Friday, January 30, 2015

Will: Susannah Tharp (1809)

Prince William County Will Book I, pg. 442
12 June 1809; proved 07 Aug 1809

In the name of God Amen I SUSANNAH THARP of the County of Prince William and State of Virginia being sick and weak of body but blessed be God of perfect sence and memory do ordain and appoint this my last will and testament and first I do give and recommend with hope my soul to God and my body to be decently buried by my Executors hereafter mentioned.  Item it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid and then the whole residue of my estate be equally divided amoungst my two children viz. JOHN STEWART and NANCY CHICK.  Viz. three negro men called and known by the name of JACOB, JESSE and RICHARD.  I also give and bequeth unto my beloved children JOHN STEWART and NANCY CHICK all my stock of horses cattle sheep and hogs together with household and kitchen furniture and I do appoint JOHN FERGUSON my hole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disannuling all former wills made by me and declaring this only to be my last.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 12th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine.


This within will was signed sealed and published by SUSANNAH THARP to be her last will and testament in the presence of us.


At a Court of Quarterly Sessions held for Prince William County Aug 7th 1809

This last will and testament of SUSANNA THARP decd was presented in Court  and being proved by the oaths of THOMAS THURMAN and JAMES FEWELL is ordered to be recorded.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter Programs at PWCo Historic Sites

January 29
Lecture:  Mission to Tokyo
7pm: Free, donations accepted
Author and Historian Robert F. Dorr will speak about the experiences of American airmen in the Pacific and his own experience researching and writing about them. The talk is drawn from his book, "Mission to Tokyo," a character-driven, Stephen Ambrose-style history of B-29 Superfortress bomber crews and their leaders in World War II. Bob says he has some new insights into the final months of the allies' war against Japan, including the March 10, 1945, firebombing of the Japanese capital and the bombing of Hiroshima. Bob's presentation includes real-life characters as diverse as Curtis LeMay and Yoko Ono, and even a couple of little-known facts about the Pentagon.
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee St., Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754

February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28
Lucasville School Open Weekends
11am- 4pm: Free, donations accepted
Visit a reconstructed 19th century school used by the community of Lucasville.  Learn surprising facts of African American history in Prince William County and throughout the Northern Virginia region.
Lucasville School 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas, Va, 703-365-7895

February 21                                                                                                                                                                                  
Up from Slavery: The African American Experience at Ben Lomond                                                  
11am-4pm; $5 per person, children 6 and under free                                                            
Ben Lomond Historic Site is proud to present special guided tours and living history presentations in recognition of African American History month. Visitors can explore the historic home and the original slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Renowned slave interpreter Marion Dobbins will give a riveting first person performance on the life of a female slave.     
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872

February 26
Lecture:  Air Cav Reminiscences of a Vietnam Veteran
7pm: Free, donations accepted
In commemoration of both Black History Month, and the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, join us for a unique look at the war in Vietnam as told by Mr. John Davis, US Army retired, an African-American soldier who served in D Troop 3rd squadron 5th Cavalry which was a reconnaissance branch of the 9th Infantry Division. Air Cav was a new concept during the Vietnam War.  John will recount his experiences while “in country”   
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754

Looking Ahead

March 21-22
Lee’s Retreat to Appomattox – Two Day Bus Tour
$350 per person (inquire on double occupancy rates), two lunches, one dinner, and hotel room included in price, reservations required
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, this tour will follow in the footsteps of Lee and Grant’s armies from Petersburg to Appomattox.  Participants will get a behind the scenes view into one of America’s biggest dramas and see where our nation was reunited.  Tour will include admission to Petersburg National Battlefield Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park, Appomattox National Historic Park, Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox and various other stops along the retreat route.  Tour includes transportation, all meals and overnight lodging. 
For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872

May 16
After the War Symposium:  A One Day Symposium on the Effects of the Civil War          
9am-5pm; $10 per person, reservations required
This one day symposium will look into the end of the Civil War and the effects of the war on the nation.  Topics include the surrender of the Confederate armies, Freedmen’s Bureau, women during Reconstruction, post war effects on soldiers and Civil War memory.  Speakers will include Robert Dunkerly, Dr. Jane Censer, John Coski, Emmanuel Dabney, John Hennessy and George Wunderlich.  Symposium is co-sponsored by the Prince William County, City of Manassas, Prince William County Historic Commission and Historic Prince William.  Symposium will take place at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA
For reservations, call the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division office at 703-792-4754

For more information on Historic Preservation in Prince William County please see or contact them at or call703-792-4754

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: John Meredith Hooe

Richmond Times Dispatch
21 October 1916

Manassas, Va., October 20 -- The funeral of John Meredith Hooe, deputy sheriff of Prince William County, who died on Tuesday of hemorrhage of the brain, was held yesterday at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, South.  The pastor, Rev. E. A. Roads, was assisted by Rev. Alford Kelley, pastor of the Manassas Presbyterian Church, and Rev. J. Royal Cooke, pastor of the Greenwich Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Hooe was a member.  Five Prince William County councils of the order of Fraternal Americans took charge of the service at the grave.  Mr. Hooe was a member of Aden Council.

Mr. Hooe was forty-six years old and a nephew of the late Representative Elisha E. Meredith, of Virginia.  His wife and seven children survive.

[John Meredith Hooe is buried beside his wife, Margaret Bertha Kiewit Hooe, in the Manassas Cemetery, Manassas, Va. ~ cgl]

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: Will of Late Redmon Foster

Manassas Journal
24 January 1913


Several Lady Friends Remembered by the Testator in Small Bequests

The last will and testament of the late Redmon Foster, who died December 26, 1912, has just been probated.

The instrument, which is written in the testator's hand writing with an indelible pencil and upon common writing paper, contains an unsigned codicil by which he disposes of his wearing apparel, bed clothing and a few articles of furniture, to Miss Ella Fogle and to Miss Effie Hale the sum of $30.  After providing for the payment of his funeral expenses and all other just liabilities, he makes provision for the following legacies:  Mrs. Jas. R. Dorrell and Miss Lillian Jones, each $50; Mrs. Wm. E. Lipscomb, Mrs. Nettie Garrison, and Mayan Shacklett, each $50; Mrs. Herbert Tolson $30; and Misses Pocahontas Lynn, Faith Chapman, Lucy Harrison, Maude Hall, Stella Kesky and Violet Scott, each $30.  The remainder of the estate is bequeathed to Mrs. Jas. R. Dorrell and Miss Lillian Jones, share and share alike.  The will is dated December 4, 1912, and Thos. H. Lion is named as executor of the same.

It has been stated by some of the testator's closest friends, who have known him for a period of over fifty years, that he has some twenty or thirty thousand dollars in United States bonds besides other bonded assets.  We understand that none of the bonds, with the exception of $3,000, have yet been located.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: Prominent Men of PWCo

Manassas Journal
10 September 1904

Hon. C. E. Nicol
Judge of the 16th Judicial Court

Capt. Jas. E. Herrell

Edwin Nelson
Clerk Circuit Court

R. H. Hooe
Commissioner of Revenue
District No. 1

Doctor H. M. Clarkson
Superintendent of Schools

Hon. W. C. Wagener
Mayor of Manassas

Hon. J. B. T. Thornton
Commonwealth's Attorney
Member of the late Constitutional Convention

Hon. Thomas H. Lion
Member House of Delegates

Hon. Wm. E. Lipscomb
Ex-Judge County Court

F. C. Rorabaugh

James M. Barber
Commissioner of Revenue
District No. 2

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Marriage Licenses

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
23 December 1905

Marriage licenses have been issued to the following:

Frank Dixon and Mamie S. Jackson
Robert H. Sims and Marle A. Garrison
Jesse Twyman and Addie Williams
James Felder and Alice Banks
William E. Higgins and Rosalle Groves
Theophilus B. Houston and Maud I. Glass, both of New York city
Henry M. Milburn of Detroit, Mich., and Grace E. Buchanan of this city
Ernest Henderson and Mamie Robinson
Alfred Clark and Bessie Love, both of Prince William county, Va.
Louis A. Schaefer and Etehl E. Wright, both of Baltimore, Md
Joseph Bolden and Alrene [Arlene?] Christian
Benjamin Curtis Miller of Martinsburg, W. Va and Cornelia S. Finley of this city
Jolle M. Gastra of this city and Eelkjen H. Youngsma of Douglass, Mass
George W. Evans and Ellen C. Dorsey
Alexander Deavers and Nora Goldenstein
James Bailey of this city and Lizzie Coats of Vienna, Va

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: William P. Hereford

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
27 September 1905


Resident of Virginia and Veteran of Seminole War

Dr. William P. Hereford, a well-known resident of Prince William county, Va., died a few days ago at his home, near Wellington, in the eighty-ninth year of his age.  Dr. Hereford was a veteran of the Seminole war in Florida, and is said to have been the last survivor of that conflict with the Indians.  He was one of the two messengers that brought the news of the capture of Osceola from the battleground to the outside world.

He practiced medicine in this city long before the civil war.