Saturday, February 23, 2013

CJ (#17) Maj'r Robt. Beverly

Letters were flying back and forth between William Fitzhugh and just about everyone else.  In a letter dated "febry 8th 1683-4" He includes "Coll Jones" in this discussion.  It reads as follows:

"Maj'r Robt. Beverly.
      This Messenger gives me the opportunity of sending you your papers again for except Jonas Rivetts I cannot get one pound Remainder; Mr. Brent saith he hath or will satisfie yourself.  Westmoreland and Stafford discharge themselves by Coll Jones.  Pinett is incapable of payment and God knows when he will be better able, so in vein for me to keep it in expectation.  Coll Lee says for whats your due he will agree with your self and make complyance...."

Here involves a number of individuals that were play a role in sorting through my JONES family tree.

Major Robert Beverly (BEV-1)
Mr. Brent [Giles Brent] (BRE-2)
Coll. Lee [Richard Lee] (LE-1)
William Fitzhugh (FI-1)

However, on this date, sorting through who was "paying up" and who still owed the bank was the issue.
[Remember the number (CJ #17) represent the topic involved.  (CJ #17) is the subject dealing with the letter of William Fitzhugh (FI-1).]

Friday, February 8, 2013

CJ(#19) Behind the Blue Ridge in 1682

It becomes increasingly difficult to imagine that our Cadwallader (JO-1) could be involved in any additional exploits during the year 1682.  It was not until John Taliaferro(TA-4) testified in court many years later (yet to come) stating that he was with Cadwallader Jones(JO-1) in the summer of 1682 exploring the mountains and rivers toward what is now called The Blue Ridge.  It would appear that it was during this time [1682] that Cadwallader explored the headwaters of the Rapidan River leading to the discovery of what was to become the Shenandoah River.  The following figure is a scan of his map published in the early 1690s, but marks the geographic positions he claims to have visited.

The compass is drawn in the upper right showing "due north" to the right. [It was common during this time period to draw your maps facing west to the top of the page.]  The red lines are drawn along the latitudes which have been carefully scaled by Cadwallader (JO-1).  [39th - 36th degrees]  The blue outlines the Potomac River with the "Poto Falls" (Potomac Falls) marked in the lower right.  The orange color marks the locations that Cadwallader (JO-1) claims to have explored.  The "S. forke of Potomack" is drawn into what is now the Shenandoah Valley.  About equal distance between the 39th and 38th parallel Cadwallader (JO-1) places himself on the western side of the Blue Ridge. 

Much, much more will be presented from this map as the chronology evolves.  But for now, give it a view, and see for yourself what was behind the Blue Ridge in 1682..