Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past: Keys-Chapin Family (?)

Below is another of the photographic treasures found in a California antique store that I mentioned in my January 10, 2015 post about Lost Heirlooms.  Like many lost heirlooms, this photo had nothing written on the back to identify the subjects or the place where the photo was taken.  This photo was included with a cache of prints identified as belonging to the Keys-Chapin family, so for the moment I am assuming that this grouping represents members of that family.

Do any of of these faces look familiar to you?  Does the location?  Can you estimate the year the photo was taken by the style of clothing?  If you found this photograph, alone and unassociated with a family name, how would YOU determine who/what/when?

Again, many thanks to my cousin Gentsia for permission to post and share her photos!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: Cared for at Almshouse (Edith Davis)

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
7 March 1898


Mrs. Edith Davis, the elderly woman from Brentsville, Prince William county, Va., who came here looking for a home and landed in the Police Court Thursday, as published in The Star at the time, is being cared for at the almshouse.  Judge Kimball has received an anonymous letter concerning the woman, a ticket to her home and $1 being inclosed.  A letter from a resident of Brentsville, also received by Judge Kimball, gave the information that the writer did not remember the woman.  It is the court's desire to send her to some place in Virginia where there is a charitable institution, as she belongs in that state, but he has not determined what action would be proper.  The day she surrendered to the police she declared she would not return home.

Evening Star
3 March 1898


A little old woman got off an Alexandria ferry boat yesterday afternoon and inquired for the  nearest police station.  She was directed to the fourth precinct, on E street, southwest, where she afterward appeared and made known the object of her visit to this city.  To Sergeant Smith she gave her name as Edith Davis, and said she had come here for the purpose of getting a home.  The sergeant found that she could  not get in the almshouse, as she is a non-resident.

"The only thing I can do," he explained to her, "is to take you to court, and you may have to go to the workhouse."

"Anywhere," she said.  "All that I want is a home."

Although her appearance indicated that she is not far from seventy years old, she declares she will not be forty-eight until the 29th of next July.  This morning she was in the Police Court on a charge of vagrancy.  She said she had walked from Brentsville, Prince William county, Va., to Alexandria, and had paid 10 cents to come over on a ferry boat.  She starred from Brentsville last Friday, she said, and people in the county were kind enough to feed her and give her lodgings.

For several years, she says, she has lived from house to house.  She refuses to return home, and the court committed her to give time to communicate with the woman's friends in Virginia.

[If Edith Davis had, indeed, been 48 years of age at the time of this incident, she would have been born 29 July 1851. ~cgl]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday's Child: Josephine Hanna / John Jenkyn Davies

Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC)
24 October 1842

DEATH.  On Thursday morning, the 20th instant, in Occoquan, Prince William county, Virginia, Josephine, youngest daughter of Francis and Eliza F. Hanna, aged 5 months and 9 days.

Manassas Journal
8 December 1916

Funeral at Trinity Church

Funeral services for John Jenkyn Davies, five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Davies, who died last Thursday in Baltimore, took place Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.  Interment was made int he Manassas cemetery.  The services were conducted by the rector, Rev. J. F. Burks.

The pallbearers were four little boys -- Hawes Davies, jr., James Jenkyn Davies, Allison A. Hooff, jr., and John Bowling Hooff.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Annie E. (Keys) Tolson

Woodbine Church Cemetery, Independent Hill, VA

Jan. 12, 1867
Mar. 18, 1933

Manassas Journal
23 March 1933


Mrs. Annie E. Tolson, wife of Mr. L. G. Tolson, died at her home near Independent Hill, Va., March 18, in her 67th year.  Mrs. Tolson had been in ill health for several years and a great sufferer for the past few months.

She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, two sons, Messrs. Clay and Claude Tolson of Washington, D.C., also a brother, Mr. Billie Keys of North Carolina and a large number of relatives and friends.

She was a loving wife and a kind mother.  Her remains were laid to rest on Sunday in Woodbine churchyard.  Rev. Miller, pastor of Minnieville Baptist church, officiated.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Amanuensis Monday: Will: Hubberd Saunders (1851)

Hubberd Saunders Will
PWCo Will Book Q, page 6

In the name of God Amen, I Hubberd Saunders, in this my last will and testament, do bequeath to my beloved wife Livea all of my Estate that is to say all money in hand, on money due, and all of my personal and real Estate for her and her heirs, forever.

Given under my hand and seal this 12th day of July 1851.

Hubbard Saunders {seal}

Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us.

R. F. Brawner
Frances Robertson

In Prince William County Court, march 1st 1852

This last will and testament of Hubbert Saunders decd was proved according to law by the oaths of R. F. Brawner & Frances Robertson witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded and the motion of Redmon F. Brawner who made oath & together with Philip D. Lipscomb his security entered into & acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $300 conditioned as the law directs. Certificate is granted and the said Redmon F. Brawner for obtaining letters of administration on the said decedents estate with the will aforesaid annexed in due form.


J. Williams CC

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Harriet Ann Dixon (1896)

Washington Bee (Washington, DC)
8 August 1896

Mrs. Harriet Ann Dixon, the beloved wife of Jas. M. Dixon, departed this life, Aug. 1, in the 64th year of her age.  She was born in Prince William Co., Va., in 1832 and for more than forty years had shared the joys and sorrows of the stricken widower.  She was buried at 3 o'clock last Monday afternoon from the Bethlehem Baptist Church, of which she was a consistent member for many years.  Rev. Jos. Matthews, preached the funeral sermon from a text most appropriate to the occasion.  Sister Dixon was highly esteemed by the entire community and much beloved by her fellow communicants.  She live strong in Christian faith and died the death of the righteous.  The immense throng which gathered to witness the last sad rites over her remains testified to the place she held in the harts of her friends.  Messrs. David Simpson, Peyton Johnson, Peyton Scott and Jno. H. Anderson, were the pall-bearers.  She leaves four children to comfort their father in his great affliction.  Interment was at Moore's burying ground.  

Our sister has entered the realms of the blest,
Where her earth-wearied spirit forever may rest.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Society Saturday: Tournament and Ball (1873)

Alexandria Gazette
12 August 1873


A grand tournament and ball took place on the "Trundle Farm," near St. John's church, Prince William County, Va., about seven miles from Sudley Springs, on the 7th inst., which was numerously attended by persons from the county, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Alexandria.  Fourteen knights entered the list for the prize, which was won by Mr. J. C. Lynn, of Loudoun, who crowned Miss Virginia Ogden, of Alexandria, as Queen of Love and Beauty.  Miss Rilla Nixon, of Fauquier, was crowned 1st Maid of Honor by Mr. L. C. Lynn of Prince William County; Miss Mattie J. Smith, of Loudoun, was crowned 2nd Maid of Honor by Mr. C. C. Gheen, of Fairfax county, and Miss Ella Cockerille, of Fauquier, was crowned 3d Maid of Honor by Mr. Gilbert Elgin, of the same county.  The charge to the knights and coronation address were delivered by Mr. T. J. Leachman, of Prince William county.  The riding was very fine, the ladies most charming, the dancing exhilarating and the music delightful, and everything passed off to the entire satisfaction of all who participated.