Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thriller Thursday: Family Poisoned by Buttermilk

Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA)
12 July 1903


Fredericksburg, VA, July 11 -- Mrs. W. N. Tansil[l] and two daughters, Misses Lucy and Mattie Tansill, and Mrs. George E, Cole and daughter, Miss Annie Taylor Cole, had a narrow escape from death by poison from drinking buttermilk, which had been brought from the country in a tin vessel, which was exposed to the sun.  Soon after drinking the buttermilk, the ladies became violently sick, physicians were summoned and worked on them for two hours before they were finally relieved from pain.  All of them recovered.

[Anna Louisa Cole, the daughter of Horace Cole and Martha Taylor Cole, was born in Prince William County on 20 October 1850.  She married Wallace Norman Tansill, the son of Samuel Tansil and Theodocia Norman Tansill, on 6 February 1868 in Prince William County.  Many of her original letters from Fredericksburg to and from family in PWCo can be found in the Library of Virginia's Personal Papers collection (Accession #38438). ~cgl]

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Will: John Galloway (1813)

Prince William County Will Book K, pg. 203
15 March 1813; proved 5 Apr 1813

In the name of God Amen I JOHN GALLOWAY of the Town of Dumfries County of Prince William & State of Virginia do make and ordain this as my last will and testament in manner following that is to say in the first place I give and bequeath to my grand son ALEXANDER HENDERSON WATERS all my books, except Calvanism improved in the second place I give and bequeath all the residue of my estate to my dear wife EPPA GALLOWAY to her and her heirs forever.  And I do appoint my said wife Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me.  In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this fifteenth day of March eighteen hundred thirteen.


Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator as his last will and testament in the presence of  interlined in 6th line


At a Court held for Prince William County the 5th day of April 1813.

This last will and testament of JOHN GALLOWAY decd. was presented to the Court by and being proved by the oaths of JAMES DENEALE and PHILIP D. DAWE is ordered to be recorded.

AT a Court continued and held for said County April 7th 1818.

EPPA GALLOWAY the Executrix named in the last will and testament of JOHN GALLOWAY decd. came into Court and made oath to the same according to law, and having taken the oath of an Executrix and performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form

Teste,  PHIL. D. DAWE

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Ann Elizabeth Dickerson / William R. Leachman

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
28 June 1900

A telephone message received here this morning from Brownsville, Prince William county, announced the death of Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Dickerson, sister of Colonel J. T. Leechman of that county.  Deceased was well known here, and was about ninety-four years old.  The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at Bristow.

Alexandria Gazette
3 December 1847

At the Castle of Perote, Mexico, on the 10th July last, of the prevailing disease of that country, Corporal Wm. R. Leachman, of Prince William County, Va. (Company F, R.M.R. late Capt. S. T. Mason) beloved and respected by all his comrades in arms, and lamented by a numerous circle of friends and relatives.  -- He was wounded at the battle of Cerro Gordo, of which he soon recovered, so as to be able to take his place: but in the  march from Jalapa to the city of Mexico, being unable to proceed farther than the castle, in consequence of sickness, was left behind with many others to join the army no more.  By this afflicting news, a heart stricken mother, and loving brothers and sisters, are made to mingle their tears and sympathies with the many households already clad in the habilaments of woe by this calamitous war.  -- When will it end?  Echo answers, when.  [The Washington Union and Balt. Sun, please copy.]

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Will: James Abell (1812)

Prince William County Will Book K, pg. 178
14 May 1805; proved 07 Dec 1812

I JAMES ABELL of Prince William County and State of Virginia being at this time in perfect health and sound mind thanks be to the Allmighty for the same, do hereby make ordain and publish this my last will and testament expressly hereby revoking & disannuling all others heretofore made by me.  Item I give and bequeath to my daughter JANE the feather bed she now uses & all the furniture belonging to it a cow & calf also the weaving loom & tackle a deep pewter dish & half a dozen pewter plates.  Item I give and bequeath to my daughter MARY the feather bed she now uses with all the furniture belonging to the same also her choice of a cow & calf, a deep pewter dish and half a doz. Pewter plates also a horse by the name of Frederick, a womans saddle & bridle.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter CECELIA, WILLIAM COPIN’s wife a feather bed and furniture.  Item I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM a feather bed and furniture.

Item I give & bequeath to my daughters JANE & MARY all the provisions which may be in the house at the time of my death as also all the grain of every kind in the house or a growing and all the stock which may be up a fattening at the time of my decease, and all the residue of my estate not allready disposed of after my just debts & funeral expenses are paid shall be divided amongst my children as follows, one fourth part shall be given to my daughter JANE, one other fourth part shall be given to my daughter MARY & the other two fourths shall be divided in three parts, and one third of said two fourths shall be given to my daughter ELIZABETH wife of JOHN SINCOCKS, one third of two fourths shall be given to CECELIA wife of WILLIAM COPIN, and the other third of two fourths shall be given to my son WILLIAM ABELL.  Lastly I constitute & appoint my good & worthy friend STEPHEN HOWISON whole & sole executor of this my last will & testament & as I am clear of debt I request that he be not obliged to give security upon his administration & my further will & desire is that my executor if he thinks proper may not sell my estate only to have it appraised & divided amongst my children – agreeable to the appraisement & in such proportions as I have before directed them to receive it & if any dispute as to choice in any of the property not specifically disposed of let them draw lotts.  In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this fourteenth day of May eighteen hundred and five.


Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of us


At a Court held for Prince William County Dec. 7th 1812

This last will and testament of JAMES ABELL decd. was presented to the Court by STEPHEN HOWISON JUNR. and being proved by the oaths of WILLIAM BARNES and WILLIAM SMITH is ordered to be recorded.  And it appearing to the Court by the oath of WILLIAM ABELL that the STEPHEN HOWISON mentioned in the said will as Exor. was intended for STEPHEN HOWISON JUNR.  Therefore the said STEPHEN HOWISON JUNR. came into Court and having took the oath of an Executor certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.  The Court having dispensed with security it appearing by the last will and testament of said JAMES ABELL that his Executor should give none.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Church Record Sunday: Coles District Sunday School Convention (1931)

30 July 1931
Manassas Journal


Proceedings of Coles District Sunday School Convention, held with Woodbine Baptist Church, July 26, 1931, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Opening Song --- "Near the Cross"

Devotional Exercise - Rev. J. M. Wells
   8 Romans 1-4, followed by prayer by Rev. J. M. Wells

Music, by Woodbine Sunday School
   "Carry Your Cross With a Smile"

Address of Welcome -- Miss Ola Whitmer

Response -- Rev. J. M. Bell

Music, by Independent Hill Sunday School

Recitation -- Miss Annabelle Merrill

Duet, "Just a little help from you"
   Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Bell

Address, "On Sunday School Work" -- Rev. J. Murray Taylor

Quartette -- Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Bell and Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Wine

Motion for adjournment for lunch

Dismissed by Rev. J. Murray Taylor.

Afternoon Session 1:30 P.M.

Opening Song, "I Love to Tell the Story"

Prayer -- Rev. W. T. Wine

Duet -- Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Wine

Business of convention:  Committee for nominating officers for ensuing year:  Mr. W. A. Wine, Mr. R. W. Woodyard, and Mr. C. F. Whitmer.

Rev. W. T. Wine suggested a motion that a resolution be placed on the minutes in behalf of Mr. Herring's recent illness, and sympathy be extended Mr. Herring, and hope for a speedy recovery, which was adopted.  Prayer was then offered by Rev. J. M. Bell in Mr. Herring's behalf.  Reports from the following Sunday Schools:  Woodbine and Independent Hill.  Reports adopted and Purcell S. S. just being organized.  Officers for ensuing year are as follows:  president, Mr. W. A. Wine, vice president, Mr. W. Y. Elliott, secretary-treasurer, Bessie V. Cornwell.

Music, "Anywhere With Jesus"

Address -- Mr. J. M. Bell

Address, "The Importance of a Sunday School" -- Mr. R. A. Rust

Music, "Onward Christian Soldiers"

Recitation -- Mr. J. W. Bell

Talks on Sunday School Work by the following:  Mr. W. T. Wine and Elder Geo. Beahm

Contribution from Independent Hill -- $1.00

Collection taken -- $3.60

Total -- $4.60

A rising vote of thanks was extended to Woodbine for their hospitality of entertaining the convention.

Closing song, "God be with you


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: William L. Lynn

Sudley Methodist Church Cemetery, Catharpin, VA
(Photo by C.Lynn)

MAR. 13, 1871
MAR. 22, 1932

William Luther "Willie" Lynn was the son of Robert Lee Lynn, Sr. and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Fulton.  He is age 9 on the 1880 Prince William County census with his father and his aunt, Nannie Lynn.   He never married and lived for a time in Mineral Wells, Texas.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Military Monday: Robert Weir-Mitchell Weir

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
16 July 1944


Robert Weir-Mitchell Weir, son of Robert M. Weir, commissioner of revenue for Prince William County, has been promoted to captain in the Army since landing in France on D-day.  Capt. Weir is a graduate of the Manassas High School and the College of William and Mary.  He volunteered for service with the British Civilian Technical Corps and was sent to England in 1941.  In January, 1943, he was transferred to the United States Army.