Haxall Family (Virginia)

The Haxall family of Richmond, Virginia, owned and ran one of the largest mills in Virginia through the nineteenth century.  In the 1870s and 1880s, the flour mill output 160,000 barrels, most of which was shipped to South America. Philip Haxall (1770-1831), the founder of the family, immigrated to Virginia from Exning, in Suffolk County, England, in 1786. Later he married Clara Walker (1780-1857) whose father, Robert Walker, was a merchant miller in Richmond. For some years, Philip and his two brothers owned mills in Petersburg, VA, then they purchased the Columbia Mills in Richmond as Philip Haxall & Co. Three generations of Haxall men attended the University of Virginia in the first fifty years of its existence.

William Henry Haxall (14 Mar. 1809-27 Dec. 1888), the son of Philip and Clara Haxall, attended U. Va. in sessions 2-4 (1826-1828). He joined the family firm as manager of the flour mills. He is noted for being part of the group who established Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery in 1847. (Mitchell) W. H. Haxall married Alice (Brown) Worthington (1820-1886), a widow, on 16 Nov. 1848; the couple had one child, William W. Haxall. The Haxalls, husband and wife, are buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

W. H. Haxall’s brother, Richard Barton Haxall (1805-1881) did not attend the University of Virginia himself, but two of his sons did. Among the children of R. Barton Haxall and his second wife, Octavia Robinson (1814-1892), were Philip Haxall, Bolling Walker Haxall, and Barton Haxall.

Philip Haxall (1 Jan. 1840-11 Feb. 1897) attended the University of Virginia in sessions 35-36 (1858-1860). When the Civil War began, he enlisted in Company I of the Fourth Virginia Cavalry on May 8th, 1861, and became a staff officer for Gen. Joseph Reid Anderson and Gen. Beverly Holcombe Robertson, where he gained the rank of captain. After the war, Philip became a partner of Haxall, Crenshaw & Co. in which he served as vice president, and after his father’s death, as president. On 14 Apr. 1874, he married Mary Jenifer Triplett (1849-1892), a famous Richmond society belle. The couple had no children. Because of financial reverses, the Haxall mills closed in 1893. Philip and Mary Haxall are buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

Barton Haxall (6 Mar. 1855-2 Dec. 1907), Philip’s brother, attended the University in sessions 50-52 (1873-1876). Barton was the secretary of the Haxall company until the mills closed in 1893. He never married. Barton died at his sister’s home in Orange County, VA, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

William Newton Haxall (11 Jul 1848-21 Sep. 1918) was the nephew of Philip and Barton. William N.’s father was their brother, Bolling Walker Haxall (1814-1885), and his mother was Harriet Elizabeth Anne (Triplett) Haxall (1820-1889). William Newton graduated from VMI in 1868, and then attended the University of Virginia in sessions 46-48 (1869-1872). He was a shipping and commission merchant in Baltimore, MD. (Hayden, p. 583) On 17 Jun. 1911, William Newton Haxall married Nannie Graham Shelkett (b. 20 Jul. 1856), the daughter of Rodham and Virginia Shelkett of Stafford County, VA (VA Births & Christenings; U.S. Censuses; The Free Lance, 1911). [N.b. In the 1900 census, Nannie Shelkett reported her birth year as 1868.] William Newton died in Barboursville, VA, and he and his wife are buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Gordonsville, VA.

References:

  • “Barton Haxall Passes Away,” The Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA), 3 Dec. 1911, p.10, in Chronicling America [online database] (accessed 6/12/12).
  • Berry, Thomas S., “The rise of flour milling in Richmond.” Virginia magazine of history and biography, v.78, no.4 (Oct. 1970), p. 387-408. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4247594 (accessed 6/12/12).
  • “Capt. Philip Haxall Dead,” The Times (Richmond, VA), 12 Feb. 1897, p. 1, in Chronicling America [online database] (accessed 6/12/12).
  • Haxall tombstones in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA, and Maplewood Cemetery, Gordonsville, VA. Findagrave.com (accessed 6/11/12).
  • Hayden, Horace Edwin. Virginia genealogies. Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1891, 582-582.
  • “Marriages.” The Free Lance (Fredericksburg, VA), 24 June 1911, p. 2. (accessed 6/11/12).
  • Mitchell, Mary H. Hollywood Cemetery: the history of a Southern shrine. Richmond, VA, 1985.
  • “Old letters of the Revolution.” William and Mary Quarterly, v.12, no.1 (July 1903), p. 47-52. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1914743 (accessed 6/12/12).
  • Parham, Brooks. Feild and Others. [website] http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=brooksparham&id=I4937  (accessed 6/11/12).
  • “Philip Haxall,” in Tyler, Lyon Gardner, Encyclopedia of Virginia biography. New York, 1915, v. 2, p. 330-331. (accessed 6/11/12).
  • “Philip Haxall, Esq.,” Representative men of the South (Philadelphia, PA: 1880), p. 521-522.
  • “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHMS-X2D : accessed 12 June 2012), Nannie G Shelket, , Stafford, Virginia.
  •  “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFG8-VZN : accessed 12 June 2012), Nannie G Shelket in household of Rodham Shelket, Virginia, United States.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCRH-YT3 : accessed 12 June 2012), N.G. Shelkett in household of Rodham Shelkett, Rock Hill, Stafford, Virginia.
  •  “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMJN-NP9 : accessed 12 June 2012), Nannie G Shelkett in household of Pattie J Daffan, ED 91 Charlottesville District Charlottesville city Ward 4, Albemarle, Virginia, United States.
  • “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MPLL-FYK : accessed 12 June 2012), Mamie G Shelkett in household of Pattie J Daffer, Charlottesville Ward 4, Charlottesville (Independent City), Virginia.
  • “United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MJJC-8FN : accessed 12 June 2012), Haxall,  Orange, Virginia.
  • “Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X5L2-1VV : accessed 12 June 2012), Vana G. Shelket, 1856.
  • “Virginia Obituary [Barton Haxall],” The Mathews Journal, 12 Dec. 1907, p.1, in Chronicling America [online database] (accessed 6/12/12).
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