A Guide to the Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921 Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921 1050417, 1050425, 1134608, 1134968-1134969, 1135000

A Guide to the Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers 1050417, 1050425, 1134608, 1134968-1134969, 1135000


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Barcode Numbers
1050417, 1050425, 1134608, 1134968-1134969, 1135000
Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921
Physical Characteristics
2.7 cu. ft. (6 boxes)
Lancaster County (Va.) Circuit Court
Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921. Local Government Records Collection, Lancaster County (Va.) 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 Lancaster County (Va.).

Historical Information

Lancaster County was named for the English county. It was formed from Northumberland and York Counties in 1651.

Individuals dying with a written will died testate. After the death of an individual, his or her will was brought into court, where two of the subscribing witnesses swore that the document was genuine. After the will was proved, the executor was bonded to carry out his or her duties to settle the estate. The court then ordered the will to be recorded.

Scope and Content

Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921, record the deceased's plan for how his or her estate was to be divided among his or her heirs following his or her death. Information commonly recorded in wills include the name of the deceased, also referred as the testator; names of heirs; a listing of real and personal property (including slaves) and how it was to be divided among the heirs; names of individuals who were to be the will's executors; the date will was written; and the date will was recorded at the court house. Additional record types may be found in this collection such as fiduciary records (inventories and accounts.)

Related Material

Lancaster County (Va.) Court Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

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

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

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

  • Local government records--Lancaster County
  • Wills--Virginia--Lancaster County