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Patrick Henry, the Eloquent Patriot

Patrick Henry Patrick Henry was born in 1736 in Hanover County. His father was a lawyer of much intelligence, and his mother belonged to a fine old Welsh family. When he was fifteen years old, his father put him into a country store where he tried his hand at storekeeping, which failed. When finally he decided to practice law, after only studying for six months, he applied for admission to the bar. The new occupation of an lawyer served him well and in 1765, after the passage of the Stamp Act by the English Parliament, he went to Williamsburg to attend the session of the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he was elected a member. The countryside was stirred up by the news of the new Stamp Act. Most of the members of the House of Burgesses were wealthy planters, men of dignity and influence and spoke kindly of England as the "mother" of the colonies. But Patrick Henry was prepared and had written a series of resolutions upon the blank leaf taken from a law-book. He arose and offered them to the assembly. One of these resolutions declared that the General Assembly of the colony had the sole right and power of laying taxes in the colony. A hot debate followed, in the course of which Patrick Henry, ablaze with indignation, arose and addressed the body. His speech closed with these thrilling words: "Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, and George the Third... " Before he could finish the assembly shouted "Treason! Treason!" Pausing a moment in a fearless attitude, the young orator calmly continued, "...may profit from their example. If this be treason make the most of it." Henry was so persuasive that the resolutions were passed! Henry became popular for his orations and the challenge of defiance vibrated throughout America. The rheteric encouraged the colonists to unite against the oppressive taxation of King George. As a whole, the English people did not support the King and some of its wisest statesmen believed he was making a great mistake in trying to tax the Americans without their consent. Said William Pitt, in a stirring speech in the House of Commons: "Sir, I rejoice that America has resisted. Three millions of people so dead to all the feelings of liberty as voluntarily to submit to be slaves, would have been fit instruments to make slaves of all the rest."

The Story of Billey Talley

Billey Talley enlisted in the Revolutionary War as a private in 1776 and was sent with the 5th Virginia Regiment under Colonel Scott to Philadelphia. At that time, the British occupied New York. Billy fought in the battles of Germantown and Brandywine; wintered at Valley Forge with the troops under General Washington, and was discharged in February of 1778 after serving two years. He returned to his home to be married in Henrico County.

Map of Hanover County, Virginia




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William Overton Came to Virginia to Find his Father

Pamunky River William Overton of London was married to a daughter of Samuel Waters and this ceremoney was recorded in the Parish of St. Sepulchre. Family tradition says that William Overton came to the Colony of Virginia in search of his father ca 1669, and failing to find him, remained in Hanover County. A year later, he brought over his fiancee whom he married onboard ship on November 24, 1670. It cost him 50 pds. of tobacco for her passage to America. In 1681 he received 4,600 acres of land on the Southside of the Pamunky River on Falling Creek for transporting 29 persons into the colony. In 1690 he was deeded addition land in St. Peter's Parish.

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Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Court House Records



Old Church Tavern Hanover County, Virginia was formed on November 26, 1720 from New Kent County. It was named after King George I of England,who was the Elector of Hanover in Germany.

Digital Images of Wills 1785 to 1893
Testators:Anderson, Alexander ;Anderson, John ; Anderson, John F. ;Baker, Martin; Blair, James ;Boswell, Benjamin ;Bowe, John ;Bowe, Nathaniel ;Bowe, William ;Bowles, William ;Brawn, Milton ;Christee, Charles; Cocke, Francis ; Cocke, Joseph A. ;Cocke, William ;Cross, Nathaniel ;Dabney, Mehitabel ;Darracott, John ;DeJarnette, William ;Dickie, Barbara ;Dunn, Thomas ;England, William ;Gardner, John ;Gentry, David ; Gibson, Henry ;Glenn, German ;Glenn, Hannah ;Goodman, Timothy ; Goven, Archibald ;Grantland, Samuel ;Graves, Herman ;Green, William ;Hambleton, Sarah ;Harris, Thomas; Honeyman, Robert; Hughes, John; Jones, Thomas ;Kennedy, Martin; Kidd, Pelman; King, Henry ;Lankford, Sarah ;Littlepage, Sarah; Lord, Reuben ; Lyons, Peter ;McCook, Neal ;Mills, Charles; Mitchell, Charles ; Nelson, Edward ;Norment, J. B.;Parsley, William ;Pate, Maria ; Patterson, James ;Picot, Josephine Micault ;Pollard, William ; Priddy, Thomas ;Pryor, William ;Ragland, Pettus ;Reerie, J. E. Payson ;Richardson, John ;Schick, Petters ;Sims, Patrick ; Smith, Richard G.; Snead, Edwin ;Spindle, Fanny ; Stewart,Daniel ;Strong, Jane ;Strong, Judith ;Thornton, Anthony ;Thornton, John ;Timberlake, Francis; Traincum, Austin ; Wharton, Charlott ;Whitlock, David
Digital Images of in the Circuit Court 1852 to 1865
Testators: Braxton, Carter; Clarke, Thomas G.; Gardiner, Thomas S. ;Gentry, Henry D.; Nuckulls, Reuben; Robinson, Moses; White, Susan
Digital Images of Hanover County Wills, Book 1, 1862-1868
Testators: Anderson, John T.; Archer, Obediah; Atkins, Lucy B.; Atkisson, Andrew; Batt, Dumas; Berkeley, Billy Landon; Berkeley, Edmund; Blunt, Francis ;Bowles, Lucy; Brown, John D.; Bumpass, Polly; Carpenter, William W. ;Carraway, George ;Carter, Bartlett ;Carter, Thomas; Carver, Elizabeth Rose ;Chiles, William; Clarke, Elizabeth C.; Clough, George A.; Clough, John; Cooke, John ;Crenshaw, Eliza; Crenshaw, Nathaniel ;DeJarnett, William U. ;Dillard, Stephen ;Dowell, Sally Ann; Fleming, Maria ; Ford, Samuel ;Fortune, James; Fox, Thomas ;Gilman, Mary ;Green, Harriett M. ;Gregory, Thomas ;Gwathmey, Richard; Hundley, George; Jones, Catharine; Jones, John B.; Kersey, Henry; Minor, Lucius H.; Moreley, Mary Ann; Nelson, Robert H.; Nuckols, Charles G. ;Overton, Samuel ;Pollard, William T. H. ;Redd, Sally ;Royster, John ;Royston, Mary; Saunders, John C. ;Slaughter, David S. ;Snydner, Edward ;Snydner, William B.;Stack, John ;Stanley, Abram ;Stewart, Daniel (2) ;Stone, William P. ;Tate, B. F.; Tate, Maria W.; Taylor, John J. ;Terrell, Charles ;Thornton, Sarah ;Timberlake, Archibald; Timberlake, Elizabeth; Tinsley, Thomas; Todd, Samuel ;Tucker, John ;Utley, John ;Vaughan, Joseph; Via, Gilson ;Via, William; Wash, Edmund ;White, Mildred; White, Silas ;White, William ;Winston, William ;Yarbrough, Jesse G. ;Yeamans, Francis; Yeamans, Pleasant
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Wills in the Circuit Court 1785 to 1893
  • Index to Circuit Court Wills, Inventories, Estates, 1852 to 1865
  • Index to Wills, Inventories, Estates 1862 to 1893
Miscellaneous Hanover County Wills, Estates, available to members of Virginia Pioneers

Allen, James, LWT, transcript
Beal, John (transcript)
Brown, Benjamin, LWT (transcript)
Clay, John, LWT (transcript)
Coles, Walter, LWT (transcript)
Dandridge, Nathaniel West, LWT (transcript)
Fleming, William, LWT (transcript)
Glen, James, LWT (transcript)
Henry, Patrick, Rev., LWT (transcript) (1777)
Hill, James, LWT (transcript)
Hudson, George, LWT (transcript)
Lipscombe, Nathaniel, LWT (transcript)
Meriwether, Nicholas, LWT (1744)
Page, Robert, LWT (1744)
Street, Charles P., LWT (transcript)
Thomson, John, LWT (transcript)
Turner, William, LWT (1836) (transcript)
Walton, John, Last Will and Testament