FORT VALLEY AREA LAND GRANTS:
U.S. FORESTRY SERVICE MAP
EUGENE MCINTURFF contributed all of the information on this page. Thank you, Eugene!
When the George Washington National Forest was formed the U.S. Forestry Service researched the earliest Patentees and Grantees of the area. Located in the Forestry Service office in the Post Office building in Harrisonburg, some 20 years ago, I found a series of "plats" with the names of land owners, their acreage and the date of acquisition. I did, for my own benefit, extract this data from the "plats" and wish to share it with others.
[Note from Kate M. H. L. ~ my ancestor, George Ruddle was the son of Archibald who signed his name “Archible” Ruddle. This Archibald was a patriot of the Revolutionary War. His son, George Ruddle, married Susannah Morgan 27 Aug 1796 in Shenandoah Co., VA. Susannah was the daughter of a “John Morgan”, listed on her marriage bond. I don’t know who that “John” is yet. [The daughter of George Ruddle and Susannah Morgan Ruddle was Rebecca Ruddle who m. Meshack Goodrich 09 May 1815 in Woodstock, Shenandoah Co. VA]
Though on Simon Morgan who had some land below~ Found at http://www.vagenweb.org/shenandoah/john_morgan_rw_doc.html
~A Captain Simon Morgan is referenced in a John Morgan’s pension request of: Page 1
Declaration in order to obtain the Benefit Of the Act of Congress papers June 7th 1832 State of Tennessee ) April ??? of the Warren County ) Court of ????? ??? AD 1834
This is found on page 2 of the above for Simon Morgan At the Court House of Shenandoah County. He Was put under Captian Simon Morgan, Col. Gaston? And his Col Gene Steubin From Woodstock, we were marched down to Chesterfield barracks, Between Petersburg & Richmond. Thence we marched into…..
MORGAN, William 430a 1750
RUDDLE, _____ 132a 1779
Information below about Fort Valley Area in Shenandoah Co., VA I took from the web~
Fort Valley is a mountain valley in Shenandoah County, Virginia. The so-called "valley within a valley" lies between the two arms of the northern Massanutten Mountain range in the Shenandoah Valley. The valley is closed at both ends (except for a very narrow gap at the northern end through which Passage Creek flows and a single road, S.R. 678, runs) but opens out as one moves toward the center, becoming about three miles wide at its widest. In all, Fort Valley is 23 miles long.
Roads exit the valley at Edinburg Gap (S.R. 675) towards Edinburg, Moreland Gap (S.R. 730) towards New Market and Edith Gap (S.R. 675) towards Luray. There is also a dirt road that leads to Woodstock (S.R 758) over Powell Mountain. The valley is mostly rural, consisting of private farmland, surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, which covers the slopes on both the east and west mountains. The Elizabeth Furnace and Camp Roosevelt recreational areas of the G.W. Forest are located within Fort Valley.
According to tradition, Daniel Morgan built the first road into Fort Valley from the north, at the order of George Washington, with a view to holing up in this naturally fortified valley as a possible last stand against the British during the American Revolution. The Continental Army's victory at Yorktown altered Washington's plans.
MORGAN, JOHN 30
RUDDLE, GEORGE 88
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