Saturday, October 20, 2018

Did you Like what you Discovered about your Ancestors?



Did you Like what you Discovered about your Ancestors?

plowing with oxenDiscovering the past is interesting. It concerns earlier times and how people handled good and bad situations. Sometimes we think that we are in the worst of times, however, a glimpse into the past will awaken a new truth. The ancestors left foreign shores to come to America and hone out an existence in wilderness county full of hardships. For many centuries the average person lived to be about thirty or forty years of age. They died of disease and misfortune. Thousands more



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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Gentleman's Purse #virginiapioneersnet

A Gentleman's Purse

gentleman's purseWomen did not carry pocketbooks during the 17th to late 19th century, but they had at least one pair of invisible pockets sewn underneath their petticoat. A pocket was a handy place to keep everyday implements, such as a pincushion, thimble, pencil case, knife and scissors, but so far as money was concerned, coinage was heavy. Many pockets were handmade and they were acquired from the local haberdasher and presented as gifts. Yet despite the effort to conceal pockets, many were stolen from women by cutting the strings. Thus the common phrase "pickpocket" described a thief. The gentlemen had pockets sewn into the linings of their coats, waistcoats and breeches. However, they did have a purse. My guess would be that gentlemen carried no more than five or six shillings in the purse.  Fauquier County VA Ancestors. See Names.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Social Media Mud Slides

Social Media Mud Slides: The Shut Down of Google +

Social Media Mud Slides
The devotion to social media is becoming tedious. We are seeing our work go down the drain. The time and effort used to build communities and friendships is evaporating into a fine mist of nothing. Google + has announced that it shutting down its social media program.
Unfortunately, we genealogists have already lost most of our Facebook contacts. Unless you want to continuously pay for Facebook “boosts”, looks like the hey dey of sharing family history via Facebook is in a down hill mud spiral.
And the crashing down is not over. If you have inserted FB and Google+ icons on your webpage, it is time to remove them. Perhaps this is a bitter lesson for not adding fad media buttons.
I am urging my contacts to stay in touch by joining the Genealogy History Blog
A great deal of helpful tips and historical information is provided daily. Indeed, you will learn the names of persons who left wills and estates for a number of States and Counties, as well as some interesting details concerning historical events in which your ancestors participated. Just tons of information is available on this blog!
Also, there is a new social media out there which is free of ads and easy to post. I will be happy to answer genealogy questions on Mastodon.social. Actually, if it catches on, this is a good posting media for genealogists who are anxious to share and/or searching for answers.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Patrick Henry, The Eloquent Patriot #virginiapioneersnet

Patrick Henry, the Eloquent Patriot

Patrick HenryPatrick Henry was born in 1736 in Hanover County. His father was a lawyer of much intelligence, and his mother belonged to a fine old Welsh family. When he was fifteen years old, his father put him into a country store where he tried his hand at store keeping, which failed. When finally he decided to practice law, after only studying for six months, he applied for admission to the bar. The new occupation of an lawyer served him well and in 1765, after the passage of the Stamp Act by the English Parliament, he went to Williamsburg to attend the session of the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he was elected a member. The countryside was stirred up by the news of the new Stamp Act. Most of the members of the House of Burgesses were wealthy planters, men of dignity and influence and spoke kindly of England as the "mother" of the colonies. But Patrick Henry was prepared and had written a series of resolutions upon the blank leaf taken from a law-book. He arose and offered them to the assembly. One of these resolutions declared that the General Assembly of the colony had the sole right and power of laying taxes in the colony. A hot debate followed, in the course of which Patrick Henry, ablaze with indignation, arose and addressed the body. His speech closed with these thrilling words: "Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third... " Before he could finish the assembly shouted "Treason! Treason!" Pausing a moment in a fearless attitude, the young orator calmly continued, "...may profit from their example. If this be treason make the most of it." Henry was so persuasive that the resolutions were passed! Henry became popular for his orations and the challenge of defiance vibrated throughout America. The rhetoric encouraged the colonists to unite against the oppressive taxation of King George. As a whole, the English people did not support the King and some of its wisest statesmen believed he was making a great mistake in trying to tax the Americans without their consent. Said William Pitt, in a stirring speech in the House of Commons: "Sir, I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people so dead to all the feelings of liberty as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of all the rest." 

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Hanover County VA Images of Wills. See Names #virginiapioneersnet

Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Court House Records

Old Church TavernHanover County, Virginia was formed on November 26, 1720 from New Kent County. It was named after King George I of England,who was the Elector of Hanover in Germany. 

Digital Images of Wills 1785 to 1893

Testators:Anderson, Alexander ;Anderson, John ; Anderson, John F. ;Baker, Martin; Blair, James ;Boswell, Benjamin ;Bowe, John ;Bowe, Nathaniel ;Bowe, William ;Bowles, William ;Brawn, Milton ;Christee, Charles; Cocke, Francis ; Cocke, Joseph A. ;Cocke, William ;Cross, Nathaniel ;Dabney, Mehitabel ;Darracott, John ;DeJarnette, William ;Dickie, Barbara ;Dunn, Thomas ;England, William ;Gardner, John ;Gentry, David ; Gibson, Henry ;Glenn, German ;Glenn, Hannah ;Goodman, Timothy ; Goven, Archibald ;Grantland, Samuel ;Graves, Herman ;Green, William ;Hambleton, Sarah ;Harris, Thomas; Honeyman, Robert; Hughes, John; Jones, Thomas ;Kennedy, Martin; Kidd, Pelman; King, Henry ;Lankford, Sarah ;Littlepage, Sarah; Lord, Reuben ; Lyons, Peter ;McCook, Neal ;Mills, Charles; Mitchell, Charles ; Nelson, Edward ;Norment, J. B.;Parsley, William ;Pate, Maria ; Patterson, James ;Picot, Josephine Micault ;Pollard, William ; Priddy, Thomas ;Pryor, William ;Ragland, Pettus ;Reerie, J. E. Payson ;Richardson, John ;Schick, Petters ;Sims, Patrick ; Smith, Richard G.; Snead, Edwin ;Spindle, Fanny ; Stewart,Daniel ;Strong, Jane ;Strong, Judith ;Thornton, Anthony ;Thornton, John ;Timberlake, Francis; Traincum, Austin ; Wharton, Charlott ;Whitlock, David 

Digital Images of in the Circuit Court 1852 to 1865

Testators: Braxton, Carter; Clarke, Thomas G.; Gardiner, Thomas S. ;Gentry, Henry D.; Nuckulls, Reuben; Robinson, Moses; White, Susan 

Digital Images of Hanover County Wills, Book 1, 1862-1868 

Testators: Anderson, John T.; Archer, Obediah; Atkins, Lucy B.; Atkisson, Andrew; Batt, Dumas; Berkeley, Billy Landon; Berkeley, Edmund; Blunt, Francis ;Bowles, Lucy; Brown, John D.; Bumpass, Polly; Carpenter, William W. ;Carraway, George ;Carter, Bartlett ;Carter, Thomas; Carver, Elizabeth Rose ;Chiles, William; Clarke, Elizabeth C.; Clough, George A.; Clough, John; Cooke, John ;Crenshaw, Eliza; Crenshaw, Nathaniel ;DeJarnett, William U. ;Dillard, Stephen ;Dowell, Sally Ann; Fleming, Maria ; Ford, Samuel ;Fortune, James; Fox, Thomas ;Gilman, Mary ;Green, Harriett M. ;Gregory, Thomas ;Gwathmey, Richard; Hundley, George; Jones, Catharine; Jones, John B.; Kersey, Henry; Minor, Lucius H.; Moreley, Mary Ann; Nelson, Robert H.; Nuckols, Charles G. ;Overton, Samuel ;Pollard, William T. H. ;Redd, Sally ;Royster, John ;Royston, Mary; Saunders, John C. ;Slaughter, David S. ;Snydner, Edward ;Snydner, William B.;Stack, John ;Stanley, Abram ;Stewart, Daniel (2) ;Stone, William P. ;Tate, B. F.; Tate, Maria W.; Taylor, John J. ;Terrell, Charles ;Thornton, Sarah ;Timberlake, Archibald; Timberlake, Elizabeth; Tinsley, Thomas; Todd, Samuel ;Tucker, John ;Utley, John ;Vaughan, Joseph; Via, Gilson ;Via, William; Wash, Edmund ;White, Mildred; White, Silas ;White, William ;Winston, William ;Yarbrough, Jesse G. ;Yeamans, Francis; Yeamans, Pleasant 

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills in the Circuit Court 1785 to 1893
  • Index to Circuit Court Wills, Inventories, Estates, 1852 to 1865
  • Index to Wills, Inventories, Estates 1862 to 1893
Miscellaneous Hanover County Wills, Estates, available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Allen, James, LWT, transcript
Beal, John (transcript)
Brown, Benjamin, LWT (transcript)
Clay, John, LWT (transcript)
Coles, Walter, LWT (transcript)
Dandridge, Nathaniel West, LWT (transcript)
Fleming, William, LWT (transcript)
Glen, James, LWT (transcript)
Henry, Patrick, Rev., LWT (transcript) (1777)
Hill, James, LWT (transcript)
Hudson, George, LWT (transcript)
Lipscombe, Nathaniel, LWT (transcript)
Meriwether, Nicholas, LWT (1744)
Page, Robert, LWT (1744)
Street, Charles P., LWT (transcript)
Thomson, John, LWT (transcript)
Turner, William, LWT (1836) (transcript)
Walton, John, Last Will and Testament

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Questions Must be Answered #virginiapioneersnet

Questions Must be Answered

colonial familyIn Colonial Virginia landowners were in the necessary business of developing plantations as well as participating in civic affairs. Court Minutes reflect tons of interesting details. As all males over 21 years of age were required to do road work, notes are found concerning land marks and names of adjoining neighbors. Tithing was also required (tobacco) and participation in road improvements throughout the parish. Parish registers may not always locate a birth or marriage; yet it contains minute details surrounding the church grounds. For example, one can read the details of land "processioning" and, along with county tax records, figure out the location of family plantations. The tax digests will provide such information as rivers, timbers, and acreage, and the names of adjoining neighbors. If you are able to travel there and walk the land, real time visualization finds unopened doors to the past. There are many things to see in the landscape. Not only old dilapidated churches, but sinking graves, sunken tombstones, but the cause of death. Communities suffered epidemics of yellow fever, whooping cough, measles, etc., all reflected on the tombstones. In other words, a keen observation of the landscape and its almost unnoticeable lifestyles spread before your eyes, prompts questions. And questions must be answered. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Importance of Researching Records of the Chancery Court 

Chancery CourtGeorge Walton was the son of Lord Walton of England and was in Brunswick County as early as 1732. He was appointed the King's Justice at the first Court held in Brunswick County; High Sheriff in 1734 and took the oath of Judge of the Chancery Court in 1746. He also served in the Virginia Colonial Militia of 1748. Genealogists should understand the functions of the Chancery Court. It was a court of equity in England and 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Everyday Life in Colonial Days #virginiapioneersnet

Everyday Life in Colonial Days

colonial familyBefore the Revolutionary War, people were not allowed to be outside after dark. It was the night watchman's job to make sure that no one broke this rule. The colonists were required to attend church service or be punished. If a man stayed away from church for a month without a good excuse, he might be put in the stocks or into a wooden cage. No word could be spoken with impunity against the church or the rulers. He who used his tongue too freely was placed in the pillory or stocks, or was fined, and in some extreme cases he lost his ears. Additionally, tithing was mandatory, and Virginians furnished his local glebe with pds. of tobacco (used as currency). The local parish houses were primitive, first constructed with logs and oiled paper used for windows. Since there was no stove inside, women often carried foot-stoves, which, by definition were small sheet-iron boxes containing a few hot coals. The sermons lasted two hours or more and upon the pulpit stood an hour-glass, which a deacon would reverse when the sands of the hour had fallen through. Pews were hard, and sleeping was considered a serious offense. The minister, or a watchful tithingman, held a long stick prod which reached into the pews to awake people. 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Names of Arlington County VA Ancestors #virginiapioneersnet

Arlington County Genealogy, Wills and Estates

Arlington County, Virginia title=Arlington County was originally part of Fairfax County . One of the original land grants was awarded to Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron . The name of Arlington comes from Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington whose name had been applied to a plantation along the Potomac River which was acquired (in 1802) by George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of First Lady Martha Washington. The estate was eventually passed down to Mary Anna Custis Lee, wife of General Robert E. Lee became Arlington National Cemetery during the War Between the States when the U. S. Government confiscated the property of Robert E. Lee. The Commonwealth of Virginia passed the land to the United States Government with the Residence Act of 1790, approving a new capital city to be located on the Potomac River. The site was selected by President George Washington.

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Indexes to Wills and Estates

    Wills 1800 to 1954 : A-E | F-L | Lee-Rankin | Ross-Z
  • Will Book 9, 1868 to 1878

Images of Wills and Estates, Book 9, 1858 to 1878

Bacon, Ebenezer | Baggott, John | Ball, Horatio | Bartlett, John | Birch, William | Blow, William D. | Boothe, William J. | Boston, Richard C. | Bowden, Alexander | Brooks, John | Buckingham, William 

Carlin, Moseley | Callendar, Margaret | Cartwright, Rachael | Cavenove, Louis | Chapman, George | Close, James T. | Close, S. J. | Constable, Mary | Cook, Henry | Corkett, Virgil | Crocker, F. P. | Crocker, S. W. | Cross, R. Y. | Cross, Sarah W. 

Daingerfield, Reverly Johnson | Daingerfield, Henry | Dorsey, H. Carter 

Fawcett, Joseph | Febrey, Nicholas | Fineacy, James | Flann, orphans | Fowle, Eliza F. | Fowle, William H. 

Gardner, Eliza | Green, Mary | Gregory, Charles | Griffith, Sally W. | Grigg, Joseph | Grimes, Frank E. | Grimes, Thomas E. 

Hagan, John C. | Hamilton, Nannie | Harrison, Robert | Hart, Frederick William | Haus, J. M. | Herbert, Betsy | Herbert, Betsy and Kitty | Hilton, James | Hooe, Daniel F. | Hunter, Alexander 

Jamieson, Maria | Janney, Phineas | Johnson, Charles F. M. | Johnson, John T. 

Lackey, Lula | Leadbeater, Mary | Lewis, John A. | Lloyd, Frederick | Lloyd, John J. | Lloyd, Richard 

Manderville, Mary | Massie, Mary | McEwen, Thomas | Millburn, Benedict | Milburn, orphans | Millburn, orphans | Mills, William | Moore, Julius 

Pearce, Allan | Peverill, George | Phillips, James B. | Presstman, Stephen Wilson 

Quisenberry, Edith | Quisenbury, William 

Ramsay, Eliza | Reid, James H. | Richards, William B. | Rigg, Townly | Roberts, Edward | Rotchford, Philip | Russell, Moses 

Sackey, Seila | Samour, John W. | Smith, Alfred A. | Smith, Hugh C. | Smith, Robert | Smoot, Charles C. | Smoot, George H. | Southern, Richard | Stone, Charles S. | Swann, Mary M. 

Thornton, William 

Westman, Frank F. | Wheat, Robert W. | Whiting, Louisa | Whittesay, S. | Wibirt, Isaac | Willis, Michael | Wood, John | Wrenn, Philip 
Young, Cornelius 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Images of Cumberland Co. VA Wills and Estates #virginiapioneersnet


Cumberland County Genealogy Records, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps, Tax Digests

Cumberland County Court HouseCumberland County was formed 1749 from Goochland County. Cumberland is the county seat. Early settlers were Germans and Irish. The county was named for William Augustus, duke of Cumberland, third son of George II. 

Cumberland County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Maps
  • 1736 Beverley Patent (map of names)
  • 1886 Map
Marriages

Marriages to 1699 

Digital Images of Wills 1759 to 1769
  • Allen, Abraham | Barnes, James | Baskerville, Norvell | Bassam, William | Bowker, Achilles | Butler, John | Cannifax, John | Carlyle, John | Chandler, Joett | Cheatwood, Martha | Cox, Frederick | Cox, Stephen | Davis, Ann | Dudley, Jonas | Fleming, John | Ford, John | Godwin, Isaac | Hambleton, Martha | Harris, John | Harris, Sarah | Harrison, William | Holland, John | Holman, James | Hooper, Joseph | Hughes, Abraham | Hughes, Joseph | Hughes, Robert | Hughes, Robert (2) | James, Francis | Johnson, John | MacCraw, William | Meredith, James | Morssum, John | Moss, Dorraty | Moss, William | Parker, William | Rapene, Margaret | Richardson, John | Rowland, Michael | Scurry, John | Soblet, Peter Lewis | Trent, Alexander | Walton, Robert | Williamson, George | Woodson, Sanburn | Yarbrough, Ed
Digital Images of Wills 1769 to 1792
  • Allen, Isaac | Allen, Mary | Allen, Samuel | Ammonell, Jacob | Anderson, James | Andrews, Mark | Apperson, Richard | Arnoto, William | Badget, Sarah | Bedford, Benjamin | Bond, Nancy | Bradley, John | Bridgewater, Samuel | Brown, James | Brown, Samuel | Burton, John | Burton, William Allen | Butler, Aaron | Carrington, George | Chambers, George | Coleman, Daniel | Coleman, Patience | Cook, John | Cox, Judith | Daniel, William | Davenport, Thomas | Davis, James | Davis, Matthew | Davis, Peter | Daviss, William | Duffie, Isaac | Dupuy, John James | Edwards, Andrew | Flippen, Ralph | Forsee, Stephen | Gilliam, James | Goode, Bennett | Hammon, Sampson | Harman, Henry | Harris, Benjamin | Harris, Peter | Harris, Richard | Hatcher, Frederick | Henerick, Zachariah | Hicks, John | Hill, Joseph | Hill, Thomas | Hill, Thomas Sug | Hobson, Adcock | Hobson, John | Holland, James | Holloway, Hannah | Hudgens, William | Hughes, John | Hughes, Leander | Hughes, Martha | Johns, John | Jones, Daniel | Jones, John | Jons, Joseph | Keeble, Humphrey | LeSeuer, David | Lipford, Edward | Lockett, Thomas | Macon, Henry | Martin, John | Matthews, Edward | Maxey, Mary | Mayo, Ann | McLaurens, Robert | McLaurens, Catherine | McGehee, Edward | McGehee, William | Merryman, John | Michauer, Jacob | Mosby, Benjamin | Mosby, Micajah | Moseley, Arthur | Moss, Alexander | Nelson, Matthew | Netherland, Wade | Noell, John | Oflen, Samuel | Oslin, Martin | Porter, Elizabeth | Porter, William | Powell, Richard | Powell, William | Price, Joseph | Price, Richard | Puttry, Sarah | Reynolds, John | Robinson, Field | Rust, Jeremiah | Sandifur, Abraham | Scruggs, Drury | Scruggs, Jesse | Scruggs, Robert | Scruggs, William | Smith, Robert | Smyth, Robert | Tabb, Thomas | Taylor, James | Thomson, John | Venable, John | Walton, Thomas | Watkins, Edward | Willbourn, Thomas | Williams, Thomas | Wilmore, David | Winniford, David | Winfree, Jacob | Woodson, William | Wright, George
Miscellaneous Records
  • Parker, William, LTD (1755) (transcript
  • Spears, Sarah, LWT dated 1812 (transcript
  • Spear, William, LWT dated 1796 (image)
  • Taylor, James, LWT dated (1779) (image)
Tax Digests

1782 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1783 Cumberland County Tax Digest (continued)
1784 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1785 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1786 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1787 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1788 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1789 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1790 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1791 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1792 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1793 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1794 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1795 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1796 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1797 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1798 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1799 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1800 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1801 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1802 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1803 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1804 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1805 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1806 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1807 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1808 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1809 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1810 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1811 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1812 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1813 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1814 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1815 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1816 Cumberland County Tax Digest




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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A Few Suggestions to Help Find Difficult Ancestors #virginiapioneersnet

A Few Suggestions to Help Find Difficult Ancestors

book parchmentIf you are tracing a difficult lineage (which most people are), then you must exhaust all of the records. I mean all possible records of that era! Begin by reading every will and estate in the county where your ancestor resided, as well as the Minutes of the Court, Inferior Court Records, deeds and tax digests. When you visit a cemetery, do you write down all of the inscriptions? That work can be narrowed down by locating the old section and entering the names of friends and neighbors. When you are finished, you should have a better understanding of the ancestor and his extended family. Next, learn the detailed history of the times from your research. Do this by following the trail of the officers who led your ancestors into battle, and find the muster rolls and pensions, noting who presented affidavits because those persons were friends of your ancestor and probably appeared on earlier and later records as well. This information helps to confirm that you have the correct John Smith, so to speak. Note the name of the officers who signed the land grant, and learn about their battles (because that is where your ancestor was also). When you are finished, you should be able to tell the story of the exciting career of your ancestor and the importance of each battle.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Grayson Co. Virginia Ancestors - Names of Wills and Estates #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Grayson County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Indexes to Probate Records

Grayson CountyGrayson County was formed in 1792 from Wythe and Patrick Counties; it was the parent of Carroll County. The books listed below contain inventories, wills, appraisements and guardians returns.

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Indexes to Probate Records

  • Wills and Estates 1796 to 1839
  • Wills and Estates 1839 to 1849

Images of Wills and Estates 1796 to 1839

Alderman, Jacob | Allen, William | Anderson, James | Anderson, John Baldwin, Thomas Ballard, Byrom | Beal, John Beason, William | Bennett, James | Blair, Thomas | Blevins, Dillon | Blevins, Jefferson | Blevins, John | Bobbitt, William | Boulson, Isaac | Bourn, William | Boyer, William H. | Brown, John | Bryant, John | Bryant, Thomas | Burrus, William | Buson, William Byrd, Samuel Byrd, William | Carnes, Abel | Causey, Jacob | Clark, Stephen | Coattrane, David | Coleman, Peter Collins, Muhlen | Combes, Zedekiah | Comer, John | Comer, John W. | Connoy, Barney | Cooley, Daniel | Cooley, David | Cooley, Peter | Corcan, Daniel | Cornett, James | Cornett, Sarah | Cornett, Sary | Coulson, Jacob | Coulson, John | Cox, David | Cox, Joshua | Curlan, William | Currie, William | Currin, George | Currin, Martha | Daniel, Nehemiah | Davis, Love | Davis, Moses | Deal, John | Dean, Anthony | Dickenson, John | Dickenson, Martin | Dickson, William | Dicky, Matthew | Dillard, Matthew | Dilyard, Edward | Drury, Lazarus | East, Drury | East, William | Edwards, Catharine | Edwards, Isaac | Edwards, James | Edwards, Jane | Edwards, John | Fanning, John | Farmer, Barnet | Farmer, James | Farr, John | Fields, Dennis | Frost, John | Fulton, David Garrot, Phillip | Gittins, Richard | Goad, Robert | Green, Isaac | Greer, William | Grigg, John A. | Hail, Dudley | Hail, Stephen | Hall, Thomas | Hampton, Wade | Hanigan, Daniel | Harden, William | Hare, Lewis Harkin, Conrad | Harmon, Joseph | Harmon, Sary | Hays, Isaac | Hays, Jacob | Heatt, Joseph | Henson, Benjamin | Herman, Henry | Hetton, Elias | Hiatt, Amos | Hiatt, Asher | Hiatt, William | Hill, John | Holland, George Hooser, George | Houk, Peter | Huff, Peter | Isom, John | Jackson, Joseph | Johnson, Jacob | Johnson, Joseph | Jones, George | Jones, Minitree | Jones, Samuel | Jones, William | Jusan, Joseph |Keith, George | Kelly, Eden | Kelly, John | Kenny, John | Larson, Richard | Leonard, William | Linton, William | Long, William | Lundy, John | Lundy, Richard | Mallory, Moses | Mallory, Thomas | Martin, Jane | McCure, James | Mitchell, Stephen | Montgomery, Irvin | Morris, Isaac | Newman, C. | Nuckells, Charles | Ogle, Hercules | Ogle, Thomas | Osborne, Enoch | Ott, Sylvester | Parks, James | Patton, James | Patton, Nancy | Patton, Thomas | Perkins, Aria | Phillips, James | Phillips, Thomas | Phillips, Tobias | Phipps, Benjamin | Pool, John | Pool, William | Porter, David Andrew | Porter, James | Porter, Patience | Prater, Newman | Prichard, James | Pugh, David | Pugh, William | Raines, John | Rankin, William | Rector, Jacob | Rector, Mary | Rewes, George Jr. | Ring, Martin | Roberts, William | Robinson, John | Rowark, Timothy | Rudy, Jacob | Rudy, Julia | Russell, Charles | Sage, James | Sanderth, Benjamin | Schooley, James | Schooley, Samuel | Scudders, John | Sexton, Benjamin | Sexton, Prior | Shipp, John | Smith, Stephen | Stanfield, George | Stone, Jeremiah | Taylor, Thomas | Thomas, Owen | Thompson, Catherine | Wair, James | Ward, Chesley | Ward, Drury | Ward, Nathan | Ward, Wills | Welch, John | Wells, Barney B. | Willet, Isaac | Williams, William | Wills, John | Worrell, Esau | Worrell, James | Wright, Abraham | Wright, H. | Young, Ezekiel | Young, William

Images of Wills and Estates 1839 to 1849

Beaman, Henry | Blevin, Jefferson | Blevin, Kate | Bouen, William | Causey, Barney | Cornelius, Francis | Cox, David | Cox, Enoch | Cox, James | Davis, Daniel | Davis, Morris | Davis, Peter | Delp, Peter | Dickenson, M. | Farmer, James | Fielder, Delia | Fisher, Jacob | Hail, Lewis | Hall, William | Harkin, Peter | Harrison, William | Houks, Thomas | Huff, Peter | Isom, Spencer | Johnston, Jabez Kester, Eli | Mabry, Charles | Martin, Joshua | Martin, William | Murphy, John Oglesby, William | Parsons, Robert | Perkins, Arias | Perkins, Stephen | Phillips, Tobias | Phipps, Benjamin | Phipps, James | Pool, William | Pugh, Robert | Raines, James | Raines, John | Ring, Hester | Ringo, Martin | Roberts, William | Russell, Philip | Shipp, James | Southerland, Alexander | Southerland, John | Southerland, Polly | Steagall, Martin | Stone, Micajah | Stone, William Sr. | Stoneman, James | Stoneman, Joshua | Stoneman, Lewis | Stoneman, Nancy | Ward, Esau | Watson, Michael | Williams, William | Worrell, Esau | Wright, John | Wright, Thompson | Yost, James | Young, Timothy 

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Friday, August 24, 2018

When County Records Burn #virginiapioneersnet


When County Records Burn

Sack of GoldA trip into the area was worth a sack of gold! 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! John Holland, a son of Gabriel Holland, the immigrant to Jamestown received a number of land patents in old Nansemond County. Of course, there is no longer a county, as it is part of Suffolk, Virginia. Yet, the rather large town of Holland, Virginia continues to thrive with the Holland descendants. The land grants stretched from Chuckatuck, Virginia to the North Carolina line. After examining the tax records and comparing those entries with the records of the parish church, it was easy to trace the various properties. The old dirt roads still existed when I visited there (now a peanut capitol) and land boundaries were rather prominent. Actual seeing the land visualizing the remains of old family homes and structures played heavily in the identification process. The land which once flourished with tobacco crops, was depleted before the American Revolution. Today, the loamy fine sand is ideal for growing peanut crops. As the lucrative tobacco crops disappeared, families moved on in search of more fertile soil. 




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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Some Forgotten Ancestor 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, August 17, 2018

Search out Every Little Detail in the Life of the Ancestor #virginiapioneersnet

Search out Every Little Detail in the Life of the Ancestor

winkA search of the census records, graveyards, etc. is not enough. One must also research the county records were the ancestors resided. By that I mean - deeds, tax digests, wills, estates, marriages, minute books ... anything and everything that is available in that county. Genealogy is an intricate process of eliminating and establishing truths. Every detail on a document is important, including the names of witnesses! Follow the deeds to follow the ancestor - where he came from when he first purchased land in the county - and the last date that he was on record in that county. The tax digests list "defaulters". These are not necessarily people who failed to pay taxes, rather the ones who "moved on." Old newspapers also list tax defaults and letters which were left at the post office. We cannot skim over the possibilities and opportunities to learn more.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Searching for Marriage Records

Searching for Marriage Records


1886

One of the more difficult aspects of looking for ancestors is the discovery of a marriage record at the local court house.  As so many marriages occurred in churches went unrecorded at the court house simply because it was not always required by law.

For this reason, it is incumbant upon the genealogist to do a through search into the activities of those concerned.  Let us say that the search is for the name of the bride.  One must begin, however,  with the groom and trace his whereabouts during certain years.  In other words, find enough information so to draw certain conclusions.   A normal practice was to marry one's neighbor.  This could be in the vicinity of the home of the groom, or in another locale which also included relatives with whom he often visited.

An important resource is a visit to the cemetery is indicated because sometimes the bride's maiden name is also on the tombstone.  While you are there, look around and see who was buried near your families.  This is the local neighborhood; friends and relatives of your ancestors!  If you have performed a thorough search of the deed records (another good source), you will recognize some of these people.

Also, in more recent years, the death certificates of all of the children of a couple is a good bet because the name of the mother could be listed.   And, a death certificate of the husband as well.  Virginia Genealogy





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Friday, August 10, 2018

Carrying Tobacco to Market #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Carrying Tobacco to Market


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Find out if your Virginia Ancestors Left a Will or Estate in Virginia #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy #vawills


Learn if your Ancestors Left a Will in Virginia


Old Colonial Records, Wills, Estates
SAVE TIME!  Visit the link listed below to learn if any of your ancestors left wills or estates in Virginia 

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