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Re: Fraley Family
Posted by: SirThomas Smythe (ID *****7004) Date: January 27, 2010 at 12:39:58
In Reply to: Fraley Family by Judy Smith of 1704


I see a Smith and Fraley connection in the text and census excerpt below. I'm probably trying to find someone like you for any information possible. Glad you posted.

Gary Smith

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Connections of Rowan Co., N.C. Smiths with Russell Co., Va. Smiths is seen with Ft. Blackmore and Bickley's Mill in Castle's Woods, Va. as unfolded in: "Frederick Fraley Pioneer Settler of Cassell's Woods Russell Co., Va.:

“Whether Frederick Froelich who appears in Augusta Co., VA, in 1750 (Augusta Will Book 1, pages 267, 348), was the same Frederick Fraley who having emigrated from Augusta Co., VA, to Rowan Co., NC, and back through the wilderness to Southwest Virginia, to make a settlement at Cassell's Woods, in the year 1769, is not definitely known. Some think Frederick of Cassell's Woods was a son of Frederick Froelich of Augusta Co., I think they were one and the same. ....

" Castle's Woods on both sides of Mill Creek on the south side of Clinch, 216 acres of which was surveyed the 21 March 1774.' The foregoing shows that Fraley got the land of John Lynch, which had the mill located upon it, and in turn sold the same to Henry Hamlin, which is again borne out by a letter written by Col. Daniel Smith, to Col. Arthur Campbell, dated May 19, 1783, (Calendar Virginia State Papers, Vol. 3, p. 485), in which he has this to say: 'On my return from Cumberland I come through Castle's Woods, just after the Indians had been at the Fort at Hamlin's Mill.' This is the same mill that later became the famous Bickley Mills of Castle's Wood, and which first belonged to John Lynch, may have even been built by Frederick Fraley, as it seems John Lynch was not a resident of this area, and certainly Fraley must have operated the mill while he owned and lived upon the land."

Census, 1850 Russell Co., Va., M432-975, page 255B -- Bickley, Smith and Fraley families, dwellings 498 and 499 – In 498: Bickley, William C., 30; Bickley, Harriet B., 22; Bickley, George A., 2: Bickley, Elisabeth B., 1; Bickley, Rosana, 3/12 and Smith, John H., 10. William C., George A., Elisabeth B., Rosanna and John H. Born Russell Co., Virginia. Harriet B. born Illinois. In 499: Fraley, Martin, Jr., 24; Fraley, Polly, 25 and Fraley, George W., 8/12. Martin, Jr. And George W. born Russell Co., Va. and Polly born Scott Co., Virginia.

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