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Virginia Cities

Included in this listing are the name of the city, the zip code, county it belongs to, and other facts. In Virginia, cities are independent of the counties and maintain their own records.

Alexandria 22314 Charter granted 1950. Was in District of Columbia 1789-1846. Accomack. Formerly called Hunting Creek, then Bellhaven.

Bedford 24523 Originally town of Liberty (1782-1890). Became city 1968.Bedford

Bristol 24201 Originally Sapling Grove, 1765; town of Goodson 1856; city 1890. Washington.

Buena Vista 24416 Became independent city 1893. Formerly called Hartís Bottom. Rockbridge

Charlottesville 22901 Established as town 1762. Albemarle.

Chesapeake 23320 Chartered 1962, former city of South Norfolk. Norfolk.

Clifton Forge 24422 Formerly called Williamson, became independent city 1918. Alleghany.

Colonial Heights 23834 Became city 1948. Chartered 1960. Chesterfield.

Covington 24426 Became independent city 1952. Alleghany.

Danville 24541 Charter granted 1952. Originally chartered as a town in 1793. Pittsylvania.

Emporia 23847 Changed from town in 1967. Greensville.

Fairfax 22030 Became independent city 1948. Fairfax.

Falls Church 22040 Became independent city 1948. Charter granted 1950. Fairfax.

Franklin 23851 Earlier called Franklin Depot. Southampton.

Fredericksburg 22401 Charter granted 1942. Spotsylvania.

Galax 24333 Charter granted 1954. Originally called Bonaparte. Carroll/Grayson.

Hampton 23369 City of Hampton and town of Phoebus consolidated 1952. Elizabeth City

Harrisonburg 22801 City status 1916. Rockingham.

Hopewell 23860 Charter granted 1950. Prince George.

Lexington 24450 Became city 1965. Rockbridge.

Lynchburg 24505 Became city 1852. Campbell.

Manassas 22110 Became city 1975. Prince William

Manassas Park 22110 Became city 1975. Prince William.

Martinsville 24112 Became city 1928. Charter granted 1950. Henry.

Newport News 23607 Became city 1896. Charter granted 1968. Warwick.

Norfolk 23510 Became city 1845. Charter granted 1918. Norfolk.

Norton 24273 Originally called Big Glades, called Gladeville, 1856. Became city 1954. Wise.

Petersburg 23803 Became city 1850. Prince George. Formerly called Fort Henry, then Peterís Point.

Poquoson 23662 Charter granted 1976. York. Portsmouth 23704 Charter granted 1858. Norfolk.

Radford 24141 Charter granted 1968. Also called Ingle's Ferry, and Lovely Mount, Central City. Montgomery.

Richmond 23219 Became city 1782. Charter granted 1948. Henrico. Formerly called Falls of James River.

Roanoke 24010 Formerly called Big Lick. Chartered as Roanoke 1884. Roanoke.

Salem 24153 Roanoke.

South Boston 24592 Formerly called Dabb's. Charter granted 1960.

Halifax. Staunton 24401 Chartered 1749. Known before 1738 as Mill Place. Augusta.

Suffolk 23434 Also known as Sleepy Hole; Constance's Warehouse. Became city 1910. Nansemond.

Virginia Beach 23456 Became city 1952. Princess Anne.

Waynesboro 22980 Formerly called Teesville, became city 1948. Augusta.

Williamsburg 23185 Became city 1699. Charter granted 1932. James City. Formerly called settlement between Archerís Hope and Queens Creek, then called Middle Plantation.

Winchester 22601 Also called Old Town, Fredericktown. Frederick.

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Virginia Towns

Town land and probate records are recorded in the county to which they belong, as are vital records. Some town records may be of benefit to genealogists.

Abingdon 24210 Washington. Incorporated 1778. First called Wolf Hills, then Black's Fort.

Accomac 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1944. Formerly called Freeman's Plantation, Metompkin. Courthouse, Drummondtown.

Alberta 23821 Brunswick. Formerly called Walthall's Store.

Altavista 24517 Campbell. Incorporated 1912.

Amherst 24521 Amherst. Incorporated 1910.

Appalachia 24216 Wise. Incorporated 1906.

Appomattox 24522 Appomattox.

Ashland 23005 Hanover. Incorporated 1858.

Belle Haven 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1895.

Berryville 22611 Clarke. Established 1803. Incorporated 1870

Big Stone Gap 24219 Wise. Incorporated 1891. Earlier names: Imboden, Three Forks, Mineral City.

Blacksburg 24060 Montgomery. Incorporated 1798. Was Drapers Meadows.

Blackstone 23824 Nottoway. Incorporated 1888. Original name: Blacks and Whites.

Bloxom 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1951.

Bluefield 24605 Tazewell. Name changed from Graham.

Boones Mill 24151 Franklin. Incorporated 1927.

Bowling Green 22427 Caroline. Incorporated 1903.

Boyce 22611 Clarke. Incorporated 1910.

Boydton 23917 Mecklenburg. Incorporated 1874.

Boykins 23827 Southampton. Incorporated 1886.

Branchville 23828 Southampton. Incorporated 1908.

Bridgewater 22812 Rockingham. Incorporated 1835. Formerly called Dinkletown, Bridgeport.

Broadway 22815 Rockingham. Incorporated 1886.

Brodnax 23868 Brunswick. Incorporated 1915.

Brookneal 24528 Campbell. Incorporated 1908. Settled 1736.

Buchanan 24066 Botetourt. Incorporated 1892. Formerly called Pattonsburg.

Burkeville 23922 Nottoway. Incorporated 1877.

Cape Charles 23310 Northampton. Incorporated 1886.

Capron 23829 Southampton. Early name was Princeton, called Cairo in 1889.

Cedar Bluff 24609 Tazewell. Incorporated 1912.

Charlotte Court House 23923 Charlotte. Incorporated 1874. Other names: The Magazine, Daltonsburgh, Maryville, Smithville.

Chase City 23924 Mecklenburg. Incorporated 1873. Formerly village of Christiansville.

Chatham 24531 Pittsylvania. Incorporated 1852.

Cheriton 23316 Northampton. Incorporated 1951. First called Townfield, later Sunnyside.

Chilhowie 24319 Smyth. Incorporated 1913. Early name Town House.

Chincoteague 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1908.

Christiansburg 24073 Montgomery. Incorporated 1916. Originally called Hans Meadows, est. 1792.

Claremont 23340 Surry. Incorporated 1886.

Clarkesville 23927 Mecklenburg. Incorporated 1818.

Cleveland 24225 Russell. Incorporated 1946.

Clifton 22030 Fairfax. Incorporated 1902.

Clinchport 24227 Scott. Incorporated 1940.

Clintwood 24228 Dickenson. Incorporated 1894. Early name was Holly Creek.

Clover 24558 Halifax. Incorporated 1896.

Coeburn 24230 Wise. Incorporated 1894. Formerly called Guest Station.

Colonial Beach 23834 Westmoreland Incorporated 1892. Earlier name was White Beach.

Columbia 22963 Fluvanna. Est. as town of Fluvanna 1788, Incorporated as Columbia 1879.

Courtland 23837 Southampton Established as town 1791. Early name Jerusalem.

Craigsville 24430 Augusta. Early settlement called Marbledale. Incorporated 1950.

Crewe 23930 Nottoway. Incorporated 1888.

Culpeper 22701 Culpeper. Incorporated 1898. Called Fairfax in Colonial days.

Damascus 24236 Washington. Incorporated 1904. Early name, Mock's Mill.

Dayton 22821 Rockingham. Incorporated 1879. Earlier called Rifeville or Rifetown.

Dendron 23839 Surry. Incorporated 1906.

Dillwyn 23921 Buckingham. Incorporated 1912. Gold mining 1830-1860.

Drake's Branch 23937 Charlotte. Incorporated 1903. Draper Pulaski. No town officers.

Dublin 24084 Pulaski. Incorporated 1906.

Duffield 24244 Scott. Incorporated 1893/94.

Dumfries 22026 Prince William. Incorporated 1749.

Dungannon 24245 Scott. Incorporated 1918.

Eastville 23347 Northampton. Incorporated 1896. Earlier names: Peachburg, The Horns. Courthouse since 1680, records since 1632.

Edinburg 22824 Shenandoah Incorporated 1852. Formerly called Shryock, Stony Creek.

Elkton 22827 Rockingham. Incorporated 1908. Called Conrad's Store until 1790. Exmore 23350 Northampton. Incorporated 1950.

Farmville 23901 Prince Edward. Incorporated 1832. Formerly called Rutledge's Ford.

Fincastle 24090 Botetourt. Established 1772. Incorporated 1821.

Floyd 24091 Floyd Incorporated 1891/2. Previously called Jacksonville.

Fries 24348 Carroll/Grayson. Incorporated 1901.

Front Royal 22630 Warren. Called Hell Town in Colonial days, Lehewtown until 1788. Incorporated as Front Royal 1788.

Gate City 24251 Scott. Incorporated 1892. Previously called Winfield, Estillville. Glade Spring 24340 Washington. Incorporated 1875.

Glasgow 24555 Rockbridge. Incorporated 1892.

Glen Lyn 24134 Giles. Earlier names were Montreal, Parkinson Shumate's Ferry, Hell's Gate. Became town 1883.

Gordonsville 22942 Orange. Incorporated 1870.

Goshen 24439 Rockbridge. Incorporated 1883/84.

Gretna 24557 Pittsylvania. Incorporated 1914. Formerly called Franklin Junction, Elba.

Grottoes 24441 Rockingham. Incorporated 1892. Early name Mt. Vernon Forge, then Shendun.

Grundy 24614 Buchanan. Called Mouth of Slate in 1857, name changed to Grundy in 1858.

Halifax 24558 Halifax. Formerly town of Banister. Incorporated 1875.

Hallwood 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1958.

Hamilton 22068 Loudoun. Incorporated 1875.

Haymarket 22069 Prince William. Incorporated 1798. Known as Red House until 1799.

Haysi 24228 Dickenson. Incorporated 1936.

Herndon 22030 Fairfax. Incorporated 1879. Hillsboro 22132 Loudoun. Founded 1805. Incorporated 1879/80.

Hillsville 24343 Carroll. Incorporated 1900.

Honaker 24260 Russell. Incorporated 1919.

Hurt 24563 Pittsylvania. Incorporated 1966.

Independence 24348 Grayson. Incorporated 1934.

Iron Gate 24426 Alleghany. Incorporated 1890.

Irvington 22480 Lancaster. Incorporated 1955. Called Carters Creek, 1873-91. I

vor 23866 Southampton. Incorporated 1908.

arratt 23867 Sussex/Greensville. Incorporated 1938.

Jonesville 24263 Lee. Incorporated 1901.

Keller 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1951.

Kenbridge 23944 Lunenburg. Incorporated 1908. Formerly Tinkling Spring.

Keysville 23947 Charlotte. Incorporated 1887.

Kilmarnock 22482 Lancaster.

La Crosse 23950 Mecklenburg. Incorporated 1901. Earlier name was Old Piney Road.

Lawrenceville 23868 Brunswick. Townsite established 1814. Incorporated 1874.

Lebanon 24266 Russell. Incorporated 1873. Town site selected 1816, named 1819.

Leesburg 22075 Loudoun. Incorporated 1758. Called Georgetown before 1758.

Louisa 23093 Louisa. Incorporated 1873.

Lovettsville 22080 Loudoun. Laid out 1820. Incorporated 1842.

Luray 22835 Page. Incorporated 1812.

Madison 22727 Madison. Incorporated 1875. Marion 24354 Smyth. Incorporated 1835.

McKenney 23841 Dinwiddie. Incorporated 1922.

Melfa 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1951.

Middleburg 22117 Loudoun. Incorporated 1871. Earlier called Chinn's Crossroads.

Middletown 22601 Frederick Incorporated 1882. Formerly called Senseny Town.

Mineral 23117 Louisa. Incorporated 1902. First called Tolersville, then Davis Turnout. Changed to Mineral 1850's.

Monterey 24465 Highland. Incorporated 1914. Early name was Bell's Place, then Highland.

Montross 22520 Westmoreland. Incorporated 1946.

Mount Crawford 22841 Rockingham. Incorporated 1895. Called Mt. Pleasant, then Mt. Stevens, changed to Mt. Crawford 1825.

Mount Jackson 22842 Shenandoah. Incorporated 1888. Formerly called Mt. Pleasant.

Narrows 24134 Giles. Incorporated 1904.

Nassawadox 23413 Northampton. Incorporated 1958. Settled 1656

New Castle 24127 Craig. Incorporated 1911. Established 1756 as New Fincastle.

New Market 22844 Shenandoah. Incorporated 1796. Formerly called Crossroads.

Newsoms 23874 Southampton. Incorporated 1946.

Nicklesville 24271 Scott. Incorporated 1902, name changed from Nickolsville 1938.

Occoquan 22125 Prince William. Founded 1804. Town called Colchester established here 1753. Onancock 23417 Accomack. Incorporated 1874.

Onley 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1950.

Orange 22960 Orange. Incorporated 1834.

Painter 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1950.

Pamplin City 24522 Appomattox & Prince Edward. Incorporated 1874.

Parksley 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1904. Earlier called Matomkin.

Pearisburg 24134 Giles. Created 1808. Incorporated 1914.

Pembroke 24134 Giles. Incorporated 1947.

Pennington Gap 24277 Lee. Incorporated 1891/92.

Phenix 23959 Charlotte. Incorporated 1930.

Pocahontas 24635 Tazewell. Incorporated 1884.

Port Royal 22427 Caroline. Established 1744. Incorporated 1865.

Pound 24279 Wise. Incorporated 1946.

Pulaski 24301 Pulaski. Incorporated 1886. Formerly called Martin's.

Purcellville 22132 Loudoun. Incorporated 1908.

Quantico 22130 Prince William. Incorporated 1874.

Remington 22186 Fauquier. Incorporated 1890. Called Millview until 1850, then Bowenville.

Rich Creek 24134 Giles. Incorporated 1946.

Richlands 24641 Tazewell. Ridgeway 24112 Henry. Incorporated 1890.

Rocky Mount 24151 Franklin. Incorporated 1873.

Round Hill 24141 Loudoun. Incorporated 1900.

Rural Retreat 24368 Wythe. Incorporated 1911. Earlier name was Mount Airy .

Saltville 24370 Smyth & Washington. Incorporated 1894. First called Preston's Salines, in 1748 named Buffalo Lick.

Saxis 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1959.

Scottsburg 24558 Halifax. Incorporated 1975.

Scottsville 24590 Albemarle. Incorporated 1838 (1818).

Shenandoah 22849 Page. Incorporated 1884 under name Milnes; named changed 1890.

Smithfield 23397 Isle of Wight. Incorporated 1752. Settled 1652.

South Hill 23970 Mecklenburg. Incorporated 1901.

St. Charles 24282 Lee. Incorporated 1914.

St. Paul 24283 Wise. Incorporated 1911.

Standardsville 22973 Greene. Incorporated 1921.

Stanley 22857 Page. Incorporated 1900.

Stephens City 22601 Frederick. Incorporated 1887. Settled 1732, established 1758 as Stephensburg, often called New Town.

Stony Creek 23882 Sussex. Incorporated 1915.

Strasburg 22657 Shenandoah. Incorporated 1922. Earlier names: Staufferstadt (Stovertown), Funktown, Funk's Mills, Shenandoah River. Became Strasburg 1761.

Stuart 24171 Patrick. Incorporated 1884. Earlier called Taylorville, Patrick Court House.

Surry 23883 Surry. Incorporated 1928. Earlier called Crossroads, McIntosh's Cross Roads.

Tangier 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1915.

Tappahannock 22560 Essex. Incorporated 1914. First called Hobb's Hold. Courthouse located here 1728.

Tazewell 24651 Tazewell. Incorporated 1866. Earlier names: Jeffersonville.

The Plains 22186 Fauquier. Incorporated 1910.

Timberville 22853 Rockingham. Incorporated 1884. First called Williamsport, then Thompson's Store, Riddle's Tavern.

Toms Brook 22660 Shenandoah. Incorporated 1922.

Troutdale 24348 Grayson. Incorporated 1906.

Troutville 24175 Botetourt. Created 1956.

Urbanna 23175 Middlesex. Incorporated 1902. Established 1705 as Nimcock.

Victoria 23974 Lunenburg. Incorporated 1916.

Vienna 22030 Fairfax. Incorporated 1890.

Vinton 24179 Roanoke. Incorporated 1884. Known as Gish's Mill before 1860.

Virgilina 24558 Halifax. Incorporated 1900. Early name was Tuck's Cross Roads.

Wachapreague 23301 Accomack. Incorporated 1902. Originally called Powellton.

Wakefield 23888 Sussex. Incorporated 1902. Known as Heath's before 1853.

Warrenton 22186 Fauquier. Incorporated 1810. Established 1760, laid off 1790. Formerly called Fauquier Court House.

Warsaw 22572 Richmond. Originally called Richmond Court House, changed 1846.

Washington 22747 Rappahannock. Incorporated 1792. Established 1749.

Waverly 23890 Sussex. Chartered 1879. Formerly called Blackwater Depot.

Weber City 24251 Scott. Incorporated 1954.

West Point 23086 King William. Incorporated 1869/70. First name was King and Queen; next Delaware.

White Stone 22578 Lancaster. Incorporated 1953.

Windsor 23397 Isle of Wight. Incorporated 1902.

Wise 24293 Wise. Originally incorporated as Gladesville, name changed 1924. First known as Big Glades.

Woodstock 22664 Shenandoah. Incorporated 1872/73. Earlier called Mullerstadt. Name Woodstock became legal in 1761.

Wytheville 24382 Wythe. Incorporated 1840/41, name changed from Evansham 1839. Earlier name: Abbeville.

Virginia County Formations

The early colonists continued to spread out their settlements, and their numbers grew. The General Assembly soon found it necessary to create eight shires in which to govern the colony and hold court.

In 1623/24, courts were kept in Charles City, Elizabeth City, and James City. In February 1631/32, the General Assembly added five more shires. The eight original shires were: {1} Charles City {2} Henrico {3} James City {4} Elizabeth City {5} Warwick River {6} Warrosquyoake, later Isle of Wight {7} Charles River, later York {8} Accawmacke (Accomack). The creation of the shires, which later became known as counties, was to make the administration of justice more easily accessible to the colonists. There were six kinds of courts in Virginia: {1} Magistrateís court {2} Parish court {3} Monthly court {4} General court {5} General Assembly {6} Court of Admiralty. As the settlements expanded, courts were needed closer to the people, and new counties continued to be formed. For the period 1750-1770, twenty-six new counties were formed. The continuous westward trek of settlers demanded the government provide courts in their areas. As the westward expansion continued, Virginia created Kentucky county and Illinois county. Kentucky County was eventually split into three counties, Jefferson, Fayette, and Lincoln. Illinois county (the Northwest Territory) was ceded to the nation and became a territory. This voluntary gift to the nation included all of the Ohio Valley and parts of Wisconsin and Michigan. The counties of Mercer, Madison and Bourbon were created in 1786, but became part of the State of Kentucky in 1792 when it was organized as a state. Madison, Woodford and Fayette were also formed while Kentucky was still a part of Virginia. By the time Kentucky received statehood, it was comprised of nine counties. The records of those counties are housed in Kentucky. Records prior to their formation are located in Virginia records of such counties as Augusta, Montgomery and Botetourt. West Virginia was also a part of Virginia until it ceded to the Union in 1863 and became a state.

The Virginia Counties

The following lists includes name of county, date of formation, other facts and the address and zip code.

Accomack 1634 Changed to Northampton county 1642/43, reappears as Accomac Sep 1663. Original Shire. Accomack, VA 23301.

Albemarle 1744 Formed from Goochland & Louisa Counties Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Alleghany 1822 Formed from Bath, Botetourt, and Monroe Counties. Covington, VA 24426.

Alexandria Changed to Arlington 1791, retroceded to District of Columbia.

Amelia 1735 Formed from Prince George & Brunswick Counties.Amelia, VA 23002.

Amherst 1761 Formed from Albemarle County. Amherst, VA 24521.

Appomattox 1845 Formed from Buckingham, Charlotte, Campbell & Prince Edward Counties. Records destroyed by fire 2 Feb 1895. Appomattox, VA 24522.

Arlington 1801 Established as Alexandria Co. of the District of Columbia; retroceded to VA in 1846; organized as VA county of Alexandria 1847; name changed to Arlington in 1920. Arlington, VA 22200.

Augusta 1738 Formed from Orange County. Staunton, VA 24401.

Bath 1791 Formed from Augusta, Botetourt, and Greenbrier Counties. Warm Springs, VA 24484.

Bedford 1754 Formed from Lunenburg & Albemarle Counties.Bedford, VA 24523.

Bland 1861 Formed from Wythe, Tazewell, & Giles Counties. Some records destroyed by fire, 1885. Bland, VA 24315.

Botetourt 1770 Formed from Augusta County. Fincastle, VA 24090.

Brunswick 1720 Formed from Isle of Wight, Prince George, & Surry Counties. Lawrenceville, VA 23868.

Buchanan 1858 Formed from Russell & Tazewell Counties. Courthouse burned 1885. Grundy, VA 24614.

Buckingham 1761 Formed from Albemarle County. Fire destroyed all records in 1869. Buckingham, VA 23921.

Campbell 1782 Formed from Bedford County. Rustburg, VA 24588.

Caroline 1729 Formed from Essex, King & Queen, & King William Counties. Bowling Green, VA 22427.

Carroll 1842 Formed from Grayson & Patrick Counties. Hillsville, VA 24343.

Charles City 1634 Original Shire. Charles City, VA 23030.

Charlotte 1765 Formed from Lunenburg County. Charlotte Court House, VA 23923.

Chesterfield 1749 Formed from Henrico County Chesterfield Court House, VA 23832.

Clarke 1836 Formed from Frederick & Warren Counties. Berryville, VA 22611.

Craig 1851 Formed from Alleghany, Botetourt, Montgomery, Roanoke, Giles, and Monroe Counties. New Castle, VA 24127.

Culpeper 1749 Formed from Orange County. Culpeper, VA 22701.

Cumberland 1749 Formed from Goochland County. Cumberland, VA 23040.

Dickenson 1880 Formed from Wise, Buchanan, & Russell Counties. Clintwood, VA 24228.

Dinwiddie 1752 Formed from Prince George County. Fire destroyed most records in 1833. Dinwiddie, VA 23841.

Dunmore 1772 No longer exists, the name was changed to Shenandoah County. Essex 1692 Formed from Old "Rappahannoc" County. Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Fairfax 1742 Formed from Prince William County. Fairfax, VA 22030.

Fauquier 1759 Formed from Prince William County. Warrenton, VA 22186.

Fincastle 1773 Formed from Botetourt County. Fincastle County no longer exists, the records are in Montgomery.

Floyd 1831 Formed from Montgomery & Franklin Counties. Floyd, VA 24091.

Fluvanna 1777 Formed from Albemarle County. Palmyra, VA 22963.

Franklin 1786 Formed from Bedford & Henry Counties. Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

Frederick 1738 Formed from Orange & Augusta Counties. Winchester, VA 22601.

Giles 1806 Formed from Montgomery, Monroe, Wythe & Tazewell Counties. Pearisburg, VA 24134.

Gloucester 1651 Formed from York County. Gloucester, VA 23061.

Goochland 1728 Formed from Henrico County. All records were destroyed by fire June 1820; other records were lost during the Civil War, 1865. Goochland, VA 23063.

Grayson 1793 Formed from Wythe & Patrick Counties. Independence, VA 24348.

Greene 1838 Formed from Orange County. First Deed Book lost during the Civil War. Standardsville, VA 22973.

Greensville 1781 Formed from Sussex & Brunswick Counties. Some records were destroyed by fire. Emporia, VA 23847.

Halifax 1752 Formed from Lunenburg County. Halifax, VA 24558.

Hanover 1721 Formed from New Kent County. Records were destroyed in 1865. Hanover, VA 23069.

Henrico 1634 Original Shire. Richmond, VA 23200.

Henry 1777 Formed from Pittsylvania County. Martinsville, VA 24112.

Highland 1847 Formed from Bath & Pendleton Counties. Some records were destroyed by fire, 1947. Monterey, VA 24465.

Illinois 1778-1780 given to the nation 1783 (The Northwest Territory).

Isle of Wight 1634 Original Shire. Founded as Warrosquyoake, name changed to Isle of Wight in 1647. Isle of Wight, VA 23397. James City 1634 Original Shire. Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Kentucky 1776 Divided into three parts; Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln and the Commonwealth of Kentucky formed about 1780, state formed 1792.

King and Queen 1691 Formed from New Kent County. Most records destroyed 1864 in the Civil War. King and Queen Court House, VA 23085.

King George 1721 Formed from Richmond County. First Will Book is missing. King George, VA 22485.

King William 1702 Formed from King and Queen County. Most records destroyed by fire, 1885. King William, VA 23086.

Lancaster 1652 Formed from Northumberland & York Counties. Lancaster, VA 22503.

Lee 1793 Formed from Russell & Scott Counties. Jonesville, VA 24263.

Loudoun 1757 Formed from Fairfax County. Leesburg, VA 22075.

Louisa 1742 Formed from Hanover County. Louisa, VA 23093.

Lunenburg 1746 Formed from Brunswick County. Lunenburg, VA 23952.

Madison 1793 Formed from Culpeper County. Madison, VA 22727.

Mathews 1791 Formed from Gloucester County. All records destroyed during Civil War, 1865. Mathews, VA 23109.

Mecklenburg 1765 Formed from Lunenburg County. Boydton, VA 23917.

Middlesex 1673 Formed from Lancaster County. Saluda, VA 23149. Montgomery 1777 Formed from Fincastle County. Christiansburg, VA 24073.

Nansemond 1645 Formed from Upper Norfolk County. No longer exists today. Nelson 1808 Formed from Amherst County. Lovingston, VA 22949.

New Kent 1654 Formed from York County. Records burned 1865, during Civil War. New Kent, VA 23124.

Norfolk 1634 Original Shire. No longer exists, is now a city. Northampton 1634 Original Shire formed as Accomac and changed to Northampton 1642. Eastville, VA 23347.

Northumberland 1648 Original Shire. Formed from the Indian District, Chicacoan, lying between Rappahannock & Potomac Rivers. Heathsville, VA 22473.

Nottoway 1789 Formed from Amelia County. Nottoway, VA 23955.

Old Rappahannock No longer exists. See Essex County and Richmond County. Orange 1734 Formed from Spotsylvania County. Orange, VA 22960.

Page 1831 Formed from Rockingham & Shenandoah Counties. Luray, VA 22835.

Patrick 1791 Formed from Henry County. Stuart, VA 24171.

Pittsylvania 1767 Formed from Halifax County. Chatham, VA 24531.

Powhatan 1777 Formed from Chesterfield & Cumberland Counties. Powhatan, VA 23139.

Prince Edward 1754 Farmville, VA 23901. Prince George 1703 Formed from Charles City County. Most records before 1865 lost, incomplete records 1865-90. Prince George, VA 23875.

Prince William 1731 Formed from Stafford & King George Counties. Manassas, VA 22110.

Pulaski 1839 Formed from Montgomery and Wythe Counties. No marriage records before 1882. Pulaski, VA 24301.

Rappahannock 1833 Formed from Culpeper County. Washington, VA 22747.

Richmond 1692 Formed from Old "Rappahannoc" County. Incomplete marriages 1672-1853. Warsaw, VA 22572.

Roanoke 1838 Formed from Botetourt and Montgomery Counties. In 1848/49, a part of Montgomery County was added. Salem, VA 24153.

Rockbridge 1778 Formed from Augusta and Botetourt Counties. Lexington, VA 24450.

Rockingham 1778 Formed from Augusta County. A fire in 1864 destroyed some wills and deeds. Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Russell 1786 Formed from Washington County. A fire in 1853 destroyed marriage records, Will Book 1, and Common Law Order Book, 3. Lebanon, VA 24266.

Scott 1814 Formed from Lee, Washington, & Russell Counties. Gate City, VA 24251.

Shenandoah 1772 Formed from Frederick County. Originally called Dunmore County. Woodstock, VA 22664.

Smyth 1832 Formed from Washington & Wythe Counties. Some records were destroyed by fire. Marion, VA 24354.

Southampton 1749 Formed from Isle of Wight & Nansemond Counties. Courtland, VA 23837. Spotsylvania 1721 Formed from Essex, King William, and King & Queen Counties. Spotsylvania, VA 22553.

Stafford 1664 Formed from Westmoreland County. Stafford, VA 22554.

Surry 1652 Formed from James City County. Surry, VA 23883.

Sussex 1754 Formed from Surry County. Sussex, VA 23884.

Tazewell 1800 Formed from Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties. Tazewell, VA 24651.

Upper Norfolk County 1637 Changed to Nansemond County, 1642. Warren 1836 Formed from Frederick and Shenandoah Counties. Front Royal, VA 22630.

Washington 1777 Formed from Fincastle County. Some records missing. Abingdon, VA 24210.

West Augusta 1758 Part of Augusta County, courts were held at Fort Pitt. Divided into the counties of Ohio, Yohogania, and Monongalia in 1776. This was in the area disputed by Virginia and Pennsylvania. The dispute over these lands was settled in 1779, and Augusta County court records show deeds of lands that are now in Pennsylvania.

Westmoreland 1653 Formed from King George and Northumberland Counties. Montross, VA 22520.

Wise 1856 Formed from Russell, Lee, & Scott Counties. Wise, VA 24293.

Wythe 1790 Formed from Montgomery and Grayson Counties. Wytheville, VA 24382.

York 1634 Original Shire. Founded as Charles River County, changed to York in 1642. Yorktown, VA 23490.

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West Virginia Counties

West Virginia Counties Originally, the West Virginia counties were in Virginia. However, in May 1861, when Governor Letcher called out the Virginia militia, many residents along the Ohio and Pennsylvania borders were not in sympathy with the Confederacy. The residents of about 40 counties held a convention, and broke away from Virginia, forming the new state of West Virginia in 1863.

A listing of those counties in West Virginia which were a part of Virginia follows. They are organized by name, date of formation, parent county, address and zip code.

Barbour 1843 from Harrison, Barbour and Marion. Grafton, 26354.

Berkeley 1772 from Frederick. Martinsburg, 25401.

Boone 1847 from Kanawha, Cabell and Logan. Mactison, 25130.

Braxton 1836 from Kanawha, Lewis and Nicholas. Sutton, 26601.

Brooke 1797 from Ohio county. Wellsburg, 26070.

Cabell 1809 from Kanawha. Huntington, 25701.

Calhoun 1856 from Gilmer. Grantsville, 26147. Clay 1858 from Braxton and Nicholas. Clay 25043.

Doddridge 1845 from Harrison, Tyler, Ritchie, and Lewis. West Union, 26456.

Fayette 1831 from Logan, Greenbrier, Nicholas and Kanawha. Fayetteville, 25840.

Gilmer 1845 from Lewis and Kanawha. Glenville, 26456.

Greenbrier 1778 from Montgomery and Botetourt. Lewisburg, 24901.

Hampshire 1753 from Frederick. Romney, 26757.

Hancock 1848 from Brooke. New Cumberland, 26047.

Hardy 1786 from Hampshire. Moorefield, 26836.

Harrison 1784 from Monongalia. Clarksburg, 26301.

Jackson 1831 from Mason, Kanawha and Wood. Ripley, 25271.

Jefferson 1801 from Berkeley. Charles Town 25414.

Kanawha 1788 from Greenbrier and Montgomery. Charleston, 25301. Lewis 1816 from Harrison. Weston, 26452.

Logan 1824 from Giles, Cabell, Tazewell and Kanawha. Hamlin, 25523.

Marion 1842 from Monongalia and Harrison. Fairmont, 26554.

Marshall 1835 from Ohio. Moundsville, 26041.

Mason 1804 from Kanawha. Point Pleasant 25550.

Mercer 1837 from Giles. Princeton, 24740.

Monongalia 1776 from West Augusta. Morgantown, 26505.

Monroe 1798 from Greenbrier. Union, 24983.

Morgan 1820 from Hampshire and Berkeley. Berkeley Springs, 25411.

McDowell 1858 from Tazewell. Welch, 24801.

Nicolas 1818 from Greenbrier, Kanawha and Randolph. Summersville, 26651.

Ohio 1776 from West Augusta. Wheeling, 26003.

Pocahontas 1821 from Greenbrier, Randolph, Bath and Pendleton. Marlinton, 24954.

Pendleton 1788 from Hardy, Augusta, Rockingham and Bath. Franklin, 26807.

Pleasants 1851 from Tyler, Wood, and Ritchie. St. Marys, 26170.

Preston 1818 from Monongalia. Kingwood, 26537.

Putnam 1848 from Kanawha, Cabell and Mason. Winifield, 25213.

Raleigh 1850 from Fayette. Beckeley, 25801.

Randolph 1787 from Harrison. Elkins 26241.

Ritchie 1843 from Lewis, Harrison, and Wood. Harrisville, 26362.

Roane 1856 from Kanawha, Jackson and Gilmer. Spencer, 25276.

Taylor 1844 from Harrison, Barbour and Marion. Grafton, 26354.

Tucker 1856 from Randolph. Parsons, 26287.

Tyler 1814 from Ohio. Middlebourne, 26149.

Upshur 1851 from Randolph, Barbour, and Lewis. Buckhannon, 26201.

Wayne 1842 from Cabell. Wayne, 25570.

Webster 1860 from Nicholas, Braxton, and Randolph. Webster Springs, 26288.

Wetzel 1846 from Tyler. New Martinsville, 26155.

Wirt 1848 from Jackson and Wood. Elizabeth, 26143.

Wood 1798 from Harrison. Parkersburg 26101.

Wyoming 1850 from Logan. Pineville, 24784.

Yohogania 1776 from West Augusta.

Submitted by: Angela Ruley

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