The VAGenWeb Project
At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. The project was so successful, it was expanded, and we now have the USGenWeb. Volunteers are being recruited for all the states. Questions about the Virginia project can be directed to the state coordinator Freddie Spradlin. Your coordinator for Russell County is Michael A. Dye.
The area which became Russell County contained about 3000 square miles or 1.9 million acres. The boundary lines extended northward from Clinch Mountain to Cumberland Gap on the Kentucky border and eastward to a point near present Bluefield, Virginia. In 1790, the population of the county was 3,338, which included 190 slaves.
Other counties were then formed from Russell County. In 1793 Lee County was formed. In 1799, Tazewell County. In 1815 Scott County was formed from a portion of Russell and Lee Counties. In 1855 Wise County was formed and in 1858 Buchanan County was formed. In 1880, Dickenson County was formed from portions of Buchanan, Russell and Wise Counties.
By 1858, Russell County had been reduced to an area of 483 square miles or 309,120 acres. The crest of Clinch Mountain is currently the southern border. Sandy Ridge is the northern. Clinch River meanders down near the center of the county from Mill Creek at the Tazewell County line to St. Paul in Wise County. The county seat is in Lebanon.
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