Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy

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


Patrick County, Virginia
Boundary map of Patrick County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Patrick County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1790
County Seat Stuart

County Information


Patrick County is located in the Southern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and shares a border with North Carolina. Patrick County was named in honor of Patrick Henry[1].

Patrick County, Virginia Courthouse

Patrick County Courthouse
101 Blue Ridge Street
P O Box 148
Stuart, Virginia 24171-0148
Phone: 540-694-73213

Clerk Circuit Court has birth, and death records 1853-1896
marriage, divorce, probate and land records from 1791[2]

Beginning Dates for Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1791 1853 1820 1791 1791

Patrick County, Virginia History

Governor Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

The county was named after Virginia Governor Patrick Henry (1736-1799).

Parent County

1790--Patrick County was created 26 November 1790 from Henry County.
County seat: Stuart [3]

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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1890

Patrick County, Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

African American

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
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.
  • Baughan, Mrs. Charles C. "Hylton Family Cemetery, Patrick County, Virginia," [and family notes] The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1977):172-174. Available at American Ancestors ($).


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 4,331
1810 4,695 8.4%
1820 5,089 8.4%
1830 7,395 45.3%
1840 8,032 8.6%
1850 9,609 19.6%
1860 9,359 −2.6%
1870 10,161 8.6%
1880 12,833 26.3%
1890 14,147 10.2%
1900 15,403 8.9%
1910 17,195 11.6%
1920 16,850 −2.0%
1930 15,787 −6.3%
1940 16,613 5.2%
1950 15,642 −5.8%
1960 15,282 −2.3%
1970 15,282 0.0%
1980 17,647 15.5%
1990 17,473 −1.0%
2000 19,407 11.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
For tips on accessing Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: Virginia Census.

1790 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.


  • Douthat, James L. 1840 Mountain Empire of Virginia Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2001. FHL Collection 975.5 X2d 1840. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. [Includes Patrick County.]

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records


Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Jack's Creek (1804)[4]
  2. Smith's River[4] is discussed in Virginia Appalachian Notes, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Aug. 1986): FHL Book 975.5 D25v v. 10 (1986).

Patrick County fell within the bounds of the Strawberry Association.


Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Blue Ridge Mission (1883-1916) aka Broadway[5]


More than 50 genealogies have been published about Patrick County families. To view a list, visit Patrick County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies.

Land and Property

Local Histories




  • 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 Patrick County to other parts of the country.]


Revolutionary War
  • 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, Patrick County on page 132.]
  • 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 Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Patrick County men served in the 18th Regiment.[6]

  • 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, Patrick County, p. 97. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

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

  • Information about the Companies that served from Patrick County can be found at:

   (1) FHL book 975.5695 H2h titled History of Patrick County, Virginia, pages 97-164

   (2) FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 29 titled A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations 1861-1865

- 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company H.[7]
- 5th Battalion, Virginia Reserves (Confederate)[8]
- 6th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)[9]
- 12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
- 21st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company G 2nd.[10]
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company H.[11]
- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company I.[12]
- 29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company E.[13]
- 42nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company H (Patrick Henry Volunteers).[14]
- 50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company H (Wise Yankee Catchers) and Company K (Patrick Boys).[15]
- 51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate).[16]
- 58th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company H (Patrick Grays).[17]
- The Orange Artillery (Confederate)

Records and histories are available, including:

Miscellaneous Records



The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Patrick 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.

Private Papers

Probate Records

A free index to Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy wills and administrations (1791-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.


How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1791-1814] Patrick County Personal Property Tax Lists 1791-1814 (images); digital version in Tax List Club at Binns Genealogy ($).
  • [1791-1799] Land Tax, 1791-1799, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 24, No. 2 (May 1986); Vol. 24, No. 3 (Aug 1986).
  • [1791] Baughan, Barbara C. and Betty A. Pilson. Miscellaneous Records of Patrick County, Virginia. Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 1999. FHL 975.5695 P28ba [Includes 1791 land tax.]
  • [1791-1814] Heinegg, Paul. "Patrick County Personal Property Tax List, 1791-1814," Free African [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1800] County Tax List, 1800, Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr. 2004).
  • [1810] Schreiner-Yates, Netti. A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties for which the Census is Missing. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1810 personal property tax list. Patrick County is included because the 1810 Census for that county has been destroyed.]
  • [1810] Tax List, 1810, Southwest Virginian. Norton VA: Dec 1980. Vol. 3 Iss. 18.
  • [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. Patrick County is included in Vol. 2.]

Vital Records

Indexes to Patrick 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

  • 1791-1912 - Patrick County Marriage Index 1791-1812. Batch M868644 at FamilySearch - free.

Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy deaths are included in the Library of Virginia's Death Index of Virginia, 1853-1896, sponsored by The Virginia Genealogical Society, available online - free.

Vital Record Substitutes

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.

Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

  • Bassett Historical Center, Bassett, Virginia. Website includes collection description. Excellent resource for family history research in Henry, Patrick, Floyd, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia, the city of Martinsville, Virginia, and Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties in North Carolina.[19]

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.

Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy Websites


  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Patrick County, Virginia. Page 718 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 338-339. Digital version at Google Books.
  5. Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  6. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 166. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  7. The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line,, accessed 11 June 2012.
  8. Patrick County Historical Society, History of Patrick County, Virginia (Stuart, Va.: Patrick County Historical Society, 1999). FHL Book 975.5695 H2h.
  9. Michael A. Cavanaugh, 6th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 43.
  10. John E. Olson, 21st Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 57.
  11. Darryl Holland, 24th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 128.
  12. Ralph White Gunn, 24th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 34.
  13. John Perry Alderman, 29th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 53.
  14. John Chapla, 42nd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1983). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 5.
  15. John C. Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129.
  16. History of Patrick County, Virginia (Stuart, Va.: Patrick County Historical Society, 1999), 100-101. FHL Book 975.5695 H2h.
  17. Robert J. Driver, Jr. 58th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 68.
  18. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  19. Alice J. Sweeney, "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: