The Resource Lancaster County (Va.) Wills

Lancaster County (Va.) Wills

Label
Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921
Title
Lancaster County (Va.) Wills
Inclusive dates
1700-1921
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lancaster County (Va.) Wills, 1700-1921, 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
Member of
Action
Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Lancaster County was named for the English county. It was formed from Northumberland and York Counties in 1651.
  • 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.
Cataloging source
Vi
Location of other archival material
Additonal Lancaster County (Va.) Court Records can be found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Court Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.
Label
Lancaster County (Va.) Wills
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Lancaster County (Va.)
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
2.7
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Lancaster County Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001607827
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (6 boxes)

Library Locations

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