Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wedding Wednesday: Stotts/Lynn

Richmond Times Dispatch
9 August 1940

HARRISONBURG -- Mrs. Mary Henslee Stotts and Wallace Humphrey Lynn were married on July 23 at 4 o'clock at Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Meredith Norment of the Christian Church of Woodstock.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gresham Henslee of Lithia Springs, Ga. She is an alumna of the University of Georgia and for the past three years has taught in the Bennett School at Manassas.

Mr. Lynn is the son of Mrs. Noel Lynn and the late Mr. Lynn of Manassas.  He is an alumnus of William and Mary College.

After the ceremony Mr. .and Mrs. Lynn left for a trip through the New England States.  They will make their home in Manassas.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Edward Carter

Connecticut Journal
08 May 1806

From the Virginia Herald

Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Prince William county, dated April 15.

"We feel a great loss in a worthy member of our society, Mr. Edward Carter, whose death was occasioned by the most singular and dreadful accident that ever occurred before. -- He had undertaken, contrary to the advice of every friend, who condemned the plan, to move or rather build, a Merchant Mill, lower down the river than the old mill, to effect which, a very long and deep race was necessary. -- This he had carried some distance; in doing which, either hills nor any obstacle whatever stopped him, so that, in some places, as the race was straight, he cut through hills 15 or 16 feet deep. -- In one of these horrid pits, over which projected stupendous rocks, and a bank of dirt of a crumbly nature, he was standing about sunset a few days ago a very unusual time for him to be there) giving some directions, when the bank above gave way, breaking about 6 feet from his head. -- He called out "take care," without making any effort to escape himself, which he might have done, and horrid to relate, turning only his shoulder aside, as if fastened to the spot by some supernatural influence, himself, one of the ditchers, and a negro, were all buried in an instant.

The alarm was immediately given by the only one that escape, who was the most exposed, and who could scarcely ever before walk upon even ground without stumbling, and Mrs. Carter, who was in delicate health, was the first that got there, nearly a mile from the house, she found him dead, being buried up to the chin, with rocks upon him that weighed 15 or 20 tons.  The ditcher, who was a white man, was entirely buried, and the negro confined above the knee, with his legs much mashed and bruised but not uncoverable.  This sad catastrophe I found realised early next morning, by a view of the dead bodies, one of which was my ever lamented friend."

Monday, January 18, 2016

Deed: Teasdale to Goodwin (Brentsville tavern lot)

Teasdale to Goodwin (Brentsville Tavern lot)
PWCo Deed Book 27, pg. 251

This Deed made this 18th day of December 1867 between Sidney F. Teasdale and Susan F. his wife of the one part and George M. Goodwin of the other part all of the County of Prince William and state of Virginia. Witnesseth that the said Sidney F. Teasdale and Susan F. his wife in consideration of the sum of twenty five hundred and ten dollars do grant unto the said George M. Goodwin the three acre lot in Brentsville Prince William County Virginia designated as the Tavern lot running parallel with the public square north to south being the same conveyed to the said Teasdale by B. E. Harrison by deed dated 2nd December 1867 and of record in the clerk’s office of Prince William County Court and the said parties of the first part do covenant with the said George M. Goodwin that they will warrant generally the property hereby conveyed. Witness the following signatures and seals.

Sidney F. Teasdale {seal}
Susan F. Teasdale {seal}

Prince William County to wit,

I, John H. O’Rear a justice of the peace for the County aforesaid in the state of Virginia do certify that Sidney F. Teasdale whose name is signed to the writing above bearing date on the 18ty day of December 1867 has acknowledged the same before me in my county aforesaid. Given under my hand this 8th day of February 1868.

John H. O’Rear J.P.

State of Virginia Prince William County to wit

We L. Cole and John H. O’Rear justices of the peace for the County of Prince William in the state of Virginia do Certify that Susan F. Teasdale the wife of Sidney F. Teasdale whose names are signed to the writing above bearing date on the 18th day of December 1867 personally appeared before us in the County aforesaid and being examined by us privily and apart from her husband and having the writing aforesaid fully explained to her she the said Susan F. Teasdale acknowledged the said writing to be her act and declared that she had willingly executed the same and does not wish to retract it. Given under our hands this 8th day of Febry 1868.

L. Cole J.P. [Lawrence Cole ~ cgl]
Jno. H. O’Rear J.P.

In the Clerks office of Prince William County Court December 9th 1869.

This Deed from Teasdale to Goodwin was received with Certificates annexed and admitted to record.


J. C. P___ clerk

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Colonel George Robert Latham

Evening Star (DC)
17 December 1917


Former Congressman From Second West Virginia District Succumbs

Buckhannon, W. Va., December 17 -- George Robert Latham, former representative from the second West Virginia district, a Union veteran of the civil war, lawyer and editor and director, died at his home here yesterday, after an extended illness, aged eighty-five years.  Col. Latham was born in Prince William county, Va.

He took part in the famous Wheeling convention of 1861, when the division from Virginia took place, later resulting in the formation of West Virginia.  During the civil war he was granted the rank of colonel.  Later he was elected to Congress and in 1867 he was appointed consul to Melbourne, Australia, by President Johnson.  He retired from public life several years ago.

[Photo from Wikipedia.  He served in the Union Army as captain of Company B, Second Regiment, Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  Latham was buried in Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon, WV. ~cgl]

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: William Henry Saunders

Evening Star (DC)
29 October 1916

William Henry Saunders, about fifty years old, died late this afternoon at the Alexandria Hospital, following a long illness.  The deceased was about fifty years old and a widower.  He was a native of Prince William county, Va., and at one time was a merchant.  He is survived by a daughter, Miss Ruth Saunders, and three brothers, Frederick and Walter Saunders of Prince William county and Bennett Saunders of Louisiana, and a sister, Mrs. Brower of Prince William county.

The body was removed to Wheatley's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Will: Thomas Mahony (1823)

Prince William County Will Book  M, pg 106
26 Oct 1822; proved 01 Dec 1823

In the name of God Amen I THOMAS MAHONY being of sound and disposing mind to make this my last will and testament.  I desire at my death that I may be decently intered and that the expences arising shall be paid by W. R. CHAPMAN in whose hands my pension money is kept.  I also desire that the said Chapman shall after my death pay unto my son JACK a SLAVEin the possession of Mrs. SARAH WEEDON all monies that may be at that time in his hands arising from my pension or in any other way.  I also desire that my said son JACK shall have all my wearing apparrel & such other goods and chattels that I may be in possession of at that time given under my hand and seal this 26th day of October 1822.



At a Court held for Prince William County December 1st 1823.  This last will and testament of THOS. MAHONY decd. was presented to the court and being proved by the oath of Wm. R. Chapman one of the witnesses thereto ordered to be recorded.

Teste, P. D. DAWE

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: William Russell Will (1916)

Charlotte Observer (NC)
17 January 1916


Father of Mrs. D. S. Yates Passes Away in Maryland

Prof William Russell Will, for 35 years teacher of mathematics in Bryant-Stratton College, Baltimore, and father of Mrs. David S. Yates of Charlotte, died Saturday night at the home of his son Rev Theodore S. Will, rector of Trinity Church, Elk Ridge, Md., a suburb of Baltimore. Mrs. Yates and daughter, little Miss Dorothy Sinclair Yates, left last night for Baltimore to attend the funeral.

Mr. Will was in his 75th year. He was a native of New Orleans. Leaving home at the age of 14 years, he traveled extensively over a great portion of the world, returning home in time to enlist in the Confederate Army. It was while he was a soldier in Prince William County, Va., that he met Miss Mildred Sinclair, whom he afterward returned to wed. He taught for a number of years at Manassas and then they moved to Baltimore where for 35 years he held the position of instructor in mathematics at the noted business college. He wrote a number of textbooks on mathematics and used these in teaching. At the age of 72 years he completed his most notable book on the subject, and it was rewarded with much success, the Board of Education of Baltimore requesting him to write another dealing with the subject in a more elementary way so that it could be used in the public schools. Shortly after completing this, in the Summer of 1914, he became ill and underwent an operation, from which he rallied and returned to work. Last Summer he underwent another operation and had since been unable to attend to his duties. Since Thanksgiving he had been confined to his room.

Mr. Will is survived by his wife and seven children, Mr. Allen Sinclair Will city editor of The Philadelphia Public Ledger, Mrs. John M. Norris of Baltimore, Mrs. D. S. Yates of Charlotte, Mr. Harry Will of Baltimore and Rev. Theodore S. Will of Elk Ridge, Md.

Mr. Will was known to a number of Charlotte people. He was a man of delightful personality, uniting genuine culture to genial manners and unaffected courtesy. His high ideals made him a genuine inspiration to young men and his intellectual acuteness and depth  made him a man worth knowing.