I just made a discovery and wanted to share in case you didn't know. I recently tried
to get on the LVA website and it said it was temporarily shut down for the weekend for
maintenance and adding more user friendly options -and to check back soon.
I checked on the site last night. Now, right on the opening page of the website
there's a Google search bar. Also if you go to "LVA catalogs basic search"
It searches the whole website. I was trying to find a Jones WPA record, and you know how
many hits Jones in VA would bring! So I typed "Jones Mecklenburg" (not even in
quotes) and only results with Jones in Mecklenburg County showed up. I missed records
trying to type in first names, so now on I only do surname searches, and then see how the
first name was written, then check out the record to see if it's relative. The
chancery search screens have greatly improved too. You can search by county or region. And
more counties are up than there was last time I checked. I re-did some previous searches
and there is so much more info available than searches I did 6 months ago. This LVA
catalogue basic search screen brings up newspaper articles, military info, newspaper
searches, WPA reports on houses or people etc. Still may want to separately try surnames
in the wills and chancery section just to make sure you don't miss something. And if
those screens are easier to get to. You can just type wills or chancery in the search bars
and it takes you right to the search screens. It used to take 4-5 screens to navigate to
that point. So happily the site is way more user friendly now!!
I've done Poythress searches before and not seen the Confederate pension of WL
Poythress, but I did find it today. This WL Poythress is father of Foxhall Poythress and
son of Thomas M. Poythress. If you would like me to email you the pension, send me an
email. It's 4 pages in TIFF file, totaling about 200 KB, so pretty small file.