Hampshire County, VA: 1778. 4-1/2" x 8-1/4". Prepared completely in ink manuscript, Lightly toned, chip at blank margin. Very Good. Docketed on verso: "August 16th, 1778 | I do hereby assign over unto John Smoot the securing & charge of the within mentioned Negro as per Mr. McGuire's advice as within mentioned. Desiring Mr. McNeill to pay the reward money and charges as the Law Directs. | George Davidson.' Very Good.
Daniel McNeill was very likely Capt. Daniel McNeill [1745-1806] of the United States Navy during the Revolutionary War. He also commanded the USS Boston in the Barbary War. Captain McNeill lived in and near Hampshire County at the time of this document.
Virginia census records list Edward McGuire as living in Frederick County, Virginia, from at least 1764-1782. He is probably Captain Edward McGuire of the Frontier Troops, Virginia Line, in 1775. [WHO'S WHO OF THE SOUTH, Mayflower: 1927, p.495.] Virginia Census records list a George Davidson in Frederick County in 1782; a George Renicks, with the middle initial S, living in BR Manor County from 1776-1779; and a John Smoot living in Fauquier County from 1770-1777. Item #36182