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Guide to '''Chesterfield County Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.
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Guide to '''Chesterfield County, Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.  
  
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== Chesterfield County Virginia Courthouse  ==
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=== Chesterfield County Virginia Courthouse  ===
 
 
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[http://www.chesterfield.gov/ Chesterfield County Courthouse]<br>9500 Courthouse Road<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 125<br>Chesterfield, Va 23832<br>Phone: 804-748-1241<br>  
 
[http://www.chesterfield.gov/ Chesterfield County Courthouse]<br>9500 Courthouse Road<br>P&nbsp;O&nbsp;Box 125<br>Chesterfield, Va 23832<br>Phone: 804-748-1241<br>  
  
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1771, <br>land records from 1749, divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chesterfield County, Virginia. Page 712 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1771, <br>land records from 1749, divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chesterfield County, Virginia. Page 712 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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== Chesterfield County Virginia History  ==
 
== Chesterfield County Virginia History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1749'''--Chesterfield County was created 1 May 1749 from [[Henrico County, Virginia|Henrico]] County. <br>'''County seat:''' Chesterfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1749'''--Chesterfield County was created 1 May 1749 from [[Henrico County, Virginia|Henrico]] County. <br>'''County seat:''' Chesterfield <ref name="HBG" />  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/virginia/ "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
*Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890
 
*Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890
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== Chesterfield County Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==
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== Chesterfield County Virginia Genealogy Resources  ==  
 
 
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==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
  
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{{VABible}}*'''Bass''' - King, George Harrison Sanford. "Bass Family Bible, Chesterfield County, Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 9, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1965):81-83. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($).
 
 
*'''[Bass]''' King, George Harrison Sanford. "Bass Family Bible, Chesterfield County, Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 9, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1965):81-83. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($).
 
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see ''[[Chesterfield County, Virginia Cemeteries]]''.  
 
For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see ''[[Chesterfield County, Virginia Cemeteries]]''.  
  
 
The following is a list of cemeteries in Chesterfield County:<ref>[http://www.topozone.com/ USGS Map], Topozone.com</ref>  
 
The following is a list of cemeteries in Chesterfield County:<ref>[http://www.topozone.com/ USGS Map], Topozone.com</ref>  
 
 
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*Woods Cemetery  
 
*Woods Cemetery  
 
*Wyatt Cemetery
 
*Wyatt Cemetery
 
 
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/virginia/chesterfield.html Tombstone Transcription Project Chesterfield County] - cemetery transcriptions - USGenWeb
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
{{USCensusPop |1790=14214 |1800=14488 |1810=9979 |1820=18003 |1830=18637 |1840=17148 |1850=17489 |1860=19016 |1870=18470 |1880=25085 |1890=26211 |1900=18804 |1910=21299 |1920=20496 |1930=26049 |1940=31183 |1950=40400 |1960=71197 |1970=76855 |1980=141372 |1990=209274 |2000=259903 }}  
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{{USCensusPop |1790=14214 |1800=14488 |1810=9979 |1820=18003 |1830=18637 |1840=17148 |1850=17489 |1860=19016 |1870=18470 |1880=25085 |1890=26211 |1900=18804 |1910=21299 |1920=20496 |1930=26049 |1940=31183 |1950=40400 |1960=71197 |1970=76855 |1980=141372 |1990=209274 |2000=259903 }}{{VAcensus}}  
 
 
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'''''1783 Enumeration'''''  
 
'''''1783 Enumeration'''''  
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'''''1890 Union Veterans'''''  
 
'''''1890 Union Veterans'''''  
  
*Turner, Ronald Ray. ''[http://www.pwcvabooks.com/documents/VirginiaCivilWarVets.doc Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890]''. Available online, courtesy: [http://www.pwcvabooks.com/index.htm Prince William County Virginia] website. [Includes residents of this county.]
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*"Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890.[http://www.pwcvabooks.com Prince William County Virginia], by Ronald Ray Turner. {{FHL|686323|item|disp=FHL Collection.}}
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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#'''Tomahawk '''(1777)<ref name="baptist" />
 
#'''Tomahawk '''(1777)<ref name="baptist" />
  
{{VAbap}}  
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{{VAbap}}Chesterfield County fell within the bounds of the Middle District Association.  
 
 
Chesterfield County fell within the bounds of the Middle District Association.  
 
  
 
===== Church of England  =====
 
===== Church of England  =====
  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Dale Parish, Virginia|Dale Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[King William Parish, Virginia|King William Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Manchester Parish, Virginia|Manchester Parish]]  
 
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Dale Parish, Virginia|Dale Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[King William Parish, Virginia|King William Parish]]<br>[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[Manchester Parish, Virginia|Manchester Parish]]  
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Meade's 1861 history of parishes in Chesterfield County is available [http://archive.org/stream/oldchurchesminis01meaduoft#page/448/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>
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
More than 100 genealogies have been published about Chesterfield County families. To view a list, visit [[Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy|Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy]].  
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More than 200 genealogies have been published about Chesterfield County families. To view a list, visit [[Chesterfield County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies|Chesterfield County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies]].
  
 
==== Immigration  ====
 
==== Immigration  ====
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*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 [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=283 American Ancestors]. [Chesterfield Co., VA: Branch.]
 
*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 [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=283 American Ancestors]. [Chesterfield Co., VA: Branch.]
  
{{ImmigrantServants|Chesterfield}}  
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{{ImmigrantServants|Chesterfield}}During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 7 British aliens, many of&nbsp;whom had families,&nbsp;living in Manchester and Chesterfield County.<ref name="null">Kenneth Scott, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/british-aliens-in-the-united-states-during-the-war-of-1812/oclc/5711802 British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812]'' (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. {{FHL|78653|item|disp=FHL Book 973 W4s}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49091 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
 
 
During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 7 British aliens, many of&nbsp;whom had families,&nbsp;living in Manchester and Chesterfield County.<ref name="null">Kenneth Scott, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/british-aliens-in-the-united-states-during-the-war-of-1812/oclc/5711802 British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812]'' (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. {{FHL|78653|item|disp=FHL Book 973 W4s}}; digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49091 Ancestry] ($).</ref>  
 
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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'''''Grants and Patents'''''  
 
'''''Grants and Patents'''''  
  
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{{vapatent}}*Bannister. [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/pool.htm 604 patents dated 1638-1790 in what is now Chesterfield County, Virginia placed on a map]. DeedMapper, 2002.&nbsp;[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 [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/ DeedMapper]&nbsp;product.]
 
 
*Bannister. [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/pool.htm 604 patents dated 1638-1790 in what is now Chesterfield County, Virginia placed on a map]. DeedMapper, 2002.&nbsp;[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 [http://www.directlinesoftware.com/ DeedMapper]&nbsp;product.]
 
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
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[[Image:Vachesterfield.jpg|thumb|150px|<center>Chesterfield County</center>]]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
===== '''''French and Indian War''''' =====
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===== French and Indian War  =====
  
 
*Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. ''Virginia's Colonial Soldiers''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at {{FHL|47143|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Identifies some Chesterfield County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]  
 
*Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. ''Virginia's Colonial Soldiers''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at {{FHL|47143|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Identifies some Chesterfield County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.]  
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*Crozier, William Armstrong. ''Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776''. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at {{FHL|72797|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital book at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4596&o_xid=8910&o_lid=8910 Ancestry] ($). [Identifies some Chesterfield County militia officers; see place name index.]
 
*Crozier, William Armstrong. ''Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776''. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at {{FHL|72797|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital book at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4596&o_xid=8910&o_lid=8910 Ancestry] ($). [Identifies some Chesterfield County militia officers; see place name index.]
  
===== '''''Revolutionary War''''' =====
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===== Revolutionary War  =====
  
 
'''''Regiments.''''' Service men in Chesterfield County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Chesterfield County supplied soldiers for the:  
 
'''''Regiments.''''' Service men in Chesterfield County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Chesterfield County supplied soldiers for the:  
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
 
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
  
===== '''''War of 1812''''' =====
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===== War of 1812  =====
  
 
Chesterfield County men served in the 23rd Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 68. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>  
 
Chesterfield County men served in the 23rd Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 68. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>  
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===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
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{{VAciv}}*Information about the following regiments can be found {{FHL|117755|item|disp=FHL book 975.5594 H2L}} titled ''Chesterfield, An Old Virginia County''.
 
 
*Information about the following regiments can be found {{FHL|117755|item|disp=FHL book 975.5594 H2L}} titled ''Chesterfield, An Old Virginia County''.
 
  
 
:- [[1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Virginia Militia Cavalry (Confederate)]]<br>  
 
:- [[1st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)|1st Regiment, Virginia Militia Cavalry (Confederate)]]<br>  
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Records and histories are available, including:  
 
Records and histories are available, including:  
  
*Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932382 Records of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865]
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932382|Virginia, Civil War, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
*Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932427 Records of Union Soldiers 1861-1865]
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932427|Virginia, Civil War, Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
 
====== Civil War Battles  ======
 
====== Civil War Battles  ======
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*May 10, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va051.htm Chester Station]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va051.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 16 August, 2012)</ref>  
 
*May 10, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va051.htm Chester Station]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va051.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 16 August, 2012)</ref>  
 
*May 12-16, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va053.htm Proctor's Creek], also known as&nbsp;Drewry’s Bluff or Fort Darling<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va053.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>  
 
*May 12-16, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va053.htm Proctor's Creek], also known as&nbsp;Drewry’s Bluff or Fort Darling<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va053.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>  
*May 20, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va054.htm Ware Bottom Church<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va054.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 7 August 2012).</ref>
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*May 20, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va054.htm Ware Bottom Church]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va054.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 7 August 2012).</ref>
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:Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1861 and 1862], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1863.htm 1863], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1864.htm 1864], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1865.htm 1865]
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==== Miscellaneous Records ====
  
:Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1861], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va186162.htm 1862], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1863.htm 1863], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1864.htm 1864], [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/va1865.htm 1865]
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*'''1607-2007''' - {{RecordSearch|1932510|Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
  
Virginia {{RecordSearch|1877093|Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929}}  
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Virginia {{RecordSearch|1877093|Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
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{{VAnews}}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.  
 
 
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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Digital&nbsp;Images&nbsp; of Chesterfield County Wills 1785 to 1800. &nbsp;See names of Testators. [http://www.virginiapioneers.net/counties/countychesterfield.html Virginia Pioneers]  
 
Digital&nbsp;Images&nbsp; of Chesterfield County Wills 1785 to 1800. &nbsp;See names of Testators. [http://www.virginiapioneers.net/counties/countychesterfield.html Virginia Pioneers]  
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*'''1639 – 1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7832 Virginia Land, Marriage and Probate Records 1639-1850] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index to transcribed records, incomplete, $
  
 
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*'''[1747-1821] '''Chesterfield County, Virginia Lists of Tithables and Insolvents, 1747-1821. Original records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|775020|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
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*'''1747-1821''' - Chesterfield County, Virginia Lists of Tithables and Insolvents, 1747-1821. Original records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|775020|title-id|disp=FHL}}.  
*'''[1747-1821]''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://freeafricanamericans.com/chesterfield.htm "Chesterfield County Tithables, 1747-1821,"] ''Free African Americans.com'', available online. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
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*'''1747-1821''' - Heinegg, Paul. [http://freeafricanamericans.com/chesterfield.htm "Chesterfield County Tithables, 1747-1821,"] ''Free African Americans.com'', available online. Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.  
*'''[1747-1778]''' [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaColonialTitheLists/Chesterfield.htm Chesterfield County - the Colonial Tithe Lists 1747-1778], CD, available for purchase at [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
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*'''1747-1778''' - [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaColonialTitheLists/Chesterfield.htm Chesterfield County - the Colonial Tithe Lists 1747-1778], CD, available for purchase at [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
*'''[1756]''' Kolbe, J.C. "Chesterfield Tithables, 1756," ''The Southside Virginian'', Vol. 2.  
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*'''1756''' - Kolbe, J.C. "Chesterfield Tithables, 1756," ''The Southside Virginian'', Vol. 2.  
*'''[1756]''' Pritchett, John W. ''Southside Virginia Genealogies''. CD. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007. Available at {{FHL|1376005|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://virginians.com/appendix/appendix_f.htm Virginians -&nbsp;The Family History of John W. Pritchett]. [Includes annotated 1756 tithe list of Chesterfield County.]
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*'''1756''' - Pritchett, John W. ''Southside Virginia Genealogies''. CD. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007. Available at {{FHL|1376005|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://virginians.com/appendix/appendix_f.htm Virginians -&nbsp;The Family History of John W. Pritchett]. Includes annotated 1756 tithe list of Chesterfield County.  
*'''[1762]''' Hart, L.H. "Chesterfield Tithables, 1762," ''The Southside Virginian'', Vol. 3.  
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*'''1762''' - Hart, L.H. "Chesterfield Tithables, 1762," ''The Southside Virginian'', Vol. 3.  
*'''[1786, 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 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's&nbsp;Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at {{FHL|622815|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Sources for this publication are the 1786 personal property tax list and a partial reading of the 1788 personal property tax list (only published names that do not appear on 1786 list). Chesterfield County is included in Vol. 2.]
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*'''1786, 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 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's&nbsp;Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at {{FHL|622815|title-id|disp=FHL}}. Sources for this publication are the 1786 personal property tax list and a partial reading of the 1788 personal property tax list (only published names that do not appear on 1786 list). Chesterfield County is included in Vol. 2.  
*'''[1788] '''Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1977):167-171. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Chesterfield County's 1788 Delinquent List appears on pp. 115-116.]
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*'''1788''' - Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1977):167-171. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($). These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Chesterfield County's 1788 Delinquent List appears on pp. 115-116.  
*'''[1790, 1801] '''Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1790 and 1801 Personal Property Tax Lists of Chesterfield County, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
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*'''1790, 1801''' - Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1790 and 1801 Personal Property Tax Lists of Chesterfield County, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
*'''[1791, 1802] '''Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1791 and 1802 Land Tax Lists of Chesterfield County, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
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*'''1791, 1802''' - Indexed images of the [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/ 1791 and 1802 Land Tax Lists of Chesterfield County, Virginia]&nbsp;are available online, courtesy: [http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/ Binns Genealogy].  
*'''[1800]''' "Chesterfield County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 15, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1971):254-258; Vol. 16, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1972):23-28; Vol. 16, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1972):89-95. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($).  
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*'''1800''' - "Chesterfield County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 15, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1971):254-258; Vol. 16, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1972):23-28; Vol. 16, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1972):89-95. Available at {{FHL|33159|title-id|disp=FHL}}; digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 New England Ancestors] ($).  
*'''[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. Chesterfield County is included in Vol. 1.]
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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. Chesterfield County is included in Vol. 1.
  
 
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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) ($).  
 
*'''1740-1850''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3723 Virginia Marriages 1740-1850] (Ancestry) ($).  
*'''1771-1853''' - Chesterfield County Marriage Index 1771-1853. Batch {{IGI|M868737}} 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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*'''1771-1853''' - Chesterfield County Marriage Index 1771-1853. Batch {{IGI|M868737}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igivirginia.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf]].</ref>  
*'''1855-1896''' - Chesterfield County Marriage Index 1855-1896. Batch {{IGI|M868738}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />  
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*'''1855-1896''' - Chesterfield County Marriage Index 1855-1896. Batch {{IGI|M868738}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
 
*Knorr, Catherine Lindsay. ''Marriage Bonds and Ministers' Returns of Chesterfield County.'' Pine Bluff, Ark., 1958.
 
*Knorr, Catherine Lindsay. ''Marriage Bonds and Ministers' Returns of Chesterfield County.'' Pine Bluff, Ark., 1958.
  
 
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*Virginia Pioneers. A fee website, however, you can view names of testators under "counties" for free. [http://www.virginiapioneers.net Virginia Pioneers] ($)
 
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United States
Virginia
Chesterfield County

Guide to Chesterfield County, Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.


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Chesterfield County, Virginia
Map
Boundary map of Chesterfield County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Chesterfield County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Location of Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1749
County Seat Chesterfield
Courthouse
VirginiaChesterfieldCourthouse.jpg


Chesterfield County Virginia Courthouse

Chesterfield County Courthouse
9500 Courthouse Road
P O Box 125
Chesterfield, Va 23832
Phone: 804-748-1241

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1771,
land records from 1749, divorce, probate and court records[1]

Beginning Dates for Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1771 1853 1810 1749 1749

Chesterfield County Virginia History

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)

The county was named after British statesman Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773).[2]

Parent County

1749--Chesterfield County was created 1 May 1749 from Henrico County.
County seat: Chesterfield [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

Chesterfield County Virginia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Chesterfield County Virginia Genealogy Resources

African American

Bible Records

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

Additional Bible records include:

  • Bass - King, George Harrison Sanford. "Bass Family Bible, Chesterfield County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1965):81-83. Available at FHL; digital version at American Ancestors ($).

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
VAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Virginia Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

For a detailed list, including addresses, phone numbers, and external links, see Chesterfield County, Virginia Cemeteries.

The following is a list of cemeteries in Chesterfield County:[3]

  • Andrews Cemetery
  • Bermuda Memorial Park
  • Bethel Cemetery
  • Bethia Cemetery
  • Brown Cemetery
  • Brown Grove Cemetery
  • Cary Cemetery
  • Centenary Cemetery
  • Central Cemetery
  • Centralia Cemetery
  • Cheatham Cemetery
  • Chesterfield Cemetery
  • Dahl Cemetery
  • Dale Memorial Park
  • Ettrick Cemetery
  • Fuqua Cemetery
  • Gill Grove Cemetery
  • Hollywood Cemetery
  • Hopewell Cemetery
  • Jones Cemetery
  • Lester Cemetery
  • Mount Giea Cemetery
  • Mount Gilead Cemetery
  • Mount Hermon Cemetery
  • Mount Minnis Memorial Park
  • Mount Pisgah Cemetery
  • Oak Grove Cemetery
  • Old Lane Cemetery
  • Old Tomahawk Cemetery
  • Perdue Family Cemetery
  • Providence Cemetery
  • Saint Anns Cemetery
  • Salem Cemetery
  • Sappony Cemetery
  • Second Branch Cemetery
  • Skinquarter Cemetery
  • Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Tomahawk Cemetery
  • Trabur Cemetery
  • Traylor Cemetery
  • Union Branch Cemetery
  • Vaughan-Eyler Family Cemetery
  • Wilson Cemetery
  • Woods Cemetery
  • Wyatt Cemetery

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
179014,214
180014,4881.9%
18109,979−31.1%
182018,00380.4%
183018,6373.5%
184017,148−8.0%
185017,4892.0%
186019,0168.7%
187018,470−2.9%
188025,08535.8%
189026,2114.5%
190018,804−28.3%
191021,29913.3%
192020,496−3.8%
193026,04927.1%
194031,18319.7%
195040,40029.6%
196071,19776.2%
197076,8557.9%
1980141,37283.9%
1990209,27448.0%
2000259,90324.2%
For tips on accessing Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: Virginia Census.


1783 Enumeration

1890 Union Veterans

Church Records

Baptist

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Bethel (1799).
  2. Chesterfield (1773)[4]
  3. Salem (1794).[4]. A history is available: FHL Book 975.5 A1 no. 244. Includes a list of persons buried in the cemetery. A list of members was published in Virginia Settlers (Winter 1996): FHL Book 975.5 D2c.
  4. Skinquarter (1778)[4]
  5. Spring Creek (1790)[4]
  6. Tomahawk (1777)[4]

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.

Chesterfield County fell within the bounds of the Middle District Association.

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also Dale Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also King William Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also Manchester Parish

Meade's 1861 history of parishes in Chesterfield County is available online.[5]

Court Records

Genealogy

More than 200 genealogies have been published about Chesterfield County families. To view a list, visit Chesterfield County, Virginia Compiled Genealogies.

Immigration

Bermuda Hundred has been a port since colonial times. Unfortunately, no official passenger lists survive for the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries.

  • 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. [Chesterfield Co., VA: Branch.]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 7 British aliens, many of whom had families, living in Manchester and Chesterfield County.[6]

Land and Property

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

  • Cox, T. Bransford, John B. Watkins, and Chesterfield County (Va.). Board of Supervisors. Chesterfield County, Virginia, Its History and Present Condition: Prepared Under the Supervision of John B. Watkins, as Authorized by the Board of Supervisors of the County, August, 1906. Richmond, Va.: Williams Printing Co., 1907. Available at FHL; digital version at Google Books (full-view).

Maps

Chesterfield County

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1977):167-171. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Chesterfield County's 1788 Delinquent List appears on pp. 115-116.]

Military

French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield County, see pp. 70, 107.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Chesterfield County militia officers; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War

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

- 5th Virginia Regiment
- 15th Virginia Regiment

Chesterfield residents recommended for military commissions during the Revolutionary War.[7]

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, Chesterfield County on page 129.]
  • 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

Chesterfield County men served in the 23rd Regiment.[8]

  • 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 Chesterfield 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, Chesterfield County, pp. 67-68.]
  • Chesterfield, County Virginia, County Clerk, Muster rolls, 1861-1865, 1812-1813 (Richmond, Virginia, Virginia State Library and Archives, 1992) FHL Film 1929610 30926 Item 2
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy 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 Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy:

  • Information about the following regiments can be found FHL book 975.5594 H2L titled Chesterfield, An Old Virginia County.
- 1st Regiment, Virginia Militia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 1st Regiment, Virginia Reserves (Confederate) (Chesterfield Reserves)
- 2nd Regiment, Virginia Artillery (Confederate)
- 3rd Regiment, Virginia Artillery (Confederate)
- 4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 5th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 6th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company K (Alstadt Grays).[9]
- 14th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company D (Chesterfield Central Guards) and Company I (Chester Grays) (Southern Braves).[10]

Records and histories are available, including:

Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Chesterfield County.

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

Miscellaneous Records

Naturalization

Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929

Newspapers

The Virginia Newspapers Project identifies local Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy 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.

Probate Records

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


Digital Images of Chesterfield County Wills 1774 to 1785.  See names of Testators. Virginia Pioneers

Digital Images  of Chesterfield County Wills 1785 to 1800.  See names of Testators. Virginia Pioneers

Online Probate Records

Research Guides

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virignia: Chesterfield County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1963):174-176. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me? 

  • 1747-1821 - Chesterfield County, Virginia Lists of Tithables and Insolvents, 1747-1821. Original records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • 1747-1821 - Heinegg, Paul. "Chesterfield County Tithables, 1747-1821," Free African Americans.com, available online. Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.
  • 1747-1778 - Chesterfield County - the Colonial Tithe Lists 1747-1778, CD, available for purchase at Binns Genealogy.
  • 1756 - Kolbe, J.C. "Chesterfield Tithables, 1756," The Southside Virginian, Vol. 2.
  • 1756 - Pritchett, John W. Southside Virginia Genealogies. CD. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007. Available at FHL; digital version at Virginians - The Family History of John W. Pritchett. Includes annotated 1756 tithe list of Chesterfield County.
  • 1762 - Hart, L.H. "Chesterfield Tithables, 1762," The Southside Virginian, Vol. 3.
  • 1786, 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. Sources for this publication are the 1786 personal property tax list and a partial reading of the 1788 personal property tax list (only published names that do not appear on 1786 list). Chesterfield County is included in Vol. 2.
  • 1788 - Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1977):167-171. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Chesterfield County's 1788 Delinquent List appears on pp. 115-116.
  • 1790, 1801 - Indexed images of the 1790 and 1801 Personal Property Tax Lists of Chesterfield County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • 1791, 1802 - Indexed images of the 1791 and 1802 Land Tax Lists of Chesterfield County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • 1800 - "Chesterfield County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1971):254-258; Vol. 16, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1972):23-28; Vol. 16, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1972):89-95. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($).
  • 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. Chesterfield County is included in Vol. 1.

Vital Records

Indexes to Chesterfield County, Virginia Genealogy 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

Marriage
  • 1660-1800 - Virginia Marriages 1660-1800 (Ancestry) ($).
  • 1740-1850 - Virginia Marriages 1740-1850 (Ancestry) ($).
  • 1771-1853 - Chesterfield County Marriage Index 1771-1853. Batch M868737 at FamilySearch - free.[17]
  • 1855-1896 - Chesterfield County Marriage Index 1855-1896. Batch M868738 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • Knorr, Catherine Lindsay. Marriage Bonds and Ministers' Returns of Chesterfield County. Pine Bluff, Ark., 1958.
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.

Chesterfield County Virginia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

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Chesterfield County Virginia Genealogy Websites

Chesterfield County Virginia Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chesterfield County, Virginia. Page 712 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia Contributors, "Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Stanhope,_4th_Earl_of_Chesterfield, accessed 12 January 2012.
  3. USGS Map, Topozone.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 254. Digital version at Google Books.
  5. 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.
  6. Kenneth Scott, British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), 320-333. FHL Book 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  7. J.T. McAllister, Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: McAllister's Data (Hot Springs, Va.: McAllister Pub. Co., 1913), 27-28. Digitized by Internet Archive.
  8. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 68. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  9. Michael A. Cavanaugh, 6th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1988). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 43.
  10. Edward R. Crews and Timothy A. Parish, 14th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1995). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 117.
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August, 2012)
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  13. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).
  14. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August, 2012)
  15. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  16. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012).
  17. 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.