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Brunswick County Virginia


Map of Va: Brunswick County A new county was set out on 2 Nov. 1720 and named in honor of the duchy of Brunswick-Lünenburg, one of the possessions of George I, who had recently (1714) ascended to the throne of England. Brunswick County included the present Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, a small portion of western Greensville, the southwestern corner of Nottoway, the majority of Prince Edward, the southern portion of Appomattox, almost all of Campbell, and the land to the west with an indeterminate western boundary. Like many of the frontier counties, at the time of its creation, Brunswick did not possess sufficient population and tithables to support its own county court administration. Therefore, it was not until 2 May 1732 that the first court was held in the county. In 1735 Amelia County was formed from Prince George County, and Brunswick contributed to the new county land north of the Great Nottoway River and the ridges creating the watershed between Roanoke and Appomattox rivers. When Lunenburg County was cut off in 1745 the western line for Brunswick became fixed. In 1781 the formation of Greensville County fixed Brunswick's eastern line. The final border adjustment came in 1787 when a triangular portion south of Meherrin River was transferred to Greensville County. Brunswick's population grew rapidly as tobacco farmers from eastern counties pushed into the virgin soils of the new county and began the tobacco planting cycle anew. The court records for the county are virtually intact and, although the courthouse was the object of a Union raid in 1864, the vandalism of the building did not destroy the records themselves.
For a better understanding of county boundary changes, see our new section Virginia in Maps


Publications:
BRUNSWICK CO., VA 1810 CENSUS transcribed by John Vogt. 10 1/2 x 8 1/2, x, 29 pages, illustrations, map, rough alphabetic listing as in the original. This is the first surviving census for Brunswick, since both the 1790 and 1800 censuses for Virginia have been lost.

This and other 1810 censuses are transcribed by the author from the original images, and while many of Virginia's censuses are available online, they oftentimes are replete with misreadings.Caveat emptor!
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1750-1853 John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr. 1988, xiii, 296 pages, figures, appendices, map. The early marriage records of this county do not begin until 1750. A total of 3,364 bonds have been transcribed covering the years 1750-1853. Also incorporated into these entries are ministers' returns whenever available (1,919 in all).
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Brunswick Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 30 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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Brunswick Co. Revolutionary Public Claims transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 58 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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