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New Kent County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of New Kent County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting New Kent County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1654
County Seat New Kent
Courthouse
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Virginia  Gotoarrow.png  New Kent County
This article is about a county in the state of Virginia. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation).

Tidewater county.

Contents

County Courthouse

New Kent County Courthouse, New Kent, Va.
 New Kent County Virginia
P.O. Box 98
12001 Courthouse Circle
New Kent, VA 23124-0098
804-966-9520

Clerk Circuit Court has birth & death

1865-1888

marriage Divorce Probate Court and

land records from 1865

History

This Virginia county takes its name from the county of Kent in SE England.

The county is named after the English County of Kent. There was a Quaker settlement in Colonial New Kent County.

Parent County

1654--New Kent County was created 20 November 1654 from York and James City Counties.
County seat: New Kent [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

New Kent County has suffered heavy record loss.

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Weisiger abstracted a valuable source that includes deed, will, and marriage information about New Kent 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.[2]
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Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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 New Kent County, see p. 62]

African American


Freedmen's Bureau Letters or Correspondence, 1865-18721

Bibles

  • Bible Records [1822-1860] of John H. Christian of New Kent County, Son of Gideon and Lucy Christian. Transcript, 1977. FHL Collection 1036555 Item 40  
  • Chapman Bible Records [ca. 1809-1926], New Kent County. Transcript, microfilmed 1977. FHL Collection 1036555 Item 40
  • Smithie, Hannah More Moore and Martha Dandridge Woman's Club (New Kent County, Virginia). Bible Records Collected by the Martha Dandridge Woman's Club, New Kent County, Virginia. Typescript, microfilmed 1977. FHL Collection 1036555 Item 40 
  • Taylor Bible Records [1802-1912], New Kent Co. Transcript, microfilmed 1977. FHL Collection 1036555 Item 40
  • Turner, Bell Woodward. John Ratcliffe's Bible [Records, ca. 1814-1841], New Kent County, Va. Transcript, microfilmed 1977. FHL Collection 1036555 Item 40 

Cemeteries

Census


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


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 6,239
1800 6,363 2.0%
1810 6,478 1.8%
1820 6,630 2.3%
1830 6,458 −2.6%
1840 6,230 −3.5%
1850 6,064 −2.7%
1860 5,884 −3.0%
1870 4,381 −25.5%
1880 5,515 25.9%
1890 5,511 −0.1%
1900 4,865 −11.7%
1910 4,682 −3.8%
1920 4,541 −3.0%
1930 4,300 −5.3%
1940 4,092 −4.8%
1950 3,995 −2.4%
1960 4,504 12.7%
1970 5,300 17.7%
1980 8,781 65.7%
1990 10,445 19.0%
2000 13,462 28.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1890 Union Veterans

Church

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Blisland Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. John's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. Paul's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. Peter's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. Stephen's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Stratton Major Parish

Court

Chancery Court

  • Indexed images to New Kent County, Virginia Chancery Records 1848-1956 are available online through Virginia Memory: Chancery Records Index. These records, often concerned with inheritance disputes, contain a wealth of genealogical information.

Genealogy

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

Immigration

Headright grants identify many New Kent County, Virginia immigrants who arrived before 1720.[3] The Virginia Immigration article provides tips about using this source.

Additional resources include:

Land

Grants and Patents

  • 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 New Kent County. N.B. If Ancestry's search engine fails, try checking the printed index at the end of the book.]

Local Histories

  • Harris, Malcolm Hart. Old New Kent County, Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places in ... 2 vols. West Point, Va.: M.H. Harris, 1977. FHL Collection 975.5 H2har v. 1

Maps

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records identify migrants who left the county and often their intended destinations. New Kent County's 1789 Delinquent List appears on 22:121.]

Military

Colonial Militia
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some New Kent County militia officers and/or soldiers; 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 New Kent County, see p. 96.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some New Kent County militia officers; see place name index.]
French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some New Kent County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some New Kent County militia officers; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

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

- 6th Virginia Regiment

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 versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Eastern District, New Kent County on page 132.]
War of 1812
  • 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, New Kent County, p. 92. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

Civil War


Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865


Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865


Naturalization


Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

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.


Private Papers

Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007


Probate

Local Court

  • 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 New Kent County.]

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of St. Peter's Parish, Stratton Major Parish, and New Kent 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 ($). [New Kent County appears in 31:215-235.]
  • [1782] Smith, Paulette. New Kent County, Virginia Land Tax Records, 1782 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • [1782] Land Tax Records, 1782, Tidewater Virginia Families, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Aug. 1993); Vol. 2, No. 3 (Nov. 1993). Available at FHL.
  • [1782-1820] Heinegg, Paul. "New Kent County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1820," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1788] 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 1788 personal property tax list. New Kent County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1789] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records identify migrants who left the county and often their intended destinations. New Kent County's 1789 Delinquent List appears on 22:121.]
  • [1790, 1800] Indexed images of the 1790 and 1800 Land Tax Lists of New Kent County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1791, 1800] Indexed images of the 1791 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of New Kent County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan. 2000); Vol. 44, No. 2 (Apr. 2000).
  • [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. New Kent County is included in Vol. 1.]

Vital Records

Indexes to New Kent 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


Indexes to New Kent 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

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.

Societies and Libraries

Websites

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References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. John Frederick Dorman, "Review of Burned County Data 1809-1848," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1987):60-61.
  3. 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)