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Henrico County was founded in 1611. The county seat is Richmond, Virginia. The earliest of records which include deeds, orders and wills has been microfilmed even though the documents themselves are quite faded.

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  • Index to Settlements and Estates 1770 to 1787
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Michaux, Abraham (1717)
  • Perkins,, Nicholas, LWT, transcript (1711)
  • Randolph, Peter
Digital Images of Wills 1650 to 1717
Testators: Bowen, John;Childers, Abraham; Clerk, Allison;Cooke, Richard;Frazier, William;French, Christopher Jr.;Ham, Martin;Holmes, Thomas;Jones, Thomas; Knight, Anthony;Lester, Edward;Lettus, Thomas;Moons, Abraham; Nolls, Philip;Perrin, Ann;Perrin, Richard;Pew, Henry;Pleasants, John;Randolph, William;Watson, Benjamin;Wells, Thomas
Digital Images of Wills 1678 to 1693
Testators: Bridgewater, Samuel;Clerk, John;Cole, John;Davis, John;Ealane, William;Epes, Elizabeth;Harwin, John; Partridge, John;Randolph, Judith;West, John
Digital Images of Wills 1717-1726
Testators: Archer, John;Barnes, John;Bowman, Edward; Brickett, John Sr.;Browne, Martha;Childers, Abraham Sr.;Corse, Margaret;Dutoit, Peter;Esley, Ann;Farriss, John;Goss, Peter; Griggs, Charles;Hancock, Johan;Hill, Henry;Hudspeath, Ralph; Leister, Aaron;Lufter, Henry;Martin, Richard;Pleasants, Joseph; Pledge, John;Porter, John;Powell, Charles;Pursel, Philip;Roberts, Morris;Roberts, Morris;Stovall, Bartholomew;Tanner, Edward;Turpin, Philip
Digital Images of Wills and Settlements 1770 to 1787
Albert, Francis;Allen, Isham;Allen, Julius;Allen, Littleberry; Allen, Timothy;Arbathriot, Dorotha;Austin, Mary; Bailey, Joseph; Bailey, Joseph, estate; Bailey, Peter;Baine, Robert;Bentley, Thomas;Bethell, Thomas;Binford, James;Bottom, John;Bowles, Thomas;Bridgewater, James;Brockett, John;Brown, JosephBrown, Robert;Brown, Robert, inventory;Brown, Samuel;Bullington, William;Bullington, William, estate;Burton, John;Cahill, Barney; Carter, John;Chelsey, Thomas;Childress, Frederick;Clark, Peter; Coutts, Patrick;Coutts, William;Cox, George;Duval, Robert, estate;Duvall, Samuel;Edwards, John;Ellis, George;Ellis, Jesse; Ellis, John;Ellis, Thomas;Evans, Thomas;Farriss, William; Farriss, William, estate;Fenton, Thomas;Ford, David;Ford, Samuel; Fussell, Solomon;Gathright, Ann;Gathright,Benjamin;Gathright, John, inventory;Gathright, William;Gathright, William Sr.; Giles, Nicholas;Goodes, Edward;Greenley, David;Gunn, James;Hales, John;Harbert, Mathew;Harris, Joshua;Harwood, John;Harwood, Samuel;Hay, John;Hay, Peter;Hughes, Charles, estate;Hutchings, John;Hutchings,Joseph;Hutchings, Joseph, inventory;Johnson, Benjamin, inventory;Johnson, Michael;Jones, Samuel;Kent, John; Lewis, Robert;Liggins, John;Lockley, John;Logan, John, appraisement; Maddox, William;Matthews, Anthony;Matthews, Charles Matthews, Thomas;Mitchell, Samuel;Moon, Richard;Mosby, Benjamin; New, William;Owens, William;Parker, John;Pleasant, John;Pleasant, Jonathan;Pleasant, Joseph;Powell, Robin;Price, Elizabeth;Price, John (inventory);Price, Samuel;Puryear, Peter;Puryear, Thomas; Randolph, Peter;Randolph, Peyton;Randolph, Peyton, appraisement; Randolph, Richard;Randolph, Ryland;Redford, Milner;Roberson, William;Robertson, William;Rockett, Baldwin;Scheror, George; Shackleton, John;Sharpe, Henry;Sheapard, Samuel;Shepard, Joseph, inventory;Sheppard, William;Simons, John;Smith, John;Sneed, Thomas;Sneed, William;Spears, John;Thornton, Sterling;Stone, Thomas;Turman, John;Warnock, Frederick;Warriner, Richard; Warriner, Thomas, inventory;Watkins, Thomas;Watkins, Thomas Jr.; White, David;White, Elisha;White, Elisha Jr.;Whitlock, Mary; Williams, John, estate;Williams, Thomas;Williamson, John; Winston, Peter;Wise, John;Woodcock, Isaac;Wright, Patrick; Young, Judith


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17th Century Buttons
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Jeannette Holland Austin 17th century buttonsThere were a number of merchants in England who transacted business with the Virginia colonists. Mr. Isaac Cullen kept a store and was the agent of John Harris and John Cooper, merchants of England, in 1675. The goods which he kept were canvas, cottons, hollands, kerseys, Scotch cloth, jeans, broadcloth, blue linen, tape, ribbon, thread, buttons, combs, hose, shoes and other articles for wear. Likewise, the store kept by Colonel Francis Eppes of Henrico County discloses (in 1678) had a more extensive inventory consisting of 120 ells of dowlas (linen), 51 ells of oznaburg, 60 ells of cnvas, 312 ells of holland and 80 yards of table and napkin diaper. Source: Records of Henrico County, vol. 1677-1692.

Horse Races at Bermuda Hundred
By Jeannette Holland Austin

One of the most popular horse tracks in Henrico County was situated at Bermuda Hundred, among the oldest settlements in the valley of the lower James River. It was July of 1678. The race was run between horses belonging to Mr. Abram Womack and Mr. Richard Ligon. In this instance the owners did not ride their horses. One was ridden by Thomas Cocke and the other by Joseph Tanner, a servant of Mr. Thomas Chamberlaine, both of whom were still mere boys. The horses made a rush, but the one ridden by Cocke, after running four or five lengths, shied from the track. Cocke quickly reining him in, cried out "This is not a fair start." Chamberlaine shouted to his servant, who was riding the other horse, to stop, but the young man, when he returned, boldly declared that the race was fairly begun, and in this contention was sustained by Mr. Childers. Source: Henrico County Minute Book 1682 to 1701, p. 38.

The 17th Century Featherbed
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Feather Beds The inventory of the average planter in Virginia during the 17th century revealed a variety of household articles among the different apartments of a dwelling. The home of Thomas Osborne of Henrico County left a personalty calculated to be worth 125 pounds sterling. There was furniture, tableware, bed and table linen and the utensils in the kitchen and dairy. The room designed as the "best" contained a feather-bed, bolster, pair of pillows, curtains and valance, a blanket and a worsted rug. There were also two chests with locks and keys, a framed table, one small sideboard table, one chest of drawers, six high and six low leather chairs, a small old-fashioned looking glass, pair of andirons with brass bosses, pair of bellows and a small leather trunk. Source: Records of Henrico County, Vol. 1688-97, page 350.

Henricopolis: A Second Town
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Henricus ChurchPictured is a reconstructed church of the 17th century. The original settlement was founded by Sir Thomas Dale in 1611 as an alternative to the swampy and dangerous surroundings of Jamestown and was named for Prince Henry, the eldest son of King James I. This site later became part of the Shire of Henrico (1634), renamed Henrico County in 1637. In 1749, the portion of Henrico County that lay south of the James River was detached to form the present-day Chesterfield County. After the visible 1609 decay of the town, the erection of a second town was commenced in Henricopolis, the name given the new town in honor of Prince Henry. Within four months the structures, hospital, framed dwellings on the edge of the river, and one brick home, were more substantial than Jamestown. Nevertheless the new settlement soon showed the same symptoms of decline as Jamestown. The buildings were decaying and in need of constant repair. Source: Ralph Hamor's "True Discourse", p. 30.

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