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To the honble the Speaker and House of Burgesses in General assembly met together the Petition of sundry persons residing on or near to the Fluvanna and Rivanna rivers humbly sheweth That from the confluence of the sd rivers to the nearest ferry on the Fluvanna river, upwards, is about twenty three miles; that from the sd confluence to the nearest ferry on the Rivanna river, upwards, is about thirty miles; and from the sd confluence to the nearest ferry on the main river, downwards, is about eight miles. That your petitioners residing on and near to the said rivers and having occasion to go to Manchester or Warwick their principal mart on the South side of the main river or to Richmond their principal mart on the North side of the main river, in order to cross either of the the sd rivers Rivanna or Fluvanna at a ferry are obliged to go di- -rectly up the same the distances before mentioned; that your petitioners residing on the North or South side of both the sd rivers or of the main river and having oc- -casion to go across the country are obliged to go to one of the ferries beforementioned which are thirty or forty miles apart; that a very great number of poor people passing with their families from the Northern to the Southern colonies falling into the road leading down the country and known by the name of the Three-notched road, are at pre- -sent obliged to turn from the said road fourteen miles and after crossing the nearest ferry beforementioned on the main river to go up the same distance before they fall into their route again which distances might be saved to them by a pas- -sage across the sd river at the fork: That this would also relieve your petitioners residing within and near to the sd rivers from their difficulties before stated. Your Petitioners therefore pray that a ferry may be established from the point of the fork of the sd rivers Rivanna and Fluvanna to the lands late the property of Philip Mayo deceased on the South side the sd Fluvanna; from the sd point of the fork to the lands of Samuel Martin on the North side the sd Rivanna and from the lands of the sd Samuel Martin on the North side the sd Rivanna to the sd lands late of the sd Mayo on the South side the sd rivers, with such rates of ferriage as in duty bound shall ever pray David Staples Robert Anderson Sherod Bybee Benjamin Woodson Min'r Will Martin Sen're Thos Harlow Robt. Paslay John Lisle Junr Thos Goode Patr. Napier William Haden Patrick Woodfor John Hardee Robert Furbush Samuel Moss David Staples Junr
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Richard Napier Thomas Thene Roger Shackelford Eliaes William David Hicks Alexand'r Moss Twiner Richardson
David Bailey Junr Daniel McKown Silvanus Bryantt William Rynolds Thos East Andrew Keys William Cole John Kees William Martin Junr Thomas Applebury William Applebury Junr Anthony Haden John Martin Charles Askyow Obediah Askyow