Henrico county (“shire”) of earliest Virginia is key. Hundreds of names are here, and some were part of Jamestowne government. Their descendants moved all over the state and beyond. It’s almost a sure thing you can find your early ancestor here.
Incidentally, Henrico is pronounced Hen-RYE-co.
Many of the people names here are royal gateway ancestors; that is, they descend from European royalty (even if the colonists did not know it), but then migrated to America.
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Essential means only those records that reveal family relations and marriages and ages of people, and so on.
This post is an abstract of Pauline Pearce Warner’s book, Orphans Court Book 1677-1739 of Henrico Co., Virginia (Tappahonnock, VA: privately published, 1963). She wrote out by hand every word, even in imitation of the old-style penmanship. Charming devotion.
The dates are when the court met. And all of the meetings were in the Varina courthouse.
Real People. Real Places. Real Lives.
The page numbers are in the original manuscript.
I make no effort to sort out family relationships. You can have the fun of doing that!
If you’re in a hurry, use the ctrl-f search, and type in your ancestor’s name. But be careful, for early spelling was inconsistent.
Sometimes words, lines, and even whole pages are missing. The ellipses marks indicate where words are missing or illegible.
20 Aug 1692
Ralph Hudspeath married Margaret Eyres (sic), the daughter of Joseph Eyres, decd., and he acknowledges the receipt of his wife’s full, part of her legacy left her by her grandfather Humphreys, decd. He releases Margaret Floyd, executrix of the will of Humphreys.
Gill Fueque (sic) married Jane Eyres, the daughter of Joseph Eyres, decd., and he says he received the full share of his wife’s full legacy left her by her grandfather Wm. Humphreys, so he releases Margaret Floyd from her executrix’s duties of Humphrey’s estate.
Mr. Wm. Glover is security to Jane Gower, who is the executrix of the will of Abel Gower, decd.; but he left the county, so she is ordered to enter a new security. Thomas Jefferson enters himself security for Mrs. Jane Gowers.
Thomas Branch is ordered to appear to give security for the legacy left to his daughter by the last will of Robert Deely, decd.
Sarah Knibb has two sons, Solomon and John Knibb, and she is ordered to give security for her custody of the estate of their uncle Jer. Brown, decd. The sheriff is to summon Sarah Knibb, executrix of the will of Samuel Knibb, decd.
John Granger binds over his estate to Peter Ashbrook and Thomas Puckett, and A…. and Womeck (sic) are security for him. Words missing, but Granger …. Payment of what estate is left to the …… Richard Womeck, decd.
1 Aug 1693
Godfrey Fowler is to show why he should not be discharged from what estate was left him by his father John Fowler, decd.
Thomas Edwards married the relict of Thomas Osborne, Sr., who married the relict of John Branch, decd.
Nicholas Perkins and Edward Matthews are the executors of Darby Enroughty (sic) and are to give security in the placed of Nicholas Bullington, decd., and William Arrington.
Mr. John Farrar married the relict of Thomas Bette, decd. Farrar is to give security for the estate belonging to Batte’s orphans.
Rosamund Webster complains against Philemon Jones concerning her son Charles Cousens. Jones must appear in court to give security for the indenture made between himself and Charles.
Robert Green married Eleanor the …. of Bartholomew Burroughs, decd. He is to appear in court to give security for the said Burroughs’ orphans.
Capt. Peter Fields and John Wilson bind themselves as security to Rosamund, the administratrix and guardian to the orphans of Thomas Webster, decd. She performed her duty, so the court is released.
20 Aug 1694
Nicholas Polly is an orphan of Samuel Polly, and Nicholas was bound out by his father to William Harding and is this day discharged from his indenture. But he is not of age but an orphan. He is required to choose a new guardian. He is required to choose Philemon Childers, his godfather. However, he chooses William Harding, his former master, to be his guardian, to live with him until he reaches twenty-one. Harding binds himself to offer Polly meat, drink, washing, lodging, and so on.
Amos Ladd complains that the Capt. William Randolph has his estate, but Randolph is a justice of the peace, so the case is deferred.
Samuel Newman has custody of the livestock belonging to the orphans of Charles Featherstone and must give an account, pursuant to an order dated 1 Aug 1694 in the Order Book.
Henry Hatcher and his brother William are to appear in the next court to discharge the security given by their uncles Edward and Benjamin Hatcher.
Capt. William Randolph and James Minge (sic) are in security for Shipp’s orphans.
Mrs. Sarah Knibb presents an account of her son Solomon’s estate given him by his father by deed of gift.
Robert Smith married the executrix of Thomas Holmes.
20 Aug 1695
The justices met, but they are too few, so the business of the court is deferred. The sheriff made this proclamation to those waiting outside the courthouse door.
2 Sep 1695
Littlebury Epps is the remaining orphan of Col. Francis Epps.
Robert Morris married the relict of Francis Redford, late of this county, decd., who was security for one of the orphans of John Salsbury in the custody of Samuel Woody.
Joseph Tanner is the guardian of Matthew Turpin’s orphans’ estate (“orphans” may be singular, “orphan”).
Richard New Comb married the relict of Thomas Charles, decd.
Capt. Giles Webb married the relict of Henry Randolph, decd.
Elizabeth Branch is the executrix of Thomas Branch Sr., decd.
20 Aug 1696
John Archer, one of the orphans of George Archer, decd., acknowledges that he received the estate left him by his father. He releases Joseph Royal from his guardianship.
Robert Woodson, Jr., married Elizabeth, one of the orphans of John Lewis Sr., decd.
Henry Farmer married the (unnamed) executrix of William Bass, decd.
Elizabeth Davis married the attorney of the estate, Thomas Blut (sic), and Capt. William Randolph has a release from Blut because he received his wife’s share.
Thomas Elam is to give security for his father’s will.
Capt. William Randolph is the security of the orphans of Thomas Shippy Jr., decd.
20 Aug 1697
Thomas Cock, Sr., was the security for the estate in the hands of Richard Ward, belonging to his children as a legacy left them by Edward Deely, decd. Cock is dead. Richard Ward must find new security, since the executor or executrix refuses to stand bound. John Worsham stands bound.
Richard Ward is guardian to El. Salsbury (sic), one of the orphans of John Salbury, decd. The orphan has not reached her full age yet.
Henry Lound was guardian to Henry Hatcher’s orphans, and he is discharged, since they all have reached their full age and have their estate.
20 Aug 1698
John Archer married one of the orphans of Thomas Shippy, and he is to appear in court to tell it that he has received his wife’s share.
Capt. Littlebury Epps is the remaining orphan of Col. Francis Epps, and he is to appear in court to discharge the security from the estate left by his father. Added in: “The Securities are discharged. See the Book of Orders, page 236.”
Jane Brooks is to give security for the performance of the will of Thomas Brooks.
Dorothy Blackmun is to give security for the performance of William Blackmun’s will.
Ann Childers is to give security for her performance of Ab. Childers’s will.
Hannah Newsome is to give security for administration of Richard Newsome’s estate.
Widow Lisle is to give security for the performance of her husband’s will.
James Lisle, Sr., decd., disposed of some of his livestock and it belongs to son James Lisle Jr.
21 Aug 1699
John Steward is the guardian to the orphans of Thomas Burton, decd.
Henry Ayscough promises to bring in Thomas Howlett, who was under Ayscough’s wardship, to discharge him from his securities.
Thomas Branch has in custody some livestock belonging to his daughter left by Edward Deely, decd.
Sarah Woodson promises to bring in court such orphans of Samuel Knibbs, who have received their estate. Added in: 10 Oct 1699: Samuel Knibbs, one of the orphans, discharges her.
Samuel Oulton (Owlton or Dulton?) married the relict of Joseph Tanner, decd., and he is to give security for what he has in custody belonging to the orphans of the deceased. Oulton (Owlton or Dulton?) prays for more time.
Samuel Oulton (Owlton or Dulton?) had married the administratrix of Joseph Tanner, who was the relict and executrix of Matthew Turpin, decd.
Mrs. Mary Platt with the consent of Samuel Oulton (Owlton or Dulton?), who married the relict of Joseph Tanner, decd., has guardianship of Thomas Tanner, an orphan of the deceased.
20 Aug 1700
Justices of the Peace: Richard Cocke, Sr., Peter Field, John Worsham, Giles Webb, Joseph Royal, all gentlemen
John Steward is the guardian of the remaining orphans of Thomas Burton, decd.
Martha Stratton is to give bond with security for the estate left to her children by their deceased father, Mr. Edward Stratton.
The orphans of Thomas Burton have received their share.
Robert Grigg married Talitha, the orphan of Mr. Abel Gower, decd., and he declares that he received his wife’s share.
20 Aug 170_
Justices of the Peace: Capt. Fra. Epps, Jos. Royal, John Bolling
James Cocke brings in his servant Thomas Wadds, who ran away for two months. His master paid five pounds and ten shillings [huge] to Mr. Russell and ten shillings more to a certain person employed to catch the runaway. Wadds has to make satisfaction.
Sickness and badness of the weather does not allow the court to be held.
1 Oct 1701
Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cock, Sr., Capt. Fra. Epps, Capt. Giles Webb, Capt. Joseph Royal, Mr. John Bolling
The orphans of Robert Bullington, decd., are of lawful age and have received their portion.
John Harris is the remaining orphan of Peter Harris, decd.
Robert Green is to give an account of Bartholomew Burroughs’s orphans’ estates.
Mrs. Mary Liggon is the executrix of Mrs. Mary Platt, decd.
Elizabeth Trent is the relict and executrix of Henry Trent, decd. She is summoned to the court to give security for the estate left to her children by Henry and John Sherman, late of this county, decd.
Dorothy is the executrix of William Ballew’s will, decd.
Elizabeth Bass is one of the orphans of William Bass, decd. She is 21 years old and has received her portion.
20 Aug 1702
Justices of the Peace: Maj. Peter Field, Capt. Jos. Royal, Capt. John Worsham, Capt. John Bolling
John Cressey is summoned to next court to discharge his guardianship.
Thomas Tanner, one of the orphans of Joseph Tanner, decd., petitions the court against James Forrest, his present guardian. Issue deferred to next court.
Henry Featherstone is one of the orphans of Charles Featherstone, decd., and being upwards of 21 years acknowledges he has received his share. He discharges his guardian Samuel Newman.
John Hatcher is the guardian to Robert Elam, one of the orphans of Gilbert Elam. Jr., decd. John Faile is ordered to appear because he married the said Elam’s relict. The orphan might object.
20 Aug 1703
Indisposition and “badness” of weather make it impossible for the court to meet. Court is deferred.
21 Aug 1704
Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Sr., Maj. Peter Field, Capt. John Worsham, Capt. Joseph Royal
Solomon Knibb, an orphan of Samuel Knibb, is to appear in court to discharge his guardian, Mrs. Sarah Woodson.
Elizabeth Trent is summoned to give security for the estate left her children by Henry and John Sherman, decd. (sic) Alexander Gr ….. being now dead.
John Wilson, Sr., is ordered to give an account of the estate belonging to Thomas Wells, decd.
Mary and Prudence Stratton, two orphans of Edward Stratton, decd., have received their portion, but have not discharged their securities. It is ordered that Mrs. Martha Brown, mother and late guardian to the said Mary and Prudence, appear and discharge them.
Abraham Womack is guardian to Robert Elam, decd. and is ordered to give an account of what estate he has in hand.
Francis Shattein’s estate is mentioned.
Thomas Howlett married the (unnamed) executrix of William Collins, decd.
John Steward is the administrator of the estate of Benjamin Dejoux.
John Pleasants petitions the court setting forth that his servant named Mary Gwinn recently had a bastard child, a mulatto named Beck, and Pleasants asks the court to bind the child to him, and it is so ordered. The child is six months old.
Henry Ascough had the guardianship of Peter Shutt, an orphan of Tertullian Shutt, one of the French refugees, decd. Ascough is now dead. Col. William Byrd is willing to take care of the child, forasmuch as Thomas Howlett, Sr. and attorney of Mary, relict of the said decd., consents to the arrangement. Mary Ascough is to deliver up the orphan Peter Shutt with his clothing and apparel.
…. Of Doll Indian, concerning her freedom, etc. Deferred.
20 Aug 1705
John Bulling promises to give bond for unnamed, blank, the orphan of Jeremy Bushkin.
Mr. Allanson Clerk is ordered to give an account of the estate belonging to the orphans of Gilbert Elam, decd.
Capt. Francis Epps, Capt. John Worsham, Capt. Joseph Royal are empowered to see Solomon Knibb’s estate is delivered up unto Samuel Knibb (belonging to John and Thomas Knibb, delivered up unto Samuel Knibb).
20 Aug 1706
John Maxfield married Mary, an orphan of Thomas Newcombe, decd. to appear next court to discharge the security for the said Mary’s estate.
Edward Standly (sic) is to bring in remaining orphans of Charles Clay next court.
Mr. Henry Anderson married Prudence, one of the orphans of Mr. Edward Stratton, decd.
Richard Kendall married the orphan of Thomas Shippy, decd.
John Tullitt (sic) and Stephen Sarrazin (sic) are to give bond and security for estate belonged to the orphans of Daniel Blanche, decd.
Capt. John Bolling is to give bond for the estate belonging to the orphans Jeremiah Buskin.
Charles De Sally and Daniel Minitrees are to stand security for Abraham Sallé who is to faithfully perform his executorship for the will of Solomon Delarue, decd. De Sally was to stand security, but he has gone for England, and Minitrees has also removed far away. Abraham Sallé is to give bond.
Thomas Howlett is to take bond with security for the estate belonging to the orphans William Catlin, decd.
William Batte married Mary, one of the orphans of Mr. Edward Stratton, decd., and he is to appear in court to say that he has received his wife’s portion.
Sarah Oulton (Owlton or Dulton?) is to give security for maintaining and educating her son Lodowick, et al. The sheriff is to take Lodowick into his custody and deliver him unto Alexander Marshall, who has recently married Mrs. Elizabeth Ligon, and they are to care and take charge of Lodowick.
20 Aug 1707
Justices of the Peace: Col. Wm. Randolph, Capt. Giles Webb, Capt. John Worsham, Capt. Joseph Royal
It is said that Capt. Henry Randolph is deceased and has orphans.
John Stewart is to give bond for the estate belonging to the orphans of William Balloe (sic), decd.
John Wilson, Jr., married the relict of William Chambers, decd., and he is to give bond for estate belonging to the orphans.
Thomas Farrar is to give bond for the estate belonging to the orphans of Michael Turpin, decd.
Robert Elam is to give bond for the estate belonging to (blank).
Thomas Howlett is to give bond for the estate belonging to the orphans of William Catlin, decd.
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Thomas Byrd is to give security for the administration of the estate of Mr. Henry Ayscock, decd.
Col. William Randolph is commissioned to be the coroner in this county and was publicly received in court.
15 Sep 1708
Justices of the Peace: John Worsham, Giles Webb, John Bolling, Thomas Jefferson, Gentlemen
Abraham Sallé is to give new security for the probate of Solomon Delarue.
Walter Scott married the relict of Samuel Branch, and he is to give security for the estate belonging to the orphans under his care.
William Blackmun is to give security for the estate belonging to the orphans of Capt. Seth Ward, decd.
John James Valton (sic) married Dorcas, the relict of John Lester, decd. and he is to give security for the estate belonging to the orphans.
Edward Good Sr. is to give security for the estate belonging to the orphans of William Morris, decd.
20 Aug 1709
Philip Jones and Robert Hudson petitions the court to be discharged from being the security with Elizabeth, the wife of Daniel Fore, for the administration of the estate of her former husband, William Hudson, decd. Elizabeth and Daniel are to give an account of the estate.
Thomas Branch delivered up, in the presence of Capt. Jefferson, the estate of Edmund Delye (sic) to such children as the same was left.
Henry Childers appears and acknowledged that he has received the estate of his wife, who was Lucretia Jones.
John Price appeared and acknowledges that on the 31st day of Aug 1710 the deed is his, given to his son Pugh Price.
William Randolph, Jr., acknowledges a deed dated 31 Aug 1710 to Robert Mumford, Henry Cary, Jr., Isham Randolph and Thomas Eldridge.
Philip Jones and Lawrence Hobby stood bound together for the estate Cornelius Dunnivan, and Jones did his duty, and wants to be released. Hobby appeared and said he informs the court that he paid the eight hundred pounds of tobacco to Mr. Herbert, but Hobby fails to prove it, and he has until Oct. court to do so.
Mrs. Susanna Ware petitions to have a license granted her for keeping Ordinary, and it is granted.
20 Aug 1711 (sic)
Thomas Webster acknowledges to have received from Charles Cusens the estate which was due him.
Thomas Cheatham married the relict of Benjamin Branch, decd., and presents an account of the deceased’s estate.
Thomas Cocke is ordered to appear in custody for refusing to give bond, but he is sick, so he has time until the next court.
Thomas Cheatham, Jr. married the relict of Benjamin Branch, decd. Branch had several negroes to which his wife has the right of dower and wants them. Walter Scott, Philip Turpin, Henry Hatcher, and Thomas Osborne is to assign one-third of them to Cheatham and his wife.
Daniel Fore presents an account of the estate of William Hudson, decd.
John Redford is guardian of John Matthews and petitions the court for the estate of the said Matthews in the possession of Joseph Pleasants. Pleasants appears and informs the court that there was a cow given by name to Matthew, by his deceased mother, but the cow is dead and has nothing in his possession belonging to him. The court is satisfied with the truth of it, and the petition is dismissed.
Edward Stratton has a difference with his sister about her estate over which he is the guardian. Referred to the next court.
John Easley married the daughter of Jeremiah Bushkin and petitions the estate in the hands of John Bolling, Gentleman. Bolling appears and assumes to pay and account of the said Easley to Abraham Womeck the sum of 500 pounds, 10 s. and promises to pay 36 pounds and 10 s. in goods at fifty percent on the first cost or in tobacco at one penny per pound, for full satisfaction of his wife’s estate. Easley consents.
Allinson Clark was one of the securities for Elizabeth Crostick’s administration on her deceased husband’s estate. Clark is deceased. The sheriff is ordered to take bond from her.
5 Oct 1725 (sic)
Mary Pierce is to give security for her probate of William Pierce’s will in the place of John Bullington, and she is to bring into court the orphans of William Pierce, decd.
Edward Stanly married Martha, the relict of Ralph Blankenship, and he is ordered to bring in the orphans of Ralph Blankenship, decd.
Robert Moreley married Agnes, relict of Benjamin Watson, decd., and he is to bring in the orphans of the said Watson.
Alexander Kilpatrick marred Elizabeth, the relict of Philip Martin, failing to appear and produce a certificate, it is ordered theat he comply with the order of the Sep. court.
Gilbert Gee married Katherine, relict of John Roberts, decd., failing to appear he is ordered to comply with the order of the Sep court.
Thomas Randolph is the administrator of the estate of John Jordan, failing to appear, he is ordered to comply with the Sep court order.
Richard Wood married Anne, relict of George Williamson, decd., failing to appear, he is ordered to comply with the Sep court order.
Michael Taylor married Dorcas, relict of John James Valton, decd., failing to appear, he is ordered to comply with the Sep court order.
Page Pugh (illegible) married Elizabeth, relict of Robert Good, decd. failing to appear, he is ordered to comply with Sep court order.
John Nunnaly married Martha, executrix of John Keatt, failing to appear, he is ordered to comply with the order of the Sep court
James Watson married Martha, relict of Thomas Dupray (Dupree), decd., failing to appear, he is ordered to comply with the Sep court order.
Daniel Nunnaly married Susanna, the relict of William Womack, decd. failing to appear, he is ordered to comply with the Sep court order.
Wm. Bradley married Hester, relict of Thomas Bridgewater, decd. (etc.)
Francis James married Mary, relict of John Good, decd. (etc.)
James Hableton married with Martha, relict of John Moseby (sic) etc.)
Womack Puckett married Mabel, relict of William Puckett, decd. (etc.)
John Saunders married Anne, relict of Bartholomew Stovall (etc.)
Elizabeth Atkinson, relict of John Atkinson, decd. (etc.)
…. Wright, guardian to Lydia Bigs or Briggs is ordered to appear and comply with the Sep court order.
Robert Hughes, executor of Robert Hughes, decd. is ordered to comply with the Sep court order.
John Tabor, executor of Hagar Tabor, decd. (etc.)
Robert Green, unto whom Robert Jordan is bound as an apprentice, failing to appear, is ordered to comply the Sep court order.
Thomas Sadler is a servant or apprentice of John Sloane, and Sadler complains that his master is not providing him with clothes, lodging, and diet, nor instructing him. Thomas is near 21 years old, and he is discharged from his master.
Church wardens are ordered to bind Francis Rowen, orphan of Francis Rowen, decd., according to law.
Church wardens of Bristol parish are ordered to bind Richard Puckett, orphan of Richard Puckett, decd., according to law.
Church wardens of Bristol parish enquire in what manner Elizabeth Womack educates and provides for the orphans of Richard Womack, decd., to find out if her care is what they can approve of and then bind out the orphans, according to law.
Church wardens of Henrico parish are ordered to bind out the orphans of Joseph Watkins, decd., according to law.
Church wardens of Henrico parish are ordered to bind out George Combs, orphan of George Combs, decd., according to law.
John Ward, one of the orphans of Richard Ward, decd., acknowledges that he has received his estate from his guardian Richard Ward, whom he discharges
Church wardens of Henrico parish are ordered to bind out the orphans of Edward Tilly, decd., according to law.
John Matthews is a servant or apprentice of Thomas Cardwell and complains his master does not provide for him, such clothes, lodging, and diet as are necessary. Since John is near 21, he is discharged from the service of his said master.
__ May 1739 (sic)
Justices of the Peace: William Kennon, Richard Randolph, John Nash, James Cocke, Gentlemen
Henry Cary, gent., was guardian to John Sutton Farrar, son of John Sutton Farrar, decd. presents an account of the estate.
Abraham Childers is ordered to give security for the guardianship of Strange Hutchins, an orphan.
Robert Mosby is ordered to give security for the guardianship of John Mosby, and orphan.
Wm. Robertson is ordered to give security to Hugh Bragg for his guardianship of Wm. Robertson, orphan.
Elizabeth Morrissette is ordered to give security for her faithful administration of the estate of Peter Morrissette, decd.
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