Stafford County, Virginia is a burned record county. About two-thirds of our court records were lost during the Civil War, making family and historical research in Stafford County a challenge. The Stafford County Historical Society is happy to help you with your queries pertaining to the people and places of Stafford County. Please use the form below to submit questions, and please be as specific as possible. If researching people who lived in Stafford County, birth dates and/or death dates are very helpful.
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The Wamsley family seems to have come to Stafford County, Virginia from Maryland and they were here by at least the time of the American Revolution. In 1871 Benjamin C. E. Wamsley (c.1814-1886) paid taxes on 264 acres on Cannon Run. This land is now part of the Marine Corps reservation. He was the son of Benjamin Wamsley (died c.1846), also of Stafford. Benjamin C. E. Wamsley married Eliza F. Shelkett (c.1827-1879), the daughter of John Shelkett (1793-1857) and Nancy Stark (1786-1834). … Learn More