Need LDS member willing to to do FS lookup

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I'm looking for an LDS member willing to search for an image on FamilySearch.  Ancestry has

Name: Thomas Crosthwait
Spouse: Elizabeth Rogers
Marriage Date: 14 Nov 1799
Marriage Location: Albemarle County, Virginia

from Dodd, Jordan. Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800

This particular year is locked on FamilySearch and I can't go to a FHC now due to the pandemic.  If someone has time to look, it's, Film 30271, Item 2.  There's supposed to be an index.  Thanks very much.

in Appreciation by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (199k points)

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Know all men by these presents that we Thomas Crosthwait and William Rogers are held and firmly bound unto Jas Wood governor of Virginia and his successors in the just and full sum of 150 Dollars to be paid to the said Wood and his successors in office to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 14th day of November 1799.

The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound Thomas Crosthwait and Elizabeth Rogers now if there should be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then this obligation to be void else to remain in full force & virtue.

John Carr

Thomas Crosthwait  seal

William Rogers         seal

[beautiful, neat handwriting!]

Edit: it's on p406
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by Kerry Larson
I wasn't expecting a transcription, but I'll take it.  Thanks so much for your help Ros.
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I have a feeling that all the FHCs are closed due to the pandemic.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
That's why I'm looking for an LDS member who has access to these records from home.
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Hi Kerry:

Depending on how much time you want to spend on the Crosthwaits; there are two sets of additional records (quite valuable in my opinion but sadly underutilized in American genealogy) that are available from the comfort of your home.

One is land records. The general index for Albemarle County Deeds is available from Familysearch; the index entries for Shelton Crosthwaite are here: It appears he bought a total of 400 acres of land in 1799/1800 and then sold 388 acres in 1803 and 400 acres in 1809. I have only looked up the last deed, from 1809 (right-hand side here); this shows that when he sold his Albemarle County land in 1809 he had a wife Elisabeth and was living in Nelson County, VA (adjoins Albemarle County to the SW).

As for Nelson County, the general index is accessible only at a FHC, but the individual volumes are also indexed and can be accessed from home - here is the index page to vol. 1 of the deeds that shows both a purchase (very first entry under C) and several sales (around p. 100) by a Crosthwaite. I have not looked at these individual deeds.

As for Rutherford County, TN, if you look at the Deeds index, right-hand side (which is the Reverse Index, or index of purchases), you will see there are purchases listed for Shelton in vol. G, p. 304, and (on the next page) vol. I, pp. 219 and 240. Unfortunately, those are the two volumes of deeds that have not been filmed (see

Incidentally, if you go through the Albemarle Co. general index, you will see that there is no entry for Thomas or his siblings - so they did not have any of their father's land to sell when they left for Tennessee. There also appears to be no purchase by Thomas in Rutherford County, TN.

The other set of records are tax lists. Albemarle County personal property tax lists (a poll tax on each white male age 16+ plus a tax on slaves and certain animals) are online. There are two tax lists for each year (two collectors for separate parts of the county). In the two years I looked, I have found Shelton in 1800 (left-hand side, third name from top) and 1801 (left-hand side, 5th name under C), but have not found Thomas or his siblings. If Thomas's son William was really born in Virginia in 1805, one would expect Thomas to show up in one of these tax lists.

For Rutherford County, TN, there are tax lists available for 1809-1813. Looking at the 1812 tax list I found Thomas (right-hand side, about halfway down), taxed on 1 poll (i.e., white male over 16) and 1 slave but no land, as well as Shelton (left-hand side, 9th entry from top) taxed on 1 poll, 19 slaves, and 812 acres of land.

by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (84.4k points)

Hi C-H.  Thanks very much for looking through those records.  I haven't looked through the land records yet.  You're so right that they can be very valuable.  I wish that FamilySearch included dates when the records came online; it seems like some of the Albemarle records weren't previously available.  I have been scouring the pre-1800 tax records and did find something important.  After William's death, the 1787 taxes per paid by Ann Crosthwait.  The entry includes males over age 21 -> Thomas Crosthwait.  He's too old to be son Thomas so must be a close relative who helped Ann manage the farm.  It appears that he's the son of Isaac Crosthwait.  That means that James William must be closely related to Isaac.  I just have to figure out how.

Someone else is working on the Shelton profile, so I'll pass on the great info you found.  Thanks again for your interest and help.

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