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Campbell County

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This county is available for adoption.

We're looking for folks who share our desire to put data online and are interested in helping this project be as successful as we can make it. If you are interested joining our group as County Host for this website, or any of our websites, view our Volunteer Information page.

A desire to transcribe data and know-how to make a
basic webpage is required.

In the meantime, we'd be very happy to accept any data you'd care to contribute and would like to see displayed on this site. We're looking for "raw data" - the birth/death/marriage records, obituaries, cemetery headstone readings, biographies, county histories, census data, pensions and other military data. In short, we'd like to display all the items you used to put together your family tree (rather than the tree itself).

Email your transcribed data to me Christine Walters
and I'll take care of putting it online.

All data we come across will be added to this website, so please keep checking back.

County History

Campbell County was erected on September 11, 1806, out of Anderson and Claiborne counties and was named for Col. Arthur Campbell. Being a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he also commanded the 70th Regiment Virginia Militia in the Revolution. He was Commissioner for negotiation of Indian treaties in 1781. Powell's Valley, famous in the early annals of the state, runs through the entire county on the eastern side. The Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions was organized at the house of Richard Linville on the first Monday in December, 1806. Settlements had been made, however, ten or more years previously. The site of Jacksboro, the county seat, was owned by Hugh Montgomery, one of the earliest pioneers. His son, Maj. L. P. Montgomery, was killed in the battle of Tohopeka, or Horseshoe Bend in the Creek war.
William Lindsay built the first iron furnace in the county. This was for George Baker. But later he built others which were very successful for that time.
Statistics for Campbell County. Population, 1920, 28,265. Assessed valuation of taxable property, 1921, $12,919,026. Area, 488 square miles. Number of farms, 1,892. Railway mileage, 89. Drained by Clinch River and tributaries of Cumberland River. Surface mountainous and covered with fine forests. Staple products: corn, oats and grass. Well adapted to live stock industry, which is increasing in importance. Rich coal deposits are found in county. Jacksboro, county seat, has a population of 638, and is thirty-three miles from Knoxville. Coal mines are in operation near Jacksboro. Has general stores, churches, schools, a bank, and weekly newspaper. Lafollette, with a population of 3,056, is a flourishing town, with mining industries, banks, [p.809] weekly newspaper. One of the largest iron furnaces in the South is in operation there. Jellico City, with a population of 1,878, is another flourishing town in the county. Scholastic population of county, 11,005; high schools, nine; elementary schools, eighty.


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