Saturday, October 3, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: PWCo Items (29 April 1874)

Alexandria Gazette
29 April 1874

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY ITEM - [From the Manassas Gazette]

Quite a large attendance of ladies and gentleman was at the temperance meeting in Manassas on Thursday night. Judge Sinclair delivered an able and beautiful address, which was received with frequent outburst of applause. After the address the pledge was offered, and was signed by ten, two for life. A subscription was circulated, and upwards of twenty dollars donated to be used in fitting up a future place of meeting for the society. Among the visitors was Dr. J. C. Hill of Alexandria.

A few days ago, a negro employed on Mr. Frances' fishing landing stole a very fine horse belonging to Mr. F, and started South. Mr. Joe Lynn, started in pursuit, and in a few hours, after tracking the thief well through Chapawamsic Neck, came up with him near Potomac City, and recovered the horse, but the negro escaped into the pine.

Mr. W. W. Davis of Manassas, was seriously injured on Monday last by his horse, since which time he has been continued to his bed. He was holding the animal by the bridle rein, when it began to play, pulling Mr. D. down, and as he fell striking him on the side and stomach with hi knees.  Mr. D. lay insensible for some time.

Messrs. Makely & Rice of Clifton have a pet squirrel, captured in the woods near that place, which is perfectly white. It is in every particular except the color, an exact counterpart of the common grey squirrel. It is very tame and perfectly docile.

The carriage of Capt. C. R. Limstrong while standing at the M. E. Church in Manassas on Thursday night during the temperance meeting, was robbed of two cushions, a rug, a blue cloth jacket belonging to his son, and a lantern.

The wheat in this neighborhood never presented a finer appearance. The peach crop has been seriously damaged by the frost. Pears and cherries, now in bloom, do not appear to be injured.

The heavy rains of the past three or four days have stopped farming operations, and raised some of the streams too high to ford.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Newspaper Tidbit: Can Count 180 Descendant (Hannah Burke)

Denton Journal (Ohio)
26 April 1890


The Marietta (O.) Register tells of a somewhat remarkable family in that vicinity.  Joseph Burke, a freeman from Prince William county, Va., came with his family in 1851 to Newport, where he died three weeks afterward, leaving a wife and twelve children.  The widow still survives, and most of her children.  A recent census of the family, including children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren, gives an aggregate of 180 souls.  Mrs. Hannah Burke, now aged 87, is probably the most motherly woman in Ohio.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Will: Thomas Simson (1735)

Prince William county Will Book C, pg. 16
13 Oct 1734; proved 19 Feb 1735

In the name of God Amen the thirteenth Day of October in the year of our Lord 1734 I THOMAS SIMSON of Prince William County Carpenter being very sick and week of body but perfect in mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for it and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for all men once to die I due make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Allmighty God that gave it and for my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and deacent manner at the discretion of my Executor nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God as touching such manly Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give desire and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Item I give and bequeath unto my oldest son WILLIAM SIMSON one hundred and twenty three acres of land wherein he is now living on both sides of Sande run.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son BAXTER SIMSON two hundred acres of land lying on both sides of Sande run and ajoining to the other land aforesaid of my son WILLIAM SIMSON on the uper side one breeding mare my bullit gun and its holster one rug and two blankets one iron pot six plates and six spoons.

Item I give and bequeth to my son THOMAS SIMSON three hundred and eighty six acres of land lying on the south side of Chapawamsik Creek likewise one breeding mare one feather bed boulster rug and two blankets one iron pot six plates and six spoons.

Item I give and bequeath unto my loving daghter MARY WOODARD one hundred acres of land where she is now seated and lying on the north side of Sande run to her and the heirs of her body for ever.

Item I give and bequeth unto my daghter ANN SIMSON after her Mother in Laws deceas one cow and calf one feather bed boulster rug and two blankets.

Item I give and bequeth unto my beloved grand children the son and daghter of MARY WOODARD, THOMAS and ANN WOODARD one yow a piece.

Item I give and bequeath unto my ever loving wife JANE SIMSON my Plantation and liberty of one hundred acres of land where I now live her life and after her deceas to fall to my son BATER.  I also give her the priviledg of the whole track for timber for the use of the Plantation.  I also leave my wife all my moveable estate except the legacies herein before mentioned and leave my wife whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and further I have my three children BAXTER SIMSON and THOMS SIMSON to be brought up till they come to the age of eighteen years and likewise my daghter ANN till she come of age by my wife JANE SIMSON.  I further leave my daghter ANN to MARY STODDARD in case her mother dies before she comes of age.  I further give unto my wife two negros during her life and after her decease for to be equally divided among my children and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disanol all and every other former testaments wills and legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before this time named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written and sealed and delivered in the presence of us.

THOMAS SIMSON {his mark}

I desire my movable estate may be invetored and returned and not apraised


At a Court held for Prince William county the Nineteenth Day of February 1734[5?]

This Will was presented into Court by JANE SIMSON Executrix therein named who made Oath thereto and being proved by the Oaths of Thomas Ford and John Robertson two of the Witnesses therein it is admitted to Record and on the motion of the said Jane and her performing what is usual in such cases certificate is granted her for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form.



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: William Henry Tyler

Alexandria Gazette
28 October 1853

At Woodlawn, in the County of Prince William, on Monday, the 24th of October, Lieutenant WILLIAM HENRY TYLER, of the 7th regiment of Infantry, and son of Judge J. W. Tyler. The deceased was a graduate of West Point and entered the army shortly after the commencement of hostilities with Mexico.

From the Rio Grande, under Gen. Taylor, he was ordered to Vera Cruz, and under General Scott, was an active participant in all the stirring scenes of the eventful campaign in the Valley of Mexico, and was brevetted for the distinguished and honorable part he bore in the attack on Contreras. After the fall of the City of Mexico, he had an attack of Typhoid fever, which endangered his life, and laid the foundation of the disease which terminated his mortal career.  The army did not boast a more noble, disinterested, or gallant spirit, or society a more high-minded, warm-hearted member. He died as he had lived, without tear and without reproach.  "Peace to his manes."

(Union and Richmond Enquirer please copy.)

From the "Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army" by Francis B. Heitman:

Tyler, William Henry. V. Va. Cadet M A 1 July 1841 (53); bvt 2 lt 5 inf 1 July 1846; 2 lt 7 inf 16 Feb 1847; 1 lt 24 Aug 1851; bvt 1 lt 20 Aug 1847 for gal and mer con at the battles of Contreras and Hurubusco Mex; died 24 Oct 1853)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thriller Thursday: Found Unconscious from Gas

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
12 June 1915


D. McCarthy of Nokesville, Va., May Survive by Prompt Treatment

A middle-aged man visited Hoy's Hotel, Louisiana avenue and 6th street northwest, Thursday night, registered as D. McCarthy, Nokesville, Va. and was assigned to a room on the fourth floor.  Shortly before noon yesterday he was found unconscious from illuminating gas.  Gas was flowing from two open fixtures in the room, the police were told, and the guest's condition was critical.

Dr. A. M. MacDonald responded to a call sent to Emergency Hospital, took charge of the patient, and resorted to artificial means to restore respiration.  McCarthy's condition is much improved, it was said at the hospital, and his recovery is expected.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Marriage Licenses (1905) (Lynn/Holmes)

Evening Star (Washington, DC)
3 November 1905

Marriage Licenses

Marriage licenses have been issued to the following:

Joseph H. Wood and Inez May Howard

Clarence W. Jackson of Belmont, Ohio, and Ethel May Barber of this city.

Harry Rawles and Rosa Gordon.

James A. Harrison of Richmond, Va., and Mary A. Meeks of Lynchburg, Va.

William H. Waters and Annie L. Boswell.

George Carter and Fannie Griggsby.

Joseph S. Bateman and Catherine Murphy.

William S. Simms and Annie E. Hitchcock.

Tyler W. Lynn and Effie D. Holmes, both of Prince William county, Va.

Ernest Patten and Burdette Henry.

Prince A. Beaman and Ellen L. Blue.

James Flaherty and Annie Rabinoriz.

George Giddin and Martha Hallstock.

Caleb N. Moody and Rosa A. Broughton, both of Portsmouth, Va.

Herbert M. Griffith and Sarah W. Dickingson.

Alvin G. Shipley and Emma Masureck, both of Baltimore, Mc.

Charles W. Gosnell of Baltimore, Md., and Eleanor V. Harrison of this city.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: William A. Maddox


William A. Maddox was wounded at Bethesda Church and paroled at Fairfax Courthoue on May 3, 1865.