Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Kate (Sinclair) Latimer

Free Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
30 March 1901

Mrs. Kate Latimer, who died in Prince William county Monday, was buried at the Manassas cemetery Wednesday.  She was the only daughter of M. B. Sinclair, for many years clerk of the courts of Prince William county.


Church Record Sunday: Dumfries Episcopal Church

Evening Star (DC)
29 July 1916

All-day services will be held tomorrow in the Episcopal Church at Dumfries, Va., in commemoration of the 164th anniversary of church life in Prince William county. The present edifice rests upon stones which formed a part of the foundation for the church erected upon the same site in 1752. The churchyard surrounding the little chapel is the last resting place of ancestors of men and women whose names, it is pointed out, are a part of Virginia history, in literature, and in the affairs of church and state.

The little village of Dumfries, early in the seventeenth century one of the foremost seaport towns in Virginia, is now situated at the head of the Quanitco creek, where navigation is impossible for even a small canoe. The oldest inhabitant directs the visitor to the spot where once stood the tobacco houses where English traders bought the weed recommended by Sir Walter Raleigh, the bank of Dumfries, where reposed the wealth of Virginians of colonial days, the old mill which converted Virginia grain into flour for ocean trade, or the old Dumfries theater, where colonial society thronged to see the latest product of the English stage.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Madness Monday: Maggie Compton Perkey Clore

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
21 October 1946


Manassas, Va., Oct. 21 -- A Manassas man, arguing with his daughter about being sent to the county almshouse, shot her to death and then killed himself yesterday, Sheriff J. P. Kerlin reported.

Police listed the father as Thomas Lawson Compton, 65. His daughter, who had been twice married, was Mrs. Maggie Compton Perkey Clore.

Sheriff Kerlin said the father protested plans of his daughter to send him to the almshouse and fired two shots, striking her in and near the heart, and then shot himself through the head. The shooting occurred in the daughter's home on the Centerville road near here. Her two sons by a former marriage, aged 3 and 10, witnessed the shooting the sheriff said.

Beside her sons, Mrs. Clore is survived by her husband, a railroad employee and a daughter, Mrs. Mike Papa.

Dr. E. H. Marsteller, Prince William County coroner, issued certificates of homicide and suicide.

[The death certificate for Maggie Compton Perkey Clore notes her burial to be at Cannon Branch Cemetery in Manassas, VA. ~cgl]

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Thomas Owen Taylor

Sun (Baltimore, MD)
28 January 1911


Prominent Manassas Citizen Expires Suddenly at Home

Manassas, Va., Jan. 27. - Mr. Thomas Owen Taylor, a retired merchant, and former Mayor of Manassas for several successive terms, died of apoplexy at his home here late last night.

Mr. Taylor, who had been in feeble health for some time, left his home shortly before 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon for a walk to the post office.  After proceeding about half a block he turned back, reentered his home and, within a few moments, was stricken with apoplexy while seated in a chair. He never regained consciousness, dying seven hours later.

Former Mayor Taylor was the son of the late Joseph D. and Francis Housean Taylor, of upper Prince William county, Virginia. He was born October 12, 1834. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was in Texas and joined the Fifth Texas Infantry. Coming to Virginia with his command, he was in the battles of Seven Pines, the Wilderness and the Seven Days' fight around Richmond. Later he was a surgeon's assistant in Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond.

In 1868 he married Miss Anna Mary Smith of Baltimore. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Alfred Al Curtis, later Bishop Curtis, in Mount Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife and six children - Mrs. Alice A. Hutchinson, of Loudoun county, Virginia; Mr. T. Ramsay Taylor, of Norfolk; Miss Anna Selina Taylor, Mrs. Robert M. Weir and Mrs. C. Armistead Sinclair, of Manassas, and Mr. B. Conway Taylor, of Baltimore.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow at Trinity Episcopal Church and burial will be in the Manassas cemetery.

The pallbearers will be Dr. C. R. C. Johnson, Messrs. George C. Round, G. Raymond Radcliffe, H. F. Button, and W. Parker Wilson.

A s a mark of respect the public schools of Manassas were closed this afternoon.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Madness Monday: Smith / Cash / Davis / Dawson

Alexandria Gazette
12 November 1859

We are credibly informed that a letter was received from New York State on Thursday, by a gentleman in Prince William County, stating that Gerritt Smith has not put himself nor been put into an insane asylum, but has disappeared from his home, and is supposed to have gone to Canada.

Alexandria Gazette
5 December 1867

MAGISTRATES' OFFICE. -- Sidney Cash, a colored woman, about twenty-one or two years of age, born in Prince William county, Va., was examined yesterday evening at the jail, before Justices Beach, Summers and Colton, by Drs. A. W. K. Andrews and Wm. Gibson, on the charge of lunacy.  The charge was sustained, and arrangements at once instituted to secure her admission into the asylum at Staunton.

Daily National Republican (DC)
7 June 1871

SUICIDE - A man named Charles A. Davis, supposed to be insane, committed suicide by hanging himself from the limb of a tree with his suspender, near his home on the road between Brentsville and Dumfries, Prince William county, Virginia, on Saturday last. When found his feet were touching the ground.

Alexandria Gazette
17 May 1873

James Dawson employed at Dodds, carding mills, in Prince William county, and a man of family, is said to have become insane.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Coming Soon: Justice and Vengeance: Scandal, Honor, and Murder in 1872 Virginia

Just in time for the completion of the renovation of the Brentsville Jail comes a book about one of the most sensational and dramatic murders in Prince William County:

"In Justice and Vengeance, Arwen Bicknell offers the first full account of the events leading up to the shooting of James Clark by Lucien Fewell and the sensational, headline-grabbing murder trial that followed. Set against the backdrop of Reconstruction, tumultuous Virginia politics, and the presidential election of 1872 featuring Ulysses Grant, Horace Greeley, and protofeminist Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential candidate, Bicknell paints a vivid picture of the evolving South as she traces the families and fortunes of Lucien Fewell, a hellraiser with a passion for drink and for abusing Yankees and scalawags, and James Clark, a rising legal and political star with a wife, a daughter, and a baby on the way."

Justice and Vengeance by Arwen Bicknell is available for preorder here.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Shopping Saturday: Undertaker

Manassas Democrat
16 March 1911

G. D. Baker, of Manassas, will open an undertaking establishment here at the Hill, with James B. Cole as manager.  We are in a quandary whether to wish this firm extensive success in business or not.  Anyway we know we won't be the first customers if we can help it.