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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



UNDER THE EDITORIAL SUPERVISION OF 

LYON GARDINER TYLER, LL. D. 



President of William and Mary College, Williamsburg; Author of 'Parties and Patronage 

in the United States," "The Cradle of the Republic," "Williamsburg, the Old 

Colonial Capital," "England in America," "The Letters and Times of 

the Tylers," etc.; Vice-President of the V'irginia Historical 

Society, Member of the Maryland Historical 

Society, and various other societies. 



VOLUME V 



NI'AV VOKK 
LFAVIS HISTOKICAI. PUBLISH 1 Nc; COMPANY 



Copyright, 1915 
Lewis Historical Pubushing Company 



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^ PUBLISHERS' NOTE 



111 volumes 1., J I. and III. of this work, "F.ncyclopt-ilia of X'irginia Biograjihy." 
the editor, Dr. Lyon (i. Tyler, acted as author, and undertook to cover the history of 
Virginia through Ijiooraphies of its eminent cili/ens. lie \v;i> candid in s.axing that 
he did not assume to set forth all the men of prominence that figured in that witle 
field of centuries of human effort. I'rohahly this was inipossihle under any circum- 
stances. His lahors are supi)leinented with volumes 1\'. and \'.. wiiich will doulitless 
he generally regarded as ;i \;dual)le adjunct to those which precede them. In regard 
to these volumes. Dr. Tyler h;is only acted as general editor. ;iiid is not responsible 
for .any of the sketches, or facts contained in them. This deii.irtnient has keen pre- 
pared in large part ky our regular staff writers, written from data okt.ained from reli- 
akle sources, or. in most instances, furnislied kv meniktTs of ike family in interest. In 
all cases the sketch w.as sid)mitted in t\pewritten form to tke jjropcr representative 

'kkc ])vil)liskers desire to express their oklig.itioiis, for encouragement and aid. to 
Dr. I.yon G. Tyler, and als.i to fapt. William Cordon McC'ake. president of X'irginia 
Historical Society; Hon. William k.. Cameron, former governor of X'irginia; Hon. 
Armistead C. Gordon, rector of Cnivcrsity of \irginia. ckairman of State l.ilirary Hoard 
of X'irginia; Hon. \\'m. .\. .Xnderson. meniker of executive committee of tke X'irginia 
Historical Society; Hon. Uorer .X. James, president of hoard of visiters of X'irginia .Xlili- 
tary Institute; Rt. Rev. I'.everley D. Tucker, D, D.. P.iskop Co.idjutor. i'.piscopal Diocese. 
Soutkern X'irginia; Rev. C. l'.raxton Hryan, D. D.. rector of i ;r:ice Ckurck. keters- 
hurg; and Prof. V.. U. Russell, iiresident of St,ite Xormal and In.lustrial School for 
XVomen. Thk I^husIIKRS. 



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Samuel Bascom, of whom further. 4. Mary 
Catharine, of whom further. 5. Tames Ab- 
ner, born February 20, 1848; married Sadie 
Norfleet, and has L-ida, Samuel R., Augusta, 
Charles, Eliza, Norfleet, Peyton, Julia, Ab- 
ner and Hattie. 6. Charles Noah, born May 
23, 1854, died February 26, 1894. 7. Ed- 
ward Everett, of whom further. 8. Claude 
W., born February 20, 1857; married (first) 
in 1884, Emily G. Catling, born in 1866, died 
in 1894, and has Elizabeth Commander, born 
July 25, 1886. Claude Williard, born De- 
cernber 11, 1889, married Margaret Dey, and 
has a son, Claude W. (3), born in May, 1914, 
and Emily Catling, born August 11, 1891 ; 
Claude W. Harrell married (second) in 
1896, Lena G. Southall, and has Lucille 
Marks, born in 1898, Charles Morgan, born 
in 1900, and Margaret Southall, born in 
1909. 9. Emmette Eugene, of whom fur- 
ther. 10. Estelle, married Rev. T. O. Ed- 
wards, and had Elizabeth and Mary Etta, 
the latter dying in infancy. 11. Octavius 
Claiborne, born May 6, 1863, died July 31, 
1906; married Susie Williams, born October 
5, 1869, and had Mary Vaughan, born Feb- 
ruary 29, 1892, died in October, 1903, and 
Kate Thelma, born March 3, 1897. 

(Ill) Sarah Augusta Harrell. eldest of 
the eleven children of Samuel Riddick and 
Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Flarrell, was 
born" March .|., 1841, died December 21, 1912. 
She married, February 21, 1861, Dr. Henry 
Augustus Morgan, son of Seth Riddick Mor- 
gan. Seth Riddick Morgan was the owner 
of a large plantation and many slaves in 
Gates coimty, North Carolina, where he was 
an important and influential figure in pub- 
lic afifairs. He married Sarah Willey, of 
that county, and had children : Margaret 
Ann, Henry Augustus, of whom further ; 
George, Seth, John W., James E., and Sarah 
Virginia. 

Henry Augustus Morgan, M. D., was born 
in Gates county, North Carolina, September 
9, 1829, and died November 10, 1901. As a 
youth he attended the public schools and 
the private school maintained by Professor 
Henry -Riddick. This excellent teacher, 
with a scholar's passion for the classics, 
never advanced a pupil without the most 
thorough grounding in elementary subjects, 
and under his tutelage Henry Augustus 
Morgan gained a (ireparatory educati<in that 
was an enduring founilation fur his future 

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wide studies. F"or a time he taught school, 
during part of this period associated with 
Martin Kellogg, and through his peda- 
gogical labors supplied the funds to defray 
his college expenses. Entering the Rich- 
mond College of Medicine, he was thence 
graduated with the degree M. D., and then 
returned to Gates county, North Carolina, 
to establish in practice. Here he was well- 
known and liked, his family connections of 
the best, and from the beginning of his 
professional activity his clientele increased 
with steady rapidity, and he gained pro- 
fessional prestige of a most enviable char- 
acter. His judgment in matters of business 
and finance were of the best, and he invested 
the fruits of his professional success care- 
fully and wisely, accumulating a large for- 
tune. He was chairman of the board of com- 
missioners of Gates county. North Carolina, 
for many years, until moving to Virginia. 
At the time of the civil war his services were 
so much in demand as a physician, there 
being no other physician in an area of fif- 
teen miles, that he remained at home, labor- 
ing ceaselessly for the cause, offering his 
professional talents and in every conceive- 
able manner rendering loyal and patriotic 
support to the Confederacy. However, he 
later passed the examination as a surgeon 
and was ready to go when called, but soon 
after peace was declared. In 1890 Dr. Mor- 
gan retired from private practice and moved 
to Suflfolk, Virginia, although in the case 
of the illness of a friend he gladly forsook 
his personal comfort and for the sake of 
other days attended at the sickbed. 

Dr. Morgan was secretary and treasurer 
of the Central Land Company, retaining his 
interest in this company after he had severed 
many of his other business connections. He 
administered estates for many people. He 
was a lifelong Democrat, and was a steward 
of the Methodist Episco])al church. South. 
Sunburv, North Carolina, and chairman of 
the board of stewards: he was also a steward 
of the Main Street Methodist Church. Suf- 
folk. \irginia. 

He was a gentleman of pronounced and 
cultivated literary tastes and his reading 
covered a wide field, ranging from the Eng- 
lish classics to history and metaphysical 
tieatises. He was essentially the student, 
and from his deep delving into the works 
of the best of writers acquired a literary 



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style that was easy, exact, and graceful, so 
that his professional writings lost the 
burdensome, didactic form that so often 
marks such composition and became papers 
of literary as well as of medical value. One 
of his professional treatises, read at a con- 
ference of one of the medical associations 
with which he was identified, won wide 
recognition and high praise, and admitted 
him into the most select circles of scientific 
writers. 

The bearer of much good to sufifering 
humanity through his medical skill and 
knowledge, he touched almost as great a 
number who needed his help through his 
gifts to charitable institutions and enter- 
prises. His wealth he would have held as 
of little value had it not been the medium 
through which he was enabled to lift those 
less fortunate than he, to ease pain that de- 
fied his doctor's skill. Those who knew of 
his freely bestowed gifts to eleemosynary 
projects loved him for the brotherhood he 
thus displayed, and in this beneficent action 
he gave the completing touch to a life of 
purity and goodness, lived manfully among 
men in such a manner as to hold their last- 
ing respect. At his death Suffolk lost a 
citizen whose concern for her welfare sur- 
mounted any obstacles of inconvenience, a 
professional man who stood high among 
scholars and his medical brethren, and a 
philanthropist whose generosity was produc- 
tive of good beyond computation. 

Children of Dr. Henry Augustus Morgan 
and his wife, Sarah Augusta Harrell : Henry 
Aubrey, died aged eighteen months, and 
Sarah Lizzie, a resident of Suffolk, Virginia. 

(HI) William Preston Harrell, eldest son 
and second child of Samuel Riddick and 
Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Harrell, was 
born in Gates county, North Carolina. After 
completing his education, part of his aca- 
demic training being received under the 
tutelage of Professor Kellogg, he engaged 
in agricultural pursuits upon a large scale, 
so continuing during his active years. He 
long filled the magistrate's office, was a 
member of the local school board, and was 
a steward in the Methodist Episcopal 
church, passing his years in the enjoyment 
of many friends. William Preston Harrell 
married, in February, 1874, Annie Hines, 
born in 1853, and had children: i. Lellie 
Hines, of whom further. 2. Eugenia Au- 
gusta, born in November, 1876; married, in 



June, 1903. James R. Shaw, and has Mar- 
jcirie and Eugenia. 3. Mary Elizabeth, born 
in February, 1878; married Frank N. Cross, 
and has Frank Norfleet, Hattie, William P., 
Elizabeth and Dorothy. 4. William Pres- 
ton (2). 5. Beatrice Lorens, married Frank 
Leslie Pierce, and has a son, Harrell. 6. 
Forrest. 

(IV) Lellie Hines Harrell, daughter of 
William Preston and Annie (Hines) Har- 
rell, was born February 25, 1875. She mar- 
ried, June 6, 1895, J. Travis Edwards, 
brother of Rev. T. O. Edwards, who mar- 
ried her aunt, Estelle Harrell. Children of 
J. Travis and Lellie Hines (Harrell) Ed- 
wards: Lellie Louise, born January 15, 1899, 
and Catharine Truitt, born February 28, 
1903. 

J. Travis Edwards, son of Rev. John Jo- 
seph and Louisa Georgietta (Esher) Ed- 
wards, was born in Elizabeth City, North 
Carolina, and was educated in the public 
schools and Randolph-Macon College. He 
was for a time engaged in manufacturing, 
afterward forming his present connection 
with the Norfolk and Western railroad, 
being at this time one of the oldest em- 
ployees of that road in point of service. He 
is a member of the Brotherhood of Railway 
Trainmen, the Modern Woodmen of the 
World, the Junior Order of United Ameri- 
can Mechanics, and the Fraternal Order of 
Eagles. His church is the Alethodist Epis- 
copal and he affiliates with the Democratic 
party. 

(Ill) Samuel Bascom Harrell, third child 
and second son of Samuel Riddick and Mary 
Elizabeth (Vaughan) Harrell, was born in 
Sunbury, Gates county. North Carolina, in 
1845, and was educated in a private boarding 
school taught by Martin Kellogg. In 1863 
he enlisted in Company I, Sixty-eighth Regi- 
ment North Carolina Volunteer Infantry, in 
which company he served until the close of 
the war, with the rank of sergeant-major, 
at which time he entered into the mercan- 
tile business in Gatesville, North Carolina, 
and so continued until August, 1869, when 
he moved to Perquimans county, North 
Carolina, and began agricultural operations, 
which he conducted for four years. For the 
fourteen following years he was engaged in 
the mercantile business in New Hope, Per- 
quimans county. North Carolina, coming to 
Norfolk. Virginia, on April 5, 1887, and at 
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his connections in this business, Mr. Ilarrell 
in .1891 became associated with Samuel 
Fereliee. his son-in-law, in coal and ice deal- 
ings, and with him formed the Norfolk Coal 
and Ice Company, of which Mr. Harrell is 
now president. Tie is also president of S. li. 
Harrell & Company, cotton brokers, and is 
the active head of both prosperous concerns. 

RTr. Harrell is a loyal Democrat, and his 
religious denomination is the Methodist 
Episcopal. Holder of an important place 
in the business world of Norfolk, his posi- 
tion in other spheres of civil life is no less 
worthy, and he is a citizen of many inter- 
ests. He is a gentleman of pleasing address 
and personality, and by straightforward and 
honorable business methods has won many 
friends among his associates. 

He married, August 25, 1869, at Durant's 
Neck, North Carolina, Susan Grizzelle 
Leigh, daughter of Edward A. and Mar- 
garet Stephenson (Jacocks) Leigh. Mr. 
and Mrs. Harrell have one daughter, Mar- 
g.nret Jacocks, who married (first) Samuel 
Ferebee, (second) F. S. Sager. By her first 
marriage she is the mother of Samuel H. 
Ferebee, a student in Columbia LJniversity, 
New York : Leigh Cason Ferebee and 
George E. Ferebee, both students in Nor- 
folk high school. 

dll) Mary Catharine Harrell. fourth 
child and second daughter of Samuel Rid- 
dick and Mary Elizabeth fVaughan) Har- 
rell, was born February 12, 1847. She mar- 
ried, February 16, 1871, Jonathan Ilenrv 
Jacocks, and has children: i. Grizzelle 
Leigh, born January 11, 1S77. 2. Henry 
Morgan, born December :^i, 1878; married, 
November 14, 1906, Helen Davenport 
Miller, and has Jonathan Davenport, born 
Alarch i, 1908, Henry Morgan, Jr., born July 
17, 1910, and Alfred Miller, born November 
29, 191 2. 3. Jonathan Wilbur, born Decem- 
ber 21, i88o. 4. Estelle Augusta, born Janu- 
ary 24, 1884. Grizzelle Leigh and Estelle 
Augusta are immarried and reside with their 
parents. 

Tonathan I lenr\ (_>) lacocks. s. m nf Jona- 
than Henry (i) and Grizzelle Pointor 
fCopeland) Jacocks, was born at Nag's 
Head, North Carolina, August 7, 1841. His 
father was a native of North Carolina, and 
follower of agriculture all his life. Jona- 
than H. (r) Jacocks was a loyal Whig, and 
was several times elected to represent his 
district in the state legislature, always. 



whether in jniblic or pri\atc life, striving for 
the welfare of county and state. He was a 
member of the constitutional convention, 
and was long known as General Jacocks, 
that Ijeing his rank in the state militia. His 
religious activity was as a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal church, and although 
the nearest house of worship of that denomi- 
nation was eighteen miles distant from his 
home, he was one of the most regular at- 
tendants of the congregatifjn. He was the 
father of six children, one of whom is living 
at this time, Jcmathan H., of further men- 
tion. Girizzelle Eniilv. deceased, married E. 
A. Lee. 

Jonathan Henry (21 Jacocks was. as a 
youth, a pupil in the academy at Elizabeth 
City, and after attendance at other institu- 
tions, among them the Horner School at 
Oxford, completed his academic studies in 
the University of \'irginia. Soon after leav- 
ing the university he returned to his home 
and enlisted in the Confederate service. In 
the early part of his soldier's career he was 
taken prisoner at Roanoke Island, and after 
a two weeks incarceration was paroled, sub- 
sequently serving with gallantry and dis- 
tinction for the remaining three and one- 
half years of the war. The resumption of 
peace found hiin engaged in farming in his 
native state, and in January, 1882, he moved 
to Berkley, \'irginia, his present home. His 
first business venture in this place was in 
real estate, which he abandoned for com- 
mission dealing, two years later entering 
his present business, coal, building tnaterial 
and feed. Mr. Jacocks is the owner of two 
farms, which he rents, and aside from his 
])rivate business operations, is a stockholder 
and director of the Merchants' and Planters' 
P>ank, of P>erkley, a trustee of the P.erkley 
Permanent P>uilding and Loan Association, 
and a trustee of the Chesapeake Building 
and Loan Association. For five years, end- 
ing in 1901, Mr. Jacocks was a member of 
the Berkley council, attending to his duties 
in that body with fidelity and i>ublic siiirit. 
He holds membershi]> in the Protestant 
Episcopal church, his wife a communicant 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, while 
his fr.Uernal relations are with Lee Lodge, 
No. 48. Kniglits of Pythias, in which he is 
master of the exchequer. Mr. Jacocks" suc- 
cessful career has its easy explanation in 
his persc\erance and industry, and the pros- 
perity that has attended his labors is his just 



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reward. His son, Henry M., was graduated 
from Blacksburg College in 1900, took a 
post-graduate course in mechanical engi- 
neering and mining in the same institution, 
and is now associated with the Mathieson 
Alkali Works, at Saltville, Virginia; his 
other son, Jonathan W., was graduated from 
Blacksburg College, likewise in the class of 
1900, took post-graduate studies in chemis- 
try, and was for three years employed by 
the Woodstock Iron Works, as chemist ; in 
1904 he returned to Norfolk and entered into 
business with his father. 

(Ill) Edward Everett Harrell, seventh 
child and fifth son of Samuel Riddick and 
Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Harrell, was 
born in Gates county, North Carolina, No- 
vember 27, 1855, and died in Norfolk, Vir- 
ginia, July 8, 1914. Early in life he assumed 
the responsibilities of maturity, and when 
nineteen years of age was in full charge of 
the home farm, directing all of its operations 
and supervising its cultivation in person. 
He was also in the mercantile and cotton gin 
business in Sunbury, North Carolina, his 
calling until 1907, when he moved to Nor- 
folk. He was a member of school board in 
North Carolina, and was commissioner of 
roads for many years. In this city he en- 
tered real estate business, which he followed 
until his death. He allied himself with the 
Democratic party, and was a devoted and 
energetic member of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church. He married. May 25, 1882, Mary 
Elizabeth Catling, born January 7, 1853, 
and had issue : Charles Lydon, of whom 
further; Mary Estelle, born June 17, 1886; 
Edward Bascom, born July 10, 1889, died 
June 3, 1891 ; John Catling, born June 13, 
1892, died June 29, 1905. 

'(IV) Dr. Charles Lydon Harrell, eldest 
of the four children of Edward Everett and 
Mary Elizabeth (Catling) Harrell, was 
born on the home estate in Gates county, 
North Carolina, March 19, 1883, and after 
a course that extended through the high 
school near the place of his birth entered 
Randolph-Macon Academy. Here he pre- 
pared for college, and was at Randolph- 
Macon College two years. In the fall of 1905 
he entered the University College of Medi- 
cine, Richmond, Virginia, graduated in class 
of 1909. During 1909 and 1910 he was 
resident physician in Virginia Hospital, 
Richmond, Virginia. Subsequently he spent 
a short time in the New York Post-Gradu- 



ate Hospital, then came to Norfolk and in 
that city established in general practice. ,Dr. 
Harrell's studies have been to a certain de- 
gree specialized, and specialization is his 
aim for his later practice. His professional 
standing is unusually high, in consideration 
of his brief career, and his medical connec- 
tions and associations are such as would be 
creditable to a physician of much wider ex- 
perience. For three years Dr. Harrell as- 
sisted Dr. Grandy in conducting a treat- 
ment of tuberculosis and is at this time 
assistant on the medical staff of the Pro- 
testant Hospital, also State Examiner for 
the Catawba Sanitarium for Tuberculosis, 
and associate medical director of the Old 
Dominion Life Insurance Company, and a 
member of the board of directors. He holds 
membership in the Norfolk County and 
Virginia Medical societies, was secretary 
and treasurer of the latter organization in 
1911-12-13, and also belongs to the Ameri- 
can Medical Association. His fraternal so- 
ciety is the Modern Woodmen of the ^^'orld, 
and he is a member of the official board of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, politically 
being identified with the Democratic party. 

Dr. Charles Lydon Harrell married, Oc- 
tober 29, 191 1, Ethel Toone, daughter of 
Lewis R. and Anne T. (Cooksey) Toone; 
she was born September 5, 1888. They have 
one son, Edward Everett, born August 14, 
1914. 

(HI) Rev. Emmette Eugene Harrell, 
ninth child and seventh son of Samuel Rid- 
dick and Mary Elizabeth (Vaughan) Har- 
rell, was born in Gates county. North Caro- 
lina, April 22, 1858, and died July 15, 1909. 
He obtained a broad academic education in 
Randolph-Macon College and Vanderbilt 
University, receiving both his A. B. and his 
A. M. from the former institution in 1881 
and 1882 respectively, and after finishing his 
studies entered the ministry of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church as a pastor of the Vir- 
ginia conference. His first charge was in 
the King and Queen circuit, where he re- 
mained for one year, and he was transferred 
in the fall of 1884 to the Chatham circuit, 
there being stationed for two years. His 
subsequent changes of pastorate were as 
follows : In 1886 to the south of Dan circuit, 
in 1887 to Newsome, in 1892 to Wakefield, 
in 1893 to Dorchester, Maryland, in 1895 to 
Keller, Accomac county, Virginia, in 1897 to 
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Iloston, Virginia, in 1904 tn 'J'rinity Church, 
Norfolk, in 1905 to Princess Anne circuit, 
in 1907 to Readville, Virginia, and finally 
Crittenden, in which place his death oc- 
curred. 

The al.ove brief ..utline of Rev. ilarrell's 
ministry can at best but give an imperfect 
and insufficient indication of his activities 
as a minister of the Gospel. Those with 
whom he passed these years, although his 
stay in any one place was short, can tell 
of the ease with which he won his way into 
their hearts and love, of his tender consider- 
ation, of his patience with their shortcom- 
ings, and of the devotion that marked his 
ministry. Young in spirit from youth until 
his death in middle age, he brought much 
of the strength and cheer of that spirit to 
the pleasure and enjoyment of the sick and 
aged among his parishioners, the beautiful 
verses of the New Testament supplying him 
with his inspiration to service of this kind, 
for which he is tenderly and lovingly re- 
membered by many. Rev. Harrell made a 
tmiversal appeal to all the classes that com- 
prised his congregations, and it would have 
been vain to have attempted to identify him 
with one set of persons or interests more 
strongly than with another. Just as he 
shared equally in the labor and burden of 
the diiTerent departments of church work, 
so did he rejoice with the fortunate, condole 
with the miserable, enjoy the plenty of the 
wealthy, and share his private resources 
with the poor, living his life and giving his 
strength to the glory of God and the ad- 
vancement of His kingdom. Trie established 
in his home and taught his children a re- 
ligion simple, adequate, and satisfying, and 
walked always the path that he strove to 
make plain to his people. Rev. ll;\rrell fra- 
ternized with the Alasonic order. 

lie married, November 24, 18S3, Lauren- 
tin.i Lewis, born No\-ember J\. \i^(f^. daugh- 
ter of Rev. William I'., and .Mice Lane 
(Jones) Lewis, her father a minister of the 
Mississippi conference of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. The children of this mar- 
riage received all of their early education at 
home, afterward entering the higher grades 
of school. Children: 1. Hryant Eugene, born 
November 14, iSSri, in Pittsylvania county: 
attended school in South lioston, N'irginia. 
for one \'ear, in 1900 entering Randolph- 
Macon .Vca.lcmy at Hclford C-'ity, \-irginia. 
whence he \v;is gradu,itc<l in Kio;: three 



years later he took his .A. I!, from Randolph- 
Macon College, and for the four following 
years taught school, subsequently entering 
Johns Llopkins University, graduating 
therefrom AL D. in 1914: he is now con- 
nected with the Jefferson Hospital, of Roa- 
noke. Virginia. 2. Mary .Mice, born in 
.Southampton county. Virginia. .April 25, 
1889; was educated in the public schools 
and the 151ackstone Female Institute, grad- 
uating from the latter place in 1908, at the 
close of a four years course : for one year 
she was a school teacher in Readville, Vir- 
ginia, and after a two years course in the 
Rand(jl])h-Macon Women's College, at 
Lynchburg. Virginia, accepted a position as 
teacher of geography and English in the 
Robert E. Lee School, of Norfolk, where she 
has been employed for the past four years. 
3. Charles .Adair, born in Sussex county, 
\'irginia. .August i, 1893: until 1904 he was 
a student in South Boston, \'irginia, and 
was then for one year in the public schools 
of Norfolk and two years in the same insti- 
tutions of Princess .Anne county : he was 
graduated .A. B. from Randolph-Macon 
College, class of 1914. and is now. although 
but twenty-one years of age. princijial of 
the high school at Mineral, A'irginia, hav- 
ing upon his faculty six assistants. 4. 
Henry Lewis, born December 18. 1896 5. 
Leighton Ernest, born November 10. 1900. 
6. I'rank Everett, born I'ebruary 6. 1904, 
died hilv 20. 1004. 7. Laurie Evelvn. born 
March J-', \<,nh. 

Benjamin Wilson Smith. Of English de- 
scent, this branch of the Smith family early 
settled in Mecklenburg county. A'irginia. 
.A distinguished member of the family. John 
Pascall Smith, served his district in the 
national Congress, and was a man of mark 
in liis community. John Smith, grandfather 
(if i'.cnj.imin Wilson Smith, was a farmer 
of .Mecklenburg county, as was his son. An- 
thony Wilson Smith, whose farm was near 
Smith Cross Roads. .Anthony Wilson Smith 
niarrie<l Nannie Gitld :ind among their chil- 
dren w.is Benjamin \\ ilson, of whom fur- 
llur. 

i'.cnj.iniin \\ ilson Sniith was born on the 
iionic f.ivin near Smith Cross Roads. Meck- 
lenburg county, \irginia. He attended the 
public schools, and remained at home as his 
f;'.tlu'r's assist.mt at farm labor until his six- 
teenth \car. He then moved to Willis, 



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Texas, with Sutter Bros., of Chicago, and 
Mr. Oppenheimer, of New York, where he 
was engaged in the raising of tobacco, and 
the manufacture of cigars, this proving a 
profitable line of work. Mr. Smith also 
spent some time in Cuba, and Vera Cruz, 
Mexico. Later he returned to Mecklenburg 
county, Virginia, but at the present time 
(1914) resides at Murphy's Hotel, Rich- 
mond, Virginia. He has been engaged in 
various occupations, being connected with 
a number of important business enterprises, 
among which was the American Seeding 
Machine Company, the International Har- 
vester Company, the John Deere Plow Com- 
pany, and the Richmond Stove Company, 
and is now engaged in the manufacture and 
sale of stoves, ranges and hotel equipment, 
with headquarters in Richmond. They man- 
ufacture the Smith's Ideal, and Model 
Range, which is one of the inventions of 
Mr. Smith, of this review, who is an in- 
ventor of note in this particular line, hold- 
ing many patents upon ranges, kitchen 
equipment and tillage goods, all of which 
have proven to be of merit and worth, add- 
ing considerably to the value, durability, 
practicability and sale of the articles speci- 
fied. He possesses a large amount of genius, 
both natural and acquired, and coupled with 
this is ability of a high order and a mind 
well stored with useful ideas which he car- 
ries out to a great extent, thus adding to 
the comfort and enjoyment of many people. 
Mr. Smith is a member of the Ancient Free 
and Accepted Masons, the Independent 
Order of C3dd Fellows, Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks, Improved Order of 
Red Men, Woodmen of the World, Illinois 
Commercial Men's Association and the 
Traveler's Protective Association. In poli- 
tics he is a Progressive Republican. To a 
natural dignity of manner and a personality 
most pleasing Mr. Smith adds a geniality 
that has won for him hosts of friends, and 
whether considered as employee, employer, 
business man, or in a fraternal sense, he is 
ever found to be a man true to himself and 
true to his fellows. A keynote to his suc- 
cess in his business career is his executive 
force and mastery of detail in whatever en- 
gages his attention. 

Mr. Smith married, November 2, 1897, 
Etta Mabel Sandell, daughter of Walker S. 
and Mattie E. (George) Sandell, and grand- 
daughter of John E. and Martha M. George 



and of Darius Sandell. Children : Lenora 
B., Frances Ruth, Nannie Lois, George Wil- 
son, Robert Bryan. 

Louis Werner. The safeguarding of a 
city, the protection of its inhabitants, and 
the preservation of law and order in the 
community is no easy task, nor one to be 
approached without due regard for its ser- 
iousness and responsibility. In Riclimond, 
Virginia, such a task falls to Louis Werner, 
chief of police of the city, and that he has 
ably executed this great commission for the 
past ten years is a lofty tribute to the power 
and competence of the man. When Mr. 
Werner assumed the office of chief of police 
it; 1905, it was with the training of seven- 
teen years in the department as patrolman 
and sergeant, and since that time he has 
given to the citizens of Richmond an admin- 
istration of his important department, 
equally efficient, able and reliable, and has 
made the police standard of Richmond one 
that is a credit to the city. 

Mr. Werner is a son of Philip and Philip- 
pina (Siegel) Werner, his parents both 
natives of Bavaria, Germany, and grandson 
of Philip Werner, of France. His father 
left his Bavarian home in 1848 and came to 
New York City, where he followed his trade, 
that of painter, until his death. His wife, 
Philippina (Siegel) Werner, was a daughter 
of Louis Siegel, and they were the parents 
of three children, Kate and Henry, both de- 
ceased, and Louis, of whom further. 

Louis Werner was born in New York 
City, July 11, 1856, the death of his father 
when he was but an infant making him de- 
pendent upon his own resources for a living. 
When he was a lad of fourteen years of age 
he came to Richmond, Virginia, pursuing 
studies as opportunity offered, and learned 
the painter's trade, at which he was long 
employed. In 1888 he was appointed to the 
Richmond police force in the capacity of 
patrolman, and for sixteen years gave satis- 
factory service in this position, at the end 
of that time gaining a promotion to the rank 
of sergeant, and nine months later, in April, 
1905, becoming chief of police of Richmond. 
In the ten years of Chief Werner's incum- 
Ijency of his office he has instituted numer- 
ous reforms for the correction of faults in 
the system which he observed while serving 
in lower rank, and has manifested his many 
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;xist.s throuj^hout the department is of 
lealthy, active co-operation, and so popular 
s Chief Werner with all of his rnen that 
:heir service centers about him, leaving little 
•com for cliques and feuds that disrupt and 
linder. Under his direction the highest 
deals of the police department have been 
-talized, and Richmond's citizens rest se- 
:ure in the confidence they repose in him, 
<nowing full well that they are protected 
from the outcast enemies of society as far 
is lies within human power. Chief Werner 
for the past forty years has been identified 
with and active in the Deutscher Gesang- 
verein of Virginia, and in fraternal affiliation 
is a member of the Modern Woodmen of 
the World and the Masonic order. He is a 
communicant of St. James' Methodist I':pis- 
copal Church. 

He married, in Richmond, 1876, Mary 
Hassel, a native of Richmond, daughter of 
Burghardt Hassel, deceased, for many years 
editor of the "German Daily Anzeiger," 
whose wife survives him. Louis and Mary 
(Hassel) Werner have had fourteen chil- 
dren, nine of whom are living at this time: 
Helen Virginia, married B. M. Ilarnes ; 
Louisa, unmarried ; Burghardt ; Katie, mar- 
ried Thomas Charles ; Holga, married Rich- 
ard Venable ; Louis, Jr. ; Ruth, married Wil- 
liam Enders; Clotha W.; Doris, unmarried. 

John Morgan Johnson. The Johnson fam- 
ily of N'irginia dates from colonial ancestors, 
early settlers in the colony. They are found 
in Prince William, Culpeper and Orange 
counties early in the eighteenth century and 
through intermarriages are connected with 
many of the early families of Virginia. 
Through his grandmother, Elizabeth (Fish- 
back) Johnson, John M. Johnson, of Alex- 
andria, Virginia, traces to John and Herman 
Fishhack, who formed a part of the colony 
of twelve families who came from near Sei- 
gen, Germany, in April, 1714, at the instance 
of (iovernor Spottswood, of Virginia, set- 
tling at Germanna, a town now extinct, 
then in Spottsylvania county in what is now 
a part of Orange county. This was the 
first German settlement in Virginia, the 
first county town of Spottsylvania county, 
there the first iron furnace in Virginia was 
built and the first pig iron made, (un-ernor 
S|)ottswoo(l had a large tract of land there 
and brought the Germans over to work the 
iron ore that he h;id discovered. The ImsIi- 



liacks intermarried witli the Kempers. and 
in a later generation Elizabeth Fishback 
married Nathaniel Johnson, grandfather of 
John M. Johnson. The line of descent is 
from John Fishback, who married Agnes, 
daughter of "Parson" Iloeger. a Lutheran 
minister from Germany; John Frederick 
Fishback, who died September 29, 17S2; 
Squire John Fishback, of Culpeper county, a 
magistrate for forty years ; and Elizabeth 
Fishback, who in 1797 married Nathaniel 
Johnson, who died in 181 2. 

The Johnson line is from Peter Johnson, of 
Orange county, Virginia, (1730) who rnar- 
ried a Miss Morgan, a sister of William 
Morgan. His will is found in Book A, page 
139, Culpeper county. Virginia. 

John Johnson, son of Peter Johnson, mar- 
ried Peggy Strother. born in Culpeper 
county. Virginia. He died in 1835. 

Nathaniel Johnson, son of John and 
Peggy (Strother) Johnson, married, in 1797. 
Elizabeth Fishback. and died in 181 2. 

John Morgan Johnson, son of Nathaniel 
and Elizabeth (Fishback) Johnson, was 
born in Culpeper county, \'irginia, February 
25, 1799. He was a merchant, and for two 
terms postmaster of the house of represen- 
tatives. \\'ashington, D. C. He married Re- 
becca T- AIoss, daughter of William and 
Gertrude (Holmes) Moss. William Moss. 
.son of |ohn and Ann (Minor) Moss, was 
born in "1778. died January 21. 1835. being at 
the time of his death clerk of Fairfax county 
courts, an oflice he had held for thirty-five 
vears. He married Gertrude, youngest 
daughter of Colonel Joseph Holmes, of 
Frederick county, son of I high Holmes, of 
Ireland. Colonel Joseph Holmes married 
Rebecca, daughter "of David Hunter, a cap- 
tain under General Braddock. John Moss 
was a descendant of Edward Moss, the 
founder of the familv in X'irginia. who came 
from StalTordshire. England, between the 
years 1(130-1640. His grandson, Thomas 
Moss, died in Fairfax county. X'irginia. in 
1775. his will being recorded in Hook D. No. 
I . page (15. 1 lis son, John Moss, was a pronii- 
lunt inan in I'airfax county, a justice of the 
peace. King's commission, and by virtue of 
IniiiL; the iildest commissioncil justice in the 
coun'v l)ecame high sherilT in 17U<\ holding 
that \aX\i:c until his death. He married 
I III -I i Louisa Minor. ( second 1 her sister. 
Ann Minor. Of this same family was Colo- 
nel lohn Minor. I'ounder of the town of 



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Leesburg, Virginia. John and Ann (Minor) 
Moss were the parents of William Moss, 
father of Rebecca who married John Mor- 
gan Johnson. 

John Morgan (2) Johnson, son of John 
Morgan (i) and Rebecca (Moss) Johnson, 
was born November 21, 1847. He prepared 
for the profession of law and in 1873 was 
admitted to practice at the Virginia bar. 
He located in Alexandria, Virginia, where 
for many years he has been prominent in 
his profession. He is a veteran of the Con- 
federac}', leaving school when but sixteen 
years of age to enter the army. He was a 
private of Company D, Sixth Regiment Vir- 
ginia Cavalry, and served until he lost his 
horse just before the surrender at Appomat- 
tox. His brother, Major A. Hunter John- 
son, served in the Thirty-third Virginia In- 
fantry, and his brother. Robert Conrad John- 
son, was killed at the engagement at "Fra- 
zer's Farm," serving in Company A, Seven- 
teenth Regiment Virginia Infantry. Mr. 
Johnson is a Democrat in politics, and affi- 
liates with the Protestant Episcopal church. 
Fie married, in September, 1887, Constance 
Cardigan, daughter of S. Ferguson and 
Elizabeth (Morgan) Beach, born in Alex- 
andria. Children : Conrad, married Agatha 
Gay Allen, child, Agatha Gay; Emily Haw- 
ley Johnson. 

Henry Evans Litchford. An officer of 
financial institutions in two states, Henry 
Evans Litchford came to the dual office of 
vice-president and treasurer of the Old Do- 
minion Trust Company, of Richmond, after 
a successful career as cashier of the Citi- 
zens' National Bank, of Raleigh, North 
Carolina, in the service of which institu- 
tion he filled all the grades from that of 
office boy to cashier. Although a native of 
North Carolina, he is a member of a Vir- 
ginia family, a grandson of James Litchford, 
a native of Jamestown, Virginia. He was a 
tailor by trade, and at one time employed as 
apprentice Andrew Johnson, afterward 
president of the United States. He was a 
soldier in the war of 1812. and in politics 
a Whig. He married Mary Gill, of Peters- 
burg. Virginia, and their son, James, was a 
merchant during his entire iDusiness life, 
and served in the Confederate army during 
the war between the states. His political 
party was the Democratic. He married 



Ancella Bogue Westrey, one of his sons be 
ing Henry Evans, of whom further. 

Henry Evans Litchford was born in Ra 
leigh. North Carolina, February 4. 1866. H( 
was there educated in the public schools and 
in the Raleigh IMale Academy. In August, 
1882, after leaving school, he became em- 
ployed as office boy in the Citizens' National 
Bank, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and re- 
mained with that institution until July i, 
1912. During these thirty years he filled all 
the positions in the bank's employ from that 
in which he entered to the office of cashier, 
his capacity and diligent application winning 
him successive promotions, and in his 
highest position, that of cashier, he made 
efficient and highly satisfactory administra- 
tion of the bank's finances. On July i, 1912, 
Mr. Litchford accepted his present place as 
vice-president and treasurer of the Old Do- 
minion Trust Company, in which service 
his talents have found a wider field and op- 
portunity for greater endeavor. That he 
would be an officer of value to the Richmond 
institution was confidently predicted by his 
business associates of former years, and the 
two years that he has passed in his present 
position have fulfilled this promise and have 
added to it further expectations. Mr. Litch- 
ford retains his interest in business affairs 
of the city of his birth in his membership of 
the board of directors of the Raleigh Sav- 
ings Bank and Trust Company. He is a 
Democrat in politics, on many issues cast- 
ing his vote independent of party dictates, 
and holds membership in the Westmoreland 
and Country clubs of Richmond, and in the 
Business Men's Club. 

Mr. Litchford married, at Tarboro. North 
Carolina. November 9. 1899. Martha Porter 
Dancy, born in that place February 4. 1876, 
and has children : Ann. born in 1901 ; Mar- 
tha, born in 1906; James Ousby, born in 
1911. 

George Gilbert Crawford, M. D. In the 

long ago there came to York county, Penn- 
sylvania, as its first physician, a young 
Scotchman, Dr. James Crawford, a graduate 
in medicine of the University of Edinburgh. 
He married Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. 
Dnvid Jamison, and founded a family of 
which Dr. George Gilbert Crawford, of 
Strasburg, Virginia, is a twentieth century 
representative. Dr. Jamison was a lieuten- 




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ant-colonel in a Virginia regiment that 
fought the French and Indians and later 
was colonel in the revolutionary army. 
Through another line of descent Dr. George 
G. Crawford traces to Jacob Rinker (a 
great-grandfather) who was a captain in the 
revolutionary army. The sword he carried 
was preserved in the possession of his de- 
scendants until 1840, when the burning of 
the family mansion destroyed the valued 
heirloom. 

lames Crawford moved lale in life to the 
state of Ohio with his family, his son, a lad 
of seventeen years, not accompanying the 
family further than Shenandoah county, 
\irginia. He located in Strasburg in that 
ci ainty on the north fork of the Shenandoah 
river at the base of Massanutton mountain, 
near where, in later years, the battle of 
Cedar Creek was fought between the Union 
force under Sheridan and the Confederates 
under Early, and later moved to Woodstock. 
There he married, reared a family and died. 
One of his sons, Robert W. Crawford, was 
first lieutenant under Fitzhugh Lee, of the 
Confederate army. Another son. Rev. W^il- 
Ih'.m .\. Crawford, was a professor in Dela- 
ware College and pastor of the churches at 
lairfax Court House and Kernstown, dying 
a) the latter town. 

Dr. James Jamison Crawford, son of 
1 lavid Jamison Crawford, was born at 
Woodstock, Virginia, October ig, 1835. He 
was a highly educated man, holding the de- 
gree of M. A. from Delaware College, the 
degree of M. D. from JelTerson Medical 
College, Philadelphia, and was also a stu- 
dent at the University of \'irginia and at the 
University of Maryland. He practiced his 
jirofession nearly his entire life in Stras- 
burg, Shenandoah county, Virginia, where 
h( was greatly beloved as a man and most 
implicitly trusted as a physician. He served 
in the Confederate army from first Manas- 
sas to Appomattox, attaining the rank of 
ca])tain, and was wounded in battle. His 
fiist service was in Company A, Tenth Re- 
giment Virginia Infantry, of which he be- 
came captain. Later he served as assistant 
surgeon of the Thirteenth \'irginia Regi- 
ment, was engaged in many of the hardest 
battles of the war and at its close only 
seven men were left of the original com- 
])anv. Dr. :ind Captain Cr;iwford died in 
iS<)3, his wile, I'.ninia Gerlnide ( Setszer) 
Crawford, vet survives him. She was born 



February 14, 1851. daughter of Henry and 
Mary Rebecca ( IJorum ) Setszer. After the 
war' Dr. Crawford resumed medical prac- 
tice at Strasburg, was an elder of the Pres- 
byterian church, and one of the most in- 
fluential men <jf the town. 

Dr. (k-orge Gilbert Crawford, son of Dr. 
James Jamison and I'.mma (iertrude (Sets- 
zer) Crawford, was born in Strasburg, \'ir- 
ginia. March 27. 1876. His early education 
was obtained in public and private schools 
in Strasburg and "(jreenwood School," Al- 
iHuiarle county. X'irginia, two years being 
devoted to study in that institution. He 
then pursued the academic course at the 
University of Virginia for three years, then 
began [jrofessional study in the medical de- 
partment of the university. He was gradu- 
ated M. D., class of 1901, and for the next 
three and one-half years practiced in Faulk- 
land, Delaware, and was assistant physician 
and surgeon at Delaware Hosi)ital, Wil- 
mington. In KJ05 he established in private 
practice in Wilmmgton. Delaware, continu- 
nig there three years. In 1908 he returned 
to his native town, Strasburg, and began 
]jractice there among the people by whom 
ihe name "Doctor Crawford" is yet held in 
li\ing remembrance. Uetween tile passing 
ot the "old doctor" and the coming of the 
■ \oung doctor" there was a lapse of thir- 
teen years but among the warmest friends 
of the "young Doctor Crawford" are the 
families in w'hich "old Doctor Crawford" 
was for a quarter of a century the honored 
friend and trusted medical adviser. 

l^r. Crawford is a member of the Shenan- 
doah \alley and Shenandoah County Medi- 
cal societies, and the X'irginia State Medical 
Society, and American ^ledical .Association, 
interested in their work and aiding to ex- 
tend their usefulness. He is decidedly liier- 
arv in his tastes and a lover of out-of-door 
sjuirts. For his own enterlaimnent and that 
(it his friends, he often indulges his talents 
for political composition and one of his 
in ems ".\ Rub of the Green" published in 
"Life" was much apjireciated by the golf- 
ing readers of that periodical. He preserves 
aiid honors his father's military service by 
availing himself of the right it gives him 
tn aflibale with the order of Sons of Con- 
fi derate \ eterans and is a member of Stover 
Camp. 

Dr trawfonl married. June 10. UX)^. 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



daughter of James and Ellen Douglas 
(Clarke) ^^■hite. Children: Ellen Clarke, 
born at Faulkland, Delaware ; Anne Pres- 
ton, born in Wilmington. Delaware ; James 
Jamison (2), born in Hanover county. Vir- 
ginia ; Jean Maxwell, born in Strasburg, 
Virginia. 

Ernest Brown Crawford. The ancestry of 
the family of which Ernest Brown Craw- 
ford, an attorney of Harrisonburg. Virginia, 
is a member, is Scotch-Irish, and mater- 
nally and paternally his forbears have been 
men of distinction and prominence in their 
American homes. The name is most com- 
mon in Rockingham and Augusta counties. 
Virginia, from which localities both the 
houses of Crawford and McChesney sent 
members to ioin in the struggle for inde- 
pendence. Nor in the later generations has 
the patriotic ardor of the ancestors been 
lost, for in the ereat civil war that rent the 
United States half a century ago. there came 
from that blood men whose names will en- 
dure as long as the records of the war be- 
tween the states last, and as Ions' as proud 
posterity speaks their name. In this list of 
heroes mav be here named Colonel John H. 
Crawford. Tames A. Crawford. Captain 
Tames McChesnev. and Lieutenant Robert 
McChesney: while, amone those whose 
work was the alleviation of the suflferine of 
those who received flvinp- shot and shell 
were Dr. William McClung Crawford, 
father of Ernest Brown Crawford, and Dr. 
Alexander McChesney, both surgeons in the 
Confederate States army. 

Dr. William ATcClune Crawford, son of 
James and Cvnthia (McClung) Crawford. 
was born near Staunton. Augusta county, 
Virginia. December 18, 1837, died June 11, 
1804. He was for one year a student in the 
University of Virginia, which he entered 
after a thorough preparatory course, and 
then became a student in Jefiferson Medical 
College, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
whence he was graduated M. D. in iS^S. 
He enioyed a lara^e practice at Mount Sid- 
ney, Virginia, and during the civil war was 
a surgeon in the Confederate States army, 
serving at Port Republic. Waynesboro, and 
in other places in the Shenandoah valley. 
The other sons of James and Cvnthia (Mc- 
Clung) Crawford are : Edward, deceased, 
was a resident of Augusta county. Virginia : 
Colonel Tohn H., an officer of the Confed- 



erate army, afterward a member of the Vir- 
ginia assembly from Augusta county ; 
James A., a soldier of the Confederate army, 
lives in Dallas, Texas ; G. Marsh, of Staun- 
ton, Virginia. 

Dr. William McClung Crawford married 
Rachel Grigsby, daughter of Captain James 
and Frances (McNutt) McChesney, born 
near Brownsburg, Virginia, in 1839, died 
January 15, 1901. Children of Captain James 
and Frances (McNutt) McChesney: Cap- 
tain James Z., an officer of General "Stone- 
wall" Jackson's command, sustained a face 
wound in battle that caused the loss of all of 
his teeth, now resides at Charleston. West 
\'irginia: Lieutenant Robert, enlisted in the 
Confederate army from Rockbridge county, 
Virginia, killed when shot from ambush in 
West Virginia ; Dr. Alexander, a surgeon of 
tlie Confederate army, practiced in Warm 
Springs. Virginia, after the close of the war. 
Children of Dr. William McClung and 
Rachel Grigsby (McChesney) Crawford: i. 
James A., a real estate dealer of Staunton, 
\irginia ; married Janie Jennings, of Au- 
gusta county. Virginia, and is the father of 
McChesney, Katherine and Filmore. 2. 
Dr. Frank H., a graduate of high school, the 
Augusta Military Academy, and the College 
of Physicians and Surgeons, of Baltimore, 
Maryland; married Ada Summerson. 3. 
Edgar A., assistant manager of the West 
Virginia Paper and Pulp Company ; married 
Lillian Carpenter, of Covington, Virginia, 
and has Mary and Dorothy. 4. Sally, mar- 
ried Ernest L. Griggs, of Athens, Georgia, 
and has Rachel and Ernest L., Jr. 5. Ro- 
berta M., resides in Norfolk, Virginia. 6. 
\\'ilbur L., a graduate of the Augusta Mili- 
tary Academy, a resident of Dallas, Texas, 
died in June, 1902. 7. Frances McNutt, 
married J. Samuel McCue. 8. Ernest Brown, 
of whom further. 

Ernest Brown Crawford, son of Dr. \\'il- 
liam McClung and Rachel Grigsby (Mc- 
Chesney) Crawford, was born at Mount 
Sidney, Augusta county, Virginia, August 
13, 1876. After a course in the public and 
high schools of Mount Sidney, he entered 
the Augusta Military Academy, graduating 
from the academic department in 1894. After 
completing his studies in the University of 
Virginia, he received from that institution 
in 1901 the degree LL. B., and in October of 
the year of his graduation was admitted to 
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VIRCIXIA HK)(, RAI'llY 



principal cif hig;li scIkjuIs in Rockin^liani 
county, Virginia, prior to liis entrance in the 
University of Virginia, and since 1901 has 
ben engaged in legal practice in Harrison- 
burg, Virginia. Mr. Crawford is learned in 
the law, and in the thirteen years that have 
passed since his activities along that line 
began he has derived from his deep study 
and determined mastery of the law the 
profit and satisfaction of numerous favor- 
able verdicts. He is a forceful and con- 
vincing speaker, and is at his best when 
pleading the case of a client, presenting his 
facts and arguments in jjerfect array, his 
presentation of his case showing, to the keen 
observer, the presence of a brief strongly 
and logically arranged. System and method 
are the qualities upon which he has reared 
a successful legal career, two virtues whose 
value is inestimable. While a student at 
college Mr. Crawford became a member of 
the "Ravens Society," and belongs to the 
University of Virginia Alumni Association, 
of Harrisonburg. Virginia. His church is 
the Presbyterian, and he is identified with 
the Democratic party. 

Mr. Crawford married, at Richmond, \'ir- 
ginia, November 8, igo6. Bessie, born in 
Richmond. Virginia, April 3, 1887, daugh- 
ter of Henry W. and Elizabeth (VVerst) 
Rountree, and has one son, Henry Roun- 
tree. l.xirn at I larrisunlnirg, Virginia, May 
17, 190S. 

Hon. John Lamb, of Richmond, A'irginia, 
is descended frum an old colonial family that 
was settled in Charles City cnunty as early 
as 1650, at "Rural Shades," which was the 
ancestral home of the family for some two 
hundred years or more. That domicile is in 
the historic region early settled iiy 
English colonists, which later was maile 
famous by its colonial mansions and is noted 
for the generous hospitality of its citizens. 
It was the birthiilace and home of John 
Lamb, a descendant of the original founder 
of the family there, who tilled the broad 
acres of his estate, and lived as became a 
Virginia gentleman of a hundred vears ago. 
He was a Whig of ihr nl,l scho.'.l : and 'an 
indcjjendent man of alTairs w hn li.ul an opin- 
ion of his own uimn ail |mhlic (|uestions 
He married Mary I'.niory .Mn,.,ly, wiio had 
issue, as follows: l,ycnri;iis .\ntliony, of 

(11) Lvcurgus .Anthony l.anib. son of 



John and Mary Emory (Moody) l.amb. was 
born in 1S13 in Charles City county. \'ir- 
ginia. at Rural Shades, the old homestead 
of the Lambs. He was educated in the local 
schools of his native state; he was teacher, 
civil engineer, county surveyor, and magis- 
trate under the old county court system in 
Charles City county, Virginia. In politics 
he was a Whig of the Henry Clay type. He 
married Ann Elizabeth Christian, daughter 
of James 11. and Susan (Hill) Christian, of 
Charles City county. Virginia. She was a 
granddaughter of Lieutenant Joseph Chris- 
tian, of Charles City ; who served in the rev- 
olutionary war; a daughter of the Rev. 
James Hendricks Christian and Susan (Hill) 
Christian, of Charles City, A'irginia, who 
had issue, namely: James H., Isaac H., 
Anne Elizabeth, of whom above; America; 
Susan Christian. 

(HI) John (-'I Lamb, son of Lycurgus 
Anthony and .Ann Elizabeth (Christian I 
Lamb, was born June 12. 1840. in Sussex 
county. A^irginia. Me was educated per- 
sonally by his father, who was a teacher of 
jirivate schools, until he was fifteen years 
old, when his father, dying, he continued 
his studies alone thereafter; he toiled on the 
farm and studied civil engineering in the 
evenings and during spare time until he 
had mastered the elements of that study, but 
the civil war came on, just as he attained 
man's estate, he enlisted as a private in the 
Charles City troop, which afterward became 
Company 1). Third A'irginia Cavalry, at- 
tached to Wickam's brigade. Confederate 
States army. He served throughout the 
war. was several times wcunded. twice se- 
^■erely. and finally laid down his arms when 
Cuneral Lee surrendered at .Appomattox. 

April <), 1865, as captain of his company. 
wliirh he had commanded for three years. 

riic war being over, he returned to Charles 
C'wy county, where he engaged in farming, 
and lived there until 18S8, wlion he romo\ed 
to Richinoml. A'irginia 

In Charles City county he was elected 
NlurilV soon after the war; and afterward 
sir\ od liis people as county treasurer and 
.1 unity siir\eyor. He was chairman of tlie 
C (nnit\ 1 >etnocratic (."onimittec for several 
year.-, and was elected to the fifty-fifth, fifty- 
s:.\th. fifty-seventh, fifty-eighth, fifty-ninth, 
."ixtieth. sixty-first and sixtv-second Con- 
gresses, as a Democrat from the Third A'ir- 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



Chesterfield, (ioochland. Hanover, Henrico, 
King William and New Kent, and the cities 
of Richmond and Manchester. Later the 
Congressional District was changed so as 
to include Charles City, Chesterfield, Gooch- 
land, Hanover, Henrico. James City, King 
William, and New Kent counties, and the 
cities of Manchester, Richmond and Wil- 
liamsburg. In all he served in Congress 
sixteen years, from March 4, 1897, to March 
4, 1913; and he was in the public service of 
Charles City county twenty years prior 
thereto, a goodly record of faithful public 
service and devotion to the interests of his 
constituents. He is a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church. 

Mr. Lamb married Mattie Redd Wade, 
daughter of Rev. Anderson and Mary Wal- 
ler (Clark) Wade, November 17, 1869, at 
Richmond, Virginia. She was born Febru- 
ary 10, 1849, at Martinsville, Henry county, 
Virginia ; her father was a Doctor of Divin- 
ity and minister of the Protestant E]3isco- 
pal church. Children of Rev. Anderson \Vade : 
Mary G.. Elizabeth Mildred, Mattie Redd, of 
whom above. Children of John Lamb and 
Mattie Redd Wade: i. Anthony W., born 
June 27, 1873, at Green Yard, in Charles 
City county, Virginia ; married Alice Ar- 
cher, of Richmond ; and has five children : 
Archer, Annie, Jacqueline, Wade, John. 2. 
John A., born August 6, 1875, at Green 
Yard, in Charles City county, Virginia, is a 
lawyer ; married Nannie Blair, of Richmond, 
Virginia ; and has three children : Blair, 
Virginia, Martha Wade. 3. William C, 
born June 19. i88i, in Charles City county, 
Virginia. 4. Bessie, born January"23, 1885; 
married Hugh Woolfolk, of Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. 5. Frederick B., born April 10, 1888; 
is an electrical engineer. 

John William Ebert, M. D. The familv of 
wliich Jnhn William Ebert, AI. D., of Win- 
chester, Frederick county, Virginia, is a 
member, is of German origin, founded in 
this country by Martin Ebert, who came to 
Pennsylvania when he was eight years of 
age. later making his home in Virginia. His 
wite was a Miss Myers, and the descent to 
Dr. John William Ebert is through their 
son, William Henry, father of Martin Pultz 
Ebert. 

Martin I'ultz I^ljcrt. father of Dr. John 
William l^'bert. was born in Frederick 
county, \'irginia. June 15. 1854. and has all 



of his life been an agriculturist and fruit- 
grower. He married Mary Elizabeth, born 
in Frederick county, Virginia, October 17, 
1853, daughter of John F. Rutherford. John 
F. Rutherford, a nephew of the John F. 
Rutherford previously mentioned, was a 
soldier of the Fifty-second Regiment Vir- 
ginia Infantry, Confederate States army, 
and was taken prisoner by the Union troops, 
being confined at Elmira, New York. 

Dr. John William Ebert, son of Martin 
Pultz "and Mary Elizabeth (Rutherford) 
Ebert, was born at Stephenson, Frederick 
county, Virginia, June 13, 1887. In his youth 
he was a student in the public schools, grad- 
uating from high school in 1905. He at- 
tended the Shenandoah Academy for two 
years, and in 1908 matriculated at the Uni- 
versity of Maryland, whence he was gradu- 
ated M. D. in 1912. He was for six months 
an interne in the University of Maryland 
Hospital, and on January i, 1913, estab- 
lished in the practice of his profession in 
Winchester, Virginia. Here he continued 
until January 1, 1915, and in addition to the 
general practice that had come to him he 
became a member of the stafif of the Win- 
chester Alemorial Hospital. He was also 
medical examiner for the Modern Woodmen 
of the World and the Sarah Zane Fire Com- 
pany. Dr. Ebert's reception into the ranks 
of medical practitioners in Frederick county 
was most cordial, and there he found a 
pleasant field for his professional labors, 
which had an auspicious beginning. As be- 
fore stated he practiced his profession until 
January i, 191 5, then he gave up his prac- 
tice to take up post-graduate work and 
eventually take up his abode in Minnesota. 

Dr. Ebert is a communicant of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal church, and is politically 
allied with the Democratic party. 

Dr. Ebert married, September 29, 1909, 
Louise, born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 
22, 1890, daughter of Louis and May H. 
(Hundley) Bowly. Children of Dr. John 
William and Louise (Bowly) Ebert: Doro- 
thy Whiting, born in Winchester, Virginia, 
C'ctober 18, 1910, died September 30, 1912; 
John William Clayton, born in Winchester, 
Virginia. April 3, 1913. 

Louis Bowly is a son of Franklin Bowly, 
who married Eliza, daughter of J. E. Jack- 
son. Franklin Bowly was a son of Daniel 
Bowly. who was elected, May 18, 1775, a 
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Ijaltimore, Maryland, and was lattT a snl- 
dier in the American army in the revolu- 
tion, in March, 1777, being an ensign in 
Captain John Sterrett's company of Mary- 
land militia, and on September 21, of that 
year, joined the command of Cieneral An- 
thony Wayne. Through his military ser- 
vice and through the honorable records of 
other lines of her ancestry, Mrs. Ebert is 
eligible to membership in the various pa- 
triotic societies of the country. The pa- 
triotism and loyalty of the Bowlys again 
found expression in the war between the 
states, when two of the sons of Franklin 
Howly, Devereux and Henry Bowly, served 
in the army of the Confederate States. 

The name Bowly is of French derivation, 
the original form, which was carried into 
F.ngland in the hosts of William the Con- 
queror, being De Beaulieu. Through con- 
tact with the harsher tongue it became 
changed to its present form through several 
different spellings, and the ancestor of this 
branch of the American family, long promi- 
nent in the colony and state of Maryland, is 
found in Daniel Bowly, a member of the 
Cdoucestershire, England, family. There is 
an interesting story, worthy of narration in 
this place, concerning Daniel Bowly and his 
immigration to America. He was born in 
1695, and when but a lad was walking one 
day along the beach near his English home, 
carrying a cup in his hand. He was accosted 
by a gentleman in the uniform of a naval 
officer, who asked him if he would like to 
see his ship, which rode at anchor in the 
harbor. Receiving an affirmative reply, the 
sea captain led the youth abroad the vessel, 
and, taking him below, pleased him with a 
thorough display of the interior of the ves- 
sel, but when the pair returned to the deck, 
the ship had gotten under way, doubtless 
at the command of the captain. The lad was 
in no way alarmed, rather rejoicing at the 
prospect of the voyage and the view ot new 
lands. The vessel on which he was making 
his involuntary voyage collided with an- 
other at sea, but was able to make the 
American shore, although her original des- 
tination had been |,ini;iica. Years after- 
ViJard Daniel I'.tiwly \ isited England, and, 
walking near tlu- ■-i»'t where he had been 
kidnajijied. fmind llir nip which he h.nl licld 
in his hand at the tinu-. This was the I'ound- 
nig of the line of Bowly in .\merica. 



Mark Bird Wunder. This family is <Jer- 
man in descent and was founded first in 
Pennsylvania. The Virginia ancestor of the 
Ime was Henry Wunder, and his son was 
Charles Sawyer Wunder, father of Mark 
Bird Wunder, born near (Jermantown, 
ihiladelphia, in August, 1S13, died July 21, 
1891. He was a merchant during all of 
his business life. He married Elizabeth 
Mary Moore, born in Shenandoah county, 
Virginia, in January, 1823, died in January, 
1877, daughter of Reuben and Sarah ( King- 
ree) Moore. Children of Charles Sawyer 
and Elizabeth Mary (Moore) Wunder: i. 
Mary II., married William .\. Pence, a sol- 
dier in Company K, Seventh Regiment \'ir- 
ginia Cavalry, Confederate States army, 
who was at one time taken prisoner and 
confined at Fort Delaware. 2. Henry S., a 
soldier in Company K, Seventh Regiment 
Virginia Cavalry, Confederate States army, 
now a farmer of Blount Jackson, \'irginia. 
3 Reuben Moore, was for one year a mem- 
ber of Chew's battery. Confederate States 
army, serving one year until the close of the 
war, being then but seventeen years of age. 
4. Charles S. 5, Mark Bird, of whom fur- 
th.er. 6. Virginia 7. Milton Moore. 

Mark Bird Wunder, fifth child of Charles 
Sawyer and Elizabeth Mary (Moore) Wun- 
der, was born in Shenandoah county, \'ir- 
ginia. May 23, 1857. After preparatory study 
ii; the public and private schools of the 
vicinity of his birth, he entered the Poly- 
technic Institute at Newmarket, \'irginia, 
remaining there for three years. In Octo- 
ber, 1875, he matriculated at the University 
01 Virginia, and after a classical course of 
four years in length was for two years a 
student in the law department, that insti- 
tution awarding him a 15. L. ilegree in 1881. 
lie was granted admission to the bar of 
\irginia in 18S2, and at once began general 
practice, for several years following his pro- 
fession as a member of the law firm of .\lex- 
ander \- Wunder, a firm that had a success- 
ful ,ind protitable continuance, .\tter the 
dissdhitinu of this association Mr, Wunder 
niiinud to independent practice, and in 
tlu' ymr- th.it he was in the legal profes- 
siiHi he made an honorable record. .About 
iS()i) he engaged in the building and loan 
hi'-iiuss which was later lormed into a L.oan 
\ liu-t Tonipanv and continued until ux.">=;. 
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aiidoah county, \irginia, and six years later 
was reelected to that office, of which he is 
the present incumbent. The many and varied 
responsibilities of his position are performed 
by him with ability and skill, and in the ex- 
act and careful discharge of his duties he 
repays the public trust expressed in his elec- 
tion. 

Mr. Wunder's professional and public af- 
fairs have so nearly required his entire time 
that he has been unable to pursue other 
Imes of activity, although for five years he 
was secretary and treasurer of the Shenan- 
doah Loan and Trust Company, of Wood- 
stock, Virginia. The deep study and vigor- 
ous mental exercise required in the practice 
of law have made that profession most con- 
genial to him, for he is a man of scholarly 
tastes and habits, finding in that calling 
room for their full indulgence. His poli- 
tical beliefs are Democratic, and he is a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
holding the office of steward in its organi- 
zation. 

Mr. Wunder married, October i8, 1883, 
Caroline Mary Newman, born in Shenan- 
doah county, Virginia, July 17, 1862, daugh- 
ter of Benjamin P. and Elizabeth (Hick- 
man) Newman. Children of Mark Bird and 
Caroline Mary (Newman) Wunder: Charles 
Newman; Walter Henry, married Nell Lo- 
gan; Elizabeth Mary, married Harold N. 
Corman, one child, Mark ^^'under; Edgar 
Douglas. 

Abraham Roberts is a member of an old 
English family representative of the best 
type of the strong middle class of that domi- 
nant race, which today, after centuries of 
sturdy resistance to the oppressive acts of 
a government and institutions which tended 
to absolutism, have gained not only politi- 
cal independence at home, but have formed 
the social foundation for the great republic 
of the Western Hemisphere, upon which in 
safety has been built up the most complex 
population the world has ever seen. 

For three hundred years or more the Rob- 
erts family can be traced back in their Eng- 
lish home, among the bold hills of Corn- 
wall, that long arm which runs out westward 
from England as though her bulwark 
against the stormy Atlantic, and for three 
hundred years the members of this family 
have been miners. For the major part of 
this long period they had been content to 



remain in the old home, around which had 
grown up the associations of centuries, and 
engaged in the same hardy occupation 
which their fathers had followed, from time 
immemorial. 

It was not until the time of Abraham 
Roberts Sr., the father of Abraham Roberts, 
of this sketch, that that more enterprising 
spirit came amongst them which has im- 
pelled so many of their fellow countrymen 
to abandon the security and certainty of 
home for the hazards and fortunes of the 
New World. Abraham Roberts Sr. was of 
this character. He was born in Cornwall, 
England, the ancestral home of his family, 
June 30, 1835, and there passed his child- 
hood and early youth, gaining there his 
education and learning the occupation of his 
fathers. But while he was so engaged, the 
ambition to see the world and try himself 
in new lands and amongst strangers, and to 
take advantage of the golden opportunities 
which report had it were to be found abroad, 
grew gradually in his mind until it domi- 
nated all other considerations, and he de- 
termined to take the step. In 1854, when 
only nineteen years of age, he sailed for the 
United States, and reaching his destination 
without mishap, settled in New York state, 
and there resumed for a time the hereditary 
tiade of his family. The same enterprising 
spirit which moved him to leave the old 
home, urged him to see a new occupation, 
however, and accordingly, when the occa- 
sion offered, he abandoned mining and es- 
tablished himself in a mercantile business at 
Calumet, Michigan, a venture in which he 
prospered greatly. The move to Michigan 
which Mr. Roberts made occurred in the 
year 1864, in which state he settled, making 
the town of Calumet his home. Here he 
resided for the remainder of his life, finally 
dying August 13, 1907, at the age of seven- 
ty-two years. He married, in December, 
1865, in Eagle River, Michigan, Alice Uren, 
also a native of Cornwall, where she was 
born in 1845. Mrs. Roberts was a daughter 
of Richard Uren, a pioneer of the "Copper 
Country" of Northern Michigan. He was 
born in Cornwall in 1817, died sixty-seven 
years later. To Mr. and Mrs. Roberts Sr. 
there were born eight children, as follows : 
Abraham, of whom further; William 
Thomas, now a resident of Seattle, Wash- 
ington ; John Ouincy, a resident of Mar- 
auette, Michigan ; Frank Vivian and Rich- 





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anl L'runnvell, Ijdth resiileiits uf Aslic-ville, 
North Carolina; James, who lost his lite by 
drowning when but nine years of age; Phil- 
lip and Elizabeth, both of whom died in in- 
fancy. 

A glance at the way in which this large 
family of brothers has become distributed 
■to all parts of the United States, their homes 
ranging all the way from Washington state 
to North Carolina, will show clearly enough 
that the adventurous spirit and the desire 
to see the world, which seemed to have en- 
tered the Roberts family with their father, 
was transmitted by him to the succeeding 
generation. And yet withal, the steady 
industr}' of their lives bears evidence of the 
possession in full measure of those more 
c|uiet virtues, the heritage of their ances- 
tors, as exemplified in the life of their 
grandfather, VVilliam Roberts. This gentle- 
man, who was born in Cornwall in 1795, 
and lived to be seventy-five years of age, 
worked for fifty long years as a miner 
ill his native land, without losing so much 
as a single day through all that period. 

Abraham (2) Roberts, the eldest child of 
Abraham (i) and Alice (Uren) Roberts, 
was born October 8, 1866, in Keweenaw 
county, Michigan. While still very young 
his father removed to Houghton county in 
the same state, so that from five years up his 
childish associations are with the latter 
place. It was in the local schools of Hough- 
ton county that he received his education. 
They lived at Calumet in Houghton county 
for a number of years, and here the elder 
Mr. Roberts kept a store, doing a business 
in general merchandise. When the younger 
man came of age to enter the business world 
and had completed his education, he secured 
a position in the Tamarack Co-operative As- 
sociation of Calumet, the largest and most 
successful concern of the kind in the United 
States. He remained in that employment 
continuously for fifteen years and more, and 
during that period familiarized himself with 
every detail of the business, and gained a 
large experience of the same, experience 
wdiich has since served him well, and 
brought him to the responsible post which 
he now hokls. lie continued with the Tama- 
rack Co-operative Association until 1006, 
and then received an offer to become general 
manager of the co-operative store at Lake 
Linden, a town in the same county ami 
state. His alert mind and a natural apti- 



tude at m.-Lstering new problems, together 
with a great power of concentration and un- 
usual industry, had at length attracted the 
attention of others besides his employers, 
and won as they could not fail to win recog- 
nition, lie accepted the offer from Lake 
Linden, and held his position as general 
manager for five years, or until 191 1, when 
a project was broached to him that he go 
to Seattle, Washington, and there organize 
a co-operative store, there being no one bet- 
ter fitted to undertake this enterprise than 
he. It is proi)able that Mr. Roberts would 
have fallen in with this proposal, but for the 
fact that, just at this time, the general man- 
ager of the large store at Calumet, where he 
had received his business training, died, and 
Mr. Roberts was called upon to take his 
place. He managed the business of the 
Tamarack Co-operative .Association for tw^o 
years. His next move was to Xewton, Kan- 
sas, where he had been offered the manage- 
ment of a large department store, which he 
accepted. While he was thus occupied at 
Newton, Kansas, his reputation as a man- 
ager and as an advertising man grew apace. 
and spread over a very large area. In this 
way he came into touch with the Union 
Stores Incorporated, of Richmond. \'irginia. 
the great concern with which he is now as- 
sociated, and on January i. 1914. he moved 
to Richmond, and took over his new duties 
as general manager of the Union Stores In- 
corporated. It is an enormous co-operative 
association situated on Seventh and Frank- 
lin streets. Richmond, with a cajiital of one 
million dollars, and numbering among its 
officers and directors some of the largest and 
most substantial business men of tiie city. 
Its president is W. D. Duke, the three vice- 
presidents arc r. O. Sandy, W. J. Whit- 
Idck and C. I'. Cidot, resiK-ctively. and the 
snrctai\ and ti-casurer is C. P. (.■oleman. 
These men, all astute financiers, were 
(|uickly impressed by Mr. Roberts' abilities 
from tluir preliminary dealings with him. 
and spared no pains to secure those abilities 
in permanent service for their corporation. 
Mr. Roberts has been with the new concern 
for but a few months at the jiresent writing. 
but already the business shows response to 
his active and able management, wliich is 
e\ en more than meeting the expectations 
I if the ofticers of the concern. 

.Mr. Roberts, however much he may he 
interested in the conduct of his business, and 



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however great the demands made by it upon 
his energy and time, does not therefore shut 
himself off, as so many of our successful 
business men are prone to do, from all other 
departments of life and activity. On the 
contrary, he is ever an interested observer 
of, or participant in all that goes to make 
up the life of his adopted community, a keen 
critic of political conditions, and an ardent 
supporter of all policies which meet with the 
approval of his judgment, and of all wise 
propositions for the development and in- 
creased prestige of the city. He is a promi- 
nent member of two fraternities, the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and the 
Masonic order, and is generally active in the 
social life of the place. 

Mr. Roberts has been twice married. His 
first wife was Mary Hannah Bennett, whose 
wedding with him was celebrated November 
27, 1892, in Calumet, Michigan. Mrs. Rob- 
erts was a native of England, and to her and 
Mr. Roberts were born five children, all of 
whom survived her death in 1904. They 
are: \'ictor Phillip, born October 6, 1893, a 
resident of Seattle, Washington ; Raymond 
Bennett, born March 20, 1896, a resident of 
Richmond, Virginia : Alice Mary, born Feb- 
rurary 22, 1898, a charming girl, who lives 
at home with her father ; Frederick Sleigh, 
born May 27, 1900, who also lives with his 
father ; Herbert Abraham, born January 10, 
1903. Mr. Roberts' second marriage was 
celebrated May 27, 1905, to Beatrice Maude 
Hicks, a native of Houghton county, Michi- 
gan, where she was born October 21, 1884. 
The ceremony took place in Calumet, the 
home of Mrs. Roberts' parents. Mrs. Rob- 
erts is the daughter of Richard and Louisa 
(Davey) Hicks, natives of Cornwall, Eng- 
land. Mr. Hicks is now connected with the 
Calumet and Hecla Mining Company of 
Calumet. 

Mr. Roberts' religious affiliations are with 
the Methodist church, attending, with his 
family, the Monument Avenue Church of 
that denomination in Richmond, contribut- 
ing materially to the support of the many 
benevolences in connection therewith. He 
has reared his children in the same persua- 
sion. 

Lunsford Hoxsey Lewis, M. D. Lewis 
is one of the oldest names in English his- 
tory and one of the most numerous and dis- 
tinguished in that of America. Known as 



Louis in France, upon the migration of some 
of its members to the British Isles it as- 
sumed the form Lewis, those bearing it be- 
coming one of the most numerous families 
of Wales. This country was the home of 
the line claiming Lunsford Hoxsey Lewis 
as a present day member, whence emigrated 
four brothers, Samuel, William, Robert and 
John. It is through the two marriages of 
a descendant in the fourth generation of 
this Robert Lewis, who settled in Glouces- 
ter county, Virginia, Colonel Fielding 
Lewis, that the family gains its connection 
with the line of General George W^ashing- 
ton. Colonel Fielding Lewis married (first) 
Catherine, daughter of John Washington, 
Catherine Washington being a cousin of 
George Washington; (second) Bettie, 
daughter of Augustine Washington, and 
sister of George Washington. A chain, used 
by General George Washington during his 
career as a civil engineer, is now in the 
possession of John F. Lewis, who lives on 
the old family estate "Lynnwood," Rocking- 
ham county, Virginia. 

William Lewis, one of the brothers pre- 
viously mentioned, married a Miss McClel- 
land, and died in Ireland. He had one son, 
Andrew, who married Mary Calhoun, and 
had two sons, John and Samuel. John Lewis 
was born in Ireland, and immigrating to 
Virginia he settled near the present city of 
Staunton, being one of the first magistrates 
appointed in Augusta county by the gov- 
ernor. He was an Indian fighter of noted 
bravery. The marble slab marking his 
grave bears this inscription. 

Here lies the remains of 
. JOHN LEWIS, 
Wlio slew the Irish lord, settled Augusta County, 

Located the town of Staunton 

And furnished five sons to fight the battles of the 

AMERICAN REVOLUTION. 

He was the son of Andrew Lewis, Esq., 

and Mary Calhoun, 

And was born in County Donegal, Ireland, 1678, 

And died in Virginia, Feb. i, 1762. 

He was a brave man, a true patriot and 

A firm friend of liberty throughout the world. 

He married Margaret Lynn, and had a 
son, Thomas, who married Jane Strother. 
Charles, son of Thomas and Jane (Strother) 
Lewis, married Mary Hance. One of their 
sons was General Samuel Hance Lewis, 
who married Nancy Lewis. 

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and grandfather of Lunsford Hoxsey Lewis, 
was born near Port Republic, Rockingham 
county, Virginia, March i. 1818, died at 
Lynnwood, the homestead in that county. 
He was for many years a phinter and farmer, 
the occupation of his father, and was in 1861 
a delegate to the secession convention, be- 
ing the only representative of the present 
state of Virginia who refused to sign the 
ordinance of separation. In 1869 he became 
lieutenant-governor of the state of Virginia, 
and later, after serving for five years in the 
United States senate, was again elected to 
the lieutenant-governorship, his public 
career being a brilliant one and passed in 
high station. He married, in 1842, Serena 
Helen Sheffey, one of his sons being Daniel 
Shefifey, of whom further. 

Daniel Shefifey Lewis, son of John Francis 
and Serena Helen (Shefifey) Lewis, was 
born at "Lynnwood," Rockingham county, 
Virginia, October 16, 1843, died in October, 
1912. He was a graduate LL. B. of the 
University of Virginia, one of the class- 
mates of John S. Wise, of Virginia. A law- 
yer of repute, he was likewise well-known 
in journalistic circles, being at dififerent 
times editor of several periodicals. He mar- 
ried Isabel McLain Botts. born February 
3, 1842, daughter of John Minor and Mary 
Whiting (Blair) Botts, who now resides at 
Clifton Forge, Virginia. The Botts family 
is of German origin, and has been seated 
in Virginia since early in the eighteenth 
century. John Minor Botts was a lawyer 
and gentleman farmer, at one time holding 
a seat in the United States Congress, the 
author of "The Great Rebellion, Its Secret 
History, Rise, Progress, and Disastrous 
Failure." He was strenuously opposed to 
the Confederate cause, and because of the 
violence and virulence of his statements 
against the Confederate government, that 
body caused his arrest and confinement in 
[-ihby Prison, at Richmond, \'irginia. 

Lunsford Hoxsey Lewis, son of Daniel 
Shefifey and Isabel McLain (Botts) Lewis, 
was born at Harrisonburg, Rockingham 
county, \ irginia. May 6, 1880. After com- 
pleting his course in the public schools he 
was graduated from the high school in 1808. 
He was for two years a student in the Uni- 
versity of Virginia, and was then for two 
years a teacher in the graded school at Tim- 
lerville, \'irginia. in kk'I' beginning a four- 

VIR-;)7 



year course in the Medical College of Vir- 
ginia, at Richmond, that institution award- 
ing him his Doctor of Medicine degree in 
i<)io. .\fter ser\ing as interne in the Coney 
Ii-land Hospital, New York, for eighteen 
months, in the fall of 191 1 he established in 
the practice of his professitni at Elkton, \'ir- 
ginia. The short time that he has been a 
practitioner of that place has marked his 
rapid rise in jjrofessional favor, and he has 
already attracted a most desirable clientele. 
His mastery of his profession is complete 
and thorough, and every indication points to 
his rise to a position in medical circles that 
will compare favorably with the honor and 
achievement of his ancestors in other de- 
partments of society. He is a member of 
the Rockingham County Medical Society, 
and the Pi Kappa Beta fraternity. Dr. 
Lewis is a communicant of the Protestant 
Episcopal church, and politically a Repub- 
lican. 

Roy William Carter. One of the younger 
fraternity of lawyers of Orange county, \'ir- 
ginia, Roy William Carter, since 191 1 a 
legal practitioner, entered his profession in 
association with one of the leading jurists 
of his day. Judge Morton. The firm of 
Morton & Carter continued but for one year, 
its termination caused by the death in 1912 
of Judge Morton, since which time Mr. Car- 
ter has been engaged in practice alone at 
Orange, the county seat of Orange county, 
Virginia. He is a descendant of one of the 
early \'irginia families, his great-grand- 
father, George Carter, a soldier in the revo- 
lutionary war. George Carter married Ju- 
dith \\'alden, and their son. William Waklen 
Carter, grandfather of Roy William Carter, 
was the father of \\'illiam. James. Scott, and 
Thomas W'alden. of whotn further. 

ihomas W'alden Carter, son of William 
\\ iihlen Carter and father of Roy William 
L .irier. was born in I'auquier county. \'ir- 
ginia. in 1848. He was a soldier of the Con- 
federate army in the war between the states, 
serving for the last half of that conflict in 
Colonel Mosby's command, after the war 
moving to Orange. Virginia, where for 
twenty years he filled the office of post- 
master. His present home is in Franklin. 
TciuKSsee. Thomas Waklen Carter mar- 
ried Hettie B. I'letcher. born in Orange 
countw \'irginia. in 1848. and has issue: 



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Manley W., born in Fauquier county, Vir- 
ginia, educated in the public schools and 
Locust Dale Academy, now a farmer ; 
Lucille McGuire, born in Orange county, 
Virginia, married Thomas Henderson, of 
Franklin', Tennessee, and has a son, Thomas, 
Jr. ; Ruth Fletcher, born in Orange county, 
married Eustis Johnston, and resides in 
Franklin. Tennessee ; Roy William, of whom 
further. 

Roy William Carter, son of Thomas Wal- 
den and Bettie B. (Fletcher) Carter, was 
born in Orange county, Virginia, August 4, 
1889. After a course in the public schools 
that included high school instruction he pre- 
pared for college in the Locust Dale Acad- 
emy. In 1902 he entered William and Mary 
College, remaining as a student in that in- 
stitution until 1904, from the latter date 
until 1910 filling the office of assistant post- 
master at Orange, Virginia. He resumed 
his studies in 1910, entering Cumberland 
University, and was admitted to the bar the 
following year. His entrance into legal 
circles was as the partner of Judge Morton, 
and for one year he benefitted by the ma- 
ture judgment and ripe experience of this 
well known jurist, the death of the senior 
partner ending the connection. For the past 
two years Mr. Carter has pursued his pro- 
fession independently, and with increasing 
practice has gained honorable place among 
his contemporaries. His political faith is 
that of his father. Republican, the elder Car- 
ter having been one of the earliest members 
of that party in Orange county. Mr. Carter 
affiliates with the Inter County Law Society 
and the Virginia Bar Association. His 
church is the St. Thomas Protestant Epis- 
copal. 

John Waddie Carter, Jr. Entering, after 
classical, technical and professional training, 
the profession in which his honored father 
gained standing and prominence, the law, 
John Waddie Carter, Jr., has for one year 
been a legal practitioner of Martinsville, 
Henry county, Virginia. Confronted with 
the inspiring example, not only of the use- 
ful life of his father, but of the careers of 
his ancestors, whose names appear bril- 
liantly in the history of Virginia, in their 
achievements he has an ever-present ideal. 
Mr. Carter is a son of John Waddie (i) and 
grandson of James Hill Carter, his grand- 
father having served in a Virginia Regi- 



ment in the Confederate States army during 
all of the war between the states. 

John Waddie (i) Carter, son of James 
Hill Carter, was born in Henry county, Vir- 
ginia, April 14, i860, and died in March, 
1914. As a youth he attended the public 
schools, and obtained his academic educa- 
tion through a four years' course in Roan- 
oke College, whence he was graduated in 
1882. He then enrolled in the law depart- 
ment of the University of Virginia, one of 
his classmates, Oscar Linderwood, Demo- 
cratic leader of the house of representatives 
under the administration of President Wil- 
son, and received his Bachelor of Laws in 
1884. On June 24, 1886, Mr. Carter began 
the practice of his profession in Martins- 
ville. Virginia, and in addition to acquiring 
a private practice, large and lucrative, 
gained eminence and importance in public 
life. He served Martinsville as mayor for 
several years and satisfactorily and ably 
filled this office. His professional duties and 
connections, absorbing as they were, did not 
keep him from the conscientious discharge 
of his religious responsibilities, and he long 
served as vestryman of Christ Protestant 
Episcopal Church and as superintendent of 
the Sunday school of that congregation. 
John Waddie Carter was a man of strong 
and firm convictions, which he lived in his 
daily course and to which he rigidly ad- 
hered under all conditions, the universal re- 
spect and constant regard of his fellows 
testifying the approval and appreciation of 
his life. He married (first) Mary L. 
Smeade, of Salem. \'irginia, daughter of 
Colonel A. W. Smeade, who died in 1895 ; 
married (second) November 4, 1897, Kiz- 
ziah Doewry, daughter of Dr. H. M. 
Doewry, died April 11, 1915. His first wife, 
Mary L. (Smeade) Carter, was a descend- 
ant of Alexander Gordon, of Scotland, who 
fought under the "Pretender" in 1745. Chil- 
dren of the first marriage of John Waddie 
Carter: John Waddie (2), of whom fur- 
ther: Louis G. : Marion Wentworth, de- 
ceased. Children of his second marriage: 
Kizzie and Ruth. 

John Waddie (2) Carter, son of John 
Waddie (i) and Mary L. (Smeade) Carter, 
was born at Martinsville;, Henry county, 
Virginia, November 16, 1888. The public 
schools of the place of his birth and a pri- 
vate tutor were the mediums through which 
his early education was obtained, and he 



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was afterward a student in the Ruffiier In- 
stitute and the Virginia Polytechnic Insti- 
tute, entering the last-named institution in 
1905 and graduating P.achelor of Science in 
1909. In the year of his graduation from 
the Virginia Polytechnic Institute he enter- 
ed the University of Virginia, and, pursuing 
a combined classical and legal course, was 
graduated P.achelor of Laws in 1913. Gain- 
ing admission to the bar of Virginia in the 
same year, he immediately established in 
practice in Martinsville, where he remains 
to this time, in April, 1914, having been 
ap]jointed commissioner of accounts. He 
is a member of the Masonic order, belong- 
ing to lodge and chapter, his lodge Pied- 
mont, No. 152, Free and Accepted Masons; 
he also belongs to Danville Lodge. No. 22", 
Penevolent and Protective Order of F.Iks, 
anil he is a \-estryman of the Protestant 
r.piscopal Church, an office previously hold 
b\ his honored father. 

The death of the elder Carter, which oc- 
curred soon after John Waddie Carter, Jr., 
established in practice, prevented an asso- 
ciation that would have been ideal, and de- 
prived Mr. Carter of a loving parent and 
of the guidance of one who would have de- 
lighted in directing his legal career. John 
Waddie Carter, Sr., however, transmitted 
to his son those qualities of determination 
and ambition that carry with them the abil- 
ity to think, act and stand alone, and Mr. 
Carter could, at the beginning of his jiro- 
fessional career, receive no more \-alurdik' 
heritage. 

Henry H. Irwin, M. D. The following 
record is remarkable in that all three gener- 
ations of the family of Irwin with whom it 
is concerned, beginning with the immigrant 
ancestor. Joseph Irwin, and continuing 
through his son, Joseph Swift Irwin, to 
Henry H. Irwin, its present day representa- 
tive, have been exponents of the medical 
profession, Woodstock, \'irginia, ha\ing 
reaped the benefits of the ser\ices of all 
three in a period of more than one hundred 
and thirteen years. HonoraI)le as this rec- 
ord is, and noble, it does not tell all of the 
story of this family in \'irginia, for eminent 
as its members have been in medical and sur- 
gical fields, no mean share of their value to 
their state and the locality in which they have 
lived has been their willingness to assunie 
duties imposed at the public will and to do 



their |>;irt in civil and public service. <ireat 
a.-' [jhysicians, it has been these qualities of 
citizenship that made their lives of double 
value to the community. 

The family record begins in the United 
States with the immigration of Dr. Joseph 
Irwin, a native of Ireland. In 1802 he moved 
from Ilarrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Wood- 
stock, Virginia, where he was a medical 
practitioner for fifty years. He was a grad- 
uate of a Philadelphia medical school. He 
died in 1852. He married, and among his 
sons was Jose])h Swift, of whom further. 

Ur. Joseph Swift Irwin, son of Dr. Joseph 
Irwin, was born in Woodstijck. \irginia, 
November 30, 1817. died November lO. 1S95. 
He was educated for his father's profes- 
sion in Jefferson Medical College, of Phil- 
adelphia, whence he was graduated Doc- 
tor of Medicine, afterward jjracticing in 
WiKxlstock. Virginia, and in West \'ir- 
ginia. For a time he was a surgeon in 
the Confederate army, later transferring his 
services to the Union army. His sympathies 
were strongly with the Union cause, yet so 
broad were his views, so exacting his sense 
of duty, so inclusive his love for his fellows, 
that he gave of his services without dis- 
tinction, caring little whether the uniform 
covering a wounded soldier were blue or 
gray, so long as a man in suffering lay be- 
neath. During the period of reconstruction 
immediately following the declaration of 
jicace. he was clerk of Shenandoah county 
and was also clerk of courts. He was the 
owner of a farm in the locality, to which he 
gave personal attention when his duties 
would permit, and on which he passed his 
latter years. His professional standing was 
high and he was widely known as a jihysi- 
cian of gentle, kindly manner, sincere in 
word and deed, one who found in his call- 
ing the o])i)ortunity for service that his sym- 
])athetic and benevolent nature desired. 

Dr. Joseph Swift Irwin married Sarah 
C'atherine. born in December. 1833. daugh- 
ter of Henry Cochenour. a native ^A der- 
niany. his widow residing in Wootlstock. 
\'irginia. until December 7. IQ14. Children 
oi Dr. Josejih Swift and Sarah Catherine 
Mlochenourl Irwin: William T.. a resident 
of Xewark. Ohio: Linden R.. a druggist of 
Richmond. .X'irginia: Holmes .\.. a justice 
of the peace and for twenty-two years a 
inagi^tr.ite in Woodstock. X'irginia: C'lar- 
ence P.. .1 druggist ^^\ Logan. West \'ir- 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



ginia; Clara E., married Dr. J. B. Rush, a 
dentist of Woodstock, Virginia ; Nannie H., 
died in 1872; Joseph S. L., died in 1886; 
Frank R., died in 1895; Henry H.. of whom 
further. 

Dr. Henry H. Irwin, son of Dr. Joseph 
Swift and Sarah Catherine (Gochenour) 
Irwin, was born in Woodstock, Shenandoah 
county, Virginia, September 19, 1862. He 
obtained his preliminary education in the 
public and high schools of Ashland, Ohio. 
He later entered Ashland College, at Ash- 
land, Ohio, an institution which has since 
been granted a university charter, and there 
took a civil engineering course, subse- 
quently, in 1883, matriculating at the Phy- 
sicians' and Surgeons' College, at Balti- 
more, Maryland, receiving his M. D. in 1885. 
He was for a time resident physician of the 
Maryland General Hospital controlled by 
the Baltimore Medical College, and for 
twenty months was in charge of the public 
department of the Maternity Hospital. He 
became secretary of the faculty of the Balti- 
more Medical College, and for one year was 
in charge of the outdoor practice of that 
institution, also filling the position of assist- 
ant in anatomical demonstration. 

When being examined by Virginia state 
board of medical examiners at Richmond, 
Virginia, for practice in that state. Dr. Irwin 
took fourth honor, passing the tests of that 
board with an average of ninety-eight and 
ninety-eight one-hundredths per cent. In 
August. 1886. he moved to Mount Jackson, 
Virginia, and was there engaged in general 
practice for one year, at the end of that time 
coming to Woodstock, Virginia, in which 
place, in the same profession, his father and 
grandfather had preceded him. His prac- 
tice has been of a general nature, although 
he has specialized to some extent in the dis- 
eases of children, and obstetrics, for which 
latter specialty his practice in Baltimore, 
Maryland, was excellent training. Dr. 
Irwin has on various occasions contributed 
papers and articles to medical journals, on 
subjects with which he is most familiar and 
upon which, through exhaustive study and 
experience, he is prepared to write convinc- 
ingly and authoritatively. Dr. Irwin has 
for about twelve years been city physician 
of Woodstock. He is a member of the 
County and State Medical societies, and 
affiliates with the Knights of Pythias and 
the Junior Order of United American Me- 



chanics. His political belief is Republican, 
and he is a member of the German Re- 
formed church. 

Dr. Irwin married, June 16. 1886, Emma 
Jordan, born in Woodstock, Virginia, Sep- 
tember 10, 1862, daughter of William Jor- 
dan Supinger, and has children, all born in 
Woodstock, Virginia: Clarence Henry, born 
March 4, 1887, educated in the public 
schools and Massanuttan Academy ; Wil- 
liam Emmett. born March 10, 1888, now en- 
gaged in the breeding of high-grade poul- 
try ; Joseph Swift, born December 28, 1891, 
a graduate, Ph. B.. of Franklin and Marshall 
College, at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, now 
engaged in insurance business in W^ood- 
stock, Virginia. 

Maurice Matthew Lynch. Although a 
member of the Virginia bar and in practice 
in Winchester since 1887, Mr. Lynch is best 
known as an educator, and during the past 
twenty-eight years his work as superintend- 
ent of the public school system of Winches- 
ter has brought the schools to a high plane 
of efficiency. He is a son of Maurice Lynch, 
born in Ireland in 1810; came to the United 
States, landing in 1834 in Boston, Massa- 
chusetts ; came to Virginia in 1838, and after 
a long life spent in the building trade as a 
stone mason, died in 1902, aged ninety-two 
years. He married Ann, daughter of James 
Murphy. 

Maurice Matthew Lynch was born in 
Frederick county, Virginia, May 14, 1854. 
He was educated in private and public 
schools of the county, Shenandoah Acad- 
emy and the University of Virginia, attend- 
ing the latter during the years 1885 and 
1886. Immediately after leaving college he 
located in Winchester, Virginia, and in the 
same year began his long connection with 
the public schools of that city. He at the 
same time pursued a course of legal study 
and in 1887 was admitted to the bar of Vir- 
ginia. He has continued the general prac- 
tice of law in Winchester until the present 
time, but as an educator and superintendent 
of schools has won his highest reputation. 
He is a member of the National Education 
Association and of the Virginia State Edu- 
cation Society, serving the latter as director 
during the years 191 1 and 1912. He was 
member of the Virginia State Ijoard of Edu- 
cation six years, from 1907 to 1913. The 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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during Mr. Lynch"s administration testifies 
strongly to his value. The number of school 
buildings has increased, their construction 
and equipment brought into conformity with 
modern school requirements, the courses of 
study have been broadened and a higher 
standard attained in both scholarship and 
in teaching ability. He has under his leader- 
ship an efficient teaching corps of twenty 
teachers, giving instruction to eight hun- 

idred pupils, in all branches, from kinder- 
garten to high school, with special teachers 
in music, drawing and other branches, the 
l)ublic schools vieing in point of excel- 
lence with private educational institutions 
ii;" the city. Mr. Lynch is a Democrat in 
political belief, and is one of the prominent 
men of his city, interested in all that per- 
tains to progress and aiding all good causes. 
lie married, April 19. 1887. Theresa B., 
il,in,L;iiter of William A. and Mary { Perry- 
man ) Ahern. of Martinsburg. West \'ir- 
ginia. Children: Harry Holliday, educated 
in the public schools, Shenandoah Valley 
Academy, and the law department of the 

! University of Virginia, and admitted to the 
bar in 1Q14: Mary Alargaret, Vera Anna. 



Th 



Alargar 
Maurice. 



Aubrey Chesterman. The career of .\u- 
lirey Chesterman, of Roanoke, member of 
the firm of architects. Frye & Chesterman. 
has been one of consecutive progress and 
development, and his prestige as an archi- 
tect has been cumulative in character. His 
devotion to his profession is supreme, and 
to him no labor is too severe, no sacrifice 
too great, if thereby he can approach the 
ends he has in view more nearly. The fine 
results he has achieved have proved the 
wisdom of his methods. He is a son of the 
late Edwin Bruce Chesterman, the noted 
journalist. .Aubrey Chesterman was born 
in Richmond, \'irginia, June 7. 1875. 1'^ 
received his earlier education in the jjrimary, 
gr;nninar and high schools of his native 
city. From his earliest years he had shown 
remarkable ability in drawing and design- 
ing, and upon the completion of his school 
studies, commenced his architectural studies 
in the studio of Captain M. J. Dimmock. 
where he remained five years, during this 
! time making an exhaustive and comprehen- 
f sive study of the history and princi])les of 
architecture. He then acccjitcd a position 
in the offices of Noland .^ r.askcrvill, Rich- 



mond, Virginia, and at the end of two years, 
Kjoo. associated himself in a [jartnership 
with E. G. Frye. forming ttic firm of Frye 
iS Chesterman. They have designed and 
erected some of the finest and most impor- 
tant buildings in the state, a partial list 
being as follows: City Hall. Roanoke: Ran- 
dolph-Macon Woman's College. Lynchburg. 
\irginia ; Hollins Institute. Hollins. \'ir- 
ginia; several buildings for the Virginia 
Military Institute. Lexington, Virginia; 
Jones Memorial Library. Lynchburg. \'ir- 
ginia ; the general office for the Norfolk & 
Western Railway Company. Roanoke, and 
a number of depots for that road ; and were 
associate architects for the People's Na- 
tional Rank building, Lynchburg. \'irginia : 
the Lynchburg Trust and Savings Bank 
building: Loan and Trust Company build- 
ing. Bedford. Virginia : Farmers' and Mer- 
chants' Bank, Winchester, N'irginia : Young 
Men's Christian Association buildings. 
L}nchburg and Danville : State Normal 
School. Farmville. and many others equally 
important and beautiful. They were ap- 
]3ointed as associate architects to draw plans 
for the additions to the State Capitol build- 
ing at Richmond. He is a member of Hill 
C ity Lodge. Free and Acce])ted Masons, and 
of L\nchburg Lodge, No. 321. Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks. 

Mr. Chesterman married Hellena Hamp- 
ton liooker. a daughter of Ca])tain John A. 
Booker, of Cumberland Court House. \'ir- 
ginia. and to them have been born the fol- 
lowing named children : Aubrey. Jr.. Cath- 
erine and Warren. Mrs. Chesterman is a 
member of the I'nited Daughters of the 
Confederacy, and of the Methodist church. 
South, and is an active member of both in- 
stitutions. In all the work executed by Mr. 
t hesierman. there is at once a]iiiareiit the 
result of earnest study and careful training. 
Furthermore there is that element oi crea- 
ti\o power which must be inborn, and with- 
out which all mechanical and acquired .ihil- 
ily i-. litVlc-s and lackin-. 

Zeno Leonidas Weaver, M. D. .Vi'ter thor- 
ough prejiaration in medical college and 
hospit.il at Richmond. X'irginia. and New 
\"ork ("\\y. Dr. Weaver beg;in practice in 
his native state, and in all that the word im- 
lilics nurits the title of successful. He 
tonus iioni Madison count\. X'irginia. fore- 
licar>, Hood in tliat countv the lamilv seat. 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



His father, Robert Henry Weaver, born in 
Rochelle, Virginia, in 1844, is yet living, an 
honored veteran of the war between the 
states, bearing the marks of three wounds. 
One of these was received at the battle of 
t.ejtysburg, where as a private of the Sev- 
enth Regiment Virginia Infantry, Pickett's 
division, he faced the fearful odds and with 
his comrades joined in the mad charge that 
marked the high tide of the Confederacy and 
brought death, wounds and capture to thou- 
sands of brave men, of both Blue and Gray 
armies. On that never to be forgotten day 
Mr. Weaver was wounded and also ma-de 
prisoner. After the war Mr. Weaver, still 
a minor, began farming in Madison county, 
an occupation he followed until his retire- 
ment. His brother, Thomas Weaver, also 
a Confederate soldier, was in Orange, Vir- 
ginia, and another brother, William Weaver, 
served in the Confederate army and is now 
living at Rochelle, Virginia. Robert H. 
Weaver married Mary Etta Jarrell, who died 
in 1908, daughter of James Jarrell, of Hood, 
Madison county, Virginia. Children : Zeno 
L., of whom further; James Moses, born in 
Richmond, Virginia, -January 8, 1871, mar- 
ried Delia Sims ; Mary Wise, married Wood 
Walker: Lillie Lee, married Michael Estes ; 
Ida Eudora. married Addison Hood ; Lucy, 
married Heber Lillard. 

Dr. Zeno Leonidas Weaver, son of Rob- 
ert Henry and Mary Etta (Jarrell) Weaver, 
was born in Hood, Madison county, Vir- 
ginia. He obtained his early and academic 
training in the public schools of Hood, and 
Warbert Academy, Wolftown, Virginia. 
Deciding upon the medical profession he 
entered the Medical College of Virginia, at 
Richmond, Virginia, whence he was gradu- 
ated Doctor of Medicine, May 10, 1900. 
Later he pursued special post-graduate 
study at Bellevue Hospital and College of 
New York City. After service as interne at 
Bellevue Hospital, he located at Middle- 
town, Virginia, in general practice, continu- 
ing until, October, 191 1, when he moved to 
Elkton, Virginia, where he is well estab- 
lished and successful. Until 191 1 he was 
surgeon for the Baltimore & Ohio railroad 
at Middletown : is a member of the Virginia 
Medical Society ; Rockingham County Med- 
ical Society, and recognized in the profes- 
sion as a learned, skillful, honorable physi- 
cian and surgeon. He is a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, lodge and 



chapter of the Masonic order, the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, Junior 
Order of .A.merican Mechanics, Alodern 
Woodmen, and in political faith is a Demo- 
crat. 

Dr. Weaver married, December 24, 1900, 
Adelaide Claudia Stephens, born at Stan- 
nardsville. Green county, Virginia, daugh- 
ter of Dr. James and Anna Betty (Durett) 
Stephens. Children : Mary Stephens, born 
at Sterling, Virginia, and Dorothy Durett, 
born in Middletown, Virginia. 

Walter Henderson Robertson. Founded 
in America by John Robertson, of "Athol 
Hall," Scotland, this line of the Robertson 
family owns an honorable record in its Vir- 
ginia home, the pages of the history of the 
cliurch, the rolls of battle of war, and the 
legal lists of the state finding the name in 
responsible and worthy position. The son 
of the American ancestor, of whose blood 
the present earl of Athol is, was William 
H. Robertson, of Amelia county, Virginia, 
who gave three sons to the Confederate 
cause in the war between the states, Gen- 
eral Beverly H. Robertson, who resigned 
his commission in the army of the United 
States to take up arms in defence of the 
Southern cause; Dr. William Robertson, a 
surgeon, and Rev. Walter Henderson Rob- 
ertson, of whom further. William H. Rob- 
ertson married a daughter of Philemon Har- 
combe, a soldier in the Continental army 
during the war of the revolution, one of 
whose sons was at one time a professor in 
the University of Virginia. 

Rev. Walter Henderson Robertson, son 
of William H. Robertson, was born in Ame- 
lia county, Virginia, in 1841, died in 1903. 
He was educated in the University of Vir- 
ginia, and after his graduation first gratified 
an inclination toward the law, later enter- 
ing the ministry of the Presbyterian church. 
He was for two years a soldier in the Fay- 
ette Artillery, after which he served on the 
staiT of General Perlegrew. During the first 
day's fighting at Gettysburg he was severely 
wounded in the leg, his injury swelling the 
number of casualties of that bloody conflict. 
He was for a time a resident of Gloucester 
county, Virginia, afterward moving to War- 
renton, Fauquier county, Virginia, where 
he died. He married Georgia Ripley, born 
in 1853, living at the present date (1914), 
daughter of Thomas R. and Laura (O'Con- 



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nor) Ripley, and had children: Mary Eppes, 
iKjrn in Gloucester county, Virginia, August 
24, 1883; Walter Henderson, of whom fur- 
ther; Thomas Ripley, born in Warrenton, 
X'irginia, September 19, 1887, associated 
with the Virginia-Carolina Company, at At- 
lanta, Georgia; Lily I^>rooke, born February 
4. 1892. 

Walter Henderson Robertson, son of Rev. 
Walter Henderson and ("leorgia (Ripley) 
Robertson, was born in Warrenton, Fau- 
cpiier county, Virginia, December 5, 1885. 
After obtaining a preparatory education in 
tb.e public schools of Warrenton, and at 
I'cntop's Academy, at Charlottesville. Vir- 
ginia, he entered the law department of the 
University of Virginia, whence he was grad- 
uated Bachelor of Arts in 1908, being ad- 
mitted to the bar of his native state in the 
same year. After his graduation he taught 
school in Columbia, South Carolina, and at 
Savannah, Georgia, afterward entering the 
practice of his profession at Atlanta, 
Gciirgia, where he was located from 1909 
until 191 1, his practice extending to the fed- 
eral and supreme courts of the state. At 
the present time he is attorney for the 
Southern railroad, and among the positions 
of importance in his profession that he has 
held are those of commissioner in chancery 
and assistant commissioner of courts of 
Fauquier county. He is recorder of the 
tiiwn of Warrenton, a member of the 
(k'orgia Bar Association, the Fauquier Club, 
and the Warrenton Country Club. He is a 
Democrat in political belief, and a member 
of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Robert- 
son's early activities in his profession may 
well be regarded as true indications of 
future usefulness in that field, for he has not 
(inly mastered the intricacies of the law but 
has acquired therefor a liking and in its pur- 
suit a pleasure that are necessary for the 
achievement of the best ends in any calling, 
lie married, October 15, 1913, Gertrude II. 
\\ illiamson, born at \\'arrenton, \Mrginia, 
March 5. 1887, daughter of William li. an.l 
Mary ( She])])er<l ) Williamson. 

William Wamach Chaffin. M. D. David 
riorcv. maternal great-grandfather of Dr. 
Chariin, came to W'ythe county, \'irginia, 
from Pennsylvania, and made ])ig iron at 
his "Poplar Cam])" furnace as carlv as 1770. 
He also creeled one of the earliest forges 
ill the couiitr\ about the vcar 1800. on Crip- 



]ile Creek, near Ivanhoe, and was one of the 
successful iron masters of that early day. 
His daughter married William W. Chaffin, 
of Xorth Carolina, grandfather of Dr. Wil- 
liam W. Chaffin, who for the past two dec- 
afles has l)een a successful practicing phy- 
sician of Pulaski county, Virginia. 

Dr. Chaffin is a son of Alexander Chaffin, 
born in Huntsville, Xorth Carolina, Decem- 
ber 29, 1818, died January 2, 1890. .Alex- 
ander Chaffin was a farmer in early life, but 
became a successful manufacturer and for 
many years was president of a zinc lead 
manufacturing company. He married Sarah 
A. Painter, born at Cripple Creek, Wythe 
county, Virginia, June 19. 1832, died Octo- 
ber 21, igio, daughter of Isaac and Evalina 
(I'.ell) Painter. Her brother. Captain Sid- 
ney Painter, led his company in battle 
through all the years of the civil war until 
1864, then was severely wounded in the leg, 
the Confederate army thus losing one of its 
bravest captains. Another brother, James 
Painter, served in the army until the sur- 
render, as did a third brother, Charles P. 
Painter, also Dr. T. L. Painter, who was a 
fifer during the war. 

Dr. William Wamach Chaffin. son of 
-Alexander and Sarah A. (Painter) Chaffin. 
was born at "Poplar Camp," Wythe county, 
Virginia, the seat of his great-grandfather's 
early furnace, Alay 5, 1868. He was taught 
under an able governess at his home, in his 
early life, later attending private schools, 
where he studied until he entered Washing- 
ton and Lee University, September 13, 1887, 
and there pursued the academic course for 
two years, choosing the profession of a phy- 
sician. He then entered Jefferson Medical 
College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whence 
he was graduated Doctor of Medicine, class 
of "93." He served for a time as interne 
at Jeft'erson Medical College Hospital and 
Couverneur Hospital. Xew York, then 
located in Pulaski county, A'irginia, where 
fnr twenty-two years he has been continu- 
ously and successfully engaged in the gen- 
er.il ])ractice of his profession. 

lie is a member of the state board of med- 
ical examiners, appointed tirst in ion. re- 
ai>p(iintcd in 1914. is a member of the state 
board of health and Pulaski county board 
of health, member of Pulaski city council 
and is one of the active, progressive, valu- 
;ible nun of his day. He is a member of 
the (onntv and State Medical societies, and 



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a valuable contributor to the literature of 
his profession. 

Dr. Chaffin is prominent in the Masonic 
order and held high in the esteem of his 
brethren. He belongs to Pythagoras Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons; Pulaski Chap- 
ter, No. 239, Royal Arch Masons ; Lynn 
Commandery, Xo. 9, Knights Templar, of 
which he is an eminent commander ; Acca 
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and 
holds all the degrees of the Ancient and 
Accepted Scottish Rite up to and including 
the thirty-second. He is a member of the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and 
Knights of Pythias, and in politics a Demo- 
crat. 

Dr. Chaffin married, June 21, 1893, Mary 
Clare Carroll McGill, born in Abington, 
\'irginia, March 23, 1870, daughter of James 
and Mary Belle (Pierce) McGill. Child: 
Anne Belle, born at Hickory Cove, Wythe 
county, Virginia, August 27, 1894. 

Charles Britton Swan. After a metropoli- 
tan experience in the greatest of all Amer- 
ican mercantile establishments, beginning 
at the foot of the ladder and rising to re- 
sponsible position, Mr. Swan in 1909 located 
in Alexandria, Virginia, where as the lead- 
ing general merchant of the city he carried 
into practice the lessons in successful mer- 
chandising learned in earlier days and added 
t<> by his own experience. "Swan Brothers," 
the leading department store in Alexandria, 
was founded by Charles B. and William E. 
Swan in 1900, and has grown from a small 
beginning to a business most creditable to 
the founders. The brothers are grandsons 
of Alexander Swan, a soldier of the Con- 
federacy, and sons of William Duvall Swan, 
born in Culpeper county, Virginia, who 
served three years in the Confederate States 
army in Pickett's division, was wounded 
slightly, captured once and confined in a 
Federal prison at Elmira, New York. He 
was a merchant for many years and is now 
living retired. He married Annie Lee. 
daughter of John R. Reader, and has the 
following children: Harry E., Charles B., 
Catherine, William E., Ilamjiton H., Am- 
brose R., John Thomas, X'irginia and Mar- 
tha. 

Charles B. Swan was born in Waynes- 
boro, X'irginia, July 12, 1871. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools of Washington, 



D. C. Early in life he became a worker in 
the mercantile world, beginning as a wagon 
boy with Woodward & Lothrop, the well- 
known department store merchants of 
Washington, and by a series of promotions 
became an assistant buyer. With an am- 
bition to become himself a merchant, Mr. 
Swan, after thoroughly absorbing the knowl- 
edge to be gained in the Washington store, 
went to New York City where as a clerk 
m the great John Wanamaker establish- 
ment lie was graduated a finished salesman. 
\Vith his experience as the most valuable 
part of his capital Mr. Swan returned to 
Virginia, located in Alexandria, where he 
formed a partnership with his brother, Wil- 
liam E. Swan. They purchased the busi- 
r.ess of John R. Chapman in Alexandria, re- 
modeled and enlarged it, and in 1909 opened 
a department store under the firm name of 
"Swan Brothers." The success of the store 
has been most gratifying to the proprietors 
and proves the soundness of the principles 
upon which it was founded. Charles B. 
Swan is a member of the board of directors 
of the Retail Merchants' Association, direc- 
tor of the Alexandria Building and Loan As- 
sociation, and IS interested in many Alexan- 
dria business, fraternal and social activities. 
He is a member of the Masonic order and as 
worshipful master of Alexandria-Washing- 
ton Lodge, No. 22, Free and Accepted 
Masons, of Alexandria, was the escort of 
President Taft to decorate the grave of 
General Washington at Mount Vernon on 
Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1914. 
(General Washington was a member of this 
lodge, named in his honor, and in the lodge 
room many mementos of his connection are 
preserved. Mr. Swan is a companion of 
Mount Vernon Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons, and of the Lodge of Perfection (14 
degrees) Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. 
He is also a member of Alexandria Lodge, 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 
Mr. Swan married, October 3, 1900. at 
New Haven, Connecticut, Carrie Estelle 
Hartman, born in New Haven, Connecticut, 
daughter of Gottlieb Hartman, of that city. 

Hunter H. McGuire, M. D. One is en- 
tirely safe from contradiction in making the 
statement that there is no name in Vir- 
ginia whose connection with any profession 
or calling reflects greater credit upon the 
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cal and surgical work in that state. Of 
I the many bearing the name who have fol- 
i lowed medical and surgical pursuits none 
have failed to attain honorable position, and 
if inclination led to specialized study, as in 
the case of Dr. Hunter H. McGuire, of this 
record, then reputation and fame awaited 
him along that pathway. He whose name 
Dr. McGuire bears, his uncle. Dr. Hunter 
McGuire, was one of the most noted sur- 
geons of the south, and, his services having 
been accepted by the army of the Confed- 
eracy, he was in personal attendance at the 
side of General "Stonewall" Jackson. 

The American ancestor of the Virginia 
line was Edward McGuire, son of Constan- 
tine and Julia (McEllengot) McGuire, and 
' grandson of James and Cecelia McNamara 
?Reigh) McGuire. residents of Artford, 
county Kerry, Ireland. Edward AIcGuire, 
in 1751, was journeying to join the staff of 
General McGuire in Austria, and, landing 
at Lisbon, Portugal, he was stricken with 
yellow fever. After his recovery he returned 
to Ireland, disposed of his patrimonial es- 
tates, invested the proceeds in wines, trav- 
eled with his cargo to America, and sold the 
wines in Philadelphia. Soon afterward he 
came to Alexandria. Virginia, in 1753 mak- 
ing his home in Winchester, where he built 
a hotel on the present site of the Taylor 
Hotel, although he never supervised its 
management, making its erection solely an 
investment. He was a gentleman of com- 
prehensive education and had studied 
widely, always conversing with his Iriend, 
Bishop Carroll, of Maryland, in the Latin 
tongue. He was the donor of the ground 
upon which was erected the old Roman 
Catholic church, and subscribed generously 
to the fund for its construction. His death 
occurred in 1806, when he was eighty-six 
\ears of age. He was twice married, first 
tn a Miss \\'heeler, of Prince Cjeorge 
county, Maryland, second to Millicent Do- 
bee, and bv iiis first marriage was the father 
of three s.his, bv his second, of one son and 
two daughters. ' 

'i"he third son of the first marriage of 
Edward MeCuire was Edward (2)" Mc- 
(iuire, who was at one time proprietor of 
the McGuire Hotel, in Winchester. \'irginia. 
He married Betsey Holmes, and died in 
1i<jS, his wife dying in the same year. They 
were the parents of seven chiKiren. 

Dr. Hugh Holmes McGuire, son of I'.d- 



ward 12) and Betsey iHolmesi McGuire, 
was born November 6, 1801, died August 
(). 1875. He obtained his general education 
in the Winchester Academy, his profes- 
sional education in the medical department 
of the L'niversity of Pennsylvania, whence 
he was graduated M. D., beginning the prac- 
tice of his profession in 1822. He passed 
nearly his entire life in Winchester and be- 
came a distinguished surgeon, his fame and 
skill with the knife spreading throughout 
the state. He was the founder of the Win- 
chester Medical College, there filling the 
chair of surgery, as he was engaged until 
the civil war, when the college buildings 
were destroyed by Federal troops. .-Kt this 
time Dr. McGuire, although no longer a 
young man, obeyed his patriotic impulses 
and accepted a commission as surgeon in 
the Confederate army, being placed in 
charge of the hospitals at Greenwood and 
Lexington, where his wide surgical experi- 
ence made his services of the highest value. 
He married .Ann Eliza, daughter of William 
Moss, of Fairfax county, Virginia, and had 
nine children. .Among these w-ere: Dr. 
Hunter, one of the most famous of southern 
surgeons, was medical director of the Shen- 
andoah Valley district and of the Second 
Corps, Army of Northern \'irginia of the 
Confederate States ; Edward : Hugh 
Plolmes, captain of Company "E, Eleventh 
Regiment Virginia Cavalry, Confederate 
States army, was wounded at the battle of 
High Bridge, ^"irginia. April 3. 1863. dying 
fiom his wound three days later: William 
P.. of whom further. 

Dr. William P. McGuire. son of Dr. Hugh 
Flolmes and Ann Eliza (Mossi McGuire. 
was born July 19. 1845. He was educated 
in Winchester and Greenwood academies. 
as a youth of eighteen years enlisting in the 
Confederate army and serving to the close 
of the war. being for nine months held a 
prisoner at Point Lookout. Maryland, .\fter 
the close of the conflict he resumed his stud- 
ies and was graduateil from the Medical 
College of the L'niversity of X'irginia in 
18(17. then making Winchester the scene of 
his ])ractice, where he ably upheld the 
worthy reputation of the family in medical 
circles. He marrieil .\nn Powell, daughter 
of John Randolph Tucker, and had children: 
Randolph Tucker: Hunter H.. of whom fur- 
ther: Laura Holmes: Leila Moss, married 
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married Lieutenant Abney Payne, an officer 
ii! the United States artillery coast service ; 
Willie Logan. 

Dr. Hunter H. AIcGuire, son of Dr. Wil- 
liam P. and Ann Powell (Tucker) McGuire, 
was born in Winchester. Frederick county. 
Virginia. March 30, 1875. His classical 
education was obtained in private institu- 
tions in the city of his birth, and he pursued 
his professional studies in the University 
College of Medicme. in Richmond, Virginia, 
whence he was graduated AI. D. in 1897, 
then pursued post-graduate courses in 
Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, 
Maryland, where he made a special study 
of the eye, ear, and throat ; in the Philadel- 
phia Polyclinic College, pursuing the same 
course ; and in the New York Eye and Ear 
Infirmary. \Miile studying in New York 
City he also attended clinics in various hos- 
pitals, and through assiduous study gained 
a knowledge of these subjects that has 
never failed him and that has placed him 
among the leading opthalmologists and 
laryngologists of Virginia. He has been 
president of the Winchester Memorial Hos- 
pital since its establishment in 1904, his 
choice for this position a tribute to his 
professional standing, and is eye and ear 
surgeon of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. 
Numerous articles and treatises in medical 
journals ha\'e appeared over Dr. McGuire's 
signature, among them "Alodern Methods 
in Refraction Work," "Ulceration of Cornea 
and its Treatment," and "Management of 
Cases of Ophthalmia Nuratorum." He holds 
membership in the Virginia Medical So- 
ciety, the Southern Medical Society, the 
American Medical Association, the Amer- 
ican Academy of Optholmology and Oto- 
Laryngology. the Association of Baltimore 
and Ohio Railroad Surgeons, the alumni 
associations of his colleges, and the Pi Mu 
fraternity. His club is the Fairfax, of 
Winchester, Virginia, of which he is vice- 
president, and he belongs to the Protestant 
Episcopal church. His political allegiance 
is with the Democratic party. 
The third in direct line of his family to 
identify himself with the medical profes- 
sion in I'Vederick county, Virginia, Dr. Mc- 
Guire has added modern lustre to the family 
record in medicine and surgery, and in the 
light of twentieth century science has 
delved deep into subjects that were almost 
unknown to those wiio preceded him. In 



him are preserved not only the profession 
of his fathers, but the sturdy traits of char- 
acter, the lofty principles, and the keen hu- 
man sympathy that led them in lives of 
Christian manhood. 

Dr. McGuire married, in June, 1904, Char- 
lotte, daughter of Edwin Claybrook, born in 
Westmoreland county, Virginia, May 8, 
1877, her mother a daughter of Bishop New- 
ton. They are the parents of: William P. 
(2). born in Winchester, Virginia, March 

29, 1908 ; Judith Brayton, born November 

30, 1909 ; Ann Tucker, born January 29, 
1913- 

Herbert Farrar Hutcheson. The family 
name of Hutcheson appears on the records 
of past centuries in various forms — Hutche- 
son, Hutchison, Hutchason, Hutchinson, 
Hutcherson. In modern days these have 
piactically settled down to two forms — Hut- 
cheson and Hutchinson. Broadly speaking 
Hutcheson is Scotch and Hutchinson is 
English. The Hutcheson coat-of-arms is 
thus described by Burke, the British author- 
ity : "Argent three darts pileways, barbs 
in base, azure ; on a chief of the last a boar's 
head couped or. Crest : An arm in armour, 
throwing a dart, all proper. Alotto : Snr- 
stnii." 

William Hutcheson and Captain Robert 
Hutcheson, believed to be the emigrant an- 
cestors of the line herein recorded, came to 
Virginia in the thirties of the seventeenth 
century. In 1632 William Hutcheson rep- 
resented ^^'orrosqueake in the house of bur- 
gesses, and from 164 1 to 1647 Captain Rob- 
ert Hutcheson represented James City in 
the house of burgesses. Robert Hutcheson 
seems at first to have confined himself to 
tlie extreme eastern section of the state, but 
later both he and William gradually worked 
their way up toward the Northern Neck. 
Both of them, through life, kept on good 
terms with the strenuous old governor. Sir 
William Berkeley who, whatever his hatred 
to his enemies, was always loyal to his 
friends. The following are extracts from 
the Land Office of Virginia : On October 7, 
1638, Sir William Berkeley granted two 
hundred acres of land to Captain Robert 
Hutcheson situated in James City county. 
On October 16, 1640, Sir William Berkeley 
granted four hundred and seventy-five acres 
of land to Captain Robert Hutcheson in 
James City county. On May 20, 1642, John 




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Harvey, knight i^c, granted to Lientenant 
Robert Hutcheson fifty acres of land in 
James City county. On November 2, 1642, 
Sir William Berkeley granted to Captain 
Robert Hutcheson four hundred and seven- 
ty-five acres of land in James City county 
on the Chickahominy river. On December 
4, 1643. Sir William P.erkeley granted or 
leased two hundred acres of land in James 
City county to Captain Robert Hutcheson. 
Party of the second part to pay a yearly- 
rental of eight barrels of merchantable In- 
dian corn to be delivered at the state house. 
Sir William ISerkeley, governor, granted to 
\\'illiam Hatcher and William Hutcheson 
fi\e hundred acres of land in Lancaster 
county for transportation of ten persons to 
the colony. On March 18, 1662, William 
r.trkeley. knight &c., granted to William 
Court and Robert Hutcheson six hundred 
and sixty acres of land in Westmoreland 
county, Virginia. On October 31, 1664, 
granted three hundred acres in Lancaster 
county to William Hutcheson for the trans- 
portation of six persons to the colony. On 
October g, 1667, Robert Hutcheson acquired 
twelve hundred and fifty acres of land in 
Accomack county for the transportation of 
twenty-five persons into the colony, and he 
alsii acquired twelve hundred and fifty acres 
(jf land in Accomack county adjoining the 
above and situated on Hutcheson's creek, 
this being acquired on April i, 1678. 

The later generations of this family ap- 
]Har to have concentrated in Caroline and 
Spottsylvania, and on the records of that 
section are the names of a large numlser of 
Hutchesons in a great variety of transac- 
tions, wills, deeds and leases. The family 
was represented in Caroline county in the 
early years of the eighteenth century. Some 
members of it were certainly in Spottsyl- 
\ania as early as 1736, for in that year 
W illiam Hutcheson was a witness to the 
deed of Roderick Price, .\mong the names 
appearing on the records between the years 
1730 and 1788, in these counties, are: .Ar- 
chibald, Charles, David, F.lizabeth, George, 
Hannah, James, John, John Jr., Margaret, 
Martha, "Mary, "Peggv", Phoebe, i-;i>l>ert. 
Robert P.everlev, Ru'tli, Tlmmas, W illiam, 
William Jr., Peter. They were well rep- 
resented ill ,ill the Colonial wars. Thomas 
Ihiti'heson, of Caroline county, was a sol- 
dier in the l^'reneh and Indian war from 
ITSS tci I7''0. William llutehe-^mi was in 



an .\melia county company at the same 
time. David Hutcheson was in Captain 
Posey's company, and appears later to have 
settled in Charlotte county. Robert Hutche- 
son was a sergeant in Captain Claiton's 
company, w-hich was credited to Botetourt 
county ; this company served at the reduc- 
tion of Fort Pitt in 1758. William Hutche- 
son was in Captain Preston's company of 
rangers. John Hutcheson was in an Au- 
gusta battalion. Jeremiah Hutcheson was 
a corporal and Benjamin Hutcheson a pri- 
vate in Fairfax troop of cavalry in 1756. 
AX'illiam Hutcheson appears as an active 
participant in the Indian war, in 1774, which 
is known in history as Dunmore's war. In 
the revolutionary struggle, ten soldiers are 
credited to the Hutchesons: James, of Pow- 
hatan ; John, of Amelia : William, of Spott- 
sylvania; and Charles, John, Joseph, Reu- 
ben, Thomas, Walter and \\ illiam, whose 
counties are not given. 

Peter, John, Charles and Richard Hutche- 
son, brothers, settled in Mecklenburg 
county, Virginia, between the years 1766 
and 1772. Peter Hutcheson came from 
Caroline county in the fall of 1766: John 
Hutcheson, who married Elizabeth Chiles, 
or' Caroline county, came from Hanover 
county in the fall of 1766; Charles Hutche- 
son jnirchased a tract of land in Mecklen- 
l)urg county on Layton's creek, in 1766, but 
remained in Caroline county until 1768, 
wiien he moved to Louisa county and re- 
sided there until 1772, then removed to his 
e.'-tate on Layton's creek where he spent 
the reinainder of his years, dying in 1807. 
He was the oldest person in his community 
at the time of his death. At the time he 
settled in Mecklenburg county he also 
owned a tract of land on the Dan river in 
Halifax and one on Plorse Pen creek in 
Charlotte county. He married a Miss Col- 
lier, who bore him three sons : Collier, the 
progenitor of the present Hutcheson family 
of Charlotte county, \'irginia: John, who 
never married ; Josejjh, of whom further 

Joseph Hutcheson married (first) Re- 
l)ice;i Xeblett, of Lunenburg county, \'ir- 
giiiia. and i second 1 Mary \'alentine, of 
l\iclinioiul. X'irginia. i'.y the first marriage 
there were three sons and five daughters: 
the sons were: i. James X., died in Mis- 
sissippi territory in 1833, having never mar- 
ried. J. Charles Sterling, who represented 
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gates in the late forties and early fifties, and 
was presiding justice of the county for many 
years under the old court system ; he was 
also one of the trustees for Randolph-Macon 
College before it was moved from Boydton 
to Ashland : he was the father of Captain 
John William Hutcheson, who was a grad- 
uate of the University of \'irginia. and was 
practicing law in Anderson, Texas, upon the 
outbreak of the civil war; he raised a com- 
pany at his own expense, marched to Vir- 
ginia, participated in the great battles of the 
early part of the war, and was killed at the 
first battle of Cold Harbor ; and Captain 
Joseph Chappell Hutcheson, also a graduate 
of the same university, entered the Confed- 
erate army as a private in Company C, 
Twenty-first \'irginia Regiment, served in 
the valley under "Stonewall" Jackson, and 
by his courage and fidelity gained promo- 
tion, and when the army was surrendered 
by General Lee at Appomattox was captain 
of Company E, Fourteenth X'irginia Regi- 
ment ; he moved to Texas, began the prac- 
tice of law in Grimes county, thence moving 
to Houston ; in 1874 he was a member of 
the Texas legislature, in 1880 chairman of 
the State Democratic Convention, in 1890 
member of the fifty-third and fifty-fourth 
United States Congresses, declined re-elec- 
tion to a third term and then settled down 
as the head of one of the leading law firms 
of the state ; he is an able lawyer and man 
of high character, combining the ability to 
think deeply with readiness of speech. 3. 
Joseph Collier, of whom further. By the 
second marriage Joseph Hutcheson had one 
son, John Valentine, who enlisted in the 
Boydton cavalry as a private and was killed 
in battle early in the war, and three daugh- 
ters. 

Joseph Collier Hutcheson, born April 11, 
1816, died December 14, 1890. He was a 
prominent man in the county, being one of 
the largest landowners, and a farmer. He 
never held any office except that of justice 
of the peace. In 1853 he was nominated by 
his party for the house of delegates, but 
was defeated at the general election. He 
married Ann Goode Farrar, who bore him 
seven children: i. James Nathaniel, the 
first Democrat to be elected to office in 
Mecklenburg county after the reconstruc- 
tion period, having been elected to the house 
of delegates in 1880: he also served in the 
state senate from the twentv-fifth district, 



being elected in 1901 ; he served as chairman 
of the County Democratic Committee for 
several terms. 2. Lulu Rebecca (Smaw). 
3. Charles Samuel, served twenty years as a 
member of the board of supervisors of the 
county and as chairman of the board for the 
past ten years. 4. Sterling Neblett, a promi- 
nent merchant and farmer of the county ; 
served for twenty-three years as postmaster 
of Baskerville. 5. Joseph Emmett. 6. Her- 
bert Farrar, of whom further. 7. Conway 
Goode. 

The coat-of-arms of the Farrar family is 
as follows : "Argent, on a bend sable, three 
horse-shoes of the field. Crest : Horse-shoe 
sable between two wings argent. Motto: 
Fcrre I'a fermc." The earliest known an- 
cestor of the family was Nicholas Farrar, 
an eminent Londoner, born 1546, died 1620; 
lie was a member of the Virginia company ; 
he married Mary Wodenoth, of Cheshire, and 
among their children was William, through 
v.hom the line is carried. William Farrar, 
a barrister-at-law, came to Virginia, where 
he was a member of council from 1627 to 
1633, and served as justice for Charles City 
and Henrico county. He died there on or 
about the year 1637. leaving two sons, Wil- 
liam and John, the line being carried 
through William, who patented two thou- 
sand acres of land in Henrico county, situ- 
ated in a neck of land some twelve or fifteen 
miles below Richmond, and came to be 
known as Farrar's Island. He was suc- 
ceeded by his son, William, as the head of 
the family, and the grants of land to the 
original patentee and his successors, be- 
tween 1637 and 1722, aggregated some thir- 
ty -fi\e hundred acres in Henrico county. 
The Mecklenburg family was founded by 
Cieorge Farrar, son of William Farrar, who 
moved to Lunenburg county before Meck- 
lenburg county was cut oflf from it, and died 
there in 1772. The next in line of descent 
was John, son of George Farrar, and he was 
succeeded by his son, Samuel Farrar, who 
was succeeded by his son, Samuel Farrar 
II., who married Lucy Hudson, a sister of 
Dr. John R. Hudson, a noted surgeon and 
iron manufacturer of Nashville, Tennessee, 
and a daughter of Charles and Nancy 
(Goode) Hudson, of Bedford county, Vir- 
ginia. Mr. and Mrs. Farrar were the par- 
ents of ten children, among who were: Ann 
Goode. aforementioned as the wife of 
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as high sheriff oi Mecklenburg county for a 
number of years and was afterwards county 
treasurer; Richard P., served as commis- 
sioner of the revenue for several terms ; 
Joseph D. and James T., who were soldiers 
in the civil war. 

Herbert Farrar Hutcheson, son of Joseph 
Collier and Ann Goode ( l-"arrar j Hutcheson, 
was born in Mecklenburg county, Virginia, 
March 20, 1869. He was educated in the 
public schools of his native county, a pri- 
vate school conducted by Dr. \V. J. Carter, 
and Emory and Henry College, attending 
the latter institution during the years 1887- 
88. He is largely interested in agriculture, 
being the owner of a large Roanoke river 
plantation and several farms. He has spent 
a very large part of his life in the public 
service. He was elected county magistrate 
in 1891, being then but twenty-two years 
of age, and held that office and county sur- 
veyor until he was elected county clerk in 
1905 ; was also elected delegate to the Demo- 
cratic State Convention from Mecklenburg 
county in 1891 and has never missed that 
honor from that date until the present ; was 
a member of the house of delegates for the 
regular terms of 1899, 1900 and the short 
session of 1901 ; since 1905 has held his 
present position of county clerk ; is now 
(1915) in his third term as chairman of the 
Democratic County Committee, and in his 
second term as a member of the Democratic 
State Central Committee. He is well known 
among the leaders of his party in the state 
and is influential in party councils, and in 
his own county is a recognized leader, true 
to the best traditions and principles of his 
party. He is not self seeking, but labors 
at all times and in all things for the best 
interests of his state and county. In fra- 
ternal circles he is affiliated with the 
Masonic Blue Lodge at Boydton, of which 
he is an honored past master, and the Hali- 
fax Royal Arch Chapter at South Boston, 
Virginia. 

Mr. Plutcheson married, October 25, 1893, 
Mary Ilutcheson Young, born in Mecklen- 
burg county. Virginia, September 30, 1872, 
daughter of John Wesley and Alice Neblett 
(Love) Young, grandclaughter of Adelle 
Francis (Hutcheson) Love, daughter of 
Charles Sterlmg Hutcheson, brother of 
Joseph Collier Ilutcheson, aforementioned, 
and a descendant of the distinguished 
Young family, one of the oldest and most 



f)rominent families of Southside Virginia. 
Children of Mr. and Mrs. Hutcheson, all 
born in Mecklenburg county, Virginia: i. 
Charles Sterling, born July 2t^, 1894; now a 
student at William and Alary College. 2. 
John Young, born July 7, 1896. 3. Herbert 
Farrar Jr., born January 17, 1899. 4. Na- 
thaniel Goode, born .\ugust 2, 1901. 5. 
William Chiles, born November 20. 1903. 
6 Joseph Collier, born July 2;^, 1906. 7. 
Mildred Alice, born August 4, 1908. 8. 
James Love, born May 25. 1912. 

Mr. Hutcheson's high personal standing 
is shown by the official positions which he 
has held and is still holding. He is pos- 
sessed of the qualities of personal magne- 
tism, a high degree of courtesy and kind- 
liness of spirit. His people have been serv- 
ing Virginia for ten generations, and he is 
doing his duty, in his day, to the Old Do- 
minion with the same fidelity which has 
characterized the preceding generations. 

Roger Aylor Bickers. The Bickers of 
X'irginia spring from a Scotch ancestor, 
Nicholas Bickers, who came from Scotland, 
settling first in Orange county, but later 
moving to Louisa county, \'irginia. He 
was the founder of a numerous family, now 
found in different counties of \'irginia and 
in other states. 

Roger Aylor Bickers is a son of Dr. Wil- 
liam Andrew Bickers and grandson of 
James and Catherine (Crump) Bickers. Dr. 
William .Andrew Bickers was born in Cul- 
peper county, \'irginia, in 1836, died in 
1905. He prepared for the practice of medi- 
cine at the University of Virginia, receiving 
his degree of M. D.. class of 1859. During 
the war period, 1861-65, he served as as- 
sistant surgeon in the Confederate army, 
being attached to General Longstreet's divi- 
sion, also serving under the command of 
"Stonewall" Jackson. After the close of the 
war he resumed private practice, locating 
in Madison county, X'irginia, later in Cul- 
peper county, where he practiced with suc- 
cess for many years. He was a skillful phy- 
sician, a high-minded Christian gentleman, 
possessing the qualities that endeared him 
to those whom he treated professionally, 
and to those who knew him as friend, neigh- 
bor and citizen. Dr. I'.ickers married .Xnn 
Elizabeth .Aylor. born in Madison county. 
\'irginia. in 1848. died IQIO. daughter of 
lanu-s Parker .\vlor ; nine ohil.lren were 



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born to Mr. and Mrs. Bickers as follows : 
James P. ; Mary D., deceased ; Catherine C, 
deceased ; Roger A., of whom further ; Wil- 
liam A. ; Weir M., deceased ; Lillian R. ; 
Annie E. ; John N. 

A brother of Dr. Bickers, John Travers 
Bickers, also served in the Confederate 
army, he is now deceased ; he was a Vir- 
ginia farmer. He married a widow, Martha 
Hill (Duncan) Shotwell, and had a S(in, 
Travers Duncan Bickers. 

Roger x^ylor Bickers, son of Dr. William 
Andrew and Ann Elizabeth (Aylor) Bick- 
ers, was born in Madison county, Virginia, 
September 25, 1878. His preparatory edu- 
cation was obtained in public and private 
schools, special collegiate preparation being 
made at Locust Dale Academy. He did 
not at once enter college, but until 1906 was 
engaged in farming. In the fall of 1906 he 
entered the law school of the University of 
Virginia, and he was admitted to practice 
at the Virginia bar in 1908. He at once 
began the practice of his profession, locat- 
ing first at Charlottesville, Virginia, but in 
1909 moving to Culpeper, Virginia, where 
he is well established and successfully con- 
ducting a general law practice in all state 
and Federal courts of the district, and is 
held in high esteem as one of the rising 
young men of the Virginia bar. In politics 
he is an independent Democrat, broad- 
minded and lil>eral, in both political and re- 
ligious thought. He is a member of the 
Masonic order, belonging to Fairfax Lodge, 
Xo. 43, .\ncient Free and Accepted Masons, 
and is also a member of the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks. His clubs are 
the Catalpa of Culpeper and the Colonnade 
of Charlottesville, Virginia. He married, 
May 24, 1911, Mary Wilkins Coons, born in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, daughter of Frank 
A. and Martha Jane (Erskine) Coons. 

Maryan Buford Lewis, D. D. S. A native 
born son of Culpeper county, Virginia, Dr. 
Lewis bears a name honored in Virginia 
since early colonial days. He is a son of 
William Wallace Lewis, born September 2, 
1842, a farmer of Culpeper county. He mar- 
ried Mary Elizabeth Jeffers, born in Cul- 
peper county, daughter of Enoch Jeffers. 
Children : Enoch J. ; Xannie Walker, mar- 
ried (;. R. Calvin ; William Russell, now liv- 
ing in Missouri; ilenrv Francis; Herbert 



Wallace ; Maryan Buford, and F,lizabeth 
\\ ilson Lewis. 

Maryan Buford Lewis was born in Cul- 
peper county, \'irginia, January I, 1884. He 
prepared in the public schools, entering 
William and Mary College in 1901 and con- 
tinuing his studies there for one year. He 
then entered the dental department of the 
University College of Medicine, at Rich- 
mond, whence he was graduated D. D. S., 
class of 1905. After obtaining his degree, 
Dr. Lewis opened offices for the practice 
of dentistry in Charlottesville, Virginia, but 
after two years there decided to return to 
his native county. In 1907 he opened per- 
fectly appointed modern dental offices in 
Culpeper, where he is now well established 
in the practice of his profession. His 
methods of treating and preserving the 
teeth are in accord with the best modern 
thought, while his perfection of workman- 
ship in remedying nature's defects has 
brought him generous patronage. He is a 
member of the Virginia State Dental Asso- 
ciation, and is thoroughly supplied with the 
best modern aids to successful dentistry. 
In politcal faith Dr. Lewis is a Democrat, 
and in religious faith a Baptist. 

Dr. Lewis married, June i, 191 1, Maude 
Parr, of Brandy Station, Culpeper county, 
Virginia, a daughter of William J. and 
Florence (Wager) Parr. Child, Frances 
Elizabeth, born in Culpeper, October 25, 
1912. 

Gardner Lloyd Boothe. Professional, 
political and legal activity of unusual extent 
have characterized Gardner Lloyd Boothe, 
one of the leading attorneys of Alexandria 
and president of the First National Bank of 
that city. Nor do those circles compass his 
interests, for he is socially prominent and 
popular, and for twenty years has been in- 
timately connected with Christ Protestant 
Episcopal Church. He is a son of William 
Jeremiah Boothe, born in Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia, in 1817, died in 1894, who was super- 
intendent of the American Coal Company, 
of New York. William Jeremiah Boothe 
had a sister, Helen, who married George K. 
Gluyas, of Philadelphia, and accompanied 
her husband to California in 1849. They 
had a son, Edward, who fought in the Con- 
federate army in the civil war. William 
Jeremiah Boothe married Mary Grace, 



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daughter of J.ilin Lcadbuater, and had two 
sons, Gardner Lluyd, of whom furtlier; and 
William J., born in Alexandria, Virginia, 
June 13, 1870, married Lucy Lyon, daugh- 
ter of Cassius Lee, Jr., and has two chil- 
dren, Gardner Lloyd (2), and Elizabeth 
Lee. William J. Boothe is a bond broker. 
Gardner Lloyd Boothe, son of William 
Jeremiah and Mary Grace (Leadbeater) 
Boothe, was born in Alexandria, Virginia, 
June I, 1872. He obtained his early educa- 
tional training in private institutions in his 
native city, entering the law ofifice of Judge 
J. K. M. Norton as a student. In 1892 he 
matriculated at the University of Virginia, 
whence he was graduated B. L. in the class 
of 1893, being admitted to the state bar of 
Virginia in the fall of that year. Opening 
an office in Alexandria he at once began the 
practice of his profession, favorable success 
attending his efforts almost from the start, 
and in 1897 he was made city attorney, his 
choice for this position predicated upon the 
excellent record he had made thus far m 
his professional life. In matters political he 
is a strong Democratic sympathizer and as 
the candidate of this party was elected to 
a seat in common council, having in 1902 
been made a member of the State Demo- 
cratic Committee. This latter position he 
holds to the present time and has always 
been a conspicuous figure in the works of 
that committee, influential in its deliber- 
ations, practical in submitting plans of pro- 
cedure for the strengthening of the party 
prestige. In 1909 he became president of 
the r^irst National Bank of Alexandria, a 
strong institution, enjoying universal con- 
fidence and vigorous prosperity, one deserv- 
ing of the leadership of such a man as Mr. 
Boothe, whose upright integrity and high 
sense of personal honor admirably qualifies 
him for just such an office. He holds mem- 
bership in Christ Protestant Episcopal 
Church, and for the past twenty years has 
been a vestryman of the same. He is a 
member of the University Club of Wash- 
ington, District of Columbia, the Washing- 
ton Country Club and Westmoreland Club, 
of Richmond, Virginia. It would indeed be 
difficult to find a l)ranch of activity rec|uireil 
by good citizenship in which Mr. Boothe 
has not played some part and his willing- 
ness for service of any kind, whether it be 
for the church, for his city, or for his party. 



has gained him an enviable re]>utation 
among his friends and acquaintances. 

He married, l'"ebruary 7, 1906, Eleanor 
Harrison Carr, born at Petersburg, \'irginia, 
I'"ebruary 19, 1884, daughter of Joseph and 
Frances (Harrison) Carr, and has children: 
r. Armistead Lloyd, born at Alexandria, 
\'irginia. September 25, 1907. 2. Gardner 
Lloyd, Jr.. born at Alexandria. November 
15, 1912. 

Hosea McCall Duncan, M. D. ( )f Scouh 
ancestry and Pennsylvania birth. Dr. Dun- 
can, although recently located in Strasljurg, 
\'irginia. has been a practitioner of medicine 
and surgery in the state of X'irginia for 
many years, located at Manassas. 

Dr. Duncan is a son of John Duncan, born 
in Edinburg, Scotland, in 1824. died in west- 
ern Pennsylvania in 1884. He came to the 
United States when young and became one 
of the noted and successful coaj land pro- 
ni(iter> of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania. 
During his latter years he lived a retired 
life, lie married Isabel Campbell, also of 
Scotch parentage, born at Wheeling, West 
Virginia, in 1825, died in 1901, daughter of 
William and Sarah E. ( Paul 1 Campbell. He 
left two sons and two daughters, Robert 
G.. l)orn in 1844, now a retired farmer ot 
Cumberland county, Pennsylvania; Hosea 
McCall, of further mention ; l-'lizabeth. mar- 
ried L. S. Rhoads; Fl,>ra. married D. C. 
Rumbaugh. 

Dr. Hosea McCall Duncan, second son of 
John and Isabel (Campbell) Duncan, was 
li(irn in .Allegheny county. Pennsylvania, 
October 26, 1864. His prejiaratory educa- 
tion was obtained in the public schools of 
Westmoreland and .\llegheny counties. 
Pennsylvania, after which he spent two 
years. 1882-84. at Mount Union College. 
Alliance. Ohio. In 1884 he began his medi- 
cal education in Eclectic Medical College at 
Cincinnati. Ohio, and after a three years' 
course was graduated M. D.. class of 1887. 
Wr pursued |)Ost-graduate courses at West- 
ern Pennsylvania Medical College, now the 
rnixcrsily of Pittsburg, for two >ears and 
rcceixcd from that college an additional M. 
1). degree. I'or a time he was interne at the 
college hospital, then he began jiractice at 
Mount Pleasant. Westmoreland county, 
Pennsylvania, where he was successfully 
engaged for ten years. He then located in 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



Manassas, Virginia, there establishing a 
hospital and sanitarium, which he con- 
ducted for two and a half years. He then 
entered the service of the Southern Railroad 
Company as investigator, continuing with 
that company nine years, investigating 
fraudulent and genuine cases of injury all 
over the territory in which the Southern 
operated. In 1914 he located in Strasburg, 
Virginia, where he established a hospital 
and sanitarium, of which he is head physi- 
cian and surgeon. 

Dr. Duncan is a member of Manassas 
Lodge, No. 182, Free and Accepted Masons ; 
Plains Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of 
Plains, \'irginia ; charter member and past 
noble grand of Manassas Lodge, Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows, and in both re- 
ligion and politics independent in thought 
and action, ^\'hile located in Mount Pleas- 
ant, Pennsylvania, Dr. Duncan qualified as 
a pharmacist, passed the examinations re- 
quired by the state board of pharmacy, and 
in connection with his medical practice con- 
ducted a drug store. 

Dr. Duncan married, in June, 1901, Mary 
Frances Garner, born in Wheeling, West 
Virginia, daughter of William and Annie 
(Kline) Garner. 

Henceford Noel Garner. Comparatively a 
newcomer to the legal ranks of the city of 
Alexandria, Virginia, the qualities that 
gained Henceford Noel Garner admission to 
the bar of Virginia assure him a successful 
continuance in that profession, a result the 
prophecy of which is justified by the favor 
he has gained during the five years that he 
has been in practice in that city. He is a son 
of John Wyatt Garner, born in Stafford 
county, Virginia, August 28, 1850, whose 
father, John Garner, was a native of the 
same county. John Garner, grandfather of 
Henceford Noel Garner, married Sally Con- 
yers, tradition stating that the American an- 
cestor of the Conyers family accompanied 
Captain John Smith to America. John 
Wyatt Garner is engaged in the insurance 
business in Alexandria, Virginia, and 
through his service in Hart's Battery, Wade 
Hampton's Legion, of South Carolina 
troops, holds membership in the R. E. Camp, 
Confederate Veterans of the civil war. He 
was twice wounded in action, neither time 
seriously, and since returning from the front 
has been engaged in business. He married 



Marion Frances Alexander Jones, born in 
Stafford county, Virginia, December 12, 
1857, and among their children is Henceford 
Noel, of whom further. 

Henceford Noel Garner, son of John 
Wyatt and Marion Frances Alexander 
(Jones) Garner, was born in Charlestown, 
West Virginia, October 24, 1882. He pur- 
sued his youthful studies in the public 
schools of Lynchburg, Virginia, his instruc- 
tion including a high school course, after 
which he enrolled in and graduated from 
Woods Commercial College, of Washing- 
ten, District of Columbia. He then became 
a clerk and student in the ofifice of Judge 
Norton, an attorney of Alexandria, continu- 
ing so until his first legal practice in 1909, 
at the same time, from 1904 to 1907, taking 
a legal course in the George Washington 
University, whence he was graduated LL. 
B in the latter year. On February i, 1909, 
he opened an office in Alexandria, where he 
has since been engaged in active practice, 
and at the present time has a generous 
clientele among the best class of the city's 
residents. Mr. Garner's lodges are the local 
organization of the Improved Order of Red 
Men, Potomac Lodge, Independent Order of 
Odd Pillows, and the Masonic order, in 
which he belongs to Andrew Jackson 
Lodge, No. 120, Free and Accepted Alasons, 
Mount Vernon Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons, Old Dominion Commandery, 
Knights Templar, also holding the thirty- 
second degree in Scottish Rite Masonry. 
He is a member of and for four years has 
been commander of M. D. Corse Camp, Sons 
of Confederate Veterans, and holds the first 
lieutenant's rank in Company G, First Regi- 
ment Virginia National Guard. He affiliates 
with the Democratic party, and is a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church. 

Wilbur Boswell Payne, M. D. Bath 
county, Virginia, and Warm Spring Valley 
in that county has long been the family seat 
of the Paynes. The original settler there 
was Lewis (i) Payne, born January 31, 
1 73 1, who located in Warm Spring Valley 
on a tract of land granted by the govern- 
ment to his wife, Nancy (Davis) Payne, 
whose brother received a similar grant for 
revolutionary war service. Lewis Payne 
was a son of Daniel Payne, who was also a 
revolutionary soldier, and was killed at the 
battle of Cowpens, South Carolina. Among 




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the children of Lewis Payne were two sons: 
Lewis, of whom further, and Dr. George 
Harrison, born at the old Payne homestead, 
November 4, 1799; he graduated with 
honors from Jefferson Medical College in 
1828; his practice covered the whole of the 
then sparsely inhabited country from the 
formation of the James river in Botetourt 
county through almost the whole of Alle- 
gheny county, and was resident physician of 
the White Sulphur Springs during the period 
when the place was under the management 
of the Coldwells. He died at his home. Edge 
Hill, about two miles south of Covington, 
Virginia, February 2, 1852. 

Lewis (2) Payne, son of Lewis (i) and 
Nancy (Davis) Payne, was born in Bath 
county, Virginia, 1775. He married and had 
a son, Lewis (3) Payne, born October 21, 
1803. He married Louisa Peck and had 
sons: I. James Preston, born June 23, 1840, 
graduated in medicine in 1868; practiced in 
Covington until about 1877, when he moved 
tc Newport, Virginia, where he practiced 
until his death ; he was a private, serving 
in the "Alleghany Roughs" from Bath 
county, a comjjany that had as drill master 
the present ex-Senator Daniels, of Virginia. 
2. Lewis (4), of further mention. 3. George, 
who served in the Confederate army from 
Bull Run to .\ppomattox. 4. Charles, a 
cavalryman of "Stonewall' Jackson's bri- 
gade. 5. William, also a private of a Bath 
county regiment of the Confederate army ; 
commanded by Foxhall Dangerfield. 

Lewis (4) Payne, son of Lewis (3) Payne 
and Louisa (Peck) Payne, was born in Bath 
county, Virginia, March 6, 1842. lie served 
in Dangerfield's cavalry regiment of the 
Confederate army, recruited in Bath county, 
Virginia, and twice received wounds in 
battle. He married Eugenie St. Clair Bos- 
well. Children. r. Wilbur Boswell, of 
whom further. 2. Lulu Lee, born in Cov- 
ington, Virginia, in 1868, died in 1886. 3. 
Ira Jerome, born in .Mleghany county, \'ir- 
ginia, in October, 1869; he married Lena 
Alley, and is now a resident of Roanoke. 
Virginia: children: Catherine, Jerome and 
Alonzo. 4. Forest Eugene, born in l^ov- 
ington. \'irginia, in 1876; married llattie 
I''or(l and has a daughter, .'^ally lienry 
Payne. S- Lewis (5), born in Covington, in 
i88"i ; married Lela Schuder :in(l has cliil 
dren : James and Clara Payne. 

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Dr. Wilbur Boswell Payne, of Covington, 
Virginia, was born in Warm Sjjring X'alley, 
Bath county, Virginia, December 17. 1867, 
eldest son of Lewis (4) and Eugenie St. 
Clair ( Boswell) Payne. He obtained his 
early and preparatory education in the 
grammar and high schools, and was var- 
iously employed until 1890. when he carried 
into execution a long formed plan, by enter- 
ing the medical department of the Univer- 
sity of Virginia, where he pursued a regular 
course of medical study until 1893, when he 
was graduated M. D. He then pursued 
a post-graduate course at Tulane Univer- 
sity, New Orleans, Louisiana (medical de- 
partment), receiving the same degree from 
that institution. He was also interne and 
student at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, 
one of the largest hospitals in the world, 
for a time, and passed the State Medical 
I^.oard. in 1892, leading this class. He re- 
turned to Virginia, locating and beginning 
practice in Covington, the capital of .-Mle- 
ghany county. He began [practice there in 
1894 and is now one of the well established 
and highly regarded physicians of the town. 

Dr. Payne is a member of the American 
Medical Association, in which he holds the 
office of local censor, \'irginia State, South- 
ern Medical, Augusta County and .-Mle- 
ghany County Medical societies, and also a 
member of the Chesapeake & Ohio Surgi- 
cal Association. For six years he was a 
member of the legislative committee of the 
state society. It was largely through the 
eft'orts of that committee that the physi- 
cian's license tax in \'irginia was abolished 
by the legislature repealing the law under 
which it was collected. .\t the organiza- 
tion of the Alleghany County Board of 
Health in igoj. Dr. Payne was appointed a 
nicmlier and has lieeii its efficient secretary 
from that date. He is the local surgeon of 
the Chesapeake .S; Ohio Railway, and local 
examiner for a number of life insurance 
companies. He is deeply interested in the 
work of the medical societies, keeps close 
touch with their ])roceedings, has contri- 
buted several papers read before them and 
published in the medical journals. He is a 
(Urector of the Citizens' National Bank, also 
second vice-president and director of the 
Alleghany Milling Com]iany, and was one 
of ihe founders and directors of the Home 
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is a member and vestryman of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal church, holding the latter 
office since 1899: belongs to the Masonic 
order, is an Odd Fellow, a Knight of Pyth- 
ias and in political faith a Democrat. 

Dr. Payne married, December 14, 1894, 
Amelia Metcalf Choppin, born in New Or- 
leans, Louisiana, in September, 1873, daugh- 
ter of Arthur Choppin, and niece of Dr. 
Samuel G. Choppin, a leading surgeon of 
the South. Child, Wilbur Boswell (2), born 
in Covington, Virginia, April 5, 1901. 

George Blagdon Stone. Of the three 
generations of this line of Stones who have 
known American residence two have been 
associated with the legal profession, George 
Blagdon and his father, William James 
Stone. William James Stone was a son of 
William James (i) and Elizabeth Jane 
(Lenthall) Stone, his father born in Eng- 
land, in which land the parents of his 
mother were also born, she a native of the 
United States. William James (i) Stone 
came to the United States in 1810, settling 
first in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His 
calling was that of engraver. He pro- 
ceeded to Washington, District of Colum- 
bia, there making a facsimile of the Decla- 
ration of Independence in steel, a piece of 
work generally conceded to be a master- 
piece in that line. He performed numerous 
other commissions for the government, 
among them the engraving of maps, and 
was well-known as an engraver of accurate 
skill and unusual talent. 

William James (2) Stone, son of William 
James (i) and Elizabeth Jane (Lenthall) 
Stone, was born in 1824, died in 1866. He 
was educated in Princeton College, and 
choosing to follow his career in the law he 
established in practice at Washington, Dis- 
trict of Columbia, there residing until his 
e;!rly death, aged forty-two years. He mar- 
ried Mary Frances, only child of Thomas 
and Lucy (Watkins) Green, her father of 
Culpeper, Virginia, her mother of Rich- 
mond, Virginia. Two of the sons of Thomas 
Green (by a second marriage), Thomas 
Ritchie and Bernard Peyton Green, were 
soldiers in the Confederate army during 
the war of 1861-1865. Both members of 
the famous "Black Horse Cavalry," the 
latter also serving as a private courier on 
the staff of General Jackson. Children of 
William James (2) and Mary Frances 



(Green) Stone: I. Thomas Green, born 
September 10, 1850, deceased ; was a farmer; 
married Elizabeth Putnam, deceased, and 
had children : Thomas Green, Jr., and Isa- 
bella Green. 2. George Blagdon, of further 
mention. 3. William L., deceased. 4. Lucy 
Lyons, deceased. 5. Elizabeth Jane, de- 
ceased. 6. Mary Lyons, deceased ; married 
Hobert Hutton, of Maryland, also deceased, 
and has one son, William Stone. 7. Roberta 
King, married Dr. A. H. Witmer, deceased ; 
she resides in Washington, District of Co- 
lumbia, the mother of one son, George Stone 
Witmer. 8. Bessie P., who also lives in 
Washington, D. C. 

George Blagdon Stone, son of William 
James (2) and Mary Frances (Green) 
Stone, was born in the District of Columbia, 
November 16, 1852. After studying under 
private instruction in his native place he 
journeyed abroad, continuing his education 
in Switzerland and France. Returning to 
the United States he was for two years a 
student in St. John's College, at Annapolis, 
Maryland, and completing his academic 
pursuits he became a student at law in the 
office of William Mattingly, who had pre- 
pared for the practice of law in the office 
of William James Stone. In 1874 he was 
admitted to the bar of the District of Co- 
lumbia, conducting a general practice for 
several years. He is a member of the Order 
of Runnymede, of Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania, and of the Protestant Episcopal 
church. Mr. Stone is the owner of an at- 
tractive house in Warrenton, and also has 
a beautifully situated farm in Fauquier 
county, in the cultivation of which he takes 
a deep interest, driving out each morning, 
except in winter, to personally superintend 
its cultivation. 

He married Minerva Winston, born in 
Fauquier county, Virginia, daughter of 
John Daniel and Lucy G. (Blackwell) 
Payne, the ceremony being solemnized Feb- 
ruary 16, 1875. John Daniel Payne was a 
member of the "Black Horse Cavalry," and 
was captain of a company recruited in 
Prince William county. Virginia. John 
Daniel Payne was a son of Colonel Wil- 
liam Winter Payne, born in Fauquier 
county, Virginia, a member of Congress 
from Alabama, who married Minerva Win- 
ston, daughter of Governor Winston, of 
Alabama. Children of George Blagdon and 
Minerva Winston (Payne) Stone: i. John 




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Payne, horn in Prince \\'illiam county, \ ir- 
ginia, engaged in drug-dealing. 2. Lucy 
Lyons, born in Fauquier county, Virginia. 
3 Robert King, l^orn in P'auquier county, 
Virginia, a civil engineer. 4. Lsabella Green, 
born in Fauquier county, Virginia, married 
George Stone W'itmer. 5. Mary Frances, 
born in Fauquier county, Virginia, married 
D. Harcourt Lees. 6. Ann Gordon, born in 
Fauquier county, Virginia, resides at home. 

James Iredell Jenkins. lulward Jenkins, 
grandfather of James Iredell Jenkins, was 
a son of William Jenkins, who fought in the 
battle of North Point, war of 1812. He 
passed his entire life engaged in mercantile 
pursuits in P)altimore, Maryland, there mar- 
rying a Miss Elder. Edward Courtney 
Jenkins, son of Edward Jenkins, was born 
in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1840, died in 
Richmond, Virginia, in 1890. Pie was edu- 
cated under private tutors in the city of his 
birth, and afterward completed an academic 
course in Loyola College, soon after his 
graduation enlisting in the Confederate 
States army. He was actively engaged 
throughout the four years of the war's con- 
tinuance, and at its close went to Richmond, 
Virginia, where he immediately engaged in 
mercantile pursuits and followed this line 
until his retirement in 1883. His good works 
were not only done through organized so- 
cieties but when in his daily course he found 
need and want he personally came to the 
relief of those in misfortune, all of his kindly 
acts ])erformed sincerely, quietly and with- 
out ostentation. In his private life his tastes 
ran much to literature and the drama, and 
ht was the close friend of many of the most 
noted actors who graced the American 
stage, among them Joseph Jefferson, Law- 
rence I'.arrett and Edwin Booth. The fact 
that Mr. Jenkins was an amateur actor of 
no mean ability struck a common note be- 
tween them, and Mr. Jenkin's son, James 
Iredell Jenkins, is in possession of many 
personal letters exchanged between these 
talented gentleman and his father. Edward 
Courtney Jenkins was a devout member of 
the Roman Catholic church. He married, 
November 8, 1865, Frances Lenox, born in 
184^. daughter of Tames Iredell and Marv 
H. (Blount) Tredwell. The Trcdwcll fam'- 
ily is one of the oldest and most honored 
of North Carolina, James Iredell Tredwell 
ha\-ing been a classmate of Samuel 1" I'.. 



Morse, inventor of the electric telegra|)h, at 
Princeton College. Children of Ivhvard 
C(jurtney and Frances Lenox f Tredwell) 
Jenkins: James Iredell, of whom further; 
William Allen, born in 1875, married Mrs. 
Clara lieckley : Annabelle, born in 1877, 
died in 1913, married William R. Martin, of 
Norfolk; Frances Lenox, born in 1883. 

James Iredell Jenkins, son of Edward 
Courtney and Frances Lenox CPredwell) 
Jenkins, was born in Richmond, \^irginia, 
in 1866. He was educated at McGuire"s 
silujol, and after the completion cjf his stud- 
ies he was until 1893 employed at clerical 
work, in that vear moving to Norfolk. \'ir- 
ginia, and there continuing in the same line 
until 1896, in which year Mr. Jenkins com- 
pleted plans and arrangements for the es- 
tablishment of the Jenkins Paint and Oil 
Company, which in that year came into ex- 
istence with Mr. Jenkins as president and 
treasurer and Edd Riddick as secretary. 
This business still continues (1914). Mr. 
Jenkins is a member of the Norfolk Cham- 
ber of Commerce, Ruth Lodge, No. 89, Free 
and Accepted Masons, and of the \'irginia 
Club, i'.orough Club. ]\'wter Platter Club, 
and Country Club. He is a lover and patron 
of music. 

Mr. Jenkins married, .\pril 12, 1898, Mary 
Ionise, daughter of R. .\. antl Margaret K. 
(Cooke) Dobie, of Norfolk. X'irginia, and is 
the father of Mary Louisa, born in 1905, 
and Iredell, born in 1909. 

Samuel Broders Moore, M. D. The pater- 
nal ancestors of Dr. Moore came to \'ir- 
ginia from Waterford, Ireland, settling in 
L(nidoun county. The name is a frequent 
and honored one in \'irginia. many of the 
family serving in the revolution, war of 
1812, war with Mexico and in the war be- 
tween the states. The professions have at- 
tracted many of the family. Dr. Samuel B, 
Moore, of Alexandria. \'irginia, being a 
worthy present day rejiresentative. He is a 
son of William Gill Moore, and a grandson 
of Samuel L. Moore, both farmers oi Lou- 
doun county, \"irginia. 

William Gill Moore, son of Samuel L. and 
Sally ( Lcwis^ Moore, was born in Loudoun 
county. \"irginia, in 1S24, died 1910. He 
was a farmer of Loudoun county all his life 
but during the war i86t-i8h5 served in the 
Confederate army, was wounded at the first 
battle of Manassas, a sword thrust piercing 



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his foot and eight bullets passing through 
his clothing, his escape from death being a 
miracle of good luck. He was a member 
of the Black Horse Cavalry and later served 
on the stafT of General J. E. B. Stuart, as 
despatch bearer. He married Rebecca 
Broders, born in 1833. of Welsh ancestry, 
who yet survives him. Children: Dr. 
Samuel Broders, of further mention ; John 
Hewitson, born in Fairfax county, Vir- 
ginia, in 1874, now a farmer, married Mattie 
Pickett, a cousin of the famous General 
Pickett, of the Confederate army, children : 
Rebecca and Mildred, 

Dr. Samuel Broders Moore, son of Wil- 
liam Gill and Rebecca (Broders) Moore, 
was born at Okonoko, West Virginia, July 
4, 1872. He was educated in the public 
school and St. John's Academy, entering 
Georgetown University in 1893. He took 
the full medical course and was there grad- 
uated M. D., class of 1897. He served one 
year as interne at Washington Hospital, 
then located in Alexandria where he is well 
established in lucrative medical and surgi- 
cal practice. Since 1904 he has been a mem- 
ber of the medical staff of Alexandria Hos- 
pital and is surgeon in the Reserve Corps 
of the United States army, holding the rank 
of first lieutenant. For eight years he has 
served as coroner. He is a member of the 
Clinical Congress of Surgeons of America, 
the Virginia State Medical Society, the 
Fairfax County Medical Society, the Alex- 
andria City Medical Society, the Medical 
Society of Northern Virginia and District 
of Columbia, the Tri-State Medical Society 
and the American Medical Association, tak- 
ing active interest in all and keeping in close 
touch with the most modern medical or 
surgical discovery and treatment. He has 
specialized in surgery to a large extent and 
is the author of many articles published in 
various journals devoted to medicine and 
surgery. Among those that have attracted 
special attention are his articles on "Gun- 
shot Wounds," "Extra Uterine in Preg- 
nancy," "Mucous Gollitis," "Eclampsia" 
"School Hygiene," "Gastric Ulcer," "Source 
of Impurities in Milk," "Surgical Compli- 
cations in Pneumonia," and on various other 
topics. His opinions as set forth in these 
articles are those of the thoroughly in- 
formed investigator and practitioner based 
on actual practice and not the wild theo- 
ries of a visionary. He is highly regarded 



by his brethren of the profession and has 
the perfect confidence of a large clientele. 
He is a Democrat in politics, broad-minded 
in his religious views as he is in all ques- 
tions afifecting the personal rights of him- 
self and others. He is a prominent member 
of the Masonic order belonging to Alex- 
andria-Washington Lodge, No. 22, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons; Old Dominion 
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Old Domin- 
ion Commandery, Knights Templar, Acca 
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine, and is a thirty-second 
degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted 
Scottish Rite. He also belongs to the Be- 
nevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Im- 
proved Order of Red Men, and the Batchel- 
der Club. 

Dr. Moore married, in 1901, Ruth Julia, 
daughter of John and Fannie (Gwynn) 
Thomas, of Fairfax Court House ; children : 
Inez Gwynn, born at Accotink, Fairfax 
county, Virginia; Margaret, born in Alex- 
andria, Virginia. Mrs. Ruth Julia Moore is 
a granddaughter of Judge Thomas, of Fair- 
fax Court House, at one time lieutenant- 
governor of Virginia. 

J. T. Wampler. Since 1898 Mr. Wampler 
has been editor and proprietor of the Cul- 
peper "Enterprise," a weekly journal estab- 
lished in 1891, and devoted to the interests 
of Culpeper and Culpeper county. James 
Thomas Wampler is a son of Major John 
Morris Wampler, a gallant officer of the 
Confederacy, who was killed in the battle at 
Battery Wagner in 1863, his only son then 
being a lad of ten years. Major Wampler 
was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1830. 
He became a skillful civil engineer, and 
prior to the war was located in Washington, 
D. C. When war was declared between the 
states he sided with the South, promptly 
tendering his services as an engineer. He 
was appointed chief engineer with the rank 
of major, and served with distinction until 
his death. He was in charge of the defenses 
in Charleston harbor, erecting the batteries 
on Morris Island and elsewhere, and per- 
forming valuable engineering service as the 
needs of the Confederate army required. 
His sword, with other relics of the war, 
form the decorations of the council chamber 
at Charleston, South Carolina. Major 
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Cuiiiniings, <if a iiniiniiiL-nt Xcw ^'l)^k fam- 
ily. She yet survives her husband, resid- 
ing in Montgomery county, Maryland. 
Children : James Thomas, of further men- 
tion ; Kate; Annie, and [ulia Morrill Wamp- 
ler. 

James Thomas W'ampler, the only son, 
was born in \\'ashington, D. C, March 17, 
1853. He was educated in the public scliools. 
his course of instruction covering high 
school study in the city of Baltimore He 
embraced the art of photography, attaining 
proficiency as photographic artist, and con- 
ducting studios in Baltimore, Maryland, 
Charlottesville, Virginia, and Petersburg, 
\'irginia. He continued his artistic work 
until 1898, then purchased the Culpeper 
"Enterprise" and has since that date de- 
voted himself to the publication of the 
"Enterprise" and to the management of a 
job printing office in Culpeper. He is a 
member of "Widows Son" Lodge, No. 60. 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Char- 
lottesville. Virginia ; is a Democrat in poli- 
tics, and a member of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church. He has made the "Enterprise" 
a popular medium of local intercourse and 
placed it among the leading papers of the 
state. He is strong editorially, as well as 
an interesting, entertaining paragrapher 
and writer, his strength as a newspaper man 
being evidenced by the success of his 
paper. 

Mr. \Vam])ler married, October 16, 1883, 
Bessie, daughter of Thomas Wells, of Pe- 
tersburg, Virginia. Children: i. Thomas 
Morris, born in Petersburg, \'irginia, Octo- 
ber I, 1884; educated in public schools, 
Roanoke College, and the law school of the 
I'niversity of Virginia: receiving his degree 
I.L. P.. from the latter institution with the 
class of 1905 : formerly assistant l-nitcd 
States district attorney at Washington. 1). 
C .. a practicing attorney of Washington. D. 
C. : married Florence I'ealmcar, of l!alti- 
more, Alaryland, and has a daughter, .Ade- 
laide. 2. Nelson, born in Charlottesville. 
Virginia, February 21, 1886: educated in the 
public schools and Roanoke Ctillcge : luiw 
engaged with his father in the puldication 
ot the "Enterprise" at Culpejicr. 

Thomas Aubrey Fisher. In the election 
oi Thomas .Aubrey I'ishcr to the cillice of 
chief executive of the city of .\lexandria 
there was voiced the sentiment of the citi- 



zens approving the fidelity and ability that 
h.ad marked his reign as police commis- 
sioner and expressing confidence in his ca- 
pacity for exercising over the difTerent de- 
partments of the city government the same 
tempered executive power and competent 
direction that had redounded to Alexan- 
dria's benefit from one branch of the muni- 
cijjal service. As his devotion to the inter- 
ests of his city has been so entire, so like- 
wise has been that of his family to their 
country and to a cause to which they 
pledged their support, his father. Isaiah 
P'isher, and an uncle, Amos T. Fisher, both 
fighting in the United States army in the 
war with Mexico. Isaiah Fisher also 
served under (ieneral F'rice in the civil war, 
for a time being stationed at Lynchburg, 
\irginia. and served in the quartermaster's 
department, spending the remaining time in 
the .\rmy of the West. At the close of the 
war he was for twenty years in the United 
States postal service. The maternal grand- 
father of Thomas Aubrey Fisher, John T. 
Stevenson, was likewise a soldier in the 
Confederate army in the war between the 
states. Amos T. Fisher, brother of Isaiah 
Fisher, both sons of Samuel Fisher, was at 
the outbreak of the civil war connected with 
the United States postal department, en- 
gaged in the service between Mount \'er- 
non and Washington, District of Columbia. 

Isaiah I'isher, father of Thomas A. 
h'isher, was born in Occoquan, Prince Wil- 
liam county, \'irginia, in 1828, died in 1891. 
He married Sally Ann Stevenson, born in 
Kentucky, October I, 1842, died in .Ajiril, 
191 1, daughter of John T. Stevenson, and 
cousin of .\dlai E. Stevenson, vice-president 
of the United States. Their children: John 
li.. a resident of .Mexandria. X'irginia : Ed- 
ward .'^., of Savannah, Missouri, married a 
Miss Sanders; Charles L., a captain in the 
United States army, stationed at Fort Han- 
cock. New Jersey; Samuel P.. a corporation 
;ittoiiu\ nf .Mexandria; Katberine. married 
W illiaiu A. Smith, an enii. Joyce of the 
Soiitliern Railroad at Ch;irlouc. North 
(.'.■iroliiia : Thonias \uhrc\. t'i whom fur- 
ther. 

Thom.is .Xulirex l'"ishcr. son of Isaiah and 
Sally .Ann (Stevenson) I'isher, was born in 
.Alexandria, A'irginia, May 24, 1870. He 
there attended the public schools, first enter- 
ing the grocery business, gaining experi- 
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of this line. He was a traveling salesman 
in the employ of a wholesale grocery con- 
cern when the war with Spain broke out 
and resigned his position to enter the United 
States service, becoming a member of Com- 
pany F. Third Regiment Virginia Volun- 
teer Infantry. Detached service fell to his 
lot and he passed his term of enlistment 
recruiting in Virginia, under Captain R. E. 
Freeman, being mustered out of the service 
at the declaration of peace with the rank of 
corporal. He became police commissioner 
of Alexandria soon after the close of the 
war and for eleven years carefully guarded 
the peace and welfare of that place, his term 
oi office being so striking an example of the 
influence that the personality of one man 
can wield that he became the Democratic 
candidate for mayor in 1912. The election 
of June 1 1 returned him victor by a gener- 
ous pluralit)', and on September i, of the 
same year, he took up the reins of office. 
Through his long term in municipal ofifice 
he is able to view the problem of directing 
the city government from three standards, 
that of private citizen, of the office-holder, 
and of the chief executive, and while he has 
ever been willing to sacrifice diplomacy to 
authority if the necessity for the good of 
the city should arise, his tenure of office 
has thus far been marked by harmonious 
tranquility and universal satisfaction. He 
has gained for Alexandria measures of 
which it was in dire need and has cast his 
weight of influence so wisely and with such 
good effect that the worthy legislation that 
he has supported has rarely failed of suc- 
cess. Mr. Fisher holds the thirty-second 
degree in the Masonic order and has held all 
the offices in Andrew Jackson Lodge, Free 
and Accepted Masons, of Alexandria, be- 
Icnging to Old Dominion Commandery, 
Knights Templar, of Alexandria, and Acca 
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine, of Richmond, Virginia, 
his other fraternity being the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, of the local 
lodge of which he was treasurer. 

Mr. Fisher married. October 18, 1899, 
Elizabeth Leftwich, a cousin, born in 
Brooklyn. New York, November 2, 1866, 
daughter of John H. Fisher. 

Henry Lewis Burwell, M. D. Dr. Bur- 
well, of Chase City, Mecklenburg county, 
Virginia, traces to illustrious Virginia an- 



cestors, who were potent factors in the up- 
building of a state, serving in high official 
positions in the government and in the 
armies that subdued the Indians and 
wrested the empire from England. 

He traces lineally from Colonel Lewis 
Burwell, of Stoneland (three miles from 
Chase City), who commanded a regiment 
in the revolution, and was a grandson of 
Alexander Spottswood, of Virginia, who is 
recognized in history as one of Virginia's 
wisest governors, a man who combined 
many noble qualities with a fine executive 
ability. He it was who pressed the passage 
of an act for improving the staple of tobacco 
and making tobacco notes the medium of 
circulation. He rebuilt William and Mary 
L ollege and secured a grant of one thousand 
I'ounds for the college in 1718. L'nder his 
wise leadership, Virginia, alone, of all the 
colonies, had no public debt, no banks, no 
bills of credii and no paper money. Many 
and great were the benefits he sought to 
bestow upon the home of his adoption, but 
he fell into disfavor with the clergy, who 
effected his removal as governor in 1722. 
Possessing a tract of forty-five thousand 
acres m Spottsylvania county (named m his 
luHior), he retired there and engaged in iron 
manufacture. In 1730 he was appointed 
deputy postmaster general for the American 
colonies and held that office until 1739, one 
of his official acts being the appointment of 
Benjamin Franklin as postmaster, at Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. He married, in 1724, 
Anne Butler, daughter of Richard Brayane, 
of England, who survived him and married 
(second) Rev. John Thompson. Governor 
Spottswood died at Annapolis, Maryland, 
June 7, 1740, on the eve of embarking in 
command of the four battalions raised in the 
colonies to assist England in the attack on 
Carthagena. He was buried at "Temple 
Farm," his country seat near Yorktown. It 
was in the mansion at "Temple Farm" that 
in later years Lord Cornwallis and General 
(ieorge Washington met and signed the 
"Articles of Capitulation," which secured to 
the American colonies their independence. 
Anne Catherine, one of the governor's 
daughters, married Bernard Moore, their 
daughter married Charles Carter, of Shir- 
ley county, and was the grandmother of 
General Robert E. Lee. Colonel Lewis Bur- 
well, grandson of Governor Spottswood and 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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well, traced tlirouf^h his grandfather to a 
distinguished line of Scotch ancestors. Gov- 
ernor Spottswood was a great-grandson of 
, John Spottswood, Archbishop of "St. An- 
I drews" and author of the "History of the 
Church of Scotland," grandson of Robert 
' Spottswood, lord president of the College 
ot Justice and author of the "Practecks of 
the Laws of Scotland" and was one of the 
eight eminent lawyers executed by the Par- 
liament of Scotland, then composed almost 
entirely of Covenanters ; only son of Dr. 
Robert Spottswood, physician to the gov- 
ernor of Tangier, an English colony in 
Africa, who married a widow. Catherine 
Elliott. 

'i"he first settlement of Virginia was made 
in i6og and tradition states that Edward 
r.urwell was one of those to whom land was 
granted under the charter granted by King 
James in 1607 and that he settled near ISur- 
wcll Bay, in Isle of Wight county, \'irginia. 
-Major Lewis Burwell, believed to have been 
a son of Edward Burwell, married Lucy, 
daughter of Captain Higginson, one of the 
first commanders that subdued the Vir- 
ginia Indians. Major Lewis Burwell died 
November 19, 1658. The epitaph on his 
tombstone at Carter's Creek in Gloucester, 
v/hich bears his coat-of-arms, states that he 
v/as descended from the ancient and honor- 
able family of Burwells of Bedford and 
Northampton, England. He left two sons, 
Lewis and Nathaniel. The homestead of the 
family was built on the north side of York 
river, afterwards removed to the west side 
then to King's Mill on the James river. 
Lewis Burwell, of King's Mill, built a large 
house, worthy of the first born son to live 
in and the first born son was obliged to 
petition the legislature for leave to break 
the entail and sell a large tract of land in 
King William county to pay for it. Na- 
thaniel, the other son of Lewis Burwell, 
married h'lizabeth Carter, of the "King" 
Carter family, who survived him and mar- 
ried (secontl) President Nelson and was the 
mother of Thomas Nelson, of the revolu- 
tion. Her picture was hanging in the old 
Nelson House at Yorktown in 1860. but 
was later destroyed by Northern soldiers. 
At the breakins; ont cif the revclutinu. the 
family was s'erv- rich in iaiui and ,sl,i\cs and 
held high offi'cial position^. Aluait 17^0 
Lewis lUirwell was nrcsidcnt of cnuncil and 
in 17.^ t'oK.nel I .ewi-- I'.urucil I iir.id of tiie 



fami!}' was always named Lewis as long as 
the law of primogeniture prevailed) was a 
naval officer (or collector) of the ports 
along the James river. Much of the fam- 
ily property was destroyed by the British 
and a large number of slaves carried away. 
Almo.st all of the Virginia Burwells fought 
in the Army of Independence, some losing 
their lives. In the war of 1812 all were 
zealous patriots and soldiers. William .\. 
I.urwell, then a member of Congress, ad- 
vocated a war with France as well as Eng- 
land, and several Burwells held commis- 
sions in the army. During the war of 1861- 
65, always loyal to \''irginia, every member 
ot the family, within the legal years of ser- 
vice and some beyond and under it, were 
in the Confederate army and valiantly sup- 
]Jorted the Confederate cause. 

John Spottswood Burwell, son of Colonel 
Lewis Burwell, and great-grandson of (jov- 
ernor Alexander Spottswood, also a farmer 
(if h'ranklin county, \'irginia, married and 
had issue, including a son. Armistead Lewis 
Burwell. 

.\rmistead Lewis i'.urwcll was burn in 
hranklin coun.ty, X'irginia, in 1809. died in 
1880, a farmer and tobacco factor. He mar- 
ried Mary Hicks, born in Franklin county 
in 1819. died in 1904, daughter of William 
Hicks and aunt of General Jubal Early, of 
the Confederate army. Children: i. Wil- 
liam Armistead, born in Franklin county, in 
1840, died in 1909; he was a private of the 
Second Regiment Virginia Cavalry. Con- 
federate States army, and was engaged in 
many battles including first and second 
Manassas ( lUill Run), having a horse shot 
from under him but escaped serious injury. 
2. Edwin, died in 1859. 3. John Spotts- 
wood. born in 1844, in Franklin county, a 
farmer, served four years in a Confederate 
cavalry regiment, was wounded in battle, 
taken i)risoner and for a time confined in 
Port Delaware. 4. Blair Randolph, now 
li\ing retired in Roanoke C'ity. X'irginia : he 
was a student at \'irginia Military Institute 
at the lime the war was in i)rogress and 
with his fellow students, mere boys, 
marched out of the academy anil fought at 
the battle of Newmarket. 5. Henry Lewis, 
(it further mention. Three of Dr. liurwell's 
iirotiiers. it is seen, served in the Confeder- 
ate arniv and at the same time their father 
and his three brothers, lames llenrv. Wil- 
liam Arnnstead and W ilo\ lUirwell. were 



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also in the same army, with many other of 
their relations, paternal and maternal. Armi- 
stead Lewis and Mary (Hicks) Burwell also 
had daughters : Mary Randolph, married 
Captain James. Wade, of Montgomery 
county, Virginia: Lucy, died in 1914, mar- 
ried C. F. Ferrell, of New Orleans ; Alice, 
married Russell Hill, of Culpeper county, 
Virginia ; Nellie, married her cousin, Lewis 
Burwell ; Rosa, married Dr. E. B. Ilyus, of 
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. 

Henry Lewis Burwell, youngest son of 
Armistead Lewis and Mary ( Hicks) Bur- 
well, was born in Franklin county, Virginia, 
September 2, 1856. He pursued courses of 
study under private tutors until 1874, then 
spent three years in Roanoke College. After 
leaving college, he entered private school 
in Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1875 began 
medical study at the Kentucky College of 
Medicine, at Louisville, whence he was 
graduated M. D., class of 1879. After a 
term of service as interne in a Louisville 
hospital, he located at Mountvale, Virginia, 
where he practiced his profession for seven 
years. During the years, 1886-88, he prac- 
ticed at Brooksville, Florida, returning in 
the latter year to Virginia and locating in 
Chase City, Mecklenburg county, where for 
over a quarter of a century he has been 
continuously engaged in the practice of 
medicine and surgery. He has attracted a 
large clientele in town and country and has 
won high standing as an able practitioner, 
skillful surgeon, good friend, neighbor and 
citizen. He is a member of the Virginia 
State Medical Association and keeps fully 
abreast of all modern medical and surgical 
advance. He is a member of the Masonic 
order in Chase City, the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, is an elder of the Presby- 
terian church, and in politics a Democrat, 
serving in the county board of health, using 
his medical skill in behalf of the public 
health by prevention as well as treatment. 

Dr. Burwell married Eleanor Shepherd 
Fry, born December 27, 1862, daughter of 
Colonel William Henry and Jane Margaret 
(Watson) Fry, a descendant of Colonel 
Joshua Fry, the Virginia patriot and sol- 
dier, who while leading his troops to the 
fort at the junction of the Alleghany and 
Monongahela rivers, was stricken down, 
May 31, 1754. (leorge Washington was the 
lieutenant-colonel of Colonel Fry's regiment 
and at the latter's burial, at Fort Cumber- 



l.md. May 31, 17=4, attended with the army, 
and on a large oak, which stood as a tomb 
and a monument to his memory, cut the 
following inscription : "Under this oak lies 
the body of the Good, the Just and the noble 
Fry." 

Family tradition states that Colonel 
Joshua Fry was born in Somersetshire, 
England, and educated at Oxford. But 
there were Frys in Virginia as early as 
1623. Joshua Fry patented land in Spott- 
sylvania county, Virginia, in 1726, the estate 
now, however, being in Madison county. 
Prior to that date he is found recorded as 
vestryman, and in court records as com- 
missioner (or magistrate) of Essex county, 
between the years 1710 and 1720. He there 
married Mary (Micou) Hill, daughter of 
Dr. Paul Micou, physician and surgeon, a 
Huguenot exile from France, and widow of 
Colonel Hill, a large landed proprietor on 
the Rappahannock river. Colonel F"ry rose 
to eminence in the Colonial government, 
held many important assignments from the 
government, made valuable surveys and 
maps, was one of the commissioners who 
negotiated the "Treaty of Logstown" with 
the Indians of the Shawnee, Mingo and 
Delaware tribes, June 13, 1752, and when 
England and France fought for supremacy 
in the Ohio country was commissioned by 
Governor Dinwiddle to command the Vir- 
ginia troops. The copy of his commission 
is yet preserved by his descendants. It 
appoints him "Colonel and Commander-in- 
chief of the troops now raising to be called 
the Virginia regiment, with which and the 
artillery, arms, ammunition, necessary pro- 
visions and stores, you are, with all possible 
dispatch, to proceed to the said Fort of 
Monongahela and there act according to 
your instructions." Washington was lieu- 
tenant-colonel of the regiment and went in 
advance to clear a road for tne artillery, 
which was to follow with Colonel Fry, who 
left Alexandria, April 2j. 1754, but on May 
31, following, having reached Mills Creek 
( Fort Cumberland ) on the Potomac river, 
was suddenly taken ill and died. Had he 
lived none can tell what he would have 
achieved by his engineering, skill, experi- 
ence and knowledge of the country, which 
he before traversed. After the burial of 
Colonel Fry, on the same day of his death, 
NV'ashington succeeded to the command of 
the regiment and led it westward. By will 



\'[R(;[\I.\ RIOr.RAPHY 



Colonel Fry devised land and slaves to his 
widow, three sons and two daughters. His 
widow died August 20, 1772. Children: 
John, Henry, Martha William, died young. 
and Margaret 

Rev. Henry Fry, horn (Jctoher 30, 1738. 
son of Colonel Joshua Fry, became a min- 
ister of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
lived a troubled life, but with a degree of 
firmness and fortitude unsurpassed among 
rnen put down in succession all his way- 
ward passions and almost established for 
himself the character of a saint among men. 
He was a member of the house of burgesses. 
clerk of Albemarle county, delegate to the 
general assembly from Virginia in 1785 and 
was the mover of a general Emancipation 
Bill. He died at the house of his son, Wes- 
ley Fry, of Madison, Virginia, aged eighty- 
five years. His wife, a daughter of Ur. 
Thomas Walker, born in June, 1764, died 
l'el)ruary 19, 1808. 

Inshua l'>y, son of Rev. Henry Frv, was 
l)..rn May 17, 17C)9. died October 17, 1838. 
lie married, No\ember 24, 1793. Catherine 
(Kittv) Walker, born lulv 1, 177-'. died 
1814.' 

Hugh Walker I'ry, son of Joshua and 
Kitty (Walker) Fry, was born January 22, 
ijqCt. He married, December 26. 1820. 
M.-iria White, born July I, 1801. 

Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry ["ry, 
son of Hugh Walker and Maria (\\'hite) 
Fry, was born October 8, 1821, married. 
May 8, 1844, Jane Margaret Watson, born 
August 29, 1823, and had fourteen children: 
Infant, Hugh Walker, .Anna Maria, Richard 
Watson, William Henry. Jane Margaret, 
Peter Merriwether. Charles Nelson, Eleanor 
Shepherd, married Dr. Henry Lewis lUir- 
well, of previous mention, Edward Scott, 
Douglass Bland, M. Douglass, Mary \'ir- 
ginia, Susan LLarris. 

Lieutenant-Colonel William II. l'"ry. prior 
to the war of 18(11 -(14, was cajjlain of the 
Richmond Light Infantry, Blues, and prior to 
V'irginia's seceding from the L^nion. became 
lieutenant-colonel of the Eighteenth Regi- 
ment N'irginia lnf;mtry. Within thirty min- 
lUes after it was kno'wn that X'irgin'ia had 
'-eceded, he tendered the services of his regi- 
iiunt to the governor of the state, his being 
the lirst offer of troops for service. He led 
his regiment at Manassas, the first real 
battle of the war, and continued in field 
ser\ice for one year, then by special order 



(if the secretary of war, was detached from 
his command and placed in charge of a camp 
ol' military instruction at Charlottesville. 
Three months later he was recalled to 
Richmond and made chief of the Bureau of 
Conscription, and as adjutant of the post 
was in charge of the exchange of prisoners. 
At the time of the evacuation of Richmond, 
acting under orders from the government, 
he was engaged in destroying the archives 
of his office, and tarrying too long at his 
duty was made prisoner by the Federals. 

His son, Hugh Walker Fry, was a student 
at \irginia Military Institute when the 
l)attlc of Newmarket was fought and it is 
inscribed in the records of that institution 
that on that day the cadets of the institute 
marched out in military order and took 
active part in the battle. Cadet Fry bearing 
an Injnorable part. He enlisted in the Con- 
federate army in April. 1861. Company E, 
First Regiment X'irginia Infantry, although 
under fifteen years of age. After a yeai of 
service he left the army and entered \'ir- 
ginia Military Institute, fought with the 
cadets at Newmarket, and was in active 
service until the war closed. Two brothers 
of Lieutenant-Colonel Fry also served in 
the Confederate armv. Major Hugh W. I-'rv 
and John J. Fry. 

Dr. Burwell has one daughter. Mary 
Douglas Burwell. born at Cayneys Springs. 
X'irginia, January 9. 1886, educated at Hol- 
lins Institute, married in 191 3, John Paul 
C-raff. Mrs. Burwell is a member of the 
Flaughters of the Confederacy and through 
her illustrious ancestry is eligible to the 
patriotic orders of the United States, as is 
Dr. r.urwell. She was a charter member 
of Arinistead t niode ChaiUcr. of Chase City. 
and is its historian. 

Colonel Thomas Smith, of Warrenton. 
\ irginia, is a son of the late Ciovernor Wil- 
hain Sniitli. whose biography forms a jiart 
111' ihi-> w. uk. one of the most eminent citi- 
/. n> <ii tile state. Thomas Smith was born 
.\ugn>t JO, 1830. ill c"ul]ieiK'r county. \'ir- 
gmi.i, and \\a-> six \ ears of age when his 
parents iem.'\iMl t,. Warrenton. \'irginia. 
riu'ie he :itleiided the local public schools. 
;ind u.i- vub-equently a student at the 
I'olKge .>i \\ illiain and Mary, after which 
he pursued the law course at the Cniver- 
sily of \ irginia. and was admitted to 
the bar After :i short time in practice at 



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Warrenton, he went to Charleston, West 
\'irginia, and there continued in practice 
until the opening of the civil war, when he 
joined the company known as Kanawha 
Riflemen, a part of the Thirty-sixth Regi- 
ment. He soon won promotion to the rank 
oi major, and subsequently to the colonelcy. 
At the battle of Cloyd's Farm he was se- 
verely wounded and as he lay on the field 
he was taken up by the enemy and made a 
prisoner, and afterward paroled and re- 
ported to Camp Chase. He was so danger- 
ously wounded that it was not thought he 
would recover but he did and returned to 
his command and did valuable service on 
the field of battle for nearly one year before 
the war closed. 

After the war he returned to Warrenton, 
and there continued in the active practice 
of his profession until he was made judge 
oi" the county court. In this position he 
served with great satisfaction to the bar 
and the people of the county but declined a 
re-election subsequent to which he served as 
United States attorney for New Mexico. 
After a term as chief justice of New Mexico, 
he retired from active life and returned to 
Warrenton, where he now resides, among 
the most respected and highly esteemed citi- 
zens. Colonel Smith is an Episcopalian in 
religion, and is affiliated with no other or- 
ganizations than the church. His indus- 
trious life and upright course have earned 
for him a peaceful old age, in which he may 
justly contemplate a life well spent. He 
married, at Warrenton, Virginia, Elizabeth 
Fairfax Gaines, born in Fauquier county, 
Virginia, who has been his life-long com- 
panion. She is a daughter of William H. 
and Mary (Foster) Gaines, of Fauquier 
county. 

Archibald Osborne, M. D. A medical 
graduate from two colleges, Richmond 
(Virginia) and Tulane (New Orleans), and 
with hospital experience in Washington, D. 
C, Dr. Osborne brought to his work in 
F.erryville both well proven theory and 
actual practice. He has been successful 
in ]jractice, and as physician and citizen 
has gained high standing in his native 
county of Clarke. He is a son of Fayette 
Osborne, born in Loudoun county. Virginia, 
in 1834, and now a retired farmer of Lou- 
doim county. He served as a cavalryman 
in the Confederate armv for one vear, fur- 



nishing a representative who filled his place 
in the ranks during the remainder of the 
war. He married Sarah, daughter of Joseph 
\Vorthington ; she was born in Loudoun 
county, in 1842. Sons: William F. ; Mar- 
shall Worthington, deceased ; Wade Hamp- 
ton, married Elsie Humphries ; Archibald, 
of further mention; daughters: Vienna, 
Mary, Gertrude M., Estelle, Nelly and 
Feulah Benton. 

Dr. Archibald Osborne, son of Fayette 
and Sarah (Worthington) Osborne, was 
born in Clarke county, Virginia, November 
2, 1874. He attended public and private 
schools in Clarke county until he was 
twelve years of age, then studied in Georgia 
schools and at Charles Young Institute, 
Washington, D. C. In 1896 he entered 
Richmond College, medical department, and 
was graduated M. D., class of 1899. He 
later took a post-graduate course at Tulane 
Medical College at New Orleans, and was 
connected with the hospitals at Washing- 
ton, D. C. In 1902 he located at Berryville, 
where he is now well established and suc- 
cessful. Dr. Osborne has made a special 
study of anti-toxins and has contributed 
several timely and valuable articles to the 
medical journals on their worth and use. 
He is a member of the American Medical 
Association, the Virginia State Medical and 
the Shenandoah Valley INIedical societies, 
keeping in closest touch with all that is 
valuable in modern medical or surgical dis- 
covery. He is a member of the Protestant 
Episcopal church, also of Treadwell Lodge, 
No. 213, Ancient Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, and in political faith is a Democrat. 

Dr. Osborne married, October i, 1901, 
Fannie Meade, born in Loudoun county, 
\'irginia, daughter of George E. and Sarah 
(Taliaferro) Plaster. Children: George 
Hunter, born in Berryville, Virginia, Octo- 
ber 5, 1902; Archibald Francis, born Febru- 
ary ID, 1904. 

Foster Fowler Vance Staples. Although 
largely self-educated in the law. no great in- 
stitution of learning standing as his spon- 
sor, and a member of the bar but ten years, 
Mr. Staples has won high position in his 
]irofession and as a consulting lawyer has 
no superior at the Norfolk-Portsmouth bar. 
This fact is testified to daily, not only by 
his clients but bv members of the profes- 
sion who avail themselves of his learning 




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and knowledge of the intricacies nl the law, 
by seeking his advice. 

I'oster F. \'. Staples was horn in Ports- 
mouth, April 7, 1883, son of Robert (iriffin 
and Anna Maria Kumlde (Fowler j Staples, 
and grandson of Samuel Staples, a descend- 
ant of the early Staples family that settled 
iii Portsmouth late in the eighteenth cen- 
tury. Robert Griffin Staples was born in 
1833. He was assistant cjuartermaster of 
the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, ranking 
as captain and also won the brevet rank of 
major. From 1865 to 1876 he was chief 
clerk at the Portsmouth United States navy 
yard, and there his wonderful capacity for 
organization and detailed system was em- 
ployed with excellent results. From 1876 
to 1883 he was postmaster of Portsmouth ; 
from 1883 until his retirement he was en- 
gaged in a mercantile business. He was 
a tine musician, a devoted Baptist, a mem- 
ber of Farragut Post, Grand Army of the 
Republic, Sons of Temperance and the Hep- 
tasophs. He married, in 1852, Anna M. K. 
Fowler. Children: i. Eliza Raymond. 2. 
Samuel Alexander, married Mary E. Ellis; 
children : Rev. Raymond Fowler, Griffin 
Ellis, Mary E., Margaret, Samuel Alexander 
(2), Kenneth. 3. Ida I., married James 
Cuthriell ; children : Ellen Raymond, Robert 
Griffin, Helen Maria. Charles AIcLean, 
James King, Norman h'arquahar. 4. Rob- 
ert Griffin (2), married Mattie Lumber; 
children: Lillian, Mattie, Fanny, William, 
Robert, Eudora, Edwin, Harry, Robert, 
Everett. Lee. 5. William Hook, married 
Ruth ISayton. 6. Edwin Ludlow, manied 
Alice Virginia Leigh ; children : Edwin Lud- 
low (2), Clriffin Leigh, Sue Leigh and P'rank 
I'oster. 7. Annie Grant, married William 
P. Cotton; children: Annie Estelle, Sarah 
Robert, Lucille, William P. (2), Robert. 8. 
Charles 1!., married Phoebe Seifert ; chil- 
dren: Margaret. Clifford, Paulina, Britten. 
9. Louise P.. married Walter I'.riggs: chil- 
dren: Walter, Annie, Louise. 10. hnstcr 
1-. \-. 

Foster F. W Staples olitamed his I'jigli.sh 
eihication in the jjuljlic schools cif Ports- 
ii:"nth and during his earlier manhood was 
x.iiiously employed, but during that same 
1 iriod was privately jnirsuing an extentled 
Cdiirse of legal study. This meant courage 
and determination of the highest order and 
with him •■burning the midnight oil" was 



ent fact. He was fortunate in his choice of 
a preceptor, the late Colonel William H. 
Stewart not only acting in that capacity 
i)Ut furthering the ambition of the young 
man in every way jjossible. In 1904 at the 
age of twenty-one years, Mr. Staples pre- 
s( nted himself for examination, w-as passed 
with honor and at once admitted to the 
Norfolk county bar. When legally qualified 
for practice he was admitted to a partner- 
shi]) with Colonel Stewart, his preceptor, 
and as junior of the law firm, Stewart & 
Staples, he practiced until 1908. In that 
)ear he withdrew and since then has been 
in practice alone. He is learned in the law, 
most skillful in its ap{)lication and has won 
an honorable position in the profession he 
honors in turn. He is a member of the Nor- 
folk and Portsmouth Bar Association, be- 
longs to the Baptist church and in politics 
is a Democrat. 

iMr. Staples married, in 191 1, Leila Alice 
( latling. born in Murfreesboro. North Caro- 
lina, in 1890, daughter of Jefferson Davis 
and Georgie Jeanette Payne Galling. Chil- 
dren : Foster Gatling. born September 18, 
1912; George Raymond, January i, 1914. 

Lucien Keith. The family of Keith was 
among the most ancient in Europe and 
dated in Scotland from the tenth century, 
springing in that country from the Catti, a 
w arlike people who came to Scotland in the 
tenth century, the Keiths springing from 
(_ietty Chattan Moir, Prince of the Catti. 
At the battle of Panbridge in looo, Robert, 
a chieftain of the Catti, slew with his own 
hands Camus, general of the Danes, and 
King Malcolm witnessing the combat 
dipped his fingers in the blood of Camus 
and drew red strokes or pales on the top 
o.' Robert's shield. Since that time these 
jiaks have been the armorial bearings of his 
(Ic^cendants. In 1010 Robert was made 
lurcditary marischal of Scotlaiul and was 
rewarded with a barony in l-2ast Lothian, 
w hich was called Keith Marischal. after his 
own name. llis descendant. Sir William. 
married a daughter of the Earl of Craw- 
ford and had a son \\ illiam. created Earl 
Marischal in 1458. .\ descendant, George, 
the fifth earl, founded Marischal College, 
.Mierdeen. Scotland. i5<)3. The tenth earl 
was colonel in the guards uiuler Oueen 
Aniie. but joining the rebellion of 1715 was 
attainted and joined the service of the King 



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of Prussia. He died without issue. His 
younger brother, James, became a field 
marshal in the service of Peter the Great 
of Prussia, afterwards serving with the 
same rank in the Prussian army. After 
many signal services he was killed at Hoch- 
kirch in a battle with the Austrians under 
Marshall Daun in 1759. A superb monu- 
ment was erected to his memory in Berlin 
by order of the King of Prussia. This field 
marshal, James Keith, never married but 
the coming of Rev. James Keith to Virginia, 
also the latter's connection with the Pre- 
tender's cause coincides with the flight of 
James Keith from his native land to the ser 
vice of the Russian Czar, leading to a sup- 
position that they were closely related. The 
Scottish family bore arms: "Argent on a 
chief three pallets or gules." Crest: "On 
a wreath, a stag's head erased, proper and 
attired with ten tynes." Supporters: ""Two 
stags proper attired as crest. Motto: Pcr- 
itas z'incit. (Truth Conquers). 

The founder of this branch of the Keith 
family in Virginia was Rev. James Keith, 
a native of Scotland, who, involved in the 
rebellion in favor of the Pretender, was 
forced to flee from the country. He came 
to Virginia but later returned to England 
for orders. He again came to Virginia, 
settling over Hamilton parish in Fauquier 
county, continuing over that parish until 
1758. He was also minister over the Epis- 
copal church of Williamsburg. He married 
Mary Isham Randolph, a descendant of 
William Randolph, of Turkey Island, the 
founder of the famous Randolph family of 
Virginia. A daughter of Rev. James Keith 
married Colonel Thomas Marshall, of "Oak 
Hill," Fauquier county, Virginia, the family 
seat of the Marshalls for many generations. 
Chief Justice Marshall was a son of Colonel 
Thomas Marshall and both father and son 
were soldiers of the revolution. After the 
division of the parish of Hamilton, Rev. 
Keith served until his death all that region 
now embraced in Fauquier county. He left 
many descendants, one of his sons was for 
many years clerk of courts for Fairfax 
county, Virginia, another, Thomas Keith, 
married Judith Blackwell and had a son. 
Isham Keith, grandfather of Lucien Keith, 
of Warrenton, Virginia. Isham Keith was 
a cousin of Chief Justice John Marshall. 
Thomas Keith, father of Isham Keith, was a 
soldier of the revolution. Isham Keith mar- 



ried Julia Chilton, a daughter of John Chil- 
ton, a captain of the Continental army, 
killed at the battle of Brandywine. Colonel 
Thomas Marshall, father of Chief Justice 
John Marshall, was also a relative of the 
Chilton family, of Virginia. Isham and 
Julia (Chilton) Keith had a son, Isham, a 
"farmer of Fauquier county. Virginia, born 
September 9, 1833, died in September, 1902. 
He was a member of the Black Horse Cav- 
alry and later served in the Confederate 
army under Colonel Mosby. He married 
Sarah Agnes, daughter of William and Ann 
Gordon Blackwell, who also had two sons, 
James G. Blackwell. of Richmond. Virginia, 
and William (2) Blackwell, of Prince Wil- 
liam county. 

Lucien Keith, son of Isham and Sarah 
Agnes (Blackwell) Keith, was born in Fau- 
quier county. \'irginia. now a lawyer of the 
bar and mayor of Warrenton. Virginia. He 
prepared for the profession of law, was 
admitted to the Virginia bar at Fairfax 
Court House in 1882, and at once began 
practice. He is a member of the Fauquier 
County Bar Association, the Fauquier Club, 
the Presbyterian church, and a Democrat in 
politics. He was elected mayor of Warren- 
ton, in September, 191 1, served two years, 
and in September. 1913, was re-elected. Mr. 
Keith married. July 14, 1908, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Samuel and Charlotte (Haber- 
tcn) Sharpless, of the well-known Sharpless 
family of Chester county, Pennsylvania. 

Francis F. Marbury. Like his father, 
Francis F. Marbury has devoted many years 
of his life to railroad enterprises, although 
the work of the son began with practical 
construction and took him beyond the bor- 
ders of his country to the semi-civilization 
of Central America. The connection of the 
name with railroading ceased in 1900, when 
Mr. Marbury entered the field of real estate 
in his native city, contracting as well other 
business alliances. The parallel between 
father and son might be here continued, 
but the similarity that exists will appear 
in its proper consecution. 

Francis F. Marbury, grandfather of Fran- 
cis F. Marbury, married a Miss Blacklock. 
and was the father of Frank A. ; Leonard, 
of Virginia ; William Henry, of whom fur- 
ther ; Montgomery, Thomas, Elizabeth and 
Maria. 

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F. Marbury, was born in Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia, in 1818, died in 1900. His business 
life was passed in connection with many of 
the important enterprises and undertakings 
of the day, and he was at one time cashier 
of a branch of the old Farmers' State Bank, 
of Richmond, Virginia, located in Alexan- 
dria, Virginia, also holding prominent place 
in railroading circles as treasurer of the 
Orange & Manassas Railroad and of the 
Virginia Midland Railroad. He subse- 
quently became associated with the South- 
ern Railroad in the capacity of assistant 
treasurer, so continuing for many years. .Al- 
though he never joined the army of the Con- 
federacy, his sympathy and co-operation 
with the Confederate cause was so public 
a matter that during that conflict he was 
seized and imprisoned in Washington, Dis- 
trict of Columbia, so that the Southern 
cause would be deprived of his valuable 
service in securing funds to carry on the 
war and would lack whatever other assist- 
ance his staunch patriotism would induce 
him to lend. He was a man of deserved 
popularity among a wide range of friends, 
and there were those elements in his life 
that made intercourse with him not only a 
passing pleasure but a source of inspir- 
ation that endured for hours and days, so 
upright and exemplary was the course he 
trod. He married Anna Tyler, daughter of 
Thomas E. Baird, a descendant of the Tyler 
family that numbers among its members 
John Tyler, tenth president of the United 
States, and Dr. Lyon G. Tyler, president of 
William and Mary College. Children of 
William Henry and Anna Tyler (Baird) 
Marbury: i. Alice Virginia, born in Alex- 
andria, married Thomas B. Browning, of 
New York, and has two daughters, Alice 
and Emma. 2. Anna T., born in Alexan- 
dria, unmarried. 3. Francis F., of whom 
further. 4. Leonard, born in Alexandria, 
state attorney, married Clara F. Davis, and 
is the father of William Henry and Leon- 
ard. 5. Eliza IF, born in Alexandria, un- 
married. 6. Mary, born in Alexandria, mar- 
ried Warren 1". Taylor, of Richnumd, Vir- 
ginia. 

Francis !•". .Marbury. son of William 
Henry and Anna Tyler (Baird) Marbury, 
was born in Alexandria, \'irginia, Novem- 
ber 5, 1853. He attended ]:)rivate schools 
in his native city, and with his ])reparatory 
studies completed accepted a position in the 



engineering department of the Lynchburg 
^ Danville Railroad. He then went to 
Central America as a member of the engi- 
neering corps of the Costa Rica Railroad, 
and after spending four years in that coun- 
try returned to Virginia, in 1872, taking a 
special course of study in Roanoke College. 
In 1874 he entered upon a twelve year term 
of service as paymaster of the Virginia 
Midland Railroad, leaving that employ 
when the road changed hands. Since 1900 
Mr. Marbury has conducted real estate 
dealings in his native city and has also been 
interested in retail trade in coal and wood 
in the same place, realizing profitable re- 
turns from both lines. His father's death 
causing a vacancy in the board of aldermen 
of Ale.xandria, the younger Marbury was 
elected to that position, and two years later 
became president of the board, an office that 
had previously been graced by William 
Henry Marbury. Mr. Marbury's term of 
office expired on September i, 1914. The 
worthy example of the first of the name to 
hold membership in this body has been a 
guiding light for the second, and although 
diiTerence in conditions has brought a dif- 
ference in problems and in the presentation 
of duty, the right has ever been the stand- 
ard to which both have clung. Air. Mar- 
bury's fraternity is the Masonic order, in 
which he belongs to Washington-Alexan- 
dria Lodge, No. 22, Ancient Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, and he is also a member of 
Alexandria Lodge, No. 758, Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks. During the 
Spanish-American war he was first lieuten- 
ant in Company F. Third Regiment \'ir- 
ginia \'olunteer Infantry, and has again 
been a member thereof since 1903. His 
church is St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal, 
and politically he has always been an ad- 
herent of the Democratic partv. 

Julian Ruffin Beckwith, M. D., of Peters- 
burg, is descended from one of the most 
ancient English families, as well as one of 
the oldest in .America, and is a grandson of 
a physician. The origin of the Beckwith 
f:nnily has been traced to Hugh de Male- 
bissc, a knight under William the Con- 
(|Ueror at the battle of Hastings. His son 
Hugh married Emma, daughter of William 
de I'ray and .Adelaide de Tonbridgc, and 
they were the parents of Sir Simon do Male- 
bisse. Lord of Cowton in Cra\cn. lie mar- 



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ried a daughter of John, Lord of Methley. 
Their son. Sir Hercules, married Lady 
Beckwith Bruce, daughter of Sir William 
Bruce, and heiress of an estate named Beck- 
with. Sir Hercules retained the Malebisse 
escutcheon, but took the name of his wife's 
estate. His son. Sir Hercules de Beckwith. 
married a daughter of Sir John Ferrers, of 
I'amworth. Nicholas de Beckwith, sou of 
Sir Hercules, married a daughter of Sir 
John Chadworth, and was the father of 
Hamon Beckwith, who dropped the particle 
de (signifying of). He married a daughter 
of Sir Philip Tydney, and was the father 
of William Beckwith, who married a daugh- 
ter of Sir Gerard Usfleet. Their son, Thomas 
Beckwith, resided at Clint, and married a 
daughter of John Sawly, of Saxton. Adam 
Beckwith, son of Thomas Beckwith, was 
the father of Sir William Beckwith, who 
married a daughter of Sir John Baskerville. 
a descendant of English and French royalty 
traced to Charlemagne. Sir Thomas Beck- 
with, of Clint, son of Sir William Beckwith. 
died in 1495. He married a daughter of 
William Heslerton. John Beckwith, third 
son of Sir Thomas Beckwith, married a 
daughter of John RadclifT, of Mulgrave. 
Robert Beckwith, son of John Beckwith, 
was living in 1468 at Broxholm, and was 
the father of John Beckwith. living in 1469. 
Robert Beckwith, son of John Beckwith, 
made his will October 6, 1536, and died be- 
fore the following March. He was the 
father of Marmaduke Beckwith, of Dacre 
and Clint, Yorkshire. He was twice mar- 
ried, and had nine children by the first mar- 
riage. It has been claimed by some author- 
ities that he was the father of Matthew 
Beckwith, mentioned below, ancestor of the 
American family of that name. If so, he 
must have been a child of the second wife. 
Matthew Beckwith, first of the family in 
America, was born about 1610, probably in 
Yorkshire, England. He appears in Hart- 
ford. Connecticut, as early as 1645, in which 
year he purchased a homestead. A few years 
later he was at New London and Lyme, his 
land lying in the two towns, and provided 
well for all of his sons. He was killed by 
a fall in the darkness of night over a ledge 
of rocks. October 21. 1680. His widow 
Elizabeth married Samuel Buckland, and 
died before 1690. Matthew (2) Beckwith, 
son of Matthew (i) and Elizabeth Beck- 
with, was born 1637, and was a freeman of 



^^'aterford, Connecticut, in 1658, one of the 
founders of the church at Guilford, residing 
there and in the adjoining town of Bran- 
ford, and died at New London, June 4, 1727. 
His wife's name was Elizabeth, and their 
son. John Beckwith, born February 4, 1669, 
in Branford, lived in New London, where ht 
married, August 12, 1700, Naomi de Wolf, 
born 1676, in Waterford, died in Lyme. 
[736. Their son. John (2) Beckwith, born 
1703, in Waterford, died in Lyme in 1768; 
married. November 8. 1744, Elizabeth Dart, 
born August 30. 1716. in East Haddam, 
Connecticut, died in Lyme. Their son, John 
(3) Beckwith, born October 19, 1754, in 
Lyme, died in Poughkeepsie, New York, 
September 12, 1834. He was a Continental 
soldier of the revolution, and married, Jan- 
uary 27, 1780, Chloe Bosworth, born No- 
vember 5, 1759, in Washington, Connecti- 
cut, died at Poughkeepsie, October 9, 1834. 
Their son, John (4) Beckwith, born July 
31, 1785, in Poughkeepsie. was a prosperous 
physician, locating in 1808 at Newbern, 
North Carolina, later at Raleigh and New- 
ton, same state. He was a soldier of the 
war of 181 2, and practiced many years at 
Petersburg, Virginia, dying in 1870, in New 
York. He married Margarette Stanley, and 
they were the parents of Thomas Stanley 
Beckwith. their eldest child, born 1814, in 
Raleigh, practiced medicine in Petersburg, 
Virginia, where he died in 1884. He mar- 
ried Agnus, daughter of Edmund Rufifin, 
Sr., a native of Virginia. Their eldest child, 
Julian R., was a Confederate soldier, killed 
at the battle of Seven Pines, June i, 1862; 
the others were : Margaret Kate, Matilda 
E.. Thomas S., Edmund R., a druggist of 
Petersburg, married Mary J. White, of 
Warrenton. North Carolina ; John, married 
Kate, daughter of J. E. Edwards, of Charles- 
ton, South Carolina ; Susan, married R. Gil- 
lam, of Petersburg; Agnus, married J. R. 
Carv. of Gloucester. \^irginia, and Charles 
M. ' 

Thomas Stanley (2) Beckwith. second 
son of Thomas Stanley (i) and Agnus 
(Ruffin) Beckwith, was born in North Caro- 
lina, and came with his father to Petersburg 
at an early age. From the age of fifteen 
years he was engaged in the stationery 
trade in that town, and has conducted a 
store on Sycamore street for many years. 
He was a soldier of the Confederate army, 
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Gary, born in Gloucester county, Virginia, 
daughter of Dr. Samuel P>. Gary, who prac- 
ticed through his active life in Gloucester, 
and died in retirement at Petersburg, at the 
age of eighty-eight years. Mr. and Mrs. 
Beckwith are the parents of five children, 
all living, as follows : Rev. Samuel Gary 
Beckwith, pastor of St. Peter's Ghurch, 
Gharleston, South Garolina ; Julian Ruffin, 
of further mention ; Thomas Stanley and 
Emma Gary (twins), both residing on the 
old homestead on Market street ; Anna 
Fisher, also residing there, unmarried. 

Dr. Julian Rufifin Beckwith, son of 
Thomas Stanley (2) and Emma (Gary) 
Beckwith, was born January 10, 1873, in 
Petersburg, where he has always resided. 
After preparing for college in excellent 
schools near his home, he entered the L'ni- 
versity of Virginia, from whose medical de- 
partment he was graduated with the de- 
gree of M. D. in 1899. Following this he 
spent nearly a year and a half in the Ras- 
kins Hospital at Wheeling, West Virginia, 
as an interne, and was subsequently nearly 
two years in the House of Relief in New 
York Gity. as interne. He began his pri- 
vate practice in Petersburg, and has met 
with the success due to careful preparation 
and excellent judgment in the practice of 
his art. Dr. Beckwith has continued to 
keep in touch with the progress of medical 
science, and his membership in the State, 
Gounty and Gity Medical associations tes- 
tifies to his standing in the profession. With 
his family he is affiliated with the Protes- 
tant Episcopal church. He married, in An- 
niston, Alabama, June 11, 1908, Louise 
Gameron, a native of Texas, daughter of 
John Gameron, of Scotch ancestry. Ghil- 
dren : John Gameron, born March 23, 1910; 
Julian Ruffin, December 28, 1912; Louise 
Eraser. July iS, i()i4. 

Elisha Keen Jones. Gt)nnected with the 
tobacco interests of Danville for many 
years, Mr. Jones as head of E. K. Jones & 
Gompany, dealers in leaf tobacco, occupies 
a prominent position in the trade. His for- 
bears have for many generations been 
prominent in Virginia, his great-grand- 
father, Dr. Benjamin Jones, and his grand- 
father, Thomas Jones, operating a farm in 
Henry county. Thomas Jones, a prosper- 
ous farmer, married Miss Lyle, of Scotch 
ancestrv, wht) bore him eight children in- 



cluding a son, Bartlett Washington Jones, 
father of Elisha Keen Jones, of Danville, 
\ irginia. 

Dr. liartlett Washington Jones was born 
at the Jones Greek homestead, Henry 
county, Virginia, and there died in 1858, 
aged forty-four years. Although a graduate 
of a Philadelphia Medical Gollege he only 
])racticed a short time, then became a 
farmer and tobacco manufacturer. He mar- 
ried ( first) Elizabeth .\nn Keen, born in 
Pittsylvania county, \'irginia, died in 1854, 
aged thirty-nine years. He married (sec- 
(jiid ) Pauline Henry, a granddaughter of 
Patrick Henr}', the famous Virginia states- 
man and orator, who bore him a child, 
Gabell Henry Jones, now residing in San 
Francisco. Children by first marriage : Gus- 
tavus and Adolphus, twins, died in infancy; 
Elisha Keen, of whom further; Witcher, 
P>artlett, Thomas and Keen, deceased; John, 
died in infancy ; Anna Maria, wife of Dr. 
John James, of Danville, she and her 
brother, Elisha Keen, being the only living 
children of their parents. 

Elisha Keen Jones was born near Stony 
Mills, Pittsylvania county, \^irginia, Janu- 
ary 18, 1849, on his father's farm known as 
"xAspen Grove." He was left an orphan at 
an early age, was taken by his uncle, Golo- 
nel E. V. Keen, and grew to manhood at the 
latter's farm at Gottage Hill. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools, and until i860 
worked on his uncle's farm. In that year 
he went to southwestern Georgia and for 
four years worked on a cotton plantation. 
1 fe then went to Texas on a cattle ranch. 
He was with the cowboy outfit that col- 
lected the herds and later with them drove 
the cattle north to Kansas and Nebraska 
shipping points. In 1874 he located in Dan- 
ville, \'irginia, where he was manager of a 
tobacco warehouse four years, then ob- 
tained an interest with his l)rother, Witcher 
Jones, and also had an interest in the Bur- 
ton Tobacco Gompany. In i88i he organ- 
ized the leaf tobacco tirm of E. K. Jones 
iK- Gompany, later taking Mr. A. D. Keen 
into the company, and as tlealers in leaf 
tobacco this company is well known and 
]irominent in the trade. The warehouse of 
the company is at Graghead and Newton 
streets. Danville, where they handle about 
five luillion pounds of tobacco annually. 
The firm Ini)' tobacco at public warcliouse 
s;dcs and sell to nianufaciurcrs throughout 



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the United States and Europe. With steam 
drying mill plant, improved mechanical ap- 
pliances, storage facilities and both partners 
expert judges and buyers, the firm occu- 
pies a good position and has attained lead- 
ing rank in their particular field. Mr. Jones 
is a progressive Democrat in politics, a 
member of the Danville Country Club and 
the Tuscarora Club, and is senior warden 
of Epiphany Protestant Episcopal Church. 
He is highly regarded in business and social 
circles, and is interested in all that means 
progress or improvement. 

Mr. Jones married, in Danville, January 
21, 1880, Annie Hunt Robinson, born in 
Danville, daughter of Dr. Robert R. Rob- 
inson, a physician of Leaksville, North 
(Carolina, a surgeon in the Confederate 
army, and a merchant of Danville, now 
many years deceased. He married Agnes 
Dillard, also deceased. Children of Elisha 
Keen and Annie Hunt (Robinson) Jones: 
Agnes, born July 31, 1883, married D. P. 
Withers, a lawyer of Danville ; Bartlett 
Kyle, born November i, 1886, associated 
with his father in business as an assistant; 
Grace, born October 17, 1888; Elisha Keen, 
Jr., born January 3, 1892, graduate of Uni- 
versity of Virginia, Master of Arts, class of 
1911. 

Robert Brooke Albertson was born in 
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, December 
6, 1889, a son of John W. Albertson, an at- 
torney, and his wife, Bertha Hamilton 
(Vaughn ) Albertson ; a grandson of Frank 
and Annie (Scott) Vaughn, and of John W. 
Albertson. Robert Brooke Albertson re- 
ceived the degrees of B. C. and Bachelor of 
Laws at the Norfolk Academy, and was 
graduated from the University of Virginia 
a member of the class of 1912. He is a 
member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Phi, 
and the "Raven" of the University of Vir- 
ginia. He is an attorney at law at Ports- 
mouth, Virginia. 

James Hay, M. C. The records of the 
Congress of the United States show many 
instances in which men have entered that 
body and, after a brief term as a member 
thereof, slipped from the country's service, 
public life knowing them no more. Doubt- 
less no small number of these have been 
men of talent and ability, who, called upon 
in a crisis, gave their best and were finished. 



\\hile it may have been that fleeting su- 
premacy in politics made their careers thus 
meteoric, but there are among the members 
of the United States senate and house of 
representatives those whose records leave 
no room for speculation of any kind, whose 
length of service and whose activities claim 
for them the gratitude and respect not only 
of their constituents but of the country at 
hirge. To Virginia has been granted not a 
few of these faithful servants, and to this 
list in the past two decades has been added 
the name of James Hay. 

James Hay descends from a distinctively 
Virginian family, his American ancestor, 
\\^illiam Hay, landing at Norfolk upon his 
arrival from Scotland, whither he came in 
1774. He married (first) Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Miles Cary, (second) Elizabeth 
Thompkins, a cousin of his first wife. From 
him the line descends through James Hay 
and his wife, Eliza Burwell, to William, 
who married Emily Lewis. 

James Hay, son of William and Emily 
(Lewis) Hay, was born in Millwood, 
Clarke county, Virginia, January 9, 1856, 
ynd as a youth attended private schools in 
Virginia and Maryland. He was afterward 
a student in the University of Pennsylvania, 
completing his education by a law course in 
\\'ashington and Lee University, whence he 
was graduated B. L. in June, 1877. He was 
admitted to the bar in the year of his grad- 
uation from Washington and Lee Univer- 
sity, and for the two following years was 
a legal practitioner in Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, then locating in Madison, Virginia, 
where he was ever afterward located. His 
public life began with his election to the 
office of attorney for the commonwealth in 
1883, to which he was thrice successively 
re-elected, in 1887, 1891, and in 1895. While 
the incumbent of this office he was, in 1885, 
elected to the Virginia house of delegates, 
being returned to that body in 1887 and 
1889, in 1893 being placed in a seat in the 
upper house of the Virginia legislature. He 
has ever been a prominent figure in political 
matters throughout the county and state, 
and for four years was a member of the 
State Democratic Committee, in 1888 being 
a delegate to the Democratic National Con- 
\ention. Becoming a member of the fifty- 
fifth Congress of the United States in 1897, 
Mr. Hay has since been the representative 
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trict in the national government, and l)e- 
came the choice uf his district for the sixty- 
third Congress by an overwhehning vote 
which was more than double the combined 
vote of his opponents. His activity at Wash- 
ington has been of the highest order, and 
his has been a leading part in much of the 
legislation enacted during the seventeen 
years that he has been a Congressman. He 
was elected chairman of the Democratic 
caucus of the house of representatives in 
the fifty-sixth, fifty-seventh, and fifty-eighth 
Congresses, and has always been included 
in the councils of the party leaders. Mr. 
May is a man of marked ability, which he 
has displayed on the floor of the house as 
he has previously shown it in the less im- 
portant positions that he was called to fill in 
county and state. The attributes of the 
trained speaker are his, his words carrying 
tlie conviction felt by the man and unfail- 
ingly impressing his audience. His long 
experience as a lawmaker lends efficiency to 
his services, and the trust that has been 
repeatedly reposed in him lay his people 
contains nothing of flattery, but recognition 
of worth and merit so intelligently applied 
as to produce the most enduring and valu- 
•.'ble results. He is now chairman of the 
rommittee on military aiifairs ; is author of 
the bill consolidating the supply depart- 
ments of the army, of the bill creating the 
service corps of the army, also of the de- 
tached service law, the aviation law, and the 
law for increasing the efficiency of the vet- 
erinary corps of the army ; all of which 
measures have greatly increased the effi- 
ciency of the army. 

Mr. Hay married (first) October i, 1878, 
Constance Tatuni, of liarrisburg ; (second) 
June 9, 1891, Frances B. Gordon, daughter 
of Colonel W. W. Gordon. By his first 
marriage he is the father of two children, 
James and \\'illiam. and by his second two, 
[''.lien and I'Vances. 

David Lemuel Harrell, M. D. Mr. Har- 
rrll's branch of this old family is one that 
li,-is been long seated in \'irginia, although 
inanv bearing the name in this state trace 
t(i tlie family of Gates county. North Caro- 
lina. Wesley Harrell, grandfather of Dr. 
David Lemuel Harrell, was the owner of a 
large and fertile plantation in Nansemond 
county, \'irginia. and there his six children 
viR-;« 



v/ere born: Elkano. Lee. Joshua, of whom 
further. Thomas. Mary, married Daniel 
\\ ilkins. and Martha. married (-"rank 
Roundtree. 

Joshua Harrell, son of Wesley Harrell, 
was born in Nansemond county, Virginia, 
in 1843, and after a private school educa- 
tion began agricultural operations in a gen- 
eral manner, although the principal products 
of his acres were cotton and corn. He was 
long prominent in local public affairs, was 
justice of the peace for fifteen years, and 
member of the school board for twenty 
years. In religious work in his community 
he also played an important part, a com- 
municant of the Christian church. He ex- 
ercised influence of no small power among 
his fellows, and was ever allied with the 
right. He married, in 1870, Evelena, 
daughter of David and Martha ( Price) 
Brown, and had issue: David Lemuel, of 
whom further: Clarence, born in 1875. mar- 
ried Maggie Simpson ; Theodore Curtis, 
born in 1877, married (first ) Ruth Brinkley, 
(second) Ruth Jones: Vivian Brown, born 
in 1879, married Olelia \'aughan, and has 
David Brown and \'irginia: Floyd Wesley, 
born in 1882, married Ruth, daughter of 
James R. Saunders, Jr.: Lillian' Augley, 
born in 1885. deceased : Martha, born in 
1887, married Hunter Smith, and has a 
daughter, Lucille : Joshua Byrd, born in 
1889, deceased: Coleman, born in 1892. 

Dr. David Lemuel Harrell, son of Joshua 
and Evelena (Brown) Harrell, was born 
in Nansemond county. \'irginia, in 1873, 
and after attending Professor \\'illiams' 
private school for a time went to Littleton, 
North Carolina, one year later accepting a 
position as a school teacher. After one 
term he abandoned this profession and en- 
tered the L'niversity of \'irginia, studying 
in the medical department of that institu- 
tion during 1893 '^"'^ 1894. subsequently 
enrolling in the College of Physicians and 
Surgeons, at Baltimore. Maryland, receiv- 
ing his M. D. from this college. For six 
months he performed interne duty at the 
Bay View Hospital, Baltimore, and in 1896 
successfully took the examinations of the 
State Medical l^oard. He then returned to 
the county of his birth and began active prac- 
tice in his profession. In 1907 Dr. Harrell 
became a member of the medical traternity 
of Suffolk. \'irginia. and there has since re- 



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sided, continuing in professional laljors. 
While his present practice is general in 
nature, Dr. Harrell has directed special 
study upon diseases of the stomach and in- 
testines, and is regarded by his fellow phy- 
sicians as an authority upon subjects com- 
ing under that head. He is a gentleman of 
principle and honor, a learned and able doc- 
tor, and both socially and professionally 
has high standing in Sufifolk. For three 
years he was city physician of Sufifolk, and 
is a member of the American Medical Asso- 
ciation and the Nansemond County, the 
Seaboard, the South Side Virginia, and the 
State Medical Societies. His fraternal orders 
are the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
and the Masonic, his lodge in the latter 
organization Suffolk, No. 30. He is, like his 
father, a member of the Christian church. 
Dr. David Lemuel Harrell married, in 
1895, Mattie Gertrude Wilkins, daughter of 
Josiah Wilkins, and has children : Edgar 
Marion, born in 1896; Evelyn, born in 1898; 
Cecil, born in 1900 ; Lillian, born in 1901 ; 
David Lemuel, Jr., born in 1903 ; and Joshua 
Bertram, born in 1905. 

August Ellwanger. John Jacob Ellwan- 
ger, father of August Ellwanger, of Dan- 
ville, \''irginia. was born and educated in 
Wittemberg, Germany, and there learned 
the carpenters' trade. After serving his full 
years of duty in the German army, he came 
to the United States, in 1861, locating at 
Danville, Virginia, serving in the Confed- 
erate army during the closing year of the 
war. He worked at his trade and operated 
a saw mill after the war, in Mecklenburg 
county, moving in 1871 to Pittsylvania 
county, Virginia. He married, and had chil- 
dren : Christopher Frederick ; Jacob F. ; 
Mary, married D. F. Fayman ; August, of 
further mention: William; Annie, married 
W. A. Roody ; John, died during the civil 
war. 

August Ellwanger was born in Keesville, 
Mecklenburg county, Virginia, February 
23, 1868. When he was three years of age 
his parents moved to Pittsylvania county, 
where he attended school and worked with 
his father at the saw mill until he was fifteen 
years of age. He then spent three years in 
Roanoke, Virginia, learning the machinists' 
trade, and gaining a good knowledge of 
machinery. At the age of nineteen years, 
he located at Danville, where he obtained 



a position with the city, taking charge of 
the electric light plant. This position he 
held for some time, becoming an expert 
electrician. He then engaged in the sport- 
ing goods business in Danville, as a partner 
in the firm of L. C. Clarke & Company, con- 
tmuing until 1904. He then established as 
an electrical contractor at 545 Main street, 
Danville, a business that has developed into 
the present firm of A. Ellwanger & Com- 
pany, taking in W. W. Stanfield as partner 
in 1912. The firm has a well located store, 
in which a full line of electrical supplies is 
carried, but their main business is electrical 
contracting, and the installation of lighting, 
heating plants, and all forms of electric 
machinery for factories, public buildings 
and residences. Mr. Ellwanger with his 
twenty-five years' experience in electrical 
lines, is thoroughly practical, while his part- 
ner was in his employ several years before 
being awarded an interest in the business. 
Mr. Ellwanger has prospered through abil- 
ity and straightforward business methods, 
having won the confidence and respect of 
his community by upright dealings and the 
mechanical ability and facilities to promptly 
and faithfully execute his contracts. His 
business increases each year along with the 
development of the city, with whose inter- 
ests he is so closely identified. He is connected 
with other Danville activities, as a stock- 
bolder, but personally devotes his entire 
time to his own business. He is a Demo- 
crat in politics, and for twelve years has 
been a member of Danville city council, 
serving through successive re-elections. He 
is a member of the Masonic order, the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of 
Pythias, Royal Arcanum, Loyal Order of 
Moose, the Commercial Association, and the 
Tuscarora Club. In religious faith he is a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
belong to Cabell Street congregation. 

Mr. Ellwanger married, in Danville, Oc- 
tober 9, 1889, Lucy Frances, born there ; 
daughter of William and Parthenia Eliza- 
beth Scroggs, the former deceased, the lat- 
ter now residing with her daughter Lucy 
Frances. 

David Baker Ames. The Ames family of 
\'irginia and the South springs from the 
same ancestry as the Ames family of East- 
ern Massachusetts. The line is traced in 
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r.ristol. Eiif^laiid, in 1560. Ilis son, John 
(2) Ames, born in 1560, died in 1629, mar- 
ried Cyprian Browne, who bore him four 
sons, the two eldest, William and John (4). 
coming; to America, and from them spring 
all of the family name claiming early Colo- 
nial ancestors. The family has been promi- 
nent in the South for many generations and 
in 1S67 an Ames was governor of Missis- 
sippi. In England they bore arms, the 
Bristol branch bearing: "Argent, on a bend 
cottised sable. Three roses of the field. 
Crest : A white rose. Motto : Fama Candida 
rosa diildor. 

At a very early day the name appeared 
on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Captain 
John Ames in 165 1 commanding the vessel 
"Sea Horse," which, while' on a mission in 
the Delaware river, sent by Colonel Scar- 
burgh, was seized by the Dutch governor 
general, who "Lowered the King's colors, 
ran the Dutch flag to the masthead, carried 
the ship, John Ames, the skipper, William 
Scott, the pilot, and the entire crew to Eort 
Nassau." In a list of tithables on the East- 
ern Shore, made in iri66, the names of John 
and Sam Ames appear. 

( 1 ) Several generations of the family now 
represented in Norfolk by David Baker 
Anu's resided in Nansemond county, Vir- 
ginia, where his grandparents. John and 
Mary .\nies. lived and clied. John Ames, a 
farmer, and member of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church. 

(in John Wesley Ames, son of John and 
Mary Ames, was born in Nansemond coun- 
ty. \'irginia, in 1824, and died in iQofi. His 
1 1 1\ hood years were passed in study in the 
pul)lic schools of the locality, and as a 
young man he began farming operations at 
Knott's Neck, in his native county, thus 
c(in tinning until the beginning of active hos- 
tilities between the states. He served with 
hdiiMrable record through the four years of 
this conflict, returning at its close to his 
ns^ricultural pursuits, which he followed 
tnitil his retirement. \ Democrat in polit- 
ic.il belief, he was strongly attracted by pub- 
lit .ift'air'^ and possessed a wide influence in 
nuittrrs 'if local interest. He was a steward 
of the Methodist church, a citizen whose 
iipiniun atul example counted for much in 
moulding public sentiment, a power that 
w;is alwa\-s directed to worthv ends. lohn 
Weslev Ames married Martha Amv Wain- 
wriojit, .-md h.-id children: |ohn. resides. 



with his family, at I'ort Norfolk, \'irginia; 
'1 exanna, married John T. Capps ; Molly, 
married F. M. Beaton, and has issue: Wil- 
liam T., married Mittie D. Gaskins, and has 
two children ; Mattie E, ; David Baker, of 
whom further. 

(IH) David P.aker Ames, son of John 
Wesley and Martha Amy (Wainwright) 
Ames, was born in Nansemond county, \'ir- 
ginia. in 1868, and after attending public 
and private schools finished his studies at 
C hurchland, Virginia, under the instruction 
of C. W. Coleman. He began his mercan- 
tile career in F'ortsmouth, \'irginia, in 1887, 
there entering the employ of a dry goods 
house, subseciuently coming to Norfolk. 
His career as a merchant of this city had its 
inception in his connection with the old and 
well-known firm of Russell & Simcoe : he 
was later associated with Peter Smith : then 
with Spratley Brothers; and in 1898 formed 
the relation that has resulted in the present 
incorporated business of Ames. Brownley 
&• Hornthal. In this year Mr. Ames and 
John II. Brownley (q. v.) formed a part- 
nership under the name of Ames & P.rown- 
ley. Mr. Hornthal being afterward admitted 
to the firm, which has since been incorpor- 
ated and at the present time transacts a 
large and increasing business as Ames, 
Brownley & Hornthal. 

Mr. .\mes adheres to the church of his 
family, the Methodist Episcopal church, and 
supports the Democratic party. He is a 
member of the Norfolk Chamber of Com- 
merce, the Norfolk Country Club, and affili- 
ates with the Masonic order, belonging to 
Ruth Lodge, Eree and Accepted ^lasons, 
St. John's Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, 
(^rice Commandery. Knights Templar, and 
Khedive Temple. .Ancient Arabic Order 
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Mr. .\mes 
stands high in the business world of Nor- 
folk, and holds a corresjwndingly lofty posi- 
tion in the estimation of his fellows, with 
many iif whom he has been associated dur- 
ing a lit'.ctime of successful efi'ort. His citi- 
/insliip is of the highest, and Norfolk profits 
through his participation in her affairs. 
David P.aker .\mes married, in 1808, Grace 
H.. daughter of John .\. and Mattie ( Fos- 
tir~i lleldin. of Prince George county. \*ir- 



james Markham Marshall. .\ lineal de 
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and of James Markham Marshall, the revo- 
lutionary officer. James Markham Marshall, 
of Front Royal, four times elected sherifif 
of A\'arren county, and now in office, bears 
one of the most honored of Virginia names. 

While tradition is the only authority for 
claiming descent for the Marshall family 
from William C. Mareschal who came to 
England with William the Conqueror, there 
is abundant proof of an ancestry, dating to 
1558. In that year Captain John Marshall 
distinguished himself and was severely 
wounded at the fall of Calais. From him de- 
scended Captain John Marshall, who fought 
at Edgehill in the reign of Charles I. and 
in 1650 came to Virginia, settling first at 
Jamestown, then moving to W^estmoreland 
county, where he fought with valor in the 
Indian wars. His son Thomas died in 1704, 
the father of John known as John Marshall, 
of the "Forest." Captain John Marshall, of 
the "Forest." was born in Westmoreland 
county. Virginia, about 1700, and died in 
April, 1752. He was a farmer, owner of 
twelve hundred acres on Appomattox creek, 
in Washington parish, a captain of militia, 
a man of reputation and influence. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Markham, born about 1704, 
and died in Fauquier county, Virginia, in 
1775. daughter of John Markham. Tradi- 
tion has run the gamut in locating this 
Markham. He has been described as peer, 
pirate, and the buccaneer Blackbeard, but 
all the authorities agree that he was a hand- 
some, dashing and fascinating gentleman 
and a daring, cruel and adroit villain. The 
v^'ill of Captain John Marshall, of the "For- 
est" was probated May 26, 1752, his wife, 
and sons, Thomas and John, being charged 
with executing its provisions. 

Colonel Thomas Marshall, son of Cap- 
tain John Marshall, of the "Forest," was 
born in Washington parish, Westmoreland 
county, Virginia, April 2, 1730, and died in 
Washington, Mason county, Kentucky, June 
22, 1802. The friendship that existed be- 
tween Colonel Marshall and Chief Justice 
Washington began when they were school- 
mates at school, taught by Rev. Archibald 
Campbell, rector of Washington parish. 
They both learned and practiced surveying 
together, and for their services received sev- 
eral thousand acres of wild land in Henry 
county, now West Virginia. Colonel Mar- 
shall was a lieutenant of volunteers during 
the French and Indian war, but was not at 



Braddock's defeat, having been left behind 
to build "Fort Necessity." After the death 
of his father in 1752 the Marshalls moved 
to near Germantown. Fauquier county. Vir- 
ginia, where Thomas was superintendent of 
the immense estate of Lord Fairfax. In 1765 
he bought three hundred and fifty acre?: on 
Goose creek, lived there until 1773 when he 
sold it and purchased "Oak Hill," men- 
tioned in his will as "The Oaks." When 
the war broke out he joined in forming the 
Culpeper minute-men and when a regiment 
was formed, was made major. He fought at 
"Great Bridge," the first battle of the revo- 
lution, fought on Virginia soil, was at Val- 
ley Forge, and after the death of General 
Mercer at the battle of Germantown, suc- 
ceeded to the command of the Third Vir- 
ginia Regiment, and has been credited with 
saving the patriot army from destruction. 
For his gallant service, the Virginia house 
of burgesses presented him with a sword 
that is yet preserved in the Maysville, Ken- 
tucky, Historical Society. In 1799 Colonel 
Marshall with the Third Virginia Regiment 
was sent to reinforce General Lincoln in 
South Carolina. He joined Lincoln just in 
time to be shut up with him in Charleston, 
and to share in the surrender of that city to 
the British. After being paroled. Colonel 
^Jarshall with other officers visited Ken- 
tucky in 1780. journeying the entire distance 
on horseback, through the wilderness. On 
that trip he located his beautiful farm 
"Buckpond," near Versailles. 

About that time he was appointed sur- 
veyor-general of the lands in Kentucky, ap- 
portioned to the officers and soldiers of the 
Virginia state line. The territory first 
known as the county of Kentucky was on 
November i, 1781, divided into three coun- 
ties, Fayette, Lincoln and Jefiferson, Colo- 
nel Marshall being appointed surveyor of 
Fayette county. In 1783 he purchased lands, 
and in 1785 returned to Virginia for his 
family. In 1787 he represented Fayette 
county in the Virginia legislature, and in 
1788 was elected as delegate to the state 
constitutional convention. He was a zeal- 
ous Federalist and held the office of United 
States collector of revenue. He resided at 
his fine farm, "Buckpond," Kentucky, until 
1800, then gave "Buckpond" to his youngest 
son Louis and went to live with his son 
Thomas at Washington, Mason county, 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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]1)- will he divided his immense landeil 
estate anmiig his chihlren and i^randchil- 
clren. 

Cohinel .Marshall married, in 1734, in I'"au- 
quier coimty, X'irginia. Mary, daughter of 
Rev. James and Mary Isham (Randolph) 
Keith, a descendant of Robert Keith, of an 
old and noble Scottish family. James Mark- 
ham Marshall, son of Colonel Thoma,s Mar- 
shall, was born in Fauquier county, Vir- 
ginia. March 12, 1764, and died at "Fair- 
field," same county, April 26, 1848. Like 
his brothers he was educated at home under 
the instruction of his father, sisters and 
tutors. When but a youth he was commis- 
sioned lieutenant in .Alexander Hamilton's 
regiment, and participated in the final vic- 
tory at Yorktown. He accompanied his 
father to Kentuck)-, but returned to Vir- 
ginia in 1795 and married Hester, daughter 
of Robert Morris, the financier of the revo- 
lution. He was sent to France as an agent 
of the government, to negotiate the release 
of Lafayette, then held a prisoner of Aus- 
tria, and while in Paris witnessed the out- 
rages of the Reign of Terror. While in 
England he purchased of the heirs of Lord 
Fairfax all their lands in what was called 
the Northern Neck of Virginia. This pur- 
chase was made in his own name, that of 
his brother, John Marshall (Chief Justice), 
Rawleigh Colston and Harry Lee ("Light 
Horse"). lUU the state of Virginia set up 
title to the lands by confiscation and a 
compromise was effected whereby the com- 
pany received all the Fairfax lands in Leeds 
Manor and other smaller tracts. Their por- 
tion embraced about 180,000 acres and cost 
less than one dollar per acre. James Mark- 
ham Marshall purchased the share of Harry 
Lee, Mr. Colston took lands on the Po- 
tomac, leaxing all the unsold lands in Leeds 
Manor for J(jhn and James M. Marshall. 
There they formed the community around 
Markham, Fauquier county ; were Demo- 
crats in ])olitics ; Episcopalians in religious 
faith, and became a most religious and pros- 
pert>us community. James M. Alarshall, 
having a double portion, became a very 
large landed proprietor and left large estates 
to his children, much of this land yet re- 
maining in the family name. 

He studied law, practicing in W inchester, 
anil becoming eminent in his profession, 
lie was a strong Federalist, and was one 
of the "Midnight Judges" appointed by 



President John .\dams on the last night of 
his administrati<jn, but quickly legislated 
out of office by the incoming Democratic 
Congress. He later left Winchester and 
built a costly mansion on his Happy Creek 
estate. About 1816 he yielded possession 
of his magnificent estate to his eldest son, 
Robert ^L, and retired to I-'airfield, where 
he died. He was a handsome and dignified 
old gentleman, six feet two inches tall, 
weighed about two hundred pounds, and 
wore the correct dress of a gentleman of 
his period, cue, stockings and knee buckles. 
'1 he massive baronial castle with two thou- 
sand acres of land is yet owned by his de- 
scendants. His wife, Hester (Morrisj Mar- 
shall, is said to have been a lovely woman. 
She was a daughter of Robert Morris, the 
Philadelphia financier and patriot, and his 
wife, .Mary (White) Morris, daughter of 
Lolonel Thomas White, the first lawfully 
consecrated bishop of the .\merican Epis- 
copal church. 

Robert Morris Marshall, eldest son of 
James Markham and Hester (Morrisj Mar- 
shall, was born on a United States vessel 
oft' the coast of England, January 20, 1797, 
and died at Happy Creek, Warren county, 
X'irginia, February 10, 1870. He was a 
graduate of Yale College and a gentleman 
of superior literary attainments. He re- 
sided lor several years at "Mount Morris," 
I'auquier county, then became owner of tlie 
Happy Creek estate, which as the eldest son 
\Nas bestowed upon him by his generous 
father. He spent the remainder of his life 
at the beautiful Flappy Creek castle and 
estate, the genial, hospitable, high-minded 
X'irginia gentleman. He was a Whig in 
politics, opposed secession, but when his 
stale withdrew, threw his whole soul into 
the cause. lie was too ..Id to enlist, but 
sent f. .nr of his sons int.i ihe Confederate 
army, the only other si^m being in India. 
He was a devout churchman, as was his 
wife, both leading consistent Christian lives. 
lie married, January 20, 1819. his cousin, 
Lucy -Marshall, born August 13, 179^^ and 
died Lccember 24, 1844, daughter of Charles 
and Lucy ( Pickett 1 Marshall, granddaugh- 
ter of Colonel riioiiKis .Marshall, and great- 
granddaughter of John Marshall, of the 
"Forest." 

Captain lames Marshall, eUlcst son of 
Robert Morris and Lucv (Marshall. Mar- 
shall, was born at the I'lajipv Creek Man- 



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sion, Warren county, Virginia, March 9, 
1826, and died in 1904. He was educated 
under private tutors, entered Virginia Mili- 
tary Institute, and was there graduated 
with the class of 1842. He prepared for the 
profession of law, but found farming more 
to his taste. Later he opened an academy 
at Front Royal and was conducting it in 
1861, when war was declared between the 
states. He enlisted in Captain Bowen's 
company. Seventh ^'irginia Cavalry, and as 
first lieutenant served under McDonald and 
Ashby. In 1862 he himself raised Company 
E, Twelfth Virginia Cavalry, serving as cap- 
tain, under Jones and Rosser, being twice 
slightly wounded. After the war he en- 
gaged in farming for a few years, then re- 
sumed his school in Front Royal, but in 
1S76 removed to Florida. There his health 
failed and in 1878 he returned, taught 
school, and cultivated his farm, "Horse- 
shoe," on the Shenandoah, seven miles from 
Front Royal. He was a member of the 
Episcopal church ; a Democrat in politics ; 
and a high-minded Christian gentleman. 

Captain Marshall married, March 18,1846, 
his cousin. Lucy Steptoe Marshall, born at 
"Belle Grove," Fleming county, Kentucky, 
March 12. 1824, her death occurring several 
years before that of her husband, daughter 
of Charles Coatsworth and Judith Steptoe 
(Ball) Marshall, granddaughter of Charles 
and Lucy (Pickett) Marshall, great-grand- 
daughter of Colonel Thomas A'larshall, and 
great-great-granddaughter of John Mar- 
shall, of the "Forest." Her twin brothers, 
Charles and William Marshall, were both 
soldiers of the Confederacy. Captain James 
Marshall had three brothers in the Con- 
federate army : Charles ; Lieutenant Thomas, 
Company E. Twelfth Regiment Virginia 
Cavalry, killed at the battle of Brandy Sta- 
tion, and Martin P. : his remaining brother, 
Robert, was a civil engineer in the British 
government service in India. Captain Mar- 
shall's sisters were: Hester M. ; Lucy P., 
married Dr. Robert Morris, of Philadelphia ; 
Mary M. and Anna Maria. Children of 
Captain James and Lucy Steptoe (Mar- 
shall) Marshall: James Markham, of whom 
forward ; Charles C, of Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia ; Robert Morris, a farmer of Warren 
county, Virginia; Lucy Pickett, Judith Ball, 
Hester Morris, Mary Morris, Susan P>etts, 
Ann Maria. 

James Markham ^larshall, son of Cap- 



tain James and Lucy Steptoe (Marshall) 
Marshall, was born in Warren county, Vir- 
ginia, January 23, 1857. He was educated 
in public schools, and most of his life has 
been engaged in farming in his native 
county, varying this in early life by a term 
in railroad employ. He was elected sheriff 
of Warren county, in 1899. and has been 
continuously in that office until the present 
time, his administration of the sheriff's office 
having been endorsed by his fellow citizens 
Ijy three reelections. He inherits the Mar- 
sJiall qualities of courage, integrity and in- 
tellect, but the stirring times that developed 
the warlike nature of his honored father and 
ancestors have forever passed away, it is 
l-.oped, and the gentler arts of peace have 
claimed his energy. He is a Democrat in 
]iolitics, and in religious faith adheres to the 
old Marshall family religion, the Protestant 
Episcopal. 

Mr. Marshall married (first) Laura, de- 
ceased, daughter of Philip Sheaff. He mar- 
ried (second) Mary, daughter of Captain 
Elliott De Jarnette, a war officer in the Con- 
federate army, who was wounded in battle. 
Children of second marriage : Elliott De 
Jarnette, born in Front Royal, Virginia, 
March 6, 1905 ; Mary Morris, born Septem- 
ber 5, 1906; Evelyn McGruder, born Sep- 
tember II, 1908. Since leaving the farm for 
the responsibilities of public office, the fam- 
ily home has been in Front Royal. 

Charles Orchard. The English family of 
Orchard from whom comes Charles Or- 
chard, of Danville, Virginia, has long been 
seated in Somersetshire, where son has suc- 
ceeded father in business, and the same 
trade has prevailed for generations. Charles 
Orchard is of the third generation to fol- 
low the business of contractor of plastering 
and mason work, his grandfather, George 
Orchard, and his father, George Orchard, 
]ioth having carried on that business in 
England all their lives. Their home and 
place of business was at Norton street. 
Philips, a village of Somersetshire, near 
Bath, where both lived and died. 

George (i) Orchard had other sons; one, 
Joseph, came to the United States. The 
only daughter of his family was Elizabeth. 
George (2) Orchard was born at Norton 
street. Philips, England, in 1820, died there 
in 1909. He learned his father's trade and 
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iiess. He was a devoted follower and ad- 
mirer of the great English statesman, Glad- 
stone, and a man of strong, upright char- 
acter. He married Elizabeth Ball, also born 
in Somersetshire, who died in 1853, aged 
thirty-one years. Children : Frederick 
George, succeeded his father as contractor 
and is yet in business at the old home in 
England ; Elizabeth, deceased ; Henry, came 
to the United States and is now a prosper- 
ous contractor of Chicago, Illinois; Charles, 
of further mention ; Julia, married Charles 
Kane, whom she survives, a resident of As- 
bury Park, New Jersey; William, died in 
England, aged twenty-one years. 

Charles Orchard, son of George (2j and 
Elizabeth (Ball) Orchard, was born in Som- 
eisetshire, England, November ij , 1850. 
He attended private schools, and was his 
father's assistant from the age of twelve 
years until he was twenty, obtaining an 
education and learning his trade of plasterer 
during these years. In 1870 he bade his 
English home and friends adieu, and came 
to the United States, working at his trade 
in New York City for two years. He then 
came to Virginia, locating in Manchester 
(Richmondj, where he established a con- 
tiacting business and remained three years. 
In 1875 he located in Danville, Virginia, in 
the same business, where he has prospered 
and where he still continues. Pie is a con- 
tractor of plastering, concrete and cement 
works, and deals in mantles, tiles, grates and 
interior marble work, with show room and 
office in the Pythian building, 121 South 
Union street, and residence at 910 Col- 
quhoun street. He is master of every de- 
tail of his business, having followed it since 
a lad of twelve years, and is highly regarded 
as a man of business probity. He is deeply 
interested in the vital questions of the day, 
is exceedingly well read and informed, and 
an easy, forcible, fluent, public speaker, lie 
is a memljer of Roman Eagle Lodge, Free 
and .'\ccepted Masons; Phoenix Lodge, 
Knights of Pythias, and a member of Mt. 
Vernon Methodist Episcopal Church, which 
he has served as steward twenty years, 
being for two terms chairman and one term 
treasurer of the board of trustees. In polit- 
ical faith he is a Democrat. He served iiis 
city in 1883 as member of the council, and 
ii. U)(-H) was elected alilernian. Public- 
spirited .-ind eiuTi^vtic hi- has lieeii of service 



officially and as a citizen of his adopted city 
has borne well his ])art. 

Mr. Orchard returned to England in 1874 
for his bride, Jane Elizabeth Pope, whom he 
married on January 14, of that year. She 
(lied in Danville, October 18, 1896. He 
married (second) Laura Ferrell, born in 
Halifax county, \'irginia, daughter of Alex- 
ander Ferrell, deceased, a farmer of Hali- 
fax county. Children by first marriage : 
(■eorge Herbert, born July 8. 1875, now a 
druggist of Lynchburg, Virginia ; Harry 
Edwin, born July 25, 1876, also a druggist 
of Lvnchburg; Minnie Laura, born Septem- 
lier 8, 1878, married W. T. Wright, of Dan- 
\ille. Children of second marriage: Charles, 
horn October 18, 1900, now a student at 
i 'anville School fur P.oys ; .Alexandria Mary, 



William Claiborne Powell, M. D. Trac- 
ing in paternal line to a revolutionary an- 
cestor. Dr. William Claiborne Powell, prom- 
inent in medical circles in the city of Peters- 
burg, through the marriage of his grand- 
father, William Cole Powell, to Harriet 
.\deline Edmunds Claiborne, is a descend- 
ant of Colonel William Claiborne, of the 
famous N'irginia family of Claiborne. Dr. 
William Claiborne P'owelTs great-great- 
grandfather was Dr. Thomas Powell, a sur- 
geon in the Continental army during the 
war for independence. Dr. Thomas Powell 
married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward 
Digges, granddaughter of Cole Digges. and 
great-granddaughter of Edward Digges, 
governor of the colony of \'irginia in 1655. 
The Powell family is of Welsh and English 
lineage, the early ;incestors being among 
the first settlers at lainestuwn and on the 
Peninsula. 

Irom Dr. Thomas Powell the line de- 
sicnds through Cole Powell, born 1782. who 
(lied December 11, i8n, and his wife. Eliz- 
abeth .\nn (Digges I Powell, who died in 
iSi,;; t.. William t\.le P,.well. h..rn .\pril 
S. iSio, died August Ji, iS,'^). William 
(nle r<.wcll was a resident oi Dinwiddie 
c(tint\. \ irginia, ;i farmer, and married 
lianiet \deline I'.dmunds Claiborne, of 
louiiswirk county, \irginia. born in 1821, 
k\^k:k\ in \'^\-\. (laughter of I 'r. Devereau J. 
( laibonic. .Mul scNcnth in descent from 
t olouel W illiani t.lail>onie. 

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with that of I'owell. is as follows : From 
Colonel William Claiborne, secretary of the 
colony of Virginia from 1621 to 1676, known 
to history as the "Evil Genius of Maryland," 
who married, about 1646, Elizabeth Boteler 
(or Butler) ; to Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas 
Claiborne, killed by Indians, October 7, 
1683, who married Sarah Phinn, born in 
if'59; to Captain Thomas Claiborne, born 
ill 1681. died in 1732, who was thrice mar- 
ried and is credited by tradition with twen- 
ty-seven children, his third wife Annie Fox. 
daughter of Henry Fox; to Bernard Clai- 
borne, who married Martha Ravenscroft, 
widow of Peter Poythress ; to Colonel 
Thomas Claiborne, born in 1747, died in 
181 1, serving for thirty years in the national 
Congress, who married as his first wife 
Mary Clayton, who died in 1803 ; to Dr. 
Devereau J. Claiborne, born in 1785, died in 
1 87 1, who was five times married, his sec- 
ond wife Harriet Edmunds, of Charlotte 
county. Virginia. 

Albert Theodore Powell, son of William 
Cole and Harriet Adeline Edmunds (Clai- 
borne) Powell, was born in 1842, at "Nor- 
born Hill," Nottoway county, Virginia, ad- 
joining Dinwiddie county, Virginia. He 
was a young man of eighteen years when 
he enlisted in the Confederate States army. 
He served as first lieutenant of Dinwiddie 
Greys, Third Virginia Infantry, for four 
months, resigned on account of ill health 
in July, 1861, and joined the Third Virginia 
C avalry in November, 1861, and served to 
the end of the war. His military service was 
filled with exciting and thrilling incident: he 
participated in all the important battles, was 
wounded in action, and was thrice taken 
prisoner by the enemy, but made his escape ; 
was shot in the leg and was invalided for 
SIX months. He attended Emory and Henry 
College and Randolph-Macon College, but 
did not graduate from either institution. 
He taught school in Mecklenburg county. 
\'irginia, for several years, about twenty- 
five sessions, and later took up legal study, 
al the close of the war, and has since been 
active in professional practice, for more 
than twenty years filling the office of com- 
monwealth attorney of Dinwiddie county, 
completing his term about 1900, now re- 
siding at the family home in Dinwiddie 
county. He served as justice of the peace 
al)out ten vears ; as sheriff for fifteen months : 



and as acting justice of the peace for three 
years. Since 1867 he has been a member 
of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 
serving as filer, junior warden, senior 
warden and now worshipful master. He 
is a member of the Protestant Episcopal 
church. Albert Theodore Powell married 
(first) October 12. 1869, Louisa Jones 
Thweatt, born in 1843, daughter of Archi- 
bald and Sarah C. Thweatt and grand- 
daughter of Thomas Thweatt and Francis 
Fitzgerald, the latter named having been 
clerk of Nottoway county for more than 
half a century. Children: i. Dr. William 
Claiborne, of whom further. 2. Eugene 
Hume, a minister of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, now pastor of Benns Church, 
Isle of Wight county, Virginia. 3. Adeline 
Claiborne, lives at home with her parents 
in Dinwiddie county. 4. Percy T., a mer- 
chant of Petersburg. Virginia. 5. Sallie 
Louisa, married Arthur G. Ferguson, of 
Dinwiddie county, and has eight children. 
6. Lillian Estelk. married Bernard T. Doyle, 
of McKenney. Dinwiddie county, mother of 
four children. 7. Alberta May, married 
Marshall Tucker, of Dinwiddie county : two 
children. 8. Rinaldo John, a farmer of 
Brunswick county, Virginia : he married 
Nellie Jones, daughter of James Jones, of 
Brunswick county, Virginia. Albert Theo- 
dore Powell married (second) in February, 
1909, Miss E. D. Zehmer. daughter of Dr. 
Charles G. Zehmer. 

Dr. ^Villiam Claiborne Powell, son of Al- 
bert Theodore and Louisa Jones (Thweatt) 
Powell, was born in Dinwiddie county, Vir- 
ginia, August 23, 1870. Preliminary to be- 
ginning professional study he pursued 
courses in the public schools and William 
and Mary College, attending the latter insti- 
tution during the terms of 1895 and 1896. 
For two years thereafter he taught school 
in the county of his birth, then matriculated 
at the Medical College of \'irginia, whence 
he was graduated Doctor of Medicine, May 
9, 1901. In December of that year he passed 
the examination of the medical examiners' 
lioard of Virginia, and since that date has 
been continuously in professional practice, 
which he first took up at Chesterfield Court 
House, Virginia. One year later Dr. Powell 
removed to Petersburg, which place he has 
since made the scene of his professional 
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vith the passing years. He is a successful 
jractitioner, and has to his credit attain- 
nent and position of worthy order. 

Dr. Powell is associated with numerous 
irofessional associations, among those with 
\hich he has been identified being the Ches- 
erfield County Medical Society, of which 
le was elected a member in igo2 (January). 
n October of the .same year being voted an 
lonorary member of the society ; the Med- 
cal Society of Virginia, of which he was 
'lected a fellow, October i8, 1904; the 
-'etersburg Medical Faculty, to which he 
vas elected April 15, 1905 : the Southside 
Virginia Medical Association, of which he 
vas elected a fellow in 1907; the .American 
Uedical Association, of which was elected 
I fellow in 1908, and the Dinwiddle County 
Uedical Society and the Southern Medical 
\ssociati<.n, with both of which he became 
ififiliatcd in 1914, being elected charter presi- 
lent of Dinwiddle County Medical Society 
md president of Petersburg Medical 
-^"acuity. Dr. Powell has contributed nu- 
nerous articles to the medical journals and 
las enriched the literature of his profession 
)y his writings, which contain the result-; 
)f deep study and particular investigation, 
miong the best known of his papers being 
'Etiology of Pneumonia," "Monstrosity," 
'Gonorrhea in the Female," and "Some Re- 
narks on Obstetrics." All of these were 
•cad before the various societies of which 
le is a member and in whose deliberations 
ind activities he takes prominent part. Dr. 
Powell has been medical examiner for sev- 
:ral insurance companies, in April, 1905, 
iccepted this ])osition with the Mutual Life 
fnsurance Company of New York, in July, 
[904, with the Southern Mutual .\i(l .Isso- 
:iation of Piirmingham. Alabama, in May, 
[O05, with the Modern Woodmen of .\mer- 
ca, in Se])tember, 1906, with the Philadel- 
phia Life Insurance Company, and also of 
;he Modern Woodmen of the World, lie 
s a member of the -Mumni Society of the 
Medical College of \'irginia, fraternizes 
ivith the Masonic order and the Junior 
Drder of United American ]\Iechanics, and 
s a communicant of the Protestant F.pis- 
;opal church. 

Dr. William Claiborne Powell married. 
in Lynchi)urg, X'irginia. October 5. U)oi), 
?arah Preckenridge Early, born in Camp- 
bell county, Virginia, daughter of Leverett 



S. and Jennie B. f.Mooni Early, member oi 
the family to which General Jubal I!. I-larly 
belonged. Leverett .S. Early was born m 
Campljell county, X'irginia, in 1842, fol- 
lowed agriculture all of his life, served in 
the Confederate States arm\- during the four 
years of the war. and 'lied'july 3. 1914. 

G. Funston Lucado. Thcimas I'.dwin Lu- 
cado, the first representative of the line here 
considered of whom we have definite infor- 
mation, was a planter of Buckingham coun- 
ty, Virginia, and he served with distinction 
ill a Virginia regiment during the war of 
181 2. He married Lucy Walker, also of 
Buckingham county, \'irginia, and by her 
had the following children: Nancy, mar- 
ried C. Johnson ; James, married Betty Mor- 
gan, and went west ; Edwin, married a Miss 
Poindexter ; Josephine, unmarried; William, 
married Margaret Palmer ; Mary, married 
James Mathias ; Jeannette, married Pow- 
hatan Ilaynes; Lucy, married William 
James: Leonard Fretwell, see forward. 

(11) Captain Leonard Fretwell Lucado, 
scm of Thomas Edwin and Lucy (Walker) 
I ucado, was born in Bedford county, N'ir- 
ginia, August 28, 1832, died July 5, 1901. 
He received a fair education in the schools 
of his native county and at Lynchburg, to 
which city he came at an early age. For 
some time he filled the position of clerk for 
his uncle. James Fretwell, a well known 
merchant and prominent citizen of Lynch- 
burg at that time. From the very com- 
mencement of his active business career. 
Captain Lucado evinced those qualities of 
energy and progressiveness that character- 
ized him throughout his long and useful life. 
.\fter various employments he became an 
(■])erator of canal boats on the old James 
river and Kanawha canal and in this line 
of business met with signal success, and he 
also engaged for a short ])eriod of time in 
ihe tobacco business. When the old canal 
was snM t,. the Riclimund v^ Alleghany 
i.iilrciad. In- entered the wholesale grocery 
business, tlie firm name being Lucado I'l- 
Lrcpihart. In January, 1SS3, his son, G. 
Funston Lucado, entered the firm as a part- 
ner, purchasing the interest of Mr. I'rqu- 
hart. Throughout \'irginia and neighbor- 
ing states this business was conducted with 
great success, and the tirm oi Lucado iV 
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the Lynchburg jobbing interests. In 1899 
the senior Mr. Lucado retired from active 
pursuits, closing up his business. 

Captain Lucado entered the Confederate 
army, April 24, 1861, in Company G, Elev- 
enth Virginia Regiment. He was commis- 
sioned captain of commissary department 
in the field, August 8, 1861, and shortly 
afterward assigned to General Longstreet's 
brigade headquarters, regimental commis- 
sary. While serving in this capacity he was 
present at the battles of Williamsburg, 
Seven Pines, Frazier"s Farm (where he was 
wounded). Second Manassas, Brownboro, 
Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Dranesville, Cold 
Harbor. After June 12, 1864, he was with 
General Early and at all the battles in which 
his troops engaged until after Cedar Creek, 
among them Hanover Junction, where he 
was again wounded. He surrendered at 
-Appomattox, having been in constant serv- 
ice throughout the war, and was a member 
of the Home Guard. 

Captain Lucado married (first) Ammen 
Hamner, (second) Belle Pettygrew, daugh- 
ter of James W^ and Mary (Newell) Petty- 
grew, who bore him two sons: G. Funston, 
see forward, and Albert Walker. 

(HI) G. Funston Lucado, son of Captain 
Leonard Fretwell and Belle (Pettygrew) 
Lucado, was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, 
November 12, 1861, died July 24, 1904. He 
received his education in the public schools 
of his native city and at the Virginia Mili- 
tary Institute, Lexington, Virginia, from 
which institution he was graduated. He 
gained his first business experience by asso- 
ciating with his father in the wholesale mer- 
cantile business, under the firm title of Lu- 
cado & Sons. While prosecuting this busi- 
ness, G. Funston Lucado was attracted to 
the possibilities of coal development in 
West Virginia, and by judicious invest- 
ments made almost at the inception of the 
coal operations in that field, he was largely 
and prominently identified with the coal 
mining industry. His prescience and prac- 
tical knowledge of the business in every de- 
tail are best attested by the fact that at the 
time of his death he was president of the 
Raleigh Coal i5t Coke Compan}-, of Raleigh 
county. West Virginia ; of the Gilliam Coal 
& Coke Company : of the Arlington Coal & 
Coke Company ; of the Shawnee Coal & 
Coke Company, all of r^IcDowell county. 



West \'irginia ; of the Glen Allen Coal & 
Coke Company, of Mingo county, West Vir- 
ginia ; secretary and treasurer of the Lee 
Coal & Coke Company, Virginia, and Coal & 
Coke Company of Virginia, and a director of 
the Lynchburg National Bank. Among his 
associates in the coal field Mr. Lucado was 
highly regarded as a man of exceptional 
capacity and tireless enterprise, whose char- 
acter won confidence and whose discretion 
overcame difficulties. He was not only liked 
and respected by the operators, but was 
implicitly trusted by the employees of every 
company with which he was identified. 

Whether the elements of success in life 
are innate attributes of the individual, or 
Avhether they are quickened by a process of 
circumstantial development, it is impossible 
to clearly determine, yet the study of a suc- 
cessful life is none the less interesting and 
profitable by reason of the existence of the 
same uncertainty. A man who measured 
up to modern requirements was the late G. 
Funston Lucado, in whose death the com- 
munity lost not only a singularly success- 
ful man, but a most worthy and honored 
citizen. He was not only successful him- 
self, but was largely influential in the suc- 
cess of others, and he has left to posterit}- 
that priceless heritage, an honored nnme. 

I\Ir. Lucado married Margaret Sandford 
Glass, daughter of Major Robert Henry and 
Meta (Sanford) Glass (see Glass II). Child: 
Margaret Funston. 



(I) Thomas Glass, the first member of 
the family of whom we have information, 
was born in Fluvanna county, Virginia. 
Later he removed to Amherst county, Vir- 
ginia, where he purchased land and followed 
agricultural pursuits, continuing along this 
line throughout the active years of his life. 
He became prominent in his community 
and served a number of years as captain of 
a militia company. He married Lavinia 
Cauthorne. daughter of Richard and Ann 
(Williamson) Cauthorne, the latter named 
having been an accomplished and very beau- 
tiful woman, whose death occurred in 1842. 
Mrs. Glass died in 1852. Children of Mr. 
and Mrs. Glass: Robert Henry, see for- 
ward ; Horatio, died young in Florida ; John, 
moved to Missouri, married, and died there ; 
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Mr. See and had due dauf^jliter, Georgianna, 
married J. Laidain and had two daughters, 

Ada and ; Thomas, died young. 

(IJ) Major Robert Henry Glass, son of 
Thomas and Lavinia (Cauthorne) Glass, 
was born at Balcony Falls, Amherst county, 
Virginia, February, 1822, died in Lynch- 

i burg, Virginia, Alay 6, 1896. His business 
career was devoted to newspaper work, and 
at the time of his death was one of the lead- 
ing newspaper men in Virginia, being 
kiKiwn as the "veteran editor." He was for 
mail}- years editor and proprietor of the 
"iJaily Republican" of Lynchburg, and also 

I edited and owned papers in Petersburg and 
Danville, and when his pen was laid aside 
for the last time it was the pen of one of 
the ablest and best known of Virginia edi- 
tors. He was serving in that capacity when 
riiany of the well known editors of the state 
at the present time were boys, and at the 
time when the editorial department of a 
paper was the paper itself, and only a brave 
and true man could be respected in that 
position. While always a fearless writer, 
he was the last man in the world to do an}- 
one an injustice, and he was especially kind 
to the young men of the press and always 
ready to give them a word of encourage- 
ment and a helping hand. He also served 
as postmaster of Lynchburg for many years, 
both before the civil war and during that 
struggle, and at the close of the war, so 
highly were his services valued, he was 
oftered a reappointment by President Lin- 
coln, but could not see his way clear to ac- 
cept a favor from the North at a time when 
the hostile feeling between the states ran 
so high. During a portion of the war he 
served the Confederacy on General Floyd's 
staff with the rank of major. During the 
many years he so efficiently iilled the ofiice 
of postmaster he still found time to attend 
to newspaper work, and continued his edi- 
torial labors on the "Daily Republican," of 
which he retained a part ownership. Major 
Glass was a man of indomitable will ]:)ower 
and great energy, and even when in hi'i 
latter years his health, greatly impaired dur- 
ing the war, began to fail he still kepi at 
his editorial work in the office of the 
"Lynchburg News" until forced to retire by 
the seriousness of his illne.ss. 

With thorough training, true journalistic 
instinct, broad knowledge of affairs and inti- 
mate acciuaintance with leaders in his 



chosen ])r<jfession. Major Glass reflected 
honor upon his vocation, and in his conduct 
of the various newspapers with which he 
was connected made them the exijonents of 
the highest interests of the community, the 
state and the nation. Though nearly two 
decades have gone by since his demise, his 
memory, both in the newspaper world and 
among the older citizens of Lynchburg has 
been kept green, and he is still spoken of 
with admiration and esteem. His work was 
widely extended, and will be felt and recog- 
nized for many years, and his example is 
well worthy of emulation by the rising gen- 
eration. 

Major (dass married (first) Elizabeth 
Christian, born in 1826, died January 15, 
i860, daughter of Judge Samuel Christian, 
and granddaughter of Captain Henry Chris- 
tian, an officer in the war of the revolution. 
Major Glass married (second) Meta Sand- 
ford, of North Carolina, daughter of John 
\\'. and Margaret ( Halladay I Sandford, of 
Philadelphia. Children of first wife: i. Rob- 
ert Henry Jr., married Beatrice Daugherty ; 
one daughter. Beatrice. 2. Edward Chris- 
li.in. married Susan Carter; children: Ed- 
ward Christian Jr., May C, Robert C, 
Henry B., Nannie D., Elizabeth C, Susan, 
Virginia, Shirley. Irvine Clark, the three 
last named deceased. 3. Carter, married 
Aurelia Caldwell; children: Paulus Howell, 
Carter Jr., Mary Archer, Augusta Christian, 
Claiborne, deceased. 4. Nannie Patterson. 
Children of second wife: 5. Margaret Sand- 
ford, married G. Funston Lucado (see Lu- 
cado III). 6. Erskine Douglas, married 
Jennie Darby; children: John Sandford, 
Jennie Darby. 7. John Sandford. deceased; 
married Elizabeth Pollard; children: John 
S., I'~lizabeth. 8. Marian Langhorne, mar- 
ried P.lair P.annister; daughter. Margaret. 
c). Louise .\ugusta. married F. D. Johnston 
Jr.; chil.lren': Robert. Louise. "10. Cora 
lonl:iine, died young. 1 1. Mela, unmarried. 

James Sclater, a son of James Sclater and 
grandson of William Sheldon Sclater, James 
Sclater ]iassed his business life in connec- 
tion will) t!ie interests of Hampton. \'ir- 
L'ini:!. idcniilied in his operations with his 
iroilur. l.eniuel Sclater. His grandfather. 
W illiani Slieldon Sclater. was a jilantation 
ow tier and inar oi large business affairs of 
\ ork couniv. \'irginia.his home near Land's 
I'.nd. Mr was the father oi lohii. lames. 



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William Sheldon (2), and Catherine Fran- 
ces. James Sclater, father of James Sclater, 
was born in York county. Virginia. He sup- 
ported the Confederate cause in the field 
during the war between the states, and was 
thrice married, his children by his second 
wife. Jane Hoskins. being: Lemuel, Mary 
Jane, William Sheldon (3), John M., Francis 
Howard. James, of whom further, and 
Laura Virginia. 

James Sclater was born December 8, 1S51, 
died July 14, 1909. He was educated in the 
schools of Hampton and at other places in 
Elizabeth City county, as a young man be- 
coming associated in business with his 
brother, Lemuel Hoskins, in drug dealings. 
Their first establishment was at the location 
on North Queen street now occupied by the 
Lee-Patterson Hardware Company, and 
they were subsequently situated at the pres- 
ent site of the Booker Hardware establish- 
ment. A line of hardware was in time added 
to the drug business conducted by them, 
and a pleasant and profitable association 
was continued until the retirement of the 
elder partner in 1892. James Sclater was a 
director of the Merchants' Bank of Hamp- 
ton, and occupied a position among the reli- 
able, substantial business men of the city. 
He was a communicant of St. John's Prot- 
estant Episcopal Church, a man of upright 
character, good works, and recognized high 
standing. 

He married. May 11, 1904, Mollie Mara- 
ble, born December 8, 1881, daughter of 
Isaac Christian Marable. The Marable fam- 
ily has been long in Virginia, one of its early 
members belonging to the Virginia house 
of burgesses, and Isaac Christian Marable 
was a son of Major Marable and his wife, 
Christiana (Taylor) Marable. Isaac Chris- 
tian Marable was born in 1853, and was a 
farmer of Charles City county, Virginia. He 
married, in 1875, Elizabeth James Davis, 
daughter of Archibald and Mary Ann Davis, 
of Charles City county, and had issue : 
Beulah, married Clinton Simonson, and has 
Wise, Winnie, Pearl and Elizabeth ; Pearl ; 
Mollie, of previous mention, married James 
Sclater, and now resides in Hampton, Vir- 
ginia ; Davis, married Leone Powell, and 
has Edward and Aubrey ; Alma ; Samuel. 

Rt. Rev. Bishop Alfred Magill Randolph. 

No family belongs more distinctively to 
Virginia than does that of Randolph, for the 



records of the Old Dominion, whether they 
be of church or state, bear testimony to 
careers of brilliance and usefulness credited 
to those of the name, descendants of Colonel 
W'illiam Randolph, of Turkey Island, in the 
James river, Henrico county, Virginia. Rt. 
Rev. Alfred Magill Randolph, bishop of the 
Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Southern 
Virginia, belongs to this line, and is one of 
two of the four sons of Robert Lee Ran- 
dolph, of "Eastern View," who entered the 
ministry of the Episcopal church, the other 
bring Rev. Buckner Magill Randolph. More 
than half a century has passed since Bishop 
Randolph's entrance into ecclesiastical cir- 
cles, and in that time, whether as rector of 
a parish, chaplain in the army, or diocesan 
official, he has given of his best to the cause 
of the church, to the glory of God and the 
realization of His kingdom. 

Colonel William Randolph, American an- 
cestor of the family, was a son of Richard 
RandoI])h, born February 22. 1627, died in 
Iiublin. Ireland, in 1671, who married Eliz- 
abeth, daughter of Richard Ryland, and set- 
tled at "Morton Hall," Warwickshire, Eng- 
land ; grandson of ^^'illiam Randolph, born 
in 1572, died in 1660, married (second) 
Dorothy Lane ; and great-grandson of Rob- 
ert Randolph, of Hams, county Sussex, 
I^ngland, Gent., married Rose Roberts, of 
Hawkhurst, county Kent, England. The 
arms that belonged to the family in its Eng- 
lish home were : Gules, a cross fleury. ar- 
gent, bearing five mullets pierced, sable. 
(Vest — An antelope erased, holding in the 
mouth a baton. Motto — "Fan quae seiitiat 
fTo speak what he thinks)." 

Colonel William Randolph was born in 
Yorkshire, England, about 165 1, moved to 
Warwickshire, and from there came to the 
province of Virginia in 1674. He was clerk 
of Henrico county, Virginia, from 1683 to 
171 1, member of the house of burgesses 
from 1685 to 1699 and from 1703 to 1705 
and again in 1710, speaker of the" house in 
1690, clerk of the house in 1702, attorney 
general in 1696, and member of the Royal 
Council. His death occurred April 11, 1711. 
He married, in March, 1680, Mary Isham, 
daughter of Henry Isham, of Bermuda 
Hundred, and his wife, Catherine, and was 
the father of nine children. 

The line continues through his son, Wil- 
liam (2) Randolph, known as Councillor 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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county, in 1681. died October 19, 1741. He 
inherited Turkey Island and is there buried, 
his grave, near that of his father, marked 
with a stone bearinj^ the fdllowinit; inscrip- 
tion : 

"Here lies the HONOURABLE WILLIAM 
RANDOLPH, Esqr., oldest son of Colonel Wil- 
liam Randolph of this place, and of Mary his wife, 
who was of the ancient and estimable family of 
Ishams of Northamptonshire; having been easily 
introduced into business, and passed through many 
inferior offices of Government, with great reputa- 
tion and eminent capacity. He was at last, by his 
Majesty's happy choice and the universal approba- 
tion of his Country, advanced to the Council. His 
experience in men and business, the native gravity 
of his person and behaviour, his attachments to the 
interests of his Country, knowledge of the laws in 
general, and of the laws and constitution of his 
Colony in particular, his integrity above all calumny 
or suspicion, the acuteness of his parts and the 
extensiveness of his genius together with the 
solidity of sense or judgment in all that he said or 
did, rendered him not only equal but an ornament 
to the high office he bore, and have made him uni- 
versally lamented as a most able and impartial 
Judge and as an upright and useful magistrate in all 
other respects. Neither was he less conspicuous 
for a certain majestic plainness of sense and honour 
which carried him through all parts of private life 
with an equal dignity of reputation; and deservedly 
gained him the character of the just good man in all 
the several duties and relations of life. 
Natus November 1681 
Mortuus Oct. 19'h 1741 
Anno Aetatis 61." 

Peter Randolph, son of William (2) or 
Councillor Randolph, was the great-grand- 
father of Bishop Randolph, and was born 
on Turkey Island about 1708, afterward 
moving to Chatsworth, also in Henrico 
county. He married Lucy, , daughter of 
Robert Boiling, and had William, Beverly. 
Colonel Robert, grandfather of Bishop 
Randolph, and Anne. Beverly Randolph 
succeeded Edmund Randolph, of his family, 
as governor of Virginia, and was in turn 
followed in that office by General Henry 
Lee (Light Horse Harry), of revolutionary 
fame. 

Colonel Robert Randolph was commaniler 
of a cavalry regiment in the war for inde- 
]>endence, and married Elizabeth Carter, a 
sister of Anne Carter, mother of the illus- 
trious Robert E. Lee. 

Robert Lee Randolph, son of t'oKniel 
Robert Randolph and father of Bishop Ran- 
dolph, married Mary Buckner Thurston 
Magill, and passed, his life at his home, 
"Eastern View," Fauquier county. Virginia. 



C hildren of Robert Lee and Mary Buckner 
Thurston (.Magill) Randolph: William 
I'itzhugh. married a cousin, Xanny Carter: 
Mary Magill, married a cousin, Edward C. 
Turner; Alfred Magill, of whom further; 
I'leverly, resides unmarried at Montrose, 
X'irginia ; Buckner Magill, a clergyman of 
the Protestant Episcojjal church, married 
Marv Hoxton. 

Rt. Rev. Alfred Magill Randolph, son of 
Robert Lee and Mary Buckner 'Thurston 
(Magill) Randolph, was born at the "Mead- 
ows." the home of the Magills. near Win- 
chester. Virginia, and received his early 
educational training in his home under a 
private tutor, subsequently attending Wil- 
liam and Mary College, Williamsburg. 
\'irginia. where he graduated in 1855. He 
prepared for the ministry of the Protestant 
Episcopal church at the \'irginia Theologi- 
cal Seminary, near .Alexandria, and was 
graduated in divinity after a three years" 
course, in July, 1858, being ordained a 
deacon in the chapel of the seminary. He 
first became assistant to Dr. Maguire at St. 
George's Church, Dr. Maguire suffering a 
fatal stroke of apoplexy two weeks after the 
installation of his assistant, so that Rev. 
Mr. Randolph took full charge of the par- 
ish until a choice of his successor should 
be made. I*"ive months afterward he was 
appointed the regular rector of St. George's, 
being at this time but twenty-two } ears 
old. an exceedingly youthful age for such 
weighty responsibility. In iS6j he and his 
family were ordered from their home in 
I'Vedericksburg because of the movements 
of the armies in that vicinity and the im- 
minent danger of bombardment, and at this 
time Rev. Mr. Randolph became a post 
chaplain in the Confederate States army. 
He subsequently continued his clerical work 
in Halifax county. X'irginia, until the fall of 
1866, in which year he became rector of 
Old Christ Church, at .Mexantlria, X'irginia, 
in 1867 assuming charge of Tmmanud 
Church. T'.altimore. Maryland. 

i\i\ Hr. ivaiuloliih continuetl in charge 
oi this parish until his election to the high 
ot't'ue of the church as assistant bishop of 
\irginia in 1883. and his consecration as 
siuli. Richmond. X'irginia. as a central 
l>oini in the diocese, then became his place 
of residence, and there he remained until 
the growth of the church and the expansion 
of its activities made advisable the erection 



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of a new diocese, Virginia being divided 
into a northern and a southern diocese. In 
1893 the Rt. Rev, Dr, Randolph took charge 
of the Southern Virginia Diocese, and fills 
that position at this time. His diocesan 
organization is a strong one ; its constituent 
churches well able to stand alone and en- 
gaged in active work, and in the almost 
quarter of a century that he has labored in 
this field, he has seen his efforts bear good 
fruit. To educational work in this district 
he has especially devoted himself with 
beneficial effect, and he is now president of 
the Bishop Payne Divinity School, at Pe- 
tersburg, Virginia ; president of the board of 
trustees of St. Paul's Normal and Industrial 
School (Colored), at Lawrenceville, Vir- 
ginia ; president of the board of trustees of 
the Sweet Briar Institute, at Amherst, Vir- 
ginia. 

Bishop Randolph's lifelong association 
with religious work in Virginia has made 
his name one well-known and loved 
throughout the state. He is not only the 
head of the church in his diocese, but the 
leader in its works, the eagerly sought ad- 
viser of the clergy, and the beloved friend 
of the laity. Pastor and people alike revere 
him for his works, and their respect walks 
hand in hand with their love. 

Bishop Randolph married, April 27, 1859, 
Sallie Griffith Hoxton, born January 25, 
1840, daughter of Dr. William W. Hoxton, 
United States army, and his wife, Eliza 
Llewellyn Griffith, of Alexandria, Virginia. 
Children of Bishop Randolph and his wife, 
Sallie Griffith Hoxton: i. Robert Lee, M. 
D., born December i, i860, now a member 
of the staff of Johns Hopkins Hospital, 
Baltimore, Maryland, married Phoebe 
Waite Eliot, and has Alfred Magill (2), 
Anne Stuart, Robert Lee, Jr., Phoebe 
Waite, Dorothea Winslow, and Middleton 
Eliot. 2. Eliza Llewellyn, born November 
18, 1862, died August 9, 1910; married, 
January 12, 1886, James M. Ambler, and had 
Sallie H. and Virginia M. 3. Mary Thur- 
ston, born July 6, 1865, died October 3, 
1873. 4. Alfred' Magill, Jr., born March 27, 
1868, married Elizabeth C. Pace, and has 
Alfred Pace and Virginia Carter. 5. Sallie 
Winslow, born February 9, 1870, died in 
1891. 6. Evelyn Barton, married April 7, 

1910, James F. Wright, and has Eliza 
Llewellyn Randolph, born September 26, 

191 1. 7. Eleanor Colville, born July i, 1875, 



married Theodore Stanford Garnett, and has 
Theodore, Eleanor, and Alfred Randolph. 
8. Frances Hoxton, born January 7, 1878, 
married Richard Cornelius Taylor, Jr. 

Richcird Cassias Lee Moncure. Since 
1710, when John Moncure came to Virginia 
from Scotland, the name Moncure has been 
prominent in Virginia annals. He settled 
in the parish of Cleremont, Stafford county, 
established an estate and founded a family 
which has been of prominence in each suc- 
ceeding generation. He married Frances, 
daughter of Dr. Gustavus Brown, of Charles 
county, Maryland ; distinguished descend- 
ants were Rev. John Moncure, an eminent 
minister of the Established church ; Judge 
Richard Cassius Lee Moncure, of the Vir- 
ginia court of appeals ; Major Thomas Jef- 
ferson Moncure, a brave officer of the Con- 
federacy, who charged with Pickett at 
Gettysburg and performed other valiant 
service for the cause, and many, many others 
in every walk of life. Those named were 
great-great-grandfather, maternal grand- 
father and father of Richard Cassius Lee 
Moncure, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, a 
present day worthy descendant of worthy 
sires. Richard Cassius Lee Moncure is a 
son of Thomas Jefferson Moncure, and a 
grandson of William Augustus Moncure, 
born in Stafford county, Virginia, who 
served in the Virginia senate from Caroline 
county and was the second auditor. He 
married Lucy Gatewood. of Caroline 
county, also of a distinguished Virginia 
family, who bore him ten children, one of 
whom was Major Thomas Jefferson Mon- 
cure. 

Major Thomas Jeft'erson Moncure was 
born in Caroline county, Virginia, Novem- 
ber 12, 1832, lived an honored and useful 
life of eighty years that was accidently ter- 
minated August 28, 1912. He was a grad- 
uate of Virginia Military Institute, class of 
1853, and for two years thereafter taught 
in Fredericksburg schools. He then entered 
upon his long and successful career as a 
civil engineer, a profession he followed, 
save for militar}' service, until his retire- 
ment in 1892. His first work as an engi- 
neer was in the location and construction of 
the Orange and Fredericksburg Railroad, 
extending from Fredericksburg to Orange 
Court House. He was next engaged on 
government work in. the northwest until the 



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outbreak of the war between the states, 
when he returned to Virginia and entered 
the Confederate army. After the war he 
resumed the pursuit of his profession and 
was in turn chief engineer of the Seaboard 
Air Line and eiigincer in charge of the Rich- 
mond (S: Danville Railroad. In 1892 he re- 
tired from acti\'e professional life. 

His military service began with the first 
call for men, he joining an infantry com- 
pany known as the Jefferson Guards of 
Richmond, of which he was elected captain. 
When this company became part of a regi- 
ment he was elected and commissioned 
major. His regiment was assigned to duty 
at the iron works at Richmond engaged in 
making guns and munitions of war, but de- 
siring field duty Major Moncure was at his 
own request relieved of this duty and ap- 
pointed assistant commandant at Fort Lee 
where troops were being drilled and organ- 
ised for active duty. After serving in this 
capacity for six months he applied for a still 
more active assignment and was appointed 
engineer officer, first serving with the engi- 
neers' corps, later as engineer officer on 
General Magruder's staff. He was superb 
in the face of danger, his courage being 
manifested on many fields of battle. He 
was in Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, and 
under General Lee's special directions had 
charge of the countermining after the 
Crater explosion at Petersburg. He fought 
at Cold Harbor and Fredericksburg, Gettys- 
burg and Petersburg and many other of the 
historic battles of the war. His map of the 
battlefield of Fredericksburg is part of the 
government official records at Washington. 
He passed all perils of war unscathed, and 
in after life served his state in legislative 
halls. His last public service was as mem- 
ber of the constitutional convention of 1902 
to which he was elected without opposition 
from the legislative district composed of 
Stafford and King George counties. 

Major Moncure might well be classed as 
one of nature's noblemen. His kindly genial 
nature expanded in the society of relatives 
and friends and he was one of the most 
generous and hospitable of hosts. His great 
nature took in all those in need and his 
charity was boundless. A Christian gentle- 
man, baptized in the Episcopal church, he 
was steadfast and unmovable, always 
abounding in good works. Those who knew 
him best have the comfortable assurance 



that his labor was not in vain and that 
when without warning the end suddenly 
came he presented his soul spotless before 
Him who gave it. 

Major Moncure married (first) Fannie 
Washington ]Moncure. daughter of Judge R. 
C. L. Moncure, of the Virginia court of 
appeals. He married (second") Marguerite 
Elizabeth Moncure, sister of his first wife, 
their mother being Mary Butler Washing- 
ton (Conway) Moncure. Marguerite Eliza- 
beth Moncure was born January 16, 1839, 
died February 26, 1897. She was the mother 
of four' children : Alary Adrian, deceased, 
aged nineteen years; William Augustus, of 
Philadelphia, connected with the Pennsyl- 
\ania Railroad, married Caroline Ashe 
Pemberton, of Albemarle, North Carolina : 
Richard Cassius Lee, of whom further; 
Robinson, an eminent lawyer of Alexandria, 
A'irginia, a member of the Virginia house of 
delegates, married Ida Grigg, of Alexan- 
dria, Virginia. 

Richard Cassius Lee Moncure, son of 
Major Thomas Jefferson Moncure and his 
second wife. Marguerite Elizabeth (Mon- 
cure) Moncure, was born in .Stafford, \'ir- 
ginia, February 5, 1872, his birthplace the 
old Moncure homestead. His early educa- 
tion was obtained in local schools, later he 
attended Locustdale Academy and Freder- 
icksburg private schools. He then entered 
William and Mary College. He began 
business life with a Pennsylvania Railroad 
engineering corps, then spent a year in 
West Virginia on a coal land survey, then 
established a factory in Falmouth, Stafford 
county, \^irginia, for the making of pickles, 
under the firm name Wallace & Mon- 
cure. Mr. Moncure was in full control of 
the business and yet retains an active inter- 
est in this prosperous enterprise. He is 
also owner of a fine estate of seven hundred 
acres in Stafford county. A Democrat in 
])olitics, Mr. Moncure has served in legis- 
lative districts (Staft'ord and King George 
counties), three terms in the house of dele- 
gates, and one term as state senator, filling 
these offices with dignity and honor. On 
March 21, 1914, he was appointed collector 
of internal revenue for the Eastern \'ir- 
ginia district, a choice meeting with the 
approval of the district aft'ected. Mr. Mon- 
cure is a member of the Patriotic Sons of 
America, the hall in which the local lodge 
meets, known as "Moncure Hall," having 



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been built by the residents of that locality 
and named in his honor. In religious faith 
he is a Baptist, although the family faith 
is Episcopalian. 

Mr. Moncure married, December 3, 1913, 
Mary Ashby Wallace, born in Stafford 
county, Virginia, daughter of Dr. Gustavus 
Michael Wallace, of Stafford county, a lead- 
ing physician and a state senator, and his 
wife, Dora Ashby (Green) Wallace, and a 
granddaughter of Gustavus B. and Emily 
Travis (Daniel) Wallace, and of George 
and Bettie (Ashby) Green. This branch of 
the Wallace family in the United States de- 
scends from Dr. Michael Wallace, who 
came from Scotland to "Ellerslie," Stafiford 
county, Virginia, in 1734, and married, April 
27, 1747. Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Gus- 
tavus Brown, of Charles county, Maryland. 
Mrs. Mary Ashby (Wallace) Moncure was 
born at this old Wallace homestead, "Eller- 
slie," May 9, 1874. 

Luther Pannett. The Pannett family was 
founded first in Maryland, by the immigra- 
tion of William Pannett. of Yorkshire, Eng- 
land, and since 1835 the home of the family 
of which Luther Pannett, sherifT of Freder- 
ick county, Virginia, is a representative, has 
been in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 
William Pannett settled first in Baltimore, 
Maryland, having come to the United 
States in 1816, and nineteen years later 
moved to Virginia, his home until his death 
in 1880. His son, also a William, married 
and among his sons were John, a farmer, 
and William, of whom further. 

William Pannett, third of his line to bear 
that name, was born in Maryland, in 1829, 
died in 1906. His lifelong calling was agri- 
culture, in which he met with success and 
profit, and he held a position of honor and 
respect among his fellows. He married 
Mary Catherine Chapman, born in Freder- 
ick county, Virginia, in 1836, died in 1906, 
the year of the death of her husband, daugh- 
ter of Thomas Chapman. One of the 
daughters of Thomas Chapman, Jeanette, 
married William Jones, a soldier of the 
Confederate army, who met his death in 
l'<attle at Winchester, Virginia, in 1864. 
Children of William and Mary Catherine 
(Chapman) Pannett: i. Robert Lee, born 
in Frederick county, Virginia, November 
19, 1869; a farmer; married Rosa Richard. 
2. William F., born in Frederick county. 



\'irginia, December 5. 1877; married Edith 
\'. Massey, and has a daughter, Virginia. 
3 William F., deceased, was a soldier in the 
Sixth Regiment, United States Cavalry, in 
th.e Spanish war. 4. Mary Watts, born July 
13, 1874; married H. C. Kline, and has 
Hilda, Mabel Lee, Mary C, and Evans. 5. 
Luther, of whom further. 6. Miles W., born 
September 5, 1879; ^ farmer. 

Luther Pannett, son of William and Mary 
Catherine (Chapman) Pannett, was born in 
Frederick county, Virginia, February 23, 
1876. He was educated in the public schools, 
his course including high school training. 
His education completed he worked on his 
father's farm, and when a young man of 
twenty-two years was appointed by the 
court of Frederick county, Virginia, to the 
position of magistrate in that county, an 
office that he held for twelve years. His 
present office in the public service is that 
of sheriff, to which he was elected at a 
special election held in 1912, for a term of 
four years. In the two years that have 
passed since he took up the reins of office 
he has capably performed his duties and has 
successfully solved every problem that has 
arisen to trouble him. Mr. Pannett's ap- 
pointment to the magistracy of Frederick 
county at his youthful age was an expres- 
sion of confidence in his judgment and abil- 
ity that his long and uniformly successful 
continuance in the office fully vindicated, and 
upon which efficient service was predicated 
his elevation to the position of sheriff. Mr. 
Pannett's political principles are in accord 
with those of the Democratic party, with 
which he has ever been identified. He is 
a member of Hiram Lodge, No. 21, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, of Winchester, 
Virginia. 

Stanley Hope Graves, M. D. Captain 
Thomas Graves, American progenitor of the 
family of which Dr. Stanley Hope Graves, 
of Norfolk, is a member in the ninth Amer- 
ican generation, was born in England and 
came to Virginia in the ship "Mary and 
Margaret" in 1607. He was the representa- 
tive of Smyth's Hundred in the first legis- 
Irture that convened at Jamestown, Vir- 
ginia, July 30, 1619, and in 1624 was a resi- 
dent of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In 
1631 Captain Thomas Graves was a justice 
in Accomac county, and four years later his 
name appears as a vestryman of the parish, 





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while in 1630-32 he was one of the commis- 
sioners appointed for the building of a fort 
at Point Comfort. His wife, Catherine 
(Croshor) Graves, he probably married be- 
fore his immigration to Virginia. 

The line continues through his son, John 
Graves, born at Smyth's Hundred, Virginia, 
who married a Miss Perrin and settled in 
P'lizabeth City county, where on May 15, 
1638, he was granted two hundred acres, 
and on May 20, 1639, one hundred and fifty 
acres. His son, Ralph, married Rachel, 
daughter of Major Joseph Croshor, and had 
a son, Richard Graves, born about 1665. 
This Richard Graves had a son, John, born 
December 10, 1712, married, November 22, 
1732, Susan Dicken, born June 14, 1714. 
After his death she married again, her sec- 
ond husband being Richard Childs. 

Isaac Graves, of the sixth American gen- 
eration of his family, son of John and Susan 
(Dicken) Graves, was born September 2, 
1741. He married (first) a Miss Williams, 
who died a year after their marriage at the 
birth of a child that did not survive infancy. 
He married (second) Elizabeth Cowherd, 
born November 28, 1751, died in 1790. He 
married (third) Jemima, born May 29, 1754, 
died I'^ebruary 5, 1836, daughter of Joseph 
Holladay. Lewis HoUaday Graves, son of 
the third marriage of Isaac Graves, was 
born September 16, 1793, died May 30, 1868; 
married, February 18, 1819, Frances White, 
born November 14, 1799, died August 27, 
1882, daughter of Captain Richard White. 

Thomas Edward (iraves, son of Lewis 
Holladay and Frances (White) Graves, 
was born in Virginia, January 9, 1834, 
died in 1905. He married, November 
26. 1867, Louisa Brockman. daughter of 
Samuel Brockman. Louisa Brockman was 
born November 20, 1837, and was the 
mother of: Walter R. ; Lizzie Brockman, 
married Alexander Green, of Warrenton. 
Virginia, and has children : William Thomas 
and Helen Page ; Stanley Llope, of whom 
further ; Channing Page, married Natalie 
Burruss, of Orange county, Virginia, and 
has children : Alice, aged five years, and 
Thomas Edward, aged two years. 

Dr. Stanley Hope Graves, son of Thomas 
Edward and Louisa (Brockman) Graves, 
was born in Orange county, N'irginia, May 
20, 1872. The pul)lic and ]iri\atc schools 
furnished him with his priniar\' education, 

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and in 1889 he matriculated at William and 
Mary College, completing his academic 
course in 1892. He immediately began pro- 
fessional study at the Medical College of 
Virginia, at Richmond, Virginia, receiving 
his M. D. from that institution in 1894, and 
after his graduation he was for one year 
interne in a Richmond hospital, and later in 
a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, and then in 
New York. Since 1905 Dr. Graves has been 
a practitioner of Norfolk, Virginia, from 
1906 until igio an associate in the practice 
of medicine in the firm of Leigh & Graves. 
Dr. Southgate Leigh the other member of 
the association. Dr. Graves was medical su- 
jierintendent of the Sarah Leigh Hospital 
during this association. In the latter year 
the two physicians dissolved this relationship 
and Dr. (iraves has continued in private prac- 
tice. In surgery, as in general practice, he 
has gained wide reputation, and has en- 
joyed a successful professional career, car- 
ing for the needs of a large clientele. Dr. 
Oaves is chief surgeon of the Virginia Rail- 
way & Power Company ; assistant surgeon 
of the Norfolk & Western and New York, 
Philadelphia t^t Norfolk Railway companies; 
attending surgeon of the Norfolk Protestant 
Hospital ; president of the Board of Quaran- 
tine Commissioners for Elizabeth River and 
Hampton Roads ; ex-member of the State 
Board of Health; medical examiner for the 
Home Life and Germania of New York In- 
surance companies. Dr. Graves' medical 
associations are the Norfolk County, Sea- 
board and \'irginia State, while fraternally 
he is a Mason, completing the York Rite to 
a Knight Templar and the shrine. His so- 
cial connections are with the Borough Club. 
Dr. Stanley Hope Graves married Etta 
\'ernon. daughter of Dr. X'crnon Grant and 
b'.tta I'raiiklin iBciruni) L'ulpopper. 

Foushee Overton Mooklar, D. D. S. Two 
soutiiern i)ranches of the family of Mooklar 
were settled at the same time, three Scotch 
immigrants founding their families in New 
York, Kentucky and \"irginia. It is of the 
latter line that Foushee Overton Mooklar 
a dental practitioner of Richmond, is repre- 
sentative, Richmond having been the fam- 
ily home at different times for many years. 

Dr. I'oushee O. Mooklar is a great-grand- 
son of Willi, un Mooklar. who marrieil. in 
Westniorclan.l countv. X'ir.vinia, December 



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20, 1791, Sally Atwell, and among their chil- 
dren was William, of whom further. 

William Mooklar, son of William and 
Sally (Atwell) Mooklar, was a native of 
Virginia, and died in Essex county, Vir- 
ginia, while visiting in that locality. He 
was a pedagogue by profession, and at his 
death was the head of a well attended and 
flourishing school, taught by himself. He 
married Susan Tebbs, daughter of Captain 
Foushee C. Tebbs. a sketch of whose family 
is given below, and they were the parents 
of five children : The eldest son went west, 
and his death occurred in Kentucky in 1842 ; 
Sarah ; Martha ; Atwell Tebbs, of whom fur- 
ther ; Foushee Bladon, died in childhood. 

Atwell Tebbs Mooklar, son of William 
and Susan (Tebbs) Mooklar, was born in 
Richmond county, Virginia, February 7, 
1827, died in King William county, Virginia, 
February i, 1901, retired. For many years 
he was engaged in the mercantile business 
at Mangohick, King William county, Vir- 
ginia, in connection with farming, and was 
popular and well known throughout the 
locality. In politics and public life he was 
active to an unusual degree, and there were 
but two elective county offices in which the 
popular vote did not place him at some time 
in his career, commonwealth attorney and 
clerk. With these two exceptions all offices, 
from constable to representative, were oc- 
cupied by him, and in all he served accept- 
ably, for twenty years holding the chair- 
inanship of the board of supervisors. Until 
ten years prior to his death he was active in 
both business and public service, but at 
that time he retired and lived free from 
arduous responsibility during his remain- 
ing years. He carried with him, to add to 
the peaceful enjoyment of his closing years. 
a sense of many duties well performed and 
the assurance of the gratitude and appre- 
ciation of those for whom and with whom 
he labored. His business associaties ever 
found him the soul of honor, ready in the 
meeting of all obligations, careful in all 
things, but never grasping or harsh, and 
this uprightness and fairness was conspicu- 
ously noticeable in all of his dealings with 
his fellows. He was a man to whom pa- 
triotism and a strong sense of right were 
inherent qualities, and his strong belief in 
the Confederate cause led him to take up 
arms in its defence in the years from 1861 
to 1865. He held a first lieutenancy in the 



Twenty-second Virginia Regiment, and 
fought in that body until the close of the 
war. 

Atwell Tebbs Mooklar married (first) 
Fannie E. Fox, of King William county, 
Virginia, January 5, 1865, by whom he had 
two children : Ellen, who married William 
J. Cocke, of Greensburg, Indiana, and has 
one child, Mary Mooklar Cocke, and Rich- 
ard, who died in young manhood. He mar- 
ried (second) June 4, 1872, Lucy Taliaferro 
Walker, of Walkerton, King and Queen 
county, Virginia, daughter of Temple and 
Jane (Cluverius) Walker, of whom further, 
and they were the parents of two children : 
Foushee Overton, of whom further, and 
William Temple, born April 22, 1875, a law- 
yer of King William county, Virginia, who 
lives on the homestead. 

Dr. Foushee Overton Mooklar, son of 
Atwell Tebbs and Lucy Taliaferro (Wal- 
ker) Mooklar, was born in Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, March 15, 1873. He prepared for 
college in the public schools of his native 
city, and subsequently became a student in 
William and Mary College, and from that 
institution entered the University College 
of Medicine (now the Medical College of 
Virginia). He was graduated from this last 
named college in dentistry. May 26, 1898, 
and since that time has been engaged in 
active practice in Richmond. His present 
office, which he has occupied since October 
I, 1914, is at No. 411 East Grace street. Dr. 
Mooklar is a popular and largely patron- 
ized dentist, success having attended his 
efforts from the time of his establishment 
in the city, and he is a proficient master of 
his profession. He is associated with the 
Masonic order, the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, and the Owls. His church is 
the Baptist. 

Dr. Mooklar married, at Danville, Vir- 
ginia, June 25, 1902, Carolyn Wood Shuiif, 
born at Staunton, Virginia, December 2, 
1881, daughter of Charles Wesley and Flor- 
ence (Wood) Shufif, the former named born 
in Staunton, Virginia, died in Goodwill, 
West Virginia, aged forty-four years, and 
the latter named born in Warrenton, Vir- 
ginia, now resides in Danville, aged fifty- 
six years. Children of Dr. and Mrs. Mook- 
lar : Foushee Overton, Jr., born March 5, 
1904, died July 7, 1904 ; Dorothy Foushee, 
born June 22, 1905 ; May McClaire, born 
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Susan (Tebbs) Mooklar, wife of William 
Mooklar, aforementioned, was a descend- 
ant of Daniel Tebbs, Gentleman, who mar- 
ried a Aliss Foushe, of I'Vance, of the fam- 
ily of Marshal Foushe, came from Eng- 
land in 1740 and settled in Westmoreland 
county, Virginia. ( Paxton's Marshall Fam- 
ily). Daniel Tebbs was named executor in 
the wills of several persons in the "County 
Records of Westmoreland" and we infer 
from this that he was held in esteem by his 
contemporaries, and was no doubt versed 
in the law. In "Meade's Families and 
Churches of Virginia" we find that Daniel 
Tebbs, of Washington parish, Westmore- 
land county, was a member of the first pub- 
lic association for resistance to the Stamp 
Act. The first meeting of this association 
was held February ij, 1766. Daniel Tebbs 
died sometime prior to 1782, as we find 
"Daniel Tebbs, est." in the list of West- 
nii Ireland slave owners for that year. (This 
list is in the "Virginia Magazine of His- 
tory"). 

Foushee Tebbs. son of Daniel Tebbs, 
married a Miss Innisfall, of Scotland. ( Pax- 
tcm's Marshall Family). Foushee (spelled 
in this form in records of the house) Tebbs 
was sent to the house of burgesses from 
I'rince William county in 1766, and sat in 
that body until the session of 1774, when 
he resigned to become tobacco inspector. 
I )uring the session of 1769, on May 16, the 
Imuse adopted resolutions asserting colonial 
rights, and on the following day was dis- 
solved by the governor. Lord Botetourt, for 
so doing. "Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of 
the House of Burgesses, I have heard of 
your resolves, and augur ill of their efTects. 
You have made it my duty to dissolve you, 
and you are dissolved accordingly." In the 
house at this session were George Washing- 
ton, of Fairfax county; Thomas Jefferson, 
of .Albemarle county, and James Wood, of 
brederick county, the latter an ancestor of 
the wife of Dr. Foushee O. Mooklar. (Rec- 
ord of House of Burgesses). Foushee Tel)bs 
was a member of the association which in 
May, 1774, and August, 1774, adopted res..- 
lutions against the importation or purchase 
of British manufacturers. (William and 
Mary Quarterly). Foushee Tebbs h.i.l iwn 
sons, Foushee C., of whom further, and W il- 
liam. 

Foushee C. Tebbs. son of Foushee Tebbs, 
married (first) Maria P.axtcr, sister-in-law 



of Hugh Brent, and had two sons: Colonel 
\\illoughby Tebbs, who married Elizabeth 
Carr, and Judge Samuel Tebbs, of Mason 
county, Kentucky, who married a Miss 
Tebbs. (Paxton's Marshall Familyj. 
Foushee C. Tebbs married (second) Janu- 
ary 17, 1799, Ann Quarles. daughter of Cap- 
tain Henry Quarles, of Paradise, Essex 
county, Virginia, of whom further, and they 
had a daughter, Susan, who became the wife 
of William Mooklar. Foushee C. Tebbs is 
recorded as being from Richmond county 
(Virginia Historical Magazine). Family 
tradition says that he served in the war of 
1812. and won the title of captain. 

Captain Henry Quarles received a bounty 
warrant which reads thus: "I certify that 
Henry Quarles was a commissioned officer 
in the Continental army, and that while he 
held the commission in that army, he was 
appointed a captain in the State Artdlery, 
and served on the whole upwards of three 
years successively, and was not (can't de- 
cipher) or suspended. (Signed) George 
Muter, Colonel State Artillery," and dated 
"Richmond, May 25, 1783." He received 
four thousand acres bounty land in 1783. 
He was a first lieutenant Fifteenth Virginia 
Regiment at Fort Pitt, February 12, 1777. 
and a commission was issued to Captain 
Henry Quarles of the State .\rtillery the 
fifth of November, 1777. 

Temple Walker, father of Lucy Talia- 
ferro (Walker) Mooklar. was born in 1790, 
died in 1868. His ancestors came from Eng- 
land in 1652, located at Walkerton. King 
and Queen county, \'irginia, and one of the 
descendants, Atwood Cluverius Walker, 
uncle (if b'dushee ( ). Mooklar, now resides 
on the original tract (Locust Grove) 
granted to the family by the King in 1032, 
the same never having passed out of the 
possession of the family. Temple Walker 
also resided on the ancestral estate, which 
he cultivated and improved. He was pre- 
siding magistrate for a number of years be- 
f(^re the war. also was high sheriff and 
countx surveyor, having made a plat of 
Kin- ,inil Queen county which was burned 
when tlu' northerners set fire to the Court 



Alexander L. Martin, M. D. .Mthough a 
resident of Richmond since 1907 and of \'ir- 
ginia ancestry. Dr. Martin's previous life 
was spent in Elk Creek. Grayson county. 



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the latter county situated in the southwest- 
ern part of the state, bordering North Caro- 
lina. There his father, William Martin, was 
born, son of Riley Martin, a native of east- 
ern Virginia. Riley Martin was born in 
1795. moved to Elk Creek when young, and 
there died in 1875. He married (first) a 
I\Iiss Vaught, (second) Patsy Wright, who 
bore him four children, one of whom, 
Joshua, is yet living at Rural Retreat, Vir- 
ginia. The Martins came to Virginia from 
Ireland, while Dr. Martin's maternal ances- 
tors, the Cornetts (originally Connaught), 
came from .Scotland. 

William Martin, son of Riley Martin, was 
born at Elk Creek, Virginia, and died in 
Kentucky. He was a carpenter and builder, 
removing to Kentucky several years after 
the war ended. He served in the Confed- 
erate army for four years and bore his full 
bhare of the danger and privation of that 
period. After the war he returned to Elk 
Creek, resumed his trade, and there resided 
until his removal to Kentucky. He mar- 
ried, in 1866, Sarah, born at Elk Creek, 
daughter of Alfred Cornett, also born there, 
on July I, 1818. Alfred Cornett married, in 
1836, Elizabeth Russell, who died aged 
tighty-five years, he living to the age of 
eighty-seven years. They had children : 
Kyre, deceased : Sindy or Lucindy ; Sarah ; 
Rosa, deceased ; Adeline, Orleans, Martha, 
Rebecca, Armand, Fleming, Alice, and 
Reuben, deceased. Alfred Cornett was a 
farmer, and his sons all served in the Con- 
federate army. William and Sarah (Corn- 
ett) Martin had two children, a son and a 
daughter : Betty, born April 29, 1867, mar- 
ried John F. Parks, and resides at Flat 
Ridge, Grayson county, Virginia, and Alex- 
ander L. 

Dr. Alexander L. Martin, only son of 
William and Sarah (Cornett) Martin, was 
born at Elk Creek, Grayson county, Vir- 
ginia, April 24, 1869. He obtained a good 
education in the Grayson county schools, 
and E'k Creek Academy, then, having de- 
cided upon medicine as a profession, entered 
the Medical College of Virginia, and was 
there graduated M. D., April 2, 1895. O" 
May ID, 1895, ^''s passed the required ex- 
aminati'iii before the state board of medical 
examiners and soon afterward located at 
Elk Creek. He continued in successful 
practice there for thirteen years, then re- 
moved to Richmond, where he began gen- 



eral practice. May 10, 1907, at No. 815 
Fourth avenue. Highland Park. He has 
gained a secure place in public esteem and 
is rated an honorable, skillful and reliable 
physician. Dr. Martin is a member of the 
Masonic order, is an Odd Fellow, belong- 
ing to lodge and encampment, a Modern 
Woodman, a member of the Junior Order 
of United American Mechanics, and of tlie 
Order of Owls. In political faith he i^ a 
Democrat, and in religious affiliation a Bap- 
tist. 

Dr. Martin married, at Elk Creek, May 
22, 1895. Nettie J. Rhudy, born there No- 
vember 5, 1872, daughter of William F. and 
Gallic (Cornett) Rhudy, both of Elk Creek. 
William F. Rhudy, a farmer and veteran 01 
the Confederacy, died in 1912, aged sixty- 
nine years. His wife survives him. Chil- 
dren of Dr. Alexander L. Martin and his 
wife, Nettie J. (Rhudy) Martin: Alexander 
L. Jr., bcrn July 9, 1903 ; Birchie Fay, born 
November 24, 1906. 

Miss Grace M. Martin, daughter of 
George W. Martin, was born November i, 
1890, a: Elk Creek, Virginia, and was 
adopted by Dr. A. L. Martin in 1896. Wor- 
ley S. Cornett, son of Fleming Cornett, was 
born at Elk Creek, Virginia, August 10, 
1892, anl was adopted by Dr. A. L. Martin 
in 1900, and was educated at Richmond, 
V irginia 

John David Hamaker, D. D. The first 
record ot the Hamaker family in America 
as far as authentically known is of Iwo 
brothers, John Hubert, aged twenty-seven 
years (1740) and David, aged twenty-three 
years, who arrived at the port of Philadel- 
phia, Pennsylvania, on the good ship, "Sam- 
uel and Elizabeth," in 1740. These brothers 
settled in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, 
left a numerous posterity which is repre- 
sented at the present time (1915) in various 
states of the Union, engaged in the various 
trades and professions, and it is thought 
that all bearing the name are descended 
from these two brothers. Wherever the 
name is found the men and women bearing 
it have upheld the honor and dignity of the 
progenitors. Eighteen of the name are 
found on the revolutionary records at 
Washington, D. C, one of whom was the 
great-grandfather of Rev. John D. Ham- 
aker, of this chronicle. 

Rev. John David Hamaker was born in 



VIRGINIA BIOGRAPMY 



C2g 



Pulaski county, Virginia, January i. 1847. 
son of Dr. Michael Hamaker, born in Mmit- 
gomery county, Virginia, in March, 1801. 
died in Pulaski county, Virginia, August 
19, 1871. Dr. Hamaker prepared for th.; 
practice of medicine, and for many yearf; 
v/as a beloved physician of Pulaski county. 
He was a member of the old Virginia State 
Militia, took an active interest in public 
affairs, but age prevented him joining the 
Confederate army, but he sent his three 
sons, John David, Robert D., James Philip, 
all of whom served in Virginia regiments 
Dr. Mamaker married Mary Yost Douthat, 
horn in Christiansburg, Virginia, in i8io, 
died in 1871, daughter of Robert and Mary 
Douthat. Sons : Robert D., a private of the 
Twentj'-fourth Regiment Virginia Volun- 
teer Infantry, under General Pickett, par- 
ticipating in the battle of Gettysburg, late 
in the war was captured by Union troops 
and confined in Fort Delaware until the end 
of the war, now residing in Idaho; James 
Philip, sergeant in the Fiftieth Regiment 
Virginia ^^olunteer Infantry, was wounded, 
captured and confined in Fort Delaware un- 
til the war closed, now residing in Aledo, 
Texas: John David, of whom further. 

Rev. John David Hamaker attended the 
old "Field schools" of Pulaski countv until 
1864, then enlisted in the Thirty-sixth Bat- 
talion Virginia Cavalry, Major James 
Sweeney commanding at that time, and un- 
til the surrender in ."Xpril, 1863, proved the 
strength of his devotion to the Southern 
cause, he beine only seventeen years of age 
at the time of his enlistment. He passed 
through the conflict safely, rendering val- 
iant service with his battalion until Appo- 
mattox closed his career. After the war he 
engaged in farming and shoe manufactur- 
ing until 1872, then, feeling called to preach 
the gospel, entered King College, Bristol, 
Tennessee, an educational institution con- 
nected with the Presbyterian church. He 
pursued the regular course of study there 
from 1872 until 1875, and during this period 
occupied several puljMts in Bristol and sur- 
rounding towns. He was ordained a min- 
ister of the Christian church (Disciples of 
Christ) his first pastorate being at r.ristnl. 
where he remained three years. \\c then 
returned to Virginia, accepting a call fr^m 
the Wytheville' church, and after a twci 
years' pastorate went to the church at 
Snowville, Virginia, where he remained four 



years. In 1887 he began his pastorate with 
tlie church at .Strasburg, X'irginia. where he 
is the spiritual head of an earnest, devoted 
congregation, that has, under his leadership, 
attained spiritual and material prosperity. 
Devoted to the cause he has faithfully 
served for so many years. Rev. John D. 
Hamaker has imbued his congregation with 
the same spirit and made it a great force 
in the spiritual life of Strasburg. 

A soldier under two flags, the barreri 
stripes of the Confederacy and the white 
banner of the Cross, going down to defeat 
with one and yet grandly battling for souls 
under the other, and proud of his service 
under both. Rev. John D. Hamaker's life 
has been one of conflict, with powerful 
fcrces arrayed against the cause he es- 
poused. Ten years after the cessation of 
hostilities between the North and the South, 
he enlisted under the banner of the Prince 
of Peace and in that bloodless, but not less 
strenuous, warfare, has since been con- 
tinuously engaged. There is no earthly way 
of computing the value of a good man"s 
life, but the great Captain of all does not 
compute by earthly standards. His de- 
mands are plain, his promises specific, his 
reward sure and in "that spiritual building, 
that house not made with hands" he has 
promised a residence for those saints of the 
earth whose lives have met his require- 
ments. So to the Christian veteran there 
is a rich recompense allotted in addition to 
the joys of sacrifice, the joy of work for the 
]\Iaster that has ever been his. 

Rev. John D. Hainaker has e\ er remem- 
bered the comrades of his youthful army 
days and for many years has been affiliated 
with them in the organization. United Con- 
federate \'eterans, being a member of 
Stover Cam]). He was raised a Mason in 
Shelby Lodge, in Bristol, Tennessee, served 
as its chaplain, and on coining to Stras- 
burg, \'irginia, affiliated by demit with 
Spermont Lodge, .\ncient Free and .Ac- 
cepted Masons, of that city. In both camp 
and lodge he is held in highest esteem by 
I'.is comrades and brethren, and in turn is 
deeply attached to both organizations. 

Rev. lohn D. Hamaker married, October 
jj, iS(i8, Florence Jane Meredith, born in 
I'ukiski county, X'irginia. (October 2. 1S46. 
(jau^liter of leremiah and Sarah (W'ushum") 
Meredith Children, all born in Pulaski 
countx . N'irginia: 1. Arthur IL. born Oc- 



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tober 17, 1869; married Lulu Simmerly, no 
issue. 2. Florence May, born July 23, 1872; 
became the wife of Harry E. Carter; one 
child. Mary J. 3- Bessie A., born in Bristol 
(Goodson), Alay 22,, 1875; became the wife 
of L. O. Stickley : one child, Florence Vir- 
ginia. 

Thomas Harlan Lion. The family of 
which Thomas Harlan Lion, of Manassas, 
\'irginia, is a member, resembles other Vir- 
ginia families in its English origin, although 
in point of length of American residence 
there is great dissimilarity. 

Thomas William Lion, father of Thomas 
Harlan Lion, was born in London, England, 
in 1837, and after coming to the United 
States devoted a large part of his time to 
the perfection of inventions upon which he 
was working, his mechanical genius and 
talent strongly developed. After the death 
of his parents he journeyed to Peru, South 
America, there obtaining from the Peruvian 
government a guano concession, operating 
the same until a successful revolution in- 
augurated a new regime, the new political 
jjarty confiscating his property and regrant- 
ing to some one who had been instrumental 
in the overthrow of the deposed ruler. Mr. 
Lion, his business prospects thus completely 
demolished, returned to the United States. 
Rumors of internal difficulties in the United 
States had reached him in his South Amer- 
ican home, but he did not understand the 
gravity until his arrival, when he organized 
the "Light Horse Artillery of New York" 
and enlisted in the Union service, in the 
battle of Antietam being injured by the 
bursting of a shell. He attained the rank 
of major in the service, and was a member 
of the staff of General Burnside at the battle 
of Fredericksburg. Thomas William Lion 
married Sarah S. M'illiams, born in 1839, 
died in 191 1, three of her brothers, William 
C., John, and James serving in the Confed- 
erate army in the war between the states. 
The \\'illiams family is an old one in Vir- 
ginia, and for many years was connected 
with the "Court of Records" clerk of Prince 
William county, a political division at that 
time comprising Fairfax, Fauquier and Lou- 
doun counties, a relation that had its be- 
ginning as early as 1797. Although not in- 
fluencing the history of the Lions in any 
respect, this narrative would be indeed in- 
complete if it failed to mention the romantic 



touch in the marriage of Sarah S. Williams, 
a loyal daughter of the Confederacy, to 
Major Thomas W. Lion, an officer of the 
Union army, whom she met at a White 
House reception in Washington during the 
course of the civil war, the union resulting 
from this meeting fully showing the impo- 
tcncy of patriotism in conflict with two 
young hearts attracted across a barrier of 
prejudice and distrust. 

rhomas Harlan Lion, son of Thomas 
A\'illiam and Sarah S. (Williams) Lion, was 
Lorn in the District of Columbia, July 31, 
1866, and after attending the public schools 
of Prince William county, Bristol, Tennes- 
see, and Orange county, Virginia, com- 
pleted his studies under private instruction. 
Ik'coming a student in a law office he was 
afterward admitted to the bar of the state of 
Virginia, and has since been engaged in 
general practice, political preference having 
frequently been his lot, his political record 
one of usefulness and honor. He was elected 
to the office of mayor of Manassas when 
twenty-one years of age, probably the 
youngest chief executive ever holding office 
in that place, and was five times re-elected, 
also there holding the position of justice of 
the peace. In 191 1 Mr. Lion was common- 
wealth attorney for Prince William county, 
and throughout four sessions held a seat in 
the lower house of the Virginia assembly, 
while a member of that body holding place 
on numerous important committees, among 
them the committee on justice. Throughout 
all of his public service, be it local, county 
or state-wide, he has given to the office of 
which he was the incumbent the best of a 
finely trained mind and the fruits of diligent 
application, and his popularity among the 
people with whom he has passed his life 
and whom he has represented in numer- 
ous capacities, testifies to the favor his 
works have found. He is a member of the 
Ear Association of the Sixteenth \'^irginia 
Judicial District, Virginia State Bar Asso- 
ciation and holds the Knights Templar and 
Shriner's degrees in the Masonic order, his 
lodge being Manassas, No. 182, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, and has attained 
the thirty-second degree in Scottish Rite 
Masonry. He also belongs to the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows and the Junior 
Order of United American Mechanics. His 
political convictions are strongly Demo- 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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tant Episcopal church. Mr. Lion, in social, 
fraternal and religious life, as in profes- 
sional circles, measures up to the highest 
standards of citizenship, and the place of 
honor and respect that he holds among his 
fellows is a just tribute to qualities of 
strength and ability correctly used. 

Air. Lion married, June 19, 1888, Ethel, 
daughter of William Adamson, born in 
Scotland, coming to the United States when 
two years of age, and is the father of : Ada 
Sommerville, Thomas \\'illiam, Comfort 
Weatherly, Douglass Harlan, Ethel. 

Roshier W. Miller, M. D. The American 
ancestors of Dr. Miller's family have had 
their home in Pennsylvania, his grandfather, 
a native of that state, there following the 
calling of farmer during the active years of 
his life, his death occurring at the age of 
seventy-six years. His wife, a Miss Sup- 
plee, was born in Pennsylvania. Jacob 
Miller and his wife were the parents of 
eight children, two deceased, the survivors, 
Mary, Thamzine, Rachel, Annie, Leah, 
John. 

John Miller, son of Jacob Miller, was born 
in Pennsylvania, July 4, 1837, and now lives 
retired in Pennsylvania. He spent many 
}'ears of his life as a coach builder and 
wagon maker at Media, Pennsylvania, and 
prospered in this calling. He married 
Martha Smoker, born in Intercourse, Penn- 
sylvania, in 1842, now (1914) living. They 
were married in Washington. District of 
Columbia, in 1861, and have had seven chil- 
dren, of whom four are now living: Noah, 
a resident of Buffalo, New York ; Roshier 
W., of whom further; Amanda, married 
■Aldus Seldomridge, of Coatesville, Pennsyl- 
\ ania ; and Mary, married W^alter Ranck, 
cf Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Roshier W. Miller, son of John and 
Martha (Smoker) Miller, was born in 
Washington, District of Columbia, January 
31, 1870, and was educated in the public 
schools and the Newtown Academy, at 
Newtown, Pennsylvania. He completed his 
general education in Philadelphia, and was 
also for two years a student in the Phila- 
delphia College of Pharmacy, afterward en- 
tering the Virginia University College of 
Medicine, graduating in pharmacy in 1895. 
.■\fter receiving his diploma in this ci>urse 
he continued study in the medical depart- 
ment of the same institution, and was 



graduated M. D. in the class of 1897, and 
in 1898 began the practice of medicine at 
Barton Heights, Richmond. To the pres- 
ent time his office is located in the same 
place. No. 718 North avenue, and in the 
seventeen years of his professional connec- 
ticjn with Richmond he has gained wide 
rejjutation and a large clientele. Upon 
nervous and mental disorders and diseases 
Dr. Miller is considered a reliable author- 
ity, and although the nature of his practice 
i-^ general, to such cases he devotes a great 
deal of time and attention. Dr. Miller has 
been connected with the medical work (col- 
lege) since 1895, first with the University 
College of Medicine to 1913, then with the 
Medical College of \"irginia to the present 
time. These two institutions were amalga- 
mated in 1913. From 1895 to 1899 he was 
assistant to the chair of pharmacy : from 
1899 to 1904 he was professor of chemistry; 
from 1904 to 1910 was professor of chem- 
istry and dean of the department of phar- 
macy ; from 1899 to 1910 was assistant and 
lecturer in nervous and mental diseases; 
ficim 1910 to 1913 was professor of nervous 
and mental diseases. \\'hen the new school 
was organized in 1913 he was elected as 
associate professor of nervous and mental 
diseases. In 1915 was elected to the chair 
of materia medica. He was also chairman 
of the building committee which planned 
and directed the erection of the University 
College of Medicine building after the fire 
in 1910. In addition to membership in the 
leading medical societies Dr. Miller belongs 
t(i the Masonic order. 

Dr. Miller married, in Philadeliihia, .\pril 
7. 1902, Elizabeth Roth, a native of F'hil- 
aclelphia, as was her father. Christian Roth, 
who died in that city November. 1914. aged 
ninety years, her mother still living. Chris- 
tian Roth was the father of three children: 
I'rank. deceased ; Elizabeth, of previous 
nicntinn. married Dr. Roshier W. Miller: 
Clara. (_hildrcn of Dr. and Mrs. Miller: 
Roshier. bdrn in 11)03. and Elizabeth, born 
in i<)05^ 

John Preston McConnell. Ph. D. Dr. Mc- 
Cniuu'll, the first jircsident of the State Nor- 
mal School for Women at Radford, serving 
since 11)11. has jilaced that institution upon 
a high i>lanc of etTiciency and extended its 
influence throughout the state. He is the 
author of numerous pamphlets and pub- 



VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



lished addresses and contributor to "The 
South in the Building of the Nation," writ- 
ing the article "Virginia in the New Na- 
tion," and to the Library of Southern Liter- 
ature. "Negroes and their Treatment in 
Virginia, 1865-67" written by him dealing 
with the reconstruction period has been 
well received in all sections of the country. 
From 191 1 until 1913 he held the dual offices 
of dean of Emory and Henry College and 
president of Radford State Normal School, 
but in the latter year resigned the former 
fully to devote his time to the latter insti- 
tution. 

John Preston McConnell was born in 
Scott county, Virginia, February 22, 1866, 
son of Hiram Kilgore McConnell, born June 
25, 1838, yet living, a farmer of Scott county 
and his wife, Ginsey Elizabeth ( P.rickey) 
McConnell, born February 20, 1840, yet liv- 
ing, daughter of John C. and Lucy (Comp- 
ton) Brickey. Dr. McConnell secured his 
early education in the public schools in 
Scott county, passing thence to River View 
Seminary, and other old field schools in 
which he was prepared for college. He en- 
tered Milligan College, Tennessee, and re- 
ceived the degree of Bachelor of Arts, class 
of 1890. He was retained by his alma mater 
as instructor and later as professor of Latin 
and Greek until 1900, and during the year 
1895-96 he held the position of acting presi- 
dent of the college. From 1896 until 1900 
he was conductor of Summer Normal 
Schools in the state of Tennessee. In the 
year 1900 he severed his connections with 
Milligan College and matriculated in the 
graduate department of the University of 
Virginia, specializing in history and eco- 
nomics and receiving the degree of Doctor 
of Philosophy in 1904. During 1904 he was 
president of the Graduate Club of the uni- 
\'ersity, was charter member of the Raven 
Society of the university, and while study- 
ing in the university taught history and 
English literature in Rawlings Female In- 
stitute. He won the Harrison Trophy at 
the university, a prize awarded to the best 
debater. From 1902 to 1904 he was a licen- 
tiate in history in the University of Vir- 
ginia. .After receiving the degree of Doctor 
of Philosophy from the University of Vir- 
ginia, lOr. McConnell was elected to the 
chair of history and economics, Emory and 
Henry College, remaining with that institu- 
tion until June 10, 1913. During his last 



two years at Emory and Henry he was dean 
of the college ; he severed his connection 
with that school and devoted himself to de- 
\elojMng the Slate Normal School for 
Women, at Radford, Montgomery county, 
Virginia, of which institution he had been 
elected president, October 2, 191 1. 

During these years he had been active in 
other forms of educational work. In 1906 
he was elected vice-president of the Co-op- 
erative Education Association of Virginia; 
chairman of Virginia Educational Confer- 
ence, in 1912; president of Virginia State 
Teachers Association, 1911-12; and presi- 
dent of the Appalachian School Improve- 
ment Foundation since its organization in 
1912. His published pamphlets, articles and 
addresses deal chiefly with educational and 
sociological questions. He is actively iden- 
tified with many of the educational, civic 
and religious organizations of Virginia. He 
is deeply interested in the Young Men's 
Christian Association and is a member of 
the executive committee of the State Asso- 
ciation and chairman of the committee hav- 
ing charge of the work in Southwest Vir- 
ginia. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa 
fraternity, William and Mary College chap- 
ter, is a communicant of the church of the 
Disciples of Christ, and in political faith a 
Democrat. 

Dr. McConnell married, May 21. 1891, 
Clara Louisa Lucas, born in Montgomery 
county, Virginia, March 15, 1869, daughter 
of Charles Davis and Nancy B. (Charlton) 
Lucas. Children : June Evangeline, born 
March 16, 1892 ; Robert Lucas, May 10, 
1894; Carl Hiram, November 2, 1896; John 
Paul, December i, 1898; Annie Ginsey, Feb- 
ruary 2, 1901, born at Charlottesville, Vir- 
ginia, the others at Milligan College, Ten- 
nessee. 

Dr. McConnell has devoted his life to the 
improvemnt of the economic, industrial and 
educational life of the state. His influence 
has been chiefly felt in the western part of 
the state which is now undergoing a revo- 
lution in transportation, industry, educa- 
tion, home life and home comforts. The 
rapid development of the natural resources 
in the south and the phenomenal increase 
of material wealth must, he feels, be a peril 
to social and individual welfare, unless 
there is an equivalent development of the 
intellectual, esthetic and spiritual life of the 
people, as there are none so poor as the 



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633 



j/cior in ideas and ideals; and none more 
unfortunate than those rich in material 
j^oods and poor in ideas. 

Charles Singleton Dodd, M. D. W holly 
devoted to his professional labors in Pe- 
tersburg, Virginia, Dr. Charles Singleton 
Dodd yet is able to hold close association 
with numerous outside interests in the city 
of his adoption, and although but a com- 
]5aratively new member of the medical fra- 
ternity of that city is completely identified 
\v ith all that is best in her institutions and 
civil life. Dr. Dodd is a native of Halifax 
county, Virginia, son of a veteran of the 
war between the states and grandson of a 
\eteran of the Mexican war. His grand- 
father, Ralph Dodd was a farmer and stock- 
raiser of Pittsylvania county. \'irginia, 
where he died in 1870, aged tifty-nine years: 
ht f(jught in the United States army dur- 
ii.g the Mexican campaign. He and his 
wife, Xannie (Johnston) Dodd, who died in 
1887, were the parents of six children, of 
whom three are living: Lou, married James 
Yates, deceased, and resides at Elba. Vir- 
ginia : Robert, resides in Meadsville, Vir- 
ginia : and John, lives at Castle Craig, \'ir- 
ginia : while the three deceased are Rebecca 
Robertson, Whitt, and William Samuel, of 
whom further. 

William Samuel Dodd, son of Ralph antl 
Nannie (Johnston) Dodd, was born at 
Chatham, Pittsylvania county, Virginia, 
August 16. 1840, and died at Brookneal, 
Campbell county, Virginia. He was a sol- 
dier in the Confederate States army from 
the beginning until the end of the war, in 
the Thirty-eighth Virginia Regiment, 
Wise's brigade, Pickett's division. Long- 
street's corps. With this regiment he saw 
some of the hardest fighting of the four 
years of warfare, and was twice wounded, 
once on the battlefield at Gettysburg, and 
once at Bermuda Hundred. William Sam- 
uel Hodd married Fannie Taylor Owen, 
Ixirn in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, \o- 
xcinber 10, 1870, now residing at I'.rookneal, 
\irginia, daughter of Anderson Owen, a 
f.irmer of .Sandy Level, \^irginia. .\nderson 
( )wcii was the father of Kate Bennett, 
Su^-an Nates, .Mrs. Cash Leftridge, Lizzie 
Robinson. Xannie Thomas, Fannie Taylor. 
of previous mention, married William Sam- 
uel Dodd. Peyton, and . William 

Samuel and Fannie Taylor (Owenl Dodd 



had issue: Lou Alice, married J. T. Terry, 
deceased, of Brookneal : Xannie Kate, mar- 
ried David Marshall ; John Robert, a farmer 
of Brookneal, Virginia ; Walter Thomas, a 
physician of Wylliesburg, \'irginia: Dr. 
Charles Singleton, of whom further : Jami- 
son W., a farmer of Brookneal, Virginia: 
Ralph Anderson, a dentist of Chase City, 
Virginia: Whitt R.. a dentist of Crewe, 
Virginia: and Samuel lludnall, a dentist of 
Crewe, Virginia. 

Dr. Charles Singleton Dcjdd. son of Wil- 
liam Samuel and Fannie Taylor (Owen) 
Dodd. was born at Meadsville. Halifax 
county. Virginia, January 5, 1881. His 
birthplace was his home until he was four 
years of age, when his parents changed the 
family residence to Brookneal. Campbell 
county. \'irginia. where he attended the 
public schools until a lad of fifteen years. 
Preparing at the Mary Agnes Institute, of 
P.rookneal, he matriculated at the Medical 
College of Virginia, completing his course 
and receiving his M. D. in 1904. For seven 
and one-half years after his graduation Dr. 
Dodd engaged in general practice in Rock- 
ingham county, \'irginia, then pursued post- 
graduate courses in the Presbyterian Eye 
and Ear Hospital, at Bellevue Hospital, 
New York City. Xew York Eye and Ear 
Infirmary and the Johns Hopkins Univer- 
sitv. subsequently studying in the Univer- 
sitv of Maryland. Thus equipped by thor- 
ough study and deep research he established 
in practice in Petersburg, and in that city 
specializes in diseases of the eye. ear. nose 
and throat. He is ophthalmologist to the 
Petersburg Hospital, and has also an ex- 
tensive private practice to which he gives 
close attention. Dr. Dodd is highly es- 
teemed in his profession and as a citizen. 
and has shown himself a supporter of all 
movements for the advancement and wel- 
fare of Petersburg during his short resi- 
dence in that city. He hoJds the thirty-sec- 
ond degree in the Masonic order, also affi- 
liates with the Independent Order of Odd 
i'ellows and the Modern Woodmen of 
.Nnicrica. His religious convictions are in 
.icconhuuc with the belief of the Baptist 
church. 

Dr. Podd married at Singer Cden. Rock- 
ingham county, \irginia, June 12. 1907, 
Pauline Funk, born at Singer Glen, daugh- 
ter of William Clay and .\nnie (Baer^t 
l-'unk. residents of Singer Glen, her father 



634 



VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



a stock raiser and fruit grower. Dr. and 
Mrs. Dodd are the parents of: Francis 
Clay, born April 27, 1908; Anna Lou, born 
January 4, 1910; William Samuel, born 
"March's, 1912. 

Julian Ashby Burruss. The State Nor- 
mal School, at Harrisonburg, Virginia, has 
for five years claimed the services of Julian 
Ashby Burruss as president. Mr. Burruss 
is well-known in educational circles in his 
native state, having taught in many of her 
leading institutions, his reputation also 
based upon the work he has conducted 
while connected in an official capacity with 
the organizations of educators in Virginia. 
Mr. Burruss is now in the midst of a great 
work at the Normal School, while those 
interested in the institution and its welfare 
are aware of the worth of his achievements 
in the past five years. 

Mr. Burruss is a son of Woodson Cheadle 
Burruss, born in Bowling Green, Caroline 
county, Virginia, died January 10, 1907. He 
was a contractor during his business life, 
and was a soldier in the "Caroline Grays" 
throughout the war between the states, be- 
ing once wounded in battle. He married 
Cora Emmett, died in 1905, daughter of Dr. 
John McDowell, and had children : Eva 
May, born in Richmond, Virginia, Decem- 
ber 9, 1881, married Albert H. Gillock, of 
Lexington, Virginia, and has one son, 
Woodson Burruss ; and Julian Ashby. 

Julian Ashby Burruss, son of Woodson 
Cheadle and Cora Emmett (McDowell) 
Burruss. was born in Richmond, Henrico 
county, Virginia, August 16, 1876. After 
attending the public schools of his native 
city he became a student in the Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute, whence he was grad- 
uated B. S. After a course of study in Rich- 
mond College, he became professor of 
mathematics and natural science in Rein- 
hart Normal College, Speers-Langford 
Military Institute, and the Searcy Female 
Institute, and was then appointed to the 
])rincipalship of the Leigh School, at Rich- 
mond. During summer sessions he studied 
at the University of Chicago and at Har- 
vard University, and was subsequently di- 
rector of manual arts in the public schools 
of Richmond. He was for a time a scholar 
in the Industrial Education at the Teachers' 
College, of New York City, and was 
awarded the degree A. M. by Columbia 



University and the Master's diploma by the 
Teachers' College. He was a fellow in edu- 
cation at Columbia University, and was 
afterward president of the Virginia Asso- 
ciation of Colleges and Schools for Girls, 
also holding the office of director in the 
Southern Educational Association. Mr. 
Burruss has likewise occupied the presi- 
dency of the Virginia State Teachers' As- 
sociation. 

In 1908 he received the appointment to 
the presidency of the Virginia State Normal 
School, at Harrisonburg, Virginia, assum- 
ing the responsibilities of his office the fol- 
lowing year. He has given to that institu- 
tion whole-hearted and devoted service, 
and has there instituted numerous innova- 
tions tending to increase not only the effi- 
ciency of the system there employed but to 
give to educational work in the state 
teachers better equipped to supply the de- 
mands made upon them in the active work 
of instruction. His efforts have erected a 
high standard to which graduates of the 
school must conform and have given to the 
school's activities a definite purpose — "not 
only to give training in the various school 
subjects, but to give its students instruction 
in the art of teaching, by acquainting them 
with right principles, aims, and procedures 
that make up the activity connected with 
managing a school. The Normal School 
does not attempt to make educational ex- 
perts of its graduates, but it rather aims to 
equip them with the first-hand knowledge 
of the art of teaching ; to give them a broad 
sympathy with the life of the children and a 
spirit of confidence in the work of instruc- 
tion — in short, to take charge of a school 
and make it go." 

Mr. Burruss has been a contributor to 
educational journals, his articles bearing the 
stamp of knowledge and familiarity with 
the subjects under discussion and contain- 
ing enlightening material on new phases of 
educational problems. He is a member of 
the Rockingham Union Lodge, No. 27, Free 
and Accepted Masons, of Harrisonburg, 
Virginia. His political beliefs are Demo- 
cratic, and he affiliates with the Presby- 
terian church. 

Mr. Burruss married, in June, 1907, 
Rachel Cleveland, born May 10, 1888, daugh- 
ter of George Dorsey Ebbert, of Covington, 
Kentucky. 



VIR(3INIA BIOGRAPHY 



635 



Charles Cosby Curtis. Elizabeth City 
county, Virginia, citizens, remember with 
gratitude the proud record of Robert Keith 
Curtis as sheriff of that district, an office he 
filled with distinction for the long period 
of twenty-two years, succeeded in that posi- 
tion at his death by his son, Robert Chiches- 
ter Curtis. Son of Colonel Robert C. Cur- 
tis, who commanded a Virginia regiment 
during the war between the states, Robert 
Keith Curtis likewise performed valiant 
service for the Confederate cause, suffering 
in its defence wounds in battle and dangers 
as a scout, in which latter capacity he ren- 
dered most valuable assistance to the South- 
ern commanders. 

Charles Cosby Curtis is the third of his 
line to hold the position of sheriff", Glouces- 
ter county, A^irginia, having benefitted for 
many years l)y the competent manner in 
which Colonel Robert C. Curtis discharged 
his obligations as the incumbent of that im- 
portant offfce. His war record and that of his 
son, Robert Keith Curtis, are glorious and 
thrilling recitals of valor and bravery, but 
no less worthy of praise are their honorable 
achievements in public service and private 
life, in which they have been joined by their 
son and grandson, Charles Cosby Curtis. 

Colonel Robert C. Curtis, scion of a Vir- 
ginia family of ancient and virtuous repu- 
tation, won fame and distinction through 
his gallant and accomplished leadership of 
his Virginia regiment against the invading 
Union forces. The qualities that served him 
best in the midst of battle gave power to 
his long administration of the offfce of 
sheriff' of Elizabeth City county, and he was 
numbered among the most able officials 
ever in the service of that county. He mar- 
ried, November 21,, 1833, Elizabeth H. Fitz- 
hugh, born in 1816, eight years his junior, 
and had issue: Mari' Elizabeth, born Feb- 
ruary 13, 1836; Charles Philip, born May 
8 1837; Robert Keith, of whom further. 

Robert Keith Curtis, son of Colonel Rob- 
ert C. and Elizabeth H. (Fitzhugh) Curtis, 
was born in Gloucester county, V'irginia, 
July 27. 1844, and died July 13, 1913. He 
was educated in Gary's Military Academy, 
at Hampton, Virginia, and when fifteen 
Mars of age entered the A'irginia militia, so 
that at the beginning of the war between 
the states he was possessed of full military 
training. .\Ulunigh then liut a lad of seven- 



teen years, his patriotic ardor and loyalty 
e(|Ualled those emotions in any man who 
offered his life and services to the Confed- 
erate cause, and in military knowledge he 
was the superior of most. The first call for 
volunteers found him prepared, and he be- 
came a member of the Washington .Artil- 
lery, although upon reaching Yorktown he 
was transferred to the Old Dominion 
Dragoons, then Company B, of the Third 
A'irginia Cavalry. Subsequently he became 
identified with the cavalry forces command- 
ed by General Fitzhugh Lee and General 
Stuart, serving through the Peninsula, Sec- 
ond Manassas, Maryland, Fredericksburg, 
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg campaigns, 
and participating in all of the battles in 
which his regiment was engaged. In the 
first action on the third day of the battle of 
(iett3'sburg he sustained four wounds in 
his right arm. and. falling fainting from his 
mount, was caught by his comrades and re- 
moved to Gordonsville for treatment. He 
was then sent to North Carolina, where his 
m.other was staying during the war. and 
upon his return to the army was detailed as 
a scout under General Fitzhugh Lee, re- 
maining in that capacity until the Appo- 
mattox surrender. His wartime experiences 
as a scout form a connection of narratives 
of thrilling interest, and through successful 
exploits on numerous occasions he became 
( general Lee's most trusted agent for work 
of that perilous nature. He was thrice cap- 
tured by the enemy, each time escaping 
from his guards when to be taken to prison 
meant immediate execution without trial. 
-At the close of the struggle he returned to 
Elizabeth City county, taking up agricul- 
tural pursuits, and ordering his life in the 
course it would have taken four years jirevi- 
eus had it not been for that frightfully 
liloody interlude that history will long note 
as the -American civil war. 

The follownig is a oo])\ nf a letter re- 
ceived hy Mr. Curtis: 

THE COMMOX\VR.-\LTii (11- VX. 
To RoiiKRT CiRTis. Greetings: 

Know You. Th.Tt from speci.il tru.st ami conti- 
(lenee reposed in your fidelity, cour.isic and good 
conduct, our Governor, in pursuance of the author- 
ity vested in him by the Constitution and Laws of 
the Commonweahh, doth commission you Second 
Lieutenant in the ,Vth Regiment of the oth Brigade 
,iiid 4tli Pixision of tlic Virginia Militia, to rank 
;l^ Midi iroiii the 24th day of May, iSoO. 



636 



VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto signed 
my name as Governor and caused the Seal of the 
Commonweahh to be affixed, this i8th day of 
August. 1866. F. H. PiERPOiNT, Governor. 

By the Governor: 
\V. H. Richardson. 
Adjt. General Va. 

He became a leading and influential citi- 
zen in Elizabeth City county, and in 1891. 
when that district was burdened with the 
rule of negro politicians and was almost 
helpless in their powerful grip, Mr. Curtis 
was nominated by the Democratic party as 
their candidate for the office of sheriff. His 
candidacy was regarded as humorous by the 
Republican leaders, but the results of the 
election show how greatly they had under- 
estimated his strength and popularity, for 
his majority was large and his victory deci- 
sive. He was the first Democrat elected to 
office in Elizabeth City county after the 
war, and from that time until his death he 
was successively reelected to the sheriiifs 
office, a straightforward, clean-cut adminis- 
tration the recommendation that returned 
him to this position with such clock-like 
regularity. He took pride in the fact that, 
although so long in public aiTairs, he had 
never requested a man to use influence or 
vote in his behalf, nor had ever spent money 
to insure election, excepting the primary 
expenses levied against him by the Demo- 
cratic committees for primary expenses. 

Sheriff Curtis was commander of R. E. 
Lee Camp, No. 5, Confederate Veterans, 
and found joy and pleasure in this com- 
panionship with his comrades of less peace- 
ful times. He was popular with all classes 
of people, commanding always regard and 
respect for his upright, pure life. Even the 
colored population, whose candidate he had 
defeated when he first ran for office, became 
his loyal supporters, and cast almost an un- 
divided ballot in his favor. Firm and in- 
flexible in the performance of duty, as far 
as lay within his power he "let mercy 
temper justice," and was kindly and con- 
siderate to those of his prisoners who could 
appreciate such treatment. He was worthy 
of the high title of "true Virginian," and 
during an active, useful life his aims, mo- 
tives and ideals of the noblest character, 
and his good deeds were many. He was a 
baptized member of St. John's Protestant 
Episcopal Church, and was a member of 
Kecoughtan Lodge, No. 29, Knights of 



Pythias, and \\'ythe Council, No. 1242, 
Royal Arcanum. 

Robert Keith Curtis married. January 28, 
1873, Margaret Mumford. daughter of Fay- 
ette and MoUie Allen (Mumford) Sinclair, 
and had issue: William Allen, born Novem- 
ber 7, 1873, died April 26. 1891 ; Robert C, 
born May 7, 1875 ; Keith Sinclair, born De- 
cember I, 1876, died November 15, 1898, 
contracting his fatal illness in the United 
States service in the Spanish-American war ; 
Edwin S., born April 18, 1878, deputy 
sheriff of Elizabeth City county ; Fayette 
S., born August 19, 1880, married, Novem- 
ber 8, 1904. Frances Sinclair, and has a 
daughter, Margaret, born February 28, 
1912; Charles Cosby, of whom further ; Eliz- 
abeth, of whom further; Thomas Barrett, 
born February 17, 1886, manager of a fruit 
farm in Panama: Howard R., born March 
16, 1888. 

Charles Cosby Curtis, son of Robert Keith 
and Margaret Mumford (Sinclair) Curtis, 
was born in Hampton, Virginia, October 14, 
1883. Until 1898 he was a student in the 
Sims-Eaton School, in which year he be- 
came associated with his father, sheriff of 
Elizabeth City county for many years, and 
while learning the duties of that office under 
his father's matchless instruction took up 
the study of criminology under the same 
expert tutorship. At his father's death in 
1013 he was the natural choice for successor 
tf^ the elder Curtis, his appointment to the 
unexpired term of Robert Keith Curtis ex- 
piring in 1915. His training under the close 
supervision of his father is now bearing 
valuable fruit, for while as deputy he re- 
lieved his father of many of the more ardu- 
ous of his burdens, his ability in his present 
capacity is being tested to the full, and he 
bears the trial in a manner most commend- 
able. As successor to any less worthy 
official than Robert Keith Curtis his admin- 
istration would assume brilliance by con- 
trast, and under the present conditions the 
change of rule is in no wise apparent 
throughout the county. His prowess com- 
mands the respect that was accorded his 
predecessor, and law-abiding order prevails 
under his administration, with the exception 
of the s]5oradic outbursts of crime that be- 
tray the weaknesses and deficiencies of in- 
dividuals. A Democrat in politics, Mr. Cur- 
tis is popular with all parties and factions. 




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and disregards party affiliation in the cor- 
rect ])erformance of duty. He fraternizes 
with Wyoming Lodge, Improved Order of 
Red Men, the Junior Order of United Amer- 
ican Mechanics, the Woodmen of the World, 
the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lodge No. 
366, Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks, and Loyal Order of Moose. 

He married, November 16. 191 1, Fannie 
Belle, born January 26, 1889, daughter of 
Howard Sinclair and Nannie Belle 
(Schmelz) Collier (q. v.). 

Elizabeth Curtis, daughter of Robert 
Keith and Margaret Mumford (Sinclair) 
Curtis, was born May 17, 1884, and on Janu- 
ary 4, 191 1, married Ashton Wythe, son of 
Thomas Lowry and Louise (Browne) Sin- 
clair. Ashton Wythe Sinclair was born in 
Elizabeth City county. Virginia, October 4, 
1885, and after a public school education 
ei'tered mercantile trade. He at present is 
an extensive dealer in farm implements and 
supplies, his large trade extending mainly 
throughout Warwick and Elizabeth City 
counties. He is a popular merchant of strict 
business integrity, and possesses a wide 
circle of social and business friends. Mr. 
Sinclair is a strong Democratic sympathizer, 
and .is a communicant of the Protestant 
Episcopal church. His fraternal orders are 
the Improved Order of Red Men and the 
Modern Woodmen of the World. Mr. and 
Mrs. Sinclair are the parents of: Robert 
Curtis, born January 12, 1912, and Ashton 
Wythe, Jr., born September 9, 1914. 

William Allen, a well-known attorney of 
New York, was born at Claremont. Vir- 
ginia, January 13, 1855. He is the son of 
William and Frances Augusta (Jessup) 
Allen, and came of stock that had been 
identified with his native county and neigh- 
borhood in Virginia from early colonial 
times. "Burke's General Armory" describes 
the crest, now to be seen on the Allen silver, 
brought over from England: "Per chev. gu. 
and erm. in chief two lions" heads erased or. 
Crest : Out of a ducal coronet or, a horse's 
head ar." "Allen — Derbyshire, London, 
Staffordshire." The book plates on the sev- 
eral volumes of the "Racing Calendar" show 
that the Liglitfimts cmic from 'I'eddington, 
England. 

Arthur Allen, first .\mcrican ancestor, 
patented two hundred acres in the year 1649 
between Lawn's Creek and Lower Chip- 



jjc^akes Creek, Surry county, Virginia. He 
Ijuilt himself a brick house which, known as 
"Bacon's Castle," in still standing. He was 
born in 1602 and died in 1670, but as the 
first American ancestors of the families 
bearing the name of Allen or Allan number 
something very near a score, it is difficult 
to decide to which of them, or whether to 
any of them, he was related. In early times 
the name took the forms of Allin, Alline, 
Allyn. Allein, Allan and Allen. The deriva- 
tion often given is from the personal name 
Alan, common in Norman times. The name 
is often also from MacAlain, the ancestor of 
the Clan MacAlain, being Colla da Chrioch, 
a descendant of the monarch, Niall of the 
Nine Hostages, celebrated in Milesian song 
and story. Over fifty families of the name 
in Europe have the rights to coats armorial. 
Arthur Allen married Alice Tucker, and had 
a son and heir, subsequently know^n as 
Major Arthur Allen, who was burgess and 
speaker of the house of burgesses. His 
brick house was used by a part of Bacon's 
friends as a fort in 1676. He married Kath- 
erine, daughter and heiress of Captain Law- 
rence Baker, of Surry county. His will was 
proved in Surry county, September 5, 1710. 
His children were: Elizabeth, who married 
Colonel William Bridges ; John ; Katherme ; 
James; Arthur; Ann; Mary; Joseph. Of 
the above family, John Allen was a student 
ai William and Mary College in I'xw. His 
will was proved March 8, 1741. He married 
Elizabeth, who was born July 4, 1697. and 
died October 4, 1738. daughter of William 
Bassett, of the council of \'irginia. She 
died before her husband, and she is called 
in his will "sister of Mrs. (Lucy) Roscow 
(wife of Colonel William Roscow) and of 
Mrs. (Mary) Daingerfield" (wife of Cap- 
tain Edwin Daingerfield. of New Kent). 
He had no surviving issue, but left the bulk 
of his estate to William Allen, son of his 
brother Joseph, whom he requested to be 
educated at \\'illiam and Mary College till 
he was twenty-one years old. He gave his 
gold watch to Mary Roscow. daughter of 
Colonel William Roscow. and made Cap- 
tain John Ruffin executor of his will. There 
is an interesting paper, yellow from age. in 
the possession of the jiresent William .Mien, 
signed by A. Si)otswood. It is in substance: 
That Her Majesty's Lieutenant (.uivernor 
and Commander in chief of this Dominion, 
wishing to determine and settle the bound- 



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ary line between North Carolina and Vir- 
ginia, orders John Allen, Surveyor of Surry, 
with the assistance of the company of 
Rangers appointed to attend him, to begin 
at the mouth of Nottoway River and to run 
a line 'till said line intersects at Roanoke 
River. "Ye" Rangers are to spread them- 
selves 20 feet from right to left and to mark 
all "thee" remarkable trees with three 
notches. Then Allen is ordered as speedily 
as possible to return home, dismiss Rangers 
and transmit plan of said work, containing 
the remarkable Rivers. Creeks, Swamps or 
Plantations (if any be) and such other ob- 
servations as he may judge proper. "Given 
under my hand and the Seal of the Colony 
at Williamsburg, this Sixteenth day of 
April, 1714." Notice to the president of the 
colony of North Carolina of the contem- 
plated survey was sent, to give him the op- 
portunity to be represented. 

Arthur Allen (3), son of Major Arthur 
Allen, married Elizabeth Bray, who, in the 
records, calls Thomas Bray her brother. He 
died in 1725 after which she married Arthur 
Smith, of the Isle of Wight, and after his 
death one Stith. She established a free 
school in Smithfield, Isle of Wight county. 
She left by her marriage with Arthur Allen : 
James ; Katherine. who married Benjamin 
Cocke. James Allen died without issue in 
17 14, leaving legacies to Thomas Bray, 
James Bray, William Allen. Arthur Smith, 
Frances Bray. Elizabeth Bray, James 
Bridges, Joseph Bridges, John, son of Jacob 
Cornwall, and sister Catherine Cocke. He 
made his brother-in-law, Benjamin Cocke, 
executor of his will. 

Joseph Allen married Hannah, whose 
maiden surname remains unknown, and, 
dying in 1736, left only one son, William 
Allen, who was the sole heir of his uncle 
John. He was educated at William and 
Mary College, and married (first) Clara 
Walker, by whom he had John Allen, who 
died in May. 1793, without issue. He mar- 
ried (second) Mary, daughter of William 
Lightfoot, of Sandy Point, in Charles City 
county, and Mildred (Howell) Lightfoot. 
his wife, by whom he had Mary, who mar- 
ried Carter Bennett Harrison, and had issue. 
Carter H., and William Allen; William; 
Anne Armistead, born 1777, died April 2-], 
'^'^Z'S^ who married John Edloe ; Martha 
Bland, born June 30. 1780, died April 21, 
1814, married Miles Selden. The issue of 



Anne Armistead Allen and John Edloe 
v/ere; Carter H., born 1798, died 1843; 
Mary Allen, September 9, 1800, died Sep- 
tember 16, 1855, married Dr. N. M. Os- 
borne ; Martha Armistead, married Richard 
Griffin Orgain. William Allen's will was 
proved in Surry county, September 24, 1790. 
There were three other children, who died 
young: Joseph, Hannah, and Mildred. 

William Allen, son of Colonel William 
Allen and Mary (Lightfoot) Allen, was born 
March 7, 1768, and died November 2, 1831. 
He resided at Claremont, Surry county, Vir- 
ginia, where his tombstone still lies. He 
never married, and left his large estates to 
W'illiam Grif¥in Orgain, son of Richard 
Griffin Orgain (by his niece, Martha Armi- 
stead Edloe, born March 31, 1803, died Feb- 
ruary 12, 1857, daughter of John Edloe), on 
his taking the name of William Allen, or to 
the son of William Griffin Orgain, on the 
like condition, but in case of \Villiam Grif- 
fin Orgain's death without issue in the male 
line, then the property was to go to his 
nephew. Carter H. Harrison. In his will, 
Colonel Allen mentions his great-nieces, 
Anne Carter Harrison and Mary Howell 
Harrison. 

Richard Griffin Orgain, born September 
25. 1787. died July 17, 1830, and had issue 
by j\lartha Armistead Edloe : Montgomery 
McKensie, born February 12, 1824, died 
July 15, 1824; Elizabeth C, who married 
Powhatan Starke; Mary M., who married 
Archibald Harrison ; William Griffin, who 
took the name of William Allen, in accord- 
ance with the provisions of his great-uncle's 
will. He helped to organize Company D, 
of the Tenth Battalion of Artillery, Con- 
federate States army, and equipped and uni- 
formed his men. He was elected captain 
of his company and afterwards promoted 
major, when the battalion was organized. 
("Battle Roll of Surry Co., Va., in the War 
between the States," by B. W. Hones). On 
his plantation at Curl's Neck was given an 
early demonstration of the grain reaper by 
Cyrus H. McCormick, founder of the great 
McCormick Harvester Company. He mar- 
ried, December 22, 1852, at Brockville, Can- 
ada. Frances Augusta Jessup. born 1832, in 
Brockville. eldest child of James Jessup. 

The Jessup family was founded in Amer- 
ica by Edward Jessup, who was at Stam- 
ford. Connecticut, before 1649, at which 
time he owned land in Fairfield, Connec- 




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knit, where he had undoubtedly previously 
ived. He was a pioneer of Newtown on 
:^ong Island, New York, where he pur- 
:hased eighty acres of land of the Indians, 
md was a magistrate in 1659-60-61-62. He 
subsequently had a grant of land at West 
Farms and Hunt's Point, in the present 
Westchester county, New York, signed by 
Governor Nicolls, April 5, 1666. He died 
jefore November 14 of that year. His son, 
Edward Jessup, born 1663, married Eliza- 
beth Hyde, and resided at Fairfield. Joseph 
fessup, son of this couple, baptized July 4, 
[699, resided for some time at Stamford, and 
ibout 1744 settled at Little Nine Partners, 
n what is now Dutchess county. New York. 
[|e was loyal to the British government, 
md removed to Montreal on the outbreak 
It the revolution, dying there in 1788. He 
narried, August 14, 1734, Abigail Jarvis. 
^;ho died in 1743. Their son, Edward Jes- 
>up, born December 4, 1735, in Stamford, 
■esided at Albany and other points in New 
*i:'ork, and removed to Canada, suffering 
jreat loss through the confiscation of his 
property by the state of New York. He 
served as major in the English forces, and 
surveyed and laid out the city of Prescott, 
ITanada, in 1810. He died there February 
3, 1816. His son, Edward Jessup, born May 
26, 1766, in Albany, served for many years 
IS clerk of the peace, district of Johnstown, 
in Upper Canada, his commission dated 
January i, 1800. He was long lieutenant- 
:olonel of the First Regiment of militia for 
the county of Leeds. He resided in Pres- 
;ott, where he died November 4, 181 5. He 
married Susannah Covell, and they were the 
parents of James Jessup, born July 28, 1S04, 
in what is now Prescott, died November 25, 
1876. He was registrar of the surrogate 
court and county clerk of Leeds and Gren- 
ville, filling that office at the time of his 
death. Although a Conservative in politics, 
he was admired by the Liberals, and his 
long continuation in office testifies to his 
standing in the community. For three years 
he was a law partner of Henry Sherwood, 
who afterward became premier of Canaila. 
He married, August 24. 1831, in Brockville, 
Catherine Shrivtr, and their eldest child 
was Frances Augusta, above mentioned as 
the wife of William Allen. Children of Wil- 
liam and Frances Augusta (Jessup) Allen 
were: 1. Fanny, born in Petersburg, \ir- 
ginia, died in Prince George county, \ir- 



ginia, December 15, 1853. 2. William, men- 
tioned below. 3. John, born September 17, 
1857, at Claremont. Virginia, died June 16, 
1904. in Florida, leaving a wife and children, 
i'ertha. Potter and William. The latter is 
now living in Louisville. Kentucky. 4. Mary, 
born June 25, 1859, in Claremont. died there 
in 1 861. 5. Frances Augusta, born Jul)- 8, 
1861, in Petersburg, died in Newport, Ken- 
tucky, September 9, 1899. 6. Jessup Light- 
foot, born September 16, 1863, in Richmond, 
Virginia, died at Atlantic City, New Jersey, 
January 13, 1912. He married Ray Shelton, 
who is now living in Atlantic City. 

William Allen, the modern representative 
of the family, son of William and Frances 
.\ugusta (Jessup) Allen, was educated in 
])rivate schools in Richmond, and in 1865 
entered the school of the Rev. Edmund 
Wood, in Montreal, Canada. He was grad- 
uated from Georgetown College in the Dis- 
trict of Columbia, in 1875, with the degree 
of Bachelor of Arts, and in the same year 
entered the University of \'irginia, where 
ho studied law, and received the degree of 
LL. 1'). He entered upon practice in 1877 
in Richmond. V^irginia. In 1878 he travelled 
in Europe, and on his return formed a part- 
nership with Bernard Peyton. In 1892 he 
located in New York City, and entered the 
law office of Robert L. Harrison, where he 
remained until 1895. when he began practic- 
ing upon his own account. Mr. Allen has 
been in large practice ever since, with offices 
at 67 Wall street. In September, 1901. he 
was appointed a referee in bankruptcy for 
the southern district of New York. He is 
a member of the Bar .\ssociation of the City 
of New York ; the L'niversity Club ; the 
Southern Society of New York City : the 
X'irginians of New York City : the American 
Yacht Club; Essex County Club, and other 
social organizations. In politics lie is a 
I\-mocrat. Mr. .\llen married Mary Hous- 
ti'Uii .\nderson. daughter of General Roliert 
lliiustoun Anderson, one of the youngest 
aiid bravest generals of the Confederacy, 
and I lie great-great-great-granddaughter of 
Sir r.itrick Houstoun. who founded Savan- 
nah. Cieorgia. with General Oglethorpe. 
Mrs. .Mien is an authoress of reputation. 
They have a beautiful home at No. 51 East 
Sixty-fifth street. New York City. 

Charles Edward Conrad, M. D. A native 
1)1 \ irgiiiia and there educated lor the med- 



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ical profession. Dr. Charles Edward Conrad 
has shared the time that he has devoted to 
the practice of his profession between the 
places of his birth and New York, proceed- 
ing to the latter place almost immediately 
after taking his degree and there remaining 
until 1910, since which year he has been a 
practitioner of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Dur- 
ing the short time that he has engaged in 
medical work in Harrisonburg he has at- 
tained a wide practice and professional 
prominence, having been elected to the 
presidency of the Rockingham County Med- 
ical Society. 

Dr. Conrad's family is far from being un- 
known to the professions in Virginia, his 
father, Ed. Smith Conrad, a graduate of the 
University of Virginia, a well known attor- 
ney of Harrisonburg, Virginia. He married 
Virginia Smith, daughter of Andrew Irick, 
among their children being Charles Edward, 
of whom further. 

Dr. Charles Edward Conrad was born in 
Harrisonburg, Rockingham county, Vir- 
ginia. July 20, 1879. Following a course in 
the public schools of the place of his birth, 
he became a student in the Randolph-Macon 
Academy, of Front Royal, Virginia, there 
receiving a diploma of graduation. He was 
for four years employed in druggists' estab- 
lishments in Lynchburg and Charlottesville, 
Virginia, becoming a druggist, duly regis- 
tered by the Virginia state board of exam- 
iners, and in 1901 entered the University 
of Virginia, graduating from the medical 
department of that institution Doctor of 
Medicine in 1905. He became an interne in 
the Manhattan and Kings County hospitals. 
New York City. He then formed an asso- 
ciation with the Eastern State Hospital, 
Williamsburg, Virginia, as first assistant 
physician, which continued for about two 
and a half years, and from November, 1909, 
until May, 1910, he was connected with the 
New York Nursery and Child's Hospital. 

During his residence in Harrisonburg, 
Dr. Conrad has conducted a general prac- 
tice, in which he has been very successful, 
most conspicuously so in diseases peculiar 
to children. He is a member of the board 
of health of Harrisonburg, city physician 
of that place, local physician for the South- 
ern Railway Company, president of the 
Rockingham County Medical Society, mem- 
ber of the Shenandoah Valley Medical Soci- 
ety, and of the Pi Kappa Alpha and Nu 



Sigma Nu medical fraternity. On numer- 
ous occasions he has reported cases of espe- 
cial interest from a professional point of 
view to the medical societies of which he is 
a member. He attends the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and is a supporter of Demo- 
cratic principles. Dr. Conrad is held in uni- 
versal high esteem in the place of his birth, 
and has created a most favorable impression 
among his professional brethren. His career 
as a physician has become worthy of the 
designation without which no other words 
of approbation possess value and without 
which there is no true success, useful. 

Dr. Conrad married, September 29, 1914, 
.Annie Gilliam, of Lynchburg, Virginia, 
daughter of James R. and Jessie (Johnston) 
Gilliam. 

Conrad Kownslar. Descended maternally 
from the old colonial and revolutionary 
families, Blackburn, St. Clair, and through 
intermarriage with the Washington family, 
Mr. Kownslar, as an attorney-at-the-bar of 
two states, Virginia and Texas, and by 
active public service, has lived up to the 
best traditions of his forbears, and gained 
distinction in his own right. Through his 
maternal line descent is traced to Elder Wil- 
liam Brewster and John Allerton, the Pil- 
grim Fathers of Plymouth colony. Thomas 
Blackburn, his great-grandfather was a colo- 
nel in the Continental army, and Elizabeth 
St. Clair ( Blackburn) Kownslar, his mother, 
was a niece of Judge Washington by mar- 
riage, and a frequent visitor at Mount Ver- 
non. 

Conrad Kownslar is a son of Dr. Ran- 
dolph Kownslar, and a grandson of Conrad 
Kownslar and his wife. Elizabeth (Bayard) 
Kownslar, the latter the parents of sons, 
Randolph, of further mention ; Remington, 
a farmer of Texas ; and Franklin, an Ohio 
judge who died in Cincinnati. Dr. Randolph 
Kownslar was born in Berkeley county, 
Virginia, in 1812, and died in 1865. He was 
a graduate of Princeton, and also of the 
University of Virginia, a man of highest 
literary and professional attainment, rank- 
ing among the most advanced students and 
thinkers of his day. He was the master of 
several languages, and in mature years made 
it a daily practice to read something in the 
three languages, Greek, Latin and French. 
Bishop Whittle pronounced him "the best 
educated layman" he had ever met. He 




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641 



was an ardent believer in the justice of the 
Southern cause, and during the war, 1861- 
65, was surgeon in the Confederate army, 
and in charge of a hospital at Berryville, 
where he had been previously for several 
years engaged in medical practice. Me died 
at about the close of the war after render- 
ing arduous and valual)le service to the 
cause he loved. 

Dr. Kownslar married (first) Mary Alac- 
Leary ; children: i. Ellen, who married S. 
J. C. Moore, adjutant-general of the Con- 
federate States army under General Early, 
and had children : Randolph K., Mary, 
Jane C, Dr. Lawson B., Annie C, Lillie K., 
Mary K., and Nora B. 2. Mary, who died 
unmarried. Dr. Kownslar married (second) 
lilizabeth St. Clair Blackburn, born at 
Springgrove, Jefferson county, Virginia, in 
1813, who long survived him, dying in 1907, 
at the great age of ninety-six years. She 
was a granddaughter of Colonel Thomas 
Blackburn, an officer of the revolution. Chil- 
dren of second marriage: i. Randolph, born 
in Berryville, Virginia; married Alice M. 
Stribling; children: Conrad Randolph and 
Alice M. 2. Conrad (2), of further men- 
tiiiu. 3. Jane Blackburn, married Rev. Wil- 
liam B. Lee, of Gloucester, Virginia, and 
has issue : i. Elizabeth St. Clair, married 
Marshall M. Milton, children: William Byrd 
Eee, Elizabeth Sinclair, Blackburn and Alar- 
shall Milton; ii. Evelyn Byrd, married II. 
T. Ilutcheson. children: Henry Edmund, 
Jane Blackburn Lee and Thomas Barksdale 
Ilutcheson: iii. Marv Page; iv. Jennie K. ; 
V. I'.liza A.; vi. William Byrd Lee. 4. Eliz- 
abeth St. Clair, married W. Ludwell Bald- 
win, and has issue: William L., married 
Mary Payne, of Norfolk, Virginia, and has 
William L. (2), and Portia Lee; Baldwin. 
5. I^ydia, married Edward M. Stribling, and 
has issue: Randolph K. ; Edward M. (2), 
married Cornelia McBlair, of Norfolk, \'ir- 
ginia ; John W., married Louise K. Taylor, 
and has a daughter, Louise K. 

Conrad (2) Kownslar, son of Dr. Ran- 
dolph and Elizabeth St. Clair (Blackburn) 
Kciwnslar, was born in Berryx'ille, \'irginia, 
September 28, 1851. He was educated at 
l>ri\ate schools in Alexandria, \'irginia. and 
under special tutors, attaining jiroficiency 
in .ill that marks the modernly educated 
man. He beg.an the studv of l;i\v un(K-r the 
l)receptorship of Major S, j. C. Moore, of 

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Berryville, his brother-in-law, and pursued 
a complete course, gaining admission to the 
X'irginia bar in 1876. 

He began legal practice in Berryville, 
later moving to Houston, Texas, where he 
was admitted to the bar and practiced for 
stxeral years. He then returned to Berry- 
ville, where he has since practiced continu- 
ously. Lie has been admitted to all state 
and Federal courts, his practice extending 
to all, being general in character. He has 
served as commonwealth attorney ; was for 
three years mayor of Berryville ; and by ap- 
pointment of the governor served as a mem- 
ber of the board of visitors to Mt. \'ernon. 
He is learned in the law, skilled in its appli- 
cation, and ranks among the leaders of the 
Clarke county bar. 

Mr. Kownslar is a member of the Masonic 
order and of the Sons of the Revolution. He 
is a communicant of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church in religion, and in political faith 
is a Democrat. Lie has ever taken active in- 
terest in public affairs, and has contributed 
his full share to part}- success. Mr. Kowns- 
lar has been delegate from Clarke county to 
many state conventions of his party, but has 
never sought preferment for himself be- 
\dnd the local office mentioned, mavor of 
iiis native town. 

James Marion Broughton. The family 
I'anu- of James Marion Broughton. chief of 
police of the city of Portsmouth, \'irginia, 
i^ derived from the Saxon. Broc, which 
means brook or brocken land, or Tun. a 
dwelling or town. In King Ethelred's char- 
ter to the monastery of Shaftesbury, Eng- 
land, A. D. looi, Elfwig's boundaries as 
Broctun are mentioned. The Domesday 
Book of William the Conqueror. 1086, de- 
scribes thirty-four manors of Broctun vari- 
ously Latinized by the clerks of the records 
to Brochthon, Brocton. Brotton, Broton, 
Brogton, and Broughton, perhaps according 
to the pronunciation peculiar to the local- 
ities where the manors were situated. Later 
the orthography of Broughton seems to 
ha\e been generally adopted. The name 
continued prominent among the knights and 
sb.eritTs of England for four centuries, until 
tlie titular male lines became extinct and 
tluir estates passed through female lines to 

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Gravesend, below London, England, em- 
barked on the ship "America," June 23, 
1635, for Virginia. Savage, in his "Notes," 
identifies this Thomas with Thomas 
Broughton, of Watertown, Massachusetts, 
who before 1643 married Mary, daughter of 
Nathaniel Brescoe. He owned large grants 
and made purchases at Berwick, Maine, and 
Dover, New Hampshire, where he erected 
mills. His descendants settled in Maine, 
New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachu- 
setts, the Virginia family descending from 
the Vermont branch, the great-great-grand- 
father of James Marion Broughton settling 
near Norfolk in the Back Bay district. One 
of the sons of the settler located in North 
Carolina, another settled far up the West 
Branch, the third choosing Norfolk as his 
residence and there becoming a wealthy 
planter. 

William Edward Broughton, grandson of 
the settler and son of the Norfolk planter, 
was educated in the public schools, afterward 
learning the trades of blacksmith and ship- 
caulker, following both at different times. 
At the beginning of the war between the 
states he enlisted in the Confederate army, 
joining Paight's Rangers, and participated 
in the fighting about Petersburg. While in 
New York on business he was, in the par- 
lance of the sea, "shanghaied," placed on 
board the "Vermont," and was present at 
the battle of Mobile. William Edward 
Broughton was a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, fraternized with the Ma- 
sonic order, and in political faith was a 
Democrat. He married Mary Pierce, and 
had six children, five of them sons, all of 
whom were at different times employed in 
the United States navy-yard at Norfolk. 
Children : Joseph, of whom further ; Mis- 
souri, married John Tatum ; George Wash- 
ington ; Charles, deceased ; Morse A. ; 
James M. 

Joseph Broughton, son of William Ed- 
ward and Mary (Pierce) Broughton, was 
born September 16. 1843. After attending 
the public schools he learned the trade of 
carpenter, an occupation in which he was 
engaged until he enlisted in the Confed- 
erate army, becoming a member of Marion's 
Rifles, afterward the Virginia Rifles. Not 
long after his enlistment he was raised to 
the rank of corporal, and so served for three 
years and three months, his service ending 
with the close of the war. Returning from 



the front he again took up work at his trade, 
being so occupied for ten years, when he 
changed his calling to that of ship joiner, 
obtaining employment in the Norfolk navy- 
yard, where his skillful ability soon won 
him high favor. His years in the navy-yard 
now number twenty-six, a period that in- 
cludes nothing but the most faithful service, 
the most competent discharge of duty. Dur- 
ing the yellow fever plague of 1855 he was 
stricken with the dread disease, and is one 
of two who were the only ones to recover 
after arriving at what are usually the last 
stages of the sickness. He was at one time 
superintendent of the almshouse and was 
also department sergeant. Joseph Brough- 
ton is a communicant of the Methodist Epis- 
copal church, and is a sympathizer with 
Socialistic principles. 

Joseph Broughton married, April 4, 1867, 
Sarah E. Brewer, born September 10, 1848, 
daughter of James and Elizabeth (Sparks) 
Brewer, of North Carolina, and has chil- 
dren: I. Joseph Frank, born March 9, 1868; 
married. March 2, 1888, Annie M. Lawman, 
and has a daughter, Mary, born in March, 
1889, married, in November, 191 1, Clyde 
Miller. 2. Robert Edward Lee, born June 
9, 1870, died January 9, 1872. 3. James 
Marion, of whom further. 4. Edward 
Powell, born June 17, 1878; married (first) 
August 20, 1900, Nellie King, born Novem- 
ber 29. 1882, died February 13, 1913, (sec- 
ond) February 25, 1914, Ruth McCoy, born 
September 7, 1896. 5. Liel Augustus, twin 
of Edward Powell, married, April 4, 1899, 
Mary S. Journee, and has : Charles Edward, 
born July 14. 1900, Liel Augustus Jr., born 
February 20, 1902, Joseph Nathaniel Epps, 
born October 14, 1906, William Henry, born 
February 2, 1908, and Dorothy Lewis, born 
November 26, 191 1. fi. Rosa Mildred, born 
June 16, 1889: married, April 4, 1908, John 
Kiel, and has John Joseph, born July 4, 
191 1, and James Broughton, born April 10, 
1914. 

James Marion Broughton, third child and 
son of the six children of Joseph and Sarah 
E. (Brewer) Broughton, was born in Ports- 
mouth, Virginia, January 20, 1873. After 
a course in the academy taught by Profes- 
sor George Stokes, he attended the public 
schools, and as a youth of seventeen years 
apprenticed himself to the ship-joiner's trade 
in the United States navy-yard, which he 
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Chicago, Illinois, subsequently returning to 
the place of his l)irth, in January, 1897, 
entering the police department of this city 
as a patrolman. He was afterward ad- 
vanced to the plain clothes service, then to 
the sergeant's rank, in 1909 becoming caj)- 
tain. From this date until December i, 
1914, he performed the duties of a captain 
ot jiolice. on the latter date receiving his 
commission as chief of the department. 

Chief Rroughton's qualifications for his 
high position, one of the most important in 
the municipal government, are many, and 
general satisfaction is felt throughout the 
city at his choice. The seventeen years he 
has passed in the dififerent grades of service 
in the department will enable him to admin- 
ister the affairs of his office practically, thor- 
oughly and efficiently, all of his action being 
based upon knowledge and experience, with- 
out dependence upon the recommendations 
of subordinates. That Portsmouth will be 
accorded the best of police protection under 
his rule is the consensus of opinion in the 
city, and all who know Mr. Broughton, his 
courageous, fearless attitude and his high 
conception of the duties of his office, feel 
that a more able leader could not have been 
chosen. Among the members of the depart- 
ment there is likewise unanimous approval 
of his promotion, and internal harmony and 
cooperation will increase the value of his 
leaclership, for as a patrolman he made many 
friends in the force, retained them in his rise 
to his present position, and is assured of 
their loyal and steadfast support. 

I.ike his father, Mr. Rrougliton is a com- 
municant of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. He is a Democrat in political faith, 
and is prominent in fraternal orders in the 
city, belonging to the Junior Order of 
Lnited American Mechanics, the. Renevo- 
lent and Protective Order of Elks, the Fra- 
ternal Order of Eagles, Tidewater I,odgc. 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ports- 
mouth Lodge, Knight of Pythias, and Mon- 
tauk Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men. 

I.imes Marion Rroughton married, .A])ril 
tS, 1S94, Josie E. Heath, born May 9, 1876, 
(l.Mighter of Robert T. and Sarah (Roscn- 
tlial) Heath, and has children: Estellc R., 
I)i>rn May iC), 189^; Lillian M., born Janu- 
ary 19. 1897; Josie M., born December 2.\. 
1899; Robert H., born February 2. iQoj; 
Alma W,, born I'cbruarv 24, 1904; .Mice 1.., 



.\pri 



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Rev. William Jackson Morton. The name 
Morton, Moreton and .\lortaigne, is earliest 
found in old Dauphine and is still existent 
ir France, where the family has occupied 
many important positions. In the annals of 
the family there is a statement repeatedly 
made that as the result of a quarrel one of 
the name migrated from Dauphine, first to 
Rrittainy, thence to Normandy, where alli- 
ance was made with William the Conqueror. 
Certain it is that among the names of the 
followers of William painted on the chancel 
ceiling in the ancient church of Dives in old 
Normandy is that of Robert Comte de Mor- 
tain. This name is also found on Battle 
Abbey Roll, in the Domesday Book and on 
Norman Rolls. It is conjectured that this 
Count Robert was the founder of the Eng- 
lish family of Morton. In the Bayeux tap- 
estry he is represented as of the council of 
William, the result of which was the Con- 
quest of England. Count Robert held 
manors in nearly every county in England, 
in all about eight hundred, among them 
Pevensea, where the Conqueror landed and 
where in 1087 Robert and his brother Odo, 
bishop of Bayeau. were besieged six weeks 
by William Rufus. Here Camden (1551- 
\f:28) found "the most entire remains of a 
Roman building to be seen in Britain." The 
family was prominent in England all down 
the centuries and gave to early .America 
some of its best blood. Prominent among 
these early comers were Thomas Morton, 
esquire, one of the most interesting his- 
torical characters of New England, Rev. 
Charles Morton Landgrave, Joscjih Morton, 
proprietarv governor of South Carolina, and 
George Morton. 

The progenitors of Rew William Jackson 
Morton, rector of historic Christ Church. 
-Alexandria-, were eminent in \'irginia on 
both maternal and paternal sides, his ma- 
ternal line. lUickncr, tracing to Philip and 
Jane (.Vylettl Buckner. of Louisa county. 
through his son Thomas i\). his son 
Thomas {2). born Jul\ j(>. 1771. mar- 
ried. September 2. iSoo, Lucy Fitzhugh. 
daughter of Henry Fitzhugh. of Bellair. 
Tiieir daughter. Jane Richard Buckner. born 
Xo\cniber \2. 180S. married William I. 
nickcnson. of "(."hestnut X'allev." Caroline 



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county, Virginia, and had nine children; 
Caroline May Dickenson, the sixth child, 
married Dr. Charles Bruce Morton, of Sol- 
diers' Rest, Orange county, Virginia, and 
they are the parents of Rev. \\^illiam Jack- 
son Morton. 

Philip Buckner, of Louisa county, was the 
second son of Richard Buckner, clerk of 
Essex county, Virginia, and grandson of 
John Buckner, the emigrant. His wife, Jane 
( Aylett-Robison) Buckner, was a sister of 
John Aylett, of King William county, and 
widow of Christopher Robison at the time 
of her marriage. Philip and Jane Buckner 
had seven children, one of them, Thomas 
( I ), the eldest son, the ancestor of Rev. Wil- 
liam Jackson Morton, Aylett, the youngest 
son. was the ancestor of General Simon Boli- 
var Buckner, soldier and statesman, gradu- 
ate of West Point, Mexican war hero, in- 
spector general of Kentucky in i860, cast 
his fortunes with the Confederacy, surren- 
dered Fort Donelson to Grant after a gallant 
defence, was governor of Kentucky, 1887- 
1891 and 1896, vice-president candidate on 
the ticket of the gold Democracy, nominated 
at Indianapolis. John Buckner, of Gloucester 
county, is the earliest mentioned of that 
name in Virginia annals. He was granted 
land in 1667, was a member of Petsworth 
parish, Gloucester, was member of the house 
of burgesses in 1683, and clerk of Glouces- 
ter county. Pie died in 1695, leaving sons, 
William, John (2), Richard, and Thomas. 
Richard Buckner owned five hundred acres 
of land in Rappahannock county, part of a 
tract called "Golden Vale." Essex county 
was formed from Rappahannock in 1692, 
and Richard Buckner was appointed the first 
clerk of the county. He was also clerk of 
the house of burgesses in 1714. He left 
sons: Richard Philip, John and William. 
These sons and their descendants were con- 
spicuous in the affairs of the colony and 
state and the founders of the Caroline county 
branch, and are now found in nearly every 
southern and western state. 

George Morton was a brother of Hon. 
William Morton and of Hon. Jackson Mor- 
ton and Hon. Jeremiah Morton, four boys, 
who, orphaned early, were reared by their 
grandmother. At her death. Jeremiah, who 
loved her dearly, insisted upon placing 
under her head, in her coffin, the old family 
liible, which in life had been her constant 
companion. Thus was lost the family rec- 



ord. The boys were then adopted by their 
gre;at-uncle, William Morton, who reared 
and educated them and at his death left 
them his property, the largest share going 
to the elder brother, William, who died 
without issue, and his large fortune went to 
the next brother, Jackson. 

Hon. William Morton, the eldest of the 
four brothers, was educated at William and 
Mary College, and served for thirty years 
as an honored member of the Virginia legis- 
lature, representing his native county. 
Orange, in that body. 

Jackson Morton was a graduate of Wil- 
liam and Mary College, Bachelor of Arts, 
1815, moved to Florida; was president of 
territorial council of Florida many years ; 
member of constitutional convention and 
Florida legislature ; general of Florida vol- 
unteers in Indian wars ; United States navy 
agent at Pensacola ; presidential elector, 
1849; United States senator, 1849-1855 ; 
member Florida convention, 1861 ; repre- 
sented Florida in the provisional congress 
of the Confederate States ; an extensive lum- 
ber dealer. 

His youngest brother, Hon. Jeremiah 
Morton, was a student at Washington Col- 
lege, now Washington and Lee University, 
1814-1815, graduate of William and Mary, 
1819; studied law, practiced with success, 
but physical infirmities compelled him to 
retire. He then became a farmer, accumu- 
lating a large estate. He was elected to the 
Lhiited States house of representatives on 
the Whig ticket, serving from 1849 to 1851, 
contemporary with his brother Jackson. In 
1861 he was a member of the Virginia con- 
vention which decreed that Virginia was no 
longer a member of Union of States. Mr. 
Morton followed the Confederate cause with 
all his soul, sold his lands, but retained his 
slaves, putting all his means in Confederate 
States bonds. Ruined by the failure of the 
Confederacy he was cared for in his old age 
by a daughter at whose home "Lessland," 
Orange county, he died, November 28, 1878, 
ii; his eightieth year. He was a prominent 
member of the Episcopal church, and a trus- 
tee of the Theological Seminary of Virginia, 
at Alexandria. 

Dr. George Morton, third of the four 
brothers, was educated in early years at the 
school of Rev. Charles O'Neill, who was the 
preacher at Pine Stake Church. Orange 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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there. He then entered William and Mary 
College, whence he was graduated. Bachelor 
of Arts, 1818, after which he entered the 
medical school of the University of Penn- 
sylvania, Philadelphia, obtaining there his 
degree of Doctor of Medicine on April 4, 
1SJ3. He then began the practice of medi- 
cine in Orange county, Virginia, continuing 
until his death, most eminent in his prcfes- 
siim. lie married Elizabeth Williams and 
had i.-^suc : Charles Bruce, of further men- 
tion ; Jeremiah, a veteran of the Confed- 
eracy ; Judge James W., a law partner of 
General Kemper, of Pickett's division. Con- 
federate States Army: William Jackson, 
M. D.. a graduate of Jefl'erson Medical Col- 
lege. Philadelphia: John Pendleton; George 
Philip: Lucy Pendleton, married John 
Cooke Green. 

Dr. Charles Bruce Morton, scjn of Dr. 
C.ieorge Morton, was born at "Soldiers' 
Rest," Orange county, Virginia, September 
3, 1835. He was educated at the University 
of Virginia and Jefferson Medical College. 
Philadelphia, and graduated from the latter 
institution Doctor of Medicine. March 20, 
i860. He at once entered the Confederate 
army as a surgeon, serving as senior sur- 
geon of General Kemper's brigade, in Pick- 
ett's division. After the war he practiced 
his profession in Orange county, a physi- 
cian of high standing and professional abil- 
it\. He now resides at "Nottingham Farm," 
SpoUsylvania county, Virginia. Dr. Mor- 
ton married. May 24, 1866, at "Chestnut 
\ alle\," Caroline county, \'irginia, Caro- 
'line May Dickenson, born May 19, 1840. who 
is yet his loving companion at "Nottingham 
Farm." She is a daughter of William I. 
Dickenson, of "Chestnut Valley," born Feb- 
ruary 9, 1801. died March 25, 1874, son of 
James and Sally Dickenson. William I. 
Dickenson married, April 16, 1829, Jane 
Richard Buckner, born November 12, 1808, 
died January 4, 1883, a descendant of John 
Buckner, the emigrant, of jirevious mention. 
Child of Dr. Charles Bruce Morton : William 
Jackson, of whom further. 

Rev. William Jackson .Morion, only son 
of Dr. Charles Bruce and Caroline May 
(Dickenson) Morton, was born May 8, 1867, 
at "Soldiers' Rest," Orange county, Virginia, 
the ancestral home of his progenitors, the 
Bruces and Williamses. He prepared for 
college under private tutors, entered Rich- 
mond College in 1882, remaining two years. 



then returned home and for the next two 
years assisted his father in farm manage- 
ment. He then entered the Theological 
Seminary of Virginia, near Alexandria, \'ir- 
ginia, whence he was graduated class of 
1891. On June 26, 1891, in the seminary 
chapel, he was ordained to the diaconate by 
the Rt. Rev. Francis M. Whittle. D.D., bishop 
of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Vir- 
ginia, and one year later, in the same chapel, 
on the 24th of June, 1892, he was ordained 
to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Alfred M. 
Randolph, D. D., then assistant bishop of 
Virginia. After his ordination he was sent 
by the bishop of \'irginia to serve his dia- 
conate under Rev. George W. Dame, rector 
of St. George's Chapel, North Danville, Vir- 
ginia, remaining nine months. In June, 
igo2, he accepted a call to be assistant rec- 
tor of St. James. Richmond, remaining in 
th.at parish until February, 1894. He then 
became rector of Epiphany Church, Knox- 
ville, Tennessee, remaining until October i, 
i8g6; then rector of South Farnham Parish, 
Tappahannock, Essex county. Virginia, until 
1900: rector of "Emmanuel" Church, Harri- 
sonburg, \'irginia, until 1902, then was called 
tc Christ Church, Alexandria, as rector, fol- 
lowing a long line of distinguished minis- 
ters who have been in charge of that his- 
toric church. He is a pul])it orator of force 
and eloc|uence. 

Rev. William J. Morton is a member of 
the board of trustees of the Diocesan Mis- 
sionary Society of the Diocese of \'irginia; 
a trustee of "Stuart Hall." Staunton, Vir- 
ginia : trustee of the Protestant Episcopal 
Educational Society of Virginia : chaplain of 
the National George Washington Memorial 
.Association. Fle is a member and chaplain 
of .\lexandria-Washington Lodge. No. 22. 
.Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and of 
the Mt. \'ernon Chapter, Royal Arch Ma- 
sons, of .Alexandria, \Mrginia. Through his 
patriotic ancestry he gained admission to 
the Sons of the Revolution and during his 
residence in Tennessee was a member of the 
board of state managers of that society. His 
college fraternity is Phi Delta Theta. In 
political faith he is a Democrat. 

He married, at St. George's Church. Fred- 
ericksburg, \'irginia. .April II. 1893. Doro- 
thea .Ashby Moncure. daughter of Powhatan 
and Dorothea (.Ashby") Moncure, of "Oaken- 
wold," Stafford county, \'irginia. She is a 
niece of Turner Ashby, brigadier-general of 



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the Confederate States army, in command 
ot the cavalry under Stonewall Jackson in 
the Valley campaign, killed instantly while 
leading the Fifty-eighth Virginia Regiment 
into battle on the afternoon of June 6, 1862, 
near Harrisonburg, Virginia. His brother, 
Richard Ashby. captain of the Seventh Vir- 
ginia Cavalry, was killed in battle near 
Pomney, West Virginia. The brothers are 
buried in the Confederate Cemetery at Win- 
chester. Virginia, side by side. Dorothea 
Ashby was a granddaughter of Turner Ash- 
by, Sr., and Dorothea (Green) Ashby, of 
Culpeper, Virginia, who were married in 
1820, he is a descendant of Captain Thomas 
Ashby, who located in what is now Fau- 
quier county. Virginia, died in 1752, found- 
ing a most distinguished family, famous in 
every war ever waged in this country. Chil- 
dren of Rev. William J. and Dorothea (Ash- 
by ) Morton are as follows: Charles Bruce, 
born in St. John's Church rectory, in Tappa- 
hannock, Essex county, Virginia, January 
10, 1900; William Jackson, born in Em- 
manuel Church rectory, Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia. September 2, 1902; Powhatan Mon- 
cure, born December 10, 1903 ; Dorothy 
Ashby, born November 22, 1905 ; Caroline 
Fitzhugh, born April 11, 1910. The last 
three children were born in the rectory of 
Old Christ Church, Alexandria, Virginia. 

Otis Marshall, M. D. A descendant of 
the illustrious Virginia Marshall family that 
includes among its members Chief Justice 
Marshall of the United States supreme 
court. Dr. Otis Marshall, of Culpeper, Vir- 
ginia, a modern representative of the family, 
has attained a standing in. his profession 
commensurate with the Marshall fame. 

Dr. Marshall is a son of Robert F. Mar- 
shall, and a grandson of Zenas Marshall, of 
Albemarle, Virginia, a quartermaster in the 
Confederate army during the war, 1861-65. 
Robert F. Marshall was born in Albemarle 
county, Virginia, in 1854, and after a suc- 
cessful business life as a merchant is now 
retired in Barboursville, Virginia. He mar- 
ried Leila C. Shotwell, whose brother, Elias, 
was a soldier of the Confederacy. Chil- 
dren : Otis, of further mention ; Randolph 
F., a student at Randolph-Macon College; 
Maude Ellis, married William B. Gillum, of 
Barboursville. Virginia ; Gertrude F. ; Irene 
Harrison. 

Dr. Otis Marshall, son of Robert F. and 



Leila C. (Shotwell) Marshall, was born in 
Barboursville, Orange county, Virginia, 
August 4, 1884. He obtained his primary 
and preparatory education in public and 
private schools of Orange and Madison 
counties; then entered Richmond College, 
which he attended for two years, then spent 
one year, 1901-02. in the University of Vir- 
ginia, then entered the medical department 
of Richmond College, from which he re- 
ceived his degree of M. D . class of 1907, and 
later pursued a course of professional study 
at the New York Post-Graduate School and 
Hospital. He served there as interne for 
fifteen months, and then spent a year in pro- 
fessional service at the Charlottesville (\'ir- 
ginia) Hospital. He was in practice one 
year at Paint Creek, a West Virginia min- 
ing town, spent a year in practice at Brandy, 
Virginia, and finally located permanently in 
Culpeper in 1910, where he conducts a 
successful general practice in medicine and 
surgery. Dr. Marshall, though young in 
years, has had a wide experience in hospital 
and general experience, and has developed 
an unusual skill in surgery as well as diag- 
nosis and treatment of disease. He is a 
member of the State Medical and Piedmont 
Medical societies, the Southern Railroad 
Surgeons Association, Virginia Public 
Health Association, and keeps in close 
touch with the work of each. He has con- 
tributed numerous articles to the medical 
journals, and is rated as one of the rising 
young men of the medical profession. In 
religious belief Dr. Marshall is a Baptist,_ 
and in political faith an Independent. He" 
is also a member of the Greek letter society 
Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Catalpa Club. 

Dr. Marshall married, November 7," 1912, 
Josephine Marie Riton, born in Monroe, 
Wisconsin. Child, Victor F., born in Cul- 
peper, September i, 1913. 

Governor Philip T. Woodfin. Philip T. 
Woodfin, Jr., eldest son of Philip T. and 
Jane R. Woodfin, was born in Marblehead, 
Massachusetts, April 26, 1840. As a boy, he 
yearned for a military life, and was natu- 
rally adapted for it. He was a member of 
the Sutton Light Infantry of Marblehead, 
Massachusetts, and at the call for troops by 
President Lincoln on April 15, 1861, conse- 
quently was one of the first to enlist, and 
on the morning of April 16, was in Boston, 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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way to the seat of war. He served three 
months and was honorably discharged. He 
then enlisted as sergeant in Sleeper's Tenth 
Massachusetts Battery, and was severely 
wounded in the mouth by a minie ball at 
Auburn, Virginia, October 13, 1863. While 
nn furlough with his wound, he was pro- 
lUdtcd to second lieutenant. Sixteenth Mas- 
s.ichusetts Battery, later on to first lieuten- 
ant, in which he served until the close of 
the war. He then had command of Marble- 
head Light Infantry, in which he served 
as captain. On July 6, 1869, he was ap- 
pointed by General Butler as secretary. 
Eastern Branch National Soldiers' Home, at 
Togus, Maine. He remained three and a 
half years, and was then transferred to the 
Southern Branch at Hampton, Virginia, as 
governor, which position he held until his 
death on August 24, 1901. having served in 
this capacity twenty-eight years. He is 
buried at Arlington, Virginia. 

Mis wife, Abbie P., daughter, Harriet L., 
and son, Herbert B., survive him. After 
his death, the officers and members of the 
home and other organizations erected a 
bronze monument on the home grounds, on 
the four sides nt which are the following in- 

iMrst ; Phili]j Trasker Woodfin, governor 
from 1873 to 1901, Southern Branch Na- 
tional Home for Disabled Volunteer Sol- 
diers, born April 26, 1840; appointed gov- 
ernor January 16, 1873; died August 24, 
1901. 

Second : Military Order Loyal Legion, 
United States Commander, District of Co- 
lumbia, 1888 to 1901 ; corporal Eighth Mas- 
sachusetts Infantry Militia in service of the 
United States, April 30, 1861 ; honorably 
mustered out August i, 1861, re-enlisted 
August I, 1861 ; sergeant Tenth Battalion, 
Massachusetts Light Artillery, September 
9, 1862; honorably discharged for promotion 
March 19, 1864; first lieutenant Sixth Bat- 
talion, Massachusetts Light Artillery, 
March 24, 1864; honorably mustered out 
June 27, 1865. 

Third: Past Right imminent (.rand (.Om- 
luander, Grand L'ommandery, Knights 
Templar, of Virginia, 1898: Master Mason 
St. Tammany Lodge, No. 5, .\ncient i'Tee 
and Accepted Masons, of ilamiiton. Vir- 
ginia; Com])anion St. John's Chapter, Xo. 
57. Royal Arch Masons, Newport Xews, 
Virginia; past eminent commander Hamp- 



ton Commandery, No. 17, Knights Templar, 
1891 to 1899. 

I'"ourth : Deputy Commander G. A. R., 
Department of Virginia and North Carolina, 
1881-1883; worthy beloved aufi steadfast 
comrade, our tribute in fraternity, charity 
and loyalty; Encampment No. 91, 1861- 
1865 ; colonel commanding Encampment 
No. 91, 1 89 1- 1 892- 1894, ably serving its 
highest interest with fraternal devotion, 
with broad charity, and steadfast patrio- 
tism. 

Thomas Jordan Coles. The Coles family 
has l)een prominent in England for many 
generations, one branch of the name taking 
up Irish residence. The crest of the Coles 
family is a serpent entwined about a pil- 
lar. 

The great-great-grandfather of Thomas J. 
Coles, John (I) Coles, was born in Enniscor- 
ihy, Ireland, in 1706, and immigrated to \'ir- 
ginia about 1730. His mother was a Miss 
Philpot, a relative of Sir Philpot Curran, the 
noted Irish wit and barrister. John Coles 
married, in 1733. Mary, of Hanover county, 
Virginia, daughter of Isaac and Mary ( Dab- 
ney) Winston. Isaac Winston, a member 
of an ancient English family, came from 
Winston Hall in England. A few years 
after the departure of John Coles for Amer- 
ica, his younger brother, William Coles, 
came to \'irginia, married Lucy Winston, a 
younger daughter of Isaac \\'inston, and 
settled at Coles Hill in Hanover county, 
\'irginia. Sarah, another daughter of Isaac 
Winston, married Colonel John Henry, and 
was the mother of the great patriot. Patrick 
Henry. William Coles, mentioned above, 
brother of John Coles, was the grandfather 
of Dolly Madison, wife of the fourth presi- 
dent of the United States, her mothers 
maiden name being Mary Coles. 

John (I) Coles was one of the first set- 
tlers of Richmond, \"irginia, assisting Colo- 
nel William Byrd in surveying and laying 
out the town. On Colonel Byrd's original 
survey of Richmond many of the most 
\.;luai)le lots bear the name of John Coles. 
land which totlay is valued at many thou- 
sands of dollars. In his will he bequeathed 
a large share of these lots to his youngest 
son. Isaac, then a baby, who afterward sold 
them for a piece of fine linen and a race 
horse. John Coles became a wealthy and 
influential man in the colony, although he 



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died comparatively young. In addition to 
his Richmond property he owned vast 
landed estates in different parts of the 
colony, granted him by the King in con- 
sideration of services rendered the Crown. 
He was a colonel of militia and in some 
old records is also spoken of as major. He 
was a devoted adherent to the Church of 
England, and was one of the founders of the 
famous old St. John's Church, of Richmond, 
being buried under the chancel of that 
church. Not many years ago, in the course 
of some repairs that were being made in 
the church, there was found under the 
chancel, among other remains, a brass 
coffin-plate bearing the name of John Coles. 
He was church warden from the founding 
of the church until the day of his death, 
which occurred in 1747. At that time, the 
church and state being closely allied, the 
church wardens controlled civil and mili- 
tary as well as church affairs, and in con- 
sulting old records it is found that John 
Coles wielded considerable influence in both 
church and secular affairs. His death in 
October, 1747. followed the birth of his son. 
Isaac, by a few months, and in his will he 
left an immense tract of land in Albemarle 
county, Virginia, to his son, John (2), will- 
ing to his sons, ^^'alter and Isaac, vast 
estates on the Staunton, Dan, and Bannister 
rivers in that portion of Brunswick county, 
Virg-inia, which was afterward set oft' as 
Halifax county, also bequeathing to them 
other property. His daughters received 
good estates, Mary, married Henry Tucker, 
and has many descendants, and Sarah, who 
married General George Muter, having no 
children. John (2) Coles married Rebecca 
Tucker, and built and resided at "Enniscor- 
thy," Albemarle county, Virginia, named 
after the old home in Ireland whence his 
father had come. John (2) Coles was the 
father of Governor Edward Coles, and his 
descendants have been prominent in many 
states of the Union, high office and honor 
coming to many. Mary (Winston) Coles, 
born in 1721, died in 1758, married (second) 
a Mr. Donald. 

Colonel Isaac Coles, son of John (i) and 
Mary (Winston) Coles, was born in Rich- 
rriond, Virginia, March 2, 1747, died on his 
plantation in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, 
June 3. T813, and is there buried. He was 
educated at William and Mary College. 
Williamsburg, \'irginia, was a colonel of 



militia during the revolutionary war, and 
was a member of the Virginia legislature in 
1783-84-85-87. He was a member of the 
convention which met in Richmond in June, 
1788, to ratify the new Federal Constitution, 
and there voted against its ratification. He 
was a member of the first United States 
Congress which met in New York City in 
1789 and there "voted against the adoption 
of the Constitution as it came from the 
hands of its framers, for he saw the poison 
under its wings." It is also on record that 
he voted to "abolish the slave trade," al- 
though a large land-owner and slave-holder 
himself, while his brother-in-law, Elbridge 
Gerry, of Massachusetts, voted to continue 
it. He held his place in Congress until 
1707. and while a member of the Philadel- 
phia Congress he voted "to locate the seat 
of government on the banks of the Poto- 
mac." He was twice married, (first) in 
1771, to Elizabeth, died in 1781, daughter 
of William Lightfoot, of Charles City 
count}'. Virginia. They had three children, 
only one of whom lived to maturity, Isaac 
(2). who built and lived at a place called 
Springwood, near Houston, Halifax county, 
Virginia, and was the grandfather of the 
late lion. Paul C. Edmunds and Captain 
Henrv Edmunds, of Halifax county. Colo- 
nel Isaac Coles, Sr., married (second) in 
Januarv, 1790, Catherine Thompson, a "New 
York belle and beauty," whom he met 
while attending the New York Congress. 
She was a daughter of James and Catherine 
(W'alton) Thompson, of New York, and a 
descendant of the Beekmans. Her sister, 
Ann, had previously married Elbridge 
Gerry, of Massachusetts, an old bachelor at 
the time of his marriasre. Elbridge Gerry 
was a signer of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence, governor of Massachusetts, mem- 
ber of Congress, vice-president of the 
United States at the time of his death in 
1 814, and was once sent abroad on an im- 
portant diplomatic mission with Pinckney 
and Marshall. Catherine Thompson, sec- 
ond wife of Colonel Isaac Coles, Sr., was 
born in New York City in 1767, died in 
Pittsylvania countv, Virgfinia. in 1848, be- 
ing buried by the side of her husband. They 
were the parents of a large family, of one of 
whom. Walter, further mention is made. 
Colonel Isaac Coles, Sr., during his political 
career, lived on the plantation in Halifax 
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located at Coles' Ferry on the Staunton 
river, and about 1800 moved to Pittsylvania 
county, Virginia. His home in this local- 
ity was a plantation of five thousand and 
fifty-seven acres, which land he had pur- 
chased from Philip Lightfoot, a cousin of 
his first wife. His reason for disposing of 
his Halifax property was two-fold ; because 
of the malarial conditions there prevalent, 
which affected both his health and that of 
his family, and because of financial embar- 
rassment, for the political positions that had 
taken, such a large share of his time had 
been honorar)' or with small remuneration 
attached and wide inroads had been made 
u]Hin his finances during his long public ser- 
\ico. Colonel Isaac Coles. Sr. was known 
a;; a great wit and entertaining raconteur, 
.'ind ill the declining years of his life promi- 
iKiit men from all parts of the country 
ji_.unu-_\eil to his home to enjoy his un- 
matched hcispitality and the gleams from the 
ir.tellecl that time li;i<l imt deprived ni its 
lustre. 

W'.ilter Coles, sun uf Colonel Isaac, Sr. 
and ('atherine (Thompson) Coles, was born 
iii Uecember, 1790, died at Coles Hill. Pitt- 
sylvania county, Virginia, in November, 
1857. He was first a lieutenant and later 
a captain in the .American army in the war 
of 181 2, and for ten years held a seat in the 
Virginia legislature, from which body he 
was sent to Congress, of which he was a 
member from 1835 to 1845, his father having 
j;receded him to both law making institu- 
tions. He was a man of practical wisdom, 
unblemished honor and patriotism, and suc- 
cessful in all his undertakings. The Demo- 
cratic party claimed his allegiance through- 
uut his entire career. He married Lettice 
!'.. who died in 1875, youngest daughter of 
Juilge Paul Carrington, Sr. Judge Paul 
Carrington, Sr., was a son of George Car- 
rington, a member of the Virginia house of 
inirgesses. George Carrington, when a 
youth of nineteen years, assisted Colonel 
William I'yrd in ruiuiing the boundary line 
Ix'tween \'irginia and North Carolina, and 
in his mature years was a personage oi m- 
flucncc and jiower in his colony. Judge 
Paul Carrington. Sr. was a mcmlier of the 
\irginia house of burgesses from 1765 to 
1775, in which latter year it was replaced by 
the conventions of the people. In 17O5 he 
voted against Patrick Henry's resolutions 
in regard to the Stamp Act, considering that 



the colonies had too few munitions of war 
with which lo oi)pose a mighty kingdom 
grown old in waging victorious wars on 
land and sea. In the journals of the house 
of burgesses Paul Carrington's name is 
found as a member of every important com- 
mittee appointed between 1765 and 1775. 
He was a member of each of the three con- 
ventions of 1775 and was appointed one of 
the eleven members of the celebrated com- 
mittee of safety, which at that time held 
the supreme executive power in the colony. 
He also sat in the famous \'irginia conven- 
tion of 1776. and on the organization of the 
new government took a seat in the house of 
delegates, from which he passed to the 
bench of the general court and thence to the 
court of appeals. He was a judge of this 
latter court until 181 1, when, in the seventy- 
ninth year of his age, he resigned, being 
succeeded by his nephew. Go\;ernor William 
H. Cabell, and died in 1818. aged eighty-five 
years. Apart from the invaluable service he 
rendered his state and country he gave three 
youthful sons to the Colonial army in the 
war for independence. Walter and Lettice 
P. (Carrington) Coles were the parents of; 
Lettice. died aged fourteen years, and is 
buried in the Congressional Cemetery, 
Washington : Isaetta, died in childhood, 
buried at Coles Hill, Pittsylvania county, 
Virginia ; Isaac, died in childhood, buried at 
Coles Hill, Virginia; Walter, of whom fur- 
ther: Helen C, died at Coles Hill in 1897; 
Mildred H., married Colonel Stanhope 
Flournoy, died in Missouri, in igoi ; .\gnes 
C, married Dr. J. G. Cabell, uf Richmond, 
and died January 31. 1901. 

Captain Walter (2) Coles, son of Hon. 
Walter (i) and Lettice P. (Carrington! 
Coles, w:is burn August i_'. iSj;. died Xo- 
\ember 11, i<)i4. lie was educated at Ben- 
jamin I l.illuw elV celebrated school at .Mex- 
andri;i, \ iiginia. and at the University of 
\'irgini:i. lie entered into the practice oi 
law. but the declining health of his father 
jMul inntlur made it necessary for him to 
aii.indcn his chosen profession to assume 
the responsibilities ul' the management of 
tl;e t ules Hill estate. With the breaking 
uut oi the war between the states he was 
assigned to a high position in the quarter- 
master's department with the rank of cap- 
tain, liaving charge of much government 
pru|>ert\- and large sums of money. Evi- 
dence uf the faithfulness of his war record is 



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evinced by personal letters which he had in 
his possession addressed to Captain Walter 
Coles, from Quarter Master-General A. C. 
Myers, Major-General James G. Paxton and 
Major Johnson. Just before the close of the 
war he was commissioned to furnish the 
army of General Lee with all necessary 
horses but before he could assume charge of 
this position together with its promotion in 
rank the surrender came. In i860 he was 
a delegate to the Democratic conventions 
which met in Charleston, South Carolina, 
and Baltimore, Maryland. In 1869-71 he 
was a member of the Virginia state legis- 
lature, and although he was urged to again 
become a candidate for re-election, he re- 
fused, pleading pressing duties and private 
responsibilities. For many years after the 
close of the civil war he was a member of 
the Democratic committee of Pittsylvania, 
and during the reconstruction period he 
worked tirelessly to restore the South to its 
former high standard and to secure white 
supremacy in place of ignorant dominion. 
In public office, in private business trans- 
actions, in all occasions of life causing con- 
tact with his fellow-men his actions were 
marked by unfaltering honor and an in- 
tegrity that left no room for doubt or ques- 
tion. He resided on the home plantation. 
Coles Hill, Pittsylvania county, Virginia, 
and despite the weight of almost ninety 
years took an active interest in the afTairs of 
the day and the home acres. At his death 
there passed away a splendid type which 
will soon disappear from our land, a man, 
a noble gentleman and devoted churchman, 
a lifelong resident of the county who filled 
a large and honorable place in its hisiory, 
full of years and the recipient of the regard 
and esteem of his countrymen. 

He married, in 1862, Lavinia Catherine 
Jordan, born in Luray, Page county, Vir- 
ginia, August 3, 1833, died January 20, 1906, 
daughter of Gabriel and Elizabeth Ann 
fSibert) Jordan. Her father, born in 1792, 
died in 1862, was a patriotic citizen, devot- 
ing his life to the improvement of the sec- 
tion of the country in which he lived ; a man 
of many affairs, who had accumulated con- 
siderable wealth at the outbreak of the war 
between the states. Her father fitted out a 
cavalry company at his own expense, her 
youngest brother, Macon, being made cap- 
tain ; it being known as Jordan's Cavalry. 
Her maternal grand-uncle, a Mr. Withers of 



South Carolina, served with distinction on 
the staff of General Sumpter. Her Jordan 
ancestors were of English origin and related 
to the Washingtons of England. Her grand- 
father. Thomas Jordan, fought in the revolu- 
tion, associated with the Marquis De Lafay- 
ette. In a letter written years afterward, in 
1824, to her father. Gabriel Jordan, of Luray, 
\'irginia, the Marquis De Lafayette regrets 
kis inability to visit him, "The worthy son of 
my gallant old Comrade in arms, Thomas 
Jordan." Her brother, Francis, was a cap- 
tain on General Beauregard's staff.- Her 
brother. Colonel Gabriel Jordan, was a 
prominent railroad man in the South, being 
at different times vice-president and general 
manager of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, 
the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, and 
the Houston & Texas Central Railroad. 

Her eldest brother. General Thomas Jor- 
dan, for whom Thomas Jordan Coles was 
named, was a West Point graduate in 1840, 
two of his classmates having been General 
L'. S. Grant and William T. Sherman, the 
latter having been his room-mate. General 
Thomas Jordan entered service at once and 
early distinguished himself in Florida in the 
Seminole uprising, 1841 to 1843. W'hile still 
a lieutenant he served in the Mexican war, 
his company with three others being the 
first battalion to cross the Rio Grande, as a 
cover to the crossing of General Taylor's 
whole army into Mexico. Later, he was 
made captain on General Taylor's staff and 
was assigned to the quartermaster's depart- 
ment, and finally, owing to the illness of his 
senior, he had charge of all the quarter- 
master's arrangements, and was the last 
American soldier to leave the soil of Mexico. 
His efficiency in this service was especially 
mentioned by General Twiggs, the com- 
mander at Vera Cruz. From 1852 to i860 
he served on the Pacific coast during the 
suppression of an Indian insurrection in the 
present state of Washington. In May, 1861, 
under a sense of superior obligation, he re- 
signed his commission in the United States 
army and offered his sword and life to his 
native state, Virginia. He was appointed 
lieutenant-colonel on the staff of General 
Phillip St. George Cocke. Colonel Jordan 
became convinced of the strategic import- 
ance of Manassas Junction and the critical 
necessity of immediately occupying it in 
force. f-Ie successfully commended the 
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nel Jordan was complimented in a personal 
letter and assigned as adjutant-general of 
the forces which were thereupon ordered to 
assemble there. On June 3rd General Beau- 
regard took command and on July 21st the 
first battle of Manassas or Bull Run was 
fought. After the battle Colonel Jordan 
suggested to General Beauregard that the 
Federal surgeons be released without parole 
to which General Beauregard acceded, this 
being the first time in war that an enemy's 
surgeons were thus treated as non-combat- 
ants. During the Shiloh and Corinth cam- 
paigns Colonel Jordan was the adjutant- 
general of the Confederate army, and then 
proninted a brigadier-general. 

in iS(i(j ( icneral Jordan consented to 
direct llic rc\ 1 ilutionary forces of Cuba and 
was CI inunissinncd by the Cuban govern- 
ment cnmmander-in-chief. The odds against 
iiini in that campaign are now well known. 
Spain valued his services against her one 
hundred thousand dollars which she placed 
upon his head. General Beauregard in his 
history pronounced General Thomas Jordan 
as one of the ablest military organizers liv- 
ing. After the civil war and prior to his 
services in Cuba, General Jordan had been 
for a time editor of the "Memphis Appeal." 
After his return from Cuba to New York he 
founded the "Financial and Mining Rec- 
ord," and was recognized as an authorit\- on 
the silver question. General Thomas Jor- 
dan was born 1819 in Luray, Virginia, died 
in .\ew York City, 1895. 

Children of Walter (2) and Lavinia Cath- 
erine (Jordan) Coles: i. Walter (3), Ixirn 
July 25, 1863; manager of the Coles Hill 
farm ; married Miss Wooding, of Virginia, 
and has a son, Walter (4). 2. Russell Jor- 
dan, born December 31, 1865, for twenty- 
five years identified with the tobacco trade 
of Danville, Virginia. 3. Agnes Cabell, born 
April 17, 1868; married Edward B. Ambler, 
of Monroe, Virginia. 4. Lettice Carring- 
ttui, l)orn September 17, 1870. died in 1882, 
aged twelve years. 5. Harry Carrington, 
born l-ebruary 26, 1873; living in New York 
City, connected with the United States civil 
scrxice; married Miss Marshall, of b'au- 
quier county, Virginia, a great-granddaugh- 
ter of Chief Justa-e Marshall.' (\ Thuni.is 
Jordan, of whom further. 

Thomas Jordan Coles, youngest of the six 
children of Walter (2) and Lavinia Cather- 
ine (Jordan) Coles, was born at Coles Hill, 



I'ittsylvania countj", Virginia. July 5, 1875. 
He attended the local schools until he was 
ele\en years of age, then entered the Ken- 
more University High School at Amherst 
Court House, \'irginia. He was afterward 
successively a student at (jreenwood 
School, Greenwood, Virginia, Keswick 
School for Boys, Cobham, Albemarle 
county, Virginia, and Cornell University, 
Ithaca, New York, in the last-named institu- 
tion taking a teacher's course, after entering 
the pedagogical profession. He began this 
career when he was eighteen years of age 
and continued therein until his thirtieth 
year, in that period holding positions as 
[principal in several of the leading academies 
of the state. For the three following years 
he engaged in the insurance business, re- 
turning to Chatham in 1907 and establish- 
ing in that line, in December, 1909, being 
appointed by the court treasurer of Pitt- 
sylvania county, the largest county in the 
state, assuming the duties of the office on 
January i, 1910. At the election of 1912 he 
was returned to this position without oppo- 
sition, his present term expiring in 191(3. 
Immediately after returning to Chatham, 
;\lr. Coles was elected clerk of the local 
school board, and for the past six years he 
has been a vestryman of the Episcopal 
church at that place. His fraternal societies 
are the Masonic order, Pittsylvania Lodge, 
No. 24, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 
Koyal Arch Chapter, No. 56; Dove Com- 
mandery. No. 7, Knights Templar ; Acca 
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of 
the Mystic Shrine: the Modern Woodmen 
(if .\merica. No. 1 1641 : the Junior Order of 
L'niied American Mechanics. No. 117: the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 
No. 227, Danville, \'irginia. In the admin- 
istration of the finances, of the county he 
has displayed careful ability and systematic 
thoroughness that have gained him much 
fuxcralile mention, and among the public 
servants of Pittsylvania county there is 
none who holds the respect and confidence 
(pf its citizens to a greater degree than does 
Mr. Ciiks. He is backed by generations of 
nun ncitcd in county, state and nation, men 
whose deeds are written boldly across the 
history of the country, whose memory he 
reverences and to whom no shame can be 
brought through him. Mr. Coles is a busy 
man of alTairs. universally well-regarded, 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



and in him is found all of the loyalty to 
lofty principles that made his ancestors men 
ot distinction and importance. 

He married, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Decem- 
ber 28, 1899, Mary Holmes, born in that 
place, October 18, 1876, daughter of Rich- 
ard Bruyere and Mary B. (Meaney) Sin- 
nickson, her father a capitalist of Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. Thomas Jordan and Mary 
Holmes (Sinnickson) Coles are the parents 
of: I. Mary Lavinia, born October 21. 1902. 

2. Alice Sinnickson, born January 6, 1907. 

3. Richard Sinnickson, born November 6, 
1909. 4. Harriet Russell, born January 6, 
1912. 

Ill "A History of the Fenwick Colony' it 
is staled that the Sinnickson family is one 
of the oldest in South Jersey and is of 
Swedish origin. The name was first spelled 
Cinca, later Seneca, Sinaker, Sinnick and 
finally Sinnickson. 

The American ancestor of the line was 
Anders Seneca, who came to America with 
the Swedish colonists in 1638, settling in 
New Jersey. He had one son. Anders Sin- 
aker. 

Anders (2) Sinaker married and had two 
sons, Sinnick, who married Margaret Vi- 
gorie, and John. 

John, son of Anders (2) Sinaker, married 
Anne Gill Johnson, and had a son, Andrew. 

Andrew Sinnickson, son of John and 
Anne Gill (Johnson) Sinaker, married 
Sarah Copner, and had a son, Seneca. 

Seneca Sinnickson, son of Andrew and 
Sarah (Copner) Sinnickson, married Ruth 
Bruyere, a rhember of the Society of 
Friends, and lived near Salem. New Jersey. 
They had children : James, Joseph Copner, 
Richard Bruyere, of whom further, Sarah, 
Mary Holmes, Peter, Seneca. The Bruyere 
family traces a clear line for seven gener- 
ations, is of French origin, and among its 
American members owns several illustrious 
figures, among them Captain James Bruy- 
ere, who gained his rank in the Colonial 
ary in the war for independence. 

Richard Bruyere Sinnickson, son of 
Seneca and Ruth ( Bruyere) Sinnickson, 
born January 4, 1826, died March 3, 1914. 
He married Mary B. Meaney, of Cincinnati, 
Ohio, and had children : Mary Holmes, of 
previous mention, married Thomas J. Coles ; 
Ruth Bruyere. died at the age of six years ; 
Sarah Dell, died aged four years ; Seneca 
Richard. Mary B. (Meaney) Sinnickson is 



a descendant of French ancestors, in one 
line from a family originally writing the 
name De La Pour. The family invaded 
Ireland and there the name exists at the 
present time in Limerick. Waterford and 
Wexford as La Pour, La Power, Power. 

Thomas Sinnickson took an active part 
in the revolutionary war commanding a 
company in the Continental army. Because 
oi' his inflamed and bitter writings against 
British tyranny he was outlawed by Lord 
Howe and a heavy reward was ofTered for 
him, dead or alive. He was a member of the 
first Congress of the L^nited States, also 
holding a seat in that body from 1796 to 
T798. He married Sarah Hancock, daugh- 
ter of Judge Hancock, who was killed by 
British troops in his home in 1778. There 
is a story of a Sinnickson in revolutionary 
times, who, being pursued by British 
troops, led them across a causeway that was 
under water, and they, not suspecting the 
trick, were sucked under by the soft sand 
about sixteen feet deep at that point, and 
were drowned. 

William Dabbs Blanks. Honored in busi- 
ness and public life, the life of William D. 
Blanks, of Clarksville, Virginia, may be 
with justice termed a successful one, but 
from his own standpoint much could have 
been accomplished had he possessed greater 
educational advantages. The greatest ele- 
ments of success in life, he deems a thor- 
ough education, supplemented by proper 
home training and a high purpose. Lack- 
ing only the former, he has pursued so per- 
sistent a course of private study that were it 
not for his own evidence the lack of college 
training could not be discovered. He ex- 
emplified in his own life the value of home 
training, private study, careful choice of 
companions, truth, honesty and high pur- 
pose, proving that with these a man can rise 
to any position to which he may aspire. 
His tastes were for a professional life, par- 
ticularly the law, for which he privately pre- 
pared, but believing his lack of a college 
degree a handicap, he decided upon a busi- 
ness career, a decision not regretted, as in 
the world of commerce he has established a 
name among the successful men of his com- 
munity. 

Paternally and maternally Mr. Blanks de- 
scends from English ancestors, one of whom 
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was a lord mayor of London. The earliest 
member of the family in Virginia was 
Joseph Dabbs, one of whose descendants 
was Richard Dabbs, a Baptist minister, 
whom the church authorities persecuted and 
imprisoned for preaching without authority 
from the Established church. Many of the 
descendants of Joseph Daljbs served in the 
Virginia soldiery of early days and the 
roster of revolutionary soldiers from Vir- 
ginia contains many of the name. 

William Dabbs Blanks was born in 
Clarksville, Virginia, April 3, 1864, son of 
James Matthew Blanks, born in Charlotte 
county, Virginia, March 13, 1818, died in 
1884. He was a prosperous farmer, and 
after becoming a resident of Clarksville was 
postmaster and mayor of that thriving 
Mecklenburg county town, where he was 
for many years engaged as a merchant. He 
married Julia Frances Dabbs, born in Hali- 
fax county, Virginia, November 21, 1829, 
died May 9, 1909, daughter of Josiah and 
Frances Elizabeth (Dabbs) Dabbs, both de- 
scendants of Sir Richard Dabbs, the \^ir- 
ginia founder of the family. 

William D. Blanks spent his early life in 
Clarksville. where he attended the local 
schools and prepared for college. He was a 
delicate lad, which fact absolved him from 
all laborious tasks and gave him complete 
freedom for study and home associations, 
which were of the best. His plans for a 
college education were thwarted by finan- 
cial considerations and henceforth his edu- 
cation depended entirely upon self study, 
wide reading and association with men of 
greater learning. At the age of twenty years 
he became the confidential clerk and book- 
keeper for Colonel Thomas F. Goode, pro- 
prietor of the BufYalo Lithia Springs in 
Mecklenburg county, remaining with him 
two years. He then entered mercantile life 
as clerk and proprietor, then as dealer in 
leaf tobacco, as senior member of the firm 
of Blanks & W'atkins. He attained high 
standing in the mercantile world of his dis- 
trict, and in 1892, when he began the or- 
ganization of a state bank in Clarks\ille, 
there was a ready response, resulting in the 
incorporation nf the i'lantcrs' Bank of 
Clarksville, of which he was chosen the 
first cashier, lie de\eli>ped fine ability as a 
financier and continued ;is cashier until 
1903, wdien lie was elected president. He 
remained the efficienl he.id of the I'lanlers' 



Bank for ten years, resigning in 1913. Since 
tlial jjeriod he has been engaged in the con- 
duct of his private business, real estate and 
insurance. He has held many city offices, 
justice of peace, councilman, notary jjublic, 
and in all positions has rendered efficient 
service. 

A Democrat in politics, Mr. Blanks has 
ever been a hearty party supporter, repudi- 
ating, however, the "Free Silver" heresy 
and its sponsors, opposing it and them by 
voice and influence, but refraining from sup- 
porting the opposition by his vote. He was 
for several years a member of the Meck- 
lenburg County Democratic Committee, 
served as delegate to numerous county and 
state conventions of his party, making in 
1905 a campaign for the nomination for 
state senator from the twenty-fifth V'irginia 
district. He was opposed by F. B. Roberts, 
of Chase City, who carried the primaries by 
a plurality of fifty-nine votes. In 191 1 Mr. 
Blanks was the successful candidate for 
state senator from the same district, com- 
posed of the counties of Mecklenburg and 
Brunswick. He served with credit as sena- 
tor and rendered valued service on the fol- 
lowing senate committees : general laws ; 
insurance and banking; enrolled bills: and 
counties, cities and towns. For twenty 
years he has been treasurer of the Clarks- 
ville Baptist Church, is a member of Wash- 
ington Union Lodge, Xo. 157, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of which he was junior 
warden, member of the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, member of the Junior 
Order of the American Mechanics and takes 
an active interest in all. Ever the energetic 
man of business, he has neglected none of 
his duties of citizenship, but in every de- 
partment of town life has borne his full 
share of responsibility. As a merchant, 
financier, public official, citizen, friend or 
neighbor, there is no stain upon his record, 
and while the thwarting of his earlier plans 
lost him to the legal profession, the same 
influences gave to the business world a 
strung character and valued leatier. 

.Mr. Blanks married, June 24. iSgi. Julia 
W.Ukins. born at Butfalo Springs, .\icck- 
Kulnirg cnunt\. \irginia. .\pril 20, 1S70. 
il.ui-litcr of Charles B. and Marv .\nn 
(Womacki W atkins. Children: i'. Marv 
fiances, died in infancy, 2. lulia Dabbs. 
bnin Jaiuiary 5. 1804. 3. William Dabbs 
(2), died in infancy. 4. Janus W illiam, born 



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February 24. 1898. 5. Charles Watkins, 
born September 12, 1901. 6. William Dabbs 
(3), born October 17, 1906. All born in 
Clarksville, Virginia. 

yir. Blanks has a genuine love of the soil 
and iinds one of his favorite recreations in 
supervising the farms he owns, varying this 
pleasure by frequent hunting trips. Out- 
of-doors appeals to him, but of all his recre- 
ations these are the two most enjoyed. 

James Edward Cole, an eminent and dis- 
tniguished attorney of Norfolk, Virginia, 
descends m direct line from Colonel Wil- 
liam Cole, of Warwick county, afterwards 
Prince George county, who was burgess 
from that county in 1718, sheriff in 1726-27, 
pnd member of the board of visitors to Wil- 
liam and Mary College in 172S. Pie died in 
1728. leaving a will that is mentioned in the 
\'irginia law reports. He left a widow, 
Ivlary, and a son, William (2), there being 
no record of any other sons. 

William (2) Cole, son of Colonel \\'illiam 
(i ) and Mary Cole, married and left a son, 
William (3), of whom further, and two 
daughters, Mary, who married (first) a Mr. 
West, and (second) Ferdinand Leigh, and 
Jane, who married (first) Colonel Nathaniel 
Claiborne, of ".Sweet Hall," King William 
county, Virginia, (second) Stephen Bing- 
ham, (third) Colonel Francis West. 

William (3'* Cole, son of William (2) 
Cole, married, February 7, 1778, Ann Ever- 
ard, daughter of Thomas Everard, who also 
had a daughter Martha. Papers are in pos- 
session of the family showing that a suit 
in chancery was instituted between William 
(4), son of William (3) and Ann (Everard) 
Cole (then deceased) and the heirs of 
Martha (Everard) Hall, wife of a Dr. Hall, 
the subject of the suit being the partition 
of a legacy of five thousand pounds left by 
John Everard, of Liverpool, England, in his 
will to his nieces, Ann Cole and Martha 
Hall, the question involved being whether 
William (4) Cole, as the only living child 
of Ann (Everard) Cole, should take his 
mother's share of the legacy or share "per 
capita" with the several children of Martha 
(Everard) Plall. Children of William (3) 
and Ann (Everard) Cole: John Everard, 
born March 12, 1781, died June 25, 1781 ; 
Ann Everard, born May 3, 1782, died July 
23, 1796; Mary, born November 9, 1787, 



died September 8, 1793; William (4), of 
whom further ; Martha Hall, born December 
22, 1794, died July 28, 1795. 

William (4) Cole, son of William (3) and 
Ann (Everard) Cole, was born January 2, 
1792, died November 4, 1823. He was the 
only child of his parents to arrive at years 
of maturity. He married, February 26, 
1818, Elizabeth Poythress Cocke, daughter 
of Captain James Cocke, of "Bon Accord," 
descendant of an illustrious early Virginia 
family. Children: i. William (5), born 
December 6, 1818, died December 12, i860; 
married Clara Herbert Peter, daughter of 
John and Martha Ann Henly (Cocke) 
Peter ; children : Ann Elizabeth, born May 
22, 1850, married J. W. Ashton, and now re- 
sides in Portsmouth, Virginia; Clara Her- 
bert, born July 20, 1853, died in youth; Wil- 
liam (6), born January 5, 1856, died in 
youth ; Martha Everard, born December 23, 
1857, married John C. Ashton, and now re- 
sides in Portsmouth, Virginia. 2. John, of 
further mention. 

John Cole, second son of William (4) and 
Elizabeth Poythress (Cocke) Cole, was 
born at Clermont, Prince George county, 
Virginia, the country seat of his parents, 
December 14, 1820, died at Mill View, 
Greenesville county, Virginia, August 13, 
1889. He was educated under private 
tutors and at the University of Virginia. He 
l)egan business life in Petersburg, where 
he held a leading position among the busi- 
ness men of that city, and was interested in 
many prominent business enterprises in 
Southern Virginia, North Carolina, Missis- 
sippi and Tennessee. He was a member of 
the Protestant Episcopal church, a man of 
marked personality and most higlily es- 
teemed in the social life of his city. He 
married, December 7, 1843, Richetta Peter. 
Children: i. William Herbert, born De- 
cember II, 1846: married Emma, daughter 
ot Dr. George Mason, of Greenesville 
county, Virginia. 2. John Peter, born July 
2y. 1850, died October 17, 1864. 3. Margaret 
Buchanan, born October 15, 1852; married 
(first) James Dunlap, (second) Walter J. 
Jarratt. 4. Richetta Peter, married Charles 
H. Warwick, of Brunswick county, later of 
Petersburg, Virginia. 5. Thomas Everard, 
born in November, 1862 : married Lucy T., 
daughter of Charles L. Cocke, of Sussex 
county, Virginia. 6. James Edward, of fur- 




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ther mention. 7. Francis Walter, born in 
August. 1867; married Sue B., daughter of 
C harles L. Cocke. 

James Edward Cole, son of John and 
Richetta (Peter) Cole, was born in Greenes- 
ville county, Virginia, September 30, 1865. 
His early and preparatory education was 
obtained in public schools, under private 
tutors, at Samuel Hardy's Academy and at 
McCabe's University School in Petersburg, 
Virginia. Choosing the legal profession he 
entered the law department of the Univer- 
sity of Virginia and was there graduated 
B. L., class of 1889. He had been admitted 
to the bar in the year 1887, 'it Emporia, 
Greenesville county. Virginia, but after his 
graduation he located in Norfolk, Virginia, 
where he now enjoys a prominent position 
in his profession, has commanded a good 
clientage which has furnished a liberal in- 
come. He has launched several enterprises 
of great usefulness to the community. He 
is deeply interested in the welfare and prog- 
ress of his community, and maintains a 
membership in several prominent secret 
orders, the social and business clubs. Cham- 
ber of Commerce, etc. In politics he is a 
Democrat. He became a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal church at sixteen 
years of age, and has been an active and 
earnest worker in the church since that 
time. 

On September 26, 1888. James Edward 
Cole married Ellen, daughter of Samuel 
Hardy, of Greenesville county. \'irginia, a 
graduate of the University of Virginia and 
who conducted the academy at which Mr. 
Cole was a student for several terms, and 
the following are their children: i. Ellen 
Etta, born January i, 1890. died Xovember 
25, 1893. 2. James Edward, born May 11, 
1^93- 3- John, born June 6, 1895. 4- Samuel 
Hardy, born March 6, 1897. 5- Margaret 
Buchanan, born May 15, 1899. 6. Elizabeth 
Cocke, born July 28. 1902. 7. Frances Her- 
bert, born October 2. 1905. 8. Alice I-'ver- 
ard. born June 5. 1908. 

Colonel Oliver Witcher Dudley. The 

Uu<llc>s ,,f \irginia, of whom Colunel 
Oliver W. Dudley is a representative in 
Danville, have been seated in Franklin 
county, that state, for many generations. 
Oliver W. Dudley is a grandson of Stephen 
Dudley, born in Franklin county, where his 
long life was spent. He married Patty 



Kemp, of I'Vanklin county, and raised a 
family of six, all of whom are now deceased. 

(II) Silas Jenkins Dudley, son of Stephen 
and Patty (Kemp) Dudley, was born at the 
homestead in Franklin county. Virginia, 
April I. 1824, died April 4. 1888, a farmer 
all through his life. During the war be- 
tween the states he served under General 
Early, rendering valiant service ])ut escap- 
ing without serious injury. He married .\nn 
Park Smith, born in Lunenburg county. 
Virginia. June 8, 1833. died Xovember 20. 
1874. She was a daughter of Dr. .\lbert 
Gallatin Smith, born at Lunenburg Court- 
house in 1806, died in Pittsylvania county. 
\'irginia, in 1852. He was an eminent phy- 
sician in the latter county, practicing until 
his early death. He married Mary Witcher. 
born in Pittsylvania county, daughter of 
Captain Vincent Witcher, who gained his 
military title in the United States service 
during the war of 1812-14. Two of his de- 
scendants, William Addison and X'incent. 
were colonels in the Confederate army. 
Captain Witcher was a \\'liig in a str<ing 
Democratic district, and was many years in 
the Virginia senate; he was also' a' promi- 
nent candidate for governor of the state. 
oidy failing of an election by the legislature 
by one vote. Dr. Albert Gallatin Smith 
had five children, the youngest, \'incent 
r)liver Smith, is yet living, a resident of 
-Mta Vista. \'irginia. The children of Silas 
Jenkins Dudley are all living, except Marv 
Kate, who married Dr. D. C. Dickinson, and 
died in 1899. aged forty years. The living 
children are: Oliver Witcher. of whom fur- 
ther; Patty 15.. married J. C. l^ickinson, of 
Danville; Xannie \'.. the widow of D. C. 
iSerger; TIattie P.. the second wife of Dr. 
i ). C. Dickinson, of Franklin county. \'ir- 
ginia; Henry S.. a i)ublislu-!- of Boston. 
ATassachusetts. 

(HI) Colonel Oliver Witcher Duilley. 
eldest son of Sihis Jenkins and .\nn Park 
I Smith I Dudley, was horn at the Franklin 
Ci.unty farm of his parents. July 15. 1S56. 
lie li\ed at home and attended school until 
fi>iuteen years of age. then came to Pitt- 
s\l\:inia county and for four years was 
cierk in a country store. In 1871 his lather 
mo\ ed to Pittsyhania coinUw occuj^ying 
the farm of his father-in-law. Dr. .Mber't G. 
Smith, an estate owned previously by Dr. 
Smith's father-in-law. Captain \'incent 
\\ itcher: both the Smith antl Witcher fami- 



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lies were prominent families of the state. 
In 1875 Oliver W. Dudley located in Dan- 
ville, where he clerked for one year, then 
until 1884 was engaged in various capacities 
in the tobacco business. In that year he 
was admitted a member of the firm of Pem- 
berton & Penn, of Danville, commission 
merchants, for the purchase of leaf tobacco, 
the firm being James G. Penn and Oliver 
W. Dudley. The firm was incorporated in 
1905, and is now composed of Colonel O. 
W. Dudley, J. P. Penn, and J. G. Penn, sons 
of J. P. Penn, Sr. Mr. Dudley's career has 
been a remarkable one and is an inspiring 
lesson to the young. Coming to Danville 
practically penniless he has by the exercise 
of the qualities of industry and integrity 
made for himself a name honored in this 
city. He is vice-president of the National 
-Bank of Danville, 'and one of the largest 
private owners of real estate in the city, in 
addition to his holdings in Pemberton & 
Penn. He is a member of all branches of 
the Masonic order, was delegate to the 
Democratic National Convention of 1892, 
that renominated Grover Cleveland for 
president ; served on Governor O'Farrell's 
staff in 1894-98, with the rank of colonel; is 
a member of both the Country clubs and the 
newly formed Tuscarora Club. In religious 
faith he is a Methodist, steward for past 
twenty years, belonging to the Main Street 
congregation. 

Mr, Dudley married, November 21, 1894, 
Lucy Estes, born in Danville, June 5, 1874, 
daughter of Captain Howard Estes, who 
died in 1896, a farmer and dry goods mer- 
chant of Danville. Captain Estes was a 
graduate of Virginia Military Institute, 
class of 1894, and a captain of the Confed- 
erate States army. He married Nannie 
Perkins, who survives him, residing at Dan- 
ville, with her daughter, Mrs. Dudley. Chil- 
dren of Oliver W. and Lucy (Estes) Dud- 
ley: Oliver Witcher (2), born September 12, 
1896, now a student at Randolph-Macon 
College, class of 1917; Howard Estes, born 
July 21, 1900, now attending Danville 
School for Boys. 

Samuel Hairston. The Hairston home in 
Pittsylvania county, Virginia, is one of the 
delightful remnants of colonial design and 
architecture of which the Southern states 
afTord many fine specimens. Its present 
owner and occupant. Samuel Hairston, is 



tlie third of his line bearing that name there 
to make his home, while elsewhere in Pitt- 
sylvania county and Virginia the name 
Hairston has been borne by men of honor 
and men of valiant service. Situated a 
short distance from "Oak Hill," the Hair- 
ston estate, is "Barry Hill," the home of 
the family of the great-grandmother of 
Samuel Hairston, Ruth Perkins, a member 
of another distinguished Virginia family. 

Samuel Hairston was born at "Oak Hill," 
Pittsylvania county, Virginia, and was edu- 
cated in the Bingham School, of North 
Carolina, and the Episcopal High School, at 
Alexandria, Virginia. Upon attaining his 
majority he began the administration of his 
vast estate, the duties of which have since 
claimed his attention. His business inter- 
ests are many and varied, and he holds a 
place upon the directorates of the leading 
I'Usiness institutions of Danville, including 
cotton mills, knitting mills, the First Na- 
tional Bank, the overall factory, the local 
street railway company, and the Danville 
& Western Railroad. He is also a stock- 
holder in the People's National Bank, of 
Martinsville, and the Bank of Stokes 
County, at Walnut Cove, North Carolina. 
Mr. Hairston is a member of the Protestant 
Episcopal church, and on his estate there is 
a chapel in which, at regular periods, are 
conducted services according to the ritual of 
that faith, the services attended by the ten- 
ants of the Hairston estate, of whom there 
are about eighty. Mr. Hairston has per- 
sonal charge of the Sunday school, of which 
he is superintendent, and has made this one 
of the most flourishing and beneficial feat- 
ures of the chapel life. 

Samuel Hairston married, in Danville, 
Virginia, November 16, 1899, May, born in 
Salem, Virginia, daughter of James Rufus 
Joplin, who died in July, 1913, was a veteran 
of the war between the states, having run 
away from home when fifteen years of age 
to enlist in the Confederate army. He was 
president of the First National Bank, of 
Danville, Virginia, a prominent figure in the 
business and financial world of the region. 

Floyd Wise Weaver. Although native to 
Rockingham county, Mr. Weaver has since 
1895 been engaged in practice in Luray. 
formerly as a member of the law firm of 
Weaver & Leedy, and as clerk of court for 
Page county, resigning the office of mayor 





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of Luray to accept the latter office, which 
he has now held continuously for sixteen 
years. Mr. Weaver is of prominent Vir- 
ginia lineage. He is a son of James Madi- 
son Weaver, of Rockingham county, born 
in Madison county, Virginia, in 1828, and 
died in 1897, a farmer and for many years 
chairman of the board of supervisors of 
Rockingham county. James M. Weaver 
was a brother of Lieutenant Robert Weaver 
of the Confederate army. Sarah M. (Car- 
penter) Weaver, wife of James Madison 
Weaver, was a daughter of Thomas Carpen- 
ter, of Madison county, murdered in 1850, 
the trial of his assassins being one of the 
noted cases in Virginia court records. 
James M. and Sarah M. (Carpenter) 
Weaver had sons: Floyd W., of whom 
further ; Dr. Thomas H., died in 1882 ; John 
C, died in 1913 ; Edward D., of Waynes- 
boro, Virginia ; John Robert, of Roanoke, 
Virginia ; William Prentiss Russell, of 
Island Ford, Virginia; they had daughters: 
Ida P.. ; Clara M., married G. Rush Nicho- 
las, of Penland, Virginia; Sally Gertrude, 
married Edward L. Lambert, of McGaheys- 
ville, Virginia. 

Floyd Wise Weaver was born in Rock- 
ingham county, Virginia, April 28, 1866. 
He acquired his early and preparatory edu- 
cation in the public schools of AlcGaheys- 
ville, then entered the University of Vir- 
ginia, attending the summer sessions, 1887- 
89, the last year of his course being under 
the noted Dr. John B. Minor. He excelled 
in other branches, but in oratory was 
awarded the prize medal in 1889. In the 
fall of 1889 he entered the law school of the 
University of Virginia, continuing during 
the sessions of that and the following year. 
In 1890 he was admitted to the bar of Au- 
.yiista county, Virginia, and from that 
I I.I 1 1' until 1895 was engaged in the practice 

his profession at Basic City. In the latter 
year he located in Luray, Page county, Vir- 
ginia, there forming a law partnership with 
Colonel Robert F. Leedy, and practicing 
until 1898 as Weaver & t.eedy. In March 
of that year he was appointed mayor of 
Luray, holding that office until the follow- 
ing June, when he resigned, having been 
appointed clerk of the court to fill out the 
unexpired term of Andrew Broaddus. lie 
served under the appointment from June 
20, 1898, to May, 1899, then was elected by 



the ]jeople of Page county for a term of six 
\ears. His legal learning and personal at- 
tributes so eminently qualified him for the 
imijortant office he held, that in 1905 he was 
re-elected and in 191 1 was again returned 
for another term, this time for eight years 
under the new constitution of Virginia. 

.\ Democrat in politics, Mr. Weaver has 
been an able advocate of party principles, 
and an untiring worker for party success. 
He is heard with enthusiasm at public 
gatherings, while in party councils his opin- 
inns and advice are listened to with respect- 
ful attention. He has served in many con- 
ventions of his party ; was a delegate to the 
state convention of 1893 which nominated 
Governor O'Ferrell; sat as a delegate in the 
state convention of 1908, and was elected by 
the Norfolk state convention of 1912, a dele- 
gate to the National Democratic Convention 
that met in Baltimore and placed in nomi- 
nation Woodrow Wilson, • the successful 
candidate, now president of the United 
States. He is also a trustee of the \^irginia 
State Normal and Industrial School for 
\\'omen, at Harrisonburg, Virginia, having 
served since the organization of that valu- 
able institution. He is a prominent member 
of the Masonic order, belonging to Lafay- 
ette Lodge, No. 137, Ancient Free and Ac- 
cejned Alasons, of Luray, Luray Chapter, 
No. 4, Royal Arch Masons, and Luray Com- 
mandery. No. 19, Knights Templar, and is 
past eminent commander of the latter body, 
fn religious faith he is affiliated with the 
Methodist Episcopal church. South. 

Mr. Weaver married, in December, 1893, 
Eva Mendenhall, born at High Point, North 
Carolina. Children : Royal Lillian, born in 
Luray, \'irginia, March 15, 1S96, died March 
10, i8i)(>; Louease Mildred, born in Luray. 
]vA\- II), iS'ij: Irma lactiues, burn in Luraw 
}:inu,ir> 30, iSod. " 

John Harry Harper, :i well known busi- 
ness man of New York Lity, was born at 
Port Republic. \'irginia. .\pril 5, 1870. His 
father was John Harper, a farmer of Port 
Republic, born April i, 1S06, died .\ugust 
25, 18S9. His mother was Sarah Jane 
Trout, whom John Harper married. Octo- 
l>er Ti, 1846. From the traditions preserved 
ill several branches of the Trout family it 
wuuUl sconi that many years before the 
American rexcilution three brothers emi- 



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grated from the neighborhood of Frankfort- 
on-the-Main, Germany, and settled at Ger- 
mantown, Pennsylvania. One of them re- 
mained in Pennsylvania; the second re- 
moved to Frederick county, Virginia ; and 
the third, who never married, was a Luth- 
eran minister and chaplain in the army dur- 
ing the revolution. The name was originally 
spelled Traut, meaning in German "lovely" 
or "dear." An examination of the court 
records and other records of Philadelphia 
county, Pennsylvania, and Frederick county, 
Virginia, shows that this tradition is in the 
m.ain correct. 

About 1740 there were three brothers, 
John Balthazar (generally called Baltzer). 
George, and Jeremias Trout, residing at 
Germantown, Pennsylvania, their names be- 
ing spelled indiscriminately Trout and 
Traut. They were among the earliest set- 
tlers at Germantown, George Trout owning 
twenty-eight acres and Baltzer Trout twen- 
ty-five acres of land there. The suggestion 
is that they were the sons of one "John 
Trout of Upper Dublin Township in Phil- 
adelphia County, yeoman," who in his will 
made April 3, 1728, and approved May 7, 
1728, mentions his wife Catharine, his eldest 
son John, as executor, and his youngest son 
Phillip, but does not give the names of his 
other children. George Trout died July, 

1745- 

(II) John Baltzer Trout, son of John and 
Catharine Trout, died in 1750. There is no 
will of his on record and the name of his 
wife is not known, but on May 26, 1747, he 
made a will respecting certain property 
jointly with his brother Jeremias Trout, in 
which are mentioned "our beloved sons and 
cousins Jacob, Balthazar, and Jeremias 
Trout (the three sons of John Balthazar 
Trout)." It would appear that his wife had 
died and that these were his only sons. The 
will was probated June 21, 1750. John B. 
Trout having died shortly before that date. 
Jeremias Trout surviving him. His son, 
Baltzer Trout, died November, 1762, his 
will mentioning his wife, Barbara, his 
daughter Mary, and his brother-in-law, 
Nicholas Rittenhouse. His other son, Jere- 
mias Trout, died in 1789, his will naming 
his wife Hannah and five children : Mary, 
Bottes (?), Hannah, William, and John. 
One of the striking features of nearly all 
these early wills is the fact that special pro- 



vision is made for the thorough education 
of the children of the testators. 

(III) Jacob Trout, son of John Baltzer 
Trout, removed about 1760, from German- 
town to Frederick county, Virginia, and 
settled at Newtown (also called Stephens- 
burg, but now Stephens City) . Jacob Trout 
died shortly before April 5. 1774, for on that 
date Barbara Trout and Jacob Trout Jr. 
are mentioned as administrators of Jacob 
Trout, deceased. Fie mentions Barabara 
Klein, who came to this country from Ger- 
many about 1750. She lived to an old age, 
dying at Newtown after 1812. Her grand- 
children used to love to visit her and hear 
stories she would relate to them about her 
children in the Fatherland. Children : Jacob ; 
Baltzer; Daniel; Philip, mentioned below; 
Henry; and Catherine. It is said that there 
were one or two other sons who moved to 
Tennessee or Georgia. 

(IV) Philip Trout, son of Jacob and Bar- 
bara (Klein) Trout, was born at Newtown 
(?), August II, 1759, and died in the same 
place August 21, 1812. He lived at New- 
town and reared all his family there. In 
his will, made August 21, 1812, and proved 
March 2, 1813, he mentions his wife Mollie, 
and his mother, and names his wife, his 
brother Henry, and Jacob Boyers, as exec- 
utors. He married at Strasburg, in 1786, 
Mary Magdalene Lambert (born February 
22, 1758, died at Newtown, February 12. 
1S26). Children: Joseph, mentioned be- 
low; Rebecca, born July i, 1789, died in in- 
fancy; Isaac, December 17, 1790, died March 
29. 1873. married Araminta Donner Pagett ; 
Jacob, July 24, 1792, died May 22, 1853; 
Mary Magdalene, January 13. 1794, died 
January 22, 1865 : David, Newtown, Decem- 
ber 25, 1795, died Front Royal, December 
6, 1869; Elizabeth, December 10, 1797, died 
young; Rebecca (2), November 23, 1799, 
died at Staunton, November 3, 1855 ; Abra- 
ham, April 9, 1801. drowned in childhood 
while playing. 

(V) Joseph Trout, son of Philip and 
Mary Magdalene (Lambert) Trout, was 
born at Newtown, October 16, 1787, and 
died at Port Republic, March 26, 1850. He 
lived at Greenville, Augusta county, till 
about 1818. when he removed to Port Re- 
public, where he resided until his death. 
For a number of years he was practically 
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alysis. The records of the war department 
show that he served for a number of weeks 
in the war of 1812 as a private in Captain 
John C. Sowers's company of Virginia Ar- 
tillery from Augusta county. His name ap- 
pears on the rolls of that organization with 
remarks "Com. of service, January 4, 1814; 
Ex. of service, April 13, 1814. Term changed 
three months, eight da." Children: i. Wil- 
liam Henry Harrison, born at Greenville, 
October 14, 1813, died December 14, 1814. 
2. Mary Ann. born November 2j, 1815, died 
a1 I'(irt Republic, November 22, i8fK); mar- 
ried, August 14, 1839, Thomas William 
Ryan, born at Baltimore, Maryland, March 
j(), 1813, died at Mount Jackson, August 
12, 1883; was a farmer in Rockingham 
county. Children: Joseph Nicholas, born 
a1 Port Republic, June 2-], 1840, died at 
.'^taunton, November 30, 1892 was a clerk of 
the circuit court of Augusta county from 
1864 till the year of his death ; married 
Martha Eliza Francisco ; Jefferson Kinney, 
born at Port Republic, September 20, 1841, 
was killed in the battle of Cedar Alountain, 
August 9. 1862; Anna Lee, September 20, 
1843, married November 23, 1870, Dr. Wil- 
H.Mii Harvey Byerly ; Richard Dangerfield, 
< )ctober 2, 1845, died November 28, 1876, 
married Elizabeth A. Kinney Stribbling; 
John Chesley ; Sarah Matilda: James Wil- 
liam: Llewellyn Kemper: Mary Archer. 3. 
Nicholas Kinney, December 12, 1817, died 
at Staunton, September 3, 1875. married, 
June 8, 1843, ^Litilda Kinney Stribbling. He 
was the most widely known member of the 
Trout family, being in his day one of the 
most distinguished chancery lawyers of his 
section of the state. Children : Erasmus S., 
Sarah A., Mary Lewis, Matilda Craig, Fan- 
nie S., Louise S., Margaret (!., Eva L., Har- 
riot S., Nicholas K. 4. Eli/.abetli Rebecca, 
born August 3, 1821, died September 11, 
1888. She married Peachy Harrison 
Wheeler. Children: Joseph Mck., Lucretia 
C. Jacob W.. Thomas B., Nicholas Z., Sarah 
e'.. James D., Samuel K., Philip E. 5. Mar- 
tha Selina, born January 12, 1824, died July 
g, 1892: married John William Lee. Chil- 
dren : Sarah E., Joseph William, .\raminta 
M., Julia T., John Nicholas, Charles K.. 
Mary C, Angeline K., Stephen A.. I )or:i \.. 
Harriette S., Lucy Flynn. 6. S;ir:di Jane. 
mentioned below. 7. William David, born 
September 5, 1828, died June 25. iSin). 8. 
Joseph Chesley, born October 16, 1829, mar- 



ried (first) Matilda Craig Vaughan : and 
(second) Elizabeth White. Children : James 
E., George V., William J., Joseph C, Sada 
L. and Philip H. 9. James Russell, born 
April 22,, 1832, died May 26, 1900: married 
Amanda Jane Arey. Children : George A., 
William E., Olivia V., Louella A., Joseph 
O., Nicholas K., Mary E., Martha V., James 
C. 10. Jacob Archibald, born Nijvember 9, 
1834, died September 12, 1879. 11. Philip 
Henry, born August 29, 1837, married 
Olivia Benson. Children: Philijj, William, 
Catherine, Hugh Olivia Mary. 

(Vn Sarah Jane Trout, daughter of 
Joseph and Sarah (Whitesides) Trout, was 
born April 30, 1826. She married October 
II, 1846, John Harper, mentioned above, 
father of John Harry Harper, mentioned 
below. Children: i. William Joseph, born 
June 24, 1848, by occupation a farmer. 2. 
Wilson Chesley, March 24, 1850. at Port 
Republic, Virginia, unmarried, and also by 
occupation a farmer. 3. Samuel Nicholas, 
Port Republic. February 15. 1852, married 
Hannah Elizabeth Snapp. 4. Jennie Bell, 
I^ort Republic, November 2"], 1833, unmar- 
ried. 5. Mary, Port Republic, July 16, 1856, 
died December 3, 1836. 6. ^lartha. Port 
Republic, July 16, 1856, died July 19, 1858 
7. Charles Addison, Port Republic, October 
20. 1838, died June 13. 1896. 8. Annie Archie, 
Port Republic. February 22, 1861, married 
Charles Edward Snapp, having children : 
William A., Edna, Ruby, Charles, and 
Harry. 9. Elizabeth Rebecca, Port Repub- 
lic. April 3, 1864, married \\'illiam Stuart 
Nicholas, having children, Jennie and Eliza- 
beth. 10. .Arrie Olivia. Port Republic. July 
i.i, 1869, died December 29. i86<). 11. John 
Harry, mentioned below. 

(\'II') John Harry Harper, youngest son 
(11 John and Sarah Jane (Trout) Harper. 
was educated in the pulilic schools and h.igh 
school of Port Re]niblic. \'irginia. where he 
was born. He spent the greater part of his 
youth and young manhood in the place of 
his birth and rearing, and in 1891 came to 
New "S'ork City, becoming connected with 
the wholesale firm of Charles Broadway 
Rouss. tilling the position of manager of the 
cldthing deiKirtment. His whole business 
life since has been spent in New York City, 
and his connection with the firm has con- 
tiiuied. .Mr. Harper is a member of tlie 
\st(ir Lddge. Free and .\ccepted Masons. 
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Southern Society of New York, and "The 
\'irginians" of New York City. In politics 
he is a Democrat, and in regard to creed 
is affiliated with the Methodist church. He 
married, November 25, 1908, Katherine, 
daughter of Patrick Walsh, born in 1884. 
Air. Walsh was a descendant of the ancient 
family of Walshes, who acquired the large 
possessions now known as the Walsh moun- 
tains, in the barony of Iverk, adjoining the 
principality of ancient Ossory, Ireland. Dif- 
ferent branches of the family bore many 
titles and dignitaries, the heads being Lords 
of Ballynecully, and chiefs of Kilgobbin, 
Sir Edward Walsh and Sir Nicholas Walsh, 
lord chief justice of common pleas, being 
members of this family. The possessions of 
the family were confiscated during the 
Cromwellian period and in the reign of Wil- 
liam TIL, of England, were divided among 
a number of immigrant Englishmen. After 
the confiscation of their property several 
members of the elder branch of the family 
migrated to France and Austria, and took 
military service in those countries, being 
received by the sovereigns of these countries 
Vv'ith much consideration, and being ac- 
corded positions in the countries commen- 
surate with their rank in the country of 
their birth. In France the title of "Count 
Serrant" is still extant, having been confer- 
red on the representative of the elder 
l)ranch of the Walsh family. Members of 
tlie cadet branch of the family emigrated 
in some cases to America, or remained at 
home, and became tillers of the soil, of 
which they were formerly the proprietors 
and the lords. To Mr. and Mrs. John Harry 
Harper have been born two children: Doro- 
thy Anna, New York City, October, 1909; 
and John Harry, Jr., New York City, Au- 
gust, 1911. 

Joseph Franklin Biggs. That there has 
been a decided increase in the desire to 
artistically adorn and beautify the modern 
home is true, not only in Virginia, but all 
through the South. While the modern 
home, generally speaking, is not as artis- 
tically furnished as in ante-bellum days, 
some of the better homes of the present 
days are more beautiful from an artistic 
standpoint. The efiforts of architects and 
artistic furnishers are bearing fruit, and in 
the many beautiful homes of today an ar- 
tistic regard for style, period and harmony 



of color prevails that is fast restoring the 
fame of the once noted southern mansion. 
In this revival of artistic interest in the 
home, Richmond leads the other cities of 
the South and there the revival has been 
led and encouraged by Joseph F. Biggs, 
proprietor of the "Art Store." He has 
preached and illustrated the gospel of an 
artistic home so forcefully that no other 
store caters so completely to that particular 
foture, home adornment, as his, or has a 
patronage so large. 

The influence of the "Art Store" has been 
felt not only in raising the artistic stand- 
ard of home adornment in Richmond, but 
throughout the state, until the resources of 
Mr. Biggs and his establishment are taxed 
to the utmost to meet the demands of the 
newly awakened. He encourages the re- 
turn to many of the decorative features of 
the Colonial period, specializing in the re- 
production of the furniture of that period, 
and the designing or working out of period 
schemes of decoration, furnishing an entire 
home with the furniture, hangings and dec- 
orations of a given period. As every gospel 
must have its high priest, so in the revival 
of interest in the artistic home, Richmond 
is its head center, the "Art Store" its 
temple, and its gifted proprietor, the chief 
apostle. 

Joseph Franklin Biggs is an only son of 
Alden Bishop and Mary (Garland) Biggs, 
and grandson of James Biggs. James Biggs, 
son of Joseph Biggs, of English descent, 
married Bettie Alden. 

Joseph Franklin Biggs attended public 
schools and academy, beginning business 
life as clerk in a general store. He early 
became interested in house furnishing and 
decorations, and spent some years solely in 
the fitting up of private yachts, and kindred 
work. In 1891 he located in Richmond as 
jjresident of the Biggs Antique Company, 
Incorporated. This company has five great- 
stores in various cities of the South, and a 
large factory. The Richmond establishment, 
known as the "Art Store," is located at 318 
East Franklin street. They have a large and 
prosperous business and one that has been 
of great benefit to the city and state, in 
creating, fostering and developing a desire 
to revive in an artistic modern home the 
glories of ante-bellum days. It is not alone 
in reproducing the furniture and decorations 
of the past that Mr. Biggs excels and leads. 



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but in the restoration of old Colonial man- 
sions to their original condition, including 
furniture and decoration. Two such may be 
mentioned from their prominence in his- 
tory, "Westover" and the old "Coles 
Home." Mr. Biggs married Jennie Marie 
Brewster, daughter of Captain George W. 
Brewster. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Biggs: 
Lewis Harding, educated at Charlotte Hall, 
and Maryland Military Academy ; Norma 
Franklin, a student at Miss Elliott's School, 
Richmond. 

Lewis Betts. .A descendant of an old 
iJelaware family and a resident of Wilming- 
ton in that state until his sixteenth year, 
Lewis Betts spent the remainder of his 
years, seventy-four, engaged in business in 
the state of Virginia. The quiet, even tenor 
of his life was broken by the war period, 
1861-1865, and during those years he stood 
shoulder to shoulder with his Virginia 
neighbors in the battlefield of the Confed- 
eracy and did all that one man could do 
in support of the Southern cause. He was 
an able, capable business man and during 
the years of his active life conducted a large, 
successful contracting business in house 
painting and decorating. He served his 
church with fidelity and zeal, bore his full 
share of the responsibilities of good citizen- 
ship, reared and maintained a home and left 
to his posterity an honored name. 

Lewis Betts was born in Wilmington, 
Delaware, January 17, 1826, died January 
21, lyoo, son of Charles and Hannah Betts, 
both of Delaware families. His father, a 
brass moulder, gave him the advantage of 
such public school education as the city at 
that date afforded, but at the age of sixteen 
years he began making his own way in the 
world. He located in Petersburg, Virginia, 
in 1842, a lad of sixteen years, and began 
his business life as painter's apprentice, his 
previous occupation having been farming. 
He finished his years of instruction in paint- 
ing and decorating and became a finished 
workman. He followed his trade until the 
outbreak of the war between the states, 
then enlisted in Company 11, Fifteenth Regi- 
ment \'irginia infantry. Confederate States 
army, and from i86i until the surrender at 
Appomattox shared the varying fortunes of 
his regiment in camp and field, advance and 
retreat, victory and defeat. Tie escaped the 
many perils of war, and at the close of the 



unhappy conflict returned to Richmond and 
resumed his trade. He became well known 
in the building trade and as a contractor 
was highly rated for honorable dealings. He 
was a Democrat in politics, and a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. 

Lewis Betts married, December 15, 1853, 
Frances A. Wilson, who survives him, a 
resident of Richmond, Virginia, daughter of 
J(jhn and Sarah Wilson. Forty-seven years 
Mr. and Mrs. P.etts passed in congenial 
married companionship ere the ties that 
bound were broken by the death of Mr. 
f5etts. Children : Lewis L. ; Mary M., wife 
of Thomas Hudspeth, deceased, of Rich- 
mond, Virginia, and Charles B., who was 
killed at the burning of the bridge at Pe- 
ttrsburg, Virginia. 

Tarlton Fleming Heath, of Petersburg, 
president of The National liank of that city, 
is a native of Goochland county, Virgmia, 
born November 30, i860. His grandfather, 
Hartwell Peebles Heath, was born in 
Prince George county, A'irginia, was a mer- 
chant in Petersburg, where he died about 
1845, less than forty years of age. He mar- 
ried Eliza Cureton Rives, a native of Sussex 
county, Virginia, and a sister of Francis E. 
Ri\es, a noted statesman of A'irginia. They 
had children: \'irginia. John F"rancis. Ros- 
cnc llriggs, Jesse Hartwell, Anna Rives, all 
iKiw deceased. 

Jesse Hartwell Heath, third son of Hart- 
well Peebles and Eliza C. (Rives') Heath. 
was born in 1832. in Petersburg, and was a 
planter in Goochland, where he died in Au- 
gust. 1l:'66. at the age of thirty-four years. 
He served through the civil war. rising 
from private to captain, and was with Fitz- 
hugh Lee at Lynchburg, and in other severe 
engagements, in one of which he was 
wounded. He married Sarah Eleanor I-'lem- 
ing. born 1832. in Goochland county, and 
r.ow living in Baltimore. Maryland. She is 
a daughter of Tarlton Iteming, a native of 
(loochland county, and a wealthy planter. 
who died there in i860. His wife. Rebecca 
(Coles) Fleming, was a native of .\ibemarle 
county. \'irginia. and they were the parents 
of four children: Thomas Mann. Elizabeth, 
William Randolph, and Sarah Eleanor. The 
Ir.st named is the only one of these now 
living. Children of Nlr. and Mrs. Heath: 
Eliza Cureton. died unmarried at the age 
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deceased ; Jane Rives, living unmarried at 
L atonsville, Alaryland ; Tarlton F., of fur- 
tlier mention ; Eleanor Hartwell, died while 
the wife of Thomas Faulcon Parsons, of 
Petersburg; one child, unnamed, died in in- 
fancy. 

Tarlton Fleming Heath grew to the age 
of ten years on his father's plantation in 
Goochland county. Having lost his father 
Ly death, he went to Petersburg to live with 
Ins grandmother, and there he attended the 
jniblic schools and McCabe School until 
thirteen years of age, when he started out 
to maintain himself. He began his business 
life as a clerk in a retail grocery, and in 1887 
engaged in -the grain business on his own 
account. At this time he had a partner, 
and the business was conducted under the 
style of Cabaniss & Company, which after- 
wards became T. F. Heath & Company. The 
business is now incorporated under that 
title, and his associate is his brother-in- 
law, Thomas F. Parsons. Mr. Heath is in- 
terested in various business enterprises, has 
been a director of the Petersburg Telephone 
Company since its organization, is a direc- 
tor of other institutions, and became presi- 
dent of the National Bank of Petersburg in 
1914. With his family he is associated with 
the Protestant Episcopal church, and in 
matters relating to civil affairs he acts with 
the Democratic party. He married, Janu- 
ary 12, 1887, at Warrenton, North Carolina, 
Rosa Gilmore Arrington, a native of that 
town, daughter of the late Samuel P. Ar- 
rington, who was for many years a mer- 
chant of Petersburg, member of the firm of 
John .Arrington & Sons. Her mother, Han- 
nah B. (White) Arrington, is now living in 
Warrenton. Mr. and Mrs. Heath are the 
parents of three children: i. Rosa Arring- 
ton, wife of William Lunsford Long, resid- 
ing in Halifax county. North Carolina. 2. 
Jesse Hartwell, now engaged in business 
with his father ; married Emily Gordon Gil- 
liam, of Petersburg. 3. Tarlton Fleming, 
Jr., a student at Woodbury Forest. 

John Hanckel Ellerson. Dr. John Hanckel 
Ellerson was born in Philadelphia, son of 
Andrew Ellerson, who came to this country 
from Christiania, Norway. He was highly 
educated for the medical profession, his 
studies in this calling being completed in the 
universities and hospitals of Paris, France. 
Returning to the United States he was for a 



long time a resident of New Orleans, Louisi- 
ana, an eminent and successful physician. 
He married Laura Roy, of Gloucester 
ctjunty, Virginia, and had children : John 
Hanckel, of whom further; Andrew Roy; 
William ; Mary ; James. Of these Andrew 
Roy and James are the sole survivors, the 
former a resident of Richmond. \'irginia. the 
latter living in Washington, 1). C. 

John Hanckel (2) Ellerson, son of Dr. 
John Hanckel (O and Laura (Roy) Eller- 
son, was born in Mathews county, Virginia, 
in the family home at Green Plains, July 
27. 1835, and died May 28, 1891. He was 
the possessor of an excellent education ob- 
tained through study in the schools in the 
vicinity of his Virginia home, and had but 
started upon the business of life when loy- 
alty to the Confederate cause led him to 
forsake private enterprise and to enlist in 
the army of that government. He became 
a member of a regiment recruited in Rich- 
mond, and served throughout the four years 
of the war, for seven months of that time 
being held prisoner at Fort Delaware. At 
the fall of the Confederacy he returned to 
his home, in 1870 accepting the position 
that he held at the time of his death, the 
Virginia state agency for the Equitable Life 
Insurance Company, with business head- 
cjuarters in Richmond. He completed a 
thorough organization and was enjoying 
the fruits of a strong and vigorous business 
when death called him, at the age of fifty- 
six years. With absolute authority as the 
chief representative of his company in Vir- 
ginia he was given free rein to pursue what- 
ever methods he deemed most productive 
of results beneficial to his employers, and 
thus, independent of hampering restrictions, 
he laid out wide confining boundaries for 
the business of the Equitable Life Insur- 
ance Company in the state and widened the 
scope of the company's influence to these 
limits. He was a successful man of affairs, 
held high standing in his community, and 
owned many close friends. He was a Demo- 
crat in political conviction, and cast his vote 
with that party. Mr. Ellerson was a com- 
municant of the Second Presbyterian 
Church, of Richmond. 

He married, in this city, October 17, 1872, 
Ida Watkins, born in Richmond, Virginia, 
October 16, 1846. Mr. and Mrs. Ellerson 
were the parents of two children : Laura 
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Henry Watkins Ellerson, who married Mary 
Patteson ; all living in Richmond. Mrs. 
Eller.son was a daughter of Henry Clay 
Watkins, who was born in Powhatan 
county, Virginia, and died in Richmond, 
November 16, 1872. He was a tobacco 
broker all of his active years in Richmond, 
where he lived from the age of thirteen 
years until his death. He married Malvina 
IJaskins Day, and had seven children, of 
whom the survivors are Ida, of previous 
mention, Ellen, Irvin, Mattie, and Henry 
Clay, Jr. Malvina Haskins Day was the 
daughter of John Henry and Martha Finnc_\- 
(Haskins) Day, both natives of Powhatan 
county, Virginia, she born at the Haskins 
homestead at Mount Laurel. John Henry 
Day was well educated, a college graduate, 
and in later life moved to Tennessee, there 
becoming a planter and owning land but 
two miles from the home of Andrew Jack- 
son, the two being close friends. One of the 
sons of John Henry Day, Edward Henry 
Day, received an appointment from Andrew 
Jackson to a first lieutenancy in the United 
States army, connected at his death in i860, 
with the Third Artillery. Aaron and Mal- 
vina Haskins Day were the two children of 
John Henry Day who were born in \'ir- 
giiiia. 

Mrs. Ida (Watkins) Ellerson survives her 
husband, a resident of Richmond, her pres- 
ent home having been her abode for sixty- 
three vears. She is a member of the .Society 
of Colonial Dames. 

John Chaffin Easley. Member of a \"ir- 
ginia family of honorable record, John Chaf- 
tin P^asley, vice-president and secretary of 
R. R. Chaffin i<: Company, Incorporated, of 
Richmond, Virginia, descends in a line con- 
nected with numerous other distinguished 
Virginia names. John S. Easley, grand- 
father of John Chaffin Easley, a native of 
Halifax county, N'irginia, was a soldier in 
the American arm\' in the second war with 
Creat liritain, and died in West \'irginia, 
aged sc\'enty-eight years. Juini .^. i'".;isk'y 
married Agnes Clark While, luirn in Pitt- 
sylvania county, \'irginia, and liad sc\cn 
children, twd nf whom ;irr li\iiig ,it the 
present time, Isaac Ibiwscm. of West N'ir- 
ginia, and l'".d\\in I l;iniilti>n, of I'.rookKn. 
Xew York. 

( H ) Dr. W illiani D. I'.aslcv. son of John 
S. and .\gncs Clark (,White'l I'.aslev. was 



born in Giles county, Virginia, December 
19, 1831, died in W'est Virginia. He was 
educated for the medical profession and was 
engaged in practice throughout his active 
years, his death occurring while conducting 
such pursuits in West \'irginia. He was a 
gentleman of loyal and patriotic nature, and 
the realization of war between the states 
f(nind him enlisted for service in the .\melia 
( (junty \(jlunteers. Dr. William D. Easley 
married .\nn Elizabeth, born in Amelia 
county. X'irginia, October 17, 1841, died 
.Ma\' 21). 1907, daughter of John Booker and 
Susan Adeline (W'illson) Chaffin. Her par- 
ents were natives of Amelia county, and 
there John Booker Chaffin was an exten- 
sive planter, owning more than one hundred 
slaves. John Booker and Susan .Adeline 
Chaffin had three children who grew to ma- 
turit\- : .Ann Elizabeth, of previous mention, 
married Dr. William D. Easley, Richard B., 
and Martha Giles. Of the eight children of 
1 )r. William D. Easley, three died in in- 
fancy, and a fourth. Richard Booker, died 
June 24, 1904. The others are: John Chaf- 
fin, of whom further; Edwin Hamilton, of 
Blue I'^ield, West A'irginia ; .Agnes E., mar- 
ried Matthew Louden West, deceased, of 
Kichniond, A'irginia; Susie E., married 
J()Se]jii Cary Eggleston, of .\melia Court 
I louse, A'irginia. 

(Ill) John Chaffin Easley. sun of Dr. 
William D. and .Ann Elizaix-th ( Chaffin 1 
Easley, was born in Amelia county. \'ir- 
ginia, October 15, 1862. and when he was a 
lad of eleven years accompanied his jiarents 
to Brooklyn. Xew York. In this place his 
education, begun in A'irginia. was con- 
tinued, and soon after his return to his 
native state, Richmond becoming the family 
home, he became associated with the firm 
in which he now holds high official position, 
i\ B. Chaffin & Company. Remaining with 
tlie company through its i>eriod of continu- 
ous growth and ex]iansion to its present 
va.st dimensions, better preparation for the 
ris])onsible duties that are his could not 
iia\c been obtained. R. B>. Chaffin X: Com- 
liaiiy, Incorjiorated. bearing the name of 
Mr i'.aslcy's one maternal uncle, advertise 
a> brokers and dealers in real estate, and in 
it- line is one of the largest ciMicerns in the 
state. The office of the company is at Main 
;ind Twelftli streets, Richmond, and here 
Mr. b'aslev can usually be found busily en- 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



of the large business, upon which no one's 
grasp is more sure and comprehensive. As 
vice-president and secretary he plays an im- 
portant part in the formation of the policy 
and methods of the company, and gives of 
the best of his labors toward its successful 
continuance. Mr. Easley's able counsel has 
been frequently of value to the First Na- 
tional Bank of Richmond, which he serves 
as a director, and he holds the same position 
in connection with the Richmond Chamber 
of Commerce. His fraternal order is the 
Masonic, and in this society he is a member 
oi lodge, chapter, commandery and shrine. 
A life-long Democrat, he is a communicant 
of the Protestant Episcopal church. His 
club is the Westmoreland. 

Mr. Easley married, at Fincastle, Vir- 
ginia, February 3, 1892, Lucy Gilmer, born 
at Grove Hill, Botetourt county, Virginia. 
December 20, 1868, daughter of Colonel 
Cary and \'irginia (Calwell) Breckenridge. 
Her mother was a native of White Sulphur 
Springs, West Virginia, formerly owned by 
the Calwell family, an old Southern line, 
and Colonel Cary Breckenridge was born at 
the family homestead, Grove Hill, in Bote- 
tourt county, Virginia, as were his father 
and grandfather. Colonel Breckenridge, 
now living, aged seventy-five years, was a 
colonel of cavalry in the Confederate army, 
serving through all four years of the war. 
Children of John Chaffin and Lucy Gilmer 
(Breckenridge) Easley: Cary Brecken- 
ridge. born June 13, 1893, a graduate of Vir- 
ginia Military Institute, class of 1914, now 
a student in engineering at Boston Tech- 
nical Institute : Richard Booker, born June 
2, 1895, ^or two years attended Virginia 
Military Institute, now studying for the 
medical jirofession. 

James Scales Irvin, M. D. Dr. Irvin's 
lines of descent, paternal and maternal, lead 
to the old Colonial families of North Caro- 
lina. Irvin. Dalton and Hunter. Captain 
James Hunter was a leader in North Caro- 
lina in the events preceding the revolution, 
and served in the Colonial army at the battle 
of King's Mountain. General Samuel Dal- 
t(pn. of Rockingham county, North Caro- 
lina, at one time was in command of North 
Carolina troops, and many of each of these 
families served their country well in war 
and peace. 

Dr. James Scales Irvin, of Danville, Vir- 



ginia, was born in Reidsville, North Caro- 
lina, June 9, 1867, son of James and Lucy 
Vincent (Dalton) Irvin, grandson of George 
Irvin, and of General Samuel Dalton, 
both of North Carolina, James Irvin 
was born in Rockingham county, North 
Carolina, in 1819, died in 1894. He was a 
planter, owning a large estate. He served 
on the staff of Governor Vance, of North 
Carolina, with the rank of colonel. He mar- 
ried Lucy Vincent Dalton, born in Rock- 
ingham county. North Carolina, in 1833, 
died in 1907. Children : Samuel D., de- 
ceased ; George Lee, a resident of Reids- 
ville, North Carolina ; Hunter, principal of 
a public school in Greensboro, North Caro- 
lina ; Robert E., a resident of Fayetteville, 
North Carolina ; Frank D., a druggist of 
Dallas, Texas ; Eugene, cashier of the Citi- 
zens Bank of Reidsville: James Scales, of 
further mention. 

Dr. James Scales Irvin passed his boy- 
hood days in Reidsville, where he attended 
school until fifteen years of age. He then 
became clerk in a local drug store, and two 
years later at the age of seventeen became 
its proprietor. He continued in the drug 
business at Reidsville five years, in the 
meantime taking a course and graduating 
from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. 
At the age of twenty-two years he entered 
tlie medical department of the University 
of \'irginia, whence he was graduated M. 
D. with the class of 1893. His pharmaceu- 
tical and medical studies had been continued 
since his first entering the drug business at 
tlic age 01 fifteen years, and to this he added 
jjractical experience as interne at the Char- 
ily Hospital and New York Maternity Hos- 
pital in New York City. In 1895 he located 
in Danville, Virginia, where he was suc- 
cessfully engaged in the practice of his pro- 
fession until his death. April 10, 1915. He 
always gave prominence in his practice to 
surgery and gynaecology, making these 
branches special objects of study and inves- 
tigation, although until 1909 his practice 
was general in character. On June i, 1909. 
he issued an announcement that after that 
date he would confine his practice exclu-' 
sively to surgery, gynaecology and consul- 
tations. 

Dr. Irvin ranked high in his specialties. 
]jOssessed the perfect confidence of his pro- 
fessional brethren, who sought him in con- 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



r/y. 



lie was a student and reader, his literary 
and medical library having been one of the 
ix-st and most carefully selected in the state. 
He was a fellow of the American College 
of Surgeons, member of many surgical and 
medical societies, belonged to the Masonic 
order, and was a lifelong member of the 
Presbyterian church, his father also having 
been a pillar of that society, serving the 
kei(ls\'ille congregation as elder for forty- 
nine years. 

I )r. Irvin married, in Danville, \ irgmia, 
October 17. 1906, Kate Ross Patton, born 
there, daughter of J. Allen Patton, a banker 
of Danville, who died in 1891. His widow, 
Henrietta (Crew) Patton, yet resides in 
Danville. The Pattons are an old Virginia 
family of prominence. 

William James Glasgow. I'.orn in Rich- 
nmnd, \ irginia, William j. Glasgow was 
tlici-e educated and spent his youth. After 
;ni al)sence of a decade he returned to the 
(ity I if his birth where he maintains a busi- 
ness unique in its character and most sur- 
l-iising in its magnitude. The plant, a model 
cne, is fitted with machinery especially in- 
vented by the owner for its peculiar duty: 
every detail of the plant and its equipment 
having been carefully planned by Mr. Glas- 
gow before even a site was purchased. The 
\'ictory Renovating Works is now one of 
Richmond's well established business enter- 
prises, and has a record of thirteen years 
service. He has the names of three thou- 
sand of Richmond's best families on his 
book of customers, and in the busy season 
over $150,000 worth of carpets are handled. 
This recf)rd speaks volumes for the careful 
management and perfect system of the busi- 
ness. 

W illiam James (ilasgow was born in Ricli- 
nmnd. \'irginia. October 4, 1863, son of Rob- 
nt I'reeman Glasgow, born in Virginia ; his 
lather of Scotch descent and his mother a 
i:aii\e of Ireland. Robert F. Glasgow niar- 
v'ni\ |osei)hine Gordon, born in West Hamp- 
tin, near Richmond, died in October, i<)oo, 
■.■y\-t\ sixt\ -three years. He died aged fift\- 
iiine ycai>, a carpenter and builder. Cliil- 
dren ; .M.iry, married Tristram Mallnuee, of 
Kiclinicmd; William James, of whom fur- 
ilur: Rcise F.\elyn. married Thomas Ilan- 
Iwn, of Washington, D. C. : Robert Edward 
l.ce. .1 hardware merchant of Richmond' 
Alice May, married Robert P. King, whom 



^he survives, a resident of Richmond: 
George Percy, engaged in the grocery busi- 
ness in Richmond : Guy. died in infancy. 

William James Glasgow was educated in 
the public schools and began his active busi- 
ness life with a tobacco manufacturer. After 
two years in the tobacco factory, he spent 
two years in a mattress factory, and four 
years in an upholstery establishment. These 
years were spent in Richmond, but in 1888 
h.e moved to Danville, \'irginia, where for 
ten years he engaged in the upholstery busi- 
ness. He had carefully saved his earnings 
m early life and during his ten years in Dan- 
ville was successful in accumulating capital 
sufficient to carry into effect a carefully 
planned enterprise to be established in his 
nati\"e city, a carpet, mattress and feather 
renovating works. For this business his 
long experience in the mattress and uphol- 
stering line lias especially fitted him. The 
features to be supplied were, proper ma- 
chinery for the different processes and a 
factory in which to install them. The first 
.Mr. Glasgow supplied from his own brain, 
inventing such machines as he needed and 
having them built to his order; the second. 
he supplied from his pocket, investing S25,- 
coo in a model plant at 407 South Cherry 
street, Richmond, and opening it for busi- 
ness in 1900. From fifteen to eighteen men 
are employed in the operation of the enter- 
prise, it having met with public approval 
from its very inception. Mr. Glasgow is a 
man of untiring energy, personally super- 
vising his business in its every detail, those 
who are acquainted with his business 
methods paying the highest tribute to his 
ability and integrity. Success has followed 
his well directed efforts and never has suc- 
cess been more fully or justly deserved. For 
years his residence was adjacent to the ren- 
ovating works, opposite the Hollvwood 
Cemetery, but he has recently finished and 
removed to a fine residence. Mr. Glasgow 
married, in Caroline count}', \irginia. (."aro- 
line Rohiou, from Kentucky. 

Robert Lecky Jr. 'Ilio paternal grand- 
f: thor .'f Rolu-rt l.cckv. jr.. of Richmond. 
\'ir-iuia, was CUmcr William I.ockv. of 
Carlow c.umty. Ireland, a colonel in \\oll- 
ingtun's army. ;ind connected with the 
l.icky faniil\ of Scotland, earls of Lennox. 

Dr Robert iii Lecky. son of Colonel 
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born in Carlow county, Ireland, April 9, 
1835. died in Richmond, Virginia, May 25, 
1896. He came to Richmond when a young 
man. becoming a druggist, and a graduate 
M. D. He was assistant purveyor of medi- 
cine in the Confederate States navy all 
through the war. He was a member of the 
Presbyterian church. He married Marcella 
J. Ralston, born August 9, 1844, still living, 
daughter of Peter Wyse and Mary Jane 
(Woodson) Ralston. Children of Dr. Rob- 
ert (i) Lecky: Robert {2), of whom fur- 
ther ; William Ralston ; James Douglas ; 
Marcella J., married Maben L. Clark; Mary 
L., married Thomas B. Bigger; Anna. 

Robert (2) Lecky, eldest son of Dr. Rob- 
ert (I) and Marcella J. (Ralston) Lecky, 
was born in Richmond, June 9, 1870. He 
was educated in the public schools of Rich- 
mond, and early in his business life became 
interested in the fire insurance business and 
kindred lines. He acted as special agent 
for many leading foreign and home com- 
panies, finally founding an insurance agency 
which conducts a large bond, fire, accident 
and liability business, extending over sev- 
eral of the Southern states. -The company 
offices are in the Virginia Railway and 
Power Company's new building. Mr. Lecky 
is a Democrat in politics and since 1902 has 
been fire commissioner. Both he and his 
wife are members of the Pre.sbyterian 
church. His clubs are the Country (Zlub of 
Virginia, Chicaquahominy Country, the 
Custis and the Business Men's of Richmond. 
He is a member of the Masonic order, be- 
longing to lodge, chapter and commandery. 

Mr. Lecky married, in Richmond, Janu- 
ary 5, 1892, Ida May Ware, born in Charles 
City county, Virginia, daughter of Francis 
\\'ortham Ware, a school teacher, and his 
wife, Martha E. (Cauthorne) Ware. Chil- 
dren: I. William Prescott, born in Rich- 
mond, November i, 1892: graduate of Rich- 
mond High School, Fishbourne Military 
Academy, Richmond College and the Uni- 
versity of Virginia ; a journalist on the 
"New York World." 2. Marian L., born 
[;inuary 20, 1898. 

James David Jones, M. D. A native of 
Pittsylvania county, Virginia, it is in that 
locality that the greater part of the life of 
Dr. James David Jones has been passed. At 
the present time he is a member of the medi- 
cal fraternity of Chatham and is promi- 



nently identified with numerous institutions 
of that place, .his professional and private 
reputation giving him high position among 
the foremost citizens of Chatham. His de- 
scent is Welsh, the immigrant ancestor of 
the line, a member of the Episcopal clergy, 
coming to America from Wales, his son 
holding a professorship in. William and. 
Mary College, at Williamsburg, Virginia. 

( I ) James Jones, grandfather of Dr. 
James David Jones, was born in Pittsyl- 
vania county, Virginia, in 1795, there lived 
his entire life and died in 1870. He enlisted 
in the American army during the second 
war with (jreat Britain and although he 
was never engaged in conflict with the ene- 
my his widow received a pension from the 
government. He married Jane Thompson, 
a native of Pittsylvania county, and of their 
seven children but one, Mary Jane, widow 
of Thomas Jefferson Adams, a farmer, sur- 
vi\'es. 

(Ill John T. Jones, son of James and 
Jane (Thompson) Jones, was born in Pitt- 
sylvania county, Virginia, in 1836, died in 
i866. Throughout his short life he con- 
ducted agricultural operations, enlisting, at 
the beginning of the war between the states, 
in General Stuart's cavalry, fighting under 
that gallant and daring commander until 
the declaration of peace, his death occurring 
the year following. He married Mary Lanier, 
born in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, April 
4, 1844, died' May 31, 1889, daughter of 
David Thompson and Ann (Carter) Lan- 
ier, her father, born in 1813, a farmer of 
Pittsylvania county. David Thompson and 
Ann Lanier were the parents of three chil- 
dren, all deceased, while John T. and Mary 
(Lanier) Jones had one son, James David, 
of whom further. 

(Ill) Dr. James David Jones, only son 
and child of John T. and Mary (Lanier) 
Jones, was born in a log cabin in Pittsyl- 
vania county, Virginia, September i, 1865, 
the place of his birth now known as Chest- 
r.ut Level. After attending the public 
schools he was for three years a student in 
Bethel Academy, then spending a like time 
in the University of Virginia, and complet- 
ing his studies by a medical course one year 
in length at the University of Maryland, 
whence he was graduated M. D. in 1887. 
Leaving the university he returned to the 
home farm and assumed its management, in 
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he purchased and remodeled a house, re- 
siding there at the present time. He is a 
vestryman of the Episcopal church, and 
since September, 191 3, has been a member 
of the town council. The subject with 
which Mr. Jones is most concerned, with 
the exception of his professional and busi- 
r.ess interests, is education, and he is an 
earnest exponent of the most modern and 
advanced melhiid^ in pul)lic school instruc- 
tion. 

Dr. Jones married, in Chatham, \'irginia, 
l.'ecember u, 1899, Maria E. Pannill, burn 
in Northampton county, Virginia, Septem- 
ber 7, 1878, daughter of David H., born in 
Halifax county, Virginia, died October 25, 
1909, and Augusta (Roberts) Pannill, born 
in Northampton county, Virginia, Decem- 
ber 26, 1854, now a resident of Chatham. 
David H. Pannill was for a time an attorney 
of Chatham, during the war witli the 
states taught school, and after his retire- 
ment to the country spent more than ten 
years on an exhausti\'e history of the Army 
of Northern Virginia, a task most congenial 
to his scholarly mind. Children of David 
H. and Augusta (Roberts) Pannill: Maria 
E., of previous mention, married Dr. James 
David Jones ; David Henry, a resident of 
Martinsville, Virginia: Augustus Hunter, 
lives in Toronto, Canada : William Banks, 
resides in Albemarle, North Carolina ; 
Samuel Roberts, lives in Martinsville, Vir- 
ginia. Dr. and Mrs. Jones have children : 
James Marion, born October 15. 1900; 
Stuart Pannill, February 9, 1902; George 
Washington, August i, 1903: Mary Hunter, 
May 28, 1905. All four are students in the 
public schdois nf Chatham. 

Charles Miller. P'or sixty-five year-- a 
resident of the city of Richmond, Virginia, 
to which city he came a lad of sixteen years, 
fatherless and fresh from his German home, 
Charles Miller in his life exemplified the 
value of those characteristic German traits, 
thrift, industry and perseverance. He was 
iMit i)lessc(l with influential friends or abun- 
(i:uil capital when beginning life in a strange 
(.iiuntry, hut was handicapped by lack of 
experience, a str;inge language and environ- 
ment, i'.ut tliis handicap he quickly over- 
came by a willingness to learn, a quick 
mind, retentixe memory, obliging disposition 
and a determination to succeed. He liegan 
as an humble employee in the meat market 



kept by a German, a Mr. Heckler, but fi\c 
years later, on arriving at legal age, estab- 
lished a business of his own, beginning 
again in a humble way but constantly ex- 
panding. He continued in successful busi- 
ness for over half a century, prosperous, in- 
fluential and honored. 

Charles Miller was l:)orn in W'eidenljerg, 
(iermanw November 4, 1829, died in Rich- 
incinfl. Virginia, July 5, 1910, son of Fred- 
crick and Frances ]\Iiller. Frederick Miller 
was a shoemaker of Friedrichstadt. a town 
in Prussia in Schleswig on the Eider, where 
he died in 1843. Two years after his death 
his widow came to the United States with 
I'.er children, landing in New York City, 
where she remained. Two of her daughters, 
Theresa and Frances, died in Germany, a 
third daughter. Christine, married and died 
in Wisconsin, leaving a large family. .\ 
fiiurth daughter, Catherine, died in Rich- 
niiHid. \'irginia. 

Charles Miller was educated in excellent 
German schools which he attended until his 
sixteenth year, when with his mother and 
s'sters he came to the United States in 1845. 
The family remained in New York City, 
but Charles came to Virginia, locating in 
Richmond, where he found em])loyment 
with a Mr. Heckler, a butcher. He remained 
with him five years, acquired an excellent 
business training, a good knowledge of the 
language, made many friends and saved suf- 
ficient capital so that on arriving at legal 
age to transact business for himself he was 
well equipped. He began business at 314 
Sixth street, Richmond, in a small shop, 
prospered from the beginning and as busi- 
ness needs demanded, enlarged his quarters, 
lie continued in business there for over fifty 
xears. finally retiring with a generous com- 
petence. 

During the war. 1801 to 1S65. he served 
with the local forces for the iletence of Rich- 
mond, but his life with that exception was 
(!e\ntc(l t(i ]irivate business and to the up- 
building of the Sixth Street Lutheran 
Church, of which he was a member and a 
strong pillar of support. He was a Demo- 
crat in politics, but took no active part in 
public affairs. He was a good man. up- 
right, generous and helpful, devoted to his 
famih' anil had many friends, whom he 
li^\c(l til ciuertain witli true (ierman hos- 
pitalitv. 

Mr. Miller married, ni Sixth Street I.uth- 



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cran Church, Richmond, in January, 1878. 
Fanny Johann, born in Richmond in 1852, 
(laughter of Caspar Johann, born in Ger- 
many, but when young came to Richmond, 
w here for thirty years he maintained a mer- 
chant tailoring estabHshment. He married 
Fredericka Temple, born in Goethe, Ger- 
many, who bore him five children, three of 
whom are now living, Fanny, widow of 
Charles Miller, Matilda and Laura, both un- 
married, and all residents of Richmond. 
Children of Charles and Fanny (Johann) 
Miller: Laura, born October 2, 1886; Fanny, 
November 10, 1888, both born in Richmond, 
where they now reside with their widowed 
mother. 

Frederick Pleasants. In 1664 John Pleas- 
ants, the earliest known ancestor of the 
family, settled at Curies Neck on a grant 
of land received from the King of England. 
From the earliest days of the city of Rich- 
mond the family of Pleasants has been con- 
nected therewith, a connection beginning 
when the city of today was in its infancy, 
Joseph J. Pleasants, grandfather of Freder- 
ick Pleasants, having been one of the engi- 
neers who laid out many of the streets, 
parks, etc. In this time many of the family 
have rendered valuable and appreciated 
service to the city, county and state, from 
which high honor has come to the name. 

(I) Joseph J. Pleasants was born in 
Goochland county, Virginia, in 1799, died 
in 1884. He was a planter and civil engi- 
neer. He and his son, George Dillwyn, 
jilatted Hollywood Cemetery before its use 
as a burial ground had begun. His wife 
was Miss Bates, who preceded him to the 
grave by many years, having borne him : 
Benjamin B., William H., Mary, George 
Dillwyn. of whom further, Nannie, Walter 
F., Julia, who now lives on the home estate, 
Marion Hill, in Henrico county, Virginia, 
which Joseph J. Pleasants bought and made 
his residence. 

(H) George Dillwyn Pleasants, son of 
Joseph J. Pleasants, was born in Goochland 
county, Virginia, October 7, 1830, died June 
21, 1904. Upon attaining man's estate he 
made his calling that of his father, plant- 
ing and surveying, being for a time asso- 
ciated with him in business. The greater 
part of his life was passed in Richmond, 
and here he died. He was sheriff of Hen- 
rico county immediately after the war be- 



tween the states, and was subsequently pre- 
siding magistrate in the Henrico county 
court. Flis religious beliefs were those of 
the Society of Friends, and although his 
peaceful sect discountenanced war strongly, 
his patriotism and sense of right and jus- 
tice so far overruled the teachings of his 
faith that he served as purchasing agent for 
the Confederate States army. After the 
war he joined the Baptist church. George 
Dillwyn Pleasants was a man held in uni- 
versal high esteem, widely known and liked 
because of a nature so fair and generous that 
it defied antagonism. He married, Novem- 
ber 15, 1856, Martha J,, daughter of Joseph 
Edwin Pleasants, of Goochland county, 
Virginia, a distant relative, and had issue, 
six of their twelve children now survive : 
Frederick, of whom further ; Arthur Lee, 
lives in Richmond ; Irene, married John Mal- 
lory, deceased, of Richmond ; Bertha, mar- 
ried Stanley B. Tyler, of Richmond; George 
Dillwyn Jr., resides in St. Louis, Missouri; 
Percival C, of Richmond. 

(HI) Frederick Pleasants, son of George 
Dillwyn and Martha J. (Pleasants) Pleas- 
ants, was born at Marion Hill, the home- 
si ead in Henrico county, Virginia, October 
18, 1858. He was educated in the common 
schools of his native county. In 1879 he 
came to Richmond and the following year 
entered the fire insurance business with his 
father. Success has attended his efforts and 
he has written policies almost without num- 
ber, his clientele an important and influen- 
tial one. He is a Democrat in politics, and 
has served on the governor's staff under 
Governors O'Farrell and Tyler. He was 
rilso for many years on the City Democratic 
Committee. A member of the Second Pres- 
byterian Church, his fraternal society is the 
Masonic order, and in this organization he 
has since 1895 been treasurer of the Grand 
Lodge of Virginia. Mr. Pleasants is an ac- 
tive citizen of many interests, prominent in 
Richmond, and a leader in movements for 
the improvement and advancement of the 
city, aiding with his time, purse and ser- 
vices. 

Mr. Pleasants married, in Halifax county, 
Virginia, November 5, 1895, Emma, born in 
Richmond, Virginia, January 16, 1873, 
daughter of Clement Read and Jennie E. 
(Venable) Barksdale, both natives of Vir- 
ginia, her father born in Farmville, a to- 
liacco merchant, who died in Richmond in 



VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



r/x) 



Ajjril, 1909, aged ninety-two years, her 
mcither dying in 1898. aged sixty-four years. 

Judge Charles E. Nicol. The Nicol pio- 
neer in Virginia, an officer of Frederick the 
Caeat, of Prussia, founded an estate in the 
Old Dominion that has been held well to- 
ward two centuries by his descendants, the 
original grant yet being held in the family. 
On maternal lines Judge Nicol descends 
from English forbears, his grandfather, John 
Williams, holding the office of clerk of 
courts, an office held in the family for over 
one hundred years. 

Charles Edgar Nicol is a son of Judge 
Aylett Nicol and a grandson of Michael and 
Sarah (Miller) Nicol, the last-named a 
daughter of a wealthy farmer of Rappahan- 
nock county, Virginia. Judge Aylett Nicol 
was born in Rappahannock county, Vir- 
ginia, in 1822, died in 1878. lie was a man of 
good education and strong character, a law- 
yer by profession, one time judge of Prince 
William county, a colonel of militia, and a 
land-owner. He married Mary Jane Wil- 
liams, who died in 1862, a lady of culture 
and intellectuil powers. 

C harles Edgar Nicol was born at IJrents- 
ville, Prince William county, Virginia, Feb- 
ruary 22, 1854, and spent his early life on 
the home farm, where he engaged in every 
form of farm labor. He developed a strong 
body during those early years of out-door 
life, an asset that has never failed him. He 
obtained his education through his own ef- 
forts, earning the necessary funds as he ad- 
vanced in his college life. He attended pri- 
vate schools, Rappahannock Academy, and 
Richmond College, graduating in Latin, 
Greek and P'rench, also being awarded the 
Magazine Medal of the Mu Sigma Rho fra- 
ternity, a prize given the best magazine 
writer of the college. In 1875 he attended 
the law school of the University of Vir- 
ginia, obtaining a certificate of proficiency 
in international and constitutional law, and 
winning in open contest the "debater's 
medal," ofl'ered by the Washington Liter- 
ary Society to the best speaker and debater. 

Ouring the year preceding his entrance 
t(i tlie university he taught school and siud- 
icd law. After leaving the university he 
was admitted to the \'irginia bar and has 
since l^een ct)ntinuously engaged in profes- 
sional work, either as practitioner or jurist. 
His work as an attornev lias been largely ile- 



votcd t(i general practice, but considerable 
t.me has been given to the law of corpo- 
rations and the settlement of estates. His 
greatest case in the latter line was the set- 
tlement of the large estate (six million dol- 
lars) left by Dr. Thomas VV. Evans, the 
American dentist of I'aris, France, further 
noted as the rescuer of the Empress Eu- 
genie, consort of Napoleon HI., his efforts 
enabling her to escape from Paris and 
I'rance when her husband lost his throne. 
'1 he Evans estate consisted of property in 
Philadelphia, New York and Paris, Judge 
Nicol visiting the last-named city during 
the settlement. 

He served in the \'irginia house of dele- 
gates for three terms. 1879-1880, 1881-1882, 
and 1893-94. During the last year he made 
his residence in Manassas, \'irginia. that be- 
ing his home until 1907, when he moved to 
Alexandria, but still retains his Manassas 
home. In 1893 he was elected judge of the 
eleventh judicial district of \'irginia, a posi- 
tion he worthily filled for over twelve years. 
In 1903 he became judge of the sixteenth 
judicial district, but on ^larch 4, 1907, he 
resigned to resume private practice. 

During his professional career Judge 
Nicol has been in the state and federal 
courts of \'irginia, and in Washington, Dis- 
trict of Columbia. He has been connected 
with many famous cases and ranks among 
the foremost men of his profession. As a 
jurist he was noted for the clearness and 
justice of his decisions and his fair treat- 
ment of all litigants and their attorneys. 
He was held in high esteem by the mem- 
bers of the bar of the districts over which 
he presided, and was highly regarded for 
his judicial qualifications by his fellow- 
jurists. He has contributed many valuable 
papers to the law jou'-nals, and his decis- 
ions, many of them, are quoted authorities. 

Judge Nicol is a member of Manassas 
Lodge, Free anr] Accepted Masons, and is a 
thirty-second degree Mason of the Ancient 
Accepted Scottish Rite. He is a member 
of the National Geographical Society, the 
Society for the Preservation of \'irginia .An- 
ticjuities, trustee of Richmond College, trus- 
tee of Eastern College, menilicr of the State 
;',nd National Law associations, and other 
organizations social, fraternal and scien- 
tific. In political faith he is a Democrat. 
and in religious preference a I^aptist. His 
own life has been such that his advice to 



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voung men is of value: 'Persist in some 
chosen occupation. lead a simple life, es- 
chew bad habits and associates, form regular 
habits of work and exercise, cultivate faith 
in God and an earnest purpose to perform 
ever duty, however simple and humble." 
He is a devotee of out-door recreation, 
horse-back riding, driving, walking and 
swimming, while his favorite indoor amuse- 
ment is chess-playing. 

Judge Nicol married (first) November 17. 
1880, Marie Louise, daughter of Professor 
Ezra Dander, a descendant of the Garnett 
family of Tidewater, Virginia. She died in 
iQOO.'leaving children: Aylett Bander, born 
in Prince William county in 1883 ; Pauline, 
born in Brentsville, Virginia, in 1885, mar- 
ried, in 1912, Dr. Benjamin F. Iden, of Min- 
neapolis, Minnesota; Julia Carr, born in 
Brentsville, in 1891 ; Mary Louise, born in 
1894; Fanny B., born in 1896. Judge Nicol 
married (second) August 3, 1908, Mrs. Flor- 
ence (De Cusac) Nash, a descendant of the 
De Cusac familv of Charleston. South Caro- 
lina. 

Richard Hewlett Smith is a member of 
an old and distinguished Maryland family, 
which has, however, since his father's time 
made its home in Richmond, Virginia, 
where it has become thoroughly identified 
with the life and traditions of that state, as 
it had lieen previously with Maryland. 

(I) Mr. Smith's paternal grandfather was 
Anthony Smith, a prominent resident of 
Howard county, Maryland, where he was 
born in the latter part of the eighteenth cen- 
tury, and lived his entire life, finally dying 
at an advanced age. He married Anna NIaria 
I'rown, a native of Maryland. 

(II) Samuel Brown Smith, son of An- 
thony and Anna Maria (Brown) Smith, was 
born in Rockdale, Howard county, Mary- 
land, in the year 1822. He passed the years 
of his childhood and young manhood in his 
native ])lace, receiving there his education 
and remaining a resident until shortly after 
his marriage, when he removed to Virginia, 
he being at that time about thirty-four years 
of age. He was by occupation a civil and 
mining engineer and followed this line of 
work during his life in Maryland, but upon 
coming to Richmond, he entered an entirely 
different field and accepted a jjosition as as- 
sistant c.-ishicT in the National Exchange 
Bank, Richmoiul. This was in 1856, and he 



continued in the banking business until his 
death in 187 1. Upon the organization of 
the First National Bank of Richmond, in 
connection with which Mr. Smith, Sr., had 
been very active, he was oiifered the posi- 
tion of cashier, the first of that institution, 
and accepted, holding the same until the 
end of his life. Upon the outbreak of the 
civil war he enlisted in the Army of the 
Confederacy, and served on the ambulance 
corps, seeing very difficult and perilous 
service therein. Before coming to Virginia, 
while yet a resident of Maryland, he had 
met Margaret Strother, a native of Rich- 
mond. Virginia, where she was born Feb- 
ruary 3, 1830, and to this young lady he 
was married in Richmond. October 18, 1855. 
Mrs. Samuel Brown Smith was the daugh- 
ter of William Porter Strother, born Febru- 
ary 14. 179S, died April 23, 1874, and a 
granddaughter of John Strother, born in 
1771. died in 1805. The Strother family is 
an old and distinguished Virginia house, 
long identified with the history and tradi- 
tions of the state. John Strother married 
Catherine Fox Price, June 25, 1793. Sam- 
uel Brown Smith had three brothers and 
two sisters, the names of the former being 
William Henry, Rinaldo P. and George. To 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown Smith were 
born six children, as follows: William 
Strother. now a captain in the United States 
navy ; Richard Hewlett, of whom further ; 
Sydney Elizabeth ; Henry Meredith ; Sam- 
uel Burns; Samuel lirown, Jr.; the last four 
named being now deceased. 

(HI) Richard Hewlett Smith, second 
child of Samuel Brown and Margaret 
(Strother) Smith, was born July 27, 1859, 
in Richmond. Virginia. In this city of 
heroic and tragic associations he passed his 
boyhood, receiving his education in the pri- 
vate schools, and enjoying the influence of 
his father's cultured home. Always of a 
sensitive temperament, the traditions of his 
native region and of his family exerted a 
strong influence upon him in the moulding 
of his character, and perhaps there is no 
part of the United States in which the rec- 
ord of our great past is valued so highly, or 
plays so important and immediate a part in 
the formation of the present generation, as 
in Virginia. His own grandfather, the An- 
thony Smith already mentioned, was a man 
of high military record, whose service in the 
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haracter. He was a personal friend of the 
.larquis de Lafayette, who embraced him 
in his visit to the United States. His sword 
Iso was hung up as a memento in Rockdale, 
"hese accounts and others of a similar 
lature affected the boy's youthful imagina- 
ion potently, and developed in him a love 
if the old gracious courtesies which marks 
lim to this day. After attending the private 
chools of Richmond for a number of years, 
If took a course of more advanced studies 
n the University School of the same city, 
vheve he distinguished himself notably and 
rew the favorable regard of his professors 
nd instructors upon himself. When he had 
eached the age of seventeen years he left 
chool and accepted a position as deputy 
reasurer in the office of the city treasurer. 

I ere he remained for a period of four years, 
itrforming his duties in a highly creditable 
nanner, but at the end of that time decided 
o embark on an enterprise of his own in a 
nercantile line. He accordingly engaged 
n a wholesale grain business, under the 
rm name of Richard H. Smith. At the 
nd of four years, however, he received an 
xcellent ofifer from the Planters' National 
?ank to take a position with them as dis- 
ount clerk, which Mr Smith promptly 
mbraced. This was in the year 1884, and 
Jr. Smith remained in this service until 
891, when in January he became the cashier 
if the Security Savings Bank. This post 
lid not last much above a year, however, 
or in April of the following year. 1892, the 
'lanters' National Bank offered him the 
ame jiosition, cashier, in that institution, 
nd he returned to it. On April 15. 1892, 
(■ tdcik up his new duties and has continued 

II tli.it capacity up to the present time 
1914). On January 10, 191 1, the office of 
ice-president was added to that of cashier 
11 recognition of the invaluable services he 
las rendered the bank, so that his position 
s now a double one. Mr. Smith's business 
areer has been a brilliant one, and his finan- 
ial prominence is great in Richmond, recog- 
lized throughout a much larger circle than 
hat reiiresented merely by his own bank, 
le combines with an unimpeachable record 
or integrity the twn c.-irdinal qualilications 
or a successfid banker or business man 
;enerally, an alert and ]irogressive mind 
eady to' take advant.ige of opportunities as 
hey arise, and a conservatixe judgment to 



distinguish between good and spurious op- 
]3ortunities. 

Mr. Smith married, October 18. 1882, in 
Markham, Faucjuier county, \'irginia, Mary 
Douthat Barton, a native of Fauquier coun- 
ty, born August 26, i860. Mrs. Smith is the 
daughter of Charles Marshall and Ellen 
Harvie (Marshall) Barton, of Fauquier 
county. Charles Marshall Barton was born 
in Winchester, Virginia, in 1833. He en- 
listed in Cutshaw Battery in the Confed- 
erate army during the civil war, and had at- 
tained the rank of first lieutenant at the 
time of his death. He was killed while gal- 
lantly fighting at the second battle of \\'in- 
chester in 1863. falling thus, as it were, at 
his own doorstep. His wife, Mrs. Barton, 
who was a granddaughter of John Marshall 
I chief justice), was born in Richmond, but 
is now a resident of Markham, Fauquier 
county, at the age of seventy-five years. To 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hewlett Smith have 
been born five children, as follows: Mar- 
shall Barton, born Augtist 29, 1883, now a 
resident of Markham, Fauquier county ; 
.Sydney Strother, born .August 19. 1887; 
Ellen Harvie, born .September 26. 1891 : 
Richard Hewlett. Jr.. January 19, 1894: 
David P>arton. who died when but eleven 
months old. Whh the exception of Mar- 
shall P... whose residence has been men- 
tioned, the remainder all live in Richmond. 
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of tin- 
Episcopal church, and attend the Church .if 
the Good Shepherd of Forest Hill, a suburb 
of Richmond, Mr. Smith being the senior 
warden. They are active in church work, 
materially supporting its many benevo- 
Kmux'S. and are rearing their children in the 



Charles W. Mugler. The present incum- 
bent of the office of postmaster of Xewixirt 
News, \'irginia, Charles W. Mugler, is a 
native of the Old Dominion, has had an 
active business career in this state, for the 
])ast fifteen years has been prominent in the 
p\d)lic life of the city he now serves as post- 
ni.i^tcr, and in every respect is a representa- 
ti\c \ irginian anil responsible man of 
alTair>. 

I'hilip Mu-ler. t'ather of diaries W. Mut;-- 
Ur. \va> born in Dernorainee. .\lsace i.oV- 
raine. I-"raiu-c. in 1824. and as a youth of 
tiiirteen vears ininiigrated to the United 



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States, settling in New Bedford, Massachu- 
setts. ^\"hen a young man he shipped on a 
whaling vessel about to sail for the South 
Falkland Islands, and was absent on this 
trip for three years, upon his return obtain- 
ing employment in a cotton mill in Massa- 
chusetts. After a short time spent in this 
manner he learned the painter's trade, mov- 
ing to Richmond, Virginia, later making his 
home in Orange, Virginia. In this latter 
])lace he resided until his death, busily en- 
gaged at his calling, gaining a modest ma- 
terial competence. He married Lucy M., 
daughter of Joseph and Susan (Kenzer) 
Fandree, and had issue: i. Hamlet Marion, 
a retired merchant of Hampton, Virginia, 
married Minnie Guy and has one child, 
Marion. 2. Philip Joseph, married Laura 
Davis. 3. Christopher Coluifibus, born July 
29, 1867, married, September 28, 1897, Annie 
Kenney. and has: Guy, born in 1900, John 
Philip, born in 1901, and Harry, born in 
1904; Mr. Mugler is a dry goods merchant 
of Phoebus, Mrginia. 4. Charles W., of 
whom further. 5. John Edward. 6. Cath- 
erine M., born in 1872. died in 1900, married 
Frank Souder ; their daughter, Martha, mar- 
ried John E. Bully. 

Charles W. Mugler. son of Philip and 
Lucy M. (Fandree) Mugler, was born in 
Orange, Orange county, Virginia, in 1869, 
and when a boy attended Professor 
Schwartz's school, completing his studies in 
a business college in Fredericksburg, Vir- 
ginia. Under his father's instruction he be- 
came a painter and decorator, specializing 
in interior work, and followed this line in 
Orange for several years, then going to 
New York in the pursuit of the same busi- 
ness. After two years in the latter city Mr. 
Mugler returned South, and in Newport 
News and Hampton was associated in busi- 
ness with his brother, Hamlet Marion, a 
shoe merchant. It has been one of Mr. Mug- 
ler's lifelong traits that in whatever associa- 
tion he meets men he possesses the happy 
faculty of making them feel that he is their 
friend and of attracting them to him as his 
friends. The popularity that he had gained 
during his residence in Newport News and 
the high regard in which he was held by 
his fellows found expression in his election. 
in 1901, to the office of high constable, to 
which he was reelected four years later, at 
the expiration of his first term. At the end 
of his second term, in 1909. he was the can- 



didate of his party, the Democratic, for 
sheriiT of Newport News, and was elected 
for a four years term. He filled the latter 
office until January i, 1914, and soon after 
descending from office was appointed, May 
4, 1914, postmaster of Newport News by 
President Wilson. 

If the good wishes of a host of friends 
have power to make his administration of 
his federal office a success, little will be left 
undone that should be accomplished, and 
judging on the surer basis of his past per- 
formances in important public place, ability, 
fidelity, and energy will characterize his 
official actions. Mr. Mugler is a communi- 
cant of the Baptist church, and holds mem- 
bership in the Chamber of Commerce, the 
Postmasters' Association, the Masonic order, 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks, and the Improved Order of Red Men. 

Charles W. Mugler married, in 1895, Lil- 
lian E. Watson, and has issue : Hilda Vir- 
ginia, born November 11, 1896; Charles W., 
Jr., born January 5, 1900; Samuel Watson, 
born November 14, 1904: Catherine Louise, 
born in July, 1906. 

Charles Wesley Pritchett, M. D. A prac- 
ticing physician of Danville, Virginia, since 
1898, Dr. Pritchett brought to that city a 
wide experience gained in hospital work and 
private practice in diliferent localities. Of 
Virginia birth and ancestry his career re- 
flects credit upon his state, while the lives 
of his ancestors spent in professional, agri- 
cultural and business pursuits have been 
uniformly honorable and successful. 

Charles Wesley Pritchett, M. D., was 
born at Mount Cross, Pittsylvania county, 
Virginia, July i, 1864, son of Charles Wes- 
ley (i) Pritchett and grandson of William 
Edward Pritchett. a school teacher of Prince 
Edward county, Virginia, who married a 
Miss Read and died at the age of fifty years. 

Charles Wesley (i) Pritchett was born 
November, 1826, died October 30, 1906. He 
was a farmer by occupation. He served 
during the last two years of the war with 
the states in the Thirty-eighth Regiment 
Virginia Infantry, Pickett's division ; was 
engaged in several battles, taken prisoner 
and for some time confined in the Federal 
Prison at Point Lookout. The family were 
members of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and active workers in the church 
and Sunday school. Mr. Pritchett married 




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Lydia A. Robertson, born 1831, died De- 
cember 3, 1893, the mother of eight chil- 
dren, as follows: William Nathaniel, a 
fr.rmer of Pittsylvania county; Anna Ger- 
trude, died in 1898, the widow of J. R. 
Breedlove ; Ida Virginia, now Mrs. C. D. 
Ramsey, of Danville; Charles Wesley (2); 
Emma Celeste, now Mrs. J. S. Reynolds, of 
Witt, Virginia ; J. Howard, of Keeling, Vir- 
ginia ; Charles, died in infancy ; Rosa, died 
in infancy ; Charles Wesley, mentioned be- 
low. 

Dr. Charles Wesley (2) Pritchett grew 
up at the Pritchett homestead farm, and ob- 
tained his early education in the local 
schools. He then attended Whitmell graded 
school, later entering Richmond College. 
Having decided upon the profession of medi- 
cine as his lifework, he entered the College 
of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, 
Maryland, whence he was graduated Doc- 
tor of Medicine, class of 1886. He then 
served as resident physician at the Ma- 
ternity Hospital, Baltimore, beginning pri- 
vate practice at Keeling, Pittsylvania coun- 
ty, Virginia, in 1887. He continued there 
in successful practice for twelve years, be- 
coming most favorably known as a skillful, 
honorable physician. In 1898 he located in 
Danville, Virginia, his present field of prac- 
tice. Dr. Pritchett has kept in closest touch 
with all modern medical thought and dis- 
covery by membership in the best medical 
societies, and by frecjuent post-graduate 
courses at the leading hospitals of Balti- 
more, New York and Philadelphia. In 1895 
and 1896 he took courses at Johns Hopkins 
Hospital, Baltimore; in 1898 at Philadelphia 
and the New Y'ork Polyclinic ; in 1903-04 
at Philadelphia, and in 1906 again in New 
Y'ork. He is a member of the American 
Medical Association ; is an ex-vice-president 
of the Virginia State Medical Association, 
and ex-president of the Danville Academy 
of Medicine. He is a specialist in gynecol- 
ogy and electrical therapeutics, although his 
practice is general in character. Highly re- 
garded as a physician Dr. Pritchett has at- 
tained high standing among business men 
and is also prominent in the activities of Dan- 
ville. He is visiting physician to Danville 
General Hospital ; president of the city 
board of health ; director of the Virginia 
National Bank; director in the Acme Laun- 
dry Company, and interested in other Dan- 

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ville enterprises. In political faith he is a 
Democrat, and in religion a Baptist, belong- 
ing to the First Church of Danville. He is 
a prominent member of the Masonic Order, 
belonging to Lodge, Chapter, Council, Com- 
mandery and Shrine, and is a past eminent 
commander of Dove Commandery, No. 7, 
Knights Templar, of Danville. His clubs 
are the Tuscarora and Elks. 

Dr. Pritchett married at Keeling, Vir- 
ginia, December 12, 1888, S. Clay Keesee, 
born in that place, November i, 1873, daugh- 
ter of Peyton Keesee, a farmer and native 
of the same county. Peyton Keesee was an 
artilleryman in the Confederate army, serv- 
ing throughout the entire four years of the 
war between the states. He married Sallie 
Perry, who survives him and resides at the 
old home farm. He died in May, 1909, aged 
seventy-four years. Children of Dr. Pritchett: 
Charles Bernard, born October 10, 1889, a 
graduate of Washington and Lee Univer- 
sity, Bachelor of Arts, 1912, now a student 
at Johns Hopkins L^niversity, Baltimore, 
class of 1916; Eunice Clay, born February 
7, 1893, graduate of Roanoke Institute for 
Y'oung Women, Bachelor of Science, class 
of 191 1, and later a student at Sweet Briar 
College ; now residing at home. 

The Taylor Family. Fintrie parish, coun- 
ty of Sterling, Scotland, a locality known to 
travelers by the "Loup of Fintrie," a beauti- 
ful cascade nearby, was the birthplace of 
John Taylor, the progenitor of his branch 
of the family in America. He was born in 
March, 1694, and died in Norfolk, \'irginia, 
October 25, 1744. He was the son of James 
and Christian (Adam) Taylor, whose lives 
were spent in their native land. The year 
of John Taylor's arrival in America is not 
known. The coat-of-arms which he bore is 
preserved on his tombstone in St. Paul's 
Churchyard, Norfolk. \'irginia. No record 
is preserved of whom he married, but he 
was the father of two sons, James and John. 

(II) John (2) Taylor, son of John (i) 
Taylor, was born in \'irginia. in 1741, and 
died in 1772. He married Sarah, daughter 
of Robert and Johanna (Corhin) Tucker 
(the Tucker family mentioned elsewhere in 
this work) and to them was born an only 
son, James. 

(III) James Taylor, son of John (21 and 
Sarah ('i'ucker) Tavlor, was born in \'ir- 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



ginia, 1770, died June 11, 1826. He was a 
commission merchant and importer, trading 
with the West Indies. He married, in 1799, 
his first cousin, Sarah, daughter of Thomas 
and IMartha (Tucker) Newton. Among 
their children was a son, Tazewell. 

(IV) Tazewell Taylor, son of James and 
Sarah (Newton) Taylor, the Nestor of the 
Norfolk and Portsmouth bar, was born in 
Norfolk, Virginia. January 30, 1810, died 
October 22, 1875. His preliminary educa- 
tion was acquired under private tutors, and 
subsequently he was a student in William 
and Alary College and University of Vir- 
ginia, graduating with high honors in the 
class of 1829. For a few months he studied 
law under Judge St. George Tucker, and be- 
fore attaining his majority had passed his 
examination and entered upon the practice 
of the profession which for forty-five years 
he graced with all the admirable qualities 
of his heart and mind. In the profession of 
his choice he rose rapidly, meeting with suc- 
cess, and soon made himself recognized as 
one of the leading lawyers of the state. 
Never aspiring to political reputation, he 
was but rarely a candidate for any office 
within the gift of the people, but served in 
the constitutional convention of 1849-50 
with great credit and distinction, adding 
new lustre to an already well-earned repu- 
tation, that of having but few equals in his 
profession as a lawyer. Possessed of a re- 
markably quick perception, fine reasoning 
power, without the slightest tint of sophis- 
try, and great fluency, he was equally strong 
before court and jury. 

As a business man he was remarkable for 
judgment, fidelity and unswerving integrity, 
and he was eminently successful. He was 
active in church aiifairs, represented the dio- 
cese of Virginia in the general convention 
of the Protestant Episcopal church several 
times, and was for forty years trustee and 
vestryman of Christ Church in Norfolk, 
Virginia. In private life the beauty of his 
character was most manifest. As a husband, 
father and brother, he was kind, indulgent 
and warmly affectionate ; as a friend he was 
true and faithful; a Christian gentleman in 
the truest sense of the word. Unassuming 
in manner, genial and kindly in disposition, 
frank and manly in spirit, and ever accessi- 
ble to all. 

Mr. Taylor married April 19, 1838, Anna 
Robinson Dickson, born in 1814, died in 



1904. Children: i. Tazewell, born in 1841, 
died in 1843. 2. Angelina D., born in 1842, 
died in 191 1. 3. Sallie Loyall, born October 
8, 1843, of whom further. 4. James Her- 
ron, born November 28, 1845. died in 1850. 
5 Frederick Southgate, born December 16, 
1847, died February 13, 1896; married, No- 
vember 12, 1873, Bessie Peyton Brooke, and 
had children : Tazewell, married Anne Mc- 
Caw, and has Tazewell, Jr., and William 
McCaw ; Ashby Brooke, married Mabel Pet- 
tit, and has Aileen. Anna Robinson, Ashby 
Brooke, Jr.; Frederick Southgate, Jr., mar- 
ried Nanci Whitman, and has Southgate 
Whitman ; Anna Robinson, born July 7, 
1878, married, November 18, 1903, Robert 
Wilkinson ; Mary Zollikofer, died in in- 
fancy ; Lewis Selden, born 1890. 6. Louisa 
Leonard, of whom further. 

(V) Sallie Loyall Taylor, daughter of 
Tazewell and Anna Robinson (Dickson) 
Taylor, was born October 8, 1843. She mar- 
ried (first) June i, 1864, Rev. James Robert 
Hubard, born November 11, 1838, died Feb- 
ruary 25, 1896. He was a son of James Rob- 
ert and Jane (Thompson) Hubard. In early 
manhood he began his preparation for the 
ministry of the Protestant Episcopal church, 
his first charge after his ordination being at 
Chestertown, Maryland, and in 1866 he 
came to Warrenton, Virginia. In 1871 he 
was called to the rectorship of the Church 
of the Incarnation, Washington, D. C, 
where he remained three years, but failing 
health caused him to seek rest in Europe. 
In 1876 he became rector of Christ Church, 
Winchester, Virginia, where he spent ten 
happy and useful years. His health again 
failing so that he could not take up the 
arduous duties as rector of a parish he was 
made secretary to the commission on the 
work for colored people and also assisted 
during the Lenten season the Rev. Dr. Bar- 
ten and the Rev. Dr. Eccleston. For four 
years before his death he served as rector 
of St. Thomas' Church, Berkley, Virginia. 
A short time before being called to the rec- 
torship of the latter church he was ap- 
proached in regard to his attitude toward 
accepting the presidency of William and 
Mary College, but declined its consideration 
on account of poor health. He was held in 
high esteem by his brothers of the cloth, a 
minister with the noblest conception of his 
ecclesiastical responsibilities. He was rigid 
in his adherence to the creed of the Protes- 



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675 



tant Episcopal church and forms of the 
prayer book, and was a strict construction- 
ist. His funeral was attended by thirty 
clergymen, a fine tribute to the regard in 
which he was held by those who labored 
with him in the Christian ministry. Chil- 
dren of Rev. and Mrs. Hubard : i. James 
Leighton. born March 16. 1S65 ; married, 
June 10, igo2, Elizabeth ^McDonald Lauder. 
2. Tazewell Taylor, born October 20, 1866; 
married, November 12, 1895, EHzabeth Mal- 
lory Cannon, and has Tazewell Taylor, Jr., 
born May 24, 1902, and James Douglass, 
born March 31, 1910. 3. Taylor HoUiday, 
born September 30, 1878, died July 28, 1879. 
Mrs. Hubard married (second) February 
29, 1908, Henry Northrup Castle. 

(V) Louisa Leonard Taylor, daughter of 
Tazewell and Anna Robinson (Dickson) 
Taylor, was born July 25, 1853. Since its 
organization, twenty-five years ago, she has 
served as president of the women's auxiliary 
of the board of missions of the Protestant 
Episcopal church in the diocese of Southern 
Virginia, and is the directress of the Nor- 
folk branch of the Association for the Pres- 
ervation of Virginia Antiquities. She mar- 
ried, in 1908, John D. Letcher, born in Lex- 
ington, Rockbridge county, Virginia, son of 
John and Mary Susan Letcher. He was 
graduated from the Virginia Military Insti- 
tute in the class of 1873, receiving from that 
institution the degree of Bachelor of Science, 
and from the University of Arkansas the de- 
gree of Civil Engineer. He became inter- 
ested in educational work, and for two years 
was an assistant professor at his alma mater, 
and was then successfully engaged at the 
following institutions : Mobile Military 
Academy ; Danville high school, of which 
he was principal ; University of Arkansas, 
and University of Oregon, and was also pro- 
fessor and acting president of the Oregon 
Agricultural College. At the University of 
Arkansas he filled the chair of civil engi- 
neering, and at the University of Oregon 
was professor of mathematics. He then re- 
tired from the pedagogical profession, and 
became chief engineer of the Ohio & North- 
western railroad, filling that position with 
the ability that comes of wide knowledge. 
He has been as successful in practical engi- 
neering as in his teaching of its principles, 
and at the head of the engineering depart- 
ment was a trusted employee of the Ohio 
& Northwestern railroad. Mr. Letcher 



affiliates with Mountain City Lodge, Free 
and Accepted Masons, and is a communi- 
cant of the Protestant Episcopal church in 
Norfolk, Virginia. 

Lee Ashby Gay. This is a familiar name 
in Southampton county, Virginia, father 
and son both native born sons, having spent 
many years in the public service of the 
county, the father as clerk of courts, the 
son as town of Franklin recorder. 

William Gay. grandfather of Lee Ashby 
Gay. of Franklin, was a farmer in the 
county, and on the maternal side as well as 
the paternal side the family is an old and 
honored one. Littleton Allen Gay, son of 
A\illiam Gay, was born in Southampton 
county, Virginia, in 1842, and died October 
4, 1904. He was a farmer of his native 
county all his life, his term as clerk of courts 
and his service in the Confederate army be- 
ing the only interruptions. He was a lieu- 
tenant in Company D, Third Regiment Vir- 
ginia Infantry attached to Pickett's division 
of Longstreet's corps. He was wounded in 
one of the later battles of the war, having 
his knee cap shattered and was recuperating 
in a hospital at Danville, Virginia, at the 
time of the surrender at Appomattox. After 
the war he returned to the farm, was later 
elected clerk of the circuit court, and for 
eight years most satisfactorily performed 
the duties connected with that office. He 
was a member of Gillette Camp, United 
Confederate Veterans; a communicant of 
the Baptist church, and a man held in high 
esteem by all who knew him. He married 
Rosa Mary, daughter of Captain William 
Bryant. Lieutenant Gay had two brothers 
in the Confederate army, Joseph Powell 
Gay, who enlisted when but sixteen years 
of age, and William Gay, also of Company 
A. who was killed in a skirmish with the 
Federals. A brother of Mrs. Gay, James 
Fenton Bryant, was also a Confederate sol- 
dier. Children of Littleton Allen and Rosa 
Mary Gay: I. Ann Betty, born in Franklin 
county, unmarried. 2. Joseph Barnum,born 
in Southampton county. Virginia, in 1874, 
married Annie Lee Gardner and has a son, 
Joseph Barnum (2). 3. Rosa Mary, born in 
Southampton county, Virginia, married 
Benjamin Holt, and has a son Douglas. 4. 
Lee Ashby. of whom forward. 

Lee Ashby Gay, youngest son of Little- 
ton Allen and Rosa Mary (Bryant) Gay, 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



was born at the Southampton county farm, 
June 2, 1884. He obtained a good education 
in the public schools and Franklin Academy, 
attending the latter institution five years. 
He became an expert clerk and sten- 
ographer and began business life in the lat- 
ter capacity in a real estate office in Nor- 
folk, Virginia. His next position was in the 
office of the Homestead Fire Insurance 
Company of Franklin, Virginia, where he 
remained five years. He became well ac- 
quainted and popular in the county, where 
his father had been an efficient clerk of 
courts for so long, and in April, 1912. he 
was elected recorder of town of Franklin 
for a term of two years. His administra- 
tion was a most satisfactory one and on 
April 16, 1914, he was re-elected for a fur- 
ther term of two years. Eminently quali- 
fied for the trust by education, ability and 
experience, j\Ir. Gay will undoubtedly be 
chosen to succeed himself so long as he de- 
clares a willingness to serve. Mr. Gay is a 
member of the Baptist church, JelTerson 
Davis Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, 
and in politics is a Democrat, influential and 
active in party campaigns. He is unmar- 
ried. 

William Meade Stith, D. D. S. Dr. Wil- 
liam Meade Stith is a representative of an 
early Virginia family, which was long es- 
tablished in Brunswick county, and from a 
long line of worthy ancestors he has in- 
herited and carries easily those qualities of 
urbane courtesy and generous chivalry 
which ever distinguish the true Southern 
gentleman. He traces his descent to the 
same ancestor as General George Washing- 
ton, namely, John Washington, of whom 
further. 

(I) John Washington, who emigrated to 
this country about 1657, married Jane Flem- 
ing, and had issue : John, of whom fur- 
ther. 

(H) John \\'ashington married Mary 
Townsherd, and had issue: John, of whom 
further. 

(HI) John Washington, of "Chotank," 
married a Aliss Murry, and had issue : Law- 
rence, of whom further. 

(IV) Lawrence Washington, of "Cho- 
tank," married and had issue : Mary F., who 
married Colonel Robert Stith; Ann, of 
whom further : and others. 

(V) Ann Washington married Colonel 



John Stith, who had a grant on the north 
side of the James river, in Charles City 
county, in partnership with another, Feb- 
ruary 15, 1663, and received a further grant 
of 550 acres also on the north side of the 
James river, on the west side of a run 
which formed its boundary, July 29, 1664. 
He was a practicing lawyer in 1680, a mem- 
ber of the house of burgesses in 1685-92-93, 
and sheriff of Charles City county in 1691. 
Colonel and Mrs. Stith had issue: i. Put- 
nam, of whom further. 2. Ann, who mar- 
ried Colonel Robert Boiling, of Prince 
George county, Virginia. 3. Colonel Drury, 
who was the owner of land in Charles City 
county, Virginia, in 1703; served as sheriff 
from 1719 to 1720, and in 1724-25 ; removed 
to Brunswick county, and was the first clerk 
of that county in 1732 ; married Susanna, 
daughter of Launcelot Bathhurst, the sec- 
ond son of Sir Edward Bathhurst, who was 
knighted in 1643. They were the parents of 
Drury Stith, of Brunswick county, who 
served as a member of the house of bur- 
gesses from 1744 to 1753, and was vestry- 
man of St. Andrew's Church in 1755 ; he 
married, about 1718, Elizabeth, daughter of 
William Buckner, and granddaughter of 
John Buckner, the patriarch of that family 
in Virginia. Their son. Captain Buckner 
Stith, resided at Rock Spring, Brunswick 
county, Virginia, where he died in 1791 ; he 
was the author of a treatise on the culture 
of tobacco ; his wife Ann bore him several 
children among whom was Richard Stith, 
born perhaps about 1770, and resided in 
Brunswick. 4. Captain John, married Mary, 
daughter of William Randolph, of Turkey 
Island, and they were the parents of the 
Rev. William Stith, born 1689, who was the 
author of the first comprehensive history of 
Virginia. 

(VI) Putnam Stith married and among 
his children was Richard P., of whom fur- 
ther. 

(VII) Richard P. Stith lived and died in 
Brunswick county, Virginia, where he en- 
gaged in the practice of law. He married 
and among his children was David Meade, 
of whom further. 

(VIII) David Meade Stith, born in 
Brunswick county, Virginia, in 1844, now 
resides in Blackington, Virginia, at the age 
of seventy years, and has long conducted a 
general store there. He served as a soldier 
of the Confederate army, and during the last 



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677 



two years of the war between the states was 
a courier for Major-General Lee. He mar- 
ried Annie E. Doyle, born in Brunswick 
county, Virginia. 1854, and they were the 
parents of four children : Walter Lee, died 
at the age of five years; William Meade, of 
whom further, Richard Irwin, a dentist of 
Blackstone, Virginia ; Marie Plummer, wife 
of Emmett Magee. of Danville, Virginia. 

(IX) William Meade Stith, D. D. S., was 
born November 16, 1874, on his father's farm 
in Brunswick county, Virginia, lived in the 
county some twelve years, then went with 
his parents to Memphis, Tennessee, where 
they resided some five or six years. \\'hen 
they returned to Virginia and settled at 
Clarksville, and in these places he attended 
public school until twenty years of age. He 
subsequently entered the Medical College of 
\'irginia, from which he received the degree 
of D. D. S., in 1900. In the same year he 
located in Petersburg, Virginia, where he 
engaged in the practice of his profession, 
and has merited and won an excellent 
standing in the community, both as a prac- 
titioner and as a man. His present offices 
are located in the Petersburg Savings & In- 
surance Company's Building. For fourteen 
years he was professor of operative dentis- 
try in the Medical College of Virginia, and 
this fact alone testifies to his mastery of his 
profession, and his standing with his con- 
temporaries. Dr. Stith is a communicant of 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, of Petersburg, 
in which his family also worships. He mar- 
ried, at Petersburg, October 22, 1908, Emily 
\'irginia Townes, a native of that city, 
daughter of Waverly W. Townes, who died 
in 1907, and his wife, Dena Lee (GrirRn) 
Townes, now residing in Petersburg. Dr. 
and Mrs. Stith are the parents of two chil- 
dren: Dena Lee, born August 27, 1909, and 
William Meade. Februar}' 14, 1912. 

Thomas Hume. Grandson of a Baptist 
minister of Portsmouth, son of a merchant 
of this city and a veteran of the civil war, 
Thomas Hume continues the connection of 
his line with the city of Portsmouth. Vir- 
ginia, through his business interests here 
and his association with the civil adminis- 
tration in the capacity of city auditor. 
Elected to this office in 1898, Mr. Hume has 
served under the mayors of Portsmouth 
who have held office since that time, and 



there is now no department of his admin- 
istration concerning which Mayor Hope has 
less care, for Mr. Hume's length of service 
and his proven ability assure an efficient 
discharge of his important duties. 

Thomas Hume is a grandson of Thomas 
Hume, long a minister of the Baptist church 
in Portsmouth, who was the father of three 
sons. Thomas, John H. and Richard Greg- 
ory, of whom further. Richard Gregory 
Hume was educated in the public schools, 
and after finishing his studies became a 
mercantile clerk, being so engaged when 
war broke out between the North and 
South. He at once enlisted in the Confed- 
erate States army, serving throughout the 
four years of the war without sustaining in- 
jury of any kind or suffering imprisonment. 
At the close of the struggle he returned to 
Portsmouth, and successfully maintained a 
book and stationery store during his active 
years. He was a Democrat politically, and 
a member of the Baptist church, his quietly 
ordered, useful life gaining the approbation 
of all who knew him. He married Sarah, 
daughter of John Nash, and had issue : John 
N., Thomas, of whom further; Richard 
Gregory, Jr. ; Sarah, married F. L. Thread- 
craft, and has children : Lucretia and 
Georgie. 

Thomas Hume, son of Richard Gregory 
and Sarah (Nash) Hume, was born in 
Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1874. After at- 
tending private schools and Norfolk Acad- 
emy, he completed his studies in Pantop 
Academy, near Charlottesville, Virginia. 
He began business life in the city of his 
birth as clerk in the Bank of Portsmouth. 
This position he resigned after a short time, 
subsequently establishing in independent 
mercantile dealing in the city, a line in 
which he continued until 1898, when he was 
elected city auditor of Portsmouth. The 
sixteen years that he has administered the 
duties of this office have taught him all that 
can be learned regarding its administration, 
and in addition to his high qualifications for 
performing the difficult work in connection 
therewith, he is honorable, dependable and 
upright in all his dealings with his fellows, 
virtues that make him the ideal public ser- 
vant. He is a Democratic sympathizer, and 
fraternizes with the Bene\'olent and Protec- 
tive Order of Elks. His church is the Pro- 
testant Episcopal. 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



Calder H. Herbert. Through the career 
of Captain Richard Leander Herbert, of 
whom further, this Hne of the family of 
Herbert is well and favorably known in the 
city of Portsmouth, Virginia, and in the 
person of Calder H. Herbert, son of Cap- 
tain Richard L. Herbert, the family is 
worthily represented in the business world 
of the city. The ancestors of the family 
came from England and were among the 
early settlers of Portsmouth, Virginia. 

Francis C. Herbert, grandfather of Calder 
H. Herbert, was born in Norfolk county, 
Virginia, in 1808, died in 1876. He married 
Mary E. Consolvo, daughter of William and 
Mary Consolvo, of Norfolk, Virginia, who 
were of Spanish descent. Mrs. Consolvo 
died of yellow fever in 1855, during the epi- 
demic of that dreaded disease. Mr. Herbert 
was a prominent business man of his town. 

Captain Richard Leander Herbert, father 
of Calder H. Herbert, was born July 12, 
1846, died November 20, 1909. He was edu- 
cated at the Webster Institute until he was 
fifteen years of age, in which year, 1861, he 
assisted in organizing the Junior Guards, an 
organization of boys about his own age, 
who armed themselves as best they could 
with a view toward entering the Confeder- 
ate army, but were not accepted by the 
Confederate government on account of their 
tender age. They afterwards acted as car- 
riers for General Beauchard who was in 
command of the department until after the 
evacuation of Portsmouth. .After this young 
Herbert, who was determined to enter ac- 
tive service, ran the blockade through the 
Federal lines and made his way to Rich- 
mond for the purpose of joining Grimes bat- 
tery. When he reached there he met Cap- 
tain John H. Thompson, who was acting 
provost marshal, and was by him detailed 
for service in the ordnance department and 
became a private in Company A, Fourth 
Naval Battalion, under command of Major 
Miner, who was afterwards succeeded by 
Major Curling. Richard Ammon was cap- 
tain of the company. Young Herbert per- 
formed service in defense of Richmond 
against the raids of Dahlgren, Stoneman 
and Kilpatrick around the Chickahominy 
swamp. He continued in active service 
around Richmond until its evacuation, and 
was among the last troops to leave that city 
to join that part of General Lee's army on 
the south side of the James river, and was 



captured en route and paroled. He re- 
turned home. April 18, 1865, and readily 
found employment. He was connected with 
the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad until 
1868, as machinist, and then until 1870 as 
locomotive engineer. In the latter year he 
became an engineer in the Portsmouth Vol- 
unteer Fire Department, from which posi- 
tion he resigned in 1883 to accept that of 
general superintendent of the Electric Light 
(.K: Gas Company. This position he held for 
eleven years, during which period the first 
electric light plant in the Tidewater section 
was installed and other improvements 
made. During all this time he had taken 
an active part in political afifairs and did 
yeoman service for his party, serving as 
chairman of the Democratic executive com- 
mittee from 1873 to 1893, holding a seat in 
the city council two terms and was a mem- 
ber of the house of delegates of Virginia 
from Portsmouth City during the session of 
1887-88. On I\Iarch i, 1894, having retired 
from the position of superintendent of the 
Electric Light i*v: Gas Company, on account 
of failing eyesight, he received from Presi- 
dent Cleveland the appointment of post- 
master for the city of Portsmouth. In this 
important station he was zealous as usual 
in the interests of the public and succeeded 
in putting the office in the front rank of its 
class in character of administration and im- 
proved conveniences. In November, 1898, 
he was appointed by Judge A. S. Watts of 
the Hastings court, commissioner of the 
revenues for the city of Portsmouth to fill 
out the unexpired term of Virginius Rutt, 
deceased. In May, 1900, he was elected by 
the people to this same office, which posi- 
tion he held until his death. Captain Her- 
bert was made a Mason in 1868, was past 
master and was a Knights Templar. He 
was also a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, Royal Arcanum and 
Heptasophs. He was connected with the 
Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department 
since 1866, and held the position of first and 
chief engineer for over twenty years. He 
was a devoted member of the Chambers 
Steam Fire Engine Company, No. 2, one of 
the oldest organizations of the state. 

Captain Flerbert married. May 25, 1869, 
Mary E. Brown, daughter of Benjamin W. 
and Sarah (Wilson) Brown, of Portsmouth, 
the Wilsons a prominent family of Norfolk 
county, Virginia, and a granddaughter of 




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Rev. Benjamin Brown, a noted divine of the 
Protestant Episcopal church. Children of 
Captain and Mrs. Herbert: i. Calder H., of 
whom further. 2. Jerome Pendleton, born 
April 12. 1872, died in October, 1906; was 
educated in the public schools and in 
Blacksburg College, from which latter in- 
stitution he was graduated, having com- 
pleted a course in draughting; prior to leav- 
ing college he was instructor of a class of 
thirty in work that he had previously 
covered, and he passed his active years in 
the United States navy yard at Portsmouth. 
3 Richard Ainsworth, born November 29, 
1875 : a graduate of Blacksburg College, 
now a machinist ; he is past chancellor of 
the Knights of Pythias. 4. Ethel, born De- 
cember 24, 1880; married, February 10, 
1905, James Todd, and has a son James Jr., 
born January 26, 1912. 

Calder H. Herbert, son of Captain Rich- 
ard Leander and Mary E. ( Brown ) Herbert, 
was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Alay 10, 
1870. Beginning business life immediately 
after finishing his studies in the public 
schools, he was first employed in the Ports- 
mouth navy yard, where he mastered the 
trade of machinist. At this trade he was 
employed until his father's appointment to 
the office of postmaster of Portsmouth, 
when he became assistant, serving in that 
capacity from 1894 to 1898, and upon his re- 
tirement from office began business as an 
ice cream manufacturer. In this business 
he has prospered, his products widely fav- 
ored and highly popular, and has built up a 
trade of pleasing and profitable dimensions, 
the purity of his manufactures and the ex- 
cellent sanitary conditions under which 
they are made being strong arguments to 
discriminating dealers. 

A Democrat in political action, ]\Ir. Her- 
bert was elected to common council as the 
candidate of his party, and for two years 
held the office of vice-president of that 
body. Fraternally he is affiliated with the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is past 
chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, and is 
past consul commander of the Woodmen of 
the World. For twenty-five years Mr. Her- 
bert was a member of the Owens Memorial 
Methodist Episcopal Church, but was 
elected to the official board of the Wright 
Memorial ^lethodist Episcopal Church and 
administered its material affairs as treasurer 
when he united with the church. A man of 



deep religious convictions and ever ready 
for service along this line, Mr. Herbert con- 
tents himself with deeds and actions rather 
than rehearsal of intentions, and supports 
all of the church organizations with all the 
means at his disposal. He has selected his 
interests with fine regard for their worth, 
and carries into all departments of his ac- 
tivity the inspiration and strength derived 
from his close relations with church work, 
living the creed he thus endorses. 

Mr. Herbert married (first) October 30, 
1894, Rosa Lee Smith, born in March, 1872, 
died in October, 1910, and had children: 
Vernon Dabney, born May 29, 1897; Calder 
Smith, born October 29, 1899 ; Lucille S., 
born June 22, 1903. He married (second) 
January 3, 1912, Annie Clay Bates, and has 
one daughter, Ethel Gurney, born Decem- 
ber 12, 1912. 

Japheth Edward Rawls, M. D. Suffolk, 
the capital of Nansemond county, \'irginia, 
with its railroads, peanut factories, saw 
mills, car shops, iron and brass works, 
knitting mills, etc., is a point demanding the 
ablest surgical skill to cope with the many 
mechanical appliances that constantly men- 
ace the persons of those employed in their 
operation. Since the year 1900 Dr. Rawls 
has been specializing in surgery at Suffolk, 
and during the fifteen years that have since 
elapsed, has ministered with firm touch and 
unfailing skill to many of these accidental 
cases, in addition to a large practice in gen- 
eral surgery and medicine. His reputation 
has spread far beyond local confines and his 
name is a familiar one in the medical world, 
through high official position in medical so- 
cieties and frequent articles in medical jour- 
nals. 

Dr. Rawls is a grandson of Elisha and 
Margarett ("Peggy") (Jones) Rawls, of 
Holy Neck, Virginia, whose sons, Japheth 
and Luther, served in the Confederate army 
and both received wounds in battle. Luther 
Rawls, father of Dr. Rawls, was born at 
Holy Neck, Virginia, June 2, 1835. He spent 
his active life there, engaged in farming, 
and yet sojourns on the old farm, rounding 
out a long, eventful and useful life. He was 
a private and flag bearer in Company K, 
Forty-first Regiment Virginia Infantry, 
was severely wounded in the shoulder, but 
after recovery returned to the army, serv- 
ing until the close of the war. He married. 



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May 30, 1867, Mary Elizabeth Darden, born 
at Holy Neck, Virginia, November 16, 1839, 
daughter of William and Nancy (Langston) 
Darden. Her brother, Dempsey Darden, 
was also a Confederate soldier, serving in 
the Forty-first Regiment Virginia Infantry. 
Children of Luther and Mary E. Rawls : i. 
Jesse P., born June 28, 1868; a cotton 
broker of Enterprise, Alabama ; married 
Maggie Jones ; five children. 2. Rosa M., 
born June 19, 1870; married E. S. Norfleet, 
farmer, of Holland, Virginia. 3. Willie 
Nancy Darden, born September 8, 1872; 
married J. Vivian Gathing, farmer, of Gates 
county. North Carolina; two children. 4. 
Japheth Edward, of whom further. 5. Mary 
Sue, born March 11, 1877; married Ernest 
H. Williams, of Smithfield, Virginia; an at- 
torney : two children. 6. David Luther, 
born July 5, 1879; physician, associated with 
his brother, Japheth E Rawls ; a graduate 
of the University Medical College of Rich- 
mond, 1908. 

Dr. Japheth Edward Rawls was born at 
Holy Neck, Nansemond county, Virginia, 
February 15, 1875. After preparatory 
courses in the public schools, he entered 
Elon College, at Elon, North Carolina, in 
the fall of 1889, and was graduated there- 
from with the degree of A. B., with high 
honor in the class of 1896. He then took 
thorough courses in medicine and surgery 
in the best colleges in the country, receiv- 
ing his degree of M. D. from Bellevue Hos- 
pital Medical College, New York City, in 
1899. He began practice in Suffolk, Vir- 
ginia, January 15. 1900, and has been in 
continuous practice there until the present 
date (1915). His post-graduate study in- 
cluded a special course at the Lying-in- 
Hospital of New York, the Polyclinic Medi- 
cal College of New York City, the Post- 
Graduate Medical School of Chicago, and 
the Illinois School of Electro Therapeutics. 
Thus thoroughly equipped. Dr. Rawls min- 
isters to a large clientele, specializing in 
surgery, a branch of his profession in which 
he is most skillful. 

Dr. Rawls was one of the founders of 
Lake View Hospital Sanitarium (Inc.) at 
SufTolk, 1905, and has been surgeon to that 
institution since its foundation. He was 
city physician of Suffolk for six years, and 
is physician and surgeon to the Nansemond 
County Alms House. He is the assistant 
local surgeon of the Seaboard Railway at 



Suffolk. Notwithstanding the heavy de- 
mands of his private and public practice, 
Dr. Rawls devotes a share of his time to 
the general interests of his profession, hold- 
ing membership in the Seaboard Air Line 
Railway Surgical, Virginia Medical, South- 
ern Medical, American Medical, Seaboard 
Medical, and Virginia South Side Medical 
societies : has been president of the two lat- 
ter named and interested in the work of all. 
His contributions to the literature of his 
profession are highly valuable articles that 
from time to time appear in the leading 
medical journals, attracting widespread 
attention. He is a member of the Christian 
church (O'Kelly) and serves on the music 
committee of the church. In political faith 
he is a Democrat, but the constant demands 
of his profession preclude all active political 
interest. 

Dr. Rawls married, November 24, 1908, 
Emma Copeland Holland, born at Holy 
Neck, Virginia, September 3, 1882, daughter 
of Charles E. and Sue (Jones) Holland, and 
niece of Congressman E. E. Holland. Chil- 
dren, all born in Suff'olk, \^irginia : Ann 
Pretlow. born November 9, 1909; Mary Sue, 
born September 19, 191 1; Japheth Edward 
Jr., born April 13, 1914. 

William R. Walker. After eight years of 
service in the fire department of the city of 
his birth. Portsmouth, Virginia, William R. 
Walker, in 1909, became chief of the city's 
fire fighting forces, in which high office, 
through re-election in 1913, he continues to 
the present time. The history of this de- 
partment of Portmouth's municipal organ- 
ization contains the records of its leaders 
who have served valiantly, faithfully and 
long, and to measure up to the standards 
established by them is indeed a worthy goal. 
7"o this aim Mr. Walker has addressed him- 
self, prepared by long experience in the 
ranks and an honorable record of subordi- 
nate service, and the five years that he has 
passed in the leadership of the fire depart- 
ment show that to the history of the depart- 
ment another chapter, in excellence supple- 
menting well those preceding it, is to be 
added. 

The family line of which Mr. \\'alker is 
a member is one of North Carolina, his 
father, Lewis Wilson Walker, coming to 
Portsmouth, Virginia, from Tarboro, Edge- 
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born July 17, 1845, ^"d died March 10. 1910. 
He was a shoemaker and worker in leather, 
his activities in this line interrupted by the 
outbreak of the civil war, when he enlisted 
in the Confederate States army, remaining 
in the service until peace was gained. In 
the Confederate service he rendered devoted 
service, each engagement of his company 
linding him at the front, and when his pres- 
ence was no longer needed in the line of 
battle he located in Portsmouth, there con- 
tinuing in his former business until his re- 
tirement. Lewis Wilson Walker was a man 
known by his fellows for his kindly nature, 
the strict rectitude of his life, and, by those 
best acquainted with him, his loyalty to his 
family and the rich happiness of his home 
life. He was a member of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved 
Order of Heptasophs. His father was one 
ot the organizers of the Court Street Bap- 
tist congregation, a charter member there- 
of and instrumental in the building of the 
house of worship. Mr. Walker married, 
September 22, 1875, Mary Eliza Robertson, 
born July 12. 1851. died November i, 1911, 
daughter of ^^'illiam David, born in 1827, 
died April 15, 1897, and Eliza Ann (Davis) 
Robertson, born in 1838, died December 23, 
1899. Issue: I. Grace E., born Alarch 16, 
1877: married, May i, 1905, \\'illiam J. 
Cobb. 2. William R., of whom further. 3. 
Robert Davis, born February 12, 1883; he 
is in the service of the United States navy ; 
married. May 9, 1904, Bessie Ellis, and has a 
daughter, Jane Ellis, born January 4, 1908. 
4. Mittie S., born January 16, 1886; mar- 
ried, September 2, 1903, Harry Curling, and 
has Marion, born April 4, 1905. 5. Eliza 
Naomi, born November 10, 1889; married, 
October 19, 1910, Leonard F. Savage, and 
has a daughter, Mittie. born April 2, 191 2. 
6. John, died in infancy. 

William R. Walker, son of Lewis \\'il- 
son Walker and his wife, Mary Eliza (Rob- 
ertson) Walker, was born in Portsmouth. 
Virginia, July 6, 1879. He was reared in the 
city of his birth, was there educated and 
trained in the baker's trade. After a sixteen 
months apprenticeship in this line he estab- 
lished, in 1896, in independent business 
dealings, continuing for five years, when he 
became identified with the Portsmouth Fire 
Department. It is not difficult to follow the 
course by which he was attracted to this 
calling, beginning with boyish enthusiasm 



and the lure of the thrilling, eventful life, 
through youthful respect and admiration for 
those who so gallanth' braved injury and 
death to save life and property, to the 
mature realization of the nobility and use- 
fulness of such service that caused him to 
enter it. From the day of his entrance into 
the service he made duty his guiding star 
a-id by his strict observance of every re- 
quirement made upon him and his willing- 
ness to assume additional burdens, he 
gained recognition and rapid promotion, be- 
ing, at the time of his appointment as chief 
of the Portsmouth Fire Department, the 
youngest incumbent of this position in any 
city of the United States. Under his rule 
the fire-fighting force of the city has at- 
tained a degree of efficiency never before 
reached and is an instrument for the pro- 
tection of the citizens of Portsmouth whose 
value cannot be overestimated. The best 
and most modern of equipment is manned 
by a force of firemen uniformly brave, dar- 
ing and bold, and nothing can bring to 
Chief Walker greater satisfaction than the 
praise of the efforts of his men. In critical 
situations, when the prize at stake is rich 
m life or money, he has risen to every emer- 
gency, leading his men in person, disdain- 
ing to order action where he would not 
serve. His daily work is that of the general 
on the field of battle, with the exception that 
the foe he fights is unseen and unknown, 
most often masquerading as a friend. His 
years of service have proven to the citizens 
of Portsmouth that constant vigilance and 
watchful care guard them from the ravages 
of fire, and for faithfulness ever and the 
performance of duty to the utmost degree, 
he is accorded their lasting regard. Poli- 
tically a Democrat, Mr. Walker's fraternal 
connections are with Lodge No. 82, Benevo- 
lent and Protective Order of Elks ; Mon- 
tauk Tribe, No. 55, Improved Order of Red 
Men, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, of 
which he is a charter member and grand 
worthy vice-president. 

He married, June 14, 1905. Beulah Vir- 
ginia, daughter of George W. and May 
Elizabeth (Bunting) Broughton, and has 
children: Lewis Broughton, born March 
12, 1906; George Robert, born May 21, 
1909; May Ethelyn. born ^lay 17, 1912. 

Charles H. Callahan, an official of the 
highest wortli and principles, who has 



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served as deputy commissioner and commis- 
sioner of revenue at Alexandria, Virginia, 
has not only been a trusted government 
official for many years, but has won a secure 
and desirable position in the life of the city. 
Mr. Callahan is of Scotch-Irish descent, son 
of Allan Tupper and Sarah Mildred (Ennis) 
Callahan, his father born in Nova Scotia, 
Canada, in 1812, died in 1884. 

Charles H. Callahan was born at Aquia 
Mills. Stafiford county, Virginia, August 22, 
1858. After attending the public schools he 
finished his studies under private instruc- 
tion in Fairfax county, Virginia. For a 
time he worked on his father's farm, after- 
ward being employed as clerk and book- 
keeper in a general store, forsaking this em- 
ployment to learn the carpenter's trade. 
This he followed for a number of years, in 
January, 1905, being elected deputy com- 
missioner of revenue at Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia, Major George Duffy being commis- 
sioner, and two years later succeeded Major 
DuiTy in office. Since that time he has been 
continuously in the service of the state in 
that capacity, his constant application to 
duty, the strict honor that actuates his every 
action, the thoroughness with which he 
completes a task once undertaken, render- 
ing him a public servant of rare value. Mr. 
Callahan is prominent in Masonic circles, 
belonging to Alexandria-Washington Lodge, 
No. 22, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 
of Alexandria, of which he was for two 
years worshipful master, and for one year 
district deputy grand master, of District No. 
I, Mount Vernon Chapter, No. 14, Royal 
Arch Masons, and has taken fourteen de- 
grees in the Scottish Rite. He is the author 
of a work entitled "Washington, the 
Mason," the first copy of the first edition 
of which was presented to President Taft 
just before that official left office, on the 
anniversary of General Washington's birth, 
1913. The first copy of the second edition 
was presented to Vice-President Marshall 
at the celebration of General Washington's 
birthday in Alexandria in 1914, when Mr. 
Marshall delivered the chief address at a 
Masonic banquet. New lights upon great 
national and world famous characters are 
ever full of interest, and the intimate in- 
sight gained from the reading of Mr. Cal- 
lahan's book give to that admirable patriot, 
general and statesman an aspect that, when 
approached from a different angle, is entire- 



ly lost. Mr. Callahan shares with all other 
true Americans deep love and reverence for 
George Washington, and it was this that 
induced him to write the above-mentioned 
work, dealing with the one phase of his per- 
sonality that had never been thoroughly 
treated. It is this same devotion that has 
inspired his efforts as secretary of "The 
George Washington Masonic National 
Alemorial Association," the object of which 
is to build a National Memorial Masonic 
Temple in Alexandria in honor of Wash- 
ington, a purpose fine in conception and 
worthy of fulfillment. Mr. Callahan affiliates 
with the Protestant Episcopal church. 

He married, in October, 1891, Mary 
Elizabeth, daughter of James and Alice Ap- 
pich, and has children: Jessica, Charles 
Aubrey, Mary Louise, Mildred Ruberta, 
Cora Virginia, all born in Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia. 

William Fewell Merchant, M. D. The 

Merchants of Virginia date from Colonial 
days. George Merchant was a soldier of 
Captain Daniel Morgan's company of rifle- 
men that fought in the expedition against 
Quebec, 1775-1776, when the gallant Mont- 
gomery fell. Aquilla Norvell, maternal 
great-grandfather of Dr. Merchant, of Man- 
assas, was also a soldier of the revolution. 
Dr. Merchant's paternal grandfather was 
William Charles Merchant, born at Dum- 
frees, Virginia, in 1803, married Ann Har- 
rison Speake. 

Benjamin Dyer Merchant, son of Wil- 
liam Charles and Ann Harrison (Speake) 
Merchant, was born at Dumfries, Virginia, 
June 3, 1839, died March 13, 1913. He was 
for many years a prosperous merchant of 
Dumfries and a man held in the very high- 
est esteem, serving for twenty-five years as 
chairman of the board of supervisors of 
Prince William county. At the outbreak of 
the war between the states he enlisted in 
Company A, Fourth Virginia Cavalry, in 
1861, but was a member of a volunteer cav- 
alry company in 1858. At the reorganization 
of the army he was elected second lieutenant 
and in 1863 was promoted first lieutenant. 
He had narrow escapes from death on more 
than one occasion, bullets passing through 
his clothing and once being struck by a 
piece of bursting shell. He was taken pris- 
oner in battle and for eighteen months con- 
fined in a Federal prison on Morris Island, 




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Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. He is 
credited with taking the first Union prisoner 
in Northern Virginia, making the capture at 
Fairfax Court House. June i. 1861. the 
victim being a member of Company D, 
New York Dragoons. After the war he 
located in Manassas, Virginia, where he 
conducted a mercantile business until a few 
years previous to his death. He married, 
Mary Elizabeth Fewell. born May 23, 1842, 
on the old Ludley Farm in Fairfax county. 
Virginia, died in 1900, daughter of William 
Sanford Fewell. 

Dr. \\'illiam Fewell Merchant, son of 
Benjamin Dyer and Mary Elizabeth (Few- 
ell) Merchant, was born at Manassas, Vir- 
ginia, ]\Iarch 10, 1868. He was early edu- 
cated in public and private schools, then 
taught school about two years, beginning 
business life with the Richmond & Danville 
Railroad, later was with Jacksonville, 
Tampa & Key West Railroad, then again 
with the Richmond & Danville until it went 
into the receiver's hands and became a part 
of the Southern Railroad system. During 
these years of railroad service he was also 
a medical student, matriculating at the Uni- 
versity College of ^ledicine, Richmond, in 
1893, attending lectures while still holding 
his position with the railroad, and he com- 
pleted all the required courses, receiving his 
degree of M. D.. in 1897. He did a great 
deal of hospital and dispensary work in and 
around Richmond while pursuing his medi- 
cal study, gaining considerable practical ex- 
perience even before obtaining his degree. 
He first located in Dumfries. Virginia, re- 
maining eighteen months, then in the fall 
of 1898 moved to Manchester. Virginia, 
where he established and conducted a suc- 
cessful practice until 1910, when he located 
in Manassas, his present home. His prac- 
tice is general in character. He was elected 
health officer of Manassas. 

Dr. Alerchant is a member of the Prince 
William County Medical Society, the So- 
ciety of Surgeons of the Southern and 
Chesapeake .'t Ohio Railroads, is an ex- 
president and honorary member of the 
Chesterfield County Medical Society and 
keeps in closest touch with all modern med- 
ical and surgical discovery. He is a mem- 
ber of lodge and chapter of the Masonic 
order, is a past high priest of Royal Arch 
Chapter, No. 48, and the present secretary 
of Manassas Chapter, No. 59. He is a ves- 



tryman of Trinity Protestant Episcopal 
Church of Manassas, and in political faith 
a Democrat. 

Dr. Merchant married at ^lanchester, 
Virginia, January 25, 1900, Eulalia Holt, 
born in Burlington, North Carolina, Octo- 
ber 15, 1871, daughter of John M. and Vir- 
ginia (Dare) Holt. Children: William 
Fewell (2), born November 2, 1900, died 
June 20, 1902 ; John Holt, born October 16, 
1903, at Manchester. 

James Bahen, Jr., was a member of an 
old Irish family, related to many of the 
most aristocratic houses of county Clare, 
Ireland, where his people had their origin. 
County Clare is one of the most romantic 
and beautiful spots of all that romantic and 
beautiful country. Situated on the west 
coast of Ireland, just north of the great 
landlocked bay, which forms the mouth of 
the river Shannon, it is bounded on the east 
by a very considerable range of hills, and 
on the west by the wild and storm-ridden 
Atlantic. It is full of remains and curious 
antiquities, the monuments of Ireland's 
mighty past, many of them dating back be- 
fore the dawn of history, such as the huge 
fortifications, ruined but still imposing, 
which stand today on the Aran Islands, just 
off the Clare coast, a puzzle for the his- 
torians and antiquarians of the present. 
From county Clare, as already stated, came 
the Bahens, representative of all that is fine 
in the Irish race, which has contributed so 
large and valuable an element to the com- 
posite citizenship of the United States, and 
grafted upon it its own virtues of enter- 
prise and indomitable courage. 

The first member of the Bahen family to 
come to the United States was James Bahen, 
the elder, father of the subject of this sketch. 
He was born in county Clare. Ireland, in 
the year 1844, and came to this country as 
a mere boy, making his way at once to 
Richmond, Virginia, where he opened a 
grocery and liquor store. He was a man of 
great enterprise, and one who naturally took 
the initiative, and the same qualities which 
urged him to leave his old home when still 
so young soon made him prominent in his 
adopted city. His store was on First street, 
Richmond, in the old Jackson ward, and he 
there entered the local politics, and soon 
became a recognized leader in the party 
thereabouts. He was an exemplary citizen, 
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and confidence of all who knew him. It was 
not surprising, therefore, under the circum- 
stances, that he should have been called to 
serve his fellow citizens in some public ca- 
pacity, and accordingly he was elected on 
the Republican ticket to the Richmond 
board of aldermen from the Jackson ward, 
ar. office which he continued to hold for a 
period of twenty-four years. He was still 
an alderman when death overtook him, Feb- 
ruary 3, 1907, in his sixty-fourth year, and 
ht departed this life, a man of large wealth 
and property, with the respect and regard 
of his whole community. He was married 
in Richmond to Margaret Hogan, also a 
native of county Clare, Ireland, who sur- 
vived him until February 21, 1914. Besides 
James Bahen, Jr., of this sketch, they were 
the parents of ten children, seven of whom 
are now living, as follows : Sister Cecelia, 
of the Benedictine Order of Nuns, who is 
now located at St. Gertrude's Academy in 
Richmond ; Margaret, now Airs. A. G. Roon- 
ey; William H. ; Joseph B.; Rosa G. : Ed- 
ward and Charles, all residents of Rich- 
mond. One of the deceased, George D. 
Bahen, was a student at Georgetown Uni- 
versity, and met his death when taking part 
in a football game between that institution 
and Columbia University, being one of the 
first to fall a victim to the dangers of that 
sport. 

James Bahen, Jr., the third child of James 
and Margaret (Hogan) Bahen, was born 
July 6, 1875, in Richmond, Virginia. He 
received his education in the Xavierian 
School, of that city, attending its courses 
until he had reached his eighteenth year, 
when, having completed his studies, he took 
a position as clerk in his father's store on 
First street, Richmond. Here he remained 
for three years, and then decided to embark 
on a similar enterprise for himself. This 
project he carried out with great success, 
establishing a grocery and liquor store on 
Second street, which rapidly grew to large 
proportions. Besides this lucrative business, 
Mr. Bahen also engaged in the business of 
building contractor, and in this also was 
soon operating on a very extensive scale. 
Following in the footsteps of his father, he 
entered politics in Richmond, and soon be- 
came a conspicuous figure in the conduct 
and management not only of party matters, 
but of public affairs generally. He was a 
staunch member of the Democratic party, 
and took a keen and intelligent interest in all 



political questions, whether of local or na- 
tional significance. His opinions soon came 
to be valued highly for one of his youth, 
and this added to his obvious ability and 
integrity in business, and a rapidly growing 
popularity induced his party to bring him 
forward as a candidate for a number of im- 
portant offices at a very early age. He was 
uniformly successful in his campaigns, and 
held many positions of trust and respon- 
sibility within the gift of his constituency. 
He was finally, in the year 1899, elected 
a member of the City Democratic Commit- 
tee, holding this honorable office until his 
untimely death negatived the promise of a 
brilliant career. This sad event occurred on 
March 3, 1906, when he was but thirty 
years of age, and cast a gloom, not only over 
the immediate circle of his family and 
friends, which had lost so dear a member, 
but over that larger circle of those who, 
marking the brilliancy and promise of his 
first steps up the ladder of life, had looked 
forward confidently to a splendid future. 
Mr. Bahen's life was a remarkably well 
rounded one for one brought to so early 
a termination, and his activities were in 
many departments. He was prominent in 
the social life of the city and a member of 
the Eagles and the Magill Capital Union. 
He was a devoted member of the Roman 
Catholic church, to which his family had 
always belonged, and his charities were of 
that spontaneous kind which is a stranger 
to unbecoming patronage. He was active 
in the work of St. Peter's Cathedral, Rich- 
mond, which he and his wife attended, and 
was a material support to the many benevo- 
lences, connected with the parish and dio- 
cese. 

Mr. Bahen married. May 18, 1899, in St. 
Peter's Cathedral, Richmond, Kate Hughes, 
a native of that city and a member of a 
very distinguished Irish family. The Rt. 
Rev. Bishop Van de Vyver performed the 
wedding ceremony. Mrs. Bahen was a 
daughter of John and Ellen (Mehegan) 
Hughes, and was a descendant on both sides 
of the house from prominent Irish families. 
Her paternal grandfather was Edward 
Hughes, a native of county Armagh, Ire- 
land, and a relation of Archbishop Hughes 
of New York. He migrated from Ireland to 
the United States, and settled in the city 
of Paterson, New Jersey, and there became 
a wealthy merchant. He was a wealthy 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



hat busy place, and did valuable work in 
he building up and development of its in- 
lustries. He sent all his sons to Fordham 
rollege for their education, where they re- 
:eived the training, religious and secular, 
or which that institution is so justly fam- 
)us. Edward Hughes was a man of great 
nfluence in his adopted city. He was there 
narried and had a family of children, one 
)f whom, John Hughes, was the father of 
vlrs. Bahen. John Hughes was born in 
^aterson, New Jersey, November i, 1844, 
vhere his father had made his fortune. 
\bout 1875 he removed from the northern 
:ity and made his home in Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, where he engaged in the shoe busi- 
less, prospering greatly therein, and finally 
etiring, a man of large wealth. His death 
jccurred March 31, 1913. He married Ellen 
dehegan, a descendant of Commodore 
Barry, of the British navy. She was born 
n county Cork, Ireland, and passed her girl- 
iood there, teaching for a time in a convent 
;f county Cork, Ireland. To her and Mr. 
hughes were born nine children, six of 
vhom are now living. They are : Kate, now 
ilrs. James Bahen; Mary, Edward, Harry, 
\Iargaret, John and Joseph, all of whom 
:re residents of Richmond. To Mr. and 
drs. James Bahen were born two children, 
IS follows : George Edward, born August 
7. 1903; James, the third of that name, 
\ugust 3, 1905. 

Mrs. James Bahen is very prominent in 
he social life of the Virginian capital, and 
;he plays a conspicuous part in many im- 
)ortant functions. She has twice been ap- 
jointed sponsor to the Confederate reunion, 
he first time when it was held in Mobile, 
\labama, in 1910, when she led the grand 
narch at the opening ball. The second ap- 
jointment was the following year, when the 
•cunion was at Little Rock, Arkansas, and 
lere her sister Margaret acted as maid of 
lonor. Another important function at which 
VIrs. Bahen figured was the opening ball of 
;he Benedictine Military College of Rich- 
Tiond, at which she led the german. Mrs. 
Bahen attends St. Peter's Cathedral, as she 
dways had, and fittingly carries on her hus- 
band's benefactions and charities, and is 
■earing her two children in the faith of her 
'orbears. 

Harry Lee Denoon. The Denoons trace 
[heir ancestry along both paternal and ma- 
ternal, lines to the early days in Virginia. 



Through intermarriage the present family is 
in direct descent from the Quarles, Pem- 
bertons and Kings, early families, the line 
tracing to Roger Ouarles, of England and 
Virginia ; Wilson Pemberton, of England 
and Virginia, and Miles King, first mayor 
of Norfolk, whose wife. Lady Mary, was a 
daughter of Lord Bailey, of England. 

Roger Quarles, an English gentleman, 
came first to Virginia on a mission for the 
English government, accompanied by his 
brother, James Ouarles, an officer of the 
English army. Both later returned to Eng- 
land, but Roger Ouarles was so pleased 
with Virginia that he came again, bringing 
bricks and fine timber for the erection of a 
house. He purchased four hundred acres 
of land from the Indians and erected the 
mansion "Woodbury," in which Bettie 
Carver (King) Denoon, mother of Harry 
Lee Denoon, was born. Roger Ouarles mar- 
ried Elizabeth Sutherland, and had issue: 
Isaac, of whom further; Elizabeth, married 
Armistead Coleman ; Sally, married Thomas 
Littlepage and lived to be ninety years of 
age; Lizzie, married Harden Littlepage; 
Mary, married (first) Miles King, son of 
the first Miles King, her second husband be- 
ing James Turner, of King William county, 
Virginia. Two of these daughters married 
into the Littlepage family, the brothers of 
John Littlepage, high in official rank in the 
English government and governor of Trini- 
dad. 

Isaac Quarles, son of Roger and Eliza- 
beth (Sutherland) Quarles, married Dicey 
Pemberton, daughter of Major Thomas and 
Dicey (King) Pemberton, and granddaugh- 
ter of Wilson Pemberton, of England. 
Major Thomas Pemberton was a brave pa- 
triot in the revolution, and during the war 
raised and equipped a company at his own 
expense. He married Dicey King, daugh- 
ter of Miles King, first mayor of Norfolk, 
and his wife. Lady Mary Bailey, daughter 
of Lord Bailey, of England. 

Isetta Dicey Quarles, daughter of Isaac 
and Dicey (Pemberton) Quarles, married 
John King. Their daughter, Bettie Carver 
King, married Daniel Denoon, an official of 
the state treasury department at Rich- 
mond, Virginia, most of his business life, 
son of Samuel D. Denoon, and grandson of 
Lieutenant James J. Denoon, a gallant offi- 
cer of the war of 1812, who led his men at 
Lundy's Lane, Chippewa and Fort Erie. 

Bettie Carver (King) Denoon was born 



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in the old Ouarles family mansion, "Wood- 
bury," built by Roger Ouarles in King Wil- 
liarn county, Virginia. She died March 7, 
191 1. Daniel Denoon died at Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, in 1904. Children : Charles L., Harry 
Lee, Frank C, Hugh, Albert S., Arthur C, 
Alice Lee, Dicey, Mary, Lilly. A brother 
of Daniel Denoon, Lieutenant Charles Ed- 
win Denoon, of the Confederate States 
army, was killed at the battle of "The 
Crater," Petersburg. 

Harry Lee Denoon, second son of Daniel 
and Bettie Carver (King) Denoon, was born 
in Richmond. Virginia, September 7, 1867. 
He was educated in the best schools of his 
city, and in 1889 began business life as a 
member of the firm of Denoon, Tupper & 
Company, real estate brokers. This firm 
after a successful life of seven years was 
dissolved by the death of Mr. Tupper in 
1896. The firm of C. L. & H. L. Denoon 
succeeded and so continues, one of the 
potent factors in the real estate develop- 
ment of Richmond. Mr. Denoon is a mem- 
ber of the Masonic order, the Improved 
Order of Heptasophs, the Royal Arcanum, 
the Country Club of Virginia, and the Sec- 
ond Presbyterian Church of Richmond, his 
wife being a worshipper at the Church of 
the Covenant. He married, at Richmond, 
Virginia, October 23, 1893, Jean Gibson, of 
an old Scotch Presbyterian family. Child, 
Harry Lee, Jr. 

Rev. Hervin Ulysses Roop, LL. D. Edu- 
cated in the leading institutions of this 
country, his vision broadened and ideas in- 
creased by a tour of the most renowned 
universities and colleges of England and 
Continental Europe, and with nine years 
experience in the presidency of Lebanon 
Valley College, of Pennsylvania, Rev. Her- 
vin Ulysses Roop, LL. D., came to his posi- 
tion as the head of Eastern College, Vir- 
ginia, trained not only as an instructor but 
admirably fitted to direct the work of such 
an institution because of his previous ac- 
tivity in educational aft'airs, in which calling 
he has achieved an enviable reputation. Dr. 
Roop is a descendant of an old Pennsylvania 
family, settled in Dauphin county, Pennsyl- 
vania, by Rev. Jacob Roop, who came 
thither from Germany, his birthplace. \\"hen 
he was forty years of age he became a 
preacher of the United Brethren church, at- 
taining an influential position in the com- 
munity. Among his children was Christian, 



who was for many years an elder of the 
United Brethren church, built at Highspire, 
where the family homestead was located, 
largely through his eft'orts. He married Bar- 
bara Good, among their children being 
Henry J., of whom further. 

Henry J. Roop, son of Christian and Bar- 
bara (Good) Roop, was born on the home- 
stead in Swatara township, Dauphin county, 
Pennsylvania, April 13, 1845. ^s a youth 
he was for ten months a soldier in the 
Union army in the war between the states, 
at its termination returning to Highspire, 
his birthplace, and at the death of his father 
engaging in agriculture, dairying and real 
estate dealings. Mr. Roop has been directly 
responsible for the development of much 
of that locality, and besides attaining im- 
portant place among his neighbors, amassed 
a considerable fortune. Among the many 
improvements the installation of which he 
has promoted is the Steelton, Highspire & 
Middletown Street Railway, his part in its 
organization being a leading one. For six 
years he was treasurer of the local school 
board, a member of the United Brethren 
church, for forty-four years has been a 
deacon, serving for a large part of that time 
as superintendent of the Sunday school. 
Church activity has always played a promi- 
nent part in his life, and upon the erection 
of the new church building for the congre- 
gation of which he is a member, in 1899, he 
was president of the building committee, 
while in 1904 he was a delegate to the gen- 
eral conference of his church, held at To- 
peka, Kansas. He married (first) Justina 
M. Backenstoe, born April 28, 1847, died Au- 
gust 14, 1883, joungest daughter of Henry 
and Rebecca Backenstoe ; (second) Marga- 
ret Shoop, born January 19, 1842, daughter 
of Samuel and Anna (Roop) Shoop, of Cum- 
berland county, Pennsylvania. By his first 
marriage he was the father of: Hervin 
Ulysses, of whom further ; Henry Backen- 
stoe, born February 24, 1870. a graduate of 
Lebanon Valley College and the University 
of Pennsylvania, a practicing physician of 
Columbia, Pennsylvania ; Jacob Franklin, 
born October 31, 1871. died August i, 1872; 
Adela F., born May 15, 1873, a graduate of 
the Lebanon Valley College, married Pro- 
fessor Benjamin F. Dougherty, for eight 
years an instructor in Lebanon Valley Col- 
lege, now president of Westfield College, 
Westfield, Illinois ; Sadie Alverda, born 
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687 



ley College, for seven years a teacher in the 
grammar school at Highspire. married Pro- 
fessor Walter G. Clippinger, an instructor in 
the Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio, 
and now president of Otterbein University, 
W'esterville. Ohio : William Spencer, born 
October 18, 1877, a graduate of the Lebanon 
Valley College, a commercial traveler for a 
Pittsburgh firm: IMinerva Elizabeth, born 
July 6, 1882. 

Rev. Hervin Ulysses Roop. eldest son and 
child of Henry J. and Justina M. (Backen- 
stoe) Roop. was born on the homestead at 
Highspire. Dauphin county. Pennsylvania. 
November 16, 1868. He obtained a primary 
and preparatory education in the public and 
high schools of S.teelton. Pennsylvania. His 
higher education was secured in numerous 
of the best known institutions of the coun- 
try. After completing a classical course in 
Lebanon Valley College, receiving the de- 
gree of Bachelor of Arts, he took up the 
study of theology in the Union Biblical 
Seminary, at Dayton. Ohio, there taking the 
degree of Bachelor of Divinity. This latter 
course was three years in duration, and he 
then spent a like time in the University 
of Wooster. this institution making him a 
Doctor of Philosophy. Pedagogy and phil- 
osophy were two branches in which he pur- 
sued advanced study in Cornell University, 
Clark University, and the University of 
Pennsylvania, passing a summer term at 
the two first named universities and two full 
years at the last. After one year at Yale 
University, taking up sociology, psychology 
and education. Dr. Roop made a tour of the 
foremost educational institutions of Europe, 
traveling in both Great Britain and Conti- 
nental Europe, visiting public, private and 
technical schools, as well as universities and 
colleges. For three years after his return 
he taught in the schools of his native 
county, then becoming professor of Eng- 
lish, history and pedagogy in the Cumber- 
land Valley State Normal School, at Ship- 
pensburg, Pennsylvania, for one year there- 
after being an instructor in Rittenhouse 
Academy. Philadelphia. Upon the invita- 
tion of the Hon. John Wanamaker. at this 
time he became state superintendent of Sab- 
bath school normal work, his labors to be 
under the direction of the State Sabbath 
School Association, and during his incum- 
bency of this office organized teachers' 
training work in all the counties of the 
state, sixty-seven in number. This system 



has since been greatly extended and has 
been a most potent factor in introducing 
practical and efficient methods into Sab- 
bath school work, Pennsylvania a leader in 
the movement to substitute teachers willing 
and trained for teachers merely willing. Ac- 
cepting a call to the presidency of the Leba- 
non Valley College, in June, 1907, Dr. Roop 
resigned from his position under the State 
Sabbath School Association and entered up- 
on the discharge of his new duties, which 
included the professorship of philosophy and 
pedagogy. The fruits of the nine years that 
he spent as the head of this institution are 
best expressed by a testimonial of the board 
ot trustees, granted him at the completion 
of his years of service : 

During Dr. Roop's administration, extending from 
1897 until 1906, the standard of scholarship has been 
greatly advanced, the student body augmented almost 
fourfold, the assets of the college more than quad- 
rupled, and a handsome group of modern univer- 
sity buildings completed and provided for financially, 
and the college is generally prosperous as never be- 
fore in its history. * * * That we affirm our im- 
plicit confidence in and our admiration for his busi- 
ness integrity * * * and that the life, growth 
and prosperity of the college have been chiefly due 
to the wise and aggressive policy, the careful and 
prudent management, untiring energy, and strong 
personality, of Dr. Roop. 

June I, 1904. Lebanon Valley College con- 
ferred upon its president the degree of Doc- 
tor of Laws, naming the three-fold reason 
of high scholarship, service in the cause of 
higher education, and distinguished devo- 
tion to the college. For a time after leaving 
Lebanon Valley College, Dr. Roop was 
identified with the Indiana Central Univer- 
sity, in Indianapolis. Indiana, and is now 
president of Eastern College, Manassas, 
Virginia. This latter is a co-educational in- 
stitution, one of the numerous high grade 
colleges for which Virginia is famous, the 
buildings of the college grouped in a semi- 
circle about a spacious and beautiful camp- 
us. The college aiTords a wide range of 
courses, instruction in which is given by a 
faculty numbered among the graduates of 
the leading institutions of the country, is 
splendidly and modernly equipped, and pos- 
sesses the advantages of a large university 
with none of its concomitant disadvantages. 
Dr. Roop is the author of many articles on 
educational and pedagogic topics, subjects 
with which he is eminently qualified to 
deal, and is regarded as an authority upon 
matters within this province. In the past 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



he has been a strong advocate of the Young 
Men's Christian Association, and has fre- 
quently been a speaker in behalf of that or- 
ganization, having besides often addressed 
representative bodies of the association in 
convention or council assembled. Since 1890 
Dr. Roop has been a licensed preacher of 
the United Brethren in Christ, of which he 
has been a life-long member, and in 1904 
was a member of the general conference of 
the church, held at Topeka, Kansas. For 
many years he has held membership on the 
general board of education of the church and 
the Church Historical Society, and for a 
long time has belonged to the National 
Education Association, the National Relig- 
ious Association, the American Academy of 
Political and Social Science, the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science 
and the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity. Poli- 
tically he holds Republican sympathies, 
never holding public office. 

Dr. Roop married at Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania, August 26, 1897, Emma May, 
daughter of Bishop Ezekiel B. Kephart, D. 
D., LL. D., and Susan Jane (Trefts) Kep- 
hart. Bishop Kephart was for thirteen years 
president of the Western College, at Toledo, 
Ohio, bishop of the United Brethren 
church for twenty-four years, and for two 
terms a member of the upper house of the 
Iowa legislature. Mrs. Roop is a graduate 
of Western College, Toledo, Ohio, and the 
Bright Conservatory of Music, and has 
taught music in the various seminaries and 
colleges of the church. She is talented not 
only as a musician, her intellectual brilliance 
having been a constant aid and stimulus to 
her scholarly husband. 

Richard Henry Jefferies, D. D. S. Pre- 
eminence in any calling is the result of in- 
dividual merit. It comes, not in consequence 
of exceptional powers not possessed by the 
majority of mankind, but by the use of those 
abilities which are common to us all, the 
result being determined by the degree in 
which these powers are exercised. The fact 
that Richard Henry Jefiferies, D. D. S., of 
Richmond, Virginia, is recognized as a pro- 
fessional man of exceptional ability, is due 
to his closer application, more careful over- 
sight, and to greater energy, then are dis- 
played by many others, and therefore his 
success is the just reward of his labors. He 
is a son of 



James McKendre Jefiferies, born in Cum- 
berland county, Virginia, where he died in 
1891. He was a farmer by occupation. Dur- 
ing the war with the states he was a first 
sergeant of Cumberland Troop Cavalry, and 
was wounded in one of the engagements in 
which he took part. He married Helen 
Jones, a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 
and now living with her son. Dr. Jefferies. 
They had children : Richard Henry, whose 
name heads this sketch ; a child who died in 
infancy ; John W., engaged in the lumber 
business in Richmond, Virginia ; George M., 
a merchant in Midlothian ; Lucile, who mar- 
ried George P. Bailey, a canner and broker, 
of Kinsale, Virginia ; James McKendre, Jr., 
a merchant at Kinsale. James McKendre 
Jefferies has three brothers, J. W., a physi- 
cian of Scottsville, Virginia; William D., a 
physician of Alabama ; Virginius, a druggist 
of Scottsville, Virginia. 

Dr. Richard Henry Jefferies was born in 
Cumberland county, Virginia, September 9, 
1884, on the farm owned by his father. He 
was a very young child when he came to 
Richmond, Virginia, with his mother, and 
his early education was acquired there and 
at a private school in Chesterfield. In 1900 
he was sent to the Virginia Polytechnic In- 
stitute, and for two years prepared himself 
to enter upon the study of medicine. He 
next matriculated at the Medical College of 
Virginia, and was graduated from this in- 
stitution in the class of 1909 with the de- 
gree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. He at 
once established himself in the practice of 
his profession, with which he has been suc- 
cessfully identified since that time. One 
year following his graduation, he was ap- 
pointed demonstrator at the Medical College 
of Virginia. He now has charge of the 
Prosthetic Technique at this institution, and 
is also associate professor of materia medica. 
He is a member of the National, State and 
City Dental associations. His fraternal af- 
filiation is with the Order of Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, and he is a member of the 
Methodist Centenary Church. 

Dr. Jefferies married, at Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, October 19, 1914, Adeline Mary Har- 
ris, born in that city. She is a daughter of 
William E. and Lucy (Campbell) Harris, 
the former the founder and head of the firm 
of Harris, Flippen & Company, dealers in 
sporting goods, the latter a native of King 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



William Hodges Baker. This branch of 
the Baker family, founded in Virginia by 
Henry Baker, born 1647, died 1712, and 
represented in the present by William 
Hodges Baker, of Portsmouth, removed 
from Isle of Wight county, Virginia, to 
North Carolina, where Lawrence Baker, the 
revolutionary ancestor, lived and died and 
which state General Lawrence S. Baker rep- 
resented in the United States regular army 
and in the later Confederate States army. 
Nine generations of Bakers have lived in 
Virginia and North Carolina, \\'illiam 
Hodges Baker being of the eighth. 

Henry Baker and wife, Mary, lived in 
Isle of Wight county, as did their son, 
Henry (2) Baker, who was born there and 
died in 1739. He married Angelina Bray, 
of Williamsburg, Virginia, but their son, 
Henry (3) Baker, born in Isle of Wight 
county, died in Bucklands, North Carolina, 
in 1770, the first of this direct line to settle 
in that state. Henry (3) Baker married 
Catherine Booth, a Virginia lady, born in 
Southampton. 

Major Lawrence Baker, son of Henry 
(3) and Catherine (Booth) Baker, was born 
in Bucklands, North Carolina, in 1745, died 
at Coles Hill, North Carolina, in Septem- 
ber, 1805. He took prominent part in the 
events preceding the actual beginning of 
hostilities between the American colonies 
and the mother country and then took the 
field as major, commanding North Carolina 
troops. He was a member of the North 
Carolina provincial congress that met in 
Hillsboro, August 21, 1775, and was ap- 
pointed a member of the committee of 
safety from Edenton. He was also a mem- 
ber of the Congress of 1776 and on April 
15, of that year, took the test oath and was 
formally seated as a member. On April 
18, he signed the resolution passed by the 
Congress enjoining absolute secrecy con- 
cerning all proceedings of the Congress, and 
on .^pril 19 was appointed a member of the 
committee on claims and military accounts. 
On April 22, 1776, he was named by the 
North Carolina provincial Congress as 
major and took the field in that capacity. 
He was twice married, his second wife, 
Anna Maria (Burgess) Baker, surviving 
until February, 1808. 

Dr. John Burgess Baker, son of Major 
Lawrence and Anna Maria (Burgess) 
Baker, was born in North Carolina, in 1802, 

VIR_44 



died June, 1837. He was a practicing phy- 
sician of Gatesville, North Carolina, a man 
of learning and high character. He mar- 
ried Mary Wynns Gregory. With the chil- 
dren of Dr. Baker the family residence was 
returned to Virginia, although the military 
service of his distinguished son, Brigadier- 
General Lawrence S. Baker, is properly 
credited to North Carolina, as he enlisted 
from that state and commanded North Caro- 
lina troops, under North Carolina commis- 
sions. 

Brigadier-General Lawrence S. Baker, 
son of Dr. John Burgess and Mary Wynns 
(Gregory) Baker, was born at Coles Hill, 
Gatesville, North Carolina, May 15, 1830, 
died at Suffolk, Virginia, August 10, 1907. 
He was appointed cadet from North Caro- 
lina at United States Alilitary Academy, 
West Point, and entered July i, 1847, grad- 
uated July I, 185 1, and was promoted to the 
army as brevet second lieutenant mounted 
rifleman, served at Cavalry School, for prac- 
tice, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1851 ,to 1852, 
Jefferson Barracks, Slissouri, 1852, frontier 
duty at Fort Laramie, Dakota, 1852, Fort 
Leavenworth, Kansas, 1852, Fort Scott, 
Kansas, 1852-53, Fort Leavenworth, 1853, 
expedition to the plains, 1853, and commis- 
sioned second lieutenant mounted rifleman, 
March 31, 1853. From 1853 until 1859 he 
was on duty in the west and southwest, 
scouting, convoying trains and fighting In- 
dians. On November 22, 1859, he was com- 
missioned first lieutenant mounted rifleman 
and until May, 1861, he was on duty in New 
Mexico. On May 10, 1861, he resigned his 
commission in the United States army, re- 
turned to North Carolina, at once enlisted 
in the Confederate army and was commis- 
sioned colonel of the First Regiment North 
Carolina Cavalry, May 20, 1861 ; August i, 

1863, he was commissioned brigadier-gen- 
eral and at the battle of Brandy Station the 
same day was severely wounded, his right 
arm being struck and shattered. From June, 

1864, until the close of the war he was in 
command of the Eastern Department of 
North Carolina. After the war he culti- 
vated a farm near Suffolk, Virginia, until 
1878, then was appointed agent at Suffolk 
for the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad, also 
for the Southern Express Company and 
manager for the Western LInion Telegraph 
Company, holding these positions from 1878 
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his death. His military career under two 
flags was brilliant and his record as a civil- 
ian was equally honorable. He married, 
in Salisbury, North Carolina, March 13, 
1855, Elizabeth Earl Henderson, born Oc- 
tober I, 183(5. Children: William Tilford, 
of further mention ; Alexander Henderson, 
born at Fort Stanton, New i\Iexico, De- 
cemljer 20, 1856, married Mary Claudia 
Philips; Lawrence Simmons (2), born at 
Tort Stanton, New Mexico, June 3, i860, 
died aged two years ; Elizabeth Earl, born 
in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 7, 1863, 
married Frederick Brooks Hubbell ; Rich- 
ard Beverly, born in Hyde county, North 
Carolina, August 10, 1866, died in 1880; 
Charles Jackson, born in Martin county. 
North Carolina, in 1875, died in 1877; Philip 
Baraud, born June 26, 1881, died June 22, 
1882. 

William Tilford Baker, born in San An- 
tonio, Texas, January 3, 1856, died in 1890. 
After the war he settled in Portsmouth 
where hs engaged in the lumber business 
with George R. Trant as partner. He mar- 
ried, November 8, 1883, Susan, daughter of 
William H. H. Hodges, of Virginia, and his 
wife, Mary A. (Griswold) Hodges. Chil- 
dren : William Hodges, of further mention ; 
Lawrence Simmons, born 1886; Mary 
Hodges, born 1889. 

William Hodges Baker, eldest son of 
William Tilford and Susan (Hodges) Baker, 
was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Decem- 
ber 2, 1884. After completing preparatory 
courses at Norfolk Academy he entered the 
law school of the University of Virginia, 
whence he was graduated LL. B., class of 
1906. He was admitted to the Portsmouth 
and Norfolk bar the same year and at once 
began practice in Portsmouth. Well suited 
by nature, mental equipment and prepara- 
tion, for the practice of law, he quickly won 
standing at the bar and until 1912 was en- 
gaged in prosecution of legal business in 
all state and Federal courts of the district. 
In 1912 he became a member of the legal 
staff of the Seaboard Air Line Railway. He 
is a Democrat in politics and for four years 
represented his ward in city council. 

Mr. Baker married, May 23, 1908, Helen 
Marshall Trant, daughter of George Rich- 
ards and Virginia Young (Boykin) Trant. 
Child, William Hodges (2), born April 20, 
1910, of the ninth generation of Bakers in 
America. 



Martin Donohue Delaney, M. D. Holding 
responsible position among the medical and 
surgical fraternity in Alexandria is Dr. Mar- 
tin Donohue Delaney, known to those of 
his profession outside of his city and state by 
his contributions to the scientific journals 
bearing upon his profession. A native of 
Ohio, his parents were of Irish birth, his 
father, Dennis William Delaney, having 
been born in 1840, his mother, Josephine 
Donohue before her marriage, and a niece 
of Lady Hunt, born in 1844. Dennis Wil- 
liam Delaney followed agriculture through- 
out his active years, coming to the United 
States in 1858, settling first in Philadelphia, 
later moving westward, and finally purchas- 
ing a farm in Virginia. 

Dr. Martin Donohue Delaney, son of Den- 
nis William and Josephine (Donohue) De- 
laney, was born in Toledo, Ohio, April 28, 
1S74. After obtaining primary instruction 
under private teachers he entered St. John's 
Military Academy, at Alexandria, Virginia, 
whence he was graduated. He then studied 
in Mount St. Mary's College, at Emmits- 
burg, Maryland, where he received the de- 
gree of A. M., afterward matriculating at 
Georgetown University, Washington, Dis- 
trict 01 Columbia, receiving his M. D. from 
that institution in 1898. He obtained prac- 
tical experience in his profession by his ser- 
vice as second assistant interne in the Co- 
lumbia University Hospital, and after one 
year in this capacity remained for a like 
period as first interne Thus prepared by 
study and actual work, in 1900, he estab- 
lished in practice in Alexandria, in which 
city he was from the first accorded a cor- 
dial reception, his present large practice 
forming with gratifying rapidity, while his 
welcome by his professional brethren was 
no less hearty and sincere. At the present 
time Dr. Delaney is one of the consulting 
surgeons of the Southern Railroad for 
Northern Virginia, and a member of the 
State and American Medical associations. 
His contributions to the medical literature 
of the day have been many and dealing with 
topics widely separated, the personality of 
the learned student showing through the 
treatises that he has submitted for publi- 
cation, all dealing in an illuminating man- 
ner with subjects of interest to physicians 
and surgeons. 

Dr. Delaney married, June 4, 1906, Cath- 
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garet (Lyne) O'Donoghue. and has chil- 
dren, all born in Alexandria : Martin Dono- 
hue, Jr., born June 5. 1907: Paul Lyne, born 
April 6, 1909: and Catherine O'Donoghue, 
born November 28, 1913. 

John Samuel Flory, Ph. D. It has been 
the privilege of John Samuel Hory, Ph. D., 
to be closely associated with Bridgewater 
College, Bridgewater, Virginia, in four ca- 
pacities, as a student, a professor, vice-pres- 
ident and president. It is in no way in dis- 
paragement of Dr. Flory's abilities as an 
educator or as an executive to state that 
his efficiency as the head of Bridgewater 
College, his present position, is greater than 
had he not been there enrolled as a student 
01 had not taught in that institution. While 
a member of the undergraduate body he 
became imbued with the spirit of tender re- 
gard for Bridgewater that joins her sons m 
a common brotherhood : as a professor he 
saw more clearly the needs of those he 
taught and acquired deeper sympathy with 
the purposes of the college ; and thus bound 
to Bridgewater by filial devotion and anx- 
ious care, when raised to official position 
he has found inspiration to wise and fruit- 
ful direction, and for four years has served 
her well as president. 

Dr. Flory is a descendant of a Pennsyl- 
vania family, the line having been planted 
in Virginia in 1785 by John Flory, who came 
from Pennsylvania to Rockingham county, 
Virginia. He married Elizabeth Garber, 
and from them descend those bearing the 
name in Virginia. John Samuel Flory is a 
grandson of Samuel Flory, and a son of 
Daniel Flory. Daniel Flory was born at 
Cross Keys, Virginia, in 1833. died in 1901. 
His occupation was that of farmer, and he 
was engaged in the cultivation of the soil 
during his active life. His religious beliefs 
and those of his family being in opposition 
to war and bloodshed, he took no part in the 
war between the states, remaining true to 
his principles in the face of severe criticism. 
He married Susanna, born in Timberville, 
Virginia, in 1832, daughter of John Wamp- 
ler, his widow surviving him to the present 
time. Children of Daniel and Susanna 
(Wampler) Flory: Joseph Frederick, a 
farmer; Isaac Long; Ann Rebecca, married 
John H. Hoover ; Mary Catherine, married 
Julius A. Miller ; John Samuel, of whom 
further. 

John Samuel Flory, son of Daniel and 



Susanna (Wampler) Flory, was born near 
Broadway, Rockingham county, Virginia. 
March 29. 1866. In his youth he was a 
student in the district school and also spent 
three years in the Broadway Graded School, 
where' he completed the high school course, 
at that time winning a Peabody Aledal. In 
September, 1888, he entered Bridgewater 
("oUege, remaining there for two sessions, 
and in 1890-1891 attended the Ohio North- 
ern University. Throughout the three fol- 
lowing years he was a student in Mt. Mor- 
ris College, there receiving the degree B. 
Lit., in June, 189-I, and from that year until 
the spring of 1902 he was professor of Eng- 
lish language and literature in Bridgewater 
College, which institution in June, 1902, 
conferred upon him the degree B. A. 

In the fall of 1902 Mr. Flory entered the 
University of Virginia, where his record was 
a brilliant one, in the making of which he 
called into use scholastic talents of high 
order, achieving remarkable distinction. In 
1903 he was the winner of the Kent De- 
scriptive Essay Prize and the Cabell Schol- 
arship, the last being annually awarded to 
the man who is regarded by competent 
judges as the best general student in the 
school of English literature. During the 
session closing in 1904 Mr. Flory was as- 
sistant in English literature, editor-in-chief 
of the "University Magazine," and assistant 
editor-in-chief of "College Topics," and final 
president of the Washington Literary So- 
ciety. He was awarded the medal for the 
best essay published in the "University 
Alagazine" during the year, and was further 
honored by election to the Raven Senior 
Society, this organization open only to 
members of the graduating class, as the 
name indicates, membership therein being a 
coveted prize and awarded solely upon 
qualifications of scholarship. Upon the 
publication, in 1905, of his thesis, "Literary 
Activity of the Church of the Brethren," 
Mr. Flory was awarded the degree of Ph. 
D. by the University of Virginia, his thesis 
a work of three hundred and fifty pages. 
Dr. Flory has at dififerent times contributed 
articles to the journals of the Church of the 
Brethren, papers over his name also appear- 
ing in the "Southern Historical Magazine," 
"The Sewanee Review," etc. 

In 1905 Dr. Flory returned to Bridge- 
water College in his former capacity of pro- 
fessor of English language and literature, 
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college, an office he held until his call to the 
presidency in 1910. To the requirements of 
this last office he has made able and ample 
answer, and, aided, by a faculty learned and 
competent, and supported by a board of 
trustees with the best welfare of the college 
at heart, he has turned the college toward 
a new era of usefulness and prosperity, with 
the highest aims of education as its goal. 
In addition to the activities mentioned pre- 
viously. Dr. Flory has been otherwise busied 
as an instructor in summer institutes held 
at Winchester, Fredericksburg and Harri- 
sonburg, Virginia. He is a Democrat in 
political faith, and is a member of the 
Church of the Brethren, and member of the 
general educational board of the same. 
Bridgewater College is an educational insti- 
tution of this church. His college frater- 
nity is the Phi Beta Kappa, and he has 
been a member of the Virginia Historical 
Society. 

Dr. Flory married (first J August 12, 
1897, Nannie Coppock, born near Tippe- 
canoe City, Miami county, Ohio, Novem- 
ber 25, 1871, died July 20, 1898. She at- 
tended the country and township schools 
prior to her entrance of Bridgewater Col- 
lege in September, 1888. She was here a 
student for nearly two years, and after 
teaching for one year in Kentucky, entered 
Juniata College, Pennsylvania, failing health 
causing her removal to a sanitarium at 
Rattle Creek, Michigan. The next fall she 
returned to Juniata, and for the two follow- 
ing years was a teacher in her home school, 
her eliforts meeting with marked success. 
Her death occurred less than one year after 
her marriage. Dr. Flory married (second) 
in 1908, Vinnie, born in Covington, Ohio, in 
1871. daughter of A. F. and Jennie (Berry) 
Mikesell, and has children, all born at 
Bridgewater, Virginia : Susan May, born 
May 30, 1909; John Samuel, born Septem- 
ber 5, 1910; Robert Mikesell, born February 
21, 1912; and Janet Cordelia, born Novem- 
ber I, 1913. 

Richard Blackburn Washington. The 

family of Washington was founded in Eng- 
land \)y "Thorfin the Dane," whose ancestors 
came from Denmark and settled in ancient 
Ebor or Yorkshire prior to Norman con- 
quest. The name Washington is of Saxon 
origin and antedates the coming. The' vil- 
lage of Wassyngton, from which the name 
Washington is derived, is mentioned in a 



Saxon charter as granted by King Edgar 
'" 973 to Thornby Abbey. This village, 
now called Wharton, is in the North Riding 
of Yorkshire. Twenty generations from 
Thorfin the Dane came Colonel John \\'ash- 
ington, American ancestor of the famous 
Virginia family that gave to America George 
Washington, the first president of the 
United States and one of the world's great 
characters. Colonel John Washington is the 
lineal ancestor of Richard Blackburn \\'ash- 
ington, of Alexandria, Virginia, who is of 
the eighth American generation. 

The original arms of the Washington 
family is thus given by Burke : "Vert a lion 
rampant, argent within a bordure gobo- 
nated or, and azure." Crest — "Out of a ducal 
coronet or, an eagle, wings addorsed, sable." 
Motto — Erifiis acta probat. The arms as 
used by President Washington are : "Ar- 
gent, two bars gules, in chief three mullets 
of the second gules." Crest — "A raven with 
wings addorsed sable, issuing out of a ducal 
coronet or." 

Laurence and John W^ashington, the two 
youngest sons of Leonard and Anne Wash- 
ington, of Wharton, Lancastershire, Eng- 
land, came to America in 1659, two years 
after their father's death. Both purchased 
land in Westmoreland county, Virginia, be- 
tween the Potomac and Rappahannock 
rivers, Lawrence later moving to Rappahan- 
nock county, Virginia, where he died early 
in January, 1677. The line of descent to 
President Washington is that of Colonel 
John Washington, the youngest of the two 
brothers. 

Colonel John Washington was baptized 
at Wharton, Lancastershire, England, in 
1627. He arrived in America in 1659, a pas- 
senger in a ship commanded by John 
Greene. He located at Bridge's Creek on 
his plantation in Westmoreland county, near 
the Potomac river. He was colonel in the 
Virginia forces against the Seneca Indians 
who were ravaging the Potomac settlement, 
was a magistrate, member of the house of 
burgesses, warden of the old "White 
Chapel" in Lancaster county, Virginia, an 
extensive planter. In honor of his public 
services and his private virtues, the parish 
in which he resided was called after him and 
still bears the name of W'ashington. He 
died early in January, 1677, within a few 
days of his brother, Laurence, and lies 
buried in a vault on Bridge's Creek which 
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He married (first) in England, bringing his 
wife with him to America with two chil- 
dren, but all died soon after their arrival. 
He married (second) Anne Pope, whose 
father resided on Pope's Creek, Westmore- 
land county. She bore him two sons and 
two daughters. 

Laurence \\'ashington. eldest son of Colo- 
nel John Washington by his second wife, 
Anne (Pope) Washington, was born at 
Bridge's Creek, \'irginia, about 1661, there 
died a planter in 1697, and was interred in 
the famih' vault on Bridge's Creek. He 
married, in Gloucester county, Virginia, 
about 1693, Alildred, daughter of Colonel 
Augustine \\ arner, who survived him and 
married (second) George Gale. 

Augustine Washington, second son of 
Laurence and Mildred (Warner) Washing- 
ton, was born at Bridge's Creek, 1694, died 
on his estate on the Rappahannock, nearly 
opposite Fredericksburg, in Stafford county, 
Virginia, April 12, 1743. He was a man of 
wealth, owning several fine estates on the 
Potomac and Rappahannock rivers. He 
married (first) April 20, 1715, Jane, daugh- 
ter of Caleb Butler, of Westmoreland 
county. She died November 24, 1728, the 
mother of three sons and a daughter. He 
married (second) in Lancaster county, Vir- 
ginia, March 6, 1731, Mary, daughter of 
Colonel William Ball. She died August 25, 
1789, aged eighty-two years, the mother of 
six children, the eldest being George Wash- 
ington, _ planter, surveyor, general, com- 
mander-in-chief of the revolutionary armies 
and first president of the United States. 
She also had sons : Samuel, John Augustine, 
and Charles; daughters: Betty and Mildred. 
To Laurence, the eldest son by his first wife, 
Augustine Washington bequeathed the 
beautiful estate on the Potomac known as 
Mount Vernon, now the American Mecca, 
the later home of President W^ashington, 
and his place of burial. 

John Augustine Washington, second son 
of Augustine \Vashington and his second 
wife, Alary (Ball) Washington, and brother 
of President Washington, was born in Staf- 
ford county, Virginia, January 13, 1736, died 
at his estate in Nomony, Westmoreland 
county, Virginia, in February, 1787, and 
was there buried. By his father's will he in- 
herited the old homestead and estate at 
Bridge's Creek, \\^estmoreland county. He 
was a man of wealth and education, and in 
1783 was chosen one of the vestrymen of 



Cople parish in Westmoreland county. He 
married Hannah, daughter of Colonel John 
Bushrod, of Westmoreland county, who 
bore him two daughters and sons, Bushrod, 
Corbin and William Augustine. 

Corbin Washington, second son of John 
Augustine and Hannah (Bushrod) \\'ash- 
ington, was born at Bushfield, Westmore- 
land coimty, Virginia, about 1765, died at 
Selby, Fairfax county, Virginia, about 1800. 
He is named in the will of his uncle, Presi- 
dent Washington, receiving two shares of 
the moneys resulting from the sale of lands 
not otherwise devised. His country seat 
was ^^'alnut Farm in Westmoreland county. 
He married, at Chantilly, \'irginia, about 
1786, Hannah, daughter of Richard Henry 
Lee, of Chantilly, who bore him three sons 
and two daughters. 

John Augustine (2) Washington, third 
son of Corbin and Hannah (Lee) \\'ashing- 
tcn, was born at Walnut Farm, W^estmore- 
land county, Virginia, in the fall of 1792, 
died at Mount Vernon, Virginia, June, 1832. 
He inherited from his uncle, Judge Bushrod 
Washington (the favorite nephew of Presi- 
dent Washington), the mansion at Mount 
A'ernon with a large amount of land, and 
after the death of the wife of Judge' Bush- 
rod ^^'ashington, the "green and hot houses 
belonging to the gardens" and all the fur- 
niture belonging to the mansion house. John 
Augustine Washington moved to and was 
occupying the Mount Vernon mansion, the 
former home of President Washington, at 
the time of his death. He married, in 1814, 
Jane Charlotte, daughter of jMajor Richard 
Scott Blackburn, of the United States army. 
She (lied in Blakeley, Jefferson county. West 
Virginia, in August, 1856. Two sons, John 
Augustine (2) and Richard Blackburn 
Washington, grew to manhood, and a 
daughter, Ann Maria. 

John Augustine (3) Washington, son of 
John Augustine (2) and Jane Charlotte 
(Blackburn) W'ashington, was born at 
F.lakeley, now West Virginia, May 3, 1821, 
and was killed at Cheat Mountain, now 
W'est Virginia, September 13, 1861. By the 
will of his father all his estate was left to 
his wife, Jane C. with full power to divide 
"among my children in any way she may 
see fit." He also provided that the Mount 
Vernon estate given him by his uncle, Bush- 
rod \\'ashington, should be sold to the 
L'Uited States government if they would 
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to any person who would buy. The govem- 
nieni refusing to purchase, the historic man- 
sion and six acres of ground later passed to 
the Mount \emon Ladies' Association of 
the Union, a body of patriotic women in- 
corporated in 1S56. The association as far 
as possible restored the estate to its former 
condition after obtaining possession, and to- 
day it is America's "Holy ground.'' 

The mansion was the home of John Au- 
gustine \\ashington. and there his children 
were bom. the tirst in 1844. Ae last on July 
22. 1S58. This last child, perhaps the last 
Washington born there, was singularly 
enough named George Washington and was 
bom three years before the death of the 
father. John Augustine Washington. 

John Augustine Washington married, at 
Exeter. Loudoun county. \'irginia. in Feb- 
ruan,-. 1S42. Eleanor Love, daughter of Wil- 
son Gary Selden. Ghildren. all born at 
Mount \'ernon : Louisa Fontaine. Jane Char- 
lotte. Eliza Selden. Anne Maria. Lawrence, 
of whom further. Eleanor Love, and George, 
bom July 22. 1858. moved to Fauquier 
county in i860, and later to Jefferson 
county. West \'irginia. 

Lawrence Was'nington. fifth child of John 
Augustine 131 and Eleanor Love ( Selden"! 
Washington, was born at historic Mount 
\"emon. \'irginia. Januan.- 14. 1854. He is 
the present custodian of the house of rep- 
resentatives reading room, in the Congress- 
ional Library- in Washington, having held 
the office for many years. His home after his 
marriage was "Waverland." near Salem. 
now Marshall. Fauquier count\-. Virginia. 
He married, at Charlestown. West Virginia, 
June 14. 1876. Fanny, daughter of Thomas 
Lackland, of Charlestown : children : John 
Augustine. Lawrence. Patty Willis. Anne 
Madison. Louisa Fontaine. Richard Black- 
bum. W illis Lackland. Fanny J., Wilson 
Selden. Preston Chew. Julian Howard and 
Francis Ryland. 

Charles Henry Walker. Walker is a ven.- 
old family name, one of the oldest. Geneal- 
ogists disagree as to the derivation, some 
holding the opinion that it was derived from 
the Xorse "A'alka." which means "a for- 
eigner." In Dutch appears the form "Wal- 
kart" and "Walker." In the Anglo-Saxon 
appear the forms "Walcher" and "Weal- 
here." meaning "a stranger soldier," prac- 
tically the same meaning as the Xorse 



■\'alka.'' Other, genealogists hold to the 
belief that the name was derived from an 
occupation. Before the introduction of rol- 
lers, when cloth was made, it had to be 
trodden under foot. The Anglo-Saxon word 
for this was "Walcere." which the English 
translate "a fuller." and in time "fuller" and 
"walker" became synoymous terms, and 
"the walker" became a regular occupation. 
It is likely that both claims are correct, and 
that some of the Walker names come from 
one source and some from the other. 

The name was a very popular one in Eng- 
land, and the number of Walker families 
grew apace. In the nine hundred years or 
so which have elapsed since family names 
were first adopted there have been granted 
to the Walker families in England over fifty 
coats-of-arms. They have held innumer- 
able positions of influence and importance 
with a number of titles, there having been 
at times as many as half dozen baronets that 
had titles, in different branches of the fam- 
ily. 

Between 1625 and 1655. something like 
fifty different Walkers came over from Eng- 
land to \irginia. A majority of these came 
over from the southern counties of Eng- 
land, though one or two of them are knowTi 
to have come from Yorkshire. In the revo- 
lutionan.- war. the \'irginia Walkers were 
represented by more than seventh- soldiers, 
ranging in rank from private to colonel. In 
"The National Cyclopaedia of American 
Biography"' over sixty Walkers have been 
given place. They cover every possible pur- 
suit in life. Amasa Walker was a political 
economist, several of the name have been 
governors of states, congressmen, senators, 
soldiers, naval officers, one an astronomer 
of note, another a great singer, another a 
philanthropist : there was also William 
Walker, the Prince of Filibusters, known as 
the "Gray-eyed Man of Destiny" : and 
Francis A. Walker, the greatest statistician 
that America has ever known. 

In the absence of complete records and 
the official registration of births and deaths, 
it is very difficult to establish definitely the 
line of descent of a member of a family 
so numerous, and with which the pages of 
A'irginia history fairly bristle with mention, 
but always in disconnected paragraphs. 
There are reasonable grounds for believing 
that the family to which Mr. Walker belongs 
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Thomas Walker, believed to have been 
brothers, who came from Middlesex, Eng- 
land, probably between 1650 and 1660. 

The will of Joseph Walker, of St. Mar- 
garets parish. Westminster, London, county 
Middlesex, probated in 1666, devised his 
property to his kinsman. "John Walker, now 
living in \irginia." This John Walker was 
a very prominent man, known as Colonel 
John Walker. He died about 1671, leaving 
six daughters. Colonel Thomas Walker, 
said to have been his brother, also a very 
prominent man, left sons. One of these 
sons was John Walker, who was the father 
of Dr. Thomas Walker, born in 1715, a noted 
explorer who saw Kentucky in 1750, and is 
said to have been the first white man who 
ever saw that section. Dr. Thomas Walker 
settled, certainly prior to 1742, in a section 
ot country out of which has been carved 
the counties of Orange. Louisa and .Albe- 
marle. When the old Fredericksville parish 
was organized, in 1742, Dr. Thomas Walker 
was one of the first vestrymen, and in later 
years was succeeded in the vestry by three 
of his sons : Thomas, Jr., John and Fran- 
cis. 

Colonel John Walker, son of Dr. Thomas 
Walker, served in the revolutionary war on 
Washington's staflf. and a younger son, 
Francis, also attained the rank of colonel. 

Rev. James Maury married a Miss Wal- 
ker, of this family, and named one of his 
sons \\"alker Maury. Matthew Maury also 
named one of his sons Walker Maury. 

This old Walker family lived at Belvoir, 
dnd Walker's Church (named for them) 
was on the road from Orange Court House 
tc. Charlottesville. 

On May 8. 1775. on a list of the commit- 
tee of safety for Louisa county, appears as 
first man. "Thomas Walker. Whether this 
was Dr. Walker, or his son. Thomas, who 
was then probably a man of thirty, cannot 
be definitely stated. 

Dr. Thomas Walker is believed to have 
been the progenitor of all the Walker fami- 
lies of the section from which C. H. Walker 
comes, and the probabilities are that Charles 
H. Walker is in the fifth generation from 
him. In the absence, however, of recorded 
evidence this statement cannot be made as 
a definite fact. The coat-of-arms of the 
Walker family of county Middlesex is thus 
described by Burke : 

Per pale argent and sable chevron charged with 
three annulets, between as many crescents, all 



counterchanged. Crest— On a mount vert a grey- 
hound sejant per pale argent and sable; the argent 
powdered with crescents azure ; the sable with 
bezants, and collared or. 

A peculiar feature of the Walker coats- 
of-arms in Great Britain is that a very great 
number of them show in their crests a grey- 
hound. The only way that one can account 
for this is that a majority of the families 
evidently claimed (or rather looked back 
to) a common ancestry. 

The coat-of-arms of the Hughson family, 
Mr. Walker's maternal line, is thus de- 
scribed: "Parted per cross, gules and er- 
mine, in the first quarter a lion rampant or, 
over all an eagle displayed of the last." 

Charles H. Walker, of Charlottesville, 
will not suffer by comparison with the dis- 
tinguished members of the Walker family, 
because he has filled with fidelity every duty 
in life, and won for himself the respect and 
good will of the people among whom his 
life has been spent. 

He was born at Louisa Court House. Julj 
29. 1845. son of John W. and Martha (Hugh- 
son ) \\'alker. His father was a railroad 
contractor of the firm of Mason & \\'alker. 
His maternal grandfather was Samuel 
Hughson. of the Green Springs section of 
Louisa county. His paternal grandfather, 
Austin Walker, lived in Piedmont. \'irginia, 
and was the father of a numerous family. 
Somewhere between 1825 and 1830 he 
moved with his entire family to the west, 
with the exception of his two sons and one 
daughter, who remained in Virginia. Dur- 
ing the war period 1861-1865. communica- 
tion having become interrupted. Mr. Walk- 
er's people in \'irginia lost track of their 
relatives in the west. 

Charles H. Walker attended John P. 
Thompson's Private School at Louisa, later 
ht went to the Dinwiddle School at Green- 
wood. ^'irginia. and was a student at the 
Crenshaw School in Amelia county in 1863, 
when he quit school finally to enter the 
Confederate army. He became a member of 
that famous corps commanded by Colonel 
John S. Mosby. the great partisan officer of 
the war whose command won fame under 
the name of "Mosby's Battalion." On Au- 
gust 13. 1864. while taking his part in the 
capture of a wagon train at Berryville, Mr. 
Walker was severely wounded, but was 
fully recovered before the end of the war. 
The young man was not quite twenty-one 
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confronted by the same conditions which 
the majority of young men of that day had 
to face. He took up his task courageousl}', 
and accepted a clerkship in the town of 
Charlottesville at a salary of fifty dollars 
per year and board. However, he did not 
remain for any great length of time upon 
this small salary, but obtained a better posi- 
tion with T. J. Werntenbaker, at that time 
the leading clothier and merchant tailor of 
the town, with whom he remained for about 
eight years. In January, 1875, Mr. Walker 
entered business for himself, at Rector- 
town, Virginia, where he conducted a suc- 
cessful mercantile house for twenty-two 
years. Retiring from business at Rector- 
tcwn, in 1897, he returned to Charlottes- 
ville, and soon after his return there was 
appointed city treasurer, and has since been 
three times elected to that office. While 
engaged in business in Rectortown he (in 
conjunction with D. P. Wood) organized 
and founded at Warrenton, Virginia, the 
hardware house of D. P. Wood & Company, 
ii! which Air. \\'alker owns a half interest, 
and which continues a successful business. 
He has other important business connec- 
tions at Charlottesville, being president of 
the Charlottesville Hardware Company, 
founded in 1889. He is a director of the 
Albemarle National Bank and a director in 
various other enterprises. 

A lifetime Democrat, he has never held 
any political position, unless one should 
class the office of city treasurer as political. 
This office, which he yet holds, he has filled 
one term by appointment and three by elec- 
tion. He is a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a 
Knight of Pythias, and is a memlier of 
other fraternal orders. He is a member of the 
Christian (or Disciples) church, of which 
he has been an elder for the last fourteen 
years, and for a number of year.s has served 
as sui)erintendent of the Sunday school. 

He married, in Danville. Virginia, in Mav, 
1873, Roberta Carroll, born in Albemarle 
countv, Virginia, daughter of Major Andrew 
and Mattie C. (Payne) Carroll. While he 
has attained success and position in the busi- 
ness world, Mr. \\'alker has won a place in 
public regard that cannot be estimated in 
worldly values. He has won this regard by 
upright dealings with every man and bv a 
consideration for the rights of others that 
has ever forlndden him to take an unjust 
advantage. He is interested in the welfare 
of his community and generously aids by his 



means and influence the charities and insti- 
tutions therein located. 

He now owns and occupies as his home 
the handsome old colonial home of ex-Gov- 
ernor Gilmer, and is owner of the Walker 
building, which he erected to meet the needs 
of the increased business of the Charlottes- 
ville Hardware Company, the largest and 
most modernly equipped business house in 
the city. He frankly owns that he feels 
some little pride in the fact that he was able 
to plant the Walker building on the spot 
where once stood the house in which he 
commenced his business life at a salary of 
four dollars and sixteen cents per month. 

Godfrey Lewis Miller, M. D. For nearly 
all of his professional career Dr. Godfrey 
Lewis Miller has been connected with the 
city of Winchester. Virginia, as city physi- 
cian, a half of a century covering the period 
thus spent. The medical profession has in 
Virginia no member whose single-hearted 
devotion to his duty, whether it led him to 
the homesick or upon the shot-swept battle- 
field, has more endeared him to the hearts 
of his people, and the loving regard in which 
Dr. Miller is held in his home has been en- 
gendered by a life of unselfish service, in 
which love for his fellows has been the 
dominating force. 

The family of which Dr. Miller is a mem- 
ber is of German descent, his father, F. God- 
frey Miller, having come to the United 
States from Saxony, Germany, in the latter 
part of the eighteenth century, his death 
occurring when he was sixty-two years of 
age. He was a merchant of Winchester, 
Virginia ; he married Katherine Elizabeth, 
daughter of John Shultz, who fought under 
General Daniel Morgan in the revolutionary 
war. F. Godfrey and Katherine Elizabeth 
(Shultz) Miller were the parents of eleven 
children, one of their sons, Godfrey Lewis, 
of whom further ; the others : John A., a 
druggist of Mount Jackson, Virginia, a sol- 
dier in the Confederate army during the civil 
war: George F., deceased: and William, de- 
ceased ; their daughters were : Katherine, 
Rebecca, Annie, Emily. Elizabeth, Betty. 

Dr. Godfrey Lewis Miller, son of F. God- 
frey and Katherine Elizabeth (Shultz) 
Miller, was born in Winchester, Frederick 
county, Virginia, April 23, 1837. He was a 
sttident in private schools and the Angerone 
Seminary and the Winchester Academy of 
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received in the Winchester Medical College, 
founded by Dr. McGuire and destroyed by 
Federal troops during the civil war, whence 
he obtained his AI. D. in 1858. His active 
practice began in Winchester, Virginia, and 
at the beginning of active hostilities in 1861 
he enlisted in Company B, Thirteenth Regi- 
ment \'irginia Infantry, and, en route to 
Harper's Ferry, was summoned to Winches- 
ter, \'irginia, by order of the Confederate 
army, to assist in the organization of an 
arm)- hospital. He afterward became head 
physician of the Old Tavern Hospital, and 
when Winchester fell into the hands of the 
Union forces he was appointed post sur- 
geon, an office he held until the close of the 
war. 

When peace followed those years of blood- 
shed Dr. Miller resumed his practice in 
Winchester, the change from the easing of 
sufifering caused by man's violence to the 
treatment of natural ailments being one 
most welcome, and he is there active in his 
profession to the present time. He is a 
member of the Virginia Medical Society and 
the American Medical Association, and for 
the past fifty years has served as city physi- 
cian of Winchester, service unusual in dura- 
tion and in fidelity alike, and for a part of 
that time has been associate physician of 
the almshouse that receives its inmates from 
the Frederick county district. 

Although Dr. Miller was reared in the 
Lutheran faith, his present religious beliefs 
are Presbyterian, and he affiliates with the 
Democratic party. His profession has 
always served as a cloak for the many kind 
acts and charitable deeds to which his sym- 
pathetic nature impelled him. Few have 
known, as they have seen his entry into the 
homes in which sickness and suffering, often 
aggravated by poverty, existed, of the ex- 
tent of his ministrations or how far. in his 
blessed benevolence, he has exceeded the 
requirements made upon a physician. 
Throughout his long and useful life he has 
given free rein to the gentler virtues, and, 
maintaining sturdy faith in mankind, has 
devoted himself to its service. 

Dr. Miller married, October 28, 1868. 
Mary J. Long, born in Frederick county, 
Virginia, in 1847. died in 1889, daughter of 
George R. and Harriet (Richards) Long. 
Their children, all born in W^inchester, are: 
Frank Richards, born in October, 1871, died 
in 1889; Godfrey, born October 27, 1874, 
engages in the lumber business ; William C, 



born in 1877, engages in lumber dealing in 
Winchester in partnership with his brother 
Godfrey, under the firm name Miller 
r.rothers. 

Robert Thomas Barton. The name of 
Barton was a familiar one in most of the 
American colonies, the founders coming 
from various parts of Great Britain. The 
seat of the family was in Lancashire, in the 
North of England, near the Scottish border 
and the Irish sea, making both Scotland and 
Ireland easy of access for emigrants. Most 
of the Irish Bartons were Protestants and 
are supposed to have all come to Ireland 
from England, where the family dates from 
the twelfth century. The original name of 
the family was Xottun, the present name 
having been acquired with the manor of 
Barton, through intermarriage. The arms 
borne by Barton of Barton were : On a field 
argent, three boars' heads sable, armed or. 
Crest : A boar's head gules, couped argent. 
]\lotto : Fide et fortitudiiic. 

The Bartons of Virginia descend from 
Kev. Thomas Barton, born in county 
Monaghan, Ireland, in 1730, died in New 
York, May 25, 1780. He was a graduate of 
the University of Dublin, took orders in the 
Church of England, and came to Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania, where he was rector of St. 
James' Church for over twenty years. He 
married Esther, a sister of the noted astron- 
omer, David Rittenhouse. One of his sons, 
Benjamin Smith Barton, was a famous 
botanist and scientist; another son, Richard 
P. Barton, was the founder of the \'irginia 
family of which Robert T. Barton, of Win- 
chester, is representative. 

Richard P. Barton was born in Lancaster. 
Pennsylvania, died in Frederick county. 
^'irginia. January, 1821, having settled in 
Freclerick count'v sometime within the 
decade 1780-90. He was a farmer and land- 
owner, a man of education and high stand- 
ing. He married Martha Walker, of I'eter.-^- 
burg, \'irginia. 

David W. Barton, son of Richard P. Bar- 
ton, was born in Frederick county. Virginia. 
1800, died in Winchester, Virginia, July 7, 
186.3. He was educated at Yale and was 
for many vears one of the leading lawyers 
of the valley of \^irginia, an accomplished 
scholar and writer of great ability, ease and 
felicity of expression. He was learned in 
the law%'the trusted friend and adviser of 
the communitv. but his excessive diffidence 



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prevented his success as a public advocate. 
He acquired a considerable tortune from the 
practice of his profession, but this was swept 
away by the losses of slaves and property 
during the war of 1861-65. He died July 7, 
1863, and is buried in Alt. Hebron Ceme- 
tery, Winchester. He married Frances 
(Fannyj L. M. Jones, of Frederick county, 
born October 15, 1808, daughter of William 
Strother Jones, and granddaughter of Colo- 
nel Strother Jones, an officer of the Conti- 
nental army. She was the great-grand- 
daughter of Gabriel Jones, who is credited 
with being the first practicing lawyer in the 
valley of Virginia. His home was in Rock- 
ingham county, but he owned a farm and at 
one time maintained a law office in Fred- 
erick county and attended Frederick courts. 
Cjabriel Jones, "the Valley lawyer," married, 
as her second husband, Margaret Strother, 
the eldest daughter and child of William and 
Margaret (Watts) Strother, of Stafford 
county. Their son. Colonel Strother Jones, 
was educated at William and Mary College, 
was commissioned captain in the Colonial 
army, resigned in 1774 to marry Mary 
Frances Thornton, of "Fall Hill," near Fred- 
ericksburg, daughter of Francis Thornton, 
who traced his pedigree to the duke of Or- 
mond. Captain Jones was commissioned 
colonel of the Virginia militia and at the age 
of thirty-two years died at the family home, 
"Vaucluse," in Frederick county. His son, 
William Strother Jones, was born October 
7, 1783, died at "Vaucluse" in 1845. He was 
educated at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 
was a gentleman of unbounded hospitality, 
strikingly handsome and a splendid horse- 
man. He was a member of the Episcopal 
church, a Federalist in politics, later a Whig. 
He cultivated the family estate and spent 
his life master of "Vaucluse." He married 
Anna Maria Marshall, a descendant of John 
Marshall, of the "Forest." 

David W. Barton had six sons, all of 
whom served in the Confederate army. Two 
of his sons, Marshall and David, were killed 
in battle, and one. Strother, lost a leg at 
the battle of Mine Run, dying in 1868. Mar- 
shall was killed at Winchester at the rout of 
Banks, May 25, 1862; David at the second 
battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, 
his body never being recovered. Botli were 
lieutenants in the Newtown artillery, one 
succeeding the other. Strother was first 
lieutenant of Company F, Second Regiment 
Virginia Infantry. Other sons were: Rob- 



ert Thomas, of further mention; Randolph, 
a lawyer, and Boiling W., a physician of 
lialtimore. David W. Barton also had 
four daughters : Maria L., married Colonel 
Thomas Marshall, of Oak Hill; Jane Cary, 
married Rev. Charles H. Shield, of Nor- 
folk, Virginia; Martha W., married (first) 
Dr. John M. Baldwin, (second) Rev. Charles 
tl. Shield; Fannie L., died unmarried. 

Robert Thomas Barton, son of David W. 
and Frances (Fanny) L. M. (Jones) Barton, 
was born in Winchester, November 24, 184:2. 
He was educated in private schools, Win- 
chester and Bloomfield academies. He pre- 
pared for the study of law and after the re- 
ciuired examination was admitted to the 
Virginia bar in 1865, after a service of sev- 
eral years in the Confederate army, one of 
six brothers to offer themselves for military 
service at the beginning of the war, two of 
these giving up their lives on the field of 
battle. Robert T. Barton enlisted in the 
First Virginia Brigade, commanded until 
his death by General Thomas J. Jackson 
("Stonewall"). After the war he was ad- 
mitted to the bar, began practice in Win- 
chester, where he yet continues. He was 
senior member of the highly rated legal firm. 
Barton «S: Boyd, established in 1869 ^"^ con- 
tinuing until 1910. Mr. Barton is a mem- 
ber of the State Bar Association, of which 
he is an ex-president. He has been admitted 
to all state and Federal courts of the district, 
and for more than two-score years has been 
a familiar and prominent figure in the legal 
world, not only as a learned and successful 
practitioner but as the author of standard 
law works. In 1878 he published "Barton's 
Law Practice," and in 1909 "Virginia — Colo- 
nial Decisions." His practice, always a 
large one. has always been conducted on the 
highest plane of legal ethics, while his re- 
search and literary ability has enriched the 
legal literature of his profession. While the 
law has ever been to him a jealous mistress, 
he has given considerable of his time and a 
great deal of his interest to the public serv- 
ice and to public affairs. He served his dis- 
trict in the Virginia legislature from 1883 
to 1885, and from 1899 to 1903 he was mayor 
of Winchester. In 1902 he was elected presi- 
dent of the Farmers' and Merchants' Na- 
tional Bank of Winchester, and still con- 
tinues the honored head of this solid and 
conservative financial institution. He is a 
Democrat in politics, but during the "free 
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land wing of his party. He is an attendant 
of the Protestant Episcopal church, and of 
\arious professional, social and fraternal 
organizations of high standing. 

Air. Barton married (first) February 19, 
1868, Catherine Knight, who died June 11, 
1887, daughter of William Knight, of Cecil 
county, Alarj-land. He married (second) 
June 10, 1890, Gertrude \Villiamson Baker, 
daughter of H. S. and Aletta (Hunt) Baker. 
Children of second marriage : Robert 
Thomas, now a law partner of his father, 
graduate of the University of Virginia ; Ger- 
trude Williamson, residing at home. 

Alexander Berkeley Carrington. A de- 
scendant of the old and prominent Virginia 
families. Carrington. \'enable and Cabell, 
Alexander Berkeley Carrington has attained 
prominence in the commercial life of the 
South through his lifelong connection with 
the leaf tobacco industry. He is a son of 
Rev. Alexander Broadnax Carrington, and 
a grandson of Paul S. Carrington, a planter 
of Ridgeway, Charlotte county. Virginia, 
and his wife. Emma (Cabell) Carrington. 

Rev. Alexander Broadnax Carrington. son 
of Paul S. and Emma (Cabell) Carrington, 
was born in Ridgeway. Virginia, in Septem- 
ber. 1833. died in March. 191 1. He was an 
active, useful and honored minister of the 
Presbyterian church, and during the war be- 
tween the states served as chaplain under 
General "Stonewall" Jackson until the lat- 
ter's death, then under other commanders. 
His ministerial life was spent in the service 
of his church in Charlotte and Prince Wil- 
liam counties. Virginia. He married Fannie 
\'enable, born at "Long Wood." Prince 
Edward county, Virginia, died in 1885, aged 
forty-five years. She was the daughter of 
Nathaniel Venable. a farmer and tobacco 
grower of Prince Edward county, born 
about 1800, and died aged fifty years. He 
married Mary Scott and had twelve chil- 
dren, one. Paul C. Venable. yet living, a resi- 
dent of Farmville, Virginia. Children of 
Rev. Alexander B. Carrington, all living: 
Charles V.. Gratton C. Fannie V., Alex- 
ander Berkeley, of further mention. 

Alexander Berkeley Carrington was horn 
at Longwood. near Farmville. Prince Ed- 
ward county. Virginia. January 27, 1862. 
A\'hen he was three years of age his parents 
moved to Charlotte county, where he was 
educated, and remained until sixteen years 
of age. He then came to Danville, where 



he was employed by his uncle, Paul C. Vena- 
ble, a leaf tobacco dealer and worker, with 
whom he was associated in business until 
1891. In that year he became a member of 
the firm of Dibrell Brothers, leaf tobacco 
brokers of Danville, and is now vice-presi- 
dent of the corporation. This company 
transacts a very large business in leaf 
tobaccos, maintaining branches at Durham, 
Wilson and Kingston, North Carolina ; Hen- 
derson, Kentucky ; and South Boston, Vir- 
ginia. Mr. Carrington is a Democrat in 
politics, a member of the Masonic order, the 
Westmoreland Club of Richmond, and is 
president of the Commercial Association of 
Dan\ille. In religious faith he is a Presby- 
terian. 

Mr. Carrington married, November 11, 
1891. Mary Taylor, born in Danville, daugh- 
ter of Albert G. and Eliza (Burch) Taylor, 
both born in Danville, the former deceased. 
Children : Alexander Berkeley, born Janu- 
ary 26, 1895, "ow a student at Hampden- 
Sidney College, class of 1915; Mary Taylor, 
born January 23, 1898, a student at Ran- 
dolph-Macon College ; Charles Venable, 
born January 7. 1903. The family home is at 
Danville, Virginia. 

Robert F. Leedy. The founder of this 
branch of the Leedy family was Baron 
Leedy. a German of noble family, who was 
known in the Shenandoah Valley as the 
"Dutch Lord." He founded an important 
family; one of his descendants. Lieutenant- 
Colonel Leedy, was a member of Washing- 
ton's stafif. and they have ever been men of 
high standing in the professions, business 
and agriculture. Colonel Robert F. Leedy, 
of Luray, Page county, Virginia, is a great- 
grandson of Samuel Leedy. grandson of 
Daniel Leedy. and son of John Leedy, of 
Rockingham county, Virginia. Colonel 
Leedy has among his treasures the great 
Dutch clock, brought from Germany by the 
founder, which for generations stood in the 
old homestead and ticked the passing hours. 

Daniel Leedy was a farmer of Rocking- 
ham county. Virginia ; married Eve Brower, 
and had issue. Among his sons was John 
Leedy, born in Rockingham county, Vir- 
ginia, in 1826. died 1889. He was a sergeant 
in a Rockingham county militia company 
and served with them until Company C of 
the Tenth Regiment was organized, when 
he enlisted in that company, and when war 
broke out between the states he served one 



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year. He was then detailed by the Confed- 
erate government to conduct farming opera- 
tions for the benefit of the army, serving in 
that manner until the war closed. He was 
a member of the local school board, and a 
man of high standing in his community. He 
married Sarah Ann Mauck, born in Rocking- 
ham county, Virginia, in 1830, died at Luray, 
Virginia, in 1896, daughter of John Alauck. 

Colonel Robert Franklin Leedy, of Luray, 
Virginia, was born in Rockingham county, 
Virginia, July 28, 1863. His early and pre- 
paratory education was obtained in the pub- 
lic schools of his county and later he studied 
law and was admitted to the Virginia bar 
1893. He began the study of law under the 
direction of Hon. D. S. Henkle and in the 
offices of F. W. Weaver and John R. Minor, 
and then entered the summer law school at 
the University of Virginia and was admitted 
to the bar of Augusta county in September, 
1893. After admission he began practice in 
Basic City, Virginia, continuing there two 
years, in 1895 moved his practice to Luray, 
where he is yet located as one of the leading 
lawyers of the Page county bar, particularly 
well known for his connection with several 
of the celebrated criminal cases tried in the 
state courts. He practiced in Luray until 1899 
as junior member of the firm of Weaver & 
Leedy and then continued along until 1908, 
when the partnership of Leedy & Berry was 
formed and so continues. Colonel Leedy 
has been retained in many celebrated cases, 
both criminal and civil, among the latter 
many important railroad suits. He bears a 
splendid reputation as a lawyer of learning, 
force and eloquence, his fame extending far 
beyond local limits. Judge Harrison was 
assailed in the celebrated Bywaters case 
(murder) by "Collier's Weekly" for opinions 
rendered and Colonel Leedy made a reply 
defending Judge Harri.son which received 
mention in all the leading papers of Vir- 
ginia. Shortly after "Collier's \Veekly" pub- 
lished these letters in their weekly periodical 
without comment. 

Colonel Leedv is a member of various bar 
associations of his district, and is a popular 
member of the Masonic order, belonging to 
Lafayette Lodge, No. 137. Ancient Free and 
Accepted Masons; Lurav Chapter, No. 19, 
Royal .\rch Masons ; and Luray Command- 
ery. Knights Templar; and .\cca Temple, 
Ancient Aral)ic Order Nobles of the Mvstic 
Shrine, of Richmond. In religious faith he 
is a r.aptist, and in politics a Democrat. 



While in Basic City he was elected mayor, 
resigning in 1893 during his second term, 
on account of his removing to Luray. In 
191 3 he was elected a member of the Vir- 
ginia house of assembly, representing Rap- 
pahannock and Page counties. His political 
record is an honorable one and further ser- 
A'ice will no doubt be exacted from him. 

Colonel Leedy obtained his title through 
service in the National Guard of Virginia. 
He was a member and captain of the "Page 
Rifles," an unassigned militia of Luray, later 
mustered in as Company C of the Second 
Regiment Virginia National Guard. Cap- 
tain Leedy, in June, 1895, ^^'^s elected lieu- 
tenant-colonel of the regiment, and in Au- 
gust following he was elected colonel, an 
office and rank he yet holds. Colonel Leedy 
has marked literary tastes and talent and is 
the author of several fugitive poems, one of 
rare and tender feeling, entitled "Stonewall 
Jackson." attracting wide and favorable 
comment. 

Colonel Leedy married, March 27, 1890, 
Emma C. Kiester, a native of W'est Virginia, 
a daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Kiester. 
and they are the parents of seven children, 
as follows: Nina C, Thelma H., John R., 
Lillian D.. Rolfe M., Beverley "B., and 
Cecil V. 

Charles A. Hammer. This branch of the 
Hammer family of Virginia springs from 
Henry Hammer, who came to the valley of 
A^irginia prior to the revolutionary war and 
through intermarriage from the Kevser fam- 
ily of Pennsylvania founded by Dirck Key- 
ser, who settled at Germantown, in the lat- 
ter state. Elizabeth (Filcrum) Hammer, 
the mother of Charles A. Hammer, was of 
Dutch and Irish descent. 

Henry Hammer, when a mere lad, enlisted 
and served in the Indian campaigns. On 
the breaking out of the revolutionary war he 
became drummer boy in Captain IMichael 
Cowger's company of Augusta militia. He 
was born in Germany, and came to .-Xmer- 
ica with his father, who settled in Bucks 
county. Pennsylvania, and later moved to 
Frederick, now Shenandoah county, Vir- 
ginia. For months prior to the revolution- 
ary war he was engaged in campaigns 
against the Indians in what was known as 
Tygart's Vallev, Virginia, now West Vir- 
ginia. At the close of the revolutionary war 
he was honorably discharged and mustered 
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loutli. \'irginia. The greater part of his 
ime during the war was spent in the Caro- 
nas and Virginia. 

Isaac Hammer, son of Henry Hammer, 
ecame a farmer and resided in Rockingham 
ounty, where he married Elizabeth Keyser, 
nd was succeeded by his son, Joseph C. 
lammer, who was born in Rockingham 
ounty in 1842, and died in 1909. Upon the 
utbreak of the war between the states he 
ecame a Union sympathizer and later with 

great many of his boyhood friends left 
'irginia and made his way to the Federal 
nes and enlisted with the Federal troops, 
ifter the war he returned to Rockingham 
ounty and engaged in farming until the 
ime of his death. He left eight children : 
"harles A., John N., Samuel P., Thomas J., 
Sernard J., Wilmer I., and Annie Alildred. 

Charles A. Hammer was born in Rock- 
igham county, Virginia, November 28, 1869. 
le attended public schools at Elkton, Vir- 
inia, and later a normal at McGaheysville, 
"irginia. He taught school one year, and 
hen became a clerk in a general store. In 
892 he entered the mercantile business for 
imself in Harrisonburg, the county seat of 
fockingham county. In 1895 he entered the 
ffice of and studied law under General John 
l Roller, and later under the preceptorship 
f the late Colonel O. B. Roller. In the 
ummer of 1898 he went to the University 
f Virginia, and there took a special course 
1 law under Professors Lyle and Minor, 
nd that same year was admitted to the bar, 
ut did not begin the practice of law until 
902, serving in the meantime as United 
>tates deputy collector in districts within 
he bounds of Virginia and North Carolina, 
n 1902 he returned to Harrisonburg and be- 
:an the practice of law at the Rockingham 
lar. Since 1905 he has served as referee in 
lankruptcy. He is a member of the fra- 
ernal orders of the Independent Order of 
Md Fellows, Knights of Pythias and the 
jenevolent and Protective Order of Elks, 
nd is a Republican in politics. 

In 1894 he married Bertha E. Loewner, 
>/ho was born in Harrisonburg, June 5, 1871, 
nd was a daughter of Samuel and Augusta 
^oewner. Of this marriage there are three 
hildren: Goldie Elizabeth, born June 30, 
899: Le Warren, born February 14, 1910; 
rharles A., Jr., born ]\Iarch 3, 1912. 

Algernon Sidney Buford. Colonel Al- 
gernon Sidney Buford, most prominently 



and most honorably connected with the de- 
velopment of the Richmond tJt Danville rail- 
road, of which he was elected president in 
1865, when the road had but one hundred 
and forty miles of trackage, and of which he 
continued president for twenty-two years, 
turning over to his successor in the presi- 
dency a line of more than three thousand 
miles ; representative first of Pittsylvania 
county and later of the city of Richmond in 
the Virginia legislature ; one of the most 
active members and for four years presi- 
dent of the Virginia Agricultural and Me- 
chanical Society, and chief of the Virginia 
board of managers of the Columbian exposi- 
tion at Chicago in 1893 ■ ^s of Virginia par- 
entage, and has been a Virginian through- 
out his life, although he was born (January 
2. 1826) in Rowan county, North Carolina. 
His father was \Villiam Buford, of Lunen- 
burg county, Virginia, a grandson of Henry 
Buford, of Culpeper county, Virginia, of 
revolutionary times, and his entire colonial 
ancestry were strong adherents to the inter- 
ests of the American colonists. His mother 
was Mrs. Susan Robertson (Shelton) Bu- 
ford, of Pittsylvania county. Virginia. 

From earliest years, decided strength of 
character and indications of exceptional 
ability marked the boy. His primary edu- 
cation was given him in the school taught 
by his father, and under his father's care at 
home he acquired a thorough practical 
knowledge of agriculture. As a young man 
he "spent much time between the plow 
handles," and like other thoughtful young 
men whose early years are passed in the 
country, he pondered much upon the condi- 
tions of life in his state and the problem of 
how to meet those conditions for the welfare 
of his fellow citizens. Determining to be- 
come a teacher, he saved his earnings with 
the purpose of studying at a university, and 
for two years taught in preparation for a 
course in law at the LIniversitv of Virginia. 
In 1848 he was graduated from a two years' 
course at that institution with the degree of 
Bachelor of Laws, 

He began the practice of his profession in 
his mother's native county, Pittsylvania, but 
his professional circuit included the neigh- 
boring counties, and while he was still a 
very voung lawyer, he was called to cross 
swords in legal combat with some of the 
leading men of the Virginia bar. Widen- 
ing acquaintance and broadening experience 
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for winning fame and fortune in a more 
populous community, and he removed to 
Danville, Virginia. Here his facile pen and 
his fluent and thoughtful speech quickly 
brought him prominently into notice, and in 
addition to his professional work he became 
owner and editor of the "Danville Register." 
Editorial work led naturally to politics, and 
political preferment was thrust upon him. 
In 1853 he served a single term in the \ir- 
ginia legislature from Pittsylvania county, 
declining a reelection. Returning to his 
work at the bar and at the editorial desk, he 
steadily grew in strength and popularity 
throughout his section of the state. 

After the passing of the ordinance of 
secession, in the spring of 1861, he aban- 
doned a lucrative law practice and enlisted 
in the Confederate States army as a private 
from Pittsylvania county. He served in the 
Army of Northern Virginia until the fall of 
1861, when the people of Pittsylvania again 
elected him to the house of delegates, and in 
this official position he was continued until 
the end of the war. While a member of the 
house he was commissioned lieutenant-colo- 
nel by brevet in the Virginia militia by Gov- 
ernor John Letcher, and was assigned to 
special service in aid of the campaign in the 
field. \\'hile performing this duty he estab- 
lished what was affectionately known as 
"P>uford's Home," and many were the sol- 
diers who enjoyed its comforts, while multi- 
tudes of Confederate soldiers profited by his 
watchful care of the supplies which were 
designed for those in the field and were by 
him forwarded to their destination. 

At the close of the war he returned to 
Danville, and in October, 1865, he was 
elected president of the Richmond & Dan- 
ville railroad. When he assumed this office 
that railroad had but one hundred and forty 
miles of trackage. To its development he 
devoted that executive talent with which he 
was so largely endowed, and the untiring 
energy which always characterized his life 
work. In 1887. after he had carried the load 
for twenty-two years of masterful manage- 
ment through the depressing and continued 
difficulties which stood in the way of its de- 
velopment and laid heavy loads financially 
and personally upon his own shoulders, he 
turned it over to his successor in the presi- 
dency with a trackage of three thousand 
miles. The Southern railway is under very 
great obligations to him for the labors and 
hardships he underwent in building up this 



very important part of the Southern rail- 
road. 

Perhaps his crowning industrial achieve- 
ment was the building (with the most 
meagre resources at his disposal, and with- 
out available cash capital) of the Atlanta & 
Charlotte Railway. Of the thousands of 
passengers, pleasure-seekers from all parts 
of the country, as well as Virginians, who 
are now delightfully hurried over this fav- 
orite route of the country's pleasure-seekers, 
but few think of the miles of toilsome riding 
ii! the saddle in search of the most eco- 
nomical route which the zealous, industrious 
and self-sacrificing president of this line, 
Colonel Buford, put into the establishment 
of the railroad, or of the hours of anxious 
and courageous planning required in the 
building of the first great railroad built by 
any Southern man after the war. 

In 1866 he removed from Danville to Rich- 
mond, \'irginia. He represented Richmond 
in the legislature of Virginia in 1877. When 
after twenty-two years of continuous reelec- 
tion as president of the Richmond & Dan- 
ville railroad, interests adverse to his estab- 
lished policy of administration came into 
control of the property, his own high spirit 
and sense of loyalty to what he believed to 
be the best interests of the people of his 
state led him to tender promptly and posi- 
tively his resignation of the office of presi- 
dent, although earnest assurances were 
made to him that his continued cooperation 
was regarded as a factor of the greatest im- 
portance in the further development of the 
company. 

Freed from the especial official responsi- 
bility which had rested upon him for twenty- 
two years, he turned his attention toward 
the reconstruction and enriching of Vir- 
ginia's great farm lands. For years he was 
an active member of the Virginia Agricul- 
tural and Mechanical Society, and he was 
president for four years, establishing it upon 
a safe and sound basis. In 1893 he was ap- 
pointed by the governor of the state at the 
head of the Virginia board of managers of 
the Columbian exposition at Chicago. 

In May. 1893, ^ persistent and most com- 
plimentary call from many parts of the state 
demanded from him an announcement of his 
candidacy for the office of governor of Vir- 
ginia, and although the long existing organ- 
ization of the political powers of the state 
led to the choice for this office of Colonel 
Charles T. O'Ferrall. Colonel Buford in the 




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contest proved himself a most worthy foe- 
man. 

Colonel Buford in 1854 married Emily W. 
Townes, of Pittsylvania county, Virginia, 
and their daughter Emily is now Airs. 
Clement Manly, of Winston-Salem, North 
Carolina. In 1872 he married Kate A. 
W'ortham, of Richmond, \'irginia. They 
had one daughter, Katie T. Buford. Some 
years later Colonel Buford married his pres- 
ent wife, Airs. Alary Cameron Strother (nee 
Ross), by whom he has three children: Al- 
gernon Sidney, Jr., Alary Ross (now Airs. 
Frederick E. Nolting. of Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, and William Erskine Buford. 

In the successive official positions which 
he has filled. Colonel Buford has always 
been conspicuously considerate, courteous 
and kindly, alike to men of low or high de- 
gree. While he has held himself under the 
strictest obligations to render justice to all 
those with whom he has dealt, and has held 
his whole life subject to the fine old maxim, 
fiat justitia. mat coelmn. yet he has been 
liberal in his gifts, and his charities have 
been limited only by the length of his purse 
and by the opportunities presented him. 
His many friends feel that a life work like 
his, reaching to an old age which has already 
passed four-score, furnishes an example to 
young Virginians, and to all who know the 
facts of this life of active service. 

Edgar Douglas Newman. To Judge Ed- 
gar Douglas Newman has come prominence 
in the profession that he has made his, that 
of law, while he is known, not only in his 
own locality, but throughout the state of 
Virginia, through his interest and activity 
in numerous industrial and financial institu- 
tions and his relation to the noted Randolph- 
Alacon system of educational institutions. 
Professionally and in business and private 
life he is highly regarded as a gentleman of 
the finest attributes, one whose years have 
brought him more than material prosperity 
and success, the respectful consideration of 
his fellows. He is a descendant of a family 
old in Virginia history, son of Benjamin 
Pennybacker Newman, born at Liberty- 
Furnace, Virginia, in 1822, died in 1902. 

Benjamin Pennybacker Newman was an 
iron manufacturer, and during the civil war 
operated his plant for the Confederate gov- 
ernment, consigning to them his entire out- 
put. After his retirement from this industry 
he engaged in agriculture, so continuing 



until his death at the ad\-anced age of eighty 
years. He married Elizabeth, daughter of 
John T. Hickman, his wife born in Burling- 
ton, West Virginia, in 1823, now living in 
Woodstock, Virginia. 

Edgar Douglas Newman, son of Benjamin 
Pennybacker and Elizabeth (Hickman) 
Newman, was born in Woodstock, Shenan- 
doah county, Virginia, March 26, 1854. His 
education was begun in the private schools 
of his birthplace, after which he attended 
A\'oodstock Academy and high school, of 
which Professor Salyards was the head. In 
1 87 1 he became a student in Randolph- 
Alacon College, remaining there for two 
terms, after which he enrolled in the Vir- 
ginia Alilitary Institute, where he was grad- 
uated in 1876. His scholastic standing dur- 
ing his youth was always high, and upon his 
graduation from this last-named institution 
he took first honors in his class. While 
studying civil engineering he taught school 
for one year, and then became a student at 
law in the office of Aloses Walton, an attor- 
ney of Woodstock, Virginia, gaining admis- 
sion to the bar of Virginia in 1878. 

Nine years after his entry into the legal 
profession Air. Newman was elected judge 
of the Shenandoah county court, holding his 
seat upon the bench of that court until Janu- 
ary I, 1898. In the twelve years that passed 
Judge Newman had gained a reputation as a 
judge fearless in the interpretation of the 
law. every opinion that had come from his 
court bearing the stamp of a masterly mind 
thoroughly versed in the intricacies of the 
law and a desire to have justice adminis- 
tered to the last degree. Attorneys of the 
county know him as a jurist courteous and 
forbearing, and many of those of the 
3-ounger school remember with gratitude an 
encouraging word spoken or a helpful sug- 
gestion offered at a time when such good- 
will and aid were most needed. 

In financial circles he is known as the re- 
organizer of the old Shenandoah County 
Bank, of which he was a director, obtaining 
for this bank in 1898 a national bank charter, 
under which it has since operated. Air. New- 
man becoming its president in 1900. at the 
change in control. The Strausburg Bank, a 
private institution organized in 1890, owes 
its life to his activities, and was organized in 
1908 as the Alassanetten National Bank. 

He is, as previously stated, connected wath 
the Randolph-ATacon system of educational 
institutions, holding the position of presi- 



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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



dent of the board of trustees. As president 
of this board he is an important factor in 
directing the work of the Randolph-Macon 
system, under which system are maintained 
schools that hold honorable place among the 
many excellent institutions of learning of 
which Virginia boasts. Almost needless to 
say, Mr. Newman is a firm friend of educa- 
tion, not alone for the sake of its cultural 
and refining influences, but for the prepara- 
tion it gives to do one's work among one's 
fellowmen wilh the highest degree of effi- 
ciency. Mr. Newman is politically identi- 
fied with the Democratic party. Such pro- 
fessional labors as Mr. Newman's judicial 
duties will permit of his performing are 
accomplished as a member of the law firm 
of Walton cS: Walton, one of the oldest 
founded legal firms in the state of Virginia. 
He married. December 20, 1877, Mary Ott 
Walton, born in Woodstock, Virginia, 
March 21, 1855, daughter of Moses and 
Emily N. ( Lock) Walton, and has children, 
all born in Woodstock, Virginia: i. Wilbur 
Lock, born November 26, 1880; educated for 
the legal profession, now connected with the 
United States department of forestry at 
Staunton, Virginia: married Ruth Koontz ; 
has three children : Elizabeth, Josephine and 
Wilbur K. 2. Edgar Walton, born March 
20, 1884; cashier of the Citizens' National 
Bank, Newmarket, Virginia, and the treas- 
urer of the Valley Turnpike Company ; mar- 
ried Margaret Price ; two children : Edgar 
W. and Richard B. 3. Helen, born May 8, 
1886; married Dr. W. B. Sager, of Davis, 
West Virginia: three children: Edgar D., 
Frederick N. and Mary W. 4. Harold H., 
a graduate of Johns Hopkins University of 
Baltimore, Maryland, with the degree of 
Doctor of Medicine, practicing in Salisbury, 
North Carolina: married, October 3, 1914, 
Eleanor Maynard, of Jessup, Maryland. 5. 
Houston Hickman, born April 14, 1892; sec- 
retary and treasurer of the Virginia Granite 
Company at Harrisonburg, Virginia ; mar- 
ried Edna F. Jones, of Atlantic City, New 
Jersey: one child, Virginia. 6. Douglas 
Cook, born November 25, 1896; a student 
ir. Randolph-Macon College. 

Floyd Jackson Gregory, M. D. The Greg- 
orys of Virginia, long seated in Lunenburg 
county, of which family Dr. Floyd J. Greg- 
ory, of Keysville, is a leading representative, 
trace through maternal lines to the Woot- 
ten, Walton and Lee families of Virginia. 



The Lee family, into which Joshua Gregory 
married, is the Lee family of which General 
Robert E. Lee, "Light Horse Harry" Lee, 
were such conspicuous members, the Ameri- 
can ancestor being Richard Lee, who came 
from England to Virginia in 1641. Ellen 
Etta (Wootten) Gregory, mother of Dr. F. 
J. Gregory, was a maternal granddaughter 
of General T. Walton, of the Confederate 
army, and a paternal granddaughter of Tay- 
lor Wootten, a member of the Virginia 
house of burgesses and engaged in the diplo- 
matic service of the United States. On both 
sides, Gregory and Wootten, numerous rep- 
resentatives served in Confederate army, 
both as officers and privates. 

Dr. Floyd J. Gregory is a grandson of 
Josephus Gregory, of Lunenburg county, 
Virginia, a prosperous planter and man of in- 
fluence. His wife, who was a Miss Lee, was 
a descendant of Richard Lee and of "Light 
Horse Harry" Lee, one of the greatest Vir- 
ginians of his day, scholar, statesman and 
soldier of the revolution. 

Dr. Flavanus Josephus Gregory, son of 
Josephus Gregory, was born in Lunenburg 
county, Virginia, February 21, 1826, died 
February 13, 1910, in Keysville, Charlotte 
county, Virginia. He was a practicing phy- 
sician of Charlotte county many years, set- 
tling in that county not long after his gradu- 
ation as Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson 
Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania. He enlisted in a Charlotte county 
company of the Confederate army, but on 
September 18, 1861, was transferred to the 
coast artillery at Wilmington, North Caro- 
lina, serving as surgeon the entire period, 
1861-65, ranking as major at the close of the 
war. During this entire period of service 
in the army, he had but one furlough and 
that was employed in the preparation for 
his marriage to Ellen Etta Walton, born in 
Lunenburg county, Virginia, in 1844, died 
May 10, 191 1, daughter of Dr. Lucius T. 
Wootten, an ofificer of the Confederate army, 
who married a Miss Walton, daughter of 
Brigadier-General S. T. Walton, of the Con- 
federate army. Dr. Lucius T. Wootten was 
a son of Taylor Wootten, a member of the 
Virginia house of burgesses and for several 
years in the service of the United States 
government. Children of Dr. Flavanus J. 
Gregory: Luella Wootten, born in 1863, at 
Keysville, married Rev. R. D. Garland, of 
Richmond, Virginia, secretary of the board of 
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Agnes, born in Keysville in 1865, married 
Archibald Osborne \'an Xess, of New York 
City; Rosalie, born in 1866, in Keysville, 
married Lucius Gregory, of Chase City, Vir- 
ginia, her cousin ; Alice Wootten, born in 
Keysville, in 1868, married Thomas Wil- 
liams, of Richmond, \^irginia : Edward Tay- 
lor, born at Keysville, in 1871 ; Flavanus 
Hammatt, born at Keysville, April 2"], 1873, 
married Lucy Jackson ; Floyd Jackson, of 
further mention. 

Dr. Floyd Jackson Gregory, of Keysville, 
A^irginia, was born there April 25, 1875, -'^o" 
of Dr. Flavanus Josephus and Ellen Etta 
(^^'ootten) Gregory. He obtained his early 
and preparatory education in Keysville pub- 
he schools and "Shortwell Academy." at- 
tending until 1909. He then took a course 
at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical 
College, followed by an elective course at 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, including 
Latin, Greek, PjOtany, Chemistry and Eng- 
lish. After leaving college he engaged for 
two years in the drug business in Keysville, 
but in 1907 decided to adopt the profession 
of his honored father. He entered Vander- 
bilt L^niversity. medical department, and in 
!9io was graduated Doctor of Medicine. He 
was president of the senior class of that 
year and finished his course with honors. 
On obtaining his degree. Dr. Gregory 
located in Keysville, where for half a cen- 
tury his father had practiced and labored. 
With this prestige. Dr. Gregory began his 
m.edical career, and in the few intervening 
years has established himself firmly in pub- 
lic regard and in the "young doctor," the 
"old doctor" has given to Keysville a worthy 
successor. He is a member of various med- 
ical societies and has contributed able 
articles to the journals of the profession and 
read others before the Keysville board of 
health and Keysville town council. He is 
a member of the Junior Order of American 
Mechanics and Woodmen of the World, 
active and useful in all. In political faith he 
is a Democrat, and in religious belief is a 
member of the ^Methodist Episcopal church. 

Marvin Smithey. The founder of this 
branch of the family in the L^nited States 
was Toshua Smithey. of Scotland, great- 
grandfather of Alarvin Smithey, of Law- 
renceville, Virginia, a twentieth century rep- 
resentative. 

Marvin Smithey is a grandson of Royal 
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Beverly and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Hub- 
bard) Smithey, the former a farmer of 
Amelia county, Virginia. He is a son of 
Rev. William Rosser Smithey, born in 
Amelia county, Virginia, in 1848, died Janu- 
ary 19, 1899, a minister of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. Rev. William R. Smithey 
married Nanny J. Green, born in 1848, who 
yet survives him. She is a daughter of Ed- 
ward and Mary Ann (Blanton) Green, of 
Amelia county, the former a veteran of the 
Confederacy and a descendant of Edward 
Green, of Maysville, Kentucky, of the Gen- 
eral Nathaniel Green family. Children of 
Rev. William R. Smithey : William Royal, 
vice-principal of the Harrisonburg State 
Normal School; Louis Philippe, instructor 
in the Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg; 
Marvin, of further mention ; Nelly Carson, 
graduate of Columbia University (Barnard), 
New York City, now a teacher in the Nor- 
mal School at Farmville, Virginia. 

Marvin Smithey, son of Rev. William 
Rosser and Nanny J. (Green) Smithej-, was 
born in Virginia, March 19, 1879. The 
itinerant system of the Methodist Episcopal 
church in locating its ministers calls for fre- 
quent changes of residence, hence the youth 
of Marvin Smithey was spent in different 
places and his early education obtained in 
the schools of the towns in which his hon- 
ored father was stationed as pastor. After 
preparatory courses in public schools of 
Mecklenburg, Amelia and Cumberland coun- 
ties and in Chase City schools, he entered in 
1893 Randolph-Macon College. Ashland, 
Virginia, whence he was graduated Bach- 
elor of Arts, 1896, Master of .A.rts, 1898. 
He began professional life as a teacher, was 
instructor in mathematics at Randolph- 
Macon Academy at Bedford City, Virginia, 
for four vears, was principal of the Rich- 
mond . Virginia, high school one year and 
pursuing a course of legal study during 
these years. In 1903 he was admitted to the 
Virginia bar and until 1906 was connected 
with the legal department of the A^irginia 
Railroad and also during the year 1905 main- 
tained a private law office in Richmond. In 
iqo6 he located in Lawrenceville, the capital 
of Brunswick county. Virginia, where he has 
since been continuously engaged in the prac- 
tice of law. He is a member of the district 
and state bar associations, has been admitted 
to the state and Federal courts of the dis- 
trict and has a satisfactory practice in all. 



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A Democrat in politics, Mr. Smithey has 
since 1909 served in the town council and is 
rated one of ihe earnest progressive men of 
that body. He is a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, Lawrenceville Lodge, 
No. 59, Free and Accepted Masons, and of 
Emporia Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. 

Mr. Smithey married, October 3, 1906, 
Virginia Hendrick Bracey, born in Meck- 
lenburg county, Virginia, in August, 1879, 
daughter of Cornelius and Alice (Boyd) 
Bracey. 

Thomas S. Southgate. To win success in 
any given field of human endeavor requires, 
it is believed, special preparation and special 
equipment. The professional man only dares 
to enter his field after years of study bear- 
ing on the profession he is to follow ; the 
mechanic must spend long years in special 
preparation for the trade he is to pursue ; 
and he who would lead men to conflict on 
sea or land must have special education for 
the branch of service he aspires to lead. In 
the business world our great merchants are 
often descendants of merchants or have had 
a training fitting them for their particular 
place in the commercial or financial world. 
When success comes to such men the ex- 
planation is easy, special preparation for 
special work produced the expected result. 
And yet these general results of cause and 
efifect do not always follow, as the history 
of Mr. Thomas S. Southgate will plainly 
show. 

Raised at sea from four to eleven years 
of age. without home or educational advan- 
tages, with but a part of two years of pri- 
mary school education he went to work 
for a meagre wage before thirteen. Suddenly 
the inevitable realization came with force, 
viz., that without education the future 
course must be downward, rather than up. 
Study work at home was nightly begun 
without assistance. When the plodding be- 
came difficult and irksome, the second reali- 
zation came with equal emphasis to the first, 
viz., that difficulties and deprivations were 
but stepping-stones to genius and success. 
With that conviction made a principle of 
life, it was comparatively easy for him to 
believe that a young man could do most 
anything he wanted to do, provided he 
wanted to do it bad enough, and was at the 
same time willing to yield the price of sac- 
rifice therefor. 

This simple belief in practical psychology 



soon crystalized in applying this mental 
platform to every-day practical living, with 
the result that at twenty-one years of age a 
life's business calling was chosen, and with 
but a capital of less than one hundred dol- 
lars the test of these theories began. The 
result under all the circumstances has been 
rather remarkable. Mr. Southgate estab- 
lished his present business in 1892 and has 
never changed it in any manner up to this 
time, and in twenty-three years it has grown 
to large and influential proportions, being 
of its kind the largest business in the dis- 
tribution of food products in the Southern 
states. Its main office is in Norfolk, Vir- 
ginia, with five branch houses in well located 
Southern cities. The sales of this firm ag- 
gregate several million dollars annually. 

This, no doubt, is creditable and in a 
measure exceptional, but in ]\Ir. Southgate's 
own language is entirely secondary to the 
success which has come to him through the 
acquisition of a degree of education that is 
rare. He is gifted to a degree on the public 
platform, and his writings have for yearf 
been sought for and highly regarded. Bif* 
few men in the South have given more freely 
of their time and effort in the interest of the 
public good ; and, as first vice-president of 
the Southern Commercial Congress, and first 
vice-president of the laymen's work of the 
Southern Methodist Church, he is widely 
known as a patriotic, public-spirited South- 
ern gentleman. In 1913 the South called 
upon him with others to spend three months 
in Europe to study rural banking. He be- 
came vice-president of the American Com- 
mission who made the study in twelve coun- 
tries of Europe, and whose report before 
Congress is now about to be enacted into 
the law of our country. 

It is not fair to say alone that Mr. South- 
gate is of the type of the American self- 
made man, for he is rather the product of 
good blood, strong character and well bal- 
anced mentality. His ancestors came to Vir- 
ginia in 1780 from Middlesex, England; 
three brothers originally: John, Richard 
and Robert. John Southgate became a warm, 
personal friend of Bishop Meade, of Colonial 
fame, who states in his volume "Old 
Churches" that "John Southgate settled in 
Norfolk, Virginia, in 1790, gaining promi- 
nence in educational, religious and temporal 
affairs." In fact, the whole line of ancestry 
down to his father, Thomas Muse South- 
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Mr. Southgate's father (Thomas Muse) 
left school at an early age and spent his life 
following the water until his retirement sev- 
eral years prior to his death, serving in all 
capacities to master for fifty years, thirty- 
six years under the flag of the Old Dominion 
Steamship Company, and four years under 
the flag of the Confederate States of Amer- 
ica in the transport and naval service. His 
career in war and peace was an honored one, 
marked with distinctive ability, courage and 
fidelity. He married, in i860, Mary Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Edward E. and Mary 
Elizabeth (Grifi'eth) Portlock, Thomas S. 
being the second oldest of six children, and 
to the love and devotion of his Godly 
mother Mr. Southgate freely states is due 
any contribution he has been able to make 
to his day and generation. 

Norfolk and Virginia honor Thomas S. 
Southgate, and regard him as in every sense 
representative of the young men of the new 
South. His steady, consistent and unusual 
life has been an inspiration to many, the 
influence of which is invariably exerted for 
those things which make for the public 
good. One of Mr. Southgate's strongest 
written statements, which we copy from a 
Northern periodical, will make a fitting 
close to this sketch : 

I count material business success but an incident 
in a man's life. I believe in a God-fearing country 
such as ours a man's success in life should no longer 
be judged by the amount of money he has made, but 
rather by the degree of service he has been able, 
under the providence of God, to render his fellow- 
men. 

Legh Richmond Watts. From earliest 
colonial days the Watts family, of which 
Legh Richmond Watts, of Portsmouth, is 
representative, has been prominent in the 
public and social life of Norfolk county, Vir- 
ginia. Colonel Dempsey Watts, an officer 
of the war of 1812. was a man of prominence, 
owning plantations cultivated by slaves. He 
married Mary Moore. He died in 1841, aged 
sixty-seven years. 

Dr. Edward M. Watts, son of Colonel 
Dempsey Watts and his wife, Mary (Moore) 
Watts, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, 
and after attending school in his native state 
entered the University of Pennsylvania. Re- 
ceiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine he 
entered practice and rose to success and emi- 
nence in his profession. He married Ann 
Eliza Maupin, daughter of Dr. George 



\Vashington Maupin, a surgeon in the 
United States army, and his wife, Ann (Mof- 
fatt) Maupin. The Maupin family was 
founded in America in 1700 by Gabriel Mau- 
pin, who fled from France, his native land, 
to England in 1699, the following year set- 
tling in Williamsburg, Virginia. His grand- 
son, Gabriel Maupin, was born February 12, 
1737, and married Dorcas Allen. He was in 
command of the powder magazine at Wil- 
liamsburg during the revolution and re- 
ceived an autographed letter from Patrick 
Henry, when that statesman was the occu- 
pant of the governor's chair in Virginia, 
commending him for faithful and efficient 
service. Gal:)riel Maupin was the father of 
Dr. George Washington Maupin and grand- 
father of Ann Eliza (Maupin) Watts. Chil- 
dren of Dr. Edward M. and Ann Eliza 
(Maupin) Watts: Georgianna, married 
James G. Holladay ; Edward M. (2), a phy- 
sician, married Laura Peters ; Legh Rich- 
mond, of whom further. 

Legh Richmond Watts, second son and 
youngest child of Dr. Edward M. and Ann 
Eliza (Maupin) Watts, was born in Ports- 
mouth, Virginia, in 1843. He obtained pre- 
paratory training in the Virginia Collegiate 
Institute, at Portsmouth, Norfolk Male In- 
stitute, and Norfolk Academy, and on Oc- 
tober 18, 1865, entered the University of 
Virginia. In 1866 he was graduated in 
chemistry, moral philosophy, and political 
economy, and at the close of 1867 completed 
the law course, receiving the degree of LL. 
B. In October, 1868, Mr. Watts became a 
member of the Portsmouth law firm. Holla- 
day, Gayle & Watts, and engaged in private 
practice until elevated to the bench as judge 
of the Norfolk county court, a position he 
occupied until 1880. In that year he returned 
to the private practice of his profession, and 
later formed a partnership with Goodrich 
Hatton under the firm name of Watts & 
Hatton, an association that continues to the 
present time. Mr. Watts in 1884 accepted 
the office of counsel for the Seaboard & Roa- 
noke Railroad Company, six years later be- 
came general counsel for the Seaboard Air 
Line, and in 1901 assumed his present duties 
a.'', counsel general for the entire Seaboard 
system. This responsible position, requir- 
ing profound knowledge of corporation law, 
unfailing tact, fine judgment, and reliable 
executive powers, he has filled most accept- 
ably, and through important litigation in 
connection with the road has gained a wide 



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prominence. Since November, 1883, in ad- 
dition to his exacting professional duties, 
,Mr. Watts has headed as president the offi- 
cial organization of the Bank of Portsmouth, 
the oldest banking institution in the city, 
and as a financier has attained reputation, 
rivalling his professional standing. Mr. 
Watts was for eight years president of the 
Portsmouth council, and as office holder or 
jirivate citizen has aided all that has tended 
to benefit the city of his birth, whether the 
proposed reforms were political, social, edu- 
cational or moral. By appointment of Gov- 
ernor Fitzhugh Lee he served for one term 
as a director of the Eastern Lunatic Asy- 
lum, and by appointment of the same official 
was for two terms a member of the board of 
visitors of the University of Virginia. In 
1880 Air. Watts was presidential elector on 
the Democratic ticket from the second dis- 
trict of Virginia, and in 1888 presided over 
the Democratic state convention. Affairs of 
party engaged a great deal of his time dur- 
ing this period, but he steadfastly refused 
the request of his fellow citizens that he ac- 
cept public office, continuing his party ser- 
vice to work in the organization and remain- 
ing a member of the executive committee 
during the chairmanship of the Hon. John S. 
Barbour. 

As a young man Mr. Watts interrupted 
bis studies to offer himself for service in 
the army of the Confederate States, and saw 
duty principally in the Carolinas, being 
]jaroled at Greensboro, North Carolina, from 
that place returning to his home. For one 
term he served as commander of Stonewall 
Jackson Camp, Confederate Veterans, of 
Richmond, and has ever been an interested 
member of that organization. He is a mem- 
ber of the leading bar associations, and for 
two years held the supreme agency of the 
Royal Arcanum. 

Mr. Watts holds the lasting regard and re- 
spect that comes as a tribute to a life lived 
usefully and uprightly. He is highly re- 
garded as a lawyer, won the approval of the 
liar and of all right living people when in 
judicial position, and when large business 
interests called for his services proved him- 
self the capable executive and able financier. 
The demands that have been made upon him 
have been many and weighty, and in the 
fulfillment of responsibilities and difficult 
trusts he has never failed those who relied 
upon him. Mr. Watts is a communicant of 
the Protestant Episcopal church. 



Legh Richmond Watts married, Novem- 
ber 26, 1868, at Portsmouth, Virginia, Mat- 
tie P., daughter of \Villiam H. and Mary A. 
(Reed) Peters. 

T. Allen Kirk, A. B., M. D. Dr. T. Allen 
Kirk, of Roanoke, Virginia, whose deep and 
widely extended research into the fields of 
medical science render him particularly 
fitted for the practice of his chosen profes- 
sion, has spared neither time nor personal 
sacrifice in the cause of alleviating the suf- 
ferings of humanity. He is the son of Dr. 
James Dallas Kirk, of further mention ; 
grandson of James Kirk, a farmer and mil- 
ler of Waterford county, Pennsylvania, and 
a great-grandson of William Kirk, a miller 
and distiller. 

Dr. James Dallas Kirk, born in Hancock, 
Washington county, Maryland, in 1843, re- 
ceived his preparatory education under pri- 
vate tuition, then studied medicine in the 
Long Island Medical College, Brooklyn, 
New York, and at the Bellevue Hospital 
College, New York City. He established 
himself in the practice of his profession in 
Bedford county, Pennsylvania, where he re- 
mained until 1882, then came to Roanoke, 
Virginia, where he had an extended practice 
until his retirement in 1910. He has been 
one of the foremost business men in many- 
directions, and erected the first brick busi- 
ness block in the town. He was one of the 
organizers and builders of the Roanoke & 
Southern Railway, now a part of the Nor- 
folk & Western system ; served the city on 
the board of education and on the board of 
public works, and has been for many years 
a director of the First National Bank of 
Roanoke. Dr. Kirk married Mary Elizabeth 
Gettys, daughter of Thomas and Eliza Jane 
(Anderson) Gettys; granddaughter of John 
Anderson, Sr., born in 1767 in Kent county, 
Delaware ; great-granddaughter of David 
Anderson, a native of Ireland, but of Scotch 
descent ; and a granddaughter of Thomas R. 
Gettys, editor of a newspaper in Bedford 
county, Pennsylvania. Gettysburg, Penn- 
sylvania, is named in honor of this family- 

Dr. T. Allen Kirk was born in East Free- 
dom, Blair county, Pennsylvania, June 14, 
1877. He was a young child when his par- 
ents removed to Roanoke, Virginia, and he 
attended the public schools of that town, be- 
ing graduated from the high school. He 
then matriculated at the Hampden-Sidney 
College, Virginia, from which he was grad- 




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uated in 1898 with the degree of Bachelor 
of Arts. While there he took a prominent 
part in all student activities and was a mem- 
ber of the Psi Kappa Psi fraternity- He next 
entered the medical school of the University 
of Mrginia, and was graduated in 1901 with 
the degree of Doctor of Aledicine. He was 
appointed clinical assistant to Dr. \\'illiam 
Osier, with whom he was associated for 
eighteen months, then accepted the appoint- 
ment as house surgeon to Christ Hospital, 
Jersey City. New Jersey, which he filled 
ver}- successfully for one and a half years, 
resigning it in order to take up private prac- 
tive in Roanoke. During his extensive stud- 
ies Dr. Kirk visited the larger number of the 
leading hospitals in the United States and 
Canada, and is regarded by his professional 
brethren as a surgeon of unusual skill and 
ability. At the present time he is physician 
and surgeon to the Roanoke City Hospital. 
He is a member of the Hampden-Sidney 
University of Virginia Alumni Association, 
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Christ Hospital, 
"Roanoke Academy of Medicine, Southwest- 
ern Virginia Medical Association, State 
Medical Association, American Medical As- 
sociation, Clinical Congress of America, and 
the Shenandoah and Country clubs of Roa- 
noke. This fondness for outdoor sports now 
centers upon golf and tennis, combined with 
a decided fondness for fishing as a recre- 
ation. His main hobby, however, is his hos- 
pital work, to which he is devoted. 

Edwin Burrus King. Amid the beautiful 
surroundings of Fauquier county, Virginia, 
a half mile north of Warrenton, long noted 
for its high altitude, beautiful scenery and 
invigorating climate, lies a tract of one hun- 
dred acres of well located land, which con- 
stitutes the campus and grounds of the 
"Stuyvesant School," founded in 191 3 by 
Edwin B. King, its headmaster. 

Professor King can trace to a distin- 
guished ancestry on both lines. Peter 
Stuyvesant, the Dutch governor of New 
Amsterdam, was the graridfather of Eliza- 
beth Stuyvesant who married Nicholas 
Fish, and through this marriage he traces 
directly to the old colonial governor whose 
name he has perpetuated in "Stuyvesant 
School." Hamilton Fish, a descendant of 
Nicholas and Elizabeth (Stuyvesant) Fish, 
and secretary of state in President Grant's 
cabinet, is a relative of Professor King, 
whose grandmother, Margaret Fish, was a 



sister of the secretary. One great-grand- 
father was Colonel Enoch Ward, who, it is 
said, equipped a North Carolina company, 
maintaining it at his private expense during 
the revolutionary war. He was the grand- 
father of Sally Ward, grandmother of Pro- 
fessor King. Colonel Nicholas Fish was also 
a revolutionary officer, and one of the ori- 
ginal members of the Society of the Cincin- 
nati. .Another ancestor. Colonel John Neil- 
son, was aide-de-camp to General Washing- 
ton and a friend of Lafayette. 

Professor King is a son of Dr. Joseph 
Francis King, and a grandson of Francis 
Lathrop and Sally (Ward) King, and 
through his mother a grandson of Dr. John 
Neilson. of New York City, the Kings and 
Wards being distinguished Southern fami- 
lies. 

Dr. Joseph Francis Iving was born in 
Beaufort, North Carolina, in 1832, and died 
in 1879. He was a graduate of the College 
of Physicians and Surgeons, New York 
City, and spent his life in medical practice. 
He was brigade surgeon in the Confederate 
States army, and for a time president of a 
medical college in Wilmington, North Caro- 
lina. He was eminent in his profession, a 
man of deep learning and lofty character. 
He married Susan Le Roy Neilson, born in 
New York City in 1841, died in 1909, daugh- 
ter of Dr. John Neilson, of New York City. 

Professor Edwin Burrus King, son of Dr. 
Joseph Francis and Susan Le Roy (Neilson) 
king, was born in Wilmington, North Caro- 
lina, May 24, 1876. After securing his pri- 
mary and intermediate education he pre- 
pared for college at St. Mark's School at 
Southboro, Massachusetts, entering Yale in 
the fall of 1894. After a university course 
covering four years he was graduated B. 
A., class of "98," receiving from Yale in 
1908 the degree of M. A. After graduation 
I'rofessor King began his chosen life work. 
He returned as master to St. Mark's School, 
the institution he had left four years earlier 
to enter the university. He remained at 
St. Mark's for nine years, adding to his edu- 
cational qualifications the valuable experi- 
ence gained in these nine years. From 1907 
to 1910 he was senior master at Ridgefield 
School, Ridgefield. Connecticut, and from 
1910 to 1912 headmaster of the Gilman 
Country School at Baltimore. Maryland. In 
1012 he purchased one hundred acres near 
\\'arrenton. the county seat of Fauquier 
countv, Mrginia. thereon erected suitable 



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buildings, and in 1913 opened "Stuyvesant 
School," an institution devoted to the educa- 
tion and development of boys. Warrenton, 
located fifty-six miles from Washington on 
a branch of the Southern Railroad, is the 
county seat of Fauquier, one of the richest 
of Virginia counties. The location of the 
school is ideal as regards altitude, scenery 
and climate, while the beautiful valleys of 
the Rappahannock and Shenandoah rivers, 
the caverns of Luray and the Blue Ridge 
mountains furnish attractive fields of natural 
beauty, and are not too far distant for oc- 
casional trips. "Stuyvesant" endeavors to 
meet the demand which exists for a school 
which preserves a distinctively homelike at- 
mosphere and at the same time furnishes 
exceptional opportunities for study and de- 
velopment. A close relationship exists be- 
tween masters and boys, the relationship re- 
sulting in stimulating the ambition of the 
boy and in bringing out the best in him. 
The religious influence of the school is in 
accordance with the principles of the Epis- 
copal church, service being attended at St. 
James' Church each Sunday morning. In 
memory of his mother, Susan Le Roy King, 
and of Emily Klein North, two scholarships 
of the value of two hundred and fifty dollars 
each, are awarded annually to boys of high 
rank and character. Under Professor King 
and his able corps of masters, Stuyvesant 
School is taking high rank and winning gen- 
erous patronage. 

Professor King is a member of many pro- 
fessional associations and societies ; is an 
Alpha Delta Phi fraternity man ; belongs to 
the Graduates Club of New Haven, the Yale 
Club of New York City, the University Club 
of ^^'ashi^gton, D. C, Warrenton Hunt Club 
and was president of the Fauquier Club of 
Warrenton in 1914. His religious affiliation 
is with the Protestant Episcopal church, and 
he conducts morning and evening pravers at 
his school each weekday and a short service 
each Sunday evening according to the 
liturgy of that church. 

On lune 20, 1905, Professor King mar- 
ried Mary Semmes Forbes, daughter of 
Murray and Emilv (North) Forbes, and 
granddaughter of Captain James North who 
represented the Confederate government in 
England during the war, 1861-65, having pre- 
viously served as an officer of the Confeder- 
ate States navv. Children : Mary Semmes 
Forbes, born October 29, 1909; Edwin Bur- 



rus (2), born June 19, 1912, died March 4, 
1915, both born in the city of Baltimore. 

At his home, "Stuyvesant," Professor 
King has many rare and valuable memen- 
toes of his ancestors, and of the great 
Frenchmen, Napoleon and Lafayette. 
Among these is a clock presented by Lafay- 
ette to his friend and comrade. Colonel John 
Neilson, great-grandfather of Professor King, 
who was aide-de-camp and the youngest of- 
ficer on General Washington's stafi'. This 
clock and many personal letters written by 
Lafayette to Colonel Neilson are carefully 
treasured at "Stuyvesant." Another valued 
and priceless heirloom is the writing desk of 
Peter Stuyvesant that has been handed 
down through many generations to the 
keeping of its present owner. Another relic 
of days long gone by is a large pearl, black- 
ened by fire, which was brought from Mos- 
cow by Napoleon the Great and presented 
bv him to his wife, the Empress Josephine. 
The pearl was given by Josephine in later 
years to her friend, the Marquise De La 
Rosie, who was the great-aunt of Dr. Joseph 
Francis King, and by the latter given to his 
son, Edwin B. King. Still another valued 
possession is a flute that once belonged to 
John Jacob Astor, the founder of the pres- 
ent Astor family, who, it is said, came to this 
countr}^ with a capital of five pounds and 
five flutes. From the proceeds of these five 
flutes he obtained money to enter the fur 
trade. 

Charles M. Edwards, M. D. Dr. Charles 
M. Edwards, of Petersburg, Virginia, is 
known far beyond the confines of his private 
practice and personal acquaintance as the 
editor of the Virginia Medical Semi-Month- 
ly, one of the standard medical journals of 
the state. In his connection with this scien- 
tific periodical. Dr. Edwards follows the 
course of his honored father, Landon B. 
Edwards, M. D., who established the journal 
in 1874 as the Virginia Medical Monthly, a 
title by which it was known until its more 
frequent publication caused the change to 
the present name in 1896. Dr. Charles M. 
Edwards has numerous other professional 
connections of responsibility and impor- 
tance, a private practice large and lucrative, 
and is numbered among the leaders of his 
profession in all things relating to its ad- 
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John E. Edwards, a clergyman of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, who was born in 
North Carolina, died in Lynchburg, Vir- 
ginia, in 1891. at which time he was pastor 
of the Court Street Church. Dr. Landon B. 
Edwards, son of the Rev. John E. Edwards 
and father of Dr. Charles M. Edwards, was 
born in Prince Edward county, Virginia, 
September 20, 1845. and died in Richmond, 
Virginia, November 27, 1910. The places of 
his early education changed with his father's 
varying charges, and after a course in Ran- 
dolph-Macon Academy he matriculated at 
the Medical College of Virginia, subsequent- 
ly pursuing medical studies at the Univer- 
sity of the City of New York. From this 
last named institution he was graduated in 
1867, leading his class in general average, 
and he at once began professional work in 
the city of Lynchburg, where he practiced 
until 1870. In this year he moved to Rich- 
mond, and was there active in medical circles 
until his death, founding, in 1874, the Vir- 
ginia Medical Monthly, of which he was for 
many years managing editor, later under the 
name of the Virginia Medical Semi-Monthly. 
He married Nannie Pettyjohn Rucker, born 
September 24, 1849, in Lynchburg, Virginia, 
and had issue : Katharine Rucker, born in 
1872, resides in Richmond. Virginia, unmar- 
ried; Dr. Charles M.. of whom further; 
Agnes v., lives in Richmond, unmarried ; 
Landon B., Jr., born in 1887, employed in the 
office of the city auditor of Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. 

Dr. Charles Mundy Edwards, son of Dr. 
Landon B. and Nannie Pettyjohn (Rucker) 
Edwards, was born in Richmond, Virgmia, 
July 30, 1875. There he attended the public 
schools, afterward becoming a student in 
Randolph-Macon Academy, and after com- 
plete academic preparation entered the Med- 
ical College of Virginia. This institution 
awarded him his M. D. in 1896, and for one 
year thereafter he served as interne in the 
Virginia Hospital. Dr. Edwards was asso- 
ciated in practice with his father until the 
death of the elder Edwards in 1910, and un- 
der his guidance and direction made his first 
strides toward professional prominence. No 
preceptor could have been better qualified to 
instruct and to advise in professional pro- 
cedure, and the gratification of the father 
over the aims and ambitions of his son, as- 
pirations that lay so nearly parallel to his 
own. was a source of greatest pleasure. 

Since 1910 Dr. Edwards has practiced his 



profession alone, and continues a connec- 
tion with the Virginia Aledical Semi-AIonth- 
ly, with which he became associated during 
his father's editorship. Pie is at this time 
managing editor of the journal, having iden- 
tified with him as associate editors a number 
of the foremost physicians of the state. 
From 1901 to 1907 Dr. Edwards was sur- 
geon of the "Richmond Blues," a battalion 
of light infantry, and at this time serves the 
Norfolk & Western Railroad in that capa- 
city. He is a Democrat in political belief, 
and belongs to the Methodist Episcopal 
church. 

He married, in New York City, October 
29. 1902, Leifa Le Moine Gahagan, born at 
Coushatta, Red River parish, Louisiana, De- 
cember 3, 1877, ^"d has one son, Charles 
Mundy, Jr., born November 2, 1903. 

John Penn Lee. This family name is of a 
cc'mmon origin with Lea, Leigh, Lye, Lygh, 
Lega, Lehe, Leyra, Leighe, Lyhe, Lygh all 
derived from the Saxon Laey or Leah, mean- 
ing the "pasture or place." County Cheshire 
was the cradle of the Lees and a long inter- 
esting roll bearing the name may be found in 
the county histories of England. 

The family Lee is one of the most ancient 
founded in the English records. In the 
eleventh century the name of Launcelot Lee 
is associated with William the Conqueror 
and in the division of estates by William, a 
fine estate in Essex was bestowed upon him. 
Lionel Lee raised a company of gentlemen 
cavaliers at the head of whom he accom- 
panied Richard "Couer de Lion" in the third 
crusade, 1192. For gallant conduct at the 
siege of Acre, he was made Earl of Litch- 
field and another estate was given to the 
family, which later was called "Ditchly." 
They were devoted followers of the Stuarts 
and for their loyalty and valor received var- 
ious honors and distinctions. In Virginia 
the name dates from 1641 and is one of the 
most distinguished in the state and as asso- 
ciated with General Robert Edward Lee, the 
great soldier of the Confederacy, one almost 
reverenced, especially by the soldiers and 
officers who served under him. Richard 
Henry Lee, the revolutionary statesman and 
patriot, "Light Horse Harry" Lee. are names 
high on the roll of honor, while in the last 
century to record the names of Lees who 
have rendered distinguished service in the 
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The pioneer settler was Richard Lee, one 
of the younger branches of the house of 
Litchfield, who came to Virginia in 1641. 
He was associated with Sir William Berke- 
ley and it is stated that on his return from 
his voyage to England, where he had held 
conference with Charles II., he and Berke- 
ley succeeded in having Charles proclaimed 
King of England, France, Scotland, Ireland 
and \'irginia. While this is questioned by 
historians, there are coins in existence on 
which are quartered the arms of England, 
Scotland, Ireland and Virginia, the whole 
encircled with the word "Virginia 1773." 

The Hon. Thomas Lee. fourth son of 
Richard Lee. and grandson of Richard Lee, 
the founder, is given in history as one of the 
most prominent of early Virginians. The 
fine mansion Stratford was built for him by 
the East India Company. Stratford Hall 
the residence of Thomas Lee (known as 
President Lee) became the great centre of 
genial old Virginia hospitality. Here was 
the headquarters of the fashion, genius and 
nobilitv of the Old Dominion, and its exten- 
sive halls and massive corridors not only re- 
sounded to the strains of martial music and 
the fe.-;tive dance, but also to the powerful 
voice of genius, as it eloquently went forth 
to establish the political events of the coun- 
try. 

Charles Carter Lee, of Powhatan. Vir- 
ginia, father of John Penn Lee. in a letter 
thus speaks of the old mansion, his birth- 
place: 

When I was a boy the chimneys of the old house 
were the columns of two summer houses, between 
which there was a balustrade and in Colonel Philip 
Lee's time during the evening promenade of ladies 
and gentlemen, a band of music played the while in 
one of the summer houses. Colonel PhiHp Lee also 
kept a barge in which the family enjoyed the music 
of the band upon the water. But the liouse is more 
remarkable for being tlie birthplace of two of the 
signers of the Declaration of Independence and also 
of my brother Roliert. who was liorn in the same 
chamber they were. 

The signers referred to were Richard 
Henry Lee and Charles Lightfoot Lee. the 
brother was General Roljert E. Lee. In his 
'"Virginia Georgics." Mr. Lee thus refers to 
Stratford : 

On the Potomac doth a mansion stand. 

Whose walls were built of brick from old England ; 

Eight pillars formed two summer house pillars. 

From which were seen Potomac's sea-like billows ; 

Tall Lombardy poplars in lengthened row 

Far o'er the woods a dwelling's signal show, — 



A pillar of cloud by day to guide the stranger 

To a generous board and his horse to a good manger. 

This was the old seat of the Lees renowned. 

F'or what none else can boast of on the ground — 

F'or being the birthplace of two of the signers 

Of the Declaration of Independence. 

Here, too, a circumstance to others worthless, 

But much to me. for I am fond of my birthplace. 

And am glad the sun first greeted me on earth 

Where the moon of independence had its birth. 

Richard Henry Lee, the great political 
leader and statesman, was born at Stratford 
en the banks of the Potomac, January 20. 
1732, the birthplace of George Washington 
and scarcely a month before that event, J.ied 
£t "Chantilly," his seat upon the Potomac. 
June 19. 1794. mourned and beloved by a 
grateful country. 

Henry Lee the fifth son of Richard Lee, 
v/as born in Virginia, and like his brother 
was a member of early councils of the col- 
ony. He married a Miss Bland, daughter of 
Richard Bland, and granddaughter of Theo- 
dore Bland, who settled at Westover, upon 
the James river, in Charles Citv county, 
\'irginia, in 1654. He was of the King's 
council, speaker of the house of burgesses 
and was in fortune and understanding in- 
ferior to no man in the country. 

Henry (2) Lee, son of Henry (11 Lee and 
his wife, who was a Miss Bland, was a metn- 
ber of tlie house of burgesses, took an active 
part in the exciting events of his time and 
resided at Stratford. He married at Green 
Spring, once the residence of Sir W^illiam 
Berkeley, December i, 1753, Lucy Grymes. 
said to have been a descendant of ]\Iajor 
John Grymes, son of General Thomas 
Grymes, who served under Cromwell. 
Henry and Lucy (Grymes) Lee left a fam- 
ily of six sons and five daughters. 

General Henry (3) Lee ("Light Horse 
Harry"), eldest son of Henry (2) and Lucy 
(Grymes) Lee, was born at Leesylvania. 
Prince William county, Virginia, January 
29, 1756. He was entrusted with the man- 
agement of the vast Lee estate at an early 
age, a trust he most ablv filled. In 1776 he 
was commissioned captain of a cavalry com- 
pany, and under the command of Colonel 
Bland joined the provincial army under 
\\'ashington. In 1778 Congress promoted 
him to the rank of major, for gallant con- 
duct, and with a fine corps of cavalry and 
infantry, his cominand soon became famous 
and well known as "Lee's Legion." Major 
Lee and his command covered the retreat 
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Cornwallis and as the rear guard performed 
meritorious service. They participated in 
many battles in the Carolinas and Georgia, 
"Light Horse Harry," a name that has ever 
clung to him, winning fame for himself and 
for his command a reputation as the most 
efficient corps in the American army. In 
1781 he retired on furlough to Virginia and 
was happily present at the surrender of his 
old adversary, Cornwallis, on October 19. 
After the war, he was successively chosen to 
the state legislature, the \'irginia conven- 
tion that ratified the constitution of the 
United States, governor of \'irginia, 1892- 
95, and Congressman. \\'hile in Congress 
he drew up the set of resolutions formally 
announcing the death of Washington to 
Congress containing the memorable words 
"First in war, first in peace, first in the 
hearts of his countrymen." He was selected 
to deliver the oration before Congress in 
honor of the great \Vashington, and on De- 
cember 26, 1799, delivered the eulogy in the 
German Lutheran Church. Fourth, above 
Arch street, in Philadelphia, then the largest 
church in the city. He held the rank of 
major-general, commissioned July 19, 1798, 
and of him it has been said, "he seemed to 
have come out of his mother's womb, a sol- 
dier." He was a man of letters (Princeton, 
1773) a scholar, of dazzling genius with an 
eloquence which seemed to flow unbidden. 
In 1801 he retired from public life and in 
1809 wrote his interesting "Memoirs of the 
war in the Southern Department of the 
United States." In June, 181 2, he was ser- 
iously injured by a mob in Baltimore while 
attempting to defend the home of a friend 
and later voyaged to the West Indies in 
search of health. On his way home he landed 
at Cumberland Island, on the coast of 
Georgia, the home of his old commander 
and friend. General Greene, where he died 
March 25. 1818. He was there buried, the 
captain and crew of a war vessel that hap- 
jiened to be anchored there assisting at his 
funeral and paying the last military honors 
to the dead patriot. 

General Lee married (first) Matilda, 
daughter of Philip and Elizabeth (Steptoe) 
I udwell. He married (second) June 18. 
1793. Anne Hill, daughter of Charles and 
Anne Buller (Moore) Carter, of "Shirley." 
She was born in 1793. died in 1829. 

Charles Carter Lee. second son of General 
Henry (3) Lee. and his second wife. Anne 
LTill (Carter) Lee. was born at historic 



Stratford, Westmoreland county, Virginia, 
November 8, 1798, died Alarch 21, 1871, and 
\vas buried at his home, "Windsor Forest." 
m Powhatan county. He was graduated 
from Harvard College, second in the class of 
3819, and became a lawyer, first practicing in 
Washington, D. C, then in Floyd county, 
Virginia, next in Mississippi, where he re- 
mained for several years, then in Hardy and 
finally in Powhatan county, Virginia. He 
possessed a mind of a superior order, had a 
most retentive memor)' and a keen wit. He 
was an omnivorous reader and a brilliant 
conversationalist, greatly sought after at all 
social gatherings. 

Charles Carter Lee was incapacitated by 
age from entering the military service of the 
Confederate States. His brothers, Sidney 
Smith Lee and Robert Edward Lee, one a 
commander in the United States navy, and 
the other a veteran of the Mexican war and 
an officer of the United States army, both 
resigned their commissions and entered the 
Confederate army, both for four years, serv- 
ing the Confederacy with the same ardor, 
energy and unselfishness that they had pre- 
viously given the whole country. Sidney 
Smith Lee, a graduate, had been command- 
ant of the United States Naval Academy and 
of the Philadelphia navy yard. Robert E. 
Lee, a graduate of W^est Point Military 
Academy, class of 1829, had been superin- 
tendent of the academy, 1852-55. For thirty 
years he served the LInited States with fidel- 
ity and was pronounced by General Scott to 
be "not only the greatest soldier of America 
but the greatest soldier now living in the 
v/orld," concluding his eulogy by saying, 
"if he ever gets the opportunity he will prove 
himself the greatest captain of history." 
This was when General Lee was Colonel 
Robert E. Lee of the United States army. 
W'hen the opportunity came, although he 
was opposed to secession, he promptly re- 
signed his commission when it became a 
question whether he should fight for or 
against his native state, acting in strict ac- 
cordance with the principals of his honored 
father, who, ardent Federalist that he was, 
had said, "Virginia is my country ; her will 
I obey, however lamentable the fate to which 
it may subject me." General Lee enter- 
tained no illusions such as each side pro- 
fessed to hold that the war would be a short 
one. In casting his lot with Virginia, he 
acted with full consciousness of the gravity 
of the crisis. He said, "Make your plans for 



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several years of war." At another time, 
"Both sides forget that we are all Americans 
and that it must be a terrible struggle if it 
comes to war." How well he played his part 
the world knows. After the war he accepted 
the position of president of Washington Col- 
lege, Rockbridge county, Virginia, serving 
from October. 1865, until his death, October 
12, 1870. General Lee married Mary Anne 
Randolph Custis. only daughter of George 
Washington Parke Custis and his wife, 
Mary Lee (Fitzhugh) Custis, the former the 
adopted son of Washington and grandson of 
Mrs. Washington. 

Charles Carter Lee married. May 13, 1847, 
Lucy Pcnn Taylor, born 1828, died 1913, 
daughter of George and Catherine (Ran- 
dolph) Taylor, of "Horn Quarter," King 
William county, Virginia. She was a de- 
scendant of James Taylor, who came from 
Carlisle, England, in the seventeenth cen- 
tury and settled on the shores of the Chesa- 
peake. The line of descent to John Penn 
Lee is as follows : James Taylor and Mary 
Gregory ; their son. John Taylor and Cath- 
erine Pendleton: their son, James Taylor 
and Ann Polland ; their son, John Taylor 
and Lucy Penn. daughter of John Penn. the 
signer of the Declaration of Independence 
from North Carolina ; their son. George 
Taylor and Catherine Randolph ; their 
daughter, Lucv Penn Taylor and Charles 
Carter Lee. President Taylor was also a 
descendant of George Taylor through an- 
other line. Children of Charles Carter and 
Lucy Penn (Taylor) Lee: George, born 
March 8, 1848. became a practicing lawyer 
of Johnson City. Tennessee ; Henry, born 
July 9, 1849, settled in Winston. North 
Carolina; Robert Randolph, born May 22, 
1853. resides on the old paternal estate in 
Powhatan county, Virginia ; William Car- 
ter, born September 8, i8c;2. killed in a rail- 
road accident. June 21. 1882; Mildred, born 
November 20. 1857. married Dr. John Tavlor 
Francis, a graduate of the medical depart- 
ment of the University of New York. 1883, 
practicing in Norfolk, Virginia : Catherine 
Randolph, born August 27. 1865, married 
Dr. John Guerrant. of Franklin county. Vir- 
ginia; John Penn, of whom further. 

John Penn Lee. younarest son of Charles 
Carter and Lucv Penn fTaylor) Lee. nephew 
of General Robert E. Lee. and grandson of 
Major-General Henrv Lee, was born at 
the paternal home "Windsor Forest." Pow- 



hatan county. Virginia, September 11, 1867. 
He was early educated in the old field 
schools in Powhatan county and at Wash- 
ington and Lee University, where he pur- 
sued academic courses from 1883 until en- 
tering the law department of the same uni- 
versity. In 1888 he was graduated from law 
school (Washington and Lee) with the de- 
gree LL. B. and the same year was admitted 
to the Virginia bar. In 1888 he located at 
Rocky Mount, Virginia, the capital of 
Franklin county, forming a law partnership 
with Peter H. Dillhurst. Mr. Lee has been 
very successful in practice and has attained 
eminence in the profession. From 1898 un- 
til 1904 he was judge of the Franklin county 
court, and as jurist and lawyer has proved 
the depth of his legal knowledge and his 
eloquence as an advocate and his skill as an 
attorney. He practices in all state and Fed- 
eral courts of the district and is a member 
of the national, state and district bar asso- 
ciations. He, has acquired important busi- 
ness interests outside his profession and is 
a director of the First National Bank of 
Rocky Mount and holds a similar position 
on the board of the Franklin & Potomac 
Railroad. 

A Democrat in politics. Judge Lee has 
ever been active and influential in the party, 
has been a member of the Democratic State 
Committee, and in 1910 was elected a mem- 
ber of the Virginia house of assembly, serv- 
ing on the committees, courts and justice, 
Federal relations, and on the joint committee 
of senate and house, local and general laws. 
He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal 
church, the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, the Benevolent and Protective Order 
of Elks, and is a Sigma Phi. 

Judee Lee married, in 1896. Isabella Gil- 
man Walker, born in Lynchburg, Virginia, 
in T86q. daughter of Dr. Thomas and Cath- 
erine (Dabney) Walker. Children, all born 
at Rocky Mount : Catherine Dabney, born 
September 4, 1897; Richard, June 14. 1899; 
Chissell Dabney. June 14. igo2; Charles 
Carter. June 28. T906; Henry, June 24, 1907; 
Lewis Walker, died in infancy; Nancy Wal- 
ker, died in infancy. 

L. C. Myers. To L. C. Myers is accorded 
prominence in financial circles in Rocking- 
ham county because of his position as presi- 
dent of the First National Bank, of Harris- 
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through his vshant conduct as an officer of 
Company H, Tenth Regiment Virginia Vol- 
unteer Infantry, with which company he 
fought in the war between the states until 
disabled in battle. Mr. Myers was not the 
only one to carry the family name to credit 
and honor in that conflict, his brother, Eras- 
mus P., nobly bearing his part in the other 
branch of the Confederate service, the cav- 
alry, being a soldier of the Twelfth Virginia 
Cavalry. Erasmus P. Myers received severe 
wounds in the battle at Brandy Station, and 
after his recovery returned to the front, serv- 
ing until the surrender at Appomattox Court 
House. Thus is there found in the records 
of the war between the states a story of 
patriotic devotion and staunch courage 
which centers in the two sons of Christian 
Richard Myers. 

Christian Richard Myers was born in 
Rockingham county, Virginia, in 1810, died 
in 1872. He was a farmer in calling. He 
married Melinda, daughter of John and 
Joanna (Saunders) Gaines, who survived 
him five years, a descendant of Senator 
Pendleton Gaines, of Virginia, of revolu- 
tionary fame. Christian Richard and Me- 
linda (Gaines) Myers were the parents of: 
L. C. of whom further: Erasmus P., of pre- 
vious mention, born in Rockingham county, 
Virginia, in 18.44, a farmer; Amelia Jane, 
born in Rockingham county, Virginia, in 
1842, married Colonel J. E. Dovel, and has 
Edgar, Elizabeth and Lucy. 

L. C. Myers was educated in the private 
schools of Rockingham county, Virginia, 
and when but a youth joined a military com- 
pany organized a year before the outbreak 
of war between the states, becoming a lieu- 
tenant in its organization. When the Con- 
federate States government issued its call 
for volunteers, this company enlisted in a 
body, and became Company H, Tenth Regi- 
ment Virginia Infantry. The Tenth saw ser- 
vice in many of the hardest-fought and most 
important battles of the war, Mr. Myers be- 
ing seriously wounded in the thigh at the 
battle of McDowell. May 8, 1862, in which 
battle Colonel S. B. Gibbons, commanding 
the regiment, was killed. The wound Mr. 
Myers sustained in this battle paralyzed 
him below the hip, but after partially re- 
covering from its ill effects he was made 
enrollment office for the Confederate States 
army and stationed at Rockingham, Vir- 
ginia, in which capacity he served until the 
close of the war. 



His career as a soldier over, ]\Ir. Myers 
accepted a position as clerk in a mercantile 
establishment in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 
and after passing several years in this capa- 
city, became, in 1873, a bookkeeper in the 
employ of the First National Bank of that 
place. He was subsequently promoted to 
the position of teller, and after filling this 
station for about six years, was raised to 
the office of cashier. He was the incumbent 
of the cashiership from 1889 until 1908, in 
the latter year becoming president of the 
institution with which he had been identi- 
fied for thirty-five years. Mr. Myers is at 
this time the head of the First National, and 
directs its management along conservative 
business lines, bending his efforts, as he has 
in various capacities for so long a time, to 
maintaining the high standard it has set 
as an institution firmly founded and wisely 
managed, a depository worthy of the most 
absolute confidence, a reliable business med- 
ium. 

Mr. Myers is a member of S. B. Gibbons 
Camp, Confederate Veterans, the camp 
named in honor of the gallant commander 
of the Tenth Regiment Virginia Infantry, 
under whom Mr. Myers fought and by 
whom he fell. Fraternally, he affiliates with 
the Masonic order, belonging to Rocking- 
ham Union Lodge. No. 2-j, Ancient Free and 
.Accepted Masons, of which he was for two 
years worshipful master ; Rockingham 
"Chapter, No. 6, Royal Arch Masons, of 
which he was for two years high priest; 
Harrisonburg Commandery, No. 10, Knights 
Templar, of which he was captain general 
and for many years eminent commander, and 
Acca Temple. Ancient Arabic Order Nobles 
of the Mystic Shrine, of Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. His political party is the Democratic, 
and he belongs to the Presbyterian church, 
of which he is an elder. 

He married (first) Sally Mauck, who died 
in 1869; (second) Margaret L. Yancey, who 
died in 191 1 : (third) in October. 1913, Anna 
N. Estes. He is the father of one daughter 
by his second marriage, Annie M.. born in 
1875. married Charles B. Richardson, and re- 
sides in Richmond. Virginia. 

Gwathmey. Descendants in the fourth 
American generation from Richard Goswell 
Gwathmey. who founded his line in Virginia, 
three of the sons of William Watts and 
Mary (Tayloe) Gwathmey are prominent in 
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Ugal, medical and surgical, and engineering 
circles knowing well the name through the 
careers ot the present day representatives 
o! the family wnose records follow. From 
Ricliard Uoswell Gwathmey the line de- 
scends through Temple Gwathmey and his 
wife, Ann. i emple Gwathmey moved from 
the vicmity of Norfolk to Khig and C)ueen 
county, there acquired title to a large tract 
of land, and conducted planting operations 
durnig his active years. Among his sons 
was \\ illiam Watts Gwathmey. 

W illiam W atts Gwathmey, son of Temple 
and Ann Gwathmey, was born in 1820, and 
died in 1869. After the completion of his 
education he went to Texas and there re- 
mained for four years, upon his return em- 
barking in tobacco dealing, later establish- 
ing in cotton dealing in Alabama. Once 
more returning to his native state he be- 
came a cotton commission merchant in 
Norfolk, thus passing his remaining years. 
His business ventures were uniformly suc- 
cessful, and he became the possessor of a 
considerable fortune. He yielded allegi- 
ance to the Democratic party all his lite, 
and took an active part in public affairs, 
serving at one time as president of the Nor- 
folk council. He was a vestryman of Christ 
I'rotestant Episcopal Church, closely con- 
nected with its good works, and was an 
honored and respected citizen. William 
Watts Gwathmey married Mary, daughter 
of (.ieorge P. and Mary (Langhorn) Tayloe, 
a descendant of William Tayloe, who came 
to \irginia about 1650 and married Ann, 
daughter of Henry Corbin. Children of Wil- 
liam Watts Gwathmey : Mary, died in in- 
fancy ; Temple, a graduate of the Virginia 
Medical College, died in active practice aged 
forty-five years; William Watts (2), of 
whom further ; James Tayloe, M. D., a prac- 
ticing physician of New York City, married 
and has three children ; Caroline, died in 
1885; George Tayloe, of whom further; 
Lomax, of whom further ; Edward Thorn- 
tcn ; P) rooks. 

William Watts (2) Gwathmey, eldest sur- 
viving son of William Watts (i) and Mary 
(Tayloe) Gwathmey. was born in Rich- 
mond, \'irginia, in 1S60. and was educated in 
the Virginia Military Institute, whence he 
was graduated in the class of 1880. After 
thorough preparation in civil engineering, 
with specialized study in railroad work, he 
became active in his profession, and in 188.3 
became engineer in charge of the construc- 



tion of the Norfolk & Carolina Railroad, 
alter ward accepting a position on the engi- 
neering corps of the Seaboard Air Line. He 
retained his office with this road until 1905, 
when he resigned from its service and 
opened offices in Norfolk as a consulting en- 
gineer. Mr. Gwathmey's present standing 
in engineering circles speaks plainly of the 
success that has attended him in the decade 
that has passed since his independent es- 
tablishment, and the record of his profes- 
sional achievements is a proud one. Posi- 
tive knowledge, skill and ability are the 
foundation of his attainment, while habits of 
precision and industry have contributed no 
little to his success. Mr. Gwathmey holds 
membership in the Norfolk Chamber of 
Commerce, and is a communicant of Christ 
Church. Politically, he is a Democrat, with 
which party he has been allied all of his 
life. 

A subject upon which 'Sir. Gwathmey 
holds the most advanced views is that of 
education, and his children have been fav- 
ored with the best of educational oppor- 
tunities, one of his sons now a clergyman 
of the Protestant Episcopal church, the 
other pursuing Mr. Gwathmey's own pro- 
fession, civil engineering, while his daugh- 
ters are students in institutions of high 
grade and reputation. 

William Watts (2) Gwathmey married, in 
1885, Mary P., daughter of John D. and 

( Potter) Langhorn, of Kentucky, and 

has children: Duval, born in 1886, edu- 
cated in Washington-Lee University and the 
\'irginia Theological Seminary, now rector 
of the Protestant Episcopal parish at 
\\aynesboro, \'irginia ; William ^^'atts, Jr., 
educated in Washington-Lee University, 
now a civil engineer in the employ of the 
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad : Caroline, born 
in 1S90, a student in Sweet Driar Institute; 
Mary, born in 1892, also a student at Sweet 
P.riar Institute: Elizabeth, born in 1898. 

George Tayloe Gwathmey, fourth son and 
sixth child of William Watts ( i ) and Mary 
(Tayloe) Gwathmey, was born in Alabama 
in 1867. Like his brother, William W. 
Gwathmey, he was educated in the Virginia 
Military Institute, and was graduated C. E. 
in the 'class of 1887. He followed profes- 
sional work until 1895, in which year he 
took up the study of law at the University 
of Virginia, attending the university in 1895 
and 1896, having previously prepared him- 
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completion of his legal course and upon ad- 
nission to the bar he began the practice of 
lis new profession, also dealing in real es- 
:ate, and thus continues at this time. While 
It college he was elected to membership in 
he Kappa Alpha fraternity, and is also a 
nember of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar 
issociations. He is a vestryman of Christ 
Zhurch. Mr. Gwathmey was at one time 
issistant city engineer of Norfolk, and had 
Mitered upon a career of brilliant promise in 
engineering when he made the change in 
lis calling in favor of the law. His success 
md reputation in this profession are ample 
i-indication of his judgment, and he is higli- 
y regarded by his professional contempo- 
-aries. As a citizen he is allied with all that 
~ good in his city, his influence and effort 
counting for every project of progress. 

George Tayloe Gwathmey married, in 
[900. Margaret Cabell Smith, daughter of 
Robert Carter and Mary (Smith) Smith, 
ler mother a daughter of William H. Smith, 
Df Norfolk. Children : Cabell, born m 1902 ; 
George Tayloe, Jr., born in 1904; Lomax, 
lorn in 1907; Edward Smith, born in 1909. 

Dr. Lomax Gwathmey, fifth son and sixth 
child of William Watts (i) and Mary (Tay- 
,oe) Gwathmey, was born in Norfolk, Vir- 
ginia, November 5, 1869. He studied under 
:he preceptorship of Professor Gatewood at 
the Norfolk Academy, and afterward stud- 
ied medicine and surgery at the University 
Dt Virginia and Columbia University of New 
York City. He was for a time house phy- 
sician at Bellevue Hospital, in New York, 
subsequently journeying abroad and pur- 
suing post-graduate work in the universities 
md hospitals of Heidelburg and Vienna. 
Returning from his foreign study, he es- 
tablished in general medical and surgical 
practice in his native city, in 1892 withdraw- 
ing from a large part of his medical prac- 
tice and beginning to make surgery his spe- 
cialty, in that year becoming head of the St. 
Christopher Hospital. At the present time 
Dr. Gwathmey gives his time and attention 
solely to surgical work, and is the active 
head of one of the leading hospitals of the 
state. Dr. Gwathmey is a member of the 
Norfolk County Medical Association, the 
Seaboard Medical Association, and the Vir- 
ginia Medical Association, all of which he 
has served as president. He is also a mem- 
ber of the American Medical Association and 
ir- a member and ex-vice-president of the 
Southern Surgical and Gynecological Asso- 



ciation. While a student Dr. Gwathmey 
was elected to membership in the Beta 
Theta Pi and The Mystic Seven frater- 
nities, and belongs to the Alumni So- 
ciety of Bellevue Hospital. Norfolk has 
benefitted through the exercise of his pro- 
fessional talents in connection with the 
board of health of the city, and he was also 
at one time quarantine of^cer of the port 
of Norfolk. He is a communicant of the 
Protestant Episcopal church, and in political 
sympathy is a Democrat. 

Dr. Gwathmey's professional career has 
been one filled with energetic labor and un- 
usual activity, magnificent scope and inter- 
esting in detail. His aims are of the high- 
est, and while he has attained many of the 
goals for which he strived in his early career, 
he has constantly erected others, more sub- 
lime in conception, more difficult in attain- 
ment. Great is the debt in which many 
stand to him, for from beneath his ministra- 
tions on the operating table have risen those 
to whom faculties, long useless, have been 
restored, and life made worth living. He 
has devoted his life to his profession alone, 
and the leading place that he occupies and 
the wonderful work that has come from his 
brain and hands show that his years of 
study, preparation and labor have reaped a 
reward of unsurpassed richness. Medicine 
and surgery have received great things from 
him, and base confident expectations for the 
future upon his distinguished performances 
of the past. 

Harold Homer Webb, M. D. Dr. Webb, 
a practicing physician of Eagle Rock, Bote- 
tourt county, Virginia, is a son of Walter 
and Fanny (Brilts) Webb, of Newcastle, 
Craig county, Virginia. W^alter Webb, born 
in Craig county, February 23, 1858, is now 
county clerk of Craig county. He married 
Fanny, daughter of Samuel and Mary 
(Campbell) Brilts, of Craig county. Chil- 
dren : Harold Homer, of further mention ; 
Herbert Leslie, born September 9, 1896, 
graduate of Roanoke College, A. B., class 
of 1914: Kennett Randolph, born April 19, 
1898; Mary, born in 1899. 

Dr. Harold Homer \\'ebb was born in 
Newcastle, the capital of Craig county, Vir- 
ginia, April 13. 1890. He finished the course 
of instruction in public schools of New- 
castle and was graduated from high school 
in 1907, then spent one year at Roanoke 
College. In 1908 he began his medical edu- 



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cation in the medical department of the Uni- 
versity of Maryland, at Baltimore, continu- 
ing his studies'there until graduated M. D., 
class of 1912. After spending a few months 
as interne in Baltimore hospitals, he re- 
turned to Virginia, where, after passing the 
Virginia state board of medical examiners, 
he located late in 191 2, in Eagle Rock, Bote- 
tourt county. Although young in experi- 
ence. Dr. Webb is thoroughly qualified for 
the practice of his profession and has already 
won the confidence and respect of the com- 
munity in which he has cast his lot. 

Judge Alexander Wellington Wallace. 

When Corporal Alexander Wellington Wal- 
lace, as the surviving ranking officer of Com- 
pany C, Thirtieth Regiment Virginia Volun- 
teer Infantry. Confederate States Army, 
surrendered his command at Appomattox 
Court House, he turned over three men to 
the victors, was paroled and on April 13, 
1865, returned to his father's home in Fred- 
ericksburg, which had escaped destruction. 
There he found his three brothers, Wistar, 
Charles and Howson, who had returned from 
the army a day or two before, Charles 
bringing with him a horse that he had used 
in the cavalry service. With the old cav- 
alry horse as their sole capital the four boys 
determined to cultivate some of the acres of 
their father's country seat, "Liberty Hall," 
in Stafford county, Virginia. The old war 
horse refused to labor in such a peaceful oc- 
cupation as plowing and the four brothers 
separated, Wistar resuming law practice in 
Fredericksburg and at the present time is a 
retired wealth}- resident of that city. Charles 
obtained a small capital from the sale of plug 
tobacco to Sherman's returning soldiers, en- 
tered mercantile life and at the time of his 
death was president of the National Bank 
of Fredericksburg. Howson, the youngest 
of the four, by the sale of food articles to 
the same soldiers, realized enough to join 
his brother, Charles, in business, and suc- 
ceeded the latter at his death in the presi- 
dency of the National Bank of Fredericks- 
burg. Alexander Wellington, the remaining 
brother, will have further mention. 

These four boys were sons of Dr. John 
H. Wallace, who, at the outbreak of the war 
in 1861, was a wealthy man, then president 
of the Farmers' Bank of Fredericksburg, 
with a town house in Fredericksburg and a 
country seat, "Liberty Hall," in Stafford 
county. At the close of the war the town 



house stood, having been saved from de- 
struction by fire by the daring fidelity of a 
colored slave. Fielding Grant. The house 
had been looted and only some plain furni- 
ture was in the house to which Dr. Wallace 
brought his wife and his mother, the former 
sixty years of age, the grandmother nearing 
ninety. These three people, with Fielding, 
the colored former slave and his wife, the 
faithful "Mammy" of the family, were oc- 
cupying the old home when the four boys, 
all unharmed, strong and healthy returned 
from the war and were received with as 
great joy, as if the same plenty and prosper- 
ity abounded in the old home as when they 
left it. Dr. Wallace was the first president 
of the old Farmers' Bank of Fredericksburg 
founded in 1830, that institution being suc- 
ceeded by the National Bank of Fredericks- 
hurg over which his three sons, Charles, 
Howson and Alexander W. have ruled as 
president. His wife, Mary Nicholas Gor- 
don, was a descendant of Thomas Fitzhugh, 
of Stafford county, Virginia, and Samuel 
Gordon, of Scotland, the latter with his 
brother, Basil Gordon, being credited with 
having made the first million dollars made in 
trade in the United States. They were of 
Falmouth, Virginia, now almost a deserted 
village, and just prior to the war shipped 
several packet shiploads of tobacco to Liver- 
pool which they held for the fabulous prices 
that later prevailed. Dr. Wallace died 
honored and respected in 1879. His wife in 
1887. The Wallaces of Fredericksburg de- 
scended from Dr. Michael Wallace, who 
came from Scotland to Stafford county, Vir- 
ginia, where he practiced medicine until his 
death. He was of the eleventh generation 
in descent from Sir Malcolm Wallace, uncle 
of the Scotch patriot and friend of Bruce, 
Sir William Wallace, renowned in history, 
story and song. Dr. Michael Wallace, mar- 
ried one of the famous nine Brown sisters of 
Maryland from whom are descended the 
Wallaces, Scotts, Moncures, and Peytons, 
of Virginia, the Keys of Maryland, the Bul- 
lets of Kentucky. 

Judge Alexander Wellington Wallace was 
born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 
20, 1843. He prepared in "Brookland 
School,"' Greenwood Depot, Albemarle 
county, Virginia, taking the gold medal for 
oratory when sixteen years of age. He next 
entered the law department of the Uni- 
versity of Virginia, class of 1861, but he 
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graduation and enlisting in the Confederate 
army as a private, Company C, Thirtieth 
Regiment Virginia Volunteer Infantry, 
Pickett's division. He fought in many of 
the great battles of the war, 1861-1865, es- 
caped all the perils of that great conflict and 
at the surrender of Lee to Grant was in 
command of his company but ranking as 
corporal, the company roster bearing but 
three names. He there received his parole 
and returned home. After the unsuccessful 
attempt at farming "Liberty Hall," Alex- 
ander W. took the old cavalry horse and 
rode around the neighborhood and secured 
some six or eight scholars to teach for one 
dollar and fifty cents per month, his uncle 
giving him his board for teaching his son. 
His schoolroom was an old barn of hewn 
logs with the chinking partly out and the 
roof not sufficient to keep out the storms. 
But he persevered, studied law six hour.-^ in 
addition to teaching five hours daily and in 
this way completed the law course he was 
taking at the university when he went to 
the war. At the end of nine months he had 
earned enough to purchase a suitable ward- 
robe and presenting himself before Judge 
R. L. C. Aloncure, president judge of the 
supreme court of appeals, and Judge Rich- 
ard Coleman, of the circuit court, he passed 
the required examinations and at the May 
term of the Hustings court, 1866, he was 
admitted to the bar and at once began prac- 
tice in Fredericksburg. He continued in 
practice at the bar in Fredericksburg, Vir- 
ginia, and the state and Federal courts of 
the district for twenty-three years, winning 
honorable position among the most able 
lawyers of that period, 1866-188Q. In the 
latter year he was elected judge of the cor- 
poration court, by the Virginia legislature, 
for a term of six years ; was reelected in 
1895, and again in 1901. On April 13, 1903, 
exactly thirty-eight years after his return 
from Appomattox he forwarded his resigna- 
tion to the governor of \'irginia to take 
effect on the twenty-seventh of the same 
month. Judge Wallace was highly esteemed 
as a jurist and the news of his intended 
resignation brought forth loud protest from 
the newspapers and citizens generally. A 
mass meeting was called of the citizens of 
Fredericksburg and a committee appointed 
to wait upon Judge Wallace to ask him to 
withdraw his resignation. This the judge, 
while cordially appreciating the debt of 
gratitude he owed the people of Fredericks- 



burg, declined to do, giving as his reason 
that he believed that he could not, under the 
constitution of Virginia, legally hold the 
office of judge and also serve as a member 
of the board of visitors of the University of 
Virginia, to which latter position he had 
been appointed by the governor and con- 
firmed by the senate. Furthermore he was 
nearing his sixtieth birthday and it had been 
for years his declared purpose to withdraw 
from any public position that might in any 
way fetter his independence of action at the 
age of sixty years. He also felt that as a 
member of the board of visitors he could be 
of service to the state without being 
burdened by confining duty. He therefore 
withdrew from the bench and also from 
legal practice, but remained a member of the 
board of visitors. On his appointment to 
the latter position the "Fredericksburg Star"' 
thus commented on the fact : 



We congratulate Governor Montague on his solici- 
tation of Judge A. Wellington Wallace as a member 
of the Board of Visitors of the University of Vir- 
ginia. In addition to Judge Wallace's well-known 
natural gifts and legal attainments, he is a scholar 
whose culture has been added to by years of foreign 
travel. These qualifications, together with his financial 
judgment and fine common sense thoroughly equip 
him for the position. His interest in the State's Uni- 
versity is shown by his occupying the position of 
president of our local Alumni Association. 

On retiring from the bench there were 
many written and printed testimonials of 
esteem, some of which follow: 

Tliat the high standard of judicial dignity and 
legal learning set by Judge Wallace is a lasting bene- 
fit to the city of Fredericksburg and to the common- 
wealth of Virginia and entitles his name to a high 
position among the learned and able men who have 
made for the courts of this commonwealth a record 
second to none in legal history. Resolutions of 
Business Men's Association of Fredericksburg. 

On account of the splendid "timber in you, your 
exalted character, splendid equipment, intellect and 
culture, somehow I am sorry to see you resign. We 
want men. clean, strong, independent, as you are. — 
Judge T. R. B. Wpight. 

Vou have been an ornament to the "bench." and 
I trusted you would continue your service to Vir- 
ginia. — Judge C. E. Nicol. 

You have impressed me. as you have others, as a 
Visitor of the University. The institution needs the 
services of such men as you are in directing its 
policies and at no time to such an extent as at the 
present.— Professor W. E. Peters. 

It is a comfort to find that even under the imper- 
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verdict. "Well done, good and faithful servant," may 
come to the ears of a good man, adding strength and 
confidence in his faith in man and God. I rejoice 
to think that the University can now claim you and 
trust that you will see your way clear to stand by 
her until she is well launched on her new career. — 
Professor Thomas Fitzhugh. 

Among Judge Wallace's published works 
are: "America by Coinparison," "A Good 
Man is a Good Citizen," "Life and Char- 
acter of Lord Brougham" (delivered before 
the Virginia Bar Association), "History and 
Philosophy of Marriage and Divorce." 

Ever a Democrat in politics. Judge Wal- 
lace served in the Virginia house of assem- 
bly, 1875-1877, declining reelection. He was 
a delegate to the national Democratic con- 
vention of 1876 that nominated Samuel J. 
Tilden for President and that which placed 
in nomination General Winfield Scott Han- 
cock for that high office. He is senior 
warden of St. George's Protestant Episcopal 
Church, representing his church for many 
years in the Virginia diocesan council and 
in 1904 was delegate to the general conven- 
tion held in Boston, Massachusetts. He has 
been for many years a member of the Vir- 
ginia State and American Bar associations 
and is wherever known held in highest 
esteeiTi. In 1904 he was elected president of 
the National Bank of Eredericksburg, fol- 
lowing his two brothers and a nephew in 
the presidency of that institution which was 
founded on the original Farmers' Bank of 
Fredericksburg, founded in 1830, of which 
his honored father. Dr. John H. Wallace, 
was the first president, and of which a Wal- 
lace has been president from organization. 
Now aged seventy-one years. Judge Wal- 
lace is hale and hearty, indulges in his fav- 
orite recreation, walking, every day, and at 
his home indulges in his equal passion for 
good literature. Honored and respected at 
home and abroad he can review his long and 
useful career with satisfaction and even look 
forward to years of honored usefulness. 

In April, 18S3, Judge Wallace married 
Victoria, daughter of Captain Charles K. 
Stevens, of Philadelphia. 

James Randall Caton. The Catons of 
Virginia trace an English ancestry to the 
year 1 100, and in Virginia to John Caton, 
who came early in the seventeenth century, 
settling in Henrico county at Richmond. An 
ancestor of James Randall Caton, of Alex- 
andria, Virginia, Richard Caton, of Mary- 
land, married Mary Carroll, daughter of 



Charles Carroll, of "Carrollton," a member 
of the Continental Congress and signer of 
the IDeclaration of Independence. Through 
the Carroll line descent is traced from Rob- 
ert II., King of Scotland, through nine gen- 
erations of Scotch and Irish noble families 
to Charles O'Carroll, son of Ely O'Carroll, 
created in 1552 lord baron of Ely, a descend- 
ant of Olioll Olum, King of Munster. 

Charles O'Carroll came to America in 
1687, locating in Maryland, where he was a 
magistrate register of the land office, agent 
and receiver-general of rent. He married 
Dorothy Blake, who bore him Daniel O'Car- 
roll, of "The Hall," Maryland, and Charles 
O'Carroll, of Droughorgan manor, Mary- 
land, born 1702, died 1782, attorney-general 
of Maryland. He married Elizabeth Brook, 
and his son, Charles Carroll (the O being 
dropped in that generation), is known in 
history as of "Carrollton," the father of 
Mary Carroll, wife of Richard Caton. 

James Randall Caton, of Alexandria, Vir- 
ginia, is a great-grandson of Moses Caton 
(a descendant of John Caton, the founder), 
grandson of John Randall (i) Caton, died 
1869, and Sarah B. Ferguson, his wife, and 
son of Samuel Francis Caton, born Decem- 
ber 10, 1832, died April 11, 1911. Samuel 
P'rancis Caton was a prosperous farmer, of 
Fairfax county, Virginia. He married Eliza 
Ann Brett, daughter of John Brett, of Vir- 
ginia. 

James Randall Caton was born in Fair- 
fax county, Virginia, February 6, 185 1. He 
attended private school in Alexandria until 
the outbreak of the war, 1861, and afterward 
completed his classical course in various pri- 
vate schools and institutions. He decided 
upon the profession of law and pursued ex- 
tended courses of study under different law- 
yers, but he had many obstacles to over- 
come, and on July 16, 1880, he was admitted 
to practice at the Virginia bar. He then 
established in Alexandria, and from that 
date has been one of the prominent figures 
in the legal and political life of that city. 
His introduction to the law was as deputy 
clerk of courts, a position he held from thir- 
teen years of age until twenty-four, and dur- 
ing this period determined upon his profes- 
sion. He has given closest attention to the 
law of corporations, his practice now being 
largely along that line. He is a recognized 
authority and numbers among his clients 
many of the important corporations of the 
state. 




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Mr. Gatoii has devoted much time to the 
public service, has been associated promi- 
nently with much legislation of importance 
and has rendered valuable assistance in 
other ways. He was appointed and served 
one of the six commissioners to revise the 
laws of Virginia and bring them into con- 
formity with the provisions of the new Vir- 
ginia constitution. In 1900 he was elected 
member of the Virginia legislature, serving 
as representative from the city of Alex- 
andria by repeated reelections until 1910. 
He served on many important committees 
and commissions and was one of the untir- 
ing workers of the house. During his term 
one of his important acts was service on the 
committee appointed to revise the corpora- 
tion laws of the state. He served on the 
Alexandria city council one year, was assist- 
ant city treasurer, and in many ways has 
contributed to the progress of his city. 

He is a member of various legal societies 
of Virginia, is prominent in the Masonic 
order, belonging to lodge, chapter and com- 
mandery of the York Rite, and holds the 
thirty-second degree in the Ancient Ac- 
cepted Scottish Rite, also is a member of 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 
political faith a Democrat, he has ever been 
a worker and is listened to with respect in 
party councils. 

George B. Barrow, M. D. Dr. George B. 
Barrow, of Virginia birth, ancestry and edu- 
cation, now a practicing physician of Clarks- 
ville, ^^irginia. descends maternally through 
the Guerrant and Roulet families, from 
French Huguenot ancestors who early set- 
tled in Virginia. 

Dr. Barrow's grandfather, Benjamin Bar- 
row, of Henry county, \''irginia, married 
Susan Watkins, and had issue : Peter 
Thomas, of future mention ; Orin, a captain 
in the Confederate army, fought at Manas- 
sas (Bull Run) and at the battle of the 
Seven Pines, was three times wounded be- 
fore he left the field ; Robert, a surgeon in 
the Confederate army, killed at the battle 
of Winchester; John A., a private in the 
Confederate army; Watson A., a private of 
the Confederate army. As Peter Thomas 
Barrow was also a soldier of the Confed- 
eracy, the record made by the five sons of 
Benjamin Barrow is a proud one. 

Peter Thomas Barrow, son of Benjamin 
and Susan (Watkins) Barrow, was born in 



Henry county, Viigmia, m 1843, died in 
1910, a manufacturer of furniture. Together 
with his four brothers he offered his life in 
defence of his native state and enlisted in 
the Confederate army, rising to the rank of 
lieutenant. He escaped the perils of war 
and spent his after life engaged in business. 
He married Augusta Dora Guerrant, born in 
Pittsylvania county, Virginia, who yet sur- 
vives him, a resident of Danville, Virginia. 
She is a daughter of Peter D. and Elvira 
(Roulet) Guerrant and descends from 
French Huguenot ancestry. 

Dr. George Bruce Barrow, son of Peter 
Thomas and Augusta Dora (Guerrant) Bar- 
row, was born in Danville, Virginia, No- 
vember I, 1884. His early and classical edu- 
cation was obtained in the city public 
schools and Danville Military Institute, 
entering the latter institution in 1900 and 
graduating in 1903. He decided upon the 
medical profession and later entered the 
Medical College of Virginia at Richmond, 
from whence he was graduated Doctor of 
Medicine. He spent a year as interne, then 
began private practice in- Halifax county, 
Virginia, but after one year removed to 
Clarksville, Mecklenburg county, Virginia, 
beginning practice there in 191 1. He is a 
member of the Virginia Medical and Pied- 
tnont Medical societies, keeping thereby in 
close touch with the world outside his own 
sphere. For one year he was connected with 
the medical corps of the Second Regiment 
Virginia National Guard as surgeon, rank- 
ing as captain. Fie is a Presbyterian in re- 
ligion, and a member of the Junior Order of 
American Mechanics. 

Charles L. Melton, A. M. Aher a com- 
prehensive classical course of college study. 
Professor Melton began his work as an edu- 
cator at Randolph-Macon Academy, an in- 
stitution of which he is now the honored 
head. The year of his entrance to the edu- 
cational field, 1892, was also the year of the 
foundation of Randolph-Macon Academy at 
Front Royal, Virginia, Professor Melton 
being the first headmaster of the school. 
His service has not been continuous; cover- 
ing the first four years of the life of the acad- 
emy, it was then interrupted for one year, 
but since 1897 as assistant to the principal, 
Dr. W. W. Smith, and as principal, he has 
continuously been in the service of the acad- 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



graduate, to cast his fortune with the newly 
founded institution. 

Randolph-Macon Academy at Front Royal 
was opened by the board of trustees of the 
Randolph-Macon system for its first year in 
1892, its establishment being made possible 
by the liberality of friends, chief among 
whom were the people of Warren county. 
Its field is between the preparatory home 
school and the real college course, its pur- 
pose being to fit youths for college or uni- 
versity under discipline appropriate to their 
years, and under wholesome moral influences. 

The academy is situated at Front Royal, 
Virginia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge 
mountains within half a mile of the Shenan- 
doah river, and in the heart of the famous 
valley of Virginia. It is easy of access by 
rail and near to a number of centers of popu- 
lation, being only seventy-eight miles from 
Washington, D. C. The region is one of the 
finest in the state both for health and beauty 
of scenery, and is rich in historic interest. 
The grounds comprise twenty acres, the 
academy standing in the midst on an emi- 
nence selected for its noble landscape, com- 
plete drainage and its abundant supply of 
fresh, pure air and good water. 

Discipline is based on strong and clear 
conviction of right, and administered in a 
spirit of kindly sympathy. The rules are 
few, but enforced with impartial certainty. 
Reverence for God and trust in Him are 
presented as the foundations of character, 
and the day's work is begun and ended with 
worship which all attend. To develop and 
foster a spirit of honor, truthfulness and 
absolute honesty, and to make the moral 
atmosphere not only wholesome, but invig- 
orating and uplifting, is the first and great- 
est aim of the principal and his associates 
of the faculty. Athletics are encouraged by 
a well equipped gymnasium, ball grounds 
and tennis courts ; two literary societies 
ofifer incentives and present opportunities 
for the acquirement of skill in public speak- 
ing, medals and public honors being awarded 
ill public at the close of each session. 

As the head of an institution of such high 
class. Professor Melton has met fully every 
demand of his position, and has acquired a 
high standing among modern educators. He 
descends from an old Virginia family. Mel- 
ton Station, founded in 1826, is named for 
the family, who number many names promi- 
nent in Virginia history. Prior to the settle- 



ment of the family in the Shenandoah Val- 
ley of \^irginia in 1800, several generations 
were numbered among the Quaker families 
of Pennsylvania, the seat of the first family 
settlement. Professor Melton is a son of 
Dr. \\'ilson N. Melton, born in Louisa 
county, Virginia, died April 20, 1881. He 
was an eminent physician of Cedarville, 
Warren county, Virginia, a citizen of high 
standing and great worth. He married 
Sarah Frances, daughter of John Wesley 
McKay. Children : Charles Lewis, of fur- 
ther mention ; John Lee, Thomas Samuel, 
^^'illiam Henry, Joseph L., Julia E., married 
Joseph W. Kenner; Angelina, married Jo- 
seph N. Hite. 

Charles Lewis Melton, A. M., son of Dr. 
Wilson N. and Sarah Frances (McKay) 
Melton, was born in Rappahannock county, 
Virginia, April 12, 1865. His early educa- 
tion was secured in the public schools of 
Warren county, after which he prepared at 
Neosho Collegiate Institute, entered Ran- 
dolph-Macon College in 1886, and was grad- 
uated Master of Arts in 1892. In Septem- 
ber. 1892, he began his four years connec- 
tion with the newly established Randolph- 
Macon Academy at Front Royal, having 
been elected headmaster. The crucial period 
in both the life of the young institution and 
the life of the young professor was safely 
passed, and the four years were fruitful ones 
for both. In 1896 he resigned to become 
vice-principal of Danville College at Dan- 
ville, Virginia, returning to his first love a 
year later as assistant to the principal. Dr. 
W. W. Smith, under whose wise and capable 
leadership he served two years. In 1899 he 
was elected principal of the academy faculty, 
a position he has most capably filled for the 
past fifteen years and still holds. He is an 
educator of the highest modern type, earn- 
est and devoted to his work, and under his 
learned, zealous and skillful management 
Randolph-Macon Academy ranks with the 
leading preparatory schools of the country. 
Professor Melton is a member of the lead- 
ing educational associations of the South. 
In religion he is a communicant of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, and in politics 
an Independent. 

On June 24, 1886, Professor Melton mar- 
ried Gertrude, daughter of Rev. John Daven- 
port Blackwell, D. D., deceased, member of 
the Virginia conference, Methodist Epis- 
copal Church (South), and Julia Anna 
(Butts) Blackwell. 



VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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Francis Milton Whitehurst. For over 
forty years an eminent lawyer of the Vir- 
ginia bar, and for nearly a quarter of a cen- 
tury a practicing lawyer of the Norfolk, 
\'irginia, bar, Mr. Whitehurst was an orna- 
ment to the profession he embraced, after 
his return from a Federal military prison, 
in which he was confined during the last 
year of the war between the states. 

Francis Milton Whitehurst was born in 
Princess Anne county, Virginia, December 
I, 1835, died in Norfolk, Virginia, March 2, 
1908. He was the son of Colonel William 
\Vhitehurst, a descendant of Richard White- 
hurst, one of the early colonists of Tide- 
water, Virginia. Colonel Whitehurst mar- 
ried Amy Lovett, and had issue : Anne, F.liz- 
abeth, Daniel. Margaret, William H., Jane, 
Marie Antoinette, Francis Milton, Randolph 
and Amy. Francis Milton Whitehurst was 
early educated in private schools in Princess 
Anne county, finishing his preparatory 
studies at Pollard's Private School, in Nor- 
folk, and Norfolk Academy. In i860 he 
entered the law department of the Univer- 
sity of Virginia, but left the university to 
enter in the Confederate army, joining Com- 
pany F, enlisted in Norfolk, and attached to 
Mahone's brigade. He served continuously 
during the entire war. He won a lieutenancy 
for bravery at Chancellorsville, and at the 
battle of the "Crater," Petersburg, July 30, 
1864, was taken prisoner while taking part 
in the desperate charge made by the Con- 
federates to recover the position from which 
they had been driven by the explosion of the 
mines. He was held a prisoner by the Fed- 
eral government until the close of the war, 
then returned to Princess Anne county, 
where he completed his law studies, was ad- 
mitted to the bar and established in practice. 
AVhen the court system of Virginia was re- 
organized, he was elected by the legislature 
of Virginia judge of Princess Anne county 
court, a position he held six years, then re- 
signed. Later he was elected commonwealth 
attorney for Princess Anne county, holding 
that office until 1884, when he resigned and 
moved to Norfolk, Virginia. There he 
formed a law partnership with Floyd 
Hughes, practicing as \\'hitehurst & Hughes 
until his death. He practiced in all state 
and Federal courts of the district, and con- 
ducted a large business in all. He was held 
in high esteem by his professional brethren, 
while his public spirit and genial person- 
ality endeared him to all. He was a member 



of the Virginia State Bar Association and 
tlie Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Associa- 
tion. He was a Democrat in politics. 

Mr. Whitehurst married. January 21, 1873, 
Laura E. Styron, daughter of Henry Barus 
and Susan (Whitehurst) Styron, and grand- 
daughter of Malachi and Susan (Barus) 
Styron. Malachi Styron was a wealthy lum- 
berman and heavy dealer in Georgia pine, 
used in shipbuilding. Henry Barus Styron, 
his son, was a farmer of Princess Anne 
county, a man of education, a magistrate of 
his county, a steward, trustee and pillar of 
the Methodist Episcopal church. He served 
during the war between the states, as pri- 
vate in Company F. Sixth Regiment Vir- 
ginia Infantry, Holmes' brigade, seeing hard 
service. Children of Francis M. and Laura 
E. (Styron) Whitehurst: Sue Maud, born 
October 30, 1873, married, October 2j, 1897, 
Gary Parks Weston, and has a son, Gary 
Lee, born January 16. igo6: Ethel Frances, 
born January 7. 1875, niarried, April 9. 1901, 
Robert Edmonds, and has a son, Robert 
(2). born February 17. 1902; Mabel Styron, 
born May 25. 1883, married, November 27, 
1904, Lloyd Jordan Dill, and has a daugh- 
ter, Frances W^, born February 16, 1906. 
Mrs. Laura E. (Styron) Whitehurst sur- 
vives her husband, a resident of Norfolk. 

William Edward Harwood, M. D. In the 

life of Dr. \\'illiam Edward Harwood. of 
Petersburg, A'irginia, there are the elements 
that make not only for the deepest interest, 
but which compel admiration and respect. 
His attainments as a physician are worthy 
and honorable, but it is not the success that 
has been his in his chosen profession nor the 
popularity in which he stands among his fel- 
lows that cause one to read the story of his 
life with respectful regard and sincere ad- 
miration. That which induces those feel- 
ings is that he took up the battle of life 
maimed by a sacrifice of patriotism, handi- 
capped by the loss of his right arm. shot 
away in the defence of the principles upon 
which were founded the Confederate States 
of America, and. laboring under this disad- 
\antage. rose to worthy position in a diffi- 
cult profession. 

Dr. William Edward Harwood is a son 
of John Dunlap Harwood, whose father 
came from his home in Scotland and founded 
his family in \^irginia. John Dunlap Har- 
wood was born on the home farm on the 
James river, and died in i8fi6. Although his 



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age prevented him from military service, he 
refused exemption from service at the time 
of the siege of Petersburg and fought in the 
trenches. He married Sarah Frances 
Hatcher, born in Chesterfield county, Vir- 
ginia, and died in 1863, aged thirty-six years. 
They were the parents of two children, Dr. 
William Edward, of whom further, and 
Sarah Riches, who married W. P. White- 
head, of Petersburg, Virginia, and died Feb- 
ruary 6, 191 5, aged sixty-four years, the 
mother of Mary C. and William Harwood. 

Dr. William Edward Harwood was born 
in Petersburg, Virginia, September 10, 1847. 
His early education was obtained in the 
school maintained by Professor McCabe, 
after which he attended William and Mary 
College. His scholastic work was inter- 
rupted by the war between the states, and 
as soon as he was accepted for service, at 
the age of sixteen years, he became a private 
in Company B, Fourth Battalion of Virginia 
Reserves, commanded by Major F. H. 
Archer. At the battle of Reeves' Farm, a 
lad of seventeen years, he lost his right arm. 
At the close of the war he returned to his 
studies, and on March 6, 1873, was gradu- 
ated from the Medical College of Virginia 
with the degree Doctor of Medicine. Since 
that time he has been an active practitioner, 
and it is a high tribute to his ability as a 
physician to say that he stands as high in 
his profession as he does in the love and 
friendship of those who are privileged to 
know him well. Dr. Harwood has been 
called to public service in different capac- 
ities, and in 1879 was chosen to represent 
his district in the Virginia legislature. His 
long term of activity has made him a 
familiar figure in Petersburg, and the re- 
m.embrance of his ready sympathy and ten- 
der kind-heartedness will live long in the 
hearts of the hundreds to whom he has min- 
istered. He is a member of the Presbyterian 
church. 

Dr. Harwood married (first) in Peters- 
burg, Virginia, in 1885, Mary E. Goddard, 
who died in 1890; (second) Fannie Mason 
Cole, born in Chesterfield county, Virginia, 
daughter of William and Emma (Mason) 
Cole. William Cole, deceased, was a soldier 
ill the Thirteenth Regiment Virginia Cav- 
alry, Confederate States army, and is sur- 
vived by his wife, a resident of Chesterfield 
county, Virginia. By his first marriage Dr. 
Harwood is the father of Mary Riches, mar- 



ried E. H. Hoy, of Petersburg, and John 
Maynard, a graduate of Richmond high 
school and Richmond College, now a stu- 
lent in the Medical College of Virginia, class 
of 191 7. He has one daughter of his second 
marriage, Fannie Mason, born February 18, 
1895, married Edwin Graves Temple, of 
Evergreen, on the James river, Virginia. 

Joseph Dimn Osborne, M. D. Joseph 
Dunn Osborne, M. D.. of Petersburg;, has 
been successfully engaged in the practice of 
his profession in that city for a period of 
sixteen years, and has gained the esteem and 
confidence of his fellows, not only as a phy- 
sician, but as a gentleman of true Southern 
character. He is descended from John Os- 
borne, who married Jane Pleasants Harri- 
son, daughter of Nathaniel and Anna (Gil- 
ham) Harrison, of Petersburg, Virginia (see 
Harrison). John Osborne and wife had chil- 
dren: Jane Harrison, died unmarried; 
Charles Francis, married Mary Field Gil- 
liam ; Nathaniel Montgomery McKenzie, M. 
D. ; Pleasants Carter ; Edmund Harrison, 
and John Dunlop. 

(li) Edmund Harrison Osborne, son of 
John and Jane P. (Harrison) Osborne, was 
born in Petersburg, where he was engaged 
through life in the manufacture of tobacco. 
He married Sarah Cabaniss, of Dinwiddle 
county, Virginia, and they were the parents 
of three children, all now deceased : Robert 
Cryer, receives further mention below ; 
Jennie, was the wife of Colonel Gordon S. 
McCabe, and died in 1912; Elizabeth, be- 
cj»me the wife of Captain John R. Patter- 
son, and died in 1872 (see Patterson). 

(Ill) Robert Cryer Osborne, eldest child 
of Edmund Harrison and Sarah (Cabaniss) 
Osborne, was born September, 1839, in 
Petersburg, where he lived all his life, and 
died June 30, 1903. He was an expert judge 
of tobacco, and engaged in the manufacture 
of various forms of tobacco throughout his 
active life. During the civil war he served 
as assistant quartermaster of Mahone's bri- 
gade, and was once made a prisoner of war. 
Fie was active in promoting the welfare and 
progress of his native city, and served as a 
member of the city council. He married 
Lucy F. Dunn, born 1841. in Petersburg, 
daughter of John Dunn, who came from 
Londonderry, Ireland, and settled in Peters- 
burg, when a young man, where he was 
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died in 1841. His wife was Mary Page 
(Bragg) Dunn, and of their six children two 
arc now living, nameh" : John Dunn, and 
Mrs. Robert C. Osborne, above mentioned. 
Of her live children, one, Edmund Harrison, 
died at the age of seven years. The living 
are: Sarah C., unmarried, residing in Peters- 
burg ; Page Bragg, of Richmond ; Marie, 
wife of George Bryan, an attorney of Rich- 
mond ; Joseph Dunn, of further mention be- 
low : Alary M., wife of Samuel S. Bryan, of 
Titusville, Pennsylvania, president of the 
Union Hardware Company. 

ilV) Dr. Joseph Dunn Osborne, sou of 
Robert Cryer and Lucy F. ( Dunn) Osborne, 
was born February 12, 1S73, in Petersburg, 
and there attended the noted McCabe's 
School. He was afterward a student at 
Hampden-Sidney College, and entered the 
University of Virginia, from which he was 
graduated in 1895 with the degree of Doctor 
of Medicine. For one year following this he 
was an interne in the New York City Hos- 
pital on BlackwelFs Island, and thereafter 
spent one year in study in Europe. In 1899 
he began practice in Petersburg, and is now 
located on West Tabb street, with a large 
and growing practice. Dr. Osborne is a 
member of the Beta Theta Pi college fra- 
ternity, of the Petersburg Medical Faculty, 
the State Medical Association, and the 
American Medical Association, which fact 
testifies to his standing among his contem- 
poraries. He is a member of the Presby- 
terian church, gives little attention to polit- 
ical afifairs, and devotes his talents and 
energy to the development of his powers as 
a healer, and in keeping abreast with the 
progress of medical advancement. 

George Washington Lewis. This family 
name "Louis"' in France, "Lewis" in Eng- 
land, is one of the oldest of English names 
and one of the most numerous and distin- 
guished in American history. The family 
came to Virginia at an early date in the per- 
son of General Robert Lewis, about which 
so much has been asserted and denied that 
the very mention of his name invites criti- 
cism. General Robert Lewis had a son. 
born in Brecon, Wales, about 1640, who is 
known as the "first'' John Lewis. He mar- 
ried Isabella Warner, and built "W'arner 
Hall" on the Severn river, in Gloucester 
county, Virginia. 

The "second" John Lewis, son of John 
Lewis, and grandson of General Robert 



Lewis, was born 1669, died 1725. He mar- 
ried his first cousin, Elizabeth Warner, 
whose tombstone states that she was the 
loving mother of fourteen children. This 
John Lewis was a member of the council 
and is referred to as "Councilor" John Lewis. 

John Lewis, born 1694, the third of the 
name in direct line was the eldest son of 
"Councilor" John Lewis and Elizabeth 
(Warner) Lewis. He inherited "Warner 
liall" and the historic Bell farm, both en- 
tailed estates. This is not a matter of rec- 
ord, but is inferential and such proof as fur- 
nished by church registers. The records of 
Gloucester county were totally destroyed 
by fire and not even his will can be found. 
He married Frances Fielding, and left male 
issue. 

Colonel Fielding Lewis, second son of 
John (3j and Frances (Fielding) Lewis, 
was born 1725. He was a member of the 
house of burgesses. He had passed the age 
for military service during the revolution, 
but was engaged during that period in 
manufacturing arms for the patriot's use. 
His home was "Kenmore," Fredericksburg, 
Virginia. He married (first) in 1746, Cath- 
erine, daughter of John and Catherine 
(\\'hiting) Washington, a first cousin of 
President George Washington. He mar- 
ried (second) 1750, Betty, sister of Presi- 
dent Washington, daughter of Augustine 
antl Mary (Ball) Washington. She bore 
him eleven children, including a son Law- 
rence. 

Lawrence Lewis, son of Colonel Fielding 
Lewis and his second wife, Betty (Washing- 
ton) Lewis, was born April 4, 1767. He was 
aide to General Morgan in 1794 and was on 
intimate terms with his uncle. President 
Washington. He married, February 22, 
1799, Eleanor Park Custis, granddaughter 
of Mrs. Martha (Dandridge) Custis, later 
wife of President Washington and beloved 
by all Americans as "Martha \\'ashington." 

Lorenzo Lev/is, son of Lawrence and 
Eleanor Park (Custis) Lewis, was born No- 
vember, 1803, died August, 1847. He mar- 
ried, in 1826. Esther Maria, daughter of John 
■fv. Coxe, of Philadelphia, and left issue. 

George Washington Lewis, son of Lo- 
renzo and Esther Maria ( Coxe) Lewis, mar- 
ried Emily C, daughter of the Hon. Rev- 
erdy Johnson, the famous Southern states- 
man ; children : Reverdy Johnson, of Clarke 
county, Virginia ; Charles Conrad, of Clarke 
county, Virginia ; William Travis, common- 



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wealth attorney of Clarke county, Virginia ; 
Robert Edward Lee, a broker of New York 
City ; Lorenzo, of further mention ; Esther, 
married Samuel AlcCormick; Emily, mar- 
ried Colonel E. A. Stevens; Louise T., de- 
ceased; Ella J., married J. M. White; Maude 
L., married Fenton P. Whitmg. 

Lorenzo {2) Lewis, son of George Wash- 
ington and Emily C. (JohnsonJ Lewis, was 
born in Clarke county, Virginia, in 1856, 
died 1887, a farmer. He married Rose Ellzey, 
born in Clarke county, Virginia, in 1856, 
daughter of Colonel Francis M. McCormick. 
Her brother, Dr. Cyrus McCormick, was 
General J. E. B. Stuart's orderly, and was 
at his side when he received his fatal wound 
at the "Yellow Tavern," in battle with Sheri- 
dan's troops. 

George Washington (2) Lewis, only child 
of Lorenzo (2) and Rose Ellzey (AlcCor- 
mick) Lewis, was born in Clarke county, 
Virginia. July 22, 1886. He attended pri\ate 
and public schools in Clarke county, prepared 
for college at Episcopal high school, at Alex- 
andria, Virginia, then entered the law de- 
partment of the University of Virginia, 
whence he was graduated Bachelor of Laws, 
class of 1909. He was admitted to the Vir- 
ginia bar the same year and began practice 
in Alexandria, where he is well established, 
specializing in the law of corporations and 
real estate. He is a member and secretary 
of the Bar Association of the Sixteenth Ju- 
dicial Circuit, Virginia, and is highly re- 
garded among the younger members of the 
X'irginia bar. Mr. Lewis is a member of 
St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church ; 
president of the Young Men's Club con- 
nected with that parish ; member of the 
Greek letter society. Phi Kappa Psi, and in 
political faith is a Democrat. 

Bartholomew Cephas Bristow. Over thirty 
years ago Mr, liristow came to Richmond, 
Virginia, aged twenty-five years, a Glouces- 
ter county farmer's son, but having had 
eight years experience as a merchant at 
Cloucester Court House. During these 
years he has risen from a small merchant to 
the head of a large wholesale grocery busi- 
ness and is rated one of the progressive suc- 
cessful men of Richmond. 

He is a son of William David Bristow, 
born in Middlesex county, Virginia, fol- 
lowed farming all his short life of thirty- 
seven vears, and died in a Federal prison 



in Baltimore, where he contracted pneu- 
monia. He joined the Confederate army 
at the beginning of the war leaving his farm 
in Gloucester county to the care of others. 
He married Mary Frances Pierce, born in 
Gloucester county, Virginia, where she died 
December i, 1873, ^g^d forty-two years. 
Children : Thomas Franklin, deceased ; Wil- 
liam D. ; Richard Cox, of Bartow Heights, 
Virginia ; John Edward, of Roanoke, Vir- 
ginia ; Richard Carter, of Farmerville, Vir- 
ginia ; Mary Elizabeth, widow of N. C. Tre- 
villian, of Gloucester county ; Bartholomew 
(. ephas, of previous and further mention.' 

Bartholomew Cephas Bristow was born 
at the home farm in Gloucester county, Vir- 
ginia. April 29, 1858. His early life was 
spent in acquiring a public school education 
and in farm labor. At age of fifteen he be- 
gan learning the carriage builder's trade 
with John Archibald in Saluda, the capital 
of Middlesex county, completing a tour year 
apprenticeship. He had an ambition and 
desire to become a merchant, and abandon- 
ing his trade he opened a small store at 
Gloucester Court House, whence he pros- 
pered. He determined on a wider field of 
action and selling his store at the Court 
House he came, on June 20, 1883, to Rich- 
mond. Eight months later he established 
his present business, beginning in a small 
way. As the years passed he has extended 
his business until he now has arrived at a 
commanding position in the wholesale gro- 
cery trade. Mr. Bristow has acquired other 
interests in Richmond, notably in the Main 
Street National Bank, is a member of the 
Union Station Methodist Episcopal Church, 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and 
in politics supports the best man regardless 
of party. 

Mr, Bristow married (first) Clara Belle 
Soles, who died November 21, 1882. leaving 
a daughter. Clara Belle, now the wife of 
James M. Nuttall, of Gloucester county, 
Virginia. He married (second) Kate Dunn, 
daughter of Charles and Lucy L. (Kerr) 
Dunn, of King and Queen county, Virginia, 
the former deceased, the latter now residing 
with her daughter. Mrs. Bristow, in Rich- 
mond. Children : Charles Stover, born April 
18. 1894. now associated with his father in 
business; Fidelia Marian. June 30. 1897; 
Kathleen Kerr. March i. 1899; Liliian. Feb- 
ruary 28. 1901 : Byron Cephas, September 
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Manly Littleton Garrison, M. D. The 

Garrisons came to America from North Ger- 
many, the first settlers in Virginia being 
Dandridge \\'ashington and ^\'illiam Gar- 
rison, brothers. On the maternal side, Dr. 
Garrison descends from Rev. Thomas Little- 
ton, a disciple of John Wesley and an emi- 
nent minister of the iMethodist Episcopal 
cluirch, of English birth. 

Lr. Garrison is a son of William B. Garri- 
son, a farmer, born in New Jersey, in 178S, 
died in Warren county, Virginia, in 1874. 
He married Nancy, daughter of Rev. 
Thomas Littleton, and was the father of 
eight children, as follows : Mary, Louisa, 
Thomas AL, Katura, Mary, Manly L., de- 
ceased in infancy, and two others who died 
in childhood. The Littletons were of dis- 
tinguished ancestry. Lord Hathaway being 
a connection and the Coke and Littleton 
families are closely allied. 

Thomas M. Garrison, son of William B. 
Garrison, was the first man to volunteer 
from Warren county, for service in the Con- 
federate army. He was badly wounded in 
battle, but survived his injury. 

Dr. Manly Littleton Garrison, son of Wil- 
liam B. and Nancy (Littleton) Garrison, 
was born in Frederick county, now Warren 
county, Virginia, March 16, 1835. His pre- 
paratory and academic education was ob- 
tained in private schools and Cedarville 
Academy and Front Royal Academy ; his 
professional education was begun in Jeffer- 
son Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1859. 
A feature of the conflict even then being 
waged between North and South was the 
demand made through the Southern press 
that all Southern students in Northern col- 
leges return home and finish their education 
in Southern institutions. There were many 
such students in the classical and profes- 
sional institutions of learning, and on De- 
cember 29, 1859, they hired a hall and in 
mass meeting three hundred and seventy- 
five men resolved to return to their homes, 
among them Dr. Manly Littleton Garrison. 
They chartered a train which carried them 
to Richmond, where they were received with 
a great deal of enthusiasm, great crowds 
welcomed them, the governor of the state 
publicly addressed them, and a banquet was 
given in their honor, which all attended. 
Dr. Garrison at once continued his medical 
studies at the Virginia Medical C6llege, re- 
ceiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine in 
i860. Prior to beginning the study of medi- 



cine. Dr. Garrison was clerk in a drug store 
at . Moorefield, Virginia (now West Vir- 
ginia ), and received his first medical instruc- 
tion from Dr. Williams, of Moorefield. After 
obtaining his degree he began practice at 
Woodstock, Virginia, but in 1861 abandoned 
his practice, went to Front Royal and en- 
listed in the Confederate army as a private 
in a Front Royal company. He was not 
allowed, however, to serve in the ranks as 
surgeons and physicians were then of more 
urgent need. He was appointed contract 
surgeon by Stonewall Jackson, and in hos- 
pital and field he ministered to the sick, 
wounded and dying soldiers until the long 
war was ended. A part of his service was 
in a military hospital at Winchester, and 
during one of the valley fights his horse was 
shot from under him. 

When the war ended Dr. Garrison found 
his entire cash capital to be a single gold 
dollar, which he had carried in a belt around 
his body through the entire war, the gift 
of his sister Mary. \\'ith this as his sole 
resource he began life anew, aided by the 
kindness of Captain Finley, who assisted 
him in establishing an office for the practice 
of his profession at New Hope, Virginia. 
PI is new hopes for success did not material- 
ize at New Hope, and after seven months of 
trials and discouragement he gave up and 
located in Front Royal. There his fortunes 
began to mend and little by little prosperity 
came. He grew in medical and surgical 
skill as his field of operation widened, and 
finally he won professional fame and sub- 
stantial reward. He is yet in practice, but 
has surrendered the heavier cares of his pro- 
fession to the younger men, though he re- 
tains his ofifice, and ministers to the sick in 
many families whose members have never 
h.ad another physician. There are few bet- 
ter known or more highly respected men in 
Virginia than Dr. Manly L. Garrison. He 
has ever been solicitous for the public health 
of his community, and a leader in sanitary 
precaution and observance, taking a keener 
delight in preventing than in healing dis- 
ease. He has written many valuable articles 
for the medical journals and formerly held 
membership in the American and Virginia 
State Medical associations. He is a Demo- 
crat in politics, and while in the army, in 
1863, was the candidate of his home district 
for the Virginia legislature. He did not 
accept the nomination, feeling his duty lay 
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of the Methodist Episcopal church, a faith 
brought into the family by his grandfather, 
Rev. Thomas Littleton, a co-worker and 
friend of John Wesley, the founder of Meth- 
odism. 

Dr. Garrison married, in 1873, Catherine 
I'.urgess, born in Front Royal, in 1852, 
daughter of Colonel E. B. and Mary (Shu- 
mate) Jacobs. The only child of Dr. Gar- 
rison, Xancy Littleton, was born in Front 
Royal in 1877, and married (first) Francis 
Blackwell, who died, leaving a son, Francis 
Garrison Blackwell. She married (second) 
Manly Simpson, of Clarke county, Virginia, 
and has a daughter, Nancy Burgess Simp- 
son. 

A niece of Mrs. Garrison, Mrs. Arthur P. 
Davis, is a noted mathematician and gained 
wide reputation through her corrections of 
French mathematical and astronomical 
v.-ork. She is the wife of the distinguished 
civil engineer. Arthur P. Davis, who accom- 
])anied President Taft on his trip to the 
Panama Canal, was later sent to Europe by 
the United .States government on profes- 
sional duty, and still later to China to de- 
vise a system to irrigate the lands and pre- 
vent the flooding of certain districts in that 
country. 

James Lewis Tredway. The law, and the 
higher branches of public service to which 
those eminent in that profession are fre- 
quently called, have been graced in the state 
of \'irginia by Tredways, father and son, 
who have held membership in the law-mak- 
ing bodies of state and nation and have 
otherwise held prominent position in Vir- 
ginia. He with whom this record opens. 
Moses Tredway, was a planter of Prmce 
Edward county, the owner of wide estates, 
whose death occurred during the course of 
the civil war. aged eighty-seven years. He 
married and had several children, among 
them William M., of whom further. 

William M. Tredway, son of Moses Tred- 
way, was born at Hampden-Sidney, Prince 
Edward county, Virginia, in i8og, died in 
1891. He was educated for the legal pro- 
fession and made that his life work, during 
his long and active life being nearly con- 
tinuously in offices of trust and importance. 
For a number of years he was common- 
wealth attorney of Pittsylvania county, and 
was a delegate to the conventions of 1849 
and 1861, also holding a place upon the 
bench of the circuit court. The sterling 



value of his service caused his election to 
Congress, and here, as in other office, he was 
guided in his every action by a strong, un- 
failing sense of the right and a determina- 
tion to see just ends obtained. On the 
bench, never was judge more fair and im- 
partial in verdict, never were the arts of 
oratory and emotional utterances more 
cjuickly disregarded in sifting the chaff of 
the inconsequential from the grain of the 
essential. He married Nancy J., daughter 
of Williamson Millner, and had children : 
James Lewis, of whom further ; Pattie B., 
married Fletcher B. Watson, superintend- 
ent of Pittsylvania county schools ; Moses 
H., deceased, a merchant of Chatham ; Mary 
M., deceased, married a Mr. Lovelace, a mer- 
chant of Chatham, Virginia: Nannie E., de- 
ceased, married James W. Whitehead, for 
the past forty years a merchant of Chatham ; 
Sallie, deceased, married JohnB. Coleman, 
for many years a merchant of Chatham, 
cashier of the Planters' Savings Bank ; Wil- 
liam M., Jr., deceased, a lawyer, captain 
of a company in General Pickett's division, 
wounded at the battle of Gettysburg ; Rob- 
ert H., deceased, an attorney of Chatham; 
Thomas B., entered the Confederate army 
from the Virginia Military Institute at the 
age of sixteen years and was killed at the 
battle of Gettysburg. Williamson Millner, 
father of Nancy J. Slillner, was a native of 
Pittsylvania county, there owned a planta- 
tion, and died aged eighty-seven years, the 
father of a large family. 

James Lewis Tredway, son of William 
M. and Nancy J. (Millner) Tredway, was 
born at Danville, Pittsylvania county, Vir- 
ginia, April II, 1853, and when a child of 
two years was taken by his parents to Chat- 
ham, where he studied under private tute- 
lage and in the common schools of the local- 
ity. Attracted by the law, he took a four 
years' course at Hampden-Sidney College, 
whence he was graduated in 1874, after 
which he continued study under the pre- 
ceptorship of his father, William M. Tred- 
wav. at that time judge of the fourth 
judicial circuit. He later entered the office 
of his brother, William M., Jr., a practi- 
tioner of Chatham, and was admitted to the 
bar in 1876, immediately establishing in 
practice at Chatham. A generous practice 
encouraged his early legal career, a prac- 
tice whi(*h constantly increased in dimen- 
sions, and in 1893 he was the successful 
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being- a member of that body until 1897. 
While holding his seat in the senate Mr. 
Tredway was appointed by Governor Fer- 
rell judge of the court of Pittsylvania 
county, an appointment which was subse- 
quently confirmed for a term of six years 
by the legislature. His occupancy of this 
position was marked by the exhibition of 
the many superior qualities that character- 
ized his father's incumbency of a like office, 
and he bore the dignity of the judgeship 
with the assurance born of strength in 
knowledge ind abilit}^ to fulfill an allotted 
task, confidence that had come to him 
through long experience in his profession 
and in the solving of perplexing legal difii- 
culties. At the present time Mr. Tredway 
holds membership in a board to which he 
was appointed by Governor McKinney, the 
\\"estern State Hospital board, and for a 
number of years he has been president of 
the general board of state hospitals. Since 
his appointment to that first named board, 
he has made the subject of hospitals the ob- 
ject of special and extended study, and has 
well prepared himself to speak authorita- 
tively and to act with knowledge in all mat- 
ters relating to the hospitals of the state, 
Virginia's institutions of that nature being 
of the finest. Mr. Tredway is financially 
interested in several of the industrial enter- 
prises of Pittsylvania county, and in bank- 
ing circles is known as the president of the 
Planters' Savings Bank, of which he was an 
organizer in 1897. He is a member of the 
session of the Presbyterian church, having 
belonged to that organization for many 
years. The above recital amply proves Mr. 
Tredway's title to the appellation of good 
citizen, a description freely applied but 
which in its true use denotes the possession 
of qualities of service and willingness to 
serve that determine the strength and char- 
acter of a community. 

Air. Tredway married, in Chatham, Octo- 
ber 18. 1876, Almeda, born in Pittsylvania 
county. Virginia, daughter of Jesse and 
Ruth (Hunt) Hargrave, her father a retired 
capitalist, having for fifty years been a mer- 
chant and manufacturer of tobacco, now one 
of the wealthiest of the county's men. Her 
mother died in 1866. Children of Mr. and 
Mrs. Tredway: Ruth H.. born July is, 1877. 
married Josenh Whitehead, an attorney of 
Chatham and formerly a member of the 
Virginia state senate : Jessie H.. married 
James C. Purnell. Jr., a banker of Winona, 



Mississippi: .Almeda, unmarried, lives at 
home: Eva, married Rhesa H. Purnell, a 
banker of Winona. Mississippi. 

James Garnett King. Three generations 
of this branch of the King family have been 
residents of Fredericksburg, the first to set- 
tle l)eing William King, born in Prince Wil- 
liam county. Virginia, who was the keeper 
of a famous inn in Fredericksburg until his 
death in 1874. fie had children: John Fred, 
yet surviving, a resident of Philadelphia ; 
Elizabeth, deceased, married John Carrell ; 
William Isaac, of further mention: Thomas 
.':^.. deceased. 

William Isaac King-, son of William King, 
was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 
[846. died July 19, 1895. He was a general 
merchant of the city many years until his 
death, served in the Thirtieth Regiment Vir- 
ginia Volunteer Confederate Southern army 
all through the war, and was for years a 
member of the city council. He married 
Mary Catherine Wooddy, born in Essex 
county, Virginia, in 1873, who bore him five 
children, one of whom died in infancy, and 
Albert, died at age of twenty years. The 
living (1914) are: Florence, residing in 
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, unmarried; 
Grace Wilmer. married Russell A. Davis, 
of Urbana, Virginia ; and James Garnett, of 
further mention. Catherine Wooddy was a 
daughter of James Woodd»y, born in Acco- 
mac county, Virginia. He was a sea cap- 
tain and one of the famous blockade runners 
of the Confederacy. He was finally cap- 
tured in one of his daring attempts and con- 
fined in a Federal prison until the wnr was 
over. He married Irene Andrews, of Essex 
countv, Virginia, and had issue : Lulu, mar- 
ried Frank Dalev, of Washington. D. C. ; 
Mary Catherine, married William Isaac 
King, of previous mention : Alice, married 
Daniel K. Stansburv. of Alexandria; Irene, 
deceased, wife of Neville Greenaway. of 
Alexandria ; Marian, married Roland C. 
Loockerman, of Baltimore. Marvland : James 
E.. of Accomac countv, \'irginia. 

Tames Garnett King, voimgest son of 
W^illiam Isaac and Marv Catherine (\\^ood- 
dvl King, was born in Fredericksburg, Vir- 
.ginia. Tune 27. 1876. He was educated at 
private schools and Richmond College. Rich- 
mond. Virp-inia. but after obtaining his class- 
ical education entered the dental department 
of the Universitv of Marvland at Baltimore, 
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Surgery, class of 1S99. The same year he 
opened' offices in Fredericksburg, where he 
yet remains firmly established in a profitable 
business, having the largest dental business 
in the city. Dr. King has also acquired im- 
portant business interests and is connected 
with several of the leading enterprises of his 
town. He is a director of the Farmers' and 
Merchants' State Bank, secretary and treas- 
urer of the Fredericksburg Shoe Company, 
secretary of the Business Men's Association, 
chairman of the Confederate pension board 
since 1912. and has been a member of the 
city council and is an ex-city commissioner. 
He is a member of the Masonic order, the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Benev- 
olent and Protective Order of Elks. Im- 
proved Order of Red Men. Junior Order of 
United American Mechanics, Patriotic 
Order Sons of America, and Sons of Con- 
federate Veterans. He is a Democrat in 
politics, a member of the Baptist church and 
treasurer of the Sunday school. 

Dr. King married. June 27, 1900. in Fred- 
ericksburg. Nannie Rose Stone, born in that 
city, daughter of John A. Stone, a hardware 
merchant. ]jrominent in Fredericksburg 
until his death, and his wife. Laura (How- 
ard) King. Children: William Marshall, 
born September 4. 1902; James Garnett (2), 
September 13. 1904; Nancy Stone. January 
4, 1910. 

Colonel Grenville Gaines. As lawyer and 
banker. Colonel Gaines has long enjoyed 
the confidence and esteem of his neighbors 
of W'arrenton. Virginia. Colonel Gaines is a 
grandson of Cornelius Gaines, and son of 
judge William Henry Gaines, the latter a 
most remarkable man. He began his busi- 
ness career when eleven years of age, be- 
came a wealthy merchant and landowner, 
owning also one hundred slaves, and retired 
from business life in 1857. Although un- 
educated in the law, he was the choice of 
the voters for judge of the county courts, 
his business sagacity and experience in their 
opinion outweighing legal education. He 
v.as noted for his generosity and hospitality, 
and was one of the most highly respected 
men of his day. 

William Henry Gaines, son of Cornelius 
Gaines, was born in Prince William county, 
Virginia, in 1P09. died in 1885. He was 'a 
merchant and judge, as previously stated, 
his career as judge not beginning until after 
the war between the .states was ended. He 



married Mary Mildred Foster, born 1830, 
died 1895, daughter of Henry Foster, whose 
wife. Miss Fairfax, was a daughter of a half- 
brother of Colonel John Fairtax. Children : 
I. Thomas Foster, died aged two years. 2. 
Mary Lena, died aged about four years. 3. 
Elizabeth Fairfax, married Thomas Smith, 
an officer of the Confederacy and later 
United States judge and district attorney, 
son of ex-Governor Smith, of Virginia. 4. 
Grenville. of further mention. 5. William 
Henry, died in 1909. 6. Thomas Foster, of 
New York. 7. John S., a farmer of Warren- 
ton. \^irginia. 8. Mary Lena, single. 9. 
Cornelius Fairfax. 10. and 11. Children died 
in infancy. 

Colonel Grenville Gaines, son of Judge 
William Henry Gaines, was born in War- 
renton. Virginia, September 26, 1854, and 
has since lived all of his life there. He ob- 
tained his early and preparatory education 
in private schools in Warrenton and in 
Bethel Academy, finishing in 1869. In 1870 
he entered Virginia Military Institute. Lex- 
ington, Virginia, graduating eleventh in his 
class, with the degree of Civil Engineer. 
He prepared for the practice of law at the 
University of Virginia, entering in Septem- 
ber. 1874, and receiving his degree of Bach- 
elor of Laws in July. 1876. He located in 
W'arrenton the same year and has continu- 
ously practiced his profession until the pres- 
ent date, having been admitted to and en- 
gaged in all Federal and state courts of the 
district. For several years he was asso- 
ciated with his brother in private banking 
as "Gaines Brothers," but he continued the 
practice of law during that period. Colo- 
nel Gaines gained his military title in the 
militia service of his state, serving as captain 
of the "Warrenton Rifles," later as major, 
lieutenant-colonel and colonel of the Third 
Regiment. National Guard of Virginia. He 
was the first man. one of the first officers, to 
\-olunteer his services to the government at 
the outbreak of the Spanish war, which he 
did on the morning of April 20. 1898. at Rich- 
mond, Virginia. Colonel Gaines is a member 
of the American Bar Association, the Virginia 
Bar Association, formerly of the board of vis- 
itors of Virginia Military Institute, and has 
been connected officially and professionally 
with several important corporations for sev- 
eral years. He has been closely connected 
with political affairs in his city and state, 
serving four terms as mayor of Warrenton, 
later on as chairman of the Democratic com- 




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mittee of Fauquier county ; member of the 
state Democratic committee, and in 1892 as 
a member of the Virginia World's Fair com- 
mission. Colonel Gaines is one of the strong 
men of his party, and in every public trust 
has proved his usefulness and integrity. He 
was a vestryman of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church, and junior warden of the par- 
ish. He belongs to many organizations, 
social, political, professional and fraternal, 
occupying official position in many of them. 
Colonel Gaines married, November 15, 
i?82, Lizzie Taylor, daughter of Dr. Wil- 
liam Harris, of Pennsylvania, son of Dr. 
Harris, who was first surgeon-general United 
States navy. Children : Alary Foster, mar- 
ried Joseph A. Bell, of Charleston. South 
Carolina; \\'illiam Harris, born in Warren- 
ton, \'irginia, educated in public schools and 
the University of Virginia, was deputy 
clerk of United States courts at Alexandria, 
\'irginia, now a practicing attorney in that 
city ; Elizabeth Taylor, a graduate of War- 
renton Seminary. 

James Garratt Jeter. In 1891 Professor 
Jeter was elected principal of Covington's 
schools, at that time employing two teachers 
instructing sixty-three pupils. In 1906 he 
was elected superintendent of public instruc- 
tion for Alleghany county, and as such now 
has general supervision over the Covington 
schools that now employ twenty-two teach- 
ers instructing eleven hundred pupils in all 
grades, including a high school that ranks 
with the best in Virginia. During all this 
development from an ungraded school to the 
present modern system. Professor Jeter has 
been the ruling, guiding spirit and to his 
untiring efTorts, wisdom and progressive- 
ness, the great advance in educational ad- 
vantages for the youth of Covington is due. 
The population of Covington increased as 
extensive pulp and paper mills, iron works, 
etc., were established in the town, but the 
schools have kept pace with the increase in 
population and there is no child in the town 
but can be provided with a seat and instruc- 
tion in any of the grades. Too much praise 
cannot be given Professor Jeter for his great 
work for the cause of public education and 
there is no one in all Covington that would 
deny the value of his service. 

James Garratt Jeter was born in Franklin 
county. Virginia. August. 1862, son of Wil- 
liam P. Jeter, and grandson of Henry G. 
Jeter, of Bedford county, A'irginia. Wil- 



liam P. Jeter was born in Bedford county m 
1844. and after a full and useful life as sol- 
dier, sheriff and farmer, yet resides in his 
nati^•e county. He was a soldier of the Con- 
federacy and after the war ended located in 
Franklin county, where he became a pros- 
perous farmer and served the county for 
twenty years as high sheriff. He married 
Sail}' A. Meadows, born in Franklin county, 
Virginia, in 1846, daughter of Rev. Benja- 
min Meadows, a clergyman of the Baptist 
church. Her brothers, John Ouincy and 
William Meadows, were soldiers under 
"Stonewall" Jackson, and Peter Jeter, a 
brother of William P., was killed in battle 
while serving in the Confederate army. 

James Garratt Jeter began his education 
in the public schools of Franklin county, and 
after exhausting their advantages attended 
Captain William E. Duncan's Mathematical 
and Classical School at Halford, finishing a 
three year course. He then entered the 
"National Normal University" at Lebanon, 
Ohio, whence he was graduated Bachelor 
of Science, class of 1888. At the "Normal" 
he developed the teacher's instinct and when 
released from preparatory training of that 
valuable institution, at once began teaching 
in Franklin county. In 1891 he began his 
work in the Covington schools, as heretofore 
noted, and from that date until the present 
has been at the head of the educational sys- 
tem of that town as principal and since 1906 
as superintendent of schools for Alleghany 
county. He has attained high reputation 
as an educator, has written, lectured and in 
every way promoted the cause of public edu- 
cation. For the last eight years he has con- 
ducted a summer normal school at Cov- 
ington, is a member of the Virginia Teach- 
er's .'\ssociation and is a frequent contrib- 
uter to the educational journals. For many 
years he has been a member of the official 
board of the Methodist Episcopal church in 
Covington, is an Odd Fellow, and politic- 
ally a Democrat. 

Professor Jeter married, in June, 1896, 
Anne Maria Smith, born in Franklin county, 
Virginia, in 1865, daughter of Rev. Horace 
P. Smith, a minister of the Presbyterian 
church. Children : James Garratt. born in 
1898: William Horace, born in 1900; Neville 
Camlin, died age four vears ; Anne Maria, 
born in 1906. .All born in Covington. 

David Stone Hicks. .As mayor of Law- 
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^'irgiIlia, Mr. Hicks has in that position de- 
veloped executive ability and qualities of 
leadership, that while fully appreciated by 
his townsmen, lead one to wish that more 
pretentious cities could have the benefit of 
such intelligent, public-spirited leadership. 
This leads to the thought that never in the 
history of our country has there been such 
opportunities for men of the right mettle 
tc rise to high positions in municipalities. 
The demands of modern scientific, sanitary 
regulations, pure water supply, properly 
constructed and cared for streets, electrical 
light and heating plants, all call for men of 
the highest quality. That Lawrenceville 
possesses such a man is a matter of con- 
gratulation ; that all cities do not elevate 
such men to official position is their shame. 
David Stone (2) Hicks was born in Law- 
renceville, Virginia, March 7, 1869, son of 
David Stone (i) and grandson of Edward 

B. and Elizabeth (Stone) Hicks. David 
Stone (i) Hicks was born in Lawrenceville 
in 1826, is a graduate of the law school of 
the University of Virginia and after an hon- 
ored career at the Brunswick county bar, 
retired and yet survives, a highly esteemed 
gentleman of eighty-eight years. He mar- 
ried Eleanor Lewis, born in 1833, died in 
1913. She was the daughter of Herbert and 
Rowena (Robinson) Lewis, of Brunswick 
county, Virginia. Her brother, Norborne 

C. Lewis, was one of a company of cadets 
called into the Confederate service during 
the latter part of the war 1861-65. David 
Stone Hicks had three sisters, Betty, Patty 
and Ann. Betty Hicks married Ashton 
Lewis; Patty Hicks married Emmett Beau- 
ford (deceased) ; Ann Hicks married Dr. 
Price, of Brunswick coimty. 

David Stone (2) Hicks, after attending 
field and private schools, became connected 
with the engineering -department of the At- 
lantic & Danville railroad and perfected him- 
self in the profession he had chosen and 
prepared for civil engineering. After two 
years in railroad service he opened an office 
in Lawrenceville and there still continues, 
actively engaged as a civil engineer, well 
known and highly regarded in his profes- 
sion. To the citizens of Lawrenceville at 
large, he is best known as the public-spirited 
citizen and town official who has given them 
a pure water supply, adequate sewers and 
abundant light for street and home, and effi- 
cient municipal government during the four 



years that he has been chief executive of 
their town. 

Mr. Hicks was first elected mayor in June, 

1910, and during his first term of office was 
ir.strumental in having the citizens vote a 
bond issue of $50,000 for the installation of 
a water system, which was completed in 

191 1, the supply being brought from Great 
creek and after filtration, is delivered to the 
distributing mains. In his arguments to in- 
duce a favorable vote on the proposition, he 
said that for a period of five years the taxes 
would be increased but fifty cents on the one 
hundred dollars to support the system, after 
which it would be self-supporting. This 
prophecy has come true two years earlier 
than he anticipated, the water rates covering 
the expense at the end of three years. Mayor 
Hicks was elected to succeed himself in 

191 2, and as head of the water, light and 
sewer department, has brought all to a high 
degree of efficiency. He is devoted to the 
interests of Lawrenceville and takes an hon- 
est pride in making his administration of 
public aflfairs. a period of intelligent progress, 
toward a town, clean, healthful and beauti- 
ful. That he has been able to secure hearty 
cooperation and loyal support from the citi- 
zens of the town is also a matter of con- 
gratulation and proves again the willingness 
of the people to follow a leader in whose 
integrity they can with safety confide. 
Mayor Hicks is a member of the Protestant 
Episcopal church, past noble grand of Law- 
rence Lodge. No. 294, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, member of Lawrenceville 
Lodge. No. 133. Knights of Pythias, and in 
political faith is a Democrat. 

He married, in 1894, Ella Lee Jones, born 
in Brunswick county, Virginia, in Decem- 
ber, 1869, daughter of William F. and Ella 
(Morrison) Jones. Children: Mary Morri- 
son, Emma F., Bess Fersbee, all born in 
Lawrenceville. 

Howard Fletcher, M. D. Dr. Fletcher, 
now of Fairfax Court House, Virginia, de- 
scends from Virginia forbears, whose con- 
nection with the colony began at an early 
period. Collateral branches are the Henry 
family, from Rev. \\'illiam Henry, a Meth- 
odist preacher, who was the brother of Pat- 
rick Henry, the fiery eloquent Virginia 
statesman ; Withers and other familiar Vir- 
ginia names. Dr. Fletcher's wife, through 
her mother, Mary Leigh (Morris) Parrish, 



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whose mother was Mary Abia Claiborne, 
descends from William Claiborne, the 
founder of the Claiborne family of Virginia, 
who came with Governor Wyatt in 1621. 
The Claibornes are traced through the cen- 
turies in England to the manor of Cleburne 
or Cliborne. lying in Westmoreland near 
the river Eden. The manor is named in 
Domesday Book (1086) and the family pedi- 
gree is definitely traced to Henrey, to whom 
Henry II. granted a moiety of the manor of 
Cliborne. In the old Cleburne church in 
Westmoreland are memorial tablets to Wil- 
liam Claiborne, the founder, and of Gen- 
eral Patrick R. Cleborne, Confederate I^tates 
army, who was of the Irish branch. 

William Claiborne, born about 1587, is 
first mentioned in connection with Virginia 
history in June. 1621. when the Virginia 
company engaged him to go to Virginia as 
surveyor with a salary of thirty pounds 
yearly and house rent. That same year he 
came to Virginia with Colonial Governor 
Francis Wyatt. In 1625 Governor Yeard- 
lev appointed him secretary of state for the 
colony and member of the council, an office 
he was holding in i6fio, although he was out 
of the ofifice from 1637 until 1652, when he 
was reappointed. On April 6, 1642, he was 
appointed treasurer of Virginia for life. He 
figured prominently in boundary line dis- 
putes with Maryland, and was a most able 
and influential public character of his day. 
He married Elizabeth Butler; had sons: 
William, Thomas, Leonard: daughters: 
Jane, Mary, who died in 1676. His sons, 
Lieutenant-Colonel William and Lieutenant- 
Colonel Thomas Claiborne, were distin- 
guished in the early Virginia wars, the for- 
mer was the first governor of Mississippi, 
the latter being killed by an Indian arrow 
Avhile in the service, October 7, 1683. Both 
married and each left a son, William (3) 
and Thomas (2) Claiborne. Leonard, the 
third son. settled in Jamaica, West Indies. 
He left two daughters, Jane Claiborne, mar- 
ried Colonel Thomas Brereton, of North- 
umberland county, Virginia ; Mary Clai- 
borne, married ffirst) a Rice, (second) Rob- 
ert Harris, in 1660. 

Dr. Howard Fletcher was born in War- 
renton, Virginia, September 18, 1875, son of 
Albert and Sarah (Withers") Fletcher, the 
latter a daughter of Howard Withers. Al- 
bert Fletcher was a merchant and banker, 
a member of the Virginia constitutional con- 
vention, and a private of the Confederacy, 



serving in the Warrcnton RiHes, under Cap- 
tain J. S. Marr, who was the first Con- 
federate officer killed in the war, 1861-65. 

After preparatory courses finished at Mt. 
Welcome high school in Culpeper county, 
Virginia, Dr. Howard Fletcher entered Ran- 
dolph-Macon Academy at Bedford, Vir- 
ginia, and two years later, in the fall of 1891, 
entered Randolph-Macon College at Ash- 
land, Virginia. He spent the three suc- 
ceeding years at the latter institution, win- 
ning honors and graduating Bachelor of 
Arts, class of 1894. The following year he 
took a post-graduate course in the gradu- 
ates" school, and in September, 1895, entered 
the medical department of Johns Hopkins 
University at Baltimore, and received his 
degree of Doctor of Medicine, with the class 
of 1900. The following year Dr. Fletcher 
spent in New York City, as interne at the 
New York Hospital, then located in Rich- 
mond, Virginia, practicing his profession 
there for two years, and lecturing in the 
medical college. In September, 1904, he 
located at Fairfax Court House, where he 
is well established and popular. Fie is a 
member of the Southern Aledical, the Vir- 
ginia State Medical and Fairfax County 
Medical societies, and keeps fully informed 
with all medical and surgical modern 
thought, discovery or theory. He is a past 
master of Henry Lodge, No, 57, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, and is inter- 
ested in the social and public life of his 
town. 

Dr. Fletcher married, October 8, 1902, 
Mattie Leigh (Parrish) Powell, born in 
Fluvanna county, \^irginia. daughter of J. 
Samuel and Mary Leigh (Morris) Parrish, 
and granddaughter of Frank M. and Martha 
Swan (Hancock) Parrish. the latter a direct 
descendant of John Hancock, patriot, states- 
man and signer of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence. Mary Leigh Morris was a direct 
descendant of Secretary William Claiborne. 
Children of Dr. Howard and Mattie Leigh 
(Parrish) Fletcher: Sally Withers, born at 
Richmond. Virginia, July 12, 1903: Hugh, 
July 28, 1905 ; Laura Leigh, February 12, 
1907; Howard (2), January 21, igo8; the 
latter three born at Fairfax Court House. 
Mrs. Fletcher married (first) September 
6, 1893, Chapmon Powell, by whom two 
children were born : Chapmon. born June 
16, 1895, and Travis Leigh, born April 23, 
1900. 

Albert (2) Fletcher, brother of Dr. How- 



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aid Fletcher, was born at Warrenton, Vir- 
ginia, December 24, 1873 ; is now a pros- 
1-ierous merchant, engaging in the insurance 
business at Warrenton. He married Emily 
N. Forbes, and has: Albert (3), Murray- 
Forbes and North Fletcher. 

William Samuel Goodwyn. Judge Good- 
wyn, of the Greenville county courts, de- 
scends from professional forbears, his father 
having been an honored judge of the county 
court and his grandfather a physician of 
Southampton county, \'irginia. In each gen- 
eration the Goodwyn men have been men of 
unusual prominence in their professions, and 
in their private lives have held the entire 
confidence of their communities. 

W'illiam Boswell Goodwyn, of Southamp- 
ton, was a graduate of the medical depart- 
ment of the University of Virginia, class of 
1809. He practiced his profession in South- 
ampton county and was highly regarded as 
an honorable and skillful physician. He 
married Elizabeth Norfleet Blunt. 

Judge William Stephen Goodwyn, son of 
Dr. William Boswell and Elizabeth Nor- 
fleet (Blunt) Goodwyn, was born in South- 
ampton county, Virginia, in 1819, died in 
1883. He was a graduate of the law school 
of the University of Virginia and rose to 
prominence in his profession. He was for 
twelve years judge of the county court of 
Sussex and Greenville counties and for many 
years commonwealth attorney of Green- 
ville county. He married Mary Ann Drury. 
Her brother was a private of the fourth Vir- 
ginia Cavalry of the Confederate army. Chil- 
dren : Waticins Blunt, Stephen Douglass, 
Joseph Norfleet, William Samuel, of fur- 
ther mention ; Betty, married J. W. Riddle. 

Judge William Samuel Goodwyn, son of 
Judge William Stephen and Mary Ann 
(Drury) Goodwyn, was born in Greenville, 
a southeastern county of Virginia border- 
ing on North Carolina, November 16, 1854. 
He prepared in Captain \\\ H. Bishop's 
school and that kept by Dr. Worshanis in 
Dinwiddle county, Virginia, being a contem- 
porary of Dr. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, now 
president of William and Mary College. He 
was graduated Bachelor of Laws, class of 
1876. was admitted to the bar and at once 
began practice with his honored father at 
Hicks Ford, now Emporia, the capital of 
Greenville county. Father and son con- 
tinued to practice as W. S. and W. S. Good- 



v.yn, until the son was elected common- 
wealth attorney of Greenville county, an 
office held for many years by William S., 
the father ; the son served in that position 
until 1892, then was elevated to the bench 
by vote of the Virginia legislature, continu- 
ing judge of Greenville county ten years, 
until 1902. He then returned to private 
practice and in all Virginia there is no mem- 
lier of the bar more strongly intrenched in 
public confidence than he. In fact for half 
a century the Goodwyns, father and son, as 
lawyers and journalists have been at the 
head of the local bar and honored wherever 
known. Judge Goodwyn has been admitted 
tc all state and Federal courts of the district 
and has a large practice in all. He is learned 
m the law, held the unusual respect of the 
bar as a jurist and dispersed justice with an 
impartial hand. His decisions were care- 
fully considered in the light of the law and 
were rarely reversed through improper pro- 
cedure or faulty rulings on his part. As a 
lawyer, his cases are carefully prepared, sub- 
mitted with vigor and fairness, never rely- 
ing on trickery or deception to help secure 
a favorable verdict. He is a member of 
various bar associations of the district and 
many societies and associations, profes- 
sional, social and fraternal, among them, the 
Greenville County Agricultural Society. 

In 1897 Judge Goodwyn assisted in organ- 
izing the Greenville Bank of Emporia, was 
chosen the first president and in that office, 
and as director and attorney, yet serves that 
excellent institution. In political faith he is 
a Democrat, and in religious belief is an 
Episcopalian, his wife a Presbyterian. 

Judge Goodwyn married, December 10, 
1884. Dora Lee Hedges, born in Berkeley 
county. West Virginia, September 5. 1863, 
daughter of De Costa and Mary Hugh 
(Bell) Hedges, granddaughter of Dr. John 
Rollings and Elizabeth (Turner) Hedges, 
and great-granddaughter of John Turner, a 
lieutenant in the revolutionary war, a stu- 
dent and later surveyor of William and 
Mary College, an office he resigned in 1790. 
was treasurer and sherifif of his county, 
where he was a large landowner, having ob- 
tained a grant from Lord Fairfax in 1753. 
He died in 181 1. Mrs. Goodwyn traces her 
ancestry to Isaac Chapline. an ensign in the 
English navy, a member of the King's coun- 
cil. 1610. and member of the Virginia house 
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olutioiiary sires gain her admission to all 
patriotic societies, while her own desires and 
inclination lead her to deep and perma- 
nent interest ui the preservation of genea- 
logical and historical records and facts. She 
was the founder and is present regent of 
Joseph Hedges Chapter of the Daughters of 
the Revolution of Emporia, Virginia, found- 
er and regent of the first Virginia Chapter 
of the United States Daughters of 1812, and 
first vice-president of the state society. She 
is also a member of the National Genealog- 
ical Society, the \'irginia Society for the 
Preservation of Antiquities, Mary Baldwin 
Alumnje Association. Jefferson-Monticello 
Association, Colonial Dames of Virginia in 
America, First Families of Virginia, United 
Daughters of the Confederacy, American 
Clan Gregor, Daughters of P'ounders and 
Patriots of America, Colonial Daughters of 
the Seventeenth Century, Americans of 
Armorial Ancestry, Americans of Royal De- 
scent, Colonial Lords of Manors in Amer- 
ica. Her membership in the Daughters of 
the Revolution is remarkable that her in- 
signia contains ten bars, each one denoting 
a different ancestor, to whom she can trace 
with certainty. She possesses a rare fund 
of old and historical documents, commis- 
sions, etc., many of them dating to early 
colonial days. 

B. Roscoe Caldwell, M. D. Caldwells 
emigrated from England. Scotland and Ire- 
land to America and established early homes 
in New England. New Jersey and the South. 
The name has been common in the coun- 
tries named and in France for centuries, the 
name in England appearing on Domesday 
Book as Caldennuelle. In Scotland the 
Caldwells of Ayrshire, were prominent as 
early as 1349, a chancellor of Scotland bear- 
ing that name. In Scotch the name signi- 
fies Coldwold, the Hazelwood or divining 
rod, in English Coldwell. 

John Caldwell, of Scotch ancestry, but 
Irish birth, came from Antrim, Ireland, set- 
tling first at Chestnut Level, Lancaster 
county, Pennsylvania, soon afterward re- 
moving to Charlotte county, Virginia, the 
family home there being known as the Cald- 
well settlement. He had seven children, the 
youngest being Rev. James Caldwell, born 
in Charlotte county, Virginia, in April, 1734, 
whose wife. Hannah fOgden) Caldwell, was 
killed by the British at the battle of Spring- 
field, New Jersey. 



Nothing more did I say Wait one moment you've 

heard 
Of Caldwell the parson, who once preached the word 
Down at Springfield? What, no? Come — that's bad; 

why he had 
All the Jerseys aflame! And they gave him the name 
Of the "Rebel high priest." He stuck in their gorge, 
For he loved the Lord God. and he hated King 

George. — Bret H.vrte. 

One of the sons of Rev. James Caldwell, 
"the rebel high priest," was taken to France 
and educated by Lafayette. Martha Cald- 
well, a niece of Rev. James Caldwell, mar- 
ried Patrick Calhoun, and was the mother 
of the famous statesman, John Caldwell Cal- 
houn, of South Carolina. 

Caldwells have been prominent in V'ir- 
ginia in different walks of life, public and 
private. In the present day they are repre- 
sented in New Castle, Virginia, by Dr. B. 
Roscoe Caldwell, a leader in the medical 
profession, son of John Pendleton Caldwell, 
and grandson of Andrew Caldwell, of Craig 
county, Virginia, who was the father of 
seven children: John Pendleton, of whom 
further ; Oscar, a farmer of Craig county, 
Virginia ; William, deceased : Ann, Jane, 
Adeline. Armita. 

John Pendleton Caldwell was born in 
Craig county in 1846. During the war be- 
tween the states he served for eight months 
in a Virginia regiment, fighting at Cedar 
Creek. Malvern Hill, and elsewhere. After 
the war he became a merchant, also was 
proprietor of a hotel. He was elected a 
member of the Virginia legislature, serving 
during the sessions of 1887-88. He was com- 
inissioner of internal revenue for Craig 
county, assessor of taxes for New Castle, 
and postmaster of that city for four years, 
appointed by President Cleveland. He mar- 
ried Victoria, daughter of Daniel Hoffman, 
of Craig county, she born in 1852, died in 
October, igio. Her brothers. Ransom, Maz- 
erine. Dexter and False, all served in the 
Confederate army ; Ransom, a private in the 
Twenty-eighth Regiment Virginia Infantry, 
was wounded in battle : Mazerine was sec- 
ond lieutenant of a regiment recruited in 
New Castle county, was captured with his 
entire company by the LTnion forces, con- 
fined in Fort Delaware, later exchanged and 
was in the service until the end ; Dexter 
served during the latter part of the war in a 
Virginia regiment and is now a farmer of 
West Virginia ; Palse is now residing in 
Portland. Oregon. Children of John Pendle- 
ton and Victoria (Hoffman) Caldwell: B. 



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Roscoe, of further mention ; Lottie Vesta, 
born in Craig county, married Thomas H. 
Hawerton, and resides at Newcastle, Penn- 
sylvania ; she has a son Roscoe, born there 
in August, 1897 ; Mrs. Hawerton is presi- 
dent of the Craig County Chapter, Daugh- 
ters of the Confederacy. 

Dr. B. Roscoe Caldwell was born in New 
Castle, Craig county, Virginia, December 
22, 1877. His early and academic education 
was obtained in public and private schools. 
New Castle Academy, of which he is a grad- 
uate, and Virginia Military Institute, at- 
tending the latter but one year (1897J. In 
the autumn of 1898 he entered the Medical 
College of Virginia, whence he was gradu- 
ated Doctor of Aledicine, class of 1901. He 
pursued post-graduate study at the Post- 
Graduate College and Hospital, New York, 
in 1901 and 1902, and at the Polyclinic Hos- 
pital. New York, in 1903. In 1901 he located 
in New Castle, Virginia, and is there well 
established in general practice. He is a 
member of the American and Virginia State 
Medical societies, is past master of Moun- 
tain Lodge, No. 163, Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, is a Democrat in politics, and liberal 
in his religious belief. 

Samuel Gardner Waller. The family of 
Waller, one of the most distinguished among 
the English gentry, was founded by Aimed 
de Waller, a Norman who settled in the 
county of Kent and died in 1183. From him 
descended the Wallers of England and other 
countries. Richard Waller, of Groombridge, 
Kent, distinguished himself at the battle of 
Agincourt, where he took prisoner the 
French prince, the duke of Orleans. Henry 
v., of P-Zngland, in honor of his service added 
the ancient arms of the family (which were 
sable three walnut leaves, or, between two 
bendlet? ar. with the inscription medio tniis- 
sijinis iris), the crest, "an oak tree proper, on 
the sinister side an escutcheon pendant 
charged with the arms of France, with a 
label of three points," and the motto, Hcrcc 
fructus virtuiis. 

The first to whom the Virginia family 
definitely traces was John Waller, M. D., a 
grandson of Edmund Waller, of Beacons- 
field, the poet. Dr. Waller, born in 1617, 
married Marv Key, and came from England 
to Virginia in 1635 and was living in 1688. 

Colonel John Waller, the third son of Dr. 
John Waller, was born in i('>73 and was 
styled "gentleman." He was a member of 



the house of burgesses, 1719, and the first 
clerk of Spottsylvania county, 1722-1742. 
He married Dorothy King and lived on his 
estate, "Newport," where he died in 1754. 
His children were : Mary ; Edmund, the sec- 
ond clerk of Spottsylvania county, 1742- 
1751; Williani; the third clerk, 1751-1759; 
John, the fifth clerk, 1774.-1786; Thomas; 
Lienjamin, father of the celebrated Judge 
Waller, of Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Edmund Waller, the eldest son of Colonel 
John and Dorothy (King) Waller, was born 
ni Newport, Virginia, and died in Spottsyl- 
vania county. He served nine years as clerk 
of the county, succeeding his father, the first 
clerk, and was in turn succeeded by his 
brother, then by a nephew, John, who later 
gave way to John (2), son of John (i), the 
family term of service in the clerk's office 
covering sixty-four years. Edmund Waller 
married Mary Pendleton and left issue. 

Benjamin Waller, son of Edmund and 
Mary (Pendleton) Waller, was born in 
Spottsylvania county in 1749, and died at 
Prospect Hill in 1835, an old Virginia gentle- 
man. He married Jeanne, daughter of Colo- 
nel Rice Curtis, and left issue. 

Rev. Absalom Waller, son of Benjamin 
and Jeanne (Curtis) Waller, was born in 
Spottsylvania county in 1772, and died there 
in 1823, an eminent minister of the Baptist 
church. He married. November 10, 1805, 
Cicely, daughter of Colonel Clough Shelton 
and a descendant of Lord Clough. 

Dr. Nelson Samuel Waller, son of Rev. 
Absalom and Cicely (Shelton) Waller, was 
born in Spottsylvania county, Virginia, De- 
cember 30. 1817, and died at Prospect Hill, 
July 20, 1868, an eminent physician of Spott- 
sylvania county. He married. May 7, 1843, 
Mary Hampton De Jarnette, daughter of 
Captain Elliott and Elizabeth De Jarnette, 
descendant of Lady Jane Grant. She was 
born at Pine Forest, Spottsylvania county, 
Virginia, in 1820, and died at Wildwood in 
igo2. She was also a connection of the 
Hampton family, her grandmother having 
been a sister of the grandmother of General 
Wade Hampton. Children of Dr. Nelson 
Samuel Waller: i. Nannie, born in 1844, 
died in 1897, unmarried. 2. Robert Emmet, 
born December 10, 1846; planter, lawyer, 
and judge of Spottsylvania county for twen- 
t}'-six years, and later commonwealth attor- 
ney: married (first) Constance Gardner 
Cazanove, daughter of William G. Cazanove, 
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of Judge Staiiard. of \'irginia ; no issue : he 
married (second) Catherine Perkins Dew; 
issue: Nannie and Robert Emmet (2). 3. 
William Judson, born in 1847, died in 1893; 
was a prominent physician of North Gar- 
den, Albemarle county, Virginia ; married 
(first) Bettie Hart Dew ; no issue ; married 
(second) in 1892, Cordelia Willing Byrd; 
no issue. 4. Nelson Samuel (2), of whom 
further. 5. Absalom, born at Wildwood in 
1859; a lawyer and financier; married (first) 
in 1886 Anne Du Pont, of Delaware; no 
issue; married (second) Louise Jones, of 
Greensboro. Georgia ; issue, Nelson Absalom 
and Louise. 

Nelson Samuel (2) \\'aller, third son of 
Dr. Nelson Samuel (i) and Mary Hampton 
(De Jarnette) Waller, was born at Spottsyl- 
vania, Virginia. May 23, 1850. He embraced 
the profession of law. is a graduate of the 
University of Virginia, A. B., and LL. B. 
He has rendered distinguished and valuable 
service to the cause of education in Virginia, 
and is also interested in agriculture. He has 
served his day and generation well, and is 
one of the eminent men of his state. He is 
a member of the board of visitors of Mount 
Vernon from the seventh Virginia district 
and holds membership in other societies of 
note. He married, in 1880, Rebecca Branson 
Gardner, daughter of Captain Samuel B": 
Gardner, and his wife. Sarah Catherine 
(Allen) Gardner. Children: Samuel Gard- 
ner, of further mention ; Robert Allen, born 
in 1884. died at "Mountain Home." in 1886; 
Mary Roberta, born at Mountain Home, 
Virginia, married, in 1907. William Addison 
Knowles. editor of the "Rome Tribune." 
Rome, Georgia. 

Samuel Gardner \\'aller, eldest son of 
Nelson Samuel (2) and Rebecca Branson 
(Gardner) Waller, was born in Front Royal, 
Virginia, ]\Iarch 26, 1882. He secured his 
early education in the public schools of 
Front Roval, attended Randolph-Macon 
Academy three years. 1892-94, Locust Dale 
Academy. 1895-97. then entered the law de- 
partment of the LTniversity of Virginia, 
v.'hence he was graduated LL. B.. class of 
1903. During his university years he was 
much interested in athletics, particularly 
baseball, making the university team. He 
began practice in Front Royal where he is 
now located and established in practice in 
all state and Federal courts of the district. 
He is LTnited States referee in bankruptcy 
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for the western district of Virginia, and has 
ever been prominent in the political and 
military life of his state. In 1906 Mr. Waller 
was the Democratic candidate for mayor of 
Front Royal and was elected for a term of 
two years. His administration was so high- 
ly satisfactory to the voters that in 1908, 
1910 and 1912 he was elected to succeed him- 
self, and is now serving his fourth consecu- 
tive term. His service in the Virginia Na- 
tional Guard began in 1903 as lieutenant of 
Company D, Second Regiment Virginia In- 
fantry. He was aide-de-camp on the staff 
of General C. C. Vaughn, commanding the 
First Virginia Brigade, and was major of 
the Second Regiment, resigning that rank 
in 1908 to accept the captaincy of Company 
D, Second Regiment, a company of which 
his grandfather had also been captain. 

Major Waller is a member of the law as- 
sociation of his district and has contributed 
many weighty articles to the law journals. 
He is a member of the National Educational 
Association and of other societies, social, 
professional and military. His fraternity is 
Pi Kappa Alpha, University of Virginia 
chapter, and he is prominent in the Masonic 
order, belonging to Unity Lodge, No. 1469, 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons ; Hiram 
Chapter, No. 45, Royal Arch Masons ; Win- 
chester Commandery, No. 12, Knights 
Templar: and Acca Temple, Nobles of the 
Mystic Shrine. In religious faith he affili- 
ates with the Presbyterian church. Major 
Waller is unmarried. 

Luther Monroe Abbott, M. D. Dr. Luther 
Monroe Abbott, one of a distinguished fam- 
ily of professional men, descends from James 
and Elizabeth (Caper) Abbott, of Craig 
county, Virginia. 

Sinclair Calvin Abbott, son of James and 
Elizabeth (Caper) Abbott, was born in 
Craig county. 1832, died in 1902, a carpenter 
and wheelwright. He served four years in 
the Confederate army as a private of the 
Fifty-fourth Virginia Regiment, enlisting 
from Salem, A^irginia. He was engaged at 
the battle of Manassas and many other of 
the historic battles of the war, receiving a 
wound in the hand, which, however, did not 
incapacitate him for further service. He 
married Jane Williams, born in Craig 
count)^ Virginia, in 1842, died in 1884, 
daughter of Philip Williams. Children, all 
born in Craig county: i. Peyton B., born 



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in i860, prepared for and practiced law but 
later became a minister of the Disciples of 
Christ and is now pastor of the church of 
that denomination in Winston-Salem, North 
Carolina ; he married Mary Etta Chaffin and 
has children, Mary. Ethel and Thanie Ab- 
bott Francis. 2. Lay ton, born in 1862, a 
graduate of Milligan College, now a prac- 
ticing lawyer of Roanoke, Virginia. 3. 
Luther Monroe, of further mention. 4. 
Byrdine A., born in 1876, a graduate of 
Milligan College, post-graduate student of 
the University of Virginia, an eminent min- 
ister of the Disciples of Christ, was pastor 
of Highland Avenue Church, Baltimore, for 
sixteen years, and has for the past fifteen 
years been pastor of the Disciples of Christ 
church at St. Louis ; is one of the leading 
ministers of his denomination and has won 
international reputation ; he was a delegate 
of the national convention of his church, 
held recently to plan a world-wide cam- 
paign for the extended usefulness of the Dis- 
ciples church, taking important part in the 
proceedings of the convention. 5. Wade 
Hampton, born in 1877, married Nanny M. 
Caldwell and has children, Howard Beulah, 
Lucy, .\rthur Dean, Hazel, Roy, Arline. 6. 
Edna Earl, married Arthur M. Lee, de- 
ceased, and has children, Robert E. and 
Mary. 7. Elizabeth Susan, married Robert 
O. Lee and has a child, Arlington B. 8. 
Minnie B., deceased. 

Dr. Luther Monroe Abbott, of New 
Castle, Virginia, was born in Craig county, 
Virginia. July 31, 1870, son of Sinclair Cal- 
vin and Jane (Williams) Abbott. He se- 
cured his primary, grammar and high school 
education in Craig county schools also hav- 
ing the advantage of instruction under pri- 
vate tutors. He chose medicine as his pro- 
fession and in 1895 entered Baltimore Medi- 
cal College, whence he was graduated M. 
D., class of 1896. He served for one year 
at Maryland General Hospital as interne, 
then returned to his native county of Craig, 
where he has since been in general county 
practice. In 1908 he located in New Castle, 
the capital of Craig county, and has since 
continued his practice from that point. He 
is highly regarded as a skillful physician, 
his practice also extending to minor surgical 
cases. He is a member of Marion Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons, and the Royal 
Arcanum, is independent in politics and re- 
ligious views. 



Dr. Abbott married, in 1891, Josephine 
Rider, born August 18, 1870, daughter of 
Fanatam and Julia (Wilmore) Rider. Chil- 
dren: Mattie Kathleen, born March 15, 1893; 
Edward Sinclair, May 7, 1896 ; Sidney 
Hampton, August 15, 1901 ; Richard Wil- 
liam, May 20, 1904. 

Colonel James David Johnston. The 

Johnston family, now represented in Roa- 
noke, Virginia, by Colonel James David 
Johnston, the well known attorney, was 
Scotch-Irish. They migrated from Annan- 
dale, Scotland, into Ireland during the re- 
ligious persecutions and after the fall of 
Londonderry. Sir W^alter Scott refers to 
the clan in the following words: 

Within the bounds of Annandale 

The gentle Johnstons ride; 
They have been here a thousand years, 

And a thousand more they'll bide. 

Among the relatives of Mr. Johnston who 
have been noted for their public service were 
his paternal great-uncle, James Johnston, 
who served in the Continental army during 
the war of the revolution, and was with 
General Washington at Valley Forge. One 
of his maternal uncles, the Hon. I. C. Fow- 
ler, was speaker of the house of delegates 
of Virginia in 1877-78. Another maternal 
uncle was Allen Fowler, who served as a 
colonel in the Confederate army, and later 
became distinguished as a physician at Salt 
Lake City, Utah. 

The American ancestor of Colonel John- 
ston was David Johnston, who came from 
Enniskillen, Fermanagh county, Ireland, in 
1736, and settled in Culpeper county, Vir- 
ginia; in 1778 he removed to Giles county 
in the same state. His son. Colonel Andrew 
Johnston, was a business man of great abil- 
ity, and his interests were extensive, and 
in many lines. He earned his commission 
v/hile in service in the Mexican war. He 
married Jane Henderson. 

Hon. James David Johnston, son of Colo- 
nel Andrew and Jane (Henderson) Johnston, 
was a student in Emory and Henry Col- 
lege, which conferred upon him the degrees 
of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. He 
then studied law under private tuition, was 
admitted to the bar, and was a prominent 
lawyer all his life. For nine years he served 
Giles county as commonwealth attorney, at 
last refusing re-election. He served two 



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terms ill the \'irgiiiia house of delegates, 
and refused nomination for Congress. For 
many years he was district counsel for the 
Norfolk & Western Railroad Company. For 
a considerable number of years he was a 
member of the board of trustees of Emory 
and Henry College, and his death occurred 
at Roanoke. November 15. 1897. He mar- 
ried Mary Ann, daughter of Dr. Thomas 
and Priscilla Breckenridge (Chapman) 
Fowler, and granddaughter of Isaac Chap- 
man, of Giles county. Virginia. Dr. Thomas 
Fowler was a direct descendant of the Eng- 
lish Fowlers, there having been a lord may- 
or of London, and an English Episcopal 
bishop among them. 

Colonel James David Johnston, son of 
Hon. James David and Mary Ann (Fowler) 
Johnston, was born in the town of Pearis- 
burg. Giles county. Virginia, September 16. 
1869. His preparatory education was ac- 
quired in the private schools, grammar and 
high schools of his native county, and he 
then entered Emory and Henry College 
Upon leaving this, he became a student 
at Randolph-Macon College, at Ashland, 
Virginia, and from there went to the law 
department of the University of Virginia, 
from which he was graduated in the class of 
June. 1893, the degree of Bachelor of Laws 
being conferred upon him. He at once es- 
tablished himself in the practice of his pro- 
fession in Roanoke. Virginia, and since that 
time has been actively identified with the 
lesral profession in a variety of capacities. 
His ability was soon recognized, and he rose 
rapidly in his profession, and received many 
important commissions. He is counsel for 
the Norfolk & Western Railway in Giles 
county : was one of the organizers and a 
director in the People's National Bank of 
Roanoke, until its consolidation with the 
National Exchange Bank. 

In July, 1901, he was elected a member 
of the city council of Roanoke, was presi- 
dent of this honorable body in 1903, and 
served until 1904, when he was tendered re- 
election, but refused to serve another term. 
Since the fall of 1908 he has been president 
of the Roanoke Anti-Saloon League, and has 
been active throughout the state and before 
legislative bodies, and one of the most in- 
fluential men in securing the passage of the 
pending State Enabling Act. He is vice- 
president and director of the Yost-Hufif 
Company, one of the leading implement 
firms of Roanoke, and a director of Hix- 



Palmer Company and the Roanoke iron and 
Bridge Works. Air. Johnston is a member 
of the Young Men's Christian Association 
of Roanoke, and has been a director in it. 
He was one of the founders of the Young 
Men's Brotherhood of the Trinity Alethodist 
Church, and is steward, and a member of 
the board of trustees of the church. He is a 
fluent and eloquent speaker, and was the 
orator at the unveiling of the Giles County 
Confederate Monument, August 8, 1908, and 
the Tazewell Memorial Celebration, July 
3. 1911. 

Colonel Johnston was a member of the 
staft" of Governor Mann. He is also a mem- 
ber of the board of trustees of the Medical 
College of Virginia. While at college he 
was a prominent member of the Kappa Sig- 
ma fraternity, and organized chapters at the 
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, 
Virginia ; and at Randolph-Macon, Ashland, 
Virginia. He was elected as a delegate to 
four national conventions of the Kappa Sig- 
ma fraternity — Baltimore. St. Louis. New 
Orleans and New York City. 

Colonel Johnston married, June 7, 191 3, 
Elizabeth Sinclair, a daughter of Judge 
Staiiford G. and Ruth (Drewry) Whittle, of 
Martinsville, Virginia. He has traveled ex- 
tensively, both in this country and in Eu- 
rope, and is a charming conversationalist. 
He is fond of outdoor sports of various 
kinds, and in them finds his chief form of 
recreation. In connection with this he is a 
member of the Roanoke Country Club. At 
the centennial celebration of the organiza- 
tion of Giles county, held May 12, 1906, 
Colonel Johnston was one of the most popu- 
lar orators of the day, and his oration won 
well merited applause. 

Joel Cutchins Rawls, M. D. A graduate 

]\I. D. since 1909, Dr. Rawls in the five years 
he has been practicing compressed into that 
short period an experience in two southern 
states. Florida and Virginia, his medical 
educations having been obtained in a third 
state, Maryland. He is, however, of Vir- 
ginia birth and family, Nansemond county, 
the familv seat. A resident since 1912 he 
has rapidly established in public favor as an 
honorable and skillful practitioner. 

Dr. Rawls is a grandson of Randolph and 
Christie Rawls, of Nansemond county, Vir- 
ginia, the former a farmer of Dutch ancestry. 
He is a son of Robert Rawls. born in Nanse- 
mond county. Virginia, in 1844, yet a farmer 



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of his native county. He is a veteran of the 
Confederacy, serving as a private in Com- 
pany I, of Suffolk, his company and regi- 
ment attached to General Mahone's division. 
He was shot through the thumb in battle, 
the same bullet passing through his cloth- 
ing, making several holes, but no further 
wounds. He is a member of Gillette Camp, 
United Confederate Veterans. He married 
Dianna Cutchins, born in Nansemond 
county, Virginia, in 1848, and died June, 
1907, daughter of John A. and Tracey 
(Odell) Cutchins. Children: i. James T., 
now superintendent of Phosphates Mines in 
Florida ; married Molly Lawrence, of Vir- 
ginia. 2. Susan, married Professor J. R. L. 
Johnson, of the Franklin, Virginia, High 
School ; residence, Franklin, Virginia ; chil- 
dren : J. R. L., Jr., and Robert Bruce. 3. 
John A., married (first) Lora May, child, 
John L. ; married (second) Colly Ellis, of 
Portsmouth, Virginia ; children : James, 
Robert Addison and Margaret ; he is a 
farmer of Nansemond county, Virginia. 4. 
C'dell, married John Paul Jones, and has 
Robert E., Eugenie, Lelia : residence Frank- 
lin, Virginia. 5. Charles Randolph, married 
Garrie Jones, and has Elizabeth R., Charles 
Randolph (2) ; farmer in Nansemond coun- 
ty, Virginia. 6. Christian, unmarried ; re- 
sides in Nansemond county, Virginia. 7. 
Joel Cutchins, of whom forward. 8. Robert 
Paine, married Roberta Fristoe, of Suffolk. 
9. Solomon Waite, attended William and 
Mary College, member of Theta Delta Chi ; 
automobile dealer in Franklin, Nansemond 
county, Virginia. 10. Mabel, unmarried. 

Dr. Joel Cutchins Rawls, of Franklin, 
Virginia, was born in Nansemond county, 
Virginia, August 15, 1883, son of Robert 
and Dianna (Cutchins) Rawls. He obtained 
his early education in the public schools, 
then for three years attended Franklin 
Academy. He then for three years pursued 
an academic course at William and Mary 
College, 1902 to 1905. In the latter year he 
began his professional education at the Uni- 
versity of Maryland, whence he was grad- 
uated M. D. in the class of 1909. After re- 
ceiving his degree Dr. Rawls began practice 
at Crystal River, Florida, remaining two 
years, then returned to Virginia, locating at 
Franklin, Southampton county, the seat of 
Franklin Male Academy and Franklin Fe- 
male Seminary. His practice is general in 
character and is increasing as his ability is 



becoming more widely known. Dr. Rawls 
is modern in his methods of treatment and 
keeps abreast with the latest medical 
thought by close association with his pro- 
fessional brethren by membership in the 
medical societies. He belongs to the Vir- 
gmia IMedical, Southern Medical, Southamp- 
ton County Medical, and -South Side Medi- 
cal societies and American Medical Asso- 
ciatiori ; the South Side Medical Society is 
composed of the physicians of fifteen Vir- 
ginia counties. He is active in these asso- 
ciations and has read several carefully pre- 
I>ared papers before them on subjects of 
medical importance. He is also a member 
of the Theta Delta Chi academic fraternity 
and Phi Chi medical fraternity. He is a 
Democrat in politics, and a member of the 
Baptist church. 

Dr. Rawls married, June 28, 191 1, Ella 
Guthrie, daughter of James Henry and 
Lelia (^\'right) Guthrie, of Lynchburg, Vir- 
ginia. 

Virginias Randolph Shackelford. The 

life of Virginius Randolph Shackelford, with 
its record of earnest and unwavering effort, 
should be an mspiration and an encourage- 
ment to every young man acquainted with 
it. The degree of prestige he has achieved 
in a short space of time is truly remarkable, 
and he is highly esteemed by his colleagues 
at the bar. He is a descendant of a family 
to which some lines must be devoted. 

The Shackelfords of Huguenot descent, 
originally settled in Gloucester county, Vir- 
ginia, and in the early half of the eighteenth 
century one branch of the family removed 
to Culpeper county, in the same state. 

Benjamin Howard Shackelford, grand- 
father of Virginius Randolph Shackelford, 
was a noted member of the Warrenton bar, 
and during the civil war became captain of 
the Warrenton Rifles, Fourteenth Virginia 
Infantry, Confederate army. He was a bril- 
liant man, of fine physique. He married 
Rebecca B., daughter of James Green, de- 
scendant of Robert Green, who came to this 
country from Ireland in 1710, settled in 
Orange county, Virginia (in that portion 
which was afterwards cut off and called Cul- 
peper), and there died in 1736. 

George Scott Shackelford, son of Benja- 
min Howard and Rebecca B. (Green) 
Shackelford, was born in Warrenton, Fau- 
quier county, Virginia, December 12, 1856. 



VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



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He was educated in the X'irginia schools 
cciiducted by Horace \V. Jones, William R. 
Abbott and Chapman Maupin. From these 
ho went to the University of Virginia, where 
he studied 1876-78, and commenced the 
practice of law at the Orange Court House, 
\'irginia, in 1881, and still resides there. He 
-entered the political arena in 1888, and has 
made a record of which any man may feel 
proud. He was twice elected by the Demo- 
crats to represent his county in the house 
of delegates, and was elected to the state 
senate in 1900. He was elected by the Vir- 
ginia legislature circuit judge of the ninth 
circuit and served from 1910 to 1915, when 
he resigned to engage in the general prac- 
tice of law. During the time he served in 
the senate, -Mr. Shackelford was a member 
of various committees, among them being 
the finance committee, in which his services 
were of especial value. His father having 
died when he was thirteen years of age, he 
was dependent upon his own resources to 
secure the education necessary to make his 
m.ark in the legal profession, and may truly 
be called a selfmade man. At the age of 
fifteen years he was obliged to leave school, 
dnd until he was nineteen years of age, 
worked in a bank in order to accumulate the 
means for his university studies. Mr. Shack- 
elford has been a member of the board of 
visitors of the University of Virginia. On 
July I, 1884, he married Virginia Minor 
i^andolph, born at Charlottesville, Virginia, 
in 1859, a daughter of Dr. Wilson Carey 
Nicholas and Nannie (Holladay) Randolph. 
Dr. Randolph was in charge of the hospital 
at Lynchburg during the civil war. The 
Randolph family is well known in the his- 
tory of this country, and two of its mem- 
bers, Thomas Jefferson Randolph and Dr. 
Wilson Carey Nicholas Randolph, were rec- 
tors of the board of visitors of the Univer- 
sity of Virginia, before that institution had 
a president. Mrs Shackelford is the great- 
great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefiferson. 
Mr. and Mrs. Shackelford have children : 
Virginias Randolph, whose name heads this 
sketch ; Nannie Holladay, born in Orange 
county, Virginia. 1887, married Karl M. 
Block; George Scott, Jr., born in Orange 
county, 1897, now at W^oodbury Forest 
School: Margaret Wilson, born in Orange 
county, Virginia, in 1900. 

Virginius Randolph Shackelford, son of 
George Scott and Virginia Minor (Ran- 



dolph) Shackelford, was born in Orange, 
Virginia, April 15, 1885. He received his 
educational advantages under Professor H. 
R. Berkeley, and in the public schools of his 
native county and the Woodbury Forest 
School, near Orange, of which J. Carter 
Walker was principal, and matriculated at 
the University of Virginia in 1902. He was 
graduated from this institution in the class 
of 1907 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts 
and Bachelor of Laws. He was chosen a 
member of the Raven Society. Admitted to 
the Virginia bar in the same year, he has 
been engaged in active general practice in 
C (range since, and is assistant division 
counsel for the Southern Railway. He is 
a member of the Virginia Bar Association ; 
the Delta Psi fraternity ; Orange Lodge, 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. His 
political support is given to the Democratic 
party, and he is chairman of the Orange 
County Democratic Committee, and a mem- 
ber of the Virginia Normal school board. 
In religion he is a member of the Protestant 
Episcopal church. Mr. Shackelford married, 
November 10, 1910, Peachy Gascoigne Lyne, 
born in Orange county, Virginia, in June, 
1887, daughter of William H. and Cassandra 
(Moncure) L}'ne. 

Norman Waller File, M. D. From Kent, 
England, in 1867, came Ashton File, a 
young man o„f eighteen years, born in Kent 
in 1849. He located in Buckingham county, 
Virginia, there married and pursued the life 
of an agriculturist, owning land and pros- 
pering. His wife, Ella Louise (Tucker) File, 
born in Prince Edward county, Virginia, in 
1851, yet survives him, a resident of Buck- 
ingham county. She is the daughter of 
Henry and Lovina (McKee) Tucker, of an 
important Virginia family. Her brother, 
Waller Tucker, now an attorney-at-law in 
Fayetteville, West Virginia, is a Confederate 
veteran, having served four years in a Vir- 
ginia regiment and sustained injuries. An- 
other brother. Rev. Joel Tucker, is a minis- 
ter of the Baptist church, pastor of the For- 
est Hill Church, near Manchester, Virginia. 
Ashton File had sons: Norman Waller, of 
further mention: Ashton (2), married 
Frances Wiggins and has a son Ashton (3) ; 
William H., married Adelaide Lenair and 
has a daughter .Adelaide H. 

Dr. Norman Waller File, of Covington, 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAFHY 



Virginia, September i, 1884, son of Ashton 
and Ella Louise (Tuckerj File. He pursued 
a full course of preparatory study in Buck- 
ingham county public schools and Rich- 
mond Academy, then began in 1904 a course 
of professional study in University College 
of Medicine at Richmond, Virginia, continu- 
ing until 1906. In the latter year he entered 
Baltimore College of Medicine (Baltimore, 
Maryland), whence he was graduated M. D., 
class of 1908. He continued medical study 
during the year 1910-11, taking a post- 
graduate course at Johns Hopkins Univer- 
sity, Baltimore, Post-Graduate College and 
Bellevue College Hospital, New York City, 
then fully equipped, began practice at Stone- 
wall, Appomattox county, Virginia. He re- 
mained there but a short time, locating at 
Covington, Virginia, in January, 191 2, and 
ys there gaining high reputation as a thor- 
oughly capable and skillful physician. Hie 
many years of preparation and hospital ex- 
perience is being supplemented by the de- 
mands of a large and growing private prac- 
tice, and the reward of his faithful prepara- 
tion is found in his ready ability to diagnose, 
treat and heal. Dr. File is a member of 
Reedy Spring Lodge, No. 203, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, Campbell county, Virginia ; 
Covington Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; is 
a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and in political faith is a Demo- 
crat. 

Franklin Portlock. The family name 
Portlock is of English extraction and has 
been prominent in the Norfolk section of 
\'irginia since Colonial times. The earliest 
representative in America of the Portlock 
family came from England in 1634 and lo- 
cated near what is well known as "Port- 
lock Estate,' in the vicinity of the city of 
Norfolk. 

(I) William Portlock, the first of the line 
here under consideration of whom we have 
definite information, was a planter and slave 
owner of Norfolk county, Virginia, in which 
locality his ancestors were prominent prop- 
erty owners and planters, holding title to a 
large tract of land between Berkley and 
Great Bridge. Among his children was Na- 
thaniel, of whom further. 

(II) Nathaniel Portlock, son of William 
Portlock, was born in Norfolk county, Vir- 
ginia, succeeded to the ownership of the 
homestead, his birthplace, and there passed 
his entire life. Wealth, slaves and property 



gave him leading position in the locality, 
and he was a justice of the peace, active in 
public afifairs, and a vestryman of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal church. He married (first) 
Barbara Carson, and (second) Nancy 
Stokes. Children of first marriage : Mary 
Ann, Tapley, Nathaniel. Children of sec- 
ond marriage : Barbara, Franklin, of whom 
further. 

(Ill) Franklin Portlock, son of Nathaniel 
and Nancy (.Stokes) Portlock, was born in 
Norfolk county, Virginia, January 18, 1826, 
died there, April 6, 1896. He received his 
education in the best private schools, and as 
a young man began the management of the 
homestead plantation, widening the scope of 
the agricultural operations conducted there- 
on, and prospering. Prior to the civil war 
lie employed slave labor in his farming, and 
later became a manufacturer of bricks in 
Portsmouth, Virginia, a line of endeavor in 
which he was likewise successful. For many 
years he had been a public official, holding 
the position of school trustee at the time of 
his death ; he was one of the first members 
of the school board, serving many years, 
and during his regime the public schools of 
Norfolk county became noted among the 
best in the state. Mr. Portlock was a gentle- 
man of refinement, sterling integrity, 
marked individuality, and of a very social 
nature. He was exceeding!)' loyal to his 
friends, and a citizen who stood high in the 
estimation of his associates. He joined the 
Christian church at Providence, in August, 
i860, and was a trustee of the same. He 
was seldom absent from the sanctuary and 
contributed liberally and freely in time and 
money towards the support of the gospel. 

Mr. Portlock married, April 7, 1853, Eu- 
genia Herbert Tatem, born in 1832, daughter 
of Dr. William and Ann (Herbert) Tatem, 
of Norfolk county, Virginia. Children: i. 
William Nathaniel, a sketch of whom fol- 
lows. 2. Emily Argyle, born December 23, 
1856. 3. Eugenia Tatem, born February 25, 
1858: married, in 1890, Thomas Webb Butt, 
and has one son, William Portlock, born 
February 16, 1893. 4. Frank Livingston, a 
sketch of whom follows. 5. Betty Beaure- 
gard, born September 2, 1861, died in 1864. 
6. I'anny B.. born July 21, 1867; married. 
November 17, 1897, Charles Louis Young, 
and has children : Eugenia Catherine, born 
January 21, 1899, and Frances May, born 
September 22, 1900. 

The large gathering of friends at the 




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funeral service of Air. Portlock attested the 
high esteem in which he was held, and the 
bereavement felt in the community by his 
death. The following is an extract from the 
remarks of Rev. W. S. Long, pastor of the 
Providence Christian church : 

I first met Brother Portlock in the year l88g, 
during the pastorate of Brother R. A. Ricks, who 
was serving Providence Church. Our friendship 
began at once, and when I came here as his pastor 
last September he greeted me kindly and extended 
to me what I most needed, a hearty, manly friend- 
ship which cheered me. For months I have been in 
his company almost daily and have thus had a good 
opportunity to know his worth as a man, and now 
tliat he is gone his memory is embalmed in my heart, 
a precious legacy. The people of God have this 
sweet assurance that the very moment in which any 
Christian's life shall close will be that which shall 
give his whole earthly existence its greatest capability 
of benefitting the race and promoting among men 
the knowledge of the Lord our Savior. No Chris- 
tian can desire more. Every Christian is sure that 
he shall not have less. No man dieth unto himself. 
Not by himself, not to himself, not for himself. The 
Christian dies unto the Lord. His death consecrates 
his whole life with all its influence to the Lord whom 
he served. He leaves that life and that influence to 
work for his Lord when he has gone, and when he 
goes to be forever with the Lord, enjoying the 
double immortality of perpetual influence on earth 
and everlasting work and happiness in heaven. 

William Nathaniel Portlock. William Na- 
thaniel Portlock, eldest son of Franklin and 
Eugenia Herbert (Tatem) Portlock, was 
born on the farm that he later owned, the 
old Portlock homestead, May 7, 1854. died 
June 17, 1910. He was a student for several 
years at Bethel Military Academy, located 
in the hills of the Blue Ridge in Piedmont, 
Virginia, which academy has had as its 
pupils men who have figured prominently in 
the aiifairs of the state. 

On July I, 1887, he was elected clerk of 
the circuit court of Norfolk county, an office 
which he held for seven years, and at the 
same time he served as deputy in the courts 
of Portsmouth City for a period of six years, 
and was also commissioner in chancery, 
commissioner of accounts, and treasurer of 
Norfolk county and Portsmouth ferries. He 
afterwards entered the law department of 
the University of Virginia, was admitted to 
practice in all courts, and at once established 
himself in the practice of his profession in 
the city of Norfolk. He attained a high de- 
gree of success as a councillor. He was 
elected to the Norfolk county circuit court 
judgeship. January i, 1892, and seldom 
missed a session of his court, over which he 



presided with conspicuous ability, and he 
was reelected to the same position, without 
opposition, in the year 1898 and served until 
November, 1909, when he resigned from the 
bench, on account of failing health. Judge 
Joseph T. Lawless was appointed as his suc- 
cessor. Many important cases were tried 
before Judge Portlock and he always won 
the highest encomiums from the bar by his 
fair and fearless rulings. He possessed a 
comprehensive knowledge of law and its 
principles, and his impartial decisions as 
judge gained for him the confidence and 
esteem of the citizens of the county. In 
1901 he was nominated by acclamation and 
elected without opposition to the constitu- 
tional convention from Norfolk county con- 
vened at Richmond, Virginia, taking his seat 
as a member, June 12, 1901. He represented 
his county with distinction. Although at 
times in a hopeless minority he became ex- 
ceedingly popular in that body by his 
marked ability in debate and his uniform 
courtesy. The official census of the state 
demonstrates that he represented in the con- 
stitutional convention a larger and more 
powerful constituency than any other mem- 
ber of that body. He was a member of the 
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and has 
always evinced an interest in its personnel 
and welfare. From boyhood until his death 
he always enjoyed the confidence and esteem 
of the people of his county, who conferred 
upon him many positions of trust and emol- 
ument. 

Frank Livingston Portlock. Frank Liv- 
ingston Portlock, youngest son of Franklin 
and Eugenia Herbert (Tatem) Portlock. has 
a record of public service in his native 
county that extends over a period of a quar- 
ter of a century, continuing at this time in 
his relation to the United States depart- 
ment of agriculture as local agent of the 
farmers' cooperative demonstration work. 
Early in life a follower of the pedagogical 
jjrofession in Norfolk county, he afterward 
filled the offices of road commissioner and 
road engineer, the former for eighteen years, 
the latter for four, and is now associated 
with the Federal department of agriculture 
in the capacity above mentioned. During 
this time he has contracted numerous pri- 
vate business relations, has dealt extensively 
in real estate, and, both through his private 
interests and his public offices, has acquired 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



the topography, resources and agricultural 
possibilities of Norfolk county, information 
largely gained by travel thereover with 
chain and transit. Church, school, and 
home interests complete the activity of Mr. 
Portlock, a highly regarded citizen of South 
Norfolk, N'onolk county, descendant of an 
honored line. 

Frank Livingston Portlock was born in 
Norfolk county, Virginia, September b, 1859. 
As a boy he attended the public schools, and 
after hnishing his studies in these institu- 
tions became a teacher, at the same time 
continuing his advanced studies, and was 
thus engaged for nine years. Upon appoint- 
ment to a four years' term as road commis- 
sioner of Norfolk county, Mr. Portlock re- 
signed his position as teacher, and served 
through three successive reappointments, 
being m 1906 reappointed for the tourth con- 
secutive term. While serving under this last 
commission the law was changed which 
abolished the office and created the position 
of road engineer. Under the new law Mr. 
Portlock received the appointment as road 
engineer, holding that office until 1913. In 
this year he was appointed to his present 
position of agent of the farmers' cooperative 
work. The work consists of taking to the 
farmer, on his own farm, the improved meth- 
ods and explaining to him the right applica- 
tion of the fundamental principles in agri- 
culture. This work which Mr. Portlock is 
doing is an arrangement whereby the Fed- 
eral government cooperates with the state 
and local governments in his service to the 
farmer. 

While road commissioner of Norfolk coun- 
ty, Mr. Portlock, to increase his efficiency in 
his position, took up the study of surveying 
and civil engineering, and was thus enabled 
to give his personal supervision to much of 
the work coming under his department that 
it would have been otherwise necessary to 
delegate to subordinates. Under his ad- 
ministration the condition of the roads of 
the county was vastly improved and miles 
of new highway were constructed, Mr. Port- 
lock directing their building in all parts of 
the county. He could usually be found, 
when especially important work was in 
operation, or when difficulties were en- 
countered. Such was the service he rendered 
to his native county, ceaselessly active. He 
is a dealer in real estate upon a wide scale, 
and has been ])articularly successful in the 



conversion of suburban farms into resi- 
dential districts, choosing well his locations 
in regard to accessibility and attractiveness, 
and he has founded several popular home 
centers. He was instrumental in having the 
Berkley Street railway extended to Money 
Point, a manufacturing suburb of the city 
of Norfolk. He had the roads widened by 
procuring the land for the right of way. 
The extension of this railway has resulted 
ir building up home sites and greatly en- 
hancing the values of all properties along its 
line. Mr. Portlock is himself the owner of 
a large farm, cultivated under his direction, 
in addition to the property he holds as in- 
vestments. Mr. Portlock is president of the 
Mutual Benefit Fire Insurance Association, 
insuring country property only on the as- 
sessment plan. The association comprises 
the territory of Norfolk, Princess Anne and 
Nansemond counties. He is a notary pub- 
lic, and was for several years a member of 
the Norfolk County Board of Education. 
He was for twenty years secretary of the 
Providence Christian Church, his devotion 
to which he inherits from his honored father. 
He formerly affiliated with Hickory Ground 
Lodge, No. 180, Free and Accepted Masons, 
of which he was master, but is now a mem- 
ber of Berkley Lodge, No. 167. 

The work in which Mr. Portlock is en- 
gaged in cooperation with the agricultural 
department is one fully worthy of his talent 
and ability, for it is one that has as its aim 
the universal adoption of modern scientific 
methods in best conserving the natural 
wealth of the soil while at the same time ex- 
tracting therefrom its richest yield. Agri- 
culture as practiced by our fathers has 
passed to join other practices and institu- 
tions which have outlived their usefulness, 
and in the establishment of a new era in 
Norfolk county, Virginia, Mr. Portlock is 
playing an important part. His wide ac- 
quaintance and universal popularity facili- 
tate accomplishment in this line, and he has 
devoted himself thereto with the energetic 
faithfulness that has unfailingly character- 
ized his public service. 

He married, November 2, 1898, Marion 
West, born in 1876, daughter of Leroy M. 
and Marion Lee (Hunter) West, of Nor- 
folk county. Virginia, and has children: 
Marion Hunter, born May 30, 1900; Eugenia 
Herbert, born February 4, 1906 ; Frank Liv- 
ingston, Jr., born July 18, 1908. 




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Clarence Jackson Campbell. The land on 
which Clarence Jackson Campbell, of this 
narrative, was born, in Amherst county, Vir- 
ginia, has been the property of the Campbell 
family for more than two centuries, three 
thousand acres in Rocky Creek Valley hav- 
ing been granted to Joel Campbell, the 
immigrant ancestor of the line, who came 
tr America from Scotland, the homeland, in 
the history of which country no name plays 
a mure conspicuous part than that of Camp- 
liell. Here lived and died Lewis Campbell, 
the son of Joel Campbell, who received the 
estate upon the death of his father. Lewis 
Campbell married a member of the Monroe 
familv to which President James Monroe be- 
longed, one of his sons being Joel Henry, of 
whom further, father of Clarence Jackson 
Campbell. 

Joel Henr}- Campbell, son of Lewis Camp- 
lull, was born on the homestead in Amherst 
county, X'irginia, in 1S20, died there in 1887. 
Throughout his life he managed the old 
e.^tate, engaged in the cultivation of its 
acres, and when war between the states 
broke out recruited a company in the vicin- 
ity, being elected its captain, and entered the 
Confederate service. He later fought in this 
conflict under Colonel Mosby. Joel Henry 
Campbell married ]\Iaria Louise, born in 
Amherst county, Virginia, daughter of Wil- 
liam .\. Staples, a farmer and merchant of 
Amherst and Lynchburg, his wife dving in 
1882, aged forty-eight years. Children of 
Joel Henry and Maria Louise (Staples) 
Campbell : Clarence Jackson, of whom fur- 
ther ; Roxanna, married John Monroe Camp- 
bell, a first cousin, and resides in Roanoke, 
\irginia. 

Clarence Jackson Campbell, son of Joel 
Henry and Maria Louise (Staples) Camp- 
bell, was born in .•Xmherst county, Virginia, 
on the Campbell homestead. May 31, 1863. 
His home was on the farm until 1890. and 
he obtained his education in the Amherst 
high school (Kenmore). the Sunny Side high 
school at Bradford, and the Lexington Mili- 
tary Institute, whence he was graduated in 
1884. He was then for three years a school 
teacher in the Amherst high school, where 
he had previously been a pupil, and for the 
eleven following years was surveyor of Am- 
herst county. While teaching school he had 
begun the studv of law, gaining admission 
to the bar in 1894. and since that time has 
been engaged in practice with such regu- 



larity as his public duties and business con- 
nections have permitted. In 1890 he became 
owner and editor of the "Amherst News," 
and is now rounding out a quarter of a cen- 
tury of successful ownership of this pros- 
perous journal. Mr. Campbell was elected 
to the Virginia legislature in 1891, holding 
a seat in that body until 1894, three years 
later being returned to that body and par- 
ticipating in the sessions of 1897 and 1898. 
During his latter term he was a member of 
the stall of Governor Tjler, and later re- 
ceived an appointment as judge of Amherst 
county, serving thus for five years. In the 
year that he was first elected a member of 
the Virginia legislature, Mr. Campbell was 
also elected to the constitutional convention, 
being present at all of the important delib- 
erations of that body. Mr. Campbell holds 
ar; importanr position in the life of the 
county, exercising, personally and through 
the periodical of which he is owner, con- 
siderable influence, which has always been 
cast on the side of the right. As a public 
servant he has been willing and efficient, 
giving to the position or office of which he 
was the incumbent the best of his energies, 
talents and abilities, while in his business 
and professional enterprises he has been uni- 
formly successful. Lie is the owner of a 
farm extending to the corporate limits of 
Amherst, and he there resides, his home 
comfortable and attractive. He is a mem- 
ber of the Order of the Mystic Shrine, the 
Modern \\'oodmen of the World, and affili- 
ates with the Methodist Episcopal church. 
Air. Campbell married, November 26, 
1884, Sarah Freeman, born in .Amherst, Vir- 
ginia, daughter of Captain Thomas W. and 
Sarah (Smith) Parr, her father an officer of 
the Confederate States army, her mother 
dying when her daughter was three years of 
age. Children of Clarence Jackson and 
Sarah Freeman (Parr) CamplDell : Fannie 
Evelyn, died in infancy : Moncure, post- 
master of Amherst, Virginia, under appoint- 
ment by President Wilson ; Mary L., mar- 
ried W^ R. Pendleton, deceased, and resides 
with her brother at Amherst, Virginia ; 
Addie F., married H. R. Mills, associated 
with Mr. Campbell in the publishing of the 
"Amherst News ;"' Thomas Parr, local edi- 
tor of the ".Amherst News ;" Marguerite, 
married Edward Jones, of Lynchburg, Vir- 
ginia ; Annie, lives at home; Bland Massie. 
lives at home. 



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Isaac Eldridge Huff, M. D. Isaac El- 
dridge Huff, a distinguished physician and 
citizen of Roanoke, Virginia, is a member of 
a Virginian family, and was born May 26, 
1866, in Floyd county in that state. He is 
the son of Isaac and Addie E. (Kitterman) 
Huff', and a grandson of Isaac Huff', of Floyd 
county. To Isaac Huff, the father of Isaac 
E. Huff', and Mrs. Huff, were born six chil- 
dren besides our subject, as follows: G. B., 
a farmer ; Thomas B., a traveling salesman ; 
P. K., a farmer; Elizabeth, residing at the 
old Huff homestead with her mother; Julia 
A., now Mrs. Hurt, of Roanoke; Sallie, now 
Mrs. Knowland, also of that city. 

Isaac Eldridge Huff obtained his educa- 
tion, first at the Oxford Academy, Virginia, 
under the tutelage of Dr. J. K. Harris, and 
later at the Glade Spring, Virginia, Acad- 
emy. Having completed his general educa- 
tion at these two institutions, he entered the 
College of Physicians and Surgeons at Balti- 
more, from which he graduated with the 
class of 1892, taking the degree of Doctor 
of Medicine. Thereupon, after passing the 
examination of the state medical board, he 
returned to his native county and estab- 
lished himself there in the practice of his 
profession, continuing the same for eleven 
years, and for a major portion of that time 
served on the county board of health. In 
the years 1901 and 1902 he sojourned in the 
north, while he took a course of post-gradu- 
ate work at the New York City Polyclinic 
Hospital School, and in the latter year re- 
turned south and located in Roanoke, where 
he has since carried on a large and lucrative 
practice. He is a member of the staff of 
the Roanoke City Hospital. He is the presi- 
dent of the Roanoke Academy of Medicine, 
which numbers the most prominent mem- 
bers of the profession in the city on its staff. 
Besides these ofifices directly connected with 
his practice. Dr. Huff is affiliated with a 
number of professional organizations, being 
a member of the Southwest Virginia Medical 
Society, and the Virginia State and Amer- 
ican Medical associations. He is a very 
conscientious student and practitioner and 
stands well in the front rank of his pro- 
fession, as well as in the social world of 
Roanoke. His prominence is not, however, 
confined to the medical circles of the city, 
and he has some very important financial 
interests there, being a' member of the board 
of directors of the Roanoke Bank of Com- 
merce, and of the board of trustees of the 



Central Business College. He is a member 
of the Baptist church. 

Dr. Huff married, November 15, 1893, 
Flora Mclver Francis, a daughter of the late 
Captain William H. and Eliza E. (Shelor) 
Francis, of Franklin, Virginia. To Dr. and 
Mrs. Huff' have been born three children, 
two boys and a girl, as follows : William 
Banks, born December 6, 1894, now a stu- 
dent in his second year at Roanoke College ; 
Dorris D., born September 27, 1896, gradu- 
ated with the class of 1914 from the Roanoke 
high school ; Francis Eldridge, born April 
4. 1899, now a student in the city grammar 
school. Mrs. Huff is a member of the Wil- 
liam Watts Chapter of the United Daugh- 
ters of the Confederacy. She is a member 
of, and very active, in the First Presby- 
terian Church of Roanoke. 

Archibald Murphy Aiken. A descendant 
of an old Southern family of eminence and 
son of Judge Archibald M. Aiken, who for 
thirty years was judge of the corporation 
court at Danville, Virginia, Archibald M. 
Aiken, one of the younger members of the 
Virginia bar, comes rightfully by the qual- 
ities that have made him one of the fore- 
most among the men of his age and experi- 
ence. He is a grandson of Benjamin Wilson 
Aiken, born in Cumberland county, Virginia, 
in 1827, died in 1851. He resided in Virginia 
and North Carolina, married Jane Carter, of 
Madison. North Carolina, who bore him 
three children, now all deceased : Patty, 
married and died at age of thirty-five years ; 
.Archibald M., of whom further; Benjamin 
Wilson (2), died in Texas, aged fifty years, 
a railroad superintendent. 

(II) Archibald Murphy Aiken, son of 
Benjamin Wilson and Jane (Carter) Aiken, 
was born in Madison, North Carolina, in 
1849, died in Danville, Virginia, May 5, 
1913. He located in Danville in 1869, rose 
CO eminence in the law and in public esteem, 
presiding for thirty years over the corpora- 
tion court. He was a man of wide and deep 
learning, judicially exact, just and honor- 
able. He married, December 14, 1881. Mary 
Ella Yates, born in Danville, of a well known 
Virginia family. 

(HI) Archibald Murphy (2) Aiken, only 
child of Judge Archibald Murphy (i) and 
Etta (Yates) Aiken, was born in Danville, 
Virginia, February 12, 1888. He obtained 
his preparatory education in the Danville 
schools, then entered the University of Vir- 




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gmia, whence he was graduated Bachelor 
of Arts, class of 1910. He then entered the 
law department of the University of Vir- 
ginia, receiving his degree, Bachelor of 
Laws, 1913, the year of his father's death. 
He began practice in Danville in June, 1913, 
and is well established in public esteem, 
wise in counsel, and skillful in the manage- 
ment of his cases. He has business inter- 
ests of importance, being financially inter- 
ested in the Riverside and Dan River Mills, 
the Danville Knitting Mills, the Virginia 
National Bank, and the Danville Coopera- 
tive Warehouses. He is a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal church, the societies, 
Theta Delta Chi and Sigma Delta Chi (Uni- 
versity of Virginia) and of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks. In political 
faith he is a Democrat. Mr. .\iken is unmar- 
ried. 

Colonel Robert Kent Spiller. As a mem- 
ber of the legal profession Robert Kent 
Spiller. of Roanoke. Virginia, has achieved 
distinction and won success. He is a man 
of strong intellectuality, with a comprehen- 
sive knowledge of the law, and in the h;jnd- 
ling of the cases entrusted to his care has 
shown a masterful ability which has gained 
him a foremost place. He is the grandson 
of William Hickman and Julia (Crockett) 
Spiller. and the son of William Hickman 
and Cynthia (McComas) Spiller. both born 
in WS'theville. Virginia, where the former 
is now a merchant and banker, the latter a 
daughter of Thomas Jefferson Boyd. 

Robert Kent Spiller was born in Elk Gar- 
den. Russell county. Virginia. June 30, 1881. 
His education was a liberal one. and was 
acquired at first under private tuition, then 
at the Wytheville Military Academy, and 
finally at the Blacksburg Agricultural In- 
stitute (now the Virginia Polytechnic In- 
stitute), in the electrical engineering depart- 
ment. Later he purchased the Wytheville 
electrical lighting plant, which he conducted 
personally until the outbreak of the Spanish- 
American war. when he was commissioned a 
first lieutenant in the Second Regiment Vir- 
ginia Volunteer Infantry. This was at- 
tached to the Seventh United States Army 
Corps, and Colonel Spiller became first lieu- 
tenant in the Forty-second United .States 
Volunteers, and was sent to the Philippine 
Islands, where he spent two years in active 
service. His next service was in Cuba and 
the Hawaiian Islands. May 28, 1902, he re- 



ceived his commission as first lieutenant in 
the United States regular army, which he 
held until December, 1908, when he was 
placed on the retired list on account of phy- 
sical disability. He then became a student 
at the New York University Law School, 
from which he was graduated in the class of 
1910, and then took a further course in law 
for one year at the University of Virginia. 
At the end of this year he established him- 
self in the practice of his profession at Nos. 
515 and 516 First National Bank Building, 
Roanoke, Virginia, and now has a lucrative 
and extended practice. He was appointed 
colonel on Governor Stuart's stafif in Febru- 
ary. 1914. 

Mr. Spiller married, December 28, 1909, 
Kathleen, a daughter of James S. and Lillian 
(Wise) Sexton, of Hazelhurst, Mississippi, 
the former a prominent attorney in his state. 
Mrs. Spiller is a member of St. John's Epis- 
copal Church, and they have one child : 
Kathleen Sexton. Mr. Spiller is a member 
of the Masonic fraternity ; the Army and 
Navy Club of New York City; Southern 
Society of New York City ; Virginia Society 
of New York City ; Army and Navy Club 
of Manila. Philippine Islands ; Shenandoah 
Club, of Roanoke. 

Henry William Harrison, M. D. Dr. 

Henry William Harrison, of Roanoke. Vir- 
ginia, is a man of splendid intellectual en- 
dowment, cultivated by liberal educational 
advantages, and he has won a standing in 
the medical profession of Virginia which is 
second to none in his part of the state. His 
life has been an eventful one. comprising 
several years of active service during the 
civil war. in which he served with gallantry 
and bravery. He is a son of Gasner and 
Elizabeth Louise Carter (Tucker) Harrison, 
and a grandson of the Hon. George Tucker, 
who once served as a congressman, and was 
a member of the faculty of the University 
of Virginia. His brother is Dr. George 
Tucker Harrison, of New York City. 

Dr. Henry William Harrison was born in 
Charlottesville. Virginia. September 15, 
1850. and obtained his elementary education 
in the schools of his birthplace. .A.fter pass- 
ing with credit through the academic depart- 
ment of the LTniversity of Virginia, he ma- 
triculated at the College of Physicians and 
.Surgeons in New York City, and was grad- 
uated from this institution in the class of 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



conferred upon him. Until the year 1886 
he was connected with Bellevue Hospital in 
New York City, and the municipal hospitals 
of the same city on Blackwell's Island, then 
went to Roanoke, Virginia, and established 
himself in private practice in that city. In 
this he has been eminently successful, and 
his professional skill has been recognized by 
the tender of public ofifices. He was elected 
president of the Roanoke board of health in 
1891 and served continuously for a period 
of eighteen years. During this time he had 
charge of a number of epidemics, handling 
them in a masterly manner, to the entire 
satisfaction of the citizens and the state 
health authorities. He was one of the organ- 
izers of the Roanoke Medical Society, and 
has served as president of this body ; is a 
member of the Roanoke Academy of Medi- 
cine, of the \\'est \'irginia Medical Asso- 
ciation, the \''irginia State Medical Associa- 
tion and the American Medical Association. 
As visiting physician of the Roanoke City 
Hospital he has rendered excellent service. 
Dr. Harrison was unusually young when 
he volunteered his services at the time of 
the civil war. January i, 1863, he enlisted 
as a private in Nelson's Light Artillery, was 
advanced to the rank of sergeant, and was 
mustered out at the close of the war as lieu- 
tenant of artillery under Captain J. Henry 
Reeber. Dr. Harrison is constantly broad- 
ening his sphere of usefulness and demon- 
strating his superior ability and deep inter- 
est in his calling from the humanitarian as 
well as the scientific standpoint. 

Warren Rice. The second of his line to 
adopt the legal profession as his own, War- 
ren Rice, of Winchester, Virginia, has for 
fifteen years been identified therewith, and 
has practiced law in Virginia and Colorado, 
attaining in that time a reputation as a law- 
yer of honor and reliability. His line has 
ever favored the professions, his great- 
grandfather. John W. Rice, having been a 
physician of note, his grandfather, Lewis 
Gillman Rice, an attorney: while in his 
father the line of professional successipn was 
broken to admit a business man and finan- 
cier of tried judgment and proven ability. 
Lewis Gillman Rice was the first president 
of the Valley Turnpike Company of Vir- 
ginia, and married Margaret Shannon Con- 
way, a descendant of the old Shannon fam- 
ily of New York. 

John W^arren Rice, father of Warren Rice, 



was born in Newmarket, Virginia, July i, 
1848, and after scholastic training in the 
schools of Winchester became a runner for 
the Shenandoah Valley Bank, in 1871. Seven 
years later he was raised to the position of 
assistant cashier and in 1883 became cashier, 
which ofifice he filled until his elevation to 
the vice-presidency in 1910. Mr. Rice is 
connected with many of the institutions ot 
Winchester, and has been secretary of the 
Handley Public Library of that place since 
its founding. He married Mary Catherine 
Pifer, born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, 
in 1S56, daughter of Colonel Jacob Pifer. 
The part played in the Confederate army by 
the family of Pifer was an honorable one, 
many of the name serving therein during the 
four years of battle and some gaining im- 
portant rank. Colonel A. P. Pifer having 
been a member of the stafif of General Rob- 
ert E. Lee. 

Warren Rice, son of John \Varren and 
Mary Catherine (Pifer) Rice, was born in 
Winchester. Frederick county. Virginia, 
April 2. 1876. and obtained his early edu- 
cation in the public and private schools of 
his birthplace. In 1895 and 1896 he was a 
student in Washington and Lee College, and 
was then for one year a student in Harvard 
University, beginning the study of law 
under the preceptorship of Judge Harrison, 
an official of 'he circuit court. His admis- 
sion to the Virginia bar came in September. 
1900, and until January. 1907, he was engaged 
in the independent general practice of his 
profession in his native state, then journeyed 
to Denver, Colorado, and there became a 
member of the law firm of Bicksler, Ben- 
nett & Nye. one of the most iqiportant legal 
associations in that city. The desires of his 
relatives caused his return to Winchester in 
1909, since which year he has been success- 
fully engaged as a legal practitioner in that 
place. Mr. Rice is a Democrat in political 
action, and holds membership in the Prot- 
estant Episcopal church. He is a citizen of 
substantial qualities, highly regarded by his 
professional brethren, and possesses a legal 
record of creditable accomplishment. 

Warren Rice married. October 24, 1907, 
Grace Ethel Enos. of Denver. Colorado, born 
in Indiana, in 1883, daughter of Dr. Charles 
Wolcott Enos and Sara Elizabeth (Cory) 
Enos, and has children: John Warren (2), 
born in Winchester. Virginia. October 4, 
1909: Elizabeth Shannon, born in Winches- 
ter, Virginia, August 28, 191 1. Dr. Charles 




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Wolcott Enos was born in Marine, Illinois. 
Began the practice of medicine in Jersey- 
ville, Illinois, moved to Denver, Colorado, 
in 1889, where he has continued to practice 
until the present time. His father. Dr. 
Charles Rawly Enos, was a farmer in Illi- 
nois, but in middle life took up the study 
and practice of medicine and continued in 
active practice until eighty-four years of 
age. His mother, Elizabeth (Thorp) Enos, 
was born in Boston, England, and came to 
America when thirteen years old. 

Sara Elizabeth (Cory) Enos was a de- 
scendant from the Shellman family of New 
York state and a lineal descendant of the 
famous old Dutch family — Anna Kagari — 
whose farm is now the site of Wall street 
and Trinity Church (leased by her for one 
hundred years and the lessees held posses- 
sion. See famous old suit over title, still in 
New York courts). Grace Ethel Enos 
(Mrs. Rice) is a lineal descendant of Eph- 
raim Patterson, who was born in Stratford, 
Connecticut, March 22, 1739, and died in 
New Lebanon, New York, May 3, 1809. He 
assisted in establishing American Independ- 
ence. He was sergeant in Captain Strong's 
company in Hoisington's Rangers, "New 
Hampshire Scouts," Brigadier-General John 
Stark^s brigade militia, lieutenant in Captain 
Jabez Vaughan's company in Colonel David 
Hobart's regiment. See Vermont Revolu- 
tionary Rolls, page 802 ; Archives of State 
of New York, page 130; State Papers, New 
Hampshire, Revolutionary Rolls, vol. 2, 
page 152, and vol. 4, page 253. 

Mrs. Rice is a great-great-granddaughter 
of Joseph Enos and Thankful Coon. Joseph 
Enos served in the capacity of ensign in the 
American revolution. See records in Pen- 
sion Office, Washington, D. C, and Civil 
and Military List of Rhode Island, vol. i, 
page 404. Thankful Coon is a descendant 
from Scotch nobility. The spelling of the 
name was changed after coming to America. 

William A. Harris, M. D. A little less 
than two centuries ago James Harris, the 
progenitor of the New Jersey branch of the 
Harris family, from whom springs Dr. Wil- 
liam A. Harris, of Spottsylvania, Virginia, 
horn in Bristol, Somersetshire, England, 
near the W^elsh border, came to the Ameri- 
can colonies, settling in Essex countv. New 
Jersey. He was born early in the eighteenth 
century and came to America about 1725. 
He married a Miss Bolevn, and had a fam- 



ily of six sons and one daughter. Their de- 
scendants are now found in every state and 
territory, and their names adorn the pages 
01 American history as soldiers in every war 
the United States has waged ; as ministers, 
one becoming a bishop of the Methodist 
Episcopal church ; as professional men of 
eminence, as farmers and business men. 
James Harris, the founder, was a man of 
considerable force of character, a merchant 
tailor by occupation, in religion an Episco- 
palian, dying in that faith just prior to the 
revolution. His son, Thomas, was a soldier 
in the revolution, as were two other sons, 
George and John. Erom such stock came 
Robert M. C. Harris, who leaving his New 
Jersey home, settled in Spottsylvania 
county, Virginia, his farm lying about eight 
miles above the Court House. 

Thomas Addison Harris, son of Robert M. 
C. Harris, was born in Spottsylvania county, 
Virginia, August 23, 1846, and died at 
Spottsylvania Court House, January 25, 
1912. His life was devoted to the service 
of the state and county, first as soldier of the 
Confederacy, and later as an officer of the 
courts of Spottsylvania. Although barely 
nineteen years of age when the war between 
the states ended, he had served for the 
greater part of the four years warfare in the 
One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment 
\'irginia Infantry, Eirst Brigade, had been 
wounded and lain two months in a hospital, 
then returned to his regiment, serving as a 
non-commissioned officer until the sur- 
render. He then returned to Spottsylvania 
county, where in 1866 he was appointed 
United States commissioner of internal reve- 
nue, holding that position for fifteen years. 
In 1881 he was elected high sheriff of the 
county and through successive reelections 
held that office for twenty-two years. In 
1903 he was elected clerk of the courts of 
the county and held that office continuously 
until his death, January 25, 1912. He was 
an honorable, upright and conscientious 
public official, his private life being beyond 
reproach and meriting the confidence dis- 
played by his fellowmen in continuing him 
so long in positions of trust. He married 
Mary Elizabeth Poole, born in Tennessee in 
1848, and died in 1889, daughter of Alfred 
and Mary (King) Poole. 

There were five Harris brothers serving 
in the Confederate army at the same time, 
all sons of Robert M. C. Harris, Thomas 
Addison and his four brothers. One of 



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these, much older than Thomas A., served 
in the Mexican war, and from 1861 to 1865 
was a soldier in the Union army. The 
wound. received by Thomas A. Harris, here- 
tofore mentioned, was caused by a rifle ball 
which struck his foot, breaking every bone 
in that member. The wound was received 
while on scouting duty for General Robert 
E. Lee. His brother, John Harris, was badly 
wounded in the neck in battle, while Chailes, 
a member of the Ninth Virginia Cavalry, 
and the other brothers escaped serious in- 
jury. King Poole, a brother of Mary E. 
(Poole) Harris, a cavalryman of the Ninth 
Virginia Regiment, was killed in battle. W. 
B. Poole, of the Scranton (Pennsylvania) 
International Correspondence Schools, and 
W. M. Poole, also relatives, served in the 
same cavalry regiment. 

Dr. William A. Harris, of Spottsylvania, 
was born at the home farm eight miles from 
Spottsylvania Court House, December 28, 
1877, son of Thomas Addison and Mary 
Elizabeth (Poole) Harris. He attended 
public school until he was fifteen years of 
age, then was a student for two years, from 
1892 to 1894, under Professor George Jenks, 
an Englishman, and from 1892 to 1898 stud- 
ied under Professor George Rayland, M. D., 
of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. In 
the fall of 1898 he entered the Medical Col- 
lege of Virginia, whence he was graduated 
Doctor of Medicine, class of May, 1901. He 
was president of his class. After obtaining 
his degree Dr. Harris located in Spottsyl- 
vania, where he has since been in continu- 
ous general practice. Learned and skilled 
in his profession, and held in highest regard 
as a physician, he is no less highly regarded 
for his public record as an advocate of clean, 
honest political methods and for his interest 
in road and highway improvement. Good 
reads is a gospel he ever preaches, and his 
agitation of this too often neglected depart- 
ment of local government has brought excel- 
lent results. He is chairman of the ways 
and means commission of Spottsylvania 
county, secretary of the board of public 
roads for the county, chairman of the dis- 
trict school board, and in July, 1912, was 
appointed by Governor Mann, member of 
the board of visitors of the Virginia Poly- 
technic Institute. For three years he was 
coroner of the county, and is its present 
health ofificer. This record of public service 
marks Dr. Harris as one of the progressive 



men of his community, and one whose 
leadership it is wise to follow. 

He is associated with his brethren of the 
profession in the Rappahannock Valley Med- 
ical Society, and is not an infrequent con- 
tributor of valuable articles to the medical 
journals and papers. He is a member of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, and for 
ten years has been a member of the Benevo- 
lent and Protective Order of Elks, and the 
Woodmen of the World, also holding active 
membership in the Automobile Association 
of Virginia, Fredericksburg (Virginia) 
Motor Club, and Fredericksburg Camp, Sons 
of Confederate \'eterans. 

Dr. Harris married, June 3, 1901, Dora 
Crismond, born in Spottsylvania county, 
Virginia, April 8, 1875, daughter of J. P. H. 
Crismond, who for twenty-five years was 
county clerk, and his wife, Sarah J. (King) 
Crismond. Children: Joseph Addison, born 
January 22, 1903; Virginia B., February i, 
1906; Dorothy Crismond, May 30, 1908; 
all born at Spottsylvania. 

Edmund Waddill, Jr. An able, impartial 
jurist. Judge ^^'addill, in the fifteen years 
he has sat on the bench of the United States 
court, eastern district of Virginia, has gained 
the respect and confidence of the Virginia 
bar. Prior to his elevation to his pl-esent 
high office, he had been a member of the 
Henrico county bar, county judge, and 
United States district attorney, and in these 
positions had proved the quality of his at- 
tainments and his fearless devotion to his 
duty. Moreover, he had by the suffrage of 
the voters of the third congressional dis- 
trict of Virginia, occupied a seat in the 
national congress, and here proved his value 
as a maker of laws as hitherto, and after- 
ward he was their administrator. 

Judge Edmund Waddill was l^orn in 
Charles City county. Virginia, May 22, 1855, 
son of Edmund and Mary Louisa (Red- 
wood) Waddill. He was educated in the 
jiublic schools, obtaining a good education, 
to which later he added a course of legal 
instruction. Meeting all the requirements, 
he was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1877 
and began the practice of law in Richmond, 
Virginia. Three years later, in 1880, he was 
elected judge of Henrico county, serving as 
such three years. In 1883 he was appointed 
United States district attorney for the east- 
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A Republican in politics, he entered the 
political field in 1885 as a candidate for the 
state legislature, was elected and served in 
the house of delegates, 1885-89. In 1886 he 
was the nominee of his party for congress 
from the third Virginia district, but was de- 
feated. In 1888 he was again a candidate 
for the same office from the same district 
and was elected. He served in the fifty-first 
congress, 1889-91, then returned to the prac- 
tice of his profession. In March, 1898, he 
was appointed United States judge for the 
eastern Virginia district, and still holds that 
important judicial office, having been re- 
appointed. 

judge W'addill married, December 19, 
1878, Alma C. Mitchell, of Hanover county, 
Virginia. His residence is Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. 

Thomas Edgar Frank. All of his life con- 
nected with printing and journalistic work 
of some nature, Thomas Edgar Frank has 
attained worthy success in that line, the 
"Fauquier Democrat," published weekly at 
Warrenton, Virginia, being an institution 
of his founding. He is a descendant of a 
Virginia family of Essex county, his grand- 
father having served in the commissary de- 
partment of the Confederate army during 
the war of 1861-65, and many others of the 
name performing service in the ranks of the 
Confederacy. He is a son of James Edgar 
and Georgia (French) Frank, his father 
born in Essex county, Virginia, in 185 1, died 
in 1881, his mother surviving her husband, 
her death occurring January 5,1915. Georgia 
was a daughter of Daniel I. French, that 
being a name that appears frequently in 
designation of soldiers of the Confederate 
army. 

Thomas Edgar Frank, son of James Ed- 
gar and Georgia (French) Frank, was born 
in Essex county, Virginia, March 18, 1875. 
In his youth he attended the public schools 
of Manassas and Warrenton, having come 
from Essex to Prince William county with 
his parents in 1880 and thence to Fauquier 
county four years later. Becoming an ap- 
prentice in the printing office of the "Manas- 
sas Gazette," he was so employed for four 
years, and from 1888 until 1907 was a printer 
on the "True Index," published in Warrenton, 
Virginia, having in 1905 been employed in 
the department of printing of the United 
States government at Washington, District 
of Columbia. In 191 1 Mr. Frank was ap- 



pointed to the position of clerk in the house 
of representatives at Washington, in the fall 
of 1913 becoming assistant to the chief clerk 
of that body, an office he holds to the present 
time. Despite his duties at the capitol he 
finds time to edit the "Fauquier Democrat," 
a weekly journal that he established in War- 
renton, Virginia, in 1905, of which he is sole 
owner and proprietor. 

Compelled by the early death of his father 
to assume weighty responsibilities at a 
}outhful age, Mr. Frank has overcome the 
handicap with which he started life, and has 
achieved substantial ends from his tireless 
and energetic labors, being held in high and 
universal regard by a wide circle of friends. 
He is a member of the Press Club, of Wash- 
ington, fraternizes with the Knights of the 
Maccabees, is of Democratic political con- 
victions, and holds membership in the Prot- 
estant Episcopal church. He married Sarah 
Mattie, born in Fauquier county, Virgmia, 
in 1875, daughter of Charles R. and Sarah 
(Sallie) (Bartlett) Mcintosh. One child, 
Thomas Mcintosh, who died in infancy. 

Joseph Hartwell Cabell. Joseph llartwell 
Cabell bears in his veins the blood of many 
of the pioneer families of Virginia, and is 
descended from a very conspicuous early 
resident of that state. Dr. William Cabell, 
born March 9, 1699, in Warminster, near 
Bristol, England, son of Nicholas and Rachel 
Cabell. He graduated from the Royal Col- 
lege of Medicfne and Surgery in London, 
and engaged in practice there. Entering the 
British navy as a surgeon, the vessel on 
which he sailed landed at Norfolk, Virginia, 
and was detained there some days, during 
which time he made an excursion into the 
interior of the state. Being very much 
pleased with the country, he decided to set- 
tle there, returned to England, resigned his 
position in the navy, and came to Virginia 
about I72_^. For some time he resided in 
St. James' Parish, of Henrico county, where 
he is found of record as early as 1726, and 
v\'here he served as deputy sheriff. He re- 
moved to Licking Hole Creek in the upper 
part of the present Goochland county, and 
in 1728-29 was justice of the county court, 
member of the grand jury in 1728, and coro- 
ner in 1729. It is interesting to note that 
nearly all financial transactions in that day 
were reckoned in pounds of tobacco. He 
was the first Englishman to remove west 
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entered a great deal of land, and on Septem- 
ber 12, 1738, received from Governor Gooch 
a patent of forty-eight hundred acres, and 
ten days later four hundred and forty acres 
additional. The completing of this patent 
was managed by his wife during his absence 
in England. His father died in 1730, and be- 
cause of his extensive interests in England 
ht was obliged to return to that country, 
whither he went in 1735 and remained to 
1741. His mother died in 1737 and other 
relatives about the same time, and he was 
thus detained five years in England to set- 
tle up his affairs. Soon after his return he 
received a patent of seven thousand nine 
hundred and fifty-two acres, and in 1743 an 
additional twelve hundred acres, and settled 
at the mouth of Swan creek, where he built 
a house, mill and warehouse, and established 
a settlement which he called Warminster, in 
honor of his native place in England. He 
was one of the first justices of Albemarle 
county, and a member of St. Ann's Parish, 
which was founded in 1744, where he was 
very active, serving as vestryman and church 
warden. In June, 175 1, he laid out Beverley 
Town, at Westham, about seven miles above 
Richmond, and in that year renewed his 
bond as assistant surveyor, at the same time 
going on the bond of James Daniel, sheriff. 
About this time he secured possession of 
twenty-six thousand acres of land, and soon 
retired from surveying, and engaged in the 
practice of medicine and surgery. His serv- 
ices were in demand over a wide extent of 
country, and many of his remedies were 
prepared by himself from herbs and plants. 
He brought many settlers to Virginia ; had 
an extensive library, including not only med- 
ical works, but others on theology and gen- 
eral literature. He died April 12, 1774. He 
married (first) about 1726, Elizabeth Burks, 
daughter of Samuel and Mary (Davis) 
Burks, who died September 21, 1756. He 
married (second) September 30, 1762, Mar- 
garet, widow of Samuel Meridith, of Han- 
over, who died February 26. 1768. Children: 
Mary, William. Joseph, John, George, Nich- 
olas, all born of the first marriage. 

Nicholas Cabell, youngest son of Dr. Wil- 
liam and Elizabeth (Burks) Cabell, was 
born October 29, 1750, and baptized Decem- 
ber 15 following. He was kept at school 
from the age of four years and three months, 
finishing his studies at William and Mary 
College. He resided with his father until 
the latter's death, and owned a plantation 



below the paternal property, extending five 
miles along the James river, now known as 
Liberty Hall. He was a captain of militia 
in the revolutionary service in 1776, and on 
June 25, 1778, was commissioned lieutenant- 
colonel. He was appointed colonel of Am- 
herst county militia in 1780, and saw service 
in 1781. He was one of the first vestrymen 
of the parish in 1779, and was a member of 
the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati. He 
was justice of the peace of Amherst county, 
and representative in the state legislature 
in 1783-84-85. In 1785 he was elected to the 
state senate, and continued a member of that 
body until his death in 1803, affiliating with 
what was then known as the Republican 
party. He was a trustee of the College of 
Washington, of Virginia, in 1796-97; was 
active in establishing George Lodge, Free 
and Accepted Masons, and prominent in the 
Grand Lodge of Free Masons, in which he 
held various offices. Like his father, he was 
fond of fine horses, and possessed some first- 
class specimens ; was a progressive and suc- 
cessful farmer, and died August 18, 1803. He 
married, April 16, 1772, Hannah, daughter 
of George and Anne (Mayo) Carrington, 
born March 28, 1751, died August 7, 1817. 
Children : William George, Elizabeth, Jo- 
seph C, Nicholas, Mary Anne, Mayo Car- 
rington, Hannah, Henningham, Paul C. 

Nicholas (2) Cabell, son of Nicholas (i) 
and Hannah (Carrington) Cabell, was born 
December 24, 1780; was educated by pri- 
vate tutors at Hampden-Sidney College, and 
William and Mary College. He took charge 
of his father's estate sometime previous to 
the latter's death, and by his skillful man- 
agement removed every encumbrance there- 
on, and was a successful planter. He in- 
herited Liberty Hall, where he resided, and 
was commissioned captain of militia, July 
22. 1805. and justice of the county, June 21, 
1808. He was a member of the Presbyterian 
church. His death, caused by consumption, 
occurred June 25, 1809. He married, Octo- 
ber 20, 1802, Mary Reid Venable, born May 
II, 1782, survived him nearly half a cen- 
tury, dying May 31, 1857, daughter of Sam- 
uel Woodson and Mary (Carrington) Vena- 
ble, of Prince Edward county. She was, 
like her husband, a member of the Presby- 
terian church. Children: Elizabeth, born 
August 20, 1803, died 1822, unmarried; Na- 
thaniel Francis. 

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was born July 2t,. 1807, at Warminster, and 
graduated at Hampden-Sidney College in 
1825. He received the degree of Bachelor 
of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1827 ; 
resided in Prince Edward county from 1827 
to 1831. and returned in 1832 to Liberty 
Hall. He was, in early life, a member of the 
Presbyterian church, but through study and 
investigation he became converted to the 
doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg, and 
withdrew from the Presbyterian church in 
1837. He was the author of many articles 
published in the "New Jerusalem Maga- 
zine," and also wrote much on agriculture 
and various literary topics. He was deeply 
interested in the history of his family, and 
prepared much material on the Cabell and 
Carrington lineages. He died at Bedford 
City, September i, 1891. He married (first) 
September 14, 1831. Anne Blaws Cocke, 
born September 15, 181 1, died February 20, 
1862, daughter of General John Hartwell 
and Anne (Blaws) Cocke. She joined him 
in removal from the Presbyterian to the 
Swedenborgian church. He married (sec- 
ond) in 1867, Mary M. Keller, of Baltimore. 
Children, all born of first marriage : Francis 
Hartwell, 1833, died 1844; Elizabeth Nich- 
olas, July 16. 1834: Philip Barraud : Sally 
Faulcon ; Frances Grace, July 16, 1852 ; Cary 
Charles, 1854, died 1856. 

Rev. Philip Barraud Cabell, eldest son of 
Nathaniel Francis and Anne Blaws (Cocke) 
Cabell, was born June 16, 1836, in Nelson 
county, Virginia, and completed his educa- 
tion at the University of Virginia, where he 
received the degree of Master of Arts in 
1857. For some time he served on the staff 
of his uncle. General Philip St. George 
Cocke, in the Confederate army, and was 
afterwards engaged in farming at Laneville, 
Virginia. He became principal of the Female 
College, Greensboro, Alabama, and was pro- 
fessor of Greek and Latin at Urbana Col- 
lege, Urbana, Ohio. Following this, he be- 
came a minister of the Swedenborgian 
church at Wilmington, Delaware, and died 
March 16, 1904. He married, February 27, 
1861. Julia Calvert Boiling, daughter of 
Thomas and Mary Louisa (Morris) Boiling. 
She was one of the most popular belles of 
Virginia in her youth, and was widely 
known as "Pinkie" Boiling; was born Au- 
gust 4, 1834, in Goochland county, Virginia, 
and is now living at Liberty Hall. Her 
father, Thomas Boiling, resided at "Bol- 

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ling Hall," Virginia, and her mother was a 
daughter of Richard Alorris, of Hanover, Vir- 
ginia, attorney, member of the Virginia con- 
vention of 1829-30. Richard Morris married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Colonel William Dab- 
ney. Thomas Boiling was a son of William 
Boiling, who was colonel of cavalry in the war 
of 1812, and a member of the house of dele- 
gates of the Virginia legislature. Children 
of Philip B. Cabell: Elizabeth Nicholas, 
born 1861, died 1862; Joseph Hartwell, men- 
tioned below ; Francis Barraud, July 14, 
1866, died 1893; Philip Mason, January 4, 
1S69. 

Joseph Hartwell Cabell, second son of 
Rev. Philip Barraud and Julia Calvert (Boi- 
ling) Cabell, was born December 24, 1863, 
in Nelson county, Virginia, and was largely 
educated at Urbana, Ohio, graduating from 
the college there with the degree of Bach- 
elor of Arts in 1881. After pursuing a course 
at the Cincinnati Law School, he received 
the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1886. In 
the same year Urbana College conferred on 
him the degree of Master of Arts. He was 
admitted to the Ohio bar in that year, and 
engaged in general practice at (Tincinnati 
until 1906. In the last named year. he re- 
moved to New York City, and became head 
of the law firm of Cabell & Gilpin, with 
offices on Wall street. This firm has long 
enjoyed a well merited success in the prac- 
tice of law. Mr. Cabell is a member of the 
Bar Association of New York ; the Garden 
City Club of Long Island ; of St. Nicholas 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and 
Phoenix Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of 
New York City. He takes most of his recre- 
ation in playing golf on the Garden City 
links. He entertains liberal views on re- 
ligion, and is independent in political action. 
He married (first) February 18, 1896. Mar- 
garet Pope Logan, daughter of Thomas 
Muldrup and Catherine Virginia (Cox) 
Logan, the former of South Carolina, and 
the latter of Chesterfield county, Virginia. 
Thomas M. Logan was commander of 
"Hampton's Legion" in the Confederate 
States army from 1861 to 1865. Mr. Cabell 
married (second) February 19, 1907, Louise 
Telford Groesbeck, born in 1880, daughter 
of Telford Groesbeck, of Cincinnati, Ohio, 
and his wife, Louise (Cox) Groesbeck, 
daughter of Dean Cox. Telford Groesbeck 
was a son of William S. Groesbeck, one of 
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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



President Andrew Johnson in his impeach- 
ment trial. Children of Joseph Hartwell 
Cabell by first marriage : Philip Francis and 
Honoria Muldrup, both born in Cincinnati. 
Child of second marriage : Mary Groesbeck, 
born July 25. 191 1, at Suffern, New York. 

Robert Marion Ward. The ancestors of 
Robert Marion Ward were among the early 
settlers in the colony of \''irginia. Promi- 
nently identified with the legal and medical 
professions at this time, members of the 
Ward family have in other generations held 
a like honorable position in public and pri- 
vate life. 

George Ward, born at "Fleetwood," in 
Culpeper county, Virginia, in 1822, died in 
\\'inchester, in March, 1902, was a son of 
Daniel and Mary (Fishback) Ward, his 
father having been a soldier in the war of 
1812. He married Julia Ann, daughter of 
Oliver Funsten, who came from Belfast, Ire- 
land, to Clarke county, Virginia, in 1820. He 
was a lawyer and farmer, and during the 
existence of the old county court system he 
was for many years the presiding member of 
that court in Frederick county. For more 
than twenty years he represented that 
county in the house of delegates and in the 
senate. 

Robert Marion Ward, son of George and 
Julia Ann (Funsten) Ward, was born in 
Winchester, Frederick county, Virginia, 
April 15, 1861. After courses of instruction 
in public and private institutions he entered 
the University of Virginia in 1880, where 
for two years he was a student in the aca- 
demic schools. For several years thereafter 
he was principal of a high school in Fau- 
quier ; then entered the law school of the 
university. He was admitted to the bar of 
his native state in 1887, and the following 
year became owner and editor of the "Win- 
chester News," the publication of which he 
continued in connection with his legal prac- 
tice until 1896. Since 1888 he has been en- 
gaged in the practice of his profession, and 
during that time he has been much in the 
public service. From 1890 until 1894 he was 
the incumbent of the office of common- 
wealth's attorney, and the year following 
the expiration of his term in that office he 
was elected solicitor for the city of Winches- 
ter, which position he occupied for eight 
years. In 1907 Mr. Ward was the success- 
ful candidate of the Democratic party for 
state senator from the senatorial district 



comprising the counties of Shenandoah and 
Frederick and the city of Winchester, and 
held his seat in the senate for four years. 
For several years past he has served as 
chairman of the city school board. Since 
1907 Mr. Ward has been a member, with 
Herbert Scaggs Larrick (q. v.), of the law 
firm of Ward «S: Larrick, with a large clien- 
tage extending throughout the valley coun- 
ties. Like many other members of the pro- 
fession in that section of the state he is inci- 
dentally engaged in farming and the culture 
of a commercial apple orchard. 

He married, April 12, 1899, Emily Ridg- 
way, daughter of Colonel David and Susan 
(Meade) Funsten, of Alexandria, Virginia. 
In 1863, when incapacitated for active serv- 
ice in the field. Colonel Funsten was elected 
a member of the congress of the Confed- 
erate States. His wife was a granddaugh- 
ter of Colonel Richard Kidder Meade, father 
of Bishop William Meade, and a member 
of the personal staff of General George 
Washington throughout the war of the revo- 
lution. 

George E. Moore. Business, honorable 
and well directed, has long been granted its 
proper place in the world, and it is the busy 
man who is the leader in all affairs. His 
fidelity to the duties by which his business 
is carried on is that whereby he is judged 
by his fellowmen, and the verdict is ren- 
dered in accordance with his accomplished 
purposes. In this respect George E. Moore, 
merchant and statesman, of Roanoke, Vir- 
ginia, has won the commendation and re- 
spect of all with whom he has come in con- 
tact. He is the son of William E. and Mary 
(Wilkinson) Moore, the former a prominent 
country merchant. 

George E. Moore was born in Fluvanna 
county, Virginia. May 16, 1870. While in 
the public schools of his native county he 
mastered those branches of learning which 
prepared him for the practical duties of life. 
Upon the completion of his education, he 
became associated with his father in the 
business of the latter, remained with him 
for a period of two years, and then estab- 
lished himself in business independently, in 
Bedford, where he sold out in order to pur- 
chase the mercantile business of Miller & 
Brown in Roanoke. This was in 1892, and 
he has been identified with the business life 
of Roanoke since that time. Under his man- 
agement this has become the leading retail 




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VIRGINIA BIOGRAPHY 



emporium in the city of Roanoke, and he 
has always been in the van in the adoption 
of modern and up-to-date methods. He was 
the first to introduce fixtures of the style 
used in the larger cities of New York, Phila- 
delphia and Chicago, and he also introduced 
the idea of having a larger and more varied 
line of goods than had been known up to 
that time. His ideas were very favorably 
commented upon, and were rapidly followed 
by his rivals in business. His store, how- 
ever, is larger than any other department 
store in the town. He was one of the organ- 
izers of the Merchants' Association of Ro- 
anoke and served as president of this honor- 
able body two terms. 

Air. Moore is one of the most progressive 
and public-spirited citizens of the town, and 
in 1901 was elected to represent the third 
ward in the city council. He served one 
term, ably representing his constituents and 
the city at large, and was a member of the 
following named committees: Ordinances, 
trade and commerce, and schools. In 1905, 
when the new constitution of Virginia pro 
vided for the bi-cameral council for Roanoke, 
he was elected alderman from his ward, and 
reelected in 1909 as an independent candi- 
date. He was elected as an independent, 
and he has always championed the cause of 
clean city government. He is a member of 
the Merchants' Association, the Chamber of 
Commerce, and of Wahoo Tribe, No. 82, Im- 
proved Order of Red Men. He and his wife 
are members of the Christian Baptist church. 

Mr. Moore married, November 26, 1903, 
Alice C. Richmond, of Roanoke, and they 
have children : Margaret, Doris and Rich- 
mond G. The life and splendid accomplish- 
ments of Mr. Moore should serve as an in- 
centive and inspiration to those who desire 
to rise in life. He is regarded as a man of 
unusual business acumen, and as one who 
has the interests of the community sincerely 
at heart. 

George H. Hulvey. Were it possible to 
strike the keynote of the life of George H. 
Hulvey, long connected with educational 
work in Rockingham county, Virginia, in a 
single word, one more descriptive than 
"service" could not be found. Into this may 
be crowded the story of his career as a sol- 
dier of the Confederacy and of his subse- 
quent activity as an educator, a story of use- 
fulness and effort well directed. The follow- 



ing recital will well illustrate the truth of 
the statement with which this record begins. 

George H. Hulvey is a son of Madison 
Hulvey, a carriage builder, born near Mount 
Sidney, Augusta county, Virginia, in 1812, 
died in 1862. He married Caroline Long- 
acre, born in 1812, died in 1870, surviving 
her husband eight years, and had children : 
James Madison, a soldier in the Eleventh 
Regiment Virginia Cavalry, Confederate 
States army, during the civil war ; Samuel 
H., a resident of Indiana; Newton B., lives 
in Churchville, Augusta county, Virginia ; 
George H., of whom further ; J. Franklin, 
deceased; Sarah Catherine; Mary M. ; Ella 
B. and Elizabeth, residents of California; 
and Rebecca H., deceased. 

George H. Hulvey was born in Rocking- 
ham county, Virginia, April 19, 1844. He 
obtained his early education in the public 
and private schools of Augusta county, also 
attending the Old Fort Military Academy 
for three years. His academic pursuits were 
interrupted by his military activity, but in 
1869 he entered the University of Virginia, 
and completed his classical studies. The 
outbreak of the civil war, when he was 
seventeen years of age, found him a soldier 
in the Eleventh Regiment of Virginia Cav- 
alry, a part of Ashby's brigade. The sec- 
ond day's fight of the battle of the Wilder- 
ness witnessed the loss of his left arm, May 
6, 1862, and after partially recovering from 
his wound in the hospital at Lynchburg, 
Virginia, he was sent to his home. For two 
sessions he attended the schools of that dis- 
trict, reviewing his Latin and Algebra, and 
then took a course in the Valley Normal 
School at Bridgewater, Virginia, the first 
tiormal school in the state, receiving a teach- 
er's certificate. While teaching Mr. Hulvey 
held the principalship of the schools of 
Bridgewater, Harrisonburg, Staunton and 
Mt. Crawford, the last of which he was hold- 
ing when appointed to the superintendency 
of the schools of Rockingham county, Vir- 
ginia, in 1887. For twenty-four years he 
was head of the schools of this county, and 
upon the reorganization of the state edu- 
cational system and the subsequent arrange- 
ment of the territory into divisions, he be- 
came superintendent of Division No. 2, 
which comprises the territory over which 
he formerly had control, having held the 
latter office for four years. 

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that has been accomplished by Mr. Hulvey 
it would be necessary to compare the edu- 
cational standards in the locality in which 
his activity has been centered of a quarter 
of a century ago with those of the present 
time, to place the statistics of 1886 beside 
those of 1914, and to endeavor to account 
for the difference, the vast improvement, in 
any other manner than to place the credit at 
the door of the leaders in education in the 
countv and the state, the one influence co- 
operating with the other for the common 
good. Organization and concerted effort for 
advancement have wrought the change from 
small, unsanitary, ill-ventilated, and ill- 
lighted school houses to the spacious, airy 
and scientifically constructed buildings that 
now numerously dot the county ; and the 
same causes have placed a trained, educated 
and efficient corps of teachers in the stead 
of willing but incapable instructors. Mod- 
ern methods and instruction flourish 
throughout the division, vocational training 
has been introduced, libraries easily accessi- 
ble have been installed, and the pupils of the 
schools in the locality receive generous 
foundation for advanced study in higher in- 
stitutions, or, if that is not forthcoming, lib- 
eral qualifications for honorable position in 
society ; perfect sanitary conditions prevail, 
toilet and drinking appliances, arranged 
under medical direction and subject to rigid 
inspection, and with all of the forward 
strides that have been made, satisfaction has 
not caused the smallest decrease in enthusi- 
asm nor a lack of desire for still greater im- 
provement. 

So strong a believer is Mr. Hulvey in the 
efficacy of union and the value of steady and 
systematic cooperation that at school con- 
ventions he is known as the "Champion of 
Consolidation," and it is a tribute to his 
force of character and his wise foresight that 
many of the reforms that he has earnestly 
advocated have become successful institu- 
tions. He is a member of the Virginia State 
Teachers' Association, and was the organ- 
izer and the first president of the Rocking- 
ham County Teachers' Association, the first 
organization of its kind in Virginia, exist- 
ing prior to the formation of the state asso- 
ciation. Mr. Hulvey has frequently been 
the author of articles published in educa- 
tional journals, and from the height of long 
experience and participation in the thick of 
the fight has been able to pen papers of 



vital interest and value to friends and pro- 
moters of education. 

It is a far cry from the arts of peace to 
the doings of war, but in both has George 
H. Hulvey been prominent, and before clos- 
ing this brief chronicle it is meet that men- 
tion should be made of a part of his career 
that is widely separated from his activities 
with which so many are familiar. He served 
as sergeant in his company throughout the 
year 1861-62, and upon the proposed re- 
organization of the Confederate army was 
elected captain, although he was never com- 
missioned to this rank. On one occasion, 
acting under orders from General "Stone- 
wall" Jackson, Sergeant Hulvey burned the 
bridge at Port Republic, in order to prevent 
its use as a means of transit by the Federal 
forces. Mr. Hulvey's political views are 
Democratic, and he is a member of the Re- 
formed church. His fraternal societies are 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and 
the Junior Order of United American Me- 
chanics. 

He married (first) in 1872, Josephine, 
daughter of Arthur Bader, her death occur- 
ring in 1882; (second) October 8, 1890, 
Nannie Y., born in Rockingham county, 
Virginia, August 12, i860, daughter of 
George William Yancey. Children of his 
first marriage: Elmer Lee, born in Harri- 
sonburg, Virginia, a printer, resides in Iowa ; 
William Arthur, born in Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, a farmer ; Franklin Edmund, born in 
Bridgewater, Virginia, died in 1893. Chil- 
dren of his second marriage, all born in 
Bridgewater, Virginia: Leighton Michael, 
born May 7, 1893; Sallie Machen, born July 
13, 1895; Samuel Brown, born October 3, 
1896; Nina Yancey, born July 23, 1900; 
Lynnwood Harvey, born February 22, 1904. 
In 1906 Mr. Hulvey moved to Harrisonburg, 
and now resides on the corner of North High 
and Wolf streets. 

Michael Archibald Dinneen. Michael 
Archibald Dinneen, a prominent business 
man of New York City, was born at Ash- 
land, Virginia, October 24, 1887. He is the 
son of John Hogan and Mary Gordon 
(Houston) Dinneen, his mother being the 
daughter of Dr. Henry Houston. His father 
was an attorney at Richmond, Virginia, died 
in 1903. John Hogan Dinneen was in the 
Confederate army in the civil war, being 
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mond, \^irginia, though of tender age at the 
time. He served on the staff of General 
Robert E. Lee. Michael Archibald Dinneen 
had four uncles on his mother's side killed 
in the civil war, one of them being Archibald 
Houston, who won much distinction. The 
grandfather of Mr. Dinneen. and father of 
John Hogan Dinneen. came to this country 
from Ireland. 

The family to which Mr. Dinneen belongs 
was distinguished and extremely ancient, 
and many members had held high ofifice 
both in ecclesiastical and politic station in 
the history of Ireland. It was a branch of 
the Fox or ^lacSionnaighe famih', whose 
official title was "Lords of Tefifia," and whose 
pedigree has been authentically preserved 
by several branches of the family from the 
second centur}'. A. D., to the present day. 
The arms of the Dinneen family are thus 
heraldically described : Arms : Argent on a 
mount in base vert an oak tree, the stem en- 
twined with two serpents interwoven and 
erect respecting each other all ppr. Crest: 
An owl at gaze ppr. The original form of 
the Dinneen hereditary family name in the 
Gaelic or Irish language is O'Doighain, 
meaning "the descendant (O') of Doigh- 
nain," Doighnain being the personal appel- 
lation of a celebrated commander of Gaelic 
gallowglasses or foot soldiers slain at the 
memorable battle of Clontarf, 1014 A. D. 
The word "doigh" in Irish or Celtic means 
hope or thought, and it is akin to the Greek, 
dokeo, meaning "to think," Celtic and Greek 
being kindred languages, that were spoken 
side by side on the plains of Europe for hun- 
dreds of years before the dawn of written 
history. Doighnain, chief ancestor of the 
Dinneen family was the brother of Beice, 
v/ho figures as No. 98 on the pedigree of the 
Fox family, the family descended from him 
being called O'Doighnain for hundreds of 
years till English spread in the land, when 
the old surname being anglicised to Din- 
neen, Dinan, Dinnen, Dignum, O'Duge'ian. 
and even translated in some cases to Hope. 

The Fox and Dinneen families belong to 
what is called the line of Heremon in Irish 
genealogy, the other lines to which the an- 
cient Milesian families belong being those 
of Heber, Ir, and Ithe. The line of Here- 
mon is, however, much the most distin- 
guished of the group and it is to this line 
that most of the monarchs of Ireland be- 
long. Heremon was the seventh son of Mi- 
lesius of Spain, the semi-mythical character 



to which most of the genealogies of Ireland 
are referred parallel to the Greek use of a 
similar godlike character, but he is the third 
of the three sons who left any issue. From 
Heremon were descended the kings, nobil- 
ity, and gentry of the kingdoms or princi- 
palities of Connaught, Dalriada, Leinster, 
Meath, Orgiall, Ossory, of Scotland since 
the fifth century, of Ulster since the fourth, 
and of England since the reign of King 
Henry II. down to the present time. "The 
House of Heremon," writes O'Callaghan, 
"from the number of its princes, or great 
families, from the multitude of its distin- 
guished characters, as laymen or churchmen, 
from the extensive territories acquired by 
those belonging to it, at home or abroad, or 
in Alba (Scotland) as well as in Eirinn (Ire- 
land) — was regarded as by far the most 
illustrious ; so much so according to the best 
native authority, that it would be as reason- 
able to affirm that one pound was equal to 
one hundred pounds in value as it would be 
tr compare any other line to that of Here- 
mon." 

It is interesting to trace the line of pedi- 
gree of the Fox family from one of its chief 
ancestors, the monarch, Niall of the Nine 
Hostages, to the point where the Dinneen 
branch shoots forth, if only to note the lit- 
any of warriorlike names. Niall of the Nine 
Hostages, living in the early part of the fifth 
century, A. D., was 126th high monarch of 
Ireland, and figures as No. 87 on the Fox 
or Mac Sionnaighe (fox) pedigree. The son 
of Niall in the direct line was Main, and his 
son was Brecan. The son of Brecan was 
Brannan and his son was Aodh or Hugh. 
Eladhmhach, the son of Hugh had a brother 
named Aongus who was ancestor of the 
Loughnan or Loftus family of Meath. From 
Bladhmhach the direct line from son to son 
was as follows : Congall (son of Bladhm- 
hach), Colla, Giolla Brighid, Maolbeanach- 
tach or Benedict, Tagan and Beice. This 
Beice had three warrior brothers, Doigh- 
nain, Cearnachan and Gabhtach, and it was 
from this Doighnain, son of Tagan. and 
brother of Beice, that the Dinneen and Din- 
nan families descend and derive their sur- 
name. Few kings have been more cele- 
brated in history and legend than Niall of 
the Nine Hostages, descendant at the sev- 
enth remove from the renowned Conn of the 
Hundred Battles, also high king, ancestor 
of the Dinneen and Fox families, as well as 
of many of the royal and princely fainilies 



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of Europe. Niall was twice married, his 
first queen being Inne, the daughter of 
Laughdheach. who was the relict of Fia- 
cadh ; and his second queen was Roigneach. 
This Niall succeeded his uncle Crimthann. 
He was a stout, wise, and warlike prince, 
and was fortunate in his conquests. He was 
called Niall Naoi-Ghiallach "Of the Nine 
Hostages" from the royal hostages taken 
from the nine countries by him subdued and 
made tributary : Munster ; Leinster ; Con- 
acht : Ulster ; 'Britain ; the Picts ; the Dal- 
riads : the Saxons; and the Alorini, a people 
ot France towards Calais and Picardy, when 
he marched with his victorious legions of 
Irish, Scots, Picts and Britons further into 
France to aid the kindred Gauls in expelling 
the Roman eagles, as described by Tacitus. 
Niall was slain on the banks of the River 
Leor (now Lianne) in France, the spot is 
still called the "Ford of Niall." It was in 
cne of Niall's expeditions to France, that 
Patrick was first brought as a slave to Ire- 
land, with many thousand other prisoners as 
he describes in his "Confession." 

Michael Archibald Dinneen, descended 
from this historic Dinneen family, was 
educated in the parochial schools of Balti- 
more, Maryland, and at Calvert Hall Col- 
lege, Baltimore, Maryland. After leaving 
school he went into the insurance business, 
and became an agent in Maryland. He 
came to New York City in 1908 and is now 
in the insurance business with Whilden and 
Hancock, at 95 William street. Mr. Din- 
neen is a member of the society of Elks, and 
of the Southern Society of New York City. 
He is a Catholic in religion, and a Democrat 
in politics. His brothers and sisters are: 
I. John Houston Dinneen, born at Ashland, . 
Virginia, January i, 1883, now in the in- 
surance business at Kansas City, Missouri, 
having been educated at the Richmond pub- 
lic schools, and at the Polytechnic Institute 
at Baltimore, Maryland. 2. Matthew Hale 
Dinneen, born at Ashland, Virginia, Febru- 
ary 25, 1884, and educated at Loyola Col- 
lege, and the Polytechnic Institute, Balti- 
more, Maryland, and is now a civil engineer ; 
married Laura Virginia Jenkins of Balti- 
more, Maryland. 3. Henry Houston Din- 
neen. born July 24, 1886; educated at the 
Calvert Hall College of Baltimore. He is 
a Baltimore attorney, and married Eleanor 
F. Hayward. and has one son, Henry Hay- 
ward, Jr. 4. Flenor Clare Dinneen, born at 



Richmond, Virginia, in 1890, married Hilary 
\\ . Lucke, of Baltimore. 

Joseph Grice, M. D., of Portsmouth, is 
descended from one of the ancient families 
of the Old Dominion, and has won for him- 
self a place of high honor in his profession, 
and among his fellow citizens. The first 
mention of the name in Virginia appears in 
16S4, when John Grice was one of the jus- 
tices for James City county. His descend- 
ant, Joseph Grice, was the father of George 
W. Grice, a noted citizen of Portsmouth, 
where he died in 1875. He was educated in 
private schools, and was chiefly engaged in 
mercantile business during his active life. 
He was a soldier of the Confederate army 
in a Georgia regiment during the civil war, 
was president of the city council of Ports- 
mouth, and a director of the Bank of Ports- 
mouth. Grice Commandery, Knights Temp- 
lar, of Norfolk, was named in his honor, as 
was also a lodge of the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, of Portsmouth. 

Dr. Joseph Grice was born in Portsmouth, 
Virginia, was educated in private schools 
and in the celebrated preparatory school of 
Professor Gatewood, in Norfolk. He pur- 
sued the academic course in the University 
of Virginia, and subsequently the medical 
course, and received the degree of M. D. 
After graduation he went to New York 
City, where he was for some time on the 
medical stafT of the City Hospital, the Ma- 
ternity Hospital, and the City Prison. He 
pursued a special course in surgery at the 
New York Polyclinic Hospital. In 1896 he 
began practice in Portsmouth, and then 
went to Harvard University Medical School, 
where he pursued a post-graduate course 
from 1906 to 191 1. Dr. Grice is one of the 
most able bacteriologists of the state of Vir- 
ginia, and since 1900 has enjoyed a large 
practice in his native city. He is a member 
of the Norfolk County Medical Association, 
the State Medical Association, and the 
American Medical Association, and is chair- 
man of the Public Health Association of 
I'ortsmouth. He is a vestryman of St. 
Thomas (Protestant Episcopal) Cliurch, 
and of Grice Lodge, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, of Portsmouth. While not a 
politician. Dr. Grice sustains settled views 
of public policy, and usually acts with the 
Democratic party. He is largely interested 
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and appreciated in every circle in which he 
moves. He is deeply interested in his pro- 
fession, to which he gives most of his at- 
tention. 

Captain Richard Stewett Parks. A de- 
scendant of distinguished X'irginia ancestors 
with a proud record as educator, soldier, 
legislature, lawyer and civilian Captain 
Parks, now past the scriptual allotment of 
}'ears, is rounding out in peaceful retirement 
a life-time of adventurous and useful ser- 
vice, honored and respected of all men. He 
is a great-grandson of Richard Parks, of 
Culpeper county, Virginia, who with his 
brother John, moved to South Carolina. 
Gabriel Parks, son of Richard Parks, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Botts, and settled in Rappa- 
hannock county, Virginia, where his son, 
John Graves Parks, was born. 

John Graves Parks, a civil engineer and 
farmer, married Susan Pannell Stewett, and 
had two sons, Richard S., of further men- 
tion, and James Gabriel Parks, sergeant 
major of the Seventh Regiment Virginia In- 
fantry of the Confederate army, and al- 
though shot through the lungs at the second 
battle of Manassas, is yet living, a resident 
of Cotton Hill, Fayette county. West Vir- 
ginia. 

Richard S. Parks was born in Rappahan- 
nock county, Virginia, June 4, 1839. He was 
educated in an "Old Field" private school 
remaining at that institution until fifteen 
years of age, then entering "Bleak Hill Sem- 
inary" where he finished his years of study. 
After leaving school he taught in Madison 
county, Virginia, for eighteen months, at- 
taining honorable distinction as an educator. 
He opened a private school in Luray, Vir- 
ginia, in 1858, later he spent a few months 
in the west, then returned to Luray where 
he was employed in the county clerk's office 
and prepared for the profession of law. In 
January, 1861, he was admitted to the Page 
county bar, but before becoming fairly es- 
tsblished in practice, abandoned his profes- 
sion and joined the Confederate army. He 
enlisted in Company K, Tenth Regiment 
Virginia Infantry, as second lieutenant, and 
in 1862 was elected captain. His regiment 
was attached to the old Stonewall Jackson 
division, led by that great commander. Cap- 
tain Parks was wounded in the foot. May 
8, 1862, while engaged with the Federal 
troops under General Milroy at McDowell, 
but continued in the service until 1864 when 



he was honorably discharged for disability. 
He was an intrepid soldier, a dashing offi- 
cer and led his troops wherever duty called. 
.After retiring from the army, he taught 
school in Luray for two sessions, then when 
peace returned, resumed the practice of law. 
He served as commonwealth attorney of 
Page county for sixteen years, being re- 
elected and served four terms in that re- 
sponsible position. Fie ably upheld the ma- 
jesty of the law as prosecutor and gained an 
enviable reputation for his strict adherence 
to duty. In 1895-96-97-98-99 and 1900 he 
v/as a member of the Virginia legislature, 
also served in the senate one term, and was a 
delegate to the Virginia constitutional con- 
vention representing Page and Rappahan- 
nock counties. He filled these positions with 
honor, and when he again returned to the 
private practice of his profession it was 
with a rich experience to add to his legal 
learning. He has since been in continuous 
practice in Luray, practicing in all courts of 
the district, state and Federal. His career 
at the bar has been an honorable one, and 
has been endorsed by the commendation of 
his townsmen who have awarded him gen- 
erous patronage and freely entrusted him 
with their legal business. He is a member 
of the various bar associations of the dis- 
trict and state, held in high esteem by his 
professional brethren. Captain Parks was 
one of the charter members of Rosser Gib- 
bons Camp, No. 89, Confederate Veterans, 
and is past commander of the camp. He is 
past master of Lafayette Lodge, No. 127, 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He is 
a Democrat in politics, and in religious faith 
a Baptist. 

Captain Parks married, February 7, 1871, 
Elizabeth Minerva Grayson, born in Luray, 
Virginia, May 4, 1841, daughter of Benja- 
min F. Grayson, of Page county, Virginia. 
Children, both born in Luray: Susan Vir- 
ginia, married F. W. Berry, and has chil- 
dren : Laurence, Richard F., Lee G.. Vir- 
ginius, Frank, Elizabeth P., Keightley 
Berry ; Emma Grayson, married E. S. Morris. 

With a record of a well spent life behind 
him. Captain Parks, secure in the regard of 
his townsmen, looks confidently into the 
future. Progressive and enlightened views 
are his source of strength and with no doubt 
or hesitation he advances along the narrow- 
ing pathway of life with no regard for the 
lengthening shadows, concerned only with 
doing well the duty that each day brings. 



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John Newton Marshall. The founding in 
America of this illustrious Virginia family 
was the overthrow of King Charles by 
Cromwell. John Marshall, a captain of cav- 
alry in the royal army, was an ardent sup- 
porter of the crown and a zealous adherent 
of the Established church. When the Pro- 
tector triuniDhed over the King, Captain 
Marshall, who was of Irish birth, was un- 
willing to bow to Cromwell's rule and about 
1650 came with his family to Virginia, and 
is recorded as having been of great service 
to the colony during the Indian wars of 
his time. 

Captain John (2) Marshall, known as 
"John of the Forest," became the owner of 
twelve hundred acres on Appomattox 
Creek in Washington parish, Westmoreland 
county, Virginia. He married Elizabeth 
Markham and was the father ol Colonel 
Thomas Marshall and grandfather of Chief 
Justice John Marshall of the United States 
supreme court. 

Colonel Thomas Marshall, who is re- 
garded with veneration by his posterity, 
in sound judgment and in depth of native 
mind surpassed even his illustrious sons. He 
was an ardent patriot, was colonel of the 
Third Virginia Regiment, fought with 
Washington, at Germantown, and for his 
valiant service on that day received a sword 
from the Virginia house of burgesses. He 
was soldier, statesman and pioneer, settling 
in Kentucky in 1780. He owned many thou- 
sands of acres in Fauquier county, Virginia, 
and Mason county, Kentucky, his son John 
inheriting "The Oaks" in Fauquier county. 
Colonel Thomas Marshall married Mary 
Randolph Keith, daughter of Parson James 
and Mary Isham (Randolph) Keith, the lat- 
ter being a granddaughter of William Ran- 
dolph, of Turkey Island, and closely related 
to John Randolph, of Roanoke, Thomas Jef- 
ferson and Richard Henry Lee. 

John Marshall, chief justice of the United 
States, and son of Colonel Thomas Marshall, 
passed a life so intimately connected with 
the administrative, diplomatic and judicial 
histor}- of his country, that volumes could 
not exhaust his wonderful life. He was 
born September 24. 1755. At the bar and 
on the bench, in Congress and in cabinet, 
in the councils of war and embassies of 
peace, he proved himself a jurist, a states- 
man, a soldier, an orator and a patriot. As 
the expounder of the Federal constitution 
and laws, he laid the foundation of a great 



judicial system and left a name revered by 
the nation and adored by his posterity. He 
died July 6, 1835, and is buried in Rich- 
m.ond. Virginia, by the side of his wife, 
Mary Willis (.Ambler) Marshall, whom he 
married, January 3, 1783. His wife was a 
descendant of John and Elizabeth (Burka- 
dike) Ambler, of York, England, who came 
to Virginia in 1716, and of Edward Jacque- 
hn, who came from Kent, England, to Vir- 
ginia in 1697. 

Thomas Marshall, eldest son of Chief Jus- 
tice John Marshall, and his wife, Mary Wil- 
lis (Ambler) Marshall, was a graduate of 
Princeton College at the age of nineteen 
years, receiving the degree of A. B. He 
studied law, engaged in practice at Rich- 
mond, and as lawyer, scholar, patriot and 
philanthropist, was one of the leading men 
of his day. He owned "Oakville," that had 
descended from Colonel Thomas Marshall 
and to that beautiful estate he retired after 
the failure of his health. He built up the 
estate to a condition of high fertility, and 
there his children were born and lived until 
war drove them apart. He was a member 
of the Virginia constitutional convention of 
1829, over which his honored father pre- 
sided, but was not an aspirant for office, his 
delight being in the quiet seclusion of home 
with choice friends and the education of his 
children. In June, 1835, he was summoned 
to the bed of his dying father, the chief jus- 
tice, in Philadelphia. Stopping at Baltimore, 
he took shelter from a sudden storm by 
standing under the scaffolding surrounding 
the court house, then undergoing repairs. 
The building was struck by lightning and 
a dislodged brick fell fracturing Mr. Mar- 
shall's skull. Although he lived a week 
thereafter he never regained consciousness. 
He was bqrn July 21, 1784, and died June 
29, 1835. He married, October 19, 1809, 
Margaret W. Lewis, born at Weyanoke, 
Charles City county, \^irginia, in 1792, died 
at "Oakville," Fauquier county, Virginia, 
February 2, 1829, daughter of Fielding 
Lewis, son of Warner Lewis, son of Colo- 
nel Fielding Lewis, who rnarried (first) 
Catherine Lewis, a cousin, and (second) 
Bettie Washington, sister of President 
^^'ashington. Colonel Fielding Lewis was 
a son of John (2) Lewis, son of John (i) 
Lewis, son of General Robert Lewis, of 
p.eecon, Wales, who came to Virginia in 
1640. settling in Gloucester county, Vir- 
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General Robert Lewis, but the above is the 
view of able authorities). 

Fielding Lewis Marshall, son of Thomas 
and Margaret W. (Lewis) ]\Iarshall, was 
horn at "Oakville." Fauquier county, Vir- 
ginia, I\Iarch 29, 1819. He was educated at 
the University of Virginia, and after com- 
pleting the classical course, graduated from 
the law department, but never practiced. 
He settled on his portion of the homestead 
estate, "Oakville," and engaged in farming 
until war broke out between the states, in 
April, 1861. He at once enlisted as orderly 
sergeant. Company H, of the Wise Dra- 
goons, recruited in Fauquier county. The 
dragoons were assigned to the Sixth Regi- 
ment of Cavalry, and in June, 1862, Ser- 
geant Marshall was commissioned first lieu- 
tenant of artillery and placed on ordnance 
duty at Lynchburg, \'irginia. He continued 
in the service until the final surrender in 
1865. He was a member of the Virginia 
house of delegates, 1869-70-71, and for years 
after the war was engaged in teaching. He 
possessed a fine mind, high literary acquire- 
ments, superior judgment and unblemished 
honor. He married (first) April 19, 1843. 
Rebecca F. Coke, born October 26, 1824, 
died April 20, 1862. He married (second) 
July 9, 1867, Mary Newton Thomas, born 
August 9, 1842, at Alexandria, Virginia, who 
survives him, a resident of Orange, Vir- 
ginia. She is a daughter of George I, and 
Maria Newton (Harper) Thomas. By his 
first marriage Lieutenant Marshall has 
eight children, by his second marriage seven 
v.'ere born, John Newton Marshall of 
Orange, Virginia, being the fourteenth child 
and youngest son. One of his daughters 
was married in the White House, Lieuten- 
ant Marshall acting as best man at the wed- 
ding. 

John Newton Marshall, son of Lieutenant 
Fielding Lewis Marshall and his second 
wife, Alary Newton (Thomas) Marshall, 
v/as born at Culpeper, Virginia, September 
18, 1879. He was educated in public and 
private schools, but his best and most cap- 
able teacher was his honored father. After 
completing his studies he engaged in dif- 
ferent lines of activity and finally located 
iri New York City, where for a time he was 
engaged as a broker on the Stock Exchange. 
Later he returned to Virginia, and is now 
engaged in a profitable real estate business 
in Orange. He has added a slightly new 
residence section to Orange, that is rapidly 



being improved. ]\Ir. Marshall, as the Alar- 
slialls have ever been, is a member of the 
Episcopal church, and in political faith is 
a Democrat. He is an active progressive 
young man and has won high standing in 
his native state, where the Marshalls have 
always held high social standing. 

Rev, William D, Smith. Virginia oflfers 
no name more rich with memories, more 
honorably connected with the history of the 
state than that of Smith, Well is it remem- 
bered from the earliest founding of the col- 
ony, and descending from colonial days to 
more modern times none of the worthy repu- 
tation it then gathered has been lost, the in- 
creased opportunities and responsibilities of 
latter day life having offered a new field 
for fame to its members that has been eag- 
erly seized. It is with one of this line that 
this record is concerned. Rev. William Dick- 
inson Smith, rector of Christ Episcopal 
Church, of Winchester, A^irginia. 

He is a son of William Dickinson Smith, 
and a grandson of Edward J. Smith, his 
father a planter of Virginia, a magistrate 
and at one time a member of the state sen- 
ate. William Dickinson Smith was born 
in Winchester, Frederick county, Virginia, 
in 1813. died in 1894. He married Agnes 
Pickett, born in Clarke county, Virginia in 
1836, died in 1913, daughter of Le Roy 
Pinckney Williams. William Dickinson 
Smith was a statesman of high purpose and 
great influence, and throughout his long 
and active career was a sturdy champion 
of the right, defending the principles for 
which he stood with all the force of an alert, 
vigorous mind. 

Rev. William Dickinson Smith, son of 
William Dickinson and Agnes Pickett 
(Williams) Smith, was born in Frederick 
county, Virginia, November 19, 1863. After 
a course in the Episcopal High School of 
Alexandria. Virginia, he entered the Uni- 
versity of Virginia, where he remained for 
one year. For five years after leaving the 
university he followed farming as his occu- 
pation, then matriculated at the Theological 
Seminary at Alexandria. Virginia, whence 
he was graduated in 1891. Soon after his 
ordination into the ministry of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal church he became first 
assistant rector at St. Paul's Church, at Pe- 
tersburg, \^irginia, and after remaining 
there for two years filled the same position 
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1S94 until 1897 he was rector of St. Paul's 
Church, of Norfolk, Virginia, then became 
rector of St. George's Church, of Fredericks- 
burg, Virginia. Since 1905 he has been rec- 
tor of Christ Church, in Winchester, Vir- 
ginia, the nine years that he has passed as 
the head of that church having been years 
of rich benefit, both to pastor and to people. 
He is a believer in Democratic principles, 
supporting that party with his vote. 

Rev. William D. Smith married (first) 
Lucy Harrison, daughter of William H. and 
Mary (Johnson) Powers, of Richmond; 
(second) in 1907, Elizabeth W., born in 
Winchester, Frederick county. Virginia, in 
1868, daughter of Major Holmes and 
Georgia Bryan (Foreman) Conrad. Chil- 
dren of his first marriage: Agnes Pickett, 
a student at college ; Ann J. ; William Dick- 
inson, Jr. ; Mary Bryson, and Lucy Harri- 
son Powers. By his second marriage Rev. 
Smith is the father of one child. Holmes 
Conrad. 

Jesse B. Martin. Of honored Virginia 
ancestry and in his own right a citizen of 
distinction. Mayor Martin, of Lura}-, is 
worthily upholding the honor of the family 
name. He is a son of John Van Buren Mar- 
tin, born in Farmington, Marion county, 
now West Virginia, in 1838, died September 
1876. John Van Buren Martin read law in 
the office of his brother. Benjamin Franklin 
Martin, who attained distinction at the bar, 
served in the Congress of the United States 
from Virginia and was president of the Graf- 
ton & Greenbrier Railroad now a part of the 
Baltimore & Ohio system in West Virginia. 
During the war, 1861-1865, he was drafted 
for service in the Union army, but was re- 
lieved from service after furnishing a sub- 
stitute. He was a distinguished citizen of 
the commonwealth and retained his influen- 
tial position until death. He married Sarah 
Amanda Burdette, born in Culpeper county, 
Virginia, in 1838, died in October. 1909, 
daughter of Frederick and Susan (Broad- 
dus) Burdette, both of noted Virginia fami- 
lies. Sons of John Van Buren and Sarah 
A. (Burdette) Martin: i. Frederick Thorn- 
ton, born at Worthington, ^^'e?t \'irgiiiia, in 
1862 ; an attorney ; now residinsr at Oak- 
land. Maryland ; married Marv Sinnott, of 
Baltimore. Maryland. 2. John Franklin, 
born at Prunty Town. West Virginia, in 
1866, died at the threshold of life, aged 
twenty-one years. 3. Jesse B., of further 



mention. 4. Bernard Leslie, born at Prunty 
Town, in 1873; now a printer of Fairmont, 
West Virginia; married Louise Stearns. 5. 
Arthur George, born in Prunty Town, in 
1875, now residing in Fairmont, West Vir- 
ginia, an ex-mayor of that town. Daugh- 
ters, both born in Prunty Town: i. Marion, 
born in 1864; married Frank C. Fisher, of 
Fairmont, West A-^irginia, now deceased. 2. 
Elizabeth Broaddus, married Herndon V. 
Abbott, and resides in Fairmont, West Vir- 
ginia. A brother of John Van Buren Mar- 
tin, Jesse Thornton Martin, was a soldier in 
the Confederate army, while Captain John 
C. Burdette, a brother of Sarah Amanda 
( Burdette) Martin, was an officer in the 
Union army. 

Jesse B. Martin, son of John Van Buren 
and Sarah Amanda (Burdette) Martin, was 
born in Prunty Town, West Virginia, March 
II, 1868. He was educated in the public 
schools of Luray, Virginia, Locust Dale 
Academy, and the University of Virginia, 
completing his legal studies at the latter in- 
stitution in 1894, and the same year was ad- 
mitted to the Virginia bar. He began pro- 
fessional practice at Luray, as member of 
the law firm, Armstrong & Martin, general 
jiractitioners, but since 1909 has been prac- 
ticing alone. A Democrat in politics he was 
elected mayor of Luray in June, 1913, and in 
all his activities is a leader. He is a man of 
untiring energy, his ambition being to do 
all things well, and to merit the approval of 
his own conscience. As is ever the case with 
the fearless honorable men, he found popu- 
larity and warm support from the best ele- 
ment of his community and from his posi- 
tion of trust and influence, has been able to 
accomplish much for the public good. He 
is a member of the fraternal order. Knights 
of Pythias, and is a communicant of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. South, of Lu- 
ray. 

Mayor Martin married, December 5, 1894, 
Nannie Mary, born in Rappahannock coun- 
ty. Virginia, daughter of Dr. Thomas Ben- 
jamin and Mary E. (Miller) Amiss. They 
have one child, Virginia Amiss, born in 
Luray, Virginia, April 12, 1904. 

Virgil Hammer, M. D. Among the de- 
scendants of Henrv Hammer, who served as 
a drummer boy of the revolution and as a 
soldier of the war of 1812. Dr. Hammer is a 
worthy representative of the present genera- 
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mer, born in 1828. and his wife, Alargaret 
(Hawkins) Hammer, of Elkton, Virginia, 
and a son of James A. Hammer, born in 
Elkton, Virginia, in 1852, a farmer, mayor 
of Luray two years, and magistrate, and 
during the last years of the war of 1861-65 
was registrar of vital statistics under Con- 
federate government. James A. Hammer 
married Alice Broyles, born in Luray, Vir- 
ginia, in 1852, daughter of Perry and Mary 
(Berry) Broyles, the former dying at the 
great age of ninety-two years. His son, 
Henry F. Broyles, was a soldier of the Con- 
federacy, twice wounded in battle. James 
A. and Alice Hammer were the parents of 
f( ur sons : Virgil of further mention ; Dr. 
Loring Hammer, a graduate of the Medical 
College of Richmond, now practicing at Lu- 
ray, \'irginia ; Oscar and Herbert, now en- 
gaged in cultivating the paternal farm. 

Dr. Virgil Hammer, son of James A. and 
Alice (Broyles) Hammer, was born in Elk- 
ton, Rockingham county, Virginia, July 10, 
1877. He obtained his early and preparatory 
education in the public schools of Elkton 
and the high school of Luray, graduating 
from the latter in June, 1897. He then en- 
tered William and Mary College, continuing 
during the years 1897 '^"d 1898. He entered 
the Medical College of Richmond, Virginia, 
in October, 1898, and on May 10, 1901, was 
graduated M. D. He at once began the prac- 
tice of his profession in Luray where he is 
well established as an honorable and skill- 
ful physician. He is a member of the Vir- 
ginia Medical Society and keeps in close 
touch with the advance in medical know- 
ledge through his association with that body, 
and the publications devoted to the profes- 
sion. He is a Democrat, but in both politi- 
cal and religious faith broad and liberal- 
minded. 

Dr. Hammer married, May 10. 1904, Angie 
Pearl, born in Page county, Virginia, August 
20. 188^. daughter of Thomas and Blanche 
H. (Judd) Bradlev. Child. Virginia Blanche, 
born in Luray, Virginia, March 28. 1903 

Robert Edward Lee Watkins. The \Vat- 
kins familv of Virginia, of which Robert E. 
L. \\'atkins. attorney, of Franklin. \'ir- 
ginia. is a twentieth century representa- 
tive, sprung from an English ancestry that 
fled from England during the period known 
as the "Cromwellian." It is one of the many 
families, who for conscience sake, left home 
and native land that they might enjoy liber- 



ty of religious thought and worship. Why 
nations should drive away their noblest men 
and women rather than allow them freedom 
in religious thought, is one of the mysteries 
and in this respect England and France and 
Germany have really sinned against them- 
selves, to the everlasting benefit of the 
United States and some countries of Eu- 
rope, notably Holland and Switzerland. The 
founder of the Virginia family Thomas Wat- 
kins, left a posterity that have ever been 
patriotic sons and daughters of Virginia and 
among the foremost in the advancement of 
the communities in which they lived. On 
the maternal side, R. E. L. Watkins descends 
from the revolutionary patriot, Peter Moore, 
of Southampton county, Virginia, his mother 
Rebecca Moore, being a lineal descendant 
of the old soldier. 

Darden John Watkins was born in the 
Isle of Wight county, Virginia, 1838, died 
in 1892. He served three years in the Con- 
federate army, 1861-64, first in the cavalry 
of Mahon's brigade, later in a Virginia regi- 
ment of infantry. He was wounded in the 
leg in a skirmish with the Federals and was 
honorably discharged. After the war he 
located in Franklin where he successfully 
engaged as a merchant during the remainder 
of his life. Fie was a member of Gillette 
Camp, Confederate Veterans and prominent 
in the social and public life of Franklin. He 
married Rebecca Moore, born in Southamp- 
ton county, A^irginia, in 1858, who yet sur- 
vives him. She is a daughter of Harrison 
and Mary (Gay) Moore and a descendant 
of Peter Moore, a revolutionary soldier of 
Southampton county. 

Robert Edward Lee Watkins, son of 
Darden John and Rebecca (Aloore) \\'at- 
kins. was born in Southampton county, 
Virginia, December 27, 1868. He obtain- 
ed a good preparatory education in the 
public schools of Franklin and Suffolk 
Military Institute, attending the latter in- 
stitution two years. He then entered the 
academic department of William and Mary 
College and after three years there, 1889-90- 
91, entered the law department of the LTni- 
versity of North Carolina, whence he was 
graduated class of 1895. He was admitted 
to the North Carolina bar 1895, later was 
admitted to the Virginia bar and located at 
Franklin, where he is now successfully en- 
gaged in the general practice of his profes- 
sion. He is a member of the bar association 
and has been admitted to all state and Fed- 



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era! courts of the district. He is past noble 
grand of the local Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, belongs to the Improved Order 
of Red Men, and to Jetferson Davis Camp, 
Sons of Confederate Veterans. In religious 
faith a Baptist, he was elected in 1913 mod- 
erator of the Black Water Association of 
the Baptist church and is active in the vari- 
ous departments of church work. 

Mr. Watkins is a Democrat in politics 
and since locating in Franklin, has been ac- 
tive in party afifairs, attaining a position of 
influence in party councils. In 1899 he was 
elected mayor of Franklin for a term of two 
years, which by successive re-elections 
lengthened into one of six 3'ears and in 1914 
was again the candidate of the party. While 
in office the electric plant was greatly en- 
larged and a water works system installed, 
two improvements for which Mayor Wat- 
kins may justly be credited. He is a member 
of the Democratic County Committee and 
has been a candidate for commonwealth at- 
torney of Southampton county and for mem- 
ber of the state legislature, failing by but a 
few votes of an election in both campaigns. 

Daniel William Lassiter, M. D. Dr. Daniel 
William Lassiter, a prominent physician of 
Petersburg and leading citizen of the state, 
belonged to a well-known North Carolina 
family. His father, William Lassiter, born 
in Northampton county, North Carolina, was 
a planter there, and died in early life. He 
married Margaret Parker, also a native of 
North Carolina, of English-Quaker lineage. 
They had but one child. Darnel William. 

Dr. Daniel William Lassiter was born 
May 24, 1827, in Northampton county, North 
Carolina, and was educated at the University 
of Virginia and the University of Pennsyl- 
vania. For more than forty years he practiced 
medicine in Petersburg, was one of the best 
known physicians of the state, and died in 
Petersburg, July 3, 1903. He came to Pe- 
tersburg as a boy of fourteen years, and was 
among the most highly esteemed and re- 
spected citizens of that city through the re- 
mainder of his life. He married at Peters- 
burg, during the siege of that city by the 
Union forces, February 8, 1865, Anna Rives 
Heath, born at Petersburg, daughter of 
Hartwell Peebles Heath, a native of Prince 
George county. A^irginia, who was a success- 
ful wholesale merchant at Petersburg, where 
he died in 1846, at the age of forty vears. 
His wife, Elizabeth Cureton (Rives) Heath, 



of Sussex county, Virginia, was a sister of 
Hon. Francis E. Rives, a Congressman and 
well-known statesman of the fourth Vir- 
ginia district. They had a large family, and 
all of their sons were soldiers of the Con- 
federate army during the war between the 
states. One of these, John Francis Heath, 
was a surgeon, who died in the service of the 
Confederacy. Dr. and Mrs. Lassiter were 
the parents of five children, of whom three 
are now living: i. Francis Rives, receives 
further mention. 2. William, born Septem- 
ber 29, 1867, is now lieutenant-colonel of the 
Second LTnited States Field Artillery, sta- 
tioned in the Philippine Islands ; Lieutenant- 
Colonel William Lassiter was prepared at 
McCabe's University School ; graduated 
from Military Academy in 1889; served as 
first lieutenant in the first artillery at the 
battle of Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish- 
American war ; he has served as major and 
inspector-general both in this country and 
the Philippines ; has served in the general 
staft' of our army ; and has written numer- 
ous articles on the field artillery branch of 
the service. 3. Charles Trotter, of further 
mention. 4. Virginia Heath, born Febru- 
ary 5, 1874, died unmarried, September 12. 
1902. 5. Anna Heath, born December 22, 
1875. is the wife of Dr. Ennion G. Williams, 
of Richmond, Virginia. 

Francis Rives Lassiter, eldest child of 
Daniel William and Anna Rives (Heath) 
Lassiter, was born February 18, 1866, in 
Petersburg, and was among the best known 
and most highly appreciated citizens of the 
Old Dominion. He was reared in a Virginia 
home where culture and refinement ruled, 
and was taught at his mother's knee to be 
gentle, courteous and kind to all, the high 
as well as the lowly, to obey orders of those 
who had a right to command, to honor his 
father and liis mother, to love his native 
state and her traditions, to do all in his 
power to advance her welfare and prosper- 
ity. It was his eiTort and desire to build 
up her waste places and to make the Old 
Dominion once more assume the place which 
she formerly held in the councils of the na- 
tion. He was taught to love our common 
country and its constitution, in whose shap- 
ing our forefathers had taken svich an active 
part, to stand up for its preservation in time 
of peace, and to battle for it in time of war. 
He attended McCabe's University School at 
Petersburg until 1883, when he entered the 
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course, and in 1886 was graduated from the 
law department of the university, with the 
degree of Bachelor of Laws. Soon after 
graduation he located at Boston, Massachu- 
setts, where he engaged in the practice of 
law, until 1888, when he returned to his na- 
tive city, and was soon after appointed city 
attorney. This position he filled capably 
and acceptably until President Cleveland 
appointed him United States attorney for 
the eastern district of Virginia. In i8g6 he 
resigned this position and soon after became a 
candidate for the office of attorney-general 
of Virginia before the Democratic conven- 
tion of the state, lacking only a few votes 
of securing the nomination. In 1899 he was 
appointed superintendent of the twelfth 
census for the fourth Congressional district 
of Virginia. In 1900 Mr. Lassiter was elected 
to Congress from that district to fill a va- 
cancy, and was re-elected for the succeed- 
ing term. He was again re-elected in 1906 
and 1908, and died in office, October 31, 
1909, cut down in the prime of a most useful 
and exemplary life. In the early years of 
his life. Mr. Lassiter was captain of one of 
the military companies of Petersburg, and 
was afterwards elected major of the regi- 
ment of which his company formed a part. 
Major Lassiter's place in the esteem of his 
contemporaries was gained by persistent ef- 
fort and untiring industry, and his impress 
will be left upon the life of the state when 
many others have been forgotten. 

One of his eulogists, Mr. Hay, of Virginia, 
said of him : 

He was above all a gentleman, courteous, kind, 
gentle to a fault, considerate of others, of most 
engaging manners, and manners are not idle, but 
the fruit of loyal nature and of noble mind. He 
was a loyal friend. In all relations of life he never 
faltered in his allegiance to the highest principles 
of truth and honor. In defeat he was not bitter; 
in victory he was magnanimous. He had an intense 
love for his state and for his people, and in their 
darkest hours he gave to them all the brilliancy of 
his intellect, all the energy of his being, all the 
loyalty of his nature. He was appreciated by his 
people. They had in him a confidence begotten by 
a hundred proofs of his devotion to them and to the 
principles in which they and he believed. He never 
hesitated to sacrifice his own interests, if by so doing 
he could promote the cause of his country and 
his party. He had but brief service in this house, 
but his broad culture and knoweldge of affairs 
made a deep impression upon all with whom he 
came in contact. He took great pride in his work 
here and devoted himself to it with singleness^ of 
purpose and intelligent diligence. He had a high 
sense of the responsibility of his place in this 
great council. He felt that to be a member of this 



body was a great honor and that he owed to it 
the best efiforts of his mind. Words are all too 
poor to express our grief at his untimely taking 
off. He is where beyond these voices there is 
peace. He will live in the hearts of those who 
loved him, and his memory will be kept green by 
those he loved. 

Mr. Lassiter married Fanny Page, daugh- 
ter of John McGill, of Petersburg, who died 
several years before him, without issue (see 
McGill). 

Charles Trotter Lassiter, third son of Dan- 
iel William and Anna Rives (Heath) Lassi- 
ter, was born January 20, 1870, in Peters- 
burg, and was prepared for college at Mc- 
Cabe's well-known school of that city, after 
which he went abroad and pursued the study 
of law at the Ecole de Droit, in Paris, and 
was subsequently a student at the celebrated 
University of Goettingen, Germany. Re- 
turning to his native home he entered the 
University of Virginia, from which he was 
graduated in 1892, with the degree of B. 
L. Immediately following this he engaged 
in the practice of law, and soon after formed 
a partnership with his brother, Major Fran- 
cis Rives Lassiter, above mentioned, under 
the style of Lassiter & Lassiter. This asso- 
ciation continued until the election of Major 
Lassiter to Congress. He was a second 
lieutenant of the A. P. Hill Rifles, which be- 
came Company K of the Fourth Virginia 
Infantry, United States Volunteers, in the 
Spanish-American war. This regiment was 
stationed at Jacksonville, Florida, and did 
not engage in active hostilities. In 1901 
Charles T. Lassiter was a member of the 
Virginia house of delegates, continuing un- 
til 1904, and was a member of the state sen- 
ate from 1906 to 1912. He devoted thirteen 
years in the eiifort to secure good roads for 
the state, and was the author of the bill 
known as the Lassiter-Withers Law, whose 
passage he secured in 1906. This provides 
for a comprehensive highway system of 
roads to be constructed by convict labor un- 
der the charge of a commission. .As soon 
as he had secured the enactment of this 
beneficent law, Mr. Lassiter declined to be 
again a candidate for the legislature, and 
was succeeded by his law partner, Hon. H. 
P. Drewry, with whom he is engaged in the 
practice of law at Petersburg. Mr. Lassiter 
is active in various fraternal organizations, 
including the Free Masons, Knights oi Pyth- 
ias, Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks and the Royal Arcanum. He is a mem- 



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ber of the Episcopal church ; and while act- 
ing in the promotion of the public service 
and welfare he moves through the regular 
organization of the Democratic party. He 
married, in Petersburg, January 15, 1895, 
Sallie Alexander Hamilton, born in that city, 
a daughter of Robert P. Hamilton, now de- 
ceased, and his wife, Lelia T. (Watkins) 
Hamilton, now residing in Petersburg. Mr. 
and Mrs. Lassiter are the parents of three 
daughters: Lelia Hamilton, a student of 
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York ; Mar- 
garet Parker and Virginia Heath, students 
of the Petersburg public schools. 

J. G. Witcher, a successful young busi- 
ness man of Danville, has been conducting 
operations with marked ability and success 
for a dozen years, and is a true representa- 
tive of the younger element of business men 
of the city. 

Mr. Witcher established himself in busi- 
ness in Danville, November 16, 1903, and 
for some years continued with headquarters 
on Craghead street. On September 12, 1912, 
he took possession of his present spacious 
establishment on Lynn street, where he has 
a coal trestle and other facilities for handling 
wood and all species of fuel coal. He con- 
stantly maintains a large stock, and is able 
to supply the wants of his customers 
promptly and with a high quality of wares. 
It has been his invariable custom to meet 
patrons and all with whom he comes in con- 
tact in the most courteous manner, and has 
thus gained popularity with the general pub- 
lic, to his great advantage. His establish- 
ment is noted for supplying the full weights 
of coal, free from foreign matters and im- 
purities. In the delivery of coal he employs 
nine wagons and fifteen horses, and under 
his competent and prompt management the 
business continues to extend. Mr. Witcher 
owns considerable real estate in Danville, 
upon which he has erected buildings, not- 
ably those on Craghead street occupied by 
the Virginia City Motor Company, the Na- 
tional Biscuit Company, Swift & Company's 
warehouse, and other business establish- 
ments. Mr. Witcher's success is the reward 
which ever comes to well-directed endeavor, 
and his energy, enterprise, close application 
and honorable methods are appreciated by 
his patrons and applauded by his friends, 
whose number is limited only to those who 
have been so fortunate as to come within his 
circle. 



Richard James Patrick, one of the most 
prominent and successful merchants of 
Hampton, \'irginia, and one of the most re- 
spected figures in the life of the place, is a 
scion of an old and time-honored house 
which for many years has made its resi- 
dence in that part of the state and through 
long usage has grown identified with its 
traditions and life. 

His grandfather, Richard Patrick, of 
whom a brief account appears elsewhere in 
this work, was a successful farmer and the 
owner of a large and valuable tract in the 
vicinity of Hampton, and it was here that he 
reared his large family of eleven children. 
The eldest of these, John R. Patrick is also 
noted elsewhere in this work. He was the 
father of Richard James Patrick of this 
sketch, and was a successful carpenter and 
builder in Hampton and took an active part 
in the civil war, serving in the Confederate 
army. He was twice married, the first time 
to Catherine Host, a daughter of Richard 
Host, by whom he had three children : Eve- 
lyn ; Alonzo A., of whom there is a sketch 
elsewhere in this work ; and Estella K. After 
the death of his first wife, Mr. Patrick, Sr. 
was married in 1866 to Susan Massenburg, 
a native of Virginia, where she was born 
July 26, 1830, and to them Richard James 
was born, the only child of this union. 

Richard James Patrick was born July 27, 
1868. in the old Tyler mansion at Hampton, 
and there he spent the years of his child- 
hood, attending the public schools and gain- 
ing there a fine liberal education. He was 
a very bright and energetic lad, always anx- 
ious to be at work upon some task or other, 
and this quality has continued with him 
through his life and is doubtless responsible 
in no small degree for the success he has 
won for himself. In 1884, when he was but 
sixteen years of age. this desire to be up 
and doing caused him to seek some active 
employment and in this quest he was suc- 
cessful, securing a position as salesman in 
the department store of J. F. Rome. Mr. 
Patrick was undoubtedly born with that 
particular mental trait — easy to recognize 
but difficult to define — which is the common 
possession of successful salesmen the world 
over, and without which no amount of earn- 
est efifort and application can accomplish 
great results. In the position which he had 
taken he found ample opportunity to de- 
velop this gift, until at the end of five years 
he was an accomplished salesman, and had 




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already won considerable appreciation from 
his employers, who had promoted him sev- 
eral times. By the end of that same period 
he had also saved, by dint of hard work 
and economy, sufficient capital to start in 
business on his own account. This he did, 
and opened a retail shoe establishment in 
1891, prospering well from the outset. The 
business continued to flourish greatly until 
1898, when Mr. Patrick received an offer 
from the great shoe concern of Philadelphia, 
Werner. Wright & Walker, to become its 
representative in the southern states. This 
offer he accepted and from that time to the 
present has traveled throughout his district 
developing the business there. There could 
scarcely be imagined a set of circumstances 
better fitted for the special talent of Mr. 
Patrick, who has built up a very large trade 
and made himself invaluable to the Phila- 
delphia company. He was admirably pre- 
pared for this kind of work, for besides 
the natural ability to sell goods which was 
born in him, he also had a very large under- 
standing of human nature and its motives 
so that he could accommodate himself to 
meet all sorts and conditions of men, and 
he had a very complete knowledge of the 
shoe business besides which greatly in- 
creased his effectiveness. Twice a year he 
makes the rounds in his region, seeing his 
old customers and making sure of his hold 
on them and at the same time seeking new 
custom. In this matter he is very success- 
ful. Rarely indeed does he lose the trade 
of any one who has dealt with him, but he 
is continually extending his trade. He has 
by these means become a wealthy man, and 
owns a handsome residence at No. 383 Mal- 
lory avenue, Hampton. Both Mr. Patrick 
and his wife are conspicuous figures in the 
social life of the city and are noted as charm- 
ing and hospitable hosts. He is a prominent 
member of the Knights of Pythias, being a 
past department grand chancellor of the 
order. 

Mr. Patrick is a very active member of 
the community, but, though interested keen- 
ly in political issues and problems, he has 
never, like his brother, Alonzo A. Patrick, 
taken an active part therein, and has rather 
avoided than sought public office. He is a 
strong Democrat, as was his father before 
him, yet is too independent in thought and 
act to allow partisan considerations to in- 
fluence his political conduct. Mr. Patrick is 
a man of strong religious views, yet tolerant 



in his attitude towards those of others. He 
is a member of the Baptist church, and an 
ardent worker in its cause, supporting ma- 
terially the many benevolences in connec- 
tion therewith. 

Mr. Patrick's character is a somewhat un- 
usual union of those sterling virtues of hon- 
esty, charity and industry, which are the 
basis of all true success, and the graces of 
personality which culture and refinement 
bring in their train. His manners are of 
that courtly character, which we like to 
think of as marking the true gentleman, a 
type which the modern world seems unable 
to produce, save occasionally, and then al- 
most as though it were a sport or reversion 
to an older, fairer type. 

Mr. Patrick married, October 8, 1894, 
Cora Olfver McDonell, a native of Ports- 
mouth, Virginia, and a daughter of George 
Washington Russell and Adelaide Eugenia 
(Crismond) McDonell, of that place. Mr. 
McDonell was a prominent man in his com- 
munity, employed as a clerk in the Sea- 
board Air Line and later as a superintendent 
He was a distinguished soldier in the Con- 
federate army during the civil war, attaining 
the rank of captain in Grime's Battery and 
seeing much hard service. His wife was a 
daughter of James Crismond, of Gloucester 
county, Virginia, and they were the parents 
of three children, James C, Cora and Mrs. 
Patrick. The family was of Scotch origin, 
an ancestor, Aleck McDonell, having come 
from Scotland and settled in Portsmouth. 
To Mr. and Mrs. Patrick have been born 
two children, Ellis Oliver, July 9. 1895, and 
Richard Woodfin, October 30, 1903. 

Colonel James Carr Baker. The progeni- 
tors of Colonel Baker, of Stephens City, Vir- 
ginia, were men and women of highest char- 
acter, useful and prominent each in their 
day, while as citizen, official and lawyer, he 
has attained distinction in his own right. 
His grandfather, Samuel Baker, was a cap- 
tain of Virginia troops during the war 1812 
to 1814, his grandmother a sister of Gov- 
ernor Gamble, of Missouri, was a daughter 
of Joseph Gamble. 

Colonel Baker's mother, Susan E. (Glass) 
Baker, descends from both paternal and ma- 
ternal forbears who shared in the perils, pri- 
vations, suffering and triumph of the siege 
of Londonderry. In the old Opequon biiry- 
ing ground near Winchester. Virginia, rises 
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memory of the "emigrant, Samuel Glass and 
Mary Gamble, his wife." Samuel and Mary 
Glass came from county Down, Ireland, in 
1736, and found a home in the Shenandoah 
Valley on the headwaters of the Opequon, 
where they were among the earliest settlers. 
They founded a large and influential family 
and in the old burying ground nearby the 
founder, lie children, grandchildren, great 
and great-great-grandchildren, among them 
their distinguished grandson. Rev. Joseph 
Glass, the grandfather of Colonel Baker, of 
Stephens City. 

Rev. Joseph Glass was the first man the 
Presbytery of Winchester ordained to the 
ministry. He died in 1821 in the prime of a 
life of great usefulness, leaving a widow and 
ten children, the seventh child being Susan 
E., mother of Colonel Baker. Her mother 
was a lineal descendant of the McAllisters, 
distinguished for their gallantry and endur- 
ance during the one hundred and five days 
of fighting and famine endured by the de- 
fenders during the famous "Siege of Derry." 

James Carr Baker, son of Captain Samuel 
Baker and father of Colonel James Carr 
Baker, was born near Winchester, Virginia, 
in 181 3, died February 6, 1889, seventy-six 
years of age, at the home of his son in 
Woodstock, Virginia. When a mere youth 
he entered the office of the clerk of Fred- 
erick county and there and in the office of 
the clerk of Hardy county, Virginia, served 
as deputy clerk until qualified for the prac- 
tice of law and admitted to the bar. In 
1836 he married and shortly afterwards 
moved to Georgetown, Kentucky, but in 
1840 returned to Virginia and for a quarter 
of a century practiced his profession as an 
honored member of the Winchester bar. 
After the war between the states he devoted 
himself mainly to the pursuits of agriculture. 
He was a non-combatant during the war, 
but a strong sympathizer with the south, 
aiding in many ways to further her cause. 
He guided the troops of General Early 
around the defences erected by the Union 
general, Milroy, the movement resulting in 
the surprise of the Union forces and their 
retreat until met by General Sheridan after 
his famous "ride." For his sympathy with 
the south and his known activity, Mr. Baker 
was arrested and held a prisoner by the Fed- 
eral government. He was widely known for 
his integrity, public spirit and ability, but it 
was as a devoted Christian and ruling elder 
of the Presbyterian church that he was best 



known. Brought into the church at an early 
age, under the ministry of the late Dr. D. 
H. Riddle, his life for nearly three-score 
years was a living exemplication of the ex- 
cellence of the Gospel, and of the transform- 
ing power of grace. At an earlier period of 
his Christian life than is usual, he was called 
to bear rule in the house of God, having been 
ordained to the eldership while in Kentucky. 
On his return to Winchester he was elected 
to this office in the Kent Street Church in 
that city and forty years afterwards became 
a member of the session of the Round Hill 
Church, then just organized. His service as 
a ruling elder covers, in the three churches, 
a period of at least fifty years, a term of 
service which very few have exceeded and 
few have ever filled the office with more 
acceptance or with greater faithfulness. 
Rarely ever absent from the meetings of his 
session, he was its delegate to Presbytery 
more frequently than any other member, and 
oftener than any other ruling elder in his 
Presbytery he was sent as commissioner to 
the general assembly. His attendance upon 
these courts of the church deepened his in- 
terest in all that pertained to the Kingdom 
of Christ, and contributed largely to make 
him the well informed and influential church 
official that he was. In conjunction with an 
elder of another and diiiferent church, he, for 
nearly half a century, maintained a regular 
religious service near his home on Sabbath 
nights, which has been a source of inestima- 
ble spiritual good to that entire neighbor- 
hood. 

His personal character and disposition en- 
deared him greatly to the churches in which 
he ruled, and to the community in which he 
so long resided. His warm sympathy with 
the afflicted, and his ready help to the needy ; 
his wise counsels and exemplary life won 
for him the confidence and affection of all 
who knew him. Yet the character and worth 
of Mr. Baker shone in their most attractive 
light to those who knew him in the tender 
relations of social and domestic life. His 
house was the abode of a generous hospital- 
ity, adorned by Christian grace. 

James Carr Baker married, in 1836, Susan 
E." Glass, born in 1813, died July'io, 1885, 
seventh child of Rev. Joseph Glass and 
great-granddaughter of Samuel and Mary 
(Gamiile") Glass, who one hundred years 
prior to the marriage of their great-grand- 
daughter, settled in the Shenandoah Valley, 
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their return from Kentucky, Mr. and Mrs. 
Baker took up their abode at the old home- 
stead, "Greenwood,"' at the head of the 
Opequon river, where their home was shared 
by several of her sisters, and soon became 
distinguished as the seat of a generous hos- 
pitality, which intelligence adorned and 
grace refined and to which the personal at- 
tractions of mind and heart of the hostess 
gave special charm. She was a woman of 
rare worth and her sterling character was 
appreciated by a large circle of friends, but 
in her own home she was honored with an 
affection and confidence never excelled. She 
was in full sympathy with her husband in 
his church work and like him died a tri- 
umphant death. Sons : Lieutenant Samuel 
and Colonel James Carr (2) Baker. Lieu- 
tenant Baker died in 1904, served in the 
Confederate army during the entire war. 
He married Margaret Heist, of Winchester, 
and had issue: Harry, Joseph, Alexander, 
Graham, George, Emily. 

Colonel James Carr (2) Baker was born 
at "Greenwood," Winchester, Frederick 
county, Virginia, October 7, 1851. His early 
education was directed by private teachers, 
after which he entered Shenandoah Valley 
Academy, one of the three educational insti- 
tutions of learning for which Winchester is 
noted. His home in the Shenandoah was 
frequently the scene of military operations 
during the years 1861-65, and as a boy he 
witnessed the many efforts of both sides to 
control that rich valley of Virginia, Win- 
chester especially figuring in the military 
history of that period. After leaving the 
academy, Colonel Baker continued his 
studies at Romney Institute in West Vir- 
ginia and under private tutors until begin- 
ing the study of law under Judge James W". 
Allen's preceptorship. He was admitted to 
the Virginia bar at the age of twenty-one 
years and from that date until the present 
has been engaged in the practice of his pro- 
fession privately and as commonwealth at- 
torney in the states of Virginia and West 
Virginia. 

He began practice at ^loonfield. county 
seat of Hardy county. West Virginia, con- 
tinuing there in successful practice until 
1876, when he accepted an important posi- 
tion under the state government at Wheel- 
ing, where he remained until 1880. He then 
returned to Virginia, locating at Woodstock, 
in the fertile Shenandoah Valley, the county 
viR-49 



seat of Shenandoah county. He remained 
at Woodstock for nineteen years, spending 
seven of these years in the private practice 
of his profession and twelve years as com- 
monwealth attorney of the county, an office 
to which he was first elected in 1884. 

In 1898, as colonel of the Second Regi- 
ment Virginia National Guard, he served 
with his regiment in the Spanish-American 
war, his regiment being held in Jacksonville, 
Florida, until their release from the United 
States service in 1899. After returning from 
military duty Colonel Baker located in New- 
port News, Virginia, where he was engaged 
in general law practice from 1899 until 1906. 
In the latter year he located in Stephens City, 
Frederick county, Virginia, and has there 
been engaged in the practice of his profes- 
sion until the present date (1915), has been 
admitted to practice in all state and federal 
courts of the district, has ever commanded a 
large practice wherever located, is learned in 
the law, skillful in the application, honor- 
ab.le and upright in his professional and daily 
life, a man of culture and refinement, highly 
esteemed wherever known. He is a member 
of the bar associations of the district, is a 
past master of Moorefield Lodge, Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, is a companion 
of Wheeling Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, 
belongs to the Knights of Pythias, and is a 
communicant of the Episcopal church. He 
is a Democrat in politics, and has ever been 
an ardent supporter of the tenets and a 
worker for party success. Since coming to 
Stephens City he served for two years as 
mayor, 1912-13, and now is a justice of the 
peace. His military service in the Virginia 
National Guard began in 1886 and in 1898 
he was elected colonel of the Second Regi- 
ment, holding that command until 1900. 

Colonel Baker married, April 7, 1874, Ada 
Keene, born in Dorchester county, Mary- 
land. May 18, 1854, daughter of John R. and 
Henrietta (Chaplaine) Keene. Children: 
I. Anna Llewellyn, born in Moonfield, West 
Virginia ; educated in Episcopal Female In- 
stitute, taking special courses in music, now 
instructor in music in Ft. Loudoun Semi- 
nary. 2. Susan Glass, born in Moorefield, 
West Virginia ; educated in the grammar 
and high schools of Woodstock, Virginia ; 
married Rev. Walter Mitchell, of Charles- 
ton, South Carolina, a clergyman of the 
Protestant Episcopal church ; children : 
Ewing Young and Ada Carr. 3. Ada Carr, 



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born at Wheeling. West Virginia; married 
Alfred Walton, of Norfolk, Virginia, and has 
a daughter, Frances Baker. 4. William 
Keene, born in Wheeling, West Virginia ; 
educated in the grammar and high schools 
of Woodstock: married Maude Steele, of 
Stephens City, and has a daughter, Dorothy. 
5. James Carr (3), born in Woodstock, Vir- 
ginia ; now connected with the Chesapeake 
& Ohio Railroad Company at Newport 
News. 

John Langbourne Williams. John Lang- 
bourne A\'illiams, son of John and Sianna 
Armistead (Dandridge) Williams, was born 
in Richmond, Virginia. July 13, 1831, and 
continued an honored resident of his native 
city until his death, February 11, 1915, in his 
eighty-fourth year. His father, John \\^il- 
liams, of Scotch-Irish descent, was also a 
business man of Richmond, holding at one 
time the office of treasurer of the Richmond 
& Petersburg Railroad Company. The lat- 
ter's wife, Sianna Armistead (Dandridge) 
Williams, was a daughter of William Dan- 
dridge, of New Kent county, Virginia, and 
granddaughter of Judge Bartholomew Dan- 
dridge, brother of the wife of George Wash- 
ington, the first President. The collateral 
lines of descent lead to many of the noted 
families of Virginia. 

John L. Williams was educated in the 
schools of Richmond, preparatory and col- 
legiate, winning his degree. Master of Arts, 
at the University of Virginia. For a short 
time after leaving the university, he taught 
in Loretto Academy, Essex county, Vir- 
ginia, and also prepared for the practice of 
law. He did not long continue at the bar, 
finding it uncongenial, and began his long 
and successful career as a banker by enter- 
ing the banking house of John A. Lancas- 
ter (S: Son, at Richmond, continuing there 
until he established his own business. After 
the war he founded the private banking 
house of John L. Williams in Richmond, and 
later, with his sons, John Skelton, Robert 
Lancaster, Langbourne, and his son-in-law, 
Eli Lockert Bemis, reorganized as John L. 
Williams & Sons. This became one of the 
strong, well-known banking houses of the 
state, and has ever been prominent in the 
development of railway properties, not only 
in Richmond, and Virginia, but throughout 
the south. Among these may be named the 
Georgia &• Alabama railroad, and the Sea 
Board Air Line. The operations of John L. 



W'illiams & Sons have included many of the 
valuable enterprises of Richmond, the his- 
tory of this house having ever been one of 
usefulness and honor. 

During the war the firm of John A. Lan- 
caster & Son, with which Mr. Williams was 
connected, acted as fiscal agent for the Con- 
federate government, and provided the sin- 
ews of war, through successive flotations of 
Confederate States bond issues. During that 
period Mr. Williams bore heavy responsi- 
bilities and gained experience of correspond- 
ing value. His relationship with the finances 
of the Confederate government brought him 
into intimate acquaintance with President 
Davis, General Lee and others of the great 
official and military leaders, while later oper- 
ations as railroad financier and banker 
brought him in close contact with the great 
captains of the industrial republic : his part 
being as a leader of the economic reconstruc- 
tion of the South. 

Throughout his entire life he was an 
ardent reader and student, a constant writer 
for the press along philosophical and re- 
ligious lines ; a philanthropist, active in 
church and educational causes, and a distin- 
guished layman of the Protestant Episcopal 
church. For nearly half a century he was 
treasurer of the Missionary Society of the 
Diocese ; for nearly as long represented his 
church in the diocesan council, and was sev- 
eral times a delegate to the general conven- 
tion of the Protestant Episcopal church. He 
was president for several years of the 
"Southern Churchman Company;" president 
of the Virginia Bible Society ; president of 
the Richmond iMale Orphan Society : treas- 
urer of the Virginia Negro Reformatory ; 
I^resident of the Virginia State School for 
Colored Deaf and Blind Children, and presi- 
dent of the Memorial Hospital, the latter 
institution made possible by the generosity 
of Mr. ^^'illiams and his family, they thus 
honored the memory of a departed daughter 
and sister. 

To his alma mater, the University of Vir- 
ginia, he was ever the generous friend, 
money, books and portraits having been be- 
stowed with a lavish hand. The portraits of 
Chief Justice ]\Iarshall and Commodore 
Maury were presented by him and adorn the 
university library, together with a "Tablet 
of Principles" from the same source. A man 
of broad culture, his "Observations" and "A 
Little Philosophy," so long a weekly feature 
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and profit. He was held in the highest 
esteem as a Biblical and Shakesperian 
scholar, his conversation teeming with apt 
quotations from both sources. He received 
many honors during his long career, but 
none more pleasing to him than his honor- 
ary membership in the Phi Beta Kappa fra- 
ternity, an honor conferred by William and 
Mary, the mother chapter of all. Ever a 
believer that "the worship of the Divine 
Manhood of Jesus Christ is the only solution 
of the problem of life," Mr. \\'illiams, as he 
advanced in years, believed, with ever in- 
creasing strength of conviction, the need of 
faith in the large and eternal purpose that 
governs the destinies of men and nations. 
In a recent letter he declared: "Without 
our holy religion, life is not worth living. 
The bases of our civilization are the Old 
Testament, with the great seal of the Ten 
Commandments, and the New, with the 
great seal of the Lord's Prayer." 

A Democrat in politics, he never held any 
public office, but no duty pertaining to good 
citizenship was neglected. He gave to the 
state, stalwart sons who have worked with 
him and taken from his shoulders the bur- 
dens of business and vie v.'ith each other in 
exemplifying the teachings and virtues of 
their honored father. 

Mr. Williams married, October 13, 1864, 
Maria Ward Skelton, a great-granddaughter 
of Edmund Randolph, one of the closest of 
Washington's lifelong associates, his attor- 
ney-general, and for a time secretary of 
state. 'Eight children of this marriage grew 
to maturity, one, a daughter, dying in youth- 
ful womanhood, and in her memory arose 
Richmond Memorial Hospital. In 1914 was 
celebrated the golden wedding of the par- 
ents. To few men is it given to see so per- 
fect a consummation of their life work. Per- 
sonally honored by all, this veteran citizen 
of such marked personality and consistent 
life, saw his city prosperous, his country 
united, his church triumphant, his sons in 
prominent, honored positions, and his own 
life overflowing with blessings. And amid it 
all he wrote: "Without our holy religion, 
life is not worth living." It is this high 
estimate of the value of the Christian re- 
ligion that made him the wise and useful 
man he was. 

On the day following his death the "Rich- 
mond News-Leader" said, editorialh- : 



Mr. Williams was a man of robust mind, of ro- 
bust character, of rubust thought, the influences of 
which touched a responsive and quickening chord 
in every sphere in which he moved or his activities 
were exerted, whether business, social or relig- 
ious. Pure of life, inflexible in integrity of pur- 
pose, warm and generous of heart, charitable in 
impulse and deed, public-spirited in the fullest sense 
of the term, and unafraid save of doing wrong, he 
measured up to the stature and rounded out the 
proportions of a model citizen. Possessed of a 
broad, liberal education, gifted with a naturally 
clear and avid intellect, which was refined and 
cultivated by constant reading and study and com- 
munion with the ancient and modern classics and 
the Book of Books. Mr. Williams was an orna- 
ment to any scholarly circle in contact with which 
he was thrown. He was no less a Latinist and a 
Grecian to the hour of his last illness than he was 
when he left the halls of the University of Vir- 
ginia with his A. M. degree. His knowledge of 
the humanities, of the great English standards in 
literature and history, and of the Scriptures, was 
wonderful. His faculty for applying their gems in 
private conversation, and even in discussion of 
practical business questions, was marvelous. It 
was in recognition of his attainments and pursuits 
in these fields that Washington and Lee Univer- 
sity conferred upon him several years ago "causa 
honoris," the degree of Doctor of Letters, a dis- 
tinction no other man of purely commercial voca- 
tion enjoyed from that institution. Mr. Williams 
was a wise business and moral counselor, an ever- 
dependable, lo3'al, and unselfish friend, and a Chris- 
tian gentleman in all that noblest of tributes sig- 
nifies. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with 
all they heart and with all thy soul and with all 
they mind, and with all thy strength. This is the 
first and the great commandment. And the sec- 
ond is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor 
as thyself. These commandments of his Master 
were enshrined in the heart and soul and mind of 
John Langbourne Williams. That no man in the 
community ever strove more steadfastly to exem- 
plify them in his daily walks and intercourse thou- 
sands can testify. His life was a lamp to the feet 
and a light to the path of his generation. May 
that lamp and that light continue to shed their 
rays no less guidingly now that his patriarchial 
form shall be seen among us no more and his spirit 
has passed to a glorified reward! Such must be 
the hope and the trust of all who were blessed with 
intimate association with him. 

Ennion Gifford Williams, M. D. Of dis- 
tinguished ancestry. Dr. Williams has added 
to the honor in which the naine is held in 
Richmond by his untiring efforts in behalf 
of public health. His grandfather, John \\"i\- 
liams, came to Virginia about 1820, was a 
business man of prominence in Richmond, 
and his honored father, John L. \\'illiams 
(a. v.L is yet a resident of Richmond. John 
^^'illiams married Sianna Dandridge, daugh- 
ter of \\'illiam and granddaughter of Judge 
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the wife of George Washington, the first 
P'resident. WilHam Dandridge married Sus- 
annah Armistead, only daughter of Alajor 
William Armistead, the emigrant to Vir- 
ginia, in 1635. the line of descent being 
through Captain Anthony, Major William, 
and Colonel John Armistead. Through his 
mother, Alaria Ward (Skelton) Williams, 
Dr. Williams is descended from the Skeltons 
and Randolphs, two Virginia families of the 
highest standing. Maria Skelton's great- 
grandfather, Edmund Randolph, was a 
friend of Washington, his first United States 
attorney-general, and later secretary of 
state. 

Dr. Ennion Giiiford Williams, son of John 
Langbourne and Maria Ward (Skelton) 
Williams, was born in Richmond, Virginia, 
January 31, 1874. His education was ac- 
quired by hard work in McGuire's Univer- 
sity School and the University of Virginia, 
obtaining his degree of Doctor of Medicine 
from the latter institution, class of 1897. 
During these years of school life, he worked 
a^; a clerk and taught school, beginning med- 
ical practice in 1897, as interne at Willard 
I'arker Hospital, New York City. During 
1S99 and 1900 he was resident physician at 
the Polyclinic Hospital, Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania. From 1900-1908, professor of pa- 
thology, bacteriology and histology at the 
Medical College of Virginia; in 1913, he 
was professor of hygiene and public health 
at this same institution. Dr. Williams is a 
believer in the gospel of hard work, and 
that honesty, truthfulness and straight- 
forwardness, coupled with hard work, will 
bring success in any walk of life. His life 
has been one of strenuousness, his practice 
and teaching not absorbing all his energy. 
He has given much time to the public serv- 
ice : served from 1905 to igo8 as a member 
of the Richmond common council, and while 
in that office worked for the measures that 
made for better public health, the creation 
of the office of city bacteriologist, the re- 
organization of the city health department, 
and for reforms in the city hospital. His 
articles in the medical journals have been 
numerous, relating chiefly to X-ray treat- 
ment and public health, and have attracted 
much favorable comment, especially his 
article on "The Regulation of Duration of 
Exposure in X-ray Work" and his "Table 
Regulating the Duration of Exposure." He 
is a member of the Greek letter societies. 



professional societies, the Westmoreland 
Club, and is a communicant of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal church. In politics he is a 
Democrat. He is emphatically a home man, 
his greatest enjoyment being found there. 

Dr. Williams married, October 21, 1902, 
Anna Heath, daughter of Dr. Daniel Wil- 
liam and Anna (Heath) Lassiter. Children: 
Virginia Lassiter, Ennion Skelton, Anna 
Heath, Daniel Lassiter, John Randolph. 

George Boiling Lee, M. D. Dr. George 
Boiling Lee, who has been practicing his 
profession for several years in New York 
City, has a high standing in medical cir- 
cles. He is descended from the famous 
Lee family of the Old Dominion that has 
been so closely associated with public af- 
fairs in Virginia since its early history and 
that has furnished so many illustrious sol- 
diers and statesmen. The most famous 
member of the family was General Robert 
E. Lee, grandfather of Dr. George B. Lee, 
and who was so highly respected by all 
nations and recognized by all as a soldier 
"without fear and without reproach," who 
did all in his power to prevent the useless 
sacrifices of lives in the great struggle in 
which he took one of the most prominent 
parts. 

Dr. Lee was born at Lexington, Virginia, 
August 30, 1872, son of William Henry 
Fitzhugh and Mary Tabb (Boiling) Lee, 
the former born at Arlington, May 31, 
1837, and the latter at Petersburg, Vir- 
ginia, in 1850. The father died in October, 
1891, and the mother survives. He was a 
son of General Robert E. Lee and she a 
daughter of George Boiling. 

In the earliest records of England may 
be found the name of Lee, although it was 
spelled in various other ways, such as Lea, 
Leigh, Ley and Lygh. In the eleventh 
century Launcelot Lee, an associate of 
William the Conqueror, came with his chief 
to England and distinguished himself in 
the battle of Flastings. The line from 
which descended the branch here consid- 
ered were known as the Lees of Langley 
and Coton, and several of its representa- 
tives were recorded in the Herald's College, 
their coat-of-arms being the fesse and bil- 
lets. This coat-of-arms was borne by the 
Virginia family and is still to be found on 
old silver. 

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genitor of the family, came to Virginia dur- 
ing the reign of Charles the First and lo- 
cated in that part of York county which 
subsequently becaine a pan of Gloucester. 
The region was then unsettled and he be- 
came the owner of a large tract of land. He 
settled many of the servants he had brought 
with him on tracts of land, but subsequent- 
ly sold out his interests and returned to 
England. He lived there several years, but 
eventually returned to Virginia, with an- 
other band of settlers, and founded the fam- 
ily that became famous in that and other 
colonies. He and his wife Anne had several 
children, among them Richard. 

The second Richard Lee was educated at 
Oxford and came to America with his father. 
He founded what became known as the 
Stratford branch of the family. He married 
Letitia Corbin, of Virginia, and the line was 
continued through their son Henry. 

Henry Lee married Mary Bland, a de- 
scendant of Sir Thomas Bland, of England. 
Their son, Colonel Henry Lee, married 
Lucy Grymes, who was known as the "Low- 
land Beauty," according to tradition, and it 
w-as said that George \\'ashington was at 
one time her suitor. Their son was General 
Henry Lee, the third of that name. 

Major-General Henry Lee graduated from 
Princeton College in 1773. and in 1776 was 
appointed by Patrick Henr}-, governor of 
A'irginia, as captain of a company of cav- 
alry commanded by Colonel Theodorick 
Bland. Later he served under General 
Greene, who said of him "Xo man in the 
progress of the campaign had equal merit." 
He served three years as governor of Vir- 
ginia. By his second wife, Anna Carter 
(Hill) Lee. he had a son Robert Edward. 

General Robert Edward Lee was barn 
January 19, 1807. and died October 12, 1870. 
He graduated with high honors from West 
Point and served honorably in the Mexican 
war. He was much opposed to secession, 
but felt that his highest devotion was due 
his native state and when it became a ques- 
tion of fighting for or against Virginia, re- 
signed his commission in the Federal army 
and offered his sword and services to Vir- 
ginia, feeling it his duty to do so at what- 
ever cost, as a loval citizen. He advised his 
son to be guided by his own conscience in 
whatever action he might take and pre- 
tended to advise no one to follow his ex- 
ample. His brilliant cpreer as a general and 
statesman are too well known to need an 



extensive mention here. After the war he 
became president of a college at Lexing- 
ton, Virginia, where his gentle, manly and 
upright spirit was an inspiration to the 
\oung men who were under his charge. His 
life was saddened by the fact that the sol- 
diers who fought under him, or their fami- 
lies, were often left in poor circumstances 
and in other ways suffered because the 
cause of the South was lost, and it is said 
that his grief over this condition helped to 
bring on the illness which finally caused 
his death. On June 30, 1831, Robert E. Lee 
married Mary Anne Randolph Custis, only 
living daughter of George Washington 
Parke Custis, adopted son of General 
Washington and grandson of Mrs. Wash- 
ington. The American progenitor of the 
Custis family, John Custis, of Irish birth, 
came from Rotterdam to Virginia as early 
as 1640, and his descendant, Daniel Parke 
Custis. married Martha Dandridge and died 
in 1757, his widow becoming the wife of 
George Washington in 1759. Her son, John 
Parke Custis, the only child to leave issue, 
married, in 1774, Eleanor, daughter of Bene- 
dict Calvert, son of Charles Calvert, of 
Maryland, the sixth Lord Baltimore. Their 
son, George Washington Parke Custis, born 
in April. 1781, six months before the death 
of his father, was adopted bv General Wash- 
ington, who said he would take charge of 
the two younger children as his own, and 
took them to his home at Mount Vernon. 
After the death of Mrs. Washington, in 
t8o2, George W. P. Custis removed to Ar- 
linsrton and built a fine house there. In 
t8o6 he married Mary Lee, daughter of 
Colonel William and .^nne (Randolph) 
Fitzhugh, and the daughter of this marriage, 
Mary Anne Randolph Custis, Ijecame the 
wife of Robert E. Lee, as mentioned above. 
Their marriage took place at Arlington, 
her birthplace. She died in Lexington in 
1873 and was buried in the college chapel 
beside her husband. 

William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, second son 
of Robert E. Lee, was born at Arlington. 
Mav 31, 1837, and died at "Ravensworth," 
Fairfax countv, Virginia, October i_s, 1891. 
He entered Harvard College in 1854, his 
lineage making him an honored guest in 
some of the best families of Boston and 
Cambridge. In 1857 he was appointed a 
lieutenant in the army, at the request of 
General Scott, and spent a few vears in 
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returned home, where he soon afterwards 
married Charlotte Wickham. He then be- 
came a planter and located on the famous 
old Custis estate, the "White House," where 
the \Vidow Custis lived at the time of her 
marriage to George Washington. William 
H. Lee joined the Virginia troops soon after 
the outbreak of the war, holding various 
ranks, from that of captain to that of major- 
general of cavalry. He was badly wounded 
in the fight at Brandy Station and taken to 
the home of a relative of his wife. General 
Wickham, and soon afterwards taken pris- 
oner and confined at Fortress Monroe. 
Thence he was taken to Fort Lafayette and 
confined there until March, 1864. In com- 
])any with another Confederate soldier he 
was held as hostage for two Federal pris- 
oners who were held in Richmond, who it 
was feared might be executed. Upon his 
release he returned home to find his young 
wife and children dead and his beautiful 
home burned to the ground and the estate 
laid waste. Almost the first thing he did 
was to go to Libby Prison and visit the two 
Federal prisoners who had been held, like 
himself, in fear of execution. He rejoined 
his command and led his division from 
Rapidan to Appomattox. His soldiers loved 
and trusted him and he fulfilled every duty 
and made every sacrifice required of him 
in the interests of the cause. When he was 
a prisoner of war, under fear of death, upon 
hearing of the fatal illness of his wife and 
two little children, he was not permitted to 
see them, even though his friends were 
working hard to obtain this permission for 
him. He accepted all as the ill fortune of 
war and was not embittered by this sor- 
row. Afterwards, as a farmer, he had to 
contend with a changing order of things 
and the confusion ensuing upon such great 
changes as followed the war. He became 
president of the Virginia Agricultural So- 
ciety, served as state senator and member of 
Congress. 

In i8fi7 he married Mary Tabb Boiling, 
and in 1874 they removed to Ravensworth, 
an estate of the Fitzhugh family, which 
William H. F. Lee inherited from his uncle, 
William Henry Fitzhugh. His death oc- 
curred there, a few months prior to the ex- 
piration of his second term as member of 
Congress, and after his election to the fifty- 
second Congress. He was always courteous 
and dignified in manner and deportment, 
charitable in a quiet way, and very much de- 



voted to home and family. His first wife 
died in 1863. His second wife was a daugh- 
ter of George W. and Martha S. (Nicholls) 
Boiling, of Petersburg, who survived him. 
with their two sons, Robert Edward and 
George Boiling Lee, the former of whom 
became a lawyer and the latter a physician. 

The Boilings were early Virginia colo- 
nists. Robert Boiling came to Virginia in 
1660, and married (first) in 1675, Jane, 
daughter of Thomas Rolfe and granddaugh- 
ter of Pocahontas, and (second) Anne, 
daughter of John Stith. Robert, a son of 
the latter marriage, married Mary Cocke. 
Their son, Robert, married Mary Marshall 
Tabb, and the son of this union, Robert 
Boiling, the fourth of the name, was four 
times married, and by his last wife, Anne 
Dade (Stith) Boiling, had a son, George 
W., who married Martha S. Nicholls, of 
Georgetown. Mary Tabb Boiling was born 
at Petersburg, Virginia, in 1850. 

Dr. George Boiling Lee prepared for col- 
lege at a private Episcopal school for boys 
near Alexandria, Virginia, and entered 
Washington-Lee University, which he left 
in 1892 to enter the College of Physicians 
and Surgeons at Columbia University, of 
New York, from which he graduated in 
1896 with the degree of M. D. He gained 
valuable experience and training by spend- 
ing seven months as an interne at Bellevue 
Hospital, New York, and for five years 
thereafter was chief of the clinic of the out- 
door department of the same hospital, per- 
forming the work with distinction and cred- 
it. He became well known in city medical 
circles. At the outbreak of the Spanish- 
American war he enlisted and in 1898 served 
as surgeon at the headquarters of the Sev- 
enth Army Corps at Jacksonville, Florida, 
holding the rank of captain. In 1899 he be- 
came associated with Dr. W. G. Wylie in 
general practice in New York City, but since 
1902 has been practicing his profession 
alone. He is well established and enjoys a 
good practice. He is peculiarly well fitted 
for his profession, which he chose because 
of his predeliction for it. Few have so noble 
lineage, including the most prominent 
among the aristocratic families of Virginia, 
who bore so honorable a share in build- 
ing up the Old Dominion. He is a member 
of the New York State Medical Society, 
Greater New York Medical Society and New 
York Countv Medical Society, in all of 
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to the success of which he contributes his 
time and influence, realizing the good work 
to be done by such organizations. He has 
social gifts and is affiliated with several or- 
ganizations. He belonged to the Sigma Phi 
Greek letter society while at the Washington- 
Lee and Columbia universities and is now a 
member of the Bellevue Hospital Alumni 
Society. He is affiliated with Kane Lodge, 
Xo. 454, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons 
of New York ; the Racquet & Tennis Club. 
Rockaway Hunt Club, Southern Society of 
New York, the Virginians, Union Club, and 
the Confederate Cadets Association. Pie is 
associate surgeon of the Women's Hospital 
of New York. He gives his support to St. 
Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, of 
which Rev. Dr. Starr is pastor. Politically 
he is a Democrat. 

Charles Bell Guyer. Dr. John Sigsworth 
Guyer, born in England in 1816, came to 
\'irginia with the Bell family, of which his 
mother was a member. He had two half- 
brothers, George B. Larrick, who served in 
Stuart's cavalry, and Captain James Lar- 
rick, who was a student at Virginia Mili- 
tary Institute and at the battle of New- 
market fought with his company of cadets. 
The family settled in and around Middle- 
town, Virginia, the first home of the Bells 
after landing from England being in Alex- 
andria. 

Dr. John S. Guyer became a student at 
the old Winchester Medical School at Win- 
chester, Virginia, destroyed during the war 
1861-65, and about 1847 obtained his degree 
of M. D. He practiced his profession in 
Frederick county for many years, was a 
magistrate under the old law, was at one 
time president of the Shenandoah Valley 
Medical Association and a man highly es- 
teemed by all. He married Sophia Alabey, 
born at Middletown, Virginia, in 1830, died 
in 1896, daughter of Jonas and Barbara 
( Miller) Abbey, the former a veteran of the 
war of 1812 and both connected with old 
and influential Shenandoah Valley families. 

Charles Bell Guyer, of Strasburg, Shen- 
andoah county, Virginia, was born in Mid- 
dletown, Frederick county, Virginia, Au- 
gust 23, 1857, son of Dr. John Sigsworth 
and Sophia (Abbey) Guyer. He attended 
the old Virginia field schools until fifteen 
3'ears of age, then became clerk in a Lex- 
ington, Virginia, mercantile house. He was 
ambitious to become a lawyer and while 



engaged as a clerk in Lexington began the 
study of law. Lexington, a seat of culture, 
offered opportunities for self-study, and 
there under the shadow of Washington-Lee 
University he pursued a course of private 
study until 1894. He then presented him- 
self before the board of state examiners, suc- 
cessfully stood the ordeal of their examina- 
tion and was admitted to the bar. He be- 
gan practice at Buena Vista, eight miles 
distant from Lexington, practiced success- 
fully until his health broke down, necessi- 
tating complete rest. He did not practice 
for five years, but in 1907 located in Stras- 
burg and returned to his profession. He 
has there built up a good business and con- 
tinues in active practice. He is a member 
of the Improved Order of Red Men, is a 
communicant of the Protestant church, and 
in political faith is a Democrat. 

Mr. Guyer married, in November, 18S2, 
Mary Elizabeth Randall, daughter of Elisha 
Randall, of a New York family, and great- 
granddaughter of a Vermont revolutionary 
soldier. Her mother was a Miss Thorpe. 
Mary E. Randall was born in the state of 
Illinois and was educated at East Orange, 
New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Guyer have an 
adopted son, Albert Minor Guyer. 

WiUiam Robert Weisiger, M. D. The 

six years of Dr. William Robert Weisiger's 
professional career have been divided be- 
tween Cumberland, Virginia, and Richmond, 
in which latter city he is now a medical 
practitioner. The failing ranks of the phy- 
sicans of the older school have been capably 
and readily filled in Richmond by those of 
the younger generation, and among the 
newer members of the medical fraternity of 
the city for whom the future looms bril- 
liantly is Dr. W^eisiger. 

Dr. Weisiger is a descendant of Samuel 
Weisiger, born in Germany about 1745, who 
settled in Chesterfield county, Virginia, 
when a young man. He spoke English but 
little and with difficulty, but attained pros- 
perity and owned lands. He married, No- 
vember 16, 1769, Mary Kendall, and from 
them, it is believed, are descended all of 
the Weisigers of Virginia and the South. 
Children : Daniel Kendall, John Kendall, 
Samuel, Daniel, David, a captain of the war 
of 1812; Jacob Power: Washington, great- 
e^randfather of Dr. William Robert Weis- 
ic,^er, of Richmond. Virginia ; Richard Ken- 
dall, Jacob, and Elizabeth Kendall. 



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Washington Weisiger, son of Samuel and 
Mary (Kendall) Weisiger, was born in 
Chesterfield county, Virginia, February 28, 
1783. and married Polly Carter Salley, daugh- 
ter of James and Polly (Carter) Salley, of 
Chesterfield county, the latter a daughter 
of John Carter, of Shirley, Virginia. 

Ssmuel Washington Weisiger, son of 
W^ashington and Polly Carter (Salley) 
W^eisiger, was born in South Richmond 
(Manchester), Virginia. In mature life he 
became a druggist, and followed that pro- 
fession all of his life. He was a Democrat 
of the strict Jeffersonian school, and was a 
communicant of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, in that denomination serving as 
class leader and Sunday school superintend- 
ent. He was a man of pure and upright 
life, ever standing in the approval and re- 
spect of his fellows. Samuel \\'ashington 
Weisiger married, in Manchester, Virginia, 
Anna Obedience Hatcher, and had children : 
Benjamin Boiseau, Emmet Washington, 
Martha Susan, married a Mr. Franklin, 
Laura Ann, married a Mr. Vaden, Wilbur 
Kent, Lelia Page, married a Mr. Taylor, 
Samuel Carter, of whom further, and Bern- 
ard. 

Samuel Carter Weisiger, son of Samuel 
Washington and Anna Obedience (Hatcher) 
Weisiger, was born in Manchester, Virginia, 
in 1847, and died in Ashland, Virginia, July 
19, 1913. .'^.fter a thorough business educa- 
tion he became confidential secretary to J. 
B. Pace, was afterward secretary and treas- 
urer of the J. A. Grigg Shoe Company, and 
then, until his death, chief clerk in the office 
of the city auditor. Samuel Carter AVeis- 
iger served in Parker's battery throughout 
the four years of the war between the states, 
in the Confederate army rendering military 
service of devotion and valor. He was a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
and carefully and faithfully performed the 
duties of citizenship. He married Bettie 
Collier Martin, born in Chesterfield county, 
Virginia, daughter of James William INIar- 
tin, granddaughter of James Martin, and 
his wife. Elizabeth (Baker) Martin, a daugh- 
ter of Hon. John W^ Baker. Tames Martin 
was captain of the Chesterfield troop of the 
Rocky Ridge Rifles in the war of 1812, and 
performed valiant service in the American 
cause. Children of Samuel Carter and Bet- 
tie Collier (Martin) \\'eisiger: Carter, a 
practicing physician of Cumberland. Vir- 
ginia ; Inez, married W. C. Cottrell, of Rich- 



mond ; Kendall, a resident of Atlanta, 
Georgia ; Dr. William Robert, of whom fur- 
ther ; and Carroll, a resident of Louisville, 
Kentucky. 

Dr. William Robert Weisiger, fourth 
child and third son of Samuel Carter and 
Bettie Collier (Martin) W'eisiger, was born 
in Richmond, Virginia, August 24, 1888. His 
elementary education was obtained in the 
schools of the place of his birth, and in 1899 
the family moved to Ashland, Virginia, the 
seat of Randolph-Macon College, where Dr. 
\A'eisiger was for two years a student. He 
subsequently entered the University College 
of Medicine at Richmond, Virginia, and was 
graduated M. D. in the class of 1909, pass- 
ing the follov/ing year as resident physi- 
cian at St. Luke's Hospital, of Richmond. 
Then, until 1912, Dr. Weisiger was engaged 
in general practice in Cumberland, Virginia, 
in .August of that year coming to Rich- 
mond, where he has since remained. His 
clientele is a generous one, and his profes- 
sional record is one commendable in the ex- 
treme. Dr. Weisiger meeting his professional 
brethren upon terms of equality. He is a 
member of the Richmond Academy of Medi- 
cine and Surgery and of the Medical So- 
ciety of Virginia, and for the past three years 
has been instructor in surgery in the dis- 
pensary of the Medical College of Virginia. 

Dr. Weisiger is a member of three fra- 
ternities, to which he was elected while a 
college student, and since attaining his ma- 
jority has been a member of the Masonic 
order. His church is that of his family, the 
]\Iethodist Episcopal. 

Thomas Barkwell Lane, M. D. Thomas 
Barkwell Lane, Jr. The immigrant ancestor 
of the line of the Lane family here under 
consideration was Ezekiel Lane, who re- 
ceived a grant of land from the crown,