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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Virginia|Virginia ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Rockbridge_County,_Virginia|Rockbridge County]]''
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<br>'''Rockbridge County, Virginia''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Rockbridge County''' (established 1777) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Virginia Southwest Virginia] county.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
'''Rockbridge County Courthouse'''<br>2 South Main Street<br>Lexington, VA 24450<br>  
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[http://www.co.rockbridge.va.us/ Rockbridge County Courthouse]<br>2 South Main Street<br>Lexington, VA 24450<br>Phone: 540-463-2232<br>
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Clerk Circuit Court has birth records from 1862-1894, <br>death records 1890-1894, marriage, probate, court <br>and land records from 1778 and divorce records from <br>1833.&nbsp; Some records burned in 1864<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rockbridge County, Virginia. Page 720 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Rockbridge.htm "Rockbridge County Personal Property Tax, 1782-1821,"] ''Free African Americans.com.'' [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
 
*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Rockbridge.htm "Rockbridge County Personal Property Tax, 1782-1821,"] ''Free African Americans.com.'' [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  
==== Bible Records ====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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<br>'''''1890 Union Veterans'''''  
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'''''1890 Union Veterans'''''  
  
 
*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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#'''Buffaloe'''<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), 338-339. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t6RhTC8ziQQC Google Books].</ref>
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Rockbridge County fell within the bounds of the Strawberry Association.
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 16 British aliens, many of&nbsp;whom had families,&nbsp;living in Rockbridge 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 16 British aliens, many of&nbsp;whom had families,&nbsp;living in Rockbridge 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 ====
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A historical map is available for Rockbridge County. Hildebrand plots the locations of churches, creeks, etc. from 1778-1865. The Family History Library has a copy: {{FHL|505537|item|disp=FHL Map 975.5852 E7h}}.
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An early settlers map showing the purchasers of the 92,100 acre grant to Benjamin Borden on the west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains (1739) is available. The Family History Library has a copy: {{FHL|563742|item|disp=FHL Map 975.5 E7hi}}.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Christian, Bolivar. ''The Scotch-Irish Settlers in the Valley of Virginia: Alumni Address at Washington College at Lexington, Va''. Lexington, Va.: The Alumni Association, 1860. Available at {{FHL|633173|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10531 Ancestry] ($).  
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*Christian, Bolivar. ''The Scotch-Irish Settlers in the Valley of Virginia: Alumni Address at Washington College at Lexington, Va''. Lexington, Va.: The Alumni Association, 1860. Available at {{FHL|633173|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10531 Ancestry] ($).  
*McClung, James Willson. ''Historical Significance of Rockbridge County, Virginia. ''Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1979. Available at {{FHL|121612|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10594 Ancestry] ($).  
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*McClung, James Willson. ''Historical Significance of Rockbridge County, Virginia. ''Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1979. Available at {{FHL|121612|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10594 Ancestry] ($).  
*Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia. ''Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1920. Available at {{FHL|315284|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital versions at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10593 Ancestry] ($); [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH20,13400 BYU Family History Archives]; and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva6189_rockbridge World Vital Records] ($).  
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*Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia. ''Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1920. Available at {{FHL|315284|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10593 Ancestry] ($); {{FSbook|927326}} - free; and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=qcdva6189_rockbridge World Vital Records] ($).  
*Tompkins, Edmund Pendleton and Marshall William Fishwick. ''Rockbridge County, Virginia: An Informal History. ''Richmond: Whittet &amp; Shepperson, 1952. Available at {{FHL|121619|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10595 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*Tompkins, Edmund Pendleton and Marshall William Fishwick. ''Rockbridge County, Virginia: An Informal History. ''Richmond: Whittet &amp; Shepperson, 1952. Available at {{FHL|121619|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10595 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
 
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==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
  
*Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Rockbridge County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on 22:123-125.]
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*Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Rockbridge County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on 22:123-125.]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. ''Virginia's Colonial Soldiers''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at {{FHL|47143|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Identifies some Rockbridge County veterans; see place name index.]
 
*Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. ''Virginia's Colonial Soldiers''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at {{FHL|47143|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Identifies some Rockbridge County veterans; see place name index.]
  
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::- [[6th Virginia Regiment (Revolutionary War)|6th Virginia Regiment]] (6th Company)<ref>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|79781|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2s}}.</ref>
 
::- [[6th Virginia Regiment (Revolutionary War)|6th Virginia Regiment]] (6th Company)<ref>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|79781|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2s}}.</ref>
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*Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia''. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at {{FHL|524026|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]  
 
*Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia''. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at {{FHL|524026|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]  
 
*''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, Rockbridge County on page 136.]  
 
*''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, Rockbridge County on page 136.]  
*''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] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
  
 
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===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932382|Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865}}
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:- [[1st Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Local Defense (Confederate)|1st Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Local Defense (Confederate)]]. Company C (1st Rockbridge Dragoons)
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:- [[1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]].
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:- [[4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. '''Company H''' (Rockbridge Grays), '''Company I''' (Liberty Hall Volunteers), and '''Company K''' (Rockbridge Rifles).<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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:- [[5th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company B (Rockbridge Rifles).<ref>Lee A. Wallace, ''5th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.:H.E. Howard, 1988). {{FHL|361562|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 40}}.</ref>
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:- [[11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry]]. Company E (Potomac Mounted Riflemen or Valley Mounted Riflemen).<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''11th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). {{FHL|417082|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 52}}.</ref>
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:- [[11th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|11th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company K (Valley Regulators).<ref>Robert T. Bell, ''11th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). {{FHL|430130|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 20}}.</ref>
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:- [[14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company A (White's Mounted Riflemen), Company C (Valley Cavalry or Rangers) and Company H (Second Rockbridge Dragoons).<ref>Robert J. Driver, ''14th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). {{FHL|370000|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47}}.</ref>
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:- [[20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Companies I and K.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|701272|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101}}.</ref>
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:- [[25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's) (Confederate)|25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's) (Confederate)]]. Company B (Rockbridge Guards).<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). {{FHL|406595|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 71}}.</ref>
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:- [[26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]. Company E.<ref>Richard L. Armstrong, ''26th Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). {{FHL|761578|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110}}.</ref>
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:- [[27th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|27th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate) ]]. Company E (Greenbrier Rifles aka Lewisburg Rifles) and Company H (2nd) (Rockbridge Rifles).<ref>Lowell Reidenbaugh, ''27th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). {{FHL|645803|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 90}}.</ref>
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932382|Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865}}
 
*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}
 
*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}
  
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*Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia''. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at {{FHL|524026|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]
 
*Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia''. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at {{FHL|524026|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]
  
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==== Naturalization ====
  
 
*Virginia {{RecordSearch|1877093|Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929}}
 
*Virginia {{RecordSearch|1877093|Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929}}
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{{RAOGKobituary}}  
 
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Indexed images of the [http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary/BrowseVG.cfm Virginia Gazette ](1736-1780) are available online through the [http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/ Colonial Williamsburg ]website. In addition, 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 this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia]. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.
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Indexed images of the [http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary/BrowseVG.cfm Virginia Gazette ](1736-1780) are available online through the [http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/ Colonial Williamsburg ]website. In addition, 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 this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia]. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.
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*'''1801-1805''' - ''Rockbridge Repository'' (Lexington, Va.) at [http://www.genealogybank.com Genealogy Bank] ($).
  
 
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*Virginia,{{RecordSearch|1932510|Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007}}
 
*Virginia,{{RecordSearch|1932510|Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
*Clemens, William M. ''Virginia Wills Before 1799: A Complete Abstract Register of All Names Mentioned in Over Six Hundred Recorded Wills, ... Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties''. Pompton Lakes, N.J.: Biblio Co., 1924. {{FHL|635653|item}} Fiche 6015628-6015629; digital versions at [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/virginia/virginia_wills_before_1799.htm Access Genealogy]; [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10611 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.heritagequestonline.com Heritage Quest Online] ($). '''Free online surname index''' and 2004 reprint purchase details at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/va/details/va-0683w.html Mountain Press] website.
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*Clemens, William M. ''Virginia Wills Before 1799: A Complete Abstract Register of All Names Mentioned in Over Six Hundred Recorded Wills, ... Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties''. Pompton Lakes, N.J.: Biblio Co., 1924. {{FHL|635653|item}} Fiche 6015628-6015629; digital versions at [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/virginia/virginia_wills_before_1799.htm Access Genealogy]; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10611 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.heritagequestonline.com Heritage Quest Online] ($). '''Free online surname index''' and 2004 reprint purchase details at [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/va/details/va-0683w.html Mountain Press] website.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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*'''[1778, 1780] '''Rockbridge County, Virginia Will Book 1, 1778-1796. Original records, Rockbridge County Courthouse, Lexington, Va.; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|415513|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes 1778 List of Tithables on pp. 24-29; 1780 List of [Tax] Delinquents on p. 107.]  
 
*'''[1778, 1780] '''Rockbridge County, Virginia Will Book 1, 1778-1796. Original records, Rockbridge County Courthouse, Lexington, Va.; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|415513|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes 1778 List of Tithables on pp. 24-29; 1780 List of [Tax] Delinquents on p. 107.]  
*'''[1778-1779]''' "Rockbridge County, Virginia Tithable Lists, 1778-79,"&nbsp;''The Virginia Genealogist'',&nbsp;Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct. 1974):307-310; Vol. 19,&nbsp;No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1975):55-58; Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1975):97-100. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($).  
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*'''[1778-1779]''' "Rockbridge County, Virginia Tithable Lists, 1778-79,"&nbsp;''The Virginia Genealogist'',&nbsp;Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct. 1974):307-310; Vol. 19,&nbsp;No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1975):55-58; Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1975):97-100. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($).  
 
*'''[1778, 1782, 1841] '''Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia''. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at {{FHL|524026|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]  
 
*'''[1778, 1782, 1841] '''Morton, Oren Frederic. ''A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia''. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at {{FHL|524026|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]  
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*'''[1782]''' Douthat, James L. ''1782 Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Listing''. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2012. [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/va/details/va-0721w.html Free online surname index and publisher's bookstore.]
 
*'''[1782] '''Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. ''Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau''. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. Available at {{FHL|1111104|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [1782 personal property tax list of Rockbridge County.]  
 
*'''[1782] '''Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. ''Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau''. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. Available at {{FHL|1111104|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [1782 personal property tax list of Rockbridge County.]  
 
*'''[1782-1821]''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Rockbridge.htm "Rockbridge County Personal Property Tax, 1782-1821,"] ''Free African Americans.com.'' [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
 
*'''[1782-1821]''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/Rockbridge.htm "Rockbridge County Personal Property Tax, 1782-1821,"] ''Free African Americans.com.'' [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
 
*'''[1783]''' Personal Property Tax List, 1783,&nbsp;''In and Around Rockbridge''. Rockbridge Baths VA: Summer 1994. Vol. 1 Iss. 3 [A-C surnames]; Fall 1994. Vol. 1 Iss. 4 [C-F surnames]; Winter 1994. Vol. 2 Iss. 1 [F-G surnames]; Spring 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 2 [G-H surnames]; Summer 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 3 [H-J surnames]; Fall 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 4 [J-L surnames]; Spring 1996. Vol. 3 Iss. 2 [M surnames]; Fall 1996. Vol. 3 Iss. 4 [M surnames]; Winter 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 1 [M surnames]; Spring 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 2 [M-R surnames]; Fall 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 4 [R-T surnames]; Winter 1998. Vol. 5 Iss. 1 [T-V surnames]; Summer 1998. Vol. 5 Iss. 3 [W surnames].  
 
*'''[1783]''' Personal Property Tax List, 1783,&nbsp;''In and Around Rockbridge''. Rockbridge Baths VA: Summer 1994. Vol. 1 Iss. 3 [A-C surnames]; Fall 1994. Vol. 1 Iss. 4 [C-F surnames]; Winter 1994. Vol. 2 Iss. 1 [F-G surnames]; Spring 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 2 [G-H surnames]; Summer 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 3 [H-J surnames]; Fall 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 4 [J-L surnames]; Spring 1996. Vol. 3 Iss. 2 [M surnames]; Fall 1996. Vol. 3 Iss. 4 [M surnames]; Winter 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 1 [M surnames]; Spring 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 2 [M-R surnames]; Fall 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 4 [R-T surnames]; Winter 1998. Vol. 5 Iss. 1 [T-V surnames]; Summer 1998. Vol. 5 Iss. 3 [W surnames].  
 
*'''[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 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's&nbsp;Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at {{FHL|622815|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Rockbridge County is included in Vol. 2.]  
 
*'''[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 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's&nbsp;Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at {{FHL|622815|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Rockbridge County is included in Vol. 2.]  
*'''[1787] '''Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Rockbridge County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on 22:123-125.]  
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*'''[1787] '''Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Rockbridge County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on 22:123-125.]  
 
*'''[1789, 1801] '''Images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1789 and 1801 Personal Property Tax Lists of Rockbridge County, Virginia]&nbsp; are available to browse online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
 
*'''[1789, 1801] '''Images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1789 and 1801 Personal Property Tax Lists of Rockbridge County, Virginia]&nbsp; are available to browse online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
 
*'''[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. Rockbridge County is included in Vol. 5.]
 
*'''[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. Rockbridge County is included in Vol. 5.]
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Rockbridge County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Rockbridge County (established 1777) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Rockbridge County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Rockbridge County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Rockbridge County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1777
County Seat Lexington
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Rockbridge County Courthouse
2 South Main Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-2232

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records from 1862-1894,
death records 1890-1894, marriage, probate, court
and land records from 1778 and divorce records from
1833.  Some records burned in 1864[1]

Beginning Dates for Rockbridge County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1778 1853 1810 1778 1778

History

Rockbridge County takes its name from Natural Bridge, a formation found within the county

The county is named after Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County, Virginia.[2]

Parent County

1777--Rockbridge County was created 20 October 1777 from Augusta and Botetourt Counties.
County seat: Lexington [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

  • Bodie, Charles A. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the United States. Lexington, Va.: Rockbridge Historical Society, 1998. FHL Collection 975.5852 H23r
  • Driver, Robert J., Bobbie Sue Henry and Angela M. Ruley. Guide to Published Material on the History and Genealogy of Rockbridge County, Virginia and Vicinity. Lexington, Va.: Rockbridge Historical Society, 1997. FHL Collection 975.5852 D23g

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 Rockbridge County, Virginia census records online, see: Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
17906,548
18008,94536.6%
181010,31815.3%
182011,94515.8%
183014,24419.2%
184014,2840.3%
185016,04512.3%
186017,2487.5%
187016,058−6.9%
188020,00324.6%
189023,06215.3%
190021,799−5.5%
191021,171−2.9%
192020,626−2.6%
193020,9021.3%
194022,3847.1%
195023,3594.4%
196024,0392.9%
197016,637−30.8%
198017,9117.7%
199018,3502.5%
200020,80813.4%

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Buffaloe[4]

The 10,000 name petition (dated 16 October 1776) has been digitized at the Library of Congress website. It was signed by people from all over Virginia who wanted an end to persecution of Baptists by the Established Church. Baptists and Baptist sympathizers alike signed the petition. To find your ancestor in this record, first check Hall's transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39), which is available online at Ancestry ($). It is also available in book form at the Family History Library: FHL Book 975.5 B2vs v. 35-39. Then proceed to the Library of Congress website to see the original images.

Rockbridge County fell within the bounds of the Strawberry Association.

Court

Chancery Court

  • Indexes (1781-1958) and images (1781-1931) to Rockbridge County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, which were often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Genealogy

More than 150 genealogies have been published about Rockbridge County families. To view a list, visit Rockbridge County, Virginia Genealogy.

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 16 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Rockbridge County.[5]

Land and Property

A historical map is available for Rockbridge County. Hildebrand plots the locations of churches, creeks, etc. from 1778-1865. The Family History Library has a copy: FHL Map 975.5852 E7h.

An early settlers map showing the purchasers of the 92,100 acre grant to Benjamin Borden on the west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains (1739) is available. The Family History Library has a copy: FHL Map 975.5 E7hi.

Local Histories

  • Christian, Bolivar. The Scotch-Irish Settlers in the Valley of Virginia: Alumni Address at Washington College at Lexington, Va. Lexington, Va.: The Alumni Association, 1860. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • McClung, James Willson. Historical Significance of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1979. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Morton, Oren Frederic. A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Staunton, Va.: McClure Co., 1920. Available at FHL; digital versions at Ancestry ($); FamilySearch Books Online - free; and World Vital Records ($).
  • Tompkins, Edmund Pendleton and Marshall William Fishwick. Rockbridge County, Virginia: An Informal History. Richmond: Whittet & Shepperson, 1952. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Rockbridge County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on 22:123-125.]

Military

French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Rockbridge County veterans; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War
- 6th Virginia Regiment (6th Company)[6]

Rockbridge County, Virginia residents' participation in the Revolutionary War.[7]

  • Morton, Oren Frederic. A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at FHL. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]
  • 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, Rockbridge County on page 136.]
  • 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

Rockbridge County men served in the 8th Regiment.[8]

  • 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, Rockbridge County, p. 101. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Rockbridge 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 Rockbridge County, Virginia:

- 1st Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, Local Defense (Confederate). Company C (1st Rockbridge Dragoons)
- 1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate).
- 4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company H (Rockbridge Grays), Company I (Liberty Hall Volunteers), and Company K (Rockbridge Rifles).[9]
- 5th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Rockbridge Rifles).[10]
- 11th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry. Company E (Potomac Mounted Riflemen or Valley Mounted Riflemen).[11]
- 11th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (Valley Regulators).[12]
- 14th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company A (White's Mounted Riflemen), Company C (Valley Cavalry or Rangers) and Company H (Second Rockbridge Dragoons).[13]
- 20th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Companies I and K.[14]
- 25th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Heck's) (Confederate). Company B (Rockbridge Guards).[15]
- 26th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company E.[16]
- 27th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate) . Company E (Greenbrier Rifles aka Lewisburg Rifles) and Company H (2nd) (Rockbridge Rifles).[17]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War I
  • Morton, Oren Frederic. A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at FHL. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]

Naturalization

Newspapers

 

Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, 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 this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

  • 1801-1805 - Rockbridge Repository (Lexington, Va.) at Genealogy Bank ($).

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 Lexington silversmiths.]

Private Papers

Probate Records

  • Clemens, William M. Virginia Wills Before 1799: A Complete Abstract Register of All Names Mentioned in Over Six Hundred Recorded Wills, ... Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties. Pompton Lakes, N.J.: Biblio Co., 1924. FHL Collection Fiche 6015628-6015629; digital versions at Access Genealogy; Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($). Free online surname index and 2004 reprint purchase details at Mountain Press website.

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1778, 1780] Rockbridge County, Virginia Will Book 1, 1778-1796. Original records, Rockbridge County Courthouse, Lexington, Va.; also available on microfilm at FHL. [Includes 1778 List of Tithables on pp. 24-29; 1780 List of [Tax] Delinquents on p. 107.]
  • [1778-1779] "Rockbridge County, Virginia Tithable Lists, 1778-79," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct. 1974):307-310; Vol. 19, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1975):55-58; Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1975):97-100. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [1778, 1782, 1841] Morton, Oren Frederic. A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Staunton, Va.: [McClure Co.], 1920. 1973 reprint available at FHL. [Includes conveyances in Borden Tract 1741-1780, early patents outside the Borden Tract, secondary land conveyances prior to 1778, tithables of 1778, taxpayers of 1782 and 1841, militia officers prior to 1816, soldiers of the Revolution, Rockbridge Artillery, soldiers of the World War, and other various lists.]
  • [1782] Douthat, James L. 1782 Rockbridge County, Virginia Tax Listing. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2012. Free online surname index and publisher's bookstore.
  • [1782] Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. Available at FHL. [1782 personal property tax list of Rockbridge County.]
  • [1782-1821] Heinegg, Paul. "Rockbridge County Personal Property Tax, 1782-1821," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1783] Personal Property Tax List, 1783, In and Around Rockbridge. Rockbridge Baths VA: Summer 1994. Vol. 1 Iss. 3 [A-C surnames]; Fall 1994. Vol. 1 Iss. 4 [C-F surnames]; Winter 1994. Vol. 2 Iss. 1 [F-G surnames]; Spring 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 2 [G-H surnames]; Summer 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 3 [H-J surnames]; Fall 1995. Vol. 2 Iss. 4 [J-L surnames]; Spring 1996. Vol. 3 Iss. 2 [M surnames]; Fall 1996. Vol. 3 Iss. 4 [M surnames]; Winter 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 1 [M surnames]; Spring 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 2 [M-R surnames]; Fall 1997. Vol. 4 Iss. 4 [R-T surnames]; Winter 1998. Vol. 5 Iss. 1 [T-V surnames]; Summer 1998. Vol. 5 Iss. 3 [W surnames].
  • [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. Available at FHL. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Rockbridge County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1787] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Rockbridge County's 1787 Delinquent List appears on 22:123-125.]
  • [1789, 1801] Images of the 1789 and 1801 Personal Property Tax Lists of Rockbridge County, Virginia  are available to browse online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [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. Rockbridge County is included in Vol. 5.]

Vital Records

Indexes to Rockbridge 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

Marriage
  • 1785-1793 - Crozier, William Armstrong. Early Virginia Marriages. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1953. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes marriages performed by Rev. John Brown 1785-1793.
Vital Record Substitutes

The Virginia Historical Society's Marriage and Obituary Index, 1736-1820 (newspaper abstracts) is available for free online. Images of the original index cards are browseable, arranged alphabetically by surname.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rockbridge County, Virginia. Page 720 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia Contributors, "Natural Bridge (Virginia)," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_Bridge_(Virginia), accessed 13 January 2012.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 338-339. Digital version at Google Books.
  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. 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.
  7. J.T. McAllister, Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister's Data (Hot Springs, Va.: McAllister Pub. Co., 1913), 42-43. Digitized by Internet Archive.
  8. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 188. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  9. James I. Robertson, 4th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.F. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 1.
  10. Lee A. Wallace, 5th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.:H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 40.
  11. Richard L. Armstrong, 11th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 52.
  12. Robert T. Bell, 11th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 20.
  13. Robert J. Driver, 14th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 47.
  14. Richard L. Armstrong, 19th and 20th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 101.
  15. Richard L. Armstrong, 25th Virginia Infantry and 9th Battalion Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 71.
  16. Richard L. Armstrong, 26th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 110.
  17. Lowell Reidenbaugh, 27th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1993). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 90.