By Jeannette Holland Austin
At the beginning of the Revolutionary War Valentine West had a small farm in Chesterfield County and died in 1776, four months before the crafting of the Declaration of Independence. His last will and testament only provided that some barrels of corn be given to his sisters. Another planteer, Creed Haskins, who had come to Chesterfield from Brunswick County was operating a plantation of some 390 acres of land, and died in the midst of the war (1781).
Chesterfield County Genealogy, Wills, Marriage Bonds, Indexes to Probate Records
Chesterfield County was formed in 1748 from part of Henrico County.Early settlers: John Archer, Stephen Cheatham, Richard Baugh, Abraham Bowman, Benjamin Granger, Creed Haskins, Caleb Davis, Burrell Parkinson, David Watkins, Daniel Gill Sr., Elick Moore, Essey Worsham, Francis Dyson, William Vaden, John Dier Sr., John Frailey, James Ferguson, Henry Walthall, Henry Turpin, Gregory Grant, Gilbert Elam, George Hastings and Francis Mean, Hamblin Cole, Joseph Bills, Ambrose Cobbs of the Cobbs of America family, and more.
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Indexes to Probate Records
Digital Images of Wills 1774 to 1785
- Index to Wills 1774 to 1785.
- Index to Wills 1785 to 1800.Testators: Adkins, William;Amonett, John;Anderson, John;Archer, John;Atkinson, James;Baker, Sarah;Bass, Joseph;Batte, Richard; Baugh, James;Baugh, John;Baugh, Peter;Beaseley, Benjamin;Beech, John James;Black, William;Bowles, James;Bowman, Abraham;Bowman, John Sr.;Branch, Olive;Branch, Thomas;Cary, Hannah;Chappell, Abraham;Charolton, Christopher;Cheatham, Stephen;Christian, Turner;Cobbs, Ambrose;Cogbill, Thomas;Cole, Hamblin Sr.;Cole, Robert;Cosby, John;Cox, Henry;Crisp, John;Dance, Thomas;Davis, Caleb;Dier, John Sr.;Dyson, Francis;Edwards, Thomas;Elam, Gilbert;Elam, MarthaElam, Robert Sr.;Ellys, Thomas;Farmer, Elam; Farmer, Thomas;Ferguson, James;Ferguson, Martha;Frailey, John; Francis, Robert;Franklin, James;Franklin, Thomas;Franklyn, Archibald;Featherstone, Charles;Gates, James;Gates, James (2); Gibbs, Mary;Gill, Daniel;Gill, Daniel Sr.;Gills, Joseph;Granger, Benjamin;Grant, Gregory;Graves, William;Harrison, Sarah;Haskins, Creed;Hastings, George;Herbert, Whiddon;Hill, Edward;Jackson, Richard;Johnston, Edward;Keys, Michael;Kennon, Robert;Lacy, Nathaniel;Lassun, Alexander;Lassun, Elias;Ligon, Judith;Linn, George;Mann, Daniel;Martin, John;Martin, Mary;Mean, Francis; Miles, James;Minggo, John;Monifett, John;Moore, Elick;Moore, John;Moore, Thomas;Moore, William;Moseley, William;Nevins, Samuel;Osborne, Edward;Osborne, Edward (2);Osborne, Thomas; Parkinson, Burrell;Pride, Thomas;Randolph, Elizabeth;Roberts, Morris;Robertson, George;Robertson, George (2);Rowlett, John; Rowlett, Mary;Rowlett, Thomas;Rucks, William;Saddler, Thomas; Scott, Walter Sr.;Short, Samuel;Smith, Martin;Smith, Obediah;Stiles, John;Stratton, Thomas;Stuart, Sarah;Todd, Betty; Towler, John;Trabur, John James;Traylor, Elizabeth;Traylor, John; Traylor, Joseph;Turner, William;Turpin, Henry;Vaden, William; Valeneiu, Valentine;Vest, John;Vinton, Mardune;Walker, Francis; Walthall, Francis;Walthall, Henry;Walthall, Henry (2);Walthall, Thomas;Ward, Benjamin;Ward, Leonard;Ward, Seth;Washam, John; Watkins, Benjamin;Watkins, David;Watkins, Joseph;West, Valentine; West, William;Wilkinson, Joseph;Williamson, George;Wilson, William;Winfrey, Mary;Wisham, John;Wooldridge, John;Worsham, Essey;Worsham, RosamondDigital Images of Wills 1785 to 1800Testators: Archer, Elizabeth;Archer, Mary;Ashurst, Francis;Baugh, Peter Sr.; Baugh, Richard;Belcher, Thomas;Berry, David;Bowman, John; Branch, Benjamin;Branch, Edward;Branch, Matthew;Branch, Samuel;Burton, Hardin;Burton, Thomas;Cary, Archibald;Cary, Nathaniel;Cashon, James;Cheatham, Francis;Cheatham, Josiah; Cheatham, William Sr.;Cogbill, Charles;Cogbill, George;Cox, Judith;Edwards, Ann;Elam, Daniel;Elam, Robert;Farmer, Dorothy; Farmer, Mary;Farmer, Phebe;Fleming, Charles;Folkes, Edward; Gibson, Miles;Giles, Nicholas;Gill, Thomas;Goode, John;Goodwyn, Collins;Granger, Ann;Graves, Michael;Graves, William;Hall, David; Hall, John Jr.;Harden, William;Hatcher, Nathaniel;Hatcher, Samuel;Hill, John;Hudson, John;Jackson, Isaiah;Johnston, Andrew; Kibbon, John;Leigh, William;Mann, Obedience;May, John;Moore, Eleazer;Moseley, Matthew;Norris, James;Nunnally, Henry;Osborne, Thomas;Pankey, Stephen;Perkinson, John;Robertson, Lodowick; Royall, Joseph;Spears, Mary;Thomas, Elizabeth;Trabert, William; Turpin, Philip;Vaden, Daniel;Walthall, Jeremiah;Walthall, illiam; Walthall, William (2);West, George;Williamson, Richard;Winfree, Henry;Winfree, Valentine;Womack, Thomas;Worsham, William
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