The City of Salem is located in the Western portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and it is unclear whether the city was named by James Simpson, an investor, or the Bryans, who were early settlers from Salem, NJ.
For additional records, see Roanoke County.
1802 - Salem was created in 1802 from Roanoke County. 
- 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 Salem silversmiths.]
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- ↑ https://www.salemva.gov/Tourism/About-Salem/History
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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