Historical Figure of the Week

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Benjamin C. E. Wamsley (c.1814-1886)

The Wamsley family seems to have come to Stafford County, Virginia from Maryland and they were here by at least the time of the American Revolution.  In 1871 Benjamin C. E. Wamsley (c.1814-1886) paid taxes on 264 acres on Cannon Run.  This land is now part of the Marine Corps reservation.  He was the son of Benjamin Wamsley (died c.1846), also of Stafford.  Benjamin C. E. Wamsley married Eliza F. Shelkett (c.1827-1879), the daughter of John Shelkett (1793-1857) and Nancy Stark (1786-1834).  Benjamin was a magistrate in Stafford from at least 1853 to 1856.

Charles Waller (1702-1749)

Charles Waller (1702-1749) was the son of Charles Waller (1674-1724) and Susannah Forrest (c.1677-1747) of Essex County, Virginia and the brother of Edward Waller (1703-1753).  At some point, the elder Charles acquired several hundred acres on Aquia Creek and devised this to his sons, Charles and Edward.  Charles, Sr. died prior to his sons and their mother moving to Stafford County, Virginia from Essex.  Once here, they built Concord on their father's land.  The younger Charles had sawyers and may have been in the boat building business, as well.  In 1749 he sold 7,013 feet of pine planks to Kingsbury Iron Furnace in Maryland and 596 feet of oak planks to Accokeek Iron Furnace in Stafford.  The following year, Accokeek paid him £30.12.6 "for a New flat with oars masts anchors & cable."  Charles also partnered with Capt. Richard Lyndon in a… Continue reading

Anne Eliza (Stribling) Waller (1832-1903)

Anne Eliza Stribling (1832-1903) was the daughter of Robert Mackey Stribling (1793-1862) and Caroline Matilda Clarkson (1800-1887) of Fauquier County.  She married Withers Waller (1827-1900) of Clifton, Stafford County.  Prior to the War Between the States, Withers operated a fishery at Clifton on the Potomac River.   A commercial fishery had been in place here since at least the mid-1700s.  Because of the Union occupation during the war, no fishing was conducted here after about 1861.  When the Waller family returned to Clifton after the peace, they found themselves amongst the few fortunate Stafford residents to still have a house.  A few years after the war, Withers reopened his fishing business.  Men who had worked there as slaves prior to the war returned after the peace and worked for wages.  When the R. F. & P. Railroad extended the tracks across… Continue reading

Lee Wallace (c.1856-1935)

Lee Wallace (c.1856-1935) was the son of Gustavus B. Wallace (1810-1882) and his second wife, Margaret Elizabeth McFarland (died 1864).  For some forty years, Lee taught school in Stafford County, Virginia and was a resident of White Oak.  He owned a small country store near Bethel Baptist Church.  This was run for many years by Miss Lucy A Cox (1861-1920) and, later, by Aunt Martha Brown, a former slave.  Lee Wallace never married, but lived with Lucien Newton whom he raised from a little boy.  Lee was a magistrate for Falmouth and often held court at Roach's Mill near modern Woodmont Nursing Home.  He served as a magistrate in Stafford from at least 1885 to 1935.  He was buried at Bethel Baptist Church.

Gustavus Brown Wallace (1810-1882)

Gustavus Brown Wallace (1810-1882) was the son of John Wallace (1761-1829) and Elizabeth Hooe (c.1766-1851) and the grandson of Dr. Michael Wallace (1719-1767) of Ellerslie, Stafford County, Virginia.  In 1832 Gustavus married Emily Travers Daniel (c.1806-1869), the daughter of Travers Daniel, Jr. (1763-1813) and Mildred Stone (1772-1837).  Some years prior to her death, Mildred (Stone) Daniel purchased from the heirs of her son, Moncure Daniel (c.1809-1831), Crow's Nest, the old Daniel Plantation on Potomac Creek.  Mildred willed Crow's Nest to Emily and Gustavus Wallace and they resided there until being forced to flee the invasion of Union troops during the War Between the States.  Before leaving the property, the soldiers stole what they wanted and then burned the house to the ground.  In 1872 Gustavus B. Wallace was appointed one of the commissioners of the Free Bridge between Fredericksburg and Stafford County.  This is… Continue reading

Thomas Gowry Strother Tyler (c.1740-1816)

Thomas G. S. Tyler (c.1740-1816) was the son of the previous clerk of the Stafford County court, Henry Tyler (c.1710-1777).  Like his father, Thomas' penmanship was exceptional. He married Anne Fisher Adie (1756-1818), the daughter of William Adie (1729-1797) of Stafford County, Virginia.  Thomas and Anne were separated after hang a large family of seven children.  Among the Fredericksburg Circuit Court records are several suits involving Thomas G. S. Tyler.  According to one suit, Thomas "took [the] oath of insolvent debtor 180__, having found the management of his own affairs too taxing and believing them better left in other hands."  Another of the suits records Thomas' claim that his father-in-law, William Adie, had unfairly deprived him of a tract of land that Adie had promised to Tyler in 1782.  A deposition by Anne (Adie) Tyler stated that her father "wanting confidence in… Continue reading

Henry Tyler (c.1710-1777)

Henry Tyler (c.1710-1777) descended from a prominent York County, Virginia family.  He was the son of Francis Tyler (c.1688-after 1723) and Rebecca (maiden name unknown (born c.1695).  In 1738 Henry married in Stafford County, Virginia Alice Strother (c.1719-c.1792), the daughter of William Strother (c.1665-1726) and Margaret Watts.  For 41 years, his distinctive and beautiful handwriting adorned the records of the Stafford County court.  Henry was clerk of court from at least 1736 to 1777 and his son, Thomas Gowry Strother Tyler (c.1740-1816), followed him as clerk.

Thomas Towson (1779-1861)

Thomas Towson (1779-1861) was the son of John Towson (1745-1832) and Penelope Buck (c.1753-1794) of Baltimore County, Maryland.  He was a marble cutter by trade and supplied that material for use in many public buildings and monuments in Maryland and in Washington, DC.  He became involved with the Aquia Creek freestone quarries early in the nineteenth century, though he didn't move permanently to Stafford County, Virginia until 1823.  He owned several freestone quarries in northern Stafford and cut the columns for the east portico of the U. S. Capitol from Brent's Island, now called Government Island.  Thomas owned the busy wharf at Coal Landing on the south side of Aquia Creek as well as the wharf at the town of Aquia (also called Woodstock) on the north side.  He was one of the largest single suppliers of freestone used in the buildings in Washington,… Continue reading

Charles Tackett (c.1780-1834)

Charles Tackett (c.1780-1834) was the son of William Tackett, Jr. (c.1751-after 1830) of Prince William County and his wife, Frances Reno (c.1750-1796:99).  In addition to operating Tackett's Mills on the upper reaches of Aquia Run in Stafford County, Virginia, Charles also taught school and kept a hotel there.  He married Ann Nancy Barber (born 1801).  In 1817 Charles, along with his brother-in-law, William Barber (1787-1881), started the Mill Farm Seminary school at Tackett's Mills.  In 1830 Charles paid taxes on 19 slaves.  Tackett's Mills was the center of the community in that part of Stafford.  It not only ground grain, the mill could also saw lumber and there was a store and post office adjoining.  Charles was a magistrate in Stafford from at least 1830 to 1834.

 

 

John H. Suttle, Jr. (c.1806-1884)

John H. Suttle, Jr. (c.1806-1884) was the son of John H. Suttle, Sr. (died c.1830) and Susanna Barret Conway (died c.1838) of Stafford County, Virginia.  The elder Suttle had managed William Wildy Robertson's freestone quarry west of Stafford Courthouse and the younger Suttle worked with the quarries for a few years before studying law.  The middle name for this man may be Horace.  John, Jr. married Catherine Tolson (died 1844), the daughter of Benjamin Tolson (c.1763-1838).  John H. Suttle, Jr. built the large part of The Fleurry's house that used to face U. S. Route 1 just south of Aquia Church.  Part of this farm is now occupied by Aquia Town Center shopping center.  For a number of years, John, Jr. served as Stafford County's Commonwealth's Attorney.

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