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Brunswick People Came from Different Parts of Virginia

By Jeannette Holland Austin

In 1739, one of the largest landowners in the region, William Lucas, owned a plantation near the North Carolina line, 250 acres being the south side of the Meherrin River and 400 acres; also 100 acres on Little Creek. It appears that settlers to Brunswick County had families in Greensville County, Virginnia and other parts. Upon the death of George Brewer in 1744, he owned a plantation on both sides of the Roanoke River, 250 acres. Due to the proximity to North Carolina, the genealogist should also research Warren, Northampton and Halifax Counties in North Carolina. To better clarify the movements of families, it is best to review the deeds and tax digests, comparing them with the probate records of Brunswick and other counties.

Brunswick County, Virginia


The Importance of Researching Records of the Chancery Court

Chancery Court George Walton was the son of Lord Walton of England and was in Brunswick County as early as 1732. He was appointed the King's Justice at the first Court held in Brunswick County; High Sheriff in 1734 and took the oath of Judge of the Chancery Court in 1746. He also served in the Virginia Colonial Militia of 1748. Genealogists should understand the functions of the Chancery Court. It was a court of equity in England and Wales which handled social claims of the common law and helped to dispatch instances which might have been handled with much delay by higher courts. The rules were not as harsh and the purpose was to restore equity to its citizens having jurisdiction over all matters of equity, including trusts, land law, the administration of the estates of lunatics and the guardianship of infants. The role of the chancellor was for the justice to be the keeper of the King's justice. The American Chancery Courts were basically the same, more like a Superior Court. For genealogists, it is a very important source of personal information concerning the residents of certain counties or districts.

Origins of Virginians





Brunswick County Marker

Brunswick County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages



Brunswick Court House Brunswick County was created in 1720 and was named after the House of Brunswick which had assumed the throne of England in 1714. The first settlement was Fort Christanna and the county seat today is Lawrenceville, Virginia. Some of the earliest settlers were Joseph Dunman, James Lunday, William Lucas, Francis Parham, Charles Ross, Richard Massey and Matthew Marshall.

Brunswick County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Marriages
  • Marriages 1750 to 1861
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills and Debentures, 1739-1750
  • Index to Wills, Inventories, Accounts, 1751-1769
  • Index to Wills, 1783-1785
Miscellaneous Wills, Estates
  • Adams, William, orphans of, Order Book 12
  • Allen, Anne, LWT (unrecorded)
  • Brumbelow, Francis, LWT
  • Hicks, James, Order Book 12
  • Hurst, Judith, Order Book 12
  • Johnson, William, Order Book 12
  • Jones, William, Order Book 12
  • Leftwich, Thomas (1784)
  • Love, Hugh (1780)
  • Martin, William, Order Book 12
  • McFarlane, Benjamin (1784)
  • Miller, John Michael (1784)
  • Mize, Edith, Order Book 12
  • Moon, Jacob (1784)
  • Moore, William vs. John Ingram, Order Book 12
  • Parker, Thomas (1784)
  • Parten, Lucy, LWT
  • Patey, Salley, bastard children of (1784)
  • Ray, Benjamin, son of Edith Mize, Order Book 12
  • Thompson, Frederick, orphan of Joanna Thompson, Order Book 12
  • Trigg, William and John (1784)
  • Turner to Turner, Gift Deed
  • Vinson, Thomas, Order Book 12
  • Walker, Amos, William and Joseph, sons of Rebecca, Order Book 12
  • Digital Images of Wills, 1739 to 1750
    Testators: George Brewer; John Brockwell; Abraham Burton; John Chapman; John Clemons; John Cooke; Edmund Denton; Joseph Denman; Graves Eaves; Newman Harper; Francis Harris; Elizabeth Hicks (2); Robert Hicks; Robert Hill; John Huggins; William Huggiins; John Humphris; Ambrose Jackson; John Jackson; Ralph Jackson; William Jackson; Sampson Lanier; Thomas Lanier; William Lucas (3); James Lunday; Mary Maclin; Matthew Marshall; Richard Massey; John Mitchell; John Nipper; Francis Parham; Charles Ross; Bartholomew Rovardes; Thomas Stroud; Edward Tatum; James Turner; Richard Wood; Abraham Phenix; Abrauahm Vaughan; B urrell Brown; David Cummins;Eleanor DeLoach; Frances Wyche; Joseph Park; Miachel Wall; Richard Ransom; Richard Smith; Richard Vaughan; Robert Christie; Robert Cooke; Sarah Clanton and William DeLoach.
  • Digital Images of Wills 1751-1761
    Testators: Adams, William; Balley, Waters; Bennit, James;Bettle, John;Betty, John;Brewer, George; Brook, John;Cassell, Thomas;Clack, James;Clack, Sterling; Clarke, Nathaniel;Clarke, Samuel;Collier, William;Collins, Thomas;Craft, Thomas;Croker, John;Davis, John;Denton, Edward; Denton, Sarah;Denton, William;Dickerson, Metcalf;Elzey, John; Evans, Charles;Evans, Elizabeth;Evans, John; Farrington, John; Hammond, William;Harwell, Thomas;Hayes, Charles;Hensley, Joseph; Hicks, James;Hynds, Robert; Ingram, John; Jackson, Daniel; Jackson, Thomas Sr.;Johnson, William;Jordan, James;King, Charles Sr.;Leashley, William;Ledbetter, Henry;Lee, William;Lightfoot, John;Lipsey, William;Lucas, David;Mabry, Hinchia Jr.;Maclin, William;McKnight, William;Mitchell, Thomas;Moore, John; Nipper, Anne;Parrish, James;Powell, Thomas;Powell, William; Procter, Robert;Randall, John;Scoggan, William;Smith, Ambrus; Snapsing, Joseph;Stuart, Charles;Thomas, Thomas;Tomlinson, William;Tooke, John;Wall, John;Wall, John (2);Wallace, Susanna; Ward, John;Whittington, Mary;Whittington, William; Williams, Thomas; Wyche, Peter; Wyse, William
  • Digital Images of Wills, 1764-1769
    Baker, Robert;Blayton, Elizabeth;Britt, Henry;Bruce, James; Cato, Burwell;Denton, Elizabeth;Dowsing, William;Durham, George; Ezell, William;Francis, William;Gordon, Charles;Gordon, John; Harwell, John;Howard, John;Jones, Charles; Lambert, Hugh; Lindsey, William;Maclin, James;Nevison, John;Oliver, John; Oliver, Lucy;Peterson, John;Seabon, Liswell;Seward, Benjamin; Short, William Sr.;Simmons, Henry;Simmons, Peter; Smith, Christopher; Spicer, James;Stewart, James;Upchurch, James; Walker, Freeman;Walton, George;Williamson, Exum; Willis, John; Willis, Mildred
  • Digital Images of Wills, 1783-1785
    Testators: Charles Oldham, Edward Taylor, Henry Chambles, James Fisher, James Hobbs, James Howeston, James Upchurch, John Dobbins, Joseph Hambleton, Joseph Wilks, Lewis Charles, Moses Inagram, Richard Ramsey, William Holloday.

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