Monday, September 1, 2014

Fairfax Co. VA Ancestors: Images of Wills and Estates

Fairfax County Court HouseFairfax County, Virginia Court House Records

Fairfax County was formed in 1742 from the northern part of Prince William County. It was named for Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (16931781), proprietor of the Northern Neck. The oldest settlements in Fairfax County were located along the Potomac River. Some famous people settled in Fairfax County. George Washington built his home facing the Potomac, Mount Vernon Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason is located nearby. Modern Fort Belvoir is partly located on the estate of Belvoir Manor, built along the Potomac by William Fairfax in 1741. Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, the only member of the British nobility ever to reside in the colonies, lived at Belvoir before he moved to the Shenandoah Valley. In 1757, the northwestern two-thirds of Fairfax County became Loudoun County. In 1789, part of Fairfax County was ceded to the federal government to form Alexandria County of the District of Columbia. Alexandria County was returned to Virginia in 1846, reduced in size by the secession of the independent city of Alexandria in 1870, and renamed Arlington County in 1920. The Fairfax County town of Falls Church became an independent city in 1948.

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

Digital Images of Wills

Fairfax County Wills 1742-1749 (abstracted)

Probate Records

Miscellaneous Documents
  • Lucas, Thomas, LWT (1791) (Transcript)
  • Reagan, Michael, LWT (1750), image
  • Reagan, Michael, LWT (1773), image
  • Simpson, Gilbert, LWT (1773), image
  • Fairfax County Presbyterian Church Marriages
Miscellaneous Wills
  • Cashat John
  • Lucas, Thomas
  • Reagan, Michael
  • Simpson, Gilbert

Digital Images of Wills, Genealogies, Marriages, Bible Records

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