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Henry County Project

including City of Martinsville

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My name is Jim Williams and I am the Coordinator for the Henry County project of the VAGenWeb. Thanks for dropping in. Take a look around, I hope you find something to help in your search for your roots. If you have information about this county's people or places that you would like to share, send me an e-mail message by clicking on my name. Come back again, as this page is a work in progress that will be changing often.

Last Updated Saturday, 03-May-2008 22:19:37 MDT

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Henry County Guestbook
Please do NOT post requests for information about your ancestor(s) in the Guestbook
they should be posted on the Message Board
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Check the Surnames List to see if others are researching your surname(s)
Thanks!

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UPDATED (1K) Henry County / City of Martinsville Family Reunions  

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Henry County Migration Project

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Henry County News of Yesteryear

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About Henry County

Henry County, created in 1777, was named in honor of the great orator of the Revolution, Patrick Henry, who did so much to overthrow the royal establishment in Virginia. Before the creation of Henry County, counties were generally named in honor of some one connected with the royal family of England or the royal government of the colonies. Formed from Pittsylvania County, the area of the county is 385 square miles and the county seat is Martinsville.

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About City of Martinsville

Martinsville was named for Joseph Martin, an early settler and Revolutionary War soldier who represented Henry County in the General Assembly in 1791, when the town was established. Martinsville was incorporated as a town in 1873 and became a city by court order in 1928. Its area is 11.2 square miles.

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Parishes of the Established Church 1607 - 1785

When the first English settlers came to Virginia in 1607, they followed the familiar patterns of the Church of England and established parishes that served as local units of ecclesiastical and community organization. The General Assembly established parishes and fixed their boundaries, often at the same time that it created or altered county lines. On January 16, 1786, the General Assembly passed Thomas Jefferson's Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, ending state-enforced support for the formerly established church and its parishes.
  • Camden, 1776 - 1778
  • Patrick, 1778 - 1785

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Henry County Resources

If you know of any others, please let me know!

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Henry County Family Websites

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Books of Interest

  • "ROSELAWN" BURIALS, HENRY COUNTY-MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA compiled by Margaret W. Myers and Patricia Johnson (Fredericksburg, VA, Sheridan Books, 2001)
    • First published record of burials at Roselawn Burial Park
    • Covers 10,378 burials from the cemetery's opening in November, 1930, through February, 2001.
    • Complete alphabetical listing gives name, cemetery section and lot, date of birth and date of death
    • Also includes listing of 446 burials in Roselawn Abbey, listing of 2043 known veterans and services and a listing of 210 reburials and removals.
    • Seventeen months in the making, these ladies used the cemetery records, visited every grave site, then spent months researching obituary notices on microfilm to get as many complete dates as possible. As a result, less than 300 of the entries have partial dates!
    • Hard cover, with cloth binding, 381 pages, 35 entries per page, very easy to read
    • $45.00 plus shipping
    • For ordering information, send your name and mailing address by e-mail to Margaret Myers. ~ New email 8/2007
  • Virginia Publick Claims; Henry County by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1991)
  • Complete Index and Abstract of Henry County Order Books #1 and #2 by Charles P. Blunt (Richmond, VA: auther, 1978)
  • Henry County Marriage Bonds, 1778-1849 by Virginia Anderson Dodd (org. pub. 1953, reprint, Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Publishing Company, 1989)
  • A History of Henry County, Virginia with Biographical Sketches of Its Most Prominent Citizens and Genealogical Histories of Half a Hundred of Its Oldest Families by Judith Parks America Hill (Baltimore, MD: Regional Publishing Company, 1983)
  • History of Patrick and Henry Counties, VA by Virginia G. Pedigo and Lewis G. Pedigo (Roanoke, VA: Stone Printing, 1933, reprint Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1990)
  • Henry County, Virginia, Census of 1820 by Don Simmons (no pub. data)
  • Henry County, Virginia, Census of 1830 by Don Simmons (no pub. data)
  • An (alphabetical) Index to HENRY COUNTY, VIRGINIA OBITUARIES AND DEATH NOTICES which appeared in the Martinsville Bulletin newspaper ( and it's predecessors, the Daily Bulletin and the Henry Bulletin) of Henry County, Virginia from May 1924 to December 1960 by Paul Martin, 1997
    • For each deceased, shows date(s) obituary, death or reburial notice appeared and its location in the paper (page number and column)
    • Transcribed from handwritten manuscript (in sequence by order of appearance in the newspaper) created in mid-1970's
    • Soft cover, with staple and heat binding, 157 pages, 84 entries per page in 2 columns
    • $20.00 by 1st class mail or $21.50 by Priority Mail from Paul Martin at 1342 E. First Street, Tustin, CA 72780-4524
  • An (alphabetical) Index to HENRY COUNTY, VIRGINIA OBITUARIES AND DEATH NOTICES which appeared in the Martinsville Bulletin newspaper ( and it's predecessors, the Daily Bulletin and the Henry Bulletin) of Henry County, Virginia from January 1961 to Mid-June 1975 by Paul Martin, 1998
    • For each deceased, shows date(s) obituary, death or reburial notice appeared and its location in the paper (page number and column)
    • Transcribed from handwritten manuscript (in sequence by order of appearance in the newspaper) created in mid-1970's
    • Soft cover, with staple and heat binding, 140 pages, 84 entries per page in 2 columns
    • $20.00 by 1st class mail or $21.50 by Priority Mail from Paul Martin at 1342 E. First Street, Tustin, CA 72780-4524
    • NOTE: Order set of both books for only $40.00 by Priority Mail. The excellent printing job and Mr. Martin's format makes these books very easy to read.
  • om-logo2.gif - 9308 Bytes ~ Click here for more information on the following books:
    • 1850 Federal Census of Henry County, Virginia by Anne Vestal-Miller, 1991
    • Six Decade Index of Henry County, Virginia Censuses by Anne Vestal-Miller, 1991
    • Death Records of Henry County, Virginia Volume I, 1853-1874 by Anne Vestal-Miller, 1992
    • Death Records of Henry County, Virginia Volume II, 1875-1896 by Anne Vestal-Miller, 1993
    • The Marriage Register of Henry County, Virginia, Volume I, 1853-1878 by Anne Vestal-Miller, 1998
    • The Marriage Register of Henry County, Virginia, Volume II, 1879-1893 by Anne Vestal-Miller, 1998
    • Marriage Records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia 1767 - 1819 by Anne Vestal-Miller, 1996
If you know of any others, please let me know!

Online Bookstores
Check out this site if you're having trouble finding that particular book.
Some of these BookSellers have searchable databases online.

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Lookup Volunteers

If you have reference materials pertaining to Henry County and its people, I invite you to visit the Henry County Message Board often and help others by posting a response to their queries. By posting a RESPONSE, you could possibly be helping more than one person. If you send an email to the query poster, you're only helping that one person. I've received requests from many of you wanting to be listed as lookup volunteers and I feel this may be the best solution. You won't be bombarded with requests and you can better control the amount of time you spend helping others. Won't you lend a helping hand?
Guidelines for Lookup Volunteers Please Read This!

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Researchers For Hire

These links are included for your convenience only. There is NO warranty, written or implied, as to their usefullness or reliability, and as far as I know, their services have NOT been endorsed by the VAGenWeb Project, the USGenWeb Project or the WorldGenWeb Project. Please contact the individual sites for information concerning their services and fees. You might also contact the county Historical / Genealogical Society or Court House for recommendations of other researchers.
If you would like to be listed here, write to jimw@mindless.com for my requirements.

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Links to Surrounding Counties

Franklin Co

Patrick Co - - - - - HENRY CO - - - - - Pittsylvania Co

Stokes Co, NC - - - - - Rockingham Co, NC

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rebbal.gif Confederate Units Enlisted Here rebbal.gif

  • Co. H, 24th VA Inf., Henry Guards
  • Co. A, 42nd VA Inf., Henry Volunteers
  • Co. F, 42nd VA Inf., Leatherwood Fencibles
  • Co. G, 42nd VA Inf., Capt. William W. Morris' Co.
  • Co. F, 57th VA Inf., Henry and Pittsylvania Rifles
  • 42nd Virginia Infantry Regiment - roster
    Check out The Virginia Regimental Histories Series for more information on these units and the men who fought for the cause.

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On A Lighter Note

You Know You're Addicted to Genealogy if..... - Take a Laugh Break!

Genealogy Taglines - The Collection - They're all here!

My thanks to the unknown author of this little bit of humor!

Found a YANKEE in my family tree...will trade for horse thief or other black sheep!

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