Marriages of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1628-1800
The marriages in this work are founded upon the records of the ancient shire of Isle of Wight and include marriages from the area of present-day Southampton County, erected from Isle of Wight in 1749. They derive chiefly from inferential sources, in particular will books, deed books, and order books, though marriage bonds, ministers' returns, and Quaker records also figure significantly in the list of sources. Since comparatively few marriage bonds or official marriage records of Isle of Wight County prior to the year 1800 survive, the great importance of this compilation is at once apparent. Some 6,300 persons are identified, everyone of whom, including grooms, is cited in the index.
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These marriages were abstracted from records that only show a couple was married BY the date given from the records. In many of the marriage it is well proven that the couple had been married for decades and in some that one of the spouses had been dead for at least a decade before this abstracted marriage date. i.e. John Jennings was married to Martha Harris by 1659 when he assumed control of her deceased fathers estate as being married to the deceased`s daughter Martha Harris. A later IOW record shows that Martha was deceased by 1663 yet Chapman relied on a later deed in 1668. It is unlikely that John Jennings forged these records since he was the IOW County Clerk 1662 to1676 when he was arrested and imprisoned for being a recruiter for Bacon's Rebels. There is a lapse of IOW records during John Jennings imprisonment until the Spring of 1676 when he was released and banished and a new County Clerk John Bromfield appointed. His children by the widow Mary Seward are in the early teens by the time he died in IOW in 1678/9 when Chapman cites his 2nd marriage.