Photo, Sweet Springs, Present Day

A photograph of the Sweet Springs jail which petitioners in 1801 deemed “so weak and untenable as frequently to occasion the escape of prisoners” may be seen at this link.

UPDATE: Sadly, this link is dead. 8 Jan 2012. DK

Related post: Petition, Monroe County, 1801

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Petition Surnames, Monroe County, 1799

The following surnames were taken from a petition circulated in Monroe County, Virginia requesting that their parent county, Greenbrier, cease efforts to tax them. The signatures were all in the same hand, indicating that a copyist created the list from a different source document of original signatures. This may account for the many spelling variations of surnames.


ABETT, ACORT, ADERE, ALDERSON, ALEXANDER, ALFORD, ALISON, ALLEN, ALLIN, ANDERSON, ARNET, ARNOT, ATKINS, BAKER, BALL, BALLINGER, BEARD, BECKETT, BERRY, BEST, BICKETT, BLACK, BLAN, BLANKINSHIP, BLANTON, BORTER, BOSTIC, BOYAR, BOYD, BROWN, BURCK, BURDET, BURDITT, BURNES, BURNS, BUZBY, BYRNSIDE, CALLAWAY, CAMBLE, CANNON, CANTERBERY, CANTLEY, CANTLY, CARTER, CHAMBERS, CHARLES, CHARLTON, CHRISTY, CILBORN, CITCHEN, CLARK, COCHRAN, COLELE, COLLER, COLLINS, COLTER, CONNAR, CONNER, COOPER, CORNWELL, COTTLE, CRIZTY, CRUMP, CURRY, DAUGHERTY, DAVIES, DAVIS, DAWSON, DAYLY, DEBOY, DEBOYS, DICK, DICKENS, DIXON, DONNALLY, DOUGLE, DUN, DUNBAR, DUNLAP, DUNN, EADS, EDEN, EDWARDS, ELLIOT, ELLIS, ERSKIN, EWING, FARLANE, FARLY, FAULK, FEE, FINK, FISHER, FORD, FOSTER, FRANCISS, FRIEND, GABBERT, GALLAHORN, GARTEN, GARTIN, GARVIN, GATES, GEORGE, GOANOE, GORE, GRAHAM, GRAY, GREEN, GREGORY, GRIFFITH, GWINN, HALL, HALSTED, HAM, HANDLEY, HANDLY, HARMAN, HARPER, HARRISON, HARVY, HATFIELD, HAWKING, HAWKINS, HAYNES, HEGANS, HEGENBOTUM, HEGGUMBOTUM, HENDERSON, HESTER, HICKINBOTTOM, HIGANBOTOM, HINCHMAN, HOLBREIN, HONICAR, HOOPLE, HUDSON, HUGHS, HUTCHESON, JAMES, JARRET, JEFFERS, JEFFREYS, JERRELL, JIFFRIES, JOHNSON, JOHNSTONE, JONAS, KELLER, KERN, KINCAID, KING, KINKADE, KINKAID, KOUNTS, KOUNTZ, KRIDER, LAVRY, LAW, LAWRENCE, LAY, LEA, LEACH, LEASON, LEGG, LINCH, LIVELY, LIVLY, LONG, LOWDAYBACK, LOWE, MADEY, MADOWS, MAGANOT, MAGENT, MAHON, MALCOLME, MANNOX, MARRENN, MARRIDETH, MARTIN, MASSEY, MASTER, MAYHU, MC CINSY, MC DANEAL, MC DANIAL, MC DONEL, MC DONNEL, MC GLAMERY, MC MAHON, MEADOWS, MESSEY, MILBURN, MILLAR, MILLER, MISSEY, MONAHAN, MORGAN, MORREN, MOYER, MUCKIRT, MUNTS, NEAL, NEALY, NEEL, NEHAM, NELSON, NICKELL, NICKETT, NIVENS, NUKOLESS, NULL, OLD, OLFORD, PARKER, PARSONS, PATTON, PECK, PENNELTON, PERCEY, PERSY, PETERS, PHILLIPS, PINE, POWERS, PRENTIS, PRICKETT, PRUETT, RALSTON, RAYNS, REED, RIBURN, RIFE, ROACH, ROBISON, ROGERS, ROLLISON, ROS, ROYER, ROYERT, SCAGGS, SCOTT, SHANCKLIN, SHANKLIN, SHAVER, SIERS, SIMONS, SMITH, SMITHSON, STATER, STEAL, STEELE, SWAIN, SWOPE, TACKETT, TAYLOR, THOMAS, THOMSON, TINCHER, UPTON, VAUTERS, WALKER, WALLIS, WATSON, WENTS, WHARTON, WHITE, WHORTEN, WIAT,WICKLINE, WILEY, WILLIAM, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WISEMAN, WOOD, WOODRUM, WRIGHT, WYKLE, YEATS, YOUNG


Source: Monroe County Virginia Legislative Petitions, 13 December 1799, LVA microfilm reel 130, Library of Virginia.

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Report, Alexander Cantley of VA/WV

An extensive report on three generations of the CANTLEY family is now available in the “REPORTS” section.

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Deed, Augusta County, 1792

19 June 1792

George and Elizabeth Weigle of Augusta County, Virginia to George Phyfer of the same

“in consideration of the sum of thirty three pounds current money of Virginia”

a parcel of land containing 10 ½ acres, part of a tract of 183 acres first granted to John Finley 1 December 1740, lying in the county of Augusta on a small branch of the Middle River.

Beginning at a white oak patent corner, running thence:
S65d W82p to a white oak on Michael Hogshead’s line
S65d E55p to a stake the old corner
N25d E63p to the Beginning


Source: Augusta County, Virginia Deed Book 27:329 -331, LVA microfilm reel 12, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Clipping, Ohio, ca. 1950

Merry Christmas to all my readers and relatives, with a special thank you to those serving our country.


Source: Undated clipping from unknown newspaper, most likely published in Akron, Ohio. In possession of Debora Kerr.

Note: Typographical error in spelling of ‘Wykle.’

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Petition, Monroe County, 1801

To the Honorable the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Petition and Memorial of the subscribers, freeholders and inhabitants of the county of Monroe respectfully represent

That by an Act of the General Assembly of this Commonwealth passed in the year [blank space left unfilled] the seat of justice of the judicial district composed of the counties of Greenbrier, Montgomery, Botetourt, Kanawha and Monroe was established at the Sweet Springs in the county of Botetourt: that under the operation of the said law a monopoly enures to the proprietor of the Sweet Springs, perhaps, equally unconstitutional, as it is oppressive to your Petitioners that situate in a remote part ^corner of Botetourt county, apart from the body of population and without the advantage of a neighborhood, the suitors and witnesses to the said court are confined for their accommodation, to the tavern of the proprietor under the most inconvenient charges and regulations: that the expense of witnesses attendant upon the said court being generally equal to the fine incurred by their absence, the administration of public justice is generally retarded, and too frequently entirely defeated: that owing to the peculiar circumstances of the place a trial in the said court is rarely to be obtained previous to a lamentable train of continuances equally injurious to the parties litigant as to the general effectuation of rights: that the jail of the said District is so weak and untenable as frequently to occasion the escape of prisoners: that the said District does not command a clerk’s office, but that the records and exhibits are precariously kept in a small log mansion house among the mountains considerably detached from the said court house: that they are partially transported to the terms of the said court, and remain during the session in no certain place and under no certain arrangement, equally inconvenient to those whom they may concern, as unprotected from the common accidents by which they may be destroyed. Your Petitioners beg leave further to represent that the town of Union in the county of Monroe is situate in the heart of a compact and plentiful settlement, rapidly progressing in itself with comfortable and reasonable accommodations : a strong jail : a large and commodious court house, nearer the centre of population and territory than any other town of the District and commanding every advantage of country resource. Your memorialists therefore humbly represent : that situate as they now are, they are burthened [burdened] with numerous and oppressive hardships, without the convenient and regular administration of justice, to which they are entitled in common with other citizens : and solemnly averring to your honorable body that the convenience, the interest and opinions of the great body of the District loudly demand a removal, and that those invaluable objects are hapily and peculiarly concentrated in the town of Union in the county of Monroe : and firmly convinced that that equal and sound policy, which hath ever actuated the legislature will regulate their care. They pray your honorable body to pass a law for the removal of the seat of justice of the said District from the Sweet Springs, to the town of Union in the county of Monroe and they as in duty bound will pray


Source: Freeholders and Inhabitants of Monroe County, Request to Relocate Court, 15 Dec 1801; Virginia Legislative Petitions, LVA microfilm reel 130, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

NOTES:

The following is a partial list of surnames found on this document. Since the actual lists consist of signatures, I was unable to decipher some of them.

ALDERSON, ALEXANDER, ALFORD, ALLEN, ALLFORD, BALLARD, BENNETT, BENSON, BERN, BERRY, BICKET, BLACK, BLAND, BLANTON, BOLDIN, BOLLEN, BOSTICK, BOYD, BROOKING, BROWN, BRYNSIDE, BURDIT, BURK, BURN, BURNS, CAMP, CAMPBELL, CANLEY, CANTLEY, CANTLY, CAR, CARTER, CASSTER, CHAMBERS, CHARLTON, CHRISTY, CLARK, CLINE, COLLINS, CORNWALL, CORNWEL, CROSER, DAWSON, DEBOY, DOLTON, DONNELLY, DORREY, DOUGHERTY, DOUGLASS, DOUTY, DUGLAS, DUNBAR, EARLY, ELLIOTT, ERSKINE, EWING, FALKNER, FARLEY, FIFE, FOSTER, GABBERT, GALLE HURR, GARED, GARVIN, GLENN, GOTS, GRAHAM, GRASS, GRAY, GREEN, GWINN, HALL, HANDLEY, HARMON, HARPER, HAWKINS, HINCHMAN, HOLLAND, HONICER, HOUND, HUGHES, HUMPHREYS, HUTCHISON, JAMES, JOHNSON, JOHNSTON, JONES, KERNAN, KIENAN, KILBURN, KINCAID, KING, KINKAD, KISINGER, KITCHEN, KNOX, LAREW, LAWRANCE, LEACH, LEE, LEG, LEGG, LIVELY, LOUSE, LOVE, LOWE, LYNCH, MADDY, MAN, MANNIX, MATTHEWS, MCDOWELL, MCGLAMERY, MCGRAN, MCNEER, MEADOWS, MILLER, MILLER, MITCHEL, MORDACK, NELSON, NICHOLL, NICKEL, NICKELL, NICKIL, NICKL, PACK, PATTERSON, PATTON, PHILLIPS, PIERSEN, POWERS, PRENTICE, RAINS, RALSTON, RAMSEY, RAYNS, ROACH, ROBINSON, RUBLE, SCOTT, SHANKLIN, SHANKS, SHIREY, SHOEMAKER, SKAGGS, SKEGGS, SMITH, SPICKARD, SWOBE, TACKETT, TAYLOR, TERRY, THOMAS, THOMSON, VINVENT, VOSSEMINE, WHIT, WIGEL, WIKEL, WISEMAN, WITHEROW, WYLIE, YOUNG

Link to transcription of names in the arrangement wherein they appeared on the document pages/fragments. This list includes partial transcriptions of names that were difficult to read. You will see here how family members and perhaps neighbors signed in groups.

Names In Original Arrangement

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Deed, Augusta County, 1792

[in left margin of page]
Weigle to Shirey
Delivered to Michl Shirely [sic]
23rd Nov 1793

This Indenture made the 19th day of June
in the year of our Lord God One thousand seven hundred
and ninety two Between George Weigle and Elizabeth
his wife
of the county of Augusta and State of Virginia
of the one part, and Michael Shirey of the county
and state aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth
That the said George & Elizabeth Weigle for and in
consideration of the sum of Two hundred pounds
current money of Virginia to them in hand paid by
by [repeated word] the said Michael Shirey the Receipt whereof
is hereby acknowledged: thence the said George
& Elizabeth Wheigle hath granted bargained sold [torn section]
and by these presents doth grant bargain [torn section]
said Michael Weigle Shirey [torn section]
heirs and assigns for ever one certain
parcel of land containing one hundred
acres lying & being in the County of Augusta [torn section]
River called Finleys [torn section]
acres of said land being [torn section]
Hundred and Eighty acres first granted [torn section]
Finley by patent dated the first day of ^ December September
One Thousand Seven hundred and Forty and by
several conveyances became the property of the said
Weigle the other five acres being part of a Tract of
Eighty three acres granted to the said George Weigle
the 8th day March 1790 And bounded as follows
to wit Beginning at a white oak his old corner
and thence South sixty five degrees West Eighty
two poles to a white Oak on the patent Line and
with the same North sixty five degrees west two
hundred and twenty poles to two blacks Oaks
the old patent corner thence North twenty five
Degrees East Twenty Seven poles to a black oak
and Locust on said patent line thence North
Eighty two degrees East Eighty two poles to a black
Oak south Sixty Seven & a half Degrees East One hundred
hundred [repeated word] and Seventy two poles to a hickory &
White Oak saplins on the young patent line &
with the same south seventeen degrees East four
poles to a white oak and black oak saplins said
patent corner thence South forty degrees East thirty
four poles to the beginning – Together with all the
appurtenances thereunto belonging To have and
to hold the lands hereby conveyed and all and singular
the premises hereby granted with the appurtenances
unto the said Michael Shiry his heirs and assigns
forever the only proper use and behoof of him the
said Michael Shirey and of his heirs and assigns forever
and the said George & Elizabeth Weigle for themselves their
Heirs Executors & administrators doth covenant and
assign by these presents that the said Tract of Land
with its appurtenances unto the said Michael Shirey his
heirs & assigns from the claim or demand of them the
said George and Elizabeth Weigle or any other person or
persons whatsoever shall & will warrant and forever
Defend by these presents. In Witness whereof the said George
& Elizabeth Weigle hath here unto set their hands & seals the
Day and year first above written.

At a Court held for Augusta }               George Weigle {seal}
County June 19th 1792        }                              her
                                                           Elizabeth X Weigle {seal}
                                                                           mark

George Weigle and Elizabeth his wife she being first prively ex-
amined as the Law directs acknowledges this their Deed to George
Phifer
1 which is ordered to be recorded.
                                               Teste


Source: Augusta County Virginia Deed Book 27:312-314, LVA microfilm reel 12, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

1 The clerk copying the original deed into the court book erroneously wrote George Phifer instead of Michael Shirey in the concluding text. The Weigles also executed a deed of bargain and sale to George Phifer on the same date. The clerk appears to have transposed the name.

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Marine Autographs, California, 1943

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here are links to an interesting sheet of Marine autographs. These men all served with my father in the 4th Marine Division during WWII. His unit fought on Saipan and Iwo Jima in the Pacific Theater.

Almost all of the men who signed included at least a partial hometown address which may be helpful to families doing research, especially in light of the upcoming release of the 1940 U.S. Census.

Scan of Autographs: http://tinyurl.com/yf23qra
Transcription of Autographs: http://tinyurl.com/ylo5hgw
Scan of Photo: http://tinyurl.com/yfpaods
(My father, Sgt. James F. Wykle stands on the right. The other two men are unidentified.)


Source: Photograph in possession of author, Debora Wykle Kerr.

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Appraisal, Monroe County, 1810

Estate of Mrs. Sarah Clark, Decd
Inventory and Appraisal
26 May 1810

“a negro woman named Jean and her daughter 6 months old” – $383.33
“a girl about ten years old named Lucy” – $200
“a boy about eight years old named Madison” – $216.66 2/3
“1 do [boy] about six years old named Theophlias” – $180
“1 do [boy] about four years old named Str[i?]lar” – $150

1 bay mare six years old
1 Iron tooth harrow
1 log chain
1 pair steelyards
9 sheep
3 potts
10c [-in?] without a lid
3 pair pot hooks
Turning tools
1 Flax wheel
1 Broad ax
1 Crook
1 Handsaw
1 pair [Lad?] Irons
1 Hackle
1 Looking Glass
[Crowes ins have ??]
Crooked drawing knife
Shoe hammer and pinchers
1 pint glass
5 pewter plates
dishes
1 [check?] reel
1 Coffee mill
Bedstead Bed & Furniture
2 Boxes
1 Ladies Saddle
1 Bedstead Bed & Furniture
1 Bedstead & Cord
1 Hone
1 set Razors & case
a parcel of books
1 Callender
4 plates and sheers
1 Table
1 Loom and guide wheel
2 old stays
1 2 year old Colt
1 Heifer
1 bridel Cow and Calf
1 black and white Cow and Calf
1 yearlin Steer
1 Cutting Box and knife
1 Riffle gun
5 chairs
12 geese
1 pair dog irons
1 Broad ax & trough
1 Hoe

Total value of estate: $1,389.03 2/3

Submitted by: Isaac Estill, William Vass, Tod Stergeon
At Monroe June Court, 1810


Source: Will Book 1, 1799 – 1817:177, Monroe County, Virginia, microfilm reel 67, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

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Appraisal, Greenbrier County, 1795

Estate of Alexander Clark
Appraised by Isaac Estill, Saml Clark, and Nimrod Tacket
Returned to Greenbrier, Virginia Court April 1795

Twenty head of sheep
One bay mare
One dark bay mare
One dark bay horse
One black horse
One bay horse
One sorrel horse
One bay mare
Nine head of grown cattle
Eight head of young cattle
Six calves
Eighteen hogs
One cuting knife steel and hay fork
Too spinning wheels one big wheel and chack reel
One pair of stilyards
One drawing knife too hand saws and brod ax
Five syths and hangings
One crosscut saw
Sundry kind of tools such as chisels, augers
Drawing knives and plains
One set of shoemaking tools
Double [tun?] nails
One flax hackle
Four set of reeds and weaving gears
Cotton cards one pair
Too saddles and bridles
Wooling yarn
One spaid one frow one dung fork and five bills
One rifle gun
Two set of plow irons one lock chain five hoes
One set of harrowteeth and too axes
One brass lock and too pairs of sheers
One looking glass
One potrack
Too pair of horse gears and too carring saddle
Three pots one skillet one flat and one frying pan
Sundry barrels and bags
One loom and tackin
One washing tub turnig lath thre sickles
One pair of kne and too stock buckles one lance
and one pair of horse [plumes and neasscoss?]
Sundry kinds of crockery ware
Bottles
Puter and tin ware
Sundry kinds of coper ware
Twenty six gees
Sundry kind books knives and forks
Sundry kinds of wearing clothes
Sundry kinds of womans cloths
One chest and box
Four beds and furniture
Half a dozen of chairs and one s[???]t
Twenty nine head of hogs
One coverlid one blanket one set of spools
One ogger one bridle and one Iron wedge
One Bible one sermon book

Valuation: 235L 1S 5D


Source: Greenbrier County Virginia Will Book 1:93-94, Greenbrier County Commission, Lewisburg, WV.

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