The records transcribed for this volume are of special significance since they relate to Hanover County, one of the pivotal areas in the settlement of the Virginia Piedmont and a county that has lost the majority of its pre-1865 records. Fortunately, information concerning many Hanover citizens has survived in the numerous jury lists, for example, which can be viewed as a quasi-census of the county’s local land owners. In the court cases themselves, researchers will find information on individuals belonging to such diverse groups as tenants, widows, minors, debtors, African Americans (free and bound), and inevitably, the proverbial horse thief. The index contains many names that do not appear in any of the standard genealogy reference works on Virginia, nor in the few other surviving Hanover County record books.
xvi + 275 pp.
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