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The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia


By: John W. Wayland, Pub. 1907, reprinted 2023, 324 pages, Index, soft cover, ISBN #978-1-63914-168-5.  The Shenandoah Valley comprises the Virginia counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren along with the West Virginia Counties of Berkeley and Jefferson.  These German immigrants came mostly from the mid-Atlantic states of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  This book is similar to other history books of the era with such topics as: a geographical outline of the Valley, the first white men of the Valley, why and when these German immigrants came, early settlements, select deeds during the French and Indian War from Augusta, Frederick and Orange Counties, towns, Religion, Politics, War, Education, Slavery, and Industry.  The author has included numerous lists within, such as: Testators for Augusta County, 1778-1786; testators for Franklin County, 1770-1783; persons selling land in Rockingham County, 1777-1793; testators for Shenandoah County, 1772-1784, members of House of Burgesses, 1742-1776; members of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, 1883-1903; Revolutionary Pensioners from Frederick, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties.  The index mentions over 3,800 individuals.