Monday, September 1, 2014

Fairfax Co. VA Ancestors: Images of Wills and Estates

Fairfax County Court HouseFairfax County, Virginia Court House Records

Fairfax County was formed in 1742 from the northern part of Prince William County. It was named for Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (16931781), proprietor of the Northern Neck. The oldest settlements in Fairfax County were located along the Potomac River. Some famous people settled in Fairfax County. George Washington built his home facing the Potomac, Mount Vernon Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason is located nearby. Modern Fort Belvoir is partly located on the estate of Belvoir Manor, built along the Potomac by William Fairfax in 1741. Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, the only member of the British nobility ever to reside in the colonies, lived at Belvoir before he moved to the Shenandoah Valley. In 1757, the northwestern two-thirds of Fairfax County became Loudoun County. In 1789, part of Fairfax County was ceded to the federal government to form Alexandria County of the District of Columbia. Alexandria County was returned to Virginia in 1846, reduced in size by the secession of the independent city of Alexandria in 1870, and renamed Arlington County in 1920. The Fairfax County town of Falls Church became an independent city in 1948.

Fairfax County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers

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Fairfax County Wills 1742-1749 (abstracted)

Probate Records

Miscellaneous Documents
  • Lucas, Thomas, LWT (1791) (Transcript)
  • Reagan, Michael, LWT (1750), image
  • Reagan, Michael, LWT (1773), image
  • Simpson, Gilbert, LWT (1773), image
Marriages>
  • Fairfax County Presbyterian Church Marriages
Miscellaneous Wills
  • Cashat John
  • Lucas, Thomas
  • Reagan, Michael
  • Simpson, Gilbert


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

William Ludwell Lee Last Will and Testament Found!

William Ludwell Lee 1775-1804 of Greenfield Plantation near Jamestown, Virginia made a will and codicil detailing where and how he was to be buried, along with markers and construction improvements at the Jamestown Church!   This will was lost with the seveal burnings of Jamestown from the earliest colonial period.  He left his respected friend, James Madison, the contents of his library and other bequests went to William and Mary College.  However, a copy of the will was probated elsewhere.  To discover and read this old relic, become a member of Virginia Pioneers and go to the James City County probate records.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Find your Essex Co. Virginia Ancestors: Images of Wills, Estates

Essex County Map

Essex County, Virginia Wills, Estates, Marriages

Essex County was created in 1692 from Rappahannock County and was probably named after the Earl of Essex. Henry Awbry and William Moseley were appointed by the justices of Essex in 1693 to select a site for the new court-house rendered necessary by the recent creation of the county. They were empowered to purchase the spot which should be chosen by them. The construction was commenced in December of 1693 and the first meeting was held during the October term of court. In the levy for November, nine thousand pounds of tobacco were allowed the contractor, Daniel Deskin but until the court-house was finished, the amount was to remain in the hands of the sheriff. Essex had previously formed a part of Rappahannock County, and what was known as the southside court-house had stood within its confines. Deskin was permitted to take all the material from the old building which he thought would be serviceable in the construction of the new; and after it was completed and paid for, he was placed in permanent charge. Source: Rappahannock County Orders, Nov. 6, 1684; May 7, 1685; April 1, 1691; vol. 1686-1692, orig. p. 58. Virginia Historical Tidbits. Join our free blog

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Marriages
  • Marriages to 1699
Indexes to Probate Records Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills 1775 to 1785
  • Wills 1786 to 1792
Wills & Estates (transcriptions)

Clements, John (LWT) 1766
Fisher, Benjamin, LWT
Gatewood, Patience, LWT
Hudson, Henry, LWT
Hutchins, Richard, LWT dated 1710 (digital image)
Northam, William, LWT
Pagett, Henry, LWT
Pagett, John, LWT
Ramsey, Thomas, LWT
Reeves, Henry, LWT
Reeves, Joseph, LWT
Smith, Rebecca, LWT
Smith, Susannah (LWT) 1766
Taliaferro, Zachariah, LWT
Thomas, William, LWT
Willard, Martin, LWT

Miscellaneous Digital Images of Wills
  • Dobyn, William (1730)
  • Shippy, James (1730)
Digital Images of Wills 1775 to 1785
Testators: Allen, Henry ;Allen, Samuel ;Andrews, Thomas ;Atkinson, James ;Bailey, David ;Ball, Austin ;Ball, John Sr. ;Banks, James ;Barnett, Margaret ;Beasley, John ;Birwell, Elizabeth ;Bond, William ;Booker, Ann ;Boughan, John ;Boulware, Elizabeth ;Boulware, Margaret ;Boyes, William ;Breedlove, Alaman ;Brizendine, Elizabeth; Brizendine, John ;Brooke, Robin ;Brooke, Richard ;Brooke, Robert ;Broocke, Thomas ;Broocke, William ;Burnett, Leonard ;Bynum, John ;Canaday, James ;Cawthorn, Henry ; Cheaney, Philip ;Clark, Susanna ;Clements, Pitman ;Clowdar, John ;Coates, Mary ;Coates, Samuel ;Cole, William ;Covington, Luke; Croxton, John ;Crutcher, Henry ;Daniel, Oliver; Davis, William ; Dennett, Thomas; Dickinson, John ;Dobbins, John ;Dunn, Benjamin ; Dunn, James ;Dunn, Philip ;Dunn, William ;Edmondson, Benjamin; Edmondson, James ;Edmondston, Leah ;Emerson, James ;Farguson, Titus ;Faver, Theophilus ;Fogg, Thomas ;Ford, Daniel ;Foreacres, John; Garnett, James ;Gatewood, William ;Greensteed, Thomas; Hawkins, Birkenhead; Hawkins, Levin ;Hawkins, William ;Hill, John; Hill, Leonard ;Hill, Richard ;Howerton, John ;Howerton, William; Hunley, Richard ;Jones, James ;Kertchwall, John ;Lane, John ;Lee, John ;Livingston, John ;Longert, Timothy ;Lumpkin, Mary ;Mann, Joseph ;Martin, Hannah ;Meador, Reuben ;Medley, John ;Minter, Joseph ;Monday, Stephen ;Montague, Abraham ;Montague, William; Moody, George ;Moore, Augustine ;Munday, James ;Newbill, Thomas ;Noell, Martha ;Noell, Milley ;Noell, Sarah ;Parron, Thomas ;Peachey, Samuel ;Perkins, Henry ;Piles, Samuel ;Pitts, David ;Reeves, Joseph ;Ritchie, Archibald ;Roane, William ;Roane, William, Colonel, his mill ;Rowzee, John; Roy, James ;Sale, Cornelius ;Sale, James; Sale, Leonard ;Saterwhite, John ;Saunders, Alexander ;Shepherd, Ephraim ;Short, Elizabeth ;Smith, John ;Smith, Thomas; Smith, William; Smithers, William ;Southern, William ;Spearman, Susanna ;St. John, Thomas ;Stodghill, James ; Street, Henry ;Townley, James ;Trennold, Robert; Tribe, Mary ; Vawter, Angus ;Vawter, Edward ;Waring, Henry ;Watson, Henry; ebb, Thomas; Williamson, James ;Wilson, Hugh; Wright, Elizabeth ; Young, William
Digital Images of Wills 1786 to 1792
Testators:Ayres, William ;Baker, John ;Bomer, Alexander ; Boughton, James ;Boughton, Mary ;Boulware, Thomas ; Boulware, Younger ;Breedlove, Nathan ; Brooke, Robert ; Brown, Richard ; Browne, Bennett ; Burke, John ; Byrom, Frank ; Campbell, Hugh ; Carnal, John ; Cauthorn, Vincent; Chamberlain, John ; Clark, Robert ; Cloudas, John ; Coghill, Thomas ; Cooper, James ; Corrie, John ; Denholm, Alexander; Dix, Thomas ; Dunn, John ; Dyke, Mary; Edmondson, James; Faver, Thomas ; Fogg, Joseph ; Faulconer, Nicholas; Fureman, Mary ; Garnett, Ann ; Garnett, Austin; Gatewood, Joseph; Goulding, Simon ; Gray, William ; Greenstead, Samuel; Greenwood, William; Hawes, Isaac ; Hawes, Samuel; Hawkins, Thomas; Herchwall, Dolly ; Hinshaw, John ; Hudson, Thomas; Jones, William ; Jordan, Isaac ; Lindsay, Cald ; Loyde, John ; Miller, Simon; Minter, Josiah; Mitchell, Isaac; Montague, Richard; Noell, James ; Noell, Richard; Ramsay, Betty ; Richardson, John; Rodden, John ; Rouzee, Edward; Rouzee, Richard ; Rust, Benjamin ; Sale, Thomas ; Sparkes, John ; Street, Katherin; Thomas, William; Townley, John ; Watkins, William; Webb, Lillian ; Webb, Mary ; Williamson, John; Yarrington, John ; Young, Mary


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Dinwiddie Co. VA Genealogy, Images of Last Wills and Testaments

Dinwiddie County

Dinwiddie County, Virginia Court House Records



Petersburg, VirginiaPictured is Dinwiddie County and Petersburg, Virginia. Dinwiddie County was formed May 1, 1752 from Prince George County, Virginia and is named after Robert Dinwiddie, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1751 to 1758. Revolutionary War battles were fought in and around Petersburg.

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Digital Images of Dinwiddie County Wills 1758-1799
---Fragments of the only surviving wills---
Testators: Brewer, John;Brown, Noah;Cardwell, Jane; Davis, Edward;Jackson, Joseph;Poythress, Francis;Poythress, Mary;Poythress, Mary (2);Ravenscroft, Robert;Skipwith, Tulwar; Williams, Rachel;Wills, Amey
Digital Images of Dinwiddie Wills 1801-1869
---Surviving records---
Testators: Allgood, John;Bass, Elizabeth;Coleman, Robert;Cryers, Elizabeth; Coupland, Mary;Crowder, Nelson;Grant, John;Hardaway, Frances; Hargrove, J. E.;Ledbetter, Suzanne;Lewis, William;Meriwether, Francis;Perkins, Elizabeth;Perkins, Lewis;Pool, Mary;Poythress, P. H.;Reese, William;Scott, Rebecca;Stewart, Thomas;Stewart, Thomas(2);Thomas, Anna;Valentine, Howard;Vaughan, Philip;Wells,William;Wills, Martha
Miscellaneous Wills

Cardwell, Jane, LWT (extract of lost records)
Davis, Edward, LWT (extract of lost records)
Eppes, Francis, LWT (extract of burned records)
Grant, John, LWT (extract of burned records)
Hudson, William, LWT (extract of burned records)
Jackson, Joseph, LWT (extract of lost records)
Muir, Anne Downman, LWT, transcript
Skipwith, Fulmer, LWT (extract of lost records)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Prince William Co. VA Ancestors; Genealogy Records; Images of Wills and Estates

Prince William Court HousePrince William County, Virginia Court House Records



Old Town Hall in Prince William County Occoquan River Pictured is the court house, old town hall and the Occoquan River. When Captain John Smith and other English explorers came to the upper Potomac River beginning in 1608, they reported that the area within present Prince William County was occupied by the Doeg tribe. The Doeg Indians maintained several villages in this area into the 1650s, when colonists began to patent the land. The County was named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, the third son of King George II. Prince William County was created on 1 February 1727 from King George and Stafford Counties. The Act of 1731 of the General Assembly included parts of Stafford county and King george County and part of Prince William County originally included all of what later became Arlington County,the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, the City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park. The county seat is Manassas.

Prince William County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills, Inventories, Accounts 1734 to 1744
  • Wills, Inventories Accounts 1782 to 1792
Wills
  • Abstracts of Wills 1734 to 1781
Digital Images of Wills 1734 to 1744
Testators: Ashford, Ann; Ashford, Michael; Awbroy, Francis; Bridges, William; Bullock, Richard ; Chapman, Joseph; Coffer, Mary; Deakers, Thomas; Debee, William ; Doyle, Edward ; Drakefoot, Richard ; Edge, John; Farrow, Abram ; French, James ; Gibson, Jacob; Gosling, John ; Gosling, Simon; Gregg, John; Greshon, James ; Hager, Henry ; Hardin, Mark ; Haurork, Scarlot ; Henderson, James; Hishback, John ; Jordan, Thomas ; Lacon, Francis ; Lawson, Marmaduke; Marr, John; Morris, Ann; Neal, Rodham ; Oriar, Daniel ; Overall, John ; Paddorfou, Catherine ; Page, John ; Simos, Richard ; Simson, Thomas ; Sparkes, William ; Suto, Edward ; Tobbs, Daniel ; Walker, John ; Williams, Jonas Jr. ; Wright, Francis and Young, Edward
Digital Images of Wills 1778 to 1791
Testators: Ashmore, John ; Atwell, Thomas ; Bennett, William ; Botts, Joshua ; Brown, Elizabeth ; Brown, James ; Bullitt, Cuthbert ; Burroughs, John ; Burrows, John ; Carr, William ; Carter, Giles ; Chapman, John ; Chapman, Thomas; Cheek, John ; Cooper, Henry ; Crook, Zephaniah ; Dagg, Thomas ; Delgarn, John ; Dowell, John ; Ewell, Thomas Winder ; Fennell, Francis ; Foley, Mary ; Forbes, David ; Foster, William ; Goodman, John ; Graham, John ; Graham, John (2) ; Gray, Francis ; Green, George ; Harrison, Ann ; Harrison, Burr ; Harrison, Cuthbert ; Haskins, John ; Helm, Linaugh ; Higgs, Truman ; Hogan, Thomas ; Hutchinson, John ; Ismongrove, Lydia Musgrove ; Jackson, Francis ; Jackson, Samuel Sr. ; Kitchen, George ; Landrum, William ; Lee, Henry ; Love, Samuel ; Lowe, John ; Moseley, Robert ; Murray, John ; Peachey, Samuel Jr. ; Petty, Joseph ; Peyton, Henry ; Peyton, Valentine ; Powell, William ; Purcell, William ; Quisenberry, James ; Randolph, John ; Reeves, John ; Reeves, Mary ; Ross, John ; Ross, William ; Rove, George; Scott, James ; Scott, Sarah ; Shute, Fanny ; Simms, Jane ; Smith, Caleb ; Smoot, Thomas ; Sparks, William ; Stone, Thomas ; Suel, Margaret ; Tackett, William ; Tennison, William ; Tibbs, Foushee ; Whitledge, William ; Wilson, Henry; Wilson, Sarah
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