By Jeannette Holland Austin
The tax digest is sometimes misunderstood. Goodness knows it is never in alphabetical order and difficult to read. However, it is a record of property owned in a specific county and district. It is recorded for tax purposes.
Domesday Book at UK National Archives.
Remember the tax of William the Conqueror in 1066 (Domesday Book)? Its purpose was to identify the population in order to collect a tax. Sometimes the tax digest provides lots of details, such as exact acreage, water courses, adjoining neighbors, and whether or not the person was deceased or an orphan. Administrators and guardians file these reports with the tax office. Also, the digest lists Defaulters; that is, those persons who for some reason or the other did not pay their tax. Good clue here. Did they move or die? What I do is try and discover the subsequent owners of that property. All to go on is the acreage, watercourse, etc., but that is sufficient for the old days. I look for the same surname and see if that exact parcel may be listed under perhaps a son, or heir. The reason for this is that deeds were not always recorded and we simply do not know who the land passed to. If there is enough information from a deed, such as land lot number and district, you can go to the county tax commissioner's office, look at the map, and determine its location. A good followup here is to visit all the cemeteries in the area and search for graves.
Lunenburg County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Indexes to Probate Records
A familiar reference to genealogists is "The Old Free State" and this is because as the War Between the States was approaching reality, Lunenburg County informed the Commonwealth of Virginia that it would break off and join North Carolina if they did not join The Confederacy. Some of the first settlers were: Ziner Gregory, William Taylor, William Ragsdale, William Johnson, William Hood Jr., William Ambrose, Edmund Bacon, George Hatchell, George Clarke, Henry Gill, Green Smithson, Henry Freeman, Edward Jordan, Archibald Hatchell, Bass Fowlke, Baxter Jordan and James Hazlewood.
Lunenburg County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers
Images of Wills 1810-1818Testators: Bagley, Anderson; Barnett, Joel ;Betts, Barbara ;Betts, Riston ;Bohanon, Joseph ;Brown, Robert ;Burnett, Jeremiah ;Cameron, John ;Crafton, Thomas; Edwards, Elzabeth ;Erskins, Alexander ;Gardner, John ;Gee, Benjamin ;Gee, Mary ;Gordon, Elizabeth ;Hazlewood, Daniel Sr. ;Hightower, Nelson ;Jeter, Armstead ;Jones, Peter Sr. ;Jones, Thomas ;Jones, Thomas(2) ;Jordan, Thomas ;Lambert, Jeremiah ;Ragsdale, John ;Saffon, Matthew ;Slaughter, John ;Stone, Richard Sr. ;Tatum, William ;Tomlinson, Benjamin ;Wilkes, Minor ;Williams, WilliamDigital Images of Wills 1818-1826Testators:Abernathy, William; Andrews, George ;Ambrose, William;Bacon, Edmund ;Billups, John ;Blackwell, Robert ;Blackwell, Thomas ;Boswell, John ;Branch, Jones ;Brown, Stephen ;Brown, Thomas H. Burnett, Joel;Cabaniss, Sterling; Carter, Mary Ann; Chambers, Thomas;Chappell, Robert; Clarke, George;Clay, Olive; Craghead, Mildred; Dunn, Billington; Ellis, Thomas; Fowlke, Bass ;Fowlkes, Jennings; Freeman, Henry; Freeman, Thrower ;Gee, Jesse Sr.; Gee, Nowel; Gill, Henry; Gregory, Ziner; Hamlett, Jesse ;Hatchell, Archibald;Hatchell, George;Hatchell, Phebe;Hatchell, William; Hazlewood, James;Herring, Stephen ; Hood, William Jr.; Jackson, Elizabeth;Jefferson, Martha;Jeffriess, Thomas ;Johnson, William; Jordan, Baxter ; Jordan, Edward ;Jordan, Susanna; Knott, Robert; Leonard, William; Lightfoot, Elmira;Masters, Rebecca; Parrott, William ;Phillips, Robert;Potts, Nathan ;Ragsdale, William;Ryland,Thomas;Shellbourne, James;Smith, Elizabeth; Smith, Joseph M.;Smith, Robert;Smithson, Green;Taylor, William; Vaughn, David ;Wilkinson, John;Williams, Agness;Winn, Francis; Winn, John; Winn, John Sr.; Winn, Ossamus;Winn, Priscilla; Winn, Sarah
Lunenburg County Marriages 1819 to 1825 found in Will Book 1818-1826
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to Wills and Estates 1810-1818
- Index to Wills and Estates 1818-1826
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