How to Search Genealogy in Ashe County
By Jeannette Holland Austin
During the year of 1749 Peter Jefferson led a surveying party to establish a distinguishing line between North Carolina and Virginia. Take note, genealogists, because some families may have considered themselves residents of Virginia. Also, because the Ashe County boundaries changed somewhat, Rowan, Wilkes and Franklin Counties should also be researched. Several years later, Bishop Augustus Spangenberg of the Moravian Church of America searched for 100,000 acres of land upon which to settle his congregation. Spangenberg was mostly devoted to the supervision and organization of missions in Germany, England, Denmark, the Netherlands and Georgia. He went into Pennsylvania where he supervised the Moravian churches and helped to raise money to defend the colonies during the Seven Years War.
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