Dear Mr. Morris,
Thank you for responding to my query. Before I ran into Aldom in the militia records I discovered a couple of Virginia legislative petitions pertaining to Gerrard Pusey. Gerrard went out drinking with a few of his buddies and they ended up in a friendly drunken brawl. He accused them of infecting him with a venereal disease, which he then passed on to his wife. Gerrard brought his "friends" to court and, despite a doctor's testimony that it would have been impossible to have transmitted the disease in that manner, Gerrard won some money that was set up in a trust fund. He moved from Stafford (probably in the Falmouth area) to Spotsylvania, but in 1845 his wife, Mildred, killed him by beating him over the head with an iron spike. The legislative petitions are in the Library of Virginia. The court case regarding Mildred Pusey is in the Fredericksburg Circuit Court records. I suspect Aldom, Algernon, and Gerrard are all related. I believe that in either the legislative petitions or in some of the circuit court records it says that Gerrard was a laborer. I'd love to know where they came from.
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