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Washington County History 

The first white settlers arrived in what is present day Washington County in the 1760's.  Abingdon, Va. was known as Wolf Hills before "Abingdon" was selected as the name of the county seat.  Washington County was formed from Fincastle County in 1777, the county seat, Abingdon was formed in 1778.  The original Washington County, VA in addition to containing some of the other present day surrounding counties also contained what is today, Sullivan County, TN.  

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In 1786 the northwestern part of Washington County became Russell County. In 1814 the western part of what remained of Washington County was combined with parts of Lee County and Russell County to form Scott County. In 1832 the northeastern part of Washington County was combined with part of Wythe County to form Smyth County. With the incorporation of the town of Goodson as the independent city of Bristol in 1890, Washington County assumed its present size.

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Washington County Clerk
111 North Court Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
276-676-6224

Marriage records begin in 1782 for Washington County, VA.
Deeds begin in 1778. Wills and Estate records begin in 1777.
There are no chancery or law orders prior to 1831.
Court orders can be found in court minutes, which begin in 1777.
Birth and death records 1853-1896 and after 1912.

 AFRICAN AMERICAN RESEARCH

All Offsite Links
 

 African American Heritage in Virginia

 

 Virginia Black History Archives

 African-Americans during the Civil War

 The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia


BIOGRAPHIES

 

 FLOYD, John Buchanan, 1806-1863

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver

JONES, William Edmondson , 1824-1864


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 PARKER, Whitfield Monroe

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 SENTER, Paul B.

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 BIRTHS

     

 BOOKS

Papyrus Publishing Company

Publications

 


 BUSINESSES

 Chataigne's Virginia Gazetteer and Business Directory 1888-89 Washington County


An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver
 

 An Economic and Social Survey of Washington County, Virginia, 1932

An Offsite Link

 CEMETERIES

Azen Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver

 

Campground Cemetery

(Leonard burials only)

 

 Clear Branch Cemetery

An Offsite Link

Crabtree Cemetery

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 John D. Dunn Cemetery

An Offsite Link

East Hill Cemetery

An Offsite Link
 

Fickle Cemetery

An Offsite Link

 

Fleenor Cemetery #23

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Fleenor Cemetery #8

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Fleenor Baptist Memorial
Cemetery

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Gasper Fleenor Cemetery

An offsite link

 

 Green Cove Baptist Church Cemetery

An Offsite Link

 

Greenspring Church Cemetery

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 Ingle Cemetery

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Jackson Cemetery

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William Johnson Family Cemetery 

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Konnarock Cemetery

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Larmer Cemetery

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Linder Cemetery
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Maple Grove Cemetery

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Pine Hill Cemetery

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Rhudy's Chapel Cemetery
a.k.a. Rhudy’s Cemetery
a.k.a. Pleasantview Cemetery
An Offsite Link

 

Rush Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

An Offsite Link

 

Sharrett's Cemetery

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Sugar Grove Cemetery

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Tumbling Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

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Walnut Springs

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 Warren Cemetery

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 Pleasant View Baptist Church Cemetery
a.k.a. Widener Valley Cemetery

An Offsite Link

 CENSUS


 CHURCHES

 History of the Abingdon Presbytery

An Offsite Link

 Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church

An Offsite Link

 

COURT DOCUMENTS

 Archives

(Wills, Deeds, Marriages, etc.)

 Burned Record Counties Database
at the LVA

 Washington County Clerk
111 North Court Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
276-676-6224

For Birth or Death records from the State of Virginia click here for the form to mail in

Misc.  Chancery Book Notes

An Offsite Link

   

 DEATHS

Misc. Death Records for Southwest Virginia 

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver 

 Southwest Virginia Deaths: Reels 183-220

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver 

 Mercer County, West Virginia Death Records

For Individuals Born in Smyth or Washington County, Virginia

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver 

 DEEDS


 EDUCATION/SCHOOLS

 The Iron Mountain Lutheran School for Boys and Young Men

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 Early Washington Co. School Photographs

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A Story about The Abingdon Male Academy


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 FAMILY PAGES


 HISTORY

 A History of The Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory.
By David E. Johnston (1906)


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 Chalkley's Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia

An offsite link

 Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers of SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1773-1794

An Offsite Link

 Historical Highway Markers of Washington County

   

Library

 

Washington County Historical Society Library

 Washington County Public Library

 

 LINKS

Washington Co. on Genforum

 Southeastern Genealogy Online

This webpage has Links to County History, Information and Records
 

 Web Pages with Washington County Roots

 

 Virginia Roots

An Offsite Link

 MAPS

Headwaters of the Clinch and Holston Rivers, 1774

 1870 Map of Washington County

Submitted by Mike Taylor

 

Virginia Historical Counties Map

Provides on-demand, printable, large-scale maps of every boundary change of every county and independent city of Virginia.User chooses any day and month from 1634 to 2000 and can zoom in or out or alter the map in other ways. An easy-to-use HELP file and supplementary texts support the maps. From the Newberry Library

2005 Washington County Street Map

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 MILITARY

Washington County, Virginia 1792 Militia Payroll

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver 

 

 WWI History Commission Questionnaires

An LVA Offsite Link

 Virginia Confederate Units

(Washington County included)
An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver

 Frontier Forts of Southwest Virginia


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 Washington County in WWI

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 Washington County Men who Died in WWII

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 The Washington County, Virginia Militia -- The 70th Virginia Militia and the 105th Virginia Militia
- Civil War

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver

 Womack's Fort Militia Roll, 1776
An Offsite Link

 1909 Washington County Confederate Pension List

An Off Site Link

 Daniel Trigg's 1781 Militia List

An Offsite Link

 The 164th Virginia Militia - Washington County


An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver

 NEWSPAPERS

Washington County News
143 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24212
1-276-628-7101

 The Bristol Herald Courier

 Kingsport Times-News

   

 ORGANIZATIONS

Holston Territory Genealogical Society 

 Washington County Historical Society

 Washington County Post No. 12 - American Legion
Abingdon, Virginia, est. 1919

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 PHOTOGRAPHS

 Washington County Postcards

An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver
   

 PLACES

 Place names in Washington County

(Churches, Cemeteries, Historical Towns, etc.)

Historic Barter Theater  

  The Virginia Creeper Trail

 Martha Washington Inn

(Formerly Martha Washington College)

 

 TAXES

The Washington County Surveyors Record 1781-1797


Transcribed by Rhonda Robertson & the Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver

The 1782 Washington County, Virginia
Personal Property Tax List

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The 1806 Washington County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List

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 Estray Records from Washington County, VA 1813-60

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 1852 Personal Property Tax List

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 1862 Personal Property Tax List

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 1868 Personal Property Tax List

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 1870 Personal Property Tax List

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1871 Saltville Township Tax List

 An Offsite Link Provided by Jeffrey C. Weaver
   

 WILLS

All Off Site Links


Washington County Resources

 

  Washington County Chamber of Commerce

 Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau

 Virginia Highlands Festival

  William King Regional Arts Center

   

 

 GENEALOGY HELPERS

 Geographic Nameserver

Put in a city name and find out what county it is in

 USGenWeb Archive Search Engine, State-by-State

 VAGenWeb Archives

 Biographical Dictionary of The United States Congress, 1799 to Present

 Birthdate Calculator

 

 Search the LDS website

 Search the Digital Resources at the Library of Virginia

 Search the DAR Library Catalog

 Where to Write for Vital Statistics

 Create a timeline of History

 Epidemics in the United States

 

The Association for Gravestone Studies 

 Deciphering Old Handwriting

 CENSUS

A list of questions asked on each census

 Colonial America

 Earthquake History of Virginia


 

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Shortcuts to our Neighbors

 Smyth Co, VA

 Scott Co, VA

 TNGenWeb

Grayson Co, VA 

 Russell Co, VA

 Sullivan Co, TN


Ancestor Counties of Washington Co. VA

     Charles River Co                 ;   Chickacoan Indian District
      name changed to                 ;                      |
   York Co (1642/43)              &nbs p;  Northumberland Co (1648)
        |  !____________________________________!
        |                                 & nbsp;               &n bsp;            |
   New Kent Co (1654)               & nbsp;   Lancaster Co (1651)
        |                                 & nbsp;               &n bsp;            |
  King and Queen Co (1691)           Rappahanock Co (1656-1692) defunct 
       |  |______________             &nbs p;                 ;     |
       |                          |                                 & nbsp;  |
       |     King William Co (1702)      Essex Co (1692)
       !_____________!_________________________!
               &nbs p;        | 
           Spotsylvania Co (1721)
               &nbs p;        |
           Orange Co (1734)
               &nbs p;        |
             Augusta Co (1745)
               &nbs p;       |
               &nbs p;  Botetourt Co (1770)
               &nbs p;              |
               &nbs p;          Fincastle Co (1772-1777) defunct
               &nbs p;       _______________|_____________
               &nbs p;      |                                 & nbsp;               &n bsp; |
            Montgomery Co (1777)          Washington Co (1777)


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