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hatthief

The Nail in the Coffin

Though I have been developing over the years a solid case to prove that William Longmire was the same person sentenced to Newgate Prison in 1725 as the one whose writing and signatures grace so many King George County documents in the 1730’s and 1740’s it was not […]

Elizabeth Longmire

Elizabeth Longmire – who was she? Where did she come from? And was she a previously unknown daughter of the hat thief? While researching the neighbors and possible friends of William Longmire Jr in Lunenburg County, Virginia I first ran across her name. Having already looked into the […]

James Jones

Some years ago I decided to go to the Library of Congress to begin research on the Edward Dixon Business Papers held in the Manuscript Reading Room there. These are a set of ledger books from King George County, Virginia, beginning in the year 1743. And it was […]

Captain Nicholas Smith

It was a few years ago that I was researching in Richmond, Virginia – one of my favorite places – and I ran across what was, to me, a very curious entry found in the 1740’s King George County Orphan Accounts. While flipping through microfilm at a semi-leisurely […]