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How should I document a surname change from the mid- to late 1700s (US)?

I have a gg grandfather that had a different surname than his father, FIVEASH for the son, FISH for the father. This was in Virginia mid to late 1700s. How could I learn if this surname had been ...
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Does a bequest of $1 or "to be paid on their demand" mean it is a minor child?

I'm looking at the Will of Zebulon Tharp dated October 1, 1775. On page three it appears as follows: Starting at line 8, it reads in part: ...I also will and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Tharp ...
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What month does Xemb. mean?

I find The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va., from 1653 to 1812 that reads in part: Sarah Trigg ye dautr of Daniell & Susannah Trigg baptz 26th of Xemb. 1686 I'm guessing ...
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What is the meaning of "Bound To" in this 18th Century US (Virginia) Will?

A 1771 document from Sussex Co, Virginia states "Robert Sammons, orphan of John Sammons, dec'd, aged about 6, bound to John Hicks". What does "bound to" mean in that context?
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What is this percentage column in the Virginia Land Tax Records?

Looking at the Frederick County Virginia Land Tax Records for 1782 What is this percentage in the Virginia Land Tax Records? And another image from the first page of the ledger: I read the column ...
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What does the 1810 tax records state about Jesse Monday in Halifax County, Virginia?

The 1810 Cenus for Halifax County, Virginia was destroyed by the British when they occupied Washington, however, tax lists are available in the book: A supplement to the 1810 census of Virginia: tax ...
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What is this word for untaxed tithe in Virginia in 1761?

I need help reading this word (?Tist?) that keeps occuring in the Chesterfield tithe list for 1761 in Colony of Virginia: It seems to be repeated on each entry that is not counted for the tithes. ...
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What relation could godson be, and brothers of another surname?

In this entries on page 20 of Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800: HIGGINS, Roger: Leg. mother Mary Lupo; at the death of mother my cattle at Edward Millers and ...
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What first name for Brizendine surname is shown in this tax record?

I'm looking at the Charlotte County Personal Tax records for 1798 (paywalled) as shown in this image: I cannot read the first name of the last Brizendine on that page of four of them. First is Isaac ...
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What does NFP RC mean in marriage record of Virginia 1799?

I found a book on Ancestry.com that transcribes: EGBERT, Delency & DALE, Sally; bef. 21 Oct 1799; bride was a dau. of Jn. (& Lucy ?) DALE of NFP, RC and a sis. of Reuben DALE; by Oct ...
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In 17th century Scotland/Virginia, could a Jr. have a different name than his father?

According to all known records, John Burnett (b. Scotland 1610, d. Virginia 1686) had sons named John and Thomas. The will of John's widow, Lucretia, refers to "MY ELDEST SON JOHN BURNETT" and "my ...
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Finding parent for William Jefferson KLJG-CYG who was born District of Columbia about 1810?

I have looked for 2 years and can't seem to find a parent for: William Jefferson Birth: About 1810 District of Columbia, United States Death: 1890 Alexandria, Virginia I can find several censuses ...
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What does "care of" mean in the 18th century with respect to letters?

In The Virginia Genealogist. Washington, DC: J. F. Dorman, 1957 - 2006. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.) Name: Col. Abraham TRIGG; Record: ...
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What is this first name or Haynes surname?

I need help recognizing this first name for Haynes: I think it begins with a B perhaps something like Barimanus? This comes from the Franklin County, Virginia personal tax list for 1786.
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Understanding entries in Charlotte County Personal Tax Table for Deceased Person?

I'm looking at the Charlotte County Personal Tax records for 1798 (paywalled) as shown in this image: Isaac Brizendine died in 1797, and I believe the first line ends with Estate and the second line ...
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Investigating NPE in mid-1700s Virginia

After taking Y-37 DNA test at FamilyTreeDNA, I discovered that I matched 37 of 37 markers to descendants of William Adkins, b. 1689 VA. I have a paper trail back to George Webb, b. 1794, VA. I'm ...
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What is this abbreviation from Virginia tax records?

I'm unable to decode this abbreviation: For a male (due to 1 tithe being charged) Brizendine surname in Essex County, Virginia 1782 personal tax list. Here is the whole page for context. See almost ...
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Do Quakers typically have their marriage records recorded with the government?

I'm looking for a supposed marriage record between a John Woodson b. 1655 in Curles, Henrico, Colony of Virginia and a Mary Tucker b. 1660 in Curles, Henrico, Colony of Virginia and married on 20 Aug ...
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Identifying parents of Clayton Earl Cook who was born 1800 in Virginia, USA?

Clayton Cook was born on 4 Jul 1800 in Wythe, Virginia and died on 18 Jul 1863 in Wytheville, Wythe, Virginia during the battle of Wytheville. In the 1830 Census, he was living in Evesham, Wythe, ...
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Finding 1812 Virginia militia records [closed]

I have an ancestor who served in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812. What is a good resource to learn more about this military unit?
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Was Stella Pickett 3rd wife of Joseph Zachary Taylor?

Who was Stella Pickett (Rapidan, VA circa 1709-1780's), who is said to be the 3rd wife of Joseph Zachary Taylor (Zachary Taylor Sr.)? My source for this information is Geni.com via Bing. Stella ...
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What does dism. or dismt. stand for in Orphan court record, does it relate to being of legal age?

In the journal Southside Virginian Volume: VI page 129 reads in part: Orphans Docket to August Court 1764: Guardian: Jordan Knight; Orphan: Richd. Knight; Of Whom: John Knight; Aug 1764: dism. What ...
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What is this annotation on tax record for Virginia with no males?

I have a 1792 Charlotte County, Virginia Tax record for Harrison Monday that contains some kind of annotation: The tax record records zero tithable males and 2 horses for a tax of $0.04. Since there ...
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What are these abbreviations in Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight, Virginia?

I see entries like this one on page 20 of Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800: HIGGINS, Roger: Leg. mother Mary Lupo; at the death of mother my cattle at Edward ...
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Finding parents for James Henry Posey who was born in Maryland 1831?

I have been looking for 2 years for the parents of: James Henry Posey Birth: 12 Sept 1831 St. Mary's Maryland, United States Death: 24 April 1914 Alexandria, Fairfax, Virginia, United States I ...
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Reading first name for Samples surname in Virginia Tax records of 1806?

In the Virginia Tax records for Rockingham County in 1806, I see the following name written: I read the last name as Samples, but the first name I can't figure out. As best as I can read, it says ...
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How to interpret Samuel Trigg in Early Virginia Immigrants repeated entries?

I'm looking at the book Early Virginia Immigrants by George Cabell Greer, Hill printing Company, 1912 on page 332 which reads in part: Triggs, Wm., 1640, by Henry Porter and Raphaell Joyner, James ...
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Where is Daniel Trigg from Ancestry Source?

This is taken from a record page on from Ancestry for Daniel Trigg from their online database U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, which is derived from Filby: ...
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What do MRC and WI Abbreviations Mean in Virginia Marriages of the Northern Neck?

I have a marriage entry I found in this book on Ancestry: Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800; Ancestry Record 5063 #14673; Name: Elizabeth Wilson; Marriage Date: Abt 1697;...
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