[1804 Virginia Manuscript Certificate for Wolf-Scalping Bounty].
Bounties for wolves in Virginia began as early as 1632 when Virginia’s first government bounty was enacted at Jamestown. Wolves attacked livestock and early Virginia settlers struck back, slaughtering wolves in droves as they moved westward and pioneered new settlements.
Here in February 16th, 1804, Stephen Wandless, i.e. Wanless of Bath County, Virginia “produced to [John Brown] the Scalp of a Grown Wolf and took the Oath Proscribed by Law”. Wandless/Wanless would be remunerated approximately one month later, on March 22nd.
Stephen Wandless/Wanless is possibly the Scottish émigré and road surveyor who lived at Stuarts Creek and Scotchtown Draft, Bath Co, Virginia, d.1826. More information can be found in our cited reference.¹ Bath County was established in 1790, approximately 14 years before this certificate was issued.
Description: [1804 Virginia Manuscript Certificate for Wolf-Scalping Bounty].
[Virginia. 1804]. Manuscript Certificate. 4 x 7½ inches. Collector’s neat pencil number code. Usual folds; fine condition.
1. Stephen Wanless b. 1750-1760 England d. 10 Sep 1826 Bath Co, Virginia: Wanless Web accessed online.