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Re: Conrad Mawyer - Amherst Co, VA c. 1806
Posted by: Marshall Mawyer (ID *****1448) Date: March 23, 2004 at 15:48:05
In Reply to: Re: Conrad Mawyer - Amherst Co, VA c. 1806 by a sharp of 155

"Diocese of Southern Virginia", Journal 1903, 49-50
AMHERST COUNTY was formed in 1761 from Albemarle County and "certain islands" in the Fluvanna [James] River.
The Act dividing the Counties of Albemarle and Louisa and the Parish of St. Anne was dated March 1761.
Amherst Parish in said Act is described as follows:
That from and after the first day of May next the said parish (St. Anne) shall be divided into two distinct parishes, in the following manner, that is to say, by Rockfish river to the mouth of Green creek, thence a straight line by the house of Thomas Bell to the Blue mountain, and that all that part of said parish that lies above the said river and line shall be one distinct parish, and shall be called and "known by the name of Amherst": and that all other part of said parish that lies below the said river and line shall be one distinct parish and "retain the nane of St. Anne".
{In 1761 the border between Albemarle and Amherst Counties would seem to be the Rockfish River, which I think is now the border between Nelson and Albemarle}
In October 1778 the parish of Amherst was divided by a line running from Fluvanna [James] River up Piney River to the mountains; the part on the lower side to be known as Amherst Parish and on the upper side, Lexington Parish.
That the parish of Amherst shall be divided into two distinct parishes, in the following manner, that is to say:
By a line to be run from Meggenson's Warehouse, on the Fluvanna river, to Rose's Mill on Piney river, thence up the fork thereof above Lucas Powell's plantation, and hence up the north fork to the Blue Ridge, and all that part of said parish which lies on the lower side of the said line shall be one distinct parish and "retain the name of Amherst", and all that part of said parish which lies on the upper side of the said line shall be one other distinct parish and be "know by the name of Lexington".
{Two years later}
In October 1780, the dividing line between Amherst and Lexington parishes was relcated to make a more equitable division.
Be it therefore enacted, That instead of the dividing line mentioned in said Act, the said parishes shall be divided by the following lines, to-wit:
Beginning on the Fluvana [James] river at the mouth of Elk Island Creek, with said creek to Hilton's mill, from thence a direct line to Tye river at the mouth of Camp Creek; thence up Tye river to mouth of Piney river, thence up Piney river to Rose's mill; thence continued up Piney river to the fork thereof above Lucas Powell's plantation and thence up the north fork to the Blue Ridge.
The collector of the parish of Lexington shall have the power to collect and distrain for any dues which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants of that part of the said parish of Lexington hereby made a part of the sais parish of Amherst.
The following recommendation from the committee on admission of new parishes was approved.
3. From Amherst County a petition to be divided from Lexington Parish, of which it now forms a part, and to be formed into a separate parish, taking the name of Amherst Parish with the following boundaries, to-wit:
Those boundaries known as belonging to Pedlar township, and all that part of Elton township that lies to the west of the Virginia Midland railroad; or in other words, the northern boundary of the Elon section of the paarish will be the Lynchburg road from Ware's Gap across to Cool Well; the eastren boundary the Virginia Midland railroad; the southern boundary the James river, and the western boundary the Tobacco Row mountains to Ware's Gap.



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