Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Edwin Gaines

Alexandria Gazette – October 16, 1865

Mr. Edwin Gaines, a former well known citizen of Prince William Co., died suddenly, on Friday last, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad cars, while on his way to his new home in Nelson county. To many of our citizens, Mr. Gaines was well acquainted, and numerous friends hwere will regret his death.

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Alexandria Gazette – November 6, 1858

Prince William County – The County Court for this county, Seymour Lynn Presiding Justice; Edwin Gaines, Edwin Nelson andn Levi C. Lynn, associate justices, commenced on Monday last. But few cases have been tried up to this time (Thursday morning).

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Antoinette (Stoddard) Patterson

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas) – January 5, 1931

Dallas Morning News
January 5, 1931
WOMAN DIES IN DALLAS WHERE SHE MET MATE AS A VISTOR IN '80s. Church Leader of Dallas Dies. Mrs. Ed M. Patterson Formerly Neighbor of Washingtons.

Mrs. Antoinette Stoddard Patterson, wife of the late Ed M. Patterson, pioneer landowner of Dallas, died Sunday at 4:40 a.m. At her home, 2821 Routh street, where she has lived for twenty-four years. She would have been 69 years old Jan. 30. The funeral service will be held at the home Monday at 10 a.m. With burial in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Barry, Randolph Paine, Carl Buerbaum, B. E. Julian, R. R. Simpson and Gene Woods.

Mrs. John woods of Monterrey, Mexico, Mrs. Patterson's only child, and Miss Johnetta Woods, her only grandchild, were with her when death occurred, following a long illness.

Here Since Eighties. Mrs. Patterson came to Dallas in the eighties to visit Mrs. Barney Gibbs, and met Edward Martin Patterson, to whom she was married in 1881. They lived in Dallas continuously thereafter, and both were closely identified with the development of the city. Mr. Patterson died June 3, 1929. Mrs. Patterson was active in the Episcopal Church, being a communicant in the Church of the Incarnation. She taught a Sunday school class there, and was a member of the choir when the church was a mission. Her father-in-law, Judge James M. Patterson, was one of the donors of land for the first Episcopal Church in Dallas which stood at the corner of Elm and Lamar streets.

Neighbors of Washingtons. Mrs. Patterson was born on a plantation in Prince William County, Virginia, Jan. 30, 1862, being the daughter of John Sargent Stoddard and Annie Eliza Plummer Sargent. She has often described her old home as adjoining Mount Vernon, and has told how the Stoddards and the Washingtons “took turns” having the snow cleared away so that they could attend church. Mrs. Patterson's maternal grandfather, Dr. Benjamin Plummer, fought in the War of 1812, and a maternal ancestor Col. Issac Ewell, native of England, served as a Colonel in the Revolutionary War.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Georgiana (Chapman) and Samuel R. Bleight

Philadelphia Public Ledger - December 8, 1852

In this city on the 7th inst., Dr. SAMUEL R. BLEIGHT, of Fauqueir county, Va.

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 18, 1910

BLEIGHT.  On the evening of August 12, 1910, at Hay Market, Prince William County, Va. GEORGIANNA A. BLEIGHT, widow of Samuel R. Bleight, in the 89th year of her age.


Ironically, the following marriage was erroneously listed under "DIED" with the other obituaries of the day:

Daily Union (Washington DC) - February 16, 1846

In this city, on Thursday last, by the Rev. Mr. French, of the Episcopal Church, Dr. SAMUEL BLEIGHT, of Philadelphia, to Miss G. A. CHAPMAN, daughter of the late George Chapman, esq, of Thoroughfare, Virginia.


According to, Georgiana Bleight is buried in Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Virginia.  Her husband, Dr. Samuel R. Bleight, is buried in Christ Church Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa.