Stafford County Order Book
This volume is a transcription that summarizes all matters brought before the court from 1749-1755. A wide variety of recordings are found in this book including: deeds, chancery causes, judgments, records of legal disputes heard before the county court, and road orders. Transcribed from the original record in 1791 by John Fox, a Stafford County deputy court clerk, this order book contains a comprehensive index in the front of the volume.
The volume was removed from the Stafford Courthouse on March 30, 1863 by Union Army Capt. William A. Treadwell, of the 4th New York Regiment. Treadwell, a Massachusetts native, shipped the volume home to family in Boston. The volume passed through several hands before becoming part of the collections of the Jersey City Free Public Library. It was returned to the commonwealth, through the Library of Virginia, in October 2011. The volume is of special importance due to Stafford County's status as a lost record locality, one of many counties or incorporated cities in Virginia that suffered significant record loss due to a variety of reasons.