Thursday, November 19, 2015

Does your search for Virginia Ancestors discover Elusive Colonial Marriages? Do you know where to Look?

The reason that genealogist fail to family connections lies in the fact that they do not thoroughly examine all of the Virginia county records, British colonial correspondence and others papers.  This is important because colonists were very busy exporting and importing goods, purchasing and transferring land, dying and leaving extensive inventories of their estates, and ....  marrying! A perusual of the last will and testament provides so much data!  In Colonial Virginia, people were naming their relatives in England, Scotland and Ireland in the will itself.

The following example is one which locates the name of the second husband of the widow Kingston.

Kingston, Thomas,  the agent of Thomas Cowell, owned a plantation in the colony about 1636. Upon the death of Kingston, his widow became the wife of Thomas Loving who appropriated the credits and merchandise of Cowell.  Upon the petition of Cowell, Loving was required by the Governor and Council to take an inventory of the property of the former (in his possession) and to give bond in a large sum to hold it without further purloining it.  Source: Letter from Governor and Council to the Privy Council, British State Papers, Colonial.

The old Virginia Wills and Estates as well as information concerning early settlers to Virginia, their adventures and origins, is found under "Origins" and available to members of Virginia Pioneers
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So helpful! Thanks. I am struggling to find records of the first colonists