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Images of Albemarle County Wills, Estates, Inventories, etc. 1748 to 1752

Testators: Abney, Abner;Allen, William Hunt; Arrington, William;Baber, Robert;Ballon, William, inventory; Brock, George;Bruce, John;Burke, Charles, estate;Cannon, William, inventory;Christian, Robert;Dameron, Lazarus; Dameron, Richard;Duncan, Martin, inventory;Finley, Margaret; Franklin, Benjamin;Gains, Bernard, inventory;Gorden, John, estate;Hamilton, inventory;Hamilton, Henry, inventory; Hamner, Robert;Lifely, Mary; Lynch, Charles; Mahoney, James, inventory; Maxwell, Edward, inventory; Morrell, William; Osborne, Arthur, appraisement; Osborne, Arthur; Phelps, Thomas; Phelps, William; Reid, Andrew;Robertson, James;Rose, Robert; Shehornes, John Darby;Spurlock, William;Sublet, James; Tuley, John;Webb, Wentworth, inventory and Williamson, James, inventory.

Images of Albemarle County Wills, Estates, Inventories, etc. 1752 to 1785

Names of Testators are not provided due to space.

Traced genealogies and family histories of Albemarle County available to Members !

Burnley Buster Carr Daniel Garland Lynch

Patriot's Estate was Seized after the Revolutionary War

Prison Ship Jersey At Salisbury, fourteen miles from Richmond is the farmhouse that Patrick Henry rented for his family in 1784 when he was the Governor of Virginia. His landlord sold the property to Dr. Philip Turpin, a graduate of medicine and surgery at Edinburgh University. During the Revolutionary War, Dr. Turpin was taken prisoner by the British and retained as a ship surgeon aboard one of their war vessels. So it was that Turpin was in Yorktown at the time of the surrender. It was not until his friends vouched for his patriotism that he was released, however, it was largely upon the testimony of Thomas Jefferson. Source: Historic Houses of Early America by Lathrop. List of Traced Virginia Families on this website

Do the Magic Centipede

Where People Came From

Is the Brain always Awake?

sunlight One night I awoke from a deep sleep with the following message in my head "There is a candy bar on the bottom shelf behind the catsup!" Something long forgotten, no longer visible was still lodged inside my brain. Have you ever spent hours pouring over old genealogy records and not found any real answers? Then, suddenly an idea pops into my head about where to search next? I believe there is a real light in there! It is so bright that it washes all the convoluted thoughts and presents instead uniquely obvious ideas. The neuropathic path upon which this light travels may come in spurts, or last throughout the whole of the thought. Suddenly, something thought to be too difficult or impossible, flashes before the eyes inside our heads. And fresh ideas are so compelling and deserving of expression that they can wake us in the middle of the night. Ideas quickly become reality as they are implemented. They are what " can be."

Reverend William Johnson of Albemarle

The Virginia Convention The name of Reverend William Johnson of Albemarle County was listed among the signers of a petition to the Virginia Convention. The first Virginia Conventions were a series of five self-governing political meetings administering the legislative, executive, and judicial functions of government. The House of Burgesses had been dissolved in 1774 by the Royal Governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore. Thus, the conventions served as a revolutionary provisional government until the Fifth Virginia Convention established a republic for the Commonwealth of Virginia (Constitution of May 1776). Later, in Bedford County Johnson appeared in Court on April 22, 1782, and proved that he had furnished the Convention with 396 PDS. of beef for which he was allowed 10 PDS. 5 shs. After the war, he went to Tennessee where he died.


MonticelloMonticello was the beloved home of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia. Jefferson spent sixty years planning this home to suit his needs. It is situated atop a mountain overlooking a spectacular view of the University. Vegetable and flower gardens were strategically planted along the hillside, and the Jefferson cemetery is located halfway up the mountain. Many of his personal inventions are displayed inside the home.

Code of the 17th Century Gentleman

17th Century GentlemanDuring the 17th century, there were several wealthy and prominent businessmen in the colony, viz: Lawrence Evans, John Chew, Thomas Stegg, George Ludlow and Thomas Burbage. A number of lawsuits arose in consequence of their defalcations. In the cases of Lawrence and Evans, a Board of Arbitration was appointed by the General Court in 1638. Business in the colony was transacted on a basis of credit (whether the residence was Virginia or England), but much of this debt was impossible to collect. The planter then, after having nurtured and picked his crop, was always subject to the danger of a lawsuit. In those days, a gentleman could be trusted and his word was his bond and it would appear that those who had left England to find prosperity in the American colonies, maintained class distinctions for very sound reasons. In England, one identified himself by his dress and titles. This practice also became a tradition in the colonies. As for those planters who shirked paying their debts, they sought refuge from their creditors in Maryland. Source: British State Papers, Colonial, vol. X, Nos. 15, I, II, III; Records of General Court, p. 61.


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Names of Families in Albemarle County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Albemarle County, Virginia Albemarle County was established in 1744 from Goochland County. The county seat is Charlottesville. The county was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and titular Governor of Virginia at the time. In 1761 the county was divided to form Buckingham and Amherst counties. The county seat was en removed from the formerly-central Scottsville to Charlottesville.

Twas the Ulster-Scottish who Immigrated to America

Map of Ulster The first American Census taken in 1790 listed 2,345,844 people of English origin; 188,589 of Scottish origin, and 44,273 of Irish origin. However, the portion of the population which was described as Irish was largely Ulster-Scottish. The true Irishman never emigrated in any considerable numbers until they felt the pressure of the potato famine some fifty years later. Interestingly, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War one-third of the entire population of Pennsylvania was of Ulster-Scottish origin. A New England historian (quoted by Whitelaw Reid) counted that between 1730 and 1770 at least half a million souls were transferred from Ulster to the Colonies, which was more than half of the Presbyterian population of Ulster. The Scottish immigrants trended towards Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Kentucky. One authority fixes the inhabitants of Scottish ancestry in the nine Colonies South of New England at about 385,000, while less than half of the entire population of the Colonies was English. That means that a large number of Scots and the Ulstermen contributed to the Revolutionary struggle in America as well as the public life of the early days of the United States. Out of the twenty-two brigadier generals of George Washington, nine were of Scottish descent. In fact, the rescuer of Kentucky and the whole rich territory northwest of Ohio from the Indians, was General George Rogers Clark, a Scottish native of Albemarle County, Virginia. When the Supreme Court of the United States was first organized by Washington three of the four Associate Justices were of the same blood; one a Scot and two Ulster-Scots. When the first Chief Justice, John Jay, left the bench, his successor, John Rutledge, was an Ulster-Scot. The first cabinet of George Washington contained four members, two of whom were Scotch and the third was an Ulster-Scot. Out of the fifty-six members who composed the Congress that adopted the Declaration of Independence eleven were of Scottish descent. It was in response to the appeal of a Scot, John Witherspoon, that the Declaration was signed; it is preserved in the handwriting of an Ulster-Scot who was Secretary of the Congress; it was first publicly read to the people by an Ulster-Scot, and first printed by a third member of the same vigorous body of early settlers. Sources: US Census Records; Pennsylvania Immigration Lists; John Jay