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Scott County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Scott County (established 1814) 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.


Scott County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Scott County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Scott County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1814
County Seat Gate City
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

Scott County Courthouse
Scott Circuit Court
202 West Jackson Street
Suite 102
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: 540-386-3801

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1853-1895,
death records 1853-1892, marriage divorce,
probate, court and land records from 1815[1]

  

Beginning Dates for Scott County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1815 1853 1820 1815 1815

History

Parent County

1814--Scott County was organized 24 November 1814 from Lee, Russell, and Washington Counties.
County seat: Gate City [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Scott County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):133-136. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872

Kegley, Mary B. Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves. Wytheville, Va.: Kegley Books, 2003. Available at FHL; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18204,263
18305,72434.3%
18407,30327.6%
18509,82934.6%
186012,07222.8%
187013,0368.0%
188017,23332.2%
189021,69425.9%
190022,6944.6%
191023,8144.9%
192024,7764.0%
193024,181−2.4%
194026,98911.6%
195027,6402.4%
196025,813−6.6%
197024,376−5.6%
198025,0682.8%
199023,204−7.4%
200023,4030.9%
201023,177−1.0%

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 Scott County.]

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  • Copper Creek (pre-1800), Nickelsville, Va. Minutes begin in 1807. They have been published: FHL Book 975.5732 K2a.[3] Membership Lists 1807-1853 are online.
  • Stony Creek (pre-1800). Minutes begin in 1801. They have been published: FHL Book 975.5 A1 no. 320; FHL Book 975.5732 K2c v. 1-2.[4] Minutes (1801-1814) were also published in Appalachian Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Sep. 2004) and in Southwest Virginia Ancestors, Vols. 2-3 (1988-1989) FHL Book 975.57 D25sv. Obituaries (1851-1936) were published in the Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jan. 1971), which is available online at Ancestry ($).
Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Maple Spring Monthly Meeting (1807-1813)[5]

Court

Genealogy 

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

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • Addington, Robert M. History of Scott County, Virginia. Kingsport, Tenn.: Kingsport Press, 1932. Available at FHL (original edition and 1979 reprint); digital version at Ancestry ($) and World Vital Records ($).

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. FHL Collection [Includes Scott 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, Scott 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 Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Scott County, p. 103. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Scott 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 Scott County, Virginia:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company K probably recruited in Scott County.[6]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate). Company A.
- 25th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company A, Company B, Company C, and Company D.[7]
- 37th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Davis Rifle Guards).[8]
- 48th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Clinch Mountain Boomers), Company I (Stock Creek Greys), and Company K (Osborne Ford Independents).[9]
- 50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company A (Lee Rifles).[10]

Records and histories are available, including:

Naturalization

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Scott County, Virginia newspapers.

Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

Probate Records

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. Scott County is included in Vol. 5.]
  • [1815] Kegley, Mary B. Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815: Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties. Wytheville, Va.: Kegley Books, 1991. Original edition and 1992 supplement available at FHL. [The source for this publication is a private collection of 1815 tax assessment tickets for the First District of Virginia. The tickets 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.]
  • [1816] Kincaid, Bathsheba. "Scott County, Virginia Tax Book for 1816," The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Fall 1985):179-181. FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25m v. 4 (1985).

Vital Records

Indexes to Scott 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
Vital Record Substitutes

Societies and Libraries

 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott County, Virginia. Page 721 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. Luther F. Addington and Emory L. Hamilton, Regular Baptist Minutes, Copper Creek Church, 1809-1896 and Primitive Baptist Church Minutes, Addington Frame Church, 1847-1923 (Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1980s). FHL Book 975.5732 K2a.
  4. Emory L. Hamilton and Bobbie M. Baldwin, A Church Book for Stony Creek Church (1970). FHL Book 975.5 A1 no. 320; FHL Book 975.5732 K2c v. 1-2.
  5. Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  6. The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
  7. Dobbie E. Lambert, 25th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 106.
  8. Thomas M. Rankin, 37th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 37.
  9. John D. Chapla, 48th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 54.
  10. John C. Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129.