New 37 Page Booklet! Early days in Essex County, VA -- which today encompasses the communities of Caret, Center Cross, Champlain, Chance, Dunnsville, Howertons, Hustle, Laneview, Loretto, Millers Tavern, Supply, and Tappahannock (formerly New Plymouth, Hobbs' Hole) -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this booklet, comprised of excerpts from three rare vintage books: Historical Collections of Virginia by Henry Howe; Twelve Counties of Virginia by John H. Gwathmey; and Virginia, a Guide to the Old Dominion, a WPA Writer's Program publication. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# 8 1/2 x11" paper, with the print enlarged to fit the paper. The front cover is protected with a vinyl sheet. The excerpt from the Howe history is quite brief. It takes an 1845 look at the area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes and sightseeing possibilities. Gwathmey's 1937 contribution, sub-titled "Where the and Western Migration Began" is a rich resource for the names of prominent families. Many of these early settlers and/or their descendants later migrated to the "western" states of Kentucky, Ohio, etc. Because the booklet is comprised of excerpts from several sources, there may occasionally be duplication of material. Among the many subjects discussed are: Physical Features of the Area; Capt. John Smith's adventures here, including his role as matchmaker; the mystery of the bearded Indian; "String" halters -- punishment of Essex participants in Bacon's Rebellion; the Rappahannock Indians; history of the courthouse; earliest justices; early churches; Tabacco warehouses; a toast on the birth of a Prince of Wales; Punishment for toasting King James after he was deposed and other early punishments; members of the House of Burgesses from Essex; Early Laws in Tappahannock; Vauter's Church and ther Reverend Robert Rose; Resolution resisting the Stamp Act and supporting the Boston Tea Party; Secretary of State in the Confederate cabinetMembers of the Committee of Safety; Invasion during the War of 1812; the county in the War Between the States; names of Confederate officers from monument at Tappahannock; R.M.T. Hunter, Secretary of State in the Confederate cabinet; Famous Essex men portrayed on the courthouse walls, and 12 memorial tablets with their inscriptions; Famous pictures: "The Burial of Latine" by W. D. Washington, and a picture of the headquarters of General Zachary Taylor after the battle of Buena Vista; Notable Estates and their owners; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Illustrations include a picture of Captain John Smith and a sketch of the Essex Courthouse.
Essex County, VA
Sources: Historical Collections of Virginia / History of Essex County
Authors: Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1845
Original Publisher: Durrie and Peck and J.W. Barber
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