James Anderson Agnew (23 Mar. 1828-1 Oct. 1879) 

James A. Agnew (listed in the U.Va. Catalogue as “James M. A. Agnew”), was the son of Dr. James A. Agnew (1793-1849) of Prince Edward County, Virginia, and his wife, Martha Ann Miller (1803-1868). The Agnew family lived at “Roseland” in Burkeville, Prince Edward County.

The younger James A. Agnew attended the University of Virginia in session 23 (1846-1847). He studied Chemistry, Medicine, Anatomy and Surgery. The next year he attended the Medical College of the University of New York, from which he earned his M.D. in 1848. (Alumni Association of the University of New York) He established his practice in Nottoway, VA.

Dr. Agnew married Martha “Pattie” Chaffin Scott (1832-1872) in Nottoway, VA, on 15 Nov. 1854. The couple had eleven children, including Culilo (d. young), James Perkinson, Mattie B., T. Scott, Eliza W., Mary C., William B., Ella Graham, Anne “Jean” Virginia Agnew. (1860 & 1870 U.S. Census) The family lived at “Roseland” until it burned in 1871. Pattie Agnew died soon after the birth of her last child, Anne Virginia, and Dr. Agnew married secondly, in 1877, Elizabeth Jane McLean (1836-1918). She and Dr. Agnew had no children together, but she raised the youngest children after Dr. Agnew died two years later. (Virginia Cooperative Extension)

Dr. Agnew, both his wives, his parents, and several of his children, are buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery, in Burkeville, Virginia.

 [Note: Dr. James Anderson Agnew’s birth date is from the U.Va. Matriculation Books; his middle name is from his tombstone; and his death date is from “Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912.”—JLC]

References:

  • Agnew tombstones, Sunset Hill Cemetery, Burkeville, VA, in Findagrave.com.
  • Alumni Association.  Catalogue of the Graduates and Officers of the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York. October, 1890. 3rd ed. New York, 1890, p. 75.
  • “Ella Graham Agnew (1871-1958).” in Virginia Cooperative Extension, “Early Days of Virginia’s Extension Service [website] c2014. http://vtpp.ext.vt.edu/museum-of-pest-management/early-days-of-virginias-extension-service/ella-graham-agnew-1871-1958
  • Schele de Vere, Maximilian. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.
  • “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8DN-8RF : accessed 28 February 2015), James A Agnew in household of Mary A Ellington, Nottoway county, Nottoway, Virginia, United States; citing family 216, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M41K-THN : accessed 28 February 2015), J A Agnew, 1 Magisterial District, Nottoway, Virginia, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; citing p. 48, household ID 342, NARA microfilm publication M653, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 805,367.
  • “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFGQ-G95 : accessed 28 February 2015), Jos A Agnew, Virginia, United States; citing p. 103, family 758, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,172.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MC5R-F5H : accessed 28 February 2015), J Perkinson Agnew, Haytokah, Nottoway, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district 155, sheet 177A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1382; FHL microfilm 1,255,382.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMNX-714 : accessed 28 February 2015), Ella T Agnew in household of Eliza Agnew, Haytokah District (south part, excl. Burkeville town), Nottoway, Virginia, United States; citing sheet 7A, family 91, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,721.
  • “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MPGQ-TBZ : accessed 28 February 2015), Elizabeth Agnew in household of Macleon B Leath, Haytokah, Nottoway, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 71, sheet 18A, family 76, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,652.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
  • “Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR3Y-RH2 : accessed 28 February 2015), James A. Agnew, 01 Oct 1879; citing Nottoway, Virginia, reference e 1; FHL microfilm 2,048,580.
  • “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRND-G76 : accessed 28 February 2015), James A. Agnew and Pattie C. Scott, 15 Nov 1854; citing Amelia, Virginia, reference Pg 1; FHL microfilm 30,474.
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Richard Wilson Aiken (2 Aug. 1807-[30 Dec.?] 1865)

Born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, Richard Aiken was the son of Pleasant Aiken (1769-1847), a War of 1812 veteran, and the owner of Varina Plantation, which he purchased from Thomas Mann Randolph. [N.b. The name is also spelled Aikin and Akin in the sources. — JLC]

He attended the University of Virginia in session 2 (1 Feb.-15 Dec. 1826) although a note in the Matriculation Books states that he “left here in July.” Richard Aikin became a farmer in Prince George County, VA. On 15 May 1834, he married Johanna Winifred Chappell (b. 1814). According to the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses, the couple had several children: Hester A., Richard P., John, George E., Laura J., Martha E., Octavia E., William W., and Emma W. Aikin.

Richard P. Aiken died 27 Jul. 1862 of disease while in Company B of the 12th Regiment of Virginia Infantry, CSA. George E. Aiken also served the Confederacy in Company I of the 12th Regiment of Virginia Infantry. Richard Wilson Aiken died soon after the Civil War. By the time of the 1870 Census, only George, William, and Octavia were living at home in Prince George County, VA, with their mother.

When the W.P.A. Historical Survey was done in 1937, the Aiken House in Petersburg, VA, was located on the grounds of the Central State Hospital. In the descriptive materials about the house, it says, “The Aiken House was on the battle ground of the battles of June 22, 1864 and August 18, 1864, when General Grant attempted to capture the Weldon Railroad, and it was called the oasis in the desert because the members of the Aiken Family, particularly the daughters, had been kind to both the Northern and Confederate soldiers. The family was supplied with food by the Federal Army.” The house was sold to Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Lawrence by Johanna W. Aiken in 1877. (WPA, 1937)

[Note: Birth date from U.Va. Matriculation Books; death date from Hallet/Aikin Family tree and Schele de Vere.—JLC]

References:

  • carter hallett. Hallett/Aiken Family Tree. [database online] http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/25758411/person/1712351433?ssrc=
  • Pleasant Aikin grave, Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA. Findagrave.com.
  • “Pleasant Aiken,” Muster rolls, p. 190, in Pay Rolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty Under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850 (Richmond, 1851) and: Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812 (Richmond, 1852). Library of Virginia.
  • Schele de Vere, Maximilian. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.
  • “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8DK-P5L : accessed 10 May 2014), Richd W Aiken, Prince George county, Prince George, Virginia, United States; citing family 369, NARA microfilm publication M432.
  • “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M41T-5X8 : accessed 10 May 2014), R W Aiken, [Blank], Prince George, Virginia, United States; citing “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; p. 61, household ID 506, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 805372.
  • “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFGQ-RN4 : accessed 28 February 2015), J W Akins in household of Geo E Akins, Virginia, United States; citing p. 80, family 233, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,172.
  • United States. Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations, compiled 1903-1927, documenting the period 1861-1865, Virginia. Record group 109. Microfilm roll 0514.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
  • “Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X519-L3G : accessed 19 Apr 2014), J W Aiken in entry for Martha Lawrence, 08 Dec 1891; citing Petersburg, Virginia, reference p 12 ln 417; FHL microfilm 2048594.
  • “Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X5R6-MBV : accessed 28 February 2015), Richard Aiken in entry for Geo E. Aiken, 01 Jan 1883; citing Petersburg, Va, reference p 1; FHL microfilm 33,443.
  • “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRM7-5NG : accessed 19 Apr 2014), R. W. Aikin in entry for V. W. Lanier and Emma W. Aikin, 24 Feb 1870; citing Pr. Geo., Virginia, reference Pr. Geo. Image 455; FHL microfilm 2048470.
  • WPA. Aiken House. Virginia Historical Inventory survey report: VHIR/22/0374. (Located at the Library of Virginia.) Report: http://image.lva.virginia.gov/VHI/html/22/0374.html Report Home Page. Photograph: http://image.lva.virginia.gov/VHI/P/22/0031.jpg Photograph
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Jonathan Lawrence Adams (28 Sep.1851-13 Mar. 1889)

Jonathan L. Adams’s father was Abram B. Adams (b. 1818), a “warehouse and commission agent” (i.e., a cotton merchant); his mother was Henrietta Hollingsworth (1830-13 Sep. 1889). The family lived in Macon, Georgia. (1860-1880 U.S. Censuses) Abram Adams states in his request for amnesty after the Civil War that he did not support the Confederacy but took the job as government wool agent in Macon because he either had to do that or go into the army. (“Amnesty Papers.”)

Jonathan attended the University of Virginia in session 46 (1869-1870), where he studied Latin, Greek, and Mathematics. He went into the same business as his father, and by 1878, he was part of the firm A. B. Adams & Son. (Macon Telegraph and Messenger, 11 Aug. 1878) In the 1880 U.S. Census, Jonathan was single and living with his parents. From about 1885, Jonathan took primary charge of the Adams & Son cotton factoring business.

“On Friday, Feb. 15 [1889], about 11 o’clock at night Jonathan L. Adams was placed in the jail of Bibb county [Georgia] charged with the crime of forgery.—First a single charge, then another, then they came thick and fast.” His crime seems to have been forging notes (i.e., checks) drawn on the cotton accounts of Adams & Son’s customers. “But sensitive as was his nature, he had the fortitude to say that the fault was all his own and that no one save himself was responsible for any of the troubles that had befallen him and his people.” Undertaking a fast, he refused food for twenty-six days before he died of starvation. He left behind his parents, his siblings, and a life insurance policy for $18,000, which was fought over by his creditors. (Union Recorder (Milledgeville, GA), 19 Mar. 1889; Pittsburg dispatch (Pittsburg, PA), 15 Mar. 1889)

Abram, Henrietta, and Jonathan L. Adams are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, GA.

[Note: J. L. Adams’s birth date is from the U.Va. Matriculation books.—JLC]

References:

  • Adams tombstones, Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon, GA. Findagrave.com.
  • Ancestry.com. 1860-1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.
  • “Abram B. Adams.” United States. Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons (“Amnesty Papers”), 1865-67, record group 94. Publication M1003, roll 0016. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com/image/19856728/
  • “Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.2/9MVT-GXGX : accessed 14 Jun 2014), Abraham B. Adams and Henrietta Hollingsworth, 05 Nov 1850; citing Bibb, Georgia, United States; FHL microfilm 394102.
  • “The Long Fast Broken.” Union Recorder (Milledgeville, GA), 19 Mar. 1889, p. 1.
  • “Starved himself to death.” Murfreesboro Index (Murfreesboro, NC), 22 Mar. 1889, p. 4.
  • “Suicide by starvation.” Pittsburg dispatch (Pittsburg, PA), 15 Mar. 1889, p. 1
  • “To the planters and merchants of middle and southwest Georgia. [Advertisement]” Macon Telegraph and Messenger (Macon, GA), 11 Aug. 1878, p.1.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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Joseph Biddle Wilkinson Penrose (7 Mar. 1835-ca. 6 Apr. 1865)

Joseph B. W. Penrose of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, was the son of Clement Biddle Penrose (1802-1839), of Philadelphia, PA, and his wife Anne Wilkinson, of New Orleans, Louisiana. (Leach)

Joseph Penrose’s college career began with a year (1851-1852) at the University of Louisiana in New Orleans. (Catalogue … of the University of Louisiana) The next year, he enrolled in the University of Virginia in session 29 (1852-1853) as Wilkinson Penrose. According to the U.Va. Matriculation Books he studied Mathematics, Natural philosophy, and Moral philosophy during that year. After he left U.Va., Penrose returned to Louisiana and became a planter, according to the 1860 U.S. Census.

When the Civil War began, Penrose enlisted (11 June 1861) at New Orleans, joining a unit organized by his uncle, Lt. Col. Robert A. Wilkinson (also a U.Va. student). Lt. Col. Wilkinson died in the Second Battle of Manassas in 1862. Over the next four years the unit was merged, sequentially, with several other units. By 1863, 1st Lieutenant Penrose was signing the rolls as acting commanding officer of Company D, of the 15th Louisiana Infantry. His company participated in major battles in Virginia and Maryland. (Leach; “Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865”)

Lieutenant Penrose himself survived until April 1865, when he was mortally wounded in a skirmish at High Bridge, near Appomattox, Virginia, 3 days before General Lee surrendered. His body was never located. (Leach; Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana)

On 27 Feb. 1862, Joseph B. W. Penrose had married Jane Vaughn Butler (ca. 1844-5 Jun. 1867), of Norfolk, Virginia. (“Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940”) After his death, his wife refused to believe he was dead for some months, but by 24 Oct. 1865, “Administration of the estate of Joseph B. W. Penrose was granted to Jane V. Penrose” in the Norfolk courts. (Norfolk Post, 24 Oct. 1865) The couple’s only child, Joseph Biddle Wilkinson Penrose, was born in November 1865, and died in May 1866, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jane Penrose died on 31 May 1867, at the age of 23. She was buried in Charlottesville. (Leach; Norfolk Virginian 5 Jun. 1867)

References:

  • Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana. Chicago, IL, 1892, v.2, p.98.
  • Catalogue of the officers and students of the Collegiate and Academic Departments of the University of Louisiana for the academical year 1851, ’52. New Orleans, 1852, p. 5.
  • “The Courts.” The Norfolk Post (Norfolk, Va.), 24 Oct. 1865, p.3.
  • [Death notice.] Norfolk Virginian, 5 Jun. 1867, on New York Virginia Genealogy. [website] <http://nyvagenealogy.homestead.com/vd1867.html&gt; Died “in Charlottesville. On 31st ultimo at the residence of Rev. William C. Butler in the 23rd year of her age. Mrs. Jane V. Penrose youngest daughter of Mrs. Rebecca F. and the late John H. Butler of this city [Norfolk, VA].”
  • Hawks, Steve. “15th Louisiana Infantry Regiment.” Civil War in the East. c2014. [website] <http://www.civilwarintheeast.com/CSA/LA/15LA.php&gt;
  • Leach, Josiah Granville. History of the Penrose family of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1903, p. 89, 113.
  • “Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XF67-LPN : accessed 26 Nov 2014), Joseph B W Penrose, 1861; from “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana,” Fold3.com; military unit Fifteenth Infantry, No – Sm, NARA microfilm publication M320, roll 271, NARA microfilm publication M321, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8DF-K6J : accessed 26 Nov 2014), Jane Butler in household of Rebecca Butler, Norfolk county, part of, Norfolk, Virginia, United States; citing family 1386, NARA microfilm publication M432, NARA microfilm publication M432, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  • “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFPC-2P1 : accessed 26 Nov 2014), De Joseph B W Penrose, The Parish, Plaquemines, Louisiana, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census – Population,” Fold3.com; p. 16, household ID 178, NARA microfilm publication M653; NARA microfilm publication M653. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803414.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
  • “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR9Z-LV3 : accessed 26 Nov 2014), Rebecca F. B. Butler in entry for Joseph B. W. Penrose and Jane V. Butler, 27 Feb 1862; citing Norfolk, Virginia, reference it 3p 52 n 26; FHL microfilm 2048491.

[My thanks to Kristina, who indexed the Norfolk Virginian of this period and offers the information on her New York Virginia Genealogy website: http://nyvagenealogy.homestead.com/ — JLC]

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