The History of Pittsylvania County, Virginia
The History of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Maud Carter Clement. (1929).

A remarkably thorough county history and a valuable repository of genealogical data, this work is numbered among the finest books on Virginia counties. It is an ably documented source-book relating to the settlement, growth, and development of an important region--the Southern Piedmont. The historical narrative is not restricted to Pittsylvania alone, which wasn't created until 1767, but embraces the parent counties of Lunenberg and Halifax and the contiguous counties of Henry, Patrick, Franklin, Bedford, and Campbell.

The book rings with the names of early inhabitants and prominent citizens (5,000 of whom are identified with page references in the index) and gives a scholarly account of colonial Pittsylvania and of Pittsylvania in the Revolution and the Civil War and accounts of churches, courts, and various county institutions.

For the genealogist there is the important and wholly fortuitous list of tithables of Pittsylvania County for the year 1767, which enumerates the names of nearly 1,000 landowners and property holders, amounting in sum to a rough census of the county in its infancy. Additional lists include the names, some with inclusive dates of service, of sheriffs, justices of the peace, members of the House of Delegates, 1776-1928, members of the Senate of Virginia, 1776-1928, clerks of the court, and judges. publishes genealogy books and CDs. Whether you are just beginning to explore your family tree or are an experienced researcher looking for in-depth genealogy data, can provide you with the resources you need. We publish over 2,000 genealogy books and compact discs featuring colonial genealogy, Irish genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, family history, and genealogy methods and sources. is the online home of Genealogical Publishing Company, Clearfield Company, and Gateway Press. Search our genealogy books by title, author or keyword phrase or browse our genealogy book sale.