By Jeannette Holland Austin
There were several wealthy and prominent business men in the colony, viz: Lawrence Evans, John Chew, Thomas Stegg, George Ludlow and Thomas Burbage. Since many of the factors representing planters proved themselves to be untrue, numerous suits arose in consequence of their defalcations. Boards of Arbitration were often appointed by the General Court and arbitrators were appointed in the case of Lawrence Evans in 1638. Business was transacted on a basis of credit, whether the residence was Virginia or England, but much of this debt was impossible to collect. The planter, after having nurtured and picked his crop, was always subject to such a danger.
In those days, a gentleman could be trusted and his word was his bond. Thus, it seems that those who had left England to find prosperity in the American colonies, maintained class distinctions for very sound reasons. In England, one identified himself by his dress and titles. This practice also became a tradition of the colonials. Those planters who shirked their debts found refuge from their creditors in Maryland.
Source: British State Papers, Colonial, vol. X, Nos. 15, I, II, III; Records of General Court, p. 61
Albemarle County Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates
Albemarle County was established 1744 from Goochland County. The county seat is Charlottesville. The county was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and titular Governor of Virginia at the time. In 1761 the county was divided to form Buckingham and Amherst counties, at which time the county seat was moved from the formerly-central Scottsville to Charlottesville.
Albemarle County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to Members of Virginia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Marriages 1780 to 1868
Images of Albemarle County Wills and Estates 1748 to 1752
- Wills 1748 to 1752
- Deeds 1748 to 1752Testators: Abney, Abner;Allen, William Hunt; Arrington, William;Baber, Robert;Ballon, William, inventory; Brock, George;Bruce, John;Burke, Charles, estate;Cannon, William, inventory;Christian, Robert;Dameron, Lazarus; Dameron, Richard;Duncan, Martin, inventory;Finley, Margaret; Franklin, Benjamin;Gains, Bernard, inventory;Gorden, John, estate;Hamilton, inventory;Hamilton, Henry, inventory; Hamner, Robert;Lifely, Mary; Lynch, Charles; Mahoney, James, inventory; Maxwell, Edward, inventory; Morrell, William; Osborne, Arthur, appraisement; Osborne, Arthur; Phelps, Thomas; Phelps, William; Reid, Andrew;Robertson, James;Rose, Robert; Shehornes, John Darby;Spurlock, William;Sublet, James; Tuley, John;Webb, Wentworth, inventory and Williamson, James, inventory.
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