Frederick County, Virginia Minutes of Court Records, 1743-1745 - John David Davis. In 1632, the first settlers from Europe who journeyed into the Shenandoah Valley were Jesuit missionaries. They inhabited the region that was to become Frederick Co., VA. The missionaries paved the way for those who moved into this region from MD and PA, many of whom were of Scottish, German and French descent. Originally part of Orange Co., Frederick Co. was formed in 1638, but its government was not officially organized until 1743. This work documents the minutes of court records during the first few years following the inception of the county government (1743-1745). A full name index covers both plaintiffs and defendants. (2001), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 322 pp.