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Botetourt County Virginia - Tithable Districts and Tithable Lists


We have just completed an exhaustive study of the Botetourt County Virginia tithables covering the decade of the 1770s, a time of rapid population migration from and within the English colonies following the 1763 collapse of the French colonial holdings in North America. This project presents transcriptions and images of the original documents for the court records defining the tithable districts, accurate GIS-based maps of the district boundaries, as well as the tithable lists themselves. While the COVID pandemic has interrupted our effort at acquiring a complete set of images from the Botetourt courthouse, LDS scans are readily available online, and were used for the transcriptions. All of this information, along with all supporting source citations, is available for the general public at the website, shown below.


Tithable lists are extremely valuable tools for tracing the movement of individuals and families during this time period, and the geolocation of the tithable district boundaries provides a geographic context for the individuals identified on these lists. This project has compiled transcriptions of all of the names contained within the Botetourt County tithable lists from 1770 through 1777 into a single, searchable spreadsheet-based data set, and virtually eliminated the effect of spelling variants by assigning a common spelling in a searchable name field. It has also provided a geographic framework, using GIS-based map graphics, of the tithable district boundaries. It is our hope that this mapping effort, by making all data, maps and sources easily available in a web-based application, renders this important historic data useful, useable and relevant for family historians.


Jim Jackson


Botetourt Co project of the VAGenWeb


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In Memory of Geraldine Mangus Obenshain

Suggestions and Comments always welcome.

Botetourt County Historical Museum



Membership & Order Form Page 1 Membership & Order Form Page 2

It is a comprehensive collection of African American History.

I am honored to have been a part of this presentation.

Send Email  to Rena Worthen, County Coordinator
Rena Worthen, Webmistress

Botetourt Genealogy Blog Spot By Rena Worthen


This Cemetery page is placed here by the efforts of the Botetourt Genealogy Club and other volunteers.


Cemetery Page A-Z

Tombstone Transcription Project

Roanoke County Cemeteries can be viewed at this address

Roanoke County A-Z


The Botetourt Genealogy Club is happy to present the

"CRAIG COUNTY, VIRGINIA HERITAGE BOOK 1770-2003" (Only a few left)

More Information E-Mail distribution list, for Botetourt Co Genealogy

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Visiting BotetourtCounty 


Historical & Background Items of Interest

The Hornbook of Virginia History

Parishes: Botetourt Parish



Virginia, A Guide to the Old Dominion

Fincastle, seat of Botetourt Co, was established in 1772 on land donated by Israel Christian. Botetourt Co was named for Norborne Berkeley, Baron De Botetourt, then governor of Virginia.



Botetourt County Historical Society

Visit Us Here

P.O. Box 468
Fincastle, VA 24090-0468
Membership Dues:
Individual & Family    $10.00
Friend $ 25.00 - $ 50.00
Patron $ 100.00
Life Member $500.00



County boundary changes

View a map of Botetourt Co, at its formation.

Counties Formed from Botetourt County

A schematic chart showing dates of formation, and lineage of counties formed from the original Botetourt County


Tax List Now online at New River Notes. The URL is:

1794 Botetourt County Personal Property Tax List


1790 / 1800 County Tax Lists of Virginia

Tax List Images/Indexes


Genealogically Oriented Pages

Surname Register

ADD your SURNAME to our registerSurname Register Before April 18, 2003

And if you have a Web Page, covering your Botetourt Co families, send the surnames and URL to me,
Rena Worthen,  and I'll post it.

Virginia Surname Homepage Register

Also, consider registering it with the others at

            Message Boards

Queries Beginning June 16, 1999 At the above web page choose "View Message Type" to read and post the following



Lemon Bible & Cemetery


Biography For People from Botetourt



Botetourt County Census Indexes

1810    1820    1830     1840    1850

The 1930 census has been transcribed for us by Donna Wood. This is a big job for one person to undertake. Her work is much appreciated.

1930 Amsterdam Dist. 3

1930 Amsterdam Dist. 4

1930 Buchanan Dist 5

1930 Buchanan Dist 6

1930 Buchanan Dist 7

1930 Fincastle Dist 10

1930 Fincastle Dist 11

1930 Fincastle Dist 09

1930 Fincastle Dist 08



Death Certificate index

All the following death records 1853 - 1867 are Transcribed by Liz Black. This is a big project and we have to thank her for taking on such a huge project.

1853 Botetourt County Death Records

1854 Botetourt County Death Records

1855 Botetourt County Death Records

1856 Botetourt County Death Records

1857 Botetourt County Death Records

1858 Botetourt County Death Records

1859 Botetourt County Death Records

1860 Botetourt County Death Records

1861 Botetourt County Death Records

1862 Botetourt County Death Records

There are NO records for 1863

1864 Botetourt County Death Records

1865 Botetourt County Death Records

1866 Botetourt County Death Records

1867 Botetourt County Death Records

1868 Botetourt County Death Records

1869 Botetourt County Death Records

1870 Botetourt County Death Records

Larry Crawford of Rader Funeral Home

A copy of the Rader Funeral Home Records is now housed in the Fincastle Library Genealogy Room.

 Newspaper Chronicling America

 Land Tax Records (some to be posted) Transcriptions by Susan


Botetourt County Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Montgomery County Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Southern Campaign


Cemeteries and Other Photos

Church History

Zion Hill Church History 8-12-1905


Peffley Family Letters 1834

Marriage Records

Click on Botetourt County, Virginia Marriages



Caldwell, Frank D. (1861-1899) Marriage License


Survey - John Lester - Botetourt County, Virginia


Caldwell, Granville, b 1783l - Transcsription of Will of

Family Reunion "Bulletin Board"

Preston Family


Family Reunion page, where folks can post information on upcoming family reunions in VA. Let the folks there know about yours. Other StatePages will have this feature as well.

Links to Every County in the

VAGenWeb Archives

Botetourt County Specific Files

There may be something there of interest to you, and files are being added daily. Please help us get more information online for everyong to share. Visit often to see what we've added.
Or use the USGenWeb Archive Search Engine, State-by-State

Where to Write for Vital Statistics

All Counties In Virginia

In Botetourt County, Virginia
Botetourt County Vital Records Office
Botetourt County Clerk
P.O. Box 219
 Fincastle, VA 24090
(540) 473-8274

Resources at the Clerks office

This WebSite has addresses for both state and counties

Climbing the Web

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Shortcuts to Neighboring Counties

  Alleghany Co         Rockbridge Co
  Botetourt Co.        Craig Co.
  Bedford Co.
  Roanoke Co.

County Formation Chart

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