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Joseph Whitson

Born c.1615 - Died 1696

Joseph Whitson (c.1615-1696) was born in Bristol, England and came to Virginia in 1635.  He acquired 300 acres on the north side of Aquia Creek in Wide Water, Stafford County, Virginia, and another 400 acres on what became known as Whitson’s Branch.  This second tract was located slightly west of the modern Wal-Mart on Garrisonville Road (Route 610).  The R F & P Railroad ran through the old Whitson tract where it crossed Aquia Creek and headed north toward Quantico, Virginia.