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Laying the Hoe: A Century of Iron Manufacturing in Stafford County, Virginia, Jerrilynn Eby

1 Laying the Hoe: A Century of Iron Manufacturing in Stafford County, Virginia
Jerrilynn Eby
(2003), 2007, 6x9, paper, includes CD Adobe v5, 306 pp, Heritage Books
With genealogical notes on over 300 families. For nearly a century, iron manufacturing dominated the economic, social, and political fabric of Stafford County, Virginia. In the mid-1720s Principio Iron Company, the eighteenth- century leader in American iron production, built a charcoal-fired blast furnace on Accokeek Run in Stafford. Accokeek’s furnace and store served customers within a six-county region. Employment opportunities at the furnace created a diversified economy and encouraged people from all walks of life to settle there. The late 1750s witnessed the creation of James Hunter’s Iron Works near Falmouth. Originally intended as a forge and multi-purpose milling facility, this operation quickly grew to be the New World’s largest manufacturing center, producing a wide variety of consumer goods as well as quantities of weapons and supplies for Continental troops. Until now, little serious research has been conducted on these two important facilities. The roles they played in eighteenth-century Virginia have been overlooked or underestimated. In addition to exploring the scope of each business and its impact upon the region in which it existed, the author has identified hundreds of people involved with or employed by Accokeek Furnace and Rappahannock Forge. The only known surviving business ledger from Accokeek Furnace is included as a CD-ROM in the back of the volume. A vivid illustration of life at a colonial iron works, the ledger also provides family researchers with a wealth of genealogical information from a region sorely lacking in such material.
Price: 35.00 USD

Men of Mark: Officials of Stafford County, Virginia, Jerrilynn Eby

2 Men of Mark: Officials of Stafford County, Virginia
Jerrilynn Eby
2006, 6x9, paper, index, 366 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
This volume contains the names of those responsible for the day-to-day functioning of Stafford County, Virginia, from colonial times to 1991. All government offices for which there was a title are listed. The information in this volume was gleaned from the surviving records of Stafford County, as well as from personal papers in family collections, records held by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, the Fredericksburg Circuit Court, the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, the House of Burgesses and General Court minutes, newspaper articles, and the National Archives. Known vestries of Overwharton Parish prior to the American Revolution are also included as that body was largely responsible for the social and moral welfare of their parishioners. Because Stafford is a burned record county, gaps in the records are obvious in these lists. The years 1715-1749 and 1794-1829 are particularly sparse as records for those years were destroyed by courthouse fires and by Union vandals during the Civil War. The information in this book has been divided into five chapters or lists: Burgesses, Senators, and Delegates; Justices of the Peace; Miscellaneous County Officials; Post Offices and Postmasters of Stafford County; and Business Licenses. Job descriptions at the beginning of each chapter provide a brief evolutionary narrative of each job from its beginning in colonial Virginia until 1991 or until the job was eliminated. Wherever possible, birth and death dates, parents' names and dates, spouses' names and dates, land and personal property tax information, census data, business interests, biographical information, and anecdotal material are included for the persons listed. Several wonderfully detailed illustrations and an index to full names, places and subjects add to the value of this work. This work has 93 pages of additional materials from the previously published Men of Mark.
Price: 34.50 USD

They Called Stafford Home: The Development of Stafford County, Virginia, from 1600 until 1865, Jerrilynn Eby

3 They Called Stafford Home: The Development of Stafford County, Virginia, from 1600 until 1865
Jerrilynn Eby
(1997), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 430 pp, Heritage Books
Tucked between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and being the uppermost part of Virginia's historic Northern Neck, Stafford County has a wealth of historical sites and has been home to some of the nation's most notable leaders; yet researching Stafford's rich history has been daunting due to the loss of county records. This major new work not only fills the "research gap" but provides a delightful portrait of early life in Virginia, from 1600 until 1865. Here you can glimpse the early Stafford settlements; face life's hardships with the lowland planters; track the movement toward independence from Mother England; experience the development of local industries (tobacco and iron paramount among them); discover the devastation of the county as a result of the Civil War; and understand the slow, tedious path back to prosperity. "The facts" are in all cases amplified by anecdotes of Stafford families, including stories of their celebrations and misadventures, and their Civil War experiences. Every passage is infused with the author's admiration and enthusiasm for the locations she discusses. The book's chapters break Stafford County into regions, within which the estates are dealt with one by one - tracing owners, construction and destruction, communities and traditions through the years. The author's intention has been to catalog as many of Stafford's historical sites as possible, and included in the volume are more than 100 buildings discussed in detail. Many related articles explain the historical significance of churches, ordinaries, roads, court houses, mills and industries. The book is founded on a wealth of heretofore untapped primary source material. Sources include wills, deeds, court and tax records, minutes of the House of Burgesses and the Council of Colonial Virginia, census figures, maps, church and cemetery records, business ledgers, insurance policies, contemporary newspaper accounts, letters, diaries and personal interviews. The volume is thoroughly indexed (everyname plus subject) and includes an extensive bibliography. The closing chapter focuses on five strong women of Stafford: Margaret Brent, Anne Thomson Mason, Anne Eliza Stribling Waller, Kate Waller Barrett and Miss Anne E. Moncure. In the pages of this exciting book, you can trace the steps of Stafford's early residents from the comfort of your favorite armchair; or plan your own "sightseeing tour" with this as a guidebook! Read about Stafford land bought, sold and divided many times and, over time, forgotten. Seven regional maps allow readers to locate every place mentioned; a few other maps highlight specific locations. The history is enhanced by diagrams from insurance policies and twenty beautiful paintings (done from rare photographs) of Stafford homes and other buildings, many of which are long since lost. A bibliography, illustrations, and maps augment the text.
Price: 35.00 USD



4 The Identification Of 1792 John Wright Of Fauquier County, Virginia, As Not The Son of 1792/30 John Wright of Stafford County, Virginia
Robert N. Grant
2009, , Heritage Books, Inc

Price: 43.00 USD



5 The Randalls of Stafford County, Virginia: With Forebears and Allied Families.
Ronnie Lee Lacy
1997, 8½x11, cloth, index, 143 pp, Heritage Books
Augustine Randall, Sr. was born in England about 1696. He arrived in America in 1734, settled in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, and he and his wife had two sons. The line of one son, Augustine Randall, Jr., is followed through the tenth generation. (It is his son, Augustin Randall, III, who moved into Virginia.) Information generally includes the names of spouses plus birth, marriage, and death dates and places, and may give additional information on occasion.
Price: 25.00 USD


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