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Virginia, Isle of Wight, vestry books, 1724-1772

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Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by FamilySearch International, 2012

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To view digital images of these Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, click here. Not available on microfilm.

Digital images of originals housed at the Isle of Wight Circuit Court, Virginia.

"Vestry book, 4 January 1723/24-28 September 1772. The first entries are processioners’ records. Vestry minutes begin with 5 June 1724. The two types of records alternate throughout the volume. Until 30 December 1734, the parish is referred to as Upper (or Warrosquyoake Parish). After this date the parish is referred to as Newport Parish. Birth records, 1705-1757, transcribed from an early parish register, now lost, appear on pages 223-228."--Library of Virginia catalog

The parish vestry was required by law to perform many civil governmental functions, such as land processioning, taxation, taking care of the poor, guardianship of orphans, road repair, etc.

"Warrosquyoake was the original name of Isle of Wight County and also the name of the first parish for the county. The exact date of the change of name is not known. In 1643 the parish was divided into Upper and Lower parishes, or Warrosquyoake Parish and Newport Parish, respectively. In 1734 the parishes were merged and became known as Newport Parish north of the Blackwater River and Nottoway Parish on the south side of the river. The latter parish became part of Southampton County when that county was formed in 1749."--Library of Virginia catalog

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