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Guide to Scott County Virginia ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.


Scott County, Virginia
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Founded 1814
County Seat Gate City
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County Information

Description

Scott County is located along the Tennessee border in the corner of Southwest Virginia and was named after General Winfield Scott[1].

Scott County, Virginia Courthouse

Scott County Courthouse
Scott Circuit Court
202 West Jackson Street
Suite 102
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: 276-386-3801

Clerk Circuit Court has birth records 1853-1895,
death records 1853-1892, marriage divorce,
probate, court and land records from 1815[2]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1815 1853 1815 1815 1815 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1912.
General compliance year is unknown.

Scott County, Virginia History

Parent County

1814--Scott County was organized 24 November 1814 from Lee, Russell, and Washington Counties.
County seat: Gate City [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

  • Lost census: 1890

Scott County, Virginia Places/Localities

  • Gate City (County Seat)
  • Weber City
  • Duffield
  • Nicklesville
  • Midway

Populated Places and Communities

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Towns
Unincorporated communities


Neighboring Counties

Resources

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Scott County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):133-136. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

African American

Bible Records

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


Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
VAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,263
1830 5,724 34.3%
1840 7,303 27.6%
1850 9,829 34.6%
1860 12,072 22.8%
1870 13,036 8.0%
1880 17,233 32.2%
1890 21,694 25.9%
1900 22,694 4.6%
1910 23,814 4.9%
1920 24,776 4.0%
1930 24,181 −2.4%
1940 26,989 11.6%
1950 27,640 2.4%
1960 25,813 −6.6%
1970 24,376 −5.6%
1980 25,068 2.8%
1990 23,204 −7.4%
2000 23,403 0.9%
2010 23,177 −1.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1840

  • 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 Scott County.]

1890 Union Veterans

1900

1910

1920

1930

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  • Copper Creek (pre-1800), Nickelsville, Va. Minutes begin in 1807. They have been published: FHL Book 975.5732 K2a.[5] Membership Lists 1807-1853 are online.
Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Maple Spring Monthly Meeting (1807-1813)[6]

Court

Library of Virginia's Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index can be used to search digital images of Scott County chancery records for the years 1816-1912. Indexed information and originals are available through 1942 - see online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability.

Funeral Homes

Genealogy

Compiled Genealogies by Surname


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Compiled Genealogies for Multiple Families

  • Addington, Hugh M. Encomium for Scott County Virginia. Nickelsville, Va.: Service Printery, 1951. Includes 675 Scott County family names, list of achievements, sample genealogies.

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Lee CountyNorton (Independent City)Wise CountyRussell CountyBristol (Independent City)Washington CountyHancock CountyHawkins CountySullivan CountyVA SCOTT.PNG
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Military

General Information
Revolutionary War
  • Kegley, Mary B. Revolutionary War Pension Applications of Southwest Virginia Soldiers. n.p.: M.B. Kegley, 1997. FHL Collection [Includes Scott County pensioners.]
  • 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, Scott County on page 136.]
  • 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 Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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, Scott County, p. 103. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Scott County, Virginia Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Scott County, Virginia Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia State Line (Cavalry and Infantry) (Confederate). Company K probably recruited in Scott County.[7]
- 22nd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Bowen's Virginia Mounted Riflemen) (Confederate). Company A.
- 25th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate). Company A, Company B, Company C, and Company D.[8]
- 37th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Davis Rifle Guards).[9]
- 48th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Clinch Mountain Boomers), Company I (Stock Creek Greys), and Company K (Osborne Ford Independents).[10]
- 50th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company A (Lee Rifles).[11]
- 64th Regiment, Virginia Mounted Infantry (Confederate). Companies D1, D2, and E2.[12]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War II

Miscellaneous Records

Naturalization

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Scott County, Virginia Genealogy newspapers.


Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

Probate Records

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [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. Scott County is included in Vol. 5.]
  • [1815] Kegley, Mary B. Southwest Virginia Tax Assessments, 1815: Grayson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Washington, and Wythe Counties. Wytheville, Va.: Kegley Books, 1991. Original edition and 1992 supplement available at FHL. [The source for this publication is a private collection of 1815 tax assessment tickets for the First District of Virginia. The tickets includes landowners' names, number of acres or lots, number of buildings along with descriptions, and number of slaves. N.B. These are not the 1815 land tax books.]
  • [1816] Kincaid, Bathsheba. "Scott County, Virginia Tax Book for 1816," The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Fall 1985):179-181. FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25m v. 4 (1985).
  • [1818] 1818 Scott County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List; index online at New River Notes - free.

Vital Records

Indexes to Scott 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. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Divorce
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Scott County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Scott County, Virginia Genealogy Websites

References

  1. http://www.explorescottcountyva.org/history/
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott County, Virginia. Page 721 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott County, Virginia . Page 710-723 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 715-720.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "scott County,_Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/scott_County,_Virginia#Communities accessed 25 February 2020.
  5. Luther F. Addington and Emory L. Hamilton, Regular Baptist Minutes, Copper Creek Church, 1809-1896 and Primitive Baptist Church Minutes, Addington Frame Church, 1847-1923 (Clintwood, Va.: Mullins Printing, 1980s). FHL Book 975.5732 K2a.
  6. Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  7. The Virginia State Line: Organizational Structure of the Virginia State Line, Ranger95.com, accessed 11 June 2012.
  8. Dobbie E. Lambert, 25th Virginia Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1994). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 106.
  9. Thomas M. Rankin, 37th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 37.
  10. John D. Chapla, 48th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1989). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 54.
  11. John C. Chapla, 50th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1997). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 129.
  12. Jeffrey C. Weaver, 64th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1992). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 89.
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf