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    1. [VACFAIRF] Trying to get VACFAIRF up and going again
    2. Anne Mitchell
    3. Hi everybody! Just trying to get this list going again. I don't have any ancestors that I know of in Alexandria, but I am a passionate Virginia researcher. If you want to manage your subscription on the new updated RootsWeb Mailing Lists, you will need to re-register your account. You will find instructions here: or send me an email at and I will help you out. Also, if you would like to unsubscribe, send an email to with unsubscribe as the subject and the body. And you can visit the archives of the list here: Resource of the month: Updated Newberry Historical Maps You will find Virginia here: The interactive Virginia map here: Chronology for Fairfax, Virginia is here: Welcome back to the new RootsWeb Mailing Lists Anne Mitchell

    06/06/2018 01:53:53
    1. [City of Fairfax, VA] From the List Owner
    2. David E. Cann
    3. Hello folks, and welcome back to RootsWeb's newly upgraded list system. If you are receiving this post it is because you are still a subscriber to this list, even though things have been pretty quiet due to a number of issues lately. The lists are back now, and I believe you will like the improvements that have been made. The most obvious improvement is a new RootsWeb login system, which you will find at the following link: Only one account per person is needed, and once you have created it you will be able to organize and manage all of your list subscriptions in one handy location. Like anything new there will be something of a learning curve in the beginning, but I really think you will like it for the new security and personalization features for your list subscriptions. And last but not least, please note my email address as List Owner immediately below this message and following my name. Also note the "List information" link below that, which will take you to the information page for this list, where you will find information to help you subscribe, unsubscribe, and some other things based on the current status of your new log in account. I welcome you back to the list, and look forward to working with you in the future tracking down our elusive ancestors. David E. Cann List Owner of the Fairfax, Virginia mailing list on RootsWeb List information:

    04/28/2018 05:42:28
    1. [City of Fairfax, VA] FROM THE ADMIN: Digest subscribers please note
    2. David E. Cann
    3. Please DO NOT reply to this on the list I'm the Admin of this list, and I would like to ask for your help if I may. This pertains to digest subscribers ONLY, so folks subscribed in list mode please completely disregard it. The current default format on this list for digest posts is called "MIME," which means you will receive each digest as a single post usually once a day with each individual post for that day appearing as an attachment. This is the one exception to what you may have heard about no attachments on RW lists, but these are quite safe to open. To read or reply to one of the attached posts, you simply double-click it to open it, after which you can reply to it if you choose to. Generally, replying to it will require little or no editing or trimming as was needed with previous digests here. I have recently become aware that reportedly A FEW service providers do not receive this type of digests very well, although the large majority of them do. If you are not able to double-click on an attachment and read it properly, then it is possible that your service provider may be one of the very few unable to receive and deliver them correctly. If so, please drop me a line OFF LIST AT MY ADMIN ADDRESS BELOW, and I will return your subscription to what is called "plain text" format as before. Likewise, if you are able to use these digests without difficulty but simply prefer the plain text format used before, then drop me a line OFF LIST using the same address below and ask me to return your digest to "plain text" format. As another option you may want to try list mode, and receive your list posts immediately as they come in rather than wait for your digest up to 24 hours later. If you are having no difficulty reading or using the current digests this way, then there is no need to reply or let me know. I try very hard to reply to all correspondence from subscribers, but sometimes replying to everyone is simply not always feasible. David E. Cann Admin of the Fairfax, VA mailing list on RootsWeb List information:

    05/28/2014 02:10:04
    1. [City of Fairfax, VA] New List Admin
    2. David E. Cann
    3. Just a quick not to introduce myself as the new List Admin. I adopted this list yesterday, so from this point on I will be the one monitoring your postings and keeping an eye on things from the background. I don't think you will see too much difference between my predecessors and I in the way I do things. I try to keep somewhere close to subject matter, "list netiquette," and other commonly used list guidelines and practices, so as long as things continue to run smoothly then you'll likely never see or hear from me on the list. Or, not until I reply to a list posting. If you have any questions about any issue regarding the list itself, please drop me a line at the Admin's address in my signature lines below, and you will also find it at the bottom of all list posts as well. I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone, and sharing our mutual passion (or "obsession?") for genealogy in the coming weeks and months. If you write me at the address below you will ALWAYS receive a reply, most commonly within 24 hours or so, but please keep in mind that I am only a genealogist like yourself. I have simply agreed to monitor things here as a volunteer, but just like you I have a family and other responsibilities as well so please be patient with me if you do not get an immediate reply sometimes. David E. Cann Admin of the Fairfax, VA mailing list on RootsWeb List information:

    07/06/2012 06:50:27
    1. [VACFAIRF] War Veteran's Grave Moved with Honors
    2. pifox
    3. War Veteran's Grave Moved with Honors OSAGE, W.Va. (AP) A Civil War veteran whose grave was moved to make way for coal mining has been reburied at Bethel Cemetery near Osage. The remains of Job Lawlis were honored Sunday with a flag-folding ceremony and gun salute by VFW Post 9916. Descendant Clarence "Buddy" Lawlis arranged the event for his great-great-uncle, who died in 1907. Job Lawlis and 20 others were originally buried in a rural cemetery near Cassville United Methodist Church. But a judge approved Patriot Mining Co.'s request to move the remains so it could get to an estimated 7,000 tons of coal underneath. Patriot argued that with buffer zone and blasting laws, it would have lost up to 100,000 tons of coal worth at least $5 million if the graves hadn't been moved.

    03/24/2009 04:50:06
    1. [VACFAIRF] Gravestones Found on Potomac's Edge
    2. pifox
    3. Gravestones Found on Potomac's Edge On a frigid Virginia morning Fox 5 set out on a choppy Potomac River. It's about seventy-five miles from DC, in King George County. Our captain, Pete Hohmann, is an avid kayaker. "I go out every Monday. I'm a pastor and Monday is my day off", says Hohmann. He's found a lot along the river. But never anything like what he's about to show us. "It's in a very remote area, that's not very assessable", says Hohmann. We slowly come upon a stretch of river bank near the Caledon Natural Area. From a distance it appears like rip-rap. That's rock or debris normally used to stop erosion. But as we edge closer, the smooth stones begin to tell a different story. "It was tombstones, parts of ornate concrete and marble", explains Hohmann. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES AND HISTORY OF CEMETERY GRAVESTONES MY NOTE: Mercer S. Alexander IS MY INLAWS ANCESTER Just on top of the piles we spotted about a dozens headstones scattered along the river's edge. Most of them dated back to the early 1900s. There was one stone marked 1893. Some of the markers were covered deep in mud. Others had visible names like Henry Miller, Ella Blunt and Vina Mitchell. "I love looking at a gravestone and just wonder who it is. What their life was like", says Hohmann. Fox 5 wondered too. How did these markers end up here, discarded along the river? Using US Census records and a little guess-work about old cemeteries in the area, we researched each name. They all pointed to one place, the Columbian Harmony Cemetery. It was one of DC's first African-American graveyards, originally located on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast. Today a Metro stop and a shopping center sit on the land once estimated to hold 37,000 bodies. A marker near the Metro reads "Many distinguished black citizens, including Civil War veterans, were buried here". Robert Nieweg is with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He's familiar with stories like this. "It's quite common to see historic cemeteries that have been relocated and sometimes sensitively and other times insensitively", says Nieweg. But he adds, "It's a surprise and a shock that these headstones would have been discarded along the Potomac". Records show that when Columbian Harmony ran out of space and money the land was sold for development. Historians tell us most of the remains were supposed to be relocated in 1960 to a new spot, the National Harmony Memorial Park in Landover, Maryland. The headstones were to be left behind, buried underground. So, how did some of the stones end up as rip-rap in Virginia? The current owner of the land along the Potomac River explained to Fox 5 that back when the cemetery was being relocated, his father was given permission to haul some of the debris away. Some of the stones offer hints at who these people were. Louisa Braxton's headstone reads, "District Deputy of the United Order of Tents". The fraternal group was created by African-American women to, in part, help with the Underground Railroad. Mercer Alexander's stone reads, "Beloved husband of Rosa". We discovered he was a mail carrier. One of his descendants told us he'd like to see the headstone reunited with the remains. Why? Because we found almost all of the stones in Virginia, along the river, belong to people who now lie in unmarked graves in Maryland. Nieweg says, "If those were the headstones from my ancestors I would be outraged". Local historian Richard Miller agrees, saying, "I like to see these unfinished cases completed". Miller has helped others from Columbian Harmony get cemetery markers. He thinks the people we found stones for deserve the same respect. "It's a matter of tradition and doing what's right", says Miller. For now, these monuments remain tucked away, far from the people they celebrate, touched only by the lapping waves of the Potomac. Kayaker Pete Hohmann says, "Surprisingly most people around here don't really know about it". The National Trust for Historic Preservation says it plans to reach out to state officials to see if there's any way to reconnect the markers with the remains.

    03/11/2009 07:04:12
    2. pifox
    3. Census begins hiring area workers Fairfax County Source: Fairfax County Times WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 2009 The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for applicants to fill jobs in Fairfax County. Positions are mostly for address listers, who will fan out in local neighborhoods early this spring to build a current and complete address list. The address list will be used to deliver census questionnaires in March 2010. �We�re somewhat short of our recruiting goals in a few counties in northern Virginia,� said Matthew Schnedl, manager of the Local Census Office in Alexandria. The full- and part-time jobs are temporary and the pay range is from $18 to $20 per hour, depending on location. Those interested inapplying for these jobs should go to for job descriptions, qualifications and applications. Potential applicants also can call 1-866-861-2010. Nationwide, the Census Bureau will open nearly 500 offices and employ more than 1 million people in the 2010 Census. April 1, 2010 is Census Day, the reference date for collecting census information.

    01/28/2009 11:14:07
    2. pifox

    12/24/2008 11:26:06
    1. [VACFAIRF] Richmond Dig Reveals Evidence of Slave Jail
    2. pifox
    3. Richmond Dig Reveals Evidence of Slave Jail Archaeologists are revealing some of their finds from a historic Richmond site that once was the center of Virginia's slave-trading past. The discoveries announced Wednesday include the remains of a brick foundation at what was once known as Lumpkin's Slave Jail. A cobblestone courtyard and the remnants of a kitchen were also found. Lumpkin's Jail was named after Robert Lumpkin, who was known as a "bully trader" for his rough handling of enslaved men, women and children. According to historians, the jail was the largest holding center in the former capital of the Confederacy from 1840 until the end of the Civil War. The discoveries are part of a dig to uncover remnants of Richmond's slave-trading history, much of which has disappeared through the years. do not send me attachments send in text only inline D.L.M.FOX

    12/17/2008 05:25:19
    1. [VACFAIRF] Marshall Family CEMETERY BURKE RD va
    2. pifox
    3. FROM FAIRFAX AND BURKE JOURNAL Marshalling Support for Cemetery Cleanup New organization looks to remake resting place of historic Burke family before moving on to others. By Derek B. Johnson Tuesday, August 26, 2008 When the Marshall family cemetery in Burke was vandalized last April, some residents blamed the sight line. The small plot had become overrun with brush and trees. Hidden behind a wall adjacent to a 7-Eleven, the stone monument signifying the presence of the unmarked graves was virtually undetectable. That lack of visibility made it a prime spot for drinking, drug-use and, eventually, vandalism. It was most likely a group of teens, said Lynne Garvey-Hodge Fairfax County History Commissioner for the Springfield district, that left beer bottles and trash all over grounds and spray painted messages like "They will live forever" over the stone marker. Those acts prompted Garvey-Hodge to create the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Organization and charge that organization with the mission of identifying, documenting, preserving and maintaining the more than 350 cemeteries within the county. "Our plan is to get non-profit status and we just established a board of directors," said Garvey-Hodge about the newly formed organization. Up first was the vandalized Marshall cemetery at the intersection of Ox Road and Hampton Road. On Saturday morning, Aug. 23, Garvey-Hodge and around 15 volunteers cleared brush and cut down trees to increase visibility of the monument, collected enough bottles, wrappers and garbage to fill almost a dozen black trash bags and laid down wood chips over the cleared surfaces. The immediate plan is to fix up the surrounding area and clean the marker, which one member suggested they do with lots of nail polish. Long-term, the organization plans to transform the cemetery grounds into a park and memorial, installing benches and some signs indicating the site�s historical significance. "We may be back tomorrow. We�re definitely coming back another day to clean the marker," said Mary Lipsey, History Commissioner for the Braddock district and a co-founder of the organization. The cleanup had some other notable volunteers. Glenn Curtis, owner of Marshall cemetery and a descendant of John and Mary Marshall was in attendance, as was Virginia State Del. Dave Marsden (D-41). "You more or less expect it to happen," said Curtis of the vandalism. Curtis, who owns just one of the handful of Marshall family cemeteries in the Burke and Lorton area, said he didn�t think he could have done anything to stop the vandalism but regretted not visiting his ancestors� resting place more often. "I�m sorry that I didn�t spend more time down here checking up on it," he said. Marsden said one of his constituents alerted him to the vandalism and from there he notified police. About one block away from the cemetery, he showed a tree-filled makeshift alley behind a shopping center with gang symbols spray painted between two parallel walls. It was here, Marsden said, that gang activity and drug paraphernalia became such a problem that police stepped up their patrols of the area. The area has been quieter since then, he said. "To curb this kind of activity you need: A, a police presence, and B, you need to keep things fixed up. It�s sort of like the �broken windows� theory," he said. The cemetery was a family plot started by John and Mary Marshall. John Marshall, the first postmaster of Burke in 1852, was part of a family that has had roots in the Burke area for over 150 years. Keith Pearson, a relative of Curtis and the Marshall family, also took park in the cleanup. Pearson has a funny connection to the Marshall family. Back in the days leading up to Civil War, Pearson�s great, great grandfather George Steele voted against Virginia�s secession from the Union. When he did, he was told that he ought to have been shot for his decision. The man who told him that? John Marshall. "I guess he was for the Confederates," said Pearson with a laugh. Now, as a member of the Marshall family through marriage, Pearson spent the day clearing brush and dumping woodchips side by side with Curtis. "It�s been going on for 30 years," Pearson said of troublemakers using the site as a hang out. "Kids were always here drinking. They didn�t mark the stone [until recently]." Pat Edmiston, a Burke resident for 30 years, explained why she came out on a Saturday morning, coincidentally her birthday, to fix up Marshall cemetery. "I�ve always had an interest in the history of this place," said Edmiston, of her Fairfax County home. "One of the connections to the past is our cemeteries." Garvey-Hodge said the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Organization will not stop with Marshall. The group is planning on not only preserving the cemeteries located on the large, wall-sized map she had in her car, but also to identify and document the many unmarked ones hidden throughout the county. They are looking for more volunteers and have scheduled a Sept. 15 meeting at the West Springfield Government Center on Rolling Road. Diana Taylor said she was on board with the organization�s goals. "I agree with their philosophy. We�re losing too many cemeteries to abandonment, development or whatever," said Taylor, who is from Annandale. "We have to fight for them, this is our history. These people may not be as famous as George Washington or George Mason, but they walked the same earth." Marsden said that the increased visibility from the street along with a few additional police patrols should make the site an undesirable location for vandals. "Just making sure that things look cared-for, it tends to be ignored by people looking to do damage," he said. ANYONE KNOW THE PARENTS OF JOHN A. MARSHALL Born: 1821c Died: DEC 22, 1892 AND MARY J. MARSHALL Born: 1826c Died: MAY 3, 1887 BOTH BURIED THERE? OR CHILDREN?

    09/01/2008 10:39:12
    1. [VACFAIRF] Remaking History
    2. pifox
    3. Remaking History Science, grit help fill in blanks of early America. By Stephan Salisbury Inquirer Culture Writer On a bright spring day, when Michael Coard was 10 years old and skinny as a twig, he made the trek undertaken by thousands of Philadelphia schoolchildren before and since. He visited the Liberty Bell. What is this, he wondered, looking at 2,080 pounds of cracked bronze, then hanging in Independence Hall. What's so exciting? His beaming white Masterman classmates seemed to share a good secret he did not understand. None of the rangers - all white men - who talked to the class mentioned slavery or abolitionism, the Civil War or civil rights. The African American boy from North Philadelphia left the park bemused. He had looked at the bell, listened to talk of freedom, and thought about his own poor, hemmed-in black neighborhood. What did the bell have to do with that? "It seemed like a big party that I wasn't invited to," recalls Coard, now a 43-year-old criminal attorney, who could not have known that more than 30 years in the future, he would be instrumental in opening the party up to everyone. Back then, in the early 1970s, the story visitors heard at Independence National Historical Park was one of freedom, liberty and opportunity as reflected in the pale faces of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin. But today, as the city and the park service welcome tens of thousands of visitors to this week's July Fourth celebrations, the stories have changed - and changed radically. Yes, at the bell the video and exhibits still portray liberty and freedom and Washington and Jefferson, but they also talk about slave-owning Founding Fathers, about abolitionism and the civil-rights movement. Visitors learn that the Liberty Bell was a symbol for the women's suffrage movement, for immigrants protesting discrimination in the New World, for human-rights activists everywhere. They learn that the idea of freedom evolves, that the American journey is incomplete. None of this was part of ranger talks 35 years ago. But it's there now, largely because of a house long gone, the President's House, where George Washington and John Adams lived, worked and invented the presidency, and where Washington kept at least nine slaves. The great change began in 2002, when scholars and citizens - including Michael Coard - were angered to learn that Independence Park officials had planned to build a new Liberty Bell pavilion virtually on top of Washington's slave quarters. The ensuing controversy compelled sweeping change in the park's narrative and allowed a host of new stories to flood onto the plain of Independence Mall. And with the stories, told in exhibits, talks, tours and classroom programs, new characters present at the nation's creation have been brought into the light of the 21st century. Here is Oney Judge, Martha Washington's personal attendant, who defied a president and a Constitution in her escape from slavery. Here is James Oronoko Dexter, who bought his freedom, then helped found the first free African church and self-help group in the new nation. Here is Hercules, Washington's chef, who finally had enough of bondage and disappeared from Philadelphia. The stories keep coming: Park sites are now seen in light of their relationship to the Underground Railroad, and a walking tour exploring that theme began four years ago; lineaments of a vibrant, free African community two blocks from Independence Hall - excavated by archaeologists in 2000 before the National Constitution Center was built - are being sketched out at a new public archaeology lab; the roles of slaves and slaveholders in the early life of such beloved institutions as Christ Church are being presented to the public. And black enslavement at the nation's birth and in its birthplace has taken its place as a painful, essential topic of discussion and commemoration. In 2010, a memorial to the President's House and its enslaved occupants is to open right outside the front door of the Liberty Bell Center. please read the rest,,artical to large to email to rootsweb

    06/30/2008 07:12:18
    1. [VACFAIRF] Fw: Archaeologists Make Colonial Discovery
    2. pifox
    3. PORT TOBACCO, Md. -- Archaeologists have uncovered four Colonial Period graves and the remains of a fence that bound the community cemetery in Port Tobacco, according to the Port Tobacco Archaeological Project. The remains were found during a two-week study of historic Port Tobacco. Volunteers from Maryland, New York and New Jersey participated in the excavation of four sites that had been identified during an archaeological survey of the Colonial town site last fall. Members of the Port Tobacco Archaeological Project said the discovery has brought them very close to identifying the exact spot on which an Anglican Church stood between the 1680s and 1709. Excavators recovered pieces of clay daub from above and within the graves that was likely used to plaster the fireplace and chimney of the wooden church. Local residents and historians have long known of the community cemetery on the north side of town. It was used throughout the 1800s but was buried by sediment around the turn of the 20th century. No effort has yet been made to relocate it. The uncovered graves have been mapped, but will remain unexcavated. The uncovered graves are approximately 160 feet south of the outline of the 1886 Episcopal Church. Future excavations will continue to explore the cemetery with the goals of determining its extent, the number of graves, and the location of the church

    06/27/2008 08:10:58
    1. [VACFAIRF] Fw: Fairfax County News to Use: June 27, 2008
    2. pifox
    3. ----- Original Message ----- From: "ListServ NewsToUse" <NewsToUse@FAIRFAXCOUNTY.GOV> To: <NEWSTOUSE@LISTSERV.CO.FAIRFAX.VA.US> Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 5:06 PM Subject: Fairfax County News to Use: June 27, 2008 Fairfax County News to Use E-mail Update June 27, 2008 The following information has been published recently to Fairfax County News to Use: -- June 28: New Burke Centre Library to Open -- June 30: Board of Supervisors Meeting -- July 4: Independence Day Government Schedules -- Fireworks Safety and Locations for Public Fireworks Displays -- All Summer: Parks Summer Entertainment Series -- Teen Centers Kick Off Cell Phone Collection Drive -- ExtravaCATza Features Fabulous Cats for Adoption -- Library Seeks Volunteers -- Fairfax County Launches Pages on Facebook, MySpace and YouTube -- Provide Feedback on Gym and Field Allocation Policies -- All Fairfax Reads: The Uncommon Reader -- Library Cosponsors Public Art Project -- Recycle Small Electronics at Your Post Office Visit for this information and more, including calendars and e-government resources. You're connected, so please help connect fellow residents with their county, too. Do you know a neighbor, family member, co-worker or friend who may be interested in Fairfax County News to Use? Then... -- Forward them this e-mail. -- Send them the direct link to News to Use at -- Invite them to subscribe to this e-mail at ********************************************************************** Fairfax County News to Use is published by the Office of Public Affairs with contributions from county agencies and departments. If you have questions or comments about this publication, please send an e-mail to ------------------------------------------------------------ This list (NEWSTOUSE) is hosted by the government of Fairfax County, VA ( Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call 703-324-3187 or TTY 703-324-2935. Please allow five working days in advance of events in order to make the necessary arrangements.

    06/27/2008 07:24:28
    1. [VACFAIRF] Book sparks discussion of history’s racial divide
    2. pifox
    3. Book sparks discussion of history’s racial divide By Eric Beidel The Winchester Star Berryville — The 2-year-old book club had a smaller-than-usual turnout Sunday as storm clouds threatened. But that didn’t stop the serious discussion about race and its effect on children throughout history. The Josephine School Community Museum Book Club in Berryville had just finished reading "Jip: His Story," a book by author Kathryn Paterson, who also wrote the popular children's book "A Bridge to Terabithia." "Jip" follows a boy who ends up on a Vermont farm after falling from a wagon just before the start of the Civil War. He knows nothing of his past, which comes back to haunt him in more ways than one. Jip comes to find that his father is a slave master and his mother a slave. Therefore, he is a slave. Paul Jones Sr. and his grandson, Paul Jones III, follow along as Helen Boyd reads from the book “Jip: His Story” during the Josephine School Community Museum Book Club’s discussion of author Kathryn Paterson’s work of historical fiction on Sunday afternoon at the museum in Berryville. (Ginger Perry) Boyce Elementary School teacher Adeela Al-Khalili led the discussion on Sunday around a picnic table outside the museum. Gail Souther and Helen Bond joined her. Just as Jip discovers more about himself and a mysterious outcast that he befriends, the book reveals much more about the time period and human nature than expected, Al-Khalili said. For instance, Jip was dropped off the wagon by his mother, hoping that by abandoning her child, he would be free. "To think that a mother had to make that decision," Al-Khalili said. "Who gets to go? Who stays?" Jip’s father comes looking for him, but not with parental longing. The father wants the boy back as a slave. Jip escapes and finds his way to Canada. When the Civil War breaks out, Jip decides to join up with an African-American regiment fighting for the Union. "Jip’s journey of discovery is really something," Bond said. "He goes from the son of an African slave to a slave himself." Jip, though, has a harder time coming to terms with his father the slaver than he does his mother the slave. "[Paterson] is a good children’s author," Al-Khalili said. "There are so many levels touched on without preaching or getting up on a soapbox." The club members realized after reading the historical-fiction novel that slavery was just as big of a business for the North as it was for the South. In New England, bounty hunters tracked down runaway slaves for pay. At the same time, slaves found hospitality throughout the North along the Underground Railroad. The three book club members liked the story so much, they might use it next year as they plan another day geared toward children. The club had just one child at Sunday’s meeting. Unfortunately, he was too young to read or understand the book. "We’re working on some other ideas to get kids more involved," Bond said, including partnering with schools. The book club meets every two months. Sometimes, they discuss a book they’ve read. Other times, they put on a play. Last year, the group hosted a discussion about Bill Cosby and some of the harsh comments he had made publicly about black communities. Nearly 100 people turned out to the small school building in Berryville for that debate. At its next meeting, on Aug. 10, the club will discuss "The Ditchdigger’s Daughters: A Black Family’s Astonishing Success Story" by Yvonne Thornton. In October, they plan to read and discuss a biography of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. *** For more information on the Josephine School Community Museum Book Club or the museum at 303 Josephine St., Berryville, call 540-955-5512. D.L.M.FOX

    06/23/2008 06:28:24
    1. [VACFAIRF] Md. plantation attic holds 400 years of documents
    2. pifox
    3. Md. plantation attic holds 400 years of documents By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press Writer CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) -- For four centuries, they were the ultimate pack rats. Now a Maryland family's massive collection of letters, maps and printed bills has surfaced in the attic of a former plantation, providing a firsthand account of life from the 1660s through World War II. "Historians are used to dealing with political records and military documents," said Adam Goodheart, a history professor at nearby Washington College. "But what they aren't used to is political letters and military documents kept right alongside bills for laundry or directions for building a washing machine." Goodheart is working with state archivists and a crew of four student interns to collect the documents, which were found stuffed into boxes, barrels and peach baskets. "Look at this: 'Negro woman, Sarah, about 27 years old, $25,'" Goodheart says, reading from a 19th century inventory. "It was as though this family never threw away a scrap of paper." The documents include maps, letters, financial records, political posters, even a lock of hair from a letter dated Valentine's Day, 1801. There's a love poem from the 1830s (in which a young man graphically tells his sweetheart what he'd do if he sneaked into her room on a winter's night), along with war accounts and bills of sale from slaves and crops. The papers come from several generations of the Emory family, prominent tobacco and wheat farmers who settled here on a land grant from Lord Baltimore in the 1660s. The former Poplar Grove plantation is still in family hands, though the mansion now is used only as a hunting lodge. The documents were moldering in an attic until students touring the house started sorting through them this spring. "I don't believe any of us knew these papers were there," said Mary Wood, an Emory cousin whose son inherited the plantation in 1998. "We didn't go there all that often, and when you do, you don't go up in people's attics and look around." Washington College has had access to the plantation for years, but Goodheart said he assumed the papers in the attic weren't old or important. They aren't in any particular order, and some are mouse-eaten tatters that look like something out of "The Da Vinci Code." "You really get a sense of the range of America through these papers," said Edward Papenfuse, director of the Maryland State Archives, which will eventually house them. Perhaps most strikingly, letters tell of a family's torn allegiances during the Civil War. The Emorys lived on Maryland's Eastern Shore, across Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore, where the plantation economy of the South ended and the abolitionist industrial North began. It was a conflict the Emorys catalogued, anti-slavery petitions stacked alongside records of slaves sent to Natchez, Miss., and a packet of letters, still tied in silk ribbon, titled, "Correspondence with W.H. Emory and wife in regard to his resignation from U.S. Army, 1861." The Emorys owned slaves, but some signed an 1832 petition to the Maryland legislature calling for the gradual eradication of slavery. One family member, William H. Emory, was a colonel in the U.S. Army when the Civil War began. He wrote out a resignation of his post, then changed his mind and fought for the Union. Two sons also fought in the Civil War - one for the Union, one for the Confederacy. Bundles of letters from all family members detail their divided feelings. The family kept not just personal letters, but political posters about the conflict. "These are things that usually do not survive," Papenfuse said, pointing to a broadside blasting then-President Martin Van Buren for favoring voting rights for "every free negro." "After the heat of a campaign, this printed matter was thrown out or put to other uses, including the outhouse." Not so at the Emory house, where even small scraps of paper were kept alongside military uniforms and other family heirlooms. The collection also includes notes on an aspect of slavery historians know little about: the practice of renting slave labor to neighbors and plantations farther south. "Scholars have not paid a great deal of attention to it, but this is something that helps recreate and draw back together the lives of these people who were considered chattel," Papenfuse said. Relatives are also curious to know what historians find. "I can't believe they didn't throw this stuff out," Wood said with a chuckle. "I mean, it's kind of weird. It's fascinating, though. I can't believe that something might come out of it." On the Net: Washington College Poplar Grove project:

    06/22/2008 09:22:06
    1. [VACFAIRF] happy thanksgiving to all
    2. pifox
    3. hope you all have a happy and safe thanksgiving. debbie in va D.L.M.F

    11/23/2006 01:16:40
    1. [VACFAIRF] people of color genealogies
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    3. hello, just sending a last request ,if any one on the lists im subbed to are researching any people of color, such as african american ,native american, west indian etc. before i unsubscribe please email me direct D.L.M.F

    10/02/2006 05:35:37
    1. Strasburg Museum opens exhibit on Indian civilization
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    3. By Robert King (Daily Staff Writer) STRASBURG - Remnants of an ancient civilization are on display in a new exhibit at the Strasburg Museum. The museum put together a display charting the tools used by American Indians who lived in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The display contains about 1,000 artifacts that were donated posthumously by Jack Crawford. The museum contains artifacts and displays from the Colonial period up to other eras. The museum contains authentic exhibits focusing on these periods. There are exhibits on antique clothing and fashion, a blacksmith forgery bellows and other relics. The new display, which focuses on the tools and the evolution of Indians in the valley, is arranged to create a timeline of those civilizations. "What I wanted to do was to arrange it in a way that it told something of the history of the valley before white settlers came and to include it in the museum so that the museum started with the first residents of the valley and go through the history it already shows," said Monty Loving, who put together the display. The display is arranged by three main time periods: paleo, archaic and woodland. Large cases show projectiles and stone tools that were used by Indians during these time periods. "What I tried to do is, as people come to the display they would start on one side and would see the improvements in technology and stone use through about 10,000 years of history," said Monty Loving. The display focuses first on the paleo era (9500-8000 B.C.), in which Indians used the valley as a gathering place for mining and tool-making, said Loving's mother, Glenna Loving, who helped with the display and is a member of the museum's board. Although archaeologists never found where paleo-era Indians actually lived in the valley, Mrs. Loving said, they did discover tools they carried with them as they left the area. During the second period, archaic (8000-1200 B.C.), Indians used rock shelters and small caves throughout the valley for homes. They also used many stones as spear points. Indians used a tool called an atlatl that could double the force and distance of the spear throw. A replica atlatl is a part of the exhibit. The woodland period (1200 B.C.-1600 A.D.) is the last part of the display in which tools became more advanced. Indians started using bows and arrows and many of the stones were shaped into small points. Clay bowls and cooking pots also were developed during this period. A major part of the exhibit is the display of projectiles such as arrowheads and spear points. Since the bow was not invented until the woodland period, many of the stones from the paleo and archaic periods were larger so they could be fastened onto an atlatl. Indians in the paleo era modified stones through a method called fluting, which allowed them to mount stones onto spears and other tools. Flakes from the stone were removed to create serrated edges. The best part about the exhibit , organizers say, is that all the tools were found in the valley. Crawford participated in a series of archaeological digs in the Strasburg area in the 1960s, Loving said. His collection grew throughout the years, and when he died it was donated to the museum. Mrs. Loving's other son, Mark, also helped set up the display. He said that the artifacts were very special to Crawford. "Each piece told a story and I think that's what he liked about it, a way to use your imagination," he said. "It is a little bit like treasure hunting. You never know what you are going to find out there." The Strasburg Museum's exhibit "gave the museum the opportunity to take his collection and turn it into something that was educational," Monty Loving said. The exhibit was crafted to be as authentic as possible in order to accurately depict Indian civilizations. A replica of a fireplace that was used during that period was constructed as a part of the exhibit. The fireplace, which is not to scale, includes charred wood remains and animal bones. The Indians in the valley constructed large fireplaces as part of their camps. They were a resourceful people, surviving on the plentiful resources of the valley. "These people were simple and trying to survive and raise families," said Monty Loving. Plants were used as food, medicine, containers and fuel for fires. Indians also hunted animals, not just as a food source but for tools. Deer antlers were converted into implements and turtle shells were made into sturdy bowls. Many Indian civilizations did not appear to stay in the valley during the woodland period, Glenna Loving said. Although there were some Indians when white settlers arrived, most already had migrated West. Monty Loving said one theory for the departure was an outbreak of tribal warfare. The Shawnee tribe was forced from the valley by the Susquehannocks, who were subsequently forced out by the Iroquois. Monty and Glenna Loving hope the exhibit will give visitors a glimpse of the history of the valley's first inhabitants. "What I wanted to do was make it as authentic as I could," Monty Loving said. The Strasburg Museum at 440 E. King St. in Strasburg is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May through October. Admission is $3 for adults and 50 cents for children. * Contact Robert King at D.L.M.F

    09/09/2006 05:45:00
    1. TEXT VERSION Resident rescues family cemetery
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    3. Resident rescues family cemetery By Val Van Meter The Winchester Star -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FREDERICK COUNTY - A graveyard says a lot about humans and time. For Marvin Wharton, the old Carper family cemetery, southeast of Winchester, holds stories from the past. Ken Kovach has spent hours carefully trimming vines away from the old tombstones at the Carper family cemetery on land he purchased seven years ago. Kovach spent months reclaiming the cemetery from trees and brush. (Photo by Jeff Taylor) Ken Kovach, who has rescued it from the clutches of nature, is worried about its future. But where does its story begin? Kovach can show deeds recording William Carper's purchase of 65 acres of land along the north side of the Millwood Turnpike in 1852. Six years later, Carper added 60 adjoining acres to his holding. In 1866, a section of the land along the turnpike from Boyce to Winchester was cut off for a Methodist church, which was constructed a year later. In 1892, J. Scott Carper, a son of William Carper, deeded a half acre of the property for a cemetery. The deed stated that the descendants of William Carper and relatives of people buried in the cemetery would have a right of way to get to it. That may be a clue that the Carpers had offered burial plots to people outside the family. In the early 1980s, Marvin Wharton was working on family genealogy. Records reveal sad tales By Val Van Meter The Winchester Star -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Frederick County - "There are sad stories associated with all cemeteries," said Ken Kovach. Kovach spent the winter months rescuing the Carper family cemetery from obscurity under layers of trees and underbrush. The impetus came from a visit last year from Marvin Wharton and Linda Martz, who were searching for ancestors buried there. Kovach, who had purchased the old Carper property in 1998, has learned a number of stories about those resting in the cemetery. One example is Mary Betty Wiley Whorley, who gave birth to twins in 1926. One twin died immediately, and the second a week later. The following week, Mary Betty joined them in the cemetery. These few facts have been preserved, but, Kovach noted, for most of the graves, not even a stone survives to tell a story. In fact, the cemetery itself was almost completely lost in underbrush until he began to clean it up. And, that, Kovach said, is a shame. He'd like to see volunteers create an organization to help people maintain their family cemeteries and perhaps reclaim some that are deteriorating. "We need a structured organization," Kovach said, which might include a surveyor, historian, someone with technical skills in computers, someone who knows plants and some willing workers to help in retrieving cemeteries, and any information they contain. Since family cemeteries are becoming a thing of the past, and because many of the family members who still try to keep up such burial grounds are unavoidably getting older, an organization which could help them would be appreciated, he said. "Nobody here is famous," he noted of the Carper cemetery he's plotted and preserved. "These are good, hardworking people. Maybe people who had bad luck." Such places might not have the romance of historic places like battlefields or the homes of the famous, but, he said, they are "hallowed places" none the less. Kovach believes that finding them, documenting them, preserving the information they contain would be a worthwhile project. He'd love to talk to others who feel the same way. The saddest story of all would be if all the family graveyards were lost. Contact Val Van Meter at "Those people become alive," he said, as you learn more about them. He explored the old Carpers Valley church but couldn't find any burial site there. In hope, he slid a note under the locked door, asking for information. A month later, he was rendezvousing with a resident of Sulphur Springs Road, Annie Shaffer, then in her 80s. She took Wharton to see the old Carper family cemetery, where several of his distant relatives, Wileys and Shaffers, were buried. Shaffer was a daughter of George William Wiley, who was also buried there. When Wharton, who was born in Middleburg but lived in Texas and Idaho, moved back to Virginia in 1989, one of the things he wanted to do was to place markers on the unmarked graves of some of the ancestors he had located. "Unfortunately, I didn't get to this one, before I decided to leave Virginia again," to live closer to grown children in Utah. However, another cousin, Linda Martz of Middleburg, also became interested in genealogy. Last year, Wharton took her to Carpers Valley Road to show her the cemetery. They couldn't find it, until they met Kovach. He led them up the new road to the cemetery, which was overgrown with trees, fox grape and creeper. A pine tree had crashed into the burial ground and the wire fence setting it off was collapsing amongst the brush. Kovach and his wife had purchased 102 acres, containing the cemetery, in 1998, from J. Scott Carper's daughter-in-law. The old deed, mentioning the cemetery, was found and the burial plot was platted and set aside. Kovach recorded an access to the cemetery from the new Kenny Lane constructed to serve six lots carved from the old Carper property. Building a road, their own home and planting thousands of loblolly pines had kept the Kovaches busy for seven years. Then, last November, Kovach took a walk back to the burial plot and looked it over. Another pine had fallen into it. A maple was pushing a headstone over. Others were toppled. Graves appeared as sunken spots. "For seven years, I said I wanted to clean up the cemetery," Kovach explained. "I suddenly got an adrenaline rush and the thing on the bottom of my 'to do list' was now on the top." Through last winter, Kovach dedicated Sunday afternoons to the effort. Winter is the best time to clean up a cemetery, he said. No snakes, bees, ticks, or bugs. Drafting his wife to help, he removed six large trailer loads of brush and fallen trees. They raked the area to clear years of leaves. Marvin Wharton canvassed his extended family to raise the funds to purchase a tombstone to commemorate family members who were buried in the Carper family cemetery. He returned to the area this summer to take care of the project. (Photo Provided by Marvin Wharton) Kovach used a metal detector to locate the remains of rusted funeral home markers. He sketched, photographed, and charted the more than 50 graves that seemed apparent on the ground's surface. Some had stone markers of varying sorts. Some inscriptions could still be read. Some graves appeared only as depressions on the ground's surface. Kovach believes there may have been six rows of graves, with perhaps 10 graves in each row. It appears that most people were buried facing toward the east, he said. There may have been head and foot stones at each grave, although only a few remain. Grave stones that have inscriptions have them on the west side, he noted. Some graves are only marked by "field stones," blank pieces of rock of various sizes. But on one field stone, someone laboriously etched three initials and dates of 1864 and 1884. The two 4's are reversed. The latest date on a tombstone appears to be 1936. When Martz came back in February to attempt some cleanup, she was amazed. It was done. She contacted Wharton in Utah, and he, in turn, solicited donations from the descendants of Wileys and Shaffers and Martzes (his own great-grandfather) he knew, to purchase a stone marker for the six family members known to be buried there. Landowner Ken Kovach, who spent the winter months reclaiming the plots from trees and underbrush, believes the Carpers allowed other members of the local church to bury their dead here. An old deed gives the families of those buried in the cemetery access across Carper's land. Some graves have incised tombstones, others just hunks of limestone, some nothing at all. (Photo by Jeff Taylor) "We don't know who is buried where, but we do know they are somewhere in . . . the last row on the far west side of the . . . cemetery," Kovach reported. For that reason, Wharton said, it was decided to put all the names, and birth and death dates where known, on a single stone at the center of the row. Were the Wileys and Shaffers related to the Carpers? Perhaps not. Kovach thinks that the Carpers allowed members of the Carpers Valley church to be buried in their family cemetery. It may have been a question of finances, he said. The church sits in a hollow, against a wet-weather stream and has no room for a cemetery of its own. In May, Wharton returned to oversee the installation of the stone. Putting faces to the names, Ken Kovach holds a page of pictures, located by Marvin Wharton, to match the names on the newly-installed tombstone at the Carper family cemetery. Wharton's maternal great-grandfather is buried there. (Photo by Jeff Taylor) The project "took 20 years," said Wharton, who had previously been successful in installing a marker for an ancestor who was wounded at the Revolutionary War battle of Yorktown. He noted that, in addition to other relatives who donated funds for the marker, and Martz, he was assisted by a local genealogist, Beulah Astle and a surviving relative in Winchester, Pearl Dalsig. As for Kovach, Wharton said, "He's taken a special interest," in the old cemetery. "He's was very kind." Contact Val Van Meter at SOURCE=

    08/12/2006 04:41:53
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