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. 

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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
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1800 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 

Use this Virginia County Index to Find Ancestors





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Friday, August 3, 2018

Did your Ancestors Hide from the Census-Taker? #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Did your Ancestors Hide from the Census-Taker?

doorYour ancestors may not have filed their deeds, wills or marriages and avoided the census-taker, however, there exists one county record which he could not avoid. And that was the tax collector. He to declare his land and other property. For this reason, an examination of the tax digest is essential to any genealogical search. It pinpoints the date of residence, number of acres, adjoining properties and waterways. Further, those who did not declare their property, were listed as "defaulters." That could mean that he had died, or moved. This is how tidbits of information such as the tax digest help to establish certain facts which help to continue the research effort. 

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Polish Glassmakers #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy #vaancestors #vawills #vamarriages

Polish Glassmakers

glassmakingThe first settlers sent to Virginia by the London Company thought that the abundance of trees necessary to fire pits to make glass was an advantage. During 1608, when a number of tradesmen arrived in the second supply ship, they were accompanied by Dutch and Poles. Their purpose was to make a trial of glass-making. Subsequently, a glass-house was erected about a mile from Jamestown. Capt. Smith supervised the operation and sent a cargo of specimans of glass to England. In 1621, the Virginia Company of London entered into a contract with Captain William Norton who had decided to emigrate with his family. The terms were that he was to carry over with him four Italians skilled in glass-making along with two servants. The expense of transporting six persons was to be borne by Norton.  more ---





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Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Cyclopean Towers of the Alleghany Mountains #virginiapioneersnet

The Cyclopean Towers of the Alleghany Mountains 

Cyclopean Towers

The Cyclopean Towers are also in Solon, Virginia were so called because of their resemblance to the Cyclopean walls of the ancients. They are formed of limestone, and as they stand at the outlet of a valley, through which it is probable a mighty river once flowed, they were evidently formed by the water while forcing its way around 171 the point of the neighboring hill. There are five or six of them, and they vary from forty to ninety feet from base to summit, and are covered with trees. When viewed at the twilight hour they appear like the mouldering ruins of a once magnificent castle, and the wildness of the surrounding scenery is not at all calculated to dissipate this illusion.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

The Oldest Will in Virginia ! #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

The Oldest Will in Virginia

Chuckatuck Parish. St. John's CHurch
Epraphrodibus Lawson, in Tarrascoe Neck Chuckeytuck Parish, Nansemond County. Lawson must have migrated to the Northern Neck. His will was in Lancaster County, in 1652. It is believed to be the oldest recorded will in the United States. The will follows: 

"In the name of God, Amen, I Epraphrodibus Lawson, of Rappahannock, being sick of body, but of perfect memory, Glory be to God, do make this my last will and testament. I make and ordain, ye child of my wife; my heir; my wife; third; March 31st, 1652. Epraphrodibus Lawson."

Witnesses: Elos Lors; Joan Lee; Wm. Harper.
Recorded June, 1652.
G. John Phillips.

Note:This last will and testament has suffered the vissitudes of time, as part of it is torn off. 

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mecklenburg County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Probate Records #virginiapioneersnet #vawills #vagenealogy #vaancestors

Mecklenburg County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Probate Records



Mecklenburg CountyMecklenburg County was organized on March 1, 1765, having split off from Lunenburg County in 1764 as the result of the passage of an Act by the Virginia General Assembly. The result was that Lunenburg was divided in three counties, Lunenburg, Charlotte and Meklenburg. 

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Images of Wills 1765 to 1782 
--Note: These old documents were pasted together and there is some blurring -- 

Anderson, Thomas | Arnoll, James | Arnoll, James (2) | Atkinson, John | Baker, Zachariah | Baskerville, George | Bell, William | Bland, Merit | Bott, Ann | Bugg, Jacob | Bugg, Samuel | Burnett, John | Burton, Hutchins | Burton, Nowel | Burwell, Thacker | Cheatham, Leonard | Clarke, Jesse | Cockerham, Philip | Connell, Robert | Cooper, James | Cox, Bowling | Cradle, Briant | Dortch, Noah | Eastland, Thomas | Fargason, Sarah | Fox, Richard | Griffin, Francis | Greenwood, James | Greenwood, Robert | Greer, Joseph | Harris, William | Hatchell, William | Hester, Abraham | Hill, William | Holloway, James | Holmes, Isaac | Holmes, Samuel | Hudson, Charles | Hudson, Christopher | James, Robert | Jefferson, Field | Jeffries, John Jr. | Johnson, Daniel | Ladd, William | Lambert, James | Lawton, John | Lee, Walter | Lewis, Edward | Lucas, William | Luck, Dennis | Mabry, Anne | Maclin, Thomas | Mason, Ann | Mason, Thomas | Murphey, John | Murray, John | Phillips, Martin | Poole, William | Pughe, John | Ragsdale, Benjamin | Reed, John | Roberts, Alexander | Roberts, John | Rudd, Joseph | Ruffin, John | Ruffin, John (2) | Russell, Richard | Shelton, John | Skelton, William | Smith, Preston | Smith, Robert | Speed, John Jr. | Stewart, Martha | Stovall, Thomas | Stroud, John | Tarry, Samuel | Taylor, Thomas Sr. | Taylor, William | Thomason, James | Thompson, Wells | Tillman, Roger | Townsen, William | Tucker, James Tucker, Mat | Walker, Edward | Watson, James | Whitterman, Abraham | Whittmore, Lewis | Wiles, Robert | Willis, Richard | Wilton, Richard | Wright, Reuben | Young, Richard | 
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Lunenburg County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Indexes to Probate Records


Lunenburg County

A familiar reference to genealogists is "The Old Free State" and this is because as the War Between the States was approaching reality, Lunenburg County informed the Commonwealth of Virginia that it would break off and join North Carolina if they did not join The Confederacy. Some of the first settlers were: Ziner Gregory, William Taylor, William Ragsdale, William Johnson, William Hood Jr., William Ambrose, Edmund Bacon, George Hatchell, George Clarke, Henry Gill, Green Smithson, Henry Freeman, Edward Jordan, Archibald Hatchell, Bass Fowlke, Baxter Jordan and James Hazlewood. 

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Images of Wills 1810-1818
Testators: Bagley, Anderson; Barnett, Joel ;Betts, Barbara ;Betts, Riston ;Bohanon, Joseph ;Brown, Robert ;Burnett, Jeremiah ;Cameron, John ;Crafton, Thomas; Edwards, Elzabeth ;Erskins, Alexander ;Gardner, John ;Gee, Benjamin ;Gee, Mary ;Gordon, Elizabeth ;Hazlewood, Daniel Sr. ;Hightower, Nelson ;Jeter, Armstead ;Jones, Peter Sr. ;Jones, Thomas ;Jones, Thomas(2) ;Jordan, Thomas ;Lambert, Jeremiah ;Ragsdale, John ;Saffon, Matthew ;Slaughter, John ;Stone, Richard Sr. ;Tatum, William ;Tomlinson, Benjamin ;Wilkes, Minor ;Williams, William
Digital Images of Wills 1818-1826 
Testators:Abernathy, William; Andrews, George ;Ambrose, William;Bacon, Edmund ;Billups, John ;Blackwell, Robert ;Blackwell, Thomas ;Boswell, John ;Branch, Jones ;Brown, Stephen ;Brown, Thomas H. Burnett, Joel;Cabaniss, Sterling; Carter, Mary Ann; Chambers, Thomas;Chappell, Robert; Clarke, George;Clay, Olive; Craghead, Mildred; Dunn, Billington; Ellis, Thomas; Fowlke, Bass ;Fowlkes, Jennings; Freeman, Henry; Freeman, Thrower ;Gee, Jesse Sr.; Gee, Nowel; Gill, Henry; Gregory, Ziner; Hamlett, Jesse ;Hatchell, Archibald;Hatchell, George;Hatchell, Phebe;Hatchell, William; Hazlewood, James;Herring, Stephen ; Hood, William Jr.; Jackson, Elizabeth;Jefferson, Martha;Jeffriess, Thomas ;Johnson, William; Jordan, Baxter ; Jordan, Edward ;Jordan, Susanna; Knott, Robert; Leonard, William; Lightfoot, Elmira;Masters, Rebecca; Parrott, William ;Phillips, Robert;Potts, Nathan ;Ragsdale, William;Ryland,Thomas;Shellbourne, James;Smith, Elizabeth; Smith, Joseph M.;Smith, Robert;Smithson, Green;Taylor, William; Vaughn, David ;Wilkinson, John;Williams, Agness;Winn, Francis; Winn, John; Winn, John Sr.; Winn, Ossamus;Winn, Priscilla; Winn, Sarah

Marriages

Lunenburg County Marriages 1819 to 1825 found in Will Book 1818-1826

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills and Estates 1810-1818
  • Index to Wills and Estates 1818-1826

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hoskins Creek in Tappahannock #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy #vawills #vamarriages


Hoskins Creek in Tappahannock

Hoskins CreekTappahannock, the county seat, is the oldest town in Essex County, Virginia and is situated on the Rappahannock River. An interestint aspect of tracing ancestors is to locate and visit the actual site of old homes and beginnings. As we study the deed records, we can just about pinpoint the old home sites. This is important because it provides a grasp of the history of the area and the people who settled there. Reading the old wills and inventories of the county discloses facits of a shared farm economy which helped to feed the earliest settlers, as well as details of everyday living and possessions. We have Old Essex Co. Wills and Estates !





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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Those who Gave so Much for Freedom #virginiapioneersnet #vaancestors #vagenealogy #vawills #vaestates


Those Who Gave So Much for Freedom

The Virginia ConventionThe name of Reverend William Johnson of Albemarle County was listed among the signers of a petition to the Virginia Convention asking for Independence from England. The first Virginia Conventions were a series of five self-governing political meetings administering the legislative, executive and judicial functions of government. The House of Burgesses had been dissolved in 1774 by Royal Governor Lord Dunmore, and so the conventions served as a revolutionary provisional government until the Fifth Virginia Convention established a republic for the Commonwealth of Virginia in its Constitution of May 1776. Later, in Bedford County he appeared in Court on April 22, 1782 and proved that he had furnished the Convention with 396 pds. of beef for which he was allowed 10 pds. 5 shillings. After the war, he went to Tennessee where he died.  more - Albemarle Co. VA Ancestors





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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Our Precious Freedom was Won by our Ancestors #virginiapioneersnet #vawills #vaestates #vagenealogy #vaancestors


Our Precious Freedom was Won by our Ancestors

Old FlagFreedom is a precious heritage won by our Ancestors! But do we really know ourselves? The clues lie within our own DNA. Because, you see, we are a composite of them. The way that we think, our appearance, spiritual beliefs and inclinations, all of this is a DNA assemblage of the puzzle of us. To learn some answers about ourselves we must look into the past. Yes, into the lives of those who brought us to this time and place. Discovering our roots is not only fun, but surprisingly delightful. The lineage doubles every generation (into the past), which makes for an unlimited resource of ancestors who were part of the histories which we study today. For example, it is easy to trace the lineage back to a Revolutionary War Soldier. Gosh! The pension itself is loaded with information about the battles they fought and famous officers they served with. You just don't know how this goes, until you read the pension. Then, there are the Civil War Pensions. Of course, the old wills, estates, deeds, tax digests really open the puzzle to a wonderfully new perspective. The old script used is beautifully executed with a quill and india ink. Some of these documents are simply worth framing! 





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