The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 28

WILLIAMSBURG, May 28, 1772.
[Death.] Mr. Thomas Hornsby, of this city, in an advanced age, who by Industry and Application acquired a large Fortune in Trade with the fairest Character.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) May 28, 1772
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Thomas Hornsby was a tailor and a merchant who was known to be in Williamsburg by 1745. Hornsby's inventory taken August 17, 1772 lists a house in town and plantations in York and James City counties. Among the items listed in his town house were a map of Virginia, a copper oven and a dutch oven, 6 guns, 1 bag of feathers, a teapot, coffee pot and a milk pot. He owned almost 50 slaves living in his town and country estates.

Sources: York County Inventories, WAR

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