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COLONIAL VIRGINIA COUNTY FORMATION MAPS

Most family historians quickly discover that an ancestor may have lived on the same land throughout his life, although his county of residence changed at least twice.  Studying county boundary changes or patterns of migration are an important element of genealogical research.  Migration was often an economic necessity, particularly when family-held acreage could no longer support large families.  Using available land and court records, a property analysis of the Coleman sons and the first four generations of their descendants reveals they lived in or acquired land in:

Thomas Coleman: Gloucester \(Abingdon Parish\), Halifax, Brunswick, Northumberland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg

Robert Coleman: Gloucester, New Kent, Rappahannock \(Essex\), King & Queen, Caroline, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Orange, Amherst

Joseph Coleman: Gloucester \(Abingdon and Pets worth parishes)

Daniel Coleman: Gloucester, New Kent, King & Queen, King William, Goochland, Cumberland, Pottsylvania

John Coleman: Gloucester \(Abingdon and Petsworth parishes), Hanover, Essex, Caroline, Goochland, Buckingham, Albemarle, Amherst

Virginia county lines changed frequently as America began to expand.  A flood of emigrants eager for a prosperous new life necessitated the forming of new counties to better govern the growing population.  Familiarity with county boundaries makes it easier to track an ancestor's pattern of migration.  The maps on the following pages should make those migrations easier to understand.  The counties were drawn by hand, and any resemblance to correct shape is by the grace of God.

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Gloucester County in Colonial Virginia

Gloucester County in Colonial Virginia

Virginia Counties (1634 - 1640)

Virginia Counties (1634 - 1640)

Virginia Counties (1641 - 1650)

Virginia Counties (1641 - 1650)

Virginia Counties (1651 - 1660)

Virginia Counties (1651 - 1660)

Virginia Counties (1661 - 1670)

Virginia Counties (1661 - 1670)

Virginia Counties (1691 - 1700)

Virginia Counties (1691 - 1700)

Virginia Counties (1701 - 1710)

Virginia Counties (1701 - 1710)

Virginia Counties (1721 - 1730)

Virginia Counties (1721 - 1730)

Virginia Counties (1731 - 1740)

Virginia Counties (1731 - 1740)

Virginia Counties (1741 - 1750)

Virginia Counties (1741 - 1750)

Virginia Counties (1751 - 1760)

Virginia Counties (1751 - 1760)

Virginia Counties (1761 - 1770)

Virginia Counties (1761 - 1770)