Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: John Meredith Hooe

Richmond Times Dispatch
21 October 1916

Manassas, Va., October 20 -- The funeral of John Meredith Hooe, deputy sheriff of Prince William County, who died on Tuesday of hemorrhage of the brain, was held yesterday at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  The pastor, Rev. E. A. Roads, was assisted by Rev. Alford Kelley, pastor of the Manassas Presbyterian Church, and Rev. J. Royal Cooke, pastor of the Greenwich Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Hooe was a member.  Five Prince William County councils of the order of Fraternal Americans took charge of the service at the grave.  Mr. Hooe was a member of Aden Council.

Mr. Hooe was forty-six years old and a nephew of the late Representative Elisha E. Meredith, of Virginia.  His wife and seven children survive.

[John Meredith Hooe is buried beside his wife, Margaret Bertha Kiewit Hooe, in the Manassas Cemetery, Manassas, Va. ~ cgl]

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: Will of Late Redmon Foster

Manassas Journal
24 January 1913


Several Lady Friends Remembered by the Testator in Small Bequests

The last will and testament of the late Redmon Foster, who died December 26, 1912, has just been probated.

The instrument, which is written in the testator's hand writing with an indelible pencil and upon common writing paper, contains an unsigned codicil by which he disposes of his wearing apparel, bed clothing and a few articles of furniture, to Miss Ella Fogle and to Miss Effie Hale the sum of $30.  After providing for the payment of his funeral expenses and all other just liabilities, he makes provision for the following legacies:  Mrs. Jas. R. Dorrell and Miss Lillian Jones, each $50; Mrs. Wm. E. Lipscomb, Mrs. Nettie Garrison, and Mayan Shacklett, each $50; Mrs. Herbert Tolson $30; and Misses Pocahontas Lynn, Faith Chapman, Lucy Harrison, Maude Hall, Stella Kesky and Violet Scott, each $30.  The remainder of the estate is bequeathed to Mrs. Jas. R. Dorrell and Miss Lillian Jones, share and share alike.  The will is dated December 4, 1912, and Thos. H. Lion is named as executor of the same.

It has been stated by some of the testator's closest friends, who have known him for a period of over fifty years, that he has some twenty or thirty thousand dollars in United States bonds besides other bonded assets.  We understand that none of the bonds, with the exception of $3,000, have yet been located.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: Prominent Men of PWCo

Manassas Journal
10 September 1904

Hon. C. E. Nicol
Judge of the 16th Judicial Court

Capt. Jas. E. Herrell

Edwin Nelson
Clerk Circuit Court

R. H. Hooe
Commissioner of Revenue
District No. 1

Doctor H. M. Clarkson
Superintendent of Schools

Hon. W. C. Wagener
Mayor of Manassas

Hon. J. B. T. Thornton
Commonwealth's Attorney
Member of the late Constitutional Convention

Hon. Thomas H. Lion
Member House of Delegates

Hon. Wm. E. Lipscomb
Ex-Judge County Court

F. C. Rorabaugh

James M. Barber
Commissioner of Revenue
District No. 2

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Marriage Licenses

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
23 December 1905

Marriage licenses have been issued to the following:

Frank Dixon and Mamie S. Jackson
Robert H. Sims and Marle A. Garrison
Jesse Twyman and Addie Williams
James Felder and Alice Banks
William E. Higgins and Rosalle Groves
Theophilus B. Houston and Maud I. Glass, both of New York city
Henry M. Milburn of Detroit, Mich., and Grace E. Buchanan of this city
Ernest Henderson and Mamie Robinson
Alfred Clark and Bessie Love, both of Prince William county, Va.
Louis A. Schaefer and Etehl E. Wright, both of Baltimore, Md
Joseph Bolden and Alrene [Arlene?] Christian
Benjamin Curtis Miller of Martinsburg, W. Va and Cornelia S. Finley of this city
Jolle M. Gastra of this city and Eelkjen H. Youngsma of Douglass, Mass
George W. Evans and Ellen C. Dorsey
Alexander Deavers and Nora Goldenstein
James Bailey of this city and Lizzie Coats of Vienna, Va

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: William P. Hereford

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
27 September 1905


Resident of Virginia and Veteran of Seminole War

Dr. William P. Hereford, a well-known resident of Prince William county, Va., died a few days ago at his home, near Wellington, in the eighty-ninth year of his age.  Dr. Hereford was a veteran of the Seminole war in Florida, and is said to have been the last survivor of that conflict with the Indians.  He was one of the two messengers that brought the news of the capture of Osceola from the battleground to the outside world.

He practiced medicine in this city long before the civil war.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Will: John Biggs (1805)

Prince William County Will Book I, pt. 62
7 Apr 1804; proved 2 Sep 1805

In the name of God Amen I JOHN BIGGS of the County of Prince William being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect memory do make constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say after all my just and lawful debts are paid my desire is that my loving wife ELISABETH shall keep all my property together for the support of my children as hereafter named Viz. ANN, ELENOR, WILLIAM, FANNY, JAMES & ELIZABETH.  My further desire is that if my wife should marry she shall in that case be allow3ed a third party of my property and finally my will and desire is that after the death of my wife the whole of my property of what kind soever shall be divided among my children as above named and allotted and take possession of the residue for the benefit of my loving children aforesaid and hereby ordain, constitute my good friend FRANCIS MANUEL SENR. Executor of this my last will revoking and making void all wills heretofore made.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seale this seventh day of April 1804.

JOHN BIGGS  {seal}

Signed sealed published & declared as and for the last will & testament of the above named JOHN BIGGS in the presence of us


At a Court held for Prince William County Sept. 2nd 1805.

This last will and testament of JOHN BIGGS decd. was presented to the Court and being proved by the oath of HENRY D. HOOE was ordered to be recorded.



Monday, January 12, 2015

Military Monday: Services Accept 23 Manassas Selectees

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
25 July 1943


Manassas, Va., July 24 -- Twenty-three of the 39 white selectees sent to Richmond for induction July 16, were accepted by the Army, Navy and Marine Corp.  Seventeen have been ordered to report for duty Friday at Camp lee.  They are:

Hughes, Norman B.
Cornwell, Emory L.
Weatherholtz, T.M.
White, Alvin R.
Speakes, Hilleary J.
Chenault, Homer C.
Monaghan, T.D.
Gregory, James L.
Kincheloe, Lloyd
Bell, Earl F.
Showalter, R.W.
Ambrose, John
Kelly, Ernest T.
Somers, Glen L.
Kellison, Lewis A.
MacKenzie, J.D.
Hereford, Hobert D.

Four who reported to Richmond this week to be assigned to duty in the Navy include Wallace H. Lynn, Marvin K. Wells, Richard C. Hayden, jr., and Theodore A. Nelson.

Benny Otho Weaver and Joseph Anthony Jagiello of Quantico were accepted by the Marine Corp.