Virginia County Histories

Several European expeditions, including a group of Spanish Jesuits, explored the Chesapeake Bay during the 16th century. In 1583, Queen Elizabeth I of England granted Walter Raleigh a charter to plant a colony north of Spanish Florida. In 1584, Raleigh sent an expedition to the Atlantic coast of North America. Initially the name “Virginia” applied to the entire coastal region from South Carolina to Maine, plus the island of Bermuda.

Flag of VirginiaThe London Company was incorporated as a joint stock company by the proprietary Charter of 1606, which granted land rights to this area. The Company financed the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. Named for King James I, it was founded in May 1607 by Christopher Newport. In 1619, colonists took greater control with an elected legislature called the House of Burgesses. With the bankruptcy of the London Company in 1624, the settlement was taken into royal authority as a British crown colony.

Life in the colony was perilous, and many died during the “starving time” in 1609. By 1624, only 3,400 of the 6,000 early settlers had survived. However, European demand for tobacco fueled the arrival of more settlers and servants. The headright system tried to solve the labor shortage by providing colonists with land for each indentured servant they transported to Virginia. African workers were first imported in 1619, and their slavery was codified in 1654.

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  1. OREN F. MORTON, B. LIT., A CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF ALLEGHANY COUNTY VIRGINIA., J. K. RUEBUSH COMPANY, 1923

  2. L.R. WATTS, ADDRESS EMBRACING A HISTORICAL SKETCH OF NORFOLK COUNTY,DELIVERED AT BERKLEY, JULY 4TH, 1876, BY REQUEST OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

  3. MARSHALL WINGFIELD, A HISTORY OF CAROLINE COUNTY VIRGINIA. 1924

  4. OREN F. MORTON, B. LIT., A HISTORY OF HIGHLAND COUNTY VIRGINIA.

  5. W. W. SCOTT, A HISTORY OF ORANGE COUNTY VIRGINIA. 1907

  6. BURRELL, CHARLES EDWARD, A HISTORY OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VIRGINIA, FROM ITS FORMATION IN 1753, TO THE PRESENT;., GENERAL BOOKS

  7. OREN F. MORTON, B. LIT., A HISTORY OF ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY VIRGINIA., THE MCCLURE CO., INC, 1920

  8. JOHN W. WAYLAND, PH.D., A HISTORY OF ROCKINGHAM COUNTY VIRGINIA., RUEBUSH-ELKINS COMPANY, 1912

  9. REV. EDGAR WOODS, ALBEMARLE COUNTY IN VIRGINIA.

  10. JOS. A. WADDELL, ANNALS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA., J. W. RANDOLPH & ENGLISH, PUBLISHERS, 1888

  11. OREN F. MORTON, B. LIT., ANNALS OF BATH COUNTY VIRGINIA.

  12. LEWIS W. BURTON, ANNALS OF HENRICO PARISH, DIOCESE OF VIRGINIA, AND ESPECIALLY OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, THE PRESENT MOTHER CHURCH OF THE PARISH, FROM 1611 TO 1884., WILLIAMS PRINTING COMPANY, 1904

  13. JOHN N. HARMON, ANNALS OF TAZEWELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA FROM 1800 TO 1922

  14. ARISTA HOGE, BEAUTIFUL THORNROSE

  15. JEAN G. MCCALLISTER, BRIEF HISTORY OF BATH COUNTY, VIRGINIA

  16. J. CULLEN CARRINGTON, CHARLOTTE COUNTY, VIRGINIA :HISTORICAL, STATISTICAL, AND PRESENT ATTRACTIONS

  17. HENRY HOWE, EXCERPT FROM HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF VIRGINIA; CONTAINING A COLLECTION OF THE MOST INTERESTING FACTS, TRADITIONS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, ANECDOTES, &C. RELATING TO ITS HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES, TOGETHER WITH GEOGRAPHICAL AND STATISTICAL DESCRIPTIONS. TO, BABCOCK & CO, 1845

  18. HARRY CONNELLY, FAUQUIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA.HISTORICAL NOTES

  19. DR. AMOS D. WOOD, FLOYD COUNTY: A HISTORY OF ITS PEOPLE AND PLACES., COMMONWEALTH PRESS. INC. FIRST & BERKLEY RADFORD VIRGINIA 24141, 1981

  20. RALEIGH TRAVERS GREEN, GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTES ON CULPEPER COUNTY, VIRGINIA EMBRACING A REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION OF DR. PHILIP SLAUGHTER’S HISTORY OF ST. MARK’S PARISH., RALEIGH TRAVERS GREEN, 1900

  21. RALEIGH TRAVERS GREEN, GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTES ON CULPEPER COUNTY, VIRGINIA., RALEIGH TRAVERS GREEN, 1900

  22. SALLY N. ROBINS, GLOUCESTER: ONE OF THE FIRST CHAPTERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA .

  23. HISTORICAL SKETCH BEDFORD COUNTY VIRGINIA. 1907

  24. THOMAS L. PRESTON, HISTORICAL SKETCHES AND REMINISCENCES OF AN OCTOGENARIAN

  25. JOHN T. GOOLRICK, HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG THE STORY OF AN OLD TOWN., WHITTET & SHEPPERSON, 1922

  26. JAMES W. HEAD, HISTORY AND COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF LOUDOUN COUNTY VIRGINIA.

  27. THOS. D. GOLD, HISTORY OF CLARKE COUNTY, VIRGINIA AND ITS CONNECTION WITH THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES.

  28. LYON G. TYLER, M. A., LL. D, HISTORY OF HAMPTON AND ELIZABETH CITY COUNTY, VIRGINIA., THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF ELIZABETH CITY COUNTY, 1922

  29. HISTORY OF NANSEMOND & SOUTHAMPTON COUNTIES., BOOKWORM AND SILVERFISH P.O. BOX 639 WYTHEVILLE, VA 24382 (276)686-5813, 2008

  30. COL. WILLIAM H. STEWART, HISTORY OF NORFOLK COUNTY, VIRGINIA, AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS,., BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1902

  31. OREN F. MORTON, B. LIT., HISTORY OF PENDLETON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

  32. CHARLES E. BURRELL, HISTORY OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VIRGINIA, FROM ITS FORMATION IN 1753, TO THE PRESENT

  33. WILLIAM MCCAULEY, HISTORY OF ROANOKE COUNTY, SALEM, ROANOKE CITY, VIRGINIA, AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS

  34. LEWIS P. SUMMERS, HISTORY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1746-1786; WASHINGTON COUNTY, 1777-1870. 1903

  35. PHILIP SLAUGHTER, HISTORY OF ST MARK’S PARISH, CULPEPER COUNTY, VIRGINIA,WITH NOTES OF OLD CHURCHES AND OLD FAMILIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE OLDEN TIME

  36. JAMES H. MILLER, HISTORY OF SUMMERS COUNTY FROM THE EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME

  37. WM. C. PENDLETON, HISTORY OF TAZEWELL COUNTY AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA 1748-1920., W. C. HILL PRINTING COMPANY, 1920

  38. J. E. NORRIS, HISTORY OF THE LOWER SHENANDOAH VALLEY COUNTIES OF FREDERICK, BERKELEY, JEFFERSON AND CLARKE,., A. WARNER & CO., PUBLISHERS, 1890

  39. ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY. 1608-1907

  40. REV. ALFRED BAGBY, A.B., D.D, KING AND QUEEN COUNTY, VIRGINIA. 1908

  41. FAIRFAX HARRISON, LANDMARKS OF OLD PRINCE WILLIAM;A STUDY OF ORIGINS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA .

  42. PRENTISS INGRAHAM, LAND OF LEGENDARY LORE;SKETCHES OF ROMANCE AND REALITY ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF THE CHESAPEAKE

  43. H. J. ECKENRODE, ARCHIVIST, LIST OF THE REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS OF VIRGINIA – PART 2. VOLUME II., DAVIS BOTTOM, SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC PRINTING, 1912

  44. H. J. ECKENRODE, ARCHIVIST, LIST OF THE REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS OF VIRGINIA. VOLUME I., DAVIS BOTTOM, SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC PRINTING, 1912

  45. W. ASBURY CHRISTIAN, LYNCHBURG AND ITS PEOPLE., J. P. BELL COMPANY, 1900

  46. MARION COUNTY IN THE MAKING

  47. PEYTON NEALE CLARKE, OLD KING WILLIAM HOMES AND FAMILIES., GENEALOGICAL PUBLISHING CO., INC, 1976

  48. OUR QUAKER FRIENDS OF YE OLDEN TIME., J. P. BELL COMPANY, 1905

  49. BENJAMIN FLOYD NUCKOLLS, PIONEER SETTLERS OF GRAYSON COUNTY, VIRGINIA., HIGGINSON BOOK COMPANY, 1994

  50. JOHN W.H. PORTER, RECORD OF EVENTS IN NORFOLK COUNTY, VIRGINIA

  51. W. ASBURY CHRISTIAN, D. D, RICHMOND HER PAST AND PRESENT., L. H. JENKINS, 1912

  52. T. K. CARTMELL, SHENANDOAH VALLEY PIONEERS AND THEIR DESCENDANTS.

  53. JOHN WALTER WAYLAND, B. A., PH. D., THE GERMAN ELEMENT OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA., THE MICHIE COMPANY, 1907

  54. GEORGE LIPSCOMB, ESQ. M. D, THE HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF THE COUNTY OF BUCKINGHAM. – VOL. I., J. & W. ROBINS, 57, TOOLEY STREET, 1847

  55. THE PARISH REGISTER OF CHRIST CHURCH, MIDDLESEX COUNTY, VA. FROM 1653 TO 1812., THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE COLONIAL DAMES OF AMERICA, 1897

  56. WILLIAM ARMSTRONG CROZIER, F. R S., VIRGINIA COUNTY RECORDS SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY 1721-1800., FOX, DUFFIELD & COMPANY, 1905

  57. WILLIAM ARMSTRONG CROZIER, F. R S., VIRGINIA COUNTY RECORDS – VOL III., THE GENEALOGICAL ASSOCIATION, 1906

  58. WRIGHT, THOMAS ROANE BARNES, WASHINGTON, LAWRENCE, MCKIM, RANDOLPH H., BEALE, GEORGE WILLIAM, WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA :PARTS I AND II : A SHORT CHAPTER AND BRIGHT DAY IN ITS HISTORY

  59. WESTMORELAND COUNTY VIRGINIA PARTS I AND II., WHITTET & SHEPPERSON, PRINTERS, 1912

  60. JENNINGS C. WISE, YE KINGDOME OF ACCAWMACKE, OR, THE EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY