Friday, February 22, 2019

Powhatan was the Sachem of Eight Tribes #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Powhatan was the Sachem of Eight Tribes

PowhatanSachem means "Chief" The Powhatan confederacy consisted of a number of settlements mostly situated on the banks of the James, Elizabeth, Nansemond, York and Chickahominy rivers, all of which abounded with fish and fowl. Also, the forest was filled with deer and wild turkey, while the toothsome oyster was found in great abundance on the shores of the Chesapeake and its numerous inlets. In his younger days Powhatan had been a great warrior and subdued twenty-two others, so that at this time he was the mighty "werowance", or sagamore, of thirty of the forty tribes of Virginia. The hereditary chiefs of the Powhatan confederacy were permitted to rule their own people the same as they had before they were conquered and their local laws and customs were not interferred with on condition of their paying annual tribute to Powhatan of "skins, beads, copper, pearl, deere, turkeys, wild beasts and corn. What he commandeth they dare not disobey in the least thing." Moreover, as if to make the resemblance more remarkable, his subjects regarded him as half man and half god. Powhatan was described as a "tall, well-proportioned man with a sower look, his head somewhat gray, his beard so thin that it seemed none at all, his age nearly sixty, of a very able and hardy body to endure any labor." And considering the extent of his conquests and unlimited power over his subjects as well as the pomp which he maintained, Powhatan possessed a savage dignity. It is said that he had twenty sons and eleven daughters living at the time of the Jamestown settlement. Nothing is known of his sons except Nantaquans, who is described as "the most manliest, comliest and boldest spirit, ever seen in a savage." Pocahontas, the favorite daughter of Powhatan,is thought to have been born in 1594, which would make her about thirteen years of age at the time Captain Smith was dragged before her august father. The family of Powhatan was numerous and influential. Besides his sons and daughters there were also three brothers younger than himself; and upon them successively (and not his . . . more . . .

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Southampton County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages

Southampton County

Southampton County was created in 1749 from Isle of Wight County, and part of Nansemond County was added later. During the 17th century, shortly after establishment of Jamestown in 1607, English settlers explored and began settling the areas along Hampton Roads. Most of Southampton County was originally part of Warroquyoake Shire, later called a county. In 1637 the Warrosquyoake Shire was renamed Isle of Wight County. It was in 1749 that the portion of Isle of Wight County west of Blackwater River became Southampton County. The first courthouse was built on the eastern bank of the east bank of the Nottoway River in 1752. The current courthouse building was built in 1834 and is the latest of several which have served the county. Southampton County is the origin of many families of southern Virginia and northern North Carolina. 

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    Marriages (taken from Gates County, North Carolina Bonds)
  • William Clegg estate dated 1780
  • Joseph Mackey, LWT 1779 (transcription)
  • Apprenticeship Indentures 1827 to 1894
  • Western Branch Meeting of Quakers
Images of Wills, Book No. 1, 1749 to 1762

Testators:Arrington, John; Arrington, John; Barham, Robert; Barns, Edward ;Barrett, Edward; Bittle, John; Blunt, Benjamin; Blunt, Henry; Booth, Robert; Bowen, John; Bowen, John; Braddy, Margaret; Bradshaw, Joseph; Branch, Elizabeth; Briant, Lewis; Bryant, Mary; Bryan, Robert;Charles, Rebecca; Clark, Thomas; Cob, William; Cobb, Nicholas; Cooper, William;Crocker, Elisha; Crocker, Moses; Crocker, Robert; Crumpler, William; Davis, John; Davis, Martha; Davis, Nathaniel; Dawson, John; Delk, Joseph ;Denson, John; Doyle, Edward; Drake, John; Drake, Richard; Drake, Thomas; Drew, Edward; Dunkley, Catherine ; Dunkley, John; Edmunds, Jeremiah; Edwards, Benjamin; Edwards, Elizabeth; Edwards, John; Edwards, William; Emelly, Giles; Evans, Elizabeth ;Evret, Simon; Exum, Francis;Exum, William; Fort, John;Gilliam, Walter ;Griffin, Mary ;Griffin, Matthew; Gurley, Nicholas; Harris, Martin; Hatfield, William; Hickman, William;Hollaman, Thomas;Ingraham, William ;Jarrel, John; Jarrell, Thomas ;Johnson, Benjamin; Johnson, John ; Johnson, Richard ;Jones, John; Jones, William; Joyner, Brigman; Joyner, Hennaretta; Joyner, John;Joyner, Jonathan; Joyner, Joseph; Joyner, William;Kindred, Mary; Kirby, Moody ;Kirby, Richard ;Lewis, Joshua; Love, Elias; Mackey, Daniel; Manning, Samuel; Matthews, Hugh; Matthews, John; Morgan, William; Mounger, Robert; 
. . .more names . . .

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The First Public Voice was a Scottish Fellow #virginiagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

The First Public Voice was a Scottish Fellow

Map of UlsterGeorge Bancroft, known for his New England predictions, said: "We shall find the first voice publicly raised in America to dissolve all connection with Great Britain, came not from the Puritans of New England, or the Dutch of New York, or the planters of Virginia, but from Scotch-Irish Presbyterians." It was Patrick Henry, a Scot, who kindled the popular flame for independence. The foremost was descended from those Scots driven out of Ulster by bishops and Lord Donegal & Company. The distinguished place which men of Scottish or of Ulster origin had asserted for themselves in the councils of the Colonies was not lost when the Colonies became independent States. Among the first of the thirteen original States two-thirds were of either Scottish or Ulster-Scottish origin. Of the men who have filled the great office of President of the United States, eleven out of the whole twenty-five come under the same category. About half the Secretaries of the Treasury of the Government of the United States have been of Scottish descent, and nearly a third of the Secretaries of State.  . . . more . . .

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Preserve the Old Traditions and Values

Preserve the Old Traditions and Values 

Working to Preserve History
While genealogists work to preserve their family histories and relate the interesting tales to their children and grandchildren, there is a disruption of traditions and beliefs encircling the globe. Every generation has treasured its ways, from the way we speak, walk, dress and act, to or spiritual beliefs.  And yet there has been no American tradition so valued as our personal freedom, and the right to worship our God.  This generation has gone awry with its preference for the re-written history of the conduct and actions of our ancestors.  Yet, somewhere back in time, in the past of the disruptor's, lies some very startling facts concerning themselves and their ancestors.

If they traced back several generations of their lineage and found some brave patriots who loved freedom and the right to worship so much they they gave their lives and fortunes for it, perhaps a greater appreciation of former generations would awaken them from the deep sleep of ignorance and stupidity. 

Perhaps it is up to the old folks to restore peace, love and appreciation for those who came before us by writing more articles and telling more stories on the Internet of how the ancestors sacrificed everything for their posterity!  Then, while the disruptor's are wasting their youth spouting anger, marching in parades, littering our streets, vandalizing homes and stores, etc., we will be writing the history of today, of how much we still care for our traditions and values.  

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

How do you know if your Ancestor was a Historical Figure?

How do you know if your Ancestor was a Historical Figure?

How do you know until you dig into the past? There are tons of records which embrace the era of our ancestors. The reason they did not all make the history books is because we did not do our home work and write about them. Some of these guys served with General George Washington, Colonel Richard Lee, Generals Greene and Marion. The old pensions describe their adventures. And the further back we trace, there is oh so much more! Most Americans are descendants of King Edward I of England (1300s). And that links us to hundreds of noblemen and heroes.   . . . more . . .

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Images of Rockingham County VA Wills, Estates #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Rockingham County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Tax Digests

Massanutten Mountain

Rockingham County was established in 1778 from Augusta County. Harrisonburg was named as the county seat. The county is named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, a British statesman (1730-1782). He was Prime Minister of Great Britain twice, and a keen supporter of constitutional rights for the colonists. During his first term, repealed the Stamp Act of 1765, reducing the tax burden on the colonies. Appointed again in 1782, upon taking office, he backed the claim for the independence of the Thirteen Colonies, initiating an end to British involvement in the American Revolutionary War. However, he died after only 14 weeks in office. Rockingham County is the birthplace of Thomas Lincoln, the father of Abraham Lincoln. 

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Cabell, Joseph, LWT (transcript) 

Tax Records

1857-1863; 1865 Tax Digests 

Digital images of Wills 1803 to 1806
Testators: Baker, Michael | Bright, Peter | Davis, Robert | Eben, Andrew | Eversole, Jacob | Fuls, John | Fulton, Elizabeth | Harrison, Hanna | Harrison, John | Helfrey, John | Henton, John | Hord, James | Houer, Christopher | Kite, William | Kool, Philip | Lagman, Michael | Lard, James | Lipe, Peter | Mefferd, Garper | Moore, Reuben | Pence, Catherine | Rode, Anthony | Speers, George | Tuteweler, Leonard | Williamson, Thomas | Wilmer, Jacob 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Is the Computer an Answer to Genealogy?

 When the Computer is Not the Answer to Genealogy

The modern age of technology is wonderful!  However, we must not rely upon genealogy programs to find the ancestors. Everyone knows that tracing the family roots is a tedious process involving many long years of hard work. To the new researchers out there: one cannot just sign up somewhere and expect to find the family tree.  Should you think that this is the case, the work itself is riddled with errors.  For this reason connecting to a World Tree is not advisable. One must keep their errors to themselves, not share them!  That is, until they are resolved with factual evidence.  Otherwise, in the end, that World Tree will be a trash dump no one wants to tackle.  Already the term "junk genealogy" has emerged and cleanup is near impossible. The computer programs of today merging data are not cutting it.  Hence, human beings must continue to control genealogical research and maintain it privately on a simple computer program.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Images of Rockbridge County VA Wills, Estates #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Rockbridge County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Tax Digests

Natural Bridge, Virginia

It 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)


  • Militia of 1796


  • 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 ;Patterson, Samuel ;Pettycrew, James ;Poage, John ;Porter, John ;Porter, William ;Priestly, William ;Reed, Joseph ;Richey, James ;Scott, Thomas ;Sproull, William ;Stoops, Robert ;Thompson, William ;Troxal, Abraham ;Taylor, Elizabeth ;Taylor, George ;Taylor, James ;Thompson, John ;Tooly, Elizabeth ;Walker, John ;Walker, Mary ;Weir, James ;Weir, John ;Wiley, Alexander ;Willey, John ;Willson, Samuel ;Wilson, William

Images of Wills 1806 to 1811

Testators: Bailey, James ;Beard, Hugh ;Beard, Sarah ;Black, Henry ;Bowyer, John ;Cowman, John ;Crawford, Michael ;Cummins, John ;Cunningham, Thomas ;Dickson, James ;Douglas, James ;Dunlap, Ann ;Garvin, Sarah ;Giner, Lodowick ;Goodbar, Joseph ;Harper, James ;Hays, John ;Hodge, James ;Hodge, Mary ;Hollis, William ;Holmes, Gabriel ;Hopkins, James ;Houston, Ann ;Houston, Samuel ;Hoytman, Philip ;Hulman, Christopher ;Hutchison, Robert ;Johnston, James ;Layhern, John ;Lee, Martin ;Mackey, John ;McCampbell, John ;McComb, William  . . .more . . .

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Pagan River near Smithfield, Virginia

Smithfield Virginia

Pictured is the Pagan River near Jamestown. Smithfield was first colonized in 1634 and occupied an Indian site called Warascoyak, also spelled Warrosquoyacke, which was first a county of that name. It was renamed Isle of Wight County in 1637. The town itself was established as a seaport ca 1752 by Arthur Smith IV. An area called "Wharf Hill" was established as a waterfront for industries and served during the Revolutionary War as a harbor for patriots to receive arms and supplies. Its dock was used in the "Show Boat" a famous drama of the 20th century. The famous landmark of the Old Brick Church near Smithfield, built ca 1632, features a graveyard vandalized during the Revolutionary War as an insult to the Loyalists of Great Britain. During the reign of King George, Virginians were required to attend church and pay a tithe in tobacco. 
... more .

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Images of Charlotte County VA Wills, Estates, Genealogy #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Charlotte County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates

CharlottesvilleCharlotte County was formed in 1764 from Lunenburg County and was named for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England. It is located in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. John Randolph and Patrick Henry were from Charlotte County and their names are found in the old will records. 

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


  • Franklin, Robert, LWT (1809), transcript

Digital Images of Will Book No. 1 (1765 to 1791)

Testators: Adams, William;Adkins, William;Allen, Elizabeth;Allen, Joseph;Anderson, John;Ashworth, Isaac; Barksdale, Collier; Barnes, Henry Jr.;Bedford, Stephen; Bedford, Thomas;Boulden, Thomas;Brent, John;Bunkley, Joshua; Burton, James;Caldwell, David;Cardwell, Richard;Cargill, Daniel; Carter, Christopher;Carter, John;Childers, Jeremiah;Christopher, William;Clements, Francis;Coles, James;Collier, Thomas;Comer, Elizabeth;Cunningham, James;Davenport, Jack Smith;Davis, William; Dawson, William;Dickerson, Jane;Dudgen, Richard;Dudgins, William; East, William Sr.;Edenfield, Thomas;Farrar, Charles;Fletcher, Mary;Foster, George;Francis, James;Fuqua, Elizabeth;Fuqua, Samuel;Grigg, James;Gwin, George;Haley, James;Hall, William; Hannah, John Sr.;Harra, Isabella;Harra, Michael;Harvy, Thomas Sr.;Harwood, Francis;Haskerson, John;Hays, Richard;Hendricks, Gustavus;Henry, Robert;Herndon, John;Hudson, James;Hunt, Charles; Isbell, James; Jackson, Robin;Jamison, William;Johns, John; Johns, Thomas;Johnson, William;Joyce, Thomas;Lackland, John; Lane, James;Landsman, William;Lawson, George;Lea, John; Mann, Francis;Marshall, John;Martin, Abraham;May, Daniel;May, David;May,  . . . more . . .

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Charles City County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages

Shirley Plantation
Shirley Plantation, home of Charles Carter.

Charles City County was named after the son of King James who later became King Charles I of England. It was one of four boroughs created by the Virginia Company in 1619. Westover Plantation was built about 1730 by William Byrd II, founder of Richmond and Petersburg, and features English box woods and colonial gardens; open to the public. Other plantations located in this county go along the James River, viz: Shirley Plantation, Berkeley Plantation, Westover Plantation, Sherwood Forest Plantation, and Greenway Plantation. Charles City is the county seat. The Carter wills of Shirley Plantation and Ladd wills are available on this website as well as many other famous Virginians who resided in this county. Anyone searching for their ancestors in Charles City County will no doubt run across the famous families who built the wealthy plantations and generated the local economy.

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  • Marriages to 1699

Miscellaneous Wills

  • Byrd, William, LWT (1700)
  • Byrd, William, LWT (1774)
  • Clay, John, LWT (transcript)
  • England, Francis, LWT (transcript)
  • Gregory, John, Jr., LWT (transcript)
  • Harrison, Benjamin, LWT (transcript)
  • Izard, Rebecca, LWT (transcript)
  • Munford, Robert, LWT (transcript)
  • Munford, William, LWT (transcript)
  • Rogers, John, LWT, transcript Tyler, John, LWT (transcript

Digital Images of Wills and Estates 1655 to 1656

Digital Images of Wills and Estates 1689 to 1690

Digital Images of Wills and Estates 1724 to 1731

Digital Images of Wills and Estates 1766 tp 1774

(names of testators of above records not provided due to lack of space)

Digital Images of Wills 1789 to 1808

Names: Testators: Anderson, David Austin, William Ballard, Thomas Ballard, William Bartow, James Bates, James Beeck, Benjamin Benford, John Benge, James Berkley, Benjamin Binns, Mary Blanks, Elizabeth Blanks, James Blanks, John Bradley, Dancy Bradley, James Bradley, Joseph Brown, Abraham Brown, Sarah Bullifont, James Burton, Elizabeth Burton, William Carter, Charles of Shirley Plantation Carter, Mildred Carter, Robert Cary, Robert Charles, Lydia Charles,  . . . more . . .

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Friday, February 1, 2019

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

Downtown Roanoke

The county, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, was established during March of 1838 when an Act of the Virginia Legislature took the southern part of Botetourt County. It was named for the Roanoke River. Later, during 1845, additional territory was transferred to Roanoke County from Montgomery County. Salem was originally the county seat until Salem became an independent city and the Roanoke Court House was removed to the Cave Spring District. Ultimately, the Roanoke towns and cities became a district for the territory known as "Roanoke". Adjoining counties are Bedford, Botetourt (which land was transferred into Kentucky), Craig, Floyd, Franklin and Montgomery Counties. Essentially, genealogists with ancestors in the Blue Ridge Mountains should research all of these counties to understand more about where their ancestors resided, or migrated from.

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  • Marriage Register (colored) No. 1, 1881 to 1919
  • Marriage Register No. 7, 1949 to 1959
  • Marriage Register No. 8, 1960 to 1967
Images of Wills and Estates 1838 to 1903

Testators: Abbott, Andrew | Abbott, Richard | Agee, Jubel | Aisheart, Annie | Allison, Robert | C. | Anderson, Joseph Alexander | Armstrong, Edward | Armstrong, Mary | Armstrong, Phares | Baer, Sallie Ann | Ballard, A. B. | Bandy, John | Bandy, Joseph W. | Bandy, Richard | Banks, John H. | Barnett, David | Barnhart, Davis | Barnett, Giles | Barrier, W. A. | Bass, Mary | Bazzel, Mary | Bell, George M. | Bennett, Mary | Betts, Sarah | Board, G. B. | Board, Martha | Bolin, James | Bonsack, Jacob | Bonsacks, John | Boon, Godlove | Boon, Zebulon | Bradley, Lydia | Bradshaw, India | Bramwell, Joseph B. | Branch, Ann | Breckinridge, Elizabeth | Brown, Abram | Brown, Mary Jane | Brubaker, Elias Brubaker, Henry | Brunk, Jacob | Bryant, Reuben | Bryant, William D. | Burchett, J. R. | Burkett, Davis | Burkett, Mary | Burnett, Joshua | Burnett, Sarah | Burns, Samuel T. | Burwell, Nathaniel | Butt, Henry | Campbell, Clark | Campbell, James | Campbell, John | Campbell, Joseph | Campbell, Lucy, Mrs. | Campbell, Mary A. | Campbell, Randall | Carney, Charles | Carney, Susannah | Carr, George Watson | Chalmers, James | Chapman, Henry H. | Chapman, John S. | Cirkle, John | Claiborne, Willie | Cocke, Charles | Coffman, David | Coleman, Virginia | Coles, Elizabeth | Collins, Abraham | Coon, John | Corley, J. B. | Corley, Lydia | Craig, Malinda | Craig, Robert | Crawford, James Sr. | Crawford, Martha | J. Crawford, Samuel Cron, William | Cron, William R. | Cumpston, Mary Mitchell | Custer, Jacob | Custer, Samuel | Custer, Susan | Dandridge, William | Davis, John T. | Deaton, Francis | Deaton, John | Dent, Harvey J. | Denton, Phebe | Deyerle, Charles | Deyerle, David | Deyerle, James | Deyerle, Joseph | Deyerle, Serena | Dickenson, J. E. | Dilliard, Alfred | Dillard, Louisa | Dingledin, Balser | Duckwiler, Joseph | Duckwiler, Salome | Dyler, Cornelius | Eakin, Hannah | Eakins, Hester | Edington, James | Edington, John | Eller, Abraham | Eller, John Sr. | Eller, John W. | Estes, Benjamin | Evans, Elizabeth | Evans, Jonathan | Faris, Benjamin | Farley, William | Ferguson, . . more . .

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Lanterns and Candlesticks in Colonial Days #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Lanterns and Candlesticks

lanternsCandles made of fireplace ash and myrtle berries supplied the first light for the first colonial homes in the colonies. Myrtle berries were serviceable because the wax to not get too hot to melt. Lanterns came into style during Colonial days and were a prominent feature of the hallway furnishing. Many of these were gilded and many were painted, and their greatest period of popularity was during the first part of the eighteenth century. About 1750 the first glass lamps came into favor. These were not like those of a later period, being very simple in form, and not particularly graceful. 

In 1782 a Frenchman, named Argand, introduced the lamp which still bears his name. This marked the beginning of the lamp era, and while at first these lamps were so high in price that they could only be afforded by the wealthier classes, later they were produced at a more reasonable figure, when they came into general use.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Taxes and England #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Taxes and England

tobacco leafThe people have always been taxed. Actually, poor people were first taxed when William I conquered England and began his immense task for recording the names and properties in order to render taxes. Thereafter, English monarchs followed in tow, with the Parliament rendering its sting to the American Colonies during the early 1600s when merchants were required to collect tariffs for good shipped. As time progressed in the colony, Parliament found other means of taxation. When it was discovered that the Colonists were trading with Dutch ships and acquiring items at lower costs, a law was enacted to forbid this sort of trade. By 1765 Parliament had passed the Quartering Act which said the colonists needed to provide lodging 


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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Town Anamnesis #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

The Town Anamnesis

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

Occasionally one can locate an old church record in the countryside. Very few of such records were microfilmed and placed in a library or archives somewhere, however, there is no need to give up the search. Local people residing in or near old farming towns collect some interesting stuff about the old folks. There is usually a "town historian" lurking in the shadows and most everyone seems to know the identity of that person. It is always worth a visit because these historians will remember you later and even send you information! Once, when I was in Holland, Virginia (Suffolk), I introduced myself to a distant relative who worked at the post office. He gave me tons of family information which I later included in the Holland book (now online at Georgia Pioneers). Several years later when I returned and was walking down the street, he yelled "There's Jeannette Austin!" Hearing my named called in the little town made me feel that this little town was also my home. And it is, because my ancestors acquired it through extensive land grants dating from about 1660!   . . . more . . .

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Surry County VA Probate Records #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Surry County Probate Records

Virginia MapIn 1652, Surry County was formed from a portion of James City County in the Royal Colony of Virginia south of the James River. In 1676, a local Jacobean brick house was occupied as a fort or castle during Bacon's famous Rebellion against the Royal Governor, Sir William Berkeley.


Note: All males 16 years and over had to declare themselves annually and the number of males which they brought into the colony (mostly white indentured, but some African-American). 


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  • Wills and Deeds 1671 to 1684
  • Wills and Deeds 1684 to 1687
  • Wills and Deeds 1687 to 1694
  • Wills and Deeds 1694 to 1709
  • Wills and Deeds 1709 to 1715
  • Deeds 1741 to 1746
  • Deeds 1746 to 1749


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Church Processioning Lines #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

How Church Processioning Lines Help Define Old Homes and Plantations

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In order to avoid resurveying, the 1662 Virginia Assembly passed an Act to resolve boundary disputes. The Act required that landowners "goe in procession" once every four years. This process required people to walk and renew the property lines between themselves and their neighbors. And parish vestries also walked the lines of its boundaries. The results are usually found in the parish registers. When the records of Nansemond County were lost, I used surviving tax digests and procession lines of the parish to confirm where my ancestors resided. However, simply reading the processioning does not help. A visit to the actual site is so clarifying! The reason is, old fields, pastures, fences, markings on old trees, barns, silos, fallen-down houses, ante-bellum homes, the curvature of the road all represent a picture of the past. Just like today, when are homes are defined by individual driveways and landscaping, the shape of the landscapes of yesterday yet remains. Once one parcel is identified, one can follow property lines by using the land patents, tax digests and parish processioning records!  . . . more . . .

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We can Thank Sir William Gooch for Settling Western Virginia

We can Thank Sir William Gooch (1681-1751) for Settling the West

Sir William GoochSir William Gooch is rarely mentioned in the historical accounts of Virginia, however, he played a major role in opening up Western Virginia for colonization. He was given the task of Royal Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1727 and for the next two years focused on protecting the West from Native Americans and French encroachment. Every Spring the West was invaded by the Iroquois who attacked the Indian tribes along the war-trails leading southward. His idea of using the Shenandoah Valley as a buffer for the Colonials from Indian attacks began with the hiring of Conrad Weisner to negotiate with the Indians tribes in that region. Weisner came to Pennsylvania with his family from the palatinate and was sent to live among the Mohawk Indians of that region. This is where Weisner learned tribal languages. He accepted the offer of Sir Gooch and spent 1736 and 1737 negotiating with the Indians in the Shenandoah Valley.  . . . more . . .

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tazewell County VA Genealogy Records #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

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

Tazewell County

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

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

Asberry, George | Asberry, Henry | Asbury, Moses | Asberry, Poly | Baily, Eli | Barns, Robert | Belcher, Isham | Belches, James | Belches, Joseph | Belsches, Robert | Boston, Isaac | Bowen, Rees | Brewer, James | Brown, Isaac | Brown, James | Carter, James | Carter, Simeon | Cecil, Joshua | Compton, John | Corder, Elijah | Correl, Martha | Correl, Samuel | Curion, Hugh | Davis, Elizabeth | Davis, John | Day, William | Deenenger, Joseph | Dells, William | Deskins, Mary | Drake, John | Duskins, John | Evins, Robert | Gent, William | George, Jane | George, William | Gere, Philip | Goodwin, Robert | Griffith, William | Harman, Daniel | Harman, Henry | Harrison, Hannah | Harrison, Thomas | Helman, William | Hines, Francis | joshix Hix, Joseph | Jones, Solomon | Justice, John | Kindrick, Patrick | King, Martha | Laird, John | Lockheart, Mary | Lockler, Andrew | Marrs, Henry | Mason, French | Matney, Brooks | Maxwell, James | McIntosh, John | McNeily, James | Moore, David | Oney, Benjamin | Oney, William | Perry, George | Perry, James | Perry, John | Perry, Thomas Sr. | Perry, William Sr. | Renshart, George | Shannon, William | Smith, John | Smith, William | Snider, Henry | Steel, David | Stump, Henry | Stump, Michael | Suter, Caty | Suter, James | Taber, William | Taffy, John | Thompson, James P. | Thompson, James | Thompson, William | Todd, Andrew | Trent, John | Vinell, Lewis | Waggoner, Elias | Waggoner, George | Waggoner, Lucy | Waggoner, Margaret | Wagoner, Daniel | Wales, James | Ward, David | Ward, Isaac | Ward, Robert | White, Abenego | Whiteley, William | Whitley, Ginney | Whitley, Robert | Williams, Evan | Witten, James | Wolford, George | Wynne, Henry | Wynne, Jeriah | Wynne, Robert | Wynne, William | Young, Dudley | Young, Israel  . . . more . . .

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The experts say that we cannot recall anything before the age of 8 years. That is, unless it was a traumatic or emotional experience. The emotions play the role of retaining memory. My daughter fell off a horse when she was two years old and vividly remembers it today. But she did not remember that her father put her in the saddle of a black stallion! That was my memory. I remembered the circumference of the play yard behind our home as being a large baseball-shaped diamond. However, it never was diamond-shaped, or marked as such. That was where we played baseball. After returning to the old home place some forty years later, I discovered that the backyard was a mere narrow strip of land. My memory of it was as I wanted it to be. It will forever be that way. So, when we go and visit relatives and attempt to get information, we must accept that it is not particularly factual. That part of the research hangs on our digging through the records.
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