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Re: Moores Fort
Posted by: Kay (ID *****6954) Date: August 17, 2005 at 11:17:03
In Reply to: Re: Moores Fort by Bob Whittaker of 1704

Hi, Bob. The reference you were interested in was Vol. II, page 48 of The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury, Elmer T. Clark, editor, (Nashville, The Abingdon Press, 1958).
Regarding Moore's Fort, Frederick Fraley (mispelled Fraylie in the records) acquired 395 acres by Commissioner's certificate on the south side of Clinch River in Castlewood area "known by the name of Moors fort" according to Washington County land records. (remember county boundary changes & creation of new counties - Russell Co. didn't always exist by that name. Other records like Washington Co. & Montgomery Co. are of interest.) Fraley is an ancestor of a friend of mine. Also in this early 1780s document Fraley, through assignment from John Snoddy, acquired 400 acres in Castlewood on the South side of Clinch also described as being known by the name of "Moors Fort" which doesn't narrow down the location much. Based on Montgomery Co., Va. land records, James Hagy thinks Moore's Fort was located about a half-mile from the Brick Church on the Castlewood to Dungannon Road. I haven't a clue what the Brick Church was. But if you would like to look into this more, Hagy wrote "Castle's Woods: 1769-1799", originally his master's thesis at East Tennessee State University history Dept. However, this unpublished work has been grabbed up by people interested in history and genealogy and you will probably find some genealogist with ancestors in Russell Co. (or a library there) having a copy.

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