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WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS: CATALOG CARD VA
The Will Books and Order Books for 50 Virginia cities and counties were examined by the Library of Virginia staff for recorded wills, administrations, inventories, and other recorded documents relating to the estates of individuals. This database indexes those documents generally for the period up to 1800. Please note that the documents referenced in the database entries are not online. The entries for Cumberland, Hanover, Lee, Nottoway, Surry, and York Counties and the City of Richmond extend beyond 1800. The entries correct and supplement Clayton Torrence's Virginia Wills and Administrations by providing the exact location of the documents and by correcting errors where found. Lawsuits are not included.
There are also entries for wills not originally listed in Torrence. These documents are not located in county records, but rather are found in other sources and include wills from a number of counties where the official records no longer exist. In addition, there are some entries for counties where the official records no longer exist but for the period beginning in 1801.
Each record contains the name of the deceased, the county, the type of document, the date the document was recorded, and references to the source in which the recorded document can be found (usually a county Will Book). The microfilm reel number for each document is also indicated. There is a separate record for each source. (The abbreviation aat. indicates that the term for the type of document was taken from the Art & Architecture Thesaurus).
Note on Chesterfield County: Entries contain references to the recorded probate record in the Will Books. If there are references to the Order Books, this is also indicated on the record. The actual references to the Order Books concerning probate not found in the Will Books are on separate records.
Counties and Cities Indexed
Accomack County (forthcoming) Albemarle County (forthcoming) Amelia County (1734-1800) Amherst County (1761-1800) Bath County (1791-1800) Bedford County (1754-1800) Botetourt County (1770-1800) Brunswick County (1732-1800) Campbell County (1782-1800) Caroline County (1742-1800) Charlotte County (1765-1800) Chesterfield County Culpeper County (1749-1800) Cumberland County (1749-1810) Elizabeth City County (1689-1800) Essex County (1692-1800) Fluvanna County (1777-1800) Franklin County (1786-1800) Fredericksburg (1789-1800) Goochland County (1728-1800) Grayson County (1796-1800) Greensville County (1781-1800) Halifax County (1753-1800) Hanover County (1724-1898) Henry County (1777-1800) Isle of Wight County (1628-1800) Lancaster County (1652-1800) Lee County (1794-1832) Madison County (1793-1800) Middlesex County (1673-1800) (forthcoming) Montgomery County (1773-1800) Norfolk City (1784-1800) Northampton County (1632-1800) (in progress) Nottoway County (1789-1809) Orange County (1735-1800) Patrick County (1791-1800) Petersburg (1784-1800) Powhatan County (1777-1800) Prince George County (1713-1800) Prince William County (1734-1744) (1778-1800) Princess Anne County (1691-1800) Richmond City (1782-1810 Richmond County (1692-1800) Southampton County (1749-1800) Spotsylvania County (1722-1800) Surry County (1652-1850) Sussex County (1754-1800) Washington County (1770-1800) Wythe County (1790-1800) York County (1633-1811)
WILL OF RICHARD KIRBY
Thomas Kerby's Will, York County, Va., Records #4, 1665-1672, March 8 1665/66 Proved June 24, 1668.
Thomas Kerby of the parish of New Poquoson, York.
To my son Robert my whole seat of land and to his heirs male or female, and for default of issue to his general heirs. If it happens that my son Robert depart this life in his minority leaving no issue, and my wife Mary then surviving him, the land to be for the only use and behoof of my said wife, who is mother of my son, unto the heirs of her body male or female, and for default of issue then to her right heirs.
To my son Robert my negro boy, George, after my wifes decease, 6 cows with calfe by their side, two breeding sows with pigg or piggs by their side, one horse about the age of five or six years, one more with a foale by her side, one bed with furniture to it and two iron pots, one pistill and three pewter dishes, one axe, two hoes, one new bridle and saddle.
My wife Mary, sole exex.
My will is that my son be put to school to read and write and cast accounts of the produce of my estate without bringing any charges upon my estate. My will is that my wife shall pay for curing of his head.
Witnesses: Henry Freeman, William Merry, Robert Shelston
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