Walter H. Knee Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 01/2011. Last revised 5/2018.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

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EXTENT: 1 folder (oversize)

CREATOR: Required if known.

DATE: 1766 – 1865

SCOPE AND CONTENT:  The Walter H. Knee Collection contains two land deeds, a grant, and a note concerning land purchases by the Swisher Family of Frederick, later Hampshire and Hardy County, VA. Two of the deeds are for land surveyed by George Washington, and one is signed by Lord Fairfax. There are also 2 documents concerning James H. Funkhouser’s service during the Civil War.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL:  Valentine Swisher was an early settler in western Frederick (eventually part of Hampshire and Hardy) County, VA. Swisher was a veteran of Lord Dunmore’s War and the American Revolution. He had three children, Nicholas, Catherine, and Valentine Jr.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: O’Dell, Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Marceline, Mo: Walsworth Publishing Co., 1995, pg. 290;  Kerns, Wilmer L., Frederick County, Virginia, Settlement and Some First Families of Back Creek Valley, 1730-1830, Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, Inc.., 1995, pg. 236.

CITE AS: Walter H. Knee Collection 245 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA




Deed – dated November 24, 1796, Hardy County, VA, between Commonwealth of Virginia and Nicolas Swisher, 115 acres, signed by James Wood

Deed – dated May 10, 1779, Hampshire County, VA, between John McDonald and Nicolas Swisher, 225 acres for 5 shillings, surveyed by George Washington

Note – dated December 26, 1818, Hardy County, VA, between Daniel Switzer, Valentine Switzer, Jacob Oldaker, and John Funkhouser, for $2,000 for three tracts of land

Grant – dated September 27, 1766, from Lord Fairfax to John Waite, for 225 acres in Hampshire County, VA, surveyed by George Washington, for 1 shilling for every 50 acres, signed by Lord Fairfax

Commission  - dated September 8, 1860, of James H. Funkhouser,  2nd Lt, 14th Regiment, 18th Brigade, 3rd Division Virginia Militia; signed by John Letcher

Parole – dated April 25, 1865, of James Henry Funkhouser, Co.I, 18th VA Cavalry, Winchester, VA