Historical Figure of the Week

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.

Charles Francis Suttle (1807-1881)

Col. Charles Francis Suttle (1807-1881) was the son of John H. Suttle, Sr. (died c.1830) and Susanna Barret (died c.1838) of Stafford County, Virginia.  The Suttles were involved in Stafford County's freestone industry.  A merchant, Charles F. Suttle kept stores in Falmouth, Aquia, and Alexandria.  He is perhaps best remembered as being the owner of Anthony Burns (c.1830-1862), the fugitive slave whose arrest in Boston inflamed the city and strengthen the Abolitionist Movement.  Charles served as a trustee of the town of Falmouth from at least 1851 to 1852.  He married Emily L. Taliaferro (1822-1903) and both are buried in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

Peter Street (c.1841-1918)

Peter Street (c.1841-1918) sometimes appears in the records as Peter Streets and was born in England.  He married Sarah Frances Smith (c.1848-1916) and lived across Eskimo HIll Road (Route 628) from what's now the Stafford County landfill.  He was a professional fisherman on Aquia Creek and the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers for over thirty years.

Barnett Stewart (1814-1871)

Barnett Stewart (1814-1871) was the son of Bernard/Barnett Stewart (c.1788-c.1845) and Catherine Kendall (c.1793-after 1860) of Stafford County, Virginia.  He married Mary E. Bloxham (1824-1876).  Barnett was related to the Stewart family who owned Coal Landing on Aquia Creek.  The 1839 Stafford County Personal Property Tax Records state that he was then living on Stony Hill, the old Peyton tract.  Part of this is now Aquia Harbour subdivision.  During the War Between the States, Barnett Stewart lived near Brooke, just east of Stafford Courthouse.  McDowell's troops took from Barnett's farm 60 bushels of corn, 1 ox, 1 cow, 1 yearling, 360 panels of fence, 16 fowls, and 2 hogs.  At the June 1853 term of the Stafford court he was exempted from the county levy on account of age and infirmity.  Barnett died of typhoid and was buried in the Norman-Stewart… Continue reading

Charles Sterne (1756-1818)

Charles Sterne (1756-1818) was the son of Francis Sterne (c.1729-1804) and was born in Stafford County, Virginia.  This branch of the Sterne family had land on the north side of Stefaniga Road (Route 648) and between that and the western side of Mountain View High School.  This farm was later called Pilgrim's Retreat and part of it is now Hunter's Pond subdivision.  Around 1789 he married Susannah Waller (1762-1834), the daughter of John Waller (1732-1753) and Mary Matthews of Stafford County.  Charles Sterne and his family removed to Pendleton County, Kentucky.  During the American Revolution, Charles served as a sergeant in the Continental Line.

Jefferson Spindle (c.1804-1861)

Jefferson Spindle (c.1804-1861) was the son of William Spindle (1774-1836) and Elizabeth Alsop of Spotsylvania County, Virginia.  He married Maria A. Tackett (c.1810-1883), the daughter of Charles Tackett, Sr. (c.1780-1834) and Ann Barber (born 1801) of Stafford County.  Jefferson assisted his father-in-law with the Mill Farm Seminary, a school that Tackett had started in 1818 at Tackett's Mills.  The two organizers of this school were Tackett and his father-in-law, William Barber (1787-1881).  Jefferson Spindle also served as postmaster of the Tackett's Mill Post Office from 1841 to 1846.  In 1846 Spindle purchased the old Washington plantation, Windsor Forest, from Charles Prosser Moncure (1819-1886).  Here he established his own school.  This was one of two farms by this name in Stafford, this one now being part of the Marine Corps reservation.  Jefferson was a magistrate in Stafford from at least 1847 to 1852.

William Skinker

William Skinker was an African American and a blacksmith by trade.  He lived in Stafford County, Virginia though the location of his home is unknown.  In 1821-1822 he was paid for making staples to repair a house on Aquia Creek.  He was the son of Martin Skinker (died before 1826).

Samuel Hampson Skinker (1785-1856)

Samuel Hampson Skinker (1785-1856) was the son of William Skinker (1738-1812) and Mary (Sells) Powlett (c.1745-1798) and the nephew of Thomas Skinker (1722-1802).  Around 1776 Thomas Skinker purchased 1,021 acres in Stafford from Charles Carter (1738-1796).  Part of this tract became known as Oakley and passed to Samuel H. Skinker.  The fine old frame house, located on the west side of Poplar Road (Route 616) and in the corner formed by the intersection of this road and Shackelford's Well Road (Route 754), collapsed in 2003.  Part of the farm is now occupied by a housing subdivision called Oakley Reserve.  Samuel Skinker married Margaret Wilson Julian (died 1863), the only daughter of Dr. John Julian of Fredericksburg.  Samuel devised Oakley to his unmarried daughters, Louisa Virginia Knox Skinker (1828-1886) and Lucy E. Scott Skinker (1807-1896), and to his son, John Howard Skinker (1814-1867).  Samuel… Continue reading

John Howard Skinker (1814-1867)

John Howard Skinker (1814-1867) was the son of Samuel Hampson (1785-1856) and Margaret Wilson Julian (c.1784-1863).  Samuel devised his Stafford plantation, Oakley, to John Howard and to Samuel's unmarried daughters, Louisa Virginia Knox Skinker (1828-1886) and Lucy E. Scott Skinker (1807-1896).  Early in his life, John studied law, medicine, and divinity, though he never practiced the latter two.  He served as a justice in Stafford and as an editor of a newspaper in Warrenton.  During the War Between the states, John H. Skinker supported the Union and was an outcast amongst his kinsmen.  He served as a lieutenant colonel under Gen. Marsena Patrick.  After the war, he practiced law in  Washington and died unmarried.