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Map of Va: Gloucester CountyGloucester County was created in 1651 from the northeastern portion of its parent county, York. Settlement in the region had begun as early as 1635, when the first land patent was made to Augustine Warner. The new county was named for Gloucester County, England. in 1791 Gloucester was divided, with its eastern portion becoming Mathews County. Most of the early records of Gloucester are no longer extant. An 1821 fire in the clerk's office destroyed many early books, and most of the remainder went up in flames in April, 1865 in Richmond, where they had been sent for "safekeeping".

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GLOUCESTER CO., VA 1810 CENSUS transcribed by John Vogt. 10 1/2 x 8 1/2, x, 19 pages, maps, illus. This is the first surviving census for Gloucester, since both the 1790 and 1800 censuses have been lost. The transcription is in its original rough alpha order of the original document for easy reference. Gloucester was one of the first settlements outside of Jamestown in the seventeenth century and it has been the scene of numerous historic events. The very high proportion of slaves to the overall total illustrates the plantation society which existed in the area by the beginning of the nineteenth century. This transcription is carefully executed and corrects numerous errors which have crept into the internet databases.
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GLOUCESTER CO. VA. METHODIST RECORDS Abstracted by Michael Pollock. viii, 501pp. every-name index (10.75"x8.25"),paper.A major reason for the lack of records in Methodist churches is that historically ministers have been assigned by the bishop of the governing conference for a term of 2 years with the possibility, when the same was requested, for an extension of a further 2 years. With many ministers either being circuit riders or working part-time because their congregations were too small, most record-keeping was done by the ministers and those records generally followed the minister when he moved on to his next assignment. Those instances where the records for a specific congregation extend for a longer period of time were likely to be instances where the congregation had what is known within the Methodist Church as a “local preacher”, i.e., a minister who was paid solely by his congregation, or in this specific instance, as the results of the efforts of such extraordinary individuals as Jefferson W. Stubbs, who served for 50 years as recording steward of the Gloucester Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal, South, Conference of Virginia. They survive because of the keen interest of his son William Carter Stubbs in both history and genealogy.

The detail of these records is all the more impressive when one realizes the extent of loss of records in both gloucester and the adjoining counties of mathews and king & queen. With these records beginning in 1815, and reference to still earlier years, specifically details as to when individual churches were founded/built and who was responsible for the same. They may help to serve as a substitute for at least some of the lost civil records. These collections have further significance due both to the fact that officials of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church were not aware of the full extent of the collection.

While the majority of the detail comes from the membership rolls, by far the bulk of the records were minutes of quarterly conferences, attended by representatives of all churches in the “circuit”, which encompassed, in addition to Gloucester, and at different times, parts of King & Queen, and Middlesex, as well as Mathews Counties, though there was no consistency in either identifying the church any given “delegate” in attendance represented or even the location of any given church, there being, for example, two distinctly different references in the conference minutes for 1826 to “Old Church”. These records span several different collections, some of which contain significant additional material for those other localities, Mathews being the best “represented”. However, only material either specifically dealing with Gloucester or items contained within said material has been included in this work.
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Gloucester Circuit (Virginia) Methodist Church Records, 1835-1837 Transcribed by Michael Pollock. vi, 132 pages,index.
This book is the result of the discovery after publication of its sister volume of a previously unknown, privately owned, manuscript, and consists of transcriptions of the contents of each page side by side with black & white images of those pages, with an every name index and table of abbreviations. Another edition, most likely as an e-book short of discovery of other volumes in the series, is planned which will also include true color images of the pages of the manuscript included in this book.
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Gloucester Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 24 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and a listing of available counties, see: Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners

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Gloucester Co. Revolutionary Public Claims transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 35 pages, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims and a listing of available counties, see: Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series

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