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Locating James Byrnside’s 1774 survey: Tracing Virginia’s Nutty Real Estate History and Translating Handwritten Land Documents

We can trace history through the documentation left by our forefathers in the courthouse land books. When it came to real estate, they spared no ink. I found a circa 1774 survey of the Byrnside’s Fort property from a 1780 land grant by Thomas Jefferson. You’d think it would be easy to use that to …

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The Scopes Trial, Leopold and Loeb, Darrow, and William Jennings Bryan

Being a trial lawyer with the last name of Bryan, I’ve always been interested in what many people consider to be the most famous and high-profile trial in American History, the Scopes Trial, or the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Long before O.J. Simpson even thought of choosing the color of his new Ford Bronco, the country …

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