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The following was copied from the original newspaper clippng and submitted by Anne Vestal Miller



Cascade, Va. December 26th 1903 (Special) A most brilliant wedding occured at the residence of Mr. James Trent Wednesday at 4 o'clock when Miss Mary Clark became the wife of Mr. Baxter Cox.

The house had been beautifully decorated in evergreens and cut flowers. Festoons of cedar marked off the place assigned the bridal party. The bride and groom stood underneath a large bell. Rev. A. L. Moore performed the ceremony.

The bride wore a lovely dress of white silk and veil and orange blossoms. The groom was attired in the conventional black suit.

Miss Pearl Clark, as maid of honor wore white organdie over blue silk. Mr. James Cox acted as best man.

The waiters were: Miss Alice Clark with Mr. G. H. Clarke, Miss Minnie Cox with Mr. W. H. Trent.

After the cereminy an excellent supper was served.

Miss Clarke, formerly of Richmond, has made her home with her cousins, Mrs. James Trent for the last year and has made many friends at this place. Mr. Cox, the third son of Mr. T. Pinkney Cox is a young man of much integrity and uprightness of character.

The young people have the good wishes of a host of friends in this Happy Event.

They left on Thursday morning on a visit to relatives in Roanoke.


STEPHEN ADKINS, born Pittsylvania Co, age 39, blacksmith, enlisted in Knoxville, discharged Dec 6 1814

JOSEPH BERRY, born Pitts. Co, age 25, farmer, enlisted in 20th Inf. in Danville on July 20 1814, discharged in Norfolk Mar 15 1815

MICAJA BOISE, born Pitts. Co, age 22, sailor, enlisted June 12 1813 in 35th Inf; discharged in Norfolk Mar 15 1815

JOHN BONNER, born Pitts Co or possibly Buncombe NC; age 26, farmer, enlisted in Halifax in 10th Inf on Nov 19 1812, discharged Fort Claiborne LA Nov 9 1817

DANIEL BRIM, born Pitts. Co, age 21, ropemaker, enlisted Nov 14 1814 in 24th Inf.; discharged Mobile AL Apr 8 1815

ARDIN BROWN, born Pitts. Co, age 35, farmer, enlisted Feb 23 1815

WILLIAM BROWN, born Pitts. Co, age 23, farmer, enlisted in Spartanburg SC May 6 1814 in 18th Inf, deserted Fort Johnson SC in June, 1815

ARMISTEAD BROWN, born Pitts. Co, age 21, stonemason, enlisted in 24th Inf. in Tenn. Apr 9 1814, deserted Fort Hawkins GA Mar 13 1816

MATHEW COLEMAN, born Pitts. Co, age 20, planter, enlisted Oct 4 1814 in 20th Inf, present Feb 16 1815; dishonorable discharge Apr 6 1815

JOHN COLLIE, born Pitts. Co, age 28, carpenter, enlisted in S.C. Apr 5 1814; Artillery, died Oct 13 1816

JOHN DOUDLE, born Pitts. Co, age 26, farmer, enlisted in Lynchburg in 20th Inf. Nov 3 1812, deserted Craney Island July 1 1815

WILLIAM EDWARDS, born Pitts Co, age 20, enlisted in Pitts. Co in 10th Inf. Jan 29 1813; discharged July 29 1814

PETER ELLIOTT, born Pitts Co, age 19, blacksmith, enlisted Barboursville 17th Inf. June 29 1813; deserted Oct 31 1815

CALVIN ELLIS, born Pitts Co ?, age 21, farmer, enlisted Anslow NC in 18th Inf June 17 1812; discharged Cantonment Montpelier AL June 30 1817

GREENSBURY FIN, born Pitts. Co, age 21, enlisted Dec 29 1814 in 24th Inf. Discharged Mobile AL Apr 5 1815

JOHN FLETCHER, born Pitts Co, age 23?, enlisted TN in 39th Inf on Jan 1 1814 or June 8 1814, present Knoxville TN on June 30 1814

JAMES FLETCHER, born Pitts. Co, age 20, enlisted July 15 1814 in 39th Inf.

ABNER GIBSON, born Pitts. Co, age 27, enlisted in Danville June 20 1812 in 10th Inf, discharged July 20 1817, occupation planter

JOSEPH GRAVELLY, born Pitts. Co, age 19, occupation farmer, enlisted in Pitts. Co in 10th Inf on Jan 26 1813; discharged July 27 1814

VINSON GOWEN; born Pitts Co, age 23, laborer, enlisted Marion SC; discharged Camp Montgomery AL

ALLEN GUILLIAMS, born Pitts Co, age 19, laborer, enlisted Rockingham NC Aug 28 1812; died Apr 18 1815; artillery

JOHN HALL, born Pitt Co, age 27, occupation dyer; enlisted in Norfolk Mar 3 1814; discharged Craney Island Mar 15 1815

ELIJAH HAMILTON, born Pitts Co, age 21?, farmer, enlisted June 8 1812 in Artillery, discharged Governor's Island NY June 13 1817

JOHN HANKINS, born Pitts Co, age 22, blacksmith, enlisted Fredericksburg in 35th Inf July 21 1814; discharged Norfolk Mar 8 1815

JAMES HARDEN, born Pitts Co, age 44, enlisted Spartanburg SC in 8th Inf July 7 1812; discharged Camp Montgomery in July

GEORGE HARDWICK, born Pitts Co, age 19, enlisted May 5 1814 in Artillery, in Petersburg May 31 1814

BIRD HARDY, born Pitts Co, age 20, farmer, enlisted in Pitts. July 11 1812 in 10th Inf, discharged Pass Christian MS July 11 1817

JOHN HENSLEY, born Pitts. Co, age 19, occupation sailmaker, enlisted in Lynchburg Nov 31 1814 in 36th Inf; discharged Washington Mar 20 1815

JAMES HISSAM, born Pitts. Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted 35th Inf in Norfolk Nov 15 1814; discharged Norfolk Mar 15 1815

JOHN HINTON, born Danville, age 24, farmer, enlisted Newberry SC Aug 21 1813 in 18th Inf; discharged Fort Hawkins GA Oct 31 1816

GILES JOHNSON, born Pitts Co, age 26, enlisted in Danville in 10th Inf; discharged Pass Christian MS Sep 22 1817

THOMAS KING, born Pitts Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted 20th Inf; discharged Norfolk Mar 15 1815

WILLIAM KINGRY, born Pitts Co, age 26, blacksmith, enlisted 35th Inf Feb 25 1814; discharged Fort Moultrie SC Feb 25 1819

CHAMPREY KINDRICK, born Pitts Co, age 23, enlisted 44th Inf Jun 25 1814 in Tenn. deserted New Orleans Feb 29 1816

MARSHALL MANN, born Pitts. Co, age 22, farmer, enlisted Aug 2 1812 in 25th Inf, discharged at Fort Crawford Feb 3 1819

ROBERT MARTIN, born Pitts, age 26, farmer, enlisted Jul 30 1814 in 39th Inf; discharged Fort Scott GA July 29 1819

THOMAS MAYS born Pitts Co, age 30, farmer; enlisted Fort Johnson SC in 18th Inf Sep 4 1813; discharged Sep 3 1818

SAMUEL MCCULLEY, born Pitts Co, age 21, blacksmith, enlisted in Danville Aug 17 1814 in 20th Inf. deserted Fort Powhatan Jan 1 1816

REUBEN MOORE, born Pitts Co, age 40, enlisted Sep 11 1814 in 39th Inf; still present Nov 30 1815

CHARLES NICHOLS, born Pitts Co, age 22, enlisted July 18 1813 in 10th Inf; died Malone NY Dec 6 1813

JOHN NICHOLS, born Pitts Co, age 25, enlisted in 20th Inf, Pitts Co July 27 1813; discharged camp near Buffalo NY May 31 1815

WILLIAM PARSONS, born Pitts Co, age 50+, fitter, enlisted July 27 1813 in 20th Inf; died Malone Nova Scotia Dec 16 1813

PHILLIP PERKINS, born Pitts, age 24, farmer, enlisted in 10th Inf in Rockinham Dec 25 1812; discharged Nov 16 1815

JAMES RAMSEY, born Pitts. Co age 22, tailor, enlisted in 8th Inf Carnesville GA July 14 1812; discharged July 14 1817

HANSON REGNEY, born Pitts. Co, age 28, schoolmaster, enlisted Aug 1 1814, Rifles, died Feb 15 1815.

ABNER REYNOLDS, born Pitts Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted in Charles Co Dec 4 1814 in 10th Inf; discharged Dec 4 1819

CHARLES RICE, born Pitts Co, age 23, farmer, enlisted in Danville in 10th Inf on Aug 27 1813, still present June 30 1815

WRIGHT ROBERTS, born Pitts Co, age 27, farmer, enlisted Fort Hull MI in 8th Inf Feb 22 1814; discharged Camp Flourney GA Mar 4 1815

JOHN RUSSELL, born Virginia, enlisted Danville in 28th Inf on Sep 19 1814; discharged Detroit MI Feb 16 1816

NEWSOM SHELTON, born Pitts Co, age 20, enlisted in Fayetteville NC in 44th Inf June 21 1814; discharged Baton Rouge LA June 20 1819

SEYBERT SHELTON, born Pitts Co, age 18, farmer, enlisted Mecklenburg 10th Inf Mar 6 1813; discharged Nashville June 6 1818

WILLIAM SNIPES, born Pitts Co, age 22, farmer, enlisted Petersburg 38th Inf Mar 11 1814; discharged Norfolk July 21 1815

THOMAS SMITH, born Pitts Co, age 40, possibly 50, farmer, enlisted Feb 2 1814 in Artillery, discharged Dec 7 1814

HARDIMAN STONE, born Pitts Co, farmer, enlisted May 12 1812, discharged Buffalo NY 1815

DUDLEY STUART, born Pitts Co, age 22, farmer, enlisted July 25 1814 in 39th Inf, discharged Fort Decatur Oct 5 1815

ASA TANNER, born Pitts Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted Knoxville, TN in Rifles Apr 12 1812; prisoner of war in Salem MA Apr 20 1815

PLEASANT THACKER, born Pitts Co, age 22, schoolmaster, enlisted in Rifles in Lexington KY July 11 1815, discharged July 11 1819

DAVID VAUGHN, born Pitts Co, age 32, laborer, enlisted Crossroads, TN Oct 20 1814, Rifles, discharged Charitan MO Sep 24 1818 as substitute

BENJAMIN VINCENT, born Pitts Co, age 22, enlisted 8th Inf Oct 26 1812, discharged Mar 7 1819

JESSE VINCENT, born Pitts Co, farmer, enlisted 8th Inf Oct 23 1812; discharged Fort Gadsden FL Mar 7 1819

THOMAS WALKER, born Pitts, age 23, laborer, enlisted 20th Inf May 26 1812; discharged French Mills Upper Canada Nov 30 1813

WILLIAM WALTRISS, born Pitts Co, age 19, farmer, enlisted Ruthledge May 12 1813; Rifles, discharged Fort Osage May 12 1818

TABNOR WASHAM, born Pitts Co, age 21, ropemaker, enlisted Aug 20 1814, 24th Inf; discharged Fort Gadsden AL Aug 19 1819

ALEXANDER WATSON, born Pitts Co, age 18, tailor, enlisted at the Pitts. County Courthouse in 10th Inf June 24 1812; discharged Pass Christian MS, June 14 1817

BEZELIAH WIER, born Pitts Co, age 29, carpenter, enlisted 38th Inf Annapolis MD Aug 11 1814; still present in Fort Covinton LA Apr 30 1815

GILES WILSON, born Pitts Co, age 30, farmer, enlisted in Danville Nov 6 1813 in 20th Inf; discharged Fort Saint Marks FL Dec 31 1815

WILLIAM WOOTEN, born Pitts Co., age 21, farmer, enlisted Nelson Courthouse in 35th Inf May 30 1814; still present in Norfolk Apr 30 1815

Information taken from the Military Service Records in the Nathional Archives

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Revolutionary War Land Grant claim

Archives Dept. of the VA State Library, Richmond, VA

Gaulden, Wm. T.-Soldier-Army-Pittsylvania Co., VA on 17 Nov 1832. David Irby states that Wm Gaulden of Pittsylvania Co. was a soldier and that they fought together at Guilford Court House (NC) on 15 Mar 1781 where Wm Gaulden was wounded in the head. Wm T. Gaulden in Pittsylvania Co. on 12 July 1833 states that he enlisted in 1780 at Coles Ferry in Charlotte Co., VA and was treated for his wound by Dr. Cunningham.

Wit: Richard B. Beck and John Dismany. Land grant claim denied-not enough time in service.

Civil War Record: Gauldin, Wm.: enl 3/10/1862 at Cascade; Pvt. Co. K. Admitted 3/30/1862 with pleurisy and returned toduty 8/8/1862. Admitted Farmville Hosp. 4/18/1863 with rheumatism and returned to duty 5/22/1863. POW at Amelia C.H. 4/13/1865. Sent to City Pt. and to Pt. Lookout 4/13/1865. Released there 6/27/1865. Res. of Pittsylvania Co. Dk. complexion, dk. brown hair, blue eyes, 5'10".

Submitted by Linda Lewis Lepow

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Civil War Recordsubmitted by Barbara Bonham

William G. FARTHING enlisted 28 Aug 1861 in Co. G, 53rd. Regiment Virginia Infantry, Lee's Army at Pittsylvania Courthouse by Capt. Penick; being captured by the Union Army at Five Forks 01 Apr 1865. He was descibed as having light complexion, sandy colored hair, blue eyes and standing 5 ft. 9 and 3/4 inches tall at the time he took the Oath of Allegiance 12 Jun 1865 on his release by Government Order No.100, A.G.O. at Point Lookout, MD

Nancy W. Thompson Farthing, widow of William G. Farthing received a pension for the service of her husband in the Civil War. After he died she removed to NC and was denied a pension from NC due to the service was in VA. The family moved back to VA and she applied after living there 2 and one half years in 1914, but was denied. The residence requirement was 5 years and in 1916 she was awarded the pension amount of $33.00 monthly.

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Rev War Pension submitted by Barbara Bonham

ABSTRACTS OF REV WAR PENSION FILES, VOL III N-Z, abstracted by Virgil D. White, located at the American Antiquarian Society Library in Worcester, MA. 06 Dec 1996; pg 3704:

WATSON, William VA Line S17752 b 05 Sep 1742 and lived in Pittsylvania Co and moved to Anderson Co KY. He later moved to Posey Co., IN where he applied for his pension. He died at the age of 104.

Note: Records of Lois Johnson on file at the Virginia Archives in Richmond prove this William Watson was not the son of the John Watson who died in 1802.

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  1830- US Census- KING in PITTSLVANIA
 Submitted by Aleita

                                           US Census                 Page#
            King, Daniel              1830                          352

            King, Elijah              1830                           364

            King, James, Jr.          1830                        349

            King, James, Sr.          1830                        349

            King, Johnson             1830                        385

            King, Mumford             1830                        360

            King, Peyton              1830                         365

            King, Royall              1830                          334

            King, William             1830                          374

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Submitted byLance Fallin

..I have some Fallen (Falling, Fallon, Fallin) ancestors that settled on the Dan River in approx. 1745.....his name was Redmon Fallen
(the spelling of our last name varies a lot in historical records).

Redmon Fallen made his home on the Sandy Creek of Dan River and in 1747 he had 370 acres surveyed. He was married to a woman named "Sussana" and I
haven't been able to find out her last name. Redmon Fallen and Sussana had the following Children......William, Rim, John, *Edmond (my direct ancestor),Esther, and Hannah. Edmond Fallen (or Fallon, Falling etc.) was
born around 1749 somewhere near Danville. Redmon (the father of Edmond and the other above mentioned children) had 400 more acres surveyed in 1757.
Redmond had about a thousand acres granted to him by pattent.

The next generation...following along Edmond's Line...goes like this.....

Edmond married a woman named Nancy and they named one of their sons
Redmond...after Edmond's Dad....I know ...hehehe...this gets a little
confusing even to me....and I have been tracking this for half of my life...I'll be listing my sources afterwards...ok...anyway....

This Redmond Fallin (or etc.) was born around 1775 also near Danville.Redmond Fallin married Elizabeth Gwin...they had a son that they named
Littlebury Falling (I think that is how they spelled it in his marriage record) (They always mess up our last name...even to this day people have problems with is an Irish name so we spell it today as "Fallin" but we pronounce it as Fallon)....ok continuing on now....Littlebury
married Elizabeth Townes (Ann Elizabeth Townes in some records).

Littlebury Falling and Ann Elizabeth Townes were married the 17th of December in 1829. Littlebury Falling was born about 1806.
one of their sons they named Edward Townes Fallin ....this is the part
where we leave off from Virginia (too bad too...because I love Virginia!
very beautiful and historic State...ok ok....anyway :o)   )

anyway to show how I tie in to all of this I'll finish it up....

Edward Townes Fallin (many times spelled as Fallen) was born in Maury
County, Tennessee on June the 3rd, 1841......oh by the way...I'm not sure
but I think littlebury died when Ed was a young boy....Littlebury I think
was involved in the Texas-Mexican war....but I can't prove this yet.

Anyway....Edward went to Arkansas with a Simmons Family from Alabama and
Tennessee....they crossed the Mississippi in a Barge near present day
Memphis....about the time the civil war started (1860, 1861?).

in 1862 Edward Townes Fallen (Fallin...etc.) was drafted in Jacksonport,
Arkansas by Colonel Lucien C. Gause 32nd Arkansas Confederate Infantry.

in about 1663 part of this infantry was split off...and I guess Ed was good
with Horses because the moved him to the 45th Arkansas Confederate
Cavalry....this Group went with General Price and Raided Missouri.

Ed Fallin was nick-named "Old Pony Fallin" during the war. Even the locals
near Jacksonport have heard stories about he was good with horses
and he wasn't harsh to the slaves and how he was patriotic to the South but
hated the war....blamed it all on the Yankees coming down to stir up
trouble...stuff like that....anyway....

The Yankees finally Captured him at Chalk Bluff, Arkansas in 1865...they
surrendered to Major General G. M. Dodge (hehe I know that's a funny name
today ).

Edward Townes Fallin married Julia Lou Simmons in of their
sons was named George Minor Fallin (we called him jack....long
story...hehe)...George Minor Fallin had a son named George Minor Fallin
also....he was called Minor by most folks till he moved to St. Louis
Missouri.....Minor Fallin is my Grandfather helped build
the Gateway arch in St. Louis...he was a farmer and a Machinist and an
Aviation electrician.....backing up a bit...My Grandpa's dad "Jack" was
born in 1888...

ok now the sources....

Census Records from 1790 to 1910
Death Records
Birth Records
the book "Tennessee Cousins"
Confederate records from Arkansas History Commission
Marriage records
and excerpts from Land records and various newspaper articles from old
newspapers from Virginia and Tennessee
Lots of assistance from the Local Librarians and also from the LDS Family
History Center in Salt Lake City (spent many hours there...actually Days).
The Family Bible dated from 1841

I can give you the exact sources and also more detailed information on all
of the children and some of the wive's families back into the Virginia era
of our Family if you like...but I have been so long winded on this so
far...I'll save that for later or for any further inquiries....
that address is
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Submitted by Molly Shumate

JOHN QUINN - Rev. War pension application

Enlisted 12/7/1776-12/13/1779
Served under Capt. James Foster and Abraham Bluford in Virginia.
Battles: Brandywine, Monmouth.
No Residence stated
Applied for pension 8/19/1818
Residence at application:  Pittsylvania Co., VA
Age at date of applicastion: 11/25/1746
No data relative to family.
(Also noted from an inquiry letter: Also served in Capt. James
Gray's regiment and Maj.
Stephensons Co. 15th VA Regiment.
Private Rev War - Card 38322
Act 18 March 1800 Vol. 2 p. 330

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Submitted by Molly Shumate


        Rev. M. E. Andrews at 10 AM on October 13 at the
residence of the bride in Pittsylvania County, Capt. Burwell Lee,
Esq., of Leesville, Campbell County, to Mrs. Mildred Doyle, of
the former place.

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Submitted by Molly Shumate


        At the residence of Col. Moses Arnold, by the Rev. M. E.
Andrews, on the 2nd of July, Mr. Robert A. Lee to Miss Martha K.
Arnold, all of Campbell County.

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Anderson Atkinson son of Suckey Atkinson apprenticed to Henry Atkinson, Sr.  June 20, 1780, p. 42  Wit:  Jos. Allen    Issac Clement

Daniel Durosett son of Nancy Durosett apprenticed to Alexander Lackey  March 29, 1782, p. 44
Wit:  William Easley, William Short, Vincent Shelton

Reuben Payne son of John Paynedec'd bound to Solomon Seal   July 16, 1782  p. 54  Wit: R. Williams

Phillip and Silvester Payne sons of John Payne dec'd, apprenticed to John Walters  July 16, 1782  p. 55  Wit: R. Williams

Harrison Carter, born Oct. 1784 bound to John Hunt Hendricks learn trade of blacksmith Oct. 15, 1782  p.56      Wit: John Gorham

Josiah West, born Jan. 20, 1777, and Obed West born March 30, 1779, sons of Sarah West, apprenticed to Jesse Paley  March 18, 1783  p. 57  Wit: Jas. Williams, Jas. Akin

Maneyard Snelson, born Dec 1, 1778 son of Judith Snelson bound to Wm Willis  Dec 1, 1778  p.58  Wit: Samuel Parks, Bernard Parks

Christopher Hayles apparenticed to Drury Pulliam  1783   p.59  Wit:  Jas. Akin

James Westbrook apprenticed to William Williams  Feb 15, 1785  p. 60  Wit: Joseph Hughes, Bernard Park

Weastley Thomas, age 6 yrs, son of Nancy Thomas, apprenticed to James Blakley to learn Weaver's Trade  May 16, 1791  p. 68  Wit: Daniel Witcher

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Contributed by Barbara Farthing Bonham

The HARVEY's in the 1850 Pittsylvania Co., VA Census

Southern District  Age     28 Aug 1850          Page

HARVEY  William      43                         84B
HARVEY  Mary         43
HARVEY  Elisha A.    21
HARVEY  Samuel       19
HARVEY  Elizabeth J  17
HARVEY  Lucy A.      15
HARVEY  Celesta A.   13
HARVEY  John B.      11                          85
HARVEY  Amelia A.     9
HARVEY  Mary F.       5

HARVEY  John         56                         85B
HARVEY  Henritta     55
HARVEY  Martha       22
HARVEY  Booker       20
HARVEY  Virginia     17
HARVEY  John W. B.   16
HARVEY  George E.    13

HARVEY  Samuel       30
HARVEY  Martha       18
HARVEY  Mary M.       1

HARVEY  Joel         50                         100B
        Elizabeth    50
        Mary A.      17
        Alfred M.    15
        Thomas C.    12
        Levinia      10
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Contributed by Kathy Argo
   American Revolutionary Qualified and registered with DAR under Kathleen Argo:

Benjamin Terry Jr/ Born 1750 Lunenburg Co,married Elizabeth Holder, will
June 1817 Qualified  DAR Halifax Co Order Book lists his name.

Benjamin Terry III son of above born 1775 married Delilah Motley 1794
Pittsylvania co

Alexander P. Terry, son of above born Nov 1828( may have had different
married  Elizabeth P. Witty of Greensboro, N.C. Aug. 1866. He surrendered
General Lee at Appamattox as a member of 2nd Cavalry N.C., so it is
this was a transplant since he was born in Pittsylvania Co.

This ancestor was my Great Grandfather, they later migrated in 1898 to
and became pioneers orange growers

I hope this will help some of the other researchers, Ben Terry Sr. was the
of Ben Jr, and son of James Terry  of the 1704 Quit Rolls of King William

I am woking on a Historical Book and will send copy whn complete.

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Letter Written On Christmas
Day, 1847, In The Possession
Of Mrs. W. G. Reynolds Of City (Greensboro,N.C.)

(Editor’s note: The following letter, reproduced from the  (original copy, is in possession of Mrs. W. G. Reynolds, 601 North Broad street.  The writer
 was a great, great grandfather of Mrs. Reynolds.)

Sinelon county, State of  Missouri, December the 25th, 1847, Der Sun, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.
For unto  you  is born this day in the, City of David, a Savour Which is Christ the Lord.
St Luke the 2 Chapter and the latter Clause of the 10th verse and the11 verse.

Der Soun, I wanse more Take my Pen in hand to wright you a few lines.  I can infourme  you that my presant famley is well. Thanks be to the Almighty God for his kindness,
to us all and I hope when the few lines reaches your and your little family they may find tou enjoying the same Blesing. I have bin looking for a leter, from you for a long time. But find none, by your last letter, I Expect you and your familey and John Y. Yeatts wold a taken Brekfast woth me this morning wich Would a bin a Great day to us all.
I mos informe you that your Brother Robert is Gone to Texies or  to mexico in the united States army. I Cant tell wich place he is gone to. he stearted the 7th day of November with Jeams Blanks and A man the name of Smith wich was a  mooving thire familey
to that cuntry and he went of  with them. James Blanks is a oneny cusion of Mine, and a Boute my age marred to a young Guirla a bouts 22 or 3 years old.  He went of and only took one Sute of Close witt him, and them was on his Back. he never toole use farewell nor nothing of His going. Washington went with him to Sant Louis and theire he left him. he told Washington that he should come in the Course of 12 mounth
I want you to rite to me when you are Coming to this Cuntry is you are Able to come Come, and If you ant, Able, Right me word and I Can furnish the means that will make you able if John Y. Yeatts comes out next fall come with him. Dount you stay thire
in that old worne out Cuntry till you get so off that you Cant hear your Selfe grunt Like I have done, in years 1846 mine and Washington Crop was worth $700 and 50 Dollars at Least.  this year, 1847, it worth about 8 or 9 hunard Dollars at Least though I will give you a currect  Statement of our  crop this year

I think we shall  make upards of 10,000 lbs of tobacco and it is very fine in Deed. I have no Doute of giting five Dollars per Hunard for it the same man as Boute my last years crop told me thr other day not to take less than five dollars for he wanted it his Selfe. ($500) I am a bute halfe done getting corn and we have neared up 161 Barrels I made 90 1-2 Bushels of wheat A Greable to the oats that I have got our I shall make 400 Bushels we made aboute 300 lbs of Cotton in seed good  crop of Poutatous, Cabbages, etc, etc. besides Washington made 53 Dollars with the Wagon and horses ahauling,ect ect.

I have sold all my Wheat at 75 and 80 cents per Bushels. I have sold 300 Bushels of oats at 22 cents per B. So if you will make a Calcation of my crop you will see what It will all come to. How would stay in old Pittsylvania and Starve to Death. not I. I have sallted up 2715 of Pourke and I have 12 or 1500 Pounds yeat to kill. I have kep it with some Expectaton of your Coming. it was you and John Y. Yeats is you had inty But Come. I had plenty of Evrything Ready  for you Bouth is you had But a came. The times in the Missouri is Verry Livly. Munney is plenty and most Evrything Else. I will gave you the correct prices of some few Artickles.

Tobacco is from $2.50 Cents to15.00 Dollars. Common sailes is from $2.50 to $7.50 per hunard Wheat from 75 to 85 cents  wdre Bushel.  Flower from $.25 cents to $5.50 per barrel Corn from 1 Dollar to 1.25 per Barrel Dull Sale at that  Pork for 2.50  to 3 Dollars per Hunard, Beefe the, same, Sault $1.38 Cents per sack, Iron 4 cents lb, Stee1,6 1-4, Sugar 10, Coffee 10 cents horses and Cattle verry high some cheap. Horses sell from 550 dollars to 800 cash up and the money down
.    Azkiah Millis lives within one mile of my house, and is Doing very well. Richard Scruggs lives within 8 miles of my house, and old Miss Bayes lives with him, and the 2 gerles and they are Doing Tolable well. Richard Scruggs has boute a good Track of Land for $185 well watered with 3 good springs on it, and good Mill Site and etc.
 I have got a furst rate Crop of Wheat a coming on if no Accident happens to it I think We shall make 200 Bu this year. Tell my sunling law Daniel Motley to quit Toting them Little  Saddle Bags after the Poore and Come to this Cuntry and live like a gentleman not to be Weating on the (line obscure) on the old Pittsylvania any longer. tell John Y Yeats I all ways new the weather  wold tell (obscured) and now I no it Else he wold a Come
to old sinelon County this fall Whare Evrything is Plenty. Old Letty Say to you and Polly the Longer She stays in the Missouri the Better she Likes it and she  allso says she heant seen 2 days sickness Scence she left old Killings house and she ways 245 and would be very glad to see you Bouth  in  this Cuntry and your Famleys with you so no moore at Presant only I send Howdy to you all.
As for my part I only wayes 225 gross.   Robert wayed 189 before he went away and Little Thomas Jefferson sorry I must Write to you that he has got his Little tumbler you give him. When you receive this Letter I want you to Rit to me Without Delay and send me all the news Good and Bad you must excuse by Bad Righting if you Please for I have to Wright with Specks and in the night at that. Tell all my frends I am well sattisfyed
with my new Cuntry.
So now moore at Pressant I Yeat Remane your Ioving Farther un
till  Death.
 . Rich. B. Parsons

To William. Parsons and familey and Daniel Motley and familey,
John Y. Yeatts and familey and my inquiring friends Deavel take the Balance.
January the 3rd 1848

Submitted by Gilmer Evans Reynolds, Jr
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PRIVATE JOHN MIDKIFF APPLIED FOR VETERAN'S BENEFITS OCT. 18, 1832.   THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS A TRANSCRIPTION OF HIS APPLICATION STATEMENT AND THOSE OF HIS WITNESSES.              State of Virginia and County of Patrick.                                                                                                                        On this 18th day of October, 1832 personally appears in open Court before the Justice of the Court of Patrick, and State of Virginia. Age seventy years the 11th day of March 1832, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named Officers and servied as hereafter states.                                              He was drafted under Captain Spencer Shelton for a three months tour he thinks in August 1780 he being then a resident of Pittsylvania County Virginia, and marched in that company as soon as it was organized to Halifax Courthouse, Virginia, and he stayed there some time waiting for further orders. And afterward was marched into Granville or Coswell County of the State of North Carolina, and after remaining there some time he was discharged. The precise time he was in actual service during this tour he does not remember.                                                                                                                                             In January 1781 he volunteered in the company of Rifleman commanded by Captain Thomas Smith in the County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia. That he immediately marched in the same company and joined the Continental wing in the State of North Carolina and was attached to the Infantry in the corps of Col. Henry Lee, there he was engaged in a battle with the enemy at a place called Whitsals Mills on (?) Hew river.                                                                                                                                                                        Col. Campbell from Holstein Virginia and Col. Williams of North Carolina commanded. Also Col. Morgan and Col. Washington of the Continental Army. The Americans retreated with some in considerable loss. How long hr remained in service during that tour he does not exactly recollect having lost his discharge, but is under the impression that he returned home some time in the month of March in that year.                                                                                                                                                                            Sometime in the month of August 1781 he was drafted in the County of Pittsylvania and Sate of Virginia, in a company commanded by Capt. Charles Hudgins and immediately marched in this said company to Yorktown Virginia and joined the Continental troops. Capt. Hudgins then returned home, and he was put under the company of Captain William Dix and attached to the Regiment commanded by Col. (?) Field Meriweather.                                                                                                                                                                        And remained there during the siege and after the taking of Lord Cornwallis he was attached to the Regiment who had charge of the prisoners and marched as far as Williamsburg Virginia and was there discharged on account of  bad health by Maj. Wood Jones, which discharge is herewith exhibited and bears date of 20th Oct. 1781                                                                                                                                             He has no personal acquaintance with any of the Continental Officers commanding at Yorktown, but frequently saw General Washington and Gen. Lafayette who were pointed out to him by some persons who knew them, and he frequently saw many other Officers of this Continental line but does not remember their names.                                                                                                                                                       He cannot say the precise time he servied in all but believes it was not less than eight months. He has no documentary evidence, save this discharge documentation, or verbal evidence with his mark to prove his services.                                                                                                                                                                                   He was born in the County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia according to the (?)Reg---- of his parents on the 11th day of March 1762 and raised in that County till April 1823 when he removed to the County of Patrick where he now lives.                                                                                                                                           He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or ammenity except this present, and he declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of any State.                                                                                   Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.                                                                                                     (signed) John Midkiff                                                                                                                                                          (WITNESS'S TESTIMONY FOR JOHN MIDKIFF)                                                                                                    Mr. James Morrison residing in the County of Patrick and State of Virginia and Moses Hasborn a resident of the County and State aforesaid hereby certify that we are well aquainted with John Midkiff who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration. That we believe him to be seventy years of age. That he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have had been a soldier of the revolution and that we concur in that opinion.                                                                                                               Sworn and subscribed this day and year aforesaid                                                                                                       (signed) James Morrison       Moses Hasborn                                                                                                                 And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after this investigation of the matter, and after putting the interogations prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier and served as he states. And this Court further certifies that it appears to them that James Morrison who has signed the preceding certificate ia a Clergyman resident in the County of Patrick and that Moses Hasborn who has also signed the same is a resident in the County of  Patrick and is a credible person and that their statements is entitled to credit.                                                                  I Abram Staples Clerk of the County Court of Patrick, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of John Midkiff for a Pension.           In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of Office this 18th day of October 1832.              (signed)   A. Staples clerk                                                                                                                                                   ******ADDENDUM                                                                                                                                                          According to the Dept. of the Interior,   Bureau of Pensions                                                                                                          John Midkiff was married to Mary (Parsons) Midkiff, September 10, 1782; (daughter of Joseph Parsons of Pittsylvania County Va.), born 1764. Mary (Parsons) Midkiff also received a pension after her husband's death which she applied for May 10, 1841.    John Midkiff died July 18, 1839.
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Contributed by Larry Munden
        "Larry Munden" <>

Extract of Certificates written by Pittsylvania County Tobacco Farmers for the
Pamphlet "The Art of Curing Fancy Yellow Tobacco" by F. P. Love of Asheville, N.
C. R. F. D. No. 2.

This is 31-page pamphlet, which gives the author's idea on how to cure tobacco.
There are 6 pages of Certificates or testimonials of the process.  Below are
listed those from Pittsylvania Co.  The place names are written exactly as they
appear in the pamphlet.  There is no publication date in the document but from a
certificate in the front of the pamphlet, it appears to have been published in
the 1920's

A. T. Snow                      Sycamore Depot, Pittsylvania Co., Va.   Feb 21st, 1880
Geo. W. Hines           Chalk Level, Pittsylvania Co., Va.              Feb 3rd, 1880
S. E. Hancock           Chalk Level, Pittsylvania Co., Va.              Jan 16th, 1880
E. H. Adams             Hill Grove, Pittsylvania Co., Va.               Jan 23rd, 1880
R. P. Calhoun           Danville, Pittsylvania Co., Va.         Jan 1st, 1880
                                 Ward's Spring, Virginia                        March 31st, 1880
P. H. Booth             Danville, Virginia                              1880
Geo. T. Rison           Chatham, Pittsylvania   Co., Va.                Dec. 19th, 1879
R. A. Murstain          Sycamore, Pittsylvania Co., Va.         Jan 1st, 1880
H. B. Dalton            Ward's Spring, Pittsylvania County, Virginia    March 3rd, 1880
A. B. White             Ward's Spring, Virginia                 Feb 26th, 1880
M. J. Neal
P. G. Simpson
N. C. Glenn
A. Snow
Wm. Mayers
M. J. Hinds                     Ward's Spring, Virginia
W. J. Neal
Cal. Rogers             Danville, Virginia
E. A. Hester
Frank Warren
Anderson & Bro.

Extracted by L. E. Munden
Balwyn, Vic.  Australia
March 21, 1999

Larry Munden
Balwyn, Australia

30 Sep 1765 to 16 Oct 1765
from Fredericksburg VA to Philadelphia
Copied from “Gregory Family Gatherings” by Alleyne Gregory, 1984
The journal from which the following is a copy is now in the possession of William Gregory’s granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Gregory Powell.
“William Gregory, the writer of the following journal, was born at Kilmarnock, Scotland, November, 1742.  He was the son of William Gregrie, and the grandson of John MacGregor, outlaw of Lochgoilhead, Argyleshire, Scotland.  At the age of eighteen he was sent by a Glasgow mercantile firm, Scott, Mitchell & Lenox, to serve them as a clerk in a branch of their business established at Fredericksburg, VA.  Here he remained five years, giving his employers ample satisfaction.  Being of a genial temperament, he mingled freely in the society of the old town, well known to all his country-men settled there, Paul Jones, John Glassell, and others.  A ball ticket, issued for the ‘Gentlemen’s Freemason’s Ball,’ and written on the back of a playing card, the eight of spades, was found among his effects, and presented by his grandson, Dr. William B. Gregory of Alexandria, Virginia, to the Lodge of Washington, at that place.  William Gregory joined the Masonic Lodge at Fredericksburg about 1763, at which time George Washington was also one of its members.  Some years later William Gregory went to New Haven, Conn., and engaged in business with Mr. William Glen, also of Kilmarnock.  They exported lumber, fish, horses and cattle to the West Indies, bringing back rum, molasses and sugar.  This partnership lasted until 1774 when the two Scotchmen found it prudent on account of their pronounced loyalty to the home government to wind up their affairs and withdraw to their native land.
“The first umbrella ever seen at Kilmarnock was brought there by William Gregory from the West Indies.  It was covered with bright red silk.  He and his partner, Mr. Glen, walked out into country one Sunday, with the umbrella raised over their heads, creating great excitement thereby.  The simple country folks, shouting, ‘Paul Jones has come,’ rushing into their houses and barring their doors, for there was a great fear of the hero, he having recently come up Solwlay Frith, where he had plundered the estate of the Earl of Selkirk.  William Gregory commanded the Ayshire militia at the time when Scotland was in dread of a French invasion, which period is so graphically described by Sir Walter Scott in ‘The Antiquary’.
For many years William Gregory was a partner in his father’s business at Kilmarnock, eventually succeeding him in the firm of Gregory, Thomson & Co., carpet manufacturers.  He married Elizabeth Boyd Smith, daughter of John Smith, publisher and antiquary, of Glasgow, and founder of the first circulating library in Scotland.  William Gregory was chief burgess of Kilmarnock for many years, and died there in 1817.
“His eldest son, William Gregory, came to Alelxandria, Virginia, in 1807, was a prosperous merchant and banker, and died here in 1875 in his 87th year, leaving to numerous descendants an honored name and memory.

Contributed by Tom Wardlaw

Contributed by Truman Adkins <>

Wreck of the Old '97

A while back I was in Morganton, N.C. going thru the microfilmed copies of
The News Herald and happened across a story familar to me from the
Thrusday, 1 October 1903 issue. Perhaps it will be of interest to others on
the list in the Danville area:


Terrible Disaster on the Southern
Near Danville, Va.- The Fast Mail
Goes Over a Trestle-Four Cars
Wrecked, Nine Killed and Seven In-

Danville, Va., Special 27th, to Charlotte Ob-

No. 97, the Southern Railway's
fast mail, plying between New
York and New Orleans, plunged
over a trestle north of this city
this afternoon, killing nine men,
injuring seven others and com-
pletely wrecking three mail cars
and one express car. The killed

J.L. Thompson, railway mail
clerk, of Roxboro, N.C.; W.S.
Chambers, railway mail clerk, of
Midland, Va., D.H. Flory, rail-
way mail clerk, of Nokesville, Va.;
P.M. Argenbright, railway mail
clerk, of Mt. Clinton, Va.;  J.A.
Broady, engineer, of Placerville
Va.; J.T. Blair, conductor, of
Spencer, N.C., A.G. Clapp, of
Greensboro, Flagman S. J. Moody,
of Raleigh, N.C., a 12 year old son
of J.L. Thompson.

The injured are: Lewis W.
Spies, of Manassas; Frank G.
Brooks, of Charlottesville; Perci-
val Indenmauer, of Washington;
Chas. E. Reames, of Charlottes-
ville; Jennings J. Dunlap, of Nor-
Wood, N.C.; N.C. Maupin, of
Charlottesville; J. Harrison Thomp-
son, of St. Luke.

All of the above are railway
mail clerks. It is said that this is
the first time that Engineer
Broady ever ran a mail train and
the supposition is that he was run
ning too fast and not entirely
familiar with the road bed.

The wreck occurred on a steep
grade, the latter embracing the
trestle, which is in the shape of
an "S". The train was prob-
ably running at a rate of between
50 and 60 miles an hour when the
engine left the track. The train
ran some distance on the crossties,
plunging over the trestle at a
tangent, when the engine was
about half way across.

The engine and all of the cars
fell 75 feet to the water below.
The last car tore up a considerable
section of the trestle. The engine
struck and was buried in the bed
of the creek. The cars piled on
top of the engine, all of them
being split into kindling wood.
The engineer was found some lit-
tle distance from his cab, horribly
mangled and dead. All of the
bodies save one have been recov-

The train carried nothing but
mail and express. The mail was
not much damaged, considering
the extent of the wreck. Some
loose registered letters and the
valuables of the dead men have
been recovered. The express mat-
ter was considerably injured.

Among the express consign-
ments were a number of crates
containing canary birds. The
birds were not hurt and were
singing when taken from the
wrecked cars.

Two small boys, names unknown,
were playing under the trestle
when the wreck occurred. They
were thrown down and injured, but
not seriously.

A woman, in delicate condition
of health, witnessed the wreck
from her chamber window. She fell
to the floor unconscious and it is
not believed she will live.

The mail coaches were taken in
charge by R.B. Boulding, a clerk
who spends his Sundays in this
city. He arrived on a train within
half an hour after the diasaster.
Mail clerks were sent on special
trains from Richmond, Charlottes-
ville and Greensboro, N.C., to
assist in rescuing the government

The wreck itself beggars de-
scription. All of the cars are
battered into kindling wood and
the engine is buried in the mud of
the creek. A wrecking crew is
laboring to remove the debris so
that the trestle can be repaired for
the continunce of traffic at as early
an hour as possible tomorrow.

All of the injured mail clerks
were taken to the Home for the
Sick in the city where they re-
ceived medical attention.

At a late hour it was learned
that Lewis W. Spies is in a critical
condition and will probably not
live through the night.

The other victims may recover,
although the physicians can give
out no definite information as to
their condition. One man, name
unknown, is still in the wreck. He
can be seen, but the debris under
which he is lying has not been re-

Express Messanger W.F.
Pinckney escaped injury.

Danville Riot, 1883

A lovely lady in VA named Bev went to the Library and found this article
about the Danville Riot of 1883, I am forwarding this from the VASHENAN-L
list (Shenandoah County):
 It comes from the November 8, 1883 edition of the Valley Virginian out of
Staunton, Va.


The Danville Riot
Its Origin and Result

(special in the Virginian)

Danville, Va Nov5 - 8:20 a.m.
About noon Saturday a colored man meeting some white ladies on Main Street,
stepped out of the way and in doing so accidentally trod on the foot of a
white man.  The negro promptly explained the cause of the accident, but the
white man was not satisfied and struck the negro who knocked his assaillant
out into the street.  Three hours later the parties met again near the same
place, and the white man, accomplanied by several friends, assaulted the
negro and beat him severely, while two white men with drawn pistols kept the
crowd, mostly colored people, from interfering.  A colored man attempted to
take the pistol from one of the white men and in the scuffle the white man
fell in to the gutter.  He arose and fired without effect.  Immediately
several other pistols were drawn by white men gathered at the scene and the
colored people began to disperse rapidly.  When three shots were heard a
crowd of white men and youths assembled rapidly from adjacent points on the
street and opened an indisrimate (sic) fire upon the colored people who were
running in every direction.  One colored man was met a hundred yards from the
fight and deliberately shot dead by a white man approaching the excited
crowd.  The shooting was soon over.  The number of shots is estimated at from
fifty to two hundred, and it does not appear that any negroes fired at their
white assailants.  The result of the shooting, so far as known, is six
negroes killed and ten or more wounded.  One white man at a distance was
wounded by a stray shot, one white man engaged in firing was hit accidentally
by his freinds in the rear.  It is a wonder that more were not hurt as the
crowd of idle people on the street was large as it usually is on Saturday
evening.  For nearly a half hour after the firing began men and youths,
armed with shot-guns, rifles and pistols, came rushing as if by concert from
all parts of the City to Main street.  The excitement was intense and their
wrath furious.  The first bell was rung, the military was called out. patrols
detailed for the streets and the riot act read to the excited crowd.  Col.
Cabell and other Democrats addressed the excited people and urged peace.
Gradually the excietemdnt subsided, the negroes having disappeared from the
street.  The churches were closed yesterday and crowds of white people were
dispersed by the reading of the riot act.  The city is patroled by soldiers
and armed citizens and is virtually under Martial law, and will probably
remain so until after the election.

The Mayor, Judge and Sheriff, in counsel with Col. Cabell and other leading
democrate (sic), are making all necessary arrangements to preserve the peace
and lives of our citizens.  All good men of both colors deplore this
unprovoked assault on a defenceless people.  The Democrates attribute the
riot to Col. Sims speech of Friday night , while Readjusters read in it the
logical result of the utterances of such papers as the Times, and the
resolutions and speeches of democrates clubs for weeks past.

March Court 1814 Book 16, page 208
     John Seamster an insolvent debtor committed to the Jails of
this County upon three executions ___ out of the court of the said
County against him are in favour of Eastham & Coleman this is
favour of James Eastham surviving partner of Keene and Eastham,
was brought into court by them and thereupon the said John Seamster
in open court subscribed and delivered in a schedule of his estate
and made oath __ as law whereas ordered that he be discharged out
of custody.
Submitted by

William McDowell and Elizabeth Weatherford had the following children:
    Thomas Anderson McDowell,  Robert McDowell, Peter W. McDowell, Richard, Charles, William, John Henry, Mary, Sallie and Bettie McDowell
Thomas Anderson McDowell married Lucy Anne Jennings and lived in Spring Garden VA (Pittsylvania County)
Lucy Anne Jennings father was Richard Jennings and her mother was Susan Weatherford (sister to Elizabeth Weatherford, see above)
Thomas A and Lucy A McDowell had the following children:
Clark Watson McDowell
Bettie Lee McDowell
Susan Ann McDowell
Sallie Will McDowell
Jennie Thomas McDowell (My grandmother)
Charlie Richard McDowell
John Patrick McDowell
I have a few birth and death dates if needed.
Would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about these relatives. 
Arlene C Troster

Mr. John Stewart         
Nottoway Parish Amelia County Virginia  
6th May 1774

Dear Father
John Davis brought your letter today and I write to tell you how pleased I am to hear from you as well as to share a few lines about your family here in Pittsylvania.   Susanah as you know from brother John Kelly was very sickly and has been slow to mend.  She is a good and dutyful wife and I must confess my fear was that she might never be any better.  As for the children our Cely has taken to herself a husband since I wrote you Mr. Benjamin Ward.  They stay with his brother Daniel Ward but talk much of going to Carolina.   Jack tends to run wild much to the worry of his Mother and this does not help to better her poor state of health.  Dan now stands as tall as brother Berry and is a favorite with the ladys.  He is a fine son and in his conduct is much like brother Charles.  Our Mary is a great comfort.  Never was a girl more properly named for Mother being a most sensable girl and since Susanahs illness has taken charge of her Mothers dutys.  It has been near five years since our Jesse left us and never is the day we do not think of our dear boy lost at such a tender age.  As for myself I am in perfect health.  I close with our respects to you and Mother and all the family.  May God keep and bless you
Your son  
John Stewart
Pittsylvania County Virginia

Copied from a letter owned by Mr. Joseph Ward of Watauga County, North
Carolina (now deceased).
Suabmitted by Betty Brown []

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