A Guide to the Louisa County (Va.) Wills, 1738-1897 (bulk 1767-1897) Louisa County Wills, 1738-1897 (bulk 1767-1897) 1141658, 1141660-1141671, 1141674, 1141676

A Guide to the Louisa County (Va.) Wills, 1738-1897 (bulk 1767-1897)

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers 1141658, 1141660-1141671, 1141674, 1141676


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Barcode numbers
1141658, 1141660-1141671, 1141674, 1141676
Louisa County (Va.) Wills 1738-1897 (bulk 1768-1897)
Physical Characteristics
15 cu. ft. (15 boxes)
Louisa County (Va.) Circuit Court
State Records Center - Archives Annex, Library of Virginia

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Louisa County (Va.) Wills, 1738-1897 (bulk 1767-1897). Local Government Records Collection, Louisa 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 Louisa County.

Historical Information

Louisa County was named for Louisa, a daughter of George II. It was formed from Hanover County in 1742.

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

Louisa County (Va.) Wills, 1738-1897, 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.)


Arranged chronological by year and then alphabetical by surname.

Related Material

Louisa County (Va.) Wills 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:

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

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

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

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