A Guide to the Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records, 1652-1793 Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records 1111599-1111602, 1111605-1111608, 1111611-1111612, 1111614-1111615, 1111617-1111618, 1111620-1111622, 1146602, 1146605-1146621, 1147030-1147031

A Guide to the Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records, 1652-1793

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Barcode Numbers 1111599-1111602, 1111605-1111608, 1111611-1111612, 1111614-1111615, 1111617-1111618, 1111620-1111621, 1146602, 1146605-1146621, 1147030-1147031


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Repository
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Barcode numbers
1111599-1111602, 1111605-1111608, 1111611-1111612, 1111614-1111615, 1111617-1111618, 1111620-1111622, 1146602, 1146605-1146621, 1147030-1147031
Title
Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records, 1652-1793
Physical Characteristics
37 vol. (9394 p.) Volumes are negative photostatic copies and originals.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Use microfilm copies, Lancaster County, Reels 1-7.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records, 1652-1793. Lancaster County Reels 1-7, Local Government Records Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

The original manuscript volumes came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Lancaster County.

The negative photostatic copies were compiled and created by the Virginia State Library's (now the Library of Virginia) Archives Division, under the accession numbers 20158-20160, 20165, 20169, 20172, 20174, 20175, 20196, 20198, 20199, 20200, 20203-20204 and 20223-20224 from the original court records found in the Lancaster County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Microfilm reels 1, 3-5 and 7 were generated by The Genealogical Society of Utah. Microfilm reels 2 and 6 were generated by the Virginia State Library's Microfilm Section.


Historical Information

Lancaster County was formed from Northumberland and York Counties in 1651. It was probably named for the English county.

The deed was signed by the grantor, and possibly his wife or anyone else having a claim to the property, and by at least two witnesses. On presentation to the court, deeds were proved and recorded. If the deed was not witnessed, the grantor acknowledged the deed in open court.

Individuals dying with a written will died testate. Individuals dying without a will died intestate. After the Revolutionary War, when Virginia's general inheritance law took effect, all heirs of intestate estates inherited equally.

Scope and Content

Lancaster County (Va.) Deeds, Wills and Records, Book numbers 1-2,4, 6-7, 9, 11-19 and 21, 1652-1793, record deeds (deeds of bargain and sale, lease and release and deeds of gift); wills(including the name of testator, list of heirs and year will was proven in court) and records (such as inventories and appraisements, lists of sales of estates, estate accounts, settlements of estates and settlements of administration and guardians' accounts) for Lancaster County. Volumes 13 and 17 contain order books. These volumes also include other record categories, usually found in county court order or minute books, such as apprentice indentures, powers of attorney, sheriffs' bonds, allotments of dower rights, election polls, road orders, selling of property, and orphans'accounts. Unless noted otherwise, volumes contain unnumbered, alphabetical indices.

Arrangement

Chronological with the exception of Deeds, Wills, Records, Parts 1 and 2, Number 2, 1653-1702.

Related Material

Additional Lancaster County Land Records and Wills can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. See A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm at www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwehave/local/local_rec/index.htm.

Separated Material

The original volumes are found at the Library of Virginia's State Records Center.


Access Terms

  • African Americans--History.
  • Appraisals--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Court records--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Deeds--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Estate inventories--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Estates (Law)--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Fiduciary records--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Lancaster County (Va.)--History.
  • Lancaster County (Va.). Circuit Court.
  • Land records--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Land subdivision--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Local government records--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Order books--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Probate records--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Slaveholders--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Slaves--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Will books--Virginia--Lancaster County.
  • Wills--Virginia--Lancaster County.

Contents List

1146602(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Number 1, 1652-1657

This volume contains Wills, 1652-1653.

1111617(original),1147030 (copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 1, Number 2, 1653-1662

For practical purposes, this volume was divided into 2 separate books. Part 1 covers pages 1-242.

1147031(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 2, Number 2, 1662-1702

Part 2 covers pages 243-461. An unnumbered grantee-grantor index is found at the end of this volume. Wills are referenced in the grantor index. An interesting historical reason for the creation of this volume is found on page 461. This volume also contains deeds from 1700-1702(pages 399-461.)

1111605(original) ,1146605 (copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Number 4, 1666-1682

This volume contains one will, 1671.

1111618(original),1146606 (copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Number 6, 1682-1687
1111607(original),1146607 (copy)
Record Book (Deeds, Wills and Records), Number 7, 1687-1700
1111608(original),1146608
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 1, Number 9, 1701-1708

For practical purposes, this volume was divided into 2 separate books. Part 1 covers pages 1-270. An index is found in this volume.

1146609(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 2, Number 9 1708-1715

Part 2 covers pages 271-537. A supplemental index is found at the end of Part 2.

1111602(original),1146610(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Number 11, 1714-1728
1111620(original),1146611(copy)
Deeds and Wills, Part 1, Number 12, 1726-1730

For practical purposes, this volume was divided into 2 separate books. Part 1 covers pages 1-172. An index is found in this volume.

1146612(copy)
Deeds and Wills, Part 2, Number 12, 1730-1736

Part 2 covers pages 173-364.

1111615(original),1146613(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 1, Number 13, 1736-1740

For practical purposes, this volume was divided into 2 separate books. Part 1 covers pages 1-173. An index is found in this volume. This volume contains Order Book No. 8, 1729-1743.

1146614(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 2, Number 13, 1740-1743

Part 2 covers pages 174-344.

1111611-Part I(includes index), 1111614-Part II(originals), 1146615(copy)
Deeds and Wills, Number 14, 1743-1750

Numbered index found at end of book. An additional estate inventory is found on page 329 of index.

1111612(original),1146616(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 1, Number 15, 1750-1754

For practical purposes, this volume was divided into 2 separate books. Part 1 covers pages 1-165.

1111622(original),1146617(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Part 2, Number 15, 1754-1758

Part 2 covers pages 166-329. An index is found at the end of this volume.

1111621(original),1146618(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records , Number 16, 1758-1763

An index is found at the beginning and end of this volume.

1146621(copy)
Records (Deeds, Wills and Probate Records), Number 17, 1763-1767

This volume contains deeds, wills and estate appraisements from pages 1-35. Order Book Number 12, 1764-1767, is found following the previous volume and covers pages 1-268. This volume contains information on court attendance, guardians' appointments, apprentice indentures, chancery causes, military appointments, grand jury presentments, wills, judgments and estate settlements. A numbered index is found at the end of the volume.

1146619(copy)
Deeds, Wills and Records, Number 18, 1764-1770

This volume contains a marriage bond, depositions and numerous wills.

1111601(original),1146620(copy)
Deed Book, Number 19, 1770-1782

This volume includes Oaths of Allegiance, inquisitions and a mill report.

1111600(original), 1111599-Part I, 1111606-Part II(copies)
Deed Book, Number 21, 1782-1793