Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Will: Margaret G. Roach (1858)

Margaret G. Roach Will
Prince William County Will Book R pg 132-133

I Margaret G. Roach of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia being weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory and desiring to dispose of my property, do hereby make my last will and testament in the manner and form following; that is to say 1st I give and bequeath to my nephew John William Larkin, and to my niece Penelope Victoria Larkin all my estate, both real, personal, and mixed, to be equally divided between them to have and to hold the same to them and their heirs forever, and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint George W. Larkin executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 5th day of May in the year 1858.

Margaret G. Roach {seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by Margaret G. Roach as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses.

Thos. W. Beedle
John Langyher

At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for the Count of Prince William on the 2d day of August 1858.

This last will and testament of Margaret G. Roach deceased was proved by the oaths of Thomas W. Beedle and John Langyher, witnesses thereto, and is ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of George W. Larkin the executor therein named who made oath thereto and together with Edwin Gaines and John Y. Cundiff his securities (who justified as to his sufficiency) entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $600.00, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining a pr___r of the said will in due form.


M. B. Sinclair clerk 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Military Monday: Decoration Day

Sun (Baltimore, MD)
12 June 1875

Gordonsville, Va., June 9, 1875.  -- The graves of the Confederate dead buried here were strewn with flowers to-day by the ladies of the Mt. Lee Memorial Association. The members of the association and visitors met in the Southern Methodist Church, a very handsome building, where Judge Charles E. Sinclair of Prince William county delivered the memorial oration.  Judge Sinclair was introduced by Hon. B. Johnson Barbour, of Orange, who opened the ceremonies with a few appropriate remarks. After the oration a procession was formed, each person carrying a basket of flowers, and marched to the cemetery about a mile from town, where, without further ceremony, an hour was spent in decorating the graves of the sleeping heroes.

This cemetery has been laid out and the dead reinterred there in the past few months. It is [e]nclosed with a substantial picket fence, with a very neat arched entrance. It contains the bodies of six hundred and eighty-five, most of whom died in the hospitals here from wounds received in the battles of Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville and Trevillians. Each grave is marked with a cast iron head board, made in the shape of a shield, upon which are the letters "C.S.A.," crossed cannons, and the number corresponding with the list of the dead.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: William H. Norville / Lucretia M. Norville

Alexandria Gazette
24 May 1858

At Brentsville, Prince William County, Va., on the 19th instant, after a lingering illness, which he bore patiently and resignedly, WM. H. NORVILE, in the 30th year of his age.  He was a man of more than ordinary endowments, great decision of character, and correct deportment.  During his life he occupied several important positions among his countrymen, and died beloved and regretted by all who knew him.

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Alexandria Gazette
9 June 1845

DIED, at the residence of Capt. P. Norville, in Brentsville, Prince William County, Va., on the 29th ult, his daughter, LUCRETIA M. NORVILLE, in the 25th year of her age. The deceased was much admired for her admirable disposition, her modest deportment, gentle and unassuming manners, and to those attractions she added that of a genuine and unaffected piety.

She remembered her Creator in the days of her youth, and in the morning of life, gave her heart to God. Soon after making a profession of religion, she attached herself to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and continued a consistent and acceptable member of the same, until her death. It is commendation enough, but not too much, to say of her, she possessed in a remarkable manner, "the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God, of great price." The disease which terminated her life, was Consumption -- hence her sufferings were protracted, and severe; but she bore them with a patience, fortitude, and resignation becoming the Christian, and suffered no murmurings to escape her lips. But it was her triumph over death which exhibited most strikingly the genuineness and strength of her faith -- "the faith which works by love," and "purifies the heart." It is hardly reasonable to suppose that one so young, and surrounded by so much calculated to render life desirable, should relinquish her hold on life without a struggle. It is not, therefore, strange that her mind was for some time reluctant to consider her end as inevitably near, but when fully satisfied that her disease was incurable, she meekly resigned herself to the will of her Heavenly Father; and in anticipation of immediate dissolution, she rejoiced with "joy unspeakable and full of glory," called her relations and friends around her, took an affectionate leave of them, and gave t hem a fervent exhortation to prepare for death, and to meet her in Heaven.

The final hour, however, had not arrived, and for more than three days she waited the approach of the "King of Terrors" with a calmness and composure of spirit, which the greatest of earth's conquerors might have envied. Her last words were "All is well," and after the power of speech had failed, with uplifted eyes and hands, she proclaimed that she had "the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Whilst the writer of this sympathizes deeply with the bereaved relatives and friends, he would rejoice  also, that they "sorrow not, even as others which have no hope," and most sincerely prays that her fervent and faithful exhortations may be so regarded, as that they all may at last, meet her,

"Where every sever'd wreath is bound,
And none may hear the knell
That smites the souls in the wild sound,
Farewell, belov'd farewell."


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Newspaper Tidbit: Pocket-Book Lost (1823)

Alexandria Gazette
30 September 1823


Lost, between Fairfax Court-House and Alexandria, or in Alexandria, a Green Morocco Pocket-Book, containing three notes of Five dollars each, on the Farmers' Bank in Virginia; two bonds of William Grigsby for four hundred and twenty-five dollars each, one payable on the 1st of March, 1824, the other on the 1st of March, 1825; on the former credits are endorsed to the amount of 150 dollars. Also, a bond of Walter Harrison, due on the 1st of January last, for sixty-four dollars; and several other papers, of no use to any one but the owner. The finder will receive a reward of five dollars on leaving the pocket-book and its contents with Charles Chapin, at the Mechanics' Bank of Alexandria; or giving it to the subscriber, residing near Haymarket, Prince William county, Virginia.

Foushee Tebbs


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday's Child: Arthur William Sinclair / Infant Male Free

Alexandria Gazette
2 December 1844

On Wednesday morning, the 20th November, at Brentsville, Prince William county, Va., after a short but painful illness, ARTHUR WILLIAM, son of M. B. and Margaret Sinclair, in the 7th year of his age.

Manassas Journal
7 January 1921


The infant son of Mr. W. R. Free, jr., died at Nokesville last Friday of spinal meningitis.  The remains were brought here Sunday and interred in the town cemetery, the Rev. William Stevens officiating at the burial services.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Amanuensis Monday: Will: Louisa Tyler (1856)

Louisa Tyler Will
Prince William County Will Book Q, pg. 354

I Louisa Tyler of the County of Prince William State of Va do make this my last Will and Testament.

I give and devise to Sister Sally Tyler all the estate of any description I may own at my death for and during her natural life, and at her death give the same to my Brother John W. Tyler.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ___ day of January 1853.

__________________ {seal}

In Prince William County Court July 7 1856

   This  last will and testament of Louisa Tyler deceased was presented at the Court and there being no subscribing witnesses thereto Douglas Tyler and Charles E. Tyler were sworn and severally deposed that they are acquainted with the testators hand writing, to be wholly written by her own hand, whereupon the said writing is ordered to be recorded as the true last will and testament of the said Louisa Tyler deceased.  And on the motion of John W. Tyler, who made oath and together with Eppa Hunton his security who justified as his sufficiency entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $2000.00 conditioned as the law dictates, certificate is granted the said John W. Tyler for obtaining a probat[e] of administration on the said decedents Estate, with her will aforesaid annexed in due form.

Teste, P. D. Lipscomb clk

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Michael Cleary

Alexandria Gazette
7 July 1836

DIED, At his residence, Occoquan, Va., on Friday evening the 1st inst., Michael Cleary, Esq., in the 69th year of his age, after an illness of only 23 hours, leaving an affectionate consort and six children to mourn their irreparable loss.  As a husband, a father, and as a friend, Mr. Cleary had few equals and none superior. He was a native of the County of Tipperary, Ireland, and for the last forty years a most respectable and valuable citizen of this his adopted country. In his long tried public and private intercourse with the community in which he moved, he established and sustained a character pre-eminently designed by all those virtues which are calculated to distinguish the noblest work of God.

The community which so long witnessed his virtues and enjoyed his society, will long mourn the vacuum occasioned by his demise, a vacuum which years and tens of years will not be able to fill up. Let the poor speak, and let the distressed call aloud, but in vain, for the benevolent hand of Michael Cleary -- that hand that seemed by nature destined for acts of benevolence, charity and relief -- yes,

"His pity gave 'ere charity began."

To his truly afflicted family he as left the cheering consolation that the hand of Death, though sudden, found him not unprepared. They saw that his exist was as calm, placid and serene, as his life had been pious, useful and virtuous - resigning, without struggle, his pure spirit to the God who gave it, in the bright and promising prospect of being enrolled in the catalogue of those who constitute the church triumphant. The writer of this faint and glimmering outline of his character feels, sensibly feels, his own inadequacy, when attempting to bestow upon the memory of such a man any thing like a tribute proportionate to his worth. Let him be allowed, at least,, to say, that the man died as he had lived -- loved, honored and respected by all who knew him.       W.