Most of the battles of the War Between the States were fought on the terrain of Virginia, resulting in great losses to courthouse records. This further compounded the losses already suffered during the American Revolution. Many Virginia records were stolen by Yankee soldiers and shipped North to their homes for safekeeping.
It is indeed a joyous occasion when these stolen records are discovered extant and returned to Virginia.
An eighteenth century court order book from Stafford County was recently found in New Jersey. It had been taken by Captain William Augustus Treadwell of the 4th New York Infantry, and his misdeed was documented in his own handwriting inside the front cover of said volume. He wrote that it had been prepared in October 1791, being a transcription of court records covering 1749 to 1755. The Order Book is currently undergoing conservation, and when that is completed, it will be available at both the Stafford County Courthouse and the Library of Virginia.
The above information is from the "Mount Vernon Genealogical Society Newsletter," November 2012, written by Sharon B. Hodges, page 13.
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