C.K. Hill letter to Morgan P. Robinson, August 14, 1925
Mr. Hill writes to Mr. Robinson, a Virginia State Library archivist, asking for information concerning the service of Lieutenant William Randolph in the Virginia Regiments of the Continental Army. He includes some War Department references and a quote from a circular archived at the Virginia State Library and attested to by Mr. Robinson.
--G. Anne Sloan
Harriman, Tennessee, August 14, 1925. Hon. Morgan P. Robinson, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia. My Dear Mr. Robinson:- In December 1922 I visited the Department of Archives & History with Mr. W.B. Cridlin, when we were making a search for data regarding my Randolph ancestors. Mr. Cridlin is no longer doing genealogical work and is away from home so much I do not like to write him for any information or data that I can obtain from any one else, so I hope you can help me with this question. We found in your Department a record; “Virginia Continental Army lands.” February 15, 1822. “Roll of Officers of the sixteen Virginia Regiments of the Continental Army, who received land bounty in the States of Kentucky and Ohio.” (Then followed the names of a great number of Officers, from Colonels to Cornets, who had not taken up the land bounty granted. Among them, under list of Lieutenants, ensigns, & Cornets, was Lieut. William Randolph, allotted 4,000 acres. Following this list is the certificate— “I certify that the above is a full and correct copy of a large printed circular, now in this library, entitled “Virginia Continental Army Lands.” “Dated Feb. 15, 1822” Morgan P. Robinson, Archivist. July 15, 1915. Virginia State Library.” Can you tell me to what regiment Lt. William Randolph belonged, and what date he was made a Lieutenant? In the published lists of Virginia Revolutionary Soldiers, I find the following references to William Randolph; 5 Va. Records. War Dept., 111, 8. Va. R. - 5 & 9. _______________ War Dept. 320, -1. War Dept. 4,- 329. (page two) Mr. M.P.R. #2. I will very much appreciate your sending me data or references proving the regiment to which Lt. Wm. Randolph belonged and the date he was made a Lieutenant in the Continental Army. If you can do this and send your bill with the data, I will remit by return mail. I think Mr. Cridlin will vouch for me, but if you had rather I make remittance before sending this data, I will gladly send remittance on notice of the amount due. If I can give you any further information regarding Lt. Wm. Randolph’s services in the Continental Army that will assist you in finding the desired information, please let me know. I trust that you are well and happy and that your work is going to suit you. With kind regards and best wishes, I am, Cordially yours, C.K. Hill, Box 226, Harriman, Tennessee. CKH/K ================================================== Transcription copyright © RoaneTNHistory.org 2005. All rights reserved. Archivist: Transcription and scan by G. Anne Sloan