Monday, May 20, 2019

Commonly Forgotten Genealogy Resources #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Commonly Forgotten Genealogy Resources

1940 hatsPictured: 1940 hats. A lot of records were lost, while other important records are ignored. The actual correpondence of government officials was preserved, beginning with the House of Burgesses. The Virginia Magazine published these accounts and are available online or in public libraries. The correspondence may seem boring, however, it is riveted with names of representatives and other colonials of the era. If one wishes to learn the actual circumstances surrounding a war (for example) then he reads the correspondence between the governors and other state officials. The North Carolina State Papers detail interesting tidbits concerning immigrants requesting entry into the State, requests for land grants, etc. Although the Federal Archives had a good many immigration records, all passenger lists have not been translated and transcribed. Too, count the discoveries of sunken vessels under the sea to get the number of lost Ship Manifests (names and ages of passengers, port of departure, destination). 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Images of Prince Edward County Wills, Estates #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Prince Edward County Genealogies, Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Linden Plantation

Prince Edward County, Virginia was formed in 1754 from Amelia County. It was named after Prince Edward, the second son of Frederick, Prince of Wales and the younger brother of George III of the United Kingdom. The original county seat was called Prince Edward Courthouse; it is now the village of Worsham. In 1798, the town of Farmville was formed (incorporated in 1912) near the headwaters of the Appomattox River. The county seat was moved from Worsham to Farmville in 1871. 

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Marriage Bonds
  • 1755 to 1850
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Index to Inventories, Accounts and Wills 1785 to 1795 

Miscellaneous Wills and Estates

Collicot, James LWT ca 1770
Harris, Thomas (1792), LWT, (transcribed)
Whitlock, James 

Images of Wills 1754 to 1785

Testators: Archdeacon, James | Atkins, Robert | Atwood, James | Baker, Duglass| Baker, Martha | Baker, Martha (2) | Baker, Mary | Baker, Robert | Barns, William | Beaker, Caleb | Booker, William | Bryan, Thomas | Caldwell, Thomas | Caldwell, Thomas (2) | Carter, Theodrick | Cary, William | Christian, Ann | Coffee, Peter | Collicott, James | Crisman, Daniel | Cunningham, Alexander | Davidson, John | Dearman, Michael | DeJarnett, Daniel | DeJarnett, Elias | DeJarnett, Mary | Donnel, James| Ewing, Samuel | Fielder, Thomas | Flournoy, David | Garden, James | Gillespie, Patrick |Gillespie, Robert A.| Gordon, John| Graven, John| Griffin, James| Hackley, Samuel| Harper, Edmund | Harris, Micajah| Harris, Thomas | Harrison, William | Hawkins, Benjamin | Hill, William | Hughes, Leander| Johnston, Edward | Ligon, Henry Sr. | Littlejohn, Joseph | Lugh, Zachariah | Martain, Samuel | Martin, James | Mathews, Samuel | MacCartney, James | McCroy, James | McLard, David | Moor, Royall | More, George | Nash, John | Nash, Mary | Owens, John | Price, Pugh | Read, James | Reed, John | Reed, Samuel | Rice, Charles | Rice, Joseph | Richey, Hugh | Rowlett, John | Tuggle, Benjamin | Walker, George Sr. | Watkins, John | Whitlock, Sarah | Wimbish, Benjamin | Wimbish, James | Woodson, Constant | Woodson, Obadiah | Woodson, Richard | Yarbrough, William 

Images of Wills 1785 to 1795

Testators: Adams, William Robert | Allen, James | Armstrong, Thomas | Baker, Samuel | Brooks, Isaac | Burks, George | Carr, Hugh | Cawthon, John | Chambers, Josiah | Childres, Robert | Clarke, John Jr. | Clark, Thomas | Cobb, Sarah | DeJarnett, John | Dixon, John | Gillespie, Francis | Hambleton, Alexander | Harper, Hannah | Hay, Daniel | Holt, Plunkett | Hughes, Jesse | Jackson, Thomas | Johnston, Henry | Lawson, Benjamin | Lewellin, Daniel | Lewellin, Thomas | Lewellin, William | Lockett, Stephen | McFeley, Manassah | Moore, Joseph | North, William | Price, Charles | Ritchie, Charles | Scott, John Scott, Mildred | Ward, Robert B. | Watts, Sarah | Woodson, Charles | Zachery, Bartholomew 

Images of Wills 1795 to 1807 

Anderson, William | Anderson, William (2) | Baker, Andrew | Baker, Christian | Baker, Douglass | Baldwin, Caleb | Baldwin, John | Baldwin, William | Beasley, Peter | Bever, John | Blanton, Richard Sr. | Booker, Mary | Brightwell, Reynold | Cardwell, John | Cason, Seth | Cathern, Adam | Chambers, Mary | Clarke, Joel | Downs, Margaret | Elliott, Andrew | Farley, William | Fears, James | Flournoy, Thomas | Foster, Richard | Gibson, Ann | Goode, Robert | Goode, Samuel | . . . more . . .

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Albemarle County VA Wills, Estates #vagenealog #virginiapioneersnet

Albemarle County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages

Albemarle County, VirginiaAlbemarle County was established 1744 from Goochland County. The county seat is Charlottesville. The county was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and titular Governor of Virginia at the time. In 1761 the county was divided to form Buckingham and Amherst counties, at which time the county seat was moved from the formerly-central Scottsville to Charlottesville.

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  • Marriages 1780 to 1868
  • Marriage Register Index 1854 to 1893

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  • Wills 1748 to 1752
  • Deeds 1748 to 1752
  • Wills, Estates, Appraisements 1752 to 1785

Images of Albemarle County Wills, Estates, Inventories, etc. 1748 to 1752

Testators: Abney, Abner;Allen, William Hunt; Arrington, William;Baber, Robert;Ballon, William, inventory; Brock, George;Bruce, John;Burke, Charles, estate;Cannon, William, inventory;Christian, Robert;Dameron, Lazarus; Dameron, Richard;Duncan, Martin, inventory;Finley, Margaret; Franklin, Benjamin;Gains, Bernard, inventory;Gorden, John, estate;Hamilton, inventory;Hamilton, Henry, inventory; Hamner, Robert;Lifely, Mary; Lynch, Charles; Mahoney, James, inventory;  . . . more . . .

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Friday, May 10, 2019

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Prince George County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Brandon Plantation South

Prince George County was established in 1702 and was named in honor of Prince George of Denmark, who was the husband of Queene Anne of England. Queen Anne. It was formed from Charles City County, one of the original eight shires, and its boundaries stretched from south of the James River down to the North Carolina line. 

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Digital Images of Wills and Estates 1713 to 1728 

Anderson, John 
Anderson, Peter 
Batte, Henry 
Bilbro, Thomas, estate 
Bolling, Drury, Capt., estate 
Braine, John 
Bridges, Timothy, estate 
Brooks, George, estate 
Chambliss, Elizabeth deed from Thomas Taylor 
Clifton, Thomas 
Clifton, Thomas, inventory 
Clifton estate 
Connell, Timothy 
Crawley, David 
Cray, Thomas 
Davis, Christopher, estate
Duke, Henry, Capt., estate
Epes, William Sr. 
Epess, William, Sr., estate
Fauquier, Francis 
Goodrich, Charles
Goodrich, Charles, estate
Goodrich, Edward, estate
Goodrich, Margaret
Griffith, Elizabeth
Griffith, Thomas
Grigg, William
Grigg, William, inventory
Hamlin, John
Hamlin, John, estate
Hamlin, John, estate continued 
. . . more . . .

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The Public Stocks #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

The Public Stocks

stocks and pilloryThere is a story woman who complained that she was placed in front of her house with a stick tied in her mouth. This was known as a "scold." Sometimes a person was fastened to what was known as a "ducking stool" at one end of a seesaw plank, and ducked in a pond or river! Some crimes were punished by making the offender stand up on a stool in some public place, while fastened to his breast was a large placard on which his crime was printed in coarse letters, as "LIAR" or "THIEF." In some colonies the use of public whipping posts were applied against hardened offenders. The culprit was seated on a bench in a public place, his feet projecting through holes in a plank (or the pillory) where he had to stand up with his neck and wrists painfully confined in a similar way. These last two modes of punishment were a source of no small amusement to the throng who gathered about the victim and jeered. Nevertheless, this type of public shame sufficiently served to deter crime.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

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Prince William County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Probate Records

Old Town Hall in Prince William CountyWhen 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. 

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  • Wills, Inventories, Accounts 1734 to 1744
  • Wills, Inventories Accounts 1782 to 1792
  • Abstracts of Wills 1734 to 1781
Digital Images of Wills 1734 to 1744 
Testators: 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, Edward
Digital Images of Wills 1778 to 1791 
Testators: 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 ;  . . . more . . .

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Reasons to Examine Old Documents #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Good Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinPeople write some interesting stuff in their wills! Before we had the Internet, a convenient method of discovering the heirs was to read "abstracts" of wills, estates, deeds and marriages which were published in book. This tremendous undertaking by the authors of genealogy was insurmountable in brilliance. It saved the researcher a great deal of time. But now that we have access Internet to full documents on Georgia Pioneers. Reading the entire document is a boon to genealogists for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the heirs are mentioned with the details of their specific inheritance, and relationship to the deceased. Second, some of our previous assumptions taken from the abstracts can be clarified. Third, we can discover new information. And fourth, all the details are included, some of which the abstracter did not include because it was not clearly discernible on the old microfilm equipment. _____________________________________________________________________________ 

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Princess Anne County VA Wills, Estates #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Princess Anne County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Deeds, Poll Lists, Indexes to Probate Records


Note: When researching Princess Anne County for ancestors, Norfolk County should also be examined as the names between the two counties were frequently inter-changed with relatives. When Admiral Christopher Newport and the colonists of the Virginia Company arrived in 1607, George Percy and his fellow Englishmen's first landing was at Cape Henry. They named the spot in honor of Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of King James I of England. It was this spot which later became Princess Anne County. A well-known planter was Adam Thoroughgood who settling along the Lynnhaven River. 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. New Norfolk County included all the area in South Hampton Roads now incorporated in the five independent cities located there in modern times. In 1637 this tract was divided into Upper Norfolk County and Lower Norfolk County. In 1691, Lower Norfolk County was in turn subdivided to form Norfolk County and Princess Anne County, which contained the area of Lynnhaven Parish. Princess Anne County was named for the heir to the English throne, who later became Queen Anne. 

The following allowances were made in the levy of Princess Anne County for 1696 for the construction of a court-house. A new jail was erected at the same time, and to some extend the outlay for the two is given together in the entry quoted: "To Timbner for the frame of court house and prison, 1000 lbs. Tobo.; Digging Post holes for the court house, 30 lbs. Tobo.; 2850 Boards for outside work, 1425 lbs. Tobo; Bringing above down, boating them; To Joseph Godacres loading and carting them, 500 lbs. Tobo.; Taking down the table, benches and bar at old Court house, bringing here and setting up, 100 lbs. Tobo.; Taking up plank at old Court house, boat and hands bringing it to Court house and carting, 400 lbs. Tobo; 650 plank of Adam Keeling, 650 lbs. Tobo.; To a boat and hands 2 days fetching 400 feet of it to Godacres' landing; One day carting it thence to Court house, 50 lbs. Tobo; One day carting sleepers to court house, 60 bs. Tobo; 6000 8d. Nails, 480 lbs. Tbo; 1000 10. nails, 100 lbs. Tobo; 1000 4d. nails, 45 lbs. Tobo; 500 20d. nails, 150 lbs. Tobo; 1500 Boards for inside @600 lbs. p. 1000, 900 lbs. Tobo; 2 bbl. of tar and bringing same, 300 lbs. Tobo; carting course house frame, 410 lbs. Tobo; To superintendence, 800 lbs. Tobo." Sources: Princess Anne Order Book 1691-1709, p. 119. 

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Images of Wills 1714 to 1724 

Testators: Atwood, John; Attwood, John; Atwood, Thomas; Attwood, William; Bray, Robert; Brock, Thomas; Brooks, Job; Burrough, Benjamin; Bush, George;Capps, Richard; Carroway, Edward; Carroway, John; Cason, James; Clause, Sarah; Cock, Christopher; Corbet, Richard; Corprew, Thomas; Crashley, Peter; Dange, James; Danley, John; Davis, Edward; Dennis, Timothy; Droutt, Richard; Edmunds, John; Emperer, Tully; Etherington, Thomas;Ewell, Thomas; Fentriss, Michael; Fitzgerald, Henry; Flaborn, John; Fowler, Frances; Franklin,   . . . more . . .

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Special Virginia Collections #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Special Collections: Immigrants to Virginia

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The first settlers to Jamestown were instigated at the instance of Captain John Smith. Apparently, this group of immigrants were vagrants brought in off the street of London and includes adults, boys and girls. Vagrancy is noted and what street or parish they were found in. In some cases the church-wardens brought them in for confinement. The vagrants include adults, boys and girls. The 1619 list includes notes from Capt. John Smith, such as "died" and the occupation. The first settlements into the Virginia colony were fraught with hardship. By 1619, it appears that over half of those sent were dead. The Indian massacre did not occur until 1620 or 1621, however, the Powhatan tribe was unfriendly and the settlers had to defend themselves against attacks. This meant that they could not leave the fort during such attacks and apparently died of hardship and starvation. To see these lists, you must become a member of Virginia Pioneers
  • The Virginia Company of London 1606 to 1624
  • First Settlers to Jamestown in 1607 as noted by Captain John Smith.
  • Immigrants sent from London to Virginia in 1618.
  • Immigrants sent from London to Virginia in 1619.
  • Immigrants sent from London to Virginia in 1620.
  • Immigrants sent from London to Virginia in 1622. 1684 English Merchants residing in Virginia
  • Passinger List of ship Charming Molly to Essex County 1765
  • Immigrants to Middlesex County 1674 to 1702
  • Miscellaneous Immigrants from Virginia Executive Papers
  • Deaths of Members Listed in the Journal of the House of Burgesses 1702 to 1761
Sources: Minutes of the Court of Governors of Bridewell. Microfilm at Bethlem Royal Hospital, monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX, England. Originals at King Edward's School, Witley, Surrey, England and Records of the Virginia Company of London, ed. Susan M. Kingsbury, published for the Library of Congress, 1906-1935; Journal of the Virginia House of Burgesses. 

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Irish Fore Bearers of George Washington #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

The Irish Fore Bearers of George Washington, viz: Ball, Washington, De Wessyngtons

A large number of Irish were in the Continental Congress or prominent as leaders in every station of life. George Washington was possibly descended on the side of his father from a Washington who had lived in Ireland, and the side of his mother, the Balls, who came from the neighborhood of Dublin. Country Families of the United Kingdom by Walford shows that in the modern age the only families with any property bearing the name of Ball, are to be found in Ireland. The family came to Ireland in the 14th century as Flemish emigrants. It is also claimed that the De Wessyngtons were Flemish who settled about the same time in both England and Ireland. But the head of the English family died some years before the planting of Jamestown, Virginia. The members of the Irish branch have all been traced and some of them to this country. One, a son of Henry Washington, a person of some prominence, disappeared from Ireland during the troubles and probably escaped to Bermuda, where many vessels first stopped on their way to the American colonies.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

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Pulaski County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Indexes to Probate Records

Dublin Virginia
Pulaski County was formed March 30, 1839 from parts of the counties of Montgomery and Wythe. It was named after Count Casimir Pulaski, an exiled polish nobleman who fought during the American Revolution as part of the army of George. He joined the army in 1777 and became a brigadier general and chief of cavalry in the Continental Army. On October 11, 1779 Count Pulaski was fatally wounded in Savannah and died on October 11, 1779, and his fame is that of being an honored American hero.

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  • Index to Wills 1859 to 1871
  • Index to Wills 1848 to 1902 | Images of Wills 1848 to 1902
Images of Wills, Guardianships, Inventories, Estates 1840 to 1859

Abraham, Martha | Adair, James | A. | Allison, James | | Baithwaite, guardians | Barger, Franklin | Baskerville, George | Baskerville, John B. | Baskerville, Spencer | Beard, George W. | Bell, Peyton | Bell, William | A. | Belles, John | Bently, Henry | Black, Hugh | Black, John | Burkholder, William | | Caddall, John | Calfee, William | | Carnahan, John | Clark, Elizabeth | Cloyd, David | Cloyd, Thomas | Cook, Henry | Crawford, John | Danfer, John | Davis, Meredith | Davis, Sarah | Dill, Peter, Mrs. | Draper, Margaret | Eaton, Crozier | Eversole, Phillip | Farmer, Martha | Fugate, Jesse | Galbreath, Catharine | Gesse, William | Gifford, Harman | Glendy, John | Grass, Elizabeth | Guthrie, Elizabeth | Guthrie, Richard | Hager, John | Hoge, Elizabeth | Hoge, J. M. | Howard, Alexander | Hurst, John | Jordan, Michael | Kelly, John | Kent, David F. | King, James | Lasley, William | Mannis, Richard | McGlendy, Polly | Mennahan, Martha | Meredith, Jeremiah | Miller, James | Miller, William | Morris, Mary | Morris, Robert | Muirhead, Andrew | Patton, Henry | Peck, Joseph | Peirce, James | Pittman, Henry | Pryor, John | Raines, Richard | Rankin, James | Rankin, Mary | Safford, Adam | Sanger, Joseph | Sayers, James |   . . . more . . .

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Monday, April 15, 2019

An American Colonist Goes Loyal and Testifies in England #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

An American Colonist Goes Loyalist and Testifies in England

Joseph GallowayJoseph Galloway, a native of Maryland, but long a resident of Pennsylvania before the Revolution, was an early and active sympathizer in the American cause until the Declaration of Independence, when he became a Loyalist. During a visit to England he was examined before an investigating committee of the House of Commons in June of 1779, and his testimony has been frequently published. When asked as to the composition of the Rebel army, his answer was "The names and places of their nativity being taken down I can answer the question with precision; there were scarcely one fourth natives of America; about one half Irish; the other fourth were English and Scotch." Thus, a fourth part was composed of some English, very few Scotch, and more Germans, or Dutch from Pennsylvania and the valley of Virginia, who formed the brigade under the command of Muhlenberg, and the Eighth Virginia regiment. The testimony of Galloway referred to his experience while superintendent of the police in Philadelphia during the British occupancy. "Do you know anything of the army of the Rebels in general, how that is composed; of what country people?" His answer was, "I judge of that by the deserters that came over." It has been estimated that about one fourth of all the American officers were Irish by birth or descent and a large number of Irish were in the Continental Congress or prominent as leaders in every station of life. It is also believed that General George Washington was descended on both sides from Irish forebearers. 

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Friday, April 12, 2019

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Rappahannock County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Indexes to Probate Records

Rappahannock County Court House
Rappahannock County was first founded in 1656 from part of Lancaster County. Many of the first colonists resided in the area and records exist back to the sixteen hundredths. This old county became extinct in 1692 when it was separated to form Essex and Richmnd Counties. In 1833, the Virginia General Assembly created the currently existing Rappahannock County, taking land from Culpeper County. It was named after the old Rappahannock River which separates it from Fauquier County. The county seat is Washington, Virginia.

Historical Tidbits: In 1669 Thomas Butler of Rappahannock County bound himself to deliver to George Brown, the captain of the Elizabeth of London, three hogsheads of sweet-scented tobacco belonging to the choicest portion of his crop. Brown was to carry this tobacco to England and there to dispose of it for money sterling. After having laid aside twenty-two pounds for his own use, the amount of a claim which he held against Butler for goods previously sold to him, Brown was to employ whatever remained in buying linen and woollen cloths, shoes and stockings to be conveyed to Butler in Virginia.

Sources: Records of Rappahannock County, original vol. 1668-1672, p. 291.

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(Old, Former County) Rappahannock County Records:
  • Marriages to 1699
Miscellaneous Wills
  • Butler, John Kenny, William
  • Musgrave, Michael, LWT transcript
  • Rowzie, Edward
  • Toone, James (1677), LWT, transcript
Indexes to Old Rappahannock County Probate Records
  • Deeds, Wills, Settlements 1656-1664; 1662 to 1672; 1662 to 1668; 1663 to 1682
Rappahannock County Records

Indexes to Rappahannock Wills and Estates
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book A, 1833-1842
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book B, 1842-1849
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book C, 1849-1855
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book D, 1855-1866
Digital Images of (current) Rappahannock County Wills and Estates
    Wills and Estates, Book A, 1833-1842

    Testators: Adams, Easter; Amiss, Philip; Barnes, Leonard; Best, Enos; Bragg, Thomas; Broaddus, Mary; Burgess, Dawson; Butler, Charles; Butler, Elizabeth; Cannon, Reuben; Carders, George; Carn, John; Cheek, Mary; Cheek, Nancy; Conner, Margaret; Daniel, Nancy; Deatherage, George; Dodson, William; Duncan, Frederick; Duncan, George; Eastham, Bird; Farrow, William; Foley, Thomas; Fristoe, Catherine; Gan, William; Gibson, Mary; Gibson, Moses; Gray, Richard; Griffin, Thomas; Grigsby, S.; Hawkins, Nancy; 
. . . more . . .

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Irish Refugee, John Daly Burk #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Irish Refugee, John Daly Burk, Friend of Thomas Jefferson and John Randolph

Trinity College in Dublin IrelandJohn Daly Burk, of Petersburg, Virginia was born in Ireland, and educated at Trinity college in Dublin. Because of his political opinions and affiliations he was compelled to leave the country (1797) while yet a student at college. He first tried his fortune in Boston, and after wards in New York. But he received no encouragement. His love for Ireland and his ardent democracy made against his success at the North, and he finally came to Virginia. Here he became the friend of Jefferson and John Randolph, both of whom encouraged the brilliant young refugee. He was a lawyer, poet, dramatist and historian, and was undoubtedly one of the most accomplished men in the state during his day. He was the author of the History of Virginia in four volumes; A History of the Late War in Ireland. Before he completed the fourth volume of the History of Virginia he was killed in a duel with a French gentleman at Campbell Bridge in Chesterfield county, Virginia, on the 11th of April, 1808. Source: Some Irish Settlers in Virginia by Hon. Joseph T. Lawless, Richmond, Virginia.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

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Richmond County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Court House Records

Richmond County, Virginia was formed in 1692 out of Old Rappahannock County. Its county seat is Warsaw. The county is located on the Northern Neck (not to be confused with Richmond, the city). The county seat is Warsaw, Virginia. It is the historical site of many first colonists and this fact is reflected in the last wills and testaments. The document was very important for our days beccause it reveals so much about the decedent, which is welcome information to the genealogist. The will is a "must" document to search. In fact, the first thing which you do when you go to court house records is to search the probate records. This is where all of the information resides. True, there are many books written abstracting county wills for the State of Virginia, however, the abstracts simply do not contain the " juice; necessary to dig deep into the lives of your families. The colonial wills, particularly, reveal just about everything, from the location of the homeplace, the burial grounds for the family, the church or religion, and an express division of land, plantations, personal notes, and a vast inventory of all of the items of the estates. After all, every Virginian was in business for himself and contributed a great deal to the community. The estate records provide names of friends, neighbors, distant relatives, names of heirs in English estates, and much much more. A family tree is incomplete without the actual last wills and testaments of all of your family members. The digitized documents on Virginia Pioneers are actual copies from the county clerk. Originals no longer exist, however, the clerk copies each and every will and all of its detail into the county will book. 

Digital Images of Richmond County Wills 1717 to 1725 
Names of Testators: Alderson, John; Jr. ; Armistead, Francis ; Armstrong, John;; Baker, Bartholomew; Barber, William; ; Barrow, Edward; Baylis, Robert; Birket, John; Bonagh, William; Bradley, Elizabeth; Brown, William; Bryan, Elleanor ; Bryan, Thomas Sr.; Burditt, Henry ; Carny, Patrick ; Carpenter, Mary ; Clarke, Thomas ; colston, William; Connell, Michael ; Cous, John; Cushyon, James; Davis, John; Davis, Matthew ; Dodson, Anne ; Fitzhugh, Thomas ; Fowler, Richard; Glew, John; Gower, Stanley; Green, George; Griffin, William; Hall, Elizabeth; Hamon, Job; Hansford, John; Harrison, Robert; Hartley, James; Harvey, Charles; Hatcher, Silvester ; Hill, Richard; Hinds, Richard; Hodskins, William; Hopkins, George; Ingo, James; Jones, Bookes ; Jones, John; Kappax, Peter ; Lawson, Joshua ; Leagar, Henry ; Lune, Mark; Lune, Patrick ; Mathews, Samuel ; Miller, Simon ; Neal, Charles; Norton, John; Pannell, Thomas; Pound, John; Rannell, Henry ; Reed, Thomas ; Reonalds, John; Ritchason, Thomas ; Scurlock, John; Smith, John; Smith, William; Snead, Charles ; Tiller, William; Toone, James; Walton, Cathron; Wells, Elizabeth; Whittle, Thomas ; Wood, Richard; Wools, Hedley
Digital Images of Wills 1788 to 1794 
Testators: Alderson, William; Ball, William;son; Barrick, Elizabeth; Bragg, Moore ; Brannon, James; Brown, Ellen ; Brown, Thomas Sr. ; Buice, William; Bulger, Jane ; Carpenter, John; Cole, John; Corrie, Hannah ; Crask, James; Crask, Sarah; Dale, Joseph ; Dobyn, Edward ; Dobyns, Thomas ; Dobyns, William Forester ; Downman, Francis ; Downman, William; Efford, Zachariah ;  . . . more . . .

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Finding Yesterday with Topographical Maps

Finding Yesterday with Topographical Maps

Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin 

Books by Jeannette Holland AustinAs the countryside gets scraped off, built upon and altered in so many different ways, we lose sight of its appearance in yester years. For this reason, topographical maps are useful in locating old cemeteries, wells, homesteads, railroads and the like. So what is a topographical map? It is a modern charting of the terrain in any given area, characterized by large-scale detail and quantitative representation of relief and reveals both natural and man-made features. I have used these maps while searching for old home steads and cemeteries. They are quite definitive in locating details such as old farm paths and roads, and the sites where buildings or houses once stood. An excellent finding aid is the descriptions of land lots, creeks, rivers, etc. found in the deeds of the ancestors. Remembering that lakes and rivers were used for navigation, the location of old river beds, rotting dock posts protruding out of the soil and other visuals of a wharf may be central to understanding the positioning of the home stead and its out buildings. Also, the thick weeds in old fields may reveal evidence of plowed rows crops, sunken wells, out-houses, etc., all of which helps to define the period during which our ancestors lived. One never knows what he is to find, until he looks!

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Images of Tazewell County VA Wills, Estates; Marriage Bonds #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Tazewell County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriage Bonds, Probate Records

Tazewell County

During 1771, Thomas and John Witten established the first permanent settlement at Crab Orchard. Tazewell County, Virginia was created in 1799 and was taken from portions of Wythe and Russell Counties. The county seat is Tazewell. 

Marriage Bonds
  • 1801 to 1845
  • 1845 to 1853
Images of Wills and Estates 1800 to 1832 

Asberry, George | Asberry, Henry | Asbury, Moses | Asberry, Poly | Baily, Eli | Barns, Robert | Belcher, Isham | Belches, James | Belches, Joseph | Belsches, Robert | Boston, Isaac | Bowen, Rees | Brewer, James | Brown, Isaac | Brown, James | Carter, James | Carter, Simeon | Cecil, Joshua | Compton, John | Corder, Elijah | Correl, Martha | Correl, Samuel | Curion, Hugh | Davis, Elizabeth | Davis, John | Day, William | Deenenger, Joseph | Dells, William | Deskins, Mary | Drake, John | Duskins, John | Evins, Robert | Gent, William | George, Jane | George, William | Gere, Philip | Goodwin, Robert | Griffith, William | Harman, Daniel | Harman, Henry | Harrison, Hannah | Harrison, Thomas | Helman, William | Hines, Francis | joshix Hix, Joseph | Jones, Solomon | Justice, John | Kindrick, Patrick | King, Martha | Laird, John | Lockheart, Mary | Lockler, Andrew | Marrs, Henry | Mason, French | Matney, Brooks | Maxwell, James | McIntosh, John | McNeily, James | Moore, David | Oney, Benjamin | Oney, William | Perry, George | Perry, James | Perry, John | Perry, Thomas Sr. | Perry, William Sr. | Renshart, George | Shannon, William | Smith, John | Smith,  . . . more . . .

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Images of Sussex County Virginia Wills and Estates #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Images of Sussex County Virginia Wills and Estates 

Images of Wills and Estates 1754 to 1764

Adams, BenjaminAdkins, HenryAdkins, JohnAtkins, Thomas
Alsobrook, SamuelArmstrong, JosephAtkinson, HenryAvents, John
Avent, ThomasBabbit, ThomasBagley, PeterBair, William
Banke, JamesBarker, HenryBell, BalaamBellemy, Elizabeth
Bellemy, RobertBethemey, ElizabethBennington, RobertBlow, Richard
Booth, GeorgeBridge, JudithBroadrib, JamesBroadrib, Thomas
Bullock, JeremiahBullock, RobertBurrow, ThomasBurrow, William
Carter, RichardChappell, ElizabethClary, ThomasClifton, William
Cook, ReubenCornwell, SamuelCragg, WilliamCrellow, Jeptha
Daney, WilliamDobie, RobertDriggs, WilliamEckles, Edward
Eldridge, ThomasEllis, BenjaminEvans, SarahEzell, Timothy
Farrington, RobertFelts, RichardFreeman, AgnesFreeman, Henry
Freeman, JoelFreeman, NathanGee, JamesGilliam, Jordan
Griffin, EdwardHancock, AnthonyHancock, ClementHancock, John

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Monday, March 25, 2019

General Andrew Lewis of Augusta County Virginia #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

General Andrew Lewis of Augusta County

Andrew Lewis MarkerGeneral Andrew Lewis was born in Ireland about 1720, and came to Virginia with his parents in 1732. John Lewis, the father, was the first white man who fixed his home in the mountains of West Augusta. Andrew Lewis served as a major in the regiment commanded by Washington in the Ohio campaign of 1754 and 1755; also in the French and Indian wars, and was highly regarded by Washington, at whose suggestion he was appointed a brigadier-general in the Continental army. Four of his brothers served in the Revolutionary War, one of them, Colonel Charles Lewis, who was killed at Point Pleasant. The descendants of John Lewis (the father of General Andrew Lewis) are numerous. Some of them have been very distinguished men: John F. Lewis, who died recently, was lieutenant-governor of Virginia, and a senator of the United States. Lunsford L. Lewis, his half-brother, was president of the supreme court of appeals of Virginia for twelve years, retiring from that office a few years ago. Dr. Lewis Wheat is a well-known practising physician of Richmond. Judge John Lewis Cochran, whose mother was a great-granddaughter of John Lewis, father of Gen. Andrew Lewis, and whose great-grandfather, with his wife, Susanna Donnelly, came to America about 1742, was a gallant soldier in the Confederate army, and a distinguished lawyer and judge. James C. Cochran, brother to the foregoing, was a colonel of Confederate militia in the late war. Henry King Cochran served as a surgeon in the Confederate service throughout the war. William Lynn Cochran was a major in the Confederate service, and a lawyer by profession. Howard Peyton Cochran was a captain in the same service. It is claimed that there were one hundred and five of the Lewis family in the service of the Confederate states. Source: Some Irish Settlers in Virginia by Hon. Joseph T. Lawless, Richmond, Virginia

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Friday, March 22, 2019

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Stafford County Genealogy, Wills, Marriages, Probate Records

Ferry Farm

Stafford County is located across the Rappahannock River from the City of Fredericksburg. The county seat is Stafford.

Stafford Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Stafford Wills (1722-1729)

Miscellaneous Wills, Estates

Clement, Edward (LWT) 1733
Elzey, Margaret, deceased (1730) (Image)
Fudd, Michael (Inventory) ca 1733
Grigsby, Charles, LWT (1740) (image)
Grigsby, John, LWT (1728) (image)
Johnson, Booford, estate, inventory (1740) (image) Mauzy, Peter, orphan (image)


  • Marriages to 1699

Images of Wills 1699 to 1709

Testators: Alexander, Robert; Ashton, James, estate; Beath, Peter; Benson, Hugh; Bland, James; Brent, George; Brewton, John; Buckner, Philip; Cornwall, Ann; Enno, George; Farlow, Ann; Fitzhugh, William; Harman, Christopher; Harwood, William; Harvey, John; Jenkins, David; King, William ;Littlejohn, Oliver; Mann, James; Martin, Richard ;Matheny, William ;Pickett, Joyce ;Richardson, William ;Taylor, Edward ;Thomson, William ;Vandagesteel, Giles ;Waller, William ;Williams, Anthony ;Withers, John (Captain) ;Wood, William

Images of Wills 1729 to 1748

Testators: Barrow, Abraham; Bayles, John; Boles, Thomas ; Brent, William ; Burras, Mary ;Butler, James ;Cave, William ;Chadwell, John ;Chalmers, John ;Claiborne, Thomas ;Collinsworth, Mary; Cooke, John ;Cosby, George ;Counts, Joseph ;Craford, John ;Croftrodge, Thomas ;Crowley, George ;Denny, James ;Derrick, Mattox ;Duncan, Thomas ;Ellit, Charles ;Fowke, Chandler ; French, Hugh ; Grant, Ann ; Gregg, Lucy ; Grigsby, John ; Grigsby, Thomas ; Higgerson, John ; Hore, Elias ;Howard, John ; Hurst, John ; Jeffrice, Thomas ; Joanes, John ; Jones, Susan ; Keen, Matthew ; Massey, Dodd ; Masters, Thomas ; Mealy, Daniel ; Mees, Mary ; Ponton, Edward ; Powel, Grace ;Scott, Alexander ;Scott, William ;Seaton, James ;Todd, Richard ;Warner, John ;Waugh, John ;Waugh, Joseph ;Wheeler, John ;Wigginton, William ;Withers, James

Images of Wills 1748 to 1763

Testators: Alexander, Philip ;Allan, George ;Anderson, John S. ;Barbee, Thomas ;Baxter, William ;Bosholl, Edward ;Brent, Charles ;Brout, Hannah ;Brown, John ;Buckner, John ;Burge, Edward ;Carter, William ;Chambers, Daniel ;Chapman, Taylor ;Chinn, Rawleigh ;Clifton, Burdit ;Colclough, Rachel ;Conway, Sarah ;Cook, Fravors ;Dade, Cadwallader ;Dade, Townshend ;Dade, Laughton ;Denaugh, Morrice ;Durrcom, Benjamin; Eaves, Thomas ;Edwards,  . . . more . . .

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