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  1. Jonathan Prejean

    I hope you’ll have the chance to fill this lacuna in Virginia history. One of my SC Patriot ancestors was said to have fled Virginia before 1779 after having killed two Tories for accosting his mother and siblings, but this was supposed to have been *after* his father was killed at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. According to the standard neo-progressive account you describe, there wouldn’t have been anything to flee! Of course, it’s a family story, and those are often more fiction than fact. But there is so much smoke around Tory activity in 1770s SW Virginia, that it’s hard to believe there was no fire. I’d just to like to know that somebody has taken a hard look at this before I draw conclusions, so I look forward to reading your findings.

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