Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Travel Tuesday: Eloise Compton

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
25 April 1932

Girl, 19, is Killed

The other fatal accident occurred when two machines collided head-on yesterday morning on the Centerville-Manassas road in Fairfax County, Va. Miss Carolyn Cole, 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cole of Bigleville, Pa., died in Providence Hospital this morning from a fractured skull. Miss Eloise Compton, 19, of Manassas, Va., who with Miss Cole were passengers in one of the cars, is in Providence Hospital, suffering from serious cuts and bruises.

The two girls, roommates at the Marjorie Webster School of Dancing here, were riding in a car driven by Jim Peters, an employee of the Columbia Gas Co., now living at the Manassas Hotel, Manassas, Va., according to Fairfax police. Peters escaped with slight injuries. Miss Compton is a daughter of Will Compton of Manassas. 

The accident occurred when Peters' car and one driven by Carl Davis of Ox road, Lee district, Fairfax County, collided, police said. Both were demolished and Davis was cut and bruised on the head and legs, but was able to return to his home.

William Joseph Rodgers, 40, of Baltimore, the driver of the automobile containing Mr. and Mrs. Clatterbuck, is in a critical condition in Georgetown University Hospital suffering from skull fractures, head cuts, shock and possible internal injuries. An operation was performed early today on his skull.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Will: Susannah Fowles (1824)

Prince William County Will Book M, pg 211
26 Mar 1821; proved 02 Nov 1824

In the name of God Amen Be it known unto all it may concern that I SUSANNAH FOWLS of the County of Prince William & State of Virginia feeling infirm in bodie and knowing that god has appointed a time for all human flesh to depart this life and feeling and knowing that I am at this time in my proper mind and perfect sences I make this my last will and testament.  Be it known for the natural good I bair for JOSEPH BOBO and for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid by the said BOBO the receipt hereof is hereby acknowledged together with many years services.  For which I give and bequeath unto the said JOSEPH BOBO of the County of first above written one full half of all my personal property to the proper use & behoof of said BOBO and to his heirs and assigns forever.  Also I give grant and bequeath unto my daughter MARY CONNER one full half of all my personal property of every discription to have and to hold unto the said MARY CONNER her heirs and assigns forever.  And I the said SUSANNAH FOWLES do hereby agree and oblige myself to disannul all wills that have ever bin made by me before this date and considering them voide and of none effect.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hands & seal this twenty sixth day of March in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one.


Signed sealed in the presence of us

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions and held for the County of Prince William November the 2nd 1824.  This last will and testament of SUSANNAH FOWLES decd. was presented to the court and the same being proved by the oaths of the Witnesses thereto is ordered to be recorded.

Teste, PHIL. D. DAWE

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Thelin / Clarkson

Baltimore American
21 June 1905


Will Wed Today. -- A marriage of much interest, to take place this evening, will be that of Miss Marie Bertin Thelin, daughter of Mrs. William Thelin, of Mount Washington, to Mr. Thomas B. Clarkson, of Prince William county, Va.  The bride-elect on the paternal side is a representative of an old French Huguenot family, of which her father, the late William T. Thelin, was of the second generation to settle in this country.  Through her mother, who was a Miss Griswold, she belongs to one of the leading colonial families of Maryland.  She is a very attractive young girl, with all the charm and vivacity of manner inherited through both lines of ancestry.  Mr. Clarkson is a son of Dr. Clarkson, and comes of an equally distinguished old South Carolina family.  The ceremony will be performed at St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church, at Mount Washington, at 8 o'clock, and will be followed by a small reception for members of the two families and a few intimate friends only at the residence of Mrs. Thelin.  The bride will be given away by her brother, Mr. Griswold Thelin.  Her only attendants will be two little flower girls -- Miss May Kirk and Miss Flay Vandenberg.  Mr. Walter Clarkson, of Washington, brother of the groom, will be best man.  The ushers will be Mr. Robert H. B. Beverly, Mr. Alexander M. Breckenridge and Mr. Hugh T. Clarkson, all of Virginia; Mr. Carl Clarkson, of Alabama; Mr. Thomas B. Headley, of Philadelphia, and Mr. William C. Thelin, of Lewistown, PA.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Military Monday: Lt. Gilbert Rollins / Lt. Egbert Thompson / Pfc. E. Conway Owens

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
16 July 1944


Lt. Gilbert Rollins, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Rollins, Gainesville, and Lt. Egbert Thompson, jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Thompson, Woodbridge, were wounded in action during the invasion of France and both are in hospitals in England.  Both men are graduates of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and formerly were Prince William County 4-H Club Members.


Pfc. E. Conway Owens, jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Owens, Nokesville, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Italy.  Pvt. Owens has been returned to the United States to recuperate and is at present in the Moore General Hospital in North Carolina.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: John Bronaugh

Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
27 October 1821

On Monday last, in Dumfries, Dr. John Bronaugh, aged 46 years, sincerely lamented by his family, and every one who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.  He was a kind and affectionate husband, an indulgent parent, and humane master, as a friend warm and disinterested; it may be truly said that

"Death has made an inroad into our society,
And robbed it of one of its ehdicest members"