Mary, we've corresponded previously about my PHELPS line, which is from CT rather than VA. Your information about the VA grants is confirmed by records from the VA Land Office, available online at the Library of Virginia:
Richard TAYLOR received grants on Wreck Island Creek of 225 acres (4 Feb 1758) and 400 acres (3 Mar 1760). In addition, Messrs. WHITNEY, TAYLOR and MATTHEWS received grants of 392 acres (16 Mar 1771) and 164 acres (18 Mar 1784), location not specified.
Apparently it was the 1771 grant that involved your William PHELPS. The original 392 acres, minus 13 acres to William PHELPS, would equal the 379 acres in your survey. William may have had "tomahawk" or squatter's rights to the area, the result of prior settlement and improvements. A division of 13 acres out of 392 sounds very unfair -- no wonder he took the issue to court.
How was this issue resolved? And what evidence have you found that this might have been a mining area?
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