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A Guide to the Rockingham County Legal Documents Collection, 1866-1935
Collection Number SC #4039
Processed by: Julia Merkel, March 2005
Preferred Citation: Rockingham County Legal Documents. SC # 4039, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Physical Characteristics: Consists of forty documents in one legal-size folder.
Abstract: Consists of articles of agreement, deeds, surveys and wills, pertaining to the lease, sale, and transfer of farmland near Keezletown in Rockingham County, Virginia. Government seals are affixed to many of the deeds. Approximately two-thirds are handwritten.
Scope and Content: Several “Valley” names are featured on the documents, among them: Armentrout, Beery, Chapman, Dovel, Harrison, Liskey, Rinker, Rodgers, Sheets, Shifflet, Wise and Yancey. Information on the practice of farming on shares may be found here. Land values may be determined by sale prices stated. For example, one 1871 deed indicates farmland sold for $20 per acre. An example of poor race relations is found in a 1915 deed that specifies that, “…the Grantee…will not seal or convey said lots to any person not of the Caucasian race.” Area landmarks mentioned include Burtner’s Mill, the Old Furnace, and the Mountain or Mountain Valley Road among others.
Acquisition Information: Purchased from Scott Suter in March, 2005, who purchased them from the Nancy Garber materials sold earlier at Green Valley Auctions.
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