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Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book 2
1739 - 1750

Transcribed from the originals.

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        The book is 78 pages, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, fully indexed, and available for $12.98 plus $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

      This publication contains detailed abstracts of all the documents, namely wills, inventories, and accounts, that were recorded in the part of Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book No. 2 that covers the years 1739-1750.  Transcription was stopped at the end of the year 1750 because documents immediately following, abruptly jump to a recording date of Oct. 27, 1783.  The wills, in addition to giving family relationships, suggest the clues about the life style and character.  Financial status is suggested in the types of goods as well as in the total value of an estate. The names that people gave to their animals are sometimes humorous (for example, one man named his hogs the "housebird gang").  The items bequeathed, such as land, beds, and money, are very common.  Less expected was the will of the the man who bequeathed the gun he had been shot with.  The wills are written in an informal, colloquial style, which also gives a glimpse at the person behind the documents.

       In inventories there were usually 2 sets of signatures, with the first set of 1 or 2 names usually being the administrators or executors of the estate, and the 2nd set of 3 or more names being the appraisers. Where the titles executor, administrator, or appraiser was next to the signature, the titles were retained in this volume.  Entries in accounts that start with the word "by" appear to be a credit, and an entry starting with "to" seems to be a debit.  Debits and credits are in reference to the estate.  All of the above appear to be obsolete accounting terms, but the consistent use of this form almost always resulted in logical accounts, except where noted by footnote.

        Old Style Calendar: Dates in this deed book utilize the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian Calendar, in use since 1752).  With the Julian Calendar, New Year's Day occurs on Mar 25.  Hence, August was the 6th month and September was the 7th month, etc.  Where double dating (i.e., the Julian year/the Gregorian year) was used in the deed book, those double dates have been retained in this volume.

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