VAGenWeb York County, VA Genealogy

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York County Project

including City of Poquoson

My name is Jim Williams and I am the Coordinator for the York County project of the VAGenWeb. Thanks for dropping in. Take a look around, I hope you find something to help in your search for your roots. If you have information about this county's people or places that you would like to share, send me an e-mail message by clicking on my name. Come back again, as this page is a work in progress that will be changing often.

Last Updated Sunday, 26-Aug-2007 06:11:50 MDT


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York County Migration Project

About York County

York County was originally named Charles River, and was one of the eight original shires formed in 1634.   The present name was given in 1643, probably in honor of James, Duke of York, the second son of Charles I.  Its area is 123 square miles, and the county seat is Yorktown.

About City of Poquoson

Poquoson was established as a post office between 1885 and 1888.   The name is of Algonquian origin and means dismal or swamp.   Poquoson became a town in 1952 as a result of a referendum and became a city by court order in 1976.   Its area is 14.7 square miles.

Parishes of the Established Church 1607 - 1785

When the first English settlers came to Virginia in 1607, they followed the familiar patterns of the Church of England and established parishes that served as local units of ecclesiastical and community organization.  The General Assembly established parishes and fixed their boundaries, often at the same time that it created or altered county lines.  On January 16, 1786, the General Assembly passed Thomas Jefferson's Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, ending state-enforced support for the formerly established church and its parishes.
  • Blisland, 1653 - 1654
  • Bruton, by 1674 - 1785
  • Charles, about 1692 - 1785
  • Charles River, about 1634 - 1642 (name changed to York)
  • Chiskiack, 1640 - 1643 (name changed to Hampton)
  • Hampton, 1643 - 1707
  • Marston, 1654 - 1674
  • Middle Plantation, 1634 - 1658
  • Middletowne, 1658 - 1674
  • New Poquoson, about 1635 - 1692
  • York, about 1638 - 1707
  • Yorkhampton, 1707 - 1785

York County Resources

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Books of Interest

  • Virginia Publick Claims; York County by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1991)
  • York County, Virginia Tax Lists 1788-1789 by Don Simmons (no pub. data)
  • York County, Virginia Records 1665-1672 by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1987)
  • York County, Virginia Records 1659-1662 by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1987)
  • York County, Virginia Records 1672-1676 by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III (Athens, GA: Iberian, 1987)
If you know of any others, please let me know!

Online Bookstores
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Lookup Volunteers

If you have reference materials pertaining to York County and its people, I invite you to visit the York County Message Board often and help others by posting a response to their queries. By posting a RESPONSE, you could possibly be helping more than one person. If you send an email to the query poster, you're only helping that one person. I've received requests from many of you wanting to be listed as lookup volunteers and I feel this may be the best solution. You won't be bombarded with requests and you can better control the amount of time you spend helping others. Won't you lend a helping hand?
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Links to Surrounding Counties

Gloucester Co

James City Co - - - - - YORK CO - - - - - Hampton (City)

James City Co - - - - - Newport News (City)

Confederate Units Enlisted Here

  • Peninsula Artillery, previously Co. I1, 32nd VA Inf., (Cosnahan's/Jones')
  • Yorktown-Magruder Light Artillery (Page's)
  • Co. F, 32nd VA Inf., Nelson Guards
  • Co. K2, 32nd VA Inf., Lee Guards
Check out The Virginia Regimental Histories Series for more information on these units and the men who fought for the cause.

On A Lighter Note

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Last Updated Sunday, 26-Aug-2007 06:11:50 MDT