Goochland County, Virginia Genealogy

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Guide to Goochland County, Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Goochland
Organized: 01 May 1728[1]
Parent County(s): Henrico
Neighboring Counties
Chesterfield  • Cumberland  • Fluvanna  • Hanover  • Henrico  • Louisa  • Powhatan
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Goochland County is located in the central portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia, just west of the state capital, Richmond. Goochland was named for Colonial Governor William Gooch.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Goochland County Courthouse
2938 River Road West/P.O. Box 196
Goochland, VA 23063
Phone: 804-556-5353
Goochland County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and probate records from 1730, divorce and court records from 1800 and land records records from 1862[3]

Goochland County, Virginia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1730 1853 1800 1862 1728 1810
* Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1912.
General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800, 1890

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

The county is named after Sir William Gooch, 1st Baronet, Royal Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1681-1751), who was in office at the time of Goochland County's formation.[7]

Many French Huguenot families lived in Goochland County during the eighteenth century.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For databases and indexes, see Virginia Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Randolph, Isham. "Brick-Making in Goochland," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Oct. 1896):109-110. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR - free.
  • Randolph, Isham. "Shoemaking in Goochland," The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Oct. 1896):109-110. Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR - free.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Goochland County, Virginia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For databases, indexes, and information online, see Virginia Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 9,053
1800 9,696 7.1%
1810 10,203 5.2%
1820 10,007 −1.9%
1830 10,369 3.6%
1840 9,760 −5.9%
1850 10,352 6.1%
1860 10,656 2.9%
1870 10,313 −3.2%
1880 10,292 −0.2%
1890 9,958 −3.2%
1900 9,519 −4.4%
1910 9,237 −3.0%
1920 8,863 −4.0%
1930 7,953 −10.3%
1940 8,454 6.3%
1950 8,934 5.7%
1960 9,206 3.0%
1970 10,069 9.4%
1980 11,761 16.8%
1990 14,163 20.4%
2000 16,863 19.1%
2010 21,717 28.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1782

  • Little, Barbara Vines. "1782 State Census, Goochland County," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol.47, No.4 (Nov. 2009):265-266.

1890 Union Veterans

  • Virginia's Union Veterans: Eleventh Census of the United States 1890. FHL Collection. Online at: Ancestry ($). Includes residents of this county.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

The Goochland County Historical Society prepared a list of Historic Churches in Goochland County, Virginia (free PDF file). It identifies pre-1900 churches by name, address, and year established.

Baptist

  • 1776 Petition of Baptists (10,000 names!) and sympathizers from all over Virginia, dated 16 October 1776, asking for an end to persecution of Baptists by the established church. After locating your ancestor, view the digital copies.
    – Digital copies at Library of Congress; also at Library of Virginia using the code word "000606093"
    – Hall, Jean Pickett. "Legislative Petitions: the 10,000 name petition" transcription in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vols. 35-38, with annotations in Vol. 39, (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1983-) online at Ancestry ($) and in book form at various libraries.

Early Baptist churches (with years constituted):

  1. Dover (1773)
  2. Goochland (1771). Edwards published a membership list dated 1771 in Materials Towards a History of the Baptists... (1772), 85.
  3. Licking Hole (1776)[8]
  4. Williams's

Goochland County fell within the bounds of the Goshen Association and the Dover Association.

  • Baptist Association in the District of Goshen (Va.). Minutes of the Baptist Association in the District of Goshen: Held at Licking-Hole Meeting-House, Goochland, Beginning the Third Saturday in October, 1803. Fredericksburg, Virginia: Printed by James Walker, 1803.
  • Baptist Association in the District of Goshen (Va.). Minutes of the Baptist Association in the District of Goshen: Held at Williams's Meeting-House, Goochland, Beginning Third Saturday in October, 1808. Fredericksburg, Virginia: n.p., 1808.
  • Goshen Baptist Association. Minutes of the Goshen Baptist Association: Held at Liberty M.H., Goochland County, Va., on the 6th, 7th, and 8th Days of September, 1843. Richmond: Printed at the Office of the Religious Herald, 1843.
  • Dover Baptist Association (Va.). Minutes of the LXXXVII Annual Session of the Dover Baptist Association ... Goochland Church ... July 19-21, 1870. Richmond, Virginia: Dispatch Steam Power Presses, 1870.
  • History of Goochland Baptist Church, 1771-1971, 200th Anniversary. 1971.
  • Richardson, Hazel Martin. Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Goochland County, Virginia, 1831-1981. Charlottesville, Virginia: King Lindsay Print. Corp., 1981?.

Church of England
Gotoarrow.png See also King William Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. James Northam Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. James Southam Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. James's Parish

  • Carrington, William T. A History of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Dover Parish, Goochland County, Virginia, 1877-1977. Richmond, Virginia: William Byrd Press, 1978.
  • Hopkins, William Lindsay. St. James Northam Parish Vestry Book, 1744-1850, Goochland County, Virginia. Richmond, VA: Self-published, 1987. (Note: "Abstracted from a photocopy in the Virginia State Library.")
  • "Beaver Dam Episcopal Church: New Research Reveals its True Location ...Whereon the Church Stood," Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 39 (2007):10-77.
  • Price, Douglas. "A Sequel to the History of Beaver Dam Church," Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol.40 (2008):32-34.

Methodist

  • Duke, Isabelle B. A History of Bethel United Methodist Church: Oilville, Virginia--Goochland County, 1834-1934. Oilville, Virginia: n.p., 1984.
  • Salmon, M. Carol. Corinth United Methodist Church, Goochland County, Virginia: A Brief History Commemorating 130 Years of Service. 2008.

Quaker
Early monthly meetings (with years of existence):

  • Genito Monthly Meeting (1723-1833) first known as Dover[9]
  • 1739-1793 Quaker Records of Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia, 1739-1793 by Mary Marshall Brewer. Colonial Roots, Lewes, DE., 2002. FHL Book 975.5462 K2b

In the 1700s and 1800s, Friends from Goochland County, Virginia Genealogy also attended the Cedar Creek Meeting House in Hanover County, Virginia.[10]


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Online Court Indexes and Records

General

  • Street, Elwood. Wellsprings of Democracy in Virginia: Goochland County Courthouse. Richmond, Virginia: Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1941.

Chancery Court

  • Library of Virginia's Chancery Record Index can be used to search digital images of Goochland County chancery records for the years 1731-1912. Indexed and original records are available through 1924 - see online catalog or contact Archives Research Services for availability. Additional post-1912 records may be available via the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

For databases and immigrant groups, see Virginia Emigration and Immigration

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Goochland County proved in London. One of the testators built Waller Mines. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]
  • List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe who served labor terms in Colonial Virginia are online at: Immigrant Servants Database.
    During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 2 British aliens, some of whom had families, living in Goochland County.[11]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

  • See Virginia_Cohabitation_Records for links to online records.
  • 1865-1872 Virginia, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index & images
  • 1935-2009 Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1935-2009 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index & images
  • Bolling, William and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:5B6387:1, William Bolling Slave Register, 1752-1890, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • Burwell, Ann Powell and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:5B9585:1, Ann (Powell) Burwell Commonplace Book, 1746-1839, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996. [Includes lists of slaves owned by the Burwell family.]
  • Butler, Reginald Dennin. "Evolution of a Rural Free Black Community: Goochland County, Virginia, 1728-1832," Thesis/dissertation, 1989.
  • Heinegg, Paul. "Goochland County Personal Property Tax List 1782-1809," Free African Americans.com, available online. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • Kegley, Mary B. Free People of Colour: Free Negroes, Indians, Portuguese and Freed Slaves. Wytheville, Virginia: Kegley Books, 2003. FHL.
  • Maxwell, Sarah Catherine. "'The Very Bulwark of Defense': Freedmen's Navigation of the Courts of Orange, Louisa, and Goochland Counties, Virginia," Thesis/dissertation, 2002.
  • Townes, A. Jane. "The Effect of Emancipation on Large Landholdings, Nelson and Goochland Counties, Virginia," The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Aug. 1979):403-412. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Search the Library of Virginia's Virginia Untold collection for digitized images of African Americans of Goochland County.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Compiled Genealogies by Surname

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Compiled Genealogies for Multiple Families

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

For land indexes, records, and databases, see Virginia Land and Property, including Colonial and State Land Grants.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Deeds

  • [Tandy and Ann Holman] to David Ross, for Four Hundred and Ten Acres of Land, Goochland County, Deed and Plat 1783 November 9. Available at the Library of Virginia.

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.

  • Grundset, Eric and Paula Hollis Grundset. Central Virginia Land Patents from the County Abstracts for Goochland, Albemarle, Cumberland, Buckingham, and Amherst Counties in the Virginia Land Office 1735-1774. Fairfax, Virginia: E.G. Grundset, 1999.
  • Bannister et al. 410 patents dated 1689-1816 in what is now Goochland County, Virginia placed on a map. DeedMapper, 2002. 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.

Land Processioning

  • Blomquist, Ann Kicker. Southam Parish Land Processioning, 1747-1784: Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan Counties, Virginia. Maryland: Willow Bend Books, 2004.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Historic Residences

  • Thompson, Jessie. "Tuckahoe Plantation, Goochland County, Virginia," Thesis/Dissertation, Wellesley College, 1971.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

County and state maps, historical and more current, are valuable research tools. For map collections, online and in libraries, see Virginia Maps.

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources
  • Fontaine, Peter and Thomas Jefferson. An Exact Plan of a Tract of 7732 Acres of Land in Goochland and Albemarle Counties in Virginia... (ca. 1790). Available at the University of Michigan, William Clements Library.
  • Weeks, Elie, Robert J. Foley, Goochland County Bicentennial Commission, Goochland County Historical Society. Historical Map of Goochland County, Virginia: From Goochland's Formation (1727) to America's Independence (1783). Goochland, Virginia: Goochland County Bicentennial Commission, 1977.
  • Gilmer, Jeremy Francis, Confederate States of America. Army. Dept. of Northern Virginia. Chief Engineer's Office, Virginia Historical Society (Va.) Gilmer Civil War Map Collection. Map of the Counties of Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, and Part of the Counties of Caroline and Louisa, Virginia. n.p.: Chief engineer's Office D.N.V.: Virginia Historical Society, 1998, 1863.
  • Historical Boundary Atlas of Central Virginia: Covering Albemarle, Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa, Nelson, and Powhatan Counties. Fairfax, Virginia: Grundset, 1999.
  • Wight, Richard C. The Story of Goochland. Richmond, Va.: Richmond Press, 1935. Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • FamilySearch Places: Cities and Towns in this county - How to Use FS Places

Migration[edit | edit source]

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. Available at FHL; online at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Goochland County's 1789 Delinquent List appears on pp. 287-288.]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

French and Indian War

  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. Online at: Ancestry ($). Identifies some Goochland County militia officers, soldier enlistments, and veterans; see place name index.
  • Boogher, William F. Gleanings of Virginia History: An Historical and Genealogical Collection, Largely from Original Sources. Washington: n.p., 1903. Available at FHL; digital version at Internet Archive. Includes a chapter titled "Legislative Enactments connecting the preceding historic sketch (French and Indian War, Lord Dunmore's War) with the adjudication of the resulting accounts that follow; with the list of officers, soldiers and civilians entitled to compensation for military and other services rendered." For Goochland County, see pp. 82-83.
  • 1651-1776 Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 M2c; digital book at Ancestry ($). Identifies some County militia officers and soldiers; see place name index.

Revolutionary War

  • Maass, John R. "The Greatest Terror Imaginable: Cornwallis Brings His Campaign to Goochland, June 1781," Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol.41 (2009):12-101.
  • Agee, Helene Barret. "Goochland County Revolutionary War Soldiers," Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol.41 (2009):102-103.
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. 1841. Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive, Ancestry ($). 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Eastern District, Goochland County on page 130.
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Book 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes veterans. Virginia section begins on page 238.
  • Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War. By J.T. McAllister. 1913. Hot Springs, Va.: McAllister Pub. Co. Online at: Internet Archive

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

- 9th Virginia Regiment
- 14th Virginia Regiment

War of 1812

  • Douthat, James L. Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2007. Mountain Press provides online surname list. FHL Collection 975.5 M2djL. Includes Goochland 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; online at Internet Archive, Ancestry ($). See Vol. 5, Virginia, Goochland County, p. 82. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.

Regiments. Goochland County men served in the 38th Regiment.[12]

Civil War

Regiments. Civil War service men in Goochland County 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 here:

- 4th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (Confederate)
- 23rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company F (Goochland Grays).[13]
- 44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate). Company B (Byrd Rifles) and Company D (Ambler Grays).[14]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For online newspaper resources, see the Virginia Newspapers page.

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.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Private Papers

  • [Ballinger] Letter Concerning Joseph Ballinger of Goochland County, Virginia. [Incomplete WorldCat citation.]
  • [Bolling] Bolling, William and Duke University, Library, Manuscript Department. William Bolling Papers, 1724 (1776-1859)-1883, Goochland County, Virginia: Also Kentucky. Frederick, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1987.
  • [Bolling] Bolling, William and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:1B6386:1, William Bolling Diary, 1794-1795, Chesterfield, Goochland, and Prince George Counties, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Bolling] Bolling, William and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:1B6386:2, William Bolling Diary, 1827-1828, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Bolling] Bolling, William and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:1B6386:3, William Bolling Diary, 1840-1842, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Bolling] Bolling, William and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:1B6386:4, William Bolling Diary, 1809, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Bolling] Bolling, William and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:1B6386:5, William Bolling Diary, 1836-1839, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Bolling] Bolling, William and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:5B6387:1, William Bolling Slave Register, 1752-1890, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Burwell] Burwell, Ann Powell and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:5B9585:1, Ann (Powell) Burwell Commonplace Book, 1746-1839, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Harrison] Virginia Historical Society. Mss1H2485c, Harrison Family Papers, 1725-1907, Buckingham, Cumberland, and Goochland Counties. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Harrison] Virginia Historical Society. Mss1H2485d, Harrison Family Papers, 1756-1893, Cumberland, Goochland, and Hanover Counties, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Payne] Daughters of the American Revolution. James River Chapter (Lynchburg, Virginia). "Bible Records of Charles Scott Carrington, Halifax County; Willie Hunter Crutchfield, Lynchburg; James Davis and Macyah Pendleton, Amherst County, Lynchburg; Philip Matthews Payne, Campbell County; Philip Matthews Payne, Sr., Goochland [and] Campbell Counties, Virginia," MSS., available at FHL.
  • [Rutherford] Rutherfoord, John C. and Virginia Historical Society. Mss5:1R9335, John Coles Rutherfoord diary, 1847, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Seddon] Seddon Family, James A. Seddon and Sarah Bruce Seddon. Papers, 1831-1882, of the Seddon Family of Richmond and Goochland County, Va. MSS., available at the Virginia Historical Society Library.
  • [Trice] Trice Family. Papers Regarding Land in Goochland County, [Virginia], 1780-1969. MSS., available at Library of Virginia.
  • [Wight] Wight, Hezekiah Lord and Virginia Historical Society. Mss1W6393a, Hezekiah Lord Wight Papers, 1794-1854, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Wight] Wight, Hezekiah Lord and Virginia Historical Society. Mss1W6393b, Hezekiah Lord Wight Papers, 1794-1854, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.
  • [Wight] Wight, Hezekiah Lord and Virginia Historical Society. Mss2W6396b, Hezekiah Lord Wight Papers, 1820-1836, Goochland County, Virginia. Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1996.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

For probate records, indexes, and databases, see Virginia Probate Records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

  • 1633-1800 Wills and Estate Records Index at Library of Virginia.Digital images of Wills 1741-1745 and 1745-1749. See names of testators Virginia Pioneers
  • Jones, W. Mac. "Index to Wills in Goochland County Court House," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan. 1927):48-56 (A-J); Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1927):193-203 (L-W). Available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Will of Walter Leak, Goochland County, Virginia, 1757, MSS., available at FHL.
  • Abstracts of Goochland County Wills (only) between 1736 and 1742.Virginia Pioneers ($)

London Courts

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Goochland County proved in London. One of the testators built Waller Mines. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]
  • Images of Wills 1741-1745; 1745-1749. Virginia Pioneers ($)
  • Online Images of Deeds, Wills, Inventories: Book 1, 1728-1734; Book 2, 1734-1736; Book 3, 1737-1742; Book 6, 1748-1755; Book 7, 1755-1759; Book 8, 1757-1765; Book 9, 1765-1769; Book 10, 1769-1775; Book 11, 1775-1777; Book 12, 1777-1779; Book 13, 1779-1784; Book 14, 1784-1788; Book 15, 1788-1791; Book 16, 1791-1795; Book 17, 1796-1800; Book 18, 1800-1803 Virginia Pioneers ($)

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

For additional online collections and the value and use of Virginia's tax lists in your research, see Virginia Taxation.

Online Tax Indexes and Records
The original King William Parish Vestry Book is kept at the Virginia Historical Society.

The original Goochland County personal property tax lists are kept at the Library of Virginia. Microfilm copies (1782-1850): FHL Collection 2024552-2024554

The following Goochland tax records have been abstracted:

  • 1700s Roll of the 18th Century, Virginia Tidewater Genealogy, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Jun. 1993). FHL Collection 975.5 D25vt v. 24 (1993)
  • 1710-1740s Fife, R.H. and R.L. Maury. "The Vestry Book of King William Parish, Va., 1707-1750," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 11 (1903-1904):289-304, 425-440; Vol. 12 (1904-1905):17-32, 241-256, 369-384; Vol. 13 (1905-1906):65-80, 175-190, 265-280. FHL Collection 975.5 B2v v. 11 (1903-1904) etc.; digital version at JSTOR ($); reprinted in Vestry Book of King William Parish, Virginia 1707-1750. Midlothian, Va.: Manakin Episcopal Church, 1966. FHL Collection 975.5455/M1 K2v with an index prepared in 1974: FHL Collection 975.5455/M1 K2v index; reprinted in Virginia Tax Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983. FHL Collection 975.5 R4v. French Huguenot parish; includes tithe lists dated 1710, 1711, 1712, 1713, 1714, 1715, 1717, 1719, 1720, 1723, 1724, 1725, 1726, 1729, 1730, 1731, 1732, 1733, 1734, 1735, 1736, 1737, 1738, various entries identifying residents in 1740s, c1722 list of landowners, and 1727/1728 list of landowners.
  • 1730s Tithable List, 1730s, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 33, No. 2 (May 1995). FHL Collection v. 33 (1995); digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1735-1749 Lurvey, A. Jean. Goochland Co., Virginia Tithe Lists. [1735-1749] 2 vols. Springfield, Missouri: A.J. Lurvey, 1979. FHL Collection 975.5455 R4L v. 1-2
  • 1735 "Goochland County Tithables, c1735,"Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 46, No. 3 (Aug. 2008):235-236. FHL Collection v. 46 (2008)
  • 1735 Le Seur, David. "Tithables in King William Parish, Goochland County," [1735] The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jul. 1899):31-32. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • 1744 Tithables, 1744, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Feb. 2006). FHL Collection v. 44 (2006)
  • 1747, 1751 Sweeny, Mrs. William Montgomery. "Goochland County Tithables, 1747, 1751," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1962):28-31. FHL Collection 975.5 B2vg v. 6 (1962); online at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($).
  • 1747 Tithables, 1747, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 40, No. 2 (May 2002). FHL Collection v. 40 (2002); digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1759 List of Tithables for Year 1759, The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jan. 2003). FHL Collection 975.5 B2vg v. 47 (2003)
  • 1776 Tithe List, 1776, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 1973).
  • 1782-1809 Goochland County Personal Property Tax Lists 1782-1809 (images); digital version in Tax List Club at Binns Genealogy ($).
  • 1782 Fothergill, Augusta B. and John Mark Naugle. Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87, Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1978. FHL book 975.5 R4f 1978. Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, FHL film 874197, item 4 - images. 1782 personal property tax list of Goochland County.
  • 1782-1794 Sparacio, Ruth Trickey and Sam Sparacio. Goochland County, Virginia, Land Tax Books. 2 vols. [1782-1794] McLean, Va.: Antient Press, 1997. FHL Collection 975.5455 R4s
  • 1782-1804 Free in County, 1782-1802, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 20 (1988); Vol. 21 (1989); Vol. 22 (1990); Vol. 23 (1991); Vol. 24 (1992).
  • 1783 - Personal Property (or Land) Tax List, 1783; index online at Revolutionary War Service website.
  • 1783 Tax Rolls and Land Transfers, 1783, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 35 (2003).
  • 1784 Tax Rolls and Land Transfers, 1784, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 35 (2003).
  • 1785 Land Tax, 1785, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 1970).
  • 1785 Tax Rolls and Land Transfers, 1785, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 35 (2003).
  • 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. FHL Collection 975.5 R4sn v. 2. The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Goochland County is included in Vol. 2.
  • 1789 Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1977):287-292. FHL Collection 975.5 B2vg v. 21 (1977); online at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($). These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Goochland County's 1789 Delinquent List appears on pp. 287-288.
  • 1789, 1801/1802] Indexed images of the 1789 and 1801/1802 Personal Property Tax Lists of Goochland County, Virginia are available online, courtesy: Binns Genealogy.
  • 1790 Tax List, 1790, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Autumn 1971).
  • 1795 Land Tax List, 1795, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 36 (2004).
  • 1800 "Goochland County, Virginia, 1800 Tax List," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1981):7-11; Vol. 25, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1981):103-111. FHL Collection 975.5 B2vg v. 25 (1981); online at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($).
  • 1815 Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. FHL Collection 975 E4w v. 1. The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Goochland County is included in Vol. 1.
  • 1815 Landowners Tax List, 1815, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vols. 37-38 (2005).
  • 1831-1834 Personal Property Tax, 1831-34, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 27 (1995).
  • 1835-1840 Property Tax List, 1835-40, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 29 (1997).
  • 1866 Chappel Lot, New Description of Old Beaver Dam Church First Appears in Records, 1866, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Vol. 39 (2007).
  • 1871 Return of Grain, 1871, Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Vol. 82, No. 11 (Nov. 1948). FHL Collection 973 B2dar v. 82 (1948)

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Societies[edit | edit source]

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Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • "A Guide to the Counties of Virginia: Goochland County," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1967):132-134. Available at FHL; online at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($).
  • "Genealogical Research in Goochland County," The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 35, No. 5 (2009). Available at FHL.

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Wikipedia contributors, in "Goochland County, Virgina", accessed 3 February 2021.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Newberry
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Goochland _ County,_Virginia," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goochland_County,_Virginia#Communities accessed 15 January 2020.
  7. Wikipedia Contributors, "Sir William Gooch, 1st Baronet," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gooch, accessed 13 January 2012.
  8. Robert Baylor Semple and George William Beale, A History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia (Pitt and Dickinson, 1894), 118-119, 186. Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive.
  9. Jay Worrall, The Friendly Virginians: America's First Quakers (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Publishing Company, 1994), 537-539. FHL Book 975.5 K2wj.
  10. Mary Marshall Brewer, Quaker Records of Cedar Creek Monthly Meeting, Virginia, 1739-1793 (Lewes, De.: Colonial Roots, 2002), Introduction. FHL Book 975.5462 K2b.
  11. 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 ($).
  12. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 94. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
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  14. Kevin C. Ruffner, 44th Virginia Infantry (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1987). FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 39.