Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Kent County, VA Early Records


New Kent County was established in 1654 from York County. The county is named for Kent, England. New Kent County is the birthplace of two U. S. Presidents' wives - Martha Washington and Letitia Christian Tyler. The church where George and Martha Washington are believed to have been wed, St. Peters, still holds services today. The Chickahominy Indians frequented this area as well as nearby Charles City County and two tribes are still well-established in this area.
Among the earliest settlers of New Kent County was Nicholas Gentry, who settled in New Kent in 1684. The parish register books of St. Peter's Parish show that Nicholas Gentry's daughter was baptized in the church in 1687. The records also reflect other Gentrys, probably Nicholas Gentry's relations, Peter and Samuel Gentry.[3] Many later county records were burned, making identifying relationships between family members difficult.


Cavaliers And Pioneers Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666 – Abstracted and Indexed by Nell Marion Nugent, Virginia Land Office, Richmond, VA. – Volume One.

JNO. LEWIS & THOMAS MICHELL, 1680 acs. New Kent Co., 15 Jan. 1662, p. 84 (565). Beg. At Mr. Michells land, N.N.E. by Westover path, thence to Coll. Gooch’s cor. tree &c. Trans. of : Wm. Thornton, Rich. Boyne, Thos. Shugge, Law. Baker, Tho. Walder, Ellen Harwood, Mary Stinson, Jane Mayson, Rich. Saucer, Jno. Tillett, Geo. Catleton, Bryan Hazlewod, Ann Lulow (?), Eliz. Palmer, Joane Madd, Hugh Davis, Jno. Gunne, Wm. Colvert, Eliz. Gittins, James Ridly, Mary Taylor, Eliz. Smith, Ann Norton, Bridg. Black, Nich. Hart, Nich. Flower, Wm. Pearce, Rich Overton, Ann Shilooe (?), Tho. Hanson, Sarah Russell.

JOHN STANUP, 1350 acs. New Kent Co., 18 Mar. 1662, p. 238 (158). S. side of Yorke Riv., beg. at corner by Henry Ashwells path, running S.W. by S. &c. to corner by John Basbies path, thence S.Ely. to Thomas Collings corner &c., including 1750 acs. granted to Martin Baker 28 Nov. 1658, 300 acs. of which sd. Baker sold to Tho. Tilsey & 100 acs. to Jno Gynes (?), which is excepted out of the bounds according to the bills of sale from Baker; 1350 acs. Assigned sd. Stanup by sd. Baker


URL (Click on link) Patent
Gawin, Gawen.
20 April 1682.
Other Format
Available on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Patents 1-42, reels 1-41.
Location: New Kent County.

Description: 1000 acres on the south side of Totopottomoys Creek. Beg.g on the upper line of Cornelius Dabneys.

Source: Land Office Patents No. 7, 1679-1689 (v.1 & 2 p.1-719), p. 160 (Reel 7).

Part of the index to the recorded copies of patents for land issued by the Secretary of the Colony serving as the colonial Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
Subject - Personal
Gawin, Gawen. grantee.

Dabney, Cornelius.
Subject - Topical
Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- Virginia -- New Kent County
Subject -Geographic
New Kent County (Va.) -- History -- 17th century
Land grants -- Virginia -- New Kent County.
Added Entry
Virginia. Colonial Land Office. Patents, 1623-1774.

Library of Virginia. Archives.


New Kent County and Hanover County [Virginia] Road Orders 1706-1743 – Transcribed from the Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish – Virginia Genealogical Society Richmond, Virginia.

April 11, 1721, O.S., p.44 [new pagination p. 73; Chamberlayne p. 93]
In obedience to an order of New Kent Court, dated y.e day of July 1720 its Ordered that the precincts, whereof Jere; Parker is Surveyor, be divided into two precincts, & that Peter Harrilson be Surveyor of the Lower prec,t beginning at Ash Cake Road, thence up the road to Magirts path, and that he have Mich,l Gowing’s Male Tithables, M,rs Mary Anderson’s Tithables at the Quarter adjoining to that, Geo: Butlers, Henry Tyler’s, and his own Tithables to Assist him in the Clearing and keeping that road in good order.


The Parish Register of Saint Peter’s, New Kent County, Va. From 1680-1787 – Published by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia.

Year 1737.
Aaron Son of George and Sarah Gowan born June 9, baptized Sept. 3.


1 comment:

  1. This is a fascinating collection and resource for research. Thank you for making it available.