The Resource Powhatan County (Va.) Wills

Powhatan County (Va.) Wills

Label
Powhatan County (Va.) Wills, 1777-1903
Title
Powhatan County (Va.) Wills
Inclusive dates
1777-1903
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Powhatan County (Va.) Wills, 1777-1903, 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 collection also includes wills not recorded in will books
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Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Powhatan County was named for the paramount chief of the Powhatan Indians in the tidewater of Virginia in the late sixteenth and early years of the seventeenth century. It was formed from Cumberland County in 1777, and part of Chesterfield County was added 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
Powhatan County 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
Powhatan County (Va.) Wills
Note
These items came to the Library of Virginia in transfer of court papers from Powhatan County
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
2.00
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Powhatan County Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001613139
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft.

Library Locations

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