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Founded: 1799 from parts of Russell and Wythe Counties.
County Seat: Tazewell, VA; Mailing Address: 315 School St. 24651-1398; Phone (540) 988-7541
Records that are available in County Clerk's Office: Marriage, land, law, probate from 1800, Chancery from 1832, birth and death 1853-1870.
Interstate 77 and Interstate 81 are good direct routes to the County seat, Tazewell.
Getting to Tazewell County
South bound travelers on I-77 should exit at the Bluefield, WV exit just prior to the East River Mountain tunnel (this is the last exit in WV).
North bound I-77 travelers should take the first exit after passing through the East River Mountain Tunnel.
Upon leaving I-77, follow signs to intersection with US 19 & 460 (south & west) to Tazewell.
South and west bound travelers on I-81 should exit to I-77 in Wytheville, VA and follow I-77 north to Bluefield, WV. A scenic alternative to the Bluefield route would be to take Exit 64 at Rocky Gap. VA (just prior to the East River Mountain Tunnel) and follow VA 61 to Tazewell.
North and East bound travelers will find the most advantageous route to be the Abingdon, VA exit (Exit 17) and follow US 19 north through Lebanon, VA to Tazewell (about 50 miles).
This Southwestern Virginia County lies on the Alleghany Plateau and is characterized by its mountainous terrain. A secondary continental divide seperates the watersheds to the New River Valley and the Tennessee River Valley. The Clinch River's headwater source and the beginning of the Clinch River Valley is located a few miles east of Tazewell, the county seat. Flowing west and south from Tazewell, the Clinch joins the Holston River and forms the Tennesse River near Knoxville, TN.
Tazewell County, VA
The source of the Bluestone River, which runs east and north, is located a few hundred yards east of the Clinch River source. The Bluestone winds its way through Tazewell County and Mercer County, WV and joins the New River just north of Athens, WV. The fertile valleys of these rivers and their tributaries became the sites of original settlement within the County.
A primary route through the mountains for the early pioneers was the game and Indian trails along the Clearfork branch of Wolf Creek, from its juncture with the New River, into the Clinch River Valley and on to Cumberland Gap and Kentucky.
Historical PerspectivesPrior to the American Revolution, the Southwest Virginia area was a fruitful and valued hunting ground for the Cherokee Indian tribes,to the south, and the Shawnee tribes along the Ohio River. The area's abundance of wild game, which was the source of frequent skirmishes among these Indian tribes , also drew trappers from Eastern Virginia.
Original surveys and land grants were made in 1748 and the original County settlers established homesteads in the late1760's. Tazewell County was formed in 1799 from Russell and Wythe Counties. At the time of formation, the County included all or portions of the current counties of Bland County, VA, Giles County, VA, Buchanan County, VA, Mercer County, WV, McDowell County, WV, Wyoming County, WV and Logan County, WV. The county was named after Henry Tazewell, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and later a U.S. Senator. The first Tazewell County Court was held in the house of Henry Harman, Jr. on June 12, 1800.
Early County Settlements and Settlers
Abb's ValleyIaaac BLANGY Absalom LOONEY Capt. James MOORE, Robert POAGUE
Baptist ValleyJohn DESKINS, Thomas MARTIN, Richard PEMBERTON, Charles and James SCAGGS
BluestoneSamuel FERGUSON, John HARMAN, Benjamin JOSLIN, Thomas MAXWELL, James OGLETON
Burke's GardenThomas INGLES
Clear Fork of Wolf CreekJohn RIDGEL
The CoveJohn CRAVEN, David WARD
Crab Apple OrchardSamuel CECIL, John GREENUP, Thonas WITTEN
Deskins ValleyRichard ONEY, Obadiah PAYNE
Head of the Clinch RiverHenry, Mathias and Jacob HARMAN
Jeffersonville Area (Tazewell)John BRADSHAW, Elisha CARY, Benjamin, Chrisley and Thomas HOUSLEY, John, Thomas and William PEERY
Locust HillWilliam WYNN
Morris KnobWilliam GARRISON
North Fork of the ClinchWilliam BUTLER, Jesse EVANS, John TAYLOR
Thompson ValleyJohn HENRY, James KING, Samuel MARRS, Joseph MARTIN, John and Archibald THOMPSON
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Tazewell County Resources
Books Providing Genealogy and History Info
Info on the Web About Tazewell County
The Tazewell County Historical Society
Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park
Other Virginia Resources Online
The Tazewell County Historical Society
1995-1996 Officers: President, Terry W. Mullins, Vice President, Bettie Byrd St. Clair, Recording Secretary, Charlotte Puckett, Corresponding Secretary, Nancy Nash, Treasurer, Thomas Hatcher.
The Society meets monthly, on the first Sunday at 2:30PM at the Society Headquarters (Greever House, 110 East Main St., Tazewell County). Members, guests and friends are welcomed. The Tazewell County Historical Society Newsletter is distributed quarterly to members.
Membership in the Society is for the calender year. Dues are payable in advance to the Treasurer. Membership Dues: Annual $12.00; Lifetime (one Payment) $125.00.
In addition, the Society has numerous books dealing with the County, Region, Genealogical Info, and Historical Data for the County. They include the following:
Pricing and availability of these books should be verified with the Tazewell County Historical Society. All Communications should be addressed to the Historical Society (not this Web page, which has no connection to the Society):
An Album of Tazewell County, Virginia
Another Album of Tazewell County, Virginia, Part 1
Another Album of Tazewell County, Virginia, Part 2
Still Another Album of Tazewell County, Virginia
Annals of Tazewell Co. 1800 to 1922 by J. N. Harman (reprint)
Archives of the Pioneers of Tazewell Co., VA by Netti Schreiner-Yantis (reprint)
Tazewell County by Laura Leslie
And many more.
Tazewell County Historical Society, P.O. Box 916, Tazewell, VA 24651.
Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park
The location of the Museum & Park is an archeological site that has hosted humans for thousands of years and well documented evidence of Native American settlement 1200 years ago. The site was named for a wild crab apple orchard which occupied the area when first surveyed by the colonists.
The Park features a museum which includes archeological and geological artifacts, wildlife, Native American, and early colonial settler exhibits. In addition, the Pioneer Park includes restored cabins, homesteads, blacksmith and carpenter shops from around 1800.
If you have interests in the lifestyles of pioneer ancestors, this is a great place to visit. The setting is pastoral, surrounded by the Tazewell County mountains. Plan a picnic lunch, weather permitting!
The Museum is a private non-profit organization and welcomes membership. For complete info and pictures, see Crab Orchard Museum & Park For more information via snail mail: Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Park, Inc., Rt. 1, Box 194, Tazewell, VA 24651-9639; Phone (540) 988-6755. Send e-mail to Crab Orchard e-mail.
Special Note Regarding a Just published book
The Adam Waggoner Family
Tazewell and Montgomery Counties Virginia
1750 - 1996
Thomas C. Hatcher and Nancy Nash
A complete resource for the Adam Waggoner Family and descendants. 259 pages, 8.5" X 11" paperback, includes photos, asn index to surnames; numerous other families are included:
Kidd, Deaton, Bailey, Moore, Walker, Poague, Carter, Harman, Harrison, Shannon, Buchanan, Kirby, Kelley, Nicewander, Shrader, Tabor, Nash, Gaulding, Whitt, Perdue, Lynch, Marrs, Stafford, Day, Caskey, Lambert, Pittard, Gabor, Board, Neel, Wright, Havens, Totten, Terry, Wiley, Howe, Milam, Brooks, Baker, French, Belcher, Martin, MacFarland.
This book can be ordered from: Nancy Nash, 634 Riverside Drive, North Tazewell, Virginia 24630, Phone: (540) 988-3291.
Books of Interest for Tazewell County Burgess, Louis Aleaxander; Virginia Soldiers of 1776 (2 vols)
Clemens, William Montgomery; Virginia Wills before 1799
Harman, John Newton Jr; Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia;W. C. Will Publishing Co., Richmond, Va., 1922.
Johnston, David E.; History of the Middle New River Settlements
Kaylor & Chappelear; Abstract of Land Grants Survey 1761-1791
Kegley, F. B.; Kegley's Virginia Frontiers
Kegley, Mary B. & Kegley, F. B.; Early Adventurers on the Western Waters Vol I
Kegley, Mary B.; Early Adventurers on the Western Waters Vols II & III
Pendleton, William C.; History of Tazewell County & Southwest Virginia
Summers, Lewis Preston; History of Southwest Virginia
Summers, Lewis Preston; Annals of Southwest Virginia
Torrence, Clayton; Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1632-1800: An Index of Wills Recorded in Local Courts of Virginia, 1637-1800
Wayland, John; Virginia Valley Records
Worrell, Anne Lowery; A Brief of Wills & Marriages in Montgomery & Fincastle Counties Virginia, 1733-1831
Yantis, Netti Schreiner; Archives of the Pioneers of Tazewell County Virginia, Springville, VA.
Yantis, Netti Schreiner; Montgomery county Virginia, Circa 1790
Tazewell County Online Resources
Bluefield Daily TelegraphThe local area newspaper
The Southwest Virginia Messenger
The Wythe County News
The Smyth County Messenger
News from Smyth County, VA, a neighboring county to Wythe
Tiger Map of Tazewell County
Find your favorite County place.
SouthwestVirginia Weather Forecasts
What's Mother Nature doin'
More Info On Tazewell County
Other online County info
Tourism in Tazewell County
What to see in Tazewell County
More Tazewell County Tourism
Another perspective on places to visit
Majesty of Burke's Garden
An article regarding Burke's Garden
Info Regarding Tazewell County
Info Regarding the Tazewell County Historical Society
Bickley's History of Tazewell County
Southwest Blue Ridge Highlands Attractions
Places to visit in Southwest Va
Peery Family Pioneers
Peery Cousins Online
Brooks Family Pioneers
Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
Other Virginia Resources
- The Library of Virginia
- Mini Histories of VA Counties
- Historical Boundaries of VA Counties
- The Virginia County Mapper
- Virginia Colleges and Universities Home Pages
- Library of Virginia Genealogy Home Page
- Civil War Sites in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
- Valley of the Shadow
- 1860 Augusta County Census
- Virginia Genealogy Homepage
Virginia Links and Resources
- VaGenWeb Home Page
Links to all Virginia Counties thru VaGenWeb
- Genealogy Section of the Virtual Library of Hampton's Roads
- Genealogical and Historical Societies of Virginia
- Southwest Virginia Museums
- The Roanoke Times- New River Valley
- Virginia Online
Comprehensive links to Virginia
- Gateway Virginia
More great links to Virginia (newspapers, history, locations, etc.)
- Virginia State Weather Forecast
- Virginia County Map
- Virginia Topographical Map
Shortcut to Adjacent VaGenWeb Counties
Bland County Genealogy
Part of the USGenweb project; notes and facts regarding Bland County; enter your Bland County Query at this location.
Carroll County Genealogy
Part of the USGenweb project; notes and facts regarding Carroll County; enter your Carroll County Query at this location.
Giles County Genealogy
Part of the USGenweb project; notes and facts regarding Giles County; enter your Giles County Query at this location.
Montgomery County Genealogy
Part of the USGenweb project; notes and facts regarding Montgomery County; enter your Montgomery County Query at this location.
Pulaski County Genealogy
Part of the USGenweb project; notes and facts regarding Pulaski County; enter your Pulaski County Query at this location.
Wythe County Genealogy
Part of the USGenweb project; notes and facts regarding Wythe County; enter your Wythe County Query at this location.
Mercer Co., WV
Part of the USGenweb project; notes and facts regarding Mercer County; enter your Mercer County Query at this location.
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