Friday, September 7, 2018

Friend of Friends Friday: Tansill Promissory Note

Library of Virginia Chancery Collection (Index No. 1858-030)
Culpeper, Va 
Thomas W. Tansill v. Seymour Lynn (1858)

We the undersigned promise & oblige ourselves and our & each of our heirs excr's & admrs to pay or cause to be paid to Elijah Hansbrough or assigns the just & full sum of Twenty Dollars for the services of Maryann the year 1846 to clothe Maryann with good & sufficient summer & winter clothing including a blankett, & in like manner we bond ourselves not to transfer Maryann to any person whatever or suffer her to be carried out of this state without the counsel of her master under the penalty of double her value, but treat her with humanity & return her (if alive) with her winter clothing good on or before the 25th December 1846 with the said wages given under our hand & seals this 1 Jany 1860.

Samuel Tansill {seal}
W. Charles Merchant {seal}

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: Forsythe/Battle

Baltimore Sun (MD)
30 July 1916

Manassas, Va. -- Miss Lucy L. Forsyth[e], daughter of Charles E. Forsythe, of Haymarket, Prince William county, and Michael J. Battle, of Nichols,. S.C., were married Wednesday at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. W. V. Robertson, in Washington, by the Rev. C. K. Millican, of this county.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Amanuensis Monday: Deed: Hixon to Milstead (1915)

Prince William County
Deed Book 67, pg. 77
Hixon to Milstead

This deed made the 17 day of September 1915, between G. W. Hixson, party of the first part, and Frank Milstead party of the second part,

WITNESSETH: That for and in consideration of its value cash in hand paid by the said second party to the said first party, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said party of the first part doth by these presents bargain, grant, sell, release, convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part, with general warranty of title west half of lot Number 47, as designated in the plat and survey of West End Cemetery, adjacent to the town of Manassas, in the county of Prince William, the same to be used as a burial place for white persons only.

Witness the following signature and seal.

G. W. Hixson {Seal}

Prince William County, to-wit:

I, L. M. Jones, a notary public for the county aforesaid, in the State of Virginia, whose commission expires on the 12 day of August, 1916, do certify that G. W. Hixson, whose name is signed to the foregoing deed, bearing date on the 17 day of September, 1915, hath acknowledged the same before me in my county aforesaid.

Given under my hand this 17 day of September, 1915.

L. M. Jones, N. P.

In the Clerk's Office, Circuit Court, Prince William county, September 18, 1915.

This DEED from G. W. Hixson to Frank Milstead, was received with certificate annexed and admitted to record.

Teste:  J. E. Herrell, Clerk

[Manassas City Cemetery was also known as West End Cemetery and Citizens Cemetery/Confederate Cemetery.  ~cgl] 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Friend of Friends Friday: Canto Calbert / Cato

Washington Federalist (Georgetown, DC)
25 February 1807

30 Dollars reward

Ranaway from the subscriber on the 29th December last, a negro man named CATO, sometimes calls himself Canto Calbert, about 32 years of age, near six feet high -- tolerably well made -- very black complexion. Had on and took with him when he went away, a blue broadcloth coat, corded pantaloons and some country cloth clothes. He is a good fiddler, and very fond of playing on that instrument. I brought said negro about 4 years past, from Prince George's county, in Maryland. I expect he has made for Baltimore or Philadelphia & will endeavor to pass as a freeman. He was formerly in the possession of John Findlay.  I forewarn all persons from hiring or harbouring said Negro under the penalty of the law. I will give the above reward if delivered to me in Prince William county, or 20 dollars, for securing him in any jail in the United States.

John Sutton

Prince William county, Virginia
near Hay-market, Jan 20, 1807.  4twp

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday's Obituary: Mariamnie Ewell Compton

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
3 July 1924

Miss Mariamnie Ewell Compton, seventy-nine, daughter of the late Alexander H. Compton of Prince William County, died yesterday at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Alexander H. Compton, 819 King street.  Funeral services were held this morning at the residence, conducted by Rev. William S. Hammond, pastor of the Southern Methodist Church. Interment will be in the church yard at Sudley, Prince William County.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Friend of Friends Friday: John Owens

Alexandria Gazette
4 February 1860

$100 REWARD.

Ranaway on the 23d inst., my negro man JOHN OWENS, or JOHN BURWELL. He is sixty years old, rather bright mulatto; about 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high, and stout; very polite, and good address; somewhat grey, with full grey whiske[r]s; very high forehead, and somewhat bald. Took with him various clothing, and had a fancy push cap.

He has many acquaintances in Washington City, and will probably aim to get there. I will give $100 reward for him if taken in the District of Columbia or Maryland, and $25 in Virginia, in either case to be secured in jail, so that I get him

J. B. Grayson
Gainesville, Prince William County

Prince William county, jan 26-co2w

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Newspaper Tidbit: Buckland Woolen Factory

Alexandria Gazette
4 December 1867


The undersigned having become the owners of the "Buckland Mills," Prince William co., Va., two and a half miles from Gainesville Station on the Manassas Gap Railroad, have put the same in thorough repair, and now prepared to fill all orders for the


By the addition of new and improved machinery they hope to manufacture goods that will compete with the best, both in the texture and finish, in the markets. They have engaged as superintendent a gentleman who has had an experience of twenty years in the best woolen mills of England, and is known to be thoroughly skilled in the business. Every effort will be made to make their establishment worthy of the support and encouragement of those who desire the development of the manufacturing interests of the State, and the undersigned hope to receive a generous support in the undertaking.

The highest market price will be paid for wool, either in money or cloth.

John B. Hunton & Co.

Prince Wm co., nov 14 - eo3m