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Counties of Old Virginia

Includes West Virginia & Early Kentucky

Virginia is known as "The Mother of States"

Virginia Counties Evolution Chart

Dates of Formation and Parent Counties

Compiled By Garnett L. Hearl

Chart Format Copyright 1998 by Garnett Lee Hearl

The Above Notice Must Accompany All Reproductions of This Chart, Including Website and Other Electronic Display. G. Lee Hearl

Note: All counties which have # 1 designation were original Shires or Counties.

County #2 derived from #1 next above, #3 derived from #2 next above,
#4 derived from #3 next above Etc.. "Ext" Means the County or Shire became Extinct..

1. ACCOWMACK 1634-1642 Ext.

2. ...Northampton 1642-43

3. ....Accomack 1662

1. CHARLES CITY 1634

2. ...Prince George 1703

3. ....Brunswick 1732

4. .....Lunenburg 1746

5. ......Halifax 1752

6. .......Pittsylvania 1767

7. ........Henry 1777

8. .........Patrick 1791

5. ......Bedford 1754

6. .......Campbell 1782

6. .......Franklin 1786

5. ......Charlotte 1765

5. ......Mecklenburg 1765

4. .....Greensville 1781

3. ....Amelia 1735

4. .....Prince Edward 1754

4. .....Nottoway 1789

3. ....Dinwiddie 1752

1. ELIZABETH CITY 1634-1952 Ext. Became City of Hampton, Va.

2. ...New Norfolk 1636-1637 Ext.

3. ....Lower Norfolk 1637-1691 Ext.

4. .....Norfolk 1691

4. .....Princess Ann 1691

3. ....Upper Norfolk 1637-1646 Ext.

4. .....Nansemond 1646

1. WARWICK RIVER 1634-1642/3 Ext.

2. ...Warwick 1642/3-1952 Ext. Became City of Warwick

Note: Warwick consolidated with Newport News, Va. Now Newport News.

1. JAMES CITY 1634

2. ...Surry 1652

3. ....Sussex 1754

 

1. WARROSQUYOAKE 1634-1637 Ext.

2. ...Isle of Wight 1637

3. ....Southampton 1749

1. HENRICO 1634

2. ...Goochland 1728

3. ....Albemarle 1744

4. .....Amherst 1761

5. ......Nelson 1800

4. .....Buckingham 1761

5. ......Appomattox 1845

4. .....Fluvanna 1777

3. ....Cumberland 1749

4. .....Powhatan 1777

2. ...Chesterfield 1749

1. CHARLES RIVER 1624-1642 Ext.

2. ...York 1642

3. ....Gloucester 1651

4. .....Mathews 1791

3. ....New Kent 1654

4. .....King and Queen 1691

5. ......King William 1702

4. .....Hanover 1721

5. ......Lousia 1742

1. NORTHUMBERLAND 1645

2. ...Lancaster 1651

3. ....Rappahannock 1636-1692 Ext.

4. .....Essex 1692

4. .....Richmond 1692

5. ......Caroline 1728

5. ......Spottsylvania 1721

6. .......Orange 1734

7. ........Augusta 1745 (See Separate Augusta Chart)

7. ........Frederick 1743

8. .........Berkley 1772 Now in W.VA.

9. ..........Jefferson 1801 W.VA.

10. ..........Morgan 1820 W.VA

8. .........Dunmore 1772-1778 Ext.

9. ..........Shenandoah 1778

10. ...........Warren 1836

8. .........Clarke 1836

7. ........Culpeper 1749

8. .........Madison 1793

8. .........Rappahannock 1833

7. ........Green 1838

3. ....Middlesex 1669 Formed from Lancaster county above.

2. ...Westmorland 1655

3. ....Stafford 1664

4. .....Prince William 1731

5. ......Fairfax 1742

6. .......Loudoun 1757

6. .......Alexandria 1847-1920Ext

7. ........Arlington, Va. 1920

5. ......Fauquier 1759

 

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AUGUSTA COUNTY VIRGINIA

Formed From Orange County 1738, County Government Established 1745

( Note: Assigned #1 but not an original county)

1. AUGUSTA 1738

2. ...Hampshire 1754 Now in W.Va.

3. ....Hardy 1786 W.Va.

2. ...Monongolia 1776 W.Va.

3. ....Harrison 1784 W.Va.

4. .....Randolph 1787 W.Va.

5. ......Upshlr 1851 W.Va.

5. ......Tucker 1856 W.Va.

4. .....Wood 1798 W.Va.

5. ......Wirt 1848 W.Va.

5. ......Pleasants 1851 W.Va.

4. .....Lewis 1816 W.Va.

5. ......Gilmer 1845 W.Va.

6. .......Calhoun 1856 W.Va.

5. ......Braxton 1836 W.Va.

6. .......Clay 1858 W.Va.

4. .....Barbour 1843 W.Va.

4. .....Ritchie 1843 W.Va.

4. .....Taylor 1844 W.Va..

4. .....Doddrige 1845 W.Va.

3. ....Preston 1818 W.Va.

3. ....Marion 1842 W.Va.

2. ...Ohio 1776 W.Va.

3. ....Brooke 1797 W.Va.

4. .....Hancock 1848 W.Va.

3. ....Tyler 1814 W.Va.

4. .....Wetzel 1846 W.Va.

3. ....Marshall 1835 W.Va.

2. ...Yohogania 1776-1786 Ext.

2. ...Rockbridge 1778

2. ...Rockingham 1778

3. ....Page 1831

2. ...Illinois 1778-1784 Ext.

2. ...Pendleton 1788 W.Va.

3. ....Highland 1847

2. ...Bath 1791

3. ....Pocohontas 1821 W.Va.

3. ....Alleganay 1822

2. ...Botetourt 1770

3. ....Fincastle 1772-1777 Ext.

4. .....Kentucky County 1777- 1780 Ext. Became a State.

5. ......Fayette 1780 Ky.

6. .......Bourbon 1786 Ky.

7. ........Mason 1789 Ky.

6. .......Woodford 1789 Ky.

5. ......Jefferson 1780 Ky.

6. .......Nelson 1785 Ky.

5. ......Lincoln 1780 Ky.

6. .......Madison 1786 Ky.

6. .......Mercer 1786 Ky.

4. .....Montgomery 1777

5. ......Wythe 1790

6. .......Grayson 1793

7. ........Carroll 1842 Augusta Chart Continued On Next Page

6. .......Tazewell 1800

7. ........Buchanan 1858 Augusta Chart Continued on Next Page

7. ........McDowell 1858 W.Va.

5. ......Giles 1806

6. .......Logan 1824 W.Va.

7. ........Fayette 1831 W.Va.

8. .........Raleigh 1850 W.Va.

7. ........Wyoming 1850 W.Va.

6. .......Mercer 1837 W.Va.

6. .......Bland 1861

5. ......Floyd 1831

5. ......Pulaski 1839

4. .....Washington 1777

5. ......Russell 1786

6. .......Lee 1793

7. ........Scott 1814

7. ........Wise 1856

6. .......Dickenson 1800

5. ......Smyth 1832 Note: Smyth was taken from Washington and Wythe

3. ....Greenbrier 1776 W.Va.

4. .....Kanawha 1789 W.Va.

5. ......Mason 1804 W.Va.

6. .......Jackson 1831 W.Va.

5. ......Cabell 1809 W.Va.

6. .......Wayne 1842 W.Va.

5. ......Boone 1847 W.Va.

5. ......Putnam 1848 W.VA.

5. ......Roane 1856 W.Va.

4. .....Monroe 1799 W.Va. Formed from Greenbrier

4. .....Nichols 1810 W.Va. Formed from Greenbrier

5. ......Webster 1860 W.VA.

3. ....Roanoke 1838 Formed from Botetourt Co.

Please Note: Many counties were formed from more than one county.

The parent counties in this chart were usually the ones from which the most land was taken....

G. Lee Hearl glh@naxs.com

 

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