Saturday, October 6, 2018

Will: James Anderson (1806)

Prince William County, VA
Will Book I, pg 171
James Anderson's Will

In the Name of God Amen I James Anderson Senior being in perfect memery but weak in body do make this my last will and testament. I will that all my leagel debts to paid and when it shall please God to call me home from this trancetrory world that my body to be decently buried in a certain hope of a joyfull resuraction through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Item 1 I will and bequeth to my well beloved wife Mary Anderson one third part of my estate during her natural life and at her decace to be ekuley devided among my children except my son James that has got his part already. 

Item 2 I will bequeth to my son James Anderson one Negree fellow named Joe one horse and mere two hogshead of toba. & six poun cash which I consider as his part of my estate and he is not to have any more nor no clame hereafter.

__ Item I will and bequith that all and every part part of my estate to be eqully devided among my other cheldreen only excepted as befor excepted.

__ Item it is my will and desire that my well beloved wife Mary Anderson and Presley Woodard will be my Executers after my decase. 

I have hereunto set my hand seal this twelth day of March one thousand eight hundred and six.

James [X his mark] Anderson {seal}

John [X his mark] Rollans
Henry Hope
Margreet [X her mark] Hope

At a Court held for Prince William County December __d, 1806
    The last will and testament of James Anderson decsd was presented to the Court and being proved by the oaths of John Rollans & Henry Hope was ordered to be recorded and Mary Anderson and Presley Woodyard the Excr and Exor mentioned in said will made oath to the same and having entered into bond with Security, who justified, according to law, Certifiate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.


J. Williams, Ct. Cur


[I've transcribed this Will with misspellings intact.  I often wonder if it drove the court clerks crazy when they were given an instrument filled with spelling errors.  Did they itch to correct them? --cgl] 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday's Faces From the Past: W. F. Cocke

Richmond Times Dispatch
20 June 1935


A fall festival was one of the ideas advanced yesterday at a conference of civic leaders held here yesterday under Virginia State Chamber of Commerce auspices. 

Left to right are:  H. W. Grave of the Luray board of trade; W. F. Cocke of the Manassas Dairy Festival; Alvin Smith, president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce; Judge F. C. Curry of Monterey, of the Highland County Tourist Association; W. W. Gibbs Jr. of Staunton, representing Shenandoah Valley, Inc., and J. W. Johns, president of the State Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Newpaper Tidbit: Serious Malfeasance in Office, if True (1868)

Richmond Whig
8 December 1868

Serious Malfeasance in Office, if True

Brentsville, Prince William Co., Va., November 29, 1868 -- Mr. Editor -- It is charged that a bold plan was arranged by the sub-jailor here and John T. Keys, who is confined under indictment for rape on his daughter, to effect Keys' escape to-night, but William E. Goodwin, Esq., the vigilant and exceedingly efficient sheriff of this county, getting wind of the plot, came with a posse this evening about 3 o'clock and took special charge of the jail. He placed a guard of five men to watch the prisoners, and turned the jail keys over to the guard.

Rumor is that the prisoner, John T. Keys, had arranged with the sub-jailor, a man named Charles Wright, to give him one hundred and seventy-five dollars, and that he (Wright) for that "consideration," was to open the prison doors.

No one here doubts that a scheme was on foot for Keys' re ease.

Correspondence Fredericksburg Herald

Monday, September 24, 2018

Deed: Loan: Alexander to Stith (1823)

Prince William County
Deed Book 9, page 78

To all to whom this present writing shall come greeting--

Know ye, that I Jane Alexander of the County of Prince William desirous of aiding and assisting as far as lies in my power my daughter Mary D. Stith and her children of the same County as long as I live have loaned and by these presents do loan unto the said Mary D. Stith the use of Matilda a negro woman during my pleasure or so long as I may live then to be returned, with any increase she may have in order to a division among my children (she being one of my dower slaves) as directed by the will of my late husband Gerard Alexander deceased as will appear by a reference to said Will.  In testimony whereof I have this 26 day of March 1823 affixed my hand and seal.

Jane Alexander {L.S.}

Griffin Stith Junr.
Otho W. Callis
Wm. Stuart

In the Clerks office of Prince William County Court May 19th 1823

This instrument of writting from Jane Alexander to Mary D. Stith was proved before me by the oaths of Otho W. Callis and William Stuart and admitted to record.

Teste P. D. Dawe      ct cur

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Newspaper Tidbit: Brentsville Items (20 Sept 1934)

Manassas Journal
20 September 1934


Mr. Jos. Keys and children visited Mrs. Keys' mother and sister last week in Rectortown, Va.

Miss Irma Wilson has returned to her home at Marshall where she enters second year high school.

Brentsville is glad to welcome Miss Dorothy Woodhouse back to the school this year.

Mr. and Mrs. Cash Keys and family returned from Washington last week after spending the week-end with Mrs. Keys' mother. Mrs. Keys attended the Daughters of America State session as a State representative in Washington.

Brentsville Community League will meet Friday night, Sept. 21, at 8 o'clock and it is hoped that as many as can will be present. The league is now working on a play to be given in October.

We see Mr. George Rhine driving his car again after his accident.

Master Lloyd Keys has returned to his home here after a minor operation and is able to return to his school again this week.

Mr. and Mr.s Blakemore visited Mr. and Mrs. George Nicely Sunday. Mrs. Goldie Nicely was home for Sunday.

We are glad to know that Mrs. Joe Keys is feeling much better after a lengthy illness, though still under the doctor care.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friend of Friends Friday: Tansill Promissory Note

Library of Virginia Chancery Collection (Index No. 1858-030)
Culpeper, Va 
Thomas W. Tansill v. Seymour Lynn (1858)

We the undersigned promise & oblige ourselves and our & each of our heirs excr's & admrs to pay or cause to be paid to Elijah Hansbrough or assigns the just & full sum of Twenty Dollars for the services of Maryann the year 1846 to clothe Maryann with good & sufficient summer & winter clothing including a blankett, & in like manner we bond ourselves not to transfer Maryann to any person whatever or suffer her to be carried out of this state without the counsel of her master under the penalty of double her value, but treat her with humanity & return her (if alive) with her winter clothing good on or before the 25th December 1846 with the said wages given under our hand & seals this 1 Jany 1860.

Samuel Tansill {seal}
W. Charles Merchant {seal}

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: Forsythe/Battle

Baltimore Sun (MD)
30 July 1916

Manassas, Va. -- Miss Lucy L. Forsyth[e], daughter of Charles E. Forsythe, of Haymarket, Prince William county, and Michael J. Battle, of Nichols,. S.C., were married Wednesday at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. W. V. Robertson, in Washington, by the Rev. C. K. Millican, of this county.