Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thriller Thursday: Henry W. Reid

Richmond Times Dispatch
26 January 1908

KILLED ON WAY HOME

Henry W. Reid, From Prince William, Murdered in Washington

Washington, D.C., January 25 -- Henry W. Reid, of this city, who came to Washington from Prince William county about five years ago, was murdered in front of his home, on F Street, near North Capitol, about 1 o'clock this morning.  A few feet from where the body was found another man was held up and robbed earlier in the evening.

Reid's body was terribly cut, and a bloody oyster knife found near by had evidently been plunged through the top of the skull into the brain, producing instant death.  The body was found by two policemen before it had grown cold.  Four arrests have been made, but the police have only slight clues.

Reid was the proprietor of a saloon near Union Station.  He was in the habit of taking home every night the cash receipts for the day, and it is believed that the murderers knew of this, and were seeking money.  They took his gold watch and chain, and probably some change from his pocket, but the police found in the cash drawer at the saloon this morning $146.  Reid was the son of the late William Reid, who ran a hotel near Brentsville, not far from Manassas.  The young man was clerk of the Tremont Hotel for a time, and later opened a saloon.

He was recently placed in charge of the affairs of a new hotel company, which was to erect a hotel near the new Union Station.

The body will be taken to Prince William for interment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Will: John Patterson (1804)

JOHN PATTERSON Will
Prince William County Will Book I, pg. 29
2 Jun 1804; proved 2 Jul 1804

In the Name of God Amen I JOHN PATTERSON of Prince William County in the state of Virginia being very sick but of sound disposing mind and memory thanks be to God do make this my last will and Testament in the following manner.  Imprimis.  It is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid in the first place.

Item I give and bequeath to my loving wife MARYANN one third part of my whole estate.  Item I give and bequeath to my son POSEY PATTERSON the sum of one shilling current money.  Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter CINDERILLA MOUNTJOY one shilling current money.  Item I give & bequeath unto my son FRANCIS PATTERSON one shilling current money.  Item I give and bequeath unto my son JESSE PATTERSON one shilling current money.  Item I give and bequeath unto my eight youngest children named ELIZABETH, PHEBE, WILLIAIM, ALEXANDER, RICHARD, JENNY, BETSY, NANCY and POLLY all the rest of and residue of my estate to them and their heirs forever.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my loving wife MARYANN my whole & sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all and every former will or wills be me heretofore made.  In Witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four.

JOHN [his mark] PATTERSON   {seal}

Signed sealed published and declared by the testator JOHN PATTERSON as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers whom he called upon to witness the same

JOHN WILLIAMS
PETER RISING
JOHN RAWDEN

At a Court held for Prince William County July 2nd 1804

The last will & testament of JOHN PATTERSON decd. was presented to the Court being proved by the oaths of JOHN WILLIAMS & PETER RISING was ordered to be recorded.

Teste

J. WILLIAMS  Ct. Cur.

At a Court of Quarter Sessions held for Prince William County November 5th 1804

MARYANN PATTERSON Executrix name din the last will and testament of JOHN PATTERSON decd. came into Court and made oath to the said will according to law and having taken the oath of an executrix and given bond with security according to law certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste


J. WILLIAMS   Ct. Cur.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: West Fletcher

Baltimore Sun (MD)
18 February 1903

POSTMASTER DIES SUDDENLY

Mr. Fletch(er) Stricken with Heart Disease in His Store

Warrenton, Va., Feb. 17 - Mr. West Wood Fletch(er), merchant and postmaster at Buckland, Prince William County, died suddenly this morning shortly after opening his place of business.  His death was caused by heart trouble.

Mr. Fletcher was a gallant Confederate soldier and was a member of the Fauquier Guards of the Forth ninth Virginia Regiment.  A widow and several children survive him.

[West Fletcher lost a leg at Fredericksburg, VA in 1863 ~cgl]


Friday, July 24, 2015

Friend of Friends Friday: Ex-Slave Buried With Honors: Eppa Barnes

Manassas Journal
8 January 1931

EX-SLAVE BURIED WITH HONORS

Eppa Barnes, colored, aged about eighty-eight, died at his home in Independent Hill in the closing hours of 1930 after an illness of several years.

The old fellow was very popular.  During his long confinement many people would call on him to cheer him up.  His wife, who survives him, is equally well known and well liked.

Back in the days "Befo' de war," Uncle Ep is stated to have been domiciled with the Copen family, well known in the anals of Prince William. The family plot in which he was buried was  a part of the old estate.

He leaves eight sons and one daughter.

The funeral which took place on New Years Day was one of the county's biggest in recent months, and there was a profusion of beautiful flowers.

Elder A. J. Garland, of Clarendon, performed the rites at Uncle Ep's home, and many who attended came from without the county.

Prince William misses its old timers who have lived right and tried to lead their sons and daughters in teh same path.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: William F. Smith (1823)

National Daily Intelligencer (DC)
11 February 1823

In Falmouth, Va. at the residence of Murray Forbes, Esq. on Sunday, the 2d inst. after a short illness, WILLIAM F. SMITH, in the 20th year of his age, the eldest son of George Smith, Esq. of Dumfries.

Seldom had nature dawned upon youth with more promising or more brilliant prospects: seldom had she bestowed upon a favorite, more estimable or more engaging qualities of mind or person. To a form at once handsome and manly, were added a naturally brilliant and highly polished understanding, and the most engaging and winning manners.  No expense or pains were spared by a fond parent, to improve what nature had so bountifully bestowed. Mr. Smith graduated at Princeton with great credit, and bid fair to be the pride of his family and his country. The writer of this small tribute to departed worth, is conscious that obituaries are generally eulogiums; but he knew him in his school-boy days, and since he has been stepping into manhood; and is also conscious that those who knew him well, will consider this fleeting paragraph, but a faint sketch of its original. When a man full of years and of honor, sinks into the tomb, we can more easily be reconciled to an expected event: but when heaven's decree tears from us, in the bloom of youth, one in whom our fond hopes were centered, it racks the soul with anguish. To his only remaining parent, our kindest and our warmest sympathy is due. Within the course of a few months, a husband and a fondly-cherished son, have been snatched from her embraces.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Will: John Lansdown (1812)

JOHN LANSDOWN Will
Prince William County Will Book K, pg. 132
31 Dec 1811; proved 06 Jan 1812

In the name of God Amen I JOHN LANSDOWN of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia being sick in body but of sound sense and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following Viz, Item I give and bequeath to my wife ELIZABETH LANSDOWN one fourth of my estate real and personal for and during her natural life and at her decease to be equally divided between my three sons WILLIAM LANSDOWN, JOHN LANSDOWN and GEORGE LANSDOWN to them and their heirs forever.  Item I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM LANSDOWN one fourth of my property real & personal to him and his heirs forever, and as I have heretofore given my said son WILLIAM fifty pounds eleven shillings in cash, that the said fifty pound eleven shillings be deducted out of his fourth part and added to the parts of my sons JOHN and GEORGE LANSDOWN.

Item I give to my son JOHN LANSDOWN one other fourth part of my estate real and personal to him and his heirs forever.  Item I give to my son GEORGE LANSDOWN the other fourth part of my property real and personal to him and his heirs forever.  Item Whereas I have given to my daughter ELIZABETH who intermarried with EDWARD DICKERSON thirty eight pounds ten shillings, and four Negroes.  I give unto the heirs of my said daughter ELIZABETH decd. one shilling sterling.  Lastly, I nominate and appoint my son JOHN LANDOWN Executor of this my last will and testament.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this thirty first day of December in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and eleven.

JOHN LANSDOWN {seal}

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of

JOHN EDRINGTON
BENJ. JAMESON
DANIEL GRANT

At a Court held for Prince William County January 6th 1812.

This last will and testament of JOHN LANSDOWN decd. was presented to the Court by JOHN LANSDOWN the Executor therein named who made oath to the same according to law and the said will being proved by the oaths of JOHN EDRINGTON and DNAIEL GRANT is ordered to be recorded. And the said JOHN LANSDOWN having taken the oath of an Executor and performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

Teste, J. WILLIAMS


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Turner/Chapman

6 July 1915
Richmond Times Dispatch

N. Loughborough Turner, Jr. of The Plains, and Miss Martha Chapman, of Manassas, were quietly married at Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington, on Thursday of last week.  Only members of the immediate families and a few friends were present at the wedding.  Mr. and Mrs. Turner left immediately after the wedding for a short bridal trip, after which they will live at The Plains.  Mr. Turner is a son of Mrs. N. L. Turner, of The Plains, and is well known in this section of the State.