A Guide to the Accomack County (Va.) Voter Register, 1902 Accomack County (Va.) Voter Register, 1902 1121836

A Guide to the Accomack County (Va.) Voter Register, 1902

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Accomack County (Va.) Voter Register, 1902
Physical Characteristics
1 v.
Accomack County (Va.) Circuit Court
State Records Center - Archives Annex, Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Accomack County (Va.) Voter Register, 1902. Local government records collection, Accomack County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Acquisition Information

This item 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. The word means "on-the-other-side-of-water place" or "across the water." It was one of the original eight shires, or counties, first enumerated in 1634 and spelled Accomac without the k. The county's name was changed to Northampton County in 1643. The present county was formed from Northampton about 1663. In October 1670, the General Assembly temporarily reunited Accomack and Northampton Counties as Northampton County. In November 1673, Accomack County was again separated from Northampton. In early records, the county's name was spelled many ways. In 1940 the General Assembly adopted the present spelling, Accomack. The county gained a small part of the southern end of Smith's Island from Somerset County, Maryland, in 1879, after the United States had approved boundary changes between Virginia and Maryland that had been agreed to in 1877. The county seat is Accomac.

A significant number of loose records from the 1700s suffered extreme water and pest damage. Volumes that record deeds, court orders, and wills exist.

The 1902 voter registration books were created following the passage of the 1902 Virginia state constitution. The purpose of the 1902 state constitution was to maintain white suffrage while eliminating African-American voters by means of literacy tests as well as property and poll tax requirements.

Scope and Content

Accomack County (Va.) Voter Register, 1902, records the roll of registered voters in Accomack County. The volume is divided by precincts: Chincoteague Island, New Church, Temperanceville, Marsh Market, Mappsville, Bloxom, News Town, Parksley, Accomack, Onancock, Wachapreague, Pungoteague, Hawk's Nest, Greenbackville, Saxis, Belle Haven, and Tangier, and within each precinct on the basis of color. Information found in the volume includes date of registration; number of registered voter; name of registered voter; date of birth; age; occupation; residence; length of residence in state, county, and precinct; whether exempt from poll tax; if naturalized, and if so, date of papers and by what court issued; if transferred from another precinct, and if so, when and to what precinct.



Related Material

Additional Accomack County election records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm"

Accomack County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Accomack 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 .

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

  • African Americans--History--1877-1964
  • African Americans--Suffrage
  • African Americans--Virginia--Accomack County
  • Suffrage--Virginia--Accomack County
  • Geographical Names:

  • Accomack County (Va.)--Genealogy
  • Accomack County (Va.)--History--20th century
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Election Records--Virginia--Accomack County
  • Local government records--Virginia--Accomack County
  • Voters' lists--Virginia--Accomack County

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Accomack County (Va.)--Genealogy
  • Accomack County (Va.)--History--20th century