A Guide to the Henrico County (Va.) Deeds, 1781-1931 (bulk 1813-1931) Henrico County (Va.) Deeds, 1781-1931 (bulk 1813-1931) 1122065-1122151, 1122998-112300, 1123015-1123053, 1130836-1130849

A Guide to the Henrico County (Va.) Deeds, 1781-1931 (bulk 1813-1931)

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers: 1122065-1122151, 1122998-112300, 1123015-1123053, 1130836-1130849


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers
1122065-1122151, 1122998-112300, 1123015-1123053, 1130836-1130849
Title
Henrico County (Va.) Deeds, 1781-1931 (bulk 1813-1931)
Physical Characteristics
120.45 cu. ft. (143 boxes)
Collector
Henrico County (Va.) Circuit Court
Location
State Records Center - Archives Annex, Library of Virginia
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Henric County (Va.) Deeds, 1781-1931 (bulk 1813-1931). Local government records collection, Henrico County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Henrico County.

Historical Information

Henrico County was named for Henry, Prince of Wales, the oldest son of James I. It was one of the eight original shires established in 1634.

Recognized in 1634 as an original shire. All county court records prior to 1655 and almost all prior to 1677 are missing. Many records were destroyed by British troops during the Revolutionary War. Post–Revolutionary War county court records exist. Almost all circuit superior court of law and chancery and circuit court records were destroyed by fire during the evacuation of Richmond on April 3, 1865, during the Civil War. The county’s circuit court held its sessions at the state courthouse in Richmond.

Scope and Content

Henrico County (Va.) Deeds, 1781-1931 (bulk 1813-1931) consist of deeds of bargain and sale, deeds of gift, mortgages, deeds of trust, and deeds of emancipation. On presentation to the court, deeds were proved and recorded. If the deed was not witnessed, the grantor acknowledged the deed in open court. A few of the deeds include plats. Except for a few years early in the eighteenth century, slaves in Virginia were considered personal property and consequently were not usually sold by deed. However, they were often transferred in deeds of gift or were the property listed in mortgages and deeds of trust.

Deeds of bargain and sale are the most commonly recorded deed in which one individual sells property, usually land, but occasionally personal property, to another individual. Such deeds show the names of the grantor and grantee, the residence of both parties, a description of what is being sold, the consideration (or price), the location of the tract of land, the tract's boundaries, and any limitations on the property being sold. The deed was signed by the grantor, and possibly his wife or anyone else having a claim to the property, and by at least two witnesses. Appended to the deed may be a memorandum of livery of seisin, stating that the property has changed hands and that peaceful possession has taken place.

Deeds of gift are often found transferring property, either real or personal, from one individual to another "for love and affection." The degree of kinship, if any, between the grantor and grantee is sometimes stated.

Mortgages and deeds of trust were deeds where one party is indebted to another and transfers or mortgages property to a third party to secure the debt.

The collection may include additional record types that were recorded in deed books such as officials' bonds, fiduciary records, marriage records, road and bridge records, and bills of sale of property including slaves.

Arrangement

Chronological from 1781-1843. Arranged chronological by year and then alphabetical by surname from 1843-1931.

Related Material

Deed Books and Indices to Deeds for Henrico County can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."

Additional Henrico County Land Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."

Henrico County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Henrico County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Collection at the Library of Virginia. Search the Lost Records Localities Database found at the Library of Virginia web site.

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