Archive for February, 2008

The Case Against the Colonial Sheriff – Nathaniel Terry of Halifax Co., Virginia

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

            A committee of the Colonial legislature of Virginia heard testimony in 1770 involving one of the earliest settlers on Dan River above the present city of Danville.  Bethinia Perkins Chadwell, widow of Nicholas Perkins, and her second husband were required to travel to Williamsburg to testify concerning charges against the former Sheriff of Halifax County.  When the alleged incidents took place, this area was still a part of Halifax County.  Pittsylvania County was established in 1767.    (more…)