Another Montgomery County, Virginia Connection

A very recent post referred to George Reaves and Samuel Phips both showing up in Montgomery County, Virginia in the early 1780s before appearing in Wilkes County, North Carolina records. The editor of the Witcher family blog pointed out that Ephraim Witcher who married Elizabeth (“Betsey”) Fips, daughter of John Fips or Phips of Lunenburg and Charlotte Counties, Virginia, also appears in Montgomery County, Virginia around the same time. We’ve discussed Ephraim in connection with Pittsylvania County, Virginia records and, later on, records in Surry County, North Carolina.

The New River Notes website includes a transcription of the 1782 personal property tax list for Montgomery County, Virginia (use the search box). In that list are found Ephraim Witcher, with 1 tithe, 1 slave, 5 horses, and 14 cattle, along with Daniel and John Witcher.

Also listed are John Reave, David Reeves, and George Reeves. George is shown with 1 tithe, 3 slaves, 40 horses, and 18 cattle. Also listed are Benjamin, James, Samuel, and William Phipps.

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