WILLIAMSBURG, February 2, 1776.
Mr. PURDIE, PERMIT the officers and soldiers of minute-men of the battalion of Southampton district, through your paper, to return their most sincere thanks to col. Thomas Williamson, of Southampton county, for the very kind and hospitable reception they met with from that worthy gentleman on their march to Norfolk.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie) April 26, 1776
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Thomas Williamson had served in the Southampton County (southwest of Norfolk on the North Carolina border) militia for more than twenty years by 1776.