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Russell County

Virginia,

United States

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INTRODUCTION

     Russell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 30,308. Its county seat is Lebanon.

     Russell County is located in the far southwestern part of Virginia.  In 1738 the area now contained in Russell County was formed as a part of Augusta County. Between the years 1769 and 1785 it was contained in Botetourt, Fincastle and Washington Counties.

     On January 2, 1786, Russell County was established from a section of Washington County. L.P. Summers, a Washington County historian later wrote, "Washington County lost a great extent of country and many valuable citizens when Russell County was formed." The county was named for Colonel William Russell, who assisted in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. The first court met in May of 1786 in the Castle's Woods settlement (present-day Castlewood) in the house of William Robinson. Later, a new place was built to house the County Seat. The structure used as a courthouse still stands, and is referred to as "The Old Courthouse." The present Courthouse, located in Lebanon, has been in use since 1874. The County has been home for many well known persons such as Daniel Boone, Governor H.C. Stuart, and State Senator M.M. Long. Russell County was also the birthplace of other counties.

     The area which became Russell County contained about 3000 square miles or 1.9 million acres. The boundary lines extended northward from Clinch Mountain to Cumberland Gap on the Kentucky border and eastward to a point near present Bluefield, Virginia. In 1790, the population of the county was 3,338, which included 190 slaves.

     Other counties were then formed from Russell County. In 1793 Lee County was formed. In 1799, , Tazewell County. In 1815 Scott  County was formed from a portion of Russell and Lee Counties. In 1855 Wise County was formed and in 1858 Buchanan County was formed. In 1880, Dickenson County was formed from a portion of Wise and Buchanan Counties.

     By 1858, Russell County had been reduced to an area of 483 square miles or 309,120 acres. The crest of Clinch Mountain is currently the southern border. Sandy Ridge is the northern. Clinch River meanders down near the center of the county from Mill Creek at the Tazwell County line to St. Paul in Wise County.

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COUNTY RECORDS

Russell County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Marriage Records from 1853 , Land Records from 1768 , Probate Records from 1803 and Court Records from 1786 and is located at the County Courthouse on P. O. Box 435, Main Street, Lebanon, VA 24266-0435; 276/889-8023, Fax: 276/889-8003 . The first marriage register and all loose files were lost in a fire in the clerk's office in 1872.

 

There are a few online databases for Court, Land and Probate Records which include: Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850, Virginia County Records, Volume VI, Volume VII and Volume IX.

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HISTORICAL / GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY(s)

Russell County Historical Society, Lebanon, Virginia

Local Historical Societies in Virginia

Virginia Genealogical Society

Virginia Genealogy Societies

Virginia Historical Society Web Site

COUNTY LIBRARY

Russell County Public Library. ( Lebanon, VA United States) [web site ]  [online catalog]

Honaker Community Library. ( Honaker, VA United States)

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HISTORICAL PLACES

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SURNAMES

The following are names of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Robert Brown

William Walker

James Brown

 

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

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FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s): William WALKER (c. 1755- c.1818) may have been from Russell County.

Robert BROWN was born 1772 in what is now Russell County was then part of Washington County, Virginia. 

The location of James BROWN’s c. 1746 birth may have been in that part of “Old” Augusta county that became Washington county in 1777 and Russell County in 1786. 

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LIST OF LOCALITIES

 

 

The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestors birth, marriage, death dates and in what locality of this county these events may have occurred.

 Source:  Wikipedia

 

The red star in the map at the left designates the location of the seat of government for this county.

 

Towns:

Cleveland;   Honaker;   Lebanon;   St. Paul (part)

Unincorporated:

Castlewood;   Dante;   Rosedale;   Willis

 

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Russell County Courthouse, Lebanon Virginia

 

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Contact Information

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Fred
889 Dante Ct.
Mantua, NJ 08051

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