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Welcome to
Isle of Wight County,
Virginia
 

TOWNSHIPS
Incorporated:
Smithfield
Windsor
Unincorporated:
Battery Park
Benns Church
Burwell's Bay
Carrollton
Carrsville
Central Hill
Indika
Isle of Wight
Lawson
Mogart's Beach
Raynor
Rescue
Rushmere
Stott
Walters
Wills Corner
Zuni
CEMETERIES
Antioch Cem.
Battery Park Cem
Beaver Dam Cem.
Bethany Cem.
Christian Home Cem.
Evergreen Cem.
Mill Swamp Cem.
Mt. Carmel Christian Cem.
Saint Lukes Cem.
Shiloh Cem.
Town of Windsor Cem.
Tyler Cem.
LIBRARIES:
Carrollton Public Library
14362 New Towne Haven Lane
Carrollton, VA  23314
Isle of Wight Co. Library
Smithfield Branch
255 James St.
Smithfield, VA  23430
Windsor Public Library
18 Duke St.
Windsor, VA  23487



Welcome to the Wight County, Virginia
This is a No Muss, No Fuss Website to make your
searches easy and quick.
I hope you find your visit pleasant and fruitful.

This is a very new county for me so please
bear with me as I get things uploaded.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting....

Sharon Wick
Owner and Sole Transcriber.

NOTE:  This will start slow but I will be adding to it
regularly.

 

Biographies

Census

Marriages

Military
ABSTRACT OF WILLS      
Government Isle of Wight County Historical Society

HISTORY OF WIGHT COUNTY, VA.

     Isle of Wight County is a county located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States.
     During the 17th century, shortly after establishment of the settlement at Jamestown in 1607, English settlers explored and began settling the areas adjacent to Hampton Roads. Captain John Smith in 1608 crossed the James River and obtained fourteen bushels of corn from the Native American inhabitants, the Warrosquyoackes or Warraskoyaks. They were a tribe of the Powhatan Confederacy, who had three towns in the area of modern Smithfield. The Warraskoyaks were driven off from their villages in 1622 and 1627, as part of the reprisals for the Great Massacre of 1622.
     The first English plantations along the south shore within present-day Isle of Wight were established by Puritan colonists, beginning with that of Christopher Lawne in May 1618. Several members of the Puritan Bennett family also came to settle the area, including Richard Bennett who led the Puritans to neighboring Nansemond in 1635, and later became governor of the Virginia Colony.
     By 1634, the Colony consisted of eight shires or counties with a total population of approximately 5,000 inhabitants. One of these was Warrosquyoake Shire, renamed Isle of Wight County in 1637, after the island off the south coast of England of the same name. The name was probably changed because the Isle of Wight had been the home of some of the principal colonists, although the Native American name also went through multiple Anglicisations, eventually becoming "Warwicke Squeake".
     St. Luke's Church, built in 1632, is the nation's only original Gothic church and the oldest existing church of English foundation. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its significance.
     In 1732 a considerable portion of the northwestern part of the original shire was added to Brunswick County; and in 1748 the entire county of Southampton was carved out of it.
     During the American Civil War, Company F of the 61st Virginia Infantry of the Confederate Army was called the "Isle of Wight Avengers."

County Seat: Isle of Wight
Year Organized: 1634
Square Miles: 316

 

 

ADJACENT COUNTIES
1 - Newport News, Va
2 - Suffolk, Va.
3 - Southampton Co.,
4 - Franklin Co.
5 -  Surry Co.
6 - Greene Co.

County Courthouse
Isle of Wight County, VA
P.O. Box 80
Isle of Wight, VA 23397-0080
Phone: (757) 357-3191

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