Saturday, March 3, 2018

Deed: Renoe to Tackett Gift Deed (1800)

George Renoe to Eliz. Tackett et al
Deed of Gift
Deed Book 1, pg. 64-65

This Indenture made this 1st day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred by George Renoe of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia Witnesseth that the said Geo. Renoe for the natural love and affection I have towards Elizabeth Tackett, Polley Tackett, Fanny Tackett and Nancy Tackett I do here by freely clearly and absolutely give unto the said Elizabeth Tackett, Polley Tackett, Fanny Tackett and Nancy Tackett three negroes viz. Winney about twenty nine years old, Samuel about five years old also Philip about three years old being formerly the property of William Tackett purchased of him by the said George Renoe for them to hold possess and enjoy peaceably the said negroes and increase from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever to claim by George Renoe his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns likewise I authorize Charles Tackett at the signing of this Indenture to divide the said negroes equally between the said Elizabeth, Polley, Fanny and Nancy Tackett at the time that Elizabeth Tackett shall be at age, also to hire the said negroes to the best advantage untill the said Elizabeth Tackett arrive at age and se[e] that the said negroes is well cloathed and used likewise.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in

the presents of
Wm. Jam[e]son
Eli Renoe Junr.

                Geo. Renoe {seal}

At a Court held for Prince Wm. County the 5th day of May 1800.

This deed of gift from George Renoe to Eliza. Tackett et al. was proved by the oaths of Wm. Jameson and Eli Renoe Jr. and ordered to be recorded.

John Williams    Cl Cur

Friday, March 2, 2018

Newspaper Tidbit: Rose Hill

Alexandria Gazette
6 July 1842


Under the authority of a decree of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery of Prince Wm. county, Va., pronounced in the suit of John Lloyd vs. Margaret S. Chapman, John G. Chapman and Wm. Herbert, I will offer for sale, by public auction, for ready money, on Saturday the 13th day of August next, (being the second Saturday in that month) before the front door of Mrs. Merchant's Tavern, in the town of Dumfries, at 12 o'clock, M. the following pieces, or parcels of land, that is to say: --

150 acres of land (more or less) called "Rose Hill," 38 1/4 acres of marsh; 30 acres which were conveyed to Thomas Chapman, deceased, by Bertrand Ewell and Jesse Ewell; one undivided fourth part of 300 acres on Powell's Run; also one undivided fourth part of 225 acres, commonly called "Young's Tract," and one undivided fourth part of 78 acres, purchased by Chapman from Foxworthy.

The above described land is in the immediate neighborhood of Dumfries in the County of Prince William, in Va.

The undersigned, selling as commissioner will convey such title only as vested in him by the decree of the Court.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

VA Association of Museum Awards Results




THANK YOU to everyone who voted in the Virginia Association of Museum's Ten Endangered Artifacts Conservation Award Project.

As a result of your efforts, the 1902 Poll Books were recognized for their research potential and historical documentation of voter disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth and awarded $2,000 towards the books' paper conservation efforts.

Thank you again! With your support we are able to preserve and interpret Prince William County's amazing history. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Your help is needed to conserve Prince William County History!

In 1902 Virginia passed a new state constitution in its legislature. The primary goal was to limit the African American vote throughout the state. There were numerous ideas as to how to do this without violating Federal Law. As a result, the following requirements were added – voters had to be able to fill out the voter registration form without any assistance, pay the annual poll tax for each of the three years prior, and to pass a quiz from the registrar on the Virginia State Constitution. The representatives did not want to disenfranchise poor whites, and thus also added a clause that any veteran of the US or Confederate military, or their son, was able to waive the above requirements and vote. As result of these news requirements, more than 88,000 individuals were disenfranchised.

This year, we submitted our 1902 Brentsville Colored and White Poll Books to the Virginia Association of Museums Top 10 Most Endangered Artifacts list, in an effort to bring awareness to these unique and important objects. We were selected as part of the Top 10, and beginning January 15 there will be public voting for awards of up to $5,000 in funds for the conservation of these books.

Voting lasts from January 15 - 24 at:

You can vote daily from each individual computer. There is no restriction on where the computer is, or who you are – each vote counts!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: McDonald/Kettle

The Sun (Baltimore, MD)
18 December 1903


[Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun]

Leesburg, Va., Dec. 17 - Miss Elizabeth Kettle, daughter of James Kettle, was married to John McDonald, formerly of Prince William county, at Evergreen Mills yesterday. Rev. S. G. Ferguson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiating.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday's Obituary: Lovell Marders

Alexandria Gazette
22 November 1869

DEATH OF A BAPTIST PREACHER -- The Rev. Lovell Marders, a well-known preacher belonging to the Baptist church, died at his home in Prince William county on the night of Monday last.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Military Monday: Men Receive Discharges

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
1 January 1946

14 Virginia County Men Receive Discharges

Manassas, Va., Jan. 1 -- Among Prince William County servicemen who have received their discharges recently are:

William H. Crummett, Nokesville, Army
James L. Gregory, Manassas, Army
Lewis J. Carper, Manassas, Army
Walter F. Davis, Woodbridge, Army
Cleveland H. Flory, Nokesville, Army
James L. Mayhugh, Bristow, Army
Robert L. Leith, Manassas, Army
Francis C. Wilson, Haymarket, Army
Vittorio Feriazzo, Triangle, Marines
James A. Douglas, Thoroughfare, Navy
James B. Muddiman, Manassas, Army
Maurice Posey, Manassas, Army
Howard C. Payne, Manassas, Army
Chester F. Smith, Dumfries, Marines
Howard E. Tribby, Manassas, Marines