The Resource Prince George County (Va.) Wills

Prince George County (Va.) Wills

Label
Prince George County (Va.) Wills, 1795-1959
Title
Prince George County (Va.) Wills
Inclusive dates
1795-1959
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Prince George County (Va.) Wills, 1795-1959 (bulk 1868-1959), 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
  • Prince George County was named for Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne of England. It was formed from Charles City County in 1702.
  • Most court records of Prince George County were destroyed in 1782 by British troops during the Revolutionary War and again in 1864 by Union troops during the Civil War. A few volumes that record deeds, court orders, and wills exist.
  • 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
  • Additional Prince George County Will 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.
  • Prince George County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Prince George County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Label
Prince George County (Va.) Wills
Note
  • These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Prince George County under the accession number 44500
  • This 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
3.6
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Prince George County Circuit Court
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001636932
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (8 boxes)

Library Locations

    • Library of VirginiaBorrow it
      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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