Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 28, October 1869 - April 1871


Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 28, October 1869 - April 1871.  Jack Hockett. 2013. 

The WCV (Washington Co VA) DB (Deed Book) 28 begins with a deed of 27 Oct 1869 and ends 480 pages later with a deed of 22 Apr 1871. These dates are, however, a little misleading as there are many references to deeds stretching back as far as 1842, numerous references and a few deeds from the 1850s and rather numerous deeds from the 1860s (especially post-Civil War era) included in this deed book. The Indentures (as well, Powers of Attorney and other documents regularly included in the DBs) are only loosely chronological. The devastation and ruin of personal fortunes, a very unpleasant legacy of the Civil War, is quickly evident in this DB with the continued high number of bankruptcy filings, the deeds of trust (mortgage), vendor’s liens, as well as evidenced migratory outflow of, undoubtedly, some of the county’s more industrious citizens. This DB marks the beginning of the Homestead Exemption deeds. The original manuscript (WCV DB 28) did not include even a “locator index” and likely for this reason, its contents have been less explored than some other WCV DBs. Mr. Donald Helton has prepared an every-name index to this work. It is hoped that this transcription/index for DB 28, WCV, will serve to promote even more enthusiastic exploration into the history of this county, especially with a view toward the effect of the Civil War.