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The Aquia Train Robbery

This account has been compiled from the Free Lance newspaper of Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 16, 1894, through September 27, 1895, by Robert A. Hodge. Charles Jasper Searcey was born in Palopinto County, Texas, December 12, 1858. He grew into a tall, slender, wiry man with well-developed shoulders, deep-set dark eyes, a low but pleasant voice, and…
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Hunter’s Iron Works

By Jerrilynn Eby James Hunter (1721-1784) was the son of James Hunter, merchant of Duns, Scotland. His uncle, William Hunter, settled in Virginia in the 1730s and was one of the first Scottish merchants to settle in the Fredericksburg area. James was brought up in the mercantile business and soon began making business trips to…
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Overwharton Parish, Stafford County

From: Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia In Two Volumes By Bishop Meade Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1894. From volume II pp. 197-206 ARTICLE LXIV. Overwharton Parish, Stafford County. I come now to Overwharton parish in Stafford county. The county and parish take their names from the corresponding ones in England. Stafford county once…
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A Visit to Aquia Church

Travelers who take a turn off of busy Route 1 near Aquia Harbor find themselves viewing a living monument to colonial Virginia's past. Protected from the surrounding sprawl by its location, nestled on a hilltop surrounded by trees, this beautiful church dates to the decades before the Revolutionary War. Its long and sometimes difficult history—preserved…
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