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New Kent  Co.

Virginia, USA

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New Kent County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States.Its county seat is New Kent.

The Chickahominy River borders the county to the south, the Pamunkey and York rivers border it to the north and east. The following counties border with New Kent County, Virginia: King William County (north), King and Queen County (east), James City County (southeast), Charles City County (south), Henrico County (southwest), and Hanover County (west).

New Kent County was established in 1654 from York County. The county is named for Kent, England. New Kent County is the birthplace of two U. S. Presidents' wives - Martha Washington and Letitia Christian Tyler. The church where George and Martha Washington are believed to have been wed, St. Peters, still holds services today. The Chickahominy Indians frequented this area as well as nearby Charles City County and two tribes are still well-established in this area.

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The following are names of persons, found within our databases as having been either born, married or died in this location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines. To find out more about each surname listed click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families(MMPS)

Carter; ††Scruggs

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families (BPQR)


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families(DKPS)

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Family History Notes

We believe that a Richard Scruggs of New Kent County, Virginia is our 7th great-grandfather.Records of St. Peterís Parish show a son of Richard named John Scruggs who may be our 6th g-grandfather, as being born at New Kent County in 1709.One or more Richard Scruggs, along with several other Scruggs lived in St. Peterís Parish of New Kent County between the years 1685 and 1760.In 1730 a Richard Scruggs and was assigned by the Court of Charles City County* to keep the Great Bridge over the Chickahominy Swamp in repair for 21 years.This bridge is probably the now the Long Bridge of today.

Early records show a Richard Scruggs, who lived until 1722, as obtaining large parcels land in New Kent County and adjoining James City County* between 1655 and 1669.This land that lay just north of the Chickahominy River primarily between Toe Ink Swamp and Schiminoe Creek.


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Map showing locations of Scruggs Lands in New Kent County and relationship to to the counties of Henrico, James City, and Charles City.

* Richard Scruggs had land located less than one-quarter mile from Charles City County and about two miles from Henrico County this helps to explain why records on Scruggs in four different counties.

Map of the county

Map of the County

The Red Starin the map designates the location of the seat of government for this county.Yellow Starsdesignate seats of government in adjacent counties.†† A Purple Dotshows the location of identified ancestral Gen-Site(s).

New Kent Co., VA (Gen-Sites)

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New Kent;†† St. Peterís Parish

New Kent

LOCATION: Country: United States;State: Virginia;County:;Coordinates/Map: 37į 31′ 4″ N, 76į 58′ 44″ W
37.517778, -76.978889

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: The village of New Kent appears to have been the County seat since 1691. Most of the County's colonial records were destroyed in the burning of the clerk's office in 1787, and later records were destroyed in the burning of Richmond during the Civil War.The New Kent County Courthouse, and the County Clerkís Office are located at 12001 Courthouse Circle in New Kent.Click on thumbnail at right for larger image.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S): New Kent County, VA - Official Website

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St. Peterís Parish

LOCATION: Country: United States;State:;County: New Kent;Coordinates/Map: 37į 32′ 24″ N, 77į 3′ 24″ W
37.54, -77.056667

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: There appears to be no record as to when St. Peterís Parish was actually formed but it is probable that it existed at the time of the creation of New Kent County in 1654. Virginia's General Court did confirm the establishment of St Peter's Parish on April 29, 1679.Parish records in the Vestry Book begin in 1682.St. Peter's Church is an Episcopal church at Talleysville in New Kent, Virginia. Built between 1701 and 1703, the church is where Martha Dandridge Custis worshipped and married General George Washington.It continues to hold regular services today.Click on thumbnail at right for larger image



INTERNET WEB LINK(S): St. Peter's Church (New Kent, Virginia) - Wikipedia; St. Peter's Church Website;St. Peter's Parish Register ;St. Peter's Parish Vestry Book ;St. Peter's Episcopal Church, New Kent Co., VA;St. Peterís Parish, Virginia;St. Peterís Parish Historical Marker

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Gazetteer of Places

The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestorís birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.

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Profiles for27 cities, towns and other populated places in New Kent County, Virginia

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New Kent County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features | Schools

New Kent County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

New Kent County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

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New Kent County, VA, United States

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There are no incorporated towns in New Kent County. Unincorporated towns and communities include:

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County boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

†††† Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.As the population grew more counties were created to meet the publicís need for localized governments.This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state.

†††† The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.†† Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this LINK to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

NEW KENT COUNTY: Map(s) and descriptions of Historical Boundary Changes

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1654 - NEW KENT created from YORK. (Hening, 1:387n., 388; Robinson, 62)


12 May 1691 - NEW KENT lost to creation of KING AND QUEEN. (Hening, 3:94-95; Robinson, 57)


01 May 1721 - NEW KENT lost to creation of HANOVER. (Winfree, 198-199)


01 May 1767 - NEW KENT exchanged with JAMES CITY. (Hening, 8:208-210)

10 Mar 1950 - Boundary between NEW KENT and HENRICO clarified [no change]. (Va. Acts 1950, ch. 155, sec. 1/pp. 226-227)

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names.

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This LINK will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,†† and other helpfulresourcesthat will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations.

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Our ďGen-Tool KitĒ has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research weíve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


County History

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County Records


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         Cemeteries of New Kent County, Virginia

         Graveyards of Southeast Virginia

         New Kent County VA Transcription & Photo Project

         New Kent County Cemeteries

         New Kent County Cemetery List

         New Kent County Cemetery Registration

         New Kent County, VA Cemeteries

         Virginia Gravestone Photo Project New Kent Co.

         Cedar Grove Cemetery

         Saint Peters Cemetery

         St. Peters Cemetery

         Tabernacle Cemetery

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National Register of Historic Places listings in New Kent County, Virginia

         New Kent County (Wikipedia)

         New Kent County (Signs of History)

         New Kent County Bibliography

         New Kent County Post Offices 1846

         New Kent County, Virginia History