Monday, October 25, 2010

Some Mecklenburg County, Virginia News, Part I

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
March 25, 1903, page 2

"George P. Tarry, who was a member of the Virginia constitutional convention, died in Mecklenburg yesterday."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
May 4, 1901, page 2

"Ross Hamilton, colored, formerly of Mecklenburg county, died yesterday at his home on Brightwood avenue, Washington."

Clinch Valley News; Jeffersonville, Virginia
May 1, 1908, page 7

"C. C. Kent - Mr. C. C. Kent, of Leesburg, a native of Mecklenburg county, Va., died Saturday, aged seventy-five years.  His wife was a Miss Head, daughter of the late Dr. Nelson A. Head, and he is survived by two sons - Nelson Kent, of Washington, D. C., and Carroll Kent, of Danville - and one daughter, Miss Mamie Kent, of Leesburg."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
January 5, 1909, page 2

"Frank Young, a Mecklenburg county murderer, who has been convicted four times and sentenced to death, had his sentence commuted through clemency of Governor Swanson, to life imprisonment."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
April 21, 1908, page 2

"C. C. Kent of Leesburg, died on Saturday from general debility, aged seventy-five years.  He was a native of Mecklenburg county, Virginia, and his wife was a daughter of the late Dr. Nelson A. Head, of Leesburg."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
February 21, 1903, page 2

"Two brothers, prominent citizens of Mecklenburg county - Mr. Phil Overby, who lived on the south side of the Roanoke river, and Rev. Alexander Overby, of Clarksville, died on Thursday."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
February 23, 1905, page 2

"The death of Col. Powhatan Whittle, aged 75 years, occurred Tuesday night, at South Hill, Mecklenburg county.  Colonel Whittle was an uncle of Judge S. G. Whittle and a brother of the late Bishop Whittle."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
June 15, 1905, page 3

"REMAINS FORWARDED - The remains of the late E. P. McLean, formerly deputy collector of internal revenue for this district, who died at Alexandria Hospital at an early hour yesterday morning, were forwarded last night by Demaine & Son to the home of the deceased in Mecklenburg county where the interment will take place."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
January 1, 1904, page 2

"The Governor has granted a pardon to R. Thames, 17 years of age, who was sentenced to two years' imprisonment from Mecklenburg county last May for 'whitecapping'."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
August 1, 1903, page 2

"A Mecklenburg man, in taking his gun from its rack to shoot a hare, accidentally killed his young wife yesterday."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
May 8, 1908, page 2

"It was announced at the office of the attorney general in Richmond, yesterday, that the suit against B. E. Cogbill, former treasurer of Mecklenburg county, for $4,411.69, would be withdrawn, as he has arranged, through a bonding company, to meet the deficiency charged up against hims after the closing of his books."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
July 27, 1904, page 2

"In a difficulty about a woman, near Clarksville, Mecklenburg county, on Monday night, a man named Sheppard and another named Langford, fought with knives.  Sheppard stabbed Langford to the heart, killing him instantly and then fled with blood pouring from his own wounds.  Sheppard also died Tuesday.  The woman witnessed the fight."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
April 16, 1908, page 2

"An investigation of the closed Bank of Mecklenburg by the board of directors shows a big shortage.  E. W. overby, cashier, has been arrested upon his confession that he had allowed B. E. Cogbill, head of the East Coast Lumber Company, which is now in bankruptcy, to overdraw his account without the knowledge of the president or directors for over $100,000.  It is generally thought that the depositors will receive between 50 and 75 cents on the dollar.  Overby has been released on $5,000 bail bonds."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
October 15, 1908, page 2

"At Boydton, after being closeted several hours, the jury in the trial of E. W. Overby, charged with masking a false statement as to the funds of the Bank of Mecklenburg, failed to agree and was discharged."

Richmond Times; Richmond, Virginia
May 9, 1902, page 5

"OLD ISSUE PASSING AWAY - A BLACK MAMMY DIES IN MECKLENBURG AGED OVER A HUNDRED - BOYDTON, VA. - MAY 8 - Mecklenburg's centenarian, in the person of 'Aunt Mariah Lewis,' died yesterday at her son's home near here.  She was perhaps the oldest person in the county.  She claimed to be one hundred and three years old, and she could not have been far from wrong, for her fifth son, with whom she lived, is nearly seventy years of age.  'Aunt Mariah' was a great favorite with the white people; she was kind and respectful to all.  She was the former slave of the late John W. Lewis, a prominent lawyer of the bar of this county in antebellum days, and was the 'black mammy' of the Lewis children, to whom she was devotedly attached, and they as well to her.

For many years 'Aunt Mariah' led an active life nursing children, and even when the infirmities of age came upon her she would sit daily knitting or sewing.  She retained her faculties to a remarkable degree, and delighted to talk of her young masters.  She is the old woman who, it will be remembered, although bent with age, came to the burial of the last one of her young masters, some two years since, and as the body was being lowered into the grave, with a sobbing heart, she moved toward the open grave and exclaimed, 'Good-bye, Mars Tom, it won't be long before I will be with you,' and now her prophecy is fulfilled.

One by one these old faithful servants of the nappy long ago are crossing over the river, and all will soon be gone.  The saddest of all is the fact that there are none so faithful to take their places.

The present generation know but little and cannot appreciate the love and almost veneration in which these old-time 'mammies' were held by the old Southern people.  These old mammies were, so to speak, the watchful guardians of the children of the families, both by day and by night.  A remarkable instance of her loyalty to the Lewis family is the fact that a few years ago the old woman went to New York in search of the last of her young masters, who has since died, and she said, when she found him, that she not only hugged him, but she kissed him."

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