Patrick County, Virginia Genealogy

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Patrick County, Virginia
Boundary map of Patrick County, Virginia
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Location in the state of Virginia
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Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Founded 1790
County Seat Stuart
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  Patrick County 

Southwest Virginia county.

County Courthouse

Patrick County, Virginia
101 Blue Ridge Street
P O Box 148
Stuart, Virginia 24171-0148

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


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 [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1890


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American

Bible Records

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:

Additional Bible records include:


  • 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 New England 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



Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Jack's Creek (1804)[2]
  2. Smith's River[2]

Patrick County fell within the bounds of the Strawberry Association.


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


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.[3]

  • 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

Civil War service men from Patrick County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Patrick County.

  • 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

- 6th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

- 12th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

- 24th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

- 29th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

- 42nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

- 50th Regiment, Virginia Volunteers (Confederate)

- 51st Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

- 58th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)

-5th Battalion, Virginia Reserves (Confederate)

- The Orange Artillery (Confederate)

- 21 Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)

Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865

Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865



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

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

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?

  • [1791-1799] 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


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.

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.[4]

Web Sites

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  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Alice J. Sweeney, "Bassett Historical Center," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Aug. 2002):1-3, available online at: