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News of centuries ago

Compiled by Sara E. Lewis, who collects Gloucester-related mentions from the Virginia Gazette in her blog, “…it yields to no Place in Virginia” at


Feb. 2, 1739 

We hear from Maryland, That about 6 Weeks ago, Mr. William Armistead, Son of Col. Henry Armistead, of Gloucester County, in the Colony, was married to Miss ___ Bowles, second Daughter of James Bowles, Esq; deceas’d some Years since one of the Right Hon. the Lord Proprietor’s Council of that Province, and Grand-Daughter of Tobias Bowles, Esq; formerly an eminent Merchant of London, in the Virginia Trade; a very agreeable young Lady, with a Fortune of upwards of 6000 Pounds Sterling. 


Feb. 1, 1774

All persons that have any demands against the estate of John Clayton, late of Gloucester county, deceased, are desired to apply for payment; and all those indebted to the said estate are desired to make immediate payment to William ...

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