It is alledged that SETH HIBDON came to America and first settled in Norfolk, VA. (I would like to get a copy of this document). I have seen no more information on this man or the next generation.
I found this reference on line in a book called, The Founding Swindlers, by Alan Taylor. Taylor bolsters his arguments of the business practices of the day by referencing another publication, The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington's Times, by Charles Royster.
I think the most interesting thing about the case made by Taylor could be the description he lifts form Royster's book about Norfolk.
It isn't too hard to imagine the tought times SETH HIBDON must have seen while living in NORFOLK, VA. See if you agree.
"Cast in a harsh new light, eighteenth-century Virginia reappears as a tawdry landscape of human folly. Royster describes Norfolk, for example, as the very antithesis of our pristine Colonial Williamsburg:
Flimsy new buildings lined crooked, narrow, dirt streets. . . . New clapboard warehouses among the wharves--some stood three stories high--were bigger than most residences and stores but just as ugly. Construction followed no design, creating a maze of lanes and alleys. Raw sewage ran in open ditches bridged by narrow planks. Near the river a stench hung over the city, especially at low tide.""
Can anyone find more on this man and his tax lists, deeds, wills, land grants, oath of allegiance, titheables, etc?
Brenda in Wellington, FL
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