Colonial History / Folklore and Ghost Stories / History / People

The Ordeal of Blood

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This historic practice goes by many names: Bier’s Test, Bier-Right, Trial by Touch, Ordeal of Blood, Blood-test, Covenanting by Blood, and many others that have been lost to time.

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Crimes and Criminals / Folklore and Ghost Stories / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / People

Oliver Vermillion’s Silent Bones

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Oliver Vermillion was a wealthy man in the 1820s. He lived in the Thompson’s Ford area of Nicklesville, Virginia.

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Accidents, Mishaps, and Disasters / Crimes and Criminals / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History

Reuben Herndon and the Ordeal of Blood

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The case of Reuben Herndon is often mentioned as one instance of the “ordeal of blood” in Virginia’s history, but unfortunately, no evidence can be found to support this long-held belief. Still, the case remains a fascinating glimpse at justice in Virginia just after the Civil War.

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Colonial History / History / People

The Carter Family’s Ordeal of Blood

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The body of a baby boy was found in Accomack County, in March  of 1679. It was buried in a blue blanket.

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