By Jeannette Holland Austin
Lynchburg was first settled in 1757 by Quaker John Lynch who started a ferry service at a ford across the James River to carry traffic to and from New London. Lynch was buried in the graveyard at the South River Friends Meetinghouse. Micajah Moorman settled on 308 acres of land on Mollies Creek in Gladys, Virginia. Apparently Moorman planned to follow the Quaker movement into Ohio because he owned 350 acres there. When he died in 1806, he specified that 50 acres of land be purchased in Ohio and that if the family wished, should removed to Ohio. The Encyclopedia of Quaker Records by Hinshaw reflect that Moorman was married to another Quaker, Susannah Chiles, in Caroline County in 1754. It is always a good idea to examine these records to follow the movements of the families.
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