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     If you are tracing ancestors along the boundary between the Old Dominion State and the Tar Heel State, you may be interested in Blanche Adams Chapman's WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1749 - 1800. The reprint by Clearfield Company is a facsimile of the 1980 Genealogical Publishing Company publication in which Chapman's original two mimeographed volumes, published in 1947 and 1958 respectively, were consolidated, re-typed, and re-indexed.

     Containing data from the first five volumes of the Virginia county's will books, Chapman's abstracts of Southampton's wills and administrations cover the years 1749 - 1800--the first fifty years of the county's existence as an independent entity. Arranged more or less in chronological order by the name of the deceased, the documents usually provide the name of the testator (person making the will), names of legatees (which often show relationships), summaries of the bequests, date of the will and its recording, and the page number of the original will book where the full contents of the will can be found. Administration records generally give the dates of the inventory and appraisal, names of auditors and appraisers, and references regarding the settlement of the estate.

     The approximately 2,500 wills and administrations refer to about 8,000 individuals. Some recurring surnames are APPLEWHITE, ATKINSON, BARHAM, BEAL/BEALE/BEALL, BITTLE, BLOW, BOYKIN, BRITT, BUTTS, CLEMENTS, DRAKE, EDMUNDS, GRIZARD/GRIZZARD, HOLLEMAN/HOLLIMAN, IVEY/IVY, JOYNER, KITCHEN/KITCHING, MYRICK, NEWSOM/NEWSUM, POND, RIDLEY, SPEED, SPIVEY/SPIVY/SPIVYE, SUMMERELL/SUMMERRELL, THORPE, and VICK.

     Created in 1749 from the counties of Isle of Wight and Nansemond, Southampton County is situated just above the North Carolina border. As a result, WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS OF SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1749 - 1800 offers genealogists proof of kinship and clues for further research for many early families who resided along the Virginia-North Carolina border.

     The 208-page paperback costs $22.50. To the book's price, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.00 for one book or the first volume of a set and $2.50 for each additional copy or each additional volume of a set; for UPS, the cost is $7.00 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. As item order #958, the volume may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website www.genealogical.com).


     Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the National Genealogical Society has scheduled its annual Conference in the States for 13-16 May 2009. The meeting will take place in Raleigh, NC, where the North Carolina Genealogical Society will act as local host. This year's theme will be "The Building of a Nation: From Roanoke to the West." In addition to offering a wide variety of classes, the conference will provide opportunities to do research in several prominent facilities in the Raleigh area and to take a number of historic tours. For more information, visit the website at www.ngsgenealogy.org.


     Charles N. Ferguson, 811 South Market, Shawnee, OK 74801 is seeking information about descendants of Gaylord James FERGUSON and wife, Flora MCCALL. Gaylord was born in 1908 in White Co., AR, and died in 1981 in Pulaski Co., AR. The couple had daughters Aileen, Elsie Mae, and Gayola.


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