By Jeannette Holland Austin
All tax digests lists have a tax defaulter section. It is normally found on the last page of each district or as a culmiination of all of the districts. The digests is not alphabetical, therefore, the names in each district should be examined. The genealogist can expect to find his families in the same district from one year to the next. The default list does not necessarily reflect persons who refused to pay their property taxes. Rather, from the genealogist's point of view it lends itself more as a report of those who have either died or removed to another county. If the date is close to a mortality census (every 10 years), you can look there. Otherwise, if the person is old enough to have died, then searching the local cemeteries in the area is indicated.
What I usually do is read every page of the county tax digest where my ancestor resided, recording the description of acreage, number of acres, names of neighbors, waterways, district, etc. (whatever the tax digest provides) for each year, then trace that same acreage forward. This information provides a time-line for when he resided in the county. When his name no longer appears, I search the default list. As I said, people were on the move. A sensible place to search next is the adjoining counties because the old parent county lines changed with the ascent of the formation of new counties. Next, a review of marriages with that surname is indicated. This search provides a time-line of the marriages of the children as well as an idea of whether or not any members of the family were still around. If there was a ten or twenty year gap, say, that means that the older generation has either died or moved away. Of course, a thorough search of the deed records tells a better story, but there may be little or nothing there.
Nottoway County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Probate Records
In 1788 the Nottoway Parish district of Amelia County was established as Nottoway County. The county seat is Nottoway, Virginia>
Nottoway County, Virginia Probate Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers
Images of Wills 1788 to 1802Names of Testators: Anderson, Henry; Anderson, John; Bagley, George; Bagley, James; Baldwin, John ;Baldwin, William; Beasley, John; Bennett, William; Bolling, Stith ;Boram, Edmund; Boram, Richard; Brown, Lawrence; Bruce, Alexander Sr.; Buford, Henry; Burks, Richard Sr.; Cabaness, George; Cabaniss, Matthew; Clardy, Benjamin; Clark, John; Clarke, Lew Cocke, Stephen Connally, Charles Craddock, William; Crenshaw, William; Crenshaw, William (2); Cross, William; Davis, Davis, William; Dennis, Henry; Donati, Francis; Dudley, William; Dupuy, John Bartholomew; Dupuy, Mary; Eckles, Thomas; Elliott, John; Farguson, Peleg; Foard, Abraham ;Forrest, Abraham; Foster, Richard ;Fowlkes, Gabriel; Fowlkes, Jenning;s Fowlkes, John; Fowlkes, Joseph Sr.; French, Robert; Grammer, Joseph; Greenhill, Philip; Hall, Ann; Hart, William; Hatchett, Margaret; Hightower, Joshua; Holland, Zachariah; Howson, John; Hudson, Mary; Hundley, John; Jackson, Burwell ; Jackson, Edward ;Jeffreys, Thomas; Jennings, John; Jennings, Robert ;Johns, Mary; Johns, Nathaniel; Jones, Ball; Jones, Daniel ;Jones, Peter; Jones, Thomas; Lamkin, Peter; Leath, Sarah; Mann, John; May, John; May, Martha; Oliver, Isaac Sr.; Osborne, William; Parham, William; Pincham, Samuel ;Ramsey, Richard; Robertson, James; Robertson, Nathaniel; Smith, Richard; Smith, Samuel ;Smith, William; Stewart, Biddie; Stewart, Charles; Stow, William; Tanner, Joel; Thomas, Luky ;Thompson, Medliss; Walker, Sarah ;Walker, Thomas; Waller, Major ;Watts, John; Wilks, John; Williams, Billington; Williams, Thomas R. ;Wills, Edmund ;Winfree, Ann; Winn, Susanna ;Womack, Jonah ;Wood, William; Worsham, John;Images of Wills 1803 to 1809Names of Testators: Atkinson, Thomas; Bailey, Mary M.; Bailey, William ;Bass, John Sr.; Beasley, Ambrose ; Bevill, Joseph ;Bland, Ann; Bland, Richard; Bragforth, Benjamin; Bruce, Lemuel ;Clarey, Millicent; Clarke, William; Dickerson, Noton; Dunnevant, Philip; Dyson, William; Elliott, William ;Fowlkes, Ann ;Fowlkes, Austin ;Fowlkes, Henry Sr.; Fowlkes, N. ;Furguson, Edmund; Grammer, William; Grey, Milley; Gunn, James Sr.; Harper, John ;Harper, Mary ; Hudgins, Ramseur; Jackson, Mary; Jennings, Joseph; Jennings, Joseph Sr.; Jones, Daniel; Jones, Margaret; Linsie, Richard; Miller, Barbee ; Moore, Amey; Newman, John F.; Osborne, Abner; Redford, Andrew; Richardson, Reuler; Robertson, Mary; Sheffield, Jesse; Stainback, Peter ;Stow, Margaret ;Thomas, Woodley; Tucker, Paschal ;Tucker, Phebe; Vaughan, Robert Sr. ; White, O. ;Williams, Catharine ;Wings, James; Womack, Thomas ; Wood, RobertIndexes to Probate Records
Wills and Estates 1788 to 1802
Wills and Estates 1803 to 1809
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