Kegley’s Virginia Frontier – The Beginning of the Southwest, The Roanoke of Colonial Days 1740-1783 w/Maps & Illustrations

Kegley’s Virginia Frontier – The Beginning of the Southwest, The Roanoke of Colonial Days 1740-1783 with Maps and Illustrationsby F. B. Kegley

Woman working a manual printing press.Review by Lynda Peach
Published December 2011
About the book & Its Table of Contents
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“In the History of the American Frontier no little section in the entire country deserves more attention than does the region drained by the upper branches of the James River and the Roanoke in Virginia. From the beginning of the Colony this region was the goal of many exploring excursions, and the period of transmontane[1] settlement it was the center of political, social and military activities. …

Mr. Kegley’s painstaking compilation will be highly interesting and will be invaluable as a reference work on the early movements to explore and settle the country and on the lives of the setters as they became established in their pioneer homes and settlements.”

Jos. A. Turner, President
Southwest Virginia Historical Society
April 17, 1937
I The Virginia Frontier from the Beginning of the Colony to the Year 1740
II New Frontier Advances, 1740-1760
III The Southwest Frontier in the French and Indian War
IV The Settlements, 1760-1770
V Community Development in Botetourt County 1770-1783
Maps: 31 excellent maps such as The Original Shires of Virginia, Contemporary Frontier Settlements, 1740-1760 and the Virginia Frontier, 1756.
Illustrations: 66 are provided. Think of ‘illustrations’ as being copies of documents or pictures of associated data such as Items from Washington’s Expense Account or Detail of Structure–Garst House.


Example: Data from Part V Chapter Fifteen, Community Building on the Roanoke, I. The Buffalo Creek Community, Changes in land ownership.

August 19, 1790 Jacob Coffman–960 acres pound sign1,350, by deed from Anthony Gohlson and Elizabeth, adjoining Thomas Madison, Kinsey and Robert Harvey. ~ from page 494

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“Green Spring” and “Cloverdale”
Rev. Caleb Wallace married Rosanna Christian who had received several tractys of land from her father, Israel Christian, and had entered others in her name. Their home place was on Little Buffalo Creek on land adjoining the lower part of the Breckenridge estate. They called their home “Green Spring” and James Breckenridge called his plantation built up by Jacob Coffman, Samuel G. Adams and Carter Beverley. ~ from page 511

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Some Marriages of Interest in the Tinker Creek–Glade Creek-Great Lick Community in Early Botetourt

1803. Jacob Coffman and Anne Ames. ~ from page 541

The three entries indicated in the index for Jacob Coffman.

Extensive Index

This book has an extensive index: 221 pages with contents having 674 pages. When checking the index, be sure to look for alternate spellings of the surname. For example, Valentine SEVIER has two entries in the index but the surname is spelled SEVEAR as well as SEVIER.

[1] Definition of transmontane: On or coming from the other side of the mountains; ‘the transmontane section of the state’.


The edition at the Nichols Memorial Library is copy number 1627 of the third printing of the first edition. Publication date 1928 by the Southwest Virginia Historical Society.


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