Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy

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Guide to Campbell County, Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.


Campbell County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Campbell County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1781
County Seat Rustburg

Campbell County Virginia Courthouse

Campbell County Courts
P.O. Box 7
732 Village Highway
Rustburg, VA 24588-0007
Phone: (434) 592-9517 Clerk Circuit Court has birth and death records 1912-1918
marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1782[1]

Beginning Dates for Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1782 1853 1810 1782 1782

Campbell County Virginia History

Parent County

1781--Campbell County was created 5 November 1781 from Bedford County.
County seat: Rustburg [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Campbell County Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Campbell County Virginia Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Campbell County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 6, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1962):176-179. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

In 1860, Campbell County had one of the largest slave populations in the state (11,580 slaves). Ten years later in 1870, it had one of the largest African American populations in Virginia (14,343) - the town of Lynchburg in particular.[2]

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
VAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Virginia Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see Campbell County, Virginia Cemeteries.

The following is a list of cemeteries in Campbell County:[3]

  • Altavista Memorial Park
  • Arch Creek Cemetery
  • Beulah Cemetery
  • Burford Cemetery
  • Candler Cemetery
  • Carson Cemetery
  • Dodson Cemetery
  • Drinkard Cemetery
  • Feagans Cemetery
  • Franklin Cemetery
  • Gilliam Cemetery
  • Grace Cemetery
  • Green Hill Cemetery
  • Merryman Cemetery
  • Mount Hermon Cemetery
  • Mount Moriah Cemetery
  • Mount Olivet Cemetery
  • Old Bethany Cemetery
  • Perrow Cemetery
  • Prebble Cemetery
  • Reynolds Cemetery
  • Rosser Cemetery
  • Silver Grove Cemetery
  • Torrence Cemetery
  • Tweedy Cemetery
  • Vaughn Cemetery
  • Wickliff-Rush Cemetery


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records


Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Burton's Creek (1806)[4]
  2. Ebenezer[4]
  3. Lower Falling (1792)[4]
  4. New Chapel[4]
  5. Seneca[4]

Campbell County fell within the bounds of the Appomattox Association, the Roanoke Association, and the Strawberry Association.

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Russell Parish

Meade's 1861 history of parishes in Campbell County is available online.[5]


Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

South River Meeting House Graveyard database at Find A Grave. (64+ entries)

In the 1700s and 1800s, Friends from Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy also attended the Cedar Creek Meeting House in Hanover County, Virginia.[10]

  • Brown, Jane Douglas Summers and Jones Memorial Library. Jane Douglas Summers Brown (1903-) Quaker Records: Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Virginia); MS 1515. MSS, Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Va. Available on 26 microfilms at FHL. [Includes records of Campbell County Quakers; Brown assisted "William Wade Hinshaw in the writing of the Virginia volume of the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy."]


Chancery Court

  • Indexes (1793-1946) and images (1793-1914) to Campbell County, Virginia Chancery Records are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.[11]


More than 175 genealogies have been published about Campbell County families. To view a list, visit Campbell County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies.


  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will a of resident of Lynchburg proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 11 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Lynchburg, Campbell County.[12]

Land and Property

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.

Local Histories

  • Early, R. H. Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches: Embracing the History of Campbell County, Virginia, 1782-1926. Lynchburg, Va.: J.P. Bell Co., 1927. FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).
  • "Index to Mrs. Cabell's Sketches and Recollections of Lynchburg", Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Jul. 1920):35-45. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Campbell County


  • Elliott, Katherine B. Emigration to Other States from Southside Virginia. 2 vols. South Hill, Virginia: K.B. Elliott, 1966. Vol. 1 of original edition available at FHL; 1983 reprints (both volumes) available at FHL; 1990-1992 reprints (both volumes) also available at FHL. [Includes individuals who migrated out of Campbell County to other parts of the country.]


French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies a Campbell County veteran; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War
  • Chilton, Harriett A. "Revolutionary War Soldiers from Campbell County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1976):297-298. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • Morton, W.S. "A List of Soldiers Who Made Declaration of Service in Revolutionary War," [Campbell Co., VA] The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. 1962):79. Available at JSTOR ($).
  • 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, Eastern District, Campbell County on page 129.]
  • 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

Campbell County men served in the 53rd and 117th Regiments.[13]

  • Douthat, James L. Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2007. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. FHL Collection 975.5 M2djL. [Includes Campbell County.]
  • 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, Campbell County, pp. 65-66.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy 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 Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Virginia Artillery (Confederate). Company C (1st) (Lynchburg Beauregard Rifles Artillery)
- 2nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company B (Wise Troop), Company C (Botetourt Dragoons), Company I (Campbell Rangers)
- 11th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate).[14]
- 28th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company E (Clifton Grays).[15]
- 34th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Davis Artillery).[16]
- 42nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Campbell-Lee Guards) and Company I (Campbell Guards).[17]

Records and histories are available, including:

Miscellaneous Records



Jones Memorial Library has a free online obituary index to many local newspapers. They also have a great collection of newspapers accessible in their facility.

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.

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: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia.


  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Lynchburg silversmiths.]

Probate Records

A free index to Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy wills and administrations (1782-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

Local Court

  • Clemens, William M. Virginia Wills Before 1799: A Complete Abstract Register of All Names Mentioned in Over Six Hundred Recorded Wills, ... Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties. Pompton Lakes, N.J.: Biblio Co., 1924. FHL Collection Fiche 6015628-6015629; digital versions at Access Genealogy; Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($). Free online surname index and 2004 reprint purchase details at Mountain Press website.

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will a of resident of Lynchburg proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Online Probate Records


How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • 1785 - Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. Online at FamilySearch - free; FHL. 1785 personal property tax list of Campbell County.
  • 1785-1814 - Heinegg, Paul. "Campbell County Personal Property Tax List 1785-1814," Free African, available online. Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.
  • 1787 - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Online at FamilySearch - free; FHL. The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Campbell County is included in Vol. 1.
  • 1791, 1800 - Indexed images of the 1791 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of Campbell County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • 1800 - "Campbell County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1969):61-64; Vol. 13, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1969):106-110; Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1969):159-162. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • 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. Campbell County is included in Vol. 2.

Vital Records

Indexes to Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy 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

  • 1781-1854 - Ricks, Joel. Campbell County, Virginia Marriage Bonds 1781-1854. 1936. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1782-1810 - Baber, Lucy Harrison Miller. Marriages of Campbell County, Virginia, 1782-1810. Lynchburg, Virginia: L.H.M. Baber and H.L. Williamson, c1971. Available at FHL; digital version of 1980 edition at Ancestry ($).
  • 1782-1936 - Campbell County Marriage Index 1782-1936. Batch M868587 at FamilySearch - free.[18]

Gotoarrow.png See also Newspapers

The website of Jones Memorial Library includes a free online index to records of several local twentieth century funeral homes.

Vital Record Substitutes

Indexes to Campbell County, Virginia Genealogy 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

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.

Campbell County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Campbell County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Campbell County Virginia Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Campbell County, Virginia. Page 711 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Ninth Census of the United States: Statistics of Population, Tables I to VIII Inclusive (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872), 70. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Book 973 X2pcu.
  3. USGS Map,
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (1810; reprint, Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 272, 303-304, 338-339. Digital version at Google Books.
  5. William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  7. James Pinkney Pleasant Bell, Our Quaker Friends of Ye Olden Time: Being in Part a Transcript of the Minute Books of Cedar Creek Meeting, Hanover County, and the South River Meeting, Campbell County, Va (Lynchburg, Va.: J.P. Bell Company, 1905). FHL Book 975.5 K2bj; digital version at Google Books - free.
  8. F. Edward Wright, Quaker Records of South River Monthly Meeting, 1756-1800 (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1993). FHL Book 975.567 K2w.
  9. William Wade Hinshaw, Thomas W. Marshall and John Cox, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Bros., 1950). Vol. 6. FHL Book 973 D2he 1993 v. 6.
  10. Mary Marshall Brewer, Quaker Records of Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia, 1739-1793 (Lewes, De.: Colonial Roots, 2002), Introduction. FHL Book 975.5462 K2b.
  11. "Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index Availability," Library of Virginia (accessed 26 January 2010).
  12. 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 ($).
  13. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 62. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  14. Robert T. Bell, 11th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 20.
  15. Frank E. Fields, 28th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1985). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 15.
  16. Johnny L. Scott, 34th Virginia Infantry (Appomattox, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1999). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 135.
  17. John Chapla, 42nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1983). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 5.
  18. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at