County court order books contain records of all matters brought before the court while in session. The information contained in these records may not appear elsewhere. The order books typically provide a synopsis of court cases in a relatively organized format. Records you may find include appointments of local officials and militia officers, records of legal disputes, appointments of guardians for minors, apprenticeships of minors authorized by overseers of the poor, naturalizations, road orders, and the register of free Negroes. This volume contains entries from Westmoreland County Order Book 1705–1721 beginning on page 295 and ending on page 344 for courts held August 31, 1716 through March 27, 1718. A full-name index adds to the value of this work.
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