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Agreement by Elijah Huffman and Aaron Fray to Lay Pipe at the University of Virginia, 15 April 1820

Agreement by Elijah Huffman and Aaron Fray to Lay Pipe at the University of Virginia

April 15th 1820—

Elija Huffman & Aaron Fray agrees to bore the pipes & put them down for six & a quarter cents per foot runing measure, the logs to be delivered in the most convenient place to suit ourselves, the diging & filling up and the boxes to be furnish’d by the institution—the worked to be executed in a masterly manner—Elija Hoffman & Aaron Fray to find themselves with all necessaries—

MS (ViU: TJP); in Arthur S. Brockenbrough’s hand; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by Brockenbrough: “Pump borers Elija Huffman Aaron Fray.”

Elijah Huffman (d. 1840), of Madison County, bored and laid pipe at the University of Virginia between May 1820 and October 1822. His personal property was valued at $251.36 at the time of his death (DNA: RG 29, CS, Madison Co., 1810, 1830, 1840; ViU: PP, Proctor’s Ledgers; Madison Co. Will Book, 7:245–6).

Aaron Fray (ca. 1776–1854) was baptized in Madison County in 1776 and continued to live there until at least 1820. By 1830 he was a farmer in Howard County, Missouri. Fray owned real estate there valued at $1,200 and four slaves in 1850 (Florence Virginia Fray Lewis, comp., A History & Genealogy of John Fray (Johannes Frey) of Culpeper County, Virginia [1958], 104–5; DNA: RG 29, CS, Madison Co., 1810, Orange Co., 1820, Mo., Howard Co., 1830–50, 1850 slave schedules; Walter B. Stevens, Missouri, The Center State: 1821–1915 [1915], 3:377; Glasgow [Mo.] Weekly Times, 21 Dec. 1854; gravestone inscription in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Armstrong, Mo.).

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  • Fray, Aaron; identified search
  • Huffman, Elijah; Agreement by Elijah Huffman and Aaron Fray to Lay Pipe at the University of Virginia search
  • Huffman, Elijah; identified search
  • pipes, water; for University of Virginia search
  • Virginia, University of; Construction and Grounds; water pipes for search
  • water; pipes search
  • wood; for water pipes search