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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Isle of Wight County'''  
  
<br>'''Isle of Wight County, Virginia''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Isle of Wight County''' (established 1634) 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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<br>'''Isle of Wight County, Virginia''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Isle of Wight County''' (established 1634) 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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Isle of Wight County fell within the bounds of the Portsmouth Association.
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Isle of Wight County fell within the bounds of the Portsmouth Association.  
  
 
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*White, Miles. "Early Quaker Records in Virginia," ''Publications of the Southern History Association'', [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou10assogoog#page/n224/mode/2up Vol. 6, No. 3 (May 1902):220-231]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou10assogoog#page/n308/mode/2up Vol. 6, No. 4 (Jul. 1902):304-313]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou12assogoog#page/n30/mode/2up Vol. 7, No. 1 (May 1903):17-24]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou12assogoog#page/n112/mode/2up Vol. 7, No. 2 (Mar. 1903):96-105]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou12assogoog#page/n228/mode/2up Vol. 7, No. 3 (May 1903):207-213]. Digitized by Internet Archive - free. Reprint: {{FHL|64857|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 A1 no. 82}}.<br>
 
*White, Miles. "Early Quaker Records in Virginia," ''Publications of the Southern History Association'', [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou10assogoog#page/n224/mode/2up Vol. 6, No. 3 (May 1902):220-231]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou10assogoog#page/n308/mode/2up Vol. 6, No. 4 (Jul. 1902):304-313]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou12assogoog#page/n30/mode/2up Vol. 7, No. 1 (May 1903):17-24]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou12assogoog#page/n112/mode/2up Vol. 7, No. 2 (Mar. 1903):96-105]; [http://archive.org/stream/publicationssou12assogoog#page/n228/mode/2up Vol. 7, No. 3 (May 1903):207-213]. Digitized by Internet Archive - free. Reprint: {{FHL|64857|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 A1 no. 82}}.<br>
  
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*'''1746-1903''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Court Papers-Miscellaneous Volumes 1 to 24}} (FamilySearch) - free.
 
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*'''1773-1847''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Fee Books 1 to 36}} (FamilySearch) - free.
 
*'''1773-1847''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Fee Books 1 to 36}} (FamilySearch) - free.
  
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*'''1831-1909''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Chancery Order Books 1 to 6}} (FamilySearch) - free.
 
*'''1831-1909''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Chancery Order Books 1 to 6}} (FamilySearch) - free.
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*Virginia, Civil War {{RecordSearch|1932382|Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865}} (FamilySearch) - free.  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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Indexed images of the [http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary/BrowseVG.cfm Virginia Gazette ](1736-1780) are available online through the [http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/ 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: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia]. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.
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Indexed images of the [http://research.history.org/DigitalLibrary/BrowseVG.cfm Virginia Gazette ](1736-1780) are available online through the [http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/ 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: [http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/gos/ The Geography of Slavery in Virginia]. These newspapers are valuable resources for all regions of Virginia.  
  
 
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*'''1647-1800''' - Chapman, Blanche Adams. ''Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800''. 1938; reprint, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. Original edition at {{FHL|115418|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Fiche 6101844}}; 1995 reprint at {{FHL|1165878|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.554 P28c 1995}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49403 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc0806306475_blancheadamschapman1938 World Vital Records] ($). ["The original records on file in Isle of Wight County and abstracted in this work are: Wills and Administrations Book A (1641-1650); Will and Deed Books 1 and 2 (1658-1659, 1666-1719); Will Books 3-11 (1726-1800); Deed Book I (1691-1695); Administrations and Probates (1666-1701); and The Great Book (1719-1729). In addition to the names of the testators and legatees, the entries provide the names of executors, securities, and witnesses and frequently include assignments of property."]<ref>Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49403.</ref>  
 
*'''1647-1800''' - Chapman, Blanche Adams. ''Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800''. 1938; reprint, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. Original edition at {{FHL|115418|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Fiche 6101844}}; 1995 reprint at {{FHL|1165878|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 975.554 P28c 1995}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49403 Ancestry] ($); and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc0806306475_blancheadamschapman1938 World Vital Records] ($). ["The original records on file in Isle of Wight County and abstracted in this work are: Wills and Administrations Book A (1641-1650); Will and Deed Books 1 and 2 (1658-1659, 1666-1719); Will Books 3-11 (1726-1800); Deed Book I (1691-1695); Administrations and Probates (1666-1701); and The Great Book (1719-1729). In addition to the names of the testators and legatees, the entries provide the names of executors, securities, and witnesses and frequently include assignments of property."]<ref>Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49403.</ref>  
 
*'''1662-1686''' - Boddie, John Bennett. ''Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia:&nbsp;A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records''. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at {{FHL|110892|title-id|disp=FHL}} [3 copies]; digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25644 Ancestry] ($) and {{FSbook|95323}}. [Includes chapter on wills 1662-1686.]  
 
*'''1662-1686''' - Boddie, John Bennett. ''Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia:&nbsp;A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records''. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at {{FHL|110892|title-id|disp=FHL}} [3 copies]; digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25644 Ancestry] ($) and {{FSbook|95323}}. [Includes chapter on wills 1662-1686.]  
*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|537823|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes Isle of Wight County.]
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*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|537823|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Includes Isle of Wight County.]  
 
*'''1766-1879''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Guardian Records Vols. 1-5, A-E}} (FamilySearch) - free.
 
*'''1766-1879''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Guardian Records Vols. 1-5, A-E}} (FamilySearch) - free.
  
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*'''[1790, 1799] '''Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1790 and 1799 Personal Property Tax Lists of Isle of Wight County, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
 
*'''[1790, 1799] '''Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1790 and 1799 Personal Property Tax Lists of Isle of Wight County, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
 
*'''[1800]''' Tax List, 1800, ''Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct. 1988); Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan. 1989); Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr. 1989). Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
 
*'''[1800]''' Tax List, 1800, ''Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct. 1988); Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan. 1989); Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr. 1989). Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
*'''[1815] '''Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Isle of Wight County is included in Vol. 3.]
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*'''[1815] '''Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Isle of Wight County is included in Vol. 3.]  
 
*'''[1824-1899]''' {{RecordSearch|2034267|Isle of Wight County, Virginia Land Tax Books 1824-1899}} (FamilySearch) - free.
 
*'''[1824-1899]''' {{RecordSearch|2034267|Isle of Wight County, Virginia Land Tax Books 1824-1899}} (FamilySearch) - free.
  
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*'''1628-1800''' - Chapman, Blanche Adams and Anita Comtois. ''Marriages of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1628-1800.'' Originally published in 1933. Reprint: Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1976. Reprint available at {{FHL|115431|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc0806307102_blancheadamschapman1933 World Vital Records] ($).  
 
*'''1628-1800''' - Chapman, Blanche Adams and Anita Comtois. ''Marriages of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1628-1800.'' Originally published in 1933. Reprint: Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1976. Reprint available at {{FHL|115431|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc0806307102_blancheadamschapman1933 World Vital Records] ($).  
*'''1660-1800''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3002 Virginia Marriages 1660-1800] (Ancestry) ($).
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*'''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) ($).  
 
*'''1799-1824''' - [http://vagenweb.org/isleofwight/iow1.htm Ministers' Returns Isle of Wight County, Virginia] (VAGenWeb) - free.  
 
*'''1799-1824''' - [http://vagenweb.org/isleofwight/iow1.htm Ministers' Returns Isle of Wight County, Virginia] (VAGenWeb) - free.  
 
*'''1813-1838''' - [http://vagenweb.org/isleofwight/Marriages.html Isle of Wight County, Virginia Marriage Bonds 1813-1838] (VAGenWeb) - free.  
 
*'''1813-1838''' - [http://vagenweb.org/isleofwight/Marriages.html Isle of Wight County, Virginia Marriage Bonds 1813-1838] (VAGenWeb) - free.  
 
*'''1813-1838''' - [http://vagenweb.org/isleofwight/Afri-Amer%20Marriages.html Isle of Wight County, Virginia Marriage Bonds of Free African Americans 1813-1838] (VAGenWeb) - free.
 
*'''1813-1838''' - [http://vagenweb.org/isleofwight/Afri-Amer%20Marriages.html Isle of Wight County, Virginia Marriage Bonds of Free African Americans 1813-1838] (VAGenWeb) - free.
  
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*'''1925-1944''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Coroner's Inquisitions Volume 1, 1925-1944}} (FamilySearch) - free.
 
*'''1925-1944''' - {{RecordSearch|2034267|Coroner's Inquisitions Volume 1, 1925-1944}} (FamilySearch) - free.
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Isle of Wight County, Virginia genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Isle of Wight County (established 1634) 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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Facts
Founded 1634
County Seat Isle of Wight
Courthouse

Contents

News

The Brantley Association of America has announced a project to digitize and index all early Isle of Wight County courthouse books. To learn more, visit Support the Isle of Wight Project.

County Courthouse

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Isle of Wight County Courthouse
17122 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, VA 23397
Phone: 757-365-6233[1]

Beginning Dates for Isle of Wight County, Virginia Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1772 1853 1810 1662 1647

History

This Virginia county takes its name from the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England.

The county is named after the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. Many colonial residents moved down into North Carolina in the 1600s and 1700s.

Parent County

1634--Isle of Wight was created in 1634 as an original shire or county.
County seat: Isle of Wight [2]  The original shire name of Warrosquyoake (also spelled Warrosquoyacke or Warrascoyak) was given then. The name was changed in 1637 to Isle of Wight County

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Isle of Wight

Neighboring Counties

Historically, Isle of Wight County has shared borders with all of the following counties:

Resources

African American

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 Isle of Wight County, Virginia census records online, see: Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 9,028
1800 9,342 3.5%
1810 9,186 −1.7%
1820 10,139 10.4%
1830 10,517 3.7%
1840 9,972 −5.2%
1850 9,353 −6.2%
1860 9,977 6.7%
1870 8,320 −16.6%
1880 10,572 27.1%
1890 11,313 7.0%
1900 13,102 15.8%
1910 14,929 13.9%
1920 14,433 −3.3%
1930 13,409 −7.1%
1940 13,381 −0.2%
1950 14,906 11.4%
1960 17,164 15.1%
1970 18,285 6.5%
1980 21,603 18.1%
1990 25,503 18.1%
2000 29,728 16.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1782 Enumeration

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Mill Swamp (1774).[3][4] Minute books begin in 1774: VAULT Film 833056 Item 1. Birth register (1777-1790) was published in the Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct. 1967):88-89, which is available online at Ancestry ($). Minutes (1774-1790) and a membership list (1774) were published in the Genealogical Society of Tidewater Virginia Bulletin, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Jun. 1971): FHL Film 1955382.
  2. Moore's Swamp (1791). Minute books begin in 1791: FHL Film 833056 Item 2.

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.

Isle of Wight County fell within the bounds of the Portsmouth Association.

Church of England

go to See also Lower Parish
go to See also Newport Parish
go to See also Nottoway Parish
go to See also Upper Parish
go to See also Warrosquyoake Parish

  • Mason, George Carrington. Colonial Churches of Tidewater Virginia. Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson, 1945. Available at FHL; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes Isle of Wight County.]
Puritans
  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes chapters on the early Puritan settlers.]
Quaker

Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Pagan Creek Monthly Meeting, near Smithfield, Va. (1673-1790) aka Levy Neck.[5] Minutes and papers of denial (1738-1763) have been published: FHL Book 975.5 K2qu.[6] Hinshaw also published the early records: FHL Book 973 D2he 1993 v. 6.[7]
  • Terrasco Neck Monthly Meeting (1672-1772)[5]
  • Western Branch Monthly Meeting (1672-1844) aka Lower Virginia Monthly Meeting.[5] Early records (1673-1756) have been published: FHL Film 850091 Item 9.

Friends from Isle of Wight County, Virginia also attended the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting in Nansemond County, Virginia and the Blackwater Monthly Meeting in Surry County, Virginia.[8]

Court

Chancery

Genealogy

More than 150 genealogies have been published about Isle of Wight County families. To view a list, visit Isle of Wight County, Virginia Genealogy.

Immigration

Headright grants identify many Isle of Wight County, Virginia immigrants who arrived before 1720.[9] The Virginia Immigration article provides tips about using this source.

Additional resources include:

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Warwicksquick and Isle of Wight County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]
  • Ljungstedt, Milnor. "Items from Southern Records" [Showing Family and Trade Connections with Northern Colonies and the Home Countries], The American Genealogist, Vol. 15 (1938):95-104. Digital version at American Ancestors. [Isle of Wight Co., VA: Day.]
  • Mahler, Leslie. "American Colonists Mentioned in London Wills," The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):201-204. [Hutchinson family of 'Wacasquoyk' (Warwick Squeak); Wiseman family of 'Warwicksqueake' and Isle of Wight Co., VA.]

Early migration routes to and from Isle of Wight County for European settlers included:[10]

Land and Property

Deeds

  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes chapters on deed books 1662-1686, 1688-1704.]

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.

  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes chapters on land grants 1628-1705.]
  • Hudgins. 393 patents dated 1635-1797 in what is now Isle of Wight County, Virginia placed on a map. DeedMapper, 2003. [Names of those who received land patents, dates, land descriptions, and references may be viewed free of charge (click "Index" next to the county listing); however, in order to view the maps, it is necessary to purchase Direct Line Software's DeedMapper product.]
  • Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666. Vol. I (1934; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1991). Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes Isle of Wight County. N.B. If Ancestry's search engine fails, try checking the printed index at the end of the book.]

Local Histories

  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online.
  • Morrison, E. M. Isle of Wight County: 1608-1907. Norfolk, Va.?: unknown, 1907. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps

Migration

  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes a chapter on Isle of Wight and Nansemond settlers who emigrated to North Carolina. Another chapter is titled "Richard Bennett and the Puritan exodus to Nansemond and Maryland."]

Military

Bacon's Rebellion
  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes chapter on Bacon's Rebellion.]
  • Tyler, Lyon G. "Isle of Wight County: Papers Relating to Bacon's Rebellion," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Oct. 1895):111-115. Digital version at JSTOR - free.
Colonial Militia
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Isle of Wight County militia officers and/or soldiers; see place name index.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Isle of Wight County militia officers; see place name index.]
French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Isle of Wight County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

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

- 4th Virginia Regiment
- 15th Virginia Regiment

Additional resources:

  • McIlwaine, H.R. Proceedings of the Committees of Safety of Cumberland and Isle of Wight Counties, Virginia, 1775-1776. Richmond: D. Bottom, Superintendent of Public Printing, 1919. Available at FHL; digital versions at Ancestry ($), FamilySearch Books Online, and Google Books.
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Eastern District, Isle of Wight County on page 131.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
War of 1812

Isle of Wight County men served in the 29th Regiment.[11]

  • 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, Isle of Wight County, p. 86. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Isle of Wight 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 Isle of Wight County, Virginia:

- 3rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (James River Artillery).[12]
- 19th Battalion, Virginia Heavy Artillery (Atkinson's) (Confederate). Company A (Smithfield Light Artillery Blues or Old Dominion Artillery).[13]

Records and histories are available, including:

World War II
  • United States. Selective Service System. Draft Registrations, 1942-1946, from Local Draft Board No. 1 of Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Original manuscripts at the Smithfield Branch of the Isle of Wight Library in Smithfield, Virginia; also available at FHL.

Naturalization

VirginiaNaturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Native Americans

  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes a chapter on local Native Americans.]

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Isle of Wight 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.

Officials

  • Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes a chapter on county officers.]

Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007

  • Family Bible of the Scott, Brock, and Dornin Family of Isle of Wight County, Virginia. MSS. Available at FHL.

Probate Records

A free index to Isle of Wight County, Virginia wills and administrations (1628-1800) is available at the Library of Virginia website.

  • 1647-1800 - Wills and Administrations Volumes 1 to 3, 1647-1800 (FamilySearch) - free.
  • 1647-1800 - Chapman, Blanche Adams. Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800. 1938; reprint, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003. Original edition at FHL US/CAN Fiche 6101844; 1995 reprint at FHL US/CAN Book 975.554 P28c 1995; digital version at Ancestry ($); and World Vital Records ($). ["The original records on file in Isle of Wight County and abstracted in this work are: Wills and Administrations Book A (1641-1650); Will and Deed Books 1 and 2 (1658-1659, 1666-1719); Will Books 3-11 (1726-1800); Deed Book I (1691-1695); Administrations and Probates (1666-1701); and The Great Book (1719-1729). In addition to the names of the testators and legatees, the entries provide the names of executors, securities, and witnesses and frequently include assignments of property."][14]
  • 1662-1686 - Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes chapter on wills 1662-1686.]
  • 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 Isle of Wight County.]
  • 1766-1879 - Guardian Records Vols. 1-5, A-E (FamilySearch) - free.

London Courts

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

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

  • [1704] "Virginia Quit Rent Rolls, 1704," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 28 (1920):207-218, 328-339; Vol. 29 (1921):18-28, 337-343, 402-412; Vol. 30 (1922):21-30, 280-285, 341-347; Vol. 31 (1923):70-75, 153-163, 215-231, 314-318; Vol. 32 (1924):69-75, 144-158, 281-287, 338-343; Vol. 33 (1925):47-50, 359-370; Vol. 34 (1926):113-119, 252-258, 313, 321. Available at FHL; reprinted in Virginia Tax Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983, which is also available at FHL; digital version of VMHB at JSTOR ($). [Isle of Wight County appears in 29:337-343.]
  • [1704] Boddie, John Bennett. Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia: A History of the County of Isle of Wight, Virginia, During the Seventeenth Century, Including Abstracts of the County Records. Chicago: Chicago Law Print. Co., 1938. Available at FHL [3 copies]; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and FamilySearch Books Online. [Includes 1704 quit rents.]
  • [1714] Quit Rent Roll, 1714, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 87, No. 2 (Apr. 1979). Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [1778] Assessors Book, 1778, William and Mary Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jan. 1917). Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [1782-1833] Heinegg, Paul. "Isle of Wight County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1833," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [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. Available at FHL. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Isle of Wight County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1790, 1799] Indexed images of the 1790 and 1799 Personal Property Tax Lists of Isle of Wight County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct. 1988); Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan. 1989); Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr. 1989). Available at FHL.
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Isle of Wight County is included in Vol. 3.]
  • [1824-1899] Isle of Wight County, Virginia Land Tax Books 1824-1899 (FamilySearch) - free.

Vital Records

Indexes to Isle of Wight 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
  • 1867-1896 - Fridley, Beth, comp. Isle of Wight County Virginia Birth Records, 1867-96 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Available at Ancestry ($).
Marriage
Death
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.

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Isle of Wight, Virginia. Page 715 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (1810; reprint, Richmond, Va.: Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 442-443. Digital version at Google Books.
  4. George Washington Paschal, History of North Carolina Baptists, 2 vols. (1930; reprint, Gallatin, Tenn.: Church History Research and Archives, 1990), 1:475. FHL Book 975.6 K2p 1990.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  6. Martha A. Putnam, Quaker Records of Southeast Virginia (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1996). FHL Book 975.5 K2qu.
  7. William Wade Hinshaw, Thomas W. Marshall and John Cox, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Bros., 1950). Vol. 6. FHL Book 973 D2he 1993 v. 6.
  8. Martha A. Putnam, Quaker Records of Southeast Virginia (Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1996). FHL Book 975.5 K2qu.
  9. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Cavaliers and Pioneers," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1980):221. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 24 (1980)
  10. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  11. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 109. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  12. Lee A. Wallace, 3rd Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, c1986). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 22.
  13. Jeffrey C. Weaver, 10th and 19th Battalions of Heavy Artillery (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1996). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 124.
  14. Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49403.