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June 28, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: Surviving Survey Book


Courtesy Jim Cooke

The outstanding survivors of the 1869 Buckingham Courthouse fire are the Surveyor’s Plat Books, 1762-1858.  They are indexed and hold many clues to the earliest families who owned land in Buckingham County.  While they in no way replace the lost deeds, wills and other courthouse records, researchers have found many a hidden gem such as this survey for John Miller dated October 31, 1789.  At the time, Henry Bell was Surveyor of Buckingham County.  Miller’s land was adjacent Mrs. Judith Bell, of Bellmont.

The Surveyor’s Plat Books and  indexes have been microfilmed and can be viewed at the Library of Virginia.

For more about Judith (Cary) Bell and her family, see these Slate River Rambling posts:

The Bells of Bellmont

Beautiful Bellmont

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