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Revolutionary War Pensions Provide Interesting Family Stories

When young, William Dove moved with his parents from Maryland to Fairfax County, Virginia. During August of 1777 when the British landed at Elk River and marched towards Philadelphia, he enlisted as a Marine onboard the General Washington at Alexandria. This vessel was destined to carry dispatches to France. Two years later he enlisted again as a seaman and sailed for Amsterdam in Holland. When that mission was complete, he was appointed corporal under Capt. Thomas Pollard and marched to Malvern Hills below Richmond. After the war, he removed to Pittsylvania County where he lived until he died.

Noland's FerryNolands Ferry at Leesburg. Many soldiers served three month terms, then returned home to plant or harvest their crops. Such was the case of John Smith of Pittsylvania County who was drafted into the Virginia Miltia in 1781 and after participating in the battle of Guilford Court House was discharged. He was drafted again in the fall of 1781 and marched with the army of Captain William Dixon to Yorktown where he remained until after the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. After that, he was sent to guard prisoners at Nolands Ferry.

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Waters Dunn

Quakers Waters Dunn was born a Quaker in South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia. As a young man he had a conflict with his father concerning some debts which he owed. Before removing away from home, Waters Dunn had an auction wherein his father purchased three slaves. When the father died, he specified in his last will and testament that those three slaves were only being "lent" to Waters until he paid certain debts. About 1760, a group of families led by Waters Dunn migrated to Halifax County, Virginia and then on to Pittsylvania and Henry Counties. Five years later, Waters Dunn purchased 405 acres in Pittsylvania County. It appears as though he had accumulated several hundred acres back in South Farnham Parish. When he died, his last will and testament implied these lands "the remainder of my estate lying in any part whatsoever." Waters Dunn followed the Quakers into Columbia County, Georgia where he died in 1803.

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Oakhill Plantation

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Pittsylvania County Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Berryhill Plantation

Pittsylania County was formed in 1767 from Halifax County, Virginia. It was named after William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1755 to 1768. In 1777 the western part of Pittsylvania County was divided and became Henry County.

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  • Wills, Estates, Inventories 1809 to 1853
  • Wills, Estates, Inventories 1854 to 1865 (Circuit Court)
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  • Banks, Will B.
  • Graves, James
  • Green, Nathaniel
  • Harper, George
  • Holland, Stephen
  • Nelson, Lucy Mann
  • Newton, William
  • Parker, George
  • Price, Hutchings B. estate
  • Price, Hutchings B. (will)
  • Prad, Samuel A.
  • Robertson, Samuel
  • Stone, James H.
Digital Images of Wills 1809 to 1853
  • Adams, James
  • Adkins, William
  • Boaz, Shadrack
  • Buford, William
  • Clark, William
  • Clay, Joseph
  • Doody, Thomas
  • Fitzgerald, Thomas
  • Guy, Samuel
  • Hagood, William R.
  • Henry, Charles S.
  • Henry, Samuel H.
  • Price, Cuthbert
  • Silly, William A.
  • Waddell, Charles
  • Wells, Matthew
  • Woodson, Murry
  • List of Militia Officers
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