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Newsletter Subtitle virginia counties #1 Bedford, Botetourt, Caroline, Culpeper, Fairfax and Loudon!
Month Day Year: May 11, 2010

Call us with your order of the books you want on our toll free orders line 1-800-419-0200 anytime after 10:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday this week.  No one is available to answer the telephone on Friday, May 14 or Saturday, May 15, this week because our staff will be providing a display at the ST. LOUIS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend!
Also, you will not be receiving a newsletter on Friday this week
because we will be too busy driving to and unpacking our display covering eight to ten tables, which will be full of our new and used exciting genealogy books spread out for you to browse [and buy] during the breaks. 
Bring your coupon, found at the bottom of this newsletter which is good for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more.   A discount for my readers is a pleasure for me, because I get to meet and greet you!  Many other vendors will be there as well and I am sure you will find some interesting items. 

 
GEMS OF GENEALOGICAL WISDOM is the title given to this 40th Annual Family History Conference Gathering.  This society has been giving these for years, and this year it promises to be a good one. I know their main speaker and George Lowe, CG, FUGA is a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.  He is a professional genealogist, author and lecturer, and a director of the Regional In-Depth Genealogical Alliance. Other well-known local speakers fill in the program on various other subjects. 
Their theme for this year is focused mostly on the Southern States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky.  We are bringing what we have on those states, so come by and take a look!  Plus our mini-binders and fillers, charts and forms, new and used books, some of which have appeared on these Crazy Crates will all be crowding our tables!

The meeting is held [the same place as last year] at the Maryland Heights Centre located at 2344 McKelvey Road.  Directions:  Take I-270 to the Dorsett exit.  Go West ¼ mile and turn RIGHT on McKelvey/ Bennington Place,  Turn RIGHT on Amlung and then LEFT on McKelvey. The Centre is located next door to Aquaport. 

Several motels are in the neighborhood.  We stay at the Comfort Inn 374-878-1400.  Same exit but east off 1-70.  They had free popcorn in the lobby last year!

Hope we get to see you there!
 This Saturday, St. Louis, MO!
 
NOW TO OUR VIRGINIA BOOKS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES!  Bedford, Botetourt, Caroline, Culpeper, Fairfax and Loudon.
 
BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA
 
BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA INDEX TO WILLS FROM 1754 TO 1830 (Published by Heritage Papers, Danielsville, Ga), 16 pages.
[Bdfw] $5
 
BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA WILLS AND INVENTORIES 1811 - 1817 Belle Garraghty Harrell and June Mackey Slaughter, 1998, 5½" by 8½ " format, 120 pages, indexed. This book contains appraisements, wills, inventories, sales, and allotments from Will Books 4-A and 4-B, BedfordCounty Circuit Court Feb 1811 - Nov 1817.
[Bdw4] $15
 
BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA WILLS AND INVENTORIES 1823 - 1827 Belle Garraghty Harrell, 1998, 5"x 8" format, 104 pages, indexed. This book contains abstracts of wills, appraisements, inventories, sales, and allotments from Will Book 6, Bedford County Circuit Court September 1823 - December 1827
[Bdw6] $15
 
ABSTRACTS OF WILL BOOK G-7, BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA,
January 1828-September 1831. Belle Garraghty Harrell, 1999, 5"x8" format, 119 pages, indexed. This is the third book of abstracts made from the early will books of Bedford County, Virginia. It includes appraisements and inventories, sales, and allotments. Much care was taken to include that information which will be most helpful to someone trying to identify records useful in his/her genealogical research.

[Bdw7] $18
 
BEDFORD COUNTY, VA. 1815 DIRECTORY OF LANDOWNERS by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 39 pages, map, 5½" x 8½"
 [Vd08] $8
 
BEDFORD COUNTY, VA. REVOLUTIONARY PUBLIC CLAIMS transcribed
by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten. 2005. 64 pages, 5 1/2"   X 8 1/2 inches.

For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims and available counties, see: Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series [Information Coming next week!]  [Pc06] $8
 
BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA
 
BotetourtCounty was created on 31 Jan. 1770 from the southern lands of AugustaCounty. Named for Lord Botetourt (Norborne Berkeley), governor of Virginia, 1768-1779, it encompassed all of Virginia (and West Virginia) west of the Blue Ridge and south of a line through the center of Rockbridge and west. This also included Virginia's lands in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and a portion of Wisconsin; however, its political control did not reach to these uttermost limits. The process of dividing the county began in 1772 with the separation of FincastleCounty. In 1778 RockbridgeCounty was formed from Augusta and Botetourt and GreenbrierCounty in the west was created from Botetourt and Montgomery. In 1785 a portion of Rockbridge west of the ridgeline of TopMountain was transferred to Botetourt' County's jurisdiction; in 1790 some of the southern part of Botetourt was transferred to MontgomeryCounty. In 1790 and 1796 minor boundary alterations with Montgomery were effected. In 1791 Botetourt, along with Augusta and Greenbrier counties, contributed territory to form BathCounty. In 1802 part of Botetourt was added to MonroeCounty. Alleghany was established in 1822 from portions of Botetourt, Bath, and Monroe Counties; 1838, Roanoke County was cut off, and in 1851 Craig County was formed from parts of Botetourt, Giles, Roanoke, and Monroe counties. The final boundary change came in 1888 when the line between Rockbridge and Botetourt south of the James River was changed and a small amount of land was transferred to Roanoke's jurisdiction. BotetourtCounty's location astride the Old Carolina Wagon Road made it an important county genealogically. Settlers from the Shenandoah Valley and Pennsylvania had to pass through the area on their way to the YadkinValley and central North Carolina. It was also the area to which many immigrant workers came in the nineteenth century to labor on the KanawhaCanal and to work in the iron foundry at Cloverdale Furnace.
 
BOTETOURT CO., VA 1810 CENSUS transcribed by John Vogt. 10½" x 8½", 37 pages. This is the first surviving census for Botetourt, since both the 1790 and 1800 censuses have been lost. The transcription is in the rough alphabetical order of the original document for easy reference.  Botetourt was an important and populous county in the mountainous foothills of southwestern Virginia and it was situated along two main thoroughfares westward, the Valley Road and the east-west Buckingham Road from the coast.
This and other 1810 censuses are transcribed by the author from the original images, and while many of Virginia's censuses are available online, they often times are replete with misreadings. 
Caveat emptor!

[BT10] $10
 
BOTETOURT CO., VA MARRIAGES, 1770-1853 John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr. Two volumes, 1987, xi, 600 pages, figures, appendices, map. Originally composed of the southern portion of Augusta,County, Botetourt became the parent county for a total of forty-four counties, including much of the West Virginia area. Bonds, ministers' returns,
and miscellaneous marriage data have been collected from the records in the Virginia State Library, Archives Division, and from courthouse sources to comprise the 5,211 marriage records found in this volume..

[Bote] two-volume set $33
 
BOTETOURT COUNTY, VA.. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 41 pages, map, 5½" x 8 ½".
For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and  available counties, see: Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners [last week's newsletter]
[Vd10] $8
 
BOTETOURT COUNTY, VA. REVOLUTIONARY PUBLIC CLAIMS transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.  2005. 49 pages, 5½" x 8 ½For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims,  available counties, see: Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series. [See next week's newsletter]
[Pc08] $7
 
CAROLINECOUNTY, VIRGINIA
 
Caroline County was established in 1728 from the upper portions of Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties. Its name honored Caroline of Anspach, consort of King George II. Some further territory from King and Queen County was added in 1742 and 1762. There have been no further boundary changes since then. Adjoining Caroline is Spotsylvania to the northwest [They made 58 counties out of this one!], King George on the northeast, Hanover to the southwest, and King William, King and Queen, and Essex to the southeast. The earliest settlers to the region came in the 1650s, attracted by the cheap land and access to the deepwater wharves of the Rappahannock River. Its population increased rapidly, and throughout the eighteenth century, Caroline County was one of the most populated counties in all of Virginia. Like many counties in Virginia during the Civil War, a number of court and official records were burned or lost during the conflict. The irony is that only a complete set of Court Order books have survived. these were not sent to Richmond for "safe-keeping" by Confederate authorities, and they were not among the great mass of Virginia county archives which went up in flames during the retreat from Richmond in April, 1865.
 
 CAROLINE CO., VA 1810 CENSUS transcribed by John Vogt. 10 1/2 x
8 1/2, 25 pages, illustrations, maps. This is the first surviving census for Caroline, since both the 1790 and 1800 censuses have been lost. The manuscript is transcribed in its original rough alphabetic form. Caroline was an important county with a heavy slave population, and the census record covers 1154 households. The county's settlement dates from the mid-seventeenth century before the official county formation in 1728, and many of the early families later migrated westward into the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley area. This document should be a complement to the fine work of Roger Ward (below) on land taxes in the county.

 CARO10] $9
   
CAROLINE COUNTY, VA, VIRGINIA COURT RECORDS: WILL BOOK 1793-1897.  Includes: Will & Plat Book 1742-1840 & Will Book 19 1814-1818. 8 1/2" x 11" format 71 pages. Abstracted by Kimberly Curtis Campbell 1998. This volume contains the earliest extant wills for CarolineCounty bound in book form and located in the courthouse. T. E. Campbell's Colonial Caroline, A History of Caroline County, Virginia, abstracted the will information from year 1732 through October 1781. The forthcoming second volume of this series will try to fill in the records gaps that exists by using the Court Order Books from 1781 to 1854. During this time only Will Book 19 is extant, and it is included in this first volume. The original Will Books start again with number 29, beginning with the year 1853. It is the author's intent to eventually have all of the Will Books abstracted through the year 1925.
[Cacr] $20
 
CAROLINE COUNTY, VIRGINIA COURT RECORDS PROBATE AND OTHER RECORDS FROM THE COURT ORDER AND MINUTE BOOKS 1781 - 1799 transcribed by Kimberly Curtis Campbell, 8 1/2" x 11" format, index, 285 pages, 1999.  This second volume will try to fill in the "records gap" by using the Court Order and Minute Books from 1781 through 1799. Did your ancestor serve in the Militia? Check out the County Militia section. There are also Chapters on Civil Matters, Guardian Bonds, Manumissions, the Tobacco Warehouses, the Courthouse and Prison upkeep, Processioning, Overseers of the Poor, Overseers of the Road, Sheriffs and other Officers, the Justices and more. Includes Transcriptions of the following:
*Court Order Book 1781-1785 which begins March 1781 and continues through April 1785.
* Court Order Book 1785-1787 which begins May 1785 and continues through March 1787.
 * Court Order Book 1787-1789 which begins April 1787 and continues through May 1789.
* Court Minute Book 1787-1791 which begins 1787, the abstracted information from this book begins June 1789 and continues through September 1791.
* The Record Books containing the orders for October 1791 through May 1794 and are among the missing records of CarolineCounty.
* Court Minute Book 1794 - 1796 which begins June 1794 and continues through December 1796
* Court Order Book 1799-1802. The abstracted information begins with September 1799 and ends December 1799. The third volume of my series will pick up with January 1800.
[Crw2] $32
 
CAROLINE COUNTY, VIRGINIA COURT RECORDS PROBATE AND OTHER RECORDS.  taken from the Court Order and Minute Books 1800 - 1804 Volume III by Kimberly Curtis Campbell, Copyright 2003, vi, 146, complete every-name index. This third volume will try to fill in the records gaps by using the Court Order and Minute Books from 1800 through 1804. Names of people and places are transcribed exactly as they appear in the record. No attempt has been made to correct any spelling or grammatical errors, so try variant spellings as you search the every-name index.  Look for your ancestor in the Probate Chapter, then follow the records from the Will or Administration Bond through the final Order to settle the Estate. You may also find several Chancery Suits which may be of help.   Did your ancestor serve in the Militia? Check out the CountyMilitia section. There are also Chapters on Civil matters, Guardian Bonds, Manumissions, the Tobacco Warehouses, the Courthouse and Prison upkeep, Processioning, Overseers of the Poor, Overseers of the Road, Sheriffs and other Officers, the Justices and more.
[Crw3] $28
 
CAROLINE COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1850 CENSUS, transcribed by Mark Anderson Sprouse. 1997, iv, 182 pages, indexed.   Caroline County Virginia was formed in 1727 from parts of Essex, King and Queen and King William Counties. It is a strategic county for genealogists because of its location. Many colonial Virginia ancestors settled or "passed through" Caroline. The 1850 Caroline County Census was enumerated by Thomas T. Chandler. Mr. Chandler's work has numerous legibility and spelling "problems," as well as what appears to be a few bonifide errors. Mr. Chandler must be forgiven. How was he to know that as he traveled the roads of 1850 Caroline, that every letter he put down would be under extreme scrutiny by future researchers. Chandler's writing is often difficult to discern as t's are uncrossed confusing them with unlooped l's, a's are not closed and might be u's, i's are often not dotted and can't be distinguished from unlooped e's and similar problems. Even more frustrating for the transcriber were the names that were clear but didn't really make sense; as letters seem to be excluded or extra ones added. An example of this would be the several families that have different spelling within the household such as # 897 with "Bird" and "Byrd" or # 1014 with "Garnet" and "Garnett". In the case of the few names that really didn't fit, the transcriber entered it
as it appears in the census unless he could find the spelling for that specific name in at least two other sources. Readers are reminded that the burden of proof remains on the researcher and therefore consult
the original record when in doubt.

    CENSUS COLUMN LEGEND (Left to Right)
       1. Dwelling houses numbered in the order of visitation (Not shown in this book)
       2. Families numbered in the order of visitation
       3. The Name of every Person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June 1850, was in this family.
       4. Age
       5. Sex
       6. Color (White, black, or mulatto)
       7. Profession, Occupation or Trade of each Male Person over 15 years of age.
       8. Value of Real Estate
       9. Place of birth, naming the state, territory, or country.
      10. Married within the year, attended school within the year, persons over 20 years of age who cannot read or write.
      11. Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, or pauper.
[Cr50] $23

CAROLINE COUNTY COURT RECORDS, 1742-1833 AND MARRIAGES, 1782-1810 by William Lindsay Hopkins. 197 pages, index. A valuable collection considering the great loss of documentation suffered by this county. Caroline County was established in 1728 from the upper portions of Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties. Some further territory from King and Queen County was added in 1742 and 1762. There have been no further boundary changes since then.
[Carr] $30
   
CAROLINE COUNTY 1815 DIRETORY OF LANDOWNERS Roger G. Ward. 2005. 26 pages, map, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2.  For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners [See last week's newsletter.]
[Vd16] $7 [

CAROLINE COUNTY REVOLUTIONARY PUBLIC CLAIMS transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 100 pages, 5 1/2X 8 1/2 inches.  For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims for available counties, see: Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series [see next newsletter]
[Pc12] $13

For more records pertaining to CAROLINE COUNTY, VIRGINIA see also:

  * BURNED COUNTY DATA, 1809-1848 (AS FOUND IN THE VIRGINIA CONTESTED ELECTION FILES)
 * SOME WILLS FROM THE BURNED COUNTIES OF VIRGINIA
[See last wek's newsletter.
]
 
 CULPEPER COUNTY, VIRGINIA
 
Culpeper County was formed on 17 May 1749 from the northern part
of Orange County. The new western county was named for Lord Culpeper, Governor of Virginia, 1677-1683. In
1793 Madison County was created from Culpeper's western lands, and in 1833 Rappahan-
nock County was split off from Culpeper's northern holdings.
Culpeper's boundaries stabilized at that time. Most of Culpeper's records are intact. the only notable omissions are a few deed and will books, and the order or minute books prior to the 1790s.

 
CULPEPER COUNTY, VA FEDERAL CENSUS OF 1810 Transcribed from the original by John Vogt. 2008, 8 x 10, viii, 41 pages, figure, map.  This is the first surviving census for this important Piedmont Virginia county.
[Culp10] $10
   
CULPEPER COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1780-1853 John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr. 1986, ix, 257 pages, indices, figure, map. Culpeper County was created in 1749 from a portion of Orange County. The 2,711 marriage returns listed here were recorded by the county clerk from ministers' returns lists. These records constitute the sole surviving collection of marriage records for this important central Virginia county. This revised edition contains a full index of all the individuals in the marriage abstract.
[Culp] $22.50
 
CULPEPER COUNTY, VA 1815 DIRECTORY OF LANDOWNERS  by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 37 pages, map, 5½ x 8½"  For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and available counties, see: 
Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners

[Vd20] $8  see last week's newsletter]
 
CULPEPER COUNTY, VA REVOLUTIONARY PUBLIC CLAIMS transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.  2005. 82 pages, 5½" x 8½".  For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public
Claims and a listing of available counties, see: Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series

[Pc16] $11 [See next week's newsletter.]
 
VIRGINIA DURING THE PERIOD OF THE ENORMOUS GROWTH OF THE COLONY PRIOR TO THE REVOLUTION.
JV[VMAH] $35.00
 
 FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA
 
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA IMPLIED MARRIAGES by Marty Hiatt & Craig R. Scott, 1994, xiv, 345 pp. The authors have duplicated the extensive court card file of marriages based on a wide variety of will, deed and other records in order to put this information in the hands of genealogists. More than 5,000 marriages are represented here. Full name index of all parties, including parents and other relatives whenever cited.
JV[Frfx] $28
 
BROTHERS AND COUSINS: CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS & SAILORS OF FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA by William Page Johnson II. xviii, 249 pages, photos, index. This book attempts to record all the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors of Fairfax County. Included herein are men who were born in Fairfax County and resided there (before and/or after the war). Also included are those who died there (during and after the war) and those who are buried there. The material is presented in alphabetical order by soldier/sailor name.
[Brot] $23
 
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA 1815 DIRECTORY OF LANDOWNERS by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 21 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.  For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and available counties, [see IndividuaL County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners [See last week's newsletter]
[Vd25] $6
 
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA REVOLUTIONARY PUBLIC CLAIMS transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 23 pages, 5 ½" x 8½" .  For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims and available counties, see: Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series
[see next newsletter
]
[Pc21] $5

LOUDOUN COUNTY VIRGINIA

Loudoun County was created on 1 July 1757 from the northwestern portion of Fairfax County lying above Difficult Run. Forty years later, in 1797, a small portion of Loudoun was returned to Fairfax's jurisdiction, and at that time the county reached its present boundaries. The county was named in honor of John Campbell, fourth Earl of Loudoun, titular governor of Virginia (1756-1759), and head of the British forces in America, 1756-1758, during the first years of the French and Indian conflict. The new county lay at the intersection of two major early Indian trails which later became the Leesburg Pike and the Carolina Road. On the western edge of the county, Harper's Ferry marked the beginning of the Virginia portion of the Great Valley Road. Consequently, Loudoun County became a waystation for many settlers who later moved south and west into the new lands.

LOUDOUN COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1760-1850 John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr. 1985, ix, 462 pages, indices, figure, map. Loudoun County was first organized in 1757 from a portion of Fairfax County. The earliest surviving marriage record dates from 1760. A total of 4,524 marriages are abstracted in this volume and a complete index of all names is provided; the records are drawn from a variety of archival sources, including ministers' returns, bonds, consents, permissions, and notes.

[Loud] $30
 
This is just the beginning of the additions to our Virginia shelf.  Watch us growThanks for reading our newsletter.  It is a great way to learn some new information!  Pat from YOGS


 

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