The Resource Caroline County (Va.) Wills

Caroline County (Va.) Wills

Caroline County (Va.) Wills, 1733-1841
Caroline County (Va.) Wills
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Caroline County (Va.) Wills, 1733-1841, 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. The wills were exhibits in Caroline County chancery causes and judgments
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Biographical or historical data
  • Caroline County was named for Caroline of Anspach, consort of George II. It was formed from Essex, King and Queen, and King William Counties in 1728, and additional parts of King and Queen were added in 1742 and 1762.
  • Most loose records and deed books prior to 1836 and will books prior to 1853 were stolen, mutilated, and/or destroyed by Union troops who ransacked the courthouse in May 1864. A near-complete run of order books exists.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Will Books and Indices to Wills for Caroline County can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.
  • Caroline County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Caroline 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 on the Library of Virginia web site.
Caroline County (Va.) Wills
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Caroline County under the accession number 26675
  • The wills in this collection were separated from Caroline County chancery causes and judgments at the courthouse at some point prior to transfer to the Library of Virginia. Following the transfer, many of the wills in this collection have been interfiled with the suit they were separated from. The wills were microfilmed prior to interfiling and are available on Caroline County (Va.) microfilm reel 7
Arranged chronologically.
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Caroline County Circuit Court
  • Caroline County Circuit Court
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
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Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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