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Warren County Virginia

Map of Va: Warren CountyWarren County was created in 1836 from the southeastern part of Frederick and Shenandoah counties. The county's name honored Joseph Warren, the revolutionary patriot who sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their famopus rides and who was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill. The only territorial change occurred in 1860 when a single farm was transferred from Warren to Clarke.

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compiled by Joy MacDonald, 2015.11x8 1/2, vi, 216 pages. Paperback; printed on acid-free stock.

The author has abstracted the information for free African-Americans in Warren County, Virginia and has arranged them into seven categories:
last name;
first name;
occupation [only given infrequently on the rolls];
property description & value;
memo [oftentimes describing the exact location of the taxpayer or his former owners if freed in recent decades].

This volume is provided in three separate arrangements to facilitate genealogical research by African-American families; 1) chronologically by year; 2) sorted by last name of the individual; and 3) sorted by first name.

Similar volumes are available for Clarke County, Frederick County and the City of Winchester

Information recorded in Virginia personal property tax records provide a wealth of information regarding the social status of an individual. The early laws required the tax commissioner in each district to record in "a fair alphabetical list" the names of the person chargeable with the tax, the names of white male tithables over the age of twenty-one, the number of white male tithables between ages sixteen and twenty-one, the number of slaves both above and below age sixteen, various types of animals such as horses and cattle, carriage wheels, ordinary licenses, and even billiard tables. Free Negroes are listed by name and often denoted in the list as "free" or "FN." By the 1850s, the personal property tax records contained detailed descriptions of personal property owned.

The most frequent use of personal property tax records is for the direct information recorded: name of the property owner, type and quantity of property owned, and amount of tax paid. Comparative analysis of personal property tax records from year to year may lead to conclusions about social, economic, and agricultural history, as well as the status of certain individuals or groups of property owners within a locality.

For genealogical researchers, personal property tax records may provide important data. Individuals with the same names in a locality may be distinguished by a junior or senior, or residence (often listed by street). Parentage may be expressly or implicitly stated by either the name or number of male tithables between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one in the household of the taxpayer. The names of women appear occasionally when owning property in their own right or as the widow of a property owner. By studying the lists from year to year, researchers may trace an ancestor to determine the date of departure from a locality, or possibly the year of death. The name of a taxpayer will continue on the tax list, noted as "deceased" or "estate," until the estate is settled.
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WARREN COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1836-1850 John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr. 1983, vii, 48 pages, indices, figure, map. The 294 marriage records in this volume are compiled from various county records, including the clerk's register. Accompanying data includes minister's name.
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WARREN COUNTY, VIRGINIA, MORTALITY SCHEDULES, 1850, 1860, 1870 by Louise Henry. 1994. 59 pages, index. A faithful transcription of the three noted mortality schedules for this county. Valuable for the personal information it reveals for early residents which would not be available from any other source.

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