Fincastle County, Virginia Genealogy

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Fincastle County

Short-lived county on the Southwest Virginia frontier. Established 1772, dissolved 1776.

County Courthouse

History

Researchers studying pioneer families in East Tennessee may find their ancestors in records of Fincastle County.

Parent County

1772--Fincastle County was created in 1772 from Botetourt County.
County seat:

Boundary Changes

1776--Became extinct in 1776 when it was divided to form Montgomery and Washington counties in Virginia and Kentucky County. Some records are kept by Montgomery County.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Getting Started

One of the best places to start searches in Fincastle records is:

  • Cook, Michael L. and Bettie A. Cook. Fincastle & Kentucky County, Va.-Ky.: Records and History. Evansville, Ind.: Cook Pub., 1987. FHL US/CAN Book 976.9 H2cc.

African American

Biography

  • Preston, T.W. "Some Famous Civilians of Southwestern Virginia: That Portion Formerly Embraced in East Fincastle County," Bulletin (Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia), No. 15 (Nov. 1947). FHL Collection 975.5725 H25b no. 1-18

Cemeteries

Census

Church

Court

  • "Minutes of Fincastle County Court (pp 588-651) 5 Jan 1773 - 3 Sep 1776," Distant Crossroads [Hawkins Co., TN Genealogical Society], Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1986): 89-90. FHL US/CAN Book 976.895 B2d. [Source: Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia.]

Family Histories

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]

Bibliography

  • [Drake] Drake, Charles E. "The Drake Family of Ninety Six District and Abbeville County, South Carolina," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 2001):183-195. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 29
  • [McNew] Hockett, Thomas Jack and Janice M. Snead. The Macknew (McNew) and Marlow (Marler; Marley) Family of Prince Georges Cty, Md., Frederick (Berkeley) Cty, Va. and Fincastle (Washington) Cty., Va., and the Possibly Allied Families of Hargis and Berry. Typescript, microfilmed 1991. FHL Collection 1697545 Item 21; also FHL Collection 929.273 M218ht

Immigration

Land

Deeds

  • "Fincastle County Virginia Deeds 1773-1777," Distant Crossroads [Hawkins Co., TN Genealogical Society], Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1986): 91. FHL US/CAN Book 976.895 B2d. [Source: Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia.]

Land Surveys

  • "Fincastle County Virginia Land Surveys," [1774] Distant Crossroads [Hawkins Co., TN Genealogical Society], Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1986): 91. FHL US/CAN Book 976.895 B2d. [Source: Summers' Annals of Southwestern Virginia.]

Local Histories

Maps

  • Hildebrand, John R. Fincastle County, Virginia, 1772-1777. 1968. FHL Collection US/CAN Map Case 975 E7hi

Migration

Military

Dunmore's War and Revolutionary War

"Pay Roll for Captain Womack's Company of Militia stationed at Womack's Fort in Fincastle County (1777)," transcribed by Will Graves, is available for free online, courtesy: Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution.

Additional resources include:

  • Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, Culpeper and Fincastle Payrolls and Public Service Claims, 1775 also Known as Dunmore's War: Enlarged and Photocopied. Ft. Wayne, Ind.: Allen County Public Library, 2004? FHL Collection 975.5 M2au
  • Harwell, Richard Barksdale. The Committees of Safety of Westmoreland and Fincastle Proceedings of the County Committees, 1774-1776. Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1956. 1974 reprint: FHL Collection 975.5 N2c 1974
  • Kegley, Mary B. Soldiers of Fincastle County, Virginia 1774. Dublin, Va.: M.B. Kegley, 1974. FHL Collection 975.5 A1 no. 12

Newspapers

Probate

  • Worrell, Anne Lowry. A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1773-1831. Christiansburg, Va.: Montgomery Messenger Pub. Corp., 1932. FHL Collection 32634; purchase at Genealogical.com.

Taxation

Vital Records

Marriage

  • Worrell, Anne Lowry. A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1773-1831. Christiansburg, Va.: Montgomery Messenger Pub. Corp., 1932. FHL Collection 32634; purchase at Genealogical.com.

Societies and Libraries

Websites

References