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The big picture show

Well, it’s been a while since I posted some documents. And since I have probably close to a thousand in my own little USB archival world besides hundreds of hard copies I thought maybe it’s time I shared. Afterall, how is anybody going to believe my outlandish claims […]

Lord Fairfax

For the last 2 or 3 years I had merely entertained the thought that William Longmire may have freelanced or possibly found work elsewhere than what I have documented to date. Perhaps I could find something related to writing deeds or wills privately, even entering ledgers for another […]


For some years the name of Col Thomas Turner’s very large, multi-structured plantation, Walsingham, has vexed me. What did this name refer to? Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, Francis Walsingham? The chapel in England known as Little Walsingham? Did this name somehow infer a vague notion of Thomas Turner’s religious […]

Spence Monroe indenture

King George County Deed Book 3 – courtesy Library of Virginia This is the 2nd page – though marked page 3 above – of an Indenture between Spence Monroe and Robert Walker. Spence was the father of President James Monroe and Robert Walker was the well known furniture […]

Laying the Levy

King George County Order Book courtesy Library of Virginia Shortly after William began his stint as court recorder it came time to Lay the Levy. Simply put this was the process whereby the county taxes were computed and recorded and then entered into record. Sometimes these figures were […]

The Tea List of 1745

Courtesy of Edward Dixon Papers – Library of Congress Here is one of the more curious ledger entries William wrote. On the right side is a list of all the people who purchased tea from a cargo which had arrived in Nov 1745. It basically is a who’s […]

William sits on a Jury

King George County Order Book 3 – Courtesy Library of Virginia It is Saturday January 5, 1744/5 O.S. and William Longmire is settling into his position as Court Recorder quite nicely. When court was not finished the previous day due to a large docket it was adjourned until […]

John Garrett – part 1

One of the more intriguing people in my research of William Longmire’s life and posterity is John Garrett. John lived in Caroline County just across the Rappahannock River from William. He was a Tobacco Inspector at Conway’s Warehouse at various times previous to William’s death in late 1748 […]

The Newgate Letter

Courtesy of Document Collection of Society of Genealogists – London and Else Churchill Above is the “Newgate Letter” written by William Longmire Oct 21, 1725 just days before his scheduled execution (click image to enlarge). Fortunately it was deposited into Society of Genealogists holdings in London in 1999 […]