By Jeannette Holland Austin
Nansemond County records burned, leaving nothing until about 1863. There was a lot going on in that region during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 when the British were known to have burned records in Washington, D. C. The only records before 1863 are the Fee Books, which are tax records. There was a lot of ink bleed-through in these books, however, they are worth the effort. The entries contain some helpful data. Here is an example: " Henry Holland the elder" and Henry Holland the junior". That separates the families and the generations. I was able to clarify much of my genealogy in this county by studying the fee books, then comparing them with the vestry records of the local church. The original land grants of course provide vague information. However, a trip to the area was worth a sack of gold. Using these three resources (plus using the local roads and viewing the actual setting and how the old homes were situated, I could follow the vestry records and determine property lines. Finally, I made a list of each person's acreage and followed them down through the years. When certain tracts were listed under another person with the same surname, it was obvious that was the heir!
ansemond County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Indexes to Probate Records, Tax Digests
In 1634, the King of England directed the formation of eight shires (or counties) in the colony of Virginia. One of these was Elizabeth City Shire, which included land area on both sides of Hampton Roads. New Norfolk County was formed in 1636 from Elizabeth City Shire. It included all the area in South Hampton Roads. In 1637, New Norfolk County was divided into Upper Norfolk County and Lower Norfolk County and Upper Norfolk County became Nansemond County in 1646. Now an extinct county, Nansemond is part of the City of Suffolk, where the records are now located.
Note: All of the probate records burned during the Civil War. Nansemond County is no longer in existence. The records were sent to Suffolk, Virginia.
Nansemond County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to Members of Virginia Pioneers
Pictured is the site of 404 Kingsale Road, Holland, (now Suffolk, Virginia) (left) and the site of 504 Kingsale Road, Holland, (now Suffolk, Virginia)(right).
Indexes to Probate Records
- Nansemond County Marriages to 1699; taken from Gates County, North Carolina (1783 to 1877) and miscellaneous sources
Nansemond County Fee Book (Clerk's records of lawsuits, wills filed, etc.) 1770-1800
- Wills and Inventories 1866-1872
- Wills and Inventories 1900-1909
- Wills and Estates 1909 to 1919
- Fiduciaries 1866 to 1889
Miscellaneous Accounts in Feebooks
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames A-B
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames C-D
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames E-F
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames G-H
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames I-J
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames K-M
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames N-O
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames P-Q
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames R-S
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames T-U
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames U-V
- Abstracts of Feebooks 1789-1800, Surnames W-Z
History of Nansemond County
- Holland, Carr
- Holland, Elias and Esther
- Holland, Everitt
- Holland, Jacob
- Holland, James, admr of Henry Holland, deceased
- Holland, John and Joseph Sr.
- Holland, Joseph
- Holland, Joseph (2)
- Holland, Joseph Sr.
- Holland, Solomon
- Holland, Solomon and Job
- Holland, Thomas
- Holland, William and Elias
- Holland, William and George
- Holland, William, Elias, Arthur and Job
Digital Images of Old Wills Recovered, 1676 to 1824 (re-filed in Will Book 1909 to 1919)
Testators: Godwin, Thomas; Godwin, Thomas; Godwin, Thomas; Godwin, Thomas; Yeates, JohnDigital Images of Wills 1866-1872
Names of Testators: Ames, John; Ames, Mary Ann; Atcher, Stephen; Archer, William; Babbs, Samuel; Banes, Nancy Jane ; Boyt, Nancy; Briggs, Merit; Bryant, Joshua; Bunch, Julia A.; Burn, Thomas; Cohoon, John C.; Colburn, James; Creecy, Lemuel; Cross, Hardy; Darden, Edward H., estate; Darden, John D. H., estate; Darden, Sally, estate ; Draper, William H.; Duke, Elisha; Daughtrey, Elizabeth, estate; Daughtrey, Jacob K.; Dorton, Joseph, estate; Eley, Josiah, estate; Elliott, Sarah; Ellis, Wilson; Eppes, Hamlin L.; Frost, Priscilla; Godwin, George; Goodman, Barnes ; Goodman, James; Graves, James; Gray, Hal; Griffin, Richard H.; Harrell, Isaac; Harris, James H.; Harrison, Margaret; Hatchell, Armstead; Holland, Augustus H.; Holland, Harrison; Holland, Margaret Sr.; Holladay, Edith; Holladay, Francis D.; Howell, David; Jenkins, Elizabeth; Johnson, Isaac; Jones, Wiley; Jones, William M.; Joyner, William; Kerr, William Harvey; King, William; Langston, Lot; Lawrence, James; Lawrence, Robert; Lee, Isaac; Lewis, Mary A.; Livesey, Joshua; Mansfield, Joseph W.; McAlister, Andrew; McClenny, Ellen; Milteer, Daniel; Milteer, Ednie; Minton, John; Murphey, Josiah; Murray, Robert; Norfleet, Elisha; Norfleet, John Sr.; Norfleet, Rebecca; Parker, Henry; Parker, Robert; Perry, Jesse; Phelps, James; Phillips, Nathaniel; Porter, Zachariah; Pruden, David; Pruden, John C.; Pruden, Mary; Raby, Rispey; Rawls, Ann, estate ; Rawls, John Sr.; Rawls, Justin; Rawls, Uriah, Rev., estate; Reddick, James; Reddick, Josiah Sr.; Reddick, Mills; Rogers, James; Ross, John; Saunders, Edith; Saunders, Joseph; Savage, James, estate; Savage, Jethro, estate; Savage, Oliver P., estate; Savage, Whitmell; Smith, Arthur; Smith, Washington C.; Spence, Wilson; Stallings, Richard; Vann, Demsey; Vann, Dempsey, contd.; Webb, Robert Henning ; Whitfield, Edward ; Wilder, John W.; Wilkins, Samuel, estate; Wilkinson, John Thomas; Wilkinson, Martha ; Williamson, Richard, estate; Wright, BelsonDigital Images of Fiduciary Settlements(Orphans) Book O, 1863 to 1865
Names of Orphans: Allen; Ballard; Brinkley; Collins; Copeland; Cothen; Darden; Daughtrey; Dozier; Gary ;Gaskins; Hodges;Keeling; Langston; Lewis; Manning; Moore; Powell; Smith (Robert); Savage; Skinner; WrightDigital Images of Wills 1909 to 1919
Testators: Abell, Edwin P.; Allen, Fannie E.; Archer, Aaron; Artman, Hiram T.; Ashley, R. D.; Atkinson, Robert H.; Baines, J. H.; Baker, Henry; Ballard, Cicero; Ballard, John W.; Bartman, Maggie; Berry, Frances ; Borland, T. R.; Bradshaw, Mary E.; Brinkley, James H.; Brinkley, L. Parker; Brothers, William H.; Butler, John A.; Butts, George W.; Camp, William N. ; Carre, Mary Ann ; Chapman, Josiah ; Cobb, Msry Elizabeth; Coggins, George L.; Copeland, Burrell; Copeland, Hanah; Copeland, Samuel; Copeland, William Henry; Cowling, Mary E.; Crocker, Nancy; Cross, Edward; Cross, Garrison; Cross, Israel; Cross, Lamb; Cross, Matildia; Dann, Alice; Deans, Parthenia; Dewitt, Cornelius; Dillard, Temhia J.; Dixon, John H.; Doles, Robert M.; Duke, Charles C.; Dumville, Benjamin; Dumville, Sarah; Edwards, Susana; Ellis, Thomas J.; Faulk, William M.; Flynn, Adaline; Fulgham, Martha W.; Gardner, John L.; Gaskins, Margaret S.; Gilliam, Richard C.; Godwin, Edmond; Godwin, Joseph; Godwin, Mills; Goodman, William G.; Grandy, G. W. Sr.; Grant, Bell; Gray, James J.; Gray, Josiah ; Gray, Mary E.; Hare, Joseph J. ; Hargroves, Julia Tatem; Harrell, John T.; Harrell, William Thomas; Hazelwood, Sidney B.; Heck, James R.; Higginbotham, John P.; Holland, Frederick L.; Holland, Frederick L.(2); Holland, Jason P. ; Holland, Job Sr.; Holland, Joseph Frank; Holland, Martha E.; Holland, W. H., estate; Holland, W. S.; Holland, Z. T., estate ; Horton, Moses E.; Hunter, Margaret T.; Ives, Mary ; Johnson, Bertha ; Johnson, Margaret Ann ; Jones, Henry; Jones, Maggie E.; Jordan, Mary Driver; Keeter, Marietta M.; Kelley, James B.; King, John A.; Langford, Martha; Lassiter, Joseph F.; Lawrence, Elizabeth; Lawrence, J. W.; Lawrence, Mary E.; Lee, Willis J.; Luke, James W;. Martin, John W. E.; Mayo, Sally W.; McClenny, Sally; Milby, William B.; Milteer, Daniel; Milteer, John T.; Milteer, Mary Ann; Mizell, William; Morris, Calvin; Newby, Celia Elizabeth; Newsom, Julia; Norfleet, Sarah E.; Pace, Edward W.; Pace, Elizabeth Widgeon; Page, Media A.; Parker, Joseph A.; Phifer, Margaret Ann; Pierce, John T.; Pierce, William A.; Porter, Margarett E.; Powell, Chetta R. Powell, Isham; Pruden, A. J. Mrs.; Quillin, Susan Ellen Caroline; Raby, Allen; Ramey, Thomas; Ranstead, Lyman T.; Rawles, Hugh K.; Rawls, Luther; Rawles, William; Redd, Wiley; Royster, Margaret A.; Rodgers, Dolly; Rowley, George; Ruffin, Lelia; Ruffin, Lymus; Saunders, Adolphus ; Saunders, Diana O.; Saunders, Hurley K.; Saunders, Tazewell J.; Savage, Alexander; Savage, H. W.; Savage, Josephine; Scott, Ann; Scott, Nancy J.; Seguine, James S.; Skeeter, Henry; Smith, O. V.; Sullivan, Mary J.; Tatem, Robert H.; Taylor, A. E. Mrs.; Turner, Atkinson W.; Turner, Mary Ann; Upshur, Anna Green; Voight, Oscar L.; Washburn, Robert; Weston, W. S.; White, Edwin T.; Whitfield, William E.; Whitley, John Jacob; Wilkins, George C.; Williams, W. V. H.; Williamson, R. H.; Wills, Mattie ; Wilmer, Skipwith; Woodard, W. V. B.; Wright, Mary J.; Wright, T. J.Miscellaneous Wills and Estates; Nansemond County Estates; Upper Parish Deeds
Allen, Edward (abstract); Bennett, Richard (Governor), transcript; Charlton, Francis, LWT (transcript); Darden, John, LWT (transcript); Holland, Job, LWT (image;) Holland, Lewis C., LWT (transcript); Jones, Allen, LWT (transcript); Lassister, George, LWT (transcript); Lear, John, LWT (transcript from Craven County, NC); McKinzie, John, LWT (transcript from Craven County,NC) ; Riddick, Willis, LWT (transcript); Riddick, Joziah
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