A Guide to the Lancaster County (Va.) Fiduciary Records, 1656-1773 Lancaster County (Va.) Fiduciary Records, 1656-1773 1134130-1134132, 1134138, 1134426, 1134473

A Guide to the Lancaster County (Va.) Fiduciary Records, 1656-1773

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the Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers: 1134130-1134132, 1134138, 1134426, 1134473


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Barcode numbers
1134130-1134132, 1134138, 1134426, 1134473
Lancaster County (Va.) Fiduciary Records, 1656-1773
Physical Characteristics
2.70 cu. ft. (6 boxes)
Lancaster County (Va.) Circuit Court.
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Lancaster County (Va.) Fiduciary Records, 1656-1773. Local Government Records Collection, Lancaster County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Lancaster, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

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

Historical Information

Lancaster County was named probably for the English county. It was formed from Northumberland and York Counties sometime between 26 March and 16 September 1651. The county court first met on 1 January 1652.

Part of the process of settling the estate after an individual's death was to take a probate inventory. The inventory listed the personal property in the possession of the owner at the time of death. The local county court assigned a person or group of people to make the inventory and value the estate. A credit-based economy, where tobacco was used as currency more often than cash was used, made taking inventories a necessary procedure. Before any outstanding debts were settled, the surviving members of the family needed to assess the value of the property. In Virginia, these inventories did not include buildings or land. Slaves included were often listed by name and individual value. Inventories taken after a person's death provide valuable information on everyday life such as social class, wealth, and occupation.

Scope and Content

Lancaster County (Va.) Fiduciary Records, 1656-1773, are primarily inventories of personal estates of deceased individuals. and appraisements. Information recorded include the name of deceased, date of inventory, list of personal property, quantity and value of each item, and names of individuals assigned to perform the inventory. Slaves are listed in the inventories.

A donation to the Library of Virginia's Adopt Virginia's History program by the National Society Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede has helped to fund the conservation for Lancaster County Fiduciary Records, 1656-1714.

Lancaster County Fiduciary Records, 1656-1714, conserved by the Etherington Conservation Center, 2011.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

  • African Americans -- History.
  • Estates (Law) -- Virginia -- Lancaster County.
  • Slaveholders. -- Virginia -- Lancaster County.
  • Slaves -- Virginia -- Lancaster County.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Lancaster County -- History.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Estate administration records -- Virginia -- Lancaster County.
  • Estate inventories -- Virginia -- Lancaster County.
  • Fiduciary records -- Virginia -- Lancaster County.
  • Local government records -- Virginia -- Lancaster County.