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Re: DOCUMENTS LAST POST SCOTT ENGLISH TETERS
Posted by: Q (ID *****1267) Date: May 07, 2008 at 05:35:30
In Reply to: Re: DOCUMENTS LAST POST SCOTT ENGLISH TETERS by jan lala of 985

Hi

Thank you for the information.

The problem is that most of this is unsourced information---like Campbell's list itself, not to mention Summers 1903 and 1929. Perhaps Campbell got his information from tax lists. Perhaps he got it from militia rosters. But the article doesn't explain his sources, or even make it clear where the work quoting Campbell got his statement. I suspect its a newspaper article of the time, but I don't know.

Absent knowing where this information came from its difficult to assess its value. However, the similarities between the names on Campbell's list, and those provided by you, Summers 1903, and Summers 1929 suggest the root of Campbell's list lies with the Call to Reverend Cummings. If Campbell's list was in fact based on tax records or on Militia lists, it could not have matched as closely as it did with Summers 1903. This points clearly to a common source---perhaps distorted by transcription errors, compounded by further transcription errors as the work gets passed along.

While all of these lists are quite valuable in terms of identifying persons in SW VA during the lead up to the Revolution, it is very difficult to rely on them without being able to explain the differences that exist between them. To do that there's a need to know how each of these lists came to be.

I suspect, as suggested before, that the answer here lies in the Presbyterian Historical society records. They would be the most likely source preserving the original call to Reverend Cummings. I appreciate the time you've taken to speak to my questions. Its been very helpful---especially the pointer to Campbell's list

Thanks

Q




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