Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Announcement: Journal of Prince William County History

Calling all  scholars, teachers, history enthusiast and more! 

Join Prince William County Historic Preservation Division in their new partnership with the Prince William Historic Commission and Historic Prince William by contributing to the 
Journal of Prince William County History!

The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division, Historic Prince William, and the Prince William Historic Commission are joining together to create the Journal of Prince William County History featuring articles about local individuals, businesses, events, and more. Have your work included by submitting an article for the March 2019 inaugural issue! 

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Backus at or call 703-365-7895.
Thank you for preserving Prince William County’s History.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Church Record Sunday: Deed: Jackson to Baptist Society (1798)

Jackson to Baptist Society
PWCo Deed Book Z, pg 295

To all to whom this present wrighting shall come sendeth greeting. Know yee that I Samuel Jackson & Mary my wife of the County of Prince William for divers causes and considerations but more especially for the regard and Love I have for the Baptist Society Having given granted and confirmed and by these presents do fully freely & absolutely give grant and confirm unto the said Society a certain piece or parcel of land and is bounded as followeth, Beginning at a red oak saplin on the south side the road by the meeting house then S 77d N 45 po. to a Stone in the drane of the meeting house spring then S 13 E 2 po. to a white oak saplin then N. 77 d E 45 po. to a Stone on the Southside of sd. road then down sd. road S 10 W 12 Po to the road leading from the Occoquan MIlls then down the sd. road N 79 1/2 E 20 po to a stone, then N 10 E 18 p to a double body'd red oak then N 80 W 19 po to two read oak saplins then S 10 W 9 po to the beginning including about three acres. Together with every advantage that may be usefull to the sd. Society forever. And moreover the sd. Samuel Jackson & Mary his wife do warrant & defend the sd. premises from the claims of any persons or persons whatsoeve.r Claiming from by or under m. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals this twelfth day of May Anno Dom. One thousand seven hundred and ninety eight.

Saml Jackson {seal}
Mary Jackson {seal}

Sign'd seal'd & deliver'd in presence of
The words a certain piece or parcel of land
interlind in the eight line before signd

John Kincheloe
Philip Spiller

At a Court held for Prince Wm. County the 2d day of July 1798

This deed from Samuel Jackson and wife to the Baptist Society was acknowledged by the said Jackson to be his act and deed and ordered to be recorded.

John Williams        Cl Cur

Friday, July 6, 2018

Newspaper Tidbit: Run Away: Indentured Servant (1775)

Virginia Gazette
13 May 1775


Dumfries, April 6, 1775

RUN away, two Convict Servant Men, just imported from London, in the Justitia, Capt. Kidd, lying at Leeds Town, viz.--WILLIAM PEARCE, a stout likely Fellow, 5 Feet 8 or 9 Inches high, with red Hair, a fair Complexion, tolerably well dressed, and about 25 Years of Age. -- RALPH EMANUEL, about 6 Feet high, and about 22 Years of Age, strong made, and likely, with darkish coloured Hair, and is well dressed: He had on a Chocolate coloured Suitout Coat, with a red Cape, a little tarred, and a bound Hat, with a black Band round it.

They left the Company in which they were travelling a few Miles above Leeds Town, and both will certainly endeavour to pass for Sailors. To those used to the Smell of Servants just from a Ship they will asily [?] be discovered, unless they have procured new Clothes. I will give 6l, for securing them, 10l. for bringing both Home, or Half that for each. All Masters of Ships are forbid harbouring them, at their Peril.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Application for Citizenship: James Jenkyn Davies (5 May 1874)

The path to citizenship was a fairly simple, straightforward process in 19th century Prince William County.  Take the following 1874 application by J. J. Davies, presented before the court 5 May 1874:

Virginia to Wit: 
Appeared before me D. W. Whiting a justice in and for Prince William County, Harvey B. Varns, and after being sworn, testified that he is acquainted with James J. Davies, now of Brentsville, and knows him the said James J. Davies to have been a resident of the United States for five years. 
Given under my hand this 5th day of May 1874. 
D. W. Whiting

Know someone in the county who can verify you've lived in the U.S. at least 5 years?  Citizenship granted!

In "District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830-1955" database (, James Jenkyn Davies of England is cited as the father of an unnamed son on 10 October 1887.  His wife, Mildred Hawes Thornton, is a Virginia native. 

[Thank you to Ron Turner for sharing this find from the loose papers of the Prince William County archives.]

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday's Obituary: W. D. Wilcoxen (1888)

Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland)
1 May 1888

W. D. Wilcoxen committed suicide at his home, in Prince William county, Va., last Friday night. He climbed to the rafters of his barn, put a rope noose around his neck, and discharged a pistol into his head as he leaped down. He was found dead both by shooting and strangulation. He is well known in the District, having married Miss Mollie Manning of Georgetown.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: Mr. and Mrs. [Charles] Love Married Fifty Years

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
8 June 1917


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Love are to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary tomorrow at their home, 1210 Euclid street northwest. Mr. and Mrs. Love were married June 9, 1867, in Stafford county, Va. Mr. Love was born and raised in Dumfries, Va. Mrs. Love was formerly Miss Ellen M. Coakley of Stafford, Va., a daughter of Daniel and Susan Coakley.

The couple have nine children living, four sons and five daughters. They are Lucien Love of Fairland, Va.; Charles H. Love, jr., of this city; J. J. Love of Colesville, Va.; Luther Lee Love of this city; Mrs. H. Hopkins of Fairland, Va.; Mrs. Irene Plaskett of Alexandria, Va.; Mrs. D. Z. Ayers of Mount Vernon, Va.; and Mrs. E. Thompson and Miss Mary Love of this city. They have fourteen grandchildren.

Mr. Love, who is a Confederate veteran, served with Company A of the 49th Virginia Infantry.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday's Obituary: John Edward Redman

Richmond Times Dispatch
16 July 1948


MANASSAS, July 15 -- Funeral rites for John Edward Redman, 58, of Independent Hill, were conducted Monday at Baker's Funeral Home. Burial was in the family burial ground at Woodbridge.  Mr. Redman was killed Saturday on Route 234 near his home. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Ledmon of Triangle, and Mrs. Sadie Warren, of Manassas; two sisterss-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Redman, of Manassas, and Mrs. Myrtle Redman, of Washington.