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Fincastle County, Virginia

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Fincastle County

Formed from Botetourt County in 1772 and dissolved in 1776 when it was divided to form Montgomery, Washington, and Kentucky counties in Virginia.

Fincastle Resolutions

Wikipedia's article discusses the content of the Fincastle Resolutions, signed in January 1775 by the Fincastle representatives, who "reportedly adopted the resolutions at Lead Mines (modern Austinville, Virginia), the county seat, located in what is now Wythe County, Virginia."[1]
  • Arthur Campbell
  • David Campbell (clerk of meeting)
  • William Campbell
  • William Christian
  • Walter Crockett
  • Charles Cummings
  • William Edmondson
  • William Ingles
  • Thomas Madison
  • James McGavock
  • John Montgomery
  • William Preston
  • Evan Shelby
  • Daniel Smith
  • Stephen Trigg
Note: It seems probable that the WikiTree profile for Arthur Campbell (1743-1811) represents the first-listed person; WikiTree includes a William and a David as his brothers, but their profiles do not match for the probable signers of the Fincastle Resolutions - at least not as described in the The Campbell Family of Virginia,[2] which includes the following:
  • Gen. William Campbell, son of Charles and Margaret Campbell, baptized 1 Sep 1745 (born 1744), died 1781. His will, recorded in Washington County, was dated 13 October 1777 and probated 10 April 1782, named his wife Elizabeth and two children: Charles Henry Campbell and Sarah Buchanan Campbell. That he is the signatory is deduced from y the statement that he was a "Captain of a company in Lord Dunmore's War in May of 1774" in the Campbell Family book[2] and Wikipedia's statement: "Throughout 1774, the Fincastle signatories had been fighting in Dunmore's War against the Shawnee to the west, and were not able to formally express their sentiments about the constitutional dispute until January 1775."[1]
  • David Campbell, son of John and Grace (Hay) Campell, was born in Ireland on 8 March 1706 and in Washington County, Virginia on 19 October 1790. He married Mary Hamilton in Augusta County, Virginia. Among their 11 children were
    • Arthur Campbell, born in 1743, baptized 15 January 1744
    • William Campbell, born in 1746, died in 1769
    • David Campbell, born in 1750, married Elizabeth Outlaw; a judge in Tennessee
As of 12 August 2022, the WikiTree profile for William (Campbell-23480) appears to conflate the information for General William Campbell and the William who died in 1769. There also seem to be more Davids in the Campbell Family book than there are profiles. In addition, there is no clear indication that Judge David Campbell is the David who signed the Fincastle Resolutions (although the WikiTree profile and the Wikipedia article match pretty well).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Fincastle Resolutions (accessed 12 August 2022).
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Campbell Family of Virginia (undated; accessed 12 August 2022).

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