Northampton County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages

A Flush of Towns in Colonial America In 1662, the following new towns were approved to be built: Varina in Henrico, Fleur de Hundred in Charles City, Smith’s Fort in Surry, Jamestown in James City, Batesville in Isle of Wight, Huff’s Point in Nansemond, the mouth of Deep Creek in Warwick, the Jervise Plantation in Elizabeth City, the Wise Plantation in Lower Norfolk, the Read Plantation in York, the Brick House in New Kent, Tyndall Point in Gloucester, the Wormsley Plantation in Middlesex, Hubb’s Hole in Rappahannock, Pearce Point in Stafford, Calverts Neck in Accomac, the plantation of the Secretary located on Kings Creek in Northampton, Corotoman in Lancaster and Chickacony in Northumberland.

The Dress of Planters and their Wives

In Colonial Virginia, most articles of dress for well-to-do men and women were imported and London fashions were strictly observed. In the time of the Rebellion of Nathaniel Bacon(1676), the gentlemen wore London styles, such as a coat and breeches of olive plush or dark red broadcloth, with embroidered waistcoat, the shirt of blue holland, long silk stockings, silver buttons and shoe-buckles, lace ruffles about neck and wrists, and his head encumbered with a flowing wig. The Lady of the house might have worn a crimson satin bodice trimmed with point lace, a black tabby petticoat, and silk hose, with shoes of fine leather gallooned; her lace headdress would be secured with a gold bodkin, and she would be apt to wear earrings, a pearl necklace, and finger-rings with rubies or diamonds, and to carry a fan.

Images of Wills, Inventories and Deeds

  • 1632 to 1640, No. 1
  • 1645 to 1651, No. 3
  • 1651 to 1654, No. 4
  • 1654 to 1655, No. 5
  • 1655 to 1658, Nos. 7 and 8
  • 1657 to 1666, No. 6
  • 1668 to 1680
  • 1674 to 1679, No. 10
  • 1678-1683, No. 11
  • 1683-1689, No. 12
  • 1689-1698, No. 13
  • 1711-1718
  • 1718-1725, No. 14
  • 1717-1725, No. 15
  • 1725-1733, No. 16
  • 1733-1740, No. 18
  • 1764-1774, No. 9
  • 1772-1777, No. 25
  • 1777-1783, No. 26
  • 1783-1788, No. 27
  • 1788-1792, No. 28
  • 1792-1795, No. 29
  • 1795-1798, No. 30
  • 1799-1802, No. 31
  • Images of Wills 1640-1645 (aged, imperfect images)
    • Burdett, Francis
    • Burdett, William
    • Chapman, Phillip
    • Drieu, Julia Ann
    • Holloway, John
    • Neale, John
    • Newton, Robert
    • Travellor, George
    • Walburn, John
    Images of Wills 1645 to 1651 (aged, imperfect images)
    • Cotton, William
    • Logan, John
    Images of Deeds
    • 1645-1651 (index)
    • 1651-1654 (no index)
    Indexes to Probate Records (colonial-style handwriting)
    • Index to Orders, Wills, Inventories, 1645 to 1651
    • Index to Orders, Deeds, Wills, 1632 to 1640, Books 1 and 2
    • Orders, Deeds, Wills, 1640 to 1645 (includes index)
    • Index to Orders, Wills, Inventories, 1645 to 1651
      Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
      • Dixon, Benjamin, Inventory dated 1772
      • Dixon, John, LWT dated 1764
      • Dixon, John, 1799 Inventory
      • Dixon, John, LWT dated 1764. Includes Accounts of Mary, Sarah and Thomas Dixon, children of John, deceased.
      • Dixon, John, LWT dated 1774
      • Dixon, Tilney, LWT dated 1764, Book 23, p. 172
      • Dixon, Tilney, Inventory dated 1764
      • Dixon, Tilney, Estate and Inventory dated 1764
      • Dixon, Tilney, LWT dated 1770; appraisement
      • Dixon, Tilney, Estate dated 1776
      • Dixon, William, Estate Returns, Inventory, etc. dated 1772
      • Dunton, Sophia, 1778 Estate
      • Evans, Esther, appraisement 1778, Book 23, p. 194
      • Johnson, Powell, Estate (1774)
      • Starling, William (1698)
      • Wilkins, Sarah, Estate 1777


  • 1671 tithables
  • 1704 Quit Rent Rolls
  • School Board Minutes 1922 to 1936
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The Greatness of our Ancestors

These were great people seldom written about, and mostly unknown. The discovery of the ancestors is exciting. Some of my personal explorations have revealed incredibly brave persons who crossed the seas in search of a better life. They resided behind a stockade fence in Jamestown amid the violence of Chief Powhatan. In 1622, about half of the whites on the Virginia peninsula were slain by an Indian massacre. And there was Nathaniel Bacon in 1686 defending his community against attacking Indians while the royal governor refused to act, a governor who later punished hanged gang members. Others, took up land grants and crossed the Allegheny Mountains during the early 18th century, only to have family members taken into slavery by the Shawnee. One ancestors fought the Shawnee in 1774, a war which resulted in an unkept treaty by the Shawnee. Some of these fighers left the western homestead to join the forces of General Lee against the British in all its critical battles up to and including the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. I wish I had known these people. They sacrificed everything to come to this country and bravely gave their lives for freedom