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Lee County Virginia
Lee County was formed in 1793 from the western portion of Russell County. It was named to honor Henry (Light-Horse Harry) Lee, Revolutionary soldier and Governor of Virginia, 1791-1794. In 1815 a portion was taken when Scott County was created, and again in 1822 a further adjustment was made in the Scott-Lee boundary (it was set so that four residences at the east end of Powell's Valley were now in Lee County. The final change in Lee's boundaries came in 1856 when territory was taken from it to form part of Wise County.
Union raiders burned the county courthouse in 1863, and many of the early marriage records were destroyed.
For a better understanding of county boundary changes, see our new section Virginia in Maps
SELECTED DEATH RECORDS (ANNOTATED) FROM BUCHANAN, DICKENSON, LEE, SCOTT, AND WISE COUNTIES, VIRGINIA
Researched by Thomas Jack Hockett; compiled by Donald Helton. iv,265pp., every-name index (8.25" x 10.75" paperback). The author has gathered together more than three thousand death records from the counties listed above. The majority of the records carry annotations drawn from a myriad of sources.
This work is the result of more than eight years research in the Archives of Virginia transcribing and annotating selected death records from these southwestern counties. This is an important resource for researchers working in the region.
SELECTED DEATH RECORDS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIANS WHO DIED IN MISSOURI (OR WERE RELATED TO THOSE WHO DIED IN MISSOURI (with additions from Iowa and Sullivan County/East Tennessee)
Researched by Thomas Jack Hockett; Abstracted & compiled by by Donald W. Helton. iv,220pp., every-name index (8.25" x 10.75" paperback). These deaths are taken from a variety of sources and methods employed, including "hunt and seek", census, on-line sources at Rootsweb, Ancestry, IGI, Family Genealogy Forums, censuses, etc. and the very valuable Missouri Death Certificates 1912-1958 which are generously available online. These deaths of mid and extreme SW VA people in MO during the subject time likely represent only a fraction of the deaths which could be ferreted out with difficulty employing 2-4 sources (in conjunction) in conjunction. The work represents considerable labor (not to mention eye-strain) and it is hoped it will bolster further the efforts to document the migration of SW VA persons”.
During the process of abstracting and compiling the death records listed herein, instances of conflict occurred between the certificate and additional information found on-line. The information is entered as found. Any such conflicts are left to the discretion of the reader to reconcile.
Table of contents
Missouri Deaths from
Washington County       1
Wythe Co., Va      43
Russell Co., Va      56
Grayson/Carroll Cos., VA       80
Smyth Co., Va      85
Tazewell Co., Va      101
Lee Co., Va      118
Scott Co., Va      138
Dickenson Co., Va      151
Buchanan Co., Va      154
Miscellaneous Deaths from southwest Va.      181
Iowa Deaths from Southwest Virginia      193
Alphabetical Index      202
LEE COUNTY, VA 1810 SUBSTITUTE CENSUS [Abstracts from the 1810 Personal Property Tax List]
by John Vogt, 2011, 5 1/2"x8 1/2" format, viii, 9 pages, map.
Lee is one of eighteen Virginia counties for which the 1810 census is lost. In August, 1814 British troops occupied Washington, DC and public buildings were put to the torch. In the destruction that followed, numerous early records of the government were lost, including all of Virginia’s 1790 and 1800 census reports, as well as eighteen county lists for the state's most recent  federal census. Although two “fair copies” of each county’s census had been left in the counties for public display, these were ephemeral lists and not preserved, and by 1814 they too had been mislaid, lost, or destroyed. Hence, the closest document available we have to reconstruct a partial image of the missing county lists is the personal property tax list.
According to research notes by Minor T. Weisiger, Library of Virginia archivist:
“Information recorded in Virginia personal property tax records changed gradually from 1782 to 1865. The early laws required the tax commissioner in each district to record in “a fair alphabetical list” the names of the person chargeable with the tax, the names of white male tithables over the age of twenty-one, the number of white male tithables between ages sixteen and twenty-one, the number of slaves both above and below age sixteen, various types of animals such as horses and cattle, carriage wheels, ordinary licenses, and even billiard tables. Free Negroes are listed by name and often denoted in the list as “free” or “FN.”
The present abstract of Lee's 1810 personal property tax list is NOT a transcript of the entire document; rather, it is a summary of three items important in delineating the 1810 "substitute" census for this county, i.e., number of male tithables 16 and older, number of slaves twelve years and older, and the number of horses. The original form of the census was in alphabetic order by date and letter. The substitute list presented here is in absolute alphabetic order for easy reference.
In the current volume, the data is recorded thus:
Beck, Robert                  1      -      2
Bellama, John                1      -      1
Booker, Richard E.        1      -      -
Bouldin, Green              2      6      5
Column one represents the tithable males (16 and over) in the household; column 2 is the number of slaves over 12; and the final column is the number of horses, mares or mules.
For genealogical researchers in this 1810 period, personal property tax records may provide additional important information. Oftentimes, juniors and seniors are listed adjacent to one another and recorded on the same day. When a taxpayer is noted as “exempt”, it can be a clue to someone holding a particular position in government or being elderly, infirm, or for some other reason no longer required to pay the tithable tax. Women, both black and white, appear occasionally as heads of households when they own property in their own right or as the widow of a property owner.
Another valuable source for filling in information about an ancestor is the land tax record, and especially the one for 1815. In that year, the enumerators began to add the location of the property in relation to the county court house. Roger Ward has abstracted all of the 1815 land tax records, and they are available from this publisher at www.iberian.com.
The 1810 substitute census list for Lee County contains 694 households, 773 tithables, both white and free black, and 180 slaves over the age of twelve, and 1,979 horses.
SURNAMES included in the 1810 personal property list are:
Abshear; Adams; Allen; Alsup; Anglin; Applegate; Ash; Ashinhurst; Averhart;
Bailey; Baldwin; Ball; Ballinger; Barby; Barnett; Beatty; Benham; Bennett; Bevers; Bishop; Blakemore; Blanton; Blare; Bledsoe; Blessing; Blevins; Bluebaugh; Boggs; Boucher; Bowins; Bowser; Bowyer; Brianu; Brittain; Broadrick; Brown; Bruner; Bunch; Burchett; Burgin; Burke; Burns; Buttern;
Calaham; Campbell; Cannon; Carns; Carrol; Carter; Casebolt; Caudle; Chadwell; Chapman; Chrisman; Christy; Chuk; Clark; Clarke; Clarkson; Claypool; Cloud; Coger; Coldiron; Cole; Collier; Collins; Collinsworth; Comer; Connolly; Connor; Coop; Cooper; Corry; Covy; Cowan; Cox; Crabtree; Craig; Creech;
Daniel; Davis; Dawson; Dean; Deaton; Denham; Dickinson; Dixon; Dizzern; Dottson; Dottson; Dougherty; Duff; Dunlap; Dyches;
Earls; Edwards; Eli; Eller; Ely; England; Ewing;
Failing; Farlor; Fergerson; Ferguson; Files; Flanery; Fleming; Fletcher; Flin; Fortnu; France; Frigate; Fritz; Fukle; Fulkerson;
George; Gibbs; Gibson; Gilbert; Giles; Gillam; Gilly; Goff; Graham; Grey; Greybeel; Griffin; Grimes; Grimmet; Guttery; Gwynn;
Hale; Hall; Halpane; Hamilton; Hamlin; Hampton; Hardister; Hardy; Harmon; Harris; Hatfield; Hays; Hayslip; Head; Helton; Hemphill; Hicks; Hignight; Hill; Hix; Hoaton; Hobbs; Hogan; Hoover; Howard; Howe; Howell; Howpt; Hubbard; Hudnell; Huff; Hughes; Hunley; Husk; Huston; Hutchinson; Hyden; Hynes;
Ingrum; Irby; Isaac; Ison;
Jane; Jenkins; Joans; Johnson; Jones;
Kelly; Kennedy; Kincaid; King; Kirk; Knotts;
Lambert; Lane; Latham; Lawrence; Lawson; Leddington; Lewis; Likings; Litteral; Little; Locke; Louder; Lucus;
Macfarlane; Maddin; Mahon; Mainos; Mark; Markham; Marshal; Marshall; Martin; Matlock; Mattock; McBriant; McCaleb; McClellan; McCord; McCully; McDewell; McDowell; McGee; McGuire; McInnelly; Mckean; McKinney; McMillan; McQuown; McSpadden; Miles; Miller; Minx; Miracle; Moore; Morgan; Morriss; Muncy; Muran;
Naper; Napier; Neille; Nelson; Nethercut; Nichols; Noe; Nottingham; Nowlin;
Osburn; Owens; Owins;
Page; Parker; Parlor; Parrott; Parsons; Paulk; Payne; Peek; Peery; Pennington; Pew; Pillion; Plank; Porter; Poteet; Powell; Powers; Preston; Prigmore; Provo;
Randals; Randolph; Rap; Razor; Redmond; Reilly; Rice; Ritter; Roberts; Robertson; Robinett; Rodgers; Rollen; Roller; Root; Rose; Ross; Rowland; Russell;
Sage; Sampson; Sayers; Scott; Shamlin; Sharp; Shelton; Shepherd; Shepperd; Short; Shuah; Shumate; Simms; Sims; Sisk; Skidmore; Sloan; Smith; Snider; Souders; Spears; Spencer; Spilman; Spurlock; Standerford; Stanly; Stephens; Stuart; Sullivan; Summers; Sutton;
Tackett; Tausser; Taylor; Tharp; Thomas; Thompson; Tipton; Tittle; Todd; Towell; Townsend; Travis; Tritt; Trotter; Turner; Tyre;
Waddle; Walker; Wallen; Warner; Warren; Watson; Waughtel; Weaver; Wells; Welsh; West; Whaley; Wicker; Wicker; Wilcox; Williams; Willis; Wilson; Wissman; Woffenberger; Wolfinberger; Wood; Woodard; Wylie; Wynn;
Yates; Yeary; Young;
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LEE COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1830-1836
John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr. 1984, ix, 28 pages, indices,
figure, map. The area in the extreme southwestern portion of Virginia served
as an important staging reguion for settlers moving through the Cumberland Gap
into Kentucky and Tennessee. Unfortunately, the original marriage records are
all missing for the early period save for the fragmentary book noted here.
159 marriages are recorded from a list of ministers' returns.
Lee Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners
by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 15 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and a listing of available counties, see:
Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners
For more records pertaining to LEE COUNTY, VIRGINIA see also:
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