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Independent City of Fredericksburg
Although the town of Fredericksburg was established in 1728 from a portion of Spotsylvania County, its occupation by the English dates back into the seventeenth century, to about 1671. In that year the site was legally recognized by a grant from the colonial governor to the group of settlers living at the site of modern-day Fredericksburg. The town was formally named for Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II. Early in its history, the town became an important trading center and it grew rapidly. The community was incorporated as a town in 1782, and it was designated a city in 1879. For additional extant records, see Spotsylvania County.
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Spotsylvania County,Virginia 1810 Federal Census: A Transcription
John Vogt, 2008, x, 32 pp., 8x10 format, illustrations, maps, full name index. A faithful and accurate transcription of the first surviving census for this Virginia county. It includes not only the rural areas of the county, but a separate listing for the corporation of Fredericksburg.
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A BAG OF NAILS: THE LEDGER OF GEORGE WEEDON'S TAVERN, FREDERICKSBURG, VA, 1773-1791
Transcribed by Charles Hamrick 2007, xxvi, 196 pp. The Rising Sun Tavern (aka Weedon's) was perhaps the most important establishment for travelers in northern Virginia prior to the Revolution. Weedon himself was an ardent patriot, and those of like mind gathered at his establishment to debate the issues of the times. It was here that Thomas Jefferson
convened his friends to draft bills of religious freedom and public schools which later were enacted by the Va. General Assembly. This Virginia statute inspired the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Weedon's account book is a window into the daily life of the tavern and its visitors. The Ledger book reproduced here is more than a mere listing of goods and services. It is a time capsule of life in Virginia during the early Revolutionary period. What people did, ate, and purchased speaks volumes about the personalities of the individuals, and any genealogist with ancestors in this area can begin to see a complete picture of life during the late colonial period. Here are recorded the men who came to discuss politics, enjoy the race season, and even take in a play performance or two as recreation.
Fredericksburg City 1815 Directory of Landowners
by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 7 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and a listing of available counties & cities, see:
Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners
For more records pertaining to the Independent City of FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA
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