A Guide to the Warwick County (Va.) Records, 1650-1840 Warwick County (Va.) Records, 1650-1840 0007417216

A Guide to the Warwick County (Va.) Records, 1650-1840

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Warwick County (Va.) Records, 1650-1840
Physical Characteristics
1 box.
Newport News (Va.) Circuit Court.
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Warwick County (Va.) Records, 1650-1840. Local government records collection, Warwick County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer under the accession numbers 18655, 20321, 21071, 21369, 21708, 22028, 22057, 22641, 22642, 24853, 24867, 25129, 28694, 31286, and 31287.

The will of Henry Cary, 1716, came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer from the Monticello Association Archives under the accession number 50827.

Historical Information

Warwick County 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.

A portion of the records in the collection were returned to Warwick County in 1914. E. Russell Jones returned Warwick County records found among the effects of a deceased relative who served in the Civil War. James P. Williams returned Warwick County records he received from a friend named Edward G. Wood whose grandfather was a collector of relics.

Scope and Content

Warwick County (Va.) Records, 1650-1840, include county court orders, county claims, order book, docket book, pages from order books, judgments, chancery cause, deeds, justice of the peace commission, and fiduciary records. Information found in order book and pages from order books include deeds, wills, estate inventories, and summary of suits heard in county court.

The collection includes correspondence dated 1914 between the clerk of Warwick County and two individuals from Philadelphia, PA regarding the return of some of the records found in this collection to Warwick County.

Conservation for a portion of the Warwick County Records including the will of Henry Cary, 1716, was funded through a donation made by John C.R. Taylor III.

Conservation for a portion of the Warwick County Records was funded through a donation made by the Jamestowne Chapter of the Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century.

Related Material

See 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.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

  • Public records -- Virginia -- Warwick County.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Warwick County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Newport News.
  • Added Entry - Corporate Name:

  • Warwick County (Va.) County Court.

Contents list

Pages from Order Book, 1650-1651
Division of real and personal property, 1656-1686:

Primarily records division of cattle and horses among orphans. Also includes references to slaves.

Cattle account, 1657
Indenture signed by Henry Dawson and Brian Canaday, 1662
Page from Order Book, 1663
Obligation, 1668
Assignment of bond, 1678
Page from Order Book, 1680
Pages from Order Book, 1685:

Includes estate inventories and will.

Page from Order Book, 1687-1688
Page from Order Book, 1688
Capias, Wills vs. Lisny 1689
Page from Order Book, 1690/91
Page from Court of Claims Order Book, 1691:

Includes payment of claims for recovering runaway indentured servants and Native American servants.

Pages from Deeds, etc., Order Book, 1695-1697:

Records deeds, wills, and estate inventories.

Appointment of Mary Kingston as executrix of Nicholas Kingston, 1697
Order Book, 1697-1698:

Pages 211-216 and 225-230

Pages from Order Book, 1701
Miscellaneous court records, 1701-1728
Executor's bond, 1703
Pages from Order Book, 1705

Pages 457-458

Page from Order Book, 1705

Pages 461-464

Will of James Brown, 1707
Judgments and chancery cause, 1707, 1728, 1730

Capias - James Bates vs Edward Loftis, 1707

Declaration - Robert Rullison and Dorothy Price vs. Richard Hyde, 1728

Chancery Cause - Elizabeth Cary vs Thomas Harwood, 1730

Order Book, 1713-1714
Release Deed, 1715
Will of Henry Cary, 1716
Writ, Simson vs. Hubbard 1725
Petition and summons, Hobday, etc. vs. Noblin 1769
Judgment - Exr. of William Haynes vs. John Wills, Jr., 1770
Will of Susannah Godwin, 1782
Casa: John Perry vs James Crandol, 1785
Capias, McKintosh, etc. vs. Gray, etc. 1787
Judgment, McKintosh, etc. vs. Gray, etc. 1788
Deed - Servant Ballard to Isaac Avery, 1792
Deed and plat - William Aylett to Richard Cary, 1798
Deed - Richard Cary and wife to William Aylett, 1798
Capias: Administrator of Thomas Mallicote vs Peter Houghton, 1799
Chancery subpoena, Brown, etc. vs. Dunn and wife, 1801
Deed, Allen and wife to Gambol 1804
Docket Book, 1813-1818
Jail report, 1825 September
Fifa, Sheild, assignee vs. Harwood, etc. 1837
Fifa, Smith, assignee vs. Harwood, etc. 1837
Fifa, Judith Blake for Henry Burton vs John Dixon and Mann Page(originated in Gloucester County), 1827
Jail report, undated
Justice of the Peace Commission 1840

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Warwick County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century.