Gosh am I going to throw a monkey wrench into the origin of this family! In researching my German rather than Scots-Irish family in VA (1700's) I have found 2 references to Kerfoots being German in a book I just ordered.
Names of Persons whose Wills are Recorded in Frederick
County Will Book No. 4,
Covering the Period from 1770'to 1783
Members of the Virginia House of Delegates
Valley Counties, 1883 to 1907.
Clarke and Warren (Counties)
Wlliam T. Kerfoot-1892-3.
"The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia"
Pub. by the author, John Walter Wayland, B.A., Ph.D., Charlottsville, VA., 1907
(Research for degree of Doctor of Philosophy)
Interesting details from this same source:
- Of a "list" of 125 names from the records of Frederick County, from 1770 to 1783, about 45, or 36 per cent are German
- of 92 from Augusta, from 1778 to 1786, about 12, or slightly over 13 per cent., are German
- among 102 names from Rockingham, from the organization of the county in 1777 to 1793, about 52. or 51.per cent are German;
- among 68 names from Shenandoah (then including most of Page), from the organization of the county in 1772 to 1784, about 48, or over 70 per cent are German.
In the Shenandoah County Deed Book B, a volume of 544 pages,
covering the period from 1774 to 1777, at least half of the signatures are recorded in German script.
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