Brunswick People Came from Different Parts of Virginia
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.
"Bean porridge hot, bean porridge cold; bean porridge in the pot; nine days old."
In old colonial times loaves of bread were made of mixed Indian meal and rye, not unlike the brown bread of our time. Baked pumpkin with milk was a favorite dish. Bean porridge was always a common article of food, which was made by boiling beans with the liquor in which corned beef had been cooked. It was very convenient for wood-choppers in winter to carry a frozen piece of porridge in their pockets and thaw it out for dinner in the woods. The longer it was kept, the better it tasted. Hence the common rhyme, "Bean porridge hot, bean porridge cold; bean porridge in the pot; nine days old." The cupboard or dresser had pewter plates, platters, and porringers. Square wooden plates were often used; but with some poorer families there was one common dish used, from which the whole family helped themselves with their fingers. The use of forks was unknown. Instead, thick and pewter spoons were used as eating utensils. These were easily broken, and they often had to be melted and formed again into moulds by men who traveled from house to house for this purpose. In fact shoemakers, tailors, dressmakers, butchers, and other highly useful artisans traveled about from one family to another in pursuit of work.
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The Importance of Researching Records of the 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.
Brunswick County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages
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
Indexes to Probate Records
- Marriages 1750 to 1861
Miscellaneous Wills, Estates
- Index to Wills and Debentures, 1739-1750
- Index to Wills, Inventories, Accounts, 1751-1769
- Index to Wills, 1783-1785
Digital Images of Wills, 1739 to 1750
- 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
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
Testators: 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.