Marriages of Campbell County, Virginia, 1782-1810


Author: Baber, Lucy Harrison Miller, Hazel Letts Williamson
Publication Date: 1971
Reprint Date: 2000
Pages: 185 pp.
ISBN: 9780806308791


This is one of the finest collections of Virginia county marriage records in print, for not only does it furnish a list of some 3,000 men and women married in Campbell County between 1782 and 1810, but in naming parents, bondsmen, and witnesses it provides a list of an additional 4,000 persons, many of them related to the newlyweds. The marriage records derive from the original marriage bonds, consents, and ministers’ returns on file at the Campbell County Courthouse and commence in 1782, the year Campbell was split off from Bedford County. (Records for this area prior to that date must be sought in Bedford County or in previous jurisdictions.)

The marriage records themselves are but one facet of this superb work; another facet of nearly equal importance is the compendium of background materials embraced in the following sections: (1) a history of the organization of Campbell County; (2) an overview of the marriage records in the courthouse; (3) a list of fifty Quaker marriages with accompanying lists of witnesses; (4) a summary of the basic provisions of the early marriage laws of the Colony and the Commonwealth of Virginia; (5) a list of ministers who performed these marriages in Campbell County, with their places of residence; and (6) a chart showing Quaker migrations to and from Campbell County, by region and decade.

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