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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 375

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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 375 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 4 (Apr., 1904), page 375

back again to the inn to meet Bro. Hussey. Together we traveled our way, in a happy frame of mind. We had no house for fourteen miles. Then we came to the "Tschanator" [Shenandoah] River.* The ferryman was very gruff. He did not want to keep us over night. He also asked us at once whether we had any money, before he would take us across the river. We would have liked to stay, because we heard that there was no house for twenty-four miles. On the other side of the river English people gave us shelter after much urging. At first they said they could neither give us a meal nor a bed, we might sleep at the fire. But after a while they changed their minds and gave us something to eat and a good bed. We paid, and left on the following day. On the 22nd, we continued our journey. We had to pass a creek about eight times, because its course is very crooked. The Indian hatchet, which I had with me, was very useful to us; for, wherever it was necessary, we felled a tree across the water and on it went over. We had still some bread in our bundle, which we ate in the woods at noon. As we sat there three men passed us on horseback. They took us, perhaps, at first for wild animals. for they got their rifles ready. But then they continued on their way. After having walked about thirty-five miles to-day, we happened to come to a Gernman house.† I asked for * From Opequon the missionaries turned southeast to the Shenandoah, which they probably crossed at Ashby's Ferry (later Berry's) and the Blue Ridge at Ashby's Gap. From there the road ran southeast, passed Germantown and continued to Fredericksburg. As this road is the only one marked on Jefferson's map, it was most probably the one taken by the missionaries. The creek which they passed so frequently was Goose Creek. † The missionaries were now in the vicinity of Warrenton, Va. As was shown bv the diary of Gottschalk, published in the last issue of this magazine, some of the colonists, who settled at Germantown in 1721, had removed by 1748 ten miles southwest to the "Little Fork of the Rappahannock." From this diary we learn that others had gone north for a few miles. This is corroborated by the fact that John Kemper, one of the original Germanna colonists, acquired his first lands March 4, 1726, from the proprietors of the Northern Neck. His home was on Great Run, about three miles southwest of Warrenton. The missionaries were evidently in that vicinity.

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