By Jeannette Holland Austin
At Salisbury, fourteen miles from Richmond, is the farmhouse which Patrick Henry rented for his family in 1784 when he was the Governor of Virginia. His landlord sold the property to Dr. Philip Turpin, a graduate in medicine and surgery of Edinburgh University. During the Revolutionary War, Turpin was taken prisoner by the British and kept as ship surgeon aboard one of their war vessels. Thus, Turpin was in Yorktown at the time of the surrender. For this reason his countrymen believed that he was a Tory until some officers on board the vessel testified that he had been no willing prisoner. Other friends vouched for his patriotism to assist in the release of his confiscated estates. But it was largely upon the testimony of Thomas Jefferson that it was released. Source: Historic Houses of Early America by Lathrop.
Albemarle County Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates
Albemarle County was established 1744 from Goochland County. The county seat is Charlottesville. The county was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and titular Governor of Virginia at the time. In 1761 the county was divided to form Buckingham and Amherst counties, at which time the county seat was moved from the formerly-central Scottsville to Charlottesville.
Albemarle County Wills, Estates, Marriages available to Members of Virginia Pioneers
- Marriages 1780 to 1868
- Wills 1748 to 1752
- Deeds 1748 to 1752
Testators: Abney, Abner;Allen, William Hunt; Arrington, William;Baber, Robert;Ballon, William, inventory; Brock, George;Bruce, John;Burke, Charles, estate;Cannon, William, inventory;Christian, Robert;Dameron, Lazarus; Dameron, Richard;Duncan, Martin, inventory;Finley, Margaret; Franklin, Benjamin;Gains, Bernard, inventory;Gorden, John, estate;Hamilton, inventory;Hamilton, Henry, inventory; Hamner, Robert;Lifely, Mary; Lynch, Charles; Mahoney, James, inventory; Maxwell, Edward, inventory; Morrell, William; Osborne, Arthur, appraisement; Osborne, Arthur; Phelps, Thomas; Phelps, William; Reid, Andrew;Robertson, James;Rose, Robert; Shehornes, John Darby;Spurlock, William;Sublet, James; Tuley, John;Webb, Wentworth, inventory and Williamson, James, inventory.
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