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Re: Looking for Gills Creek near Goose Creek
Posted by: BackPages {DW} (ID *****9832) Date: August 17, 2009 at 20:11:14
In Reply to: Looking for Gills Creek near Goose Creek by justin sanders of 1955

I was reading some of the posts to your query, Justin, and have some info that might relate to it. In VA land grant research involving over 5000 patents so far, I frequently see small tributaries flowing by/into a tract are referred to by surveyors. Streams of course were permanent features of the landscape then (and now?). So they provided surveyors and landowners with good "waypoints" for property lines that could run for miles through nothing but forest devoid of fences, roads, cabins or other signs of human habitation.

Many patents reflect the smallest running streams (usually called branch, run or creek) Incidentally I have yet to find any definitions or standards they used for their classification. "Creek" seems to have covered anything that I expect would have required a wagonmaster to look for a ford, right on up to the size of river shallow enough not to have to be ferried. Branches and runs seem to apply to any stream that could be crossed with little effort on horseback or even by a wagon.

Pardon my digression, but I wanted to put perspective on the following. Since your query as I read it suggests land on the north side of Goose Creek, you might want to note that a patent for land was granted to William Gill, recorded July 20, 1768. (patent bk 37, pg 284 Library of Va web site.) It was for 440a on both sides Lick run a North branch of Otter River. The land lay about about a mile and half north of Goose Creek and within 2 miles or so of the western edge of {later) Campbell County. Lick Run is close by. It is roughly 10 miles or so up the Goose Creek from its mouth on Staunton River.

It may not help with later land owner names, but this particular patent was assigned from a Robinson to Gill, who then assigned it to Callaway who assigned it to John Thompson, jr. by 1784. Adjoining grantee names include William Lee, Obadiah Perry , John Hook ; William Mead ; George Walton and Thomas Pitman. Hook, Mead, and Walton had extensive landholdings and were probably "absentee" owners.

This may be a locale to focus search for later deeds, since it is the only Gill reference north of Goose Creek in Bedford (including later Campbell) County.

Good hunting. DHW

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