Archer, William S
Senate Years of Service: 1841-1847
ARCHER, William Segar, (nephew of Joseph Eggleston), a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born at "The Lodge," Amelia County, Va., March 5, 1789; received private instruction; graduated from William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., in 1806; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1810 and practiced in Amelia and Powhatan Counties; served four terms in the State house of delegates between 1812 and 1819; elected to the Sixteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Pleasants; reelected to the Seventeenth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1820-March 3, 1835); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Twenty-first through Twenty-third Congresses); elected as a Whig to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1847; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846; chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses), Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-seventh Congress); resumed the practice of law; died at "The Lodge," in Amelia County, Va., March 28, 1855; interment in a private cemetery at "The Lodge." (Source: Biographical Directory of the US Congress 1774-Present)
Archer, William S., congressman, United States senator, was born March 5, 1789, in Amelia County, Va. In 1812-19 he was a member of the Virginia state legislature. In 1820-35 he was a representative from Virginia in the sixteenth to twenty-third congresses. In 1841-47 he was United States senator. He died March 28, 1855, in Amelia County, Va. [Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: Contains Thirty-five Thousand Biographies of the Acknowledged Leaders of Life and Thought of the United States, by William Herringshaw, 1909 "“ Transcribed by AFOFG]
Bibb, William Wyatt
William Bibb was born in Amelia County and was a US Senator in Georgia as well as a Governor of Alabama. Bibb Co Georgia and Bibb Co Alabama are named after him. He attended the College of William & Mary and the University of Pennsylvania. He received a M.D. degree in 1801. He began practicing medicine in Petersburg VA. He married Mary Freeman in 1803. He died after falling from a horse, from internal injuries on July 10 1820.
William Cocke was born on September 06 1747 in Amelia Co. He was one of many children born to Abraham and Mary (Batte) Cocke. He was an American lawyer, pioneer and statesman. He joined in an exploration with Daniel Boone. He was a Colonel of Militia and elected a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. He led four companies of the militia, in 1776, into what eventually became Tennessee, in action against the Indians. William was a delegate chosen to help write the first Tennessee state constitution. He was later appointed a judge of the First Judicial Court of TN in 1809 and later resigned the position and moved to Mississippi. In Mississippi he was elected in 1813 to state legislature and briefly returned to military duty under Andrew Jackson in the Creek War. He was later appointed by President James Madison in 1814 to be an Indian Agent to the Chickasaw nation. On August 22, 1828, he died in Columbus, Lowndes Co, Mississippi and is buried in Friendship Cemetery. Cocke Co TN is named after William Cook.
Connor, Henry William
Henry William Connor was born on August 05 1793, near Amelia Court House, Prince George Co VA. He graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia and was a major under Brigadier General Joseph Graham in an expedition against the Creek Indians in 1814. He settled in Falls Town North Carolina. He served in the 17th - 26th Congresses. He was a member of the State Senate from 1848-50. He died on January 06 1866 at Beatties Ford, North Carolina, and is buried in the Rehobeth Methodist Church Cemetery, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina.
John Chaffin Easley
Member of a Virginia family of honorable record, John Chaffin Easley, vice-president and secretary of R. B. Chaffin & Company, Incorporated, of Richmond, Virginia, descends in a line connected with numerous other distinguished Virginia names. John S. Easley, grandfather of John Chaffin Easley, a native of Halifax county, Virginia, was a soldier in the American army in the second war with Great Britain, and died in West Virginia, aged seventy-eight years. John S. Easley married Agnes Clark White, born in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, and had seven children, two of whom are living at the present time, Isaac Howson, of West Virginia, and Edwin Hamilton, of Brooklyn, New York.
(II) Dr. William D. Easley, son of John S. and Agnes Clark (White) Easley, was born in Giles county, Virginia, December 19, 1831, died in West 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 Virginia. He was a gentleman of loyal and patriotic nature, and the realization of war between the states found him enlisted for service in the Amelia County Volunteers. Dr. William D. Easley married Ann Elizabeth, born in Amelia county, Virginia, October 17, 1841, died May 29, 1907, daughter of John Booker and Susan Adeline (Willson) Chaffin. Her parents were natives of Amelia county, and there John Booker Chaffin was an extensive planter, owning more than one hundred slaves. John Booker and Susan Adeline Chaffin had three children who grew to maturity: Ann Elizabeth, of previous mention, married Dr. William D. Easley, Richard B., and Martha Giles. Of the eight children of Dr. William D. Easley, three died in infancy, and a fourth, Richard Booker, died June 24, 1904. The others are: John Chaffin. of whom further; Edwin Hamilton, of Blue Field. West Virginia; Agnes E., married Matthew Louden West, deceased, of Richmond, Virginia; Susie E., married Joseph Cary Eggleston, of Amelia Court House, Virginia.
(Ill) John Chaffin Easley, son of Dr. William D. and Ann Elizabeth (Chaffin) Easley, was born in Amelia county, Virginia, October 15, 1862, and when he was a lad of eleven years accompanied his parents to Brooklyn, New York. In this place his education, begun in Virginia, was continued, 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, R. B. Chaffin & Company. Remaining with the company through its period of continuous growth and expansion to its present vast dimensions, better preparation for the responsible duties that are his could not have been obtained. R. B. Chaffin & Company, Incorporated, bearing the name of Mr. Easley's one maternal uncle, advertise as brokers and dealers in real estate, and in its line is one of the largest concerns in the state. The office of the company is at Main and Twelfth streets. Richmond, and here Mr. Easley can usually be found busily engaged in the direction of some of the details of the large business, upon which no one's grasp is more sure and comprehensive. As vice-president and.secretary he plays an important 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 National 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 of 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, Virginia. February 3, 1892, Lucy Gilmer, born at Grove Hill, Botetourt county, Virginia. December 20. 1868, daughter of Colonel Cary and Virginia (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 Botetourt 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 Breckenridge, born June 13, 1893, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, class of 1914, now a student in engineering at Boston Technical Institute; Richard Booker, born June 2, 1895, for two years attended Virginia Military Institute, now studying for the medical profession. [Encyclopedia of Virginia biography, under the editorial supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, 1915 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]
David Fanning was born on October 25, 1755 in Amelia Co VA, the son of David Fanning. He grew up in Johnston Co NC. He married Sarah Carr in 1782. He was a Loyalist leader in the American Revolutionary War and Represented Kings Co in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1791-1801. He was accused of rape, found guilty and sentenced to death even though there were contradictions in the evidence against him. He received pardon but was exiled. He died in Digby Nova Scotia on March 18, 1825.
Flournoy, Judge H. W.
Judge Flournoy was born in Halifax County, Virginia, in 1846. He is a son of Thomas S. Flournoy, born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, December 14, 1811, died in Halifax County, March, 1883, and a grandson of John James Flournoy, born in Prince Edward county in 1780. At Clarksville, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, June 8, 1871, he married Rosa Buena, daughter of Henry Wood, Esq., of that county. They have an only son, H. W. Flournoy, Jr. Mrs. Flournoy's father, born in Amelia County, Virginia, in 1812, practiced law many years in Mecklenburg and adjoining counties, and died in Clarksville in 1882. Judge Flournoy attended school at the Samuel Davis Institute, Halifax county; T.T. Bouldin's, Charlotte county; John H. Powell's, Halifax county, and the Pike Towers school at Mt. Laurel, Halifax county. In January, 1862, not then sixteen years of age, he entered the Confederate States army. He served as a private in Company G, 6th Virginia Cavalry, until wounded at Tom's Brook, Virginia, October 8, 1864. In November following he was enrolled in the Third Company, Richmond Howitzers, with which he remained until the surrender at Appomattox. In September, 1867, Judge Flournoy began the practice of law, in Danville, Virginia. He was elected Judge of the Corporation Court of Danville in June, 1870, and re-elected in 1876. Resigning this office on January 1, 1878, he resumed practice in Halifax County. In 1881 he settled in Washington County; in 1883 was elected to the office he is now ably filling, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, reelected in 1885, and again in 1887. [History of Virginia From Settlement of Jamestown to Close of The Civil War by Robert Alonzo Brock and Virgil Ansson Lewis, 1888 " - Transcribed by AFOFG]
Giles, William Branch
William Branch was born on August 12 1762 in Amelia Co VA. He attended Prince Edward Academy which is now known as Hampden-Sydney College. He also attended the College of New Jersey, which is now known as Princeton. He married first to Martha Peyton Tabb in 1797 and built a 28 room house for her, called "The Wigwam". He remarried after she died in 1808, to Frances Ann Gwyenn in 1810. He died on December 04 1830. Giles Co VA and Giles Co TN are named after him.
Harrison, William Henry
There was one "Master John Harrison" who was a colonial governor of Virginia, in the year sixteen hundred and twenty-three (1623) (Smith's History of Virginia) elected by the Colonists to the place of the governor sent out, who died during the year. The families of Berkely and Brandon are descended from him.
Benjamin Harrison (Hon.) of Surry County, born in Southwark Parish, in that county, in the year sixteen hundred and forty-five (1645) and who died 1714. His tombstone is at Cabin Point Chapel, and his will recorded at Surry C. H.; He is called "Hon. Benjamin Harrison, Esq.," on his tombstone. Benjamin had three sons and one daughter. Benjamin the eldest settled at Berkely, in the county of Charles City, and married Elizabeth, daughter of Lewis Burwell, of Gloucester County, by whom he had one son Benjamin, and one daughter, Elizabeth. He died at the age of thirty-seven in the year 1710. His tombstone and that of his wife may be seen at Westover burying ground.
Benjamin married Anne, daughter of Robert Carter, of Carotoman, commonly called "King Carter." He and two of his daughters were killed at Berkely by lightning. Benjamin, his eldest son, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Of the remaining sons, Nathaniel settled in Prince George county; Henry in Surry; Robert in Charles City. Charles was a general of Cavalry in the Revolutionary war: Carter in Cumberland county, at Clifton; Benjamin the signer, married Miss Bassitt, and by her had three (3) sons: Benjamin, Carter Bassitt, and William Henry, a general of 1812, and afterwards President of the United States. The daughters married, David Copeland, John Minge, Dr. Richmon, and the fourth twice, first Peyton Randolph, and second, Captain Singleton.
Benjamin Jr.'s son Nathaniel, settled at Wakefield, in Surry County. Nathaniel, of Wakefield, Surry County, married Wilmuth Munford, and by her had one son, whose name was Benjamin Munford: his mother and father died before he was seven years of age, when Wm. Allen was appointed his guardian.
Harrison was born in New Kent County, at the residence of his maternal grandmother, November 17, 1788, and married Agnes Atkinson, of Mayfield, who died without issue; his second marriage was to Dolly Pleasants Gray Briggs Carter Nicholas, of Norborne, in the county of Dinwiddie, Virginia. Dolly (Benjamin Munford's wife), was a daughter of Robert Carter Nicholas, of Norborne, Dinwiddie county, and granddaughter of Col. John Nicholas, who married Dolly Pleasants Briggs, daughter of Gray Briggs, of "Comans Well," Surry county. Benjamin Munford, by Dolly P. Nicholas, had two sons and two daughters, to wit: Nathaniel Cole, John Nicholas, Agnes Atkinson, and Ann Eliza Carter.
Nathaniel Cole Harrison was born at "Cat-tails," Amelia County, Virginia, in the year 1820, March 28th, and died September 28, 1887, at Petersburg, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Leigh Drinkard, by whom he had one son and two daughters, to wit: William Henry, Mary Heth, and Wilmuth Munford Harrison.
William Henry Harrison was born at Petersburg, Virginia, December 30, 1843, and attended school in Petersburg. He entered the Confederate States Army when a little over eighteen years of age, in March, 1862, in Company A, 12th Virginia Regiment. He was captured October 27, 1864, at Burgess' Mill, and held at Point Lookout until March 8, 1865. Among the battles in which he took part, are"”Seven Pines, Frazier's Farm, Falling Creek, Drewry's Bluff, Fredericksburg, Second Manassas, Crampton Gap (Antietam), Cold Harbor, Spottsylvania, Petersburg, Crater, Reem's Station, Farmville; and surrendered at Appomattox Court House. From 1872 to 1880 he was Commissioner of Revenue for Petersburg. He is now engaged in business in Petersburg as dealer in carriages, buggies, wagons, and manufacturer of harness, saddles, etc. In this city, October 27, 1875, he married Rosa West, of Richmond, Virginia; she is the daughter of George Montgomery West, who was born at Concord, New Hampshire, and who died in 1860. Her mother, Evlyn Quarles, was born in Richmond, Virginia, died in 1858. John West Harrison, first-born of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, is no longer living. Their remaining children are: Ann Elizabeth Harrison (Elise), William Henry Harrison, Jr., George West Harrison, Nathaniel Cole Harrison, Jr., and Helen West Harrison.[Source: Virginia and Virginians: History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1888; Pages 634 to 659; transcribed by A.S. Pack]
Jefferson, Thomas G.
PRIVATE, CO. "B," CORPS OF CADETS.
The subject of this sketch, Thomas Garland Jefferson, was born January I, 1847, in Amelia County, Virginia. He was the second child and eldest son of John G. and Otelia M. Jefferson, who are yet living upon their beautiful estate, "Winterham," near Amelia Court-House. Through his mother, whose maiden name was Howlett, he was related to the large family of that name and blood in Amelia and the adjacent counties. Through his father he was akin to the large, and respectable families of Bookers and Egglestons, in Southside Virginia, and remotely related to the Garlands and Giles', of Virginia, and the author of the Declaration of American Independence. In features, form, and movements he very closely resembled his father, while in his character the distinguishing traits of both his parents were blended. Raised upon a large plantation, and being the eldest son, and greatly trusted by his father, he was frequently called upon to overlook and execute important matters of business; hence his character was unusually matured and robust for one of his age. His primary and preparatory education was conducted with all the advantages of home influence, in the family, by the best class of teachers, all of whom testified to his respectful and manly deportment, and rare fidelity, in and out of the school-room.
Having completed the usual preliminary course of studies, he entered the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington, August 1, 1863. This event was not only agreeable to his taste, but was a step toward the fulfilment of his earnest desire to serve his country; for, although but a stripling, and incapable of service in the field, yet he was not indifferent to the stirring and stormy scenes of that day, but, chafing under the restraints imposed by his youth, coveted an opportunity of taking a personal part in the war for the defense of his home, and liberty, and country. His stay at the Institute was brief, and yet it was long enough for him to greatly endear himself to many of his fellow-students, and win the respect of all. He was distinguished there for sobriety, integrity, firmness, fidelity to duty, and piety. In the corps of cadets he had none but friends, and by his room-mates he was not only greatly respected but most affectionately loved. In the providence of God, however, his connection with the Institute, so pleasant to himself and so honorable to his memory, was soon terminated, and with it his life. The corps of cadets was summoned to the assistance of General Breckinridge, at that time commanding the Confederate forces in the Valley of Virginia, and greatly pressed by the enemy. On Wednesday, May 11, 1864, the corps of cadets hastened to his assistance. The opportunity young Jefferson had so long panted for was now afforded, and to him the summons to the field was joyful tidings; on the march, which was rapid and severe, he never complained or faltered. The corps reached New Market on the morning of May 15, and was almost immediately hurried into the engagement. In this battle the Cadets played a conspicuous and memorable, and probably decisive, part. Towards this distinction young Jefferson contributed his life, and the memory of no one who fell in that battle deserves to be more affectionately, honorably, and lastingly commemorated. In the presence of the enemy he was self-possessed, his obedience to orders was prompt and unhesitating, and in the moment of actual conflict he was as firm as a veteran, and displayed the gallantry of a chivalrous and patriot soldier. In the heat of the conflict he fell mortally wounded by a shot through the body. Two members of his company paused to aid him, but, indifferent to his own comfort, he pointed to the front, and in words which deserve to be made immortal, urged them forward, saying, "You can do nothing for me ; go to the front; there is the place for you!" He was conveyed to a temporary hospital near the battle-field, and the next day removed to the house of a Mrs. Clinedinst, by whom, and her daughters and his room-mates, he was most tenderly nursed, until he was relieved from his sufferings by death, on Wednesday morning, May 18, 1864. His remains have been transferred to the Virginia Military Institute, and his name is enrolled on the list of her honored dead, whose memory is to be perpetuated by a suitable and lasting monument to their worth.
The character of this gallant youth was moulded by the happy influence of an amiable, modest, godly, and affectionate mother, and the example and training of a father distinguished for sound judgment, punctuality, firmness, industry, and perseverance. The writer of this remembers Thomas as a lad possessing in a rare degree those qualities which make the true, practical, and useful men of the world. His manners were quiet and gentle; he was an unusually dutiful son, conscientious, polite, and especially respectful and deferential to his seniors. He was unobtrusive, reticent, and reserved with strangers, but manly, decided, resolute, and fearless. His tender and affectionate devotion to his mother, expressed by his habitual regard for her wishes and comfort, was as attractive as it was conspicuous and uncommon.
We cannot close this memorial without making prominent the crowning feature of his character, without which the other traits would have been less lovely and admirable. He never formally professed himself a child of God by faith in Christ. This may be explained by his great diffidence. But he early gave substantial evidences of devoted piety. In the house of God his deportment was becoming and devotional, and his great regard for, and consistent observance of, the Sabbath was a rebuke to many professing godliness. His last home teacher, Rev. Joseph Brown, who roomed with him, spoke of him as the most pious youth he ever saw, and testified to his prayerfulness and love for the Word of God. A room-mate, who daily observed his life, speaks of him as one of the most dutiful Christians at the Institute. The day before his death he requested the 14th chapter of John to be read to him, and when it was done he calmly said, "It is well." We note with peculiar pleasure these evidences of piety. We believe that the most attractive virtues which adorned his life and character were the fruits of God's renewing and sanctifying spirit, and another testimony to the value of religion in the formation of the character of our youth. However gratefully we remember his services, and however gladly we assist in doing honor to his memory, and transmitting for imitation that gallantry and devotion to his country in the hour of peril which he displayed in his life and death, yet we count them as but the small dust in the balance, and infinitely prefer, for the present and eternal benefit of the youth of our land, to connect his name with godliness; commend him for imitation as a sinner saved by grace, and consecrated to the Prince of peace, who bought him with His precious blood. The highest tribute our love can pay him is to say, He feared God, and fearing Him he feared nothing else. Rev. David W. Shanks.(Source: Biographical sketches of the Graduates and Eleves of the Virginia Military Institute who fell during the war between the States, by Chas. D. Walker. Published 1875. Transcribed and submitted to Genealogy Trails by Linda Rodriguez)
Jones, John Winston
John W. Jones was born on November 22 1791 in Amelia Co VA. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1813. He practiced law in Chesterfield Co VA and was appointed in 1818 to Prosecuting Attorney for Virginia's 5th Judicial Court. He was a Democratic Congressman of VA from 1835 to 1845. Between 1843-1845, he was Speaker of the House. He died on January 29 1848 at his "Dellwood" plantation, northwest of Petersburg VA and is buried there.
Marks, Captain Louis L.
Louis L son of Grandison F. Marks, was born in Petersburg on May 13, 1837. His father, born in Prince George county, Virginia, October 24, 1809, died on October 13, 1887, aged seventy-two years. His mother, who was Sarah T. Bevill, born in Amelia County, Virginia, died in 1838. His wife is Bettie A. Southall, of Amelia County and they were married in that county, on May 23, 1860, Rev. R. E. G. Adams uniting them. Her parents were born in Amelia County, William D. Southall and Sarah Clay. Captain Marks entered the Confederate States Army in April, 1861, adjutant of the 12th Virginia regiment. Later he was promoted captain and commanded Company C, same regiment, which he was leading when wounded at Second Manassas. He was afterwards appointed captain in the quartermaster's department, and served until the surrender of Johnston's army at Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a well-known merchant of Petersburg, a member of the Board of Education, Sunday school superintendent and president of the Young Men's Christian Association of Petersburg, at the present time.[Source: Virginia and Virginians: History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1888; Pages 634 to 659; transcribed by A.S. Pack]
Morriss, Marion M.
The family line of Mr. Morriss, Virginians through several generations, is thus traced: Isaac Morriss, of Fairfax county, Virginia, married Ann Thompson, of Amelia county, this State. Their son, William A. Morriss of Pittsylvania county, married Winifred Quesenbury. A son born to them, named William L. living also in Pittsylvania county, married Ann Earp and Marion M. Morriss is their son. He was born in Pittsylvania County, on March 4, 1843, Before he was nineteen years of age he had entered the Southern army, and he served from February, 1862, to the close of the war as orderly sergeant of the Ringgold Battery. Since the war his home has been in Washington county, where he has been identified with the best interests of the county. For ten years he was a magistrate of the county. He has been, from its beginning, intimately connected with the Southwest Virginia Institute, and chairman of its board of trustees since organization. He carries on an estate, and is also a merchant of Glade Spring.
Mr. Morriss has been twice married. His first wife, who died February 17, 1882, was Elizabeth A., daughter of James W. McSpadden of this county. Their children are: William S., Walker M., Nina B.. John T., Benham, Mary (deceased), Dabney, Judson and Marion M.; Secondly Mr. Morriss married Evie Hunter, of Appomattox county, Virginia, and their only son bears the name of her family, Hunter. She is of well-known Virginia families; Benjamin and Sarah Hunter, are Williams, of Appomattox county her parents, and her paternal grandfather Benjamin Hunter who married Sarah Arrington, of Campbell County. Virginia. [Source: Virginia and Virginians: History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1888; Pgs.722-764; Transcribed and submitted to Genealogy Trails by A.S. Pack]
Moton, Robert Russa
Robert R Moton was born on August 26 1867 in Amelia Co VA. He was an African American educator and author. He was an administrator at Hampton Institute, and was also named principal of Tuskegee Institute. He died on May 31 1940.
Southall, Anthony W.
Private ANTHONY WEBSTER SOUTHALL, of Amelia County, Virginia, matriculated in 1844 and remained one year. He was in training for the profession of law when war was declared with Mexico, and against the wishes of his family he left the Institute, and joined the company from his county which was attached to the First Virginia Regiment. He served through the campaign, but ruined his health, and died soon after returning home, from the effects of his severe service in Mexico. Anthony Webster Southall was a son of Dr. Phillip T. Southall, and his wife, Elizabeth Webster, and was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia. (Source: The Military History of the Virginia Military Institute from 1839-1861, by: Jennings C. Wise, Publ: 1915. Transcribed by: Helen Coughlin)
Terhune, Mary Virginia
Terhune, Mrs. Mary Virginia, author of Pompton, N.J., was born Dec. 21, 1831, in Amelia County, Va. She is the author of The Hidden Path and other works. [Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914, Transcribed by AFOFG]
Vasser, Richard W.
Was born in Amelia County, Va., in September, 1800. His father, Peter Vasser, moved to Halifax County, Va., during the infancy of his son, and being a man of extravagant and somewhat dissipated habits, wasted a handsome estate. This induced his son Richard, in 1816, to join his cousin Ed Dandridge Jones in a move to Middle Tennessee, and they afterward settled in Giles County. Young Vasser came to Northern Alabama the next year, and decided to make his home henceforth in Limestone. By persevering energy and the exercise of an indomitable will which possessed the magic of moulding circumstances to his purposes, he in a few years accumulated sufficient means to bring his parents and sisters to his new home. The death of his father, a year or two after their arrival, left the mother and sisters entirely dependent on his personal efforts for their support, and never did son or brother more faithfully discharge this sacred duty. His fine intellect, wonderful business capacity, and well-known integrity, made him a leading spirit in those early days of our young Commonwealth. He was president of the board of directors of the first Huntsville bank, and used to take a monthly trip to the then infant town, on horseback, astride his saddle-bags filled with papers, currency and coin. Throughout his life his memory was marvelous, and his friends in Philadelphia, Pa. (to which city he made a yearly trip, even when it took six weeks to get there), have told the writer of some of his feats of memory, especially in dates and figures, not unworthy of Parr or Bradford. In 1833 he married his second cousin, Elizabeth Dandrige Jones (she being the great-granddaughter of the Peter Jones who, about 1720, assisted Colonel William Byrd, then commissioner of the English Crown in this country, to lay off the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, Va., and the latter city was named for this Peter Jones, (and not for Petersburg in Russia, as many erroneously suppose.) She bore him thirteen children, nine sons, of whom William Ed. Vasser was the youngest, and is the sole survivor. Mr. Vasser died in Athens, Ga,in 1864, and in 1886 his remains (with those of his son. Lieutenant Harry Vasser, who was killed in Johnston's retreat from Atlanta, just one month after his father's decease), were brought to Athens, They lie side by side in the old town cemetery, on ground taken from the garden of the old home, where the surviving members of the family still keep their resting-place fragrant with roses and lilies, planted by hands long since returned to mother earth. [Source: Northern Alabama - Historical and Biographical by Smith & De Land, Birmingham, Ala 1888 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney]
Walker, William T. , M. D.
Was born in Prince Edward county, Virginia, August 22, 1825. He married S. Josephine Sampson, who died in 1870, leaving him three daughters, and four sons: Lelia, Frank, Richard S., Josephine S., Mary S., William T. and John. On May 25, 1875, Rev. Wm. Norwood officiating clergyman, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Frances Bayly formerly Frances Holladay, born inSpotsylvania county. Virginia. They have one daughter, Gulielma. Dr. Walker is of Virginia descent, his father, William T. Walker, born in Amelia county, served in Revolutionary war with rank of captain; died in September, 1833. The mother of Dr. Walker was Mary, daughter of John Dupuy, and descendant of Bartholomew Dupuy, a Huguenot refugee, who settled in Manakintown, Virginia colony, in 1699. She was born in Prince Edward county, and died in February, 1861. Dr. Walker holds the degree of A. M. from Hampden-Sidney college; of M. D. from t he Jefferson Medical college. He began practice in Prince Edward county in 1849. In 1852 removed to Goochland county, and was thirty years in practice there. In 1882 settled in Lynchburg, where he still remains. He is a member of the Lynchburg city council. He entered service in the Confederate States Army on June 29, 1861, as surgeon at City Almshouse hospital, Richmond. After several months service there, he was appointed surgeon in charge of the hospital at Huguenot Spring, a hospital having 700 capacity, and remained there until the close of the war. [Source: Virginia and Virginians: History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1888; transcribed by Andrea Pack pgs. 556 to 595]
Price Williams, commission merchant, was born June 4, 1811, in Buckingham County, Va., and died November 10, 1884, in Mobile; son of Warner and Elizabeth (Price) Williams, the former a native of Amelia County, Va.; grandson of Philip Williams and wife, who was a Miss Hundley, of Virginia, and of John Price of Cumberland County, Va. He received a common school education in his native county and located in Livingston in 1835, for thirteen years was clerk of the county court, at that time a very lucrative position. In 1848 he removed to Mobile where he became a partner in the commercial house of Baker Williams and company. In 1851 he was elected on the Southern Rights Democracy ticket to the legislature, and was made chairman to the committee on banks and banking and also a member of the ways and means committee. On account of his age he could not enter the Confederate Army but was captain of the Mobile home guards and did efficient county service in 1864-65. He was chairman of the Democratic executive committee of the Mobile district, 1874; was a Methodist; and a Mason. He was an ardent believer in drawing the line between the races and took an active part in redeeming the State from Republican rule and negro domination in political affairs during reconstruction days. Married: (1) December 17, 1833, in Buckingham County, Va., to Pauline W., daughter of Daniel and Kesiah Nash, of Livingston, Nelson County, Va.; (2) June 3, 1873, in Moss Point, Jackson County, Miss., to Emma, daughter of Ebenzer and Sarah (Burleson) Clark, the former a native of New York City, the latter of Savannah, Ga.; granddaughter of Aaron Burleson; great-granddaughter of Jesse Burleson who was a soldier of the Revolution. Children by first wife: 1. Fannie, m. John R. Tompkins; 2. Price Williams, jr. (q. v.); 3. Pauline, m. Victor Von Schellar; 4. Robert S., physician; by second wife: 5. Marvin Clark Price, m. Julia Helm Moss; 6. Emma Price, m. Ashbel Hubbard; 7. Lolla Price, m. Louis Jorite Meader; 8. Bettie Price; 9. James Osgood Andrew, m. Caro Belle Colsson; 10. Jefferson Hamilton Price, m. Agnes Cleveland. Last residence: Mobile. [History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 4 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, 1921 - Transcribed by AFOFG]
Wilson, A. Randolph
With the organization of the Amicable Life Insurance Company, of Waco, March 8, 1910, A. Randolph Wilson came to this city to accept the positions of secretary and assistant actuary, capacities in which he had had wide and varied experience in the East. He has since continued among the business men of Waco, and has firmly established his right to be accounted one of the progressive and energetic men of this progressive and energetic city. Mr. Wilson is a native of Richmond, Virginia, born February 28, 1882, a son of George M. and Mary F. (Thweatt) Wilson. He is a direct descendant of Captain Francis Eppes, an immigrant to Virginia in 1625 from England, and Henry Randolph who immigrated to Virginia in 1643 from Northamptonshire, England. George M. Wilson was born on the Brierfield plantation, in Amelia County, Virginia, January 13, 1842, and has spent his entire life in the Old Dominion state, where he is prominent in business circles as secretary and treasurer of the Tidewater and Western Railway Company. He married May F. Thweatt, who was born on the Eppington plantation, in Chesterfield county, Virginia, in 1855, and she died at Richmond, Virginia, in 1908, the mother of six children, as follows: Minnie, who is now Mrs. J. G. Robert, of St. Louis, Missouri; Richard T., of Richmond, Virginia, secretary of the State Corporation Commission; Georgia M., who is now the wife of W. T. Harris, of Richmond, Virginia; Florence E., who is the wife of LeRoy Roper, of Petersburg, Virginia; A. Randolph, of this review; and Edward L., of Waco, clerk of the Texas National Exchange Bank. A. Randolph Wilson was granted excellent educational advantages in his youth, attending the public and high schools of Richmond, and then entering the Virginia Polytechnic School, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Sciences, in mechanical and electrical engineering. After completing his studies he entered the employ of the Virginia Passenger and Power Company, as switch and motor tester, and after one year went to New York with the Gray National Telautograph Company, as inspector, in 1904. When he resigned his position with that company, three years later, he had been advanced to the position of manager of the Cleveland (Ohio) office. His next connection was with the Life Insurance Company of Richmond, Virginia, where he remained in the actuary department for two years, and he then became secretary and actuary for the Eastern Life Association Company of Virginia, at Norfolk, for one year. On March 8, 1910, he accepted his present position with the Amicable Life Insurance Company when it was organized at Waco, and at this time he is a stockholder and director in the company. From the time of his youth Mr. Wilson has gradually progressed until he now stands as one of the directing heads of an enterprise which figures prominently in business circles throughout the Southwest, and he owes his advancement to the fact that he has thoroughly mastered every task devolving upon him, the readiness with which he has recognized and grasped opportunities and to his adaptation of new conditions evolved in business life to the needs of the present day. He enjoys fishing and hunting, and has always taken a keen interest in mathematics, but aside from these diversions his business and his home keep him fully occupied, both of which bear testimony of his careful consideration. His home is located at No. 1919 Columbus Street, in addition to which he is the owner of some valuable real estate in Waco. Mr. Wilson is independent in his political views, and has had no desire to seek public office. On February 28, 1910, Mr. Wilson was married at Christianburg, Virginia, to Miss Gertrude H. Spindle, daughter of R. B. Spindle, of Christianburg, a wholesale and retail grocery merchant. Two bright and interesting children have been born to this union: Gertrude H. and Mary R. [A history of Texas and Texans, Volume 4 By Francis White Johnson, 1914. Transcribed by AFOFG]
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