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Armorial Bearings and Coats of Arms


If you are fond of antiques and come across some old English silver, examine the piece to see if you can find a family insignia stamped on the bottom. Those who possessed a legal right to the coats-of-arms engraved symbols on personal property. Such items were listed in the inventories of their estates. Also, the custom of carving coats-of-arms upon tombstones was a general practice in the colony (as it was in the Mother Country). It was not an uncommon provision for the deceased in his last will and testament to provide that the coat-of-arms should be stamped in brass (or chiseled) upon his tombstone. In 1674, Colonel Richard Cole gave directions that a slab of black marble, bearing his coat-of-arms be engraved in this metal and that, after his death, it should be purchased in England, brought over, and laid on the spot where he desired his body to be buried. This is the sort of information found in the old Wills and Estates which provide interesting stories to pass down. Source: Westmoreland County Records, Vol. 1665-77, page 186.

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The Legend of "Two Brothers"

1903 passenger list into New York The story of "two brothers" coming to America in a barrel is simply a tale spun by relatives. An examination of the earliest passenger lists reflects that a great many persons traveled to the colonies alone and under the patronage of wealthy patrons. In Jamestown, they did well to acquire a wife for themselves. The London Company brought women over for that sole purpose. However, the massacre of 1622 killed many persons. If you wonder why your ancestor made several trips back to England on the "Supply ships", it was to find a wife to bring to the colony. After the initial colonization, other members of the family followed on other vessels and they did not always locate in the same vicinity. While the London Company was sending people to Virginia, other families were on similar voyages destined for New England. A close examination of the names of New England immigrants discloses the similarity of names with Virginia immigrants. I have an ancestor who left Jamestown three times to return to England for another wife. While he was on the second voyage bound for Virginia (with his second wife), her parents (Wicker) were traveling to New England. Since passenger lists frequently list the name and age of the person and port of embarkation, it was easy to discern that the Wickers were of the age to have been her parents and this opened up other avenues of research. For one, the port of embarkation was Gravesend. Thus, a search of the London parish registers revealed the necessary christening dates, marriages and mortuary which helped trace the lineage back further in time. The real story is there. We simply have to exhaust all possibilities.

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Grayson County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Indexes to Probate Records


Grayson County Grayson County was formed in 1792 from Wythe and Patrick Counties; it was the parent of Carroll County. The books listed below contain inventories, wills, appraisements and guardians returns.

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  • Wills and Estates 1796 to 1839
  • Wills and Estates 1839 to 1849
Images of Wills and Estates 1796 to 1839

Alderman, Jacob | Allen, William | Anderson, James | Anderson, John Baldwin, Thomas Ballard, Byrom | Beal, John Beason, William | Bennett, James | Blair, Thomas | Blevins, Dillon | Blevins, Jefferson | Blevins, John | Bobbitt, William | Boulson, Isaac | Bourn, William | Boyer, William H. | Brown, John | Bryant, John | Bryant, Thomas | Burrus, William | Buson, William Byrd, Samuel Byrd, William | Carnes, Abel | Causey, Jacob | Clark, Stephen | Coattrane, David | Coleman, Peter Collins, Muhlen | Combes, Zedekiah | Comer, John | Comer, John W. | Connoy, Barney | Cooley, Daniel | Cooley, David | Cooley, Peter | Corcan, Daniel | Cornett, James | Cornett, Sarah | Cornett, Sary | Coulson, Jacob | Coulson, John | Cox, David | Cox, Joshua | Curlan, William | Currie, William | Currin, George | Currin, Martha | Daniel, Nehemiah | Davis, Love | Davis, Moses | Deal, John | Dean, Anthony | Dickenson, John | Dickenson, Martin | Dickson, William | Dicky, Matthew | Dillard, Matthew | Dilyard, Edward | Drury, Lazarus | East, Drury | East, William | Edwards, Catharine | Edwards, Isaac | Edwards, James | Edwards, Jane | Edwards, John | Fanning, John | Farmer, Barnet | Farmer, James | Farr, John | Fields, Dennis | Frost, John | Fulton, David Garrot, Phillip | Gittins, Richard | Goad, Robert | Green, Isaac | Greer, William | Grigg, John A. | Hail, Dudley | Hail, Stephen | Hall, Thomas | Hampton, Wade | Hanigan, Daniel | Harden, William | Hare, Lewis Harkin, Conrad | Harmon, Joseph | Harmon, Sary | Hays, Isaac | Hays, Jacob | Heatt, Joseph | Henson, Benjamin | Herman, Henry | Hetton, Elias | Hiatt, Amos | Hiatt, Asher | Hiatt, William | Hill, John | Holland, George Hooser, George | Houk, Peter | Huff, Peter | Isom, John | Jackson, Joseph | Johnson, Jacob | Johnson, Joseph | Jones, George | Jones, Minitree | Jones, Samuel | Jones, William | Jusan, Joseph |Keith, George | Kelly, Eden | Kelly, John | Kenny, John | Larson, Richard | Leonard, William | Linton, William | Long, William | Lundy, John | Lundy, Richard | Mallory, Moses | Mallory, Thomas | Martin, Jane | McCure, James | Mitchell, Stephen | Montgomery, Irvin | Morris, Isaac | Newman, C. | Nuckells, Charles | Ogle, Hercules | Ogle, Thomas | Osborne, Enoch | Ott, Sylvester | Parks, James | Patton, James | Patton, Nancy | Patton, Thomas | Perkins, Aria | Phillips, James | Phillips, Thomas | Phillips, Tobias | Phipps, Benjamin | Pool, John | Pool, William | Porter, David Andrew | Porter, James | Porter, Patience | Prater, Newman | Prichard, James | Pugh, David | Pugh, William | Raines, John | Rankin, William | Rector, Jacob | Rector, Mary | Rewes, George Jr. | Ring, Martin | Roberts, William | Robinson, John | Rowark, Timothy | Rudy, Jacob | Rudy, Julia | Russell, Charles | Sage, James | Sanderth, Benjamin | Schooley, James | Schooley, Samuel | Scudders, John | Sexton, Benjamin | Sexton, Prior | Shipp, John | Smith, Stephen | Stanfield, George | Stone, Jeremiah | Taylor, Thomas | Thomas, Owen | Thompson, Catherine | Wair, James | Ward, Chesley | Ward, Drury | Ward, Nathan | Ward, Wills | Welch, John | Wells, Barney B. | Willet, Isaac | Williams, William | Wills, John | Worrell, Esau | Worrell, James | Wright, Abraham | Wright, H. | Young, Ezekiel | Young, William

Images of Wills and Estates 1839 to 1849

Beaman, Henry | Blevin, Jefferson | Blevin, Kate | Bouen, William | Causey, Barney | Cornelius, Francis | Cox, David | Cox, Enoch | Cox, James | Davis, Daniel | Davis, Morris | Davis, Peter | Delp, Peter | Dickenson, M. | Farmer, James | Fielder, Delia | Fisher, Jacob | Hail, Lewis | Hall, William | Harkin, Peter | Harrison, William | Houks, Thomas | Huff, Peter | Isom, Spencer | Johnston, Jabez Kester, Eli | Mabry, Charles | Martin, Joshua | Martin, William | Murphy, John Oglesby, William | Parsons, Robert | Perkins, Arias | Perkins, Stephen | Phillips, Tobias | Phipps, Benjamin | Phipps, James | Pool, William | Pugh, Robert | Raines, James | Raines, John | Ring, Hester | Ringo, Martin | Roberts, William | Russell, Philip | Shipp, James | Southerland, Alexander | Southerland, John | Southerland, Polly | Steagall, Martin | Stone, Micajah | Stone, William Sr. | Stoneman, James | Stoneman, Joshua | Stoneman, Lewis | Stoneman, Nancy | Ward, Esau | Watson, Michael | Williams, William | Worrell, Esau | Wright, John | Wright, Thompson | Yost, James | Young, Timothy

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