Monday, March 30, 2015

Will: Nancy Johnson (1823)

Prince William County Will Book M, pg 105
08 Oct 1823; proved 03 Nov 1823

In the name of God Amen I NANCY JOHNSON of the County of Prince William & State of Virginia, being sick & weak of body but of sound mind and memory thanks be unto God & calling to mind that it is appointed for all mankind once to die do make & ordain this as my last will & testament.  I.E.  I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping at the last general resurrection to receive the same again.  My body I give unto the dust to be buried in decent christian burial at the kind disposal of my friends.  The little goods which it has pleased providence in his mercies to bless my honest endeavors with I bequeath to my grand daughter JANE WEBSTER, daughter of JNO. WEBSTER & CHLOE my daughter his wife vi z one feather bed & bedding belonging thereto stead & three head of cattle & then increase four head of hogs & then increase with the remains of my household & kitchen furniture, farming utensils loom & gears & with all and singular my goods & chattles which I now or may in any wise belong to me at my decease the necessary burial & expenses excepted & I do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament revoking all others given under my hand & seal this eight day of October eighteen hundred and twenty three.


Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County November 3d 1823.

This last will and testament of NANCY JOHNSON decd. was presented to the court and being proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto is ordered to be recorded.

Teste,  P. D. DAWE

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: William C. Foley

Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL)
8 March 1902

FOLEY -- Died at 4:15 o'clock, Friday morning, March 7, 1902, at the family residence, 625 South Seventh Street, after an illness of two days, William C. Foley, aged 93 years, 9 months and 22 days.

Mr. Foley had been in good health until two days ago.  He then became ill, but at the time he was not thought to be more than slightly indisposed.  When serious symptoms developed the family became alarmed, and every effort was made to save his life, but he failed to rally.

Mr. Foley was born in Mt. Atlas, Prince William county, Virginia, in the year 1808.  Virginia offered few inducements to a boy with ambition, and when a young man he decided to come to Illinois and make the great state his home.  When thirty years of age he arrived in Springfield, settled down here to live and had since made the capital his home.

Miss Elizabeth E. Hutchinson became his wife June 16, 1840, the anniversary of his birth, and the second year of his residence in Springfield.  Seven children were born of the union, all of whom survive.  They are: John W. Foley, Pleasant Plains; William C. and Thomas E. Foley of this city; Anna V. Foley; Mrs. A. B. Mars; Misses Elizabeth C. and Flora F. Foley, all residing in Springfield.

Mr. Foley had been a familiar figure in Springfield for many years.  He had witnessed the growth of the city from a mere village to its present proportions; had seen the early struggles of its pioneers and was familiar with the stirring events of the last half century of the state's growth.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the family residence and the service will be private.  It is requested that no flowers be sent.  The burial will be made in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past: Keys-Chapin Family (?)

Below is another of the photographic treasures found in a California antique store that I mentioned in my January 10, 2015 post about Lost Heirlooms.  Like many lost heirlooms, this photo had nothing written on the back to identify the subjects or the place where the photo was taken.  This photo was included with a cache of prints identified as belonging to the Keys-Chapin family, so for the moment I am assuming that this grouping represents members of that family.

Do any of of these faces look familiar to you?  Does the location?  Can you estimate the year the photo was taken by the style of clothing?  If you found this photograph, alone and unassociated with a family name, how would YOU determine who/what/when?

Again, many thanks to my cousin Gentsia for permission to post and share her photos!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: Cared for at Almshouse (Edith Davis)

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
7 March 1898


Mrs. Edith Davis, the elderly woman from Brentsville, Prince William county, Va., who came here looking for a home and landed in the Police Court Thursday, as published in The Star at the time, is being cared for at the almshouse.  Judge Kimball has received an anonymous letter concerning the woman, a ticket to her home and $1 being inclosed.  A letter from a resident of Brentsville, also received by Judge Kimball, gave the information that the writer did not remember the woman.  It is the court's desire to send her to some place in Virginia where there is a charitable institution, as she belongs in that state, but he has not determined what action would be proper.  The day she surrendered to the police she declared she would not return home.

Evening Star
3 March 1898


A little old woman got off an Alexandria ferry boat yesterday afternoon and inquired for the  nearest police station.  She was directed to the fourth precinct, on E street, southwest, where she afterward appeared and made known the object of her visit to this city.  To Sergeant Smith she gave her name as Edith Davis, and said she had come here for the purpose of getting a home.  The sergeant found that she could  not get in the almshouse, as she is a non-resident.

"The only thing I can do," he explained to her, "is to take you to court, and you may have to go to the workhouse."

"Anywhere," she said.  "All that I want is a home."

Although her appearance indicated that she is not far from seventy years old, she declares she will not be forty-eight until the 29th of next July.  This morning she was in the Police Court on a charge of vagrancy.  She said she had walked from Brentsville, Prince William county, Va., to Alexandria, and had paid 10 cents to come over on a ferry boat.  She starred from Brentsville last Friday, she said, and people in the county were kind enough to feed her and give her lodgings.

For several years, she says, she has lived from house to house.  She refuses to return home, and the court committed her to give time to communicate with the woman's friends in Virginia.

[If Edith Davis had, indeed, been 48 years of age at the time of this incident, she would have been born 29 July 1851. ~cgl]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday's Child: Josephine Hanna / John Jenkyn Davies

Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
24 October 1842

DEATH.  On Thursday morning, the 20th instant, in Occoquan, Prince William county, Virginia, Josephine, youngest daughter of Francis and Eliza F. Hanna, aged 5 months and 9 days.

Manassas Journal
8 December 1916

Funeral at Trinity Church

Funeral services for John Jenkyn Davies, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Davies, who died last Thursday in Baltimore, took place Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.  Interment was made int he Manassas cemetery.  The services were conducted by the rector, Rev. J. F. Burks.

The pallbearers were four little boys -- Hawes Davies, jr., James Jenkyn Davies, Allison A. Hooff, jr., and John Bowling Hooff.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Annie E. (Keys) Tolson

Woodbine Church Cemetery, Independent Hill, VA

Jan. 12, 1867
Mar. 18, 1933

Manassas Journal
23 March 1933


Mrs. Annie E. Tolson, wife of Mr. L. G. Tolson, died at her home near Independent Hill, Va., March 18, in her 67th year.  Mrs. Tolson had been in ill health for several years and a great sufferer for the past few months.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two sons, Messrs. Clay and Claude Tolson of Washington, D.C., also a brother, Mr. Billie Keys of North Carolina and a large number of relatives and friends.

She was a loving wife and a kind mother.  Her remains were laid to rest on Sunday in Woodbine churchyard.  Rev. Miller, pastor of Minnieville Baptist church, officiated.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Amanuensis Monday: Will: Hubberd Saunders (1851)

Hubberd Saunders Will
PWCo Will Book Q, page 6

In the name of God Amen, I Hubberd Saunders, in this my last will and testament, do bequeath to my beloved wife Livea all of my Estate that is to say all money in hand, on money due, and all of my personal and real Estate for her and her heirs, forever.

Given under my hand and seal this 12th day of July 1851.

Hubbard Saunders {seal}

Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us.

R. F. Brawner
Frances Robertson

In Prince William County Court, march 1st 1852

This last will and testament of Hubbert Saunders decd was proved according to law by the oaths of R. F. Brawner & Frances Robertson witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded and the motion of Redmon F. Brawner who made oath & together with Philip D. Lipscomb his security entered into & acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $300 conditioned as the law directs. Certificate is granted and the said Redmon F. Brawner for obtaining letters of administration on the said decedents estate with the will aforesaid annexed in due form.


J. Williams CC