Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Maggie Retzer Groff

Woodbine Church Cemetery, Independent Hill (Photo by C.Lynn)



Lancaster Co. PA
Jan. 20, 1874

Prince Wm. Co. Va.
Dec. 11, 1904

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Alexander L. Dade

The Evening Post (New York, NY)
September 21, 1830

From the Norfolk Beacon, Sept. 17

It is with deep regret we announce the melancholy casualty by which the naval service has suddenly been deprived of a young officer of valuable promise, his associates of a companion high in their esteem, and a widowed mother and sister of one in whom their kindest affections were centered.

Midshipman Alexander L. Dade, attached to the U.S. ship North Carolina, in ordinary at the Navy Yard, Gosport, was accidentally drowned from that ship on Wednesday night last, by stepping from the bow port, as he was supposed upon the gratings in the head, but which unhappily having been removed without his knowledge during the day, he was precipitated into the river, and disappeared before assistance could be rendered.

Mr. Dade was a native of Prince William County, in this state, and a son of the late Judge Dade; he entered the naval service 1st Nov. 1827.

Every effort was made during yesterday, by dragging, firing of cannon, &c. to recover the body, but all exertion proved unsuccessful, until this afternoon, when it was effected, and received every attention from Com. Barron.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Those Places Thursday: National Bank of Manassas

The National Bank of Manassas was established in July 1895 and operated from 1896 to 1956.  Henry Fairfax Lynn was the Bank's first president and R. H. Lynn was its vice president.  It was originally located at 9406 Main Street but moved to the corner of Main and Center Streets in 1912.


April 20, 1911 Manassas Democrat

December 22, 1922 Manassas Journal

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When the National Bank of Manassas closed and the building was repurposed, the four front columns and the iron window bars were donated to Woodbine Baptist Church!  The columns now support the church's portico and the iron bars have been reshaped into a trellis for the Woodbine cemetery.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Motor Truck Runs Wild (1922)

Manassas Journal
July 28, 1922


Colored Man Injured When Emergency Brake Fails to Act

Cornelius Johnson, colored, was injured and the workshop and storeroom of Adolphus Roy damaged by a peculiar accident on Monday morning of this week.

Johnson, who is in the employ of Mr. W. E. McCoy, cranked up a truck in a garage of the Manassas Motor Company, and as the engine started the emergency brake slipped, throwing the motor into "high."  The truck rolled out of the garage building with Johnson clinging to the front of the machine between the bumper and the fender.  The truck headed for the Roy building and smashed head-on into the plate-glass window facing Center street.  The window was shattered, and the frame knocked out of position.  Johnson escaped with minor cuts and bruises.  Had it not been for the bumper on the machine he would probably have been crushed to death.

The damage done to the Roy building was repaired on Tuesday afternoon.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Will: Edward E. Carter (1821)

Prince William County Will Book L, pg. 407
20 Nov 1820; proved 01 Oct 1821

I EDWARD E. CARTER of Cloverland, Prince William County at this time laboring under a serious illness at Vermont of which I apprehend the consequence to be fatal, and being desirous of disposing of such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bestow on me, in the manner in which I wish it to go, in case I do not recover, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made.  Imprimis. I give devise and bequeath to my brother SHIRLY the whole of my tract of land called Cloverland, including the mill, with all the slaves, stocks of every kind, farming implements and all the rest of my personal property to him and his heirs forever, he paying all my just debts.  Item I give and devise to my brother CASSIUS, that tenement now occupied by MAY WASHINGTON under a lease for lives to him and heirs forever.  Item in testimony of the love and affection I have to my sister MARY WALKER I give and bequeath to her one thousand dollars to be paid her by my brothers SHIRLEY and CASSIUS in equal portions out of the property before given to them.  Item I desire that my brothers SHIRLEY and CASSIUS shall repay to my present overseer BAZIL TAYLOR in twelve months after my decease the sum of five hundred dollars, to enable him the better to provide for the wants of his family.  Lastly I constitute and appoint my two brothers SHIRLEY and CASSIUS Exors of this my last will and testament.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 20th day of Nov. 1820.

EDWD. E. CARTER  {seal}

Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of

At a Court held for Prince William County Oct 1 1821

This last will and testament of EDWARD E. CARTER decd. was presented to the Court and being proved by the oath of EDMUND BROOKE is ordered to be certified.

At a Court held for said County January 7th 1822.

This last will and testament of EDWD. E. CARTER decd. was presented to the Court and being fully proved by the oath of HENRY T. DIXON is ordered to be recorded & CHARLES SHIRLEY CARTER the Exor. named in the said last will and testament came into Court and made oath to the same according to law and performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste, PHIL. D. DAWE

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Ida Virginia (Stonnell) Brawner

Washington Times (Washington, DC)
February 9, 1911

The funeral of Ida Virginia Brawner, widow of John P. Brawner, who died at her residence, 113 South Alfred street, yesterday, will be held from the family residence tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Edgar Carpenter, of Grace Church, conducting the services.  Interment will be made in Bethel Cemetery.

Mrs. Brawner was the daughter of John A. Stonnell, and a native of Prince William county, although she has lived in Alexandria for many years.  She is survived by three sons, Philip Brawner, George Brawner, and Emory Brawner, and one daughter, Mrs. Effie Clements.  She was fifty-five years of age.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thriller Thursday: Narrow Escape from Death (1912)

Manassas Democrat
December 26, 1912


Two Brothers Badly Hurt

Frightened by an Automobile Their Horses Run Away and Trample Upon the Boys

Paul and Morris Groff narrowly escaped being instantly killed last Saturday while on their way home to Independent Hill.  They were on Center street near Brown & Hoof's mill when they heard an automobile behind them.  B. C. Cornwell seeing that the boys were frightened and that the animals would probably run away slowed up until he got nearly opposite the team when he shut off his engine.

The young men thinking they would be safer on the ground jumped out and ran to the animals' heads.  As the machine stopped they became frightened and began to plunge, knocking the boys down, stepping on one of them and then ran across both.  Morris Groff's leg was broken near the thigh while Paul was scratched about the chest and head, one of the horses stepping on his shoulder and severely  bruising it.

Mr. Cornwell thinking that both boys would be instantly killed turned his head.  After the team had passed over then he realized that they were severely injured.  He started his machine and picking up the boys brought them to Dr. W. F. Merchant's office where their wounds were attended to and later both were removed to their home at Independent Hill.