Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Leonard Lynn

Davis-Lynn-Moor Cemetery, Woodbridge, VA
(photo by C.Lynn)

November 22, 1846
Dec. 24, 1922

Leonard Lynn was the son of Alexander P. Lynn and Mary Jane Ashby.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Military Monday: Prince William Cavalry, Co. A., 4th Va. Cavalry

Manassas Journal
October 20, 1905

Prince William Cavalry, Co. A, 4th Va. Cavalry
[Prepared for The Journal by Mrs. Geo. W. Johnson]

Captain, William Willis Thornton
1st Lieut., P. D. Williams
2nd Lieut., A. D. Wroe
3rd Lieut., James M. Barbee
Orderly Sergeant, Thomas O. Thornton


J. T. Arundell
J. C. Lynn
Amos Benson
A. T. Lynn
Heywood Bridwell
John H. Lee
Albert Bridwell
C. H. Lambert
Monroe Bridwell
Ned Larkin
Lang Bridwell
George W. Larkin
_____ Bruffey
Charles Lewis
Chas. H. Brawner
T. W. Marders
Hammitt Claggett
Benj. D. Merchant
Alvah Cass
Frank Merchant
E. J.T. Clark
Philo Mitchell
James F. Clark
John Miner
Henry Carter
Reuben Miner
Charles L. Cushing
R. B. Lee McCrea [Macrae]
Thomas Cushing
Robert Manuel
Robert B. Cushing
Adolphus Marsteller
J. P. Cross
Y. H. Marsteller
Ham. Cross
Felix Muldoon
William Cockrell
George W. Nutt
George M. Colvin
Horatio Nelson
Clinton C. Colvin
Andrew Norman
Richard Colvin
Fielding Norman
George Colvin
Thadeus Newman
Lucien A. Davis
Lucien L. O’mera
S. S. F. Davis
James M. Peters
J. W. Davis
John S. Powell
R. M. Davis
B. L. Pridmore
Joseph Davis
Benjamin Pridmore
Charles E. Davis
Levi Pridmore
W. H. Dewy
J. D. Payne
Caleb S. Deats
Wm. L. Robertson
John C. Deats
Richard Shirley
Ellis A. Deats
Thomas S. Shirley
C. E. Donehoe
J. M. Shirley
C. W. Dunnington
J. R. Shirley
T. P. Elliott
Sidney Shirley
Maurice Evans
Samuel Sisson
Henry Evans
W. M. Simms
Hiram Eastman
G. A. Selectman
Madison Finch
George Selectman
John W. Fewell
T. B. Selectman
A. H. Finchsel
R. Selectman
Mathew Finegan
William Stone
N. B. Guy
Marshall Stone
J. M. Graham
R. H. Shephard
J. P. Gaines
Joseph Shepherd
Charles A. Graham
Carys Smith
W. S. George
Charles Smith
Adison George
J. M. Sinclair
F. W. Holmes
J. L. Sinclair
M. C. Holmes
W. H. Simms
Monroe Holmes
Robert Towles
John M. Herndon
Vivian Towles
Geo. W. Herndon
William Towles
Haywood Herndon
James Towles
Henry M. Holland
John G. Taylor
Robert W. Holland
Garland Taylor
R. E. Horton
J. N. Tolson
M. W. Horton
J. T. Williams
R. H. Haislip
John Williams
James Hulfish
J. F. Williams
John L. Hamet[t]
Wm. F. Williams
G. H. Hooe
Frank Williams
Ashley Holmes
William Wilkins
Robert Jewell
Jeff. Woodyard
George Jewell
E. V. Weir
Robert King
Robert W. Weedon
C. W. Keys
P. T. Weedon
Henry F. Lynn
Marshall B. Weedon
W. M. Lynn
C. H. A. Weedon
A. A. Lynn
Geo. M. Weedon
J[ohn] H[enry] Lynn
J. F. Wheat
L. W. Lynn
Luther Windsor
George Lynn
W. T. Washington
Benjamin Lynn

J. A. Lynn

Milton Lynn

Luther Lynn

Albert Lynn

At the reorganization of the army in ’62 and election of officers took place resulting as follows:

Captain, P. D. Williams
1st Lieut., Lucien A. Davis
2nd Lieut., Benjamin D. Merchant
3rd Lieut., Goerge Colvin
Orderly Sergeant, P. T. Weedon
2nd Sergenat, J. Taylor Williams
3rd Sergeant, Robert Towles

Soon after the reorganization, in the spring of ’63, Geo. Colvin died and officers under him advanced a step, and other elected, as follows:

2nd Lieut., Robert W. Weedon
3rd Sergeant, Absolam Lynn
4th Sergeant, Vivian Towles
1st Corporal, J. P. Gaines
2nd Corporal, R. H. Haislip
3rd Corporal, Amos Benson
4th Corporal, Andrew Norman

J. Taylor Williams was made Sergeant major of the Regiment by Col. Wickham and served through the Gettysburg Campaign.

William Willis Thornton (the first Captain) was made Major in the Commissary Department of Ewell’s forces and noted in that capacity until the close of the war.

Many members of Co. A were severely wounded.  John W. Fewell lost a leg at Five Forks. Lieut. B. D. Merchant had a long experience of prison live, and was one of those who were sent to Morris Island in Charleston Harbor.  Three died at Point Lookout and several others suffered long terms of prison life:  Charles H. Brawner, at Fort Delaware, and Luther Windsor, twenty months at Elmyra).

List of Dead of Co. A., 4th Virginia Cavlary

Captain P. D. Williams, killed at Raccoon Ford
George Colvin died of disease
J. T. Arundel, killed near Dumfries, by two negro prisoners
S. S. T. Davis, killed near Dumfries, by two negro prisoners
L. Bridwell, died of disease
W. S. Robinson, died of disease
Henry Evans, died of disease
Mathew Inegan, died of disease
D. C. Norman, died of disease
Thomas Cushing, killed near Warrenton
C. L. Cushing, killed at Appomattox
William H. Cockrell, killed at Raccoon Ford
Ellis A. Deats, killed at Aldie
T. P. Elliott, killed at Travillyan Station
A. A. George, died of disease
L. Lynn, died of disease
John H. Lee, killed at Fairfax
J. P. Monroe, died in prison
Thomas W. Marders, killed at White
W. S. Moore, killed at Spotsylvania
Horace Nelson, killed at Jack’s Shop
W. H. Selectman, killed at Jack’s Shop
Thomas S. Shirley, died in prison
William Stone, died in prison
Frank Williams, killed
Vivian Towles, killed at Travillyan Station
James Towles, killed at Spotsylvania C.H.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Jack Pendleton Lynn

Manassas Journal
October 25, 1918


Succumbs After a Short Illness of Pneumonia

Jack Pendleton Lynn passed away Wednesday, October 23, at the home of his brother, Mr. Charles Lynn, near town, in the eighteenth year of his age, a victim of pneumonia.  He was buried Thursday afternoon at the Sudley cemetery, Rev. H. Q. Burr conducting the funeral service.

The pallbearers were Messrs. Burchell Leachman, Percival Lewis, Clarence Meetze, Chas. Trimmer, Keith Leachman, and Ralph Larson.

Mr. Lynn was a son of the late Lewis C. Lynn and Mrs. Roberta Lynn.  He was born December 11, 1900, on the Sudley farm, Fairfax county.  He moved with his parents when he was several years of age to near Wellington, where his father died six or eight years later.  since then he has lived on the farm of his brother and with his mother in Manassas.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Roberta Lynn, and a half-brother, Mr. Charles Lynn, of near town.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September Events at PWCo Historic Sites

September Events With Prince William County
Historic Preservation
Tastes of the Potomac Coming Soon!
October 4
Taste of the Potomac at Rippon Lodge
11-5pm; $20 per person (includes beer and wine tasting tickets), $10 per non-drinker, $5 for children over 6, designated drivers are FREE
Join us to celebrate and enjoy our region’s local flavors!  Local breweries and wineries will be set-up on the front lawn of Rippon Lodge.  Your tasting tickets will get you a tasting at each beer and wine vendor.   Local food vendors will also be selling there tasty treats.  Listen to live music while enjoying good food and drinks with a view of the Potomac at Prince William County’s oldest home.  The historic house will be open for tours throughout the day. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812


September 6 & 7
World War II Weekend
11am- 4pm daily; FREE
Admiral Black the last owner of Rippon Lodge was a WWII veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor.  Learn about daily life of soldiers in the European and Pacific Theatres. World War II living historians will portray Axis and Allied soldiers. They will discuss their equipment, armaments and historic military vehicles. Learn about the home front and the many ways that citizens supported the war effort. View collections of original
WWII artifacts.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

September 6
Wildlife Walk at Bristoe Station Battlefield 
9am – 11am; $5 per person                                                                                                                       
Bristoe Station Battlefield is home to a complex meadow ecosystem.  Join outdoor experts on a guided walk of the battlefield.  Learn about the beneficial wildlife especially the birds and butterflies that call this ecosystem home.  Learn to identify the plants that these birds and butterflies need for food and shelter.  Bring binoculars. The tour departs from the kiosk in the parking lot at Iron Brigade Unit Ave and 10th Alabama Way.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  No pets please.  Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 13
Camp Jones Luminary at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park
8pm – 10 pm; $10 per person
In the late summer of 1861, the farms and fields surrounding Bristoe Station were filled with thousands of Confederate soldiers. Lack of experience combined with little knowledge of disease caused illness to spread through these camps like wildfire. Join us as we remember those Confederates who died and are buried in the park’s Alabama Cemetery.  Guided tours and luminary of the Alabama Cemetery. No pets please.   Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 13
Bluegrass at Brentsville
1-5pm, $10 per person, $5 PWC employees with ID, children free under six
Enjoy the lively sounds of bluegrass bands on the grounds of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  Music will be held from 1-5pmwith additional activities on the grounds.  Buildings will be open for tours and food available for purchase.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

September 13, 14 and 27, 28
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
11am-3pm; Tours leave on the hour – donations encouraged.
Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the hallowed grounds that contain camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Learn about Camp jones and the two battles that took place in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The last tour leaves at 3PM. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellant is encouraged. No pets please. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

September 20                                                                                                                                                             
 Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                          
 $45 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                   
 Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754

September 27
Antiques Appraisal Fair
10am-4pm; $10 per two appraisals
Find out how much your grandma’s silver is worth or if your yard sale treasure is real.  Appraisers from Two Guys Antiques in Dumfries will be onsite to appraise your items. Appraisers include; silver, furniture, textiles, paintings, jewelry, glassware, stamps, coins, military, clocks, dolls and porcelain.  Please call the site to confirm appraisers and reserve your appraisal time.  House tour included with admission; tours on the hour with the last tour at 3pm.  Reservations highly suggested.       
Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812

September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Ben Lomond Stop
9am-4pm; FREE
Join us at Ben Lomond as we celebrate the local area’s farming heritage.  See a sheep shearing demonstration, wool spinning, with hands-on activities such as 19th century laundry, dairy production, harvest your own herbs, Tours of the house are included with admission price, with tours on the hour. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

September 27-28
Prince William County Farm Tour – Brentsville Stop
10am-4pm FREE
Join site staff as we learn about farm life here in Brentsville and PWC during the mid-1800s.  Tour the 1850s cabin and feed chickens and other animals.  Help make soap and wash some clothes!  Historic games will also be played throughout the day.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

September 28
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11am- 12pm FREE
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m.and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

For More Information on Historic Preservation in Prince William County please contact

Monday, August 25, 2014

Military Monday: Prince William Rangers, Co. H, 15th Va. Cavalry

Manassas Journal
October 20, 1905

Prince William Rangers, Co. H, 15th Va. Cavalry
[Prepared for The Journal by Mrs. Geo. W. Johnson]

Captain William Gardner Brawner, killed in Maryland, '63
1st Lieut., J. C. Kincheloe
2nd Lieut., Edwin Nelson, taken prisoner in '63 and kept at Johnson's Island until end of war
3rd Lieut., Frank Davis
Com. Sergeant, John H. Hammill
Orderly Sergeant, Samuel H. Jones
2nd Sergeant, Leroy Davis
2nd Sergeant, William Kincheloe
3rd Sergeant, John Butler
4th Sergeant, W. W. Kincheloe
4th Sergeant, W. R. Lipscomb
1st Corporal, Geo. W. Hixon
2nd Corporal, Isaac Fairfax
3rd Corporal Charles Butler
4th Corporal, Levi Hixson


Robert Arrington
Benjamin E. Lynn
Luther Able [Abel]
Shirley Lynn
Benjamin Abel [Abel]
Wesley Ledman
Bradfield, Henry
A. T. Marshall
Thomas Botts
Joseph Mayhugh
Richard Brawner
John Mayhugh
James M. Barbee
Z. Mayhugh
Thomas Beach
James V. Nash
Cornelius Beach
Geo. W. Payne
Alexander Colbert
Jackson Payne
John Colbert
Dangg Pettit
W. W. Chappell
George Pettit
Leroy Cornwall
William Raney
James Cornwall
Joseph B. Reid
Richard Cornwall
Polk Reid
James O. Cornwall
Jackson Reid
M. Cornwall
John H. Renoe
George Cornwall
Joseph Richardson
John L. Cornwall
George Richardson
E. Dorsey Cole
Wm. Richardson
C. H. Copen
Randolph Spittle
Robert Carter
Lewis Spittle
Edward Carter
Edward Shepherd
C. A. Cannon
James Stone
George Davis
Thomas Stone
Henry Davis
Thomas Simpson
John Davis
John Slingerland
B. D. Davis
William Smoot
Peter Davis
Newton Stribling
Newton Delancy
John Smallwood
Thomas Dewell
Wallace Tansill
John French
George Tillet
Wellington Fairfax
John R. Tillet
Thomas Fairfax
Wm. Vermillion
Mark Florence
William Wilson
Wallace Hixson
William Wilkins
Henry Keys
Lewis Woodward
Ashwell King
George Wilt
Ramon Kincheloe
William Wilt
George Lowe
Thomas Windsor
Samuel R. Lowe
Grandison Warring