Northampton County, Virginia Genealogy

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Location of Northampton County, Virginia
Northampton County Boundary Map

County Courthouse

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History

Parent County

1634--Northampton County was created in 1634 as an original shire.
County seat: Eastville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring County

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing census records online, see Virginia Census.

1790 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1810 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1890 Union Veterans' Census

Church

Church of England

  • Mason, George Carrington. Colonial Churches of Tidewater Virginia. Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson, 1945. Available at FHL; digital version at BYU Family History Archives. [Includes Northampton County.]

Methodist

  • Stevenson, Arthur Linwood. Native Methodist Preachers of the Eastern Shore of Virginia: With Supplements Concerning Methodist Preachers and Methodist Preachers' Children Who Have Married on the Shore and a Few Others. [Va.?]: A.L. Stevenson, 1970. Available at FHL.

Court

General

Chancery Court

County Court

Eastern Shore District Court

Minute Books

Orphan's Court

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

Bibliography

  • [Barecraft] Russell, George Ely. "John and Jane Barcroft of Boston, Mass., and Virginia," The American Genealogist, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Apr. 1992):112-113. Available at FHL.
  • [Covington] Covington, Elbert E. Covington and Kin. DeSoto, Illinois: E.E. Covington, 1973?. Available at FHL; digital version at BYU Family History Archives.
  • [Delaymos] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60; Vol. 77, No. 1 (Apr. 2001):138-147.
  • [Douglas] Harris, Ruth Eleanor Poole. Ruth Eleanor Douglas Journal: With Genealogies of Douglas, Noell, Callaway, Clemens, Moorman and Other Related Bedford County, Virginia Families, Also Genealogies of Douglas Families of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri. Nashville, Tennessee: Douglas Family Publishers, 1979. Available at FHL.
  • [Dye] Baldwin, Patrick James. Family History of Cyril Winton Dye, 1608-1970. MSS., microfilmed reproduction available at FHL.
  • [Elliott] Carey, Mary Frances, Barry W. Miles, and Moody K. Miles. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 3 vols. Lewes, Delaware: Colonial Roots, 2004-2007. Available at FHL.
  • [Graves] Graves, John Card, R.A. Brock, and Charles Marshall Graves. The Graves Family of Eastern Virginia, 1608-1936. [United States: J.C. Graves, 1936?]. Available at FHL.
  • [Griffith] Griffin, A. Ray. The Jerom Griffith Family of Northampton County, Virginia, 1644-1727 Supplement Number One to Along the Neuse: The Craven Bryan Griffin Family, 1728-1992. Danville, Va.: A.R. Griffin, 1995. FHL Collection 929.273 G875gar supp. no. 1
  • [Holloway] Holloway, Bessie Gibbes Cheatham. Holloways of the Eastern Shore, and Descendants Near & Far, 1066-1985: Including Adkins, Davis, Dennis, Godfrey, Hudson, Jones, Kenney, Long, Massey, Mumford, Parker, Parsons, Perdue, Shockley, Thompson, Wright and Others. Salisbury, Maryland: B.G.C. Holloway, c1985. Available at FHL.
  • [Hubbard] Stubbs, Margaret Arlene Hubbard and Ben Riggins. Harwell Hubbard - Carpenters of Hog Island (Northampton Co., Va.) and Descendants and Associated Families. MSS., microfilmed 1990. FHL Collection 1683131 Item 1  
  • [Hudson] Hudson, Millard Fillmore. Hudsons of the Eastern Shore: The Original Settlers of that Name in Northampton and Accomac Counties, Virginia and Their Descendants in Somerset and Worcester Counties, Maryland; Sussex County, Delaware and Other Places: With Notes of Other Families. Typescript, pre-1937. 2000 reprint. FHL Collection 929.273 H867hmf
  • [Joynes] Johnson, Susie Warren. "The Joynes Family of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia," The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct., 1938), pp. 499-505. Digital version at JSTOR($).
  • [Lipsey] Hall, Pat Rogers. Descendants of James Lipsey of Northampton, VA. Temecula, Calif.: P.R. Hall, 2009. FHL Collection 929.273 L668hp
  • [Littleton] Wise, Matthew M. The Littleton Heritage: Some American Descendants of Col. Nathaniel Littleton (1605-1654) of Northampton Co., Virginia, and His Royal Forbears. West Columbia, S.C.: Wentworth Printing, 1997. FHL Collection 929.273 L734w
  • [London] Richardson, Douglas. "Ambrose London of New York, Virginia and Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Jul. 1982):160-163. FHL 973 D25aga v. 58
  • [London] Richardson, Douglas. "Major Ambrose London of New York, Virginia, and Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 64, No. 2 (April 1989):75-78. FHL 973 D25aga
  • [Manlove] Russell, George Ely. "The Migrations of Mark Manlove (ca.1617-1666) in New England, Virginia, and Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 61, No. 2 (Jul./Oct. 1985):71-76. FHL 973 D25aga v. 61
  • [Nottingham] Nottingham, William Prosser. Some of the Ancestry of the Rev. Luther Nottingham (1817-1867) of Northampton County, Virginia. Indianapolis, Ind.: W.P. Nottingham, 1980. FHL Collection 929.273 N849n
  • [Nottingham] Nottingham, Cedric T. The Virginian Connection: A Narrative Genealogical Account of the Paternal Ancestors of a Family of Nottinghams in England that Traces the Family Lack from the Present Time to the Nottingham Family Who Settled Near Eastville, in Northampton Co. Virginia in the Early 1640s, and Which Then Traces the Family Line Back in England to Around the Year 1400. Eastrea, England: C.T. Nottingham, 2002. FHL Collection 929.273 N849nc
  • [Pettyjohn] Chamberlain, Era Jane Pettijohn and Clive Abraham Pettijohn. Something of the Pettijohn (Pettyjohn) Family with Particular Reference to the Descendants of James Pettyjohn of Hungar's Parish, Northampton County, Va. Spokane, Wash.: Shaw & Borden Co., 1948. FHL Collection 1597896 Item 16
  • [Pigott] Pigott, William Elijah. Descendants of Francis Pigott of Northampton Co., Virginia Circa 1616-1684. Bountiful, Utah: Family History Publishers, 1999. FHL Collection 929.273 P629p; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Record] Record, Eunice C. Ancestors and Descendants of John Record and Ann Calloway of Sussex County, Delaware, Kentucky, Somerset County, Maryland and Northampton, Virginia. Typescript, microfilmed 1969. FHL Collection 599224 Item 1
  • [Robins] Robins, Thomas. Outline of Robins Family History in England and America, ca.1210-1939. MSS., 1939, New York City; microfilmed reproduction available at FHL.
  • [Robins] Walter, Alice Granbery. Robyns--Robins Co. Northampton, England, 1377-1620; 1620-1628, Jamestown Island, Va.; 1628-1692, Northampton Co., Virginia; 1692-1798, Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Virginia Beach, Va.: A.G. Walter, 1971. FHL Collection US/CAN Pedigree File no. 1192.
  • [Rose] Rose, Christine. Abstracts of Early Virginia Rose Estates: Wills, Inventories, Accounts and Administrator's Bonds before 1850. San Jose, Calif.: Rose Family Bulletin, 1972. FHL US/CAN Book 975.5 A1 no. 56; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Scarburgh] See Wise.
  • [Selleck] Kaufmann, Paulette Clark. "David Selleck, of Somerset, England, and of Massachusetts and Virginia," The Genealogist, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Spring 2005):3-40.
  • [Selleck] Stott, Clifford L. and Paulette Clark Kaufmann. "The Selleck Family of Gaulden Manor, Tolland, Somerset: Ancestors of David Selleck of Boston, Massachusetts, and Virginia," The American Genealogist, Vol. 81, No. 1 (Jan. 2006):36-47.
  • [Wise] Wise, Jennings Cropper. Col. John Wise of England and Virginia (1617-1695). Richmond, Va.: Bell Book and Stationery Co., c1918. Available at FHL; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and Family History Archives.
  • [Yardley] Yeardley or Yardley, Northampton County, Virginia. Genealogical loose papers / [collected by] Department of Archives and History. 27th family on film. FHL Collection 288191

Immigration

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes wills of residents of Hog Island and Northampton County proved in London. 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 Northampton County, Virginia (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database.

Land

Deeds

  • Houston, William Robert Montgomery and Jean M. Mihalyka. Colonial Residents of Virginia's Eastern Shore: Whose Ages Were Proved Before Court Officials of Accomack and Northampton Counties. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1985. Three copies available at FHL. [Ages taken from court, land, and probate records.]

Grants and Patents

  • Nugent, Nell Marion. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666. Vol. I (1934; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1991). Available at FHL; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes Northampton County. N.B. If Ancestry's search engine fails, try checking the printed index at the end of the book.]

Processioner's Returns

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

  • Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1976):269-274; Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Northampton County's 1787-1790 Delinquent Lists appear on 20:269-70; 1786 Delinquent Lists appear on 22:122-123.]

Military

Colonial Militia

  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Northampton County militia officers and/or soldiers; see place name index.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Northampton County militia officers; see place name index.]

French and Indian War

  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies some Northampton 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 Google Books. [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 Northampton County, see p. 95-96.]
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. Virginia Colonial Militia 1651-1776. Baltimore: Southern Book Co., 1954. Available at FHL; digital book at Ancestry ($). [Identifies some Northampton County militia officers; see place name index.]

Civil War

Native Americans

Newspapers

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.

Occupations

Philip Alexander Bruce's book Economic History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century (Vol. II, 1896, p. 334 footnote 1) includes a list of early English merchants in Northampton County.

Private Papers

  • [Custis] 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 Google Books. [Includes a chapter titled "Transcript from the Custis (Thompkins) Bible," see pp. 328-329.]

Probate

Local Court

District Court

London Courts

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

Taxation

How can Virginia tax lists help me?

  • [1662-1664, 1675-1677] Northampton County, Virginia Tithables, 1662-1664, 1675-1677. Original records, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; also available on microfilm at FHL.
  • [1662-1677, 1720-1769] Bell, John B. Northampton County, Virginia, Tithables [1662-1677, 1720-1769] 2 vols. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1993. Available at FHL.
  • [1666] Robertson, T.B. "List of Tithables in Northampton County, Va., August 1666," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 10 (1902/1903):194-196, 258-263. Available at FHL; reprinted in Virginia Tax Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983, which is also available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [1666] Wise, Jennings Cropper. Ye Kingdome of Accawmacke or the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century. 1911; reprint, Baltimore, 1968. [Includes 1666 tithables list for Northampton County.]
  • [1704] "Virginia Quit Rent Rolls, 1704," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 28 (1920):207-218, 328-339; Vol. 29 (1921):18-28, 337-343, 402-412; Vol. 30 (1922):21-30, 280-285, 341-347; Vol. 31 (1923):70-75, 153-163, 215-231, 314-318; Vol. 32 (1924):69-75, 144-158, 281-287, 338-343; Vol. 33 (1925):47-50, 359-370; Vol. 34 (1926):113-119, 252-258, 313, 321. Available at FHL; reprinted in Virginia Tax Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983, which is also available at FHL; digital version of VMHB at JSTOR ($). [Northampton County appears in 34:313-321.]
  • [1704] Quit Rent Rolls, 1704, Heritage Quest, Vol. 35 (Jul. 1991).
  • [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. Available at FHL. [1782 personal property tax list of Northampton County.]
  • [1782-1814] Heinegg, Paul. "Northampton County Personal Property Tax List, 1782-1814," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • [1786-1790] Clay, Robert Y. "Some Delinquent Taxpayers 1787-1790," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1976):269-274; Vol. 22, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1978):121-130. Available at FHL; digital version at New England Ancestors ($). [These records often identify migrants who left the county and their intended destinations. Northampton County's 1787-1790 Delinquent Lists appear on 20:269-70; 1786 Delinquent Lists appear on 22:122-123.]
  • [1787] Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Northampton County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • [1788, 1800] Indexed images of the 1788 and 1800 Personal Property Tax Lists of Northampton County, Virginia are available online at Binns Genealogy.
  • [1789] Robertson, Thomas B. "Poll Vote of Northampton County, Va., 1789," William and Mary College Quarterly, 1st Series, Vol. 26 (1917):109-110. Available at FHL; reprinted in Virginia Tax Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983, which is also available at FHL; digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [1800] Tax List, 1800, Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Jul. 2001); Vol. 45, No 4 (Oct. 2001).
  • [1810] Schreiner-Yates, Netti. A Supplement to the 1810 Census of Virginia: Tax Lists of the Counties for which the Census is Missing. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1971. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1810 personal property tax list. Northampton County is included because the 1810 Census for that county has been destroyed.]
  • [1815] Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Northampton County is included in Vol. 3.]

Vital Records

Marriages

Societies and Libraries

Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).