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Old Rappahannock not current Rappahannock-READ
Posted by: Tosca Simms (ID *****9452) Date: August 27, 2002 at 13:36:44
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Lancaster Co, formed in 1651 from Northumberland Co., Old Rappahannock was split off of it in 1656.
(Old) Rappahannock County became extinct in 1692 and was divided into Essex and Richmond County.

This means that if you gain a record that refers to Rappahannock Co, VA and it is "within the 36 year period of 1656 to 1692", you have to look in either Essex Co or Richmond Co, VA now. Most of the old records are in Essex County (Tappahannock) but surprisingly there are records in Richmond County (Warsaw) as well. And you might also possibly find records in Lancaster County as well.

The current Rappahannock Co. is located in the northern part of our state next to West Virginia. The Old Rappahannock County was located on both sides of the Rappahannock River that flows into the Chesapeake Bay, on the eastern side of our state. The western part became Essex Co and the eastern part became Richmond Co.

I hope this helps any of you who are looking for records that early in time.


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