Marriage Notices (1881-1912)

Eastern Shore of Virginia Marriage and Death Notices from Newspapers originated as a project of the Eastern Shore Public Library and, for a brief period at its inception, of the Drummondtown Branch, Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Brooks Miles Barnes, Librarian at the Eastern Shore Public Library, conceived and edited the project. Barnes and Deloise Custis, an employee of the Drummondtown Branch, APVA, compiled the marriages and deaths. The task covered the dates from 30 Jun 1881 to 31 December 1905. Barry M. Miles, assisted by Leslyn Miles, undertook the Herculean task of converting to html the 3×5 cards on which the data was originally recorded. Thanks to Mrs. Ellen Outten for proofing the death records.

The marriage and death notices were abstracted from original and microfilm copies of various newspapers and cover the period through 31 December 1905. The Accomac Court House Peninsula Enterprise has been thoroughly abstracted from 30 June 1881 through 1905. Coverage of the other newspapers listed below is less comprehensive:

AN = Accomack News (Onancock)
BS = Baltimore Sun
BHFF = Belle Haven Farmer and Fisherman
CCP = Cape Charles Pioneer
CI = Chincoteague Islander
DNR = Drummondtown National Recorder
ESH = Eastern Shore Herald (Eastville)
EV = Eastern Virginian (Onancock)
NYH = New York Herald
NL = Norfolk Landmark
NV = Norfolk Virginian
PE = Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac Court House)
RD = Richmond Dispatch
SHD = Snow Hill Democratic Messenger
VG = Virginia Gazette [Dixon & Nicolson] (Williamsburg)
WP = Washington Post

Also included are Eastern Shore of Virginia marriage and death notices abstracted from the Bernard J. Henley Papers – Marriage & Obituary Indexes from Virginia Newspapers, part of the Electronic Card Indexes on the Library of Virginia’s homepage (see The newspapers consulted by Henley are listed below:

AB = American Beacon (Norfolk)
AB&N&PDA = American Beacon & Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser (Norfolk)
AB&V&NCG = American Beacon & Virginia & North Carolina Gazette (Norfolk)
ACB&N&PGA = American Commercial Beacon & Norfolk & Portsmouth General Advertiser (Norfolk)
ACB&N&PDA = American Commercial Beacon & Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser (Norfolk)
AG&GA = American Gazette & General Advertiser (Norfolk)
DRE = Daily Richmond Enquirer
LV = Lynchburg Virginian
N&PH = Norfolk & Portsmouth Herald
NG&PL = Norfolk Gazette & Public Ledger
RC&DC = Richmond Courier & Daily Compiler
RCC = Richmond Commercial Compiler
RDMA = Richmond Daily Mercantile Advertiser
RE = Richmond Enquirer
RW = Richmond Whig & Public Advertiser
SS&GA = Staunton Spectator and General Advertiser
VA = Virginia Argus (Richmond)
VCNPGA = Virginia Chronicle & Norfolk & Portsmouth General Advertiser (Norfolk)
VFP = Virginia Free Press (Charles Town)
VG = Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg)
VH = Virginia Herald (Fredericksburg)
VT = Visitor and Telegraph (Richmond)
WA = Weekly Advertiser (Richmond)

Included are approximately one hundred burial permits filed in the 1920s and 1930s by J. H. Crowson, an undertaker of Justiceville, Metompkin Magisterial District, Accomack County. Originals are located in the E. T. Crowson Papers at the Eastern Shore Public Library:
CP = Crowson Papers

After 1905 the data is recorded in the following order:

Name of person or persons; Date of marriage or death: Age of person or persons; Family relationships and other genealogical information; Newspaper and date. [Cause of death and place of marriage or death are only occasionally given]. Also, marriage records have been entered in both surnames of the groom and the surname of the bride.

Death example:

Mrs. Virginia S. Nottingham
Mrs. Virginia S. Nottingham, of near Bridgetown, died last Saturday and was buried in Hungars churchyard< Sunday afternoon. She was a Miss Roberts before marriage, and her husband was the late John Nottingham. For some years past she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Peed.

Death extraction:

Nottingham, Virginia S. – Died; last Saturday – Wife of late John Nottingham Formerly Miss Roberts – Buried in Hungars churchyard – ESH 4 Nov 1904.

Marriage example:


The marriage of Miss Annie L. Horsey and Mr. Luther W. Palmer, both of Cape Charles, took place in that town on the 22d inst. in the presence of many friends. Miss Horsey is the daughter of Mr. Luther Horsey, who made his home here for several years. Mr. Palmer is in the employ of the N.Y.,P & N. Ry.

Marriage extraction:

Palmer, Luther W. to Annie L. Horsey – Date of Marriage; 22 Dec 1904 – Both of Cape Charles – Daughter of Luther Horsey – ESH 23 Dec 1904.

After completion of the initial phase, to 31 December 1905, Barry Miles continued the project from 1 Jan 1906 to 31 Dec 1912. Deaths and marriages were compiled from the Peninsula Enterprise, Accomack News, and Eastern Shore Herald.

The information contained herein is a guide. The researcher should go to the original source to verify accuracy. Please inform the Eastern Shore Public Library of errors in transcription from the originals. We hope the information provided will aid the researcher in their quest to find information of their ancestors.

Date; 1 September 2002

Dr. Brooks Miles Barnes
Eastern Shore Public Library
Accomac, VA

Barry W. Miles
6641 Whitesburg Rd
Snow Hill, MD 21863