Thanks to a tip from a knowledgeable Bedford County genealogist who prefers to remain anonymous, we can now find and access information on this valuable database. These are primary records, not transcriptions...photographs of old documents written by officials with excellent handwriting and alphabetizing skills. Be sure to CHECK THE ENDS OF THE LISTS as a few names were added out of order.
Oddly, these insolvency lists are located at the end of a 111-page Bedford County Chancery Suit of William Read vs. Andrew Donald, Index Number 1799-001, pages 105-108. If you're not familiar with the Library of Virginia's set-up, please follow directions below:
1. Go to: www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/
2. County/City - Scroll down to Bedford Co.
Plaintiff(s) Last name: Read
First name: William
Defendant(s) Last name: Donald
First name: Andrew
3. The page that comes up will have the Index Number: 1799-001 in the lower left corner. Click on "View details" in the lower right corner. Be patient. It will take a moment for the first image to appear.
4. In the box above the image, write the number of the page you wish to search. Click: GO
Page 105 - cover sheet or back sheet of the next group of records, with titles and dates
Page 106 - Insolvents in the Southern District of Bedford - personal property list.
Pages 107-108 - Insolvent Lands Lying in the Southern District of Bedford County.
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Note: You can also use the search engine in # 1 to look up surnames or specific individuals that may be mentioned in chancery cases other than the insolvency lists above.
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