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Seventeenth Century Isle Of Wight Co., Virginia


This is a comprehensive study of the early history and inhabitants of Isle of Wight County. Nearly 200 pages of this voluminous work are devoted to abstracts of deeds, land records, and quit rents.
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This is a comprehensive study of the early history and inhabitants of Isle of Wight County. Nearly 200 pages of this voluminous work are devoted to abstracts of deeds, land records, and quit rents.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806305592
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/20/2009
  • Pages: 782
  • Sales rank: 1,470,246
  • Product dimensions: 1.53 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    Genealogists Take Note!

    Almost half of the book focuses on various families of the area who arrived in the area during the 17th century, though some of the information provided for specific individuals may be from an earlier or later era. As one might expect, considerable detail is provided for the Biddle family. The only other significant topic out of the "titled" century is a brief section on the local involvement in the Revolution.
    The first 169 pages (of 708, not including index) provide an excellent description of the religious controversy in England and Holland (particularly with regard to the Ancient Church) that led to Virginia settlement by the Puritans beginning in 1618. The influx of the Royalist Cavaliers in the 1640s and 1650s, coinciding with the English Civil War, and the arrival of the Quakers (as well as the removal of many to North Carolina as a result of persecution) is addressed. The means by which certain individuals/families arrived in the area is often given, and various conflicts from early contact with the Native American population through Bacon's Rebellion are discussed.
    Actual Isle of Wight records of the 17th century (Book A, Will and Deed Book 1, and Deed Book 1) are abstracted fairly well, though not by the author. Abstracts of Land Grants issued prior to 1675 include quite a bit of detail, usually with a description of the land and/or the reason for the grant. For land grants between 1679 and 1705, there is only an index (by grantee name) listing the year, number of acres and a reference to the county book and page. These "records" take up less than one-third of the book, but are invaluable.
    Clearly, this book is a gem for genealogical study, but anyone with interest in the early settlement of the Isle of Wight and Nansemond area of Virginia would benefit from this book. My own ancestors arrived in the area near the end of the 1600s and are, therefore, barely mentioned as individuals. Still, the book provided a solid foundation that helped me understand many of the events that shaped their lives. Considering the breadth of information he attempted to cover, the book provides amazing detail.
    Overall, this book is well-written... I would recommend it for anyone interested in the history of the area, but it is especially highly recommended for genealogists. I should mention, however, that this book (as pictured here and re-issued in 2003) is paperback, NOT a hardback as described.

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