Did the Canady’s (James and Elizabeth Raikes) have any relationship to the Native American people who once lived there and were those people Saponi? Are there any good books about the Smith River area of Patrick County and also Franklin County area?
I am also very interested in Goblintown, VA. My 6th greatgrandfather, John Rice from the Wallin’s Smith River community near George Washington’s Fort Trial, seems to have been in a militia during the French and Indian War that met with a party of Cherokees. They rode out of Goblintown. This was the land of the Saura aka Cheraw. I think, can’t actually prove it, that this was a party of Cherokees and Cheraws under King Johnnie going to the battle of Fort Duquesne under Washington. Militia members are recorded to have been re-imbursed for “aid to the Indians.” It is quite possible that Cheraws still lived in the area during that time, living as whites and absorbed, and their descendants became a part of the history of the area and the migration west.
Thanks, Dan, that is a great site and was the site that got me thinking about this. The property is mentioned in that article. Can you recommend further reading? I’ve been going through some of the references listed on that site. Joshua Canady, son of wm “patrick billy”, son of James who owned the land now the philpott res, moved to Gallipolis, OH and became a coal dealer. his daughter is my g-g-g grandmother. It would be interesting to learn more about the history of that particular area. I also have access to some historical documents from Georgia and the Carolinas that do mention Virginia as well through our library, and many of the surnames from Virginia are found down in these areas. I’m having trouble with some of the military jargon though.