Nelson County, Virginia Genealogy

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More than 20 genealogies have been published about Nelson County families. To view a list, visit [[Nelson County, Virginia Genealogy|Nelson County, Virginia Genealogy]].
  
 
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Revision as of 22:15, 27 December 2011

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Nelson County

Location of Nelson County, Virginia
Nelson County Boundary Map

Contents

County Courthouse

History

Governor Thomas Nelson (1738-1789)

The county is named after Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson (1738-1789), a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Parent County

1807--Nelson County was created 25 December 1807 from Amherst County.
County seat: Lovingston [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Albemarle | Amherst | Appomattox | Augusta | Buckingham | Rockbridge

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18109,684
182010,1374.7%
183011,25411.0%
184012,2879.2%
185012,7583.8%
186013,0152.0%
187013,8986.8%
188016,53619.0%
189015,336−7.3%
190016,0754.8%
191016,8214.6%
192017,2772.7%
193016,345−5.4%
194016,241−0.6%
195014,042−13.5%
196012,752−9.2%
197011,702−8.2%
198012,2044.3%
199012,7784.7%
200014,44513.0%


1890 Union Veterans

Church

Court

Genealogy

More than 20 genealogies have been published about Nelson County families. To view a list, visit Nelson County, Virginia Genealogy.

Land

Grants and Patents

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • 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, Eastern District, Nelson County on page 132.]
  • 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 Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812
  • Douthat, James L. Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2007. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. FHL Collection 975.5 M2djL. [Includes Nelson County.]
  • 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, Nelson County, pp. 91-92. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Nelson County men most often served in regiments (and companies) from their home county. At times, however, individuals and small groups can be found serving in regiments from neighboring counties. Later in the war, Confederate units often reorganized. -:Men from Nelson County served in the following regiments:

- 19th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
- 49th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
- 51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
- 56th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
- 5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
- Nelson Light Artillery, (Confederate)


Sources:


Newspapers

Occupations

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Lovington silversmiths.]

Probate

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Nelson County is included in Vol. 1.]

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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