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Piedmont in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mayo and Savage

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
1. Mayo and Savage Marker
Inscription. Near here, William Mayo, Thomas Savage, and party spent the winter of 1736 on their expedition for the British King to determine the head waters of the Potomac River and fix the boundary between Maryland and the lands of Lord Fairfax.
 
Erected 2011 by West Virginia Archives and History.
 
Location. 39° 28.783′ N, 79° 2.842′ W. Marker is in Piedmont, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is at the intersection of Childs Avenue (West Virginia Route 46) and East Hampshire Street (West Virginia Route 46), on the left when traveling south on Childs Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Piedmont WV 26750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Don Redman (approx. ľ mile away); Working Together for the Community (approx. 0.8 miles away in Maryland); Potomac State College (approx. 4.6 miles away); Keyser / Averellís Raid (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Keyser / Averellís Raid (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Crash of Buzz One Four (approx. 6.2 miles away in Maryland); Major Robert E. Townley (approx. 6.4 miles away in Maryland); Daniel Cresap (approx. 7.5 miles away in Maryland).
 
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By J. J. Prats, January 30, 2016
2. Mayo and Savage Marker
 Wikipedia entry for John Savage. John Savage was an 18th-century surveyor of colonial Virginia. He surveyed as part of a 1736 expedition to settle a boundary dispute between Lord Fairfax and the English Privy Council concerning the extent of the vast Northern Neck land grant.

In 1736, three different survey expeditions were organized with all three having representatives of both the Colony of Virginia and of Lord Fairfax. One party was to explore and map the Potomac to its head; this included Major William Mayo and Mr Brookes for the Colony (and King) and Mr Winslow and John Savage for Fairfax. A second party was to explore and map the North Branch of the Rappahannock (Mr Wood, Mr Thomas, Jr) and the final party was to explore and map the South Branches (Rapidan and Conway Rivers) of the Rappahannock (Mr Graeme, Mr Thomas, Sr).

The work of the three groups and the county surveyors lead to the preparation of a map of the Northern Neck in 1736 and 1737. This map shows the courses of the Potomac and Rappahannock and cites latitudes across the map. What the map does not show, however, is a western boundary line for the grant. A line connecting the head springs of the Potomac with those of the Rappahannock had yet to be surveyed. This was to be the work of Colonel Peter Jefferson and Thomas Lewis — the “Fairfax Line” party —
A Survey of the Northern Neck of Virginia image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, approx 30 x 35 cm.
3. A Survey of the Northern Neck of Virginia
being The Lands belonging to the Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax Baron Cameron, bounded by & within the Bay of Chesapoyocke and between the Rivers Rappahannock and Potowmack: with The courses of the Rivers Rappahannock and Potowmack, in Virginia, as surveyed according to Order in the Years 1836 & 1737.
in 1746 and 1747, which finally settled the disputed claims. (Submitted on April 16, 2016.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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