The wills, probate and settlement records of Bedford County sufferd severe losses in the courthouse fire that occurred in the late fall of 1863. With the exception of about six wills that were registered and recorded in the early 1860's all wills were destroyed in the fire. All wills recorded after the Civil War are intact and abstracts of them, up to 1910, are reproduced in this publication. In addition, we have stepped back in time and included all probate records from the Marsh's private collection that they have gleaned from the Chancery Court Records, Deed Books, and the earliest County Court Minutes that survived the fire, spanning the years 1848 to 1860. The Chancery Court Records are of special interest and value as they were reconstructed as the product of the Chancery Court action. They often approach the originals in detail and substance. The second section of this book, entitled: "Vital Records from Newspapers" represents a valuable companion to the first section, placing in the hands of the researcher a broad and useful tool to be used in the research of Bedford County family history. Hundreds of Bedford County marriages, deaths, and events of local interest were abstracted from all available area newspapers and included in this section.