Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gloucester Co. VA Images of Wills and Estates


Rosewell Plantation

Gloucester County, Virginia Court House Records

Pictured is the Walter Reed home in Gloucester, Virginia and the Rosewell Plantation. Gloucester County was created in 1651 but Indian activity dominated the scene. The fortress of Chief Powhatan was located on the north side of the river in Gloucester and Powhatan had built his home Werowocomoco on land that is now in Gloucester County. This location is where Princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powatan, saved Captain John Smith's life, earning both of them prominent places in our nation's history books. Apparently an order was given in the colony to erect brick courthouses because there is a menton the Middlesex County Ordewrs (1680-94) that the Gloucester court-house building was of brick and that the Middlesex Court House should be at least of equal goodness and dimensions " as ye brick court-house lately built in Gloucester County."

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

Marriages

Gloucester County Marriages to 1699

Miscellaneous Wills and Estates

Bernard, Robert
Blacknell, Charles
Leavit, Thomas
Roane, Alexander
Singleton, Robert, LWT

Digital Images of Wills 1862 to 1896
Testators: Allen, David ; Andrews, William ; Backhouse, John W. ; Baytop, Sarah A. ; Blake, James ; Bland, Archer ; Bland, Delilah Ann Elizabeth ; Bland, Scuyler ; Bohannon, John ; Bray, Thomas; Bristow, William; Bristow, William L.; Broaddus, Edwin; Brown, George Washington ; Brown, Randall; Bryan, Catharine A.; Bryan, Lucretia ; Bryan, Julia ; Burwell, Beverly; Cary, John R.; Catlett, John W. ; Cattell, Powell ; Catlett, Temple ; Chapman, Mary; Chapman, William ; Clarke, Colin ; Clayton, Lucy M.; Cooke, Peyton; Cooke, Thomas S. ; Cooke, Washington ; Curtis, Charles C. ; Cutler, Emily; Dabney, James K.; Daniel, Susan ; Davenport, James ; Dean, Gains; Deans, Josiah Herbert; Dews, Zachariah ; Dobson, John; Driver, Samuel; Duer, Isaac J. ;Duncan, Mary Frances ;Dunford, John W.; Dunn, Washington; Dutton, Elijah ;Eaves, Mary Harwood; Enos, Susan; Fambrose, Elizabeth ;Field, Humphrey ;Field, Lucy ;Field, William ;Fletcher, William R. ;Flowers, Lucy; Folkes, L. E., Mrs.; Fox, Eleanor ;Fox, Thomas Booth ;Foxwell, Nancy ;Freeman, Mark ;Freeman, William ;Gayle, Robin ;Graves, James C. ;Green, Randol ;Grissill, Lucy Ann; Guest, James; Gussett, Martha W.; Gussitt, William W.; Guthrie, Essex ;Hall, H. P. ; Hall, William F. ;Harwood, Thomas S. ;Hau, Robert ;Haynes, George ;Haywood, James C. ;Haywood, William B. ;Hiatt, Thomas ;Hibble, John L. ;Hibble, Letty R.; Hibble, William ;Hinkle, Catherine ;Hinman, Martha ;Hobday, William ;Hogg, John;Hogg, John (2) ;Howard, Lucy ;Hughes, George ; Hughes, John ; Hughes, Johnnie F. ;Jackman, Francis A. ; Jenkins, John ;Jones, Catesby; Jones, Fanny E.; Jones, John H.; Jones, William Catesby ; Kemp, Gregory ;Kemp, Sarah; Kilee, Thomas; Lambeth, Elizabeth ;Lambeth, William M. ;Landis, John ; Lewis, John T.; Mann, Charles ;Marchant, Thomas ;Marshall, Samuel Washington ;Massey, Edward Y.;Massey, William C. ;Massey, William Y.; Mason, Philip F. ;Mathias, Britton ;Medlicott, Joseph ;Medlicott, Samuel ; Mitchell, Rachel W. ; Monroe, Betsy ;Monroe, Elijah ;Moore, Henry M. ;Munford, George W. ;Nelson, Mary Augusta ;Page, Lucy Ann ;Page, P. R. ;Patterson, Charles; Pearce, George C. ;Pearce, John H. ;Penos, Samuel ;Perrin, William K. ;Perrin, Willis;Pointer, Seth ; Pointer, Thomas W.; Pointer, William D. ;Pratt, Benjamin ;Preben, Henry ;Proctor, Elizabeth ;Proctor, James H. ;Rayfield, William ;Richardson, Carlton ;Richeson, Leonard ;Roane, E. P. ;Roane, George A. ;Roane, Henry ;Roane, Samuel F. ;Robins, Elizabeth P. ;Robins, Thomas C. ;Rowe, Benjamin ;Rowe, Catherine ;Rowe, Robert R. ;Rowe, Robert S. ;Rowe, Thomas W. ;Roy, Martha ;Royston, Maria ;Sears, Edward ;Sears, Lucy A. ;Seawell, John H. ;Seawell, John T. ;Seawell, Thomas M.; Sedgwick, William; Selden, Robert ;Shackelford, George W. ;Sheldon, Harriett ;Shepard, Chancy B. ;Sinclair, John ;Singleton, Dorothy ;Smith, Frances ;Smith, Johnson ;Smith, Judith ;Smith, Peyton; Smith, Rachell ;Smith, Sally Kerr ;Smith, Sarah ;Smith, Thomas F. ;Smith, William ;Smither, John W. ;Smither, William T. ;Stewart, Robert H. ;Stubblefield, Julia A. ;Tabb, Evelina M. C. ;Tabb, John ;Tabb, John Prosser ;Taliaferro, Edwin ;Taliaferro, Fanny ;Taliaferro, Leah ;Taliaferro, William ;Tazewell, Frank; Thomas, William Sr.; Thornton, Thomas ;Thruston, Emanuel ;Thruston, John M. ;Thruston, Robert ;Thruston, William ;Tompkins, Evalina; Tyler, James ;Van Antwerk, Zoe ;Vandegriff, Henry ; Vaughan, Hetty ;Vaughan, William; Walker, John H. ;Walker, William S.; Walter, Margaret ;Ware, Ella S. ;Ware, James B. ;Watlington, Frances ;Wells, Moses E.; Wiggins, Maria ;Williams, Thomas ;Willis, John ; Withers, Alfred Dunham ;Wood, Randall

Walter Reed House in Gloucester, Virginia

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finding Ancestors in Great Britain

St. Margaret's Parish, org. ca 1752, near Westminister in London
Before the Virginia Colony was formed in 1607, most of its earliest immigrants were in England. That means that the genealogist and historian must determine that location.  In other words, the shire or parish. This is generally found from hints in the American records.  The oldest Virginia Wills and Testaments provide details concerning properties owned in England, as well as the names of relatives and friends.  Also, names of parishes.  Another source is deed records.  Then, there are immigration records which disclose the place of embarkation.  Coldham's The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660 is an excellent resource.  Finally, tthere is the generalized research effort.  What I mean is reading old Wills (in the county/counties where your ancestor resided) is the way to go.  I mean, everybody's, all of them.  If you found one for your ancestor, then take notes on the names of witnesses, purchases of items, receipts given, and every person mentioned.  Then, search for those person's wills.  Neighbors married neighbors, socialized, shared a lifetime together.  That makes anyone mentioned in your ancestor's wills or deeds a very important source for learning who's who and how they were related.  The Land Patents are another good resource in discerning who received the first lands and approximately where they were located.  Remember, many persons came over as servants and did not own land until later.  In 1607 there were 105 settlers. By 1609, the Virginia Company sent 500 more. In 1621/1622 there was a massacre which killed hundreds of persons, yet by 1635 there were estimated to be about 5,000 persons.  That is not many people.  Thus, the names of neighbors accelerate in importance. It is noteworthy that members of the same families also stopped over in New England and did not settle in Virginia.  Those records also have a digging deeper factor.  The first item of research in England should be the parish register.  For generations, families attending the same parish.  There are three categories: christenings, marriages and mortuaries.  Your surnames from all three should be carefully written down with the idea of identifying families when you better understand the situation.  Meanwhile, Virginia Pioneers contains the images of old Virginia Wills and Estates which should save the researcher some time because there are tons of records to explore in Virginia as well as in Great Britain!

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Politicians Left their Last Wills and Testaments in Alexandria City, Virginia. See them online on Virginia Pioneers.net

Alexander City County, Virginia
Alexandria City, Virginia Probate Records : Historical Documents



Alexander City County, Virginia Alexander City County, Virginia Alexandria is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia located on the Western bank of the Potomac River. The historic center of Alexandria is known as Old Town. A portion of adjacent Fairfax County, Virginia is named Alexandria, but is under the jurisdiction of Fairfax County and separate from the city; the city is sometimes referred to as the City of Alexandria or Alexandria City to avoid confusion. In 1920, Virginia's General Assembly voted to incorporate what had been Alexandria County as Arlington County, Virginia. The surviving court house records for Alexander | City begin in 1800 and are inclusive of old wills and testaments, detailed inventories, orphan records, and so on.

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Indexes to Probate Records Wills and Inventories 1800 to 1804
  • Wills and Inventories 1800 to 1804
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Images of Wills,Inventories, orphans | Records, Book A, 1800 to 1804

Alexander, M. | Alexander, Mark | Alexander, Robert | Alexander, Walter Stoddert | Baggett, Elizabeth | Baggett, Samuel | Beedle, Thomas | Boyer, John | Brown, Catharine | Brown, Lewis | Bun, Cavan | Butt, Jacob | Cardin, Daniel | Carter, Daniel | Cary, Josephl | Chapman, William |, Captain | Clark, James Jr. | Copper, Cyrus | Craycroft, Francis | Dandridge, Bartholomew | Dandridge, B. | Dixon, James | Doucale, Edward | Douglass, Daniel | Dyson, Joseph | Earle, Abbott | Emmet, Josiah | Floyd, Thomas | Franke, Philip | | French, Mr. | Gilpin, George appointed Judge of orphans | Court by Thomas Jefferson | Grace, John | Graham, David | Gutter, Margaret | Hampson, Bryan | Harrison, Barbara Harrison, Samuel | Hathens, Mica | Hubball, John | Hunter, Charles | Hunter, William | Hull, John | Jones, John W. | Keader, Cloe | Kelton, George | Kester, Eve | King, John | Kirk, Robert W. | Kish, D. | Langden, Adam | Langden, Robert | Langston, Benjamin | Langston, Hannah | | Lawrence, John | Lewis, Samuel | Lotsbaigj, Peter Lowe, Margaret | Magruder, Basil | Magruder, Philip | Marsletter, Philip | Masters, Mary | Masterson, Sarah | Matheson, Kenneth | McAllister, Daniel | McCleon, Archibald | McDaniel | l, Ann Mills, William | Mitchell, William | Munford, John | Murray, Patrick | Myers, John | Penniger, John | Porter, Thomas | Pugh, Jesse | Reardon, John | Redman, Thomas | Render, Thomas | Sanders, John | Sanders, Joseph | Scott, Dennis | Shortill, Luke | Shreve, Benjamin | Smith, Daniel | Smith, Jacob | Smith, Rebecca | Smith, Sarah | Smith, Thomas | Summers, George | Swope, Adam | Swope, Eve Barbara Thompson, David | Thompson, William | Thurber, Charles | Troope, Adam | Washington, William | Henry | Wilson, Margaret | Wiston, Lewis

Images of Wills, Inventories, Estates, orphans | Records, Book B, 1804 to 1807

Alexander |, Charles | Alexander |, Mark | Allen, Samuel | Allison, William | Anderson, James | Avill, Richard | Barron, Thomas | Bartholomew, Sarah | Benter, Samuel | Bethethland-Dade Bowling orphans | Bowling, John | Bowling, William | Boyd, John | Boyer, Elizabeth | Brown, Hannah | Buelle, Thomas | Brown, William | Bundell, Thomas | Butt, Jacob | Carter, Robert | Chapman, Nathaniel Clarke, Thomas | Collins, Daniel | Conway, Josephl | Conway, Richard | Conway, Robert | Conway, Thomas | Cooke, Leonard | Cotton, Cassina | Crack, William | Crandell, Thomas | Crosby, Jesse | Curtain, Daniel | Dade, Margaret | Dandridge, Bartholomew | Daniel, Edward | Daniel, Francis | Darley, Michael | Davey, David | Davis, Samuel | Deblois, James | Dibleau, James | Smith Dixon, John | Douglass, Daniel | Douglass, David | Draynon, Alexander | Duff, John | Dunlop, John | Dyson, Joseph | Eakin, Matthew | Elivine, Francis | Farrell, Thomas | Foster, John | Fowler, John | Gillies, James | Gird, Henry | Goss, Peter | Grace, John | Graham, David | Gumbery, Gene | Gunnell, Presley Gutter, John | Gutter, Margaret | Hall, John | Harper, Edward | Harper, John | Harper orphans | Henley, Eugene | Hewes, Abram | Hewes, William | Higginton, James B. | Higginton, Seth | Hill, John | Hines, Abram | Hodgins, Thomas | Hodgson, William | Hoke, George | Hopewell, John | Howell, Thomas Jr. | Hubball, John | Huber, William | Hull, John | Hull, Nancy | Humbleton, Susanna | Hussey, Henry | Jamey, Aquila Jamieson, Charles | Keel, Hugh Kenton, Lucy Kesler, Jacob | Kevin, Duncan Killen, George | Killen orphans | Kimberly, Morris King, John | Kising, John | Kivelin, Thomas | Lammond, Alexander | Langston, Benjamin | Latimer, Alexander | Latimer, William | Lee, William Ludwell | Lemon, John | Lewis, Samuel | Lightfoot, John | Lightfoot, Samuel | Limerick, Robert | Long, Samuel | Lowe, Margaret | Lumsden, John | Lunt, Ezra | Lyles, Enoch Magruder | Lyon, Randolph | Madden, Mary | Mallocks, Mary | Manley, Barbara | Marle, Josephl | Mars, Philip | Marsteller, Philip | Mason, Sarah | Mates, Andrew | Mathieson, Kenneth | McDaniell, Ann | McNiven, John | Milligan, Robert | Mills, William | Milton, Henry | Mitchell, James | Mitchell, William | Montgomerie, Matthew | Myers, George | Nislett, Thomas | Nowells, Elizabeth | Owens, William | Pack, James | Pearson, Sarah | Pendal, Richard | Proudfoot, Mary | Pugh, Isaac | Pugh, Jesse | Reader, Thomas | Reed, Nelson | Resder, Chloe | Richard, Francis | Richardson, Elizabeth | Richardson, F. | Ross, William Dungerfield | Ross, William | Shanks, James | Sharman, Mary | Shields, Thomas | Shorthill, Elizabeth | Shropshire, William | Shreve, Benjamin | Shurber, Charles | Sims, Eleanor | Singleton, George | Sistell, Thomas | Smith, Daniel | Smith, Eleanor | Smith, John | Smith, John Anderson | Smith, Rebecca | Smith, William | Smith, Thomas | Smoot, Hezekiah Sneed, Zephaniah Summers, William | Sutton, James America | Swope, P. B. | Swope, S. | Taylor, Andrew | Taylor, Susanna | Thompson, George | Timmerman, Henry | Turner, Charles to John West | Turner, Francina | Uhler, Elizabeth | Vislett, Thomas | Washington, Elizabeth | Washington, William Henry | Weston, William | Williams, Margaret | Wilson, John | Wilson, Margaret | Wilson, William Ramsey | Wood, Louisa | Yost, Allen | Yost, John |

Images of Wills, Inventories, Estates, orphans Records, Book C, 1807 to 1810

Abercrombie, Robert | Addams, Jeremiah | Allen, Samuel | Allen, William | Anderson, John | Avell, Richard | Bacon, James | Branaugh, Sarah | Braston, George | Butts, Jacob | Cardin, James | Carter, George | Carter, S. | Catlett, John | Children, Lewis | Clark, Rose | Coleman, Josephl | Conway, Richard | Conway, Robert | Craig, Samuel | Craik, George Washington | Crandell, Elizabeth | Crandell, Susanna | Crandell, Thomas | Curtain, Daniel | Cusalos, James | Davey, David | Davies, Benjamin | Davies, Thomas | Dillon orphans | Douglass, Daniel | Dunlap, John | Dunlap, Mary | Dusicul, Adelaide | Eakin, Matthew | Ellis, Phillippe | Farrell, John | Farrell, Thomas | Fitzhugh, Henry | Fitzhugh, William | Flannigan, Clarissa | Foster, John | Gardner, John | Gird, Henry | Gardner, John | Greenway, Rebecca | Gunnel, Jannett Gunnell, Presley, orphans | Hall, William James | Halley, William | Hambleton, Susanna | Hanley, Eugene | Harper, Joseph | Harper, John, Captain | Henry, John | Herman, Frederick | Hillriget, Christian Ludwick | Hodgkins, Thomas | Hooe, Robert Townshend | Huber, Benjamin | Huber, William | Hull, John | Isaac, Elizabeth | Jackson, Anna | Jacob | , Thomas | Jamieson, Andrew | Janney, Aquila | Jones, Catesby | Kirby, Richard | Lammond, Alexander, Captain | Latimer, Alexander | Latimore, Alexander | Lightfoot, John | Logan, Randolph | Lumsden, John | Lunigel, Ignatius | Magrath, Owen | Magrath, Revot | Mandeville, John | Mandeville, Jonathan | Margalind, Samuel | Marle, Hannah | Marle, Joseph | Martin, William | May, Edward | McMunn, George | McRea, James Mease | McRae, John | Miller, Absalom | Moxley, Anna Maria Munford, John | Nicholas, Lewis | Nisbet, William | Perrin, Joseph | Perrin, Joseph Marie | Pierce, Nathaniel Jr. | Pieveu, Henry | Reardon orphans | Reed, Nelson | Richardson, Forrest | Risan, Hanson | Russell, James | Sellers, John | Shanks, James | Shielly, Levin | Shreve, Benjamin | Simms, Thomas | Smith, Adelaide Smith, David | Smith, Rebecca | Snell, Catherine | Stevens, Elizabeth | Sutton, James | America Sweet, Margaret | Symonds, Samuel | Thurber, Charles | Timmersman, Henry | Wadsworth, Charles | Wadsworth, Elizabeth | Walsh, Alice | Watts, John | West, Hugh | West, Roger | Weston, Mary | Whittington, Thomas | William |s, Thomas | Wilson, George | Wilson, John | Wilson, James | Wilson, Margaret | Wise, Peter | Woodrow, John | Woodson, John | Yeaton, John | Young, Clem | Zepernick, Mary Ann
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Patrick Henry and Michael Holland


Patrick Henry represented many colonists in legal matters
Lickinghole Creek in Goochland County
Michael Holland was a prominent land owner in Goochland County during the early part of the 18th century. He had a rather large family, including his son, Michael Jr., to whom he bequeathed 800 acres on Lickinghole Creek when he died in 1747.  Of interest is a murder case in which Patrick Henry, hired by the elder,  represented Michael Jr.  It was a situation where the son appeared quite guilty and the father,deeply saddened, hired the best legal help. It was Henry's moving speech to the jury which included a sob story of the dear old father's love for his son.  Henry won many cases in court and was known for his superb oratory skills. The last will and testament of Michael Holland Sr. detailing the land bequests to all of his son is quite interesting, and found on Virginia Pioneers    It is beautifully written in the old colonial script and well-preserved. Young Patrick Henry represented many Virginia families in the courts and there is a good opportunity to discover documents which help to discern their names.  A little extra study into court house records and yourr family might be found to be one of them!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Where to Find Images of Culpeper Co. VA Wills

Culpeper County, Virginia Court House Records (Genealogy)



Culpeper County Court HouseCulpeper County was established in 1749 from Orange County. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it was named after Thomas Culpeper. During May 1749, the first Culpeper Court convened in the home of Robert Coleman, not far from where the Town of Culpeper is presently located. In July 1749, George Washington, a young man of only seventeen years, was commissioned as the first County surveyor. One of his first duties was to lay out the County's courthouse complex, which included the courthouse, jail, stocks, gallows and accessory buildings. By 1752 the complex stood at what is presently the northeast corner of Davis and Main Streets. The courthouse village was named the Town of Fairfax after Thomas, Sixth Baron Fairfax. 

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Digital Images of Wills 1749 to 1770 
Testators: Abbott, Roger; Abbott, William ; Allen, James; Ball, Samuel ;Blankencocker, Matthias; Bledsoe, William ;Bond, John; Brail, Jacob ;Brooke, Humphrey ;Brown, Thomas ;Browning, Francis ;Burk, Thomas ;Burdyne, Richard ; Butler, John Sr.; Camp, Ambrose; Clore, Peter ;Cole, John ; Cole, Susannah ;Connor, Margaret ;Covington, Robert ;Crone, Margaret ;Doggett, George ;Finney, James ;Floyd, John ;Garr, Larance ;George, Elmore ;Gillison, James ;Gore, John ;Gosney, William ;Gubbard, Ann Mary ;Hansford, Sallie;Hansford, William; Harrensperger, John; Harris, David ;Harrison, Thomas; Haynie, Anthony ;Henderson, William ;Huffman, Henry ;Humphrey, John; Jacoby, John Daniel ;Johnston, Peter ;Johnston, William ;Johnston, William (2) ;Kaffer, Michael ;Kavannaugh, Philemon ; Kelly, William ;Kennerly, Elin ;Kenorly, Samuel ;Kirtley, Francis; Lines, Robert ;Major, Constance ;Marksberry, John ; McMurran, David ;Medley, John ;Medley, Robert ;Medgar, W. S.; Menefee, John ;Mercy, Edward ;Outz, George ;Oxford, Roger ; Pannell, William ;Pendleton, Elizabeth ;Pendleton, James; Phillips, Daniel ;Powell, Benjamin ;Price, Kalem ;Putman, Zachariah ;Quinn, Darby ;Read, John ;Rogers, Joseph ;Rucker, Cornelius ;Rucker, Thomas ;Russell, Sarah ;Russell, William ; Salmon, Thomas ;Scott, Anthony ;Sertain, John ;Sims, Jeremiah ; Sims, William ;Slaughter, Francis ;Slaughter, Robert ;Sloan, James ;Smith, John Michael ;Smither, Thomas; Sneider, John ; Stonecypher, John ;Stoop, Philip; Strother, Francis; Strother, George; Stubblefield, Edward ;Stubblefield, Thomas ; Thompson, George ;Towles, Stokley ;Turman, Robert; Vawter, John ; Vawter, Margaret; Ward, William ;Watts, Thomas; Wetherall, John; Wever, Peter; Wharton, John; Wilder, James; Wilhoite, Tobias; Willhert, Adam; Wright, John; Ziglar, Leonard
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Testators: Abbott, Ann; Adams, Robert;Allen, William;Ballenger, Edward ; Barbour, James ;Berry, John; Blackwell, Joseph; Blakey, John; Blankenbecker, Barthasar; Blankenbecker, Christopher ;Blunt, Charles; Bohannon, Elliott; Botfield, Joseph; Brown, George ; Brown, John ;Bryant, Mark ;Bryant, Thomas; Bumgarner, Joel; Bush, Edward;Butler, Walter; Campbell, John; Catlett, Lawrence; Child, William; Christler, Theobolt; Clinch, Jacob; Collings, James; Conner, Philemon; Courts, William; Crosswait, William; Crutcher, Hugh; Dannoto, Alexander; Davis, David ;Deatherage, Robert ;Deer, John; Dicken, Christopher; Duncan, William; Edgar, Susannah; Fargeson, Samuel; Field, Abraham; Field, Henry ; Field, John; Fishback, Frederick; Fisher, Lewis; Fletcher, Francis;Foshee, John; Gaines, Humphrey; Gaines, William; Gamer, Francis; Gibbs, Zachariah ;Golding, William; Graves, James ; Green, William ;Greenless, William ;Griffin, Thomas ;Habler, Conwright ;Hackley, Judith ;Hanes, Ezekiel; Haynes, Jasper; Hening, Samuel ;Henning, Samuel ;Hill, Betty; Hoofman, John ; Hurt, James; James, Gabriel ;Jett, John; Kilby, John; Kirtley, Margaret; Lear, James ;Lightfoot, Goodrich; Long, Bromfill; Mallory, William; Marsh, John; Marshall, Elizabeth; McKenny, John; McQueen, Alexander; Menefee, Jonas; Mershall, William; Minor, Joseph; Mitchell, Cornelius;Mitchell, Jacob; Morgan, Charles; Murry, James; Nalle, John; Neale, Charles; Newman, James; Norman, Courtney; O'Ryan, John; Oxford, Thomas; Payton, Thomas; Peyton, John; Peyton, William;Pilcher, John; Pinor, Thomas; Pollard, Richard;Pratt, Jonathan; Prichard, Jane; Prichett, William; Quinn, Thomas; Roberts, Benjamin;Roberts, George; Robinson, William; Roebuck, William; Rogers, Barnard; Rucker, Esther; Russell, Michael; Sampson, John; Scott, Ambrose; Scotwood, John; Sears, John; Sharman, Robert; Ship, Richard; Simpson, John; Sims, William Sr.; Smith, John; Sparks, William; Strother, Francis ;Stubblefield, James; Taylor, Benjamin; Thompson, John; Thornhill, Bryant; Thornhill, Joseph; Towles, Joseph; Triplett, Hannah; Triplet, Thomas; Tull, Richard; Tureman, Ignatius; Turner, John; Underwood, Lot; Underwood, William; Walker, Edward;Walker, John; Ward, Margaret; Washbour, John; Watts, Joel; Wayland, Adam; Williams, John; Williams, William; Witherall, George; Wood, Samuel; Yager, Nicholas; Young, Richard; Ziglar, Leonard; Zimmerman, Christopher
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1782 Culpeper County Tax Digest
1783 Culpeper County Tax Digest
1784 Culpeper County Tax Digest
1785 Culpeper County Tax Digest
1786 Culpeper County Tax Digest
1787 Culpeper County Tax Digest
1788 Culpeper County Tax Digest
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1791 Culpeper County Tax Digest 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New! Just added to Virginia Pioneers.net - Arlington Co. VA Images of Wills and Estates

Arlington County, Virginia title=Arlington County, Virginia Wills and Estates

Images of Wills and Estates, Book 9, 1858 to 1878

Bacon, Ebenezer | Baggott, John | Ball, Horatio | Bartlett, John | Birch, William | Blow, William D. | Boothe, William J. | Boston, Richard C. | Bowden, Alexander | Brooks, John | Buckingham, William

Carlin, Moseley | Callendar, Margaret | Cartwright, Rachael | Cavenove, Louis | Chapman, George | Close, James T. | Close, S. J. | Constable, Mary | Cook, Henry | Corkett, Virgil | Crocker, F. P. | Crocker, S. W. | Cross, R. Y. | Cross, Sarah W.

Daingerfield, Reverly Johnson | Daingerfield, Henry | Dorsey, H. Carter

Fawcett, Joseph | Febrey, Nicholas | Fineacy, James | Flann, orphans | Fowle, Eliza F. | Fowle, William H.

Gardner, Eliza | Green, Mary | Gregory, Charles | Griffith, Sally W. | Grigg, Joseph | Grimes, Frank E. | Grimes, Thomas E.

Hagan, John C. | Hamilton, Nannie | Harrison, Robert | Hart, Frederick William | Haus, J. M. | Herbert, Betsy | Herbert, Betsy and Kitty | Hilton, James | Hooe, Daniel F. | Hunter, Alexander

Jamieson, Maria | Janney, Phineas | Johnson, Charles F. M. | Johnson, John T.

Lackey, Lula | Leadbeater, Mary | Lewis, John A. | Lloyd, Frederick | Lloyd, John J. | Lloyd, Richard

Manderville, Mary | Massie, Mary | McEwen, Thomas | Millburn, Benedict | Milburn, orphans | Millburn, orphans | Mills, William | Moore, Julius

Pearce, Allan | Peverill, George | Phillips, James B. | Presstman, Stephen Wilson

Quisenberry, Edith | Quisenbury, William

Ramsay, Eliza | Reid, James H. | Richards, William B. | Rigg, Townly | Roberts, Edward | Rotchford, Philip | Russell, Moses

Sackey, Seila | Samour, John W. | Smith, Alfred A. | Smith, Hugh C. | Smith, Robert | Smoot, Charles C. | Smoot, George H. | Southern, Richard | Stone, Charles S. | Swann, Mary M.

Thornton, William

Westman, Frank F. | Wheat, Robert W. | Whiting, Louisa | Whittesay, S. | Wibirt, Isaac | Willis, Michael | Wood, John | Wrenn, Philip

Young, Cornelius
  

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Immorality Judged and Sentenced

Bruton Parish organized 1715
The best gentlemen of the county were selected to serve as vestrymen.  Only a few could not write, such as Robert Todd and John Clarkson of York parish (1647), however, they made their mark upon documents.  As was the custom in England, a feather pen was dipped into india ink and a wax seal placed beside the signature.  The clerks in many of the old Virginia documents sketched a primitive version of each seal at the signature line.  Afterwards, salt was sprinkled upon the signature, to set the ink.  When viewing so many preserved records dating from the early 17th century,such a practice did a fine job of preservation.  It is the paper upon which the documents were written which crumbled away.  The vestrymen proved to be the principal guardians of public morals and were admired as role models.  The power of the vestrymen as they controlled church affairs ran very much ahead of the power of the same body in England.  At the end of the seventeenth century, the vestries were chosen during an election by freeholders and householders. An Act passed in 1660 required that the number of persons composing a vestry be limited to twelve.  In essence, the power manifested in the vestry was political.  The powers consisted of appointing clergymen, investigating drunkenness, adultery and like moral offences. An entry appearing in the Northampton records in 1648, there was found a long list of depositions taken originally at a meeting of the vestry called together to consider the question of the innocence or guilt of a prominent citizen's wife who was accused of infideility to her husband.  The verdict was unfavorable to her and she was presented to the county court by the minister and churchwardens of the parish acting under the instructions from the vestry.  The depositions were read in court and the woman was convicted for the second time, however, this was her first time sentenced.  An awareness of the duties of the parish vestry should be considered in the genealogy as the church very much directed the affairs of the colonists and helps to explain why people were condemned, jailed or otherwise found themselves in trouble.  The era, the times....all of this, assembles the story, and provides pieces of the wanting puzzle.  Old church records, and every document in the court house should be examined to write the family history.  Rather than visit every court house, many old wills and testaments are found on Virginia Pioneers

Source: Northampton County Court Records, orig. vol. 1645-51, pp. 148-9.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What are Vestry Records?

St. Peter's Church near Talleysville, Virginia, organized in 1703
As early as 1623 the parish unit in Virginia administered religious affairs in the community when an Act of Assembly declared that a public granary should be erected in every parish to secure the people against the pangs of a general famine.  The country was laid off into shires in 1634, then each shire was divided into parishes and also into precincts or boroughs for the constables.  This was serious business as boundaries were defined and lines surveyed.  Because the boundaries were so large and church attendance required, a system of dividing all of the large parishes was later carried out.  Initially there were but three parishes, viz: Upper Norfolk County, (later Upper Chippoak to support Jamestown), the parish of Marstan in New Kent County and Lancaster County (divided into two parishes).  Sometimes a parish which had once been fully organized sank (for a time) or permanently out of practical existence.  There were several reasons for this, such as the soil proving incapable of further production on a scale sufficient to support a goodly number of the people,  the unheathy local swamp land or a parish situated on the irregular line of frontier.  The last reason became obvious when Indian Wars torched homes and took scalps.  In 1661, there were about fifty parishes. Significant to the genealogist and historian is the vestry books belonging to each parish which detailed land boundaries, names of adjoining tracts dates and expenses.  Beginning with the site of the parish house and following the description of the various boundaries (as they were established), one can arrive at a reasonable projection of the location of his ancestor's lands.  Remember, they were measuring a wildness country!  The old land measurements were different from today, such as chains, creeks, rivers and even slashes on trees,  However, as the colonists acquired and dispose of land, the legal descriptions changed somewhat and the tax digest (with names of adjoining water boundaries and the names of neighbors, may serve to provide additional definitions.  Next, if you use the deed books to trace the ownership of land from its original owner forward, a more complete picture can be drawn.  Therefore, the use of the vestry books, tax and deed records as well as a good local map is indicated.  

Therefore, we see again that the settlement of the colony was all about agriculture and land.

Sources: Hening's Statutes, vol i., p. 128; Virginia's Cure, p. 4.

Genealogy and Images of Lunenburg Co. VA Wills and Estates

Lunenburg County Records



Lunenburg County Court HouseLunenburg County Lunenburg County was established on May 1, 1746 from Brunswick County and was is named for the former Duchy of Brunswick-Lunenburg in Germany, because one of the titles also carried by Britain's Hanoverian kings was Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg. A familiar reference to genealogists is "The Old Free State" and this is because as the War Between the States was approaching reality, Lunenburg County informed the Commonwealth of Virginia that it would break off and join North Carolina if they did not join The Confederacy. Some of the first settlers were: Ziner Gregory, William Taylor, William Ragsdale, William Johnson, William Hood Jr., William Ambrose, Edmund Bacon, George Hatchell, George Clarke, Henry Gill, Green Smithson, Henry Freeman, Edward Jordan, Archibald Hatchell, Bass Fowlke, Baxter Jordan and James Hazlewood.

Lunenburg County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Digital Images of Wills 1810-1818
Testators: Bagley, Anderson; Barnett, Joel ;Betts, Barbara ;Betts, Riston ;Bohanon, Joseph ;Brown, Robert ;Burnett, Jeremiah ;Cameron, John ;Crafton, Thomas; Edwards, Elzabeth ;Erskins, Alexander ;Gardner, John ;Gee, Benjamin ;Gee, Mary ;Gordon, Elizabeth ;Hazlewood, Daniel Sr. ;Hightower, Nelson ;Jeter, Armstead ;Jones, Peter Sr. ;Jones, Thomas ;Jones, Thomas(2) ;Jordan, Thomas ;Lambert, Jeremiah ;Ragsdale, John ;Saffon, Matthew ;Slaughter, John ;Stone, Richard Sr. ;Tatum, William ;Tomlinson, Benjamin ;Wilkes, Minor ;Williams, William
Digital Images of Wills 1818-1826
Testators:Abernathy, William; Andrews, George ;Ambrose, William;Bacon, Edmund ;Billups, John ;Blackwell, Robert ;Blackwell, Thomas ;Boswell, John ;Branch, Jones ;Brown, Stephen ;Brown, Thomas H. Burnett, Joel;Cabaniss, Sterling; Carter, Mary Ann; Chambers, Thomas;Chappell, Robert; Clarke, George;Clay, Olive; Craghead, Mildred; Dunn, Billington; Ellis, Thomas; Fowlke, Bass ;Fowlkes, Jennings; Freeman, Henry; Freeman, Thrower ;Gee, Jesse Sr.; Gee, Nowel; Gill, Henry; Gregory, Ziner; Hamlett, Jesse ;Hatchell, Archibald;Hatchell, George;Hatchell, Phebe;Hatchell, William; Hazlewood, James;Herring, Stephen ; Hood, William Jr.; Jackson, Elizabeth;Jefferson, Martha;Jeffriess, Thomas ;Johnson, William; Jordan, Baxter ; Jordan, Edward ;Jordan, Susanna; Knott, Robert; Leonard, William; Lightfoot, Elmira;Masters, Rebecca; Parrott, William ;Phillips, Robert;Potts, Nathan ;Ragsdale, William;Ryland,Thomas;Shellbourne, James;Smith, Elizabeth; Smith, Joseph M.;Smith, Robert;Smithson, Green;Taylor, William; Vaughn, David ;Wilkinson, John;Williams, Agness;Winn, Francis; Winn, John; Winn, John Sr.; Winn, Ossamus;Winn, Priscilla; Winn, Sarah

Marriages

Lunenburg County Marriages 1819 to 1825 found in Will Book 1818-1826

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills and Estates 1810-1818
  • Index to Wills and Estates 1818-1826

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