Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Anna Stiff Bell

Manassas Journal
March 16, 1917


Young Daughter of Mr. G. W. Bell Succumbs to Illness of Months

Miss Anna Stiff Bell, youngest daughter of Mr. George W. Bell, died Sunday morning at her home in Manassas after a long illness.  She was eighteen years old and a member of the Methodist Church.

Funeral services took place Monday afternoon at Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, the pastor, Rev. J. Halpenny officiating.  The hymns sung were "Meet Me There" and "My Heavenly Home is Bright and Fair," which she had selected.  Interment was in the cemetery at Bradley.

Surviving members of the family are her father, three sisters, Mrs. J. I. Randall and Miss Myrtle Bell, of Manassas, and Mrs. Maximillian Goldrose, of Hillsdale, Md., and two brothers, Messrs. Charles W. Bell, of Chester, Pa., and Frank Bell, of Wellington.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Will: John Dye, Jr. (1798)

JOHN DYE Junr. Will
Prince William County Will Bk. H, pg. 260
18 Mar 1798; proved 7 May 1798

In the name of God amen I JOHN DYE JUNR. Of the County of Prince William & State of Virginia having my proper reason & memory do constitute this my last will and testament disallowing all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.  And first I recommend my soul to God who gave it, and as to my worldly property I do give and dispose of in the following manner.

Item I give unto my daughter SARAH LEE thirty pounds which she has already in her possession.

Item I give unto my daughter LYDIA PRIDMORE thirty pounds which she has already in her possession.

Item  I give unto my three sons namely JAMES, JOHN & DANIEL thirty pounds each, to be paid unto them as they come of age.

Item I give unto my beloved wife all the remainder of my estate both real and personal during her natural life, and after her death to be equally divided between my five children, or their heirs namely SARAH, DYDDA, JAMES, JOHN & DANIEL.  And I do hereby othorize and appoint my beloved wife MARY my Executrix & my friend RUTT JOHNSTON my Executor to this my last will and testament.  Signed sealed & pronounced this eighteenth day of March Anno Domi one thousand seven hundred & ninety eight.

JOHN DYE JUNR.  {seal}


At a Court held for Prince Wm. County the 7th Day of May 1798

This last will and testament of JOHN DYE JR. deceased was presented to the Court by MARY DYE and RUTT JOHNSTON the Executrix and Executor therein named who made oath thereto according to law and the said will being proved by the oaths of WILLIAM HIXON and WILLIAM DYE was ordered to be recorded and the said Executrix & Executor having performed what is usual cases certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Deed: Cole to Muncure (1839)

17 August 1839
Prince William Co. Deed Book 16, pg. 8

This Indenture made and entered into this 17th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine, between ALEXANDER COLE and SUSAN his wife, BASIL COLE and REBECCA C. his wife, WADY COLE, JOHN A. RATCLIFFE and DELIA his wife of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia and WILMON COLE of the County of Loudon and State afforsaid of the first part, and JOHN MUNCURE of the County of Stafford & State afforsaid of the other part. 

Witnesseth that the said Alexd. Cole and Susan his wife, Basil Cole and Rebecca his wife, Wady Cole, John A. Ratcliffe and Delia his wife, & Wilmon Cole, for and in consideration of the sum of ninety dollars in hand paid to them hath granted bargained and sold aliened enfeoffed and confirmed and by these presents do grant, bargain and sell, alien, enfeoff, and confirm unto the said John Muncure and his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying & being in the County of Prince William containing forty four acres 3 rude & 18 poles more or less and considered as follows to wit. 

Beginning at a stake on long branch corner to West 2nd running with West line 78 W 146 poles to 2 black oakes and sasifas on a ridge 2nd thence S 29.30 E 100 poles to a small hickery at 3rd Thence S 15.30 W 30 poles to white oak at 4th Quantico run and binding on the meanders to stake on long branch thence up the long branche containing 44 acres 3 rude & 18 poles together with all houses profits advantages, hireditaments ways waters, & water courses with the appurtenances of every kind & nature whatever thereinto appurtaining to have and to hold the afforsaid bargained premises with their appurtenances unto the said Muncure his heirs and assigns, to the only proper use and behoof of him the sd. Muncure and of his heirs and assigns forever, and lastly the afforsaid Alexander Cole & Susan his wife Basil Cole & Rebecca his Wife Wady Cole Jno. A. Ratecliffe & Delia his wife and Wilmon Cole for themselves their heirs Executors and administrators, doth by these presents warrant and forever defend the afforsaid bargained premises with their appurtenances, unto the said Muncure and his heirs and assigns against all claims of any person or persons whatever in witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year first above written.

Basil Cole
Rebecca C. Cole
Alexander Cole
Susan Cole
Wady Cole
Wilmon Cole
John A. Ratcliffe
Delia S. Ratcliffe

Received August the 28th 1839 from John Muncure Seventy dollars that being the balance in full due me for the tract of land sold and conveyed by the within deed to said Moncure.

Alexander Cole

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Larry R. Marbaker and Russell Marbaker

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

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

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.