C22 - Rockbridge County Legal Document

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C22 - Rockbridge County Legal Document

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This is a most handsome, 10-page document prepared for John Kerr's Administrator and Plaintiff against Messrs R. A Connery and others Defendants to settle the estate of the deceased John Kerr. It states that publication has been made for four weeks in the Gazette & Banner, a newspaper published in the town of Lexington. What follows is an itemized account of monies paid and owed from September 1864 to August 1866. On page 8, the attorney continues his narrative and his findings and signs the document Charles P. A. Davisdon, Commssioner in the Chancery. It is dated 1 August 1866. The document itself is incredible. It is written on legal-sized, lined paper in a meticulous hand and is replete with detail. What is even more interesting is that there is a great deal of history to be yet uncovered here. There are two John Kerr's listed as having served during the Civil War (and no additional Kerr's mentioned in the County history of the period.) One was a private in the Valley Regulators, "K" Company of the 11th Virginia Infantry. The other was John McD Kerr who served in the Rockbridge Guards, "H" Company of the 25th Virginia Infantry. This Kerr was wounded and captured at Gettysburg and subsequently died in Point Lookout Prison. A bit more research will uncover which Kerr's estate is being settled. A good mystery for one with time to tackle it and an interest in historic Rockbridge County (home, of course, of VMI, Stonewall Jackson, Washington and Lee University etc.)
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