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<br>'''Hanover County, Virginia''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Hanover County''' (established 1720) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.  
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'''1720'''--Hanover County was created 2 November 1720 from [[New Kent County, Virginia|New Kent]] County. <br>'''County seat:''' Hanover <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1720'''--Hanover County was created 2 November 1720 from [[New Kent County, Virginia|New Kent]] County. <br>'''County seat:''' Hanover <ref name="HBG" />  
  
 
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] See also [[St. Martins Parish, Virginia|St. Martin's Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] See also [[St. Pauls Parish, Hanover, Virginia|St. Paul's Parish]]  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] See also [[St. Martins Parish, Virginia|St. Martin's Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] See also [[St. Pauls Parish, Hanover, Virginia|St. Paul's Parish]]  
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Meade's 1861 history of parishes in Hanover County is available [http://archive.org/stream/oldchurchesminis01meaduoft#page/426/mode/2up online.]<ref>William Meade, ''Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia'', 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: [http://www.archive.org/details/oldchurchesminis01meaduoft Vol. I] and [http://archive.org/details/oldchurchesminis02meaduoft Vol. II].</ref>
  
 
*Mason, George Carrington. "The Colonial Churches of New Kent and Hanover Counties, Virginia," ''The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography'', Vol. 53, No. 4 (Oct., 1945):243-264. Available at {{FHL|16216|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.jstor.org JSTOR]&nbsp;($).
 
*Mason, George Carrington. "The Colonial Churches of New Kent and Hanover Counties, Virginia," ''The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography'', Vol. 53, No. 4 (Oct., 1945):243-264. Available at {{FHL|16216|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.jstor.org JSTOR]&nbsp;($).
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
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More than 100 genealogies have been published about Hanover County families. To view a list, visit [[Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy|Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
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More than 250 genealogies have been published about Hanover County families. To view a list, visit [[Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy|Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
  
 
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:- [[4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]  
 
:- [[4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)]]  
 
:- [[15th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|15th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. '''Company C''' (Patrick Henry Rifles), '''Company E''' (Ashland Grays), and '''Company I''' (Hanover Grays).<ref>Louis H. Manari, ''15th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). {{FHL|478928|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 78}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[15th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|15th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. '''Company C''' (Patrick Henry Rifles), '''Company E''' (Ashland Grays), and '''Company I''' (Hanover Grays).<ref>Louis H. Manari, ''15th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). {{FHL|478928|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 78}}.</ref>  
:- [[44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company D (Ambler Grays).<ref>Kevin C. Ruffner, ''44th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). {{FHL|610175|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 39}}.</ref>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company D (Ambler Grays).<ref>Kevin C. Ruffner, ''44th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). {{FHL|610175|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 39}}.</ref>  
 
:- [[56th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|56th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company K (Harrison's Guards).<ref>William A. Young Jr. and Patricia C. Young, ''56th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). {{FHL|598323|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 63}}.</ref>
 
:- [[56th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)|56th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)]]. Company K (Harrison's Guards).<ref>William A. Young Jr. and Patricia C. Young, ''56th Virginia Infantry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). {{FHL|598323|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 63}}.</ref>
  
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===== Birth =====
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*'''1853-1896''' - Fridley, Beth, comp. ''Hanover County Virginia Birth Records, 1853-1896 ''[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6091 Ancestry] ($).
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*'''1853-1896''' - Fridley, Beth, comp. ''Hanover County Virginia Birth Records, 1853-1896 ''[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6091 Ancestry] ($).  
*'''1853-1879''' - Hanover County Birth Index 1853-1879. Batch {{IGI|C868764}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1853-1879''' - Hanover County Birth Index 1853-1879. Batch {{IGI|C868764}} (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.</ref>
  
 
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*'''1660-1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3002 Virginia Marriages 1660-1800] (Ancestry) ($).  
 
*'''1660-1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3002 Virginia Marriages 1660-1800] (Ancestry) ($).  
*'''1740-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3723 Virginia Marriages 1740-1850] (Ancestry) ($).
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*'''1740-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3723 Virginia Marriages 1740-1850] (Ancestry) ($).  
 
*'''1863-1897''' - Hanover County Marriage Index 1863-1897. Batch {{IGI|M868764}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
*'''1863-1897''' - Hanover County Marriage Index 1863-1897. Batch {{IGI|M868764}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
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*'''1780-1781''' - Ljundstedt, Milnor. "Hanover County, Virginia Marriage Licenses," [1780-1781] ''The William and Mary Quarterly'', Second Series, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. 1926):78. Available at {{FHL|248629|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.jstor.org JSTOR]&nbsp;($).
 
*'''1780-1781''' - Ljundstedt, Milnor. "Hanover County, Virginia Marriage Licenses," [1780-1781] ''The William and Mary Quarterly'', Second Series, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. 1926):78. Available at {{FHL|248629|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.jstor.org JSTOR]&nbsp;($).
  
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*'''1853-1871''' - Hanover County Death Index 1853-1871. Batch {{IGI|B868764}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1853-1871''' - Hanover County Death Index 1853-1871. Batch {{IGI|B868764}} (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
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Early marriage registers have been lost. Yates, a professional genealogist, collected marriage data on residents of Hanover County, Virginia from a variety of substitute sources:<ref>John Frederick Dorman, "Review of ''Some Early Marriages of Hanover County, Virginia,"'' in ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 49, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2005):159. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;Da=285 American Ancestors] ($); {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 49 (2005)}}. </ref>  
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Early marriage registers have been lost. Yates, a professional genealogist, collected marriage data on residents of Hanover County, Virginia from a variety of substitute sources:<ref>John Frederick Dorman, "Review of ''Some Early Marriages of Hanover County, Virginia,"'' in ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 49, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2005):159. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/ American Ancestors] ($); {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 49 (2005)}}. </ref>  
  
 
*Yates, Helen Kay. ''Some Early Marriages of Hanover County, Virginia.'' Mechanicsville, Va., 2004.
 
*Yates, Helen Kay. ''Some Early Marriages of Hanover County, Virginia.'' Mechanicsville, Va., 2004.
  
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{{Tip|For birth, marriage, and death record substitutes, see [[{{PAGENAME}}#Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Church Records|Church Records]], [[{{PAGENAME}}#Newspapers|Newspapers]], and [[{{PAGENAME}}#Probate Records|Probate Records]].}}  
  
== Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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Hanover County Virginia Courthouse

Hanover County Courthouse, Hanover, Va.

  

Hanover County Courthouse
P O Box 470
Hanover, Virginia 23069
Phone: 804-365-6151

Clerk of the circuit court has marriage, divorce,
probate, land  and court records from 1865[1]

Beginning Dates for Hanover County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1863 1853 1810 1783 1785

Hanover County Virginia History

King George I of Great Britain (1660-1727)

The county is named after the Electorate of Hanover in what is today Germany, as King George I of Great Britain (1660-1727) held the title Elector of Hanover at the time of the county's organization.[2]

Parent County

1720--Hanover County was created 2 November 1720 from New Kent County.
County seat: Hanover [1]

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

  • Hannover

Record Loss

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Hanover County has suffered heavy record loss. The Hanover County, Virginia Record Loss page provides details.

Visit the Library of Virginia's website to determine exactly what records have been lost and their Lost Records Localities Database to find additional resources.

Weisiger abstracted a valuable source that includes deed, will, and marriage information about Hanover County, Virginia residents:

  • Weisiger, Benjamin B. Burned County Data 1809-1848 As Found in the Virginia Contested Election Files. Richmond, Va., 1986. FHL Book 975.5 P2w.[3]
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Hanover County, Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy Resources

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Research Guides

  • Davis, Virginia Lee Hutcheson. "Records of Tidewater Virginia Counties," Tidewater Virginia Families: A Magazine of History and Genealogy, Vol. 1, No. 2 (May-June 1992):53-66. FHL Collection 975.51 D25t [For Hanover County, see p. 58]

African American

In 1790, Hanover County had one of the largest slave populations in the state (8223 slaves).[4]

Hanover County, Virginia cohabitation records are available online.

Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-1872

"Hanover County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1815," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]

Bible Records

Images of the Virginia Historical Society's family Bible collection have been digitized:

Additional Bible records include:

Cemeteries

 

Census

For tips on accessing Hanover County, Virginia census records online, see: Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 14,754
1800 14,403 −2.4%
1810 15,082 4.7%
1820 15,267 1.2%
1830 16,253 6.5%
1840 14,968 −7.9%
1850 15,153 1.2%
1860 17,222 13.7%
1870 16,455 −4.5%
1880 18,588 13.0%
1890 17,402 −6.4%
1900 17,618 1.2%
1910 17,200 −2.4%
1920 18,088 5.2%
1930 17,009 −6.0%
1940 18,500 8.8%
1950 21,985 18.8%
1960 27,550 25.3%
1970 37,479 36.0%
1980 50,398 34.5%
1990 63,306 25.6%
2000 86,320 36.4%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1782 Enumeration

1890 Union Veterans

Church

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Black Creek (1777)[5]
  2. Chickahominy aka Chickahoming (1776).[5] Lists of male members (1812-1826) have been published: Hanover County Historical Society Bulletin, Issue 39 (Nov. 1988).
  3. Hopeful (1807)[5]

The 10,000 name petition (dated 16 October 1776) has been digitized at the Library of Congress website. It was signed by people from all over Virginia who wanted an end to persecution of Baptists by the Established Church. Baptists and Baptist sympathizers alike signed the petition. To find your ancestor in this record, first check Hall's transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy (Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39), which is available online at Ancestry ($). It is also available in book form at the Family History Library: FHL Book 975.5 B2vs v. 35-39. Then proceed to the Library of Congress website to see the original images.

Hanover County fell within the bounds of the Dover Association.

Church of England

go to See also St. Martin's Parish
go to See also St. Paul's Parish

Meade's 1861 history of parishes in Hanover County is available online.[6]

  • Mason, George Carrington. "The Colonial Churches of New Kent and Hanover Counties, Virginia," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 53, No. 4 (Oct., 1945):243-264. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).
Presbyterian
  • Rachael, William M.E. "Early Minutes of Hanover Presbytery," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 63, No. 1 (Jan., 1955):53-75; Vol. 63, No. 2 (Apr. 1955):161-185. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). [The Hanover Presbytery covered Virginia.]
Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Beaver Dam Monthly Meeting (1755-1783)[7]
In 1905, Bell published the early minutes, which are now available online for free at FamilySearch Books Online - free and Google Books - free.[9] Hinshaw also published these records: FHL Book 973 D2he v. 6.[10] Brewer also published records from 1739 to 1793: FHL Book 975.5462 K2b.[8]
Meyer's history, available on JSTOR ($), was published in 1956 (for a hard copy, see: FHL Book 975.5 BD27M v. 64 (1956)). The old building burned in 1904. Meyer includes a drawing of the church building and a map pinpointing the location where it stood.[11]
  • Pisquinoqy Swamp Monthly Meeting (1719-1775) aka Grassy Swamp aka Swamp[7]

Court

Chancery Court

  • Indexes and images to Hanover County, Virginia Chancery Records 1831-1913 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.
  • Cocke, William Ronald. Hanover County Chancery Wills and Notes. A Compendium of Genealogical, Biographical and Historical Material as Contained in Cases of the Chancery Suits of Hanover County, Virginia. Columbia, Va.: W.R. Cocke, 1940. Available at FHL; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online . Reviewed by John M. Jennings in The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct., 1940):575-576. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). Reviewed by R.A. Stewart in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul., 1940):284. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).

County Court

  • "Records of Hanover County," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Jul., 1912):47-63; Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jan., 1913):143-162; Vol. 22, No. 2 (Oct. 1913):114-130; Vol. 22, No. 3 (Jan. 1914):169-174; Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jul. 1914):21-30; Vol. 23, No. 2 (Oct. 1914):117-126. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). ["There are only two old books in the Clerk's Office of Hanover county, Va. The oldest, designated the 'Small Book' in these notes, covers the years 1734 and 1735, and contains orders, wills, deeds, etc. The other, 'The Larger Book' of these notes, is a deed book for 1780-1790." (21:47)]

Genealogy

More than 250 genealogies have been published about Hanover County families. To view a list, visit Hanover County, Virginia Genealogy.

Immigration

Land and Property

Deeds

  • "Records of Hanover County," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Jul., 1912):47-63; Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jan., 1913):143-162; Vol. 22, No. 2 (Oct. 1913):114-130; Vol. 22, No. 3 (Jan. 1914):169-174; Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jul. 1914):21-30; Vol. 23, No. 2 (Oct. 1914):117-126. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). ["There are only two old books in the Clerk's Office of Hanover county, Va. The oldest, designated the 'Small Book' in these notes, covers the years 1734 and 1735, and contains orders, wills, deeds, etc. The other, 'The Larger Book' of these notes, is a deed book for 1780-1790." (21:47)]

Grants and Patents

Land patents (pre-1779), land grants (after 1779) and surveys are available online at the Library of Virginia website. For step-by-step instructions on retrieving these records, read the Virginia Land and Property article.

Local Histories

  • Lancaster, Robert Bolling. A Sketch of the Early History of Hanover County, Virginia, and Its Large and Important Contributions to the American Revolution. Richmond, Va.: Whittet and Shepperson for the Bicentennial Committee for Hanover County, 1976. Reviewed by W. Alexander Mabry in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 85, No. 1 (Jan., 1977):110-111. Review available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Maps

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Hanover County's 1788-1789 Delinquent Lists appear on pp. 290-291.]
  • Glazebrook, Eugenia G. and Preston G. Glazebrook. Virginia Migrations. Hanover Co. Vol. I. 1723-1850. Wills, Deeds, Depositions, Invoices, Letters and other Documents. Richmond, Va. Reviewed by Beverley Fleet in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Apr., 1944):161-162. Review available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Military

French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Hanover County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]
  • Boogher, William F. Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources. Washington: n.p., 1903. Available at FHL; digital version at Google Books. [Includes a chapter titled "Legislative Enactments connecting the preceding historic sketch [French and Indian War, Lord Dunmore's War] with the adjudication of the resulting accounts that follow; with the list of officers, soldiers and civilians entitled to compensation for military and other services rendered." For Hanover County, see pp. 86-87, 111.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Hanover County militia officers; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

Regiments. Service men in Hanover County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Hanover County supplied soldiers for the:

- 5th Virginia Regiment
- 14th Virginia Regiment (1st Company, possibly 6th Company)[12]

Additional resources:

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Eastern District, Hanover County on page 131.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Hanover County men served in the 74th Regiment.[13]

  • Douthat, James L. Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2007. Free online surname index and purchase details at Mountain Press website. FHL Collection 975.5 M2djL. [Includes Hanover County.]
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, Virginia, Hanover County, p. 83. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Hanover County, Virginia served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Hanover County, Virginia:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 15th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company C (Patrick Henry Rifles), Company E (Ashland Grays), and Company I (Hanover Grays).[14]
- 44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Ambler Grays).[15]
- 56th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (Harrison's Guards).[16]

Records and histories are available, including:

Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Hanover County.

Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Hanover County, Virginia newspapers.

Indexed images of the Virginia Gazette (1736-1780) are available online through the Colonial Williamsburg website. In addition, Professor Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia have created a database of all runaway advertisements for slaves, indentured servants, transported convicts, and ship deserters listed in this source and other Virginia newspapers (1736-1803), see: The Geography of Slavery in Virginia. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.

Occupations

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Hanover silversmiths.]

Private Papers

Probate Records

Local Court

  • "Records of Hanover County," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Jul., 1912):47-63; Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jan., 1913):143-162; Vol. 22, No. 2 (Oct. 1913):114-130; Vol. 22, No. 3 (Jan. 1914):169-174; Vol. 23, No. 1 (Jul. 1914):21-30; Vol. 23, No. 2 (Oct. 1914):117-126. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). ["There are only two old books in the Clerk's Office of Hanover county, Va. The oldest, designated the 'Small Book' in these notes, covers the years 1734 and 1735, and contains orders, wills, deeds, etc. The other, 'The Larger Book' of these notes, is a deed book for 1780-1790." (21:47)]

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of York River and Hanover County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Original Wills

  • Bazile, Leon M. "The Wills of the Reverend Patrick Henry [dated and proved in 1777] and Walter Coles [dated and proved in 1815] of Hanover County, Virginia," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Jan., 1950):120-130. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). [Source: certified copies of original wills.]
  • Cocke, William Ronald. Hanover County Chancery Wills and Notes. A Compendium of Genealogical, Biographical and Historical Material as Contained in Cases of the Chancery Suits of Hanover County, Virginia. Columbia, Va.: W.R. Cocke, 1940. Available at FHL; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online ; and World Vital Records ($). Reviewed by John M. Jennings in The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct., 1940):575-576. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). Reviewed by R.A. Stewart in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul., 1940):284. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Cole, Robert F. and Marguerite S. Parrish. "Will of William Fleming Sheriff of Hanover County, Virginia, 1727-1728," [dated 1742, proved 1744] The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Oct., 1935):424-427. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). [Found in Louisa Co., Va. Chancery Suit "McAllister versus Bibb, May, 1770," found in loose papers at the Louisa County Courthouse.]
  • Hopkins, William Lindsay. Some Wills from the Burned Counties of Virginia and Other Wills Not Listed in Virginia Wills and Administrations 1632-1800. Richmond, Virginia: W.L. Hopkins, 1987. Available at FHL. [Includes Hanover County.]
  • King, George H.S. "Will of George Hudson of Hanover County, Virginia," [dated 1770, proved 1773] The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 66, No. 1 (Jan., 1958):85-87. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($). [King found this will among the Henry Clay Papers at the Library of Congress. Clay was Hudson's grandson.]
  • "Will of Robert Jennings, 1750," Typescript, Library of Virginia. Genealogical Notes [Collection] Box 6, Jen. Microfilmed. FHL Film 29885 Item 1

Probate

A free index to Hanover County, Virginia wills and administrations (1724-1898) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

Original versions

Original Hanover County land tax lists are held at the Library of Virginia. Microfilm reproductions (years: 1782-1863): FHL Films 29931-29938. Original Hanover County personal property tax lists are also held at the Library of Virginia. Microfilm reproductions (years: 1782-1863): FHL Films 31946-31953; (years: 1792-1828): FHL Films 29297-29298

Published versions
  • [1753-1763] Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Rent Roll of Hanover County, Virginia, 1753-1763," The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring 2000):71-80. FHL Book 929.105 G286n v. 14 (2000) [Discovered at The National Archives, Kew, England, Reference AO 13/30/110-129.]
  • [1763, 1770] Woodson, Robert F. and Isobel B. Woodson. Virginia Tithables from Burned Record Counties: Buckingham, 1773-1774; Gloucester, 1770-1771, 1774-1775; Hanover, 1763 and 1770; James City, 1768-1769; Stafford, 1768 and 1773. Richmond, Va.: I.B. Woodson, 1970. FHL Book 975.5 R4w
  • [1782-1815] Heinegg, Paul. "Hanover County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1815," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1782-1815] Cocke, William Ronald, III. Hanover County Taxpayers Saint Paul's Parish 1782-1815: A Register of Taxpayers, with Legends, Together with Individual Lists and Descriptions of Their Assessable Personal Property. 1956; reprint, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000. Original edition: FHL Book 975.5462 R4c; digital version at Ancestry ($).
    • Reviewed by Malcolm H. Harris in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 65, No. 1 (Jan., 1957):117-118. Review available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [1787] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. FHL Book 975.5 R4sn v. 2 [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Hanover County appears in Vol. 2.]
  • [1788-1789] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 21 (1977); digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Hanover County's 1788-1789 Delinquent Lists appear on pp. 290-291.]
  • [1789, 1799] Indexed images of the 1789 and 1799 Personal Property Tax Lists of Hanover County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1789, 1800] Indexed images of the 1789 and 1800 Land Tax Lists of Hanover County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, Saint Martin's Parish, The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Jul. 1962). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 6 (1962); digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan. 1985); Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr. 1985). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 29.
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. FHL Book 975 E4w v. 1. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Hanover County is included in Vol. 1.]

Vital Records

Indexes to Hanover County, Virginia births, marriages, and deaths are available online. These collections are incomplete, but are easy to search. Most records can also be ordered electronically online as well. Courtesy: FamilySearch - free. See also How to order Virginia Vital Records

Birth
  • 1853-1896 - Fridley, Beth, comp. Hanover County Virginia Birth Records, 1853-1896 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • 1853-1879 - Hanover County Birth Index 1853-1879. Batch C868764 (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.[25]
Marriage

Ljundstedt discovered a few early marriage licenses:

  • 1780-1781 - Ljundstedt, Milnor. "Hanover County, Virginia Marriage Licenses," [1780-1781] The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan. 1926):78. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).
Death
  • 1853-1871 - Hanover County Death Index 1853-1871. Batch B868764 (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.[25]
Vital Record Substitutes

The Virginia Historical Society's Marriage and Obituary Index, 1736-1820 (newspaper abstracts) is available for free online. Images of the original index cards are browseable, arranged alphabetically by surname.

Early marriage registers have been lost. Yates, a professional genealogist, collected marriage data on residents of Hanover County, Virginia from a variety of substitute sources:[26]

  • Yates, Helen Kay. Some Early Marriages of Hanover County, Virginia. Mechanicsville, Va., 2004.

Hanover County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

 

Family History Centers

Hanover County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Hanover County Virginia Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hanover County, Virginia. Page 715 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia Contributors, "Hanover County, Virginia," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanover_County,_Virginia, accessed 13 January 2012.
  3. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Burned County Data 1809-1848," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1987):60-61.
  4. Ninth Census of the United States: Statistics of Population, Tables I to VIII Inclusive (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1872), 70. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Book 973 X2pcu.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 118-119. Digital version at Google Books.
  6. William Meade, Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia, 2 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1861). Digital versions at Internet Archive: Vol. I and Vol. II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mary Marshall Brewer, Quaker Records of Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia, 1739-1793 (Lewes, De.: Colonial Roots, 2002), Introduction. FHL Book 975.5462 K2b.
  9. James Pinkney Pleasant Bell, Our Quaker Friends of Ye Olden Time: Being in Part a Transcript of the Minute Books of Cedar Creek Meeting, Hanover County, and the South River Meeting, Campbell County, Va (Lynchburg, Va.: J.P. Bell Company, 1905). FHL Book 975.5 K2bj; digital version at Google Books - free.
  10. William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. VI - Virginia (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Bros., 1950), 223-282. FHL Book 973 D2he v. 6.
  11. Harold I. Meyer, "Cedar Creek Meeting House, Hanover County, Virginia," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 64, No. 4 (Oct., 1956):454-457. FHL Book 975.5 BD27M v. 64 (1956); digital version at JSTOR ($).
  12. E.M. Sanchez-Saavedra, A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations in the American Revolution, 1774-1787 (Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1978), 71. FHL Book 975.5 M2s.
  13. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 101. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  14. Louis H. Manari, 15th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 78.
  15. Kevin C. Ruffner, 44th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 39.
  16. William A. Young Jr. and Patricia C. Young, 56th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 63.
  17. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  18. Heritage Preservation Services,Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012)
  19. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  20. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  21. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).
  22. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  23. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  24. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August, 2012)
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.
  26. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Some Early Marriages of Hanover County, Virginia," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2005):159. Digital version at American Ancestors ($); FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 49 (2005).