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Monday, June 5, 2017

1772 Spotlsylvania County, Virginia Deed Witnessed by William Bonnell, Jacob Wright & Wm Hall

In keeping with our aim of sharing the precious information each of us has collected, Marjorie Gibbs sent us the original deed, witnessed by William Bonnell,  Jacob Wright and Wm. Hall, of Paul McClancy and Rose his wife to Peter Rosewell? Rossell? in Spotsylvania County, Va in 1772.  Inspired by a question asked her, she wrote ,

"something prompted me to dig out my old Bunnell file, going back over twenty years, and plow through it. Lo and behold, I do have a copy of the original deed. It is hard to read, written in spidery handwriting, but I can make out most of it. In view of recent research, I am paying close attention to names, especially. What I took to be Peter Rosewell, I now wonder if it is Peter Rossell, or some variation on that."

Friday, June 2, 2017

Looking for William Bonnell in the Fluvanna County, Virginia Tax Files 1784-1786

From George Farris:

In 2015 when I was tracking William Bonnell on tax lists through several counties in Virginia from 1782 through 1797 I didn't find him for the years 1784, 1785, and 1786.  We know he was in Albemarle in 1785 from other references, but assumed they were moving during 1784 (Spotsylvania to Albemarle) and 1786 (Albemarle to Rockbridge) and weren't on any tax list.  

Recently, Binn's Genealogy has added tax lists for a few counties that had been missing previously, including Fluvanna.  I had thought that William Bonnell might have been in Fluvanna in 1784 but he was not listed for that year.   However, there is a William Barnel listed in both the 1785 and 1786 Fluvanna tax lists which I have attached.   Fluvanna is adjacent to the southeast of Albemarle but not really on the migration route from Albemarle to Rockbridge so I'm skeptical about this being him.

Another confusion factor is a listing for a Fisher Rice Bonnel for the years 1783, 1784, 1785 and 1786 in Fluvanna County.  I've never heard of anyone by that name and don't find him in any kind of search.

1785 Fluvanna County Tax List
1786 Fluvanna County, VA tax list