Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


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Of the descendants of James and Agnes Bell, eighteen were soldiers in the Confederate army during the war of 1861-’5; five were killed in battle or died of wounds, and six died of disease contracted in the army.


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THOMAS POSEY

is worthy of special mention here, because of his personal merit and his intimate association in his early life with Augusta county and her people.

He was born, July 9, 1750, on the Potomac river, but when nineteen years old came to western Virginia. It is said that he was aide to Gen. Lewis in the Point Pleasant expedition, and also that he was a member of the Augusta County Committee in 1775. It has been stated further that his first wife was a daughter of Col. Sampson Mathews, but the known descendants of Col. Mathews deny that he had such a daughter.

During the whole Revolutionary war he was in active military service. He first appears as a Captain in the 9th Regiment, commanded by George Mathews.—Afterwards he was a Captain in Morgan’s rifle corps. At the storming of Stony Point he was Major of Col. Febiger’s regiment. For some time in 1781, he was at Staunton as recruiting officer. He, however, aided in the capture of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Subsequently, he served under Wayne in Georgia, as Lieutenant-Colonel of a new regiment. After the war he settled in Spotsylvania county, and from 1786 to 1793 was County Lieutenant. In the latter year he was appointed Brigadier General. The distinguished Rev. Dr. Archibald Alexander, when a youth of seventeen, was private tutor in General Posey’s family, about the year 1789. He afterwards described the General as a man of noble appearance and courtly manners. Though somewhat decayed in wealth, the Poseys maintained much of the style which belonged to old Virginia families. There were two sets of children at that time.

In 1794, General Posey was second in command under Wayne in his Indian campaign. We next find him living in Kentucky—a member of the State Senate—Lieut. Governor for four years—and Major General of Kentucky levies in 1809. Then he removed to Louisiana, and was U. S. Senator from that State in 1812-13. He succeeded Gen. Harrison as Governor of Indiana Territory in 1813. In 1816 he was agent for Indian affairs. He died in Shawneetown, Illinois, March 19, 1818.


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MARRIAGE LAWS, ETC.

From the many acts in respect to marriage found in Hening’s Statutes at Large, it would seem that the early Burgesses were greatly perplexed over the subject. One would suppose that whatever tended to increase population in a regular way would have been


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