Friday, March 25, 2016

What is Aquavitae? Fauquier Co. VA Wills #genealogy #virginiapioneers

What is Aquavitae?
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
During the Middle ages liquors were distilled and used in all of the provinces of ancient Rome. Since those days, the process of distilling liquors has continued. The definition of aquavitae is that it is an archaic name for a concentrated ethanol or aqueous solution an means "all types of distillates." 
The Virginia colonists distilled liquors for their own use and stored it inside of butts, hogsheads and runlets. Popular liquors were peach and apple brandy. The wealthier colonists preferred sack and aquavitae to process their beer and ale. In time, madeira became the most famous form of spirits and was commonly in use during meals. Punch was manufactured from the West Indies using rum or apple or brandy. Impure water in England caused beer and ale to be popular drinks among the commoners ase it was believed that it was wholesome for the boy. Source: Hugh Jones' Present State of Virginia, page 52 

Fauquier County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Court House Records

Fauquier County Court HouseFauquier County was named for Francis Fauquier, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1758 to 1768. It was created from Prince William County in 1759. The county seat is Warrenton. Among some of the earliest settlers were: John Adams, John Alan, Francis Ash, Carr Bailey, Peter Beach, William Blackwell, Thomas Boggs, John Bronaugh, William Brooks, Thomas Bullitt, John Catlett, John Chilton, John Combs, Littleton Cook, John Coppedge, Peter Cornwell, Morgan Darnall, Abraham Dodson, Elizabeth Etherington, Edward Feagin, John Finnie, George Foote, John Glasscock, Samuel Brigsby, Richard Hall, John Harrison, Peter Hitt, Jacob Holtzclaw, Thomas Jackman, Augustine Jennings, Jeffrey Johnson, William Kirk, Michael Luttrell, Robert Mathis, Joseph Mentor, Simon Miller, John Morehad, Benjamin Newell, Bryan O'Bannon, Peter Pearce, William Pickett, Henry Rector, James Rennolds, William Seaton, William Settle, Edward Twentymen, Tillman Weaver, and Minor Winn.

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