Listed in Bath, Birth & Baptism, Courts & Courthouses, Death Records, Free, Government & Legal, Land Records, Marriage & Divorce, Virginia, Wills & Probate
Bath County Records Available (not online):
Bath County land records: from 1791
Bath County naturalization records: none
Bath County vital records: births, 1853-1950; deaths, 1853-1912; marriages from 1790
Bath County probate records: from 1791
Bath County census records: from 1810 (1800, and 1890 censuses lost)
Bentley, E. P. (1995). County Courthouse Book (2nd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publication Co., Inc., p. 366
Everton Pub. (2002). Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America (10th ed.). Draper, UT: Everton Pub, p. 710
Bath County History
Bath County was established 14 December 1790 with land from Augusta, Botetourt counties in Virginia and Greenbrier county (now in West Virginia).
“Pioneers of mostly Scotch-Irish descent, many of whom were educated, Presbyterian men from Ulster, Ireland, came to the Bath County area in the 1740’s. Known as the “father” of Bath County, John Lewis first settled with his wife, Margaret Lynn, northwest of Staunton, Virginia, in 1732 at Fort Lewis.”
“An act of the Virginia assembly passed December 14, 1790, created Bath County from the counties of Augusta, Botetourt and Greenbrier. The first court in Bath County convened on May 10, 1791, at the home of Margaret Lewis, in Warm Springs.”
“The County of Bath is named for the English resort city of Bath, an ancient city visited for its healing spring waters since Roman times. …The County seat is located in Warm Springs. The County is governed by an elected Board of Supervisors, one from each of the 5 magisterial districts: Cedar Creek, Millboro District, Valley Springs District, Warm Springs District, and Williamsville. Warm Springs is home to the County Court House, the County administrative offices, Sheriff’s Department, Public Library, along with a budding arts district and an historical museum and genealogical library.”
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