Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past: Alyce Keys Chapin and Children

This family photo is a lost heirloom discovered by a good Samaritan in an antique store in Ashland, Oregon that found its way "home" to my cousin Gentsia,  Dated 1906, it shows Alyce Keys Chapin with her children, Genevieve, Lois, and Paul.

Alyce was the daughter of Henry Armistead and Sarah Frances (Lynn) Keys of Prince William County.  She married Paul Chapin, son of Gurden and Julia Paul Chapin, on 7 October 1896 in Washington, DC.

(Thank you, Gentsia, for sharing!)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thriller Thursday: The Late Difficulty in Nokesville

Alexandria Gazette (VA)
25 January 1870

To the editor of the Alexandria Gazette:

Dear Sir: I notice in the Prince William Advocate an extract taken from your paper, in which it is alleged upon the authority of persons living in the neighborhood of Nokesville, "that the late difficulty between Mr. Bunn Grigsby and the Messrs. Marsteller has been settled.  The former was compelled to sign a paper and to submit to a severe castigation, but the later afterwards gave up the paper and expressed regrets for acting so hastily."

We respectfully request that we may be permitted through the medium of your paper to say that no such settlement as above stated, nor has any settlement whatever of the said difficulty been effected.

Very respectfully, L. A. MARSTELLER & Bro.
Nokesville, Pr. Wm. co., Jan 24.

Alexandria Gazette
24 February 1870

THE LATE DIFFICULTY AT NOKESVILLE -- Mr. Marsteller, who was shot at Nokesville on Monday evening last, is reported to be recovering.  The attack upon him was not unexpected, as he had written to a young gentleman in this city, telling him that the difficulty between himself and Mr. Grigsby had not be settled, and asking him if convenient to pay him a visit, and stay with him until the Messrs. Grigsby and their friend, who had been to Morrisville, in Fauquier county, after his brother, but were unable to see him on account of his sickness, left the neighborhood.  These three gentlemen took the night train at Manassas and returned to Lynchburg on the evening the shooting took place.

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
24 February 1870

It was thought last night at Nokesville that Mr. Marsteller, who was shot there on Monday last by Mr. Clay Grigsby, as heretofore stated in the Gazette, might probably recover, though the ball was still embedded among the muscles at the base of  his skull.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday's Child: Estelle Taylor


August 30, 1922
January 1, 1927

(Woodbine Church Cemetery, Independent Hill, VA)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Travel Tuesday: 1875 Drag Racing?

Alexandria Gazette
29 May 1875

SERIOUS ACCIDENT -- On Monday last Mr. E. E. Meredith received serious injuries by being thrown from his horse, near Brentsville.  He received a fracture of both ankles, and it is feared internal injuries.  Himself and Mr. Marsteller, of Nokesville, were trying the speed of their horses, and at the end of the lane leading from Mr. Sexsmith's gate towards Nokesville, Mr. Meredith being in the lead, turned to the right, when Mr. Marstellers's horse collided with him, dashing him violently to the ground.  Mr. Meredith was conveyed in a carriage to his home, where he was attended by physicians. -- Manassas Gazette

Monday, April 13, 2015

Will: Jacob Gibson (1735)

Prince William Co. Will Book C, pg. 35
Signed 2 Oct 1734; Proved 21 May 1735

In the name of God Amen the 2nd Day of October 1734 I JACOB GIBSON of the above County being of perfit memory thanks be to God at this time and calling to mind that it is apinted for all men once to dy I recommend my soull to God that gave it and my Bodee to the Earth to be buired after a desant like maner at the discration of my asitor.  Imprmus I give and bequeth to my sun JACOB GIBSON my gray hors that I had of MARGRIT RUSSEL.

It. I give and bequeth to my sun ABRAHAM GIBSON one young gray horse caled Darrick and my bridell & sadell.

It. I give & bequeth to my daughter MARY PARKER one young hefer.

It. I give & bequeth to my daughter SARAH LAMBARTH one yarling.

It. I give & bequeth to my daughter JANN TURNER one young mair.

It. I give & bequeth to my sun IASACK GIBSON one young cow.

It. I give & bequeth to my daughter ANN GIBSON one young cow.

It. I give & bequeth all the remainder part of my estate to my loving wife JANE GIBSON land and savings to be diposed after hur one discration and furder I do apint my wife to be my hole and sol asitor and I desire my estate should not be brout to apraisment but that it may be divided according to my will by some of the nighburs I witness my hand and seell this 2nd day of October 1734.

JACOB [x his mark] GIBSON  {seal}


At a Court held for Prince William County the twenty first day of May 1735.

This will was poisented into Court by Jane Gibson wid. Executria therein named who made Oath thereto & being proved by the Oaths of the witnesses thereto subscribed it is admitted to Record and on the Motion of the said Jane and the performing what is usual in such cases Certificate is Granted her for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form.



Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Phineas Florence

Washington Post
8 October 1901


The relatives of Phineas Florence, the young man who was drowned last week by falling from a dredge in the Potomac River near Smith's Point, left the city yesterday for Somerset Beach to view the body of a man recovered from the river Sunday.  The body is believed to be that of Florence.  Florence was known in this city, where he was employed last winter.  His sister, Mrs. Arthur McMillan, of 602 Eleventh street southwest, will take charge of the remains, provided the body recovered proves to be that of her brother, and will have them buried at the Florence home, near Minniville, Prince William County, Va.

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
7 October 1901


Believed to Be That of Phineas Florence, Well Known Here

The officers of the steamer Harry Randall, who arrived in port yesterday evening, reported the finding of the body of a young white man in the river near Somerset Beach wharf yesterday.  The body is supposed to be that of Phineas Florence, who was employed on the dredge Pugh, now working on the river improvements at Smith's Point.

The young man was drowned in the early part of last week by the overturning of a boat.  He was known in this city, having been for a time employed here last winter, and as a sister, Mrs. Arthur McMillan, living at 602 11th Street southwest.  Relatives have gone to Somerset to identify the body.  Should they recognize it as that of the young man mentioned it will be taken, it is understood, to Minniville, Prince William county, Va., for burial.

Evening Star
2 October 1901

Knocked Overboard and Drowned

Phineas Florence, a workman, who was employed on the dredging machine Pugh off Maryland Point Monday, was accidentally knocked overboard and drowned. The accident occurred about 11 o'clock in the morning and resulted from the breaking of the winding bar.  Florence and two other men went overboard, but the others were rescued.  The body of the drowned man had not been recovered late last night.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shopping Saturday: Cockrell's Store

Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA)
26 February 1874


[Correspondence of the Alexandria Gazette]

BRENTSVILLE, February 24. - A most disastrous fire occurred at Dumfries on Monday evening about dark, in the store of Mr. Charles H. Cockrell.  It appears that Mr. Cockrell whilst filling one of the store-room lamps, held the burning wick in his hand, the flame coming in contact with the floor, which was saturated with oil, and, of course, immediately ignited.  So rapid was the progress of the flames that every effort of Mr. Cockrell's to extinguish them was unavailing.  The oil barrel soon was enveloped, and exploded in the hands of a gentleman who was trying to role [sic] it out of the window, but strange to say, it did not injure him, whilst the shock knocked down a young man named Brawner,  tearing his vest, in which he had about fifty dollars, which was lost in the fire.  The explosive substances, together with the high wind, soon placed the fire beyond the control of the citizens.  Several parties suffer severely, and some are made utterly destitute by this catastrophe.  Mr. Cockrell loses about $2,500. Mr. King, and family, who occupied the upper portion of the store, are left in most destitute circumstances, everything they had being  burnt up.  Mr. Garrison loses his house and most of his property, and Mrs. Keys, the owner of the house, loses also.  None of the property was insured, and the loss is a serious one to the sufferers.