Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Travel Tuesday: Manassas Gap Railroad Stock

Alexandria Gazette
7 January 1851


The subscribers in the stock of this Company are hereby notified, that an installment of $3 upon each share of said stock, is required to be paid, on the 1st day of January next, and that a further installment of $1 upon each share is required to be paid on the 1st day of each succeeding month, for the next ensuing eleven months.

Payments will be made by the Stockholders residing in Alexandria, into either of the Banks of the town, and in the country, to the following agents, viz:

For the County of Fauquier -- To Messrs Samuel T. Ashby, Robert Beverley, Daniel Morgan, and Alfred Rector.

For the County of Prince William -- To Mr. Thomas B. Gaines.

For the Count of Warren -- to Messrs. Samuel Richardson, William Cook, and William Miller.

By order of the Board;


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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sunday's Obituary: Sinah Ann (Newton) Wise

Alexandria Gazette
15 July 1871

At Oakland, Prince William county, Va., on Wednesday morning July 12, 1871, Mrs. SINAH ANN NEWTON, wife of Geo. P. Wise, esq., and youngest daughter of the late Wm. Newton, esq., of Alexandria, Va. in the 64th year of her age. The unwavering faith in a Saviour's love, which sustained her through the vicissitudes of life, grew brighter as the final change approached, leaving upon her lovely face a radiance that spoke of heavenly companionship, while the air about her seemed balmy with the breath of God.

[Sinah Wise is buried beside her husband in Presbyterian Cemetery, Alexandria, Va.  She was the daughter of William and Jane Barr (Stuart) Newton. ~ cgl]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Homestead Deed: Robert A. Keys (1890)

Homestead Deed of Robert A. Keys
PWCo Deed Book 40, pg. 12

Know all men by these Presents that I, Robert A. Keys a citizen of Prince William County, and state of Virginia, being a householder and head of a family, and being desirous of claiming the benefit of the provisions of chapter 178 of the Code of Virginia of 1887, and amendment thereto under the pursuance of the state constitution of 1867, entitled exemption of property of a householder on head of a family from levy, seizure, garnishment or sale, for debts or liabilities on contract, by this deed made on this the 6th day of October 1890, do declare my intention of claiming such homestead on the following property, owned by me to wit:

12 acres of land at Brentsville, Va. upon which I now reside, and which was purchased by me from J. B. Reid & wife.

1 Bureau / $250.00
35 Barrels of corn / $10.00
40 shocks of fodder / $6.00
1 Red heifer 2 years old in June net / $9.00

Which said property selected and designated and set apart, I the said Robert A. Keys by virtue of the provisions of the chapter aforesaid of the Virginia Code of 1887, claim to hold exempt from levy, seizure, garnishing and sale.

Witness the following signature and seal

Robert A. [x his mark] Keys {seal}

Witnesses to the signature of R. A. Keys

W. W. Buckley
A. W. Sinclair

In Prince William County Court, Oct. 6th 1890.

This Homestead Deed of Robt. A. Keys was presented to the Court, acknowledged by the Grantor and was ordered to be recorded.

Teste, E. Nelson  Clk

Sunday, January 10, 2021

PWCo Items: Manassas Gay With Yuletide Parties (1938)

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
25 December 1938


Final Plans Are Made for Assembly Ball

Manassas, Va., Dec. 24 -- Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Owens will entertain 100 guests at an anniversary party preceding the assembly ball Tuesday evening. Mr. Owens' mother, Mrs. William E. Trusler, and her cousin, Miss Hilda Moser, will assist the hostess.

Final arrangements are being made for the assembly ball in the Manassas Gymnasium. On the Floor Committee are Mr. John Broaddus, Mr. Dennis Baker, Mr. Dudley Martin, Mr. Eugene Davis, Dr. R. T. Johnson, Mr. Lewis Carper, Mr. R. Jackson Ratcliffe and Mr. C. Wade-Dalton.

Mr. Emlyn Marsteller arrived last week end from Dartmouth to spend a three-week vacation with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. E. H. Marsteller.

Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Smith of Georgia are spending the holidays with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Baker.

Mr. E. R. Conner entertained at a dinner party today.

Mrs. B. Higgs Lewis will be hostess at bridge Monday afternoon at her home on Sudley road.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

PWCo Items: Monday, 11 January 1875

Alexandria Gazette
Monday, 11 January 1875

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY ITEMS -- A terrible gloom was cast over the festivities of Christmas day by the sudden and unlooked for death of Mr. Wm. C. Broughton, a young man highly respected by his friends. He was taken ill early in the morning and died at about two o'clock in the afternoon, being in a lethargic and unconscious state from the time of the attack until his death.

At a public sale of horses at Brentsville on Monday last, a tolerably respectable animal sold for $5.50, and another, rather advanced in years and decrepid in limb, was knocked off at four dollars.

St. Stephens Episcopal church, near Catlett's, which was destroyed during the war is shortly to be rebuilt.

S. C. Neale esq., of Alexandria has been admitted to practice in the County Court. --

Manassas Gazette

Friday, December 4, 2020

Friend of Friends Friday: Ranaway (Toby)

Alexandria Gazette (Va.)
07 September 1821


RANAWAY from Buckland, in Prince William, late the seat of Mr. John Love, now occupied by me the subscriber,) negro TOBY, A very black, round faced, stout young man, supposed to be about twenty four years of age; the white of his eyes are uncommonly large, and shew in a remarkable manner when spoken to, he has rather a down look; he has been accustomed to the usual business of a farm, and is a tolerable hand. -- This fellow was placed among others, in my care, for safe keeping, to await the event of suit now pending in the District Chancery Court of Fredericksburg, between Mr. William Stuart and Ludwell Lee, executor to Thomas Lee, and has now absconded without any cause, far as is known or believed. His clothes are of the usual kind, some Virginia mannufacture, and some imported, but not particularly recollected -- On the night of his absconding, a chestnut sorrel mare belonging to the overseer was also taken off, supposed by him. A reward of 15 dollars will be given for the fellow if taken within 25 miles and brought home, and if taken up more than thirty miles from home and brought to me, or secured in any jail so that I get him again, forty dollars. All persons are forbid at their peril, harboring or secreting said fellow.

Abbey Ville, Prince William County
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Monday, November 30, 2020

Trustees Sale: Carter's Green (1876)

Alexandria Gazette (Va)
01 November 1876

TRUSTEE'S SALE OF A GOOD FARM, IN PRINCE WILLIAM CO., NEAR HAYMARKET, CONTAINING 289 1/2 acres.  By virtue of a deed of trust executed to me by J. T. Carter and wife, dated the 26th day of May, 1866, and recorded in the Clerk's office of the County Court of Prince William county, Va., I will offer by public auction, at the front door of the Court House, in the town of Warrenton, Fauquier county, Va., on MONDAY, December 11th, 1876, that being the first day of the Circuit Court of said county, the valuable tract of land in said deed mentioned, known as "CARTER'S GREEN," containing 289 1/2 acres -- be the same more or less. The land is of good quality, well wooded, watered and enclosed. Upon the farm there is a comfortable DWELLING HOUSE and necessary out buildings. It is in a good neighborhood, adjoins the farms of Mr. Wise and Capt. James Purcell and about six miles from Gainesville, a station upon the Manassas Division of the Virginia Midland R.R.

Terms of Sale - Five hundred dollars in cash; the residue in one, two and three years. For deferred payments the purchaser will be required to execute bonds, with approved personal security, to bear interest from the day of sale, and secure the same by deed of trust upon the aforesaid premises.

N.B. - Being empowered to make private sale of said premises, In invite propositions. My address is Warrenton, Fauquier County, Va.

R. TAYLOR SCOTT, Trustee, &c., &c.
Robt. Coons, Auct'r.
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