Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Speaking of Brentsville

Free Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA) - July 25, 1899
Among the friends The Free Lance representative met at the Manassas Horse Show was Mr. Thacker S. Bradshaw, formerly of this city.  Mr. Bradshaw's home is at Brentsville, but he is one of hte most efficient chief clersk in the U.S. railway mail service.  He has served for fifteen yars and was appointed through the late Senator John S. Barbour, of this state.

The Free Lance (Fredericksburg, VA) - December 29, 1900
Mr. Andrew J. Davis formerly of Prince William county, died in Washington last week at an advanced age.  His remains were taken to Brentsville for interment.

The St. Paul Globe (St. Paul, MN) - June 10, 1902
A letter of Gen. Robert E. Lee to Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, dated Headquarters A. N.Va., Jan. 31, 1863, and complimenting "Sergeant Mickler and his party" for gallantry "in a skirmish in the streets of Brentsville on the 9th inst." sold for $5.

The Colored American (Washington, DC) - September 20, 1902
Miss Estelle V. Hedgeman, of Brentsville, Va., has returned home after spending a few days in the city with friends.  She will shortly resume her residence here. Miss Hedgeman was formerly employed in the Census, and is the owner of a farm near Brentsville.

Alexandria Gazette (VA) - January 23, 1905
Joseph B. Reid, of Brentsville, died at Providence Hospital, Washington, on Friday evening, aged seventy-one years.  Mr. Reid was a Confederate veteran, having served in Company H, Fifteenth Virginia Cavalry, throughout the civil war.  He represented Prince William county in the legislature in 1887-88, and had long been in the hotel business.  After brief services at the residence of hsi son, Henry W. Reid, in Washington Sunday the remains were taken to Manassas for the funeral and interment.

Richmond Times Dispatch (VA) - December 17, 1911
George C. Round, of Prince William county, has in his possession two interesting relics of the early days of that county.  One is the keystone of the first financial institution founded inPrince William county, the ank of Dumfries, located at old Dumfries near Quantico.  The slab bears the inscription, "William Waite Fecit, 1775."  The other relic is a slab from the first courthouse in Prince William county, which was built in 1731 at Dumfries which was then the county seat.

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