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Old Free State (VA); A Contribution to the History of Lunenburg County and Southside Virginia
Old Free State (VA)
Product Code: US0366
Number of CDs: 1
Author: Landon C. Bell
Pages: 3 foldout maps, 1274
Pub. Date: (1927) 2008
Qty in Cart: none

At its creation in 1746 Lunenburg stretched westward from the current Brunswick County border to the Blue Ridge, paralleling the North Carolina border for over 140 miles. Seven counties­ Campbell, Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenburg, Patrick and Pittsylvania as well as portions of Appomattox, Bedford and Charlotte were formed from the territory in its original boundaries. Early settlers of the area, in addition to migrating Virginians, included Marylanders from the Chesapeake Bay area, Huguenots and Scotch-Irish and Welsh from Pennsylvania.

This two-volume, 1200-plus page tome contains almost 300 pages of genealogical data which, while not completely documented, frequently has source citations or references to original compilers. Abstracts of extant marriage bonds and minister’s returns to 1850, lists of members of the House of Burgesses for Lunenburg’s parent counties of Prince George and Brunswick as well as Lunenburg, General Assembly members from Lunenburg from 1776 through 1926 and Lunenburg’s Congressional representatives and a copy of Jed Hotchkiss’s map of Lunenburg County are also included.

The author provides a thorough history of the area placing it in the perspective of Virginia’s history from first settlement through the Civil War. Unlike so many of these early histories, the author provides sources for his information. There is an extensive description of events during the French and Indian War with numerous citations to letters, official orders and other sources. Sadly his extensive list of those who saw service during this period contains no source references and the reader is left on his own to uncover the origin. Although the author acknowledges that it is impossible to document all of the men who served in the Revolution, he notes many of these (with sources citations) and includes the names of soldiers from a number of payrolls of Lunenburg companies and the names of militia men drawn from the county order books and other sources. A list of militia officers serving during the War of 1812 is also included as well as muster rolls of Confederate units.

A discussion of the county court and a list of the justices from the beginning of the county through 1869 as well over 80 pages dedicated to the history the various religious denominations and their churches are other items sure to be of interest to researchers.

Summary by Barbara Vines Little, CG
for Archive CD Books USA


The CD includes high-quality images of every page as originally published (not just a transcript) and is fully searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5 or later recommended) on any Windows, Macintosh, or Unix computer. The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation.

Old Free State (VA); A Contribution to the History of Lunenburg County and Southside Virginia
Price: $19.95

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