The county, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was established during March of 1838 when an Act of the Virginia Legislature took the southern part of Botetourt County. It was named for the Roanoke River. Later, during 1845, additional territory was transferred to Roanoke County from Montgomery County. Salem was originally the county seat until Salem became an independent city and the Roanoke Court House was removed to the Cave Spring District. Ultimately, the Roanoke towns and cities became a district for the territory known as "Roanoke". Adjoining counties are Bedford, Botetourt (which land was transferred into Kentucky), Craig, Floyd, Franklin and Montgomery Counties. Essentially, genealogists with ancestors in the Blue Ridge Mountains should research all of these counties to understand more about where their ancestors resided, or migrated from.
Roanoke County Probate Records available to Members of Virginia Pioneers
Images of Wills and Estates 1838 to 1903
- Marriage Register (colored) No. 1, 1881 to 1919
- Marriage Register No. 7, 1949 to 1959
- Marriage Register No. 8, 1960 to 1967
Testators: Abbott, Andrew | Abbott, Richard | Agee, Jubel | Aisheart, Annie | Allison, Robert | C. | Anderson, Joseph Alexander | Armstrong, Edward | Armstrong, Mary | Armstrong, Phares | Baer, Sallie Ann | Ballard, A. B. | Bandy, John | Bandy, Joseph W. | Bandy, Richard | Banks, John H. | Barnett, David | Barnhart, Davis | Barnett, Giles | Barrier, W. A. | Bass, Mary | Bazzel, Mary | Bell, George M. | Bennett, Mary | Betts, Sarah | Board, G. B. | Board, Martha | Bolin, James | Bonsack, Jacob | Bonsacks, John | Boon, Godlove | Boon, Zebulon | Bradley, Lydia | Bradshaw, India | Bramwell, Joseph B. | Branch, Ann | Breckinridge, Elizabeth | Brown, Abram | Brown, Mary Jane | Brubaker, Elias Brubaker, Henry | Brunk, Jacob | Bryant, Reuben | Bryant, William D. | Burchett, J. R. | Burkett, Davis | Burkett, Mary | Burnett, Joshua | Burnett, Sarah | Burns, Samuel T. | Burwell, Nathaniel | Butt, Henry | Campbell, Clark | Campbell, James | Campbell, John | Campbell, Joseph | Campbell, Lucy, Mrs. | Campbell, Mary A. | Campbell, Randall | Carney, Charles | Carney, Susannah | Carr, George Watson | Chalmers, James | Chapman, Henry H. | Chapman, John S. | Cirkle, John | Claiborne, Willie | Cocke, Charles | Coffman, David | Coleman, Virginia | Coles, Elizabeth | Collins, Abraham | Coon, John | Corley, J. B. | Corley, Lydia | Craig, Malinda | Craig, Robert | Crawford, James Sr. | Crawford, Martha | J. Crawford, Samuel Cron, William | Cron, William R. | Cumpston, Mary Mitchell | Custer, Jacob | Custer, Samuel | Custer, Susan | Dandridge, William | Davis, John T. | Deaton, Francis | Deaton, John | Dent, Harvey J. | Denton, Phebe | Deyerle, Charles | Deyerle, David | Deyerle, James | Deyerle, Joseph | Deyerle, Serena | Dickenson, J. E. | Dilliard, Alfred | Dillard, Louisa | Dingledin, Balser | Duckwiler, Joseph | Duckwiler, Salome | Dyler, Cornelius | Eakin, Hannah | Eakins, Hester | Edington, James | Edington, John | Eller, Abraham | Eller, John Sr. | Eller, John W. | Estes, Benjamin | Evans, Elizabeth | Evans, Jonathan | Faris, Benjamin | Farley, William | Ferguson, David | Fischer, Adolph Hugs | Fishburne, Margaret | Fowler, Jacob | Fowler, Thomas | France, John S. | France, Madison | France, Mary | Francis, John | Francison, Lewis | Frantz, Ann | Frantz, Peter | Frey, John | Frier, J. B. | Gaines, Kemp | Gardner, Virginia | Garman, Adam | Garst, Ann C. | Garst, Frederick | Garst, George | Garst, George Sr. | Garst, Jacob | Gish, David Sr. | Gish, Elizabeth | Gish, George | Goff, Minerva | Goff, Nelson | Goff, Whitfield | Goin, Norman | Goins, Sallie F. | Goldman, Augaletta Goode, John H. | Goodwin, David | Goolsby, Thomas | Gordon, Simon | Graves, W., Colonel | Greass, Jacob | Green, John W. | Greenhow, John | Griffin, John H. | Grisso, Joel | Grisso, John | Ground, George | Gusonou, Adam | Hale, Henry | Hall, William| Sr. | Hannah, James H. | Hannah, Patterson | Hannah, Sarah | Hansbrough, G. W. | Harlowe, Julia | Harris, Benjamin | Harris, Elizabeth | Harris, John | Hartman, Abraham | Hartman, George | Hartman, John | Hartman, Luke C. | Hartman, Mary | Hartman, Michael | Harvey, Alford | Harvey, Francis | Harvey, Robert | Hays, Zachariah | Henderson, Bettie | Henderson, John | Henry, Samuel W. | Henry, William | Holcombe, Anne | Holcombe, William | Holland, Luther | Holley, Fannie | Horner, George Moisley | Houston, Thomas J. | Howbert, George | Howbert, Lydia | Howbert, Samuel | Howell, James | Huff, Harriet D. | Huff, Harriett | Huff, James | Huff, Robert | Huffman, Caleb | Hunt, John | Hunter, Thomas | Hupp, Abraham | Jack, Edward | Jack, Fannie | Jack, Matilda | Jackson, Andrew | James, Mary | James, R. B. | Jeter, Ira | Jewell, Thomas | Johns, George | Johnson, David | Johnson, Lucy J. Johnston, Elizabeth | Johnston, John | Johnston, Joseph | Johnston, Lucy A. | Johnston, Margaret | Jones, Richard | Karsey, Virginia | Keagy, Benjamin | Keaggy, Henry | Keagy, Elizabeth | Kefauver, Peter | Kefauver, Sarah | Kelly, Sarah | Kent, Jane | Kent, John |. King, Joseph | Kittinger, John | Kyle, James | Langhorne, James | Lavender, C. F. | Lavender, Thomas | Lavinder, Elizabeth | Lawton, Jane | Ledgerwood, Margaret | Ledgerwood, Rebecca | Ledgerwood, William | Leffler, Joseph | Lewis, Jane | Lewis, Maria | Lewis, Robert Sr. | Littrell, John | Logan, Giles | Logan, James |. Logan, John | Logan, Letitia | Logan, Robert | Lowry, George | Loyd, Robert | Lunsford, Thomas | Mann, Agnes | Marks, William | Martin, Fannie M. | Martin, Robert | Mason, Daniel | McCantey, John | McCauley, Susan | McClanahan, Elijah | McClanahan, James | McClanahan, Lucy | McClung, John B. McDonald, Belle | McFadden, Page | McHenry, Mary | Miller, George | Miller, Martin | Miller, Michael | Minnix, Lewis | Mitchell, John | Moore, Emily | Moore, Joseph | Moorman, Elvira Moorman, John | Moorman, Mark | Moorman, Philip | Morgan, D. A. | Mossman, George | Murray, Jacob | Murray, James | Murry, Catherine | Muse, Benjamin | Muse, Charles | Muse, John | Muse, John Wesley Sr. | Muse, Joseph |. Muse, Sarah | Myers, David | Neal, Armstead | Neal, Owney | Nelms, Moses | Newman, Lewis | Nighdy, George | Noffsinger, Susan | Oliver, Carter Bacon | Oliver, Charles | Oliver, Charles E. | Oliver, Lucy | Owens, David | Pace, Valentine | Palmer, James W. | Parker, James M. | Parrish, John | Patterson, Ephraim | Persinger, Jacob | Persinger, John | Persinger, Mary | Persinger, William | Perkins, Benjamin | Pettit, William | Petty, Abner | Philip, Samuel Sr. | Poage, Elijah | Poager, John | Poager, Margaret | Powell, Jennie | Powell, W. P. | Powers, Henrietta | Powers, Urias | Preston, Louisa | Pritchard, Joseph | Pritchard, Martha | Pryor, Nancy | Pullin, Caroline | Quarles, Abram | Ragland, Ellen | Rayford, Betsy | Read, Betsey | Read, Davis | Renn, Catherine | Renn, John | Rettinger, Michael | Reynolds, Andrew | Rhodes, Frederick | Rhodes, William | Richards, David | Richardson, Lewis W. | Richardson, Nancy | Richardson, William | Riffey, Elizabeth | Riffey, Thomas | Riffler, James | Ripley, Henry | Roberts, Sue | Robinson, Thomas | Ronk, John | Rouk, William | Rucker, Lindsay Ruddell, Michael | Ryall, James | Scott, James | Scott, John | Scruggs, William Henry | Sedon, Gustavus | Sessler, Mark | Shanks, Susan | Shartzer, James | Shaver, Adam | Sheffey, Malinda | Shelor, Susanna | Shiner, John | Shirey, Elizabeth | Shootman, Nicholas | Short, Polly | Showalter, Sam Simmons, S. F. | Sims, William | Slatter, Jacob | Slaughter, Cornelia | Sloan, David | Smith, A. McD | Smith, Charles | Smith, Jacob | Smith, John | Smith, John | Snider, Henry | Snyder, Aron | Snyder, Charles | Snyder, Christian | Snyder, P. H. | Snyder, William | Sorrel, Letitia | Sovern, Anderson | Sowers, Emeline | Spessard, Hezekiah | Spessard, John | Spessard, Michael | Stevens, Charles | Stevens, Jacob | Stevens, Susan | Stover, Joseph | Strickland, M. W. | Strickler, John | Sublett, T. C. | Swartz, Christian | Taliff, Margaret | Tarver, George H. | Tarver, James | Taylor, George P. | Terrill, Sarah | Terry, J. M. | Thomas, Charles | Thomas, Elias | Thomas, Eliza | Thomas, Marshal | Thrasher, Frederick | Thrasher, Mary | Thrasher, Paul | Thrasher, Sallie | Tower, Albert | Trout, Alexander | Trout, George | Trout, Michael | Tyler, James | Tyree, Cornelius | Tyree, Ella | Tyree, Nannie | Utz, James | Vanzant, Julia | Vinyard, Abraham | Waldrond, Laban | Walsh, Joseph | Walter, William Sr. | Walton, Fannie | Walton, John | Walton, Thomas | Walton, William | Watts, Edward | Watts, William | Webber, Sallie | Webster, David | Webster, Henry | Webster, Henry | Wenger, Joseph | Wertz, Christian | Wertz, Jacob Sr. | Wertz, John | Wertz, Peter Sr. | West, Calvin | White, C. O. | White, Mary B.| Willet, David | Williams, David | Williams, Margaret| Williamson, Stephen H. | Williamson, William L. | Withers, John | Withers, Julia | Withers, Maria | Withrow, Joel | Wolfenden, Augustus Wolfenden, Thomas | Woods, Joseph | Woods, Joseph and Sarah | Woolford, Walton | Wray, Juble | Wright, Joseph | Zirkle, Lewis
Images of Wills and Estates 1841 to 1844
Testators: Asberry, Joel | Blain, George Washington | Blains, George | Burwell, Nathaniel | Carr, Emma W. | Evans, Tifton B. | Frost, Michael | Greiner, Eagen | Hammond, Esom | Humphrey, orphans | Hunt, H. S. | Hurst, James | Jeter, Ira | Johnston, John W. | Johnston, Lewis B. | Oliver, Matilda M. | Wilson, Jesse
Images of Wills and Estates 1841 to 1898
Testators: Blain, George Washington | Bradley, Allen | Bush, Peter | Forsyth, H. A. | Garst, George | Garst, John | Garrand, John | Hannan, Esom | Howbert, Lucinda | Huff, Fannie P. | Logan, Martha D. | Miller, Jacob C. | Peel, Georgian A. | Persinger, James S. | Robertson, Anderson | Rubaker, Benjamin | Turner, Gideon | Wertz, Elizabeth
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The Other Side of the Bridge
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Take a walk on the other side of the bridge and Join the Pioneer Families Community to enjoy more genealogy records and resources. Most families traveled rather extensively in the old days, searching for land. For this reason, the bounty grants and land lotteries opened up new opportunities for land. Because of tobacco crops, by the early 1800s, the soil in Virginia was depleted of its nutrients and families grew in size. The custom was that the first-born son inherited the family plantation. Other brothers had to move on and make their own way. An examination of deed records reveals that friends and relatives moved in droves to these new opportunities. As families crossed into other States, it then becomes necessary to examine the county records at every stop which they made. This community strives to upload as many county records as possible on a weekly basis. That means wills, estates, inventories, appraisements, guardianships, deeds, marriages, as well as bible records, cemeteries, pensions, obituaries and traces genealogies.
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