Clarke County, Virginia Genealogy

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Clarke County

Virginia county in the Shenandoah Valley region.

Location of Clarke County, Virginia
Clarke County Boundary Map

County Courthouse

Clarke County Courthouse, Berryville, Va.



George Rogers Clark (1751-1818)

The county was named after George Rogers Clark (1751-1818), a prominent military officer in the Revolutionary War.[1]

Parent County

1836--Clarke County was created 8 March 1836 from Frederick County.
County seat: Berryville [2]

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Research Guides

  • Good, Rebecca H. and Rebecca A. Ebert. Finding Your People in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1998. 4th ed. FHL Book 975 D27e 1998


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

The following is a list of cemeteries in Clarke County:[4] [5] [6]

  • Berryville Cemetery
  • Crums Cemetery
  • Grace Cemetery
  • Green Hill Cemetery
  • Little Chapel Cemetery
  • Meade Memorial Cemetery
  • Milton Valley Cemetery
  • Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Old Bethel Cemetery
  • Old Chapel Cemetery
  • Old Salem Cemetery
  • Providence Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Stones Chapel Cemetery


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1840 6,353
1850 7,352 15.7%
1860 7,146 −2.8%
1870 6,670 −6.7%
1880 7,682 15.2%
1890 8,071 5.1%
1900 7,927 −1.8%
1910 7,468 −5.8%
1920 7,165 −4.1%
1930 7,167 0.0%
1940 7,159 −0.1%
1950 7,074 −1.2%
1960 7,942 12.3%
1970 8,102 2.0%
1980 9,965 23.0%
1990 12,101 21.4%
2000 12,652 4.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1890 Union Veterans


Church of England

  • Chambers, Benjamin Duvall. Old Chapel and the Parish in Clarke County, Virginia: A History from the Founding of Frederick Parish, 1738 to the Centenary of Christ Church, Millwood, 1932. Washington: unknown, 1932. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).



Several genealogies have been published about Clarke County families. To view a list, visit Clarke County, Virginia Genealogy.


Grants and Patents

Local Histories

  • Cartmell, T. K. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: A History of Frederick County, Virginia (Illustrated) from Its Formation in 1738 to 1908, Compiled Mainly from Original Records of Old Frederick County, Now Hampshire, Berkeley, Shenandoah, Jefferson, Hardy, Clarke, Warren, Morgan and Frederick. n.p.: n.p., c1909. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.59 H2c 1963; FHL US/CAN Film 1000634 Item 1; digital version at Ancestry ($); BYU Family History Archives and World Vital Records ($). [3 copies at FHL.]
  • Gold, Thomas Daniel. History of Clarke County, Virginia and Its Connection with the War Between the States: With Illustrations of Colonial Homes and of Confederate Officers. Berryville, Va.: C.R. Hughes, 1914. Available at FHL; digital version at Google Books (full-view). 1962 reprint also available at FHL.
  • Henry Howe, Historical Collections Of Virginia 1845
  • MacDonald, Rose Mortimer Ellzey. Clarke County, a Daughter of Frederick: A History of Early Families and Homes. Berryville, Va.: Blue Ridge Press, 1979. Original edition and supplement available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Norris, J. E.. History of the Lower Shenandoah Valley Counties of Frederick, Berkeley, Jefferson and Clarke: Their Early Settlement and Progress to the Present Time, Geological Features, a Description of Their Historic and Interesting Localities, Cities, Towns and Villages, Portraits of Some of the Prominent Men, and Biographies of Many of the Representative Citizens. Chicago: A. Warner, 1890. Original edition available at FHL; 1972 reprint available at FHL; digital version of original edition at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($).


  • Scheel, Eugene M. Clarke County. Warrenton, Va.: Piedmont Press, 1990. Available at FHL. [Features include "old roads, mills, stores, plantations, churches, ruins, cemeteries, battles, historic sites, early stream names and boundaries."[7]]


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, Western District, Clark County [sic] on page 134.]
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.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Clarke County, p. 68.]
Civil War



  • 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 Berryville watchmakers.]


Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Clarke County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1964):23. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).


Vital Records


  • Fridley, Beth. Clarke County, Virginia Births, 1878-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).


  • Fridley, Beth. Clarke County, Virginia Deaths, 1853-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).

Societies and Libraries



  1. "Clarke County, Virginia," Wikipedia,,_Virginia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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, 134. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840.
  4. USGS Map,
  5. US GenWeb, submitted by Walter K. Whitfield
  6. US GenWeb, US GenWeb, submitted by Ed Surface
  7. "Historic Prince William Sponsors New Historic Map by Eugene Scheel," The Newsletter of the Prince William County Genealogical Society, Vol. 10, No. 2 (Aug. 1991):10.