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INTERESTING GENEALOGICAL ARTICLES IN THE PAGE COURIER 1869-1911

EMANUEL ALESHIRE
Page Courier, Thursday 22 Mar 1900
All Around Alma, Alma, Page Co 20 Mar 1900
A REMARKABLE MAN
   Uncle Manuel Aleshire was born June 6th, 1812- now nearly 88 years old, and in good health. He works every day, and made over $26 this fall rossing bark for Mr. W.H. Shuler, at Stanley. He also hews ties, chops wood, and splits rails.
HENRY ALESHIRE
Page Courier, Thursday 14 Jul 1881
            Henry Aleshire, of Cedar Point, is in his 88th year, and though somewhat palsied, is still vigorous for a man of his age. Until within the past two years, he has lived all his life near Honeyville.
MRS. LITHIA ALESHIRE
Page Courier, Thursday 16 Jan 1890
            Mrs. Aleshire, aged 98 years and 5 months, who lives three miles from Alma church walks to church at that place almost every service...
MERVIN BRADLEY & BESSIE JENKINS
Page Courier, Thursday 17 Sep 1908
YOUNG BRADLEY AND HIS BRIDE
            Miss Bessie Jenkins, daughter of Mr. Francis Jenkins, and Mr. Mervin Bradley, son of Mr. Wm. Bradley, both of the Thornton’s Gap section, Page county, were married in Hagerstown by the Rev. W.C. Griffith, last week, at his office on Court Place. In telling of the marriage, the Winchester Star says: The groom first asked for a magistrate to perform the ceremony, when he was informed that a magistrate did not have that authority in Maryland. The couple were young, well dressed, and nice-looking, the bride being only 19 and real pretty.                                                                                                         
PASCHAL BREEDEN
Page Courier, Thursday 23 Dec 1886
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Paschal Breeden, who lives in the Blue Ridge, according to our friend, Jacob R. Kite, is the father of 33 children. He is nearly 90 years old and has his third wife. His youngest child is about 7 years of age.                                                                                                    
ABRAHAM BRUBAKER
Page Courier, Thursday 14 May 1896
The Death of Abraham Brubaker in 1835
            Mr. Abraham Brubaker left his home about the first of April, 1835, being very much indisposed, for a visit to the fishing shores, and about April 22nd, he died, at or near Warrenton, Va. His friends having heard of his death wept and brought him home for burial on the 27th of April, 1835. When they reached the place they found that the good people over there had given him a very decent burial, but his body was exhumed and brought over and buried at the old homestead grave-yard. This wather father of our townsman, Mr. G.T. Brubaker, and Mrs. Reuben Aleshire, near Leaksville. These facts are gleaned from the expense account rendered by one Thomas Davis, showing the expenses of the treatment and burial of Mr. Brubaker, and is published as a relic to be preserved by the surviving relatives. Mr. G.T. Brubaker was only about two years old when his father died, Mrs. Aleshire was only about one month old. Their mother preceded their father to the spirit land only about one month.
            Such relics are always appreciated by children who cherish the memory of their parents.- Stanley Herald.
(Flatus Bullock Harrison)
Page Courier, Thursday 25 Aug 1898
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A marriage license was issued from the clerk’s office on Monday to Mr. Fostus Bullock Harrison to marry Miss Sydney Ann Jenkins, all from the upper end of Page. The singular part of this affair of hearts is that Mr. Harrison is 72 years old, while the bride is only 48. Mr. Harrison is the hero of two wars and this is his second matrimonial venture. In the Mexican war he was once wounded and twice in the later war, having been a member of a company of Louisiana Zouaves. We congratulate him on his present enlistment and hope that his campaign may be crowned with many successful triumphs.
MRS. RACHEL HUFFMAN
Page Courier, Thursday 20 Dec 1906
In Memory of Mrs. Rachel Huffman
who entered into rest from her home near Leaksville on July 26th, in the 72nd year of her age. Mrs. Huffman was for many years a member of the Main Street Baptist Church and although for the last 32 years a great sufferer from paralysis she rarely failed to attend the morning service…
Mrs. Huffman was a great niece of the late Russell Barbe, and the grandmother of the writer of this notice, and also a half great niece of the late Gabriel Jordan.

                                    M.J. Davis                                                                              
MRS. KITTIE MCDANIEL-JOBE & BLACKFORD'S FURNACE
Page Courier, Thursday 13 Feb 1902
All Around Alma, Alma, Page Co, Va. 12 Feb 1902
THIS OLD LADY REMEMBERS WAY BACK
            How many people around Luray remember this old lady: My father's name was McDaniel. We moved from Brunswick, Md., 86 years ago, when I was only 1 year old. My father ran the furnace then below Luray for the Blackford's. I worked in the furnace myself-blacked pots, kettles, skillets, and did much other work. They made stoves, dog-irons and kettles. Two or three hundred men were employed- mostly negroes from east of the Ridge. A Mr. Pennybacker owned the furnace before Blackford's. I knew all the Yagers, the Bootons, Almonds and Lionbergers. Elder Booton and Miss Ann Buracker, who died recently in Luray, were both my old school-mates. Jack Jones was the teacher. Miss Eliza Amiss also ran a school and taught the girls how to sew and knit. The Old School Baptist and Methodist were the only churches then in Luray.
            Luray then had but a few houses, most of them built of logs. Bill Keyes kept the jail; another man by the name of Watson made hats. He made my husband's wedding hat. Mr. Young was the tailor. A Mr. Foster made furniture. He made that which we began housekeeping with. I married Harrison Jobe. Elder W.C. Lauck was the preacher. He was a good man and a good preacher. My husband has yet many relatives in and around Luray. I was 23 years old when I married and have bound wheat many a day for Elder Ambrose Booton. My husband has been dead 26 years. My children now living are Mrs. David Seekford, with whom I now make my home, Mrs. William Airhart and Mrs. Virginia Yount, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Mr. David Jobe, of Columbus, Ohio. My name is Catherine, but they always called me Kittie McDaniel.
GEORGE JONES & JENNIE BREEDEN
Page Courier, Thursday 24 Dec 1885
Extremes Meet
In matrimonial alliances as most every where else. The latest illustration of the fact is found in a marriage with occurred near Marksville last Saturday night. George Jones, aged 85 years, married Miss Jennie Breeden, aged 25. The groom though 60 years the senior of the bride, is represented as being full of hope and energy as though he had just “turned out.” “Old Virginia never tire!”                                                                         
WIDOW OF JACOB KITE (CATHERINE)
Page Courier, Thursday 12 Feb 1880
MARKSVILLE, AV. Jan. 24, 1880
EDITORS COURIER: I took dinner last Tuesday the 20th of January, with my grand-mother Kate, widow of Jacob C. Kite, dec’d, which was he 82nd birth day, and I though I would say a few words in regard to her numerous relations, as there are few living in this county who have as many as she. She was born January 20th, 1798, was raised in Augusta county, and moved to Mt. Hope in the year 1818, where she has resided ever since, 61 years. She is the mother of eleven children, one died in infancy, the remaining ten she raised to be grown and married, and all lived to be over 30 years of age, six of whom survive, four boys and two girls. She has sixty-five grandchildren and forty-five great grandchildren. She can still walk a mile in good weather, and can see to sew and knit without the aid of glasses, having her second eyesight. Long live our venerable Grand-Mother.
                                                                                    A GRAND-DAUGHTER C.A.H.    
JOHN LANG & ALICE ALGER
Page Courier, Thursday 3 Mar 1898
Rileyville Letter
Rileyville, VA, March 1, 1898
Married at Cross Roads, Shenandoah county, by Elder Wm Peters on Thursday, Feb. 24, 1898, Mr. Jno. Lang, of Warren county, and Miss Alice, daughter of M.V. Alger, Esq., of Compton.                                                                                                                                  
THOMAS MANUEL & LAURA WOODWARD***
Page Courier, Thursday 9 Jan 1896***
MANUEL-WOODWARD
            In Hagerstown, Md., December 26, 1895, Mr. Thomas M. Manuel to Miss Laura Woodward, daughter of Wesley Woodward, Esq.,- all of Page county.
HARVEY MCCOY & EMMA CUBBAGE (I)
Page Courier, Thursday 20 Aug 1885
Miscegenation
Henry McKoy, a colored man, who lives in the neighborhood of Honeyville, this County, was arrested in Luray last Monday by Constable Fitch upon a warrant issued by Justice Hampton, charing McKoy with having married a daughter of James Henry Cubbage, who also lives in the same neighborhood. The marriage is alleged to have taken place in Maryland, where McKoy is charged with have taken the girl last week. Miss Cubbage is only 16 years of age, and lived at the time of her elopement with her grand-mother. At this writing she has not returned, though Mr. Chas. E. Young has gone in search of her, and they are expected upon every train. This is the first case of which we are aware that has ever been tried in our County under this statue.                                                              
HARVEY MCCOY & EMMA CUBBAGE (II)
Page Courier, Thursday 3 Sep 1885
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Harvey McKoy, the colored man arrested last week charge with miscegenation was, last Tuesday, upon application of his counsel, Maj. Brand, bailed to appear at the next term of the County Court, in the sum of $200.                                                                            
SONS OF SAMUEL MILLER
Page Courier, Thursday 25 Aug 1898
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Mr. Peter Miller and wife and child, of Kentland, Indiana, and Mr. W.A. Miller and wife, of Springdale, Ark., sons of the late Samuel Miller of this county, are at their brothers, Mr. D.F. Miller’s, on Mill Creek. Mr. Peter Miller has not been “at home” before for 23 years, and of course all is new to him in Page. Mr. W.A. Miller was here last summer. Many old friends- both theirs and their father’s- are glad to see them again.                    
EDWARD NAUMAN MURDER- TRIAL OF VIRGIL STONEBERGER
Page Courier, Thursday 7 May 1896
Stoneberger's Trial
            Virgil Stoneberger, charged with killing Ed Nauman last Christmas, was called in Court on Wednesday morning. In the absence of witnesses for the defense the case was postponed till 1 o'clock of the same day, when it will probably be taken up. If the witnesses are not present by that time, Stoneberger's counsel have asked for rules to be issued for their appeatance by Thursday morning.
EDWARD NAUMAN MURDER- ACQUITTAL OF VIRGIL STONEBERGER
Page Courier, Thursday 21 May 1896
Stoneberger Acquitted
            The trial of Virgil Stoneberger, charged with shooting and killing Edward Nauman, closed, in this place last Thursday evening, having lasted seven days.
            Verdict not guilty.
            Nauman, it will be remembered, was shot of Stoneberger on the railroad near his home about two miles south of Stanley on the 25th of last December. The particulars of the affair were published in this paper at the time. The unfortunate tragedy grew out of a general melee which, according to the facts brought out at the trial, was brought about and engaged in by a number of others. Stoneberger and Nauman, young men who had always been warm friends, were, it was clearly shown by the evidence, the unfortunate victims of circumstances for which others were as much responsible as they.
            The case as first attracted but little interest, but in its closing days drew large crows who from day to day eagerly awaited the result.
            There were a large number of witnesses upon each side, and were generally of a character which plainly showed their bias either for or against the prisoner.
            The case was ably and vigorously prosecuted by Capt. Parks, attorney for the Commonwealth, and the prisoner was defended by Messrs. Weaver and Leedy, whose gallant and skillful management of the same has won for them no small reputation as out bar.
            The verdict was received with an outburst of applause, an unusual procedure in our courts, which, however, was promptly checked by the Judge.                                     
JUDGE W.A. OFFENBACKER
Page Courier, Thursday 20 May 1880
SAGE OF GOLD AND SILVER MNES-
Judge W.A. Offenbacker, of Colorado, nephew of Mr. Wm A. Cave, of this city, made a sale about ten days ago, of gold and silver mines, in that State, amounting to $1,500,000. The finest specimens of the ore can be seen at the Custom House, in this city- Alexandria Gazette
We think the Judge O. spoken of here is either a Page County man himself or the descendent of a Page man. In either case he ought not to forget his old mother.                 
LESTER PENDERGAST & MAY HENDERSON***
Page Courier, Thursday 8 Jan 1903
Marksville Mention and Stanley Statements
MARRIED
            In Hagerstown, on the 3rd inst., Mr. Lester Pendergast and Miss May Henderson, daughter of Geo. Henderson, Esq.
(SUSAN PRINTZ-PRICE)
Page Courier, Thursday 29, Sep 1898
PRINTZ MILL POINTERS
            Printz Mill, Page Co, VA Sept. 26, 1898
Mrs. Susan Price, better known here as “Grandma Price”, celebrated her birthday last Saturday, September 24th, 1898.                                                                                      
DANIEL RAMEY
Page Courier, Thursday 18 Feb 1904
  We are glad to learn that Mr. Daniel Ramey, who three weeks ago, during an attack of vertigo, fell into an open fire-place, badly burning his right arm and hand, is rapidly improving. It was feared that owing to his advanced age- having celebrated his 83rd birthday on the 13th of July, 1903- that his recovery was doubtful. Mr. Ramey lives in Thornton's Gap, and is the father of Mr. C.C. Ramey, of the same section.
JOSEPH SAMUELS
Page Courier, Thursday 30 Jun 1892
In His 90th Year
            Rev. John W. Jollett was in our office on Monday and gave us an interesting item concerning an interesting family, that of Mr. Jos. Samuel's, who lives on Naked Creek. Mr. Samuels will soon be 90 years old, and is still hale and hearty. He lives on the farm on which he was born and has never lived elsewhere, has never taken but one dose of medicine, from a doctor, and has never had a tooth drawn. His wife, who is four years his junior, is also in good health, and she, too, has never taken but one dose of medicine. In her conversation with Mr. Jollett she told him that the doctor had called once to see her, and left two doses, one of which she took, and the other she threw away, fearing, as she said, that it would make her sick. They have five children, all of whom are living.
"SANDY GLAZE" CEMETERY***
Page Courier, Thursday 17 Mar 1904
All Around Alma
            MANY BURIED HERE WHO DIED VIOLENTLY
            In the old burying ground known as "Sandy Glaze," about two miles south of Stanley, there sleeep the bodies of some twenty persons who died violent deaths. Here are the names of some of them:- Wesley Campbell, run over and killed by a train; "Gun" Campbell, shot and killed; Godfrey Stoneberger, killed by the explosion of a gun; Elisha Cubbage, killed by a wagon running off a bridge; Simpson Cubbage's wife murdered; "Ell" Campbell knocked off cars and killed; two of the Lucas boys and Wesley Cubbage, drowned in the Shenandoah river, and Edward Nauman, shot and killed.
CHESTER SIGLER & ALICE SMELSER***
Page Courier, Thursday 8 Jan 1903
            Married on the 3rd inst., in Washington City, Mr. Chester Sigler and Miss Alice Smelser, daughter of Mr. Harvey Smelser, of this county.
OTTOBINE SIGLER & LENA GOOD
Page Courier, Thursday 16 Apr 1891
Marksville Matters
            MARKSVILLE, PAGE CO., VA     April 15, 1891
THERE WAS AN ELOPEMENT
at Stanley last Sunday night. For some time the parents of Miss Lena Good have kept her under surveillance, not allowing her to keep company with a certain young man, but on Sunday night they consented to let her go to preaching at the Adventist church, when Mr. Ottobine Sigler eloped with her. Her parents kept a sharp look out at the R.R. stations, and sent messengers to Luray, but the brave young couple were too much for them, and they made their escape.                                                                                                   
CHARLIE SISK
Page Courier, Thursday 16 Feb 1888
MADISON MATTERS
            Madison Court House, VA
                                    February 13, 1888
            Chas. D. Sisk, who was arrested several years ago for killing young Jenkins on the Blue Ridge; bailed by a number of the citizens of this place; made his escape and was re-arrested in Ohio; brought back and broke jail, is now in jail again. On the night of the 10th, inst., he broke three pad locks to the iron cage in which he was confined and then fired the door of the cell, but was discovered about day-break, before he could accomplish his purpose. His attempt to escape was a most daring and desperate one indeed. When questioned about the matter he denied all knowledge of breaking out of the cell and firing the jail and says he must have done all the mischief whilst asleep.
LAYTON SISK- Article on him in 3 May 1888 issue                                                         
AMOS SOURS & MATTIE FOLTZ
Page Courier, Thursday 5 Feb 1903
            Married, January 22, 1903, at Harper's Ferry, W.Va., Mr. Amos Sours, son of Mr. Wm. H. Sours, of Mill Creek, and Miss Mattie Foltz, daughter of Mr. Jas. Foltz, of near Stanley, this county. The youthful couple boarded the 7:23 north-bound train at Luray on last Thursday morning and returned here the same evening husband and wife. Mr. Sours and wife are now at the home of the bride's brother, Mr. John Foltz, on the old Kendrick place, just above town.
WILLIAM WEAKLEY
Page Courier, Thursday 15 Apr 1880
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There is living in Madison county at the foot of the Blue Ridge, a man by the name of Weekly who is 101 years old- Not so very “weekly” after all.