Thursday, February 4, 2016

Battle Abbey - Richmond Co. VA Wills, Estates #genealogy #virginiapioneers

Battle Abbey in Richmond
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
The Battle Abbey in Richmond was created in 1907 according to The Atlanta Journal dated June 2, 1907. It was created as a Veteran's Memorial due to the generous gift of Charles Broadway Rouse of $100,000, however, not without long and vexatious ligitation. The gift was promised on the condition that an additional $100,000 be raised. 

Battle AbbeyFinally, the funds were raised and the memorial was built. Among the relics given was a cane of General Robert E. lee presented to Lee by Company D, 8th Virginia Cavalry. 

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). 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 Pioneers are 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
Digital Images of Wills 1788 to 1794 
Testators: Alderson, William; Ball, William;son; Barrick, Elizabeth; Bragg, Moore ; Brannon, James; Brown, Ellen ; Brown, Thomas Sr. ; Buice, William; Bulger, Jane ; Carpenter, John; Cole, John; Corrie, Hannah ; Crask, James; Crask, Sarah; Dale, Joseph ; Dobyn, Edward ; Dobyns, Thomas ; Dobyns, William Forester ; Downman, Francis ; Downman, William; Efford, Zachariah ; Elmore, Mary ; Fauntleroy, Moore ; Fauntleroy, Moore (2) ; Fauntleroy, William; Ferguson, Robert; Flood, Elizabeth; Franklin, Thomas ; Frary, Richard; Garland, William; Hunton, Alexander ; Jackson, Vincent ; Jesper, Thomas Jr. ; Jones, David; Lawson, Daniel ; Lyell, John; Marks, John; Miskell, Newman ; Mitchell, Ann ; Nash, George; Nash, Nathaniel ; Newsom, Benjamin ; Packet, Richard; Pritchet, Rodham; Pullen, John; Stoneum, William; Sydnor, Anthony; Sydnor, Dewanna; Thornton, Elizabeth; Thornton, John; Thrift, John; William;s, William; Woolland, Elizabeth; Yerby, George
Digital Images of Wills 1753 to 1767 
  • Alderson, Richard
  • Alger, Mary
  • Alger, Samuel
  • Alloway, Alexander
  • Alloway, Gabril
  • Appleby, Elizabeth
  • Ba;rber, Samuel
  • Ba;rber, Thomas
  • Ba;rker, James
  • Ba;rnes, Richard (slow to load, 108 pp.)
  • Ba;yes, Jonathan
  • Ba;yly, Samuel
  • Beale, Charles
  • Beale, John
  • Bowles, Phillis
  • Bramham, John
  • Brickey, John
  • Bruce, Thomas
  • Bryant, Charles
  • Bryant, Fauntleroy
  • Byrd, John
  • Clark, John
  • Collier, Mary
  • Cummins, Mary
  • Digge, William
  • Downman, James
  • Downman, Margaret
  • Dye, Avery
  • Efford, Francis
  • Efford, John
  • Elder, William
  • Elmore, John
  • Everett, William
  • Faun, William
  • Faunteroy, Moore
  • Fegins, John
  • Ford, John
  • Fowler, Alice
  • Freshwater, Thomas
  • Garland, William
  • Gaydon, George
  • Gibson, John
  • Glascock, John
  • Goldsby, Edward
  • Gray, Susanna
  • Griffin, Elizabeth
  • Hall, Robert
  • Hall, Robert (2)
  • Hammon, Job
  • Hardwick, George
  • Harper, William
  • Harriot, James
  • Harris, John
  • Harris, William
  • Harrison, Mathew
  • Harrison, Matthew
  • Hill, Jesse
  • Hines, Charles
  • Hinds, James
  • Houghson, Mary
  • Jackson, David
  • Jackson, Joseph
  • Jenkins, Mansfield
  • Jesper, John
  • Jester, Thomas Sr.
  • Jones, Edward
  • Jones, Isaac
  • Jones, William
  • Kelly, Alexander
  • Landman, James
  • Lawson, John
  • Lawson, Michael
  • Lightfoot, Daniel
  • Lovelace, Charles
  • Lyns, Thomas
  • Mazingo, Edward
  • Meeks, Ann
  • Milner, Luke
  • Minty, Margaret
  • Miskell, Henry
  • Mitchell, Robert
  • Moore, Garland
  • Morton, James
  • Munch, Jeremiah
  • Oldham, James
  • Oldham, John
  • Philips, Joshua
  • Phillips, William
  • Pinkard, Elizabeth
  • Pugh, Henry
  • Purcell, Tobias
  • Reynolds, John
  • Richardson, John
  • Rochester, William
  • Russell, John
  • Rust, Benjamin
  • Sanders, George
  • Scurlock, Daniel
  • Scurlock, Thomas
  • Spence, Robert
  • Suggitt, Edgecomb
  • Sydnor, Anthony
  • Sydnor, Epaphroditus
  • Taylor, George
  • Tomlin, Robert
  • Tomlinson, Edward
  • Tune, William
  • Walker, Thomas
  • Walker, William
  • Wallace, Walter
  • Webb, Betty
  • Webb, Isaac
  • Webb, William
  • Williams, Hennery
  • Williams, Jane
  • Williams, John Sr.
  • Williams, Roger
  • Willson, John
  • Willson, Martha
  • Wooland, John

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