The Resource Petersburg (Va.) Wills, inventories, accounts, and sales

Petersburg (Va.) Wills, inventories, accounts, and sales

Label
Petersburg (Va.) Wills, inventories, accounts, and sales, 1784-1928
Title
Petersburg (Va.) Wills, inventories, accounts, and sales
Inclusive dates
1784-1928
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Petersburg (Va.) Wills, inventories, accounts, and sales, 1784-1928 (bulk 1784-1912), consists predominantly of wills that 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. Additional record types found in this collection include estate inventories, accounts, and sales filed with the wills
Member of
Action
Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Petersburg was formed from parts of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Chesterfield Counties. A garrison and fur trading post called Fort Henry was established there in 1645 on the site of the Indian town Appamattuck. The present name, suggested in 1733 by William Byrd (1674–1744), honors Peter Jones, Byrd’s companion on expeditions into the Virginia backcountry. Petersburg was established in 1748 and incorporated as a town in 1784. In the latter year the towns of Blandford, Pocahontas, and Ravenscroft were added to Petersburg. It was incorporated as a city in 1850.
  • 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
Petersburg Will Books can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm."
Label
Petersburg (Va.) Wills, inventories, accounts, and sales
Note
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Petersburg under the accession number 43614
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
Arrangement
Chronological.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
10.00
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Petersburg (City) Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001611462
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (22 boxes)

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