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Map of Va: Westmoreland CountyWestmoreland County was formed in 1653 from the upper portion of Northumberland County. At its inception, Westmoreland encompassed all the land between the watershed and the Potomac River and extended to the northern reaches of Northern Neck. In 1664 Stafford County was created from the northern part of Westmoreland. In 1777 Westmoreland gained from King George County the portion extending to the Rappahannock River. In return a portion of the northern reach of Westmoreland was added to King George. The earliest settlement of the region dates from circa 1640, and the first land patent from 1653. Most of the pre-Revolutionary records of Westnmoreland are missing, although transcriptions of some early records were made in the nineteenth century. Marriage records do not begin until 1772.
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WESTMORELAND CO., VA DEEDS AND WILLS No. 7, 1720-1722 [1711; 1719-1723] Abstracted by Craig M. Kilby. 2013,8 x 10, vi, 98 pages, appendices index.

From the introduction:
The publication of Westmoreland County Deeds & Wills No. 7 is long overdue. It fills an important gap between the work of John Frederick Dorman, who stopped with Deeds & Wills No. 6 (1716-1720) and the work of Ruth and Sam Sparacio, who began with Deeds & Wills No. 8 (1723-1738.)

In its official title, Deeds & Wills No. 7 purports to cover the years 1720-1722, but this is misleading. It covers the period 1719-1723, with fourteen documents recorded in 1711 thrown in for good measure.

The record book comprises 359 pages, all written in the fine hand of County Clerk Thomas Sorrell. The county clerk had many duties, and recording land and probate records was one of the most important of these. However, Sorrell was a busy man, which is shown by the non-chronological order in which these were set down to record. A good example of this is the county levies for 1721 and 1722: the levy for 1722 is recorded on page 135, while the levy for 1721 is recorded on page 248.

In Appendix A, I have created an expanded General Index to the principal parties to events. This was deemed important since the original index was lost when the record book was refurbished in 2012. (See notes on page 52 for more information on this.)

In Appendix B, I have taken a new approach with the every-name index to this book—and one that I hope frequent users of the typical books of this nature will appreciate. The index in Appendix B is not just an every-name index, it is an every-event index. The net result is a much longer index but a much faster reference to what role a particular person played in a particular record before flipping to the page to find out.

The index in Appendix B also includes names of all slaves named in this record book, as well as a list of all place names. These are, unsurprisingly, indexed under “Slave” and “Place Name”.
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WESTMORELAND CO., VA 1810 CENSUS transcribed by John Vogt. 2010,8 x 10, x, 20 pages, illustrations, maps, statistical summary
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WESTMORELAND COUNTY VIRGINIA CEMETERIES: VOLUME ONE compiled by Dalton W. "Dal" Mallory. 2009, xiv, 270 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 format, index. More than two decades of research have produced this major research tool for the genealogical researcher that is an accurate and complete record of 147 private cemeteries in Westmoreland County [Church cemetery records are planned for a subsequent volume]. This is the first of a series on the county. It is more than just a visit to a cemetery and a listing of the burials. The author has also sought to revisit "active" cemeteries to bring them up to date as of 2009. Whenever possible, diagrams are provided to guide the researcher to a particular plot within the graveyards. And a further category of KNOWN TO BE BURIED THERE which can be proved from other sources is provided This book will become a standard for research into Westmoreland's history and genealogy.

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY VIRGINIA LOOSE CHANCERY PAPERS: 1804-1864 transcribed by Elizabeth Nuckols Lee. 2004, iv, 237 pages, index. The majority of suits deal with the division of real and personal property of a decedent, when minor children were involved. This was the case when a person had many children over a long period of time, a person had been married more than once, or when an adult child was also deceased and had minor children. The law required that minor children be protected. Suits had to be brought to guarantee that protection. As a result, some chancery bills contain as many as four or five generations of a family. In 1873, many old pending suits were dismissed or discontinued. [Wecp] $24.95
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ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA's NORTHERN NECK (LAND) WARRANTS & SURVEYS, 1697-1784 (HAMPSHIRE, BERKELEY, LOUDOUN, FAIRFAX, KING GEORGE, WESTMORELAND, RICHMOND, NORTHUMBERLAND AND LANCASTER COUNTIES) by Peggy Shomo Joyner. 1987, xv, 225 pp. Published as the fourth and last volume in a series of Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, this collection has become a standard reference work for researchers in the period of colonial Virginia history.
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Westmoreland Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 14 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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Westmoreland Co. Revolutionary Public Claims transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 21 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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