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Public Service Claims Made in Halifax, Pittsylvania, Mecklenburg, Charlotte, & Campbell Counties for Ferriage over the Dan, Banister, and Staunton Rivers, and other Ferry Related Claims

Transcribed by Douglas Powell
Last Updated December 29, 2004

(Mecklenburg, Charlotte, and Campbell Counties Yet to Be Added)

Dan River (Irvin’s Ferry)


Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Pages 29-30, 15 March 1782 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 24 & 25 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…for the purpose herein before mentioned….

John Irvine

ferriage 8 waggons, teams & drivers over Dan River;
4 waggons teams & drivers do;
1 man & horse do;
8 waggons and 33 horses do; 5 diets 10s;
ferriage 2 waggons over Dan River;
8 men and 3 horses do;
6 do;
12 do; 12 diets 15s;
ferriage 2 waggons teams and drivers over Dan River; pasturages for 10 horses 5s;
ferriage 1 man & horse over Dan River.


John Irvin

2 cask 7s-6; 1 bay mare 8 yrs. pounds40
ferriage 1 waggon & 4 horses over Dan River;
3 waggons & teams & 1 horse do; horse geer & a quantity of hay 12s-6;
ferriage 52 men, 25 waggons 7 teams over Dan River;
3 men & 3 horses do;
53 men and 53 horses do;
2 men and horses do;
13 horses and 15 men do;
3 waggons and 14 horses do;
7 men do;
4 waggons, 18 horses & 11 men do;
4 waggons do;
300 men, 4 waggons & teams do;
8 men, 18 horses, 4 waggons do;
5 men & 5 horses do;
6 men & 1 horses do;
3 waggons & 15 horses do;
1 waggon team & driver in service 5 days pounds3-2-6; 40 bu oats pounds3; 275# beef pounds2-15;
ferriages 176 men, 3 waggons 7 teams over Dan River do; 25 bu Indian corn pounds3-2-6.

Dan River (Dix’s Ferry)

Pittsylvania County Publick Service Claims, Page 16, 18 March 1782 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 1 & 9 in Virginia Public Claims: Pittsylvania County

At a court for claims…for adjusting claims for property impressed or taken for public use,…

John Dix for
ferriage of 28 waggons with 4 horses Conf. pounds3-10; 20 bu oats, 4 bu corn, pasturage for 18 horses 2 days, ferriage for 16 horsed, 12 men, 1 waggon for Cont. pounds3-7;
ferriage of 12 waggons and teams, 3 men, 5 diets, 1 bu rye, pasturage for 2 horses, 1 waggon and team, 2 mean and 2 horsed for Cont. pounds2-1;
ferriage of 77 men, 1 waggons and teams, 2 men, 1 horse for Cont. pounds1-3-9; provisions,
ferriage for 456 men, 6 waggons and 2 horses, 14 men, 20# bacon, 15# meal, provisions, 1 waggon and team for Cont. pounds6-11-13;
ferriage 1 waggon and team 41 men,2 bu corn, 8 men, 1 horse, forage, provisions for Cont. pounds4-11-3½; 310pounds3 beef for state 1- 11-8;
ferriage for 2 waggons and teams, 2 horses, 102 men, 10# fodder, 1½ bu oats, 3 waggons and teams, 8 men, 8 horsed for Cont. pounds1-16- 9;
ferriage 21 head cattle, forage, 7 men, for Cont. pounds3-2-3;
ferriage of 7men, 3 horses, 10 men, cart and horses, 8 diets, 2 bu corn, 15# bacon, ferriage of 175 men for Cont. pounds2-15-3;
ferry boat for use of Cont. pounds7.


Dan River (______’s Ferry)

Pittsylvania County Publick Service Claims, Page 36, 18 March 1782 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 1 & 21 in Virginia Public Claims: Pittsylvania County

At a court for claims…for adjusting claims for property impressed or taken for public use,…

Sherwood Toney for
ferriage of 14 waggons and teams, 114 horses, 202 men for Cont. pounds4-19-3;
ferriage for 3 horses, 50 men for state 7s.

Dan River (Boyd’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 18-20, 4 May 1782
Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 16-17 in Virginia
Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County….

George Boyd

ferriage 6 cattle, 1 waggon, 6 horses & 46 men over Dan River;
do. 1 waggon 6 horses & 35 men do.;
110 men & 1 waggon do.;
8 men & 3 horses do.;
53 men & 1 waggon do.

George Boyd

ferriage 2 waggons and teams over Dan River; 353# beef; 314# beef;
ferriage 1 waggon, team 2 men & 2 horses over Dan River;
51 men, 1 waggon & 5 horses, do.;
38 men, 1 waggon & team do.;
2 waggons & teams do.; 11 diets;
16 men & 17 horses over Dan River;
136 men, 4 waggons & teams do.;
1 waggon, 5 horsed and3 men do.;
25 men, 1 waggon & team;
300 men, 150 horses do.;
5 waggons teams do;
1 waggon team do.;
120 men, 2waggons & 11 horses do.;pasturage for 11 horses 1 night; 20# fresh port, ½ bu corn meal;
ferriage 8 men over Dan River;
1 waggon & team do; pasturage for 4 horses 1 night;
ferriage 1 waggon & team over Dan River;
4 waggons & teams & driver do.; 40# fresh pork;
Ferriage 4 waggons & 19 horses over Dan River;
do. Team & driver; 40# fresh pork;
ferriage 12 men over Dan River;
4 men & horses do.;
12 waggons teams & drivers do.;
5 men & horses; pasturage for 53 horses 1 night;
ferriage 125 men, 18 horses & w wagons over Dan River; 148# beef;
ferriage 2 men & horses over Dan River;
3 men & 2 horses do.;
59 men, 1 waggon & team do.; pasturage for 20 horses 1 night, do for 21 horses do.; 7 diets;
ferriage 7 men & 3 horses over Dan River; 1 diets.

George Boyd

ferriage 2 men over Dan River; 1 mutton State pount12.6;
2 do. pound1-5;
ferriage 48 men, 2 waggons and teams over Dan River;
37 men 1 waggon, driver & 5 horses do.;
15 men, 1 waggon 5 horses do.;
50 men, 2 waggons & 4 horses do.;
60 men, 2 waggons, 10 horses;
56 men, 2 waggons, 12 horses;
53 men, 3 waggons & teams do;
6 men & 3 horsesdo.;
12 men do.; pasturage for 1 horses 86 days, 2 bu corn pound2-8;
2 waggons teams & driver 2 days;
1 waggon do;
ferriage 445 men, 26 waggons & teams over Dan River;
20 horses do. 5 waggons & teams do; pasturage for 1 horse 58 days pound1-9.

Dan River (Dix’s Ferry)


Pittsylvania County Publick Service Claims, Page 55, 22 September 1783
Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 29 & 31 in
Virginia Public Claims: Pittsylvania County

At a court for claims…for adjusting claims for property impressed or taken for public service,…

John Dix for
ferriage of 120 soldiers, 20 horses, 200# fodder
ferriage 8 wggons and teams, 4 soldier, 120 soldier and officers, 1 waggon and team, 8 waggons and teams, 3 do., 8 riding horses for Cont. pounds4-13-6;
ferriage of 1 waggon and team, 8 do., 1 horse and wagon, 140 soldiers for Cont. pounds2-13-9.

Dan River (Irvin’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 47, 24 July 1782
Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Page 38 in Virginia
Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…

John Irvine

1 ferry boat destroyed by Gen. Greens orders pounds4.

Dan River (_______’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Pages 65-66, 26 March 1785 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Page 46 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…

John Brown 3 pecks corn, 2½ bu meal, 8s-12;
43 waggons, 16 horses, 21 men across Dan River;
do. 10 waggons& 10 men do.,
do. 1 waggon & horses do;
24 men, 1 waggon, team & 2 horses do.;
2 waggons, 8 horses, 2 men do.;
1 waggon and team do.;
2 waggons and team do.;
2 waggons and team do.;
52 waggons, 8 horses & 5 men do.;
8 waggons and teams do.;
17 waggons and teams, 3 horses & 35 men do.;
pasturage 71 horses 1 night; 1 peck salt 7s-6
ferriage 37 men across Dan River.

John Brown

ferriage 2 waggons, 10 horses & 5 men across Dan River;
ferriage 1 waggon, team & driver across Dan River; 20 sheaves oats, 1½ bu corn 10s-5; 8 bu corn pounds1;
ferriage 5 waggons, and teams, 1 man & horse across Dan River;
8 waggons, teams and 6 men, 2 horses do, 1 roan horse pounds20.

Banister River (_______’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Pages 34-35, 8 April 1781 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 27 & 29 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…for the purpose herein before mentioned….
David Powell
ferriage 2 men & horses over Banister River;
4 men & horses do.; 4 bu oats 6s;
ferriage 1 waggon & 4 horses over Banister River;
1 waggon & 4 horses do.;4 waggons & teams do.

David Powell
ferriage 3 men & horses over Banister River;
9 men do.;
1 waggon & teams, 6 horses & men do.;
5 men.;
1 waggon do.;
17 waggons, teams & 3 horses do.;
1 waggon & team, also 38 men do.

Banister River (________’s Ferry)
Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 7, 19 April 1781 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Page 7 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

Richard Daniel for
ferriage; 7 waggons over Banester [Banister] River
do. 22 men;
do. 5 waggons,
do. 1 man & horse;
do. 2 waggons and teams,
do. 440 men,
do. 1 waggon and team,
do. 2 horses and 5 men.

Staunton River (________’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 32, 8 April 1781 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Page 27 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…for the purpose herein before mentioned….

Richard Owen
ferriage 8 men & 3 horses over Stanton [Staunton] River;
6 sheaves oats 2s ferriage 120 men, 2 waggons & teams over Stanton River;
do 3 horses, 68# fodder 2s-1/4.

Staunton River (_______’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 33, 8 April 1781 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 27 & 28 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…for the purpose herein before mentioned….

James Taylor 1½ gal. corn, 4# fodder 8s; 1 boat and Negro 9 days also 1 negro 3 days pounds2-10;
1 diet, 1½ gal. Indian corn, 4# fodder 1s- 10;
ferriage 3 waggons and teams, 1 man and horse over Stanton [Staunton] River;
5 waggons & 18 horses do.;
2 men and horsed do.;
2 diets, 1 gal. corn, 1 jill rum 3s-1¼; 24 sheaves oats, 1 # bacon, 1½# flour 9s-3;
ferriage 1 waggon & 5 horsed over Stanton River;
5 waggons & teams & 2 men & horses do;
2 waggons do.
4 waggons do.
1 waggon & 2 men & horse do;
4 men & 7 horses do.;
8 men & horse;
1 waggon & 13 horses & 16 men do.;
2 men & 3 horses do.;
1 do;
8 men, 22 horses & 5 waggons do.;
1 man & horse do.;
2 men & horses do.;
3 men & 4 horses do.;
1 waggon & 4 horses do.; 3 waggons & 14 horses & 7 men do.;
9 men & horses do.;
4 men & 3 horses do.;
5 men, 3 horses, 4 oxen & 1 cart do.;
1 bu Indian corn, 30# fodder, 5 diets, 5 forrages 13s-4¾; 96 sheaves oats, 8 gal. corn, 1 diet pounds1-15- 9; 36 sheaves oats 12 s; 1 gal corn 2p.

James Taylor 1 mutton, ½ bu meal 13s-9;
ferriage 20 men over Stanton River;
40 men, 3 horses, 1 waggon, 3 horses over Stanton River;
3 men do.;
1 waggon & 4 horses do.;
5 men do.;
84 men do.;
2 waggons, 13 horses & 80 men do.;
4 men & horses do.;
11 men & 4 horses do,;
1 waggon, 10 horses & 70 men do.;
20 men & 1 horse do.;
89 men, 2 waggons & 8 horses do,;
96 men, 2 waggons & 9 horses do.;
96 men, 2 waggons & 8 horses do.;
10 m en & 1 horse do.;
22 men, 5 horsed do.;
140 men, 11 horses do.

Staunton River (_______’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Pages 35-36, 8 April 1781 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 27 & 30 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…for the purpose herein before mentioned….

Julius Strange
ferriage 1 waggon, 6 horses, 7 men over Stanton [Staunton] River;
30 men do.;
80 men & horses do.;


Julius Strange
Ferriage 1 waggon, 9 horses, 7 men over Stanton River;
4 waggons & teams, 1 horse do.;
14 waggons & teams do.;
1 waggon, 5 horses, 4 men do.;
4 waggons & teams, 1 horse do.;
2 waggons & 4 horses do.;
8 waggons, 35 horses, 4 men do.;
1 waggon, 7 horses, 3 men do.;
2 waggons & teams, 2 horses do.;
4 waggons & teams, 4 men do.;
1 waggon do.;
1 waggon & 45 men do.;
5 waggons do.;
12 waggons do.;
1 waggon do.;
8 waggons, 1 man & horse do.;
10 waggons do.;
2 men & horses do.;
1 waggon & 7 horses do.;
149 beaves, 9 men, 4 horses, 3 waggons & teams do.;
6 men & horses do.;
7 waggons & teams do.;
10 waggons & teams do.;
17 waggons, teams & 2 horses do.

Staunton River (_______’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 35-36, 8 April 1781 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 27 & 30 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…for the purpose herein before mentioned….

Frederick Vaughan
ferriage 2 waggons & teams over Stanton [Staunton] River;
1 waggon, teams, driver, ½ day service 5s;
1 waggon, teams, driver, 3½ days service pounds1-15.


Staunton River (_______’s)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Pages 8-9, 19 April 1781 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 7 & 8, in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…
Hugh Knox
ferriage 1 waggon, team & 2 woemn over Stanton [Staunton] River;
do. 18 horses & 5 men,
do. 1 man & 2 horses;
do. 1man 1 horse.


Hugh Knox ferriage; 2 waggons, 9 horses, 3 men over Stanton [Staunton] River,
do. 1 waggon, 5 horses 2 men do;
do. 2 waggons, 12 horses, 7 men over Stanton River;
1 bu corn 2s.-7, ferriage 3 men, 3 horses over Stanton River,
do. 2 waggons, team & 6 men,
do. 1 waggon, 6 horses, 4 men,
do. 8 waggons & teams,
do. 3 men & horses, 50# fodder 1s-6,
ferriage; 21 men over Stanton River.

Staunton River (_______’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 15-16, 4 May 1782 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 13-14 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County….

Simon Jackson
ferriage 3 waggons, teams, 1 man & horse over Stanton [Staunton River];
do. 3 waggons & 5 men;
1 waggon, 2 horses, 1 stage wagon, 2 horses;
3 waggons & team s,
do. 2 waggons, 30 horses, 12 men;
do. 1 waggon & team;
1 waggon & 60 men, 3 wagons, 14 horses 4 men, 1man;
1 waggon team, 4 men;
1 chair & horse, 20 men,
do. 2 men,
do. 1 waggon & team & driver, 3 wagons, team & 4 horses.

Simon Jackson
ferriage 2 waggon team s, 8 men & 3 horse over Stanton [Staunton River]; 1 waggon;
do. 1 waggon,
do. 1 waggon & drivers, 2 waggon,
do. 3 waggons & drivers, 3 waggons, 1 man & horse
do. 52 men, 3 waggons, teams, 3 horses, 3 men;
1 waggon, team, 4 men, 3 horses, 1 chair, 5 horses, 5 men, 20 men, 12 horse, 5 waggons & teams,
do. 8 waggons & teams, 519 men, 8 waggons, teams & 9 horses;
do. 12 waggons, team, 1 man & horse, 1 wagon,
do. 4 waggons, 1 waggon & 6 horses, 10 horses, 1 waggon, 1 litter, 7 men;
do. 1 waggon 5 horses 8 men;
do. 2 waggons & team;
3 do;
do. 2 men and horses;
do. 3 waggons;
do. 2 men & horses;
do. 2 waggons & teams,
do. 1 man & horse,
do. 2 men;
76 waggons & teams,
do. 7 waggons & teams; 19 barrels & 3 bu corn pounds12-5; 12 diets 15s Cont.

Staunton River (________’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Page 48, 22 November 1782 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Page 49 & 50 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…pursuant to an act of general assembly entitled “ An act for adjusting claims for property impressed or taken for publick service.”

Simon Jackson
ferriage 1 waggon & team over Stanton [Staunton] River.

Staunton River (______’s Ferry)

Halifax County Publick Service Claims, Pages 63-64, 26 March 1785 Library of Virginia Record Group 48, as transcribed on Pages 44-45 in Virginia Public Claims: Halifax County

At a court of Publick Claims continued and held for Halifax County…

Simon Jackson
ferriage 2 men across Stanton [Staunton] River;
1 man & 1 horse do.;
45 men & 1 horse do.; 1 diet & 1 gal corn1s-7¼ ferriage 2 men & 2 horses across Stanton River.

Simon Jackson
ferriage 2 men & 1 horse across Stanton River; 4 bu corn 10s;
ferriage 16 men across Stanton River; 16 diets pounds1, 1 forage 9s;
ferriage 1 horse & man;
do 9 horses and 1 man: 14 diets 17s-6;
ferriage 37 men & 8 horses, do. 1 man & 1 horse;
do. 4 men;
do. 1 waggon, 10 horses and 8 men.

Simon Jackson 12 qts. Oats, 12# fodder,
ferriage 3 men & horses;
ferriage 1 waggon & 8 horses; 14 diets 17s-6:
ferriage 1 waggon, 3 horses & 50 men; 14 diets 17-6;
ferriage 10 waggons being the ¼ part of 76 waggons; 1½ bu corn3s-9;
ferriage 9 waggons & teams, do. 2 men & 2 horses;
do. 1 waggon team, 2 horses & 5 men; 12 bu oats 18s;
ferriage 1 waggon, team, 3 men & horses; 2 diets, 1 gal. corn 2s-9¼p;
ferriage 52 men, 4 horses across Stanton River;
2 men & 2 horse, do.
3 men & 1 horse, 1 diet,
ferriage 1 man & 1 horse;
do., ferriage 3 men, also 4 men;
do. 1 waggon, team, & 2 men, furnishing an express 140 dollars paper money;
1 bu salt pounds1-10;
ferriage 38 men across Stanton River;
do, 1 waggon & team, 5 men & 2 horses;
do. 2 men & 2 horses;
do. 2 men & 2 horses;
do. 25 men & 6 horses, 1 waggon & team;
do. 17 men & 6 horses;
do. 6 men & 4 horses,
do. 19 men; 10 diets pounds1-3-9.

Simon Jackson
ferriage 2 waggons, teams & 3 ox coats;
do. 2 waggons & teams;
do. 3 horses, 1 peck corn.

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