Monday, August 3, 2015

Will: William Roach (1819)

Prince William County Will Book L, pg. 303
21 Sep 1819; proved 01 Nov 1819

In the name of God Amen I WILLIAM ROACH of Prince William County and State of Virginia being in sound mind and good memory do make this my last will and testament to wit I give and bequeath to my loving wife CATHRINE ROACH all my property person and real during her life and at her death to the lawfull heirs of her boddy.  Given under my hand and seal this twenty first day of September in the year of our lord eighteen hundred and nineteen. 


Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County November 1st 1819.  This last will and testament of WILLIAM ROACH decd. was presented to the Court and being proved by the oaths of JAMES FEWELL and HOWISON HOOE is ordered to be recorded and administration (with the will annexed) of WM ROACH decd. is granted to THOMAS THURMAN who took the oath of an administrator and entered into and acknowledged a bond with security according to law.

Teste, PHIL. D. DAWE

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Captain W. F. Williams

Richmond Times Dispatch (VA)
7 April 1908

Captain W. F. Williams

Bristol, Va., April 6 - Captain W. F. Williams, sixty-six years old a native of Brentsville, Prince William County, Va., died here to-night of pneumonia.  He was captain of Company A, Fourth Virginia Regiment of the Confederate army.  For many years he was prominently connected with the railroads here.  Two sons and three daughters survive.  His only surviving sister, Mrs. Somerville, resides at Manassas.

[In the book 4th Virginia Cavalry by Kenneth L. Stiles, William F. Williams enlisted April 23, 1861 at Fairfax Courthouse at the age of 19.  He was discharged July 23, 1862. ~cgl]

Chuch Record Sunday: Manassas Churches Plan Prayer Week

Evening Star (DC)
3 January 1915


Services to Begin Monday Evening in Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church

Manassas, Va., January 2 -- The churches of Manassas will observe a week of prayer, beginning Monday evening with services in Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, conducted by Rev. C. E. Simmons, a superannuated Methodist minister.  The services Tuesday are to be conducted in Grace Methodist Episcopal Church South by Rev. Dr. H. L. Quarles, pastor of Manassas Baptist Church; Wednesday in the Presbyterian Church, by Rev. J. E. Slick, pastor of Asbury Church; Thursday in the Baptist Church, by Rev. J. F. Burke, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, and Friday in Trinity Episcopal Church, by Rev. E. A. Roads, pastor of Grace Church.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thriller Thursday: Henry W. Reid

Richmond Times Dispatch
26 January 1908


Henry W. Reid, From Prince William, Murdered in Washington

Washington, D.C., January 25 -- Henry W. Reid, of this city, who came to Washington from Prince William county about five years ago, was murdered in front of his home, on F Street, near North Capitol, about 1 o'clock this morning.  A few feet from where the body was found another man was held up and robbed earlier in the evening.

Reid's body was terribly cut, and a bloody oyster knife found near by had evidently been plunged through the top of the skull into the brain, producing instant death.  The body was found by two policemen before it had grown cold.  Four arrests have been made, but the police have only slight clues.

Reid was the proprietor of a saloon near Union Station.  He was in the habit of taking home every night the cash receipts for the day, and it is believed that the murderers knew of this, and were seeking money.  They took his gold watch and chain, and probably some change from his pocket, but the police found in the cash drawer at the saloon this morning $146.  Reid was the son of the late William Reid, who ran a hotel near Brentsville, not far from Manassas.  The young man was clerk of the Tremont Hotel for a time, and later opened a saloon.

He was recently placed in charge of the affairs of a new hotel company, which was to erect a hotel near the new Union Station.

The body will be taken to Prince William for interment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Will: John Patterson (1804)

Prince William County Will Book I, pg. 29
2 Jun 1804; proved 2 Jul 1804

In the Name of God Amen I JOHN PATTERSON of Prince William County in the state of Virginia being very sick but of sound disposing mind and memory thanks be to God do make this my last will and Testament in the following manner.  Imprimis.  It is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid in the first place.

Item I give and bequeath to my loving wife MARYANN one third part of my whole estate.  Item I give and bequeath to my son POSEY PATTERSON the sum of one shilling current money.  Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter CINDERILLA MOUNTJOY one shilling current money.  Item I give & bequeath unto my son FRANCIS PATTERSON one shilling current money.  Item I give and bequeath unto my son JESSE PATTERSON one shilling current money.  Item I give and bequeath unto my eight youngest children named ELIZABETH, PHEBE, WILLIAIM, ALEXANDER, RICHARD, JENNY, BETSY, NANCY and POLLY all the rest of and residue of my estate to them and their heirs forever.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my loving wife MARYANN my whole & sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all and every former will or wills be me heretofore made.  In Witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.

JOHN [his mark] PATTERSON   {seal}

Signed sealed published and declared by the testator JOHN PATTERSON as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers whom he called upon to witness the same


At a Court held for Prince William County July 2nd 1804

The last will & testament of JOHN PATTERSON decd. was presented to the Court being proved by the oaths of JOHN WILLIAMS & PETER RISING was ordered to be recorded.



At a Court of Quarter Sessions held for Prince William County November 5th 1804

MARYANN PATTERSON Executrix name din the last will and testament of JOHN PATTERSON decd. came into Court and made oath to the said will according to law and having taken the oath of an executrix and given bond with security according to law certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.


J. WILLIAMS   Ct. Cur.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: West Fletcher

Baltimore Sun (MD)
18 February 1903


Mr. Fletch(er) Stricken with Heart Disease in His Store

Warrenton, Va., Feb. 17 - Mr. West Wood Fletch(er), merchant and postmaster at Buckland, Prince William County, died suddenly this morning shortly after opening his place of business.  His death was caused by heart trouble.

Mr. Fletcher was a gallant Confederate soldier and was a member of the Fauquier Guards of the Forth ninth Virginia Regiment.  A widow and several children survive him.

[West Fletcher lost a leg at Fredericksburg, VA in 1863 ~cgl]

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friend of Friends Friday: Ex-Slave Buried With Honors: Eppa Barnes

Manassas Journal
8 January 1931


Eppa Barnes, colored, aged about eighty-eight, died at his home in Independent Hill in the closing hours of 1930 after an illness of several years.

The old fellow was very popular.  During his long confinement many people would call on him to cheer him up.  His wife, who survives him, is equally well known and well liked.

Back in the days "Befo' de war," Uncle Ep is stated to have been domiciled with the Copen family, well known in the anals of Prince William. The family plot in which he was buried was  a part of the old estate.

He leaves eight sons and one daughter.

The funeral which took place on New Years Day was one of the county's biggest in recent months, and there was a profusion of beautiful flowers.

Elder A. J. Garland, of Clarendon, performed the rites at Uncle Ep's home, and many who attended came from without the county.

Prince William misses its old timers who have lived right and tried to lead their sons and daughters in teh same path.