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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Wythe County'''
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Guide to '''Wythe County Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Virginia|Virginia ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Wythe_County,_Virginia|Wythe County]]''
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== Wythe County, Virginia Courthouse  ==
 
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Virginia Southwest Virginia] county.
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:{{VAWythecourthouse}}]]'''&nbsp;<br>'''[http://www.wytheco.org/ Wythe County Courthouse]<br>225 S. Fourth Street<br>Room 105<br>Wytheville, VA 24382  
 
[[Image:{{VAWythecourthouse}}]]'''&nbsp;<br>'''[http://www.wytheco.org/ Wythe County Courthouse]<br>225 S. Fourth Street<br>Room 105<br>Wytheville, VA 24382  
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== History  ==
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== Wythe County, Virginia History  ==
 
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1789'''--Wythe County was created 1 December 1789 from [[Montgomery County, Virginia|Montgomery]] County. <br>'''County seat:''' Wytheville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed.'' (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1789'''--Wythe County was created 1 December 1789 from [[Montgomery County, Virginia|Montgomery]] County. <br>'''County seat:''' Wytheville <ref name="HBG"/>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890
 
*Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Wythe County, Virginia Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources  ==
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== Wythe County, Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==
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[[Image:Vawythe.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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*Freedmen's {{RecordSearch|1596147|Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872}}  
 
*Freedmen's {{RecordSearch|1596147|Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872}}  
 
*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/wythe.htm "Wythe County Personal Property Tax List 1802-1820,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
 
*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/wythe.htm "Wythe County Personal Property Tax List 1802-1820,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
*Kegley, Mary B. ''Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2003. Available at {{FHL|1234067|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH42,53652 BYU Family History Archives]. [Includes information from Wythe County.]
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*Kegley, Mary B. ''Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2003. Available at {{FHL|1234067|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at {{FSbook|69756}}
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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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 Wythe 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 Wythe County.]
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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===== Lutheran  =====
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*'''1804-1875''' - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Christenings 1804-1875. Batch {{IGI|C504551}} 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>
  
 
===== Quaker  =====
 
===== Quaker  =====
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*'''Pine Creek Monthly Meeting''' (1882-1889) aka Broadway<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>
 
*'''Pine Creek Monthly Meeting''' (1882-1889) aka Broadway<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>
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
*Kegley, Mary B. ''Abstracts of Court Orders of Wythe County, Virginia'' [1790-1850]. 5 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 1996-2000. Available at {{FHL|765039|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
 
*Kegley, Mary B. ''Abstracts of Court Orders of Wythe County, Virginia'' [1790-1850]. 5 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 1996-2000. Available at {{FHL|765039|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
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During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 7 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Wythe 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 7 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Wythe 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 and Property ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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An early settlers map is available for Wythe County. The cartographer plots the locations of pioneers from 1745-1858. The Family History Library has a copy: {{FHL|505559|item|disp=FHL Map 975.5773 E7h}}.
  
 
'''''Deeds'''''  
 
'''''Deeds'''''  
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'''''Grants and Patents'''''  
 
'''''Grants and Patents'''''  
  
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*Hudgins. [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/pool.htm 976 patents dated 1750-1883 in what is now Wythe County, Virginia placed on a map]. DeedMapper. 2009. [Names of those who received land patents, dates, land descriptions, and references may be viewed free of charge (click "Index" next to the county listing); however, in order to view the maps, it is necessary to purchase Direct Line Software's [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/ DeedMapper]&nbsp;product.]  
 
*Hudgins. [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/pool.htm 976 patents dated 1750-1883 in what is now Wythe County, Virginia placed on a map]. DeedMapper. 2009. [Names of those who received land patents, dates, land descriptions, and references may be viewed free of charge (click "Index" next to the county listing); however, in order to view the maps, it is necessary to purchase Direct Line Software's [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/ DeedMapper]&nbsp;product.]  
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:- [[5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Company I.<ref name="r95">[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>  
 
:- [[5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate)|5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate)]]. Company I.<ref name="r95">[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>  
 
:- [[22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate)|22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate)]]. Company G.  
 
:- [[22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate)|22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate)]]. Company G.  
:- [[29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company B.<ref>John Perry Alderman, ''29th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). {{FHL|417086|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 53}}.</ref>
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:- [[29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company B.<ref>John Perry Alderman, ''29th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). {{FHL|417086|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 53}}.</ref>
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:- [[45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company B (Mount Airy Rough and Readys) and Company D (Minute Men).<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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:- [[51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company E (Wythe Rifles).<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)]]. Company H.<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>
  
 
Records and histories are available, including:  
 
Records and histories are available, including:  
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}  
 
*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932427|Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865}}  
 
*Douthat, James L. ''Wythe County, VA, Civil War Records, 1861-1865''. 1986. Available at {{FHL|474623|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
 
*Douthat, James L. ''Wythe County, VA, Civil War Records, 1861-1865''. 1986. Available at {{FHL|474623|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Wythe County.
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*May 10, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va109.htm Cove Mountain]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va109.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 16 August, 2012)</ref>
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:Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1861], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1862], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1863.htm 1863], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1864.htm 1864], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1865.htm 1865]
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
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{{VAnews}}  
  
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/virginia/Wythe/ Chronicling America at the Library of Congress: Wythe County, Virginia Newspapers]  
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/virginia/Wythe/ Chronicling America at the Library of Congress: Wythe County, Virginia Newspapers]  
 
*The Geography of Slavery in Virginia: 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].  
 
*The Geography of Slavery in Virginia: 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].  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vawythe/obituaries.html Obituaries] (Wythe Co., VA GenWeb Project)  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vawythe/obituaries.html Obituaries] (Wythe Co., VA GenWeb Project)  
*[http://www.swvatoday.com/front_page/sve/ ''Wytheville Enterprise''], Wytheville, VA
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*[http://www.swvatoday.com/front_page/sve/ ''Wytheville Enterprise''], Wytheville, VA  
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*'''2011-present''' - ''Wytheville Enterprise'' at [http://www.genealogybank.com/ Genealogy Bank] ($).
  
 
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==== Occupations  ====
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*Kegley, Mary B. ''The Lost Children of Wythe County, Virginia, 1790-1878: Poor School Children, Orphans and Apprentices from County Records''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 1995. Available at {{FHL|753787|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
 
*Kegley, Mary B. ''The Lost Children of Wythe County, Virginia, 1790-1878: Poor School Children, Orphans and Apprentices from County Records''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 1995. Available at {{FHL|753787|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
==== Private Papers  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
 
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{{Vawill|1790-1800}}  
 
{{Vawill|1790-1800}}  
  
*Douthat, James L. ''Wythe County, Virginia Will Books 1-2, 1790-1822''.<br>
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*Douthat, James L. ''Wythe County, Virginia Will Books 1-2, 1790-1822''.
  
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*"A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wythe County," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1981):49-51. Available at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($).
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*"A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wythe County," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1981):49-51. Available at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($).
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
*Fowler, Deborah Thompson. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records: Births 1853-1859''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1211396|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1853-1872''' - Wythe County Birth Index 1853-1872. Batch {{IGI|C868690}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
*Kegley, Mary B. and Jean Porter Desmarais. ''Birth Records of Wythe County, Virginia, 1865-1872''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2005. Available at {{FHL|1238733|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1853-1859''' - Fowler, Deborah Thompson. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records: Births 1853-1859''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1211396|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
*Desmarais, Jean Porter. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1873-1879''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1182258|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1865-1872''' - Kegley, Mary B. and Jean Porter Desmarais. ''Birth Records of Wythe County, Virginia, 1865-1872''. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2005. Available at {{FHL|1238733|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
*Moore, Jeraldyne A. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1882-1884, Deaths, 1881-1884, 1886, 1888''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1182261|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1873-1879''' - Desmarais, Jean Porter. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1873-1879''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1182258|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
*Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births 1891-1895''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2005. Available at {{FHL|1303650|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
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*'''1882-1884''' - Moore, Jeraldyne A. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1882-1884, Deaths, 1881-1884, 1886, 1888''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1182261|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1891-1895''' - Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births 1891-1895''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2005. Available at {{FHL|1303650|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
*Hoch, Beverly Repass, Mary B. Kegley, and Janie Dillon. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Marriages: 1790-1880.'' 3 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2006-2007. Available at {{FHL|1324398|title-id|disp=FHL}}. WorldCat page [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-marriages/oclc/169884699&referer=brief_results 1] | [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-marriages-1790-1853/oclc/65167108&referer=brief_results 2]&nbsp;| [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-marriages-1867-1880/oclc/182556214&referer=brief_results 3].  
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*'''1660-1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3002 Virginia Marriages 1660-1800] (Ancestry) ($).
*[http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/wymarr1721.htm Wythe County, Virginia Marriage Register 1817-1822] (New River Notes)
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*'''1740-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3723 Virginia Marriages 1740-1850] (Ancestry) ($).
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*'''1790-1880''' - Hoch, Beverly Repass, Mary B. Kegley, and Janie Dillon. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Marriages: 1790-1880.'' 3 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2006-2007. Available at {{FHL|1324398|title-id|disp=FHL}}. WorldCat page [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-marriages/oclc/169884699&referer=brief_results 1] | [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-marriages-1790-1853/oclc/65167108&referer=brief_results 2]&nbsp;| [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-marriages-1867-1880/oclc/182556214&referer=brief_results 3].
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*'''1790-1905''' - Wythe County Marriage Index 1790-1905. Batch {{IGI|M868688}} (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1817-1822''' - [http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/wymarr1721.htm Wythe County, Virginia Marriage Register 1817-1822] (New River Notes)
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*'''1853-1919''' - Wythe County Marriage Index 1853-1919. Batch {{IGI|M868689}} (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
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*Moore, Jeraldyne A. and Mary B. Kegley. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Deaths''. [1853-1894] 2 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1211395|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1853-1871''' - Wythe County Death Index 1853-1871. Batch {{IGI|B868690}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
*Moore, Jeraldyne A. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1882-1884, Deaths, 1881-1884, 1886, 1888''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1182261|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1853-1894''' - Moore, Jeraldyne A. and Mary B. Kegley. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Deaths''. [1853-1894] 2 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1211395|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1881-1888''' - Moore, Jeraldyne A. ''Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1882-1884, Deaths, 1881-1884, 1886, 1888''. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at {{FHL|1182261|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*Luck, Joyce Shelton. ''Wythe County, Virginia Annotated Death Records''. Chester, Virginia: J.S. Luck, 2008. Available at {{FHL|1567690|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-annotated-death-records/oclc/298824053&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page.
 
*Luck, Joyce Shelton. ''Wythe County, Virginia Annotated Death Records''. Chester, Virginia: J.S. Luck, 2008. Available at {{FHL|1567690|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/wythe-county-virginia-annotated-death-records/oclc/298824053&referer=brief_results WorldCat] page.
  
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[{{PAGENAME}}#Bible_Records|Bible Records]]  
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{{Tip|For birth, marriage, and death record substitutes, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Church Records|Church Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers]], and [[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate Records|Probate Records]].}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Wythe County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www.wythecogha.org/ Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association]<br>  
 
*[http://www.wythecogha.org/ Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association]<br>  
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== Websites<br>  ==
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== Wythe County, Virginia Genealogy Websites<br>  ==
  
 
*{{FHL|Virginia%2C+Wythe|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
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Guide to Wythe County Virginia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Facts
Founded 1789
County Seat Wytheville
Courthouse

Contents

Wythe County, Virginia Courthouse

Wythe County Courthouse, Wytheville, Va.
 
Wythe County Courthouse
225 S. Fourth Street
Room 105
Wytheville, VA 24382

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce,
probate, court and land records from 1790[1]

 

Beginning Dates for Wythe County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1790 1853 1810 1790 1790

Wythe County, Virginia History

George Wythe (1726-1806)

The county was named after George Wythe (1726-1806), Virginia signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Parent County

1789--Wythe County was created 1 December 1789 from Montgomery County.
County seat: Wytheville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Wythe County, Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Wythe County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

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African American

Wythe County, Virginia cohabitation records are available online.

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:

  • [Carter] Family Records of James Turner Walker and Mourning Carter [ca. 1795-1922]. MSS., microfilmed reproduction available at FHL.
  • [Graham] Graham Family Bible Records, 1800-1894. Original records, microfilmed reproduction available at FHL.
  • [Raper] Raper Family Bible Records, 1796-1813. Original records, microfilmed reproduction available at FHL.
  • [Shepperd] Prosser--Sheppard Family Bible Records, 1795-1901. MSS., microfilmed reproduction available at FHL.

Cemeteries

Census

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18006,380
18108,35631.0%
18209,69216.0%
183012,16325.5%
18409,375−22.9%
185012,02428.3%
186012,3052.3%
187011,611−5.6%
188014,31823.3%
189018,01925.8%
190020,43713.4%
191020,372−0.3%
192020,217−0.8%
193020,7042.4%
194022,7219.7%
195023,3272.7%
196021,975−5.8%
197022,1390.7%
198025,52215.3%
199025,466−0.2%
200027,5998.4%

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 Wythe County.]

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Lutheran
  • 1804-1875 - St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Christenings 1804-1875. Batch C504551 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Pine Creek Monthly Meeting (1882-1889) aka Broadway[3]

Court Records

  • Kegley, Mary B. Abstracts of Court Orders of Wythe County, Virginia [1790-1850]. 5 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 1996-2000. Available at FHL.

Genealogy

More than 100 genealogies have been published about Wythe County families. To view a list, visit Wythe County, Virginia Genealogy.

Immigration

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 7 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Wythe County.[4]

Land and Property

An early settlers map is available for Wythe County. The cartographer plots the locations of pioneers from 1745-1858. The Family History Library has a copy: FHL Map 975.5773 E7h.

Deeds

  • Dillon, Janie, and Mary B. Kegley. Wythe County, Virginia Deed Abstracts. Wytheville, VA: Wythe County Genealogical & Historical Association, 2009. WorldCat page.
  • Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. 1800 Tax Lists & Abstracts of Deeds (1796-1800) of Wythe County, Virginia. [Springfield, Virginia: N. Schreiner-Yantis], 1971. FHL Collection

Grants and Patents

Land patents (pre-1779), land grants (after 1779) and surveys are available online at the Library of Virginia website. For step-by-step instructions on retrieving these records, read the Virginia Land and Property article.

  • Hudgins. 976 patents dated 1750-1883 in what is now Wythe County, Virginia placed on a map. DeedMapper. 2009. [Names of those who received land patents, dates, land descriptions, and references may be viewed free of charge (click "Index" next to the county listing); however, in order to view the maps, it is necessary to purchase Direct Line Software's DeedMapper product.]
  • Sims, Edgar Barr. Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia. [Springfield, Virginia]: Genealogical Books in Print, c1992. Available at FHL. [Includes Wythe County, Virginia.]

Local Histories

  • Boyd, Charles Rufus. Resources of South-west Virginia: Showing the Mineral Deposits of Iron, Coal, Zinc, Copper and Lead, also the Staples of the Various Counties, Methods of Transportation Access, Etc. New York : J. Wiley, 1881. Available at FHL.
  • Hall, Karen Lynn Jones. Wythe County (Images of America series). Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004. WorldCat page.
  • Hauser, H.M., comp. A Short Historical and Physical Description of Wythe County, Virginia. 1907. (online text in New River Notes)
  • Kegley, Mary B. The Lost Children of Wythe County, Virginia, 1790-1878: Poor School Children, Orphans and Apprentices from County Records.
  • Kegley, Mary B. Wythe County, Virginia: A Bicentennial History.
  • Kegley, Mary B. and F.B. Kegley. Early Adventurers on the Western Waters. 5 vols. Orange, Va.: Green Publishers, 1980, 1982 and Wytheville, Va.: Kegley Books, 1995, 1998. Available at FHL.

Maps

  • Hildebrand, John R., F.B. Kegley, Mary B. Kegley and Roanoke Valley Historical Society (Roanoke, Va.) A Settlement Map of Wythe County, Virginia: Giving the Names and Locations of Many of the Early Adventurers in the Territory - From 1745 to 1858. [Roanoke, Virginia]: Roanoke Valley Historical Society, 1974. Available at FHL.

Military

Revolutionary War
  • Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. FHL Collection [Includes Smyth 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, Smyth 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

Wythe County men served in the 35th Regiment.[5]

  • 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, Wythe County, p. 107. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Wythe 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 Wythe County, Virginia:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company A (Wythe Grays).[6]
- 5th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry) (Confederate). Company I.[7]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate). Company G.
- 29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B.[8]
- 45th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Mount Airy Rough and Readys) and Company D (Minute Men).[9]
- 51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company E (Wythe Rifles).[10]
- 63rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (McMahon's) (Confederate). Company H.[11]

Records and histories are available, including:

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Wythe County.

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Naturalization

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Newspapers

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

Occupations

  • Kegley, Mary B. The Lost Children of Wythe County, Virginia, 1790-1878: Poor School Children, Orphans and Apprentices from County Records. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 1995. Available at FHL.

Periodicals

Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin

Genealogical articles with abstracts of Wythe County, Virginia records have been published in the Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin (39+ vols., 1972-present), the journal of the Watauga Association of Genealogists. The organization has posted tables of contents for most volumes on their website. Back issues are available for purchase. The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL US/CAN Books 976.897 B2w, including Margaret W. Hougland and Betty Jane Hylton's Bulletin Subject Index: The First Thirty Years, 1972-2001 (Johnson City, Tenn.: Watauga Association of Genealogists, 2002) FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 B2w index 1972-2001.

Poor

  • Kegley, Mary B. The Lost Children of Wythe County, Virginia, 1790-1878: Poor School Children, Orphans and Apprentices from County Records. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 1995. Available at FHL.

Probate Records

A free index to Wythe County, Virginia wills and administrations (1790-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

  • Douthat, James L. Wythe County, Virginia Will Books 1-2, 1790-1822.

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Wythe County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1981):49-51. Available at American Ancestors ($).

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1770-1773] Kegley, Mary B. New River Tithables, 1770-1773. Wytheville, Virginia: M.B. Kegley, 1972. Available at FHL.
  • [1793-1850] Wythe County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, 1793-1850. Original records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.; microfilmed reproduction available at FHL.
  • [1793] Personal property tax list, 1793, Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin. Johnson City TN: 1977. Vol. 6 Iss. 2.
  • [1793] Weaver, Jeffrey C. The 1793 Wythe County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List, available online, courtesy: New River Notes.
  • [1793] Images of the 1793 Personal Property Tax List of Wythe County, Virginia  are available to browse online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1793] Weaver, Jeffrey C. 1793 Wythe County, Virginia Land Tax List, available online, courtesy: New River Notes.
  • [1793-1800] Murphy, Malita Warden and James L. Douthat. Wythe County, Va. Tax List, 1793-1800. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1985. Available at FHL. Free online surname index.
  • [1800] Indexed images of the 1800 Personal Property Tax List of Wythe County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1800] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti. 1800 Tax Lists & Abstracts of Deeds (1796-1800) of Wythe County, Virginia. [Springfield, Virginia: N. Schreiner-Yantis], 1971. Available at FHL.
  • [1802-1820] Heinegg, Paul. "Wythe County Personal Property Tax List 1802-1820," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [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. Wythe 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 include 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.]

Vital Records

Indexes to Wythe 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
  • 1853-1872 - Wythe County Birth Index 1853-1872. Batch C868690 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1853-1859 - Fowler, Deborah Thompson. Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records: Births 1853-1859. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at FHL.
  • 1865-1872 - Kegley, Mary B. and Jean Porter Desmarais. Birth Records of Wythe County, Virginia, 1865-1872. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2005. Available at FHL.
  • 1873-1879 - Desmarais, Jean Porter. Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1873-1879. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at FHL.
  • 1882-1884 - Moore, Jeraldyne A. Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1882-1884, Deaths, 1881-1884, 1886, 1888. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at FHL.
  • 1891-1895 - Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association. Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births 1891-1895. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2005. Available at FHL.
Marriage
  • 1790-1880 - Hoch, Beverly Repass, Mary B. Kegley, and Janie Dillon. Wythe County, Virginia, Marriages: 1790-1880. 3 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2006-2007. Available at FHL. WorldCat page 1 | 2 | 3.
  • 1790-1905 - Wythe County Marriage Index 1790-1905. Batch M868688 (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1853-1919 - Wythe County Marriage Index 1853-1919. Batch M868689 (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.[2]
Divorce
  • Kegley, Mary B. Divorces of Wythe County, Virginia, 1816-1886. Wytheville, Va.: Kegley Books, 2004. Available at FHL.
Death

Wythe County, Virginia deaths are included in the Library of Virginia's Death Index of Virginia, 1853-1896, sponsored by The Virginia Genealogical Society, available online - free.

  • 1853-1871 - Wythe County Death Index 1853-1871. Batch B868690 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1853-1894 - Moore, Jeraldyne A. and Mary B. Kegley. Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Deaths. [1853-1894] 2 vols. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at FHL.
  • 1881-1888 - Moore, Jeraldyne A. Wythe County, Virginia, Vital Records, Births, 1882-1884, Deaths, 1881-1884, 1886, 1888. Wytheville, Virginia: Wythe County Genealogical and Historical Association, 2004. Available at FHL.
  • Luck, Joyce Shelton. Wythe County, Virginia Annotated Death Records. Chester, Virginia: J.S. Luck, 2008. Available at FHL. WorldCat page.
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.

Wythe County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

 

Wythe County, Virginia Genealogy Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wythe County, Virginia. Page 723 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 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.
  3. Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  4. 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 ($).
  5. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 216. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  6. James I. Robertson, 4th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.F. Howard, 1982). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 1.
  7. The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
  8. John Perry Alderman, 29th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 53.
  9. J.L. Scott, 45th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 58.
  10. James A. Davis, 51st Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1984). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 9.
  11. Jeffrey C. Weaver, 63rd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1991). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 76.
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August, 2012)