Virginia Antiquary, Volume 1: Princess Anne County Loose Papers, 1700-1789 - John Harvie Creecy. This volume is a compilation of abstracts, gleaned from a collection of more than 25,000 loose papers from the courthouse of Princess Anne County, now stored at the Virginia State Library. Here, the author has provided a great time-saver for the researcher — thousands of miscellaneous papers, stored in forty-four boxes and without an index, have been abstracted into one single, indexed volume. As Mr. Creecy searched the loose papers for information which could throw light on obscure matters of kinship, he encountered a significant number of papers reflecting “local color,” and thus expanded his search to incorporate such papers. Due to the vast number of papers in the public collection, he had to determine which he felt were the most revealing and therefore worthy of being abstracted for inclusion in this volume. The papers in consideration are those which were given to the court for aid in rendering its decisions, hence providing not only names and facts but also insight into the lives of those concerned.
This research volume is primarily for the use of genealogists, but can be useful to persons with various other interests as it includes Chancery notes, personal letters and tax vouchers, among other types of documents. These papers provide important information, including familial relationships, family heirs, names of slaves, and land boundaries or road petitions showing the names of the owners through whose land the proposed road was to pass. Of additional interest are records of various crimes, misdemeanors and scandals in families of high and low degree. Also included is a list of surnames found in the Princess Anne County Deed Index between 1691 and 1798. The book ends with two indexes; the first is an every-name index and the latter is a place and subject index.
(1954, 1997), 2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 238 pp.