Friday, May 21, 2010

New LEA Libraries Added

I've added a few new (small) Libraries of Early America collections from the VA/MD probate inventories:

- William Triplett (1732-1802), landowner and friend of George Washington.

- Peter Presley Thornton (1750-1780), who served in the House of Burgesses 1772-1774, in the Virginia conventions of 1775, as colonel of a minute-man regiment 1775-1777, and as an aide-de-camp to Washington from 1777 probably until his death. Thornton's second wife was Elizabeth Carter, granddaughter of Landon Carter.

- Capt. John Belfield (1725-1801), commander of a troop of Light Continental Dragoons during the Revolution.

- Sarah Young Ball (~1682-1742), widow of Capt. Richard Ball, and holder of his lands following his death in 1726. A very small collection (Bible, prayer book, and Allestree's Whole Duty of Man).

- William Eilbeck (~1700-1764), among the wealthiest men in Charles County, MD at the time of his death. This collection is somewhat undercounted, since 70 titles are not itemized.

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