Northampton County, Virginia Register of Deaths 1871-1896


This is Northampton County, Virginia’s Register of Deaths for 1871 to 1896, a continuation of Sandra Perkins' work covering the years 1853 to 1870. Many of the entries between 1873 and 1877 were difficult, if not impossible to read, because pages are either faint or dark. To compensate, the author borrowed the Library of Virginia’s copy to make the best and most complete list. This list of over 2,200 names is in alphabetical order with a full-name index in the back with reference page for the parent’s names and sources that provided the information.

The following is a breakdown of the order of information gleaned from the Death Register: Name in Full, Race (White / Colored or Black), Sex, Date of Death, Place of Death, Name of Disease or Cause of Death, Age (Years / Months / Days), Names of Parents, Where Born, Occupation, Marital Status, and Source of Information (name of person giving information of death and designation of informant such as physician, surgeon, coroner, head of the family, friend, etc.)

The top of each original form states “It is hereby requested that the Commissioner of the Revenue in making up their reports shall certify the aggregate number and also give separately the number of White and Colored”. The author has included this information for each year, as well as a breakdown of the causes of death by year. This is shown in the 1871-83 and 1884-96 charts. There are six years missing. These include 1879–1881. The Mortality Schedules from June 1, 1879 to May 31, 1880 have been included to fill in some of this gap. This includes fifty-seven from the Capeville District, thirty-four from Eastville District, twenty-three from Johnsontown District and twenty-five from Franktown District for a total of 139.

Allen B. Hamilton

2018, 8½x11, paper, index, 192 pp.

ISBN: 9780788458200