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Subject: Re: [VACAROLI] Rains & Gouldin (Thornton, Prossor, Pannell, Martin, Sutton &...
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 02:02:11 EST

The name of the book is:

Caroline County, Virginia Court Records & Marriages, 1787-1810
By William Lindsay Hopkins.

Fail to mention that:
Giles Raines married Dorothy Austin on January 10, 1799, by John Self
Pt. 1, page 56 under Marriages of Caroline County 1787-1810.

Court Papers:
Folder 2 Ended Papers J-L,1807
Bill of Dr. Claudius Levert of King William CO against the estate of Capt.
Giles Raines. 18 Jun 1808

Court Papers
Folder 3 Papers Ended 1808
Austin J. Rains is administrator of the estate of his sister, Susan Raines.
3 January 1826

Wills Found in Other Sources:
Ann Rains...16 Dec 1797/22 Jan 1798...(Ann Rains, formerly Ann Proper of
King William CO., mentions articles of agreement made 5 April 1789 in King
William CO. before her marriage.) Samuel Jones Catlett, son of Jonathan
Catlett. Jonathan Catlett, William Dowles and Ann Dowles some slaves and
personal effects. Exors: Samuel Jones Catlett and "my sister Elizabeth
Dowles". Wit: Philip Johnson, H. Valentine and Simon Dgged. [sis]
Legislative Petitions of King William County 11802 - 1829

Chancery Suit:
Samuel Jones Catlett, executor, and Elizabeth Dowles, executrix of the last
will of Ann Raines, decd. and Ann Dowles, an infant by Samuel Jones Catlett
her next friend against Giles Raines. Suits is to have him turn over to the
plaintiffs all properties that came to him through his late wife and her
sister. Oct 1, 1803

The Legatees of Giles Raines, decd., to Samuel J. Catlett and William Tignor
in right of this wife Ann, decd. "We the underwritten Legatees of Giles
Raines, decd....Signed: John Nichols, Fanny Roland, James Harris in Behalf of
his wife. Wit: John Fox and Dorothy Raines."

The following was under "Foreword" of the book/ the book cost me $30.00.

Caroline County, Va. was formed in 1727 from Essex, King and Queen and King
William Counties. IN 1865, many of Caroline County's will, deed and order
books were destroyed by fire as had been the earliest marriage records in a
previous fire.
Due to these crucial loses, genealogists and family researchers have had to
accept the fact that it appeared that many family lines could be searched
back to Caroline County but had to stop there due to lack of court records.
Some years ago, a small number of complete wills and deeds for the years
prior to 1800 were found as part of the extant Chancery Court papers for
Caroline County and they were Photostatted and bound into two volumes. These
records along with the early order books and the marriage registers for the
years after 1787 became the true story of Caroline County records prior to
This present book is the result of a very careful sorting through of the most
useful unbound records that are now extant. From the table of contents, the
reader can see that there is a wide variety of materials included. In every
case, the information included here is transcribed as it was found in the
original with no attempt being made to change spellings or to imply
relationships. Many of these records appear to be a clerk's hastily written
notes and are very difficult to read while some others are on pieces of
disintegrating paper.
In the future, all researchers of Caroline County records will have this
volume, T.E. Campbell's Caroline County, Marshall Wingfield's History of
Caroline County, Virginia, microfilmed copies of the extant will books, deed
books, order books and the surviving marriage registers to use as compliments
to each other. Also John Frederick Dorman has published his abstracts of the
Caroline County Order Books through the year 1760.
Careful notation of where each piece of information can be found in the
Virginia State Library Archives was of paramount importance. All references
can be found in the Va. State Library, Richmond, Va. unless another source is
noted. Except for Caroline County Wills Found in Other Sources and Caroline
County Marriages 1787-1810, all of the page headings in this book refer to
boxed material that can be found only in the stacks of the Archives Division
of the Va. State Library under the correct headings. A separate folder within
any one of these boxes can hold one piece of paper or a hundred separate
pieces of paper.


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