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Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Historic court ledger to return to Va.

STAFFORD, Va. — A historic homecoming is happening in Stafford, where a centuries-old court ledger is being returned.

Union Army Capt. William Treadway of the 4th New York Regiment took the volume on March 30, 1862, from the Stafford Courthouse and eventually brought it to Jersey City, N.J.

A manager with the Jersey City Public Library found the volume in a box recently while gathering materials to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

It’s due back in Stafford on Thursday.

The leather-bound volume was compiled by deputy court clerk John Fox in 1791 and summarized county court records from 1749 to 1758. One notable entry includes a person who was fined for cursing in church.

A ceremony in Stafford will welcome the ledger back to its rightful home.

By the Associated Press  |  08:23 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Categories:  Virginia

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