Sunday, July 6, 2014

Petition to pay taxes in tobacco or hemp instead of cash

The Library of Virginia digital collection has proven to be a big source of documents on my different family lines. In 1783, a group of inhabitants of Culpeper County, Virginia petitioned to pay taxes in tobacco and hemp instead of cash due to the scarcity of available funds following the end of the Revolutionary War. The petition is signed by my 6th-great-grandfather John Read, my 5th-great-grandfather Samuel Read, and my 6th-great-grandfather John Freeman (father of Juliann Freeman Read), among others (*I have not included all of the signatories on this document, for the full document see the Library of Virginia, Inhabitants Petition, Culpeper County, 3 October 1783).

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