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Location of the Colledge Lands
Posted by: David Davis (ID *****5765) Date: June 28, 2007 at 10:21:37
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I am trying to determine the location of a land parcel based on several land records from the early 1700s. All of the records in question refer to the Blackwater Swamp and several refer to “the Colledge Lands.” One also includes a reference to “the Capahonk Swamp.” Based on some internet research, I believe that the Colledge Lands refers to the 10,000 acres granted by the Crown in the early years of the colony for a college, later to be established as William and Mary. I assume that the “Blackwater Swamp” is the Blackwater River and that “Capahonk Swamp” is the Coppahaunk Swamp near Waverly. I have, however, been unable to pin down the location of the Colledge Lands because of conflicting information on the internet. One description puts them “…at the head of the western branch of Upper Chippokes Creek…” which would seem to be near the confluence of Coppahuank Swamp with the Blackwater. Another site, however, placed the Colledge Lands on the shore of the James upriver of College Run and Chippokes Plantation. Surely these can’t both be correct unless there were two parcels both termed “the Colledge Lands.” Can someone help me determine the location of a site where the Blackwater, Capahonk/Coppahaunk Swamp, and the Colledge Lands come together? Thank you

Dave Davis
Arlington, Virginia

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