Frederick County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Frederick County was named for Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales and the eldest son of George II. It was created in Orange County in 1738; part of Augusta County was added later. The county seat is Winchester.

Digital Images of Frederick County Wills 1743 to 1751

Testators: Alford, John; Anderson, Thomas; Ballender, Josiah; Barrett, Arthur; Berry, Patrick; Borden, Benjamin; Branson, Thomas; Brown, Thomas Sr.; Buice, John; Chenowoth, Joseph; Dumas, Lewis; Gillaspy, Patrick; Hart, Daniel; Helm, Leonard; Hobson, George; Hoge, William; Hollingsworth, Abraham; Hollingsworth, Ann; Howell, William; Jesper, William; Job, Hannah; Jones, Spencer; Lilburn, Anna; Little, Thomas; Littler, John; Loftin, Thomas; Lucas, Rebecca; McHenry, Barnaby; McKell, James; McMahan, William; McName, Bayan; Melderick, John; Mellon, John; Meter, John; Moon, Simon; Morris, Samuel; Movebought, Jacob; Neill, John; Nickton, John; Parker, Gilbert; Parrott, Hugh; Paul, Hugh; Ross, Alexander; Ross, David; Tomson, Samuel

Digital Images of Wills, Inventories, Estates
  • 1756 to 1761
  • 1761 to 1770
  • 1770 to 1783
  • 1783 to 1794
  • 1795 to 1802
  • 1802 to 1804
    • Index to Wills and Deeds, Book 15, 1743 to 1751
    • Index to Deeds, Book 16, 1773 to 1775
    Miscellaneous Records
    • Crumbs, Henry H., LWT (1776) (digital image)
    • Mckee, Robert, LWT, transcription
    • Denton, John, LWT (1767) (digital image)
    • Reagan, John, LWT (1775) (digital image)
    • Hopewell Friends History 1734-194, misc. pages
    • Mayors of Fredericksburg
    • First Survey of Fredericksburg (naming landowners)
    • 1739 Survey of Fredericksburg
    • Names of Males in the Town of Fredericksburg in 1800
    • Marriage Bonds 1773 to 1797; 1773 to 1798; 1788 to 1811; 1792; 1793; 1794 to 1796; 1801 to 1809
    • Marriages 1771-1825, misc. pages
    • Marriage Bonds (Tilman to Webb)
    Traced genealogies and family histories of Frederick County are available to Members!

A Silver Beaker from the Past

How do you think of an old family relic or treasure? Is it something which you would very much like to pass down to your children while telling them a story? If so, your thoughts are consistent with those of your ancestors. From the very beginning, colonists to the American Continent carried their treasures across Europe and on the high sea. As a matter of fact, there was a good store of silver in many of the homes of the early planters. Such was the instance of Margaret Cheesman, of Bermondseam who, in 1679, bequeathed a great silver beaker and tankard with other plates to the children of Lemuel Mason of Virginia. Colonel Lemuel Mason Much care was taken in furnishing the home with London imports. If we really want to know more about our ancestors, the inventory of their estate details such items as clothing, furnishings, and often items as precious as Mrs. Chessman’s silver beaker. What happened to the family treasures over the years as they were passed on? If you have an unidentified antique in your family, the last will and testament, inventory, and sales of an estate might provide some answers because this is where the testator passes down items of inheritance. These documents are generally found at the local county courthouse where your ancestor resided. Further back in time, Virginia Pioneers has a vast collection of old wills and estates dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. Sources: Leah and Rachel, p. 16; New England Historical and Genealogical Register, April 1693, p. 250.