Friday, November 21, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Lease Agreement: Sowden to Tansill

The following document was submitted as supporting evidence in Culpeper County, Virginia in the 1859 chancery case of James A. M. Muschett v. Seymour Lynn (as executor of the Estate of Samuel Tansill).

Sowden to Tansill
Lease of Slave
24 May 1841

We Ann Sowden & John Sowden have this day hired to Samuel Tansill, two negro men (Thomas & Philip) for one hundred and twenty dollars per year, commencing the first day of June Eighteen hundred & forty one and the said Tansill is to clothe them, pay their taxes and treat them with humanity, and pay the 1st one hundred and twenty dollars as follows, viz, he is to pay thirty dollars on the first day of Sept eighteen hundred & forty one and thirty dollars on the first day of Dec 1841 and thirty dollars on the first day of March eighteen hundred & forty two and thirty dollars on the first day of June eighteen hundred and forty two, and it is further on by the said Ann & John Sowdon that whatever interest may accrue on the bonds, which the said Tansill now holds of ours as assignee of Thos. A. Farrow shall be deducted from the above named hire of one hundred and twenty dollars.  In witness whereof we the parties to the above agreement have hereunto set our hands & affixed our seals this 24th day of May Eighteen hundred & forty one.

Ann Sowden {seal}
John Sowden {seal}
Samuel Tansill {seal}

I certify that the above contract is a true copy of a contract filed in the case in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery in Prince William County of Alexander v. Sowden.

Milton Fitzhugh Clk

Of Circuit Court of Pr. Wm. County

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thriller Thursday: W. R. Staples

Richmond Times-Dispatch
September 14, 1922


[Special to the Times-Dispatch] Fredericksburg, Va. Sept. 13

While en route from his home in Fairfax County to Manassas, a few monrings ago, the horse being driven by W. R. Staples became frightened at a dog and cow on the roadside.  The animal bolted, throwing from the vehicle Mr. Staples and his wife, who was accompanying him.  Mr. Staples became entangled in the lines and was dragged for one hundred yards over a rough stretch of road.  When assistance reached him he was carried to the Speakes' home.  Dr. W. F. Merchant treated the injured man.  Mr. Staples died in a short time.  Mrs. Staples was uninjured.  Mr. Staples was 59 years old.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Goldie Weber

Woodbine Church Cemetery, Independent Hill, VA


February 22, 1914
July 11, 1923

Goldie Weber was the daughter of Philip and Gertrude Weber.  She is age five with her parents on the 1920 federal census for Coles District.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Belle (Grayson) and Luther Oscar Lynn

Sudley Methodist Church Cemetery
August 30, 1850
Dec. 22, 1919

Sudley Methodist Church Cemetery

Wife of
May 1, 185
Nov. 16, 1927

Luther Oscar Lynn was the son of Luther Langdon Lynn and his first wife, Mary Frances James Currell.  He married Isabella Frances "Belle" Grayson on December 23, 1875 in Prince William County.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Maggie Keys (1923)

Manassas Journal
January 12, 1923


Mrs. Maggie Keys Passes Away at Home of Her Son in Brentsville

Mrs. Maggie Keys, widow of the late R. A. Keys, a Confederate veteran, died at the home of her son, Mr. L. F. Keys, in Brentsville, on January 7 after an illness of about a month.  Her death was due to the infirmities of age, she being in her 85th year.

The deceased was married to Mr. Robert A. Keys in Alexandria in 1862 from which union was born five children, four sons and one daughter, namely, John T. Keys, J. M. Keys, R. H. Keys, and L. F. Keys, all of Brentsville, and Mrs. John Weeks, of Fairfax C.H., all of whom survive her together with seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. R. Cooke at the Union Church at Brentsville ,her body being laid to rest in the family burying ground at that place.

The many beautiful flowers were a token of the esteem in which she was held in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Nicol/Iden

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
November 21, 1912

Christ Episcopal Church was the scene of a brilliant wedding at 8 o'clock last night, when Miss Pauline Fauntleroy Nicol, daughter of Judge Charles Edgar Nicol of this city, became the bride of Dr. Benjamin Iden, Jr., of Manassas, Va.

The bridal couple entered the church to the strains of a wedding march, played by Mrs. Simpson of Washington.  The bride was accompanied to the altar by her father, by whom she was given in marriage.  Rev. William J. Morton, rector of the church, performed the ceremony.

The bride wore a gown of ivory-tinted charmeuse trimmed with Venetian lace and tulle caught with orange blossoms.  Her ornaments were pearls, and she carried a bouquet of bride roses.  Attending the bride was her sister, Miss Julia Nicol, who acted as maid of honor.  She wore white lace over green, an carried a bouquet of violet chrysanthemums.  The bridegroom had for his best man his brother, Dr. John Iden, U.S.N.

The bridesmaids were the Misses Lucille Smith and Marguerite Newhauser, Washington, D.C.; Janette Powers, Port Royal, Va.; Dellia Dudley, Washington, Va.; Nellie Uhler, Cora Jones, and Christina Kemper of this city.  They wore yellow with violet trimmings, and carried violet crysanthemums.

The groomsmen were Harvey Jacobs and Jack Harper, Washington, D.C.; Milton French, Jack Stevenson, Edmund Hunter, Aylet Nicol and Edgar Nicol.

The church was attractively decorated, the color scheme being yellow and violet, while the chancel was banked with palms.  A reception followed the wedding at the home of the bride, 316 North Washington street, after which Dr. and Mrs. Iden left for New York, where they will make their home for the winter.  Those present from out of the city were:  Mrs. J. B. T. Thornton, Manassas, Mrs. H. M. Dudley, Washington, Va.; Dr. John Iden, Manassas; Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Harper, Washington, D.C.; Judge and Mrs. Ashley M. Gould, Washington, D.C.; Mr. and Mrs. John Nicol, Manssas; Mr. A. T. Holtzman, Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Maude Rrazill, Newport, R.I.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Will: Charles Hoff (1814)

Prince William County Will Book K, pg. 289
01 Jan 1814; proved 06 Jun 1814

In the name of God Amen I CHARLES HOFF of Prince William County and State of Virginia being in perfect health thanks be to the Almighty God for his mercy toward me do make this last will and testament if I the said CHARLES HOFF do not return from the Expedition that make over my property to Item I give unto my nephew JOSHUA HOFF one horse bridle an sadle one set of black smith tools.  Item and I leave to four well beloved sisters all my property that BETTY, JANE, SARAH and NANCY HOFF.  Exception the horse bridle and tools.  Item and if any money arising from the sd. Estate that can be paid without disfurnishing themselves.  Item I leave unto CORNELIUS and THOMAS HOFF four hundred dollars two hundred each.  Item and I leave my well beloved brother JOHN HOFF my etn. Of my estate so long as he carry on the business with prudence and economy.  Item and my Exetrx is not to make way nor sale of any of the said estate but it  to remain in the hands of my sisters during there natural lives.  As witness my hand and seal this first day of January eighteen hundred and fourteen.



At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County June 6th 1814.

This last will and testament of CHARLES HOFF deceased was presented to the Court by JOHN HOFF the Exor. therein named who made oath to the same according to law & the said will being proved by the oaths of HENRY HOPE and WM. HOPE is ordered to be recorded and the said JOHN HOFF having taken the oath of an Exor. and performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste, PHIL. D. DAWE