Augusta County Resources

Heavy migration of Scotch-Irish, Welsh, and Germans from Pennsylvania into Virginia began about 1730. Augusta County became the haven for Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. While Augusta County was officially formed from Orange County in 1738, it wasn't until 1745 that the first court was held. We are fortunate to have these early court records transcribed in Lyman Chalkley's "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800." If you are new to searching Augusta County, Chalkley is the place to start.




Local Addresses

Court House, Museums,
Libraries, Societies (r)

Maps

1738, 1770, 1776, 1791 and present day.

Standard References

What to look for offline. (r)

Census Records and Tax Lists

1810, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860

Chalkley's
Chronicles

Online transcription
of court records
1745-1800 (r)

Augusta County Families

Contains many primary records and the list is growing! (r)

Tinkling Spring Church

The first Presbyterian Church
in Shenandoah Valley. (r)

Cemeteries

(r)

Manuscripts

Valley Archives, James Madison University,
Virginia Tech, and more. (v)

Augusta Archives

Wills, Deeds, Obits
Pensions Records, etc.

Other
Augusta County Sites

Things that don't fit
other categories--
calendar, photos, confederate pensions, 1899 business directories, history, geography.

Parent Counties

Earlier counties from which Augusta was formed.





Tribute to

Katherine G. Bushman

Augusta County Historical Society
Augusta County Genealogical Society
Her friends on the 'Net


Local Addresses

Augusta County Courthouse
Clerk of the Circuit Court
P.O. Box 689
Staunton, VA 24402-0689
Phone: (540) 245-5321.
Will respond only to written requests with SASE; will make copies and bill you.

Genealogical Records in the AUGUSTA COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE.

Augusta County Library
Route 2, Box 600
Fishersville, VA 22939
Phone: 540-885-3961
Located in the old Fishersville Schoolhouse, at the intersection of U. S. Route 250 and State Route 608.

Staunton Public Library
1 Churchill Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401
phone 540-332-3902.

Waynesboro Public Library
600 South Waynes Avenue
Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Vital Records Information Virginia state and county records.

Augusta County Genealogical Society
ACGS meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month (excluding December) at the Waynesboro Public Library from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. email

Contact information:

Augusta County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 436, Fishersville, VA 22939

Our library collection is located at the Augusta County Library, 1759 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville, VA 22939

Messages can be left at 540-885-1991

Our website: www.acgsva.com

e-mail us at: acgsva@gmail.com

or check us out on Facebook

We offer research services to members and non-members. Contact us for more information.

Nancy Sorrells
3419 Cold Springs Rd.
Greenville, Va 24440
540-377-6390

Charles Johnson, currently with the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Department

Augusta VAGenWeb will be happy to add the names of other local researchers upon request, but neither the Augusta County Genealogical Society nor Augusta VAGenWeb will become involved in any negotiations or any problems that might arise from the utilization of these resources.

Augusta County Historical Society
P.O. Box 686
Staunton, VA 24402.

Augusta Memorial Park
Recordkeeper: S.S. Mc Dowell
Route 2, Box 57
Waynesboro, VA 22980

Fisherville Baptist Church Cemetery
Fisherville, VA 22939

Fisherville United Methodist Church Cemetery
Route 1, Box 105
Fisherville, VA 22939

Greenville United Methodist Church Cemetery
Recordkeeper: John Brake
Box 188
Greenville, VA 24440.

Hildebrand Mennonite Cemetery
Recordkeeper: Nelson R. Burkholder
328 Lee Drive
Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Mount Solon United Methodist Church Cemetery
Route 2, Box 221-A
Mount Solon, VA 22843.

St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ Cemetery
RR#1, Box 186A
Staunton, VA 24401.

Sangerville United Methodist Church Cemetery
Recordkeeper: Mount Solon United Methodist Church
Route 2, Box 221-A
Mount Solon, VA 22843.

Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Fisherville, VA 22939.



Maps

Maps of Augusta County. 1738, 1770, 1776, 1791 and present day.

Formation of Virginia Counties 1617 to 1995 (from AniMap).

Beverley Manor and Borden Grant. James Raymond Hildebrand map showing meeting houses established prior to 1745. This may take a while to load but it is worth it.

The Borden Grant. A larger map of the Borden grant area.

A map of the Beverley Patent, 1736, was compiled and drawn by James Raymond Hildebrand in 1954. This map shows the plats of the original grantees. Because of the size of this map it has been broken into quarter sections. Permission to include it online was graciously given by John R. Hildebrand, son of the cartographer.
Northeast Section
Southeast Section
Northwest Section
Southwest Section

Beverley Manor Index to assist in finding your ancestors on this map.

Hard copy of this map is available at:
History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia
1 Market Square S.E.
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone - (540) 342-5770

Map of Early Settlers' Lands in the Whistle Creek/Buffalo Creek area of Augusta County courtesy of Richard McMurtry.


Standard References

DAR, Colonel Thomas Hughart Chapter
First Marriage Records of Augusta County, Virginia, 1785-1913.

Ibid.
Second Marriage Records of Augusta County, Virginia, 1813-1850.

Ibid.
Supplement to the First Marriage Records of Augusta County, Virginia.
compiled by Katherine G. Bushman.

Hildebrand, John R., ed.
A Mennonite Journal, 1862-1865: A Father's Account of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. (Shippensburg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1996)

Historical Bulletins
published semi-annually by Augusta County Historical Society, 1965- .

May, C.E.
Under Four Flags in the North River Basin. 1976.

Peyton, J. Lewis
History of Augusta County, Virginia. 1882.

Reese, Peggy
Index to Augusta County Death Registers, 1853-1896. 1983.

Ruffin, Beverley
Augusta Parish, 1738-1780.

Shenanoah Valley Family Data, 1799-1813, Pastor Johannes Braun.
published by Shenandoah History, Edinburg, Virginia, P.O. Box 98.

Turner, Herbert S.
Bethel and Her Ministers. 1946.

Waddell, Jos. A.
Annals of Augusta County, Virgnia. 1871; 1901
reprinted by Carrier 1958.

Waddell, Jos. A. and Hotchkiss, Jed
Historical Atlas of Augusta County, Virginia. 1884, reprinted by Augusta County Historical Society, 1980.

Wilson, Howard McKnight
The Tinkling Spring, Headwaters of Freedom. 1954, reprinted 1976.

Ibid.
Lexington Presbytery Heritage, 1971.

Ibid.
Great Valley Patriots. 1976.

Wust, Klaus
The Virginia Germans.

Augusta Cemeteries

Staunton National Cemetery Four hundred eighty-five records of burials provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs .

Glebe Cemetery. Transcriptions on the tombstones at the Glebe Graveyard on the farm of Thomas Thompson.

West Augusta Cemetery

Hildebrand Mennonite Church Cemetery

Wilson Family Cemetery


Census Records and Tax Lists

1810 census index

1820 census index

1830 census index

1850 census

1860 and 1870 census Augusta County, Virginia, 1860 and 18780 Population Census, Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, Virginia Center for Digital History, University of Virginia (http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/ vshadow2/govdoc/popcensus.html).


Augusta County Archives

Deeds, Wills, Obits and other records contained in the Augusta County Archives.

Augusta County Families

Katherine Bushman Collection. Genealogical research files of Katherine G. Bushman, including family research files, subject files, compilations, and oversize genealogical charts and maps are now at the Library of Virginia. The majority of the collection consists of family research files containing correspondence with clients for whom Bushman did research, as well as genealogical notes abstracted from court records, including deed books, order books, will books, and marriage records. Patriotic organization applications, family group sheets, extracts from published sources, Bible records, census records, and genealogical charts also appear in these files. There is a substantial amount of information on the Alexander, Bell, Bushman, Craig, Curry, Davis, Fauber, Fulkerson, Greaver, Hogshead, Kinkead, McCutchan, Polk, Rankin, Robertson, Sheets, Steele, Tate, and Wilson families. There is a surname card index to these materials filed at the end of the series. An index to the Bushman collection has been developed by Tracy Hunter and can be accessed and downloaded through his Hunter web page.

CALDWELL abstracts from Chalkley.

The CAMPBELLS of Southwest Virginia and Their Descendants. An excellent history of a prominent Augusta County family by Phil Norfleet.

The DEVER/DEVIER Family. Descendants of Hugh E. Dever (born abt. 1728) and his wife, Agnes Blain, both of Augusta County, Virginia. Webpage of Charles Vernon DeVier.

DOAK abstracts from Chalkley.

DOAK: Correcting the Record, from Ralph Doak.

ERWIN: Correcting the Record of Edwin Erwin, Jr., from Lou Pellican and Laten Bechtel.

ABRAHAM and LEVI GARBER, commemorative program, 1928, Middle River Church.

MAGILL, MOORE, PATTERSON, SILLING families, prepared by Sue Phillips.

HEIZER Family, prepared by Frank Heizer.

Irene Purvis Layne. Does anyone recognize her?

INDEX TO FULTON PAPERS, a collection of manuscripts, Revolutionary War records, wills, and mailing list, compiled by Norma Jennings.

JACKSON, BERRY, and GRIFFIN families in Augusta County, from Shelby Jackson Berry.

Margaret LYNN Lewis and “The Valley Manuscript.” Prepared by Loretta (Lynn) Layman.

MATHEWS family just outside the Borden Tract and related kin. Also good background material on migration and early church from Robert D. Ferguson.

JOHN McADOO brief biography prepared by Nova A. Lemons.

McCaffrey, McCorkle & Woody hosted by Dave Woody. Large database; easily navigated.

McDOWELL family information is available from Deanna Holm.

SCOTT surname citations in Chalkley. Courtesy of Kathy Edwards.

William SKILLMAN Descendants. About 350 descendants of William and Elizabeth (Anderson) Skillman dating from 1710 to 1997 are available from Norma Flippo.

SORRELLS surname citations in Chalkley. Courtesy of Thelma F. Prince.

The Family of William Todd of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, NJ; Philadelphia County, PA, and Augusta and Bedford Co., VA. Courtesy of Richard McMurtry.

The Todds of Augusta County, Virginia. Courtesy of Richard McMurtry.

James White obituary.

Additional surnames for which you can find online abstracts from Chalkley include DOAK, Samuel FINLEY, GILLESPIE and HENDERSON, John HENDERSON, John TRIMBLE, and Joseph WILSON.

Early Virginia/West Virginia Genealogy from Melva Wheelwright. Contains many Augusta County families including: BELL, CRAWFORD, DOOLEY, GILLESPIE, HENDERSON, LESSLEY, McCUNE, ROBERTSON.

Augusta County Wills and Estates for PATTERSON, BURTON, CALHOON, KENNEDAY, CHRISTIAN, YOUNG, HALE, and HAWES.

The Finleys of Early Sonoma County, California. Just published in December 1997, this book traces three Finley families who settled in Sonoma County, California prior to 1900 back to their Augusta County progenitors. 257 pages includes over 100 photographs, illustrations and maps.

Descendants of John Finley (? - 1783). Contains:
Descendants
Surname List
Name Index
Downloadable GEDCOM file (299647 bytes)

Finley Family History Database (select Finley Family History from Specialized Collection at top right). Contains citations to and many full text documents on a number of Augusta County families including: ALEXANDER, BLACK, BROWN, BRYAN, CLENDENEN, CRAIG, CHRISTIAN, DOAK, DOWNING, FINLEY, GILLESPIE, GLEAVES, HENDERSON, JOHNSTON, LEWIS, McNAIR, McPHEETERS, MOONEY, RAMSEY, RIPPEY, ROBINSON, SHIELDS, TAYLOR, TRIMBLE, TURK, WILSON. Search on Augusta County as subject to find all references. Courtesy of the Ruben Salazar Library, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. Some full text primary documents are now available at the Augusta County Archives . Full text transcriptions and abstracts for related documents in Pennsylvania can be found on the Cumberland County, PAGenWeb Page.


Tinkling Spring

Tinkling Spring Photo Album.

Augusta Stone Meeting House photo. Established as a part of the Triple Forks of the Shenandoah Congregation along with Tinkling Spring in 1740. Visit the Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church, a nicely designed site which gives church history and many photos of present day church activities.

Beverley Manor and Borden Grant. James Raymond Hildebrand map showing meeting houses established prior to 1745. This may take a while to load but it is worth it.

A map of the Beverley Patent, 1736, where Tinkling Spring was located, was compiled and drawn by James Raymond Hildebrand in 1954. This map shows the plats of the original grantees. Because of the size of this map it has been broken into quarter sections. Permission to include it online was graciously given by John R. Hildebrand, son of the cartographer.
Northeast Section
Southeast Section
Northwest Section
Southwest Section


Manuscripts

Bushman Collection. Genealogical research files of Katherine G. Bushman, including family research files, subject files, compilations, and oversize genealogical charts and maps are now at the Library of Virginia. The majority of the collection are family research files containing correspondence with clients for whom Bushman did research, as well as genealogical notes abstracted from court records, including deed books, order books, will books, and marriage records. Patriotic organization applications, family group sheets, extracts from published sources, Bible records, census records, and genealogical charts also appear in these files. There is a substantial amount of information on the Alexander, Bell, Bushman, Craig, Curry, Davis, Fauber, Fulkerson, Greaver, Hogshead, Kinkead, McCutchan, Polk, Rankin, Robertson, Sheets, Steele, Tate, and Wilson families. There is a surname card index to these materials filed at the end of the series.

The Valley of the Shadow or the Valley Archives, based at the University of Virginia, has an excellent collection of letters and diaries, newspapers, church records, maps, and other public records on Augusta County.

Manuscripts at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Carrier Library Special Collections Department contains many manuscripts about the central Shenandoah Valley. Material specific to Augusta County can be found in the Ernest Dickerman Collection (#3085), John Forrer Collection (#1760), John Harris Collection (#2025), Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Collection (#2095), John Heatwole Collection #2040), George Manley Collection (#Flat 2010), Shenandoah Valley Misc. Ledgers (#2005), and the Staunton Academy Papers (#1758).

Manuscripts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. The Special Collections Department of the University Libraries contains several manuscripts that may be of interest to Augusta County researchers. They include the 1862 correspondence of William Smith Hanger BAYLOR; diaries, books, and letters of various members of the BEAR family (1823-79); and COCHRAN family letters (1860-61).

Manuscripts at Washington and Lee University contain many genealogical connections to Augusta County and are widely included throughout all the files but especially in the Youel and Diehl collections.

Manuscripts at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, contain papers, ledgers, account books, poor records, Civil War, and other records of early Augusta County.

Diary of Joseph Waddell. From Joseph Waddell, "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871." Contains entries during the second year of the Civil War.

Peggy S. Joyner, St. John's Church Register, German Reformed and Lutheran, Augusta County, Virginia (l748) l786-l872. (Elverson, PA: Olde Springfield Shoppe, l995), xv + l58 pp., soft cover, index, $25 + $3 p&h. Translated from the original German register, this book contains numerous birth / baptismal entries, some death records, confirmation and communicant lists. St. John's is between Staunton and Middlebrook in Augusta County where there was a large settlement of Germans.

Virginia Newspaper Project Exhibits. The newspapers currently under examination by the Project include the collections of: the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, the Library of Virginia, and the Virginia Historical Society.


Other Augusta County Sites

Augusta County Militia: Schedule of payments, to Augusta County militia, and to citizens providing supplies/services, in the early days of the French and Indian War, 1758.

Augusta County Pension Applications transcribed by C. Leon Harris.

Augusta County Calendar, lists reunions and other events.

Augusta County Photo Album. Photos of historic buildings and the countryside.

Providence and Timber Ridge Congregation, 1753 from The Draper Manuscripts.

Staunton Athletic Team, date unknown, contributed by Mary Neff.

Capt. Thomas Beardsworth and Capt. Thomas Kivlighan from the Staunton Mililtary Academy handbook, 1921-22, contributed by Mary Neff.

Augusta County Searchable Databases. Contains 1860 census of Augusta households and searchable rosters of men from Augusta County, from Valley of the Shadow.

1909 Augusta County Confederate Pension List. Gives names of disabled Confederate soldiers and Confederate widows who received pensions. Copies of the actual pensions are available at the Library of Virginia.

Articles on migration and the Augusta Parish by Bob Ferguson.

1850 Augusta County Census Microfilm Book. S-K Publications offers indexed printed copies of census records. Will also do Quicksearch for specific households by e-mail.

Antient Press has recently added Augusta Tax Lists for 1782 - 1788 and 1788 - 1790 to their available books.


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