This county was formed in 1753 from Lunenburg, and has an area of 769 1/3 square miles, or 492,359 acres. The average value of land is $6.63 per acre. It lies at the eastern base of the Blue Ridge mountains, which form the natural boundaries between it and the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke on the west. The James river skirts and forms its northern boundary dividing it from Amherst, while the Staunton river shapes and bounds it on the south, separating it from Franklin.
The Richmond and Alleghany railroad, extending along the south branch of the James river in this county, and the Norfolk and Western through its middle part from east to west, furnishes convenient, rapid and cheap transportation to all the principal markets of the North and West.
The county is irrigated by the waters of Goose creek and Otter river, the latter giving name to the celebrated Peaks of Otter, the sublime and magnificent grandeur of which it has inspired the soul of the poet, and moved to noble effort the pencil of the artist. They are the loftiest, with few exceptions, in the Southern States, having an altitude above the level of the sea of over 5,200 feet, or over a mile. They can be distinctly seen on clear days from Lunenburg, in Campbell county, 25 miles distant.
This is one of the richest, most productive and thickly settled counties in the valley of the James, yielding annually large crops of wheat, corn, rye, oats and tobacco. In 1880 it ranked in the production of oats, second, tobacco third; in the number of horses raised, sixth; mules fifth; and fourth as to number of mulch cows, quantity of butter, and value of orchard products. The character of the mountain lands in the western part of the State is most excellent for grazing, and some of the finest specimens of horses, cattle and sheep are raised on them. This count is rich in minerals, iron, barites, mica, slate, lead and limestone being found in large quantities and of superior quality. The timber land is extensive and valuable - the principal kinds being chestnut, walnut, hickory, pine and white oak.
Liberty, the county seat, on the Norfolk and Western railroad, is the important and flourishing centre of a fertile and beautiful country. It has a large number of tobacco manufacturing and other concerns, besides two banking institutions and many mercantile houses of good business standing.
The Circuit Court of the fifth circuit meets at Liberty on the 25th of May and 25th November.
Judge, John D Horsley
The County Court meets at Liberty on the fourth Monday in each month. Quarterly terms, 4th Monday February, May, August and November.
Judge, Micajah Davis
Sheriff, J E Fitzpatrick
Liberty District, O P Bell; Chamblissburg, P M Wright; Staunton, George W Bays; Otter W W Pollard; Bellevue, T S West; Charlemont, R G Turpin; Forest, A W Scott; Lisbon, J S Slicer
Liberty, W T Coppedge; Chamblissburg, J C Dickerson; Staunton, M H Wilson; Otter, H W Nichols; Bellevue, B W Horsley; Charlemont, J N Thomasson; Forest, Amandus Walker; Lisbon, S E Brown
Liberty, Wm Evans, W H Jennings, W L Bush; Chamblissburg, C H Dickinson, C H McManaway, C M Quarles; Staunton, Thos W Nance, T J Brown, J N Maxey; Otter, W H Lee Jr, J C Adams, A L Thurman; Bellevue, E W Horsley, John Hunter, Alanson Noell; Charlemont, B F Cox, J M White, S H Turpin; Forest, J M Steptoe, W Radford, W H Taylor; Lisbon, S F Patterson, J M Wells, J A Marshall.
Liberty, J W Smith; Chamblissburg, H Preas; Staunton, Benjamin Mitchell; Otter, W T Clingenpeel; Bellevue, J A Padgett; Charlemont, James A Reynolds; Forest, James Austin; Lisbon, R N Thomas.
Kirkpatrick W T - Liberty
Arthur A A - Big Island
Bank of Bedford, O P Bell prest, T J Matthews cashier - Liberty
Davis William, - Liberty
Oppenheim Jacob - Liberty
Board Daniel- Liberty
Dennis L E Mrs - Liberty
Hubard W J - Liberty
Oyler J W - Liberty
Coppage John G - Liberty
Hopkins & Hatcher - Liberty
Carder J M & Son - Liberty
Blankenship J W, - Coleman's Falls
Hirsh Adolphin - Liberty
Denniis E M - Liberty
Almond Wm - Reba
Board C A - Liberty
Blankenship M J - Davis Mills
Almond A J Dr - Liberty
Brown J T - Sedalia
Harris J A & Co - Holcomb's Rock
Arthur P T - Big Island
Tate J E & Co - Liberty
Abbott E G - Liberty
Jopling T C - Liberty
Jeter, Marshall & Co - Liberty
Glendower Miss A M Hanes - Bufordsville
Kelsey O W - Liberty
Bedford Spoke & Iron Mfg. Co. - Liberty
Bedford Library Assoc. Judge M Davis, prest., J R Guy, sec'y
Bush G A - Liberty
Hopkins J A & Co - Liberty
Coffee R W - Liberty
Buck & Newsom - Liberty
Bush S E Mrs - Liberty
Adkisson C W - Horeb
McGhee W H - Liberty
Arrington, James B - Bufordsville
Liberty Woolen Mills, The, - Liberty
Creasy D W - Davis Mills
Fitzpatrick W T - Liberty
Bedford Democrat (Weeky, Democratic) Dr C A Board, edr, Kelsey & Stump mngrs - Liberty
Reynolds A T Mrs - Liberty
Smith W T - Liberty
Almond A J - Liberty
Blanford D & Co - Liberty
Bedford Index - Liberty
Kelsey O W - Liberty
Dais Matilda - Liberty
Coffee R W - Liberty
Fitzpatrick H A - Fancy Grove
Bellevue High School, Wm R Abbott - Bellevue
Fitzpatrick W T - Liberty
Blanford D & Co - Liberty
Hubard W J - Liberty
Miller W H - Liberty
Beckner C W- Bufordville
Maddox & Co - Liberty
Ballard & Co - Liberty
Berry Bros - Liberty
Hatcher J C - Liberty
Carder J M & Son - Liberty
Jones H W - Liberty
Eldridge G E - Bellevue
Bellevue - J W Brown, Wm R Abbott, Spotswood Brown, E W Horlsey, S Brown, G P Schenk, E R Talbott, T S West, I H Adams, T E Noell, L G Moorman, G W Trout, N A Cofer, Lucy S Brown, B W Horsley, J W Harris, J E Tankesley, J W Gordon, B Callaway.
Bells - W Burton, Richard Callaway, E L Smith, S L Hagerman, Joel Foster, Edwin M Bell, John W Bowyer, John P Thompson, H S Menefee, George S Merriman, H L Merriman, John W Gold, John O Bell, M B Claytor, D F Gordon.
Big Island - R G Turpin Jr, Wm. E. Sledd, Thomas N Turpin, Geo W Burks, Hiram C Burks, Howe A Jordan, M B Hudson, John Trevey, J B Harrison, Albin Artur, James McDaniel, H A Jordan, J C Hurdt, W G Rutt, M Hudson, S H Turpin, W G Burks.
Blue Ridge Springs, Botetourt Co - Geo Rieley, Sam'l Davidson.
Body Camp - James Skinnell, D O WItt, Wm. Skinnell, Mary E Wildman, R Johnson, W Johnson, Seth Updike, C C Waldren, Thomas Craghead, L Holland, Thomas Patterson, Daniel Patterson, Wm. Overstreet, Wm. Ellis, R D Mitchell, Geo Skinnell, T J Robertson, J H Mushgrove, S B Garrett, W S Wildman, John S Overstreet.
Boonsboro - C J Merriwether, A McDaniel, Joshua T Rucker, W C Oglesby, Jordan Brown, J R Thompson, J C Irwin, W P Nance, Daniel Templeton, John P Overstreet, Sheffy Miller, R T Chappell, H M Ogden, John M Steptoe.
Bunker Hill - W S WOodford, Wm M Wright, W McDaniel, Dr T W Leftwich, J L Patterson, T C Spain, John Woodford, Jacob Kim, C S Fuqua, John E Fuqua, S H Jeter, Barker Creary, R A Austin, J M Gibbs, Thos Woodford, J L Zimmerman, S Spain, R W Atkinson, W C Scott, L R Spradlin, Woody Garrett, W B Overstreet, A C Overstreet, Paschal Gibbs, S H Creary, R H Agee, John A Ayres, Wm Elis, R H Carter.
Bufordsville - Geo. P Luck, Marshall Gross, J S Slicer, J B Buford, John H Gross, A G Williams, T N Cobb, N C Luck, S L Jones, Price Ferrell, F B Harvey, C V Garrett, W A Slicer, J H Buford, E W Luck.
Carter's Island - H E Kasey, S M Hannabass, G O Hurt, J A Meador, L W Hurt,D N Hannabass, D L Thurman, C T Townsell,T G Hannabass, J G Pegrin, L W Thomasson, Jas M Hannabass, Jas Kasey, J D McLain, J H Kasey.
Chamblissburg - Wm M Fields, Jos Saunders, Wm Johnson, J W Mays, Henry Huddleston, Richard L Dearing, Peter L Huddleston, W C Huddleston.
Charlemont - P A S Brine, W S Burks, A O Burks, J D Burks, A S Burks, C K Nelson, E L Marshall, M N Griggs, W G Griggs, H S Longwood, T M Turpin, H L Rice, H G Stephenson.
Chestnut Fork - A L Thurman, M R Hubbard, P F Dowdy, R A Shelton, Jas Skinnell, Wm H Skinnell, W Willard, John J Ferrill, Geo. S Burroughs, B M Franklin, Robt G Sumner, D H Creesey, Jas T Dowdy.
Coleman's Falls - W H Taylor, J R Jeter, O P Knight, J A Woodruff, C R Monroe, S A Olney, R A Wright, C L Mitchell, W H Ogden, H M Lewis, Robert Matthews, G E Murrell, C Wilson, W J Brodie, W W Fisher.
Davis Mills - Jos N Burroughts, Moses P Rucker, J P McCabe, R A Johnson, M H Wilson, T W Morgan, T W Nance, J D Jacobs, C H Creasy, W A Garrett, J F Nance, J W Hubbard, M H Nance.
Dundee - Mathew Hall, L C Jacobs, James R Metts, Samuel Ayres, Allen Hall, B H Burnett, J T Martin, John Hutson, James T Johnson, Jas V Overstreet, Wm M Howell, John Cundiff, James A Howell, Oscar Wright, G B Plymale, Thos Hodges.
Emaus - John F Cundiff, O G Mead, H S Huddleston, J H Loyd, A A Roy, W Wills, G M Cundiff, Dr D M Wilkerson, W W Mead, Robert Mead, C A Trout.
Evington, Campbell Co. - W H Irvine, John B Irvine, H P Brown.
Fancy Grove - W A Goad, J T Martin, John A Smith, Wm Preston, J F Debo, E H Turner, M J Turner, P Johnson, T H Turner, Roger Stevens, Clifton Owens, C A Witt, N G Creary, Wm Hoopworth, J R Metts, Green B Martin, Melton J Turner, Berry L Carter, Thos W Morgan, Wm P Thurman, Joel Crouch, Wm Arthur, W D Hancock, Jacob Carroll, J H Freeman, Thos Wilkes, Jordan Witt, W H Morgan.
Forest Depot - John G Glenn, Granville L Moorman, A N Walker, David W Kile, R C W Radford, Mrs M W Radford, Richard W Poindexter, Edwin S Oliver, F H Harris, Duval Radford.
Goode's - J W Brown, J C Moomaw, Triplett E Lowry, Charles E Padgett, James A Padgett,
Goodview - T B Thomasson, J W Payne, J E Thomasson, W A Morgan, J A MOrgan, J O Thomasson, Johnnie Morgan, Wm Dickerson, C R Dickerson, J R Saunders, W A Maxey, J G Board, P H Peters, J R McGuire, B H Draper, Wm Chandler, John E Chandler.
Hendrick's Store - Charles P Moorman, Wm N Reese, Wesley Peters, B B Turner, Thos R Burroughs, Wm A Wingfield.
Holcomb's Rock - Jas M Harris, N M Steptoe, David C Tinsley, John W Langford, T D Swisher, Seth Perrow, J B Oglesby, G R Smith, Otway Tinsley, walter Tinsley, Pleasant Langford, Jesse R Jeter, Oliver Thompson, Peter R Williams, W N Meriweather.
Horeb - W F Graves, G W Scott, H P Hudleston, G M Cundiff, S R Meade, Robert Mead, N T Harris, J P Wingfield, W D Watson, W P Thurman, J W Zimmerman.
Kasey's - Jordan Martin, Wm Saunders, B B Musgrove.
Leesville - James L Arthur, J P Burnett, J B Burroughs.
Liberty - W L Hurt, A H Vandoren, James H Hopkins, W R Thurman, J H Ayres, Henry
Lisbon - Caleb H Hatcher, J W Campbell, Samuel Smith, Charles W Hatcher, Milton Cronice, W S Wills, James Hunter, C W Hatcher.
Lone Gum - Griffin Dobyns, H A Woodford, J D Woodford, Wm J Fuqua, H W Nichols, WmBurnett, John E Witt, W J Johnson, W S Burnett, J W White, Elijah Harkworth, J E Crouch, James Burnett, Alexander White, Robert Overstreet.
Lone Pine - James B Leftwich, Jas T Noell, John W White, A L Noell, A S Thompson.
Loving Creek - W M Andrews, C T Andrews, H P Brown.
Lowry - J W Lowry, J D Lowry, J B Stanfield, J W Lowry, W E Beahm, P H Keeton, R E Beeton & Bros, R E Beeton, Sr, J H Cash & Sons, S T Hagerman, G S Merriman, C B Lowry, B R Markham, H A Beahm, John A Lee, Wm G McGhee, Harrison B Jones, Trout Bros & Graybill.
Lynchburg - Campbell Co. - J A Lee, Geo M Jones, Jas W Watts, John M Wyatt, I H Adams.
Matilda - A J Wheat, F D Wheat, R D Overstreet, C F Watson, Owen watson, Joe Watson, Wm Eubank, Nat Dewitt, Samuel Arrington, John Watson, James Boley, Jas Vaughn.
Monita - M P Rusker, W N Ruse, W J Goggin, J E Bond, W P Bond, J B Gardener, T Holland, E L Bond, Wm Field, Elish Hix, Cary Ellis, S Robertson, W P Holland, D Bradley, T T Saunders, John Nance, Whit Cundfiff, John M Patterson.
Otter Hill - Wm G Claytor, John F Teas, C D Claytor, L Rucker, E B Hudnall, E J Jordan.
Otter View - J E Nichols, E R Mitchell, DH Saunders, Mrs M J Saunders, Mrs Bettie L Saunders, W Martin, C C Kennett, D Bond, J A Shepherd, J W Kasey, T D Dallas.
Otterville - John Riley, C A Lupton, Wm Arrington, J S Thomas, Wesley Arrington, Davis Overstreet, Wm Jeter, Charles Hurt, Nathaniel W Thomson, Benjamin Watson, Whit Hatcher, Hezekiah Logwood, John P Hurt, E G Turpin, John A Wharton, C C Burnett, W P Burks, Wm H Wright.
Peaksville - R N Kelso, Robert Kelso, J H Arrington, John Carnifex, W J Eubank, J A Wright, J W Day, J C Jennings, Robert N Kelso, Thomas N Lee, M M Karnes, H C Wilkerson, Owen Wilkerson, Samuel Arrington, S M Bolling, J B Toms, Charles Woolfork, W D Hoover.
Perrowville - John Long, D D Poindexter, H D Poindexter, C B Reynolds, J O Perrow, A J Perrow, H J Perrow, J W White, W H Leftwich, D Abbott, E M Nelson, John W Murrell, J R Padgett, Wm Miller, Chas K Nelson, A T Mitchell, W S Nelson.
Reba - John Q Falls, C A Overstreet, S E Brown, J B Saunders, James L Lacks, J C Hatcher, W D Moseley, L M Hatcher, J P Carter, John B Goodwin, J B Falls, W B Goodwin, E P Hatcher, J W Cottrell.
Robertson's - E E Cundiff, John Creasey, Noah Dooley, Richard Crenshaw, J C Saunders, M H Gray, J M Scruggs, J M Hopkins, Terry Holdren, J Spradlin, Stephen Hubbbard.
Sedalila - W E Majors, Walter Majors, S H Trupin, F M Turpin, J M Turpin, W R Cornelius, G W Burks, H C Burks, B W Hodges, B C Coleman, E H Petit, W W Sale, B C Watson, H B Camden, D R Hudson, B P Watson, O W Watson, W H Dewitt.
Smyna - John C Cofer, S L Jones, R C Harvey, C H Fizer, Wm A Arrington, B Johnson, Thomas Woods, G P Lucky, E W Luck, G W Baughman.
Stewartsville - J P Wright Jr., Dr. E W Sale, John A Moorman, Isaac James, Patrick Simmons, J S Markham, John Hancock, Wm F Hurt, Wm W Basham, S P Walrand, J M Jeter, S West, J M Wright, W L Baker.
Thaxton's - Jerry C Hatcher, Wm H Mosby, Mrs D P Jones, David Thaxton, Allen P Jeter, W C Maupin, Patrick McCrossin, Rice McGhee, Albert Jones.
Wade's - Alexander C Parker, J A Cobb, Jr., J E Fitzpatrick, Thomas Wills, Wm T Clengenpeel, J D Williams, J E Goode, L W Nichols, E B Overstreet, A G Hillsman, T R Roberts, James Adams, Edward Adams, J C Adams, Thos A Fariss, R C Tucker, W C Overstreet, C H Wood, Joseph Wood, John A Preston, W W Pollard.
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