Remember the Hounds of Baskerville?
The Baskerville name certainly existed in England dating from the 11th century when Ralph Baskerville owned Pencelli Castle. Then there was the printer, John Baskerville, who used a transitional typeface during the mid-18th century. Of course, there is the Sherlock Holmes mystery, Hounds of Baskerville. It is said of the village of Eardisley located in Herefordshire England (pictured above) that the Baskerville family had a castle. Therefore, the question arises as to whether or not the Baskerville family found its way to America. And the answer is "yes". Norvelle Baskerville, born 1709 probably in Hereford, England, came to Virginia during the early part of the 18th century and settled in Cumberland County, Virginia where he died in January of 1750, leaving a last will and testament. This testament is available to members of Virginia Pioneers in PDF format.
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"This is the Time for War!"
Daniel Bradley was a resident of Cumberland County when he enlisted in the Revolutionary War on July 1, 1780 for a term of 18 months under Captain Alexander Grothemy, Captain White, Colonel Campbell and General Muhlenburg. Bradley fought in the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and Ninety-Six, South Carolina, involved in various skirmishes. After Eutaw Springs in 1781, he was discharged by Lieutenant Greene. Muhlenburg saw service in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. General Muhlenburg, a religious minister, had joined the fight early in the war and on January 21, 1776 in the Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Virginia, took his serman text from the third chapter Ecclesiastes, which starts with "To everything there is a season..." after reading the eighth verse, "a time of war, and a time of peace," he declared, "And this is the time of war." Muhlenburg then removed his clerical robe to reveal the uniform of a Colonel. Outside the church the drums began to roll as men turned to kiss their wives and then walked down the aisle to enlist, and within half an hour, 162 men had enrolled. The next day the general led out 300 men from the county to form the nucleus of the 8th Virginia Regiment. After Monmouth, most of the Virginia Line was sent to the far South, while Muhlenburg was assigned to head up the defense of Virginia using mainly militia units.
Cumberland County Genealogy Records, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps, Tax DigestsCumberland County was formed 1749 from Goochland County. Cumberland is the county seat. Early settlers were Germans and Irish. The county was named for William Augustus, duke of Cumberland, third son of George II.
Cumberland County Records available to members of Virginia Pioneers
- 1736 Beverley Patent (map of names)
- 1886 Map
Marriages to 1699
Digital Images of Wills 1759 to 1769
Digital Images of Wills 1769 to 1792
- Allen, Abraham | Barnes, James | Baskerville, Norvell | Bassam, William | Bowker, Achilles | Butler, John | Cannifax, John | Carlyle, John | Chandler, Joett | Cheatwood, Martha | Cox, Frederick | Cox, Stephen | Davis, Ann | Dudley, Jonas | Fleming, John | Ford, John | Godwin, Isaac | Hambleton, Martha | Harris, John | Harris, Sarah | Harrison, William | Holland, John | Holman, James | Hooper, Joseph | Hughes, Abraham | Hughes, Joseph | Hughes, Robert | Hughes, Robert (2) | James, Francis | Johnson, John | MacCraw, William | Meredith, James | Morssum, John | Moss, Dorraty | Moss, William | Parker, William | Rapene, Margaret | Richardson, John | Rowland, Michael | Scurry, John | Soblet, Peter Lewis | Trent, Alexander | Walton, Robert | Williamson, George | Woodson, Sanburn | Yarbrough, Ed
- Allen, Isaac | Allen, Mary | Allen, Samuel | Ammonell, Jacob | Anderson, James | Andrews, Mark | Apperson, Richard | Arnoto, William | Badget, Sarah | Bedford, Benjamin | Bond, Nancy | Bradley, John | Bridgewater, Samuel | Brown, James | Brown, Samuel | Burton, John | Burton, William Allen | Butler, Aaron | Carrington, George | Chambers, George | Coleman, Daniel | Coleman, Patience | Cook, John | Cox, Judith | Daniel, William | Davenport, Thomas | Davis, James | Davis, Matthew | Davis, Peter | Daviss, William | Duffie, Isaac | Dupuy, John James | Edwards, Andrew | Flippen, Ralph | Forsee, Stephen | Gilliam, James | Goode, Bennett | Hammon, Sampson | Harman, Henry | Harris, Benjamin | Harris, Peter | Harris, Richard | Hatcher, Frederick | Henerick, Zachariah | Hicks, John | Hill, Joseph | Hill, Thomas | Hill, Thomas Sug | Hobson, Adcock | Hobson, John | Holland, James | Holloway, Hannah | Hudgens, William | Hughes, John | Hughes, Leander | Hughes, Martha | Johns, John | Jones, Daniel | Jones, John | Jons, Joseph | Keeble, Humphrey | LeSeuer, David | Lipford, Edward | Lockett, Thomas | Macon, Henry | Martin, John | Matthews, Edward | Maxey, Mary | Mayo, Ann | McLaurens, Robert | McLaurens, Catherine | McGehee, Edward | McGehee, William | Merryman, John | Michauer, Jacob | Mosby, Benjamin | Mosby, Micajah | Moseley, Arthur | Moss, Alexander | Nelson, Matthew | Netherland, Wade | Noell, John | Oflen, Samuel | Oslin, Martin | Porter, Elizabeth | Porter, William | Powell, Richard | Powell, William | Price, Joseph | Price, Richard | Puttry, Sarah | Reynolds, John | Robinson, Field | Rust, Jeremiah | Sandifur, Abraham | Scruggs, Drury | Scruggs, Jesse | Scruggs, Robert | Scruggs, William | Smith, Robert | Smyth, Robert | Tabb, Thomas | Taylor, James | Thomson, John | Venable, John | Walton, Thomas | Watkins, Edward | Willbourn, Thomas | Williams, Thomas | Wilmore, David | Winniford, David | Winfree, Jacob | Woodson, William | Wright, George
- Parker, William, LTD (1755) (transcript
- Spears, Sarah, LWT dated 1812 (transcript
- Spear, William, LWT dated 1796 (image)
- Taylor, James, LWT dated (1779) (image)
1782 Cumberland County Tax Digest
1783 Cumberland County Tax Digest (continued)
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