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Re: Fallins of Pittsylvania Co VA
Posted by: Lance Fallin (ID *****2657) Date: September 29, 2007 at 04:10:44
In Reply to: Re: Fallins of Pittsylvania Co VA by Leo Little of 373

Leo,
You know, if you look at Revolutionary War Records
Edmond Falling() was in trouble with "the law" (1786?)
Suspicion of Treason (for not going to war against the Brits?) If *if* he was from any kind of "Quaker" roots that would maybe explain his/their unwillingness to go to war?

and here I thought we were from a long line of angry gun totin' meat eatin' folks ... well heck! (smile).

Anyway, after having seen that court record, I have always wondered "why *wouldn't* he/they want to go a soldierin' aginst the Brits back then?"

I use to think, maybe, maybe because they were so far inland, that they didn't feel it affected 'em one way or the other, and well, why risk your life fightin' against one side or the other if either side didn't amount to much in everyday survival?

It's been "frankly" difficult to get my mind around that.
(nobody wants "treason" in their ancestry, deserved or not).

I would also venture to say that most folks (including me) haven't the slightest idea as to what they would have considered right and wrong back then, I think it was basically a war of American born Brit Aristocracy against British Born Brit Aristocracy and the poor and middle classes had to do the dyin'. Exibit A = Canada (I think Canadians are every bit as FREE as we are, if not more or less in some cases, depending on the thing you would zoom in on) okay if you love absolutely no gun laws whatsoever, Canada ain't yer country, so there is that, but you know ... Canada remained part of British North America for a long time, and still has official ties to the UK, and basically, for all intents and purposes ... they ain't sufferin' up there, so I ask ... what was the revolutionary war REALLY about? Maybe Washington was angry about not being made a permanent General by the Brits? (You know Washington DID have a British commission for awhile). ... but I digress

In light of the above ... I think it's not fair to have the label "treason" around one's historical "neck"

But, I just wonder, if the Quaker thing had something to do with Edmond Falling hiding out and not going to war?

and the Gwin (Quinn) family was charged too.

I also wonder, what kind of sentence/time did Edmond have to serve? because a few years later he's out and living like normal. Maybe the charges were later proven to be false?

I've wondered about these things for about 10 years or more.

Well, Leo, haven't heard from you in awhile, and since I rarely post these days, I decided to make it a doozy.

What'd'ya think?
Lance T. Fallin


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