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How English Medieval Homes Influenced Virginians Medieval English House During the 1600s Great Britain was a country of fortified manors, battlemented castles, thatched and wattled farmhouses, picturesque chimneystacks, half-timber work, winding tower staircases, tracery-windowed abbeys, minsters, and little parish churches. For more than a thousand years, medieval architecture flourished almost everywhere. One can image Chaucer in the spirit of its buildings. The reason is the Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Gothic influences. The English Gothic Style is itself subdivided into various styles called Early English, Decorated, Perpendicular, and Tudor. The Tudor style was also referred to as Late Gothic or Late Medieval and was mostly during the Court of King Henry VIII (1509-1547). Incidentially, Henry VIII was an enthusiatic builder of domestic architecture unlike anything which earlier generations had known. Even when Elizabeth I ascended to the throne, buildings continued to be constructed in the Tudor or Late Medieval flavor. Also, during her reign, an architecture called Early Renaissance entered the landscape. Williamsburg, Virginia elevated its homes into a style called the High Renaissance, possibly because of the delays caused during long periods of delay in crossing the ocean. However, we must remember that Virginians paid high prices for imported goods, especially for nails and window panes. In fact, they dissembled homes and barns and reused the plank boards, nails and other materials elsewhere. Source: Virginia Architecture in the Seventeenth Century by Henry Chandlee Forman. more history

Greensville County People

Researching ancestors in Greensville County, Virginia also includes their connections in the adjoining counties of Brunswick, Southampton and Northampton, with a view to the fact that people in Emporia also did business over the North Carolina 3order. Some of these families, such as Chambliss and Bolling, moved into South Carolina after the Revolutionary War in the search for new land.

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Greensville County was formed from Brunswick in 1781. Parishes: Meherrin and St. Andrews. The county seat is Emporia, Virginia. Pictured here is the court houae which was built in 1781.

Early settlers were: Joel Mabry, Joshua Clark, Mary Harrison, Nathaniel Harrison, Nathaniel Malone, Richard Blanks, James Mason, james Harris, Henry Clark, Daniel Nolley, Charles Lucas, Henry Chambliss, Aaron Parks, Richard Peete, Seymour Powell, Thomas Morris, Thomas Jordan, Thomas Lewellin, Thomas Person, William Burt, William Fanning and William Peebles.

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Testators: Allen, James;Atkinson, Aaron; Atkison, Thomas;Avent, William;Bailey, Henry;Barnes, William; Bass, Burwell;Bass, Samuel;Batte, William;Blanks, Richard; Brewer, Winefred;Burt, William;Butts, John;Cain, George; Cato, Daniel;Cato, John;Cato, John (2);Chambliss, Allen; Chambliss, Henry;Clark, Elizabeth;Clark, Henry;Clark, Joshua; Clark, Joshua (2);Clark, Peter;Cook, Henry;oker, James; Collier, Mary;Davis, Braston;Dawson, John;Day, John;Dean, Mary;Deloatch, William;Denton, Susanna;Dupree, John;Dupree, Lewis Jr.;Edwards, Priscilla;Fanning, William;Fisher, Daniel;Fisher, Daniel (2);Fox, John;Fox, John (2);Fox, William;Goodrich, Benjamin;Goodrich, Edward;Goodrich, William Jr.;Grigg, Abner; Grigg, Lewis;Griggs, Frederick;Grinstead, Hannah;Gunstead, John;Harris, James;Harrison, Mary;Harrison, Nathaniel;Haley, James;Hayley, Henry;Harris, Nathan;Heathcocke, Mary;Hicks, Robert;Jeffries, Achilles;Johnson, Elizabeth;Johnson, Moses; Johnson, Moses (2);Jones, Leah;Jordan, Thomas;Lanier, Jacob; Lanier, Mary;Lewellin, Thomas;Lightfoot, John;Little, William;Loftin, John;Lucas, Charles;Lucas, John;Lucas, Tabitha; Lundy, Mary;Mabry, Elizabeth Jones;Mabry, Joel;Mabry, Nathaniel;Maclin, Elizabeth;Mabry, Winnefred;Maclin, James; Maclin, William;Major, Harwood;Malone, Nathaniel;Mason, James;Mason, John;Massey, Richard Sr.;Massy, John;Mayes, Matthew; Metcalf, Andrew;Morris, Thomas;Morris, Thomas(2);Moss, John; Nolley, Daniel;Parks, Aaron;Parks, Joseph;Peebles, William; Peete, Richard;Person, Thomas;Peterson, Batt;Pettway, Edmund; Pettway, Elizabeth;Pettway, John Parker;Phillips, John; Powell, Edward;Powell, Jane;Powell, Robert;Powell, Seymour; Powell, Thomas;Pritchett, Elizabeth;Putney, David;Randle, Thomas Graves;Rawlings, Elizabeth;Rawlings, Thomas;Reeves, Sarah; Rieves, Benjamin Sr.;Rivers, Robert Sr.;Robinson, James; Robinson, William;Rosser, Elizabeth;Rowell, Eleanor;Sills, David;Sims, Robert Wall;Sims, William;Smith, David;Smith, Ead; Smith, Elizabeth;Smith, Frederick;Smith, Thomas;Smith, William;Spence, John;Stewart, John;Stewart, Thomas;Stewart, William;Sykes, Benjamin;Thweatt, David;Tomlinson, John; Tomlinson, William;Turner, John;Turner, William;Tyus, Lewis Sr.;Vaughan, Faitha;Vaughan, Pierce;Vaughan, William;Vick, John; Vick, Sarah;Vincent, John;Wager, Elizabeth;Wall, James; Wall, James M.;Wall, Sarah;Watson, Alexander;Watson, Gershon; Whittington, Hannah;Whittington, John;Wilkins, Douglas; Wilkinson, Elizabeth;Williams, Benjamin;Williams, Martha; Williamson, John;Williamson, Martha;Williamson, Robert; Williamson, Winifred;Woodroff, Joel;Woodroff, John; Woodroff, Richard;Wrenn, Francis;Wrenn, James;Wyche, Henry; Wyche, Mary;Wynne, Mary;Young, James
Digital Images of Greensville County Wills 1806 to 1816

Testators:Allen, Timothy;Allen, William; Bass, Sarah;Batte, John;Batte, Sarah;Branscomb, Thomas; Brown, John Sr.;Chappell, John;Clark, Elizabeth;Clark, John; Clark, Sarah;Clarke, Edwin;Collier, John Sr.;Collier, Sylviah; Cook, Uriah;Cooksey, John B.;Dupree, Elizabeth;Dupree, Hailey; Dupree, William;Fennel, Isham Sr.;Flowers, Ransford; Fox, Celia;Fox, Thomas A.;Grigg, Burrel;Grigg, Carroll; Haley, Holliday;Harris, John;Harris, Catherine;Harris, Joseph;Harrison, Hermon;Harwell, Peyton;Heathcock, Charles; Johnson, Young;Johnson, Young John;Jordan, Hezekiah; Key, Isaac;Land, Robert W.;Lucas, Edmund;Mabry, Frances; Mabry, Frances (2);Mabry, Henry;Malone, Thomas;Massey, Richard;Maxwell, Alexander;Mayes, Thomas;Morris, Jabez; Morris, John Sr.;Parks, J.;Person, Thomas;Powel, James; Powell, John;Powell, Sarah; Robinson, Daniel;Rosenberry, John;Rosser, Patsey;Sims, Littleton;Smith, Boswell;Smith, Edward; Smith, John;Solomon, Margaret;Spencer, Mary; Spencer, Robert; Turner, John, Captain;Turner, John B.;Wall, Michael;Watters, Henry;Webb, Micajah;Young, James Sr.;Young, William