Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday's Obituary: Alexander H. Compton

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
4 July 1916

Alexander H. Compton Dead

Alexander H. Compton, seventy-seven years old, died yesterday at his home at Wellington, Prince William county.  He was engaged in farming.  Besides his wife he leaves a sister, Miss Mamie E. Compton.  His funeral will take place at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from Sudley M. E. Church, Wellington.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Amanuensis Monday: Deed of Trust: Lloyde to Nelson

Prince William County 
Deed of Trust:  Lloyd to Nelson
Deed Book 52, pt. 224

This Deed, made this 21st day of December in the year 1903, between B. M. Lloyde of the first part, and John H. Nelson trustee of the second part, witnesseth, that the said party of the first part doth grant unto the said party of the second part the following property, to wit; one bay gelding colt two years old, named "June" raised by the said Lloyde, also one bay mare named "May" about 8 years old, now a possession of said Lloyde at David Arringtons farm in said county and state, also one buggy and one set of buggy harness complete, the colt being now at David Young's farm on Buckhall road, near Manassas in Prince William county, Virginia, and said buggy and harness now at David Arringtons farm in said county and state, and said party of first part agrees to feed and care for said colt, and take good care of the residue of said property hereby conveyed.

In trust to secure to R. W. Merchant the payment of the sum of forth three 16/100 dollars with interest from date hereof, evidenced by note of said B. M. Lloyde, payable to said R. W. Merchant, at six months, bearing even date herewith, for said amt with interest as aforesaid. In the event that default shall be made in the payment of the above mentioned note when it becomes due and payable, then the said trustee, on being required so to do by said Merchant or his executors, administrators, or assigns, shall sell the property hereby conveyed for cash.

Witness the following signature and seal.

B. M. Lloyde (seal)

In Clerks Office Prince William County Court Dec. 21, 1903

This deed of trust from Lloyde to Nelson trustee was received in office acknolwedged by the grantor and admitted to record.

Teste,
E. Nelson   Clk

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday's Obituary: Notley L. Ball

Frederick News Post
21 May 1942

Purcellville, Va., May 20 -- Notley Lee Ball, 83, banker and retired stock dealer, died at his home here Monday following an illness of three weeks.  Mr. Ball was born in Prince William County and came to Loudoun when he was 8 years old.

Mr. Ball was first vice president of the Purcellville National Bank, and a member of the board of directors. He was a member of St. Frances De Sales Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Gertrude MacDaniel Ball; a son, Harvey M. Ball of Purcellville, and a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Ball Welsh, of Purcellville, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Wednesday.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Society Saturday: Prince William Items: Rhoda Fewell

Alexandria Gazette
15 July 1876

On Sunday morning last Rhoda Fewell was arrested at Manassas by officer Wallace Hixson on the charge of assaulting his wife on the night previous. He was tried before Justices Whiting and L. B. Butler, who sent him to jail for 12 months and in addition imposed on him a fine of $50. He was taken to Brentsville on Sunday evening. On Tuesday, his counsel, C. E. Nicol, esq., obtained a writ of habeas corpus from the Judge of the County Court, which was heard at 4 p.m. on that day. The Judge, after hearing the arguments of counsel, released the prisoner on the ground that the Justices had no right to try a case on Sunday.  The Commonwealth was represented by the Commonwealth's Attorney, E. E. Meredith, es., assisted by Judge Sinclair. The Commonwealth's Attorney as soon as the prisoner was discharged had him rearrested for the same offence and brought before Justice A. W. Sinclair, who sent him on to the grand jury and put his bail at $500. Fewell was unable to give the bail and consequently was committed to jail. He is also under arrest upon a peace warrent sued out by Mrs. Fewell.


[Lucien "Rhoda" Fewell is probably best known for the infamous 1872 murder of James Clark at the Brentsville jail.  A Civil War veteran, some have theorized that Fewell's "anger management" issues were symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD"). ~cgl]

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friend of Friends Friday: Ranaway: Benjamin H. Parker

American and Daily Advertiser (Baltimore, MD)
4 February 1842

WAS COMMITTED to the Jail of Baltimore City and County, on the 3d of January 1842, by Jas. Blair, Esq., a Justice of the Peace in and for the City of Baltimore, as a runaway, a negro boy who calls himself BENJAMIN H. PARKER. He says that he belongs to Wm. Simpson of Parkersburg, Va., and that he ranaway from John Fitzhugh, who resides near Brentsville, Prince William County, Va., to whom he was hired. He is 5 feet 3 1/2 inches high, 20 years of age, round pleasant feature. Had on when committed a black cloth coat, dark over coat, grey woolsey pantaloons, black stuff vest, black fur hat, and coarse shoes.

The owner, if any, of the above described negro is requested to come forward, prove property, pay charges and take him away, otherwise he will be discharged according to law.

James Disney, Warden of Balto, City and County Jail

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Those Places Thursday: Maple Spring Farm

Alexandria Gazette
1 July 1852

A DESIRABLE FARM FOR SALE. - Under authority of the last will and testament of the late Wm. B. Tyler, dec'd., I offer for sale that valuable FARM, called MAPLE SPRING, situated on bull Run, in the County of Prince William, one and a half miles from the Gainesborough Depot, and the Manassas Gap Railroad, in a neighborhood of the best society in Virginia, containing about 400 ACRES, of which about 300 is open land, the balance in fine timber. Of the open land 50 acres are in wheat, seeded in clover, and about 40 in timothy meadow, and the balance in clover and timothy of several years standing.

The improvements are a comfortable DWELLING with five rooms, closets, and excellent cellar; kitchen with rooms for servants, with a well of delightful water at the door. Barn for large crops of hay, having stalls for thirty cows, granary, stable, &c. -- Orchard, in which are some of the finest winter apples in this section.

This FARM was occupied by Mr. Samuel Look, Groveton Post Office, Va., who will give information respecting its value for agricultural and dairy purposes. Persons desirous of purchasing land are invited to visit and examine this FARM for themselves. Dr. J. B. Grayson, living adjoining, will show it, and can give all further information. Possession immediate, and a portion of the money being paid, the terms for the balance can be made easy.

M. E. TYLER Executrix of Wm. B. Tyler, dec'd

Prince Wm., co., Va., ap10-eotf

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Joy/Fogg

States (Washington, DC)
16 August 1859

January and May

A wedding came off at Brown's Hotel about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, in which the disparity of the ages of the happy pair occasioned some remark.  The parties were Miss Carrie E. Joy, late of Vermont, aged 18, and Mr. Carter B. Fogg, of Prince William County, aged about 60.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dabney Ball, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the presence of a large and attentive company.