Index to Surnames in Notes
The following was copied from the original newspaper clippng and submitted by Anne Vestal Miller
WEDDING IN THE COUNTRY
A POPULAR YOUNG GIRL BECAME A CHRISTMAS BRIDE AT CASCADE, VIRGINIA
Cascade, Va. December 26th 1903 (Special) A most brilliant wedding occured at the residence of Mr. James Trent Wednesday at 4 o'clock when Miss Mary Clark became the wife of Mr. Baxter Cox.
The house had been beautifully decorated in evergreens and cut flowers. Festoons of cedar marked off the place assigned the bridal party. The bride and groom stood underneath a large bell. Rev. A. L. Moore performed the ceremony.
The bride wore a lovely dress of white silk and veil and orange blossoms. The groom was attired in the conventional black suit.
Miss Pearl Clark, as maid of honor wore white organdie over blue silk. Mr. James Cox acted as best man.
The waiters were: Miss Alice Clark with Mr. G. H. Clarke, Miss Minnie Cox with Mr. W. H. Trent.
After the cereminy an excellent supper was served.
Miss Clarke, formerly of Richmond, has made her home with her cousins, Mrs. James Trent for the last year and has made many friends at this place. Mr. Cox, the third son of Mr. T. Pinkney Cox is a young man of much integrity and uprightness of character.
The young people have the good wishes of a host of friends in this Happy Event.
They left on Thursday morning on a visit to relatives in Roanoke.
SOME SOLDIERS FROM PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY IN THE U.S. ARMY 1800-1815
STEPHEN ADKINS, born Pittsylvania Co, age 39, blacksmith, enlisted in Knoxville, discharged Dec 6 1814
JOSEPH BERRY, born Pitts. Co, age 25, farmer, enlisted in 20th Inf. in Danville on July 20 1814, discharged in Norfolk Mar 15 1815
MICAJA BOISE, born Pitts. Co, age 22, sailor, enlisted June 12 1813 in 35th Inf; discharged in Norfolk Mar 15 1815
JOHN BONNER, born Pitts Co or possibly Buncombe NC; age 26, farmer, enlisted in Halifax in 10th Inf on Nov 19 1812, discharged Fort Claiborne LA Nov 9 1817
DANIEL BRIM, born Pitts. Co, age 21, ropemaker, enlisted Nov 14 1814 in 24th Inf.; discharged Mobile AL Apr 8 1815
ARDIN BROWN, born Pitts. Co, age 35, farmer, enlisted Feb 23 1815
WILLIAM BROWN, born Pitts. Co, age 23, farmer, enlisted in Spartanburg SC May 6 1814 in 18th Inf, deserted Fort Johnson SC in June, 1815
ARMISTEAD BROWN, born Pitts. Co, age 21, stonemason, enlisted in 24th Inf. in Tenn. Apr 9 1814, deserted Fort Hawkins GA Mar 13 1816
MATHEW COLEMAN, born Pitts. Co, age 20, planter, enlisted Oct 4 1814 in 20th Inf, present Feb 16 1815; dishonorable discharge Apr 6 1815
JOHN COLLIE, born Pitts. Co, age 28, carpenter, enlisted in S.C. Apr 5 1814; Artillery, died Oct 13 1816
JOHN DOUDLE, born Pitts. Co, age 26, farmer, enlisted in Lynchburg in 20th Inf. Nov 3 1812, deserted Craney Island July 1 1815
WILLIAM EDWARDS, born Pitts Co, age 20, enlisted in Pitts. Co in 10th Inf. Jan 29 1813; discharged July 29 1814
PETER ELLIOTT, born Pitts Co, age 19, blacksmith, enlisted Barboursville 17th Inf. June 29 1813; deserted Oct 31 1815
CALVIN ELLIS, born Pitts Co ?, age 21, farmer, enlisted Anslow NC in 18th Inf June 17 1812; discharged Cantonment Montpelier AL June 30 1817
GREENSBURY FIN, born Pitts. Co, age 21, enlisted Dec 29 1814 in 24th Inf. Discharged Mobile AL Apr 5 1815
JOHN FLETCHER, born Pitts Co, age 23?, enlisted TN in 39th Inf on Jan 1 1814 or June 8 1814, present Knoxville TN on June 30 1814
JAMES FLETCHER, born Pitts. Co, age 20, enlisted July 15 1814 in 39th Inf.
ABNER GIBSON, born Pitts. Co, age 27, enlisted in Danville June 20 1812 in 10th Inf, discharged July 20 1817, occupation planter
JOSEPH GRAVELLY, born Pitts. Co, age 19, occupation farmer, enlisted in Pitts. Co in 10th Inf on Jan 26 1813; discharged July 27 1814
VINSON GOWEN; born Pitts Co, age 23, laborer, enlisted Marion SC; discharged Camp Montgomery AL
ALLEN GUILLIAMS, born Pitts Co, age 19, laborer, enlisted Rockingham NC Aug 28 1812; died Apr 18 1815; artillery
JOHN HALL, born Pitt Co, age 27, occupation dyer; enlisted in Norfolk Mar 3 1814; discharged Craney Island Mar 15 1815
ELIJAH HAMILTON, born Pitts Co, age 21?, farmer, enlisted June 8 1812 in Artillery, discharged Governor's Island NY June 13 1817
JOHN HANKINS, born Pitts Co, age 22, blacksmith, enlisted Fredericksburg in 35th Inf July 21 1814; discharged Norfolk Mar 8 1815
JAMES HARDEN, born Pitts Co, age 44, enlisted Spartanburg SC in 8th Inf July 7 1812; discharged Camp Montgomery in July
GEORGE HARDWICK, born Pitts Co, age 19, enlisted May 5 1814 in Artillery, in Petersburg May 31 1814
BIRD HARDY, born Pitts Co, age 20, farmer, enlisted in Pitts. July 11 1812 in 10th Inf, discharged Pass Christian MS July 11 1817
JOHN HENSLEY, born Pitts. Co, age 19, occupation sailmaker, enlisted in Lynchburg Nov 31 1814 in 36th Inf; discharged Washington Mar 20 1815
JAMES HISSAM, born Pitts. Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted 35th Inf in Norfolk Nov 15 1814; discharged Norfolk Mar 15 1815
JOHN HINTON, born Danville, age 24, farmer, enlisted Newberry SC Aug 21 1813 in 18th Inf; discharged Fort Hawkins GA Oct 31 1816
GILES JOHNSON, born Pitts Co, age 26, enlisted in Danville in 10th Inf; discharged Pass Christian MS Sep 22 1817
THOMAS KING, born Pitts Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted 20th Inf; discharged Norfolk Mar 15 1815
WILLIAM KINGRY, born Pitts Co, age 26, blacksmith, enlisted 35th Inf Feb 25 1814; discharged Fort Moultrie SC Feb 25 1819
CHAMPREY KINDRICK, born Pitts Co, age 23, enlisted 44th Inf Jun 25 1814 in Tenn. deserted New Orleans Feb 29 1816
MARSHALL MANN, born Pitts. Co, age 22, farmer, enlisted Aug 2 1812 in 25th Inf, discharged at Fort Crawford Feb 3 1819
ROBERT MARTIN, born Pitts, age 26, farmer, enlisted Jul 30 1814 in 39th Inf; discharged Fort Scott GA July 29 1819
THOMAS MAYS born Pitts Co, age 30, farmer; enlisted Fort Johnson SC in 18th Inf Sep 4 1813; discharged Sep 3 1818
SAMUEL MCCULLEY, born Pitts Co, age 21, blacksmith, enlisted in Danville Aug 17 1814 in 20th Inf. deserted Fort Powhatan Jan 1 1816
REUBEN MOORE, born Pitts Co, age 40, enlisted Sep 11 1814 in 39th Inf; still present Nov 30 1815
CHARLES NICHOLS, born Pitts Co, age 22, enlisted July 18 1813 in 10th Inf; died Malone NY Dec 6 1813
JOHN NICHOLS, born Pitts Co, age 25, enlisted in 20th Inf, Pitts Co July 27 1813; discharged camp near Buffalo NY May 31 1815
WILLIAM PARSONS, born Pitts Co, age 50+, fitter, enlisted July 27 1813 in 20th Inf; died Malone Nova Scotia Dec 16 1813
PHILLIP PERKINS, born Pitts, age 24, farmer, enlisted in 10th Inf in Rockinham Dec 25 1812; discharged Nov 16 1815
JAMES RAMSEY, born Pitts. Co age 22, tailor, enlisted in 8th Inf Carnesville GA July 14 1812; discharged July 14 1817
HANSON REGNEY, born Pitts. Co, age 28, schoolmaster, enlisted Aug 1 1814, Rifles, died Feb 15 1815.
ABNER REYNOLDS, born Pitts Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted in Charles Co Dec 4 1814 in 10th Inf; discharged Dec 4 1819
CHARLES RICE, born Pitts Co, age 23, farmer, enlisted in Danville in 10th Inf on Aug 27 1813, still present June 30 1815
WRIGHT ROBERTS, born Pitts Co, age 27, farmer, enlisted Fort Hull MI in 8th Inf Feb 22 1814; discharged Camp Flourney GA Mar 4 1815
JOHN RUSSELL, born Virginia, enlisted Danville in 28th Inf on Sep 19 1814; discharged Detroit MI Feb 16 1816
NEWSOM SHELTON, born Pitts Co, age 20, enlisted in Fayetteville NC in 44th Inf June 21 1814; discharged Baton Rouge LA June 20 1819
SEYBERT SHELTON, born Pitts Co, age 18, farmer, enlisted Mecklenburg 10th Inf Mar 6 1813; discharged Nashville June 6 1818
WILLIAM SNIPES, born Pitts Co, age 22, farmer, enlisted Petersburg 38th Inf Mar 11 1814; discharged Norfolk July 21 1815
THOMAS SMITH, born Pitts Co, age 40, possibly 50, farmer, enlisted Feb 2 1814 in Artillery, discharged Dec 7 1814
HARDIMAN STONE, born Pitts Co, farmer, enlisted May 12 1812, discharged Buffalo NY 1815
DUDLEY STUART, born Pitts Co, age 22, farmer, enlisted July 25 1814 in 39th Inf, discharged Fort Decatur Oct 5 1815
ASA TANNER, born Pitts Co, age 21, farmer, enlisted Knoxville, TN in Rifles Apr 12 1812; prisoner of war in Salem MA Apr 20 1815
PLEASANT THACKER, born Pitts Co, age 22, schoolmaster, enlisted in Rifles in Lexington KY July 11 1815, discharged July 11 1819
DAVID VAUGHN, born Pitts Co, age 32, laborer, enlisted Crossroads, TN Oct 20 1814, Rifles, discharged Charitan MO Sep 24 1818 as substitute
BENJAMIN VINCENT, born Pitts Co, age 22, enlisted 8th Inf Oct 26 1812, discharged Mar 7 1819
JESSE VINCENT, born Pitts Co, farmer, enlisted 8th Inf Oct 23 1812; discharged Fort Gadsden FL Mar 7 1819
THOMAS WALKER, born Pitts, age 23, laborer, enlisted 20th Inf May 26 1812; discharged French Mills Upper Canada Nov 30 1813
WILLIAM WALTRISS, born Pitts Co, age 19, farmer, enlisted Ruthledge May 12 1813; Rifles, discharged Fort Osage May 12 1818
TABNOR WASHAM, born Pitts Co, age 21, ropemaker, enlisted Aug 20 1814, 24th Inf; discharged Fort Gadsden AL Aug 19 1819
ALEXANDER WATSON, born Pitts Co, age 18, tailor, enlisted at the Pitts. County Courthouse in 10th Inf June 24 1812; discharged Pass Christian MS, June 14 1817
BEZELIAH WIER, born Pitts Co, age 29, carpenter, enlisted 38th Inf Annapolis MD Aug 11 1814; still present in Fort Covinton LA Apr 30 1815
GILES WILSON, born Pitts Co, age 30, farmer, enlisted in Danville Nov 6 1813 in 20th Inf; discharged Fort Saint Marks FL Dec 31 1815
WILLIAM WOOTEN, born Pitts Co., age 21, farmer, enlisted Nelson Courthouse in 35th Inf May 30 1814; still present in Norfolk Apr 30 1815
Information taken from the Military Service Records in the Nathional Archives
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Revolutionary War Land Grant claim
Archives Dept. of the VA State Library, Richmond, VA
Gaulden, Wm. T.-Soldier-Army-Pittsylvania Co., VA on 17 Nov 1832. David Irby states that Wm Gaulden of Pittsylvania Co. was a soldier and that they fought together at Guilford Court House (NC) on 15 Mar 1781 where Wm Gaulden was wounded in the head. Wm T. Gaulden in Pittsylvania Co. on 12 July 1833 states that he enlisted in 1780 at Coles Ferry in Charlotte Co., VA and was treated for his wound by Dr. Cunningham.
Wit: Richard B. Beck and John Dismany. Land grant claim denied-not enough time in service.
Civil War Record: Gauldin, Wm.: enl 3/10/1862 at Cascade; Pvt. Co. K. Admitted 3/30/1862 with pleurisy and returned toduty 8/8/1862. Admitted Farmville Hosp. 4/18/1863 with rheumatism and returned to duty 5/22/1863. POW at Amelia C.H. 4/13/1865. Sent to City Pt. and to Pt. Lookout 4/13/1865. Released there 6/27/1865. Res. of Pittsylvania Co. Dk. complexion, dk. brown hair, blue eyes, 5'10".
Submitted by Linda Lewis Lepow
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Civil War Recordsubmitted by Barbara Bonham
William G. FARTHING enlisted 28 Aug 1861 in Co. G, 53rd. Regiment Virginia Infantry, Lee's Army at Pittsylvania Courthouse by Capt. Penick; being captured by the Union Army at Five Forks 01 Apr 1865. He was descibed as having light complexion, sandy colored hair, blue eyes and standing 5 ft. 9 and 3/4 inches tall at the time he took the Oath of Allegiance 12 Jun 1865 on his release by Government Order No.100, A.G.O. at Point Lookout, MD
Nancy W. Thompson Farthing, widow of William G. Farthing received a pension for the service of her husband in the Civil War. After he died she removed to NC and was denied a pension from NC due to the service was in VA. The family moved back to VA and she applied after living there 2 and one half years in 1914, but was denied. The residence requirement was 5 years and in 1916 she was awarded the pension amount of $33.00 monthly.
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Rev War Pension submitted by Barbara Bonham
ABSTRACTS OF REV WAR PENSION FILES, VOL III N-Z, abstracted by Virgil D. White, located at the American Antiquarian Society Library in Worcester, MA. 06 Dec 1996; pg 3704:
WATSON, William VA Line S17752 b 05 Sep 1742 and lived in Pittsylvania Co and moved to Anderson Co KY. He later moved to Posey Co., IN where he applied for his pension. He died at the age of 104.
Note: Records of Lois Johnson on file at the Virginia Archives in Richmond prove this William Watson was not the son of the John Watson who died in 1802.
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1830- US Census-
Submitted by Aleita Aleita@aol.com
US Census Page#
King, Daniel 1830 352
King, Elijah 1830 364
King, James, Jr. 1830 349
King, James, Sr. 1830 349
King, Johnson 1830 385
King, Mumford 1830 360
King, Peyton 1830 365
King, Royall 1830 334
King, William 1830 374
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Submitted byLance Fallin
..I have some Fallen
(Falling, Fallon, Fallin) ancestors that settled on the Dan
River in approx. 1745.....his name was Redmon Fallen
(the spelling of our last name varies a lot in historical records).
Redmon Fallen made his home on the Sandy Creek
of Dan River and in 1747 he had 370 acres surveyed. He was married to a
woman named "Sussana" and I
haven't been able to find out her last name. Redmon Fallen and Sussana had the following Children......William, Rim, John, *Edmond (my direct ancestor),Esther, and Hannah. Edmond Fallen (or Fallon, Falling etc.) was
born around 1749 somewhere near Danville. Redmon (the father of Edmond and the other above mentioned children) had 400 more acres surveyed in 1757.
Redmond had about a thousand acres granted to him by pattent.
The next generation...following along Edmond's Line...goes like this.....
Edmond married a woman named Nancy and they
one of their sons
Redmond...after Edmond's Dad....I know ...hehehe...this gets a little
confusing even to me....and I have been tracking this for half of my life...I'll be listing my sources afterwards...ok...anyway....
This Redmond Fallin (or etc.) was born around
1775 also near Danville.Redmond Fallin married
Gwin...they had a son that they named
Littlebury Falling (I think that is how they spelled it in his marriage record) (They always mess up our last name...even to this day people have problems with it....it is an Irish name so we spell it today as "Fallin" but we pronounce it as Fallon)....ok continuing on now....Littlebury
married Elizabeth Townes (Ann Elizabeth Townes in some records).
Littlebury Falling and Ann Elizabeth Townes
married the 17th of December in 1829. Littlebury Falling was born about
one of their sons they named Edward Townes Fallin ....this is the part
where we leave off from Virginia (too bad too...because I love Virginia!
very beautiful and historic State...ok ok....anyway :o) )
anyway to show how I tie in to all of this I'll finish it up....
Edward Townes Fallin (many times spelled as
was born in Maury
County, Tennessee on June the 3rd, 1841......oh by the way...I'm not sure
but I think littlebury died when Ed was a young boy....Littlebury I think
was involved in the Texas-Mexican war....but I can't prove this yet.
Anyway....Edward went to Arkansas with a
Family from Alabama and
Tennessee....they crossed the Mississippi in a Barge near present day
Memphis....about the time the civil war started (1860, 1861?).
in 1862 Edward Townes Fallen (Fallin...etc.)
drafted in Jacksonport,
Arkansas by Colonel Lucien C. Gause 32nd Arkansas Confederate Infantry.
in about 1663 part of this infantry was split
off...and I guess Ed was good
with Horses because the moved him to the 45th Arkansas Confederate
Cavalry....this Group went with General Price and Raided Missouri.
Ed Fallin was nick-named "Old Pony Fallin"
the war. Even the locals
near Jacksonport have heard stories about him...how he was good with horses
and he wasn't harsh to the slaves and how he was patriotic to the South but
hated the war....blamed it all on the Yankees coming down to stir up
trouble...stuff like that....anyway....
The Yankees finally Captured him at Chalk
Arkansas in 1865...they
surrendered to Major General G. M. Dodge (hehe I know that's a funny name
Edward Townes Fallin married Julia Lou Simmons
in 1866......one of their
sons was named George Minor Fallin (we called him jack....long
story...hehe)...George Minor Fallin had a son named George Minor Fallin
also....he was called Minor by most folks till he moved to St. Louis
Missouri.....Minor Fallin is my Grandfather....my Grandfather helped build
the Gateway arch in St. Louis...he was a farmer and a Machinist and an
Aviation electrician.....backing up a bit...My Grandpa's dad "Jack" was
born in 1888...
ok now the sources....
Census Records from 1790 to 1910
the book "Tennessee Cousins"
Confederate records from Arkansas History Commission
and excerpts from Land records and various newspaper articles from old
newspapers from Virginia and Tennessee
Lots of assistance from the Local Librarians and also from the LDS Family
History Center in Salt Lake City (spent many hours there...actually Days).
The Family Bible dated from 1841
I can give you the exact sources and also more
detailed information on all
of the children and some of the wive's families back into the Virginia era
of our Family if you like...but I have been so long winded on this so
far...I'll save that for later or for any further inquiries....
that address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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JOHN QUINN - Rev. War pension application
Served under Capt. James Foster and Abraham Bluford in Virginia.
Battles: Brandywine, Monmouth.
No Residence stated
Applied for pension 8/19/1818
Residence at application: Pittsylvania Co., VA
Age at date of applicastion: 11/25/1746
No data relative to family.
(Also noted from an inquiry letter: Also served in Capt. James
Gray's regiment and Maj.
Stephensons Co. 15th VA Regiment.
Private Rev War - Card 38322
Act 18 March 1800 Vol. 2 p. 330
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THE LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA TRI WEEKLY, OCTOBER 19, 1857
M. E. Andrews at 10 AM on October 13 at the
residence of the bride in Pittsylvania County, Capt. Burwell Lee,
Esq., of Leesville, Campbell County, to Mrs. Mildred Doyle, of
the former place.
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THE LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA TRI WEEKLY, AUGUST 8 1856, P. 3 COLUMN 2
the residence of Col. Moses Arnold, by the Rev. M. E.
Andrews, on the 2nd of July, Mr. Robert A. Lee to Miss Martha K.
Arnold, all of Campbell County.
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Anderson Atkinson son of Suckey Atkinson apprenticed to Henry Atkinson, Sr. June 20, 1780, p. 42 Wit: Jos. Allen Issac Clement
Daniel Durosett son
Nancy Durosett apprenticed to Alexander Lackey March 29,
Wit: William Easley, William Short, Vincent Shelton
Reuben Payne son of John Paynedec'd bound to Solomon Seal July 16, 1782 p. 54 Wit: R. Williams
Phillip and Silvester Payne sons of John Payne dec'd, apprenticed to John Walters July 16, 1782 p. 55 Wit: R. Williams
Harrison Carter, born Oct. 1784 bound to John Hunt Hendricks learn trade of blacksmith Oct. 15, 1782 p.56 Wit: John Gorham
Josiah West, born Jan. 20, 1777, and Obed West born March 30, 1779, sons of Sarah West, apprenticed to Jesse Paley March 18, 1783 p. 57 Wit: Jas. Williams, Jas. Akin
Maneyard Snelson, born Dec 1, 1778 son of Judith Snelson bound to Wm Willis Dec 1, 1778 p.58 Wit: Samuel Parks, Bernard Parks
Christopher Hayles apparenticed to Drury Pulliam 1783 p.59 Wit: Jas. Akin
James Westbrook apprenticed to William Williams Feb 15, 1785 p. 60 Wit: Joseph Hughes, Bernard Park
Weastley Thomas, age 6 yrs, son of Nancy Thomas, apprenticed to James Blakley to learn Weaver's Trade May 16, 1791 p. 68 Wit: Daniel Witcher
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Contributed by Barbara Farthing Bonham
The HARVEY's in the 1850 Pittsylvania Co., VA Census
Southern District Age 28 Aug 1850 Page
HARVEY Mary 43
HARVEY Elisha A. 21
HARVEY Samuel 19
HARVEY Elizabeth J 17
HARVEY Lucy A. 15
HARVEY Celesta A. 13
HARVEY John B. 11 85
HARVEY Amelia A. 9
HARVEY Mary F. 5
HARVEY Henritta 55
HARVEY Martha 22
HARVEY Booker 20
HARVEY Virginia 17
HARVEY John W. B. 16
HARVEY George E. 13
HARVEY Martha 18
HARVEY Mary M. 1
Mary A. 17
Alfred M. 15
Thomas C. 12
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Benjamin Terry Jr/ Born 1750 Lunenburg
Elizabeth Holder, will
June 1817 Qualified DAR Halifax Co Order Book lists his name.
Benjamin Terry III son of above born 1775
Delilah Motley 1794
Alexander P. Terry, son of above born Nov
may have had different
married Elizabeth P. Witty of Greensboro, N.C. Aug. 1866. He surrendered
General Lee at Appamattox as a member of 2nd Cavalry N.C., so it is
this was a transplant since he was born in Pittsylvania Co.
This ancestor was my Great Grandfather,
later migrated in 1898 to
and became pioneers orange growers
I hope this will help some of the other
Ben Terry Sr. was the
of Ben Jr, and son of James Terry of the 1704 Quit Rolls of King William
I am woking on a Historical Book and will send copy whn complete.
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(Editor’s note: The following letter,
from the (original copy, is in possession of Mrs. W. G. Reynolds,
601 North Broad street. The writer
was a great, great grandfather of Mrs. Reynolds.)
Sinelon county, State of Missouri,
the 25th, 1847, Der Sun, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the, City of David, a Savour Which is Christ the Lord.
St Luke the 2 Chapter and the latter Clause of the 10th verse and the11 verse.
Der Soun, I wanse more Take my Pen in hand to
wright you a few lines. I can infourme you that my presant
famley is well. Thanks be to the Almighty God for his kindness,
to us all and I hope when the few lines reaches your and your little family they may find tou enjoying the same Blesing. I have bin looking for a leter, from you for a long time. But find none, by your last letter, I Expect you and your familey and John Y. Yeatts wold a taken Brekfast woth me this morning wich Would a bin a Great day to us all.
I mos informe you that your Brother Robert is Gone to Texies or to mexico in the united States army. I Cant tell wich place he is gone to. he stearted the 7th day of November with Jeams Blanks and A man the name of Smith wich was a mooving thire familey
to that cuntry and he went of with them. James Blanks is a oneny cusion of Mine, and a Boute my age marred to a young Guirla a bouts 22 or 3 years old. He went of and only took one Sute of Close witt him, and them was on his Back. he never toole use farewell nor nothing of His going. Washington went with him to Sant Louis and theire he left him. he told Washington that he should come in the Course of 12 mounth
I want you to rite to me when you are Coming to this Cuntry is you are Able to come Come, and If you ant, Able, Right me word and I Can furnish the means that will make you able if John Y. Yeatts comes out next fall come with him. Dount you stay thire
in that old worne out Cuntry till you get so off that you Cant hear your Selfe grunt Like I have done, in years 1846 mine and Washington Crop was worth $700 and 50 Dollars at Least. this year, 1847, it worth about 8 or 9 hunard Dollars at Least though I will give you a currect Statement of our crop this year
I think we shall make upards of 10,000
of tobacco and it is very fine in Deed. I have no Doute of giting five
Dollars per Hunard for it the same man as Boute my last years crop told
me thr other day not to take less than five dollars for he wanted it
Selfe. ($500) I am a bute halfe done getting corn and we have neared up
161 Barrels I made 90 1-2 Bushels of wheat A Greable to the oats that I
have got our I shall make 400 Bushels we made aboute 300 lbs of Cotton
in seed good crop of Poutatous, Cabbages, etc, etc. besides
made 53 Dollars with the Wagon and horses ahauling,ect ect.
I have sold all my Wheat at 75 and 80 cents per Bushels. I have sold 300 Bushels of oats at 22 cents per B. So if you will make a Calcation of my crop you will see what It will all come to. How would stay in old Pittsylvania and Starve to Death. not I. I have sallted up 2715 of Pourke and I have 12 or 1500 Pounds yeat to kill. I have kep it with some Expectaton of your Coming. it was you and John Y. Yeats is you had inty But Come. I had plenty of Evrything Ready for you Bouth is you had But a came. The times in the Missouri is Verry Livly. Munney is plenty and most Evrything Else. I will gave you the correct prices of some few Artickles.
Tobacco is from $2.50 Cents to15.00 Dollars.
sailes is from $2.50 to $7.50 per hunard Wheat from 75 to 85
wdre Bushel. Flower from $.25 cents to $5.50 per barrel Corn from
1 Dollar to 1.25 per Barrel Dull Sale at that Pork for 2.50
to 3 Dollars per Hunard, Beefe the, same, Sault $1.38 Cents per sack,
4 cents lb, Stee1,6 1-4, Sugar 10, Coffee 10 cents horses and Cattle
high some cheap. Horses sell from 550 dollars to 800 cash up and the
. Azkiah Millis lives within one mile of my house, and is Doing very well. Richard Scruggs lives within 8 miles of my house, and old Miss Bayes lives with him, and the 2 gerles and they are Doing Tolable well. Richard Scruggs has boute a good Track of Land for $185 well watered with 3 good springs on it, and good Mill Site and etc.
I have got a furst rate Crop of Wheat a coming on if no Accident happens to it I think We shall make 200 Bu this year. Tell my sunling law Daniel Motley to quit Toting them Little Saddle Bags after the Poore and Come to this Cuntry and live like a gentleman not to be Weating on the (line obscure) on the old Pittsylvania any longer. tell John Y Yeats I all ways new the weather wold tell (obscured) and now I no it Else he wold a Come
to old sinelon County this fall Whare Evrything is Plenty. Old Letty Say to you and Polly the Longer She stays in the Missouri the Better she Likes it and she allso says she heant seen 2 days sickness Scence she left old Killings house and she ways 245 and would be very glad to see you Bouth in this Cuntry and your Famleys with you so no moore at Presant only I send Howdy to you all.
As for my part I only wayes 225 gross. Robert wayed 189 before he went away and Little Thomas Jefferson sorry I must Write to you that he has got his Little tumbler you give him. When you receive this Letter I want you to Rit to me Without Delay and send me all the news Good and Bad you must excuse by Bad Righting if you Please for I have to Wright with Specks and in the night at that. Tell all my frends I am well sattisfyed
with my new Cuntry.
So now moore at Pressant I Yeat Remane your Ioving Farther un
. Rich. B. Parsons
To William. Parsons and familey and Daniel
John Y. Yeatts and familey and my inquiring friends Deavel take the Balance.
January the 3rd 1848
Submitted by Gilmer Evans Reynolds, Jr
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written by Pittsylvania County Tobacco Farmers for the
Pamphlet "The Art of Curing Fancy Yellow Tobacco" by F. P. Love of Asheville, N.
C. R. F. D. No. 2.
This is 31-page pamphlet, which gives the
idea on how to cure tobacco.
There are 6 pages of Certificates or testimonials of the process. Below are
listed those from Pittsylvania Co. The place names are written exactly as they
appear in the pamphlet. There is no publication date in the document but from a
certificate in the front of the pamphlet, it appears to have been published in
Sycamore Depot, Pittsylvania Co., Va. Feb 21st, 1880
Geo. W. Hines Chalk Level, Pittsylvania Co., Va. Feb 3rd, 1880
S. E. Hancock Chalk Level, Pittsylvania Co., Va. Jan 16th, 1880
E. H. Adams Hill Grove, Pittsylvania Co., Va. Jan 23rd, 1880
R. P. Calhoun Danville, Pittsylvania Co., Va. Jan 1st, 1880
WHITEHEAD & FITZGERALD
Ward's Spring, Virginia March 31st, 1880
P. H. Booth Danville, Virginia 1880
Geo. T. Rison Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., Va. Dec. 19th, 1879
R. A. Murstain Sycamore, Pittsylvania Co., Va. Jan 1st, 1880
H. B. Dalton Ward's Spring, Pittsylvania County, Virginia March 3rd, 1880
A. B. White Ward's Spring, Virginia Feb 26th, 1880
M. J. Neal
P. G. Simpson
N. C. Glenn
M. J. Hinds Ward's Spring, Virginia
W. J. Neal
Cal. Rogers Danville, Virginia
E. A. Hester
Anderson & Bro.
Extracted by L. E. Munden
Balwyn, Vic. Australia
March 21, 1999
Contributed by Tom
Wreck of the Old '97
A while back I was in Morganton, N.C. going
the microfilmed copies of
The News Herald and happened across a story familar to me from the
Thrusday, 1 October 1903 issue. Perhaps it will be of interest to others on
the list in the Danville area:
NINE KILLED IN A WRECK
Terrible Disaster on the Southern
Near Danville, Va.- The Fast Mail
Goes Over a Trestle-Four Cars
Wrecked, Nine Killed and Seven In-
Danville, Va., Special 27th, to Charlotte Ob-
No. 97, the Southern Railway's
fast mail, plying between New
York and New Orleans, plunged
over a trestle north of this city
this afternoon, killing nine men,
injuring seven others and com-
pletely wrecking three mail cars
and one express car. The killed
J.L. Thompson, railway mail
clerk, of Roxboro, N.C.; W.S.
Chambers, railway mail clerk, of
Midland, Va., D.H. Flory, rail-
way mail clerk, of Nokesville, Va.;
P.M. Argenbright, railway mail
clerk, of Mt. Clinton, Va.; J.A.
Broady, engineer, of Placerville
Va.; J.T. Blair, conductor, of
Spencer, N.C., A.G. Clapp, of
Greensboro, Flagman S. J. Moody,
of Raleigh, N.C., a 12 year old son
of J.L. Thompson.
The injured are: Lewis W.
Spies, of Manassas; Frank G.
Brooks, of Charlottesville; Perci-
val Indenmauer, of Washington;
Chas. E. Reames, of Charlottes-
ville; Jennings J. Dunlap, of Nor-
Wood, N.C.; N.C. Maupin, of
Charlottesville; J. Harrison Thomp-
son, of St. Luke.
All of the above are railway
mail clerks. It is said that this is
the first time that Engineer
Broady ever ran a mail train and
the supposition is that he was run
ning too fast and not entirely
familiar with the road bed.
The wreck occurred on a steep
grade, the latter embracing the
trestle, which is in the shape of
an "S". The train was prob-
ably running at a rate of between
50 and 60 miles an hour when the
engine left the track. The train
ran some distance on the crossties,
plunging over the trestle at a
tangent, when the engine was
about half way across.
The engine and all of the cars
fell 75 feet to the water below.
The last car tore up a considerable
section of the trestle. The engine
struck and was buried in the bed
of the creek. The cars piled on
top of the engine, all of them
being split into kindling wood.
The engineer was found some lit-
tle distance from his cab, horribly
mangled and dead. All of the
bodies save one have been recov-
The train carried nothing but
mail and express. The mail was
not much damaged, considering
the extent of the wreck. Some
loose registered letters and the
valuables of the dead men have
been recovered. The express mat-
ter was considerably injured.
Among the express consign-
ments were a number of crates
containing canary birds. The
birds were not hurt and were
singing when taken from the
Two small boys, names unknown,
were playing under the trestle
when the wreck occurred. They
were thrown down and injured, but
A woman, in delicate condition
of health, witnessed the wreck
from her chamber window. She fell
to the floor unconscious and it is
not believed she will live.
The mail coaches were taken in
charge by R.B. Boulding, a clerk
who spends his Sundays in this
city. He arrived on a train within
half an hour after the diasaster.
Mail clerks were sent on special
trains from Richmond, Charlottes-
ville and Greensboro, N.C., to
assist in rescuing the government
The wreck itself beggars de-
scription. All of the cars are
battered into kindling wood and
the engine is buried in the mud of
the creek. A wrecking crew is
laboring to remove the debris so
that the trestle can be repaired for
the continunce of traffic at as early
an hour as possible tomorrow.
All of the injured mail clerks
were taken to the Home for the
Sick in the city where they re-
ceived medical attention.
At a late hour it was learned
that Lewis W. Spies is in a critical
condition and will probably not
live through the night.
The other victims may recover,
although the physicians can give
out no definite information as to
their condition. One man, name
unknown, is still in the wreck. He
can be seen, but the debris under
which he is lying has not been re-
Express Messanger W.F.
Pinckney escaped injury.
A lovely lady in VA named Bev went to the
and found this article
about the Danville Riot of 1883, I am forwarding this from the VASHENAN-L
list (Shenandoah County):
It comes from the November 8, 1883 edition of the Valley Virginian out of
The Danville Riot
Its Origin and Result
(special in the Virginian)
Danville, Va Nov5 - 8:20 a.m.
About noon Saturday a colored man meeting some white ladies on Main Street,
stepped out of the way and in doing so accidentally trod on the foot of a
white man. The negro promptly explained the cause of the accident, but the
white man was not satisfied and struck the negro who knocked his assaillant
out into the street. Three hours later the parties met again near the same
place, and the white man, accomplanied by several friends, assaulted the
negro and beat him severely, while two white men with drawn pistols kept the
crowd, mostly colored people, from interfering. A colored man attempted to
take the pistol from one of the white men and in the scuffle the white man
fell in to the gutter. He arose and fired without effect. Immediately
several other pistols were drawn by white men gathered at the scene and the
colored people began to disperse rapidly. When three shots were heard a
crowd of white men and youths assembled rapidly from adjacent points on the
street and opened an indisrimate (sic) fire upon the colored people who were
running in every direction. One colored man was met a hundred yards from the
fight and deliberately shot dead by a white man approaching the excited
crowd. The shooting was soon over. The number of shots is estimated at from
fifty to two hundred, and it does not appear that any negroes fired at their
white assailants. The result of the shooting, so far as known, is six
negroes killed and ten or more wounded. One white man at a distance was
wounded by a stray shot, one white man engaged in firing was hit accidentally
by his freinds in the rear. It is a wonder that more were not hurt as the
crowd of idle people on the street was large as it usually is on Saturday
evening. For nearly a half hour after the firing began men and youths,
armed with shot-guns, rifles and pistols, came rushing as if by concert from
all parts of the City to Main street. The excitement was intense and their
wrath furious. The first bell was rung, the military was called out. patrols
detailed for the streets and the riot act read to the excited crowd. Col.
Cabell and other Democrats addressed the excited people and urged peace.
Gradually the excietemdnt subsided, the negroes having disappeared from the
street. The churches were closed yesterday and crowds of white people were
dispersed by the reading of the riot act. The city is patroled by soldiers
and armed citizens and is virtually under Martial law, and will probably
remain so until after the election.
The Mayor, Judge and Sheriff, in counsel with
Col. Cabell and other leading
democrate (sic), are making all necessary arrangements to preserve the peace
and lives of our citizens. All good men of both colors deplore this
unprovoked assault on a defenceless people. The Democrates attribute the
riot to Col. Sims speech of Friday night , while Readjusters read in it the
logical result of the utterances of such papers as the Times, and the
resolutions and speeches of democrates clubs for weeks past.
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