Every Ancestor Leaves Gifts Behind. Did you find them?
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Tracing ancestors is more than compiling a chart of names and family group sheets. Discovering the heritage is not simply a picture of a leaf or tree, but rather real people who existed. Many people trace their ancestry to patriots of the American Revolution and to the first Colonists to America. But there is one thing certain: somewhere, someone immigrated to this country and began writing the story of their lives. It all begins in county records, where the first land grant was acquired or deed filed of record. Then taxes were paid and recorded on tax digests. Sons and daughters were given in marriage and these certificates filed at court houses or posted in old newspapers. Later on, people died, leaving estates to be dealt with. Wills, inventories, sales, receipts and annual returns surrounded this process, all filed in the county court house. It is where the genealogist begins to unravel the details of a story somewhat inconsistent with family legends and tales. It is the truth. In essence, it is a gift bequeathed to all of the heirs going forward. By that, I mean that the eyes of your descendants will have privy to the information hundreds of years into the future. For this reason, it is also your story.
Perhaps now is a good time to discover the details of the dreams of your ancestor, the love which he bore his children., and the heritage bequeathed to you. Search through the old wills and estates on Virginia Pioneers
Montgomery County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Property Taxes, Indexes to Probate Records
Montgomery County was established in 1777 from Fincastle County and was named after General Richard Montgomery of the Revolutionary War, killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. County seat: Christianburg, Virginia. Early Settlers: Jasper Garlick, John Robinson, Henry Price, Isaac Taylor, Enoch Muirhead, Charles Stapleton, Alexander Baine, Adam Wiser, Joseph McDonald, Michael Drake, Thomas Lewis, William Deweese, William Lyons.
Montgomery County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers
Images of Will Book 1, 1796 to 1809Testators:Allen, Nicholas; Baine, Alexander ;Beckett, Richard; Bowles, William ;Boyles, Daniel ;Brook, Palserly ;Brown, Margaret; Burnett, James ;Copher, Joseph ;Cubbage, George ;Davis, John ;Deweese, William ;Drake, Michael ;Garlick, Jasper ;Heavener, Philip ;Howell, Benjamin;Lawrence, John ;Lewis, Thomas ;Lyons, William ;McDonald, Joseph ;McDonald, Susanna ;Muirhead, Enoch ;Owens, David ;Pepper, Samuel ;Price, George ;Price, Henry ;Price, Michael ;Rayburn, John ;Robinson, John ;Read, George Jr. ;Scott, John ;Shell, Jacob; Shell, John Sr. ;Shovelbarger, Jacob ;Smith, Frederick ;Smith, Matthew ;Stapleton, Charles; Taylor, Isaac ;Taylor, Isaac(2) ;Taylor, William ;Thompson, John ;Wade, David ;Wall, Adam ;Waterson, John ;Weddle, Benjamin ;Wiser, Adam;
Images of Wills, Book 2, 1809 to 1817Testators:Baker, Josiah; Barkett, Gardner ;Bratten, James ;Burk, Samuel ;Connor, Daniel ;Deyerle, Peter ;Dulaney, Samuel; Farmer, Thompson ;Frazer, Henry ;Gardner, John Sr. ;Goodson, Thomas ;Graham, Jacob ;Harless, David ;Huff, Absalom; Henderson, John; Kent, Jacob ;Kester, Philip ;Kirby, William ;Lykins, Marcus ;McNeely, William ;Pate, Christina; Rayburn, James ;Robinson, Gertrude ;Scott, Matthew ;Shell, Jacob ;Shelton, Lawrence ;Smith, Margaret ;Taylor or Traylor, George; Taylor, John ;Thompson, James ;Townsley, James ;Walwood, William;West, Isaac ;White, Richard;Wood, JamesIndexes to Probate Records
- Index to Wills, Estates, Deeds, 1796 to 1809.
- Index to Wills, Estates, Deeds, 1809 to 1817.
- Property Tax 1782
- Property Tax 1787 to 1789
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