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Will of George Grandstaff
From "Shenandoah County, Virginia Abstracts of Wills, 1772-1850", by Amelia C. Gilreath, pg. 84:
Will Book M, pg. 195:
- George Grandstaff, Senior, Shenandoah County.
- Son: Philip Grandstaff - notes on Peter Miller to the amount of two hundred and fifty pounds due at different times, - a gift to Philip. Children of my son George Grandstaff (dec'd), 200 acres purchased from heirs of George Ziegler (dec'd). Mentions: Barbara Grandstaff (widow of my son, George). Mentions: Magdalene, with wife of John Helsy.
- Exors: Grandson, George Grandstaff (of my son Philip).
- Wit: John A. Frye, William Philips and Edward Currin
- Dated: 25 Sept. 1822
- Proved 9 June 1823
- From Article: Massacre at Hawksbill Settlement, Augusta County, Virginia:
- :In 1758 John Stone of White House in the Hawksbill settlement, was killed by the Indians and his wife, son, aged seven, and George Grandstaff, were taken prisoner. Mrs. Stone could not keep up with the party, so was killed further up the mountain. Grandstaff came home after three years' captivity, but the boy remained with the Indians until grown, came home, and sold his father's property and returned to the Indians.
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George Grandstaff Compact Disc #135 Pin #721605 Pedigree
Birth: 8 Aug 1741
, Lancaster, Pennyslvania
Christening: 16 Dec 1841
, York, Pennyslvania
Death: 15 May 1823
, Shenandoah Co., Va.
Father: Johan Bartolomaeus Crantsdorf Disc #135 Pin #721924
Mother: Maria Magdalena Huessler Disc #135 Pin #721971
Spouse: Magdalena Disc #135 Pin #721830
Marriage: abt 1763
- Cartmell, Thomas Kemp, 1838-1920. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: a history of Frederick County, Virginia. (Berryville, Virginia: Chesapeake Book, 1909, 1963).
In 1758, the Indians killed a number of people in the Hawksbill settlement: John Stone, Jacob Holtzman's wife, and her children. The house of John Brewbaker was burned; Stone's wife and child about eight years old, and George Grindstaff, about sixteen, were carried away. The Indians murdered Mrs. Stone and her infant on the South Branch Mountain. Grandstaff returned in about three years. It was about that date that word came from the Justice's Court, that the Indians were at the old Zane Iron Works, and had entered the house of a man named Young, killed several of his family, and carried away his two daughters. [Note: on the 10th day of April, 1908, Mr. Aiken Robinson found five skeletons on his farm a mile South of the old Zane furnace, two were adults and three smaller sized. It is fully substantiated in several ways, that the skeletons represent the massacred Young family mentioned. Mr. Robinson prepared a vault near by, and in the presence of many neighbors, removed the skeletons to it and erected a slab with suitable inscriptios to mark the spot].
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ancestry.com/Ancestry Family Trees: Public Members Trees.