Old King William Homes and Families:
An Account of Some of the Old Homesteads and Families
of King William County, Virginia, from Its Earliest Settlement
Peyton Neale Clarke
King William County was formed in 1701 from part of King and Queen County, which in turn, had been formed in 1691 from New Kent County, which in turn, had been formed from the original Shire of York in 1654. Parts of King William County were subsequently set off to form Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties.
This volume opens with descriptions of numerous old homesteads, nineteen of which are shown in period photographs. This section covers such things as the original and current (1897) owners, with some basic genealogical information, and interesting tidbits unique to the house. There then follows a large collection of genealogies covering about fifty families living in the county. The amount on each lineage varies but usually includes the names of the subject and his spouse, their children, a scattering of vital statistics, and general information about the subject and/or the family; the descent may cover as many as ten generations. The last half of the book is the genealogy of Ambrose Edwards of Cherry Grove, who settled in the county about 1745. Female lines are included, which bring in several dozen additional surnames.
(1897), 2023, 5½x8½, paper, index, 234 pp.