Nansemond County, Virginia
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Nansemond County History

Nansemond was named after a tribe of Native Americans who lived along the Nansemond River when Jamestown was settled by English colonists around 1607.
Nansemond County, in Virginia's Tidewater region, was formed from Upper Norfolk County in 1637. 

Nansemond County was once located in the Virginia Colony and the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.  While it existed from 1646 until 1972, it is now  considered an extinct county.  The Virginia Company of London, in 1619, included Elizabeth Cittie in the area which became Nansemond County.  The County Seat of Nansemond County was moved from Jarnigan's (or Cohoon's) Bridge, to Suffolk, in 1750.  Suffolk became an incorporated town in 1808, and in 1910, an independent city.  

The County Seat and courts remained in Suffolk after it became politically independent of Nansemond County.  
In July 1972, Nansemond County became an independent city named Nansemond.
 The new Nansemond city merged with the existing city of Suffolk on January 01, 1974 and assumed the name of Suffolk.

The county's official records were totally destroyed by fires in 1734, 1779, and 1866. The town of Suffolk was founded in 1742; it eventually merged with Nansemond County to become the present-day independent city of Suffolk in 1974. The records on file at the Suffolk City Court, go back only to 1866.
Historical Communities and Populated Places
Holland, Whaleyville, Cohoon's Bridge, Persimmon Orchard/Driver
Sleepy Hole, Suffolk and Nansemond 

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Nansemond County Data

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Death Records
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History Topics
Marriage Records
Miscellaneous Data
School Records
Slavery Records
Wills/Probate Records 

Website Updates:
Mar 2017:  bio for BORLAND
June 2016:  obit for DASHIELL





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