Our court records in Isle of Wight Count have been saved because of the heroic efforts of two individuals, Elizabeth Bennet Young and Randall Booth.
Clerk of the Court Nathan Peyton Young's wife saved our records during the Revolutionary War. She placed the records in a trunk, and buried them somewhere in the county until the threat of the war had passed.
Booth, a manservant, assisted Nathaniel Peyton Young in removing the court records during the Civil War. The records were placed on a horse drawn carriage where they were then transported to the western part of the state of Virginia. The records were protected there and were returned after the Civil War ended. After the war, he was given his freedom and a position as caretaker of the courthouse.
Saturday, May 18th, 2024
Come see a live reenactment of a case from our historical court records!
1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse
130 Main Street.
Smithfield, VA 23430