The Resource Portsmouth (Va.) Deeds

Portsmouth (Va.) Deeds

Label
Portsmouth (Va.) Deeds, 1858-1965
Title
Portsmouth (Va.) Deeds
Inclusive dates
1858-1965
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Portsmouth (Va.) Deeds, 1858-1965 (bulk 1889-1965) consist of deeds of bargain and sale, deeds of gift, mortgages, and deeds of trust. On presentation to the court, deeds were proved and recorded. If the deed was not witnessed, the grantor acknowledged the deed in open court. A few of the deeds include plats. Except for a few years early in the eighteenth century, slaves in Virginia were considered personal property and consequently were not usually sold by deed. However, they were often transferred in deeds of gift or were the property listed in mortgages and deeds of trust
  • Deeds of bargain and sale are the most commonly recorded deed in which one individual sells property, usually land, but occasionally personal property, to another individual. Such deeds show the names of the grantor and grantee, the residence of both parties, a description of what is being sold, the consideration (or price), the location of the tract of land, the tract's boundaries, and any limitations on the property being sold. The deed was signed by the grantor, and possibly his wife or anyone else having a claim to the property, and by at least two witnesses. Appended to the deed may be a memorandum of livery of seisin, stating that the property has changed hands and that peaceful possession has taken place
  • Deeds of gift are often found transferring property, either real or personal, from one individual to another "for love and affection." The degree of kinship, if any, between the grantor and grantee is sometimes stated
  • Mortgages and deeds of trust were deeds where one party is indebted to another and transfers or mortgages property to a third party to secure the debt
  • The collection may include additional record types that were recorded in deed books such as officials' bonds, fiduciary records, marriage records, road and bridge records, and bills of sale of property including slaves
Member of
Action
Described
Biographical or historical data
Portsmouth was located in Norfolk County, which is now extinct. It was named by its founder, William Crawford, for the English seaport and was established in 1752. Portsmouth was incorporated as a town in 1836 and as a city in 1858.
Cataloging source
Vi
Location of other archival material
  • Deed Books and Indices to Deeds for Portsmouth 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.
  • Additional Portsmouth Land Records can be found on microfilm at The Library of Virginia web site. Consult "A Guide to Virginia County and City Records on Microfilm" found on the Library of Virginia web site.
Label
Portsmouth (Va.) Deeds
Note
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from the city of Portsmouth
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
61.5
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Portsmouth (City) Circuit Court
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001598186
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (122 boxes)

Library Locations

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