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Beaver Hats

beaver hats As the cultivation of tobacco was too convenient a profit to ignore, the English were disappointed who wanted to fill supply raw goods to the English markets looking forward to shipments of iron, timber, potash, hemp, silk and other commodities. However, the English authorities repressed every effort of the colonists to manufacture their own clothing and other necessary supplies. Every coat worn by the planter, every dram of spirits consumed by him, which had been obtained by means of tobacco from traders of Holland, diminished the value of the Virginia market for English goods. Additionally, to permit the colonists to export their agricultural products to any foreign country was looked upon as destroying all ties to England. Thus, laws and regulations were enacted against the dutch traders, and others. For example, head covering was made of fur which had been sent to England from the colony for working up, and then returned in the shape of hats to be sold or bartered. Source: Economic History of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century by Philip Alexander Bruce.

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Rockbridge County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Tax Digests

Natural Bridge, Virginia

It is said that George Washington was one of the surveyors of the region of Natural Bridge. Rockbridge County was established in October, 1777 from parts of now neighboring Augusta and Botetourt counties, and the first county elections were held in May 1778. Rockbridge County was formed during an Act of Assembly intended to reduce the amount of travel to the nearest courthouse, and to ensure trials were held fairly, and among friends rather than strangers. The first court session in Rockbridge County was held at the home of Samuel Wallace on April 7, 1778. Rockbridge County was named after Natural 5ridge, a beautiful landmark in the southern portion of the county.

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Tax Digests

  • 1802 to 1814 ( images)


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  • Abstracts 1778-1792

Images of Wills 1797 to 1806

Testators: Alexander, William ;Anderson, James ;Andrews, Mary ;Barclay, Hugh ;Bell, James ;Campbell, Andrew ;Clung, James ;Cofwell, Valentine ;Cowan, Samuel ;Crawford, James ;Cunningham, Thomas ;Davidson, John ;Dickson, James ;Dickson, Patrick ;Dunlap, John ;Edmundson, Agness ;Ellios, James ;Ethany, Robert ;Fulton, Francis ;Gabert, Matthias ;Garvin, Thomas ;Gay, John ;Hall, Andrew ;Harper, Rev. James Sr. ;Jamison, William ;Johnson, Zechariah ;Keys, Samuel ;Lair, John ;Lloyd, Elizabeth ;Lowry, Peter ;Martin, Jean ;McCalpin, William ;McCroskey, Alexander ;McCulley, Robert ;McFarland, Robert ;McLaughlin, Edward ;Miller, Mary ;Moore, Elizabeth ;Moore, William ;Naughton, John ;Ocheltree, James ;Patterson, Samuel ;Pettycrew, James ;Poage, John ;Porter, John ;Porter, William ;Priestly, William ;Reed, Joseph ;Richey, James ;Scott, Thomas ;Sproull, William ;Stoops, Robert ;Thompson, William ;Troxal, Abraham ;Taylor, Elizabeth ;Taylor, George ;Taylor, James ;Thompson, John ;Tooly, Elizabeth ;Walker, John ;Walker, Mary ;Weir, James ;Weir, John ;Wiley, Alexander ;Willey, John ;Willson, Samuel ;Wilson, William

Images of Wills 1806 to 1811

Testators: Bailey, James ;Beard, Hugh ;Beard, Sarah ;Black, Henry ;Bowyer, John ;Cowman, John ;Crawford, Michael ;Cummins, John ;Cunningham, Thomas ;Dickson, James ;Douglas, James ;Dunlap, Ann ;Garvin, Sarah ;Giner, Lodowick ;Goodbar, Joseph ;Harper, James ;Hays, John ;Hodge, James ;Hodge, Mary ;Hollis, William ;Holmes, Gabriel ;Hopkins, James ;Houston, Ann ;Houston, Samuel ;Hoytman, Philip ;Hulman, Christopher ;Hutchison, Robert ;Johnston, James ;Layhern, John ;Lee, Martin ;Mackey, John ;McCampbell, John ;McComb, William ;McCorkle, Samuel ;McCrosky, John ;McDonald, Randal ;McElhany, Mary ;McNabb, James ;McTur, Samuel ;Moore, Samuel ;Murphy, John ;Mynes, Thomas ;Patton, John ;Porter, Alexander ;Raplogh, Bolser ;Rogers, Davis ;Rust, Philip ;Scott, Hugh ;Sheen, Henry ;Sisson, Caleb ;Spence, Esther ;Steele, Elizabeth ;Steele, Samuel ;Taylor, Daniel ;Taylor, William Sr. ;Thompson, John ;Thompson, Thomas ;Thornton, James ;Tolly, Christopher ;Willson, Samuel ;Wilson, James Wilson, William