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Monday, December 21, 2015

Major Thomas Chamberlayne

Cask of Tobacco
Chamberlayne..  In 1679, Major Thomas Chamberlayne, one of the most prominent citizens of Henrico, entered into an agreement with James Gates, a carpenter of the same county, by the terms of which Gates was required to prepare the frame of a house that was to be forty feet in length and twenty in width. He was to assemble different parts of this frame together on the spot selected as the site of the proposed dwelling, and then cover the sides with board an place a roof on the top.  There was to be no cellar and the house was supported by sills resting on the ground.  A chimney was to be constructed at either end and the upper and lower floors divided into two roos by wooden partitions. All for 1200 pounds of tobacco in cask, and the house was to be finished in seven months. Source: Records of Henrico County, vol. 1677-1692, p. 88.

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