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Dearing family papers

Dearing family papers, 1840-1896
Dearing family papers
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  • Papers, 1840-1896, of the Dearing family of Amherst County, Virginia, including accounts, correspondence, promissory notes, and receipts. The bulk of the receipts concern the purchase of building and farm supplies for the family house, "Speed the Plough", in Amherst County, Virginia. Also included are accounts and receipts for the purchase of cloth, food, and farm implements, and the threshing and planting of crops. Of note are receipts 1850 and 1851 for the purchase of land and the personal property of the farm
  • Also included are letters and receipts of Nathaniel Hiller of Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; and an assessment roll, 1849, for taxable property in the town of Wayne, LaFayette County, Wisconsin. The roll includes name, description of land, and value of land. On the reverse of the roll are Bible records of the Gray and Pilgram families (see Acc. 44647)
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William A. Dearing (1820-1862) was the son of Alfred Dearing (1791-1856) and Ann Jackson (1799-1889) of Rappahannock County, Virginia. William married Jane Eastham (1826-1910) in 1847 and they had three children, Clarence (1849-1907), Addie Eugenia (1853-1953), and William Alfred (1856-1892). They built a farm house, "Speed the Plough', in Amherst County, Virginia. Dearing died at the age of 42, due to a feud with a neighbor named Valentine Rucker (1831-1899). Jane and her children managed the farm and were founding members of Elon Baptist Church. William Alfred married Elizabeth Scott and Addie Eugenia married Radford Millner Cox (1849-1922). The farm was sold to the Montrose Fruit Company of Lynchburg in 1915.
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Dearing family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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cu. ft. (1 folder)

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