A History of Henry County, Virginia


With Biographical Sketches of its most Prominent Citizens and Genealogical Histories of Half a Hundred of its Oldest Families  

Henry County is in Piedmont, VA bordering on the North Carolina line. The County was formed in 1776 from Pittsylvania County, which was cut out of Halifax in 1767. Discussions include the location, geography and original inhabitants of the county; the period from the Revolution to the Civil War; the period after the Civil War up to 1925; the courts, musters and plantation life; the high schools of Henry County; the towns and cities of the county including: Martinsville, Bassett, Spencer, and Ridgeway; biographical information on prominent county residents (Mrs. Daisy W. Weems, Gen. Joseph Martin, John Hill Matthews, Col. George Hairston, Mrs. Mary Catherine Hill, Col. Charles Benjamin Bryant and Patrick Henry, to name but a few); and the family histories on over 75 different families. The Appendix provides the reader with Henry County legislative petitions and other data including marriage license bonds from 1776-1800.

This work is enhanced by a new fullname index, and is further complimented with numerous portraits and pictures of old homesteads.


Judith Parks America Hill


(1925, 2003), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 440 pp.

ISBN: 9780788423024