The inventory of the store of Edward Phelps was taken in 1679, showing enormous disproportions of cloths and clothing as compared with other kinds of goods. There was 675 yards of linen of many varieties and 300 yards of woollen, 81 pairs of stockings, 50 pairs of shoes, tape, gimp, thread buttons, felt hats, blankets, curtains and valance. Source: Inventory of personal property of Phelps at his death, Records of York County, vol. 1675-1685, p. 172. One finds such personal information in the old Wills and Estates where colonials imparted inventories of their plantations and gave legacies to their heirs. Virginia Pioneers has a large collection of old Wills and Estates on the website.
Prince William County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Probate Records
When Captain John Smith and other English explorers came to the upper Potomac River beginning in 1608, they reported that the area within present Prince William County was occupied by the Doeg tribe. The Doeg Indians maintained several villages in this area into the 1650s, when colonists began to patent the land. The County was named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, the third son of King George II. Prince William County was created on 1 February 1727 from King George and Stafford Counties. The Act of 1731 of the General Assembly included parts of Stafford county and King george County and part of Prince William County originally included all of what later became Arlington County,the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, the City of Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park. The county seat is Manassas.
Prince William County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills, Inventories, Accounts 1734 to 1744
- Wills, Inventories Accounts 1782 to 1792
Digital Images of Wills 1734 to 1744
- Abstracts of Wills 1734 to 1781Testators: Ashford, Ann; Ashford, Michael; Awbroy, Francis; Bridges, William; Bullock, Richard ; Chapman, Joseph; Coffer, Mary; Deakers, Thomas; Debee, William ; Doyle, Edward ; Drakefoot, Richard ; Edge, John; Farrow, Abram ; French, James ; Gibson, Jacob; Gosling, John ; Gosling, Simon; Gregg, John; Greshon, James ; Hager, Henry ; Hardin, Mark ; Haurork, Scarlot ; Henderson, James; Hishback, John ; Jordan, Thomas ; Lacon, Francis ; Lawson, Marmaduke; Marr, John; Morris, Ann; Neal, Rodham ; Oriar, Daniel ; Overall, John ; Paddorfou, Catherine ; Page, John ; Simos, Richard ; Simson, Thomas ; Sparkes, William ; Suto, Edward ; Tobbs, Daniel ; Walker, John ; Williams, Jonas Jr. ; Wright, Francis and Young, EdwardDigital Images of Wills 1778 to 1791Testators: Ashmore, John ; Atwell, Thomas ; Bennett, William ; Botts, Joshua ; Brown, Elizabeth ; Brown, James ; Bullitt, Cuthbert ; Burroughs, John ; Burrows, John ; Carr, William ; Carter, Giles ; Chapman, John ; Chapman, Thomas; Cheek, John ; Cooper, Henry ; Crook, Zephaniah ; Dagg, Thomas ; Delgarn, John ; Dowell, John ; Ewell, Thomas Winder ; Fennell, Francis ; Foley, Mary ; Forbes, David ; Foster, William ; Goodman, John ; Graham, John ; Graham, John (2) ; Gray, Francis ; Green, George ; Harrison, Ann ; Harrison, Burr ; Harrison, Cuthbert ; Haskins, John ; Helm, Linaugh ; Higgs, Truman ; Hogan, Thomas ; Hutchinson, John ; Ismongrove, Lydia Musgrove ; Jackson, Francis ; Jackson, Samuel Sr. ; Kitchen, George ; Landrum, William ; Lee, Henry ; Love, Samuel ; Lowe, John ; Moseley, Robert ; Murray, John ; Peachey, Samuel Jr. ; Petty, Joseph ; Peyton, Henry ; Peyton, Valentine ; Powell, William ; Purcell, William ; Quisenberry, James ; Randolph, John ; Reeves, John ; Reeves, Mary ; Ross, John ; Ross, William ; Rove, George; Scott, James ; Scott, Sarah ; Shute, Fanny ; Simms, Jane ; Smith, Caleb ; Smoot, Thomas ; Sparks, William ; Stone, Thomas ; Suel, Margaret ; Tackett, William ; Tennison, William ; Tibbs, Foushee ; Whitledge, William ; Wilson, Henry; Wilson, Sarah
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