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The Founding of Petersburg, Virginia

Petersburg was founded on the south bank of the Appomattox River ca 1638 where English settlers patented land to homestead. Later, during 1646, Fort Henry was erected near the Falls of the river by Colonel Abraham Wood. The reason was to protect citizens from Indian attacks and to later explore western territory as far as the Appalachian Mountains. As history records it, Colonel Wood had a son-in-law, Peter Jones, who commanded the fort and traded with Indians. In 1733, Colonel William Byrd II founded Richmond and also planned for a city at Peter's Point, which was renamed Petersburgh. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the port of Petersburg was renowned as a commercial center for processing cotton, tobacco and metal, then shipping products out of the region.  Dinwiddie County Virginia Ancestors. See Names.

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