17th Century Ceremonies: The Funeral
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Colonel Richard Cole of Westmoreland County directed in his last will and testament that the minister chosen to conduct the services at his grave should wear a pair of gloves as well as a love scarf. The pall-bearers who were to embrace the leading citizens of the county, were to be similarly dressed; whilst the remainder of the company present were to wear gloves and ribbons. Source: Westmoreland County Records, Vol. 1655-77, p. 186.
Westmoreland County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Deeds
Westmoreland County Virginia was formed in 1653 from Northumberland County. The county seat is Montross, Virginia. Some well-remembered residents of the county were President George Washington, President James Monroe and Robert E. Lee as well as Robert Carter, Henry Lee, Richard Lee, Daniel McCarty, George Turbeville and John Turbeville.
A bloody naval battle occurred on July 14 1813 at the mouth of the Yeocomico River when a British force with a five-to-one advantage attacked an American vessel, leaving no survivors.
Westmoreland Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers
Digital Images of Wills 1755-1804
- Marriages to 1699
- Marriages 1772 to 1865
Testators: Annandale, Thomas ;Bankhead, James ;Briscoe, James ;Callis, Sarah ;Carr, William ;Chancellor, Thomas ;Dozier, Joseph ;Drake, Richard ;Eckles, Solomon ;Edsor, Joseph ;Garlick, Mary; Garner, Catherine; Garner, Jeremiah ;Green, Jemima ;Harrison, William ;Hutt, Gerald ;Kirk, Randol ;Kitchen, Sarah ;Knott, Elender ;Lamkin, Matthew ;Martin, Mary Ann;Middleton, Benjamin; Mitchell, David ;Monroe, Andrew ;Monroe, George ;Monroe, Jamina ;Monroe, Rachel; Monroe, William; Moore, Judith ;Parker, Sarah Rich ;Payton, Anthony ;Price, John;Rigg, Sarah ;Short, Landman ;Smith, Peter Sr.; Thompson, Margaret ;Tidwell, Anna ;Tyler, William ;Washington, John
Digital Images of Wills and Deeds 1706-1804
Testators: Ball, Richard ;Berryman, William ;Bridges, William ;Bran, John ;Canady, Benjamin ;Carter, Robert ;Carter, Robert (2) ;Chancellor, Thomas ;Dolman, William ;Edward, William, appointed captain of the militia ;Eskridge, Jane ;Fryer, Frances;Garland, Griffin ;Garner, George ;Hague, John; Hore, James ;Johnson, Ann ;Johnston, George ;Lamkin, Ashton ;Lamkin, Matthew ;Lee, Richard Henry ;McCullock, Elizabeth ;Monroe, John ;Morgan, Daniel ;Rust, Elizabeth ;Rust, Hannah ;Sanford, Patrick ;Self, Walter ;Smith, Samuel ;Smith, Samuel and wife ;Templeton, Samuel ;Thomson, John;Tool, William; Tupman, William; Weaver, Zachariah
Indexes to Probate Records
Indexes to Deeds
- Index to Wills (by dates) 1653 to 1950
- Index to Wills 1755 to 1804
- General Index to Wills 1653 to 1950, Surnames A to Z
- Index to Deeds, 1706-1804 (Grantees)
- Index to Deeds, 1706-1804 (Grantors
- John Washington LWT
- Thomas Marshall
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