Essex County, Virginia General Index to Deeds No. 1, 1797-1867, Deed Books 35 to 51


The purpose of this work is to present a single alphabetical index based on the General Index to Deeds No. 1, 1797–1867, that was created in the style known as a Campbell Index. In other words, the purpose here is not to validate the index but to resequence it. What typically results from a Campbell Index is a jumble that requires users to flip back and forth between groups of pages throughout the entire index to seek out where various groups are continued elsewhere.

This present index is largely made up of entries to over 7,000 deeds, being either: bargain and sales, bills of sale, or trust deeds. Of additional interest may be: thirty-eight polls for the election of various officials; twenty-two apprenticeships; a bastard bond; thirty-six emancipation or manumission deeds; forty-one insolvents; forty-six marriage contracts or settlements; sixteen bonds for ministers to solemnize the rites of matrimony; bonds for sheriff, constable, tobacco inspector, or Commissioner of the Revenue; references to military service; or other non-routine items.

Some deficiencies in the original index have been addressed here. As a result, over 1,500 additional index entries were added by the compiler over the original courthouse index. References to plats that did not appear in the original index have been added.

Wesley E. Pippenger

2022, 8½x11, paper, alphabetical, 354 pp.

ISBN: 9780788414015