Friday, October 17, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Will: Philip Spiller (1821)

PHILIP SPILLER Will
Prince William County Will Book L, pg 352
13 Jul 1820; proved 05 Feb 1821

In the name of God Amen I PHILIP SPILLER being aged and infirm but of a proper mind and sense do ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say after my lawful debt is paid I give to my wife DIANE SPILLER one negro man named BARTLY also one negro girl named MAKALEY to dispose of as she thinks proper also one negro woman named JANE to be free after my wife decease also the half of my moveble property the balance of my estate to be sold and equally divided between my sons and daughters which are these PHILIP SPILLER, AMOS SPILLER, SOPHIAH SCANTLING, CLOE THRILKIL, ELEZEBETH SPILLER.  Lastly I leave my beloved wife DIANE SPILLER and E. W. SIMPSON son of WILLIAM SIMPSON and A. W. GOSSOM and HENRY LETCHMAN Executors to this my last will and testament.  Given under my hand and seal this the thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord 1820.

PHILIP SPILLER

In presence of

THOS. GOSSOM, JOHN DAVIS, JOHN BLOKNEY

At a Court held for Prince William County Feby 5th 1821

This last will and testament of PHILIP SPILLER decd. was presented to the Court and being proved by the oaths of JOHN DAVIS and JOHN BLOKNEY is ordered to be recorded.

And at a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County March 5th 1821.  EDWARD W. SIMPSON one of the Exors. Named in the last will and testament of PHIL. SPILLER decd. came into Court and made oath to the same according to Law and having taken the oath of an Exor. and performed what is usual in such cases certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.


Teste,  P. D. DAWE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Fast Southbound Mail Demolishes at Danville (1903)

Times-Picayune (New Orleans, VA)
28 September 1903

FAST SOUTHBOUND MAIL DEMOLISHED AT DANVILLE

Nine Men Were Killed and Seven Injured Out of a Crew of Sixteen

Southern Railway Train No. 97 Jumped Trestle Seventy-Five Feet High -- Engineer was a New Man and Not Acquainted with the Grade of the Road

Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 27 -- While running at a high rate of speed, No. 97, the Southern Railway's southbound fast mail train, jumped from a trestle seventy-five feet high, half a mile north of Danville, Va., this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock and was almost demolished.  Of the crew of sixteen men on the train, nine were killed and seven injured.

THE DEAD.

Engineer J. A. Brady, of Saltville, Va.
Fireman Clapp, White
Fireman Clapp, white
Conductor J, Thomas Blair, of Danville, Va.
Mail Clerk J. L. Thompson, of Washington
W. T. Chambers, of Midland, Va.,
D. T. Flory, of Nokesville, Va.
P. N. Ardanright, Mount Clinton, VA
Flagman S. J. Moody, of Raleigh, N.C.
A boy 12 years old, son of J. L. Thompson

THE INJURED

Mail Clerk Louis W. Spiers, Manassas, Va.
Frank E. Brooks, Charlottesville, Va
Percival Indemeyer, Washington
Chas. E. Reames, Culpepper, Va
Jennings N. Dunlop, Washington
M. C. Maupin, Charlottesville, VA

All of the injured men are seriously hurt and have been carried to the hospital in Danville.  The recovery of Mail Clerk Spiers is not expected, and other clerks are though[t] to have received mortal injuries.

The trestle where the accident occurred is 500 feet long, and is located on a sharp curve.  Engineer Brady was a new man on that division of the Southern, and it is said that he came to the curve at a very high rate of speed.

The engine had gone only about fifty feet on the trestle when it sprang from the track, carrying with it four mail cars and an express car.  The trestle, a wooden structure, also gave way for a space of fifty feet.  At the foot of the trestle is a shallow branch with a rocky bottom.

On account of the wreck, all traffic on the central and northern divisions of the Southern will be affected.  It will take several days to repair the damage to the trestle.  The Southern is arranging to run its southbound trains over the Norfolk and Western from Lynchburg, via Burksville, to Danville, new trains being made up at that place.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Ran Away - Vincent Jackson (1828)

Alexandria Gazette
July 11, 1828

Fifty Dollars Reward

Ran Away from the subscriber living near Haymarket in Prince William county, Va. on the 9th day of July, 1828, a negro man about thirty years old, by the name of VINCENT JACKSON.  He is about five feet eight or ten inches high, well made, yellow complexion, and has a scar on his upper lip, and his nose rather flat.  He has a wife at Mr. Aris Buckner's in the city of Washington, where it is supposed he will go -- It is probable he may procure a free pass, as he is a smart fellow and has made considerable acquaintance among those who it is probable are none too good to aid him in making his escape.  He will likely make for the City, where his wife is now living, and then for the free States.  He took with him sundry clothing, among whichi is a good blue broadcloth coat.  If he is taken in this or the adjoining counties I will give ten dollars, and if the District of Columbia twenty dollars, and if in Maryland or north of it fifty dollars, and pay all reasonable and legal charges -- In every case he must be brought home or secured in jail so that I get him again.

Reuben Rogers
July 11 - eo3t

The Baltimore American, and Poulson's American, Philadelphia, will publish the above every other time to the amount of one dollar and send their accounts to this office.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Deed: French to Dade (1803)

STEPHEN FRENCH to LANGHORNE DADE Deed 
dated 4 June 1803 Prince William Co.Deed Book 2, pg. 207-208

THIS INDENTURE made the fourth day of June in the year Eighteen hundred and three between LANGHORNE DADE & SARAH his wife of the County of Prince William & State of Virginia of the one part and STEPHEN FRENCH of the County & State aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth that the said LANGHORNE DADE and SARAH his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds to them in hand paid by the said STEPHEN FRENCH before the execution of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained, sold aliend & confirmed & by these presents do grant bargain sell alien and confirm unto the said STEPHEN FRENCH and to his heirs forever one tract r parcel of land situated lying and being in the aforesaid county of Prince William containing seventy eight acres be the same more or less and is bounded as follows, to wit. Begining at two white oaks corner to Graham on the north side of the Brentown road thence So. 50 Wt. 22 poles to a large sweet gum on the South side of the said road, thence No. 56 Wt. 127 po. to a red oak corner of GEO. GRAY in the said FRENCH’s line thence S 74 E. 29 po. to two white oaks at the head of a small branch thence S61Wt. 58 po. to some marked bushes where Grahams corner formerly stood thence S. 5 Et. 97 poles to the Beginning which said land is part of a larger tract purchased by the said DADE of ISAAC BRIDWELL together with all members, rights priviledges and appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof to have and to hold the before described land and premises with their appurtenances unto him the said STEPHEN FRENCH & his heirs to the only proper use & behoof of him the said STEPHEN FRENCH and his heirs forever and the said LANGHORNE DADE & SARAH his wife do for themselves & their heirs covenant and agree with the said STEPHEN FRENCH & his heirs that they the said LANGHORNE DADE & SARAH his wife and their heirs shall and will forever hereafter warrant and defend the before mentioned land & premises free and clear of all incumbrances, made done or suffered by the said LANGHORNE DADE and SARAH his wife unto him the said STEPHEN FRENCH & his heirs, against the claim and demand of them the said LANGHORNE DADE & SARAH his wife & against the claim & demand of all & every other person whatsoever. In Witness whereof the said LANGHORNE DADE & SARAH his wife have hereunto set their hands & affixed their seals the day and date before mentioned.

LANGHE. DADE {seal} SARAH DADE {seal}

Signed Sealed acknowledged & delivered in presence of: 

THOMAS HARRISON, JAMES JAMESON, DAVID JAMESON, W. GRANT, RD. FOOTE, GEO. WILLIAMS

June the 4th 1803 Received of STEPHEN FRENCH the within mentioned consideration in full. 

Witness my hand the day & date above.

LANGE. DADE

Test, 
W GRANT, GEO. WILLIAMS, THOS. HARRISON, JAMES JAMESON, RD. FOOTE, DAVID JAMESON

The Commonwealth of Virginia to THOMAS HARRISON & WILLIAM GRANT, Gentleman, Greeting, Whereas LANGHORNE DADE and SARAH his wife have by their certain deed of bargain and sale dated the fourth day of June 1803 have bargained and sold & conveyed unto STEPHEN FRENCH the fee simple estate of and in to seventy eight acres of land situate in the County of Prince William and commonwealth aforesaid and whereas the said SARAH DADE cannot concurrently travel to the county Court of Prince William aforesaid to make acknowledgment of the same, therefore power is hereby given unto you or any two of you to receive the acknowledgment which the said SARAH DADE shall be willing to make before you of the conveyance aforesaid contained in the said deed which is hereto annexed and you are therefore commanded that you do call and cause to come before you the said SARAH DADE and examine her privily and apart from her said husband whether she doth the same freely and voluntarily without the persuasions or threats of her said husband and whether she be willing the same should be recorded in the County Court of Prince William aforesaid and when you have taken her acknowledgment and examined her as aforesaid that you distinctly and openly certify the Justices of our said county Court there of under your seals, sending there this wit. Witness JOHN WILLIAMS clerk of our said County at the Court house thereof, this first day of June 1803 and in the 27th year of our Foundation.

JOHN WILLIAMS

June the 4th 1803 We the undersigned did in pursuance of the within power to us directed this day examine the within Mrs. SARAH DADE wife of LANGHORNE DADE privily & apart from her said husband respecting the sale of the Lands in the deed herein to annexed mentioned who that she does the same freely & voluntarily without the persuasion or threats of her said husband & that she is willing that the said deed with this commission shall be recorded in the County Court of Prince Wm. Certified under our hands & seals the day & date above written.

THOS. HARRISON {seal} W. GRANT {seal}

At a Court held for Prince William County Sept. 5th 1803. This deed from LANGHORNE DADE & wife to STEPHEN FRENCH was proved by the Oaths of GEORGE WILLIAMS, W. GRANT & DAVID JAMESON and ordered (together with a [illegible] for the privy examination of the same retd. executed) to be recorded.

Teste, JOHN WILLIAMS




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Maggie Priscilla Beavers (1914)

Manassas Democrat
September 17, 1914

DEATH CLAIMS MRS. MAGGIE P. BEAVERS

Was Second Victim of Typhoid

Interment in the Cemetery at Woodbine Last Sunday - Her Husband and Four Children Survive Her

Typhoid fever claimed its second victim here last Friday when Mrs. Maggie Priscilla Beavers, wife of Levi Beavers, died at her home on East Street.

For several weeks she had been very ill with the fever and the contributory cause of her death, tuberculosis, so weakened her condition as to make impossible her recovery.  Mrs. Beavers was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas, of this county, and was thirty-three years old.  She is survived by her husband and four children.  The funeral was held last Sunday afternoon at Woodbine church, a few miles from Manassas, and the remains were interred in the cemetery at that place.  This death took place within a few yards of the home of D. J. Myers, whose family is now convalescent of fever, and in the vicinity where most of the cases in Mnaassas are located.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday: Will: Susannah Feagan (1817)

SUSANNAH FEAGAN Will
Prince William County Will Book L, pg. 31
02 Aug 1816; proved 07 Apr 1817

In the name of God Amen I SUSANNAH FEAGAN of the County of Prince William & State of Virginia being low in health but sound in mind do make this my last will and testament, first, I desire that all my just debts shall be paid.  Secondly that all both real and personal estate of mine shall be for the sole use of my brother EDWARD and GRACE my sister to them and their heirs forever accept one negroe girl by the name of SARAH I give to FRANCIS FEAGAN, and one negroe boy by the name of NAT I give to RAUGHLY FEAGAN, sons of my brother HENRY FEAGAN decd.  Thirdly I desire that the loungest liver of the above named Brother & Sister shall have all both real & personal estate forever, accept the negro boy and girl, given to my two nephews FRANCIS & RAUGHLY FEAGAN.  Fourthly and lastly I do constitute and appoint JOHN WASHINGTON and WILLIAM GREEN my sole executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this second day of August in the year of our lord eighteen hundred and sixteen.

SUSANNAH FEAGAN {seal}

Witness:

WM. GREEN, ELIJAH KERCHIVAL, WM. RATCLIFF, EVAN J. OWENS

At a Court held for Prince William County April 7th 1817.  This last will and testament of SUSANNAH FEAGAN decd. was presented to the Court by WM. GREEN one of the Executors therein named and being proved by the oaths of WM. GREEN and ELIJAH KERCHIVEL is ordered to be recorded.  & At a Court for said County May 5th 1817 this said last will and testament of SUSANNAH FEAGAN decd. was fully proved by the oath of EVAN J. OWENS and admitted to record.  & At a Court of Quarterly sessions continued and held for Prince William County June 2nd 1818 on the motion of JNO. BROWN it is ordered that GERARD ALEXANDER sheriff of the County do take into his possession the estate of SUSANNAH FEAGAN decd. and administer the same according to law, it appearing to the Court that she has been dead upwards of three months and no person has applied for administration on said Estate.


Teste, PHIL. D. DAWE

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Events at PWCo Historic Sites

October 4
Taste of the Potomac at Rippon Lodge
11-5pm; $20 per person (includes beer and wine tasting tickets), $10 per non-drinker, $5 for children over 6, designated drivers are FREE
Join us to celebrate and enjoy our region’s local flavors!  Local breweries and wineries will be set-up on the front lawn of Rippon Lodge.  Your tasting tickets will get you a tasting at each beer and wine vendor.   Local food vendors will also be selling their tasy local treats.  Listen to live music while enjoying good food and drinks with a view of the Potomac at Prince William County’s oldest home.  The historic house will be open for tours throughout the day. 
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

October 4
The Carter’s of Virginia Bus Tour
$80 per person, lunch included, reservations required
One of the older families in Prince William County is the Carter family.  Once owning large swaths of Prince William including Ben Lomond, the Carter family was a political and economic powerhouse in the local area for hundreds of years.  This special bus tour will travel to the Northern Neck to visit some exclusive Carter family sites.  King Carter’s home at Corotoman, historic Christ Church, and other Carter family sites will be stops on this tour.  For reservations, contact Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872.

October 11
Bird Walk and Bagels at Metz Wetlands and Rippon Lodge
8am; $10 per person
The location along the edge of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River Metz Wetlandsand Rippon Lodge are attractive places for birds.  Join local birding experts on a guided walk of both properties.  Discover our diverse population of song and raptor birds.  After the walk join us for bagels at Rippon Lodge.  Bring binoculars and guide books.   Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  No pets please. Tours of the house at Rippon Lodge included.  Reservations required.
Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve, 15875 Neabsco Road, Woodbridge, VA 703-499-9812.  Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192,  703-499-9812

October 11-12
Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend
11am-4pm; $5 per person
Join Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park staff on the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. Tour a Civil War encampment, watch artillery firing demonstrations, and tour the site of the third and final battle that took place in Prince William County. No pets please. 
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

October 11
Nature Trail Walk
1pm, $5 per person, children free under six
Take a guided tour along the nature trails at Brentsville and learn about the plants and animals that call this part of Virginia home.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

October 11                                                                                                                                                                    
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                        
 $40.00 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                     
Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours
October 11, 12, 25, 26
11am-3pm; Tours leave on the hour – donations encouraged.
Bristoe Station Battlefield staff and volunteers will provide guided tours of the hallowed grounds that contain camps, cemeteries, and battlefields. Learn about Camp jones and the two battles that took place in 1862 and 1863. Tours begin on the hour and depart from the kiosk in the parking lot on Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. The last tour leaves at 3PM. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellant is encouraged. No pets please. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, VA. 703-366-3049.

October 17
Spectral Stories at Historic Brentsville
7pm- 9pm, $5 per person, children free under six
Do you love scary movies and hearing ghost stories?  Join site staff for a fun filled evening spent around a campfire as you hear spooky stories about Historic Brentsville and other haunts in and around Prince William County.  Apple cider and cookies will be provided.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

October 24 and 25
Spirits of Rippon Lodge
7-9 pm; $10 per person, children under 6 free.  
Rippon Lodge has a diverse history.  A 1930 account of the Lodge says, “the house is said to be haunted in such a ghostly and sinister fashion that no one will occupy it.”   Rumor has it that the course of Route 1 was altered to avoid its ghostly residents.  Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds by candlelight, meet several historical characters along the way and hear their tales of sadness and triumph. Guided tours on the hour. Reservations strongly recommended. 

October 25
All Hallows Eve
11am-4pm
$5 person, children 2 and under free
Where did the tradition of Halloween come from?  Pumpkin carving? Trick-or-Treating? Join us for a kid friendly trip to All Hallow’s Eve past and present.  Play old fashioned games and enjoy traditional treats.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.

October 25                                                                                                                                                                   
Potomac River Blockade Boat Tour                                                                                               
$40.00 per person, 10am-1pm, includes lunch, reservations required.                                    
 Cruise along the Potomac River shoreline and view sites that were critical to the Confederate successful blockade of Washington D.C. from September 1861 through March 1862.  The cruise will include the preserved batteries at Freestone Point and Possum Nose, as well as Evansport and Shipping Point.  Tours include lunch and departs from Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge.  For reservations call 703-792-4754

October 26
Historic Sundays at Brentsville Union Church
11am- 12pm FREE
Brentsville Union Church was built in 1870 and served the Brentsville community for over 100 years.  Today the country church has been restored and serves as a glimpse into life of the 19th century.  Come learn about the practices of faith that were once held here and how important churches were to society and local communities.  Program conducted in partnership with Historic Faith Ministries, a non-profit living history organization focusing on Victorian period customs and spirituality.  Program begins at 11a.m. and is FREE to the public.  Tours offered after the program for $5.00.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow, Va. 703-365-7895.

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