Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Harry W. Ward

Second Advisor

Dr. W. Harrison Daniel

Third Advisor

Dr. Charles Johnson


This thesis looks at the legal status and the daily lives of the women living on the Virginia frontier in the counties of Augusta, Botetourt, Montgomery and Washington during the period of the American Revolution. All ages and all levels of society are given consideration in developing the theme that the service performed by the women who survived the rigors of frontier life during this crucial period in American history was as valuable in its own way as was the service performed by their male contemporaries. Court records give insight into the plight of servants and slaves. Court records also give some hint as to the moral choices faced by some women. Other sources have been used to look at the daily lives of women and their activities from meal preparation to Indian warfare.

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