Monday, March 31, 2014

Military Monday: Chosen for Service (Drafted)

Manassas Journal
August 31, 1917


The following is a list of persons who claimed no exemption, who have been duly and legally called for the military service of the United States, and who have not been exempted or discharged:

Chas. F. Milstead, Occoquan
Dan Harris, Bristow
Owen J. Thomas, Neabsco
Arthur W. Leith, Manassas
John Reedy, Bristow
Harry R. Buckley, Haym'k't
Arthur L. Colbert, Manassas
J. W. Willcoxon, Manassas
W. M. Johnson, Jr., Manassas
Parker Williams, Nokesville
William C. Hinton, Quantico
Harry W. Polen, Catharpin
T. J. Runaldue, Manassas
A. L. Lawler, Nokesville
Bernard Barnes, Independent Hill
E. C. Blackwell, Nokesville
Moss Jacobs, Thoroughfare
Raymond Duncan, Haym'k't
Robert George, Hickory Grove
R. D. Rector, Haymarket
L. M. Senseney, Manassas
John L. Hynson, Manassas
Sussex H. Smith, Manassas
C. C. Mayhugh, Gainesville
Carlyle B. Buck, Manassas
Martin O. Smith, Manassas
Richard Green, Haymarket
B. C. Williams, Manassas
David L. Whetzel, Bristow
Wm. Lucas, Featherstone
Killey Riley, Bristow
John W. Ellis, Nokesville*
L. J. Hoffman, Catharpin
Percy S. Haydon, Manassas
Samuel L. Sisson, Quantico
Mont. J. Peters, Haymarket
Ernest T. Evans, Manassas
E. S. Bullock, Wallingfod, Pa.
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hos. H. Phillips, Bristow
Frank Green, Did not register until after July 10, and No. 945 was assigned to him by the adjutant general by letter Aug. 16-- the eleventh number drawn in the county

* Enlisted Columbus, O., barracks

Exemption claims filed by Jacob Edward Lee Cooper (280), Nokesville, and John Thomas Norman (838), Independent Hill, on the first call, have been allowed.  The following exemption claims, marked "under consideration" in the last report, have been denied:

Ernest E. Smith (col.), Wellington
Ashton W. Brooks (col.), Manassas
George W. Martin, Haym't
Wm. C. Powell, Manassas
Maurice L. Payne (col.), Catharpin

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Colonel John Gibson

Daily Union (Washington, DC)
September 25, 1846

DIED, at Fleetwood, Prince William county, on the 21st instant, Col. John Gibson, in the 62d year of hsi age -- one of the best men, and one of the ablest and firmest democrats in Virginia.

Richmond Enquirer
October 10, 1846


At a meeting of the Vestry of Dettingen Parish, Prince William County, held in the town of Brentsville, on the 25th day of September 1846:

Resolved, That in the estimation of this body this community has sustained an irreparable loss in the death of Colonel John Gibson, and this Church the loss of one of its best friends and principal supporters.

Resolved, That we extend our most cordial sympathy to the widow and friends of the deceased in their deep affliction.

Resolved, That in token of our sympathy, and our regard for the deceased, so many years a member of this body, we will wear crape thirty days.

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Vestry be directed to furnish a copy of these resolutions to the family of the deceased, and another to the Richmond Enquirer for publication.

Copy. Teste, J. H. Reid, Secretary

~ ~ ~


In Prince William County Court, October 1, 1846:

The death of Colonel John Gibson, the oldest member of the Bar, and the Attorney for the Commonwealth, having been announced to the Court by John W. Tyler, Esq., it was

Resolved, That the members of the Court, the members of the Bar, the Officers of the Court, and community generally, have received the Intelligence of this afflicting event with feelings of the profoundest regret.

Resolved, That in the death of Colonel John Gibson, the Court has lost the services and counsel of a valuable Officer, the members of the Bar an affectionate friend, and the community a citizen, endeared to them by numberless acts of usefulness and kindness.

Resolved, That we tender to the widow and relatives of the deceased our sincere sympathies in this afflicting bereavement of Providence.

Resolved, That the foregoing be entered on record, and published in the public prints; and that a copy thereof be communicated to the widow of the deceased.

A Copy. Teste, J. Williams, Clerk

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Newspaper Tidbit: PWCo Items (22 June 1857)

Alexandria Gazette
June 22, 1857

Prince William County, Va.

REVOLUTIONARY REMINISCENCES. -- When the good people of Virginia, in convention assembled on the 25th day of June, 1776, declared that the Government of this Country as before exercised under the crown of Great Britain was totally dissolved by misrule of the King, and ordained and established a form of government for Virginia, Prince William County had her sages in convention, aiding with their counsel, and when the "tug of war" came, and the sword had to be drawn to repel the enemies of freedom, her braves took the field and battled for the cause.

A gentleman, who is well acquainted with the records and history of the county, has furnished us with a copy of the proceedings of a council of militia officers held at Dumfries.

"At a Council of field officers, and other officers of the militia, for the county of Prince William, held at the house of Augustine Seaton, in the town of Dumfries, on Friday, the 19th day of July, 1776.

Present,--Henry Lee, County Lieutenant; Thomas Blackburn, Colonel; William Alexander, Lieut. Colonel; John Hooe, Major.

Captains.--Thomas Atwell, James Ewell, Valentine Peyton, Richard Graham, Jesse Ewell and William Brent.

A Resolve of the Committee of this County being laid before the Board, by the County Lieutenant, recommending to him to order on duty a sufficient number of militia to protect the inhabitants on the river against the inroads of Lord Dunmore and his fleet, now lying in the river Potomac, and the County Lieutenant praying their advice and directions how to conduct himself; The Board taking the same into consideration, are of the opinion that all the boats and other small vessels ought to be secured to prevent the servants and slaves from joining his Lordship, and further that the first draft of Militia be immediately called upon to rendezvous at Dumfries; as it is uncertain what route the enemy may take, to be in readiness to protect the river inhabitants if need require."

SUNDAY SCHOOL.--It may not be generally known that we have a large and flourishing Sabbath School in the village.  We are gratified to find that it has some 70 scholars.  Next Sabbath will be the fourth since its commencement.  We hear that it is proposed to have a celebration and pic-nic on the 4th of July; a gentleman of the legal profession has been invited to deliver an oration; we did not learn whether he has accepted or not.

OLD TIMES.--The following amusing extract of a will, executed in the County, in 1766, will cause some merriment, we think:

"I leave the direction of my funeral to the discretion of my executors, I only desire that it may be private, in presence of the few such as I had regard for when living, which are not many.

And as I ever held Priests, Juglars, and devirsors of every kind from the Grand Lama or the Pope, to the Indian conjuror, in the utmost contempt, I expressly forbid any preaching or other Pawwawing at my funeral.  Wrote with my own hand, this 23d day of September, 1766. ~ James Douglass.

--Brentsville Jour.

Events: April Events at PWCo Historic Sites

April 5
CWPT Annual Park Clean Up Day – Bristoe Station Battlefield      
8am – 12pm
Join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield and the Civil War Preservation Trust at History for Park Day 2014. Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism. Come out and join us for a fun and rewarding day of work at Bristoe Battlefield. Projects will include litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries and trail maintenance throughout the 133-acre park. Wear sturdy work shoes, bring gloves and remember sunscreen. Tools and snacks will be provided. Meet in the parking lot off Iron Brigade Avenue. Please no pets.
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

April 5
Metz Wetlands Guided Tour
9am; $5 per person, children under six free
Tour the wetlands with experts from Wetlands Solutions and Studies.  What is a wetlands bank?  How does it work to clean rainwater and run-off?  What animals, birds and insects call a wetland home?  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  You may get your feet wet if it has rained before this event.  No pets please.  Tour will begin in the parking lot at the kiosk.  Please carpool. 
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812

April 10
Lecture: Two Horsemen of the Revolution: Virginia’s Light Horse Harry Lee versus Britain’s Banastre Tarleton 
7 p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join author and historian, Christopher George, as he compares and contrasts two of the American Revolutions most famous and colorful Cavaliers, Light Horse Harry Lee, of Leesylvania in Prince William County and Banastre Tarleton, from Liverpool, England.  Both families were involved in the slave trade and both men had careers in politics.  Each man saw the other as worthy adversaries during the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaigns. Mr. George will explore these themes in detail.
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.

April 11-13
Ben Lomond Civil War Encampment
10am-4pm; $5 per person, children six and under free
Join living historians as they interpret the life of Confederate soldiers from 3rd Regiment ANV. This event will allow visitors a unique glimpse into a camp setting where they can watch soldiers, conduct picket duty, drill, and learn the school of the soldier. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

April 12
Rippon Lodge Clean-Up Day
9am-2pm; FREE
The Prince William County Department of Public Works and the Historic Preservation Division are looking for interested individuals and groups of all ages to help cleanup the grounds of Rippon Lodge in time for spring.  Tasks include invasive plant removal, meadow grass planting, pruning, trash pick-up, trail maintenance, mulch spreading and more.  Families welcome.  Please bring your favorite gardening tools and gloves and dress to be outside and get dirty.  Please register by calling 703-499-9812.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

April 12
Nature Trail Walk 
1pm, $5 per person, children free under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

April 12
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour 
$40.00 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                        
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754

April 14-18
Basic Civil War Camp
9am- 12pm, $130 per child, ages 8-12, reservations required
Children will participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War.  Activities include: “Enlist in Virginia’s Army,” “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?” “Civil War Medicine,” and a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park.  Camp takes place at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.
Reservations taken at the Ben Lomond Community Center (703-792-8320) or online at

April 19
USCT Union Encampment
11am – 4pm; donations accepted
In 1864 soldiers returned to Bristoe Station. Instead of a battle, these Union troops instead encamped here for most of the winter and early spring. By May, soldiers and supplies traveled south along the railroad to the front lines. In commemoration of the 150thanniversary of these important events, the 23rd United Stated Colored Troops living history unit will encamp on the grounds of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park to relate the story of the thousands of former slaves and free blacks who passed through here on their way to fight Robert E. Lee’s army. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.
April 19
Egg Hunt
11am-4pm; $5 per child, adults and children 2 and under free.
Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:3012:301:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours available.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  All other activities will be ongoing throughout the day. Please bring exact change or to speed entrance process.  VISA and MC accepted. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

April 24
Lecture: The War of 1812 in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
7p.m.: Free, donations accepted
Join us for an archeologist’s perspective of the events of 1814 in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington D.C.  Historian and archeologist, Patrick O’Neil, will present a unique view of the War of 1812. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754.

April 26                                                                                                                                                                       
The Cavalry Comes to Brentsville
11am- 4pm, $5 per person, children free under six
In 1861, Brentsville served as the muster location for the Prince William Cavalry as they went off to fight in the Civil War.  Join living historians as they portray cavalry units from the Civil War.  Drills, firing demos and tours offered.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va, 703-365-7895.
April 26                                                                                                                                                                         
 Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                          
 $40.00 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                       
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754. 

For more information about Historic Preservation in Prince William County including volunteer opportunities and historic property rentals please contact

Newsletter: Brentsville Neighbors (April 2014)

The latest issue of Kay and Morgan Breeden's wonderful newsletter, Brentsville Neighbors, is available online at Historic Prince William.

As usual, the newsletter gives life and depth to Brentsville, yesterday and today.  I'm especially happy to read about the latest developments in the restoration of the Brentsville Jail.

And speaking of which, there's still time to donate to this worthy cause.  Please go HERE for more information.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Newspaper Tidbit: Independent Hill Items (4 May 1917)

Recently, a reader pointed out that I tend to post items to my blog that favor (a) the Lynn surname, (b) Brentsville, and/or (c) Independent Hill/Coles District.  That may well be true.  I try to cover the entire county and time periods, but I must admit to a certain bias toward all of the above.

In the case of the Lynn surname, that one's a bit obvious since it's who I hale from and the Lynn Family has been in the county since the early 1700's.  

Brentsville was the county seat for many years and there's a lot of history there worth noting.  The Brentsville Courthouse Historic Site was the first historic site I visited after I moved to the county (even before the Manassas Battlefield) and includes my favorite historic building in the county, the Brentsville Jail.   

As for the community of Independent Hill, that is where my grandfather, Earl Lynn, was born and where his parents and his ancestors lived during most of the 1800s/early 1900s.   Not surprisingly, I love coming across little "Local Items" in newspapers that give personality and depth to the lives of those who lived there. 

Manassas Journal
May 4, 1917


Mr. and Mrs. George Retzer, who spent the past winter in Baltimore with their daughter, Mrs. Graeff, have returned to Virginia and are visiting now at the home of Mrs. H. L. Hinton.

Mrs. George Lowe spent several days last week as the guest of Mrs. John Carter.

Mr. A. M. Yates, of Manassas was a visitor Sunday at the home of Mr. S. Long.

Mr. Carlton Hill, who attended Eastern College the past session has returned to his home to assist in putting in the spring crops.

Mrs. Nellie Keys has returned to Manassas, where she has been staying with Mrs. L. T. Bauserman.

Mr. Earl Lynn motored to Manassas Wednesday in his new motor car.

Mr. Clifton Storke spent a few days this week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Storke.

Hayfield School and Civic League will hold its regular monthly meeting Friday, May 11, beginning at 8 o'clock.  Addresses will be made by Supt. Charles R. McDonald and Hon. C. J. Meetze.  Music and readings will be contributed by Misses Myrtle and Annabel Merrill and Miss Hattie Simpson and Messrs. George Oleyar, R. L. Hinton and Richard Thorp.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Mary and Albert Keyes

Alexandria Gazette
December 4, 1874

DIVORCED.  Mary Frances Keyes was married in October, 1854, to Albert H. Keyes, in Prince William county, Va., and has had several children, four of whom are living.  For the past seven years he has been addicted to drunkenness and neglected her and her children, and for the past three years he has hardly drawn a sober breath.  He brought his cousin, Virginia Keyes, to their house, in Washington, on the pretense of having a home for her until she could find employment, but really for adulterous purposes, which having been satisfactorily proven, Judge Wylie, of Washington, yesterday granted the plaintiff an absolute divorce, custody of her children, and an order restraining him from further interference with her, her family or household effects.

Wednesday's Child: David Posey

Woodbine Church Cemetery
Photo by C.Lynn


1929 - 1931


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Captain James Edward Herrell

Manassas Journal
March 17, 1916


County Clerk and Confederate Veteran Passed Away Last Saturday Morning

Manassas Journal, 17 March 1916
At an early hour last Saturday morning Captain James E. Herrell, county clerk of Prince William county, passed away.  Captain Herrell, who was nearly 73 years of age, had been in failing health for the last few years but about a month before his death he began to fail rapidly and early last week it was sen that little could be done for him.

Captain Herrell was born in Fauquier county, March 24, 1843.  When a child he moved to Prince William where at the outbreak of the Civil War he entered the service of the Confederate States of America.  From the position of second sergeant of the Prince William Rifles, Co. F., 17th Va. Infantry, he was promoted to the first lieutenancy in April, 1862, and to the captancy in August, 1864.  In many of the big campaigns of the great conflict, Captain Herrell saw gallant service.

At the close of the Civil War, Captain Herrell engaged in several mercantile enterprises in upper Prince William and afterwards served the county successively as deputy sheriff, deputy clerk, county treasurer and county clerk.

The deceased is survived by his widow, who was a Miss Faithful, of Richmond; one son, Robert E. Herrell, and six daughters, Mrs. James E. Beale, of Haymarket; Mrs. A. L. Henry, Mrs. W. A. Newman, Mrs. F. Norvell Larkin, Miss Elizabeth Herrell and Miss Jamie S. Herrell, all of Manassas.

Funeral services were conducted at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Haymarket, Monday morning, the Rev. Robb White officiating, assisted by Rev. J. F. Burks.  The burial was in charge of Manasaeh Lodge, A. F. & A. M., assisted by Drinkard Lodge, of Haymarket.  Interment was made in St. Paul's church yard.  The pallbearers were: Thos. H. Lion, D. J. Arrington, O. C. Hutchison, J. E. Nelson, Bryan Gordon, and T. R. Gallaher.

[A photo of Captain Herrell's headstone can be found on Findagrave ~ cgl]

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fundraiser: Rediscovering Brentsville's Civil War Stories (Brentsville Jail)

One of my favorite historic places to visit in PWCo is the Brentsville Courthouse and its 19th Century Jail, which is currently undergoing restoration.

The Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is raising funds for the Curation and Conservation of American Civil War Artifacts at the Brentsville Jail. We are raising funds to conserve and prepare for exhibition a significant collection of Civil War artifacts.  These artifacts will form the basis for the interpretation of the Civil War in Brentsville. The original boots that were found on site, military accouterments, and bullets will need to be identified, conserved and prepared for the exhibit. Our goal of $3,500 will accomplish this project to include the conservation, interpretation and display of the materials. This project will ensure that the American Civil War history of Brentsville is a significant part of the overall Jail exhibit. The exhibit is scheduled to open in May of 2015.

The Brentsville Jail is a nationally significant historic property located in Prince William County, Virginia. 

To donate, please go HERE.

There are "thank you" perks for several levels of donation.

Friend of Friends Friday: Will: Maria Brassfield (1825)

Prince William County Will Book  M, pg 364
20 Oct 1825; proved 07 Nov 1825

In the name of God Amen I MARIA BRASSFIELD of Prince William County in Virginia being at this time very sick but of sound and disposing mind and memory and wishing to dispose of the worldly goods with which it has pleased God to bless me do make constitute and appoint this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following.  To Wit.  First I give and bequeath to my beloved sister ELIZABETH BRASSFIELD my negro girl FANNY, my bed, bedstead and bed clothes my hymn book prayer book Christian pattern Westleys sermons life of Fletcher and Dictionary one dining table half a dozen chairs writing desk and a chest to her and her heirs forever.  Secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved sister LUCINDA BRASSFIELD my saddle and bridle my unfinished quilt white cotton counterpane the Saints Everlasting, a walnut table and chest.  Thirdly I give and bequeath to my beloved sister JULIA FORTUNE a yarn counterpane a quilt and pieces to make another and a walnut table.  Fourthly I give and bequeath to my brother GEORGE BRASSFIELD a yarn counterpane two volumes of the History of the Bible the Bible and Westley’s notes.  Fifthly I give and bequeath to my brother LEONARD BRASSFIELD a yarn counterpane two volumes of the History of the Bible and Mrs. Thayres letters.  Sixthly I give and bequeath to my friend Mrs. MARY SPINDLE my sunflower yarn counterpane as a mark of my esteem for her.  Seventhly my will and desire is that my land be sold and out of the money arising from said sale that al my just debt and funeral expenses be paid and the balance if any to be equally divided between all my brothers and sisters.  All the rest and residue of my property of what kind soever I give to my two sisters LUCINDA and ELIZABETH and lastly I appoint my brother GEORGE BRASSFIELD Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made and acknowledging this as my last.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of October 1825.


Signed & sealed in the precense of

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County  November the 7th 1825.

This last will and testament of MARIA BRASSFIELD decd. was presented to the Court and being proved by the oath of WILLIAM H. DOGAN is ordered to be recorded.  And at a Court of Quarterly sessions contd. And held for said County Nov. 8th, 18235.  This said last will and testament of MARIA BRASSFIELD decd. was fully proved by the oath of JOHN D. DOGAN and admitted to record.  And GEORGE BRASSFIELD the Exor. therein named came into court and made oath to the same according to law and having taken the oath of an executor and performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste, P. D. DAWE

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Newspaper Tidbit: Ann Letitia (Dunnington) Hayden

Evening Bulletin (Mayville, KY)
July 10, 1901

Mrs. Ann Letitia Hayden celebrated her seventy-sixth birthday Sunday, July 17th, 1901.  She was born in Prince William County, Virginia, in the year 1826, and is a daughter of William P. Dunnington, deceased, a celebrated physician who for many years practiced in Bourbon County, Ky., having his drug store and residence in Millersburg.  There were three boys in the family, William, John and James, all of whom were famous physicians.  Dr. John, now deceased, married and located at Mayslick, where he built up a fine practice.  His unerring judgment in diagnosing disease and skill in applying the proper remedies was a never ending source of wonder to his confreres.  A physician of this State who knew him said recently:  "He was one of the best doctors by far in the State, if not the best."  James died at Mattoon, Ills., and William is living in Missouri.  The subject of this sketch is in full possession of her faculties, is as active as a girl of sixteen and bids fair to live many years.

[Mrs. Hayden, the widow of E. G. Hayden, passed away in her 95th year in 1920 ~cgl]

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Joseph Randall

Manassas Journal
July 28, 1916


Joseph Randall, the 5-year-old son of Lucian Randall, manager of the farm of County Treasurer J. P. Leachman, was drowned Saturday in the waters of Broad Run, near the bridge at Bristow station.  The child was riding a horse to water when he was swept from his seat by the current of the swollen stream.  His father, coming from the cornfield, a short distance away, arrived too late to save him.  Other persons in the  neighborhood hastened to the spot, but the small body had disappeared.  The horse floated half a mile down stream and escaped.

The child's body was found Sunday afternoon where it had washed ashore in the woods of Compton farm, about two miles from the bridge.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Fairfax Lynn

Daily Press (Newport News, VA)
December 12, 1906


Son of Prominent Citizen of Prince William County Meets With a Tragic Death

Richmond, VA, Dec. 11 -- Fairfax Lynn, the only son of Henry F. Lynn, a prominent and wealthy citizen of Prince William county, was killed on his way home from New Market today, his buggy being thrown down a deep ravine.  His horse fell on him and crushed him to death.  When found the horse was still lying on him and in such a position that it could not move and not till both horse and buggy were removed, could his lifeless body be gotten out.  He is survived by a wife and several children.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Will: Strother Suttle (1792)

Prince William Will Book H, pg. 45
22 Aug 1792; proved 3 Dec 1792

In the name of god amen I STROTHER SUTTLE of Prince William County and State of Virginia being in a low state of body tho of a sound mind and memory thanks be given to almighty god for the same but calling to mind the uncertainty of this mortal life do make this my last will and testament in maner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of almighty god my maker and my body to the grave to be decently buryed by my Exors. And as for such worldly goods and estate as the Lord has been pleased to bestow on me (after my just debts is paid) and give divise and bequeath in manner and form following.

Item I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM SUTTLE one Negro man slave named NACE one negro man slave named JACK the latter to be free if he is the longest liver and behaves himself well as a slave.

Item I give and bequeath to my grandson HENRY HAMPTON SUTTLE two Negro girls to wit SIBBY and ALLEY and one mare colt named Sophie.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter ANN RENO one Negro girl named DINIAH and after her death to my grandson WILLIAM RENO.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter MARY WATSON one horse named Wistar.

The balance of my estate whether real or personal I give to my beloved wife during her life or widowhood only that SAMUEL WATSON and his family is to live with her and take care of the estate so long as she liveth and after her death the said Watson to possess all my write and title to the plantation and land whereon I now live.  My will and meaning is that after the death of my beloved wife ELIZABETH SUTTLE the whole of my estate left in her hands during her life (except the land divised to Saml. Watson) be equally divided between my three children  to wit WILLIAM SUTTLE, ANN RENO and MARY WATSON.  My meaning is that none of the before mentioned property shall be liable to any execution for debt that is or may be contracted by any of my children and lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my son WILLIAM SUTTLE sole exc. Or this my last will and testament.  Given under my hand and seal this 22nd of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety two.

STROTHER [his mark] SUTTLE  {seal}

Signed and Sealed in the presence of us


At a court held for Prince William County the 3rd day of December 1792.  This last will and testament of Strother Suttle deceased was presented to the Court and proved by the oaths of John Anderson and Lewis Bell and ordered to be recorded and at a court held for the said County the 7th day of January 1793 David Renoe and Samuel Watson two of the Executors named in the said will made oath there to according to law and having performed what is usual in such cases certificate was granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Pageland

Alexandria Gazette
February 17, 1837


By virtue of a deed of trust from Thomas P. Hooe to the subscriber, dated the 14th Nov., 1833, and recorded in the Clerk's office, of Prince William County, I shall expose to sale, for cash, to the highest bidder on the premises, on Friday, the 24th day of March, 1837, at 12 o'clock, M., a tract of Land, lying in the County of Prince William, called Pageland, containing by estimation 762 acres.  Such title will only be given as is vested in the trustee.

feb 16 - ts

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

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Colonel Norborne Berkeley

Richmond Times Dispatch
January 19, 1911

BERKELEY - Entered into rest at Evergreen, Prince William county, Va. on January 12th, 1911, COLONEL NORBORNE BERKELEY, son of Lewis Berkeley and of Frances Calendar Noland, his wife, of Aldie, Loudoun county, Va.

Colonel Berkeley was born on March 31st, 1828, and was therefore nearly eighty-three years old at the time of his death.  He was educated at the Episcopal High School and the Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated in 1848.

Entering the service of the Confederacy as major of the Eighth Virginia Regiment in the early summer of 1861, he served with great distinction throughout the war, and rose to the rank of colonel.  Just before the end of the war he was brevetted brigadier-general.

He married Lavinia Hart, daughter of Dr. Carter Berkeley and of Mary Randolph Spottswood Brooke, his wife, and leaves four sons -- Edmund Spottswood, of Van Vleck, Texas; Norborne, of Pendleton, Oregon; Charles Carter, of Seattle, Washington, and William Noland, of Annapolis, Md.

Colonel Berkeley's death will bring distress to a large circle of relatives and friends.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Will: Daniel McDaniel (1815)

Prince William County Will Book K, pg. 455
12 Aug 1815; roved 04 Sep 1815

In the name of God Amen I DANIEL MCDANIEL of the County of Prince William do make and ordain this my last will and testament Imprimis Whereof I do devise unto my dear wife DOROTHY MCDANIEL after my just debts and funeral charges and administration are paid, my desire is that the whole of my property should be sold on nine months credit and that my dear wife before mentioned should receive one fifth part of the proceeds of my estate to have to her own disposal her not flying to her thirds.  Item I give to my son JAMES one fifth of the proceeds of my estate as he is now at age to him and his heirs.  Item I give to my daughter ANN one fifth of the proceeds of my estate when she arrives to age or is married to her and her heirs.  Item I give to my son ANDREW when he arrives to age one other fifth part of the proceeds of my estate to him and his heirs.  Item I give to my youngest son SANFORD the other fifth part of the proceeds of my estate when he arrives to age to him and his heirs.  I constitute and appoint my friend THOMAS GUY my Executor of this my last will and testament revoking all others heretofore made by me.  I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the twelfth day of August 1815.



At a Court held for Prince William County Sept. 4th 1815

This last will and testament of DANIEL MCDANIEL deceased was presented to the Court and being proved by the oaths of WILLIAM MCDANIEL and ROBERT HEDGES is ordered to be recorded.

And at a Court held for said County January 1st 1816

On the motion of PHILIP HARRISON, it is ordered that JAMES DENEALE Sheriff of this County do take into his possession the estate of DANIEL MCDANIEL dec. & administer the same according to law.  It appearing to the Court that the said MCDANIEL hath been dead upwards of three months and no person having applied for administration on the said Estate.

And at a Court held for said County Aril 1st 1816

DOLLY MCDANIEL the widow of DANIEL MCDANIEL decd. came into Court and declared that she would not accept or take the provision made for her by the will of the said DANIEL MCDANIEL her husband or any part thereof and that she renounced all benefit which she might claim under the said will and desired that her renunciation of the said will should be admitted to record which is accordingly done.

Teste, PHIL. D. DAWE

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Yeatman/Nalls, Jones/Barbee, Strubhart/Hotchkiss

Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
April 18, 1846

In Prince William county, on Wednesday, the 1st instant, by Rev. T. D. Herndon, Mr. John H. Yeatman, of Washington, D.C., to Miss Sarah Jane, daughter of William M. Nalls, of Prince William county, Va.

Richmond Whig
December 28, 1858

On the 16th instant, at Sudley Springs, Prince William county, Va., by the Rev. A. Compton, Mr. Samuel H. Jones, of Putnam county, to Miss Mary O. Barbee, of Prince William county, Va.

Charleston Mercury (Charleston, SC)
January 28, 1862

In Prince William County, Va., on the evening of the 26th ult., by the Rev. Richard Johnson, Chaplain of the Hampton Legion, S.C.V., Mr. Wm. L. Strubhart, of the Beaufort District Troop, to Miss Angelica M. Hotchkiss, second daughter of W. Harris Hotchkiss, of Prince William.