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Map of Va: Pittsylvania CountyPittsylvania County was established in 1767 from the western lands of Halifax County. The new county, the largest in Virginia at the present time, was named for William Pitt, first earl of Chatham, a famous British statesman who championed the Americans' claims prior to the Revolutionary War. In 1776 Henry County was formed from Pittsylvania. The county has remained stable since then.

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA 1810 SUBSTITUTE CENSUS [Abstracts from the 1810 Personal Property Tax List] by John Vogt, 2011, 8 1/2"x11" format, vi, 18 pages, map.
        Pittsylvania 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 [1810] 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 Pittsylvania'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:
        Going, John (free negro)
                (Sycamore)                    1    -    1
        Goodman, Edmund                1    -    1
        Goodwin, John H. & son
                Robert (Smith's Mt.)    3    1    8

        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
        The 1810 substitute census list for Pittsylvania County contains 2,026 households, 2,753 tithables, both white and free black, and 3,477 slaves over the age of twelve, and 5,572 horses.

SURNAMES included in the 1810 personal property list are:
          Abbott; Abshear; Abston; Adams; Adkins; Akin; Alexander; Allen; Allin; Anderson; Angel; Anglin; Anthony; Armistead; Arnold; Aron; Arthur; Ashworth; Astin; Atkins; Atkinson; Austin; Ayres;

          Baber; Bailey; Baird; Baize; Baless; Ball; Ballinger; Banks; Barber; Barding; Barger; Barksdale; Barnett; Barron; Barrott; Bass; Baynes; Bays; Bayse; Beach; Beal; Beasley; Beavers; Beck; Beggerly; Bellamy; Benaugh; Benett; Bennett; Benson; Benton; Bettington; Biggerly; Biggers; Billings; Bingham; Birchfield; Bird; Black; Blackley; Blackwell; Blair; Blake; Blakely; Blank; Blankenship; Blanks; Blockley; Boaz; Bobbett; Boe; Bohannon; Boling; Booth; Bowles; Bowz; Boyd; Bradfield; Bradley; Branson; Brawner; Brim; Brimm; Briscoes; Brooks; Brown; Bruce; Bruce; Brumfield; Bryant; Buckley; Buffington; Bunch; Burgess; Burnett; Burns; Burton; Butcher;

          Cabiness; Cahall; Calaham; Calland; Callaway; Cameron; Camp; Campbell; Camron; Cany; Carmichal; Carter; Casey; Cassady; Cates; Chambers; Chandler; Chaney; Chany; Chapman; Chatten; Chattin; Chavers; Cheatham; Cheshier; Cheshire; Chisenhall; Chumbley; Chumley; Clark; Clay; Clements; Clever; Clift; Clop; Clopton; Coldwell; Cole; Coleman; Colley; Colquhoun; Compton; Conner; Conway; Cook; Cooper; Corbin; Corder; Cornnell; Cover; Covington; Cowen; Cox; Craddock; Craft; Crain; Crane; Crawford; Creamer; Creel; Crenshaw; Crews; Criddenton; Crider; Croff; Crouch; Cumpton; Cunningham; Curry; Curtis; Custard;

          Dabney; Dailey; Dalton; Dangerfield; Daniel; Daniels; David; Davis; Dawson; Dean; Dearen; Dearmore; Debo; Dejarnett; Delap; Demerson; Dennison; Denton; Desmukes; Devin; Dews; Dickerson; Dix; Dixon; Dizmang; Dizmany; Dobings; Dodd; Dodson; Dolton; Donnaly; Doss; Douglas; Douglass; Dove; Dudley; Duff; Duley; Dunbar; Duncan; Duning; Dunn; Dupuy; Durrett; Dyer;

          Earles; Earp; Easley; East; Echols; Edds; Edwards; Edwin; Elliott; Emberson; Emmerson; Epperson; Eudaly; Evans;

          Fachter; Fackler; Falling; Fambrough; Fargerson; Fargus; Farguson; Faris; Farmer; Farthing; Fawlkes; Fears; Ferguson; Ferrell; Findley; Fisher; Fitzerrald; Fitzgerrald; Flippen; Flippin; Flood; Foard; Ford; Fountain; Foust; Fowlkes; Fox; Fraley; Free; Freeman; Freeport; Friend; Frizzle; Fuller; Fullum; Fulton; Fuqua;

          Gammon; Gardner; Garland; Garner; Garrott; Gatewood; Gauldin; Geeslin; Geestand; George; Gibson; Gilbert; Giles; Gilfoy; Gill; Gillon; Gilpin; Glascock; Glass; Glenn; Goard; Godley; Going; Golly; Goodman; Goodwin; Goolsby; Gosney; Grant; Grasty; Gravelley; Graves; Gray; Green; Gregory; Gresham; Griffith; Griggs; Grigory; Grigsby; Grimes; Gross; Gulliam; Gulliams; Gummon; Gun; Gunnell; Guy; Gwin; Gwinn;

          Haden; Haggard; Hailey; Haily; Hall; Halligan; Ham; Hamblett; Hamblin; Hambrick; Hamm; Hammock; Hampton; Hankins; Hardy; Harmon; Harness; Harper; Harris; Harrison; Hart; Harvey; Haskins; Hatchell; Hatchett; Hawker; Hawker; Hawkins; Hay; Haymes; Haymore; Hazlip; Headrick; Headspeth; Hedspath; Henderson; Hendick; Hendrick; Henry; Hensley; Herndon; Herten; Hicks; High; Hight; Hightower; Hill; Hillier; Hines; Hinton; Hobson; Hodges; Hodnett; Holden; Holder; Holland; Holley; Holloway; Holly; Holt; Homes; Hopkins; Hopwood; Hoskins; Howe; Hubbard; Hudson; Huffman; Hugha; Humphrey; Hundley; Hunt; Hurt; Hutcherson; Hutchings; Hutson; Hyler;

          Inge; Ingram; Inman; Irby;

          Jackson; Jacobs; James; Jee; Jee; Jefferson; Jenkings; Jenkins; Jennings; Johns; Johnson; Johnston; Jones; Joyner;

          Kay; Keats; Keatts; Keesee; Kelly; Kendrick; Kesee; Kessee; Kidd; King; Kirby;

          Lacy; Lamb; Lanier; Lankford; Lansdown; Lansford; Laurence; Lax; Lay; League; Leftwich; Legrand; Leigh; Leprad; Lester; Lett; Lewis; Lindsey; Linn; Linthicurn; Lipford; Logan; Long; Love; Lovelass; Lovell; Lovings; Luck; Lumpkin; Lynch; Lyner; Lynthicum;

          Maby; Maddin; Madding; Mahan; Maid; Mann; Markham; Marles; Marlow; Marshall; Mart; Martin; Matherly; Mathis; Matney; Mattox; May; Mayhue; Mays; McClanahan; McCrickett; McCubbings; McCullock; McDaniel; McDonald; McDowell; McGlasson; McHaney; McLaughland; McMillian; McMillion; McNeeley; Meade; Meador; Meese; Melton; Merick; Mericks; Merritt; Metkiff; Meux; Mickelburrough; Midkiff; Miller; Minter; Mitchel; Mitchell; Mohon; Monday; Moore; Morgan; Morris; Morrison; Morton; Moss; Mothy; Motley; Mottley; Mourning; Mukes; Mullings; Mullins; Murphy; Murry; Muse; Musteen; Myers;

          Nance; Napier; Nash; Neal; Nelson; Newbill; Newby; Newman; Newton; Nickels; Noble; Norton; Nowlin; Nuckols; Nunnally; Nunneley; Nunnelle;

          Oakes; Oaks; Odeneal; Okes; Organ; Ouinley; Owen; O’Bryant;

          Pace; Packett; Pannill; Papjoy; Parham; Parker; Parrish; Parsons; Patrick; Pattern; Patterson; Paul; Payne; Peak; Pearce; Pearmen; Pearson; Pell; Perkins; Petty; Phillips; Pickral; Pigg; Pike; Pistole; Pitts; Plexco; Poindexter; Popejoy; Posey; Potter; Potts; Powel; Powell; Prewit; Price; Proctor; Puckett; Pulliam; Puryear;


          Rafe; Ragan; Ragland; Ragsdale; Rain; Rainer; Ramsey; Ratliff; Rawlins; Rawson; Raymonds; Raynolds; Rease; Reynolds; Rice; Richards; Richardson; Richee; Ricketts; Riddle; Rigney; Roach; Roarer; Roberts; Robertson; Rogers; Roling; Ross; Row; Rush; Russell; Ryburn;

          Sadler; Sanders; Sands; Saunders; Sawyers; Scarce; Scott; Scrimsher; Scruggs; Scrugs; Seal; Seamester; Seamster; Seay; Self; Shackleford; Shanyberry; Sharp; Shaw; Shealds; Shellhorse; Shelton; Sheppard; Sheron; Shockley; Shumate; Sikes; Silcock; Simpson; Sink; Slate; Slaydem; Slayden; Smith; Smithson; Smothers; Sneed; Snoddy; Snow; Sparks; Spencer; Spiller; Spratlin; Spurling; Spurs; Stamps; Standfield; Steel; Stephens; Stewart; Still; Stitt; Stockton; Stokes; Stone; Stow; Strange; Stratton; Stumps; Sullivan; Sutherlin; Swanson;

          Talbot; Talley; Tankersley; Tanner; Tapley; Tate; Taylor; Templeton; Terrel; Terry; Thacker; Thomas; Thompson; Thorn; Thornton; Thurman; Tiffin; Tinch; Toler; Tolloh; Tompkins; Tosh; Townes; Trammel; Travis; Trayhorn; Tuck; Tucker; Tuggle; Tunstall; Turley; Turner; Twiddle; Tyree;


          Valentine; Vance; Vaughan; Vaun; Vermilian; Vermilion; Voding;

          Waddle; Wade; Waggoner; Waldin; Waldren; Waldron; Walker; Waller; Walrond; Walters; Walton; Ward; Ware; Warf; Warren; Washam; Watkins; Watson; Watts; Wayne; Weldon; Wells; West; White; Whitehead; Whitlock; Wigle; Wiles; Wilkins; Wilkinson; Wilks; Williams; Williamson; Willis; Wills; Wilson; Wimbish; Wire; Witcher; Womack; Wood; Woodall; Wooding; Woods; Woodson; Woody; Worsham; Wray; Wright; Wyatt; Wynne;

          Yaman; Yancey; Yanley; Yates; Young;
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ENTRY RECORD BOOK [2], 1770-1796 (Land entries in the present Virginia counties of Pittsylvania, Henry, Franklin, & Patrick) transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito. 1988. 138 pages, 8" x 11. This book is a sequel to Entry Record Book [1], 1737-1770, published in 1984. The watercourses listed in the index indicate that the area for this volume was Pittsylvania County as it existed in 1770. Pittsylvania was formed from Halifax County in 1767. The map included with the book gives names of most of the early watercourses, and makes possible the location of land entries, adjoining landowners, and other points of interest. A complete index of all names, watercourses, mountains, etc. is provided.
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OLD SURVEY BOOK 1, 1746-1782, PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito. 1988. 400 pages, 8" x 11. This book contains surveys of land in Pittsylvania County as it existed in 1767 when it was created from Halifax County. Until 1776, when Henry County was formed, the counties of Henry, Franklin, and Patrick are also included. It consists primarily of a photocopy of the original surveys found in Old survey Book 1. The map included with the book gives names of most of the early watercourses, and makes possible the location of land surveys, adjoining landowners, etc. A complete index of all names, watercourses, roads, etc. is provided.
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OLD SURVEY BOOK 2, 1797-1829, PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito. 1988. 102 pages, 8" x 11. This book contains surveys of land within the present bounds of Pittsylvania County. Although this is a sequel to Old Survey Book 1, which contained surveys made up to 1782, the first survey included in Book 2 was made in 1797. Therefore, survey records for about fifteen years are not accounted for. In Entry Record Book 2, 1770-1796 (See HALIFAX COUNTY), there are marginal notations that indicate some surveys were made during this fifteen-year interval. Old survey Book 2 follows the same format as its predecessor, containing photocopies of the original surveys. The map included is the same as that included in Book 1. A complete index of all names, watercourses, roads, etc. is provided.
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Pittsylvania Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 49 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
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Pittsylvania Co. Revolutionary Public Claims transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 43 pages, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
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