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Hampton (Independent City), Virginia Genealogy

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Hampton, Virginia
—  Independent City  —
Location in Virginia
Founded 1908
Website http://www.hampton.gov

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The City of Hampton is located in the Eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia and was named for Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, an important leader of the Virginia Company of London[1].

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hampton City Courthouse

For additional records, see Elizabeth City County.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1908--Hampton was created in 1908 from Elizabeth City County. [2]

  • Engs, Robert Francis. Freedon's First Generation: Black Hampton, Virginia, 1861-1890. [Pennsylvania?] " university of Pennsylvania Press, c 1979 FHL 975.5412 F2e

Resources[edit | edit source]

Immigration[edit | edit source]

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore:Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Hampton proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

During the War of 1812, American officials reported finding a total of 2 British aliens, many of whom had families,living in Hampton.[3]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

The National Military Home in Hampton serviced hundreds of veterans between the 1870s and 1930s. US Military Old Soldiers Home Records identifies several types of records concerning these individuals.

French and Indian War[edit | edit source]
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. FHL Collection [Identifies some Hampton soldier enlistments; see place name index.]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Since Hampton was created in 1908 from Elizabeth City County and then in 1952 absorbed Elizabeth City, the Civil War records for Hampton may be found in the Elizabeth City County military records and the Hampton military records.

Civil War Battles[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War battles were fought in Hampton.

  • June 10, 1861 = Big Bethel, also known as Bethel Church and Great Bethel[4]
  • March 8-9, 1862 = Hampton Roads, also known as Monitor vs. Virginia (Merrimack), Battle of the Ironclads[5]
Maps of Civil War battles in Virginia: 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Virginia (together with Watchmakers and Jewelers) from 1694 to 1850. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, Incorporated, 1952. Available at FHL. [Includes a section on Hampton silversmiths.]

Probate[edit | edit source]

London Courts[edit | edit source]
  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore:Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Hampton proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1865-1908 - Hampton Marriage Index 1865-1908. Batch M868763 at FamilySearch - free.[6]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampton,_Virginia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Kenneth Scott. British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979, 320-333. FHL Collection 973 W4s; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services,Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 17 August, 2012)
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/3/37/Igivirginia.pdf.