By Jeannette Holland Austin
The site can be discovered. It simply requires some detail work and exercise! The last will and testament of James Cunningham specified that his tobacco crop of 1774 and 1775 were to be used to pay his last expenses, yet he did not succumb until five years later. The plantation was located on the Banister River near Markham and Riceville. The Banister begins as an anonymous trickle in the mountains west of Chatham and trinkles its way into Pittsylvania County. The real clue to locating old homeplaces is to read all of the documents, that is wills, estates, deeds and tax digests. Then, acquire a county map, search out the waterways and other clues, and go to the locale. The site of the plantation would be near a community of sorts, a church, churchyard or even unidentified cememteries in the woods.
The Banister River which may actually be in Pittsylvania County
Charlotte County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates
Charlotte County was formed in 1764 from Lunenburg ounty 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
Digital Images of Will Book No. 1 (1765 to 1791)
- Franklin, Robert, LWT (1809), transcriptTestators: 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, Henry;Middleton, John;Mills, William;Mitchell, John; Morris, Joshua;Morton, Joseph;Morton, Josiah;Morton, Samuel; Mullins, John;Oliver, Joseph;Orr, James;Orr, Shadrack;Perrin, Joseph;Pettus, Dabney;Porter, James;Portman, Thomas;Pryor, Robert;Pugh, Willoughby;Read, Clement;Read, Clement (2);Read, Isaac;Read, Mary;Redman, William; Roberts, John;Rodgers, Thomas; Smith, Conrad Mercer;Smith, Robert;Spencer, James;Spencer, Sion; Stanton, John;Stowe, Joel;Stowe, Matthew;Subblet, William; Sublet, Abram;Sullivant, Owen;Taylor, John;Thompson, Sarah; Toombs, Elizabeth;Towles, Japeth;Townes, William;Watkins, William;Watson, Elizabeth;Watson, Mathew;Watts, John;Weatherford, Majer;White, John;Williams, William;Williams, William(2); Womack, William;Wood, John Sr.;Wyatt, Richard
Digital Images of Wills 1791 to 1805Testators:Adams, James;Adkins, John;Almond, Elizabeth;Almond, Emmanuel;Baker, Theodrick;Barnes, Henry; Beasley, John Sr.;Bibb, John;Biggs, Joe Willis;Bouldin, Wood; Breedlove, John;Breedlove, Robert;Briggs, John;Brown, Burwell; Brumfield, William;Carter, George;Chisolm, William;Clark. John; Claybrook, Obediah;Collier, Benjamin;Collier, John;Crumpton, Mary;Daniel, John;Davenport, William;Davis, John;Davis, Joseph; Dudgens, Margaret;Dunn, Abner;Elliott, Richard;Epperson, Thomas; Farguson, Thomas;Finch, Adam;Foster, Thomas;Francis, Obedience; Gaines, Francis;Gaines, Richard;Gallimore, William;Gates, William;Gill, Michael;Gilliam, James;Green, John;Greenhill, Paschal;Hainey, John;Hannah, Andrew;Harley, Duke;Hart, John; Hay, John;Henry, Patrick;Herndon, Joseph;High, David;Hight, Richard;Hines, Cabel;Hitchcock, Russell;Hunt, James;Hunt, William P.;King, John Thomas;Kirsey, Thomas;Ligon, Thomas;Loggins, James; Love, John;Mann, Page;Marable, Christopher;Marshall, William; Mimms, Thomas;Moore, Richard;Moore, Samuel Sr.;Morton, Agness; Morton, John;Morton, Quin;Neale, Thomas;Neale, Thomas Sr.;North, Thomas;Oliver, Ann;Oliver, Joseph;Osborne, Amey;Packell, Robert; Pamplin, Henry;Penticost, William;Pettus, John;Price, Samuel; Price, William Sr.;Rawlins, John;Rawlins, William;Rawson, William Sr.;Read, Edmund;Read, Jonathan;Read, Thomas;Reese, Joseph;Rice, James;Rice, John;Rice, Thomas;Richardson, Mary;Robertson, Henry; Russell, John;Sandefur, John;Scott, Sarah;Scott, Thomas;Sims, Sally;Smith, James;Spencer, Thomas;Staples, William;Tarpley, James;Tarpley, William;Terry, George;Tore, John;Turner, Hezekiah; Vaughan, Abraham;Vaughan, Edward;Vaughan, Molly;Ward, John;Ward, Seth;Ward, Seth;Ward, William;Westbrook, James;Wilks, Miner; Williams, Thomas;Wood, Mary
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