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Dinwiddie County (Va.) Records of Overseers of the Poor

Dinwiddie County (Va.) Records of Overseers of the Poor, 1850-1870
Dinwiddie County (Va.) Records of Overseers of the Poor
Inclusive dates
  • The Dinwiddie County (Va.) Records of the Overseer of the Poor is one volume dated 1850-1870. The minutes give the names of people receiving financial support, food, and clothing, as well as those removing to other states and the burial of the deceased. The minutes also include the details of the collection of the levy for the poor and how the money was spent. In addition, a report of the business of the poorhouse is contained in the minutes
  • Stuck in the book is a paper with undated accounts, 3 surnames and a payment for Frank Morgan
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Biographical or historical data
  • Dinwiddie County was named for Robert Dinwiddie, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1751 to 1758, and was formed from Prince George County in 1752.
  • The bulk of court records prior to 1865 were stolen, mutilated, and/or destroyed by Union troops who ransacked the courthouse during the last months of the Civil War. Post-1830 volumes such as deed books, will books, chancery order books, and marriage registers exist.
  • In 1780 the Virginia General Assembly replaced the Anglican vestries and churchwardens of the colonial period with elected bodies called Overseers of the Poor. The Overseers provided food, clothing, shelter, and medical treatment for the persons who were too poor to support themselves or too ill to provide for their basic needs. They also bound out children whose parents could not support them or who failed to educate or instruct them, as well as orphans to become apprentices. The boys learned a trade and the girls learned domestic skills.
  • In 1844, the General Assembly enacted laws to create poor farms overseen by boards of directors for the maintenance and education of the poor. The boards bought farms and built buildings, appointed a superintendant for each poor farm, and chose a physician to attend the sick and teachers to educate the children. The adults and older children were required to work if they were able.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
  • Additional Dinwiddie County Court Records 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.
  • Dinwiddie County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Dinwiddie County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Dinwiddie County (Va.) Records of Overseers of the Poor
  • This item came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Dinwiddie County
  • The microfilm was generated by Backstage Library Works through the Library of Virginia's Circuit Court Records Preservation Program
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Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
The Library of Virginia Local Records Services Branch
Terms governing use
Use microfilm copy, Dinwiddie County(Va.) Reel 70.
Type of unit
  • v.
  • microfilm reel.

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