Powhatan County Genealogy Records, Wills, Estates, Probate Records

Powhatan County was named after Powhatan, the Indian chieftain who ruled and terrorized the native inhabitants of tidewater Virginia in the early seventeenth century. It was formed from Cumberland County in 1777, and part of Chesterfield County was added later. The James River forms its northern border and the Appomattox River is on the south side. Historically the area had been occupied by the Monacan, and in 1700 French Huguenot refugees settled at their abandoned village, known as Manakin Town. Powhatan County is located southwest of Richmond along US Route 60 in the Richmond-Petersburg region.
Images of Wills 1777 to 1795


  • Ballow, Thomas
  • Banton, William Sr.
  • Baskerville, John
  • Baugh, Joseph
  • Bayley, William
  • Bingley, Matthew
  • Bryant, James
  • Cheatwood, William
  • Cox, Edward
  • Cox, George
  • Cox, Henry
  • Cox, John
  • Dickens, Ann
  • Edwards, William
  • Elam, Lodowick
  • Farley, Matthew
  • Flournoy, Elizabeth
  • Flournoy, Thomas
  • Franklin, John
  • Harris, Edith
  • Harris, Joseph
  • Harris, William
  • Haskins, Edward
  • Hatcher, Elizabeth
  • Hughes, Martha
  • Hughes, Robert
  • Jordan, Robert
  • Langston, Esther
  • Macon, John
  • McCraw, James
  • Moseley, Benjamin
  • Moss, James
  • Moss, Mary
  • Porter, John
  • Roper, Shadrack
  • Smith, Magdalene
  • Trent, Alexander
  • Wilkerson, Nicholas
  • Wilks, Thomas
  • Woodson, Charles
  • Woodson, Joseph
Images of Wills 1797 to 1806


  • Ballew, Tabitha
  • Baugh, John
  • Brackett, Boyle
  • Brackett, Thomas
  • Causby, James
  • Cosby, Charles
  • Cox, John
  • Crump, Abner
  • Davis, Elizabeth
  • Davis, Jerry
  • Elam, Thomas
  • Goode, Thomas
  • Gordon, Robert
  • Harris, Benjamin
  • Harris, John Sr.
  • Haskins, Martha
  • Hughes, Ann
  • Hughes, Mary
  • Jude, Benjamin
  • Marshall, William
  • Martin, Anthony
  • Maxey, John
  • Mayo, Joseph
  • Mayo, William
  • McLaurine, Elizabeth
  • Miller, Jesse
  • Moseley, John
  • Netherland, John
  • Royall, John Jr.
  • Smith, Betsy
  • Smith, John
  • Smith, Mary
  • Smith, W. S.
  • Spears, Nancy
  • Taylor, Elizabeth
  • Thompson, Josiah
  • Toney, Edmund
  • Willbourn, Tabitha
  • Woodson, Ann
    Images of Wills 1806 to 1811
  • Bagby, Elizabeth
  • Barnes, John
  • Brummer, William
  • Bryant, James
  • Davis, Walter
  • Depp, Peter
  • Dupuy, Judith
  • Hobson, Samuel
  • Hobson, Sarah
  • Logwood, Mary
  • Macon, Henry
  • Mosby or Mosley, Littleberry
  • Mosley, Arthur
  • Owens, David
  • Pankey, Samuel
  • Pleasants, Robert
  • Porter, William
  • Price, Jerusha
  • Swann, John
  • Tucker, Thomas Sr.
  • White, William
  • Williamson, Jacob

    Miscellaneous Probate Records

    Adams, John (1796 Court Minutes)
    Adams, Philip(1796 Court Minutes)
    Baugh, Abraham (1796 Court Minutes)
    Cheatwood, Polly, orphan of William (1796 Court Minutes)
    Gant, Arthur (1796 Court Minutes)
    Gant, James Clarke (1796 Court Minutes)
    Cheatwood, Lott, orphan of William (1787 Court Minutes)
    Clarke, William (1787 Court Minutes)
    Evans, Patrick(1787 Court Minutes)
    Gay, William (1796 Court Minutes)
    Harris, Benjamin(1787 Court Minutes)
    Harris, James(1796 Court Minutes)
    Hopkins, William (1796 Court Minutes)
    James, George (1787 Court Minutes)
    Laurens, William(1787 Court Minutes)
    Lipscomb, Colonel (1787 Court Minutes)
    Logan, Charles, deceased (1796 Court Minutes)
    Low, Edward (1787 Court Minutes)
    McLaurine, Joseph(1796 Court Minutes)
    Mosby, Benjamin (1787 Court Minutes)
    Mosby, Hezekiah (1787 Court Minutes)
    Mosby, Littleberry (1787 Court Minutes)
    Mosby, Wade (1787 Court Minutes)
    Smith, Josiah(1796 Court Minutes)
    Spears, Nicholas(1787 Court Minutes)
    Steger, Hans (1787 Court Minutes)
    Swann, John (1796 Court Minutes)
    Whaling, James(1796 Court Minutes)
    Wilson, Samuel (1787 Court Minutes)
    Woodson, John(1796 Court Minutes)

Indians Cooking Meat

Indians broiled meat by either laying the meat itself upon the coals or by laying it upon sticks raised upon forks at some distance above the live coals, which heats more gently and dries up the gravy. The fowl was plucked and drawn, and the fish was dressed leaving the scales on without gutting. But while eating they left the scales, entrails, and bones to be thrown away. They made broth of the head and umbles of deer, which they put into the pot all bloody.
Indian Villages during the 17th Century

By Jeannette Holland Austin The Indians cohabitated in townships of from fifty to five hundred families. Each town was known as a kingdom. The construction of houses consisted of sticking saplings into the ground by one end and bending the other at the top, fastening them together by strings made of fibrous roots, the rind of trees, or the green wood of the white oak. The smallest houses or cabins were conical like a bee hive, while the larger structures were oblong and covered with the bark of trees. The windows were little holes left open for the passage of light, which was stopped up with bark in bad weather. The chimney was a little hole at the top of the house to dispel smoke, and the fire is made in the middle of the cabin. The door was a pendent mat when the Indians are near home, but barricaded with great logs of wood set against the mat when they are out of town.

How to Turn Marginal Genealogy into Real Genealogy

As we continue our research, we find ourselves jotting down tidbits of information, thinking that it might be useful later. And it is, as more data reach our computers. But what kind of tidbits are most important? Witnesses to deeds and adjoining properties. Every name in the old part of the cemetery, especially those adjoining your family plots. Names in the same district as your ancestor are written down according to the order of the entries, along with such details as acreage, adjoining neighbors, and waters. Purchasers of estate sales as some of these people married the daughters (examine these names in the county marriage records). Remarkably, all of these people were from the old neighborhood! You will be amazed at how this information provides a better understanding of the life and times of your ancestors, plus makes all the puzzle parts fit.