This work is a genealogy and history of the related families of John Van Meter, Thomas Shepherd and John Duke, all of whom settled in the Northern Neck of Virginia between 1730 and 1750. The descendants of each played a prominent role in the settlement of Frederick and Berkeley counties in the western part of Virginia. This work is subdivided into four parts.
Part One looks at eleven generations of the Van Metre family in PA, MD and VA. Part Two looks at ten generations of the Shepherd family, including Shepherdstown, Washington County, Maryland, and Ohio branches. Part Three discusses five generations of the Dukes' in Frederick County, VA, Harper's Ferry, and elsewhere throughout the MD, VA, WV and NC region. Part Four covers the Van Meters' of Ohio and Kentucky, with extracts from Shepherd Manuscripts, and looks at the Hedges family, Morgan Van Metre, Rezin D. Shepherd and Henry Shepherd.
This work also contains a large selection of illustrations including the coat of arms for the Van Meterens' of Holland, and two original full name indices: one for those with the surnames Duke, Shepherd and Van Metre and one for all other surnames.
Samuel Gordon Smyth
(1909), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, indices, 502 pp.