,533−13.3%

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

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1840

  • Douthat, James L. 1840 Mountain Empire of Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2001. FHL Collection 975.5 X2d 1840. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. [Includes Grayson County.]

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Cedar Island or Fox Creek (1782)[3]
  2. Meadow Creek (1797).[3] A list of new members (1840) was published in Glimpses of Grayson, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Dec. 1985).
  3. N. Fork of New River (1796)[3]

Grayson County fell within the bounds of the Holston and Mountain Associations.

Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Chestnut Creek Monthly Meeting (1785-1841)[4]
  • Fruit Hill Monthly Meeting (1790-1814)[4]
  • Mount Pleasant Monthly Meeting (1790-1825, 1980s)[4]

Court

Genealogy

More than 25 genealogies have been published about Grayson County families. To view a list, visit Grayson County, Virginia Genealogy.

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 1 British alien living in Grayson County.[5]

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. Available at FHL. [Includes Grayson County pensioners.]
  • 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, Grayson County on page 134.]
  • 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

Grayson County, Virginia in the War of 1812

Grayson County men served in the 78th Regiment.[6]

  • 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, Grayson County, p. 82. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Grayson 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 Grayson County, Virginia:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company F (Grayson Dare Devils).[7]
- 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Companies B and D.[8]
- 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company C (Grayson Cavalry)[9]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate). Company G.
- 37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate). Company D and Company I.[10]
- 45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Grayson Rifles).[11]
- 50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Wilson Rifles) (Grayson Hornets).[12]
- 51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Companies A and D.[13]
- 63rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (McMahon's) (Confederate). Companies C and G.[14]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Grayson 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.

Probate Records

A free index to Grayson County, Virginia wills and administrations (1796-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

Vital Records

Indexes to Grayson 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
  • 1853-1870 - Grayson County Birth Index 1853-1870. Batch C868753 at FamilySearch - free.[15]
Marriage
  • 1793-1906 - Grayson County Marriage Index 1793-1906. Batch M868753 at FamilySearch - free.[15]
Death
  • 1853-1870 - Grayson County Death Index 1853-1870. Batch B868753 at FamilySearch - free.[15]
Vital Record Substitutes

Grayson County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Grayson County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Grayson County Virginia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grayson County, Virginia. Page 714 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 358-359. Digital version at Google Books.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  5. Kenneth Scott, British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. FHL Book 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  6. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 95. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  7. James I. Robertson, 4th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.F. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 1.
  8. The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
  9. Jack L. Dickinson, 8th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 25.
  10. J.L. Scott, 36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24.
  11. J.L. Scott, 45th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 58.
  12. John C. Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129.
  13. James A. Davis, 51st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1984). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 9.
  14. Jeffrey C. Weaver, 63rd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 76.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 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.