Friday, March 4, 2016

Find the Old Plantation - Amelia Co. VA Wills Estates #genealogy #virginiapioneers.net

Finding the old Plantation: Nottoway River Farms
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Jeannette Holland AustinAs strange as it may sound, planters raised horses, cattle and sheep during the 18th century. John Ellis owned 600 acres in Amelia County, which lands adjoined Hardaway Wade, Finney and Samuel Smith. Part of this land bordered on the corner of Hampton Wade near Jacks branch. Also, there were 138 acres of land on both sides of the Nottoway River, which included the mill. This description of the location of the plantation was written by John Ellis and incorporated into his last will and testament in 1762. The genealogist can usually achieve some success in finding the homeplace simply by reviewing the tax digests and observing adjoining neighbors and waterways. The eariest deeds (if they survived) were quite vague in the use of chains and measures. Another popular marker were slashes upon certain trees, creeks, forests and the like. 

Amelia County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates


Amelia County, VirginiaAmelia County was created in 1734 from Prince George and Brunswick Counties and was named after Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of England. During 1754, Prince Edward County was formed from Amelia County, and later the County was reduced to its current size when Nottoway County was separated in 1789. The British under General Tarleton, raided the county in 1781 during the Revolutioonary War. The first court house was located near Pridesville, Virginia, but was destroyed by fire in 1766. Later, it was located at Dennisville until 1849 when it was removed to its present site.

Amelia County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to Members of Virginia Pioneers

Indexes to Wills, Inventories and Accounts
  • 1734 to 1761
  • 1761 to 1771
Marriages
  • Marriages (taken from Gates County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds)
Images of Amelia County Wills 1734-1761

Testators: Anderson, Henry;Appling, Thomas;Baldwin, William;Blanshard, John;Booker, Edmund Sr.;Booker, Edward (2); Booker, Edward Sr.;Booker, Judith;Booker, Richard;Booker, William;Bowman, Robert;Bragg, Hugh;Brewer, Edmund;Bridgforth, John;Burton, Abraham;Burton, Ann;Butler, John; Cabiness, George; Caldwell, George;Chambers, Richard;Chiles, Henry;Claiborn, James;Clarke, Lucy;Clarke, Richard;Clements, William Sr.; Cocke, Abraham;Cobbs, Edith;Cobbs, Samuel;Coleman, Godfrey; Coleman, William;Cousins, Charles;Crawford, Sarah;Croucher, Dorothy;Duffey, John;Elmore, Thomas;Fain, William O.;Finney, William;Ford, Hezekiah;Forrest, Abraham Sr.;Garrott, John; Giles, Arthur;Grainger, Joseph;Gray, Joseph;Green, Elizabeth; Green, William;Hammons, John;Harper, Howard;Hill, Charles; Hinton, Christopher;Hinton, Richard;Hudson, James;Hulmes, Richard;Jones, Abraham;Jones, Emanuel;Jones, John;Jones, Martha; Jones, Peter;Jones, Richard Sr.;Jurden, Samuel;Lockett, James; Long, James;Lowell, John;Marchbanks, George;Mayes, William; Mayton, John;Moor, John;Morris, Isaac;Munford, James;Neall, Heph. Jr.;Neall, Roger;Neall, Thomas;Ogleby, Richard;Penix, William;Powell, John;Roberts, Thomas;Scott, James;Scott, Joseph; Shepard, George;Sherwin, Samuel;Southall, Stephen;Stanly, Daney; Stokes, Frances;Stone, William;Tally, John;Tarley, Peter;Teaston, William;Tesdale, William;Tishey, Alexander; Tomlinson, Henry;Truly, Hector;Tucker, Robert;Vasser, William; Vaughan, Henry;Vaughn, Thomas;Wallace, John Sr.;Waters, James; Watkins, Stephen;Watson, William;West, Frances;West, John(2); Wingo, John;Woodleif, Robert;Yarbrough, Hezekiah;Yarbrough, Moses;Yarbrough, William

Images of Wills 1761 to 1771

Testators: Adams, William;Anderson, John;Bagley, George; Baldwin, John;Bentley, John;Beville, Daniel;Booker, Richard;Booth, George;Booth, Thomas Sr.;Brewer, Ann;Burg, William; Burton, John;Cary, Mary;Chambers, Hugh;Clement, William; Coleman, William;Cornelius, Rowland;Cousens, Robert;Cumpton, John;Dudley, Marlon;Dyer, Thomas;Ellis, John;Fannen, Bryan; Farguson, Robert;Farley, John;Featherstone, William;Ferguson, James;Fitzgerald, William;Foster, William;Grigg, James;Hasslin, John;Hightower, John;Hightower, William;Hill, James; Hood, Thomas;Hudson, Nicholas;Irby, John;Irby, Susanna; Irby, William (2);Jackson, Thomas(2);Johnson, Charles;Johnson, William;Jones, Robert;Lacy, John;Lea, William;Ligon, William; Loury, Thomas;Lovern, Richard;Mann, Joel;Marshall, Robert; May, John;Maynard, William;Old, John;Pavory, Thomas;Powell, Henry;Powell, John Sr.;Ray, John;Raymner, William;Roberts, John; Robertson, Edward;Standley, William;Tabb, Thomas;Tanner, Edward; Tanner, Thomas;Thompson, Richard;Trant, Judith;Tucker, John; Tucker, Robert;Walker, Edmund;Ward, Henry;Whitworth, Thomas; Williamson,Francis;Wilson, William;Wingo, Thomas;Yarbrough, Jordan;Yarbrough, Thomas

Miscellaneous Will and Estates (Transcripts)
  • Booker, Edward, Sr., LWT
  • Clarke, Richard, LWT
  • Collicott, Wiliam, LWT dated 1765 (Will Bk 2, 1771-1780)
  • Goode, Philip, LWT (transcript)
  • Hutcherson, Charles, LWT, 1768 (digital image)
  • Hutcheson, William, LWT, 1792 (digital image)
  • Moor, John, LWT
  • Neill, Roger, LWT
  • Ogleby, Richard, LWT
  • Penix, William, LWT
  • Scott, Joseph, Estate, inventory
  • Steagall, John, LWT dated 1769 (digital image)
  • Stone, William, Estate, Inventory
  • Tucker, Robert, LWT
  • Warick, Edward, Estate
  • Watson, William, LWT

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