A Guide to the Warwick County (Va.) Marriage Licenses, 1893, 1902-1912 Warwick County (Va.) Marriage Licenses, 1893, 1902-1912 1182749-1182750

A Guide to the Warwick County (Va.) Marriage Licenses, 1893, 1902-1912

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Warwick County (Va.) Marriage Licenses 1893, 1902-1912
Physical Characteristics
0.9 cu. ft. (2 boxes)
Newport News (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

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Preferred Citation

Warwick County (Va.) Marriage Licenses, 1893,1902-1912.. Local Government Records Collection, Newport News (City)/Warwick County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Newport News under the accession number 43558.

Historical Information

Warwick County (extinct) was named either for Robert Rich, earl of Warwick, a prominent member of the London Company, or for the county of Warwick in England. The county was originally called Warwick River and was one of the original shires, or counties, first enumerated in 1634. The shorter name was adopted in 1643. Warwick County became extinct in 1952, when it became the city of Warwick. The new city was consolidated with the city of Newport News in 1958 and took the latter's name. Denbigh was the county seat.

County court records were destroyed at several times with most destruction occurring during the Civil War. The clerk's office was burned on 15 December 1864. County court minute books and loose records from 1787 to 1819 were destroyed by the fire. Additional records were burned in Richmond on 3 April 1865, where they had been moved for safekeeping during the Civil War.

Scope and Content

Warwick County (Va.) Marriage Licenses, 1893, 1902-1912, include the following information: name of husband, name of wife, date license recorded in circuit court, date of marriage, place of marriage, full names of husband and wife, race, ages of husband and wife, condition of groom and bride at time of marriage (single, widowed, or divorced), place of birth (husband and wife), place of residence (husband and wife), names of parents (husband and wife), and occupation of husband. The marriage licenses also include marriage certificates signed by ministers who officiated the marriage. Information found in certificates includes name of minister, name of religious denomination, date certificate returned to courthouse, and signature of minister. The back of the license includes the page number and line number the marriage was recorded in the marriage register. The collection also includes a small number of unrecorded marriage licenses.


Organized by date of marriage

Related Material

Additional Warwick County Court Records can be found with Warwick County Court records on microfilm at The Library of Virginia. Consult A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm.

Warwick County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Warwick County Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Collection at the Library of Virginia. Search the Lost Records Localities Digital Collection available at Virginia Memory.

For more information and a listing of lost records localities see Lost Records research note.

Separated Material

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Newport News (Va.) Circuit Court
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans -- Marriage -- Virginia -- Warwick County
  • Christian sects -- Virginia --Warwick County
  • Clergy -- Virginia -- Warwick County
  • Marriage -- Virginia -- Warwick County
  • Geographical Names:

  • Newport News (Va.) -- History
  • Warwick County (Va.)--History
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Warwick County
  • Marriage certificates -- Virginia -- Warwick County
  • Marriage licenses -- Virginia -- Warwick County
  • Added Entry - Corporate Name:

  • Warwick County (Va.) County Court

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Newport News (Va.) -- History
  • Warwick County (Va.)--History