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Charles William Bright
Bright, Charles William, proprietor Imperial Laundry; born, Lynchburg, Va., Jan. 21, 1849; son of Edwin C. and Martha Ward (Bigbee) Bright; graduated from Jones Commercial College, 1869; married, Louisiana, Mo., Dec. 23, 1880, Alice M. Fagg; children: Katherine Ward, Medora Fagg and Isabel. Kept books for Tinsley, Bright & Co., Louisiana, Mo., 1872-76; deputy U. S. internal revenue collector, Fourth district of Missouri, 1876-80; in mercantile business, 1880-88; bought the Imperial Laundry, Aug. 19, 1889, and continues to conduct it as senior member of firm of C. W. Bright & Bros. Democrat. Office:4701 Delmar Boul. Residence: 409 Westgate Ave.
(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)


William Byrd
Byrd, William, author, was born March 16, 1674, in Westover, Va. He was a colonial Virginian and man of letters, whose Journals, first published in 1841, are known as The Westover Manuscripts, from Westover, the family mansion of Byrd. A fuller collection, styled The Byrd Manuscripts, was printed In 1866, edited by T. Wynne. They are well worth reading for their wit, keen observations, and vigorous style. They comprise The Story of the Dividing Line, an account of the expedition to fix the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina; A Progress to the Mines; and A Journey to the Land of Eden. He died Aug. 26, 1744, in Westover, Va.
[Herringshaw's Encyclopedia Of American Biography Of The Nineteenth Century: Accurate And Succinct Biographies Of Famous Men And Women In All Walks Of Life Who Are Or Have Been The Acknowledged Leaders Of Life And Thought Of The United States Since Its Formation, 1901 – Transcribed By AFOFG]


Mrs. Julia Mayo Cabell
Cabell, Mrs. Julia Mayo, author, poet, was born in 18—, in Virginia. She was the author of An Odd Volume of Facts and Fiction in Prose and Verse; and Sketches and Recollections of Lynchburg. She died about 1855.
[Herringshaw's Encyclopedia Of American Biography Of The Nineteenth Century: Accurate And Succinct Biographies Of Famous Men And Women In All Walks Of Life Who Are Or Have Been The Acknowledged Leaders Of Life And Thought Of The United States Since Its Formation, 1901 – Transcribed By AFOFG]


Jubal Anderson Early
Early, Jubal Anderson, lawyer and soldier: b. Franklin county, Va., Nov. 3, 1816; d. Lynchburg, Va., March 2, 1894. He was graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1837 and served in the Seminole War during that year and 1838, when he was promoted first-lieutenant of artillery. He then resigned from the service and entered legal practice at Rocky Mount, Franklin County, Va. He soon attained prominence and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1841-42. He was commonwealth attorney 1842-47, but went in the latter year as major of volunteers to the Mexican War. In 1848 he again became commonwealth attorney, holding that office until 1852. He was a member of the Virginia convention in 1861 and earnestly opposed the secession movement, but yielded to the command of his state, among whose defenders he was one of the most ardent, ready to do and suffer all things for his beloved Virginia. He was commissioned colonel of the Twenty-fourth regiment of Virginia infantry, and, while holding this rank commanded a brigade at Blackburn's Ford and first Manassas, in which latter battle the flank attack of his brigade upon the Federal right aided greatly in producing the total rout of the enemy. He was promoted brigadier-general, to date from that battle.

     In the spring of 1862, at Williamsburg, he was wounded leading his brigade in a charge upon the Federal position. In the campaign against Pope he commanded a brigade of Ewell’s division of Jackson's corps, participating in the raid around Pope and the decisive retreat of that commander on the field of second Manassas. At Sharpsburg, after the wounding of General Lawton, he took command of Ewell's division and led it successfully to the close of that engagement. He gained additional distinction by the handling of this same division at a critical moment during the battle of Fredericksburg. In January, 1863, he was promoted major-general, and during the Chancellorsville campaign was left with his division, Barksdale's brigade and Pendleton's artillery to hold the heights of Fredericksburg against Sedgwick's corps. At the opening of the Pennsylvania campaign he was entrusted by Ewell with the attack upon Winchester, which resulted in the rout of Milroy, who, by the flank movement of Edward Johnson, lost 4,000 prisoners. Crossing the Potomac, he marched via York toward Harrisburg, Pa., but after reaching the Susquehanna River, was recalled to Gettysburg, where he shared in the first day's brilliant success and on the second day gained vantage ground, which he was unable to hold, for lack of support. At the opening fight in the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, in temporary command of A. P. Hill's corps, he successfully resisted the Federal attempt to flank the army of Lee, and at Spotsylvania Court House with the same command defeated Burnside.

     Continuing to do brilliant service at Bethesda Church and Cold Harbor, he was after the latter battle sent in command of the second corps to drive Hunter from before Lynchburg. He had been commissioned lieutenant-general May 31. Moving promptly, he drove Hunter into the mountains and then marched rapidly down the valley, drove Sigel across the Potomac, defeated Wallace at the Monacacy and marched to the suburbs of Washington. Finding that city reinforced by two corps of Federals, he retired into Virginia. Soon after at Kernstown he defeated Crook and drove him across the Potomac, marched again into Maryland and sent McCausland to Chambersburg, Pa.

     Sheridan was now sent into the valley with forces vastly outnumbering those of Early, who from August 7 to September 19 engaged Sheridan's forces in various encounters, sometimes with considerable success. On September 19, after a desperate battle against two and a half times his numbers, Early was defeated in the battle of Winchester. On the 21st he was again defeated at Fisher's Hill. On October 19, Early surprised Sheridan's army of more than double his own at Cedar Creek and routed it, but was in the afternoon attacked by the rallied Federals and routed in turn. Retreating to New Market Early went into camp, but, although so tremendously outnumbered by Sheridan, he appeared in front of Sheridan's camp, November 12, then returning to New Market sent out expeditions which captured guns and prisoners. During the winter most of Early's command was sent to Richmond, and on March 2, 1865, Sheridan with 10,000 men dispersed Early's force of 1,800 at Waynesborough. After the surrender Early rode horseback to Texas, thence proceeded to Mexico, and from the latter place went to Canada. Subsequently he returned to Virginia and resumed the practice of law but in later years lived mostly at New Orleans.

[Source: THE SOUTH in the Building of the Nation Volume XI; Edited by James Curtis Ballagh, Walter Lynwood Fleming & Southern Historical Publication Society; Publ. 1909; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]

 

 


Senator Edward J. Folkes

Senator Edward J. Folkes; Representing 20th district composed of theCounty of Campbell and City of Lynchburg was born in Charles City County, Virginia, July 17, 1820. He was the son of Rev. Edward Folkes, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, who was born in Charles City County and died aged 47 years. The mother of Senator Folkes, whose maiden name was Sarah L. Crew, died in Richmond, aged 75 years. At the age of nineteen years, he came to Lynchburg, and engaged in the furniture business with Alanson Winston, whose daughter. Sarah A., he married in October. 1842. In 1857 he assumed the charge of the business, in which he continued until 1884. During the civil war he served the Confederate States as acting quartermaster of transportations. Mrs. Folkes was born in Lynchburg, in September, 1824. Her father, who was born in Connecticut, and served in the war of 1812, died in Lynchburg, aged 64 years. Her mother, Frances B. Talbot of Campbell county, died in Lynchburg, aged 90 years.

The record of the children of Senator and Mrs. Folkes is: Edward A. served In the 19th Virginia Battalion, Heavy Artillery, C. S. A., from 1862 to the close of the war, died November I8, 1874, aged 30 years: William C., served in the Confederate States Army, in Beauregard Battery; lost leg in Malvern Hill; was graduated in law at the Virginia University: in 18<>6 removed to Memphis, Tennessee, and in 1886 was elected judge of the court of appeals of Tennessee: married Mary Wright, of that State. Alanson Winston, brother of Mrs. Folkes, was in the Confederate States army, and died in service, of sunstroke. Senator Folkes was elected to his present seat in the Virginia Senate in November, 1887.

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

 


Hon. James Franklin
Was born inPittsylvania County, Virginia, on March 1, 1815, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Cook) Franklin. His father died in 1860, and his mother has been many years dead. He married in Bedford County, Virginia on October 6, 1840 with Rev. Kennedy uniting him in wedlock with Emma S. Leftwich. She was born in Bedford County, March 30, 1820, the daughter of Rev. William and Sally Leftwich. Benjamin Franklin, grandfather of James, settled in Prince Edward county, Virginia, in colonial days.

James Franklin left the parental home when but sixteen years of age, since when his honorable and busy life has been devoted to commercial and banking pursuits, and public affairs. He was several years deputy sheriff of Pittsylvania county. Removed, in 1848, to Lynchburg; was engaged there in a mercantile business until the beginning of the war. During the period of the war traded in general produce. At its close opened the first bank in Lynchburg, firm of Miller & Franklin, which firm carried on a profitable banking business for seventeen years. Mr. Miller dying then, Mr. Franklin closed out the business, and entered into the National Exchange Bank, of which he was elected president, which position he filled to the best interests of the bank until be retired to private life which he did against the protest of the officers and depositors of the bank, He is a very large landowner, both of Lynchburg property, and farm lands of Campbell county, and a citizen held in warmest esteem by all. He has been a member of the city council, many years trustee of the public school- in 1873-4 represented Campbell County in the House of Delegates.

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


Marshall M. Gilliam
     The antecedents of Marshall M. Gilliam are by tradition said to be of Norman origin. The name was anciently spelled Gillaume, from which its modern form has been derived. It is said that three brothers, John, William and Robert Gilliam, emigrated to Virginia about 1680, from England. John Gilliam settled at "Puddledock," Prince George county, then in Charles City county, and married Ann Bathurst by whom he had issue: 1. Robert, married Lucy Skelton, heiress of "Elk Island," Hanover county, Virginia. 2. William, married Christine, daughter of Richard and Christina (Robertson) Eppes, of City Point, Virginia. 3. John, born in 1712, married Jane, daughter of Rev. Patrick Henry, of St. George's parish, who was an uncle of the famous orator. 4. Jane, married Charles Duncan, a merchant of "Roslin," Chesterfield county. 5. Anne, the second wife of Nathaniel Harrison, of "Berkely," Charles City county, Virginia. However, it is probable that the three brothers first alluded to were the three brothers of this particular family, whom by popular myth and in the haze of time, were confused with the original emigrant ancestor.
     From these three brothers, Robert, William and John Gilliam, have sprung many persons who bear the Gilliam name in Virginia, at the present time. Their descendants are to be found in Charles City, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Buckingham, Henrico and other counties in Virginia; and the family has produced many men of eminence in the state. John Gilliam, a descendant, lived at Osceola, Buckingham county, Virginia; he was famous as a "peace maker" in the community where he lived; and was a planter of large estate, who had inherited lands from his ancestors. It is said large tracts of land were given to his progenitor for services rendered to the English government in settling territorial disputes with the Indians. He married Judith Robertson, and had children: William, Wilson, John Robertson, Madison, Martha and Frances.
     John Robertson Gilliam, son of John and Judith (Robertson) Gilliam, was born in 1807 at Osceola, Buckingham county, Virginia. He was a farmer in his native county, and conducted that business on an extensive scale; was a life-long church member and for many years an elder in the Presbyterian church. Mr. Gilliam was twice married, by his first marriage he became the father of two children: John William, a soldier in the Confederate army, and Margaret. In 1835 he married (second) Martha H. (Marshall) Anderson, daughter of John Marshall, a prominent farmer of Charlotte county, Virginia. She was born in 1808, in Charlotte county, Virginia, and died in 1860, in Buckingham county, the same state. By her first marriage to Mr. Anderson she had two children: Sarah E., and Charles D. Anderson, who was an officer in the Eighteenth Regiment Virginia Infantry. Issue of John Robertson and Martha H. (Marshall-Anderson) Gilliam: Pattie H., born 1837, in Buckingham county, Virginia; Marshall M., of whom further.
Marshall M. Gilliam, son of John Robertson and Martha H. (Marshall-Anderson) Gilliam, was born December 10, 1844, at Osceola, Buckingham county, Virginia. He attended elementary schools in his native county during the early period of his education; and then studied at Hampden-Sidney College, in Prince Edward county, Virginia, from which he graduated in 1859 as A. B. He spent a year or so in travel and study until the opening of the civil war, and in 1861 went to the Eighteenth Virginia Regiment on a visit to his brother, who was an officer in that regiment; returned to Buckingham county and enlisted in Company K, Fourth Virginia Cavalry, known as Jeb Stewart's cavalry, and served in that branch of the Confederate army throughout the war. The cavalry company above mentioned was organized in Buckingham county by Captain P. W. McKinney who was afterward governor of Virginia. The company was in General Stewart's cavalry raid around McClellan's army below Richmond, in the summer of 1862; it was also in the movement that flanked Meade's right wing at Gettysburg, July 2. 1862, and Private Gilliam participated in those two and other raids, skirmishes and battles of Stewart's cavalry until the end of the war. When Lee surrendered at Appomattox, he escaped through the Federal lines, and joined General Joseph E. Johnston's army in North Carolina, and after the surrender to General Sherman, he brought back to their owners eighty-five horses and mules which had been taken from Virginia. After the close of the war, Mr. Gilliam entered the University of Virginia in 1865, where he studied law in connection with certain special studies in the academic department; and graduated as LL. B. in 1867. In 1868 he went to Richmond, Virginia, where he engaged in the practice of law which has been continued since that time. In 1869 at the solicitation of Colonel John H. Guy, one of the most distinguished lawyers in Virginia, a partnership was formed under the firm name of Guy & Gilliam, which lasted until Mr. Guy's death in 1886; and since its dissolution, Mr. Gilliam has continued to practice law alone, in Richmond, Virginia.
     Marshall M. Gilliam married (first) December 1, 1870, in Richmond, Virginia, Mary Roche Hoge, daughter of Rev. Moses Drury and Susan Morton (Wood) Hoge. She was born February 7, 1847, in Richmond, died there in March, 1902. She was descended from the Hoge family of Richmond. Her father, Moses Drury Hoge, D. D., was pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond for fifty-four years. Mr. Gilliam married (second) in Richmond, November 15, 1906, Emma S. Stewart, daughter of John W. and Mary Wilson (Sherrard) Stewart. She was born in 1851 in Jerrardstown, Virginia; and her father, John W. Stewart, was a large dealer in tobacco, at Alexandria, Virginia.
     Issue of Mr. Gilliam by first wife: 1. Hoge, born September 4, 1872, in Richmond, Virginia; educated at Sampson's school near the University of Virginia; married Edith L. Rossman, January 17, 1900. 2. Mary Marshall, born February 11, 1874, in Richmond, Virginia; was educated at Miss Mary Baldwin's school, Staunton, Virginia; married, November 21, 1901, at Richmond, Coleman Wortham; and has three children: Coleman Wortham Jr., Mary Hoge Wortham, Anne Scott Wortham. 3. Marshall Madison, born September 12, 1878, died July 2, 1879, at Richmond, Virginia.
    Mr. Gilliam and his family are members of the Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond. He has been an elder of that church since 1875, also clerk of its session; was superintendent of the Sunday school thirty-three years, and is generally an active church worker. He was president of the Ginter Park Residents' Association for several years. While at the University of Virginia, 1865-67, he was a member of the Washington Society, also served as its president; and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Greek letter fraternity there; is now a member of the Westmoreland Club at Richmond, Virginia.
(Source: Encyclopedia of Virginia Biographies - Vol. IV. Transcriber: Chris Davis)


Benjamin Harrison

     Benjamin Harrison was the descendant of a family long distinguished in the history of Virginia. Both his father and grandfather bore the name of Benjamin, and lived at Berkeley, where they owned, and where the family still owns, a seat, beautifully situated on the banks of the James River, in full view of City Point, the seaport of Petersburg and Richmond.

The father of Mr. Harrison married the eldest daughter of Mr. Carter, the king's surveyor general, by whom he had six sons and four daughters. Two of the latter, with himself were, at the same time, during the occurrence of a thunder storm, killed by lightning in the mansion house at Berkeley.

     The subject of the present memoir was the eldest son of the preceding, but the date of his birth has not been satisfactorily ascertained. He was a student in the college of William and Mary at the time of his father's death; but, in consequence of a misunderstanding with an officer of the college, he left it before the regular period of graduation, and returned home.

The management of his father's estate now devolved upon him; and though young to be entrusted with a charge so important, and involving responsibilities so weighty, he displayed an unusual share of prudence and judgment.

His ancestors having long been distinguished as political leaders in the province, he was summoned at an early date, even before he had attained to the age required by law, to sustain the reputation which they had acquired. He commenced his political career as a member of the legislature, about the year 1764, a station which he may be said to have held through life, since he was always elected to a seat, whenever his other political employments admitted of his occupying it. As a member of the provincial assembly, Mr. Harrison soon became conspicuous. To strong good sense he united great firmness and decision of character. Besides, his fortune being ample, and his connections by marriage highly respectable, he was naturally marked out as a political leader, in whom general confidence might well be reposed.

     The royal government, aware of his influence and respectability, was, at an early day, anxious to enlist him in its favor, and accordingly proposed to create him a member of the executive council in Virginia, a station corresponding to the privy council in England, and one which few would have had the firmness to have declined.

Mr. Harrison, however, though a young man, was not to be seduced from the path of duty by the rank and influence conferred by office. Even at this time, the measures of the British ministry, although not as oppressive as at a later day, were such as neither he nor the patriotic burgesses of Virginia could approve. In opposition to the royal cause, he identified himself with the people, whose rights and liberties he pursued with an ardor which characterized most of the patriots of the revolution.

Passing over the following ten years of Mr. Harrison's life, in which few incidents either of a private or political nature are recorded of him, we arrive at the year 1774, the era of the memorable congress which laid the foundation of American liberty, of which body Mr. Harrison was a member.

     From this period until the close of 1777, during nearly every session of congress, Mr. Harrison represented his native state in that distinguished assembly. Our limits forbid us entering into a minute detail of the important services which he rendered his country during his career in the national legislature. As a member of the board of war, and as chairman of that board, an office which he retained until he left congress, he particularly distinguished himself. According to the testimony of a gentleman who was contemporary with him in congress, he was characterized for great firmness, good sense, and a peculiar sagacity in difficult and critical situations. In seasons of uncommon trial and anxiety, he was always steady, cheerful, and undaunted.

Mr. Harrison was also often called (o preside as chairman of the committee of the whole house, in which station he was extremely popular. He occupied the chair during the deliberations of congress on the dispatches of Washington, the settlement of commercial restrictions, the state of the colonies, the regulation of trade, and during the pendency of the momentous question of our national independence. By his correctness and impartiality, during the warm and animated debates which were had on questions growing out of these important subjects, he gained the general confidence and approbation of the house.

An interesting anecdote is related of him, on the occasion of the members affixing their signatures to the declaration of independence. While signing the instrument, he noticed Mr. Gerry of Massachusetts standing beside him. Mr. Harrison himself was quite corpulent; Mr. Gerry was slender and spare. As the former raised his hand, having inscribed his name on the roll, he turned to Mr. Gerry, and facetiously observed, that when the time of hanging should come, he should have the advantage over him. "It will be over with me," said he, "in a minute, but you will be kicking in the air half an hour after I am gone."

     Towards the close of the year 1777, Mr. Harrison resigned his seat in congress, and returned to Virginia. He was soon after elected a member of the house of burgesses of which body he was immediately chosen speaker, a station which he held until the year 1782.

In this latter year, Mr. Harrison was elected to the office of chief magistrate of Virginia, and became one of the most popular governors of his native state. To this office he was twice re-elected. In 1785, having become ineligible by the provisions of the constitution, he returned to private life, carrying with him the universal esteem and approbation of his fellow citizens.

     In 1788, when the new constitution of the United States was submitted to Virginia, he was returned a member of her Convention. Of the first committee chosen by that body, that of privileges and elections, he was appointed chairman. Owing, however, to his advanced years, and to infirmities which were now coming in upon him, he took no very active part in the debates of the convention. He was a friend, however, to the constitution, provided certain amendments could be made to it, and opposed its ratification until these should he incorporated with it. When the question was taken in the convention as to its unconditional ratification, the majority in the affirmative was but ten. A minority so respectable in point of number and character was not to be slighted. Hence, the convention appointed a committee to prepare and report such amendments as they should deem necessary. Of this committee Mr. Harrison was a member, and, in connection with his colleagues, introduced such a series of amendments as were thought advisable, and which, after passing the convention, formed the basis of the alterations which were subsequently made.

     In 1790, Mr. Harrison was again proposed as a candidate to the executive chair. Finding, however, that if run it must he in opposition to Mr. Beverley Randolph, who was at that time governor, a gentleman distinguished for his great amiableness of character, and a particular and intimate friend of Governor Harrison, the latter declined the designed honor, in consequence of which, Mr. Randolph was elected, but by only a majority of two or three votes.

     In the spring of 1791, Mr. Harrison was attacked by a severe fit of the gout, of which however he partially recovered. In the month of April, he was elected a member of the legislature. On the evening of the day after, however, a recurrence of his disease took place, which on the following day terminated his life.

     In his person, Mr. Harrison was above the ordinary height; he possessed a vigorous constitution, and in his manners was remarkably dignified. Owing to the free manner in which he lived, he, at length, became quite corpulent; his features were less handsome, and the vigor of his constitution was much impaired.

     Those who recollect him represent his talents as rather useful than brilliant. He seldom entered into public discussions, nor was he fond of Writing; yet when occasion required, he appeared with respectability in both.

     Mr. Harrison became connected by marriage with Elizabeth Bassett, daughter of Colonel William Bassett, of the county of New Kent, a niece to the sister of Mrs. Washington. He had many children, seven of whom only attained to any number of years. Several of his sons became men of considerable distinction, but no one has occupied so conspicuous a place in society as his third son, William Henry Harrison. While young, this gentleman distinguished himself in a battle with the Indians at the rapids of Miami; since which time, he has filled the office of governor of Indiana Territory, served as a high military officer on the north-western frontier, been sent as a delegate from the state of Ohio in congress, and more recently been appointed to the important office of minister plenipotentiary to Mexico.

[Source:  Lives of the signers to the Declaration of independence; By Charles Augustus Goodrich; Publ. 1829; Pages 364-422 ; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack]


Benjamin Harrison

     Born at Mt. Airy, Prince George County, Virginia, October 5, 1826, is a son of Dr. Nathaniel Harrison, who was a son of Benjamin Harrison, of Puddle Dock, Prince George County, Virginia. The last named was born at Mt. Airy, October 12, 1795, and died at Puddle Dock, in February, 1845. The maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch was George Minge, of Charles City, Virginia, born in Wales. His wife is Jane B., daughter of James and Ann (Ritchie) Smith, both born in Scotland. She was born in Petersburg, and there became the wife of Mr. Harrison, Rev. John Miller uniting them, on May 25, 1869. Their children are three: Annie C., Benjamin, Jr., and James N.

     Mr. Harrison went to school in Sussex County, Virginia, until 1840; then moved to Cabin Point, and lived there a year; then to Prince George County, and from there, early in 1842, to Petersburg, which has since been his home. Until 1850 he was connected with the post-office department, and was engaged in mercantile pursuits from 1850 till the war. After the war was cashier of the Citizens Bank until December, 1887 and since that time has been engaged in the insurance business, office 106 Sycamore Street. He entered the Confederate States Army on April 19, 1861, private in Company C, 12th Virginia Infantry, and was promoted to quartermaster's sergeant; then made commissary of the regiment, with the rank of captain.

[Source:  Virginia and Virginians:  History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ.  1888; Pages 634 to 659; transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack 2011]


William Henry Harrison , the 9th President of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Virginia, February 9, 1773. He was educated at Hampton Sidney College, and prepared himself for the practice of medicine. At this time, the hostilities of the Indians excited his attention, and, having received an Ensign's commission from Washington, he joined the Northwestern Army in 1792, at the age of nineteen. He was in several actions, under General Wayne, who spoke in the highest terms of his bravery and skill. For his coolness and courage at the bloody battle of Miami Rapids, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
     In 1797 he was appointed Secretary of the Northwestern Territory, and, at the age of twenty-six, was elected Delegate to Congress from that Territory. He was appointed first Territorial Governor of Indiana, and, in addition to his duties as Civil and Military Governor, he was Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and concluded eighteen treaties.
     On the 7th of November, 1811, he gained over the Indians the celebrated battle of Tippecanoe. During the war of 1812, he was made commander of the Northwestern Army, and distinguished himself in the defense of Fort Meigs, and the victory of the Thames. In 1816 he was elected a Member of Congress from Ohio, where he took an active part in legislation, and delivered his eloquent eulogies on the character of Thaddeus Kosciusco and General Washington.
     In 1828 he was sent Minister Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Columbia, South America, and on his return, retired to his farm at North Bend, Ohio, from which retirement he was called by the people of the United States to preside over the country as its Chief Magistrate, March 4, 1841. Perhaps no man since Washington has received such an enthusiastic and spontaneous welcome throughout the Union as the "Hero of Tippecanoe" and certainly no President has gone into the office with so little opposition.
     In one short month after his inauguration, the country resounded to deep and heartfelt lamentations; and all sections of the land bore signs of grief. He, in whom his party had trusted as the saviour of their principles, died at the city of Washington, on the 4th day of April, 1841, in the sixty-ninth year of his age.
     He was an honest man, a brave general, an intelligent statesman, a shrewd and calm diplomatist, a kind neighbor and friend, and a firm and constant lover of his country. His death was calm and resigned, as his life had been patriotic, useful, and distinguished; and the last utterance of his lips expressed a fervent desire for the perpetuity of the Constitution, and the preservation of its true principles.
In death, as in life, the happiness of his country was uppermost in his thoughts.
(Source: Biographies of 250 Distinguished National Men by Horatio Bateman. Published 1871 - Submitted by Linda Rodriguez)

Death of Gen. Harrison
Never, since our connexion with the public press, have we, with as much reluctance, taken up our pen, to announce any occurrence, as we now do, to inform our readers, that WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, is no more! JOSEPH L. WILLIAMS, direct from Washington, brings us the sad tidings of his death - he died at his residence in that place, about half past 12 o'clock, on Sunday morning, the 4th instant - just one month from the day of his Inauguration, as President of these United States! News of the indisposition of the PRESIDENT, had reached us through the Washington papers, but we were not prepared to hear the melancholly tidings of his death, so soon after his attack. He was attacked on Saturday the 27th of March, by a severe Pneumonia, or billious pleurisy, and continued in a very precarious situation, till the 4th inst., being the ninth day after his attack, when he breathed his last.
A fair opportunity now presents itself, however, of paying just tribute, to the memory of a man, whose whole course of conduct in life, shines with increased lustre. Beside, biographical memoirs of great and good men, in addition to being a just and merited tribute of respect to their virtues, serve to illustrate the mysterious providence of God, in the dispensations of his mercies towards his creatures, and also the economy of his grace, towards a Nation, within whose system of operations, their talents and services, have been rendered available in the cause of civilization, humanity and  religion. We repeat, that this solemn dispensation of Divine Providence, so deeply interesting to the American people, and especially to that great and powerful party, by which the deceased was recently crowned with the greatest honors, which a nation of freemen can bestow, has afforded us an opportunity of testifying our respect for one, who, amidst all the vicissitudes which marked the history of his long and truly eventful career, undeviatingly adhered to those principles of Republicanism and morality, by which all patriotic and good men, have been distinguished.
We by no means deem it requisite, for us to give a minute and detailed account of the early years, and of the civil and military services, of Gen. Harrison; nor is it indeed necessary. There are very few men, the incidents of whose lives, from boyhood to old age - aye, to the hour of death, are as thoroughly, and generally understood, as are those of the late lamented President of the United States. For the last twelve months, his name has been prominently before the American people, and his deeds have been the subject of praise or censure, in every county, town and neighborhood, on this continent, as malise might prompt, or virtue dictate. But Gen. Harrison no more! - he is gathered unto his fathers - he sleeps in the silent mansion of the dead - and God has wiped all tears from his eyes. He will sorrow no more - his generous heart will never more be grieved by the unmerited lashes of the tongue of slander - he has gone where the patriotic services, the moral worth, the honesty and virtues, of a good man, are duly appreciated - he is, we trust, in the bosom of his God.
In speaking of the worth of this man, and especially in a national point of view, we must confess, we know not where to begin. Truly a great man has fallen in Israel! He was a man worthy of the confidence of a powerful nation,  - a man whom the spirit of PARTY never defiled; - a man who fought the battles, and cultivated the soul of his country; - who assisted in making our laws, and was qualified to preside over their execution; - a man who, for a short period, dignified the highest station within the gift of the most powerful nation on earth, and for half a century, honored the walks of private life; - who has shown himself, at one and the same time, the worthy companion of the great, and the POOR MAN's FRIEND; - a man whose transcendant virtues, secured him the approbation of the good, of every class, and exposed him to the slanders of the infamous - who was too modest to sound aloud his own good deeds, but too generous to avenge his wrongs; - a man whose whole concern has been for their welfare, and who, called from the shades of private life, to the arduous and responsible duties of official station, and to preside over the destinies of this Republic; - who with a contempt of pleasure, rest, and case, and familiarized by habit, to dangers and difficulties, obeyed his country's summons, and left the companion of his bosom, in ill health, and in the midst of his career of usefulness, found an untimely grave! Reader, think of the death of a man with a good hear - a clear and penetrating mind - sound and vigorous intellect - calmness of temper for deliberation  - invinscible firmness and preserverance in what he undertook - incorruptible integrity and unvarying patriotism - and then reflect, that the terrors of DEATH, have seized upon him, as their "SPOILS OF VICTORY" - and if you possess a heart attuned to the soft chord of human sympathy, you must weep over a Nation, widowed of her greatest pride, and rifled of her best earthly friend. In the death of WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, you behold all these calamities - a sight which must make an angel weep; a sight which must touch the heart, and overflow the eyes of multiplied thousands; a sight which should move the compassion of even the vilest enemies of our race. How full the tide of grief and sorrow, that swells the hearts of all good man, and lovers of their country, when they find themselves constrained to admit the fact, that this venerable man is no more! - a calamity by which so many are made to mourn - by which not only the tenderest earthly connexions have been severed, but by which our common country has been bereaved. And again, we say, a great public calamity has befallen this nation, in the death of the President of the United States.
The Whig, (Jonesborough, TN) Wednesday, April 14, 1841; Issue 47; col D - transcribed by, Amanda Jowers (errors are original to the work, not the fault of the transcriber)


Willaim Henry Harrison

     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 Andrea Stawski Pack 2011]

 


George M. Jones

The subject of this sketch is of English descent, his ancestors settling in Page county, Virginia, in colonial days. His father was Wharton Jones, son of George and Margaret Jones, and his mother was Nancy, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Wood. He was born in Page county May 24, 1824. In 1844 he removed to Bedford county, where he was for several years engaged in a mercantile business at Pecksville and at Liberty. On September 14.1848, Rev. John W. Howard officiating, he married Miss Mary F. Watts, who was born in Bedford county, December 30, 1830. In 1854 he removed to Salisbury, North Carolina, and engaged there in the hardware business with good success until the war. Returning to Bedford county early in 1861, he lived on his estate there during the war, serving some time in the Confederate States Army. In the fall of 1865 he removed to Lynchburg, which has since been his home. He engaged in the hardware business, which he carried on with good success until he retired from business in August. 1887. He is now president of the National Exchange Bank, and of the Lynchburg Cotton Mills now (1888) about to be erected.

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

 


Robert Garlick Hill Kean
     The paternal ancestry of Mr. Kean is thus traced: About 1790, David Kean, of County Armagh, Ireland, came to Virginia, and settled in Monroe County. With him came his son, Andrew Kean, who became a physician of Louisa County, and whose son, John Vaughn Kean, married Caroline M. Hill. They were the parents of the subject of this sketch, who was born in Caroline county. Virginia, October 7, 1828. His first wife was Jane Nicholas, daughter of Col. T. Jefferson Randolph, of Edge Hill, Albemarle County, Virginia, born .November 3, 1831, died August 28, l868. The children of this marriage were: Lancelot Minor, born January 11, 1856, now practicing law at Sioux City, Iowa; Pattie Cary, born April 11, 1858, now the wife of J. S. Morris, of Campbell County; Jefferson Randolph, born June 28, 1860,now surgeon, U. S. A.; and Robert G. H. At the residence of Col. Nicholas Long, near Weldon, North Carolina, Rev. Mr. Norwood officiating, Mr. Kean married, on January 14, 1874, Adelaide Navarro de M. Prescott. Shewasbornin, St. Landry parish, Louisiana, November 5, 1844, the daughter of William Marshall Prescott, who was born in South Carolina, and who married Evelina, daughter of Judge Moore, of Louisiana. The children of Mr. Kean's second marriage are four, born: Evelina Moore, June 28, 1875: William Marshall Prescott, July 6, 1876; Caroline H., September 1, 1877; Otho Vaughn, April 5, 1881.
     Mr. Kean entered the Confederate States Army as a private of Company G, 11th Virginia regiment, on April 23, 1861. In February, 1862, he was commissioned captain, and appointed A. A. G. assigned to Gen. G. W. Randolph's brigade. On April 1, 1862, he was ordered to Richmond, and commissioned by President Davis as chief of the Bureau of War, which position he filled until the close of the war. He was graduated in law from the University of Virginia in 1853, and holds the degrees of Master of Arts and Bachelor of Law from that University. From the time of his graduation to the present he has been in practice, in Lynchburg, except for the years given to military duty.
[History of Virginia From Settlement of Jamestown to Close of The Civil War by Robert Alonzo Brock and Virgil Anson Lewis, 1888 – Transcribed by AFOFG]


Col. Kirkwood Otey
      
Was born in Lynchburg, October 19, 1829; was graduated at the Virginia Military Institute in July, 1849; enlisted in the same year in the Virginia Volunteer Militia, serving until April 23, 1861, when he was mustered into service at Richmond as First Lieutenant of Company 11th regiment, C. S.A.. He served through the war, rising to the command of the regiment, and was twice severely wounded: first, in the last day's fighting at Gettysburg, in the famous charge of Pickett's Division; again at Drury’s Bluff, May 16, 1864, the latter wound permanently disabling him from active service in the field. After the close of the war he assisted in the reorganization of the Lynch burg Home Guards, the company with which he entered service in the war becoming Company E, 3d Virginia Regiment. With this he has ever since been connected, and is now captain, constituting altogether, except two brief intervals, an almost uninterrupted military service of forty-three years. He is present commander of Camp Samuel Garland, Confederate Veterans, of Lynchburg. Col. Otey is serving as auditor of the city of Lynchburg at the present time. He married, February 19, 1862, Lucy Dabney Norvell, daughter of Fayette H. and Mary C. (Roane) Norvell, born at Trenton, Tennessee, January 14, 1845. They have three children living: John M., born February 5, 1866; Norvell, born .November 17, 1872; Kirkwood, Jr., born March 3, 1884. Their first-born was a daughter, Mina Gaston, born February 23, 1863, died on August 12. The paternal grandfather of Col. Otey was Major Isaac Otey, of Bedford county, Virginia, who ably represented that tier of counties of which Bedford is one, in the Senate of Virginia for thirty years. The family of Col. Otey was of essentially military stock adding well-earned laurels for the name in the late war. Of seven brothers and the only brother-in-law in the family, all entered the Confederate States Army at its first call for troops, and served through the war, or were killed or died in the service. An extract from a Lynchburg paper published in the spring of 1861, the article entitled "A Military Family, shows this and is worthy of perpetuation here.”

     It reads:

     The family of the late Capt. John M. Otey of Lynchburg are all in military active service, as follows: Dexter Otey, first lieutenant of a cavalry company, Lynchburg; Van. R. Otey, member of the same company; John Stewart Walker (son-in-law), captain of the Virginia Life Guards, at Yorktown; Kirk Otey, captain of a Lynchburg company at Manassas Junction; Hays Otey first lieutenant in provisional army at Norfolk; Gaston Otey, first lieutenant in provisional army at Yorktown; John M. Otey, second lieutenant in provisional army under Col. Cocke at Manassas; Peter J. Otey, second lieutenant provisional army at Sewell’s Point, fired the first gun in response to the salutations of Lincoln's vessels. All of these gentlemen, we believe, have the advantage of a military education, one served in Mexico, and four were at Harpers Ferry and Charlestown. We may mention the fact that twenty years ago, Captain John M. Otey, father of the seven above named, and father-in-law of the other, at a time of profound peace, and when there was an absence of all military spirit, expressed the opinion that the boy who made himself the best soldier would be likely to find the most ready and useful employment before he had passed the maturity of manhood. Fie confirmed it by graduating five of them at the Virginia Military Institute, and to deprived by death of the pleasure and gratification it would have given him, his widow lived to see every one of them in the active military service of her beloved Southern country, not even detailing one of them to remain at home as her "Safe-Guard."

The further service in the field of Col. Kirkwood Otey has just been given; that of Major Peter J. Otey is in the sketch following this. Of the others the record is: Dexter, lieutenant in the Wise troop, died in 1863; Van. R., lieutenant Company B, 2d Virginia Cavalry, rendered unfit for field service by sickness contracted in army, made provost marshal at Lynchburg, and died in 1864; Gaston, captain of the Otey Battery, wounded and died in Lynchburg in 1863; W. H. (Hays), adjutant of the 56th Virginia regiment, subsequently captain of ordnance; Col. John M., on staff duty, assigned to Gen. Beauregard's staff at Manassas in 1861, served with him until after battle of Shiloh, subsequently with Gens. Bragg and Joseph K. Johnston in their western campaigns, returned to Gen. Beauregard it Charleston, and surrendered a t Greensboro, N.C., in 1865 and paroled by Gen. Sherman. Major John Stewart Walker (Col. Otey's brother-in-law raised and chiefly on of his private means armed and equipped, the Virginia Life Guards of Richmond, was promoted major of the Virginia Infantry, and was in command of his regiment when killed in battle of Malvern Hill. The devoted mother of this family, Mrs. Lucy W. Otey, rendered service not less to he commemorated. She established, organized, and managed the Ladies' Confederate Hospital at Lynchburg (which was independent of the Confederate States Medical Department there), reporting direct to the Surgeon General’s office, Richmond, Virginia. It was well known throughout the Confederacy through those who had been inmates thereof, and was in great measure maintained by those officers and soldiers who had experienced the kind attention, care and nursing of the officers and ladies of the hospital.

     John M. Otey, father of Col. Kirkwood Otey, was born Dec. 2, 1792, in Bedford County, Virginia, and died in Lynchburg, Feb. 3, I8.")9. He removed to Lynchburg at an early age, and was successively the Book-keeper, Teller and Cashier of the Bank of Virginia at that place, holding the latter position at his death. Was for 21 years a member of the City Council and for 18 years its president. His wife Mrs. Lucy Wilhelmina Otey, daughter of Capt. William Norvell was born Feb. 28, 1801, and died in May, 1866, in Richmond, Virginia.

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


 

Edward A. Palmer

Palmer, Edward A., jurist and state senator, was born in Buckingham (now Appomattox) county, Va.. July 1, 1825, son of Dr. Reuben Darjarnett and Martha P. (Christian) Palmer. His father was an eminent physician and planter, who served as surgeon and first lieutenant in the war of 1812; surgeon in 7th Gray's regiment of Virginia militia, and first lieutenant in Capt, John B. Royall's troop of cavalry, of Halifax county, Va., in 1st Holcomb's Virginia regiment. He was the son of Elias and Hannah (Le Grand) Palmer; and his mother was daughter of John Le Grand, and granddaughter of Pierre Le Grand and his wife, Jane Micheaux, Huguenots, who fled from Bohain, France, in 1686, and settled in Virginia about 1700. Elias Palmer was the son of Thomas Palmer of Halifax county, Va., who was a descendant of Thomas Palmer, member of house of burgesses in 1629, and justice in 1631-32 for tipper parts of Charles City county and Henrico county, Va. Judge Edward A. Palmer's mother was a daughter of Henry and Martha (Patteson) Christian of Amherst and Buckingham county, Va. Martha Patteson was daughter of Jonathan, son of David Patteson of New Kent county, Va. Henry Christian was a captain in the revolutionary war. He enlisted, Nov. 22, 1776, as a private in the 10th Virginia regiment, commanded by Col. Edward Stevens ; lie was captain under Col. Daniel Gaines of Amherst county, Va., who marched and joined the army under La Fayette. Henry Christian's father was William Christian of Virginia, who was on the committee of safety for Charles City county, Va., in 1774. He is descended from Thomas Christian, the first American ancestor of the family, who came to Virginia in 1630. He was descended from the Christians in the Isle of Man, where they were, in 1422, the hereditary judges (deemsters) in the island for a century. The name was originally McChristain, and in 1630 was first written Christian; their genealogy is traced to 900 A.D. Judge Edward A. Palmer, the subject of this sketch, was graduated at the Hampden-Sidney College in 1845, at the head of his class. On account of delicate health he removed to Houston, Tex., in 1846, and began the practice of law. He became one of the most distinguished lawyers in the state. He was in the Texas legislature (1852-54); was in the state senate (1855), and declined re-election. His service in the senate was distinguished by his diligent efforts in perfecting the school fund and internal improvement system, and advocacy of doctrine of state rights, which were marked benefit to the stale. In 1860 he was elected judge of the district, serving for three terms. He was married, in Lynchburg, Va., Dec. 3, 1846, to Martha Winifred, daughter of Samuel and Winifred Jones (Guerrant) Branch. (For Mrs. Palmer's genealogy, see Branch, Anthony Martin.) They had three children: William Henry Palmer, H. Elizabeth Palmer (married, first, Edward Milby; after his death, married Hon. Joseph C. Hutcheson) and Rosalie Heath Palmer (married Sinclair Taliaferro). Judge Edward A. Palmer died in Houston, Tex., Jan. 15, 1862, being at that time judge of the district.

[Source: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography Volume 8; By James Terry White;

Publ. 1898; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]


 

Daniel Paeke, Jr.
Parke, Daniel, Jr., was the only son of Councillor Daniel Parke I., and was born in 1669. He was probably educated in England, but was back in Virginia soon after reaching manhood, and in 1692 was appointed a member of the council. He was a favorite of Gov. Andros, who gave him, besides the office of councillor, those of collector and naval officer of lower James River, escheator for the district between York and James and colonel of militia. Much of the record which has come to us of Col. Parke certainly presents him in a most unfavorable light, but it must be remembered that it is the product of pens bitterly opposed to him in the politics of the period. Commissary Blair has left us a picture of him anything but attractive, in which he is presented as a boaster and swaggerer who does not hesitate to take advantage over those who are defenceless, but who will not meet a formidable adversary face to face. Such was his behavior toward Gov. Nicholson, by Blair's account, and against his, the commissary's wife, the former of whom he insulted but contrived to avoid the duel, and the latter he bullied in church. Notwithstanding all this there can be no doubt that Parke was a man of courage and ability. He left Virginia in 1697, and in 1701 served a campaign in Flanders with Lord Arran, the Duke of Ormond's brother, and was in every action. For his efficiency he was made a colonel and "promised the first old regiment that shall fall." The Duke of Marlborough made him one of his aides and he behaved with such distinction at the battle of Blenheim that the Duke selected him to bear the news of the great victory to Queen Anne. It was at that time the custom in England to give the bearers of the first news of a victory a gratuity of £500, but Col. Parke begged that instead he might have the Queen's picture. His gallantry, fine appearance and handsome bearing pleased Queen Anne, and being patronized by the Duke he was in April 25, 1704, appointed governor of the Leeward Island. Here the government had been very lax and the settlers were many of them lawless and desperate characters, for the West Indies had been the stronghold of the pirates. Parke attempted to introduce some reforms and incurred the resentment of the people. He would not yield and placed his dependence upon a small military force at his command. A violent insurrection broke out at Antigua in 1710 and Parke made a gallant resistance, killing with his own hand Capt. John Piggott, one of the leaders of the insurrection. He was finally overpowered by numbers and the mob roused to fury dragged him through the streets till he was left expiring in the scorching sun. They broke open his storehouse and plundered his residence and other property to the amount of £5,000 sterling. Col. Daniel Parke married Jane, daughter of Col. Philip Ludwell, and left two daughters—Frances, who married Col. John Custis, of Arlington, Northampton county, and Lucy, who married Col. William Byrd, of Westover. He was certainly lacking in morality, but this was too often the characteristic of the men of fashion of his day. His portrait, showing Queen Anne's miniature hanging by a ribbon from his neck, is to be seen at Brandon, on James River.
[Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Under the Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, 1915 – Transcribed by AFOFG]

 


Rodes. Robert Emmett, soldier, was born March 29, 1826, in Lynchburg, Va. He served in the confederate army during the civil war; attaining the rank of major-general. He died Sept. 19, 1864, in Winchester, Va.
[Herringshaw's Encyclopedia Of American Biography Of The Nineteenth Century: Accurate And Succinct Biographies Of Famous Men And Women In All Walks Of Life Who Are Or Have Been The Acknowledged Leaders Of Life And Thought Of The United States Since Its Formation, 1901 – Transcribed By AFOFG]


William B. Snead
William B. Snead was born in Staunton, Virginia, September 1, 1886, the son of Elisha L. and Susan A. (Thomas) Snead. His father, now deceased, was born in Albemarle county, Virginia. When he was four years of age his parents made their home in Lynchburg, and he attended the schools here for a number of years. At the age of fifteen years he left school to learn the carpenter’s trade under his father, who was a contractor and builder. Except for the time he was in military service he remained with his father, and when the latter died in Lynchburg, in 1869 he continued in the business, and is now head of the firm of W. ?. Snead & Co., doing a large and lucrative business as contractors and builders. He entered the Confederate States Army April 23, 1811, in Company G, 11th Virginia Infantry. After participation in battles of lst Manaasas and Seven Pines, he was on special detail in the secret service, till forced by disability to leave the army, in July, 1862. On February 21, 1862, Rev. H. P. Mitchell officiating, he married Susanna A. Bailey. She was horn in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of James Bailey, born in Maryland, died in Lynchburg, and Ann (Uphold) Bailey, born in Pennsylvania. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Snead are six: Carrie A., W. W., John T., Henry C., Aurelia H. and Edward Carl. All live in Lynchburg except Carrie A., who is now the wife of E. M. Graham, of Omaha, Nebraska.
[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]


William A. Strother
The subject of this sketch was born in Richmond, Virginia, on November 15, 1832, but has long been a resident of Lynchburg, engaged in business in that city since 1855. His first marriage was with Sallie Mitchell of Bedford county, Virginia, who died leaving him two sons, William M. and Robert. He married secondly at Lynchburg, on February 26, 1862, Jennie L. Langhorne, and they have one son, Sidney. Mr. Strother is now the only survivor of four brothers who gave their service to the Confederate States during the late war. He entered service in April, 1861, second lieutenant of Company E. 11th- Virginia Infantry, and was obliged to resign, on account of sickness, in the following winter; was later made captain of a company of reserves, so serving till the close of the war. His brother Sidney, sergeant in Cranshaw's battery, was killed in battle of Gaines Mills. Robert Q., another brother, served through the war in same battery; since deceased. Fourth of these brothers was John M., who served as treasurer, C. S. A., rank of captain. When Richmond was evacuated he held all the funds of the Confederate States in his keeping; died since the war. William A. Strother has been a bank director since 1861, in the First National ?ank of Lynchburg and the National Exchange Bank. He is a trustee of the Lynchburg Female Orphan Asylum, and for five years has been Eminent Commander of the DeMolay Commandery, Knights Templar. He is head of the firm of W. A. Strother & Son, proprietors of the "Strother Silver Medal Cologne," and they are extensively engaged in the manufacture of perfumeries, having a market in thirteen States.

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

 


Major Robert M. Sully

Born in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1837, is the son of Robert M. Sully, the Virginian artist, who died in 1855. His mother, Isabella Sully, nee Thompson, is living now in Richmond. Garland Thompson, her father, died in Richmond about 1836. Major Sully's wife, whom he married at Lynchburg, Virginia, November 17, 1868, was Elizabeth A. Williams, born in Lynchburg. They have one daughter Miss Lulia L.; Major Sully was educated in Connecticut. In 1857 he entered the service of the Orange & Alexandria R. R.; in 1861 he entered the Confederate army, as a private in Company A, 17th Virginia regiment. He was promoted into the engineering corps, C. S. A., rank of first lieutenant of engineers, and served until surrendered at Greensboro. North Carolina.

After the war Major Sully was in the service of the Midland R. R., as civil engineer. In 1873 he left that company, and was with the Richmond & Danville R. R. until 1876, when he came to the Petersburg R. R., as general freight agent. In 1879 he was made general superintendent of this road, which office he held until 1881, since which time he has been superintendent of the R. & P. and Petersburg roads.
[Source:  Virginia and Virginians:  History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ.  1888; Pages 634 to 659; transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack 2011]

 


John Tyler
    
Tenth President of theUnited States, was born March 29, 1790, and died January 17, 1862, in his 72nd  year.

He was born in Charles City County, Virginia, the second son of John Tyler, a patriot of the Revolution, and governor of Virginia, 1808-1811. John Tyler, Sr., was also made a judge of admiralty for Virginia, and was holding that office at the time of his death, in 1813. His wife, the mother of the subject of this sketch, was Mary, only child of Robert Armistead, whose ancestors emigrated to Virginia from Hesse-Darmstadt, in early colonial days.

     John Tyler received a collegiate and legal training, being graduated from William and Mary College in 1807, and admitted to the bar in 1809. He was never in active practice of his profession, entering public life in 1811, when he was elected to the State legislature.

He served five years in the legislature, or until his election, in 1816, to fill a vacancy in Congress. To this position he was twice re-elected. In the House he was a member of what was becoming known as the Southern party. He voted in favor of the resolutions of censure on Jackson's conduct in the Seminole war; and his negative vote is recorded against internal improvements; against United States banks; against a protective policy; and he strongly opposed and voted against any restriction on the extension of slavery into the territories. In 1819 he resigned, on account of ill health. 1823-1825, he was a leading member of the Virginia legislature, and in December, 1825, was chosen governor of that Commonwealth, serving two terms of one year each.

     In March, 183l, Tyler was chosen to succeed John Randolph of Roanoke, as United States Senator, and in 1833 he was re-appointed. During his term in the Senate he was one of the most active members of that body. His vote was almost invariably recorded against any act favored by Adams and his cabinet. As in the House, he now set himself against internal improvements, and a protective tariff. He voted against the tariff bill of 1828, and during the debate on Clay's tariff resolutions, session of 1831-32, Tyler spoke three days on the question. He opposed direct protection, and argued for a tariff for revenue, with incidental protection to home industry.

In 1832, he was in sympathy with the nullification movement of South Carolina, and spoke against the " force bill." The bill passed the Senate with only one negative vote recorded. Calhoun and others of its opponents retired from the chamber when the motion was to be put, and only John Tyler voted against it. He also voted for Clay's " compromise bill," by which the trouble was adjusted.

Receiving from his constituents a request that a vote of his should be expunged from the records, Tyler resigned and returned to Virginia before the expiration of his second term of service in the Senate. He removed to Williamsburg, James City County, and became affiliated in politics with the Southern Whig movement. From this party he received the nomination for vice-president in 1836, and for that office the electoral vote was given him in the States of Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

In 1838, the James county Whigs elected him to the State legislature, where he served until he received the nomination for vice-president in 1839. The Whig delegates convened at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, December 4, 1839, and Tyler was present as a member of the convention from Virginia. They nominated Harrison and Tyler, and these candidates were elected in the following year, entering upon their respective offices March .4,1841.

     On the death of President Harrison, one month later, John Tyler became his constitutional successor. He was called to Washington from his home in Williamsburg, by Harrison's cabinet, on the 4th of April (the day on which the president died), and he reached the national capital at four o'clock on the morning of the 6th. At noon the ministers called upon him in a body, and Judge Cranch administered to him the oath of office. To the supporters of the administration gathered about him, Tyler said: "You nave only exchanged one Whig for another."

     His course as chief executive of the nation was not in consonance with this assurance. Before a year had elapsed he had lost the confidence of the Whig party, principally by his veto of the bank bill, which was strictly a Whig measure. When the bill had been amended so as, it was thought, to meet his approval, and had been again vetoed, his entire cabinet (the one chosen by Harrison) resigned, with the exception of Daniel Webster, Secretary of State, who was then engaged in important negotiations with England, and who resigned as soon as those negotiations were completed. During the three remaining years of his administration, Tyler was three times compelled to form a new cabinet .

     In May, 1844, a Whig convention assembled at Baltimore, Maryland, nominated Tyler for the presidency, and the nomination was accepted. But the convention was not a voice of the people, being composed principally of office holders under Tyler, and the president, finding that his defeat at the election was certain, withdrew his acceptance of the nomination, and at the end of his four years retired to private life.

     President Tyler's administration had been a stormy one, as the cabinet changes sufficiently indicate. Sincere in his attachment to the Whig party, he was no sooner surrounded by its leaders, than he saw that the policy they would have dictated was one not for the country's interests. However painful his position was made by that knowledge, however much his consequent actions, necessarily antagonistic to party ends, were condemned, he was faithful to his own more statesmanlike views. In less than twenty years his course was justified. In less than twenty years the party he had endeavored to hold in check had become, under another name, a party bent upon plunging the country into civil war.

In February, 1861, ho presided over the Peace Congress which was convened in Washington, pursuant to a call from the Legislature of Virginia, but he had no hope of good results from its deliberations. In a public speech in Richmond, Virginia, the day following that on which the Congress closed its session, he stated that the South had nothing to hope, but in separation. Acting upon his convictions, Mr. Tyler renounced his allegiance to the government, and entered upon active labors in behalf of the Southern Confederacy. He was one of the committee who, in April, 1861, transferred to the service of the Confederate government, the military forces of Virginia, and when the seat of that government was established at Richmond, Virginia, he was a member of its Congress. In that capacity he was serving when his death occurred.

Source:  Virginia and Virginians:  History of Volume 2; by Robert Alonzo Brock, Virgil Anson Lewis; publ.  1888; transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack


John Tyler
Tenth president of the United States, and the first, who attained to that office by constitutional succession, was born at Greenway, Va., March 29, 1790. He inherited the wealth and culture, as well as the intense State pride of one of the leading families of the Old Dominion. At the time of his birth, his father, who bore the same name, was one of the judges of the Virginia General Court, and he subsequently held the office of governor of the State for three years. John Tyler Jr., entered the academical department of William and Mary College in 1803, and the college proper in the ensuing year, graduating in 1807. His legal studies were pursued largely under the direction of his father, and he was admitted to the Virginia bar when he was twenty years old. He was brought up to revere the political faith of Thomas Jefferson, the great founder of the Democratic party; and from the fundamental teachings of that faith he never swerved, not even when, in after years, he became a nominal Whig, and accepted, at the hands of the Whig party, the culminating distinction of his life. His success as a lawyer was brilliant; but he was restless until he found the opportunity to enter upon that public career which proved to be one of such singular good fortune. He was a fluent speaker, and possessed of a grace of manner well calculated to win popular favor. He was eager for popularity, and he gained it with ease, without, however, descending to the use of any dishonorable means to secure the desired end.
    
In December, 1811, he entered the Virginia House of Delegates, and for five years he was one of the most prominent workers in that body. During this period occurred the second war with England, and Mr. Tyler was not behind his neighbors in patriotism. He raised and commanded a company of riflemen who were not, however, called into the field. During the closing year of his service in the Legislature, he was chosen a member of the executive council. This office he held but a short time, resigning it to contest a vacant seat in Congress. There was no difference between the political opinions of the competitors, and Mr. Tyler won the election through the sheer force of his personal popularity. This popularity, which, owing to his own family connection, was already great, he had shrewdly increased by his marriage, in March, 1813, with Letitia Christian, a member of one of the leading Federalist families of the State. He took his seat in Congress at the session succeeding that in which the second United States Bank had been chartered. This institution met with Mr. Tyler's unyielding hostility, and he never failed to embrace an opportunity to attempt its destruction. In all other points he was in the closest accord with the extreme State rights wing of the Democratic party; and, in common with that short-sighted class of statesmen, now happily divested of influence in American politics, he persistently opposed all measures of internal improvement by the general government, being blinded by his sectional narrowness to the true interests of his country. He was reelected in 1817, and opposed the recognition of the revolted South American Republics.
    
In 1818, General Jackson's course in the Florida war was made the subject of investigation by Congress, and it was condemned in no uncertain terms by Mr. Tyler. In thus doing what he honestly considered to be his duty, he incurred Jackson's lifelong displeasure, and, unconsciously, opened a breach, which, fifteen years later, was to separate him from his party. There was no opposition to Mr. Tyler's reelection in 1819; but failing health compelled him to relinquish his seat after one more year's service.
    
The next two years were spent quietly on his farm, where he happily regained his health, and, in 1823, he again entered the Virginia Legislature. Two years later he had the honor of being elected governor of his native State, a merited honor; for, whatever may be thought of his conduct in national affairs, he certainly deserved well of Virginia, to which, according to his views, his first allegiance^ was due. On the 11th of July, 1826, Governor Tyler delivered, at Richmond, an eloquent eulogy upon Thomas Jefferson, whose death had occurred a week before. Mr. Tyler's administration as Governor of Virginia was so acceptable to the State, that he was unanimously reelected to the office by the Legislature, in 1826. He did not, however, complete his second term. There was much opposition to the reelection of John Randolph to the National Senate, an opposition which was heightened by the influence of Clay and Webster. But to beat John Randolph required the strongest candidate in Virginia, and that was John Tyler, who was elected United States Senator by a majority of five votes out of the two hundred and twenty-five.
    
Although there was no good feeling between Jackson and Tyler, the latter so far forgot his personal preferences as to aid in Jackson's election to the presidency. But gradually he fell more and more into opposition to his administration. As ever, he opposed the bank. He opposed the high tariff which was so obnoxious to the Southern people, and, indeed, he generally favored the extreme Southern view of public affairs, under the leadership of John C. Calhoun. But what finally put Tyler in square antagonism to the Jackson administration, was the President's patriotic course in the nullification business, in 1832. Tyler did not, it is true, wholly approve of the rash measures adopted by South Carolina; but while nullification met with only his feeble disapproval, coercion of a sovereign State, on the part of the central government, incurred his most vehement condemnation. In opposing the force bill, authorizing the President to use the army and navy against the disaffected State, he went to the length of denying that he was a citizen of the United States. His vote was the only one given in the Senate against the bill, the rest of the opposition leaving the chamber before the vote was taken.
    
John Tyler was reelected to the Senate in 1833. He was always an admirer of Henry Clay, though differing widely from him on many vital questions. In this year Clay introduced his compromise tariff measure, which Tyler warmly supported. In this strange way, without in any manner changing his convictions, did he drift toward the Whig party? That party, to be sure, was at that time largely made up of a motley assemblage of politicians of every stripe, bound together by the frail tie of personal opposition to General Jackson. On the question of slavery Mr. Tyler held some peculiar views. He was a slaveholder, as a matter of course; but he was the kindest of masters. If possible, he would have provided for gradual emancipation, and he was not opposed to the right of petition, as were the more intense partisans of the slave-power. In 1833, he voted for the resolutions censuring President Jackson for his conduct in the bank controversy, and his connection with the Democratic Party was finally severed. The Whigs, very unwisely, and without sufficient reflection, proposed him as candidate for the vice-presidency, and Tyler accepted the honor thus thrust upon him. The Legislature of Virginia was not pleased with the course of Mr. Tyler, in voting to censure the President, and instructed him to vote for Benton's famous expunging resolution. Now, the right of legislatures to instruct senators in Congress was one of Tyler's cardinal principles; he could not conscientiously vote to forgive Jackson, and so he adopted the honorable alternative of resigning his seat. He had been twenty-five years in the service of the public, had given general satisfaction, and had preserved a reputation without a blemish. The two years of repose which he now enjoyed were very welcome to him. In the presidential election of 1836 he received the votes of forty-seven Whig electors for Vice-President.
    
In 1838, he was again chosen a member of the Legislature; and, in December of the following year, he was a delegate to the Whig National Convention, and received from that body the nomination for Vice-President. The campaign cry of 1840 was "Tippecanoe and Tyler too," the Whigs carefully avoiding, in their rallying speeches, any allusion to the political views of their vice-presidential candidate. In the ensuing election, Mr. Tyler received the votes of the same two hundred and thirty-four electors who voted for General Harrison, and he qualified as Vice-President, March 4, 1841.
    
After the inaugural ceremonies he retired to his residence at Williamsburg, Va.; but in just one month he was suddenly called to the chief-magistracy, through the untimely death of President Harrison.
    
Mr. Tyler immediately went to Washington, where he took his oath of office as President of the United States, April 6, 1841. Some thoughtless persons raised a question as to his proper title, and even the Cabinet, after grave discussion, decided to address him as "Acting President," which decision Mr. Tyler very properly ignored. It has been the fashion to represent President Tyler as unfaithful to his party. This is not exactly the truth. The fact is that the Whigs put him on their ticket solely on account of his personal popularity, and as they were willing to overlook his well-known views on the tariff and the bank, they were scarcely justified in denouncing him for his steady adherence to those views. At all events, he became entirely estranged from the party who had elected him, by his successive vetoes of two different acts for establishing a bank, or "Fiscal Corporation," and the Cabinet, with the exception of Mr. Webster, the Secretary of State, resigned in September. Of course, this condition of things was hailed with delight by the Democrats, who turned the discomfiture of the Whigs to good account, without, however, actually endorsing Mr. Tyler's administration.
    
The leading event of this administration was, undoubtedly, the acquisition of Texas. A treaty for that purpose was rejected by the Senate in 1844; but in the following spring it was accomplished by "joint resolution," very much to Mr. Tyler's satisfaction. One State, Florida, was admitted to the Union while he was President. In 1842, after one tariff bill had been vetoed, another, much modified, received Mr. Tyler's approval. In the same year occurred the almost bloodless Dorr war in Rhode Island, the last attempt to settle political differences by force of arms in New England; and the settlement of the Northeastern boundary disputes by the Ashburton Treaty. The year 1842 also brought domestic sorrow to the presidential household, Mrs. Tyler, who had long been an invalid, dying at the Executive mansion on the 10th of September.
    
In February, 1844, Mr. Tyler and his Cabinet, together with a number of other guests, including ladies, were invited to witness the working of the new war steamer Princeton, designed by the celebrated John Ericsson, on her trial trip on the Potomac. During the trip the great gun "Peacemaker" was fired several times, and at length it exploded, killing Mr. Upshur, Secretary of State, Mr. Gilmer, Secretary of the Navy, and several others, among them a Mr. Gardner, of New York, to whose daughter Mr. Tyler was married four months subsequently. The second Mrs. Tyler was one of the most brilliant of the ladies who have graced the White House. President Tyler delighted to honor men of letters, and some of the most illustrious names in American literature are to be found among the diplomatic appointments of this administration. The year 1844 was rendered memorable by the completion of the first line of electric telegraph.
    
Mr. Tyler, while he alienated the Whigs, did not sufficiently ingratiate himself with the Democrats to gain a renomination from them. He was nominated by an independent convention; but soon withdrew his name. At the close of his term, in 1845, he retired to his farm at Sherwood Forest, on the banks of the James River, where he lived the fife of a plain country gentleman, making occasional appearances in public as an orator, until the breaking out of the Rebellion. He received the degree of LL. D. from his alma mater, William and Mary, in 1854, and, in 1859, was elected chancellor of that college, an office which had remained vacant since the death of Washington. In February, 1861, he was a delegate to that farce which was known as the "Peace Convention," and was chosen its president. It is with regret that we are compelled to add that he was a member of the Virginia Secession Convention, in March, 1861, that his name was proposed as President of the so-called Southern Confederacy, and that he was elected to the rebel congress. He never took his seat, however, in that body, but died at his lodgings in Richmond, January 18, 1862, almost unnoticed amid the tumults of civil war, outside of his native State.

[Source: Biographical Sketches of Preeminent Americans, Volume 2; By Frederick G. Harrison; Publ. 1892; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]

 


Eilliam T. Walker, 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 in Spotsylvania 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 Ed ward 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


George P. Watkins
Son of William and Mary (Wharton) Watkins, and grandson of Thomas Watkins, was born in Halifax County, Virginia, March 10th, 1852. His father was born in Virginia, where the family bas been long seated, and his mother was born in the State of Maine. His wife is Jimmie Lelia, daughter of Col. James W. and Mary Elizabeth (Jones) Watts, whose family record appears in this volume. She was born in Bedford County, Virginia, and they were married by Dr. W. E. Edwards, at the Court Street M. E. Church, Lynchburg December 22, 1880. Their children are Florence, Lucile, Lelia. Robert W. Watkins, brother of George P. served in the late war. His mother died in 1857, when he was five years old, and his father died in 1864, when he was twelve years old. After that he attended boarding school for two years, than entered on a business life in 1868 as clerk in a retail store in Halifax County, Virginia. In 1871 he went to Richmond as traveling salesman for the wholesale notion house of Yancey & Franklin; in 1875 went to Baltimore, traveling for a wholesale house. On July 1, 1878, became a partner in the wholesale boot and shoe firm of Witt & Watkins, in which he still continues at 808 Main street (see record of Geo. D. Witt). Mr. Watkins is also a director in the National Exchange Bank of Lynchburg, and has been since its organization.

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

 


J. B. C. WINSTON
Was born in Halifax county, Virginia, April 18, 1829. He is of Welsh descent, the Winston family settling in Bristol, Connecticut, where his grandfather died. His father, Roma Winston, was born in Connecticut, in 1800, removed to Virginia, and died in 1834. His mother, whose maiden name was Saloma Heckman, died in 1875. On October 16, 1855, Rev. Wm. H. Kinckle officiating, ?.C. Winston married Martha J., daughter of A. Winston, and sister of the wife of Senator E. J. Folkes. She was born in Lynchburg, February 29, 1832. They have nine children, all living in Lynchburg, Edgar R., Sallie F., John A., Eunice D., William F., Irene M., Joseph H., Paulina C., Kate E. and have buried three children: E., born July 4, 1856, died October 23, 1859; Annie T., born in 1860, died in 1862; Mamie, born in 1878, died in 1884. Mr. Winston entered the Confederate States Army in March, 1862, Company D 19th Battery. Virginia Heavy Artillery, rank of Second Lieutenant, and was promoted First Lieutenant in July, 1862. He was in service till close of war, and took part in a number of skirmishes but no regular battles, the battery attached to Custis Lee's division at close of war. Mr. Winston came to Lynchburg in 1812, and was in the employ of A. Winston, furniture business until 1858, when he went into the same business with J. L. Winston. From 1859 until he went into the army was in business for himself and in 1865 resumed the business. In 1868 removed to Snowville, Pulaski County, Virginia. In 1872 returned to Lynchburg, and again took up the furniture business, which he has continued to date. The firm, manufacturers and dealers in furniture at 620 and 622 Main street, is now J. H. C. Winston, Son & McGehee, the second son, John A., having entered into partnership in 1884, and Mr. McGehee in 1887.

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



George D. Witt
     Son of David and Elizabeth J. Witt was born in Nelson County, Virginia. May 22, 1848. He entered the Fleetwood Academy at about ten years of age, and received an English education at the different schools of his native county. An earnest desire to complete his education prompted him, about this time, to write to Gen. R. E. Lee at the Washington and Lee University, relative to admittance to that institution. Though circumstances forced him to forego that plan, he still treasures with warm appreciation the kind words of encouragement be received in reply, in a letter in General Lee's own hand. In 1866 he accepted the offer of a position in a counting house in Lynchburg, which position he held until in I869 he accepted an offer to go to Baltimore, where he remained in the wholesale shoe trade until 1878. On November 5, 1873, he was married by Rev. Dr. Leeds of Grace Episcopal Church Baltimore to Ida E. King. The bride was the daughter of John King, of Baltimore and granddaughter of William King of County Armagh, Ireland, who came to this country and made his home in Annapolis, Maryland, removing thence to Georgetown, D. C. The mother of Mrs. Witt, now deceased, was Amanda M., daughter of Geo. Sterret Ridgely Morgan, of Georgetown. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Witt, September 28, 1874, Clarence Morton, who lived but two years. In 1878 Mr. Witt returned to Lynchburg, and in July entered into a partnership with George P. Watkins, forming the house of Witt & Watkins, the pioneer wholesale boot and shoe house of Lynchburg.

     His father David, son of David Witt, Sr. and Jane (Fitzpatrick) was born in Nelson county, still a resident there, went into the artillery service, Confederate States Army, in 1861, serving first in a company stationed at Charleston, South Carolina, and was in several engagements there; later in Capt. Henry Rives' company, taking part in many engagements around Richmond. The mother of Mr. Witt was born in Nelson county, where she still resides. Brought up by Christian parents, she has ever exemplified in her life an humble Christian character, and has endeavored thus to sow the seed of virtue in rearing her own children, and with her husband will leave their children an inheritance of moral worth, more to be desired than refined gold. She was the daughter of George Jones, who was born May 14, 1791, and died May 25, 1883, and the granddaughter of Capt. Charles G. Jones, who served faithfully seven years under Gen. Washington in the Revolutionary war. George Jones married Sally Pendleton, born in Amherst county, the daughter of Richard Pendleton, who settled in Amherst from Culpeper county, and whose forefathers came from Scotland to Eastern Virginia. Sallie Pendleton's mother; who was Miss Mary Tinsley, was proud to boast of wearing a wedding gown spun from silk with her own hands. The father of Capt. Jones was Hezekiah Jones, who came from Spotsylvania county, and whose ancestors were of that sturdy Welch stock that ever guarded with jealous hand the principles of honesty and integrity that characterized their race.

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

 


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