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Friday, September 30, 2016

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Newgate Prisoners to Virginia #history #virginiapioneers.net

Newgate Prisoners Indentured Themselves as Servants to Settle in Virginia

Newgate PrisonEnglish residents who were unable to pay their debts usually ended up in prison, with no hope of release. It was the ultimate condemnation for poor people and generally accepted by society. James Edward Oglethorpe (before he colonized Georgia) was an avid supporter of prison reform, especially after an artist friend died in Newgate. The friend was a popular artist who lived large. Oglethorpe struggled to get him released, but the artist was put into a cell with a person having a contageous disease and the artist soon died. However, Oglethorpe made his views known by pushing pamphlets and articles in various London newspapers. Ultimately, prisoners were given the choice of indenturing themselves to American colonists. Peter Coffey was born in Ireland and was apparently one of the prisoners of debt in Newgate Prison given the choice of the prison cell or the opportunity to indenture himself in the colonies. He put himself in bondage to come to America in the shipForward Galley. The voyage was made in October of 1730 and 18 years later after being released from service, he was granted 220 acres of land on Vaughans Creek.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lest We Forget the Age of the Statesman!

Lest We Forget the Age of the Statesman!
By Jeannette Holland Austin (Profile)

American politicans were not always liars and corrupt. If there exists a consolation to this generation, we must not forget that our country was first led by admirable men. From the time that the Virginians appeared at the First Continental Congress in Philadephia on September 2, 1763 and John Adams recorded in his diary, "The gentlemen from Virginia appear to be the most spirited and consistent of any." and before the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835, American had the greatest leaders of all time. Brilliant men who were revolutionaries paid dearly for freedom. It was not just because of such intellectually stimulating and brilliant figure as Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Marshall, or the great state leaders like Peyton Randolph, Richard Bland, George Wythe and Edmund Pendleton who astounded seeded the country for greatness, but they were true statesmen: the genuises of the age.

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This inspired group of gentlemen dressed in colonial clothes sitting around a table expressing creative ideas of freedom and the means of acquiring it, even if it meant a war. Virginians were the elite planters willing to serve government and serve it well! It was the enlightened attitude of these leaders who unselfishly bore their offices and responsibilities to the people. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "eternal viligance" was required of them. Thus, the republican values of freedom were born, the common bond being land and tobacco crops which provided planters and small farmers alike the same economic interests, especially east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. So it was then that the less-affluent farmer found it to their best interest to elect prosperous neighbors to the House of Burgesses because the farmers neither had the time nor money to serve in public office. You see, the Virginian regarded public service as an honorable profession and felt deeply compelled to take care his neighbors. They served because they believed in noblesse oblige, that power and privilege accompanied responsibility. It is gravely misleading and disconcerting when writers of this modern age question the integrity of the founders. Bad writing, I would say, authorized by persons several generations removed from the truth. It was a splendid era of gentle integrity when a man's word was his "bond" and cheaters were shunned as quot;blacksheeps" Source: The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783. more history

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Factoring Agents

Factoring Agents in the Olden Days
By Jeannette Holland Austin

A factor is an agent who transacts business for another. In colonial days there were tobacco and cotton factors. In other words, shipping tobacco to England, the West Indies or elsewhere, required an agent to sell the crops and handle the business transactions. In 1672, one of the factors of George Lee, an English merchant, died in Virginia. At the time he was indebted to his principal for 700 pounds sterling. His property was passed into the hands of his mother who appointed an attorney to take charge of it. The whole estate was converted into tobacco, a crop which he was about to ship to his own consignee in England. The General Court interposed with an order requiring him to transfer the entire quantity to a third person in the mother country until the justice of the claim of Lee onn the property of his deceased agent had been decided. Also, all of his account books went back to England. As was the common practice, widows had plenty of suitors owing to a shortage of females in the Virginia colony. This is how the goods of an estate went into the hands of the second husband who very often showed no scruple in dealing with them as his personal property. Such was the case of Thomas Kingston, the agent of Thomas Cowell who owned a plantation in the colony about 1636. Upon the death of Kingston, his relict became the wife of Thomas Loving who appropriated the credits and merchandise of Cowell. Cowell petitioned that Loving be required to take an inventory of the property in his possession and to give bond in a large sum to hold it without further purloining it.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Battle of the Wilderness #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet #history

Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864
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This battle occurred in Spotsylvania and Orange Counties and was the first battle of the overland campaign of Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant against Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Grant attempted to move quickly through the dense underbrush of the Wilderness of Spotsylvania, but Lee intercepted him on the parallel road. On the morning of May 5, the Union V Corps under Major General Gouverneur K. Warren attacked the Confederate Second Corps on the Orange Turnpike. But that afternoon the Third Corps, commanded by Lieutenant General A. P. Hill, encountered Brigadier General George W. Getty and Major General Winfield S. Hancock on the Orange Plank Road. Fighting until dark was fierce but inconclusive as both sides attempted to maneuver in the dense woods.

May 6th. Hancock drove back Hill's corps at dawn on the Plank Road, but the First Corps of Lieutenant General James Longstreet arrived in time to prevent the collapse of the Confederate right flank. Longstreet followed up with a surprise flanking attack from an unfinished railroad bed driving Hancock back to the Brock Road, but the momentum was lost when Longstreet was wounded by his own men. An evening attack by Brigadier General John B. Gordon against the Union right flank caused consternation at Union headquarters, but the lines stabilized and fighting ceased. On May 7th, Grant disengaged and moved to the southeast, intending to leave the Wilderness to interpose his army between Lee and Richmond, leading to the bloody Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, a harbinger of a bloody war of attrition by Grant against Lee's army and, eventually, the Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia. The battle was tactically inconclusive, as Grant disengaged and continued his offensive. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Battle of Manassas #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Second Battle of Manassas, Virginia: August 29-30, 1862
By Jeannette Holland Austin


The Henry House Graveyard, near the home of Henry Hill. When General George McClellan failed to reach the Confederate capitol in Richmond from the Virginia Peninsula, Lincoln created the Army of Virginia. It was commanded by Major General John Pope who was ordered to join the McClellan Army of the Potomac. The combined armies numbered more than 175,000 troops, twice the size of the Confederate Army. General Robert E. Lee, who had prevented McClellan from taking Richmond during a series of skirmishes, called the Seven Days. When Lee heard that McClellan had withdrawn from the Peninsula by water and was returning to a place near Washington, he took 30,000 troops belonging to the General Longstreet army, to join General Jackson. The objective was to defeat the army of General Pope before it could join with McClellan. The resulting battle of Cedar Mountain occurred on August 9th. In a series of skirmishes between the two armies, Confederates under Jeb Stuart, captured the personal baggage of General Pope and his papers. It was from these papers that General Lee learned that the first troops of the Army of the Potomac, known as the V Corps, commanded by Fitz-John Porter, were nearby. General Jackson marcbed fifty four miles to capture union supply wagons. When Pope reached Manassas on August 28th, he found the depot in ruins. On the morning of August 30th, Pope ordered another attack. He was not aware that the armies of General Longstreet and General Lee were close by. Heavy fighting occurred on Chinn Ridge; Pope established a defensive position. The Second Battle of Manassas enabled the South to regain almost all of Virginia.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Harpers Ferry #genealogy #history #virginiapioneersnet

Harpers Ferry, Virginia: September 13-15, 1862


Harpers FerryDuring the War Between the States, Harpers Ferry was located in Virginia, situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. It was at that point that the Baltimore and Ohio and the Winchester and Potomac Railroads met. Later on, those counties which favored the Union, seceded from the Confederacy and were accepted into the Union in 1863 as an independent statee, then called Kaanawha, later renamed West Virginia. In October of 1859 a radical abolitionist, John Brown, captured the Federal arsenal in the town. His purpose was to arm slaves and incite a revolt. Colonel Robert E. Lee, commandant of the U. S. Marines, was sent to recapture the arsenal. Brown was tried and hanged for treason. The town served as a base for the Confederates during July of 1861, under Generals Joseph E. Johnston and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. When the Confederates moved soth, the Union troops occupied the town. 

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    West BeachThe Conner family was in Virginia during mid 1600s and they made quite a dent.  The patriot of the family was Lewis Conner, born ca 1690 who is visible in the Norfolk County records as well as Princess Anne.  He was the first owner of Oak Island in old Craven County, North Carolina, also owning lands in Jasper County and on Cape Hatteras.  This property was passed down through the family for generations before ot was finally sold. There is no evidence that Lewis Conner Sr. ever resided on Oak Island.  There is some difficulty tracing this family due to…
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