Campbell County Records Available (not online):

Campbell County land records: from 1782

Campbell County naturalization records: none

Campbell County vital records: births from 1853; deaths from 1853; marriages from 1782

Campbell County probate records: from 1782

Campbell County census records: from 1810

Bentley, E. P. (1995). County Courthouse Book (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publication Co., Inc., p. 366

Everton Pub. (2002). Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America (10th ed.). Draper, UT: Everton Pub, p. 711

Campbell County Department Contact Information

Campbell County History

Campbell County was established 5 November 1781 with land from Bedford County.

“Campbell County, settled in 1736 and incorporated in 1781, is located in Virginia’s south central Piedmont region in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is rich in both natural beauty and history. Campbell County was named for General William Campbell, the Revolutionary War hero famous for his leadership in defeating the Tories and Loyalists at the Battle of King’s Mountain in the Carolinas.”

“Scotch-Irish Presbyterians first settled in Campbell County in the late 1730s, forming the Hat Creek community. Other colonies soon followed near Flat Creek/Otter River and Concord, and the County grew quickly during the next few years.

“In 1757, John Lynch, son of one of the area’s first Quaker families, initiated a ferry service across the James River, around which the present city of Lynchburg developed. Meanwhile, Lynch’s brother, Charles, developed Green Level (now Avoca), located in present-day Altavista.

“Lynchburg was officially created from Campbell County land in 1786. Fifty acres of land donated by Jeremiah Rust in 1784 became the county seat of Rustburg. Brookneal, a busy intersection of trails on the Staunton River, was founded in 1802. Altavista was a town planned in 1907 by a group of businessmen who realized its potential as a strategic railroad location.”

“County History.” Campbell County Virginia. Accessed February 27, 2017.


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