Monday, June 24, 2019

What to do when the Records Burned #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

What to do when the Records Burned

Genealogy Tips from Jeannette Holland Austin Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland Austin

Most of the first immigrants to Virginia came from England. Other Europeans began migrating during the middle of the 17th century. The London Company and Virginia Company were invested in the colony and shipped people and supplies into Jamestown on a continuous basis dating from 1607. Can one locate all the ship manifests? No. Although there is a list of the first voyagers to Jamestown on this website, we have been unable to discover the ship manifests. The records of Jamestown were destroyed during an armed rebellion in 1676 when the settlers, led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of Governor William Berkeley, burned the town. An alternate place to research would be Williamsburg (York County). 

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Images of Northampton Co. VA Wills, Estates #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Northampton County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages

Northampton County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers


  • to 1699
  • Bonds and Consents 1706 to 1858
  • Bonds and Consents 1853 to 1860

Images of Wills 1640-1645 (aged, imperfect images)

  • Burdett, Francis
  • Burdett, William
  • Chapman, Phillip
  • Drieu, Julia Ann
  • Holloway, John
  • Neale, John
  • Newton, Robert
  • Travellor, George
  • Walburn, John

Images of Wills 1645 to 1651 (aged, imperfect images)

  • Cotton, William
  • Logan, John

Images of Deeds

  • 1645-1651 (index)
  • 1651-1654 (no index)

Indexes to Probate Records (colonial-style handwriting)

  • Index to Orders, Wills, Inventories, 1645 to 1651
  • Index to Orders, Deeds, Wills, 1632 to 1640, Books 1 and 2
  • Orders, Deeds, Wills, 1640 to 1645 (includes index)
  • Index to Orders, Wills, Inventories, 1645 to 1651

Miscellaneous Wills and Estates

  • Dixon, Benjamin, Inventory dated 1772
  • Dixon, John, LWT dated 1764
  • Dixon, John, 1799 Inventory
  • Dixon, John, LWT dated 1764. Includes Accounts of Mary, Sarah and Thomas Dixon, children of John, deceased.
  • Dixon, John, LWT dated 1774
  • Dixon, Tilney, LWT dated 1764, Book 23, p. 172
  • Dixon, Tilney, Inventory dated 1764
  • Dixon, Tilney, Estate and Inventory dated 1764
  • Dixon, Tilney, LWT dated 1770; appraisement
  • Dixon, Tilney, Estate dated 1776
  • Dixon, William, Estate Returns, Inventory, etc. dated 1772
  • Dunton, Sophia, 1778 Estate
  • Evans, Esther, appraisement 1778, Book 23, p. 194
  • Johnson, Powell, Estate (1774)
  • Starling, William (1698)
  • Wilkins, Sarah, Estate 1777


  • 1671 tithables
  • 1704 Quit Rent Rolls
  • School Board Minutes 1922 to 1936

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Accessing Immigration Records #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Accessing Immigration Records

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Except for some regional libraries who have a set of books containing names of immigrants, the best opportunity to find immigration records is at the National Archives. For various reasons, the Ship Manifest was not always given over at the time of arrival. And, sometimes several months passed after the voyage. The genealogist can expect to learn the name of the vessel and date of entry into the United States. A list of passengers with information concerning their nationality, where born, age, height color of hair, occupation, and place of last residence. The National Archives has records of arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and 1982 and are arranged by Port of Arrival. As in all research, diligence is the key. However, one also needs to educate himself concerning common ports of entry for different time periods.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

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Nottoway County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Burkeville, VirginiaIn 1788 the Nottoway Parish district of Amelia County was established as Nottoway County. The county seat is Nottoway, Virginia. 

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Images of Wills 1788 to 1802 

Names 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, . . . more . . .

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Where to Find Information Concerning Jamestown Settlers #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Where to Find Tidbits of Information concerning Jamestown Settlers

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The early vessels to Jamestown delivered mostly male settlers. It was not until later that women were brought over for the purpose of marriage. The wife of my own ancestor, Gabriel Holland, was killed in the massacre of 1622. This is probably the situation for other ancestors as well. He then married a widow whose husband had been slain and there a slight mention of his taking up the lot previously owned by her husband. However, two or three years later, he returned to London and married the third time. Gabriel was appointed one of the Burgesses for Jamestown, and made several trips to London on the business of the colony. One issue they were discussing is the taxing of tobacco, and Gabriel was sent to have an audience with King Charles I. This was a period when the king was not convening Parliament, so Gabriel's attempts to settle this tax, went unresolved. I found some mention of this in the English Court of Chancery. We have to remember that the colony was subjugated to the King, and that the King's business was tended by Burgesses. The accounts of the House of Burgesses published in the Virginia Magazine is another instance where tidbits of information can be gleaned and studied. 

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Friday, June 7, 2019

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Orange County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps, Virginia Probate Records


Orange County was created in 1738 from Augusta County, Virginia. It was named in honor of William, the Prince of Orange, who in that year married Anne, Princess Royal of England. Orange County is known as having been the largest Virginia county ever formed. Orange covered a vast territory extending from its present eastern boundary west to the Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. The states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia were once part of Orange County. 

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  • Marriages 1747-1810 (Watson to Waugh)
  • Original Marriage Bonds 1775 to 1786 (no index)
  • Original Marriage Bonds 1787 to 1791 (no index)

1736 Beverley Patent (map of names) 

Miscellaneous Records
  • Births 1751 to 1766
  • Deed Books 1, 2 (1735-8), 2 misc. pages
  • Deed Book 3, (3 misc. pages)
  • Deed Book 20, 1 misc. page
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills and Inventories 1735 to 1744
  • Index to Wills and Inventories 1744 to 1778
Digital Images of Wills 1735 to 1744 
Names of Testators: Calvert, John | Curtiss, Mary | Griffin, John | Hanslee, Samuel | Jennings, John | Kanady, John | Lightfoot, John | Mallory, Roger | Naylor, Ann | Nicholas, John | Perkins, Elisha | Rhodes, William | Rucker, John | Rucker, Peter | Smith, Augustus | Smith, Elizabeth | Smith, William | Spotswood, Alexander | Stanton, Thomas | Strother, Jeremiah | Watts, Robert 

Digital Images of Wills 1744 to 1748 
Testators: Banks, Girard | Barnett, John | Beale, Elizabeth | Beale, Richard | Beale, Taverner | Beasley, Bennett | Bell, Roger | Bohannon, Duncan | Boston, John | Bradburn, Sarah | Bradbourne, William | Bramham, John | Brockman, John | Brockman, Samuel | Brown, Daniel | Bryson, John | Burk, Philip | Bush, John | Campbell, Thomas | Campbell, William | Carpenter, William W. C. | Catlett, John | Cave, Benjamin | Cave, David | Cavenaugh, Philemon | Chiles, Anna | Chiles, Malachi | Coleman, James | Collins, John | Cox, William | Coyne, Edward | Coyne, Elizabeth | Crosthwart, Timothy | Davis, Berreman | Dawson, Robert | Deering, Richard | Duglass, Robert | Earley, John | Easlin, Philip | Embry, William | Eve, Joseph | Faulker, William | Finleson, John | Fleet, Weedom | Frazier, Alexander | George, Samuel | Goodall, Charles | Gore, John | Green, Robert | Hansford, Charles | Harper, Samuel | Harris, Esther | Hawkins, Moses | Hawkins, William | Hughes, Thomas Sr. | Jackson, Thomas | James, Samuel | Johnson, William | Jones, John | Ker, Jacob | Kindel, William | Lathom, John | Lindon,  . . . more . . .

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Monday, June 3, 2019

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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 |   . . . more . . .

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Friday, May 31, 2019

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Pittsylvania County Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Berryhill Plantation

Pittsylania County was formed in 1767 from Halifax County, Virginia. It was named after William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1755 to 1768. In 1777 the western part of Pittsylvania County was divided and became Henry County.

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Wills, Estates, Inventories 1809 to 1853
Wills, Estates, Inventories 1854 to 1865 (Circuit Court)
Digital Images of Wills 1854 to 1865
Banks, Will B.
Graves, James
Green, Nathaniel
Harper, George
Holland, Stephen
Nelson, Lucy Mann
Newton, William
Parker, George
Price, Hutchings B. estate
Price, Hutchings B. (will)
Prad, Samuel A.
Robertson, Samuel
Stone, James H.
Digital Images of Wills 1809 to 1853
Adams, James
Adkins, William
Boaz, Shadrack
Buford, William
Clark, William
Clay, Joseph
Doody, Thomas
Fitzgerald, Thomas
Guy, Samuel
Hagood, William R.
Henry, Charles S.
Henry, Samuel H.
Price, Cuthbert
Silly, William A.
Waddell, Charles
Wells, Matthew
Woodson, Murry

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Washington County VA Genealogy Records #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Washington County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Deeds

Washington Co. VAWashington County was formed by Virginians in 1776 from Fincastle County. It was one of the first counties to be named for George Washington, who was then commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. During 1786 the northwestern portion of the county became Russell County and the remaining western part of the county was combined with parts of Lee and Russell counties to form Scott County in 1814. Then, in 1832 the northeastern part of Washington was combined with part of Wythe County to form Smyth County.

Indexes to Wills, Estates, Deeds

  • 1777 to 1791
  • 1806 to 1812

Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds 1777 to 1791

Testators: Anderson, Jacob | Atkinson, James | Barksdale, John | Beater, Francis | Beater, John | Bell, Samuel | Berry, James | Berry, William | Blackburn, Arthus | Blackburn, George | Blackburn, William | Blackmore, John | Bowen, Lilly | Brasley, John Sr. | Brooks, Castelton | Brown, Nathaniel | Buchanan, Robert | Buchanan, Samuel | Bush, Josiah | Butcher, Joshua | Campbell, Ann and John Campbell (deed) | Campbell, David | Campbell, John to Thomas Edmondson (deed) | Campbell, Margaret | Campbell, Tom, Captain | Campbell, William | Carr, James | Carr, William | Carswell, Henry | Carter, Charles | Carter, Susanna | Chrisman, Isaac | Christian, Sampson | Coil, James | Cole, Hugh | Cole, Joseph | Cole, William | Colvill, Andrew to Montgomery (deed) | Colvill, Samuel | Cooper, Abraham | Cope, John | Cope, John to Joseph Gray (deed) | Cowen, Samuel | Crabtree, William | Crocket, David | Cross, Benjamin | Cross, Samuel to Joseph Ingleman (deed) | Curry, James | Cusick, John | Darnel, David | De Bel Cour, 

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Friday, May 24, 2019

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Powhatan County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Probate Records


Powhatan County was named after Powhatan, the Indian chieftain who ruled and terrorized the native inhabitants of tidewater Virginia in the early seventeenth century. It was formed from Cumberland County in 1777, and part of Chesterfield County was added later. The James River forms its northern border and the Appomattox River is on the south side. Historically the area had been occupied by the Monacan, and in 1700 French Huguenot refugees settled at their abandoned village, known as Manakin Town. Powhatan County is located southwest of Richmond along US Route 60 in the Richmond-Petersburg region.

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Images of Wills 1777 to 1795

Testators: Ballow, Thomas; Banton, William Sr.; Baskerville, John; Baugh, Joseph; Bayley, William; Bingley, Matthew; Bryant, James; Cheatwood, William; Cox, Edward; Cox, George; Cox, Henry ;Cox, John; Dickens, Ann; Edwards, William; Elam, Lodowick ;Farley, Matthew ;Flournoy, Elizabeth; Flournoy, Thomas; Franklin, John; Harris, Edith ;Harris, Joseph ;Harris, William; Haskins, Edward; Hatcher, Elizabeth; Hughes, Martha ;Hughes, Robert ;Jordan, Robert ;Langston, Esther ;Macon, John ;McCraw, James ;Moseley, Benjamin; Moss, James; Moss, Mary ;Porter, John ;Roper, Shadrack; Smith, Magdalene ;Trent, Alexander ;Wilkerson, Nicholas ;Wilks, Thomas; Woodson, Charles; Woodson, Joseph

Images of Wills 1797 to 1806

Testators: Ballew, Tabitha; Baugh, John; Brackett, Boyle ;Brackett, Thomas ;Causby, James ;Cosby, Charles ;Cox, John ;Crump, Abner ;Davis, Elizabeth; Davis, Jerry; Elam, Thomas ;Goode, Thomas ;Gordon, Robert; Harris, Benjamin ;Harris, John Sr. ;Haskins, Martha ;Hughes, Ann; Hughes, Mary ;Jude, Benjamin ;Marshall, William ;Martin, Anthony ;Maxey, John ;Mayo, Joseph ;Mayo, William ;McLaurine, Elizabeth ;Miller, Jesse ;Moseley, John ;Netherland, John ;Royall, John Jr.; Smith, Betsy ;Smith, John ;Smith, Mary; Smith, W. S. ;Spears, Nancy ;Taylor, Elizabeth ;Thompson, Josiah ;Toney, Edmund; Willbourn, Tabitha;Woodson, Ann

Images of Wills 1806 to 1811 

Testators :Bagby, Elizabeth; Barnes, John ; Brummer, William ; Bryant, James; Davis, Walter ;Depp, Peter; Dupuy, Judith ;Hobson, Samuel ;Hobson, Sarah ;Logwood, Mary ;Macon, Henry ;Mosby or Mosley, Littleberry ;Mosley, Arthur ;Owens, David; Pankey, Samuel ;Pleasants, Robert; Porter, William ;Price, Jerusha ;Swann, John ;Tucker,  . . . more . . .

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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

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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
Indexes to Probate Records

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

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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

Indexes to Probate Records

  • 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

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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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Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills, Inventories, Accounts 1734 to 1744
  • Wills, Inventories Accounts 1782 to 1792
  • Abstracts of Wills 1734 to 1781
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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

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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

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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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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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