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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 3 (Jan., 1905), page 283

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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 3 (Jan., 1905), page 283 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 3 (Jan., 1905), page 283

Raccoon Ford, and about fifteen miles up the river from Germanna. This was the "Black Walnut Run" or "Second Rappehennik River" site. Prior to 1751 it was removed to its present site. Fry and Jefferson's map, 1754-5, locates the "old court house" near Sommerville's Ford, and "court house" at the present town of Orange. The editors are indebted to W. W. Scott, Esq., State Law Librarian, Richmond, Va., for information bearing upon this question. Idem, p. 381, note. See Col. Wm. Byrd's petition dated June 11, 1735, in Palmer's Calendar of Virginiia State Papers, Vol. 1, p. 223, praying for a grant of one hundred thousand acres of land on the south branch of the Roanoke river, upon which he proposed to settle "Switzers and other foreign Protestants." The German book of Colonel Byrd was printed in 1737, according to information from the librarian of the John Carter Brown Library. Vol. XII, p. 56. The German mentioned under date July 9th was most probably Oliver Kraemer. See Magazine XII, 80. Idem, p. 75, note 35, I, 5. Instead of "lived in retirement at Siegen," read: near Siegen. idem, p. 75, note 35, I, 13. The will of Henry Haeger was not probated in 1733, but in 1737, as appears clearly from a photograph since taken of the record. Idem, p. 141, note 15. Read Heckemoelder, instead of Neckemoelder. Idem, p. 145. The tavern keeper, Severe, mentioned in text, was Valentine Sevier. He was the father of Gen. John Sevier, one of the heroes of King's Mountain, and the first Governor of Tennessee. Waddell states in his Annals (Ed. 1902, pp. 325-6) that Valentine Sevier in 1753 conveyed to Andrew Bird land which lay between Limestone Ridge and Smith's Creek, which section is now in Rockingham, but was then within the limits of Agus-

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