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     Fluvanna County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2010, the population was 25,691. Its county seat is Palmyra.

     The area which is now Fluvanna County was once part of Henrico County, one of the original shires of the Virginia Colony. Henrico was divided in 1727 and the Fluvanna County area became a part of Goochland County. In 1744 Goochland was divided and the area presently known as Fluvanna became a part of Albemarle County. Finally, in 1777, Albemarle County was divided and Fluvanna County established.

     The County was named for the Fluvanna River, the name given to James River west of Columbia. Fluvanna means "Annie's River" in honor of Queen Anne of England. The county has the James and Rivanna Rivers running through it.

     The following counties lie adjacent to Fluvanna: Louisa County – north; Goochland County – east; Cumberland County – southeast; Buckingham County – south; and  Albemarle County - west


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The following are names of persons, found within our databases as having been either born, married or died in this location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines. To find out more about each surname listed click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Chandler;  Eades;  Haden;  Martin;  Morrow;  Scruggs;  Sheperd;  Wheeler;  Williams

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   Joseph C. Scruggs, born in 1794, married Miss Francis Parks Sheperd, daughter of Anthony Sheperd and Mary Eades, of Albemarle County, Virginia.  As Francis “Fanny” was the only child of a wealthy planter she inherited much land in that part of Albemarle county that now lies in Fluvanna County.  As such Joseph lived most of his adult life in the Cunningham Township area of Fluvanna County.  Between 1826 and 1852 Joseph and Frances produced nine sons and five daughters.

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Antioch Baptist Church;  Cunningham Township;

 Joseph C. Scruggs Home-site;  Palmyra;

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LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Virginia;     County: Fluvanna;      Local: Cunningham Township

Coordinates/Map: 37° 50.69'N, 78° 25.16'W;   Driving Directions: 4422 Antioch Rd, at the intersection of Route 620 (Rolling Road), and Route 637 (Antioch Road).  See map at Image Gallery.

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NAME / DESCRIPTION:     On November 15, 1858 John and Mary Burgess deeded 5 acres of land to the church trustees.  The first Pastor was Peter C. Hoge who served the church from 1858 to 1876.  John T. Kent, Robert A. Kent, Jesse R. Hughes, Joseph C. Scruggs, W.I. Hughes, and T.C. Jones were elected as the first deacons of the church.  By 1859 there were 46 members and 62 enrolled in the Sunday School.  In 1901 a new building was built.  By 1911 two wings were constructed to house the Sunday School.  Additional Sunday School rooms were added to the rear of the church in 1954. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Joseph C. Scruggs a deacon and founding member in 1858.  Nelson Eldridge Scruggs was elected as the first clerk of the church.  A.E.T. Scruggs also served in this capacity from 1890-1892.


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Cunningham Township

LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Virginia;     County: Fluvanna;      Local: N/A

Coordinates/Map: N37 degrees 51.758 min   W78 degrees 23.592 min; Driving Directions: SSR 761 (Branch Road) at junction with middle fork of the Cunningham Creek.

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NAME / DESCRIPTION: Prior to 1870 the county of Fluvanna did not contain any political districts or townships.  On April 19, 1870 four townships were formed at the direction of the Governor of Virginia.  Each of the townships comprised approximately one-fourth of the county’s land area.  Cunningham Township lies in the southwestern corner and is bordered by the James River on the south and Albemarle county on the West.  The other three townships are: Fork Union, Columbia, and Palmyra. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  Location of Joseph C. Scruggs’s farm.  Most likely located off of Branch Road near the middle fork of the Cunningham Creek approximately eight miles from Palmyra.


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Joseph C. Scruggs Home-site

LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Virginia;     County: Fluvanna;      Local: Cunningham Township

Coordinates/Map: 37.8656°N, 78.3844°W;   Driving Directions:  Just east of the Power Plant at 2300 Branch Road. Coming from the courthouse in Palmyra, turn right onto Rt. 53 (Thomas Jefferson Pkwy),  go about 5 miles and turn left onto Ruritan Lake Rd, follow this road around the curve and go about 2 1/5 miles to Branch Rd. (Rt. 619). Turn onto Branch Rd. and begin to see a board fence on the left. Watch for a gate. It may be locked.  There are several gates and entry-ways after that. You may have to go to the plant to gain entry to the cemetery. Robert Mayfield is the Plant Manager. The cemetery is located through a rough area. You have to leave the car and walk.

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NAME / DESCRIPTION: It appears that the piece of land on which the Joseph C. Scruggs family home was located originally belonged to the Isabella Langston great-grandmother of Joseph’s wife Francis Parks Sheperd.  According to Isabella Langston's 1826 Will she left 160 acres of land she owned in Fluvanna County, Virginia to her grandson Anthony Sheperd, the father of Francis (Fanny).  The land was located in or near the middle fork of the Cunningham Creek.  The Langston plantation contained at least six slaves as well as fields planted in corn, tobacco, and oats. Sometime around 1831 Joseph and Fanny moved, from Nelson County to the aforementioned property in Fluvanna County. Between this time and his death in 1879 Joseph increased the size of his property greatly to over 1,200 acres.  A survey of the estate was made in 1866 by William E. Hendon, Surveyor of Fluvanna County. The property seems to have been divided into at least four tracts known as the “Hurricane Tract” containing about 500 acres, the McCary and Currier Tracts of about 100 acres each. The “Fountain Tract” with 500 acres is believed to contain the house where Joseph and his family resided. 



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LOCATION: Country: United States;     State: Virginia;     County: Fluvanna;      Local: N/A

Coordinates/Map: 37°51′40″N 78°15′48″W

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NAME / DESCRIPTION: Palmyra is the county seat of Fluvanna County, Virginia, United States.  The population as of the 2010 Census was 104. Palmyra lies on the eastern bank of the Rivanna River along U.S. Route 15.



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Profiles for  32 cities, towns and other populated places in Fluvanna County, Virginia

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     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this LINK to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

Map of 1777 - Present Fluvanna County Boundaries (heavy black line)

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01 Jul 1777 - FLUVANNA created from ALBEMARLE. (Hening, 9:325-327)

Oct 1785 - Boundary between FLUVANNA and GOOCHLAND redefined [no change]. (Hening, 12:71)

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


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·         Fluvanna County  VA Cemetery Project

·         Fluvanna County Cemeteries

·         Fluvanna County Cemetery List 

·         Fluvanna County Cemetery Registration 

·         Fluvanna County, VA Cemeteries

·         Virginia Gravestone Photo Project  Fluvanna Co.

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National Register of Historic Places listings in Fluvanna County, Virginia

·         Fluvanna County 

·         Fluvanna County Bibliography 

·         Fluvanna County Historical Markers - Marker Database

·         Fluvanna County Historical Markers - Marker History

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Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Family History Library Holdings 

·         Fluvanna County Libraries

·         A Guide to Fluvanna County Records on Microfilm 

·         PERiodical Source Index Search  Fluvanna Co., VA

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Maps and Gazetteers

·         Fluvanna County – 1895 U.S. Atlas

·         Fluvanna County Gazetteer – USGS

·         Fluvanna County Post Offices 

·         Fluvanna County Post Offices  1846

·         Fluvanna County Topo Maps and Aerial Photos

·         Quad List of Bremo Bluff, Virginia 

·         Quad List of Cohasset, Virginia 

·         Quad List of Columbia, Virginia

·         Quad List of Fork Union, Virginia

·         Quad List of Palmyra, Virginia

·         Tiger Map Server Browser 

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·         Fluvanna Co. Census Records

·         Fluvanna County Federal Census Index 

·         1790 Virginia Heads of Families List

·         Fluvanna County 1810 Census

·         1850 Federal Census  Fluvanna County

·         United States Census, 1850  Fluvanna County

·         United States Census, 1870  Fluvanna County

·         Census Search  Fluvanna County

·         United States Census, 1900  Fluvanna County

·         Fluvanna County on Reel 2443  -1930 U.S. Census

·         Livingston's Law Register, 1851  Fluvanna Co. Lawyers

·         List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 

·         Fluvanna County, Virginia  World War II Casualties

·         Fluvanna County Public Records Links     

·         Fluvanna County Records     

·         Migrations through Fluvanna County     

·         Chronicling America  Fluvanna County    

·         Fluvanna County – Newspaper Abstracts    

·         The Central Virginian – Obituary Records

·         Fluvanna Co. Colbert Funeral Home Records  1929-1976    

·         Fork Union Military Academy, 1918-1921     

·         Palmyra High School Graduates, 1916, Fluvanna, VA    

·         Fluvanna County  African-American Records  

·         The "1790" & "1800" Tax Lists – VA Tax Lists    

·         Fluvanna County Marriages     

·         Fluvanna County Vital Records     

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·         Central Virginia Genealogical Association 

·         Fluvanna County Historical Society

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