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The Ordeal of Blood

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

Oliver Vermillion’s Silent Bones

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

Reuben Herndon and the Ordeal of Blood

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

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.