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.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday's Obituary: James R. Purcell

Richmond Times Dispatch
1 February 1916

[Special to the Times-Dispatch]

Manassas, VA, Januar 31 - Funeral services were held here to-day for Mayor James R. Purcell, of Gainesville, a lifelong resident and native of Prince William County, who died at Staunton on Saturday.  He was seventy-eight years old and a veteran of the Civil War. At one time he was a member of the House of Delegates from Prince William County and was a former deputy sheriff of this county. He is survived by his widow and four children, three of whom are sons.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Crime & Punishment: Thomas Daniell (1792)

Virginia Gazette and Agricultural Repository
14 June 1792

THOMAS DANIELL, personally appeared before me  Alexander Lithgow, Esq., Justice of the Peace for the County of Prince William, maketh oath on the holy Evangalist of Almighty God, that an escape from either the Prisons at Alexandria or Dumfries other than a termination of his life during the whole of his confinement, never was directly nor indirectly with him in contemplation, and that such an alternative never has or ever shall enter his mind or breast, that no consideration on Earth shall cause him to prove unfaithful as a Prisoner, either to his friends or adversaries. Given under my hand this 19th day of May, 1792.


After seven months experience of my fidelity as a prisoner, for more than ten times the amount, in value of the new writs, immediately, on a DISMISION, of the former ones, it was most unmercifully circulated, that I intended to break Jail, to frustrate so cruel a report, occassioned the above affidavit.

Agents in London have caused arrests to take place in New York, Lord Mansfield's opinion and practice was invariably not to demand any kind of bail on processes, or affidavits issuing from any foreign courts of judicature, for reasons of exemplary, justice and policy.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Current Affairs: George Ray Farm

After a Planning Commission public hearing on April 4, 2018, Prince William County gave the green light to Ray's Regard, a proposed 350 housing development on the old George Ray Farm.  

Before the property disappears forever, David Cuff and Don Wilson of Historic Prince William have written an informative article about the property's history and the Ray family, that can be found HERE.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Deed: Renoe to Tackett Gift Deed (1800)

George Renoe to Eliz. Tackett et al
Deed of Gift
Deed Book 1, pg. 64-65

This Indenture made this 1st day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred by George Renoe of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia Witnesseth that the said Geo. Renoe for the natural love and affection I have towards Elizabeth Tackett, Polley Tackett, Fanny Tackett and Nancy Tackett I do here by freely clearly and absolutely give unto the said Elizabeth Tackett, Polley Tackett, Fanny Tackett and Nancy Tackett three negroes viz. Winney about twenty nine years old, Samuel about five years old also Philip about three years old being formerly the property of William Tackett purchased of him by the said George Renoe for them to hold possess and enjoy peaceably the said negroes and increase from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever to claim by George Renoe his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns likewise I authorize Charles Tackett at the signing of this Indenture to divide the said negroes equally between the said Elizabeth, Polley, Fanny and Nancy Tackett at the time that Elizabeth Tackett shall be at age, also to hire the said negroes to the best advantage untill the said Elizabeth Tackett arrive at age and se[e] that the said negroes is well cloathed and used likewise.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in

the presents of
Wm. Jam[e]son
Eli Renoe Junr.

                Geo. Renoe {seal}

At a Court held for Prince Wm. County the 5th day of May 1800.

This deed of gift from George Renoe to Eliza. Tackett et al. was proved by the oaths of Wm. Jameson and Eli Renoe Jr. and ordered to be recorded.

John Williams    Cl Cur

Friday, March 2, 2018

Newspaper Tidbit: Rose Hill

Alexandria Gazette
6 July 1842


Under the authority of a decree of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery of Prince Wm. county, Va., pronounced in the suit of John Lloyd vs. Margaret S. Chapman, John G. Chapman and Wm. Herbert, I will offer for sale, by public auction, for ready money, on Saturday the 13th day of August next, (being the second Saturday in that month) before the front door of Mrs. Merchant's Tavern, in the town of Dumfries, at 12 o'clock, M. the following pieces, or parcels of land, that is to say: --

150 acres of land (more or less) called "Rose Hill," 38 1/4 acres of marsh; 30 acres which were conveyed to Thomas Chapman, deceased, by Bertrand Ewell and Jesse Ewell; one undivided fourth part of 300 acres on Powell's Run; also one undivided fourth part of 225 acres, commonly called "Young's Tract," and one undivided fourth part of 78 acres, purchased by Chapman from Foxworthy.

The above described land is in the immediate neighborhood of Dumfries in the County of Prince William, in Va.

The undersigned, selling as commissioner will convey such title only as vested in him by the decree of the Court.