Friday, January 18, 2019

Ancestors in Westmoreland County Virginia #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet


Westmoreland Court House

Westmoreland County Virginia was formed in 1653 from Northumberland County. The county seat is Montross, Virginia. Some well-remembered residents of the county were President George Washington, President James Monroe and Robert E. Lee as well as Robert Carter, Henry Lee, Richard Lee, Daniel McCarty, George Turbeville and John Turbeville. A bloody naval battle occurred on July 14 1813 at the mouth of the Yeocomico River when a British force with a five-to-one advantage attacked an American vessel, leaving no survivors. 

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Marriages

  • Marriages to 1699
  • Marriages 1772 to 1865

Digital Images of Wills 1755-1804

Testators: Annandale, Thomas ;Bankhead, James ;Briscoe, James ;Callis, Sarah ;Carr, William ;Chancellor, Thomas ;Dozier, Joseph ;Drake, Richard ;Eckles, Solomon ;Edsor, Joseph ;Garlick, Mary; Garner, Catherine; Garner, Jeremiah ;Green, Jemima ;Harrison, William ;Hutt, Gerald ;Kirk, Randol ;Kitchen, Sarah ;Knott, Elender ;Lamkin, Matthew ;Martin, Mary Ann;Middleton, Benjamin; Mitchell, David ;Monroe, Andrew ;Monroe, George ;Monroe, Jamina ;Monroe, Rachel; Monroe, William; Moore, Judith ;Parker, Sarah Rich ;Payton, Anthony ;Price, John;Rigg, Sarah ;Short, Landman ;Smith, Peter Sr.; Thompson, Margaret ;Tidwell, Anna ;Tyler, William ;Washington, John

Digital Images of Wills and Deeds 1706-1804

Testators: Ball, Richard ;Berryman, William ;Bridges, William ;Bran, John ;Canady, Benjamin ;Carter, Robert ;Carter, Robert (2) ;Chancellor, Thomas ;Dolman, William ;Edward, William, appointed captain of the militia ;Eskridge, Jane ;Fryer, Frances;Garland, Griffin ;Garner, George ;Hague, John; Hore, James ;Johnson, Ann ;Johnston, George ;Lamkin, Ashton ;Lamkin, Matthew ;Lee, Richard Henry ;McCullock, Elizabeth ;Monroe, John ;Morgan, Daniel ;Rust, Elizabeth ;Rust, Hannah ;Sanford, Patrick ;Self, Walter ;Smith, Samuel ;Smith, Samuel and wife ;Templeton, Samuel ;Thomson, John;Tool, William; Tupman, William; Weaver, Zachariah.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Wythe County VA Genealogy and Tax Digests #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

Wythe County Genealogy and Tax Digests

Wytheville

Wythe County was created in 1790 from Montgomery County. It was named for George Wythe, the first Virginia signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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

Williams, Jenkin, LWT (transcript)
Williams, Joseph, LWT (transcript)

Tax Digests
  • Property Tax Books 1793 to 1807
  • Property Tax Books 1809 to 1834



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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Commonly Forgotten Genealogy Resources

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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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Why Deed Records are important

Why it is so Important to Search Deed Records for your Ancestors


working cartsThe deed records should not be ignored when researching ancestors. This includes land grants, plats and lotteries. Anyone who has drawn a modern-day deed heads the document with "John Smith of Goochland County, Virginia" The first land and bounty grants contain vague descriptions of the land. That is because the boundaries contained no neighbors or traditional measurements as we know them today. Instead, 18 chains to an oak tree adjoined by a pine forest is about the best that you can expect. Therefore, one goes in search of a deed record which mentions the names of neighbors, who received the original land grant and the date thereof, and designates gifts to children and other relatives. As time goes on and the community grows, the names of adjoining neighboring lands and witnesses appear in the documents. Also filed with the deeds are "Gift Deeds" and " Marriage Contracts". This is where the details provide further clues. One should follow the deed records from the first day of acquisition to the last deed, when the land is either sold or inherited. Then, a similar search should be done in the Tax Digests. The research should be able to recite the activities of the ancestor year-by-year. 
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Monday, January 14, 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.

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  • 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, Lebrun | Dickenson, Humphrey | Dorton, William Sr. | Dryden, Nathaniel | Duncan, John | Duncan, Rawley | Dunlap, Ephraim | Edmiston, John | Edmondson, Robert | Edmondson, William | Edmundson, Andrew | Edwards, David | Estell, Benjamin | Faris, William | Fitzpatrick, John | Forgey, Alexander | Fowler, James | Fowler, Samuel | Frost, Simon to Nathl Nicholas (deed) | Fugate, Francis | Galespy, Robert | Galloway, William | Glenn, James | Graves, Edmund Gray, Benjamin | Green, James | Green, Lewis | Greer, William | Hadden, Thomas | Handlin (deed) | Head, Anthony | Henderson, John | Henry, Samuel | Hill, Thomas | Hilliard, William | Hinnegar, Conrod Hogg to Galgood (deed) | Horn, Leonard Hughes, Samuel | Hughs to Friley (deed) | Jamison, Edward | Jones, Thomas | Kendrick, Solomon | Kendrick, Thomas | Kennedy, John to Jacob Campbell (deed) | Kerr, John | Kincaid, David | Laird, James | Lea, John | Leonard, Peter | Lewis, William | Litten, Bartin Livingston, Henry (deed) | Livingston, William Todd | Locke, Samuel | Logan, Robert | Lyon, Humberston Martin, Joseph | McKee, Alexander | McCormack, James | McCroskey, John | McCullough, Thomas | McReynolds, John | McMurry, Samuel | McNeal, Archibald | Mesenor, George | Mobley, James | Montgomery, Michael | Moore, Alexander | Moses, Mathew | Naul, James | Neal, John M. to George Maxwell (deed) | Newton, David | Newton, Shadrick Pemberton to Pemberton (deed) | Peppers, Elisha | Phillips, James | Rafferty, Thomas | Reaugh, Robert | Ritchie (deed) | Roberts, David | Robertson (bill of sale) | Rogers, John | Rowhatton, Matthew | Saur, Robert | Scott, Archibald | Sharp, Ann to Martin Gassh (deed) | Sharp, Edward | Sharp, John Sr. | Sharp, Thomas | Shea, Derby | Smith, Alexander | Smith, Robin | Smith, Thomas | Smith, Tobias Smith to Robins (deed) | Speddon, Thomas | Stanton, Richard | Stanton, Robert | Starnes, Frederick | Statzer, Martin | Stern, Frederick | Sword, Henry | Thompson, Alexander | Trimble, Moses | Vance, Samuel | Viney, Mary to Adam Hope (deed) | Viney, Mary to William Beattie (deed) | Walker, John | Walker, Samuel | Wason, James | Watson, Patrick | Welder, Matthew | White, Samuel | White, William  ...more...



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Friday, January 11, 2019

Venetian Blinds were "Made in Williamsburg" #genealogy #virginiapioneers.net

Made in Williamsburg

venetian blindsVenetian blinds were widely made and used in both the Old World and the New. This how-to-do-it illustration also comes from Diderot Encyclopedia. In two of the bedrooms at the Brush-Everard House in Williamsburg and in one at the Raleigh Tavern stand commodious pieces of furniture that today would probably have to be called cupboards. The eighteenth-century housewife called them clothes presses, and they served her as a place to keep the family bedding and clothing. Samuel Galt was a watchmaking and silversmithing craftsman from 1750 until his death. His older son, James, was also a silversmith until 1770 when he was appointed the first keeper of the "Lunatick Hospital" in Williamsburg. The younger son, John Minson Galt, acquired a medical education in Edinburgh and London and was later a partner in the apothecary and chirurgical establishment of Dr. James Pasteur. Dickinson, an apprentice in the cabinet shop of Anthony Hall on Nicholson Street, was well equipped to make better furniture than any of these three clothes presses. During the Revolutionary War, he served as an officer and was killed at the Battle of Monmouth. The appraisers of the estate of Mr. Dickinson mentioned a Bucktrout, valued his possessions at #164. Also, the library of some forty volumes was valued at #20.   . . . more . . .



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Thursday, January 10, 2019

American Clipper Ship #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet

The Great Republic, American Clipper. 1853

The Great RepublicIt was not the wooden sailing-ships which carried trade of Great Britain to America which was destined to eclipse that of all her rivals. About twelve years before the close of the eighteenth century the first really practical experiment was made on Dalswinton Loch, by Messrs. Miller and Symington, on the utilization of steam as a means of propulsion for vessels. The other great revolution was the introduction of iron instead of wood as the material for constructing ships. During the first half of the nineteenth century, good English oak had been becoming scarcer and more expensive. Shortly after the Restoration the price paid for native-grown oak was about #2 15s. a load, this being double its value during the reign of James I. The great consumption at the end of the 18th century had so diminished the supply of oak, that in 1815, the year in which the great Napoleonic wars terminated, the price had risen substantially. During 1833 the price sank a little, then continued to rise until 1850 when it reached #6 18s. per load. In consequence of the scarcity of English oak many foreign timbers, such as Dantzic and Italian oak, Italian larch, fir, pitch pine, teak, and African timbers were used for ship construction, with varying success. However, in America timber was abundant and cheap, and this was one of the causes which led to the extraordinary development of American shipping in the first half of the nineteenth century, and it is probable that iron was also produced abundantly and cheaply in this country. Thus, the use of iron and steel as the materials for construction have enabled sailing ships to be built in modern times of dimensions which could not have been thought of in the olden days. These large vessels are chiefly employed in carrying wheat and nitrate of soda from the west coast of South America. 

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Search Public Libraries for more Genealogical Data

Search Public Libraries for more Genealogical Data

Macon Memorial LibraryA surprising amount of genealogy records rest in local libraries, genealogy books, microfilm and other materials. Remember, as these facilities are a subject of donations and budgetary receipts, their holdings vary. But this is good. For one. people have put onto microfilm their diaries, family histories, bibles, cemetery and church records, as a starter. The LDS church has thousands of microfiche of donated genealogies. What I am saying is that there is a lot of miscellaneous genealogy out there which is not on any one's website. At the Georgia State Archives, the loose genealogies are contained in folders. The Georgian Room of the Cobb County Library houses collections of loose-leaf quarterlies for a number of States. By far, the Washington Memorial Library has the largest microfilm collection for most States. Just a starter for ideas. Researchers are still hanging out at the library!



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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

An American Cotton Ship #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

The Bazaar - American Cotton Ship

The BazaarThe part played by the Americans in the carrying trade of the world during the period between the close of the Revolutionary War and the early 1850s was so important that an illustration of the types of vessels they employed will be interesting. The ship depicted represents an American cotton-ship, which also carried passengers on the route between New York and Havre in the year 1832. In form she was full and bluff; in fact, little more than a box with rounded ends.
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Galts Mill in Amherst County #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Galts Mill

Galts MillGalt's Mill was built in 1813 as a mill complex in Madison Heights, and is a two-story brick structure. Other additions to the complex were gradually added, including the Aqueduct, Train Bridge, Railroad, Boathouse, Home House, Miller House and Millrace and Dam Ruins. Originally, it was over 5 stories high, but during the 1950s lowered its present height. It remained in operation until about 1956. Today, there remains several abandoned houses and structures. The mill sits at the mouth of Stovall Creek (now Beck Creek) on the James River on land patented to George Stovall during the 18th century. The Stovall family also operated a ferry across the James River beginning in 1755. In 1785, the Stovall family sold 340 acres along the river to William Galt who went on to acquire some 1800 acres of land along the river for his mill. William Galt (1753-1825) came to Virginia from Scotland as an itinerant peddler who traveled up and down the James River and built a large complex on the James River and Kanawha Canal. Additionally, the Richmond and Alleghany Railroad line made its stop in the village which had emerged around the mill. At his death, Galt was considered one of the wealthiest men in Virginia.



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Monday, January 7, 2019

Names of Virginia Ancestors - - - > Shenandoah County

Shenandoah County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Shehandoah Valley

Shenandoah County was established in 1772 and was first named Dunmore County for Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore. The county was renamed Shenandoah in 1778, being named after the Senedos Indian tribe. 

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Miscellaneous
  • McKay, George, LWT (1797)
  • McKay, James, LWT (1797)
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills and Inventories 1772 to 1784
  • Wills and Inventories 1783 to 1789
Digital Images of Wills 1772 to 1784
  • Abell, Joseph
  • Andrews, Frederick
  • Bell, Samuel
  • Darling, Adam
  • Dellinger, Christian
  • Downey, William
  • Durst, Isaac
  • Garret, Philip
  • Guyger, Jacob
  • Hoop, Peter
  • Hoy, John
  • Hurst, William
  • Miller, William
  • Nively, Anthony
  • Odell, Jeremiah
  • Offenbacher, Jacob
  • Peters, Ulrich
  • Pickenberger, Abraham
  • Pfifer, Henry
  • Prantz, Susan
  • Rohrer, Jacob
  • Slaughter, Francis
  • Snapp, Lawrence
  • Suddell, John Sr.
  • Surf, John Macon Sr.  ... more names...



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Friday, January 4, 2019

Names of Virginia Ancestors --- > Rockbridge County #virginiapioneersnet

Rockbridge County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Tax Digests

Natural Bridge, VirginiaIt is said that George Washington was one of the surveyors of the region of Natural Bridge. Rockbridge County was established in October, 1777 from parts of now neighboring Augusta and Botetourt counties, and the first county elections were held in May 1778. Rockbridge County was formed during an Act of Assembly intended to reduce the amount of travel to the nearest courthouse, and to ensure trials were held fairly, and among friends rather than strangers. The first court session in Rockbridge County was held at the home of Samuel Wallace on April 7, 1778. Rockbridge County was named after Natural 5ridge, a beautiful landmark in the southern portion of the county. 

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Tax Digests 

1802 to 1814 ( images) Miscellaneous
  • Militia of 1796
Wills
  • Abstracts 1778-1792
Images of Wills 1797 to 1806 
Testators:
  • Alexander, William
  • Anderson, James
  • Andrews, Mary
  • Barclay, Hugh
  • Bell, James
  • Campbell, Andrew
  • Clung, James
  • Cofwell, Valentine
  • Cowan, Samuel
  • Crawford, James
  • Cunningham, Thomas
  • Davidson, John
  • Dickson, James
  • Dickson, Patrick
  • Dunlap, John
  • Edmundson, Agness
  • Ellios, James
  • Ethany, Robert
  • Fulton, Francis
  • Gabert, Matthias
  • Garvin, Thomas
  • Gay, John
  • Hall, Andrew
  • Harper, Rev. James Sr.
  • Jamison, William
  • Johnson, Zechariah
  • Keys, Samuel
  • Lair, John
  • Lloyd, Elizabeth
  • Lowry, Peter
  • Martin, Jean
  • McCalpin, William
  • McCroskey, Alexander
  • McCulley, Robert
  • McFarland, Robert
  • McLaughlin, Edward
  • Miller, Mary
  • Moore, Elizabeth
  • Moore, William
  • Naughton, John
  • Ocheltree, James
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Names of Montgomery County Virginia Ancestors #virginiapioneersnet

Montgomery County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Property Taxes,

Montgomery County VirginiaMontgomery County was established in 1777 from Fincastle County and was named after General Richard Montgomery of the Revolutionary War, killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. County seat: Christianburg, Virginia. Early Settlers: Jasper Garlick, John Robinson, Henry Price, Isaac Taylor, Enoch Muirhead, Charles Stapleton, Alexander Baine, Adam Wiser, Joseph McDonald, Michael Drake, Thomas Lewis, William Deweese, William Lyons.

Montgomery County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Images of Will Book 1, 1796 to 1809

Testators:Allen, Nicholas; Baine, Alexander ;Beckett, Richard; Bowles, William ;Boyles, Daniel ;Brook, Palserly ;Brown, Margaret; Burnett, James ;Copher, Joseph ;Cubbage, George ;Davis, John ;Deweese, William ;Drake, Michael ;Garlick, Jasper ;Heavener, Philip ;Howell, Benjamin;Lawrence, John ;Lewis, Thomas ;Lyons, William ;McDonald, Joseph ;McDonald, Susanna ;Muirhead, Enoch ;Owens, David ;Pepper, Samuel ;Price, George ;Price, Henry ;Price, Michael ;Rayburn, John ;Robinson, John ;Read, George Jr. ;Scott, John ;Shell, Jacob; Shell, John Sr. ;Shovelbarger, Jacob ;Smith, Frederick ;Smith, Matthew ;Stapleton, Charles; Taylor, Isaac ;Taylor, Isaac(2) ;Taylor, William ;Thompson, John ;Wade ...more...



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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Prince Edward County Virginia Ancestors. See Names #virginiapioneersnet

Prince Edward County Genealogies, Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Linden Plantation

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

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Marriage Bonds
  • 1755 to 1850
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 

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Think of the Internet as a Genealogy Vault

Think of the Internet as a Genealogy Vault

vaultThe technology of the Internet moves civilization forward and is a blessing because it is where we discover forgotten members of the family and more about our past. And, it is a place to post important genealogy data. As time moves forward and more people share their family histories, the Internet will contain the most valuable documents on earth. All that we need to do is to continue to share and add our information (no matter how trivial) to lasting websites. Initially at the first onset of the user experience, there was a rush of family group sheets added from computer programs. However, most of those have been taken down. Therefore, it is important that we post our information on more than one website. All over the Nation there are public libraries with a surprising amount of file folders containing family genealogy. I have found that people are still donating some pretty interesting to libraries and archives. Hopefully, the data will be digitized on library websites. Actually, local libraries are beginning to write their own websites and (for now) contains only a small amount downloadable data (usually out-of-date books). How much genealogy will be digitized and preserved on the Internet is a question of budget. We should continue to be supportive with our genealogy donations and attend local libraries. I have personally gathered and preserved a great deal of genealogical data over the years and those books which I published are contained as databases on my genealogy websites, viz: Georgia Pioneers Kentucky Pioneers North Carolina Pioneers South Carolina Pioneers Southeastern Genealogy and Virginia Pioneers 





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Monday, December 31, 2018

Prince George County Virginia - Names of Ancestors #virginiapioneersnet

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 
Hardyman, Fitt 
Hardyman, Littlebury, estate
Harrison, Thomas, estate
Harrowell, John, land patent 
Hooper, Thomas, estate
Ingram, Richard, estate
Jackson, William
Jackson, William, inventory
Johnson, Edward 
Johnson, Edward, inventory
Jones, Abraham 
Jones, James 
Jones, Mary 
Jones, Peter 
Jones, Robert Jr. 
Jones, Robert Jr., inventory
Kirkland, Richard, inventory

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Names of Richmond County VA Ancestors. #virginiapioneersnet

Richmond County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Court House Records




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

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




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Friday, December 28, 2018

York County VA Genealogy; Wills, Estates, Marriages #virginiapioneersnet #genealogy

York County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, 1781 War Losses

York County was formed in 1634 as one of the eight original shires (counties) of the Virginia Colony and is one of the oldest counties in the United States. Yorktown is one of the three points of the Historic Triangle of Colonial Virginia. It is the site of the last battle and surrender of Lord Cornwallis, commander of the British forces in 1781 at the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War, when the patriots gained independence from Great Britain. The couny seat is Yorktown. 

Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers

  • Public Losses in York County from the Invasions of the Enemy in 1781
  • Andrews, Blair, LWT, transcript
  • York County Marriages to 1699
  • Index to York County Wills and Deeds, Bk 2, 1645-1649

Images of Will Bk No. 1, 1633-1657

Testators: Chew, John; ;Christmas, Doctoris;Cumins, Nicholas; Flowers, John;Gill, Stephen;Grimes, William;Gybson, Thomas; Hall, Alexander;Harris, James;Hartwill, John;Harwood, Thomas; Hawkins, William;Holgate, Robert;Jackson, John; Lewis, Roger; Lynsey, Adam; Martian, Nicholas; Miller, James; Ray, Thomas R.; Walker, Elizabeth; Whonoth, Andrew; Wilkinson, Robert.

Images of Wills 1740 to 1746

Testators: Bond, William; Booker, Martha;Booker, Richard; Brown, Thomas; Butterworth, John; Calthorp, John; Chisman, George; Cosby, Samuel; Harker, Henry;Hobsey, William; Hyde, Ann; Kardee, John; Keith, William; Lamb, Daniel; Layton, David; Pattern, John; Pattison, Thomas; Ripping, Mary; Rogers, James; Tabb, Edward Jr.; Taylor, Walter; Timson, John; West, Mary

Images of Wills 1746 to 1759

Testators: Allen, Ann; Anderson, Andrew; Archer, Abraham; Armistead, Ellyson; Ballard, John; Barns, Joseph; Baskervy, Hugh;Bate, James;Baptist, Edward;Baptist, Elizabeth; Brown, Stephen;Bryan, John;Burcher, John;Burt, Josiah;Burt, Richard;Burdett, John;Chapman, Walter;Cobbs, Thomas;Collett, John; Collett, Susan;Coridon, Mary;Coridon, William;Coulthard, John; Cosby, James;Cosby, Mark;Crawley, John;Crawley, Robert;Dixon, James;Dyer, Samuel; Fontaine, Francis; Freeman, Henry; Gilmer, George; Goodwin, James; Goodwin, John;Goodwin, Rebecca;Goodwin, Peter;Goodwin, Shelton; Graves, Henry; Graves, Ralph; Grease, Thomas; Greene, Bailey;Haddon, Hudson;Hansford, John;Hansford, Lucy;Hansford, William;Harris, John;Harris, Richard;Hay, James; Hay, John;Hay, Robert; Hilliard, Agnes; Holdcroft, Samuel; Hubard, Matthew;Jackson, Ambrose;James, Ann; Jarvis, George; Jones, Humphrey; Keith, Ann; Lamb, Anthony; Lee, Francis; Lightfoot, Philip; Love, Justinian; Martin, Martha; McKenzie, Kenneth; Moody, Ishmael;Moore, Judith;Morland, Matthew;Morris, Elizabeth; Morris, John; Mountfort, Rose; Mountfort, Thomas; Mundell, John; Ortan, Reginald; Palmer, William; Parks, William; Parks, William, estate; Parson, John; Patrick, John;Penman, Thomas; Philips, Elizabeth; Philipson. Robert; Potter, Edward; Powell, Thomas; Presson, James; Ranson, Robert; Reade, Samuel; Reynolds, Thomas; Rhodes, Clifton; Roberts, Robert; Roberts, Samuel; Robinson, Anthony; Rollinson, Elizabeth; Sandefur, Jonanthan; Scarburgh, Edmund; Seabrooke, Charles;Sheild, Robert; Sheldon, William;Shields, James; Silby, Parker;Smith, Edmond; Smith, Mildred;Stevens, Anne; Stott, John; Stroud, Elizabeth; Tavenor, William; Thomas, Mary; Thurmer, Robert; Timson, illiam; Vance, Patrick; Wade, Thomas; Wells, George; Wharton, Thomas; Williamson, Elizabeth; Wright, John
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Lunenburg Co. VA Genealogy. See Names.

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. 

Lunenburg County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers

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  ... more names ...



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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Names of Princess Anne County Virginia Ancestors #virginiapioneersnet

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


Wytheville

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  ... more ....

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