Friday, May 31, 2013

Friend of Friends Friday - Will of Spencer Ball

Prince William Co. Will Book N, Page 426
Will date 1 January 1831; Probate date 4 June 1832

In the name of God amen.  I Spencer Ball of Prince William County and State of Virginia being now in perfect mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in the following manner and form revoking all other wills by me heretobefore made.

1st. I give to my son Francis Waring Ball, my boy Robert son of Aggy.

2. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Lucy Carter her choice of all my women.

3rd. I give to my son Alfred Ball, my man Armstead.

4. I give to my daughter Louisa Ball my woman Suckey daughter of Chloe, with her increase.

5. I give to my daughter Adeline Ball my woman Maria Sally's daughter with her increase.

6. my daughter Frances Tasker Lewis having now in her possession a mulattoe woman called Polly with her children (on loan) which woman and children were sometime ago sold by the sheriff and conveyed to Mr. Carter who purchased them for and on my account no conveyance having been heretofore made of the said negros it is my request that Mr. Carter may convey his title to my beloved wife to dispose of at her death as she shall see proper; but my request is that my daughter Lewis shall still  hold the negroes (on loan) until her death.

Particular circumstances rendering it at present impracticable to make such a distribution of our joint Estate as would be desirable and just confiding entirely on the prudence of my beloved wife, to make a proper and suitable distribution hereafter.  I give and bequeath to her all the rest and residue of my Estate of every kind whatever, and as I owe no debts, which may not be immediately paid.  I desire that no inventory or appraisements may be made thereof and that she shall give no security as Executrix.  I recommend to my beloved wife to consult with her brother Mr. Geo. Carter whenever she may want advice in conducting any of her affairs as I have no doubt that she will at all times find him willing to give her such information and advise as will be for her benefit -- lastly, I appoint my beloved wife whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament revoking all others by me heretofore made.  In witness whereof I hereto ___ my hand and affix my seal this eleventh day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.


acknowledged in presence of

At a Court of Quarterly sessions held for Prince William County the 4th day of June 1832.

This last will and testament of Spencer Ball decd. was proved according to law by the oaths of Joseph Suddoth and Edward L. Carter witnesses thereto, and is ordered to be recorded.

Teste, Jno. Williams

And at a court held for said county the 1st October 1832.

On the motion of Betty L. Ball the Executrix named in the last will and testament of Spencer Ball deceased who made oath to the said will and entered into and acknowledged a bond (without security according to the testators request it appearing to the court that he has left sufficient property to pay his just debts) in the penalty of $40,000 conditioned as the law directs certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form.

Teste, John Williams

[Friend of Friends Friday is a weekly blogging prompt from Geneabloggers that encourages the transcription and posting of records involving enslaved ancestors. ~cgl]

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Will: Christoper Windsor

Christopher Windsor Will
Will Book R, pg 63-64

I Christopher Windsor of Prince William Co. Va do make and ordain this my last will and testament in a manner and form following viz. I give and bequeath to my two sons, John Richard and James Thomas Windsor all my landed estate to be divided equally in a number of acres between them. [T]o my son John R. I give the lower end, and James Thomas the homestead. My boy John I give and bequeath to my son James T. Windsor and the rest of the blacks viz Margaret, Martha and two children and if there should be any other increase before the division I wish them equally divided between my two sons Jno. R. and James T. Windsor. The above named blacks (ie) Jno. Richards share of them I wish left in my son Jas. Thomas's hands in order that they may not be sold, yet they are for Jno. Richards benefit. I also bequeath to my son James T. the waggon and gear. I wish all the (ie) my property to remain as it now is so long as I or my beloved wife Sarah Francis shall live. All money I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Francis during her life. I also nominate, constitute, and appoint my son James Windsor sole Executor of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Twentieth day of Febr. Eighteen hundred and fifty-seven.

Christopher Windsor {X his mark} {Seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Testator Christopher Windsor as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, in the presence of the said Testator.

Ben Glasscock
Mynore E. Gregg
Edward T. Windsor

At a Court held for Prince William County October 2d 1865

This last will and testament of Christopher Windsor deceased was proved by the oath of Ben Glasscock a subscribing witness thereto which is ordered to be certified.

At a Court held for Prince William County February 5th 1866

This last will and testament of Christopher Windsor deceased was further proved by the oath of Mynore E. Gregg and ordered to be certified.

At a Court held for Prince William County July 2d 1866

This last will and testament of Christopher Windsor deceased which has been heretofore proved in this county by the oath of two of the subscribing witnesses is ordered to be recorded, and James T. Windsor the Executor therein named made oath thereto according to law, and having taken the oath of an Executor together with John R. Windsor his security who justified as to his sufficiency entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of four thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs, letter testamentary of the personas Estate of the said decedant and granted the said J. T. Windsor in due form.

Teste, M. B. Sinclair clerk

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Doctor Cyrus C. Marsteller

Alexandria Gazette - February 24, 1871

Departed this life, on the 8th instant, at his residence, near Gainesville, Doctor Cyrus C. Marsteller, in the 73d year of his age.  He was a native of Alexandria and reared therein.  He studied medicine with Doctor Elisha Dick, and graduated in the Maryland Medical University in the spring of 1818.  He soon left the pleasures of his happy home and early associates and located in the town of Buckland, in Prince William county, Va.  From there in a few months he removed to Haymarket and won the favor and approbation of his fellow-citizens by a scrupulous attention to all cases committed to his care.  He had a good knowledge of diseases prevalent in this section of the country, and was a close student up to the time of his death.

He practiced his profession upwards of half a century, and with great success.  Blessed with a good constitution, no weather, however inclement, prevented his immediate and constant attention to his patients, until at last he could scarcely put one foot before the other, nor did he cease to go when called on to within a few weeks of his demise.  Thus has fallen in our midst the man, who of all others, unprejudiced opinion, will say could be least spared.  He was a true and constant friend.  He had not united with any denomination of Christians, but the word of God was his companion during his leisure hours in his office.  He read it to know the will of the Great I am, and to find himself to be a sinner.

When spoken to on the subject of death, he said the subject had engaged his attention for a long time.  He was willing to cast aside self altogether, and embrace the Gospel plan of salvation, through faith in the righteousness of Christ Jesus and his ability to save to the uttermost all who come to God through Him.

He has left a wife and five children to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father.  May God, in his mercy, be with the bereaved household, and bless to their souls this visitation of his providence, and teach them that not a sparrow falls without His knowledge.

Prince William County, Va., Feb. 21.

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Alexandria Gazette - October 27, 1855

Valuable Land in Prince William for Rent.  The subscriber offers for rent his land near Haymarket, known as "Pageland" and "The Poplar Field" Tracts, comprising 1300 acres of the most valuable land in the county for farming and grazing, divided into 12 fields, including 150 acres of meadow.  The fields not in cultivation, are set in grass.  There are good buildings of every description, and a Country Mill on the farm.  The situation is one of the most healthy, and near the Gainesville Station of the Manassas Gap Railroad.  Early application is requested.  The privilege of fallowing immediately.

Cyrus C. Marsteller
Haymarket, je 16-eo3t&wtf

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Alexandria Gazette - May 13, 1850

At a Rules held in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery of Alexandria County, on the 1st day of April, 1850; Cyrus C. Marsteller vs. Charlotte M. Mitchell, late Charlotte M. Marsteller, Elizabeth A. Marsteller, Philip F. Marsteller, Richard H. Marsteller, Louisa W. Marsteller, and Leslie K. Marsteller, the two last named infant heirs of Ferdinand P. Marsteller, and Samuel A. Marsteller:  The defendants Richard H. Marsteller, Louisa W. Marsteller and Leslie K. Marsteller, infants as aforesaid, not having entered their appearance and given security according to the act of Assembly and the rules of this Court, and it appearing by satisfactory evidence that they are not inhabitants of this Commonwealth, It is ordered, that the said defendants appear here at the rules to be  held in the Clerk's office of said court for the month of June next, and answer the bill of the plaintiff, and that a copy of this order be forthwith inserted in some newspaper published in the town of Alexandria, for two months successively, and posted at the front door of the Court house of this County.

C.F.Lee, C. C.
Neale, P.Q. ap 2--2m

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Alexandria Gazette - June 26, 1841

NOTICE.  The Partnerships heretofore existing under the firm of R. H. Marsteller & Co. and C. C. and R. H. Marsteller are hereby dissolved.

Cyrus C. Marsteller
Haymarket, Prince Wm., Va., June 4--eo10t

Friday, May 24, 2013

June Events at PWCo Historic Sites

June Programs with Prince William County Historic Preservation

June 1, 2013                                                                                                                            
Prince William County at the Battle of Gettysburg Bus Tour                                                       
 8am - 5pm, $80 per person, includes box lunch, reservations required                                            
Take a day long tour of the Gettysburg battlefield, following in the footsteps of the soldiers who were from Prince William County.  The tour will focus on the places, people and events that relate to the regiments that hailed from Prince William County.  Locations visited will include:  Cemetery Hill, Culp’s Hill and Pickett’s Charge.  Find out where nativePrince William County soldiers made their sacrifices in America’s most memorable battle.                                                          
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872

June 8, 2013
Bird Walk and Bagel
8am; $10 per person, free for children under six
Our location along the edge of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River makes Rippon Lodge an attractive place for birds.  Join local birding experts on a guided walk of the grounds.  Discover our diverse population of song and raptor birds.  After the walk join us for bagels in the River Room.  Bring binoculars and guide books.   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  No pets please.  Tours of the house are included.  Reservations required.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812

June 8, 2013
Natural Wonders 
11am – 4pm
$5 per person, free for children under six
Be a nature explorer.  Learn about the reason the Port of Dumfries closed.  Where did trash go in the 18th Century?  Did mosquitoes bite George Washington?  Spend the afternoon in the great outdoors.  Explore 18th century natural world through modern science.  Environmental groups, archeologists, and historians will lead the way with demonstrations, games, stories and crafts.      
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812

June 8, 2013
Historic Preservation Talk and Hard Hat Tour of the Jail (Sponsored by HPF)
1pm - 3pm; $15 per person, reservations required, not for children under 16
This program will introduce the participant to the idea of “historic preservation” and cover such topics as what makes a building worth saving, examples of saved buildings in the county, and why historic preservation is important, especially for the environment.  Visitors will have an opportunity to go inside the jail during the restoration process focusing on the masonry and if possible the archaeological side of preservation as well, ex., Dovetail.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895

June 13, 2013
Lecture: The 155th Pennsylvania Infantry During the Civil War
7pm; Free, donations accepted
Author and historian, Bob Plumb, will give a detailed account of the 155th PA and it’s involvement in the Civil War.  Copies of his book, Your Brother in Arm:; A Union Solider’s Odyssey will be available for purchase and signing.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9246 Lee Street, Manassas, VA. 703-792-4754

DATE CHANGE!  June 15, 2013
BBQ and Baseball at Brentsville!
10am - 5pm; $10 per person, free for children under six
Summer is here and baseball is in full swing!  Come to Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre and enjoy watching and playing historic baseball, touring the historic buildings, and enjoy BBQ from local vendors. 
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895

June 15-16
Father's Day Tour at all Prince William County HPD Sites
11am - 4pm; $5.00 per person, free for children under six, FATHERS FREE
In honor of Father's Day, all fathers that visit Prince William County Historic Preservation sites on Father's Day weekend will experience a complimentary tour of the site.  If you dad enjoys military history, a history of tools, or anything else "manly" treat Dad to a visit of a historic site.  Everyone will enjoy the visit!
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA. 703-499-9812
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA. 703-367-7872

June 15, 2013
Juneteenth at the Lucasville School
11am-2pm; $5 per person, children under six free
Celebrate Juneteenth at Lucasville School, Prince William County’s only existent one-room school built for African American children.  Experience what a school day might have been like in the tiny building and participate in games and crafts that the children might have played.
Lucasville School 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas, Va. 703-365-7895

June 15, 2013
Road to Destiny:  The Route to Gettysburg
10:00 AM-4:00 PM; Free, donations welcome
Exactly 150 years ago Union soldiers would be marching and camping along Bristoe Station while they chased Lee’s army up into Pennsylvania and destiny.   Join us for a small living history on the park and learn about one of the hardest marches in American history.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  No pets please.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristoe VA 703-366-3049

June 20, 2013
Longstreet during the Gettysburg Campaign
7pm; Free, donations accepted
Join Author and Historian Ronald Hawkins for a detailed look at the Army of Northern Virginia’s second highest ranking General James Longstreet. Using maps and historic documents follow General Longstreet through a series of difficult and complex decisions the ultimately effects the outcome of the three day battle at Gettysburg.
Ferlazzo Auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr, Woodbridge, VA. 703-792-4754

June 22, 2013
The Confederate Road to Gettysburg!
9am - 5pm; $25 person, school aged children encouraged
Join local historians as they visit regional events surrounding the most pivotal battle of the American Civil War.  Tour will start at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre and car-pool to historic sites in the surrounding area for a guided tour.  Light refreshments will be offered; please pack a lunch.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, VA. 703-365-7895

June 22, 2013
Food of the Big House and Quarters:  Historic Foodways of the 19th Century                    
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $75 per person, space is limited, reservations required                                           
Come experience a new way of learning and enjoying history!  The food of the past was very different depending on where you lived and your social class.  You will be able to enjoy recipes of food that was popular in the 19th century among plantation owners in the “big house” and also the slaves and servants in the slave quarters.  Program includes food, drink, historic commentary and a tour                                                                                                                              
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109; 703-367-7872.   

June 23
On Sundays in Victorian America, it would not be hard to find the citizens of cities and towns.  They were worshiping and fellowshipping at the community church.  Join us atBrentsville Courthouse Historic Center’s Union Church for a unique program that focuses on 19th Century worship practices and church centered activities.  The program is conducted by Historic Faith Ministries, a volunteer community group.  Services will be held every 4th Sunday at 11:00 a.m. May through October at the Union Church.  For information, call Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre at 703-365-7895.

June 27, 2013
Lecture: The Campaigns of 1863: Road to Gettysburg
7pm; Free, donations accepted
Using maps, author and historian, Brad Gottfried, will give a detailed account of the troop movements during the 1863 Campaigns.  Copies of his Summer 1863 map book will be available for sale and signing.  
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9246 Lee Street, Manassas, VA. 703-792-4754

June 29, 2013
Antiques Appraisal Fair
11am-4pm, $10 per person for two appraisals. 
Find out how much your grandma’s silver is worth or if your yard sale treasure is real.  Appraisers from Two Guys Antiques in Dumfries will be onsite to appraise your items. Appraisers include; silver, furniture, textiles, paintings, jewelry, glassware, stamps, coins, military, and porcelain.  Please call the site to confirm appraisers and reserve your appraisal time.  House tour included with admission, tours on the hour, last tour at 3pm.  Reservations are highly suggested.    
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Judge Charles Edgar Nicol

Richmond Times Dispatch – October 10, 1924


Judge Charles Edgar Nicol, 70, Passes Away In Hospital.

[Special to the Times-Dispatch] Alexandria, VA, Oct. 21. – Former Judge Charles Edgar Nicol, 70 years old, one of the oldest members of the bar association and president of the Alexandria National Bank, died this afternoon at the Alexandria Hospital. His wife, who was Mrs. Florence Nash, of Warrenton; a son, Aylett B. Nicol, and four daughters, Mrs. Benjamin Iden, Washington; Misses Julia, Louise, this city, and Fannie, of Brooklyn, N.Y., survive.

He was born in Brentsville, Prince William County, Va., and was graduated from Richmond College in 1874 and from the University of Virginia in 1875, after which he was admitted to the bar. He had been identified with important litigation in the District of Columbia, State and Federal courts and also in Europe.

For six years he was a member of the Virginia House of Representatives, judge of the Circuit Court 1895 to 1907, when he resigned to run for Congress, trustee of Richmond College and Eastern College, deacon in the First Baptist Church, member of Masons and ex-president of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

[Judge Charles E. Nicol is buried in the Brentsville Public Cemetery, Brentsville, PWCo, VA.]

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Alexandria Gazette – July 19, 1873

At the commencement of Richmond college Charles E. Nicol, son of Judge A. Nicol, was presented with a gold medal for being the best writer in the Mu Sigma Rho Society of which he was a member, and had honors confered upon him as follows: Greek – intermediate and final. Mathematics – final, and graduated in French. This was his first session at college.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch – May 5, 1904

Judge Nicol Named. Governor Montague yesterday named Judge Charles E. Nicol of Prince William county to hold a part of the May term of the Culpeper Circuit Court for Judge D. A. Grimsley.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch – June 17, 1905

The Mayor Can Carry Pistol in Town. – Judge Charles E. Nicol of the Circuit Court of Loudoun decided in the case against S. C. Chancellor, Mayor, who was fined $75 by a justice of the peace for carrying concealed weapons, that the Mayor of any town had the right to carry weapons at any time, concealed or not, within the corporation limits and one mile beyond.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch – February 17, 1907

Judge Charles Nicol, who is aspiring to the seat in Congress made vacant by the recent death of Mr. Rixey, has begun a very active campaign, and Judge Nicol's many friends here are confidently looking forward to his election.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch – September 7, 1919

Judge C. E. Nicol of Alexandria and Manassas has established a scholarship in perpetuity at Richmond College in memory of his son, Charles Edgar Nicol, Jr., who died a year ago. The scholarship will be open to young men from the public schools of Prince William County, where young Nicol was born.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch – November 6, 1912

Judge and Mrs. Charles Edgar Nicol have sent out invitations for the marriage of their daughter, Pauline, to Dr. Benjamin Franklin Ide, Jr., Wednesday evening November 20, at 8 o'clock in Christ Church, Alexandria. A reception will follow the ceremony, from 8:30 until 11 o'clock at 316 North Washington Street, Alexandria.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch – October 29, 1924

JUDGE NICOL LEAVES ESTATE OF $150,000. Judge Samuel G. Brent Succeeds to Presidency of Alexandria Bank. – Judge Samuel G. Brent, of the courts of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, has been elected president of the Alexandria National Bank to fill the unexpired term of the late Judge Charles E. Nicol, Judge. Brent was vice-president of the bank.

An estate valued at $150,000 was left by the late Judge Charles E. Nicol, who died without a will. A son and widow qualified as executor and executrix.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Will: Roy W. Horton

Roy W. Horton Will
Will Book R, pg. 5-7

[Transcribed from a copy of the original Will, as hand-copied by clerk Lucien A. Davis for an 1885 chancery case of Henry M. Horton v. Meredith W. Horton (LVA PWCo chancery index no. 1885-009.)]

I Roy W. Horton of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia being aged and infirm but of perfect mind and memory do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say,

1st give at my decease to my son Henry M. Horton the sum of three hundred dollars to be paid to him and his heirs forever out of my estate by Executor, the interest left said son in liens proceeds real estate which is conveyed to me in trust to secure the payment of a debt due to Anthony Thorn of Two Hundred Dollars and costs to be sold by my Executors and the debts paid if any over to be refunded to said son

2nd I give to my son Russel E. Horton a negro boy named Jeff a slave for life to him and his heirs forever.  I also give to him a track of land bought of Miller, except thirty acres cut off on the east side to heirs and his heirs forever. 

3rd I give to my son Meredith W. Horton the services of a negro girl named Martha for his life and then to be provided for by him her increase her increase if any to him and his heirs forever.  I also give to my said son my mansion house with sixty four acres of land round the same, and thirty acres on the east side of the Miller land, I also give to my said son a track of land known as the oven stone of 143 acres to him and his heirs forever.

4th It is my wish and desire that in case of the death of Russel E. Horton or Meredith W. Horton without bodily ____ the property herein devised by me to revert to the surviving one.

5th It is my wish and desire that my Executor execute to Chs. H. Dotson and Emily & his wife a deed out of my Stafford land for thirty two acres to be laid of a round the house where the said Dodson now lives.

6th I give to my brother Benjamin B. Horton and sister Francis M. Horton 20 acres of land to live on free of rent for and during the natcherel lives and then to my three sons or their heirs.

7th It is my wish and desire that the balance of my Stafford lands and my stock of all kinds, household & kitchen furniture to be sold by my Executors and applyed to the payment of my debts, should that not be sufficient to pay my debts Meredith W. Horton is to pay the balance of them out of his proportion.

8th  I do hereby constitute and appoint John H. O'Rear & Meredith W. Horton Executors of this my last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this 23d day of February 1864.

Roy W. Horton {seal}

Signed sealed and acknowledged by Roy W. Horton as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto signed our names as Witness,
Walter Hore M.D.
Daniel T. Crump [?]

At a Court held for Prince William County October the 2d 1865

This last will and testament of Roy W. Horton decd. Was proven in open Court by the oath of Walter Hore a subscribing witness thereto, who also proved that the signatures of Daniel T. Crump another subscribing witness thereto is the genuine hand writing of said Crump which is ordered to be certified, and at a Quarterly Court held for Prince William County on the 6th day of November 1865.

The signature of Daniel T. Crump decd. Appended to the will of Roy W. Horton decd. Was this day fully proved by the oath of Robert t. Reeves and thereupon the said Will is ordered to be recorded. 

At a Quarterly Court continued and held for Prince William County on the 7th day of November 1865 John H. O'Rear one of the Executors named in the last will and testament of Roy W. Horton decd. In open Court renounced the burden of the execution thereof, and M. W. Horton the other executor therein named made oath thereto, and having taken the oath of an Executor, together with Jno. H. O'Rear, Isaac Bridwell and L. E. Horton his securities who justified to their sufficiency entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Two Thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs, letters testimony, on the estate of the said decedent are granted him in due form.

Teste, M. B. Sinclair, Clerk

[Note:  Misspellings in the document have been left as is. ~cgl]

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Newspaper Tidbit: Family Feud

The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky)
July 15, 1892

FAMILY FEUD.  One Near Washington Terminates In a Murder

Washington, July 15. -- There has been a family feud existing between two families living near Dumfries, in Prince William County, Va., for several years, which culminated in murder last Sunday.  It is said by citizens from that section that it is only the beginning of hostilities.

A woods picnic was held at Raccoon hill, near Dumfries, on Saturday last, attended by several hundred people.  Among the attendants were Joseph W. Jones and Thomas Jefferson Florence.  During a dance Jones purposely stepped upon the toes of Florence.

The latter did not resent the insult, and as a further affront Jones stepped on the foot of the lady Florence was dancing with.  This started a quarrel between the two men, which ended in Florence drawing a revolver and firing on Jones, the ball taking effect in his mouth and passing through his brain, killing him instantly.

Florence was arrested by officers who were present, and who hurried him off to jail to avoid lynching by the Jones faction.  Persons from that part of Prince William county say there is intense excitement and more bloodshed is looked for.