Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday's Obituary: Capt. Robert H. Tyler

Daily Dispatch (Virginia)
28 January 1902

Esteemed Resident of Prince William

LEESBURG, VA., January 27 --(Special)--Captain Robert H. Tyler, of Haymarket, Prince William county, died on Friday night, and his funeral took place yesterday.

Captain Tyler was one of the most gallant soldiers of the Confederacy, serving during the war in the Eighth Virginia Infantry, in Hunton's Brigade.

While a prisoner of war he was at one time with General W. H. F. ("Rooney") Lee put into solitary confinement, to be executed in case certain prisoners held by the Confederate authorities were put to death. But as this did not occur, they were eventually exchanged.

Captain Tyler served at one time in the Virginia House of Delegates, and had all his life been prominent in the affairs of his part of the State. He leaves a widow and a large family of children, all of whom are grown. He was about 63 years of age, and was a son of the late Bailey Tyler, farmer and lawyer, and was born in Leesburg, the family removing about fifty years to to "The Shelter," their beautiful farm in Prince William county.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Will: Daniel Webster (emancipation)

Will of Daniel Webster
PWCo Will Book K, pg. 502

In the name of God amen I Daniel Webster of the county of Prince William & state of Virginia, feeling weak of body but of sound mind mind and intilect do make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others.

Item. I will and bequeath to my wife Lucy Webster (whom I purchased from the late John Macrae esq.) and to my child James Webster -- their freedom and enfranchisement forever, excluding all claim or right to them of any persons whatsoever.

Item. I give and bequeath to my wife Lucy Webster every thing I have claim to or possess in this world, property of every description, real, personal, or mixed and I further more make and appoint my said wife Lucy, the executrix of this my last will and it is my wish and desire that some friendly citizen, should aid and assist her in the execution hereof; In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 23rd day of November, 1815.

Daniel [X his mark] Webser {seal}

Signed, sealed & delivered in presece of
Wm. S. Colquhoun
Fra. Sd. Dunnington
C. W. Colquhoun

At a court held for Prince William county,. February 5th 1816

This last will and testament of Daniel Webster deceased was presented to the Court and being proved by Wm. S. Colquhoun, Fra: Sd. Dunnington and C. W. Colquhoun is ordered to be recorded.


Phil. D. Dawe   Cl Cur

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wedding Wednesday: McKinney/Wright (1900)

Democratic Advocate (Westminster, MD)
1 December 1900

A Virginia Wedding
Reported for the Democratic Advocate

The most beautiful home wedding witnessed for many a day was that which united the hearts and hands of Miss Minnie E. McKinney and Mr. S. Elbert Wright, at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. G. W. Flory, near Nokesville, Prince William county, Virginia, on November 21.

More than an hour before the appointed time the parlor, which was tastefully decorated with evergreens and white chrysanthemums, was filled to overflowing with friends who had gathered to witness the ceremony.

Promptly at 5 o'clock p.m. the bridal party entered the parlor, preceded by the bridesmaid and groomsman, Miss. M. Katie Wright, sister of the groom, of Bridgewater, Rockingham county, Va., and Mr. A. B. McKinney, brother of the bride, of Sykesville, Md., and were met by Rev. S. H. Fory, who performed the ceremony. The bride was attired in a beautiful costume of pure white organdie, trimmed with white satin ribbons, with slippers and gloves to match, and carrying a bouquet of Bride's Roses and white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaid was dressed to match the bride. The tall and handsome groom wore the conventional black with white tie and black gloves.

After receiving the best wishes and congratulations they retired to the diningroom, where  delightful wedding supper was served.

Among those present were Mr. R. C. McKinney, father of the bride, a popular and retired farmer of Carroll county, Md., and Mr. H. L. Bushey, of Maryland; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Flory, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Flory, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Flory, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Garber, Mr. and Mrs. Harpine, Mr. William Hale and daughter, Miss Fleta, Mrs. John Baker, Mrs. Lillie Baker; Misses Laura and Iva Kane, Mollie and Sallie Hederick, Vernie Flory, Bertha and Rosa Holsinger, Maly, Minnie and Edna Flory; Messrs. Ben Hederick, Ira and Heacott Flory, George Nichols, Roy, Jacob and Johnny Flory.

The bride received many useful and handsome presents, consisting of silver and queensware, linen, etc.

On Thursday morning the happy couple were driven to Manassas, wher ethey boarded the 9:30 train for Harrisonburg, Va.

The bride wore a travelling suit of blue with white trimmints.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Newspaper Tidbit: Impeachment of Judges

Alexandria Gazette
24 January 1876


The Richmond Enquirer of this morning says: A sensation was created in the House Saturday, where Mr. Purcell, Delegate from the county of Prince William, arose from his seat with a formidable-looking document in his hand, and said:

"Mr. Speaker: There has been placed in my hands a petition and affidavit as a part thereof of a respectable member of the bar and citizen of Prince William, asking that charges of a grave character against Aylett Nicol, Judge of the County Court of Prince William county be investigated. As a very humble representative of that county, it is my solemn duty this to present, and ask that it be referred to the proper committee, and in so doing so I desire to say that I am prompted by no feeling akin to the partisan, but by a desire to afford every opportunity for vindication and exoneration on the one hand, and on the other to forever preserve the judicial ermine in this Commonwealth in its spotless purity."

Mr. J. J. Davies, of the Prince William bar, brings these charges against Judge Nicol, and they are of the gravest possible nature. It is alleged, among other things, that through his court he has speculated in Carboro lots in Potomac City, that he has bought claims from his clients while holding their funds in his hands as judge, and that he agreed to accept a bribe of five hundred dollars to influence him in the appointment of commissioners to condemn certain lands. Judge Nicol is a native of Rappahanock county, but has resided in Prince William for thirty years. This is the first time in our journalistic experience that a Virginian judge has been accused of corrupt practices. The paper was referred.

The Whig, in alluding to the affair, says: -- The paper presented in the House of Delegates on Saturday, by Mr. Purcell, in regard to Judge Aylett Nicol, of Prince William county, is the affidavit of James J. Davies, charging Judge Nicol with being interested in certain lots in the town of Carbero, which were condemned for the use of the Potomac and Manassas Railroad, and damages assessed by commissioners appointed by him; that in co partnership with another person he fraudulently obtained assignments of the interests of other parties in the condemned lots; that having obtained a judgment for over $1,600 for a female client in the Circuit Court, he obtained an assignment of her right to the same for $300, one third of which was to be his fee for services, when he had in possession funds exceeding $1,600 subject to the said judgment; that as a judge he agreed to accept a bribe of $500 to appoint a new commission to assess damages for land belonging to a certain party which had been condemned for the use of a railroad, when the owner of the land and the attorney for the railroad company compromised the matter and the $500 bribe was not paid, etc. Upon this recital Mr. Jas. J. Davies prays an investigation, and gives a list of persons and papers that he desires to be sent for, including himself.

The Dispatch says: The impeachment of Judge Stevens, of Nelson, who won a considerable amount of money from Delegate Fowle at draw-polka, is talked about.  Friends of Stevens intimate that if such proceedings are commenced Judge Stevens, by summoning members of the House as witnesses in his behalf, can put those members in an embarrassing position.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Inventory of Jesse Barron (partial/enslaved persons only) (1811)

Inventory of Jesse Barron (partial/enslaved persons only)
PWCo WB K, pg. 128

Pursuant to an order of the worshipful Court of Prince Wm. Cty. bearing date the 4th of March 1811 we the undersigned commissioners therein named met at the house of the late Jesse Barron on the 12th inst. and after being first sworn proceeded to view and appraise the personal property of the sd. Barron and do make report thereof as follows viz.


James about the age of 30 years - $350
Cyrus about the age of 25 years - 350
Dick about the age of 12 years - 228
Cloe about the age of 60 years - 50
Mary about the age of 50 years - 150
Amy about the age of 20 years - 266.67
Lucy about the age of 15 years - 266.67
Dolly about the age of 17 years - 250

... Recapitulation

Valuation of Negroes - $1911.34

... Signed
Gerard Alexander
Philip Alexander
Alexander Compton

Countery signed
Hendley Barron, Administrator

At a Court held for Prince William County Dec. 2d 1811

This Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Jesse Barron Dec'd was returned to the Court and ordered to be recorded.

J. Williams  Ct. Cur.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Will: Moore Hooff (1825)

Will of Moore Hooff
PWCo Will Book M, pg. 506

In the Name God Amen I Moore Hooff of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia being old but of sound mind and memory Bless God for the same calling to mind the Mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all Men once to die do Constitute and ordain this my last will and testament, that is first and principally of all I recommend my Soul into the Hands of Almity God and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, not doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God. And as touching my Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this Life, I give and bequeath in the following Manner.

Viz: Two Feather Beds and Bedsteads, two sheets to each Bed, one cotton counterpane to each Bed, two blankets to each bed, also two yarn bed covers to each bed, likewise, two pillars and one Boulster to each Bed, also one Table and four chairs one pot and one oven six plates and a dish and half dozen knives and forks and also one cow which was my loving wife's Property before our marriage contract.

Second I give also to my loving Wife Nancy Hoff two choice horses and one side saddle three choice cows and also half my stock of sheep and hogs, half of my household and kitchen furniture except two beds and furniture and also the half of my crop that is made growing, and to have full and peaceable possession of my house kitchen and garden and a reasonable supply of firewood until she can get her full part of the Property I have given her.

Thirdly I give to my daughter Pamelia three Negroes namely Eliza, Lucy-Anne, and Harrison, one choice bed and bedstead two sheets and two blankets one cotton counterpane one quiilt and two yarn bedcovers two pillars and one boulster one tea kettle one table one cupboard one bureau and twenty five dollars in cash as soon as it can be raised out of the sale of my Property.

And fourthly, all my lands and the balance of my property that I have not will'd to be sold and equally divided after my just debts are paid with this exception I give my daughter Frances Cornwell one hundred dollars more than her equal part of the sale of my Property, and my son Cornelius Hoff fifty dollars more than the equal part of the sale of said property and my desire is that my old Woman Winney should be given this indulgence by my Executors to let her live with any part of my family she choses or chose a master.  Lastly I do hereby constitute and ordain my son Thomas Hoff and M. James Fewell Executors of this my last will and Testament.   In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th of May 1825.

Moore Hoff's {seal}

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of
George Bradfield
Orpha [X her mark] Bradfield

At a Court held for Prince William County December 3rd 1827.

This last will and testament of Moore Hooff deceased was returned to the Court and being proved by the oaths of the Witnesses thereto the same is ordered to be recorded.

Philip D. Dawe  Ct Cur.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Manassas News: Investigation of Prince William Jail... (1912)

Alexandria Gazette
23 March 1912


Investigation of Prince William Jail
Enthusiastic Good-Roads Meeting at Nokesville

(Special to the Gazette)

Manassas, Va., March 23. -- The State Board of Charities and Corrections have called on the Prince William county committee for their annual report as to the conditions of the county jail and almshouse. This committee consists of Dr. H. M. Clarkston, of Haymarket and Mrs. Emily C. Round and Dr. J. Mayre Lewis, of Manassas. Information as to any case of indigent, crippled or deformed children needing hospital treatment is specially called for, by the secretary of the Commonwealth in order that the board may endeavor to have such subjects treated free of cost. The board urges that the county make better arrangements for its poor, and especially the feeble minded children and advises that the "Poor Farm" be sold and arrangements provided which will be more in accord with the present ideas of twentieth-century civilization.

At a meeting of the Manassas Rod and Gun Club a committee was appionted to petition Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas H. Lion, for an enforcement of the law with regard to the obstruction at Occoquan creek.  Last spring the board of supervisors of Prince William and Fairfax counties appointed committees to investigate and report upon such obstruction, which has done, but so far as ascertained no further action of the respective boards in relation to the matter has been taken.

There was a large and enthusiastic good roads meeting at Nokesville, Wednesday at which Melvin C. Hazen of Washington, presided. A committee was appointed to canvass Brentsville Magisterial district in the interest of a bond issue for public highway improvement. The committee will recommend a bond issue for the district of $36,000 to be apportioned as follows: $12,000 for the Quebec-Miami Highway; $9,000 for road from Nokesville to Greenwich; $8,000 for roadway from Nokesville to Aden; $7,000 for roadway from Brentsville to intersect with the proposed international highway.

The bi-county convention of the W.C.T.U. embracing the counties of Fauquier and Prince William were in session here yesterday with a large attendance of delegates. Mrs. Sarah Hoge, state president of the association, and noted for her ability as an oratorical and forceful speaker delivered a very interesting address in the Presbyterian Church last night to a large audience.

Governor Mann has appointed Mrs. Emily C. Round to represent Virginia at the Southern Sociological Congress to be held in Nashville, Tenn., on May 7-10.

A valuable horse belonging to Harry Tyler was killed by train No. 13 on the Manassas branch of the Southern, Thursday.  The animal was appraised at $230.