Buckingham County Tithable List, 1764
Courtesy Library of Virginia
On December 11, 2013, the Library of Virginia featured a rare Buckingham County document on their blog, Out of the Box: NEW IMAGES ADDED TO LOST RECORDS DIGITAL COLLECTION
Now, in addition to finding various Buckingham County wills digitalized at the Library of Virginia’s “Lost Records Localities Digital Collection,” anyone can access images of the original Buckingham County Tithable List, A-G, 1764.
How did the fragment of Buckingham’s 1764 tithable list happen to survive?
In 1869, these two precious pages were not in the Buckingham Courthouse when it burned to the ground and were discovered in the Prince Edward County Courthouse. From 1789 to 1809, Prince Edward County served as the district court for several counties including Buckingham. There both civil and criminal suits originating in Buckingham County were appealed. The tithable may have been an exhibit in a Buckingham County suit, though according to Library of Virginia archivists, “no style of suit or exhibit number is found on the document.”
If you are fortunate to have a Buckingham County ancestor whose surname begins with A-G, you just might find him listed in 1764. Among these founding families of Buckingham are Agee, Allen, Bell, Bondurant, Chambers, Cabell, Daniel, Davidson, Epperson, Easley, Ford, Flood, Guerrant, and “Garrot.” The names of tithable slaves are also included.