A Guide to the Accomack County (Va.) Oaths of Allegiance and Justice of the Peace Appointments, 1757-1758 and 1761-1762 Accomack County (Va.) Oaths of Allegiance and Justice of the Peace Appointments, 1757-1758 and 1761-1762 1204975

A Guide to the Accomack County (Va.) Oaths of Allegiance and Justice of the Peace Appointments, 1757-1758 and 1761-1762

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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode number
1204975
Title
Accomack County (Va.) Oaths of Allegiance and Justice of the Peace Appointments, 1757-1758 and 1761-1762
Physical Characteristics
3 leaves and 1 p.
Collector
Accomack County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Accomack County (Va.) Oaths of Allegiance and Justice of the Peace Appointments, 1757-1758 and 1761-1762. Local government records collection, Accomack County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Accomack County.


Historical Information

Accomack County was named for the Accomac Indians, who lived on the eastern Shore at the time of the first English settlement in Virginia. One of the original eight shires established in 1634, Accomac County (spelled without a k) became Northampton County in 1643. The present country was formed from Northampton about 1663. In 1940 the General Assembly adopted the county's present spelling.

Various test oaths and oaths of allegiance and supremacy were required over the years in an attempt to keep Roman Catholics out of office both in England and in her colonies. These particular oaths of allegiance stem from the act of George I titled "An Act for the further Security of his Majesty's Person and Government, and the Succession of the Crown in the Heirs of the late Princess Sophia, being Protestants, and for extinguishing the Hopes of the pretended Prince of Wales, and his open and secret Abettors." The oaths swear allegiance to the ruler of England as the principal authority, disavow the pope and his doctrines, and disavow transubstantiation.

Scope and Content

Accomack County (Va.) Oaths of Allegiance and Justice of the Peace Appointments, 1757-1758 and 1761-1762, consist of two oaths of allegiance and two justice of the peace appointments. The oaths of allegiance are dated 1757-1758 and are signed by multiple men below the text of the oath. The justice of the peace appointments are dated 1761-1762 and appoint multiple men to be justices. The oaths of allegiance and appointments are related and contain many of the same names.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Accomack County (Va.). Circuit Court
  • Subjects:

  • Catholics -- United States.
  • Oaths -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Public officers -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Accomack County (Va.) -- History -- 18th century.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Appointing -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Appointments -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Accomack County.
  • Oaths -- Virginia -- Accomack County.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Accomack County (Va.) -- History -- 18th century.