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Charlotte County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Charlottesville Charlotte County was formed in 1764 from Lunenburg ounty and was named for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England. It is located in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. John Randolph and Patrick Henry were from Charlotte County and their names are found in the old will records.

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

Miscellaneous Digital Images of Will Book No. 1 (1765 to 1791)
Testators: Adams, William;Adkins, William;Allen, Elizabeth;Allen, Joseph;Anderson, John;Ashworth, Isaac; Barksdale, Collier; Barnes, Henry Jr.;Bedford, Stephen; Bedford, Thomas;Boulden, Thomas;Brent, John;Bunkley, Joshua; Burton, James;Caldwell, David;Cardwell, Richard;Cargill, Daniel; Carter, Christopher;Carter, John;Childers, Jeremiah;Christopher, William;Clements, Francis;Coles, James;Collier, Thomas;Comer, Elizabeth;Cunningham, James;Davenport, Jack Smith;Davis, William; Dawson, William;Dickerson, Jane;Dudgen, Richard;Dudgins, William; East, William Sr.;Edenfield, Thomas;Farrar, Charles;Fletcher, Mary;Foster, George;Francis, James;Fuqua, Elizabeth;Fuqua, Samuel;Grigg, James;Gwin, George;Haley, James;Hall, William; Hannah, John Sr.;Harra, Isabella;Harra, Michael;Harvy, Thomas Sr.;Harwood, Francis;Haskerson, John;Hays, Richard;Hendricks, Gustavus;Henry, Robert;Herndon, John;Hudson, James;Hunt, Charles; Isbell, James; Jackson, Robin;Jamison, William;Johns, John; Johns, Thomas;Johnson, William;Joyce, Thomas;Lackland, John; Lane, James;Landsman, William;Lawson, George;Lea, John; Mann, Francis;Marshall, John;Martin, Abraham;May, Daniel;May, David;May, Henry;Middleton, John;Mills, William;Mitchell, John; Morris, Joshua;Morton, Joseph;Morton, Josiah;Morton, Samuel; Mullins, John;Oliver, Joseph;Orr, James;Orr, Shadrack;Perrin, Joseph;Pettus, Dabney;Porter, James;Portman, Thomas;Pryor, Robert;Pugh, Willoughby;Read, Clement;Read, Clement (2);Read, Isaac;Read, Mary;Redman, William; Roberts, John;Rodgers, Thomas; Smith, Conrad Mercer;Smith, Robert;Spencer, James;Spencer, Sion; Stanton, John;Stowe, Joel;Stowe, Matthew;Subblet, William; Sublet, Abram;Sullivant, Owen;Taylor, John;Thompson, Sarah; Toombs, Elizabeth;Towles, Japeth;Townes, William;Watkins, William;Watson, Elizabeth;Watson, Mathew;Watts, John;Weatherford, Majer;White, John;Williams, William;Williams, William(2); Womack, William;Wood, John Sr.;Wyatt, Richard

Digital Images of Wills 1791 to 1805
Testators:Adams, James;Adkins, John;Almond, Elizabeth;Almond, Emmanuel;Baker, Theodrick;Barnes, Henry; Beasley, John Sr.;Bibb, John;Biggs, Joe Willis;Bouldin, Wood; Breedlove, John;Breedlove, Robert;Briggs, John;Brown, Burwell; Brumfield, William;Carter, George;Chisolm, William;Clark. John; Claybrook, Obediah;Collier, Benjamin;Collier, John;Crumpton, Mary;Daniel, John;Davenport, William;Davis, John;Davis, Joseph; Dudgens, Margaret;Dunn, Abner;Elliott, Richard;Epperson, Thomas; Farguson, Thomas;Finch, Adam;Foster, Thomas;Francis, Obedience; Gaines, Francis;Gaines, Richard;Gallimore, William;Gates, William;Gill, Michael;Gilliam, James;Green, John;Greenhill, Paschal;Hainey, John;Hannah, Andrew;Harley, Duke;Hart, John; Hay, John;Henry, Patrick;Herndon, Joseph;High, David;Hight, Richard;Hines, Cabel;Hitchcock, Russell;Hunt, James;Hunt, William P.;King, John Thomas;Kirsey, Thomas;Ligon, Thomas;Loggins, James; Love, John;Mann, Page;Marable, Christopher;Marshall, William; Mimms, Thomas;Moore, Richard;Moore, Samuel Sr.;Morton, Agness; Morton, John;Morton, Quin;Neale, Thomas;Neale, Thomas Sr.;North, Thomas;Oliver, Ann;Oliver, Joseph;Osborne, Amey;Packell, Robert; Pamplin, Henry;Penticost, William;Pettus, John;Price, Samuel; Price, William Sr.;Rawlins, John;Rawlins, William;Rawson, William Sr.;Read, Edmund;Read, Jonathan;Read, Thomas;Reese, Joseph;Rice, James;Rice, John;Rice, Thomas;Richardson, Mary;Robertson, Henry; Russell, John;Sandefur, John;Scott, Sarah;Scott, Thomas;Sims, Sally;Smith, James;Spencer, Thomas;Staples, William;Tarpley, James;Tarpley, William;Terry, George;Tore, John;Turner, Hezekiah; Vaughan, Abraham;Vaughan, Edward;Vaughan, Molly;Ward, John;Ward, Seth;Ward, Seth;Ward, William;Westbrook, James;Wilks, Miner; Williams, Thomas;Wood, Mary

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The Face of Jack Jouett was Scarred for Life
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
Jack Jouett was at the site of the Cuckoo Tavern (a square, red-brick house, located on the road from Louisa County to Charlottesville) when he learned that The British General "Butcher" Tarleton was approaching. Thus, he began a forty mile ride to Monticello to warn Thomas Jefferson and the members of the Virginia Assembly (recently removed from Richmond) of the advancing troops. His father kept Jouett Tavern (later the Red Lands Club) in Charlottesville, within a stone's throw of the Monticello Hotel. Jouett was able to out distance the aggressive Tarleton by taking unfrequented lanes and side paths, through thorns and brambles, and it is said that, to the day of his death, Jack Jouett's face was scarred from custs and scratches received on his ride. Thomas Jefferson later introduced a resolution to Congress that a pair of pistols and sword be given to the heroic rider, but eight years passed before he received but a sword. After warning Jefferson, Jouell rode to Castle Hill. Some people believe that Tarleton was delayed at her mansion because Mrs. Walker had given orders that everything possible be done to delay Tarleton. The rumor has it that he ate two breakfasts. Source: Historic Houses of Early America by Lathrop.

Cuckoo Tavern
The point from which Jack Jouett began his heroic ride.

Finding the Old Homeplace
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
The actual site can be discovered. It simply requires some detail work and exercise! The last will and testament of James Cunningham specified that his tobacco crop of 1774 and 1775 were to be used to pay his last expenses, yet he did not succumb until five years later. The plantation was located on the Banister River near Markham and Riceville. The Banister begins as an anonymous trickle in the mountains west of Chatham and trinkles its way into Pittsylvania County. The real clue to locating old homeplaces is to read all of the documents, that is wills, estates, deeds and tax digests. Then, acquire a county map, search out the waterways and other clues, and go to the locale. The site of the plantation would be near a community of sorts, a church, churchyard or even unidentified cememteries in the woods.

Banister River
The Banister River which may actually be in Pittsylvania County

John Yeargain
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
John Yeargain, a resident of Charlottesville since about 1790, was born in a small village four miles from Hampton. From the time of his youth, he enjoyed the game of catch and keep. The object was that if anything valuable was within his grasp, he possessed it. He continued playing the game when he became an adult. As a result, he became wealthy and "sometimes boasting exhibits the first four-pence half penny that was ever in his possession." Ultimately, he shunned his neighbors and and began buying and selling whiskey, which became his primary employment. After residing in different parts of the village, he purchased a home near the court house square where he conspicuously refused to treat any one and never receives paper money. He supplied himself with water from the pump at the court house. The eccentric behavior of John Yeargain left its imprint on Charlottesville when an article appeared in the Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, dated April 4, 1829.

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