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John Blair McCroskey

Male 1757 - 1843  (85 years)

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  • Name John Blair McCroskey 
    Born 26 Sep 1757  Rockbridge Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Aug 1843  Blount Co., TN; burial: Eusebia Cem., Blount Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4441  forneyclark
    Last Modified 25 May 2018 

    Father Samuel Smith McCroskey,   b. 1725, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1797, Fayette Co., KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Blair,   b. 1720-1740,   d. 11 Nov 1797  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 1756  Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0575  Group Sheet

    Family Ann Houston Montgomery,   b. 15 Aug 1760, Augusta Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1829, Sevier Co., TN; burial: Eusebia Cem., Blount Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1781 
     1. Samuel McCroskey,   b. 24 Jul 1782,   d. 28 Sep 1848, Burial: McCroskey Cem., Sweetwater, Monroe Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Esther "Hettie" Blair,   b. 10 Apr 1784,   d. 31 Aug 1866, Blount Co. TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Mary "Polly" McCroskey,   b. ABT. 1786
     4. John McCroskey,   b. 17 Mar 1788,   d. 10 Nov 1866, Burial: McCroskey Cem., Sweetwater, Monroe Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Robert Scott McCroskey,   b. 11 Jun 1790, Sevier Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1846, Blount Co., TN; burial: Eusebia Cem., Blount Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     6. Dorcas McCroskey,   b. 1793
     7. Lavinia McCroskey,   b. 11 Jan 1793,   d. 5 Dec 1880, Blount Co. TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     8. James Montgomery McCroskey,   b. 1801
     9. Elizabeth McCroskey,   b. 28 Dec 1803,   d. 9 Oct 1885  (Age 81 years)
     10. Jane McCroskey,   b. 9 Sep 1804,   d. 20 Sep 1878  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 25 May 2018 
    Family ID F1469  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    McCroskey, John Blair (1757-1843) & Ann Houston Montgomery  (1760-1829)
    McCroskey, John Blair (1757-1843) & Ann Houston Montgomery (1760-1829)
    Church/ Cemetery photo came from Lary McCroskey. Many McCroskey family members, including John Blair McCroskey & Ann Houston Montgomery McCroskey are buried at the Eusebia Cemetery at Eusebia Presbyterian Church, founded 1786, Prospect, Blount County, TN. To find which family members are buried there, go to Headstones at this site and type Eusebia into the search field or go to Cemeteries.

    McCroskey, John Blair (1757-1843);
    McCroskey, John Blair (1757-1843);
    John Blair McCroskey (1757-1843); Eusebia Cemetery, Prospect, Blount Co., TN, USA. Photo was provided by Lary McCroskey.
    McCroskey, John Blair (1757-1843);
    McCroskey, John Blair (1757-1843);
    John Blair McCroskey (1757-1843); Eusebia Cemetery, Prospect, Blount Co., TN, USA. Photo was provided by Lary McCroskey.

  • Notes 
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      McCroskey Family History, A Partial History of the McCroskeys in America, by Warren N. McCroskey, published in Ft. Wayne, IN, Dec. 1993, revised Feb. 2003.
      Name & birth date
      Further research on the Samuel Smith McCroskey (1725-1797) line was suggested by Lary McCroskey.
      McCroskey, Kyle. McCroskey Family Tree, Descendants of John McCroskey (1680-1757). 2000.
      Most of the information that concerns the McCroskey family including names, dates, places, census reports, documents, photos, and stories, came from Kyle McCroskey's book. Contributors to her book included Caroline Carr, Donna Clark, Patty Day, Earl McCroskey, George Woodrow McCroskey, Harold McCroskey, Kyle McCroskey, Mike McCroskey, Madaline Earl McEuen, Rosanna Payne, Ruth Peterson, Jo Speck, and Marge Wheeler. Special thanks went to Mark McCroskey and to Judith Hildreth:
      21. John Blair3 McCroskey (Samuel Smith2, John1) was born September 26, 1757 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and died August 17, 1843 in Blount County, Tennessee. He married Ann Houston Montgomery.
      Children of John McCroskey and Ann Montgomery are:
      64 Samuel4 McCroskey, born July 24, 1782 in Sevier Co., TN; died September 28, 1848 in Monroe Co., TN. He married (1) Mary McCullum. He married (2) Eliza Grant. He married (3) Sara Tucker.
      65 ii. Esther Blair McCroskey, born April 10, 1784; died August 31, 1868 in
      Blount County, Tennessee.
      66 Mary McCroskey, born Abt. 1786. She married William Wilson.
      67 iv. Lavina McCroskey, born January 11, 1795; died December 05, 1880.
      She married John Eggleston.
      68 v. Duncan McCroskey, born Unknown.
      69 vi. Elizabeth McNary McCroskey, born Unknown.
      70 vii. James Montgomery McCroskey, born Unknown.
      71 viii. Jane McCroskey, born Unknown. She married Houston.
      72 ix. John McCroskey, born Abt. 1788; died Abt. 1866. He married Pricilla
      73 x. Robert Scott McCroskey, born Abt. 1801. He married Chasney.
      Larry Kingsley:
      ID: I002613
      Sex: M
      Birth: 26 SEP 1757 in Rockbridge Co., VA
      Death: 17 AUG 1843 in Blount Co., TN (?Sevier Co.)
      Burial: Eusebia Cemetery, Blount Co., TN
      Reference Number: 2614
      REF: Vaden-Dameron & related families by Eddie Vaden - ID: I1840 FGR for John B. McCROSKEY and Ann Houston MONTGOMERY:
      - Revolutionary soldier & was in battle of King's Mountain.
      - His farm was three miles north of Eusebia Church, two stories of hand-made brick. He is mentioned in several books, including "Commanders at Kings Mountain" and "Battle of Kings Mountain Participants". The historical marker at the Eusbia Cemetary reads "Early settlers coming down the Great Ward and Trading Path in 178485 camped here; it was the scene of the first and burial. [Eddie Vaden Last updated 10/26/2000] [LDK 11/21/2000]
      Father: SAMUEL SMITH MCCROSKEY b: BET. 1724 - 1725 in Ireland
      Mother: ELIZABETH BLAIR b: BET. 1720 - 1740
      Marriage 1 ANN MONTGOMERY b: 15 AUG 1760 in Augusta Co., VA
      Married: 1779 in Rockbridge Co., VA
      Samuel MCCROSKEY b: 24 JUL 1782 in Monroe Co., TN (?Sevier Co.)
      Mary MCCROSKEY b: ABT. 1786
      John MCCROSKEY b: 17 MAR 1788 in Sevier Co., TN
      Robert Scott MCCROSKEY b: 11 JUN 1790 in Sevier Co., TN
      Dorcas MCCROSKEY b: 1793
      Lavinia "Vina" MCCROSKEY b: 11 JAN 1795
      Jane MCCROSKEY b: 9 SEP 1798
      James Montgomery MCCROSKEY b: ABT. 1801 in TN
      Elizabeth McNary MCCROSKEY b: 23 DEC 1803
      John Blair McCroskey Compact Disc #9 Pin #327816 Pedigree
      Sex: M
      Birth: 26 Apr 1757
      Rockbridge Co., VA
      Death: 7 Aug 1873
      Blount Co., TN
      Burial: Eucebia Cem., Blount Co., TN
      Father: Samuel McCroskey Disc #9 Pin #327808
      Mother: Elizabeth Blair Disc #9 Pin #327991
      Spouse: Anne Houston Montgomery Disc #9 Pin #327817
      Marriage: 1779
      Other Event(s)
      CHANGE RECORDS: 30 Mar 1992
      INFO #1:
      At Kings Mt.-Excellent acccount of Rev. War.
      INFO #2:
      Lived 3 miles N of Eucebia Church
      INFO #3:
      Member of Shelby's Chicaumauga Exp.-1783 in Washington Co., VA tax list.
      Lary McCroskey:


      "Before continuing directly with our own family from Samuel, 1725-1797, we will digress to John B's family since so many Tennessee families come from his line, and intertwine with our own. And also because our own ancestor, Alexander, his younger brother reportedly took part With him in the military campaigns in North Carolina, and died in one of the battles "in the arms" of John E. John seems to have taken over some real responsibility for Alexander's son, David.

      John Blair was the oldest son of Samuel and Elizabeth Blair, born in Rockbridge County, Va. He married Ann Houston Montgomery, granddaughter of John and Margaret Houston, and a cousin of the man who was to become General Sam Houston.

      The records are numerous.* He apparently went with his father and family to SW Virginia, and later into Blount County, Tenn. (then part of N.C.). The records have this to say,

      "Shelby's Chickamagua Expedition," an account of a surprise attack
      on their villages on Chickamauga creek. - "The Indians, 500 in number, astonished at the sudden invasion of their towns by an armament by -water, made no resistance, and fled into the mountains. The town was burned. John McCrosky, late of Sevier County, took a party and followed the flying Indians across the river, and dispersed a camp of them he found at Laurel Creek."
      J. G. Ramsey, DAR Chattanooga, 1926. Page 187

      Pension Application
      "The DECLARATION of John McCroskey in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June the 7th, 1832... State of Tennessee; Sevier County.
      On this eighteenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and thirty three personally appeared before me John Pitner, one of the acting justices of peace, for the county aforesaid, John McCroskey, a resident of the State and county aforesaid, aged seventy-five years seven months and twenty days, being born on the 26th day of September in the year 1757, in the County of Rockbridge, Virginia, as appears from the record of his father who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of congress passed the 7th day of June 1832.
      That he entered the service of the United States and served under the following named officers and served as herein stated that he was drafted when between 18 and 19 years of age, in the county of Rockbridge and state of Virginia, to perform a tour of duty three months for the protection of the frontiers against the incursions of the Shawnee Indians and joined a company of militia commanded by Capt. Andrew Moore, as a private soldier in the month of May one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six and was marched with said company from Kerr's Creek in the county of Rockbridge to Jackson's River then up the said river to the waters of Green Briar and passed the station at the leads of Green Briar then to Donala's station eight miles from the leads which station had
      *RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. 1745-1800, Chalky, Vol. I, page 20.
      been attacked by the Indians on a few days before and was in service three months in August of the same year, John Caruthers was lieutenant in said company, affiant received no discharge that he recollects of affiant states that afterwards he moved to the County of Washington and state of Virginia, and in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine he entered the service of the United States as a volunteer to perform a tour of duty against the hostile Cherokee Indians, and joined a company of volunteers commanded by Capt. Aaron Lewis and Lieut. Robert Edmonton (who was afterwards killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain), and marched from Abingdon under said officers in company with a company under command of Capt. Montgomery through the big island of Holston River. Affiant states that about 500 men rendezvous at the said island of Holston and that Col. Evan. Shelby and Robertson command that affiant with said troops descended the river in company to the mouth of Chickamauga Creek in the Cherokee nation near the great such in Tennessee, had some skirmishing with the Indians and served two months as a private soldier in that campaign. The most of which time was active and fatiguing service and that affiant joined in Capt. Aaron Lewis company in the month of March in the year aforesaid, to wit: 1779, and dismissed by the said Capt. Lewis in the May following without receiving any written discharge; affiant further states that in the month of June in the last mentioned year, to wit: 1779 he volunteered to perform a tour of duty for the protection of the frontier settlements on Clinch River against the hostile Indians who were committing depredations on the settlements and marched from Abingdon in Washington County in the State of Virginia under command of Lieut. Samuel Edmonson across Walker's Mountain to the new Garden Station on Clinch River and served two months as a private soldier under Lieut. Edmonson and dismissed without receiving any written discharge:
      the said McCroskey further states that he joined the service of the United States in the month of June in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty, being drafted to perform a tour of duty against the Tories and common enemy of the country and was attached to a company of militia. commanded by Capt. Wm. Edmonson and Col. Arthur Campbell to a Tory settlement called Baker's settlement on the three miles fork of New River, when we hung one Tory and disbursed a great many who fled to the mountains; affiant states that he served one month as a private soldier under said officers that campaign, dismissed by said Capt. Wm. Edmonson without receiving any written discharge; the said John McCroskey further states that on the 23rd day of September in the last mentioned year, to wit: 1780 in the county of Washington and State of Virginia he volunteered to perform another tour of duty for the protection of the Carolinas against British and Tories and joined a company commanded by Capt. Wm. Edmonson and marched from Abingdon in the County of Washington, State of Virginia, to Sycamore Shoals on Watauga River, the place of rendezvous where we were joined by Cols. Lewis and Shelby with about 440 men. Col. Wm. Campbell had about 1400 men, the officers held a council and the command was given to Col. Campbell - we then crossed the Yellow Mountains into North Carolina and across Tow River and through the old settlements of the Catawaba Indians and across Catawaba and broad river. After crossing the mountains we were joined by Cola. Wm. Cleveland and. Blandon with about 300 men; affiant was a mounted gunman this campaign and the mounted men rode all night the night before the action on King's Mountain, leaving (text illegible) foot behind and got up with the enemy about two o'clock in the evening having captured their picket before we got up with the main army; affiant was in battle and done his duty as a private soldier and assisted in defeating, capturing and guarding the Tories and British to the Mulber (text illegible) fields near Hillsborough in North Carolina and was in the service one month this campaign, and was dismissed by Ca. Wm. Campbell without receiving any written discharge. The said John. McCroskey further st... (text illegible) that in the month of February in the year one thousand and seven hundred eighty-one he volunteered to perform a tour of duty against the British in North Carolina, and in the County of Washington and the State of Virginia the place of his residence he joined a company commanded by Capt. Jas. Montgomery and was marched from the said County of Washington the nearest direction to the Moravian Town in North Carolina. Cal. Wm. Campbell commanded the troops from Washington County Virginia; Capt. James Dysart also commanded a company (repeated words omitted) from Washington County from the Moravian town we marched to Guilford County and joined Gen. Green and his forces connecting foot and horse. The cavalry was commanded by Cols. Washington and Lee. The day after joining Gen. Green, Col. Wm. Campbell with Maj. Reed and about 300 men, one of which was this affiant, having by some mistake separated from the main army had a severe skirmish with the British on the Rudy Fork of Haw River in which 25 men was killed. From the Rudy Fork of Haw River, affiant under command of said Capt. Jas. Montgomery and Col. Wm. Campbell was marched to Dan River; affiant states that he served one month this campaign as a private mounted gunman and was dismissed by Col. WM. Campbell at Dan River in North Carolina wihout any written discharge. The said John McCroskey states that he performed all of said tours of duty in time of the Revolutionary War. Affiant further states that all the time he served in the Revolutionary War does amount to ten months actual service. He further states that he has no documentary evidence of his service and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to the whole of his services and that said McCroskey hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension or annunity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any, affiant states that he is well known to Wm. Snoddy, John Houk and Edmond Hodges in his neighborhood who can testify to his credibility.
      Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year first written above. John Pitner, J.P. John McCroskey
      The Pension Application above was numbered 2781.
      The above document has special interest as describing the evident participation of one frontiersman in the battles of the Revolution, Another comment on his participation in the Battle of Kings Mountain is on record.
      "Capt. William Edmonson, one of Campbell's regiment remarked to John McCroskey, one of his men, that he was not satisfied with his position, and rushed forward to meet the charge of Ferguson's Rangers... When the contest was over, McCroskey,
      his faithful soldier and friend, went in search of his Captain, found him, and related the victory won, to which the dying man nodded his head in satisfaction."*
      John B is listed in THE DAR PATRIOTIC INDEX, 1966
      *BATTLE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN PARTICIPANTS, Wm. E. Cox, Kings Mt. National Military Park. COMMANDERS OF KINGS MOUNTAIN, S. D. Bailey, Edward H. DeCamp, Gafney, S.C., 1926. Page L8. KINGS MOUNTAIN AND ITS HEROES, L. C. Draper, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Md., 1971, p. 255.

      John Blair MoCroskey received several land grants:
      N.C. grant 734 for 200 acres in Greene Co., dated 11 July 1788 N.C. grant 1237 for 100 acres in Greene Co., dated 29 July 1793 (Greene Co. originally included present Blount & Sevier Counties)
      Tennessee grant in 1808 for 501 3/4 acres on Boyd's Creek in Sevier Co., among first granted by the new state. This grant adjoined land belonging to David McCroskey, Hopkins Lacy, and George and Christopher Lindenberger.
      In 1782 he was taxed with 1 poll in 1782 in Washington County, Va.# In 1787 he signed a petition from East Tennessee to the N.C. Legislature requesting that the "western inhabitants" be given a separate government.
      John and his family settled in Blount County. His home was three miles north of the Eusebia Church, was two stories high and made of hand made brick. The historical marker at the Eusebia Cemetery, where many of the family, including John, were to be buried, reads,
      "Early settlers coming down the Great War and Trading Path in 1784-5 camped here; it was the scene of the first death and burial. In 1786 the Rev. Archibald Scott of Virginia organized a Presbyterian congregation in the area; the church was built near where the cemetery had been started."
      The old Sam Houston School house, where Houston taught the term of 1812/1813 is nearby, and is now a State Historical Site.
      We will now turn to report on some of the members of the family of John Blair MCroskey and Ann Montgomery.
      Family No. 1. Samuel. See the family chart on next page.
      Other Children of John B. and Ann Montgomery
      Refer back to page 31
      Family 2. A letter from the S.A.R., Tennessee Society, to Thomas McCroskey, dated April 10, 1922, lists Alexander MCCallie as a soldier of the Revolution.
      See family page 45. Mary Sharp was a great aunt of Mrs. Joseph Sharp, currently living in Seveirville.
      6. John S. Weir was a son of Joseph, who in. Lucreta Williams, and d. in Augusta Co., Va., 1783. John who d. 11 March 1822 was a soldier.
      Lavina and John had no children of their own, but raised her brother Samuel's children. They acquired 160 acres of homestead from the government and settled 1 1/2 miles north of Decatur, Iowa.
      #ANNALS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, 1769-1800, L. P. Summers. P. 1046."
      Lary McCroskey refers to Dede Harrill & Joy Locke's site which has the following request: This TNGenWeb Project website is hosted by USGenNet, a nonprofit web-hosting service solely supported by tax-deductible donations. If this website has provided you with useful information, please consider making a donation to USGenNet to help keep websites like this online.
      Dede Harrill & Joy Locke's site:
      McCroskey Cemetery & McCroskeys in Rockville / Glenlock Cemetery in Monroe County, Tennessee
      Project By: Dede Harrill & Joy Locke
      Photographed by: Joy Locke March 2009

      John McCroskey-older stone March 17, 1788 - Nov. 10, 1866. Married 1st Lucinda Ann Grant and 2nd Priscilla McCray. S/o John Blair McCroskey
      John McCroskey-newer stone March 17, 1788 - Nov. 10, 1866.
      Lucinda Ann McCroskey Aug. 15, 1799 - Mar. 21, 1833. D/o Reubin & Temperance Freeman Grant. 1st W/o John McCroskey
      Priscilla McCroskey Dec. 28, 1808 - Nov. 23, 1879. 2nd W/o John McCroskey. D/o Henry & Mary Moore McCray
      Franklin K. McCroskey Dec. 17, 1824 - Aug. 8, 1853. S/o John & Lucinda Ann McCroskey
      James F.G. McCroskey Nov. 8, 1826 - Sep. 4, 1828. S/o John & Lucinda Ann McCroskey
      Mary Irene McCroskey-broken stone Aug. 3, 1875 - Feb. 24, 1876. 1st born of Benj. B. & Irene C. Barratt McCroskey. Benj. S/o John and Priscilla McCroskey.
      Nancy T. McCroskey Jan. 27, 1823 - Aug. 16, 1824. D/o John & Lucinda Ann McCroskey
      Patrick H. McCroskey Dec. 2, 1830 - Dec. 25, 1852. S/o John & Lucinda Ann McCroskey. Died of cholera on board the steamship Cortez, on her passage from Panama to San Francisco, Cal on the 25th of Dec. 1852. Aged 22 yrs, 23 d's. His body was committed to the Pacific Ocean in Lat. 11 N. Long. 88 58 West from Greenwich. (traveling with brother Joshua P.T.)
      Samuel McCroskey July 24, 1782 - Sep. 28, 1848. S/o John Blair McCroskey & brother to John
      Mary McCollum McCroskey: Died Dec. 26, 1817-no stone. 1st W/o Samuel McCroskey, md. Nov. 12 1816 Blount Co., Tn
      Elizabeth C. Grant McCroskey Mar. 19, 1804 - Aug. 23, 1824. 2nd W/o Samuel McCroskey.
      Sarah Tucker McCroskey Nov. 1, 1808 - Aug. 8, 1841. 3rd W/o Samuel McCroskey.
      Thomas Rowland McCroskey-broken stone ____, 1880 - Oct. 4, 1880. S/o Henry Montgomery & Mary E. Pearce McCroskey. Hard to read
      infant Gallaher: July 22, 1881 - July 22, 1881. S/o A.H. Gallaher. We could not find the stone
      Joseph F. Magill Feb. 14, 1882 - Mar. 9, 1882. S/o Willie N. & Sadie H. Peck Magill. Don't know of any relationship to McCroskeys

      McCroskeys buried in Rockville / Glenlock Cemetery
      Nancy Jane Mayo McCroskey-broken stone July 17, 1828 - Nov. 27, 1874 - Age 46 years. W/o Rev. Solon McCroskey who died in Garfield, Wa. & S/o Samuel & Sarah Tucker McCroskey. Solon md. 2nd Sibby Eliz. Eagleton.
      George C. McCroskey Sep. 26, 1854 - July 18, 1876. S/o Solon & Nancy J. Mayo McCroskey
      Robert F. McCroskey Nov. 6, 1880 - Dec. 26, 1880. S/o Solon & Sibby Eliz. Eagleton McCroskey
      Sarah C. McCroskey Nov. 10, 1850 - Aug. 25, 187?. D/o Solon & Nancy J. Mayo McCroskey

      "The McCroskey Families, along with other well-recognized families, helped to pave the way for the early settlements in Washington, Jefferson, Sevier, Blount, and Monroe Counties. The McCroskey, Montgomery, McCray, Nodding, Grant, Gallaher, Cunningham, Houston, Barrett, Mayo, Eagleton, Gilbreath, and Hope families make up a modern day “Who’s Who in History.” A McCroskey Family Tree shows family connections to all of these families mentioned as well as others that we read about in TN History. These families had close ties to the Presbyterian Church and played an important part in its organization in America.They served their country well with many taking part in a number of military campaigns.
      John Blair McCroskey served in the Revolutinary War, fought at King’s Mountain and in several Indian skirmishes (Pension # S2781). His wife was Ann Montgomery. Two of his sons, John McCroskey and Samuel McCroskey settled in Fork Creek Valley, east of Sweetwater, in Monroe Co., TN. John McCroskey was the first High Sheriff (1820 – 1830) in Monroe Co. and his brother, Samuel was the first Postmaster in Morganton and both held a number of political offices for many years. Their descendants became lawyers, educators, ministers, owners of various businesses, farmers, as well as serving in a number of political positions. Many of their descendants settled into other areas of TN as well as California and Washington State." (Text by Dede Harrill & Joy Locke)

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