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Bedford County Virginia


Map of Va: Bedford CountyBedford County was formed on 10 May 1754 from the western lands of Lunenburg County and named for John Russell, fourth Duke of Bedford, who as secretary of state for the southern department (1748-1751), had general supervision of colonial affairs. At the time of its creation the new county comprised the area from Falling River, in present Campbell County, to the mountains where it abutted with Augusta County. A year after its formation the portion of Albemarle County south of the James River and an additional part of Lunenburg County west of the present Charlotte-Campbell line was added to Bedford. In 1782 Campbell County was cut off, followed by a portion of newly-created Franklin County's land in 1785. At that point, Bedford achieved its present boundaries. The great landmark of the Peaks of Otter are located in this county, at the juncture of the Carolina Wagon Road and the Cumberland Trace.

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BEDFORD CO., VA 1810 CENSUS transcribed and annotated by John Vogt. 10 1/2 x 8 1/2, x, 47 pages, illustrations, maps. This is the first surviving census for Bedford, since both the 1790 and 1800 censuses have been lost. Bedford was an important county with a heavy slave population (6,147), and the census records a large total population in excess of 16,000. The manuscript itself is in very poor condition.
From the Introduction:

Of ninety-four county and municipal census records for 1810 transcribed to date, Bedford posed the greatest number of challenges in style, readability, condition of the manuscript, and over-all presentation of data. William Key, the assistant marshall and enumerator for the county, chose a unique method of recording the data. Each folio was divided into two columns (cf. Folio 452, page vii), and this allowed 40-45 names to be transcribed per sheet. Unfortunately, there are smaller margins remaining on the left and right, and portions of the edges have fallen away over the centuries. In addition, the manuscript suffered from both water damage and a resultant severe fading along the outside portions. This is especially true for the left-hand column of each sheet, where many of the names are illegible. Finally, in an effort to prevent further deterioration, early archival conservationists placed reinforcing tape along the bottom edges (and occasionally the right edge). In almost every case, the tape is so opaque that the line of data it covered was lost. The two page examples reproduced in the introduction (folios 452 and 453) actually are “good” sheets, and many others were more seriously degraded.

Two unnumbered sheets were discovered in the transcription, the first following folio 457 and the second following folio 458. All of the other sheets, both verso and recto, carry a unique sequence of numbering from 452 through 491. In this transcription the numbers “457R” and “458R” have been assigned to these unnumbered pages. Family names included in the 1810 Bedford census are listed below (does not include circa 75 names where only a partial reading could be made or where the name was missing due to tears in the manuscript):

Adams; Adkerson; Agnue; Allen; Anderson; Andrews; Anthoney; Arns; Arther; Asbury; Austin; Ayliff; Ayres; Baber; Bailey; Baker; Ballard; Bandy; Banister; Barker; Barton; Bateman; Bayn; Beard; Bell; Bellamy; Bennet; Best; Birch; Blackwell; Blankinship; Board; Boatwright; Bobbits; Bocock; Boland; Boles; Boley; Bond; Boothe; Boswell; Bowsman; Boyer; Boyles; Bramblett; Branch; Brewer; Briant; Bright; Brill; Brown; Browning; Bruce; Buford; Bunch; Bunderant; Burch; Burges; Burnett; Burress; Burton; Cadwallider; Caffery; Caine; Calloway; Calvert; Campbell; Camper; Canidy; Carner; Carr; Carson; Carter; Casey; Cheatham; Cheatwood; Chick; Childress; Chilton; Clarke; Clarkston; Clay; Clayton; Clybourn; Cobbs; Cofer; Colbert; Cole; Coleman; Collins; Coltriter; Colwell; Comton; Condiff; Cooper; Corley; Cotrell; Couch; Cowan; Cowhard; Cox; Craghead; Craig; Cranz; Creasey; Creasy; Crenshaw; Crews; Cripe; Crouch; Crumb; Crump; Crumpecker; Crumpton; Cundiff; Cuningham; Curtis; Dabney; Dalis; Dallis; Daubings; Daugherty; Davenport; Davis; Davison; Dawson; Deardoff; Dearing; Deford; Dejarnett; Dellis; Dent; Depew; Dewit; Dickerson; Dixon; Dollard; Donoho; Dooley; Douglas; Dowdy; Dowell; Drummon; Drury; Duggan; Durrett; Eadings; Earley; Eckholes; Edgar; Edwards; Eidson; Elliott; Ely; Engledew; English; Estis; Eubank; Evans; Everet; Eves; Fansher; Faris; Farmer; Farquar; Farquran; Farrow; Feathers; Feazell; Fielding; Fields; Filson; Finley; Finney; Fiser; Fisher; Flannigan; Flood; Flournoy; Flowers; Floyd; Foalding; Foster; Foulding; Fouts; Fowler; Frank; Franklin; Frazier; Frederick; Freeman; Frith; Fuquay; Furgeson; Gaddy; Galliard; Garrett; Garver; Gibbs; Gill; Gilpin; Goard; Goff; Goggin; Goode; Gooding; Goodman; Gordan; Gore; Gortner; Graham; Gray; Green; Gregory; Griffin; Grooms; Grubb; Gussking; Gwadkins; Hackworth; Haden; Hale; Hales; Hall; Halledy; Halligan; Hambleton; Hampton; Hancock; Hanner; Hardy; Harris; Harrison; Harvey; Hatcher; Hawkins; Haws; Haynes; Hazelwood; Helms; Henderlight; Henderson; Hendrick; Henry; Hensley; Hewit; Hicks; Higginbotham; Hill; Hilton; Hix; Hobbs; Hobson; Hodges; Hogan; Holdren; Hole; Holland; Holley; Holligan; Holloway; Holly; Holt; Homan; Hopkins; Horn; Hosley; Houck; Howard; Howell; Huddleston; Hudnal; Hudson; Hughes; Humphrey; Hunt; Hunter; Huntsman; Hurt; Irvin; Jackson; James; Jarrod; Jennings; Jeter; Jinkins; Johns; Johnson; Jones; Jopling; Jordan; Kantzer; Keenan; Kelley; Kenidy; Kennett; Kent; Kerns; Key; King; Kirnes; Krantz; Lambert; Lancaster; Lankester; Lathom; Lawhorn; Layne; Lazenby; Lee; Lefoy; Leftwich; Lemont; Lent; Lesley; Lesure; Lewis; Lightle; Lockerd; Lockett; Logwood; Long; Loundown; Lovegrove; Lowman; Lowry; Loyd; Lumpkin; Lyles; Madery; Madling; Majors; Mansfield; Marckle; Markham; Marsh; Martin; Mason; Mathews; Mayhew; Mayhue; Mays; McCabe; McCain; McClain; McClary; McClintock; McClure; McConaha; McCormac; McCoy; McCraw; McCuthing; McDaniel; Mcfearson; McGans; McGehee; McGeorge; McGlasson; McGluthrum; McMillan; Mead; Meadow; Medley; Megehe; Melson; Melton; Merchant; Merewether; Merret; Milam; Miles; Miller; Millirons; Millner; Mills; Mills; Minor; Minter; Mitchell; Mizley; Moland; Moore; Moorland; Moorman; Morgan; Morris; Morse; Mosley; Moss; Mozley; Mullin; Murdoch; Murfey; Murphy; Murry; Musgrove; Nance; Neal; Neighbours; Nelms; Newgen; Newlin; Newman; Nichols; Nimmo; Nobles; Noel; North; Obrian; Oglesby; Olyneal; Orndorff; Otey; Overacre; Overfelt; Overstreet; Owen; Ownby; Oxley; Padgett; Page; Palmore; Parker; Parsons; Pate; Patterson; Payne; Peal; Pearsey; Pearson; Peatross; Pegram; Pendleton; Penn; Perdue; Phelps; Philips; Plymer; Poindexter; Pollard; Porter; Powell; Prater; Pratt; Preston; Price; Prier; Priest; Pullin; Purkins; Quarles; Ragland; Ramsey; Randolph; Rather; Ray; Rayleigh; Redding; Redmond; Reece; Reid; Reynolds; Rice; Richard; Richards; Richardson; Rider; Ridgeway; Roads; Roberts; Robertson; Robins; Robinson; Ronald; Rucker; Ruff; Rusher; Russell; Ryan; Sale; Saunders; Saunders; Saunderson; Scott; Selden; Settle; Shans; Sharp; Shavers; Shaw; Shearman; Sheliday; Sheon; Shepherd; Sherley; Shoemaker; Shorewater; Simmons; Sims; Siner; Sinkler; Skilmon; Slack; Slaughter; Sledge; Smelcer; Smith; Sneed; Snoddy; Snyder; Sorsbury; Speakman; Spradlin; Spradling; Squires; Srusbury; Stanly; Steptoe; Stevens; Stewart; Stiff; Stone; Stony; Story; Stover; Strange; Stratton; Streach; Stump; Sutfin; Sutton; Swain; Swinny; Tanner; Tate; Taylor; Terry; Thomas; Thomason; Thomkins; Thomson; Thonhill; Thorp; Thurman; Tiller; Tinneson; Tinsley; Towler; Tracy; Trent; Trigg; Trucks; Truman; Tucker; Turner; Turner; Turpin; Twopence; Tyler; Updyche; Vanison; Vanpelt; Vaughan; Vealy; Vest; Wade; Waldron; Walker; War; Warner; Watson; Watts; Weeks; Welch; Wells; West; Wheat; Wheeler; Whirley; White; Whiteley; Whitely; Whiter; Whitlow; Whitting; Whittington; Whitton; Whorton; Wigginton; Wilkerson; William; Williams; Williamson; Wills; Willson; Wilson; Wisong; Witt; Womacks; Wood; Woodcock; Woodey; Woodford; Wright; Yates; Young;

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BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA INDEX TO WILLS FROM 1754 TO 1830 (Published by Heritage Papers, Danielsville, Ga)16 pages.
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BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA WILLS AND INVENTORIES 1811 - 1817 Belle Garraghty Harrell and June Mackey Slaughter, 1998, 5"x8" format, 120 pages,index. This book contains wills, appraisements, inventories, sales, and allotments from Will Books 4-A and 4-B, Bedford County Circuit Court Feb 1811 - Nov 1817.
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BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA WILLS AND INVENTORIES 1823 - 1827 Belle Garraghty Harrell, 1998, 5"x8" format, 104 pages, index. This book contains abstracts of wills, appraisements, inventories, sales, and allotments from Will Book 6, Bedford County Circuit Court September 1823 - December 1817.
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ABSTRACTS OF WILL BOOK G-7, BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA, January 1828-September 1831 Belle Garraghty Harrell, 1999, 5"x8" format, 119 pages, index. This is the third book of abstracts made from the early will books of Bedford County, Virginia. It includes appraisements and inventories, sales, and allotments. Much care was taken to include that information which will be most helpful to someone trying to identify records useful in his/her research.
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Bedford Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 39 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and a listing of available counties, see: Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners

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Bedford Co. Revolutionary Public Claims transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 64 pages, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims and a listing of available counties, see: Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series

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