…to Halifax, Virginia! (Cue the music…On the road again…)
The Halifax County, VA courthouse is perhaps my favorite place to research!
I checked in at the front desk where a very nice worker inquired if I had done research at the courthouse before. When I informed her that I had, she said, “Help yourself.” I proceeded into the record room where floor to ceiling records awaited me. And yes, I did help myself. I also had extra help this trip- thanks, Mom and Dad!
This trip to the Halifax County courthouse was focused on Elliott family research. While my ancestor King Elliott (~1792-1838) lived in Mecklenburg County, VA, his presumed brother Augustine Elliott was found in Halifax County for a brief time. There were also many Elliotts living in Halifax County in the early 1800’s. They lived in the Aaron’s Creek area where the creek serves as the county line between Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties. When my previous trip to the Mecklenburg County courthouse turned up very little on my Elliotts, Halifax County was the logical next step in the research plan.
Negative evidence was in abundance for my research plan as well as a few clues:
- Many Elliotts were found, but King and Augustine Elliott did not appear to associate with the Halifax County Elliotts – at least not in the legal system.
- In the 1830’s Augustine Elliott was found in debt to Robert Y Overby of Mecklenburg County.
- The Elliott, King and Overby families lived close together and associated with each other.
- Mr Martin – the genealogy researcher (expert!) at the courthouse on Thursdays and Fridays – told me many Halifax County surnames are found in Person and Caswell Counties, NC. Don’t forget those North Carolina border counties!
This week I am sifting through the information I gathered at the courthouse and generating new research plans for the King Elliott line.
Note: If you plan on researching at the Halifax County courthouse, be sure and go on a Thursday or Friday when their genealogy rearcher Mr Martin is there. Also, the chancery records for Halifax County, VA are currently in Richmond being digitized. I look forward to being able to search these records online!