Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Down and Out in Abingdon

Sad but true, no state records of marriage were required before 1850 in Virginia. The only records older than that are church records and they do not include the names
of the parents of the couple who were married. I had thought the church records might include the parents' names, but no such luck. At this moment, unless some legal paper such as apprenticeship, property transfers or gravestones are found, I don't have a clue as to where next to find the names of the parents of our earliest known ancestor, Lawrence McCown.

1 comment:

TutuBonnie said...

Do you have the marriage record? Try reading land record indexes in the marriage county for the bride's surname. Also pay attention to the name of the bondsman. May give clues to other connected surnames. Good luck!