Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sibling Saturday: Howard and Dorothy Lynn

At first glance, it might be easy to think that the photo above is of two little girls.  This is the only photo I have of my father and his sister as children.  Howard Moore Lynn (b. 1927) and sister Dorothy Jean Lynn (b. 1925) were the only children of Earl Lynn (a native of Independent Hill) and Anna Bell Walton.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Slave Not for Sale

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
June 23, 1873


In the office of the Recorder of Deeds, this morning, the following paper -- a relic of the olden time -- was found:

District of Columbia, Washington county, to wit:  I have removed from Prince William county to the city of Washington one negro man, named Vincent, which negro man I have brought for my use, and not for sale.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this eleventh day of February, A.D. 1819.  [Signed]  George Mackey, [Seal].

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Kenworth Brandt

Manassas Journal
November 28, 1913


Kenworth Brandt, Youthful Son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. D. Brandt, Passes Away

Early on Wednesday morning, the angel of death entered "Bonnie View," the country home of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Brandt, and bore to the heavenly rest the youthful spirit of little Kenworth, their only son, who had known but eight summers of this life.

The funeral will be held at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon in Asbury Methodist church, and the little body will be laid to rest in the cemetery near town.  The pastor, Rev. J. E. Slick, will conduct the service.

Mr. and Mrs. Brandt are tendered the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.  Though a newcomer the little boy had won a place in the hearts of his young companions.  May the little sister's grief be assuaged by the affectionate interest of her friends.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Military Monday: Called to Service

Manassas Journal
October 18, 1918


The following men have been called to go to Fort Caswell, Southport, N.C., on October 21:

Harvey Woodyard, Bristow
Owen Edw. Dove, Manassas
H. A. Hammill, Woodbridge
Clayton Liming, Joplin
Archy Ruel Milstead, Hoadley
Carroll M. Edwards, alternate, Gainesville

Sunday, April 13, 2014

PWCo Items: Canova (1919)

Manassas Journal
October 17, 1919


Rev. J. A. Golihew, of Washington, pastor of the Baptist Church, has moved with his family to this community. 

Owing to the inclement weather, no services were held at Woodbine Church on Sunday.  Sunday School will be held next Sunday at 11 a.m.

Many from this community attended an oyster supper at Independent Hill Friday evening.

Mr. Clifford Lowe, of Washington, spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Lowe.

Mr. W. H. Cornwell visited friends at Marshall during the week.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Farquhar, of Washington, spent last week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Lowe and visited friends in this community.

Mrs. George Purcell and her daughter, Miss Evelyn Purcell, went to Washington Sunday and will make their home in the city for the present.

Mr. T. M. Russell and family motored to Manassas Monday afternoon.

Mr. A. C. Storke passed through Canova Friday, en route to Independent Hill, where he spent the weekend with his mother, Mr.s George Copen.

Mr. I. J. Breeden, of Washington, recently visited at his former home here.

Mr. Joseph Lowe motored to Manassas Monday.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Will: James Dalton (1812)

Prince William County Will Book K, pg. 144
21 July 1811; proved 3 Feb 1812

I give and bequeath to my grand daughter KATHY CASH (the oldest child of my daughter ELIZABETH LEE) my negro man BEN and all the money that may now or hereafter may be due me by bond note or otherwise but if the said KATY CASH dies before she arrives at the age of twenty one or marries then and in that case I desire that my property of every kind may be divided equally between my four daughters RACHEL DUNSFORD, CHARITY MARTIN, ANNA DUNNINGTON and ELIZABETH LEE – I appoint my friend REDWOOD EVANS Executor of this my last & testament.  In Witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand & affix my seal this twenty first day of July eighteen hundred and eleven.

The words may be interlined before signing.


Signed sealed & acknowledged in the presence of us


At a Court held for Prince William County February 3rd 1812.

This last will and testament of JAMES DALTON decd. was presented to the Court by REDWOOD EVANS the Executor therein named who made oath to the same according to law and the said will being proved by the oaths of CHARITY BOHANNON and ANN REEDS is ordered to be recorded and the said REDWOOD EVANS 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.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Newspaper Tidbit: PWCO Items (June 16, 1875)

Alexandria Gazette
June 12, 1875

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY ITEMS. -- The June term of the County Court held its session this week.  Judge Nicol presiding.  Most of the term was occupied in bonding and qualifying the lately elected county and district officers.  The collectors returned their delinquent lists for the year 1875, which were examined by the court, corrected and certified to the auditor of public accounts.  Several deeds were admitted to record, and quite a number of orders were entered for the refunding of taxes for erroneous assessments.  The colored man who has been in jail for some time charged with an attempt to burn M. W. H. Dogan's barn was adjudged a lunatic and ordered to be sent to an insane asylum.

Bartlett Scott, an industrious colored man, who does most of the well dig[g]ing in this vicinity, in attempting to descend into a well by a rope on Wednesday at Mrs. Hooe's, missed his hold and fell to the bottom, a distance of thirty-five feet.  Three feet of water in the well broke the force of the fall, but gave him a most sudden and unexpected plunge bath.

The country is overrun with drummers of every conceivable grade, and we have no doubt that a large number of them are unlicensed.

~ Manassas Gazette

[Anyone else trying to visualize a "country overrun with drummers?"  ~cgl]