Appomattox County, Virginia Genealogy

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Appomattox County, Virginia
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Boundary map of Appomattox County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Appomattox County
Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 8, 1845
County Seat Appomattox
Courthouse
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Appomattox County 

County Courthouse

Appomattox County Courthouse, Appomattox, Va.

County Courthouse
P.O. Box 672
Appomattox, VA 24522-0672
804-352-5275

History

Appomattox River at Matoaca, Va.

The county was named after the Appomattox River.[1]

Parent County

1845--Appomattox County was created 8 February 1845 from Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte and Prince Edward Counties.
County seat: Appomattox [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Sign recounting 1892 destruction of Appomattox County's Courthouse
County court records were destroyed by fire in 1892.[3]
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Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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

The following is a list of cemeteries in Appomattox County:[4]

  • Appomattox Cemetery
  • Babcock Cemetery
  • Concord Cemetery
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Mount Zion Cemetery
  • Patterson-Hix Burial Ground
  • Rebecca Cemetery

Census

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 9,193
1860 8,889 −3.3%
1870 8,950 0.7%
1880 10,080 12.6%
1890 9,589 −4.9%
1900 9,662 0.8%
1910 8,904 −7.8%
1920 9,255 3.9%
1930 8,402 −9.2%
1940 9,020 7.4%
1950 8,764 −2.8%
1960 9,148 4.4%
1970 9,784 7.0%
1980 11,971 22.4%
1990 12,298 2.7%
2000 13,705 11.4%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1890 Union Veterans

Church

Court

Genealogy 

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
General

As of November 2010, a query for individuals born in Appomattox, Virginia at World Connect, results in more than 8,000 entries.

Appomattox County, Virginia Surnames (courtesy: Linkpendium) contains links to more than 125 online resources about this county's families, including compiled genealogies.

Compiled genealogies covering multiple Appomattox County families include:

  • Featherston, Nathaniel Ragland. Appomattox County History and Genealogy. Baltimore, MD: Reprinted for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1998. FHL Collection 975.5625 H2f; digital version at World Vital Records ($). This book contains numerous genealogies for families of Appomattox County. For a list of surnames please see World Vital Records ($).
  • Heritage Book Committee. Appomattox County, Virginia. Summersville, W. Va.: S.E. Grose and the Appomattox Heritage Committee, 2001. FHL 975.5625 H2a
Bibliography
  • [Banton] Futrell, Roger Henry Lofland. William Banton & James K. Polk Banton of Appomattox County, Virginia & Logan County, Kentucky. Frankfort, Ky.: R.H. Futrell, 2003. FHL 929.273 B228fr; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Burton] Harrison, Francis Burton. Burton Chronicles of Colonial Virginia being Excerpts from the Existing Records, Particularly Relation to the Burtons of the Valley of the James and Appomattox; with Especial Reference to the Ancestry of Jesse Burton of Lynchburg (1750?-1795). Microfilmed 1972. FHL 897253 Item 1
  • [Cheatham] Chilton, Harriett A. Robertson Cheatham of Appomattox, Campbell County, Virginia. Falls Church, Va.: H.A. Chilton, 1990. FHL 929.273 C41c
  • [Duncan] Dobson, Mary Ann Duncan. Duncan Research Files of Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson. MSS. 1975-1999. FHL Film 795592 Item 5 Includes Appomattox County.
  • [Flagg] Nowery, Sharon Lee. Flagg-Rucker Family History Appomattox and Campbell Counties, Virginia. Rock Hill, S.C.: S.L. Nowery, 1994. FHL 929.273 F597na
  • [Hunter] Chilton, Harriett A. Hundred Hunter Cousins Grandchildren of Benjamin Hunter, Senior (1770-1845) of Appomattox County, Virginia. Falls Church, Va.: H.A. Chilton, 1976. FHL 929.273 A1 no. 2798
  • [Wright] Grant, Robert N. Wright Family Birth Records, Marriage Records, and Personal Property Tax Lists, Appomattox County, Virginia. Westminster, Md.: Heritage Books, 2006. FHL 929.273 W93gav
  • [Wright] Grant, Robert N. Wright Family Census Records, Deed Records, Land Tax Lists, Death Records and Probate Records, Appomattox County, Virginia. Westminster, Md.: Heritage Books, 2006. FHL 929.273 W93ga

Historic Residences

  • Smith, Ethel Marion. "Clover Hill. Early History of an Old Appomattox Landmark," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 57, No. 3 (Jul., 1949), pp. 269-273. Digital version at JSTOR ($). [Includes information about the Patteson family.]

Land

Grants and Patents

Local Histories

  • Featherston, Nathaniel Ragland. Appomattox County History and Genealogy. Baltimore, MD: Reprinted for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1998. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5625 H2f. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). This book contains numerous genealogies for families of Appomattox County. For a list of surnames please see World Vital Records ($).

Maps

Migration

Military

Civil War
  • Hopkins, Luther W. From Bull Run to Appomattox: A Boy's View. Baltimore: Press of Fleet-McGinley Co., 1914. FHL Collection 6082797 (2 copies); digital version at Ancestry ($).
War of 1812
  • 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.: Governnment Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Appomattox County, pp. 61-62.]

Newspapers

Petitions

  • Eckenrode, H.J. Virginia State Library: A Calendar of Legislative Petitions Arranged by Counties Accomac - Bedford. Richmond, Va.: Davis Bottom, Superintendent of Public Printing, 1908. Digital version at Google Books (full-view). [Appomattox County petitions (1846-1860) are described on pp. 132-135.]

Probate

Research Guides

Taxation

  • [1845] Chilton, Harriett A. Appomattox County, Virginia Tax Lists, 1845 Only Extant Record for the First Year the County was Established, Includes Land Tax Rolls, Personal Property Tax Rolls. Falls Church, Va.: H.A. Chilton?, 1975. FHL 975.5625 R4c

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. Wikipedia Contributors, "Appomattox County, Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appomattox_County,_Virginia, accessed 13 January 2012.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Burned Record Counties (VA-NOTES). (n.d.). Library of Virginia. Retrieved October 1, 2009, from http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/va22_burnedco.htm.
  4. USGS Map, Topozone.com