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James Gilmore (abt. 1722-1783), Early Virginia Settler

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of James Gilmore, born abt. 1722 in Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland, son of John Gilmore (abt. 1700-1759) and his wife Agnes Anderson, who were both killed by Indians in the first Kerr's Creek Massacre in Augusta County, Virginia, an area that later became Rockbridge County. James Gilmore acquired land in the "Borden Tract" in 1748, which was a 92,100-acre tract of land called Borden's Grant, originally acquired in 1738 by Virginia land speculator Benjamin Borden (1675-1743). James Gilmore married Martha Dennison abt. 1740 and they had twelve children, eleven of which were named in the will of James Gilmore proven on 7 January 1783 in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

James Gilmore has sometimes been confused with another James Gilmore (1722-1785) who settled in nearby "Beverley Manor", a large 112,000-acre land patent acquired by Virginia land speculator Col. William Beverley (abt. 1698-1756) of Essex County, Virginia. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Exactly 100 years ago this month the U.S. freighter pictured here, filled with grain, was sunk by a German submarine, an action which led to the United States entering World War I.

This month's challenge highlights the two men who played key roles in that historic attack, Thomas Ensor and Hans Rose.

Visit the WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge page to find out more about these two people and help bring their WeRelate pages to life.

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