Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dobbs County, NC Early Records

From the NC State Archives

Title: Matthews, John. Dobbs Co.
Class: State Records [Collection]
Group: Secretary of State Record Group
Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey
Box: Dobbs County, B-W
Years: 1761, 1763
Creator: Secretary of State, Office ofGranville Proprietary Land OfficeSecretary, Office of the
Call Number: S.108.270--S.108.283
Location: MFR
MARS Id: (Folder)
Genres / Forms: Warrants, Deeds, Plats
Scope / Contents: Warrant: 1761 February 6. 700 acres.
Descriptive references for land: White Oak Swamp, Benjamin Sherrod,
John Going. Deed: 1763 April 1.
Index Terms:
Geographic Names:
Dobbs County
White Oak Swamp
Personal Names:
Matthews, John
Sherrod, Benjamin
Going, John

Duplin County, NC Early Records


File No. 368, William gony [Geney?]
Office of Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary
Call Number:
MARS Id: (Folder)
Other Ids:
Physical Description:
Other Copies:
Related Materials:
Scope / Contents:
Index Terms
Personal Names
Geney, William
Gony, William
Geographical Names
Crane Creek
Source / Donor:
There were no documents in the shuck at time of filming.
Use Restrictions:
ON USE: The unmicrofilmed land warrants, plats of surveys, and related records may be used one file at a time. Please ask for the specific file needed.
Land Grant Information
Grant No:
May 17, 1754
Warrant No:
Entry No:
Book No:
Page No:
On a branch of Crane Creek

From the NC State Archives

Title: File No. 429, Charles Gowin
Parent Records: State Records
Secretary of State Record Group
Land Office: Land Warrants, Plats of Survey, and Related Records
Duplin County
Years: 1757
Call Number: S.108.690; Frames:593
Site: Archives Search Room (Raleigh)
MARS Id: (Folder)
Index Terms:
Geographic Names:
Black River
Rowan Swamp
Personal Names: Gowin, Charles
There were no documents in the shuck at time of filming.
Land Grant Info:
Acres: 450
Issued: May 23, 1757
Book, Page: 15:227
Location: On the Wt. side of Black River beginning at a cypress by the mouth of Rowan Swamp

Edgecombe County, NC Early Records


The county was formed in 1741 from Bertie County. It was named for Richard Edgcumbe, a Member of Parliament from 1701 to 1742 and a lord of the treasury, who became 1st Baron Edgcumbe in 1742.

In 1746 part of Edgecombe County became Granville County; in 1758 another part became Halifax County; in 1777 yet another part became Nash County. In 1855 the formation of Wilson County from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County reduced Edgecombe to its present dimensions, aside from minor boundary adjustments.

Edgecombe County was historically home to the Tuscarora Indians.Today there are many descendents of the Tuscarora still living in certain areas of the county.

From the NC State Archives

Title: Jones, John. Edgecombe Co.
Class: State Records [Collection]
Group: Secretary of State Record Group
Series: Granville Proprietary Land Office: Land Entries, Warrants, and Plats of Survey
Box: Edgecombe County, Ho-J
Years: 1752
Creator: Secretary of State, Office ofGranville Proprietary Land OfficeSecretary, Office of the
Call Number: S.108.270--S.108.283
Location: MFR
MARS Id: (Folder)
Genres / Forms: Warrants, Warrants, Plats
Scope / Contents:
Warrant: 1752 April 30. 640 acres.
Descriptive references for land: Sackwill Adams, Great Dry
Pond Swamp, Edward Going
Index Terms:
Geographic Names:
Edgecombe County
Great Dry Pond Swamp
Personal Names:
Jones, John
Adams, Sackvill
Going, Edward



The names of Edward Going, David Going and William Go­ing appeared on the muster roll of Edgecombe County militia in 1755.

Various American Indian Records Submitted By Steven Pony Hill

August 1756 - Edgecombe Co. NC
Edward Gowen was prosecuted for concealing tithables.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rowan County, NC Early Records



The county was formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County. It was named for Matthew Rowan, acting governor of North Carolina from 1753 to 1754.

Originally, Rowan County was a vast territory with an indefinite western boundary. Reductions in its extent began in 1770, when the eastern part of it was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County, North Carolina. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part of the now much smaller Rowan County became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part of the still shrinking county became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County. The "250 Fest" celebrating the 250th anniversary of Rowan County occurred in 2003.


From World Vital Records

North and Sounth Carolina Marriage Records, From the Earliest Colonial Days to the Civil War by William Montgomery Clemens

Going, Britton and Mary Chambers - 30 April 1791
Goins, Ezekial and Sarah Gunter - 14 July 1779

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Buckingham County, VA Early Records


Buckingham County, lying south of the James River at the geographic center of the state, was established on May 1st, 1761 from the southeastern portion of Albemarle County. The origin of the county name probably comes from the Duke of Buckingham (Buckinghamshire, England). Some sources say that the county was named for Archibald Cary's estate "Buckingham" which was located on Willis Creek. This is the only Buckingham County in the entire United States. In 1778 a small triangular area bordering the James River was given to Cumberland County. In 1845, another part was taken from Buckingham to form the northern portion of Appomattox County. A final adjustment of the Appomattox-Buckingham county line was made in 1860 and Buckingham's borders then became fixed in their current form. A fire destroyed the courthouse (designed by Thomas Jefferson) in 1869 and most of the early records of this county were lost.
Buckingham County, Virginia Church and Marriage Records 1764-1822
Compiled and abstracted by Mary Bondurant Warren

Going, Moses or Gowing, a poor person 3/1772; 4/1773; 3/1774; 3/1786

Tooltson Parish Records 1771-1796
Buckingham County, Virginia
Virginia Archives Accession #20239
November 24, 1774
At a Vestry held for Tillotson Parish the 24th Day of November 1774 for laying & Assessing the levy of the said Parish.
Present Samuel Jordan, Wm Cannon, Jno. Nicholas, Dolphin Drew, John Fearn, Rolf Eldridge
Jno. Bernard, Hardin Perkins, Gent. Vestrymen

Tillotson Parish Dr [Debtors] - [pound of] Tobacco (Partial List)
To Moses Gowing a poor Person – 750

Side Note added by Tracy Hutchison regarding next record from the above book.
From the Virginia Archives
Buckingham County
Protest against the act incorporating the Protestant Episcopal religion which disposes of the property of every denomination of Christian in the Commonwealth indiscriminately to the use and benefit of Episcopalians without public approbation or consent.

From Buckingham County, Virginia Church and Marriage Records 1764-1822
Another petition, Oct. 17, 1787
To the Honorable, the Speaker, and Gentlemen of the House of Delgates.
The Petition of a Number of the Inhabitants of the County of Buckingham and the Parish of Tillotson sheweth—
Whereas your Honorable Housem in the last Session of assembly passed an act to repeal an act for Incorpirating the Protestant Episcopal Society, and for other purposes; by which other purposes the Episcopalians laim all the Glebes, Churches, Plate and all othe[r] things, the property of the Late Established Church of England, and therefore we do correctly remonstrate against the other purposes of the s’d [said] Act.--……………..

Among the signers:
Moses Going

Another petition of the same wording was signed by:
William Gowing
Genealogical Records of Buckingham County, Virginia
By Edythe Rucker Whitley

Tythables in 1773 and 1774
Cloar, John (“at Moses Goings”)
Tythes in 1773 –
Tythes in 1774 – 1

Williams, Robt. (Wm. Gowing)
Tythes in 1773 –
Tythes in 1774 – 4

1800 Tax List
Goyan, William & son; 2-2

Buckingham County, Virginia Surveyor’s Plat Book 1762-1858 – Second Edition
Transcribed and Edited By Eric G. Grundset

Page 29
John Byran Goatherd; March 23, 1780; 343 ½ ac.; branches of David’s Creek; William Goings, Thomas Wright, and new lines neighbors.

Page 50
Thomas Staples; ? 25, 1785; 126 ac.; east side Bent Creek; joining John-Bryan Gothard, Thomas Wright, John Horseley, Mase Freeland and William Goins.

Page 61
German Baker and James Belekes, trustees of Mr. Kennon’ June 20, 1788; 4758 ac. On Fluvanna River and Wreck Island Creek called Kennon’s Mine Tract and on Phillis Branch; joining Mr. Whitney, Goings, John Burks, John Baskerville, Thomas Ellyson

Page 149
Jones Phipps; 40 ac.; March 16, 1804; joining lines of John Wright, William Gowing, and William Chick.
From: The Library of Virginia

AuthorLinkWright, John. grantee.
TitleLinkLand grant 8 November 1808.
SummaryLocation: Buckingham County.
Description: 40 acres adjoining his own and the land of Wm. Gowring, Wm. Ohick and James Wright.
Source: Land Office Grants No. 56, 1806-1808, p. 481 (Reel 122).
Part of the index to the recorded copies of grants issued by the Virginia Land Office. The collection is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia.
Other FormatAvailable on microfilm. Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369-.
Subject - PersonalLinkWright, John. grantee.
LinkGowring, Wm.
LinkOhick, Wm.
LinkWright, James.
Subject - TopicalLinkLand titles. -- Registration and transfer -- Virginia -- Buckingham County
Subject -GeographicLinkBuckingham County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/FormLinkLand grants -- Virginia -- Buckingham County.
Added EntryLinkVirginia. Land Office. Register. Land grants, 1779-
LinkLibrary of Virginia. Archives.

System Number000845743

Buckingham County Virginia Records
Land Tax Summaries & Implied Deeds 1782-1814 – Volume 1
By Roger G. Ward

GOWAN,_______. 1806 – sold 363 and ½ AC to James Bondurant.

GOING/GOWEN, JOHN. 1790 to 1805. Bought: 1794 1 AC to Williams Evans, Zadock Lackland, Robert Martin, Robert Venable, and John Goyling/Gozling. In 1804, listed as “no thumb”.

GOWAN, JORDAN. 1814- sold 41 AC (20W) to George W. McClain

GOWAN/GOING, WILLIAM. 1782 to 1789. Listed as “mulatto” in 1788 and 1789. 1801 to 1814. 1813/1814 LOCATION: residence on Bent Creek (20W).
Buckingham County Virginia Extant Poll List 1788, 1840, 1841 & 1848
By Jeanne Stinson

Names listed in Index
Goin, Samuel – 25
Going, William – 66
Going, Wm. – 20
Gowen, Jesse – 50
Gowen, Powhatan – 48
Gowen, Saml. H. – 29
Gowen, Wm. – 28
Gowin, Robt. M. – 29
Gowing, Jourdan - 40

Buckingham County Virginia Records
Land Tax Summaries & Implied Deeds 1841-1870 – Volume 3
By Roger G. Ward

GOWAN, JORDAN #. Estate, 1841 to 1845. LOC: Fishpond CK (15SW). APX CO; (8NE).

GOWAN, JORDAN #. 1841 to 1845. LOC: part of Jordan Gowan estate (16SW). APX CO: (8NE)

GOWAN, NANCY #. 1841-1845. LOC: Bent CK (20W). APX CO: (14N)

GOWAN, SAMUEL H. 1841 to 1845. Bought: 1841 – all the interest of John J. Beazley in estate of John Beazley decd. APX CO:.

GOWAN, WILLIAM, son of Jordan #. 1841 to 1845. Bought: 1841- all the interest of Nathanial Guyll and wife in estate of Jordan Gough decd. LOC: part of James S Webbs (16SW). APX CO: (8NE)

Buckingham County, Virginia 1850 United States Census
Compiled and Published by Benjamin B. Weisiger III

Sally Goens – 60F – Black – VA

James M. Gowin – 35M – Farmer – Buckingham
Frances Gowin – 45F – Pr. Edw. Co.
John J. Gowin – 13M – Buckingham
Sarah P. Gowin – 11F – Buckingham
Eloisa J. Gowin – 10F – Buckingham
Robert M. Gowin – 9M – Buckingham
Mildred F. Gowin – 7F – Buckingham
Thomas H. Gowin – 4M – Buckingham

Many living together – all listed as Pauper
William Gowin – 57M – Buckingham

Virginia Historic Marriage Register
Lost Marriages of Buckingham County Virginia
Drawn from a newly-recovered marriage register, 1854-1868 & from federal manuscript, newspaper & printed sources
Transcribed & Compiled By Randy Kidd & Jeanne Stinson

John J. & Rebecca Heath 24 Feb 1858; married by John Spencer GROOM: age 22 single born Appomattox Co. son of Monroe Goin & Frances Goin occupation: farmer BRIDE: age 25 single born Appomattox Co. daughter of Alex Heath & Lucy Heath

Rober H. & Sarah P. Goin 23 Apr 1862; married by Allen Thomas GROOM: age 22 single born Buckingham Co. son of Daniel Jimmerson & Betsy Jimmerson occupation: farmer BRIDE: age 23 single born Appomattox Co. daughter of Robert M. Goin & Frances Goin

John W. & Lusania Goin 12 Sep 1866; married by John Spencer GROOM: age 23 single born Buckingham Co. son of Sarah Saunders occupation: farmer BRIDE: age 30 single born Buckingham Co. daughter of Bena Goin

Buckingham County Virginia Death Records 1853-1868
Transcribed from microfilm of the auditor and public accounts copy of the death register plus Early Buckingham Deaths recorded in newspapers and published sources.
By Jeanne Stinson

p.76, In.104; Thomas H. Goin; wm; august 27, 1862; dyptheria; 17; Monroe Goin & Frances Goin; reported by father

p.76, In.105; Robert goin; wm; September 8, 1862; dyptheria; 20; Monroe Goin & Frances Goin; reported by father

p.76, In.106; Sally Jimmerson; wf; August 8, 1862; dyptheria; 23; Monroe Goin 7 Frances Goin; Robert Jimmerson; h; reported by father

p.76, In.107; William R. Goin; wm; August 24, 1862; dyptheria; 4; John Goin & Rebecca Goin; Monroe Goin, grandfather

From: The Library of Virginia at:

TitleLinkGoin, Luther Dillard.
Gen. notePart of index to Virginia War History Commission questionnaires completed by World War I veterans in Virginia. This collection is also available on microfilm.
Race: White.
Subject - PersonalLinkGoin, Luther Dillard.
Subject - TopicalLinkWorld War, 1914-1918 -- Virginia.
Subject -GeographicLinkBuckingham County (Va.)
Added EntryLinkVirginia War History Commission.
Added TitleLinkWorld War I History Commission questionnaires.

System Number000658950

TitleLinkGoin, Richard Anderson.
Gen. notePart of index to Virginia War History Commission questionnaires completed by World War I veterans in Virginia. This collection is also available on microfilm.
Race: White.
Subject - PersonalLinkGoin, Richard Anderson.
Subject - TopicalLinkWorld War, 1914-1918 -- Virginia.
Subject -GeographicLinkBuckingham County (Va.)
Added EntryLinkVirginia War History Commission.
Added TitleLinkWorld War I History Commission questionnaires.

System Number000658951

TitleLinkGoin, John Jefferson.
Acc. RestrictionsCause of admission: Old age.
Gen. noteCompany B, 46th Regiment, Virginia Infantry.
Note15 September 1922.
NoteAge at time of admission: 84 years.
NoteAdmitted by: Board of Visitors.
Other FormatAvailable on microfilm. Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home Applications for Admissions, 1884-1941, reels 1-39.
Also available on microfilm. Roster of R.E. Lee Camp, No. 1, 1883-1932 (called Register 1 in index); Register of Residents, v. 2, 1885-1908 (called Register 2 in index); Register of Residents, v. 3, 1883-1939 (called Register 3 in index); and Register of Residents, v. 1, 1885-1896 (called Register 4 in index). 1 reel.
Related WorkPart of the index to the Robert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home applications for admission, 1884-1941 which is housed in the Archives at the Library of Virginia. Many entries in the Roster of R.E. Lee Camp, No 1, 1883-1932 (1 vol.) and Register of Lee Camp Soldiers’ Home, 1885-1939 (3 vols.) are also indexed. For some veterans, only the Roster or Registers are indexed.
NotePlace of residence at time of admission: Buckingham County, Virginia.
NoteRegister of residents: Register 3, p. 18-18a.
Subject - PersonalLinkGoin, John Jefferson.
Subject - TopicalLinkVeterans. -- Confederate States of America -- Indexes.
LinkVeterans. -- Virginia -- Buckingham County -- Indexes.
LinkSoldiers’ homes -- Virginia -- Richmond -- Indexes.
Subject -GeographicLinkUnited States. -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Indexes.
Added EntryLinkRobert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home (Richmond, Va.). Applications for admission, 1884-1941.
LinkRobert E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home (Richmond, Va.). Register of Lee Camp Soldiers’ Home, 1885-1939.
LinkLibrary of Virginia. Archives.

System Number001189550

Brunswick County, VA Early Records


Brunswick County was established in 1720 from Prince George County. In 1732 the county received more land from parts of Surry and Isle of Wight counties. The county is named for the former Duchy of Brunswick-Lunenburg in Germany, because one of the titles also carried by Britain's Hanoverian kings was Duke of Brunswick-Lunenburg.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Minutes – Volume 1 - 1732-1735
Edited by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

May-June Court 1734 – Page 66
456- Upon the motion of James Vaughan Jr. it is ordered that C…? Gowen a boy about Seven Years of Age be bound to him by the Church Wardens.
Brunswick County, Virginia Court Order Books, 1737-1749: An Every-Name Index
By T.L.C. Genealogy

Page numbers in this index correspond to the page numbers in the order books. For example, 3-043 means page 43 in Order Book 3, and 1-407 means page 407 in Order Book 1.
Dates in this order book utilize the old style, Julian Calendar, in which New Year’s Day occurs on March 25. Dates between January 1 and March 25 are written like this in this volume: Fe 1738/9 (where 1738 is the old style year and 1739 is the new style year).

Going, Ann
1-321 – June 1740 Court.
1-353 – September 1740 Court.
1-379 – October 1740 Court

Going, Drury
1-302 – April 1740 Court.

Going, Edward
3-388 – June 1748 Court

Going, Eleanor
1-302 – April 1740 Court.

Going, John
1-254 – July/August 1739 Court.

Going, Michael
2-037 – October 1741 Court.
2-078 – February 1741/2 Court.

Going, Thomas
1-254 – July/August 1739 Court.

Going, William
3-102 – September 1746 Court.
3-202 – June 1747 Court.

Going, William (Planter)
3-204 (2 records) –June 1747 Court

Gowing, Mary
1-302 – April 1740 Court.
Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books – Volume 2 – 1744-1755, 1764
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

Deed Book 3
223-(444) John Roper of Charles City Co to Edward Going of Brunswick Co. 2 Jun 1748. £5 VA. 100 acres which was part of a 1601 acre patent to sd John Roper dated 2 Aug 1745, on the south side of Mill Creek, joining Simmons. Wit: Thomas Twitty, William Linsey, John(x)Roberts. Proved 2 Jun 1748. St. Clack CC

Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books – Volume 3 – 1755-1764
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

Deed Book 6
404-(625) “A List of All the Surveys made in the County of Brunswick from June 1760 to June 1761”
Surveyed 40 acres for Christopher Mason on Cattail Creek
Surveyed 118 acres for John Collier Jr. on Cattail Creek
Surveyed 444 acres for Anthony Irby on the branches of Cattail Creek
Surveyed 376 acres for James Gowens on Carters Creek
Surveyed 354 acres for Richard Jones on the south side of Three Creeks
Surveyed 693 acres for Littleberry Robinson on the north side of Fountain’s Creek
Surveyed 104 acres for Major Tiller on the north side of Peehill Creek
Surveyed 176 acres for John Jones on the Fort Toad joining Walton
Surveyed 426 acres for John Holcom on the lower side Mountain Branch.
Drury Stith Surv.

Deed Book 7
701-(367) Walter Kibbles & his wife Sarah of Cumberland Co to William Gwyne of St Andrew Parish in Brunswick Co. 25 Mar 1765. £100 VA. 400 acres as by patent to Thomas Singleton in 1765 who conveyed it to sd Kibbles, joining John Igram, Maclin, Johnson, Hagood. Wit: John Greesham, Ralph Greesham, William(T)Linch, Howell Collier. Proved 25 Mar 1765. Nathaniel Edwards DC
Submitted by Cindy Young

Gowin, James 23 May 1763 Brunswick County
376 acres adjoining the land of Brewer, Perry, Cook &c. and being on Carter’s Creek.
Land office Patents No. 35, 1762-1764 (v. 1 & 2 p. 1-556), p. 137 (Reel 35)

Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books – Volume 4 1765-1770
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

Deed Book 8
81-(133) Richard Rains of Brunswick Co to Gray Briggs of Dinwiddie Co. 26 Jan 1765. £105. A mortgage for 307 acres which sd Rains purchased from Joseph Peebles; also slaves Lew, Hannah & Lett; Wit: George Claytom, John Bailey, William Woodward, Lewelling Wmson, Joseph Wmson, Robert Gee Jr. Sd Briggs was to pay various sums to the following:
Edward Adams, James Adams, Richard Atkins, Reuben Bennitt, Joseph Blayton, Bunell Claiborne, Francis Coleman, Samuel Coleman, Joshua Cook, Samuel Craft, Thomas Craft, William Duglas, Charles Edwards, H. Garrott, Robert Garrott, Henry Gee, Charles Golestone, Thomas Gowen, Benjamin Harrison, Jr., John Hilton, Judith Jones, Tomas Jones, Solomon King, Richard Lanier, Richard Littlepage, William Lucas, Bernd. Major, Frizell McTier, James Proctor, Joseph Proctor, Robert Proctor, Moses Quarles, Richard Rains, Henry Rawlings, William Rawlings, Josiah Reams, John C. Robinson, Peter Simmons Jr,. Thomas Steagall, John Tankersly, Roger Tillman, Littleberry White, David Wiggons, Joseph Williamson, John Wood
Proved 30 May 1765. N. Edwards DCC

210-(359) James(x)Goin & wife Amy(x) of Meherrin Parish in Brunswick Co to Peter Solomon of sd parish. 22 Sep 1765. £20 VA. 150 acres which is part of the tract where sd James Goin now lives & was patent to him 23 May 1763, on the south side of Meherrin River & on Spring Brance, joining George Renn, Henry Cook, sd James Goin, sd Peter Solomon, John Massey, William Massey. Witnesses omitted. Proved 22 Sep 1766. N. Edwards Jr DCC

293-(505) Robert Gwaltney of Meherin Parish in Brunswick Co to Drury Gowing (Goen) of sd parish. 28 Nov 1766. £5 VA. 50 acres which was part of a patent to Thos Burnett & laid off by John Burrow & conveyed by sd Thomas Burnett to sd Robert Gwaltney, on the south side of Meherin River, joining ad Robert Gwaltneys Spring Branch. Wit: Burrel Sims, Thos(xo)Burnet, Samuel( ) Sexton. Proved 27 Apr 1767. N. Edwards Jr DCC

Deed Book 9
329-(12) William Guynne & his wife Elizabeth of St Andrew Parish in Brunswick Co to Thomas Brooks of sd parish. 21 Sep 1765. £70 VA. 200 acres which was part of a 400 acre tract, joining Ingram, Hagood, Johnson & Maclin, & which had formerly been a patent to Thomas Singleton who…….(Note from Tracy Hutchison- I do not have the next page).

487-(279) “A Poll Taken for Nathanie Edwards Jun’ at an Election of Burgeses for the County of Brunswick the 2nd Day of December 1768.”
Included in the list of names is James Gowing.
Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books – Volume 5 1770-1775
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

Deed Book 10
7-(8) Nicholas(x)Brewer & his wife Sarah (S) of Meherin Parish in Brunswick Co to William Brewer (son of the sd Nicholas Brewer). 21 Jul 1770. Deed of gift to their son & 5s VA. 200 acres in Meherin Parish which was part of a patent to Nicholas Brewer 5 Jul 1751, joining a branch, George Renn, James Gowing, Carters Creek, John Brewer, Nicholas Brewer Jr. Wilt: Charles Powell, Thomas Brewer, Nicholas Brewer Jr. Proved 27 Aug 1770. Edwd Fisher CC

75-(107) Peter Solomon & his wife Mary of Sussex Co to Lewis Solomon Jr of same. 4 Nov 1769. £10 VA. 150 acres in Meherin Parish & on the south side of Meherin River, bounded as by deed from James Gowen to sd Peter Solomon & is part of the patent to sd James Gowen & is the land where Lewis Solomon the elder now lives. Wit: Lewis ( )Solomon, George Wrenn, David Mason, Penny Hurst. Proved 22 Jan 1770 & again 25 Mar 1771. P. Pelham CC

Deed Book 11, Part 1
511-(201) Drury(x)Goin of Meherring Parish in Brunswick Co to Pheby Smith of sd parish. 11 Jan 1774. £5. 50 acres on the south side of Meherring River, joining Edward Freeman, Wall, Thomas Underwood, Spring Branch. Wit: Edward(x)Freeman, Elizabeth(x)Underwood, John(x)Burnett.
Proved 24 Jan 1774. Peter Pelham Jr CC

Brunswick County, Virginia Will Books – Volume 2
Will Books 4 and 5 (in part) 1761-1780
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

Will Book 4, Pt 1
143-(193) Account 1773 for the estate of Jno Underwood dec’d by James & Betty Solomon. Named:
David Adams
Jno Ballard
Peter Brooks
Sarah Brooks
Clack Courtney
Crawford & Co
Jno Doby
Nathl Edwards
Wm Edwards & Co
James Goen
Richard Hay Jr
Richard Massey
Thomas Massey
William Massey
Jno Peeblees
Noted was the sheriff of Mecklenburg. Audited by David Mason, Alexr Watson. Returned to Court 28 Feb 1774.

141-(191) Will of Thomas(x)Underwood - 18 Oct 1773 – 24 Jan 1774
“very sick and Weak in Body”
To my wife Elizabeth – all my estate during her lifetime or widowhood & afterward then the sd land to my son[s] William & Sammons Underwood; William’s to join the lower line of Tomlin’s Run, Harrison, Second Branch, Drury Going, & all above that branch to belong to my son Sammonds.
Ex. Friend Richard Hay, my wife
Wit. Edward(x)Freeman, Richard(x)Mason, Avey(x)Mason
Probate indicates that sd Elizabeth Underwood refused to qualify, that sd Richard Hay qualified with David Sills & Richard Mason his securities.

Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books – Volume 6 1776-1787
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

Deed Book 13
507-(347) Peter Lee Jr & his wife Elizabeth of Duplin Co North Carolina to Drury Going of Brunswick Co. 4 Feb 1779. £26s15 VA. 223 acres on the north side of Fountains Creek, joining Ridly, Goodrich, Forgason, Branscob, Allin. Wit: William Goodrich, John Camp, Briggs Goodrich, John Forgason. Proved 26 Jul 1779 & again 23 Aug 1779. P. Pelham Jr CC

Deed Book 14
597-(8) William Wren & his wife Mary(x) of Meherrin Parish in Brunswick Co to Henry Mangum of same. 21 Feb 1780. £7000 VA. 371 acres, joining Carter’s Creek, Massey, Solomon, Going, William Robinson, Littleberry Robinson, William Peebles, John collier. Wit: Briggs Goodrich, William Robinson, John Camp, John Woodroof. Proved 27 Mar 1780. Peter Pelham Jr CC

Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books – Volume 3 1780-1795
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

6-(108) Will of Henry(x)Adams – 15 May 1780 – 23 Oct 1780
“sick and weak”
To my wife Elizabeth – give to her 1 feather bed “whereon she now lies with the furniture thereof,” 1 bay horse; lend to her all my other estate during her widowhood; after her widowhood, my land & all my other goods to be sold & the money divided among all my children begotten by my wife Eliza-beth.
Ex. My sife Elizabeth Adams, Reubin Adams
Wit. Richard Woodroof, James(x)Harris, Elizabeth(x)Blalack
Probate indicates that the sd excrs qualified with James Going & Richar Woodroof their securities.
The Personal Property Tax List For The Year 1787 For Brunswick County, Virginia
By Netti Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Love

1787 – List “B”
Going, James – Charged with Tax Littleberry Robertson
Brunswick County, Virginia Deed Books – Volume 4 1795-1804
Abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.

Will Book 6
167-(265) Account 1777-1784 for the estate of John Maclin Sr dec’d by Frederick Maclin excr.
Amoung the named is William Gowner
Returned to Court 28 Apr 1800 by Frederick Maclin acting excr.

349-(547) Account 1799-1803 for Heart Rains dec’d by Nathl Rains admr.
Amoung the named is James Gowing


Drury Going was living in Greensville County, Virginia, on 12 March 1782 the court credited him with the value of a gun impressed for the public use (during the Revolution) [Orders 1781-9, 13-14].

Frederick Going was a "free man of Color" who stated that he was about seventy-eight years old on 21 March 1838 when he appeared in Lawrence County, Alabama court to apply for a pension for services in the militia during the Revolution. He stated that he was born on the Meherrin River in the part of Brunswick County, Virginia, from which Greensville was formed after the war, and he was about sixteen years old when drafted. He was in Illinois on 2 December 1842 when Daniel Hay wrote a letter enquiring about the status of his application [M805-362, frames 14-24].

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bedford County, VA Early Records



The Piedmont area had long been inhabited by indigenous peoples. At the time of European encounter, mostly Siouan-speaking tribes lived in this area.
Bedford County was established by European Americans on December 13, 1753 from parts of Lunenburg County. The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of State of Great Britain. In 1782Campbell County was formed from parts of Bedford County. Also in 1786Franklin County was formed from Bedford County.

Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 1, 1754-1761
By TLC Genealogy

November Court 1754
For Wolves Heads, when cert., by whom cert. granted, Dr
To Giles Williams for 1 old wolf’s head, June 26, 1753, Zachariah Isbel, 100
To Richard Callaway, Assignee of Amb’s Bryan for 1 ditto, November 13, 1754, Richard Callaway, 100
To Mark Cole, assignee of Thomas Rentfro for 1 ditto, November 10, 1754, Mark Cole, 100
To Wm Irvine, Assignee of Wm Goings, August 29, 1754, Zach’s Isbel, 100
To ditto, Assignee of Henry Taylor for 1 ditto, August 27, 1754, Zach Isbel. 100
To ditto, Assignee of Methew Mounce for 6 young ditto, July 3, 1754, Zach’s Isbel, 100
To ditto, Assignee of John Phil Weaver for 2 old ditto, September 7, 1754, Zach’s Isbel, 200
To Mathew Talbot, Assignee of Jacob Hendrickson for 1 ditto, September 25, 1754, John Phelps, 100
To the Sherriff, his commission for collecting at 6% ---619 Carried over
Page 46. To Depositum to be accounted for next year --- 2574 1754 Bedford County Cr 13500
By 500 titables at 27 lbs of tobacco per poll --- 13500

May Court 1761
Haisty vs. Goings – dismissed
Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book C-3
By Ann Chilton

Page 121,
WOODWARD, RANDLE, Deed from Randle Woodward to William Goings
84 Acres on West Side of Orrick’s Cr
Wit. Isham Talbot, Thos. Overstreet, Geo. Smith
Rec. June 23, 1767 Teste Ben Howard CBC

Submitted by Cindy Young

Goen, William 20 Jul 1780 Bedford County
240 acres on both sides of Island Creek
Land office Patents E, 1775-1776, 1780-1781 (v.2 p. 463-930), p. 178 (Reel 46)

Bedford Co. VA
Will Book 1 1759-1787
Will Book 2 1787-1803
By Ann Chilton

July 20, 1770
Wife: mentioned, no name
Daughters: Betty, Anny, Lucy
Exec; wife, daughters and son-in-law William Handy
Witnesses: John quarles, John West, William Going
Recorded: March 22, 1773

May 24, 1782
Wife: Ann
Son: John
Daughter: Nancy
Exec: William Reed, Thomas Lumpkins
Witnesses: James Hilton, Joseph Barrington, Daniel Goyn
Recorded: December 23, 1782
Teste James Steptoe

July 18, 1801
By: Christopher Clark, Augustine Leftwich, Jabe Leftwich
Recorded: July 27, 1801
Teste James Steptoe


p.3, At a court held for Bedford County 26th July 1803 certified.
Age, name, Colour, Stature, In what court emancipated or whether born free
22, John Gowing, Light Mulatto, 5'6-1/2", Born free

Will Book 4-A and 4-B Feb 1811-Nov 1817
Including Appraisements and Inventories, Sales, And Allotments
Bedford County Circuit Court – Bedford, Virginia
By Belle Garraghty Harrell & June Mackey Slaughter

WB4-A, p. 51-52
Allotment of land dated 17 Jan 1812
Administrators: Alexander Burton; Elijah Weeks; Francis Makin
Returned: 25 May 1812 allotment of land to Magdalin Goins

Bedford County, VA Death Records 1853-1860 & 1868-1880
By Marvin U. Neighbors

Going, Samuel
22 December 1873
Old Age
Age: 77 years
Parents: William & Kersey Going
Occupation: Lock Keeper
Consort: Sallie Going
Born in Buckingham County, Va.

Coleman, Martha A.
28 July 1875
Inflamation of Stomach
Age: 24 years
Parents: Samuel & Sarah A. Going
Consort: John E. Coleman
Born in Campbell County, Va.

Going, Emma J.
18 October 1875
Hooping Cough
Age: 18 years
Parents: John & Martha Goin

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Charles City County, VA Early Records


Charles Cittie (sic) was one of four "boroughs" or "incorporations" created by the Virginia Company in 1619. It was named for Prince Charles, second son of King James I of England, who became the Duke of Wales and heir apparent after the death of his older brother Henry in 1612. He later became King Charles I of England after his father's death.

The Virginia Company lost its charter in 1624 under King James I, and Virginia became a royal colony. Charles City Shire was formed in 1634 in the Virginia Colony by order of the King. Its name was changed to Charles City County in 1643, and it is considered one the five original shires in Virginia which are still extant in essentially the same political entity (county) as they were originally formed in 1634.

The original central city of the county was Charles City Point, which was in an area south of the James River at the confluence of the Appomattox River. The first Charles City County courthouses were located along the James River at Westover and at City Point. The latter's name was shortened from Charles City Point.

All of the original area of Charles City County south of the James River was severed beginning in 1703 to form Prince George and several other counties. The incorporated town of City Point in Prince George County was annexed by the independent city of Hopewell in 1923.
North of the river, the area remained Charles City County. During the ninteenth century, numerous crossroad communities developed to serve the religious, educational and mercantile needs of the citizenry of rural Charles City County. Crossroad communities, such as Adkins Store, Cedar Grove, Binns Hall, Parrish Hill, Ruthville and Wayside, typically included a store, church and school.

In modern times, there is actually no "Charles City", or any centralized city or town, in the county. Charles City Court House, which has a Charles City postal address, is the focal point of government. The building which serves as the courthouse was constructed in the 1750s and is one of only five courthouses in America that have been in continuous use for judicial purposes since before the Revolutionary War. [1]

Native Americans
The Chickahominy River (pronounced chick-a-hom-a-nee) which forms much of the county's eastern and northern borders, is named after the Native American people who still inhabit the region. Chickahominy means "coarse pounded corn people". At the time of the earliest English settlement, the Chickahominy people existed surrounded by the powerful Powhatan Confederacy of which they were not a part. [2]

A substantial number of Native Americans of the Chickahominy and the Eastern Chickahominy tribes (both groups recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia) still live in the county. The Chickahominy tribe is the second largest Native American tribe in Virginia with just under a thousand members.[3] The Eastern Chickahominy tribe is much smaller, with about 130 members.

African Americans
During the late 17th century, African slave labor quickly replaced white indentured servitude as the major source of agricultural labor in the Virginia Colony. Twenty-three black slaves were known to have been brought to Charles City County before 1660. [4]

The earliest record of a free-black living in Charles City County is on September 16, 1677 when Susannah petitioned the court for her freedom. The Lott Cary House in the county has long been recognized as the birth site of Lott Carey. Lott Cary bought his freedom and ultimately became a founding father of the new country of Liberia in Africa. After the American Revolutionary War, during the following three decades, the large Quaker community in Charles City freed their slaves and greatly added to the free-black population of the County. [5]

The unincorporated town of Ruthville was the central point of the county's free African American population for many years, even before the American Civil War (1861-1865). Following emancipation, the crossroads community included the Mercantile Cooperative Company and Ruthville Training School. The United Sorgham Growers Club also met here. Earlier known by several other names, the name "Ruthville" recalls local resident Ruth Brown. Her name was selected when the Post Office was established there in 1880.
During Reconstruction, various societies, such as the Odd Fellows Lodge, Knights of Gideon, Order of St. Lukes and the Benevolent Society, were active in solving common problems. In 1971, James Bradby became the first black Virginian to win the office of County Sheriff in Charles City County. [6]
Charles City County, Virginia Wills & Deeds 1725-1731
Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III

p.326 - Deed 12 Sept. 1730 Luke Dalton, yeoman, to John Hodgson, merchant covenants that from date hereof until first arrival at Va. Or Md. And after for 7 years, to serve in such service and employment in which said John Hodgson shall employ him, in return for which, said Hodgson will pay his passage term; and at end of term will pay the usual allowance.
Wit: Pieter Verdvey, Lord Mayor of Dublin
Signed: Jno. Hodgson
Memo: The Ship “Nigtingale” arrived in America Dec. 12, 1730
Signed: John Wilson, Tho: Gonne, (Town Clerk)
Recorded 1st Wed. in Feb. 1730

Charles City County, Virginia Records 1737-1774
With Several 17th Century Fragments
Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III

November Court 1739
The grand jury presented Phillis Goeing, Hester Burton and Elizabeth Thomas for having bastard children.

July Court 1743
Deed of John Goodall and Mary his wife to Edward Goeing recorded

May Court 1746
Deed of William Gunn to John Jackson recorded.

Deed of Edward Goeing to John Shell recorded.

Chesterfield County, VA Early Records



[edit]Part of Henrico Cittie, Henrico Shire, Henrico County

During the early 17th century, shortly after the settlement pf Jamestown in 1607, English settlers and explorers began settling other areas. One of the more progressive developments in the colony was Henricus, founded under the guidance of Sir Thomas Dale. It was to include a college to help educate Virginia Indians, as well as the children of settlers. Dale was accompanied by men known as the "Hammours". These veterans of the Low Country wars were heavily armed and better trained than settlers of Jamestown.[citation needed]
Dale wrote about the site: "Eighty miles up our river from Jamestown, I have surveyed a convenient, strong, healthie and sweete site to plant a new towne (according as I had instructions upon my departure) there to build whence might be removed the principal site."[citation needed] Today known as Farrars Island, the site was on a neck of land with 5,000 acres (20 km2) and a shoreline of seven miles (11 km) on the James River. The English settlers soon built a palisade and moat-like ditch to protect entrance to the 174-yard (159 m) wide neck from the shore area.
Dale named the new settlement Henricus in honor of Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, the elder son of King James I. When finished in 1619, "Henricus Citie" contained three streets of well-framed houses, a church, storehouses, a hospital, and watchtowers. 1619 was a watershed year for the Virginia Colony. Henrico and three other large citties (sic) were formed, one of which included what is now Chesterfield County. That year Falling Creek Ironworks, the first in what is now the United States, was established slightly west on the creek near itsconfluence with the James River. In the Indian Massacre of 1622, Native Americans destroyed Henrico City and the ironworks to try to drive away the English. These were not rebuilt. The colony did not gain a college until 1693, when the College of William and Mary was awarded a royal charter in the capital.
In 1634, the King of England directed the formation of eight shires (or counties) in the colony of Virginia. One of these was Henrico County, which incorporated a large area on both sides of the James River.

[edit]Chesterfield County formed

On 25 May 1749, the Virginia House of Burgesses separated Chesterfield from Henrico County and created the new county. The first county seat was established at Chesterfield Court House. It has continued as county seat except for 1870–1876, during Reconstruction, when the county government was located at Manchester. The latter community has been subsumed by South Richmond.[4]
The legislature named the county for the former British Secretary of StatePhilip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield. Lord Chesterfield was famous for his "good manners and writings". One of his most frequently used sayings implies avoiding rudeness; "An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult." Many years later, Chesterfield Cigarettes were named after this county.
In 1939 during the Great Depression, the Virginia State Police moved their offices from downtown Richmond to a seven-room farmhouse located on 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land 3½ miles west on route 60. This structure served as administrative headquarters and barracks. The State Police have since built a new administrative headquarters and an academy here.

Chesterfield County, Virginia Wills 1774-1802
Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III

Court 8 October 1798
p.587 Overseers of Poor, District 2, bind William Hubbard and Wille Goins.


Charles Barnett was a "mulatto" who enlisted in Charlottesville in the 7th Virginia Regiment. Sharod Going testified that he was with him at Chesterfield Courthouse. In 1800 he moved to Carter County, Tennessee, then to Georgia, and to Granville County, North Carolina, about 1808 [Dorman, Virginia Revolutionary Pension Applications, IV:87]. He obtained a certificate of freedom in Albemarle County on 2 August 1796: a Dark mullatto man aged about thirty years, of a yellow complexion, five feet seven and three quarter inches high, having proved to the satisfaction of this Court that he was born a free man within this County [Orders 1795-8, 137].