The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: October 8

WILLIAMSBURG, October 8, 1772.
To be LET for a LIFE, or TERM of YEARS, as may be agreed on, or SOLD, Mrs. HOLT's Dower in HOG ISLAND, which I purchased of her. The Land is very good, drained and ditched, in Order for Cropping, so well fenced that it will not want a Rail for seven Years, and since I have had it in Possession have laid upwards of four Thousand Loads of Dung on it. There is a Brick Dwelling-House, good Stables, and a plentiful Kitchen Garden; also a profitable FERRY, abounding with a great Plenty of Fish. No Place can be more advantageous than this is, as it lies within seven Miles of Williamsburg, and the Merchants, and others, who go to that City, by Way of said Island, leave their Horses there until they return from Court; so that the Stable only brings, in publck Times, from three to five Pounds a Day, and upwards. Proposals, in Writing, will be received by H.U. ST. GEORGE. *** Any Person inclinable to rent, or purchase, is requested to view the Premises, that they may better judge of its Value. Some People have made Proposals that never saw the Place. The Land may be entered on the first Day of January next.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) October 8, 1772

About this entry:

In 1769 Eliabeth Holt deeded to Hamilton Usher St. George the "dower land that I hold on Hog Island assigned to me by my son Randolph Holt deceased."

Language notes:

"Dower" -- the portion of a deceased husband's estate which the law allows to his widow for life.

Sources: OED, Vol. III; Tyler's Quarterly 7/281

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