Shenandoah Valley – Opequon Virginia
Family History Story #2 – Glass ancestors in Opequon
Map of Opequon and Winchester Virginia
We travel 200 miles from Lancaster Pennsylvania to Opequon in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Here, we switch gears in our Family History journey to Jeff’s father’s mother’s side. Going back several generations and following some ‘branches’ on the female side takes us to Jeff’s roots in another early colonial settler.
We recently came across some documents making the settlement of Opequon a National Historic District. In those documents it was revealed that Jeff’s 5th Great Grandmother Anna Maria Glass is a descendent of Samuel Glass who was one of the original settlers of Opequon Virginia. Since we were on the road to see where Jeff’s 5th Great Grandfather on his dad’s dad side lived in the Shenandoah Valley we decided to stop off and see if we could find the original Glass (Gleis) farm.
Doing some more research on the history of the region shows that the land grant was directly from Lord Fairfax. It was also interesting that the young George Washington set up his ‘office’ near Opequon in Winchester Virginia. George surveyed much of the land in the Shenandoah valley and issued land grants for Lord Fairfax. He was also elected to the colonial government to represent the settlers Frederick County in the Virginia House of Burgesses before the Revolutionary War.
As we traveled across the Shenandoah valley on the Lord Fairfax highway US history and Family history started making a personal connection. Opequon and Shenandoah were words that now had more meaning than before and sounded musical to our ears. It was also cool to understand that within 100 miles of each other, Jeff had two sets of ancestors living during the mid 1700’s. There is a good chance they either knew each other or at least passed each other during some of the social and military activities of the day. The family connection didn’t occur between these two lines until several generations later 3/4 of the way across the North American continent!
Next up: a visit to the other ancestral home in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Happy Trails from the Trippin’ Engles