Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Linton / Muschett / Peake

Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
25 September 1821

On Sunday the 9th September, in the 26th year of his age, of a violent bilious fever, which he bore with exemplary fortitude, John Tyler Linton, only child of John Linton, Esq. of the town of Dumfries, in Virginia.

Daily National Intelligencer
18 February 1823

DIED, at the residence of Col. Gibson, in the town of Dumfries, on the 14th ins. of a pulmonary disease, Dr. Alexander Muschett, aged 31 years and 29 days. He was eminently distinguished for his professional and general acquirements. He has left a wife, one child, and a numerous circle of friends to mourn his loss; but they have the happy consolation in the reflection that, for some time previous to his death, he had the most satisfactory hope in a future state.

Commercial Advertiser (New York, NY)
01 February 1826

In Prince William county, James Peake, 89.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Newspaper Tidbit: Politics: Jackson Corresponding Committee

United States Telegraph (Washington, DC)
22 April 1828

Pursuant to public notice, the Jackson Corresponding Committee for Prince William county (consisting of John W. Tyler, Charles S. Carter, Stuart G. Thornton, Dr. James W. P. Macrae, Major Luke Cannon, Thomas R. Hampton, William Tyler, Major Ashmere, Redmon Foster, William E. Alexander, James G. Bryce, Wm. Cleary, James Foster, Peyton Norvill, Major George Jackson, John S. Fairfax, Wm. B. Tyler, and Geo. W. Macrae) convened at Brentsville on the 7th inst. at the tavern of Thomas R. Hampton.

A majority of the committee being present, John W. Tyler, Esq. in the chair, on motion, Geo. W. Macrae was appointed Secretary, whereupon it was resolved unanimously that that the following persons, freeholders of the county of Prince William, be added to the committee heretofore appointed by the Legislative Convention, to wit:

Stephen French, Joseph R. Lynn, Alexander Foot, Richard B. Tyler, Jas. Fewell, William P. Cundiff, Benj. Johnson, John Fitzhugh, Wm. A. Harrison, Joseph Johnson, Moses Cockrell, Peyton Mills, James G. Watkins, John Hutchinson, James M. Tyler, Thomas Nelson, Jr., George Carney, Benson Lynn, George G. Tyler, Wittoughby W. Tebbs, Samuel Janney, Richard Britt, John W. Williams, Richard B. Scott, Alfred B. Tyler, Travis Davis, John Dogan, Geo. N. B. Renoe, Hezekiah Martin, Samuel H. Fisher, John Tansill, Strother Renoe, John Lee, James Florence, Jno. Graham, John G. Kubleman, Maj. Enoch Grear, and James H. Reid.

On motion, Resolved, that the editors of the Richmond Enquirer, and the United States Telegraph, be requested to publish the proceedings of this Committee.

The Committee then adjourned to meet again at Brentsville, on the 1st Monday in May next.

John W. Tyler, Chairman
Geo. W. Macrea, Sec'ry

The above is a true and correct copy of the proceedings of the Jackson Corresponding Committee for Prince William County, convened at Brentsville on the 7th of April, 1828.

Geo. W. Macrae
Secretary to the Committee
Brentsville, April 12th, 1828

[During the 1828 Presidential election, Andrew Jackson's campaign included hundreds of local Jackon committees and a large network of newspapers. ~cgl]


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Tansill

Alexandria Gazette
6 March 1846

At the residence of her father, Rev. J. E. Weems, Summerfield, Prince William County, Va. on the 1st inst, in the 24th year of her age, Mrs. FRANCES ANN, consort of Lieut. Robert Tansill, of the U.S. Marine corps., of pulmonary consumption. During her protracted sickness, the beauties of christianity were made manifest in her patient and cheerful acquiesence under the afflicting rod of Him, who,
"Behind a frowning providence
Doth hide a smiling face.
How blest is our sister bereft
Of all that could burden the mind!
How easy the soul that has left
This wearisome body behind!
Of evil incapable, thou,
Whose relics with envy I see,
No longer in misery now,
No longer a sinner like me."

Alexandria Gazette
20 July 1846

DIED, at his residence in the County of Prince William, Va., on the 30th of June, Mr. SAMUEL TANSILL, in the 39th year of  his age, leaving a wife and four children, to mourn their irreparable loss.

Alexandria Gazette
1 June 1849

DIED, in Dumfries, Va., on Tuesday, the 29th ult., after an illness of five days, Mr. JOHN TANSILL, in his 70th year.

Alexandria Gazette
7 January 1856

On the 4th inst. at 6 o'clock, LUTHER TANSILL of the United States Coast Survey, aged 20 years and 5 months, son of the late Samuel Tansill, of Prince William co., Va., 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Will: Theodore Vandenburgh (1853)

Theodore Vandenburgh Will
Prince William Co. Will Book Q pg. 147

In the name of God, Amen I Theodore Vandenburgh of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia, being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament. I give and bequeath to my mother Emily Vandenburgh all of my personal property, also one hundred acres of land from the South end of the last I purchased from Jesse E. Weeks Senr. Known as the home and mill tract, commencing at the Spriggs and Dumfries road and running Easterly on the line between Mr. Keys and myself to the first corner at the stock yard and then running an easterly course until it strikes the east line of sufficient width to make one hundred acres, the aforesaid land and chattels I wish to be freed from all encumbrance out of the avails of the balance of my Estate, after my just and lawful debts are paid. The balance I give and bequeath unto my father, John W. Vandenburgh to have the use of or interest during his lifetime for the support or so much of it as he may need of either principle or interest at his decease the balance I give bequeath and devise unto my brother Wyndent Vandenburgh and my sisters Frances, Mary, Elizabeth, and Caroline Vandenburgh to be divided in equal shares between them. I do nominate and appoint my Father Jno. Vandenburgh to be the sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby empower him as such to dispose of my Estate, except the one hundred acres bequeathed to my Mother Emily Vandenburgh, either at public or private sale as he may judge best, and invest the same in real or personal property after my just and lawful debts are payed, and the one hundred acres bequeathed to my Mother shall be discharged from all encumbrances. In testimony, whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, and publish and decree this to be my last Will and Testament, in presence of the Witnesses named below, this 9th day of April one thousand eight-hundred and fifty-three.

Theodore Vandenburgh {seal}

Signed, sealed, declared and published by the said Theodore Vandenburgh as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and each others have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto

John M. Payne
Robt. E. Utterbach

A. B. Between the 10th and 11th lines from the bottom of the first page the word principal was omitted through mistake, and afterwards ad[d]ed.

John M. Payne
Robt. E. Utterbach

At a court held for Prince Wm. County on the 2d day of May 1853 this last Will and Testament of Theodore Vandenburgh decd was proved by the oaths of Jno. M. Payne and Robt. E. Utterback witnesses thereto, and was ordered to be recorded and at a Court of quarterly Sessions held for said county on the 6th day of June 1853 on the motion of Jno. W. Vandenburgh the executor named in the last will & testament of Theodore Vandenburgh decd. who made oath and together with Thomas B. Alexander and Maklow S. Lindsly his Seryd. entered into and ackd. a bond in the penalty of $500.00 conditioned as the law directs certificate is granted the said Jno. W. Vandenburgh for obtaining letters of administration on the said decedents estate in due form.

Teste, P. D. Lipscomb, clk.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Chandler Keys

Evening Star (DC)
25 April 1895

Mr. Chandler Keys, one of the oldest and best known citizens of the county, died yesterday evening, after a brief illness, at his home, one mile north of this place, in the ninetieth year of his age. Deceased was a native of Prince William county, but had resided here since early manhood. During his long life he was a man of much energy and accumulated a handsome property. For a number of years he acted as a justice of the peace for the fourth district. He leaves two children, a son and daughter. His funeral will take place on Friday at 3 p.m.

[Chandler Keys is buried in Rockville Cemetery in Montgomery County, Maryland.  As a man with "a handsome property," at one time Keys is known to have owned 229 acres and the historic Watt's Branch Miller's House, "...reserving the right of way into the family burial ground and the privileges of the stream..." ~cgl]

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Will: Anne Ward (1852)

Prince William County Will Book Q, pg. 79

I Anne Ward of the County of Prince William do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all other will or wills by me heretofore made whereas my deceased husband Zachariah Ward did by his last will and testament, which is of record in the clerks office of the County court of Prince William, Give and devise to me during my natural life all his estate both real and personal consisting of the small tracts of land, two in the County of Fairfax and one in the County of Prince William, together with all his negroes, horses, cattle and house hold furniture, after my death, the one half to be equally divided between his four children, Barbara, Berkely, Hetty, Mariah, the other half of his estate be left at my disposal to give it to whom I please among his children and grand children. I give and devise to my daughter Mariah Ward the one half of my said husband’s estate which was left at my disposal. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto let my hand and seal this 24th day of October 1851.

Anne Ward

Signed, sealed, published and delivered by said Anne Ward as and for her last will and testament in presence of

B. Ward
A. H. Saunders
Jno. A. Saunders
Robt. E. Utterback

At a court of quarterly sessions continued and held for Prince William Count on this 3d day of August 1852 this last will and testament of Anne Ward decd. was presented to the court and being proved by the oaths of Berkely Ward and Addison H. Saunders witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded.

Teste, P. D. Lipscomb, clk

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Hopkins / Muschett / Risen

Alexandria Daily Advertiser (VA)
2 February 1807

Departed this life, at Dumfries, on the 30th ultimo, Mr. C. H. MUSCHETT, merchant, of that place, in the 26th year of his age, after a short but severe illness.  He has left a number of connections and acquaintances to deplore his loss.

Daily National Intelligencer (DC)
14 July 1824

DIED, on the 6th inst. at the residence of John Gibson, Esq. in Dumfries, Va., Mr. CHARLES EDWARD MUSCHETT, of a pulmonary affection.

Alexandria Gazette (VA)
8 February 1875

January 25th, near Independent Hill, Prince William county, in the 21st year of her age, Mrs. FRANKLIN RISEN.

January 28th, near Independent Hill, Prince William county, at the residence of Mr. C. Corbin, Miss BETSY HOPKINS.