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Hampshire County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Hampshire County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1753
County Seat Romney

United States Gotoarrow.png West Virginia Gotoarrow.png Hampshire County


County Courthouse

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Hampshire County
Main Street
Romney, WV 26757-1696

  • County Clerk has birth, marriage, death records from 1865
  • Probate from 1780
  • Court Records from 1831 and Land Records[1]


Parent County

1753--Hampshire County was created 13 December 1753 from Frederick and Augusta Counties (Virginia).
County seat: Romney[1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Hampshire County boundary changes.

Record Loss

  • Lost court orders and minute books 1753-1787

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Research Guides

  • Good, Rebecca H. and Rebecca A. Ebert. Finding Your People in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1998. 4th ed. FHL Book 975 D27e 1998

African American



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

1782 Enumeration
1784 Enumeration

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  • Horton, Vicki Bidinger. Hampshire County, Virginia: Minute Book Abstracts. Green Spring, WV: V.B. Horton, 1993-1994. Volume 1: 1788-1802 and Volume 2: 1817-1823 are available at FHL. Digital versions are available at World Vital Records ($) Volume 1 and Volume 2.


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]
  • Cartmell, T. K. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: A History of Frederick County, Virginia (Illustrated) from Its Formation in 1738 to 1908, Compiled Mainly from Original Records of Old Frederick County, Now Hampshire, Berkeley, Shenandoah, Jefferson, Hardy, Clarke, Warren, Morgan and Frederick. c1909. FHL Book 975.59 H2c 1963; FHL Film 1000634 Item 1; digital versions at Ancestry ($); Family History Archives and World Vital Records ($). [3 copies at FHL.]
  • O'Dell, Cecil. Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia. Marceline, Mo.: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1995. FHL Collection. One of the most impressively researched one-place studies in the United States. In a review, Dorman stated "Comprehensive studies such as this appear only rarely. This volume should be in every Virginia genealogical collection."[2]
  • [Arnold] Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. Abstracts of Virginia Families: Vol. 1. MSS. Microfilmed 1990: FHL Film 1597677 Item 12
  • [Bowell] Bowell, Lillian and William Bowell. A Bowell Family History. St. Paul, Minn.
  • [Brown] Bell, Raymond Martin. The Ancestry of Richard Milhouse Nixon. 3rd ed. Washington, Pa., 1971. FHL Book 929.273 N654b.
  • [Camby] Morriso, Patricia Hewitt. From the Potomac to the Columbia; The Camby or Cambe Family. Yorba Linda, Calif., 1994. FHL Book 929.273 C144m.
  • [Coberly] Arthaud, John Bradley. "Dr. James Stell Coberly 18th Century Migrant from New Jersey to Virginia and Revolutionary Patriot," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1982):112-117; Vol. 26, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1982):183-189. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 26 (1982).
  • [Coberly] Harter, Mary. "James Cunningham of Western Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):9-16; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):109-116. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29 (1985).
  • [Collins] Cresap, Joseph Ord and Bernarr Cresap. The History of the Cresaps. Revised edition. Gallatin, Tenn.: Cresap Society, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 C863c 1987.
  • [Cresap] Cresap, J. Ord et al. The History of the Cresaps. McComb, Miss.: The Cresap Society, 1937. FHL Film 897292 Item 1.
  • [Cresap] Cresap, Joseph Ord and Bernarr Cresap. The History of the Cresaps. Revised edition. Gallatin, Tenn.: Cresap Society, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 C863c 1987.
  • [Enoch] Keith, Arthur L. "The Enoch (Enochs) Family," Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 4 (1923):442-445. Reprinted in Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Volume I: Albidgton-Gerlache. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1981. Free Name Search[3]; publisher's bookstore: Genealogical.com; FHL Book 975.5 D2gvf v. 1.
  • [Enochson] The American Genealogist, Vol. 37:104-110; Vol. 37, 219-228. FHL 973 D25aga v. 37
  • [Enochson] McCracken, George E. "Enochsons of Virginia and Pennsylvania," The American Genealogist, Vol. 46, No. 4 (Oct. 1970):255. FHL 973 D25aga v. 46
  • [Lewis] Long, Daniel Reid. John Lewis "The Lost Pioneer", His Ancestors and Descendents (1670-1970). Baltimore, Md.: D.R. Long, 1971. FHL Book 929.273 L585Lo
  • [Locke] Tiller, Linda Locke, Ardith H. Johnson, Jeanne R. Stanis, and Stella Locke. "Locke Families of Southwest Virginia," The Southwest Virginian, Vol. 1, No. 4 (1978):25-33. FHL Book 975.57 D25s v. 1 (1978).
  • [Means] Newton, John Lee. The Means Family of Paris, Edgar County, Illinois: This is a Year 2002 Update of the 1972 "The Means Family of America";, Chapter 2, Edited by Elizabeth Cissel Foglesong. Dallas, Texas: J.L. Newton, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 M462n.
  • [Pierpoint] Stickney, A.B. "The American Ancestry of John Pierpoint of (West) Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1958):51-61. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Post] Poinsett, Doris Jean Post. Valentin Pfost/Post, 1740-1800, of Hardy County (West) Virginia and Some of His Descendants. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1989. Digital version at Family History Archives; FHL Book 929.273 P845p.
  • [Pursell] Winchester, Warren. "Thomas Pursell of New York New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware: Early Descendants in Maryland, Virginia (now West Virginia), and Kentucky," The American Genealogist, Vol. 81, No. 2 (Apr. 2006):110-120. FHL 973 D25aga v. 81
  • [Ross] Jobson, Robert C. "The Ross Family of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 25, No. 2 (April/June 1983):69-71. FHL Book 976.9 B2kg v. 25 (1983).
  • [Timmons] Corum, Frank. Captain George Timmons, Fact and Fiction. Hanson, Ky., 1990. FHL Book 929.273 T484c.


Grants and Patents
  • Gray, Gertrude E. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775. Vol. II. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997. FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes Hampshire County.]
  • Gray, Gertrude E. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1775-1800. Vol. III. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1993. FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes Hampshire County.]

Local Histories


Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia


  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. FHL Book 975.5 B2vg; digital version at American Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Hampshire County's 1786 Delinquent List appears on p. 289.]


French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. FHL Book 975.5 M2bL. [Identifies some Westmoreland 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, D.C.: n.p., 1903. Digital version at Google Books; 1965 reprint: FHL Book 975.5 H2bw 1965. [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 Hampshire County, see pp. 85-86.]
Revolutionary War

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

- 8th Virginia Regiment
- 12th Virginia Regiment (2nd and 3rd Companies)[4]

Additional resources:

Hampshire residents recommended for military commissions during the Revolutionary War.[5]

  • 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 Book 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Hampshire 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." Digital version at Ancestry ($); FHL Book 973 M24ur. [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
  • West Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
War of 1812

Hampshire County men served in the 77th and 114th Regiments.[6]




Hampshire County, West Virginia Wills 1809-1969

West Virginia Will Books


How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

  • [1782-1814] Heinegg, Paul. "Hampshire County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1814," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1786] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. Digital version at American Ancestors ($); FHL Book 975.5 B2vg. [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Hampshire County's 1786 Delinquent List appears on p. 289.]
  • [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 Book 975.5 R4sn v. 1. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Hampshire County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • [1800-1814] Horton, Vicki Bidinger. Hampshire County, Virginia (WV) Personal Property Tax Lists, 1800-1814. Romney, W. Va.: Hampshire Review, 1995. FHL Book 975.495 R28ho.
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. FHL Book 975 E4w v. 6. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Hampshire County is included in Vol. 6.]

Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records - Birth - Death - Marriages. See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):236.
  3. Name Search at Genealogical.com is a comprehensive name index to 638 books and CDs published or reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company (now Genealogical.com). For a complete list of the works included, see Publications in Name Search at Genealogical.com
  4. E.M. Sanchez-Saavedra, A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations in the American Revolution, 1774-1787 (Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1978), 67-68. FHL Book 975.5 M2s.
  5. J.T. McAllister, Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister's Data (Hot Springs, Va.: McAllister Pub. Co., 1913), 34. Digitized by Internet Archive.
  6. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 100. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.


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